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Local girl reaches out to Nepal

Neema Sherpa now lives in Gypsum with her family, but she is originally from Nepal.

Neema’s wrote to us this week because her sister still lives in the small Himalayan village of Phortse and she has been severly affected by the recent earthquake

Neema’s goal is to raise funds for her sister and her neighbors and she is looking for help. She can be reached at phortse@gmail.com

Project Graduation

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Eagle Valley High School Project Graduation is again hosting a fun, alcohol- and drug-free, supervised event for members of the Class of 2015 on Wednesday, May 20.

“The primary aim of Project Graduation is to organize this event with activities which will be chemical-free, without alcohol or other drugs, and allowing our seniors to enjoy their upcoming graduation,” said even organizer Jackie Rindy. “This keeps in line with the tradition of Project Graduation, which is to increase the awareness of the dangers of drinking, drugging and driving and to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes.”

The organizing committee for Project Graduation has been working feverishly to gather items and cash donations in order to put on a fun and memorable event. So far the event line-up includes Black’s Magic Hypnotist and Magic Show; Gravity Play Events will have a mechanical bull, inflatable joust, casino games; Colorado State Patrol will have a distracted driving simulator onsite; Alpine Bank’s Cash Cube will be on hand and StepFour DJ will be entertaining the kids. And, of course, there will be food, drinks and door prizes.

“The support of the Vail Valley and the Eagle/Gypsum community has been outstanding over the years,” said Rindy. “We appreciate everyone’s support with this important community event.”

To support this year’s Project Graduation, send your donation to EVHS Project Graduation, P.O. Box 4705, Eagle, CO 81631 or make a donation directly through the group’s website: http://www.evhsprojectgraduation.com. Contact Jackie Rindy at (970)306-3175 with any questions.

Boom Town to Ghost Town

Fulford, the mining camp that briefly boomed at the foot of New York Mountain in the 1880s through the early 1900s, has long been a topic of fascination for local residents. The history of Fulford, which is now a summer cabin community, is laced with tales of lost gold mines and adventurous pioneers.

Author Richard Perske, long-time Fulford property owner and former Eagle resident, spent the past three years researching and writing the true history of the mining camp. His book, “Boom Town to Ghost Town: The Story of Fulford,” puts the facts into Fulford. Published by the Eagle County Historical Society, the book will be available for purchase starting May 3.

The Eagle Valley Library District and ECHS will honor Perske with the Nimon-Walker Award on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library. The award, established in 2001, recognizes individuals and families who have helped preserve the history of Eagle County.

“Rich Perske spent countless hours combing through old newspapers, researching archives and interviewing people connected with Fulford’s boom days. He knows his subject. This book fills a huge gap in our local history knowledge,” said ECHS President Kathy Heicher.

In keeping with the mining camp theme, Aspen’s History Players will present their sketch, “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen.” This fast, fun-paced presentation involves a cast of three actors from the Aspen Historical Society presenting 135 years of history in a brief 45 minutes.

The public is invited to attend. The Fulford book will be available for purchase.

Books in Bloom

Wiley Cash, the author of best-selling novels “A Land More Kind than Home” and “This Dark Road to Mercy” will appear at the Eagle Valley Library District’s Books in Bloom event planned Saturday, May 30.

Both of Cash’s novels have won numerous book awards and literary accolades.His debut novel “A Land More Kind than Home” is considered a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town. The story is told by three characters – young protagonist Jess, town midwife Adelaide Lyle, and sheriff Clem Barefield. This book appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. The New York Times also named it an Editor’s Choice and a Notable Book of 2012. The novel was included on best of 2012 lists by Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Books-a-Million, and many others. It won the Southern Independent Bookseller Alliances’ Book Award for Fiction of the Year and the John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award from the UK’s Crime Writers’ Association, and it was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the American Booksellers’ Association’s Debut Fiction Prize.

In “This Dark Road to Mercy,” two young sisters are kidnapped by their biological dad, who is an ex-minor league baseball player. After taking the girls in the dead of night, he is soon hunted down by the girls’ appointed guardian, as well as a man who is seeking revenge. Like its predecessor, this book is told in three voices – 12-year-old Easter Quilby, guardian Brady, and mercurial and dangerous Robert Pruitt. This novel has been described “as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Richmond Times-Dispatch). It was a national bestseller, an Indie Next Pick, a SIBA Okra Pick, an O Magazine Top Ten Title, a LibraryReads Selection, and an Amazon Book of the Month. It has been optioned for film.

Books in Bloom will take place at the Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. May 30. Books in Bloom is a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the writer’s mind, chat with these bestselling authors, and mingle with fellow book lovers. Each author will present individually. There will be hors d’ooeuvres and refreshments by Grouse Mountain Grill, a cash bar, and books available for purchase courtesy of the Bookworm of Edwards. Tickets are $45 through May 1, and $50 after that date. You may go online at evld.org, or buy your ticket at the Avon Public Library (949-6797), Eagle Public Library (328-8800), or Gypsum Public Library (524-5080).

Around Town

It’s time to register for the 19th Annual Screaming Eagle Golf Tournament at Eagle Ranch Golf Club.

The annual tournament, presented by the Eagle Chamber, is planned Friday, May 29. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 11 a.m. Sponsorships are selling fast and anyone interested in becoming a sponsor must contact Henry Doss, Eagle Liquor Mart, Inc., at (970) 328-9463. Available sponsorships include lunch, putting contest, registration table, and several hole sponsors. Entry fees are $500 for a foursome and $125 for individuals. Fee includes a great day of golf, apres party following play with beer provided by Bonfire Brewing Company and food by Moe’s Original Bar B Que. For more information, visit eaglechamber.co or call Levi Rozga at 970-946-0073.

Vail International Hockey is again selling bedding plants, including geraniums, marigolds and petunias, annual baskets and even compost to benefit a trip to eastern Europe. Orders must be submitted May 1. Plant delivery is scheduled for early June. Contact Michael Rawlings at 970-390-9233 or Julie Alt at 970-376-3270.

The Eagle Valley Rod and Gun Club is now accepting entries for its 2015 essay scholarships. Essays are due by May 12 for additional inforamtion about the scholarship or essay topic contact ldkhammond@gmail.com.

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