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Sonlight Foursquare Church would like to thank the Church of Christ for letting us borrow their decorations and supplies for vacation bible school (Avalanche Ranch). This act of kindness was a true blessing to our congregation and enabled our church to host a successful vacation bible school program. We appreciate their spirit of cooperation in spreading the word of God and the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank you.Sonlight Foursquare Churchpastors Bernard and Rhonda Masimer

Forty-three members of the 2007 Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team completed the Tri For the Cure Sprint Triathlon on Aug. 5, swimming one-half mile, cycling 12 miles, and running a 5K through Cherry Creek State Park.The team consisted of members ages 24-63 from Silt to Carbondale. They trained for four weeks, learning the basics of swimming, cycling and running/walking. The past weekend was the culmination of their hard work.Thanks to the many people who supported our team all season. Thanks to the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool for leasing the swim lanes; the Gym at the Hotel Colorado for leasing their club for our morning classes; Glenwood Medical Associates for our gym bags and offering the GMA lobby for meetings; Schmueser Gordon Meyer for donating our team T-shirts; Colorado Mountain College for our first-ever racing uniforms; Sunlight Mountain Sports for their tire changing clinic, bike tune-ups, and emergency repairs; Ross Peterson and Linda Guise at Valley View Hospital for their foot and gait clinic; Keith and Tammy Slater at Something Sweet Candy Plus for screen printing; triathlete assistants Wendy Caldwell, Jamie Darien, Caryn Hettler, Mary Jay, Carol McCurry, Maureen Nuckols, Jane Szucs, and Betts Williams; Steve and Howard Jay for lifeguarding; Jim Lord and Mike White for tent duty; Dennis Demers for our great team photo; the husbands, partners, parents, and children who supported their triathletes all summer; Paul Salmen and John Norton for sharing us with our team; the various businesses who sponsored several of our triathletes; and most importantly, to every one of our 2007 RFWTT triathletes who took the leap of faith to train this summer!Special thanks go to the organizers of the Tri For the Cure. The event raised more than $170,000 for the Denver Susan G. Komen Foundation and hosted more than 2,800 participants. More than 100 breast cancer survivors completed the race, including three of the six breast cancer survivors on the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team. Breast cancer, like triathlon, takes a team of support. We are proud to be part of the solution!Nancy Reinisch, USAT Level 1 coachJudy Haynes, coach, Fitworks Personal TrainingThe Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team

Wow! That’s the perfect word to express our amazement at finding our brand-new home still standing, undamaged, after a wildfire July 21 on Silt Mesa. Sparked by a single bolt of lightning on BLM land less than 200 yards from our new home, the fire erupted so quickly and spread so rapidly there was nothing we could do but run. Forget the shovels and water hoses. Call 911! We’re so thankful nobody was trapped on the trails, which are well-used all year.We’re eternally grateful to the 80-plus firefighters, countless other emergency responders, neighbors, friends, and even strangers who offered their help and support both during and after the fire. Our undying thanks go out to the plane and helicopter pilots and all of the wildfire-fighting teams from Burning Mountains, Rifle, Parachute, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Platte Canyon, BLM, and the Forest Service who literally raced to our aid. Not only our home, but those of our neighbors would surely have been lost had it not been for the instant action and unbeatable coordination of these teams. What they do is absolutely incredible. They’re not just heroes, they’re superheros!We also owe a great deal of gratitude to our builder extraordinaire, Rick Kuester, who not only built a beautiful home, but had the foresight to leave a clean job site with a 30- to 40-foot defensible zone around the entire house. This, along with stucco siding and fire-rated shingles, enabled the firefighters to save it. We all need to be aware of using “firewise” building and landscaping practices, because even our best-of-the-best firefighting teams can’t respond as quickly as wildfire can spread. Again, many thanks to all those who helped out in our community crisis. And the next time your local fire department says it needs new equipment or anything else, just remember – it could be your home and/or loved ones’ next. Please support your local fire and emergency response teams, as well as our wildland fire specialty teams. They’re truly a class act! Deb and John Nicholson Silt

I wanted to thank all the people who worked so hard to make this year’s Garfield County Air Fair such a success. Just to name a few, Brian Condie, airport manager, his assistants Janet and Tim and all the volunteers who gave many hours of effort. Thank you to the Garfield County commissioners for sponsoring this event. A big thanks to the Rifle Jet Center for all their help and assistance. This event enabled the community to enjoy and appreciate their local airport. It is events like these that turn young people on to the dream that they can become pilots. It was great to see all the pilots I have known throughout the years.For those of you who attended, we were treated with the biggest aviation event on the Western Slope this year with the appearance of Patty Wagstaff, a world-class aerobatic pilot. We saw amazing airplanes do flybys. Local pilots gave it their all with the flour bombing event. Kids made toy airplanes and played in kidspace. Radio Control pilots showed us an array of unbelievable maneuvers. The CAF sold out their toy airplanes. We had great food from many food vendors.If this event whetted your appetite to become a pilot, Dick Weinberg and I are offering a Private Pilot Ground School through CMC in Glenwood on Wednesday nights starting Aug. 29. It is the first step to becoming a pilot. Sign up through CMC. Also coming up is the Glenwood Airport Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22.Jessica McMillan, certified flight instructorGlenwood Springs

The care, support and numerous kindnesses shown to both of us during Larry’s recent hospitalization and recovery was overwhelming. Our thanks to all, we’ll never forget.Larry and Glenda AntonelliSilt

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