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discovered a few thousand years earlier) lead to combining copper and tin to produce a stronger product – bronze. The possibility of creating systems able to handle much heavier loads thanks to stronger components was no longer just a pipe-dream.

In September, Snippetz took a look at skyscrapers and naturally elevators came on our radar. But what’s the deal with elevators anyway? How did someone decide that a little metal box that moved people from floor to floor was even possible? Well, here’s how.

It wasn’t until between 2500 and 1000 B.C. that iron came on the scene in the Middle East, providing yet another milestone in the development of structures such as elevators.

DEVELOPING THE TECHNOLOGY

Modern elevators are constructed using steel which was discovered in India but through the years the crucible steel technique was lost. In 1740, Benjamin Huntsman of England rediscovered the technique and developed Sheffield steel.

They don’t exactly qualify as the elevators we know and love today, but as far back as 2900 B.C., it is theorized that primitive lifting mechanisms were used to build structures such as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

WHO DEVELOPED THE MODERN ELEVATOR?

Around 236 B.C., the Greeks threw their hat into the ring with the development of the Archimedean screw, invented by none other than mathematician, physicist and inventor Archimedes. The device utilized a crank to lift water and other light materials to otherwise unreachable heights.

Aside from the 19th century systems developed for hauling materials in factories, mines or warehouses, an “ascending room” designed to take paying tourists to a platform above London was developed by two architects, Burton and Hormer in 1823.

In 100 B.C., teams of men powered a crane with a block and tackle device that was used to lift the materials used to build the Tomb of the Haterii in Rome.

at the forefront of his inventions, along came Elisha Graves Otis in 1853. While Otis didn’t invent the elevator, the braking systems used in modern elevators were his design. Those systems increased public confidence in the elevator and without them, it is unlikely that passengers would have climbed into the first public elevator in 1857. The elevator was installed by the Otis Elevator Company (owned by none other than Otis himself) in a fivestory department store owned by E.W. Haughtwhat & Company of Manhattan. In 1880, German Werner von Siemens built the first electric elevator.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? At its core, an elevator is simply a compartment attached to a system that raises and lowers it. Naturally, there are many other elements such as safety devices and control mechanisms necessary to make a modern elevator run (and for passengers to feel safe enough to ride in them!).

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There are two major elevator designs used currently: hydraulic elevators and roped elevators.

Hydraulic elevators Hydraulic elevators use a hydraulic ram to lift the car (the compartment you ride in). The ram is simply a fluiddriven piston mounted inside a cylinder that moves up and down to move the car. Typically, the fluid used is oil. A pump, powered by an electric motor, forces the fluid from a holding tank into a pipe that leads to the cylinder. If the valve is open, the fluid will run the system taking the path of least resistance and head back to the tank. But if the valve is closed, the fluid can’t move back into the tank and instead is forced into the cylinder, causing it to fill and push the piston upward, making the el-

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In order to keep the car from rising past the floor the passenger wants, a control system sends a signal to the motor to gradually shut off the pump, decreasing the flow of fluid into the cylinder. The fluid already in the cylinder can’t get out, but no more is coming in so the piston and the car come to a stop.

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The weight of the piston and the car together help the system work in reverse so that the car can move back down the elevator shaft. The valve is opened by a solenoid switch so that the fluid can move back into the tank and piston and car descend. To keep everything from slamming into the floor, the control system closes the valve to cushion the landing.

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Roped elevators In this most popular design, the elevator car is raised and lowered using traction steel ropes. The ropes are attached to the car and looped through a grooved pulley called a sheave. The sheave grips the ropes so when the sheave moves, the ropes move with it. The sheave is powered by an electric motor so when the motor turns one way, the sheave raises the car. When it moves in the other direction, the sheave lowers the car. The ropes are also connected to a counterweight that hangs on the other side of the sheave. The counterweight will perfectly balance with the elevator car when the car is about 40 percent full. The purpose? With a perfect balance on either side of the sheave, it takes

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very little force to tip the balance and make the car move. Both the car and the counterweight run on guide rails attached to the sides of the elevator shaft to keep the car from swinging side to side.

collapse) happened in 1945 when a B25 Bomber crashed into the Empire State Building. One engine of the bomber flew into the shaft and landed on the elevator car, causing the cable to snap and the car to fall. The car was slowed marginally by the safety devices but somehow both women inside the car survived.

