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Castle Pines Sooper heroes!

By CPC | April 1, 2020

There are not many households in the community that have not made a trip to King Soopers on Castle Pines Parkway in the past few weeks. For those who have, experiences have been varied. For every complaint The Connection has seen on social media, we have seen countless comments that speak of kindness and benevolence.…

History, art, nature and science at your fingertips

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Patte Smith There are many ways to be entertained and learn while remaining at home. Several museums in the Denver metro area offer science and history topics, art, nature and videos online that the public can access. Here are a few of the museums that can make what seems like a dull day turn…

Town of Castle Rock lights star

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Julie Matuszewski The 40-foot star atop Castle Rock’s iconic rock was lit last month as a representation of solidarity and perseverance. “This is a way for us to come together as a community, united to overcome challenges that are before us,” stated Castle Rock Mayor Jason Gray. The star was originally constructed in 1936…

Douglas County Conservation District promotes sustainability

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of Bill Vanderpoel The Douglas County Conservation District (DCCD) is on a mission to promote projects through education, furthering the sustainable use of natural resources with a goal to balance the needs of agriculture and urban growth. Bill Vanderpoel, member of the volunteer board of supervisors said, “The large landowners…

Don’t Flush!

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Information provided by the Castle Pines Metropolitan District During the global COVID-19 pandemic when toilet paper may be in short supply, please avoid flushing napkins, paper towels, sanitary wipes, personal or disinfectant wipes, facial tissue paper, newspaper, diapers, feminine-hygiene products and paper or plastic bags down the toilet. Flushing these items can easily cause sewer…

Good deeds for those in need

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Douglas County Libraries digital happenings

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Information provided by Douglas County Libraries Libraries have long embraced the digital age and are continually adding innovations to service the members of the community. Douglas County residents can access a wide selection of popular digital e-books and audiobooks free from Douglas County Libraries (DCL). Within the digital offerings are more than 200 titles from…

City of Castle Pines partners with Castle Pines Chamber

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Food Co-op comes to Castle Pines

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Shaun Kernahan; photo courtesy of Lisa Storey If you have lived in the Castle Pines community for any length of time, you likely know Lisa Storey, otherwise known as “Mama Lisa.” A savvy business woman, Storey has become very resourceful in the decades she’s been in the food business. From opening Mama Lisa’s Little…

Federal relief for local small businesses

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Information provided by the City of Castle Pines and the State of Colorado With the approval of Colorado’s application for federal disaster area designation, Colorado’s small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can seek individual small business loans up to $2 million as part of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Mayor Tera…

Restaurants respond and adapt

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Terri Wiebold While all local businesses are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant industry is one of the most devastated by the current economic situation. All restaurants and bars were ordered to shut down dine-in operations effective March 17. Many have adapted and are offering curbside, takeout and delivery options, while…

Local worship services available online

By CPC | April 1, 2020

The religious community has gotten creative in recent weeks, adding online audio/video sermons, livestreaming of services and even drive-up services. The Castle Pines Connection reached out to many area churches and synagogues to help the community stay connected with local congregations. As of press time, churches were closed to the public with a reopen date…

A look into the National Ballpark Museum

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Article and photos by Julie Matuszewski While spring training was cut short this year and baseball fans will not be able to experience the traditional Opening Day this month, the “boys of summer” are still in our hearts. Days before social distancing became a mandate, I visited the National Ballpark Museum in Denver. Walking through…

Coronavirus and the positive impact on the canine population

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Article and photo by Kathy Fallert With all the COVID-19 craziness, I saw an interesting post on Facebook recently. It said, “The real winner of this pandemic are the nation’s dogs who are experiencing unprecedented levels of people being home.” In that same spirit, April 10 is National Hug Your Dog Day. The number of…

Times, they are a changin’

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Thoroughly Modern Manners – Ask Mrs. Abramovitz Dear Readers, We have a lot to talk about. I’m writing to you today as a reformed hugger. I gave up on hugging pretty easily, but I’m still not used to people LITERALLY moving away from me. Welcome to social distancing. Times, they are a changin’ and there…

Free audiobook options

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Celeste McNeil Do you love to read and find yourself with a lot of free time on your hands right now? In this digital age, there are many options to take literature on the go, like e-books, e-magazines and audiobooks. As a teenager I remember listening to novels on old cassette tapes while on…

