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  On the Street in Black Forest
  By Breeanna Jent

   As they manned the Pikes Peak Council Cub Scouts Pack 70 booth at the 2017 Black Forest Festival on Saturday, August 12, Tory Hoefar and Kristin Havens caught up with The New Falcon Herald. In between greeting visitors to their booth and handing out informational literature on Pack 70, Hoefar and Havens talked with the NFH about living in Black Forest. A Colorado native and Black Forest resident of 11 years, Hoefar, age 49, is also a Realtor with Remax properties, and spends her free time volunteering with several nonprofits, like Cub Scouts Pack 70. Havens, age 41, is a Michigan native and a recent transplant to the Black Forest. When she is not volunteering with Cub Scouts Pack 70, she works as a systems engineer for GPS.
   
   NFH: So what brought you to Black Forest?
   Hoefar: I’m a Colorado native, from Pagosa Springs. Being there, I wanted to live some place with a wonderful country-based lifestyle. In my spare time, I ride horses.
   Havens: I’m retired (U.S. Air Force), and loved it here. We wanted to come back to the Black Forest area because it reminded us so much of Michigan, where I’m from, and it had that smaller community feel.
   
   NFH: Where is your favorite place to visit in Black Forest?
   Hoefar: I really like Section 16 (a loop trail in Black Forest).
   Havens: I like Black Forest Regional Park because I can walk.
   
   NFH: What do you enjoy most about Black Forest?
   Hoefar: I love the fact that I live in a small community on the edge of a larger city.
   Havens: I like the small-town feel! It’s nice to have a community after having moved around so much. This sounds weird, but I love the trees, I really do. They make me smile. Reminds me of back home.
   
   NFH: What do you enjoy most about autumn?
   Hoefar: Oh, I love the crispness in the air and the colors.
   Havens: Definitely I love the fall colors and anything that has to do with pumpkins and Halloween!
   
   NFH: If you had to describe yourself in five words, what would they be?
   Hoefar: I would say loyal; committed to my family life; a mom; a wife; and I like to think of myself as trustworthy.
   Havens: I would also say loyal; passionate; a mom as well –- that really defines me in a lot of ways, and also as a wife.
   
   NFH: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
   Hoefar: My son and the life we’ve built. I’m proud of our family.
   Havens: I’m also going to say my family!
   
   NFH: What is an item on your bucket list?
   Hoefar: Machu Picchu: I want to see it and climb it.
   Havens: Really, I just want to go to Europe! I’m retired from the Air Force, and I’ve never been to Europe.
   
   NFH: If you won the lottery, what would you do with your winnings?
   Hoefar: I would buy more horses … travel more, and ride my horses more.
   Havens: My husband and I would really just like to travel with our kids.
   
   NFH: What is your favorite thing to talk about/learn about and why?
   Hoefar: I love the natural lifestyle, like homeopathic medicine. I’m originally from Pagosa Springs, so I’m a little bit hippie and a little bit country! I also love real estate.
   Havens: I’m really passionate about my job. I love teaching kids about it and about space in general.
  
Cub Scouts Pack 70 representatives Tory Hoefar (left) and Kristin Havens (right) took a few minutes out of their day greeting visitors at the Black Forest Festival to speak with The New Falcon Herald. They are pictured here with Hoefar’s 10-year-old son, Brannock Hoefar. Photo by Breeanna Jent
 
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  “Black Forest or Bust” 2017 festival
  By Breeanna Jent

   The heart of Black Forest bustled with festivities on Saturday, Aug. 12, in the thick of the annual Black Forest Festival; hosted by the Black Forest Community Club.
   
   A live band entertained onstage while guests enjoyed food and refreshments, provided by local vendors, and visited dozens of community-based vendor booths. Festivities for this year’s “Black Forest or Bust” festival kicked off early with a pancake breakfast hosted by R&R Coffee Café; and ran well into the afternoon, with something for everyone.
   
   “This is a really great opportunity for the community to come out and show what they have to offer,” said Ian Scheimann, an R&R Coffee Café employee who was helping serve refreshments like coffee and root beer and other sodas from Rocky Mountain Brewery.
   