NOW, ARE THEY SAFE?

Elevators are said to be safer than cars. On average, 26 people die in elevators each year in the U.S. The same number of car deaths is reported every five hours. Most of the elevator-related injuries occur to the people who install and maintain them.

Aside from systems that monitor the speed of the elevator car to determine if it’s moving too fast, elevators are equipped with other safety backups. They include: electromagnetic brakes; automatic braking systems at the top and bottom of the shaft; and (if all else fails) a heavy-duty shock absorber system at the bottom of the shaft, just in case.

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Contrary to what movies may have you believe, the only known occurrence of an elevator car falling due to a snapped cable (aside from a fire or structural

minute. • The Door Close button inside elevator cars doesn’t work in everyday usage; it’s only enabled in emergency situations with a key not available to the average rider. • In 1854 as a way to demonstrate his “Improvement in Hoisting Apparatus Elevator Brake” invention, Elisha Otis hoisted the elevator car at the Crystal Palace Exposition in New York to the top of the building, then cut the hoisting cables; the car was stopped by his new invention. • In 1743, King Luis XV of France had a counter-weighted, man-powered personal elevator built in Versailles as a way to connect his apartment with his mistress’s, Madame de Chateauroux, who lived one floor above him.

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his time of year not everyone’s thoughts are on gardening. Well, actually our thoughts always are, but that’s just an occupational hazard! For everyone else you may still be planting bulbs and doing fall clean up, but gardening probably isn’t on the forefront of your mind like it often is in the spring and summer. What might be on your mind however, at least when you walk outside, is just how beautiful our fall landscape is. The deep oranges, reds, purple and gold blend and pop. Even the greens and blues look deeper and more vibrant. So even though you may not be in full blown planting mode right now, later in the spring when you are, you might ask; what was that deep red tree I saw all over town in the fall? Or what was that incredible purple or vibrant orange that paired so well with that Blue Spruce? I actually prefer planting in the fall, but the selection is usually better in the spring. Either way it might be worth doing a little homework now to find out the names of the ones you want in your own yard. After all as Albert Camus put it “autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

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nal the plants to stop producing chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is what makes the leaves green. After the production of chlorophyll slows then other pigments already in the leaves become visible. That is how we get these awesome transformations of color. One way you might find out what that tree, shrub or perennial is that you just can’t stop marveling at is to take a leaf that has already fallen to have it identified. Or if it’s on someone else’s property ask if you can pick one and maybe the owner could tell you themselves what it is. You could also go into some local nurseries and see what they have that’s turning colors right now. Then you have the name right there on the tag for you. Another option would be the good old internet. A potential problem with this option is you may fall in love with a beautiful tree just to find out it doesn’t grow here!

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mulch on your lawn, though. So, you’ve got to clean up those fallen leaves eventually. Here’s a few ideas to make the task somewhat easier. • Pick up the first light coating of leaves while mowing the lawn, with the bag attached.

LAWN WILL THANK YOU FOR RAKING LEAVES Q: I’m not thrilled with all the leaves piling up in my yard. Do you have any tips to make fall cleanup easier? Why can’t I just leave them where they lie? -- Barbara in Dover, N.H.

No reason to be disappointed though! Obviously Colorado trees can hold their own when it comes to fall color. Some popular choices that you might be seeing right now include the Autumn Blaze Maple, this one and varieties closely related are often the brilliant eye catching red we see around town. Another is the Autumn Purple Ash; this tree becomes a mixture of everything from orangered to purple. This one is my personal favorite. And the intense gold we see might be one of many varieties of Green Ash or, of course, our beloved Aspen. As far as shrubs go I’m often asked about Burning Bush, its name kind of gives the color away! Personally I am very fond of the glossy orange-red that Aronia turns this time of year. The list of course goes on and on but I think I will be running out of room soon!

A: Raking leaves can be a tedious task, and gets exhausting when dealing with a large yard with lots of trees. During the fall season, a homeowner could wind up raking the yard at least once a week. Unfortunately, leaving those leaves to pile up will wreak havoc on your lawn. First, the coating of leaves prevents air and sun from reaching grass directly, but lets rainwater trickle down, creating a harsh environment for grass. Second, leaves are filled with alkaline compounds that can damage the grass. These factors make leaves a great mulch ingredient, because you typically put mulch where you don’t want grass or weeds to grow. You don’t want a heavy coating of leaf

So take this as a great excuse to take an even deeper look at the beautiful trees and shrubs that already catch your eye when you drive by. Then by next year they can catch your eye in your own yard.

