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In an effort to improve their homes and neighborhood, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial will host a volunteer home-repair event through a unique partnership program called Thrivent Builds Repairs.

Thrivent Builds Repairs empowers Thrivent members and other volunteers to upgrade existing homes through projects like installing accessibility ramps, exterior painting, weatherization, porch repair or light landscaping. These improvements provide better living arrangements for the families in the homes, as well as an overall improvement for the community.

Community volunteers and Thrivent Financial representative Matt Glenn will come together on July 15 at a home site on Boggs Place to work on gutters, windows, down spouts, fencing, and tree trimming for Belinda’s family. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Isaac Ring, Volunteer Manager at Pikes Peak Habitat. All are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Local Colorado Springs Thrivent Financial representative Matt Glenn is part of the building team, saying that “Sharing our time and talents to live generously and strengthen our community is a great way to get to know our neighbors and make a real difference.”

The program is part of an ongoing partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International, called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. Since the national partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent members and other volunteers have helped thousands of families achieve a higher standard of living, through the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Through projects like this, Thrivent Financial and its members have built or repaired over 4,000 homes in the US and completed over 1,000 international and domestic home building trips.

“The Thrivent Builds partnership is helping Pikes Peak Habitat increase the number of families served in our community by helping home owners stay in their homes,” said Kris Medina, Pikes Peak Habitat Executive Director. “We are so grateful for Thrivent’s support of our efforts to build and repair homes in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. It’s a wonderful way to continue to strengthen, stabilize and move families closer to self-reliance.”

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Kathy Boe
Kathy Boe, Founder and CEO

Boecore Inc., a woman-owned aerospace and defense engineering company in Colorado Springs, has been awarded the Shared Early Warning System (SEWS II) Engineering and Contractor Logistics Support (SEWS II) contract from the Department of Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC).

SEWS II is a 5-year, $93 million follow-on IDIQ contract to the SEWS contract. The system provides critical near-real-time early warning information of ballistic missile launches, not only to the U.S. but also to Combatant Command (CCMD)-sponsored foreign partner-nations. Boecore, along with teammates Northrop Grumman and CACI, will be responsible for sustaining, maintaining, testing, deploying, securing, and training this worldwide system. Work on SEWS will take place primarily in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“SEWS is a high-visibility mission system providing time-sensitive information to a wide variety of foreign partners. We are extremely pleased to be entrusted with the sustainment and operation of this critical system,” said Boecore Chief Development Officer Scott Boe. “We are excited to provide exceptional mission operations, software, cyber and network engineering services to the AFLCMC customer, as well as provide challenging growth opportunities for our employees.”
This win expands Boecore’s role in designing, developing, maintaining, and securing critical Command and Control, Missile Defense, Radar, and Satellite systems for the nation’s defense. Boecore has grown by 60 people in 2017 and expects to hire another 50 by the end of the year to support the SEWS II contract and several other expanding programs. Most of these new hires are in highly technical positions such as systems engineers, software developers, cyber security engineers, network engineers, knowledge management and space training. Part of Boecore’s recent growth has been attributed to its expanded investment in its research and development innovation lab, where cyber and software tools and processes are developed to address its customers’ most pressing challenges.

Founded in 2000, Boecore Inc. is a woman-owned small business headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a regional office in Huntsville, Alabama, and satellite offices in California, New Mexico, Washington, North Carolina, and Virginia. With 275 highly skilled employees, Boecore specializes in cybersecurity, software solutions, systems engineering, enterprise networks, and mission operations.

Boecore has earned a national reputation for integrity and performance, serving as a trusted partner supporting a variety of government and commercial customers, including the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NORAD/NORTHCOM, U.S. Navy, and Department of Homeland Security.

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by Ed Duffy

What is all this painted rock business about?

The newest craze in social media isn’t online. It’s outside. Rock painting and hiding and seeking groups are popping up across the country. What’s the point? Just fun. People paint river rocks with cool designs or messages or whatever and hide them in public places. When you find one, you can keep it or rehide it, but you’re encouraged to take a picture of it and post it on the group’s Facebook or other social media page. The rocks will usually have the name of the group on it somewhere, often on the back. Some will have signatures or names of their creators, some wont.

The biggest local Facebook group is 719 Rocks! with over 17,000 members and growing. The group is open to the public. People post pictures of their creations before they put them out and when they find some. They also share tips on techniques and subject matter and where to hide/find rocks.

Local businesses are getting into it as well. Cogstone Brewing Company will give you a special deal on pizza if you find and bring back one of their rocks. Easy Street Designs will give you up to $1 off any purchase of $1 or more if you bring one of their rocks back to the shop. Of course, you can also just keep them or rehide them if you like. Chick-Fil-A has put out a number of Eat More Chicken  themed rocks featuring their famous cow. Lotion Bar Cafe in Widefield hosted a bring your own rock to paint day, providing work tables, paints, brushes and pointers. Dozens of people showed up to create new treasures to hide.

You’ll also find cartoon characters, super heroes, text messages, logos, flags, designs. Some are great pieces of art. Some are just to contribute to the hunt. One clever set out there is a “quilting rock”. If you find it, you’re asked to add a design to one of the blank squares and rehide it.

Some general, common sense guidelines; don’t put rocks where people aren’t supposed to be. In parks, keep them near the trails. Putting them on grass that’s going to be mowed at some point is a bad idea. Always respect private property. Most businesses are fine with the whole thing, but if they ask you to refrain, honor their request. I don’t put any where one can easily see them from the road, as I don’t want to encourage people looking for rocks while they drive.

As for where to get the rocks, don’t take rocks from medians or landscaping where they were obviously put there by the property owner. You can get 2”-4” river rock at KW Schramek Landscaping in Fountain, for about $5 for a 5 gallon bucket. Other material places would probably also be happy to sell you a bunch cheap. You can also find them in creeks or around your house. Again, the main thing is, always respect other people’s property.

It’s a lot of fun both making and hiding. You can do it yourself or take the whole family. Be safe. Be alert. Have fun.

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Dunkin Donuts features hot and cold beverages, doughnuts of course, frozen drinks and hot and cold sandwiches and wraps.

The shop has a drive through and indoor and outdoor seating. 

You’ll find them at 6650 Mesa Ridge Drive, Fountain, Colorado, behind Chase Bank and next to Lowes. They’re open from 4am to 10pm daily. You can reach them at 719-392-2096. For more information visit or their Facebook page.