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Tom Wheeler named to Historical Society’s new 1859 Club

Tom Wheeler of Silverthorne has become the first member of the Summit Historical Society’s new 1859 Club.

“The society’s board of directors and fundraising committee have been working since January to create a way to recognize the contributions of our significant donor/members,” said Barbara Yost, board president. ” I am delighted that Tom is our first 1859er.”

Wheeler, a retired regional manager of industrial engineering and real estate manager from the United Parcel Service, has lived in Summit County for 10 years.

A member of the Summit Historical Society board since August 2001, he has served on the society’s fundraising committee since January.

Wheeler is involved with the preservation of the Rice Barn in Summit Cove, a project which is funded in part by the State Historical Fund grant from the Colorado Historical Society.

Summit Chamber to hold mixer Thursday at Beaver Run Resort

The Summit County Chamber of Commerce will hold its March Mixer 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge.

The resort will be showing off its recent remodeling.

Admission is a $5 donation for members and a $10 donation for nonmembers. For more information, call the chamber at (970) 668-2051.

A-B-C to dinner for free; Library to host benefit adult spelling bee

SUMMIT COUNTY – Expert orthographizers, astute syllabicators and lords of lexicology: The Friends of the Summit County Libraries want you to match wits and words. Abecedarians need not apply.

The Friends will host their first-ever Adult Spelling Bee. The spelldown is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 25 at the Summit County Community and Senior Center in the County Commons near Frisco. In addition to pride in their phonography, winners will take home a gift certificate to the Blue Spruce Inn.

“Boulder used to have one, but it got too big and they stopped it,” said Angie Halverstadt, a library aide. “It sounded like fun, so we thought we’d try it.”

Teams of three will collaborate on each locution.

Business-sponsored squads can register for a tax-deductible $100, independent teams for $50. Halverstadt said the proceeds pay for children’s and young adults’ programming, summer reading programs, special events and additional funds to offset cuts in library budgets.

The registration deadline is Friday, April 11. The first 12 teams of 18 and older participants will compete for they first-place trophy.

“We hope to make this a regular event,” Halverstadt said. “We’d love to have people battling for the trophy every year.”

Breckenridge attorney Jay Bauer, County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom and Friends of the Libraries member Susan Donaldson will serve as judges. KYSL news manager Jim Williams will emcee the bee.

For more information, call Halverstadt at (970) 668-5555.

Learn about Vail Mountain School

FRISCO – Vail Mountain School’s admissions staff will host an informational meeting about its school community, academics, admission process and plans for its state-of-the-art campus scheduled for completion in August 2005.

Interested Summit County families are invited to attend a rescheduled meeting 7 p.m. today at the County Commons Building Buffalo Meeting Room in Frisco.

This meeting was originally scheduled for March 18 but was rescheduled do to last week’s snow storm.

About 10 percent of Vail Mountain School’s student body is from Summit County. Vail Mountain School seeks to attract and enroll more Summit County students as it increases from 250 to 300 students over the next three years.

Now in its 41st year, Vail Mountain School has 350 alumni.

Accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, Vail Mountain School is the only independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the Eagle and Summit counties.

Curriculum is designed for each level with a focus on elements of both academia and character enhancement.

Students are encouraged to be independent in their contributions to the well-being of their school, their classmates and the community.

For more information on the school or its admissions process, call Vail Mountain School at (970) 476-3850.

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