Avon fireworks show back on if Coors comes through with $20,000
Avon fireworks show back on if Coors comes through with $20,000The on-again, off-again, apparently back on-again Avon fireworks show, billed as the biggest in the state, will be a go July 4 if Coors Brewing Co. comes through with a promised $20,000 donation at a meeting with Avon Town Council members Friday, May 30.According to council member Peter Buckley, Coors has pledged money to add fireworks to a celebration that includes a laser light show and a concert but was in danger of losing its fireworks due to budget cuts.In past years, Avon has spent between $80,000 and $100,000 for the massive display, but could not justify that expense this year due to budget constraints and the state’s lingering drought, which forced the cancellation of the show last year.Even with the contribution from Coors and added funds from the town for increased security and other concerns, this year’s version of the show will be significantly scaled back.Avon car crash forces evacuationsFire officials on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, evacuated three buildings in Avon’s Sunridge Phase II after a car crashed into a sub-garden level apartment and severed a gas line."We had a lot of people to evacuate and everyone answered their door. They saved us a lot of time in clearing the building because we did not have to do physical searches in the units to make sure everyone was out," said Lt. George Wilson of the Eagle River Fire Protection DistrictBattalion chief Mike Kerst notified Vail Communications to call the Eagle County School District for permission to use Avon Elementary School as a shelter for evacuees."We really owe thanks to school officials, they were extremely helpful and told us we could use the school as long as we needed it,” Kerst said. “Some of the evacuees were out of their homes for almost three hours and providing shelter for these people was critical."Following gas shut-off by Excel Energy, evacuees were allowed back into their homes.There were no injuries reported, including those in the vehicle, and no street closures were ordered.164 apply for Vail town manager jobVail’s town manager position is attracting interest from prospectivecandidates from across the country with more than 150 applicants expressing interest in the job. Applications were due at the close of business on Friday, May 23.Bobbi Peckham of Wilcox Miller and Nelson, the national search firmhired by the Vail Town Council to facilitate the hiring process, said the 164 applicants represent a range of experiences and backgrounds."Based on our conversations with many of the applicants, we’ve learned the Vail town manager position is highly coveted and well respected in the public and private sectors," said Peckham. "The level of interest is high from those who want to contribute to Vail’s success."The applicants were recruited through an extensive outreach effort,including national advertising and individual contacts. Peckham said the applicants represent a mix of national and regional prospects. There are no internal candidates.Next steps include a screening process by Wilcox Miller and Nelson, followed by preliminary interviews, which were scheduled for May 26 through June 10.The firm will then present a recommendation of finalists to the VailTown Council with on site interviews scheduled July 10 and 11.The search process was initiated following the resignation of Bob McLaurin, who served as Vail’s town manager for nine years. McLaurin is now town administrator in Jackson, Wyo.Bowling is backThe Eagle Board of Trustees recently approved development plans for the new Eagle Crossing Shopping Center, paving the way for a family entertainment center featuring a 20-lane state of the art bowling alley. The alley will be the first in Eagle County since a bowling alley in Avon closed in the early 1980s.”This is great,” said Doug Cahill, project manager on the as-yet unnamed family entertainment center. “Soon, people in Eagle County won’t have to drive to Leadville or El Jebel just to have a little fun. And with its non-smoking atmosphere, high-definition TVs and a video arcade featuring the hottest new games, it’s going to be the perfect place for families and kids.”Located just behind the Eagle Diner in Eagle, the bowling alley and family entertainment center will be located on the lower level of the new Eagle Crossing Shopping Center and will include a sports lounge and cybernet cafe featuring high quality food items. The center will also include facilities for special functions and parties.Cahill anticipates that the bowling and family entertainment center will be ready in early 2004.For more information, call (970) 328-BOWL.Vail bus service makes transition to summer schedule June 2Town of Vail buses will transition from the spring schedule to the summer schedule beginning Monday, June 2. The summer schedule, which will run through mid-December, will provide 40 minute to one hour service on most outlying routes during peak times and one-to-two hour service on most outlying routes during non-peak times. Free parking in the Vail Village and Lionshead Parking structures will continue until late November.For more information on bus service, call the town’s Transportation/Parking Department at 479-2178.– Vail Trail staff reports
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