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make sure that when we’re pricing our products, we’re pricing them at the right price, that the customer is getting the right value and we’re going to be staying in business,” he said. Based in Cañon City, Portec also has a north plant, the research and development plant which is near Fry Boulevard. Currently, Portec has a joint operation in Hong Kong. Elsewhere in Fremont County, John Fontecchio IV also uses technology in his business. “Basically, we’re in business (as Johnny’s Plumbing),” he said. “Through the years, we started expanding and went into wholesale with Bella Vie, kitchen and bath supply company (in Denver).” The company sells to traditional wholesalers, kitchen and bath dealers, architects and developers. “How we promoted ourselves with Johnny’s Plumbing is we use our people inside to promote the other side, which is Bella Vie,” Fontecchio said. “We also spun off websites. We also have websites that sell products all over. So the core is Johnny’s Plumbing consumes the product, Bella Vie sells the product and the website sells the product.” He said he has a team that designed the front end and the back end of the website and an inside programmer, who launches new products and updates the system. “Most of our Internet sales are not in Colorado,” Fontecchio said. “They’re outside of Colorado. We sell all over the country. We sell in Canada. We’ve sold as far as Brazil, the Middle East and all over.” The idea spun off during the economic downturn of the 1980s after he, his sister and brother graduated from college. In 1994, he and the others returned to the family business, where they determined they had to diversify to support all their families. “When things started getting tough in new construction, which it is now, we can lean on our other diversifications,” Fontecchio said. “We’ve been diversified within one anchor, which is plumbing.” As part of the operations, the company installs fixtures, faucets, cabinets, countertops, appliances and fireplaces. “We had to reach out for business,” Fontecchio said. “There’s not enough in the local economy to keep us all going so we obviously have to diversify into other markets.” Through the years, he said they had learned a lot. “Every day is a learning curve,” he said. “There’s always changes on the Internet and different ways to go to market. With technology, we use the Internet heavily. We can be in Cañon City and review jobs in other parts of the country on the Internet.”

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because they are uncomfortable with silence. I think we need to embrace silence in order to get to know each other better, and to get to know ourselves better.” It is during her own quiet times each morning, that Angela takes the opportunity to review her goals in life. “I think about what I want for my future and what I want for my family,” Angela said. “I just focus on that for a few moments every day, and I think that makes all the difference in the world.” Angela said her faith plays the biggest role in her thinking and planning. “With God, I think I can do anything,” she said. “I really do believe he is everything to us. I couldn’t do what I do without him as an integral part of who I am. That’s just really important to me. Ever since I was little, I’ve spent my life in church, and I don’t regret that for anything.”

Chace, 18, said he always has wanted to be in the medical field, and is somewhat following in his mother’s footsteps, who is a registered respiratory therapist and the manager of respiratory care and Memorial Star, the flight team out of Memorial Hospital. At the end of this school year, Chace could have his Certified Nursing Assistant certificate, and begin working as a CNA. However, he still will have one more year as a Florence Husky, and with sports camps and weightlifting programs, there isn’t much time left for anything else. “Athletics is a big part of me, I think,” he said. “The competitive edge in me is just ridiculous I think sometimes; but then again, I do want to be in health care for my future.” The Penrose resident started participating in sports when he

was about 4, he said, and basketball is by far his favorite. He played guard on the FHS varsity team this year. “I’ve always just liked basketball,” he said. “That’s pretty much my dad’s favorite sport, too. He likes baseball a lot, and my brother played basketball when he was here — when he came to Florence — and he got me really wanting to be on the team here. He’s kind of a role model.” Chace’s parents, Virgil and Laurie Archer, and his older siblings, Jessica Havens and Travis Archer, are his biggest fans. “(My parents) follow me around everywhere I go in sports,” he said. “If I am there, they are there usually.” Chace draws a parallel between his passion for sports and his desire to work with Flight For Life. “I’m an adrenaline junkie,” he said. Chace enjoys riding dirt bikes,

and through his involvement with the F Club, a club for those that varsity letter, he participates in community service projects. He also is involved in Health Occupations Students of America, tutors other students and is a peer counselor. As a peer counselor, he also visits the middle school and elementary school to talk with younger students about whatever issues they may be facing. “Some kids feel out of place or whatever and you just talk to them about it and give them ideas to participate,” he said. Does he consider himself a role model? “I hope so,” he said. “Growing up, my brother and his friends were always at our house, and I just remember looking up to them and being like, ‘I want to be like that;’ so hopefully, I can do that to some younger kids.”

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performances will stand him in good stead to go on in musical theatre. “I get hard on myself because I want to be good,” Alex said. His greatest inspiration is Richard Barth, a 1999 CCHS graduate, who now is a Broade comes by his way performer. Barth is one of love of music the Colorado Tenors, who honestly, havcomes to town to perform with ing two parents Alex’s father, who is the CCHS who enjoy perVocal Music Department direcforming, and Alex Albrecht tor, and another CCHS graduhopes his passion takes him all ate, Jim DiMarino. the way to Broadway someday. “I want to try and do what A sophomore at Cañon City Richard’s done,” Alex said. High School, Alex, 16, also has “That’s what I’m aiming for.” played varsity tennis since his Alex hopes to attend the freshman year. He took a turn Hartt School of Music and at basketball, and he is inDance Theatre, a comprehenvolved in student council and sive performing arts music the vocal music department. conservatory, which is a part of “I love Encore!,” Alex said. the University of Hartford in “I’m really excited for the muConnecticut. sical, which is coming up. This “It’s the same college that is my first really big part to Richard (Barth) went to,” Alex play in. It’s a musical, ‘Thorsaid. “Then, I want to try out oughly Modern Millie,’ based for as many things as I can.” on a girl lead, so I’m not the Alex would like to hone his lead, but I’m the boy she falls musical skills doing summer in love with.” stock theatre and performing He hopes his love of singing, on cruise lines. Alex said, will one day lead him “Those are the things I really to a Broadway stage in New want to do,” he said. “I only figYork. ured out what I really want to “Singing is my favorite thing do last year and into this year. I to do, definitely,” he said. really like Broadway songs.” “Then, right after that is tenThough kids his age are more nis.” accustomed to pop songs, Alex Alex, who on occasion has said the CCHS music departperformed at church with his ment always receives positive parents, Todd and Kelly, and reviews from peers when they younger sister, Sadie, said he perform for school assemblies. didn’t always appreciate hav“I love Broadway,” Alex said. ing to sing with his family at “I love listening to it and going the time, but he was always to shows up in Denver. I would glad afterward. like to go more often because I By far, he is his own worst critic, he said, and he has trou- like to study that kind of music and performing. I take a lot of ble watching videos of himself performing because he is quick mental notes. I have seen ‘Wicked,’ ‘A Chorus Line’ and to pick out his own mistakes. He hopes being hard on his own ‘White Christmas.’”

