We pass along our congratulations to Gorsuch, Ltd. which was named by SKI Magazine as the recipient of its prestigious National Ski Shop of the Year Award at the recent NSAA Ski Show in Las Vegas. Gorsuch, Ltd. has four stores, one each in Vail and Beaver Creek as well as in Aspen and Keystone. The Eagle River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual banquet this 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 DU’s program of wetlands conservation and tickets, please contact Wendy at 328-3370. 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 below from the memorial service for Arvin Kasparaitis which was held last summer. We apologize for the delay in the coverage of these important functions. Thanks and enjoy! David Rovelstad, long time local and owner of Bachelor’s Wine and Spirits, died Wednesday night after surgical complications during a liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minne-sota. First known to many as the bar manager at The Ore House at Vail, David loved to ski, play golf, fly fish and enjoy a good bottle of wine with friends. He will be missed by many in the Vail Valley. After services early next week in his hometown of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Dave’s parents and sister plan a memorial in Vail in the near future. Reservations for the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Ball set for Saturday, March l, at St . Clare of Assisi School in Edwards are fil-ling quick-ly. The fun be-gins 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. Students at Avon Ele-mentary 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.” Snowshoe and outdoor enthusiasts can celebrate a decade of helping women with cancer at the 10th Annual Snowshoe Shuffle on April 5. This is the largest snowshoe race in North America and features competitive 10K and 5K races as well as non-competitive 5K and one-mile events at the top of Vail Mountain. The event attracts over 1,000 participants of all ages and abilities from over 26 states, Canada and Europe. Five percent of participants are cancer survivors while 70 percent of participants run or walk in honor of someone that has suffered from cancer, survived cancer or lost a life to cancer. The Snowshoe Shuffle is presented by the Vail Valley Medical Center with proceeds from the event benefiting women’s cancer education, early detection and treatment programs in the Vail Valley and surrounding regions. For more information and to register, visit http://www.bkbltd.com or contact the Vail Valley Medical Center at (970) 926-7485. The night before the snowshoe shuffle will be the Community Snowshoe Dinner to help support the fight against cancer. Celebrate with our community of family, friends and participants on Friday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. The evening’s highlights will feature a special speaker, along with prize giveaways including a pair of Atlas snowshoes. Ticket prices: $35 for adults, $20 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. For more information and/or dinner reservations, contact 569-7533 or email email@example.com A free class will be offered on February 20 to help potential first time home buyers through the process. It will take place at the Eagle Library from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Stockman’s Land Exchange and conducted by the Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation. Some of the topics include credit repair, loan approval process, assistance programs, selecting a home and much more. To register for the class, call the Eagle County Housing Department at 328-8770. The Eagle and Gypsum Public Libraries will be offering Valentine parties for school-aged children on Wednesday, 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. 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 next 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 b 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. It’s time again for the Bravo! By Starlight snow-shoe and cross country skiing event. It will be held on Sunday, February 16, at the Vail Nordic Center. Registra-tion at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. start. $15 for adults and $5 for children. Chili and hot chocolate provided thanks to Seasons at the Green, The Tap Room, Los Amigos and Chili Willy’s. Winners win tickets to Bravo performances as well as snowshoes and restaurant gift certificates.n Several weeks ago, we featured a photo of Vail Christian High School grad-uate, Megan McGee, daugh-ter 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. Congratulations to BMHS graduate, Scott Ward, son of Shirley Ward, who has been promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force. Scott is assigned to the 1st Airborne Command Con-trol Center at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. And in case you missed it here in this space, Scott and his wife, Jennet, recently gave birth to their first child, Cole Braeden, on Dec. 12.