November 2013 Blog Posts (32)

Colorado College's Justin Weis Recognized

Justin Weis, associate director of residential life and housing at Colorado College, has been awarded the Outstanding Mid-Level Professional for the region by the Association of Intermountain Housing Officers (AIMHO).

The award is presented every year to a housing professional who currently is working in an…


Added by Leslie Weddell on November 26, 2013 at 3:33pm — No Comments

CC Professor Marion Hourdequin Argues for 'Multi-Layered Ecological Restoration'


The Dirt, an online blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects, recently covered a symposium that Colorado College Associate Philosophy Professor Marion Hourdequin helped organize at the Society for Ecological Restoration’s meeting last month in Madison, Wis.

The symposium focused on “Restoration: Another Layer of History” and explored questions of ecological…


Added by Leslie Weddell on November 26, 2013 at 3:28pm — No Comments

SMHS Students Learn the Facts about Smart Driving

With youth often comes the feeling of invincibility, and that feeling sometimes leads to careless mistakes that have fatal consequences. That’s one reason the Student Senate at St. Mary’s High School undertakes Drive Smart Week each fall. The hope is that what the students learn that week will help keep them safe when they’re out on the roads.


This year’s Student Senate decided to take a new approach to the annual event. In the past, the week had largely been handled by one…


Added by St. Mary's High School on November 26, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

School Avoidance (Part 1 of 2)

We have had three calls to our Family Support Line in the last month related to children refusing to go to school. It occurred to me that this might be a good topic to address in the blog. In the twenty years that I have been working with children and families, I have noticed that school avoidance seems to rise around the holidays. I believe there are a few reasons for the peak in school avoidance around this time of year. The first is that the semester is finishing up and the stress…


Added by Stacy Hladek on November 25, 2013 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Give Where You Live

Are you looking for ways to support the disability community?

Here at The Independence Center, we work towards ensuring people with disabilities have the same rights, access and opportunities as do others in the community who are living without a disability. Our mission is to work with…


Added by The Independence Center on November 21, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments

St. Mary's Community Gives Precious Gift of Blood

‘Tis the season to be thinking of giving. And Wednesday the staff and students at St. Mary’s High School gave a gift that is most precious, the gift of blood. Each fall a blood drive is held at the school, providing one of the many ways the St. Mary’s family gives back to the community.


This was the third year for senior Ashley Allbrook to both give blood and volunteer to help staff the event. While the need for blood donors might be known in the general community, Allbrook…


Added by St. Mary's High School on November 21, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Five Time Winners

           The Colorado State AARP Office in Denver hosted the biannual State AARP Awards presentations recently.  For the fifth consecutive year the Black Forest AARP Chapter # 1100 was selected the top chapter in the state and awarded the Chapter Gold Cup and $250.  Three chapter members were also recognized for their outstanding and dedicated Community Service during the past two years.  Those recognized were Gwen Burk, Don and Helen Von Gunden, and Stan and Electa Beckner.  Their awards…


Added by Stan Beckner on November 21, 2013 at 11:44am — No Comments

Smash the Pack for the Great American Smokeout

El Paso County Public Health and several partner agencies are inviting the community to “Smash the Pack” for the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21 to encourage tobacco users to quit.

El Paso County Public Health’s Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership program is partnering with…


Added by El Paso County Public Health on November 18, 2013 at 10:54am — No Comments

Palmer Lake Star shines for Tim

For the 78th year, the Palmer Lake Star will again shine from Sundance Mountain and decorate the front range for the Christmas season.  This is the first year the star is listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.  I was a member of the Palmer Lake Historical Society Board with honor of preparing the star’s nomination for the register.   Many folks assisted me including Tim Wagner, a Palmer Lake surveyor who completed a comprehensive survey of the star back in…


Added by Jack Anthony on November 17, 2013 at 9:39pm — No Comments

St. Mary's Mass of Remembrance Set for Tuesday

The month of November is a time to remember for Catholics, so Mass at St. Mary’s High School during that month has a special feel. This year’s Mass of Remembrance will be Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. in the St. Mary’s gym.


