Starpoint Foundation Board members, staff and crew lined up and awaiting for the beginning of their Benefit Breakfast at Michael’s on Main recently.  The annual event grossed more than $1500 in ticket sales, tips and donations from the 133 hungry attendees which provided a pleasant pace and leisurely flow of patrons during the 2-hour event.     Left to right includes Bob Arnold, Starpoint – CEO; Jennifer Harrigan, Foundation Board President; Joyce Bauer – Board Member; Codi McPeek – Jr. Board Member; Lisa Henagar – Board Member; Susie Bell – Board Member; Diane Trujillo – Starpoint Staff; Kathy Kennedy – Starpoint Staff and Mary Shell. Local artist, Ken Trusty, provided additional visual enhancements with his metal bug metal sculpture in the background. For more information contact Ron Hinkle, 269-2228, point


Keeping your Social Security number card in a safe place is vital to protecting you against identity theft. Never keep it in your purse or wallet — this is the most common way people lose their card. No matter how hard you try to keep track of your important documents, sometimes they get lost or even stolen.
Getting a replacement Social Security number card is free, but you will have to provide the proper documents to get a new one. Being prepared will save you time at the Social Security office or card center. If you are replacing your card, you will need original or certified copies of the required documents, which include:
Proof of citizenship: If you have not already established your U.S. citizenship with us, we need to see proof of U.S. citizenship. We can accept only certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship, like your U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport. Identity: We can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age), and preferably, a recent photograph. For example, as proof of identity, we must see your: U.S. driver’s license; State-issued non-driver identification card; or U.S. passport.
If you do not have one of these specific documents, or you cannot get a replacement for one of them within ten days, we will ask to see other documents, including a(n): Employee identification card; School identification card; Health insurance card (not Medicare card); or U.S. military identification card.
Remember, you are limited to three replacement cards in a year or ten in your lifetime. Legal name changes and other exceptions do not count toward these limits. Also, you may not be affected by these limits if you can prove you need the card to prevent a significant hardship.
What’s more important than having your card is knowing your Social Security number. This is how we identify you, tally your wages correctly, and how we eventually issue you accurate retirement benefits. You might not even need your card for identification purposes if you know and consistently use your correct number.
For more information about replacing a lost or stolen Social Security number card, go to

Youth Football and Soccer Registration is now Open at the Rec District!

The time has come to register your kids for the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District’s fall youth sports programs.  Once again we will offer a youth football and soccer league this fall and registration is open for both.  Games will start for both sports on Saturday September 12th at both Rouse Park and Pathfinder Park.
The Cañon City Recreation District’s Gary “Bubba” DiOrio Youth Football program is an introductory level program for boys and girls looking to learn about the fundamentals of football. Practices will focus on individual instruction, team play, sport specific drills and having fun.  There are leagues for Kindergarten through 6th grade boys and girls.  Flag Football is offered for K/1st Graders and 2nd/3rd Graders and there are Tackle Leagues for 4th Grade and 5th/6th Graders.  Fees vary based on the league.  The 5th/6th Grade League is sponsored by the Credit Union of Colorado.  All games are played at Rouse Park.  The tackle football coaches will be USA Football Certified.  The registration deadline for the Gary “Bubba” DiOrio Youth Football program is August 14th.
At Pathfinder Park we will have our fall youth soccer program with games starting on September 12th.  The purpose of this program is to emphasize skill development, fair play, sportsmanship, and above all having fun for both boys and girls. Our youngest age group is the Kneekickers program for 4 and 5 year olds.  Then we offer leagues for K/1st Graders, 2nd/3rd Graders, 4th – 6th Graders, and 7th/8th Graders.  The fees vary by age group.  The registration deadline is coming up on August 21st.  If you register by August 14th there is a $10 discount.
If you need any more information on either program you may visit our website at  Registration is available on the website or at our offices, 575 Ash St. in Cañon City.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.  Don’t forget to register your kids for fall sports with the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District.

Street Improvement Sales Tax

Most of you know me, and some may have heard of me. I am interested in getting some sort of committee/group formed that will support, promote, and educate the citizens of Cañon City on the need for passage of the proposed (pending second reading)  0.5% Sales Tax. While we all may not agree on the politics and economics of our city government, I believe we can agree that our streets are in dire need of help.
I believe we need a grass roots effort to promote and educate citizens. I believe we can achieve better results if this is done by individuals not involved with city government. We need an effort similar to the one that was launched years ago in support of the RE-1 School Bond issue.
We need a group of movers and shakers to speak at community groups, non-profit groups, and anyone else that will listen, including some Town Hall type meetings. We need to get the Radio station and Newspaper on board. We need to get the proposed street plan from the city to show exactly what is planned and when.  We need a sound plan and commitment from the city. We need to put that information in a simple format that provides the voters with the information they need to support this. I also believe we need to provide follow up as to how the tax revenues were spent. Maybe a page on the city web site, if that is allowed. People need to know what we want to do, and that we are doing what we said we would do.
This whole process will require some monies for informational flyers, ads, and other expenses. We are going to need some donations. If this sales tax passes, we are talking about paying an additional $0.50 cents on a $100.00 Walmart bill. A selling point is that the $0.50 in revenue applies to every $100.00 purchase at Walmart, not just purchases from Cañon City residents. Everyone will pay for the street repairs.
Please give me your feedback, suggestions, and names of any individuals that will help with this effort either through helping with meetings or donations. Happy Pot Holes!!