Re-thinking spring cleaning

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Article and photo by Lisa Nicklanovich Spring is in the air, and while many are staying close to home and looking for projects to do, we can throw open the windows, clear the dust, spruce and reduce. Spring cleaning often leads to decluttering, and Japanese organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method has exploded…

CP Crossword mania

By CPC | April 1, 2020

           

Poland: A rehabilitated, dynamic eagle (Part 1)

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Article and photos by Joe Gschwendtner While international travel for pleasure is not an option currently, now is the time to break out your photo albums and relive your previous travel adventures – or travel vicariously here through mine. World War II ended 75 years ago. Poland was a major casualty, ground up by the…

Focus on the positive in the new “normal”

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Reading Between the Pines By Stacie Chadwick As I sit down to write this column, I feel like I’m living in some kind of space-time continuum that’s on overdrive. Bad news hits my brain at such high speed that it’s in fifth gear trying to process things that are happening too quickly for me to…

Going on a Teddy bear hunt

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Inspired by the characters in Michael Rosen’s children’s book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, families have found creative ways to pass the time these past few weeks. Working from home, online learning and “shelter in place” orders have residents being creative with their down time. Facilitated by Nextdoor, residents throughout the community perched Teddy…

The highs and lows of Benjamin and Mary Quick

By CPC | April 1, 2020
Photo of The Quick home of 1884 as seen in January 2020

Article and photo by Joe Gschwendtner Ben Quick was born in Monroe County, Ohio in 1828. Orphaned at 10, he took interest in carpentry and by 16 had become a carpenter’s apprentice, moving to Missouri with his brother Cornelius. Daring to dream big, when word of the gold strike at Sutter’s Mill rocketed eastward in…

Home is where the care is

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Bryan Goodland There comes a time when we all have to make decisions about caring for an elderly loved one. Staying in one’s own home can be an important factor in making the best choice. Whether it’s a grandparent, parent, uncle or even a distant relative, there are a myriad of choices. One of…

Kim Heidemann, Union An American Bistro

By CPC | April 1, 2020
Photo of husband Anthony with Union owner and chef Kim Heidemann.

Around the world to the kitchen By Kathy Fallert; courtesy photos Kim Heidemann was originally a chef and one of six partners at Union An American Bistro located in Castle Rock when the restaurant opened its doors 15 years ago. The popular stop has gone through some changes during those years and so has Heidemann.…

Thai chicken salad

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Simple Strawberry Fool

By CPC | April 1, 2020
Photo of Simple Strawberry Fool dessert

Article and photo by Lisa Crockett What’s your favorite first-day-of-April prank? Salt in the sugar bowl? A quick phone call to see if your neighbor’s refrigerator is running? The beginning of the month is a fun, slightly silly, way to welcome the month when spring comes into full flower. It’s perfect then, that a dessert…

James and Nancie Lewis: Better together

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of Nick Lucey Both James and Nancie Lewis are Colorado natives and have called the local community home for 13 years. They have family close by too. In fact, Nancie’s parents still live in her childhood home which they bought in 1966. Nancie said Castle Rock reminds her of Littleton,…

Douglas Regional Dispatch “delivers”

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Patte Smith; photo courtesy of Douglas Regional Dispatch When a citizen calls 911 or texts 911, they may be in a heightened emotional state and are unaware that action begins the first moment after their name and address is confirmed by Douglas Regional Dispatch (DRD). At that moment, help is on the way, even…

DU lacrosse abruptly stopped

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Shaun Kernahan; photo courtesy of the Thompson family Saturday, March 7 in South Bend, Indiana, the Denver Pioneers Lacrosse team knocked off top 10 ranked Notre Dame – thanks in part to freshman goalie and Castle Pines native, Jack Thompson. That next Tuesday, Denver ranked 11th in one national poll and climbed into the…

Manna Connect

By CPC | April 1, 2020
Photo of leaders from the Manna Connect personal development program

Training to overcome poverty By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos courtesy of Erin White Homelessness is quite often equated with urban living. Tent cities under bridges and panhandlers on street corners are stereotypical images of disadvantaged members in society. While the Denver metro area is seeing a rise in the homeless population, suburban poverty is also…

