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  Chiropractor keeps it simple
  By Bill Radford

   Russell Swain played a lot of sports growing up in Florida – football, baseball, basketball. Football in particular took a toll on his body.
   "I kept going to the doctor, 'my neck is hurting.' They give you pain meds and send you on your way," Swain said.
   But the pain persisted. He was a junior at the University of Florida when he went to a health fair and came across a chiropractor. He had no clue what a chiropractor did, he said. "I had just heard that they were quacks." But visiting the chiropractor required only a $4 copay, and he figured he had nothing to lose. With that first visit, he finally got relief from the neck pain.
   He had planned to become an optometrist. But a fellow University of Florida student who was working at the chiropractor's office encouraged him to follow a different path — chiropractic school.
   "He said, you're a big athletic guy and you'd be really good at it," Swain recalled. (Chiropractic, as defined by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health,” is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure — mainly the spine — and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems.")
   Swain went on to earn a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Florida and then went on to Life Chiropractic College in the Atlanta area, where he graduated in 1996. He then had his own practice in South Florida for nine years — a busy practice on a busy corner with plenty of competition. But after dislocating his shoulder while working on a professional wrestler, he contemplated a different kind of practice.
   "I didn't think I could do the high-volume chiropractic stuff anymore," he said. He sold his practice and his home; and looking to relocate, he chose Colorado, where he vacationed every year to ski. "Every time I came out here, people were so polite; they opened doors and said please and thank you,” Swain said. “I thought, that's a way better place to raise my kids."
   When he was in chiropractic school, he worked for a chiropractor "in kind of a Black Forest-type location" who got to know his patients, who was there long enough to take care of one generation, then the next. That is the kind of practice Swain envisioned in moving to Colorado.
   In January 2006, he opened his practice in Black Forest. The family also initially lived in Black Forest, but now live in Meridian Ranch in Falcon. Swain stays busy — sometimes "overly busy," he said. But he follows a simple business model. With rare exception, his practice is open to walk-in clients. No appointments, no pressure on patients to commit to "extended care plans."
   Dr. Wayne Huckaby, a chiropractor who had retired after practicing in Santa Ana, California, for 25 years and who now lives in Monument, works at the practice a couple of afternoons each week. And Swain's dog, Bo, is a regular presence in the office. "He knows more people here than I do," Swain said.
   Patients come in with a variety of mostly pain-related complaints — neck pain, headaches, lower back pain and more. Though Swain uses different therapies, such as electrical muscle stimulation, most of the treatment is hands on.
   "I work the muscles, I stretch the body out," Swain said. "I don't just adjust." But he doesn't see chiropractic care as a cure-all; for example, he will tell a patient if he believes that person would benefit from surgery.
   Chiropractic care has become mainstream, he said; insurance typically covers it.
   "I rarely have a patient who said, oh, my medical doctor said don't go to a chiropractor. … I have a lot of nurses that come in here, I have lots of MDs that come in here, and I don't have to educate them on what chiropractic is. I used to have to educate them all."
   Chiropractic of Black Forest is at 11590 Black Forest Road, Suite No. 20. Phone: 494-0900.
Dr. Russell Swain, a chiropractor, works on a patient at his Black Forest practice. Photo by Bill Radford
Photo by Bill Radford
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  Contemplating spiritual meditation? Read on
  By Leslie Sheley

   Rev. Roger Butts is starting a new contemplative prayer group in Black Forest at the Black Forest Community Church. Butts said from his early 20s on he has been intrigued with the writings of Father Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk whose words inspired the contemplative prayer movement.
   “I needed a way to quiet my mind, my hyperactivity and anxiety; and Merton appealed to me because he combined Eastern and Western thoughts with contemplation and social justice,” Butts said. “And it helped me to get in touch with my true self that the mystics talk about. Contemplative prayer is a simple but profound practice that encourages people to take time every day to be in silence, and in that silence, whether they pray, meditate or think about a sacred word, invites us to be in communion with the sacred, to encounter God and our true selves.”
   In the 1970s, three monks wanted to create a Christian contemplative prayer that laypeople would understand and be able to utilize on a regular basis. Father Thomas Keating, then a Trappist monk in Massachusetts, helped bring contemplative prayer to the United States. Keating now resides at St Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. The monks offered workshops and retreats to both clergy members and laypeople.
   Butts new contemplative prayer group meets the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Butts said no experience is required — people of faith and of no faith are invited. The meeting starts with 10 minutes of silence and then a discussion about staying on a path that works for each individual. The prayer group ends with 10 more minutes of silence.
   Contemplative prayer is similar to meditation. According to the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, in 2012, an estimated 18 million people in the U.S. practiced meditation in various forms, including mindfulness, yoga, tai chi and qui gong.
   Butts said, “Merton said we become contemplative when God discovers God’s self in us, when God’s longing for us connects with our longing for God, then we enter the contemplative life.”
   The Black Forest Community Church is at 6845 Shoup Road. Rev. Marta Fioriti is the pastor. For more information on contemplative prayer and the meetings, call Rev. Roger Butts at 719-433-3135.
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  AARP Black Forest - A busy start to the new year
  Submitted by Stanley Beckner