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Cañon City High School student Alex Albrecht, right, performs with Jeffrey Carlson in 2010 during their production of ‘Guys and Dolls.’ Albrecht wants to pursue a career in theater.

Alex performed in last summer’s SPLASh musical theatre program, which had a Broadway theme. “I loved Broadway a lot before that,” he said, “but then we started doing Broadway

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songs and I thought, ‘this is what I really want to do.’ I feel really blessed to have the family I do. Every one of them supports me: my parents, my grandparents and my godparents.”

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‘A Well-Rounded Young Lady’ Shade continues family tradition of being in 4-H


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eing in 4-H is a way of life and a family tradition for Amanda Shade and her

family. A sophomore at Florence High School, Amanda is following in the footsteps of her mother and sister. “I like how 4-H teaches you leadership roles and responsibility,” she said. Amanda, 16, began her 4-H journey as a Cloverbud at the age of 8, when she started out participating in clothing projects and market animals. She continues to show market beef, market pigs, horses and clothing projects in the annual Fremont County 4-H Fair. She also designs and makes her own clothing pieces and enjoys quilting. Amanda said her grandmother, Anita Faoro, taught her to sew and quilt, as well as her sister, Megan, 20, and their mother when she was a little girl. Quilting is an activity that serves two purposes, Amanda said. It gives her something to do while traveling on the bus between sporting events, while at the same time keeps her warm. Her sewing projects are award-winning. “I’ve made an Indian outfit, a horse show outfit, a genie outfit,” she said. “All of them have made it to the State Fair.” She also models her outfits during the fair. The horse show outfit made it to the state fair in modeling where she placed in the top two. “Girls from all over the state were there, it was really fun,”

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Florence High School sophomore Amanda Shade talks about her 4-H heritage arts projects at her home. She is involved in several 4-H programs, as well as a multi-sport athlete in school. Below: Amanda visits with her 17-year-old quarter horse at her home.

she said. “Whether modeling one of her Heritage Arts creations or getting her animals ready to

dy who always does a great job.” Parents Sam and Mindy Shade are involved with the Fremont Pioneers 4-H club, Amanda said. Her mother assumed leadership of the club about six years ago, and there are about 25 to 30 members. The club meets once a month and then members spend their own time working on projects throughout the year. Amanda has three horses that she trains for speed events and English and Western divisions. She works regularly with Duke, Orso and Rocky and they participate in a gymkhana seshow, Amanda works hard at ries to get in a little practice what she does,” said 4-H Exten- time before the county fair. sion Agent Verla Noakes. See SHADE / Page 54 “She’s a well-rounded young la-

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SHADE Continued from Page 53 Amanda’s family has an arena at their house in Penrose and an arena at her grandparents’ home in Rockvale. When fall rolls around, it is time to start getting ready for livestock. Amanda gets her beef in October, and weigh-ins are in January, she said. The steers are then ear tagged and ready to show in July. “They can’t weigh below 1,000 pounds or above 1,300 pounds,” she said. “If you’re just showing beef you can choose to sell in the market sale, and that’s where you make your profit for college or whatever you want to save it for.” She said since she knows the purpose of the animals is to raise and sell for beef, it makes it a little easier to not get too attached before they are sold at the market event. “At first, my parents told us they were going to ‘greener pastures,’”

she said. “And then when I got older I realized (where they go); it is kind of hard, unless it is one you don’t like.” The profit on the beef varies depending on the economy and what the animal places at the fair, Amanda said. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion earn more profit, which she said could be about $2,000. “It depends on how much you paid for the steer and feed costs,” she said. Amanda also shows pigs, which typically are born in April. Weigh-ins are in May, when she receives her baby pigs, and they are ready to show in July. Her lightest pig weighed about 65 pounds when she received it, and by fair time, it weighed 232 pounds. Amanda just started showing pigs at the state level last year. The whole family pitches in to care for the animals, especially when Amanda is busy with soccer, volleyball and basketball.

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Once a routine is established, the daily process doesn’t take too long. In the winter, about an hour and a half can be expected each day, but summers tend to take a little longer. The beef have to be blown in coolers every morning and night during the summer to help their hair grow. Between 4-H, sports and academics, Amanda rarely has a dull moment. She is involved in National Honor Society, F Club, and service projects through both of those organizations, as well as through 4-H. She lettered in soccer as a freshman, and this year in volleyball and possibly basketball. Amanda also carries a 4.0 grade point average, and says math is her favorite subject. “I’ve always wanted to be a middle school math teacher,” she said. “I want to major in math and get a side degree so I can coach sports for middle school.”

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Amanda Shade began her 4-H journey at the age of 8. Pictured is one of her 4-H heritage arts projects.

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Just Getting Started CCHS freshman keeps options open as she begins high school


