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The students and staff at Glenwood Springs Elementary School will celebrate I Love to Read month in February by raising funds for the nonprofit Heifer International relief agency. Parents will make a pledge toward Heifer International for each book their children read. The students will vote on the farm animals they will purchase through the Read to Feed program (www.readtofeed.org), which allows children to get involved in solutions to global issues such as hunger and poverty. Heifer International gives livestock to needy people around the world, and has helped some 5 million families become more self-reliant.

Academic successesMegan McGrath, a 2002 graduate of GSHS, has made the Deans List at the Leeds School of Business, located at the University of Colorado in Boulder, for the Fall 2003 semester. Megan is in her second year as a CU Buffs Cheerleader. Look for the CU Buff Cheerleaders at any CU Buffalo football games and at all home basketball and volleyball games.Former Rifle High School student Jenny Barker, who majors in art, was named to the winter Deans List at Fort Lewis College, as were Glenwood Springs High School graduates Taylor Green (humanities-art) and Tara Zambelli (interdisciplinary studies). Roaring Fork High School grad Jared Avery (English-communications) and CRMS grad Eleanor Perry (cellular & molecular biology) also made the list.Why vote? Why not? A small group of older citizens from Aspen to Glenwood Springs who are fed up with the policies of the Bush Administration, began meeting last fall. Power results when a few people get together and decide they can make a difference. The Wake Up Now Group was formed following conversations with a few friends who felt that by encouraging participation in the democratic process, specifically by promoting an alternative to the Bush Administration, change would happen. Their latest project is an essay/political cartoon/video contest for young adults on the topic Why Vote? Anyone 18 (by Nov. 2, 2004) to 25 who lives from Aspen to Rifle is eligible to enter by writing an essay of not more than 800 words, drawing a political cartoon or making a video (up to 5 minutes on VHS).Entries need to be submitted by April 1, 2004. The first prize is $1,000, second $500 and third $250. Contest entry forms and rules can be found on the groups Web site, http://www.wakeupnow81623.org, or write to: Wake Up Now, P.O. Box 1955, Carbondale, CO. 81623. Recent birthAmelia Mary Neels, daughter of Todd and Jeanette Neels was born at 9:25 p.m. on Jan. 20, 2004, at Valley View Hospital. She was 6 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 inches long at birth.She joins older sisters Tessa, 12, and Mikayla, 6, and grandparents Jack Neels of Lander, Wyo., and James and Kathleen Tomer of Diamond Bar, Calif., and her church family at New Hope Church, New Castle.Happy 40thHappy 40th Anniversary to Glenn and Dorothy Ault of Glenwood Springs. A family party was given on Feb. 8 in honor of their 40th anniversary, held at their daughters home in Peach Valley. Wishing them many more happy years together.Recent marriagesJames Albert Graham and Michelle Leigh Moore, of Rifle, Dec. 12, 2003Joseph V. Connolly and Terri Ann Sweet, of Rifle, Dec. 10, 2003Thomas Robert Rugaard and Mandy Patricia Holbrook, of Parachute, Dec. 9, 2003Terry Michael Hall and Wendy Virginia Attaway, of Parachute, Dec. 12, 2003Leonard Buck Jones and Linda Susan Olk Greer, of Parachute, Dec. 16, 2003


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