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YouthZone directortickled pink at supportWhat people in our communities won’t do to help kids!I am once again humbled by the amazing volunteers who worked their “piggy tails” off in the YouthZone Kiss-N-Squeal contest. Just as incredible are the businesses and people who rallied behind these “wanna-be pig-kissers.”All this to support YouthZone in our 28th year of serving kids and families in the Roaring Fork Valley and the remainder of Garfield County.Our thanks to the newspaper staff and publisher Mike Bennett for exceptional work in spreading the word about YouthZone. The special insert in the July 29 edition of the paper has been responsible for many families becoming aware of the resource YouthZone is for them. The support from all who advertised in the insert is much appreciated. This piece helps us show potential funders that the community backs the YouthZone program. It will be of great help in our search for grants.The rumbling is already happening about potential candidates and strategies for next year. If you want to be sure to be in on the fun, just give us a call. There is always one more pig to kiss.Debbie Wildeexecutive directorYouthZoneThe animals are thankfulI would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank-you to Jim Calaway, Kayli Offerle, Connie Baker, Sue DeWinter, Cindy from CARE and many others for all the special efforts, time and money everyone involved has put forward to contribute to the success of the CARE center located at Colorado Mountain College. The entire annual fund-raising event was a very successful program. The animals are thankful, I’m sure. This entire project takes many volunteers, money and time in order to be successful. The entire goings-on have a way of touching each and every person and animal involved.Puttin’ On The Dog (and kitty cat) was a fun and truly well-planned event. It was great for Joy-Ann Creations Inc. to participate in creating the main part of the decor for the evening. This show does rank among one of the most enjoyable times I have volunteered my time and efforts for in quite some time.Thanks, again, to all involved. Keep up the great work!Joyce GornickJoy-Ann Creations, Inc.Glenwood SpringsJoin those who areadopting a classroomThe retailers, contractors, and business owners of Glenwood Springs have been coming together to launch a new program, with the help of PIE at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, called Adopt a Classroom. We have gathered the wish lists of teachers in grades K-5 at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, and assigned each business a teacher. The business will then go out and fill that teacher’s wish list, spending a minimum of $50. Adopting a classroom means just that! Each business will hand-deliver the goods they purchased to their classroom and get to know the teacher they helped (unless, of course, you don’t want to, and then we will do the shopping and delivering for you)! The following businesses have already adopted a classroom, and a heartfelt thank-you to them: For You Shoppe, Hayes Construction, Oneirica Art Ranch, Daily Bread, Ingrid’s Cup & Saucer, Toy Shack, Teddy’s Corner, Love to Play, Night and Dance, R & A Enterprises, Mona Lisa, Springs Travel, Geno’s Liquor, Lilly’s Finer Consignor, Mountain Memories.We are still looking for more businesses that want to become involved with the schools in a great way! If we can get more than 26 businesses, then we are able to help out more classrooms, so please contact Shannon Moller at 947-9644 if you are interested.Shannon Moller,president,Parents in EducationGlenwood SpringsElementary SchoolKudos to Bennett, GSPII want to personally thank Mike Bennett and the Post Independent for their continuing support of the YouthZone organization. Mike agreed to compete in the annual “Kiss ‘n Squeal” fund-raiser. He ran a great race, and came in a close second. The event raised over $80,000 for the kids!Agreeing to be a candidate in YouthZone’s annual “Kiss ‘n Squeal” competition is a remarkable commitment. The time involved in the fund-raising activities, public appearances, and the myriad of other goings-on involved in raising money is significant. And all that for the “privilege” of kissing a small, pork-oriented barnyard beast in front of a rather raucous crowd.In addition to all of the publicity generated and the money raised through Mike’s efforts, the Post Independent produced and published a wonderful supplement about YouthZone that was distributed with the newspaper. It did a great job of presenting information about the activities of a great organization.I became involved with the YouthZone Foundation last year. Since then, I have learned that the programs and the people of YouthZone have made a tremendous difference in the lives of young people throughout the area. Due to many factors, including the diversity and demographics of the area, many young people find themselves at a position of choice. They can choose to work toward becoming responsible, productive members of our society, or they can choose drugs, alcohol, and anti-social behaviors. The value of the YouthZone organization lies in helping them to make the right choices.Again, thanks to Mike Bennett and the GSPI for their help.Jim NelsonGlenwood SpringsNew vet comes to rescueTwo years ago we had an emergency with our horse, but didn’t get help in time to save him. I wrote a letter to the newspaper about the lack of after-hours care. I am happy to say I can now say the exact opposite.A week ago our dog received an injury, which was not discovered until 9 p.m. as we got home from work. We didn’t know if the injury was emergent, but decided to have him seen by a veterinarian.I had heard about the response and care received at Divide Creek Animal Hospital in Silt, so I called and left a message. Within one minute I received a call back. Within 15 minutes, our dog was being seen by Dr. Peter Langegger, who was extremely willing to see our dog and take the time to tell us what he thought needed to happen.Our dog stayed at the hospital for two days. Both days I received phone calls in the mornings and in the afternoons letting me know how our dog was doing and what was being done.We are happy to say our dog is home, happy and healing. We have only the best things to say about Dr. Langegger, his office assistant and his wife who first greeted us. We wish them the best in their new home. Divide Creek Animal Hospital was recently built in Silt and is a much welcome and needed addition to our community. Jeri MarlowSilt


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