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Allen Knox

The Super Bowl on Sunday brought to an end another professional football season. During the regular season, little Taylor Ann Keep finished on top in the standings with a record of 157-99 and edged out her cousin, Kiana, and followed by her brother, Chase. And she didn’t slip during the playoffs either as she finished in a tie with her cousin, Kiana, with identical 7-4 totals. Chase apparently has been spending far too much time focusing on his skiing and not much about football and finished one game back with a playoff total of 6-5. Among our great little guests, Jonathan Morrison and Marissa Amsberry ended with 5-6 total and Abraham Dauphinais rebounded from a disastrous 0-4 first week and was just a game back at 4-7. We would once again like to thank our 3 top guest football prognosticators and the other guests from the regular season who have done the picks. And speaking of the Super Bowl – how about those ads this year. According to a report on Monday, 56% of the people who watch the Super Bowl are watching it for the commercials and 41% are watching it for the game itself. My favorite was the Fed Ex take-off on the Tom Hanks movie where the guy shows up to deliver a package after being stranded on an island. My other favorites were the ad with the father and son re-viewing a hectic day and the mom coming in and asking to go to McDonald’s and the Budweiser clydesdale horses awaiting the decision by the zebra on a challenged football call. Also the guy that can’t go into the bar with his dog, so he puts it on his head to resemble a rasta look. The worst ad was unquestionably the Dodge commercial where the guy is choking on a piece of beef jerky. We were hit with a lot of fundraisers in the past several months and our space has been limited to run some pictures from these very important events. This week, we’re featuring photos from the 2nd Annual Shindig fundraiser hosted by the Eagle Valley Land Trust. We apologize for the delay in the coverage of these important functions. Thanks and enjoy! Reservations for the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Ball set for Saturday, March l, at St . Clare of Assisi School in Edwards are filling quickly. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with the silent auction and this event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Vail Christian High School and St. Clare of Assisi School. This year promises to include great auction items including a fur coat, roundtrip to Santa Fe, an evening of Avalanche hockey and a trip to Mexico. Tickets are $100 per person or $1,200 for a table of l2. Guests will feast on a delicious dinner by Mountain Catering and dance to the sounds of The Royals from Denver. If you didn’t receive and invitation and would like to attend, please call Jennifer 926-8980. Habitat For Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties will be holding a huge garage sale this Saturday, February 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be furniture, bedding, new lighting fixtures, windows, doors, plumbing supplies, various construction materials and contents of a Bachelor Gulch model home. It takes place at the Habitat for Humanity Warehouse in Eagle. Take Highway 6 west, turn onto Castle Drive (between the Colorado State Patrol offices and the Prairie Moon Hotel, veer left through county gate and follow signs. For more information, call 748-6718. Students at Avon Elementary School will be collecting pledges for a walk-a-thon to help pay for a kidney removal surgery for one of their classmates, Vanessa Almanza. The “Walk for Vanessa” will take place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, at 1 p.m. around Nottingham Lake. They will be collecting pledges up until the event and Vail Resorts will match all student-collected pledges up to $5,000. Donations can be brought to Avon Elementary or WestStar Bank in Avon and checks should be made out to “Walk for Vanessa.” Congratulations to local football player, Justin Wood of Eagle Valley High School, who was recognized as one of the “Red Zone Players of the Year.” This award, sponsored by Old Spice, recognizes football players who demonstrate outstanding atheltic ability, strong leadership and integrity where it counts most, within the opponent’s 20-yard line. Several weeks ago, we featured a photo of Vail Christian High School graduate, Megan McGee, daughter of Carol and Mike of Eagle, who was one of the recipients of an Eagle River Scholarship. This week, we received news from Saint Mary’s College and we add our congratulations to Megan who has been named to the academic honors list. The Eagle River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual banquet on Saturday, February 8. It will be held at the Eagle County Fairgrounds beginning at 5:30 p.m. Each year, the United States loses some 100,000 acres of wetland habitat and DU’s projects provide habitat for over 900 wildlife specie, including ducks, geese and endangered species like the whooping crane and bald eagle. For more information on how you can help support Ducks Unlimited’s program of wetlands conservation and tickets, please contact Wendy at 328-3370. The monthly legal advice clinic, hosted by the Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project, will be held this coming Thursday, Febru-ary 6, at the United Methodist Church in Eagle starting at 6:30 p.m. It’s designed for low income people with civil problems and is an oppor-tunity to talk to an attorney free of charge for 15 minutes. This is supported by the United Way of the Eagle River Valley. For more details, call 1-800-521-6968. Eleven Vail Mountain School students from the classes of 2002 and 2003 qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations with grades of 3 or higher. They include Oscar Alcantar, Wade Cheatham, Jane Chipman, Jonathan Etters, Matthew Eversman, Taylor Janes, A.J. LeGaye, Mc-Clain Warren, Alissa Froh-reich, Sarah Hallenbeck and Jaime Lucido. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take chal-lenging college-level courses while still in high school and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the end-of-course AP exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the number of year-long courses and exams. Congratulations to all of these individuals! The Eagle and Gypsum Public Libraries will be offer-ing Valentine parties for school-aged children on Wed-nesday, February 12. Grades K-2 will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. and grades 3-5 will follow from 3 to 4 p.m. Preschool children will have their Valentine parties during their regular morning story times that week. For more information, call 328-8811 in Eagle or 524-5080 in Gypsum. Last week, we commented in this space about the scholarships that have been set up thanks to Avon Mayor Buz Reynolds who has decided to deduct $250 post-tax dollars a month from his pay. It will be placed in a Battle Mountain High School Scholarship Fund and the money will be used to fund two $1,000 scholarships for post-secondary school study for one graduating male and female students. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be one of the following: an employee of the Town of Avon or the child of an employee employed for at least two years by the Town; or the child of a resident of the Town of Avon who has been a resident of the Town for at least two years. The student must have attained at least one varsity letter and must have an overall grade point average of 3.75. The student is not required to be a U.S. citizen. The scholarship will be based on need and the Town Council shall select the recipient of it. When Neiman Marcus’ stylish models take to the runway in Vail on April 3, they will focus attention on more than the latest fashions from Paris, Milan and New York. More importantly, they will spotlight the state-of-the-art cancer treatment available to Central Rocky Mountain patients right in their own back yards. The Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps is hosting its annual spring luncheon, featuring the fashion show by Neiman Marcus at the Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. Profits from the event will benefit patient care at The Shaw Regional Cancer Center located on the VVMC’s Edwards campus.The Volunteer Corps will host a cocktail hour and silent auction from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Fashion show will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. followed by the luncheon. Tickets cost $50 per person. Donors who wish to underwrite the event may purchase the following special tables: Runway Table of 10, $3,000; Designer Table of 10, $2,000 and Boutique Table of 10, $1,000. For reservations, call 569-7465. The Eagle Valley Library District and the Gore Range Natural Science School is presenting a winter speaker series and the next one will be held on Tuesday, February 11. It will feature naturalist and artist Ann Zwinger, who is the author of almost twenty books and her work has been described by one reviewer as “science in the hands of a poet.” The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. Call 949-6797 or 827-9725, ext. 10 for more information and to reserve your space.


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