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Sopris Carbondale’s

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Volume 2, Number 42 | December 9, 2010

Don’t try this at home … several Airstream Villagers smile for the camera during a carefully controlled photo shoot for the upcoming Holiday Market. Several Airstreams have been semi-circled up at Highway 133 and Sopris Avenue to enclose a Christmas tree lot, bonfire pit, music stage, food and drink booths and more. Shown here from left to right: Tom Corson, Andrea Chacos, Kami Miranda, Paz Miranda, Cooper Chacos, Noah Wheeless and Kawak Miranda. Photo by Jane Bachrach

It takes an Airstream Village By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer In the wild west, pioneers circled the wagons to keep out intruders. These days in Carbondale, S.A.W. folks are circling Airstream trailers to welcome in one and all. Seven of the shiny, aluminum icons of the road are now parked in a semi-circle at Highway 133 and Sopris Avenue, and for the weekend of Dec. 10-12 the vacant lot there will be transformed into the Holiday Market at Airstream Village. There’ll be arts and crafts vendors, food, music, a bonfire, beverages for kids and adults, Santa (with reindeer) and Christmas trees for sale, plus movies, other events and according to the organizers, “merry mingling.”

“This is quirky, Carbondale fun,” said event spokeswoman/organizer Andrea Chacos. “We looked at the Airstreams as a way to bring out the people of Carbondale … This will put you in a good mood.” S.A.W. (Studio for Arts + Works) is located a 987 Euclid, which puts Airstream Village in its backyard. Some of the Airstreams come from S.A.W. members themselves, but one was brought down from Redstone and another from Satank, Chacos said. Gavin Brooke, whose architectural/real estate firm Land + Shelter is helping to put on the Holiday Market, owns one of the Airstreams. He said others at S.A.W. share his “fetish” with Airstreams. “I’ve owned one for five years … they

are like the classic Coke bottle,” Brooke explained on his cell phone from a job site. He first got interested in Airstreams through S.A.W. artist Alleghany Meadows, who owns an “Artstream” which he uses to sell ceramics at the farmer’s market in Aspen and other locations. Airstreams, which are manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio, first originated in the 1930s from designs created by Hawley Bowlus, who was the chief designer of Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft the Spirit of St. Louis. The designs have changed little in the past seven decades and they are easily recognized by their distinctive rounded aluminum bodies. Brooke described the design as “retro-

futuristic” that reflects the optimism of life on the road and a vision of freedom. “And the perfect polish … it’s like a silver bullet,” he said. “They are gorgeous objects. You can’t help but be intrigued by them.” Chacos jokes that Airstreamers are like a “cult” and “those guys are really serious about them.” Four or five of the trailers, including Meadows’ Artstream, will be used by vendors and open to the public, but others are stationed there for their looks and to complete the Airstream semi-circle. Chacos called Brooke the “mastermind” behind the Holiday Market at Airstream Village. All three Carbondale elementary schools will have booths during the week-

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Carbondale Commentary

Interview with a vampire, er, real estate developer Festivus is many things to many people. Whether it’s about touch football with family and friends, or skiing in the trees (or both if you happen to have the unluck of a Kennedy), it’s a time to reflect on everyday joys in life and to air any long-standing grievances. In my family, it’s all about cooking and eating and watching the movies we’ve deemed Festivus favorites: “The Grinch,” “Christmas Vacation,” “Love Actually,” “Uncle Buck” – I’m not sure why “Uncle Buck” made the list but now it’s a tradition, and you know what they say: “You don’t monkey with tradition.” If you believe what you see in the movies and on television, the primary American tradition is to spend money during the holiday season; secondary is time with family and friends. There is more emphasis on waking up at 4 a.m. to go shopping than on the holiday itself. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving I didn’t see any commercials for food, but I saw plenty of top-loading washers with the efficiency of frontloading versions. (And the Norman Rockwell-esque Folgers ad where the Marine comes home at 5 a.m. and starts the cofBy Jeannie Perry fee maker. I love that commercial.) But seriously, who would rather analyze laundry than their in-laws’ dysfunctional patterns? And let’s be honest, most of us are just looking forward to drinking enough during daylight to mistakenly imagine the reclusive neighbor to be a mythical creature of the night. Spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Forks, Washington, may have clouded my holiday view just a little. Watching underwhelmed flannel-clad loggers watch their town be invaded by pale, blood orange-eyed tweens has produced an eerie undertone throughout the town, which actually enhances the experience: The locals all stare at you suspiciously while you mull around the Thriftway fruitlessly looking for something festive to buy. But I didn’t need to travel over 1,300 miles to see a vampire. We have them right here in the Roaring Fork Valley – at a certain tax bracket they’re called developers. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of these mysterious and elusive creatures. Of course I thought it strange that he would only agree to meet me after dusk out in an empty field, but being the trusting innocent soul that I am, I agreed. “Who wears a cape in Carbondale?” I thought to myself as he climbed out of his SUV.

Ps & Qs

Me: What are your plans for this pasture? Local vampire: Ideally I’d like to see a miniature Euro-design outdoor mall with a large department store and a Dave & Buster’s Theater Complex as anchors. Me: Anchoring what? LV: All those little specialty stores that pay the rent by selling useless plastic items such as cow-pattern napkin rings. Ps & Qs page 8

A few weeks ago, a copy of The Sopris Sun was lucky enough to travel to Paris with (from left) Marilyn Murphy, Nancy Palmer, Debbie Bannon and Janice Martin, as well as Connie Bazley (not pictured). Courtesy photo 2 • THE SOPRIS SUN • DECEMBER 9, 2010


