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A Spectacular Day Trip to South Park City & Breckenridge
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We depart Colorado Springs this morning for the lovely Candlelight Dinner Theater. After a gourmet lunch, we’ll enjoy the amazing performance of Peter Pan! After the performance, we’ll be treated to an informative and educational tour, including meeting some of the actors! PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, excellent seats for Peter Pan, a gourmet lunch complete with dessert and beverage and a private backstage tour after the performance.
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The majesty of Quebec against the backdrop of the Laurentian Mountains
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Day 1 - Arrive in French Canada - Settle into your conveniently located hotel before a welcome dinner this evening. $150 Day 2 - Montreal Sightseeing and Notre-Dame Basilica - Embark on a narrated tour of Montreal, per perso n! one of Canada’s vibrant cities known for its rich French-Canadian heritage Day 3 - Ride VIA Rail and Quebec Sugar Shack - After breakfast, Canada’s VIA Rail service takes you to Quebec City. The only walled city in North America, Quebec’s Grande-Al-lee is alive with many quaint shops and sidewalk cafes. Day 4 - Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame, St. Anne de Beaupre and Montmorency Falls - Depart this morning for a scenic drive along the “Old King’s Road” passing beautiful Normandy and Brittany homes to St. Anne de Beaupre, for a visit to the beautiful shrine, the oldest pilgrimage site in North America. Day 5 - Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio and Ermitage Saint-Antoine Shrine - Learn the intricacies of producing copper art at the Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio with a tour and hands-on workshop to make your own copper work of art. Day 6 - St-Felicien Zoo and Old Perron Cheese Factory - Traveling to the shores of Lac St-Jean, come to the famed St-Felicien Zoo. Day 7 - Our Lady of the Cape Shrine - Today, travel to the city of Trois-Rivieres where you’ll visit the Borealis Center to explore the history of the pulp and paper industry in Quebec. Day 8 - Transfer to Montreal and Home - After breakfast we depart for home. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour as described, round trip airfare from Colorado Springs, all transfers, lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 lunches, and 6 dinners.
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A Walk on the Wild Side! Departs October 14, 2020
An Unforgettable Day Trip to the Keenseburg Wild Life Refuge & Butterfly Pavilion
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Walk down the world’s longest footbridge while scouting for large cats and bears lounging in the shade or splashing in the pool. With over 9,000 acres of sanctuary lands the Wild Animal Sanctuary is an attraction not to be missed. The sanctuary is home to nearly 500 animals, including lions, bear, jaguars, coyotes, tigers, mountain lions, porcupines, alpacas and more. We’ll spend a few hours observing these magnificent creatures in their habitat. After lunch we head to the Butterfly Pavilion, where you may interact with over 1600 free flying butterflies in their “Wings of the Tropics” display. After your self guided tour, sip tea, crunch cookies and enjoy an educational, adult-focused lecture on the role of insects across cultures to more in-depth information on butterflies and other invertebrates. We’ll return home after a day filled with amazing creatures, both great and small! PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, entrance into the Wildlife Refuge, lunch, Butterfly Museum lecture and all fees
ristmas An Old Time Branson Ch November 1, 2020 Celebrate the Holidays with fabulous shows, lights, shopping and an old-fashioned paddleboat!
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Day 1 - Depart Colorado Springs for Salina, KS and overnight. Day 2 - We’ll stop at the Russell Stover Outlet Store. We’ll arrive in Branson early this afternoon and check into our hotel, The Savannah House. We’ll have dinner at a steakhouse and then it’s on to the award-winning The SIX Christmas Show at American Bandstand Theater. After the performance we’ll head to the Trail of Lights, Branson’s most beautiful Christmas light display. Day 3 - After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head to the Pierce Arrow Theater to see the Doug Gabriel Christmas Show. This afternoon is on your own to shop, relax or view the beautiful Christmas displays all through town. This evening, we’ll dine at Landry’s Seafood House and then it’s on to Clay Cooper’s Country Express Christmas. After we’ll head back to the hotel for hot cobbler, fresh cookies and ice cream! Day 4 - This morning we head to the amazing Titanic Museum. This afternoon you’re in for a treat as we board the Showboat Branson Belle for the dinner and show. This classic showboat-style activity transports guests to the days of paddleboats along the Mississippi River right on Table Rock Lake. After we leave the Showboat Branson Belle it’s on to the world-famous Dutton Theater! After our evening performance we’ll head back to the hotel for homemade deserts! Day 5 - We say goodbye to Branson after breakfast and head to Carthage, MO where we will tour the Precious Moments Chapel and store. Then, it’s on to Osceloa, Missouri, where the Osceloa Cheese Company started in 1944. We’ll have time for shopping before stopping for lunch. After lunch, we’ll head toward Salina and overnight. Day 6 - This morning we’ll continue toward home, stopping at the historic Cathedral of the Plains, located in Victoria, Kansas. After lunch in Colby, it’s home to Colorado Springs. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, 5 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 3 dinners, all shows and attraction tickets as described, luggage handling, all taxes and fees.
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Discover the golden leaves of Colorado’s shimmering aspen trees on this stunning drive during peak viewing season. As we head over Wilkerson Pass we’ll see brightly colored gold patches of aspen trees dotted among the stately Colorado evergreens. Passing through the land where bison roam and antelope play, we soon come upon the historic and remarkably well preserved town of South Park City, where over forty authentic buildings are filled with over 60,000 artifacts of a day gone by. After leaving South Park City we climb Hoosier Pass, home to magnificent views of the Continental Divide. Here you will find panoramic views of golden aspens quaking in the breeze. After some photo opportunities, we’ll continue on to the beautiful city of Breckenridge, where we will enjoy a lovely lunch and walking history tour, along with free time for shopping. Breckenridge’s main street is home to over 200 shops, so you will certainly find something for everyone! After a lovely afternoon in Breckenridge we’ll head for home, with still more beautiful fall colors to see along the way. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, gourmet lunch, guided history tour, fabulous sighteeing and allhistory fees.tour, fabulous sighteeing and all fees. Deposit of $50 to secure space; final payment due 9/1/20.
! Come see history come to life through the eyes of a local Historican, Katherine Sturdevant. Katherine is a history professor at Pikes Peak Community College as well as a published author. We have the privilege of having her on board with us through the duration of this exciting trip! 6/5 - This morning we depart Colorado Springs and arrive at the Ludlow Massacre Site. After visiting Ludlow we head to Trinidad for lunch before continuing on to Bent’s Old Fort, a fur trading post built in 1833. Dinner in Lamar and overnight at the Holiday Inn Express. 6/6 - After breakfast we head to Camp Amache, where over 7,000 Japanese, most being American citizens, were forcibly imprisoned at the Granada Relocation Center in Granada, Colorado, from 1942 - 1945. After lunch, we’ll continue on to the Sand Creek Massacre Site, where over 230 peaceful Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians were attacked and killed. PRICE INCLUDES: Fully escorted and guided tour, hotel, luggage handling, breakfast, 2 lunches, entrance fees and taxes.
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living properties and long-term care ur family of four has been quarantined for more than a facilities are in the eye of the storm. month. We have gone through Many loved ones are forced to sit three 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. I helplessly by as our family members heard that jigsaw puzzle compasuccumb to COVID-19. nies have had a spike in sales. The medical staffs deserve our We were so bored that we praise as the stay by the patients’ planted vegetable seeds. We watch sides. In many cases they are the last them every day. They are just now Bruce Schlabaugh person there, and they find the LIfe After 50 Publisher starting to sprout with all four of strength to help the dying be with a us cheering them on. I am even thinking of getting a cat harness so I could take caring face and to squeeze a hand as they say my cat for a walk but I fear that would probably goodbye. If you see any health care workers end in disaster. I see Jazzy being dragged give them a smile. I know they would against her will down the street. appreciate it. We are going to put the May edition online, We are all heartbroken as we watch the because so many of our distribution locations victims, and we can only hope there is a cure are closed. We should get back to normal in coming soon. I am getting used to wearing the June as I see businesses cautiously re-opening mask, but I would be overjoyed if we found the in the Springs. vaccine that would give COVID-19 its The senior center is one of our most knockout punch. popular drops and I know the seniors really Let’s hope that the cure comes soon and we miss the comradery they receive there. We look can return to a happier stretch of days. I am forward to it re-opening. pulling for the warm days of summer begin to I have also been saddened as I watch the news about the beating our senior population is further decimate the virus, and I hope soon we taking with this cruel virus. Our senior assisted
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ot printing an actual newspaper this month – I’m sure it’s a first for this publication, which is in its 30th year. As an old school journalist, it’s really strange to me. Of course, life as we know it now is strange from all this COVID-19 madness. Our office was forced to shut down at the beginning of April. We Anthony Welch Life After 50 Editor had no choice really. Most places Life After 50 is distributed are closed down. Our distribution took a major hit. We knew we wouldn’t be printing a May issue. But we also didn’t want our readers to do without this month. So here’s our “digital issue.” You may be reading it on your computer or your phone, or perhaps a friend printed it out for you. No all seniors may be keen on using technology to read Life After 50. If you have friends or family who may struggle with this concept, please give them a call and assist them in reading this month’s issue. You can also download a PDF file of it from lafifty.com and email it to whomever. Though it could change, the plan is to be back in print for June. As for this month, at least we’re doing our tiny part for the environment and saving some paper. Take care everyone, and, as always, thank you for reading Life After 50.
