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contents . Fall 2011 Vol. II, No. 8

published by Direct Media Link, Inc.

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Editor Lori Bellavia

Link Profiles

Executive Editor Joe Bellavia

Steel City Hardwood Floors also see ad pg 1 12 Business Profiles Greenhorn Traders 9

Editor at large Rebecca Bellavia

Pueblo then & Now Historic Carousel in City Park


Contact Us Editorial Team

Media Buzz

Art Department Creative Director Lori Bellavia 719.647.7126

Around Town Events


Kids Corner Calendar for Kids

Advertising and Sales Operations Director Joe Bellavia 719.240.2238

Local Talent 16

Pueblo Beat

Account Executive Fredlina Atencio 719.948.7697

Pueblo’s Got a Brand New Band - Wheelhouse More Local Favorites - pg 18

Special Thanks to Photographers Mark Salazar - Salazar Imaging - Cover Photographer Band Portrait pg 18, ad pg 14 Armando Chavez - NuWorld Photography - Carousel in City Park pg 9, ad pg 6 Vaughn Platt - Giclee Print Net, Inc. - SouthSide Auto ad pg 23, ad pg 4

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HOLIDAY SEASON CHALLENGE The holiday season, for many local merchants, is the time they count on most for their annual profits. Challenge yourself to SHOP LOCAL — exclusively this year. When making your gift list for all of your friends and family think about your favorite local haunts for some unique gifts this year!

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In the summer issue of Pueblo LINK we told you that for every $100 spent at a local business, an average of $68 remains in the local economy.

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CONSIDER THIS: If each household in Pueblo County (67,933 according to the National Census) redirected just $100 in holiday spending to SHOP LOCAL, the economic impact of that simple act would reach approximately $4 Million+.

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Night of the Living Dead Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 7 p.m. Oct. 9, 2 p.m. Impossible Playhouse 1201 N. Main St., 542-6969,, also on Facebook. This gripping terror-filled monochromatic play brings all the fright of the cult film classic to life. Pueblo’s Riverwalk For reservations of facilities or to arrange walking tours call HARP Authority, 595-0242 or email Sun. noon-6 p.m. Farmers’ Market on the Riverwalk: Thursdays until first frost, 4-8 p.m., fresh produce from local farms, arts, crafts, live entertainment. 2011 Holiday Lighting Extravaganza Friday, November 25th 2011 - Holidays Officially Arrive in Pueblo with the 12th Annual Holiday Lighting Extravaganza. Santa will be ready to hear wish lists starting at about 6pm and fireworks will light the sky at approximately 7:45pm. Located at the Riverwalk, next to the Riverwalk Welcome Center, off of Union Avenue - Activities Begin at 5:00pm Santa Photos at 6pm-Fireworks at approximately 7:45pm. Pueblo Performing Arts Guild A voice for the Arts: Connect to the Arts @ Union Avenue Street Beat, through October. Wednesdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 6-8 p.m., Thursdays 5-8 p.m., Fridays 6-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-8 p.m. Various performers. Details available at

Nunsense Nunsense is a musical comedy that’s fun for the whole family. Join our talented cast as they bring the “little sisters of Hoboken” to life in this exceptional show! Reserved seating, so get tickets early. October 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm, October 9, 16 at 2:30 pm Central High School, 216 E Orman - Tickets $5 with a canned food to benefit Pueblo Care and Share Haunted Seance - with The Party People Saturday, October 22 at 8:00pm - October 31 at 11:00pm Location 130 S. Union Ave #110 Pueblo CO 81003 Seats are going fast ! Call 719-544-5607 (see ad pg 6) Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Purchase art classes online at education anytime, anywhere. Find out what’s coming up by visiting Art Exhibits: Through Oct. 15, women.embodied, King Gallery Through Oct. 22, Faces: 100 Cuban Artists, Regional Foyer Galleries Sept. 22-Oct. 29: Representing the West, Art Exhibit and Sale, White Gallery. Info & application to submit: www.sdc-arts. org/callforentries.html. Buell Children’s Museum: Life is beachy keen under giant beach umbrellas! We invite you to join us this summer in the Smilin’ Islands—a tropical Caribbean adventure. El Pueblo History Museum 301 N. Union. Call 583-0453. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4 adults, $3 seniors, children 6-12, students with ID. “Family Saturdays” children 12 & under—free. For docent-led tours for groups of 10 or more, contact the museum office at least one week in advance. Through Oct. 29, Southern Colorado Open a 2- and 3dimensional fine art exhibit on display during regular museum hours. Regional artists. Parade of Lights 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 26. It begins at Colorado and Abriendo on the Mesa Junction, proceeds up Union Avenue to Court Street and from there up to the parking lot at Pueblo Bank, 6th & Main. The Pueblo Christmas Parade of Lights is a joint production of the Pueblo Downtown Association, the Union Avenue Association and the Mesa Junction Association.

