Residents of Security, the unicorporated area south of Colorado Springs, are saying thanks to Fran Smith for 18 months of work that resulted in officials declaring the area a quiet zone, allowing trains to roll through without blasting their horns.
Smith teamed with El Paso County Commissioner Dennis Hisey to get the designation.
An afternoon picnic/party is planned Oct. 5 in Security to celebrate.
WE GAVE THE “TOOT” THE “BOOT”
NOW WE’RE GOING TO CELEBRATE!!!!
The area between Main and Fontaine is now a “Quiet Zone”
WHEN: October 5, 2008
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Faith Lutheran Church
(in the “Quiet Zone”)
315 Security Blvd.
Security, CO 80911
WHAT YOU CAN BRING:
This is a pot-luck event; bring a dish or
some appetizer(s) that can be shared with others.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on
What you can expect:
12:00 Setting Up (we can use help!)
12:30 Music (mostly train-themed songs)
1:00 Fran Smith Welcome/thank you, and introductions of key people
1:10 Speakers: Fran Smith / Keith Smith
Mary Ellen Epps
1:30 Presentation of Flowers and “trophy” to Dennis Hisey with poem/song written by Fran Smith
1:40 Silence in honor of the train passing through
(there is likely to be one, but we can’t be sure)
Smith and Hisey hope to meet, finally, for the first time at the picnic. All their work was done by phone and e-mail.
Some Security residents couldn’t wait to say thanks. Heather Ullman circulated a “thank you” card and took photos to give Smith for her efforts. The card was waiting when Smith and her husband, Keith Smith, returned from a cruise.
The quiet zone had taken effect Sept. 4, while the Smiths were away. Neighbors and businesses up and down U.S. Highway 85/87 were thrilled as these photos Ullman took prove: