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We want to hear from you. Tell us what’s going on around town so we can talk about it. Faxes can be sent to 949-7096. Our e-mail address is newsroom@vaildaily.com. Or call the Town Talk desk at 748-2933. Submissions must be received by noon the day before desired publication.Thanks for all the photo submissions. We really appreciate them, and we want you to have your photos back! Please pick up your photos at the front office of the Daily within 30 days. Photos not picked up by then will be filed in the infamous File 13, never to be seen again…. …. Thank youThis is a special thank you to my friends and family and to my partners at Colorado Mountain Medical who helped me get through a tough time after my injury and surgeries. I also want to thank the wonderful faith communities of Unity of the Mountains and Calvary Chapel for the hours of baby sitting and the home-cooked gourmet meals delivered to my home. What a wonderful way to show God’s love! Thank you to my drivers for getting me to my appointment, and driving me to work and home again for months. Finally, thanks to my surgeons, Drs. Cunningham and Viola, and my therapists Anita and Neil Masters for putting me back together and getting my joints working again. I feel blessed to live in this community and to have so many loving people in my life. Marita Bledsoe.

Soccer balls for IraqThe Eagle County Republican Women are collecting new and used soccer balls and shoes to send to children in Iraq. The collection effort will take place this month.The local group was inspired by a recent visit from Lyn Sanchez, National Armed Services chair for the National Federation of Republican Women. She told them about the success of the “Operation We Care” program. Under this program, donated soccer equipment goes to an Army chaplain, who distributes it to the soldiers. The soldiers in turn pass out the equipment to the Iraqi children they meet on their routes.”These kids are like kids back in the U.S. They need a positive outlet. They’ve taken to the game of soccer really quickly,” Sanchez said. The soccer program helps to build a relationship of trust between the Iraqis and the U.S. troops. Once the bonds of trust are made, the kids often befriend the troops, warning them of bombs or traps they should avoid.Leah Hall, second vice president of the women’s group, says the Iraqi children know the game of soccer but don’t always have coaches or equipment to play it. If you have new or used soccer balls or shoes to donate for the “Operation We Care” program in Iraq, the ECRW asks that you drop them off at the following locations: n Columbine Market – Gypsum.n City Market Eagle.n City Market – Avon.Please deflate the soccer balls first before dropping them off to aid in shipping.

The ECRW will be collecting soccer equipment until Saturday then will deliver the collected items to California to await shipment to Iraq. For more information, please contact Henri-Karen Stone at 331-2804.A new airmanAir National Guard Airman 1st Class Ryan J. Vergara-Mangan has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.During the six weeks of training, Vergara-Mangan studied the Air Force mission and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.Airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Vergara-Mangan is the son of Ana-Maria Schaefer of Chamonix Lane in Vail and Barry Mangan, of Frobisher Way in San Jose, Calif.Vergara-Mangan is a 2006 graduate of Battle Mountain High School.Congratulations, and be careful out there, Ryan…



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