Downtown Discount Cards

Pueblo Downtown Association has Downtown Discount Cards you can purchase for $10 each for savings while shopping and dining downtown. You can find the cards at the Cookie Ladies’ Riverwalk Bake Shop, any JR’s Country Store in Pueblo, Exquisite Taste, 80/ Twenty Wines, Ten Spot II and Sisters’ Courtyard Tea Room. 4

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“We want to express how impressed and grateful we are with your outstanding and beautiful work. It is difficult to find someone dependable. Harder still to find someone with high integrity and relentless dedication to excellence. And rarest of all to find someone with the talent, knowledge, special skills, and craftsmanship to turn those dedicated high standards to beautiful, practical, and long-lasting results. We truly feel blessed to have met you and to now have an incredible floor.” -- Tom and Joni B. “We want to thank you for your care and sensitivity with our home and property. And for your follow-up and support afterwards with felt pads for furniture, proper cleaning products, ensuring we are satisfied with every detail, etc. We could not be happier or more impressed with the level of service and quality you bring to every aspect of the process. You have created and provide a rare and outstanding service.” -- Phil and Christine C. Profile Steel City Hardwood Floor Company, Inc. Licensed And Insured Free Estimates . Locally Owned And Operated Serving Pueblo For More Than 22 Years Showroom Location 32 N. Silicon Dr Pueblo West, CO 81007 Hours Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-5:00 pm Sat: By Appointment Only Contact 719.547.1110 719.542.3000

“The element of wood is used to enhance growth and creativity. Wood is most effective if you seek personal growth, intuition, creativity, flexibility and expansion.”

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Pueblo Cit y Parks & Recreation For a full lineup of Sports and Programs for kids sports and Programs go to Call 719.553.2790 800 Goodnight Ave, Pueblo CO

Pueblo West Parks & Recreation For a full lineup of Sports and Programs for kids sports and Programs go to parkandrechome.php

Amazing Food Detective Performance

Sat, October 8, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Sat, November 5, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Magic Carpet Theater in the Buell Children’s Museum. This production of Amazing Food Detective is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. All junior food detectives will get secret training on how to eat right and exercise in this interactive play performed by Pueblo’s local talent. This show is included with your admission to the Buell Children’s Museum.


Sat, October 29, 11am – 5pm For one day only- it’s Puebloween. Pick up your “Boo-Kit” of fun and go trick-o-treating through the Helen T. White Galleries. Costumed characters point out the way. The Incredible Mr. E is here to perform kid friendly “spooky” magic tricks at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 in the Magic Carpet Theater. Show Included with your paid admission. Special Halloween Crafts abound. Enjoy a safe holiday with your family and friends at the museum! Buell Children’s Museum.

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Monday, October 31, 2011 Lovell Park - 362 E. Hahn’s Peak Ave. on ballfield #1 4:30-6:30 pm Held in a safe, community environment, the parks and recreation’s annual Halloween Bash is: FREE to all children and their families, who dare to get spooked. EVENTS:Kids outdoor Carnival games, ‘pumpkin walks’ (cake walk), goodies, toys, & a costume contest (starting at 5:00 p.m. sharp-for different ages groups). Just in case the weather turns s-P-o-O-k-Y, we will move our party to the Pueblo West Middle School, still at the same times.

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Sat-Sun: 2pm, FREE Films Robert Hoag Rawlings Pueblo Library, 100 E Abriendo Ave., call for additional times and showings 719-553-0205

Merry Quizmas Exhibit FIRST DAY Saturday, Nov 5, 2011 in the Buell Children’s Museum

Riverwalk Gazebo by Vaughn Platt (see ad pg 4)

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003. 719-295-7200 - Arts Center Box Office (719) 295-7222.

Zoo Boo

October 22, 10 am - 2pm Child admission is free when wearing a costume and accompanied by a paying adult. Activities include animal close encounters, treat stations, and animal enrichment with pumpkins. for more information call the Pueblo Zoo 719.561.1452 8

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The Historic Carousel in City Park 100th Anniversary Captured by Nuworld Photography see page 6.

