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I would like to send my thanks to the city of Glenwood Springs and especially to the Glenwood Springs Community Center for all of their assistance with this year’s Colorado State HOG Rally. I was very impressed with the facility and how compatible it was with our needs.Several of our members approached me with positive comments on the area and the welcoming attitude of the community. This is a beautiful area to ride in, and we thoroughly enjoyed the scenery. As the coordinator for the rally, I asked around to see if we were being considerate guests during our visit, and I heard of no concerns. I trust that holds true to those businesses I didn’t speak to.Also, a hearty thanks to Russo’s Catering for your help and to Cooper’s Corner, I hope we were able to contribute to your worthy efforts.Again, thank you to the community and to all that stepped up to make this a very successful event. J.D. ThompsonArvada

Glenwood Springs Elementary School would like to thank all the parents and community members who helped with our all-school picnic. This year we had an especially good time watching the kids try to dunk Principal Sonya Hemmen and fourth-grade teacher Holly Hentschel in a dunk tank provided by Mr. T’s Hardware in New Castle. For just 25 cents or a bit more (philanthropy), children and adults alike were able to pitch a baseball and dunk. Funds generated will be used to purchase sound and light equipment for our growing fine arts programs at GSES. We raised $194.50.Thank you to the GWS Kiwanis for the use of their grill and to Coy Brethorst, Jeff Leonard, and Rolf Hermanson for their grilling-expertise.Denise Wright organized the dunk tank and recruited Al Wright to help the kids successfully hit the tank’s target. We would also like to thank (and apologize to) Lisa Orosz, who planned on just coming to have lunch with her daughters Rachel and Sarah and, instead, ended up getting back to work a little late and totally soaked from helping with the tank. Also, a big thanks to Eric Nieslanik for the loan of the baseballs.Thanks also goes out to all the wonderful lunchroom ladies for preparing the barbecue, the teachers who managed the incredibly long line of kids waiting for a shot at the tank, Ray Ling, Susie Wills and Jimmy Thomas who set up and tore down the event and Sonja Linman for support crew duties.An especially big thank you goes out to Sonya Hemmen who stayed in the tank for over two hours so all the kids could participate. (That’s about 595 kids). When the line continued getting longer, Holly Hentchel volunteered to get in the tank so the students could continue having fun.This fundraising event was so successful that we plan on doing it again next year and hope that many more members of the community will join us.Glenwood Springs Elementary School staff


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