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Alida Eide, a Junior Girl Scout in Troop 209, is working toward earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which shows that she has made a promise to help others, improve the community and world, and become the best she can be.

The community project Alida has chosen is a canned food drive for LIFT-UP. Her goal is to collect 1,000 cans by April 11.

Help Alida by dropping off cans of food in the boxes at the Glenwood Springs Safeway and the Glenwood, Carbondale and El Jebel City Markets.

Information: LIFT-UP, 945-2005.

We received this nice note from Sonya Doyal of Rifle:

Friday, March 26, is Dolores Huebinger’s birthday. Five kids, seven grandkids and one great-grandchild later, this lady looks great. Although we can’t reveal this great lady’s age, we will say this: She and her husband, John, will celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary in June, and Dolores was married when she was 18. You do the math!

Have a great one mom. We love you lots!

Esther and Dick Moolick of Glenwood Springs spent two weeks in February roaming Antarctica aboard a small clipper ship. “It was exciting and delightful,” says Dick of their trip that covered more than 2,000 miles.

The clipper ship departed from Ushuaia, at the very tip of Argentina, cruised the Falkland Islands and then roamed around Antarctica during the continent’s late summer. Able to go to ashore at least twice a day, the couple saw thousands of penguins, many whales and considerable numbers of snoozing seals in a “very exciting polar environment,” reports Dick.

At the Glenwood Springs Frontier Historical Society annual meeting in January, the following board members were elected: Jim Drolet, president; Stacey James, vice-president; Mary Kent, treasurer; and Scott Werking, secretary. Other board members are Dean Moffatt, Jim and Sharill Hawkins (co-members), Brian Thornton, Ann Gremel, Roger Garing and Stormie Werking (co-member with Scott Werking). The Society thanks everyone for their commitment to the nonprofit organization.

Chelsea Daniels and Matt Allee of Glenwood Springs were married in Las Vegas on March 15, 2004.

Chelsea, who took Matt’s last name, graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 2002. Her parents are Scott and Nancy Daniels of New Castle.

Matt was home-schooled, graduating in 1998. His parents are Lance and Pam Allee of Carbondale.

Ah, the joys of living in this valley in the spring ” seeing and smelling smoke from the controlled burning of land. It’s actually a good thing, reducing fuel for wildfires and increase useable forage for elk and deer. Local landowners burn their property, but the White River National Forest and Glenwood Springs Resource Area of the Bureau of Land Management certainly get into the act, too.

They are planning several burns throughout the surrounding areas of Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Aspen, as well as Eagle, Gypsum, Vail, Dillon, Rulison and Meeker. One of the first planned burns will take place five miles south of Gypsum within the next few weeks, weather permitting. During active burning, smoke and flames may be visible from Interstate 70 and other points throughout Eagle County.

Linda Dean of Glenwood Springs won $1,000 in the Colorado Lottery’s “Hot Hand” game. Don’t spend it all in one place, Linda!

Luke and Cheri McCoy of Rifle announce the birth of their daughter Hailey Eileen, who was born at 12:25 a.m. March 1. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 193⁄4 inches long. Hailey joins older siblings Tyler, 15, and Kodi, 12. Grandparents are Sharon and Chester Perrin of Rifle and Vern McCoy of Humphreys, Mo.

Check on the status of your IRS refund by logging on to the home page, and following the links to “Where’s my refund?” This service, which debuted nearly two years ago, handled more than 18 million inquiries in 2003.

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