Updated: 11/02/2012 - A non-profit organization focused on planting trees in the burned areas of the Mountain Shadows communities. There will be a tree planting event in the Mountain Shadows communities November 2nd and 3rd. Click the link for more information. There is also information about how you can register to volunteer.
Updated: 11/01/2012 - The Neighborhood Watch Meeting in Woodmoor will take place on November 13th at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Woodmoor Community Center. The address is 1691 Woodmoor Drive. It is being put on by the Woodmoor Public Safety, Woodmoor Improvement Association and El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Posted: 11/01/2012 - A fund has been set up to help the families that lost loved ones in a deadly house fire in Pueblo this week. April Hon, 26, and her two children, and 62-year-old Harvey Montoya were killed when a fire broke out in their Pueblo home early Tuesday morning. The victims' families say this is a very difficult time for them, and any dollar amount will help with funeral arrangements. Want to help? Donate money to any Wells Fargo Bank under the name Pueblo East Side Fire Victims Fund. All proceeds will go towards funeral expenses.
Posted: 10/26/2012 - Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents. Unfortunately no neighborhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps you can take to help keep your family and your neighborhood safe. - Know where your children are. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be. Here are some neighborhood safety tips on how to keep your kids safe from the Colorado Springs Police Department: - Help children learn important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing these, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times. Tell your children where you will be and the best way to reach you. -Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are there certain homes in your neighborhood that you don't want your children to go to? -Get to know your children's friends. Meet their parents before letting your children to go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can't meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and if they will be supervised. -Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor's house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help, like stores, libraries, and police stations. -Teach children to settle arguments with words, not fists. Role-play talking out problems, walking away from fist fights, and what to do when confronted with bullies. Remind them that taunting and teasing can hurt friends and make enemies. -Work together with your neighbors. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their children so you can look out for one another.
Posted: 10/26/2012 - Emma Rides Again in Historic Manitou Springs! 18th Annual Emma Crawford Festival Friday & Saturday, October 26th and 27th Manitou Springs, CO - The legend of Emma Crawford lives again starting on Friday, October 26th with the Victorian Wake at Miramont Castle. Pay your respects to Emma laid out in the parlor in pure Victorian splendor, and a Victorian Wake, resplendent with a full Victorian buffet dinner and beverages in the Great Hall. For reservation call 719 685-1011 THE 18th ANNUAL EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES begin Saturday, Oct. 27th. Coffins and "Emmas" race up the town's main street. A team pushes each coffin of 4 mourners and each will have an "Emma" riding in it. Trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd and3rd place fastest coffin racers and also to the most Creative Coffin, The Best "Emma" and Best Entourage. The Parade of the Coffins & Race takes place on Manitou Avenue in the town's National Historic District beginning with the Parade of Hearses led by the Denver Hearse Association. The Parade of the Coffins starts around 12:00 PM and the coffin races begin immediately following at approximately 12:30PM. There will be paid parking at Tajine Alami Restaurant lot and shuttle service. PLEASE NOTE: Manitou Avenue will be closed starting at the 800 Block at 10 AM. Returning this year is The Fire Fighters Division! Firefighters from all over the region and our very own Manitou Springs Fire Department will be competing in the races. The Fire Departments will race against each other for their own traveling cup. Please come out and show your support for these terrific men and women! For more information about the Emma Crawford Festival, call Floyd at iManitou, 685-5089 or 800-642-2567 or visit www.manitousprings.org. Television productions crews from Dutch TV and The Travel Channel will be at the event shooting segments for special shows for their Networks. Ghosts of Old Manitou Walking Tours from 5:30 - 9 pm, Oct. 27th. Tours begin at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center at 517 Manitou Ave. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. For tickets or additional information call: 719 685-1454. NOTE: DONATIONS FOR THE COFFIN RACES ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED TO HELP
Posted: 10/26/2012 - WHAT: The legendary singing cowboys are making a special appearance at Chick-fil-A as part of a week-long fundraiser for the Flying W Ranch Foundation. Fans will enjoy a free performance and autographs by the Flying W Wranglers. Chick-fil-A at Garden of the Gods is hosting the event in partnership with Flying W Ranch Foundation to raise funds and awareness about its current needs. WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2012, 5 - 8 pm WHERE: Chick-fil-A at Garden of the Gods, 575 Garden of the Gods Rd
Posted: 10/22/2012 - The 2012 MoneyRates.com analysis of Best and Worst States for Retirement ranks U.S. states in accordance with their performance on retirement-relevant factors. This year’s study names Hawaii as the best state for retirees and Michigan as the worst. The study examined critical factors influencing the quality of retirement that can vary greatly by state. MoneyRates.com’s rankings are based on data about each state’s cost of living, property taxes, violent crime rates, property tax rates, climate, life expectancy for seniors, recent population growth in the senior demographic and unemployment. Michigan’s low ranking did not come from any one factor, but instead from being below-average in every measure in the survey. It was closely followed in the worst state rankings by Pennsylvania and Alaska. Weak economic and senior-population figures held Pennsylvania back in the standings, while Alaska’s crime, climate and economic scores – all of which were among the 10 worst surveyed – hurt its ranking. The 10 best states for retirement, according to MoneyRates.com’s 2012 study: 1. Hawaii 2. Idaho 3. Utah 4. Arizona 5. Virginia 6. Colorado 7. (tie) Florida 7. (tie) New Mexico 9. South Dakota 10. (tie) California 10. (tie) Texas The 10 worst states for retirement according to MoneyRates.com’s 2012 study: 1. Michigan 2. (tie) Pennsylvania 2. (tie) Alaska 4. Illinois 5. Massachusetts 6. (tie) Ohio 6. (tie) New York 8. Maine 9. Maryland 10. Rhode Island