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Refinancing will save town $120,000/year By George Duncan The Surveyor

The planned refinancing of the town’s water and wastewater systems should save taxpayers about $120,000 a year due to lower interest rates, according to Alan Matlosz, senior vice president with the George K. Baum & Company. The firm is a company that specializes in the structuring, underwriting and marketing of taxable and tax-exempt municipal bonds and securities. The refinancing will also allow the town to secure about $3 million for improvements for the water and wastewater systems. “The refinancing will lower the town payments for the life of the

bonds and avoid any rate increases,” Matlosz said. “We think that after refinancing the cost to the town will be about $120,000 a year lower. We accomplish that by stretching out the payments a bit, but the town has the option to pay off the bonds earlier if it wants.” The refinancing process will take about six weeks as the town will pay off certain loans and issue new ones. “It’s a bit complicated because the process involves both project refinancing for the current bonds and for the new money being used for future improvements,” said Matlosz. Currently, Matlosz said the payment on the wastewater (sewer) bonds is about $800,000. After

refinancing, the payment should be reduced to “the high $600,000.” “The bonds haven’t been sold yet, so we have to wait until the official sale to lock in the interest rates,” he said. The town also has to make sure the new improvements will meet all the rules and regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency and the state health department. The bonds that finance the sales are usually sold in $5,000 increments and usually are considered a sound investment and bought by banks, mutual funds, insurance companies, or by individuals. The interest on the bonds are exempt from federal and state income taxes, he said.

Hewlett Fire in Poudre Canyon

Photo by Becky Justice-Hemmann

Members of the Meining family and the Moon family cut the ribbon at the dedication of the historic Meining cabin on Saturday at the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum. The Meining cabin is open to the public. For more information contact the museum at 532-2147 or visit the website at

Larimer County extends fire restrictions Special to the Survyeor Originally set to expire Monday, May 14 the Board of Larimer County Commissioners have extended fire restrictions on open fires, the use of fireworks, and public fireworks displays through June 15, 2012, for the unincorporated areas of Larimer County. The restrictions were originally adopted on April 10, 2012, in conjunction with restrictions on the Roosevelt National Forest. Today’s extension was based on a recommendation from Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. Contained open fires are not restricted at this time. Because “contained open fires” are not restricted, these are “restrictions,” not a “ban.” Today’s restrictions mean that no open fires are allowed, no open camp or cooking fires, only “contained” open fires such as those in camp stoves and grills using gas or pressurized liquid or those in permanently constructed, stationary, metal or

masonry fireplaces such as those fireplaces located in campgrounds and masonry or metal fire pits. It is okay to operate combustion engines with spark-arresting devices, properly installed and in working order. Citizens who live in unincorporated areas of Larimer County can operate a charcoal grill on a non-combustible surface at least 10 feet in diameter at their private residence. • No fireworks or fireworks displays are allowed under these restrictions. • No agricultural burning is allowed under these restrictions. • No open campfires are allowed under these restrictions. The sheriff can exempt items from these restrictions based on his pre-approval and inspection. Any person who knowingly violates the restrictions commits a class two petty offense and can be fined. The county’s complete “fire ordinance” is available at: Individual restrictions such as these spell out which items from the ordinance are allowed and not-allowed.


By Becky Justice-Hemmann The Surveyor

The Hewlett Fire was reported Monday afternoon on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest. The fire is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins, 10 miles west of the junction of Highway 14 and Highway 287 near the Hewlett Gulch Trail in the Poudre Canyon. At press time on Wednesday morning the fire was reported to be five percent contained. The fire is estimated at 982 acres, in a steep, rugged terrain. The fire is located less than one mile from Poudre Park. Structures are located near the fire, but none are immediately threatened. Smoke is visible from Fort Collins. The Hewlett Gulch Trail, Greyrock Trail, and the area surrounding the trails are closed. Additional firefighters have been ordered. Firefighters are utilizing air resources, including a heavy air tanker, Type 1 and 3 Helicopters with Air Attack (coordinates air resources from the sky), to assist ground firefighters. Firefighters are focusing on structure protection, securing fire line in areas near the community, and public and firefighter safety today. Gusty winds are possible today. A firefighter sustained minor injuries

Tuesday night and was treated and released. No evacuations have been ordered for the Hewlett Fire. An alert was sent to residents along Highway 14 from mile marker 110 to 115 that there was a wildfire in the area and to be prepared to evacuate if necessary. • If an evacuation is ordered, residents will be notified as quickly as possible. • Residents should make sure that their emergency contact information is updated at and that their numbers are not blocked to receive calls. • Residents in the affected area should be prepared to evacuate immediately. They should have important documents, medications, eyeglasses, dentures, etc. ready to go. Pets should be kept close so you don’t have to search for them when it’s time to go. • If you feel uncomfortable at all you should leave. Don’t wait for an emergency notification if you feel

threatened. Let someone outside the area know where you are. • Put a white towel on your front door to alert firefighters that you have evacuated. You can also call Larimer County Emergency Communications at 416-1985 to let them know you have left. • People need to exercise caution. Information for residents is available at 970-498-5500. For recorded information, 970-4981030. Detailed information on the fire can be found at incident/2863/ or by calling the Forest Service Information line at 498-1030.

Rabies confirmed in skunk in west Ft. Collins

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Berthoud Elementary incorporated Jammin’ Minute ideas for one of their after school clubs. Jammin’ Minute is a one-minute fitness routine that includes five very simple exercises that kids (and staff) can do while either standing at their desk or sitting in a chair. Their after-school club involved 20 students from grades third, fourth and fifth. Staff sponsors were Mrs. Lamp, Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Courtight, Mrs. Kincaid and Ms. Allshouse. The students were to think about Colorado topics, possibly something they learned from social studies. Then they chose their favorite topics and came up with movements to go along with them. Each group presented their routine and everyone voted for their one favorite from each group. The final week was spent rehearsing their routine and recording it. The students did an amazing job and really enjoyed the process.

