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Spring forward

May Selby
There goes the neighborhood — new homeowner Wheaton Augur surrounded by several friends at his housewarming party.
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As daylight stretches a little later into the evening and hints of spring begin to fill the air, the time has arrived for shedding layers and basking in the sun. It’s also time for spring soirees and end-of-season events.

Each spring, the Aspen Skiing Co. hosts an annual employee recognition party at Bumps. Skico employees who have finished their 20th, 25th or 30th year are invited, as are employees who have been with the company for more than 30 years. Skico recruiting coordinator Kellie Ulrich spearheaded the celebration yet again, which took place on March 23. This time, she and her devoted decorating committee adorned Buttermilk’s base lodge with a Hollywood theme. Guests were given press passes as ID badges, had an assortment of silly sunglasses to choose from at the entry, and were surrounded by Academy Awards accouterments.

More than 270 people attended the event – 62 of whom were honorees celebrating 20, 25 or 30 years of service for the Skico, and approximately 100 who were marking more than 30 years of employment.

One guest of note was given a standing ovation by his peers and employers as he was personally acknowledged by Skico CEO Pat O’Donnell and Skico owner Jim Crown. Jesse Caparrella, who has now completed 50 years with the company, was rewarded for his extraordinary dedication to the Skico with a trip to Las Vegas. “I may never come back,” he joked as he shook O’Donnell’s hand and gratefully accepted his gift.

Later that evening, Aspen native Wheaton Augur hosted a housewarming party at his new condo at the Aspen Airport Business Center. Augur moved from a 300-square-foot cabin he was renting into his new digs. Possibly the only bachelor on the block, Augur quickly recognized the role he will be assuming in the neighborhood.

“This is gonna be the clubhouse for all of us guys,” said one of his new neighbors. “We’ll be watching sports over here for sure.”As a reminder, don’t forget to change your clocks before you hit the sack tonight. At 2 a.m. Sunday, it’s time to spring forward for Daylight Saving’s Time.


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