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Salida Day Program wash and dry used feed sacks for a community member who in turn makes shopping/tote bags, seat cushions and trash can liners. Community helping community!


Salida Community
Salida Community




July 15, 2014
Starpoint Foundation Board Gets New Member
Canon City Daily Record

The Starpoint Board of Directors recently appointed Lisa Houston as a new community board member to the Starpoint Foundation Board. Janet Trujillo, Board President said, “We are pleased to appoint another member to the Foundation Board and look forward to her enthusiasm and contributions.”

Originally from Ft. Worth, TX and currently living in Florence, CO Lisa is a pharmacist at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs Oncology Department and occasionally at St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City. Lisa received her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and her Doctorate of Pharmacy from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

She has an uncle who is developmentally disabled and lives in a group home in Texas. Therefore, Lisa has a personal interest in improving the lives of those with cognitive and physical challenges. She became a Starpoint Foundation board member so that she can help support the mission of Starpoint through public education and fundraising for this vulnerable population. It is important to her that these individuals become as independent as possible and an active and accepted part of society.

Lisa is an owner of Frog Dawg Productions, and a partner in both DTL Enterprises LLC and The Creatives’ Cork in Florence, CO.


Lisa




July 11, 2014
St. Thomas More Health Foundation Awards nearly $250,000 in Community Grants
Cañon City Daily Record
By: Carie Canterbury

The St. Thomas More Health Foundation Board of Directors presented nearly $250,000 to local recipients of this year's Benedictine Sisters Health & Safety Grant during a reception Thursday.

The Foundation offers grants to community groups who support enhancing the health, safety, and wellness of the community.

Diane Trujillo, Starpoint director of children's services, said this grant will go toward a universal access home visitation program. "Any family that has a child age birth to age five can have a home visitor," she said. "They greet every newborn at the hospital."

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June 2014
Thanks, Dale!

Dale L. (Salida) is presented an official Down River Race finisher T-shirt by Chris Kolomitz, President of FIBARK in appreciation for his help with the FIBARK festival. Chris also invited Dale to help out again next year.

Dale remarked about the FIBARK, "I've been volunteering in this event for 3 or 4 years now. I help out with just about anything they need me to do but mostly folding chairs and stacking them. One of the other things I have helped out with is picking up trash at the park after the festival is over. I was offered this job by Christopher, a staff member who works there. I really enjoy helping out after the festival is over. I'm not sure if this is for everyone but I know I sure do enjoy being a FIBARK volunteer. I plan on volunteering again next year."

Dale's single-word quote about being a FIBARK volunteer, 'fabulous.' Thanks Dale for being an important member of the community!


Dale of Salida




June 25, 2014
Benefit Breakfast at Michael's on Main
Cañon City Daily Record

Appeared in Canon City Daily Record, pg. 6A, What’s Happening.


Starpoint’s 2nd Annual Breakfast at Michael’s on Main will be held this Saturday from 8 -10am. Michael’s is located at 605 Main St. The cost is only $10 for the “All You Can Eat” breakfast buffet includes eggs, hash browns, biscuits & gravy, fruit bowl, pastries and coffee, water and tea. Children under 7 are free. “We are really excited to host Starpoint again this year and know that people will be waiting when the doors open at 8am,” said Debbie Neugebauer, Michael’s on Main - Director of Operations.

Mary Shell, a local artist and Michael’s Gallery Director will have a number of paintings on the silent auction block and will be speed painting to the delight of the diners as well.

According to Ron Hinkle, Starpoint Foundation Director, “All proceeds from the silent auction and the breakfast will go to our Group Home Refurnishing Initiative. We have 6 consumer group homes that are in need of new and upgraded furniture and decorations.”

For your convenience you may pay by cash, check or credit card.

 



June 2014
Starpoint Consumer Buys House

Tim W., an 11-year employee of Waffle Wagon, has saved enough money to purchase his own home in Canon City and he is really excited about this new venture. On the day he closed on the house he said, “I’m really glad to finally have this house but my hands are still tired from signing my name a thousand times.” It has been his personal goal and plan to move out of his apartment into his own home with grass to cut, walls to paint, and no noisy barking dogs.

With the help of many Starpoint employees over the last few of years he finally settled on a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, single level home with a detached garage, a storage shed, and close to downtown. Tim had to put a new roof on the garage and hopes to plant some red rose bushes in the front yard soon.

Tim handles his dishwashing responsibilities at Waffle Wagon 5 1/2 hours a day and 5 days a week. This 46 year old Starpoint consumer enjoys the customers he sees regularly as well as the Waffle Wagon management and staff.

He would like to thank John Marietta of Coldwell Banker Fremont Realty and all of the Starpoint folks for enriching his life and realizing his dreams.


Tim's House




June 12, 2014
SPIN Graduation 2014
Florence Citizen

SPIN Graduation 2014
Seventy-three SPIN kids from the Starpoint SPIN Elm and North Diamond (Spin North) facilities graduated from preschool on Thursday evening at Washington Elementary School Auditorium. Students from each of the classrooms performed for their families, along with their teachers, before being presented their preschool diplomas. Misty Hinkle, SPIN Elm Director, read a poem called "A Preschool Good-bye" at the beginning of the ceremony.




June 2, 2014
Letter to the Editor
Cañon City Daily Record

Starpoint's note of thanks to bowling league sponsors appeared in the June 2nd edition of the Canon City Daily Record, Opinion pg. 4A:


Letter to the Editor


Starpoint Bowlers Thank Sponsors and Community


The 70+ Starpoint consumer bowlers, staff and family members would like to offer a sincere thanks to the following sponsors who helped make the 5th Annual Consumer Bowling League a huge success! Every Wednesday afternoon from February – April all 20 of the Canon Lanes were filled with enthusiastic and happy bowlers. The league culminated with a Bowling Tournament Awards Banquet at the Elks Lodge in Florence where every participant was presented a certificate of participation. In addition to the Canon City Lanes a special thanks to the following community sponsors: Atmos Energy, Creatives’ Cork, EASE-E Medical Inc., Gobin’s Inc., Holcim, Palace Drug, Reynolds Construction Company, Subways, River Valley Plumbing & Heating and Howard Disposal. Individual and family sponsors included the Vineyard family, Chad Chaflin family, Trujillo family, Cora Fisher, Callie family, Kennec family, and the Sharp family.


For more information contact Ron Hinkle, Foundation Director, 269-2228, rhinkle@starpointco.com




May 29, 2014
Rotary Student of the Month
Cañon City Daily Record

The Rotary Student of the Month for May is Canon City High School senior Danielle Trujillo, daughter of Paul and Diane Trujillo. Danielle's school activities include being involved with the Dance Team and National Honor Society. She is involved with the Starpoint Foundation as an active volunteer at SPIN Preschool and serves as a Junior Board Member.


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May 24, 2014
Starpoint Bowling Night
Cañon City Daily Record

Bowling
Bowling group photo from Starpoint FB page that appeared in Saturday’s CCDR, pg. 5b under “Bowled Over” Community Photos.




May 13, 2014
Starpoint consumers work, volunteer through Supportive Employment Program
Cañon City Daily Record
By Charlotte Burrous

Working through the Starpoint Supportive Employment Program has been a big help for the 24 consumers involved in it.

"Our Supportive Employment Program takes consumers and tries to match them up with different employees in Fremont County," said Starpoint Foundation Director Ron Hinkle. "The point of the program is to try to get them involved in the community and get them working various hours (and) days, whatever is best for them and whatever is best for the employers."

Two of the consumers, Cindy and Lee Ann, whose last names are being withheld per Starpoint's policy, are involved in the program, which has helped them in several ways.

Cindy has been employed at Taco Bell for 18 years while Leanna has worked at Carl's Jr. for about 20.

"When we have employees that are dependable like that, the employers enjoy that," Hinkle said.

Cindy works five days a week, and her duties include taking out the trash, wiping off the tables, sweeping and mopping the floors, as well as visiting with customers in the lobby.

"Some of the consumers earn anywhere from minimum wage, (which is) $7.78 on up to $17 an hour," Hinkle said.

The managers of the businesses said the employees are valuable to the companies.

Carl Jr.'s manager Nicole Parr said having Leanna work for her is a big help.

"She tremendously helps me out a lot," she said. "Leanna is definitely an asset to this company. She's extremely valuable. She's been here almost 20 years."

It was the same for Taco Bell's general manager Pam Miles, who has worked with Cindy for 11 years.

"She's wonderful," Miles said. "She's a real asset to our team. She keeps the lobby just flowing and everybody here loves her. We've had quite a turnover in the last few years that I've been here with her. It doesn't matter with Cindy. She takes them in like one of her own."

It also helps Cindy, who said she works to help pay for the house that she and her husband, Bucky, who is also in the program, purchased 15 years ago.

Cindy, 56, was born in England then moved to Cañon City with her parents. She and Bucky have been married for 30 years. Prior to working at Taco Bell, Cindy worked at Pizza Hut and in the Cliff Terrace at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

Leanna works also works five days a week doing similar work in the lobby at Carl Jr.'s. She likes visiting with people in the restaurant, she said.

Leanna said she uses her money to shop for DVDs and music and to help her dad and step-mother with their antique shop.

Born in 1977 in California, Leanna moved to Florence and graduated from Florence High School. Prior to working at Carl Jr.'s, she was employed at JJ's and Big D's Superfoods in Florence.

In addition paid work, some of the consumers volunteer at various organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Club, Hildebrand, Loaves & Fishes, the Pregnancy Center and others.

"The purpose of volunteering gives them a sense of pride of helping out that organization," Hinkle said.

As part of the program, each consumer receives an individual planning meeting once a year, a press release said, and the purpose of the meeting is to celebrate accomplishments and identify upcoming needs.

Employers interested in more information, or to discuss the possibility of hiring a consumer, can call Starpoint at 275-1616.



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Leanna M. and Cindy W. believe in their dreams while working in their perspective jobs through the Starpoint Supportive Employment Program. (Charlotte Burrous / Daily Record)




May 8, 2014
Starpoint Board Schedules Two Fundraisers and Annual Rim 2 Rim 10k/ 5k Race Returns
The Florence Citizen


The Starpoint Board of Directors announced today two Fundraiser Save the Dates and the Return of the Annual 10k/5k Race at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.

Michael's on Main will host the 2nd Annual Starpoint Benefit "All You Can Eat" Breakfast on Saturday, June 27 from 8-10a. Cost is $10 per person.

The Inaugural Starpoint Sliders & Green Chili Sloppers Sampling and Competition is scheduled for Sunday, September 7 from 1pm-4 pm at the Abbey Event Center. Celebrating the Denver Bronco Season Opener against the Indianapolis Colts later that same day the theme will be Blue and Orange Denver Broncos complete with big screen TVs in a man cave, silent and live auction items and entertainment by the Starpoint Salida Melody Makers. Local restaurants, food service professionals and individuals will be serving samples and entry admission is $25 per person.

The Annual Rim 2 Rim 10k/5k Race will return to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on October 4 with the race starting at 8:30 am. www.rimtorim.net

Proceeds from these fundraiser will support the Starpoint - Canon City Group Home Initiative.

For more information contact Ron Hinkle, Foundation Director, 269-2228 or rhinkle@starpointco.com






May 2, 2014
Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival committee inducts 10 into its Hall of Fame
Cañon City Daily Record
By Carie Canterbury

For 76 years, the Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival has welcomed countless visitors to the area to celebrate one of Colorado's oldest festivals.