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The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment announced today that a skunk found close to the foothills west of Fort Collins tested positive for rabies. The skunk was tested both locally and by the CDC in Atlanta and confirmed to have the skunk variant of rabies, the first time this type of rabies has been confirmed in a populated area of Larimer County. The skunk was found in the area of LaPorte Avenue, about a mile west of Overland Trail, close to the foothills, in an enclosed area that pets and pedestrians would not be able to access. (The skunk was not found in the community of Laporte, which is about three miles north. The closest residences are about a mile away. The skunk appeared to have been mauled by a large animal, possibly a coyote, bobcat or mountain lion, which might have become infected in the attack. The Foothills Trail on the east ridge overlooking Horsetooth Reservoir is about a half mile west of this area. Hikers in the foothills and natural areas are cautioned to keep their distance from all skunks and wild predators, and ALWAYS keep their dogs on leashes. Unvaccinated dogs and cats that come into contact with a rabid animal will either need to be euthanized or vaccinated and quarantined at a veterinary facility for 90 days, followed by another 90 days of home quarantine, which can be very expensive. Pets that are behind in their vaccinations must be vaccinated and quarantined at home for 90 days. Fully vaccinated pets need a booster and 45 days of observation at home. There is no cure for rabies. To lower your or your pets’ exposure to rabies, the Health Department recommends the following:

• Vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets as recommended by your veterinarian; make sure they are up-to-date on their shots. Animals too young to be vaccinated should be kept indoors. Talk to your large animal vet about vaccinating horses and livestock. • Leash your pets when they accompany you on a walk in your neighborhood or in parks, the foothills or open spaces. Pets who roam freely have an increased chance of an encounter with a wild animal and could be exposed to rabies without your knowledge. • Feed your pets indoors, and bring your pets inside at night. Do not leave pet food outdoors or leave livestock feed containers open in sheds or barns. • Do not feed, touch or handle wild animals and be cautious of stray dogs and cats • Teach children not to touch either live or dead wildlife (including bats) and to tell you when they have been bitten or scratched by a pet. • Call the Larimer Humane Emergency Animal Control line at 970-2263647, Ext. 7, if you see a potentially rabid animal or have a pet that may have been exposed. Also contact your veterinarian without delay if you suspect direct contact between your pet or livestock and a potentially rabid animal. • Call your doctor or visit an emergency room immediately if you are bitten or scratched by an animal that seems sick or threatening. Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. The virus is transmitted through contact with the saliva of infected animals. Vaccination is available to prevent the development of rabies, but only if given soon after exposure. There is no cure for rabies, and it is almost always fatal in both humans and animals.

Signs that an animal might have rabies include: both aggressive behavior or unexpectedly tame behavior in a wild animal; difficulty walking and unstable movements; walking in circles; unusual vocal noises. A skunk that is moving about during the day should be suspected of being sick. Before 2007, the main reservoir for rabies in Colorado was bats. Since 2007, however, skunk rabies has spread rapidly from eastern Colorado and along the Front Range so that skunks are now considered the main reservoir for rabies in Colorado. The only rabid skunk previously found in Larimer County was along the Wyoming border, in a very rural area, in late 2010. Once skunk rabies is established in an area, it cannot be eradicated, and can sometimes spread infections to other common wild animals, such as foxes. The skunk variant of rabies is a form of “terrestrial rabies” since skunks live and travel on the ground, unlike bats. The risk of rabies exposure to wildlife, livestock, pets and humans increases with the presence of terrestrial rabies compared to when rabies occurs primarily in bats. The risk of rabies is also increased when pets and domestic animals and livestock are not properly vaccinated. Domestic animals and pets include cats, dogs, horses and livestock. Only mammals are susceptible to rabies, and small rodents and rabbits are rarely found to be infected. Once skunk rabies is established in an area, more cases can be expected. In the last six weeks in Pueblo, Colo., for example, 10 rabid skunks and one rabid fox have been confirmed. See their interesting Pueblo Rabies Watch blog at http://pueblorabieswatch.

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Electronic age increases library use By George Duncan The Surveyor

In the high-technology age of computers, iPhones, e-mail and Kindle, more than a few scholars and writers have wondered if the old-fashioned print book is going the way of the horse and carriage. Not true, according to Library Director Sara Wright of the Berthoud Community Library District. In fact, it’s just the opposite. The computer/ electronic age has seen an increase in usage of public libraries. Wright said library usage has increased about 10 to 15 percent for the last several years. “People do come to the library to use our public access computers too, and we have computer instruction. But this library is like most libraries across the country — our printed books are still the most popular item,” she said.

Part of the increase may be attributed to the recession that began late in 2008 and the slow recovery. “Our experience has pretty much followed the national trend. When there is a downturn in the economy, library use does go up. That includes the circulation of our books and things like DVDs and audiobooks,” she said. In a tough economy, people may borrow books that in more prosperous times they would have bought, she noted. Compared to the first four months of 2011, the first four months of 2012 have seen a 27 percent increase in activity at the local library. The library has 4,314 card holders, which is about 40 percent of the population of the Berthoud Library District. There are also a number of people from surrounding towns who have local library cards. Wright said that, for the most

part, people in the Berthoud district have the same reading tastes as in other places. “I think in terms of non-fiction, there is greater interest here in local and Western history. But as for fiction, the best sellers in other parts of the nation are best sellers here. The same goes for non-fiction books such as cook books or gardening books,” she said. Although some people feared for the future of the printed book at the coming of the computer age, Wright said most library professionals had a different view and welcomed the new high-tech age. “I think in our profession, librarians looked at the coming changes and said ‘Wow,” look at this different medium that we can use to provide more information more quickly and efficiently. Libraries are in the information business too, along with leisure reading,” she said.

“Every mile helps a child” By Bob McDonnell The Surveyor

Memorial Day weekend is typically filled with many leisure activities. This usually includes picnics, hikes, family gatherings, and maybe running or walking the Bolder Boulder. For some, Memorial Day weekend means that is it time for the 11th Annual Realities for Children motorcycle “rally and ride.” This event is a fundraiser for Realities for Children. Realities is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the unmet needs of abused and neglected children in Larimer County. Realities

POLICEFILES Tuesday, May 8 A summons was issued to a juvenile boy at Berthoud High School (BHS) for possession of drug paraphernalia. A man called and reported that he had seen a man possibly smoking marijuana in a car. The officer stopped the vehicle and reported that the driver showed no signs of drug use. Graffiti on a building was reported in the 800 block of Mountain Avenue. A Berthoud resident reported that the license plate on the back of their car had been stolen in the 500 block of Redwood Circle. A caller reported about eight bats flying around the house in the 700 block of Fifth Street. Wednesday, May 9 A 16-year-old runaway from Longmont was picked up and transported to the HUB in Ft. Collins. The Conoco station reported that

FIREFILES Monday, May 7 BFPD assisted TVEMS with a medical call on Glen Drive. BFPD assisted TVEMS with a medical call at Turner Middle School. BFPD assisted TVEMS with a medical call at the Berthoud Community Center. The patient was transported. Wednesday, May 9 BFPD responded to a medical call with the Berthoud Police on High Plains

CORRECTION In our story about the last Board of Education meeting, we wrote, “Although the potential outcome of current negotiations with the Thompson Education Foundation was factored into the proposed budget according to Towne, a change in the teachers’ contract is expected to impact the board’s job as well.” The party in negotiations with the board is the Thompson Education Association, not the Thompson Education Foundation.

Words of Wisdom Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein (1879—1955)

WEATHER Thursday 84/55 Partly cloudy Friday 85/52 Mostly sunny Saturday 68/48 Mostly cloudy Sunday 70/48 Partly cloudy Monday 75/52 Partly cloudy Source: WeatherBug

for Children says, “Every mile helps a child.” The entry fee is $30 for riders and $10 for their passengers. Because of the many sponsors for the event, 100 percent of the registration fee will go toward helping abused children in Larimer County. To register for the event or get more information on both the ride and the rally, go to Realities for Children’s marketing coordinator, Jennifer Varner, says the money raised goes into Realities’ emergency fun. This means it will go to a teen (under 18) in an abusive situation. The emergency fund can be used when there are no other sources of funds to tap into.

The children are taken from their home for their safety. Typically their needs include housing, clothing or medical attention. Varner thinks close to 2,500 rides are expected for this year’s ride. The bikers ride a 100-mile circuit on their motorcycles, making stops in various communities, including one at Berthoud’s Fickel Park on Sunday, May 27. This year’s new route, whose details will not be disclosed until a few days before the rally and ride, “promises to be the most beautiful yet,” according to Realities’ website. It would not be safe or prudent to have all the motorcycles leaving the

someone had driven off after filling the vehicle with gas. Loose dogs were reported in the 500 block of Redwood Circle. The owner was located. Berthoud police received a report of a juvenile boy out of control at Berthoud Elementary. A caller reported a man sitting in a beige SUV for approximately one hour and that he had been there the day before. He was in the 500 block of S. Ninth Street. A man in a red Honda was reported by the baseball fields in Berthoud Town Park smoking a pot pipe. The man was smoking a cigarette when the officer arrived and there was no sign of drugs. A caller reported that he was being harassed by his mother in the 300 block of Fourth Street.

issues. A caller reported a young male in Roberts Lake and was concerned about his safety. A 12-year-old boy was reported harassing kids at the First United Methodist Church. The boy was located and a warning was issued. A loud stereo was reported in the 800 block of Fourth Street. Loud chickens were reported in the 800 block of First Street. A Berthoud business in the 300 block of Mountain Avenue reported that someone had made a purchase and that the credit card was denied. The card had been reported stolen.

Thursday, May 10 Berthoud police received a report of a man driving recklessly and taking out a sign at the roundabout and damaging three vehicles. The man has diabetic Drive. BFPD responded with TVEMS to a medical call on E. Chapparo Circle. BFPD assisted TVEMS with transporting a patient at the Berthoud Living Center. A BFPD diver assisted Loveland Fire with unclogging a drain from a pump house at Silver Lake. Thursday, May 10 BFPD assisted Loveland Fire with a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 25 at mile marker 253. The fire crew controlled hazards on the vehicles and assisted with traffic control. One patient was transported. BFPD assisted with a medical call on Fourth Street. A female patient had fallen and was complaining of hip pain. The patient was transported. BFPD assisted TVEMS with a medical call for a possible stroke on Chisholm Way. The patient was transported. BFPD responded to a motor vehicle accident at Eighth Street and Mountain Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was experiencing diabetic problems and TVEMS took over patient care. The fire crew assisted with traffic control. Friday, May 11

Friday, May 11 A barking dog was reported in the 300 block of E. Iowa Avenue. A citation was issued. A barking dog was reported in the 300 block of E. Nebraska Avenue. A verbal warning was issued. Saturday, May 12 BFPD assisted TVEMS with a medical call on Eighth Street. BFPD responded to a commercial fire alarm on Bunyan Avenue. There were no visible signs of fire from the exterior or inside the two-story day care. This was a false alarm and the alarm company was notified. Saturday, May 12 BFPD responded to a medical call on Nebraska Avenue. The patient was transported. BFPD responded to an out-of-control bonfire on Chisholm Way. The fire crew extinguished the fire. This was an illegal burn and Larimer County Sheriff’s office issued the homeowner a fine for not having a permit. Sunday, May 13 BFPD assisted TVEMS with a medical call on Fourth Street. The patient was transported. BFPD responded to a residential fire alarm on Fifth Street. The residence was unoccupied upon arrival and smoke alarms were activated and the crew could smell smoke. The crew entered the residence and found a pan burning on the stove.

Grave markers for veterans Starting May 14, Berthoud volunteers will start marking the graves at Berthoud’s Greenlawn Cemetery with a small U.S. Veteran sticker (temporary, about the size of a quarter) for those graves that have no markers.

Over the years, people have reportered that their family members were veteran’s and we want to make sure they are properly honored on Memorial Day when we put out the flags. Thank you to the Berthoud American Legion for purchasing the stickers. If you do not want your family member’s grave marked or to ensure they get a sticker, please contact Sue Brungardt at

Liquor & Medical Marijuana Local Licensing Authority The town of Berthoud is soliciting candidates for a newly formed Liquor & Medical Marijuana Local Licensing Authority. Duties of the local authority include: grant or refuse local licenses for both liquor and medical marijuana licenses; suspend, fine, restrict or revoke such licenses upon a violation. The authority will typically meet once a month, or as needed based on pending applications and/or violations.

Candidate must be a resident within the town limits of Berthoud. Appointment will be for three years. Submit volunteer committee application to: Town of Berthoud, Town Clerk, 328 Massachusetts Ave., PO Box 1229, Berthoud, CO 80513. Application is available at town hall or at For more information call 970-532-2643. Application deadline is June 1, 2012.

start area at the same time and going in the same direction. For that reason, the ride usually has two circuits, one going clockwise and one counter-clockwise throughout northern Colorado. This is a “self-paced” event, with riders stopping at the various communities for food and drink. In the past, the streets around Fickel Park and the nearby neighborhood have been ringed with two- and three-wheeled motorcycles of all sizes, colors and configurations. The riders, most dressed in leather and sporting a lot of black, mingle in the park before heading off to the next stop. While riders and spectators spend time at the park, they can purchase food provided by Reflections for Youth, who

has a facility in Berthoud. Anna Waser, community development director for Reflections for Youth, Inc. says the organization will be co-hosting this year along with the Berthoud BMX group. Waser is again arranging for the Loveland Optimist Club to provide brats and hot dogs as a fundraiser. Information about Reflections for Youth and the BMX will be available. She said, “Many of our clients will be in attendance.” She summed up her feelings by saying, “It will be a great day at Fickel Park with lots of yummy food and great entertainment.” Why not add a stop at the park on Mountain Avenue to your Memorial Day weekend activities?

