Those of us who commute up and down the valley are usually in a rush to get home, get the kid, fix dinner … and on and on.
But for the next week or so, we’d like to encourage you to slow down a little, hang up the phone and look, really look, as our valley puts on its autumn outfit. We’re probably still a week or two away from prime time in our brief fall color season, but the change is happening before our eyes, if we’ll just take a moment to notice.
Here’s a clump of bushes already glowing golden amid the green around it. Over there is an aspen or cottonwood, with just a limb or two showing its fall color. And, on the eastbound curve just west of the Wolcott exit, first one, then another bush has put on its deep crimson clothes.
Take U.S. Highway 6 home one night, at least between Wolcott and Eagle. Slow down and pay attention to what’s happening along the riverbanks and up the sides of Red Canyon.
It’s something to see.
The leaves usually fall far too quickly hereabouts, leaving us the better part of a couple of months before we get snow on the ground to distract our attention from the suddenly gray, bare trees.
Savor these next few weeks, friends. Winter will be upon us soon, and that’s fun. But for knock-your-eyes-out golden glory, it’s hard to beat fall.
Jaryd Francis, A Vail Christian High School graduate from Wolcott, has been awarded scholarships from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, an engineering and science university in Rapid City, S.D., for the fall 2008 semester. The School of Mines offers 16 undergraduate degrees in engineering and science. School of Mines graduates have average starting salaries of more than $56,000. Congratulations Jaryd!
Ti Amo is open for dinner now on Sunday evenings. You might want to schedule your next lunch meeting on a Tuesday to take advantage of the meat lasagna special. Call for a reservation, 970-845-8153.
Absinth Films presents “Ready,” a snowboarding film that will surely pump you up for the season! Come start it off right with the Sphere of Influence tour at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7. Visit Sphereofinfluencetour.com
A Brazilian student makes her first snowman in Finland. A South African masters eating with chopsticks at his Japanese host’s home. An Australian becomes part of an extended family in Russia, and a Mexican student in France raises funds to benefit homeless children in Haiti. Since 1927, students such as these and host families all over the world have had their horizons broadened and their lives enriched by the generosity of Rotary’s Youth Exchange program. Administered by Rotary clubs, districts and multidistrict groups, the program involves more than 82 countries and over 8,000 students each year, at a minimal cost to participants and with a proven support system of Rotary volunteers.
The Vail Rotary Club is hosting Javier Riveros, from Chile, and the Edwards Rotary Club is hosting Malliga Viknesh, from India. Both will be seniors at Battle Mountain High School.
HOST FAMILY OPPORTUNITIES
We are currently seeking two host families for Javier for the winter or spring trimester, and three host families for “Vic.” Host families need not have children living at home, nor must they be Rotarians. Support from the club is provided through a Rotarian who serves as the student’s counselor, and backup is available for host parents who need to be away from home from time to time. A monthly allowance is provided to assist with the student’s expenses.
If you are interested in hosting or would like more information, please contact Bobbie Ruh at 970-479-7333, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Linda Hill at 970-926-700, ext. 253; email@example.com.
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