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Catching up

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

Still catching up on events that happened in the summer and early autumn.The Durrance family held a memorial service for Dick Durrance Sr. on a beautiful summer day high in the mountains at the Sundeck. Skiers came from everywhere to pay their respects to Dick, America’s first great ski racer, manager of the Aspen Ski Corporation, longtime documentary filmmaker, and author of a book about his life titled “Dick Durrance: The Man on the Medal.”

In September, the Aspen Center for Integrative Medicine held its annual conference on new medicine, bringing specialists from across the country to give lectures to a Harris Hall full of Aspenites wanting to improve their lives. I will mention some of the things we all heard. No one dies of old age … aging is the development of degenerative disease … we are the victims of our own selves. High blood sugar brings on degenerative diseases. We have higher blood sugar than our ancestors. Eliminate bread, rice, potatoes, cereal, chips, crackers and sweets because they raise blood sugar. Exercise is very important because it builds muscle and muscles burn sugar. Exercise immediately after eating to keep blood sugar down.Photographer John Fielder will bring his slide presentation and book-signing for his new book, “Mountain Ranges of Colorado,” to Aspen as a benefit for Windstar on Friday, Dec. 10, beginning at 7 p.m., in the pool-level conference room of the Mountain Chalet. Admission is $10 at the door.The Aspen Camp School for the Deaf will hold its annual benefit, “Evening at the Crystal Palace,” on Thursday, Dec. 9, starting at 6 p.m. Cocktails and dinner will be followed by a showcase of music and comedy by the performers of The Crystal Palace. For reservations, call 923-2511. Seating is limited.

Madison Burke, of Snowmass, is attending Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, majoring in art. Alexander Hobbs, of Carbondale, has been recognized as one of Comcast’s “Leaders and Achievers” with a $1,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation for his outstanding commitment to community service. Alexander is a 2004 graduate of Basalt High School and is attending the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The First Baptist Church of Aspen is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the children of inner-city Denver through Dec. 15. Toys should be taken to the church office at 726 W. Francis during morning office hours. Please do not leave anything outside. The toys are for children ages 5-16 who would not otherwise receive a toy for Christmas. For more information, call 925-8901. Ann Hyde and daughter Olivia participated in a two-week trip to China during the summer called “China for Families,” organized by the Smithsonian. They visited Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Suzhou. Some of the activities included kite flying in Tiananmen Square, visits to private homes, dumpling-making, unraveling a silkworm cocoon and a slide down the Great Wall. Prior to the trip, Olivia took Mandarin Chinese at the Denver International School. After returning from China, Olivia and Ann attended a field trip to the Honolulu Chinese Cultural Center in Honolulu, along with the Punahou Summer School.Undercurrent … We are told that our natural resources are running out and that we must conserve them … yet cars and trucks get bigger and bigger and use more gasoline and oil, and our mailboxes are filled with catalogs and junk mail.


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