City Park Carousel

The May 24, 1914 edition of the Pueblo Star Journal features ads with the new #72. It was the third carousel to operate at Lake Minnequa Park, near the present site of Corwin Middle School and remained there, in a protective building, until the park closed in 1939/40. During this time electric lights were added. The City Park Carousel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior in April, 1983. Concern for the safety and protection of the restored horses prompted efforts for a protective building and a third move of the carousel in City Park. . Text LINK to 46786 For Mobile Offers

Excerpts from The History of City Park For the full history go to Image of the historic carousel in City Park in 1917

It became the focal point of the Kiddie Rides and the grand opening was held May 24, 1985— exactly 71 years after #72 opened at Lake Minnequa Park. Without the committee during this five-year project, the dream—our dream—would not have come true! The Pueblo City Park Carousel is a typical example of the County Fair Style. It was the 72nd carousel built by the Charles Wallace Parker Amusement Devises Company of Abilene, Kansas. Advertised as a three-abreast Carry Us All, it had 36 horses, 1 or 2 chariots, a ten horsepower steam boiler, band organ, organ drive and canvas top. LINK

This year is the 100th Anniversary. of the Historic Carousel in City Park. The City of Pueblo now shares a wealth of history on their site at Here is a little excerpt of the Carousel History we found there.

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s the weather cools and the snow begins capping the Rockies, a different type of Colorado resident starts preparing for the great outdoors. The hunters and fishermen get ready for their best time of year. Not many know this better than Rick Vaughn, one of my Pueblo West neighbors and owner of Greenhorn Traders in Pueblo West. When speaking to Rick you will soon find out he is very aware of his surroundings, loves being a sportsman in Colorado and has been a hunter and fisherman practically his whole life. Rick recalls: From Southern Missouri’s Ozark mountain country I spent my life hunting, fishing and hiking all over experiencing the outdoors as much as possible. The world was a small place in those days, so I moved out to Las Vegas, NV and then on to Flagstaff, AZ. While in Arizona, I spent most of my time in the tall pines, high in the mountains camping and hiking. At that time I was always looking for things I needed and they were hard to find. I thought, a small re-sale shop of some sorts that carried different items that are priced where people could afford them would be a good store.

If you are a veteran hunter or fisherman or just interested in getting started in outdoor sports, Rick would love to talk to you about some of his favorite spots, tips and gear. Greenhorn Traders carries Strother and High Country Archery brands. Rick has grown to love these world class companies for their consistency and reliability. Greenhorn Traders also carries many other outdoor sporting brands for fishing, camping and hunting. Visit Greenhorn Traders and welcome them into the Pueblo West business community! Good people, good business. Pueblo LINK believes they are a great addition to Pueblo! LINK

Greenhorn Traders Of Pueblo West

We are very excited about the archery, hunting, and fly fishing here in Colorado. We enjoy areas like Cacharas, south of La Veta, Marshall Pass by Salida, and of course the Greenhorn Mountains of which our store is named. The fishing in the Pueblo Reservoir and Arkansas River (upper and lower) is excellent and we have a hard time making ourselves travel to any other source of water. It is absolutely beautiful country here and we hope to continue calling this our home. Stop in and see us and hopefully we have that special item you are looking for.

My Wife, Jennifer and I with our three children moved to Pueblo West in the summer of 2009. Work was good and we spent as much time as possible exploring the mountains and countryside. We spent several months tossing the idea around of opening a sporting goods shop and decided to give it a go. We are dedicated to growing our store into a desirable place that people can find things they need for their recreation or outdoor hobbies. Along with the idea of archery, muzzleloading, fishing and camping, we threw in some jewelry, a little art and collectibles too. Inventory changes daily here at Greenhorn Traders. We get a variety of new and used items in all the time. With the rising cost of products, we do our best to find deals and pass them on to others that come in to visit our store. Our family really likes the Pueblo West community and the people here are friendly and receptive to new business. Our children of 13, 12, and 5 are enjoying the school here and are doing well with making new friends. 12

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Pueblo’s got a brand new band - Wheelhouse From Classic Rock To Modern Country And A Full Range In Between Story by Joe Bellavia | Photography by Mark Salazar - Salazar imaging


