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Special to the DailyHappy 18th birthday to Samantha Cody Cavaliere Russell! Sam will be back in town from Colorado Timberline Academy in Durango for a snowboard competition this weekend, so if you see her, wish her good luck and a happy birthday. We are all so proud of her. She is an honor student, No. 13 in the nation for boardercross, a talented musician and dancer and an all-around radiant young lady. We love you " Mama, Phillip and Kristin.

The good people of Red Cliff are used to making their own fun.

That fine mining town tradition continues Sunday with “Dinner and a Movie” at the Red Cliff school auditorium. Dinner ” spaghetti ” starts at 5 p.m., and the movie starts at 7 p.m.

According to our friends, the evening’s entertainment is, “To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Red Cliffian citizenship, February birthdays, love, and getting halfway through winter!”

Sounds like a good list to us.

The evening shindig is free, but donations are appreciated. The sponsor is the Pro Active Red Cliff Citizens. Be sure to thank the committee members, but use a napkin before shaking hands.

Jackie Anthony of Edwards is in the midst of a mystery. Anthony left a pair of snowshoes and poles at the Arrowhead parking lot on Wednesday. When the “Did I really do that?” switch kicked on and she went back, the items were gone, and no one at Arrowhead had seen them.

The snowshoes are made by Yuba, and they’re the Olympic model. If you’ve seen these distinctively shaped snowshoes, they can be returned to their rightful owner by calling 926-1087. As Dr. Laura says, go do the right thing.

It’s that time of year, when great academic performances around the country come sailing in through the Town Talk Towers transom. (We don’t actually have a transom, but wouldn’t it be cool?) Anyway, the following local kids have a little extra sheen on their report cards:

n Former Avonite Brandon Meyer has made the Dean’s List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

Making the Dean’s List at Roger Williams requires a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

Brandon, who is a senior, is studying architecture, and yes, his parents are very proud.

n Washington and Lee University in Virginia sends word that former local kid Kaitlin Virginia Abplanalp, a senior, landed on the honor roll for the fall term. Landing on that esteemed list means a student has earned a grade point average of between 3.75 and 4.0.

Kaitlin is the daughter of Vail’s own Art Abplanalp and Anne C. Lane of Charleston, W. Va.

The above item just set a modern record for the use of the word “Virginia” in three sentences.

Ms. Abplanalp has also been inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a co-ed “leadership” fraternity at the school.

n Colorado Timberline Academy in Durango sends word that Samantha Russell, daughter of Avon resident Deborah Cavaliere, has made the school’s “high honor roll” for the last two, four, or five-week “academic blocs,” and the regular honor roll for another. The high honor roll is all A’s. The regular honor roll has a B or two in the mix.

Colorado Timberline is a private boarding school in Durango that stresses college preparation and outdoor education.

n Megan McGee, a student at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., has landed on the Dean’s List there. That distinction will be noted on her permanent record, which is a much better thing to be remembered for than, say, putting plastic wrap over toilets, not that any of us ever did anything like that.

Megan, by the way, is the daughter of Mike and Carol McGee of Eagle.

n In Maine, Whitney Simmonds, a sophomore at Colby College in Waterville, has been named to the Dean’s List. Whitney, a Vail Mountain School grad, is the daughter of Randy and Clare Simmonds of Edwards.

n Slade Cogswell, son of John and Patrice of Vail, recently earned the Dean’s Award for academic excellence at Colgate College in Hamilton, N.Y.

Slade, a 2001 graduate of Vail Mountain School, is a senior studying economics and art.

Good work, future leaders!

Vail Colorado

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