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November 21, 2012
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The Gypsum Chamber recently elected its new Board of Directors for 2013. The representatives are: Anita Denboske - Active Communications AT&TEdgar Luevanos - Alpine BankLeslie Robey - Tastefully SimpleScott Ruff - Wester Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation DistrictMarisa Sato - Ferguson EnterprisesJessica Simon - SayNoMore! PromotionsTracy Stramski - Colorado Mountain EnterprisesCongratulations all!

Personal use Christmas tree tags will be available from all offices of the White River National Forest. Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the White River National Forest with the following exceptions: wilderness areas, commercial timber sales, recreation and ski areas, administrative areas and Glenwood Canyon. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road. Maps showing where Christmas tree cutting is allowed are available at all offices where permits are sold. Permits cost $10 each and may be purchased with cash, check, or money order. Trees must be less than 15 feet tall from the stump with a maximum of five trees per individual. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold. The tags must be attached to the tree prior to cutting and must be left on the tree until it arrives at its final destination. Permits expire Dec. 31, 2012.In the Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger Districts, permits are now available at both the Eagle Ranger Station, 125 W. 5th Street in Eagle, or at the Holy Cross Ranger Station, 24747 US Highway 24 in Minturn. Permits may be purchased Mondays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Eagle office location. Permits may also be purchased at the Minturn office location Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Minturn office will also be open Saturdays, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For additional information, please contact the Eagle Ranger District at 970-328-6388 or the Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715.All Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

History isn't always something you have to go searching for. Sometimes it comes to you.The Eagle County Historical Society will demonstrate its “History Take-Out” program at the annual meeting slated Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Eagle Public Library. This is the hands-on program created by History Colorado (the Colorado Historical Society) for third- and fourth-grade students.Meeting participants will use “artifacts” such as buffalo bones, a beaver hide and an assayer's scale to learn about the movement of early people in Colorado from Native Americans to the miners of 1870. Artifacts including tools and clothing help teach about some of the pioneering industries in Colorado. Timelines, maps and old photographs add historical perspective to the lesson.For the first time, this year's meeting will also include a silent auction for a few “excess” items from the museum archives, including antique bottles, branding irons, newspapers from the World War II era and magazines from the 1960s.The meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library. The general public as well as ECHS members are invited to attend. Families are welcome.For more information, contact Kathy Heicher at 328-7104 or

Beaver Creek's traditional tree lighting celebration and gingerbread house competition marks the beginning of the holiday season this Friday, Nov. 23. This year, the tree lighting will be bigger and brighter than ever thanks to a locally grown 38-foot tall alpine fir tree from Montrose. This tree comes from an arborist who identified it as no longer supported by its environment and instead of sending it to the chipper, Beaver Creek will let it live on during the holidays. The event also features a full evening of festivities for the whole family including holiday poetry contest, a visit from Santa, a fireworks display, and the gingerbread competition. Elaborate gingerbread creations will be on display for the competition in the Gerald R. Ford Hall at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and 100 percent of the silent auction and Holiday Market proceeds will go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a local organization serving children in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties.The winner of a special “Kids' Holiday Wish for a Better World Poetry Contest” will read his or her poem at the tree lighting ceremony and will have the honor of lighting Beaver Creek's holiday tree. Local judges will select poems that best reflect the spirit of the holiday season.Festivities get under way at 10 a.m. with public staking and holiday music at the Black Family Ice Rink. The public can view the gingerbread competition entries form 4 to 8 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Hall. The tree lighting is planned at 6 p.m.

• The fourth annual NRC 365 Winter Market and Holiday Fair is slated Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eagle River Center. The event will include holiday collectibles, wearables and edibles, a visit from Santa and holiday music. Mark your calendars.• The Dickensville Village and Train display will return to Eagle Ranch Village again this holiday season. The display will debut on Tuesday, Dec. 4 during a special tree-lighting event planned in the area and then be open Thursdays through Saturdays Dec. 6 to 8, 13 to 15 and 20 to 22. Admission is free for kids and one unwrapped toy or a $5 donation to Salvation Army for adults.• There are a couple of holiday food drives under way for the holidays. Merchants along Broadway in Eagle will be collecting non perishable food items or household necessities for the Salvation Army. Broadway businesses will accept donations Saturday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 1. Land Title Guarantee Company is asking locals to drop off non-perishable food items to any Eagle Ranch merchant by Sunday, Dec. 16.

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