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In these strange and uncertain times we find ourselves wondering, with anxiety, what tomorrow brings. One thing for certain is: humanity will always be there, tomorrow. The question is always, “How do we find ourselves fitting in?” We must never get so busy making a living that we forget to make a life. So this life we make may be full of color and joy, or not so much. I do know there are everyday commitments that help us get through the day. Some are automatic and some are not. We all arise to our own humor (thinking about breathing) and in a weird way find ourselves breathing. This is just automatic. We move forward in our daily activities and time rounds the clock. The fuel that moves us along is oxygen, food and water. No matter where you place your foot on this golden earth we have oxygen. This is not true for food or water. In today’s society the compliment of convenience is ubiquitous it seems. As the body grows and the convenience of this life places a foothold in our daily living, we begin to lose the ability to naturally survive.
An example is the body’s need for vitamin D. Vitamin D comes in two forms Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Truly these are more like hormones than vitamins due to their molecular structure. Your body is riddled with what the profession calls “Vitamin D Receptors” (VDR). Every single cell in your body has receptors for Vitamin D3. When the body is deficient in Vitamin D3 the (VDR’s) go unused. Unused VDR’s means work undone. The sources of Vitamin D3 include salmon, herring, sardines, cod liver oil, canned tuna and egg yolks. Another source in sunlight. I remember in younger years the amount of daylight we could burn just being outdoors never seems long enough. It seems these days the youth for the most part are driven to be indoors doing other things. Our daily jobs or duties robs the sunlight from our bodies. The push against skin cancer and the call for everyone to cover up also robs us of Vitamin D3 production that is made when sunlight hits the skin. Vitamins D is fat soluble meaning that it is deposited in the fat cells of the body. Like anything too much Vitamin D will make you sick. Now let’s think about a stack of logs piled high in the fall to be used to heat your house in the winter.
Assuming the stack needs to be replenished to get us thru a hard long winter, we would, and should, have plans to refill the log stack periodically when needed. What comes in, goes out and when you have no more then you suffer and in this case get really cold. Vitamin D3 is similar. If the Vitamin D3 is not replenished daily then bad things happen and your body will suffer. Recent research suggest that Vitamin D3 deficiency is related to getting sick or infected more often. Vitamin D3 deficiency is related to fatigue and tiredness. Bone and Back Pain, Depression, Impaired Wound Healing, Hair Loss, and Muscle Pain may all be related to Vitamin D deficiency. Interestingly recent research relates a lack of Vitamin D to the following, “An observation of sleep improvement with Vitamin D supplementation led to a 2 year uncontrolled trial of vitamin D supplementation in 1500 patients with neurologic complaints who also had evidence of abnormal sleep. Most patients had improvement in neurologic symptoms and sleep but only through maintaining a narrow range of 25(OH) Vitamin D3 blood levels of 60-80 ng/ ml.” The World Epidemic of Sleep Dis-
orders is linked to Vitamin D Deficiency. Grominak SC, Stumf FE To me, this is profound. Vitamin D3 helping sleep. Keeping the log pile at the right level with wood always guarantees heating the house. Keeping the Vitamin D level in your body at the sweet spot of 60 to 80 ng/ml seems to be the trick to health. The next time you are in your doctor’s office inquire about Vitamin D. Vitamin D3 specifically. Talk about your level and how you might find that sweet spot. Most will find that their Doctor is already prescribing Vitamin D3 as part of their drug regimen. After all, it seems to be a big problem for today’s population. Who knows you just might sleep better and feel better! Remember that sweet spot! A must do is the management of Vitamin D supplementation. Vitamin D supplementation should be managed by a health care provider. An important fact about Vitamin D is that it is fat soluble and you can actually take too much and you will feel miserable over the sweet spot level. Peter McIntyre is a dentist with Briargate Advanced Family Dentistry. With over 489 google reviews we feel we loved as a dental practice. Give us a call. We love and take of our patients.
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Seniors with COVID-19 show unusual symptoms By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News
lder adults with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, have several “atypical” symptoms, complicating efforts to ensure they get timely and appropriate treatment, according to physicians. COVID-19 is typically signaled by three symptoms: a fever, an insistent cough and shortness of breath. But older adults — the age group most at risk of severe complications or death from this condition ― may have none of these characteristics. Instead, seniors may seem “off” — not acting like themselves ― early on after being infected by the coronavirus. They may sleep more than usual or stop eating. They may seem unusually apathetic or confused, losing orientation to their surroundings. They may become dizzy and fall. Sometimes, seniors stop speaking or simply collapse. “With a lot of conditions, older adults don’t present in a typical way, and we’re seeing that with COVID-19 as well,” said Dr. Camille Vaughan, section chief of geriatrics and gerontology at Emory University. The reason has to do with how older bodies respond to illness and infection. At advanced ages, “someone’s immune response may be blunted and their ability to regulate temperature may be altered,” said Dr. Joseph Ouslander, a professor of geriatric medicine at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine.
“Underlying chronic illnesses can mask or interfere with signs of infection,” he said. “Some older people, whether from age-related changes or previous neurologic issues such as a stroke, may have altered cough reflexes. Others with cognitive impairment may not be able to communicate their symptoms.” Recognizing danger signs is important: If early signs of COVID-19 are missed, seniors may deteriorate before getting needed care. And people may go in and out of their homes without adequate protective measures, risking the spread of infection. Dr. Quratulain Syed, an Atlanta geriatrician, describes a man in his 80s whom she treated in mid-March. Over a period of days, this patient, who had heart disease, diabetes and moderate cognitive impairment, stopped walking and became incontinent and profoundly lethargic. But he didn’t have a fever or a cough. His only respiratory symptom: sneezing off and on. The man’s elderly spouse called 911 twice. Both times, paramedics checked his vital signs and declared he was OK. After another worried call from the overwhelmed spouse, Syed insisted the patient be taken to the hospital, where he tested positive for COVID-19. “I was quite concerned about the paramedics and health aides who’d been in the house and who hadn’t used PPE [personal protective equipment],” Syed said. Dr. Sam Torbati, medical director of the Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, describes treating seniors who initially appear to be trauma patients but are found to have COVID-19. “They get weak and dehydrated,” he said, “and when they stand to walk, they collapse and injure themselves badly.” Torbati has seen older adults who are profoundly disoriented and unable to speak and who appear at first to have suffered strokes. “When we test them, we discover that what’s producing these changes is a central nervous system effect of coronavirus,” he said. Dr. Laura Perry, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, saw a patient like this several weeks ago. The woman, in her 80s, had what seemed to be a cold before becoming very confused. In the hospital, she couldn’t identify where she was or stay awake during an examination. Perry diagnosed hypoactive delirium, an altered mental state in which people become inactive and drowsy. The patient tested positive for coronavirus and is still in the ICU. Dr. Anthony Perry, an associate professor of geriatric medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, tells of an 81-year-old woman with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea who tested positive for COVID-19 in the emergency room. After receiving IV fluids, oxygen and medication for her intestinal upset, she returned home after two days and is doing well.
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COVID-19/from page 4 Another 80-year-old Rush patient with similar symptoms — nausea and vomiting, but no cough, fever or shortness of breath ― is in intensive care after getting a positive COVID-19 test and due to be put on a ventilator. The difference? This patient is frail with “a lot of cardiovascular disease,” Perry said. Other than that, it’s not yet clear why some older patients do well while others do not. So far, reports of cases like these have been anecdotal. But a few physicians are trying to gather more systematic information. In Switzerland, Dr, Sylvain Nguyen, a geriatrician at the University of Lausanne Hospital Center, put together a list of typical and atypical symptoms in older COVID-19 patients for a paper to be published in the Revue Médicale Suisse. Included on the atypical list are changes in a patient’s usual status, delirium, falls, fatigue, lethargy, low blood pressure, painful swallowing, fainting, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and the loss of smell and taste.
