Friday, December 26, 2008

Fountain Valley Gets New FedEx Service Center


Easy Street Designs at 109 Kiva Road (corner of Fontaine and Security Blvd) in Security is now an authorized FedEx shipping center.

You may drop off or ship FedEx Express or Ground, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 6pm. Daily pick-ups for both take place at or after 3 pm daily.

Easy Street does carry some boxes and has plenty of shredded paper on hand for you to use, if needed. They don’t offer packaging services but customers are welcome to prepare their packages on-site.

Easy Street Designs is the publisher of the South Side Business News and also offers graphic design, copy, fax, digital printing and promotional products.
For more information call
719-390-5080.

Monday, December 22, 2008

GET A 2008 TAX DEDUCTION and help support the troops!

Operation Interdependence® a Civilian-to-Military Delivery System® (nonprofit 501C3) national organization needs your UNWANTED vehicle. Check out our website at www.oidelivers.org

Running or not we take it all, cars, trucks, ATV’s, RV’s, trailers, ski and snow mobiles, motorcycles, boats, jeeps, and planes, just call Vehicles for Charity to set up a free tow/pick up. The items will be auctioned off and the monies donated to O.I. for postage and misc. expenses. All you need is the vehicle and a clear title. Call now before it is too late to get a tax deduction for 2008. Call 970-523-4217, or 760-468-8001 for more information or to arrange a pick up call toll free 1-866-628-2277 ex. 2424 or 1-877-228-5238 ex. 2424.

JANUARY JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS

People looking for work can start the new year off right by attending free job search workshops offered by the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Spending a short amount of time in a workshop arms job seekers the latest job search tips and trends and should help them find employment more quickly.

Job Shop: Guided Job Search

Tuesday, January 13 or 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Register online at www.ppwfc.org or call 719.667.3790.

A comprehensive, full-day program of intensive, job search guidance and organization including: resume and portfolio development; how to fill out a job application, benefits of networking, tips for interviewing, and negotiation. For all job seekers: unemployed, underemployed, account executive or welder.

Résumé ‘Righting!’ – Résumé and Portfolio Design

Mondays, January 5, 12, or 26, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. No registration necessary. PPWFC will be closed Monday, January 19, 2009 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Resumes often are a report of past accomplishments when they should be an advertisement of future potential. Job seekers who are over or under-qualified struggle with how best to present themselves. Attendees will learn the latest trends in resume design and content.

Self Employment: The Driver’s Seat

Tuesday: January 6, or 20, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register online at www.ppwfc.org or call 719.667.3790.

This workshop is for those who want to be their own boss and examines questions such as “Are you willing to work long hours?” “Do you have an entrepreneurial personality?” Topics covered include available resources for starting a business, finance plans, licensing, enterprise zones, marketing, and intellectual property.

Health Insurance: Alternatives to COBRA

Friday, January 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Register by calling 667-3790.

A period of unemployment is made worse by health care costs. This session explores options that could save you precious resources!

There is no charge to attend these workshops; however, registration is required for most. Register at www.ppwfc.org, click on the job seeker icon and then on workshops or call 667-3790. All workshops are held at the main office, 2306 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, 80909.

About PPWFC

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center supports business and promotes employment by providing market-driven solutions for our community to succeed in the global economy. PPWFC helps businesses solve their workforce-related business problems and helps residents with career transition. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.

Peak Vista adds Providers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers Adds Numerous Providers To Address Growing Need for Uninsured Healthcare

Colorado Springs , CO , December 19, 2008-- Peak Vista Community Health Centers is pleased to announce the addition of six providers to its paid staff. Peak Vista continues to serve more and more people in the Pikes Peak Region…in the past five years it has increased the number of patients served by approximately 18,000. Care is provided through twelve centers at nine sites. Peak Vista welcomes the following individuals who will support the center noted above their names:

District 2 Entrada Health Center
Kim Redinger, PA-C

Family Health Center at Union
Lisa Davenport, PA-C
Sarah Gibson, NP
Kyle Stewart, PA-C

Senior Health Centers
Mary Jo Shaffer, NP

Women’s Health Center
Heather Pedrick, Midwife-C



Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit, accredited organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista annually provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to over 53,000 residents of the Pikes Peak region…mostly from working families. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit www.peakvista.org.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Two Men and A Truck earns prestigious recognition

“Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Full Service Moving Companies”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® received the highest numerical score among full-service moving companies in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Full-Service Moving Company Satisfaction StudySM. The study is based on responses from 2,981 consumers measuring nine moving companies and it measures opinions of consumers who used a full-service moving company April 2007 to July 2008. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed April 2007 to July 2008. Experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

Two Men and A Truck was founded over 20 years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Mary Ellen Sheets. Initially, it was just a part-time job for her two sons. When they left for college, she invested $350 in an old truck and hired a couple of workers as she continued to field calls for moving service. That $350 investment has grown to over 200 locations worldwide with over 1,300 trucks on the road. They are now the largest franchised, local moving company in the nation.

The Colorado Springs franchise is headed by President, Eric St. Pierre and is located at 3220 Fillmore Ridge Heights. They can be reached at 719-387-5884.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

BETR - TUESDAY TOURS FOR 2009

Business and Education Talent Readiness Project Helps Teachers Gain a Greater Understanding of Business Needs

December 11, 2008, Colorado Springs, CO ¾ The Business and Education Talent Readiness Project (BETR) today announce its Tuesday Tours lineup for 2009.

Tuesday Tours helps teachers, counselors, and administrative staff, in pre-kindergarten through college classrooms, forge connections with businesses and learn about the real-world needs of business for certain skill sets.

Teachers who participate in Tuesday Tours may earn graduate credit from Colorado State University and will:

· Understand the tasks workers are expected to perform in various types of business,

· Identify skills which employers need now and in the future,

· Understand how math, science, communications, social skills, and technical applications are used in business and needed by students to succeed, and

· Establish ongoing communication between other teachers, students and business.

The Tuesday Tours are 90-minutes long, starting at 3:30 pm., on January 20, 2009, February 17, 2009, March 17, 2009, April 21, 2009, and May 19, 2009.

To register or for more information, go to www.BETRProject.org and click on the Tuesday Tour icon.
Companies participating in Tuesday Tours include: City of Colorado Springs Fire Department - Colorado Springs, Mikron Manufacturing - Colorado Springs, Magnum Tool - Colorado Springs, Multi-Duty MFG, Inc. - Colorado Springs, AngloGoldAshanti Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine – Victor, Minco MFG. Inc. Colorado Springs, Snythes USA – Monument, Colorado Springs JATC - Colorado Springs, Aspire Biotech - Colorado Springs, Springs Fabrication - Colorado Springs, Atmel - Colorado Springs, CEA Technologies - Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs, The Progressive Group Insurance - Colorado Springs, Computer Science Corp. - Colorado Springs, Sturman Industries - Woodland Park, Cargill Meat - Fort Morgan, Erker Grain - Fort Morgan, Murphy Brown of Yuma – Yuma, Industrial Welding and Supply – Sterling, Wisdom Industries – Merino, Circle L – Sterling, MV Equipment - Sterling, Yuma, Wray, Burlington, Holyoke, LAN Wrangler - Fort Morgan, Haxtun Hospital – Haxtun, Yuma Ethanol LLC – Yuma, Highline Electric – Holyoke, Computers Etc. – Holyoke, Grainland – Holyoke, Heer Mortuary Science – Brush, New Belgium Brewing - Fort Collins, Larimer County Human Resources - Fort Collins, The Neenan Company - Fort Collins, Larimer County Workforce Center - Fort Collins, Pikes Peak Workforce Center - Colorado Springs, Black Forest Fire Department - Black Forest, US Bank - Colorado Springs, Value Plastics - Fort Collins, Lee E Christian PC (Attorney) - Fort Collins, Google Inc. – Boulder, Longmont United Hospital – Longmont, Left Hand Brewing – Longmont, University of Colorado – Boulder, High Country Bank - Canon City, Canon Land - Canon City, Environmental Alternatives - Canon City, Four Mile - Canon City, St. Thomas More Hospital - Canon City, Holcim – Florence, Abraxas Southern Peaks - Canon City, Hollar Seed - Rocky Ford, DeBourgh MFG - La Junta, Lamar Light and Power – Lamar, Oliver MFG - Rocky Ford, City of Colorado Springs Airport - Colorado Springs, City of Colorado Springs Police - Colorado Springs, City of Colorado Springs Fleet Services - Colorado Springs, GPS Source – Pueblo, Benshaw – Pueblo, Rocky Mountain Steel – Pueblo, Trinity Packaging – Pueblo, Pueblo Bank and Trust – Pueblo, AeroGrow International Inc. – Boulder, Sito, Inc. –Otis.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

BBB Scam Alert - Colorado Corporate Compliance

It has been brought to our attention by local consumers, the Better Business Bureau in Denver and the Colorado State Attorney General’s Office that a company called Colorado Corporate Compliance (CCC) is using misleading scare tactics to lure companies into hiring its professional services.

Companies are reporting that they have received an official looking document titled “Annual Minutes Disclosure Statement.” The document, though unclear in its actual intent, offers to provide the writing of corporate documents, in particular meeting minutes, for $150. It cites a portion of a California State record reporting code, which addresses the requirement for a corporation to keep adequate records. However, CCC does not point out that the section of the code quoted apparently only applies to nonprofit religious organizations. The correct procedure for filing corporate documents in the state of Colorado can be found on The Secretary of State’s Web site at www.sos.state.co.us.

The document, which is attached, uses misleading tactics such as:
• It bears an official looking seal.
• A Corporation Disclosure Act clause is cited.
• Each document appears individually dated.
• The service offered is vaguely worded.

This company has an F rating with the BBB in Denver for a number of reasons which are all listed on the BBB’s Reliability Report for CCC. The full report can be found at www. bbb.org.

Better Business Bureau – New Board Members

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has appointed Susan Miller and Tim Stockham to its board of directors.

Susan Miller is currently the district manager for U.S. Bank in Colorado Springs .

Tim Stockham is the senior director of customer care at Comcast Cable in Colorado Springs .

Friday, December 5, 2008

Kinderdance franchise expands in Colorado Springs


Children’s Education, Movement & Fitness Franchise Expands in City of Colorado Springs
Local Franchisee Ardesia Parr announces additional location

Kinderdance® and its five movement programs are now available at the following new site.

St Lukes Daycare Center – 5265 N Union Blvd – Colorado Springs , CO

Ongoing classes are also available at these existing locations:

Horizons Childcare – 330 Main St – Security, CO
Kingdom Kids Academy – 6575 Oakwood Blvd – Colorado Springs , CO

“It is exciting to be in this community to educate children who learn how to learn while they learn how to dance,” said Parr, Franchisee of Kinderdance ® for City of Colorado Springs . “For young children, movement, music and dance are natural tools for fitness, learning and communicating while expressing their feelings.”

Kinderdance®, with 111 Franchisees in 36 states and 5 countries, places emphasis on building self-confidence and self-esteem in children through learning to share, lead, interact and respond to others needs as well as their own. Children learn through a professionally researched and proven curriculum of “hands on” dance, motor development, and fitness instruction combined with educational tutoring taught by fully trained Kinderdance® instructors.

“I look forward to the opportunity to offer all five Kinderdance ® programs to the families of City of Colorado Springs , “said Parr. Kinderdance® is the finest physical fitness orientated program that is taught on site at daycare centers, fitness centers, YMCA’s and other viable locations, giving families an easy, affordable way to sign their children up for an exciting and healthy enrichment program.”

Where to send Letters to Santa!


ATTENTION ALL CHILDREN
THE COLORADO SPRINGS POST OFFICE IS HELPING SANTA WITH YOUR LETTERS!


Colorado Springs, CO-We would like to encourage all children to send their Christmas letter to the following address:
Santa Claus
C/O Customer Relations Office
` 3655 E. Fountain Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80910

The Post Office is helping Santa Claus with his Christmas mail. Please mail your letter no later than December 16, 2008 or you may come to the Pioneers Museum at 217 S. Tejon St. December 6, 2008. We will have a table set up from 09:00 AM to 3:00 PM with a special mail box for Santa Letters only so we can speed your letters directly to Santa at his workshop. Please make sure you put your return address on your letter before you mail it, this helps Santa’s elves to make sure he answers your letter.


Hope To See You at the Parade of Lights
Look for the USPS Float!

Post Office offers holiday packing and shipping service for seniors

Colorado Springs seniors can avoid standing in line at the post office and get special help with their holiday packages at any of the following locations this year:

1. Satellite Hotel located Airport and Academy
Tuesday December 9th 2008 from 9AM – 12 Noon

2. Pikes Peak Towers located 1912 Eastlake
Friday December 12th 2008 from 8AM – 12 Noon

3. Village of the Bluffs located 3495 American Dr
Thursday December 11th from 11Am – 1 PM

For more information contact Ron Perry at 360-9667

Peak Vista adds 8 physicians

Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Adds Numerous Physicians To Address
Growing Need for Uninsured Healthcare

Colorado Springs, CO, December 5, 2008-- Peak Vista Community Health Centers is pleased to announce the addition of eight physicians to its paid staff. Peak Vista continues to serve more people in the Pikes Peak Region…in the past five years it has increased the number of patients served by approximately 18,000. Care is provided through twelve centers at nine sites. Peak Vista welcomes the following individuals who will support the center noted above their names:



Family Health Center at Union

Gary R. Brown, D.O.

MaryLou Kalmar, M.D.

Robert N. Mangnuson, M.D.



Immediate Care Center

Jonathon P. Weston, M.D.



Pediatric Health Center

Heather J. Welfare, M.D.



Senior Health Center-South

Carol Dexter Hayes, M.D.

Thomas A. Henderson, M.D.



Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit, accredited organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing access barriers. Established in 1971, Peak Vista annually provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to over 53,000 residents of the Pikes Peak region…mostly from working families. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit www.peakvista.org.

Susan Foote of Rusinak Real Estate Earns ABR Designation

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. Susan Foote, a Broker with Rusinak Real Estate, has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR). Susie has completed a formal training course for representing buyers in real estate transactions, passed the associated examination, and met rigorous buyer agency experience standards. She also holds professional designations as an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), helping clients to present their properties for sale in the most advantageous manner, and as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), meeting the specific needs of buyers and sellers over 55 years old. You can contact Susie Foote at 719.314.9500 or email her at susankfoote@msn.com.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Spanish Speaking Volunteers Needed

Peak Vista

We are in need of Spanish speaking volunteers! Help Peak Vista’s FIRST VISITOR program empower Latina women to celebrate the birth and growth of their newborns. Through First Visitor’s home visitation program, volunteers provide information about child and brain development, early learning, the importance of immunizations and child-parent bonding. We train you to present tried-and-true child development and community resource information; you add the caring heart, experience and smile! To participate, visit www.peakvista.org.

New PR firm lands new clients

--company press release

FAST-GROWING SPRINGS PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM SECURES FOUR NEW CONTRACTS

New Colorado Springs-based company, Red Energy Public Relations was recently selected by Donna Vessey Events, national healthcare laboratory Any Lab Test Now, Re/Max Real Estate Group, non-profit Pikes Peak Zonta and national gift wholesaler Engraveplates.com to grow market share and build awareness for their products and services.

Red Energy President, Amy Sufak left Penrose-St.Francis Health Services (Centura Health) as the Regional Director of Public Relations to launch Red Energy Public Relations in October. While with Centura, she was responsible for public relations during the closure of thirty-year old Penrose Community Hospital and the grand opening of the new $207 million St. Francis Medical Center, the region's largest full-service hospital.

Sufak and her team - highly-experienced PR pros working in Colorado Springs and Boston- come from diverse corporate, non-profit and government backgrounds. They provide expertise in executive media training, legislative affairs, event planning, advertising, web development, crisis communication management and strategic planning to national clientele.

For more information visit them online at www.RedEnergyPR.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Local organizations team up to fight Breast Cancer

The Center at Fountain, Fountain Arts Center and Lotion Bar Café joined with Shape magazine “Pilates for Pink” Program to hold Pilates mat classes and sell beauty products with 100% of the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Nearly $200.00 was raised on October 24, 2008. We are continuing our commitment to the Foundation by offering “Pink” wellness baskets for the holiday season. Pilates, Massage and Wellness coaching gift certificates are included in a specially designed basket with Lotion Bar Café beauty products. 10% of the proceeds of the “Pink” baskets will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Contact us today for more information on our “Pink” products. www.TheCenteratFountain.com www.LotionBarCafe.com www.FountainArtsCenter.com

Picabo Street to Keynote Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ Breakfast of Champions

WHAT: Peak Vista Community Health Centers fourth annual
“Breakfast of Champions”

WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 7:30-9:00 AM

WHERE: The Broadmoor, International Center

WHY: Peak Vista Community Health Centers hosts this fourth annual event as a benefit for working families in El Paso and Teller counties who have no health insurance. Established in 1971 as the Free Clinic staffed by volunteers, Peak Vista today employs more than 400 staff who provide primary medical care and dental services to more than 53,000 patients each year who would otherwise have no where else to turn for care. The estimate is that this is about half of those in need in the Pikes Peak region. The need is so great that the event was developed to generate funds, create awareness of Peak Vista’s programs and services, and recognize the many physicians, dentists, boards of directors and other champions who support Peak Vista centers. The 2008 Champion of Community Health, the Myron Stratton Home, will also be honored.

KEYNOTE: Picabo Street , Olympic Gold Medalist in alpine skiing, will provide the keynote address.

AGENDA: 7:45 AM-Peak Vista Video
8:00 AM-Champion of Community Health Award Presentation
8:10 AM-Keynote Address (40 minutes)
Free parking is available at the Broadmoor parking garage, adjacent to the
International Center .

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

LiveWell Fountain Hosts Dan Burden of Walkable Communities


LiveWell Fountain will be hosting Dan Burden of Walkable Communities on November 21 & 22.

On Friday, November 21st, LiveWell Fountain plans to take Mr. Burden on a bus tour of the City of Fountain. The next morning of Saturday, November 22, we invite the community to attend the presentation by Mr. Burden that highlights planning our growth working with our “bones” and what already exists. This will be a “what it is” and “what it could be” presentation. This touches on transportation and land use, traffic, emergency response, pedestrian and cycling safety, safe routes to school and active community environment planning. Walkable communities has placed community environments back on a scale for sustainability of resources (both natural and economic) and lead to more social interaction, physical fitness and diminished crime and other social problems.. Walkable communities are more liveable communities and lead to whole, happy, healthy lives for the people who live in them. Please join us on Saturday, November 22th for this presentation. Register before November 17th by calling 382-7837. Register early- space is limited. This is a free event but you must register.

LiveWell Fountain is a grant-funded initiative that seeks to improve community health by implementing strategies that support healthy eating and active living.

Eat Better.MoveMore. LiveWell Fountain 382-7837 or Livewellftn@yahoo.com or check out our web site at http://fountain.livewellcolorado.com

Any Lab Test Now opens in Colorado Springs

Open a business during the nation's worst economic recession? That's exactly what Amy and Jon Mullins of Monument, Colorado did.

A new company in Colorado Springs is making healthcare services accessible and affordable for the estimated hundreds of thousands of under and uninsured in the Pikes Peak region. Any Lab Test Now recently opened at 7824B North Academy Boulevard.

The thirty-something couple saw a niche opportunity amidst poor economic conditions, servicemembers returning from war and the growing crisis for residents to have access to affordable to healthcare laboratory services.

Amy Mullins, co-owner of Any Lab Test Now describes the process as direct access testing.

"Customers can get one of 1,800 standard tests done and receive results directly in 24 hours," said Mullins, "Essentially, it allows people to shop for their own healthcare services." Results are always confidential and discreet.

Many of their customers come in for standard lab tests at the recommendation of their primary care physician; although no doctor's referral, appointment or insurance is needed. The clinic is ideal for thousands of Coloradoans with astronomical insurance deductibles, often $7,000-10,000. For those with insurance, most major plans are accepted at the clinic.

Jon Mullins, co-owner of Colorado Springs' new facility, said "As part of our facility's grand opening new customers and employers can receive $10.00 off any test throughout November and December. "People in Colorado Springs are concerned about their health especially when it comes to chronic disease management," said Mullins.

Like the popular "Minute Clinics" popping up in the nation's leading retailers the concept of direct access to affordable healthcare has experienced phenomenal growth. In 2008, 170 Any Lab Test Now clinics opened across the U.S. Currently three more Colorado Springs locations are planned.

"The population is becoming more educated on health issues. The majority of people know about getting their diet-related needs checked," Mullins pointed out. She went on to say that testing for diabetes has become popular. "Like a hospital or physician office we follow strict medical guidelines and have highly-trained medical professionals on-staff to ensure the accuracy of laboratory tests," she said.

The most common tests include: cholesterol, glucose, chemistry profile, STDs, thyroid, cancer screen, tumor marker panel, paternity and pregnancy (which shows fetal age). Any Lab Test Now also serves local small businesses seeking to obtain affordable pre-employment and random employee drug screening.

"The easy access of our facilities takes the wait out of the waiting room, providing employers with a quick testing solution for their employees; doctors with an alternative testing site for their patients, and the public with the best-in-class lab results that are convenient and confidential," said Joe Neely, Atlanta-based CEO of Any Lab Test Now.

The Lab specializes in discreet tests that in ordinary doctor's offices, people might feel uncomfortable asking for. For instance, STD testing, genetic testing and paternity test results are confidential and given directly to the client.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Support Wounded Warriors and Their Families

Run For Those Who Can’t



Your Better Business Bureau is supporting a benefit for the Wounded Warriors and their families. Celebrate Veterans’ Day in a whole new way. November 8, 2008, Pikes Peak Road Runners, The Home Front Cares and American MilitaryFamily.Org. host the first annual “Run 4 U.S.” at Turkey Creek Ranch located 10 miles south of Fort Carson on Highway 115.
Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., the race starts at 1:00 p.m.
There will be live music, an expo following the Run, kids’ Fun-Run, plenty of family activities, plus an opportunity to meet Army World-Class athletes and former Olympians.
Come out for a good time and support the troops!
For more information call 719-205-1741, click here, or access www.active.com.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mom Needs Help to Protect Kids

On July 13th, 2008 Michelle Rivera's world was struck by tragedy. Her sixteen year old daughter and Widefield High student, Sammi died playing a game. Not a sport or organized activity, but something known as “The Choking Game”. A thirteen year old from West Jr. High School also lost his life recently playing this “game”.

The game amounts to choking oneself, often with the help of others, in order to experience a kind of euphoria that comes from near strangulation. Sometimes it’s taken too far, or someone slips or trips or just waits too long to stop and people die. To make matters worse, such deaths are often ruled suicides, as no one wants to step forward and say “oh yeah, we were playing the choking game.” As a result the warnings don’t go out.

Michelle wants to do everything she can to prevent other parents from having to experience the anguish she’s been through. She is in the process of setting up a website and a non-profit organization aimed at educating parents, teachers, public safety officials and students about the obvious dangers of what some consider to be a harmless activity as well as the warning signs that could indicate a child is participating in such “games”.

Michelle has set up a fund in her daughter’s name: Samantha Marquez, at TCF Bank. She has also put together a presentation on The Choking Game which she will gladly share with any group or organization willing to listen. She is not an experienced non-profit executive or fund raiser and would greatly appreciate any assistance, be it funding, time, expertise and/or advice.

If you can help, you can contact Michelle at: 719-358-0651 or mail PO Box 31401 Colorado Springs, CO 80911.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Consumer Alert - Waste Management - read the fine print

For the past three years I've been using Waste Management for my dumpster service at my business. I was unpleasantly surprised from the get go at the fuel surcharges. Didn't they know when the came up with pricing that their trucks would be using gas? When we moved the shop 2 blocks away during the term of the contract, they charged $50 to pick up the dumpster at the old location and another $100 to drop it off at the new location, across the street.

I at least took comfort in the fact that my contract expired in October and told them on the phone I had no interest in renewing. When I called today to verify the expiration date, I was informed that since I did not send them written notice within 30 days of the contract's expiration I would be charged an additional $350 penalty for choosing not to business with them anymore. I'm sure that clause is indeed buried somewhere in their contract. That made me no less infuriated and the customer service rep got an earful. In the end, I told her it was well worth $350 to never do business with them again.

The intention in their policies seems to be to get your signature on a contract, then squeeze you for every dime they can get. All told over three years, with surcharges, pick up and drop off charges and termination charges, I'll have paid over $700 in bogus fees and charges. By not getting roped into another two year deal to avoid paying the termination charge, I'm probably saving money.

In fact, my new service provider MDI (719-492-8682), has twice the pick up frequency at half the price, and no surcharges or surprises.

I hope the folks at Waste Management put my additional $350 to very good use. There wont be anymore where that came from.

Monday, October 6, 2008

10th ANNUAL STAND DOWN FOR HOMELESS VETERANS

Vets Can Get Help to Overcome Homelessness and Combat Unemployment

Colorado Springs, CO -- The Pikes Peak Workforce Center and the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition today announce that the 10th Annual Stand Down will take place on Thursday, October 16, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

The purpose of the Stand Down is to enable veterans to return to society as contributing members by providing the resources needed to overcome homelessness and unemployment. The Stand Down is a community-based intervention program designed to help homeless veterans whose battlefront is now a life on the streets.

It is estimated that there are about 115 veterans living on the streets in the Colorado Springs area. At the Stand Down, homeless veterans will be offered a hot shower and meal, clothing (winter coat, work boots, jeans, and underwear), hair cuts, oral cancer screening and flu shots, and may meet with representatives from several veteran service organizations:

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

El Paso County Office of Veteran Military Affairs

El Paso County Department of Human Services

Pikes Peak Workforce Center

VA Clinic of Colorado Springs

VA Regional Office

Colorado Springs Veterans Center

Social Security Administration

Various Veteran Service Organizations

Transportation to the City Auditorium will be provided from the Marian House, Salvation Army Shelter, and VA Out Patient Clinic. Vets who are able should pre-register with Coreee at the VA Clinic, 25 N. Spruce Street in Colorado Springs, phone 667-5586.

Anyone wishing to financially support this effort should send a check to the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition, P.O. Box 1841, Colorado Springs, CO 80901-1841. For questions, contact Patricia Frank at 667-3703 or frank.p@ppwfc.org.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Goodwill Colorado Springs appoints new CEO


Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs has appointed Shawn Raintree as the organization’s new president/CEO effective January 2, 2009. Raintree will replace Robert G. Baker, Jr. who will retire in December after 17 years leading Goodwill. A current member of the Goodwill Foundation Board of Directors and previous member and chairman (2004) of the Goodwill Industries Board of Directors, Raintree was chosen for his expertise managing complex organizations with a clear vision and values-based leadership.

Raintree currently is the interim president/CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and previously worked at Kaiser Permanente as the Executive Director of the local office. There, he developed and led a health plan organization based on customer service, innovation and quality.

“We are thrilled someone with Shawn’s talent and expertise will be joining Goodwill’s leadership team,” Marta Erhard, Goodwill Board chairman, said.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Colorado at Denver, Raintree also serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.

BBB Alert - Gas Saving Devices


Gas Saving Devices - Hype or Help

The skyrocketing cost of gasoline has brought about an insurgence of additives and devices that are made to save fuel and/or increase fuel mileage. The Better Business Bureau is advising consumers to stay away from gas saving products, parts and modifications that sound too-good-to-be-true and is offering advice on more reliable ways to conserve fuel.

Over the past decade, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has tested more than 100 gas-saving devices and hasn’t identified any that significantly improve gas mileage. Energy and Environmental Analysis Inc., a technical consulting firm in Washington, D.C., estimates that 99 percent of the aftermarket products do not really change fuel economy. The EPA notes that the majority of “gas saving” products are harmless to vehicles, but testing has found that some products can cause substantial increases in exhaust emissions, thereby increasing the chances of actual engine damage.

The BBB recommends being particularly skeptical if advertisements claim:
• Federal Endorsement. While the EPA does evaluate the legitimacy of claims made by companies that produce gas savers, no federal agency actually endorses gas-saving devices or additives.
• Glowing Consumer Testimonials. Marketing materials or Web sites for gas savers often contain consumer testimony on the increased fuel efficiency they experienced with the device or additive, but these are often works of fiction devised by the company.
• Outstanding, Too-Good-To-Be-True Results. Consumers should be extremely wary of big promises for big savings. If a gas-saving product really could increase mileage by as much as 40 percent with little effort or money, it is highly unlikely the inventor needs to peddle the product through spam e-mails or tacky-looking Web sites.

The vast majority of gas-conserving products are not viable solutions for squeezing mileage out of vehicles, but, there are a few basic steps that all drivers can take to increase fuel efficiency and get the most out of their gas tank:
• Stay within the speed limit. BBB recommends that drivers stay within the posted speed limits since gas mileage tends to decrease rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour.
• Avoid “jackrabbit” starts and stops. Drivers can improve gas mileage up to five percent around town if they avoid jerky starts and stops. This means accelerating slowly when starting from a dead stop and avoiding pushing the pedal down more than one-quarter of the way; this allows the carburetor to function at peak efficiency.
• Use overdrive gears and cruise controls. Cruise control and overdrive gears improve fuel economy when driving on the highway.
• Go ahead, use the AC. Using the air conditioner at lower speeds will decrease fuel efficiency, but, at higher speeds, open windows create significantly more drag than the AC – and can reduce gas mileage by 10 percent.
• Remove excess weight from the trunk. An extra 100 pounds can reduce a typical car’s fuel economy by up to two percent.
• Keep the car properly maintained. The engine should be tuned, tires inflated and aligned, the oil changed on schedule and the air filters should be checked and replaced regularly. Replacing clogged filters can increase gas mileage up to 10 percent.

Before buying any gas-saving device or additive, the BBB recommends that consumers check out the company’s reliability report online at www.bbb.org.

Construction is Underway for The BROADMOOR Cottages


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Construction is underway for The BROADMOOR Cottages to be completed in May of 2009. Situated on elevated sites, presenting spectacular views of the 18th fairway of the East Course and sweeping vistas of Cheyenne Mountain, The BROADMOOR Cottages will bring the total guest accommodation space to 744. They are an ideal place to gather family, friends or associates for a unique and unparalleled experience.

The new project entails five (5) - eight-unit buildings and one (1) - four-unit building; six (6) total buildings offering up to 6,300 sq. ft. per complex. Surrounding the comfortably elegant, distinctly American-style cottages, lush grounds will be meticulously manicured with a meandering creek and exterior design by TAG Galyean and Oz Architecture.

Premium cottage-style interiors, designed by TAG Galyean and Johnson David Interiors, feature inviting parlors with high beamed ceilings, wood accented chandeliers and wood floors. Handcrafted area rugs complement natural stone fireplaces, and custom stone and ceramic baths feature five-fixture baths and heated floors. Premium surround sound systems in spacious wood paneled parlors, large flat-screen TVs, and desk systems with the latest in-room technology blend seamlessly into this casual and spacious design.

Additional outdoor space is found through elegant window doors that open to expansive verandas adorned with oversized wicker chairs and rockers, with unparalleled and unobstructed mountain and golf course views. A large common outdoor patio area includes an outdoor fireplace suited for year-round use, a bocce ball court and entertaining areas.

From single-room suites to an eight-bedroom cottage, there is nothing typical about this enclave. Form and function meet rest and relaxation at The Broadmoor Cottages. They are perfect for family gatherings, spa retreats, golf outings, executive board meetings and intimate destination weddings. The 44 cottage bedrooms are a retreat where time can seem to stand still and where one can redefine business, family and friendship in ultimate comfort.

The Broadmoor Cottages open in May of 2009. For more information, please call Reservations at 800.634.7711.

The BROADMOOR is the longest consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond and the Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star awards. For more information regarding The BROADMOOR please call 800.634.7711, or visit www.broadmoor.com.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Department of Corrections to Stay in Springs

Colorado DOC press release:

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CHOOSES SITE FOR NEW CENTRAL OFFICE

(Colorado Springs, CO) - Ari Zavaras, executive director of the Department of Corrections (DOC), is pleased to announce the selection of a site for the Department’s new Central Office. The site is in Southern Colorado Springs, and is approximately one mile south of the current central office on Janitell Road. The proposed offer, from Mortenson Development, Inc., has been determined to be the most advantageous to the overall needs of the Department, and the State of Colorado.

“Colorado’s correctional system has been part of the economic foundation of Southern Colorado for a hundred and forty years, and I am pleased the tradition will continue,” Ari Zavaras said. “With the use of sound environmental strategies and renewable energy resources, we will be building on the bedrock of Colorado’s past with the green technology that is our future.”

The DOC received a wealth of attractive offers, including 15 viable proposals, resulting in a very competitive process. The new development is the most cost effective choice for the taxpayers of Colorado. “I have a responsibility to make the most fiscally sound decision for not only the Department, but for all the citizens of Colorado. Our team evaluated multiple factors including the proposed facility and collateral operational costs. I believe we made a great choice for Colorado,” said Ari Zavaras of his decision.

The location will sustain efficiency in operations as Southern Colorado Springs is the geographic center of the Department’s operational system. The location is in reasonable proximity to the majority of prison and parole facilities located along the Front Range and in Southern Colorado. The office will be positioned for minimal travel time to the State Capitol and other government offices located in the Denver Metro area, where central office professionals frequently attend meetings vital to the business of the state.

The winning offer by Mortenson Development, Inc., Vineyard Commerce Park, is environmentally sensitive and sustainable, and is based on conservation and renewable resource strategies, consistent with the Governor’s Office of Energy’s initiatives. Through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the central office will be “Gold Certified”. The plan includes sustainable energy resources, the use of recycled building materials, water conservation program, permeable pavement, as well as other “green” strategies. The LEED Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.

The Vineyard Commerce Park development will also promote the well being of the staff. Included will be conference facilities, room to hold trainings, and a Correctional Industries showroom. The selected site is located adjacent to a 43 acre open space connected to 85 miles of county-wide trails.

The building is being built to suit the needs of the Department. The building will be approximately 100,000 square feet and will provide room for the 240 employees assigned to the Central Office. The site will accommodate the Department’s projected needs through 2020 and allows the flexibility necessary in planning for the future.

The lease on the current central office building, which is approximately 65,000 square feet, expires June 30, 2010.

The DOC currently employs 6,575 personnel, operating 23 state prisons, 19 regional community and parole offices, and monitoring six private facilities. The budget in fiscal year 2008-2009 is $761 million. At the present time Department employees are responsible for supervising over 23,000 incarcerated offenders and 11,000 parolees.

Springs Firm Lands $20.5 million Air Force Contract

Air Force Awards ISS $20.5 Million Task for Operations Support and Research and Development Efforts

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Intelligent Software Solutions a $20.5 million dollar task on their Secure Information Access Analysis and Dissemination contract vehicle.

(Vocus/PRWEB ) October 3, 2008 -- The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Intelligent Software Solutions a $20.5 million dollar task on their Secure Information Access Analysis and Dissemination contract vehicle. ISS will undertake efforts related to research, net-centric software development, and support to ongoing combat operations around the world.

Intelligent Software Solutions

We have a long and very successful history of research and development, as well as operational support to our military forces and government agencies. This task, amongst our many others, continues that support and continues to demonstrate the confidence the government has in our work.
Activities related to this effort will impact Air Force command and control agencies, Army and Joint ground forces operations as well as many other agencies conducting mission critical analysis, planning and operations. Carl Houghton, ISS Vice President of Strategic Planning offered "We have a long and very successful history of research and development, as well as operational support to our military forces and government agencies. This task, amongst our many others, continues that support and continues to demonstrate the confidence the government has in our work."

This $20.5 million award follows closely after ISS was awarded an increase in total contract ceiling on this contract vehicle to $150 million. ISS anticipates adding staff across the country to support this contract.

About Intelligent Software Solutions
ISS, one of the country's fastest growing software companies, has offices in Colorado Springs, CO, Hampton, VA, Washington DC, and Rome NY. ISS provides enterprise data analysis and service oriented architecture solutions to the Department of Defense and National Intelligence Organizations and has specific strengths in providing solutions in Command & Control, Special Operations, Intelligence, Counter-drug, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security/Defense. ISS has a diverse set of customers which include: Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Global Cyberspace Integration Center (GCIC), Air Force Electronic Systems Center (ESC), Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), National Intelligence Community Agencies, CENTCOM, NASIC, NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM, STRATCOM, US Coast Guard and many others.

Colorado amendments 53, 55, 56 and 57 dropped from the ballot

From Examiner.com


Four amendments were dropped from the state-wide ballot just hours away from the deadline to do so after business and labor leaders agreed that the measures would likely drive jobs out of the state.

Amendment 53 would have made many corporate civil offenses, criminal offenses
Amendment 55 would have required employers to show cause for firing workers
Amendment 56 would have required state employers to provide health insurance
Amendment 57 would have allowed workers to file lawsuits against employers in workers-comp cases.

The measures will appear on the ballot, but the votes will not be counted.

