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Bill Vogrin

Side Streets Columnist

  • Side Streets: Mr. Safety clashes with Colorado Springs police over guns

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Neighborhood safety in Colorado Springs recently took a big hit, and I never saw it coming. Dennis Moore has resigned as a volunteer coordinator for the Colorado Springs Police Department's Neighborhood Watch program. Longtime Side Streets readers will recognize the 66-year-old...

  • Side Streets: Longtime tuner works on 15,000th piano as he nears end of accidental career

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    All these years later, George King vividly recalls the exact moment he knew he had become a piano tuner. It was 1963 and he was a young apprentice trying to learn the craft from a relative. "To tune a piano, you have to tune the beats out, smooth it out," King explained as he...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs neighborhood sends messages into future, teaches us about community

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The dining room table in Vic Appugliese's Old North End home is covered with the history of the neighborhood north of downtown Colorado Springs. There are dozens of photos and typed stories of neighbors past and present. On the floor, by the table, is a 6-foot-long PVC tube that...

  • Side Streets: Trash-raiding bear in Manitou a big reminder for many

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Sybil Knighten was lying in bed Saturday night when she heard a noise outside the century-old home where she lives in Manitou Springs. It was a smashing sound she recognized as a bear rustling through the trash. "I listened to the crashing and banging and knew he was out there,"...

  • Side Streets: The rest of the story on the 1964 Pikes Peak Highway crash

    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Dean Yowell wants to set the record straight. Once and for all. After 50 years. So here goes. He and his best buddy, Emil Knoepke, did not cause the head-on wreck with race car driver Tommy Jamison on the Pikes Peak Highway on June 30, 1964, that injured four and sent Yowell...

  • Side Streets: For Colorado Springs pool proprietor, reopening a relief after much frustration

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    For 42 years, Rose Rook taught children to swim in her Village 7 Swim Club pool. Two years ago, she retired and sold the pool she had run since 1970. Or so she thought. As she approaches her 86th birthday on Monday, Rook once again finds herself going to the pool every day. But...

  • Side Streets: A salute to Buffalo Soldiers with statue

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Black soldiers, many of them freed slaves, played a huge role in opening the West after the Civil War. But since most were illiterate, there is little written record of the so-called Buffalo Soldiers. Few know of their cavalry regiments that fought Indians, Mexican revolutionaries,...

  • Side Streets: A special night at the zoo

    Updated: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Clad in a ballcap and fashionable tennis shoes, Vivianna Stewart breezed from the giraffe exhibit to the meerkats and then to the elephant enclosure, pausing between text messages on her phone to admire the animals before moving on to the next exhibit. In many ways, Vivianna was like...

  • Side Streets: Church is packed for Peggy's big party

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Hallelujah for Side Streets readers. You made Peggy Shivers' 75th birthday one to remember. Let me refresh your memories. On June 6, I asked readers to give Peggy a birthday present to thank her for all she and her late husband, Clarence Shivers, have done for Colorado Springs....

  • Side Streets: Let's give bike share a spin in the Springs

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    In case any of you were wondering, I spent much of the past two weeks in the Old Country, touring Europe by riverboat (imagine Huck Finn with a gourmet chef and flat-screen TV) and traveling within a few hundred miles of my grandfather's village in Slovenia. I have so many stories to...