Data comes from hospitals and nursing homes in Switzerland, Italy and France, Nguyen said in an email. On the front lines, physicians need to make sure they carefully assess an older patient’s symptoms. “While we have to have a high suspicion of COVID-19 because it’s so dangerous in the older population, there are many other things to consider,” said Dr. Kathleen Unroe, a geriatrician at Indiana University’s School of Medicine. Seniors may also do poorly because their routines have changed. In nursing homes and most assisted living centers, activities have stopped and “residents are going to get weaker and more deconditioned because they’re not walking to and from the dining hall,” she said. At home, isolated seniors may not be getting as much help with medication management or other essential needs from family members who are keeping their distance, other experts suggested. Or they may have become apathetic or depressed. “I’d want to know ‘What’s the
potential this person has had an exposure [to the coronavirus], especially in the last two weeks?’” said Vaughan of Emory. “Do they have home health personnel coming in? Have they gotten together with other family members? Are chronic conditions being controlled? Is there another diagnosis that seems more likely?” “Someone may be just having a bad day. But if they’re not themselves for a couple of days, absolutely reach out to a primary care doctor or a local health system hotline to see if they meet the threshold for [coronavirus] testing,” Vaughan advised. “Be persistent. If you get a ‘no’ the first time and things aren’t improving, call back and ask again.” Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
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10 amazing experiences in Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde National Park contains 5,000 archeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings, several of which are open for public viewing.
Editor’s note: Life After 50 realizes traveling isn’t really an option at this time, especially with safer-at-home measures. However, we will continue to run a travel section as a distraction of sorts. Readers can also make lists of places they’d like to go, when it’s safe to travel.
esa Verde National Park, designated by the United Nations as a cultural World Heritage Site in 1978, is a place every traveler should experience at least once in their lifetime. Offering a rare glimpse inside the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people who inhabited the area for more than 700 years, the park contains 5,000 archeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings, several of which are open for public viewing. The national park, just one hour from Cortez in southwestern Colorado, is home to a plethora of enriching experiences. Here are just a few to add to your Mesa Verde itinerary.
Learn the history of the Ancestral Puebloans on the 700 Years Tour.
The 700 Years Tour supplies an in-depth look into the culture, architecture and lifestyle of the Ancestral Puebloan people. The four-hour chronological journey takes visitors from A.D. 600, when the earliest pit-house villages were constructed, to the 13th century, when the civilization resided in the cliff dwellings. See archeological sites along Mesa Loop Road
Morefield Campground’s wooded canyon is home to deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife.
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MESA VERDE/from page 6 and the impressive Cliff Palace. Board a comfortable motor coach and enjoy short hikes led by National Association for Interpretation-certified guides. The tour takes the guesswork out of seeing all of the highlights — just sit back and enjoy the ride! Another option is our half-day Private Tours: You have the option between two great private tours depending on your season of travel! Our summer half day tour and winter half day tour to Chapin Mesa.
Tour Cliff Palace to peek into the homes of the Ancestral Puebloans.
Only available for viewing via guided tour, the park’s largest cliff dwelling is comprised of more than 150 individual rooms and more than 20 kivas (rooms for religious rituals). A tour of Cliff Palace is included on the 700 Years Tour, or tickets can be purchased for the one-hour, National Park Service ranger-guided tour at Visitor Research Center. Other dwellings at the World Heritage Site that can only be explored on guided tours include Balcony House, which features a 32-foot entrance ladder, and Long House, an area reached by 12-mile winding road. These dwellings are open to visitors from late May through the fall, so plan accordingly. Tickets may be purchased for all three cliff-dwelling sites at the Visitor Research Center and the City of Cortez Welcome Center.
Above, Mesa Top Loop Road leads to 12 surface dwellings and cliff-dwelling overlooks. Below, Far View Lodge, located 15 miles inside the national park, possesses some of the best views in the Four Corners region.
Cruise through 700 years of history on Mesa Top Loop Road. This 6-mile driving tour leads to 12 surface dwellings and cliff-dwelling overlooks, including Sun Point Overlook and Square Tower House. Magnificent views of Cliff Palace also make the drive worthwhile.
View scenes from Ancestral Puebloan life at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.
Experience serenity from your own private balcony at Far View Lodge.
Far View Lodge, located 15 miles inside the national park, possesses some of the best views in the Four Corners region and supplies the only lodging inside the park. Panoramic views into four states, private balconies and custom handcrafted furnishings help visitors appreciate the natural beauty and quietude of the area. Check out Far View Lodge specials and packages.
Admire prehistoric rock carvings on Petroglyph Point Trail.
While there are several hiking trails in Mesa Verde National Park, Petroglyph Point Trail is the only one that offers views of petroglyphs or prehistoric rock carvings. Vistas of Spruce and Navajo canyons on the 2.4-mile trail are also a treat.
Sleep under a seemingly endless star-studded sky at Morefield Campground. Set up camp in Morefield
Campground’s wooded canyon and share the landscape with deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife. Choose from 267 single and group campsites and don’t miss the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast offered during the summer at Morefield’s Village’s Knife’s Edge Café. Check into the Morefield Explorer Scavenger Hunt, for kids to enjoy exploring its flora, fauna and archaeology by biking, hiking or driving to locate 30 information stations. Receive a prize after learning about many of the Mesa Verde National Park plants, animals and past history.
Gain access to all the park’s best sights without any climbing, hilly driving or parking on the Far View Explorer Tour.
ADA-compliant and strollerfriendly, the Far View Explorer Tour transports you by motor coach directly
to the most challenging sites in Mesa Verde National Park. Highlights include visiting the highest point in the park — 8,572-foot Park Point — for 360-degree views of the Four Corners; exploring Ancestral Puebloan kivas and cliff dwellings built between A.D. 700 and 1300; and learning newly discovered details and enduring mysteries of the ancient civilization from an expert guide.
Feast on Southwest Indian tacos at Spruce Tree Café.
Spruce Tree Café’s Southwest Indian tacos, Indian fry bread piled high with hearty toppings, are delightful any time of day, but they are especially satisfying after a long day of sightseeing. Steal a spot on the patio for excellent views while you enjoy a seasonally updated menu of Southwest and American classics. There’s also delectable smoked entrees and sides at Spruce Tree Terrace BBQ seven days a week.
This museum houses archeological artifacts and dioramas depicting daily life at Mesa Verde. The 25-minute orientation film is a brilliant introduction to the area’s history, so make this your first stop.
Appreciate the area’s winter beauty on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Mesa Verde National Park’s cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails present enhanced opportunities to view wildlife during the winter, when most of the trees are bare. The groomed Cliff Palace Loop Trail has several cliff-dwelling viewpoints, while the Point Lookout Trail offers access to the area’s peaceful backcountry. This article originally appeared on Colorado.com. Visit the site to learn more about things to see and do around Colorado.
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Why soap, water work better than hand sanitizer By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon UCHealth Today
t’s impossible to find any hand sanitizer at stores these days, but there are plenty of bars of soap on grocery store shelves. And there’s a little known secret about good, old-fashioned soap, even if it’s the cheap, generic kind. It works better than hand sanitizer to remove the coronavirus. How could this possibly be true? Well, it’s all about chemistry, says Dr. Daniel Pastula, a UCHealth
neuro-infectious disease expert who recently assisted local public health officials in Summit County as the coronavirus sparked a spike of cases in their area. Pastula is a neuro-infectious disease expert and neurohospitalist at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and an associate professor of neurology, infectious diseases and epidemiology for the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health. Pastula said soap is a simple, but highly effective tool. (Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with any kind of soap works great for getting rid of the coronavirus. Pastula is a fan of Gloria Gaynor’s video showing her lathering up as she sings her song, “I will Survive.” Check it out below.) Millennia ago, humans discovered that they could combine animal fat with alkaline salts or ash to create what we now call soap. “And this combination did a remarkable job at cleaning,” Pastula said. In more recent years, humans discovered that alcohol can kill bacteria and viruses like the new coronavirus that has sparked a global pandemic. Hand sanitizer is made up mostly of alcohol, so sanitizers have
become a popular choice as people try to stay safe from the coronavirus. While hand sanitizer can neutralize the coronavirus, it doesn’t have one little-known superpower that soap has. “Soap disrupts the sticky bond between pathogens and your skin, allowing the pathogens to slide right off. Not only are you neutralizing the virus with the soap, but you’re also physically knocking it off your hands,” Pastula said. “Hand sanitizer doesn’t do all of that.” So, public health experts truly mean it when they tell you that washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
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described combining various plant fats with alkaline salts to create a cleaning substance they bathed in around 1500 B.C.,” Pastula said. The chemistry of soap is fascinating as well, he said. “Chemistry for the win here. Soap has two chemical parts to it: A head that is hydrophilic, meaning it likes mixing with water. And a tail that is hydrophobic, meaning it likes mixing with oils and fats. Typically water and fats/oils don’t like to mix. But when you add soap, they suddenly do,” Pastula said. Just think about when you’re
mixing a vinegar and oil dressing. You have to keep shaking the dressing because the oil and vinegar keep stubbornly separating. “Soap can bridge the chemical differences between water and fat. That’s why you need soap to clean a greasy frying pan” Pastula said. And that’s what makes it so effective. “Guess what’s coating this particular virus? It’s a layer of fat,” Pastula said. “Soap molecules can pry themselves into the fatty layer of this particular virus and break it up, thus inactivating the virus.”
