Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Aug. 22, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Community News Briefs – Aug. 22, 2013

Mildred Arnold
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Give Reed a helping hand

Five-year-old Reed Mills of Rifle was diagnosed with t-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the Children’s Hospital in Denver.

Reed’s Rodeo Roundup is a fundraiser to help the Mills family meet its medical bills. From 3-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold a “safe shoot” event, there will be a dunk tank, mechanical bull rides, a food court, activity booths, prize raffles and a silent auction.

For more information, call Lindsey Isham at (970) 987-4600.

Rydens reach golden anniversary

Charles and Angela Ryden of New Castle will celebrate their golden 50th wedding anniversary on Monday, Aug. 26.

The Rydens have spent their entire married life on their cattle ranch north of New Castle. They raised their own children there, as well as numerous foster children.

The family would like to invite friends, family and neighbors to stop by at an open house celebration on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2-4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Silt to wish them congratulations. No gifts, please.

A diamond anniversary

Howard and Lorraine Dean, former residents of the Rifle area, will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 29. They would enjoy receiving cards from family and friends. Their address is P.O. Box 898, Cedaredge, CO 81413.

Gold Circle award winner

Mildred Arnold, a member of Preceptor Beta Kappa Chapter in Rifle, recently received the Gold Circle award, given to a member who has been active in the sorority for 50 years, and shown loyalty to the sorority’s precepts of life, learning and friendship. It is meant to express the appreciation of the members and the international organization for her dedication.

Members of Preceptor Beta Kappa Chapter hosted a luncheon at Thai Chili Bistro and presented Arnold with a yellow rose, the Golden Circle certificate and the Golden Circle pin, sent from the Beta Sigma Phi International office.

Come listen to Bubbles

“Remembering Rifle” is back at the Rifle Creek Museum this Saturday, Aug. 24.

Lifelong Western Garfield County resident LaVerne “ Bubbles” Starbuck will be at the museum, 337 East Ave., from 1-3 p.m. Come visit with her and listen to some of her memories about her time in the Rifle area, tour the museum and have some refreshments.

Starbuck, along with her husband, Frank, has been a part of the ranching community for many years. She was also a familiar face in the public school system, from her early years as a teacher in our rural schools to principal in our consolidated schools.

Camp fights childhood obesity

Rifle Outlaw Fitness and CrossFit Generate have planned an Ultra Quest Camp to give 140 under-privileged kids and teens from per semester Parachute to Glenwood Springs the chance for a healthy lifestyle, and to help decrease childhood obesity and diabetes by educating kids and teens, as well as their parents, of its importance.

Camps will be held Sept. 15 through Nov. 16. Each age group will meet twice a week, either in New Castle or Rifle. Age groups are 5-8, 9-13 and 14-18.

Business sponsorships are sought to allow camp-goers to attend on scholarships. Interested businesses and families interested in applying for this camp can email or call 984-7096.

Congratulations to a Rifle Lion

Norma Miller of Rifle was recently awarded the Lions Clubs International Foundation’s Melvin Jones Fellow award, the highest award given to any Lions Club member. It is named for the founder of Lions Club International.

Miller has been a member of the Rifle Lions Club since January 2006 and has been involved with the KidSight program at the local and state level for seven years.

Centennial Concerts reflection of community

Looking back to when this year’s Centennial Concert Series and Market started on June 23, it seems those nine weeks have gone by pretty darn quick. Every year, I am so touched by the support shown from not only the series sponsors, but our community and the bands, and I am so thankful to the sponsors, businesses and community members that recognize the benefit of community events like the Centennial Concert Series and Market.

Thank you to the merchants of the Centennial Market for continually coming out, setting up rain or shine, supporting and helping to make this event better every year. A special thank you to Gary Miller and Kevin Carlson: Gary has attended nearly every concert since its beginning and has been an invaluable volunteer and supporting community member; Kevin has been my market assistant for the past three years and a priceless asset. It is the people of our communities that keep these events alive and growing and I feel blessed to be part of such a community and have the opportunity to bring free, community events to our city.

A big, sincere thank you to the sponsors of the 2013 Centennial Concert Series and Market: Alpine Bank, who has been the series sponsor since the beginning three years ago; media sponsor KMTS has generously contributed a lot of airtime the past two years in promoting the series and each band that plays through the summer; contributing sponsors Rifle Visitor Improvement Fund, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Grand River Health, WingNutz Bar and Grill, Mulligan’s Irish Pub and Eatery, Hampton Inn and Suites and the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows for sponsoring the last night of the concert series with their BBQ cook-off last Sunday.

Blair Bracken

Special events coordinator, Rifle Parks & Recreation

True heroes

I’d like to beg your indulgence for an observation during a recent brief visit to the Grand River Hospital and Medical Center. (I’m alright.) The staff there deserve all the praise and positive adjectives within the boundaries of my limited skills. For their professionalism and diligent treatment under quite taxing circumstances – at best – were very impressive, at least.

They deserve nothing less than all the praise and appreciation I can willfully offer,without provocation. The staff at Grand River Medical can take due pride in their skills that they cheerfully provide to those truly in need. Those people actually ran up and down the hall – understaffed – to care for the patients. In all my vast experience in emergency rooms, I’ve never experienced such diligence.

Even though this was not a false alarm, but a warning to me, they took the time they couldn’t really spare and explained in simple vernacular what my immediate, as well as long-term, needs were.

They weren’t no “dog & pony show!” Thank you, Grand River staff members.

Joe Lewis


Parade winners announced

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Bank would like to announce the 2013 Garfield County Fair Parade winners.

The Best of Parade went to Alpine Bank with their draft horses and cart, while the grand marshal float by the Garfield County Commissioners and Dalby-Wendland took honorable mention.

First place in the float division was Sol De Mexico, second place went to the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home, and third place went to Cub Scouts Pack #220 from Silt.

First place in the vehicle division went to Garfield County administration, second place went to ANB Bank and third place went to Shooter’s Grill.

First place in the classic auto division went to Sonic, second place was Cecil Waldron and third place went to Randy Winkler.

First place in the marching units went to Grand River Health, second place was the Salvation Army and third place went to the Rifle Parks and Recreation Department.

First place in the horse division went to Alpine Bank, second went to the Rifle United Methodist-Presbyterian Church and third was MacKenzie Shires.

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Bank would like to thank all of our volunteers and parade judges for coming out and making this event happen.

Volunteers were Joy Wentzel with Alpine Bank, Brenda and Frank Ladd with the chamber, Zoe Reece, Kevin Long and Glen Lund.

Parade judges were Gary Miller with Miller’s Dry Goods, Cheryl Chandler with Cheryl & Co. Real Estate, Dee McCown with State Farm Insurance, Jim Voorheis, Lynn Churchill, Nita and Jimmy Smith with NLS Business Solutions, Scott Minturn with Master Automotive, Katie Harris with Hampton Inn & Suites and Deb Street with A Stitch in Time.

Thank you all for making this year’s parade special. We look forward to next year’s fair week.

Gina Reece-Long

Event coordinator

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