Kudos & Kindness: From Aspen Times readers (July 16, 2017) | AspenTimes.com

Kudos & Kindness: From Aspen Times readers (July 16, 2017)

Over the moon for stars

June 24 was a new moon, which is when the sun, moon and Earth are (almost perfectly) aligned with the moon in the center position. In this alignment, the moon is visible primarily during the day, instead of the nighttime. Astronomers and stargazers using telescopes typically try to avoid the moon because its glare interferes with the views of planetary details and deep-sky objects. For these reasons, telescopic viewing of the night sky is best at or near the new moon.

On that night, in the darkness of the new moon, Aspen Science Center held a very successful Star Gazer event at 12,095 feet on Independence Pass. Close to 100 people carpooled to the summit and were rewarded with crystal clear skies and views of the rings of Saturn, moons of Jupiter and nebulae and globular clusters far beyond our solar system. It was a wonderful night for all!

As proud as we are to bring events like this to the public, we must acknowledge that we didn't do it alone. We received crucial help from a couple of wonderful individuals.

First, we would like to thank Kelly Wood of the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest for providing a great deal of important planning information and for helping us complete the necessary forms and permits.

Our most sincere thanks and appreciation go out to Bryan White who brought his own 8-, 10- and 16-inch telescopes and served as both viewing instructor and astronomical tour guide.

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The next new moon Stargazer event will be held July 22 at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. Registration will soon be open on our website at AspenScienceCenter.org. You won't want to miss it!

David Houggy

President, Aspen Science Center

Buddy Program success due to hundreds who care

The Buddy Program would like to acknowledge the generosity of all those who contributed to the success of this year's Rockstar Bash for the Buddies.

More than 500 guests and volunteers came out to support the Buddy Program and the nearly 600 youth who are empowered through mentoring experiences in the Roaring Fork Valley. We are very grateful to all the loyal Bash patrons, donors, volunteers, restaurant contributors, silent auction and volunteer coordinators, live auction and silent auction contributors, as well as our corporate and in-kind sponsors.

This event would not have been so successful without the generous support of our sponsors: Aspen Magazine, the Aspen Times, Alpine Bank, Event Rents, Tito's Vodka and East Coast Asset Management. Many thanks also to our generous host committee: Gail Wolven and Lenny "Boogie" Weinglass, Andrew Cader, Helen and Jim Fifield, Katie and Adam Goldsmith, Randy and Ken Kendrick, Jennifer and Joe Mason, Mona Look-Mazza and Tony Mazza, Becky and Mike Murray, Joanna and Stephen Myers, Pat and Ed Peterson, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Angie and Gary Stewart.

We also would like to extend our gratitude to our Board of Directors, led by Adam Goldsmith, our Bash Committee, comprised of Deborah Breen, Deborah Daine, Adam Goldsmith, Pete Hayda, Becky Murray, Albert Sanford, and Angie Stewart, our very generous National Council donors, led by Mona Look-Mazza and Angie Stewart, and of course our wonderful chairman of our board, Lenny "Boogie" Weinglass, who has been a tremendous champion of our cause for so many years!

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the Buddy Program can provide critical services and programs to our local youth ­— including individual mentoring and group mentoring, scholarships for counseling, extracurricular activities and continuing education- at no cost to them. Your support allows our local youth to grow happier, healthier, and to their full potential. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Lindsay Lofaro

Executive Director of The Buddy Program

Little help in Idaho, Colorado

I am a elementary teacher in Idaho and I am in need of some help from Colorado residents.

I want to do a school project for the upcoming 2017-18 school year with my class. I need a retired license plate from The Centennial State. If you have one you could donate to me I would greatly appreciate your help. My school address is: Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center 2801 Hunters Loop Blackfoot, ID, 83221. Thank you!

Benjamin Parker

Blackfood, Idaho

A shout out to the Basalt Public Library!

I just wanted to give a huge thank you to the Basalt Library staff for putting on such wonderful and fun summer events. If you had the opportunity to transform yourself from muggle to wizard this past Tuesday evening, then you know what I am talking about.

Kids (and kids at heart) had the chance to visit Dragon Alley with Harry Potter and his gang to make potions, wands, meet the sorting hat and so much more. The staff went above and beyond (again)! These are the enriching, positive events that make our community the special place it is. So here's a toast of butter beer to the Basalt Library for all that they do. Bravo!

Lauren Cornish

Basalt

Snap and 'Oh, Shoot'

Seeking photos taken by two ladies (one early 20s, one mid-40s) of my daughter on the Rio Grande Trail on July 4. Our phones had died and I asked you to take photos of my daughter on the John Denver rock. I didn't ask for a name, but gave my cellphone number to text the photos. Maybe the number got put in wrong or maybe you forgot.

I am desperate to get these photos. This was a last road trip before she leaves for college. Please, if you took photos for someone that day, email me at sjfaulk@aol.com.

Thank you so much!

Sherri Faulk

Terrell, Texas

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