Westside Briefs:
Project to remove illegal GoG trail May 7

       Volunteers are welcome to help the Medicine Wheel trail maintenance group, the Friends of Garden of the Gods and city staff restore the area of an illegally built downhill trail in the Garden Saturday, May 7 from 8 to 11 a.m.
       Preregistration is requested by e-mail to jim@medwheel.org, stating the number of volunteers and general level of trail work experience.
       As reported in the March 17 Westside Pioneer, the roughly one-mile segment was shaped in a remote area of the city park by people who apparently wanted an “extreme” bike-riding training course. They uprooted or cut back bushes, hacked away or ripped out numerous tree branches and piled up dirt for jumps.
       Hughes on Fosdick plat
       Westside historian Dave Hughes will give a presentation on the Fosdick Plat Friday, May 13 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       Free and open to the public, Hughes' talk will begin at 11 a.m., following the annual business meeting of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) at 10:30.
       The Fosdick document was Colorado City's first plat map after the town was founded in 1859. The map gained newfound interest in recent months, when the OCCHS bought one of its original printings, after years of having only a poor copy. Hughes played a key role in the purchase, negotiating a sale price after the OCCHS was contacted by a family in the state of Washington which had the map and wanted to sell it.
       “Civil engineer Henry F. Fosdick surveyed and platted the original Colorado City, two miles long and one mile wide at the base of Pikes Peak,” a press release states. “Hughes will display a copy of the map and explain the grand 1860 vision for the new Colorado City and talk about the life and important works of Fosdick.”
       Blues series needs $$$
       The Pikes Peak Blues Community (PPBC) has started a fundraising campaign to cover the $7,000 cost for its annual “Paint the Town Blue” series in Bancroft Park.
       “All money goes for the bands, park permits and sound technicians,” a PPBC press release states.
       A deadline of May 15 has been announced. If the money can be raised, plans call for seven free performances by local blues bands in the Bancroft bandshell on consecutive Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. from June 30 to Aug. 11.
       For more information, go to pikespeakblue.org or call 685-2464.
       Scouting for Food
       Scouts participated in the Pikes Peak Council's annual Scouting for Food Drive the week ending April 9. They collected 10,957 pounds of food, which was donated to local food banks to help the needy of the Pikes Peak region.
       Participating from the Westside were Cub Scout Pack 101, Cub Scout Pack 102 and Boy Scout Troop 110.
       The drive started weeks ago with hundreds of Scouts of all ages from 31 different units - Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews - going door to door in their neighborhoods asking families to consider making donations. These Scouts then returned at a later date to pick up the donations and deliver the food to the collection sites. Some units also set up tables outside grocery stores to ask shoppers for donations.
       Headquartered on the Westside, the Pikes Peak Council serves 14,000 youth and 4,000 adult members in all from seven east-central Colorado counties: Cheyenne, El Paso, Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson, Park and Teller. For more information, go to the Council Activities Center at 985 W. Fillmore St., call 634- 1584 or go to pikespeakbsa.org.
       Grant to CC aids Greccio
       Nine students and two professors from Colorado
       College installed fiberglass insulation batts last week inside Greccio Housing's Pikes Peak Apartments, 2631 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       Funding came from a grant to CC from the Osborne Trust Fund, which helps programs for the needy on the Westside and up Ute Pass.
       Affecting 22 studio apartments, the project saved Greccio an estimated $3,500 in labor and material costs. Apartment residents will save about $35 per month in gas costs during cold-weather months, the release adds.

Westside Pioneer/press releases