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Lance, Leonhardt, and Ridings receive Phoenix Club Award

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Below: On March 17, the Donald Wescott Fire Department (DWFPD) Chief Jeff Edwards (left) presented the Phoenix Club Award to Capt. Scott Ridings (right) and firefighter/EMT Curt Leonhardt (center). Firefighter/EMT Roger Lance will also receive the award at a later date; he was unable to attend this meeting. During an emergency mutual aid dispatch to Jackson Creek, these firefighters performed a "cardiac save" on a man by taking over cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, clearing the airway, applying electric shocks with an automated external defibrillator, and stabilizing his pulse and breathing until Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District personnel could transport him to a hospital. The patient has since left the hospital. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Lewis-Palmer D-38 Board of Education, March 4, 11 and 18: Board continues dialogue with community as it plans for coming year

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Below: District 38 Chess Tournament sponsor Steve Waldmann with some of this year’s winners. Photo by Harriet Halbig.

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D-38 District Accountability Advisory Committee, March 9: State Rep. Stephens responds to letter campaign at meeting

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Donala Water and Sanitation District, March 18: May 4 ballots seek approval of debt, property tax increase

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Below: At the Donala board meeting March 18, employees were commended for their suggestions that saved an estimated $100,000. Front row: Jackie Sipes, Office Administrator; Dennis Daugherty, Board President; Gayle Schendzielos, Accounts Receivable; Terri Ladouceur, Maintenance Operator; Betsy Bray, Bookkeeper. Back row: Mike Lavin, Water Operator; Del Phipps, Wastewater Operator; Mark Parker, Chief Water Operator. Photo by John Heiser.

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Monument Board of Trustees, March 15: New Jackson Creek elementary school playground proposed

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Below: March 15, Grace Best Elementary School kindergarten teacher Karen Gingrich (speaking) and Principal Peggy Parsley brief the Monument Board of Trustees on the Grace Best Elementary New Playground Committee’s plans for developing a playground and park in Jackson Creek between Creekside Middle School and I-25. D-38 is closing Grace Best Elementary School in downtown Monument at the end of the current school year and Creekside will be renamed and converted to a pre-K to 6th grade school in the Fall. The committee will develop the playground and surrounding community park in phases as donations of money, manpower, equipment, and in-kind services allow. In the background (L to R) are Town Attorney Gary Shupp, Town Manager Cathy Green, Town Clerk Scott Meszaros, Director of Development Services Tom Kassawara, and Police Chief Jake Shirk. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Below: At the March 15 Monument Board of Trustees meeting Mayor Travis Easton presents a certificate of appreciation to Kirk Sinnard for the work Sinnard did to reorganize and update the Town of Monument’s web site, www.townofmonument.net. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Monument Planning Commission, March 10: A full house once again

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Below: On March 10, new planning commissioner John Dick and alternate planning commissioner Jim Fitzpatrick were sworn in by Town Attorney Gary Shupp.

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Below: This map shows the land swapped by Forest Lakes Tech Center developer Bill Schuck and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) near the new southbound on-ramp at the I-25 Baptist Road interchange. CDOT needed substitute wetlands and Preble’s mouse habitat (the red parallelogram area) from Schuck to replace the CDOT habitat destroyed during construction of the new northbound off-ramp at the Baptist Road interchange shown at the top center of the map. The arrowhead-shaped land CDOT gave to Forest Lakes in return was unanimously recommended for annexation by the Planning Commission at the March 10 public hearing.

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Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District, March 24: Proposition 101 could jeopardize future district funding

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Below: Candidates for the three vacancies on the Tri-Lakes Monument district Board of Directors. From left are Director and Treasurer John Hildebrandt, retired Marine Col. Chez Marshall, Town of Monument employee Rod Wilson, Reserve Air Force Col. and Academy instructor Chuck Schweiss, and Director Charlie Pocock. Photo by Bernard Minetti.

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March Weather Wrap

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Below: (L-R) Hannah and C. J. Spivey enjoy a sled ride down the hill toward Palmer Lake as father Curtiss Spivey looks on. The Spivey’s and others took advantage of a warm March 21, Sunday afternoon to hike the Santa Fe Trail area or have some fun in the snow. Photo by David Futey.

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Quality of life "report card" presented

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Below: Lynne Telford, Pikes Peak United Way chief operating officer, presents a summary of the Pikes Peak Area 2009 Quality of Life Indicator Report. 

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Below: From left, Dave Van Ness, executive director of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Lynne Telford, chief operating officer of the Pikes Peak United Way, and Jean Harris, branch manager of the Monument Library discuss issues concerning the 2009 Quality of Life Report following Telford’s presentation.

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Snapshots of Our Community

State Champion LP Ice Hockey Team honored, Mar. 8

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Below: Amid a roaring crowd of assembled students, and cheering parents, the Lewis-Palmer Ranger Ice Hockey team was honored with a special assembly March 8 in the Palmer Ridge gymnasium. Coach Fillo gave an inspiring speech about how his team overcame significant odds to get to the finals and then beat the highly rated Ralston Valley team. The ice hockey team is comprised of Lewis Palmer and Palmer Ridge students and has been in existence only four years. Photo by Frank Maiolo.