he one thing she is sure of, Cassie Giammo said, is that she wants to take time to be more certain of what she wants to do after she graduates Cañon City High School. Earlier in the school year, she was involved with the vocal music department. She is getting ready to run with the girls’ track squad, where she will take on long distance runs and the triple jump. The freshman also likes to perform, and she was involved in the school district’s summer SPLASh musical theatre program. “Right now, I’m not currently involved in a lot,” Cassie said. “I’m taking a break, and I wanted to see things at the high school and get used to them.” In the future, she would like to get involved in student council, Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her greatest passions are in math and science. “I want to be an engineer,” Cassie said. “I just signed up for Design and Drafting today. My dad is an aerospace and mechanical engineer. He works on satellites, and so I have always wanted to do some of what he does. I also just really like math, and I’ve always been pretty good at it — and science, too.” Cassie, 15, has spent several seasons involved with Fremont Civic Theatre. She has performed in “Princess and the Pea,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Annie” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” “I’ve been doing drama for a really long time, and I’m trying to take a break from it right now,” Cassie said. “It takes a lot of commitment.” She hopes to get more involved in the CCHS vocal music department, and she enjoys being active in Young Life. “I work in the church nursery at E-Free,” Cassie said. “I’m going to Young Life camp this summer.” Cassie lives with her parents, Lynn and Kevin, and younger sister, Ally. She also has two older brothers, Kyle and Travis. She appreciates her close-knit family, she said. Cassie, who has been a part of the school district’s Gifted and Talented Program since second grade, said she appreciates Adam Hartman, who has worked with her for years. “Mr. Hartman, the GATE teacher is one of my favorites,” she said. “I talk to him about my classes and how school is going. I try to put myself into harder classes and challenge myself more, and he is very supportive. I have always felt supported in the GATE program. I feel they help me challenge myself more and be more in tune with what I want to do.”

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Cañon City High School student Cassie Giammo takes an exam during English class. The freshman is getting ready to run with the girls’ track squad, where she will take on long distance runs and the triple jump.

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Intertwined Interests Twins with unique Callie and Clay Masar personalities enjoy similar activities


ost of the time people don’t even know they are twins. Callie and Clay Masar’s dad says he even sometimes forgets because they each have their own unique, individual personalities. However, Callie and Clay, 15, do share some common interests. The Florence High School freshmen began riding horses with their parents, Mark and Vicki Masar, when they were just toddlers. By age 6, they were up in the saddle and riding on their own, Mark said. The family has five horses, and Callie and Clay both are gearing up to show them in this year’s Fremont County 4-H Fair — another activity the siblings are heavily involved in, along with their 13-year-old sister, K.D. Now in their 10th year of 4-H, Callie also shows lambs and dogs — specifically Corgies. She gets her lambs in March and sells them in August. She sets aside her profits from animal sales for school clothes, volleyball camps and savings. Callie said her favorite aspects of 4-H are the fair environment and working with her animals toward shows and fairs. She also likes the responsibility of caring for the animals and completing inside projects. Callie, Clay and K.D. Participate in the Barbwire-N-Roses 4H club, and Callie is the

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Florence High School freshmen Callie Masar, right, and Clay Masar talk about their horses Sassy and Cupcake that they use in their 4-H events.

‘They’re good kids. They are very involved in school, in 4-H, in the community. We stay very busy with everything they do.’ — Mark Masar recorder for her 4-H council. She jokingly says she wants to be a princess when she grows up, but she already is more than that — she is the 2011 4-H Royalty Queen.

The royalty pageant was incorporated in last year’s county fair, and Callie officially will be crowned at the first gymkhana this summer. She and her court will be busy with their duties in-

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cluding obtaining sponsorships for the horse awards, appearing in parades, the 4-H sale and parade of champions and representing and promoting the Fremont County 4-H Fair. Callie also was the first attendant to the princess a few years ago, and was Jr. Apple Day Queen just a couple of years ago. Clay shows horses and pigs, and participates in shooting sports, specifically the shotgun and archery divisions. In fact, he spent his profit from his pigs to purchase his own shotgun.

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practice and do your homework, and stay on task in class.” She said extra credit comes in Clay qualified last year at the handy, too. Clay said using his Colorado State Shoot to be on the Colorado National Shooting Team time wisely certainly pays off. “Getting your work done whenthis summer in the shotgun cateever you can and not slacking gory. He will go to Texas for a off,” he said. “Doing whatever you week in June. can in class.” “I got second overall,” he said. Callie and Clay are altar “The top four kids from the state servers in St. Benedict’s Catholic go down to Texas and shoot for the Church in Florence and particinational against 38 states.” pate in the youth group there, as He gets plenty of practice while well. One of their favorite activities hunting for elk, ducks, geese and is spending time with their pheasants. As a Florence Husky, Clay par- cousins who are the same age, live close by and also participate ticipates in football and wrestling in sports and 4-H. The families go and takes woodworking classes at backpacking together and freschool. Callie plays volleyball, quently have dinners together. basketball and golf, and is inIn her spare time, Callie also volved in student council. likes to run, read, watch movies How do they find time to be and spend time with friends. Clay enjoys hiking and backpacking. straight A students? Both agree their favorite sub“School comes first,” Callie said. “You come home after prac- ject is math. They both are in adtice or in between school and vanced geometry, honors English

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and geography together. Callie said she wants to be a personal or athletic trainer, something that involves sports and healthy lifestyle after graduation. She also has thought about becoming a nutritionist or a volleyball coach. Clay said he is not certain what he wants do after graduation, but becoming a wildlife officer

sounds appealing. Mark and Vicki say they are proud of their children, and stay fairly busy with their demanding schedules. “They’re good kids,” Mark said. “They are very involved in school, in 4-H, in the community. We stay very busy with everything they do.”

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ong gone are the days of blackboards and chalk — and now, even paper and pencils are becoming more scarce in

classrooms. Teachers today are utilizing more and more advanced technology to engage a new generation of learners. Brian VanIwarden’s geology and earth science students at Cañon City High School have no excuse to miss an assignment. On his class website, VanIwarden’s students can view and print notes and read announcements, lending them an opportunity to take more ownership of their education. Students who may have missed a class or need a refresher can listen to

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Cañon City High School science teacher Brian VanIwarden uses a Bluetooth tablet during a lesson in class. VanIwarden uses the tool to move around the room while lecturing to help students.

his podcasts, which can be downloaded and handouts. She also lists weekly schedules, help-websites and hometo their computers or phones. work and offers a live forum before Florence High School chemistry, tests. physics and physical science instructor Julie Milam also keeps her students in the loop with Moodle, where she posts test reviews, PowerPoints

