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About quitters

Howdy and welcome to Town Talk, the column that asks the question, “If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the bonehead who said, Quit while you’re ahead?!?”

Movin’ straight into it.

Happy 30th birthday

David Crane has turned 30! Come celebrate tonight at Mango’s in Red Cliff. There is always plenty of fish tacos, cold beers, pool and the never forgotten game of Donkey Kong!

Love from Starbucks

Happy belated birthday from all of us at Starbucks

Hang 10 tonight

Nikki at Main Street Grill called, and wants the world to Hang 10 tonight with Gary Voisine. The Frenchman is a Canadian from Maine, and he’s leaving the mountains of Colorado for the beaches of Hawaii. Join them from 4 p.m. to close. Luau attire is a must.

Brilliance among us

– Kimberly Brodin of Vail and James Stevenson of Eagle made the Dean’s List at Valparaiso University, which hardly anyone ever does.

Brodin is a senior public relations major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She’s the beloved offspring of George and Linda Brodin of Vail, and a proud graduate of Battle Mountain High School.

Stevenson is a junior psychology and Chinese and Japanese studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences. He’s the beloved offspring of Mark and Lela Stevenson of Eagle, and also a proud graduate of Battle Mountain High School.

– Martha J. Hauff of Edwards earned her bachelor of arts degree from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. She is a biology-literature major, and is the beloved daughter of Jeannie and Brian Hauff of Edwards.

Betty Ford wants you

All members and volunteers of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are invited to attend the annual meeting to appoint new board members. It’s 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Vail Cascade Hotel.

Ace is the Place

Loren and Judy Gifford, who love you and want what’s best for you, just celebrated their 10th anniversary at Vail Ace Hardware. They also gave away a bunch of cool stuff, including, a Fire and Ice Grill to Anthony Faulhaber, a TORO Super Blower Pack to Kelly Ortega, a DeWalt drill to Anthony Suarez, Oreck 2 in 1 Broom to Russell Garvin, a Coby CD player to Tom Nourse, a Case Logic CD visor to Joe Arellano, a Vertical bike rack to Bob Armour, a 48-inch Woodpegger rack from Wood Logic to Ben Aragon, Interstate Batteries portable chairs to Stephanie Ryan, Oscar Christensen and Celeste Bradway; pigskin gloves by Glove Wagon to Walter Glinin, Don Meier, Ron Spohrer, John Albers Glenn Kulik, Josh Wallner, Robin Ouimette, Don Wall, Ryan Sherer, Ron Dais, Adam Plummer and Tom DeBooy, and a Behr toy semi to James Martinez.

Go Down Under

If you’re a junior, which is one of those terms everyone uses but no one understands – PH Balanced is another – you might be able to go to Australia to represent Vail. You might also get $500, plus travel expenses and a host family. The Vail Valley Exchange is hosting a meeting to teach you all about it, 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Vail Public Library Community Room. Pizza will be served. Vail has a sister city program with the Mansfield and Benella Rural Shires in Australia.

Women’s health Day

Wal-Mart is hosting women’s health day on Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the pharmacy. You can get your women’s health questions answered, as well as just about anything else you want to know. Call Sandra at 949-6544.

Cars R Cool

The annual Greater Lionshead Car Show is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4, where you can see some of the world’s finest examples of the automotive artform. It’s sponsored by the Lionshead Merchants, Bill Jensen and Packy Walker. To register your vehicle, call Packy at 476-2127.

First Time homebuyers class

If you’re buying your first home, or just thinking about it, do yourself a favor and attend the First Time Homebuyers Class, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Sept. 25, at the Eagle Town Hall in Eagle. You’ll learn about budgeting, credit repair, types of loans, the loan and approva process, real estate contracts, inspections, how to select a home and how to get ready to move. They’ll also talk about


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