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Former President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty, have been credited with helping put Vail on the map back in the 1970s. Their influence on the Vail Valley continues to this day, with the Fords remaining the First Family of the Vail Valley. This August 7, the community will recognize Betty Ford with a special tribute.In preparation of the event, which will include a reception, dinner, entertainment and special guests, the organizers are compiling a special album with photos, memories, thank-you’s and the like.Chances are most of us working stiffs won’t be invited to the party, but if you’ve got any memories or a thank-you’s to share, you can send it to June Vanourek at 2524 Fenno Dr., Cordillera, CO 81632. The deadline is June 30 and they ask that you keep it to one page (there goes the 780-page Harry Potter fan fiction piece we were going to do, with Betty in the role of “the new Dumbledore!”).

Makin’ a (dean’s) listWord comes all the way from Maine about a local kid.Whitney Simmonds, a Vail Mountain School graduate and the daughter of Randy and Clare Simmonds of Edwards, was named to the dean’s list at Colby College for the most recent academic term.To earn a spot on the list at Colby, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a four-point scale.

Whitney is a music major at Colby, and is obviously doing quite well there.Congratulations!It’s in the Cards



We received this note from a reader: Congratulations to the Edwards Cardinals, a little league team of 11- and 12-year-olds. They finished their season 9-3 and are the league champions.Thanks to coaches Joe Webb, Tony Cordova, Rick Granzow and David Honda for all the hard work and dedication to the team. And congratulations to Joseph Webb, Connor Cordova, Matt Granzow, Davey Honda, Jackson Salamunovich, Reeve Sanders, Chris Libertini, Christian Nichols, Daniel Westerberg, Timmy Licciardi and Chris Trujillo. You played a great game all season and we’re all so proud of you!Vail, Colorado


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