Citizen Telegram News Briefs – June 12-18, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram News Briefs – June 12-18, 2014

The Rifle Animal Shelter and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office held a vaccination clinic at the Divide Creek Animal Hospital on Saturday, June 7. From left, back row: Rifle Police Officer Dawn Neely, Sheriff’s Deputy Aimee Chappelle, Sheriff’s Office administrative assistant Julie Bailey. Front row: Sheriff’s Office administrative assistant Amy Hamilton and volunteer Tracy Connor.
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Byebye, Marymary

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Editor’s note: As a cat owner myself, I wanted to share John Scalzo’s touching story of his recently-deceased feline. Rest in peace, Marymary.

Marymary passed away at her home at 7:15 p.m. June 6, 2014. She was the only one to know when she was born; I found her on April 15, 2012, as a stray. She became my best friend and companion.

I believe that somebody dumped her, as she was sick when I took her to her new home. She must have been in a good home, as she new everything about being a house pet. When it was time to go to bed and when to get up. And she knew the kitchen was where the food was. She would touch my nose with hers to see if I was still alive. When I came home with my broken hip, she was the one that was with me every day and night.

When a person lives alone, it is my belief that, if possible, they should have a pet. It turned out that my Marymary was a very old cat and would not be with me too much longer.

Someone planned ahead for me last December, when it was real cold. A stray cat made it’s home in my car port. I started feeding it and made a bed for it. No one would claim her. One Saturday morning, I took her to the Rifle Animal Shelter to have her checked out. She got away from us. That should have taken care of my problem. But the next Tuesday morning, about 8:30 a.m., she was at my back door. After she had came to me two times, it had to be that I adopt her. I did on April 16, 2014.

Why have I told you my story? Many older people would like to have some kind of a pet and would give them a nice home. You could help them by giving a nice donation to the Rifle Animal Shelter, 569 County Road 265, Rifle, CO 81650, in honor of my Marymary.

Maybe some night you will feel someone touching your nose. Thanks for reading my story.

John B. Scalzo


Vaccination clinic sets a record

The Rifle Animal Shelter, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Rifle Police Department hosted a vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 8, at the Divide Creek Animal Hospital, south of Silt.

People were encouraged to bring their dogs or cats to the clinic and have them vaccinated for only $5 per shot. The goal was to make animal vaccinations available in a convenient location and for a nominal fee.

This year, a new record was reached, as 277 shots were administered to dogs and cats of all sizes and breeds. People with other pet-related questions or needing animal welfare checks were encouraged to make an appointment and bring their pets back later.

Potluck memorial

There will be a potluck memorial for Lynda (Claypool) Blomgren at the Silt Community Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14. Please bring a side dish. Meat, utensils and drinks will be provided. Contact Glenda Wesley at (512) 517-8443 for more information.

New family medicine doc

Grand River Health in Rifle has announced the addition of Dr. Sandra Nichole Holzhauer Feeney to it’s family medicine team.

Feeney received her bachelor of science degree at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., her master’s from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and complete her residency at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., where she was chief resident of pediatrics. Most recently, Feeney practiced at McNairy Regional Hospital in Selmer, Tenn., where she practiced pediatrics, internal and emergency medicine. Feeney is board certified in both pediatric and internal medicine and has recently taken her hospice and Palliative care boards.

Feeney began seeing patients at Grand River Health in Rifle on Monday, June 9.

Get rid of old flags

The America Legion Kelly-Hansen Post #78 and the Rifle Boy Scouts Troop #228 will dispose of old flags at 2 p.m. Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, at the West Garfield County Veterans Memorial north of Rifle.

Old, torn flags can be dropped off at the Colorado River Fire Rescue station on Railroad Avenue in Rifle or given to an American Legion member.

Free summer meals for kids

Garfield School District Re-2 will participate in the federal summer food service program to provide free meals for all children in the community up to 18 years of age. Meals are the same for all children regardless of national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

The program began Monday, June 9, and will end Thursday, July 31, at Rifle Middle School, 753 Railroad Ave. Breakfast is from 9 to 9:30 a.m., lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adults can purchase lunches for $3.

Time for animal stories

The Rifle Animal Shelter will offer a new humane education program for kids this summer.

Cindy Lee and the Wags and Menace Makes a Difference Foundation are sponsoring “Tail Tale Story Time,” to be held at the shelter at 10 a.m. every Wednesday through the summer (June-August). It is free for children from 4-10 years old. Kids will read an animal-related book, meet some furry critters and discuss animal care. Every child will get a Wags and Menace Foundation goody bag to take home.

The Rifle Animal Shelter serves the City of Rifle and Parachute and frequently transfers animals from overcrowded shelters in surrounding region. It is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., across from Rifle High School on Prefontaine Avenue. To find out more about Tail Tale Story Time call the shelter, 625-8808, visit their website,, or their Facebook page. To learn more about the Wags and Menace Makes a Difference Foundation, visit their website,, or their Facebook page.

