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WEST SIDE RECORDER
VOLUME 10 NUMBER 10
.Monthly Newspaper of the West Side, Denver, Colorado
April-1974
NEW DEL PUEBLO DEDICATED
This old familar site, Elmwood School, has now made way for the new Del Pueblo Elementary.
Wednesday. March 27. was truly a festive occasion at Del Pueblo Elementary School, as over 600 parents, faculty and community leaders joined together to celebrate the official dedication of the new school facility.
The evening began with the presentation of the colors, directed by Mr. Frank Brown, of the Del Pueblo Color Guard! The official welcome and introduction of honored guests, was given by-Mr. Victor Romero. Principle' of Del Pueblo.
Qr* Louis J. Kishkunas. Superintendent of the Denver Pubiic-Schools pointed but tlTat DeP Pueblo has to rate as one of the best schools in Denver and.forthe whole state for that matter; Bernard Valdez. a member of the SGhool board of education Stated. "This community wants to make this school, the community school of Denver/' "Del Pueblo", he added, "is truly the school of the people, for the people."
Linda Joyce Salaz, a student of Del Pueblo, thanked all of the people responsible for making this school-possible., both parents and teachers for all their dedicated work.
The Del Pueblo Students, under the direction-of Mrs. Lu Linan. then treated the audience to^ several Mexican Dances. The music for these dances was provided by "El Nuevo Mariachi". who came from Mexico to perform, thanks to the efforts of Miss Linda Esquibel.
Mr. Romero then introduced Miss Benita Casados. who graduated
from the old Elmwood School several years ago. Miss Casados presented a floral wreath to Mrs. Merideth White. 7950 W. Mississippi, who is now retired but had given 18 years service to the school and community before leaving.
The program ende.d with Father Robert Rebholtz of St. Josephs Catholic Church giving the closing benediction. Refreshments were served in the lunchroom by the Del Pueblo Parents Advisory Group and Del Pueblo Mothers Club.
The replacement of the o'ld EJmwood School was first dTscussed^tnrT 932. .Siftee then" there have been many dedicated and concerned people who worked long and hard to bring about the realization of a new Elmwood. Deep appreciation and a sincere thanks is hereby .extended to each and everyone who helped to bring about the replacement of ,Elm.wood-the new Del.Pueblo!Elementary School^,'
We are all aware that our country is a multi-cultural one. People from various races, ethnic backgrounds, and cultures participated in and have contributed much to the beginning and development of our country. Some of these groups are Blacks. Native Americans. Orientals, and many European peoples. The new Del Pueblo School should aid us all. to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of another contributing group, the Mexican American.
The- history and culture of the Mexican American dates back centuries and is reflected in the
CEDA Counselors Start Clean-up Prograrp
During the month of March and April, the C.E.D.A. Home Counselors -will be conducting a neighborhood clean-up campaign. To date they have been responsible for the removal of 60 old and broken appliances, (washers, refrigerators, sofas,, radiators, etc.), and 1 7 junk autos..
The program has been met'With the cooperation of the City's Department of Sanitary Services, headed by Mr. Pat Bucci.
Counselors working on the program, will notify the city of the addresses where the items to be discarded can be picked up. All the city asks is that the items be placed in the alley so that they can get to it.
We can all do our part to improve the environment on the Westside. by cleaning, up vacant lots, getting rid of appliances that can be dangerous to, children, removing junk autos from our yards, and working with each other. For more information about the clean-up campaign call Andy Lovato at 534-8164 or 534-8165.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The Westside can be proud of the fact that it is the only neighborhood in the whole state of Colorado that has two Chicano elected officials State Senator Roger Cisneros and State Representative Betty Benavidez. Representative Benavidez was the first chicana elected official in the history of Colorado, she is presently serving her 2nd term.
graphics that have been painted on the walls of the new Del Pueblo School. The graphics are designs copied from stamps used in ancient Mexico. The stamps were made of clay and used for printing designs on skins, cloth, or paper. They were also used to stamp designs on pottery. The stamps were often traded so their exact origin is hard to determine. Some of them were, found in Mexico City. Veracruz. Teotihuacan-the ancient city of the Aztecs. Guerrero, and Michoacan.
A greater awareness and understanding of all, groups and their contributions is important not only to the Del Pueblo community but to our entire metropolitan area, and indeed Our country.
The name Del Pueblo means "of or belonging to the community." A child's community plays 3 most important role in his or her education and cannot be overlooked. This is why we are vitally interested in Del Pueblo truly becomingr a school of and for the people of this community.
Del Pueblo is truley a community school that the whole Westside can be proud of. __________*_______________
WESTSIDE RECORDER OFFERS THANKS TO AURARIA
The Westside Recorder would like to take this opportunity, to thank the staff of Auraria Community Center, and the Denver University Students placed there for raising funds for this months Recorder issue.
A dinner was held at Auraria this last month and helped make this months Westside Recorder possible. Donations to help sustain this community paper can be mailed to Westside Recorder. 904 W. 9th Ave., Denver. Colorado 80204.
State Representative Betty Benavidez congratulates Mr. Vic Romero, DelPueblo Principal, on dedication night.Ms. Benavidez was one of many elected officials who attended the festivities.
First Two Chicano Deacons Ordained For Archdiocese Of Denver
The first two Chicano deacons In the history of the Catholic Church in Colorado were ordained to serve in the Archdiocese of Denver on April 6th. The ordinations were made by Archbishop James V. Casey in the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. .
Two married men with children. Marcus Baca and Paul Garcia were received in the special ministry of the diaconate. The diaconate
program was restored by the second Vatican council in 1964.
The deacon by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders is and ordained member of the clergy. He is a minister who preaches, baptizes, performs marriages, conducts funeral services and reserves and distributes the holy Eucharist.
In the past the Archdiocese has had to depend on the religious
order of priest?. The Theatines from Spain to meet the spiritual needs of the, large catholic population who are Spanish-Speaking. The majority of priests from the Theatine order are from Spain who have only the Spanish language in common with the Chicano people of the Southwest.
The newly ordained deacons although employed full time will be serving their ministry with the Spanish Speaking -on weekends, evenings and in their spare time. Mr. Baca and Mr. Garcia are both members of St. Anthonys Parish. The Chicano community is indeed fortunate to have these two men ordained' to serve in the Archdiocese of Denver, where over 45% of the catholic population is Spanish surnamed. This type of ministry is long overdue.
NEW
MARIPOSA
HEALTH
CLINIC
The new Mariposa Health-Clinic to be built on 11 th Avenue between Kalamath and Lipan is finally under way. Thru the efforts' of the Westside Coalition the City awarded $400,000.00 to the Westside for a new health facility, thru the Coalition and many individuals a Mariposa Planning Committee was formed! The committee to be made up of president and interested, individuals. For almost 1 year the planning committee has met^-the committee consists of Celina Garcia. Chairwoman. Marie Martinez, resident. Auraria Community Center. Jean Jackson, resident. Dorothy Martin, resident. Margaret Gifford, resident, Mary Vigil, resident. Mariposa Health Clinic. Mary Villafuerte, Westside Actidn Center. RitaLucero Westside Action Center. Josie Acosta. C.E.D.A. Home Counseling. Mattie Nixon, resident, some of the administrative expertize on the committee are Jess Martinez. Health Hospitals. Phil Gallegos. Architect. Bob Engleke. Architect. .Fred Manzanares. Principle. Greenlee Elementary School. The hopes of the planning committee was to design and build the facility to best fit the demands of a needed health facility and to design the building to fit the community and its : make-up. The facility will include a pediactric. maternity, dental facilities and social services exam rooms waiting areas and a childs playrbom will be provided. The new Health Facility will architecturally reflect the flavor of the Mexican community. The health facility will provide parking both for the clinic and Greenlee Elementary School, closing 11th avenue ending the thoroughfare auto and truck traffic which has become a hazard for the elementary school.
