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OWN column: Historic tax credits, police reporting, Buffalo Soldiers highway

       By Welling Clark, President, Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN)

       On Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m., the Historic Preservation Alliance is helping host a public presentation on historic preservation tax credits in the Fellowship Hall at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave. While the areas of focus will be the Old North End, North Weber/Wahsatch and Manitou Springs historic districts,
Welling Clark volunteered as an announcer during the May 1 Taste of OCC fundraiser in the Junior Achievement building.
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Westsiders are most welcome, and you may learn something that could help you with your home.
       At 11 a.m., there will be a site visit to a recently restored historic home at 222 E. San Miguel St. For more information, contact Chuck Martin at cmartin842@gmail.com.

       Report Suspicious Activity
       If you see something that looks suspicious, report it to 444-7000. Your gut instinct is usually right. CSPD patrols are based upon reports they receive from us citizens. Cell phone pictures are very helpful and help our officers know what to look for.
       Any cell phone pictures/videos of suspicious activity on the West Colorado Avenue corridor can be emailed to cspdpeakstation@ci.colospgs.co.us. Let's keep our neighborhood safer; stay alert.

       Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Highway
       Through a Joint Resolution of the Colorado Legislature, Highway 24 from I-25 to about the Manitou Springs interchange has been designated the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Highway. "Buffalo soldiers" was a nickname American Indians gave to the black Army men who fought them in the Old West.
       A press release states that "these soldiers supported the settling of Colorado through road-building, assisted civil authorities in peace-keeping efforts and participated in many important military conflicts." This honor will add prominence to the Westside's tourism corridor.
       The idea was brought forward by the area's Buffalo Soldiers Community Memorial Committee. Local State Senators Kent Lambert and Michael Merrifield spearheaded the bipartisan effort in the Statehouse, with backing from Representatives Terri Carver and Pete Lee. Well done!

       Fraud Alert
       Residents are receiving phone calls from people who identify themselves as CSPD officers. The callers attempt to solicit money by stating that they are CSPD officers and that they are raising money on behalf of the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs. The phone calls are very similar to past fraudulent attempts to gain money that used the name of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office or the Fountain Police Department. The CSPD would never call citizens to raise money. Any phone call that attempts to solicit money on behalf of CSPD is engaging in a criminal act that should be reported to 719-444-7000.

       OWN contact info
       OWN is a volunteer advocacy group for the older Westside. For more information, call 471-4023 or e-mail info@westsideneighbors.org.

(Posted 5/2/16; Opinion: Guest Columns)

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