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SOAP/from page 8 have the option, I use soap and water. I use hand sanitizer as a backup.” As for the type of soap, it doesn’t matter. “It can be fancy mall soap. It can be 50-cent generic unscented soap. It doesn’t need to be antibacterial soap. All soaps work the same,” Pastula said. “And soap doesn’t only work for this virus. It works on many other viruses and bacteria. Pastula said the use of soap dates back to ancient times. “The earliest recorded evidence of soap use was before 2,000 B.C. in the Middle East. The ancient Egyptians
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Breaking up the fatty envelope that encases the virus particles can take a little time. “That’s one reason why you need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds,” Pastula said. With respect to hand sanitizer, “if you can find it, hand sanitizers are a great second option when you don’t have access to soap and water.” But as we all do our part to try to halt the spread of COVID-19, Pastula urges us not to overlook the simple option most people can access. “Soap is simple, cheap, and incredibly effective.”
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Help seniors use video calling to stay connected, combat loneliness By Kati Blocker UCHealth Today
ith safer-at-home and physicaldistancing orders, many people have started to move even more of their lives onto their devices. Work meetings, happy hours and classes are all taking place now via apps like Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp and Google Hangouts. But there are still those who don’t know how to use video apps but would benefit from the interaction. “It is more important, now more than ever, to ensure physical-distancing and shelter-in-place orders for infection prevention don’t worsen social isolation for older adults in our families and in our communities,” said Peggy Budai, a nurse practitioner for UCHealth specializing in geriatric care. “Social isolation can be especially hard on the mental and physical health of older adults. But research also shows that video chatting can reduce the risk of depression in this population.”
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While it’s nice to call your family on the phone to check in, video chatting provides a deeper connection. You have the benefit of physically seeing how someone else is doing, and
there is also the opportunity to share visually, maybe the quilt you’ve been working on or the cute little faces of grandchildren. And once the technology is set up, it can be a daily resource for them. They can join virtual classes or events, have video lunch dates with friends or participate in an online book club or Bible study.
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Skype is a universal call, message and video chat program. To get Skype, you need to download the app and set up a new account. Share your username with the person you want to connect with via Skype. Skype will save your new contacts into an address book for you. The program is free, and you can use it to video call people outside the United States.
This is an encrypted communication tool used throughout the world for chat, voice and video calling. It is free, and it allows you to connect with people outside the U.S. After loading the WhatsApp app on your phone, it will ask permission to access contacts. By accepting this, you can reach out to others with the app, or invite them to download the app so you can connect with them.
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Zoom is typically used for business. But it is free to set up an account, and it may be worth trying if more than two people want to video chat, such as over Easter dinner. It
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Teams is also used more often for business, but again, it allows many people to video connect, share their screens, or just talk together at one time. Use an email as your username and create a password. In both Teams and Zoom, you can create a calendar event/meeting and invite others to join. This way, invitees need only to click on the link within the calendar invite to join (and if they haven’t downloaded the app yet, the link will prompt them to do so). You can also use Teams through your internet browser and not download the app.
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If you’re working on your desktop, you only need to Google the program’s name and it will walk you through how to download it for a Mac or PC. It may also give you an option to download it through the Apple’s App Store or Google Play, which is what you’ll use if you’re on your phone or tablet. On your desktop, you download the program then install it onto your computer by opening the downloaded
program and following the instructions. Some programs you can use via your internet browser so you don’t have to download and install the app. To get an app for your phone, you go to the App Store (iPhone, iPads, etc.) or the Google Play (Android phones) and search for the program’s name. Then you load/open the app on your phone and go through the process to create an account. Your username can be your email address or another name that you can then share with others you want to connect with via that app. To use video chat programs on your computer, your monitor must have a camera. However you connect, make sure to laugh “Laughter can boost the immune system, reduce pain, reduce stress and increase our energy — and that is good medicine for all of us,” Budai said. “In serious times like this, it is not only OK but important for us to connect through video chat and through laughter. “Make a plan to video chat with an older adult friend or relative today, and even better, share a funny moment and laugh together.”
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eople are resilient. People have many experiences to call on in times of crises. People know how to cope and make do. In this time of COVID-19, we are all needing to use our skills and past experiences to meet the challenges of staying home, being dependent on someone to do our grocery shopping, maybe even being told that we can’t leave our room. But given these choices to stay healthy and free of
COVID-19 gives us hope to continue keeping ourselves healthy. This is also the time to review our advance care planning documents. Who will speak for you if you need help and have to make medical decisions? Do you have a trusted family member who will manage your money and pay your bills? The purpose of medical and financial powers of attorney allows you to give that authority and responsibility to a trusted family member or friend. Many of us complete these forms and then put them on the shelf. Many
of us never have the conversation or complete the forms. In this time of COVID-19, we should review our documents and share our wishes. Specifically review your advance directives from the viewpoint of “if I get COVID-19, do I want to be placed on a ventilator?” “Do I want to receive care in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU)?” “Do I want palliative/hospice care, if I am having difficulty breathing and am not able to handle the planned treatment?” “Do I want to be treated in my own home by loved ones?” “Can my loved ones take care of me?” Currently, the Colorado Department of Public Health has approved Crises Standards of Care. Decisions are being made about scarce resources. “Who gets taken to an emergency room by an ambulance is being prioritized based on a set of medical criteria?” Similarly, the State is low on masks, gloves and protective gowns. Hospitals are getting priority to get supplies; whereas, other programs such as nursing homes and assisted living residences, as well as hospices, are looking at ways to re-use supplies to conserve resources. Community members are being asked to make masks. All residents of Colorado over age
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ences taught by profesife is an adventure. As long as we’re still sionals. For around 20-30 living, there are discoveries bucks a month, you can to be made. learn just about anything. People have advenYou are taught at your tures in wheelchairs, own pace, at your own prisons and hospital beds. level. There are thousands People make life changing of courses, ranging from discoveries just days self-help to basic before their death. computer skills to creating The COVID-19 a podcast to how to play Safer-at-Home orders, an instrument – all the By Vicki Morgan whether you agree with way to graduate level them or not, have given us programming courses and freedom to discover, to read, to robotics, Lynda.com is where I go for educate ourselves, to learn technology an education adventure. On the fitness and to be grateful for our neighbors side, be careful when downloading and families. But as your coach, may I apps. humbly suggest that you do not have There are more than 2 million the freedom to gripe, or to succumb to exercise apps, and the app store is not self-pity. As your coach, I’m asking going to protect you from the you to quit moping and start moving. malicious ones. Anyone with a brain Spending five hours a day on can create an app and share your Facebook is not acceptable. It’s a information with who-knows-who, so waste of your life. This article is an be wise. Kim Komando is a former invitation to a true online adventure, client of mine, and her website is a continuing education and the fast track terrific source for the latest scams and to fitness. Starting with the brain, my online threats happening now. She favorite adventure is on Lynda.com also offers tips and tricks for device, (now LinkedIn Learning). The site browsing and banking safety. So if offers personalized learning experiyou’ve never downloaded an app