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New Grand River board member

Jesse Wolf has joined the Grand River Hospital District Board of Directors, along with incumbents Kip Costanzo and Mike Miller.

Wolf replaces outgoing board member Cindy George, who served since 2004. There were three seats open this election cycle and three candidates, therefore no election was required.

Wolf and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Rifle from Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 years ago and started a company with Jesse’s brother, Jeff, called Wolf Oil and Gas. In 2006, the couple opened Little Caesars Pizza on Airport Road.

Board officers for 2014 are Kip Costanzo, president; Marcia Kent, vice-president; and Mike Miller, secretary/treasurer.

Looking for host families

The Rifle Rotary Club is seek exchange student host homes for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Hosting an exchange student is a great way for families to learn about the world first-hand, without leaving the comfort of their home.

The club is looking for enthusiastic families to host students for three months of their year-long exchange. Rifle High School will be hosting a Danish exchange student this year and Coal Ridge High School will be hosting one from Spain. The club provides each student with a monthly spending allowance, school fees and medical insurance. A club counselor is available to support the student and the host families

Go to for an overview of Rotary International and the Rotary Youth Exchange. Contact Kaaren Peck at (970) 355-4859 or for more information on hosting a student for the Rifle Rotary Exchange program.

Free home help for seniors, disabled

The High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)’s Helping Hands for Seniors program assists seniors and disabled individuals with simple home repairs and maintenance tasks to help them live independently in their homes. RSVP volunteers can help with simple plumbing and electrical problems, some disability access improvements and minor carpentry, light bulb and smoke detector battery replacement, basic personal computer help, installation of grab bars and other minor home adaptations for disabled individuals such as wheelchair ramp installation and one-time yard maintenance, such as leaf raking.

This program is managed through grants and private donations and is free. Garfield County senior citizens or disabled who need assistance with basic maintenance or repairs in their home or yard can call 384-8746. RSVP has been serving residents of Garfield County since 1973 and has been a sponsored program of Colorado Mountain College since 1978.

Silt Heyday nears

Mark your calendars, Silt Heyday is coming, this year at Stoney Ridge Park. Celebrate Heyday with a town-sponsored concert on Friday, Aug. 1; breakfast, parade, food, craft vendors and free music on Saturday, Aug. 2, and the Heyday Hobble 5K and the Heyday car show on Sunday, Aug. 3.

Booth, parade, hobble and car show forms are available online at, under the tab for special events, or during normal business hours at Silt Town Hall and the Silt Historical Park.

For more information, call 876-5861.

Colorado You Got Talent open registration

Singers, dancers, comedians, circus performers and entertainers from all over Colorado can register for the fifth season of the Colorado You Got Talent competition. For the first time in five years, the event is open to all competitors. No audition is required. To register, go online to

The top ten youth and top ten adults from each region (Eastern Regional: Sept. 20, Mesa Theater, Grand Junction) will advance to the state finals on Oct. 19 at the Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton. First, second and third place winners from the youth and adult categories will receive cash and other prizes.

For more information, visit the web site or contact

How to become a Girl Scout

Girls from kindergarten through 12th grade can sign up for Girl Scouts and earn their way to lots of fun and adventure.

Girl Scouts in Colorado are forming new troops and need adult volunteers. Girls can also sign up as an individual member until a troop becomes available. Members can sell Girl Scout Cookies and also earn funds to pay for summer camp, community service projects and other leadership programming.

To enroll and for more information, go online to

YouthZone offers parent consultations

A parent consultation is a one-time, 50-minute meeting with a youth and family specialist at YouthZone. A family’s issues and needs will be identified. Parents leave with a plan that includes various options and resources to meet the family’s needs. Call YouthZone at 625-3141.

Community volunteers needed

Garfield County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, is looking for people 55 years and older to volunteer for local youth, health, arts, environmental, senior, and education projects or RSVP’s Tax Assistance and Helping Hands for Seniors programs. Call 947-8462 for more information.

Small business help

The Northwest Small Business Development Center, hosted by Colorado Mountain College, combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet specialized and complex needs of the small business community.

Low cost or free services are available to business owners looking for information about regulatory, management, financial and marketing. Free certified consultants work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure.

Register at or email

Free addiction help

Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free assessments and referrals. Call 1-800-431-1754 or go online to

Computer instructors needed

Volunteers are needed in Silt and Glenwood Springs to work with adults with intellectual disabilities to learn basic computer skills.

Computers are provided and volunteer are asked to spend an hour or two a week to help these individuals operate a computer, IPad, or Android phone. Call High Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 947-8462 or 947-8461.

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