   This year’s new western-themed features were tied into the festival’s traditional events, said event coordinator Shari Conley in a July news release. While visitors enjoyed festival staples like live entertainment, a jailhouse, outhouse races and a parade; they were also treated to new festivities; including “pack a mule” and “pan for gold,” provided by the Western Mining Museum. The Matoska dancers performed Native American dances; Twisted Pine Farms set up a ranch with a variety of livestock; the Pals of the Pines 4H Club sponsored a petting zoo; and also available were several new children’s games; face painting; and more.
   
   While enjoying the festivities, visitors also came out to support local businesses owned by their friends and family.
   
   At the festival’s Pioneer Town, first-time visitor Teresa Dominguez watched over her grandchildren, Riley Byes, age 6, and Zane Byes, age 2, as they rode atop a metal horse. Dominguez traveled from Colorado Springs to support her friend Heather Boucher, owner of Black Tree Yoga Center. “I decided to bring my grandkids so we can support my friend Heather and her yoga studio,” Dominguez said. “We’ve had a wonderful time so far.”
   
   Near the stage, Lynn Bartle of Falcon, Colorado, spent time with family and friends visiting from out of town. “This is our first time here, and we love it,” said Valerie Allen, Bartle’s cousin visiting from southern Illinois. “The food is delicious and this whole thing is great.”
   
   “I was looking for fun things for us to do and this popped up, so I thought it would be something nice we could all do,” said Lynn Bartle, who was also joined by her aunt, Loudene Strunk of Illinois, and her friend Heidi Wolf of Cañon City.
   
   “The Black Forest Festival is one of the many community services offered by the Black Forest Community Club,” Conley said in the news release.
   Proceeds from the volunteer-run event benefit local charities and nonprofit organizations, she said.
   
   “It takes a community like we have in Black Forest to pull this off,” Conley said.
   
   
(From left to right) Ben Brenner, Paul Nabeta and Eric Nabeta of Colorado Springs-based Ten Talents Farm were helping find forever homes for these adorable pups at the Black Forest Festival. The pups garnered plenty of attention from attendees.(From left to right) R&R Coffee Café helpers Savannah Harkins, Ian Scheimann, Jon Lee and Jeremy Holman helped serve cool refreshments like root beer and sodas provided by Rocky Mountain Brewery.
Teresa Dominguez of Colorado Springs enjoyed festivities like Pioneer Town at the annual Black Forest Festival hosted by the Black Forest Community Club on Aug. 12. She brought along her grandsons, Zane Byes, 2 (left), and Riley Byes, 6, to enjoy the event. Photos by Breeanna JentVisiting from Southern Illinois, Valerie Allen (far left) and Loudene Strunk (second from left) attended the Black Forest Festival with their cousin/niece, Lynn Bartle of Falcon (second from right); and Bartle’s friend Heidi Wolf of Cañon City (far right). The ladies cooled off in the shade and enjoyed the festival’s live music. They were joined by Wolf’s dog, Mojo.
  
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  New brew pub in Black Forest
  By Breeanna Jent

   On August 1, Donovan Routsis received word that he was one step closer to making a long-time dream come true: the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners had approved his request for a liquor license to operate Black Forest Brewing Co.
   
   The bar will be located in a shopping center off Black Forest and Burgess roads, near local hangouts; including R&R Café, the Chicken Coop and Descar’s Roadside Bar and Grill.
   Tentatively scheduled to open this fall, Black Forest Brewing Co. will join more than 25 local breweries in the Pike’s Peak region –- but it will be the first of its kind in Black Forest.
   
   Routsis, a recently retired Air Force colonel who graduated from Arizona State University, began his foray into microbrewing more than 20 years ago. He became interested in the beer craft while stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
   
   Since the 1990s when Routsis first began brewing, the number of microbreweries throughout the country has significantly increased. According to a March 13, 2014, article, “Brewers Association Announces 2013 Craft Brewer Growth,” posted to the Brewer’s Association’s official website, “The number of operating breweries in the U.S. in 2013 totaled 2,822. At the end of 2016, the Brewers Association reported a total of 5,203 breweries. With 334 breweries listed for Colorado, the state ranks No. 2 in the number of breweries nationwide.
   
   Jaks Brewing Co. in Falcon and Peaks N Pines Brewing Co. in Colorado Springs, as well as Descar’s Roadside Bar and Grill and The Chicken Coop bar in Black Forest, have provided support and helped Routsis navigate the process of opening the brewery.
   
