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Here’s lookin’ at you, kid

May Selby
Cormac Baker Shanks arrived at Aspen Valley Hospital on September 29. Photo courtesy Carey Shanks.

A whole new crop of babies has arrived in the Roaring Fork Valley since last summer. Greg and Maureen Poschman of Aspen welcomed two daughters on June 13, 2005, at Presbyterian St. Luke’s hospital in Denver. Born about a minute apart, identical twins Isabella Butera Poschman and Willow McDonald Poschman came a few weeks earlier than expected but are now well adapted to life in Aspen. According to their mother, “Willow and Isabella learned to swim over Christmas vacation in tidal pools off the southern Kona coast of the Big Island. They love the mountains and are fascinated with falling snow but want to spend lots of time at the beach.” The twins’ career-oriented parents are finding the perfect balance of tending to their children and managing demanding professional schedules. Maureen owns Promo Communications PR; Greg is a film director/photographer, owns Moving Media production company and is also the founder of Modern Biograph Pictures.

Ella Wren Lahey also showed up quite a bit earlier than anticipated at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital last summer. Not due until Sept. 6, Ella surprised her parents, Vince and Jessica Lahey, on July 21. “Ella was born a little fighter, requiring no oxygen, only time and love before she was allowed to come home to Aspen,” her father said. “She has been a bit of a media queen as this is her third appearance in local papers, and she appears keen on continuing her career as a rising young star!” Jessica works at the Aspen Historical Society as the curator of education; dad Vince Lahey is a partner of Genre Bistro and television host for Plum TV’s “Fresh Tracks.” The new family lives at Hunter Creek with their cat Sideamayo. V. Reese Chapdelaine was born on Sept. 3 at Aspen Valley Hospital. Proud parents Mark and Linda Chapdelaine of Snowmass Village and family dog Ringo are enjoying life with the new baby.

“Reese loves riding in the car, watching ‘Baby Einstein’ videos and being a social butterfly,” Linda said. Linda works at Anderson Ranch, and Mark is employed with Snowmass Lodging Co. Carey Shanks and Connie Baker of Carbondale welcomed handsome devil Cormac Baker Shanks on Sept. 29 at AVH. “We’re a bit concerned with his ability to think independently, though we’re researching the newest politically correct immersion programs in the hopes he’ll aspire and achieve,” Carey said. “To answer an ongoing question, his given name is one both parents are fond of, even if Mr. Cormac McCarthy weren’t one of our country’s most celebrated authors.”Carey works for the Timbers Co.; sales and marketing aficionado Connie is a partner of Med-Agenda.

Corey and Pat McLernon had a baby boy, Sawyer Flynn McLernon, on Oct. 1 at AVH. Big brother Owen Henry and dog Hank love having another playmate in the household. The family of four lives up Castle Creek Road in Aspen. Aspenite Andrew Blomquist Perley was punctual from the start, politely arriving at AVH on his due date of Oct. 3. Andrew’s doting parents are Jenifer Blomquist (formerly employed by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, now a stay-at-home mom) and Paul Perley, the general manager of the Ute Mountaineer. Big brother Spencer Perley recently turned 3. George Chamberlain Mullen was born on Oct. 9 at AVH to Richard and Barbara Mullen. Both of George’s parents work at Poss Interior Design in Aspen. Floyd, the family cat, willingly shares the spotlight with newborn George.

Anna Marie “Anicka” Ashcraft arrived on Oct. 10 at AVH to Rob and Romana Ashcraft. Rob is a partner at Aspen Design Works in Carbondale, and Romana is a hair designer. The new family will soon be moving to a new nest. They expect construction of their new house in Aspen Glen to be completed sometime in March. A skier at heart, Zala Smalls arrived on Dec. 3 at AVH in the midst of a blizzard as snow blanketed the slopes. Both of Zala’s parents are former ski racers and current ski pros on Aspen Mountain. Her father, Ryan Smalls, also is a broker with Carol Ann Jacobson Real Estate, and her mother, Anda Rojs Smalls, works at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. The new family lives in Aspen with their black lab Socha and hopes to split their time between here and Anda’s hometown of Maribor, Slovenia. “To make sure we didn’t miss anything, Daddy went up on the mountain the day after Zala arrived and made some good powder turns for us all,” said Anda, who has made plenty of turns for herself since then. “Little Zala will make some on her own soon enough.” Sean and Leslie Keery of Carbondale welcomed son Haven Keery on Dec. 13 at AVH. Both parents were snowboard instructors for Skico and Aspen locals for many years. Sean still works for the Skico in the information technology department; Leslie is an art educator at Coal Ridge High School in New Castle. Dogs Chester and Beauty agreeably made way for the newborn at the family’s home in River Valley Ranch.

Felix Getchell Frisch arrived just before midnight on Jan. 4, a healthy and happy baby. Felix is the first child for parents Katy and Adam Frisch of Aspen. A socialite from the start, Felix was the guest of honor at a bris during his first week of life, surrounded by many new friends and family members. Congratulations to all of the happy families! To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail