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A bench in Main Park has been dedicated to long-time Optimist Club member Frank Vollmer, who died in September. PAGE 8

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Mountain View’s Adam Raberge (10) is sandwiched by a group of Windsor defenders including Andrew Gordon (91), Lucas Watts (32), Trevor Miller (51), Kail Voigt (31) and several others. Photos by BILL KISH Windsor Beacon

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More than a dozen parents attended an informational meeting last Thursday to answer questions from the community on the future of the Windsor Charter Academy.

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Encorp, Inc. announced plans to build an 80,000 square-foot office and production facility at the Diamond Valley Tech Center in east Windsor. The Windsor Wizards won their fifth straight game over D’Evelyn to advance them to the state quarterfinals in football on Saturday.

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November 14, 1985 Christmas arrived early for the Weld Re4 board of education, when an extra $500,000 was made available for the district’s use.

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A special Windsor Town Board meeting that was to have been held last night to award construction bids for the south Seventh Street improvement district was canceled late Wednesday afternoon. Retail sales in Windsor dropped a total of 6.5 percent during the first quarter of 1985, according to a report issued by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

KERN-GROWN 15-LB. BEET ON DISPLAY A sugar beet weighing 15 pounds was being displayed at Justice Chipman’s office. It was grown on the Kern ranch south of town. A Windsor area farmer, aggravated because snow had not been plowed from county roads, took matters into his own hands Monday and cleared two roads south of town.

of Colorado band were on a train that derailed near Hot Sulphur Springs. Fortunately none of the students was injured.

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The annual Nov. 15 beet payment made to Windsor farmers amounted to $547,004.13.

The Windsor council attended a Greeley board meeting to witness the passage of a resolution stating no more water taps would be issued to Windsor or any other outlying town. Attorney James C. Wilson announced plans to open a small office of his own in the building next to the Windsor Beacon, which was owned by Dave Winograd. It was to be called the Professional Building. The junior high class presented the play “Cheaper by the Dozen,” held at the high school. Under the direction of Mr. Gerald Gilliland, the high school glee club, junior high select choir and the triple trio, held their Thanksgiving program open to the public at the high school.

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The Windsor High School football team lost to Brighton 18-0.

Windsor jeweler Leon Harrison attended the annual meeting of the Master Watchmakers of Colorado held in Denver.

November 19, 1910 A Bracewell man reported harvesting 4,500 sacks of potatoes from 30 acres. This was 150 sacks to the acre making it the best yield reported that year The Boston Store specials of the week were bananas, 15 cents a dozen; candies, 10 cents a pound; and sugar, 20 pounds for $1. The Windsor area markets were paying the following: potatoes, 85-90 cents; wheat $1.25; barley, $1; and oats, $1.10.

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Police to dedicate new building today BY ASHLEY KEESIS-WOOD

Windsor Police are inviting the public to a commission ceremony at 2 p.m. today at their new facility at 200 N. 11th Street.

The Windsor Police Department is inviting residents to attend the commission ceremony for their new station this afternoon. The event is free to the public and will be held at 2 p.m. at 200 N. 11th Street. After the ceremony, the public is invited to tour their new police department building from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be The police officially moved served. into their new building last

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Monday and Tuesday. “This is it,” said Windsor

Police Chief John Michaels. “This is home for the next 50 years.” The open culminates a three-year project. In 2007, the Windsor Town Board MICHAELS visited the police’s old headquarters in the basement of town hall. After that visit, they gave the go-ahead to town staff to come up with a plan to build

a new facility. The town sought and was awarded a $3.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to construct the facility, with a 40-year payback period. Ground was broken on the 14,800-square-foot building in November 2009. For more information, contact the Windsor Police at 674-6400.

Wizard 101 transition proposal shown by teachers to board BY DAVID PERSONS

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Mike Christopher and Henry Ramos purchased Fire Side Restaurant earlier this year.

Fire Side Restaurant closes doors again By Beacon staff

The Fire Side Restaurant has apparently closed. The doors have been locked for several weeks and the lights have been turned off. A sign in a window of the restaurant, 1149 Main Street, says the space is for lease and to call Brinkman Partners. The restaurant, which operated as the Firehouse


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A program designed to help students make the transition from middle school to high school was presented to the Windsor School District (Weld Re-4) Board of Directors last Monday night. The proposal, called Wizard 101, was presented by four Windsor High School teachers. The four (Laurie Hillman, Laurie Balerud, Melody Person and Liz Berry) represent about a dozen teachers who have been working on the plan for nearly a year. They explained to the board that their proposal is patterned after one that Eaglecrest High School has been using very successfully. “Over the past 30 years, I have tried a lot of things and nothing worked,” Windsor High School Principal Jeanne Findley said on Tuesday, referring to transition efforts. “When Laurie Balerud first brought this to me, I knew this


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was something that would work. I knew we had to do it.” Findley said she told Balerud to “go to work” on the proposal. “When other teachers heard about it, they got involved,” Findley said. “This grew from the bottom up. They worked on it the whole summer.” Findley said the transition program’s curriculum is nearly complete. Only a couple days of instruction need to be completed. The presentation to the school board was the first time the teachers have had a chance to bring their idea forward publicly. The explained to the board that Wizard 101 will focus on the top skills teachers believe that students should have to be successful in high school and beyond. Balerud explained that those skills will be placed in five categories: personal responsibility, sense of self/utilizing resources, organization/study skills, technology, and sense of belonging.

