Life After 50 - July 2020

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TRAVEL AFTER 50: Exploring Paonia like a true local page 4

FITNESS AFTER 50: Fight disease with fitness page 14


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Quality Cruises and Travel 2020/2021 Travel Destinations

FALL COLORS OF SUMMIT COUNTY

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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. $125 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 Spectacular Day Trip to South Park City & Breckenridge

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A Walk on the Wild Side!

history tour, fabulous sighteeing and all fees. Deposit of $50 to secure space; final payment due 9/1/20.

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An Unforgettable Day Trip to the Keenseburg Wild Life Refuge & Butterfly Pavilion

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

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.

ays Southern Plantation Holid December 6, 2020 Mississippi River Cruise aboard a luxury steamboat

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A TASTE OF THE TRUE SOUTH - Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields. PRICE INCLUDES: 7 night luxury cruise, one night pre-cruise hotel, roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, roundtrip transfers, all meals onboard ship, shore excursion included at each port of call, all port fees, taxes and surcharges.

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Day 1 -Depart Colorado Springs for lovely Honolulu. Check into our hotel and get ready for a sunset dinner cruise. Day 2 -Full day tour, including Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri, the USS Arizona Memorial, city tour of Honolulu and the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater. Day 3 -Today we depart for Maui. After arriving we’ll transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore. Day 4 -Experience Maui on this full day tour. See waterfalls, beautiful beaches, flora and fauna and Mt.HaleakalaDay 5 Whale watching excursion with a Certified Marine Naturalist. Day 5 -On to the Big Island, the largest and geologically most diverse of the Hawaiian archipelago. Day 6 -Full day tour of the Big Island, including Volcanoes National Park, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and much more. Day 7 -On to the lovely island of Kauai. The island is so lush and green Day 8 -Today, we’ll see the north part of the island, including Hanalei Valley, Wailua Falls, Kapaa Town and Moloaa Bay. Day 9 -“The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is on our schedule for today. Waimea Canyon is over ten miles long and 4000 ft. Day 10 -Our last day in Hawaii is yours to enjoy on your own, After we check out of our hotel we’ll head over to Smith’s Luau, perennially voted the best luau on the island. PRICE INCLUDES: Fully escorted tour, roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, 10 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 dinners, all tours as described, transfers, inter-island flights, all taxes and surcharges. Deposit of $400 due to secure space; final payment due 1/5/21.

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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.

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Pandemic spreads like wildfire

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t was an unusually hot Now we find day - June 23, 2012. My ourselves wearing masks wife and I were taking a and staying close to home stroll through Manitou out of respect for (and fear Springs. It was my birthday, of) the COVID-19 virus. and Manitou offered us all Similar to the Waldo variety of shops and cafes. Canyon fire, it seems to be As we walked down the moving right along and street I noticed a thin gray out of control. No one Bruce Schlabaugh sliver of smoke rising to the really knows how much or LIfe After 50 west near Waldo Canyon. I what percent of this Publisher thought to myself, “This outbreak is contained. cannot be a good thing.” And, boy, was Fifty governors have 50 different plans I right! to slow its spread or to allow We remember later that day seeing re-openings. Experts are at a complete firetrucks head up Ute Pass. Those loss to find a way to control this firemen had to hike the trail in full pandemic. gear and it was red hot that day. In We have no idea how long it will addition the grass in the forest was take to put this “fire” out. We have bone dry, perfect tinder for the flames seen some friends lose their lives to to do their worst. the virus. We know the senior health We live on the west side near care properties are at risk and doing Mountain Shadows, close to national everything they can to protect their forest land. For days, we were glued to patients. the TV searching for details. We were Tragically, there are leaders or ordered to evacuate once then were decision makers at all levels who have told it was safe to move back. not done their part to help the senior Wrong! The next evacuation order population. Whether bending to forced us to flee again - with even less political expediency or trying to revive time to gather our belongings. Driving our economy or maybe out of pure out at a snail’s pace, we were scared ignorance, many have turned their even more by the grey smoky air and back on protecting us from a deadly white ash falling from the sky. We disease. moved into a friend’s home far to the I am certain that all of us are in a hurry to get back to normal. The virus southeast, near the airport. The fire came within 1,000 feet of has a different plan. The more we congregate, share air space with those our home but destroyed beautiful carrying the disease, or refuse to wear homes along Flying W Ranch Road. Thankfully we were safe and despite it masks, the faster it will spread. all, our home was left standing. Every Infections are on the rise. Rest assured that the staff of Life After 50 is day while following local news, we wearing their masks in public and heard the fire was 10 percent staying home as much as they can. contained, then 20 percent and finally Won’t you join us? in July it was 100 percent contained.

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he gloriously-warm, the summer the best I can summer weather during this strange and brings me joy during this bizarre time. Adapting to unusual time. change is never easy. It’s no ordinary Adapting to life with the summer by any means. At pandemic is unavoidable. times, though, things feel It’s important to live. normal. Waving at It’s important to play. It’s neighbors taking a stroll, important to love. It’s playing basketball in the important to remember driveway, hitting the golf that we are all affected by Anthony Welch course (and mini golf COVID-19. Life After 50 Editor course) with the family I enjoy summer the and grilling food out on most of all the seasons. the deck all help me to forget that Though it’s slightly altered, I’ll keep there’s a pandemic going on. finding ways to relish it. For my However, my thoughts quickly family, we’ve found getting outside catch up with me. Reality sets in the more, hiking, taking road trips have moment I reach for a mask as I head helped ease the strangeness. Keeping close with family has also helped. into a grocery store. Sadness creeps Do what you love the best you in when I think about the next time can during the pandemic. Stay I’ll attend a concert or perform a vigilant. Be considerate of others, and show with one of my bands. Thinking about when my son can wear a mask. Practice social distancing, however, don’t distance see his friends again pulls at my yourself from the ones you love. heartstrings even more. Thankfully, They’re all just a phone call, text or he’s enjoyed some time with cousins. video chat away. I’m striving to make the most of

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From left, Flying W General Manager Aaron Winter poses for a photo with the new Flying W Wrangers - Aaron Weil, Seth Weil, Cassy Weil and Jesse Friesen. Not pictured is Ross Huskinson. Read more on the Flying W on page 6. Photo by Anthony Welch


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Four ways to explore Paonia like a true local Editor’s note: Life After 50 realizes traveling isn’t really an option at this time, especially with safer-athome 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.

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urrounded by mountains, downtown Paonia could be in a Hallmark movie. With colorful, low-slung buildings occupied by local shops and restaurants, it’s no surprise this town is a Certified Colorado Creative District and part of the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition. Feel like a local with these insider tips to seeing all there is to see in this precious western Colorado town.

Things to see and do The best way to start your journey in the cherry capital of Colorado is by taking a stroll along Grand Avenue. The shops and galleries you’ll pass are housed in buildings built in the late 1800s. Pop into The Refinery, which

Wisehart Springs Inn waits your arrival. It’s located on 40 acres of arid valley space outside of town.

showcases clothing and accessories made from reclaimed fabrics right here in Paonia. Sip Big B’s Hard Cider

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and shop at Trader Mags, a resale boutique selling vintage clothing, jewelry and fine art. Blue Sage Center for the Arts offers concerts, classes and a gallery for everyone’s enjoyment. Stop into the gift shop to pick up a North Fork Valley resident’s artwork. Want even more culture? Built in 1928, the Paradise Theatre is the place in town to catch a movie, live music show or the occasional film festival. Now that you’ve shopped until you could drop, it’s time for some wine tastings. Azura Cellars not only makes boutique wines but also sells fine art. Indulge in a glass of merlot and their signature cheese board on the terrace overlooking the bountiful North Fork Valley. Black Bridge Winery’s tasting room is in the Orchard Valley Farms Market. But their full-flavored fruit wines aren’t all they have to offer — sample 18-year-old balsamic vinegars and infused olive oils at the tasting bar. Finish off your grape tour with Stone Cottage Cellars, which produces European-style wines like Gewürztraminer on top of the Garvin Mesa. Wine just tastes better at 6,300 feet.

Dine out Paonia doesn’t just make crisp wines; they have a budding dining

scene just waiting to be explored. Start your day at Root & Vine Market and enjoy delicious favorites like the hearty farmer’s breakfast bowl or the trendier avocado toast. Don’t forget to grab a slice of one of their exceptional fruit pies for after your outdoor adventures. Delight in sweet treats at Ollie’s Ice Cream, open seasonally during warm-weather months. They feature creamy concoctions from Anne & Mann and Enstrom, plus homemade waffle cones, dairy-free options and crispy gluten-free cones. Berg Harvest and Mercantile is situated on a certified organic fruit farm just off downtown; but the secret is their deck, where you can get a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast or chow down on a meat-lover’s pizza later in the day.

Get outside Bring your bike for back-road travel and thrill in the bucolic settings that greet you along with fresh mountain air. The town’s roads are excellent for biking and e-biking. If your two feet are your preferred transportation method, make your way to Jumbo Mountain for hiking trails with views of hunter-green-covered mountains for miles around. The

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Views abound at Azura Cellars.

See the locals at The Living Farm.

PAONIA/from page 4 trailheads are accessible through Apple Valley. Cross a national park off your list by spending a day at the breathtaking Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The sheer walls of this massive geological formation get their name from sunlight’s inability to

penetrate its depths. With 20 scenic overlooks around the top of the park, you can slowly walk toward the edge — faint of heart be forewarned, it’s a long way down. Since it’s a birder’s paradise, see if you can spot one of the peregrine falcons that call the place home before exiting the canyon.

