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By Robert Hedden

Stellar Care and Services helps adults with developmental disabilities be active members of their mainstream community and experience all aspects of community life like every other adult. In return, we believe communities are healthier when all people contribute according to their strengths.

The Stellar Care supported community connections day program services are designed with the goal of increasing the individual's independence with support and/or training to enable the increased mobility, decision-making, self-advocacy, money management, consumer skills, relationship building, and communication skills that allow persons with developmental disabilities to live, thrive and take their place in the world. Each person’s activities reflect their personal definition of a Meaningful Day. Each day’s activity should help move the individual closer to a specified outcome identified in his/her Individual Service Support Plan. Stellar Care takes pride to find a good fit between our staff and the person served. Our staff are trustworthy, person-centered, supportive, creative, reliable, positive people who are respectful of the persons they serve. Stellar Care staff pick up at the person’s home and transport them to activities in their local community.

We believe that everyone has the right to participate in activities that most adults in our society take for granted…including enjoying areal vacation that provides the opportunity for personal growth, recreation, and socialization. Stellar Care Vacations are affordable, chaperoned travel opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Vacations in 2012 include Breckenridge, Mardi Gras, San Diego, Hawaii, Alaska, The Bahamas, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, New England, Disney World, and Las Vegas! All Vacation Trips and Day Trips leave from Colorado Springs.

Stellar Care Day Trips planned for this year mayinclude visits to the top of Pikes Peak, the Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Will Rogers Memorial, Air Force Academy, Rock Ledge Ranch, Olympic Training Center, Seven Falls, and other attractions in the Colorado Springs area. Day Trips may include outings to Denver to visit the Zoo, Colorado History Museum, Art Museum, Aquarium, Botanic Gardens, Museum of Nature and Science, or Elitch Gardens Amusement Park; or to Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado State Fair, Colorado festivals…and even river rafting excursions!

Information presentations about Stellar Care Vacations are held at 6 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Stellar Care office located at 225 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Suite 140. Contact (719) 229-4935 or visit www.stellarcare.org.

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 Press Release (Bass Pro Shops)

Store to open in 2013

Bass Pro Shops, America’s most popular outdoor store, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to be part of the new 200-acre Copper Ridge development on Colorado Springs’ north side, according to developer Gary Erickson who negotiated the deal. This new location of a Bass Pro Shops®

Sportsman’s Center off Interstate 25 and North Gate Boulevard will overlook the Air Force Academy, and with its convenient location, will attract tourists and travelers to the entire Pikes Peak region and will initially generate at least 250 jobs.

“We will break ground on the approximately 117,000 square foot store in April, and expect it to open in the summer of 2013,” Erickson said. “We will start preparing the site next month. I am grateful for the collective and broad-based support from the Mayor, City Council, and Planning Commission, together with the Air Force Academy, Colorado Division of Transportation and other entities, without whom this significant undertaking would not be possible,” he said, also adding that it’s been an eight-year planning process.

The recently completed North Gate Boulevard, a $10 million investment by local developers, creates easy access to Bass Pro Shops from the Air Force Academy, Interstate 25, Highway 83, and eventually Powers Boulevard when it is extended to Interstate 25. The partnership with City of Colorado Springs will continue with improvements to infrastructure related to this exciting new development.

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When you look at the finished product you might think it took hours of meticulous craftsmanship. Well, the initial software and graphic design may have, but manufacturing intricate micro-machines and perhaps macro-machines, by the millions may soon be done with very little human effort whatsoever.

One consequence might be that wage differentials from one country to the next could become a moot point, as human labor becomes an insignificant factor in manufacturing cost.

 

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Luisjoe Ybarra Jr. took first place at the One Springs Boxing Show this weekend at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.

Luisjoe defeated Joel Cerventezs in the 10-12yr old 80lbs weight division. This was Luisjoe’s first boxing match since January 4th in Pasidena CA, where he placed 3rd in the Silver Gloves regionals. His next stop is the State Golden Gloves at the Crown Plaza Convention Center in Aurora, CO,  March 14th-17th, 2012.  

Tristain Ortiz, placed second in the 70lbs, 10yr old division.  Both Luisjoe an Tristan box out of Ybarra's Boxing GYM at 30 Widefield Blvd. Luisjoe is a fifth grader at French  Elementary in Security, CO and Tristain is also a 5th grader at Weikel Elementary on Ft. Carson. Congratulations to both of them.

For  more Info: Contact Ybarra's Boxing GYM at 719-237-6982 or E-Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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By Fred Reese

The Colorado Springs Flames Football Club celebrates its 25th year as a sports organization in the city of Colorado Springs. The Flames were established in 1987 by Robert (Bob) Harrelson as the Colorado Springs Olympians. In 1988 they joined the Colorado Football Conference (CFC); a football club organization who showcased local teams such as the Air Force Academy Prep School and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Legal issues concerning the team’s original name, Olympians, as being associated with the U.S. Olympic Center, also located in  Colorado Springs, resulted in the name change to the Flames.


What makes this organization so unique is that player participation is based on a system of no pay. Players actually pay the organization to play. This is an act which demonstrates a commitment and love for the game of football. During its twenty-four years as a member of the CFC, the Flames has won eight conference championships and participated in another eight. They have also won four Minor League Football bowl games and have been nationally ranked during several seasons.

During its existence, the organization and its players has participated in numerous community service activities and events such as food drives for local food banks and local Relay For Life cancer walks. The Flames organization is proud to be one of the nations longest continuously operating Minor League Football organizations.

Seasonal play for the 2012 season will begin the first Saturday of May as the CFC plays a Spring/Summer season. Try outs for this year’s team begins March 3, 2012, 3pm at Cheyenne Mountain H.S.  For further information you may go to the organization’s website at www.flamesfootball.com.