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Air Force Space Command commander cuts ribbon on new operations center
Peterson Air Force Base - 04/24/14
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - General William Shelton, Air Force Space Command commander, will officiate a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 28 at 10 a.m., Bldg. 1844, 160 Patrick Street, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The ribbon cutting celebrates the start of operations in the 561st Network Operations Squadron's newly renovated operations center.

The 561st Network Operations Squadron is one of three squadrons of its type in the U.S. Air Force. It is the largest cyber operations squadron in the Air Force, with more than 600 Airmen, including military, civilians, and contractors, working 24-hour operations, 365 days a year to ensure the Air Force vision of global vigilance, reach and power is achieved daily through cyberspace operations.

The 67th Cyberspace Wing, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, is the higher headquarters of the 561st NOS, and operates the Air Force Information Network, providing network warfare capabilities to Air Force and joint commanders, and conducts global cyberspace operations on behalf of the Air Force.

The 67th CW, as part of the 24th Air Force, is aligned under Air Force Space Command at Peterson. Twenty-Fourth Air Force is the operational warfighting organization that establishes, operates, maintains and defends Air Force networks and conducts full-spectrum operations in cyberspace.
Doherty's Fourth Annual Colon Cancer Awareness Game
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/24/14
On Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m., Doherty High School will host the Fourth Annual Colon Cancer Awareness soccer game, in loving memory of Tessa Nowakowski, a former Doherty student athlete who lost her battle with colon cancer at the age of 17. The Doherty Spartans will be taking on Fountain-Fort Carson, playing at Sand Creek Stadium at Coleman Park (Sky Sox Stadium).

Attendees are encouraged to make a donation and help raise awareness of colon cancer, in hopes of finding better treatments and, someday, a cure. Donations made at the game will go to the Colon Cancer Alliance in Tessa's name.
Media Alert: Unity Fest at Palmer High School
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/22/14
Palmer High School is holding its third annual Unity Fest on Thursday, April 24, in the courtyard from 11:26 a.m., and the media is invited to attend.

Unity Fest is a courtyard festival celebrating and promoting unity, tolerance, and diversity within our school and our community. This year's theme is "Stand by Me," and Palmer staff and student s will proudly celebrate the diversity of Palmer and the common bonds that make them all Palmer Terrors!
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/22/14
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will have a board meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
* National Teachers Appreciation Week Resolution
* Executive Professionals Week Resolution
* Resolution Recognizing Cinco de Mayo
* Resolution Recognizing Diversity

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The April 23 agenda is featured.
Media Alert: Swigert Students Get Opportunity to Talk with Astronauts Live!
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/22/14
On Thursday, April 24, students from Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, 4220 E. Pikes Peak Ave., will have the opportunity to talk with International Space Station (ISS) astronauts, and the media is invited to attend this event. Students will be asking up to 15 questions of the three astronauts on board the ISS. The event will begin at 9:50 a.m. and is scheduled to run about 15-20 minutes.
New President / CEO for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region - 04/18/14

Contact: Mary Beth Burichin
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
719 329 7225 Office
719 310-2381 Cell

Boyd Williams accepts lead position continuing a 20-year career with the Y.

Colorado Springs, CO, April 21, 2014... Boyd Williams has been named President and CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, a local non-profit that serves 115,000 community members at eight YMCA Family Centers, 15 before and after school sites, four outdoor aquatic centers, two metro district recreation centers and a year-round resident camp and conference center at Camp Shady Brook in Deckers, CO. Williams has served the Y for 20 years, including the past three as Chief Operating Officer at the local association. Boyd succeeds Dan Dummermuth who accepted the President / CEO position in March with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

"The Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is extremely pleased to announce the selection of Boyd Williams as our next President and CEO," said Tom Kennedy, YMCA Board Chair. "Boyd brings not only 20 years of experience but also unmatched passion to our cause. We are confident that Boyd will continue the long tradition of providing exceptional leadership to the Pikes Peak Y."

Prior to joining the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, Williams began his YMCA career in 1994 in Wisconsin as Youth and Family Director for the Neenah-Menasha YMCA. He joined the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee in 1999 as Associate Branch Executive Director and then moved to the Stevens Point YMCA as CEO in 2002. In 2004 Boyd served as Executive Director of the Edward Jones YMCA in St. Louis. In 2007 we was appointed Group Vice President for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee. Prior to joining the Y, Williams served in the US Army from 1986-1989. Williams holds a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Kennesaw State University. Boyd has been married to his wife, Rhonda, for 20 years and together they have 3 children; Austin (17), Hunter (16) and Alexis (12).

"The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region has been positively affecting lives in the community for the past 136 years and I am honored to be selected to lead this respected organization into the future," said Williams. "I am committed to ensuring our organization remains steadfast in offering programs and services that truly make a difference in the lives of our members. The breadth of impactful work that the Y offers will continue, while we actively pursue partnership opportunities that will benefit our region as a whole. The Y's cause-driven purpose of strengthening the foundation of community through healthy living, youth development and social responsibility will serve as our beacon of light in everything we do."


Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region was founded in 1878. In 2013 the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region awarded over $1.4 million in financial assistance for children, families and seniors to access much needed YMCA programs and services.


Silver Key Needs Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers
Silver Key Senior Services - 04/17/14
April 17, 2014, Colorado Springs, CO - Silver Key Senior Services is in need of volunteer drivers for our Meals on Wheels program. There are currently 100 seniors on the waiting list for Meals on Wheels' delivery because of a shortage of delivery volunteers.

Since 1971, Silver Key Senior Services has been administering the Meals on Wheels program, serving Colorado Springs' metro seniors ages 60 and older. Volunteers not only deliver the meals but also visit with the seniors, offering companionship and reducing isolation that so many seniors feel. These visits provide emotional health for a senior and serve as an informal "wellness check".

For more information about volunteering as a Meals on Wheels Driver, please contact Linda Arguello at 719 884-2319 or email her at larguello@silverkey.org. For more information about Silver Key Senior Services please contact Lorri Orwig at lorwig@silverkey.org or 719 884-2313.
Media Alert: Martinez Elementary Leadership Day
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/08/14
Martinez Elementary School, 6460 Vickers Drive, will have a Leadership Day on Friday, April 11, 9-11 a.m., and the media is invited to attend. See the students shine as they learn, live, and lead! This is the day students of Lt. Col. Martinez Elementary are eager to share with the community as they show the values of leadership they've been learning through the implementation of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/07/14
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will have a board meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
* Instructional Materials and Secondary Courses Approval
* Policy FCB: Closing Schools
* Contract Award: Award of the Construction Boiler Replacement at Palmer High School
* National Volunteer Week Resolution

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over Meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The April 9 agenda is featured.
School Celebrates 50 Years - Opens Time Capsule (Photo)
Harrison Dist. 2 - 04/02/14
Please see attached document.

You are invited to time capsule opening and anniversary celebration at Stratmoor Hills Elementary School on Friday, April 4th at 4:00pm.

Attached Media Files: Release Info , Invitation
Hey Diddle Riddle...
Harrison Dist. 2 - 04/02/14
Local author, Wendi Silvano, visits Pikes Peak Elementary School today, 8am to 3pm, to share her books.

Attached Media Files: Author Information
2014 Armed Forces Community Run
Peterson Air Force Base - 04/02/14
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The 2014 Armed Forces Community Run will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10 on Peterson AFB.

Scheduled for 5k and 10k runs, this event is open to the general public, however a government issued ID card, such as a driver's license, must be presented to gain access to the installation.

The advanced entrance fee is $30 to run in either race, however, registration on race-day will increase to $35. Race materials will include a running shirt, water bottle and other fitness-related items. Additionally refreshments will be provided for all participants and the Air Force Academy's band, Blue Steel, will be performing.

Registration can be made online at www.21fss.com or www.runningguru.com/event/AFCR or by visiting on of the following locations:
* Boulder Running Company, 3659 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Suite 32, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 - Pay by cash, check.
* Peterson AFB Fitness and Sports Center, 225 W. Ent Ave., Peterson AFB, CO 80914 - Pay by cash, check, credit card. (accessible by military ID holders only)
* Runners Roost, 121 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 - Pay by cash, check.

Race materials may be picked up May 5-8 at Runners Roost, Boulder Running Company and the Peterson AFB Fitness Center, or they may be picked up the morning of the race at the start area.

For more information about the 2014 Armed Forces Community Run, call (719) 556-2767.
Multicultural Day at Mitchell High School
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/01/14
The media is invited to attend the Multicultural Celebration at Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive, on Thursday, April 3, 2-3 p.m. There will be demonstrations, costumes, singing, and dancing from other countries, to include Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Japan, Panama, Iraq (Kurdish), Italy, Germany, China, Portugal, Nigeria, East Africa, Cuba, Libya, Vietnam, Nepal, and Guatemala.
Coronado High School Students Preserving American War Veterans' Stories
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/01/14
For the seventh year, Honors U.S. History classes at Coronado High School will be participating in the Veterans History Project, which is designed to honor American war veterans, along with civilian workers who supported them, by preserving stories of their service to our country. Students are directly involved, as they will be conducting the interviews of our local veterans. They will be working in groups and have been given information packets that include all directions and interview questions. The final product will be a student-produced video that will ultimately be sent to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. More information on the Veterans History Project may be found at www.loc.gov/vets.

The media is invited to attend this auspicious event, which will take place on Thursday, April 3, at The Palisades at Broadmoor Park, an independent/assisted living community located at 4547 Palisades Park View, Colorado Springs, CO.

Student transportation costs have been provided by a grant received from the Foundation for School District 11. Students will work this event in shifts, some students will be gone from about 8 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., and others will be gone from about 11:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.