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Another youth basketball season has come to an end and the Carbondale Recreation Department would like to thank all of the volunteer coaches who dedicated their time and energy to make this program a huge success. You are the role models who are molding the youth in our community into future basketball players. A big hand goes out to Debbie Baird, Brian Farris, Julia Anderson, Ryan Pratt, Fitz Hurd, Bill Hurd, Jerilyn and Marty Nieslanik, Nick and Jesse Lough. Thank you! Thank you! Chris LoertscherRecreation CoordinatorCarbondale Recreation Department

Last Friday afternoon, March 3, there was a parade down Midland Avenue in Basalt honoring our 2006 Olympic Games boardercross hometown hero, Jason Smith, who just returned from Torino, Italy. The scene was from a Norman Rockwell painting, with the avenue lined with citizens young and old, proudly waving American flags as Jason rode in an open air convertible, waving to the crowd on a sunny afternoon. Thanks to all who came out. We want to thank the Basalt Town Council and Mayor Leroy Duroux for his proclamation in honor of Jason. Town Manager Bill Efting ensured that patriotic American flags were posted on light poles along the parade route. Karen Hubert of the Basalt town staff went beyond the call of duty in publicity and press coordination matters. Special thanks to Steve Nelson and Glenwood Springs Ford for providing the sharp blue convertible. Lee Hendricks was our convertible driver, and his wife Jeanne was our cheerleader, passing out handheld American flags to the crowd. Thanks to police chief Keith Ikeda for providing the red light escort, and Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson and Jerry Peetz for the yellow fire engine. Also, to Rick Ballentine, Jason’s uncle, who drove the red Aspen Fire truck. Special thanks to Sue and Susan at Susan’s Floral in Basalt, Bo Bohan, Sarah Cuccia, Tom Munn and Eric Smith for help in parade coordination. Fred Durham, manager of Town Center Booksellers, was most generous in allowing Jason to sign autographs in the bookstore lobby. Jason has now left Basalt for further World Cup competition in Lake Placid and Japan. We wish you well, Jason. Thanks for representing Basalt and the United States of America. Dick MerrittParade ChairmanBasalt

On behalf of the Glenwood Springs High School Athletic Department, it is again time to thank those who so graciously gave of their time and energy to help with our winter sports programs. I would like to thank the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club and the Glenwood Sunrise Rotary Club for once again volunteering their time to take tickets at the home basketball games. It is a great service they provide to GSHS and our athletic program.Thanks to those who gave of their time for the things that sometimes go unnoticed – announcing at games, scorekeepers, clock operators and such. Thanks to Mike Wilde, Bryan Whiting, Carl Ciani, Alicia Crandall, Bill Hauser, Steve Casey and Martha Frendendall. Again, thanks to all of those who gave something back to our young athletes and the Glenwood Springs High School athletic program.Steve Cableathletic director, GSHS


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