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FITNESS/from page 14 personally found it a little confusing to use at first. Price: Free for iOS and Android with optional in-app purchases. MAP MY FITNESS: Track workouts as well as everyday physical activities like mowing the lawn or playing hide-and-seek or tag with your grandkids. It’s a senior-friendly fitness app that lets you set personal goals and measure your performance over time. You can even connect with accountability buddies and encourage each other. A little confusing, but worth the learning curve. Price: Free for iOS & Android with optional in-app purchases. THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON OFFICIAL 7-MINUTE WORKOUT APP: All you need is seven minutes, a wall, and a chair. There are easy-to-follow video and audio cues. You can choose which exercises you like and dislike. You can stick with the original seven-minute workout or choose from one of their routines and customize as your fitness improves. If you’re new to exercise, choose The First Timer, which features modified exercises like marching in place, chair-assisted squats, and kneeling pushups. Price: Free for iOS and Android with optional in-app purchases. THE SILVER SNEAKERS GO APP: Silver Sneakers GO offers strength, walking, and flexibility and mobility programs that can be tailored to your fitness level. Within each program, there are easy demonstrations and tips for adjusting movements to suit your comfort level. Activity tracking helps you keep tabs on your weekly and monthly progress, while mobile reminders ensure
you never miss a workout. PRICE: FREE for iOS & Android with optional in-app purchases. MY FITNESS PAL APP: My Fitness Pal lets you log workouts from more than 350 exercises, track your daily steps, and set daily movement goals. The nutrition and calorie-tracking feature draws from over 6 million foods, which makes it easy to monitor your diet no matter what you eat. It even has a barcode scanner! Whether you’re trying to lose weight or put on muscle, the app helps determine the best things to eat to meet your goals. Even if you make something from scratch, you can input the recipe, and the app will estimate its nutritional information. Price: Free for iOS and Android with optional in-app purchases. C25K 5K TRAINER: C25K, which stands for “Couch to 5K,” guides an inexperienced runner to become a 5K runner in eight weeks. You’ll start out walking and gradually progress until most of your session is spent jogging. The audio coach will guide you through a series of walking and jogging for 30 minutes per day, three days per week. This is a super popular program and has helped thousands of newbies discover the joys of running safely. Price: Free for iOS and Android with optional in-app purchases. Here are a few other apps with a twist: YOGA STUDIO APP: More than 100 ready-made yoga videos and meditations. Build your own class from a library of 280 poses, complete with detailed instructions for each one. 7-MINUTE CHI: Tai Chi is an effective exercise for gently improving strength, balance,
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On This Day ... Health and pleasure seekers “drink the healing waters” at Soda Spring in Manitou Springs, 1879. By the end of the 19th century, Manitou Springs was well-known as a resort and healing destination. During the summer season, thousands of tourists visited the city from around the globe. Taking the waters was a social affair; health and pleasure seekers strolled along Manitou and Ruxton Avenues, and stopped at the mineral springs along the way. While linking the mineral waters with health was nothing new – they had been used and considered sacred by American Indians well before this time – the throng of visitors to the mountain city was. This could be attributed to widely distributed pamphlets that extolled the health benefits of the Manitou’s mineral waters, fresh mountain air and abundant sunshine, along with descriptions of the amenities and stunning scenery of the region. Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, cspm.org
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In the dark ages, when phones had dials, we placed our finger in the hole, one number at a time, and pulled it around. Today, my fingers fly over the touch-tone system, in danger of being seared off. pulled it around. Today, my fingers fly over the touch-tone system, in danger of being seared off. I asked a friend the other day if she thinks we misplaced things as often when we were younger. She thought we probably did. But as we approach retirement, we make our memory the culprit — and ultimately, we blame too much on aging. Some current sages advise that peace of mind comes more readily by
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RECIPES/from page 20 water and cooked vegetable mixture to skillet with beef, if using. Cook 2 minutes, or until warmed through, stirring occasionally. Divide pasta between four pasta bowls or plates and top with Ricotta and Parmesan cheeses.
Pasta in a Pinch
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8 oz. uncooked penne pasta 2 1/2 c water 1/4 t salt 1/4 t black pepper 1/2 t dried basil 1/2 t garlic powder 1/2 c milk 2 c mozzarella cheese, grated 1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained 1/4 c Parmesan cheese freshly chopped herbs, for garnish (optional) In large microwavable bowl, place uncooked penne pasta and pour water over top to cover. With food-safe plastic wrap, cover bowl, leaving small section to vent as it cooks. Cook 3 minutes longer than package directs, approximately 13 minutes.
Once pasta has cooked, drain into colander then place back in bowl. Add salt, pepper, basil, garlic powder and milk; stir to combine. Begin to stir in cheese a little at a time. Microwave 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir again. Add cannellini beans and diced tomatoes; stir. Microwave 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Assess if ingredients are hot and cheese is melted. If not, microwave
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1 T vegetable oil 1 pound lean ground turkey or lean ground beef 1/2 c chopped onion 2 1/2 c reduced-sodium chicken
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VID-19), we will make every effort to continue to bring this important service as we always have. We plan to observe a 6-foot distance between the delivery person and the client. • When delivering meals to homes, we will bring the meals to the door as usual and leave them in any cooler or container that is designated for HDM or Meals on Wheels. This service will not change. • Meals will be placed in a cooler bag and left at the door before knocking or ringing the doorbell, then the driver will step back at least 6 feet. • If you require assistance to carry
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20 21 Ham Salad on WW Chicken al a King Bread Jasmine Rice Cream of Mushroom Green Beans Soup Carrot Raisin Salad Spinach Mandarin Apple Salad Strawberries
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Dear Ms. Kitty, I saw where two cats in New York were diagnosed with the COVID-19. My cats go outside under supervision. Can my cat catch the new coronavirus from another cat? Can I catch it from my cat, or give it to my cat? Worried in Walsenburg
Two weeks ago, I fell pretty hard on my sidewalk. Chip and Ernie came running when they heard me yelp. I’m sporting an ugly trail of scabs and bruises on my leg, and I sprained a finger —but it could have been much worse. In our day-to-day lives, things happen. Missteps, accidents—and now the pandemic— could cost anyone of us an unexpected, and possibly lengthy, hospital stay. As pet owners, we need to be ready for the unforeseen. Planning for Sadie’s safety and well-being, if something were to happen to you, is essential. The first step is asking a family member, friend or trusted neighbor to be your dog’s designated caregiver. Knowing ahead of time you have someone to watch over your best friend in your absence is important. A few years ago, an acquaintance was the victim of a violent crime. While he lay sedated in the hospital, his elderly cat remained at home alone and unattended. When he was able to ask about his cat, a neighbor checked the townhouse —and found her to be unresponsive and near death. The story still haunts me. Keep your dog’s medical records and important papers in a designated spot. A folder labeled with Jazzy’s name—and containing vaccination information, her veterinarian’s name and phone number, prescriptions or supplements that she needs, what you feed her, and any other vital information-- should be accessible and easy to find for the person responsible for her in your absence. Any medication and its usage should, also, be readily available. My dog, Ernie, has cirrhosis and must adhere to a strict timeframe for his meds. I have the schedule written out (complete with boxes to check off) on a notepad on our counter. I,
Dear Worried, The Coronavirus has certainly changed all our lives. While many cats have always practiced social distancing, initiating contact at their own pace, it turns out we may have something to learn from them. This level of avoiding other humans is new for most of us and can be a challenge. We all know the virus can be transmitted through the air and on surfaces. Those surfaces can include your cat, just like they can include your clothes. If you have—or suspect you have—this virus, a sneeze or touch can land it on your cat just like it can land on any surface in your home... including other humans.
If you have COVID-19
That’s why, if you are sick, the American Veterinary Medical Association is recommending that you practice social distancing with your cat just like you would with other humans. Ask another person care to for your cat while you’re sick, like a family member or friend. If that’s not possible, wear a mask when handling him or her. Try to avoid petting, hugging, kissing and sharing food or beds with them until you’re well. Please see our article online, COVID-19: Who Cares for My Cat If I’m Sick, about planning ahead for this emergency, as well as exactly how to handle your cat if you become sick and need help.
Pets in the news
You may have heard about dogs and cats who have tested positive for COVID-19 after their guardians got it.
Two dogs in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus at first, then tested negative several days later as their bodies developed neutralizing antibodies to the virus. Neither dog had any symptoms and both lived with other dogs who tested negative. The cat from Hong Kong also tested positive and has not shown any symptoms either. A second cat in Belgium also tested positive and apparently had upper respiratory symptoms. However, no data was given to rule out other forms of an upper respiratory infection and the cat recovered. The most recent cases were two cats in separate locations in New York who tested positive. One cat’s guardian was positive but another cat in the household was negative. The other cat was indoor/outdoor and may have been exposed there or by a family member who was mildly symptomatic. Thousands of other dogs and cats have been tested in the US from specimens from all over the world. These are the only ones who have been shown to be positive for COVID-19.
