Friday, August 17, 2007

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Hailey employees do their part

Evidence that the environment is no small matter in Hailey: In June, 56 percent of the 5,737 riders on the KART valley service either started or ended their trips in Hailey. With the free Hailey circulator bus scheduled to begin service in early October, that number should increase further, further decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, acording to a city newsletter.

The free bus service will be a result of a $30,000 contribution that Hailey has penciled into its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The expenditure will be funded by the city's local option tax, estimated to bring in $350,000 in 2007-2008.

City employees are no exception when it comes to reducing emissions, as they took second place in the Workplace category of the 2007 Smart Moves Community Challenge, barely losing to St. Luke's for the most trips logged using alternative transportation.

More than 100 Hailey residents participated in the 10-week event, and along with other valley residents involved in Smart Moves, eliminated more than 16,000 car trips. That equates to more than 104,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Fellowship awarded to director

The executive director of Citizens for Smart Growth, Vanessa Crossgrove Fry, was awarded a Delta Gamma Foundation fellowship. She is an alumna member of Gamma Rho chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity at Wittenberg University. She is studying for an MBA in sustainable management at Presidio School of Management in San Francisco, Calif. The fellowship is given based on scholastic achievement, campus and community involvement and chapter leadership.

Delta Gamma Fraternity, an international women's fraternity in Columbus, Ohio, consists of more than 190,000 members. Its purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship among women, to promote their educational and cultural interests, to create in them a true sense of social responsibility and to instill in them the best qualities of character. The Delta Gamma Foundation guides members to "do good" in support of its philanthropic mission: sight conservation and aid to those who are blind or visually impaired.

Bridge players trump competition

Wood River Bridge members recently brought home honors at American Bridge League tournaments in Pocatello and Butte, Mont.

Marilyn Nesbit and Fran Maughan won an open pairs competition in Pocatello. Nesbit also won in open pairs in Butte with partner Bob Kroupa of Idaho Falls.

Chuck Abramo and Jo Murray won the charity pairs tournament in Butte.

Four other members, Joan Anawalt, Mollie Campbell, Emily Garr and Marie McGowan placed in the Pocatello tournament.

Wood River Bridge holds regular duplicate games in Hailey at 7 p.m. Mondays and in Sun Valley at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, and 3 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, call Peter Gray at 726-5349.

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