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LIFE after 50 - Current Issue - June 2015 Vol. 25 No. 6

Remembering American Heroes

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Left, President Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by John Voehl), addresses the crowd at the unveiling of a bronze plaque commemorating that portion of the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Cripple Creek that was set-aside for the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) exactly 95 years ago. The G.A.R. was founded in 1866 as a fraternal organization of Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. In 1920, 38 soldiers were moved from a cemetery in Arequa to join the six already interred at Mt. Pisgah. In this process, many of the markers were lost. When new marble markers were ordered, the names and units were no longer known and the graves subsequently marked “unknown.”

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It’s official: Y will operate Colorado Springs Senior Center

Written by Jeanne Davant

0615_02_SeniorCenter1The city of Colorado Springs will enter into an agreement with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region to operate the Colorado Springs Senior Center and will implement a transition plan over the next three months.

Aimee Cox, Community Initiatives Manager for the city of Colorado Springs, told a large group of seniors, friends and senior advocates that she expected an agreement with the Y to be signed by the end of May. Her comments came at a meeting May 13 at the Senior Center.

Between now and Sept. 1, when the Y will take over operations of the Senior Center, “We want to see how we can bring like-minded people together to serve seniors,” said Boyd Williams, president and CEO of the Y. “We have so much to learn from you so we can truly serve the needs of the largest growing segment of our population.”

He said the Y and the city intend to make the transition as seamless as possible so seniors don’t feel the change.

“Everything through the summer is going to continue as is,” Cox said. “We will spend three months listening, interviewing, recruiting and learning about how the programs and operations are here. We will write policies and procedures and prepare operations for the fall. That will give us plenty of time to learn.”

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