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May 16, 2012
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Gypsum has ties to one of this season's American Idol contestants.

Gypsum Special Projects Coordinator Marie Sanders is encouraging people to vote for Phil Phillips, an "American Idol" hopeful who has made it to the final rounds of the nationwide competition.

Phillips, 21, is Sanders' cousin and they are both from Leesburg, Ga.

"They're filming the back-home segments this week," Sanders said. "I wish I could be there for that."

"American Idol" airs the contestant performances on Wednesday evening and the eliminations on Thursdays, after viewers have had a chance to vote. Tonight, one of the final three contestants will be eliminated.

"Please vote for Phil!" Sanders said.

To vote or get details about the three ways to vote, among other tips, visit

Sanders said Phillips' style is unique.

"He has a knack for taking old and current songs and making them into something new," she said. "He rewrites everything he does. He does the best version of 'Thriller' other than Michael Jackson."

A multi-family yard and bake sale will be held Saturday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 705 Grundel Way (Chatfield Corners) Gypsum to raise money for a local women's Bible study group.

A variety of items will be up for sale, including antique/vintage furniture, canning supplies, fly rods, ski equipment, clothing and more.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to finance a trip to New York for a group of women in the valley who have gathered together to study and pray for the many needs we have in the valley and outside of our valley. Many women in this group will be visiting Jim Cymbala's (Christian author and pastor) church in Brooklyn, N.Y., in August for worship and prayer services. The group has been reading and discussing Cymbala's books this past year.

Please help these women make their dream come true by shopping at the sale. Anyone who would like to donate to the event, please contact Sharolyn at (970) 524-7190.

Gypsum Town Clerk Danette Schlegel has earned the designation of certified municipal clerk, which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Inc.

IIMC grants the CMC designation solely to municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their local governments, communities and states.

The International Institute of Municipal Clerks, founded in 1947, has 10,300 members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries, and the mission of this global non-profit corporation is to enhance the education opportunities and professional development of its diverse membership.

"The town of Gypsum takes immense pride in Danette's educational accomplishments and achievement of this milestone," said Town Manager Jeff Shroll.

Applications for contestants interested in serving as royalty for the 2013 Eagle County Fair and Rodeo are now available online at or by calling (970) 328-3646.

Completed forms are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 18. Applications can be submitted via email to, hand delivered to 500 Broadway in Eagle, or mailed to P.O. Box 250, Eagle CO 81631. Interviews, riding tests and written tests will be conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Eagle River Center in Eagle.

To be eligible, a contestant must be an Eagle County resident or an exhibitor in the Eagle County Fair. Applicants for queen must be between the ages of 15 and 20, and applicants for princess must be between the ages of 9 and 15 as of Jan. 1, 2012. The reign of the new queen and princess begins July 28, 2012 and continues through the last day of the 2013 Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

Complete rules of eligibility are described in the Royalty Handbook and Application, available by calling (970) 328-3646 or online at For more information, contact the Fair and Rodeo office at (970) 328-3646 or

Laugh and Learn Preschool, a home-based program operated by Marueen Henderson at 0008 Pintail in The Terrace, is currently accepting new students.

"Our curriculum develops a love for learning, promotes self-esteem and takes your child's skills to the next level while having fun," said Henderson.

The program is for students ages 3 to 5 years. Henderson holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a Colorado teaching license. She also has 16 years of teaching experience.

For additional information or to arrange a tour, call Henderson at (970) 328-1374.

• A women's "Brush, Cork and Fork" session is planned at Dewey Dabbles in Eagle tonight, May 17, starting at 6 p.m. A special step-by-step project will be offered. The cost is $5 plus the price of the piece chosen. Dewey Dabbles will supply snacks for the "fork" part of the evening and participants can bring a beverage of choice for the "cork" element. Please RSVP at (970) 328-7687.

• $10 sports physicals will be available at Eagle Valley Middle School on Monday, May 21. Girls' physicals are at 6 p.m. and boys' physicals are at 7 p.m. EVMS is located at 747 E. Third St. in Eagle.

• On Monday, May 21, at 6 p.m., Western Eagle Valley Rotary Club will host Simple Supper at the First United Methodist Church in Eagle. Everyone is invited to attend this Italian-themed dinner provided by Rotary members.

• The deck is now open for dining at the Gypsum Creek Grill. This Friday's dinner buffet by Michelle New features Italian-American cuisine. On Friday, May 25, New's buffet will be a "southern tribute."

A number of local students were among approximately 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during spring 2012 graduation ceremonies held May 4-5.


• Nicholas DeLia, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

• Brittany Loudon, Bachelor of Arts, History

• Elizabeth McGillvray, Master of Arts, Special Education


• Danielle Brower, Bachelor of Science, Nursing

• Sasha Pickslay, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Summa Cum Laude

Eagle resident Britni Beagley graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in Applied Health on May 5. She joined nearly 1,400 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university committed with 51 undergraduate majors, 30 master's degrees, 13 credentials, eight doctoral programs, and 14 certificates. The university boasts more than 9,900 students on campus, online and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California.

Susanna Morgan, of Gypsum, has been hired as the manager of Eagle-Vail's solar-heated outdoor pool.

Morgan grew up swimming in Alaska and graduated from Colorado State University in 2005. She has been working for the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District for the past five years as the Aquatics Director, coordinating all aquatics programming and special events.

"I am extremely excited to begin working with the Eagle-Vail community as the pool manager," said Morgan. "I look forward to getting to know the community, building upon the existing programs and creating new ones and to having a safe and fun summer."

Eagle-Vail opened its new pool and picnic area last season and anticipates growing a dynamic swim team, lessons and aquatic programs.

Eagle-Vail's pool opened Friday, May 11, and will be open weekends during May. Early season pool hours are Fridays, 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays/Sunday noon to 6 p.m. The pool will be open daily from Saturday, May 26, through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Daily passes are $9 for Eagle-Vail residents and $12 for non-residents. Children under 5 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting women interested in learning the basics of fly-fishing, shotgun shooting and archery to attend the popular Cast, Blast and Twang seminar to be held in Collbran on Saturday, May 19.

Taught by Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers and volunteers, the three-part class is designed specifically for those who have an interest in learning about these popular outdoor activities in a comfortable, women-only class.

"Some women may not have a mentor or an experienced person to teach them these skills, and this class is perfect for them," said Education Coordinator Kathleen Tadvick.

Cast, Blast and Twang is part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Women Afield Program. Through workshops, clinics, seminars and educational hunts, the program focuses on teaching the skills, ethics and traditions of hunting to novice women.

The clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude mid-afternoon of the same day.

For additional details or to register for the class, please contact Kathleen Tadvick at (970) 255-6181. Space is limited and the seminar is expected to fill quickly. A $20 deposit is required to hold your space.

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