PSPOA and Community News
Property Owners' Association and Community News
Next PSPOA Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, January 21st, 7:00 pm at the Fire Station Community meeting room.
Yes, I want to have a voice in our community by joining or renewing my PSPOA membership. Here is my membership form along with my $25 payment which I will slip through the Firehouse-payment slot. You may also mail your payment to: PSPOA, 61 Kiowa, Lyons, CO 80540.
Roads are going through daytime thaws and evening freezes. Most Pinewood and Estes Park Estates roads will be slick and US 36 will have dangerous areas at shady curves. Be mindful of air temperatures and of the effect they are having on the roads. If you heat with wood, check your chimney for buildup on a regular basis. Cleaning heavily used chimneys only once or twice per season may not be adequate to prevent creosote fires that can quickly progress into structure fires. Inspect and clean your chimneys as often as needed or employ a chimney cleaning professional for the task. Next Fire Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 14th, 7:00 pm at the Fire Station Community meeting room.
Burn Permits: Burn permits are for small diameter yard slash, no garbage or construction debris, stumps or root balls.
- Permits are valid until the end of April.
- Burn piles may be up to 10 ft diameter and 6 ft. high
- Online application is free at www.larimer.co gov.
Fire Station and Community Center Project
FUNDING UPDATE: To date, about $130,000 has been raised toward the Fire Station and Community Center Project. Your continued contributions and support are greatly appreciated!
THE DOLA GRANT: The Project’s Capital Campaign and Marketing Committee is preparing to submit an application for a Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Grant. If we are selected, this matching dollar grant would double the size of our Fund. We’ll keep you posted!
FLOOD BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE: Copies of "The Road Home - The 2013 Flood - Pinewood Springs Rises Above the Water" book will be available for purchase online by October 15 at www.coloradofloodbook.org. The book costs $34.95 plus tax and shipping, and can be purchased using all major credit cards. All proceeds go toward the Fire Station and Community Center Project Fund.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Capital Campaign and Marketing Committee is currently seeking volunteers to assist with its on-going efforts to reach our Community’s funding goal. Anyone interested in lending a hand should email John Bologna at email@example.com
ROAD Board News
Some winter reminders from the PWS Road Board: 1) There are sand barrels located at intersections and hills where traction is a frequent problem. The sand is there for you to spread on the roads as needed for traction. There is a scoop in each barrel. If you have a shovel you can leave at a barrel, your neighbors will appreciate it. If a barrel is getting low on sand, please leave a message on the Road Board answering service at the number shown below. 2) Do not park on the PWS roads. The Cherry Company will allow you to park on their lot at the end towards the mailboxes. The road crew plows that area for your use. 3) Keep cul-de-sacs clear of vehicles so we can clear the snow and to provide access for emergency vehicles. Thank you for your cooperation.
Because of the work load that remains from the flood the road board is going back to meeting every month on the first Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the Firehouse. Please enter through the back door. The next meeting is February 3rd. As always, please report any road problems or requests to the Road Board message service, 303-895-3848.
Thanks to all who joined us for our Christmas Eve Service. We pray that your Christmas was truly blessed and that 2015 brings even more blessings your way. Rev. Nancy D'Ippolito will be our guest pastor for the month of January. Adult Bible study is at 9am. Join us as we study the Gospel of John. Worship is at 10am followed by refreshments in Fellowship Hall. Our Congregational Meeting for members will be January 25th immediately following the service. Your participation is encouraged. We hope to see you soon!
REFLECTIVE HOUSE-NUMBER SIGNS ARE AVAILABLE
The PSPOA is working with the Fire District to get everyone’s home marked with reflective aluminum house-number signs. In the event of an emergency, it is extremely important for rescue personnel to be able to find your home quickly. For further information or questions, contact Gabi at: 823-5345 or e-mail her at:firstname.lastname@example.org. PSPOA members pay $8.00 per sign, and non-members $12.00. Sign prices are purposely kept low as this is not a fund-raising project, but is meant to help valley residents properly display their house numbers in order to assist emergency personnel. If you are ready to order, please download this ORDER FORM and drop the envelope through the water-payment slot at the Firehouse.
the bears ARE MOST LIKELY Hibernating BUT be sure to keep your trash safe from looting and don't put it out the night before PICK-UP unless you want to clean up! Also do not leave any food in your car unless you want your car destroyed because The bears will rip anything apart to get to food!
From Gary Clements and the Division of Wildlife:
HAVE A HEART, DO YOUR PART. BE “BEAR AWARE“ THIS SPRING DENVER, Colo. - Each year in Colorado dozens of bears must be relocated or euthanized because of conflicts with humans. Often times these conflicts can be avoided by following a few simple steps. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking people to do their part to keep bears out of trouble.
Bears have awakened from their winter naps and are searching for food. Bears are always looking for easy meals and are often drawn to towns, residences and campgrounds for a quick treat. Once a bear identifies a location as an easy food source they will return over and over again, which is why it's important to not attract them to the area in the first place. Colorado, generally, has a two-strike policy for bears. The first time a bear becomes persistent in its search for food near humans, it may be trapped, tagged and taken to a remote area to be released. If the bear gets in trouble again, it is destroyed. Sometimes, however, if a bear shows very aggressive behavior on a first encounter it can be euthanized.