While all four amendments may have been well-intentioned, they would also cause employers to look at every employee as a potential lawsuit and mistakes in judgment as potential criminal liabilities.

As a concession, the business leaders agreed to put up $3 million to help fund campaigns against amendments 47, 49 and 54, which are seen as unfriendly to unions. The National Education Association has pledged an additional $2 Million to fight the "Right to Work" amendments, but said that was not part of this deal.

The agreement, of course, does not guarantee that Colorado voters wont pass "Right to Work" anyway, but opponents are confident it will be defeated.

Involved in the negotiations were Colorado Concern, an alliance of business exectutive, Sage Hospitality, Hogan and Hartson, The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and others. Amendments 56 and 57 were backed by UFCW Local 7 and a group called Protect Colorado's Future backed 53 and 55.

Pilates For Pink


October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Come try a Pilates mat class and support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Center at Fountain is working with Shape magazine to hold
“ Pilates for Pink class” on October 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm. 100% of the proceeds will go towards The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For more information about Shape magazine’s Pilates for Pink program, log on to PilatesForPink.com. To sign up for a spot in the class contact The Center at Fountain 719.322.0134 or log on to www.TheCenteratFountain.com

The Center at Fountain is a Pilates and Wellness Coaching studio. Liz Ikard-Magalong has over 14 years of Pilates instruction experience and presents workshops for Pilates instructors along the Front Range. Currently she is the owner of the Center at Fountain and a guest instructor for the PhysicalMind Institute certifying studio in Denver Co.

Change your body, mind and spirit.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Handyman Matters of Colorado Springs Under New Ownership

Company Press Release:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct 01, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Sandra and Glenn Garvey, owners of Handyman Matters of Littleton, became the new owners of Handyman Matters of Colorado Springs in June of 2008.
The Garveys opened Handyman Matters of Littleton in 2003, and given the success of their business and the demand for their services, they were happy to expand to adjacent Colorado Springs when it became available.

Handyman Matters specializes in small- to medium-size jobs covering a wide range of "around-the-house" handyman tasks, repairs, installations and maintenance found on everyone's to-do lists. Handyman Matters has taken the traditional handyman business and created a tech-savvy handyman service that offers one-stop shopping for both consumers and businesses while providing a pricing model in which customers only pay for the time spent on their project. Sandra and Glenn are equal owners in the business -- with Sandra overseeing operations and Glenn handling finances -- and also have their son Eric handling the day-to-day operations of their new Colorado Springs territory.

Since its opening, the Garveys' business has grown by leaps and bounds. Through serving two territories -- the southern Denver metropolitan area as well as the newly-acquired Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region -- the Garveys have provided relief to countless homeowners. From fixing leaky pipes to renovating entire kitchens and bathrooms, the Garveys have done it all and then some and will continue to do so through their Colorado Springs location.

Founded in 1998 by Andy Bell, Lakewood, Colorado-based Handyman Matters is a nationally recognized franchise concept that serves the repair, restoration and maintenance needs of both residential and business customers. Handyman Matters has over 100 franchisees in the U.S., Canada and Ireland. Twenty-two franchisees were added in 2007 with 25 franchisees expected to be added in 2008. Handyman Matters expects to reach 250 franchises by the end of 2010. For more information, visit http://www.handymanmatters.com.
SOURCE Handyman Matters

http://www.handymanmatters.com

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Job Fair - Thursday October 2

Thursday, Oct 2, 10am to 6pm

There will be a JOB FAIR for JACK IN THE BOX at the

N. Carefree and Powers area. (3690 New Center Point
Colorado Springs, Parking lot of JC Penny)



JACK IS BACK !!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

No "Retail Food Establishment" requirments for fund raisers

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT September 15, 2008

Last week, I was concerned that the acting director of the El Paso County Health Department tried to justify “Retail Food Establishment” inspections on a small volunteer fire district in House District 19. For over 37 years, Hanover has enjoyed sponsoring a monthly community breakfast to help the fire district raise money for equipment that is essential to safe lives and property in El Paso County. And now it appears as if the El Paso County Health Department was trying to require “Retail Food Establishment” inspections of these non-profit, community based breakfasts.

Mandating “Retail Food Establishment” practices on a once-a-month non-profit fundraiser is ridiculous! Clearly, I felt the El Paso County Health Department was misinterpreting the law. This disagreement of policy between the local health department acting director and locally elected officials needed immediate clarification by the State Health Department.

When I notified The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in Denver of this local policy, they were very concerned the El Paso County Health Department was over stepping it’s authority. They contacted the El Paso County Health Department and stated they had NO jurisdiction in these cases. Upon my request the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment notified the El Paso County Health Department of their gross misinterpretation of the law.

In a letter dated September 9, 2008 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, it states the El Paso County Health Department DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY to mandate “Retail Food Establishment” inspections on nonprofit and charitable organizations and referred the local health department to The Food Protection Act, C.R.S. 25-4-1602, which basically states;

The donation, preparation, sale or service of food by a nonprofit or charitable organization in conjunction with an event or is exempt from “Retail food establishment” inspections.

I appreciate the media allowing me to set the record straight. It is reassuring that the state law reflects a common sense approach to these types of events. Our district relies heavily on these important organizations for firefighting, search & rescue, faith based services and community support. Please join us at the next Hanover Fire Department Breakfast, Sunday October 12th from 7:00 to 10:00 am, to support this wonderful community based event.

Respectfully,
Marsha Looper
Colorado State Representative HD#19
Email-MarshaLooper@gmail.com, Website: WWW.GOMARSHA.ORG, 719-238-5600

Mike Merrifield Receives Honor from Colorado Community College System

Today, Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) announced the selection of Representative Mike Merrifield (D-Colorado Springs) as one of four Legislators of the Year for 2008.

Each year, CCCS selects several legislators that have demonstrated a strong advocacy for the issues that affect community colleges from a policy standpoint and funding needs. To recognize those efforts, the legislators are invited to the presentation of the awards at the September meeting of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, the CCCS governing board.

“Representative Merrifield’s willingness to help community colleges to secure additional funds in his role as House sponsor of Senate Bill 08-85 shows that he is supportive and understanding of the vial role the colleges play in economic development and in improving peoples’ lives,” said McCallin. “This show of support merited our recognition of his efforts. Also, he has recently endorsed the Coloradans for Community Colleges ballot initiative, Amendment 50, showing his further support for the community colleges.” Senate Bill 08-85 was legislation that would have provided $16.3 million in additional funding for community colleges.

As chair of the House Education Committee, Rep. Merrifield also assisted in the passage of the Colorado Vocational Act legislation which was important to community colleges in aligning state law with federal changes and streamlining financial processes.

Other recipients for the 2008 award are Representative Cory Gardner (R-Yuma), Representative Buffie McFadyen (D-Pueblo), Senator Josh Penry (R-Grand Junction), and there is a special recognition for Senator Abel Tapia (D-Pueblo).

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state's largest system of higher education serving more than 107,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Colorado Contractors Association Announces New Representatives

CCA Press Release

Centennial, CO – The Colorado Contractors Association (CCA) has announced the selection of a new team of highly regarded government affairs experts to represent the association and its approximately 400 member companies across the state. Representing CCA will be: David Foster of Foster Graham Milstein Miller Calisher LLP; Ken Smith; Bill Skewes of CLS Public Affairs; and The Capstone Group LLC.

“We are enthusiastic about our new team,” said CCA Executive Director Tony Milo. “These
professionals are capable, passionate about their work and effective. We are confident they will work well with legislators, Governor Ritter’s administration and all stakeholders in helping to build bi-partisan consensus and a broad coalition of support for making strategic investments in Colorado’s rapidly deteriorating infrastructure and stagnant economy.” “With 126 structurally-deficient bridges, 40% of Colorado ’s highway system in poor condition and a host of other serious public infrastructure challenges, Colorado ’s consumers, commuters and business community no longer face some obscure quiet crisis,” said CCA Board President Don Hanneman of Castle Rock Construction. “ Colorado faces severe economic and public infrastructure maintenance challenges. We need the best possible team on the ground working with Governor Ritter’s administration, legislators, CDOT, RTD, local governments and Colorado’s congressional delegation to build consensus and problem-solve on a bi-partisan basis. This team’s capacity, strong relationships on both sides of the political aisle and record ofsuccess are well-suited for the job.”

“CCA is a full service association that works to protect its members’ interests on many fronts including business and labor issues, regulatory affairs, and funding for all infrastructure projects,” said CCA Vice President Joe O’Dea of Denver-based Concrete Express. “We believe this team has the wide array of experience and skills we need to be effective on all issues that impact CCA members.

Colorado Contractors Association was established in 1933 and is today comprised of
approximately 400 professional civil construction and public infrastructure
construction/maintenance companies and related equipment, materials, goods and service
providers throughout the State.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

6TH ANNUAL PPWFC CAREER FAIR

Colorado Springs, CO -- The Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC) today announces its 6TH Annual Career Fair. There is no cost for job seekers to attend.

WHAT: PPWFC Fall Career Fair

WHERE: Pikes Peak Workforce Center main office, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

WHEN: The PPWFC Career Fair will take place over the course of three days, September 16, 17 and 18, 2008. Different employers and educational institutions will be present on each day.

WHO: For all job seekers who are registered with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center.