Purchase of the properties for the health facility have been made, and designing is underway.


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GUEST
EDITORIALS
CITIZEN SUPPORT FOR PASSAGE OF BILINGUALBICULTURE BILL
The following letter was submitted to the Denver Post in support of legislation before the Senate. John Vigil is a long time advocate of bi-lingual and bi-cultural education, and the Recorder is proud to publish his endorsement.
To The Denver Post:
On Tuesday. February 19, THE POST editorial entitled. "Bilingual Bill is just. Deserves Lawmakers' okay." was. in my opinion, one of the f inest positions ever made on behalf of thousands of Spanish speaking children in the state of Colorado.
Rep. Ruben Valdez. D-Denver.
Rep. Betty Benavidez. D-Denver. rep. Leo Lucero. D-Pueblo. and Sen. Roger Cisneros. D-DenveF. the original sponsors of this bilingual bill deserve the support of the entire legislature and community-at-large.
The indisputable fact is that the exclusive use of the "American tongue." does not always serve the educational needs of many thousands of Spanish-speaking children in the state. According to the U. S. Commission Report on Civil Rights, entitled. "Educational Practices Affecting Mexican-American pupils in the Southwest." May, 1972. 27 per cent of the first grade Mexican-American pupils in the Southwest do not speak English as well as the average Anglo first student. This same report stated that Colorado received a total of $260,823 for 235 students in 1970. In that year, one bilingual program was newly funded, and" another was an existing program, for a grand total of two.
Since thenv more than 30 programs were operating during the 1972-73 school year in the state of Color&do. principally, through funding under Title VII. the Bilingual Act and Title I ESEA, also
State
Representative Betty Benavidez Announces for Senate
State Representative Betty Benavidez has announced her candidacy for State Senator for District2. Ms. Benavidez is currently serving her second term in the State House of Representatives. During her two terms in office she has sponsored social Legislation dealing in the areas of housing, aged, tax relief, education in particular bilingual education. Her Her first term in office she was instrumental in spotlighting the need for improved farm worker legislation. Currently she is serving on Health. Welfare, and Institutions. Labor and employment Relations. Transportation and Highways legislative committees.
Ms. Benavidez, a lifelong resident of the district, is involved in numerous community organizations including: Westside Youth Development Project. Westside Coalition, Big Sister Inc., Womens Club of Denver and Jane Jeffersons. She was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the Archdiocese Southwest Regional Council for the Spanish Speaking, also served on the board of the National Mexican Legal Defense Fund.
Representative Benavidez now serves with other elected officials from throughout the country on the National Advisory Board of Elected Officials to the Democrats National Executive Committee. Member of A.C.L.U.. member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Common Cause. Advisory Board of Auraria Higher Education.
Ms. Benavidez firmly believes that women play a key role in the decision making processes of our daily lives by being involved in civic and community affairs.
A negative effect of the recent scandals in Washington is that
federally funded. The Colorado Depart ment of Education publication. Colorado Education. January 1973. listed the location and number of pupils involved in district funded bilingual-biculture programs as follows:
Fort Collins 345 Stratton 24
Windsor 18
Brighton 15
Boulder Valley 15
Dove Creek 8
Kim 6
pupils pupils pupils pupils pupils pupils pupil s
million
Obviously, the $3 allocation of Rep. Reuben Valdez and 19 other legislators would indeed give children from Spanishspeaking backgrounds a much better chance in the Colorado educational system.
Most of the money would go to the 57 school districts which have more than 25 per cent of their enrollment with children that are limited in their knowledge of English. The 11.200 children involved in these districts would then be given the opportunity to learn through the use of bilingual teachers and bilingual classroom aids from kindergarten through grade four (where research tells us it is most important). Three important principles of learning would be set in motion for the advantage of Spanish-speaking students:
1-Conceptional development in the native language would be
utilized to its maximum:
2- The appearance of familiar faces and realistic expectations would provide for atmosphere conducive to learning:
3- Incompatibilities would be avoided through the realization of a child's true abilities which would provide for a better self-image and thus a more successful learning experience.
As a professional educator. I would feel that it behooves all citizens of Colorado to support this beginning effort to promote quality education for all children. The dramatic imbalance of Spanishspeaking children in the dropout rate must be considered intolerable, and corrected.
The need to provide for programs to improve and perfect the English language skills of Spanish-speaking, students must be recognized.
Although it is true that bilingual-bicultural programs are not to be the "panacea" (total answer to the problem), evidence now does exist that will substantiate the* value of bilingual-bicultural programs and show that these programs are educationally sound and beneficial practices in addressing the needs of the Spanish-speaking community.
It is my sincere hope that the Colorado legislature will support this sorely needed display of hope for the children who so badly need it. realizing that the educational process is a difficult endeavor at very best.
JOHN H. VIGIL
people have become disillusioned with the political process, however, Ms. Benavidez believes that people should become more involved to help prevent the abuses exemplified by Watergate from recurring.
The leadership exists in Colorado to deal with the problems of land use. pollution control, social
legislation, employment and campaign reform, penal reform. Ms. Benavidez believes that her two terms in the State Legislature give her an insight into these problems, and she feels that if elected to the State Senate, she can effectively deal with these issues.
The Westside Coalition is still taking care of business.
The Westside Coalition was formed in late 1969 to combat the neighborhoods deterioration and to plan and fight for a sensible redevelopment. At the time the Westside Coalition was formed there was very little or nothing being done in this area. Neighborhood preservation was not a concept that was applied to the Westside. Urban Renewal was only a tool to demolish homes and clear land for other uses. The majority of Community Agencies, then as now. only served the social service needs of eligable residence, applying band-aid treatment where major surgery was needed. The Westside Coalition spotlighted the Westside neighborhood as a community that could be saved, and become as viable as other neighborhoods in Denver. Many hours were spent in organizing residents in meeting with residents and city, state and federal officals and anyone else that we could make listen in order to get the Westside recognized as a* community that should get its fair share of monies for treatment. Many studies were made by;the planning, office and other agencies to determine other possible solutions. The Westside Coalition spearheaded a historic rezoning attempt in an effort to stabilize the community and discourage speculation. The rezoning attemptfailed but attention was focused even more on the needs of this community. The Westside Coalition pointed out to everyone that the impact of the Auraria College Complex would be so immense that unless the residents were prepared the changes could be disastrous. The Coalition ambitiously proceeded to draw up a comprehensive plan to developthis neighborhood, this plan included what was then called the Olympic Press Housing. This housing plan called for the redevelopment of 21 blocks of the North end of the Westside and would have removed the blight that exists now and have added 1 500 new units. This project was scuttled by big business and city officals who seem to have a larger committment to the Eastside neighborhood. This djd not deter the Westside Coalition, residents took up the issue with the Mayor and demanded that something be done for our neighborhood. The Mayor agreed and proceeded to channel funds into our community. $400,000-00 was allocated for a new Mariposa Health Center. $350,000.00for Rehabilitation Grants to home owners. There are many other facilities and programs that are now a reality on the Westside, because of the consistent and dedicated work of those individuals who had vision and faith enough in this community to fight long and hard for a better community, unfortunately there are those shortsighted individuals who think that-because they came by one day and decided that there should be a splash-in at Lincoln Park Pool all of a sudden all of those things appeared. It is a sad fact of life that a neighborhood such as the Westside, with all of its problems seems to attract more problems in the form of individuals that think there empty r^toric is a solution to everyone's problems. Recently another group of individuals submitted a resignation to the Coalition Board, stating that because they were not informed people they could no lqnger Keep up with the active pace that the Coalition Board and Staff set therefore, they Were resigning. These few individuals were presumptuous enough to believe that with there- departure- the Coalition was ended. They took it upon themselves to write letters to the Mayor and City Councilmen and other agencies stating "that there no longer was an* Organization?
City Fathers being what they are immediately tookthis to mean that the Westside was divided and no longer meritted their attention. The Westside Coalition Board and Staff immediately proceeded to remove all doubt that there no longer was a need to invest in this community, but that in fact;there was.an even more effective organization because now the excess weight had been removed and no.w with the truly active.membership that make up the Coalition many of our endeavors will be realized.
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St. Joseph.s Catholic Church is now involving both the parents and godparents in the baptismal ceremony. Father Patrick Sullivan, Pastor of St Joe.s is pictured with godparents Mr. RubenLeal and his wife Lyndia. The pround parents of Catherine Martinez are Mr. Frank Martnez and his wife Patsy.
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WESTSIDE RECORDER April-1974 Page 3
WEST
ARCHER PLACE
Community Profile
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To many Westsiders, West Archer Place is just the name of another street. But just as the other streets are named after famous Indian tribes. West Archer Place, has a unique story about the man whom it is named after.
His name was James Archer, and he was born in Ireland and came to Denver by way of St. Louis. In 1872 he solved some of the city's vvater problems, by establishing Denvers' first indoor plumbing system. He was interested in practically everything that went on in Denver. Especially successful were his gas works that lighted houses and streets from January 1871. Even today, fancy chandeliers in some of West Denvers older homes have gas jets as well as electric sockets.
James Archer' was cine of Denver's mostprominent men in the 1870's. It seems quite unfair that, except for a-street named Archer Place and an enormous statue of him Over, his grave., in Riverside Cemetary. nothing is left to remind Denver of the president of the first water company.
When Archer first organized his Denver City Water Company in 1870. Denver had 4,759 people and a pump-.might have been adequate for their water supply, supply. But Dehvec grew. It had seven times that many people in 1880. The water company had to
spillway that drew water from the expand. Reorganized under a new name, it moved south to build a "colossal" plant. This involved a Platte River about three miles south of Denver where the water would always be pure, the company thought. A ditch carried water to a lake. This was a slight depression in which Titus Spring had bubbled up. A second ditch carried- water from the lake to West 12th Avenue where a building housed two pumps. Hydraulically powered, these pumps forced water into the mains beneath the city streets, and it was called Holly water.
. The lake lay east of the river, north of Ellsworth Avenue south of 8th Avenue. It was named Lake Archer so that Denver would always remember its water pioneer. But the lake has dried up and who remembers James Archer? The ditches, where boys loved to swim, have been filled in, only the building that housed the pumps still-stand. Enlarged, this is now the Denver Water Boards West Side Storehouse and Yard at 1 2th and Shoshone.
The Westside Recorder invites residents of West Denver to write in other aspects of the community that may be of historical interest.' Articles should be sent to the Westside Recorder, 904 W. 9th Ave., Denver, Colorado,
This statue on his grave and a street in West Denver named Archer Place are all that remind Denver of a genial Irish business man who gave the town its first gas lights in 1871 and i|s first piped water in January, 1872.
STREP THROAT
Sister Mary Benedict R.S.M. is shown pointing to one of the 5,000 coloring books that the Westside Coalition distributed in the elementary schools in the area.
Sister Benedict conductec. classes on the danger of untreated strep tbloat, then gave a copy of the coloring book to each of the children at Del Pueblo and St. Joe.s. Greenlee and Fairmont were taken care of last fall by Celina Garcia. Copies of the coloring book were also made available to all thejdead Start Children in the Westside.
The art work for the coloring book was done by Mr. John Flores, a long time resident of the Westside. and depicts a Aztec Warrior fighting off the strep germs that are especially harmful to children
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Richard and Virginia Castro, two involved Westsiders.
This month the Westside Recorder salutes Richard and Virginia Castro of 1 59 W. Ellsworth, for their involvement in seeking to maintain the Westside as a family residential community.
The base of their involvement began as students at Metropolitan State College. Both were instrumental in organizing the United Mexican American Students chapterat the college in 1968. and they worked closely with other UMAS groups around the state, seeking to improve the educational college opportunities for minority students. While undergraduates at Metro they became, involved with many Westside organizations, that were fighting against the site of the Auraria Higher Education Complex being placed in West Denver, at the expense of residents living here. These groups opposed to the Education Complex evolved aa.the Westside Coalition, a neighborhood planning group that has been active in the community for four years.
Richard went on to graduate from Metro State in 1970 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Psychology and a Minor in History. He also holds a Associate of Arts Degree from Trinidad State College in, Elementary Education, in' addition to one year of theology' which he received at St. Thomas Seminary. Like most minority students he had to work full time while going to school. His desire to work with people led him to work at Curtis Park. Community Center where he worked as a group worker for 2 years with all age groups-, providing recreational as well §s social needs.
His last year at Metro State, Castro worked; full-time with the .Denver Youth Services Bureau. as a; street worker in East Denver, After graduating .from Metro he was offered a full scholarship'at Denver' University Gradbate-r SchcOT; ;gf Social ^WorL He re_ceived his. Masters Degree in 1 Community Organization in 1972.
Virginia graduated from Metro one year after her husband, and has a Bachelors- Degree in Behavioral 'Sciences and"a Minor in Spanish. In addition she holds a License: in Practical Nursing -L.P.N. from St.
Josephs Hospital. Her last year at Metro she worked full-time as the Director of the Head Start Program at Auraria Community Center,'
The Castros recognize the value of education and as a result of this awareness, they organized a summer school called La Academia del Barrio, which operated on the Westside for three summers 70, 71, 7-2. The school emphasized a bi -lingual bi-cultural approach to teaching, and was very well received by the residents of the Westside. Due to the lack of funding the school no longer is functioning.
Virginia received her Masters Degree from Denver University in 1973 and has been working at Auraria Community Center as the Social Worker there. Both Virginia and Richard have taught classes at Metro State College in the^evening during their spare time.
Richard had been the Director of the Wests i d e CoaJ i tjo n,f o r two .years -and -recently Heft, that position to head'a home "counseling-service here on the- Westside. Castro believes that the Westside can remain a residential community ; despite all of -the problems of encroachment by the college. business and warehouses.. There are many individuals who share this
same belief, and Castro is proud to have associated himself with those who are making efforts to improve the living conditions for residents of this community.
In addition to his many activities he has been the past Chairman of the Board of Auraria Community Center for two years, has served on various committees of the Colorado Heart Association, and is currently Chairman of a Scholarship Committee at Denver University. He is also a member of the Mayors Manpower Advisory Committee, the Regional Transportation Development Citizens Committee. Plan Metro Denver and Project Common Cause.
The Castros have five children Chris. Phil. Ron. Brenda and Richard Jr. They credit their children for supporting their activities and maintain a family spirit at home that seeks to involve their children in all of-their efforts.
The Westside Recorder would like to take this opportunity to thank the Castros for the intense degree of involvement they have devoted to this community, and to point out that they represent a growing number of younger families that choose to live in West Denver and raise their children in the belief that this neighborhood will survive.
West Byers Avenue
This street was named after William By.ers, the frist editor of the ,Rocky Mountain News. Editor Byers issued the first edition of his paper from the attic of Uncle Dick's log store. (This would carry the address of 1413-11th Streetif it still stood today, it is now the site of the new Auraria Higher Education Complex). Byres, chose Auraria as his initial base., but he was to canny to limit his paper in any way to an embryo town with an uncertain future! His first all-embracing masthead read; "Rocky Mountain News. The Mines and Miners of Kansas and Nebraska.Cherry Creek, K. T.. Saturaday. April 23.1859."
Later Byers erected his own buildings, one after the other, to house his paper. Withe fourth one he was still hedging. He perched the building for his press and office on low piles sunk in the sands of the bed Of Cherry Creek. This was at the foot of McGoa Street (present Market Street); Slightly nearer the west bank, it was technically West Denver but .actually on neutral ground since both Denver, and the settlement of Auraria claimed the creek bed.
