Westside Briefs:
Bancroft blues shows start June 30

       Performing June 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jim Adam & John Stilwagon will kick off a series of free blues concerts on eight consecutive Thursday evenings in Bancroft Park.
       The annual event, titled “Paint the Town Blue,” has been organized by the volunteer Pikes Peak Blues Community (PPBC) since 2003, moving the concerts to Old Colorado City in 2006. Originally, “Paint” was funded through a city program sponsoring live music in its parks, but that monetary plug was pulled after '08 and the the series has existed ever since on donations from individuals and Old Colorado City businesses.
       In case of rain, bands will play at nearby Front Range BBQ.
       The full schedule is as follows:
  • June 30 - Jim Adam & John Stilwagon.
  • July 7 - The Kingsnakes.
  • July 14 - Grant Sabin (solo).
  • July 21 - Cous and The Bluez Knightz.
  • July 28 - Brickyard Blues Band with Rev. Rocky “Gene” Wallace.
  • August 4 - The Lethal Lisa McCall Band.
  • August 11 - B.J. Estares & Route 61.
           Parks tax plan yanked
           Aware of opposition from several elected officials, the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) this week withdrew its proposal to seek voter approval on a special tax for parks.
           Susan Davies, TOSC director, announced the change of plans at the El Paso County commissioners' meeting June 21. The original plan had been to ask the commissioners to put the “Great Parks Initiative” - in which funds from a new .15-percent sales tax would augment parks maintenance costs for governments countywide - on the county's November election ballot.
           The new plan is to work with local governments on a regional solution, Davies said in a prepared statement.
           Alarmed by large park-maintenance cutbacks by Colorado Springs and El Paso County during recent economic downturns, the Westside-based nonprofit had started researching solutions about three years ago. TOSC-contracted surveyors had reported strong public support for the proposed tax.
           “In the short-term we ask you to restore a portion of the significant budget reductions that have caused our park systems to deteriorate.” Davies urged the commissioners.
           Tuskegee medal stolen
           Police are seeking the return of a rare medal that was stolen from the Westside home of an 87-year-old World War II veteran.
           Franklin Macon was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, who became America's first black military pilots.
           According to a police report, “the medal is extremely rare, is made of bronze, and depicts the airmen on the front and three aircraft on the back… This medal holds great sentimental value to Mr. Macon, and the Colorado Springs Police Department would like to see [it] returned.”
           Police said they found evidence of forced entry to Macon's home at 331 N. Spruce St.
           Also stolen were coins in old ammo cans and a laptop computer.
           Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 634-7867, or text info to 847411 (TIP411), including “CSPD” in the message.

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