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Ladies 9 in the Pines raises six figures for breast cancer center

By CPC | October 1, 2022

The Ladies 9 in the Pines annual golf tournament held at The Country Club at Castle Pines scored its biggest win to date by raising more than $120,000 for the breast cancer center at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital (CRAH).  The 9-hole tournament event featured live and silent auctions, outstanding luncheon fare including delectable desserts and…

Tips to prevent a break-in to your vehicle

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Enjoying a hike, spending time with canine companions at the dog park, or watching a child or grandchild play sports could mean your vehicle is an easy target for thieves.  “Thieves watch for people to get out of their vehicles, and they see people leaving things,” said Deputy Cocha Heyden, public information officer for the Douglas…

Castle Rock community champion retires

By CPC | October 1, 2022

President and CEO of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Pam Ridler, is retiring after 24 years of dedicated service to the Douglas County community.   Ridler started her career at the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce in 1993 before moving to Castle Rock, where she and her husband, Randy, have raised their family.  The…

Groundbreaking for pickleball courts at Coyote Ridge Park

By CPC | October 1, 2022

On September 6, the Castle Pines North Metro District (CPNMD) broke ground for five pickleball courts at Coyote Ridge Park.  Twenty-four pickleballers and supporters showed up for the early morning event.  Every guest left with a new pickleball and three lucky players left with a new paddle. “We couldn’t be more elated to finally break…

Breaking Blue: Changing the game to improve public safety

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Sitting at a small desk in a classroom alongside 27 complete strangers on the first day of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) Citizens Academy, I find myself unsure what to expect from the next 30 days. I applied for the opportunity to participate in this “behind the scenes” look at the many aspects of…

DMV invites citizens to design 150th anniversary license plate

By CPC | October 1, 2022

In 2026, the state of Colorado is turning 150-years-old, and the DMV is asking for residents to submit ideas for the commemorative anniversary license plate.  Entries will be judged on historical significance, artistic design, and how both best represent the Centennial State. There is no cost to submit and individuals can enter a maximum of…

National Preparedness Month reminders

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Natural disasters are on the rise in America.  According to the National Safety Council, there were 61,105 weather-related events in 2021.  Winter weather, heat and floods resulted in hundreds of deaths.  National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance recognized each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could…

Business scams that look legit

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Trying to tell the difference between what is real and what is a scam when it comes to letters in the mail these days is tough.  And it is getting tougher.   A faux 2022 periodic report and instruction form is making its way into many mailboxes belonging to Douglas County business owners.  There might…

Soil is the great connector

By CPC | October 1, 2022

On September 9, more than a dozen citizens came together to pitch in a little muscle to help save the soil at Daniels Park.  As part of Xcel Energy’s Day of Service, and with the help of Denver Zoo, the group of volunteers picked up shovels and rocks and got to work.   The goal…

Watering the garden of life

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Jennifer Drinkwine Rexroat is an exceptional woman of strength, character and compassion for people who need it the most.  She and her husband, Karl, are funeral directors at Drinkwine Family Mortuary, a third-generation family business based in Littleton. Rexroat’s grandparents, Lila and Donald Drinkwine, bought the business more than 60 years ago.  The couple passed…

Women helping women is good business

By CPC | October 1, 2022

A community is a group of people who rally behind each other in successes of life and also shoulder the pitfalls together … and the power of community is evident here in Castle Pines.  According to the United States Census Bureau, Castle Pines has 104 women-owned businesses, more than half of the total businesses in…

Cycling back to Castle Pines

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Brittany “Britt” Musser is a lead instructor at CycleBar in Castle Pines, but her journey here started 22 years ago.  In 2000, the Duran family moved to the community for the schools, the beauty, and the charm – setting roots in the Briar Cliff neighborhood.  Musser is the oldest of the three Duran daughters (Breanna…

Let’s Hit the Floor

By CPC | October 1, 2022
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Dear Readers, I’ve just come from a barn dance, and I’m thrilled to share what I learned regarding the elements and etiquette of social dancing.  Social dances are intended for participation rather than performance, and what a fun time can be had by all. In a social dance environment, it is customary to say “yes”…

Oktoberfest in the Village

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Things to do in October

By CPC | October 1, 2022

October is a month filled with fun and sometimes spooky fall activities.  Here are a few ideas:  Hop on a train ride  The Leadville Colorado and Southern Railroad have special fall rides where there are enjoyable views of the Arkansas River Valley and yellowing aspen trees. The Georgetown Loop Railroad’s Pumpkin Fest train is a…