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question, and it e-mails it to me,” Milam said. “The night before a test I will guarantee two hours of time that I am live, logged on.” Another teaching tool the teachers have in common, and one that VanIwarden thinks every classroom should have is a visualizer or a digital overhead. VanIwarden said in geology, he can place a rock on it and point out crystals and not have to walk around to show each student. They can see it in 3-D and in color on the screen in front of the room. Milam said it also comes in handy for dissections and when mixing chemicals in a petri dish. She can zoom in to allow the students to see the chemical reaction live. The visualizers also have a recording function so lessons can be viewed later by students who missed the class. Another benefit, Milam said, is she can write on it rather than on the board with her back to the class, letting her know if her students are comprehending the information. She has an Aver Media document camera that is set up to send her PowerPoint to the projector and by the click of a button, she can display her notes or worksheets. VanIwarden has a Bluetooth tablet he uses in conjunction with his PowerPoint, enabling him to lecture from anywhere in the room. He can write in answers or other information on the tablet, and it appears on the big screen for the class to see. “It’s essentially a wireless mouse,” he said. Students also use it during their presentations, and are encouraged to create PowerPoints rather than poster presentations. Allowing students to e-mail in their assignments or bring them to class on a thumb drive saves money on physical materials and supplies. He said students also are more engaged with PowerPoint presentations. “Kids anymore are so tuned in to what a TV is, that if your Pow-

Florence High School students Shelby Reeves, left, Morgan Thompson, Dillon Bellino and Colton Nichols work in a chemistry lab during school. Students use new technology, such as a visualizer, for dissections and when mixing chemicals in a petri dish. The visualizers also have a recording function so lessons can be viewed later by students who missed the class.

erPoint almost becomes like a TV production, then you put that up, they’ll get the content, but in a form that they’re used to receiving,” he said. “The more you can find their medium of learning, the better off you’re going to be.” VanIwarden said the visualizer and the Bluetooth tablet cost about $400 each, which he purchased with a grant. Milam uses the Turning Point clicker system, that plugs into the PowerPoint where she can add questions. “You can put multiple choice questions, true and false, fill-in the blank,” she said. She also can give math problems – where students work the problems, then submit the answer. She can get immediate feedback to see how many students got the answer right – individually and as a class. “I like that this system is able to be put right into a PowerPoint because then it’s more of like an interactive lecture,” she said. “They have to pay attention, because there may be a question on the next slide that we talked about, so it makes it really interactive for them.” VanIwarden said ideally, he would like to see every classroom have some version of a clicker system, a visualizer, Bluetooth tablet, and every student should have a laptop or netbook. He also suggests all schools

having wireless Internet access which would enable students to work on projects without having to leave the classroom. “There are so many cool things you could do if we had the resources for it,” he said. With the state looking at more cuts, he said technology is sure suffer, as well. “The sad reality of all of this is where I’m at, is definitely on the cusp in Cañon City schools,” he said, “but the rest of the world – even in Colorado — they’ve been doing this for 10 years.” Jolee Berger’s Senior Composition Lit Class students at FHS are assigned netbooks for the semester that she school obtained through a grant. “It’s worked really well because they use it a lot for papers and

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The New Face Of The Internet School district mulls guidelines for teachers on social networks


A screen shot of the Facebook home page. As of January 2011, Facebook has more than 600 million active users. The social network website has become a universal way for people to communicate and stay in touch.

Networks keep families in touch


f you are not prone to saying, “Have you seen my most recent wall post,” then you are one of the few not using social networking to keep up with family and friends. More than 70 percent of Americans use social networking sites to stay in touch with loved ones, and in many cases, with people they barely know. Many of those who use the sites spend about a quarter of their time online blogging, e-mailing, posting updates or responding to posts. Though parents often lament the time children spend in sedentary activities, including

computer and videogame use, many say social networking has connected their families in ways they are not able to without popular social networking sites, such as Facebook. Local resident Susie Fish said she and her husband, Pat, and three daughters, MacKenzie, 20, Lauren, 18, and Karlie, 14, have Facebook pages. With her daughter away at college, Facebook helps the family stay connected on a regular basis. “The girls did it before we did,” said Susie, “and about a year ago, I started doing it. I like if for the fact we are able to stay connected with family and friends, and get

reconnected with people we haven’t talked to in a long time or lost track of.” Susie uses Facebook to keep in touch with cousins living in California and Minnesota, as well as a niece in Florida, among other family members. “I found one of my friends on Facebook that I went to middle school with,” Susie said. “We were able to catch up on each other’s lives, which was kind of fun.” Though there seem to be more positives than negatives using social networking sites, Susie said, she has several concerns when it

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ith the advent of popular social networking sites, Cañon City School Chief Information Officer Shaun Kohl is reviewing current staff conduct policies to determine if existing guidelines cover contemporary information technology issues. “It’s kind of a controversial thing flaring up with a number of school districts when it comes to staff conduct in relation to students and social networking,” Kohl said. “And there are the constitutional rights that have some impact on that. It is one of those things that is a really gray area to try and address.” The Cañon City School District expects staff to be professional and have good professional working relationships with students and other staff members, Kohl said. “What they do on a social networking site would be considered a public forum, and we expect the staff to be professional in dealing with parents, students and staff when they are on those,” he said. Cañon City School Dis-

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FACEBOOK touch when they Skype each other,” Susie said. “There are some great things about this kind of technology. There are some scary comes to her children using the site. things, too.” “My biggest concern is adults who are Cañon City Area Fire Protection District friends with my children that don’t remember Fire Chief David Del Vecchio recently moved they are friends with other kids, and they will to Fremont County, and he uses Skype to talk talk about their weekend experiences or just with his wife, who still is in Rhode Island. Del using foul language,” she said. “There have Vecchio also has used the web camera techbeen some I’ve had to just go in and take off nology with his daughter, a college student at because they are inappropriate for kids. It’s the University of Rhode Island. not that they communicate directly with the “We just started using it because of this kids, but they put posts up that my kids can m ove, ” Del Vecchio said. “I actually went out see. I’ve made it my policy not to friend my and bought a couple of the web cameras for kids’ friends.” the computers so we’d be able to Skype. My Though she uses Facebook for family and friends, Susie said she only allows her daugh- daughter has a Skype account as well, so we’ve had one three-way conversation.” ters to use it if she has access to their passDel Vecchio uses his laptop with attached word and Facebook page, which she checks web camera to contact his wife most regularly. evenings. Being able to see her while they talk “I keep close tabs on them that way,” she is much better than a typical phone conversasaid. tion, he said. Her youngest daughter also uses Skype to “You can see the person there, and it’s a litkeep in touch with a friend in Japan, via a tle different interaction than just having a web camera. phone to the ear,” Del Vecchio said. “You get “She is from a missionary family, and they the body language, as well as the voice.” moved from here to Japan, so they keep in

