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Memories & Milestones

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Jeff and Kari Johnson of Rifle are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Caitlin Lara Johnson to 2nd Lt. Thomas Calvin Willard. His parents are Pastor Cal Willard, U.S. Navy Capt. (Ret.) & Lori Willard of Roseau, Minn.Caitlin graduated from Rifle High School in 2006.Caitlin and Tom had a class together at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn., but officially met in the Minneapolis Airport on their way to Wales and Ireland. They were best friends for two years before they became engaged on April 6, 2009.Caitlin, 21, is a senior at Northwestern College. She will graduate in May with a dual degree in writing and graphic design. She is currently working as a graphic designer in Robbinsdale, Minn.Tom, 23, is a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from Northwestern College in 2008 and is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. In August, he will be stationed in North Carolina at Camp Lejeune.The couple are planning on a Minnesota winter wedding (yes, you read that right) and will reside in the Jacksonville, N.C., area.

Four scouts from Troop 235 were awarded their Eagle rank after climbing through the troop since 2002. The ceremony was led by Tom Dykema of Troop 225. The four new Eagles are:Alex Heinig, for his Eagle project, built the bridge over the irrigation ditch east of CRES. This is the first step of a nature trail the school and RFOV will build on the side of White Hill in September to teach students about our local ecology. Tyler Ting obtained donations of culvert from Grand Junction Pipe and fill material from Western Slope Aggregate. He and his friends spent more than 100 hours to install eight culverts in the irrigation channels at the Nature Park. This now enables smooth passage by the young, challenged and elderly at the beautiful open space. Zak Jones built an ADA-graded ramp with the help of his friend and the town staff, to access the same park. This allows hand cycles and wheelchairs to take advantage of the birding and fresh air in the open space. And Alan Felix built three steel benches for the Nature Park for his Eagle project. Thanks to donations from Precision Cut and Design, Black Magic Welding, Roaring Forge and more than 100 hours of work by scouts and friends, the benches add a rest stop and a chance to sit and meditate on nature.

Nifty nifty, look who turned 50!Debbie Gieck of Rifle

Mark and Rachel Springsteel are pleased to announce the arrival of their son, Cooper James. Cooper was born Aug. 1, 2008, in Jinju, South Korea. He arrived in Phoenix May 22, 2009. The proud grandparents are Charlene Springsteel of Grand Junction, Nancy and Paul Jacobsen of Glenwood Springs, Royal Hayward of Glenwood Springs and Jim and Ruby Springsteel of Rock Springs, Wyo. Cooper’s uncle is Micah Hayward of Glenwood Springs. His great uncle is Gene Springsteel of Glenwood Springs.

Nancy Piper Memorial Art Education Grant of $2,000 was awarded to Hanna Burleigh of Carbondale, Roaring Fork High School.Jan Worden Continuing Education Grant of $1,000 was awarded to Rianna Rollyson of Carbondale, Roaring Fork High School.


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