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Impressive Eyes Optical would like to welcome Karl Mitzenmeyer back to the Main Street Shopping Center. Karl has over 33 years experience in helping people find the eyeglasses they want at a price they can afford.

Dr. Cynthia Martin

They’d also like to introduce their new optometrist, Dr. Cynthia Martin. She’ll be offering  a variety of eye care services including routine eye exams and ocular disease testing.

Impressive Eyes offers: eyeglass and contract lens exams, eyeglasses and sunglasses, free frame adjustment, tint and coat existing lenses, eyewear repair and more.

You’ll find them at 358 Main Street in Security, in the Main Street Shopping Center. They’re open from 9am to 5:30pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 12;00 - 5:30 Wednesday, and 9am to noon on Saturday.

Karl Mitzenmayer



You can reach them at 719-391-2000, visit them on the web at www.impressiveeyesoptical.com and find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Impressive.Eyes.Optical.

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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Colorado!

 They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in July 2017!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 855-OLD-RUST.

facebook: @GotAPick

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Press Release (VisitCOS.com)

Earlier this month, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau held its annual business meeting at Great Wolf Lodge. The event, like 2016’s tourism year, saw record attendance. Speakers included Cathy Ritter, Director of the Colorado Tourism Office, Andy Neinas, CVB Board Chair, as well as Doug Price, CVB President & CEO.
 


Price recapped the remarkable tourism numbers for 2016, including 7.4 million overnight visitors to the Pikes Peak region. “Our region has seen a 32 percent increase in the number of travelers coming to the destination since 2011, with the main purpose of visiting friends and family.” Price expressed excitement regarding the groundbreaking of the U.S. Olympic Museum slated for June 9. “Two years ago, at our annual business meeting, we were given a sneak peek of the renderings for the Olympic Museum and now, it’s almost here.” The City’s Olympic City USA brand resonated with attendees and was punctuated by appearances by Stephen Garbett and Veronica Day, both competing to make the Olympic skeleton teams for the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
 
Keynote speak, Colorado Tourism Office Director Cathy Ritter, showcased the CTO’s new Colorado Tourism Roadmap highlighting the hidden and lesser-known gems around the state. “It only makes sense that the group here today will be the first to see the CTO Roadmap video as 20 listening sessions opened dialogue for the results of the roadmap also started here.” Ritter discussed the state’s main competitors and strategy moving forward. She touched on the fact that the Pikes Peak region lags in the number of hotel and lodging rooms compared to Denver and the mountain resort towns, and that the region’s tourism promotion budget is underfunded.
 
Price closed the event discussing current CVB initiatives such as the new Crafts + Drafts beverage passport that is supported by a CTO grant, a new mobile-first VisitCOS.com that launched in February as well as the continuous sales, marketing, PR and social media efforts that take place to market the destination year-round.
 
Sponsors ENT Business Banking, Presidential Worldwide Transportation, Hotel Eleganté and Great Wolf Lodge all helped make the event possible.
 
The 2016 CVB Stakeholder’s Report can be downloaded here.
 
The Colorado Tourism Office Roadmap video can be viewed and downloaded here.
 
The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the leading marketing organization for group and leisure travel and tourism to the Colorado Springs region. The organization is dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. The CVB mission is to bring more visitors to Colorado Springs at Pikes Peak.

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Press Release (RedEnergyPR)

WhirlyBall, a 30,000 square-foot entertainment venue, located at 3971 Palmer Park Boulevard, will open its doors June 2017 in Colorado Springs. 

With three additional locations in Illinois, WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars in a game of skill combined with a touch of chance. While maneuvering bumper cars called WhirlyBugs, two teams of five players use hand-held scoops to pass a whiffle ball to each other and ultimately at a scoring target.

 

WhirlyBall will feature two famed WhirlyBall courts with large viewing windows where other guests can watch teams play the game, a dining area, 12 bowling lanes, and a full service bar with private and special event spaces complete with full audio/visual capabilities.

 “We are thrilled to bring WhirlyBall to the Colorado market and couldn’t think of a better city to launch into than Colorado Springs,” said Owner of WhirlyBall, Sam Elias. “The city’s active lifestyle, young professional population and growing culinary and craft beer scene make it a great fit.” 

Open to all ages and athletic skill-levels, WhirlyBall offers indoor entertainment where guests can bowl, play games of WhirlyBall and watch sports broadcasted on TV monitors located throughout the space. In addition to activities, WhirlyBall also offers elevated food and beverage programs for guests to enjoy while playing in the high-energy atmosphere or for a sit down meal in the open dining space. WhirlyBall’s chef-driven menu will showcase classic American bar fare perfect for sharing with a focus on seasonal ingredients and quality products. WhirlyBall’s carefully curated beer program will offer a unique selection of 24 rotating craft beers on draft featuring local Colorado breweries such as Bristol Brewing Company and Avery Brewing Company. In addition to the introduction of the new sport and venue to the area, WhirlyBall anticipates bringing more than 40 employment opportunities to Springs residents. 