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Artist Robert Gray honored by his students

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Below (L to R) , Jana Towery, Cydney Spreier, and Robert Gray are pictured with one of Gray’s watercolors, Bar "S" Riders, during the March 5 opening reception of the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts gallery show, Friends of Robert Gray. Gray, a Colorado native, had 30 of his dynamic watercolors on display in the TLCA’s Lucy Owens gallery during March. Gray said he started out painting with oils in the 1970s but found them too "tight." He then moved to watercolors, as they offered a more loose style. Though Gray was the featured artist, the show was perhaps more about the 90-plus watercolor works displayed in the main gallery. These paintings were by Gray’s students, as he has taught painting and offered workshops along the Front Range for a number of years. Accompanying a majority of the paintings were notes from the artists to Gray expressing their appreciation for him as an inspiration in their artistic lives. Towery and Spreier were co-chairs for the show. Photo by David Futey.

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The Zen Cowboy Releases CD at TLCA, Mar. 12

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Below: On March 12, Palmer Lake resident and self-described Zen Cowboy Chuck Pyle brought excitement to the Tri-Lakes Center for Arts (TLCA) stage as he played host to a CD release party. Accompanied by fiddle player Gordon Burt, Pyle played a 2-set concert that weaved through a mix of songs from his latest CD along with past works that collectively demonstrated his insightful songwriting style. Pyle’s latest CD, The Spaces In Between, contains 12 songs that cover a wide range of topics. After his TLCA show, Pyle was headed for tour stops in the northeast United States and then on to Texas. Information on Chuck Pyle can be found at www.chuckpyle.com. Information on the TLCA and upcoming events is at www.trilakesarts.org. Photo by David Futey.

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St. Patrick’s Day Tea Social, Mar. 16

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Photo by Bernard L. Minetti

The Tri-Lakes senior ladies had their annual St. Patrick’s Day Tea on March 16 at the Senior Center at Lewis-Palmer High School. The event was attended by approximately 25 women. Many of the participants brought petits fours or other desserts. The meeting lasted for two hours.

Their next tea social will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 20 at the Senior Center to celebrate spring.

The Tri-Lakes Senior Citizen Center also will sponsor a monthly Bingo afternoon on April 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. If seniors are inclined to a Mahjong afternoon, that occurs every second and fourth Friday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. Additionally, there is a pinochle session on Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. Bridge is available on the second and fourth Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

There is no charge and seniors are welcome. For more information, contact Nan Emry at 719-481-8500.

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Haus Muzik String Quartet at TLCA, Mar. 21

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Below: On March 21, the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (TLCA) hosted the Haus Muzik String Quartet for a Sunday afternoon of classical chamber music. The quartet consists of Rebecca Lee and Cynthia Robinson on violin, Jennifer Yopp on cello, and Catherine Hanson on viola. They have been performing together for 18 years and on this day played selections from Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy in an intimate, in-the-round setting. Call (719) 685-5916 for Information on the quartet. Information on the TLCA is at www.trilakesarts.org. Photo by David Futey.

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Senior Alliance Thrift Store Grand Opening, Mar. 22

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Below: (L to R) Larry Lawrence, Tri-Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership (HAP) board member; Colleen Garwood, HAP board treasurer; Mark Ennis, HAP board chairman; Travis Easton, Monument Mayor; Ken Valdez, Tri-Lakes Chamber; Jack Fry, Tri-Lakes Chamber; Diane Wegley, Thrift Store Manager; Ted Rinebarger, HAP vice chairman; Dave Van Ness, Executive Director, Tri-Lakes Chamber. Photo by Frank Maiolo.

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Grandma’s Grits at the TLCA , Mar. 27

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Below: (L-R) Carol Anne Habee, played by Jessica Austgen, tries to convince Bubba Habee, played by Eric Ross, to give over the recipe for their grandmother’s famous grits in the play, Bubba’s Killer Grits. The play was part of a dinner theatre staged at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (TLCA) on March 27. Austgen and Ross were part of the Castle Rock Players, six-person ensemble that performed the entertaining, comical, and interactive script by Brad Adams. Throughout the performance, cast members weaved through the audience, periodically seeking audience interaction and participation as part of the play. Along with the play, dinner was served by the staff from the Historic Pinecrest Event Center. Information on upcoming plays and events at the TLCA is at www.trilakesarts.org. Photo by David Futey

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Palmer Lake Historical Society meeting, March 18: "A portrayal of Lucretia Vaile"

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Below:  Cathleen Norman, author, historian, and speaker at the March meeting of the Palmer Lake Historical Society presented a short biography of Lucretia Vaile, who bequeathed a portion of her estate to the construction of the Palmer Lake Museum and Library.

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Below: Norman dressed in vintage clothing and presented a short overview of the life and times of Lucretia Vaile. Vaile was responsible in part for the formation of the Palmer Lake Historical Society and the Palmer Lake Art group.

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