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Pikes Peak Prep school board welcomes three new members

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The Board of Directors for Pikes Peak Prep elected Colorado College’s Dr. Manya Whitaker, Pikes Peak Community College’s Janet Nace, and local marketing professional Monica Ramey to the school board during their April meeting.

“We are really looking forward to the wealth of experience and knowledge these three new members have to offer our school so we can best serve our students and community,” said Wayne Artis, chairman of the board.

Pikes Peak Prep, founded in 2005, is a K-12 charter school authorized by the Colorado Charter School Institute. The school currently serves 350 students and expects an enrollment of 400 students in the Fall of 2016. The school offers a family friendly, personalized learning experience with staff dedicated to each child’s success. Leadership staff are certified by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, a nationally recognized organization. Students are able to earn up to 60 college credits, or an Associate’s degree, paid for by Pikes Peak Prep, by the time they graduate high school.

Dr. Manya Whitaker is a developmental educational psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Education at Colorado College. She is also the founder of Blueprint Educational Strategies, an educational consulting firm that works with schools and families.

Janet Nace has multiple teaching certifications, and currently teaches as an Adjunct Instructor and serves as the concurrent enrollment coordinator for PPCC. Through her role, she builds PPCC relations with the community and helps high school students enroll in college courses. Ms. Nace is multi-lingual and has previously worked for Pikes Peak Prep’s Middle College program.

Monica Ramey is a public relations/marketing specialist and has worked with several large companies in the Colorado Springs area.

Whitaker, Nace and Ramey join Pikes Peak Community College History professor Wayne Artis, Ent Credit Union Executive Vice President Barbara Winter, Fountain Colony Real Estate Executive Gary Feffer and BBVA Bank Regional President Shawn Thompson on the Pikes Peak Prep Board of Directors.

Kids bowl free all summer

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Kids, get ready to bowl! The Summit at I-25 and Interquest Parkway in Colorado Springs is proud to be participating in the Kids Bowl Free program this summer, which provides kids 15 and younger with two free games of bowling every day all summer long.

Kids Bowl Free is available at more than 1,000 bowling centers across the United States and Canada. Last year, more than 900,000 families and 2,100,000 children took advantage of the program as a great way to spend time together without breaking the bank.

Parents can register their children at The program is running now through October 30, registered families will receive emailed coupons valid for two free games of bowling for each child each day of the week.

The Summit is offering Kids Bowl Free as a way to give back to the local community for all its support throughout the school year and the winter months. The center is open daily and offers 36 lanes of bowling for clubs, leagues, casual bowling and group events. It also features a 50-piece game room, two-level laser tag arena, and full-service restaurant featuring Americana classics and a full bar. Learn more at

Sunny Vista Living Center breaks ground on The Retreat at Sunny Vista – an assisted living and memory support community

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Serving the Colorado Springs community for more than 100 years, Sunny Vista Living Center will soon expand services.

The nonprofit organization broke ground on a 66-suite assisted living and memory support community, The Retreat at Sunny Vista, Friday, April 29, at 2450 East Cache La Poudre St. in Colorado Springs.

Located on a 4.8 acre site, the new community will be approximately 55,500 square feet and include a living room with fireplace and attached outdoor deck, life enrichment room, family room with connected outdoor patio, multiple dining venues, sun room, a bathing spa, a central outdoor patio and garden with walking path.

The Retreat at Sunny Vista will provide well-appointed apartments and suites with contemporary design and warm and welcoming finishes. The community will have the latest technologies to support wellness, safety and security, while preserving each individual’s dignity, respect and desire to be as independent as possible.

“With the addition of The Retreat, Sunny Vista extends its commitment to a vital continuum of care, matching the comforts of home with expert care partners who deliver individualized services that maintain the highest quality of life,” said Sunny Vista CEO Janet Burns.

Immediately following the groundbreaking, Sunny Vista hosted its 13th Annual Art Show & Silent Auction, which benefits the residents of Sunny Vista Living Center.

Partners on this project include:

LBA-Lantz-Boggio Architects, Pinkard Construction and Cappella Living Solutions.


Sunny Vista Senior Living, a nonprofit organization, was founded as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1911 but soon after adapted and grew to meet the increasing needs of Colorado Springs older adults and their families.

The new assisted living and memory support community will join The Villa at Sunny Vista, a community of 50 independent living apartment homes accessible to low-income and disabled seniors, as well as Sunny Vista Living Center, which provides 110 suites of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.

Those entities in addition to The Retreat at Sunny Vista are now merged under one parent organization, known as Sunny Vista Senior Living, providing a continuum of care to older adults and their families in the Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

For more information, visit or call 719-471-8700.

Excellent Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical launches new website for the Colorado Springs area

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Excellent Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical today announced the launch of as an informational portal that features educational resources on subjects such as plumbing repairs, water heaters and boiler repairs, and many other helpful home improvement tips for homeowners in the Colorado Springs, Colorado Area. 

Development of other community minded features for are already underway and new user awareness guides from experts are already being added on pool heater installation, hydronic heating options, and plumbing maintenance tips.

Rick Aton of Excellent Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical said, "Our goal is to educate the community on how to get the best results for their property improvement projects. Our website's informative and professional article sections are there to help everybody--not just our Excellent Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical customers. The depth of knowledge and resources at is 100% unbiased, concise, and free to all.”

About Excellent Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical - In Colorado Springs, searching for the right plumber can be a daunting task. Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical is the solution to your plumbing needs. Since 1978, we have been providing locals with the superior quality service they need for plumbing, heating and mechanical tasks, for both residential and commercial clients. We take great pride in the work that we do and that is evident in the results that we get for all of our clients, every single time. For more information, please visit


Colorado Springs’ Vanguard School, Charter High School cited as top 10 in the state for college readiness

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The Vanguard School makes top 10 list for second consecutive year in U.S. News and World

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The Vanguard School, a charter high school in Colorado Springs, was placed in the top ten for college readiness among high schools in the state by U.S. News and World in their annual national list.

A representative of the school today said, “The recognition we receive as a school is only made possible by all the families, and staff members here, so we would like to congratulate them.”

The report came out earlier this week. It is the second consecutive year, and the fourth time in five years that The Vanguard School has made the top ten for college readiness in the state of Colorado.

About The Vanguard School

The Vanguard School is a charter elementary and high school that emphasizes a classical, college preparatory curriculum. For more information visit them at Find them on Facebook at

Ent Credit Union dedicates second house with Pikes Peak Habitat

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The family of Emmanuel and Esteli arrived from Burundi, Africa in 2008. Emmanuel works in the dining room at Fort Carson. Their oldest son, Pascal, is a housekeeper at Evans Army Hospital. Esteli is a stay-at-home mom -- of eight boys!

“We decided to apply for a Habitat home because we are a big family, and we live in two separate apartments,” Emmanuel said. He added, “We want a house that we can afford and the whole family can live together.” This family is truly excited about homeownership. Their children are looking forward to getting jobs, “So they can help pay for the house!”

“Raising more than $36,000 and volunteering more than 2,490 hours, Ent’s employees exceeded our expectations with their enthusiasm and commitment to ‘The Second House That Ent Built’ with Pikes Peak Habitat,” said Barb Winter, Ent’s Executive Vice President of Organizational Resources. “We’ve enjoyed our three year corporate partnership with Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, and the opportunities it has given our employees to help improve the lives of families in our community.
On partnering with Habitat and Ent, Emmanuel said, “Owning our own home will impact our family in many ways. We thank Habitat for accepting us and Ent for sponsoring a house that we can afford. This really means a lot to us.”

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