Howdy and welcome to Town Talk, the column that’s REQUIRED to pick on Vail’s conference center design.Movin’ straight into it.Conference center cacophonyAfter years of hand wringing and introspection, Vail’s Powers That Be finally approved their conference center’s Grand Design.Let’s face it, the roof looks like a hunk of fried baloney over Fred and Wilma Flintstone’s house. All we can say to the TOV is, “Yabba Dabba Doo.”Sticking out of the top is an inverted snowcone. It’s next to the Lionshead Parking garage and the main Vail roundabout, where people wandering into town lock up with folks who just learned what a cheeseburger costs in Vail and are running for their lives.
The Titans of Town Talk, of course, are cranking up a Name Your Conference Center Contest. We have a zillion Vail Daily T-shirts in the basement, and will gladly exchange some of them for suggested conference center names..As some of you may recall, we run these sorts of contests constantly. Our favorite is the winner from the contest to name Vail’s ice bubble – An inspired reader dubbed it “The Gore Range Goiter.”Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 949-0555, ext. 615.No name is too silly for us.Scum AlertThis one came to us by emial. “I’m a bus driver for Avon Transit. Last Friday, the 26th of November, someone took my bag with books and other gear there. Please return it back to the Avon bus driver. No questions asked. Thank you.”
Welcome to the danceMaelyn Rae is new to this world, born Oct. 4. She’s the beloved offspring of Brian Hutchinson and Jennifer Cockerell of Eagle, and the new baby sister to Emma. Grandparental units are Cindy and Gary Cockrell of Grand Junction and Louise Hutchinson of Erie, Penn.Ring in the holidaysThe Salvation Army needs community volunteers to ring the bells at local area markets this holiday season. Call Salvation Army at 926-3704 or 471-0853 to volunteer. Also, Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Program needs some holiday help by sponsoring a family in need. Family sizes range from single parent to large extended families. They need Christmas gifts and warm clothing for their children this holiday season. Call the Vail Valley Salvation Army at 926-3704.Weekend Winterfest
The second annual Winterfest at the Riverwalk in Edwards is Dec. 10-12. Friday night is the Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m., with the Dickens Carolers; Saturday are free sleigh rides down Main Street and free pictures with Santa. There will be vendors on the street and the Festival of Trees, which are decorated by local non-profits, and all kinds of cool stuff all weekend.Saving lives for ChristmasFor the person who has everything, choose an alternative Christmas gift that can actually save lives. First Lutheran Church of Gypsum is selling maize bag ornaments to help feed the hungry in Darfur, Sudan. Each bag replicates a 100 pound sack of grain that can feed a dozen Sudanese people for several months. The bags, available for $22 each, (includes shipping & handling) are available by writing to: FLC, PO Box 391, Gypsum, CO 81637. Make your check payable to First Lutheran church, and write “Maize Bag” on the memo line of your check. Please include a note, specifying your order, your name, or the recipient’s name and address. Your order will be mailed out before Christmas. Call 524-7919.Hospice Tree of Lights thanks youThank you to everyone that generously donated to the Hospice Tree of Lights ceremonies in Eagle and Edwards. Mountain Hospice truly appreciates your kindness. A special thank you goes out to the volunteers that made it all happen: Tree of Lights goddess Jan Jackson, volunteer coordinator Lynn Hoehn, volunteers Kathy, Carla, Barb, Sally, Jody, and countless others.
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For more information on Hospice, please contact 569-7459. Have a glorious holiday season! Brilliance Among UsA bunch of local luminaries graduated Johnson & Wales University.• Jason Brgoch of Avon received an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the College of Culinary Arts.• Alma Pinela of Avon received an Associates Degree in Business Administration from the College of Business.• Patrick Nottingham of Edwards received an Associates Degree in Food and Beverage Management from the Hospitality College.
• David Nottingham of Edwards received an Associates Degree in Hotel Management from the Hospitality College.Your tax dollars at workThe Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), unearthed this little gem: Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) and the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil are the December Co-Porkers of the Month for jointly defending a $100,000 federal grant for the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, part of the budget-busting 2005 omnibus bill passed by our spineless elected represented. Judging from the storm of media attention, Phil woke from his winter slumber, because he traveled all the way from Punxsutawney to Washington, D.C., to defend the project alongside Rep. Peterson and AccuWeather CEO Barry Myers at a press conference today on Capitol Hill. Apparently on the real Groundhog Day, instead of waking up and seeing his shadow, he will see 10 more years of federal deficits. Great, that’s all Washington needs – another rodent.Oh shuttupThis comes to us from a news story printed in the Portland Oregonian. According to an argument by attorney Randall Vogt, slave owners beat their slaves. Therefore, says Vogt, it’s “justified” for black men to beat their sons. Vogt’s client is Isaac Cortez Bynum, who allegedly beat his 2-year-old son to death and was on trial for murder. A sociology professor invented “post traumatic slave syndrome,” which Vogt used as the keystone of his defense case. It goes like this: An autopsy showed the boy suffered brain injury, a broken neck, broken ribs, and whip marks. When shown the boy’s autopsy photos, the whiney, crybaby, blame-shfting professor said inflicting such injuries is “normal” for descendants of slaves. We say someone should pound the professor’s paradigm, shifting this from the academic to the actual.
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