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Thomas Austin is a cursed name Down Under. He was an avid hunter and an Englishman with a summer place in Melbourne, Australia. In 1859, he brought a dozen pair of breeding rabbits, “. . . to provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting.” By 1890, rabbits were a plague that had eliminated countless native species and changed the environment of the Outback forever. It was the fastest spread recorded of any mammal anywhere in the world. Thomas may be the scapegoat, but British soldiers were dumping live rabbits on the island ten years earlier, …
WINTER PARK —The Winter Park town council approved adding an amendment to the town’s master plan to include Old Town Winter Park in the document. The amendment was created by the Old Town Neighborhood Enhancement Committee in conjunction with the Town of Winter Park staff and was presented to the town council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The Old Town Neighborhood Enhancement Committee is made up of business owners, property owners, and residents of the Old Town area of Winter Park, which is seeking to improve the area by increasing signs and pedestrian accessibility in the area. …
On Saturday, Dec. 7, the first of the free Nordic lessons for the 2013-2014 season will be at the Grand Lake Nordic Center. It is the perfect opportunity to try a new Nordic area and learn new skills. Try skating if you are a confirmed Classic skier or vice versa. With more limited rental equipment available, it is a must to sign up in advance at the Nordic center 970-627-8008 if equipment is needed. Again, Grand Nordic members received free rental equipment and trail passes. Grand Lake Nordic Center opened earlier this week so the whole system is not yet …
Friday December 6 Funky Friday Trips, Granby Community Center. $30 per child. Call 970-887-3961 to register. Local ar tist exhibition, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., ongoing until Jan. 1, Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall. Featuring Marty Witzman. Contact 970-531-6229. Toddler and Preschool Story Hour, 11 a.m.-noon, Juniper Library, Grand Lake. High Country Conservatives, noon-1:30 p.m., Maverick’s Restaurant, Granby. Visitors welcome. Movie Matinee, 2-4 p.m., Granby Library. Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, 4-7 p.m., Cooper Creek Square, Winter Park. Festival of Trees, 4-8 p.m., Grand Park Recreation Center, Fraser. A fundraising event for Fraser Valley non-profits. The community has an opportunity to purchase trees …
Marcia Blevins, owner and operator of The Junk Trunk, 209 Central Avenue, Kremmling • How long have you been in business? I am into my 15th year • How did you get started in this business? My parents started collecting when I was a girl. Then they opened an antique store when I was a teenager. So I suppose I was born to be in the business. • Business mission statement: To love what I do, have fun doing it and learn something new each day about antiques. • Success in the mission: I am as successful as I want …
Sherill Tippins aims to tell the definitive story of New York’s Hotel Chelsea in “Inside the Dream Palace.”
A new book about Richard Wagner, who relentlessly recorded his daily life, and another about Bach, who left hardly any paper trail.
A biography of the puppeteer whose influence has hardly waned in the more than two decades since his death.
Virginia Postrel lays out the case for glamour as a life-shaping force, whether for good or for ill.
Henry Bushkin, who worked as a lawyer for Johnny Carson, has written a gossipy, breezy memoir about the late-night host.
John Shaw’s book tells the story of two American anthems: Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”
Anjelica Huston’s memoir about growing up in Ireland, London and New York doubles as a social history of the 1960s.