Companies and organizations that plan to attend and the date and time of their participation follow:

September 16, 8:00 a.m. to noon: ADD Staff, Stevens Transport, Westwood College, USAF Reserves
September 16, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: King Soopers, World Financial Group, Express Personnel, University of Phoenix
September 17, 8:00 a.m. to noon: HSS, City of Colorado Springs, CS Police Department, Intellitec College
September 17, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: HSS, Renewal by Anderson, World Financial Group, REI, L-3 Communications, University of Phoenix
September 18, 8:00 a.m. to noon: Wendy's, Chef's Catalog, University of Phoenix
September 18, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Colorado Army National Guard, US Truck Driving School, Swift Transportation

HOW: Job Seekers must be registered with PPWFC and must have a scan card to enter the Career Fair. To register, job seekers should go to at www.ppwfc.org, view the Tour of Services and then click on register for work at the bottom of the Tour of Services page. Once registered, job seekers can pick up a scan card the day of the event.

BOOTH SPACE: Booth space is still available for companies that want to participate. Please call Duke at 667-3839.


About PPWFC

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center supports business and promotes employment by providing market-driven solutions for our community to succeed in the global economy. PPWFC helps businesses solve their workforce-related business problems and helps residents with career transition. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

What's Happening With Spectranetics?

Opinion:

Spectranetics, a high tech medical device company in Colorado Springs, rebounded a bit from their 47 percent Thursday plunge after announcing they were cooperating with federal investigators from the FDA as well as ICE.

The company did not give a detailed explanation, only that the investigation involved parts purchased from and payments made to overseas interests.

This may be a tempest in a teapot. We'll have to wait and see. However, this is a company I've been aware of for many years and never felt compelled to invest in for a simple reason. The company puts out press releases almost daily, sometimes several in one day. This can be an overzealous PR department, but it also enables the "pump and dump" crowd among stock brokers. Even if the company is not complicit in any kind of scheme, brokers love press releases and can overstate their importance to seal the sale and help drive the price. For some types of companies, frequent press releases are warranted. For example, if you have 4,000 stores across the country, something of note is probably happening at at least one of them on any given day.

Companies with a handful of offices or one central location that make a public pronouncement every time they have a relatively good day are a red flag. Whether by design or by poor judgement, the practice can lead to a price that is a total disconnect from the company's actual value.

Maybe nothing dishonest or criminal has occurred at Spectranetics. That's the best case scenerio. But even with that, any hype that was built into the stock's price is gone for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pikes Peak Urban League Relocates

From Denise Wisdom, President, Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region

The Urban League is moving to 1322 N Academy, Suite 201 (Office Building between Palmer Park and Galley - on the west side of N. Academy next to the US TaeKwondo Center. We appreciate all your patience during our move. We will return all phone calls and emails as soon as we can. We value our communication with you and we are grateful for all your support. Same phone number, fax number, and emails.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

McCain and Palin to campaign in Colorado Springs, Sept 6th

From KRDO.com

McCain/Palin to Visit Colorado Springs

Updated: Aug 29, 2008 12:36 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS - John McCain is making a trip to the Springs with his newly announced running mate and you could see them for free!

Multiple sources close to McCain's Colorado campaign confirm with NEWSCHANNEL 13's Marshall Zelinger the Republican ticket will make their stop in Colorado Springs right after the Republican National Convention.

On Saturday morning, September 6th, John and Cindy McCain along with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will campaign at the airport.

For free tickets, head to 4525 Northpark Drive Suite 200 in Colorado Springs between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. You can also call for tickets at (719) 264-0914.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

All Day Blues Festival - Manitou Springs

Pike Peak Blues Community

Presents

Celebration of Music

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

All day Music Festival and Silent Auction

Sunday September 14, 2008

From 1:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m

The Business of Art Center (BAC) Venue 515

515 Manitou Avenue

$10 individual or $20 per family

$8 individual or $15 per family (for members)

Jeremy Vasquez & the Shuffletones

That Band

George Whitesell and his All-Stars, Featuring Jill Watkins

Brad Bietry Jazz Band

Dangerous Moods

High Risk

Awesome food available from Front Range BBQ!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Broadmoor Receives Recognition for Youth Job Program

The Broadmoor Receives Special Recognition for Participation in the 2008 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt

Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor was recently honored at the Governor’s mansion in Denver for its participation in the 2008 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt (GSJH).

Kearstin McGinnis, Recruitment Manager for The Broadmoor, accepted the award from Donald J. Mares, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, at a reception held at the mansion. Companies and youth were recognized for their dedication to the GSJH program.

Ms. McGinnis was instrumental in offering many positions for Colorado Springs youth through the Youth Work Zone. “She is truly an advocate for our youth and was consistently dedicated to securing youth-friendly positions at The Broadmoor,” says Star Vasholtz, coordinator for the Governors Summer Job Hunt for the Pikes Peak region. “The experience of working at The Broadmoor during the summer will help these youth in their decision about future careers. Young people can develop into confident creative leaders if opportunities exist. By investing in these critical years, The Broadmoor greatly affects the future of our community.”

The following positions for youth were provided by The Broadmoor:

30 Pool Attendants

20 Bee Bunch Counselors (Concierge)

10 Turndown Attendants (Housekeeping)

5 Bussers (Various Restaurants)

5 Food Runners (Various Restaurants)

3 Convention Services Set Up Crew Members

2 Retail Sales Associates

More information about the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt can be found at http://www.coworkforce.com/sjh/About%20Us/default.asp

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mission Trace Shopping Center Grand Re-Opening

RE-OPENING OF THE MISSION TRACE SHOPPING CENTER

The Mission Trace Shopping Center , located on the corner of S. Academy Blvd , and Hancock, is announcing its Grand Re-Opening event this Labor Day weekend on Saturday, August 30th, 2008 between 11am and 2pm with prizes and giveaways, including a chance to win a $100 gas card! There will be family fun games and activities, including a stereo competition sponsored by The Alternate Source. Non-Perishable Food Donations to the Care & Share Program will also be accepted at this event. 96.1 FM (High Definition Radio) The Beat, Colorado , will be in attendance covering the highlights of this event. It’s fun for the whole family at the grand re-opening of the all new Mission Trace Shopping Center . It’s ALL at the Mission !

Press Release courtesy of Craddock Companies

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Keller Williams and Hope Realty Merger

Keller Williams Premier and Hope Realty in Colorado Springs have combined to form Keller Williams Hope Realty, the city's newest multi-million dollar real estate company. By combining their two companies, Robert Edgin and Rick Guthrie aim to cut expenses while doubling their agent count to put them in the top 2% of Real Estate companies in terms of agents in Colorado Springs.

Keller Williams Hope is currently looking for a new downtown location. The feeling is that the centralized location and accessability for area professionals makes downtown an ideal office and meeting place. The company has established a "hot line" for interested Realtors at 877-455-9869. The grand opening should take place later this fall.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dr. Elliott Cohn Receives Honor


Peak Vista Community Health Centers is pleased to announce that Colorado Community Health Centers has honored Dr. Elliott Cohn, a long time volunteer for Peak Vista, with the 2008 Volunteer Clinician Award.

Dr. Cohn has volunteered with Peak Vista for close to 20 years. During his first twelve years, he saw patients one half day every six weeks, rotating twice a month with two of his partners. Over the years, his physician partners joined in the rotation and in 2001 he helped recruit a second urology practice in Colorado Springs for their volunteer support. He has seen nearly 1000 urology patients while volunteering at Peak Vista and has performed countless urological procedures and surgeries for their patients.

Free HeadStart for low income and special needs families

The Urban League Child Development Center is currently enrolling children and families in its Free HeadStart Program (in partnership with Community Partnership for Child Development). If you or someone you know has a child, ages 3 or 4 years old, that qualifies (see info below), please call 471-1930.

Classroom activities are interactive and age appropriate, and all children receive medical and dental screenings and nutrition guidance. Families may participate in parenting workshops, a variety of literacy classes, and in their child’s classroom as a volunteer.

Who qualifies for HeadStart program? Children must be 3 or 4 years old for Head Start preschool. (Three years of age by October 1st for most school districts.

The child automatically qualifies for Head Start if:

* Family receives TANF
* Family received Food Stamps
* He/she is in foster care
* Family receives SSI
* She/he has special needs
* If none of the above applies, the child's family income must not exceed 100% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

As the nation’s premier early childhood education program, Head Start offers a broad range of services for children ages three to five who reside in low-income families, and children who have special needs and their families. The program assists each child to develop cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially and involves the entire family in the child’s development.

The overall goal of the program is to work in partnership with parents to prepare each child for success in school so they will grow up to be contributing members of the community. Head Start assists parents in their role as their child’s first and best teacher by offering services and opportunities expressly for them.

Head Start classrooms provide children with a specialized curriculum that offers the opportunity to work and play individually and in small groups, according to their abilities and interests. “Learning through play” is an important aspect of the program and these experiences help to build basic pre-math and pre-reading skills, self-confidence, and a love for learning.

The Urban League confers with CPCD/HeadStart:
Now is the time to educate the child… What a child learns and experiences from the day they are born until the day they enter kindergarten directly impacts their success in school and in life. These experiences set the stage as development occurs rapidly and dynamically during the early years of life. Now is the time to provide and support comprehensive early care and education with family support for our community’s youngest children.

Affordable year-round child care is also available with Head Start or Early Head Start in center-based or family child care options for children six weeks to five years.

