August 2009 Blog Posts (92)

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Many people never heard of the National Health Care Day of Service, but homeless, expectant women and their children at the Maternity of Mary benefited first hand.



The day of service was June 27. The purpose was to focus on health care reform while helping the underserved parts of our population.



There were many projects around the U.S. The nonpartisan group I was with decided that healthy eating was an important factor for… Continue

Added by Lura Lee Landis-Rule on August 28, 2009 at 10:54pm — 2 Comments

Teila Tankersley: An all-class reunion

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The Harrison High School All Class Reunion committee recently hosted the first ever All Class Reunion and it was an incredible success! Classmates from the 1950s up through the class of 2008 came to this year's event and they came from all over the United States including an alumnus who came from Guam and another from… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:44pm — 1 Comment

Catherine Beckman: Bookshelf brings back memories

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My parents had one bookcase in our house in Anaheim, California. The book shelves climbed from floor to ceiling. We climbed it, too, from time to time. It was the first thing you'd see as you walked into their bedroom.



The books and my siblings have long dispersed and our parents died more than two decades ago. But the shelves… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Cheryl Fitzwater: Remembering the Hungry Farmer

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Another Colorado Springs landmark has disappeared. The building that used to house The Hungry Farmer restaurant was demolished in July of 2009 to make way for a fast food restaurant.



The Hungry Farmer opened in June of 1969 on Garden of the Gods Road. They only served dinner, but the restaurant was open seven nights a week with… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:41pm — 2 Comments

Dave Hughes: Unearthing the Midland Band March

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In the 1890s, Colorado City's Midland Railroad was in its heyday running to Cripple Creek and points beyond. Well it turns out a bunch of Union Railroad Workers were also musical jammers who formed an outfit called the Midland Band. It won many competitions and was a popular band for over 25 years.

A composer, Edward Kloepfer,… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Caroline Vulgamore: Nothing holds us back

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More than a year later, their cutting remarks still resound.



"Volleyball? Sounds great, Mom, but why would you do that?"



My daughters couldn't believe it. All three of them were the athletes-I never succeeded at sports.



At almost 72, I'm on a championship senior women's volleyball team and loving it. I look… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Kim Schultz: Homegrown on Tejon

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I am standing at the edge of the newly-formed Homegrown on Tejon market, looking down the sidewalk at a modest and friendly array of local gardeners who carry on friendly conversation with shoppers.



I hold up and inspect a bag full of bright yellow flower pockets. "You must try the squash blossoms," Ceil… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Duane Slocum: Volunteering in the prison system

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Scattered throughout Colorado are just over 1,500 volunteers who provide many different programs to the different prisons within the state.



My wife and I have been prison volunteers for over five years. The first two years we spent working at the medium security facility in Florence.



Now, on Sunday… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:34pm — 2 Comments

Jim Robinson: Mom had worst angle on fishing

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One Friday night after supper when I was seventeen, I announced, "Mother, I'm going fishing in the morning out at White Rock Lake."



"Oh, let me come along, please; I won't be any trouble and would love to spend some time with you." she pleaded. "You can show me how to catch the 'big ones.'"



She made sense. Since my… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Donna Hartley: He can call me anything he wants to

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My father-in-law passed away in 2002, and like so many war veterans, said very little about his naval service in the Pacific during the brutal days of World War II.



He was, as far as we knew, an ordinary sailor among the thousands on one of so many fighting ships that passed into the history of the time. He seldom broke his… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Dianne Hartshorn: History is addictive

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I have never enjoyed public speaking. I actually flunked college classes so I would not have to get up and speak in front of a group of people. I hated it. But 10 years ago, when I was working as a volunteer at the Old Colorado City History Center, I got started when the center's former director asked me to portray a… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Blake Williams: D-20 student stands up for beliefs

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In November of 2008, I encountered problems because I am transgender. It was a rather traumatizing experience. I had already gone through two high schools in an attempt to find one that accepted me for who I am: A person who was born female, but identified as male. Not feeling accepted, I looked at other kids and wanted to have the same sense of… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Barbara Samuel O'Neil: Reflections on Joan Didion

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Joan Didion, the celebrated writer, went to Columbia Elementary School for awhile. That would be the old building, made of red sandstone (as well as I can recollect), not the modern version that occupies the lot these days. I have been drunkenly reading her work, admiring the western cleanness, the spare and unsentimental way she captures the world, my… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Torie Giffin: The Mommy Pick-Up Artist

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I was never one of those women who dreamed of or desired a life as a stay-at-home wife and mother. I had fun and rewarding jobs in television and public relations and the thought never even crossed my mind to give up my career and the degree I was still paying for. That was until I had my first baby, put her in childcare and went back to… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:21pm — 1 Comment

Joe Barrera: Imposter

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I first met Rich Strandlof, alias Rick Duncan, in 2007. He called me because he had seen my contact information on an announcement for a military veterans' event called Impact Panels, which I had organized in spring 2007. He was interested in doing more of the same kind of thing: giving all veterans, especially young Iraq and Afghan war soldiers, the… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Caroline Vulgamore: Rattlesnake Risk

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For over 20 years I've hiked in Garden of the Gods Park without worries. I enjoy the changing of seasons on the majestic monoliths, discovering flowers and looking for wildlife. The backdrop of the mountains and the open skies lift my spirits and I consider myself blessed to live close to such grandeur.



But, last summer my life… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Ted Ebbink: Building character one bolt at a time

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When I volunteered as a Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby staff member in 2006, I had no previous exposure to the Soap Box Derby. The day of the derby, I had my wife bring our two sons, Michael, age 8, and David, age 6, to see if they would be interested in building cars and entering the derby. The boys enjoyed watching the racers and both wanted to race… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Stephanie Johnson: Orchid represents family

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My sister Michelle waited until the day after my wedding to give me the news that our father's recurrent melanoma had spread and he had one to two weeks, possibly a month, to live. It would've meant so much for Mom and Dad to have been at the wedding, but I knew he was ill. I was grateful that I got to spend the last two weeks of Dad's life by… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Jerry Carle: CC Football vs. State Penitentiary

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Jerry Carle was head football coach for the Colorado College Tigers for 33 years, and was the winningest coach in the school's history with a 137-150-5 record when he retired in 1990. At the beginning of his career in the 1950s, Carle's assistant coach came to him with an idea to scrimmage against inmates from the federal prison in Canon… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Pam Sirko: Proper nutrition for better pet health

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As a society, we try to keep our pets in good health. But with kids, the job, the house, etc. on all of our plates, it's easy to let these concerns slip to the back burner on our to-do lists.



It's worth considering that "You are what you eat" applies to both pets and people. For instance, one hundred years ago, dogs and cats would have… Continue

Added by Citizen Report on August 28, 2009 at 4:52pm — No Comments

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