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Dear Editor,The annual Family Skate Night took place last Friday night at the Glenwood Community Center Ice Rink with more than 300 people in attendance. Everyone enjoyed free hot dogs, hot chocolate, skating and family fun. The event was produced and sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Police Department, YouthZone and the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department. It was great to see the families out on the ice all holding hands, supporting one another, (some out of the necessity to remain upright) for a few laps around the rink. The event had a great community feel to it and even more so this year, with all of the kids, best friends, neighbors and anyone else who loved to skate collectively having a good time. The skating was free and the Glenwood Springs Police Department picked up the tab for skate rentals for anyone under 14 years old. Additional kudos are in order because the annual Family Skate Night could not take place without the following people and organizations. Thanks to YouthZone’s Mary Jean Carnevale, Patty Schaffner and Sarah Woods for gathering prizes and helping out the night of the event. Thanks to the Glenwood Springs Police Department, Terry Wilson, Margaret Wierenga and Levy Burris, for greeting and grilling and trying to keep up with the hungry skaters’ appetites. Thanks to Dan Roper and his ice rink crew for matching up skates to 300 different shaped feet. Thanks to Barb Park and her KidKare staff for providing a fun spot to play when the little ice skaters legs had turned to noodles.Traditions exist because they give us something to look forward to, and a sense of belonging and participating in something greater than ourselves. The annual Family Skate Night has reached the status of a family tradition. So, see you next year and don’t forget to sometimes “stop, and go in the other direction”. Just make sure that whoever you are holding onto does the same.Eric BrendlingerYouth Program CoordinatorGlenwood Springs Parks & Recreations Department

Dear Editor,On Jan. 13, the annual “Family Skate Night” was held at the Glenwood Springs Community Center with a tremendous turnout. More than 300 people came out and enjoyed free skate rentals for kids, hot dogs and hot chocolate, and mostly fun on the ice. A huge thanks goes to those who make this event happen: Levy Burris, Margaret Wierenga, Bill Kimminau and Tom McCorkle (retired), from the Glenwood Springs Police Department; Eric, Shane and Leon, from the Community Center; Patti and the crew from YouthZone; and Sandi Brown and Dutch Wierenga, who got “drafted” to help. The event went well, and two lucky skaters won sets of new skates donated by the Glenwood Springs Police Department Youth Activities.Winter in Glenwood is a great time. Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the evening!Terry WilsonGlenwood Springs Police Department

Dear Editor,I recently attended the fall 2005 CLETA academy at CMC. I need to thank a few people for my opportunity. Thank you to my wife Christy, for the never-ending support and encouragement. Thank you to Linda and Lee Martin (mom and stepdad), Ken and Betty Rahn (mom and dad-in-law), James Blatter (brother), Ronnie Chick (best friend), Erica and Eric Gentry (best friends), and Bob and Carol Christensen (part sponsors and close friends), for standing by me and encouraging me. Thank you, Aimee Chapelle and Dewey Ryan (carpool friends and study partners) – you made it a fun experience. Thank you, Kevin Brun (academy director) – keep up the good work. Thank you to all the instructors and all the fellow classmates. Thank you, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.Ken BlatterRifle


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