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Briefs: Virus hunters to speak in Wolcott

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VAIL ” Doctors Joseph McCormick and Sue Fisher-Hoch, former directors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have traveled the planet looking for deadly viruses.

In a talk Wednesday in Wolcott, they will explain how the world’s deadliest viruses are investigated, identified and contained.

McCormick worked for the CDC for 23 years, beginning in 1974, and was made chief of the Special Pathogens Branch in 1982, where he identified the Hantavirus. He served as a consultant to the World Health Organization in viral hemorrhagic fevers, smallpox eradication and AIDS, and organized the United Nations agency’s first meeting on AIDS in Africa.

Fischer-Hoch worked for the CDC for eight years, conducting studies and following outbreaks of diseases such as Lassa fever and cholera in China, Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, Senegal and Saudi Arabia. She was in charge of designing, building and programming the new “BSL4” suit laboratory in Lyon, France.

In 1995, the couple co-authored the best seller “Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC.” They married in 1992 and live in Brownsville, Texas. They teach and operate labs at the University of Texas’ Houston School of Public Health.

The are studying diabetes and tuberculosis in minority groups, focusing on the populations of South Texas and Mexico.

The talk will take place at Red Sky Ranch in Wolcott. Admission is $20 for Vail Symposium supporters and $25 for all others. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are available from 5:30-6:00 p.m., followed by the presentation from 6:00-7:15 p.m.. An optional buffet dinner is offered for $37 following the presentation.

Reservations are strongly recommended. For reservations or for more information, contact the Vail Symposium at 476-0954 or visit

VAIL ” Herbalist Lynn Albers will lead a nature walk through West Vail to explain how native plants were used by the Ute Indians and others.

Plants played an important role in the survival of indigenous people, Albers says. For example, Utes ate the root of the mariposa lilly, the state flower of Utah. Mormon settlers later learned about the root from the Utes.

The nature walk begins at the East Vail campgrounds at 9 a.m., Tuesday. Admission is $20 and includes refreshments. For reservations or for more information, contact the Vail Symposium at 476-0954.

AVON ” Avon will hold its ninth annual free community picnic at noon, Aug. 4, in Nottingham Park.

Town council members will be serving free hamburgers, hot-dogs and veggie burgers. Business owners, employees, residents, and guests are invited.

“This is a fun day for everyone,” Town Manager Larry Brooks said. “It’s the Town Council’s way of staying involved in the community. It’s an opportunity to visit with our friends and neighbors and give them an opportunity to talk to Council members on an informal basis.”

There will be limited seating so you are encouraged to bring a blanket.

Six people were arrested for driving under the influence at DUI checkpoints conducted by local authorities in Avon and Wolcott, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.

One passenger was arrested for obstructing and resisting arrest, the Sheriff’s Office says.

A total of 329 cars were pulled over.

AVON ” Avon is currently accepting nonprofit funding requests.

Organizations hoping to receive a contribution from the town of Avon, can get application guidelines from the town. Applications are due at Town Hall by 5 p.m., Aug. 25.

The applications will be considered by the Town Council in September and funding allocations will be for 2007. A key component for requests is for the applicant to explain how the organization or event benefits the Avon community.

Fore more information, contact Town Clerk Patty McKenny at 748-4035.

VAIL ” Vail Valley chefs and wines from B.R. Cohn will be the stars of the “Colorado Evening,” a fundraiser for the Steadman Hawkins Foundation to be held at Falling Creek at Arrowhead on Aug. 19, from 6-10 p.m.

WestStar Bank is hosting the event, which features food from Falling Creek, Grouse Mountain Grille, La Tour, Larkspur, Splendido at The Chateau, Terra Bistro and Wildflower.

Accompanying the cuisine are wines from the B. R. Cohn Winery in California’s Sonoma Valley. Featured wines are include Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay, Merlot and SyrCab. B.R. Cohn will also uncork the 2003 Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon as a special release. This wine won’t be available to the public until September.

Guests will also bid on a variety of products and experiences at live and silent auctions that evening. Items include a trip to Bhutan, a bike trip through South Africa, Volkl skis and more.

The Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation is dedicated to keeping people of all ages physically active through orthopedic research and education in the areas of arthritis, tissue healing, rehabilitation and injury prevention. As one of the largest independent orthopedic research institutes in the world, the Foundation spends $2-3 million per year on research.

The evening’s attire will be “casual elegance” and tickets for the event are $300 per person.

For more information or to make reservations, call Rachele Palmer, 479-5809 or e-mail

Vail Dail, Vail, Colorado

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