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  Chamber news
  By Larry Sparks — Six and Geving Insurance; secretary of the EPCC

   The Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce held its March meeting at Grace Community Church in Falcon. Twenty-three local business owners and leaders attended the meeting, which focused on a presentation by the American Legion. Chip Kassow, senior vice commander of the Legion, along with Sharon Wickliff, Dana Ware, Chet Deshner and CJ Baker, outlined the century of service by the Legion. The primary function of this great organization is to support veterans. Historically, the Legion honored veterans at funerals, drafted legislation for the GI Bill and set up rules on the proper treatment of the flag. They sponsor youth education regarding the Constitution and educate on the proper role of government. Within the Falcon community, they support the Fresh Start food pantry.
   
   The chamber is committed to presenting programs that support and educate the membership. The Eastern Plains Chamber of Commerce meets the first Wednesday of each month, from 7 to 8:30 a.m., at Grace Community Church, 9475 Grace Church View in Falcon. Everyone who is interested in growing the business environment on the eastern plains is welcome to attend.
  
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  The American Legion chamber presentation
  By Chip Kossow, presenter and senior vice commander of the Falcon post

   The American Legion was formed on March 15, 1919, by veterans of World War I for the purpose of taking care of America’s war veterans. In short order, it became a very influential nonprofit group with national recognition.
   
   The Legion’s current mission statement is “To enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.” This devotion has led to several key U.S. policies and programs being enacted over the years. Here are a few notable ones:
  • U.S. Veterans Bureau — the forerunner to the Veterans Administration
  • Flag code
  • Boys and Girls State
  • GI Bill — later was amended to the GI Bill for Life.
  • Legion baseball

   While these great accomplishments were at the national level, The American Legion is a grassroots organization. The thousands of posts around the world are embedded in our communities. This is where the majority of the work takes place for our veterans, families and communities. Many of the national ideas originate at a post as a resolution.
   
   Falcon’s Post is “Dane R. Balcon Post 2008.” The Post is named for Army SPC Dane R. Balcon of Falcon, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. The Post serves the Falcon community with programs designed for our veterans, families and the community.
   
   Here are a few:
  • Veterans Administration claims and appeals
  • JROTC awards and scholarships
  • Junior shooting sports
  • Charitable donations
  • Flag education and other patriotic programs

   Eligibility requirements for American Legion membership: If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since Dec. 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving; you are eligible for membership in the American Legion.
   
   Our Legion family consists of the Auxiliary for spouses of veterans and female family members, Sons of the American Legion for male descendants of veterans, and the American Legion Riders for veterans and family members who ride motorcycles.
   
   The Post currently meets at Patriot High School at 11990 Swingline Road on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except November and December. Contact the Post at any of the following:
   
   719-749-1140
   Legionpost2008@gmail.com
   Legionpost2008.com
  
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  Polished Beauty salon
  By Cailean Anderson

   The Oasis Salon is now the Polished Beauty Salon and Spa. Jennifer Strauser is the new owner.
   
   This is Strauser’s first venture as a business owner, and her motivation to own a salon is based on her daughter. “My daughter went to beauty school and told me I needed to go, and I decided to leave the insurance world to start doing nails,” she said.
   
   Currently, the shop has four hairstylists and three nail technicians; Jennifer’s future plans include a total of seven hairstylists, six nail technicians and an esthetician. The four hairstylists who were with the Oasis Salon stayed after Strauser bought the salon.
   
   Strauser said what makes her business unique is not just that it is a family-owned business, but also how they manage the customer experience. “We are by appointment only so that everyone gets their time with their technician,” she said. “We only do walk-ins if we have available appointments. We hear all the time ‘thank you for not herding us like cattle.’”
   
   Strauser and her family are originally from Iowa; the U.S. Air Force brought them to Colorado 12 years ago. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her kids and her grandson, and working on various home remodeling projects.
  
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  Connected Healing joins the CBD business
  By Cailean Anderson

   Connected Healing has been in business with a focus on a holistic approach to medical healing, and now the owner has incorporated the use of CBD (Cannabidiol) products.
   
   Alex Hamilton, the owner, and his fiancé, Marcee Ruth, said their main goal with this new business venture is to provide customers with information on the CBD industry. Hamilton believes what makes his business unique compared to his competition is about his approach.
   
   While most CBD companies manufacture their products in bulk and sell it as a generalized product, Hamilton and his fiancé are offering a tailored experience based on the needs of the customer — products suited specifically to each person.
   
   Through constant rigorous testing, Hamilton is creating what his customers need.
   
   “This is a small business that COVID has hit, and he is trying to help people,” Ruth said. And she said there is potential for growth and more employees, once they have established themselves and have recovered from the effects of the pandemic. “I am no different in the way that you could walk in and probably get something you could buy at a normal store or you can get something that is different to try, and see if you like one better,” Hamilton said.
   
   Hamilton and Ruth are originally from Steamboat Springs. They were attracted to this particular area of Colorado because they felt their business could gain momentum in Colorado Springs and Black Forest. Prior to their move, Hamilton spent time in Denver, where he learned multiple facets of CBD and various herbs and other holistic sources that could be beneficial to one’s health.
   
   Outside of the workplace, Hamilton likes to dine out with Ruth, play video games and basketball. He also researches the stock market. But mostly for now, he said his primary focus is the CBD business, and making it a quality experience for his customers.
  
Alex Hamilton and Marcee Ruth are now offering CBD products as part of their Connected Healing business.
 
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