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Crestone, Colorado

The Town of Crestone is a statutory town in Saguache County, United States. The town population was 127 at the 2010 United States Census, it is a small village at the foot of the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range, in the northern part of the San Luis Valley. Crestone was a small mining town. In the 1970s, a large land development, the Baca Grande, was established to the south and west where several hundred homes have been built; the Crestone area, which includes the Baca Grande and Moffat, Colorado, is a spiritual center with several world religions represented, including: a Hindu temple, a Zen center, a co-ed Carmelite monastery, several Tibetan Buddhist centers, miscellaneous New Age happenings. Crestone is accessible to visitors, a National Forest Service campground is about 3/4 of a mile north of town, other lodging is available, including several bed and breakfasts. Activities in the area include camping, hiking, climbing, as well as spiritual explorations. Crestone is named for the 14,000-foot peaks that lie just east of the town: Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle.

The Crestones, as they are known collectively, in turn, took their name from the Spanish word crestón, according to Walter Borneman and Lyndon Lampert's book A Climbing Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners, means: “the top of a cock’s comb”. The first settlement in the Crestone area occurred after the American Civil War with the granting of the Luis Maria Baca Grant No. 4 to the heirs of the original Baca Grant at Las Vegas, New Mexico. Title to the grant at Las Vegas was clouded by a second grant of the same land; the Baca heirs were offered alternative lands from the public lands of the United States. The square tract selected is 12.5 miles on a side south of Saguache County Road T south of Crestone. The Bacas deeded the land to their attorney; the ranch headquarters were on Crestone Creek to the southwest of Crestone. The Baca Grant was one of the first large tracts of land to be fenced in the West and in its heyday was the home of prize Hereford cattle. In addition to ranching there was some mining in the area to the east and south of Crestone of small shallow iron oxide copper gold ore deposits.

In 1880 the town of Crestone was platted by the owner of the Baca Grant. In 1900, with the help of Eastern investors, George Adams ignited a minor boom, reopening one of the more promising gold mines and building a railroad spur to the town and the mines along the Range south of town. However, lacking good ore, the boom was short lived. A long period of decline followed. By 1948 Crestone had declined to its post-war population of 40 retirees and cowboys who worked on the Grant, as the Baca Grant was called. Many of the old cabins were used as vacation homes. By 1971 the Baca Grant came into the ownership of a corporation which subdivided a portion of the Grant, creating the Baca Grande, a subdivision platted for about 10,000 lots. At great expense, underground utilities were installed and roads built. However, sales lagged and by 1979 the development was considered a liability by the corporation. Maurice Strong, owner of a controlling interest and his fiancée, Hanne Marstrand, visited the development and "fell in love with it."

They were inspired to create a world spiritual center and began granting parcels of land to traditional spiritual organizations. The population began to increase and by 2006 several hundred homes had been built and a number of small spiritual communities had become established; as the Baca Grande contained no provision for business uses, Crestone became the business center of the community and having enacted a small sales tax was in a position to finance further improvements. Crestone is located in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado, it is platted on a quarter section of land on the alluvial fan of North Crestone Creek. Much of the land near the creek where the main part of the city sits, is well watered in normal times, but during a prolonged drought the creek may dry up and underground water levels may fall. In more technical terms, Crestone is located at 37°59′45″N 105°41′59″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles, all of it land.

Census data is for the Town of Crestone. The following is derived from the US census and covers only the town itself, thus giving a misleading idea of the area. About half of the homes in Crestone itself are used only on a seasonal basis; the Crestone community, is much larger, consisting of several hundred homes in the Baca Grande subdivision, the surrounding rural area, the small town of Moffat, Colorado which hosts one of the local schools. As of the census of 2000, there were 73 people, 45 households, 18 families residing in the town; the population density was 290.8 people per square mile. There were 79 housing units at an average density of 314.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 95.89 % 4.11 % from other races. 1.37 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 45 households out of which 8.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.9% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 60.0% don't fit into the above categories.

