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Readers Say Thanks

This letter is in regards to the Glenwood Springs Recreation Department’s adult softball leagues. As players and captains that have participated in leagues not only this year, but for many years in the past, we would like to voice how unfortunate it was to lose Shannon Derby as the league coordinator.

In the past few years, since taking over the softball leagues, Shannon has singlehandedly rebuilt a program that was falling apart at the seams. She took a league that pretty much used to be nonexistent and turned it into something that every one of us looks forward to playing in each season. Her constant involvement and commitment, along with her phenomenal organization and vibrant personality at the field and in the office, made it exciting to play softball in her leagues.

The recreation department has lost an outstanding employee that has made a huge impact on not only the softball programs, but also on many of the other adult athletic leagues and on many of us as members of the community. Shannon is one of a kind, and will be greatly missed by everyone who has participated in the programs she has made so successful.

After speaking to many other players, we would like to extend a big thank-you on behalf of all of us to Shannon for putting so much hard work into the programs, and also let her know that all of her hard work and commitment to the programs was greatly appreciated by everyone. Because of Shannon the programs were truly enjoyable to be a part of and will not be the same without her.

Players of the Glenwood Springs PR softball leagues

Valley Dog Rescue has an older, very gentle rescue dog named Bucky who was saved from death row. A sad experience brought her to “Valley Emergency Pet Care” on Fiou Lane in Basalt, which took fabulous care of her for several days. She received a lot of love and expert care, for which I am extremely grateful.

I would like to thank Dr. Chris Hansen who initially operated on her. Subsequently she was taken care of by the wonderful veterinarians Dr. Bisk Jackson, Dr. Erin Johnson, Dr. Julie Cox and Dr. Lisa Thompson. I also want to send my thank you and love to the supporting staff, Mike, Renee, Rhonda, Dominica and Mimmi.

Additionally, Bucky got lucky enough to be fostered by her brand new friend Alison, who also works at this wonderful facility. All in all ” it was a rough start for Bucky but came to a happy ending.

Ursula Shepherd


Thanks to Alpine Bank, American National Bank and Roaring Fork Rentals for donating money to Glenwood Springs Middle School for school shirts that have already boosted school pride and morale. As a parent, I’m grateful that my daughter has a school she’s willing to advertise on her clothing. As a veteran substitute teacher, I’m thankful for the unifying and equalizing effect that a school shirt can bring about.

Thanks to Principal Brad Ray, of course, for recognizing the positive in his students and encouraging their exuberance.

Ruth Trowbridge

Glenwood Springs

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