The Blossom committee Thursday inducted 10 individuals into the inaugural Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival Hall of Fame dinner at the Abbey Events Center. The induction ceremony also honored volunteers and board members who have donated a great deal of time to not only keep the festival running but to make it fun and memorable.

Those inducted were Don Packard, Mickey Gann, Beverly Gann, William Stokes, Hank Holloway, Claudia Stevens and Tom Ledbetter who was not in attendance. Honored posthumously were Dan Dennision, Earl Dryden and Fred Whitney. Several of the inductees were members of the Jaycees, a former service group, who organized the annual event, beginning in 1938...


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Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival committee inducts 10 into its Hall of Fame
2014 Canon City Music & Blossom Festival Hall of Fame members pose for a photo during an induction ceremony Thursday at the Abbey Events Center. From left, Don Packard, Mickey Gann, Beverly Gann, William Stokes, Hank Holloway, Lance Dryden and Kristy Dryden representing the late Earl Dryden, Claudia Stevens and Jay Dennison, representing the late Dan Dennision. Not pictured are Tom Ledbetter and the late Fred Whitney. (Carie Canterbury / Daily Record)




April 5, 2014
Barbara Smith appointed to Starpoint Foundation Board
Cañon City Daily Record

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March 14, 2014
Cross Roads Church welcomes new pastor
The Mountain Mail
By Brian McCabe

Duane Gorsuch, who took over as the new pastor for Cross Roads Church in Poncha Springs March 2, says he has a pretty simple style when it comes to how to preach and run the church.

"My style is just preaching the word, being truly accurate to the Bible," Gorsuch said. "If it's accurate to God's word, we all need to hear it."

Gorsuch and his wife, JoAnne, a retired school teacher, first arrived in the Salida area in March 2011 to spend time with family here. After about a year, they left to take a position at the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch in Lampe, Mo.

"We helped out in the kitchen, the thrift store, wherever we could be of service," Gorsuch said.

They came back to Chaffee County in May 2013, and Gorsuch was working at full-time at Starpoint before he accepted the job with Cross Roads. He said he plans to continue working at Starpoint a few days a week.

Gorsuch received his ministerial training at Florida Baptist College and has served as a pastor in South Dakota and Wyoming.

"I'm looking forward to meeting and working with the other pastors in town," Gorsuch said.


Duane Gorsuch
Duane Gorsuch




March 4, 2014
RAVES
Cañon City Shopper

RAVE: Thank you to the wonderful teachers @ SPIN on Elm in Cañon City for taking such good care of my little one.



February 26, 2014
Rotary Student of Month
Cañon City Daily Record

The Rotary Student of Month for February is Canon City High School senior Hannah Hoffman. Hannah, 17, is the daughter of Erin and Larry Hoffman (Larry is Starpoint's Maintenance Supervisor), and the sister of Emily and Tanner Hoffman. School activities include managing girls/boys soccer for two years each; cross country (senior year); playing on girls soccer team for sophomore and junior years; and National Honor Society for three years. Hannah's GPA is 4.0.


Rotary Student of Month
Courtesy Photo / Special to the Daily Record




February 21, 2014
Starpoint is Penrose Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month
Cañon City Daily Record

Starpoint is Penrose Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month
Bill McGuire, Penrose Chamber of Commerce Executive Director presents Bob Arnold, Starpoint CEO a plaque honoring Starpoint as the Penrose Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month - February as Starpoint consumers and staff look on.




February 8, 2014
Tim Payne appointed to Starpoint Foundation Board
Cañon City Daily Record

The Starpoint Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Tim Payne, Fremont County Commissioner, District 1 has been appointed to the Starpoint Foundation Board effective January 23, 2014.

Ms. Jennifer Harrigan, President of the Foundation Board said, "We are thrilled to welcome Tim to our board and look forward to his extensive county background and contributions."

Tim indicated during his first look at the Foundation, "This is a local non-profit organization that I really want to be involved with. Their 36-year community presence is a testimonial to the people they serve daily and the dedicated staff who perform the day to day assistance."

The Starpoint Foundation is a supportive board to Starpoint, a 501 © (3) Community Centered Board (CCB) which serves adults and children with developmental disabilities in 5 Colorado counties.

Tim Payne was born and raised in Cañon City, and graduated from Cañon City High School. Tim has deep roots in Fremont County; his Dad also was born and raised in Cañon City, and graduated from Cañon City High School, while his Mother graduated from the St. Scholastic Academy.

Tim and his wife Julie, who is also a Cañon City native, have been married for 37 years and have 2 grown sons, Tanner and Travis, who also graduated from Cañon City High School, and one Granddaughter, Alyson.

Tim worked at Mountain View Core Knowledge School as the Director of Maintenance, and held that position for ten years. Prior to that, he was employed at the First National Bank of Cañon City for 11 years, and Domtar industries for 15 years.

Tim was elected to the Fremont County Board of Commissioners in November of 2012.

In 2004, Tim was elected to the Cañon City Recreation District Board of Directors, and reelected in 2008. The last 4 years of his term he was the Board Chairman of the Cañon City Recreation and Parks District.

Elected in 2010, and reelected in 2012, He has served on the Cañon City Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

Other Boards Tim is associated with include the Fremont County Board of Zoning Adjustment, the Fremont County Board of Appeals, and is a former Vice-President of the Cañon City Chamber of Commerce Prospectors. Tim also umpired for 20 years, and was the Head of Umpires for 6 years with the Cañon City Recreation District.

Hobbies include hiking, Mountain climbing, and 4-wheeling.



February 6, 2014
Spin on the North Side changes hours
Cañon City Daily Record Daily Record Staff

Starting this week, the Spin on the North Side will be open at 5:30 a.m. Also, the preschool will offer Saturday hours at 517 N Diamond Ave. Those who would like to utilize these times and services are asked to call or stop in and work out a schedule.

In addition, Spin on the North Side will offer school age care before and after school activities to serve the local area schools, as well as full-time summer care.

Those who are interested in school-age care are encouraged to call or stop by for a tour. Spin on the North Side also has full-time openings in the infant and toddler rooms with new and experienced staff members.

Spin on the North Side is open from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 275-1950.



January 10, 2014
Starpoint hires new CEO
The Mountain Mail

Robert W. Arnold recently became the new CEO of Starpoint, taking over for Starpoint founder and former CEO Roger G. Jensen, who retired after 36 years with the organization.

Arnold previously has served as chief executive for two organizations. He was executive director at Boulder County Enterprises from 1980 to 1989. Starting as a floor supervisor, he became executive director after 6 years with the company.

He was president of Carmel Community Living Corp. from 2007-2011. According to a press release, his responsibilities included financial management, strategic direction, labor relations and human resource management, quality control and compliance, governmental relations and lobbying and sustained operation of services to 600 individuals with developmental disabilities.

For nearly 20 years Arnold was associate executive director of Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, where his responsibilities included coordinating contract services with more than 50 service agencies, serving as the leader of the organization’s strategic planning, lobbying the state legislature and directing the agency’s federal lobbying and monitoring rules and regulations.

To contact Arnold, call 269-2243.



December 31, 2013
The Mixing Bowl receives trophy
The Mountain Mail
By J.D. Thomas

Employees from The Mixing Bowl receive a trophy Monday from Merle Baranczyk, owner and publisher of The Mountain Mail, for winning the 2013 Holiday Brilliance contest for best business decorations. "It's been fun," supervisor Shannon Culp said. "We have a great time."


Mixing Bowl
From left are Culp; Deana Donahoo, Starpoint; Kris Vollertsen, manager; and Baranczyk.




December 16, 2013
Robert W. Arnold steps in as new Starpoint CEO
Cañon City Daily Record
By Charlotte Burrous

Robert W. Arnold is the new Starpoint CEO, replacing Roger G. Jensen, who retired at the end of November.

"I'm very pleased to be here," Arnold said Monday during an informal press conference. "In the two weeks that I've been here, people -- both in Starpoint and Cañon City in general -- have been very helpful and welcoming. I really find it a delightful community."

Arnold said he is aware of Starpoint's success.

"I knew that it was a successful organization and what they were doing is working well," Arnold said. "I don't envision any major changes..."


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Robert W. Arnold, Starpoint CEO
Robert W. Arnold, Starpoint CEO




November 14, 2013
Starpoint leader retires
Florence Citizen




November 13, 2013
Starpoint raises $8,000 at Gathering in Gratitude
The Mountain Mail
By Brian McCabe

Starpoint raised nearly $8,000 at its 2013 Gathering in Gratitude benefit Friday at Salida SteamPlant, which coincided with a Starpoint art exhibit at the SteamPlant's Paquette Gallery.

The gathering included hors d'oeuvres and desserts by Kalamatapit Catering, a cash bar, a silent auction and Starpoint's STARS performing "Hansel and Gretel," written and directed by Laura Re Velle Schwartz.

"We didn't know we were performing until a couple of months ago," Schwartz said. "We were planning this for the holidays and were offered the opportunity to be involved with the benefit."

The cast included Megan Nason as Hansel, Linda Maltas as Gretel, Linda Nowikowski as the stepmother, BJ Stinnett as the father, Rebekah McCallie as the witch, Katy Grether as the fairy dog mother and Roxanne Prewitt as an elf. Grether also filled in at the last minute for her daughter Molly as one of the elves.

It was the third event in 5 years in which consumers from Starpoint have performed.

Starpoint organizers said the $8,000 raised is a preliminary figure, and more money is expected to come in.

The art show, featuring work by Starpoint consumers, will run through today at the Paquette Gallery.


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Hansel and Gretel
Megan Nason, left, plays Hansel, and Linda Maltas plays Gretel during the Starpoint STARS' performance of "Hansel and Gretel," written and directed by Laura Re Velle Schwartz. The performance was part of Starpoint's Gathering in Gratitude benefit Friday.




November 12, 2013
Starpoint CEO Roger Jensen ready for new challenges: After 36 years, Jensen announces retirement from agency
Cañon City Daily Record
By Christy Steadman

After 36 years of dedicated service to adults and children with developmental disabilities, Roger G. Jensen is "moving on to new challenges in life," the founder and CEO said, but the future of Starpoint is "bright and rosy," as it will continue to grow and provide people with services.

"There's lots of hearts here," he said. "I will miss the people and what I do, but I'll be back to visit."

Jensen, 65, said he has plans to have his son finish high school and get him going in college, and he and his wife will sell their Cañon City home and move to a beach house in Florida. He said the couple enjoys the beach and many of their vacations have been spent at a beach. But, he said, they will be back to visit and to do some skiing...


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Roger Jensen
Roger Jensen




November 12, 2013
Starpoint founder ends long career
Pueblo Chieftain

CANON CITY -- Roger G. Jensen, founder and CEO of Starpoint, announced he will retire after 36 years of service to the developmentally disabled in Fremont, Chaffee, Custer, Denver and Jefferson counties.

Starpoint provides a wide array of developmentally disabled services as well as preschool programs.

Starpoint started as Developmental Training Services in 1977 with a budget of $250,000, 15 staff and serving about 20 people. Today, the agency has a budget of $13 million, employs 300 and serves more than 1,000 individuals and families each year.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve thousands of individuals, their families and the community. Starpoint will continue on its path providing services to children of all needs and adults with disabilities," Jensen said.