A Berthoud woman reported three males with pistols in the parking lot at Berthoud High School. The guns were fake cap guns. A teenager was reported standing on the railroad tracks at Third Street and Mountain Avenue, daring a train to run over him and jumping off the track at the last minute. There were other teens standing in the parking lot watching him and they laughed when a woman told him to get off the tracks. The teenagers were gone when the officer arrived.

in a field across from the railroad tracks in the 1000 block of Third Street. The sound was from animals in the field. An out-of-state property owner discovered that someone was farming her property without authorization in the 0200 block of E. Highway 56. A caller reported suspicious teenagers in Berthoud Town Park. The following persons received citations: Marissa M. Vanderbeek, speeding; Stalin Tafura, speeding; Tracie L. Hayes, speeding; Christopher Tomlin, speeding; Robert D. Sinclair, speeding; Donald Kessler, domestic violence, harassment; Gene Arts, disturbance of the peace, barking dog; Sheila Mazone, speeding; Matthew Baumberger, disregarded traffic control. Five traffic warnings and seven code violations were issued.

Sunday, May 13 Berthoud police, along with Berthoud Fire, responded to a fire alarm at a residence in the 100 block of S. Fifth Street. A 50-year-old Berthoud man was arrested and charged with harassment (domestic violence) in the 1000 block of Seventh Street. Monday, May 14 A vehicle window was reported broken out of a car in the 600 block of Capitol Avenue. A caller reported hearing screaming

Alert: The police department is hearing of the reappearance of a popular scam dubbed “Hello, Grandma, I need money” calls. Be aware and notify seniors you may know of this fraudulent scheme.

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Historical American celebrities make appearance at Ivy Stockwell Jim Henson, Johnny Cash, Hank Aaron, Rosa Parks and Elvis were a few of the historical icons that appeared Thursday at Ivy Stockwell. The appearances went along with the fifth graders’ final project for the year where each student researched a famous American. “We gave the students a list of

names to choose from and then they did a five-paragraph research paper,” said fifth-grade teacher Lori Fulka. “They each had to have at least three different sources. Those sources could be the Internet, books, a newspaper, or magazine articles. They had to have a bibliography to cite their sources and a cover page with a picture of the person. We then had each student get into character and create a costume and backdrop. Their families helped with the backdrops

Bella Schramn doing a great Lucille Ball impersonation.

London Hawkins is portraying Rosa Parks, shown with fifth grade teacher Jason Hooker.

By Kathleen Donnelly The Surveyor

Photos by Kathleen Donnelly


Casey Christensen and Ben Alexander announce their marriage May 13, 2012, at the Lionscrest Manor in Lyons. The bride is the daughter of Carl and Melodie Christensen of Berthoud. Casey received an associate of science degree in biology from Front Range Community College and will transfer to University of California Irvine to obtain her Bachelor of Science. She is the assistant manager of Happy Tails Dog Kennel — Sun Pony Horse Ranch in Berthoud. The groom is the son of Will and June Alexander, also of Berthoud. Ben is a U.S. Marine, lance corporal — an assault man, infantry respon-

sible for firing the SMAW — shoulder launched multipurpose assault weapon. Both the bride and groom graduated from Berthoud High School with the class of 2010. Their first date was for the 2010 prom. Ben proposed on Christmas Day at the swings by the pool at Berthoud Town Park. Ben’s brother Nicholas was best man, Kaitlyn Vetorino, the maid of honor, and Rivers Carrell the flower girl. After the wedding on Sunday — Mother’s Day, May 13 — they are honeymooning in Estes Park after which they will drive to Camp Pendelton, Calif. Casey and Ben will make their new home in San Clemente, Calif.

and costumes, which is a great way to get the whole family involved. Then they present their research in an evening performance along with other projects.” Music teacher Jera Robertson picked out songs with patriotic themes to celebrate America and helped the students learn some of the history behind the songs. Some of the songs performed included; “American the Beautiful,” “Fifty Nifty United States,” “Yankee Doodle,” and the favorite of the kids, “Dynamite,” a modern day hip-hop song by Taio. “This is a big highlight for the kids and they are excited to perform,” said Robertson. “The fifth graders put on a performance for the younger kids, so they have seen this project and performance and look forward to it. They have put in a lot of work with their teachers.” The kids all had various reasons for picking the person they wanted to represent. Landon Goodrich chose Jim Henson because he “likes watching the Muppets,” while Derek McCormick chose Elvis because “he was the only good one and I like listening to his music.” Athletes were another favorite with Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Mary Lou Retton all represented. “I chose Hank Aaron because I like baseball and he was really good at it,” said Brock Johnson. “He is my favorite baseball player.” Famous actors and actresses were also represented. Bella Schramn

Casey Christensen and Ben Alexander

portrayed Lucille Ball. “I love watching ‘I Love Lucy’ and she’s really inspired me because she’s not afraid to be foolish and have fun,” said Schramn. London Hawkins chose a person that inspired her as well — Rosa Parks. “I’ve been inspired by her many times in my life and I thought it would be nice to research her,” said Hawkins. “She has been my role Photo by Jennifer Farnham model because Milton Hershey on the left played by Tabitha Farnham, Molly she shows you don’t have to look Brown in the center played by Kathryn Mathiesen, Clara Barton on the right played by Hannah Miller. at skin color to the person they researched, an art see how beautiful show, and PowerPoint presentations. you are on the inside and that everyMore importantly, as each student one should be respected.” moves on to middle school, they will The fifth graders put on a final have the knowledge of American citiperformance last Thursday night for zens who have positively motivated their friends and family. The perforothers. mance included the songs, discussing lish, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score. Nathaniel Ver Steeg, son of Barb In a letter recognizing this and Jeff Ver Steeg and a juexceptional achievement, nior at Berthoud High School, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore earned a top composite score said, “While test scores are of 36 on a recent ACT test. just one of the many criteria Nationally, while the actual that most colleges consider number of students earning when making admission decia composite score of 36 varies sions, your exceptional ACT from year to year, roughly composite score should prove one-tenth of one percent helpful as you pursue your receive a top score. Among education and career goals.” test takers in the high school ACT test scores are acceptgraduating class of 2011, only ed by all major U.S. colleges, Nathaniel 704 of more than 1.6 million and exceptional scores of 36 Ver Steeg students earned a composite provide colleges with evidence score of 36. of student readiness for the academic The ACT consists of tests in Engrigors that lie ahead.