Head off the beaten path Spend the night in a family-operated inn on 40 acres of arid valley space that’s just far enough out of town for the peace and quiet. But don’t worry, the metal-roofed turrets of the Wisehart Springs Inn are still close enough to grab provisions in

town so you can use one of their kitchens to prepare a farm-to-table meal. 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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Pandemic 2020. It seems like the wild, wild west. Most dental practices, including our own, have been closed since the middle of March by a public health order. This means, for the first time in my life, I found myself sitting at home and suddenly getting a taste of retirement. Initially I found myself a bit aimless. I could sleep as long as I liked, but alas I found it hard to shake that early morning wake up bell in my head. I had no start or stop to my day and certainly no organization in between. I found myself making a long list of projects that have been in the back of my mind for a long time. As I started to work through my lists, I found order coming back into my life. I have spent a considerable time working “the ranch” (my property is not big enough to be a ranch and has no big an-

imals, but I jokingly call it one.) There was a lot of work to be done to clean up the winter mess and get my greenhouse back to working order. I had to scrape the weeds off the top of my pile of “3-way dirt” I obtained from the sand and gravel company years ago. A pearl of wisdom from my many years of gardening; 3-way dirt from the sand and gravel company is some of the best for a rich growing soil. When I started the green house, I placed several yards of this 3 way dirt off to the side to use as I needed. This dirt is cheap and full of nutrients. But with the help of this nutritious soil, my vegetables and fruits grew beyond expectation. My tomato plants were 9 feet tall and full of fruit. My blackberries were as big as your thumb. Now, looking at the overgrown and neglected soil, I wonder why I got away from the greenhouse. The last couple of years of my life can best be described as a flash of activity. The greenhouse sat dormant, taken over by creeping raspberry bushes. My life simply filled up and I was away on other adventures letting the projects I loved slip away. These last few weeks, I cleared

out the raspberry bushes and worked the soil. I reworked the plumbing for water access. The left-over winter debris was bagged and tagged and taken to the dump -- several hundred bags of stuff. I eagerly anticipate returning this greenhouse to its former glory. The “ranch” is looking better at this point. Prior to Memorial Day weekend I was waiting for rain so the wildflowers would sprout and I could indulge myself with the usual photography opportunities that usually come this time of year.

My biggest realization during this whole time From the middle of March to the beginning of last week I have done very little dentistry. We have seen only emergency patients. However, the office started back up last week with a new public health order. I am making every effort to change the chaos in my life and find meaning in the projects and people that nurture my soul. This season of temporary retirement is not what has been so difficult for me. What has been so difficult is how this slowed down season revealed that I was

pushing away what was good for my soul. Now I am back to work taking care of the folks I love, but also making time to get home to embrace the projects that keep me centered. One major accomplishment during this time in the wild wild west is that I managed to get my last daughter graduated from high school. What a strange and different experience which was more like going to the drive-in movie as a kid than a typical graduation ceremony. We drove through a parking lot and honked our horn when they called her name. It was strange to say the least, but I was proud to be there and support my daughter. My best advice in these strange times is to take your vitamin D3 as needed and to keep breathing. And should you happen to be in my area in the future please ask me for some tomatoes -- I usually end up with a lot more than I need. Stay safe! 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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Photos by Anthony Welch

Above, Flying W General Manager Aaron Winter looks at the ranch’s new pavilion. Below, construction continues at the property prior to the July 10 reopening.

Flying W rises from the ashes

Historic ranch to reopen 8 years after Waldo Canyon fire ravaged property By Anthony Welch

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lying W Ranch has been a major part of Aaron Winter’s life. “I started out as a ranch hand as a student in 1997. I cooked chuckwagon meals, worked within the little western town, drove the train, parked cars and waited on tables,” he said. In 2004, the Flying W promoted Winter to assistant manager and eventually to director of sales and marketing. The ranch was near and dear to Winter’s heart. The summer of 2012 changed everything. On June 26, 2012, the Waldo Canyon fire crested over a hill and torched everything in sight, completely decimating the historic ranch. Twenty-nine buildings, old west artifacts collected over several lifetimes and ranch homes were gone. Out of the entire western town, only one small building, one teepee and one wooden cross remained, according to FlyingW.com. “It was hard. I didn’t cry until NPR called me. Once I started talking on the radio about the ranch

and what we had lost, that’s when it really hit me the hardest,” Winter said. “These last few years, it’s hard to let go of the past and bring in the new, but I think we’ve done a good job of it. The Flying W will reopen on July 10. It’s been an eight-year process. The ranch has spent a majority of that time working with government

agencies on fire mitigation on the property, planting saplings and restoring the landscape, according to Winter. Five years ago the Wolfe family, who own the ranch, met with architects to start plotting out what

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FLYING W/from page 6

The Flying W Wranglers rehearse in the new pavilion. Three-hundred musicians auditioned for the group.

new structures would look like, Winter said. A year ago in June, construction crews broke ground. “It’s been an evolving plan ever since,” Winter said. “We’re trying to build back what we can, but not all of it will be there.” Russ and Marian Wolfe started the original chuckwagon with just 12 paying guests back in 1953, according to the ranch website. “Russ would hire Colorado College kids to come sing for the guests,” Winter mentioned. Over time, brick by brick, Russ and Marian built the unique and diverse Western Village. Eventually 29 structures, including the church, Construction crews work on Flying W’s outdoor amphitheater. jail, school house, Taos Pueblo, open to 350 guests a day. That will The Flying W auditioned 300 printing press, kiva, library, drug allow the ranch to split patrons into musicians to put together a new Flying store, homestead, Ute Theater, train two groups of 175 people. W Wranglers band. The new band depot and more were built or “One group will tour the western features Aaron Weil (guitar), Seth transferred to the Red Rock enclave, town, while the other eats in the Weil (fiddle), Cassy Weil (upright the website says. pavilion,” Winter said. bass) Jesse Friesen (guitar) and Ross Marian passed away in 1999, and All staff will wear masks, and Huskinson (steel guitar). Russ passed away in April of 2019. patrons are asked to do the same other The Flying W has upgraded its Coincidentally, one of the few than when eating, he added. menu. While the chuckwagon suppers structures that survived the fire was The ranch will feature a used to just include barbecue roast Marian’s House, which housed 3,000 silversmith, blacksmith, a Navajo rug beef, the new offerings include of her cookbooks, Winter said. weaver and the Sweetwater Native fully-smoked brisket, turkey and “The fire took everything, but it American Hoop Dancers. New to the sausage, according to Winter. didn’t take Marian’s,” he added. ranch are animal attractions that will “I’m feeling more nervous than The family tradition continues, as include donkeys, pot belly pigs and excited. I haven’t operated a Russ and Marian’s daughter Leigh chuckwagon in eight years,” he said. Ann Thurston now oversees the ranch. oxen. “The oxen come from the same “I like to say I’m getting back in the The new ranch includes an bloodline of the original oxen that saddle. It’ll be an emotional open-air pavilion that, when there are pulled wagons from the east to west,” experience.” no COVID-19 restrictions, will seat Winter said. Chuckwagon suppers and shows 900 patrons. An newly-constructed Health department restrictions are are hosted at 5 p.m. seven days a week outdoor amphitheater will seat around putting plans for a new train on hold through Sept. 30. To purchase tickets, 1,500 people, Winter said. Under COVID-19 restrictions, the ranch will for now, he added. visit flyingw.com.

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Understanding role genetics play in COVID-19 By Todd Neff

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here’s never been a bad time for a UCHealth patient to donate a sample to the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine’s biobank. But if you’re curious as to whether you’ve already had COVID-19, there’s never been a better time than right now. UCHealth and the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) have worked as a team since the CCPM’s establishment in 2015. UCHealth patients have donated more than 143,000 samples to the CCPM’s biobank of which 30,000 have been genetically analyzed so far. There’s a good reason for that teamwork. UCHealth is on the front lines of the continuing fight against diseases of all sorts. Genetic variations are increasingly implicated in all sorts of diseases. The CCPM’s mission is to understand the connections between genetics and disease. Such understanding will, its leaders and many others believe, lead to the development of better preventatives and treatments and to help UCHealth and others fight diseases.

Kathleen Barnes leads the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine.

Two reasons to contribute to the biobank

COVID-19 is the disease overshadowing all others at the moment. UCHealth offers both coronavirus testing (which tests for the virus itself using a nasal swab) and antibody testing (a blood test that looks for antibodies left behind after the immune system has fought the virus). One can sign up for either test at UCHealth’s My Health Connection portal. If you schedule an antibody

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blood test, you’ll have the option to allow a second small vial to be filled – a vial which will land at the CCPM’s biobank. There are two good reasons why you might consider doing so. First, your contribution to the biobank can help advance medical science over the long term. Size matters when it comes to building a genetic database, which is what the CCPM biobank is. While the biobank does retain frozen blood samples, its real power is in its ability to store,

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classify, and analyze the genetic information derived from the partial sequencing of the DNA in those many blood samples. Some of these genetic analyses are straightforward: cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell anemia, and Huntington’s disease are all caused by a problem with a single gene of the roughly 25,000 in our genome. But scientists now know that all-too-common maladies such as heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and asthma have strong genetic ties. Crucially, these genetic ties bind not to one, but to dozens, hundreds, or even more genes. “What we’ve learned over time, particularly with the technology that lets us sequence entire genomes and understand more about genetic variation, is that for many of these complex diseases like asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, there are literally thousands of genetic variants that are contributing to the risk of those diseases,” said Kathleen Barnes, a University of Colorado School of Medicine geneticist and the CCPM’s director. To understand such complex connections, one needs a huge number of genetic samples – millions being better than thousands, Barnes says. Some diseases may only occur in one in 100,000 people, after all. “In genetic research, we really go for big numbers,” Barnes said. “A hundred thousand is just the minimum we think we need to make important discoveries.” Second, your contribution to the biobank may help you in the near term. While your genetic data is anonymous at the CCPM, its link to your UCHealth medical record number gives you the option of letting CCPM researchers alert your UCHealth doctor as to genetic markers that relate to a growing number of diseases. “We started by returning pharmacogenetic results – that’s how a patient’s genetic makeup can influence their processing of certain drugs,” said Stephen Wick, a CCPM and CU School of Medicine geneticist and regulatory expert. “Also, we’re going to start looking at cancer and cardiovascular disease, and if somebody has an important genetic marker, we will begin to return those results to patients who wish to have them.”

