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Rifle Elks Lodge to host Huck Miller fundraising dinner

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Huck Miller fundraising dinner

The Rifle Elks Lodge will host a benefit for the family of Huck Miller, a Rifle baby born Oct. 11, 2012, with full trisomy 18. This means every cell in his body had a third 18th chromosome. While most children born with this have a life expectancy of a few weeks, Huck lived past his fifth month. He passed away March 29, 2013.

The benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held at the Elks Lodge, 501 W. Fifth St., at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Cost is $10 per plate, with all proceeds going to the Miller family.

Alpine Bank Rifle hands out $20,000 in community gifts and grants

Alpine Bank Rifle commemorated 20 years in business with anniversary events last week.

The bank commissioned an original oil painting, called “High Plains & Picturesque Plateaus,” by Lanny Grant of Silt, for donation to the Garfield County Library District’s Rifle branch, where it will be displayed in perpetuity.

Three nonprofit and community organizations were also awarded $5,000 grants: the Rifle Visitor Improvement Fund, Colorado Mountain College Foundation and the Riding Institute for Disabled Equestrians.

The visitor improvement fund grant will help seed funds for the relocation of the boat ramp on the Colorado River in Rifle. The CMC Foundation grant will be used to help students pay for equipment and supplies in the dual enrollment program for career and technical training at the Rifle campus. And the R.I.D.E. grant will be part of a matching grant campaign to raise funds to help pay for certification for volunteers with the organization that set the standards and best practices for equine therapy, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Dental health helped with $20,000 grant

The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Aspen Community Foundation. The grant will help expand dental programs for children and seniors, said Cristina Gair, executive director.

Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance’s mission is to create a comprehensive dental system that promotes education, prevention and improved access for residents from Aspen to Parachute. The alliance works with Garfield County Public Health to provide education, dental screenings, fluoride varnishes, and dental sealants in the local schools. In alliance also works with the local senior centers to provide dental prevention and screenings.

Dalby, Wendland & Co. relocates in Rifle

On Tuesday, May 21, Dalby, Wendland & Co., a longtime public accounting firm, will open in new offices at the Grand River Plaza One building, 796 Megan Ave. #200, in Rifle.

The firm opened the Rifle office in 2005. For questions or directions, call the Rifle office at 625-1392.

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CRHS student recognized

ATLANTA — The National Society of High School Scholars has chosen Coal Ridge High School student Frederica Young of New Castle for membership.

The society recognizes top scholars and only invites students who have achieved superior academic excellence.

Currently, there are more than 800,000 society members in over 160 countries.

Great service

This letter is a thank you to the fine people at 4-Play Off Road Center, located at 3198 Baron Lane in Rifle.

I had some work done on my 2012 Dodge truck and was pleasantly surprised by their knowledge, professionalism and courtesy. They did the work on time with the right parts the first time. They didn’t do any guesswork and they only had to do it once. Lance Naugle and his whole crew are what service is all about. If you need work done on your truck give them a call, they are awesome.

Rick Berry

Big Piney, Wyo.

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Honoring those in active duty

The Rifle Branch Library is observing Memorial Day this year by honoring those currently serving our country in the armed forces.

Between Wednesday, May 15, and Friday, May 31, give your thanks to those serving in active duty by writing a letter at the library display table.

Anyone considering joining the armed forces can stop by the library to receive information about serving your country. Also, if you have loved ones overseas who have access to web cameras, use the library’s iPad to Skype with them in a study room. For more information, call 625-3471.

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Golf tourney thanks

The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Weiss & Associates for their title sponsorship of the 34th Annual Weiss & Associates Golf Tournament on Friday, May 3, at the Rifle Creek Golf Course.

Our other event sponsors were Bank of Colorado, Johnson Construction, 360 Insurance, and KREX TV Grand Junction. This tournament was a fun-filled day at Rifle Creek, with 18 holes, games, networking, lunch at Mulligan’s Irish Pub & Eatery, and the “Hole In One” chance to win the Chevy Malibu from Mountain Chevrolet.

The first place team was Jeb Savage and Shane Fazzi, second place was Cole Manupella and Jack Parkinson, third place Mark Fergen and Bob Dils and fourth was Teresa Cotton and Ashley Alexander.

Gold Hole sponsors were Grand River Health, Committee for the Rifle Recreation & Community Center, 360 Insurance Co., LTEnvironmental, G&R Construction, W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, Summit Sun Shirts & Apparel and Ensignal. Silver Hole sponsors were State Farm Insurance Agency, Hampton Inn & Suites, Rain for Rent, Dalby Wendland, Mountain Chevrolet, Rifle Works and Weiss & Associates.

