I remember first hearing about Habitat for Humanity. I was about 6 or 7, and my mom had just gotten a divorce, so we couldnt afford to pay the rent. My mom heard about the program, she put our name in the raffle. Soon enough, we found out we had the house.We started building the house right away. In the process of building our house, I learned that I loved to work. I always wanted to help; no matter if it was running an errand or hammering nails. Finally, after months of grueling work, we were finished. Of course, we still added more to our house, but the core of the house was finished.It was a white house with a green trim, along with a similar carport, all surrounded by dirt hills. There was a barbed wire fence framing our yard, along with the extra touch of cows right outside this fence. It wasnt too fancy, but as time went on, we transformed it into a beautiful house in the countryside.Now it is a golden yellow house with a dark green trim, and the walls inside are painted in color. Outside our house, we have many gardens, including a vegetable garden, a dog pen with a doghouse that matches ours, two sheds (also matching), a sundeck, and a yard for sports.Im so appreciative of our house I truly love it! Im proud of where I live, and I owe that to Habitat for Humanity. This is an amazing, life-saving program that I hope can help everyone in need.Hannah Goulding,13 years oldBasalt
It all began 25-years ago – one man, one mission.Dr. Gordy Klatt, an oncologist, set out to make a difference in the lives of his patients and raise money for the American Cancer Society. By himself, Dr. Klatt raised $27,000 that first year while nearly 300 of his friends, family and patients watched while he ran and walked around the track at Baker Stadium in Tacoma, Washington.Today, the Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and it most certainly is not an event to be done alone. Cancer doesn’t touch just one life. According to ACS, 559,312 American families have lost loved ones to cancer. Cancer accounts for 22.8 percent of all deaths, second only to heart disease.The Rifle Area Relay For Life is our opportunity to celebrate those who have beaten cancer, honor those who have fallen, and fight back against cancer. We would like you to join us for this 25th year of Relay. If you have ever relayed, if you are a survivor, a care-giver, or someone who has been touched by cancer, we invite you to create a team, take part in our survivor/caretaker ceremonies or just stop by and visit this year’s Rifle Area Relay For Life.This year’s event will be June 12 & 13 at Rifle High School beginning at 7 p.m. For more information go to http://www.riflerelay.com, contact Theresa Hamilton at 379-4942 and survivors and care givers can contact Julia Faulkner at firstname.lastname@example.org.Help us turn hope into a cure!Theresa HamiltonRifle Area Relay For Life Chair
Today one often hears customer service is a relic of the past. The exceptional service we recently received from Carpet One is worth noting.Since building our home in 1970 when wall-to-wall was the norm throughout a house, we have always purchased our replacement carpeting from Carpet One and their predecessors, and have always been 100 percent satisfied. Two years ago we replaced carpeting in our bathroom, hall and bedroom, selecting a top nationally-known brand and appropriate quality padding. Sadly, after just two years, this new carpet appeared more worn than the 21-year-old carpeting in our living room and dining room.I called Kim at Carpet One, and she asked John to come out and evaluate my concern. When John left, he said he would get back to me. Within 24 hours, John called and said he had talked to the manufacturer and the carpet would be replaced. I was asked to come in and verify the desired color from a different line of the same manufacturer. That was all I had to do.Last week, two very polite, careful and competent employees of Carpet One arrived and five hours later, they had installed the new carpet, cleaned up and taken away the old carpet. So far, we cannot be more pleased.Thanks to Kim, Elaine and John Crump at Carpet One, we know customer service is alive and well in our valley. And when the Frugal Fischers replace 21-year-old carpet, we will be headed straight to Carpet One.Tillie FischerGlenwood Springs
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The family of Rosie Ferrin has worked to clean up and make safe again the old schoolhouse in downtown New Castle. Ferrin died this summer and had owned the building that included classrooms turned into apartments for years.