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Senior shopping hours Several stores are making sure those at highest risk for the Coronavirus, especially seniors, have a chance to get the essentials they need to stay quarantined.

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Every Wednesday Target stores will reserve the first hour of shopping for elderly and those with underlying health issues. Target stores typically open at 8 a.m. They ask other guests who aren’t included in those groups to plan their shopping accordingly

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Every Tuesday, Wednesday and

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Store hours have been adjusted and customers who are 60-plus can shop one hour before the store opens to the general public. Click here to find your store’s adjusted hours.

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Corporate offices are strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day to be dedicated soley for the shopping needs of those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

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All Walmart stores will reserve the first hour of shopping every Tuesday for customers 60-years old and older. It will Take place an hour before the store usually opens. The Pharmacy and Vision Center will also be open during this time.

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Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. will be reserved for the shopping needs of senior citizens. For all other customers, store hours will be 8 a.m. - 8 p.m on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hours will be 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. all other days.

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Trader Joe’s Everyday seniors and those with disabilities can enter the store at 8 a.m. — Compiled by Life After 50

GENETICS/from page 8 There’s also a medium-term benefit to be considered, one having directly to do with COVID-19. The CCPM is harnessing its genetic expertise to develop what could become a highly accurate test to determine if someone is currently infected with COVID-19. Today’s tests sample for genetic markers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease. CCPM researchers are harnessing their expertise in a stretch of DNA on chromosome 6 (called the HLA complex) to develop a test to detect the coronavirus based on how the presence of SARS-CoV-2 affects the activation of a patient’s genes in that stretch of DNA. “We think that by doing this, we’ll be able to capture infections at a much earlier stage of disease, identifying infection in individuals who might be asymptomatic and therefore aren’t being tested,” Barnes said. “We can use those data to also create predictive algorithms to tell us which patients with COVID-19 are most likely to go on to develop worse disease and end up in an intensive care unit.”

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UCHealth and the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) are teaming up to understand the genetic underpinnings of the coronavirus and many other diseases. The genotyping happens on an Illumina microarray such as this one.

Genetics and COVID-19 The CCPM has also been part of the Anschutz Medical Campus’s coronavirus-related mobilization. Wicks and CCPM-geneticist colleague Kristy Crooks led a team of six who developed, tested, and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration certification for a coronavirus RNA test in the span of eight hectic days in March. The CCPM’s testing capability was intended to serve as a backup

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for us to all come together with all our genetic tools so that we can try to understand to what extent genetics is contributing to who develops COVID-19 and who doesn’t,” Barnes said. As part of that effort, the CCPM is sending a consortium-developed survey to all of its 143,000 biobank participants with the aim of associating risk factors and symptoms with genetic data. Barnes, Wicks and many others at the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine are grateful to the tens of thousands of UCHealth patients who have helped medical science while potentially helping themselves through their donations to the CCPM biobank. With antibody testing requiring a blood draw regardless, and considering the work the CCPM is doing on the coronavirus and many other diseases, they’re hoping that many, many others join the effort to understand the complex role of genetics in COVID-19 and many other diseases.

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SOCIETY/from page 10 older adults during the most stressful time in our recent history. To meet the burgeoning new demands, we are offering new programs, new delivery systems, and new information. We can find you a Telephone Buddy. Training programs on Zoom are now tutorials, skills based, and fun. Planning is underway for the Salute to Seniors on Aug. 21 and 22, which will be two days of virtual fun, entertainment and resources. Watch from the privacy of your home wherever you live on your computer or laptop, tablet, or IPhone. The Society is a strong voice for older adults, families and professionals. Let us know if you need help to register with the Census online, by

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Cloth face coverings or masks must be worn by all riders over nose and mouth. The operator must provide masks to riders without their own. tion to the Broadmoor for working together with us, and for their willingness to talk in detail with our health officials. “This is an expression of a partnership between our industries and our agencies who have responsibilities for the health and safety of our environment and community,” said El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf. “We are excited to be able to request expanded capacities for private special events and restaurants in El Paso County, which is largely due to the hard work and dedication of this community,” said Dr. Robin

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Five tips to combat loneliness during social distancing For Life After 50

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s a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are staying in their homes to help prevent the spread of the disease even as restrictions lift. Feeling lonely from time to time is natural, but this unprecedented time of social distancing could lead to increased loneliness. There are some easy ways to feel connected to others, even when you aren’t seeing them in person. Consider these tips from Dr. Doug Nemecek, Cigna’s chief medical officer for behavioral health. • Use technology, but not too much. Social media is an easy way to stay connected to family and friends, but too much use can leave you feeling lonely. Cigna’s 2020 U.S. Loneliness Index found that 72 percent of very heavy social media users identify themselves as lonely. Balance technology use with disconnecting and taking time for yourself. Use real-time interactions with others, like video chats, to build meaningful connections. Read a book, take a walk or do a puzzle after screen time. It may help you feel more connected. Or, share a joke with a friend from this month’s Laughing

Matters. • Join a virtual club or group. There are plenty of resources available to find virtual book clubs, craft communities or even fitness challenges. With MeetUp.com, you can start a new hobby, learn a skill or find others who are interested in the same things as you. Once you’re comfortable going out, you’ll have new friends you can meet in person. Pikes Peak Library District and the Rampart Library district offer virtual classes and meets on Facebook

and Google Hangouts. They also have free virtual resources for library cardholders, such as Mango Languages, which prepares learners for conversations in over 70 languages. While gyms are open with restrictions, Crossroads Fitness is keeping patrons engaged with group class instructors hosting classes online. • Spend time outdoors. Simply leaving your house to take a jog around your neighborhood or to walk your dog a few blocks could improve your spirits, refreshing you for the

next time you virtually connect with others. • Ask those you reach out to how they’re really doing. People tend to feel less lonely when connecting on a deeper level. Cigna’s study found that those who do not feel they have close relationships have an average loneliness score of nearly 15 points higher than those that do. When video chatting with friends, ask them for their most honest response when you ask how they’re doing. Everyone will likely feel better for it. • Rethink working hours. We spend approximately 90,000 hours at work over our lifetime, so how we spend that time plays an important role in how we feel overall. If you’re still working, improving your work-life balance and connecting with colleagues can reduce loneliness. Your employer may also benefit from you feeling less lonely. Lonely employees are less productive, produce lower quality work and miss more days of work. So, talk to your boss about changes you can make to how you spend your working hours.

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hat the heck happened this year? It’s a mystery. Conspiracy theories abound. Public health has become a matter for political debate. Surgical masks have become statements of social correctness, not necessarily of safe health practices. The news media shuffles public fear and concern like an old worn-out deck of cards. What will your emotions be today? Just check the By Vicki Morgan news. The media will tell you what to fear, how to react, who to feel sorry for, what’s important, and how to be a good citizen. First thing in the morning, disturbing images flood your mind and have their way with your brain chemistry, setting your emotional tone for the day.

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FITNESS/from page 14 basically hold the door wide open for enemies to come in — by suppressing the number of lymphocytes (good guys). If you go into full-throttle anxiety, you get that horrible flight-or-fight response. The body dumps floods of hormones and chemicals like adrenaline into your system. So in the midst of uncertainty, crisis, sadness and loss, I would encourage you to NOT let media-induced emotions take over your body chemistry and make you more susceptible to illness. Change the bad chemicals for the good ones, via exercise.

The good news If you follow the CDC’s recommendations about mask wearing, social distancing etc., why not also follow their advice on exercise? They, along with most experts, are screaming “Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!” CDC.gov has an entire section called Physical Activity which includes guidelines for active community strategies, walking, activity plans, obesity information … they’ve even got a club called, “Active People, Healthy Nation” just for us! The CDC recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise such as jogging or running — plus muscle strengthening activities twice a week or more. Movement, exercise

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and safe exposure to sunshine all reduce stress, can help with depression, facilitate healing and even stimulate brain function. The trick is, you have to do it. Physical fitness doesn’t happen by osmosis. It doesn’t happen when you join a gym or hire a personal trainer, or sign up for an online program. It happens when you get up off your duff and do it. So, if you’re not ready to join a gym just yet, there are a few websites that you can investigate to help you get started. Most of these sites offer an online senior fitness training plan whereby you meet with a real live personal trainer once a week. Most of them offer meal plans, videos and tons of resources for you to work through. The custom plans cost right around $300 a month – the same as a gym membership and personal trainer. If you follow the plan, it’s well worth it. Here

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ollinators and beneficial insects play a key role not just in the garden, but in our food system at large. Without pollinators like bees and butterflies, we wouldn’t get to enjoy peaches, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples—even coffee, chocolate, tequila and wine! In the U.S., pollination produces $40 billion worth of products —including medicine, crops and plant-based materials—every year. If you think food is expensive now, imagine a world without pollinators.

What is pollination?

Sweet-smelling, vibrant petals catch a pollinator’s attention. When a bug crawls all over a flower, it carries pollen grains from one flower to the next, leading to the formation of plant seeds. In nature, pollinators have plenty of food throughout the season, with annual wildflowers and perennial trees and shrubs naturally providing a smorgasbord of pollen-filled blooms. Human-made environments, though, are not always so accommodating. Asphalt and concrete don’t offer much to a thirsty bee, nor do acres of plants covered with pesticides. “Save the bees” is a cute slogan for a tote bag. But what does it really look like to save the bees, moths, bats, birds and beetles we rely on? Every one of us can make a difference by

planting for them and cultivating safe habitats for pollinators in our yards, gardens and outside churches and workplaces. From early spring to late fall and even during winter, we can provide safe and bountiful havens for pollinators.