3D printing of face shields for healthcare providers

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Terri Wiebold; photos courtesy of DCSD and Kyler Barker Local teachers and the Douglas County School District (DCSD) are joining in to help augment the supply of protective face shields needed for healthcare providers treating those with COVID-19. Career and Technical Education (CTE) engineering teacher at Rock Canyon High School, Kyler Barker, along with…

Distinguished Improvement Award

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Article and photo by Sarah Bermingham, RCHS intern writer; courtesy photo Both Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) and Timber Trail Elementary (TTE) received the Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for 2019. The award recognizes schools with outstanding student growth rates. RCHS is one of only three high schools in the state to receive it. This…

BRE knows books

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Article and photo by Celeste McNeil The Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) third and fourth grade Battle of the Books team recently competed in the district branch championship tournament. The team consisting of two third grade students and five fourth grade students was led by parent volunteer Cara O’Brien. Students read and reread ten books chosen…

Rocky Canyon HS Wish Week

By CPC | April 1, 2020

An extraordinary week for an extraordinary kid   By Maddy Merritt and Kira Zizzo, RCHS intern writers; photos courtesy of Kira Zizzo Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) students had the privilege to get to know Fabian, a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the…

Rocky Heights: Empowering Women in Sports

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Submitted by Kaeli Nallathamby, student writer; photo courtesy of Julien Bouquet Some of the top female athletes from Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) were invited to the Girls and Women in Sports Day luncheon at Cherry Hills Community Church. This is a national event that recognizes young women with athletic achievements. In Douglas County, the…

DCS Montessori students provide help and hope

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of DCS Montessori Every three weeks, students of the DCS Montessori middle school Action, Creation, Exploration (ACE) program get to choose a class based on their interests. In February, students chose to learn more about the Douglas/Elbert Help & Hope Center. Expanding on class discussions, students spent time volunteering at…

Making science fair history

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Amanda Brauchler, RCHS intern writer; photos courtesy of Shawndra Fordham After months of preparation, Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) science students presented their research at the Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair. With 10 total projects, the groups made school history. One team placed fourth overall, the highest rank in RCHS history. Five…

Chemo-care packages for oncology patients

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Kristin Ward Brown Small comfort packages filled with care and encouragement helped ease anxiety and discomfort for pediatric cancer patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado oncology department in Highlands Ranch. Cooper Linn, a member of Timber Trail Elementary Timber Team, led the leadership group in a service project and collected…

American Academy coordinates food drive

By CPC | April 1, 2020

National Elementary Honor Society at BRE

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Celeste McNeil; photo courtesy of Jen Murdock-Jacoway Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) school recently inducted 26 students into the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS). This is the inaugural year for BRE to participate in NEHS. Like its counterpart for older students, NEHS membership is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.…

Read Across America with Dr. Seuss

By CPC | April 1, 2020

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Erin Dill Each year on March 2, schools around the nation participate in Read Across America. It is a holiday that celebrates the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, perhaps better known as Dr. Seuss. During the 1990s, the National Education Association advocated for a day to celebrate reading all…

RHMS: Regional Science Bowl

By CPC | April 1, 2020

Submitted by Marabelle Cecil, student writer; photo courtesy of Zengfa Gao Led by Rock Canyon High School student David Gao, the Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) Science Bowl team placed third in regionals for the second year. Team members Katie Dupper, Annie Gao, Taylor Kurtic, Cindy Zhang, and Marabelle Cecil are all eighth grade students.…

Unified basketball unifies schools

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Zachary Lipfield, student writer; photos courtesy of Kira Zizzo Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) held a Unified Sports basketball game in January between the RCHS Jaguars and the Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) Nighthawks. Nearly 2,000 spectators packed the stands. After every bucket, the crowd roared, bringing smiles to the faces of every player…

2020 Census – Everyone Counts!

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Kathy Fallert On April 1, the 2020 United States Census will begin. Every household in the U.S. will be asked to answer a short series of questions that will influence policy making and planning for the next decade. Your participation will determine how the federal government makes its spending decisions. That’s right; the census…

Master Association Update

By CPC | March 1, 2020

There has been much discussion surrounding the potential dissolution and/or reorganization of the Castle Pines North Master Association. A Board of Directors meeting will be held on Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. at the Castle Pines North Metro District building, located at 7404 Yorkshire Drive in Castle Pines. The Board will provide an update…

