John C. Fremont Library Oct. Activities

OCTOBER’S CELEBRATED ARTISTS: Margaret Swift of Rockvale will display her nature and landscape photographs.  Join Margaret for her Art Reception, Saturday, October 10th, 2pm.  John C. Fremont Library, 130 Church Ave., Florence, CO 81226, Phone (719) 784-4649.

PROGRAMS: Friday, October 9th, 5pm. Contrasting Lives: The Story of John C. Fremont and Kit Carson with Earl Mead. In celebration of the Fremont Fall Heritage Festival. Earl Mead, local historian, will discuss the lives of John C. Fremont and Kit Carson.  He will compare the actions and motivations of the two men.  John C. Fremont Library, 130 Church Ave., Florence, CO 81226, Phone (719) 784-4649.

Friday, October 16th, 1pm. Halloween Polymer Clay Class with Robin Hohn. Fremont Elementary School Librarian, Robin Hohn will show us how to make a black cat and Halloween pumpkin out of polymer clay.  Supplies are included.  Sign-up is limited to 10 people.  To reserve your spot, please call Natalia at 784-4649 ext. 3.  John C. Fremont Library, 130 Church Ave., Florence, CO 81226, Phone (719) 784-4649.

Tuesday, October 20th, 6pm. Desperadoes, Outlaws & Shysters of Western Fremont County with Betsy Denney. Local historian, Betsy Denney, is a fifth generation Howard resident and a member of the Western Fremont Historical Society.  She will share stories of Western Fremont County’s colorful residents and unsavory characters who settled this rough territory.  John C. Fremont Library, 130 Church Ave., Florence, CO 81226, Phone (719) 784-4649.

Friday Night at the Movies. Friday, October 23rd, 5pm “Gone Girl”. Based on the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  Husband Nick Dunne reports that his wife is missing.  When Nick’s lies and deceit become apparent everyone begins to question: Did Nick murder his wife?  Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.  Rated R.  FREE Popcorn! Bring your own drink.  John C. Fremont Library, 130 Church Ave., Florence, CO 81226, Phone (719) 784-4649.

Tuesday, October 27th, 7pm. Medicare & Medicaid with Tom Rooney. Tom Rooney, Senior Health Advisor and Licensed Insurance Representative, will help clarify the confusion that surrounds Medicaid, Medicare and the Medicare/Medicaid combination plan.  Tom will also talk about low income subsidy.  Find out more about your options regarding these plans.  John C. Fremont Library, 130 Church Ave., Florence, CO 81226, Phone (719) 784-4649.


Elect Roger Parsons Mayor!

One of the main questions to consider when choosing your next mayor is whether or not you want the City to continue running  in the direction it is currently headed? I think no; right now there are too many projects being discussed in council meetings, committee meetings and commission meetings. About the only thing being worked on, in the past couple years, is the changing of main street which has used a lot of the street budget. We need someone that is willing to say no to some of the projects being considered currently so we can focus on a few and get more accomplished.

I, Roger Parsons, have worked for the city. I have been a City Council Member and I know how thing are running and that they are not working. I have a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Legal Studies. Using this experience I am better able to research plans to make sure they are completely legal before they are initiated. As a City Council Member, I found an ordinance that was in violation of a State Supreme Court ruling and had it changed. I believe I am the only candidate with a Master’s Degree from an accredited university.

I will be here to listen to you, The Cañon City Residents, so I’ll know what you want to see done. Let’s join together and get things accomplished, starting with the streets and reducing our local government.

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Thelma Rathke Sheridan

Thelma Rathke Sheridan of Pueblo West was called home by the Lord on September 17, 2015. Born May 2, 1933 in Houston, Missouri, she is preceded in death by her parents E.C. and Helen Hancock; her first husband Henry “Alan Rathke”; brothers, William and Robert Hancock; and step-mother, Ethel Sheridan. She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Merle “Lee” Sheridan; children, Harry (Janeice) Rathke, Gail (Joe) Gindro, and Susie (Dan) Vliek; grandchildren, Wendi (Bob) Morris, Rachel (Jamie) Pierce, Sarah Gindro, David (Jessica) Rathke, Jennifer (Mick) Spaulding, Amy (Kerry) Reed, and Ben (Drea) Rathke; 12 great grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Wands and Lana Chapman; brothers, Larry and David Hancock; Uncle Harry Keith Potts and Aunt Betty Sue Crow; numerous brother and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and a multitude of close and loving friends.
Thelma lived her 82 years to the fullest as a rancher and a photographer’s wife; an artist herself who has shared her artistic talents through art shows, teaching her grandchildren and great grandchildren  and sharing her paintings with many family, friends and art showings.  She served as president of the Fremont County 4-H board and was active with her children in 4-H in for many years. She had a deep love for Schnauzers that blessed her life. Her great sense of humor and deep love for family and friends was insurmountable and she will be greatly missed by all.
Viewing will be held at 10:00 a.m., with services to follow at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 21, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, 107 North 7th Street in Canon City, Colorado.  Interment will be immediately following at the Beaver Park Cemetery on Hwy 50, Penrose Colorado. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to Pueblo Rescue Mission, PO Box 9167, Pueblo CO 81008.
Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @

Colorado Child Poverty Rate Declines for Second Year

DENVER—The child poverty rate in Colorado declined to 15.4 percent in 2014, the first time the state has seen a back-to-back decline since the annual measure began in 2000. The rate declined from 16.9 percent in 2013, making Colorado one of 10 states with statistically significant declines in child poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Colorado saw the sixth-largest percentage decline in the U.S., with approximately 17,000 fewer children living in poverty in 2014. Even with the decline in 2014, however, 190,000 Colorado children remained in poverty, up from 104,000 in 2000. And the number of children in extreme poverty – less than $12,000 in income for a family of four – increased slightly between 2013 and 2014. Poverty is defined as annual income below $23,850 for a family of four.
“After the significant increases in the child poverty rate for much of the 2000s, we’re pleased to see the number of kids living in poverty decline for the second year in a row,” said Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “However, it is critical that we commit to ensuring economic security for every Colorado child—no matter their background or location. Our child poverty rate is still much higher than 15 years ago. And despite recent gains, we still see areas of the state that have yet to feel the effects of the economic recovery.”
The Census Bureau also released its first estimates on health insurance coverage since the federal Affordable Care Act was fully implemented. Just 5.6 percent of Colorado children were uninsured in 2014, down from 8.2 percent in 2013, a statistically significant decline. More than 32,000 Colorado children gained health coverage between 2013 and 2014.
“This news aligns with the trends we are seeing from other sources, such as the Colorado Health Access Survey’s news that just 2.5 percent of kids in Colorado lacked health insurance this year,” Watney said. “Because of the leadership of our elected officials, kids in Colorado are among the biggest winners in health reform. Expanding Medicaid access for whole families and establishing our own, state-based Colorado Marketplace for coverage are among the reasons that Colorado experienced the nation’s second-largest percentage point decline in the rate of kids without insurance.”
Children of color and middle-income children saw the greatest improvement in health coverage: The uninsured rate for American Indian/Alaskan Native children dropped from 13.1 percent in 2013 to 3.0 percent in 2014.
The uninsured rate for black/African American children dropped from 7.6 percent in 2013 to 1.9 percent in 2014.
While Hispanic/Latino children showed improvement in the uninsured rate— from 13.1 percent in 2013 to 9.6 percent in 2014—they are still more than twice as likely to be uninsured as children in other racial and ethnic groups.
Kids in families with incomes between 250 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level, which is roughly the group now eligible for subsidies in the insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, posted the greatest gains of any socioeconomic group. Their uninsured rate dropped from 8.5 percent in 2013 to 4.8 percent in 2014.
“It is great news that some of our most vulnerable children are experiencing improvements in health coverage, but we know there is much more work to be done to ensure that all kids have access to quality physical, behavioral and oral health care, and an equal opportunity to lead healthy lives,” Watney said.

Deer Mountain Community Gets Fry’n!

Deer Mountain Community Organization’s Famous Fried Chicken Dinner will be served at the Vineyard Church on 245 Raynolds Ave, Canon City on Friday, September 25th from 5-7 pm. DMCO is raising money to build a community center in the Copper Gulch area. The menu is fried and baked chicken, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, freshly baked rolls, and a variety of beverages and desserts. Nobody leaves the dining room hungry. Walk-ins are welcome (until all the food has been served) so come early. Adult meals are $8.00, children under 12 eat for $5.00. Tickets are available by calling 942-3423. Bring your friends and family. Enjoy the food and friendship. Support a good cause.

The Early History of Penrose

The early history of Penrose began on the banks of Beaver Creek, east of present-day Penrose. In the early 1860’s, pioneers from Iowa settled along Beaver Creek with its lush grass, plentiful game, and wild fruit. Vegetable gardens flourished and the farmers made a lucrative trade hauling their produce up to the mining towns such as Alma, Fairplay, and Buckskin Joe.
Would you like to learn more about the History of Penrose and Beaver Creek?  Join us at the Penrose Park as local Author and Historian Sherry Johns presents one of her many programs about this wonderful area.  Sherry will have books, photos and door prizes.
The event will take place on Thursday, September 24th at the Penrose Park Community Center starting at
6:00.  Everyone is welcome.

Abbey Winery and Royal Gorge Bridge & Park to host 13th annual Winemaker’s Dinner

The 2015 Winemaker’s Dinner will be held at 6:30pm on Friday, September 25th, at The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park’s Café 1230, spectacularly situated 1,230 feet above the Arkansas River. The dinner, set up as a progressive food and wine tour, will feature nine different courses of the innovative Colorado cuisine of Executive Chef Beau Green. Each course has been paired with a specially selected, award winning Abbey wine.
Chef Green has maximized the use of Colorado produce, meats, fish and cheeses in the creation of this menu. Colorado Crudo Bass, Crispy Pork Belly, Chocolate Lamb Shank and Duck Confit Tamales are a few of the delectable delicacies guests will enjoy.
The cost of the dinner is $100 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling the winery at 719-276-5191. Transportation is available to and from Cañon City.
For more information, call the winery directly at 1-877-HCA-WINE (877-422-9463) or send an email to