Dear Editor:We would like to thank everyone who came forward to offer care and assistance to our family during our son’s recent illness. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we received from schools, churches, businesses and individuals throughout the valley. Your prayers, positive messages, cards and contributions helped us to know we were not alone at this difficult time, and lifted our spirits when we needed it most. We are extremely grateful to all of you.A heartfelt thank you goes to the staff and families at Sopris Elementary School for the car wash fundraiser and the multitude of positive expressions of caring you extended. We could never thank you enough for all you did for us. The actions of the third graders in particular, including some from St. Stephen’s, was inspirational. Thank you to the Lacy family for initiating the car wash. Special thanks also go to classmate Charlie Mechling for her amazing “Swim for Will” effort. She garnered a great deal of community support, and we are grateful to her, her family and everyone who helped her achieve her goal.Thank you to Dr. David Brooks for making a timely and accurate diagnosis and expediting Will’s care. Thank you to St. Mary of the Crown parish and to all the other churches in the area who gave us their prayer support and caring contributions. Thank you to our co-workers at Aspen Valley Hospital and RFTA for your wonderful understanding and support. Thank you to the Canellas and Russo’s Pizza for taking on Will’s cause, and thank you to the community for bringing your cars to the car wash, contributing to the Butterfly Fund and Swim for Will, and keeping us in your prayers. Our family is in awe of what this community came together to do. Thank you for your amazing generosity and spirit and demonstrating to us how powerfully positive community can be.Kenny, Laurie, Matt and Will OsierGlenwood Springs
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Glenwood Springs police and community mourn the loss of Zeus, who died in his sleep the night of May 5. The longtime K-9 officer loved and lived to work, with a drive second to none and he continued to serve the community up until a month before his retirement.