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Dear Editor: From the anglers and boaters who helped eradicate invasive tamarisk along the Colorado River, to the hikers and cyclists who helped build new trail on Smuggler Mountain in Aspen, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers commends all of our volunteers who gave their time in 2010 to improve public lands in the Roaring Fork, Crystal River and Colorado River valleys. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) celebrated those accomplishments on Oct. 28 with a volunteer appreciation party hosted by our Volunteer Development Committee and catered by Alex Sobrinho at International Catering. What made RFOV’s 15th project season outstanding? In 2010, we: • maintained 26 miles of trail including Scout, Hanging Lake, Highline, Basalt Mountain, Raspberry Creek and American Lake trails; • constructed two miles of new trail in Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Aspen; • completed two restoration projects, removing tamarisk along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs and on the new Smuggler Mountain Open Space in Aspen; • worked 35 total days in the field, with more than 780 volunteers. RFOV is a non-profit that promotes volunteer stewardship of public lands by completing trail work and conservation projects. Since 1995, we have engaged more than 12,800 volunteers on 137 large-scale projects. Also within that time, RFOV has built 26 miles of new trail, helped maintain 241 miles, planted more than 11,200 trees and shrubs and 11 acres of wetlands. In total, RFOV has completed projects worth several million dollars to our public lands and communities. No matter where you live between Aspen and Rifle, if you enjoy the region’s trails, then you are benefiting from RFOV’s work. We rely on volunteers to do the physical labor, while RFOV members, donors, partners and sponsors help fund these important projects. Help us continue our work by becoming a member or volunteering. Our next event is the Town to Town Tour on Jan. 22. This fundraiser celebrates the Rio Grande Trail with a cross-country ski/snowshoe tour from Aspen to Basalt. For more information, visit or call 927-8241. Scott Gordon Board member Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers

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Teachers tout moral, economic benefits of DREAM Act By Terray Sylvester Sopris Sun Staff Writer

“[In] the schools as a system, our message, even before middle school, I think even in elementary school is,‘You can be whoever you want to be. You can do whatever you want to do and you all have the opportunity to go to college and make something of yourself,’” said Lindsay Hentschel, an English teacher at Roaring Fork High School. But now Hentschel has begun to wonder if, to some of her students, that message sounds like a lie. Hentschel began working at Roaring Fork High in 2007 after four years teaching at Carbondale Middle School. She’s now watching the oldest class of students she taught at the middle school approach the end of their senior year. Some of those students are not U.S. citizens, and as Hentschel becomes aware of the difficulties they will face after they graduate, she has begun to think there’s a basic falsehood in the way the public school system treats undocumented students. “I do feel that it’s hypocritical that our whole system is really focused on having these students well-prepared for jobs or college and then they don’t have the same opportunity [as their peers who are citizens],” she said. Hentschel is one of a handful of local teachers who support the DREAM Act. Some of them have turned to activism while they’re not in the classroom, others haven’t, but to all of the educators interviewed for this article, the bill is a way to reconcile a mind-boggling situation: Students who grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and call it home are ejected into legal limbo after they graduate from high school, struggling to access higher education and jobs without

taught them the law of this country, the language, the cultural values, and then we really drop it. And it’s really not fair. … You can’t make a young person a criminal based on what their parents did.That’s against the law.” Ralph Young, who has taught math at Roaring Fork High School since 1998, agreed. He explained that he doesn’t normally get involved in politics, but this issue strikes particularly close to home. “There are kids who need support and it’s the kids right here in this community,” he said, emphasizing that the people who will be affected by the law aren’t faceless foreigners, but instead members of the community. “I’m looking at this kid in the face … and he’s a kid. This is just wrong.”

A DREAM solution? RFHS teacher Ralph Young helps students across Highway 133 during a recent rally for the DREAM Act. Photo by Terray Sylvester a Social Security number. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents before they turned 16. Although the bill is currently the subject of hard bargaining in congress, some versions of it would also give undocumented students access to federal student loans and instate tuition. Adriana Hire, principal at Basalt High School, said that without the bill, undocumented students end up in an unfair situation. “These are human beings that we have polished to be someone,” she said. “We have

According to its supporters, the DREAM Act would help make it right. The bill would apply to students who have graduated from a U.S. high school and lived in the U.S. continuously for at least five years, who do not have a serious criminal record and who have completed two years of college or military service, among other requirements. It was originally introduced to congress in 2001 by senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Richard Durbin (D-IL). It has gone to a vote numerous times since then but has failed to pass, including in September of this year. Now the bill is coming before Congress again (as The Sopris Sun went to press on Wednesday morning, the Senate was scheduled to take a roll call vote on the bill later in the day) and activists across the nation have been mobilizing in response. In the Roaring Fork Valley, several rallies have been held since late September, including a march from Carbondale Middle School

to Hendrick Park on Nov. 30. At the same time, students have formed the Asociación de Jovenes Unidos en Acción (Association of Youth United in Action) or AJUA, which partners with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, a statewide organization. Along with a handful of other local teachers, Lindsay Hentschel and Ralph Young have been attending AJUA’s weekly meetings and participating in the local rallies. “I have more of a voice than my students because I’m of age to vote and I’m legally here,” Hentschel said, adding that she usually steers clear of politics. “I kind of owe it to them to speak up as well.” Yet Hentschel said she feels many of her colleagues are unaware of the DREAM Act, and that local activists should still be working hard to get the word out. Young agreed. “I see it as the one point of immigration [policy] that I kind of assumed everyone could agree on,” he said. “I’m shocked at how many people don’t even know it exists.” The National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, which together represent 4.5 million people according to their Web sites, have put their weight behind the bill. The AFT argues that for the roughly 65,000 undocumented kids who graduate from U.S. high schools each year, “demographics – whether it’s a student’s background or birthplace – should not determine a student’s destiny.” Critics of the bill equate it with amnesty for illegal immigrants. Sen. Jeff Sessions (RAL) is one of the bill’s staunchest opponents. According to Politico, he has argued it will add to the federal deficit; allow immigrants who have committed misdemeanors, such as DREAM ACT page 5

