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Kudos and Kindness

Bravo from Thunder River Theatre

Thunder River Theatre Co.'s 9th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration has come and gone. This year's celebration was the best ever. Why? Because last year Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities and Thunder River Theatre joined forces in a partnership to make it bigger and better.

That is exactly what happened this year. The celebration has grown and it turned into a profound cultural experience. Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities' letter to the editor thanked everyone who was involved in bringing this event to the community.

So allow me to add thanks to the 250-plus people who packed into our theatre. Families sitting together on the stage floor, doubled up in seats, standing in the back, in the lobby, and out on the walkway. Children on parents' shoulders. How glorious. Then they all followed the parade down the walkway, Main Street, 3rd Street, and on to the Round Room at the 3rd Street Center to eat, listen to music and see unique Day of the Dead altars.

Thunder River Theatre is proud to have started this free tradition in the valley. With our partner Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, we are assured of its continued growth. Thanks to all who participated in their own way,

Lon Winston

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Executive artistic director, Thunder River Theatre Co.

Winning shots

On behalf of the Roaring Fork Conservancy, we would like to thank all who participated in the 2013 Roaring Fork Watershed Photo Contest.

In the Amateur Division, award winners are: first place, Barry Mink; second place, Mike Garbarini; third place, Paul Hilts; honorable mention, Andrea Holland and Richard L. de Campo.

In the Professional Division, award winners include a tie for first place between Kathryn Rabinow and Janine Whiterell; second place, Amy Hadden Marsh; third place, Kathy Finholm, and honorable mention, Janine Whiterell.

New this year was the People's Choice Award awarded to Dan Glidden. A special thank-you to Greg Poschman, David Hiser and Robin Henry for judging the photos. Also, thanks to our sponsors, Roadside Gallery in Carbondale and Digital Dimensions in Glenwood Springs. You may view the winning photos at http://www.roaringfork.org/photo. We invite all amateur and professional photographers to participate next year!

Sarah Johnson

Education and Outreach coordinator, Roaring Fork Conservancy

More gridiron gratitude

My name is Jake and I'm a fourth-grader at Aspen Elementary School. I played tackle football this year and it was a blast. I'd like to thank my coaches for teaching me everything I know in football. I'd also like to thank Ron Morehead for taking care of our football league. Most of all, I'd like to thank the Aspen Elks Lodge for sponsoring us and making it possible.

Jake Morgan

Aspen

I would like to thank the Aspen Elks Lodge for supporting Three Rivers Youth Football this year. I really appreciate how awesome the program was, thanks to the Elks Lodge contribution, which made my team look cool while staying safe. I also appreciate the Aspen Elks' willingness to host our banquet this year. I hope to play this awesome sport again and again in the future. I am very grateful that the Elks Lodge helped make my first year playing football so fun and safe!

Thanks again to the Aspen Elks Lodge for all they did to help our team be successful!

Braden (Brady) Rogers

Fifth grade, Aspen Team 1

My name is Henry Levin. I am a third-grader at Aspen Country Day School. This was my first time playing tackle football. I would like to thank the Elks Lodge #224, the Parks Department, my teammates, and especially my coaches — Ron Morehead, Reid Fogler, Mark Williams, David Clark, Michael Gurtman and Mike Thomas — and our football mom Sarah Smith. We had so much fun at our dinner and the Elks Lodge has the best chocolate cake in town! Thanks for the cool shirts!

Aspen football is really fun!

Henry Levin

Aspen

My name is Robert Sanderson and I play football on the Aspen Skiers fifth-grade football team. I am very thankful to the following supporters that helped make it possible for me and my teammates to play football here in Aspen. The Elks Lodge #224, Ron Morehead, the Parks Department, the Recreation Department, Carol Sams, who is the high school athletic director, and to all the coaches who volunteer their time to teach me how to become a better football player. I also want to thank all my teammates who make it fun to play a team sport.

Robert Sanderson

Aspen

Thanks, Snowmass

I would like to say thank you to the town of Snowmass for supporting Basalt Boy Scouts Troop 242 by buying some holiday wreaths. The funds raised will go to pay for summer camps and dues.

Sarah Lovatt

Glenwood Springs