Berthoud junior earns top score in ACT test

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YOUR VOICE To the editor: We would like the opportunity to highlight what we plan to do to honor our veterans on Memorial Day weekend. Both my husband, Eric, and our general manager, Bob, are veterans and they feel strongly that we need to honor our vets on Memorial Day. We plan to specifically target May 26 (pending no rain or bad weather) and communicate our support to our veterans by offering a free car wash through our water wizard. As veterans ourselves, we understand and really appreciate all of the work, effort and sacrifice that our veterans, and their families, go through to support the U. S. and protect the freedom that we have here. Eric spent six years in the Navy and was responsible for all of the electronics control circuitry for the nuclear reactor on the submarine Abraham Lincoln, and he operated the nuclear reactor while underway. Typical deployments entailed a “run” that lasted 10 to 12 weeks with the whole time being submerged. If you took all of the days Eric spent underwater and set them side-by-side, he has spent a total of one and a half years of his life submerged. Bob, our general manager was with the famed “Black Sheep Squadron,” VMA-214, in Viet Nam. This is the same squadron that gained such fame in World War II when Colonel Gregory “Pappy” Boyington met the Japanese over their own fields and piled up a record of 203 planes destroyed or damaged. In Viet Nam the Black Sheep flew 14,000 hours in combat, 13,000 sorties and dropped more than 10,000 tons of ordnance. Bob has over 30 years of experience in the car-wash industry. He has drawn on this experience to enhance our operations and has put an extreme focus on customer service. On May 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will salute all of our veterans by providing a free car wash. To further show

our support, we will be flying American flags and will have a donation jar out for those people that want to show their support to our veterans. The donations will go Berthoud’s VFW. We appreciate the continued support from the town of Berthoud and your paper. Barb Balzer Owner, Berthoud Car Wash To the editor: I am responding to the letter last week concerning the Berthoud High School Baccalaureate service. If you look up the meaning of “Baccalaureate” you will find it reads, “a sermon to a graduating class” — “the service at which such a sermon is delivered.” When I graduated from Berthoud High School the Baccalaureate service was always held in a different church each year (usually Presbyterian or Methodist) and there was a sermon and it was a very respectful service where God was honored. I feel the school needs to get back to tradition and sponsor this event and it should not be an event put on by the parents where they are out soliciting money for décor … refreshments … music … slideshow … design printing … fancy programs … and of all things … gifts to the seniors. The article also goes on to say they need all of this to have it be meaningful … and memorable. What happened here? I suggest we get busy and start reflecting on this event as it was intended to be and that was not a party!   Virginia Huppe Berthoud   To the editor:  It has been “pure joy” for me as I drive through Berthoud, or stop at businesses to see the beautiful and exquisite drawings on the windows of the businesses. The winter scenes were just

beautiful with their colors of blue and the butterflies now are so colorful in oranges, blacks and shaded hues. Thank you to the “secret painters” that are doing this, as I am enjoying that extra “touch” of beauty. What an attractive asset to the streets of Berthoud. Keep it up.   Virginia Huppe Berthoud   To the editor: Recently the House of Representatives voted, along party lines, to kill a

White House lied, jobs died W

hile the White House and its media water-carriers try to distract the American public with gay-marriage talk and half-century-old tales of Mitt Guest Romney’s prep Columnist school pranks, the inconvenient truth remains: President Obama is responsible for perpetrating jaw-dropping, job-killing scientific fraud. And his minions are still Michelle trying to cover it up. Malkin New internal e-mails disclosed by the House Natural Resources Committee this week show that a supposedly exculpatory report on the administration’s doctored drilling moratorium analysis — issued by the Department of Interior’s Inspector General’s office — was itself incomplete, misleading and unsubstantiated. Even more damning, the documents reveal that the White House actively blocked investigators and refuses to comply

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he regular session ended last Wednesday with a rush to finish up about 50 bills still on the calendar. Included in this last minute shuffle was a flurry of amendments to save several of Guest the bills that Columnist got caught in the stalemate created by the civil union debate. In the end, most of the bigger bills killed in the House on Tuesday were included into amendments on other bills with State Senator similar titles Kevin that passed on Lundberg Wednesday. Last January a bill was introduced that languished on the calendar for most of the session. When it did go to committees, the bill passed and finally headed to the floor. There were probably enough votes to pass third reading, but the majority party leadership did not want the bill to become

bill drafted to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling. The majority objected to the way this was going to be paid for: taxes would be raised a bit for the rich, who have been paying at a lower tax rate than you and I for at least a decade. The majority doesn’t object to keeping interest rates low. They just want to pay for it by cutting funding for preventive health care for low income citizens. Lest I be accused of trying to stir up hatred between political parties, I won’t point out which party thinks the rich, who have more, can’t afford to pay their

with subpoenas. Now, as one senior IG agent warned his bosses, “the chickens may be coming home to roost.” A quick refresher: After the BP oil spill in 2010, the White House imposed a radical six-month moratorium on America’s entire deepwater drilling industry. The overbroad ban — inserted into a technical safety document in the middle of the night by Obama’s green extremists — cost an estimated 19,000 jobs and $1.1 billion in lost wages. The anti-drilling administration based its draconian order on recommendations from an expert oil spill panel. But that panel’s own members (along with the federal judiciary) called out then-eco czar Carol Browner for misleading the public about the scientific evidence and “contributing to the perception that the government’s findings were more exact than they actually were.” Browner and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar oversaw the false rewriting of the drilling ban report to completely misrepresent the Obama-appointed panel’s own overwhelming scientific objections to the job-killing edict. Federal judge Martin Feldman in Louisiana blasted the Obama Interior Department for defying his May 2010 order to lift its fraudulent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the

Gulf. He called out the administration’s culture of contempt and “determined disregard” for the law. Ever since, GOP watchdogs have attempted to hold administration officials accountable for the drilling ban fraud. In November 2010, the DOI Inspector General issued a report cited by Salazar to argue that any editing of the drilling ban report was unintentional and mistaken. But e-mails from IG senior agent Richard Larrabee released by the House Natural Resources Committee flatly contradict Salazar. “I truly believe the editing WAS intentional — by an overzealous staffer at the White House. And, if asked, I, as the case agent, would be happy to state that opinion to anyone interested,” Larrabee wrote. He noted that the IG report failed to mention that investigators were unable to independently validate e-mails supplied by Salazar’s office — and that the report was “simply silent” about how the White House blocked investigators’ attempts to interview one of Browner’s chief henchmen, Joe Aldy. “Well, it will be interesting to see if anyone picks up on these things, or cares about them,” Larrabee wrote. Well, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., cares. In a letter to the DOI

