February 2012 Blog Posts (60)

This Could Be "The Year of the Garden" by Larry Stebbins, Director, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens

Now is the time to pledge to grow more of your own vegetables. This is like a New Year's Resolution only  tastier than most. If you follow a few simple steps you could be eating a juicy, sweet organic salad before the end of May and ripe tomatoes by August! Yep, even in Colorado Springs.

First select a site. It needs sun all day. Don't listen to those folks that say you can grow in partial shade. The more sun the better. No respectable farmer would plant his crops under a sprawling…


Added by Larry Stebbins on February 29, 2012 at 2:53pm — 1 Comment

Women's Resource Agency celebrates 40 years of empowering women and girls

Over the past 40 years, the Women's Resource Agency has helped 60,000 women and girls improve their lives, saving an estimated $18 million in public assistance as clients have moved from living in poverty to being economically independent.

But it hasn't been an easy haul, says the organization's founder, Marilyn Kastel, a retired college administrator.

"It's been on the brink several times. It's taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to keep it alive," she says of the…


Added by Pula Davis on February 29, 2012 at 12:57pm — No Comments

1887 – Dr. B.P. Anderson and the Sisters of St. Francis

2012 marks the 125th anniversary of Penrose-St. Francis. While you can now find a snapshot of our history on the new displays in the lobbies of both Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center, there isn’t enough space on those displays to really get into the details of how history shaped our organization. Throughout the year, my hope is to provide a little more understanding of the people and events that have made us into the wonderful health system that we are…


Added by Penrose-St. Francis on February 29, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments

The Corner Mechanic Car Care Tip of the Week

Time to Put Her Out to Pasture??

How do you know if it’s time to change vehicles?  When is the time right to sell the old rusty steed and buy that new thoroughbred you’ve been eyeing? 

If you're analyzing your…


Added by Honest Accurate Auto Service on February 28, 2012 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Colorado College students volunteer in rural India

Six Colorado College students and two staff members spent their winter break on a service trip in rural India. The group worked with Maitri, a non-government organization based in India to pilot a residential school program called the 100-Day School. While there, the CC students worked with 43 children, teaching…


Added by Leslie Weddell on February 28, 2012 at 5:49pm — No Comments



After a semester’s absence from their Cheyenne Mountain…


Added by Mary E. Nuccio on February 28, 2012 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Woodmen Valley SERTOMA Club News

WoodMen Valley SERTOMA Club Corporate Sponsorship Program

The Woodmen Valley SERTOMA Club has initiated a Corporate Sponsorship Program to create a partnership between local businesses and SERTOMA in support of local community charities, SERTOMA fund-raising activities and hands-on volunteer activities of the club.  SERTOMA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit represented by men and women dedicated to volunteerism and philanthropy in SERvice TO MAnkind.  The Woodmen Valley…


Added by Anthony Buetti on February 27, 2012 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Vanguard Students Win First at 30th annual Congressional Art Competition

Students at The Vanguard School, a Colorado Springs charter high school, won first place in drawing, printmaking, and painting at the 30th annual Congressional Art Competition!  This regional competition hosts 25 high schools in the Pikes Peak region, and each school can submit up to five entries to any of the seven artistic categories.  Whitney Schuck, junior, earned first place in drawing for her elephant.  Seniors Kelsey Gloss and…


Added by Janet Dinnen on February 27, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Pillar Readers Theatre is a great outlet for amateur theater buffs!

Pillar Readers Theatre, an amateur community performing group, extends an invitation for new members.  (Male readers are in particularly short supply, but all would be welcomed!)  Pillar Readers Theatre is a special interest group of the nonprofit PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning; and membership in the Pillar Institute is required for Readers Theatre participation .  (See a complete PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning description and course offerings at…


Added by Rochelle Nutting on February 26, 2012 at 5:29pm — No Comments

All Presidents should have to sign...

All Presidents, any President of the United States of America should have to sign the same promise as JFK had to sign as the first Catholic ever to be elected our Chief Executive.

