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September 19, 2012
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Please bring Colonel Sanders home.

The life-size Colonel Sanders statue that stands outside the Old Kentucky Tavern on Broadway in Eagle recently went missing. The owners are offering a reward for the statue's return.

The restaurant can be reached at 97-328-5259.

Author Linda Weaver Clarke believes that every family has a story to tell, whether it be their ancestors' story, or their own. "If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their heritage?" asks Clarke. "It is up to us to write these experiences down."

On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m., Clarke will lead a free Family Legacy Workshop at the Eagle Public Library. During the two-hour workshop, Clarke will help participants turn their family histories into stories, and make ancestors come alive on paper. She will also discuss some of the most important elements of writing, including setup, characters, plot and the significance of conflict and emotion.

"This is the 'read between the dates' part of family history," says Jaci Spuhler, the Local History and Archives Librarian for the Eagle Valley Library District. "You know birth and death dates but it's the stories that come between those dates that make our ancestors memorable. Linda is just the person to help put all of this together."

Some of Clarke's fiction work is available for checkout at the Eagle Public Library. She is the author of eleven fiction novels; five historical romances and four are mystery adventures. Clarke has also written two non-fiction e-books, including "Writing Your Family Legacy," published in 2011.

The Family Legacy Workshop is free but registration is necessary due to limited space. To register, call Jaci at the Eagle Public Library, 970-328-8800.

While on the subject of Eagle Valley Library District programs, September is Library Card Sign-up Month and patrons are encouraged to rediscover their local library by checking out what's new and signing up for a library card if they don't already have one.

Throughout the month, the Avon, Eagle and Gypsum libraries are conducting a library trivia contest. The winner will receive an Amazon Kindle - a prize that can be used to utilize the libraries' rich collection of downloadable eBooks.

"September is back to school time and Library Card Sign Up month," said Cortni O'Brien, librarian at the Avon Public Library. "It is the perfect time to remind current and future library patrons about everything the libraries have to offer. Not only do cardholders have access to books and magazines, but the libraries also have online research tools, movies, music downloads, eBooks, audio books and more-your library card is truly a ticket to a wealth of information."

Library cards for the Eagle Valley Library District are free. To get one, patrons need to present an item with proof of a valid mailing address (i.e. a piece of canceled mail), and photo identification.

The library is a great place for families, too. Children can get homework help, find great books to read and attend story hour programs; parents can spend quality time with their children and encourage the valuable habits of reading and learning.

"Studies show that children who read in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning," said O'Brien.

To sign up for a library card, or to participate in the trivia contest, visit the Avon, Eagle or Gypsum libraries. To explore what the library has to offer, check out the library district website at

Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a campaign promoted by public libraries nationwide in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).

More than 600 people gathered in Vail this week to celebrate the Forest Service's long history of natural resource management.

The site of the 2012 Forest Service Reunion is the Vail Mountain Marriott. The reunion provides opportunities for many Forest Service people to connect with retirees and to learn from their experience, their passion, and their history. The gathering also provides an opportunity for Forest Service retirees to understand what is happening in the agency today and build stronger ties with the leaders and employees of today's Forest Service.

Activities will include general sessions, field trips, speakers, panels and presentations.

As Vail celebrates many milestones this year, the Eagle River Watershed Council is celebrating the 18th year of the Eagle River Clean Up.

The inaugural cleanup was organized by the first Trout Unlimited chapter before the watershed council was established. There were two tents and 24 volunteers, half of which were Vail Resorts ski patrollers with radios and trucks. There was a silent auction, which included a season ski pass and raised a total of $400. Since then, the Eagle River Cleanup has become a fall tradition for many environmentally minded families, groups and companies. Vail Resorts is still involved today.

Join nearly 500 volunteers in caring for our beautiful rivers in the 18th Annual Eagle River Clean Up on Saturday, Sept. 29. This popular countywide event is organized by the Eagle River Watershed Council, presented by Vail Resorts Echo, sponsored by many local businesses and supported by volunteers from Red Cliff to Dotsero to East Vail.

Teams will begin work at 9 a.m. and clean nearly 78 miles of river. Following the cleanup, volunteers and their families are invited to Broken Arrow at Arrowhead from noon to 2 p.m. for a lively barbecue hosted by Beaver Creek Mountain Dining, served by the Arrowhead Alpine Club, with music from The Turntable Review, beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., and gifts for the entire family.

Organizers are looking for volunteers and teams to expand this year. Call the ERWC office at 970-827-5406 or email to confirm a segment or receive a new location. Volunteers meet on the river at assigned locations on the day of the event, so they must pre-register in order to know where they are needed.

• Don't forget to pick up tickets to An Evening with Sandra Dallas. The Colorado author will be speaking at a fund-raiser for the Eagle County Historical Society on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Brush Creek Pavilion. For more information, contact Kathy Heicher at 970-328-7104.

• An Oktoberfest celebration is planned at the Lundgren Theater Park in Gypsum Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 to 6 p.m. Festivities will include a 5K fun run/walk, games, vendors and live music with libations by Bonfire Brewing. Mark your calendars.

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