CALL URBAN LEAGUE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER AT 471-1930 NOW -
SPREAD THE WORD

THANKS,

Denise M. Wisdom, MPA
President and CEO
Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region, Inc.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Save a Bundle While Supporting the Fire Department - August 23d

American Mini Storage (Your Neighborhood Storage Center) would like to invite you to our combination Facility Garage Sale and Security Fire Department fundraiser. This event will take place on 23 August 2008 (rain or shine) between the hours of 8am and 1pm at our first Colorado Springs Facility, located at 74 N. Amherst St, Colorado Springs, CO 80911. We are opening our gates to the general public, so come and participate in what we expect to be a fun day. We are asking for a $1.00 donation at the door, and will also be selling Hotdogs and Sodas from which these proceeds will be donated to the Security Fire Department. We believe this is a great way to search for those hidden treasures and to help a great organization at the same time. Our phone number is 719-390-0800. We hope to see you at the event.

For over 50 years the Security Fire Department has provided emergency services to the residents of this community. The department is staffed with 25 Volunteers, a paid Chief, and a full time staff of 15 paid Driver/Engineers for the Department. The Department currently operates out of three stations. It prides itself in meeting a commitment, of answering 95% of our over 2,500 responses each year within 4 minutes of receiving the dispatch for service. A commitment the department is struggling to maintain with our current limited resources.


John & Cheryl Slevin
AMS1-CO
Resident Managers
719-390-0800

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rusinak Real Estate Celebrates 20 Years



(image - left to right, Joseph Michelli, Vince Rusinak and Jen Worden)




COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. Nancy and Vince Rusinak, owners of Rusinak Real Estate, held a champagne brunch for staff and agents today to celebrate 20 years serving the residential real estate needs of people in the Pikes Peak Region. Joseph A. Michelli, PhD, author of The Starbucks Experience – 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary in Extraordinary, spoke to Rusinak personnel, and signed copies of his best-selling book for everyone in the company, as a gift from the Rusinaks.

In addition, Jen Worden, who operates the Starbucks Coffee Co. at 6815 N. Academy, provided coffee and cake to celebrate this key milestone.

“Twenty years is a huge event in the life of a company,” Michelli said. He spoke of organizational excellence and the respect he has for companies who listen to the evolving needs of their customers.

Michelli recounted the impact Rusinak Real Estate had on him, first as a renter, and then as a home buyer.

“Service is not enough,” Michelli told the Rusinak audience. “There must also be a drive for transactional excellence and the ability to create an experiential impact.”

“Excellent businesses provide flawless product, delivered exactly as people want it, in a caring manner, much like what a child would experience in the home of a loving parent,” he shared.

Rusinak Real Estate opened as Rusinak House of Brokers in August 1988. Rusinak Companies also include Rusinak Property Services, meeting the needs of landlords and tenants with the full range of services for residential home rentals.

Rusnak Real Estate Inc, 7150 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Centennial Grove Tree Planting at Ft. Carson Main Gate September 15

Colorado’s 77 Conservation Districts have donated trees; one tree for each district and children of Fort Carson Soldiers will release balloons to dedicate the planting of the first 10 trees.

The Mountain Post Historical Center Association (MPHCA) is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to support the efforts to build the Mountain Post Historical Center (MPHC). The MPHC will be a dramatic, state-of-the-art facility located outside the gates of Fort Carson and will preserve and commemorate the sacrifices of and honor the history of Fort Carson, its soldiers, and the community.

For more information about the MPHCA and how you can help make the Mountain Post Historical Center a reality, please visit www.FortCarsonMuseum.com


What: Mountain Post Historical Center Association (MPCHA) Ceremonial Tree Planting

When: Monday, September 15, 2008

Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Speakers: Robert Cordova, Colorado Conversation Districts
Lou Mellini, MPHCA Board President

Where: Fort Carson Main Gate – Hwy 115 across from Cheyenne Mountain State Park entrance

Cost: Free, open to the public

RSVP deadline: September 10, 2008

More Markets for Mesa Ridge - Fountain

City of Fountain Press Release

Groundbreaking illustrates Fountain preparation for 5,000 new troops in 2009

Fountain races to meet demands of current residents and new troops’ families


Fountain is getting ready for the estimated 5,000 new troops expected to come in 2009. Studies have shown pent up demand for retail in the vastly underserved market of the Fountain Valley, so retailers are opening new stores.

“The Fountain valley is a market unto its own trade area,” says Lisa Cochrun, Fountain Economic Development Director. “People chose to live here because our small town atmosphere attracts them. We share two gates with Fort Carson; we expect retail to further boom as Fort Carson expands. It should be a highlight in an otherwise gloomy economy.”

Commute time analysis shows new troops are most likely to locate close to the post.
The Markets at Mesa Ridge has scheduled a groundbreaking with the Fountain Mayor Jeri Howells at 8:30AM August 13th on the site at Mesa Ridge Parkway (Powers Boulevard) and Fountain Mesa Road. Shops D tenants include Ent Federal Credit Union, Little Caesars Pizza and Papa Murphy’s Pizza. Construction should take approximately 6 months – project complete in February of 2009.
The Markets at Mesa Ridge, LLC is a joint venture between a California-based real estate investment company and members of the Janitell family. The development started in 2001 with the construction of Safeway and Shops A, and will include over 500,000 SF of commercial development when complete. Current national tenants open and operating include Safeway, Lowe's, Walgreens, Advance Auto, Sonic, Subway, Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, Carl’s Jr. ... (the list goes on). Future phases of development include two approximate 6,700-SF pad buildings with drive-thru access to junior-box buildings that will accommodate larger users ranging from 10,000 to over 50,000 SF.

The Markets at Mesa Ridge are just 5 minutes away from Interstate 25 and Fort Carson gate 20, which handles about a quarter of the post’s traffic.

“What our studies show is sustainable demand for electronics, clothing, casual sit-down name brand restaurants, recreation and amusement centers, medical services, sporting goods, hobby stores, a movie theatre… all the things families want close to home.”

At build out, the Fountain Valley will have a population of 217,460. Right now the valley’s population is around 96,000. New apartment buildings and housing developments are planned and the I-25 interchange and bridge at Exit 132 is going up in faster than expected.

The August 13th morning groundbreaking at the Markets at Mesa Ridge is just the beginning,” said Rich Walker of First Properties, broker for the shopping center.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fountain Valley Animal Hospital new home and services

By Linda Hobbs

The Fountain Valley Animal Hospital (FVAH) has been a fixture in the community for as long as anyone can remember. They finally outgrew their old facility, both in space and the range of services they want to offer. The hospital moved on May 28 to a larger facility just around the corner at 311 Main Street in Security. They now offer in-house surgical procedures, x-rays, orthopedic surgery, laboratory diagnostics, immunizations, pet supplies, a full-service pharmacy, emergency care and dentistry.

"We do it all here now," said Dr, Sheila Schaffer, DVM. "We've raised the quality of service available to all our clients."

FVAH used to offer mostly out-patient services. Now, animals can receive full medical care on-site, under the supervision of two experienced doctors, Dr. Schaffer and Dr. Monica Campos, DVM.

Providing service for cats, dogs and "pocket pets" such as rabbits and guinea pigs, the clinic's emphasis is preventative care, keeping animals healthy over the course of their lives, from puppies and kittens, through adulthood to the unique concerns of geriatric care. The staff of FVAH have joined the overall shift in veterinary medicine from emphasizing the curing aliments to preventing aliments altogether.

Immunizations: The first line of defense in preventing some of the common diseases in animals. FVAH staff will discuss which vaccines best fit your animal's lifestyle.

Internal Medicine: Pets can have a range of digestive problems, either from parasites like Giardia or from eating things they shouldn't eat. The important thing is to figure out what is making the animal sick as quickly as possible, for the least amount of damage.

Surgery: Now offering a state-of-the-art surgical suite, FVAH provides a range of veterinary surgical procedures.

Emergency care: FVAH is prepared to take on the special challenges of animal emergency care with a full lab, x-ray, pharmacy and surgical suite.

Laboratory: Having an on-site lab means the hospital can diagnose and treat immediately.

X-Rays: X-rays are vital in determining the cause and treatment of illness, and FVAH is now equipped with x-ray (called radiograph) equipment.

The list goes on, as Dr. Schaffer has worked hard to make FVAH a full-service veterinary facility. Dr. Schaffer purchased FVAH in August of 2007. She is a Colorado native, raised in Welby near Denver. She earned her BS at Regis and her DVM at CSU, Fort Collins in 1994.

When the new site became available, she stopped by to have a look. The lobby is spacious and conveniently laid out, and the floor plan is ideal for a medical facility.

"When I first saw it, I knew," Schaffer said.

Overall, leaving their previous home was not a time for sadness, although some had served at the old location for over a decade. The need to offer more options with more space for an operating room, kennels, a lab, pharmacy, offices and x-ray area were too great for hesitation. Clients and staff all made the transition over the course of a weekend.

Dr. Monica Campos is also a CSU graduate. She was born and raised in the Fountain Valley region, and was the doctor at Cheyenne Mountain Animal Hospital before joining the FVAH team.

Also on staff are Karen Winters, VT, Rebecca Quick-Billings, CVT, Kozelle Peterson, VTA, Kimberlee Blair-Suder, Administrative Assistant, Traci Maldonado, VTA & Assistant, Heike Write, VTA and Administrative Assistant, Julie Horbath, Administrative Assistant and their newest member, Brittany Buening, Receptionist & Client Care.

