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News in Brief

Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale has named one of its own to lead the school, replacing Andrew Menke, who left to take a post in New England in June.The new head is Jeff Leahy, who has been at the school since 2000 in several capacities, including interim head of school since Menke left. He also has been dean of residential life, dean of students, and an English instructor.Prior to coming to CRMS, he taught English and coached varsity football at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., and at Middlesex School in Concord, Mass.He was chosen after the school conducted what it termed “an extensive search under the guidance of a national search firm.” The search yielded 43 applicants for the position, according to a statement from the school, and the school selected Leahy because he “embodies the qualities and skills that we identified as most important in a head of school for CRMS,” said search committee chairwoman Sherri Draper.

The Aspen Middle School’s Mitten Tree still has about 50 gift cards hanging from its branches, waiting for someone to claim them and provide some Christmas cheer to a few local families in need.Organizer Molly Kridel, counselor at the school, said there were more than 300 cutout paper mittens hanging from the tree initially, part of a Christmas partnership of the school, the Lift-Up charity organization and the Holiday Baskets group.Each mitten represents a family that, for one reason or another, might not have much to celebrate this Christmas. The idea is for someone from the school or the community at large to sign up to buy a gift for the person on the mitten, wrap it and bring it to the school by Friday.The two organizations will then distribute the gifts in time for Christmas.Kridel said the students at Aspen Middle are at an age when they are beginning to learn about the world outside their families.”It’s a great way for them to focus on giving to other people, without someone having to walk up and say ‘thank you,'” she said.Anyone with questions about the program can call Kridel at 925-3760, ext. 2215.

The city of Aspen Parking Department is reminding residents, commuters and visitors that posted parking regulations will be strictly enforced to ensure efficient snow removal.Specifically, drivers should observe “No Parking 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.” areas and other signs designating snow-removal routes.Failure to comply with these signs may result in vehicle towing. For more information on parking regulations, visit http://www.aspenpitkin.com or call 920-5267.

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