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Jack the Mailman

This is Jack Harris, right, on Aug. 3, 1978, when I did a feature story on the fact that Aspen now had mailmen. Before that we all had to have post office boxes. (Chris Cassatt)

Jack Harris, the mailman for Aspen’s West End for 32 years, retired on May 30.

Because he became a friend to everyone on his route all those years, he held a retirement party in celebration at the Aspen Center for Physics (which also was on his route). Everyone had a splendid time, as many people in the West End had never met one another while others have been friends for years.

The neighborhood is really going to miss Jack, but we are all pleased that he will have time to go fishing and hiking and just be lazy. Some people bemoaned the fact that Aspen finally got home mail delivery to our homes ” they thought the post office was always where you visited with everyone and that Aspen would lose its small-town feeling. Many of us kept our P.O. boxes and had home delivery, too.

Graduating from The Foral School in Valenza, Italy, is Katie Sharkey, daughter of Tom Sharkey and Jeanine Hill. Katie completed a year-long study in gem cutting and identification. She will return to Menorca in the Mediterranean after graduation.

The Wild Women art exhibit 2008 will be held June 6-Sept. 2 in the main gallery of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The opening reception is Friday, June 6, at 6 p.m. Artists who will be exhibiting their work include Maggie May Butler, Linda Drake, Jacquetta Green, Kathy Honea, Wewer Keohane, Nicole Levesque, Carole Lowry, Nancy McKenney, Lorraine Morrison, Terry Muldoon, Shannon Muse, Ardith Robinson, Dee Dee Shear, Annette Thompson and Bobbie VanMeter.

Undercurrent … Aspenites are so conflicted this spring. The old adage here has always been that you shouldn’t plant your garden until all the snow is off Bell Mountain. Well, Bell is still very covered in deep snow … yet it is June already!

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