FTWM and CCAH join forces for Haiti benefit on Dec. 10 Sopris Sun Staff Report Feed Them With Music and the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities present Paul “Pablo” Frantzich and special guest John de Kadt in the Third Street Center Round Room at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. Proceeds from the event, titled “A Holiday Feed Fest,” benefit a meals program for students at Sopudep School in Port-auPrince, Haiti. “After the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, Sopudep School lost funding for its feeding program,” said FTWM spokeswoman Ashley Mosher. “Often, it was the children’s only meal of the day. This particular event will benefit the school in an effort to reestablish and support a long term feeding program.” Frantzich is a songwriter and founder of the Carbondale-based Feed Them With Music. He has performed his music live to audiences of over 4 million on National Public Radio, and produced eight CDs with his brother Tim under the name The Brothers Frantzich. A press release describes his music as “vocal driven, acoustic folk … his performances are rooted in well-crafted tunes, which draw upon elements of poetry, chant, and kirtan.” Drummer John de Kadt is internationally

known and is based in Massachusetts. The event is part two of Feed Them With Music’s Tent and Photography Installation at the Third Street Center staged in early November. During that event, residents of the Roaring Fork Valley delivered almost 10,000 meals to Sopudep School. “Our hope is to add another 10,000 meals through this evening of live music, which will serve the school’s 540 children for six weeks,” Mosher continued. The Brothers Frantzich also held a holiday concert for FTWM in Minneapolis on Nov. 27. Mosher describes Feed Them With Music as “a music revolution … that feeds the malnourished globally and domestically with a small percentage of revenue from live concert ticket sales, artists’ merchandise, music downloads and live Web-casts.” FTWM manages and financially supports a portfolio of proven global feeding programs. “Artists maintain control of their content and receive a larger portion of profits through FTWM than the tired majorlabel record deals of old,” Mosher said. “It’s great business.” Tickets to the Dec. 10 fund-raiser are $15, and each ticket sold will deliver 15 meals to children at the Sopudep School.

Roaring Fork High School, with a cast of 26 students, presents the play “De Donde” (“Where are you from?”) by Mary Gallager at the school at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12-13. Set in a 1990s Texas border town, the play explores the complexity of immigration law. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Shown here are (left to right): Abraham Garcia, Wendy Adame and Marcos Irigoyen. Photo by Lynn Burton THE SOPRIS SUN • DECEMBER 9, 2010 • 3

News Briefs The Weekly News Brief The Sopris Sun and the KDNK news departments team up to discuss recent news from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Catch the Brief on KDNK between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and between 5:30 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

CMC certifies mill levy The Colorado Mountain College board of trustees certified the district’s 3.997 property tax mill levy during their monthly meeting, held in Glenwood Springs on Monday. Due to a drop in assessed valuations brought on by a declining real estate market and a drop in oil and gas revenues, CMC officials say they expect their revenues could drop by $13 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year and as much as $15.7 in the 2011-12 fiscal year. CMC President Stan Jensen said the college has been expecting the revenue decline and has planned for it.

Food pantry opens in Basalt Lift-Up has opened a food pantry at the Basalt Community United Methodist Church, located at 167 Holland Hills Road. The hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 1516. For details, call 279-1492.

MM, DB hold toy drive Mason Morse Real Estate and the Dancing Bear Residences in Aspen are teaming up with the Shining Stars Foundation to coordinate a Holiday Toy Drive to benefit kids with cancer and their families. Mason Morse Vice-President of Marketing Kim Briscoe said the decision to work

on the toy drive was easy for the company to make. “So many of these families are facing mounting medical bills, job loss and challenges that affect their ability to celebrate the way so many of us are able to during the holiday season,” Briscoe said. “Donating toys for the children is a great way to make what is hopefully a meaningful difference in their lives.” People can drop off toys at four locations in the Roaring Fork Valley: • Mason Morse in Carbondale, 0290 Highway 133; • Mason Morse in Glenwood Springs, 1614 Grand Ave.; • Mason Morse in Aspen, 514 E. Hyman Ave; • Dancing Bear Residences in Aspen, 411 S. Monarch St. On Monday, Dec. 20, Dancing Bear Residences and Mason Morse are planning a holiday event at 411 S. Monarch in Aspen from 4 to 6 p.m. complete with children’s photos with Santa. The Shining Stars Foundation provides year-round outreach programs for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. For a detailed list of the kinds of toys that make good gifts go to

Carbondale Community Housing Lottery TWO PROPERTIES

596 Jacobs Place - $179,526 564 Jacobs Place - $151,294 Income Category 4 Maximum Gross Household Income: $108,300* *May add $7,500 per dependent up to three dependents

Application Deadline: December 14, 2010 Lottery: December 17, 2010 Carbondale Town Hall - 12 noon 596 Jacobs Place - Duplex • 2 bedroom, 1.5 baths • 1,260 SF of living space (per assessor) • Unfinished basement • 2 pets allowed • HOA - $135 per month • 2009 Taxes - $782 • All units in Thompson corner allowed 2 vehicles per unit

564 Jacobs Place - Duplex • 1 bedroom plus loft • Finished Basement • 1,170 SF of living space (per assessor) • 2 pets allowed • HOA - $135 per month • 2009 Taxes - $1,112 • All units in Thompson corner allowed 2 vehicles per unit

Requirements: Full-time Employee: minimum local employment of at least one household member of 30 hours per week, 9 months per year. Priority is given to applicants who live and/or work in Carbondale town boundaries. Not Own Other Property: members of the household may not own other improved real estate in the RF Valley, including mobile homes, with the exception of owner-occupied commercial real estate (not less than 50% occupied by the owner). Occupancy: Owner(s) must live in the unit

Applications are available and may be picked up and turned in at Mountain Regional Housing 520 South Third Street, #23, Carbondale, CO Or Carbondale Town Hall 511 Colorado Avenue or Information: 970-704-9801 or


Town cleans up sewer system Carbondale’s utilities department is performing its annual cleaning and maintenance of the sewer system throughout town through Dec. 30. High-pressure water is used to perform the maintenance, creating a potential inconvenience for customers with short service lines, according to a press release. To keep problems to a minimum, the town advises residences and businesses: • If you have experienced a problem with back pressure or water back up in your plumbing fixtures, cover those fixtures with a plastic bag or towel between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.; • If you have pets in the home, please leave a window cracked open for ventilation; • If you smell sewer gas leave a window cracked open (the odor normally dissipates quickly); • A backwater valve is recommended on services less than 20 feet in length from the collector line to the foundation.

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The town of Carbondale utilities department apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this maintenance may cause the residents of Carbondale, and thanks the public for its cooperation in this matter.