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She and the other teachers told the board that the program is scheduled to be one semester and would likely take the place of the half-credit of the 10.5 elective credits that incoming freshmen are now required to take. If a student does not pass the program, then that student would likely go to a Round 2 in a learning lab. Balerud said that the teachers are continuing to work on details like cost, how it would be implemented (as an extra class or in place of a teacher’s planning period), and how teachers would be selected to teach the class. Findley said it will take approximately 12 sections (teachers) to do the program. “We need to pay for it now because the rewards will come later,” Findley added. If all the details are worked out in the spring, the program could be put in place for the fall of the 2011-2012 school

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Town officials take critical look at public notification in land use issues of 350 feet away. “It’s a balancing act between making the neighbors aware of what’s happening without Land use applications have making the requirements so been a tricky subject for the strict they bog down the appliWindsor Town Board of late. cant’s process,” Ballstadt said. That’s why board members gathered last Monday night for “The majority of CUGs occur on small lots. In those cases it a discussion about the town’s requirements at their work ses- may not be really necessary to notify residents in a 300-foot sion. “Currently, we have require- radius.” Board member Don ments about legal notices and Thompson suggested using display ads in the newspaper, mailing requirements and mail- larger signs in more visible locations on ing areas,” Windsor Senior properties subPlanner Scott Ballstadt said. ject to annexa“The maximum notification tion, subdiviarea is 300 sion developfeet, and it’s ment, rezon100 feet for ing, variances, conditional CUGs and use grants.” other types of The concern land uses that THOMPSON about whether require notifisufficient notication. fication and BALLSTADT “Otherwise, the smaller signs involvement could get lost in the weeds,” for residents Thompson said. was occurring came up in Ballstadt said he’d check on September when an application for an oil and gas well was sub- the town’s inventory of large signs, but agreed that was a mitted to the town for the doable Peakview Estates subdivision change. by a company called Synergy Windsor Resources Corporation. Mayor John Oil and gas facilities in Colorado are approved using a Vazquez suggested creating conditional use grant (CUG) a sub-section process. This allows unique uses such as oil and gas facili- of the notificaties that are not uses by right tion code with more stringent VAZQUEZ in any specific zoning districts to come for approval to requirements for the high-profile land uses. the Windsor Town Board, “That would be gravel mincontingent upon approval by the town’s planning commis- ing, oil and gas, small group homes and adult businesses,” sion. In cases of oil and gas wells, he said. “Those are the ones as well as other mineral extrac- that get higher visibility.” Since one of the primary tions, the town’s ability to regconcerns voiced by the ulate is limited. For these CUGs, there is no Peakview residents was the lack of communication early in requirement for a neighborthe development process, hood meeting, but there is a requirement for a legal notice Vazquez suggested adding a neighborhood meeting compoin the newspaper 10 days nent to the notification and prior to the public hearing held at the planning commis- holding that meeting prior to the public hearing at the plansion, as well as mailed notifining commission. cation to property owners “Maybe that way the develwithin 100 feet of the affected oper will be able to answer the property. residents’ questions beforeIn the case of Peakview, hand,” he said. none of the residents were Windsor Planning notified by mail because their properties were all a minimum Commission Chair Gale BY ASHLEY KEESIS-WOOD



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Schick thought that was a good proposal. “Maybe we’re overcommunicating in those situations, but I don’t want the citizens to say they didn’t know about SCHICK these things,” he said. Vazquez also advocated for making sure the signs were posted on the property in highly visible areas. “The busier the road, the bigger the sign,” he said. Thompson also pressed for a 300-foot notification in the cases of the four special high visibility land uses. “Three hundred feet is nothing,” Thompson said. Board member Robert Bishop-Cotner pointed out that one of the primary obstacles they face in the notification process is actually reaching residents. “We’re communicating in antiquated ways,” he said. “We need to update our methods. How many people read the newspaper anymore?” Board member Kristie Melendez argued the papers in Windsor, because they are focused on Windsor specifically, are still an important piece of the puzzle. “We need to MELENDEZ think about adding new ways to communicate, but not ignoring the old,” she said. Windsor Town Manager Kelly Arnold suggested having the town get involved in notification as well, writing letters on Town of Windsor letterhead. “Residents may be more willing to look at something from the town as opposed to what’s put out by an unfamiliar company,” he said. Ballstadt said that was also doable. The town will take up this proposal at the beginning of 2011.



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ment memorabilia inside the restaurant. They also remodeled the adjacent bar and Continued from Page 3 renamed it the Back Draft Lounge. comment. In January 2008, the A Brinkman Partners leasing Manicones sold the restaurant agent for the site also could not to Emmi Watterman and be reached for comment. Shannon Hayhurst. The two The Firehouse Restaurant women also made some interiwas purchased by Mark and or changes and renamed it the Lauren Manicone in March 2004. The Manicones changed Fire Side Restaurant. The restaurant was then sold the name of the restaurant to to the Christophers and Ramos the Fire Station Restaurant after adding lots of fire depart- in March.

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year. In other action on Monday night, the district board: > Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Severance over the use of the gym at Range View Elementary School. The IGA says that if district is not utilizing the gym for district purposes, then Severance has next priority for use of the gym. > Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Severance and the Town of Windsor over the use of the gym at Range View Elementary School. The IGA says that if the district or Severance is not utilizing the gym, then Windsor may use the facility. Once Severance has its own recreational programs, this agreement may be terminated. > Approved the optional School District Calendar A for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2012 school years. >Approved a resolution authorizing the school district to participate in the Colorado State Treasurer’s Interest Free Loan Program. The purpose of the loan is to ensure adequate cash flow to cover payroll during the months where the property tax collections are minimal. Once property taxes are collected for the year, the loan will be repaid in full. The amount that can be borrowed has an accumulative

“When other teachers heard about it, they got involved. This grew from the bottom up. They worked on it the whole summer.’ WINDSOR HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL JEANNE FINDLEY

cap of $6.5 million. > Approved the audit conducted by the district’s auditor Watkins and Schommer. > Approved participation in a Coalition Agreement among Colorado school districts to address issues relating to improvement of public education including adoption and maintenance of school finance systems, and development of new ideas and new legislation for the improvement of schools. > Approved a $39,500 bid by Computer Information Concepts for the annual agreement for the Infinite Campus student information system. > Approved a $12,106.52 bid by GovConnection for black/white and color laser printers for computer labs. > Approved the bid from Points West Bank for 1.16 percent APY for the Felte Scholarship CD.