November 12, 2013
Kathy Kennedy, Family Center
Cañon City Daily Record
Photo by DC Spencer




November 8, 2013
Spin on the Northside
Cañon City Daily Record
Courtesy Photo





November 8, 2013
Starpoint founder retires following 36-year career
The Mountain Mail
By Casey Kelly

Starpoint Founder and CEO Roger G. Jensen will retire after 36 years serving adults and children with developmental disabilities in Fremont, Chaffee, Custer, Denver and Jefferson counties.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve and be friends with thousands of individuals we serve, their families and the community," Jensen said. "Starpoint will continue on its path to be the premier provider of services to children of all needs and adults with disabilities in our communities."


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November 6, 2013
Love of Colorado sunsets
The Mountain Mail
Photo by Brian McCabe





September 17, 2013
$2,000 Scholarship to Emily Hoffman
Cañon City Daily Record
Our Community

$2,000 Scholarship to Emily Hoffman
Canon City Rotary Club presents a $2,000 Scholarship to Emily Hoffman, daughter of Larry and Erin Hoffman. From left are Diann Tomar, Emily Hoffman, Bryan Fredrickson and Michael Till.

Larry is Starpoint's Maintenance Supervisor.




August 9, 2013
Adam Martinez retires following 28-year career
The Mountain Mail
By Cailey McDermott

"Working with disabled people made me a better man," Adam Martinez, 69, Salida, said during his retirement party from Starpoint Thursday after 28 years on the job.

Martinez added that his job made him "more appreciative and understanding that we are not all the same. Some people need help, and that's why I'm here, to help where I can."

He held many different jobs with Starpoint, but his most regular position was as a driver.

Martinez said his favorite part of the job was working with the consumers.

He also recalled a visit to the Denver zoo and a baseball game as being fun outings.

"I don't really like baseball, but they enjoyed it, and that's what counts," Martinez said.

Retirement will find Martinez taking it easy and "seeing what happens."

He also plans to spend more time on his ranch in New Mexico and cook more.

Martinez said his boss, Starpoint Director Bill Davis, was a "pretty good boss. He helped me a lot. We even went hunting together."

Roger Jensen, Starpoint CEO, said, "Adam did every job you could, every shift, around the clock. He rarely missed a day ever in his 28 years."

Davis said, "Consumers depended on him, and he was an 'old reliable' and very dedicated."

Jensen added, "He is a wonderful human being, and we wish him the best."

His retirement party coincided with an open house at Starpoint, 203 E St., which provided tours of the newly remodeled facility.

Diesslin Structures Inc. completed the $80,000 project earlier this week, allowing staff and consumers to resume their daily activities at the center.


Starpoint CEO Roger Jensen, middle, shares a laugh with Adam Martinez, right, while Starpoint Director Bill Davis listens at the Starpoint open house Aug. 8. The open house, to allow members of the community to tour the newly remodeled facility, doubled as a retirement party for Martinez.
Starpoint CEO Roger Jensen, middle, shares a laugh with Adam Martinez, right, while Starpoint Director Bill Davis listens at the Starpoint open house Aug. 8. The open house, to allow members of the community to tour the newly remodeled facility, doubled as a retirement party for Martinez. (Photo by Cailey McDermott)




August 7, 2013
New Spin on the Northside school taking enrollment
Cañon City Daily Record
By Charlotte Burrous

With a complete renovation and a new license, Spin on the Northside is ready to offer open enrollment in its newest facility as of Tuesday at 517 Diamond Ave.

When Park Avenue Preschool closed its doors about a year ago, Spin was able to place 45 of the 90 children into their facilities on a temporary basis. But Spin administration wanted to find a way to expand its services to the community.

CEO and Founder Roger Jensen said they looked at a couple options. At first, the administration thought about leasing the building on Diamond.

Then the administration thought about expanding its facility on Elm Avenue, which would have cost $400,000 and created issues with the Colorado Department of Transportation for work on Colo. 115.

Then the USDA offered the former Park Avenue School for purchase for $300,000 for the 5,000 plus square foot facility, which was double what they could have added to the Elm Avenue facility.

Starpoint made an offer and raised $10,000 with four fundraisers and with donations of $5,000.

"We're excited to show our brand new facility for Starpoint," said Foundation Director Ron Hinkle. "We're equally excited to (have the community) take a look at it and see what we have to offer, especially the parents on the north side since Park Avenue closed its doors and we're opening our doors on Aug. (12) for open enrollment. We're real excited to offer our services to the community."

Children's Services Director Diane Trujillo said they were happy to offer the facility to those living on the north side of town.

She thanked the volunteers from National Honor Society, the Dance Team and Jennifer Harrigan's group for their help with the cleanup and other tasks.

Spin on the Northside will offer its services in phases as the classrooms fill up, Trujillo said.

"We are open and up and running," she said. "Between the two sites, we have some flexibility."

To enroll children at the Spin on the Northside, call Amy Garner at 275-1950 or call Misty Hinkle at 275-0550 to enroll in Spin at 1330 Elm Ave.


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Spin on the Northside Director Amy Garner, from left, Children's Services Director Diane Trujillo, Founder and CEO Roger Jensen and Ron Hinkle talk about the opening of the new SPIN school at 517 N. Diamond Ave.
Spin on the Northside Director Amy Garner, from left, Children's Services Director Diane Trujillo, Founder and CEO Roger Jensen and Ron Hinkle talk about the opening of the new SPIN school at 517 N. Diamond Ave. (Charlotte Burrous / Daily Record)




August 7, 2013
Starpoint Open House
The Mountain Mail
Community

Following completion of construction and renovations at the Salida Starpoint center, the staff is inviting the public to an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at 203 E St.

Starpoint CEO Roger Jensen from Cañon City will attend.

Diesslin Structures Inc. performed the renovations that brought the bathrooms and a kitchen area up to standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Editor's Note:
Open house 203 E Street
Visit Starpoint Salida Center
Building improvements
August 8, 2013
1-4 pm

Retirement Celebration for
Adam Martinez
throughout the day
August 8, 2013




August 3, 2013
Good Eats
Cañon City Daily Record
Our Community

Good Eats
Five young men, (left to right) Connor Herrera, Morgan Thorson, Avery Berg, Mason McLaughlin and Cody Herrera aged 15-18 from Jennifer Harrigan's, Starpoint Foundation Board President, Home Bible Study Group enjoyed the breakfast and also assisted in the cleanup of the SPIN on the North Side facility, getting it ready for licensing inspections.




July 30, 2013
Ron Hinkle: Starpoint thankful for support
Cañon City Daily Record
Letters to the Editor

Starpoint consumers, employees, board members and families would like to thank the 123 Fremont County community members who supported our scrumptious and plentiful "All You Can Eat" Benefit Breakfast Buffet at Michael's on Main on July 27.

More than $1,700 gross was raised to benefit Spin on the North Side, our third SPIN Children's Services facility, which is scheduled to open at 517 N. Diamond on Aug. 12 with a public open house slated for 4-5 p.m. Aug. 26.

Infant and Toddler slots are still available and for more information, please call 275-1950.

Breakfast sponsors included Michael's on Main, the Cañon Daily Record, KRLN, Master Printers and Cañon City Chamber of Commerce.

Starpoint cash and In kind donations may be made through the Foundation, with Ron Hinkle, director, at 269-2228, or at starpointco.com. Facebook sites are: Starpoint and Starpoint Children's Services at SPIN.

- Ron Hinkle, Starpoint



July 19, 2013
Mini Golf
The Mountain Mail
by Cailey McDermott

B.J. Stinnett playing mini golf
B.J. Stinnett, Salida, watches as his ball heads toward the No. 16 hole at Rocky Mountain Mini Golf July 18. While the Starpoint facility remains under construction, consumers like Stinnett have been enjoying "summer vacation" activities in lieu of their usual day programs at the center. (Photo by Cailey McDermott)




July 16, 2013
Starpoint upgrades include ADA standards
The Mountain Mail
by Cailey McDermott

Upgrading two existing bathrooms and a kitchen to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards will comprise part of the nearly $80,000 construction project at Starpoint, scheduled for completion July 26.

Bill Davis, Starpoint director, said Diesslin Structures Inc. started construction July 8 on three bathrooms, a wash-up area and a kitchen to meet ADA standards.

"They are ahead of schedule," he said.

A shower will also be added, something the center has been "needing more frequently in recent years," Davis said.

With a new kitchen on the main floor, he said staff and consumers will be able to make and eat food without trekking up steep stairs.

Davis said another thing the center was missing was a bathroom for staff and visitors.

"The Starpoint board of directors decided if we were to upgrade the center, we were going to do it in the best way possible," he said.

While the center is under construction, consumers who usually come for day activities have been on "summer vacation," Davis explained.

The 22-35 consumers have been bowling, playing miniature golf, touring museums and trying "every ice cream store in the county."

He said their vacation will culminate with a ride on the Leadville train.

In addition, the consumers have their regular summer commitments, including a plot at the Salida Community Garden, maintenance on a section of trail and upkeep in city parks.

Davis said the consumers are "very excited" about the upgrades.

Fundraising efforts and donations raised about $20,000 toward the project, but the facility continues to solicit donations, he said.

People can donate at starpointco.com or at the facility, 203 E St.


New men's bathroom
New men's bathroom
Bill Davis, Starpoint director, talks about a new men's bathroom at the Starpoint center in Salida Monday. Davis said with the upgrades, the bathrooms and kitchen facilities will finally be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Photo by Cailey McDermott)




July 9, 2013
Starpoint and SPIN featured on Channel 19
Channel 19: Government Access

Starpoint and SPIN on the North Side are featured on Channel 19 daily beginning Tuesday, July 9 for the next two weeks at 6:30am, 1:30pm and 6:30pm. Doug Shane, Canon City Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director interviews Ron Hinkle, Foundation Director and Diane Trujillo, Children Services Director.



July 6, 2013
ALCO Cute Kid contest
Cañon City Daily Record
Courtesy photo


PHOTO: ALCO partners with Starpoint's Children Services and Family Center in sponsoring the Cute Kid Contest, Kathy Kennedy, Family Center Coordinator; Joni Bethune, ALCO Operations Manager; Chad Michaelis, Store Manager and Ron Hinkle, Foundation Director recently kicked off the Contest. Parents can enter photos of their children between the ages of newborn to 5 years of age at ALCO, 1711 Fremont Drive. Proceeds will benefit Starpoint Children Services SPIN on the North Side. The child with the most votes wins a $25 ALCO gift card. All parents entering photos in the contest will also receive a 10% discount on baby items. The contest ends on July 13 with a Starpoint Free Family Day at ALCO from 10a - 2p with activities, games, music, Giggles the Clown and refreshments. (Courtesy photo)



July 2, 2013
Rim to Rim races won't be at Royal Gorge Bridge Park this year
Cañon City Daily Record - Press Release also sent to KRLN, Florence Citizen and CC Shopper
by Brandon Hopper

Chalk up another change of plans due to the Royal Gorge Fire that devastated the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park less than one month ago.

The annual Rim to Rim 5K/10K race won't be held at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park this year.

Because of the extensive damage caused by the Royal Gorge Fire to both the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park and the race route, Starpoint Foundation Director Ron Hinkle decided that it's best not to have the race at the park this year.

Starpoint and Fremont Adventure Recreation worked together to put the race on in past years.

The race's finish line had been on the Royal Gorge Bridge.

