The Daily Sentinel
July 1, 2023
by Nathan Deal

Each holiday season, especially military holidays, families and friends of veterans who have died leave wreaths on their loved ones’ graves, serving as a symbol of their continuing presence in their lives after death.

In Grand Junction, the wreaths themselves have their own lives and stories that persist beyond their original use.

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Denver 7 News
June 18, 2023
by Stephen McNelis

The Project Support Senior Center in Idaho Springs is a busy place every Wednesday.

“This program isn’t just for seniors. This program is for anyone in the county in need,” said Cindy Sterner, a Volunteers of America supervisor for Clear Creek County.

Sterner has worked with Volunteers of America for more than 20 years.

“I went from being their cook to the person they could come to for any kind of resources, any problems they have,” Sterner said. . . . . (continue reading here)

Littleton Independent
June 8, 2023
by Nina Joss

Walkers, cyclists and joggers enjoying the trails at South Platte Park on the afternoon of June 1 may have noticed a strong, unusual scent of pine in the air.

Those who followed their nose to the scent’s origin at Eaglewatch Lake saw something even more interesting. . . . (continue reading here)

Telluride Daily Planet
May 19, 2023
by Amy E. Peters

Last week, Telluride Elks Lodge #692 announced longtime local educator Sandy McLaughlin as its Citizen of the Year, honoring her with a celebratory dinner at the Swede Finn Hall.

Having bestowed the honor for the past 15 years, recent recipients include the Telluride Medical Center, DeLanie Young, Ursula Cristol, Tara Kelley, and Dan Curtis. Elk of the Year, John Howe, and Officer of the Year, Jennifer Birrittella, were also announced. . . . (continue reading here)

Canon City Daily Record
May 8, 2023
by Olivia Johnson

Cindy Olson has called many places home, including Virginia, Kansas, and North Carolina, but has decided to lend her considerable talents and leadership qualities to Cañon City.

She grew up a Navy brat as he father served for 30 years and moved to Cañon City in 1965 after her father’s final station as a recruiter in Pueblo.

“He always said that Fremont County had the smartest people in Colorado,” she said.

She grew up alongside her sister and brother and graduated from Cañon City High School in 1970 — a time she fondly recalls as one of the best of her life.

“A lot of my classmates are still here,” she said. “I loved going to school here, we had great band teachers and choir teachers and coaches — coach Don Stimack was wonderful. I had a lot of friends.”

Olson recalls that, although young women were still largely relegated to wearing skirts to school or playing numerous organized sports, she still enjoyed every moment of her high school experience. . . . (continue reading here)

Telluride Daily Planet
September 16, 2022
by Eva Thomas
Cynthia Wyszynski will take on a new role as the State of Colorado president for the Elks Club. Wyszynski has held officer positions with the Telluride Elks lodge ever since she joined. Wyszynski said the step felt like a "natural leadership progression." Her interest in pursuing a role within state leadership began when she attended her first Colorado state meeting.
"In the meetings, we delve into all the different programs that make up the Elks — from veterans to youth activities to drug awareness to our major projects — and they remind me why myself and so many others have decided to join the organization — to help others and make a positive difference in our communities, and how much good we can do together," Wyszynski said.
Not only is Wyszynski the second woman to hold the state president position, but she is also the first Elk member from her district to step up to state presidency in 17 years. Wyszynski served as district deputy for Colorado's west district, which is one of six within the state, from 2015-17. The district includes Durango, Cortez, Telluride, Ouray, Montrose, Delta, Hotchkiss and Grand Junction. From 2016-19, she also served as the district's state trustee. . . . (continue reading here)
September 15, 2021
by Cleo Mirza
On a sunny Friday afternoon in August, a usually quiet parking lot in Jefferson Park is filled with vintage cars and motorcycles, the sounds of a live band warming up, and smoke from a grill cooking up burgers and hot dogs for an eager crowd. Is it a pop-up? A tailgate party? No, it’s the Denver branch of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States, hosting a classic car show to attract potential members. . . . (continue reading here)