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Monument Safe Trick or Treat

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Below: (L-R) Ansley Teague, Alex Licklider, Hannah Licklider, Kenzie Teague, Colby Teague, and Riley Licklider dressed in their best potted flower costumes for Monument’s Safe Trick or Treat held October 31. Though dressed as a bee, Charlie Licklider was showing more interest in the candy he received than in the flowers. Given the good weather, the streets all around Monument were filled with Halloweeners of all ages as businesses opened their doors and provided an array of treats. The staff of Expectation’s Salon, located on Washington Street, handed out 320 candy bags by 4 p.m. The crowds were so large that by 4:15 p.m., a number of businesses ran out of candy. Photo by David Futey.

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Colorado Springs Utilities Utility Policy Advisory Committee, Oct. 7: Policy panel considers financial issues in regional water partnerships

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Below: Colorado Springs Utilities chart presented at the UPAC meeting Oct. 7 showing available capacity in the SDS pipeline from October through May even at full build-out of the city.

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Monument Sanitation District board, Oct. 22: Change in cost-sharing rules could spur fee hike

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Photos by Jim Kendrick.

Below: Marcus Aragon of Brannan Construction Company, Mike Wicklund of Monument Sanitation District, and Rodney Lang of engineering consultant GMS, Inc. pause for a moment on Sept. 29 during ground-breaking for preparation of the initial staging area for Wakonda Hills sanitary sewer collection system expansion. The project is being financed by $2.418 million in federal stimulus loans under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The first $2 million is a "forgivable" loan, which means no principal or interest has to be repaid to the EPA. Project costs in excess of $2 million, up to $418,000, would be financed by a separate interest-free federal loan administered by the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, to be repaid in equal installments for 20 years. The loans closed on Sept. 1.  

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Below: Brannan employees dig a trench over 20 feet deep through the vacant Zonta parcel on the west side of Beacon Lite Road south of Wakonda Hills. The trench is for a new Monument Sanitation District collection line that will serve the west side of the Wakonda Hills development and connect to existing district collection lines in the adjacent Century Park development to the south. Brannan will restore the disturbed pastureland when the Zonta excavation is completed. There are currently no active plans for development of the Zonta property. The project is expected to be completed before the end of 2010. 

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Donala Water and Sanitation District, Oct. 21: District plans survey of views about water and potential ballot measure

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Below: Donala Water and Sanitation District Vice President Tim Murphy congratulates Del Phipps on being named employee of the quarter. Photo by John Heiser.

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Donald Wescott Open House, Oct. 3

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Below (L to R): American Medical Response paramedic Laura Kent and Donald Wescott Fire Protection District firefighter Valerie Marshall discussed child safety seats with visitors during Wescott’s annual open house on Oct. 3. Wescott Fire Department currently has two certified car seat technicians available to check child passenger safety systems. Even if you have had your car seat installed for months or years, it is important to know that it is still installed correctly. Please call 488-8680 to schedule an appointment for a car seat check with Marshall or Firefighter Jonathan Urban. They ask that you locate the instruction manual for your car seat and the owner’s manual for your car. Bring your child to the seat inpection so the firefighters can help you get the best fit. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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PLVFD Open House, Oct. 3

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Photos by David Futey

Below: (L to R): Dianne Nugen, a registered nurse with Front Range Flu Shots, administers a flu shot to Margot Krueger during the flu shot clinic held in the Palmer Lake town office on Oct. 3 in conjunction with the Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department (PLVFD) Open House, Oct. 3.

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Below: Smokey Bear poses with Assistant Chief Greg Lokken, firefighters Kim and Joe Polonsky, and Fire Chief Dan Reynolds. The PLVFD accepted donations and provided hot dogs and drinks and a variety of information on personal and fire safety.

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Below: Kelly Armbrust operates a fire hose as PLVFD Assistant Chief Greg Lokken provides guidance. The water for this children’s activity was provided from the department’s wildland truck. The truck is used for water transfer for wild land and house fires.

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Below: Kristina Reavis, a flight nurse, shows Patrick and Hannah Hodgson the inside of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Flight for Life helicopter.

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Monument Board of Trustees, Oct. 5: Gingrich appointed to board

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Below: Stan Gingrich is sworn in by Town Clerk Scott Meszaros at the Oct. 5 Monument Board of Trustees meeting. Gingrich was appointed to replace former trustee Tim Miller. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Board holds town hall meeting, Oct. 19

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Photos by Jim Kendrick.

