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Readers say thanks

I saw many great smiles at this year’s Strawberry Days/Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast. The young and “not-so-young” were smacking their lips after tasting those delicious Village Inn pancakes doused with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association’s specially formulated Strawberry Wine Syrup. My fellow Glenwood Springs Noon Rotary Club members flipped pancakes, sizzled sausage, ladled syrup and poured drinks in awe as approximately 1,040 hungry patrons marched in front of the serving tables. While we would like to think it was because they wanted to catch a glimpse the ravishingly good-looking Doug Yaiko in an apron, but we know that our success was truly due to those who believe that the Rotary Club is focused on the community. Those like Village Inn, McDonald’s, Post Independent, True Brew Coffee Service, A Sanctuary Spa and Salon, Bighorn Toyota, The Gym, Peak Tent and Party Rental, Boundaries Unlimited Inc., Spring Ridge Reserve and of course, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.Through our gracious sponsors, we were also able to give away 240 breakfast tickets to children at the parade. Granted, the kids were probably hoping for Blow Pops. We saw many of their beautiful faces again Sunday morning when they brought their fathers in for a Father’s Day breakfast. You know you have invested your time and energy in a worthy project when you see it bring the family back together.Thanks to everyone who came out to eat with us and we hope to fill even more tummies next year.Deric WalterGlenwood Springs Noon Rotary Club

I just wanted to say a grateful and sincere thanks to all those great, patriotic veterans from American Legion Kelly-Hanson post 78. They have been kind and generous by donating a flag pole and the Colorado and United States flags to the Silt Stoney Ridge ball field, as well as installing the flag pole 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, whether it is placing flags on veterans’ headstones, making sure nursing home patients have someone to talk to, or sponsoring a student on a trip or little league team with shirts and equipment. Most of all, members set an example by being proud to be an American and sharing that belief. The young ball players, parents and siblings get to see the American flag blowing in the wind during an evening ball game, which represents opportunity, strength and the freedom to be able 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 soldiers from the American Legion Post 78 who helped defend and protect those freedoms during their time of military service, and the current soldiers in the Armed Forces who are serving our nation in the global war against terrorism. 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

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