CMC registration under way Registration for the spring semester at Colorado Mountain College is under way. Many classes start the week of Jan. 17, and additional classes start throughout the semester. Full schedules for the Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley sites were not mailed out. Instead, paper copies of the schedule are available at the Lappala Center, 690 Colorado Ave. in Carbondale; the Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs; or the Spring Valley Center, 3000 County Road 114 south of Glenwood Springs. Individuals can also browse for classes online at For more information call 945-7486.

The following events are drawn from incident reports of the Carbondale Police Department.

MONDAY Nov. 29 At 12:15 a.m. an officer noticed a tall, slender man in a black jacket, black ski pants and a black stocking hat talking on a cell phone behind Mason Morse Real Estate. When the man caught sight of the police officer he took off running. The officer pur-

sued the man, but lost him somewhere near Village Road. MONDAY Nov. 29 At 3:29 p.m. a man called from Mesa Verde Avenue to report a possible prowler outside his house. The suspicious party turned out to be one of his son’s friends.

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Trustees move forward on comprehensive plan Sopris Sun Staff Report The Carbondale Board of Trustees moved forward Tuesday night to update the 2000 comprehensive plan that would also include updating the town’s zoning code, take up to two years to complete and cost approximately $200,000.

In moving forward, the trustees instructed staff to begin negotiating a contract with Colorado-based RPI/DHM consulting. In 2000, the town did not update its zoning code to reflect the new comprehensive plan, said town planner Janet Buck in a memo to the trustees. Adding an updated

zoning code that reflects an updated comprehensive plan would add “predictability and efficiency to the development process� her memo stated. She said the planning and zoning commission also feels the added cost of updating the zoning code will ultimately save the town money in terms of staff time

during the development review process. Later in Tuesday night’s meeting, trustee John Foulkod said it’s “critical� for the town to update its zoning code to bring it into line with the comprehensive plan, calling the existing zoning code “broken� and “unworkable.�

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Roaring Fork junior varsity player Israel Leyva (left) takes it to the hoop against the Aspen JV on Dec. 4 during the Brenda Patch tournament. The Rams won the game 41-39. In the tournament’s varsity action, the Roaring Fork boys defeated Glenwood 57-54 and lost to Steamboat 49-43. The girls lost to Glenwood 65-21 and to Steamboat 50-29. Photo by Lynn Burton







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Local teachers don’t only argue for the DREAM Act on moral grounds, they also say it would fix a basic flaw in the way taxpayers fund public education for undocumented immigrants. Hire, at Basalt High School, pointed out that in the years leading up to college, public schools aren’t allowed to ask whether the students they enroll are citizens. Taxpayers, including the undocumented immigrants who rent or purchase homes in a community, pay to send students without their papers through as many as 12 years of school. But at the end of high school the assistance stops because undocumented students are ineligible for in-state tuition and cannot apply for federal student loans. As Hire sees it, that deprives taxpayers of the maximum return on the investment they’ve made in each undocumented student’s education. She reasons that after even a couple of



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years of college, students will be able to apply for higher-paying jobs, in turn paying higher taxes and eventually paying off the public investment in their college education. “We really need to make people understand that it really is just finishing up the investment we have begun,â€? she said. “It’s just the very end of it, allowing them to go to college and pay in-state tuition ‌ As an educator, it just doesn’t make sense that it should be this tough for kids.â€? Hire said that in her experience, the most motivated undocumented students can still find a way to attend college, usually by seeking out scholarships and private institutions that don’t take citizenship status into account. But she said other undocumented students, who may not be quite so driven but who would still benefit from college, may give up in discouragement. One credit at Colorado Mountain College costs $82 under in-state tuition rates, but $256 for out-of-state students.At CU Boulder the difference is more severe, roughly $3,500 versus $14,000 for an undergraduate student taking a full load of courses this fall.



drunk driving, to obtain citizenship; and allow undocumented immigrants too much leeway in sponsoring their relatives.

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Go see it, then believe it Board by Design holds a going away party for one “Mr. Johnsonâ€? at 1949 Dolores Way from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. The pertinent part of a press release from Board by Design regarding this event is printed here: “A prominent upstanding member of the community, Mr. Johnson, is leaving Carbondale to insert himself in the culture of Cleveland, Ohio. He has resided in Carbondale for the length of two years and it has come time for him to pull out. ‌ Guests can have their picture taken by a professional photographer with Mr. Johnson. Proceeds from photos benefit the Carbondale Clay Center ‌ More info: 963–CLAY.â€? Closer inspection by the Sopris Sun reveals that Mr. Johnson is in fact a much larger than life-size (close to eight feet tall), anatomically correct piece of bass wood cabinetry designed for CD storage and created during the past two years by woodworker Brad Reed Nelson. Mr. Johnson’s new home will be with the doctor who commissioned him in Cleveland. See you there.

Save the date Pastor Mustard and the New National Swing Band play the Round Room in the Third Street Center Dec. 17. Free dance lessons from Victor and Margaret Ward of the Colorado Swing Dance Club take place from 7 to 8 p.m. After that, it’s swing time

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police car, and was parked while the Whimsical Women art show was being set up last Friday. Anyway, the winning sticker: “Smart ass white girl.� On a related note, the late model Volvo station wagon with the Colorado license plate “XHIPPIE� has been spotted around town again.

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into the night. This is a Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities event. Tickets are $12 for singles and $20 for couples and will be sold at the door (CCAH members receive a $2 discount). For more info on upcoming offerings, go to

Scott Harper was recently named Aspen Public Radio’s volunteer of the year. Harper hosts Tuesday night’s “Straight Ahead Jazzâ€? and has been a volunteer DJ for 14 years. In his day job, Harper works in business and real estate law and mediation. He also averages 3,000 to 4,000 miles a year on his road bicycle. In related news, KAJX is now airing Ira Glass’ new show “Snap Judgmentâ€? on Fridays at 9 p.m. In KAJX’s winter program guide, the show is described as “the cousin of ‘This American Life’ that grew up someplace wildly different ‌ .â€? Called “storytelling with a beat,â€? the show is hosted by Glynn Washington, “a teacher, diplomat, community activist, actor, political strategist, fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer and foot stomper ‌ leaping from one person’s frying pan into another person’s fire.â€?

