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‘Kerry-van’ to meander through valley

A “Kerry-van” to support the presidential nominee will wind its way downvalley from Aspen Saturday morning before ending in Rifle. Organized by Sue Coyle and Sarah Murray, both of whom work for Kerry Helpers in the Roaring Forking Valley, the caravan is also designed to provide some much needed humor at the tail end of a long campaign. “Nobody is doing anything for comic relief or feel-good stuff,” Murray said. “We want to at least get together. We’re going forward with this.” The caravan will be leaving Aspen at 9 from the Red Brick at 110 E. Hallam, but Murray said participants should arrive by 8:45. From there, the caravan will swing through Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, where other supporters can join in. Homemade signs are welcome and Murray said standard Kerry signs will also be distributed. “People are welcome to make signs. We love comic relief,” she said. “And we’d love people to bring their convertibles – this is their last chance.” On the other side of the political chasm, Tony Hershey, chairman of Pitkin County for Bush, said there aren’t any parties or rallies scheduled, just the regular pre-election phone calls and e-mails encouraging other Republicans to vote. “We don’t get to party like Democrats,” Hershey said. “I mean this is Pitkin County. We could have rallies, but who would show up?”I don’t want to get rocks thrown at me. I’m even afraid to have a ‘W’ sticker on my car.” Tonight at 8 at the Commons in Aspen, Kerry Helpers will show a free screening of “Going Up River,” a new documentary about the Democratic candidate.”It’s the accurate account of Kerry’s service in Vietnam and afterwards,” Murray said. “It’s amazing footage.” Starting Friday and running all next week, “Celsius 4/11,” the Republicans answer to “Fahrenheit 9/11,” will be showing at Stage Three in Aspen. For additional information about “Going Up River” and the “Kerry-van,” contact Murray at 618-0109. The Sky Bar will host a party for both Republicans and Democrats on election night at 7. Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com

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