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p.m. > Historic Preservation Commission: One vacated term expiring June, 2012. The Historic Preservation Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5:45 p.m. It is preferred that applicants for the Historic Preservation Commission have credentials in one of the following areas: history, architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, prehistoric or historic archaeology, planning or related disciplines such as the building trades, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, real estate or law. > Parks & Recreation Advisory Board: Two terms expiring September, 2014. The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. > Windsor Housing Authority: One vacated term expiring June, 2011. The Windsor Housing Authority meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. Interested applicants must be a Windsor resident and submit an application which can be obtained at www.windsorgov. com or picked up at the Windsor Town Hall. Completed applications are to be mailed to: Patti Garcia, Town Clerk, Town of Windsor, 301 Walnut Street, Windsor, CO 80550 or emailed to Applications are to be submitted by December 1, 2010 with interviews by members of the Town Board shortly thereafter. For additional information, call Patti Garcia at 674-2404.

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The Windsor Optimist Club made a presentation Saturday afternoon to Dolores Vollmer (sitting), widow of Frank Vollmer, who died Sept. 4 at the age of 97. The club ordered a park bench to be installed by the Town of Windsor near the east playground in Main Park, and the installation was completed this week. Pictured are (from left) Eric Harris, Margaret Harris, Scott Goering, Dr. Peter Witt, Ryan Sanger, Andrew Stanger, and Grace Shaw, the daughter of Delores Vollmer.

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A Windsor resident was remembered last Saturday for his dedication to the town with the unveiling of a new bench in Main Park. Frank Vollmer, who died at the age of 97 in early September, was a member of the Windsor Optimist Club for about 30 years and held several positions including president. His wife of 26 years, Annie Vollmer, is also a member of the Optimist Club. “He was a great member of the club and the community,” said Kathy Goering, secretary at the Optimist Club. The dedication was attended by many members of the Optimist Club as well as members of Frank Vollmer’s family. The dedication was a surprise for Annie Vollmer. “I was so overwhelmed,” Annie Vollmer said. “It was such a wonderful gesture. I was totally surprised.” The Windsor Optimist Club purchased the bench, which is located near the east play-

The Windsor Optimist Club dedicated a bench in Main Park to the memory of Frank Vollmer on Saturday afternoon.

ground at Main Park. The bench features a plaque that reads “Presented by the Windsor Optimist Club in Loving Memory of Frank Vollmer 2010.” “Frank Vollmer loved children,” Goering said. “He enjoyed going to that park.” The Optimist Club puts together activities for the youth of Windsor including Easter egg hunts, bike rodeos, and present drives for Christmas.

“He helped out with all of our activities,” Goering said. “He helped out with the town and its youth. He was a good example of giving back to the community.” Vollmer said that she knows that the Optimist Club will remember Frank for the great optimist he was. “He did contribute a lot to the Optimist Club,” she said. “They appreciated him so much.”




Despite fewer needy families to serve, food pantry needs help BY KATIE LINNÉ For the Beacon

The Windsor Food Pantry needs your help. The holidays are always a time of need for the pantry, and although the Windsor community reached out and donated food to help needy families, donations were not as plentiful this year as in years past. And with a little over 80 families to feed, Windsor HECKMAN Food Pantry Director Brenda Heckman worries about the amount of food. “We might make it through the holidays,” said Heckman. Each family that needs assistance during the holidays will receive a normal food package which includes items like canned soups and meats, mac-

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aroni and cheese, flour and sugar along with a turkey, potatoes, eggs, bread and margarine. The pantry allows families in need to receive one food box every six weeks. Heckman commented on the low number of families in need this year. “I’m surprised it’s not higher,” Heckman said. Although the number of families in need for the holidays is lower, the underwhelming number of donations for the food pantry causes doubt over whether the food will stretch to cover the holidays. The pantry accepts non-perishable food donations year round.

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Student leadership team outlines ambitious plans treasure hunt modeled after the TV show ‘The Amazing Race,’” said SALT member Nicole Fischer. The Student Advisory SALT was formed in 2009, Leadership Team (SALT) has after years of interest from curbig ambitions. rent and former town board The group, comprised of members looking for participahigh and middle school stution from the younger Windsor dents who live in Windsor, outlined some of their plans for age demographics. “Just because they’re not old the Windsor Town Board durenough to vote doesn’t mean ing last Monday night’s work we should ignore a large part of session. our constituency,” Windsor “We’d like to host our own Mayor John Vazquez said. teen summit, put on a SALT has already been active, Northern Colorado Battle of the Bands, and organize a town hosting a dance and party on BY ASHLEY KEESIS-WOOD



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Time to register for Pelican Lakes Turkey Trot 5K By Beacon staff

The 2010 Pelican Lakes Turkey Trot 5K run/walk and 5 mile run will be held Nov. 25 on the cart path at Pelican Lakes Golf Course in Water Valley. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. in the Banquet Room. You can pre-register online at The registration fee is $20 per person if you pre-register or $25 if you register after Nov. 18. Signed waivers must be turned in to receive packets at early packet pick-up. Waiver forms are available at The race will start at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Water Valley at 686-5828 or by e-mail at You also can contact Tom Merkey at 970218-4877 or by e-mail at

