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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the donors who helped to make the open house at the New Castle Library on Feb. 17 a huge success. This event was an opportunity for the community and the employees of the library to say goodbye to their director of more than eight years, Jacilyn Spuhler.A huge thank-you goes to all the employees who helped put this event together. Many employees brought food and helped with the set up and the cleanup afterward, all on their own time. The Library Foundation and all six of the library’s friends groups contributed funds and food for the event. The Rifle Wal-Mart generously contributed much of the food, including the wonderful cake. Target in Glenwood contributed most of the paper goods, and the Glenwood City Market helped with funds for the gathering. And finally, the Post Independent helped with advertising and promoting the event so we could get the word out.Again, a sincere thank you to all.Mindy Kittay, assistant directorGarfield County Public Library System

The Annual Glenwood Springs Elementary School and Sopris Elementary School Joint Literacy night, held Feb. 27, was a huge success. There was a great turnout of students and families from both Sopris and Glenwood Springs Elementary Schools. As the host of this year’s event, Glenwood Springs Elementary School PIE would like to thank the teachers, staff and PIE parent volunteers at Glenwood Springs Elementary and Sopris Elementary schools, Danielle Evans at GSES for preparing the chili dinner and Sunlight Ski Shop for donating a snowboard. We would also like to thank the following presenters for giving their time and expertise to this great night: Adriana Ayala, Debbie Bair, Lorie Beattie-Courier, Patti Bristol, Barb Brown, Wendy Caldwell, Shannon Campbell, Lynne Cassidy, John Courier, Ted Donahue, Jim Frale, Sally Friend, Karen Hall, Judy Haptonstall, Sonya Hemmen, Howard Jay, Kim Kappelli, Amy Krakow, Debbie McKenna, Rita Merrigan, Ruth Podmore, Carolyn Root, Cory Scheffel, Bob Shivley, Andi Struble, Christine Sullivan, Maria Vazquez, Leslie Way, Dr. Fred Wall and Mike Wilde. You all made this night not only educational, but a ton of fun.To Sopris Elementary School, thanks for working on this event with us, and we can’t wait to come to your school next year for another great night!Jenny CutrightPartners In Education (PIE) presidentGlenwood Springs Elementary School

About two weeks ago, I was approached by two strange men who introduced themselves as Gordon Saucepan and Mr. Vail. They called KDNK Community Radio about holding a Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament. They were put through to me as my job here at KDNK is to constantly find ways to inspire people to give money to keep independent media and music on the air through KDNK. It sounded suspect. I’d never met these boys before in my life … but they had something, and boy, were we lucky they gave it to KDNK. Thanks to Gordon Saucepan and Mr. Vail for bringing out people of all ages to laugh and be creative and entertained at the First Freedom and Justice Women’s Arm Wrestling Tournament. KDNK raised about $500, the ref wore rubber gloves, the handsome announcer donned a tuxedo, and the winner, The Croatian Princess, looked spectacular in her tiger print dress. A big thanks to Jason and Phat Thai who provided a classy place for this classy event. Stay tuned for future tournaments in a town near you. Remember, KDNK is in its Spring Membership Drive and depends on listener support for a third of its budget. We are truly people powered! Amy KimberlyKDNK Development Director



The Basalt Recreation Department would like to thank the volunteer coaches of our instructional league basketball season. These coaches dedicate many nights per week to teaching the youth of Basalt the fundamentals of basketball.Many thanks to Debbie Alcorta, Charles Capobianco, David Cerise, Paul Gonzales, Brittany Guglielmo, Maddie Hoffman, Mike Hoffman, Karen Hubert, John Krueger, Gregg Mackey, Terry Maner, John Reyhons, Bill Reynolds, Jim Ryan, Lance Schoon, Emily Taets and Bill Toney.Also, many thanks to the parents who helped out with tournaments and who made sure the players got to the games and practices on time. It makes my job fun having the opportunity to work with you.Dorothy HowardBasalt Recreation Department

As a parent and educator in the Roaring Fork Valley, I want to extend thanks to the music teachers in our schools and to the Symphony in the Valley. Last weekend, our family attended another Symphony concert, which we have taken advantage of since moving to Carbondale years ago. At Sunday’s concert, the conductor, Wendy Larsen, introduced the symphony members to the audience, and I was struck by how many students participate in our valley’s symphony from Parachute to Aspen and all points between. It is with a generous spirit and a smart eye to the future that students are invited to participate in this rich and rigorous opportunity. As a teacher, it’s always thrilling to see youth participating with adults in the community; as a parent, it was especially sweet to watch my son don a suit and confidently take the stage with the other accomplished musicians. It is likely that each symphony member is on that stage because of a muse, a teacher who inspired them to follow their passion. To Deb Barnekow, whose school programs have lit the fire for so many youngsters, including our son, and to Mark Gray, teacher and hero, who keeps the flame fanned each and every day – it is no coincidence that for you both, muse and music are inextricably linked. Thank you, to the musicians in the valley, who keep the music alive. Karen Olson, mother of a Roaring Fork High School studentCarbondale



We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to all of you who sent food, cards and donations to our family during our recent loss.The Shepard familyGlenwood Springs


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