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Watch for the Red Kettles

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Below (L to R): Palmer Ridge High School Serteens Meghan Wagner, Claire Wilson, Delia Tharnish, and Hannah Wilson enthusiastically helped kick off Monument Hill Sertoma’s annual Red Kettle collection campaign for the Salvation Army at the Monument Safeway on Highway 105. Red Kettles are also available for contributions at the Baptist Road King Soopers and the Monument Marketplace Walmart on Jackson Creek Parkway. Sertoma’s volunteer bell ringers appreciate all donations and the opportunity to serve our community provided by these Safeway, King Soopers, and Walmart stores to make Christmas a little brighter for those in need. Photo by Mike Wicklund, Sertoma project coordinator.

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Third street paving completed, Nov. 7

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Below: On Nov. 7, Monument’s Town Inspector Greg Maggard observed the final lift of asphalt being installed on Third Street by the Santa Fe Trail crossing. Director of Development Services Tom Kassawara and general contractor Pioneer Sand Company, Inc. have worked together to coordinate solutions to numerous difficulties and surprises discovered during excavation to relocate numerous buried utilities in order to make room to bury a new 36-inch to 48-inch diameter stormwater drainage system. Pioneer also installed curb, gutter, and sidewalk for the widened roadway between Beacon Lite Road and Front Street. Final striping began Dec. 1. The project was completed well ahead of schedule and under budget, with sufficient savings in town funding to provide all the money needed for installing landscaping along the new roadway in the spring. The town received a $120,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state’s Department of Local Affairs to help pay for the project. Photo by Mike Wicklund.

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Monument Sanitation District board, Nov. 19: 2010 budget options proposed

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Below: General contractor Brannan Construction Company started in-street excavations for the installation of collection lines and manholes within the residential area of west Wakonda Hills on Nov. 30, temporarily closing a portion of Spring Valley Way to thru traffic. Engineering consultant GMS, Inc. is managing the project for the Monument Sanitation District. Installation of collection lines through the vacant Zonta property to the south, which will connect western Wakonda Hills to the rest of the sanitation district’s collection system, is nearing completion. Brannan will continue to install lines in the residential area as long as the weather permits. The project will resume next year when the weather is warm enough to allow paving operations and will be completed in 2010. The second phase of the Monument Sanitation District’s sanitary sewer collection system expansion in the Wakonda Hills area has received $2 million in stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Photo by Mike Wicklund.

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Monument Board of Trustees, Nov. 2: Officer joins Monument Police Department

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Below: Marcy Hudson pins on her husband John’s new Monument Police Department Badge in Town Hall on Nov. 2 after he was sworn in by Town Clerk Scott Meszaros. Hudson has served 13 years with the Arcadia Police Department in California and the previous year with the Denver Police Department. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Monument Board of Trustees, Nov. 16: FBI agents present award

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Below (L to R): Monument Police Chief Jacob Shirk and Detective Larry Dyer of the FBI’s Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force watch as Monument Detective Steve Blaskowsky is presented an award from FBI Supervisory Special Agent Steve Smith at the Nov. 16 Board of Trustees meeting. Blaskowsky’s award from FBI Director Robert Mueller recognized him for his critical investigative role the led to an inter-jurisdictional arrest of Jeff Gaylord, a serial bank robber in Littleton. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District, Nov. 18: District will pursue federal grant for staffing

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Below (L to R): Battalion Chief Mike Dooley, Battalion Chief Bryan Jack, and Fire Chief Robert Denboske during Jack’s presentation to the TLMFPD Board of Directors on personnel and salary issues. Photo by Bernard Minetti.

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Lewis-Palmer District 38 Board of Education, Nov. 19: New board member installed; budget process discussed

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Photos by Harriet Halbig

Below: New board member Jeff Ferguson is sworn in by outgoing President Dee Dee Eaton. 

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Below: Board member Mark Pfoff tells of his gratitude to Dee Dee Eaton for her help in introducing him to life as a board member. Incoming President John Mann presented Eaton with flowers for her tenure as president. 

