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Dave Bellack, senior vice president and general counsel of Aspen Skiing Co., has been appointed to the Aspen Valley Land Trust Board of Directors.

“The AVLT board and staff are very pleased that Dave is joining the board,” said AVLT executive director Martha Cochran.

“He was instrumental in the Aspen Skiing Company preservation of almost 200 acres in Snowmass Village and initiated the AVLT hotel open space contribution program. His personal and professional interests will be great assets to the organization.”

Bellack is a member of the Colorado Ski Country U.S.A Board of Trustees and past member and president of the city of Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He is a graduate of Leadership Aspen, a former member of the Club 20 Executive Committee and participated in the “50 for Colorado” leadership training program of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry.

Prior to joining the Aspen Skiing Co. in 1995, Bellack served as the assistant city attorney for the city of Aspen. He practiced law in Denver before moving to Aspen.

New Castle looks to honor veterans

Spring is just around the corner and New Castle town officials are hoping to establish a new memorial for local veterans, to be installed near Town Hall as soon as the ground thaws. Locals hope the bronze and rock memorial will signal the start of a bigger tribute to all veterans from New Castle.

World War II pilot and decorated hero John Zarlengo Sr. was born in 1917 and grew up east of Harvey Gap Reservoir. He was fascinated with airplanes and longed to become a pilot. He enlisted in the Army and began his flying exploits.

In World War II he flew the first aircraft to make contact with the enemy in the Battle of Midway. In his career, he was shot down twice, landing on friendly ground both times, and earned 25 decorations, including the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

“He had the reputation of accepting to fly some of the roughest and riskiest missions, and out of Guadalcanal, without ever complaining,” noted military colleague Leon Rockwell. “I always considered John one of the bravest and best pilots in the B-17 outfits in the Solomons.”

Zarlengo continued his career in the Air Force commanding a squadron of pilots in the Korean War. The retired lieutenant colonel died in March 1998 in California.

Inspired by the Zarlengo family’s efforts, town officials are collecting names and information about all New Castle veterans for a possible expanded memorial. If you’d like to be involved, contact Lisa Cain at Town Hall at 984-2311.

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