Other businesses who contributed to the prize drawings and goodie bags were the Glenwood Springs, Lakota Canyon, Battlement Mesa, Rifle Creek and Aspen Glen golf courses; Glenwood Hot Springs, Pro Space Interior, Hooters Grand Junction, Micro Plastics, Lady Bag Floral, Choice Liquors, Blush Salon & Spa, Aspen Harley Davidson, WingNutz, Kyle Daniell, Somethin’ Sweet Candy Plus, Glenwood Canyon Adventure Park, Country Florist, Jay’s Steakhouse, Hair Trigger Barber Shop, Subway Rifle, XTO Energy, Rifle Rentals, Johnson Construction, Rifle Works, Grand River Health, State Farm Insurance, Alpine Bank, Hampton Inn & Suites, Weiss & Associates, Mountain Chevrolet, Miller’s Dry Goods, Cheryl & Co. Real Estate and the Bank of Colorado.

Thank you to all the volunteers. Please see our website for this thank you in its entirety.

Frank Ladd, Kelly Diaz and Gina Reece-Long

Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce staff

Seniors may qualify for low-income dental assistance

Garfield County participates in the Old Age Pension Dental program that provides low-income dental care to senior citizens who receive Old Age Pension medical assistance.

Senior citizens who qualify may obtain dentures, denture repair, and preventative and restorative oral services. The OAP dental program is available until June 30.

The program provides financial and health care assistance to people who are 60 years or older. Requirements to apply for Old Age Pension benefits include being a Colorado resident and applying in the applicant’s county of residence.

For more information, contact the Garfield County Department of Human Services at 625-5282.

Groundbreaking reads

To gear up for the adult summer reading program, the Parachute Branch Library wants to know what books are groundbreaking?

From now through June 8, the library will hold a contest for a chance to win free lunch at a local restaurant. To participate, fill out an entry form – as many as desired – for each title. The winner will be drawn on Saturday, June 8.

For more information, call 285-9870 or stop by the library.

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Fair board seeks crafters and merchants

Merchants and professional craft makers have the opportunity to participate in the 75th anniversary Garfield County Fair, Aug. 5-11, at the fairgrounds in Rifle.

For years, the fair’s Merchant Village has featured an assortment of goods ranging from cooking supplies to jewelry, kids clothing and toys to unique handcrafted items. This year’s village will also offer two new areas: a crafters tent and a demonstration station.

The crafters tent is where smaller artisans can exhibit and sell their wares. Fair staff will provide an eight-foot banquet table per crafter, one chair, and lighting during evening hours for each artisan. Space rent is $20 per day.

The demonstration station will be available at no cost to vendors or other fair participants to demonstrate their products, cooking, and art and crafts, or to educate attendees. Electricity, tables, and audience seating will be provided under a tent.

Traditional booth spaces in the Merchant Village are also available. Spaces sized 10 feet by 10 feet are $100 for either the week or the weekend.

Applications for the Merchant Village are available online at garfieldcountyfair.com.

For further information, visit garfieldcountyfair.com, or call Fair Coordinator Krista DeHerrera at (970) 309-6214.

Time for BoostCamp in Rifle

Access Roaring Fork is offering BoostCamp this summer for students who will be entering grades 1- 4 in the fall. The camp runs five days a week, 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. July 8 through Aug. 2, and will take place at Rifle Middle School. The cost is $125. Space is limited to 100 students. Completed applications need to be submitted by Tuesday, May 21. To download an application visit accessrf.org, and click on BoostCamp. More details at 963-4402 or info@accessrf.org.

Rifle Rotary seeks host homes

The Rifle Rotary Club is lining up host homes for the 2013-2014 school year. Hosting a Rotary exchange student is a great way for families to learn about the world first hand. Families host students for three months of their year-long exchange.

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

YouthZone offers free 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.

Teen volunteer orientation programs

Garfield County Libraries will host teen volunteer orientations for anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 interested in becoming an active volunteer at a library.

Orientation programs will be held at the Rifle Branch Library at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1; the Silt Branch Library at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 4; the New Castle Branch Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6. For more information, call Lo at 625-4270.

Starr a star on dean’s list

ROCHESTER, NY — Wayne Starr of Rifle, a third-year student in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean’s list for the winter 2013 quarter.

RIT enrolls 17,500 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.


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