The Aspen Rotary Club distributed community grants equaling $30,000 to 25 local nonprofit organizations this month. Another $24,000 have been awarded to graduating seniors for college scholarships in Aspen and Basalt. And $7,000 has been distributed throughout the year for local Aspen Rotary Club projects and programs, including Rotary youth exchange; Rotary youth leadership training; Shining Stars; High School Service Club and Senior Jeep Tour.
The grants awarded range in size from $500 to $3,000 each. The funds for the annual awards are raised through the club’s Ducky Derby, held each August in Rio Grande Park.
This year’s grant recipients were selected from more than 40 applications. Priority was given to educational programs followed by health and human service programs, according to Jane Kelly, Aspen Rotary Club Community grants chair.
This year’s Rotary grant recipients are: Access Roaring Fork; Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program; Aspen Deaf Camp; Aspen Historical Society; Basalt Education Foundation; Basalt Middle School; Blue Lake Preschool; CASA of 9th; Christmas Wish; Early Learning Center; English in Action; Family Visitor Program; Holiday Baskets; Hospice of the Valley; Huts for Vets; Lift Up; Literary Outreach; Raising a Reader; Response; RFSD Pre-Collegiate Program; Science in Schools; Sopris Therapy; Spellbinders; Windwalkers; and Youth Zone.
Hugh Templeman has been appointed to the position of regional vice president for the Viceroy Hotel Group, in addition to his role as general manager of the Snowmass hotel.
Templeman joined the company in 2009. He has held management roles at Viceroy Santa Monica and Avalon Hotel (Beverly Hills).
Templeman has been a member of Viceroy Hotel Group Executive Committee since December 2012, and in his expanded role, he will work on a number of operational projects.
Templeman joined Viceroy Snowmass in the summer of 2010. For calendar year 2012, Viceroy Snowmass’ year-over-year growth exceeded 20 percent, and for the winter 2012-13 winter season, Viceroy Snowmass has experienced similar growth, according to company officials.
Templeman was appointed to the Snowmass Tourism Marketing Board in 2012 and has been actively engaged in the growth of Snowmass’ tourism business.
Prior to joining Viceroy Snowmass, Templeman had more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major luxury brands.
Patrick, Miller, Kropf, Noto, PC (PMKN) has opened an office at Aspen Highlands Village. PMKN is one of the leading water-rights law firms in the Western United States with offices in Basalt, Denver, Phoenix and Tulsa. Ed Foran of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Real Estate, brokered the deal.
Cindy Kenney, an American Family Insurance agent in Basalt, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification.
Kenney has been an agent for American Family since September 2012. This is her ninth year for receiving this honor.
The Westin Snowmass Resort received a 2013 “Certificate of Excellence” from Trip Advisor last week. This award honors excellence in hospitality and is only given to establishments that consistently receive outstanding reviews on the Trip Advisor website.
In order to qualify for the Certificate of Excellence a business must maintain an overall rating of four or higher out of a possible five. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last year.
The Little Nell Hotel has a new master sommelier on its team. Carlton McCoy, assistant wine director for the hotel, has recently received his master sommelier diploma, joining an elite group of 133 top wine professionals in North America.
The Little Nell has had more masters come through its wine program than any other establishment in the country, now with 10 masters working or having worked at the property, according to company officials.
In the past five years, the Little Nell has generated five new master sommeliers and three master sommeliers are currently employed there. The hotel hosted the master sommelier exam earlier this month. The exam, dubbed “the hardest test in the world,” has a pass rate of approximately 10 percent and was being held for the second time in Colorado.
Sixty-three candidates sat for the exam, with just four passing.
The St. Regis Aspen will open a new restaurant, Trecento Quindici Decano, on June 7. With a name translating to “315 Dean,” playing off the resort’s street address, Trecento Quindici brings Italy to Aspen with hand-crafted Italian cuisine to be enjoyed amid a Mediterranean villa-inspired design.
The restaurant features a menu crafted by The St. Regis Aspen’s Executive Chef Thomas Riordan, which will be further enhanced by the new, incoming St. Regis Aspen’s Executive Chef David Viviano, who comes from The Westin Phoenix Downtown. Trecento Quindici’s menu includes a housemade pizza, handmade pasta and focaccia, incorporating seasonal, fresh ingredients and celebrated Italian delicacies.
Trecento Quindici Decano will be open for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., daily. Dinner is offered Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
The Midvalley Health Institute, a health and wellness venue which is aimed at improving the health and well-being of the residents throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, has recently opened in Basalt.
The institute offers massage therapy to relieve chronic and acute pain stemming from overuse, muscle imbalance and injury. There also is prosthodontic dentistry, specializing in difficult dental problems including tooth replacement and TMJ disorders.
The institute also will have the “Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center,” “Premier Medical Care,” “Midvalley Imaging Center,” “The Aspen Clinic,” “Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine,” “The Healing Grove, LLC” and “Valley Access Laboratory.”
Coldwell Banker Mason Morse is opening a new office in mid-June in Willits across from Triangle Park and Willits Town Center. This new office will handle residential, development, commercial and agricultural real estate, as well as property management.
The brokers staffing this office include: the husband and wife team of Rod and Sarah Woelfle, Roshni Slalii, and longtime midvalley broker Bob Jacobson, who recently joined the firm.