Inspector General’s office, Hastings blasted the stonewallers who have hid in the dark for more than a year. “The IG report is being used by the Obama Administration and others as a defense that this matter has already been investigated and resolved. These emails contradict that claim and raise new questions on whether the IG’s investigation was as thorough and complete as it should have been,” Hastings wrote. The actual drafts of the drilling moratorium report and the communications between senior Interior Department officials and White House political appointees remain out of public view. “To date, the Interior Department has never had to disclose documents to the IG or to Congress,” Hastings noted. “Despite the President’s pledge of transparency, this Administration has not answered questions by anyone on how this decision was made that forced thousands of Americans out of work and cost millions of dollars in lost economic activity.” This election isn’t just about jobs, jobs, jobs. It’s about the lies, lies, lies that have led to massive job destruction — and the ruthless corruptocrats using our tax dollars to whitewash their radical green agenda. Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is Copyright 2012

law. Hence, through a procedural move, they killed it and never allowed a floor vote. Was the process violated, or was this the process of the legislature? This may sound like the civil union bill, but in fact it was a bill of mine, SB-135, empowering the secretary of state to set up a state-wide electionnight reporting system. On Tuesday the majority leader laid it over, the Senate president declared the voice vote affirmative, and the bill died in about 10 seconds. There was no outcry that the vote was unfair, no editorials demanded a special session to fix the wrong. No, the system worked just as it was designed to do. The majority party has the prerogative to kill bills they don’t like. I was not pleased with the action. I tried to get them to change their minds, but I did not run over to the press desk and hold an impromptu press conference. I did not try to shut down the Senate. I recognized that elections have consequences. When the people of Colorado elected a Democrat Senate majority, we have to expect this as a part of the process. On Wednesday they killed two more good bills in the same fashion. None-the-less, this coming week we will have a special session to redo the civil union bill that died on procedural moves in the House. It is remarkable that in this year where jobs and the economy should be the top priority, the governor made civil unions his top priority, singling this issue out as the priority in his state of the state address in January and then calling for a special session when the bill did not pass in the regular session. It is probably

no coincidence that this week Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage. Here in Colorado the next step is civil unions, but the final step will be same sex marriage. I expect a civil unions bill will be heard in a committee on Monday afternoon. It will be a public hearing and I recommend anyone who is concerned about this issue should attend this hearing. On Tuesday, regardless of what happens on Monday, there will be a rally for marriage on the west steps of the capitol at noon. Finally, as if this has not been enough, yesterday a Colorado state appeals court ruled that the state’s

proclamation for a Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. This is not the time to twist and torture our First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty. This is the time to pray to the Creator of all who created our right to life and liberty. Editor’s note: Legislation to create civil unions died even faster during the special session that began Monday than it did during the regular session that ended last week. The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee shot down the bill on a 5-4 partyline vote, stopping it from getting to the House floor, where it likely would have passed, with a handful of Republicans joining Democrats.

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Berthoud Weekly Surveyor May 17, 2012 Page 5 The historical society and Mark French are interested in obtaining and copying old photos from Berthoud’s past. Please contact Mark at 532-2147 if you have any photos you would like to share.


1947 Brownie Pet Parade started a decade-long tradition I n the late ‘40s and early ‘50s a summer pet parade was held in Berthoud. The first such event took place in July 1947 when Berthoud’s Girl Surveyor Scout Brownies Columnist hosted a Saturday afternoon parade that began at the school grounds (present-day Fickel Park) and proceeded east down Massachusetts Avenue to Mark Third Street. At French that corner the parade turned south and made its way one block to Mountain Avenue where it headed back west to the school yard. Prizes and refreshments concluded the event that entertained local children for the next several years. On June 26, 1947, The Berthoud Bulletin announced that there would be “Brownie Pet Parade” the coming week. Participants were advised that they would be divided into two divisions — ages 1-7 and 8-13 — and prizes would be awarded in 10 categories that would be judged by Mrs. Vigar, Mrs. Rueter and Dr. Helen Fickel. Categories for the 1947 Brownie Pet Parade included Funniest Costume,

Heirloom plant sale continues Saturday at Pioneer Museum Lots of wonderful planting stock remains from last weekend’s Jennie McCarty Heirloom Garden Group’s plant sale so a second sale will be held Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer

Prettiest Costume, Most Original Costume, Best Behaved Pet, Oldest Behaved Pet, Prettiest Behaved Pet, Biggest Behaved Pet, Best Decorated Two-wheeled Vehicle, Best Decorated Three-wheeled Vehicle and Best Decorated Four-wheeled Vehicle. It was also announced that the prizes would include “toys for all ages” and “candy, gum and Coke contributed by local merchants.” When the day arrived in July 1947 there was such a hubbub that the organizers of the parade neglected to write down the names of the winners so they could be reported in The Berthoud Bulletin. However, Bobby Welch, the elementary school-aged son of the newspaper publisher penned in his weekly column, “It was so much fun to see the trimmed bicycles, dogs, tricycles and other things. All the kids had funny clothes — some of them, I mean. There must have been over 100 kiddies I heard my mother say. It sure was fun. There was a witch with her broom and a little boy dressed like a bride and groom, there was a makebelieve monkey in a cage with a sign, ‘feed the monkey,’ the most nicest thing of all was the Pumpkin Eater.” According to the newspaper 33 community-minded individuals and local businesses contributed over 200 treats and prizes to the Brownie Scouts’ first parade. Some of Berthoud’s businesses that donated money or gifts were Zoller’s Shoe Shop, Jefferes Garage, Snow White Grocery and the Barbre

Museum at 224 Mountain Ave. in Berthoud. Don’t miss this special opportunity to complete your garden with a wide variety of heirloom seedlings that includes many flowers and vegetables that were once raised here in “The Garden Spot of Colorado.” All proceeds benefit the ongoing project to return the grounds of the McCarty-Fickel Home house museum to its original 1916 landscape plan. Call the Pioneer Museum at 970532-2147 for more information.

Red & White store on Mountain Avenue and Nu-Way Cleaners, Chandler’s Shoe shop and Roberston’s Hardware on Third Street. Doctors Donald Arndt and Bruce Fickel also contributed to the cause. In a tradition that dated back to the purchase war bonds during WWI, The Berthoud Bulletin published the name of each donor in an article that appeared on the front page of the newspaper. Unlike earlier years the amount contributed was not disclosed. Over the next decade the parade became known as the “Pet & Doll Parade” and was held at various times during the summer months. In 1948 when the Berthoud Chamber of Commerce founded an annual Flapjack Day celebration on Labor Day weekend, the pet and doll parade was held one week prior to the big community event. From war veterans marching in formation from town to Greenlawn Cemetery on Memorial Day to high

Photo courtesy of Carey Solomonson

In 1950 Berthoud’s Pet & Doll Parade included a group of children that marched through the intersection of Fourth Street and Mountain Avenue on their way back to the school ground that was located at present-day Fickel Park. The building that currently houses the Picture This frame shop at 357 Mountain Ave. may be seen in the background.

school floats navigating the town’s streets during homecoming week, Berthoud has a tradition of parades that dates back well over a century. Maybe

one day the pet and doll parade will be come back to life and, as someone who participated in a few, I’d be all in favor of that!

the public. Linda Weaver Clarke, lecturer and author, flies throughout the United States presenting her workshop to libraries. Mary Jo Gohlke, adult programming for Stockton Public Library, wrote, “Ms Clarke appeals to genealogists and aspiring authors. I was terribly impressed. The people were genuinely attuned to what she presents. She knows her subject and can present it wonderfully. She is thorough, professional, yet strikes just the right chord with her audience.” Clarke became interested in writing when she realized that her ancestors’ stories were intriguing but the facts alone were not enough, so she turned their

biographies into stories that her children would enjoy. “Putting the facts into story form brings an ancestor to life,” Clarke said. I like what Leon Garfield said: ‘The historian, if honest, gives us a photograph; the storyteller gives us a painting.’ What I’m teaching people is how to paint their story, to be the storyteller.” Clarke will be teaching at the Berthoud Community Library at 236 Welch Ave., on Thursday, May 24, 2 - 4 p.m. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their generous sponsorship. The author’s award-winning novel will be available after the event. To learn more about her classes, visit: www.lindaweaverclarke. com.