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Van Dyne attends dog conference

The Bumper Sticker of the Week award once again goes to a vehicle (not an actual person) parked at the Third Street Center. This particular vehicle was a red and black, 1970s era vehicle that looked like an ex-

Laura Van Dyne, a certified professional dog trainer, recently attended the Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ 17th annual educational conference and trade Show in Atlanta, Georgia.

Steve Keohane comments on a cup during the Carbondale Clay Center’s annual cup auction last Friday.


“The conference was fantastic,� Van Dyne said. “We learned about much of the recent research delving into canine cognition. It was gigantic this year. I can’t wait for next year when it will be in San Diego.� Van Dyne does business as the Canine Consultant, LLC. She lives with her Portuguese water dogs Teal and Coot.

CORE offers holiday eco-tips The Community Office of Resource Efficiency (CORE) is offering a handful of tips to those who want to make the holiday season as climate-friendly as possible: • Shop locally to support local business and cut down on shipping; • Choose products made from naturally grown, renewable materials; • Choose local ingredients for your celebration dinners and steer clear of petrolbased fertilizer and pesticides; • Re-use and re-gift by passing along beloved books, ornaments or clothing; • Don’t give electronic items as gifts or, if you do, look for EnergyStar labels; • Check out the environmental impacts of potential gifts at

Happy birthday Birthday greetings go out to: Sadie Dickinson (Dec. 1), Bob Johnson and Bill Laemmel (Dec. 10), Leslie Johnson and Marc Bruell (Dec. 11), Amy Broadhurst (Dec. 13) and Holly Gressett and Lynn “Jake� Burton (Dec. 15).



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On Nov. 20 a group of local yoga instructors and members of the Roaring Fork Valley community gathered at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel for an event called One Love Colorado. They did 108 sun salutations in an act of Seva (or selfless service) and raised almost $6,000 for Off the Mat, Into the World, a nonprofit organization that helps communities in crisis around the world. Participants in the event were challenged to raise $108-plus and follow 12 local yoga instructors through 108 sun salutations. This was no easy task (a sun salutation is a series of yoga postures linked together with the breath), but even many of very newest yoga students rose to the occasion. The yoga practice was followed by amazing food, live music by local musicians and a silent auction. I am at a loss for words to express my deep gratitude to the countless individuals and local businesses who gave so much of themselves to make this event such a success. I feel overwhelmingly privileged to live and work in such a generous community. One Love Colorado is a local group seeking to make a difference through yoga and service. We are partnering with the non-profit organization Off The Mat, Into The World (OTM), an organization with a mission to use the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change. OTM helps individuals take yoga “off the mat and into the world,” expanding the sphere of change outward to local and global communities. I started One Love Colorado as part of a Global Seva Challenge to raise $20,000 for OTM’s programs in South Africa. The funds raised will help children who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa and organizations who work to address this crisis in a holistic way. If I meet my fundraising goal of $20,000 by Dec. 15 (only $14,000 to go), I will personally go to South Africa in February of

2011 to work with the children and organizations that the money is helping. Our first One Love Colorado Community yoga event raised nearly $6,000 and whether I meet my larger goal of $20,000 or not, that money will do an incredible amount of good in the world. I want to thank every single person who contributed time, money or sweat to this effort and I invite anyone who would like to learn more or make a donation to visit our Web site: Thank you Roaring Fork Valley community! You are an amazing group of people. Dawn Dexter Snowmass

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TRTC turns William Shakespeare on his head By Terray Sylvester Sopris Sun Staff Writer

The 19th century poet John Keats called it “negative capability.” It’s the ability, as he described it, to exist in uncertainty, mysteries and doubts without irritably grasping after fact and reason -- the ability to let a sense of beauty overcome every other consideration. He thought such a capability was a major source of poetic inspiration. So maybe Keats would have appreciated the latest production from the Thunder River Theatre Company,“A Tempest of the Mind.” In it, TRTC nudges its audience in just that direction: toward an appreciation of the beauty of the plays usually attributed to William Shakespeare, even amidst the centuries-old mystery of who wrote them. “A Tempest of the Mind” opened last weekend at the Thunder River Theatre Company’s playhouse between town hall and Main Street. It continues Dec. 10-12 and 1618. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. except the Sunday matinee on Dec. 12, which starts at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit “Tempest” is an original creation. Developed by TRTC Artistic Directors Valerie Haugen and Lon Winston, and written by Haugen, it’s partly a blend of the most famous comedies, tragedies and sonnets generally credited to Shakespeare. But it’s also a wild, literary whodunit filled with arcane rites and the ghosts of long-dead authors. Winston plays an aging, crippled professor who has devoted his life to teaching Shake-

From left, Valerie Haugen, Jeff Carlson, Richard Lyon and Lon Winston in “A Tempest of the Mind,” an original production by the Thunder River Theatre Company. Photo by Terray Sylvester speare, but who suffers a crisis of faith -- a “tempest of the mind” -- when he begins to question whether William Shakespeare wrote all those famous verses after all. Haugen, who plays the professor’s pleasantly foul-mouthed daughter, bustles into the play in the opening scene and finds the professor in the midst of a séance, intent on conjuring up Shakespeare’s ghost so he can set a few things straight. However, it’s not Shakespeare who crawls out of the crypt -- or out from behind the bookcase -- but the energetic specter of Mark Twain, played by Jeff Carlson.

And from there, with Twain as a guide, the performers set off on a journey through the mystery of the famous playwright’s identity, sliding in and out of their original personas along the way in order to inhabit the characters of “Twelfth Night,” “King Lear,” “The Merchant of Venice” and other Shakespearean works. Richard Lyon and Jennica Lundin also appear in the play. With its occasionally wacky plot interspersed with scenes from the most famous plays of the English language,“Tempest” will appeal not only to those who’ve lingered

through Shakespeare in the past, but also to those who’ve never delved into his works -though anyone in the second category may want to head to the library afterwards for a little background reading. The play is a sensory feast as well, with a set almost as alive as the actors. A palpable creepiness pervades the stage during the initial séance as a storm howls around the professor’s cluttered office and he struggles to contain the maniacal Shakespearean voices in his head, which cackle unnervingly out of the theatre’s sound system. And little touches make the set appealing, too. A plastic bobble-head doll of Shakespeare as we usually imagine him – as a somewhat weak-lipped 16th century gentelman – sits on a table. The characters occasionally pick it up as they explain just how absurd it is that he gets the credit for the plays. But in “Tempest” TRTC draws no conclusions. Instead, the theatre company presents the evidence and then urges the audience to challenge all of its assumptions about Shakespeare. And when the professor finally hits the limit of his beliefs the audience receives a brief chance to revel with him in the basic mystery, and beauty, of the plays regardless of who wrote them. Incidentally, John Keats does make an appearance in the play, albeit as just one name in a surprising list of individuals who think Shakespeare really wasn’t. The others include Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens and Antonin Scalia, silent film actor Charlie Chaplin and activist Malcolm X.