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Contact & Bookings: Joe Bellavia (719) 240-2238 Chris Hassler (719) 289-2677 Members: Kevin Cozzolino - Drums and Vocals Ed Rockett - Guitar and Vocals Chris Hassler - Bass and Keyboards Joe Bellavia - Guitar and Vocals Music lovers in Pueblo, Colorado certainly found their wheelhouse here. There is a great diversity of music in this steel city. One can go to a multitude of nightclubs and bars to hear almost any type of music from Country, Rock, Heavy Metal, Spanish, Mexican, Jazz and Blues. Chances are you are going to find a good band at most of the places you visit here. There is an abundance of good musicians equal to the multiculturalism of Pueblo and they love to play! Wheelhouse is a brand new Pueblo based Band and I am proud to say that I am a part of it. Wheelhouse consists of four members; Chris Hassler: Keyboards/Bass Guitar, Kevin Cozzolino: Vocals/Drums, Ed Rockett: Vocals/Guitar and Joe Bellavia: Vocals/Guitar. Wheelhouse plays a wide variety of music ranging from the Eagles to Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Seals & Crofts to Boston and Jamey Johnson to Journey. With very strong three part harmonies, we are able to play a nice assortment of familiar music. Wheelhouse has only been together a short while, but we are looking forward to writing some original material in the future. Chris, Kevin and Ed have known each other since childhood. Kevin and Ed are cousins and all three of them have played music together off and on for years. Kevin and Ed used to commute from Pueblo, where Kevin lived, to Denver, where Ed lived just to play music and spend time. Ed and Kevin have been playing acoustic shows 16

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for the last few years in Pueblo and Denver. Among other projects, Chris and Kevin were with the group Riddler and they produced an album called “All the Way to the Top”, a Rock album that Kevin’s vocals and Chris’ keyboard skills shined on. I have also done quite a bit of recording. One of my favorite projects to date is a duet with my good friend Dale Sewell and I titled: Bellavia Sewell, we have recorded one album, “Our Journey”. Check out Bellavia Sewell on Facebook. I had the great fortune of meeting Chris when he responded to an ad I placed for a bassist. When we met, my previous band was thrilled to have him in our group. Chris is awesome, simply put. It’s extremely difficult finding people who are talented that you also enjoy working with, like any job I guess. Chris is outstanding at his instruments and easy to get along with. Chris and I traveled with that band for quite a while and played a lot of shows together, we have had some good times.

Wheelhouse plays a wide variety of music ranging from the Eagles to Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Seals & Crofts to Boston and Jamey Johnson to Journey. After a while, Chris and I parted from that band but we still wanted to play music together. Chris mentioned Kevin Cozzolino, a singer/ drummer that he had recorded an album with. Chris played the album for me and I immediately liked the vocals. We were very anxious to get together to see what we could do so, the three of us jammed and it felt real good. Kevin is a cool guy to be around and he will bring out the best in people with his big heart and endless pursuit for perfection. I suggested we bring Kevin’s Cousin, Ed into the mix since they were already doing acoustic shows together. For Advertising In Our November issue Call 719.240.2238


The thing that most excites me about Wheelhouse is that we have three people in the band that sing, and it is just a blast to sing big harmonies with people that can hold their own. Another thing is that we all strive to enhance each other’s talent and realize that it’s only a band if it is a team, that’s why we are right in our Wheelhouse! Kevin and Ed came up with the name and it is perfect for us. Wheelhouse enjoyed performing their debut show at Pueblo’s annual Chile and Frijoles Festival. We hope you were able to see us there and we also . Text LINK to 46786 For Mobile Offers

have dates coming up that we will be posting on our Facebook page. We would love to see everyone at our upcoming shows so be sure to “Like” Wheelhouse on Facebook to keep up with our schedule and to see a more detailed biography of our band members. Catch the next show at Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill Halloween Bash October 28th make sure to wear your costumes! LINK

Ed came down and it was awesome. from the start. Ed is a lot of fun, plays guitar well and has a soulful voice. Ed was just what we needed to bring us all in our wheelhouse. We all get along great and we love what we do.

Do you have a local band or a recommendation for one to be in Pueblo Link Magazine? Pueblo Link Magazine strives to promote local Artists, Bands/Musicians and Photographers. Submit comments to: Joe Bellavia via email See page 18 to learn about the Hi-Fidelity band... Photography by: Salazar Imaging

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Hi-Fidelity Hi-Fidelity: Electrifying, Passionate, Unique. This popular band offers a wide variety of dance music: Cumbias, Rancheras, 70’s & 80’s, Classic Rock and Country. Leader and creator of Hi-Fidelity is Sam Espinoza, providing fantastic guitar leads and vocals. Son, Dan, performs on keyboards and accordion. Daughter, Lynette, is a skilled pianist and singer. Her unforgettable voice marks Hi-Fidelity as “the band with the girl singer”. The band also includes Lee Salas, a talented drummer; Ron Peralta, long-time musician and friend on bass guitar; Josh Quintana, rhythm guitar, and last but not least, The One, The Only… Lewis Lopez, percussionist.


CD’s and Bookings: Sam Espinoza at 561-8868, 568-3231, or 423-0401. Listen to these gifted musicians on Facebook.


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MUSE Everybody is a genius. but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. - Albert Einstein


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