Readers Say Thanks
Another Freedom Celebration has come and gone on this past July 4, and I am happy to report that it was a great success. This was the 28th year of celebrating this great country and our great God at Apple Tree in New Castle. This year, as in the past, was a great success thanks to the dedicated volunteers who worked hard and gave up their day so that others would enjoy the celebration. The names of these wonderful people are too numerous to mention, but hopefully they will know that they are honored and appreciated for their sacrifice. Their devotion to the service of others all for the payment of only a smile is inspiring. I would like to say a special thanks to the Talbott Enterprises employees who dealt with the added stress and donated additional time and energy so that this event could take place. Thank you to the many sponsors who donated prizes: Mr. T’s Hardware, Building Supply & Rental Center; New Castle Café; New Castle Diner; Hogback Pizza;, Johnson Park Miniature Golf; City Market; Kum & Go; The Picket Fence; Burning Mountain Bowl; Stop-N-Save; Mohair; Devin’s Tonsorial Barber Shop; and Sassy Cutz. Thank you to the entertainers: Brianna Wilks, Shantell Stevenson, Kayla Anthony (reigning Miss Burning Mountain Royalty) and their pageant organizer, Tanya Julian; Son Shine Gang Puppet Team and Rodz for God from Grace Bible; New Hope Praise Band; Evidence Team from Calvary Bible College; Shonna Partain and the Western Slope Stompers, for your willingness to spread joy to those around you. Additionally, thank you to Burning Mountains Fire Protection District and their many volunteers who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way so that the rest of us may enjoy this celebration of freedom. I, and many others, thank you for your tireless dedication to keeping our community and countryside safe.Russell Talbott, Ross L. Talbott, Ross M. TalbottTalbott Enterprises Inc.New Castle
I would like to thank Tad and Jennifer Holloway, Kyle Daniel, Duke Earl, and Jim Bradford for doing Junior League every Tuesday at Rifle Creek Golf course. We are very lucky to have them. They take time out of their day every week to set up Junior League. I think that what they do is very generous and special. It means a lot to me. Not only do they teach us how to be better golfers, but how to be better people, too. We learn the rules of golf, golf etiquette and teamwork. These people have helped me in so many ways and I appreciate it so much. Golf is a special sport and I love to play it. Thanks for letting all of us play Junior League every week. It has been a blast. You are all great and it means so much that you do this for all of the kids.Taylor Walters, 12Rifle
The Silt Heyday Committee would like to thank all the contributors who helped make the 38th Silt Heyday a huge success. This includes all those who donated financial support, door prizes, and services in lieu of money. Because of you, we were able to provide a great hometown celebration. We wish to thank all the people who donated their time for Silt Heyday, including the parade entrants, parade judges; booth providers; performers; local support including the Silt Police and the security volunteers, the Silt Historical Society, friends in the beer booth, the town of Silt employees, and all the others who helped.We want to thank all the newspapers, radio and TV stations that publicized the event, Harrelson Music, which helped provide our sound system, the Garfield County Commissioners, who provided dumping and Down Valley septic for sanitary facilities.Thanks to our bands and musicians, Heart of the Rockies, Rocking Horse, Acoustic Mayhem, and Rick Aluise.If we forgot anyone it is not intentional, and we thank you, too. It was difficult to keep track of all the work going on. Without all of this support, we could not have done it. Thanks again.Silt Heyday Committee – Rick Aluise, Dave Bartlett, Linda Cromwell, Bud Cromwell, Joan Nestor, Kim Price, Marcia Smith, Peggy Swank and Susie Wright
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