Penrose VFW Second Annual Homeless Awareness Camp-out


No matter the circumstances, one thing that remains the same with military members alike is the camaraderie. Whether they’re active duty, retired or in-between they always take care of their own. The perfect example is the Penrose VFW Post No. 2788, during their second annual homeless veteran awareness camp-out.

During the camp out, members endured long cold nights, long days and took time off of work in order to raise funds, donations and awareness of the homeless problem facing America, particular homeless veterans. Taking shelter out of makeshift cardboard boxes, and relying on the community’s kindness for food and supplies. They were able to raise donations that will help local homeless veterans and veterans in need.

This year, a rough estimate of  5 truck loads of donations, which is less than last year, was received. Approximately $9,000 was raised during their 4 day camp out which, is about a $1,000 more than last years. Approximately 20 members were present the first two days of the event but due to members work schedules the event ended the last night with around 10 members.

“This event’s goal was to spread awareness of homeless veterans in our community, by sleeping in boxes it really hits home to people because it’s right in their face”, says Justin Horn the Trustee of the Penrose VFW. The donations get spread through a variety of different ways, through Loaves Fishes, other organizations that deal with homeless vets but the main way is through the Penrose VFW direct support for veterans.

The VFW encourages anyone else with donations that they can sacrifice, to stop by the Penrose post and leave a donation. Donations of socks, coats, underwear, pants, shirts, blankets, cash donations and non perishable food items are all greatly appreciated, says Justin Horn

“As active duty Army, seeing the camaraderie still existing years after their service has ended is really awe inspiring. It really makes me feel proud to be part of such a community” Said Troy Johnson who’s currently active duty Army stationed at Fort Carson. 

The camp out concluded after four days of fundraising with the Flag Folding Ceremony which the Cañon City High School Color Guard ROTC preformed. Next year, for their third annual camp-out, new ideas have already begun, like having extra cardboard boxes to facilitate and encourage any community volunteer’s to come and join the camp out.

Bling For The Holidays!

The Artists’ Gallery, 416 Main St., Canon City, is presenting a very special one-day only, handcrafted jewelry show designed for inspired gift-giving this holiday season. “Bling for the Holidays!” will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 2 to 8 p.m.  What better gift than fabulous, one-of-a-kind jewelry crafted by a local artisan?  Enjoy cookies and coffee while you shop.  Our talented list of jewelers includes:

  Virginia Ames, who stitches seed beads around cabochon stone settings to create earrings, bracelets and necklaces in intricate patterns and elaborate color combinations.

  Sue Davis wraps base-metal wire into finely crafted, uniquely designed earrings, bracelets, rings, and necklaces of her own creation.

Jan Fead combines unusually-shaped, semi-precious stones and turquoise beads to make harmonious designs for simple classical earrings, bracelets and necklaces with sterling silver fittings.

Linda Ouellette and Lin Ward, enhance their lovely necklaces with bold, striking stones that capture the modern flavor of today’s Southwest.

Kathleen Pinover has a gift for making sparkling, delicate bracelets, earrings and necklaces, uniting crystals and stone beads with precise, tiny hand-wrapped links of her own design.

Laraine Wright weaves seed beads into colorful easy-to-wear Southwest-inspired bracelets, earrings and necklaces utilizing her own original patterns.

This event is a one-day opportunity, however, the gallery showcases an exciting array of local artists working in a wide variety of medium; Clay, Glass, Fiber, Jewelry, Sculpture, Wood, Photography, and Paintings, as well unique hand-crafted gift items such as soaps, lotions and art cards.  The Artists’ Gallery is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.  For more information visit our website,, or call (719)345-4070.

Child Identification Program for K-5

The child identification program is a community service initiative providing parents and guardians with a tool they can use to help protect their children. The Child ID kit allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on identification cards that are then kept at home by the parents or guardian. If ever needed, the Child ID kit will give authorities vital information to assist their efforts to locate a missing child.

If a child becomes missing, law enforcement authorities will be able to use the child’s completed I.D. Kit to scan the child’s fingerprints into the Nation Crime Information Center database.

The hope is to make it a yearly community event. Please come out and support them in their effort, to protect our children of the community.

The event will be held at the Florence Elementary School December 6, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or until kits are no longer available.

For more information contact 719-784-7031 ask for Bob.

Royal Gorge Republican Women’s Club Meeting With Special Guests

The Royal Gorge Republican Women’s Club will be having their annual meeting held this Thursday November 20th 2014 from 11:30- 1:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Fremont County Republican headquarters. Key note speakers will be State Representative of District 47 Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff and a special presentation from Director of Eagle Summit Ranch Beverly Shoemaker out of Westcliff. Wounded warrior graduates of the Eagle Summit Ranch will also be in attendance.

Pot luck lunch will be present, its encouraged to provide some sort of food. Everyone is welcome to come join the meeting and meet one of our state representative and our wounded Heros.