Hinkle said he's searching for a different spot to have the race, but isn't sure he'll be able to find something to accommodate the race's needs. He's looking at the Riverwalk, Tunnel Drive (which would probably only allow for the 5K race), Red Canyon Road and Shelf Road.

The fourth annual race was scheduled for Oct. 5. According to the press release, the unknown amount of clean up, construction traffic, construction logistics, event parking and rebuilding facility plans would have made planning this year's event extremely challenging, the release said.

Rather than wait until later to see how the cleanup progress is going, Hinkle said it was best to make the decision now. For instance, if they waited until August to decide, he said that would put them in a tough position with the race logistics as well as the runners deciding if they need to book their trip or not.

Hinkle said that Royal Gorge Bridge & Park General Manager Mike Bandera recommended to Hinkle that they not hold the race at the park this year.

"With that kind of recommendation you really have to take their feelings and their situation into account as well," Hinkle said.

Rim to Rim is scheduled for the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on Oct. 4, 2014.

Starpoint is a local non-profit that provides services children and adults with cognitive and physical challenges.

Hinkle said the amount of money the Rim to Rim run would've provided Starpoint is a very small drop in the bucket. They also get state and federal money, as well as from Medicaid and Medicare.


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June 30, 2013
St. Thomas More Hospital conducts Child's Health and Safety Day
Cañon City Daily Record
by Brandon Hopper

The Child's Health and Safety Day was complete with real-life crash dummies walking through the parking lot. Yes, St. Thomas More Hospital had it all at their 13th annual event on Saturday.

Along with fun games, free bike helmets and a seat in the Flight For Life helicopter, organizers offered lessons on how to eat healthy and stay fit.

"We're talking to the kids, promoting healthy lifestyles and (trying to) make it more appealing than the video games," said Ashley Stark, who led games for the children about what's heart healthy and what isn't. Kids as young as 3 stayed entertained with laughs and smiles on everyone's face.

Some of the booths set up at the event were manned by Fremont County Head Start, Canon City Police Department, Canon City Fire Department and American Medical Response.

The event offered free car seat checks for people who already had them, and free car seats and installation to those who needed them.

St. Thomas More Hospital Director of Marketing and Communications Jillian Maes said the event has grown over the 13-year history, but that the last couple years has been pretty steady with solid turnouts from the community.

"When we started this program, it was because through our emergency department we see kids coming in with injuries, and a lot of them can be prevented," she said, listing bike accidents and automobile accidents as some of the cases.

"It's a day of fun for families in the community to come and learn about safety for kids. It's a huge community event," she said.

Stark said the hospital is also working to get into the schools to have learning sessions away from the hospital. She said for small children, seeing medical professionals in a hospital might feel intimidating, but in the kids' environment, they might soak in more information that will help them in life.

This event was sponsored by Kiwanis (Junglemobile) and Starpoint.


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LEFT: Ashley Stark does a health exercise with kids at Child's Health and Safety Day at St. Thomas More Hospital on Saturday. (Brandon Hopper / Daily Record)
RIGHT: A kid plays during Child's Health and Safety Day at St. Thomas More Hospital on Saturday. (Brandon Hopper / Daily Record)




May 20, 2013
Starpoint consumers go for a ride
The Mountain Mail
by Cailey McDermott

For the 40th time, members of Heart of the Rockies Snowmobile Club and Chaffee County Search and Rescue South volunteered their time and all-terrain vehicles to thrill Starpoint consumers Sunday.

Operating from Shirley Recreation Site near Marshall Pass, volunteers took consumers on a 10-15 minute ride before returning to the parking lot to collect the next helmet-ready consumer.

Brad Craig, president of the snowmobile club and a member of Search and Rescue, said he helps organize a day of ATV riding because "it's an opportunity for us to give back to others."

Craig said, while the excursion originally involved snowmobile rides, the warmer winters and less snow is making it more difficult to find snow-covered areas near bathrooms.

He said 6 years ago the club decided to switch to ATV rides, which would mean warmer weather — usually.

However, spring in the Rockies is unpredictable, and for the Sunday ride, it snowed.

"This is the first time we've had snow while ATVing," Craig said with a laugh.

An added bonus of the annual event, he said, is that it can be used as an informal training of sorts.

The snowmobile club acts as a liaison with Search and Rescue, providing vehicles to help rescue people on trails, Craig explained.

Which means the groups work together to rescue stranded hikers, skiers and other outdoor recreationists.

Many, if not all of the Starpoint consumers took more than one ride on an ATV.

Despite the low temperatures and pelting snow, everyone smiled and said they had a great time.

All Seasons Rentals provided the ATVs, and some of the volunteers brought along their personal vehicles that were easier for some of the consumers to ride in because they are more like large go-carts.

Kurt Sedlacek, Search and Rescue member, said he volunteers for the Starpoint event because "it's a chance to put a smile on their faces and ours."






Photos by Cailey McDermott




May 10, 2013
Vineyard youth host Starpoint Prom
The Mountain Mail
by Cailey McDermott

Thanks to the youth group at the Salida Vineyard Church, Starpoint consumers will have a prom today at the church, 1201 E. U.S. 50.

Kenny Wilcox, associate pastor, said, "We do lots of events throughout the year, but this is the one I'm most excited about — mostly because the kids wanted to do it.

"I think we live in a pretty 'me-centralized' culture, so for them to think outside of themselves is fantastic," he said.

He said the idea came from a youth group retreat in December.

Because of "a bunch of donations" and a "generous donation" from Bob Nicolls, the event is free to the Starpoint consumers, which Wilcox said was always the plan....


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May 8, 2013
Thank you Holcim
Canon City Daily Record
Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Starpoint consumers and employees who live and work in Starpoint's Washington House we would like to thank Holcim Portland and their many employees who spent nearly 600 hours remodeling the facility this summer and fall. The Washington House is home to 6 medically fragile residents who receive care 24/7. The project included adding two sets of emergency access double doors, extending a concrete ramp, addition of an extra bedroom and combining two small bathrooms into one larger bathroom, including a wheel chair accessible shower. A special thanks to Joe Lovett, Holcim (US) Portland Plant Engineering manager, who identified the need and served as lead for the project.

Holcim has helped the Washington House residents live with a higher level of safety and dignity in their lives. A thank you is simply not enough from Starpoint to Holcim for what they've accomplished. The employees who contributed to this project might never realize the real impact that they have made in the lives of our resident other than when they view the smiles, see the occasional Holcim cap or t-shirt or see the familiar wave of a new found friend.

Holcim Portland employees, as part of the Holcim LTD Worldwide Together for Communities Centennial (a year-long community service initiative) selected and worked several county wide projects.

- Roger G. Jensen, CEO - Starpoint



May 4, 2013
Giving Back
Canon City Daily Record
Courtesy photo


PHOTO: The Fremont Radio Control Flying Club presented a $100 donation to Starpoint Adult Services at a recent Fun-Fly held at their flying field at the Fremont County Airport. Pictured at the event are members of the flying club with Starpoint representatives John P., Cheryl R., Roxanne P. (Salida) and staff member Anna Louge. Club president Ed Vincent presents the check to Ron Hinkle, Starpoint Foundation Director, who said "this donation is another excellent example of a local organization contributing to the welfare of another non profit in the county." The R/C flying club is proud to "give back" to the community in appreciation for community support. The club has been in existence for over thirty years and has members throughout southern Colorado. For more information see fcrcc.blogspot.com. (Courtesy photo)



April 13, 2013
New Passport System for Fremont County
Canon City Daily Record
by Diana McPeek

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New Passport System for Fremont County



April 2013
Together for Communities
Holcim Community Post

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April 3, 2013
Sons and Brothers concert to aid Starpoint's SPIN
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

Florence -- They have performed together for 14 years, as of this month.

Sons and Brothers will celebrate its anniversary with a benefit concert for Starpoint's SPIN on the north side project from 7-9 p.m. Saturday in the Florence High School auditorium at 2006 Colo. 67 in Florence.

"It's been five or six months since we played down here," said Aaron Wolking, Sons and Brothers band member. "(We wanted to do this concert because) Starpoint is such a tremendous organization. They offer such a wide range of services throughout the community, working with preschoolers to adults and everything in between."

In addition to Aaron, his brothers, Mike and Joe, make up the band, filled out with "everybody's favorite Uncle Fred Wolking, Denver's legendary fiddle master, Johnny Neill and the irrepressible Brian McClure," a press release said. "Sons and Brothers create a rapport with the audience unlike any other"...


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April 2, 2013
SPIN Early Childhood and Education Center to host Fairy Tales event on Thursday
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

Reading is fun.

Those who like to read or enjoy a good story will love the eighth annual Fairy Tales from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at 1333 Elm Drive, hosted by Starpoint SPIN Early Childhood and Education Center and Fremont County Family Center.

"We have a list of kids books the celebrities read to the children," said Starpoint Foundation Director Ron Hinkle.

Readers this year are Fremont County Commissioners Ed Norden and Debbie Bell, Sheriff Jim Beicker, Starpoint CEO Roger Jensen, Dr. Mason Shamis, RE-2 School Superintendent Robin Gooldy, Florence City Manager Mike Patterson and Hinkle.

"There are a lot of other things going on, as well," Hinkle said. "It's always a lot of fun for the kids."

In previous years, the workers have dressed up and greeted the classrooms, as well the children.

"The girls like to dress up in their dresses and wave their magic wands," Hinkle said. "The kids have a lot of fun with it and their parents do, too."

During the evening, tours also will be available of the Spin facility on Elm Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

"Kids love to be read to," Hinkle said. "(It also) encourages them to read."

He also encouraged readers to wear their uniforms, which also impresses the children.

Fairy Tales is sponsored by Family Resource Center Association, First Steps Early Parents as Teachers, First Steps Early Head Start and Cañon City Daily Record. For more information, call Starpoint at 275-1616.


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March 30, 2013
STARPOINT'S SONS AND BROTHERS CONCERT
Canon City Daily Record (and Florence Citizen March 28)
Press Release

The "Sons and Brothers" will highlight a benefit concert for Starpoint's SPIN on the North Side project on Saturday, April 6, from 7 - 9 pm at the Florence High School Auditorium.

The group combines the best elements of western, bluegrass, Gospel and country music into one completely unique and eminently entertaining presentation of music and stories. Led by the three Wolking Brothers, Mike, Aaron and Joe and filled out with the musical talents of everybody?s favorite Uncle Fred Wolking, Denver's legendary fiddle master Johnny Neill, and the irrepressible Brian McClure, sons and Brothers creates a rapport with the audience unlike any other. A local connection to Starpoint is that Mike is married to Starpoint?s Speech Therapist, Cali Wolking.

Proceeds from the concert will be restricted to the SPIN on the North Side Early Childhood Education Center (previously known as the Park Ave Child Care center). Admission will be a suggested donation of $10 per person and will be collected at the door via cash, check or credit card.

Arrive early to choose your seat as there are no advance ticket sales or reserved seats, except for a limited number for Starpoint consumers.

Sponsored by Canon City Daily Record, Canon National Bank and KeyWest Educational Credit Union.



