Vail locals share their New Year’s resolutions |

Vail locals share their New Year’s resolutions

Sarah Mausolfsmausolf@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – A new year is dawning in Vail, Colorado, and that means the pressure is on to reinvent yourself for 2010.An informal survey of New Years’ resolutions shows that locals have all kinds of priorities – from studying more in school to cutting back on desserts.Amy Wanhala vows to be more environmentally friendly.”My resolution is to become more green and a better recycler,” the 30-something Avon resident said. Although she already recycles newspapers and uses the recycling bins around town, Wanhala wants to start separating glass and plastic out of her trash at home.For Vail resident Brad Martin, 25, it’s all about quitting smoking this year. Although he makes a resolution most every year to cut back, he’s planning to take it more seriously for 2010.”Cigarettes are expensive nowadays,” he said. “I just want to quit smoking and save some money.”Adopting a healthier lifestyle is Donna Robason’s goals as well. Robason, a Dallas resident who was visiting her Vail home over the holidays, plans to cut down on desserts and junk food. The 57-year-old mother of four said she has trouble finding the time to exercise. This year, she’s determined to hit the treadmill regularly.For Robason’s 17-year-old daughter, Katherine Robason, the new year will be decision time. “I want to pick a college,” she said. “There are just too many to choose from.”With three Texas schools beckoning – University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University in Waco and Texas A&M University in College Station – she has a lot to think about.School will be the focus for 24-year-old Nathan Pierce as well. Pierce is enrolled in medical school at Rush in Chicago, and was visiting Vail over the holidays.”I want to study more and spend more time with patients,” he said.Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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