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Aiden Arthur Godel arrives

Dave Godel and Val Klinzman-Godel announce the birth of their son Aiden Arthur Godel, who came into the world Nov. 16. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. The Godels make their home in Rifle, and Dave has worked at Glenwood Insurance Agency for two-and-a-half years.

Proud grandparents are Holly and Kimble Klinzman of Parachute. Holly is the head librarian at the public library and is the choir director at the middle and high school in Parachute.

Bright smiles for a good cause

If you’ve always wanted to whiten your teeth, now’s the time to get it done. Jim Cummins, D.D.S., of Glenwood Springs is offering full-mouth bleaching for only $250 through Dec. 31, with all proceeds going to the Advocate Safehouse Project. The bleaching process normally costs about $425, and this is the third year Dr. Cummins will offer the discounted service during the holidays. It’s a “win-win-win situation,” said Dr. Cummins: “Someone gets a pretty smile, and they’re donating to a great cause, while we get to see both parties benefit.”

“My heart goes out to families where there has been abuse, especially when there are kids involved,” said Dr. Cummins of his decision to donate to this particular local organization. “I think we should all do what we can to help the less fortunate. Every little bit helps.” For an appointment call 945-5083.

Chesca Smotherman to study art in Chicago

Yampah Mountain High School senior Chesca Smotherman of Carbondale will attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in January, having earned the most prestigious scholarship awarded to an incoming student: the $12,000 annual Presidential Scholarship. Her parents are Frank Smotherman of Glenwood Springs and Cindy Sadlowski of Carbondale. “We’re elated,” says Dad. “She’s a highly talented kid.”

Private Brent Hamilton finishes training

Army Pvt. Brent L. Hamilton has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. During the nine-week training, he received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, chemical warfare, military courtesy and first aid, among other disciplines. Hamilton is the brother of Terri Nuzum of Parachute.

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