March 28, 2013
STARPOINT'S SPIN FAIRY TALES
Florence Citizen
Press Release

The Starpoint SPIN Early Childhood and Education Center and the Fremont County Family Center will hold it's 8th Annual Fairy Tales on April 4 from 6-7 pm at the SPIN facility at 1333 Elm Drive in Canon City. The event is free and open to the public for kids and adults of all ages. Participants will experience stories through interactive and fun activities, art projects and imagination building activities. Snacks will be provided. Come and go as you please but please come and learn how to bring reading books alive for children. Celebrity readers include: County Commissioner Ed Norden, County Commissioner Debbie Bell, Sheriff Jim Beicker, Starpoint CEO Roger Jensen, Dr. Mason Shamis,RE-2 School Superindentent Robin Gooldy, Florence City Manager Mike Patterson and Starpoint Foundation Board Member Susie Bell.

Sponsored by Family Resource Center Association, First Steps Early Parents as Teachers, First Steps Early Head Start, and Canon City Daily Record.



March 6, 2013
St. Thomas More Hospital revamps passport system
Canon City Daily Record
by Carie Canterbury

Newborns don't come with an instruction book, but if they are born at St. Thomas More Hospital, they will go home with a new and improved Child Health Passport System.

The new system replaces the red Denver Child Health Passport book that has been issued to parents of newborns at the hospital since 1990.

"It began with the Benedictine Sisters when they were here," said Shirley Baney, president and chief development officer for the St. Thomas More Health Foundation. "They left us an endowment when they left the community, and this was one of the programs they asked us to continue to support."

The purple passport companion folder contains growth and development cards from the Colorado Department of Public Health, separated by age of newborn to five years. ...


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new passport program
Starpoint representative Diana McPeek, left, Echo and Family Center Early Childhood Council Director Pamela Walker and President/ Chief Development Officer of the St. Thomas More Health Foundation Shirley Baney talk about their new passport program Tuesday for keeping health records on children in the community. ( Jeff Shane/ Daily Record)




February 27, 2013
City of Canon City Finance Department donates to Starpoint
Canon City Daily Record
Courtesy photo


PHOTO: The City of Canon City Finance Department chose Starpoint as the organization of choice to receive a $200 donation from a new employee Community Outreach Program. The funds are restricted for the purpose of purchasing new car seats for the Starpoint Family Center car seat program.

Front Row: Harry Patel, Evonne Estis and Back Row: Teresa DiOrio, John McBride, Mickey Wells, Ron Hinkle - Starpoint Foundation Director, Kathy Kennedy - Starpoint Family Center Car Seat Technician, Tony Greer - Mayor, Ken Burger, Pam Stepleton, Kathy Ulsh. (Courtesy photo)



February 27, 2013
A Sweet Donation
Canon City Daily Record
Courtesy photo

Salida Knights of Columbus donation
Starpoint Director Bill Davis accepts a $463 check from the Knights of Columbus, who sponsored a Tootsie Roll drive to raise funds for Starpoint clients. From left are E.J. Sherry, Mike Vigil, J.R. Abbott, Steve Valerio, Bill Davis, John Poyser and Carlo Martinez.




February 4, 2013
Canon Signature Mortgage donates to Starpoint
Canon City Daily Record
Photo by unknown

Canon Signature Mortgage donates to Starpoint
Canon Signature Mortgage, Dave (L) and Lynda Lambert present a $300 donation check to Ron Hinkle, Starpoint Foundation Director. The donation will be restricted to the SPIN Early Child Care and Education Facility Expansion program.




February 1, 2013
Starpoint receives $463
The Mountain Mail
Courtesy photo

Salida Knights of Columbus donation
Starpoint Director Bill Davis accepts a $463 check from the Knights of Columbus, who sponsored a Tootsie Roll drive to raise funds for Starpoint clients. From left are E.J. Sherry, Mike Vigil, J.R. Abbott, Steve Valerio, Bill Davis, John Poyser and Carlo Martinez.




January 10, 2013
Fremont County Tourism Council has awarded grants to 12 local organizations
Canon City Daily Record
by Rachel Alexander

The Fremont County Tourism Council has awarded $7,000 in grants to 12 local organizations to promote events that will bring visitors to the area.

These grants are part of the council's mission to increase tourism and benefit the entire county.

"One prerequisite for obtaining these tourism grants is to bring outsiders into the Fremont County area for an overnight stay," said County Commissioner Debbie Bell. "The funds that were awarded will bring people here for a specific event and give them a taste of all Fremont County has to offer. Hopefully, they will return in the future and make our home one of their favorite places to visit."

Recipients of the grants are: Cañon City Parks and Recreation District for the WKRP Whitewater Festival, $750; Cañon City Swim Team for the state meet, $750; Fremont Community Foundation for the Holy Smoke and Flashback on Main Street, $750; Starpoint for the Rim to Rim 10K/5K Race, $750; Cañon City Rodeo Association for rodeo events, $500; Florence Arts Council for Pain the Town, $500; Florence Eureka Days, $500; Fremont Center for the Arts for a Thomas Kincade Exhibit, $500; FCA for the 9th Annual Brew Ha Ha, $500; Frog Dawg Productions for the Americana Music and Art Festival, $500; and Fremont County Heritage Commission for Spirits of the Past booklet, $250.

The Council received applications from 17 organizations for funding assistance totaling $15,500. In 2012, 11 organizations applied for funding. Applications requests totaled $11,650 and eight organizations received a portion of the $6,000 awarded a year ago.

The funds distributed are from the county's voter-approved lodging tax and are awarded to local organizations to help promote specific events. FCTC bylaws require the seven-member council to grant a minimum of 5 percent of the proceeds from the county's 2 percent lodging tax each year.



December 30, 2012
Fremont Center for the Arts' 'New Year' event a success
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

He's been interested in origami for most of his life. So it was only natural to participate in the silent auction for Starpoint.

"I got (the instructions on making a star) from a book," said 20-year-old David Maxom, of Colorado Springs. "I've been doing (origami for years). My mom taught me one thing then it was a straight track to what I wanted to do. I think anybody can do one of these if you what to spend the time it takes to do this."

He was one of many artists whose work was in the Starstruck exhibition for the month of December...


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David Maxom looks at the star he made
David Maxom looks at the star he made for the Starpoint Starstruck silent auction during the 'Ring in the New Year' event Sunday at the Fremont Center for the Arts. (Charlotte Burrous/Daily Record)




December 28, 2012
Ring in the New Year at the Fremont Center for the Arts
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

As another year comes to an end, the Fremont Center for the Arts will host its annual "Ring in the New Year" from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at 505 Macon Ave.

During the day, participants may bid on the silent auction items until 2:30 p.m. for Starstruck. The "stars" silent auction will end between 2-2:30 p.m. and the Star Pendant by Vinny Wood, of Goldwoods Jewelry, will be awarded at that time."The auction is doing really well," said Mary Burke, of FCA.

Also, mimosas and hors d'oeuvres will be served while Leah Uhlenhopp plays a variety of musical selections on the piano.

"(Then at 2:30 p.m.), we'll have the New Year's Toast," Burke said.

The proceeds will be split between FCA and Starpoint.

The annual "Ring in the New Year" is open to the public. For more information, call 275-2790.

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December 27, 2012
Starpoint says 'thank you'
Florence Citizen
Thank You Letter to the Editor

Starpoint's Fourth Annual Gathering in Gratitude Holiday Fundraiser at the Larry and Beryl Baker residence in Florence raised nearly $7,000 for the SPIN Early Childhood Care Center facility expansion project. The Baker's treated more than 90 guests with 25 decorated and themed Christmas trees ranging in size from 6" - 12'. A special note of gratitude is extended to the Baker's who provided all of the delicious food and refreshments and who have opened their home to Starpoint for four consecutive years. In addition the following businesses provided themed trees and other Christmas gifts for the silent auction. Participating businesses included Brady's Garden Center, Earth Art & Lapidary, Elm Avenue Greenhouses and Gift Center, Fremont Center for the Arts, Growing Washington - Alm Hill Gardens, Heartland Antiques, Montage Salon, Raindrops Gallery and artist Courtney, Royal Gorge Bridge & Resort, Touch of Love Florist, and Willie's Antiques and Collectables. The Starpoint SPIN children, families and staff would like to thank all of the attendees for their generosity. In addition, Starpoint would also like to thank Cheri Chiaro and daughter, Theresa for providing the live holiday music.





December 27, 2012
Monarch donates $1,000 to Starpoint
The Mountain Mail
Photo by Cailey McDermott

Monarch donates $1,000 to Starpoint
Representatives from Starpoint and Monarch Community Outreach display a $1,000 donation from Monarch Community Outreach Dec. 19. The money will be used toward remodeling bathrooms at Starpoint's facility in Salida. From left are Christine Evans; Jack Deluca; Linda Maltas; David Carty; Bill Davis, Starpoint Chaffee County director; Susan McMillan with Monarch Community Outreach; Howard White; and Laura Coffman.



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December 24, 2012
Fremont Center for the Arts to 'Ring in the New Year'
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

With the New Year on the horizon, it's time to celebrate.

It will be easy to do when Fremont Center for the Arts hosts its annual "Ring in the New Year" event from noon-3 p.m. Dec. 30 at 505 Macon Ave.

"We are having our New Year's celebration," said Mary Burke, of FCA. "We're doing it a day early."

While the participants mingle, sip on mimosas and check on their bids, Leah Uhlenhopp will perform a variety of musical selections on the piano. In addition, hors d'oeuvres will be served.

"We'll ring in the New Year with a champagne toast at 2 o'clock or 2:30 p.m.," Burke said.

In conjunction, the silent auction for Starpoint will end on that day. The highest bidders can take their pieces home that day, which include 3 feet or larger stars, made by the Starpoint consumers, a plate with a star on it, made by Paul Villagrana, of P&G Pottery. One of the highlights of the event will be the winner of the star pendant, made by Vinny Wood, of Goldwoods Jewelry, as well as stars provided by other members of the public. The proceeds from the auction will be split between FCA and Starpoint.

The "Ring in the New Year" event is open to the public.

For more information, call FCA at 275-2790.

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December 20, 2012
Thank You for Gathering in Gratitude Event Success
Canon City Daily Record
Thank You Letter to the Editor

Starpoint's Fourth Annual Gathering in Gratitude Holiday Fundraiser at the Larry and Beryl Baker residence in Florence raised nearly $7,000 for the SPIN Early Childhood Care Center facility expansion project. The Baker's treated more than 90 guests with 25 decorated and themed Christmas trees ranging in size from 6" - 12'. A special note of gratitude is extended to the Baker's who provided all of the delicious food and refreshments and who have opened their home to Starpoint for four consecutive years. In addition the following businesses provided themed trees and other Christmas gifts for the silent auction. Participating businesses included Brady's Garden Center, Earth Art & Lapidary, Elm Avenue Greenhouses and Gift Center, Fremont Center for the Arts, Growing Washington - Alm Hill Gardens, Heartland Antiques, Montage Salon, Raindrops Gallery and artist Courtney, Royal Gorge Bridge & Resort, Touch of Love Florist, and Willie's Antiques and Collectables. The Starpoint SPIN children, families and staff would like to thank all of the attendees for their generosity. In addition, Starpoint would also like to thank Cheri Chiaro and daughter, Theresa for providing the live holiday music.





December 16, 2012
Fundraising event held to benefit Starpoint
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

Florence -- With soft music, decorated Christmas trees, refreshments and more, it was certainly the place to be Saturday.

More than 100 residents attended the fourth annual Holiday "Gathering In Gratitude" event at Larry and Beryl Baker's loft in downtown Florence.

