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Bill Radford

Country Life columnist and production editor

Bill Radford and his wife live in eastern El Paso County with a menagerie that includes a horse, mule, goats, rabbits and chickens.

Olson Plumbing and Heating is celebrating a century in business. The current owner, Mike Trapp, has had five generations of his family work for the company. He sits on a replica motorcycle and trailer of the transport system used by the founder, Arthur Olson. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Work continues last month on the U.S. Olympic Museum in southwest downtown Colorado Springs. GE Johnson is the general contractor on the project. Photo by Bill Radford, The Gazette
Tim Emick, owner of Timberline Landscaping, at the Manitou Incline on Friday. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Early
Opthalmologist Dr. John Christiansen, pictured Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, is moving his business in February from the old Santa Fe train station after 35 years to a new office near Union Blvd. and Flimore. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Dr. Julia Rohleder and her practice, The Downtown Dentist, are celebrating 10 years in business. Photographed on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Pioneer Landscape Centers are the new expansion of Pioneer Sand, aimed at giving DIY-homeowners a better experience, with an expanded sample area and more options. Photographed at the Vollmer Road location on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc., speaks to a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit, Friday, April 13, 2012. A city infamous for its population exodus, joblessness, decay and crime would seem an odd place for an upscale natural and organic grocer. There’s no doubt Whole Foods Market Inc. is bucking a trend, but so is the Motor City neighborhood where it plans to open next year. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The third annual Business Wake, organized by Peak Startup and Epicentral Coworking, is Wednesday evening at Epicentral in downtown Colorado Springs. Photo credit: Facebook
Patsy's Candies has a more than 100-year history in the area. It had been in the hands of the Niswonger family since the '50s. They sold the business in early 2016. But they are back as the owners again after a short stint away. Si Niswonger (left) runs a wrapping machine while chocolatier Lacy Barkley puts chocolate bars on a conveyer belt on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Brother and sister Martin and Laura Davidson, owners of Kapow Comics and Coffee, pose for a portrait as they hold comics of their choice, in their store on Wednesday October 18, 2017 in Colorado Springs. The comic store just celebrated a year in business in August. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).