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Basalt Recreation Department would like to thank the generous people who made the fifth annual Basalt Blowout Skateboard Contest on Father’s Day a rocking success. There were skaters from 7 to 20 years old competing for some great prizes. Many thanks to our sponsors, Colorado 500, Basalt Police Department and Polar Revolution, for providing cash and prizes for the skaters. Thanks to Rage Unlimited from Boulder for getting the awesome T-shirts with only a week’s notice. Thank you to Sammy Shea and Scott Kimick from Polar Revolution for their superb judging of the skaters. And thanks to Travis Mclain from Radio Boardshop for emceeing the event. Sammy Shea was also very instrumental in making sure this event happened on such a short notice. It was a pleasure working with him.Dorothy HowardBasalt Recreation Department

On Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14, the Basalt Regional Heritage Society hosted its annual Flag Day Celebration at Lion’s Park in Basalt. We want to thank all those who supported, attended and enjoyed an evening of fried chicken and hand-churned ice cream, bluegrass music, historical town and cemetery tours and a patriotic flag-folding ceremony. Mason and Morse Real Estate, Basalt Chamber of Commerce and the town of Basalt were our major supporters. Thanks to food servers Britton Lund, Basalt Library director; Mindy with Toklat Gallery; Pam Schilling and Tanje Bellhouse, town of Basalt; and Pat Merritt. Bonnie and Adele Crawford provided chairs for the dinner setting. The Fryingpan Bluegrass Band provided foot-stomping music during dinner, while everyone enjoyed eating fried chicken prepared by Two Rivers Café.At the commencement of the American Flag Folding Ceremony, Town Center Book Sellers played “She’s a Grand Old Flag” on their chimes, which were heard throughout town. Thanks to Wal-Mart, Glenwood Springs for donating hand-held American flags to all those in attendance. Pan and Fork 4-H Club, Bugler Danny Kapustka and Troop 265, Senior Girl Scouts of Basalt performed the flag ceremony in a most patriotic manner. Thanks to everyone who supported Flag Day 2006 in Basalt in the small-town spirit of artist Norman Rockwell. Proceeds from the event help fund Basalt Regional Heritage Society programs.Dick Merritt, communications officerBasalt Regional Heritage Society

Our sincere thanks to everyone who extended their prayers and remembered us with cards of condolences after the death of husband and father, Harold W. Kieck. Rev. Kieck passed away Feb. 27, 2006, in Tucson, Ariz., from complications following heart surgery.His memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. July 1 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.Marcy KieckKitty, Ken, Marion and familyGlenwood Springs



Thank you Berthod Motors for being service-oriented and customer friendly.Over the years, auto dealerships have been the brunt of critical accusations – from high pressure selling to padding repair bills, as well as being unfriendly to female customers. I’m sure that a lot of women agree. My husband and I, collectively, have operated automobiles for more than 100 years, including more than 25 different vehicles in no less than 12 cities across the country. Needless to say, we’ve had considerable experience with car dealerships, and none can compare with Berthod Motors. … They are simply the best, and I attribute this company’s courteous service directly to the standards and examples set by Don and Jim Gerbaz.Not long ago, I had an unfortunate “auto mishap” – which could have left me stranded or at the mercy of a Colorado AAA towing service. Well, Jim Gerbaz not only came to my rescue with a repair that enabled me to continue homeward bound, but he even checked my well-being by cell phone while I was en route. Jim, not only do I greatly appreciate your “beyond the call of duty” assistance, but I want everyone at Berthod Motors to know that service there has always been a pleasant experience.It is no secret to area residents that Berthod is also an asset to the community, exhibiting civic pride through its participation in many worthy causes. Jeri DoranParachute

A great big thanks goes out to the Rifle Wal-Mart Supercenter and its staff. We would like to personally recognize Jamie (last name unknown, a co-manager), Tammy Ramirez (assistant manager) and Cindy McKeever.Rifle Wal-Mart allowed us to keep 1,000 bottles of our water in their cooler. This allowed us to deliver cool water to our community in Glenwood Springs during the Strawberry Days parade. We would also like to thank them for donating 20 pounds of dry ice to ensure the water would be cool enough to drink.We appreciate the giving spirit of Rifle Wal-Mart and its staff. May the Lord bless you richly for assisting us in our community!Keith Wood, pastorGlenwood Springs Apostolic Church



The family of Bill Porter would like to express its sincere gratitude to all of those who have given their love and support during our time of need. The beautiful flowers, food, help on the ranch, prayers and kind words meant so much to Bill’s family. A special thank-you to our wonderful neighbors, the Talbotts, for everything they have done for our family. The support they have shown our family is a testament to the saying, “Love thy neighbor.” When words spoken may seem inadequate, the actions of family, friends and neighbors working together, pays tribute to Bill, and expresses the love and respect we all felt for him. And for that our family will forever be grateful. Thank you all so much. the family of Bill Porter New Castle


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