Spring

Bulbs, cover crops, cold-hardy plants and perennials offer some of the first blooms for pollinators in search of food after winter. Allium and crocus both flower in early spring, followed by iris, hyacinthus and muscari. Plant bulbs in the fall. After they bloom and wither, cut plants down to 2-3 inches off the ground, and they’ll return again next year.

Consider replacing or diversifying grass areas with cover crops like alfalfa, clover and dandelions, or broadcast annual cover crops like buckwheat and peas. These cold-hardy crops will come up early, providing early season habitat and blooms for beneficial insects. Perennial plants that go dormant during winter are already established once the weather begins to warm, so they come alive quickly and with gusto. Chives, armeria, aster, creeping phlox, dianthus and peony are just a few spring-blooming perennials hardy to zone 5. Fruit trees are also some of the earliest plants to bloom in spring. Not only do fruit trees flower for insects, but they also provide habitat for birds—pollinators we often forget about! Poppies are annuals that easily seed themselves. Come spring, they grow and bloom quickly. You can even plant them in walkways between rows of late-season bloomers. After they’ve bloomed, stop watering, let them go to seed and trample them down to both mulch your walkway and lay down seed for the next season!

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Pikes Peak Library District reopens For Life After 50 On July 1, the Pikes Peak Library District resumed indoor services at almost all facilities and mobile libraries. Hours will vary by location and the first hour will be reserved for people at higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19. When you visit you’ll be able to browse the collection, use self-checkout machines and service desks, make one 55-minute reservation for computers per day (call 719-389-8968 to reserve), use fax or copiers, and charge devices. Here’s what you can expect when you return to use the Library: • Cloth face coverings or masks will be required by all patrons and staff. If you do not have one, PPLD can provide you with a mask. • New capacity limits will be enforced. When capacity is reached, 2368 Research Parkway patronsCO will80920 need to wait outside until Colorado Springs, others are ready ® leave. A Residence of Legend Senior Livingto • Staff will regularly sanitize LegendSeniorLiving.com frequently touched items like handles, counters, and copiers. Computers will be cleaned between each use.

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DIGGING/from page 16 for pollinators to enjoy. I also love planting both annual and perennial flowers amongst vegetable crops to attract beneficial insects and create habitats for earthworms and microorganisms beneath the surface. Marigolds and nasturtium in my bed of squash help deter squash bugs; my cucumbers love growing next to sweet peas and radishes left to flower. A wonderful perennial for pollinators is lavender. Hummingbirds and bees especially love this aromatic plant. Lavender is a drought-tolerant perennial that, in zone 5, goes dormant in winter. It thrives in well-draining soil and doesn’t need many nutrients. If you have a patch of rocky or nutrient-depleted soil, mix in wood chips and a bit of compost, build a mound and plant lavender. Once plants are established, you only need to water every few weeks. Prune in late spring and early fall to keep plants rounded and healthy. Much of the lavender sold in nurseries is not hardy enough for our high desert. Choose a Lavandula angustifolia cultivar or a Lavandula x. intermedia.

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Perennial flowers like black-eyed susan, echinacea and yarrow display beautiful autumn blooms. You can also add blooms to your fall garden by not harvesting a few radishes, dill and basil plants, and other annuals. I like to do this in part to enjoy the full life cycle of a plant and get to know it through its blooms and seed pods.

Winter

While there’s not much blooming in winter, we can still protect pollinators in other ways. Build a bat house or a birdhouse. Put out bird seed in winter. Leaves provide essential shelter for hibernating bumblebee queens and the larvae of butterflies and moths, and attract beneficial insects like lady beetles in spring. Natural and organic gardening practices support the health of all living things. Creating a non-toxic habitat for critters is one of the best things you can do for your garden ecosystem. Not to mention the beauty and the aroma of pollinator-friendly plants!

Happy Birthday America By Kay Owen-Larson “I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom, I can see rays of ravishing light and glory.” John Adams to Abigail, on the passing of the Declaration of Independence “This nation was founded by God with a special calling. The people who first came here knew they were being led here by the Lord Jesus Christ, to found a nation where men, women, and children were to live in obedience to Him…. This was truly to be one nation under God…. The reason, I believe, that we Americans are in trouble today is that we have forgotten this.” Peter Marshall, pastor of East Dennis Community Church, Cape Cod.

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id God have a plan for America? “At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged. In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity …That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they

expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” - House Judiciary Committee report, March 27, 1854 The first settlers felt God had a plan for this nation. The first governor of Massachusetts, John Winthrop, said, “America is ‘A city set on a hill’, which would be a light to the whole world.” Men like William Bradford, John Winthrop, George Washington, who were among the first leaders of this nation, instead of aspiring to greatness, truly wanted nothing more than to serve God’s people. God was able to use them mightily to show the way of building this nation to be “A city set on a hill.” As we are amid a global pandemic that has shut down our economy and threatened our freedoms and racial rioting across the U.S. seems to be dividing our nation. May we take time to find the many incredible blessings that have been poured out on this nation – how much of the grace which continues to cover this country – are a direct result of the obedience and willingness of our forefathers to die to self and to live for others. We are in the times that we can no longer lean on the faith of our forefathers; we must each find our own footing in Jesus Christ.

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e’re being tested, you • What are my know. A worldwide interests, interests being health crisis and national the things I love to do and violence is putting each of want to learn more about? us to the test: Who are we Examples are sports, in the face of adversity? music, reading, art. The You might say, well, world is open here. You my hair has gotten pretty name it! long. Or I’ve gained a few List your interests in pounds. But the real test is order of desire. Then ask By Nancy Norman yourself how much time how well we’re dealing with the current far-reachand energy you’re ing, frightening events. devoting to these things It’s not that we don’t look at that feed your soul. Are you making ourselves in non-crisis times. But them a priority? Or do they only during these times, looking at happen after the work’s done, the ourselves is perhaps even more duties are finished or others are cared important. for? So how can we take an inventory • What do I do when I’m under of ourselves? Questions is the answer. stress, stress being the pressure to take Here are some of them: action as my life unfolds? This is sure • What are my most important a good one for now. values, values being my highest Examples are political strife, standards of behavior? Examples are social unrest, mean neighbors, too dependability, honesty, loyalty, much to do, relationship struggles, compassion, open-mindedness, health challenges. efficiency, integrity, perseverance, List the feelings and sensations that go with stress. Examples are discipline, nonjudgmentalness. depression, anxiety, hyperness, worry, List your values in order of priority. That alone will offer plenty to anger, restlessness, racing thoughts, forgetfulness, raw fear. Are you think about. Then ask yourself how learning how to manage these you’re doing on each core value.

It’s not that we don’t look at ourselves in non-crisis times. But during these times, looking at ourselves is perhaps even more important. feelings? Are you finding out how other people have dealt with stress successfully? • What are my strengths, strengths being the personal “tools” I call on to deal with what comes into my life? Examples are resilience, steadfastness, faith, problem-solving, discernment. List your strengths in order. What strengths would you like to see higher up on your list? What strengths would you like to enhance? What strengths would you like to add to your list? • What is my connection to the

world around me, the world around me being the Earth, other human beings, animals, birds and things we cannot see? Examples are relating to friends and family, interacting with strangers, contributing to the Earth, caring for creatures great and small, my heartfelt sentiments like love and beliefs in something greater than myself. List your connections. Does the way you act reflect how much you feel connected to the world? Are you lonely or isolated? Do you find time to listen to others? Are you willing to risk telling others who you really are? And as you explore your life with these questions, how do you think you’ve changed in the last few months, owing to the grand challenges? How do you want to change or stay the same now? Nancy Norman is a licensed clinical social worker, musician with The Storys music and former “Intimacy” columnist for The Wichita Eagle. Email her at jmediaate@aol. com.

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Recipes: Appease summer appetites with grilled fare looking to achieve, simply slide it over to the indirect heat for a finishing touch. Keep in mind these general guidelines for doneness: 120-125 F is rare, 130-135 F is medium-rare, 140-145 F is medium, 150-155 F is medium-well and 160-175 F is well done. Let Rest Finally, as hungry as you may be at this point, resting steaks is an important last step before diving in. Giving your steaks 5-10 minutes (foil or no foil) allows flavors to redistribute and moisture to be retained in the meat.

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RECIPES/from page 20 Grilled Greek Kebabs

Dressing/Marinade: 3/4 c olive oil 2 lemons, zest and juice only 1 t dried oregano 2 t Dijon mustard 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 t sugar salt, to taste pepper, to taste 3 ts mayonnaise Skewers: 2 c The Little Potato Company Dynamic Duo bagged Creamer Potatoes, cut in half 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes 8 wooden skewers dipped in water pita bread (optional) Salad: 2 c cherry tomatoes, halved 4 sliced Lebanese cucumbers 1/4 c red onion, finely sliced 1 c feta cheese 1 c pitted kalamata olives To make dressing/marinade: In measuring cup, mix olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, Dijon mustard, garlic and sugar. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour 1/3 cup marinade into large bowl. Refrigerate remaining. To prepare skewers: Add potatoes and chicken pieces to bowl with

marinade. Mix well to coat and marinate 30 minutes, or as long as overnight in refrigerator. Preheat grill to medium heat. Skewer potatoes and chicken cubes alternately on wooden skewers. Grill 6-8 minutes on both sides. Grill pita bread, if desired. Finish dressing by adding mayonnaise. To make salad: In large serving dish, mix tomatoes, cucumber, onions, feta cheese and olives. Place kebabs on top and drizzle with dressing. Serve with grilled pita bread, if desired.