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• Borrow or rent a leaf blower to tackle larger areas with a moderate to heavy coating of leaves. Carefully blow the leaves into rough piles around the lawn. ¥ Use your rake to finish a large leaf cleanup job: pile the leaves closer together, or use the rake to shift leaves into a bag or wheelbarrow for disposal elsewhere. • Add leaves to your compost pile. Fall is a favorite time for homeowners who keep compost piles because leaves add bulk to their compost and can help balance nutrients and acidity or alkalinity if used in the right amounts. HOME TIP: Watch out for that noisy leaf blower. Be aware of any local noise ordinances before using a leaf blower and try to avoid using it before 10 a.m. most days. Your neighbors will thank you. Send your questions or comments to ask@thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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• On Oct. 27, 1659, William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson, two Quakers who came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution, are executed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs. The Massachusetts General Court had banned Quakers from the colony under penalty of death. • On Oct. 26, 1825, the Erie Canal opens, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River. Teams of oxen plowed the ground, but for the most part the work was done by Irish diggers who had to rely on primitive tools. • On Oct. 24, 1861, workers of the Western Union Telegraph Company link the eastern and western telegraph networks of the nation at Salt Lake City, Utah, completing a transcontinental line that for the first time allows instantaneous communication between Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. • On Oct. 28, 1919, Congress passes the Volstead Act, providing for the enforcement

of the 18th Amendment, which banned the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes.â€? Despite a vigorous effort by law-enforcement, the Volstead Act failed to prevent the large-scale distribution of alcoholic beverages. • On Oct. 25, 1929, during the Teapot Dome scandal, Albert B. Fall, secretary of the interior, is found guilty of accepting a bribe while in ofďŹ ce. Fall was the ďŹ rst individual to be convicted of a crime committed while a presidential cabinet member. The Teapot Dome was a naval oil reserve in Wyoming. • On Oct. 23, 1942, Michael Crichton is born in Chicago. During his ďŹ nal year of medical school, the 6-foot, 9-inch Crichton published “The Andromeda Strainâ€? (1969) and decided to write full time instead of practicing medicine. • On Oct. 22, 1975, Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, is given a “generalâ€? discharge by the Air Force after publicly declaring his homosexuality. His tombstone reads, “A gay Vietnam Veteran. When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.â€? (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• It was inventor Thomas Edison who made the following sage observation: “We don’t know a millionth of 1 percent about anything.” • Those who study such things say that chewing gum will reduce your recall ability by 10 percent. • As ostrich can run just as fast as a racehorse. • In 1972, an extraordinary birth occurred. On July 22 of that year, a woman in Rome gave birth a whopping 15 babies -- five boys and 10 girls. The siblings were quindecaplets, though, obviously, that term doesn’t see much use. • You probably know that J. Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI, helping to found the bureau in 1935 and serving until his death in 1972. You might not realize, though, that in his career he never made an arrest or even personally conducted an investigation.

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1. Name the last time teams with the best-regular season records in each league met in the World Series. 2. When Al Lopez was manager of the White Sox between 1957 and 1965, how many seasons did Chicago win at least 90 games? 3. In 2010, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson set the record for rushing yards for a quarterback (1,702). Who had held the mark? 4. Name the last NBA rookie before John Wall in 2010 to have at least seven assists in each of his first five games. 5. In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings set a record with 10 consecutive road playoff victories in the same year. Who had held the mark? 6. Who was the only player to record a hat trick (three goals) in a men’s World Cup soccer final? 7. How many Olympic gold medals did Cuban heavyweight boxer Teofilo Stevenson win?