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e were pleased to see the Windsor Town Board and some members of the Windsor Planning Commission entertain a serious discussion last Monday night on a problem that has been festering for some time. The problem? Proper public notification and public involvement on land use issues. It’s not a glamorous topic but it is one that has caused a lot of angst for residents and board members alike in recent years. The discussion began by recognizing what is currently done in the way of public notification. It was quickly agreed that what the town does is largely insufficient when it comes to notification and equally insufficient when it comes to involving affected residents in the process. The recent oil and gas project near Peakview Estates was singled out as an example of how things can fall short. Oil and gas facilities in Colorado are approved using a conditional use grant (CUG) process. For these CUGs, there is no requirement for a neighborhood meeting, but there is a requirement for a legal notice in the newspaper 10 days prior to the public hearing held at the planning commission, as well as mailed notification to property owners within 100 feet of the affected property. In the case of Peakview, none of the residents were notified by mail because their properties were all a minimum of 350 feet away. Town Board member Don Thompson suggested using larger signs in more visible locations on properties subject to annexation, subdivision development, rezoning, variances, CUGs and other types of land uses that require notification. Windsor Mayor John Vazquez suggested creating a sub-section of the notification code with more stringent requirements for the high-profile land uses. Vazquez said, and Windsor Planning Commission Chair Gale Schick agreed, that adding a neighborhood meeting component to the notification and holding that meeting prior to the public hearing at the planning commission would be a good idea. Vazquez also advocated for making sure the signs were posted on the property in highly-visible areas. “The busier the road, the bigger the sign,” he said. Thompson insisted on a 300-foot notification in the cases of the four special high visibility land uses. Windsor Town Manager Kelly Arnold said the town could get involved in notification as well, writing letters on Town of Windsor letterhead. All good ideas – the result of a good discussion. We enjoyed the dialogue and encourage the board and planning commission to follow through. We believe all of these are a win-win for the town and our residents.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR something should be done about WMS area speed limit this issue and fast before something happens that everybody should be 20 mph I am writing this letter to elaborate on the fact that the town board and CDOT is proposing to lower the speed limit between 3rd street and 7th street but are able to speed up in front of the Windsor Middle School. To most of us here at WMS, including the staff, believe that Main Street should be a school zone in front of WMS. The speed limit shouldn’t be much over 20 mph. People can just zoom over the crosswalk at 30 mph, which is where a majority of the school use to walk home. Mrs. West, a computer and technology teacher at WMS, was hit at 30 mph on the crosswalk, even when she had the Walk light. She was airlifted to the hospital, and luckily is still teaching computers with us today. I believe

regrets. Thank you for your time to put my letter through to the newspaper and also for reading my letter. I appreciate it a lot. I hope something will be done about this issue that has caused many parents to be worried.


Main St. school zones need lower speeds Did you hear, CDOT is going to lower the speed limit downtown (3rd-7th streets) to 25 mph? From Windsor Middle School to Windsor High School it is still 30 mph, in a school zone! Being a WMS student, I find this decision being, very dangerous.

A high percent of students walk to school and walk to their house. This means they have to cross the road. If a car is going the fast speed limit, 30 mph on an icy road, how will they stop in time so a child can cross the road? I know that WMS and WHS are on Main Street, but they are still in a school zone. Over at Mountain View, when the lights are flashing ,the school zone speed limit is 20 mph, same as almost all the other school zones. One of my teachers, Mrs. West was hit by a car going 30 mph when the driver ran a red light. She had the Walk light, but because the speed limit is 30, the driver didn¹t have time to stop. Thank you for considering the letter above. I may just be a WMS student, but I do have a right to say that this is dangerous.







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LETTER TO THE EDITOR The two large negatives I see Rebranding effort regarding a name change wasted time, resources would be: I thought I was alone in thinking that the rebranding project for the Windsor/Severance Library was a waste of time, effort and resources until I read a Letter to the Editor submitted by The Windsor Book Club. Like them, I feel that library funds should be used to increase the library’s resources, which has residual value, instead of paying for someone to come with a new name and pay for all the subsequent changes to signage, letterhead, website, forms and a myriad of other materials. In my opinion there is no need to change the library’s name because it is in fact a “library located in the Windsor/Severance area.” The present name accurately describes the type of institution and it’s location in very few words, which is important. The majority of people who use libraries also understand that libraries upgrade their technology to fit the needs of their visitors and users over time. I would say that most libraries today have electronic/Internet capabilities compared to the libraries of the 1960s or 1970s. I believe that most other citizens understand this as well.

(1) Adding the word “Clearview” to the name of the library requires that the name becomes longer, and necessitates the inclusion of parts of the old name as well so its location is instantly understood. Because the word Clearview has nothing to do with the past, present or future of the Town of Windsor, it has no inherent meaning or geographical importance. “Clearview” creates an obstacle in conveying the purpose and location of the institution. (2) The funding which would be used to create and roll out a new name/brand could better be used to upgrade library equipment, programs, reference materials and books which would be enjoyed by many patrons for years to come. In light of the tough economic times, any available money should be used to improve the substance and capabilities of the library instead of spending it on unneeded “window dressing.” I have been professionally involved with branding and corporate identity for 27 years in the Colorado market place. In the course of my work with organizations such as the

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Colorado Eagles, Signature Bank, Denver Broncos Alumni Association, Water Valley/Pelican Lakes and numerous others, I understand the importance of creating strategic names, consistent and easily understood brands/logos and when an improved name/brand is necessary. If the present Windsor/Severance Library was called “The Weld Book Building,” a rebranding effort would be justified. But it is not, and the present name very aptly describes the organization’s function and location. If an additional branch is one day constructed within the town boundaries of Severance, the most logical name for the new branch would be The Severance/Windsor Library. I believe it is in our community’s best interest to leave the name alone and use the money to make the library a better library. I also think Windsor citizens should question the motivation behind the Windsor/Severance Library’s rebranding effort, especially if it is to be financed by public funding or tax dollars. From my view, the matter is anything but clear.