Mel Edwards

Mel Edwards, 52, passed away July 26, 2015 in Florence, CO. The son of Ronnie Dean and Betty Louise (Morris) Stone, he was born April 6, 1963 in Bristow, Oklahoma.
When Mel was 5 years old his family moved to Wasco, CA. In 1981, he graduated from Wasco High School, where he had participated in football, wrestling, and track. He won State twice in wrestling, and set records in pole vaulting and hurdles. Mel attended one year of Community College before enlisting in the U. S. Army, serving from 1982 – 1986. While stationed at Ft. Carson, he met his wife, Jean Smith and they were married on March 6, 1988 in Bakersfield, CA.
In 1993, Mel and Jean moved to Canon City, and then to Florence in 2008. He worked for the Fremont Sanitation District for 10 years, and in 2007 he began selling real estate, working for ReMax, Properties of Colorado, and Keller Williams. He was past President of the Royal Gorge Association of Realtors, a Florence City Councilman; and a CHSAA basketball referee, refereeing high school basketball games. Active with the Recreation District, Mel refereed basketball and adult football. He loved to coach kids. He coached recreational baseball, basketball and football for 18 years. Mel also coached the Young Guns Traveling Baseball Team.
Mel was still active in softball; playing pitcher, catcher, and shortstop. He also loved to ice fish in the winter, and jug fishing and lake fishing as well as hunting. He loved the Broncos.
Mel is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Samantha (Byron) Edwards of Val Verde, CA, Susan (Matthew) Howard of Frederick MD, and Ronnie Dean Edwards of Colorado Springs; and grandchildren, Nolan Wusstig, Westley Wusstig, and one on the way. He is also survived by his mother, Betty Byars of Bakersfield, CA; sisters, Patty Berry of Marysville, CA, Marcia Shepard of Tallehassee, CO, Karen Edwards of Ohio, and Carol Scroggins of Bakersfield, CA; brother, Rocky Edwards of Wasco, CA; his best friend, Jay LeBlanc; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Evangelical Free Church with Reverend Jim Thulson officiating.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, National Processing Center, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.
Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @

80 YEARS OF SOCIAL SECURITY part 2 in series

Social Security has provided critical financial help to people of all ages for the last 80 years, and despite our age, we’re far from retiring! As the Social Security program celebrates its historic birthday this August, we’re reflecting on our diverse history, our current strengths, and ways we can continue to improve our services to you.
On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. In doing so, he promised the law would protect “the average citizen and his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.” Today, we continue to provide financial security for our country’s most vulnerable citizens. In fact, Social Security provides world-class service to millions of people every day — online, on the phone, and in our network of field offices across the country.
As we celebrate 80 years, we’re proud to present our “Celebrating the Past and Building the Future” anniversary website. There, you can read 80 interesting facts about an agency that touches everyone’s life at some point or another! For example, did you know the original name of the Social Security Act was the Economic Security Act?
The anniversary website also includes a timeline of our history. It begins with the signing of the Act in 1935 and ends with this year’s announcement of Vision 2025, our bold vision that will guide the agency as we work to meet the future customer service needs of the public. A memorable spot on the timeline is November 2, 2000, the date when we started taking retirement claims online.
Since our agency’s beginning, we’ve relied on our passionate and hard-working employees to face challenges and provide exceptional service. Throughout the 80 days leading up to our anniversary, we’ve been posting employee testimonials that answer the question, “Why do you serve?” We also invited you to share your story with us. You can tell us how Social Security has made a difference in your life and/or the lives of your family and friends. We would love to hear from you, the people we serve every day.
When the Social Security program started 80 years ago, our goal was to provide an economic lifeline for people in need. Today, Social Security continues to protect millions of people. Join us in commemorating this significant milestone! Visit

Benefit Auction for the Rialto Theater in August!

Reboot the Rialto Theater Benefit Auction Saturday August 15th at 2pm. A wide variety of items: fine china, artwork, books, vintage decor, LP records, pottery, display cases, shelving, glassware, rugs, some furniture, jewelry, movie passes, restaurant gift certificates, $500 in dental work, lunch with Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFayden, other goodies and entertainment.
Come out and help the Rialto Theater in Florence so renovation can really become a reality. Auction held at the Rialto by price auctioneering. Cash or checks only.