How Sweet It Was, October 17, 2015

The Sweetest Day of the year, the sun was shining and love was in the air. Chaplain Ray Linebaugh officiated at the vow renewal ceremony for 15 couples, married from 1 to 65 years, like Mr. and Mrs. R. Pittman, married 65 years, Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Carmack, married 61 years. Throughout the afternoon music was performed by Steve Matney. My sincere gratitude to The Elks Lodge 611 in Florence Colorado, Preston Troutman, Dee Stubbs, 7 Susie Pacheco of Master Printers for their generous donations. Thank you to Lisa Hyams, director of the Cañon City Chamber of Commerce, Shirley Gray, Stressless Catering, Amy, for the most heavenly cupcakes, Barb from Safeway Florist Department, Joe Cordova, photographer, Katie Martin from Touch of Love Florist and Dawson Stables for their carriage rides. Thank you to Goldwood’s Jewelers, Words of Life, Design ur  Memories, Chuck’s Seasoned Grill, Coors, Rocky Mountain Distributors, KRLN-Star Country radio, The Canon City Daily Record, The Canon City Shopper, Leisure Magazine, and The Crusader, for all their advertising. A special thank you to me helpers, Chuck, Danny, Dee, Joe, Kelly, Quinn and Tamara. This day would not have been a success without each and every one of the above mentioned.

Stay tuned for next year, October 15, 2016, Sweetest Day!


Renee McGee

Holiday Home Tour

The Fremont County Community Concert Association is hosting its third “Holiday Home Tour” on Sunday, December 6th, from 1 to 5 p.m.  The event is a self-guided tour through distinctive and historical area homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. The tour includes three residences in Canon City and three locations in Florence.  Special music will be provided at several of the locations.  Numerous door prizes will be awarded following the tour.  Winners will be notified by phone.

Tickets are $15, or two for $25 and may be purchased at The Fox Den in Florence and at Touch of Love and Tailored West in Canon City.  The event is presented by the Association, and proceeds assist with continuing to bring nationally and internationally acclaimed performers to Fremont County for the entertainment of the community. It also helps fund the free student “mini-concerts” that FCCCA provides at Canon City High School.   Cash donations will be accepted for Loaves and Fishes, and donation jars will be located at each location on the tour. For more information about the tour, please call 719-275-3065, and be sure to check out the Association website for information about future concerts in winter and spring of 2016.

Fremont County News Release

Reconstruction of County Road 67 through Phantom Canyon which was heavily damaged in last summer’s flash flooding will get underway Monday (November 16).    Fremont County Department of Transportation Director Tony Adamic said road crews have finished work on their final major paving project south of Florence which will allow them to now focus their efforts on Phantom Canyon.    Damage from the flash flooding was originally estimated at over $600,000 but a recent assessment by an official from the Federal Highway Administration placed the damage estimate at about $350,000.

Adamic said that estimate is contingent upon the material that is needed to fill the washouts being available nearby in Phantom Canyon. Adamic previously secured permission from the Bureau of Land Management to obtain those materials from public lands that border the county road.   The Federal Highway Administration will pick up at least 75 percent of the reconstruction cost with Fremont County paying the balance.

Although many motorists have been traveling Phantom Canyon at their own risk and maneuvering past the washouts since the flash flood, that will not be the case during reconstruction. Because the county will have heavy equipment working on the narrow roadway, travel through Phantom Canyon will be prohibited from 6 a.m. Monday mornings until 5 p.m. Thursday evenings over the next several weeks until construction is completed. Travel through Phantom Canyon on weekends outside of the construction periods will be at your own risk.

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank Dawson Ranch Stables for hosting the American Indian Storytelling on Sat. October 31st. Grandmother Firedancer was there, delighting both children and adults, with stories from the past concerning animals, stones, and people. Even audience members shared stories, it was a great night! The stories, along with Native flute music by Robert Soaring Hawk, enchanted the young, and not-so-young, for the entire time, which flew by, and was over way too soon.

Some guests said that they were ready to stay longer, and with tasty treats and warm drinks provided by Campfire Coffee, it was hard to leave. I hear that next year is shaping up to be an even bigger event, I can’t wait! Thanks again to Dawson Ranch Stables for hosting a truly wonderful event, see you next year, for sure!


A Happy Attendee

CC Area Rec. and Park District Toy Bowl Success

The Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District put the wraps on the Gary “Bubba” DiOrio Youth Football season last Saturday with Toy Bowl XV at Citizens Stadium.  Once again it was a huge success with the kids getting to play under the lights and at a high school stadium. The Toy Bowl is the final night of play in the Credit Union of Colorado 5th/6th Grade Tackle League and all six teams participated.  We would like to thank the parents and spectators for their generous donations of non-perishable food items, toys, and money and cheering on their team.  Also thank you to the volunteer coaches who continue to make Recreation District sports a huge success, the CCHS Tiger Pride Booster Club for running the concessions stand, the Cañon City High School Activities and Athletics Department for the use of the stadium and helping us out on game day, and last but not least the kids who make this event special for everyone.  We did collect nearly $600 is cash and plenty of food and toys to share with families in need this holiday season.  We hope everyone had as much fun at the Toy Bowl as we did and are looking forward to next year.

-Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District Programs Staff

Wesley Carl Lash

Wesley Carl Lash, 45, passed away unexpectedly November 8, 2015 in Canon City, CO. He was born June 30, 1970 in Canon City, CO to Carl W. Hansen and Karen Sue Ranson. Services will be held at a later date. Cremation through Holt Family Funeral Home.

Beverly Jean Reuker

Beverly Jean Reuker 78, passed away Friday, September 25, 2015 at Hospice of the Panhandle Facility, Kerneyville, WV.

Born July 25, 1937 in Cañon City, Colorado, the daughter of the late Charles Kier and Loi (Books) Kier.

Beverly was a military wife and had a passion for quilting. She was an all around amazing woman and the glue that held the family together. She was a graduate of Cañon City High School, class of 1955.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, donald Reuker, three sons, Calvin L. Reuker and wife Dawn, Donald E. Reuker, Jr. and wife Sue, Brian D. Reuker and wife Susan; two daughters, L. Hope Reuker and significant other Robert Harrison, Cherie V. Racicot and Husband Alan. Sixteen grandchildren; seven great grand children; one brother, Larry Kier and one sister C. Joan Carnahan.Memorial services were held at Grace Community Church, Winchester, VA. Internment will be private in Cañon City, Colorado.