It’s Tax Season!

Looking for a deduction? Is your old tractor sitting on your property and you really don’t use it anymore? Why don’t you make a tax deductible donation to the Cañon City Rodeo Association.

We are in great need of a reliable tractor for road maintenance, cleaning, grooming our areas. We are a 50/CB non profit/ organization. If interested in donating please call Georgia Stanton at 719-458-5838.

Rialto Theater Receives $50,000

The Rialto Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it received a $50,000 matching gift proposal from Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baker, Florence at the Lights, Camera, Action Fundraiser held last night.  As the sellout crowd mingled over hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments at the Baker residence after the Rialto tours, Larry got the attention of the attendees and made the announcement to the applause and congratulations of the crowd.

Larry said, “We are proud to make this matching gift proposal as Beryl and I have watched and attended with great anticipation most of the events that have been held at the Rialto since 2004 when we moved to town.  It is our dream to be able to attend the official opening night and we hope that our investment in this restoration will open the door to other philanthropic endeavors, donations and grant possibilities.  The Rialto will be a showcase for all kinds of entertainment and will be a premier facility in Florence, the Royal Gorge Region and southern Colorado.”

The private Rialto tours and reception were part of the “Lights, Camera, Action” event fundraiser which included a vocal appearance by Mr. Rialto, Fremont Civic Theater actors and vocals by Florence resident 14-year-old Tailor Willow on guitar.  The theater entertainment gave the attendees a teaser of the kind of events that will be held at the Rialto.

Dick Baker, President of the Florence Architecture & Cultural Traditions (F.A.C.T.) Rialto Board of Directors commented, “This is exactly the impetus we need to finish an exciting year for this new board and it gives us great expectations for the New Year.  We will be initiating an intense fundraising campaign in the coming months with a goal of matching and exceeding the Baker proposal and making this dream come true.”

Lights, Camera, Action grossed nearly $2,500 and was the third and last fundraiser in 2015 for the new energized board.  Event proceeds will be restricted to matching the Baker proposal and Restoring the Rialto.

Shirley Ann Buck

Shirley (Mona) Ann Buck passed away suddenly January 27th 2016. Shirley was born September 9th 1954 to Ray (deceased) and Florence Tilton of Fowler Co. Shirley is deeply missed by her partner in life John Arnold of Penrose Co; John’s sons, Chris and Daniel, two grandchildren, LaLa and Teddy of Colorado Springs; her mother Florence Tilton; Sisters Kathleen and Janice Tilton; Brothers, Fred and Darryl Tilton; five nieces, two nephews; Numerous cousins and many friend. Shirley’s loving smile will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Shirley always selflessly, happily and lovingly gave of herself and her time to anyone in need. Shirley loved her pets (Rocky, Stinker, JD, Maggie, Hank and Hanna). Shirley loved to care for the birds that flew in for their daily feeding; but most of all she loved and cared for her family and friends. Shirley grew up in Boone, attended school in Japan, and graduated from Castle High School in Kaneohe Hawaii. Shirley was a successful business woman throughout her life, but took the most pride in being an ordained minister, witnessing love and spirituality among others. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Shirley (Mona) Bucks name to; Peak View Animal Hospital 1050 County Road JJ Fowler, Co 81039 or Sangre De Cristo Hospice Fowler, Co.

Shirley Buck

Jean Louise Pittman

Jean Louise (Bowen) Pittman passed away peacefully Monday, February 1, 2016 at her home in Florence, Colorado. She was born May 17, 1932, in Waco, Nebraska, daughter of Willard and Lula Bowen.

She was predeceased by her parents and loving husband, Robert E Pittman. She was a loving wife to Robert Pittman and mother to her children Lisa and Scott. As an Army wife, she lived in France, Norway and traveled throughout Europe, also living in many states in the US; sharing her gifts and talents wherever she went.  As a member of the First Methodist church of Florence, she was active in many facets of the church, where she was the principal pianist for many years. As a talented and gifted pianist, she touched many lives and brought them closer to their own talents. She was fun, creative, talented, and a was a kind, generous and true friend. She is loved by so many and will be missed by all those who knew her. Hers was a life well lived.  Jean is survived by her children, daughter Lisa Pittman of Dover, New Hampshire, son Scott Pittman, daughter-in-law Margee Coyle Pittman of Vero Beach, Florida, sisters Doris Price of Aurora, Colorado, Artemis Kirkpatrick of Cody, Wyoming, nieces and nephews Bill (Sheri) Price and Susan Price of Aurora, Mark (Cathy) Kirkpatrick of Ryegate, Montana and Mike (Rebeca) Kirkpatrick of El Paso, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, family requests donations in her name to the Canon City Humane Society.  May God Bless You and Keep You.  Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M.,

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church 1032 E. Main Street, Florence, CO. Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home.  Online condolences at

Pittman pic

Marie Margaret Adamic

Marie Margaret Adamic, born December 8, 1928, in Florence, CO, to Victor Scavarda and Margaret (Conrado) Scavarda, passed away February 3, 2016.

Marie graduated from Canon City High School in 1946.  She was united in marriage to Daniel H. Adamic on April 23, 1949, in Canon City.

Her favorite pass time was raising her sons and spending time with her grandson, Buddy, and great-grandson, Virgil.  Marie also enjoyed spending time with her special friend and neighbor, Helen Olomon.  She spent countless hours on the four-wheeler irrigating, along with her dog, “Bear”.

Marie was an exceptional cook and her family enjoyed so many special meals she prepared.  She would spend all day in the hay field working and then still have the time and energy to prepare meals and care for the family.  Marie loved all the people in her life and will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

Marie is survived by her husband, Daniel H. Adamic; sons, Daniel A. (Carol) Adamic, Anthony J. Adamic; grandson, Buddy L. Adamic; great-grandson, Virgil A. Adamic.  She is also survived by her sister, Martha Scavarda, of Monterey, CA and niece, Trena Goodwin, of Canon City.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, John Scavarda, of Canon City.

At her request, cremation has taken place, with a private, family service to be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home.

Adamic pic

Arnold A. Manskey

Arnold A. Manskey, Jr., passed away, January 29, 2016 with his loving family by his side.  He was born November 26, 1924 to Arnold and Irene (Fuller) Manskey, Sr., in Sandusky, Ohio.  After graduating from high school, Arnold began serving his country in the US Army, where he was a Electrical Medical Technician Instructor.

It was during this time that he met and married Roseabelle Palmer, the love of his life and were married 69 years and had four children.  After his retirement from the service, he worked for Hewlett Packard before retiring a second time.  He is survived by his wife Roseabelle; children, Loretta, Arnie III, Betty and George. He

was preceded by his parents. At his request, no services will be held and cremation has taken place.  Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home. Online condolences at