That office, stood where the creek had obviously run at many previous dates bothered Byers no more Than it did other people who built offices, stores, the Methodist Church and the city jail in or near the creek bed. The editor had probably been told by men who had been in Denver almost a year that Cherry Creek had dried up and disappeared iryhe fall of 1858.
These pioneers of 1858 and 1859 considered that they-had discovered the West. The mountain
men were ignored. The gold-rushers renamed places that had carded names for .thirty years. Vasquez Creek, for instance.'; On this stream Louis Vasquez had collected beaver since the heyday of the beaver-hat fashion and had. in 1832, built a log shelter at the. mouth of his.-creek. The gold-rushers renamed this Clear Creek and then proceeded to dump mine tailings into it so that it is seldom clear;
Some of the mountain men. like Louis Vasquez. told the emigrants of 1 858-59 to beware of', the insignificant streams .which could become powerful torrents without warning. The Indians told Byers that Cherry Creek could suddenly become so big and held their hands above their heads. Byers looked at the Indians, with their hands stretched above their heads,, then looked at little Cherry Creek, no bigger than a eastern branch, and built his house upon the sand.
He learned. At 2 lift on May 20, 1864. Cherry Creek roared between the two towns with a wall of water which did hot start to recede until seven o clock the same morning. With no effort, it swept the Rocky Mountain News building off its piles and almost drowned the five men .who were asleep in the building. Later pieces of the power press were taken off a sandbar .in the Platte River opposite 20th Street, and seven years later, when James Archer was sinking a well for the first waterworks of "Denver, his workmen found part of the old News hand press twelve feet below the surface of the sand.
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AURARIA COMMUNITY PROFILE
for a year. She also took part in a 9
AURARIA CENTER NEWS
This month our Auraria Community Profile will honor Mrs. Piedad Barela, the babysitter for the center.
Mrs. Barela is an integral part of Auraria. She makes it possible for Westside mothers to take part in activities. Babysitting is free and mothers can relax and enjoy themselves, because they know their children are in good hands.
Mrs. Barela has been at Auraria for three years off and on. depending oh the need, and before that she was a Headstart Volunteer
There seems to be a need in the Westside for some specific training programs in the area of Learning Disabilities:
Since the State Legislature passed the Handicapped Childrens Educational Act, it has opened up possibilities for the schools.to put more time and effort (due to having more funds to work with) into concentrating more time on children with some kind of handicap which prevents them from getting a quality'education.
Recently parents have been inquiring about what the terms used in the schools mean, i.e. Ismychjld mentally retarded, educationally handicapped, learning disabled? What does all this mean? What tests do they use to find out? How do I find out?
As a result of these inquiries Aurariq Social Services organized a workshop for parents and community workers, designed to
week training program >n Child Care in 1972, offered by Opportunity School. She has a certificate to prove her success in this training.
The Barela family has been a resident of the Westside for twenty-seven years. Mrs. Barela and her husband Ray have seven children ages ranging from. 31 to 17. They are: Elmer, Thatcher. Rosemarie. Ray Jr.. Ceddio. Wayne and Janette.
We sincerely salute this beautiful lady who is helping Auraria become the kind of center it should be.
answer these types questions. Mr.:, Carlos 'Cuarori/'a doctoral candidate in special education at Denver University conducted the five week workshop between. Japuary 10. thru February 14.1974 there was excellent participation (25 people). People who attended the majority of the sessions will be receiving a certificate- for use on resumes and possibly college credit. This is being worked on at this time.
The Women's club 6f Denver through .Nancy Hoiber. Education Committee Chairman. Carlos received $150.00 for his work on this program.
They will be working on a fund raising program this summer to provide for another workshop in August:
If you are interested in more information on this program call Virginia Castro. Social Worker at .Auraria 534-7615.
TEEN AND PRE-TEEN CHILDREN
Y.A.L. BASEBALL:
TEEN AND PRE-TEEN BOYS.- Play in the young American Baseball League. "AZTECS". Registration 1 March 1974. Season-MARCH. APRIL. AND MAY. (Equipment check out sheets must be signed by both parent and participant before equipment is issued.)
CAMP MALO:
TEEN AND PRE-TEEN BOYS AND GIRLS The camp will operate foj^ eight weeks, with four two week sessions set aside for four seperate age groups. 8 to 10 yr. olds. 11to ISyr.olds^ 14 to 15yr. olds, and 16 yr. olds alone if possible.(boys and girls will alternate weeks) The program will consist of recreation, culture.' environment, and mounta ^|ve ering/camping. Registration 1974-Season: June. July, and August. Fee, $5.00 payable in advance-incudes. Transportation to camp malo and return to Auraria. Food and Lodging for five days. Physical are required and must be submitted at time fee is payed, (The range of our camp prog ca m wi i f: depend on the availability of funds and supplies) ARTS AND CRAFTS (4H CLUB): TEEN AND PRE-TEEN BOYS AND GIRLS. Techniques in hand crafts, and outdoor cooking. Instructions in wild life conservation, and immediate area environment. Begins with registration in June and extend thru August 1974. Date for registration will be posted on the bulletin board. A two hour session will be offered twice a week. NO CHARGE.
TENNIS:
TEEN AND PRE-TEEN BOYS AND GIRLS. Introduction to fundamentals of tennis. Begins with registration in June and extend thru July 1974. Date for registration will be posted on the bulletin board. Fee $2.00 payable in advance. Includes all coaching and useofequiprperit. CERAMICS:
TEEN AND PRE-TEEN BOYS AND GiRLS. Techniques in cleaning greenware, painting, and spraying b i S'q lieu Introduction in fundamentals of working with Deca-Podge. Teefejcost of item, paints and' firing. Tue. thru fri.-2':O0 5:00 P.M. Juris, July and Aug.
MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM:
Free Play, table tennis, dodge ball, etc, 2:00 thru 5:00 P.M. beginning June thru Aug. 1974. Gym shoes or stockirig feet only. NO CHARGE. YAL FOOTBALL:
BOYS 7 THRU 14 yrs. Play in the Young American Football League "AZTECS". Registration: August 5th and 6th ? 3:00 thru 5:00 p.m. Season Sept.-. October, and November -1974. Physicals are required and must be submitted at time fee is payed. Equipment check out sheet must be signed by both parent and participant before equipment is issued.
ADULTS/SENIOR CITIZENS
CERAMICS:
Techniques in cleaning greenware, painting, and spraying bisque. Introduction in fundamentals of working with Deca-Podge. Fee- cost of item, paints and firing. Tue. thru Friday 9:30 thru 2:00 P.M. June. July and Aug. '
SEWING:
Sewing skills taught at all levels. Taught by Opportunity School. Machines furnished. Thursday 1:00 thru 3:00 P.M. Bring a friend and yOur material. NO CHARGE COOKING CLASS:
Special program of varied ideas for the Homemaker. Taught by Ms. Lopez of the Opportunity School. Food and cooking utensils furnished. NO CHARGE.
SHOPPING TRANSPORTATION: Transportation will be scheduled on a month to month basis. Depending upon the requirement of our Senior Citizens. Dates and times of scheduled transportation will be posted in the following places Auraria Community Center Bulletin Board. Mariposa Health Center, and the Lincoln Park Center. NO CHARGE.
CAMP MALO:
The. camp will be open for Adults and Senior Citizens on week-ends omy. All activities at camp, malo must be coordinated thru the Auraria Community Center Director, at least throe weeks in
advance. This will enable the Director ample time to coordinate the use of Cmap Malo with other using agencies. Season Year Rqund. Fee $5.00 per person Senior Citizens No Charge. EXCURSION TOURS:
Excursion tours will be planned a month in advance. Due to the energy shortage Auraria will not attempt to book or schedule long, range tours. Tours will be scheduled solely on the interest of our clientele and availability of transportation.
SOCIAL SERVICES AT AURARIA COMMUNITY CENTER OFFER THE FOLLOWING:
COUNSELING:
Marriage. Alcohol. Family. Drug, Career and Job.