City of Castle Pines rezoning to include residential uses

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Bryan Goodland; graphic by Tim Gamble Following a public hearing, the City of Castle Pines successfully passed Ordinance No. 20-01, which rezoned the area known as planned area 12 (PA12) to allow for attached single-family residential dwelling units. PA12 is located on roughly 20 acres of land about a half-mile northwest of the Happy…

Learning to talk politics at the next level

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Kathy Fallert Have you ever avoided political conversations with friends or family? Most of us have. Disparity in political views can bring out the worst in people and the polarization between political parties has been gaining momentum for years. This is exactly the reason the Better Angels organization formed and is offering workshops to…

End of watch 

By CPC | March 1, 2020

Submitted by the Castle Rock Police Department   It is with heavy hearts that the Castle Rock Police Department (CRPD) said goodbye to a partner and friend, K-9 Officer Ronin. Ronin started with the Castle Rock Police Department on August 4, 2014 with his partner, veteran Officer Todd Thompson. Ronin had a huge impact on…

Judicial District Spring Citizens Academy

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Carin R. Kirkegaard The 18th Judicial District is now taking applications for its upcoming Spring Citizens Academy. The seven-week course looks at the role of various members of the District Attorney’s (DA) office. Students will explore the different functions of the specialized units in the DA’s office including the Special Victims Unit, Economic Crimes…

Daniel Rosacci, Tony’s Meats & Market

By CPC | March 1, 2020
Photo Daniel Rosacci Tony's Meats

Growing up Rosacci style By Kathy Fallert; photo by Terri Wiebold and courtesy of the Rosacci family       Daniel Rosacci, the 55-year-old CEO and president of Tony’s Meats & Market (Tony’s), has had only one job in his entire life. Starting as a 13-year-old seventh grader at Isaac Newton Junior High School in…

Tandoori Flames back in the kitchen

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Shawn Kernahan; photo by Terri Wiebold The Singh family has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years. Rick Singh moved from India to the United States after traveling the world. In 1987, he opened the Indian restaurant, Delhi Darbar in Denver and traveled back to India to marry Ruby before the…

Team building centered around life saving

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Julie Matuszewski; photos by Lynn Zahorik Staff from the City of Castle Pines joined forces with The Castle Pines Connection for a team-building event hosted by the South Metro Safety Foundation. The two groups recently attended a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) training class and bonded in the process. As a…

Cultural Foundation closes a chapter in Castle Pines history

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photo by Lynn Zahorik After inspiring, encouraging and supporting opportunities in the arts and sciences as well as other cultural activities throughout the Castle Pines community, the Castle Pines Arts and Cultural Foundation (CPACF) board of directors decided to dissolve the foundation. “In the past 11 years, there has been much…

Building a bridge with postage stamps

By CPC | March 1, 2020

Article and photos by Joe Gschwendtner Years ago, I was a stamp collector; still am, I guess. A philatelist if I wished to impress someone. The hobby has done many things for me. It has taken me around the world geographically, taught me history of the United States and helped me appreciate my country and…

Grocery cart etiquette

By CPC | March 1, 2020

Thoroughly Modern Manners – Ask Mrs. Abramovitz Mrs. Abramovitz, Would you please talk to us about grocery cart etiquette? – L.Z. I am so glad you asked! Let’s start with: stay to your right, tuck out of the way, and always return your cart. Grocery store maneuvering is much the same as driving. So, stay…

New to the neighborhood?

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Terri Wiebold A vibrant sense of community is one of the characteristics that sets Castle Pines – the 80108 ZIP code more specifically – apart from other Colorado communities. Neighbors know each other, they spend time together and they support each other. If you are a new resident, you have likely already experienced this…

You’ve come a long way, Barbie

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of nytimes.com There are many opinions about the Barbie doll, but six decades after her invention by Ruth Handler, co-founder of toy manufacturer Mattel, she’s still the number one fashion doll in the United States. According to Mattel, 90% of American girls own at least one Barbie before age 11.…

New Heights for Children’s Museum

By CPC | March 1, 2020

Article and photos by Shaun Kernahan Twenty children’s museums were nominated for the top 10 best children’s museums in the country, according to USA Today’s 10Best list. The Children’s Museum Denver at Marsico Campus, at press time, was ranked eighth and in good shape to finish in the top 10. As the father of a…

It’s a Hard Knock Life

By CPC | March 1, 2020
Photo Kinner Homestead 192

By Joe Gschwendtner; photo courtesy of Carol Oliver Lyons Long before Little Orphan Annie appeared in American cartoons in 1924, comparable hardship stories like hers played out daily in the American west. Such was the early life of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Field and her family, originally from Wesleyville, Pennsylvania. As an 11-year-old, Lizzie came inauspiciously into…

What’s your why?