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BRRTA ceremony marks interchange milestone

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Below: Due to very cold and windy winter weather, the Baptist Road Rural Transportation Authority held an indoor ribbon-cutting ceremony with Lawrence Construction Co. at Monument Town Hall on Nov. 23 for the full-motion opening of the I-25 Baptist Road interchange. In the front row (left to right) are Lawrence’s Superintendant Bob Laur and Project Manager Dustin Krapf. In the back row, are the BRRTA board members: County Commissioner Amy Lathen, Monument Mayor Travis Easton, County Commissioner Wayne Williams, Monument Trustee Rafael Dominguez, and County Commissioner Dennis Hisey. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Two journeys make for one great TLCA show

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Photos by David Futey

Below: Diane Cornish

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Below: Suzanne Jenne

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Below:  The Storys

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Snapshots of Our Community

Taste of Lewis-Palmer raises money for charities, Nov. 12

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Photos by Bernard Minetti

Below (L to R): David Holthaus, Chef Gregory Wurl, Danielle Wurl, Chef Sy’mone Shivvers, and Lia Shivvers. These two student chefs from Lewis-Palmer Middle School present their recipes. Chef Gregory presents a favorite family recipe for goulash. Chef Sy’mone offers her chili with pork. This recipe was passed down from her grandmother. 

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Below (L to R): The Lewis-Palmer Middle School teachers who championed the Taste of LP project are (top row) Rob Schultz, Alexi Seabourne, and Carrie Locke; (middle row) Laura Meyer, Susan Voyzey, and Deb Vincent; (bottom row) Carrie Block, who is the coordinator, with Karen Orazen, and Kristin Boyd. 

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Below (L to R): Taylor Burford, Mary Burford and Chef McKenna Burford present their offering of bon bons for the project. 

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Below (L to R): Lorie Beck with daughter Chef Amanda Beck. Amanda presents her recipe for mud pie. Chef Bryce Montel, standing in front of his mother, Tammy, offers his recipe for dump cake. Angela Howard stands behind her son, Chef Dakota Howard, as he shows his recipe for crème de menthe cake. 

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VFW Post 7829 Patriot’s Pen Awards, Nov. 16

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The VFW Post 7829 Patriot’s Pen Award dinner was held Nov. 16 at the Monument Academy. The VFW sponsors a national essay contest with the theme "When Is The Right Time To Honor Our Military Heroes?" Vice Commander Joe Martin presided over the awards dinner to recognize the local 7th and 8th grade winners of this national writing contest. The 7th and 8th grade winners, Kathryn Homoki and Quinn Stevenson, each won a $100 Savings Bond. The VFW Post winner, Brianna Ott, won a $200 Savings Bond. Brianna’s essay will be forwarded to the district level competition. One winner from each district will then advance to the VFW Department competition and then one winner to the National competition. The first place National Youth Patriot’s Pen winner will receive a $10,000 Savings Bond and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Below (L to R): Patricia Rossi, Carolyn Barrett, Brianna, Ott, Tony Wolusky, Kathryn Homoki, Joe Martin, and Quinn Stevenson. Photo by Frank Maiolo.

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Palmer Divide thanks fans at TLCA concert, Nov. 21

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Palmer Divide band members, from left, Mickey Stinnett (dobro), Verolen Kersey (bass) sitting in for Dustin Reed, Jody Adams (mandolin), and Greg Reed (guitar), brought their original style of bluegrass to the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (TLCA) stage on Nov. 21. The performance was the last of their 2009 touring season, and they used it as an opportunity to thank their fans. With several thousand members on their newsletter list, Palmer Divide has received national recognition and radio play. To show its appreciation, the band was sending a CD with a live recording of this evening’s concert to everyone in attendance.

The band has been gathering increasing support since it merged together from different groups in 2004. Adams started playing in this area for the Air Force Academy Band in 1988. He said that over time, "All of us played in groups and played covers of bluegrass pioneers like Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers." But once they got together, the songs seemed to "roll right out of our head," Adams said, with original compositions shaping their entire song list from the beginning.

