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Readers say thanks

We would like to publically thank the 80-plus runners and walkers who braved the rain and participated in the Run For Your Life! race/run/walk for heart attack and stroke prevention on Saturday. Proceeds went to the Glenwood Springers youth track club and the Valley View Hospital Foundation.

Thanks to River Valley Ranch for allowing us to hold the event there, and to the Valley View Hospital Foundation for providing the post-race food. Space doesn’t allow mention of all the wonderful volunteers, but special credit needs to be given to Brett Morrison, who helped design our logo; Jeanne Golay, in charge of marketing; the Glenwood Post Independent, which gave great coverage to a good cause; Mike Kishimoto, in charge of timing; Kathy Feinsinger, in charge of results; and Barb and Rusty Harrison, whose great organizational skills were extremely helpful.

The participants seemed to especially enjoy the $50 gift certificates for heart-healthy meals at Six89, Russets and the Rock Creek Grill, and the gift certificates donated by Ute City Cycles, included in the post-race/walk raffle.

Dr. Greg Feinsinger and Dr. Martha Oppegard

co-directors, GMA Heart Attack/Stroke Prevention Program

I am a second-grade teacher in Basalt. Recently, the Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation awarded me a grant to take two online, professional development courses.

In these courses, I learned how to write a Web quest for my students, and learned ways to encourage critical thinking and problem solving in the classroom. I learned about ways to use technology to reach all learners. I have already used several of the ideas that I learned in these courses with my students.

Without the support of the RFPEF, I would not have been able to take these courses, and my students would not have been able to benefit from what I learned. Thank you, RFPEF. Your support of teachers in this valley is amazing.

Megan Talbott

New Castle

The Glenwood Dance Academy and the Danse Arts Theatre Company would like to thank the more than 1,000 patrons who came to our performances June 3 and 4. Our first “Spring Time Performance” was a huge success thanks to you. We also want to thank all the moms who provided baked goods for sale at the show. Your participation was overwhelming.

Thank you also to the Flower Mart for providing the flowers for our dancers. Thanks to our stage manager, Johnna Modene, and our lighting designer Lauren Wilder. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your contributions, which helped immensely.

We want to thank the following volunteers for their help ” if we have missed anyone, please accept our apology: Wendy Vanderhoof, Anne-Marie Kelly, Michele Zon, Wendy Jeffers, Lynn Zueger, Shera Tapp, Ron Liston, Christine Page, Lynn Kurtz, Jane Alby, Kristine Leahy, Donna LaGiglia, Rita Wagner, Maggie Muchmore, Tori Palmer and Carol Mehan.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without our dancers, our teachers, and our 150-plus students. Word count does not allow us to acknowledge you all by name, but you know who you are. Thank you so much.

What’s next? Watch for us in a pre-Christmas extravaganza with the Symphony of the Valley Dec. 2 and 4 at the high school. This is a first on the Western Slope. A live orchestra and our own Danse Arts Theatre Company dancers will be on stage together. You do not want to miss it.

Bob Anderson, DeAnna Anderson, Claire Evans

Danse Arts Theatre Company Inc.

Glenwood Dance Academy LLC

The Art Department at Basalt High School would like to offer a big thank you to many people and organizations. These people donated time, money, materials, and support to our organization. They contributed to the success of our students’ projects and the awesome art show. Our administrators, Jim Waddick and Karen Harvey, continue to support all things artistic.

The staff at the school gave their space and time, notably: Mike Green, Forrest Grosh, Diana Kruiz, Eric Pedersen, Jerry Gasau and our fabulous custodians.

We are grateful to the following organizations: Aspen Thrift Shop, CCAH, Custom Framers of Glenwood, Valley Lumber, True Value, Valley View Hospital, Roaring Fork Education Foundation, and Glenwood Spring Art Guild.

The eight art show judges did a tremendous job with all the various artwork.

We would like to congratulate all of our winners. Zoe Pratte won Best of Show and Frank Howard won People’s Choice. Many other students received ribbons as well.

Our year in the Art Department has been creative and exciting. We hope to see lots of students next year growing through the arts!

Tish McFee and Sunny Wilson

Basalt High School Art Department

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