   “You would think that people would look at the (craft brew) industry as competitive, but it’s not,” Routsis said. “You see the potential in Black Forest and that’s when you look to be part of that community. We want to provide a gathering place, really. We want people to come and stay for a while.”
   
   Routsis said a survey, which is a county requirement for microbrews, showed a 100 percent residential approval rating for the business.
   
   Black Forest Brewing will take on a “German flair,” Routsis said. He has partnered with Schnitzel Fritz, a Colorado Springs-based German restaurant and deli, to provide food for the pub — which undoubtedly will complement one of his brews, a German chocolate cake stout.
   
   Part of the fun of the industry is the creativity combined with the technicality of the craft, Routsis said.
   
   “Brewing is a very technical process and there’s a lot of science involved, but it also allows you to be creative,” he said. “Some things work and others don’t. It’s about finding out what works, while allowing me to express both my technical and creative sides.
   
   “Overall, the one thing we are looking at is that we don’t only want to create a place for people in the community to visit, but we also want to work with our local businesses. We are trying to be an additive to the community and not competitive. Our hope is that we’ll become a destination and help draw people to the Black Forest.”
  
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  AARP at the 2017 Black Forest Festival
  Submitted by Stanley Beckner

   Black Forest AARP Chapter 1100 participated at the Aug. 12 Black Forest Festival by sponsoring a booth on the midway. Chapter members also participated in the preparations for the festival, and enjoyed the big pancake breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausage and plenty of orange juice and hot coffee, which the Boy Scouts served starting at 6:30 a.m.
   
   By the time the festival celebrations were over at 3:30 p.m., the chapter had sold items and collected donations totaling $296.15. The proceeds were donated to the Black Forest Cares Food Pantry. The items sold and donated for the charity by the chapter members were home-baked cookies, breads and cupcakes, as well as carefully nurtured potted plants and many special craft items.
   
   Since the Black Forest Festival was started in 1960, eight AARP Chapter 1100 members have served honorably as Keeper of the Keys to Black Forest.
  
AARP Chapter 1100’s booth at the Black Forest Festival featured home-baked goodies, plants, crafts, lots of free literature and red T-shirts. Numerous chapter members volunteered their time to staff the booth. Shown here are (left to right) Beverly Schaab, Electa Beckner and Gwen Burk.
 
Many people enjoyed the pancake breakfast that kicked off the 2017 Black Forest Festival. The local Boy Scout Troop served the meal and cleaned up afterward. Photos submitted
 
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  Keeper of the Keys: Terry Stokka
  Submitted

   Terry Stokka was named Keeper of the Keys to the Forest for 2017-2018 at Black Forest Community Hall on Aug. 6. Terry arrived in the Black Forest after serving in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator and civil engineer. He has enriched the quality of life in the Black Forest in many ways. Terry joined and energized the history committee and archived the community club history back to 1929. He produced a video of historical cabins in the Black Forest. Many are no longer standing. Terry videotaped oral history interviews of a dozen "Old Timers.” The interviews have been transcribed and are stored by the history committee. He also produced the video, "The Day the Forest Burned,” after the 2013 fire; the video includes a map and narration booklet. Terry's narrative is a key content of the explanation of the fire at the Memorial at the Black Forest Log School Park.
   
   Since 2006, Terry has been the chair of the Black Forest Land Use Committee, a group that works with developers as well as county officials to ensure they adhere to the goals and policies of the Black Forest Preservation Plan.
   
   Terry is interested in forest care and led the mitigation efforts to thin dog hair trees in Falcon Forest subdivision. His hobby of finding and documenting the largest and oldest trees in the Black Forest has resulted in a slab on display in the community hall, with historical events marked on the rings of the trunk displayed.
  
Terry Stokka receives a plaque and keys as the 2017-2018 Keeper of the Keys for Black Forest. Photo by Judy von Ahlefeldt
 
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  No fee senior social

   A monthly informal occasion for seniors is the no fee event. They meet in the Black Forest Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 12455 Black Forest Road in Black Forest.
   
   Seniors are welcome at the Black Forest AARP and Black Forest Lutheran Church monthly informal gathering, held at the Black Forest Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 12455 Black Forest Road. The social is from 1 to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month, and all are invited to socialize, play games, work on hobbies or to simply sit and talk about “whatever.”  Light refreshments are available. For more information, contact Lavonne at 719-494-1276.
  
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