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Using Skype to stay in touch has been so helpful, Del Vecchio said, he plans on buying web cameras for his wife’s sisters so they all can stay in touch after his wife moves to Cañon City. “We’re going to have web cameras for her sisters and other family members so we can Skype with them back home,” he said. Though he and his wife are looking forward to her moving here full time in the next month or so, Skype has enhanced their being able to communicate nightly until then. “It’s almost like sitting there together while we talk,” Del Vecchio said. “She’ll be sitting on the couch watching TV while we’re talking, and I’m sitting in my chair at the hotel with the TV on, talking, and it’s almost like we’re sitting at home watching TV together. It brings a little personal aspect to it. We have about an hour or two conversation. “My wife and I don’t ever want to be apart, but this does tend to help her with some of the anxiety with being separated. Being able to see each other is a lot better than talking over the phone.”

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yberbullying and its effects have made national headlines the past few years, with several highprofile cases of children completing suicide after being harassed online or through texting. CaĂąon City School District Resource Officer Maureen Sheridan has made it her personal mission to crack down on cyberbullying amongst students in the district. The CaĂąon City Police Officer also offers a PowerPoint presentation to parents, students and teachers, trying to educate others on the dangers of cyberbullying. She begins with a definition: Jeff Shane/Daily Record “Cyberbullying is when the InterCaĂąon City High School Resource Officer Maureen Sheridan works at her net, cell phones or other devices computer at the school. Sheridan uses social networking sites as tools to are used to send or post texts or images to hurt or embarrass anprevent and resolve issues with students.

other person.� Sheridan uses several recent examples of children and young people who have been cyberbullied. One of the more high profiled cases was that of Missouri teen Megan Meier, who was driven to suicide after relentless taunts from the mother of a classmate. During her presentations, Sheridan emphasizes that cyberbullying is a crime and she will not hesitate to charge it as such. “We cover Facebook — bullying through Facebook, and we also cover texting,� Sheridan said. “When we talk about texting, I also cover sexting: girls sending dirty pictures to their boyfriends. Most of my bullying is happening on Facebook and it’s happening in

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By Karen Lungu TEACHERS Continued from Page 60 trict and administration staff do not have any guidelines specific to social networks, such as Facebook, which is one of the most popular social networking sites. “If teachers are going to have students on a social networking site like Facebook or MySpace, what they really should do is set up a separate account that is more of a professional account that represents them as a teacher,� Kohl said. “Then, if they are friending students, it is all done in a professional manner. Private Facebook accounts should not have contact with students.� Many school districts now are recommending similar guidelines, Kohl said, especially with so many social networking sites having gray areas when it comes to relationships and public communication. “We’re pushing some of those boundaries,� he said. At a recent Human Resources Directors’ conference, the Colorado state attorney recommended school districts not sign up for district Facebook sites, stating that the terms and agreements on these social networking sites would be illegal for a Colorado school district. “That throws another wrench into the whole thing,� Kohl said. “We’re trying to figure that all out when it comes to teachers and social networking sites. It’s a tough one.� Kohl said the administration would continue to work on the legalities, as well as the current policies of standards and conduct of district staff to cover social networking issues. “We’re evaluating the policies right now, and we’re trying to determine if the policies cover that,� Kohl said. “For the most part, I think they do, without specifically mentioning social networking sites.�

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texts.” The most common form of bullying Sheridan deals with through social networking sites and through texts is harassment. “They’re saying things like, ‘I wish you would die,’ ‘everybody at school hates you,’ that sort of thing is coming up,” she said, “and I take those very seriously.” Sheridan said a high school student from CCHS helped develop the PowerPoint presentation. During her first seminar to a group of ninth-graders, she asked students for their input on bullying and cyberbullying, and developed her lecture around the issues they opened up to her about during the assembly. “We cover how serious it is, especially even pushing someone to kill themselves, we talk about how you are just as guilty,” Sheridan said. “We cover it all. It’s been well-received by the kids so far.” Sheridan also talks about domestic violence, economic status and addiction issues, all of which can contribute to bullying or being susceptible to bullying. “We also cover sexual orientation and gay cyberbullying,” Sheridan said. “We talk about racism and disabilities. We cover kids who are targeted because they are different.” It all goes toward bullying concerns, Sheridan said. “Because of all the teen sui-

‘They’re saying things like, ‘I wish you would die,’ ‘everybody at school hates you,’ that sort of thing is coming up, and I take those very seriously.’ — Resource Officer Maureen Sheridan cides from bullying that have been on the media, it’s really coming to the forefront, where people are addressing it more,” Sheridan said. “I don’t think we’re seeing more. We’re just more educated about it.” Sheridan also believes that technology has brought a new phase of bullying, where children and teens will say things through the Internet or texting that they would not necessarily say in a face-to-face encounter. Teens think it is easier to say things or pick on another person online because they know there is a distance between them at that time, she said. “You take away that confrontation, and it makes it easier to be mean,” Sheridan said. “Over Facebook and texting, they feel comfortable saying things they wouldn’t say in person.”

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Sheridan developed a separate, professional Facebook page for her students at CCHS. “It’s worked out amazingly,” Sheridan said. “Kids send me emails that they’re not comfortable coming and talking to me personally about. Parents con-

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tact me on it.” Officer Sheridan said she has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to harassment. “The way I see it, school is a place to learn,” she said. “You should have a safe environment to learn in; that’s why I’m here. I am not OK with it. Even a slight amount of bullying, I will pull those kids in.” The No. 1 step to curbing cyberbullying is making sure a child’s access to a computer is limited. Sheridan encourages parents to keep the family computer in a central location, such as the family room or kitchen. “I totally do not think kids should have computers in their rooms by themselves with a shut door,” she said. Officer Sheridan is presenting her program a few more times before the end of the school year. To learn more about her presentation, call 276-5870.