Trained bi-lingual counselors are available at the center from 9 a.m. -7 p.m. All counseling is done by appointment only.
REFERRALS:
Anyone having a proglem which cannot be worked-out at the center will be responsibly referred to another agency. Examples are: Food Stamps. Welfare, Denver General. Housing, and many others. A visit or phone, call to thecenter is sufficient. Spanish-speaking staff is available for this also.
GROUP DISCUSSIONS:
FORSPR/NG
needs demand. There are now two evening groups available in the area of alcohol related problems.
..There also day groups which discuss everyday situations such as raising children, the status of women, abortion, the schools, etc. SCHOOL ADVOCACY:
This service, is offered to those who do not feeM'Comfortable in entering the schools, to discuss problems which involve their children. A phone call to thecenter will put you in touch with a bilingual person who will consult with you. or if need be. accompany you to the school.
LEARNING DISABILITIES: Workshops will be held in this area to help acquaint the parents in the neighborhood with the terms and procedures used in the schools to identify and treat children with learning disabilities. The next workshop will be held in August.
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CHILDREN'S GROUPS:
There are currently 2 children's groups. The focus is on children with learning disabilities and/or physical' handicaps.' They are primarily therapeutic activity oriented; Trained counselors arq in charge of these groups. The ages are 7 to 10 years.
All services are free of Charge. Babysitting is provided- during the day from 9:30 to 5:00. This service offered only to those who are participating in center activities.
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Groups are organized as the
Young American League baseball is part of Aurarias activities for snrina
Loyola Salazar's ceramics classes at Auraria provide a creative outlet for all age groups.
Mr. Lopez is shown training youngsters in the aft of wood craft.
Dorothy Martin is pictured with Auraria's Adult Cooking Qlass.
LEARNING
DISABILITIES
WORK SHOP AT
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COMMUNITY
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WESTSiDE RECORDER April-1974 Page5
BAKER TAKES SECOND IN CITY
The Red Shield Football Team, made up of Baker boys, finished Second in the All City Football League sponsored- by the Red Shield. The Baker group ended up with a 5-1 record, beating Rishel twice 6-0. 13-6: Morey 26-14; Cole 43-0. and Grant 1 5-0. The Baker group lost only to Horace Nabb.
. Standout performers were Larry Arellano, Mike Vigil, Don Mondragon, Gabe Ortegon, Robin Lopez. Ed Strickland. Mike Rogers, Keving Romero. Manual Evans, Julian. Magana. Luis Mejia, Larry Torres, Felix Sharp and Ron Chavez: Coaches were Ed and Tom Woytek. **********
Jimmy Ortega left undeated feather-weight on the boys club boxing
sauad works out with promising fly-weight Benny Munoz Ten or fifteen parents have called:
Mr. Jim Bowers of. the Driver Education program to ask if their youngsters can get into the driver education program in high school. They are interested because many insurance companies offer better rates for those who have had the program. However, the program does not accept pupils who have, already obtained a license. Therefore, parents who wish their youngsters to be in, the program should advise them to wait to get their licenses after they ..have enrolled in the program at West. Statistics have shown that drivers who have taken the course have one-half the accidents and violations of those who have not.
Patrick Castellano of 939 Navajo was selected boy of the month at the boys club.
Unusual Cornerstone
Victor Barros outstanding basketball player for the Boys Club 14-15-16- team.
Material Found in St. Rose
BAKER CHESS CLUB WINS SECOND
The Baker Jr. High School Chess Club finished second < moung 13 junior high school chess teams at the A bra ham ^Lincoln Chess : Tournament last Saturday. The winning team was from Boulder so Baker remains the only undefeated chess team in Denver and has won every other chess match for the last two years. The Baker team will play against the Boulder team again in March and is favored to win the rematch.
The Baker students who participated in the tournament were John Chavez. Carlos Trujillo, Gary Morehead, David Martinez. Kevin Romero, Larry Arellano. Alfred Rios. Robert Lawson, Joey Trujilip. Eddie Santisteven and Edward Trujillo. Transportation was provided by Adolph Gomez and the chess club sponsor J'ohn Gilbert who is a teaoher at Baker:.;.
Last year -the Baker team won every match they played m^luding the Denver Jr. High School Chess Tournament in. March. The team is still ranked number one despite the upset suffered this past weekend. Key players last year who have graduated to high school included Terry Rios. Jesse Arellano, Ana
WESTSIDE COALITION DONATES LA RAZA FILM SERIES
The Westside Coalition, has recently donated a film projector, screen and- 12 film strips to Greenlee Elementary SchooMThe film strips are culturally,orientated to. teach the children at Greenlee about the contributions and history of people of Mexican Ancestry, ancf what they have, brought to this country.
Since the schools predominately Chicano, the;Coalition felt that the film series would help enhance.the classroom setting by placing a emphasis- on cultural pride and heritage.
Mr. Fred Manzahares; PrincipJe of Greenlee, expressed his sincere thanks for this community initiated .effort. The film series is now being integrated ip to the. regular curriculum, and hopefully more of this type of programming will be taking place in pll^Qonv.ec Public,
Baca. Lourdes Delmondo, Danny Vareila. and Art Lopez.
Mr. Gilbert said that taking second place in a tournament tHis large is very good but that he expects the team will do better and he has high hopes that the team will take the city tournament again this year. "When, youre number one every team is after you and sometimes'they get lucky" he. said.
GREENLEE TO HOST SCHOOL CARNIVAL
The Parents and Faculty- of Greenlee Elementary will be hosting a school carnival on Friday evening, April 26, from 5:00 till 9:00. 'All proceeds from the carnival will go to the schools Family Assistance Fund.
Activities planned for that evening are; Ring Toss. Cake Walk, Haunted House. Fishing Pond. White Elephant. Raffles. Bingo and lots of Mexican Food.
Everyone is encouraged to attend this worthy event and share in the fun and ..games. For further information contact Mrs. Chris Deleon^ Community Aide or Greenlee Office at 222-3521.
Sister Thomas Kolba. as provincial ^directress of the Franciscan Order, of Nuns,- has examined a great many cornerstone boxes in recent years.
Friday in the Denver Urban Renewal Authority office she discovered the most unusual items she has yet found in any cornerstone.
"The rings (two of them) are most U n us u a l(" Si s t e r Th o m a s commented as she examined them closely.
"I dont know but .I presume that the rings were sentimental keepsakes given to nuns and that when the cornerstone material was being collected the nuns asked to include the family items. I wont know who included them untifl get back to Wheaton (the provincial headquarters is the Chicago suburb) and look the name up in the archives."
BIRTH AND DEATH
A tag on one ring bears the name Joseph Gohan, Germany and the dates of his birth and death-18.80 and 1889.
The second ring carries the name Otto Predock. France and the birth and death dates* of 170and 1833.
The -cornerstone box came from the addition to St. Rose's Residence Started in 1918. It was discovered as the massive brick structure-long a landmark pf Auraria. was being demolished as part of the Auraria
Fred Manazanares, Principle of Greenlee Elementary and Yvonne Bermudez, 1264 W. 11th, Student Council President, receive one of the twelve records that are part of a Bi-cultural Film Series, that the Westside Coalition donated to the school. Making the presentation is Ms. Betty Sanchez a teacher a*Greenlee and a member of the West side Coalition.
Higher Education complex.
In addition to the two bits of jewelry there were several religious medals, a proclamation in Latin, copies of two newspapers, post, card views of St. Rose's and a couple of. photographs of the building.
The edition of' the Catholic Register included in the cornerstone box was for September 26, 1918. On the front page was a story telling of the upcoming cornerstone laying planned for September 29.
KIRCHHOF CONTRACTOR
The architect was identified in the story as "architect Paroth" with the Contractor being Frank Kirchhof.
The ceremony, was field, according to reports, at 4 p.m. with Bishop Tihen as master of ceremonies. The Knights of St. John Band provided the music and Prof. Lampes Quartet sang.