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ntil Gov. Jared Polis partially lifted the shelter-in-place regulations on May 26, Colorado restaurants had been closed to in-house diners since March 16. After 70 days of home cooking, we were more than ready to eat out – but our eagerness was tempered by caution. As seniors, we understand that the novel coronavirus is not just life-changing but potentially life-ending. We wanted to be sure that our first night out wouldn’t be our last! We wanted a place that was spacious enough for effective social distancing, one long-established in Colorado Springs with an experienced staff and an owner of a certain age who would take our concerns seriously. And yeah, we wanted good food, reasonable prices, a great atmosphere and excellent customer service. The decision was easy. We joined our pals Bruce and Natalie at Joseph’s Fine Dining, an elegantly casual establishment at 1603 S. Eighth St. It wouldn’t be our first time there, nor will it be our last. Owner Joseph Freyre has been in the restaurant business for more than 25 years. He apprenticed in five-star hotels and restaurants until opening

Joseph’s. He’s created an interesting menu that he characterizes as “mixing the world of old table side flambé cooking with nouveau cuisine, which is sure to suit the tastes of even the most discriminating diner in Colorado Springs.” I’m not sure that the four of us fall into the

“discriminating diner” category, but Joseph’s was a great escape from our domestic lockups. It’s easy to find, there’s plenty of space in an adjacent parking lot, and the open, airy interior is perfect for diner distancing. Karen and I started with a glass of a commendable house chardonnay, while Bruce and Natalie opted for mixed drinks. All the staff was appropriately masked, and the environment felt safe and healthy. Karen started with the Southwestern shrimp cocktail, featuring enormous gulf prawns, clamato and V8 juice, diced onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro and avocado. She chose (and loved!) the grilled Idaho white trout filets for the main course. I opted for the seafood platter; fried calamari, breaded shrimp and crab stuffed mushrooms, served with chipotle aioli and marinara sauce. The shrimp cocktail was great, while the seafood platter (modestly billed as an appetizer) was a meal in itself. I passed on a main course. In summary; the food was great, the service exceptional and the setting reassuring. May COVID-19 disappear, may our restaurants remain open and thrive and may we cautious seniors feel safe and relaxed in all of our caring local eateries!

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businesses and individuals can comply with the orders, according to the release. Gov. Jared Polis announced on June 4 that the state is working on a program called Lifeline Pass to allow visits at nursing homes and senior care facilities from those who test negative for COVID-19 and have no known exposure or symptoms. At a news conference June 18, Polis said the state was still working on the Lifeline Pass program.

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The guidance applies to long-term care, skilled nursing, nursing, assisted living, intermediate care and independent living facilities, along with group homes. The state may amend the guidance if Colorado sees cases increase and data suggest that visitation is no longer safe, the release said. Outdoor visitation will not be allowed if the facility has an outbreak or if the community is under a stay-at-home order.

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WEEKEND FARMERS MARKETS Black Forest Backyard Market

If you have Medicare questions, I can still help! As COVID-19 continues to spread, Humana is here for you and your Medicare needs. We can still accommodate customer service questions, answer member questions, review Medicare coverage and help with enrollments over the phone.

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Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October Location: Margarita at Pine Creek Road (7315 Pine Creek Road) Wednesdays 3 to 7 p.m. at the Pioneers Museum. Visit farmandartmarket.com for more info.

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ASK GABBY GAYLE Dear Gabby Gayle: a mask if I am going to come in contact with The world is opening up, others. I am lunching with and I am not ready. I have one person - my daughter pretty much stayed home - and we sit outside and sit from March to present, on opposite sides of a big even before we had to. I am table. I cannot tell you what a retired healthcare worker, to do. Perhaps you can ask and I have kept up with all your doctor’s opinion. the science. I am on a By Gayle chemotherapy drug, and I Lagman-Creswick Remember, it sounds as if know my immunity is this virus is going to be already threatened. All my friends are around for quite a while. At some ready to toss off the veil of safety and point we will have to venture out. My go out on the town. I tell them I am advice to myself is to move slowly not ready. I really miss my social life and take reasonable precautions. Be too. Are you ready, Gabby? Give me well. GG some sensible advice, please! Signed, Fraidy-cat? Dear Gabby Gayle: My husband and I have been married for 40 years Dear Cat: When is the right time this month. I don’t feel like celebratto venture out? That question is being ing. It has not been a grand time. asked by many people now, especially When we were both working, things older or immune- compromised went fairly well. We both took early persons. It seems to me every state is retirement, regretfully. Once we were different and every person is different. together everyday things began falling What I am doing is one-by-one apart at the seams. Then the pandemic engaging with family members. I still hit and we really had too much do not attend large group functions togetherness. I have looked deeply because my doctor advised me not to. into my soul and said to myself, “Why I practice social distancing and I wear did I ever stay married to this guy?”

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We agree on very little ... even politics! I want to leave him. I told my best friend and she said, “Why now, after all these years?” I told her that I was a slow learner. Then she said, “Ask Gabby.” So here I am! Signed, Enough! Dear Enough: I agree with you that it is not too late to leave a bad situation. However, since you have invested 40 years into it, why don’t you try some marriage counselling? Find a good therapist and both of you go to see if there is something to save. You will either learn some new ways of living together, or you will gain some knowledge on peaceable parting. Good luck. GG Dear Gabby Gayle: I am a 55-year-old male who has no family. I have met a woman who is single but has a huge family. She has four grown children and a slew of grandchildren. I admit that I do not understand this family stuff. She is a great gal and I do love her, but I don’t know about sharing her with all this family. Her family seems to welcome me, and

they always want to hug me. It makes me uncomfortable. I am not used to this stuff. Should I just shut up and make the best of it, or should I run fast in the other direction? Signed, Hesitant Dear Hesitant: This is the way I see it: Loving her is not enough. Can you love her family too, and welcome them into your life and learn how rewarding it is to be part of a loving family? Or are you going to resent every time she wants to be with her family? If so, it will not work! It is not easy for someone who has not had close family ties to change into a family guy. Do you like children? It sounds as if her family is willing to welcome you, but they will quickly change their minds if they sense you do not want them to be a part of their mother’s life. Good luck! GG

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Happenings July: Hikes and Talks in Mueller State Park, 21045 CO-67 in Divide. There are many, many to choose from! Park entry pass is required, groups are limited to 15 people, sign up at the Visitor Center and masks are required. For details go to: cpw. state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Mueller or call 719-687-2366. July: Kimball’s Peak Three Theatre. Will bring you movie streaming in the comfort (and safety) of your own home, on your computer or TV – go to kimballspeakthree.com to start watching some fantastic films! July 3: Woodland Park Farmer’s Market. Every Friday in July, 8am-1pm, shop over 100 vendors of farm-fresh produce, breads, cheeses, pasta, meats, eggs, jams, teas, coffees, and more! Memorial Park and Henrietta Ave. July 3: “What to the Slave is the 4th of July” by Frederick Douglass is read-through at 5:30 p.m. on the steps of Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Masks on – please give each soul a wide berth if you’re not reading.

or just listening pleasure! July 14: Colorado Ghost Towns. Will be the subject of a lecture by historian Phil McDonald, 7 p.m. at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Rd. Seating is limited, call (719) 488-0880 to make reservations ($5). Social distancing will be in place, wearing masks is encouraged and sanitizer provided. The Cripple Creek District Museum along with Pikes Peak Corvair Club will put on the Cripple Creek Corvair Car Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 25, at 510 E. Bennett Avenue. It’s a must-see for car enthusiasts or if you’re looking for something fun to do on a Saturday!

July 4: Fourth of July Symphony On Your Porch. Enjoy a patriotic concert by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on your favorite radio station 5-10 p.m. (Sunny 106.3 FM, Y96.9 FM, KCME 88.7 FM, AM 740 KVOR, or 92.9 Peak FM) July 4: Colorado Springs Fireworks. Fireworks will be set from Banning Lewis Ranch, Falcon Freedom Days at Meridian Ranch, James Irwin Charter Schools, Patty Jewett Golf Course, The Club at

2728 Beacon St. Colorado Springs (719) 636-1515

“A Friendly, Welcoming Church” Pastor Bob Hollopeter Sunday Service: 10:30am & 6:30pm Wednesday Night: 6:30pm roswellcommunitychurchcs.com

Flying Horse, Weidner Field, Garden of the Gods Resort and more. Go to fox21news.com for more information. July 4: Woodland Park Fireworks – The show begins at dark (about 9:15 p.m.) and can be viewed from many places in the city. Please practice social distancing and wear masks in public. July 5-26: Sunday Bingo! Sundays at 6:30 p.m. (doors open 4:30) the Colorado Springs Chapter of Disabled American Veterans hosts Bingo as a fundraiser to help aid local veterans. Wear masks to enter, seating is limited. 6 Knob Hill, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. Each Bingo packet is $7. 719-591-8787. July 10: Flying W Ranch Grand Opening. 3330 Chuckwagon Road. Call 719-598-4000 or 800-232-FLYW or visit www.flyingw.com for more information. July 10: Lila Mori Trio. Yes, the 2020 Jazz in the Garden will happen but with the need to keep physical distance it won’t be quite the same. In partnership with Jazz 93.5 the 7 p.m. concert will be broadcast for your own private garden party, BBQ

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July 15 Deadline: Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption Program. If you meet the criteria and apply by July 15, you can be exempt of up to 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value on residential property. To apply for this substantial savings in property taxes and/or to see if you qualify, contact the El Paso County Assessor’s Office at 719-520-6600 or in person at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road Ste. 2300. July 18: “Magic of the Marsh” is a fun, socially distant and interactive theater hike for families, taking place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd. Adhering to Covid-19 regulations, audience members (no more than 10) will take a short hike at scheduled times. Along the way, you’ll encounter a variety of characters who will unfold the “Magic of the Marsh” story. To register ($15) email: theatreacrossborders@gmail.com July 18: Family, Food & Craft Festival. It’s a fun annual outdoor event at the Masonic Grand Lodge, 1150 Panorama Dr. (at Fillmore). There will be 50-plus handmade and business vendors, live music, food trucks and free entrance from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Social distancing will be in place so please be kind and respectful to others. Masks and sanitizer will be on sale for a nominal price. July 18: Repair Café. Toss it? No

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Happenings Iris Sale

Elmohr Iris Society’s Annual

way! Instead bring your item to the repair café from 1-4 p.m. at Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Together with our Repair Café volunteers, you will disassemble, troubleshoot, and possibly repair your broken item. Registration is encouraged but not required. (Please wear a mask and keep social distance.) ppld.org/ repair-café or find on Facebook or call 719-531-6333 ext. 7012.