Lincoln School of Science & Technology 1st Quarter Awards 2014-2015

Blue Ribbon - All A’s, includes band, 3 or higher in specials/resource, behavior

Third grade: Luke Epperson, Kinsey Hermreck, Colby Koehn, Dylan Owens, Leo Swift and Libby Vertrees

Fourth grade: Dylan Blackwod, Chase Collins, Atalia Fisher, Daesha Mills, Kaylin Quintana, & Beau Reid

Fifth grade: Weston Niedens, Baiza Mand, and Alina Snow

Burgundy Ribbon – All A’s/B’s, includes band, 3 or higher in specials/resource, behavior

Third grade: Cordorzar Abernathy, Kameron Atwood, Gabriel Bergeman, Angelyna Darcy, Jay Dewey, Abrianna Lippis, Larah Martinez, Makai Moloznik, Madison Nelson, Brevin Osborn, Micah Sawyer, Trystan Simmons, Mathew Spoden, Curtis Tatum, Brayden Walters, Danaye Walters, Abby Wold

Fourth grade:  Linnea Beauchamp, Karrina Blatnick, Micah Chambers, Peyton Durfey, Meah Ehrman, Zachary Elliott, Allison Evans, Drayton Evans, Aleksander Field-Wright, Carter Herman, Ayden Masse, Christian Mondragon, Autumn Nix, Gavin Taylor, and Colt Thompson

Fifth grade: Andon Blackwood, Amelia Dewey, Madelyn Ley, Makena Nelson, Matthew Owens, and Faith Wimmer

On a Roll - Teacher nominated.  Consistent &/or improved academics

First grade: Cedric Smith

Second grade: Jillian Ferguson and Maggie Nelson

Integrity – Consistently internalize Discovery 6 P’s and attending skills

Second grade: Kaydence Swift

Third grade: Libby Vertrees

Fifth grade: Makena Nelson and Alina Snow

Advanced TCAP – Outstanding academic performance in 1 or more 2014 Advanced           TCAP Ratings

Fourth grade:  Isabella Alleshouse, Dylan Blackwood, Karrina Blatnick, Zachary Elliott, Atalia Fisher, Carter Herman, Christian Mondragon, Joseph Ownbey, Kaylin Quintana, Beau Reid, and Cain Wetherall

Fifth Grade:  Corvin Bennett, Andon Blackwood, Aidan Deist, Amelia Dewey, Madelyn Ley, Baiza Mand,

Devrin McKenzie, Makena Nelson, Matthew Owens, Alina Snow, Sierra Tatum, and Faith Wimmer

Proficient TCAP – Outstanding academic performance in 1 or more 2014 Proficient           TCAP Ratings

Fourth grade: Moyrah Acosta-Horejs, Linnea Beauchamp, Jesse Chapman, Chase Collins, Peyton Durfey, Drayton Evans, Aleksander Field-Wright, Kylie Ham, Eric Jackson, Zachary Lambert, Charles Law, Daesha Mills, Maycee Nelson, Madison Roever, Nicholas Salsby, Nathan Sanders, Alexander Sickler, Gavin Taylor, and Colt Thompson

Fifth grade: Saily Addington, Gabriel Byars, Nevaeh Fabrizio, Alicia Fasold- Simler, Trevor Hermreck, Breanna Holland, Christian Larsen, Kaisha Meland, Thomas Nordell, Dylan Oshea, Brayden Picco, Jesse Roberts, Joshua Rinke, Kiara Rogers, and Ali Sturgeon.

Perfect Attendance - Attended all academic school days from 8/21/2014-10/24/2014

Kindergarten: Taiya Fisher, Colton Flynn, Braydon Gill, Mathew Guevara, Colton Johnson, Donovan Marquez, Camryn Mead, Carter Ray, Gage Roberts, and Jayden Solis

First grade: Malachi Aldrich, Faith Alleshouse, Gabriel England, Dylan Evans, Alyee Johnson, Charlee Johnson, Aidan Kissell, Olivia Ley, Rilee Mead, Brianna Messer, Tillie Reid, Camron Stiefel, and Sunni Thompson

Second grade: Zaine Basham- Smith, Gulianna Cicerelli, Victoria Marquez, Tana Ownbey, Makayla Rose, Christian Trenhaile, and Noah Trenhaile

Third grade: Kameron Atwood, Jay Dewey, Ilexis Dunaway, Colby Koehn, Shaun Marquez, Emalynn Messer, Caleb Roberts, Kaden Roberts, Micah Sawyer, Brayden Walters and Danaye Walters

Fourth grade: Isabella Alleshouse, Chase Collins, Allison Evans, Aleksander Field-Wright, Carter Herman, Lathan Kissell, Charles Law, Paublo Marquez, Daesha Mills, Kaylin Quintana, Beau Reid, and  Colt Thompson

Fifth grade: Saily Addington, Andon Blackwood, Tryphena Davis, Amelia Dewey, Nevaeh Fabrizio, Kimberly Greene, Madelyn Ley, Baiza Mand, Weston Niedens, Brayden Picco, Alina Snow, and Brianna Winford


Kindergarten: Taiya Fisher, Blayke Hansen, and Elyza Lehn

First grade: Angel Flynt and Tillie Reid

Second grade: Zaine Basham-Smith and Sheridan Wetherall

Third grade: Danaye Walters and Tristan Simmons

Fourth grade: Daesha Mills and Gavin Taylor

Fifth Grade: Matthew Owens, Joshua Rinke, and Auriel Ehrman

Computer Tech.

