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On behalf of the 2006 Roaring Fork Valley Arthritis Walk Committee, we’d like to recognize the following sponsors and volunteers for helping us provide a new, fun, inspirational, and successful fundraising event in the Roaring Fork Valley, held on Sunday, Sept. 17.National sponsors are Aleve, Triple Flex, Rimadyl, Biomet, and “Arthritis Today.” American National Bank, the Roaring Fork Valley Arthritis Walk’s presenting sponsor, contributed valuable money, time, professional resources, and volunteers to the cause. Other local sponsors include Valley View Hospital, Vicki Lee Green Realtors, the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club, the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool, and several anonymous donors. Thanks goes out to the many generous volunteers who helped make this year’s event run smoothly and safely.The bluegrass tunes of Paonia’s Sweet Sunny South, the free hot dogs and burgers provided by the Glenwood Springs Rotary, the dozens of homemade cookies, and the Tai Chi moves of Mearle Thompson kept participants, volunteers and committee members on their feet, entertained, fed and warm.Most of all, we’d like to thank all the team donors, and participating two-legged and four-legged walkers who showed up and supported this year’s inaugural event. With your help, we have so far grossed $19,000 in donations towards the prevention, cure and control of America’s most debilitating disease.Donations are always accepted by making your contribution online at http://www.arthritis.org, or by calling 1-800-475-6447.The Roaring Fork Valley Arthritis Walk Committee is always looking for additional members. Next year’s walk date has been set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. If you are interested in helping with next year’s event, please contact Mary Russell at 618-1450.Take control.Mary Russell, Tonya Green-Nieslanik, Scott Sobke, Jackie Dority, Mary Rippy, Julie Olson, Jessica Hawkins, Terri Jones, Robyn Hahn, and Emelie Smith, Arthritis Walk Director for the Rocky Mountain Chapter 2006 Roaring Fork Valley Arthritis Walk Committee

The students and staff at Grand Valley Early Childhood Literacy Center would like to send a huge thank you to all the companies and employees who were involved with the making of the tricycle track at our school. The summer project was started and completed with American Petroleum Institute at the helm. API received help and supplies from: Big H Water Services, Big R Industrial Park, Casey Concrete, Hyland Oil Field Services, La Farge, National Oil Wells, NRG, Rain for Rent, Wiz Well Company, Woods Well Service. The physical labor was provided by Mark Balderston, Dan Birrer, Kevin Edens, Gary Etter, Mike Linder, Rick Miller, Mr. Osman, Dan Packing, Mr. Rydo, Scott Sanders, Mike Schoster, and Shane Summers. This track will be used by up to 250 energetic and excited students during the school year. During the summer months, ABC&123’s day care population will be using it, too. The motor skills learned on this track are taken for granted by most of us. They are very important to children’s development in this age group. Thank you again and again for your caring and giving. Linda Leatherman, Parachuteand the Grand Valley Early Childhood Literacy Center staff and students

Thank you to all my prayer supporters and all of you who brought food to Larry and I. I thank God, my Father, then Larry my husband and supporter. Thanks to our kids who gave so much of themselves. Thanks to my mom, my brothers and sisters and my extended family. Thanks to all of my girls at the Rusty Cannon Motel. Everyone gave of themselves to make things work. Thank you New Creation Church and all other churches who prayed for me. Thank you Pastors Mark and Tasha and all of my friends who called and came to visit me in Denver. I love this area … I have all my life. Thanks again to you all. Thanks, Traci, for picking up the ball and running with it! I’m glad I had you to do this. Philippians 4:6Bunny and Larry RohrigRifle


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