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ASPEN – The Right Door, an Aspen alcohol and drug rehab center, has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Aspen Community Foundation.

Right Door executive director David Crutchfield said the grant will be used for general operating expenses.

“This generous grant … gives us vital resources to offer people an opportunity to get their lives back in order,” he said. “With the stress of an economic downturn, more and more members of our community are struggling with substance abuse.”

Referrals to The Right Door are up 20 percent in 2009, he added.

Over the past four years, The Right Door has been granted $71,300 from Aspen Community Foundation’s unrestricted and field of interest funds and $37,850 from its donor-advised funds. The Right Door was founded in October 2003 and served more than 1,000 clients in 2008. So far this year, The Right Door has served 628 individuals in Pitkin County.

ASPEN – The Aspen Historical Society will kick off its summer programming with a community party at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum.

The society will celebrate Freddie “Schnickelfritz” Fisher’s 105th birthday, as well as the opening of the Holden/Marolt for the summer season. Music will be provided by Walt Smith, one of Freddie’s longtime bandmates, with food by the Hickory House, beer, refreshments and the awarding of the coveted Fishwit Prize for Irreverent Letters to the Editor.

On display will be the newly discovered conveyor belt shaft, a subterranean feature from the Holden’s heyday as an ore-processing plant, as well as a new eight-monitor video exhibit and demonstrations of some of the historic machinery that were recently brought back to life after decades of lying dormant. The event is the first of the society’s Time Travel Tuesday programs, which take place at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

A $5 suggested donation is requested of non-society members (it’s free for members). For more information call 925-3721 or visit

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