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Readers Say Thanks

This letter is in response to Barb Park’s thank-you letter. We as a community of moms are the ones who owe Barb and the staff a huge thanks. It was so wonderful to have a place to take our kids this summer. Barb and the staff did a wonderful job with games and crafts. The kids loved every minute of it.

Barb wholeheartedly gives of herself to the kids in our community. She goes above and beyond her job every day. My three girls love Barb and have learned so much from her. So, thank you, Barb! You are an incredible lady.

Christine Young

Glenwood Springs

I would like to thank all of those involved with making the 2004 Carbondale Rodeo a huge success. Given the uncertainty that surrounded the rodeo at the beginning of summer, I would first like to thank the business community for coming to the rescue and financially supporting the event (especially John Colson with the Valley Journal). Without their backing, this event would have folded. The next time you see a sponsor, please thank them with your business!

Secondly, I would like to thank Jeff Jackel from the Town’s Rec Department for his work in getting the arena ready for the rodeo every Thursday night. Jeff and his crew worked hard to make the venue look great!

Third, I would like to thank Kathy Ortiz, of Big Mama’s catering. Kathy did me a personal favor to show up at the first rodeo and provide food and soft drinks, not knowing how many people would attend.

Fourth, I would like to thank the promoter, Roger Frahm of Rim Rock Rodeo for giving Carbondale another chance and providing a great show week after week.

Fifth, a big thanks to the cowboys and cowgirls that participated in the event.

Last but not least, I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting the rodeo.

We are looking to make the rodeo bigger and better in 2005 ” to make this event a Carbondale icon.

The Finals Rodeo will be held on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m., in conjunction with Oktoberfest. Thanks again and YEEEEEHAAAAA!

Dave Weimer


The New Castle Recreation Department would like to thank the following people for their help with all the various summer programs offered this summer:

First of all, Caite Kendrick, for your tremendous planning and organization; Michelle Bunn for your numerous hours of volunteer grunt work; coaches Mark Bintliff, Curt Bjork, Galen Forristal, Tom Dunlap, Forest Keith, Rich Duran, John Doose and Terry Gore for a very successful baseball season;

Tim Kearns and the guys with the New Castle Maintenance Department for your mud volleyball pits; the folks at Rodeway Inn for the use of your pool; Virginia Erickson for your cooking expertise (and patience);

Sabrina Carmichael for providing a successful tae kwon do program; Jeb Limbach for the great job you’re doing with the breakdancers; the Carbondale Recreation Department for letting us team up with you on trips to Elitch’s and Waterworld;

Whitewater Rafting for offering us individualized summer raft trips; our art teachers Ernie Delto, Portia Griefenberg and Kate Ireland;

And thank you P.J. Simms for organizing such a great summer art program; and Lakota Canyon Golf Club for your free golf clinic; and last but not least Warren Gentry at Diversions for sponsoring our skate competition.

All of you were a tremendous help in providing alternative activities for members of our community. We couldn’t do it without you!


Bryan E. Vashus

New Castle recreation director

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