"Destroying a bear is never an easy decision for a wildlife officer," said Abbie Walls, public information officer for CPW in southeast Colorado. "But human health and safety is always our number one priority. That being said, if humans take just a few minutes out of their day to do what is right, we could really cut down on the amount of conflicts we have every year."
Bears are not typically aggressive towards people, but may become so if food is present. Never approach a bear--If you see a bear encourage it to leave the area by yelling, throwing rocks, or spraying water at it from a safe distance. However, if food continues to be present, they will likely return.
Follow these tips to help keep bears out of trouble:
- Keep garbage in a well-secured location and only put out garbage
on the morning of pickup.
- Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free.
- If you don't have secure storage, put items that might become
smelly into the freezer until trash day.
- Don't leave pet food or stock feed outside.
- Bird feeders should be brought in at this time of year—birds
don’t need to be fed during the summer.
- If you have bird feeders clean up beneath them, bring them in
at night and hang them high so they're completely inaccessible
- Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of
rotting food and they'll eat anything.
- Allow grills to burn for a couple of minutes after cooking to
burn off grease and to eliminate odors. Clean the grill after
- Clean up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck.
Don't allow food odors to linger.
- If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe. Don't
allow fruit to rot on the ground.
- Always close garage doors.
- Keep the bottom floor windows of your house closed when
you're not at home.
- Do not keep food in your car and lock the doors.
- Talk to your neighbors and kids about being bear aware.
For more tips and information go to,
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In addition, please refrain from feeding any other wildlife such as foxes and deer as you will draw large predators like cougars that will stalk your house if they think they will get free food. Also, what you think is "cute" (such as bear cubs) may end up being your undoing. Besides, it's against the law to feed wildlife!
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SERVICES TO PINEWOOD RESIDENTS
If you are interested in receiving Qwest high speed DSL service, please send an email to Terri Tomlin at email@example.com. Please use the subject line of "Pinewood Springs request for more Qwest DSL access." Skybeam is another local high-speed (Wi-Fi) Internet service that can be reached at: 888-759-2326, or go to: www.skybeam.com. They are now offering digital-phone service as well.
COUGARS SPOTTED BETWEEN KIOWA AND ARAPAHOE
A cougar and her cub are parked in the gulley between Kiowa and Arapahoe, so be very careful when walking in that area! If you see a big feline and feel that it may be stalking you or your pets, especially dogs, please report any event to our local Division of Wildlife Officer, Suzanne Kloster, at: 303-485-0593. If you're going to walk the trails alone, carry a firearm and a large walking stick just in case!! For more information, please go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/
Nuisance Dog Issues
Many residents have contacted the PSPOA concerning wandering dogs and nuisance barking. This is an ongoing problem. If you have inconsiderate neighbors who allow their dogs to bark and wander illegally in your neighborhood, Larimer County Humane Society's Captain, Bill Porter, requests that in the event that any dogs-at-large bother you either with their howling, their physical presence on your property, if you see them chasing wildlife, or if you feel that the dogs' welfare may be at stake, please voice your concerns by calling the Larimer County Humane Society @ 970-226-3647 and report any incidents to the dispatch officers who are very familiar with the situation...It is illegal not to contain your dogs on your property and walk them without a leash unless they are under your strict voice command. Offenders can be fined and ultimately see jail time...Please click on this link to read the entire statute. For a truncated version of the statutes, please click here.
BREEZE-E LETTER ADS
As always, business-card-size ads for the Breeze-E are available. The cost is $15.00 for one issue or $50 for all six issues, and $70 a year for non-resident ads. Try it for one issue and your $15.00 will go toward a year’s insertion. The PSPOA Board can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL 911 FIRST
The Pinewood Springs Fire Department would like to remind members of our community to CALL 911 FIRST in an emergency. Don't call your neighbor, even if she or he is a firefighter, nurse, or medic. Don't call your friend up the road and ask him or her to call 911. And don't call a friend or relative in a neighboring town and ask them to make the emergency call to dispatch. Even a short delay can make a difference in saving a life. When you call 911, the nearest available help is dispatched immediately. If you call a friend or relative in Longmont or Lyons or Estes Park and request that they make the emergency call to 911 for you, not only have you delayed the response by calling someone else first, but also the dispatcher will note the origin of the 911 call, and may dispatch units from that area (for example Lyons or Estes Park). This could result in a serious delay in response while an agency from another district searches in confusion for an address they can't find in their district! Meanwhile, the help that is urgently needed is unable to find you!
When you call 911, your call originates from the place where the help is needed, and dispatchers will send the help nearest to you immediately. So please remember: in an emergency, CALL 911 FIRST and get help coming fast and directly. Make any calls to friends, family, or neighbors after help is on the way, or even after help has arrived. This will ensure that you get the most rapid and direct response. It could save a life!
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