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SOS Outreach

If you were to you ask Google “Who is considered at-risk youth,” you’ll find this answer: “An at-risk youth is one who is less likely to transition into adulthood successfully. Success is frequently defined as the ability to avoid crime, achieve academic success and become financially independent.” National, as well as local figures, reveal that 20 percent of young adults drop out of school and another 20 percent are in the “bubble,” or “on the edge.” And Eagle County is not immune to these figures. Fortunately, however, SOS Outreach, a national youth development nonprofit has filled the niche to help many youngsters find their way: It utilizes outdoor experiential learning to inspire positive decision making for healthy and successful lives. Last winter, 521 Eagle County youngsters participated in SOS programs, with 528 attending summer programs. The SOS curriculum encourages responsibility, self-confidence, service and leadership skills by instilling six core values: […]

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Starting Hearts

It was at a Vail Valley Partnership meeting on Valentine’s Day, 2007, when Sue Froeschle’s boss walked into her office and asked if anyone knew CPR. Fortunately, Sue did. “I thought he was canvasing the staff to see if we needed training. But, when he said ‘we need you in the conference now,’ I knew it was serious,” recalls Froeschle. “Someone was on the phone with 911, however, I took one look at the woman on the floor, someone I had never met before, and saw that she was beginning to turn blue. There was no doubt in my mind that I had to do CPR, and I had to do it right away.“ It was Lynn Blake who had the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) who Froeschle had helped save that day. Blake was an otherwise healthy 27 year old when her heart stopped without warning. But, due to the […]

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Mountain Valley Horse Rescue

Few things are more Colorado, or more enchanting, than a herd of Mustangs galloping through the state’s rugged topography, or the images conjured by thoughts of early pioneers picking their way through Colorado’s mountainous terrain on horseback. Although some might say those are the days of yore, at Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in Eagle, that sense of magic still thrives and provides the spark that nurtures and rehabilitates countless horses towards a new beginning. Community Involvement Established in 2004, Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (MVHR) is Colorado’s only horse rescue program located outside the Front Range and Western Slope, which means that the center frequently answers calls to help abandoned and neglected horses throughout the mountains of Colorado. Community involvement is crucial to the group’s success with volunteers playing an active role in barn upkeep, along with donations for hay and grain pouring in from around the area. Similarly, along with taking in as many horses as space allows, MVHR often […]

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Nepal Earthquake Stepping Out

The Vail Valley is host to over 70 families from the Himalayan region of Nepal. When the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on April 25 and May 12 of 2015, many remote villages were severely damaged. The Sherpa Foundation was formed and is committed to help these communities rebuild their lives. This event, held in EagleVail, raised funds that will be sent directly to help the families of these villages, a house at a time. Donations are being accepted at

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Sarah Schleper’s New Chapter (don’t know if this works for you)

Sarah Schleper’s life has always been about challenge and balance. From the time she decided that she wanted to be an alpine ski racer she became a juggler of sorts between school, practice and competition – the balance and challenge always a priority. Schleper’s career began in 1995 and spanned 15 years, a stint that included four Olympic games, seven national championships and four World Cup podium finishes. When Schleper announced her retirement in 2011, this free spirit did so in style. Skiing in her last World Cup run and dressed to the nines, Schleper stopped mid-way down, picked up her four-year-old son, Lasse, and carried him through the finish line. Then, Schleper did what many ski racing “retirees” do – she returned home – in this case, Vail – began coaching and in 2013 had a second child, a daughter, Resi. Life was good, certainly more tranquil than Schleper […]

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Rittenhouse: Getting stronger, giving back

Nate Gatrel earned his culinary degree at age 20 from one of the top three culinary schools in the nation: Kendall College. In 2007, when the Park Hyatt at Beaver Creek recruited him as a chef, he moved from Chicago to Beaver Creek. Throughout the years, he built a strong resume by working in some of the Vail Valley’s finest restaurants. But last year, he spent 120 days in Eagle County Detention Facility. During his sentence, he volunteered for a six-week intensive program, called A Better Way. The restorative justice program helps participants take responsibility for the harm they have caused. Gatrel’s alcohol abuse resulted in two DUIs in six months, and the resulting 120-day sentence. “I decided I’d do anything to change my life around,” he says, referring to his participation three times a week for six weeks in A Better Way. “I’m trying to be a positive influence […]

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FAMILY LEADERSHIP Making a Change: One Person at a Time

In 2008, Meighen Lovelace left her bartending job to raise her newborn, while her husband juggled three or more jobs. When she eventually turned to the Salvation Army’s food pantry for assistance, she received enough to feed her family, but she noticed the shortage of fresh produce. She remained grateful for the food; after all, she knew about making sacrifices: She relied on public transportation to avoid driving costs, used cloth diapers to save money, canceled cable television and received donations from the Salvation Army and the restaurant at which her husband worked. But through it all, she held a strong conviction that everyone — rich, poor or middle class — deserves fresh, nutritional food. She just wasn’t sure what to do about it — until she participated in Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI). The 20-week, 120-plus-hour curriculum teaches people from all walks of life the skills to positively impact communities. […]

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Stepping out

THE WOMEN’S FOUNDATION OF COLORADO The Women’s Foundation of Colorado Vail Valley Regional Committee hosted author and journalist Helen Thorpe as the keynote speaker for its annual luncheon. This year’s luncheon theme was “A Place At The Table: Challenges & Opportunities of Women in the Military and at Home.” The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group supports all those in Eagle County in who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The group also supports the Shaw Regional Cancer as well as the Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Centers.     EAGLE YOGAFEST: COME. SHINE. SOAR. The Eagle YogaFest introduces yoga and mindfulness to individuals and groups, helping them create positive life experiences. This year the festival benefited UB.U that  ncorporates yoga-based movement and practice to Eagle County students. 5. Volunteers Torrey Benson, Kelsey Cole and Kelley O’Kelly relaxing in the sun.             BEAVER CREEK CHEF RACE Beaver Creek’s Food and Wine event not only celebrates the culinary experience but ads an element of excitement with the Celebrity Chef Race. The crowds watch as celebrity chefs and Beaver Creek favorites raise […]

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Hospice: In Gratitude

We have decided to take a risk. We are writing about a subject which might be considered too serious by many a glossy magazine. But, whether you live here or are visiting, we hoped that you would want to know more about a very important institution in our Valley, and the incredible work it does here and in so many other communities. We are talking about hospice, the organization dedicated to providing comfort and dignity at the end of life through palliative care and practical and emotional support for patients and their caregivers. So, read on, please. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STORY.   The first hospice opened in England in 1967, and, as so often happens with significant change in American towns, the seeds for hospice’s establishment in Vail were sown by a very small group of determined, civic-minded women. In 1990 Margo Peter put a tiny ad in the local paper, calling a meeting on […]

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The Edwards Interfaith Chapel

Look up at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel and CommunityCenter from Route 6, and you will see an imposing façade with a huge central window, which recalls traditional church architecture, flanked by two more large expanses of glass. Not merely esthetic elements, these illuminate the entire building, making the restorative and stimulating beauty of the Eagle Valley part and parcel of its interior. No need for stained glass here – just invite the outside in. This transparency reflects the Chapel’s organic relationship with its community and its determination to serve its changing needs. The Chapel opened its doors in 2010, joining the Vail and Beaver Creek Interfaith Chapels in “providing spiritual nurture, worship and community service to residents and visitors of the Vail Valley.” Forty years ago when the Vail Chapel began implementing that mission, Vail was not very far from its origins as an upstart ski town full of young people who had come to revel in […]