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Veterans DaySome local schools will be holding Veterans Day assemblies in veterans’ honor. The schools are hosting receptions for veterans after the assemblies:- Tuesday, 9 a.m., Meadow Mountain Elementary School- Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Red Sandstone Elementary School.Open-ClosedThe schools are open today, and so is the town of Vail. Vail’s communications machine wanted to make sure you knew that.On the other hand, the county offices are closed, along with at least a few banks.Eagle County offices, including the Avon and El Jebel Satellite offices, and the County Landfill are in observance of Veterans Day. Emergency services are always available by calling 911. The Sheriff’s Office telephone number is 328-8500 for non-emergencies. The Road and Bridge Department will be on call in cases of emergency.Family needs helpThe Roper family has been a part of the Vail Valley community for three years. Their friends at Alpinista Pizzeria report that Kayla Roper, the preschool director for Gypsum Elementary School, and Chip Roper, owner of Wandering Eye Productions, have been blessed with the early arrival – three months early – of their son, Colin Joseph. Colin has remained at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver since his birth Oct. 12.This has been an unexpected turn of events for the family and they can use community support. So Alpinista is hosting a fund-raiser for them Nov. 12 at the pizzeria, starting at 7 p.m., in an effort to help them out. With a $15 donation at the door, participants can enjoy an evening of local music, food, drink specials and take part in a silent auction.They’ve thought of everything, down to providing designated drivers. Call 926-4394 or 390-8993.An open houseMountain Man Nut & Fruit Co. in Avon is holding its annual holiday open house this Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store is at 150 Beaver Creek Blvd., just east of the Christie Lodge. They explain that they have delivery and worldwide shipping available. Call 949-9080.Republican RoundupThe Eagle County Republican Fall Roundup is Saturday, Nov. 15 at 4-Eagle Ranch. The whole deal starts at 6 p.m. with cocktails. Dinner is 7 p.m. For the meager sum of $35 per person, you get all this, and dancing, plus enlightenment from Greg E. Walcher, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.Call 949-5054 to RSVP.Ski for goodThe Vail Valley Charitable Fund is auctioning four unrestricted five-mountain ski passes. Bidding is open until noon Nov. 20. They’re valued at $1,649. Bidding starts at $850. Call 748-0868, or e-mail your bid to vvcf.net.Homebuyers classA first-time homebuyer class will be offered free to the public on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Avon Town Hall Council Chambers in Avon from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The class is provided through the efforts of the Eagle County Housing Department. Call 328-8770.Done good at schoolEli Loper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Loper of Vail, and David Michael Spriggs, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Spriggs of Vail, have both made the Babson College Dean’s List.Babson is far away, in Wellesley, Mass., far enough to help these students concentrate on their studies, knowing all the powder days they are missing just a bit too far west to tempt them during school terms.And their parents know they are assured of visits during the holidays.Military Academy honorsMissouri Military Academy Cadet Hunter Hughes, son of Julienne Jones of Avon, was awarded the Leadership Development Service Ribbon for completing JROTC training at the school.The school in Mexico, Mo., says it sends 90 percent of the graduates of the fifth- through 12th-grade academy to college, and the U.S. Department of Education calls it an “examplary private school.” It’s been doing this since 1889, only now it has a Web site – http://www.missourimilitaryacademy.comWill the real dummy please stand up!?!AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked “intellectual leadership.” He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it’s not Walter who’s lacking intelligence.With a Little Help from Our Friends!Police in Oakland, California spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them, shouting to please come out and give himself up…


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