Article and photos by Terri Wiebold
Last month, we featured profiles of the creative team of graphic designers who make The Connection and all we do visually stunning. This month, we would like to introduce you to the talented group of individuals who bring life and color to the articles we print and the stories we share. Our writers were each asked to respond to the question. What was the most memorable story you have written for The Connection?
Kay Bryant, 1 year
I am inspired to write for the paper because The Connection represents just that to me, making connections. The adoption story I wrote about the Dizmang family is my favorite, as it spoke volumes to my soul. I find it heartwarming and full of hope to know our neighbors have such a capacity for love. Here is the story in case you missed it: www.castlepinesconnection.com/news-2017/new-year-new-beginnings-as-the-dizmang-family-adopts.
Lisa Crockett, 9 years
There are so many wonderful amenities in Castle Pines, and I really love writing about them. I started covering the library years ago, and for a long time it seemed like an unachievable fantasy that Castle Pines would ever really have one. Residents here are relentless in pursuit of a worthy goal! Covering the ribbon cutting at the storefront library in 2009 was a dream come true for me as a reporter and for all the dedicated volunteers who worked for years to make it happen. Now, with the opening of the new library and municipal building, the community truly feels like it has a “heart.”
Kathy Fallert, 8 years
The tragic death of Eagle Waste trash collector Brian Rojas was the most memorable story I have covered. I went out to the Daniels Gate Road cul-de-sac on the next scheduled trash collection day to meet a group of neighbors who were out honoring Brian and his family. There were yellow ribbons on all the trash cans and on the neighborhood entry gates. It was very emotional and a wonderful tribute. Grab your Kleenex and read the inspirational story: www.castlepinesconnection.com/news-2011/community-celebrates-a-life-mourns-a-loss.
Elean Gersack, 9 years
There are so many amazing people I have gotten to know during my years as a writer for The Castle Pines Connection and each one of them has truly touched my heart. A few of my favorites include: Charlie Green’s kidney search (and find!); the numerous heart stories and the people who have been brave enough to share their personal journeys; sweet Jessica Ansay and the XDrive Classic; Truett Roselund’s rare disease fight; and my going away tribute to my dear friend Lisa Crockett. My list could go on and on! To read my favorites, go to www.castlepinesconnection.com, and type a name from the story in the search bar.
Joe Gschwendtner, 8 years
Since writing the Wildcat Mountain Lore segment more recently, my rewards come through research and discovery. For almost a year, a map symbol marked “beacon” was a complete mystery to me. No one had a clue, not even in the Douglas County Library. Then, I uncovered an old story about a rancher receiving money to service airmail beacons and one clue led to another. The result was “Wildcat Mountain Highway in the Sky,” a fascinating story about early airmail travails: www.castlepinesconnection.com/news-2017/wildcat-mountain-highway-in-the-sky.
Nancy Koontz, 2 years
It’s so hard to pick just one story. The ones that inspire me the most are about courageous people fighting serious illnesses, loss or adversity. They seem to be able to reach deep inside their soul and stay positive and strong to fight the battle. They refuse to surrender in spite of any odds given and are able to take one day at a time and find their fighting spirit, always to go on to live another day ... and maybe even win against all odds! To read my stories, go to www.castlepinesconnection.com, and type Nancy Koontz in the search bar.
Amanda Merriman, 2 years
Although the Apptitude and Bibliophiliac segments I write most often may not be memorable, per se, I have enjoyed researching and then educating our readers. The most memorable story I’ve covered for The Connection is “Living with Gratitude,” published in the December 2015 paper. Michele Hardin’s positive and thankful approach to life in spite of her cancer diagnosis was something I was honored to share with the community. Here is the story in case you missed it: www.castlepinesconnection.com/news-2015/living-with-gratitude.
Lisa Nicklanovich, 7 years
One of my favorite stories was about resident Jerod Anderson, an art student who created amazing chalk drawings outside King Soopers where he worked. He spent hours sharing his talent and creativity with our community and didn’t even mind that his art was washed away with the rain! People like Jerod make our community a special place to live, and meeting residents who share their gifts is the best part about writing for The Connection. Here is Jerod’s story: www.castlepinesconnection.com/news-1/local-artist-and-grocery-store-clerk-is-sooper-talented.
Michelle Post, 1 year
I am grateful to be a new writer to the paper. The approach of The Connection is unique in its sharing of uplifting, heart-warming, and encouraging stories. The paper does an excellent job of letting others know that who they are as individuals and what they do matters. I look forward to continuing to be a part of that legacy. My passion is life-long learning and I hope to educate and inspire others to release their internal gifts for personal and professional success. Watch for my Life Bytes, Business Bytes and Academic Bytes articles in the paper or keyword search for them at www.castlepinesconnection.com.
Amy Shanahan, 6 years
My very favorite stories to write are human interest stories that showcase the individuals in our community and their interests and talents. My most memorable story was the one I wrote about Jason Frank who follows Bigfoot. I loved doing this story because it embodied to me how we all have passions and unique interests. He completely had me convinced that there really is a Bigfoot! You might become a believer: www.castlepinesconnection.com/news-2016/something-big-is-afoot-in-colorado.
If you enjoy writing and meeting new people and are looking for a way to express your creativity, email Editor@castlepinesconnection.com. We would love to talk with you more about your interests and maybe find a place for you on our writing team!