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Embracing Technology Libraries serve public with new web-based, electronic systems


s technology continues to expand, local libraries are looking at more ways to provide information to their patrons. In Cañon City, interlibrary systems are on autographics for patrons to manage their accounts from home and index the data bases to reserve and renew books from a remote location. “Almost all of the libraries with web-based library systems do that,” Cañon City Library Director Susan Ooton said. “Patrons expect feed links to our electronic data bases, many of which are feed based so it’s a big boom to people to be able to access those licensed data bases.” The most popular ones are the automotive and small engine repairs, but the website also offers consumer reports online. “They’ve become central,” Ooton said. “We have to have them.” The passwords and links are on the Cañon City Public Library’s websites at “We have access because the state helps to support that,” Ooton said. “That’s why funding to the state library is so essential since the federal money may be cut back.” In 2010, the library received a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant. “Last year, BTOP was 100 percent funded with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as our part of the broadband technology and opportunity for our library,” Ooton said. “That will increase our computers. We’re really looking forward to that. That’s a really big deal. It’s a very important project for all of the libraries in Colorado and the other 13 states that were funded.”

‘We’re not fighting this technology. We’re going with it. I think that’s what makes us busier.’

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Cañon City Public Library visitors Faith Hartman, right, Renne Hartman, Michelle Hartman and Caleb Hartman use the computers in the Imagination Station in the youth section. The touch screen computers were bought with money from the 2010 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant.

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patrons. “We are going in that direction to true convergence that we’ve been talking about for the As soon as the new computers are in, trainpast 10 or 15 years,” Ooton said. “It’s an exciters will offer computer classes, including eving time.” erything from how to open an e-mail account In Florence, the John C. Fremont Library to those seeking jobs and various other website provides the same opportunity to relinks.… serve books, as well as links to tutoring, talkLast year, the library used the Bill and ing books, test link, IRS forms and other links. Melinda Gates grant to put the touch screen The library offers five computers, but recomputers in the children’s library on the sec- cently, it also received a BTOP grant to upond floor to enhance the learning game of grade its computers. homework. “That’s going to be huge for us. We’re going In addition to the computers, the library to get all new computers for the library,” said will offer more laptops for its patrons. interim library director Cyd Larson. “We’ll As part of the library sharing program, the have eight regular computers and four laplibrary also will offer e-books to check out, tops for our patrons, (including a business but there are some details with publishers to computer for job seekers, students, businesswork out. es or to fill out taxes. The computer does not Ooton said some of the libraries plan to pur- have a time limit.” chase the devices, as well. Also, the library will offer e-books by April “It’s exciting because we get more requests so patrons can download a book on their eevery day for the e-books. We’ve got access to readers, keep it for two weeks then it disapthe Gutenberg project, which are free,” Ooton pears. said. “All three libraries in the county are in “We’re going to have a big kickoff for our it.” computers, the same weekend as Pioneer,” As a state, the libraries have access to the Larson said. top 500 books, which can be downloaded for For more information, visit www.flo- In addition, patrons can get on its Facebook or local links to the City of Florence. “We’re not fighting this technology,” Larson said. “We’re going with it. I think that’s what makes us busier.” In Penrose, the library currently offers 10 public computers with free Internet access, consisting of 5.5 mpbs per second and free Wifi service. “We have a lot of people who come in with their laptops,” said Penrose Community Library director Kristi Lindsey. “We don’t keep those numbers for the laptops, but our computer usage in January is up 25 percent from last year and 48 percent compared to the year before.” As part of its services, the Penrose Library offers free scanning of documents and free printing for the first five pages. Then the pages cost 10 cents for black and white, and 25 cents for color. “We’re the only place in town for faxing,” Lindsey said. “We have one dedicated business computer. It has no time limit and it has access to job search sites and resume tem-

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‘None of it replaces good, old fashion police work,’ says Cañon City Police Department Capt. Allen Cooper as he talks about the technology at their disposal at the annex building on South Ninth Street.

A Partner Against Crime Local authorities use technology as a tool to help solve crimes


atching “CSI” or “Bones” might lead viewers to believe that crime fighting is as simple as finding a couple of skin cells, a paint chip or a bug; running the microscopic bit of evidence through some fancy piece of

technology and then arresting the bad guy. However, in the real world, crime fighting involves classic police work — interviews, surveillance and deductive reasoning — to track down suspects while technology is merely a tool for investigators to use. “I think the public has a distorted view of what technology is,” Cañon City Police Department Capt. Allen Cooper said. “It’s not as easy as it looks on TV.” Combined Investigative Response Team investigators, who represent the

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CCPD, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and Florence Police Department, use a variety of technologies to solve crime in the county. “In some regards, it makes our jobs easier,” Cooper said. “But it’s a twoedged sword.” The team uses various pieces of technology ranging from digital cameras to microphones that can be used by undercover agents. CIRT has purchased its technological arsenal through various grants.

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CRIMES Continued from Page 66 “(Technology) has changed, it has not subplanted the basic work we do,” Cooper said. In many ways, he said, technology increases the amount of time required to complete a case. Videos and photographs have to be downloaded, analyzed and incorporated into reports. Forensic evidence is sent to the state lab to be analyzed, which could take months to be completed. “We spend more time in developing a case because the prosecutor wants everything,” Cooper said. “The best case is a case so strong the defendant asks for a deal.” He said most of the team’s equipment has a background from the military — the wires, lasers, infrared and night vision technologies have been used in the military long before they were used in law enforcement. Cooper said every investigator on CIRT carries a digital still and video camera kit in their vehicle

and they are taken to every crime scene. “Everybody has what they’re most likely to use the most,” said CCPD Det. Andrew Lopez. Cooper said most of the team’s technology comes into play after a crime has been determined to have occurred with an unknown suspect. “Technology is just a supplement to what we do,” said Det. Sgt. Jeff Worley. “It’s not as easy as the NCIS where they have a video of everything.” “The people part is thinking how was the crime committed,” Cooper said. Among the team’s arsenal are lasers that help find the trajectories of bullets while bright colored sting is used to show them in photographs, body cameras and microphones are used for undercover narcotic spies. “The way we do business changes as crimes progress,” Cooper said. He said criminals are now using technology, as well, including