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hanksgiving calls us to reflect and act upon our blessings. What are you thankful for? As W.T. Purkiser articulates, “It is not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them that is the true measure of thanksgiving.” As I gather my Thanksgiving recipes, the election results are being posted in the news. Personally I am thankful for a reprieve from political commercials and wish more of the campaign funds were used to bless others. So how will you demonstrate your blessings this month? When preparing your Thanksgiving menu, include reflection that stirs you to help others. The WHS catering classes are preparing cookies for teachers in each school in honor of American Education week. The class also prepared a pumpkin mousse as part of “harvest of the month” that was served to WMS and WHS students. The interesting part of this unique experience is that the pumpkin came from the Boyles Family Farm in Gill. Claire Boyles met with Laura Stoneman, our district food director, to help with this project. The catering class then cooked and pureed the pumpkin in preparation for the Pumpkin Mousse recipe. If you do not have fresh pumpkin to puree, canned also works nicely in this recipe. Using canned pumpkin simplifies the recipe, allowing you time to jazz up the salad side of your Thanksgiving menu. I love the Sophisticated Honey and Nut Salad that Mary Trimble brought to book club. We were reading Muddbound and the main character was a southern lady who would have relished this salad after being bound by mud during the rainy season on her farm. Mary created this salad by pulling together the best ideas from three recipes. I will be deep fat frying my

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RUTH BRUNNER Food for thought first turkey this year and have been doing my research on brine/injection recipes and safety tips. E-mail me at the Beacon with your favorite turkey frying tips. I have included the Italian Turkey Roast turkey recipe I have used in the past to bake a moist and flavorful turkey. Most importantly, count your blessings as you enjoy a bounteous table of food. Pumpkin Mousse By WHS Catering Class 1 (3-ounce) box instant butterscotch pudding 1¼ cup milk 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon dried orange peel ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 1 (8 oz.) container cool whip

Prepare pudding as directed on box. Stir in pumpkin, orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold in container of whipped topping. Serve chilled in pretty parfait glasses or graham cracker crust. Sophisticated Honey and Nut Salad

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Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together all dressing ingredients and let dressing ingredients blend at least 2 hours in refrigerator. Add dressing to salad, toss and serve immediately. Italian Roast Turkey ½ cup olive oil 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 3 tablespoons minced garlic salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash the turkey inside and out; pat dry and remove any large fat deposits. Loosen the skin from the breast by carefully working your fingers between the breast and the skin. Be careful not to tear the skin. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, and spices. Spread most of the rosemary mixture under the breast skin and down the thigh and leg; rub the remainder over the outside of the breast. Use toothpicks to seal skin over any exposed breast meat. Roast turkey on a rack in a roasting pan with about ¼ inch of water on the bottom of the pan. Roast for 3 to 4 hours, or until juices run clear.

Closing thought “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the SALAD: highest appreciation is not to One head of Bibb or Boston lettuce, torn utter words, but to live by them.” into bite size pieces By Mary Trimble

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town has 1,344 registered sales tax users. According to Garcia, these licenses are not uncommon in surrounding municipalities. “We can keep this information on file and also GARCIA export it to the Chamber of Commerce to help them,” she said.

This also has the ability to make opening a business in Windsor easier. “Right now people may call three or four different departments to find what they need to do,” Garcia said. “This will make it easier by creating a flowchart for people to follow that gives them the exact steps.” So far, the applications are coming in quickly. “People are doing a great job turning around the applications,” Garcia said.

Orthodontists relocate their office in Windsor BY KATHERINE POPOWSKI For the Beacon



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House of Windsor music series begins The House of Windsor has launched its Music by the Mantel series. Music by the Mantel occurs every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. through the first of the year. It features local musicians playing various genres of music. Music includes jazz, acoustic covers, original tracks, holiday tunes and more. Drink specials are offered and a full menu of sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and desserts are available. There is no cover charge and the public is encouraged to support local talent. The House of Windsor is located at 430 Main Street. For a complete list of dates and musicians, visit m or call 460-7165.

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Nicholas Rubble, a quality technician at Vestas in Windsor, checks for imperfections on a new wind turbine blade in February.

Vestas officials announced Tuesday they have received a 90 MW order for 50 V100-1.8 MW wind turbines from John Deere Wind Energy for the Michigan Wind II project near Minden City, Mich. The contract includes delivery and commissioning along with a 10-year service and maintenance agreement. Delivery is scheduled for mid-2011 and commissioning is expected by the end of 2011. “Vestas is excited to help John Deere deliver additional clean energy to Michigan,” said Martha Wyrsch, President of Vestas Americas. “The V1001.8 MW turbine is designed to produce large amounts of energy for areas with low- and medium-wind speeds.” In 2007, Vestas supplied John Deere 32 V82-1.65 MW turbines to the Harvest Wind project near Bad Axe, Mich., and an additional 33 V82-1.65 MW turbines for two projects in Oregon. This marks Vestas’ second order in the United States of the V100-1.8 MW in November. The first was a 58 MW order for a project in Idaho. Vestas has a blade manufacturing plant in Windsor.