Information about Palmer Divide can be found at www.palmerdivide.com, and the upcoming events calendar for the TLCA is at www.trilakesarts.org

Photo and caption by David Futey.

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Chili and star lighting draws record crowd, Nov. 28

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Photos by David Futey

Below: Part of the record crowd enters the Palmer Lake Town Hall during the Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s Chili Supper and Star Lighting on Nov. 28. 

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Below: Kara Bopp, an 8-year-old from Monument, had her raffle ticket drawn and was rewarded with the opportunity to press the remote button used to light the star on Sundance Mountain. Kara and her family rode in a Palmer Lake fire engine to the site of the star. 

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Below: Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Lori Forman, left, uses a spatula to take fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls and place them on plates to be served. Forman and the other firefighters prepared and served the food. 

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Below: The Palmer Lake Star as seen from the Little Log Church after the lighting for the 2009 holiday season. 

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Tri-Lakes Women’s Club presents grant to Boy Scouts

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Tri-Lakes Women’s Club (TLWC) Granting Committee Chair Candyce Sylling and Past President Sharron Steffey present a grant check to Boy Scout Troop 6 Scout Master Eric Weatherby and Senior Patrol Leader Riley Burkart at a recent Court of Honor. Grant funds enabled the troop to purchase a cargo trailer to transport camping equipment.

The Tri-Lakes Women’s Club is a non-profit organization, set up exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in our community. The TLWC has proudly granted over $550,000 to schools, fire and police departments, and other non-profit organizations that provide services to residents within the boundaries of Lewis-Palmer School District 38.

Photo and information provided by the TLWC.

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"Polar Express" at the Mining Museum

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Palmer Lake Town Council member Gary Coleman looks over the setup of his Polar Express model train display, which this year is located at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI).

For the fourth year in row, Coleman and his display will help many Tri-Lakes community members determine if they can hear the sleigh bell and raise money for a worthy cause. As in past years, Coleman is accepting donations for the Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department from those who enjoy seeing the train display that depicts certain scenes from the movie Polar Express. Coeman will have a firefighter’s boot by the display as a donation receptacle.

The museum is offering $1 off its customary admission charge if you mention wanting to see the train exhibit, which will be at the museum through the end of December.

Check the museum’s Web site ( www.wmmi.org ) for the days and times it is open during the holiday season, or call (719) 488-0880.

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Group donates knitted items to Urban Peak

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On Nov. 10, at the Table Top Llamas Studio in Black Forest, John McIlwee (center), Executive Director of Urban Peak, and the "Bitch ‘n Knit" (BnK) group enjoy a laugh following the presentation of more than 150 handcrafted scarves, caps, baby items, mittens, toys, and many other items for the children of Urban Peak. Urban Peak provides a refuge and support for abused and neglected children who would otherwise live on the street. The knitters contributed their time and bought the yarn for the project. Table Rock Llamas provided the workspace and the yarn at a discount.

Urban Peak welcomes community support especially during the upcoming holiday season. For information about Urban Peak, call 630-3223.

For information about the BnK bunch, call Table Rock Llama Fiber Arts at 495-7747.

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November and December library events

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Photos by Harriet Halbig

Below: Callie Trautner attended the New Moon party dressed as Alice Cullen. 

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Below: Rowen Monks, left, shares her tarantula, Fang, with Libby Ashworth. 

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Palmer Lake Historical Society, Nov. 19: Historian reveals history of USAFA grounds

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Photos by Bernard Minetti

Below: Retired Air Force Col. Jack Anthony at Palmer Lake Town Hall during the Nov. 19 presentation to the Historical Society. Anthony is assigned to the Air Force Academy Astronautics Department where he is a researcher and soon to be a teacher. He presented a summary of the historical events surrounding the Academy’s acquisition of the property. 

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Below: Hans Post, a retired Dutch naval officer and member of the Historical Society board, asked for volunteers to run for positions on the board. He is the nominating committee chairman and may be reached at 487-7405. 

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