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Fire Chaplains Visit United Flight 93 Memorial

Last week, Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department Chaplains Fr. Joe Hartman and Dr. Hal Irvine visited the newly opened United Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, PA. They were joined by Mr. Ray Doudna, a veteran paratrooper who served with Dr. Irvine in the 82 nd Airborne Division. The three men share a love of motorcycling and rode their bikes across the heartland of the country to reach what many are calling "a field of honor." The highlight of the visit was the opportunity for the two Chaplains to present an Estes Park Fire shoulder patch to the park rangers as an addition to their growing collection of memorabilia from various public safety depart- ments. The visit also offered opportunities for the Chaplains to say prayers on behalf of the victims families and all those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial itself is very simple yet moving. Each individual crew member and passenger is remembered by name along a wall of marble that lines the final seconds of the plane's flight path. Beyond a wooden gate lies a manicured path that cuts through a meadow to the exact site of the plane's impact, marked with a large boulder. This area is accessible only to the families of the victims and government dignitaries. While more phases of construction at the memorial site are planned, the current memorial is compelling. The focus of the memorial is the sacrifice, courage, bravery, and patriotism of those who fought back against terrorism and spared our U.S. Capitol, the intended target. The Chaplains counted it an honor to visit this field of honor and to represent the town of Estes Park and the incredible men and women of our fire department.

Enjoy Autumn Gold This Weekend In Bond Park

As the aspen turn golden in the mountains, Sunrise Valley Rotary celebrates the changing of the season with its 20 th Annual Autumn Gold Festival September 22-23, 2012 in Estes Park's treeshaded Bond Park. Enjoy a mustard-smothered bratwurst and a cold brew while listening to tal- ented local musicians and award-winning Front Range bands. Vendors will also offer roasted corn on the cob, funnel cakes, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds and dessert. Bring the kids. Free family activities include face painting, soap bubbles, corn bag toss, a bouncing room and rides in a fire engine and antique cars. The highlight of Autumn Gold is the popular raffle, with the winner taking

Autumn Gold Lineup

Saturday, September 22 11:00-1:00 Giddyup Kitty 1:00-3:00 Brad Fitch 3:00-5:00 Hey Lady 5:00-7:00 Chain Station Sunday, September 23 11:00-1:00 Aubree Bullock band 1:00-3:00 Wendy Woo and the Woo Crew 3:00-5:00 The Long Run home the grand prize of $5,000. Additional prizes include a $2,500 runner-up prize and various other cash awards. Raffle tickets are $25 each. Contact any Sunrise Rotary club member to purchase tickets, or buy them at the festival before the drawing begins on Sunday. All proceeds go to benefit vocational scholarships and various local and international projects. The fun begins at 10 a.m. each day and continues until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Entertainment varies from jazz to rock 'n roll to country music. Come enjoy Autumn Gold.

Friday, September 21, 2012

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