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Meet a Westsider:
Amelia Aldaz

Profession/Occupation... My late husband Alfred and I owned two gas stations in the Springs one on Bijou and the other at 13th and Colorado (now a children and infants retail store). We sold the gas stations in 1972. He got a job as a state oil inspector. Ive been retired for 14 years from School District 11, where I worked in the lunch room.

What I like most about the Westside is... the beautiful, quiet neighborhood that my family and I moved to in 1969. Its like heaven. People are friendly. We moved here because I wanted my children to have better schooling and to go to college.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... Id like to see the marijuana stores closed. It used to be safer. My husband and I used to walk to the stores and wed meet a lot of people that we knew on the streets. Its different now. You dont even know who your neighbor is anymore.

A good movie Ive seen recently is... Selma. I could relate to the same issues experienced in the San Luis Valley the attitude and discrimination towards any Mexican whether you were born in America or not. The children were put in different classrooms and there were special sections in the movie theater.

The worst advice Ive ever gotten was... to sell my house and move from the Westside.

If I could meet someone famous, Id like to meet... Pope Francis, because of the things he has changed in the church and hes good with the poor people.

The next time I travel, Im going... Rome to meet the pope. Its been a dream of mine all my life.

My favorite childhood memory is... days when I was able to enjoy the simple pleasures, jump rope, play marbles and hide-and-seek with my friends and go to the park with no worries.

My favorite summer pastime is... barbecues and spending time with my family.

Something good Ive read is... Heaven is for Real: A Little Boys Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. The story is based on a true story of a little boy who went to heaven and met his grandfather there.

My pet peeve is... unruly children.

If I won the lottery Id... get new carpets and pews for Sacred Heart Church, give some to my children and friends that need it and donate the rest to charity.

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