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Get ready for a wonderful 4th!

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Click here to view additional photos from the 2008 July 4th events.

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A Perspective on Our Community: Are we running out of water?

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Below: West-to-east cross-section of the Arapahoe aquifer in Douglas County prepared in 2004 by Dr. Bob Raynolds, a geologist and groundwater hydrologist with the Denver Museum. Raynolds studied about 2,000 local wells. The heavy dotted lines represent the decade-by-decade average levels of water in Arapahoe aquifer wells. The insets show data for two of the wells studied. For those wells, the water level declines were 23 feet per year and 31 feet per year. Click here to view photos of Raynolds' March 2004 presentation.

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a PDF file of Raynolds' presentation. This is a 10.4 Mbyte file and will take about 62 minutes to download using a dial-up modem. Click here for help with PDF downloads. To view and print the file, you will need to download and install the free Acrobat Reader Program.

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Monument Board of Trustees, May 18: First board meeting held in new Town Hall

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Below (L to R): At the May 18 Board of Trustees meeting, Richard and Linda Pankratz receive the Jim Moore Award from Town Manager Cathy Green for their long and distinguished contributions to Downtown Monument as artists, entrepreneurs, and founding members of the Historic Monument Merchants Association. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Below (L to R): During the May 18 Board of Trustees meeting, Director of Development Services Tom Kassawara, Town Inspector Greg Maggard, and Town Treasurer Pamela Smith were presented Certificates of Appreciation, a new town award, for their tireless leadership, commitment, and dedication to the town over the past year, and in particular their contributions to the successful construction of the new Town Hall and Police Department Building . Kassawara noted that Chris Alexander, president of Alexandher Building Company was also important to completing the project on time and within budget. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Monument Planning Commission, May 13: Rod Smith Business Park approved

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Below: Chad Kusbek of Westworks Engineering, describes the Rod Smith Business Park. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Board, May 21: Parents give varied opinions on preschool program

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Below: Superintendent Ray Blanch with (L to R) Ryan Nitcher (7th grade, Creekside Middle School), Megan Nunez (4th grade, Kilmer Elementary School), Angelo Donisi (1st grade, Grace Best Elementary School), Keiran Berry (Kindergarten, Prairie Winds Elementary School), Sean Duncan (3rd grade, Palmer Lake Elementary School), Lara McWhorter (5th grade, Lewis-Palmer Elementary School), Jenna Lewis (3rd grade, Lewis-Palmer Elementary School), Megan Barnhouse (2nd grade, Palmer Lake Elementary School), Rilyn Rivera (1st grade, Prairie Winds Elementary School). All of these students were first place winners in their grade division. Additionally, Lara McWhorter won Best of Elementary Level and Ryan Nitcher won Best of Middle School Level. Photo by John Heiser.

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Lundeen retires

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Below: The student assembly and retirement ceremony May 20 for Monument Academy Principal/Senior Administrator Jane Lundeen. Lundeen started work at MA as a teacher in 1999 and was promoted to Senior Administrator in 2005. A slide show showed several important moments from each year in Lundeenís tenure. Recent highlights of Lundeenís career include the opening of the new school building last September and another enrollment expansion of an additional 100 students in the coming school year. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Special Education Advisory Committee, May 8: Panel evaluates achievements, changes meeting format

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Below: Special Education Director Julie OíBrien, Someone Who Cares coordinator Suzanne Faber, award recipient Ilanit Bennaim, and SEAC Chair Brent Byrnes selebrate Ilanitís award. Photo by Harriet Halbig.

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Baptist Road Rural Transportation Authority, May 22: Merrifield casts deciding committee vote to eliminate state funds for widening I-25

Below: I-25 Baptist Road Interchange expansion project manager Bob Torres and El Paso County Engineer Andre Brackin present the BRRTA construction update on May 22 in Monumentís new Town Hall meeting room. Torres reported that the interchange project is on time and cost. Brackin reported that the Baptist Road widening project and the Struthers Road extension project are very close to completion. Photo by Jim Kendrick.