Third grade: Kinsey Hermreck and Mathew Spoden

Fourth grade: Madison Roever and Eric Jackson

Fifth grade: Alicia Fasold-Simler and Weston Niedens


Kindergarten: Cian Maestas, Gabriella Shepherd, Isabella Quintana

First grade: Dylan Evans and Keith Parks

Second grade: Makayla Rose and Kaydence Swift

Third grade: Danaye Walters and Luke Epperson

Fourth grade: Maycee Nelson and Karrina Blatnick

Fifth grade: Joshua Rinke and Alina Snow

Eleanor May Lutenberg

Eleanor May (Taylor) Lutenberg was born October 24, 1922 in Monte Vista, Colorado to Leo B. and Edith (Elwood) Taylor.  She passed away quietly in her sleep November 7, 2014.

Her grade school years were spent in different schools around the San Luis Valley.  She graduated from Forrest Lake Academy in Florida attending college in Lincoln Nebraska before attending nurses training first at Bates Hospital in Iowa and finishing at Mason Memorial Hospital, Murray, Kentucky.

On May 27, 1946 she married William (Bill) Lutenberg, there were three children to this union; Jim, John and Ula Mardene (Marty).

After moving to Canon City, Colorado in 1956 she began working in the nursing profession, first at the Colorado Hospital then moving to nursing care facilities then spending 20 plus years working at St. Thomas More hospital; after retiring from St. Thomas More she spent several more years doing in-home nursing care.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, four sisters and two brothers.  She is survived by sons, Jim (Micki) Lutenberg and John (Linda) Lutenberg; sisters, Evelyn Bennett and Thelma Hufman; brother Dwight (Betty) Taylor; and numerous other relatives scattered throughout the world.  She will be missed by her many friends in the health care profession and her special friend and care taker Maggi.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Wilson Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canon City with interment following at Mountain Vale Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care of Wilson Funeral Home. Online condolences @

Doulas Taylor Mingo

Doulas Taylor Mingo, passed away on November 8, 2014 at the home of his daughter Doris in Penrose, Colorado. Doug was born May 5th, 1927 in Denmark, Colchester County, Nova Scotia Canada. He was the eldest child of Leslie and Florence (Archibald) Mingo. Growing up, Doug longed for the sense of travel and adventure, hatching a plan to join the Merchant Marines at age 16 during WWII. However, when his father Leslie discovered and put a stop to the plan, Doug refocused his gaze on the Canadian North Woods.
In 1950 after making his way to Edmonton Alberta, Doug found and responded to a newspaper ad “Wanted, young man to learn the fur trade-On the job training with the Hudson’s Bay company Fur Trade Department”. Doug became a fur trader with the Hudson’s Bay Company on the Great Slave Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Continuing his love for the outdoors, Doug’s next adventure found him employed by the Ontario lands and Forest Service. During this time he met Gabriella Bock who fled to Canada during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. They were married in 1957 and together had three children. The next adventure took him and the family to the TransCanada Pipeline Company in Ignace, Ontario. In 1968 Doug transferred to the Great Lakes Pipeline Company in Hallock, MN, USA where he raised his family. In 1982 Doug left Minnesota and returned to his roots in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Still seeking adventure Doug found himself in Mount Pearl Newfoundland where he met and married Dorothy Percy. Doug and Dorothy shared a love of square dancing and travel and spent 15 years dancing and traveling throughout Canada, Europe and the United States. On several occasions they drove their motorhome across Canada and the USA to visit his children and grandchildren in Minnesota and Colorado, even driving so far as to return to the Northwest Territories to visit his original adventure in the far north. Following Dorothy’s passing Doug returned to Tatamagouche and alternated his time between his childhood home and Colorado.
Doug enjoyed all things outdoors: hiking, ice skating, skiing and gardening. He loved dancing, traveling, and listening to Maritime folk music. He never met a stranger, always ready with the cheery “Hello, how are you doing?” and was loved by family and friends. Doug’s glass was always half full and he looked for the best in everything and everyone. He is survived by his daughter Doris (Brian) Petro of Penrose, CO, sons Martin of Rush City, MN and Henry (Sonya) Mingo of Alexandria, MN, three grandchildren: Logan (Adeline) Petro, Maggie (Dustin) Petro and Tyson Mingo: Sisters, Doris Fage of Amherst, Nova Scotia, Nan Grant of Hamilton, Ontario and many close friends and relatives. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy, first wife Gabriella, brother Eugene and sister Carol.