   AARP Chapter 1100 in Black Forest is off and running in the new year. The January meeting featured the election of chapter officers for 2019. Roberto Rey, AARP associate director – Multicultural Outreach in Denver, performed the ceremony installing the new officers.  
   Officers installed were Ray Rozak, president; Patricia Dix, vice-president; Lin Rozak, secretary; Lavonne Hidy, assistant secretary; Shirley Karlstrum, treasurer; Jim Belk, Don Dinwoodie and Max Stucky, board members for a one-year term, 2019-2020; and Waldo Pendleton, Beverly Schaab and Stan Beckner, board members for two-year terms, 2019-2021.
   At the January meeting, Cheryl Moyer detailed many of the aspects of the new income tax laws applicable to the membership; and answered questions. 
   A “Stop the Bleed – Save a Life” workshop was held prior to the February meeting. Lori Morgan, trauma outreach and injury prevention specialist, along with a team of paramedics from UCHealth provided first-aid techniques. Twenty-two workshop attendees were divided into groups following a presentation. They received hands-on instructions using mannequins, and learned how to control traumatic accidental bleeding through the proper use of  a tourniquet and several direct pressure techniques — procedures that could save lives until professional assistance is obtained. The American College of Surgeons developed the techniques after the Sandy Hook tragedy, where many victims bled to death. After the workshop, UCHealth presented the chapter with two “Stop the Bleed” trauma kits. The chapter gave one kit to Pastor Ken Hohag for the Black Forest Lutheran Church, and the other one will be included in the standard kit Chapter 1100 deploys at fairs, expos and other community service events.
   Bryan Jack, fire chief for Black Forest Fire and Rescue, provided the February program, discussing key aspects of fire and individual safety in the home. He cautioned everyone to be mindful of hazards this time of year, and answered general questions about fire migration and safety in and around the home. Chief Jack also stated that his personnel are available, upon request, to access home hazards in the Black Forest Area.
   The meeting potluck lunch was enjoyed by all. During the short business meeting, the membership discussed details on community service volunteering and attendance opportunities this summer, which include the annual shredding event and senior expo events in June, as well as the monthly (fourth Wednesday) senior social gatherings at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, open to members and non-members. An AARP Smart Driver Course will be held in Black Forest March 21. For more information on these activities or to visit or become a Chapter 1100 member, call Ray at 719-495-6767, or Stan at 719-596-6787 or visit the chapter website at  There are no age restrictions for chapter membership, and all are welcome.
Black Forest Chapter 1100 President Ray Rozak presents a UCHealth Bleeding Control Kit to Ken Hohag, Black Forest Lutheran Church Pastor, for inclusion in the church's first aid cabinet.
Black Forest Fire and Rescue Chief Bryan Jack, supported by firefighters, spoke about safety and basic safe practices in the home at the AARP February meeting.
Lori Morgan, UCHealth paramedic and trauma outreach specialist, shows Linda Siebe (left) how to adjust a tourniquet on the forearm of Lin Rozak at the AARP Chapter 1100 February meeting.
Cheryl Moyer from H&R Block responds to questions about the new 2019 tax laws at the January meeting of AARP Chapter 1100.
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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 March 14 at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. Parking lot is in the back. Use the ramp and go in the first door on the right. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 a.m. The March program will be downsizing by Violet Randazzo. Visitors and guests are always welcome. For information, call Carol at 719-495-3846.   
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  Black Forest Section 16 spring road & trail cleanup

   Your help is needed at Black Forest’s most popular county trail to keep it litter-free. You may have seen the signs in and around Black Forest Section 16 saying that BFTA has adopted the 4-mile trail and 2 miles of adjacent roadways. Please join us on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. We will meet at the parking lot on Burgess Road, just west of Vollmer Road, and plan to finish by 11 a.m. BFTA members: bring your friends. Students are welcome and can earn community service credits, too. Trash bags, orange safety vests and drinking water will be supplied. Bring hat, gloves and sunscreen. Rain (or snow) date is April 27. Call Cheryl at 719-495-9295 with any questions.   
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  A snow"fire"man

   The Black Forest Fire and Rescue crew poses in front of their own snow"fire"man, which they built in between calls.

   From left to right, Ryan Seng, firefighter/EMT; Taylor Kurtz, firefighter/EMT; and Cody Anderson, firefighter/paramedic.
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