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Diana Reichardt wheels another load of goods to the correct department to be sorted and displayed Friday at the Minturn rummage Sale in preparation for the opening weekend of the sale on Saturday in Minturn.
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Eagle Valley Community Fund Rummage Sale

The mother of all rummage sales is back and now it is half-price weekend.

The Eagle Valley Community Fund Rummage sale returns Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, at Maloit Park south of Minturn.

This weekend everything is half price, with special bargains in all 14 rooms. The book room offers a grocery bag of books for a $1. This is a chance to shop for the home, hobbies, sports equipment and clothing for all the family without putting a dent in the budget.

Saturday’s hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Sunday open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served on Saturday. For more information, call 476-5701 or check out the website at

Admission is $1. All sale proceeds go to more than 65 local non-profit organizations.

Name a trail is hosting a trail-naming contest for the new trail on the Haymeadow property.

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce is putting together a “Buy Local Eagle” Gift Basket for the contest winner and is requesting donations for the prize. Businesses that participate will be recognized for their contributions at the Trail Grand Opening event tentatively scheduled for Sept. 14 and 15.

Anyone interested in contributing to the prize basket, please contact the Eagle Chamber by Friday, Aug. 30. Email

Fore the Future

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce, the Gypsum Chamber and the Eagle Valley Homebuilders Association are teaming up with Century Link to present “Fore the Future” — a fall golf tournament planned at the Gypsum Creek Golf Club.

The event is planned Friday, Sept. 13, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Tournament fees are $110 per play or $400 for a four-person team. The fees include 18-holes of golf with cart and an apres party with live music, a silent auction and prizes.

The event is a fund-raiser for college scholarships for local high school students. The deadline to sign up as a team or hole sponsor is Monday, Sept. 9. For more information, call 970-370-7065.

Around Town

Plan to spend the Labor Day holiday close to home because the Eagle Mushroom Festival is coming back to town Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1. For more information about the full slate of activities planned, visit

The most comprehensive auto, aircraft and motorcycle show in Western Colorado — Wheels and Wings — features an unparalleled display of machinery with more than 200 cars, 40 airplanes and other aircraft, and 50 motorcycles. The fourth annual Vail Automobile Classic and the Wheels and Wings Show is slated for Sept. 7 and 8. Saturday’s action is planned at the Eagle County Regional Airport while Sunday’s activities shift to Vail Village.

Eagle Valley Democrats are hosting a luncheon with Rep. Jared Polis at the home of Jane and Joe Lowery in Edwards on Friday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome. Colorado State Representative Millie Hamner and her husband will entertain with their song styles during arrival. State Representative, Diane Mitsch Bush, also will be in attendance. Tickets are $30 (cash or check only) at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at, or RSVP by contacting Carole Onderdonk,, 970-471-9452, or Jane Lowery,, 713- 805-7609. Funds raised through this event support Eagle County Democrats.

Internet service survey

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments is asking all community members to complete a short survey and internet service speed test, which will help build good information for the regional broadband plan the NWCCOG is developing.

If you have already taken this survey at your work location, please take the speed test again from your home internet connection and enter your physical location. The data will not be released or used outside of the strategic plan and no one will contact you or collect your e-mail address. This data will only be used to identify broadband quality in the region.

The study effort does require information about physical location so NWCCOG can map the actual internet speeds around the region, which will help identify the areas most in need. This plan’s goal is to help ensure residents and businesses in the region have sufficient access to broadband. The survey can be found on NWCCOG’s website: under “News and Current Issues” on the homepage.

County receives award for workplace practices

Eagle County Government has received the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of workplace flexibility as a strategy to increase employee effectiveness and organizational success.

The award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management, is given to employers of all sizes and types across the country. Eagle County was one of seven Colorado organizations to be recognized.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our workplace practices,” said Lisa Ponder, the county’s director of human resources. “We have longtime employees easing into retirement with reduced hours; parents of young children with flexible start and end times to accommodate work, school and day-care schedules; and employees working compressed work weeks to free up a day for appointments or simply enjoying the lifestyle many of us came here to live.”

Workplace flexibility has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees. According to Ponder, flexibility in combination with other aspects of an effective workplace, including learning opportunities and supervisor support for job success, can have a powerful impact on employee engagement and motivation.

“Our research consistently finds that employees in effective and flexible workplaces have greater engagement on the job and greater desire to stay with their organization. In addition, they report lower stress levels and better overall health,” said Ellen Galinsky, FWI president.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey on the key indicators of an effective and flexible workplace. All applicants are measured against national norms from the National Study of Employers.

“As a recipient of the 2013 Sloan Award, Eagle County ranks among the top 20 percent of employers nationally in terms of its programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace,” Galinsky said. “In addition, what makes this honor so special is that their employees have corroborated these practices.”

Eagle County will be recognized as a Sloan Award recipient at the national When Work Works 2013 Workflex Conference in October.

Grandparent Essay Contest

AARP Colorado and the Colorado School and Public Employees Retirement Association (CSPERA) are joining forces to promote this year’s Grandparents’ Essay Contest, in which fifth-graders statewide will compete for Visa gift cards, and AARP will present a $500 stipend to each school the first-place winners attend.

In its ninth year, the contest collects hundreds of 150-word essays with the title “Why my Grandparent(s) is/are the best in the world.” The essays will be judged by CSPERA members and the results will be announced by Sept. 25. The deadline to submit essays to CSPERA is Sept. 9.

There will be a first- and second-place winner in each of the four CSPERA State Divisions: the Metro Division, Northeast Division, Southern Division, and the Western Division. Each first-place winner will receive a $75 Visa gift card and each second-place winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card.

In addition, AARP will award $500 to the school or organization the winners attend. Every entrant will be sent a participation certificate. Each winner and their classroom or organization will receive a children’s book to add to their library.

The four division winners will be invited and honored at the AARP Volunteers Award Brunch on Oct. 11.

Contact CSPERA at 303-326-1808, or 1-800-748-2846 for more information, or to receive an application.

The essay requirements are:

150 to 200 words in length, not including the title.

Legibly written or electronically generated and printed in English. Use only one side of the paper. Additional sheets of paper may be used if necessary.

Contains the components of a formal essay: i.e. introduction, supporting points and conclusion.

Student name and school name written at the end of the essay.

Entry form included with essay.

Original work of the author.

Mail or e-mail to CSPERA no later than Sept. 9.

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