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Kids Aid founder finalist for national award

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Mike Berry, founder of the Kids Aid Backpack Program in Grand Junction, is gaining national recognition for the program which feeds hungry children over the weekends during the school year and summer. Berry is one of 15 finalists in the 2010 ...

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La Puerta renovates ballroom in Margery Building

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

David and Nealy Riley wanted to renovate the grand ballroom in the Margery building at 523 1/2 Main St. downtown to reflect its glory in days gone by. However, they’re not sure what exactly that glory may have looked like. ...

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Children’s Castle hosts free grand re-opening events

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The damage done to the Children’s Castle at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens has been repaired and the doors will reopen this Sunday amongst great celebration for the community. “It’s done and it looks better than ...

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Yo-yo club ties father and son

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Aman Sircus and his son, Ronin Lee, have had their ups and downs, but their father-son relationship has reached new heights with the help of the yo-yo. Sircus, 31, and Lee, 10, co-founded the 97Yo-Yo Club more than two years ago. For eight ...

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Electronic cigarette provides smokeless alternative

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

As smoking becomes more and more socially unacceptable in public, and more expensive, many smokers are looking for alternatives to traditional cigarettes. The new Colorado E-Smokes kiosk at Mesa Mall is providing that alternative in the form ...

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District students issued ‘Rachel’s Challenge’

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Every student in area middle and high schools will kick off the new school year with a special challenge: To start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion within their schools. The challenge was issued by Rachel Scott, the first student ...

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City Market bids farewell to StarTek employees

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The employees at Eastgate City Market are saddened by the imminent layoffs at neighboring North Avenue business StarTek, which are slated to begin next week. “Some of their employees are in here four or five times a day, so we’ve ...

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Palisade food pantry helps feed hungry

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Every other Thursday the Palisade Church of the Nazarene opens its food pantry to the needy in an effort to prevent hunger in the community. “I think this is what churches are for,” said Ruth Piper, associate pastor at the ...

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Cobwebs owners retire for second time

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Mike and Donna Buffa retired from the United State Postal Service seven years ago, only to find themselves back to working the 9-to-5 shift again three months later. The Buffas bought the antique store, Cobwebs, located at 558 Main St., ...

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Rhyne retires, leaves design mark on Grand Valley

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Most might not recognize the quiet, soft-spoken woman as she walked down the street, but they have definitely seen her work on street signs, billboards, in newspapers, and perhaps, on the business cards within their own wallets. Susan Rhyne, ...

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