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A special man; the Fourth; one big paper

Dale Shrull
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Well I’m back, having survived Ride the Rockies. Lots of fun and riding in the Rockies. Congratulations to everyone who completed Ride the Rockies and Bicycle Tour of Colorado.

New Castle was Pete Mattivi. Whether it was the mayor or county commissioner, or small-town gas station and garage owner, Pete was an unforgettable man.

For me, growing up in New Castle, Pete’s gas station was the town’s centerpiece. And right up the block was the amazing garden that Pete and his wife Opal worked to a meticulous perfection.



Inside the gas station was an old refrigerator and a glass case full of candy. I’ll never forget popping into the station on a hot summer day and grabbing a grape or orange soda, and a candy bar. As low as 25 cents for the two at one time.

Pete was 103 when he passed away. A full life and a life well-lived to say the least. He touched many lives in so many ways in his 103 years, and that’s the mark of a very special man.



One of the most popular places to get away, do a little fishing and maybe camp, is the Meadow Lake area up the Buford Road on the Flat Tops region. It’s always been one of my favorites.

You will probably be hard-pressed to find a campsite for this weekend – it’s one of the biggest camping weekends of the year – but keep in mind that Meadow Lake is a day use fee area. Cost is $7 per vehicle. Campsites are $15 per campsite, and that includes the day use fee.

One of my favorite breakfast places in the area is now serving dinner. The Village Smithy in Carbondale is now dishing up dinner from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Good luck with the new venture.

The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool will have its annual Fourth of July event on Saturday. the Snack Bar will be open until 10 p.m. The fireworks show will start around 9:30 p.m., and pool hours will be extended until 15 minutes past the grand finale.

As you probably noticed, this is one gigantic newspaper. This might be the largest Glenwood Springs newspaper ever – 120 pages for three sections including classifieds.

A little bad news for avid readers of our Sunday Parade magazine. This Sunday will be the final time it’s inserted into the Post Independent. We will be switching from Parade to USA Weekend, which is a highly popular magazine similar to Parade.

There’s still time to get your Community Concert membership – the deadline has been extended until July 10. Call Sue Ludtke at 945-8722 or Judy Huston at 945-5384, or visit http://www.gsconcertassn.org to get all the info.

Dennis Collins is back in business, this time in Glenwood Springs. He was the former co-owner of Sherpa Moonbeam in Carbondale, but the store closed down about two months ago.

His new business is called Moonbeams Candle Co. and Stuff, and is located in the building connected to Sacred Grounds Coffee in downtown Glenwood.

The store has candles, soaps, lotions and more.

Good luck, Dennis.

Final Thought: The Colorado Rockies are contenders again. But contenders on July 1 don’t get any prizes. When October comes calling, we’ll see if the Rockies are still around.


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