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Community Calendar THURSDAY Dec. 9 CMS CONCERT • The Carbondale Middle School band holds its annual winter concert at the school at 7 p.m. Also taking place, the Lion’s Club will announce the winners of its Vision of Peace poster contest. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern at Fourth and Main presents T Ray Becker (acoustic). Info: 963-4498. SMITH RETURNS • Barry Smith presents his multi-media comedy “Every Job I’ve Ever Had” at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 at 920-5770.

FRI.-SAT. Dec. 10-11 THE MESSIAH • The Aspen Choral Society and the Glenwood Community Chorus present Handel’s “Messiah,” directed by Ray Adams, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 533 Main St. in Aspen. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. The suggested donation is $10.

FRI.-SUN. Dec. 10-12 “TEMPEST” • Thunder River Theatre Company presents the original play “Tempest of the Mind” at its playhouse west of the Dinkel Building off Main Street at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10-11 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 12. The play, which explores the life of William Shakespeare through the eyes of Mark Twain and others, continues Dec. 16-18. Info: AIRSTREAM VILLAGE • S.A.W. presents the Holiday Market at Airstream Village at

To list your event, email information to Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday. Events take place in Carbondale unless noted. For up-to-the-minute valley-wide event listings, check out the Community Calendar online at

the corner of Highway 133 and Sopris Avenue through Dec. 12. The hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 10, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11-12. There’ll be festive mingling, holiday tree sales, Santa (with real reindeer and an elf), a bonfire, movies, art, food, drink, music and more.

from 9 p.m. to midnight. No Cover. Info: 928-8831.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR • Crystal Meadows Senior Housing at 1250 Hendrick Drive presents a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Commons Room IV.

FRIDAY Dec. 10 MOVIES • The Crystal Theatre presents “Fair Game” (PG-13) at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-16 plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 11; “Mao’s Last Dancer” (PG) at 5 p.m. Dec. 11 and“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (R) at 4:30 p.m. Dec 12. LIVE MUSIC • CCAH and Feed Them With Music presents a holiday feed fest with Paul “Pablo” Frantzich and John de Kadt at the Third Street Center at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $15; each ticket sold will deliver 15 meals to school children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Info: 963-1680. LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern at Fourth and Main presents Roaring Dub Stars (reggae) at 10 p.m. Info: 963-4498. LIVE MUSIC • Steve’s Guitars, located in the old part of the Dinkel Building hosts live music every Friday. Info: 963-3304. LIVE MUSIC • Rivers Restaurant at 2525 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs presents Jeremy Gardner (acoustic alternative rock)


raiser starting at 4 p.m. to benefit the Toys for Tots program. The lineup in order of appearance is as follows: T Ray Becker, the Tippets, King Hippo, Rick Rock and the Roosters and Hood Ratz. The cover charge is $10 or a new unwrapped toy. Info: 963-4498.

EPIC ODYSSEY • The Aspen Valley Ski Club presents the epic Antarctic sky odyssey “Australis” featuring Chris Davenport at the Wheeler Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the Wheeler box office or ART SHOW • The Ann Korologos Gallery at 211 Midland Ave. in Basalt presents A Midwinter’s Evening of Art from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Over 45 artists are represented in silent auction format, including Andy Taylor Tania Dibbs, Dan Namingha, Sara Ransford, Liz Thele, Dan Young. Info:, 927-1290.

SATURDAY Dec. 11 LIVE MUSIC • Carnahan’s Tavern at Fourth and Main hosts a five-band fund-

BRUNCH WITH SANTA • Bring your preschooler to a catered brunch at the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and enjoy a visit from Santa Claus. Santa will read a Christmas story and also ask 1-6 years old kids what they want for Christmas. The fee is $15 and pre-registration is required. Info: 704-4190. DI CAMPO BENEFIT • A benefit to help Steve Di Campo in his fight with lung cancer takes place at Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs starting at 6 p.m. Info: 928-8831.

SUN.-MON. Dec. 12-13 RFHS PLAY • Roaring Fork High School presents “De Donde” by Mary Gallager at 7 p.m. The play, set in a Texas boarder town, explores immigration issues circa 1990. Several story lines are tied together to show the complexities of immigration law, and how different groups deal with illegal immigration. Admission is $7 for adults/$5 for students. CALENDAR page 11

Community Calendar SUNDAY Dec. 12 SUSTAINABLE LIVING • CORE (Community Office for Resource Efficiency) hosts a round table discussion/event at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen at 5:30 p.m. titled “Live, Love, Eat Mountain: A

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Celebration of Sustainable Mountain Living.” The free event includes skier Nick DeVore’s new film, slide shows, music and a discussion with CORE Director Nathan Ratledge, Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan, permaculturalist Jerome Ostenkowski and

Randy Udall. Chris Davenport will emcee. Info: CORE’s Facebook page.


partment offers a gingerbread house construction workshop at the community center from 3:45 to 5 p.m. The $20 fee includes a gingerbread house kit and all the toppings. Kids ages 6-12 are welcome. Preregistration is required. Info: 704-4190.


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Dec. 18-19

“NUTCRACKER BALLET” • Crystal River Ballet School performs its 10th annual “Nutcracker Ballet” Dec. 18 at 7 pm and Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Carbondale Middle School auditorium. Tickets are available at the door: $20/adults, $15 students and seniors, $50/family. Children 3 and under free. Info: 704-0114.