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together bassoonists from across Colorado. This year’s guest is Kathleen McLean, Associate Professor of Bassoon at Indiana University and former associate principal bassoon with the Toronto Symphony. Register via email: Cost: $20. Information: 970-491-3603 or “The Wedding Singer: A Musical Comedy” 7:30 p.m., Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland. A musical comedy about wedding singer and rockstar wannabe Robbie Hart who gets left at the altar. Cost: $15 adults, $13 students and seniors, group rates available. Information: 970962-2120 or Graduate String Quartet 7:30 p.m., University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins. The Colorado State University Graduate String Quartet performs. Cost: $7 CSU students, $1 youth (ages 2-17), $12 adult. Information: 970-491-3603 or RELIGION Gregorian Chant Weekend Retreat Abbey of St. Walburga, 32109 N. U.S. Highway 287, Virginia Dale. The living tradition of Gregorian Chant connects with the early days of the church’s life of prayer. Participants of this retreat will become acquainted with Gregorian notation and the principles of bringing this music to life. Cost: $175 with $40 deposit (applicable toward total). Information: 970-472-0612 or

1800 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins. Please see Thursday’s listing for more information. “White Christmas” 6 p.m., Carousel Dinner Theatre, 3509 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Irving Berlins’s 1954 classic holiday film comes to life on stage. Cost: $39 and $49. Information: 970225-2555 or

THEATER “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 5:30 p.m., Union Colony Dinner Theatre, 802 Ninth St., Greeley. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. Cost: $36 - $38, group rates available. . Information: 970-352-2900 “Macbeth” 6 p.m., Ridgeview Classical Schools,

“My First Time” 7:30 p.m., Nonesuch Theater, 216 Pine St., Fort Collins. In 1998, a website was created that encouraged people to share the story of their first sexual experience. More than 40,000 responses later, “My First Time” opened off-Broadway telling the first time stories of real people. This production contains adult themes and language. Cost: $20 general admission; $15 for students 17 and older Information: 970-224-0444

“Will Rogers Follies” 6 p.m., Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown. Please see Thursday’s listing for more information.





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Boogie On Bowling 9 p.m., Chipper’s Lanes College Center, 830 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. Every Thursday enjoy cheap games, drafts, pizza and tacos along with live music. Bands start at 10 p.m. Cost: $2 cover. Information: 970-484-4777 or COMEDY The Ragbirds 8 p.m., Hodi’s Half Note, 167 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. The Ragbirds describe their blend of folk rock and world fusion as “infectious global groove.” The Honey Gitters also perform. Cost: $5. Information: 970-472-2034 or FUNDRAISERS O’Boise’s Ninth aMSiversary 5:30-7 p.m., Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon, 25 Old Town Square, Fort Collins. Raise a glass to raise funds. Lucky Joe’s welcomes a guest bartender for the ninth year in a row to donate tips to the Northern Colorado MS Society. Raffle ticket and auction proceeds will also be donated. Cost: No cover. Information: 970-493-2213 or KARAOKE Gelatinis and Karaoke 8 p.m.-midnight, Gelazzi Gelato Italiano Cafe, 128 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Enjoy spiked Gelazzi treats while listening to or taking part in live karaoke. Cost: No cover. Information: 970-472-5547 or Karaoke 9 p.m., Pitchers, 1100 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins. Pitchers hosts live karaoke every Tuesday and saturday night. Cost: No cover. Information: 970-493-5374 MUSIC Live Jazz Music 4 p.m., Ace Gillett’s, 259 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Ace Gillett’s opens at 4 p.m. daily and features live jazz music beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Visit Ace Gillett’s on Facebook for the music schedule. Cost: No cover. Information: 970-484-3883 or s.php Open Blues Jam FREE 6 p.m., Spotlight Music Cafe, 4606 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Hosted by the Dave Dardine Project. Bring an instrument and sit in or

970-377-8066 or Ludacris 7:30 p.m., Moby Arena, Plum Street, CSU campus, Fort Collins. The Air Force Reserve presents a free Ludacris show for current Colorado State University students, faculty and staff. Valid CSU identification is required for ticket pick-up and concert admission. Free with valid CSU student, faculty or staff ID. Information: 970-491-5402 or Nicaragua Cook Stove Project Fundraiser 8 p.m., Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. The Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences and the Nicaragua Cook Stove Project sponsor a show to help support College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) undergraduate student volunteers traveling to Nicaragua in December to work on the cook stove project. Enjoy live music featuring Bevin Luna and Jen Korte & The Loss, as well as a silent auction. Cost: $5. Information: 970-493-5555 or Swollen Members 8 p.m., Aggie Theatre, 204 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Soda Jerk presents a hip-hop show with Swollen Members, featuring Saigon and City Real. Cost: $15. Information: 970-482-8300 or CF&G “Live” 8:30 p.m., Colorado Feed & Grain Cookhouse, 4333 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. A weekly blues jam hosted by the Robert Wilson Blues Band. Bring your talent and your instrument, whether it be a guitar or your voice. Information: 970484-8090 or Power Trucker 9 p.m., Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon, 25 Old Town Square, Fort Collins. A fusion of country, bluegrass and punk musical styles. No cover. Information: 970-493-2213 or Kitty Kowalski 10 p.m., Surfside 7, 150 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. Kitty Kowalski plays loud punk/rock music mixed with a little comedy; special guest Sour Boy Bitter Girl will open. Information: 970-221-4281 or

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FRIDAY COMEDY Bass Before Break 8 p.m., Hodi’s Half Note, 167 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. Music For Change presents a benefit concerst featuring S.P.E.C.T.R.E, DJ Fisk (of Fresh2Death), Paul Brandt (of Half Color), BeatServer and TerRisom. Proceeds will go to Animal House. Cost: $10 day of/$13 under 21. Information: 970-472-2034 or KARAOKE Gelatinis and Karaoke 8 p.m.-midnight, Gelazzi Gelato Italiano Cafe, 128 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Please see Thursday’s listing for more information. MUSIC Live Jazz Music 4 p.m., Ace Gillett’s, 259 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Please see Thursday’s listing for more information. The Just Jazz Quintet FREE 5-7 p.m., Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Jazz music. Information: 970-493-5555 or Bethstudio Student Recital FREE 6 p.m., Spotlight Music Cafe, 4606 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. A recital by guitar students of Bethstudio. Information: 970-3778066 or Carry Me Ohio 7 p.m., Everyday Joe’s, 144 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Carry Me Ohio performs a blend of Americana, folk, country, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and classical music. They perform live with rock trio The Key of Joy and singer/songwriter David Reynolds. Cost: $5 suggested donation. Information: 970-215-6928 or (Hed) PE 8 p.m., Aggie Theatre, 204 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Californiabased G-punk band (Hed) PE performs along with opening act Axe Murder Boys. Cost: $15. Information: 970-482-8300 or



