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BASALT A Thanksgiving food basket program headed by the Basalt Community United Methodist Church was so successful last year that there is food available for distribution this spring.Food baskets will be distributed Sunday, April 22, to those qualified through Eagle County Health and Human Services.”Since our local economy is highly dependent on winter seasonal employees, spring is a time when some seasonal employees often have less income,” said a press release from the church.The annual Thanksgiving food basket giveaway does so well because it has a lot of community support, according to Julie Pratte, a member of the church and of the committee organizing the food drives. Local Boy Scout troops collect canned goods for the effort. High school kids solicit contributions outside the El Jebel City Market.So many shoppers contributed turkeys last Thanksgiving that most of the money set aside to purchase the birds was untapped, Pratte said. That meant funds were available for the spring.The committee is concentrating on distributing canned goods as well as coupons for perishables for the spring food drive, she said. There were 85 food baskets distributed at Thanksgiving. It’s unknown how many families and individuals will quality this month.The community can help again in a number of ways. Volunteers are needed to shop for items sometime during the week of April 16. Volunteers also are needed to fill boxes and make deliveries during the afternoon from noon to about 4 p.m. on April 22.People who want to make donations can write a check to BCUMC and note “Basalt Cares Food Box” in the memo space. Checks can be mailed to BCUMC, P.O. Box 1159, Basalt, CO 81621.To enlist, volunteers can contact Cindy Wilson at 927-3764 or Mary Delaney at 963-1944.

SILVERTHORNE The Silverthorne Town Council gave final approval this week for a six- to 11-unit affordable housing development to be built on a small town-owned piece of property.The project is proposed on a 1-acre lot located on Anemone Trail behind the Summit Place Shopping Center.On Wednesday evening, the council unanimously approved the annexation of the 1-acre lot, which previously was located inside Dillon’s boundary. The council also assigned R-15 zoning to the parcel, allowing up to 15 units of housing per acre.The units will be developed by Tom Everist, the owner of South Maryland Creek Ranch per his December 2005 annexation agreement with the town. Everist is building a 71-home, high-end subdivision on 355 acres of his 1072-acre ranch on the north side of town. The council approved the annexation of the 355 acres under an agreement that provided about $1 million worth of benefits to the town and included an affordable housing component.Joanna Hopkins, South Maryland Creek’s development manager for the affordable housing project, said developers plan on constructing between six and 11 two-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-car garage units and putting them on the market.The units will be deed restricted for employees in Summit County, however, employees of Everist Materials, Tom Everist’s sand and gravel company currently in operation at Maryland Creek Ranch, will have first right of refusal on 40 percent of the total units, Hopkins said.Units will be priced for workers who make an average of 100 percent area median income, Hopkins said. (Summit Daily News)


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