The Penrose Chamber of Commerce met for their monthly breakfast at Coyote’s Coffee Den on June 16th in Penrose. A big coyote howl of thanks goes to Pete & Rhea Mugasis for letting the Chamber come & sit on their patio for the meeting & enjoy the good coffee & breakfast while the meeting is going on.
George Sugars, Fremont County Manager, said that sales tax was up 2% from last year at the same period of time. The County is watching the budget very close, but seems to be keeping on target with their construction use, which is down 4%.
Janet Vansyoc, representing the Senior/Community Center, gave a report about some of their activities. The Spaghetti dinner was a success, as well as the dinner sales they hold at the center. They prepared 38 carry out meals. Black Hills Energy is carrying out an evaluation of their electrical usage at the Senior Center to see if there is a way they can get a better rate. Janet thanked the county for providing the insurance for the building.
Ron Vansyoc of VIP Storage said he has been busy trying to keep the weeds down at his place.
Charlie Phipps says he gets 2 or 3 calls for a locksmith help every other month. Charlie owns the Rainbow Trail Locksmith. He is licensed & bonded so if you ever need a locksmith, his phone number is 719-289-0457.
Paul Maye of the East Fremont County Alliance said all is going well on the Western front at the present. Paul prepared the papers for Governor Hickenlooper’s plan to help the counties in the state. We hope to get help with solar wind & possible get the hydro electric plant out here. These are all possible sources of renewable energy.
Ina Finch of Indian Springs Campground said their getting off to a good start. They have had several geology students & professors come & stay with their colleges backing them. This is such a rich area for geology studies. One of the latest projects that they had at the campground has been refurbishing their swimming pool. They have that open over the summer months. Ina said if anyone wants to come out as a group to camp, swim, or use the building they have for meals or programs, they can call them at Indian Springs Campground at 372-3907 & make arrangements.
Over the Blossom Day Festival, Cañon City Chamber of Commerce had their Texas Hold Em. This year they had 80 players. This was reported by Doug Shane, Cañon City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
The representative for the Sons of Italy said on July 9th that the Shadow Hills Golf Course will have their 1st golf tournament. The cost will be $300 per team or pay $75 to be put into a team & there are $100 application forms for business sponsorship. Contact the Sons of Italy for more information at 269-3519. The proceeds for this tournament go to the Orchard of Hope.
Pete Mugasis, owner of Coyote’s Coffee Den, said they will have Big Jim Adams & John Stilway to perform at Coyote’s Coffee Den in Penrose on the patio this Saturday, June 18th. There are about 14 more performers & groups coming out. Pete will have a concert every Saturday night until the beginning of September. Keep your eyes open for the info in the newspapers & on their sign by their business.
Joe Rall, Doug Lamborne’s aide of District #5 Congressman, said that Congressional District #5 was just El Paso & Douglas County, but there is a possibility that there are 12 counties in District #5. They will be going to court to decide that. Fremont County has 3 representatives at the present time.
Commissioner Debbie Bell gave a report on several activities going on at the present that is affecting Fremont County. The Fremont County Commissioners enacted a fire ban across the county. There have been over 300 people evacuated from their homes. Those from Custer County went to Westcliffe School, those Fremont County went to Cotopaxi School, & some were helped out by family. Fremont Airport and personnel helped with the planes filling for slurry & possible water drops over the fires in our county & some others.
The Pathfinder Park at the time of the breakfast was still able to have horses, but the day of the breakfast as soon as Debbie Bell got back to the County building Pathfinder as well as many other arenas were put on an equine quarantine for Equine Herpes that affect the horses mouth. This is very contagious & some horses won’t or can’t eat & sometimes die from it.
Debbie encourages people to come in & vote if you want the county to operate the same hours they have this year or go back to having Fridays open once again. If you want to vote, drop by the courthouse on Macon Ave. & ask for a ballot at the clerk’s office.
Chuck Lake & Kaye Widger both represented the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Kaye said the Restore has been in operation one year now & there is a sign on 9th Street to direct you over to their business now. Chuck said they are open Tuesday- Friday & are able to take donations of furniture & building supplies. If you need to buy any of the items, you might try Habitat Restore first. Their address is P.O. Box 149 Cañon City, Co 81212. Their phone # is 275-7781.
Pat & Rose Lindley have E & R Enterprises. Pat sells the Amsoil Products & can tell you all about how they will help you get better performance from your vehicle by using these products. Call Pat at 372-6114.
Rose Lindley, our Apple Day Coordinator, brought a guest, Heather Tippit. Heather announced when the Apple Dumpling contest would take place. It will be at 1 pm at the Penrose School on June 25th. Heather said they have been doing fundraisers all summer.
Heather is the Chairperson for the Apple Dumpling committee.
Sonnie Meirhage represented Credit Card Care Company that works with businessesto have credit card service for their companies. This service is at Central Payment at 719-371-0552.
We were glad to have Sylvia Hooper come to represent the YMCA Effort. She invited everyone over to the Penrose Library at 4 pm for a presentation on what the YMCA is, it’s past, & the future of it.
Historian Sherry Johns said there were 2 up & coming programs representing 150 years in Fremont County. There will be a program talk about the town of Buckskin Joe on the 3rd Sunday in July at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. On August 19th the Penrose Library will be having a change of history exhibit. This will be on Friday night. Come & enjoy fun program & food.
Executive Director of PCOC, Bill McGuire, announced the community blood drive put on by Bonfils June 24th from 2 until 6 pm. They will be in their bus on the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot. He also announced the Apple Dumpling Pageant. Time & dates are still pending for Appreciation day for the Penrose Chamber members. This will be in conjunction with the Penrose Volunteer Fire Department. Bill suggested everyone come by the Wells Fargo Bank entrance & pick up a nomination form for Senior King & Queen & Honored Guest.
President of the Penrose Chamber of Commerce, Elvira Patterson, thanked all who came for the breakfast.
See ya next month!