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Special to the Daily "Jake, keep up your unique, personal resolution to succeed. Study, work and play extra hard. You are amazing and super creative. Follow your heart and achieve the absolute best that is within you. We applaud your physical and mental abilities to recover quickly from any setback, be it a serious crash on your 'board or any missed classes. We admire your skills and flair snowboarding. Enjoy your travels and friends. Soar, like you do now, with every opportunity to learn and grow." Jake, your options and abilities are limitless. Your brilliant, contagious smile and upbeat style are refreshing. May you pursue and reach your wildest dreams. Thanks for sharing with "the brothers." Know that the Lord is always there for you and so are we! Remember that you are always welcome at home. Congratulations SHS Graduate and Happy 18th Birthday!" Love, Mom, Dad, Hunter, Zack and Bogie Black

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column thinking about a butterfly metaphor our seniors at the high school went through on Friday.It happens every year. Our communities’ 12th graders gather in an area park and release butterflies to symbolize their own blossoming into the world. In theory and in our minds, it can seem like a beautiful, harmonious process.But then again, so can the Real World.In actuality, the Real World is a little rougher and not quite as angelic, so here’s our reality-check on the metaphor. The butterflies, many of which were kept in covered cups, get trained not to fly. When they are “released,” many actually fall to the ground and begin walking. Small bugs plus big shoes equal, well, you get our drift.Maybe our metaphorical version flutters with a little more truth, though perhaps not quite as positive. Here’s our shot at what it means: In the real world, you either fly on your own, or you get trampled over.It’s a tough line and a tough lesson, but not that far from the truth. The only things humans have that butterflies don’t is … beside the obvious … friends with big hearts. So, while butterflies have no way of defending themselves against the Real World, we have friends who will take us in, turn us around and send us back into life with wings. Real wings. On this note, we wish everyone from the high school a happy graduation today. While you may not remember your History, Science and English lessons, you should, above all else, remember your friends.Trust us on this one … There will be a test.***Tom from the Dillon Marina called in this Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!! With summer almost in full swing, Tom doesn’t want his customers to miss the boat on sailing opportunities. With 3 outboard motors stolen, he’s going to have a hard time showing people the lake from a sailboat’s point of view.

He’s looking for his 6 hp Johnson outboard motors. In case you’re wondering, motors ARE essential to sailboating they’re needed to motor out and find the wind. Tom says he’s offering a reward for return. If you have any information that can help Tom find his nautical necessities, call (970) 468-5006. ***It’s Saturday, and we hope the weather holds this weekend. E-mail us at

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