Allard speaks in Avon Saturday |

Allard speaks in Avon Saturday

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Special to the DailySen. Wayne Allard

AVON – U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard will hold an Eagle County town meeting Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Avon Public Library.”I want to extend an invitation to everyone in Eagle County to attend a very informal community meeting,” said Allard, a Republican in his second term. “This is a chance for citizens to visit one on one with me about the issues that are important to them.”Allard is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; and the Senate Budget Committee.For more information, contact Sen. Allard’s office at 303-220-7414. Walter leaves Meadow Mountain ElementaryEAGLE-VAIL – Kim Walter, principal at Meadow Mountain Elementary School for the past two years, has resigned to take a similar job in Bend, Ore.”I know this announcement will come as a shock to members of the Meadow Mountain community,” said Walter. “A month ago I wouldn’t have believed it myself. But my family traveled to Bend this summer and we all simply fell in love with the area.”A meeting for parents to talk about Walter’s resignation is set for 12:30 p.m. today at the school. District Superintendent John Brendza will be on hand to answer questions. He will also explain how the district plans to fill Walter’s job.In a press release from the school district, Walter was quoted as saying her resignation isn’t related to any of the district’s programs.

“It is not prompted by last spring’s discussions regarding the future of Meadow Mountain Elementary School nor is it motivated by the district’s Teacher Advancement Program,” she wrote. “I continue to be an advocate for TAP and I believe it will be a model for school success nationwide.”Event to cover ‘State of the Vail Valley’EAGLE COUNTY – The valley’s future will be talked about over drinks and snacks Tuesday at the Chaparral Restaurant at the Cordillera Valley Club in Edwards.That’s where the local chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association is hosting a panel discussion about “The state of the Vail Valley.” The event, which begins at 4:30 p.m., will feature a panel discussion, snacks and a cash bar. Participants include:• Ian Anderson, director of communications, Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau• Darren Cole, director of domestic travel industry sales, Vail Associates• Sybill Navas, coordinator, Vail Commission on Special Events• Robert McNichols, One Willow Bridge Road owner• Rod Slifer, Vail Mayor

• Moderator Rob LeVine, General Manager, Antlers at VailThe participants will talk about coping with the valley’s growth and what their businesses are doing to prepare for the future. The panel discussion will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. A reception will follow.The event is free, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or to RSVP, call Rondi Heston at 970-766-0040, or e-mail Ford tribute set for Aug. 7 in VailVAIL – A ceremony honoring former first lady Betty Ford will be held in Vail 6p.m., Aug. 7. Though they won’t attend, First lady Laura Bush and former first ladies Barbara Bush and Roslyn Carter are helping organize the event at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Carter and Barbara Bush are honorary co-chairs of the event and Laura Bush will do a video tribute. “Betty Ford is one of the most extraordinary first ladies this nation has ever had,” said June Vanourek, an organizer of the event. “She is a breast cancer survivor, a co-founder of a substance abuse center that has helped tens of thousands of people, a founder of the Vail International dance festival, an extraordinary hostess for the annual World Forum, and a genuinely nice neighbor and friend.”A special album containing personal letters and photos will be presented to Ford that evening. Memorabilia is still being accepted for addition into the album. For more information about submittals, call Vanourek at 926-4072.Tickets are available to the gala, which includes a reception and gourmet dinner. For further information, contact Jim Brandmeyer, executive director of the gardens, at 476-0103, ext. 4.

Kickball Classic fund-raiser is Aug. 20EAGLE-VAIL – The fourth annual Vail Valley Kickball Classic, which takes place Aug. 20, will raise funds for Success at Six pre-school program and The Gillis Memorial Scholarship Fund. In 2004, the tournament raised over $10,000 for First Descents, a kayaking camp for seriously ill young people. This year, the classic is a double-elimination tournament. This year’s pancake breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and competition begins at 8 a.m. at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. Success at Six helps pay for early-learning programs for children under 6. The Gillis Memorial Scholarship Fund will help the three children of the late, longtime local Terry Gillis continue their education. Harrison Gillis, 19, currently attends Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the other two boys – Daniel, 17, and Edward, 14 – plan to attend college. The cost per to enter team of eight to 12 people is $250. If you would like to attend the pancake breakfast or provide lunch for your team, you may purchase tickets separately. For more information, contact Beth Christie or Erin Croft at Evans Chaffee Construction at 845-0466 or Registration forms can be printed out at, Colorado

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