48.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household siz

Lucian Dun─âreanu

Lucian Dunăreanu is a Romanian gay rights activist and the executive director of Be An Angel Romania, an LGBT rights organisation based in Cluj-Napoca. Since 2004 he has organized the Gay Film Nights Festival, which includes, alongside a film festival, the Miss Travesty contest and the Gay Prize Gala for contributions to Romania's LGBT community. Dunăreanu is the editor of Angelicuss. Dunareanu is the owner of the Veverițele Vesele - ex-Toxice musical group, the first professional drag queen band in Romania, was the first Romanian group of its kind to enter the Eurovision national preselection and Romanian TV shows Mondenii and Românii au talent; the slogan of Veverițele Vesele is that "Drag queen is an art and has nothing to do with sexual orientation". Alongside these activities, Dunăreanu participates in AIDS awareness and prevention campaigns and is the owner of Delirio clubs. Gay rights in Romania Gay Film Nights The chilling life story of a homosexual? No, the life story of a remarkable man: Lucian Dunăreanu Success in a world of prejudice.

The story of Cluj's only gay club Rainbow people. Through culture, against walls

Polish American Association

The Polish American Association is a non-profit human services agency that serves the diverse needs of the Chicago Polish immigrant community. Located in Polish Downtown, the PAA was founded as the Polish Welfare Association in 1922 by a group of prominent Polish businessmen and professionals to provide Polish language social services in Chicago. Since PAA has helped generations of immigrant families adjust to life in the United States. Today, the agency's bilingual and bicultural services remain critical to meet the growing needs of Chicago's Polish community; the Polish community constitutes the second largest ethnic group in the Chicago area. The mission of the Polish American Association, a human service agency, is to serve the diverse needs of the Polish community in the Chicago metro area by providing resources for changing lives, with emphasis on assisting immigrants. PAA contributes to the vitality of Chicago's communities by serving more than 3,000 clients per month through 30 programs and services.

Program areas include social services and employment services, immigrant services and advocacy. PAA's Social Services offer families, youth, battered women, the homeless and those seeking to free themselves of substance abuse an opportunity for hope and personal growth. PAA staff provides professional support and hands-on assistance in clients’ first and most comfortable language to transform lives and create happier, more stable home environments for immigrants. Social services include: individual and family counseling. PAA's Learning Center has helped thousands of Polish immigrants and others in Chicago learn English, prepare for U. S. Citizenship exams, gain new skills to enable them to enter careers in healthcare and other professional settings and become active, contributing members of Chicago's communities; the Learning Center offers English as a Second Language and citizenship classes, literacy tutoring, an award-winning vocational training program for certified nursing assistants and physical rehabilitation aide, office skills training and nursing review classes, job placement and counseling and career counseling program.

PAA has provided employment services since 1981, adult education since 1989, vocational training since 1992. PAA is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education as a Private Business and Vocational School. PAA's immigration counselors help clients complete citizenship applications, including fingerprinting, taking photographs, translating documents, as well as provide information about current immigration policies and procedures. In order to offer its experience and services to a wider audience than those geographically located close to the offices, PAA disseminates information about issues of concern to immigrants through its website, By offering its resources on the Internet, PAA allows linguistically and geographically isolated Polish-speaking individuals throughout the U. S. and the world to receive up-to-date, bilingual information on issues of importance to the community. PAA staff remains in close contact with the local community through regular appearances on Polish radio and print media aimed at providing information and resources on relevant issues.

Through individual case advocacy and human service systems advocacy and interpretation and translation services, PAA works to address broader issues that prevent its clients from achieving social and economic self-sufficiency. The Polish American Association is an Illinois not-profit corporation qualifying for tax-exempt status under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code. Revenues are received in the form of contributions from individuals and organizations. Revenues are used to fulfill the organization's chartered purpose; the voluntary board of directors is responsible for overseeing and charting the organization's operations, including its financial activities. At PAA, the clients find comprehensive services provided by a Polish-speaking staff of more than 150 professionals, most of whom are immigrants themselves and experienced in addressing the problems caused by relocation to a new country. For linguistic and economic reasons, many members of the Polish community could not and would not be served by any other agency.

