Readers Say Thanks
Commissioners contributed to Kids VotingKids Voting would like to thank the Garfield County commissioners for generously contributing $4,000 in start up funds to Kids Voting, Colorado, Three Rivers Region.Kids Voting, in its first year valleywide, depends on the support of the communities, the schools, the teachers, and finally, and most importantly, the parents. Kids voted on Nov. 2 in their own “mock” election with a simplified ballot, in the Kids Voting booth at the official polling places.What better way to raise a generation of informed voters than to take them to the polls? This nationwide nonpartisan program has the added benefit of “trickle-up” democracy by increasing the voter participation among adults by 3 to 10 percent. Kids literally drag their parents to the polls!The teachers are registered all 10,000 of our valley students during October with a Kids Voting Registration card which students took to the polls on Election Day. Thanks to the financial support of the communities, Kids Voting is off to a strong start in the schools. With the participation of parents, we reached our goal of giving our children an authentic voting experience.Thank you so much, commissioners, for putting your funds towards the Kids Voting program in the schools.For more information, call 945-5090 or visit http://www.kidsvotingco.org.Sincerely,Brenda Buchananassociate director, Kids VotingComfort in mourningThe family of Marguerite “Margie” Moser would like to thank everyone for the support they gave to our family after her passing – all the flowers, food, cards, phone calls and visits. They were greatly appreciated. Special thanks to Waste Management, Modern Kitchen Center, Chris McComas and Robin Slatery.Ken Moser, Lori Denham and family,Kim Gauthier and family, Mike Moser and family,and Susan MoserSki Swap successOn behalf of the 50th anniversary Aspen Ski Swap committee, I would like to say thank you to the entire community for our overwhelming success in 2004! The preliminary numbers show record sales! We also had a record number of people attend the swap. Thank you.To our loyal patrons, we apologize for the wait you may have experienced, and we are devising plans for future years to avoid long waits. All proceeds benefit the Aspen School District, so thank you for your perseverance.As always, the local media were very supportive. A special thank you to Josh Michaels and David Bach of KSPN, Thomas Watson and Bob Albright with the Aspen Daily News, Steve Benson and Mary Hayes with the Aspen Times and Brad Monsevitz with Grassroots Television.An extra-special thank you to Madeline Osberger, with the Snowmass Sun, who wrote about the spirit of the swap and included in her article some of the people who helped create the event 50 years ago.Thank you for your support and see you next year at the 51st annual Ski Swap, Nov. 4-5, 2005.Thank you again and think snow!Mary M. RyersonAspen Ski SwapHit-and-run victim extends appreciationI would like to say “thank you” to all the good samaritans who stopped to help me on Tuesday night (Nov. 16) after becoming a victim of a hit-and-run car accident. Thank you to Dave, who stopped and called 911 for me (I don’t have a cell phone). Thanks to the carload of people that got details of the truck that hit me and called 911 also. Thanks to Steve, who recognized the truck and stayed until the police arrived in order to give an eyewitness account. Thanks to the school bus driver that parked the bus behind me and flashed the yellow lights to serve as a warning for approaching vehicles. Thanks to all my neighbors, friends and strangers that stopped to see if I had been injured. Thank you to those who went looking for the truck that hit me – that’s above and beyond the call of duty. And thank you to my dad and both police officers who came to my rescue. I was greatly impressed and am deeply blessed for all of you who stopped to help. Again, thank you so much!Sincerely, Debbie Wolchek ParachuteHallelujahfor local businessesWe would like to thank everyone who helped with the eighth annual “Hallelujah Party” held at Wamsley Elementary School on Sunday, Oct. 31. Many children and parents enjoyed the eight different games with prizes, the large amounts of cakes donated for the cakewalk, costume contests, piñatas, treats, and of course, the bags of candy. We couldn’t have done this without our wonderful volunteers who made it an exciting time for the children. Our thanks to these businesses that donated: The Brickyard, Rifle Lock & Key, State Farm Insurance (Dee McCown), McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Starbucks, Sonic, Hawk Real Estate Investment, Sportsmen’s Gallery, Jean’s Printing, Wal-Mart and City Market.Sincerely,Mark OpsteinFaith Fellowship ChurchRifleDaughter onroad to recoveryWe have so many people to thank for helping us through the most terrifying ordeal in our lives. The quick response of medical personal at Grand View in Rifle, the Life Flight Crew, the staff at St. Mary’s in Grand Junction, and the staff and dozens of specialist at St. Luke’s in Denver. Without the professionalism and quick response of those individuals, our daughter’s life surely would have ended. We would also like to thank the friends and strangers who prayed and supported us. A special thanks goes out to our families, the staff at Dunlaps, Aspen air traffic controllers, Laceann’s schoolmates and faculty.Laceann’s life is starting to get back to normal. It has required some adjusting, but she seems to be taking it in strides. It has been a true gift to be able to see her smiling face again.Thank you from our hearts,Scott, Jacque, Joe and Laceann MillerFetcher appreciates campaign supportI would like to thank all of you who helped me, encouraged me, put up yard signs, contributed to the campaign, volunteered for phone banks and canvassing, etc. I am thoroughly grateful for the chance to be your candidate for Senate District Eight and to meet with many of you on a personal basis. The pure joy of the campaign is the opportunity to engage so many in the process.Although I fell slightly short of being able to represent you in the state senate, I accomplished many of the objectives that I originally had in mind when I began the campaign. And it is great to be back at the ranch!My sincere thanks,Jay FetcherSteamboat SpringsVoting the right wayI, Zofia Bryjak, owner of Silt Red River Inn, give a special “thank-you” to all who voted against issue 2B (the unfair motel tax) and for voting what is right!A heartfelt thank-you,Zofia BryjakSiltMiracles ofmodern medicineThanks to everyone for all your thoughts and prayers during my recent sickness and recovery. I was lucky enough to have the finest neurosurgeons in the world operate on me at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. Thanks to their expertise, I should have a complete recovery from something that people used to die from. Modern medicine is fantastic.During my visit there, I met a lot of other patients who had been diagnosed much later and had bigger brain tumors, with a lot tougher results. That being the case, I would like to say special thanks to Dr. Paul Salmen for being such an “on-the-ball” doc and catching mine so early. Paul, you are the man!Thanks again,Joe MollicaGlenwood SpringsThanks for the sympathyMy mother, Violet Arnold, is in heaven and we thank everyone for their calls, cards, floral arrangements, plants and donations to hospice and the Advocate Safehouse Project.Victor and Lois Gabossiand familyGlenwood Springs
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