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Memorial Day, May 25

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Below: May 25: Memorial Day Services at The Monument Cemetery. The Scouts raising the flag are A.J. Freeman, Ben Finger, and Derek Emeis. Scouts and adult leaders in the foreground are C.J. Lazarakis, Dr. Dallas Thompson, John Magerko (Troop 6), Mark Emeis, Jeff Freeman, Robin Chambers, and Frank Delalla. Photo by Brandy Evers.

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Community responds to the energy of Brulť & AIRO

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Below: One of the AIRO dancers performs with a set of hoops as (R-L) Paul LaRoche and daughter Nicole play accompaniment during the Brule & AIRO concert at Palmer Ridge High School on May 22. Photo by David Futey.

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Snapshots of Our Community

Special Education Resources Fair, May 2

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Below: More than 48 local organizations and businesses provided information on their services at a special education resources fair May 2 in the Learning Center at the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 administration building. Groups included family support organizations, schools, equipment manufacturers, and publishers of specialized literature.

Fair Chair Ilanit Bennaim said, "There are many agencies that help people with disabilities learn, and this fair was a way to give the community, in one place, a forum where questions can be asked and answers are readily available."

For information on the vendors at the fair and on participation in the Special Education Advisory Committee, contact Bennaim at ilanit@kw.com

Photo and caption by Harriet Halbig.

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Pine Forest Antique Show attracts crowd, May 2

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Photos by Harriet Halbig.

Below: Authors Kevin Anderson and Rebecca Moesta were on hand to autograph their books.

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Below: Sherry Sieg and Mary Mills, vice presidents of the Tri-Lakes Womenís Club, co-chaired the event. 

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John Adams at the TLCA, May 9

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Gleneagle Sertoma Spirits of Spring, May 9

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Photos by Bob Keys

Below: Bob Figgie, Gleneagle Sertoma President, left, and Chef Bill Sherman of Amuze Bistro discuss haute cuisine.

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Below (L to R): Dr. Jimmy Stewart and John Bloom.

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Gleneagle Spirit 5K Run/Walk, May 16

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Photos by Casey Gent, Snowshoe Studios, www.SnowshoeStudios.com.

Below: The start of the 4th Annual Gleneagle Spirit 5K Run/Walk. All proceeds from the event benefit Boy Scout Troup 194. 

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Above: Participants, with a dog that ran the 5K. Donald Wescott FPD held an open house after the event. 

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Book and Beck at the TLCA, May 29

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During his May 29 concert at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (TLCA), Travis Book wondered out loud, "I donít know why I am nervous. I know most of you." And he had good reason to know most of those in attendance as he grew up in Palmer Lake.

Book, on guitar, accompanied by long-time friend Andres Beck on the dobra, played to a highly-appreciative audience of friends, family, and others who heard original music written by Book or friends of the duo.

Book, who now lives in Nashville, did not set out to be a musician even though both his parents were musicians. In college, he played in numerous bands. Next came an audition for the Infamous Stringdusters, which he eventually joined.

But Book has a fondness for his home town and the TLCA and that fondness brings him back from time to time, much to the delight of his hometown fans.

Information on Travis Book can be found at www.myspace.com/travisbook

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May and June library events

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Photos by Harriet Halbig

Below: Debi Reed, Newfoundland Molly, Lab Hula and Tina Jones invite you to Paws to Read on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in Monument.

Below: Tri-Lakes Friends president Angela Strecker, Branch Manager Jean Harris and Branch Assistant Becky Campbell celebrate Monumentís honor in the Gazatteís Best of the Springs magazine.

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Palmer Lake Historical Society, April 16: Historical Society hears history of two early preachers

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Photos by Bernard Minetti

Below: (L-R) Rev. John Snyder and his wife Celia as they prepare to present a brief history of the origins of the Tri-Lakes Presbyterian and Methodist ministries. Rev. Snyder retired from service as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army. Col. Snyder served for 22 years. Following that, he was Pastor of the Monument Community Presbyterian Church for 14 years and then spent two years in service to Faith Presbyterian in Colorado Springs. Celia, his wife of 54 years, founded Tri-Lakes Cares and is still active in this organization. he year by the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce. 

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Below: (L-R) PLHS board member Mary Meyer is honored with a photograph presented by Phyllis Bonser, President of the Society. Meyer was listed as one of the top seven volunteers of t

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