Don’t worry, but stay safe
What does all this mean? So far, it means your cat can’t get it and give it to you, but there may be a very small chance you can give it to him if you get it. We all need support during these trying times. Our pets are a huge source of comfort to us all. What would life be for most of us without a purring cat? Unless someone in your home is actively sick with symptoms of COVID-19, there is no need to worry about getting COVID-19 from your cat.
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also, keep his scripts for his meds and prescription food next to the notepad. Having a recent photo of your dog available is, also, a must. Put it in your pet’s folder along with all of the other important papers. If you become incapacitated and Shadow escapes out the door during medical intervention, a current picture would be critical to helping to identify him and finding him. Keep in mind that if Shadow is in good hands, he still might bolt out the front door when someone new comes into his house. And don’t forget to keep a leash handy. Even if Rusty is a couch potato that never goes farther than the patio, a surge of adrenaline during a frightening situation might turn your senior pooch into Mighty Dog. Having a leash handy will help keep him under control. Start making your emergency plans for your dog right now; while you have this time. Tell your family and friends to do the same. Our canine companions are always there for us—during the good and the bad; even during the swan dives onto the cement. Let’s do the same for them.
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Laughing Matters “Let me see that!” I said. I guarantee that fly never knew what hit him.
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My wife and I play this fun game during the quarantine. It’s called, “Why Are You Doing It That Way?” And there are no winners.
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My grandkids were over this morning for breakfast. We were all sitting at the table—they with their iPhones and tablets and me with my newspaper—when they started joking that I was old fashioned because I was reading the newspaper. “Grandpa,” they said. “Everybody today uses a tablet like ours instead of the newspaper.” I looked up from my paper.
1. Fortuneteller's opening 5. Banned apple spray 9. Not straight 13. Aired again 15. Mrs. Dithers, in "Blondie" 16. David Copperfield's wife 17. Speechify 18. Indian princess 19. Evangelist Roberts 20. ___ in Charlie 21. School founded in 1440 23. Tabs 25. Pindar works 26. She's a Dahl 27. Makes journeys 30. Inordinately 31. Lubricated 32. Stale from standing 37. Paraphernalia 38. Article of food 40. Follow instructions 41. Contemptible 43. Stigma 44. Genealogy word 45. Quiver 47. Continues a subscription 50. Leisure 51. Hebrew prophet 52. Annika Sorenstam's org. 53. Van Gogh had one later in life 56. Irish island group 57. Robt. ___ 59. Actress Oberon 61. Network of nerves 62. Fill to surfeit 63. Slipped 64. Golf pegs, northern English river 65. Grounded fleet 66. Canadian gas brand
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A woman rushed into a veterinarian’s office with a limp duck in her hands. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and said, “I’m sorry. Cuddles has passed away.” The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?” “Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” the vet replied. “How can you be so sure?” she protested. “You haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.” The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left
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5. Beyond 6. Bank transaction 7. Prince Valiant's son 8. Locomotive track 9. Sun-dried brick 10. Sophia of the screen 11. Papal garment 12. Chums 14. Required 22. Aviv preceder 24. Sleep like ___ 25. ___ barrel 26. Envelope abbr. 27. Duds 28. Nothing, in Nantes 29. Winglike parts 32. Slump 33. Words of denial 34. Simple rhyme scheme 35. Sedaka or Simon 36. Daly of "Judging Amy" 38. Giving no view 39. Supermodel Sastre 42. Child support? 43. Opening word 45. Conical shelters
A golfer whose car broke down flagged down a passing bus and climbed aboard. He sat down on the bus next to a little old lady, his pockets bulging with golf balls. The lady looked quizzically at him and his bulging pockets. Finally, he explained, “It’s golf balls.” She quickly replied, “Does it hurt as bad as tennis elbow?”
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the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador. With Cuddles’ owner looking on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later, he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but this duck is certifiably dead.” He turned to his computer, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed the woman. The duck’s owner took the bill and cried, “$150? $150 just to tell me my duck is dead?!” The vet shrugged, “If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it’s now $150.”
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A man was sitting alone in his office one night when a genie popped up out of his ashtray and said, “And what will your third wish be?” The man looked at the genie and said, “Huh? How can I be getting a third wish when I haven’t had a first or second wish yet?” “You have had two wishes already,” the genie said, “but your second wish was for me to put everything back the way it was before you made your first wish. Thus, you remember nothing because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes. You have one wish left.” “Okay,” said the man, “I don’t believe this, but what the heck. I wish I was irresistible to women.” “Funny,” said the genie as it granted his wish and disappeared forever. “That was your first wish, too.”
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A man with a sore throat went to see the doctor. The doctor examined him and said, “Do you smoke?” He said, “No, I’ve never smoked in my life.” The doctor said, “That’s a pity, giving up smoking would have really helped.”
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Bubba calls 911
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Betty Jo passed away suddenly, and her husband, Bubba, called 911. The operator told Bubba that she would send someone out right away. “Where do you live?” asked the operator. “Down here at the end o’ Eucalyptus Drive,” said Bubba. “Can you spell that for me?” asked the operator. There was a long pause. Finally Bubba said, “How ‘bout if I drag her on over to Oak Street and you pick her up there?”
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Dear Gabby: I am take care of her. We want writing to respond to Mr. her in an Assisted Living place. She declares that she and Mrs. in your February will take her life if we put column. Mrs. wanted her there. What do we do? advice regarding intimate Signed, Frustrated relations which are now out Daughter of the question. My response to her is: it’s not Dear Daughter: I always about sex in a By Gayle relationship, sometimes the Lagman-Creswick understand your desire to protect your mother. I, best type of intimacy is however,being an old where you just lay back, laugh person myself,I know how your together at the stupidest things, hold mother feels. I may feel the same way. each other and enjoy each other’s I recommend you read Atul Gawacompany. You never know what nde’s book Being Mortal: Medicine tomorrow brings. Signed KR and What Matters in the End. If your Dear KR: Thank you for writing. mother wants to spend the homestretch of her life with the one she I totally agree with you. I might add loves, I say make it possible for her to that some men feel their value in a do that. You will have the peace of relationship is performing. It is up to the loving wives to teach them there is mind when she is gone that you let her do it her way! a deeper intimacy! GG By the way, if she were to go into an assisted living during this Dear Gabby: My mom is in a pandemic, she would not even be able rehab after falling and breaking a hip. This is after a series of other falls. She to have visitors. Not even her husband. Plus the fact that she is is insisting on going home to her probably safer at home from the virus, husband. He is older than she is! We in my opinion. I respect that you love so want to protect her from another your mother and want what is best for nasty fall. Her husband feels he can
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fact that you are missing out on their lives. Swallow your resentments and get going on this as fast as you can. I wish you Godspeed. GG Dear Gabby: I am in a tough spot. I had been dating a woman for a couple weeks when this quarantine hit. She says we can’t date because we need to quarantine. I say we should just move in together and quarantine together. She said it is too soon. I said we don’t even know if we will be here when this is over. What do you think? Signed, In a Hurry Dear Hurry: “Haste makes waste?” I agree with your girl. Moving in with someone you have known for two weeks sounds like a recipe for disaster! You can chat and facetime and talk on the phone. By the time this is over you may know if you are compatible. Or not. GG If you have a question for Gabby Gayle, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For Life After 50 While Pikes Peak Library District’s physical locations remain temporarily closed until further notice due to COVID-19, you can still use the Library remotely, anywhere and anytime. Plus, our librarians are bringing their services to you! Check out some of the new virtual services and programs that our team created for you to experience, wherever you might be during this pandemic.
• Participate in the Winter Adult Reading Program! It has been extended until further notice. Read books and complete virtual activities to earn prizes, which will be available for pickup after PPLD locations reopen. • Join us for virtual yoga classes! Every Monday morning, local instructor Svetlana Nudelman guides practitioners through beginner and intermediate-level yoga poses. • Get recommendations during our interactive reader’s advisory! PPLD librarians give real-time suggestions on books, authors, movies, and shows every Monday and Thursday afternoon. • Participate in a live virtual book club! Share what you have been reading and find your next great read every Tuesday afternoon. • Watch a poetry reading! A PPLD librarian recites a selected poem every Wednesday afternoon. • Have your popcorn ready for a movie and community discussion! Our team selects films from PPLD’s streaming movie service, Kanopy, for you to watch. Then, we host curated discussions about the featured movies every Friday afternoon. • Check out staff picks from Regional History & Genealogy! Check out a new Facebook post each day, highlighting individual team member’s interests.
