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Sharyn Smith, a longtime Eagle Valley Library District librarian and contributor to the Eagle Valley Enterprise, is retiring after 26 years of service to the library district.The public is invited to an open house in celebration of Sharyn's retirement on Sunday, July 29, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library. The library will serve cake, ice tea, and lemonade and everyone is welcome to attend to thank Sharyn for her many years of service and to wish her well as she begins her retirement.

Local kids and families are invited to join the Eagle and Gypsum Public Libraries for a summer reading finale with juggler Richard Holmgren. Holmgren's “Flying Debris Show” will tour the libraries in celebration of the conclusion of the libraries' summer reading programs for children. Richard Holmgren was born a jokester and learned to juggle in fourth grade gym class. The Flying Debris Show is an hour packed with comedy, zany stunts and lots of audience participation.“This year's summer reading theme of ‘Dream Big — READ' has covered all things nocturnal,” said Kari Thorne, children's librarian. “Weekly programs across the library district have included campfire stories, nocturnal animals, stargazing, dreams and even an evening pajama story time.”Holmgren will be performing at the Eagle Public Library on Tuesday, July 31, at 11 a.m. and at the Gypsum Public Library on Tuesday, July 31, at 1 p.m. The summer reading finale is a free event for children entering first through sixth grades and is sponsored by The Friends of the Eagle Valley Library District and Alpine Bank. For more information, call the Eagle Public Library at (970) 328-8800 or the Gypsum Public Library at (970) 524-5080.Former Eagle Mayor departing Former Eagle Mayor Ed Woodland has accepted a job in Houston with Bechtel Corporation and will be joining the company as senior counsel in its Oil, Gas and Chemical Global Business Unit.“It is hard to imagine leaving Eagle after 14 years and even harder to believe that I will be leaving Colorado after living here for 34 of my 42 years but this opportunity will only come once in a lifetime,” said Woodland. Woodland said his family will be remaining in Eagle for the school year and he will be commuting back every other weekend. The whole Woodland family will be moving to Houston in June of 2013. “For those of you who use or need legal services, you will be pleased to know that life-long Eagle resident and super lawyer Heidi McCollum will be handling all our firm's cases beginning Aug. 1,” said Woodland. “Heidi and I have known each other for 10 years and she has all of my confidence.”

The Eagle All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio transmitter located at an elevation just below 11,000 feet near Eagle began broadcasting on July 19. The radio frequency is 162.450 Megahertz on the Weather Band, the power output is 100 watts and the station ID is WZ-2518.This new broadcast contains weather forecasts, weather warnings, current weather observations, and other weather-related information. The transmitter can also warn Non-Weather Emergency Messages, and is designed to activate warning alarm systems, including the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in Eagle County and portions of some adjacent counties.Although the Eagle All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio transmitter is located in Eagle County, the actual broadcast signal originates from the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction.The broadcast is currently being operated in a test mode that is being conducted for a 30-day period. After a successful 30-day test period, the broadcast will be considered operational.“If you have any comments or suggestions about the Eagle All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio broadcast, including quality of the broadcast signal or program content, please contact the webmaster at w-gjt.webmaster@noaa.gov or call our office at (970) 243-7007,” said Jim Pringle of the Grand Junction NWS office.A computer-generated map of the broadcast coverage area can be found at http://weather.gov/gjt from the Top News of the Day item “New Transmitter at Eagle.”

• ShowDown Town, Eagle's popular Thursday night free concert series returns tonight, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Eagle Town Park. Pack up a picnic basket and a cooler and head out to hear the music of Uncle Lucius and enjoy an evening with your neighbors. The series continues on Thursday nights through Aug. 9. Watch the Enterprise for details about the featured performers.• Two local students — Alison Harakal and Megan McQueeney — were named to the Drake University Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester. To make the Dean's List, they had to earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Drake University is a private, independent university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an enrollment of approximately 3,300 full-time undergraduate students from 50 states and 50 countries. Congratulations!• Eagle residents Bill and Kathy Heicher report that their nighttime motion detector camera caught an interesting image last week. As they reviewed the footage, they spotted a bear ambling through their yard.

Hospice of the Valley, a division of HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley, will offer a 12-week workshop in Edwards to help those who have had a significant emotional loss of any kind. “This is an action program specifically designed to help people move beyond the losses in their life, which can mean learning how to cope with a divorce, loss of a home or the death of a loved one,” said Celynn McClarrinon, LSW, who is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist.McClarrinon is a graduate of the nationally recognized Grief Recovery Method and is a student of John W. James and Russell Friedman, founders of The Grief Recovery Institute and authors of The Grief Recovery Handbook.The class begins Monday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel at 32138 U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards. The cost is $60 and all proceeds go to providing hospice care in Eagle County.For additional information, contact Markey Butler at (970) 927-6656 or info@hchotv.org.


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