AREA CONCERT CALENDAR 9 p.m., Pitchers, 1100 W. Drake Information: 970-224-3326 FRIDAY Cowtown 8:30 p.m., Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Country/bluegrass/cajun music performance. $7. Information: 970-4935555 or Boa and the Constrictors 9 p.m., Colorado Feed & Grain Cookhouse, 4333 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Boa and the Constrictors, a high energy blues band, will perform everything from delta-style blues to swing. Cost: No cover. Information: 970-484-8090 or Chugwater Band 9 p.m., Sundance Steakhouse & Saloon, 2716 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Country music. Cost: Cover charge varies by day and age. Information: 970-484-1600 or Dave Kimball 9 p.m., Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon, 25 Old Town Square, Fort Collins. Acoustic beer-drinking music. No cover. Information: 970-493-2213 or Rob Drabkin 9 p.m., Road 34 Bike Bar, 1213 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins. Jazz guitarist Rob Drabkin performs live. Cost: $5. Information: 970-2213434 or Sammy Dee Blues Band 9 p.m., Bar SS, 3311 W. Larimer County Road 54G, LaPorte. Louisiana- and Texas-style blues music. Information: 970-224-3326 The Kingpins 9 p.m., Island Grill, 2601 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins. Live rock ‘n’ roll music. Cost: No cover. Information: 970-266-0124 or Live DJ 10 p.m., Sports eXchange, 214 Linden St., Fort Collins. Please see Thursday’s listing for more information.

SATURDAY COMEDY J.O.B. FREE 8 p.m., Hodi’s Half Note, 167 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. J.O.B. performs live with P.O.C. (Peace Officer Crew), Rusty Knuckles, Gem In Eye and Rhythmic Fuzz. Information: 970-472-2034 or KARAOKE Karaoke

Road, Fort Collins. Please see Thursday’s listing for more information. MUSIC Live Jazz Music 4 p.m., Ace Gillett’s, 259 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Please see Thursday’s listing for more information. Live Music in the Beer Garden 6-8 p.m., Equinox Brewing Company, 133 Remington St., Fort Collins. Join Equinox every Saturday for live music in their Beer Garden. Line-up: Nov. 13 - That’s Science! with Wire Faces, and Nov. 20 Mars. Cost: No cover. Information: 970-430-6489 or Tom Kimmel 7:30 p.m., Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Quantum Arts Productions presents singer/songwriter Tom Kimmel. $15. Information: 970-493-5555 or Ghostland Observatory 8 p.m., Aggie Theatre, 204 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Ghostland Observatory performs an electro/punk show. Cost: $25. Information: 970-482-8300 or Boa and the Constrictors 9 p.m., Colorado Feed & Grain Cookhouse, 4333 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Please see Friday’s listing for more information. Chugwater Band 9 p.m., Sundance Steakhouse & Saloon, 2716 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Please see Friday’s listing for more information. Frost Thane with Red Hour 9 p.m., Road 34 Bike Bar, 1213 W. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins. Frost Thane and Red Hour perform a live show at the FoCo Girls Gone Derby after party. Cost: $5. Information: 970-221-3434 or Live Music in the Rockies 9 p.m., Chipper’s Lanes Estes Center, 555 South St. Vrain, Estes Park. Live progressive jam, funk, soul and groove music that will make you dance every Saturday night. Get your first game free then pay $4 per game and $4 for shoes. Cost: $4 cover. Information: 970-586-8625 or Spring Creek 9 p.m., Bar SS, 3311 W. Larimer County Road 54G, LaPorte. Colorado Blue Ribbon Bluegrass music.

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SUNDAY April Verch 7 p.m., Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. Canadian fiddle player, stepdancing champion and folk singer April Verch performs a variety of original music both traditional and contemporary. $15. Information: 970-493-5555 or Karaoke Night 7 p.m., Chipper’s Lanes College Center, 830 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. Live karaoke presented by Cheekey Monkey Entertainment. Also enjoy $2 games, $2 shoes and $2 domestic drafts 9 p.m. to close. Information: 970-484-4777 or ABK 8 p.m., Aggie Theatre, 204 S. College Ave., Fort Collins. Detroit native AnyBody Killa (ABK) raps. Cost: $12. Information: 970-4828300 or Acoustic Open Mic 9 p.m., Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon, 25 Old Town Square, Fort Collins. A forum for pro and amateur musicians alike to perform live. Call after 11 a.m. on Sundays to register for a 25 minute slot. Cost: No cover. Information: 970-493-2213 Ben Prytherch 10 p.m., Surfside 7, 150 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. Acoustic singer/songwriter Ben Prytherch performs original songs. Boner also performs. Information: 970-221-4281 or

MONDAY The Archtop Music Jazz Jam 6 p.m., Spotlight Music Cafe, 4606 S. Mason St., Fort Collins. A jazz jam lead by Kevin Karrick. Cost: No cover. Information: 970-377-8066 or Reggae on the Lanes 9 p.m., Chipper’s Lanes College Center, 830 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. Live reggae, ghetto-tech and roots music every Monday night hosted by Lion Star Sound. Doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m. Cost: $2 cover gets you your first game free. Information: 970-484-4777 or