Those who attended included Councilman Keith Orr along with his wife, Elsie, who decorated one of the trees with antique teacups as part of the silent auction.

"Since I have an antique store (Heartlands Antique), I have a lot of antique tea cups," Elsie said. "Most of them are from England and Germany. I thought it would be a clever way to decorate with teacups."

She noted some of the teacups were valuable, especially the ones from Germany and England.

"We've been here for two years now," Elsie said.

"It's great," Keith said.

John and Willie Miller, of Willie's Antiques, also offered a child's sled for the silent auction.

"I love the (party)," she said. "I look forward to it every year. It really adds to the holidays."

Mona Yellico, Wilma Kattnig and Shirley Miller attended the Living Nativity at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Cañon City prior to this coming to the Baker's event.

"I think (the loft is) gorgeous," Yellico said. "There's a lot of different trees around and it's very cool."

Kattnig agreed.

"It's gorgeous," she said.

Miller said she was impressed.

"It's beautiful and the trees add even more to it," she said. "It's nice the (Bakers) open up their home every year."

Ed and Marlene Roglinske have never missed the event.

"We've been so honored in coming here, realizing it's for a very good cause," she said. "This year, I felt it's for the children, a childcare center. They're planning to enlarge it to make more (room for children)."

Susie and Bruce Bell also attended the fundraiser.

"Bruce and I are here because I'm on the foundation board," she said. "I believe in Starpoint. It's a very generous and fun party by the Bakers every year and it raises money for what we're going to do, broaden the capacity of the children's SPIN program. Everybody here supports Starpoint, supports the kids and supports the Bakers."Organizers said they are pleased.

Roger Jensen, of Starpoint, noted the money raised would go to matching funds.

"What we're going to be doing is (negotiating) purchase of the old Park Avenue Preschool and add capacity for daycare and preschool, especially infants and toddlers," he said.Park Avenue Preschool, which closed earlier this year, is for sale and in order to buy it, Starpoint is working on a capital campaign to apply for grants while raising money to match the grants.

As of press time, Starpoint Foundation director Ron Hinkle had not returned a phone call on the amount raised during the fundraiser.


Some of the Christmas trees to be auctioned off
Kathy Kennedy, left, and Susie Bell visit during the fourth annual Holiday Gathering in Gratitude at Larry and Beryl Baker s loft as part of a fundraiser for Starpoint. (Charlotte Burrous/Daily Record)



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December 12, 2012
Gathering in Gratitude to support Starpoint
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

Florence -- As has become a tradition, Larry and Beryl Baker will host Starpoint's fourth annual Holiday "Gathering in Gratitude" from 7-9 p.m. Saturday in their upper level loft at 131 W. Main St.

"We've been having a function every holiday for the past three years," said Ron Hinkle, of Starpoint. "We always try to do something different so this year, they have (22) themed Christmas trees that are going to be on silent auction."

For instance, Heartland Antiques decorated a Christmas tree with antique teacups while Willie's Antiques dressed up a child's sled for the auction. Montage Salon created a Christmas tree with chocolates as the decorations. Katie Martin, of Touch of Love and Dean Brady, of Brady's Garden Center also decorated Christmas trees. Heather Lippis, of Elm Ave. Greenhouse, also decorated a Christmas tree with birds and stars on it.

Also on the auction block will be a stay at the Bighorn Lodge at the Royal Gorge for four people and a signed print of Jeanne Claude and Christo's "Gates" project in New York City. And if that's not enough, a 3-foot live wreath and gift basket from Washington state will be flown in for the occasion.

During the event, the Bakers will provide hors d'oeuvres and a complete beverage service for participants. During the festivities, Cheri Chiaro will play the piano while her daughter plays the flute. Students from Cañon City and Florence high schools will help with names tags, coat checks and other activities.Admission is $50 per couple. Dress is holiday best.

"All proceeds will go to Starpoint's SPIN childcare facility expansion project," Hinkle said.

For more information, call 269-2228.


Some of the Christmas trees to be auctioned off
Christmas trees that will be in a silent auction during the holiday Gathering in Gratitude, which will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday in Larry and Beryl Baker s upper loft at 131 W. Main St.



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December 11, 2012
Starpoint is featured on the Canon City Chamber of Commerce Chamber Connections TV show
Canon City Chamber of Commerce Chamber Connections TV show, local government Channel 19

Ron Hinkle, Foundation Director and Kathy Kennedy, Family Services Coordinator talked with Doug Shane, Chamber Director about Starpoint's missions, facilities and all recent, current and next year's fundraisers. The show is currently airing daily for the next two weeks on Ch. 19 at 6:30am, 1:30pm and 6:30pm.




December 10, 2012
What's Happening: Events in Fremont County
Canon City Daily Record
by Daily Record staff

'Gathering in Gratitude' Saturday

Starpoint's fourth annual Holiday "Gathering in Gratitude" will take place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at 131 W. Main St. in Florence. The Larry and Beryl Baker residence is a uniquely beautiful upper level loft that is decorated annually with gorgeous themed Christmas trees. Hors' d'oeuvres and a complete beverage service will be provided by the Bakers, who have opened their home to Starpoint for the past three years for this exclusive event. Dress is holiday best. Admission is $50 tax deductible gift per couple.




December 5, 2012
Follow the star: Starstruck exhibit, silent auction opening at Fremont Center for the Arts
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

It's the time for Christmas surprises.

This weekend, the magic will begin when the Fremont Center for the Arts and Starpoint presents "Starstruck," which begins with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday at 505 Macon Ave.

"The Starpoint Singers will perform at 6 p.m.," said Mary Burke, of FCA. "The stars have been donated by the community."

Last year, FCA offered masks, made by numerous individuals, which were offered in a silent auction with the money being split with FCA and Family Crisis Services.

"This year, they decided on the theme of stars, being Christmas," said Ron Hinkle, of Starpoint.

At that point, the FCA board decided to share the fundraiser with Starpoint, who jumped at the opportunity.

"They have a number of stars," Hinkle said. "Our adult services program has three classrooms here. All three classrooms made huge stars, about 3 feet or more and decorated them."

Paul Villagrana, of P&G Pottery, donated a plate with a star on it while Vinny Wood, of Goldwoods Jewelry, made a star pendant, which is on display along with other stars, created by the public.

During the opening reception, the Starpoint Stars, consisting of a group of about eight consumers from Salida, are presenting an abbreviated version of "Wizard of Oz."

"Starstruck" silent auction will end at noon Dec. 30. For more information, call 275-2790.


Runners compete in the Rim to Rim
These stars are just a few those on display at the Fremont Center for the Arts during the Starstruck art exhibition. The stars are available in a silent auction that will end at noon Dec. 30. The funds will be split between FCA and Starpoint. (Charlotte Burrous/Daily Record)



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November 18, 2012
Royal Gorge Route gives a Christmas gift
The Pueblo Chieftain
by Tracy Harmon

CANON CITY - Santa Claus received a rousing welcome from a group of less fortunate children Thursday night when the Royal Gorge Route kicked off the holiday season with its Santa Express train.

About 700 children and adults got a free ride on the Santa Express, a gift to the community from the Royal Gorge Route. The passengers hailed from Starlight Foundation, Starpoint, Fremont County Department of Human Services and The Children's Hospital.

None were more excited than Jacqueline Cusimano, 5, whose birthday just happens to land on Christmas Day. She and her sister Suzanne, 4, patiently waited for the jolly old elf and then handed over their letters and whispered their wishes.


The Royal Gorge Route's Santa Express train arrives at the North Pole, which is ablaze with thousands of holiday lights. (Photo by Tracy Harmon)




November 14, 2012
"Stars! Wizard of Oz" helps draw $7,000 for Starpoint renovation
The Mountain Mail
by Sean McAndrew

Gathering in Gratitude, a fundraiser Friday to benefit Starpoint in Salida, raised more than $7,000 after expenses to help with building renovations at the organization's Salida location.

About 200 people attended the fundraiser, which featured a silent auction that included items from local businesses and artists.

Visitors also watched a play titled "Stars! Wizard of Oz," whose actors included people who have benefited from Starpoint programs.

Following the performance, organizer Cheryl Eigsti, Buena Vista, described how Starpoint has benefited her sister, Linda Maltas, and read a poem to the audience describing the needs of the organization:

The toilets are leaky, the floors are quite squeaky,
The faucets - a steady drip.
The fixtures are old, the rooms are so cold,
The bathroom - a dreaded trip.
So, I'm 'pulling your chain,' the facts remain,
We need to 'plunge' to their aid.
Let's 'flush' out some cash, for this great bash,
Our support is an even trade.
Our hearts 'overflow' these performers are aglow,
It reminds us how grateful we are.
Let's 'shower' them right, be generous tonight,
We can all go home being bright stars!


Starpoint is working to raise about $20,000 to renovate the building, Roger Jensen, Starpoint CEO, said.

The building, formerly a post office, dates back to the 1930s, and event organizers said much of the money is set to renovate the bathrooms, which haven't been improved since the original build date.

The nonprofit provides services to children, prenatal through 5 years old, and their families, along with adults with cognitive and physical challenges.

"The people we work with are some of the most vulnerable in society," Jensen said.

Starpoint provides an alternative to government-run programs that may place individuals with cognitive and physical challenges in large housing projects, which may only include one or two supervisors for every 50 occupants, Jensen said.

Some Starpoint consumers used to be involved in government programs before they discovered the organization.

Starpoint serves Chaffee, Fremont and Custer counties, and Jensen said every dollar raised in Chaffee County stays in the county.

The organization also operates some offices in Denver.

Jensen said, since beginning with Starpoint, some people have found employment, bought homes and participated in community functions.

"We want to enrich their lives and help them realize their dreams," Jensen said.

For more information on services offered by Starpoint or to donate to the capital campaign, visit starpointco.com.


LEFT: Bj, one of the "Stars! Wizard of Oz" actors, was excited to make the Mountain Mail front page!

RIGHT: From left, actors Linda Malthas, Roxanne Prewitt, Megan Nason, B.J. Stinnett and Rebecca McCaule, all of Salida, perform "Stars! Wizard of Oz" before a packed house Friday at the Salida SteamPlant theater. The actors performed in conjunction with a fundraiser to help renovate the Starpoint building at the corner of Second and E streets.

(Photos by Sean McAndrew)



Salida Stars! performance of "Wizard of Oz"
Also performed in Canon City, CO at the Fremont Center for the Arts at the Starstruck Holiday Celebration

November 8, 2012
Color Run donates to Starpoint
The Mountain Mail

Mark Krasnow, Buena Vista Autumn Color Run race director, presents a check for $5,500 to Starpoint consumers Monday at the Salida Starpoint office. Bill Davis, Chaffee County Starpoint director, said the donation will be used to purchase art supplies and allow consumers to visit area hot springs. From left front are Margie Torres, Brandi Bushnell, Duane Garrett, Linda Maltas and Toni Martin. Back: Chris Evans, Julie Ohmen, Krasnow, Davis, Jack DeLuca and Michael Gaulter. Photo Credit: Ericka Kastner

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November 4, 2012
Rim 2 Rim Event Press Release
Canon City Daily Record
Letter to the Editor

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October 30, 2012
A Spooky Good Time
Canon City Daily Record

LEFT: Fremont County Family Center Fall Festival visitors Jacob Allen, 5 right, and Dominick Allen get fake tattoos from SPIN employee MY Hodges Tuesday at the Abbey Field House. Photo Credit: Jeff Shane/Daily Record




October 26, 2012
Get in a festive mood: Chidren's Halloween event set for Tuesday at Abbey Fieldhouse
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

It's the time of year to enjoy being outdoors, consuming treats and having lots of fun.