July 24-25: Elmohr Iris Society Annual Sale. Hundreds of Iris Varieties, Colors and Sizes will be on sale 9-5 Friday and 9-3 on Saturday at Spencer’s Lawn & Garden, 1430 S. Tejon St. See their ad to get a Free Mystery Rhizome (with purchase) or check the Facebook page for Elmohr Iris Society. July 25 & Aug. 8: Rainbow Falls Geology Walk – PPCC Professor Mark Izold will help you discover the geologic history of the Rainbow Falls area, 10 a.m.-noon. On Aug. 8, there will be a Rainbow Falls History Walk, from 10 a.m.-noon. To pre-register, call 719-520-6977 or online at: elpasocountynaturecenters. com. The cost is $4. (Visitors are encouraged to bring a $1 donation

for future park improvements.)

July 26: Fifth annual Food Truck Cook-Off. Enjoy an afternoon of sampling the best local food trucks cuisine, plus sample dessert and alcohol vendors offerings at The Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. One ticket costs $25 and it covers entrance fee, 10 samplings, one drink, music and entertainment. July 31: Red Mountain Boys. Jon Murphy, Lewis Mock, Jeff Daugherty and Alan Thomas will bring great bluegrass music to Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Dr. Doors open at 6 p.m. and best of all it’s free! Aug. 1: Western Saloon Night Fundraiser & Whiskey Tasting. This event will raise funds for the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd. From 6-9 p.m. a dinner from Bourbon Brothers will be served, live music played by Scott Slay and the Rail, plus Western re-enactments and games. Don’t miss any of it! For reservations ($50) call 719-488-0880.

100’s of Varieties, Colors and Sizes of Iris Rhizomes to Choose From!

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New, Used and Reconditioned Building Materials & Supplies Furniture and Appliances 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

GOOD NEWS THRIFTY SHOPPERS! The Assistance League Bargain Box is making a comeback and is marking existing merchandise 75% OFF until it’s gone. Beginning July 7 the store at 405 S. Nevada Ave is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. (Free parking in the rear) Patrons must wear face masks while in the store and respect social distancing. HOT POINT REFRIGERATOR white, with icemaker, clean, works good $150/offer. (504) 812-7570. IT’S TIME TO SELL what’s unused or is clutter! Life After 50 Classifieds cost only $15 (10-words) per month. PHOTO + 25 words is $25. Just fill out the ad form or call 719-418-2717. RESCUED HEARTS UNIQUE BOUTIQUE, an upscale thrift store selling both new and donated merchandise, where our profits fund local animal rescue and welfare causes. A great place to donate, a fun place to shop! 3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, 719-466-9797 www.rescued-hearts.org.

50 YEAR HOARD MULTI-FAMILY YARD SALE. 1207 LA VETA WAY. Go south on 21st St. to Cheyenne Mtn High School and turn east on La Veta. Sale is 9 to 5 on July 10-11; July 17-18 and July 31-Aug 1. New items each sale! Dishes, antique guns, kitchen stuff, military collectibles, tools, old & new, saws, hammers, wrenches, sand blaster, steel cut-off saw, chain saws, swords, holsters, snow blowers, LP records, hundreds of books, bicycles, deer head mounts, boxes of nails, sewing machines, household items, rocking chairs, antique bottles, food processors, grinders, black smith hammers & tongs, ladies vintage dresses, electronics, typewriters, TV’s, toys, bird cages, yard tools, shop smith multitool, cased tool sets, nuts, bolts, misc and more, more, more! BOOKS FOR YOU IS OPEN AGAIN for regular hours Mon-Fri 10-6 and Sat 10-5. Social distancing is in place and please wear your mask! We are still accepting book orders at 719-630-0502 or email: info@booksforyou.us.

COTTON MASKS, locally handmade with top wire, many colors and patterns to choose from, $5 each, non-medical grade, call Vicki at (719) 205-2051.

ROLLING STONES TSHIRT (L) $10; Mickey’s Disney Letter Jacket, red (XL) $10. Disney Clock, red $5, Lady & the Tramp DVD $5; Lucy & Ethel friends metal hanging $5, t r ave l - s i z e S c r a b bl e game $5, text/call 719460-8314.

Convenient. Freshly prepared. Make your life a little easier! 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. Anyone age 60+ can register for Silver Key Home Delivered Meals by calling 719-884-2370.

HELP WANTED 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. 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.

VOLUNTEER AT SILVER KEY to help provide seniors with meals, rides, client support, food pantry support, and veterans support. Office staff and materials support also needed. Please apply online at: silverLife after 50 2.38x3 PPWFC 2.23.2018.pdf 1 2/23/2018 key.org/volunteer.

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TRUMP PUTIN 2020 SHIRTS. Let all your friends and neighbors know the Russians are on the November ballot! $20. Leave your name and number at (719) 360-5757. You will get a call-back for order info. CM

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HAIR & NAIL CARE

HEALTH & FITNESS KNEAD a MASSAGE? Feeling a little Knotty? Google me at Scent of Heaven Massage Windy 719-231-9093 L O C A L LY H A N D M A D E MASKS with top wire, many patterns to choose from, $5 medical grade, call Vicki at 2051.

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.

3:37:30 PM

VOLUNTEERS WANTED to work 4-5 hours per week. Retail experience helpful. Must enjoy being around dogs.

719.667.3700 Job search assistance, résumés, workshops, hiring events, computer training.

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QUALITY HAIR CARE IN YOUR HOME. I do Shampoo & Sets, Haircuts, and Perms. Colorado licensed hairdresser. Pedicures and Manicures, too. 719-330-5251.

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.

An all-volunteer thrift store funding local animal rescue/welfare groups.

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Citizens Service Center 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 4:30 pm

ppwfc.org

Apply at 3314 Austin Bluffs Pkwy or call 719-466-9797 WORK 1 DAY A MONTH delivering Life After 50. We need a good driver who lives in or is familiar with southwest Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Must have valid CO drivers license, reliable vehicle and proof of insurance. Some heavy lifting involved. Contact Bruce 719.749.8541 or 719.900.7664.

Ken’s Plumbing Heating & Cooling - PLUMBING -

Water heaters replaced, leaky pipes fixed, toilets or faucets replaced, sprinklers repaired.

- HEATING -

Furnaces replaced, repaired or tuned up.

C OT TO N colors and each, non(719) 205-

STRENGTH AND WEIGHT BEARING Exercise specifically for Seniors. You can work with an experienced, certified skilled trainer. Call Vicki Morgan at (520) 2478291 or visit: seniorstrength.pro for more information.

- COOLING -

Discount for Seniors & All Military*

24/7 EMERGENCY SERVICE

*Discount cannot be combined with other offers.

Air conditioners or swamp coolers installed or repaired.

CALL FOR A Veteran Owned by Ken Rivenburgh

10% OFF

FREE ESTIMATE

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HOME REPAIR & REMODELING

HOUSECLEANING

MOBILE HOMES

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.

DRYWALL AND TILEWORK Repairs • Basement Finishes Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling

– Free Estimates –

(719) 232-7218 or 390-7779 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. HANDYMAN SERVICES. ODD JOBS Plumbing, Carpentry, Fences, Decks, Doors, more. (Mowing or yardwork in spring and summer.) John (719) 471-7471. MIKE’S HANDYMAN SERVICE is Ready to Help You in Colorado Springs! Call or Text Mike Whalin (605) 3918375 (please leave message and I will return your call). MORE THAN A HANDYMAN. Home Maintenance, Repairs, Yard Work, Organize. 20% SENIOR DISCOUNT (62+). Call Mike - a Senior and Veteran. (719) 338-4279.

HOUSECLEANING 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. QUALITY CARPET CARE Offers for July: 2 Rooms $59.50 or 4 Rooms $89.50* Call today to schedule cleaning! (719) 5785300 (*includes pre-conditioning, steam process & complete cleaning).

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PROFESSIONAL PROJECT SERVICES

restoration • renovation • fabrication

25% OFF LABOR For Seniors & Military

Quality Work • Insured Certified Best

(719) 244-2871

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!

FREE ESTIMATES!

719-941-7662

MOBILE HOME FOR SALE. 1976 Redman 14x70 White/Brown Trim. Clean & Spacious in great mobile home park, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, nice deck w/ awning cover & mountain views, 10x10 shed, gas stove, furnace, water heater and all appliances. Special features: commercial roof, double carport, rock lot, new furnace motor, new steps and rails, skirted, fenced, freshly painted, new carpet, 2 A/C 5000 BTU and more. $29K OBO. 719-900-8755 (By Appt Only).

RESULTS GUARANTEED!

PERSONALS

RESIDENTIAL HOUSECLEANING. ALL supplies included. Affordable, fully insured, 20+ years experience with many references. (719) 477-0679

71 YEARS YOUNG WOMAN would like to meet an honest, happy, funny man to share time together. Write to YOUNG LADY, c/o Life After 50, P.O. Box 50125, Colorado Springs CO 80949.

TONY’S WINDOW CLEANING. $50 to Clean 10 Windows* and $2.50/each for more. Gutter cleaning, too. (719) 271-2199 (*exteriors)

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT 10 FT ALUMINUM RAMP with two handrails, new $1500, asking $200. 719-2370234. 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. MOBILITY 3 WHEEL EW-19 Sport Scooter, like new, $725. (719) 630-2240. 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.