Anyone interested in signing a petition to make this into law?

I wish we could also make Presidential candidates stop campaigning on religious beliefs.

Added by Laura Pellerin on February 24, 2012 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Rolls of LOVE

Few things say “comfort” and “home” like double ply bathroom tissue.  Well, the 11 private, beautiful bedrooms at the Ronald McDonald House, combined with several lovely common living spaces and healthy, nutritious foods and beverages, along with caring staff and volunteers also add to the magic of “the House that Love Built”. 

While “double ply goodness” might not be “sexy” it is oh, so necessary! …


Added by Sam Rush-Walton on February 24, 2012 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Parents- Beware of the Risks of Hookah Smoking

Most people are aware of the risks associated with cigarette smoking, but they may not know of the risks associated with hookah tobacco and its overall appeal to youth. While hookah smokers may consider this practice less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as…


Added by El Paso County Public Health on February 24, 2012 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Monument Creek – It Doesn’t Have to Be this Way

Monument Creek is a heavily polluted and distressed waterway. Anyone familiar with the Pikes Peak Greenway, a 14 mile pedestrian/bike trail is likewise familiar with the unpleasant smells coming from the creek. It doesn’t have to be that way. Monument Creek should be one of the brightest of the city’s crown jewels: Trails, Open Space, and Parks.

It’s no surprise that the creek is polluted. It receives the effluent from the Tri Lakes, Donala, and Air Force Academy waste treatment…


Added by Jack Wallick on February 23, 2012 at 1:44pm — No Comments

The Corner Mechanic Car Care Tip of the Week

Are Your CV Joints Showing Signs of Arthritis?

"CV" stands for Constant Velocity.  It's that constant joint movement that can cause your car to become "arthritic" over time.

The CV joints are located on the ends of…


Added by Honest Accurate Auto Service on February 23, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments

Sunday: Children's Chorale's Summit Ensemble to Open for World Famous Concordia Chorale

The Concordia Chorale

The Concordia Choir from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., will present a concert in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 4  p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Grace and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available online at…


Added by David Sckolnik on February 21, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Study Finds ADD Medication Improves Memory & Attention in Menopausal Women

Memory lapses and changes in mental functions occur naturally as we get older. But for many women going through menopause, these memory lapses occur more frequently and can be a source of frustration.

A recent report offers new hope for women suffering with these types of symptoms. In a study published in…


Added by Jan Graber on February 21, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Pine Creek Soars Sober

Pine Creek Soars Sober

In the past year, alcohol related accidents have been at high occurrence at the major intersection adjacent to Pine Creek High School. Pine Creek juniors Morgan Patterson and Danielle Pfeiffer made it their mission to help solve the problem of drinking and driving that lay right…


Added by Morgan Patterson on February 20, 2012 at 10:38am — No Comments

CMCA/Vangurd Executive Director to Receive School Leadership Award

Colin Mullaney, Executive Director of Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy & The Vanguard School, has been selected to receive this year's Charter School Friends School Leadership Award. The School Leadership Award recognizes one individual who has had a significant influence in supporting school excellence. Mullaney has been with CMCA since it started in 1995. He began…


Added by Janet Dinnen on February 19, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Vanguard Hosts Free School Choice Event

The Vanguard School at Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the state of our public education system on February 28, 2012, at 5:30pm.  Bob Bowden, Director of "The Cartel," and William Moloney, former Colorado Education Commissioner, will be in attendance to lead this very important discussion. This…


Added by Janet Dinnen on February 19, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

How to Have a Successful Relationship with Your Parrot

Sometimes a catastrophic event can bring a positive change in life. This is what happened to my husband and me when we lost one of our birds, Scout, to a heart defect after sharing our lives with him for 12 years. Let me explain. Our two cockatiels were our family; they were not caged and stayed in one room of our house. They joined us on vacations and hiking in the mountains where we carried them in small cages that we had built for that purpose. When Scout died, we lost a…


Added by Dianne Stiller on February 19, 2012 at 7:25pm — No Comments

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