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Readers say thanks

I want to thank everyone who helped me during and after my recent accident. I especially want to thank Jerry and Scott Steele, John and Jamie Doose, and Arnoldo Vasquez for helping me get out of the house. Thanks to the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, the police, the neighbors, and John and Steve for helping locate the dogs. I thank the community for their prayers, cards and donations during my hospitalization. Special thanks to Wayne Rudd for flying my parents to Greeley. I appreciate the efforts of Terry Ewbank for setting up the medical expense fund and everyone who contributed to it. Thank you to the great staff of Valley View Hospital and the Glenwood Springs and Silt ambulance crews.Sincerely,Luke LittleGlenwood SpringsWe, Lukes family, would also like to thank all of the people named above for their help and support during the last weeks and months. Special thanks to our dear friends of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, Les Gray, Sally Zimmerman, Sandra Barnett and Vic Zerbi, Garfield County, especially Public Health and Social Services, Wanda and Bill Gray, and Colleen and John Groth. To all the community members who showed their love and support through cards, gifts, calls and visits, we are truly grateful for you all.With gratitude,Greg, Laurel and Matt LittleGlenwood Springs

On behalf of the Glenwood Springs High School Athletic Department, it is again time to thank those who so graciously gave of their time and resources to help with our fall sports programs. I would like to thank the Glenwood Springs Lions Club for once again volunteering their time to take tickets at the home football games. It is a great service they provide to GSHS and our athletic program. Thanks to those parents who gave of their time to take tickets for soccer and volleyball.I would like to personally thank Dave Erickson, Steve Schreiner, John Weast and Roger and Zac Zastrow for the countless hours they put in helping to paint the football field before each home game. This is a very time-consuming job and their commitment and dedication to this task was appreciated.Thanks to those who gave of their time for the things that sometimes go unnoticed announcing at games, chain crews, clock operators and such. Thanks Eric Strautman, Todd Thulson, Dick Screen, Bryan Avery, Shannon Hudson, Terry Wilson, Steve Lundin, David Vanderhoof, Coach Don Miller, Mike Wilde and all the others who ran the clock and operated the chains.Thanks also to Big Johns, True Value and Tom Ball with Colorado Mountain Express for their contributions to our athletic program. Steve Cable, athletic directorGlenwood Springs High School

There is a quiet place in Rifle that is working miracles as I write. It is happening at the Emily Griffith Center, a nonprofit residential treatment center for young troubled boys. Trails To Trust is EGCS therapeutic riding program that brings boys and horses together in a positive and healthy way. The miracles we see happen when a troubled child meets a gentle beast is awesome. This wonderful program is in dire need of supplies and community support. I am asking the public to respond by digging in their tack shops, homes and personal businesses, or by mailing a few dollars to a wonderful program right here in our valley. We are in need of the following supplies. If you, the public, need our help please call on our boys, they would gladly volunteer their time and energy in giving back to the community!Whats needed: large feeder tubs, grain and hay, bits, bridles, saddles, electrician (fence), blankets, books, boots, helmets, and tack racks. Also needed are building supplies for our barn and sheds, a 4×4 truck, committee members, an equine volunteer, footing material for ring, and pasture time for horse vacation.Please call volunteer committee member Lori Bennett at 625-3187 or equine program facilitator Tammy Sillman, 625-4446, ext. 35, with questions, for information, and to give donations.Thank you,Lori BennettRifle

We are in the process of reviving the local chapter of People First, an internationally known self-advocacy organization comprised of developmentally disabled individuals working with the aid of their chosen advisors, to exercise control over their lives and to become full participants in their communities. On Oct. 25, members of People First of Glenwood, with the assistance of John Simmons, director of the Downtown Development Authority, sponsored a Party in the Park to raise money to send members to a statewide self-determination conference in Lyons. Musical entertainment by the band Chacra Crossing made it an especially festive occasion and People First members sold hotdogs and brats.The fund-raiser was a huge success, with proceeds allowing 10 members to attend the conference. We would like to thank K & M Food Service in Rifle, Wal-Mart of Glenwood Springs, City Market of Glenwood and Rifle and Big Nugget Ice in Grand Junction for their generous donations to this fund-raising effort. Thanks also to all the folks who stopped by to purchase a tasty lunch and encourage us in our mission. We had a wonderful time at the conference and came home with many new ideas.Sincerely, Members of People Firstof Glenwood

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