Starpoint's Fremont County Family Center and SPIN Early Childhood Education Center will sponsor the annual Fall Festival from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday in the Abbey Fieldhouse at 4951 E. U.S. 50.

It's an event for children kids 8 and under, said Sheila Rocchio, one of the organizers.

The event includes hayrides, provided by the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District. At the same time, the agencies will offer a variety of games, prizes, treats, fun and much more.

For example, Starpoint will offer a fishing pond, a ring toss and a Bear Hunt Walk, which is similar to a cakewalk. The Boys & Girls Club also will have a booth, along with Rocky Mountain Children's Discovery offering a golf game. Fremont County Head Start will provide apples to giveaway while SPIN offers tattoos. Other agencies participating include the Cañon City Public Library, Division of Wildlife and representatives from the Eagle Scout Club to help.

"(We usually have) about 450 children (in the building during the event)," Rocchio said. "It ranges to about 900 people, (who) come through."

Another highlight is the plethora of snacks.

"All the booths will have goodies to give away," Rocchio said. "They can be on the hay ride with the Parks and Rec. District or inside playing with the different booths."

"Everyone is welcome," a flyer said. "This is a free event open to all families in the community."

Although costumes are optional, the organizers encourage no scary costumes because of the presence of young children.

For more information, call 275-0550.

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October 19, 2012
Latest Holcim community project remodeling of Starpoint Washington House
Canon City Daily Record
by Carie Canterbury

Holcim (US) Inc., one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of cement and mineral components in the U.S., is celebrating its 100th birthday by serving communities worldwide with a number of "centennial projects."

Holcim asked its 80,000 employees worldwide, including administrative offices, to serve their communities on Holcim's time.

In Fremont County, 124 Holcim employees of the Portland Plant in Florence have been busy this year with several of their own projects. Their most recent undertaking is the remodel of the Washington House, a group home for six medically fragile residents under the care of Starpoint.

"With the centennial projects this year, Holcim is trying to get everybody in the plant to volunteer at least 10 hours, and a lot of these guys have been able to volunteer even more hours," said Joe Lovett, engineering manager...


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Washington House Renovation
Holcim Engineer Manager Joe Lovett, left, and Lab Technician Joe Tamburello work on renovations at Starpoint's Washington House group home Tuesday as part of their community outreach Centennial Projects. (Jeff Shane/ Daily Record)




 
  Meals on Wheels of Fremont County President Lee Post speaks to staff and volunteers Wednesday during their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Abbey Event Center. ( Jeff Shane/ Daily Record)

October 17, 2012
Meals on Wheels of Fremont County recognizes volunteers
Canon City Daily Record
by Carie Canterbury

Meals on Wheels of Fremont County recognized several people who deliver meals and work behind the scenes to keep the program up and running during the annual volunteer appreciation banquet Wednesday at the Abbey Events Center.

The program has served the elderly, the homebound and others who simply need a hot meal for 38 years.

About 60 volunteers deliver meals to clients, typically 70 per day, six days a week. Clients pay $2.75 per meal, a minimal cost compared to other MOW programs across the state.

"It really takes a village," said Lee Post, president of MOW. "There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes that not everybody sees, we have people supporting us in other ways besides volunteers."

Two Starpoint consumers donate their time every Thursday to deliver 14 to 20 meals. Connie Sciarra has volunteered with MOW for almost 13 years and Gary Shuford has volunteered two years.

"I like helping people," Shuford said. "We work as a team."

Starpoint team member Margie Bergonzini said Sciarra and Shuford's volunteerism fits in nicely with the Starpoint motto - partnering with individuals, families and the community to enrich lives.

"Working with Gary and Connie and all of the Starpoint consumers, the most fulfilling part of this job, is feeling like you made a difference at the end of the day," she said. "Not only in their lives, but in the lives of people in the community."

Sciarra sometimes sings those two women a song but always greets them with hugs.

"I enjoy it," Sciarra said. There are two MOW clients at the Royal Gorge Manor in particular that she enjoys visiting with each week.

Sciarra and Shuford fill in for one another if they have other appointments, and Shuford always acts as the "pilot" when the trio has to find a new address.

"I think it's fun that we help people," Shuford said.


Also on Wednesday, Post recognized Nancy Fenyves of Absolute Accounting who prepared the organization's tax at no charge, allowing MOW to provide meals for more clients, and former MOW client Norma Overly who continues to regularly contribute financially to the program.

Meals on Wheels currently has opening for volunteer drivers once a week, as well as substitute drivers and substitute office workers.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, or to sign up to receive meals, call the office at 275-8548.

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October 8, 2012
Rim 2 Rim Event Press Release
Canon City, Colorado

The phrase "it was a dark and stormy night" did not apply to the 3rd Annual Starpoint Rim 2 Rim 10/5K Race on Saturday morning at 8:30am. Rather it was a freezing, foggy and icy morning as 229 runners finished the race running across the Royal Gorge Bridge and headed for the hot chocolate without caring if they had a PR (personal record) or not. Men in beards with icicles attached, Marcy Epperson, CCHS Tiger Cross Country Coach in running shorts and young children with teeth chattering all headed for warm blankets, family hugs and high 5's. The 276 registered runners this year was the same as last year, and this year 13 out of state runners came from 8 different states: TX (3), KY (3), WY (2), AZ (1), AL (1), NM (1), RI (1), IL (1) and FL (1). The local and regional runners were distributed as follows; Fremont County (64), Denver Metro (70) COS Metro (79) and Pueblo (27). The remaining folks came from all across Colorado.


Rim 2 Rim Raceday

The overall winners who each won $50 cash prize as well as a piece of the bridge, without ice - were 5K Eric Poole - Colorado Springs and Kristen Nessel - Colorado Springs and the 10K winners were Mike Stephens - Colorado Springs and Karen Voss - Denver.


Rim 2 Rim 2012 Winners

Title sponsors included Assurance Partners, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and Fremont County Tourism Council. IMA Financial Group, Inc. was a Gold Sponsor and Silver Sponsors were Ages of Eve, Big O Tires, COMCAST, Hibbett's Sporting Goods, Pizza Madness/Royal Gorge Brewery, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. Bronze sponsors were Canon National Bank, First Choice Fitness, Hayden Tile and Hardwood, Papa Murphy's Pizza, and SunWest Credit Union. A number of other local businesses donated door prizes as well.

Volunteers from Starpoint Early Childhood Education employees, CCHS Cross Country Team, CCHS National Honor Society, CCHS Tiger Dance Team, Royal Gorge HAM Operator's Club, Blossom Committee (the timing clock), Steve and Judy Sturner (Black Powder signature start) and the Trujillo family assisted with pre race and race day taskings and responsibilities. Fremont Adventure Racing provided the finish line timing services under contract.

Starpoint's 4th Annual Rim 2 Rim 10K/5K will be held on October 5, 2013 with warmer weather already predicted!




October 4, 2012
Canon City's Amy Kingery to run in Rim to Rim 10K/5K Race
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

When she went out for volleyball in middle school, one of her instructors suggested she take up running.

So Amy Kingery went out for track that year. And she has never looked back.

"Running for me is a way to relieve stress," she said. "I enjoy it to unwind, and we live in such a beautiful area."

This weekend, she will be one of many contestants who will compete in the Starpoint's third annual Rim to Rim 10K/5K Race, beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by race at 8:30 a.m. through the Royal Gorge Park and across the bridge…


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Runners compete in the Rim to Rim
Runners compete in the Rim to Rim 5K/10K race over the Royal Gorge Bridge. (courtesy)




 
  Mike Dowdy, Salida, Starpoint Chaffee County Board of Directors member, distributes baked goods to finishers of the Buena Vista Autumn Color Run at McPhelemy Park Saturday in Buena Vista. Bill Davis, Starpoint Chaffee County director, said proceeds from the race cover "extra expenses" for the organization, including providing Starpoint consumers with art supplies and entrance into area hot springs throughout the year. (Photo by Ericka Kastner)

September 17, 2012
Flagstaff man wins 28th annual Autumn Color Run
The Mountain Mail
by Ericka Kastner

"Nice coverage for the Color Run. Thanks also to Pinon Real Estate Kathy Armstrong, Starpoint Foundation board member and also to Cheryl and Ken Eigsti who manned the baked goods and contributed many dozens!"
~Bill Davis, Starpoint Chaffee County Program Director



Gary Krugger of Flagstaff, Ariz., won the 28th annual Buena Vista Autumn Color Run marathon Saturday with changing aspen leaves in the high country providing a vibrant backdrop for the event.

Krugger finished the marathon in 3:04:33, more than 44 minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.

The women's overall marathon winner, Heather Jossi of Lakewood, ran the 26.2 miles in 3:49:24.

The top three finishers in the male and female divisions of each race - half-marathon, 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer races - received awards with three runners from Salida and Buena Vista earning recognition.

Jeff Strickland, Buena Vista, won the half marathon in 1:17:56. Among women competitors, Kari Anne Samuelson, Denver, triumphed with a time of 1:26:02.

In the 10-K race, Michael Quispe, Littleton, won in 39 minutes, 38 seconds, and Morgan Hill, Glenwood Springs, placed first among women with a time of 46:24.

Anthony Surage, Manitou Springs, overall winner in the 5-K race, completed the course in 19 minutes, 16 seconds. The fastest female competitor, Kristy Falcon, Salida, clocked a time of 19:49.

Buena Vista runner Sedge Southworth placed second overall in the 5-K race with a time of 19:27.

Of the 235 half-marathon finishers, seven cadets and two officers from the U.S. Air Force Academy marathon team competed in the event.

Alexa Gingras, cadet, said the team is training for the Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 28 in Washington, D.C.

For the third year, representatives from Starpoint of Chaffee County in Salida volunteered to serve food at the finish line and the post-race celebration. The organization is one of two Chaffee County nonprofit groups benefitting from the races.

"It is one of the biggest events of the year for us. (The proceeds) cover extra expenses for Starpoint consumers, and all of the funds are used in Chaffee County," Director Bill Davis said.

The race "directly impacts 50-100 individuals in the county" he said, providing Starpoint funds for extras throughout the year such as art supplies and visits to area hot springs.


A second recipient, the Boys and Girls Club of Chaffee County, provided volunteers to man three aid stations for the races at miles 3.5, 6.5 and 10.

Karen Dils, Buena Vista, Boys and Girls Club board president, said funds the club will receive from the event are "very important."

"Whether donations are from an event or from individuals, they are all needed. We are the largest nonprofit in the county, serving 700 kids," Dils said.

Mark Krasnow, Buena Vista, second-year race director, said 451 runners pre-registered and came from out of town to compete in the event. There were 491 total registered runners.

Krasnow said he does not yet know how much money will be donated to the two groups and plans to have the amount tallied by the end of September.

He described the race as "a success" and credited Starpoint and Boys and Girls Club volunteers with putting out an "amazing spread of food," working aid stations and cheering for runners.

"Everyone made it back to (McPhelemy Park) safely, many with big smiles, some with looks of exhaustion, but all to the cheers of a fantastic finish-line celebration."