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1. Which group had their biggest success with “I Can See for Miles”? 2. Name the group that had hits with “Sloop John B,” “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “In My Room.” 3. Eric Clapton, The Strangeloves, Cliff Richard, George Thorogood and The Grateful Dead have all covered this 1958 hit. Name the song. 4. “We Just Disagree” was popularized by what artist? 5. Name the two duos, 15 years apart, who released “If This World Were Mine.” 6. Finish this lyric and identify the song: “At first I was afraid I was petrified ...” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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New DVD Releases for Week of October 22, 2012 PICKS OF THE WEEK “Magic Mike” (R) -- The male-stripper drama genre apparently has arrived. Channing Tatum plays Mike, a nice guy who lives in Tampa, Fla., and dances for money. Mike works at an all-dude strip club run by Matthew McConaughy; he makes good money, and he’s never at a loss for company. Mike also is aware that he won’t be young and chiseled forever, and this is where the drama comes in. Beyond the indulgence, Mike knows he has other dreams

to follow. The movie straddles the line between bachelorette party and mainstream character drama. Just when you get used to the story moving forward a bit, there’s a break for some more dancing. The story is drawn from Tatum’s own story; the Hollywood actor paid his bills by stripping before he hit it big. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (R) -- A meteor is headed for the Earth and mankind’s destruction is assured. Dodge (Steve Carell) wants to see a longlost love one more time. His neighbor, Penny (Keira Knightley), wants to get on a plane to see her family in the UK. That’s the premise for this heartwarming comedy about two people who meet and go on a road trip together just before the end of the world. There’s all kinds of odd and funny characters to meet when the apocalypse looms.

While some of jokes seem obligatory, the relationship between the two main characters is rather unique. Maybe Carell wallows too much, and Knightley might be too cute, but the story that brings their characters together is less predictable. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection” (PG-13) -- Eugene Levy is a Wall Street CFO who discovers that his company is actually a Ponzi scheme set up by the mob, and that he’s the fall guy. The prosecutor for the case, Brian (Tyler Perry), puts the quirky mogul and his overprivileged family where he thinks they’ll be safest -his aunt Madea’s house (Madea being Perry’s best-known character). The rest fills in as these things typically do. Madea’s oneliners are read loud and enthusiastically. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (R) -- Based on a satirical history novel of the same name, this movie delivers just what it promises. A young Abe Lincoln

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loses his mother to vampires. When he grows up, not only is he the 16th president of the United States, he’s also the nation’s most vigilant slayer of the undead. The movie takes itself a bit seriously, but not seriously enough to have anything to say. The action is over-the-top. The visual style is cool. Still, this one probably won’t stick with you long after it’s over.

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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Someone might try to take advantage of your generosity. But before your sensitivity toward others overwhelms your good sense, check his or her story out carefully.

1. Madrid, Spain 2. Upper arm 3. Cocoa Puffs 4. The cone-shaped deposits rise from the floor of a cave 5. Modern-day Iran (formerly Persia) 6. The electron 7. “O Canada” 8. Disk Operating System 9. Groucho Marx 10. Artist’s studio

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’re eager to Ram headfirst into that new project. But before you do, find out why some of your colleagues might not appear to be as gung-ho about it as you are.

SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. It was 1999 (New York Yankees vs. Atlanta). 2. Five times (1957, 1959, 1963-65). 3. Air Force’s Beau Morgan rushed for 1,494 yards in 1996. 4. Oscar Robertson, with the Cincinnati Royals in 1960. 5. The 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks, with seven. 6. England’s Geoff Hurst, versus West Germany in 1966. 7. Three -- 1972, 1976 and 1980.

FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. The Who, in 1967. It was an international effort with portions recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles. 2. The Beach Boys. 3. “Willie and the Hand Jive.” The song is a dance with specific hand clapping and arm movements. 4. Singer-guitarist Dave Mason, in 1977. He was backed up by writer Jim “Bruiser” Krueger on 12-string guitar. Kreuger, a prolific songwriter, left a wealth of music at his death in 1993. 5. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, in 1967. Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn, in 1982. 6. “... Kept thinkin’ I could never live without you by my side.” “I Will Survive,” by Gloria Gaynor, 1979.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) All that dedicated hard work you’ve been putting in pays off better than you expected. So go ahead, reward yourself with something befitting a beauty-loving Bovine. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) It’s a good time to take on that new challenge. And if your self-confidence is sagging, instead of telling yourself why you can’t do it, list all the reasons why you can. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) This is one time when you might want to put some distance between you and the job at hand. It will give you a better perspective on what you’ve done and still need to do. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Resist that occasional lapse into Leonine laziness that sometimes overtakes the Big Cat. Don’t cut corners. Do the job right at this time, or you might have to redo it later. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You know how you like to do things. And that’s fine. But watch that you don’t impose your methods on others. A current financial crunch soon eases.

