Firefighters: tireless first responders

Posted on August 01, 2018

This month’s Difference Makers are a group of seemingly fearless workers who take chances every day to keep the county safe … even more so lately with the hot, dry, windy conditions. We are celebrating firefighters this month, the tireless men and women who respond quickly, consistently and kindly to every type of emergency from wildland fires to car accidents.

In the space of just July, there were numerous fires that had residents holding their breath and begging for rain. Tracy LeClair, community risk manager/PIO for Eagle River Fire Protection District, shares that “in Eagle County, we have had 4 wildland fires this summer that forced evacuations: the Brett Trail Fire in Edwards, the Bocco Fire in Wolcott, the Lake Christine Fire in Basalt, and the Red Canyon 2 Fire in Edwards. Data indicates that for most fuel types, the fire risk is similar to the 2012 fire season, which was an active year with some very large fires across the state, including the Waldo Canyon Fire, which destroyed 346 homes.”


Although these fires grabbed all of our attention, Tracy adds that “they make up… Read more >

The creekside space offers a world of opportunities.

Posted on July 31, 2018

Public libraries are no longer the silent, slightly austere, personality-free zones they once were thought of. Today’s libraries welcome visitors and guests, children right through older patrons. While books remain a huge draw, the Vail Public Library offers so much more than tomes: there are programs ranging from yoga to crafting; movies, audio books, music to borrow, computers to sign on to, and of course cozy nooks to curl up in.

Cricket Pylman, every child’s favorite librarian who brings books to life during story hour and who doesn’t mind a little mess and excitement in the library, wants to make sure all Eagle County residents know they can take advantage of all the Vail Public Library has to offer.

“I’d love to get the message across that all Eagle County residents are eligible for a library card and membership,” she says enthusiastically.

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The library’s mission is “to make a world of difference through collaboration, service and resources, to inform and inspire our community of users.” The staff does just that by being sharing advances in the world of libraries.… Read more >

Passionate, Pianist, Proactive

Posted on July 31, 2018

Evan is an involved, engaged youth who is determined to make a difference.

Those who know Evan Fitzcharles would likely describe him as intelligent and kind. Not only is Evan number 3 in his graduating class (wow!), and a National AP Scholar, he also finds time to volunteer as a Communities That Care (CTC) youth representative and served on Youth Leaders Council (YLC) in the 2017-2018 school year. To top it all off, Evan has taken the initiative, along with other community members, to change policy on purchasing tobacco products in the Town of Avon. This Tobacco 21 Initiative would change the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age.

Evan has been involved in the first year of the Communities That Care (CTC) process, a state- funded process that uses prevention science to promote healthy youth development. Evan has been honored and empowered to be able to provide honest insight into the challenges that face our local youth. He is very appreciative of the fact that the youth voice was incredibly respected by local leaders and law enforcement agencies in the community throughout the CTC process. The… Read more >

Changing the world with peace

Posted on June 28, 2018

By Gloria Cueva, Collaborative Management Program Coordinator for Eagle River Youth Coalition

“Hate and violence,” is what this 11th grader from Battle Mountain High School would change in the world. It may seem like an insurmountable feat, but for Elijah (Eli) Seeman and his friends perhaps it’s possible to inspire peace through the universal language of music. Eli said it’s sad when others let you down, but he thinks that listening and being there for others is what can make a difference.

Eli has been a member in the band One Thirty-Two, who produced an album this past year. The band played all types of rock from classic rock to funk rock. They even performed at TEDxYouth this past April – earning resounding rounds of applause from the audience. Unfortunately, all the members will be moving away to go to college, except for one who will attend Colorado Mountain College locally.

Eli says his band mates would probably describe him as a musician who is calm and intelligent. Perhaps the most admirable quality of this young man is his recent contribution to a… Read more >

Helping children and adults with equine therapy

Posted on June 28, 2018

Equine Therapy: Connecting and Centering

Horses can be barometers of our own feelings; they sense fear and agitation, joy and calmness. It’s for this very reason that horses are an integral part of Trio Equine Therapy. Whether a student, and a student can be a young child right up to an older adult, is working on horsemanship or riding, the horse provides calm, nonverbal feedback.

“We provide the services of Equine Facilitated Learning, Physical and Occupational Therapy incorporating the equine as treatment tool/strategy and adaptive riding instruction,” shares Lauren Shaeffer, founder, owner and physical therapist. “Horses are fascinating in that they are prey animals, they are keenly aware of their environment. Humans can be considered to be a predator, if someone comes up and they are anxious or really exited, the horse feels that emotion and they may shy away.

“We teach about connecting, and self centering skills; breathing and relate that to different life and school situations or social interactions. Coping skills are easier to do with a horse then translate that into where they are having the most difficulty… Read more >

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