MOBILE HOMES CIRCLE DR. SENIOR CITIZEN MOBILE HOME PARK. Rentals starting at $850/ month, includes the mobile home, lot rent, trash pickup, water and sewer. 2840 S. Circle Drive. 719-576-1000.

appliance repair drywall stucco or siding cabinets stone or cement countertops handicap ramps plumbing decks + fences ceiling fans small electrical kitchens bath and tile painting install grab bars asphalt seal windows + doors ....and more! bathtubs to shower conversions

BEHOLD, IT WAS FOR MY PEACE that I had intense bitterness: but You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back. Isaiah 38:17. CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN, 66 years, seeking good Christian woman in southeast Colorado Springs for dating and companionship. (660) 223-3258. DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS - restoring women who have been abused to the abundant life God intended. Always personal and confidential. Beryl Williams 719-649-9054.

REAL ESTATE

“I do Real Estate the Old-fashioned Way - with Honesty, Patience and Integrity.” Vi Hunt

SENIOR DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE CALL FOR DETAILS

20 Years Local Experience as Senior Real Estate Professional

INDEPENDENT FULL-SERVICE BROKER

Vi Hunt Realty Call or Text

(719) 237-4316

vhuntcolorado@gmail.com

Call Vi for a Free Market Analysis 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.

Your Home, Your Way! I Help with your Real Estate Plans to Maximize Success & Minimize Stress.

LOOKING FOR A CHRISTIAN MAN, physically active, ages 65-72, to go hiking and to hang out with. Contact Lady Esther, c/o Life After 50, P.O. Box 50125, Colorado Springs CO 80949.

Call Me for Discount Plans Offered!

Nancy M. Fuller

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.

SERVICES

TESSA SAFEHOUSE and counseling for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Crisis Line (719) 633-3819 or 719633-1462.

BEN’S LANDSCAPE, TREE REMOVAL. Also tree trimming and stump grinding. 24/7 Emergency Service. Text or Call (719) 492-1671.

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. Recommended by Pet Stores and Veterinarians. FREE ESTIMATES. Call 719-941-7662. Results Guaranteed.

REALTOR®, SRES

719-337-9201

nancysellscoloradohomes.com Each office independently owned & operated

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 wrinkles restretched, or carpet patches, 48 yrs experience, very reasonable prices, guaranteed satisfaction, (719) 822-8588. 1

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REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

SERVICES

SERVICES

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.

WANTED

“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.

We have up-to-date information on the Springs home market. Give us a call! (719) 338-8110 BRENT DEMOS Real Estate Broker/Co-Founder

KIMBER DEMOS Broker Associate

www.BrentDemos.com bdemos@aol.com

6760 Corporate Drive #300 Colorado Springs, CO 80919

SERVICES

Yesterday’s Values – Today’s Technology

The Tandem Two WORKING FOR YOU JUDY TROUT EVE BLACKMON (719) 332-8811 (719) 231-4079

“You Can Relax Knowing Helping Hands Are On The Job!”

~ We’re Full Service Movers ~ PACKING • ALL THE LIFTING MOVING • UNPACKING

(719) 661-7354

FREE ON-SITE ESTIMATES & SENIOR DISCOUNTS

blue spruce real estate

(719) 633-6223 SERVICES

ORLANDO’S YARD WORKS. Sprinkler Service, Install and Repairs (weather dependent). Fencing, Terraces, New Lawns and more. Call 719.310.0944 or 719.964.1699 for a free estimate.

Dear Life After 50,

I love the ad you designed for my business in the classifieds. I have worked a great deal because of the ad in your paper. It has been a blessing.

SENIORS LOVE HELPERS that arrive at their door! If you can assist them by doing heavy lifting, cooking, hair care or offer companionship, place an ad in Life After 50. Readers are hunting for your services! Call (719) 418-2717.

3938 Maizeland Rd & Academy

RV SPOT-FREE WASHING* Also, Mobile Homes or other Vehicles washed. We come to your location. Tony’s Window Washing - (719) 271-2199 (*exteriors).

719-323-8121

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.

WANTED 1950s-1960s LP’s, 78’s AND 45’s. Blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, country, Broadway, movie soundtracks, TV, R&B, soul, children’s, spoken word, etc. I’m a collector, not a business. Call me first - I pay the most for your records. (719) 633-5848. BLANKETS, TOWELS and SOAPS are needed at Salvation Army shelters. Please bring new or gently used items M-F 9-noon to 709 S. Sierra Madre or to Rescue Mission, 111 W. Las Vegas M-F 10-4, Sat 9-11am. CASH FOR DIABETIC SUPPLIES OR TEST STRIPS. TOP $ DOLLAR PAID. CALL (719) 749-1436.

Classified Advertising

CASH FOR CARS! In Any Condition • FREE TOW AWAY

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. 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.

Buying? Selling? Have a service?

Please write your ad by filling in the blanks on this form. Print each word clearly. The cost of your ad will be shown by the number printed below the last word of your ad. For Business ads, add $5 to total.

Classified Advertising Order: Check the category under which your ad should appear For Sale

Wanted

Fun & Entertainment

Dave Foster, Owner Dave’s Home Improvement

For Rent Pets

Help Wanted Mobile Homes

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Send this form with payment to:

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Silver Key to continue lunch pickup, home delivered meals

Lunch Menu July 2020 Please be sure to make a reservation by calling 719-884-2300 or go to www.silverkey.org/connections-cafe-reservations MONDAY

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Milk is provided with every meal.

7 South Western Chicken Peas & Carrots 3 Bean Salad WW Roll Orange

available as an option in lieu of congregate meal site dining. Clients will receive 5 frozen meals for the week; this new procedure will

available.

Silver Key Home Delivered Meals (HDM) including Meals on Wheels During the current circumstances,

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Swedish Meatballs w/ Noodles Peas & Carrots Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Orange

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concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will make every effort to continue to bring this important service as we always have.

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usual and leave them in any cooler or SUNDAY

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not change. Milk is provided with every meal.

• Meals will be placed in a cooler bag and left at the door before

• If you require assistance to carry meals or the cooler to a more accessible location in your home, the delivery person will respectfully remain 6 feet or more away, as they provide assistance. For those interested in our Home Delivered Meals service this is a helpful and convenient option to consider. Please call 719-884-2300 or visit: https://www.silverkey.org/ services/home-deliveredmeals/ to sign-up today.

Breaded Fish Sandwich w/ Lettuce & Tomato Corn Cole Slaw Spiced Peaches

Seasoned Cod/ Potato Medley Maple Glazed Carrots Banana Roll

31 Riblettes Baked Beans Potato Salad Applesauce

Vege- Burger w/ Lettuce, Tomato & Onion Corn Coleslaw Banana

Registered clients can order meals at www.silverkey.org/home-delivered-meals-order-form/ Please keep this menu for reference.

or Meals on Wheels. This service will

the driver will step back at least 6 feet.

Baked Parmesan Encrusted Salmon Roasted Sweet Potatoes Broccoli Roll Strawberries

Home Delivered Meals Menu | July 2020

container that is designated for HDM

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Chicken Parmesan Pasta Cauliflower Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Diced Pears WW Roll

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Swiss Steak Mashed Potatoes Peas Coleslaw Banana

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Beef Stir Fry Peas Brown Rice Asian Cabbage Salad Apple

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Beef Fajita w/ Peppers Onions, Cheese, Sour Cream & Salsa Tortillas Spanish Rice SW Black Beans Strawberries

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Egg Salad on Whole Wheat Bread Tomato Basil Soup Tossed Salad w/ Red Wine Vinaigrette Orange

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8 Pulled Pork Sandwich Corn Seasoned Pinto Beans Apple Sauce

reduce exposure and keep our seniors safe and healthy! No substitutions

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Connections Café sites will have “grab and go” (prepared meals)

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Connections Café

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12 Roast Turkey w/ Gravy Mashed Potatoes California Vegetables WW Bread Apple

19 Sweet & Sour Meatballs Broccoli Jasmine Rice Tossed salad w/ dressing &Pear

26 Chicken Parmesan Pasta Cauliflower Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Diced Pears WW Roll

7 South Western Chicken Peas & Carrots 3 Bean Salad WW Roll Orange

13 Chicken Taco Salad w/ sour Cream, Salsa and Avocado Corn Chowder Orange

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Pulled Pork Sandwich Corn Seasoned Pinto Beans Apple Sauce

14 Swedish Meatballs w/ Noodles Peas & Carrots Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Orange

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Meatballs Broccoli Jasmine Rice Tossed salad w/ dressing Pear 8 Egg Salad on Whole Wheat Bread Tomato Basil Soup Tossed Salad w/ Red Wine Vinaigrette &Orange

Bleu Roasted Sweet Potatoes Mixed Vegetables WW Roll Mandarin Orange

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Chicken Piccata Pasta Winter Blend Vegetables Peaches High Fiber Cookie

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Beef Pot Pie w/ Buttermilk Biscuit Lima Beans Salad w/ Red Wine Vinaigrette Apple

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Beef Stew Lima Beans Whole Wheat Roll Pineapple Orange Compote

Swiss Steak Mashed Potatoes Peas Coleslaw Banana Chicken Parmesan Pasta Cauliflower Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Diced Pears WW Roll

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Holiday Sandy’s Chicken Chile Tortilla Broccoli w/ Cheese Carrot Raisin Salad Diced Pears 10 Baked Parmesan Encrusted Salmon Roasted Sweet Potatoes Broccoli & Roll Strawberries

Seasoned Cod/ Potato Medley Maple Glazed Carrots Banana & Roll

Chicken Carbonara Broccoli Green Bean Salad Spiced Peaches Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

11 Manicotti Cauliflower Sunflower Broccoli Salad Peaches Raisin Nut Cup Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breast Green Beans Sweet Potatoes Pineapple Tidbits High Fiber Cookie

25 Pulled Pork Sandwich Corn Seasoned Pinto Beans & Apple Sauce

31 Riblettes Baked Beans Potato Salad Applesauce

Vege- Burger w/ Lettuce, Tomato & Onion Corn Coleslaw Banana

Menu substitutions may occur without notice. Clients are advised to keep a 3-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water in the event of inclement weather or other emergencies that may cause a temporary suspension of service.