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SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your strong Scorpian sense of fairness lets you see all sides of a dispute. Continue to remain impartial as you help each person work through his or her particular grievance. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Trust your keen Sagittarian insight to help you see through an offer that might not be all it claims. A closer look could reveal disturbing elements. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) With the Goat exhibiting a more dominant aspect these days, you could find it easier to make your case in front of even the most skeptical audience. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Take things nice and easy as you continue to build up your energy reserves for a big change that’s coming with the full Hunter’s Moon on Oct. 29. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Recent news from someone you trust could help you make an important decision. Also, be prepared to confront an upcoming change in a personal situation. BORN THIS WEEK: You can be firm in your own views, but also flexible enough to welcome the views of others.

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THE VILLA PALMER LAKE RECIPE CONTEST The Villa Palmer Lake October 31, 2012 The Villa Palmer Lake announces its first-ever Italian cuisine recipe contest! If you have an Italian recipe that includes fall vegetables, incorporates the idea of fall harvest or is simply the best Italian comfort food you can think of, then this recipe contest is made to order. All recipes must be submitted by October 31, 2012, in order to be considered. All entrants should include their full name, e-mail address, telephone contact information (day and evening) and mailing address as a part of their entry. A photo of each submitted recipe is welcome, although not required. Recipe entries should be submitted to kerri@ thevillapalmerlake.com. However, if entrants do not have access to the Internet, they can print their recipe along with their personal information and mail to: The Villa Palmer Lake, PO Box 163, Palmer Lake, CO 80133. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by October 25, 2012 and received by October 31, 2012 in order to be considered. Multiple winners may be selected depending on the number and variety of recipes entered. Please visit http://www. thevillapalmerlake.com/about/ recipe-contest for more details.

LUTEFISK AND MEATBALL DINNER Saturday, November 12, 2012 Viking Hall, 1045 ford street Colorado Springs, co 80915 first seating at 2pm or second seating at 6pm $18 for adult members, $20 for non-members $8 for children ages 5-12 Lutefisk with butter/cream sauce, meatballs, steamed potatoes, vegetables,cranberry sauce, lefse, dessert and coffee for sale in our lobby: Lutefisk, herring, ligonberries, baked goods and gift items for reservations please phone Virginia at 650-7029

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LIONS CLUB MEETING 1st Thursday of the Month 6:00PM-8:30PM MONUMENT HILL COUNTRY CLUB Beginning September 6th. Tri-Lakes has Lions on the 1st Thursday of each month! Your family can make help enrich lives for our El Paso County families and people around the world. Please contact MReichal@aol.com 719-313-0688 for club details. We Serve. 4TH ANNUAL VIKING FAIR VIKING HALL 1045 Ford Street, Col Springs Saturday, October 27, 2012 9 AM to 2 PM-Bazaar 9 to 12 noon-Breakfast A community cultural event ARTS, BREAKFAST($8), COLLECTIBLES, CRAFTS, FOOD, LEFSE, MUSIC, RAFFLES, STORIES, UNIQUE GIFTS, VENDORS RESERVE with Millie @ 719-597-0381 PROCEEDS FOR CHARITIES INFORMATION--Please phone Eunice at 719-351-3554 or Ruth and Paul at 719-596-6159 FOR ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY Saturday Oct. 27th AT Oakley’s in The Sundance Mountain Lodge Tickets $15 EACH & include 2 drinks. Special room rate $69 (limited availability) Purchase Tickets in Advance! Oakley’s 719-481-6000 or Robert 719-661-4408 or bob@nendza.com more information at www. monumenthill.com PINZ’ MONSTER BASH, HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR Saturday, October 27th at 8:00PM Pinz Family Bowling Center 855 Highway 105, Palmer Lake Live Music on the Lanes, Pig Roast, Midnight Costume Contest for cash prizes, Shock Top Pumpkin Carving Contest, Drink Specials, Games, Prizes, Giveaways, and more. Purchase Tickests at www.PinzBowling.com CHILI SOUP SUPPER / CRAFT FAIR 1150 Panorama Drive, Colorado Springs, CO October 27,2012 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR The Eastern Star Annual Craft Fair will be held October 27, 2012 at the Colorado Springs Masonic Center. The Craft Fair will be from 9:00 to 5:00, free admission. The Chili-Soup Supper will be served from 11:00 to 5:00, adult tickets $6.00, children 12 and under $3.00. Mobile Record Shredders will be on site from 10:00 to 2:00