In the future, FVAH may add another doctor and possibly offer animal grooming and day care.

"We want to encourage everyone to stop by and see what we have to offer," Schaffer said.

FVAH's office hours are Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For information, call 392-4213 or visit their website at http://www.fvah-co.com.

Friday, August 8, 2008

CASA Launches "Extra Mile" Campaign

Court Appointed Special Advocates seeks to relieve pressure of high gas prices on volunteers

As drivers reel from sticker shock at the pump, volunteer organizations in the Pikes Peak Region are starting to feel a ripple effect. Nonprofits are struggling to control transportation costs. From youth sports leagues to meals-on-wheels programs, many organizations rely on owned or rented vans and buses to provide services.

But while their transportation budgets are stretched, they do have budgets—and a highly visible need on which to base special appeals to their supporters. Not so, for those organizations whose volunteers pay for extensive travel out of their own pockets.

Trudy Strewler, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region Executive Director, announced the organization is establishing an “Extra-Mile Club” to raise funds from individual donors and companies in the community. Proceeds will be used to buy gas cards for local CASA volunteers, who often travel hundreds of miles a month to investigate and advocate on behalf of neglected and abused children.

Volunteers working with CASA programs are specially trained to speak in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children. “Our volunteers do what no one else really can do,” according to Strewler.

“They’re officers of the court, but they stand outside the child protective services and foster care systems. They provide judges with a truly objective evaluation of what’s happening outside the courtroom from a community perspective.”

Their duties often involve extensive travel. CASA volunteers visit social service agencies, caregiver homes, homes of origin, and schools, among other destinations. “They are the eyes and ears of the court, and the child’s voice,” says Strewler. “When your mission is to make sure that everyone involved is not only following the court orders, but doing what’s best for a child, it amounts to a huge investment in the future.”

CASA volunteers in Colorado Springs are currently traveling an estimated 50 miles per week. With ongoing hikes in gas prices, CASA is worried that they may have to cut back on their activity, which will have a direct impact on the children we serve. “This work is just too important, and too effective, to let anything get in its way,” says Strewler. “So, since I know our volunteers would never ask, I’m asking for them. They should never have to think twice about making a trip that will help a child.”

To make a donation to CASA’s “Extra-Mile Club” please contact Jill Wright at 447-9898, x1002.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Peak Vista Public Service Announcement, Dental Care for Low Income Children


Public Service Announcement
Dental Services for Children from Lower Income Families


ALTHOUGH NEARLY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT PREVENTABLE, ORAL DISEASE CONTINUES TO GROW AT A RAPID PACE AMONG COLORADO CHILDREN. UNFORTUNATELY, SEVENTY SIX PERCENT OF CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID HAVE TROUBLE ACCESSING DENTAL HEALTH CARE. DON’T LET ORAL DISEASE PREVENT YOUR CHILD FROM SUCEEDING IN SCHOOL. BRUSH AND FLOSS YOUR TEETH DAILY AND USE A PRODUCT CONTAINING FLUORIDE DAILY, AVOID SWEETS, EAT A BALANCED DIET, AND VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY. IF YOUR CHILD IS ON MEDICAID, C-H-P-PLUS, OR YOU CAN’T AFFORD A DENTIST, CALL PEAK VISTA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS TODAY AT 6-3-2-5-7-0-0 TO SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD FOR A DENTAL APPOINTMENT. THAT NUMBER AGAIN IS 6-3-2-5-7-0-0.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

ACADEMY MINIATURE GOLF ANNOUNCES BENEFIT PROGRAM

Academy Miniature Golf, which re-opened this past spring on April 27th and has to date attracted over 5000 customers, is commencing an ambitious benefit program headlining the Care & Share Food Bank. Each Sunday, Academy Mini Golf will discount their green fee $1.00 for a donation of a non-perishable food, toiletry or cleaning product from each customer. If a patron does not have a food donation Academy Mini Golf will donate $1.00 for each non-discounted adult fee directly to Care & Share.

Care And Share Day started of their new benefit program, in which they are actively partnering with other local charities and non-profit groups by donating $1.00 from non-discounted adult customers, Monday through Thursday evenings. Monday's will feature United Way Charities starting with the Girl Scouts of America. Tuesday's will be environmental groups' night, Wednesday's are slated for medical charities and Thursday's will be reserved for social service non-profits. Academy Mini Golf is going to rotate charities each week and continues to work out the details with each specific group while also seeking out more partners for their ambitious effort.

"On July 13th, the first Sunday of the program, we received over fifty pounds of food and will also be writing a check for $123.00 from the golf course to the Care and Share Food Bank", stated Bob Nemanich head of marketing at Academy Miniature Golf. "Each Sunday through the remainder of the summer Academy Mini Golf will be receiving food donations or donating a portion of its receipts to this worthy cause," continued Bob Nemanich.

Suzanne Lee Director of Communications/Marketing at Care and Share Food Bank, "stated that they were very thankful and excited about Academy Mini Golf's efforts." Food bank supplies are down 60% this month and if donations do not increase Care and Share will have to make cuts to those receiving food from the program.

Academy Miniature Golf is located at 1825 Dominion Way behind High Plains Church, just off North Academy Boulevard, about ½ mile south of the Woodman & Academy intersection between Dublin and Lehman Roads. Previously part of the Mountasia Family Entertainment Center, Academy Miniature Golf has two 18-hole championship-designed miniature golf courses accented by mature garden landscaping and prides itself on being a family entertainment value. On Sunday's it operates from Noon to 9 PM, offering the Care and Share program all day. Monday through Saturday its hours are 11 AM to 9 PM and the weekday benefit, (M-Th), program runs during evenings hours (6 PM to 9 PM). For more information on this topic or schedule interviews contact Bob Nemanich at [260-1367] or email Bob at rwnemanich@gmail.com.

Calling All (really bad) Cooks - Open Casting Call for the Food Network


Are you a hopeless home cook? Or is someone you know totally incompetent in the kitchen?

Food Network is looking for the most disastrous home cooks in the country to participate in a very different
culinary competition show!

This is the opportunity of a lifetime—to work with the best chefs in the country and learn to cook like a professional. Seeking outgoing people with a
genuine inability to cook, but a need and desire to improve!

NOMINATE YOURSELF
 Do your kids beg to eat out, after you’ve worked hard to make a family meal?
 Has your husband/wife told you it was probably better if you ordered take out?
 At the big potluck dinner, are you always asked to “just bring the napkins?”

NOMINATE SOMEONE YOU KNOW**
 Is someone you know constantly offering you food that you have to turn down?
 If you know a mom who can’t scramble an egg, a colleague who can’t convince anyone to try their culinary creations, or a friend who tries but can’t seem to get it together in the kitchen, this is your chance to get them the help you BOTH need!
**Nominators: you must attend the interview with the person you nominate

OPEN CALL INFORMATION**
Magnolia Hotel
http://www.magnoliahoteldenver.com/
818 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
Sunday, August 17th
10am-2pm
** Please DO NOT go immediately to the open call, be sure to contact a member of the casting team first

HERE’S HOW TO APPLY:
 Email us at hopelesshomecookdenv@optomenusa.com
 Tell us why you (or the person you are nominating) is the most disastrous cook in the country
 Include name, age, hometown, occupation, contact phone number, and a recent photo of the hopeless cook
 Please call 646.216.4282 with any questions

PPWFC and D11 WORK TOGETHER ON GALILEO MIDDLE SCHOOL

Workforce Center Will Help Set Up Career Center for Students

July 31, 2008, Colorado Springs, CO – The Pikes Peak Workforce Center today announces that it will help the new Colorado Springs School District 11 Galileo School of Math and Science set up a Career Guidance Center for students of the school.

The workforce center will provide consultation, guidance, resources, and program planning to the guidance center to ensure students have access to the latest career exploration and planning tools.

“It is critical that students in middle school start thinking about possible career paths so that they can take the appropriate math and science courses,’ says Dana Rodenbaugh, the vice president of programs for PPWFC. “If students wait until high school, they often do not have the math and science foundations needed to enter advanced course work that will prepare them for 21st century knowledge careers.”“We are excited that the workforce center is willing to step in and work with us in our Career Guidance Center,” says Rusty Moomey, principal. “PPWFC are the experts at career planning and guidance, and our students will benefit from their expertise by learning what is needed to be successful in math and science careers and how to research those careers. It’ll be great to have this focus at the middle school level. For many students, knowing what classes are needed and important for a career may be the turning point for them.”

PPWFC is focused on providing a skilled workforce to local companies by filling the worker pipeline through collaboration with schools and local businesses and through the BETR project (BETRproject.org).



About the Galileo School of Math and Science

Galileo School of Math and Science will open in August 2008 with 6th grade, with 7th grade added in 2009 and 8th grade in 2010. The mission of Galileo School of Math and Science is to establish an integrated, creative, technology-enriched, and interdisciplinary learning environment in which students attain their highest academic and character potential. Galileo School of Math and Science will provide opportunities to recognize the individual talents, abilities, skills, creativity, and potential of its students while promoting cultural responsiveness. This mission will be accomplished through academically rigorous, standards-based educational programs in the context of discipline, respect, and a high degree of community involvement.



About PPWFC

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center supports business and promotes employment by providing market-driven solutions for our community to succeed in the global economy. PPWFC helps businesses solve their workforce-related business problems and helps residents with career transition. More information about the Pikes Peak Workforce Center can be found online at www.ppwfc.org.