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  Florence High School Band marches Saturday in the Pioneer Day Parade in downtown Florence. (Charlotte Burrous/Daily Record)

September 17, 2012
Hometown Pride: Florence celebrates 85th annual Pioneer Day celebration
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

...Canon City resident Patti Doxtater attended the parade to see her granddaughter portray Snow White in an Apple Day vehicle while her son participated with the Starpoint entry and her granddaughter, who plays softball, participated in the parade, as well...

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  Starpoint Adult Services Director Marilyn Core, from left, consumer Dan Fredrick and Patty Donaldson stand in the van Denise Lowrie donated to Starpoint on Thursday. (Charlotte Burrous/Daily Record)

September 15, 2012
Denise Lowrie donates van to Starpoint
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

She was not sure what to do with the van she no longer needed.

So after thinking about it for several months and getting past the red tape, Denise Lowrie donated the 2007 Chrysler Town and Country Van to Starpoint to be used by the consumers. The vehicle belonged to her late husband, Ted Lowrie.

She knew several of her friends at the Evangelical Free Church, where she attended and worked at the local organization, as well as several of the consumers.

"What really did it for me is when I was trying to decide what to do with the van, I thought I want it to be used by someone who actually needs a handicapped-accessible van, not sell it for the money," Lowrie said. "It occurred to me every single Sunday when I go to church, a Starpoint van pulls up, bringing somebody. If I give it to Starpoint here and support it locally in the community, I would get to see it and know someone else is getting the same benefit that Ted and I got. It seemed like a perfect fit."

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September 11, 2012
Florence School Board approves contracts for 2012-13 year
Canon City Daily Record
by Rachel Alexander

Florence -- The Florence School Board on Monday approved several pre-school and special education contracts for the 2012-13 school year.

The annual contracts with the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments -- Fremont County Head Start, Kinder Haus, Starpoint for SPIN Early Childhood Care and Education Center, Rocky Mountain Children's Discovery Center and Starpoint for SPIN at Penrose were approved.

"Our families in our district are allowed to choose which preschool program they would like their student to attend, and then we provide services at those providers," said Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti about the contracts.

The board also heard a report from district curriculum director Steve Wolfe about the district and school performance frameworks.

Based on the district Transitional Colorado Assessment Program results, the frameworks show how the district as a whole and individual schools compare to state-established benchmarks in academic achievement, academic growth, academic growth gaps and postsecondary/workforce readiness.

Accreditation statuses remained the same with the exception of Florence Elementary School, which improved from priority improvement status to improvement status and Penrose Elementary School, which moved from improvement status to priority improvement status.

"Mathematics and writing are giving us the most trouble," Wolfe said. "We know where we're at, all the principals have this information. Once a month at least, we're looking at the data."

The frameworks Wolfe presented Monday were preliminary and will be made effective by the state Nov. 15.

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August 27, 2012
Roger G. Jensen: Generous donation
Canon City Daily Record
Letter to the Editor

The Starpoint consumers, family members and staff would like to thank Canon City's McDonald's, David Napier Enterprises, Inc., for the generous $500 donation they presented to us on the grand opening of their newly-remodeled restaurant.

We currently have one consumer, Dale, employed through our Supported Employment program at the state-of-the-art restaurant, and he truly enjoys the excitement and busy hours of his work.

Associations with the community are an important element of our mission: "Partnering with individuals, families and the community -- enriching lives ... realizing dreams."

Congratulations to the McDonald's team on your new facility and specifically for your donation to Starpoint's Adult Services programs. Corporate and individual donor relationships are an important and integral part of our overall Foundation charitable-giving program. For more information, call the Starpoint Foundation Office at 269-2228.

Roger G. Jensen, CEO, Starpoint

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  Kyle Groves, from left in back, Josh Jaquez, Roy Barnes; Grant Brown, front, Justin Brown, John Hampton and Mike Carter stand in front of the Global Eagle in the garden at the Life Skills Center at 1401 Oak Creek. Others participating included Casey Welch, Caroline Templine, Kelly Conway and Michael Kaiser. (Charlotte Burrous/Daily Record)

June 15, 2012
Canon City: Lifeskills Center consumers create Global Eagle
Canon City Daily Record
by Charlotte Burrous

It began as a model.

But when 32 consumers in the Life Enrichment Day Program completed the project, a life-size eagle stood on top of a globe to set in the garden.

"After we had the model put together, I thought it would be neat to build a large project for the garden," said Frank Sarek, of Lifeskills Center. "We had built the wishing well and the birdhouses. We kind of wanted to have something to set off (the other side of the garden) that you could see from the road."

So he cut out the image in the woodshop; then the consumers sanded the wood...

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  City Councilman Colby Katchmar serves time behind bars for a good cause Saturday during the Second Annual Starpoint-opoly fundraiser on the Macon Avenue plaza between Fifth and Sixth streets. (Carie Canterbury/Daily Record)

June 18, 2012
Canon City community members participate in Starpoint fundraising event
Canon City Daily Record, pg 1
by Carie Canterbury

Players taking part in the Second Annual Starpoint-opoly fundraiser on Saturday had a nice, shady area to move around the life-sized "game board."

About 30 local businesses, organizations and groups set up spaces where participants had chances to roll the dice to win a variety of prizes on the Macon Avenue plaza between Fifth and Sixth streets...

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June 16, 2012
Starpoint to host fun 'n' games at Starpoint-opoly fundraiser
Canon City Daily Record, pg 1
by Carie Canterbury

Those who love the popular family board game Monopoly are sure to enjoy the down-the-block, live version of the game during the second annual Starpoint-opoly fundraiser June 16...

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June 6, 2012
Starpoint-opoly Receives Donation
Canon City Daily Record, pg A8 Snapshots

Susie Bell, Starpoint Foundation Board Member, donates $1,500 for Starpoint-opoly 2012. Accepting the donation is Ron Hinkle, Foundation Director who remarked that "The very generous donations will underwrite the event expenses which allows for more profit for our consumer programs and services." The 2nd Annual Starpoint-opoly fundraiser will be held on June 16 from 10am - 2pm on Macon Ave. between 5th & 6th Streets. It's a live version of the popular family board game Monopoly and 30 vendor merchants from Canon City, Florence and Penrose have committed to setting up booths.

Susie Bell donates to Starpoint-opoly


April 19, 2012
FAIRY TALE NIGHT
Florence Citizen
Photographs by Bob Wood

Florence Mayor Ron Hinkle, photo at left, and Florence City Manager Mike Patterson, right photo, read to children attending the annual Fairy Tale Night at SPIN Early Childhood Education Center and the Fremont County Family Center. Several community leaders, including Re-2 School Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti, gathered to read to the youngsters April 5. Several other activities took place during the evening to promote imagination building and educational pursuits.


April 6, 2012
Jail and Bail raises $7,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association
Mountain Mail
by Mike Campbell

Jailbirds Kim Robinson, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center foundation director; Warden John Davis, Department of Corrections, Buena Vista; and volunteer Linda Maltas, shared a cell Thursday during the Muscular Dystrophy Association Jail and Bail fund-raiser at First Street Café. Read the whole article

Starpoint Note: Linda in photo is Chaffee County Starpoint consumer.



March 28, 2012
Pathfinder pavilion ribbon cutting Saturday
Daily Record, pg 1
by Charlotte Burrous

...After working all day on the project in Pathfinder Park, Holcim also committed its employees to volunteer on four other community projects: Rialto Theatre, Washington House, a Starpoint home, Boys and Girls Club and the Coaldale Fire Department...

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  Cañon City High School dance team member Danielle Trujillo will be traveling to London to be in their New Years Day Parade.

December 27, 2011
Happy Feet: Trujillo to dance in London's New Year's Parade
Daily Record, pg 1
by Carie Canterbury

Dancing has been part of Danielle Trujillo's* life since she was a little girl.

Now her happy feet are taking her to England, where the Cañon City High School sophomore varsity dancer will perform Sunday in the world famous London New Year's Day Parade.

Trujillo, 15, is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who danced their way into the hearts of officials who selected students to perform in the parade.

The daughter of Paul and Diane Trujillo, she left Monday for the weeklong trip.

"We're going to see the Tower of London, go to Windsor and we're going to see a West End show," she said. "Then, they have a New Year's Eve party for us, and the biggest thing is dancing in the New Year's Day Parade."

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* Starpoint Note: Danielle is the daughter of Starpoint Employees Paul and Diane Trujillo.

Starpoint thanks local businesses for recent help
December 15, 2011
Florence Citizen, pg 16
December 13, 2011

Canon City Daily Record
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Letter to the Editor

Starpoint would like to sincerely thank the following businesses and their employees for the expedient service during the collapse of a drainage system at one of our homes for adults with developmental disabilities:  Lippis Excavating, Canon City and River Valley Plumbing, Florence both of whom pushed back other projects to replace our entire drainage line. The quick response and completion limited the time our residents had to be displaced from their home. During the coldest weather of the season these two businesses were steadfast in completing the task. The dedication they displayed to help us with the least amount of inconvenience was much appreciated. This show of support is the perfect example of Starpoint’s mission: Partnering with individuals, families and the community… enriching lives… realizing dreams. Again, our thanks to you!!

Starpoint staff and residents



November 22, 2011
It's Husky Time: Grove Helps Cheer on Huskies football team
Daily Record, pg 1
by Carie Canterbury

When it's time for the mighty Florence Huskies to kickoff every Friday night, you can be sure team manager Kyle Grove is on the sidelines encouraging the players and pumping up the fans.

Grove, 24, has helped the team and coaching staff for 10 years doing a variety of tasks. Fueling the team spirit both off and on the field may be one of his favorite duties...When he is not on the field or at work, Grove enjoys spending time at Starpoint's Life Skills Center, and when football season winds down, he participates in softball, soccer and basketball with Special Olympics.

Grove lives in Penrose with his parents, Scott and Lisa Grove, and has an older sister, Lashell, who lives in Texas. He also enjoys spending weekends with his grandmother in Colorado Springs, cooking breakfast for her and taking care of her yard.

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November 21, 2011
Autumn Color Run gives $5,150 to local groups
Mountain Mail, pg 6
by Ericka Kastner

Donations and race entry fees from the Autumn Color Run in Buena Vista Sept. 17 allowed race organizers to donate $5,150 to local groups who assisted with the event.

Starpoint of Salida received a check for $4,000 from race director Mark Krasnow Oct. 17. Chaffee County Boys and Girls Club received $950 and Buena Vista Boy Scout Troop 67 received $200.

Krasnow said, "2011 was a great year for the Autumn Color Run. We had our first full marathon, sold out the full and half marathons, expanded our base of local sponsors and enjoyed another beautiful day running in the mountains."



November 8, 2011
Salida Strikers Bowling
Mountain Mail, pg 9

Salida Strikers Bowling team  competed at Southeastern Area Special Olympics Competition October 29th and 30th in Pueblo.

Front row: Coaches Jeamie Faucheux and Kerri Arellano
Second Row: BJ Stinnett 5th place ribbon, Brandi Bushnell Silver Medal, Coach Steven Bloyd, Anne Casias 4th place ribbon
Back Row:  Jack Deluca Silver Medal, Mike (Wayne) Dowdy Bonze Medal, Michael Gaulter Silver Medal, Jesse Luensmann 4th place ribbon, Wallace Tanner 5th place ribbon

The Strikers thanked everyone who contributed to their success.




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