Christmas Sing-A-Long and Ugly Sweater Party

Bridge to Life church will be hosting a sing-a-long and ugly Christmas sweater festival. The festival will be on Sunday, December 21, at 6:00 pm at no cost. They encourage all to come to sip hot coco, hot cider and enjoy cookies and enjoy singing and getting into the spirit of Christmas!! There will also be not any services held on Christmas Day.

Bridge to Life church is located at 222 N. Orchard Cañon City, Co.

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John C. Fremont Silent Auction

Hurry into the John C. Fremont Library, 130 Church St. in Florence, to bid on a number of wonderful silent auction items and help support library programs.

            The Friends of the Library Group is the hosting the Holiday Silent Auction and Kids’ Table until Friday, Dec. 19.

“We are lucky to have so many wonderful donations this year, including a beautiful painting by Rudl Mergelman titled ‘In Holiday Style,’” said Friends President Judy DeHaven, noting that other items include a beautiful hand stitched quilt, a colorful cardinal quilt, many hand knitted items, a solid oak plant stand, jewelry, a large size doll house with furniture, gift certificates, Broncos wine holder, and many more items.

The Kid’s Table is also an inexpensive way for children of all ages to pick out gifts for their family and friends.  These items are already priced and can be purchased at any time. Items include: candy-filled mugs, Christmas décor, apple pie scented air fresheners and so much more.

Also, don’t forget about the Friends calendar titled, “Colorado Reflections” that are currently available for a donation of $5.  They make perfect presents for those people who are hard to shop for.

All the money raised during these fund-raisers goes directly back to library programs. For more information, contact the library at (719) 784-4649.libary pic

European Pot Luck

Native Europeans or fluent speaking of a European language (English or Spanish doesn’t count unless you are FROM: Spain, the UK or Ireland) and their immediate family are invited. Please bring a native dish on SUNDAY, Dec. 14th at 1 pm at Constantino’s Restaurant on the westside of Canon City on Highway 50.  RSVPs via call, text, or Facebook private message are necessary by Friday, Dec. 12th to Jake Francis at (719) 821-5055 or Susanne Cornell at (719) 429-3599. Please share this invitation with any Europeans living in Fremont County.

  This lunch will be the first step in forming a European Club in 2015.  Please call Jake or Susanne to inquire about the details

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St. Cloud Restoration Continues

The St. Cloud Hotel is continuing its fund raising efforts with the help of shop owner Judith Sanchez at Thimblewick Boutique at 313 Main St. The boutique is selling three lines of handmade gift items for the “Future of Yesterday” foundation. The items includes a line of soap products, local honey by the jar and framed mirrors with the St. Cloud hotel logo etched into the glass.

    The gift items fit neatly into the Sanchez’ boutique, with 100% of these products being donated to the St. Cloud restoration project.

    Sanchez has added the items to her Boutique of collectible dolls and fantasy toys, which she creates. Sanchez has been making dolls for over 30 years and has a great selection of fantasy dragons, frogs with wings and more traditional “Annie” type dolls.

    Sanchez said, she has always enjoyed sewing and began creating bears as a hobby. After years of making classic bears she started making dolls out of quilted cloth materials. She said, she likes creating a doll with an individual personality. She has branched out and now creates fantasy and whimsical monsters.

    Sanchez met Erin Tierney, the director or the Future of Yesterday foundation when she opened her boutique and wants to help raise funds for the St. Cloud’s restoration. For additional information, contact Judith at 276-3220.unnamed (2)

Travis Carroll Stephens

Travis Carroll Stephens, 70, of Canon City, CO passed away peacefully December 7, 2014 at Progressive care Center in Canon City. He was born October 4, 1944 in Weinert, TX to J.D. “Doc” and Lillian Faye (McClure) Stephens.

Travis grew up in Lubbock, TX where he worked with his father in the construction of homes and churches throughout the United States.

Travis loved to play bingo and dominoes with his many friends in Weatherford, TX where he and his parents moved in 1978. He remained in Weatherford until his parents passed away and then relocated to Canon City to live with his brother and sister-in-law. His passion was talking with people and telling stories. He was laughing when his heart suddenly stopped and he went to be with Jesus.

Travis is survived by his brother, Larry (Debbie) Stephens; nieces, Chrystal (Steve) Miller, Amber (Jason) Stevens; six great nieces and nephews; Aunt Margie Pickering (Stewart); and many cousins.

Graveside Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 12, 2014 at Annetta Cemetery in Annetta, TX.

Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @

Juanita Mae Melchert

Juanita Mae Melchert, 81, of Penrose passed away peacefully on December 6, 2014.  She was born March 28, 1933, to Bura and Jewell (Burnett) Creacy in Mexico, Missouri.  She married the love of her life Roland “Ron” Melchert in August 22, 1954 and to their union was born two daughters.

Juanita was an active member of the Colorado Springs Muzzle Loaders group and was known by all as “Fire Women” as well as the Colorado State Muzzle Loaders Association.   Juanita was always busy and found time to serve her community as an Election Judge, Food Broker, and volunteer with S.H.A.R.E. and her children’s school activities.  She also was an avid reader, loved to knit, cook, make preserves and was an accomplished seamstress. But more than anything she loved her family and especially doted on her two grandsons.

She is survived by her husband Ron, daughters, Tracy (Mark) Brady and Cynthia Melchert; grandsons, Joseph and Aidan Brady; siblings, Robert, Donald, Howard and Sharon.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jolly.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, December 13th at the Harwood Chapel at 816 N. 10th, Canon City, Colorado.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name for the family.  The family invites friends to join them at Fort Melchert after the service for a time of food and fellowship.

Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home. Online condolences at

Joseph Francis Nolen

Joseph Francis  Nolen, 93 died peacefully, surrounded by family members, December 5, 2014, in Cañon City, Colorado.

Born November 12, 1921, in Charleston, South Carolina, Mr. Nolen was the first of three sons and two daughters of Mikel and Sadie Nolen. Mr. Nolen left home after two years of high school to join the Cicil Conservation Corps where he learned radio communications. He joined the Merchant Marines in April 1941 and served aas the radio operator on numerous ships throughout World War II in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean. In September 2000, he met the son of the U-boat Captain who sunk his ship the SS Benjamin Smith in 1943.

After being discharged at the end of the War in 1945, Mr. Nolen joined the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency where he traveled the world installing communication systems. During his years with the CIA, Mr. Nolen acted upon his early love of sailing and then flying, becoming accomplished in both. After retiring from the CIA, Mr. Nolen and his wife Catherine R.B. “Kibby” Nolen relocated to Port Orange, Florida, to their new home at the Spruce Creek Fly-in Community. There Mr. Nolen built two airplanes in his hanger. Along with his good friend Tom Ryan, he also built a World War I Jenny which is displayed at the Daytona Beach International Airport.

Mr. Nolen’s life is celebrated by his two daughters, Susan I. Nolen of Warrenton, Virginia, and JoAnne A. Nolen of Rockvale, Colorado; four grandsons and 12 great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House or Wounded Warriors.