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48th ANNUAL FALL SHOW AND SALE Black Forest Community Center 12530 Black Forest Road Black Forest, CO 80908 November 1-4, 2012 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sunday FREE Admission. Over 90 local artisans will be selling their handmade items, including Holiday ornaments & decorations, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, knit & crochet baby, children & adult items, embroidered items and note cards, pies, cakes, candy, jams & jellies . . . and much more. New items arrive throughout show. The facility is wheel-chair accessible, but because of fire regulations, no strollers please! 495-3217 (show hours only) web site: www.BFACG.org 6 EASY STEPS TO EFFECTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATION 11/07/12 1-3pm Tri-Lakes Business Incubator 14960 Woodcarver Rd, Co Springs, CO 80921 Fee: $25.00 Registration Required Website: www.trilakesbi.org The key resource you bring to clear, direct, concise and complete business communication is your awareness of what’s going on around you and within you. Join us in stepping off the board in order to improve communication to yourself as well as to important others. Learn the importance of self talk and how to do it to get results like confidence, authority, uniqueness, increased message clarity, and easier identification of

QUICK BOOKS BASICS FOR YOUR BUSINESS 11/13/12 10-11am Tri-Lakes Business Incubator 14960 Woodcarver Rd, Co Springs, CO 80921 Fee: $10.00 Registration Required www.trilakesbi.org Come learn about Quick Books and how it can work for you and your business! · Helps you avoid issues with Uncle Sam · Straightforward and easy to learn · Compatible with many types of software · Cost effective RAMPART HIGH SCHOOL’S CHRISTMAS CUPBOARD BAZAAR EVENT Rampart High School 8250 Lexington Drive Colorado Springs, 80920 Nov 17, 2012 9am/4pm Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Rampart High School’s annual Christmas Cupboard Bazaar! HUGE selection of unique HANDMADE ITEMS from 150 vendors!!! Delicious concession stand! FREE admission! It’s the BEST craft fair in town! (No strollers Please) HUD HOMES CAN BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY 11/28/12 10-12pm Tri-Lakes Business Incubator 14960 Woodcarver Rd, Co Springs, CO 80921 Fee: free Registration Required Website: www.trilakesbi.org This HUD class will cover the benefits to buying HUD homes (owner occupants and Investors), how to find homes, evaluate them, the bid process and its secrets as well as financing. 7th ANNUAL NORTH POLE AT TRI-LAKES ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR Dec 1st and 2nd, 2012 10AM to 4PM Grace Best School 66 Jefferson Street Downtown Monument Admission: Nonperishable food items or cash donations. Visit with Santa 1PM both days! Sponsored by Monument HIll Kiwanis Club. for more information contact: Barb at 719-495-7666 or barb@2bara.com


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inus and the others dug vigorously. Time was taking its toll and the Norwegian Monsters were gaining ground. The thumping of fallen rock sank deeper in the ears of every Trow. You could hear the echo of Trow tears through the small caves they had built. Families were holding each other close. The digging slowed, as everyone was choosing to be with a loved one at the time. Linus didn’t really have anyone; he just kept on digging. Then suddenly, like the sun clearing a storm in the spring time, there was nothing. No noises of any kind. The thumping had stopped. The shaking had stopped. Linus stopped digging. He looked around thinking about the mess they had found themselves in. The eye of the storm, he thought. In those last few seconds, the ones we make so much of, Linus didn’t see his entire life flash before his eyes. He only saw the families of those he neighbored. And as the tunnels he’d worked so hard to built came caving in on him and his people, Linus felt regret. You see, it had been almost six years to the day. The last time the night rose without any light Linus Bardamas led the Trow on their most grand adventure. The three-hundred year war between them and the Norwegian Monsters would come to an epic conclusion, or so they thought. They sailed across the sea to capture the Monsters leader. They sacrificed him in the night time. For six years, they lived in peace. Yes, the Trow thought they had gotten away with the kidnapping and execution of a Norwegian

