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Kudos and Kindness from Aspen Times readers (May 28)

Smart kid who deserves a chance

If I were an employer, Madeleine Kamberg is someone I want to meet and probably hire in a hearbeat … that's what comes to mind after reading her inspiring story in the May 21 paper ("Equal, but certainly not separate).

She is clearly a talented, introspective, observant Colorado Mountain College student who didn't give up even when her plans for post-secondary education didn't turn out as she initially planned. As a teacher, I watch students struggle and fail all too often and I often try to coach them on how their perceived negative experiences are really chances to learn, thus trying to help them move beyond the disappointments and see the opportunities that lie ahead.

Clearly, Maeleine learned that herself and her experiences at CMC seemed to have enhanced her self confidence and ability to succeed

Kudos to you, Madeleine, and to CMC for all of the incredible work you have done over the past 50 years to help create such an incredible "university" for your students.

Georgina Levey

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Habitat for Humanity thanks Sky Hotel, others

I want to give a shout-out to the thoughtful and generous people associated with the Sky Hotel who have worked diligently to repurpose literally tons of things from the Sky Hotel. From the staffers who helped pack and preserve everything from linens and silverware as well as alarm clocks, to the management team of Bob Lipsitz, Greg Hertzberg and Kevin Kennedy who worked with Habitat for Humanity and helped nearby hotels and restaurants utilize things, to the executives like Mike O'Connor, John Sarpa and the owners, Northridge Capital, which enabled the salvaging and are redeveloping the property into the new W Aspen Hotel.

You can accurately say that the Sky Hotel has been relocated piece-by-piece to the Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Thanks to Jay Abrahamovich and Eric Hunter of Olde Towne Moving and Storage, as well as thanks to Frank Woods who has provided extra storage space for the incredible volume of items … literally thousands of Sky "souvenirs."

Now us locals have the chance to get a piece of the legendary Sky ambience via the repurposing of the interior and patio furniture, a wide range of furnishings, the kitchen appliances and all sorts of other fun and useful items — even the poolside bar itself.

You can come get a piece of the Sky at your Habitat Restores; photos of the things are online at HabitatRoaringFork.org/ReStore/Sky.

Again, thank you to so many.

Scott Gilbert

President, HabitatRoaringFork.org

A team effort on Red Hill

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 35 volunteers showed up at the Red Hill parking lot to build a new trail from the upper Sage Meadow to the top of Red Hill, and to close off the old jeep road to the top of Red Hill, and, by God, they did it! It just goes to show you that "many hands make light work."

Many thanks go to the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers for coordinating the work and to the Red Hill Council for sponsoring the work day. See you out there.

Jim Breasted

Red Hill Council

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