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St. Patty’s Day baby

Braden Victor Exelbert was born March 17, 2004, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 1⁄2 inches long. He is proudly welcomed by parents Ian and Kacy Exelbert and big brother Blake of New Castle.

Alpine Christian graduate helps implement Model U.N.

Amy Heuer, a Hope College sophomore and 2002 Alpine Christian Academy graduate, helped coordinate the 32nd annual Model United Nations conference sponsored by Hope College in Holland, Mich.

The college’s department of political science sponsors the event, and Hope students are responsible for its implementation. Model U.N. is designed to give high school students an opportunity to take on the roles of professional diplomats with the goal of achieving a particular country’s national objectives. More than 900 students and faculty from approximately 45 area high schools were involved.

Heuer is the daughter of Thomas and Gail Heuer of Carbondale.

Garfield County library system receives grant

The Garfield County library system, with headquarters in New Castle and branch libraries in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Parachute, Rifle and Silt, received a grant of $500 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Physical Activity and Nutrition Program.

The grant will go toward encouraging library system employees to participate in weight lifting, skiing, walking and other physical activity to earn incentives. They will receive e-mail wellness tips of the day, the Berkeley Wellness Letter and a list of materials available in the libraries on nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Grants were awarded to schools and worksites throughout the state as incentives to assist children and adults in developing better eating and exercise habits to reduce obesity.

Although Colorado has had the lowest obesity rate among states in the United States for many years, these rates have increased in recent years along with the rest of the country.

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