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  Volume No. 16 Issue No. 5 May 2019  

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Bill Radford

  Knitter with a knack for numbers
  By Bill Radford

   At Dayna Scoles Designs –- "original patterns for the knitting loom" –- you will find a design for Scoles' Black Forest Wrap.
   It is a tribute to the place she calls home; she and husband Darren moved to Black Forest 20 years ago. Many of her other patterns are also named after spots in Colorado, from her Larkspur Infinity Scarf to her Leadville Shawl.
   Scoles got into loom knitting after her kids, who were little at the time, gave her a set of Knifty Knitter round looms for Christmas. "As I started messing around with it and trying to understand how it worked, I found there's a whole little niche in the knitting world that knits on these looms," she said. "But at the time, there were not very good patterns out there for someone like myself to learn and follow."
   So she created her own pattern, matching a creative spirit with her knack for numbers as a certified public accountant.
   “Knitting is very much numbers,” Scoles said. “It's very analytical, it's very algebraic."
   Over the years, she has created well over 100 patterns. She sells them for $3.99 each at her website,, and elsewhere online.
   "It provides a bit of spending money to play with," she said. Her day job, though, is chief financial officer for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
   When her kids, Emily and Toby, were growing up, she was largely a stay-at-home mom. But after Toby went off to college a year ago, "We were officially empty nesters, so I couldn't think of any good excuse anymore to be a kept woman," Scoles said, laughing. She went to work for Crystal Clear Solutions, an all-woman CPA firm that caters to nonprofits; in June, she began working at the Philharmonic.
   Scoles has a degree in accounting and business management from Biola University in Southern California. The Los Angeles area was a long way from where she grew up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania – home, of course, to famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. But living in L.A., she said, "I got addicted to sunshine and said, ‘I can't go back east where it's gray and overcast.’" She set her sights on the Rockies and ended up in Colorado Springs. She met Darren, an engineer and a native of the area, at an Air Force Football game; they were married in 1993.
   Their move to Black Forest was inspired, in part, by a desire "for a little more elbow room."
   "It's just so pretty out here," said Scoles, who lives on the eastern edge of Black Forest, with more meadows than trees.
   Scoles served as president of the Black Forest Saddle Club in 2013, the year of the Black Forest fire. She had been serving on the club's board, a role she took to support her "horse-crazy daughter."
   "Darren and I are big believers that if our kids are involved in something, we're going to volunteer, we're going to help, because we want to be involved, too," Scoles said.
   It was a rewarding time to head the Saddle Club. After the fire, the club appealed for donations to help those who had lost their homes and their barns.
   "So many horse people had lost everything," Scoles said. The Saddle Club helped collect and distribute roughly $75,000 in donated materials: "Everything from saddles and tack to barn supplies to fencing."
   Daughter Emily hasn't lost her love of horses; she is set to graduate from Colorado State University in December with a degree in equine sciences and reproduction. Her dream is to be the breeding manager for a barrel horse breeder, Scoles said.
   Toby, meanwhile, has started his sophomore year at the Colorado School of Mines; Darren Scoles is a graduate of the school. Toby, a chemical engineering major, plays baseball for the school. He also played baseball, as well as football, as a student at Pine Creek High School.
   Between Emily's horse activities over the years and Toby's sports, "Darren and I don't do anything but chase around after the kids," Scoles said with a smile.
Dayna Scoles stands with a pair of horses on her Black Forest property. She also has a "horse-crazy" daughter, and Scoles served for a time as president of the Black Forest Saddle Club. Photo by Bill Radford
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  Black Forest Fire/Rescue mill levy
  By Leslie Sheley

   According to the Black Forest Fire/Rescue Department website, the district boundaries include about 50 square miles of land. Currently, there is a residential population of about 11, 638 individuals. The total number of properties in the district is 5,367 — 4,476 residential, 130 exempt, 73 agricultural, 19 commercial and 669 vacant.
   Jack Hinton, budget officer for the Black Forest Fire/Rescue District, said they would like to raise the upcoming mill levy from 9.215 “up to” 14.5 mils. Hinton said in planning the 2019 budget, they will need about 12.8 million and will adjust as needed. Hinton said when they researched salaries of other fire stations in the county, they realized their firefighters are the least paid in the county, which creates turnover. “The pay needs to get in line with the rest of the county,” Hinton said.
   They would like for Station 2 to be staffed full-time, 24 hours a day. They use Station 1 staff to help fill in when they can, Hinton said. “This is a big deal for the residents in the northern part of Black Forest,” he said.
   The fire department also needs money for apparatus replacement. Hinton said right now they are replacing one vehicle every 15 years. For example, if they need a new fire truck, which runs about $500,000, it would take two years to pay it off. The Black Forest Fire/Rescue Department has always been careful with their budget; they paid off Station 2 early, saving the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in interest, Hinton said.
   “The community can only have the fire protection and EMS services it is willing to pay for,” Hinton said. “It is your department and it should reflect your values.” There will be a town hall meeting at Station 1 (11445 Teachout Road) Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. to discuss the mill levy. Hinton said they encourage the folks of Black Forest to come and ask questions, get involved and vote.
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  AARP Black Forest - Patriot Day remembrance
  Submitted by Stanley Beckner