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Stacie Chadwick On any given day, people all over the world do extraordinary things. Halfway through my journey on this Earth, my question is…why? When I was 39, my fast-approaching “big 4-0” loomed large, hovering over me like a lingering cough. There was nothing about aging up into a new decade that I looked…

Pigs in the Pines

By CPC | March 1, 2020
Photo of Zadie May Sassypants

By Kathy Fallert; photos courtesy of Jacqueline Landry   March 1 is National Pig Day, celebrating domesticated pigs with pig parties and pig parades. But how about a pig as a pet? Although some people would never consider sharing their home with a pig, potbellied pigs can be quite charming and affectionate characters. A pig’s…

2019 Eagle Scouts

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Celeste McNeil; courtesy photos Short organized a beautification project for the schoolyard, including planting shade trees near the field. Coudeyras’ project involved renovating and rearranging the amphitheater benches, including construction of some new benches and rehabilitating multiple benches along some of the Ranch’s upper trails. McNeil painted and refreshed the stage area at the…

A race to the finish for troop 365

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Celeste McNeil; photo courtesy of Corin Meibos Local Boy Scout Troop 365 was busy in 2019. Boys in the troop earned 12 Eagle Scout ranks in 12 months. Eagle Scout rank is the highest level a Boy Scout can earn through Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The achievement requires countless hours of dedication, completion…

Slovenia Gem of former Yugoslavia

By CPC | March 1, 2020

Article and photos by Joe Gschwendtner In 2005, my wife and I discovered this diamond in the rough. Rough, as Slovenia was still drying out from the oppressive former Communist rule of President Josip Broz Tito and transitioning to a managed capitalist economy. Slovenia among the Balkan states, was ready for the free world, stoking…

Caring for those we love

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Bryan Goodland At some point everyone has to come to terms with aging relatives. Are you prepared to take on the care for an aging parent, grandparent or relative? Where do you go for help? There are a myriad of choices when it comes to elder care. You can choose home care, retirement living,…

Girl Scouts earn highest honors

By CPC | March 1, 2020
Photo of girls scout sewing project

By Avery Bjorklund, student writer; photos courtesy of Liz Bjorklund Festively-dressed Girl Scouts helped make the holidays extra special for seniors at Legacy Village of Castle Pines by delivering homemade walker aprons and baked goods to 20 residents in the memory care unit. Over the past year, Alex Jacot, Katie Cotton and Avery Bjorklund –…

Bringing Music to Life

By CPC | March 1, 2020
Photo of Pete Chambers brings musical instruments to kids

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photo courtesy of Steve Blatt Numerous studies show that introducing music into the lives of children is beneficial. From improving IQ levels to increasing happiness, music in countless ways enhances one’s life. For many that love of music begins when picking up an instrument in a school band or orchestra. Steve…

Shake things up for St. Patty’s Day with this shake

By CPC | March 1, 2020

The Food Lab

A taste of spring in this veggie-packed side dish

By CPC | March 1, 2020
Photo of Italian Spinach with Garbanzo Beans and Raisins

Article and photo by Lisa Crockett I have an aspirational collection of cookbooks. Sure, the internet is a virtually limitless source of ideas and inspiration for what I might do next in my kitchen, but there’s something delightful about paging through a cookbook, especially one filled with exotic ingredients and luscious photography. My friends and…

Meet the Anguianos of Happy Canyon

By CPC | March 1, 2020

By Steve Whitlock; photo courtesy of the Anguiano family Jason and Gina Anguiano are multi-generation Colorado natives – both born and raised in the inner city of Denver. They grew up with needs of various kinds and now appreciate how vital it was to receive support from others who stepped into their lives. Without their…

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