LIBRARIES Continued from Page 65 plates or you can fill out an online application.” Also, the library offers free computer classes. “They’re all free, and we have a waiting list,” she said. “We’re looking for more volunteers to teach very basic computer class specifically in the evening, (such as) using a mouse, how to get on the Internet and how to set up an e-mail,” Lindsey added. As part of its services, there is a link to send e-mails or renew books and view current programs, fundraisers and other special events. In the future, Lindsey said she would be checking out watt meters so the patrons can find out how efficient their appliances are at home. Also, the library is looking into downloading the top 100 audio books for its patrons. Although some people think the library will become obsolete, it will do the opposite, Ooton said. “It will put the library at the center of how you’re going to provide public access or access at home,” she said. “Beyond this, our challenge and our exciting gift to the community is that we provide the access and the training. The most exciting part of this is Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to the infrastructure, saying technology evolves.”

cloned cell phones and laptops. The way the departments use technology has also changed. When the Internet Crimes Against Children program was first implemented in Canon City, investigators used artificial profiles to investigate pedophiles who hunt online, eventually bring-

ing them to town for arrest and prosecution. Now, the ICAC team gathers enough information for predators to be prosecuted in their home jurisdictions and the case is transferred to agencies in that jurisdiction. “We have cases that span multiple jurisdictions,” Cooper said.

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Modern Living Children used to evolving technology


owadays, lots of children and teens are more tech savvy than their parents. But children don’t know anything other than constant, rapidly changing technology. It’s a part of their everyday life. Whether it is for educational purposes, social interaction or just for fun, as soon as they get used to one gadget, it is quickly updated – faster, lighter, and more versatile than the previous version. Dick and Mysti Seal’s four sons, Trystan, 12, Ryddick, 10, Coltyn, 8, and Yerick, 6, may be considered gaming experts. After all, they have almost every game imaginable on several gaming systems. Mysti said her boys have time limits on game playing, and they must have homework and chores completed before they can play games on their computer, Wii, Play Station, X-Box or GameCube. The Wii is probably the most physical game. The Seals have a special baseball bat, golf club, steering wheel, gun and tennis racket to use along with the Wii on their 54-inch screen TV. The boys also keep moving with bowling and boxing Wii games. Jeff Shane/Daily Record “I think it’s good because they can still get a workout and not just sit Brothers Ryddick Seal, left, Trystan Seal, Yerick Seal and Coltyn Seal See YOUTH / Page 69 play tennis on their Nintendo Wii at their home.

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PCC keeps senior citizens tech savvy


hey may have been born in the last century, but it does not deter them from learning the latest technology. And it is easier for seniors to learn through the Fremont Campus of Pueblo Community College which offers cyber senior technology classes every semester and during the annual Senior Mini College. Earlier this semester, the college

offered courses on Windows Vista and MS Word 2007, digital memory books and laptops. “Every year that we offer the Senior Mini College, the computer classes are the first ones to fill up,” said Fremont Campus Dean Jennifer Herman. “After the mini college was over, we had people coming in and calling to ask ‘can you do this

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Instructor Frank Nosal talks about computers during a Cyber Seniors class at the Pueblo County Community College Fremont Campus.

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YOUTH Continued from Page 68 there with the remotes, which I like,” Mysti said. The brothers can play all together, and sometimes even mom and dad join in on the fun. Occasionally, the boys play RuneScape on their computers against other players from across the world. Trystan has a regular friend he plays with in China, and others on his buddy list are from Holland and Canada, as well as classmates from Mountain View Core Knowledge School. “If you’re a member you have to do this one quest and you have to have like grade ‘A’ in Algebra because you have to figure out angles,” Trystan said, adding the logs on the game have to be “cut” at specific angles. There is one older gaming system the boys enjoy, as well.

“The Atari is awesome,” Trystan said, but while he says it is fun, it’s not as challenging. “They like the new up-to-date stuff, but they’re still happy with the old stuff,” Mysti said. The boys play their dad’s old Atari. “His mom saved everything from when he was little; she saved all the games, all the books, the joysticks and everything that came with it.” And it still provides lots of entertainment for this generation of gamers. Mysti said her kids do have a vast selection of games, but they wait for the systems to go down in price and buy used games in order to get more fun for less cash. She said it is important for parents to set boundaries with their children and provide adequate supervision — something Brian Konty agrees with, as well. Brian and Trisha Konty’s children Makenzie, 10, and Tyler, 7, also partake in cutting edge technology.

Tyler has an iPad that he uses for games and drawing, and while it is not as versatile as his sister’s MacBook, it is quite portable. Makenzie uses her MacBook — similar to a smaller laptop — for homework and writing. “She likes to write stories, so she types quite a bit on that just for fun,” Brian said. “A lot of times she’ll make cards for people, for birthdays or something special, that way it’s kind of more personalized.” Makenzie also downloads games and music, and her mother, Trisha, said her daughter also likes to create slide shows, by putting her own photographs to music. Today’s children seem to be able to quickly pick up how to use their electronics – even before they are updated and sometimes before their parents can learn. “Sometimes if (Trisha and I) are not sure how to do something, Kenzie and Tyler can figure it out,” Brian said.

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all the time.’” Even though the college offers computer classes every semester, they don’t work for seniors. “They are too long for those who aren’t interested in the college credit,” Herman said. And the classes are too in-depth, she said. “That was an advantage to these types of classes, as well,” Herman said. “Even the introduction to the PC course was at least an eight-week course. (Seniors) just want to come and learn a version of Word or they want to come and learn how to use their laptops. Or they want to know how to get their photos off their camera and into their computers.” This is a way for seniors to learn what they want in a short period of time, Herman said. Offering the mini college was not feasible any other time so the college did the next best thing and offered classes throughout the year. “Some of the (seniors) sign up for all the courses,” said Frank Nosal, who teaches the classes. “The courses aren’t very long. They only last from two to three hours (per day) for a three week (period).” These are the ideal courses for seniors because there are different levels of learning, he said. “We don’t really pursue large expansion in the curriculum,” Nosal said. “What we do is take small pieces and build onto small pieces.

‘We’ll have everything from how to turn (computers) on to saving documents, renaming documents (and learning about social networking).’

