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I just wanted to say a grateful and sincere thanks to all those great, patriotic veterans from American Legion Kelly-Hansen Post 78. They have been kind and generous by donating a flagpole and the Colorado and United States flags to the Silt Stoney Ridge ball field, as well as installing the flagpole with a crane donated by Lyons Construction. The American Legion has been proactive within our valley for many causes. Post 78 is an outstanding organization of men and women who believe in civic duties to better our communities. American Legion leads by example, by placing flags on veterans’ headstones, making sure nursing home patients have someone to talk to, sponsoring a student on a trip or little league team with shirts and equipment, and most of all, being proud to be an American and sharing that belief. The young ballplayers, parents and siblings get to see the American flag blowing in the wind during an evening ball game. That represents opportunity, strength and the freedom to unite with other towns and to share a fun filled evening of baseball. It just can’t get any more patriotic than that. Which reminds me of the freedoms that we are blessed to have. The American Legion Post 78 soldiers helped defend and protect those freedoms during their time of military service, and the current soldiers in the Armed Forces are serving our nation in the global war against terrorism. So as a dad, I want to extend my thanks to American Legion Post 78 for keeping patriotism alive in the valley for our children and ourselves. God bless America.John PizzelliSilt

It was a very successful evening in New Castle Friday night. The New Castle Chamber hosted a wine and beer tasting fundraiser. Everyone had a wonderful time. Linda Strickland said, “It was marvelous; we should do it again next year.” Everyone raved about Bill Pughs’ shrimp and Patti Reichs’ chocolate chip cookies. “The evening was exceptional,” said one attendee. The food, the company and the refreshments were all fabulous.We would like to give a special thanks to Jesse and his family for welcoming us to their hotel, The Roadway Inn, where the event was held; Tim and John from Coors, Doug and Sue Lyons of Elmer Suds for supplying all the wonderful beer products; and Ken and Michael of Roaring Fork Liquors, who supplied us with their extensive knowledge and fabulous wine selection.This was one of many New Castle Chamber of Commerce events to come. We are a growing community and a growing Chamber, with many old and new members working hard to make New Castle the community it is meant to be, “New Castle, authentically Colorado.” Come and enjoy the fun and activities for all ages, during our Burning Mountain Festival July 14-16.Thank you to all that came to help, and support us.Bill Pugh, New Castle Chamber president;Maureen Maznio, vice president; Neva Hiscock, secretary; Pam Johnson, treasurer

To the Basalt Foundation,I, Jason Troyer, would like to thank you and Green Side Up Landscaping and Mid-Valley Mechanical for the scholarship I was awarded. Your contribution will assist me with my expenses as I move along up to Wyoming for schooling. Thank you so very much.Jason TroyerBasalt



The Glenwood Springs middle and high school bands would like to thank the following people and businesses for generously donating artwork, and for their support of our fundraiser “Artists supporting the Arts,” which took place during Strawberry Days. We would like to thank the Glenwood Springs Art Guild members: Alice Davenport, Portia Griefenberg, Arlene Law, Jane Sutton Seglem, Ellen Zagoras, Dot Mulligan, Berard Hoffman, Jean Edmonds and Nancy Martin for donating their beautiful artwork. Additionally, we would like to thank artists Dian Geist (Raiku pot), Vicki Steele (Hidden Safari quilt), Dory Light (turquoise earrings), Annie Brooks (fused glass platter), and the Carbondale Clay Center (fired clay pot). We would like to thank Big John’s for lending us pegboard, YouthZone for the tent use, Mary Gould for her guidance, and the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce.We would also like to thank all of the volunteers and those who came to support us. Matthew Olivieradirector of GSMS and GSHS bands

On behalf of myself and the Music & Lobster Fest crew, many thank-yous are in order. A big thank-you to our main sponsors, KUUR Your Radio, TV Aspen and the town of Carbondale. Thank you to Steve Standiford for organizing and showcasing over 40 local musicians to a rocking crowd both nights; it was amazing. Thank you to Jeff and Gail Brodsky for your exceptional hard work in providing more than 1,000 Maine lobsters for us to enjoy. Thank you to all the CRMS Preschool organizers, parents and volunteers for many tireless hours needed to put on such a great race. Thank you to Peak Party Rental for the spectacular tent, tables and efficient delivery and pickup. A big thank-you to Sandy Joyner at the town for selling all those tickets – you are amazing. To the Carbondale Fire Department, police, Jason Helmus and our Public Works Department, thanks again for your support and hard work into making this event another success. Thank you to April and Kim at the Post Independent, and Gina and Jane at the Valley Journal, for your coverage and support of this event. To my endless core of volunteers, without all of you, this event would stand no chance. Thank you for the hard work, smiles and your time. Thank you to Ryan Loeb and Linc from Carbondale Vineyards for the superb service and knowledge you provided; many people had a chance to taste your great wines. Thanks to Bill Lodge from HiPoint Brewing for the microbrew tastings; you always come through for me.To my assistant event coordinator Jessi Rochel, for your many, many hours of hard work, before and after the event, and mainly for helping my brain function correctly and telling me to breathe: This event would again not be possible without you and all that you do.Thank you to all the citizens who came out and supported the event. I hope you had a great weekend in Carbondale. It was my pleasure to help provide this for you, and I hope to see you all next year for your “Lobstahs.” Chris “Woodsie” WoodsCarbondale RecreationMusic & Lobster Fest event coordinator



One of the great things about our community is the support businesses give to each other. On Saturday, June 17, Strawberry Days weekend, The A-Team Realtors held a party for their clients and affiliates. Because of the following businesses’ help and generosity, our party was a hit. Thank you to Accord Development, Alpine Bank, First American Heritage Title Co. and Wells Fargo.Jeanne Casey CRS, GRIon behalf of The A-Team Realtors


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