Westside Briefs:
‘Complications’ extend water-line project

       A series of “complications” extended the Centen-nial Boulevard water-line replacement project two extra weeks, but work should wrap up by Tuesday, Oct. 25, according to Kristin Flannery, issues manager for Colorado Springs Utilities.
       The four-lane road has been reduced to two lanes since the project started Sept. 26. “We apologize for the inconvenience,” she said.
       The complications were the discovery of a broken valve at a connection near Vondelpark Drive, motorists driving into a closed-off area and breaking a temporary water line and a need to transfer Utilities workers to another project that had issues, Flannery explained.
       The final work will be the application of a pavement patch over the dig area. When that's done (it's scheduled Oct. 25), the barricades will be removed and the road returned to four lanes, she said.
       The delay has put off the start of the Chesham Circle water-line replacement project off Centennial. It had been scheduled to get under way Oct. 17, but the new dates are now Oct. 24 to start and Nov. 21 to finish, she said.
       Osborne presentations
       The Garden of the Gods Rotary Club will present its annual William and Betty Osborne Trust Fund grants at a luncheon meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Westside Community Center.
       The session will begin at noon. The public is invited, although there is a charge for the catered lunch.
       Interest earnings from fund investments - typically exceeding $100,000 - are disbursed each year to entities that help the needy in a geographically defined area of the Westside and Ute Pass.
       Each year, near the beginning of summer, the Rotary publicizes a request for grant applications, then follows an established process for reviewing them and deciding on awards.
       The Osbornes were business owners in Old Colorado City. They both died in 1985, with a will that set up the Trust Fund and the Rotary's part in administrating it.
       Silver Key bus-stuffing
       Silver Key Senior Services will hold its annual “Stuff the Bus” Saturday, Oct. 22 to provide the fixings for Thanksgiving meals.
       The event involves Silver Key volunteers offering “wish lists” of non-perishable food items at the entrances to different King Soopers stores from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those on the Westside are at 1750 W. Uintah St. and 3250 Centennial Blvd., a press release states.
       Shortly before Thanksgiving, volunteers will deliver bags with the donated food items (intended to help make traditional holiday meals) to the homes of several hundred needy seniors.
       Food donations are also accepted at Silver Key, 2250 Bott Ave. For more information, call 884-2371.

Westside Pioneer/press releases