Briefs: Free dental screenings offered |

Briefs: Free dental screenings offered

EAGLE COUNTY ” Free dental screenings will be offered to children 5 and older who are uninsured or on Medicaid/CHP+ during the week of June 18 at Eagle County’s Edwards Annex at 3251 Lake Creek Village Drive.

Children with more serious problems will be offered free treatment in a mobile dental van that will visit the valley in July and August.

Tooth decay is the most pervasive chronic disease affecting children, and although it is nearly 100 percent preventable, one in four Eagle County third graders has untreated decay, said Jill Hunsaker, County Public Health Manager.

“A large percentage of county residents lack health insurance and cannot afford the high cost of dental care,” Hunsaker said.

The program is sponsored by the Eagle County Smiles community task force and the University of Colorado’s School of Dentistry.

Parents can sign up or get more information by calling 949-9716.

VAIL ” Free neighborhood picnics will be held in three Vail parks in the coming months.

Residents who attend the picnic will be able to talk to various members of town government, including the Vail Town Council, members of the of police department, the public works crew and town planners.

All picnics are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first picnic is Thursday at Donovan Pavilion and is hosted by the Town Council, Police Department and Administration. The next, hosted by Public Works, is July 12 at Bighorn Park in East Vail.

The final picnic is Aug. 9 at Ellefson Park in West Vail and is hosted by the Town Council, Fire Department and Community Development.

For additional information about the picnics, contact Kris Friel in the Community Information Office at 479-2118.

EAGLE COUNTY ” The summer reading program at the libraries in Avon, Eagle and Gypsum begins Wednesday.

The program, “Get a Clue@ Your Library,” is geared toward elementary school students and will take place every Wednesday until Aug. 1. Events include mystery stories, movies, music and puzzles.

On Wednesday, Boulder children’s musicians Mary Sue and Cari will perform at each library. They will be in Gypsum at 10 a.m., in Eagle at 1 p.m. and in Avon at 3:30 p.m.

Each child receives a free book bag with a schedule of events and a reading log when they sign up.

For more information, call the Avon Public Library at 949-6797, the Eagle Public Library at 328-8800, or the Gypsum Public Library at 524-5080, or visit

GYPSUM ” Looking for an Eagle County home in the $200,000s is a dicey ” if not impossible ” proposition. For now.

The developers of Stratton Flats in Gypsum have presented a proposal that includes residential units at that price in addition to a large retail development.

There’s been no activity on the retail plan ” called The Towers ” for several months; but the residential portion is moving forward. The development is slated for Gypsum Town Council review next week.

Meritage Development Group of Aspen has proposed the 339-unit, residential development on the 47-acre Stratton Flats parcel, located northwest and adjacent to the Eagle County Airport. The parcel is adjacent to The Towers 450,000-square-foot “power retail center” that has been submitted by Next Realty Development of Illinois.

Next Realty plans condos, townhomes and single-family residences. Prices in the development are projected to range from the low $200,000s to approximately $425,000 for the largest single-family lots.

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