Dec. 19

BIRD COUNT • The first Eagle Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the Forest Service and Roaring Fork Audubon Society, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will meet at the Eagle Visitors’ Center, located at 100 Fairgrounds Rd., in Eagle (off I-70) at 8 a.m. Wear warm clothing, and bring binoculars, bird guides, water and a snack. The cost is $5 for those 18 and older; birding experience is not necessary. Confirm at 970-328-5899 by Dec. 17. POETRY • Live Poetry Night’s Winter Celebration takes place at the Hotel Lenado, 200 S. Aspen St. in Aspen, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There’ll be live music with singer/songwriters Pat Fagan and Dave

Taylor plus piano player/mandolinist Frank Todaro and an open mic for poets. Info: 379-2136.

Dec. 21 BLOOD DRIVE • Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs holds its blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month. Info: 384-6657.

Dec. 22-Jan. 1 FILM • Aspen Film’s annual Academy Screenings takes place at Harris Hall with one screening at the Wheeler Opera House. A complete program schedule is available online at Tickets to the general public go on sale Dec. 13 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House and

“MADE BY HAND.” The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities presents its annual holiday exhibit “Made by Hand, From the Heart” at the Third Street Center. Info: 963-1680. ART SHOW • Zheng Asian Bistro at 400 E. Valley Road in El Jebel presents the work of local painter Dennis Dodson. The show is called, “Insider Outsider Art: Finding the Sociological Imagination.” Info: 963-8077. MAYOR’S COFFEE HOUR • Chat with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. at The Village Smithy, 26 S. Third St.

Dec. 20

ACOUSTIC CARNAHANS • Singer/songwriter T Ray Becker hosts an acoustic music night with new musicians every week from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Carnahan’s Tavern. Info: 963-4498.

MEN’S BASKETBALL • The registration deadline for the Carbondale men’s basketball league is Dec. 20. Play begins at the recreation center on Jan. 9. The league is for ages 18 and older and the fee is $475. Info: 704-4115. Referees are also needed.

FOOD EDUCATION • Eco-Goddess hosts a food education series at the restaurant every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. Topics include the hidden costs in food and choices you can make. It’s free. Info: 963-7316.

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GROUP RUN • Independence Run and Hike at 995 Cowen Drive leads group runs, Saturdays at 8:15 a.m. rain or shine. Info: 704-0909. SUICIDE SURVIVORS’ SUPPORT • A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, 824 Cooper St. Info: 945-1398 or LEGAL SERVICES • Alpine Legal Service offers intake to eligible clients from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs, and Tuesdays and Wednesday at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen. Info: 945-8858, 920-2828. ROTARY MEETING • The Mt. Sopris Rotary Club holds its weekly lunch meeting at noon Thursdays at the Aspen Glen Club. Info: 948-0693. SCRABBLE ACTION • Dos Gringos hosts Scrabble Night from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month.

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will offer a flu shot clinic at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen on Dec. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m.The price is $20 for adults and $10 for children, which must be paid in cash or check. Flu mist is available. For more information, call 920-5420.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities will host an informational gathering about its new community puppet and mask theatre at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, at its classroom in the Third Street Center. The new troupe is called Out of the Mud Theatre. It will offer main stage performances, touring shows for kids, workshops and community puppet making events. OM Theatre will also organize the Procession of the Species parade in May and the puppets for Mountain Fair. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, artists, stilt walkers and all other community members are welcome to participate. For more info, call 309-1588.

CMS hosts awards ceremony Students from Carbondale Middle School took first, second and third place in the annual peace poster competition sponsored by the Lions Club.The theme of the competition was “vision of peace.” An awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, at the middle school. The middle school also hosts its annual winter band concert the same night. The middle school’s talented young artists include Grace Lamont, who took third place; Yazmin Castillo in second place; and Dalila Pinela, first place; as well as Hannah Hayden, who received honorable mention. For more information, call 384-5700.

Jolly old elf to visit library Santa Claus will visit the Gordon Cooper Library on Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

G’wood arts center offers classes On Jan. 10, the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts kicks off its spring semester with music classes available in guitar, piano, voice; dance for kids and adults, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, break dancing and belly dancing; and pottery, silversmithing and more. For more information and to register, visit or call 945-2414. The cold-weather crowd turned out for Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s polar bear run at the recreation center on Dec. 4. The run was a student-led fund-raiser for Operation Smile. Photo by Jane Bachrach Stop by to say hello, enjoy a holiday treat and make some wrapping paper. For more information, call 963-2889.

Winter market open again The Willits Winter Market, the only indoor farmers’ market in the Roaring Fork Valley, has kicked off for the season yet again. The market features local vendors, live music and great food and art. Located in Willits Town Center next to Kitchen Collage, the market is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through Feb. 26, closed on Christmas and New Year’s weekends. Don’t forget your friends and your own


shopping bags. For more information, call (970) 277-1100.

RFBRC seeks matching donations The Roaring Fork Business Resource Council has received an anonymous challenge grant of $20,000. With that incentive, the non-profit organization is putting out a call for donations. The business resource council helps businesses start, develop and grow. Contributions are tax-deductible. For more information, visit

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DOW calls for grant applications With $1.5 million to distribute, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking grant applications for projects in the state that benefit fishing, shooting ranges or motorized boating. The state money will flow from three grant programs: The Fishing is Fun program, with $900,000 to distribute, seeks projects that will improve angling access, conditions or fish habitat; the Motorboat Colorado! Program has $300,000 to distribute and seeks projects that open new waters to gaspowered boats or improve facilities where access is difficult; the Shooting Range Development program has $300,000 to disburse to develop new shooting ranges or support existing ranges. For information visit

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rom a Santa look alike to the real thing, it appeared as if the entire Carbondale community was out and about on Dec. 3 during First Friday. In addition to shopping on Main Street, folks enjoyed a bonfire and tree lighting downtown, sitting on Santa’s knee at the Third Street Center, checking out the KDNK silent auction at the Village Smithy, snapping up hand-sized works of art at the Carbondale Clay Center cup auction and more. It was an evening where kids were acting like kids, adults were acting like kids and everyone was having fun.

