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`Stuff the Bus’ helps needy school kids

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, individuals and the Roaring Fork Kiwanis Club, the first annual “Stuff the Bus” school-supplies drive has helped more than 40 needy students so far, with supplies available to help 40 more.

Before school started this year, the Roaring Fork School District transportation department and the Kiwanis Club collected supplies in a mini-bus parked inside the Glenwood Springs Mall and outside Wal-Mart and the City Market stores in Carbondale and El Jebel. The bus was filled with hundreds of dollars of donated supplies. Alpine Bank also donated $1,000 toward the drive. Information: Larry Estrada, 384-5780.

New baby

Proud parents Christopher and Andrea Porter and big brother Tucker Porter welcomed Tessa Elizabeth Grace Porter on Sept. 30, 2003. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Gera makes Eagle Scout

John Joseph Michael Gera, a member of Boy Scout Troop 225 and a 2003 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, will receive his Eagle Scout Award at a Court of Honor ceremony at

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

Gera joined the Tiger Cubs at 6 years old, went on to Cub Scouts, earning his Arrow of Light, and then continued on to the Boy Scouts.

His project involved rebuilding several picnic tables for the city of Glenwood Springs. He replaced the rotten wooden tops and seats with recycled plastic lumber. The tables are now in use at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

John Joseph is a freshman at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, majoring in forestry. He is the son of Richard Gera of Carbondale and Virginia Gera of Glenwood Springs.

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