Go forth and multiply: Heuer and Hier

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Pomeranian Prussians from Burow, Johann and wife Minnie (Glauss) Heuer arrived in the U.S. as immigrants in 1872.   Iowa farmland looked good, so the Heuers claimed it, and they farmed it for several decades.  Charles Hier (the Americanized spelling of Heuer) was their second son, born four years later. Growing up, young Hier’s lungs…

Seeing is not always knowing

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Everyone has a story: the person in line at the grocery store, the person driving in the next lane, the person in the crosswalk, friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.  The list goes on.  It’s easy to think that what one sees on the outside is reflective of what’s going on in the inside of a…

October movies: the scarier, the better

By CPC | October 1, 2022

The world is divided into two categories:  those who flock to horror films and those who shun the genre.  In the former category, screaming in theaters, gripping hands in terror and spilling popcorn at the jump scares is a thrill.  For the latter group, peaceful sleeps and dreams and not being scared of the dark…

Jamaica: where everything is “irie”

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Many Caribbean islands are little more than water sports or beachcomber destinations.  Jamaica is pleasantly different.  The birthplace of reggae, her charms extend well beyond her saltwater shores and adventure opportunities.  Now that her bauxite mines are mostly shuttered, vacationers are the new mother lode, drawing 4.3 million tourists per year.   When we visited,…

Neighbors helping neighbors

By CPC | October 1, 2022

There is a saying, “Being a good neighbor is an art which makes life richer.”  Several neighbors recently gathered to do some yard work for a couple going through a rough patch. For more than two hours, these good Samaritans in The Retreat neighborhood in the City of Castle Pines weeded the yard, raked the…

Rise Up Malawi raises funds at The Ridge

By CPC | October 1, 2022

On August 22, Rise Up Malawi (RUM) held its first golf tournament to raise funds for the nonprofit’s goal: to build living quarters for guests in the African country of Malawi.  Held at The Ridge at Castle Pines golf course, there were 22 sponsors, 88 golfers and almost $40,000 was raised. “We were fundraising to…

Family is a priority for Olympic games lawyer

By CPC | October 1, 2022

In her capacity as a legal representative for the U.S. Olympic Games and Pan American Games, Sara Pflipsen has traveled the world to Rio de Janeiro and PyeongChang among other Olympic game destinations.   Since graduating from the University of Colorado Law School in 2013, Pflipsen has spent her career providing onsite legal support and…

The joys of a domestic short-haired cat

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Prea is a happy and very loved domestic short-haired cat.  Cheryl and Rick Mautz, along with other family members, grew up with cats and thought their granddaughters Estiana (12) and Ciella (7) would also enjoy the feline experience. A 3-month-old, ultra-soft and purring kitten instantly attracted the girls to the black and white domestic short-hair…

A party punch that’s perfect for fall

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Some foods are inextricably linked with certain times of the year.  I can’t eat a slice of fresh tomato without being transported to summer – even if I’m eating said tomato during a snowstorm.  Asparagus is always the first vegetable I eat after a long winter of ho-hum produce, so in my mind it’s a…

The Collective celebrates one-year anniversary

By CPC | October 1, 2022

On September 16,  The Castle Rock Collective celebrated its one-year anniversary with a celebration open to the community.  Located at 207 Perry Street in downtown Castle Rock, The Collective is a partnership between Wellspring Community and World Orphans – two organizations whose missions are centered around empowerment.  This unique marketplace is transforming lives both locally…

A legacy of hope, purpose and value

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Turning 40 inspired Jamie Klusacek to re-evaluate her life, her mission and her legacy.  A wife, mother of four daughters and leadership pastor at Thrive Church, Klusacek felt a call to write a book every year in her 40s.  Today, she is 42 with two books published. “I had this desire that popped into my…

Medicare’s open enrollment; October 15 – December 7

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Fall has arrived, and it is that time of year when you can change your current Medicare plan and coverage.  Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) begins October 15 and runs through December 7.  During this annual occurrence, Medicare beneficiaries are able to join a new Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) or stand-alone prescription drug plan, called…

Don’t toss those pumpkins

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Pumpkins are making a seasonal appearance this month, decorating many front porches.  Pumpkins are among the earliest domesticated plants on earth. Archeologists excavating a tomb in central Mexico unearthed pumpkin seeds that date back 9,000 years.   Symbolizing fall, harvest and holidays, pumpkins also make appearances as spooky jack-o’-lanterns when carved for Halloween.  There’s more…