Foothills Gardens was an education on what people leave other than flowers to remember their friends and relatives. Aaron Corr, manager of the cemetery since 2010, has seen a variety of items left at both this location and at the cemetery in Loveland where he worked previously. By Bob McDonnell Many times when he is working, The Surveyor Corr sees pennies left on headstones. He thinks this is from the saying “a penny If you drive from Berthoud to Longfor your thoughts,” perhaps. mont you have driven by it. “It” is the Flowers are a traditional grave decoFoothills Gardens of Memory cemetery. ration in our culture, but other cultures Slow down a bit as you near Longmont have different ways to and look off to the west remember. The workers at about 107th Street. have seen food left by some Sitting all alone, the from Asian backgrounds. “flat cemetery” has headSmall, usually flat rocks stones that are flush with are found on some graves the ground. Owner of the of those of the Jewish operation, Bob Sweeney, faith. says the cemetery, with Corr and his coworker its great view of Longs Glen McCarthy try to be Peak, covers 39 acres sensitive to the wishes of with only eight acres curPhoto by Bob McDonnell each visitor. A common rently developed. Many unusual items are left item left at some graves Sweeney added that is alcohol. Corr says he at Foothills Gardens and there are 4,000 to 5,000 leaves bottles of alcohol other cemeteries. people buried at this out for a day, but removes location. them because he is aware A recent stop by the site showed flowthat some have died due to the effects of ers to commemorate Easter displayed on drinking and driving. many gravesites. Soon these will be reWhen Corr worked in Loveland, he ocplaced, as families remember their loved casionally found marijuana left at a site. ones with flowers and other adornments Other unusual items Corr has found for Memorial Day. include more than one Alcoholics AnonyA chat with the two men who work at mous pin and an old can opener left for a

departed World War II veteran. Some items are gathered and stored in case people come back for them, such as numerous stuffed animals. Corr has in his possession “a nice cowboy hat” that he figures someone will want someday too. One item we have all seen at cemeteries is the colorful children’s pinwheel. Corr saves some of these to give to children who visit with their families. He feels it helps make it “easier to come to the cemetery.” McCarthy echoed his boss’s stories. A Berthoud resident who has worked at Foothills for a few months, his job is to dig, close and maintain the graves and the grounds. He is kept busy helping with the 130 or more burials done each year. During the summer months when grass has to be mowed, McCarthy says any mementos left have to fit in the vase at each site. During the winter, “anything goes,” he said. He agrees that stuffed animals are a popular item he finds frequently when he comes to work. There has been no problem with theft according to McCarthy. This could be because there is traffic moving on Highway 287 almost any time of day or night. Foothills Gardens of Memory is located at 14241 107th Ave., Longmont. It is owned by Carroll-Lewellen Funeral and Cremation Services. Anyone can be laid to rest there.

Family legacy writing workshop Special to the Surveyor Learn the most important elements of writing your family history, autobiography, or develop your writing skills. Each of us has a story from our ancestors, or even our own story, to tell. Make your ancestors come alive on paper. Make your family legacy something your children will be proud of. This workshop is sponsored by the library and is free to

Cemetery tales

OBITUARY Wendell Krause May 25, 1922 — March 18, 2012 Wendell Krause, 89, died Sunday March 18, 2012, at the Pomeroy Care Center in Pomeroy, Iowa. Funeral services were held on Wednesday March 21 at Larson Weishaar Funeral Home in Manson, Iowa, with Rev. Mark Galbraith officiating. Wendell’s burial service was held on Monday May 14, at 10 a.m. at Foothills Memory Gardens north of

Longmont. Wendell Wayne Krause was born on May 25, 1922, in Garwin, Iowa, the son of Floyd and Mabel (Ankrum) Krause. He graduated from Garwin High School in 1940.and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1945 as a member of the 363rd Infantry in Italy. Wendell was united in marriage with Maxine Holt on Sept. 14, 1945, at Marshalltown, Iowa, and returned to Garwin, Iowa to farm. He managed lumber companies in Iowa and Loveland, Colo., before his retirement. His wife preceded him in death in 1997. He and Maxine resided near Berthoud,

Colo., between 1978 and 1997. Wendell relocated to Pomeroy, Iowa in 1999. Wendell was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge #478, as well as a member of the AmVets. Among his survivors are his daughters Rebecca (Dennis) Howrey of Pomeroy, Iowa; Patricia Ann Heth of Waterloo, Iowa; Cheryl Jo Krause of Florence, Italy; son Kevin Michael Krause of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; long time companion Darline Behrends and her family in Pomeroy, Iowa; and sister Winona Paustian of Garwin, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Page 6 Berthoud Weekly Surveyor May 17, 2012 Send notices, announcements, scores, results, complaints and exaggerated tales of amazing feats of strength to the Sports Desk at the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor or call 532-2252.


Tennis doubles team earns fourth at state By Clara Levy The Surveyor

Recently, the Berthoud #4 doubles team, senior Elle Satterthwaite and freshman Jamie Young, made history when they qualified for the state championship tennis tournament. They were the first Berthoud High School tennis players to qualify for state in over a decade, and their huge accomplishment was not overlooked. Then, this past Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19, the duo traveled the long journey to Pueblo to compete in the Class 4A State Tennis Championships. They met up with 15 other #4 position doubles teams to compete for the 4A fourth position doubles title and championship. “The girls played their hearts out,” commented Head Coach Dave Mathiesen after the state tournament. “They played above their ability and just kept rising to the next level.” Satterthwaite and Young truly did rise to the occasion and achieved an amazing accomplishment, taking fourth place out of the 16 teams present in the tournament. The Spartans opened the tournament playing against Pueblo West. The Berthoud team won the first set

