Community Event to Curb Hunger to Celebrate 100 Years

The Kiwanis Club of Pueblo invites area service clubs, organizations, student groups, and businesses to help them celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International and the 95th anniversary of the Pueblo Kiwanis Club with a day of service on Saturday, April 11 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Event organizers aim to package 100,000 meals to be distributed to a variety of local agencies and organizations that serve the hungry.
Kiwanis Club President Carol Chiarito said the April 11 date coincides with Kiwanis One Day, the annual national service day for the organization. While Kiwanis members serve their communities all year long, the excitement for service builds in April each year when Kiwanis members come together for Kiwanis One Day—a day of community service that is felt around the world. The entire Kiwanis family—Kiwanis Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, CKI, Aktion Club and Kiwanis clubs—joins forces for this large-scale service project. Projects fill a specific need in each community and have included everything from building playgrounds to volunteering at a shelter to stocking shelves at a food pantry.
The Pueblo Kiwanis Club is partnership with Denver’s Colorado Feeding Kids (CFK) program, a 501©3, Colorado-based organization which employs no paid staff and directs all donations to the purchase of food products. The nutritious, vitamin-fortified meals were designed by food scientists to reverse the starvation process in children. Three packaged meals are currently available — macaroni and cheese, rice and beans, and a rice/soy casserole.
One in seven Coloradans report worrying about food with 23 percent of Colorado households reporting food hardships. In 2014 alone, CFK packaged 500,000 total meals through various packaging events. Of those, 250,000 meals went to Colorado food banks, 100,000 went to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and 150,000 meals to Burkina Faso, Africa.  Since 2008, CFK has logged 25,436 volunteer hours and 2.7 million meals packaged.
Teams will gather on April 11 and create assembly lines that will package meals at a cost of .25 per meal. Organizations can choose to participate based on a variety of levels from 1000 meals for $250, 4,000 meals for $1,000, or 20,000 meals for $5,000. In order to order supplies Kiwanis is requesting donations and intent notifications on or before April 3, 2015.  Additionally, volunteers and donations will be accepted at the door.
Groups may choose to participate in the meal packaging by assembling a packing team of 10-12 friends or also may donate to the Pueblo Kiwanis Foundation to purchase meals for others to assemble during the 100th birthday celebration project.
For more information, contact Chiarito at 719-214-1331 or Cora Zaletel 719-549-2810.
About Kiwanis:
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Service projects typically address the needs of children as well as other needs within the community, such as working to stop substance abuse, helping the elderly, promoting literacy, supporting youth sports, responding to disasters, and supporting specific persons in need.
Kiwanis also plays a special role in developing future generations of leaders. K-Kids clubs at the elementary school level, Builders Clubs in middle schools and junior highs, Key Clubs in high schools, and Circle K clubs at the collegiate level all are Kiwanis organizations that teach community service and leadership skills to young people.

Stone Quarries of Fremont County

Fremont County has an interesting history surrounding its stone quarries. Probably the first major quarry began with the construction of Territorial prison, and it grew from there. Today, stone quarries area part of who we are as a community.
Dan and Loretta will display several Fremont County locations of historical and modern quarries in relation to the geology using Google Earth, the national geological data base, as well as free site data such as those from the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety. This introduction utilizing material available to all of us. Using free data like this allows us to look at our county in new and interesting ways. The Mica Loda, Dolomite, Conglomerate and Travertine quarries will be discussed.
Loretta was born, raised and schooled indoors and outdoors in Cañon City. Her father was a very skilled hard rock miner and her mother an amateur rock collector. She and her siblings had free rein to play and explore most of South Cañon; their favorite stop was Eagle Wing, where Loretta earned her self-taught lessons in geology and paleontology. Today she hangs out with geologists, paleontologists, geology club members and Fremont Stoners ‘n Bones. She remembers what her father taught her until the end of his life.
Dan began his career in 1979 as an engineering geologist with the Bureau of Reclamation in Vernal, Utah. He transfered to the Bureau of Land Management as a geologist, and then transferred to Cañon City in 1985. Dan worked in abandoned mines major environmental clean up projects and numerous safety closures until his retirement in 2009. He currently works with Fremont Stones ‘n Bones on fossil educational projects and also continues research work on the Marsh Felch Dinosaur Quarry and the story of Marshall and Amanda Felch.
March 9, 2015  at 6:00 p.m. businesses meeting; 7:00 p.m. program located at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on the Northwest corner of 9th St and Main, Cañon City (719) 275-9781 for more information.