“As we gear up for our Grand Opening, we anticipate 40 new job positions will be available during the months of April and May,” said Vice President of Strategic Planning, Adam Elias. “From management and sales to the kitchen and front of house, we’re looking forward to bringing new opportunities to the area in a fun and one-of-a-kind work environment.” 

About WhirlyBall 

The game of WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars in a game of skill coupled with chance. While maneuvering bumper cars, two teams of five use hand-held scoops to pass a whiffle ball to each other – and ultimately at a scoring target. Offering a premium social experience, each WhirlyBall location presents an exceptional food and beverage program, spacious dining areas and private and semi-private event spaces to accommodate groups of any size. From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink offerings, WhirlyBall provides the perfect venue and customizable packages for all ages and events including birthday parties, corporate outings, team building exercises and family gatherings. Owner Sam Elias founded the first WhirlyBall location more than 20 years ago in Lombard, IL and has since opened three other locations in Lombard, Vernon Hills and Chicago. WhirlyBall will expand, June 2017, with the opening of the first Colorado location in Colorado Springs and plans to continue expansion nationwide with WhirlyBall-owned facilities and franchise locations. 

 

For more information on WhirlyBall, visit WhirlyBall.com or Facebook.com/WhirlyBallCOS For information about job opportunities, send your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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by Walter E. Williams

Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today's institutions of higher learning. Parents, taxpayers and donors who ignore or are too lazy to find out what goes on in the name of higher education are nearly as complicit as the professors and administrators who promote or sanction the lunacy, evil and lawlessness. As for the term "institutions of higher learning," we might start asking: Higher than what? Let's look at a tiny sample of academic lunacy.

        During a campus debate, Purdue University professor David Sanders argued that a logical extension of pro-lifers' belief that fetuses are human beings is that pictures of "a butt-naked body of a child" are child pornography. Clemson University's chief diversity officer, Lee Gill, who's paid $185,000 a year to promote inclusion, provided a lesson claiming that to expect certain people to be on time is racist.

        To reduce angst among snowflakes in its student body, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law has added a "Chill Zone." The Chill Zone, located in its library, has, just as most nursery schools have, mats for naps and beanbag chairs. Before or after a snooze, students can also use the space to do a bit of yoga or meditate. The University of Michigan Law School helped its students weather their Trump derangement syndrome -- a condition resulting from Donald Trump's election -- by enlisting the services of an "embedded psychologist" in a room full of bubbles and play dough. To reduce pressure on law students, Joshua M. Silverstein, a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, thinks that "every American law school ought to substantially eliminate C grades and set its good academic standing grade point average at the B- level."

        Today's academic climate might be described as a mixture of infantilism, kindergarten and totalitarianism. The radicals, draft dodgers and hippies of the 1960s who are now college administrators and professors are responsible for today's academic climate. The infantilism should not be tolerated, but more important for the future of our nation are the totalitarianism and the hate-America lessons being taught at many of the nation's colleges. For example, led by its student government leader, the University of California, Irvine's student body voted for a motion, which the faculty approved, directing that the American flag not be on display because it makes some students uncomfortable and creates an unsafe, hostile environment. The flag is a symbol of hate speech, according to the student government leader. He said that the U.S. flag is just as offensive as Nazi and Islamic State flags and that the U.S. is the world's most evil nation (http://tinyurl.com/kjoax3j).

        In a recent New York Times op-ed, New York University provost Ulrich Baer argued: "The idea of freedom of speech does not mean a blanket permission to say anything anybody thinks. It means balancing the inherent value of a given view with the obligation to ensure that other members of a given community can participate in discourse as fully recognized members of that community." That's a vision that is increasingly being adopted on college campuses, and it's leaking down to our primary and secondary levels of education. Baer apparently believes that the test for one's commitment to free speech comes when he balances his views with those of others. His vision justifies the violent disruptions of speeches by Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna College, Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley and Charles Murray at Middlebury College. Baer's vision is totalitarian nonsense. The true test of one's commitment to free speech comes when he permits people to be free to say and write tho!

 se things he finds deeply offensive.

        Americans who see themselves as either liberal or conservative should rise up against this totalitarian trend on America's college campuses. I believe the most effective way to do so is to hit these campus tyrants where it hurts the most -- in the pocketbook. Lawmakers should slash budgets, and donors should keep their money in their pockets.

        Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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