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TruBlue is a full-service company that provides handyman, maid, lawn and seasonal services

Press Release (KellieMayPR.com)

David Lutz

David Lutz is pleased to announce the launch of his new home maintenance company, TruBlue of Colorado Springs. 

TruBlue is a full-service company that provides professional handyman, maid, lawn and seasonal services that are perfect for busy families, seniors and anyone who wants the comforts of their own home without worrying about critical property maintenance.  TruBlue of Colorado Springs serves Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain and the surrounding areas.

“There are a lot of one-off handyman companies out there, but TruBlue is the next level of interior and exterior home care. You can partner with TruBlue to take care of every aspect of your home – from caring for your lawn and handling your snow removal to making interior repairs and doing renovations. It’s truly one-call-does-it-all service and, with the backing of a national franchise, TruBlue is a brand you can trust,” Lutz said.

To assist those with ongoing home care needs or who want to take property management off their plates entirely, TruBlue has a monthly House Care Plus program, which enables clients to hire TruBlue to provide regular, monthly maintenance. TruBlue also works with homeowners, realtors and rental property owners who need to quickly get homes move-in ready and keep them maintained, and has commercial services for business clients.

“Almost everyone needs help eventually – my wife’s parents moved in with us back in 2014 and, before my dad moved into assisted living, my parents were paying a contractor a few thousand dollars a year to help with small house projects when I couldn’t be there. In both of those situations, having a trusted partner like TruBlue and a program like House Care Plus could have made a big difference. I’m looking forward to providing another option to the people in the Colorado Springs area,” Lutz said.

Lutz was born and raised in Texas and he and his wife, Kathy, have two children – Megan and Matthew. Lutz graduated from the University of Texas and started his career in sales before moving into the insurance field. His insurance work focused on life insurance and financial planning.

“Working in insurance gave me the opportunity to help people, but in a very specific way. As a TruBlue franchisee, I’m able to help people enjoy the benefits of owning a home without the stresses of daily maintenance, especially seniors and busy families. I’m excited about helping people in Colorado Springs love their homes and get their weekends back,” Lutz said.

All TruBlue employees are licensed, bonded and insured. To learn more about TruBlue of Colorado Springs, call 719-644-5574, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.TruBlueHouseCare.com/Colorado-Springs

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Press Release (Bear Creek Nature Center)

Thursday, December 12, 6:30 p.m. (Doors at 6:00 p.m.)

Get ready Colorado Springs! On Thursday, December 12th TGR is returning to Bear Creek Nature Center for the winter kick-off party of the year. Join us to get hyped for Winter with the screening of Teton Gravity Research’s new feature length ski and snowboard film, Winterland.

There will be prize giveaways at the show, plus, everyone in attendance will have a shot at the tour grand prizes - including trips to Sierra Nevada’s beer camp in California, TGR's hometown Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and more.

Local partner Fossil Craft Beer Company will be providing a FREE beer for every ticket-holder (21+ only).

Don't miss your chance to see Winterland on the big screen - get your tickets now! $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. For tickets, visit elpasoco.com/naturecenters or call 719-520-6387.

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The Security Lions Club's annual Christmas Tree sale is underway.



The trees go from between $40 and $90 depending on size.

They'll be available at Widefield Square Shopping Center on Fontaine Blvd, Monday through Friday from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm, until they're gone.

Proceeds help fund a variety of charitable programs in the community.

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Press Release (Colorado State Forrest Service)

With the coming of the winter heating season, the Colorado State Forest Service is debuting a new tool to help builders make new buildings more climate conscious and less dependent on non-renewable sources of energy.


 
The Biomass Ready tool helps builders, architects, engineers, planners and others in the building trade to design new buildings that can incorporate biomass as a heating source.
 
Biomass is woody plant material, derived from the trunks and branches of trees. Firewood, for example, is a commonly known form of biomass that provides fuel for heating. Like firewood, wood chips can be used as fuel for wood-burning systems that heat buildings.
 
“Woody biomass is a clean and renewable alternative for heating today’s new buildings,” said Tim Reader, wood products program specialist with the CSFS. “Unfortunately, many builders are not aware of the simple design considerations that make it easy and inexpensive to incorporate a biomass heating system as part of their new building construction.”
 
To address this dilemma, the CSFS worked with the USDA Forest Service’s Wood Innovations Program and the Wood Education and Resource Center to develop the Biomass Ready app. This online tool walks builders through five steps to ensure new buildings can incorporate a biomass heating system.
 
Even if a biomass heating system is not a viable option for a builder today, this tool ensures that the new building would be able to incorporate one in the future.
 
“Applying some simple and low-cost design elements in a building’s design today can make it easier to transition to a biomass heating system in the future,” Reader said, “so the building is biomass ready.”
 
He added that biomass is a good option for buildings in the public sector, such as schools, correctional facilities or community centers. Several cities and towns in Colorado, such as Boulder, Fort Collins and Fairplay, have public buildings with biomass heating systems.
 
Reader noted communities that have active wildfire mitigation programs are good candidates to design buildings that use biomass as their primary heating source. By removing trees to reduce wildfire fuels on the land, these communities produce the wood, or biomass, needed for wood-burning systems.
 
To view the Biomass Ready app, visit www.biomassready.org.
 
For more information on biomass as a fuel for heating buildings, contact Reader at (970) 247-5250.

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On November 15, 2019, New Summit Charter Academy, a K-8 charter school in Academy School District 20, finished collecting over 5,700 lbs of non-perishable food to donate for Thanksgiving. The food, along with $1,260 will be donated to a group of New Summit families in need. Any food that is left over will be donated to the Care and Share Food Bank in Colorado Springs.



New Summit families brought in enough food donations to surpass the goal set by the school of 2,000 lbs. New Summit parent volunteer, Heather Kennedy, who played a big part in the origination and planning of the idea was amazed to see how much the school rallied together to not only meet and nearly triple the school’s original goal but to help the school’s families and the community.

Khalila Saeed, Care and Share’s Food Procurement Coordinator says, “For a school of this size-especially being an elementary school, the total amount of money and food donated is astounding.” New Summit was able to donate over 1,100 lbs in food to the Care and Share Food Bank after the school’s families in need were helped.

About New Summit: New Summit Charter Academy, is a new charter school within Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs. New Summit Charter Academy opened its first year as a K-6 elementary school in 2018, added grade 7 in 2019, will add grade 8 in 2020, and will apply to open a high school shortly after that. New Summit believes in teaching children a love of learning and inspiring them to reach new summits. If you have any questions, please contact our Communications Coordinator, Kathryn Sneed, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..