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The “Scouting For Food Drive” in New Castle was such a huge success. A special thanks goes out to our entire community. Our town is the best of the best.While everyone says how tight things are in the current recession, our community gave more food to LIFT-UP than it has ever seen before. Thank you, New Castle, and a special thanks to Cal Whitman at A-1 traffic Control for making this food drive extra special for the New Castle Cub Scouts. Additionally, It wouldn’t have been possible without all the scouts and their parents being involved with trying to help make our town just a little bit better. Thanks to all. John HarcourtNew Castle Cub Scouts Pack 221

Along with the Roaring Fork Young Professionals, I would like to say thank you to all who attended our holiday party on Nov. 18. Our members collected 23 food items that will be donated to LIFT-UP of the Roaring Fork Valley. A very special thank-you also goes to Aspen Glen for hosting this event and to Ryan White for volunteering his DJ services.I would also like to thank longtime board members Derron Cloud and Jamin Heady-Smith for their dedication and service to RFYP; they have helped to make the group what it is today and their involvement will be missed.If you are interested in finding more out about RFYP networking events, including the upcoming Ugly Sweater Bowling Night and Toy Drive on Dec. 6, please email us at RoaringForkYoungProfessionals@gmail.com or join our group on Facebook for updates.Sara PeuscholdGlenwood Springs

The third annual Justin Lee Steffen Memorial Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament Fundraiser was held on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Rifle Creek Golf Course. We had an incredible turnout of 92 players and 115 people attend the Oktoberfest that evening. We appreciate each of you who came out and participated and volunteered to made this spectacular event possible.I want to thank our title sponsor: Hudspeth & Associates; our hole-in-one sponsor: Rifle Insurance Agency; and all of our generous sponsors: Sandra Leyva and Jim Peterson/Exxon, CARQUEST, DALBO, Stallion Oil, Grand River Hospital District, Alpine Bank, Stereo Unlimited, Valley View Hospital, S2M Construction, Rifle Works, Bookcliff Surveying Service, Stuver & LeMoine, Pitkin Iron, Classic Auto Body, Weiss & Associates, Valley Veterinary Clinic, Silt Fitness Center, Larry and Katrin Cole, World Wide Rental Services, Radio Shack, Avalanche Equipment, Hotel Colorado, Factory Surplus, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Choice Liquors, Berthoud Motors, Cruise Control, Tim’s Tools, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Bank of Colorado, Williams, K&G, Silt Country Florist, Sports Authority, Hospice of the Valley, Walmart, Crabtree’s Auto Body, Grand Junction Pipe & Supply, Active Communications, Pepsi, Innermountain Distributing, The Cigarette Store, Bill Tabor, Jim Booth, and Rifle Creek Golf Course – Kyle Daniels for a spectacular event.The mission of the Foundation is to continue to make a difference in the lives of others by providing scholarships each year and support to programs for underprivileged and at-risk youth. Thank you for your assistance in making this happen.With great appreciation,Rick, Robin & Maddi SteffenMyrtle Evans



On behalf of our Special Olympics athletes in the Glenwood Springs area, I would like to thank Mountain Valley Textiles and Gifts and all of the knitting and crocheting groups in the valley for their generous donation. They all joined together for the Special Olympics “Scarf Project” and knitted dozens of beautiful winter scarves for our athletes. The scarves will be presented in early January to the athletes participating in our winter sports. Again, thank you so much. Sincerely, Julie FiteWestern and Southwest Area managerSpecial Olympics Colorado

The Defiance Thrift Store, now at its new location at 2412 S. Glen in Glenwood Springs, would like to thank several local merchants for their recent donations that have provided Defiance with quality merchandise and expanded our selection of needed clothing.Ski wear from Sunlight Mountain Resort came just in time for the first snow and the Basalt boutique, Traffic, donated some beautiful women’s wear for the holidays.Especially popular and sought out by Defiance customers is the generous donation of shoes, boots, jeans and other goodies from Boogies in Aspen. The recent truck-loads from Boogies are especially appreciated for Defiance’s upcoming grand opening Dec. 1-3.Sandy’s Office Supply in Aspen and Glenwood also donated special display fixtures.The support of local merchants and donors helps the Defiance Thrift Store provide funds for social programs such as LIFT-UP and Family Visitor Programs.Leslie Robinson, managerThe Defiance Thrift Store


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