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Basalt Middle School gets grantsThe Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation recently granted over $4,500 to Basalt Middle School. These grants will fund the following projects for the following teachers:”E-Mod Solar Electricity,” Jane Douglass (sixth grade)”CSI: Forensic Science,” Craig Macek (eighth grade)”Pinnacles of Passion,” Melissa Matherly (talented and gifted, fifth grade)”Debating the Issues,” Valerie Black (Library)”Broken Pottery Mosaic,” Jacquetta Green (Art)Without the RFPEF’s support, Basalt Middle School simply could not provide these innovative instructional projects. Our teachers, students and entire community will benefit from RFPEF’s fund-raising and generosity. Thank you, RFPEF, and thanks to all of you who have contributed to RFPEF.Christian Kingsbury, principalBasalt Middle SchoolHelp with car accidentI was in a two-car accident at exit 105 this morning. One state patrolman, Sgt. Garcia, and two New Castle police officers, Officer Saunders and another officer, came to help and the other driver.Thankfully, both she and I are unhurt. We were both driving slowly for the conditions, but a slick spot sent our cars on a collision course.I called 911 first, my husband second, and my work last. After the accident reports were filled out, the tow truck driver, Blain Ward, pulled both of our cars out of the median.I was an hour late clocking in at Glen Valley Care and Rehabilitation Center, but at least I got there. Throughout the day my co-workers have checked on me and my physical health. They’ve offered me hugs, moral support and rides home. Fortunately, my car is still operational.I would like to thank Dee, the other driver, without whom I wouldn’t have the opportunity to thank Sgt. Garcia, Officer Saunders, her co-worker and Mr. Ward. I would also like to thank all the people I work with for caring so much.Elizabeth MartinRifleGreat decorationsThe Downtown Restaurant and Retail Committee Holiday Promotion Committee would like to extend its thanks to the following for helping to make downtown’s Christmas season successful:Thank you to the Springs Theatre for donating three Saturday morning matinees. The Springs did not just show “any old” holiday movies, they showed top-of-the-line movies – “Elf,” “Shrek 2” and “Peter Pan.”Thank you to WestStar Bank, Alpine Bank and Bank of Colorado for hosting Santa and his helpers in Centennial Park. Your enthusiasm and support are always greatly appreciated. Thank you Glenwood Caverns and Adventure Park for donating tram tickets and gift certificates to the winners of the first annual Christmas storefront decorating contest.Thank you to Al Laurette and the Parks Employees for setting up Santa’s House in Centennial Park. Thank you to Chuck, Paul and Bob from SWAT for cutting out the new characters who were added to Santa’s house this year, and to Cindy Svatos and her husband, Tony, for painting and setting up the new characters (appropriately named Johnny, Cindy and Lori!).Thank you, Jim Waters of Christmas Dcor, John Hines, Doug Hazard and the electric department crew for putting up the Christmas lights throughout the City. Thank you, John Martin, and the rest of the county commissioners for putting up holiday lights on the county buildings and trees this year – they look wonderful! And, last but not least thank you to the downtown merchants for staying open late and weekends, for offering great sales and merchandise, for taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas sale, the downtown-wide open house, and to the first annual Christmas storefront decorating contest. Cindy Svatos, Chairman, Holiday Promotions CommitteeSue Sharpe, Confetti DesignRobin Haney, Robin’s on Grand Dennis Bader, The Flower MartNancy Page, Main Street GalleryJim Waters, Christmas DcorShiela Mugford, GSCRA Accident aidWe are writing to thank the numerous people who were there to help our daughter after her car accident on Dec. 23. Silt and New Castle Emergency response teams, Silt police officers with a special note of thanks to officer Taylor, ER doctors, nurses and professional staff at Grand River Hospital, Dr. Papenfus, who helped care for her at the scene of the accident. We were told there were some nurses who happened to be on scene as well, we don’t know your names but were are so thankful to you also. The lady who was so kind to Lyndsey, covered her with a blanket and called us from her cell phone to let us know about the accident. Again, we don’t know your name but we can’t put in words how grateful we are to you. Our wonderful friends, family, our pastor and his wife and our youth pastor who came to the hospital and waited and prayed with us. God bless each of you,Shane and Michele Snyder


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