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Monster; they hadn’t. The Norwegians had come for their revenge. They buried the tunnels, effectively eliminating the entire race of Trow. Linus Bardamas was dead. They had finally claimed their revenge. “Whew, let’s go home” said one, exhausted; and so they went… October 27th is the anniversary of what the Norwegians came to call ‘The Monster Bash’ (most likely because of their bashing in of the tunnels). Pinz will celebrate this forgotten holiday Saturday, on the 1000th anniversary, combining the events with Halloween. There will be Live Music on the Lanes, a Costume Contest at Midnight (with cash prizes!), a Shock Top Pumpkin Carving Competition, Drink Specials, Bowling, Giveaways, and more! The event kicks off at 8pm, and tickets are still available. You can purchase General Admission for $10. VIP tickets are available for $25 and include a reserved table, access to the pig roast, drink tickets, and admission to the event. You can purchase tickets online at www.PinzBowling.com, or in person at Pinz Bowling Center. It should be a grand ‘ole time. Now I know what you’re thinking, why are we celebrating the bad guys winning? I thought Linus Bardamas was a hero? Well, first off, Halloween is all about monsters and zombies and skeletons. So we need to be celebrating the accomplishments of their kind. And yes, Linus Bardamas was a hero - to his people. It’s all a matter of perspective folks; every civilization has its rise and fall. The Trow had their time and it ended. Don’t let it haunt you. For more information on Pinz Monster Bash: Halloween Spooktacular, give the center a call during business hours at (719) 487-7469 or visit www.PinzBowling.com


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ousy. A once great relationship goes bust when one strikes it rich or marries someone above them or wins a coveted prize or position or fantasizes about who their mate may be spending time with. It’s not possible to be seriously jealous of someone else and still be their friend.

JUNK YOUR JEALOUSY By Ron Ross

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here are two kinds of jealousy. One kind is illustrated by the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s line, “My wife’s jealousy is getting ridiculous. The other day she looked at my calendar and wanted to know who May was.” This kind of jealousy is the desire to keep what you have. It is a combination of fear and anger: fear of losing something and anger that someone is moving in on something or someone that you think belongs to you. The other kind of jealousy is the resentment you have when you see a rival or someone you love gain sig-

nificant success or advantage. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s what you feel when the jerk in the next office gets the promotion and you don’t; or when your brother-inlaw strikes it rich with some stupid business idea.

– Jealousy makes you look and sound ugly. Have you ever seen anyone’s face brighten up with a beautiful smile while they are expressing their bitter feelings about another’s success? No you haven’t. When you express your resentment toward another person’s good fortune your face screws up, your eyes narrow and you look repulsive and sound nasty, no matter how good-looking you may be.

Not long ago our best friends moved into a lovely new home on a lake with brand new furniture, all the latest amenities and a three-car garage complete with a new SUV, a new pickup and a very nice boat. We had Jealousy lowers your self-esteem. to work on not being jealous of their When you are jealous of another you allow all kinds of negative thoughts hard-earned success. overwhelm you: I’m just not as smart Two words define this kind of jeal- as he is. No one in our family ever ousy: envious resentment. It happens becomes wealthy – I guess we won’t when you cannot rejoice in another’s either. What’s the matter with me? success but rather feel bitter about Why can’t I succeed? it and covet what they own or have achieved. And third, jealousy ruins relationships. Good marriages, lifetime If you are spending energy begrudg- friendships, business associates, being the success of others, I want you loved relatives and many other kinds to consider what jealousy does to you of relationships are ruined by jeal-

So what to do about jealousy? Three things: First of all, acknowledge it. Talk about it with a confident – and maybe even with the person you are jealous of. Second, love yourself. Approve of who you are and where you are in life. If your friend’s success reveals areas for you to improve, fine! Make positive changes to become a better you. But don’t do it to compete with your rival, do it to bless and love yourself. Third, bless the one having the success you desire. Be joyful in their success – and tell them with authentic words of blessings. This week’s swift kick in the pants – learn to be happy with who you are and what you have and be happy for the other person’s success. In short, junk your jealousy, regain your selfesteem and you’ll look better, feel better and you’ll be a better person.

