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The Next Chapter

There is an ever-aging yet very active population of individuals in Douglas County entering the next chapter of their lives.  Whether transitioning to empty nesters, retiring from the corporate world, caring for elderly family members, or just turning the page to see what is to come in their life’s journey, readers are wanting more information about events, activities and programs geared toward the 50+ age crowd.

The Connection is committed to its readership and will incorporate more of these type stories in its editorial content in “The Next Chapter” section of the paper.  We would love to hear your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.  Email us at

Filmmaking, family and a foundation

By CPC | July 1, 2024

  There is always so much more to your neighbor than you know. Unless invited into their lives, you only get a glimpse of who they are based on driveway chats or meet ups at the mailbox. Meet Deanna Byck and her husband Dann, who moved to the Forest Park neighborhood from Utah in August…

McDonald’s drive-thru development update

By CPC | July 1, 2024

As covered in the May edition of this paper, on March 28 the Castle Pines Planning Commission denied an application for a McDonald’s restaurant to be built on the southwest corner of Castle Pines Parkway and Lagae Road by a 5-2 decision. McDonald’s appealed that decision to the City Council, and on May 28, the…

Gold bar scam thwarted

By CPC | July 1, 2024

  Financial scams involving gold bars have been around for a long time. They typically have about a one percent arrest rate and are difficult to solve because it is hard to find the criminals. Recently, there has been a rash of gold bar scams targeted at older Douglas County residents. In this variation of…

Happy Canyon roundabout update

By CPC | July 1, 2024

The City of Castle Pines announced the opening of limited lanes in the roundabout at Happy Canyon Road and Lagae Road that began in early June. Access to and from the roundabout will be open from Lagae Road to the north and Happy Canyon Road to the south. The west travel lane from I-25 is…

Postage increases this month

By CPC | July 1, 2024
Photo postage stamps

On July 14, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will increase postage rates yet again. The new rates include a five-cent increase in the price of a first-class Forever Stamp from 68 cents to 73 cents. The overall adjustments are an increase of approximately 7.8%. For additional ounces to single-piece letters, the increase will go…

Changes at the Chamber

By CPC | July 1, 2024

There are two major changes at the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce. Whitney Shank, long-time Castle Pines resident and former events director for the Chamber, has been promoted to executive director. “Whitney has been a vital part of our Chamber for nearly eight years, planning and executing all of our outstanding chamber and community events,”…

AdventHealth receives largest donation in history

By CPC | July 1, 2024

AdventHealth Castle Rock received $5 million, its largest-ever donation, from Lisa and Randy Schrader through the Schrader Family Fund. The Rock of Hope campaign’s goal is to reach $14 million in order to bring cancer treatment services to the community, hopefully as soon as 2025. On June 20, AdventHealth honored the Schrader family and officially…

New senior living facility now open

By CPC | July 1, 2024

The Haven Home (HH) opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 13. Located on five acres in Lone Tree, HH is a premier senior living facility in a ranch style building with eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms. HH offers overnight respite care, daily engagement and exercise, arts and music, speech therapy and…

Artist’s unconventional work on display at area businesses

By CPC | July 1, 2024

  Two Castle Pines restaurants are now home to an artist’s unconventional and innovative collection. Chris Geiger showcases unique portraits made from broken vinyl records, capturing the admiration of diners and art enthusiasts alike at Pino’s Italian Kitchen & Bar and Pines Bar and Grill. Chris found his love for art at an early age.…

A pro golfer from the start

By CPC | July 1, 2024

  Pro golfer Bill Loeffler, a resident of The Village at Castle Pines, is humble about his storied career. Growing up in Denver in the Cheesman Park neighborhood, Bill began golfing when he was 10. When his father joined Cherry Hills Country Club in 1964, the die was cast. “My father would drop me off…