Meet a Westsider:
Holly A. Wiepking

Profession/Occupation... Petsitter. I started Holly’s Home Pet Care in 2006.

What I like most about the Westside is... I am fascinated with the Westside and Colorado Springs history. I appreciate the preservation of old homes and the wonderful work the Old Colorado City Historical Society does.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to better serve our indigent and homeless population to get off drugs and out of poverty. I like the idea of putting up meters (as Councilman Jerry Heimlicher is doing) around town, street corners, etc. where peopled can insert money (in lieu of handing out money to panhandlers) to be used to feed and house the poor.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... I’m embarrassed to say I cannot remember the last movie I watched! I am hard of hearing and it is often hard to understand dialogue and follow a movie’s plot. I especially enjoy watching historical documentaries, PBS, Antiques Road Show, NOVA, and some junk shows.

I'd like to discover... an archaeological site or dinosaur bone in my back yard. My yard extends up the hogback bluff in Pleasant Valley and it would be exciting to uncover a treasure there.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Helen Keller. She was amazing for the obstacles and disabilities she overcame during her life to achieve incredible success.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... go on a road trip through Colorado re-exploring more of our state’s back country, ghost and mining towns. As a former horsewoman, I’d love to be a guest at a dude ranch and climb back on a horse.

My favorite childhood memory is... riding, training and showing horses. I worked and trained horses for a summer at Bob and Maggie Clark’s Pine Run Ranch in Black Forest and rode with the Pikes Peak Rangerettes.

My favorite spring pastime is... driving in the mountains and...you guessed it! Riding horses.

Something good I’ve read is.. Irving Howbert’s book, “Memories of a Lifetime in the Pikes Peak Region.” It is fascinating reading about Howbert’s life in Old Colorado City and Colorado Springs’ earliest history. I highly recommend the book. It is sold at the Old Colorado City History Center.

My pet peeve is... people not picking up after their pets!

If I didn’t have to work for a year I would... I’d be doing exactly what I’m doing now! I enjoy my life.

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