The Monument Board of Trustees held a "town hall" style meeting at Palmer Ridge High School on October 19 to solicit input and answer questions from citizens on current issues, and to obtain comments and suggestions on the board’s draft mission, values, and goals statements. 

Below: About 40 non-profit vendors set up booths in the hallways to provide information to about 200 people in attendance. 

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Below: About 30 people attended the board meeting, forgoing the Broncos game on Monday Night Football that night. The only business item on the agenda was approval of payments over $5,000, which included a monthly payment to Pioneer Sand of $344,904 and $7,046 to Comcast for work performed on the Third Street construction project, which is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving if the weather remains warm enough for paving. 

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Baptist Road Rural Transportation Authority, Oct. 9: All Baptist Road bridge lanes opened

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Below: All eight lanes of the new Baptist Road bridge over I-25 were opened for use at 3 p.m. on Oct. 8. The Exit 158 interchange is being expanded by general contractor Lawrence Construction. The project is well ahead of schedule. Funding for the project is provided by $21.5 million of 20-year revenue bonds issued by the Baptist Road Rural Transportation Authority (BRRTA) in 2007. Members of the BRRTA board and staff inspected the completed bridge on Oct. 9 after the BRRTA meeting concluded. (L to R): Project engineer Gary Heckman of engineering consultant Jacobs Engineering Group; County Commissioner Amy Lathen; Monument Director of Development Services Tom Kassawara; BRRTA District Manager Denise Denslow of R.S. Wells LLC; Construction contract manager Bob Torres of Jacobs Engineering Group; BRRTA accountant Carrie Bartow of Clifton Gunderson LLC; County Commssioner Dennis Hisey; Monument Mayor Travis Easton; BRRTA attorney Jim Hunsaker of Grimshaw and Harring PC. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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PLAG Craft Fair, Oct. 3-4

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Below: A festive atmosphere surrounded the Palmer Lake Art Group’s (PLAG) 36th annual Christmas Craft Fair held October 3 and 4 at the Palmer Lake Town Hall. Anne Shimek is one of the few PLAG members who has participated in all 36 fairs. On how the craft fair got started Shimek said, "This (craft fair) started out as a way for artists in the group to have a show and it is now one of our biggest fundraisers." A portion of the proceeds received from the sales goes towards PLAG’s art scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to help school district 38 art students further their art education. As holiday songs played in the background, browsers and buyers had a variety of crafts, including pottery, jewelry, basketry, apparel, and paintings, to view and choose from along with a selection of baked goods. The show was coordinated by PLAG member Margarete Seagraves. Photo by David Futey.

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TLCA Annual Member Show

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Below: The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts Annual Member Show and Silent Auction took place during the month of October. Ronny Walker’s sculpture, Choices, was selected for Best of Show while Carol Naylor’s watercolor batik piece Lady in the Morning shown above received First Place. Walker and Naylor were two of the many TLCA member artists who displayed 153 works including oil paintings, mixed-media, photography, and sculptures. Artists donated 29 works to the silent auction. Proceeds from the auction sales will be used to benefit the Center. The show was chaired by Sandra Kinchen. Photo by David Futey.

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Snapshots of Our Community

John Adams Return a Rocky Mountain High for TLCA audience, Oct. 3

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Below: John Adams at TLCA Oct. 3. Photo by David Futey.

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Tri-Lakes Women’s Club Coffee and Chatter, Oct. 5

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Below: Pictured (L to R): Margaret Williams, Joan Shotts, Sandy Liston, Carolyn Hodges, Dr. Penelope Allen, Fran Richardson, Lorrie Jaeger, Shirley Price, and Francine Boisclair. Photo by RaeJean Claybaugh.

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Fire Prevention Presentation at LPES, Oct. 8

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Below: During Fire Prevention Week, the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Prevention District conducted presentations at some of the D-38 Schools including Lewis-Palmer Elementary School (LPES). Left to right in this photo taken at LPES Oct. 8 are Rick McNew, on loan from the Colorado Springs Fire Department; Julie Murray, LPES first grade teacher; Morgan Cudney, paramedic; Cindy Desautel, LPES first grade teacher; and Mo Ayala, firefighter and primary presenter. All the firefighters are stationed at TLMFPD Station 3. Photo by Bernard Minetti.

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Wells Fargo presents grant to Senior Alliance, Oct. 15

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Below (L to R): Wells Fargo Colorado Springs Business Banking Manager, Pete Vujcich; Tri-Lakes HAP director, David Betzler; Tri-Lakes HAP Board President, Mark Ennis; Wells Fargo Personal Banker, Debbie Graham; Wells Fargo Colorado Springs Business Banking Administration Manager, Marcia Harris; Wells Fargo Colorado Springs Senior Business Relationship Manager, Jay McKeown. Photo provided by HAP.