   Patriot Day, Sept. 11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance or 9/11 Day is a federally recognized day of unity and charitable service, annually observed throughout the United States and in other countries on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It has grown to become the largest annual day of charitable service in the United States.
   AARP Colorado Springs Chapter 1100, in conjunction with AARP Colorado in Denver and the Bruce McCandless Veterans Community Living Center near Florence, Colorado, recently teamed up to provide useful items for the center’s residents in appreciation for their service.
   At a special ceremony, Jeremiah Mora, AARP associate state director-community outreach, with several members of Chapter 1100, presented 30 wheelchair pouches to the center for distribution to residents. Mr. Mora expressed the sincere appreciation on behalf of AARP Colorado and AARP Chapter 1100 for the military service they had provided while on active duty, and cited the desire for AARP to recognize their service. Art Stucke, resident council vice president at the Veterans Community Center and a resident at the home, acknowledged the presentation on behalf of the McCandless veteran residents. Mr. Stucke said the items donated would be useful and were much appreciated.
   After the ceremony, the AARP guests spent time chatting with many of the veterans at the McCandless Center before departing.
   The Veterans Colorado Community Living Centers serve only veterans, veterans’ spouses and Gold-Star parents, creating a unique atmosphere among long-term care facilities. Residents enjoy camaraderie with other veterans and respect from staff and volunteers.         
   The Bruce McCandless Veterans Community Living Center at Florence is a Colorado State Department of Human Services facility that provides long-term and short-term services and rehabilitation, special programs, and many amenities for veterans and their children and families, and people with disabilities.
   The AARP chapter in Colorado Springs consists of more than 60 members. The motto of the chapter is “To Serve not to be Served.” The chapter has been designated the best chapter in Colorado for community service for the past nine consecutive years. Individuals interested in community service, social interactions and interesting speakers and programs should contact Ray at 719-495-6767. To review past chapter activities or view the upcoming chapter calendar of events visit All are welcome to visit a meeting and enjoy lunch. There are no age restrictions for membership.
Jeremiah Mora, AARP associate state director-community outreach, presents one of the brightly colored wheelchair pouches to Art Stucke, the resident council vice-president at the Bruce McCandless Veterans Community Living Center at Florence with Barbara Moore (left) of the veterans’ home and members of AARP Chapter 1100 in Colorado Springs. Photo submitted
Jeremiah Mora, talks with John Ferretti, a Naval veteran at the McCandless Veterans Home near Florence after the Patriot’s Day presentation. Photo submitted
Anna Skinner and Stanley Beckner discuss the attributes of a wheelchair pouch with Army veteran and AARP member Leon Hanyie (right). Photo submitted
Chapter 1100 members at the Bruce McCandless Veterans Home in Florence: (left to right in back) Beverly Schaab, Lavonne Hidy, Linda Siebe, Electa Beckner, Anna Skinner, Rita Fitzpatrick, (front) Stanley Beckner. Photo submitted
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  Fall Festival at La Foret

   La Foret Conference and Retreat Center will host Halloween Night Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 6145 Shoup Road in Black Forest. Festivities include trick or treating, family friendly games, refreshments and a haunted forest hay wagon ride. No charge — dress warm and bring a flashlight.   
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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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  Black Forest Women’s Club

   The next meeting of the Black Forest Women’s Club is Oct. 11 at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. The club is having an auction; bring something (unwrapped) that you no longer want — and people can bid on it. There will also be refreshments and coffee, which will be ready at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Come join the fun!
   During last month’s program, Sharlene Law, a Black Forest song writer talked about her beginnings and then sang many of her songs. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Any questions, call 719-495-3846.
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  Culvert work

   County acts after a KRDO 13 August report citing drainage problems from the culverts on Burgess Road.   
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