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Kudos and Kindness

Buddies thrive in positive settings

This fall, 75 Little Buddies were awarded as much as $100 each to take part in different extracurricular activities. Thirty-seven of these Little Buddies will be involved with Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s programs, where they will develop as athletes while at the same time learning AVSC’s core values of commitment, teamwork and integrity.

Other Little Buddies will be using their Empowerment Scholarships funds toward gymnastics, martial arts, theater, piano lessons and wrestling, among other activities.

Research shows that youth who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to have better grades, higher educational attainment and higher self-esteem. The Buddy Program is proud to have awarded so many Empowerment Scholarships for extra-curricular activities that decrease the opportunity for youth to engage in risky behaviors and encourage positive youth development.

Thank you to everyone who supports the Buddy Program and makes these scholarships possible!

David Houggy

Executive director, Buddy Program

Halloween fun at the ARC

Thank you to the Aspen Recreation Center for a fabulous Halloween event! I took my Little Buddy and her two sisters; we shared a delightful two hours participating in the various activities there.

First we decorated cloth Halloween bags, and then we had our faces painted. The most exciting part was the free ice skating. There was also a magic show, balloon creations, tattoos and a costume contest. The Aspen Elks Lodge provided hot dogs, chips, cookies and soft drinks. It was very refreshing to witness so many families having a fun time together.

All of the staff and volunteers seemed to be enjoying themselves, as well. Thank you all for a super community experience.

Anne Blackwell


A delicious event

On Oct. 27, glasses clinked, music pulsated, and friends sampled delectable offerings from local restaurants and caterers at the 18th annual Taste of Basalt at the Roaring Fork Club.

As each year’s event gets better and more money is raised, we are humbly reminded of the Olympian support we receive from the community. Whether it’s sponsorships, silent-auction donations, volunteer help, patron attendance, donated food and beverages or the support and collaboration from the Roaring Fork Club, it takes a village.

Foremost, we are honored to thank our presenting sponsor, Alpine Bank, which time and time again supports dozens of organizations from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. It deserves to be recognized for all it does. We are also grateful for the support we received from The Wilds; FirstBank; Paragon Technology; Cindy Kenney Agency LLC; the Fred & Elli Iselin Foundation; the law firm of Waas, Campbell, Rivera, Johnson & Velasquez; Sally Sheikman-Miller Real Estate; Willits Town Center; the town of Basalt; Lassiter Electric Inc.; Mitchell & Co.; Poss Architecture + Planning; Reclaim Hardwood Flooring; Double D Property Management; the Maroon Creek Club; Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies; Bill and Kathy Hegberg; and Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty.

Please see our thank-you ad in The Aspen Times for all our Bronze Sponsors, silent-auction donors, in-kind sponsors and restaurant, catering and beverage-distribution donors.

A heartfelt thank-you to the Taste of Basalt committee for its remarkable effort in producing an outstanding event: Corin Brucker, Deedee Hooker, Linda Hoffman, Tori Thompson, Leanne Hodgson, Aimee Yllanes, Mary Holley, Gretta McKinney, Andrea Michaelson and Kristen Maley.

Stay tuned to see how funds raised are used to enhance education in the Basalt public schools.

Erika Leavitt

Board president, Basalt Education Foundation

Thrift Shop gives back

Every month, members of The Thrift Shop of Aspen meet to continue to accomplish our mission: to make grants to other nonprofit organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley. We are grateful to all the community members who continue to support our efforts by donating and purchasing gently used clothing and household items. For the month of November, we are pleased to announce the following recipients: the Aspen Homeless Shelter, Alpine Legal Services, Aspen Junior Hockey, the Valley Settlement Project, The Cottage Preschool, Special Olympics Colorado, the Sopris Sun (Roaring Fork High School journalism workshop), Holiday Baskets, the Aspen Choral Society and Wilderness Workshop.

Ellen Walbert

Public Relations Committee, Thrift Shop of Aspen

Great coaches, great support

I love the game of football! Thank you, Elks Lodge, for making it possible for the Two Rivers Youth Football program to have such a successful, fun season. Your generous contributions have given my friends and me the privilege to learn and play this great game. Thank you, coaches, for your time and commitment to us. Thank you, Aspen High School, Aspen Parks Department and Aspen Recreation Department, for your contributions to a great experience. And thank you, Ron Morehead, for keeping us all organized.

Jonathan Woodrow

Sixth grade, Aspen Middle School

A great season

Thank you so much for supporting Aspen fifth- and sixth-grade football. I had many fun and riveting experiences.

I’m sure that my whole team and I couldn’t wait for the weekend to come, not only to be done with school but also to play football on Sunday.

I would like to thank Ron Morehead for organizing the Aspen football teams. I know I speak for my teammates in saying we don’t know what we would have done without football this fall. Thank you, Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224, for being our sponsor for 15 years now! You have done so much to help youth sports in the Aspen community. Your support means everything to Aspen football and youth athletics in Aspen.

Thank you to all the parents who spent their Sundays watching and cheering us on. Last but not least, I would like to give a huge shout-out to all my coaches, Mike Haisfield, Shannon Sweeney, Chris Lanter, Keith Bulicz, Coach Ufkes and Bryan Matthews. I have learned so much and had so much fun thanks to your leadership, example of work ethic and commitment. This is definitely one of the best years I will ever have in football.

Seabass Pedinielli

Aspen Football

Basalt Rec grateful for carnival support

Basalt Recreation would like to thank the following local youth organizations for their efforts with the annual Halloween Carnival held Oct. 27. Thank you to the moms, dads and members of the Boy Scouts Troop 242 and Girl Scouts Troop 10524 and Parents in Education. Thank you also to Blue Lake Pre School for use of the bounce house. Thank you to Emily Adams for helping out, and many thanks to Pam Schilling for your endless support of the Halloween Carnival. It was a frightful night for all!

Dorothy Howard

Basalt Recreation Department

Thank you, Thrift Shop

We want to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Aspen Thrift Shop for its very generous grant to Carbondale Community School and Carbondale Middle School that allowed FCD Educational Service facilitator Mike Connolly to come to our schools the week of Oct. 14. At the Community School, he worked with all the sixth- and eighth-graders. At Carbondale Middle School, he worked with the entire seventh grade and the eighth-grade student mentors. Over the course of four days at our two schools, Mike met with more than 130 students in two-hour informational sessions.

FCD is a nonprofit organization that provides substance-abuse-prevention education for schools. Since 1976, it has taught more than 1 million students of all ages. This was the fourth year of this program at Carbondale Community School and the first year at Carbondale Middle School. Its mission is to encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years; empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use; teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance abuse and to intervene appropriately; educate students, parents, teachers and administrators on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs; promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic and often fatal disease; and provide educational communities with the guidance and training necessary to implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance-abuse prevention.

In an evening meeting for interested parents, Mike also offered support and guidance in helping their children enjoy a drug-free adolescence. Topics addressed included effective ways to communicate with your child about drugs and drug use; up-to-date facts about current drug use and trends; what to say about your own experiences with alcohol and/or drug experimentation; and how to spot early warning signs of trouble and effective ways to respond. Parental involvement is crucial to our efforts to reduce the risks our children face. We want our students to hear from both school and home that we are concerned about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by adolescents and that we are committed to keeping our children safe.

Thanks again to the Aspen Thrift Shop and its support of our schools! It is appreciated.

Tom Penzel

Principal, Carbondale Community School

Jennifer Lamont

Principal, Carbondale Middle School

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