Elsewhere on the front page of the Register -was a prominent story
about a meeting of Catholic social workers at Catholic University. They were concerned over the social problems arising from the war. Another story was concerned with interesting returning soldiers in settling in the West.
Sister Thomal just happened to be in Denver on business and accompanied by Sister Clara Ann Blume, director of fiscal affairs for the religious order's Francis Heights and Clara Gardens housing projects on the site of the old St. Clara's Orphanage, to the DURA presentation.
NEW HOSPITALS
"We have been building a number of new hospitals replacing old existing ones," Sister Thomal reported, "sw wq have opened several cornerstone boxes recently."
Most of them in the past contained pretty much what was found in the St. Rose's Residence one but without the rings.
Schools.
Earlier in the year the Coalition donated several hundred dollars worth of boo.ks to Auraria .Cqmrriunity Center.'; The books Jike
the film series, emphasized Chicano History and the JVlexican Heritage. Adolph Gomez, the. Director, distributed them to staff and youth .vybo utilized the facility.
ST. JOSEPHS CHURCH
Saturday Eve: 6 pm.
Sunday Morning: 7 am. 8:30 pm. -10 am. & 12 noon SPANISH MASS Every Sunday 10 am.
Parish Offices Staffed by:
Father Patrick Sullivan, Pastor Father Leroy Burke Father Joseph Campbell Father Robert Rebholz Father Edward Kern Brother Thomas Sanhuber
Sister Mary Francis Boyle
568 Galapago
222-9126 Center 534-4408 Rectory


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LA ALMA ANNOUNCES JOBS FOR SUMMER
For the past four summers the West Denver community around Aztlan Park (Lincoln Park) on 11th and Mariposa Street have been successful in providing the positions at La Alma Pool to community people. We would hope to continue this trend in a community endeavor to make community jobs available to the people at this West Denver Community.
Many changes have occurred in the park in the last -four years. Beautiful murals have covered stale, plain walls of brick. The attitude of young people using the pool has greatly changed. Prior to this time broken bottles and other acts of vandalism occurred at the pooi. Since people have seen many friends or relatives that they knew working at the pool, a strong degree of respect and understanding has been established because they could both relate to and identify with each other.
We would highly encpurage the West Denver community people to take the Senior Lifesaving course and Water Safety instruction courses so we can continue this trend. Presently applications are being taken for Pool Manager. Lifeguards and Pool Attendants. Please take note of the schedule for the training because the Senior Lifesaving course and the W.S.I. are required to become Manager and Lifeguard through the City and County of Denver.
This makes an ideal job for summer employment. For further information contact La Alma Recreation Center Staff at 297-3252 from 1-9 p.m. |
Call 399-0550 X297 to register For further information call La Alma Recreation Center 297-3252
ST.
CAJETANS TO REMAIN
The Westsi.de Recorder tias recently been informed about the ststus so St. Cajetan's Church and the Emmanuel shireath Chapel in Auraria.
Both of the above facilities have been owned ; by 1 DURA tor quite some time now. The chapel has been vacant for three months and will be turned over to the Auraria Higher Education Center on May2, of this year. The design work for rehabilitation of the chapel is now being implemented by Mr. Gale Abels, architect from Boulder, Colorado. Input from the Auraria. Higher Education Center to Mr. Abels concerning future use of the chapel calls for a campus, informational center and art gallery.
The rehabilitation work on the chapel should begin in late summer of this year.
St.. Cajetan's Church will be turned over to the Auraria Higher Education Center upon completion of the Church's new facility on West Alameda, scheduled sometime in late '74. The design for the old church is also being implemented by Gale Abels through a contract yvith Auraria Higher Education Center. The proposed use calls for a large (400 students) lecture auditorium. Commencement on the rehabilitation of this facility should fall close to January of 1975.
State
Representative Betty Benavidez Appointed
State Representative Betty Benavidez. 117 5 Lipan, h.as recently' been appointed to the United States Catholic Conference. Division for the Spanish-Speaking. Her appointment is to serve on the Executive Policy Board.
In a letter from Ms. Lupe Anguiano. Southwest Regional Director, she pointed out that Ms. Benavidez strong support and real' concern for.the Spanish Speaking Apostalate is truly a major factor in helping the new program get off to a good start.
Ms. Benavidez is now serving her second consecutive term in the Colorado State House of
Senior Life and W.S.I Schedule for Spring 1974
Day Dates Time Place Address Lessons
Senior M 1/14-2/2 6:45-9:30 Abe Lincoln H. S 2285 So. Federal 1/14, 1/21, 1/28
Lifesaving T-TH 3/19-4/4 6:45-9:30 Morey Jr^ H.S 840 E. 14th 2/4, 2/11, 2/25 3/19, 3/21, 3/26 3/28, 4/2, 4/4
Water M 3/4-4/8 6:45-9:30 Abe Lincoln H. S. 2285 So. Federal 3/4, 3/11, 3/18
Instructor 3/25, 4/1, 4/8
Part I T-TH 4/16-5/2 6:45-9:30 Morey Jr. H. S. 840 E. 14th 4/16, 4/18, 4/23 4/25, 4/30, 5/2
Water Safety M 4/15-5/20 6:45-9:30 Abe Lincoln H. S. 2285 So. Federal 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
Instructor 5/6, 5/13, 5/20
Part II T-TH 5/7-5/23 6:45-9:30 Morey Jr. H. S. 840 E. 14th 5/7, 5/9, 5/14
5/16, 5/21, 5/23
fMESTIZO ART FORUM SHOWING"
For the first time in the Art Media a new concept and ideas-towardsthe Southwestern Artist will be introduced May 6 thru May 18 at the May D & F Downtoyyn.
The Westside Coalition in conjunction with M.E.C.H.A. from Community College of Denver will be sponsoring fh. celebration of Cinco De Mayo the Grand Opening of "Mestizo Art Forum Showing".
The concept of the Southwestern Artist has always been with a Rural Mystic Aura in mind, but what of the Southwestern Urban Cities with their neon lights and miles of concrete pavement? With this in mind the .Westside Coalition contacted urban -students from Community College 'under the direction of Ms. Cecelia Garcia. Artist and Student at the college. Many of the students possessing an abundance of professional talent have put together a show which not only gives an urban city atmosphere,_ but also has that definite Southwestern Art, that has complimented this part of the country'for so many centuries.
Mixed with emotions and frustration of living in a urban city, these artists have expressed and ehowecPa new concept, a new idea and a new beginning in what maybe called Urban Southwestern Art. .
We cordially invite the public to come and experience with us for the first time this type of Gallery Showing. The show will be May 6/ thru May 18 at the May D. &. F Downtowh. A Goand Opening Reception will be held the evening pf May 6. 1.974 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sponsors are the Westside Coaiitipn and M EiC H .A. -Community College Auraria Campus.
For further information contact: Ms. Celina Garcia Westside Coalition 534-5088.
CAPPING
CEREMONIES
Capping ceremonies for fifteen Cental assistant students were held Tuesday, March 19. at 2 p.m. at Emily Griffith Opportunity School.
The ceremony followed 28 weeks of American Dental Assistant Association (ADAA) approved training at Opportunity School Students will now complete eight-week internships in Denver area dental offices and clinics returning to Opportunity School in June for the ADAA certification examination.
Myrna Tiistra. Certified Dental Assistant, (CDA), University of Colorado School of. Dentistry, and Dorothy Olsen, .CDA, Opportunity S c h o o ptfnstructor. presented students with caps.
Students receiving caps were: Verma Brown, Anne Bouton. Elaine Buys. LuAnri Fink, Marcie Geesling, Josephine Gonzales. Hazel Guengerich. AnnaSofia Gustafson. Cynthia Kalstrom, Maxine Lopez,
. Kathy Miller. Marcia Newell, Beth Ross, Deborah Terry and Janet Thompson.
Representatives, and is the first women of Mexican American ancestry to serve in that capacity.
