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Special to the Post IndependentWest Chapter PGA president Greg Gortsema, left, presents a $3,000 scholarship check to Andy Buchholz, with his father, Don Buchholz, and PGA section

Harry Brauneis, of Battlement Mesa, was the recipient of the Paul Lappala Award at the 30th High Country RSVP recognition lunch, which was held on April 30. This is the highest honor for a volunteer for outstanding community work.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Benjamin Ross, son of Jeannette Ross, of Aspen, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Ross completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Ross is a 2004 graduate of Sentinel High School, in Missoula, Mont.

At a 7 a.m. yoga practice at Two Rivers Park on May 11, five decades of Marilee Rippy’s life were celebrated by performing 50 sun salutations. A group of friends joined in with Marilee Rippy and Nova Sprick.

Jeremy Ray Spillman and Christy Nicole Averett, of Redstone and Carbondale, Dec. 4, 2004

Jeffrey Alan Gay and Gina Marie Custis, of Lakewood, Dec. 18, 2004

Carbondale Community School teachers were honored during the school’s Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6.

During the week, students and their parents presented special tribute activities, thank-you cards, gifts and a free lunch for teachers. The week acknowledged these teachers who make a difference in their students’ lives.

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