Letters: Wish I’d known Janelle better
Vail CO, Colorado
Janelle will be missed
I attended the memorial for Mike Janelle Monday night. I knew Mike only as an acquaintance. I was more a fan of his than anything else. What I do know is that he was always as nice as could be to me even though we’d bump into each other only intermittently.
My friend told me the memorial was at the Vilar Center and my first reaction was, that’s a huge room. When we arrived, the entire room was full to standing room only. I was floored at how many people Mike left such an impression with. Suddenly, this valley felt like a small town again with so many familiar faces.
It was a fantastic and emotional tribute to someone who, after attending the whole evening, I wished I’d known better. By all accounts, he lived a full, fun and rich 40 years before his death last week.
Obviously, everyone’s heart is with his new wife and their unborn baby and Mike’s parents. No one wants to outlive their children. Clearly, he will be missed.
The other thing that I can’t stress enough is how much was done to organize this memorial and the following reception at Bob’s Place. This was no small feat given that it all came together in just a couple of short days. The silent auction was enormous. The amount of locals and local businesses offering great, high-quality products and services for auction stretched around the entire room.
Owner Bob Doyle opened up his bar and restaurant to receive literally hundreds of Mike’s friends for an open bar and lots of food. It was a huge gesture that should be remembered by everyone who attended next time they think about going out for a bite.
My thanks and awe at producing such warmth and generosity go out to Kelli Anthony, Amy Hermes and all the other people who accomplished this whole event to send off their friend.
My heart goes out to Mike’s wife, Maribel, and his family.
If Gillett’s listening …
Since I do not have Mr. George Gillett’s contact information, I am hopeful he reads the local paper.
Mr. Gillett owns my two most favorite teams, the Montreal Canadians and Liverpool Football Club. Recently, he is reported to be upset with the cost of transfer fees at Liverpool and this has created friction between he and Rafael Benitez the team manager.
Please Mr. Gillett, do not do anything to jeopardize “Raffi” leaving. He is a hugely talented manager, dedicated and hard working. Please avoid Steinbrennerism at all costs.
Thank you for being a smart guy.
Vernon, B.C. Canada
Gates family says thanks
The Gates Family would like to say thank you for all of the support received from the community on our conservation easement in Eagle County.
Thank you for all the testimony e-mails, phone calls, donations and your personal presence at the conservation easement hearing. We would also like to say thank you to those who opposed the conservation easement. It helps everyone to realize in the U.S.A. we still have freedom of speech as well as other freedoms.
The Gates family
So many volunteers
The Vail Valley Salvation Army would like to thank all the volunteers and food donors who came to our Thanksgiving Food Basket event on November 17. Thanks to the community’s generous efforts 360 families received food for Thanksgiving. This included 703 adults and 728 children.
This event would not have been possible without the numerous food drives that occurred throughout the valley. We would like to thank all of the organizations that collected food including Colorado Mountain Express’ Fill the Van, ECO Transit’s Fill the Bus, Moses Gonzalez, the Vail Police Department and Make A Difference Day, the Town of Eagle, and the local Cub Scout troop.
We also want to thank all the volunteers (more than 300!) who helped assemble and deliver the baskets. Especially those who showed up with boxes.
We appreciate the donation of space at Avon Elementary School and Brush Creek Pavilion, as well as huge efforts by Greg Osteen and Vail Valley Cares to manage food orders and delivery and set-up.
Cherie Paller coordinated the event at the western end of the valley at Brush Creek Pavilion and had great support form Amy Niswanger, Judy Askelson, Mark Bernhardt, Raenette Johnson and Lucy Barker, as well as fire chiefs Jon Jon Asper and Dave Vroman.
A special thank you to the safety workers who helped us deliver food baskets: Eagle County Sheriff’s office, Greater Eagle Fire Department, Eagle River Fire Department, Vail Mountain Rescue, Eagle County Ambulance District, Western Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle and Vail police departments.
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