Shown here: The Sustainable Settings draft horses wait for Santa to give the word to pull out (upper left); Soozie and Hans Lindbloom and daughter Maya wait for Santa to arrive (upper right); Megan Larsen takes care of last-minute business at the KDNK silent auction (center left); April Clark tells Santa exactly what she wants this Christmas (center right); one Santa in attendance kinda looks like Brook LeVan of Sustainable Settings (left).


Midvalley women celebrate 60 with a long walk Mason Morse brokers celebrate birthdays, fight cancer in Komen fundraiser Sopris Sun Staff Report Walking 20 miles a day for three straight days is just as challenging as it sounds. It requires plenty of training and an endurance of spirit, even for a couple of tough mountain gals like Carol Pucak and Shari Nova. “The first time I walked three miles in training, I went home and said ‘I can’t do this — my legs hurt,’”Pucak said.“I hike and bike and ski, so I was surprised at how I felt.” Pucak and Nova, both brokers at Mason Morse Real Estate in Carbondale, persevered with their training and over the weekend of Nov. 19-21 joined approximately 3,500 other walkers in San Diego for the Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk — a 60-mile trek along the beaches and through communities surrounding San Diego. They did it as a way of celebrating their 60th birthdays. In doing so, they raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and awareness, including more than $1,000 from their fellow employees at Mason Morse. And the firm itself pitched in with a matching contribution of 50 percent for every dollar donated by an employee. “We thought it would be a great way to help Carol and Shari succeed,” said Kim Briscoe, Mason Morse vice-president of marketing. Nova and Pucak trained and raised

money together, but they didn’t end up walking together. Nova walked with her daughther-in-law’s team, while Pucak walked with her daughter and a few others. “Everyone had their own pace,” Nova said.“We were in the middle of the pack, and got to know the people who were around us. I saw Carol and her team everyday, because they were a little faster than we were but we started earlier.” Both came away with many of the same impressions of the event. Like the rainy weather on Saturday. It poured all day, which made it challenging, but the warm weather in Southern California made it more bearable. Both women also praised the overall organization behind the event.There was a vast network of volunteers and employees supporting the walkers. There was camping every night for the many participants. Nova said there were 1,500 tents that were home to one or more people at the Komen campsite. There was a gathering tent with entertainment and food, 10 or so masseuses on hand for walk-weary participants and sponsor tents where people could charge their cell phones. Both women also said the closing ceremonies were the most memorable aspect of the weekend. Pucak was struck by all the sur-

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Shari Nova (far left, top photo) and Carol Pucak (second from left, bottom photo) joined 3,500 other participants in the 60-mile Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in San Diego on Nov. 19-21. vivors in pink shirts looking down from a hill on all the walkers and volunteers in white shirts. “It was an amazing moment,” she recalled. “The picture I have of taking my shoe off

and holding it over my head in tribute to the survivors, that really got me. I realized I really did something here,” Nova said.

Give a tree, start a legacy Over the Thanksgiving holidays, we visited what I jokingly refer to as the Columbian Contingency – the Latin side of my family all living in Miami. We indulged ourselves while staying at the Biltmore in Coral Gables, a historic suburb of Miami developed in the 1920s. In the hotel hung a 1931 photograph showing the Biltmore situated within agricultural orange groves and the raw new neighborhoods of Coral Gables. What struck me about this photograph most (for several things did) were the trees lining the streets. The grainy, black and white aerial showed them as mere dots, surrounded by yawning open space. In 2010, looking out our fifth floor window, we now saw a verdant sea of green speckled with red tile roofs. On evening walks through these old neighborhoods, we marveled at the natural canopy overhead: banyans, date palms, oaks. I applauded the original developer’s vision, committing to and ordaining the planting of this suburban forest. The 80-something year old banyans are impressive. Those mere dots from 1931 are now ancient-looking, massive trees. Their trunks are writhing masses larger than cars or elephants. Branches the thickness of your body span the entire street overhead, creating an ever-preBy Geneviève Joëlle sent twilight. That developer created a legacy. Villamizar Coral Gables and many other famous towns and cities have a common thread: Tree-lined streets and forested town parks are in every single one of them. As people, we’re moved by trees. These towns across America with tree-lined streets are magical. Through the holidays this year, please think about the legacy you want to leave on the planet. Consider your Christmas footprint: the miles driven and gas burned to shop for gifts and the sheer volume of useless stuff, from product packaging to shopping bags to the wrapping paper that all gets trashed, not to mention the presents themselves that eventually lose their luster anyway. Instead of leaving a footprint this year, grow some roots. Consider giving a tree. Celebrate a birth or anniversary. Honor the life of someone you love or have lost. Create a “family forest” with one for each of you! Commemorate that marathon you finally fin-

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ished or your first free solo on rock or ice. The Kay Brunnier Tree Fund plants trees, sponsored by us, on Carbondale’s public streets and in our parks. We simply choose the tree we want and the town takes care of everything else. They order large 3-inch caliper trees that are structurally sound, hardy and healthy, and plant them for us in the spring. They’ll maintain the tree for life – watering them all summer, pruning them throughout their lives, even protecting them from the deer and elk come winter. Each tree has a small plaque attached where we can share the inspiration for planting it. The Tree Fund gave us 19 new trees around town this year, all of them celebrating milestones – stories of our collective history. Imagine the future of ‘Bonedale, how much more magical it’ll feel in 80 years! Carbondale is our home and we are our community. Create a legacy this Christmas. For more info on the Kay Brunnier Tree Fund or to gift a tree, contact Town Landscape Manager Tony Coia at 963-1307 or

Give the “green” gift that keeps on growing This holiday season, give the ultimate in enduring green gifts – just call or email us and we’ll plant a tree in one of Carbondale’s public places next Spring that will create a green legacy for generations to come! You do the giving, we’ll take care of all the details – purchasing … and planting … and maintenance for the life of the tree! The Kay Brunnier Tree Fund will match your contribution dollar for dollar.

A permanent plaque will be placed on each gifted tree, engraved with your special dedication or the recipient’s name, and a special gift card will be provided for each gift of a tree. Your total cost will run just $150 to $225 per tree – that’s less than an iPhone! This program is sponsored by Kay Brunnier, the Carbondale Tree Board, and the Town of Carbondale.

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