CSU Extension and the Master Food Safety Advisors will introduce community members to the pleasures and science of home canning in an upcoming workshop scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Golden Eagle Community Center, located at 715 Broadway in Eagle.According to CSU Extension Director Glenda Wentworth, participants will learn the process of water bath canning. This method safely preserves different types of products such as jams, jellies and pie fillings, creating holiday gifts straight from the kitchen. New this year, the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker will be demonstrated. This appliance takes the guesswork out of canning by automatically stirring jams and jellies as they cook.Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25. The workshop is open to all, and early registration is encouraged as space is limited. On the day of the workshop, attendees are asked to bring an apron, sack lunch and beverages.For more information, contact Wentworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 970-328-8630.
A number of town of Eagle employees are marking important anniversaries this year. Here's a listing of these longtime workers:Public Works and Engineering • Deron Dircksen — five years • Teep Blevins — five years • Jeff Dahlman — five years • Ron Sheetz — five years • Jerad Parker — 10 years • Ron Trujillo — 10 yearsPolice Department • Bridget Johnson — five years • Lori Glissman — five yearsThanks for all your hard work and congratulations!
The Take a Swing at Cancer Golf Tournament and BBQ is Saturday, Oct. 20, at Gypsum Creek Golf Course.Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Entry costs $30 per person and includes a cart, range balls and green fees. Prizes will be awarded.A silent auction and barbecue follows the tournament. The buffet-style meal is $20 per person. A cash bar, live music and DJ entertains from 3 to 8 p.m. A special bone-marrow testing drive is also planned.The benefit is for Eagle County Sheriff Detective Kyle Hall, who is fighting leukemia. Hall has lived in Gypsum about 12 years and served on Gypsum Town Council from 2008 to 2012.Donations may be sent to Wells Fargo Bank in Eagle. Please specify, “In care of Kyle Hall, 2608540627.”For more information about the golf tournament, contact Gypsum Creek Golf Course at 970-524-6200.
A roller skate party is coming to the WECMRD Field House at Edwards on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m.Join the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls and DJ Hop Rod for an afternoon of skating. Fun for all, skating is also a great cardiovascular workout; an average-size person skating for two hours burns 1,000 calories or more. Bring roller blades or roller skates and a helmet. The inaugural open skate is open for all ages. There will be a limited number of loaner adult skates available. If you haven't skated in a while, the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls will be there to help.Zen Blaster, a coach for the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls, recently visited a skating rink in Florida. “It was so much fun, people of all ages were having a great time,” she said. “The music is fun and everyone skates at their own pace, its a great way to play and get some exercise.”The next roller derby bout is planned Monday, Oct. 29, when the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls celebrate Halloween with a themed event. The Zombie Militia will take on the Alien Invaders at 6:30 p.m.The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls started skating in June 2011, practicing at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink (summer) and the Field House in Edwards (winter). The league plays flat track roller derby by the rules of WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association).
• The Eagle Valley Middle School Football program's Haunted Barn will be open for age-appropriate thrills and chills Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $4 or $10 for a three-scare pack. For more information, call 970-331-5502.• The Eagle Public Library welcomes kids ages infant through 12 years to drop by the children's desk between 3 and 8 p.m. on Halloween for a special treat.• Ruff Cuts in Eagle has expanded its services to include dog food (Natural Balance, Pedigree, Solid Gold, Taste of the Wild) sales. Customers can get $5 off their first purchase during the month of October. Call 970-393-2760 for more information.• The Halloween Candy Buy Back returns to the valley Nov. 1 at Steve Oakson, DDS General Dentistry in Gypsum and at Bishop Orthodontics in Edwards. Children can sell their Halloween candy for $1 per pound up to 5 pounds. The candy is then sent as care packages to U.S. Troops through Operation Gratitude. Oakson Dentistry is at 620 Red Table Drive in Gypsum and can be reached at 524-1105. Bishop Orthodontics is at 34237 U.S. Highway 6, #105, Edwards, and can be reached at 926-2666.
It's that time of year again when all Medicare beneficiaries should be reviewing their Medicare supplements and prescription benefits.Senior Medicare Specialist Kate Neuschaefer will be assisting senior citizens with what is new for the 2013 season. This includes prescription drug plans, Medicare supplements, vision and dental plans, and long-term care.Neuschaefer will be available at the Golden Eagle Senior Center, 715 Broadway in Eagle, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Nov. 6. There will also be a presentation after lunch on Oct. 23 at 12:30 p.m.For questions, call Neuschaefer at 303-810-8469. The Golden Eagle Senior Center can be reached at 719-836-3366.
Last Sunday a stretch of Interstate 70 often referred to as a “modern engineering marvel” celebrated its 20th anniversary. I-70 through Colorado's Glenwood Canyon took 13 years and nearly $500 million to construct — and still, the elevated highway that was delicately sculpted through the 12.5-mile Colorado River gorge remains a vital transportation corridor, a popular attraction and an important link to world-class recreation.In the planning stages, a citizen's advisory group greatly influenced the design of a project that would tread lightly in the canyon. State-of-the-art techniques were used for rock excavation, traffic handling and re-vegetation. Engineers ultimately constructed two roadways — one elevated — greatly reducing the impacts, both environmental and aesthetic. The project received the 1994 ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award, as well as more than 30 other awards and recognitions.To celebrate 20 years, some 50 project engineers, consultants, designers and others gathered at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood on September 7 for an evening of reminiscing and a day of cycling along the canyon bike path they constructed.In all, the Glenwood Canyon project involved 300 engineers and other project crew members, 40 bridges, 15 miles of retaining walls, two 4,000-foot-long tunnels (including one that houses a traffic management and emergency service facility), 150,000 new trees and shrubs planted, 30,000 tons of structural and reinforcing steel, 810,000 tons of concrete, four full-service rest areas and much more. “Like me, many cut their engineering teeth on this project,” says (current) CDOT Program Engineer Joe Elsen, who at 22 had just begun with the department as a surveyor. “And for many of us, this remains the project of our careers.”