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The Glenwood Dance Academy and the Danse Arts Theatre Company would like to thank all the folks who attended our spring show June 2-4. We appreciate your support. We want to thank the following businesses who donated prizes for the kids who sold tickets for the art drawing; Sanctuary Day Spa/Glenwood Beauty Academy, K-Mart, Regis Salon, Kiss’n Makeup, Harmony Scott, Mona Lisa, Faceology & Layers, Bandana Kids, Book Train, Night & Dance, Red Mountain Books, Smoothie King, Springs Theatre and Yampah Hot Springs Vapor Caves. Your contributions were priceless.Thank you to all of our volunteers who worked so hard to make the show a success. And last but not least, thanks to all the moms and dads who provide us with their wonderfully talented children. They truly are special and we are so pleased they are a part of our lives.Robert and DeAnna AndersonClaire EvansGlenwood Dance AcademyDanse Arts Theatre Company Board of DirectorsGlenwood Springs

If you made it out to Carbondale’s Wild West Rodeo last week at the Gus Darien Arena, you might have noticed or even sat in the new grandstand bleachers, which seat close to 300 people. These were the old Eagle County bleachers that have been unused and weathering in mothballs for over 10 years at the El Jebel Tree Farm. The town of Carbondale inquired regarding town usage of the bleachers, but the problem would be getting them hauled down to Carbondale, prefabricated and assembled so they could be put to use again. A phone call to local rancher Matt Nieslanik and “Industrial Repair Maintenance Welding” owner Bill Rice was all it took. They jumped to the task with help from Harold of “All & All Hauling,” Scott Haycock, Steve Tenold and Mark Nieslanik on transporting the bleachers to Carbondale. Bill Rice’s knowledgeable staff of welders and prefabricators then took over, and completely rebuilt, reassembled and installed the refurbished bleachers at the riding arena just in time for the first Thursday night rodeo. The town of Carbondale is most grateful for all of you and any others who assisted on this bleacher project. It’s folks like you that really make a difference in a community. Thanks so much! Jeff Jackelrecreation directortown of Carbondale

I was recently involved in a car accident near Coal Ridge High School, and would like to take a moment to thank all of the people who came to my rescue and helped me during that night and the next day. To begin with, a local man named Bob was the first on the scene, and I would like to thank him for his kindness and calming manner during a very stressful time. Also, many different firemen were there to stabilize my vehicle and get me out to safety, plus several continued to look for my dog who had run off and was missing. A wonderful EMT treated my physical injuries, but, more importantly, she was very reassuring and did all she could to treat my emotional injuries, as well. Another thank-you goes to the policewoman who drove me home and made sure that I was going to be OK for the rest of the night. And, last, but certainly not least, I am very grateful to the groundskeepers at Coal Ridge who called me the next morning with the news that they had found my dog, and, except for a run-in with a skunk, he was doing just fine. It is times like these that make me realize what an amazing community we live in and that it’s all because of the people who are here. Margaret HesseSilt



On behalf of the Carbondale Recreation Department, I would like to say a huge thank-you to all who were involved in the recent MLS Soccer Camp, held in Carbondale the week of June 5. More than 70 kids participated and really showcased the level of enthusiasm for soccer in our valley – all the kids were great ambassadors. A big thank-you goes out to the families who housed the British coaches for the week: Pam and David Rosenthal, Nancy Cohen and Kelley Mitchell, Janet Coursey, and Jenny Sloan – you really pampered these guys, and we are all very appreciative of your hospitality. Thank you to Bill Gavette and the Carbondale Fire Department for bringing Engine 1 out for the water fight – a kid’s dream come true. Thank you to Sue Santos at River Valley Ranch for the pool passes to the Ranch House for the coaches. Thanks to the town Public Works Department for again prepping the field into great condition. A huge thank-you to all the very supportive parents for all you do for your children. You are all so instrumental to making this camp a success. The camp will be back again the same week of next year for another week of fun. Please call me if you would like any of the hundreds of great photos from the week. Remember to cheer your team on in the World Cup. Go Australia!Chris “Woodsie” WoodsCarbondale recreation and special events coordinator

Last Tuesday a fire was started on our property on Highway 13, apparently caused by a lit cigarette thrown from a passing vehicle. With the extremely dry conditions and the wind, this fire destroyed almost all the vegetation and trees on our land, as well as most of our fencing, our two-car garage, horse shelter, cab-over camper and chicken coop. Our boats, campershell, storage unit and our friends’ horse trailer also sustained some damage.Thankfully, our local fire response teams are exceptional. We owe our heart-felt thanks to all the responding agencies: Rifle Fire District, Burning Mountains Fire, Grand Valley Fire, the inter-agency emergency personnel, Garfield County Road & Bridge Department, Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation, Grand Junction Air Center, Garfield County Sheriff’s office and the Forest Service agent who placed the first 911 call. The fire response teams worked very hard to save our animals: our dog Clancy and cat Calli, as well as Michele’s horse Jasper, pony Sugar Bush and donkey Lit’l Britches. All our animals and our house were saved by the fire department’s training and dedication. And these are almost all volunteers. Bless you! The compassion expressed by all the firefighters, EMT crew and sheriff’s officers were appreciated in such a stressful situation. There simply are not words enough to express our thankfulness, but we will try. Thank you, thank you, bless you all!Alaine and John Seastrom7606 Highway 13Michele Pike


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