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What community means to me

Editor's Notebook
Dale Shrull
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Dale Shrull

We’ve got a special Mother’s Day edition planned for May 10 this year. We want to recognize 19 new mothers. On Mother’s Day, we will have photos of 19 new moms and their babies. Here’s your chance to make it happen.

This is just for moms who gave birth in the last year, since April 2008.

Drop photographer Kelley Cox an e-mail if you’d like to participate, and she’ll contact you with the photo shoot details. We have space for only 19 moms, so hurry.

Kelley’s e-mail is kcox@postindependent.com


Congratulations to Alexandra Yajko, this year’s Athena Award winner. A much-deserved honor.


I ran into a few stout Roaring Fork Ram football players at Ace Hardware of Carbondale on Saturday. They were getting a workout in helping the store with its top soil sale. The players were accepting donations for pads and equipment for their team, and doing a heck of a job loading customers up with 40-pound bags of top soil.

Thanks to Ace Hardware for giving them the opportunity to raise some money for their program (and for a great sale). Good luck to the Rams in the 2009 season.


Congratulations and good luck to Luis Polar on launching La Union, a new bilingual publication that focuses on community content.


What does community mean to you?

For me it means knowing there are special people out there in our community. People who let their hearts guide them. People who are compassionate and sympathetic and are good neighbors. A good neighbor even if they don’t live next door.

Many of you have read about Kevin Long: The Silt man who cashed, then lost, his large tax refund check. You’ve asked how you can help.

A bank account has been set up, and others have volunteered to get a pay-it-forward effort started.

People have since come forward saying that Kevin and his family are special people. Good neighbors, people who volunteer in the community, and look to help others.

Now people want to help Kevin and his family.

Last Monday, I received a letter addressed to me here at the Post Independent. Inside was a note to Kevin.

“Over a month ago my husband found a $100 bill blowing in the wind. There was no way for us to find the rightful owner. We will give it on to you! And smile.”

There was a $100 bill inside that I will put in the donation fund.

That’s what community means to me. A good neighbor who has never meant or doesn’t even know Kevin and his family, but still wants to help.

The bank account for the Long family was set up at American National Bank by Jim Eubanks. He started the account with $100, and the bank matched that donation.

This is what community means to me.


The Denver Broncos snagged themselves a running back in the first round of this weekend’s NFL draft. An interesting move by the offensive-minded new head coach, especially considering they signed three free agent backs and have at least two quality backs returning from injuries. I realize they went through backs like a third-grader through a pixie stick last year, but they need big-time help on the defensive side of the ball. Even with Jay Cutler eating up big chunks of yardage, the Broncos never made the playoffs with him under center. Offense is fun but what’s that old saying? … Oh yeah, “Defense wins championships.”

As with all drafts, time will offer the answers.


Final thought: It’s just wrong to go into a brewpub and order wine. Just wrong.

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