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Dr. Joel Cohen will discuss population growth at the Vail Interfaith Chapel Feb. 24 and 25.

GYPSUM – Gypsum residents can expect less dust this summer near the Brightwater construction site, off Gypsum Creek Road.Last summer, some residents complained about dust clouds created by heavy construction traffic. According to Brightwater chief operating officer Ian Haus, several steps have been taken to ensure the area remains as dust-free as possible this summer.Five of nine golf course holes, west of Gypsum Creek Road, are now grassed and an sprinkler system has been installed to help control the dust. The residential area near the golf course has been re-vegetated.This summer, 300,000 cubic yards of dirt will be moved on the back nine holes of the golf course, as opposed to the 1.5 million moved onto the front nine last year.- Steven Sekelik

VAIL The postal counter on the third floor of the Vail Transportation Center opened Wednesday.People can buy stamps and postage, mail and drop off letters and packages, and buy international mail and registered mail services.The counter will be open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. It will be closed on Sundays and holidays. A grand opening of the counter will be March 3 from noon-4 p.m.

VAIL – Earth’s growing population will be the topic of a talk given by Dr. Joel Cohen at the Vail Interfaith Chapel Feb. 24 and 25. Cohen is the Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Populations at the Rockefeller University in New York and professor of populations in the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Cohen has researched population growth and its potential impacts on families, economies and the environment. The talk, “Humanity In Transition,” is part of the B’nai Vail Congregation’s Ernest Scheller III Speakers Program. It is open to the public free of charge. Friday program’s begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes a short Shabbat service followed by Cohen’s brief introduction to the Saturday program. On Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Cohen will speak and take questions. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 477-2992.

BEAVER CREEK – Habitat for Humanity’s seventh annual Carpenters’ Ball is March 11.The event raises money to help lower-income families build and buy homes. The nonprofit group, which works in Eagle and Lake counties, built 5 homes last year and is now planning a triplex and a duplex in Eagle. This year’s ball celebrates “Partners in Progress,” a program that aims to form partnerships with other individuals and organizations to build homes. The Carpenters’ Ball will be held at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. It begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. RSVPs must be received by Monday at 748-6718.

EAGLE – There could soon be another big building project in downtown Eagle.Wend Sacks, owner of the building that houses the Brush Creek Saloon, a beauty parlor, a glass store, and some offices, said she is thinking about renovating or redeveloping the 100-year-old building.The building has had various uses over the years, including serving as the county courthouse in the 1920s, and was the site of various businesses, including a bank. Part of the building was once the town’s gym, and still has 20-foot-high ceilings and hardwood planking on the floor.Sacks said the aging building is posing many different structural problems.”I’m looking at every option, one of which may be seeing a new (building) face in town on the corner of Third and Broadway,” she said.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

EAGLE – The Lions Club’s annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held at Eagle Valley Elementary School from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 10.The top item in this year’s auction is a five-mountain 2006-2007 Vail Resorts ski pass worth $1,499. Other auction items have been donated by LaScala restaurant, Broadway Café, and the Rittenhouse as well as Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Vilar Center for the Arts. The all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner costs $6 for adults, $4 for children under 12, and $18 for families. Contact any Lions member for tickets or Judy Clock, 328-7225, Ken Long, 524-7688 or Ed Smith, 328-7770.This event is the major fund-raiser for the Eagle Lions Club, which contributes more than $10,000 to the community each year. Major services of the Lions Club include the eyeglass-purchase program, eye screening for preschoolers, scholarships, leadership training seminars and youth conferences.Vail, Colorado

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