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Former Dillon mayor wins Ice Melt Contest

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Ice Melt 2002 Results

Clocked dropped in April 28 11:45:52 Time difference

1. Flo Raitano, Dillon April 28 11:47:23 1 minute, 31 seconds

2. Ben Stein, Fort Collins April 28 11:49:07 3 minutes, 15 seconds

3. Courtney Biebl, Dillon April 28 11:50:02 4 minutes, 10 seconds

SUMMIT COUNTY – Flo Raitano, who served as mayor of Dillon from the mid-’80s to the early-’70s, out-guessed calculations on 4,655 other entries to win the Rotary’s 2002 Ice Melt Contest.

Raitano’s estimate of when the clock would fall through the ice at Lake Dillon was just 1 minute, 31 seconds off the mark.

Although Raitano was out of town on business when her win was announced, her husband, Ben, was only too happy to collect the $2,000 check rewarding the closest guess.

The money already has been earmarked for tuition for the couple’s son, who is attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, said Ben Raitano. “But it allows us to go on vacation,” he added. “We were thinking perhaps we couldn’t go this year because of the college expense.”

Ben Stein of Fort Collins had the second-closest guess, for which he received $500. Dillon resident Courtney Biebl took third place and $250.

Rotary Club members said they received 4,656 entries this year, 800 more than in 2001. Most of the entries were submitted by locals, however, at least one entry was sent all the way from Australia.

The Rotary Club uses the contest proceeds to award scholarships to local Summit High School and Colorado Mountain College students, as well as to fund programs for Summit County youth.


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