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First Woodmoor Fall Festival held Oct. 18

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Photos by Elizabeth Hacker

According to festival organizers, over 400 people attended the 1st Woodmoor Fall Festival. The event collected a large amount of canned food for Tri-Lakes Cares.

Below: Jason Miller of The Genuines helped provide entertainment.

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Right: Goodman and Sons gave scenic rides.

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Landmark restaurant damaged by fire reopens, Oct. 23

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Below: The Coffee Cup Restaurant in downtown Monument, which was closed after a fire in June, reopened for business on Oct. 23. Wendy and Jeremy Diggins have owned the restaurant for nearly 10 years of its 31-year existence, and it had been a daily gathering place for many city employees. To celebrate the reopening, the owners donated the profits from that day’s proceeds, $1,053, to the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District to show their appreciation of the firefighters for saving their building and minimizing overall damage. Photo by Bernard Minetti.

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Empty Bowl filled with compassion for those in need

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Photos by David Futey

Below: The Lewis-Palmer High School cafeteria was filled with attendees of the 2009 Empty Bowl. The Silent Auction, back along the outside wall, had 153 donations that were combined to make 71 bid items. 

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Below: Empty Bowl attendees examine wooden and fired pottery bowls available for selection. Over 1,009 bowls were donated by wood turners and potters from the Tri-Lakes and Colorado Springs areas. 

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Below: Bonnie Irish (center), Catering Manager for Lewis-Palmer School District 38, accepts a plaque from (L to R) Bonnie Biggs, Empty Bowl Coordinator, and Wayne Claybaugh, President of the Monument Hill Sertoma. The plaque recognized her efforts and those of the Lewis-Palmer kitchen staff who worked all day and then served at the Empty Bowl. Lewis-Palmer School District 38 received a plaque for its support of the event and Debbie Swanson, Executive Director of Tri-Lakes Cares, received a mock, oversized check to note the donation the organization would eventually receive once the event’s donations and expenses were resolved. 

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Below: After a very long day, Bonnie Irish, Lewis-Palmer High School Catering Manager, poses with kitchen staff and Lewis-Palmer High School Serteens who helped serve the over 700 attendees of the 2009 Empty Bowl. Irish and staff served a variety soup including Beef and Cabbage, Green Chile, Black Bean, Santa Fe Chicken, and Egg Drop. 

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Hundreds contribute to Wine and Roses

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Photos by Harriet Halbig

Below (L to R): Those in charge of orchestrating the event were Co-presidents Yvonne Jennings and RaeJean Claybaugh, Co-presidents-elect Lisa Simms and Gerrie Maixner, and co-publicity chairs Ann Sentman and Suzanne D‘Innocenzo.

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Below: Dirk Stamp, owner of the Wine Seller, arranged for the wines and accepted orders for future delivery. 

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October and November library events

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Below: Golden Retriever Sadie, Laura Johnson, Muriel Evans, Newfoundland Molly, Jim Reed, Labrador Hula, and Tina Johnson look forward to seeing you in Monument for Paws to Read.

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Below: Andrew Riviere and his mom Michelle enjoyed Cosmic Bling, a program which was part of All Pikes Peak Reads.

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Health Fair provides low-cost screenings for many, Oct. 24

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Photos by Harriet Halbig

Below: Mark Ennis of the Tri Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership and Jackie Sward of the Tri Lakes Cares clinic were organizers of the event

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Below: June Freyer and Cindy Rush, volunteers at Tri-Lakes Cares, explained the services of the organization.

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Palmer Lake Historical Society, Oct. 15: Air Force Academy historian details Pike expeditions

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Below: At the Palmer Lake Historical meeting Oct. 15, Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Seeling presented a short history of the two major expeditions that Zebulon Pike accomplished during his career as an Army Officer. Seeling is presently assigned as Deputy of Operations in the History Department at the Air Force Academy. Photos by Bernard Minetti.

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Monica Deluca installed as ninth Monument postmaster

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Below: On Oct. 22,Monica Deluca, who had just sworn her oath of office as the ninth postmaster of the Monument post office, displays a framed copy of her oath, On her right is her husband John. On her left is Marla Lacy, senior operating manager of postal operations for Region 3, who administered the oath, and rural carrier Stephanie Busch who held the bible during the administration of the oath. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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