— Fremont Campus Dean Jennifer Herman We do a lot of review and discussion.” He said the college focuses on how seniors use their computers. “They all use them for travel,” Nosal said. “When they went to school, they didn’t learn about computers because they weren’t there. Some of them retired just when computers were being introduced and sometimes that’s why they retired.” Also, if four or five seniors ask for certain courses, the college will do its best to offer them sometime during a semester. To go along with that, the Fremont Campus of Pueblo Community College 26th annual Senior Mini College offers a wealth of information, including finance, from banking to mortgages to investments to estate planning, local history of Fremont County and Garden Park along with pastel, card making, crochet, coin collecting, e-books and others, as well as com-

puter courses from March 21-25 at 51320 W. U.S. 50. “We’ll have everything from how to turn (computers) on to saving documents, renaming documents (and learning about social networking),” Herman said. Seniors can learn certain aspects of computers on a regular basis at the Cañon City Public Library, where trainers will offer everything from how to open an e-mail account to surfing online. Residents of Florence can join in when the John C. Fremont Library offers e-books to download on their kindles or nooks before April. Seniors also can learn what is going on at the library on Facebook or by linking to local sites. In addition, the Florence library offers beginning computer classes at 8 a.m. Fridays at 130 Church. In the future, the library plans to add evening classes if there is enough interest. The Penrose Community Library offers free Internet access and Wifi services, as well as computer courses on a regular basis. With more volunteers, Penrose plans to teach basic computer classes in the evening, such as using a mouse, how to get on the Internet and how to set up an e-mail. So there is no need for seniors to be left behind on technology. Information is available at the three local libraries and at the Fremont Campus of Pueblo Community College.

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A Healthy Boost Technology advancements help hospital serve patients


ew and advanced technology is making it easier for health-care professionals to detect and treat issues quicker and with more accuracy than ever before. This year, St. Thomas More Hospital will spend about $1 million in new equipment to better serve its patients. “We’re trying to stay up on the current technology and standards of care that our community needs for the services that we provide,” said St. Thomas More Hospital Chief Administrative Officer Sheri Trahern. “It’s exciting to move forward and get things going.” The most recent addition is the new GI machine that was installed earlier this month. Dr. Erik Rieger is one of the credentialed providers who uses the equipment to better treat patients. “This EVIS EXERA II system allows us to visualize polyps in a different light, literally,” he said. Compared to conventional systems, high-definition endoscopy, combined with Narrow Band Imaging, provides doctors with sharper images and better contrast, which in turn may help them to better detect lesions during examinations when using the wide-angle colonoscope. “This also aids us in knowing

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Dr. Erik Rieger, left, and endoscopy technician Gwen Mestas talks about the new scope technology unit at St. Thomas More Hospital. The new device will allow procedures to have greater accuracy.

the extent of whether a polyp has been completely removed or not,” he said. Director of Surgical Services Jeanine Watson, RN, said the whole new system offers more advantages of diagnosis and treatment for patients. “It offers up to a 40 percent more detection of cancer,” she said. Another advantage, Rieger said, is the ongoing irrigation mechanism that can aid in areas that may otherwise be obscured during the procedure. Watson also said an added benefit is images can be saved. “A patient who comes in now, in five years we can go back and look at their pictures from their previous study and look

for changes that way,” she said. “There’s also programs for educational information that we can provide to the patients.” On average, the hospital performs about five colonoscopies a day. Rieger said the American Cancer Society recommends colonoscopy screening at age 50, and then every 10 years thereafter. “Primary care physicians have been increasingly more aware of the importance of ingoing surveillance for cancer in general, and colon cancer specifically as it relates to the colonoscope, but cancer in general in terms of routine mammography and general checkups,” he said. “It’s really trying

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to move toward more preventative maintenance instead of waiting until disease has advanced.” Two additional updates St. Thomas More expects to have implemented by the end of June are a new women’s digital mammography machine and upgrades to the radiology rooms. Sherrie Stark, lead technologist for the imaging department, said imaging and storage quality will be vastly improved. About 60 to 75 women go in for mammograms each week at St. Thomas More Hospital. The St. Thomas More Health

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Better Business Owners have a new way of doing business


n the midst of the 21st century, using the latest technology doesn’t just make sense — it’s neces-

sary. Portec, a global manufacturer of conveying equipment, uses technology on a regular basis. “We use technology in a number of means that supports the sales and the marketing function, as well as the manufacturing function,” said Patrick Lucas, marketing manager. “With the way our system is set up, we utilize an (Enterprise Resource Planning.) It’s all connected together. From the start of the sales process through the manufacturing process through shipping, the ERP system helps us keep track of the process all the way through.” In the sales process, the company uses the web as a marketing platform, not only for engineers and integrators, but also for customers who are trying to get information about the equipment they have. “The web has a lot of search engine optimization and that is key words to track how to get to the website to get the information about conveyors,” Lucas said. Then, Portec also offers search engine marketing, as well. “We go out to specific sites with content, information, resources, documents, white papers and become an industry

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Portec Inc. Senior Machinist Tony Snyder programs a tool at the plant. Portec uses computer controlled machines and craftsmen to manufacture their specialty conveyers.

expert to support their sites,” Lucas said. “So we get reciprocal links, additional content on additional websites that refer back to us, which improves our website ranking.” Originally in Cripple Creek, where the Fry brothers produced conveyor belts for the mines, the brothers got back together and came up with manufacturing conveyors. At that point, the brothers moved to Cañon City, where they established Portec in 1957 and introduced the first powerbelt curve that went to one of the airlines. “Since 1957, we have (more than) 75,000 units in operation worldwide,” Lucas said. “They

can be anywhere from airports, parcel handling so we do a lot for UPS, FedEx, the postal service. We do a lot of warehouse distribution and we’re also in a lot of food and beverage locations, as well.” Portec also works in cooperation with several websites that list their products and drives traffic, as well as using e-mail marketing to keep in contact with the customer base and prospect base is fairly key as well, Lucas said. Because of the way the systems are integrated with each other from the sales to the machine shop, the company has CNC machines, which is the tooling used to manufacture

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the materials. “We get raw materials in to make the conveyors so we do a lot of machining of our own shafts,” Lucas said. “The CNC machine cuts the steel to the format that we’re looking for.” Typically, the software package will find the best way to nest everything to reduce waste, increase efficiency and decrease the amount of time the person has to lay those things out, Lucas said. Technology also is able to track the amount of time it takes for each person to do each job. “That way, we are able to

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Progress part 3  

Part three of the annual progress edition for the Daily Record