The Westside Recorder would like to take this opportunity tp congratulate Ms. Benavidez on the appointment, and to wish her success in her efforts in representing the. needs of the Catholic Spanish-Speaking Apostalate through the conference.
G.l. FORUM NAMES ITS 74 OUEEN
Valerie Mares 17. A senior at Central Catholic High School, was named Queeri of the Mile High Chapter of the American G.l. Forum last weekend at the 1 l.th Annual Queen Contest and Coronation Ball at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Miss Mares was selected from 10 Contestants. She wilt receive a $100 U.S. Saving ^ Bond and compete in the State and National Contest for additional Scholarship money.
The judges selected Beatrice Conway 18. a senior at West High School,. First runnerup, and Patricia Vigil, 17, a senior at Manuel High School, second runnerup. Paula Martinez and June Esabell, students at Central Catholic High School.' share the title of Miss Congeniality, the Westside Recorder would like to congradulate Miss Mares and wish her all the luck in the State and National Cbntest.
Miss Mares, daughter of Mr. and Ms. Eloy Mares, has been active in the Westside for several years. She has served as assistant dance instructor for the Westsrde Coalition Mexican Fplkloric Dance Group, as well as volunteer for'the United Farm Wofkens Organization.
Her-immediate plans are to attend college at either:C.S,U. or D.U. and major in psyc h b I o gy o r S o c i a I Wo r k.
MEALS FOP ELDERLY OFFERED AT ST. JOE'S
Ms. Valarie Mares, recently elected G.l. Forum Queen, is shown preparing a young dancer for a performance.
Pictured are the concerned Seniors of Lincoln Park who have been active in hosting several functions in the Lincoln Projects.
Everyday'' at 1:00 '^
approximately seventy people'are The group recently hosted a Street, and made, $35.65 which having lunch at St. Joseph's Church Rummage Sale at'1438 Navajo goes towards group activities.
Hall with Father Burk. They are greeted with a smile by hostess Agapita Sandoval and if they need a ride they call their Out Reach person Sal Leyba.
The tasty food is cooked by. the Volunteers of America and served by Anita Duran and Mary Kammer who also make a very good pot of coffee. Some of the Helpers are:
Rose Colman, Frances Garcia.
Burtha Libert. Joe Torres and Max Valentinve, and I'm. sure T^ihave forgotten to mention someone.
After lunch there are Card games.
Grocery Bingo. Movies and on Tuesdays Arts and Crafts taught by John Ruybol andi ibis assistant Consuelo.
A tour was made pf the Denver Art Museum. The guide conducted the tour in Spanish and English.
A good time is being had by all.
The only requirement is that you are'
60 years of age or over. Come and have, lunch with us at St. Joseph's Church Hall -at 1:00 p.m. daily.
LEGISLATURE PASSES TAX REFUND
The legislature passed a bill to increase the $7.00 per person food tax credit to $21.00. Every head of household can apply for his family whether you worked or not in 1973. For example (If you have a family of 5. you will receive $ 105.00 refund.) If you have already filed for this refund, you will just receive $7.00 per person, because the governor has to sign the bill, and you wjll receive the additional $14.00 per person at a later date. You do not need to refile it will be sent to you. If you have any questions regarding this tax refund call State Representative Betty Benavidez 623-0737.


WESTSK)E RECORDER April-1974 Poge 7
G.l. FORUM ENCOURAGES POLITICAL AWARENESS
DENVER The national American G.l members to
vice president of the Forum urged all become politically aware of the past and present voting records, of i me u bent Congresspersons and aware of their opponents and their track records!
J.Q. (Rod) Rodriquez of Salina, Kan made the comment through a release following a meeting with officers representing the Colorado chapters of the American. G.l. Forum, JOBS For Progress' Operation SER (Service-' Employment and Rehabilitation) and the ,G.l. Forum's- Veterans Outreach Program.
"The. Spanish-speaking community must be and should be made aware of the actions of their political leaders which have aided the community. But, the community must also become aware of past inconsistencies in theirrecords and aware of their oppoents and their track records."
jpalncurn bants should be held; accountable for their records and support, of the community," Rodriquez said.
"Other Spanish-speaking groups' are talking about voter education. Education is one qf our prime, concerns in the Forum, and we have been engaged in voter registration and education On a nonpartisan basis for years."
. Rodriquez said one of hforeasons for coming to Colorado' was to disseminate information from the national level to the local .level arid to pick up any information.about local problems the.national officers could be working on.
Rodriquez termed the Sixteen-Point Program of; the Nixon Administration a dismal failure.
"Although the intent" of the,, present administrations/rT6-Point Program was excellent and well conceived it is vyeil known that it has been a dismal, failure and the res pons ibil ity for-.that failure rests solely with the pres-ent a d m i n LsttatioA-.
"Any _of ihe. principal reasons! for that failure is the lack of involvement of community-based organizations like the American G.L Forum. which have continuously '.proven themselves capable of conducting r successful 1 programs such as Operation SER arid Veterans Outreach Program, /"The Co m p re h en s i v e Employment Training Achof 1973 makes provision for the involvement and funding, of. communit.yfoased manpower programs. - v
"We demand that our elected officials promote and support funding of community based groups, like the.Forum, to develop the delivery of manpower programs and other services originally intended in the 16-Point.Program."
The 16-Point Program, the national leader said.; apparently is| going the Way of other priorities. President Nixon has had during his Administration. ''.Early in his Administration, the- President did -place on his priority list the veteran -of the United. States. Now, it appears as though since Vietnam and the disSent which accompanied it are no linger important to. him. neither is the veterap. Veteran is a universal term. The veteran was not recruited to fight for any city or state, he was recruited to fight for his nation, the United States."
the lack of priority is affecting the Forums year-old %Veterans Outreach Program, based in Denver! because now the "Adiminstration is saying there is no money available to assist* the veteran. especially the d is ad va nta ged vet eVa n."
The money is availabe, Rodriquez said, and in a larger quantity than has been indicated to the press and public:
"The Veterans Outreach Program has proved effective, in fact, too effective it seems for the. Administration. As.of February 28, 1974. VOP had accomplished the following: (1) contacted more thapthan 32:000 veterans, (2) registered more than 12.000 of those contacted with the-VOP program, (3) conducted nearly 28,000 interviews designed to -assist registered veterans, (4) made more than' 23,000 referrals to various agencies, of which 37.4% were for employment! 13.4% to education, 4.3% to skill institutions.
1.3% to training employers, and 43.3% to supportative services.
"Of those who have entered VO P's doors, 83:5% of all veterans the the program has registered Were from the Vietnam-Era, and 72% of allW y veterans Were SpaniSh-Surnamed. which includes many Puerto Ricans and Cuban.
"Monies for the program are available through the Comprehensive ..Employment Training Aqt.(CETA) of 1973 which sets as a Criteria that a program be proven effective and be community-based VOP qualifies on both counts."
"It is my understanding that Colorado is .ranked 49th out of the: 50 states in providing Veterans benefits, so why is it that VOP,which is doingthe job. is not to be refunded or threatened with a loss of funds?
"The public is being misled. The mpni.es are there in the Department of Labor budget under the CETA. While 80% of trie funds Will deallocated the governors and mayors for manpower development and another. 1.6% will go. to these p e r.s;p.n s' for co n s o r(tj u m development as an incentive, 4% on the national level is still available. Thjs is 4% of $.350 million which Will go tosuccessful programs: like Job -Corps. Deration'SER and several mjgrant development programs.
"DOL is not Willing to provide-funds for VQP. They, say they are getting but of trie -veterans business. But if this^rs true, why then, is ACTION be funded to do exactly yyhat VQP has been doing successful ly."'.; -
Rodriquez §ajd the Forum and VOP' received information' Friday that ACTION ingoing to have storefronts funded-throughout the nation to: go'out and recruit the disadvantagedveteran and help him obtain his veterans benefits. ;Nbne of the persons involved with the program will.have been trained Orise.rved, jri jhe _armed forces in mbs* cases"but Will be doing they.. a>eWvi.c,b-^th.rip/ugh b^iSTA. a subordinate ACTION program.