Celebrating 60 years together

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Sixty years of marriage is a testament to commitment, perseverance and love.   On September 8, 1962, Ellen and Al Dugan married in Wilmette, Illinois, Ellen’s hometown.  The couple remained in Illinois until a job opportunity for Al moved the family to Colorado in 1980.  The Dugan’s four children attended Littleton High School.  In 1985,…

Good-for-you garlic

By CPC | October 1, 2022

October is a great month to get to know garlic, sometimes referred to as the stinking rose.  Related to onion, leeks and chives, garlic has many health benefits and can be enjoyed in endless ways.  Though widely used as an herb or spice, garlic is, botanically, a vegetable. Before garlic was used in the kitchen,…

Youth Congress convenes; all students welcome

By CPC | October 1, 2022

The Douglas County School District invites all high schoolers to attend Youth Congress, an event that brings adults and students together to discuss issues that affect today’s teens.  This year’s topics include mental health, youth criminal justice, pressure to succeed, school safety, dogs in schools, youth voice, finances and trade school.   The event is…

Douglas County School District bond and mill levy override

By CPC | October 1, 2022
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  Douglas County School District’s Board of Education (BOE) unanimously authorized a mill levy override (MLO) for the upcoming November ballet.  The BOE is asking for a $60 million MLO and a $450 million bond.  The impact on homeowners is estimated to be $1 per week for every $100,000 in assessed home value, or about…

Learning What is in the Water

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Keystone, Colorado is more than a mountain town that caters to winter snow skiers and summer hikers.  The outdoorsy destination offers inquiring minds a unique opportunity to gain experience and learn within its picturesque backdrop.  During a three-day retreat to Keystone Science School, DCS Montessori (DCSM) middle school students played active roles as scientists, conducting…

An Awesome Teacher and Human Being

By CPC | October 1, 2022

For most, there is always that one teacher.  That friend, coach or leader that is unforgettable: that mentor who not only touched lives but changed trajectories in such incredible ways.   For many Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) students, that influencer is not someone on TikTok or Instagram, but someone waving a baton who refers…

The Exchange Coffee House

By CPC | October 1, 2022

Community gathering spot serves up a taste of home Serving up memories, brightening the day, and bringing folks together. By Chris Michlewicz Anyone who’s been to The Exchange Coffee House knows that it’s managed to capture and cultivate that home-away-from-home feeling. As the first official business to open on the east side of the City…

Police and Neighbors Come Together for National Night Out

By CPC | September 1, 2022

National Night Out (NNO) was held August 3, and representatives from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) met with neighbors at Elk Ridge Park in the City of Castle Pines. More than 50 kids attended and DCSO sent the HAZMAT team, patrol deputies, bike officers, the Specialized Operations Response Team, a horse and a K-9. Kirsty…

Proposals for New Businesses and Homes Under Review

By CPC | September 1, 2022

City leaders are in the final stages of reviewing applications for nearly 250 residences on the east side of I-25 and three proposals for new businesses west of the highway. An application was approved earlier this year for a new car wash just east of the newer 7-Eleven in the open space southeast of Castle…

Beam-topping Ceremony at CRAH

By CPC | September 1, 2022

The first pieces of an effort to bring cancer care to Castle Rock Adventist Hospital (CRAH) have been put into place. A beam-topping ceremony was held on August 4. The event kicked off an expansion of the Centura Health-owned hospital in the form of a four-story medical office building, where patients who have been diagnosed…

Douglas County Nonprofits to Benefit from New Partnership

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Dedication to the success of the Douglas County nonprofit community has united two community anchors with a common goal – to enhance quality of life for all Douglas County residents. Through a Memorandum of Understanding adopted at the County’s August 23 business meeting, Douglas County transferred administration of its Philip S. Miller Grant Program to…

Behind the Badge – Deputy and Coach Mark Adams

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Mark Adams plays double duty at Rock Canyon High School. To most, he is Deputy Adams, School Resource Officer (SRO) from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO). To the freshman football team, he’s also Coach Adams. Born and raised in Connecticut, Adams moved west to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley after high…

Would your Car Seat Pass Inspection?