To promote the organization's work and to raise funds, PAA holds an Annual Gala in November and a Chairman's Brunch in the spring. In addition, several smaller fundraising events are planned throughout the year, including musical events and a series of fundraising luncheons. Polish American Association website

Paul de Sorbait

Paul de Sorbait was an Austrian physician and sanitary engineer. He went to school in Paderborn attended the University of Padua, where he obtained his degree of Doctor of Philosophy and Medicine, he practiced as a physician in Rome and Arnhem, in August, 1652, was made a member of the medical faculty of the University of Vienna. In 1655 he became professor of theoretical medicine at the same university, in 1666 professor of practical medicine. In 1658 he was appointed court-physician to the Empress-Dowager Eleonora. In 1676 he added a chapel to it. During the Great Plague of Vienna, the Emperor Leopold I appointed him official councillor and chief supervisor of sanitary conditions in Vienna. Soon after this he was ennobled. In 1681 he founded a scholarship for medical students. During the siege of Vienna by the Turks in 1683 he commanded the company formed of students as chief sergeant-major, his tomb is in the Cathedral of St. Stephen in Vienna. In 1909 the national association of the official doctors of Austria selected Sorbait's portrait as the insignia of the association.

He gained a reputation as a teacher in Vienna by encouragement of anatomy and botany, as well as by adherence to the Hippocratic school. His prominent position in the year 1679 gave him the opportunity to organize sanitary conditions in Vienna. "Universa medicina tam theorica quam practica" etc.. It was issued in a revised and enlarged form under the title: "Praxios medicae tractatus VII". 1669, in German. Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed.. "Paul de Sorbait". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. Cites: Oesterreichischer Galenus, dass ist Lob- Leich- und Ehrenpredig Thro Magnificenz dess Wohl-Edel Gebohrnen und hochgelehrten Pauli de Sorbait von P. Emericus Pfendtner O. F. M. 10 Mai, 1691.

Control TV

ControlTV was a live interactive reality web show executive produced by Seth Green and directed by Big Fantastic. Starting October 6, 2010, 25-year-old Tristan Couvares began the experiment of having his life filmed all day, every day, for a duration of 6 weeks. ControlTV was awarded Digital Luminary Award from the National Association of Television Program Executives and receiving an Honorable Mention during the 2011 Webby Awards. ControlTV produced by actor Seth Green, Matthew Senrich, Ken Fuchs, Steve Kessler, Richard Saperstein, Craig Ullman, Shara Kay documented the life of Tristan Couvares for six weeks, starting October 6, 2010; the show was streamed live 24/7, short, re-cap episodes were posted every weekday. The fans of Control TV had been dubbed "the controllers" and voted on various aspects of daily life such as what Tristan would eat, when he would wake up and what he would wear. At one point, the majority of the viewers voted for Tristan Couvares to have an hour off camera. During the show, many cuss words were bleeped out with a splash screen displaying the word "whoops" and a small repeating audio clip.

In its first 14 days of release, ControlTV received more than 3 million completed unique episode views, with viewers staying for an average of 27 minutes per visit on the live feed. By the end of season one the show had accumulated over 13 million completed unique episode views. Ford and Sprint were sponsors of the show. Tristan Couvares used a Sprint cell phone; every few days, Tristan Couvares would eat a Snickers bar on camera. At the end of the series, the viewers voted to let Tristan Couvares keep the Ford Fiesta, provided by Ford.


A cornette is a piece of female headwear. It is a type of wimple consisting of a large, starched piece of white cloth, folded upwards in such a way as to create the resemblance of horns on the wearer's head, it was reported in The Times to have been "in fashion among the Ladies of Paris" in 1801, made of muslin or gauze and richly ornamented with lace. The cornette was retained as a distinctive piece of clothing into modern times by the Daughters of Charity, a Roman Catholic society of apostolic life founded by St. Vincent de Paul in the mid-17th century; the founder wanted to have the sisters of this new type of religious congregation of women, that tended to the sick and poor, were not required to remain in their cloister, resemble ordinary middle-class women as much as possible in their clothing, including the wearing of the cornette. After the cornette fell into disuse, it became a distinctive feature of the Daughters of Charity, making theirs one of the most recognized religious habits.

Because of the cornette, they were known in Ireland as the "butterfly nuns". In the United States, the Daughters of Charity wore wide, white cornettes for 114 years, from 1850 to 1964. With Vatican II the nun's habits were modernized to return to a clothing that better reflected their charitable role, working with the poor and infirm. List of headgear The Flying Nun Media related to cornettes at Wikimedia Commons