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Resorts ramp up offerings in on-mountain technology BY CATHERINE TSAI The Associated Press

DENVER — This season, there’s more to technology on the ski slopes than the new shapes in skis. As skiers and snowboarders head online to book vacations and then brag about it, Colorado resorts are amping up their social media and smart phone applications to reach them, offering everything from geotagging to automatic Twitter updates. Vail Resorts Inc. and Aspen Skiing Co. are launching new apps, and resort employees industry-wide are also plastering Facebook walls and tweeting about recent snowfall and special deals that might not be available anywhere else but online. “It’s definitely part of this trend of ‘marketing made personal,”‘ said Melanie Mills, president and chief executive officer of the trade group Colorado Ski Country USA. “Everyone is using technology to talk more directly with their guests and more individually to their guests.” Past seasons have had ski and snowboard manufacturers touting new equipment shapes. This season, techies are buzzing about Vail Resorts Inc.’s free new EpicMix mobile and online application, which uses radio frequency identification tags on lift tickets and season passes.

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A skier takes a jump during the first day of skiing at Loveland Ski Area in Georgetown. Techies are buzzing about Vail Resorts Inc.’s free new EpicMix mobile and online application, which uses radio frequency identification tags on lift tickets and season passes. Customers who opt in can have that information automatically posted on their Twitter and Facebook updates The RFID tags and new scanners on lift towers let EpicMix track customers’ ski

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days and vertical feet logged at Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek in Colorado and Heavenly in California, without a rider doing anything extra. Customers who opt in can have that information automatically posted on their Twitter and Facebook updates, and their visits can earn them digital “pins,” similar to what Gowalla and Foursquare offer. (For now, EpicMix pins don’t translate into real-life rewards.) If friends also have Facebook accounts linked to EpicMix, users with smart phones can get alerts about when those friends are on the See Techies / Page 15

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Pre ski season list > Get the body ready. Hiking steep slopes and backpacking is a great way to firm up those quads. > Wax your planks. > Stock up on hand warmers. Costco has them in bulk for only $15 or so a box. > Watch some ski porn. Don’t miss Greg Stump’s long-awaited “Legend of Ahhhs,” out this year. > Figure out which books on tape to listen to in the ski traffic. > Check incessantly during your workday. > Pack a lunch. > Remember your poles, pass and other essentials when you hit the road for the best activity in the world.


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mountain too and send them messages. Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz says it’s taking the après ski tradition of swapping tales about an epic day on the mountain into the digital age, as visitors’ stats are touted online to avid and casual skier friends alike. “One of our social media goals is to create customers who create other customers for us,” said Mike Slone, interactive director at Vail Resorts. “It’s a sign of a huge shift in how resorts are interacting with their guests. It’s a very different approach to driving loyalty,” said Mark Roebke, chief innovation officer for the ski software company RTP. At RTP, Roebke is beefing up the Realski iPhone application that acts as an interactive trail map for dozens of North American resorts. Users hold up a newer iPhone to see a video image of whatever a skier is viewing on the

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tapping on a space at the bottom might bring up weather reports or the ability to add more days on a lift ticket. Skiers would have to take their phones out of their pockets to get a virtual lift ticket scanned. That could change though. Some resorts have RFID tags on their real-world tickets so customers can be scanned through a person’s coat, and in Europe, Swatch watches with RFID tags let wearers ride the lifts at participating resorts. Roebke predicts it’s a matter of time before smart phones add RFID too. Some new technology at the resorts works behind the scenes, like what Loveland Ski Area added to make reservations more seamless. Some is aimed at making it easier to spend. Aspen Skiing Co. hopes its upcoming mobile application, which would work on most smart phones, can provide updates on snowfall and trail grooming but also allow guests to make dinner reservations or buy lessons, Mills said.

“There’s a change in buying behavior. There’s a convenience expectation. ‘Why do I have to stand in line,”‘ Roebke said. “This is geared toward, how do we give people the most trouble-free experience possible.” Meanwhile, run by a Vail Resorts subsidiary, has launched its free iPhone Gear Guide application that lets users compare mountain gear. Its app for snow reports is free this year, and a similar one for the iPad is due in December. One note of caution for all this technology on the slopes: The rules for stopping to geotag or do anything else with your phone are the same as they would be for stopping to take a breather. The National Ski Areas Association Responsibility Code says, “Stop in a safe place for you and others.” So whether you are taking a photo, making a call, geotagging, tweeting or just waiting for a friend, find a safe area where you can see what’s going on and where others can easily see you.


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each year. Why wouldn’t you want to collect these? They’re like the endangered wildlife cards I collected growing up. In addition to being able to ski when I’m 80 with a sweet necklace of passes from yonder years of my youth, there is an air of excitement going to get the pass each year. Clicking “renew” seems tantamount to mail-in ballots, though I do opt for the latter. So, repeat after me, poles, check. Pass, check! Add to that non-cotton base layers, warm fleece or thermal layer, ski pants and jacket, mittens, neck gaiter, helmet, boots, skis and a smile and you have all your essentials.

mountain, and tags of nearby trails, restaurants and restrooms digitally pop up on the screen. Realski 2.0, available this season, packs in more information. It also lets users take screen shots and geotag them. Need to find that powder stash again? Take a picture and geotag it, so that Realski can point the way back. Afraid of forgetting where the car is parked or how to get to the bar to meet up with buddies later? Take a picture and geotag it. Same with that glove that fell off during a ride on the lift. Realski is free, but resort maps cost 99 cents apiece. Screen shots from Realski can be shared on Facebook or Twitter, but there’s no way to share functioning geotags yet. RTP also is working with resorts on an application to let people get scanned at lift lines by using their phones, similar to using a boarding pass on a smart phone at the airport. A virtual lift ticket appears on the phone, but

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