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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… Sale pricesThe Chrome Spur in Minturn is having a huge closeout sale in conjunction with Minturn Cellars Tapas and Wine Tastings on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Join us for gigantic bargains.Girls can play

Vail Eagle Hockey Association is having a girls hockey round-up at Dobson Ice Arena on Sept. 27 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. This is for girls age 11 and older who ar e interested in playing hockey. There is no charge, but all girls must be registered with USA Hockey and bring proof of registration. Please call Veha at 476-7375 or Linda at 390-2806 with questions.Volunteer for the fluOn Friday Vail Valley Medical Center will be conducting a pandemic flu drill. The hospital parking area and Dobson ice arena will be the site of the exercise.The drill will test elements of the hospital’s and other public health agencies’ pandemic plans. Volunteers are needed to walk through the exercise, and witness the process that may occur in the case of a mass evaluation of infectious patients. Volunteers are invited to tour the surge facility, where they will receive education on how to care for themselves and their loved ones in the case of a pandemic flu outbreak, and will also receive a voucher for a free influenza shot this fall at the Avon Urgent Care Center.The main purpose of the exercise is to open a medical surge facility to care for an overflow of infectious patients when the hospital is full. The goal is to screen employees reporting to work for infection, identify and segregate infectious patients who are seeking care and establish a medical surge facility at Dobson arena that can handle up to 100 patients.

This is the first time that the hospital has coordinated an exercise to evaluate emergency preparedness regarding a pandemic influenza outbreak.Volunteers are asked to park at the Lionshead parking structure and walk to the front entrance of the hospital. Each volunteer will then be assigned a mock illness. Check-in time is 10 a.m. and volunteers will be needed for about one hour.For more information, call Heather Gilmartin at 479-7289…..



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