Westside Briefs:
1905 Colorado City candy-making book

       In 1905, a Colorado City business owner named Cal O. Enos published a book titled “Candy Makers' Manual for the Household.”
       The Pikes Peak Library District and the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) will celebrate a recent reprinting of that book Saturday, Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m.
       The location will be the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. Admission will be free and open to all ages. People can drop in at any time. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
       Although circumstances won't allow any of Enos' recipes to be recreated during the event, children in attendance will have the opportunity to make candy (no cooking involved) with the help of library personnel.
       The event will also feature a repeating video showing the creation of candy using the book, according to Old Colorado City Library Manager Jocelyne Sansing.
       In addition, the History Center will have a display of kitchenware from that era, she said.
       Enos had stores at several locations on West Colorado Avenue where he made candy and taught cooking classes, according to OCCHS President Sharon Swint, noting that an introduction in the book talks about that history.
      
       They can spell 'toys'
       The YOT Club will host its 17th annual Holiday Benefit Spectacular Saturday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St.
       Standing for “toy” spelled backwards, YOT's volunteers have the mission of “supporting area youth through community partnership by collecting 1,000-plus new toys and stuffed animals for local youth,” an event flyer states.
       Admission to the Spectacular - a “black tie” event that will include food and drink and a performance by the Colorado Springs Conservatory - is $10 plus two new (unwrapped) toys and one stuffed animal.
       The Conservatory, which trains and encourages young musicians, will be one of three event beneficiaries. Another will be West Elementary (chosen because it's a Title 1 school), whose students will receive Christmas presents in December, courtesy of the YOT effort, said Chad White one of the YOT organizers. A third group is a day nursery downtown.
       He said the club started with just a few people giving books for children's literacy. Now several sponsors help out, White pointed out.
       Preregistration for the Pinery event is necessary at yotclub.org.
      
       Concrete program back
       The City of Colorado Springs, with funding from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) and the city's general fund, will continue the 50/50 cost-sharing program to repair/replace concrete sidewalks and curb and gutter adjacent to private property in 2014.
       Fifty percent of the cost is paid by the city, while the property owner pays the other half. Concrete must be rated Priority 1 or 2.
       Priority 2 areas are those that meet at least one of these conditions:
       - 75 to 100 percent of the curb head or sidewalk is chipped or broken
       - Concrete has settled at least 2 inches
       - 50 percent or more of the surface has spalled (top ½ to 1 inch has worn away, leaving a rough surface)
       Priority 1 areas meet at least one of the Priority 2 conditions AND at least one of these conditions:
       - Verified accident or claim for injury caused by damage
       - Citizen with a disability whose access is impeded due to damage
       - 250 yard proximity to hospital, school, senior center or bus stop
       Citizens interested in participating in 2014 should call 385-5411 to schedule an inspection/rating session with a City/PPRTA inspector.
      
       Utilities LED exchange
       From now until Dec. 24, Colorado Springs Utilities electric customers can bring in up to four light strands to the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road.
       “For each strand, customers will earn a $5 off coupon for LED lights at local Ace Hardware stores, while supplies last,” a Utilities press release states.
       According to the city-owned enterprise, “LED holiday lights use up to 90 percent less energy, last up to 100 times longer and are more durable and less likely to break than traditional ones.”
       Utilities will recycle the old lights with proceeds going to Project COPE, which provides utilities payment assistance to families with financial hardships.

Westside Pioneer/press releases