Michael Dillon, chair of the theology department, said that traditionally St. Mary’s celebrates the Mass of Remembrance when they celebrate All Saints Day on Nov. 1. But a schedule conflict meant there was no All Saints Mass at school this…


Added by St. Mary's High School on November 16, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Cristmas hope for the Future

Well an older person in my 50s from one area, just hoping 2 have small House or trailer like once in the  Springs put santa on the Roof lights outside able 2 but Presents under the tree. have a truck 2 get that tree one cristmas I was in N.C. near Charlotte The present came after xmas Rusty Wallace came into the business I was sitting in What a nice gift from God he talked 2 me and he was nice Ron Verquer 

Added by Ron Verquer on November 15, 2013 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Girl Scouts honor our nation's heroes at Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade

On Saturday, Nov. 9th, Girl Scouts with Service Unit 13 in Colorado Springs had a float in the local Veterans Day Parade. Every level of Girl Scouts was represented from Daisies to Ambassadors. Many of the Girl Scouts participating have parents who are veterans. And many of the volunteers in this…


Added by Girl Scouts of Colorado on November 15, 2013 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Douglass Valley Elementary Celebrates Veteran’s Day with Annual Parade

Last week on November 8th, the staff and students of a local Academy District 20 school, Douglass Valley Elementary, came together to march in their 4th Annual Veterans’ Day Parade honoring veterans and active duty military members.

Each year, in preparation for the parade, students in all of the…


Added by Hannah Joiner on November 14, 2013 at 3:46pm — No Comments

How Fountain Valley School Students Spend Their Lunch: Skyping With a Scientist

A couple dozen Fountain Valley School of Colorado students raced to the dining room to grab lunch and bring it to a “Skyping with a Scientist” session in Bancroft Hall Nov. 12. Science Department Chair Dr. Simon Waldbaum organized the event which connected student scientists with Dr. Kristen Ryan.


Added by Fountain Valley School on November 14, 2013 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Fountain Valley School Student Builds Self-Confidence in First Pageant

Fountain Valley School of Colorado junior day student Verity Morgan may not have won an award at the Miss Teen Denver/Colorado Springs pageant last month, but what she did earn was worth much more than any prize. 

“The actual feeling of walking out on stage in whatever costume or dress you are wearing is…


Added by Fountain Valley School on November 14, 2013 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Honoring Our Veterans

            Shirley Karlstrum presented an exceptional program Honoring the chapter Veterans at the November 13 AARP Chapter #1100 meeting in Black Forest.  The tribute was primarily directed to the 18 chapter veterans, including 2 from WWII, plus 8 veterans widows.   Each of the veterans and his/her branch of service and grade was announced.  All five branches of the US Military were represented – 8 Army, 5 Air Force, 2 Navy, 2 Marines, and one Coast Guard.  A traditional “White Table” was…


Added by Stan Beckner on November 14, 2013 at 12:38pm — No Comments

SMHS Teacher Named Private School Art Educator of the Year

Hearing that one is being recognized for a job well done brings a flood of emotions. Pride, happiness, and accomplishment might be among these. But for Karen Simkiss, St. Mary’s High School art teacher, it brought embarrassment.


On Saturday, Nov. 9, Simkiss received the Colorado Art Education Association’s Private/Charter/Independent Art Educator of the Year award. The award was presented during the association’s annual conference held in Breckenridge.


“When I…


Added by St. Mary's High School on November 13, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Canyon Winds Fall Concert

The Canyon Winds Concert Band, under the direction of Maestro Doug Downey, will be presenting its 2013 Fall Concert on the evening of Thursday, December 19, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. 20th Street (one block west of the Uintah Gardens Shopping Center Walgreens). The Brass and Clarinet Ensembles as well as a French Horn Trio will also be performing. The program will feature traditional as well as contemporary compositions, a selection of holiday favorites, a medley of tunes…


Added by Dr. Sidney D. Rubinow on November 13, 2013 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Should Utilities Fund the Regional Business Alliance?

Tomorrow, Tuesday, at 9 a.m. Colorado Springs City Council, sitting as our Utilities Board, will convene in council chambers to take a close…


Added by Dave Gardner on November 11, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

St. Mary's HS to Host Cyberbullying Seminar

Headlines about cyberbullying are becoming too familiar. Conversations that may start harmlessly take a turn and end with tragic results. That’s why St. Mary’s High School is hosting a seminar on cyberbulling this week.


The seminar will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s High School, 2501 E. Yampa St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909. It is open to all who are interested, but the school is asking that you RSVP by email to




Added by St. Mary's High School on November 11, 2013 at 11:58am — No Comments

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