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Allen Knox

It appears little Taylor Ann Keep has spent a lot of time watching ESPN and football games every weekend instead of reading those nursery rhymes and bedtime stories. She finished the regular season on top in the standings and edged out her cousin, Kiana, and brother, Chase. Heading into the Super Bowl this weekend, she has gone 7-3 during the playoffs and even if she misses on this game, she will still edge out her brother and cousin. Finally, we would like to thank our 3 top guest football prognosticators from the regular season who have done the picks during the playoffs. To see how everyone views the Super Bowl game, please see Page 18. Our congratulations or better yet, thanks to Vail Resorts who pledged $3,500 to replace the skis, tuning tools, tuning boards and clothing that was stolen from the U.S. Disabled Ski Team’s van last weekend in Frisco prior to their departure to Europe to compete in the World Cup. We’ve been hit with a lot of fundraisers in the past few months and our space has been limited to run some pictures from other very important events that we’ve attended along the way. This week, we’re featuring photos below from the kickoff party for the Vail Mountain School’s $25 million Capital Campaign. We apologize for the delay in the coverage of these important functions. Thanks! Enjoy a festive evening of dancing, dinner and auctions at the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Ball which raises funds for St. Clare of Assisi School and Vail Christian High School. It will be held on March 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at the St. Clare of Assisi in Edwards. The previous events were sellouts and only 400 seats are available, so reserve your table now. Tickets are $100 per person or $1200 for a table of 12. If you didn’t receive an invitation and would like to attend, please call Jennifer at 926-8980. Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents the University of Colorado School of Music’s graduate string quartet, the Satori Quartet in residence through January 24. This accomplished quartet has performed several free concerts in Vail Valley schools – Avon, Gypsum, and Meadow Mountain Elementary, St. Claire of Assisi, Vail Mountain School and Red Sandstone. Following the in-school performances students had the opportunity to play the Festival’s violins and violas. The Quartet will also be providing free afternoon workshops for accomplished string students. The residency will culminate tonight, January 24, with “Festive Strings,” a concert at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek, at 7 p.m. Tickets to the performance are affordably priced at $10 and proceeds will benefit Bravo!’s education program, “Music Matters” and the Buckman/ Blount Community Perfor-mance Fund, helping enrich the lives of students in the Vail Valley. Children 16 and under are free. To purchase tickets to Festive Strings, please call 845-TIXS (8497). 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 spring season of the Eagle Valley Children’s Chorale has begun and rehearsals at Eagle Valley Elementary will be held today, January 24, from 4 to 5 p.m. for children in first through third grades and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for children in fourth through eighth grades. Children need to attend only ONE rehearsal weekly. The annual spring concert is set for Sunday, April 27. No audition or pre-registration is necessary. Scholarships are available for qualified participants. For more information call Liane Gulizia at 926-2228 or Marka at 476-5822. Our congratulations to Avon Mayor Buz Reynolds who has decided to deduct $250 post-tax dollars a month from his pay to be placed in a Battle Mountain High School Scholarship Fund. The money will be used to fund two $1,000 scholarships for post-secondary school study for two graduating senior students. One scholarship will be awarded to a female student and the other to a male student. 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.Since the Shaw Center opened its doors in July 2001, it has served 150 patients not only from Eagle County, but also from neighboring Summit, Lake, Routt, Garfield and Pitkin counties. Staffed by a dedicated and nationally prominent team of oncology experts, the Shaw Center offers comprehensive, personalized treatment with full radiation, medical and surgical oncology diagnosis and therapy services.As for Neiman’s involvement, Luncheon Chair Sue Mason points out that this is the first time the high fashion retailer has gone outside a major city for such a show. “Everything will be totally professional–from models to staging. After the show and luncheon, Neiman’s also will provide an opportunity for guests to shop from 2 to 4 p.m. in a special boutique set up adjacent to the Grand Ballroom. Merchandise will be varied in styles and sizes.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. Details of additional sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon. Since seating is limited, Mason urges guests to make reservations early by calling 970-569-7465. Anyone wishing to receive an invitation can call that number as well. Invitations with response cards will be mailed in early February. 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 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. Nature photographer, John Fielder, will conduct a winter photography workshop on February 22-24 in and around the Vail Valley. During classroom sessions, participants can learn to see through the eyes of Fielder and then follow him on field shoots in some of the most beautiful, timberline locations. Veteran workshop director and Vail photographer, Todd Pierce, will be assisting him. For more information, call (303) 368-5208. Last August, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival finished another spectacular season and the program for 2003 promises even greater excitement. From June 27 through August 5, 2003, the Festival will bring to the Vail Valley over 40 acclaimed soloists, ensembles, and three resident orchestras – the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and new to the Festival – America’s flagship orchestra, the New York Philharmonic. They began taking ticket orders on January 1 but they won’t be filled until May. For more details, please call (970) 827-5700 or visit our website at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org The popular Budweiser StreetBeat Concerts will take a break and return on Wednesday, February 19, when “BR549” takes to the stage with some great western swing. These popular shows are free of charge with weekly prizes underwritten by Circuit City. This is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation along with many great local sponsors. For more information, call 949-1999. We highly recommend Marie Claire Moritz’s new book featuring the memories and recipes of her husband and Vail’s grand chef, Walter Anton Moritz. The book is jam packed with photos of many of the people who influenced her family and their business, especially in the early years of Vail. It sells for $35 plus $5 for shipping and handling (Colorado residents, please add $1.50 sales tax). For more information, contact Moritz Publishing, Box 141, Vail, Colorado 81658 or call (970) 476-5464 or e-mail: mcmoritz@vail.net The Battle Mountain High School ski team will be offering Krispy Kreme doughnuts on one more occasion – February 12. They will be freshly made early on that morning and delivered by mid-morning by the dozen only. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment, supplies and miscellaneous expenses. All orders must be prepaid for $7 per dozen. To place an order, please send a check made out to “BMHS Ski Boosters” along with your name, phone, address, e-mail and business delivery location to Box 249, Minturn, Colorado 81645. The deadline is February 6 for the next delivery date. For more, contact Kathryn at kbenysh@eagleschools.net Don’t forget, the Colorado State Patrol will be working with local law enforcement agencies to protect everyone from impaired drivers. There will be no warnings – the message is simple – you drink and drive, you lose!


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