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Zions Bank's Price offices teamed up to celebrate the holidays with Castle Valley Center school last Wednesday, Dec. 4. Continuing the bank's long-held holiday tree trimming tradition, both locations participated in events that support Castle Valley's special needs students, who range in age from three to 45.

On Tuesday employees of the Price Zions Bank visited Castle Valley Center and helped decorate the school's Christmas tree. Santa Claus also visited and distributed treats and joined the students in singing Christmas carols. In the spirit of giving, the branch also made a $150 donation to the center.

In addition, Castle Valley Center students decorated a tree inside the Zions Bank Price office on Wednesday. Students, teachers and parents joined Zions Bank employees for the "Lights On" ceremony.

"The annual event is one that the local Zions employees look forward to as a meaningful way to start the holiday season," said Dawna Houskeeper, customer service manager, adding, "hearing the Castle Valley Center students sing Christmas carols with such deep sincerity always brings tears to the eyes of our employees."

Approximately 65 students attending Castle Valley Center assisted Zions Bank employees last Wednesday with decorating their Christmas tree. Pictured above on the left, Amy Sehestedt is helping Anastasia Green put a ginger bread man high on the tree, while below Courtney Bell concentrates on placing her decoaration just right.

On the right above, little DesTannee Bruncson stretches to the next branch with her decoration. Just above, students, teachers and parents are led by Ruth Ellen Wood in Christmas carols. To the left, Brett Nelson smiles as he places his decoration high on the tree.

This boat in Miller Creek is definitely out of it's element, but it is an example of how high and dry the county has been this fall. Other than one major storm not much moisture has come Carbon Counties way. If the winter weather doesn't get wetter more boats could look like this next summer, only they will be at the areas reservoirs.

Phil Vasser, a well known country singer, thrills this little girl at a concert last Saturday night on the College of Eastern Utah campus. According to those who attended, this photo captures his style of working within the audience as he gives his show. Vasser commented during the concert what a great time he was having presenting his music to the eastern Utah crowd. The crowd in return enjoyed the evening of music entertainment.

Rebekah Douglas jumps at the chance to meet her favorite pet, Clifford the Big Red Dog during the Price City Libraries weekly story hour last week. Clifford listened to stories and posed for pictures with the children in attendance. For Douglas, this was an opportunity of a lifetime to meet her favorite story book character.

The Utah State Blackhawk Old time fiddle contest was hosted Saturday, Nov. 8. The contest featured a full day of fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and harmonica competition.

Contestants were judged in age groups from novice to adult, featuring ages five to 85. Two local Price residents were registered in the competition. These contestants included John Temples on banjo and Steve Lasslo on harmonica.

Temples and Lasslo are both members of the local bluegrass band, Nine-Mile Players" and had several of their loyal band members attend the competition to cheer them on.

Not only did Temples win first place in the adult banjo completion, but he also wowed the crows with his banjo expertise during the jam session Friday evening. Temples has achieved winner's circle status at this state competition for the past three years.

Lasslo attended the completion for the first time and came away with second place in the adult harmonica group.

For the past 10 years, R. Douglas Swinburne has been pastor of the Price Chapel. The local chapel is part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, a small but fast-growing Christian Denomination with about 3 million members.

Swinburne will be leaving Price to become the district superintendent of the Central Pacific District of the C&MA. His new office will be located in Woodland, California. Swinburne will also be a pastor to local California pastors as well as supervise churches in Utah, Nevada, northern California, and Hawaii.

As a boy attending Price Chapel, Doug committed his life to Christ and sensed God's call to full-time ministry.

The pastor grew up in Huntington and graduated from Emery High School in 1972. He graduated from the College of Eastern Utah, earned his bachelor of science in mining engineering at the University of Utah, and a masters of religious education from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in 1979.

As a boy attending Price chapel, Swinburne committed his life to Christ and sensed God's call to fulltime ministry.

Swinburne met Donna Taylor at Price Chapel. Soon after, they were married and have now been husband and wife for 29 years. They have three daughters, Mary, Becky, and Julie. Mary is married to Destined (Dewbe) Wright.

Highlights of the past ten years as pastor of his home church are include being part of an incredible church family. Swinburne also takes pride in seeing the birth of Desert Edge Christian Church in Huntington. He also participated in discipleship training of the next generation of leaders.

The pastor also was actively involved in the Carbon and Emery county communities. He also watched a steady stream of new believers join the church.

Pastor Swinburne has also served the C&MA as a pastor in Santa Rosa, California and started a church plant in Fairfield, California.

The Swinburnes will begin their new responsabilities, January 1, 2003.

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