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On Friday, Feb. 27, the staff at Alpine Bank held a surprise farewell party for Dan Niedbalski. Dan has accepted a transfer to Central Operations (computer processing center) in Rifle. Dans new title will be Vice President of Central Loans. His last day was this Tuesday. Even though Dan will no longer be at the bank on Battlement Mesa, he will still be residing here. He has promised that he will continue to be active in our community by continuing his club memberships and civic activities. This is a good move for Dan; please join me in wishing him good fortune in his new endeavor.You have probably noticed a new but familiar face in Dans office. Kelly Whittington, who worked at this location in 2002, is returning as the Branch Manager. Kelly and her husband, Bart, are in the process of selling their home in Rifle and are looking to Parachute for a move. Kellys grandmother, Lenore OGrady, currently lives here as does her brother and his wife, David and Brook VanSyckel. I have known Kelly for a long time; she is a wonderful young woman, and she and Bart will fit in just great with all of us. Welcome, Kelly and Bart!

St. John Middle School held its annual science fair on Friday, Feb. 27. The gym was full of innovative science projects thanks to the efforts of science teachers Darcy Gillaspy and Mick Paulis (see box). The Western Colorado Regional Science Fair is being held this Friday and Saturday at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. The six winning students from the St. John fair will attend, along with Bea Underwood Elementary School students Tallah Hardesty and Kelcey Satterfield and Grand Valley High School students Mike Clemmer, Jessy McElroy, Melinda Johnson, Heather Jay, Megan Johnson, Katie Bryan, Shannon DeBrieze, Kathleen Devera, Lindsey Levine, and Jared Majkut. Dani Gonzales, who qualified for the Colorado State Science Fair last year, will also be participating in the regional fair. Good luck to all these young scientists. St. John Middle School Science Fair winners:7th Grade1st: Colton Cowan, Temperature Affect on Golf Balls2nd: Kasi Jensen, Vitamin C Project3rd: Brittany Garcia, Germs at SMS8th Grade1st: Lauren Schubert, Iron in Cereal2nd: Danielle Noble, Mold Growth3rd: Matt Cain, How Does Your Garden Grow

There will be a Community Meeting at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Activity Center. This is an informational meeting, the planned topics of discussion will be:Grace Homes: Valley View VillageAnimal Control: Deputy Aimee ChappellWest Nile Virus: Steve AnthonyOil & Gas: Doug Dennison



5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Activity Center for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders. $3.50 per person.

Wednesday, March 17, from 9-11 a.m. at the Activity Center and from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Parachute Senior Center. Fun Day at the poolDuring Spring Break, from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at the Activity Center. For children first through sixth grades. $3.50 per child includes games and lunch. Registration deadline is March 22. Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8525, ext. 108, or e-mail MooreMOMOF7@aol.com.



During Spring Break, from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at the Activity Center. For children first through sixth grades. $3.50 per child includes games and lunch. Registration deadline is March 22. Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8525, ext. 108, or e-mail MooreMOMOF7@aol.com.


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