Anthony Mann

Anthony Mann, 41, passed away unexpectedly February 24, 2015. The son of Johnny Mann and Nancy Farmer-Lewis Mann, he was born January 20, 1974 in Canon City, CO.
A life long resident of the area, Anthony loved soccer and coached the ‘Canon City Blitz’ team. He also loved fishing, shooting, and martial arts. He was united in marriage to Bethany Orten-Mann.
Anthony is survived by his wife, Bethany; children, Megan and Jacob; his parents; brother, Jon Michael Mann; sisters, Natalie Mann Hansen and Amy Mann; nephews, Michael, Jon, Nicholas, Chalin, and Lucas Mann, and Jimmy Hansen; nieces, Zarien and Allysa Hansen; and Fredrick Molitoris.
Memorial Service will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with a reception following the service. Arrangements are under the care of Wilson Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.commannn

Rose E. Trenhaile

Rose E. Trenhaile, 72, passed away February 25, 2015 after a short illness surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 24, 1942 in Canon City, Colorado to Francis and Alice (Seitz) Taylor.
She will be fondly remembered by her husband of 54 years, William; daughters, Terri Cain and Kim Trenhaile; and son, Steve Trenhaile.
Rose enjoyed camping, fishing, drives in the mountains, playing games on her computer, and spending time with her family. She worked all her life, first as a teachers aid, and then as an apartment manager for 30 years before retiring in 2010.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents; son, David Trenhaile; and sisters, Goldie Parnell, Darlen Ellefritz, and Shirley Green. Besides her husband and children, Rose is survived by her grandchildren, Jeff Cain, Travis (Sarah) Cain, Sarah Dunn, Jessy Trenhaile, Jamie (Zac) Trenhaile, Gina Trenhaile, and MacKenzie Trenhaile; great grandchildren, Hailey, Billy, Coral, Lily, Jadyn, Jack, and Nora; brother, Dale (Donna) Taylor; brother-in-law, Michael Trenhaile, sisters-in-law, Sharon Turbeyville and Pat (Tom) Meadows; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Rose will also be missed by the many who claimed her as “Grandma Rose”.
Memorial Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Canon City, CO. Arrangements are under the care of Wilson Funeral Home. Online condolences @

Rose E. Trenhaile

Bell Tower presents ‘All Things Celtic’ art show in February

From traditional Celtic crosses and knots to the more whimsical leprechauns and unicorns, the Florence Arts Council will feature “All Things Celtic” during its next art show, running from Friday, Feb. 27 to Tuesday, March 31 at the Bell Tower Cultural Center, 201 E. Second St. in Florence.

“We hope that this will be a very diverse show with wide assortment of subject matter,” said event organizer, Peg Piltingsrud, noting that the show will feature a variety of media, including paintings, drawings, stained glass, cross stitch, wood carving and pottery.

An artists’ reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at the Bell Tower. The public is invited to attend the reception to vote for “People’s Choice” of first, second and third places.

The public is also invited to enjoy a concert from “Willson & McKee” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at the Bell Tower. The group plays a variety of instruments, including the Celtic harp, accordion, dulcimer, bodhran, bouzouki, guitar and bagpipes. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members and can be purchased at the door or at the Fox Den, 123 W. Main St. in Florence.