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Every parent knows a car seat is a “must have” for little ones, but why do safety experts say 46% of car seats are installed incorrectly? National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week is September 14-22. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages…

Best Kept Secret – Nuuly – is Out of the Closet

By CPC | September 1, 2022
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Have you ever walked into your closet only to walk out empty handed? You are surrounded by clothes yet you cannot find one thing you want to wear? There’s a monthly clothing subscription option that’s making its way through the grapevine in Castle Pines that may be just the right fit for you. We heard…

Welcome to our New Staff

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Karen Leigh, Freelance Writer Karen Leigh is not new to Colorado, but recently moved to Castle Pines. If she looks familiar, it’s because she works evenings as the main anchor for CBS4. She is a graduate of Arkansas State University with a B.S. degree, and it was the job opportunity that brought her to Colorado…

The Spirit of a Family Man

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Josh Kimsey is a busy guy. President of Bubbles Liquor World in Castle Rock and involved in philanthropy and many activities, especially with his family, Kimsey said he has a lot on his plate but is glad his businesses are close by. A Denver native, Kimsey attended Cherry Creek High School, went to college for…

Unending love inspires Paul’s Mystery Ship to End ALS

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Paul Dannels was quite simply a good man with a gentle spirit. For 34 years, he served as the district manager of The Village at Castle Pines Metropolitan District, earning admiration and appreciation throughout his career until his much-deserved retirement in 2015. One of Paul’s greatest gifts over the years was mentoring youth and young…

Love in the White House

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Last year, we featured Sedalia’s Dr. Minnie Love. She was a gifted, charitable woman and suffragette. But for some ill-advised pursuits in antisemitism, Love would have attained unadulterated fame. Her son, C. Waldo Love, noted another of her impolitic acts. She said of him that “[If he] didn’t have enough brains to get through school,…

Vino in the Village

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Party in the Park

By CPC | September 1, 2022

New Resident Welcome Recap

By CPC | September 1, 2022

The Castle Pines Connection partners quarterly with the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce and the City of Castle Pines to welcome new residents to the community. The most recent reception was held Thursday, August 18 at 5 p.m., on the terrace of Douglas County Libraries – Castle Pines. More than 50 attendees enjoyed complimentary appetizers,…

An American Pearl in the Caribbean

By CPC | September 1, 2022

A recent edition of Travel and Leisure magazine touted St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as “one of the World’s Best.” There is good reason; it is beyond superlative. St. John is small with a laid-back vibe and an interesting history. With no airport, the only way to reach the island is by boat.…

Breathe in the Splendor of the Fall

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Autumn…colorful foliage, pumpkin spice, crisp air, sweater weather, the first frost and Colorado blue sky. Take a whiff of the indescribable and calming scent of this spectacular season. Truly, many people’s favorite time of year, although not nearly long enough. Time to head out to encounter beauty and serenity while walking or hiking the numerous…

Let’s Talk About Fido

By CPC | September 1, 2022
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Dear Readers, Mrs. Abramovitz loves dogs, but we need to talk. Humans domesticated dogs to provide work and companionship; and the dogs need us, too. While the relationship is deeply symbiotic, it doesn’t mean we have to have our dogs with us everywhere we go, all the time. I can hear your purse barking. The…

Chaco the Bird Dog

By CPC | September 1, 2022

After losing both of their faithful labs in 2020 and becoming empty nesters when both sons went to college, Valerie and Matt Gusdorf decided it was time to welcome a new companion to their home. Chaco, an 8-week-old, wiry-haired puppy joined the Gusdorfs in September 2021. Chaco is a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (WPG). Known for…

One Trip into the Pines Brought Peace

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Growing up, I was not that kid who pretended to be a reporter or was glued to the news. I was more of a kid who climbed trees, had skinned knees and never wanted to come inside until the sun set. My father said I could wear anyone down with my questions. Wearing makeup for…

Finding the Style of Her Story

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Alex Van Vechten grew up in Castle Pines, attended American Academy and graduated from Valor Christian High School in 2019. Smart, kind and thoughtful are just a few words to describe this incredible young woman. After high school, Alex headed to San Diego to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. This small private school sits atop…

Former Denver Broncos Kicker and TV personality Loving Life in the Pines

By CPC | September 1, 2022

After spending six years in the NFL as a kicker and several more covering football on TV and radio, David Treadwell now spends much of his time in Castle Pines. The former Denver Broncos and New York Giants placekicker moved from Lone Tree to Castle Pines in 2013, and these days he’s doing commercial real…

