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Matterhorn to hold annual Halloween partyVAIL – Children in Vail are invited to go trick-or-treating in the Matterhorn and Highland Meadows neighborhoods on Halloween. A block party will also be held at Donovan Pavilion.The trick-or-treating will begin at about 5 p.m. , Monday. Residents are asked to attach an orange pumpkin flier to their door and to leave their porch light on if they’re giving out treats. The fliers will be distributed to residents before Halloween.A Halloween block party will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Donovan Pavilion. It will feature a potluck dinner, a haunted house, games and a costume contest. Local businesses have donated prizes.Families from all Vail and downvalley neighborhoods are welcome to attend. A $5 donation per family is requested.It’s the ninth year for the block party. The Matterhorn and Highland Meadows area is south of Interstate 70 between Cascade Village and the West Vail roundabout. For more information, call Tracy Gordon at 479-2984, Chris Moffet at 479-9522 or Isabelle Wachs at 479-0504.

County will test response to disease outbreakEAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County will participate in a regional public health exercise Nov. 5 to test its ability to vaccinate a large number of people in a short amount of time. “This emergency exercise is real in the sense that we will be vaccinating the public with this season’s flu vaccine,” said Public Health Nurse Kristin Diedrich. On a small scale, this exercise will test Eagle County’s Mass Vaccination Plan, which will be initiated in a pandemic outbreak of disease, said Public Health Manager Jill Hunsaker.”We are asking the general public to come by and help us to practice this exercise by getting their flu shot,” Hunsaker said. “Having a large number of participants is the only way to test the system.”The county will be aided by the Vail Valley Medical Center and the Lion’s Club of Eagle.”Ever since Sept. 11, governmental health agencies have been preparing for a serious disease outbreak caused by either bioterrorism or by nature,” Hunsaker said.If such an event were to happen, the federal government has a plan to distribute large quantities of vaccine, antibiotics and antivirals to states, and states to counties, she said.”For example, If a pandemic flu were to occur, we would need to either vaccinate or get an antiviral medication to every person in the county,” Hunsaker said, adding that there is currently no vaccine available for the bird flu – a likely candidate for a pandemic – although development efforts are underway.These flu clinic exercises will be held Nov. 5 at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards and Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle, between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Flu vaccinations cost $15 for adults and $5 for children. Medicaid and Medicare are also accepted. For more information contact Health & Human Services at 328-8840.Rec district wins national awardEAGLE COUNTY – The Western Eagle County Metro Recreation District board of directors was recognized as the “Outstanding Citizen Member Board in the United Stated” for communities under 25,000 population.The award was presented at the National Recreation and Park Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas.Board members are Chris Williams, Rick Beveridge, Julie Helm Alt, John McCaulley and Michael Glass. The rec district has completed almost $8 million in recreation facility improvements in the last three years.”The board members were recognized for their aggressive support of recreation, their commitment to the residents of western Eagle County – especially the kids – and, finally, for their leadership in the community,” rec district director Steve Russell said. SteamMaster holds memorial golf tournamentGYPSUM – A golf tournament was held Sept. 23 at Cotton Ranch as a memorial for former SteamMaster employee Kim Matthews. Matthews died of liver cancer in May, leaving behind her husband, Larry, and four children”Kim was like family to those of us at SteamMaster over the last 10 years,” said owner Gary Gilman. “She always gave unselfishly of herself. We created this tournament to honor her memory and to raise funds to help those in similar situations.”The event raised more than $44,000, which allowed SteamMaster donate $16,365 to the Kim Matthews memorial fund, $16,365 to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and $2,184 to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.For more information, contact Raj Manickam at 800-527-1253 or raj@steammaster.com.Vail, Colorado


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