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Kudos and Kindness

Elks Lodge brightens local smiles

Ask a local second-grader about their teeth, and they might share a fun story with you from their day at the Children’s Dental Fair.

Thank you to the Aspen Elks Lodge for sponsoring the 14th annual Children’s Dental Fair. In addition, thank you to the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance and the 31 volunteers who spent the day helping 220 second-graders from Aspen and Basalt learn how to have healthy smiles and healthier bodies.

Interactive educational activities were coordinated by volunteers including dental hygienists, dental assistants and Aspen High School staff and students. Dental screenings were provided by local dentists Dr. Ward Johnson, Dr. John Miller, Dr. Bob Anderson and Drs. Matt and Taylor Verheul.

Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most common childhood disease, even though it is nearly 100 percent preventable with good oral hygiene, sealants, fluoride and regular dental visits. Yet by age 17, 67 percent of young people have had a cavity. This is shocking. When compared with other health practices, dental-health preventive services pay one of the highest dividends per dollar and time invested.

Tooth decay is evident in our valley, children to adults. The Aspen to Parachute Health Alliance’s mission is to create a comprehensive dental system that promotes education, prevention and improved access for residents from Aspen to Parachute.

Thanks again, Aspen Elks Lodge and all of you volunteers!

Karla Rohrbaugh


Cheri Grinnell


Kelly Keeffe

Aspen Regional Oral Health Consultant with Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance

Crew thanks bakery

We, the volunteer crew at Christ Church’s first Sunday breakfast on Fifth, would like to thank Main Street Bakery for its amazing donated doughnuts and pastries. All faiths and agnostics are invited to our next community breakfast at 8 a.m. April 6.

Juan Sanchez, Jill Winkler, Emilio Garcia, Lee Mulcahy, Bob Cooke and Keith Gardner

Art museum helps youth

On behalf of the Aspen Youth Center, I would like to thank the Aspen Art Museum for its continued support and educational partnership with our organization. This is our third year of working together to create free art-based programming for the youth of this valley.

On a recent Friday, the Aspen Youth Center and the Aspen Art Museum hosted a Teen Arts Night at the Youth Center that allowed youth to plan and participate in a thoughtful, creative range of artistic expression. The Aspen Youth Center is grateful to the Aspen Art Museum and its staff for helping to make Teen Arts Night possible.

We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Aspen Art Museum.

Cathy Rusnak

Operations manager, Aspen Youth Center

Thanks for inspiring confidence

Last year we took our Little Buddy, Samantha, to the Buddy Ski Day at Buttermilk. While we had a fun time, we never got off Panda Peak because she just didn’t have the skills to ski anything more difficult. This winter she received a scholarship from the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, which included free rental equipment from Gorsuch.

When we went to Buddy Ski Day on March 2, we were absolutely amazed at her progress. She is making lovely parallel turns, is skiing in control and has gained such confidence. We took several runs in the terrain parks, and she loved the easy jumps. After lunch, we skied on Tiehack, which she managed well and enjoyed a great deal. Thank you, AVSC, the Buddy Program and Gorsuch. You have made a real contribution to a young girl’s life!

Anne and Clarence Blackwell


Fun on the slopes

On a recent Sunday, a group of English learners and their volunteer tutors from the English in Action program enjoyed a wonderful morning of snowshoeing followed by lunch at the Sundeck. Many thanks to Aspen Skiing Co. for providing lift tickets for the gondola and discounted lunches for the tired but happy pairs.

Thanks also to Phoebe and Anna, of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, who provided snowshoes, guided us and provided information in English and Spanish about the environment. It was fun getting to know others in the program as we enjoyed the fresh powder, and we loved it when the clouds parted to reveal the spectacular views from Richmond Ridge.

Linda Vitti Herbst


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