<h3>American Legion launches G.I. Bill Web site </h3>The American Legion has launched www.mygibill.org to help veterans and their families understand the post-Sept. 11 G.I. Bill, which takes effect Aug. 1, and how it compares with other federal education benefits for veterans. The site includes explanations of the bill’s benefits, news alerts and updates, frequently asked questions, state-by-state benefits and online application opportunities.
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<h3>Cartridge World receives sustainability award </h3>Cartridge World Briargate has received the 2008 Sustainability Champion Award from the coordinators of the Fort Carson Sustainability Project. The company is owned by Amy Scheller. <h3>Office of Advocacy launches small biz blog </h3>The Office of Advocacy has launched a small business blog focusing on regulatory issues, small business research and state regulatory activity.
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<h3>B&G Club receives $50,000 for Teen Leadership Academy </h3>The Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region has received a $50,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to help teenagers develop and strengthen their leadership skills. The 22-week Teen Leadership Academy focuses on economic empowerment, college preparation and job readiness, tolerance, inclusion and diversity skills.
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<h3>Fatherhood program receives award </h3>The Center on Fathering, a program of the El Paso County Department of Human Services, has received a $3,000 Fatherhood Resource Center award from the National Fatherhood Initiative. FRC is a suite of skill-building resources — curricula, interactive CDs and brochures — designed for dads.
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<h3>Citizens Project’s Fifth Annual Divine Award </h3>Citizens Project invites residents to submit nominations for this prestigious award that recognizes a person in the Pikes Peak region who has worked tirelessly to create a vibrant democracy in which equal rights are protected, individual freedoms are secure, differences are respected and people fully participate in civic life.
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<h3>Colorado Lottery wins advertising awards </h3>The Colorado Lottery has received several advertising awards from the National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. The Silver Celebration Spadea won a Hickey Award for Print Advertising: Print Ad — Color. The television advertisement called “Game On” for the lottery’s Colorado Millionaire scratch game won a Batchy Award for Television Advertising: Use of Cinematography.
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<h3>Volunteers needed for Make a Difference Month </h3>Make a Difference Day has turned into Make a Difference Month locally, making October the largest communitywide volunteer effort in the history of Colorado Springs. Last year more than 3,000 volunteers participated in the event.
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<h3>Flight for Life Colorado honors heroes </h3>Flight for Life Colorado has recognized crews from two incidents of gun violence with “Wings of Honor” awards. The first award honors the crews on the scene at the New Life Church shooting during December.
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<h3>‘Fill the Boot’ campaign sets state record </h3>After receiving a final tally from the bank, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced that the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters Association raised $153,839.81 during 2008, setting a state record for Fill the Boot.
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<h3>Volunteers needed for Make a Difference Month </h3>Make a Difference Day has turned into Make a Difference Month locally, making October the largest communitywide volunteer effort in the history of Colorado Springs. Last year more than 3,000 volunteers participated in the event.
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<h3>Roan Plateau lease sales set record </h3>The Roan Plateau lease sales netted $113.9 million, making it the highest grossing onshore oil and natural gas lease sale in Bureau of Land Management history in the lower 48 states. A total of 54,631 acres in 31 parcels were sold. The previous high for an oil and natural gas lease sale in Colorado was $11.8 million during February 2006.
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<h3>Melting Pot wins Wine Spectator award </h3> The Melting Pot has received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Winners are selected based on having a wine list with a sufficient selection of better producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. The restaurant, which is owned by Steve and Tracy Carlson, offers more than 160 selections.
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