"Here is a prime e^arripTe Of ojher agencies attempting to try an.d do What We., have been -doirig successfully. We are currently working w i t h t ri e V e t e .r a n s Administration on a pilot program proposal' Which would provide outreach Services through the VA if HR 2132 should ever come put of the House 'of Representative's Veteiibns/Affairs comfnlttee.
"Furthermore:..'Im pleased to announce that VOP has,received an Army contract to; do recruiting for t'he'- Army's. ROTC; program.";;: Rodriquez said he didn't have the exact amount of the contract available at,the present time as he had just learned about.it Friday.
/"In the long range it looks good for the American G.l. Forum to be operating successful programs which service trie' community in Which Forum members.live. But. in the short.range, the forecast is not so good." because, of the current battles for ; funds to continue programs until June or. July of 1974.
Turning to JOBS For- Progress Operation' SER, Rodriquez noted that the p'rograntis Widely accepted .and recognized for it$ successes in manpower development both locally and nationally. Since the local SER office, under the direction of Sam San d os, f s a ":c o m p r e h erisive m a npowe r delivery system and is using revenue sharing funds." Rodriquez said, "its future inclusion in the plan for funding as part of the on-going manpower system involving CETA looks very promising.";
But. he cautioned, "in spite of past successes. SER must obtain additional funds-to allow expansion of itC services. The defuriding of social programs as- a result of administrative decisions and ploys, in the. past has created a even-. greater,demand for-services -and employment which must foe met''.
"As the major organization that' services, the! Spanish-speaking community, it .is imperative that SER be adequately funded to provide thbse services for the benefit of trio total community."
Rodriquez said it is necessary for members of the Spanish^speaking- community in Denver andColoradq V to become more active and vocal in support of programs which affect.
their lives like VOP and SER.
"I believe the best way to do this is. through the American G.LForum/'
Rodrequez' statement was backed up with full concurrence by:
Macario Anaya, state chairman of the American G.l. Forum. Pueblo.
Mrs. Jennie Jaramillo. state chairwoman of the American G.l. Forum. Pueblo..
Mrs. Sarah Barela, the on/y*woman member of the national board of Operation SER. Denver.'
Ray Roybal. state vice chairman of the American G.l. Forum. Adams County:
Richard Gallegos. VOP management support director.
Raul Barela. VOP Director of Operations.
William Archuleta. VOP Technical Assistance Specialist.
Richard Trujillo, state Partimentarian of the American G.l. Forum. Pueblo.
Mrs. Macario. Anaya, chairwoman of ttfe Women's Unit. Pueblo Chapter. Arnerican G. I. Forum.
Sam Sasandos. Denver director of Operation SER.
Tony Gallegos. National Chari man of the American G.l. Forum.
G.l. Forum and IMAGE Offer
Celebration De Musicalll
On May 23rd the G. I. Forum and IMAGE will be offering Celebracion de Musica III at the Loretta Heights Auditorium at 7:30 in the evening. Tickets will be sold at the door for $2.50.
The entire evening promises to be an entertaining one. with various groups and individuals accompanied by the Denver Symphony presenting an entire, evening of Latin. Mexican and Spanish Music.
Ms. Rita Orona. winner of the Regional Scholarship Award from the Metropolitan Opera, will sing several selections. She will be followed by .Jose Quintana doing solo numbers on the congas.
Su Teatro. a group similar to Teatro Compesino, will be performing Miller's Dance, a Spanish piece going backtothe late 1800's.- The group is composed of students from the University of Colorado Denver Center.
The symphony will be conducted by Dr. Max Madrid, Chairman of the Department of Music at the University of New Mexico.
The two and one half hour performance promises to be one of the highlights of the year, and everyone is encouraged to attend.
For further information contact Ms. Betty.Salazar at 297-2621.
WEST HIGH SCHOOL STATE SPEECH MEET
The West High Competitive Speech Team qualified six students for the State Speech Festival. The students are: Judy Lucer. Annette Zambrano. Herman Wylie.. Frank Rios. Lisa Phillips, and Donna Sanchez.
In the State Contest, held on March 15. and 16. Judy and Annette competed in the Interpretation of Poetry, as did Herman. Judy succeeded in earning her way as far as the Semi-Final Rounds, and Herman won First Award for Poetry for the entire state.
Lisa competed in the Interpretation of Dramatic Literature, and Donna in Humorous Literature with a Mexican Folk Tale. Frank, in the Original Oratory Competition, matched Judy's achievement by gaining his way to the Semi-Final rounds.
Over 500 students from throughout the state took part. West High School was able to qualify six of Mr. Joe Sandoval's speech students. The Westside Recorder would like to congratulate all participants on a job well done.
THANKS!
Ms. Bonnie Burbage and Ms. V Theresa Chambers would like to thank the residents of the Westside. for being so courteous in their driving around Greenlee Elementary. Both women serve as safety patrol on street corners, before and after school.
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MEXICAN FOLK LOR 1C DANCE
Our Westside Coalition Mexican Folkloric Dance Group has been very successful. We have performed for school assemblies in our own neighborhood as well as outlying communities and the response has been wonderful. The purpose for this program is to give our children pride in their ethnic background, thereby increasing their self confidence by giving them a good self-image and to build a bridge of cultural understanding between ethnic groups.
We were awarded a certificate of merit by the Greater Park Hill Troop 90. Presentation Church, also Post 1454 of the V.F.W. and at Hershfield Towers'. Senior Citizens, and the Catholic Education Conference at the Regency Inn.
The success of this program has been the result of the cooperation of: Richard Castro, Coordinator. Consuelo Ruybol. her right hand man. John Ruybol. and excellent Dance instructor, Becky Zamora and her assistant Valerie Mares, our very talented fifty or so youngsters, their parents, and the School
The Vveatwide coalition s Dance group is shown performing at a recent event hosted by the neighborhood organization
Program. 1820 Broadway at 1:00 ,p.m. on the 25fh and we will be part of the entertainment for West High's Annual Noche Alegre on April 26th, and we will also help kick Off the L.U.L.A.C; 1974 State Convention on April ^7th.
The success of the Westside Coalition Mexican Folkloric Dance Program is a real source of pride not only for the children involved but for the community as a whole.
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CHURCH
HISTORY
First Avenue Presbyterian Church dates back to February 6. 1889. when, by action of the Prfesbytery of Denver; it was organized as "THE CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER" to serve a new residential area south of Cherry Creek along Broadway. First meetings of the church were held in Fleming Hall, a frame building owned by Rev. Henry S. Bainton. on S. Broadway, near 1 st Ave. On July 2. 1890. building lots were secured at 1st Ave. and Acoma St. costing $2,000.00 and bui Id i n g proceeded. This first sanctuary, a brick structure in the middle of the
losts with seating capacity for 3_00. was completed op Septembers. \ 1891.
On September 30. 1891. Presbytery was requested to change the name to "THE FIRST AVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH."
On October 2T, 1895. Capitol Avenue Church located at 14th Ave. and Linc'oln St. merged witlCFirst Ave. Church, selling their property to the United Presbyterians. Capitol Ave. Church was the first Presbyterian Church to organize in Denver. December 15. 1861. was .the organization date and Rev. Amos S. Billingsley was the first Pastor..
With tills merger and ensuing growth of congregation a new sanctuary with full basement was constructed, being dedicated February 4. 1907.
Principles and Teachers for allowing our children to miss school without loss of credit. Father Patrick Sullivan has given us the use, of St. Joseph's Church Hall and above all the Colorado Department of Education. "Now that, friends and neighbors, is alot of cooperation."
The month of Aprij we are scheduled to-perform at S.C.O.P. The Senior Community Out Reach

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