For more information about the art show or concert, contact the Bell Tower at (719) 784-2038.



Letter to the Editor- A response to Traci Hibbard

By: Adam C. Mokhriby


This is a response to an article authored by Traci Hibbard which unfortunately made a false legal claim as well as being misleading. This article is an attempt to clarify the current legal situation to anyone who may have been misled by Hibbard’s claims. I’d like to bring your attention to this quote from Hibbard’s article, “School prayer is unconstitutional and illegal in a public school. There is no gray area here.” I Imagine the millions of students who choose to pray before eating, the thousands of religious clubs that openly pray on school property, as well as the school boards, principals and the Department of Education that knowingly allow this activity will be quite surprised to learn that school prayer is unconstitutional and illegal! Is it possible that school boards, principals, and attorneys are uneducated on this subject? There is another possibility however: prayer always has been, and most probably will always be, not merely legal but in fact protected underneath free exercise of religion and free speech rights. Though admittedly with a few provisos which will be mentioned in part below. Court cases such as Westside Community Board of Education v. Mergens guarantees the constitutionality of school prayer while other court cases limit school prayer such as when Hibbard mentions in her article the court case: Lee v. Weisman, which found that prayer during graduation by a clergy member was in violation of the Establishment Clause. But that is a far cry from what Hibbard would have you believe, for in her article it is clearly implied that Lee v. Weisman found all prayer at school unconstitutional which is extremely misleading to the actual ramifications of the decision. To go through every court case would make this article too long, so I will attempt to summarize the current legal situation; if you want a more detailed understanding sources are widely available online. A Summation by the FFRF, (an organization which is far from being religiously friendly), “Individual, silent, personal prayer never has and never could be outlawed in public schools. The courts have declared government-fostered prayers unconstitutional – those led, required, sanctioned, scheduled or suggested by officials.” In guidelines written for school districts by the Anti-Defamation League they state, ” a school district must never, in whatever it does, appear to endorse or disapprove of religion.” You see a student will always have the right to pray, and a religious club will always have the right to exist, just as a chess club would. Problems only arise when the school can be seen as showing favoritism/endorsement to a religion, or a religious lifestyle, or if a student’s display of religious practice is disruptive to the class and/or classmates. Claiming that prayer at school is illegal, is inaccurate. The moral, (which is really for everybody): before you spread a falsehood, spend a few minutes of your time to verify the validity of your claim.

Robert Macklin

After struggling with a long term illness, our Beloved, Robert “Bob” Macklin passed away at home on February 9th, 2015. He was a loving and kind Man; father, husband, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, and all those who knew him loved him like family. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur “Mack” Macklin; and his parents-in-law, Frances and Floyd Kern. His memory lives on in the hearts of those survived by him; his wife of 40 years, Sherri Macklin; mother, Dorothy Macklin; brother Barry Macklin, nieces, nephews, and families; his children, Carissa Macklin, Blake (Alison) Macklin, Noel Macklin, Dusty (Jenny) Macklin, and Karen Hall; and the lights of his life, his grandchildren, Ben, Sam, Lillia, Kaylee, Landon, and Noah Macklin who has also preceded him in death.

Bob was born in 1951 in McPherson, Kansas. He attended Lamar Junior College and later spent his working days with Safeway. Though his work was stressful and demanding, he loved it and was extremely accomplished and decorated in his field. During his off time you needed only look outdoors to find him. Gardening was more of a passion for him than a hobby as evidenced by an abundance of delicious vegetables he enjoyed sharing with everyone. If he was not in the yard, he was out in the woods. As an avid fisherman, he would comb the wilderness in search of the one that got away, often returning with a basket-full and stories to tell. More than anything, he loved to laugh and could always be found with a smile on his face. As a master of conversation you could always county on his quick wit and unmatched humor. He will be deeply missed.

Memorial Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Holt Chapel of the Garden in Canon City, CO. Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.comRobert “Bob” Macklin