Westside Briefs:
5-minute break on parking meters

       A five-minute grace period was being programmed into parking meters this week in the Old Colorado City and downtown areas.
       When the time purchased expires, a reprogrammed meter will track and display time in a negative mode (“-0:01 thru -0:05”) until the five-minute grace period is reached; then it will flash “00:00” and the backs will turn red and display “EXPIRED.”
       The idea is to give shoppers a little more time before they are liable for a $20 parking ticket. “We don't want to discourage customers from frequenting the downtown or Old Colorado City areas,” said Greg Warnke, City Parking System administrator. “Hopefully, adding grace minutes to the meters will help those visitors who are just running a bit late.”
      
       Nature Center needs
       Two volunteer opportunities are being offered at the Bear Creek Nature Center this month.
       These are:
  • Four weekly training classes for environmental education program leaders (Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1) - each from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • A volunteer orientation class Saturday, Sept. 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
           People interested in either of the above are asked to register by Sept. 9 with Paula Megorden, Nature Center supervisor, at 520-6388, or paulamegorden@elpasoco.com.
           Operated under El Paso County Parks, the center is at 245 Bear Creek Road.
          
           Bishop Reunion
           The 132nd annual Bishop Family Reunion increased its numbers again this year.
           Held at Bear Creek Regional Park for the second straight year (after many years at Thorndale Park), the Aug. 1 event attracted 219 family members, according to lead organizer Tina Bishop.
           Always scheduled on the first Sunday in August, the reunion has occurred every year since twin brothers Fred and Ed Bishop were born in 1878 on a ranch that's now part of the Air Force Academy.
           One of Fred's sons, also named Fred Bishop, is a Westside resident. He was in attendance again this year.
           According to Tina Bishop, Fred's cousin, 97 family members had attended in 2008, followed by 181 last year.

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