Town Talk for Dec. 2, 2002 |

Town Talk for Dec. 2, 2002

Randy Wyrick

Local organizations working with low-income, elderly, or non-English speaking populations or working with people with disabilities are invited to a meeting on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sponsored by the Department of the Treasury. VITA is combining resources with city and county governments, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, and other civic organizations throughout Colorado to promote this program, which provides free tax assistance to those who qualify.

The meeting is 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 10 am, in the Eagle County Garden Level Classroom, 500 Broadway, Eagle. Call Jacki Allen-Benson at 328-8818.

Let’s get ready to rummage

Edwards Elementary School wants to alert the universe about the Edwards elementary School Rummage Sale and Stuff-O-Thon. It’s Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the EES Gym. The money goes to support the 4th and 5th grade field trips. They’re looking for donations, and want you to come, checkbook in hand, to shop for warm clothes, accessories, toys and many other cool things. Bring your donations to the EES office anytime before Dec. 6. We will also be having a bake sale on Dec 7.

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Our Personal Powers That Be at the Vaily Daily have decreed that we’ll be doing a commemorative edition for Vail’s Founders Day celebration. We need stuff right away. Give us a call at 949-0555, ext. 615, or e-mail us at

Showshoe series cranks up

The 5th Annual Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series is firing up. It’s a four-event series featuring 5K and 10K competitions, along with a Kids 1K Trot, all on Beaver Creek Mountain.

Registration at A four-event pass, priced at $80, includes a Nike ACG Therma-Fit vest. Individual race registration is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the competition. The deadline for the for-event season pass is Dec. 14.

The races are Dec. 14, Jan. 11 and Feb. 22, with the North American Snowshoe Championships rounding out the series on March 15. All events begin at 11 a.m.

For more info, visit, or call Highline Sports and Entertainment at (970) 476-6797 or visit

Stuck under a bridge

A truck driver was driving along on the freeway. A sign comes up that reads “low bridge ahead.” Before he knows it the bridge is right ahead of him and he gets stuck under the bridge. Cars are backed up for miles.

Finally, a police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks around to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, “Got stuck, huh?”

The truck driver says, “No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas.”

Mess with their heads

Now Steve Rubenstein, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has proposed Three Little Words based on his brief experience in a telemarketing operation that would stop the nuisance for all time. The three little words


“Hold On, Please.”

Saying this while putting down your phone and walking off instead of hanging up immediately would make each telemarketing call so time-consuming that boiler rooms would grind to a halt. When you eventually hear the phone company’s beep-beep-beep tone, you know it’s time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task. This might be one of those articles you’ll want to e-mail to your friends. Three little words that eliminate telephone soliciting.

Other Good ideas

n When you get ads in your phone or utility bill, include them with the payment. Let the companies throw them away.

n When you get those pre approved letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and junk like that, most of them come with postage paid return envelopes, right? Well, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little envelopes.

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