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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

To all my wonderful sponsors, I would like to say thank you so much for making my barrel racing season possible and being so supportive. You helped me accomplish all my goals this year. I’m looking forward to next year. Sydney SurinSilt

The New Castle LIFT-UP (Life Interfaith Team on Unemployment and Poverty) food bank has been through some tough times with more families out of work, declining health and other problems. The past few weeks have brought us an incredible amount of assistance with groceries, cash and volunteers. Kathryn Senor Elementary and Riverside Middle School are doing on-going collections through the holidays. Bags have been dropped off regularly at the River Center and the library. We thank you donors, each and every one. We truly have a generous community.The New Castle Scouts, led by John Harcourt and Cynthia Wheeler, collected about 600 bags of non-perishables. They are leading these kids to be caring citizens and definitely help us give a LIFT-UP to local folks. Scouts and parents were a great help in the sorting process, and other eager volunteers have been sorting and organizing as we receive more and more.The Peach Valley Ladies Group gave cash for purchases of turkeys. Other individuals and groups continue to drop off bags of food daily. On Nov.19, LIFT-UP provided Thanksgiving dinners for 104 families and on Dec. 17 we will provide Christmas dinners for 106 families. Thank you to the smiling volunteers who came early and stayed late on distribution day. Our sincere appreciation to St. John’s Episcopal for allowing us time and space for distributing the holiday boxes.Throughout the year, LIFT-UP continues to give emergency assistance on a regular basis between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at our location on Fourth Street in the River Center.Betty Arthur and Virginia VonDetteLIFT-UP volunteers

Elks Lodge 2286 would like to say thanks to the following businesses and people who donated items for auction at our fifth annual Perpetual Scholarship Fundraiser. In the past few years we have donated an average of $13,000 in scholarships to local high school students, and we are not able to do this without the generous businesses and people who support our fundraisers.Thank you again to A Sanctuary Spa, Jim Roy and Budweiser, Russo’s Pizza, Fin’s Raw Bar and Grill, Zhengs Asian Bistro, Quality Inn, Double Dog, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, Ramada Inn, Paul Nelson and McDonald’s, John Pettit and Dairy Queen, Competitive Edge and Jackie Gladu, Kathleen Kline, Richard and Virginia Drew, Annette Franta, Lorra Nichols, JImmy Kucera and Pam Whittington. We love the continual support from our community so we can help further our high school kids’ education.Kathy Yost, activity directorElks Lodge 2286New Castle



Girl Scout Troop 10253 of Rifle would like to thank all of our donors and sponsors who helped us throughout our Harvest Hay Maze fundraiser. Our most gracious thanks go out to the following: The Rhoades family of Rifle for use of their property to host our fundraiser. Encana for the grant funding that provided our start up costs. Jean’s Printing for donation of printing services for our advertising. Dave Harrelson, of Harrelson’s Music for use of his PA system. Rifle Truck & Trailer for use of a trailer for on-site storage. Down Valley Septic for use of their port-a-potties. Clark’s Market for donation of decorative pumpkins. Mr. T’s Hardware for donation of tarps and twine. Rifle Boy Scouts for use of their concessions trailer. The Rose Man for donation of our corn stalks. Kathy English for our pumpkins. Radio stations KNDK, KEKB 95 Rock, & Drive 105 for advertising our event. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent and the Rifle Citizen Telegram for advertising our event. All the local Girl Scouts who came out in force to support our efforts. All elementary schools from De Beque through Glenwood Springs who allowed us to send our information home to local families. And last, but certainly not least, the community members from Aspen to De Beque and beyond who participated in our event and supported the efforts of our girls. All of you were instrumental in making our Harvest Hay Maze a huge success. Thank you again, to all of you, for your support. Melissa Collett Rifle


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