Westside Briefs:
Center announces free fitness times

       The Westside Community Center has announced the no-charge hours for its recently opened fitness room.
       According to center director Dick Siever, the dates/times are Mondays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m.
       “We'll try those for a while and see if they will be convenient hours for people,” he said. “If nobody shows, we'll try something else.”
       The fitness room is in the middle building of the center, at 1620 W. Bijou St. It's being supervised through an agreement with Jessica Hickman, owner of a private fitness business named 31:17 Training. At other times she runs her business at that location, offering group and individual training sessions for a fee.
       For more information, call the center at 385-7920 x100 or Hickman at 377-2348.
       Women in Civil War
       “Women Who Fought in the Civil War” will be the title of a presentation by Benny Nasser at the Old Colorado City History Center Friday, Jan. 13.
       Free and open to the public, the talk will begin at 11 a.m. The center, owned and operated by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), is at 1 S. 24th St.
       According to an OCCHS press release, as many as 400 women “disguised as men fought in the Confederate and Union armies.” Nasser will tell the stories of five of them, as well as the “cultural environment these women faced in the 1860s.”
       The speaker is a local Civil War enactor whose research has found several family members who fought in it.

The cover of the Red Rock Canyon "Geologic Folio" book.
Westside Pioneer photo (courtesy of Don Ellis)

       Red Rock book honored
       Two Westside non-profit organizations, the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) and Friends of Red Rock Canyon, will share a $1,000 cash prize honoring the locally written 2010 book, “Geologic Folio, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado.”
       Presented last fall, the award is from the Colorado Historical Society. Its competitive Caroline Bancroft History Award “is given annually to individuals, organizations or museums in Colorado that have made a major contribution during the year to advance Colorado history,” an OCCHS press release states.
       Authors Ken Weissenburger, Sharon Milito and Don Ellis have donated all profits from the book to the two non-profits.
       Golden Lane update
       The Golden Lane bridge, which was found to have structural deficiences four years ago, is tentatively slated for replacement in the second half of this year.
       The roughly 50-foot bridge, which falls under the jurisdiction of El Paso County government, leads into the Fountain Creek RV Park at the south end of Golden Lane Road, near the intersection of 31st Street and Colorado Avenue.
       The county had obtained federal funding in 2008 to cover 80 percent of the bridge replacement cost, which is now estimated at $644,000. Issues had included rust, cracked timbers and an exposed abutment footing.
       According to County Engineer Andre Brackin, the project's timing is dependent on bridge rankings by inspectors contracted through the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The most recent information shows funding being available in Fiscal Year 2013, which starts in July.
       Treecycle Jan. 7-8
       El Paso County's “Treecycle” program will end this weekend, Jan. 7-8.
       The Westside drop-off location for natural Christmas trees is the Rock Ledge Ranch parking lot, off Gateway Road at 30th Street, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       A donation of $5 per tree is requested. Funds will go to Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc. and the El Pomar Youth Sports Park “to support youth sports programs throughout El Paso County,” a press release states.
       The trees will be ground into mulch and made available to county residents.
       Goodwill board members
       Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs has elected Steve Condon (president of CB&T Wealth Management, LLC) as 2012 chairman of its board of directors. Chris Odell (a network communications executive) will serve as chair-elect.
       Goodwill's board of directors has two new members: Michael Cafasso (vice president of operations, Centura Health - St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center) and Donald Spradlin (physician).
       The Goodwill Founda-tion has reappointed Phil De Vries (senior vice president, BBVA Compass Bank) as its board chairman and Sue Mulvihill (investment banking executive) as chair-elect.
       The foundation board is joined by the following new members: Jerry Grage (founder/chairman/CEO of COLOMEX, Inc.), Mari Sinton-Martinez (vice president and board member, Moniker Foundation) and Jim Spittler (principal partner, NAI Highland Commercial Group).

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