• Have fun at home with our new reading program! Children, teenagers, parents, and caregivers can easily access curated activity ideas, library resources, built-in games, and more. • Test your skills in a digital escape room! Every Monday our team provides a link to a new digital escape room that you can try with your family at home or virtually with friends. • Participate in a virtual Storytime for kids! A children’s librarian leads a sing-along and then reads a children’s book every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. • Get creative with cupboard projects! Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, a children’s librarian demonstrates an experiment or arts and crafts project, all with items that can be found in a cupboard. • Join us for some Saturday fun with a Baby/Toddler Time! A children’s librarian leads a virtual program that focuses on songs and rhymes every Saturday morning. • Be a part of the review crew! Anyone from 13-18 years old can write an original book review and get an hour of volunteer credit. Can’t participate live? No worries! You can view many of the videos whenever it’s convenient for you on our YouTube channel. Don’t see anything that interests you right now? Bookmark our virtual services page for frequent updates, or visit our calendar of virtual events for new additions each week. Stay tuned for more updates from PPLD! Our team continues to explore and expand virtual opportunities that we can bring to you, wherever you may be. Right now, we’re creating new virtual experiences that will launch in the coming days and weeks.
In the summer of 1861, Confederate troops invaded New Mexico Territory, hoping to launch a campaign to win the entire West. They wanted access to the region’s gold mines and to California’s Pacific ports, to fund their rebellion. What ensued was a “three-cornered war”: a fight between the Union, the Confederacy, and Native peoples for control of the Southwest in the 1860s. In this lecture, author Megan Kate Nelson tells the story of these momentous events through the lives of several of its participants: men and women, Union and Confederate soldiers, Navajos and Apaches, and New Mexico civilians. Their experiences shed light on this little-known chapter in Civil War and U.S. For more Info & RSVP: https:// www.cspm.org/event/2020-scholarsseries-when-the-civil-war-camewest/ • Wednesday, May 20 Digital Children’s History Hour: Arches to Zigzags 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. RSVP required – Zoom program instructions will follow on RSVP Enjoy story time, a brief history program, and a guided craft from the comfort of your home. This month we will explore the ABCs of architecture as we celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in a live Zoom Meeting. While all ages are welcome, the May 20 program is designed for children ages 3-5 and their families, and the May 30 is designed for children ages 5-10 and their families. For more info & RSVP: https:// www.cspm.org/event/childrens-history-hour-arches-to-zigzags/ • Saturday, May 30, 2020 Digital Children’s History Hour: Arches to Zigzags
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. RSVP required – Zoom program instructions will follow on RSVP Enjoy story time, a brief history program, and a guided craft from the comfort of your home. This month we will explore the ABCs of architecture as we celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in a live Zoom Meeting. While all ages are welcome, the May 20 program is designed for children ages 3-5 and their families, and the May 30 is designed for children ages 5-10 and their families. For more info & RSVP: https:// www.cspm.org/event/childrens-history-hour-arches-to-zigzags/ • The Story of Us: Ongoing Project Hey families! The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has a special digital project called the “Story of Us.” We’re inviting members of the community to consider what objects, stories, photographs and/or videos they have to share to that relate to the history and geography of the Pikes Peak Region. Please visit http://submit. cspmstoryofus.com/ to submit your digital story.
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COLO. SPRINGS BREAKFAST CLUB for Singles 50+ meets on the first Saturday of each month at Patty Jewett Clubhouse restaurant, 900 E. Espanola St. Singles can make new friends! Join us for breakfasts, activities, dancing, sports, trips and birthday bashes! Breakfast costs $18 (cash/check). RSVP to 719-260-0651 or www.tbc50plus.org. MAXI’S DANCE PARTY* happens every Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Pikes Peak Aerie Eagles Club, 1050 S. 21st St. Great music geared to ages 50-plus! Food and drinks are available for purchase. $6 cover; $3 for Eagles members. *Due to CV virus the Eagles Club will be closed in April, and pending for May. Call 719-660-1358 for more info.
HAIR & NAIL CARE QUALITY HAIR CARE IN YOUR HOME. I do Shampoo & Sets, Haircuts, and Perms. Colorado licensed hairdresser. Pedicures and Manicures, too. 719-330-5251.
HEALTH & FITNESS FACIAL MASKS, cotton, variety of colors and designs, $5.00 each, call or text 719-205-2051. KNEAD a MASSAGE? Feeling a little Knotty? Google me at Scent of Heaven Massage Windy 719-231-9093 STRENGTH AND WEIGHT BEARING Exercise specifically for Seniors. You can work with an experienced, certified and skilled trainer. Call Vicki Morgan at 520247-8291 or visit: seniorstrength.pro.
Citizens Service Center 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 4:30 pm
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SAT. MORNING DELIVERY DRIVERS are needed by Project Angel Heart. We deliver free, nutritious meals to those living with life-threatening illness. To volunteer, please call 719-323-0084.
VOLUNTEER BE A DRIVING FORCE IN YOUR YOUR COMMUNITY
Interested in giving back to your community and having fun? Volunteer with AARP Driver Safety – a program that helps older drivers stay safe on the road.* Sign up today to be an Instructor for our AARP Smart Driver Class room course: • Training is easy and resources are 100% provided • No special skills or AARP memberships required • Teach at least 3 courses a year, on your own schedule
BECOME A VOLUNTEER TODAY! For more information on becoming an AARP Smart Driver Course Instructor, visit www.aarp.org/ driversafetyvolunteer
TOYOTA This program is supported by a generous grant from Toyota to AARP Foundation. All AARP Driver Safety volunteer positions are unpaid. However, volunteers are reimbursed for approved, programrelated. out-of-pocket expenses, such as mileage and postage.
USO VOLUNTEERS can make a big difference in the lives of active duty military, veterans, and their families. 3-4 Hr Shifts are available. Please contact Karla WrightGiles 524-1043.
TRUMP PUTIN 2020 SHIRTS FOR SALE. Vladimir says to let your friends and neighbors know the Russians are on the ticket! $20. Leave your name and number at 719-3605757. You will get a call-back for order info.
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411 S. Wahsatch, Colorado Springs (719) 667-0840 MON-SAT 9AM-5PM Donations Accepted at South End of Building Mon-Sat 9:30am - 4:30pm
WESTERN MUSEUM OF MINING & INDUSTRY seeks Volunteers to greet or lead tours of visitors, help in gift shop, assist curator or do clerical work. share your time and expertise with us! For information, call 719-488-0880.
HOME REPAIR & REMODELING
Dave’s Home Improvement All Kinds Home Maintenance & Repairs 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE U.S. NAVY VETERAN
(719) 393-5851 ANDERSON HOME REPAIR+REMODEL Expert handyman services, 40 years of quality work, carpentry, doors, trim, drywall, power washing, decks, painting, staining and more. Senior Discount. 719331-4320. DON TURNER ROOF REPAIR or NEW ROOF Installation. Over 35 yrs experience repairing or replacing all types of roofing. Skylights installed or replaced. Call 719661-1593 for free estimate.
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Choose from 3, 5, or 7 day meal plans. Only $9.75 per meal delivered to your home at lunchtime by friendly volunteers that also do a check-in.
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Furnaces replaced, repaired or tuned up.
Anyone age 60+ can register for Silver Key Home Delivered Meals by calling 719-884-2370.
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*Discount cannot be combined with other offers.
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Air conditioners or swamp coolers installed or repaired.
HELP WANTED MANITOU SPRINGS HERITAGE CENTER needs volunteers to greet visitors, to help with website, or video and audio tour production. Training provided and history buffs welcome! 719-685-1454 or email@example.com.
VOLUNTEER AT SILVER KEY to help provide seniors with meals, rides, client support, food pantry support, and veterans support. Also needed are office staff and materials support. Please apply at 1625 S. Murray Blvd or online at: silverkey.org/volunteer.
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PERSONALS DEDICATED TO GOV. CUOMO & GOV. POLIS: “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and goodwill, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper, and the finder of lost children.” Ezekiel 25:17
GOODMAN HANDYMAN. QUALITY Work. ALL JOBS Considered. 25% Labor Discount for seniors and military veterans. How can I help you? Call Chad Goodman 719-244-2871.