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If you are in business, you know you need a social media presence. Social media is an important part of marketing as well as a great way to listen to your customers. Social media gives you and your products attention, drives fans to your website and generates leads. People shop and search for information at all hours of the day. Social media allows you to market while you sleep. You have a website, but it is not enough. 85% of customers expect businesses to be active in social media and 36% of people trust companies more when they have a social presence. This means if your competitors are active in social media and you are not, you are going to lose a significant share of your market. Many marketers feel they are playing catch up in the social media game if they jumped in late or resisted the trend, leaving many business leaders to wonder, "What does a company really need to do and how do you "do" social media effectively?" Answer: You need a plan.

because people want to be entertained. What's funny about your business, product, customers or industry? What can you poke fun at or parody? If you're not funny (or if humor is not right for your business), don't despair. How-to and instructional videos are also wildly popular. People want to be informed as well as entertained. How can you demonstrate your expertise? What problems can you show your prospects how to solve? Also consider video interviews, videos of your products in action, time-lapse videos of your services being performed, video tours of your facility and any other way you can use this versatile medium.

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and you are serious, you need a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn has a tutorial that walks you through how to create one. LinkedIn is where business people screen other business people by seeing their resumes, people in common, and recommendations. You can also link your blog, add videos and even post products for sale right on your profile.

Facebook - a fan page or a

Google+ - was started by Google

group. You need this for your business, brand or key product to have a presence. You can run promotions, ask questions and solicit feedback from your customers. Oreo, the cookie, has a Facebook page with 27,000,000 Likes. People visit this page and make comments on how they feel. (Yes, I know. It is a just a cookie, for Pete's sake.)

Twitter - for your company or

brand. You can test products, promote products, discuss industry trends, and connect with potential buyers. Search engines are recognizing Twitter and real time data so Twitter cannot be ignored.

Pinterest - This is the fastest

growing site, so jump on it. Yes, it looks like a bunch of bored teenagers got together and put up pictures. It is also a viral magnet. Pinterest is growing fast, only behind Facebook and Twitter. According to Ken Barber of the Denver Business Journal (Aug 12, 2012) a PriceGrabber.com study showed that 21 percent of Pinterest users purchased directly from Pinterest.com, and their average order value was more than double that of Facebook-driven sales.

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for their employees and they really don't seem to care much about making it commercial. Google + is particularly helpful for business groups who share information in teams or for families who don't want every detail of their lives all over Facebook.

Klout - measures how "influential"

you are in social media. Your influence is measured via an algorithm (which no one knows) that factors in the size of your following, your social media activity and the actions others take in response to your postings. You can increase your klout score by commenting on other people's online conversations and by posting interesting tidbits that others find worth liking and sharing.

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76 percent of banks offering free checking back in 2009. “Free” not only means free of a charge for having the account, but being free of the responsibility of meeting the bank’s requirements, such as keeping a minimum balance.

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ecause of the new banking laws that limit how much banks can charge retailers, user fees have continued to rise as banks have hustled to find other ways to prop up their income. The recent 15th annual survey by Bankrate shows that the average monthly fee is now in the range of $5.50 -- up 25 percent in a year -- for accounts that don’t pay interest. For accounts that do pay interest (averaging 0.05 percent), that amount is more than $14. ATM fees also are up, averaging $1.57 (charged by your own bank) if you make a withdrawal at a bank not your own. The bank that you withdraw from will charge an average of $3.50 if you don’t have an account there. Overdraft charges now average $31. Non-sufficient funds charges are all in the $30 range across the country, except for two states. Free checking is on its way out: Only 39 percent of checking accounts today free, as opposed to

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There are ways to get around being charged fees, but they aren’t for everyone. Setting up direct deposit is one way, but not everyone works for a company that offers to pay electronically. Another way is to agree to keep a higher minimum balance at all times, although those minimums have continued to rise, in many cases to more than $6,000. Banks are betting that you won’t abandon them despite higher fees, that you’ll decide it’s just easier to stay and hand over the money, no matter how high the charges go. They have a point: If you change banks you might need to deal with new routines, the inconvenience of changing a direct deposit, new tellers who don’t know you, and more. Perhaps you have a loan with an interest rate that’s directly tied to having an account (not a good idea, for obvious reasons). Best bet: Per Bankrate, more than 70 percent of credit unions still have free checking. If your bank’s fees are continuing to climb, investigate a credit union near you. The “pain” of switching banks is only temporary. For more information, see bankrate. com.

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