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Carolina HAS been playing well (Boyd’s Breakdown, http://www.vailtrail.com, Jan. 2). You should have talked to me before selecting Dallas last week. My cousin, Jason Kyle (No. 56) is in his third season with the Panthers and he’s seen the team go from 1-15 to the second round of the playoffs.He knows how good this team is. Jason told me that, “The Panthers game plan will stay the same as it has been all season,” against the Rams, and he’s confident the defense will step up, the REAL JAKE will outplay Bulger (Jason Delhomme played with Jake Plummer at ASU), and Carolina’s special teams (among the best in the league) will make some big plays. It’ll come down to a field goal. Go Panthers! PANTHERS 20-17.Peter KyleVailA holiday thank youThe Vail Valley Salvation Army would like to extend our warmest thank you to the tremendous team of community volunteers throughout Eagle County, from East Vail to Gypsum, who donated their time to us this holiday season.All of our holiday programs supporting low-income families and individuals depend upon community support, and we were overwhelmed with the response from you, our community, who joined us in “our spirit of giving.”More than 700 food baskets were assembled and delivered to individuals and families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our food pantry was stocked with donations from individuals, Boy Scouts, local churches, service and school groups. Toys and coats for our Holiday Cabin were donated generously. More than 300 families were recipients of our Adopt A Family Program, matching families in need with community sponsors. Dedicated volunteers rang the Salvation Army bells, often enduring freezing temperatures in seven locations valleywide.So whether you dropped money into our red kettles, bought a child a gift, delivered food baskets, adopted a family in need, rang a bell for us or worked at our Holiday Cabin, please know that you made a difference in the lives of many individuals in our valley this holiday season. We have too many names to mention each of you individually, but please know that you are all equally important to us and to the success of our holiday and yearlong programs.We thank you all for giving generously with your hearts.With much appreciation,Greg OsteenDirector, Co-chair


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