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VAIL Five history-makers joined the ranks of Colorado ski legends on Monday.The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame announced the 2006 inductees Monday at the Denver Country Club.Inducted were Barbara Ferries-Henderson, a member of 1964 Olympic Team; Henry Christian Hall, the first American-born world record holder in ski jumping; Jim Temple, developer of the Storm Mountain ski area in Steamboat Springs; Ray Duncan founder of the Purgatory ski resort in Durango in 1965; and Mark Tasche.About 20 nominations were submitted in the categories of athlete, ski sport builder or inspirational figure. The voting panel that chose the five new inductees is made up of hall of fame members and the board of directors.

EAGLE COUNTY – The Eagle County Volunteer Center and Retired Senior Volunteer Program has scheduled gardening workshops for senior citizens this week at meal sites in Minturn, Eagle and El Jebel.Tuesday though Thursday, master gardeners from Colorado State University Cooperative Extension will be joined by 4-H Youth and retired and senior volunteers to assist the seniors in herb-planting sessions. All workshop sessions will run from 1-2 p.m. and will be held at the following locations: • Tuesday at the Golden Eagle Community Center, 700 Broadway in Eagle.• Wednesday at the Minturn Town Hall, 195 Pine Street .• Thursday at the Mid Valley Senior site on Highway 82 in Basalt.Participating seniors will also receive recipes with herb preparations. For more information, contact Gail Cameron-Britt at 328-8843, or visit Eagle County’s Web site, http://www.eaglecounty.us

EDWARDS – The Singletree Weed Patrol, a project of the neighborhood’s homeowner’s association, aimed at controlling thistles has been designated this year’s pilot project for the county.There will a training session for volunteers on at 9 a.m., Saturday at the Singletree Community Center. Master gardeners will teach volunteers how to identify noxious weeds and how to manage them appropriately with commercial herbicides. After the training, three teams of volunteers will begin work on Canada and other noxious thistles on the properties of homeowners participating in the program. There will be a barbecue after the spraying on Saturday. Because the Canada thistle’s root system is deep and tenacious, there will be another spraying on Aug. 26. “We see this as the first step in our plan to address the rapidly spreading problem of noxious weeds in the Singletree neighborhood and also the Eagle River Valley,” said Jim Spiker, a member of the homeowner’s association’s board.

AVON – Evans Chaffee Construction Group is accepting nominations for the beneficiary of its fifth annual Kickball Classic. This event, which will be held Aug. 19, 2006, was created to raise funds for local organizations serving women and children of Eagle County. Previous beneficiaries have included the Eagle County Women and Children’s Center, CASA, First Descents, Success at Six and the Gillis Memorial Scholarship Fund. The organization selected as the 2006 beneficiary must provide volunteers to help organize and staff the tournament. “Each year we find that we very quickly become emotionally invested in raising funds for that year’s beneficiary,” said Beth Christie, Evans Chaffee’s business manager. “Our community truly rallies behind this event each year by participating in the kickball tournament, donating goods for the breakfast and lunch, or by simply donating money to the beneficiary.”Nominations letters should be 150 words or less and describe what the organization does to help women and children, and how the organization will be use the funds. All nominations must be submitted by June 16, and should be sent to the following: Evans Chaffee Construction Group, Attn: Fundraiser nominations, P.O. Box 8266, Avon, CO 81620. The fax number is 845-0465. Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado


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