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Diamond S Ranch history tour Saturday, Oct. 5
A hundred years ago, the fertile Sherman Brothers ranch (now the Diamond S Ranch) east of Eagle was considered one of the finest agricultural operations in the valley.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Eagle County Historical Society will offer a tour of historic sites on the private ranch. Participants will visit a private museum, explore restored homesteads and the Bellyache schoolhouse, and will learn about the stagecoach route that crossed through the property.
Tours will depart every 20 minutes from the Diamond S Ranch, located three miles east of Eagle on Highway 6. Vans will shuttle visitors to the sites on Bellyache Mountain.
Advance reservations are required. Reservations may be made online through the ECHS website, eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com. Click on the “Diamond S History Tour” link. To make a reservation by telephone, call 1-800-838-3006. Direct any questions to Kathy Heicher, 328-7104.
Senior Health Expo/Health Fair
Eagle County Paramedic Services and Eagle County Healthy Aging will host the ninth annual Senior Health Fair from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.
The Senior Health Fair focuses on the health needs of older adults with a variety of screenings such as memory, vision, hearing, balance, strength, dental, vein and blood pressure. All services are free and light refreshments will be provided.
“We all know health care can be expensive and hard to come by for seniors. This is a great way for seniors to gain access to a variety of providers,” said Cathy Dulac, clinical coordinator with the Eagle County Paramedic Services.
“The Senior Health Fair gives our older population the opportunity to focus on their individual health care needs with free screenings and information on aging and wellness. We want to try to catch any health issues in the early stages. Eagle County Paramedic Services exists to serve the health needs of our area and this is one way we can proactively help our seniors.”
For more information, contact Cathy Dulac at 970-926-5270 or Pat Nolan at 970-328-8831.
INTERNET HUNTER EDUCATION IN VAIL
An Internet Hunter Education conclusion course is being offered on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lodge in Vail. Pre-registration is required.
The on-line course is a convenient way for prospective hunters to obtain their hunter safety cards. Hunters can study the coursework on their own time. The internet portion must be completed before the date of the class.
The conclusion class includes firearms safety with shooting, hunter responsibility, wildlife regulations and other hands-on activities. To obtain their Hunter Education card, students must pass a written exam and complete the firearms shooting portion at the range. All firearms and ammo are provided.
For more information and to register for this internet hunter education course, go to wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/HunterEducation/InternetCourses/.
Comment on ECO winter schedules
ECO Transit will transition to its winter schedule beginning Nov. 24.
The winter schedule will be in effect until March 29, 2014 and a draft is now available for review at http://www.eaglecounty.us/transit, at the Vail Transportation Center and on all ECO buses.
According to ECO Transit Director Kelley Collier, proposed service increases are due to improving sales tax revenues.
“We are pleased to see a gradual increase in sales tax revenue, allowing us to redesign our schedule to better serve our riders,” said Collier.
Proposed changes to the winter schedule include:
Introduction of an hourly express service from Eagle with connections to Edwards, Avon and Vail.
Hourly service between Eagle and Gypsum.
Reintroduction of 1 a.m. service from the Vail Transportation Center.
Reintroduction of hourly express service between Vail and Beaver Creek during peak hours.
Increased service on U.S. Highway 6 during mid-day every half hour.
Questions or comments on the schedules can be directed to ECO Transit Operations Manager Jeff Wetzel at 970-328-3557 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be collected through Oct. 1.
Fall Coat Drive
The Vail Valley Salvation Army and the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Advisory Committee are sponsoring a Fall Coat Drive at locations throughout Eagle County.
The list of most-needed items includes children’s winter jackets, snow pants, boots, hats and gloves. Donors may also include adult coats and fleeces. The coat drive organizers request that all items be cleaned and in good condition.
Downvalley drop-off locations are the Eagle Police Department at 200 Broadway and the Gypsum Recreation Center at 52 Lundgren Blvd.
Eagle’s Friday night farmers market has moved to Saturday. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eagle Town Park. For more information, contact Carol Onderdonk at 970-471-9452.
The Eagle Ice Rink will open for the 2013-14 season on Monday, Sept. 30. Visit http://www.wecmrd.org for information and schedules.
The 23rd annual Wild West Day fund-raiser is planned this Sunday, Sept. 29, at 4Eagle Ranch north of Wolcott. Lots of fun for the whole family is on tap and admission is $5 for adults and kids alike. To learn more about the event, which benefits all public elementary schools in Eagle County, visit http://www.wildwestday.org.