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Laughing Matters They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to the grocery store. They lied, everyone else had clothes on. A nurse walks into a bank totally exhausted after an 18-hour shift. She grabs a deposit slip, pulls a rectal thermometer out of her purse, and tries to write with it. When she realizes her mistake, she looks at the flabbergasted. The teller, without missing a beat, says, “Well that’s just great...some asshole’s got my pen.”

To be Frank

Submitted by Bob Breazeale

Two women are talking over coffee. Mary: “I’m so exhausted. I can’t sleep. My husband comes home very late at night. I stay up worrying about him and then we argue, and I can’t sleep because I’m upset.” Jane: “I had the same problem. I solved it one night when he came home at about 3 in the morning. I said, ‘Is that you, John?’” Mary: “How did that solve your problems?” Jane: “My husband’s name is Frank.”

On the roof

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A man who lived with his mother, his brother and his cat had to travel for work. Every night he called home and his first question was “How is the cat?”

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One night when he called, his brother answered. When the man asked, “How’s the cat?” his brother said with some exasperation, “The cat died.” The man was distraught. He told his brother, “You didn’t have to tell me that way! You could have just told me that the cat was on the roof. Then tomorrow when I called you could have told me the cat had slipped but had been checked by the vet and was resting quietly. And then the next time I called you could have told me that the cat had passed away peacefully in its sleep.” So the next night when the man called home, he asked his brother, “Well, how’s Mom?” His brother answered, “Mom is on the roof.”

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Q: “There is a gap in your resume. What were you doing in 2020?” A: “I was washing my hands.” Q: Is COVID-19 really serious?” A: Casinos and churches are closed. When heaven and hell agree on the same thing, it’s probably pretty serious. Q: “Is that alcohol I smell?” A: “No officer, it’s hand sanitizer.” To all the grandparents who are missing their grandchildren: When this is over you can have them for a month. Promise. Breaking news: wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended. Not so much to prevent COVID-19, but to stop eating. It’s been such a joy being home with my wife the past three weeks. We’ve caught up on all the things I’ve done wrong the past 30 years. I ordered Chinese food for takeout last night. As the driver came to the door, I walked out to meet him. He started shouting, “Isolate! Isolate!” I replied, “You’re not that late. I only ordered it 15 minutes ago.” Notice from the Association of Psychiatrists: Dear Citizens, during the quarantine, it is considered normal to talk to your plants and pets. Kindly contact us only if they reply.

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Business Profile

Local moving company celebrates 27 years By Anthony Welch

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ric St. Pierre worked for the original Two Men and a Truck business in Michigan while attending Ferris State University. Long before it was a franchise, St. Pierre enjoyed working for the company’s founder, Mary Ellen Sheets. At the time, the company had just three moving trucks. “I liked being out and about and not having to work in just one place,” he said. “I enjoyed meeting different people. I liked the physical labor aspect. Moving is stressful for people. It was nice to see how easier you made their lives by lending a hand.” St. Pierre graduated with a degree in television production. He worked as a videotape editor in a television studio following college. But he just wasn’t satisfied. That’s when Two Men and a Truck started franchising its business. St. Pierre and good friend/business partner Jeff Walker, who had been working in a steel warehouse, decided to purchase their own franchise. The duo had heard great things about Colorado Springs and, after making a

Eric St. Pierre, left, and Jeff Walker started their business with just one truck.

visit to town, decided they would set up shop here in 1993. “We used credit cards and what little we had and bought a franchise,”

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St. Pierre said. St. Pierre and Walker started with just one truck. As their business celebrates its 27th year, the company’s fleet is now 26 trucks. “Our goal was to add a truck each year,” St. Pierre said. These days, Two Men and a Truck complete 7,000 moves a year, according to St. Pierre. He estimates about 20 percent of those are helping seniors move in and out of senior facilities or apartments and houses. “If anyone needs help, it’s the seniors,” St. Pierre added. The Colorado Springs franchise experienced a lot of growth in its earlier years, he said. As the city continues to expand, Two Men and a Truck saw 10 percent growth during the past five years. “COVID-19 has slowed that, but we hope to rebound,” St. Pierre said. Just as other businesses have suffered from the pandemic, Two Men and a Truck saw 26 percent decrease in revenue for the months of April and May, according to St. Pierre. The company also had to alter moving procedures. “We had to take extra precautions, like wiping down our trucks and equipment at least twice daily. Our men also had to wear face masks, which was hard for them in the hotter weather and when going up to a third-floor apartment,” St. Pierre said. “We also had hazard suits for them when they did any moves in a senior living facility that had a confirmed COVID-19 case. We also closed our office to foot traffic for two months

and only assisted customer by phone or curbside delivery of boxes. Our in-home move consultant did his estimates by video walk-throughs with the customers.” Two Men and a Truck believes in giving back to the community that has given them so much. The franchise is proud to work with the following charities to help give back the to the city of Colorado Springs: TESSA, Partners in Housing, Ecumenical Social Ministries, Care and Share, Air Force Academy Athletics, Coronado High School and Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust. The company also conducts its own local donation programs called Movers for Moms and Movers for Meals. Two Men and a Truck is a member of the Better Business Bureau, Apartment Association and the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs. Two Men and a Truck is the proud recipient of the 2016 Better Business Bureau’s Excellence in Customer Service Award. The EICS Award recognizes superior customer service and systematic business improvement initiatives, which promote service delivery within the business community and support an enhanced quality of life in Southern Colorado. While he’s been behind the desk for years as a co-owner, St. Pierre occasionally pitches in on a move when needed. He misses that part of the business at times while juggling the numerous things an owner is responsible for. “When helping with a move, you get to watch the progress and see what you’ve accomplished at the end of the day,” he said. Once things calm down with the pandemic, Two Men and a Truck hopes to expand. Its current location at 3220 Fillmore Ridge Heights is starting to run out of parking room for all its trucks and employees cars. “We’re looking at getting a bigger office or opening a second office, maybe on the eastside of town,” St. Pierre said. “We’re also planning to add junk hauling services. That’ For more on the company, visit twomenandatruck.com/movers/co/ colorado-springs.


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Courage for your cowardly lion Canine Column: Dog days of summer By Sara Ferguson Dear Ms Kitty, My cat Fitz is the perfect loving and happy companion until my friends come over. Then he hides so much, it’s like I don’t even have a cat! And don’t get me started on what July fireworks do. How can I help him be brave so they can see the Fitz I know and love? Scared in Stetson Hills Dear Scared, Being brave is all about feeling safe. Cats are very small animals in a very big world, so feeling unsafe and scared is very common. When cats get stuck in a fear state, they literally think they are going to die. As veterinarian Tony Buffington says, “Cats’ two primary predators are larger carnivores and primates. So who do they live with? Dogs and people.” Add the fact that most kittens start life outside, so they may never have felt completely safe. If kittens don’t get consistent, gentle handling in their first three months, they simply may not be equipped to deal with their adult fears. That’s where you come in. Here are eight tips to help your Cowardly Lion find courage: • Listen to his body language. This can show you signs of fear before he hides. Cats can be harder to read, so look for subtle signs like pulling away from you, ears flattening a bit, whiskers folding back, pupils dilated, or being frozen in place. • Give him a Safe Room. This is a quiet place to retreat to when he feels threatened. It’s often the room he started in when he first came home and should be somewhere he knows he’s completely safe. Keep favorite beds and toys and give him regular treats there. • Offer safety nests and perches. Many cats like to go up, which can be a high cat tree or shelves for catification. Shy cats will be more apt to come out to watch company if they know they are above the activity and can retreat if needed.

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• Don’t force him into scary situations. If Fitz retreats from your friends, don’t poison his Safe Room by invading it. Sitting on the floor, rather than towering over him, can help your friends be less scary to him. Also, never let a new person try to pick him up. Unless cats have been taught as kittens to enjoy that, being picked up can be terrifying. Be patient and allow him to come out at his own pace. • Please toss the cookies! We all do better when we get rewarded for being brave, so give him a few of his favorite treats when he’s out with you. Then when your friends come over, they can gently toss him a few without getting too close at first. A trail of treats, like a trail of breadcrumbs, can lead to a braver Fitz. • Playtime is happy time too. Find a wand toy that Fitz likes and give him daily play sessions. Put the toy away so he looks forward to it every day. When your friends come over, they too get to be his hero by getting out his favorite toy. • Plan ahead for scary events. Most animals get stressed with Independence Day fireworks, summer parties, home remodeling, etc. Set up Fitz with his favorite treats and toys in his Safe Room, turn on some consistent music and shut the door. You’ll have a much happier cat at the end of the night. • Enjoy your happy cat! It’s rewarding when a cat who feels safe comes out with his people and their cat-savvy friends. Ask for pets—from his level—by offering a knuckle or finger and letting him pet you first. If you let him take the lead, a happy cat will push back into your hand. There’s nothing like the reward of a purring, happy cat!

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eave your dog at home. If you are: • making a run to the grocery store • dropping off a package at the post office • popping into Walmart for just a couple of things • picking up a few plants for the garden • going anywhere that “should only take a couple of minutes” Heatstroke causes suffering: • frantic panting or wheezing • difficulty breathing • rapid heart rate • vomiting or diarrhea • dizziness and lack of coordination • profuse salivation or drooling • seizures and unconsciousness • organ failure and death On an 85-degree day, with windows slightly rolled down: • The temperature inside a car can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. • The temperature inside a car will reach 120 degrees after 30 minutes. If you see a pet in distress in a hot car: • Take down the car’s make, model and license plate number. • If there are businesses nearby, alert the managers or security guards; ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner. • If the owner cannot be found, call Animal Control (719-302-8798) or the non-emergency police number (719-444-7000); wait by the car until they arrive. The Humane Society’s website— at humanesociety.org— is a great resource for information regarding ways to help animals in hot vehicles; including a mention of laws that may protect a Good Samaritan helping a dog visibly in distress. It’s frustrating—and maddening—to see a pet

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