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PET STAINS & ODORS OUT! “We Clean Up Where Your Pet Last Wet”
Our Veterinarian-Approved Dry Powdered Cleaning Process is Best for Spots, Entire Rooms or High Traffic Areas on All Types of Carpets!
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(719) 232-7218 or 390-7779 HANDYMAN SERVICES. ODD JOBS Plumbing, Carpentry, Fences, Decks, Doors, more. (Mowing or yardwork in spring and summer.) John 719-471-7471. MORE THAN A HANDYMAN. Home Maintenance, Repairs, Yard Work, Organize. 20% SENIOR DISCOUNT (62+). Call Mike - a Senior and Veteran. 719-338-4279.
HOUSECLEANING 2 GIRLS ARE READY TO CLEAN! Our services include: deep cleaning, moveouts, from top to bottom, plus laundry service. 30 Years experience. Have it done right. Call us 719-464-1037.
CALL CATHY’S HOUSECLEANING. Weekly or one-time. My husband will clean gutters and do general home maintenance. Quotes over the Phone. 719-347-0832. EXPERTISE HOUSECLEANING, reliable and trustworthy. Senior personal care services are also available. Please call Karen 719-434-2922. RESIDENTIAL HOUSECLEANING. ALL supplies included. Affordable, fully insured, 20+ years experience with many references. 719-477-0679 TONY’S WINDOW CLEANING. $50 to Clean 10 Windows* and $2.50/each for more. Gutter cleaning, too. 719-271-2199 (*exteriors)
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR, looks and rides like new, 6 wheels, Jazzy Select 6, $1599. 719-374-7145 or 719-392-4409. GRAB BARS, HANDICAP RAMPS, Bathtub to Shower conversions. Other projects or installations to increase mobility and safety for the disabled and/or seniors. Quality work, certified best and insured. 719-244-2871.
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ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR needs new batteries ($500); U-Step Walker with laser for Parkinson’s patients $500; Bariatric Vive bedside commode & over Marketers toilet like commode $50. 719-495-6151. to talk about “The-Rule of
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NEW UP WALKER $300; NEAR NEW DRIVE WALKER with wide seat $150. 303-885-4143. OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS, $450. with Warranty. We sell portable concentrators and oxygen supplies. Repair + servicing of equipment. ASPEN CONCENTRATOR REPAIR SERVICE, 3112 Century St. (off Fillmore) 719-471-9895.
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DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS - restoring women who have been abused to the abundant Distribution: Colorado Springs • Broadmoor • Monument God intended. Always personal and Palmer Lakelife • Black Forest • Gleneagle • Security • Widefield Fountain • Manitou Springs • Cascade • Green Mountain Falls Chipita Parkconfidential. • Woodland Park • PuebloBeryl • Florence Williams 719-649-9054. LA50Frequency_ad_flyer.ai 10/2016
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SINGLE 70+ RETIRED NAVAL OFFICER, Vietnam veteran, looking for single women (60+). Lots of sea stories to share, and more. Byron Ratcliff, 5770 Corinth Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80923. 719-465-6531. SINGLE CHRISTIAN LADY, retired, would like to meet a nice gentleman who is nonsmoking, drinks in moderation, and is well groomed, for friendship first. If you are someone who enjoys conversation over dinner out and perhaps to go dancing, then please write Christian Lady, c/o Life After 50, P.O. Box 50125, Colorado Springs, CO 80949.
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TESSA SAFEHOUSE and counseling for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Crisis Line 719-633-3819 or 719633-1462.
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PETS PET STAINS & ODORS OUT DRY POWDER CLEANING Process (Not Chem-Dry). We Clean Spots, High Traffic Areas and Entire Rooms. All Types of Carpets. Veterinarian-Approved. FREE ESTIMATES. Call 719-941-7662 PLANET URINE. Results Guaranteed.
Your Home, Your Way! I Help with your Real Estate Plans to Maximize Success & Minimize Stress.
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BIG STURDY DOG HOUSE for sale, well insulated, needs a little work, 4 ft x 4 ft, $25. 719-578-9865.
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The Tandem Two WORKING FOR YOU JUDY TROUT EVE BLACKMON (719) 332-8811 (719) 231-4079 blue spruce real estate
BEN IS BUYING HOUSES. If you would like a quick, no-hassle cash sale for your home in “as-is” condition and for a fair price, please text or call me so we can talk. Ben 719-492-1671.
BEN’S LANDSCAPE, TREE REMOVAL. Also tree trimming and stump grinding. 24/7 Emergency Service. Text or Call 719492-1671. DAILY LABOR: YARD CLEAN-UP / GARDENING / PAINTING / ALL THOSE THINGS YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR. $20 PER HOUR. 719-310-5247. DAN THE CARPET MAN. EXCELLENT CARPET REPAIR, the wr inkles restretched, or carpet patches, 48 yrs experience, very reasonable prices, guaranteed satisfaction, 719-822-8588. EXPERT CARPET REPAIRS 40 Yrs Experience. Repairs, Re-stretches, Seam Repair and Pet Damage Inlays. 719-229-1597 or 719-473-5110. Free estimates and Senior discounts. 1
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“Working together to serve you better” • Helping more than 700 Seniors since 1988 • Colorado Springs natives • Call for a FREE Market Analysis/Consultation • My company specializes in relocations anywhere in the U.S.
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CASH FOR OLD BANKS AND TOYS, presidential pin back buttons, Simpich dolls, military insignia and memorabilia. Will buy single items or entire collections. 719-632-9904. MARIAN HOUSE NEEDS: CAN TUNA or chicken, peanut butter, jelly, sliced bread, apples or oranges, mustard, mayo, paper lunch bags, plastic sandwich bags or spoons, styrofoam cups w/lids for their Kitchen which provides over 700 sack lunches daily. Drop off 10-11 a.m. Mon-Fri at west side dock entrance 14 W. Bijou St. PAYING CASH FOR OLD SHAVING MUGS or straight razors and also for fancy canes. Call 719-591-8930. VINTAGE ITEMS WANTED. TOYS, comic books, children’s books, dolls, movie and music posters, Halloween, guitars and amplifiers, and plastic model kits. I’m a collector, not a business. 719-633-5848.
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jazz, rock ‘n roll, country, Broadway, movie PERSONAL ASSISTANT CONCIERGE. General Errands, Home and Office Organization, Vehicle Care, Waiting Service, House-Sitting, House Checks, Grocery Shopping, Gift Baskets, Light Yard Work, Light House Work, Reservations, Tickets, Travel Needs, Packing, Unpacking. Call Angela - VISION CONCIERGE SERVICE 719-330-3337. RV SPOT-FREE WASHING* Also, Mobile Homes or other Vehicles washed. We come to your location. Tony’s Window Washing - 719-271-2199 (*exteriors).
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soundtracks, TV, R&B, soul, children’s, spoken word, etc. I’m a collector, not a
American Classic Marketplace 1815 N. Academy Blvd. #E-24 Colorado Springs 80909
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“Reminiscing about five years residence at Summit Glen, I have reached several conclusions. First and paramount, I know that Summit Glen’s 24/7 live-in management are compassionate and caring about our welfare and happiness. The close relationship between residents and management has promulgated an environment of friendship and unity that spills over into the residents’ lives. The spirit is contagious. Many volunteer to help someone in need or perform tasks that make life pleasant for all. The diversity of residents from all parts of the world and all walks of life add an element of curiosity and knowledge that most find to be educational and interesting. There are a wide range of activities so one is never bored, including bible study, shopping, doctor appointments, free television, hobbies, crafts, games, movies, special events, excursions, and performances by local entertainers. I know that my son made the best choice for me when he chose Summit Glen.” ~ Lloyd Wooldridge “After visiting several retirement communities, Summit Glen impressed me the most because of the friendly, caring attitudes exhibited by all the staff and residents. Sharing meals, participating in lots of interesting activities and meeting new people adds a great new dimension to my lifestyle. I still have my independence, can enjoy my little dog Mia, have a lovely apartment, and feel safe and content. I couldn’t be happier with my choice for this new phase of my life” ~ Dorothy Kelly
Experience the warmth of the gracious retirement lifestyle you deserve Our caring live-in management team is here for you any time, day or night, and all utilities except phone are included in one reasonable monthly rent. We offer local, comfortable transportation for shopping, appointments, and other scheduled activities. We also take care of the cooking, weekly housekeeping, and maintenance, leaving you more time to spend with new friends and family.
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