A Track Record of Giving

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Like many others, it was the breathtaking views and abundance of wildlife that brought Dan Kelliher to Castle Pines. In 2019, about two years after moving here from a rural area outside of Kiowa, he and his wife, Kimberly, spotted a herd of elk and wanted to take a photo. But as Kelliher lined up…

Cookies for Breakfast

By CPC | September 1, 2022

September is here and the craziness of school, work, and extra curriculars is in full swing. If there is ever a time when I need a dietary power boost, September is the time. Every day seems to start a little earlier than I want, with not quite enough time to get everything done. After the…

Green Chile, a Colorado Favorite

By CPC | September 1, 2022

I’ve spent most of my life living in the West, but it wasn’t until I moved to Colorado that I discovered green chile. Of course I had eaten green chiles, usually as part of a Mexican dish, but when I moved to Colorado and saw it featured on restaurant menus in nearly every local joint…

The State of Chile and Where to Find It

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Hello to fall and cooler weather, beautiful changing of the leaves, football on the television and chili on the stove or in the slow cooker. Many states and aficionados enjoy bragging rights about the best chili in their regions. It’s amazing how many variations of chili recipes there are, including even the spelling of the…

Dine to Donate with DCCF

By CPC | September 1, 2022

In late July, Douglas County Community Foundation hosted a fundraiser at Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant in Lone Tree with three ways to contribute: Dine-in, take-out or purchase a gift card for use at a later time. Cranelli’s generously donated 20% of all proceeds between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. to DCCF. Including a wine pull, DCCF…

Celebrating a Gold Milestone

By CPC | September 1, 2022

A marriage lasting 50 years is not that common, and it’s a milestone worth celebrating in a big way. There are many reasons why couples don’t make it to that half-century mark. One is that many couples are getting married later than they did in previous generations, sometimes not getting married until their late 20s…

Snacking and Eating on the Run

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Being on the run all day can make snacking and eating a challenge. Whether spending time in the car shuttling kids around, taking day trips or running from meeting to meeting, having some easy, ready-to-eat snacks can make a busy day better. Plan ahead and toss some of these healthy snacks in the car to…

Running is a Way of Life

By CPC | September 1, 2022

The USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championship was held in Lexington, Kentucky in late July, and resident Alfredo Sanchez won big. He successfully defended his title of United States National Track and Field Champion in the 400 hurdles in the 50-54 age bracket. Running has been a consistent part of Sanchez’s life since high…

X Drive Classic Boasts Sun, Fun and Fundraising from a Sold-Out Crowd

By CPC | September 1, 2022

The 8th annual X Drive Classic golf tournament raised more than $48,500 to support young students and adults who are affected by Fragile X Syndrome, autism, and developmental delays. The sold-out tournament was held on July 25 at The Club at Pradera in Parker. Before teeing-off, more than 140 golfers, many from Castle Pines, lined…

Make your Ski Season an Epic One

By CPC | September 1, 2022

The hills will soon be calling. Now is the time to secure passes to have quick and easy access to the mountains with hefty cost-savings. There are excellent free and low-cost programs for students so parents can get inspired to take the whole family on some great winter adventures. Here is the run-down for 2022-2023…

A Wave of Green and Black

By CPC | September 1, 2022

The Douglas County Fair Parade was July 30 and the teams from Raptors Athletics attended in full force. Athletes from the football, lacrosse, basketball and baseball club teams marched in their respective uniforms, and parents wore Raptors apparel or colors. A truck with the Raptors banner led the way and the marchers passed out Raptors…

Keeping a Good Thing Going

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Bob Johns has been playing ping pong as a hobby for many years. When he moved to Castle Rock in 2010, he read an article in The Castle Pines Connection about similar table tennis fanatics and immediately checked it out. “I called Joe Franklin, the group organizer,” recalled Johns. I went over there and met…

Educators Inspiring Others

By CPC | September 1, 2022

Kati Melton always knew she wanted to be a teacher. At a young age, she was blessed to have had many incredible mentors throughout her school years, especially her high school principal, Steve Ribbens, aka “Ribs.” He was a good listener and challenged Melton to be her best; he pushed her to pursue dreams she…

Rotary Club at RCHS

By CPC | September 1, 2022

In 2019, 13-year-old Katie Dupper attended a summer camp called Young Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a leadership program hosted by Rotary International (RI). Three years later, Dupper established herself as the proud president of Rock Canyon High School’s Interact Club, the Rotary branch at the high school level. “I learned about Interact Clubs when…

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