Steve Martinson: Thanks for the help

To the editor:

I would like to thank a wide range of community members for helping make the Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Project a resounding success.

A huge thank you goes to the White River National Forest Service Office in Meeker, Mary Cunnningham and Troy Osborn for securing and delivering the dried aspen logs, and Raymond Durham, a local citizen from Hamilton, for offering his time and his personal sawmill to slice the logs into "cookies" for students in Craig, Meeker and Rangely.

I am very grateful to Chris Jones and the Friends of Moffat County Education for securing a grant to pay for weatherproof art materials for over one thousand art students, enabling them to participate in this project.

I would like to thank my fellow art teachers Martha Laliberte and Andrea Peroutka for helping plan and develop ideas for the ornaments and for completing ornaments with their own students. A great big thank you goes to Cathy Lowther for graciously stepping in and finishing up this daunting project at three elementary schools while I was out with an injury.

This was a fantastic community effort and Northwest Colorado will be well represented at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., this Christmas.

Sincerely,

Steve Martinson

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