6-2, lost the second set 1-6 and won the extremely tough and close third set 7-6 with an equally tough tiebreaking game, 7-5. Then they were on to the quarter finals where Satterthwaite and Young beat Holy Family 6-2 and 7-6 with another 7-5 tie breaker in the second set. In the semifinals, they lost to Cheyenne Mountain 6-1 and 6-0. (Cheyenne Mountain later went on to win the championship title for the #4 doubles position.) Satterthwaite and Young moved into the consolation bracket and began to work their way back up again. They beat Colorado Academy 6-1 and 6-4 in their first round of the consolations. After that match, they went up against Longmont in the second round, playing for third place in the state tournament. Satterthwaite and Young ended up losing to Longmont in a tough match, 1-6 and 4-6, but the Lady Spartans were playing hurt in their last match due to injuries they had acquired after playing an extreme amount of tennis in their opening two days at state. Overall, they earned fourth place, playing some excellent tennis on the way to the podium and battling until

the very end. Young later commented, “The tournament went great. We faced a lot of challenges, but we kept fighting and played our game. We changed our strategy for tougher teams and it worked! Afterwards we were exhausted but felt accomplished.” This year has been another strong one for the Berthoud tennis team as the program continues to grow and develop year after year. However, some new changes will be in place for the next season. Head Coach Dave Mathiesen has decided to retire from his role as head coach. “I’ve coached since 1986 and loved every minute of it,” he shared. “I have been at Berthoud High School for six years and it has been the best. I still plan on being an unpaid assistant coach next year, but my vision is for the program to get stronger and better and (my) moving over will allow this to happen.” He also has a vision of strengthening the middle school tennis program so that the incoming freshman girls are ready when they get to high school. Coach Mathiesen and the team hope that Leigh Vitasek will replace him, as she is a USTA teaching professional and has been a great addition as assistant coach for

Photo by Mark Satterthwaite

Lady Spartans #4 doubles team of Jamie Young (left) and Elle Satterthwaite at the CHSAA state tennis championships.

the last two years. Coach Mathiesen has been a huge asset to the Berthoud tennis program and he will be missed as a head coach. However, his legacy and all of the hard work and effort that he has put into the Berthoud tennis program will be visible for years to come. From the six new tennis courts, and especially just this past week hav-

BHS track sending 26 athletes to state By John Hall The Surveyor

are second and fourth respectively in state. Novell has an opportunity to close out his high school career on a positive note. He qualified in the 400 meters for the state championship and is in striking distance of capturing a medal. The boys 4x800 relay (Axel Ayala, Aiden Colton, Kyle Cavey and Woodiel), Chase Fraser in the high jump and Nate Ryken in discus will all represent the Spartans at state. The girls 4x100 (Mollie Bonds, Lydia Lind, Kirk and Hughes) and the 4x200 (Kirk, Bonds, Garcia and Prescott) are both aiming for a place at the top of the podium. The girls 4x800 (Dillon Fagler, Emma Degnan, Ally Klaes and Kiah Leonard) will be passing the baton at Jeffco Stadium, while Leonard also has the sixth-ranked 3200 meters in the state. Klaes additionally jumped her way into the fourth longest triple jump heading into the CHSAA championships. Another jumper who has been wel-

comed back from injury and making a significant contribution to the team is Anna Megenhardt by qualifying in the long and triple jump as well as the pole vault. Speaking of athletes back from injury, Bonds has returned, and her 300 and 100 hurdles strengths are respective seventh and eighth state best times, along with her sprinting in relays is a positive sign for the team. Lind, another athlete who has bounced back from injury, and Kirk, who has been struggling with leg issues, are both set to compete in the 100 meters. Sending 26 track and field Spartans to state championships is an accomplishment, but just getting there doesn’t satisfy these young student athletes. Achieving their ultimate goal of giving everything they have and doing their absolute best against the best in the state is their objective, and I wouldn’t bet against these Spartans in achieving any of their goals.

A strong contingent of runners, jumpers and throwers from Berthoud will converge on the CHSAA state track and field championship today through Saturday, May 17-19. There will be 215 Colorado high schools sending their best athletes to compete in this premier track and field competition. Berthoud has become a state powerhouse in track, and for the past few years has consistently seen Spartans and Lady Spartans stand on the podium, which culminated with a girls state championship last year. This year’s boys and girls teams have struggled to stay healthy all year, but champions don’t make excuses, they just go out and do their best, and that is all you can ask for in our kids who compete. Track is a very strategic sport that requires depth in a wide range of events to compete for a state title, and this year the team may not be as deep in earning points, but they have some Berthoud athletes who may place higher at the state championship than any previous students in the history of the school. Leading the way in state leaders are Courtney Mills (state best in the 300 hurdles, long and triple jump) and Troy Johnson (state best in the 100 meters). Mills will enter the meet as the Patriot League champion in all three of those events and Johnson the league champion in the 100 meters. Ashley Prescott won the 400-meter Patriot League championship title and has the fourth fastest 400 in the state. The girls sprint medley relay team of Hannah Kirk, Mykaela Hughes, Mimi Garcia and Prescott Photo by Jan Dowker also claimed a Patriot BHS track team members going to state. Front row (left to right): Coach Bri Wold, Hannah League championship and Kirk, Mykaela Hughes, Anna Megenhardt, Mimi Garcia, Kiah Leonard, Lydia Lind, Courtney are set with the second fast- Mills, Ashley Prescott, Emma Degnan, Mollie Bonds, Coach Daisha Agho. Second row (left to right): Coach Jeremy Lanter, Axel Ayala, Caleb Price, Troy Johnson, Nate Ryken, Beck est time in the state. Baird, Ally Klaes, Dillon Fagler, Shelby Coyle, Coach Mil Santos. Back Row (left to right): Heading into the state Head Coach Colby Schultz, Vinny Huneycutt, Jacob Mulder, Kyle Cavey, Brad Novell, Chase championships on the boys Fraser, Aiden Colton, Michael Woodiel, Ryan Vasquez, Coach Curt Ranweiler. side, Johnson, along with his leading 100-meter time, also has the second fastest 200-meter time along with running the first leg of the boys 4x100 and 4x200 relays, with Michael Woodiel, Caleb Price and Brad Novel where those teams

ing a doubles team make it to state and earn an impressive fourth place, Coach Mathiesen will long be remembered. Now, all eyes are on next year for the Berthoud tennis team, and everyone looks in anticipation, hoping there will be more additions to Berthoud’s state qualifiers.


Photo by Jan Dowker

The Berthoud U10 baseball team enjoying their new dugouts. From left to right, Coach Jeff Jorissen, Cameron Vasco, Cooper Stratmeyer, Aaron Hardy, Dillon Wynn, Matthew Jorissen, Lane Pirkey, Sam Baird, Jacob Sisson, Kevin Carter, Damion Schunke, Caleb Francis, Coaches Jason Jorissen and Chuck Wynn. The new dugouts at the baseball field at the corner of Welch Avenue and Fifth Street were built by Randy Stratmeyer, Vance Bunker, Tony Schunke and Jeff and Jason Jorissen. “This was a great community effort by the families and the financial supporters from Berthoud,” said Stratmeyer, “I would also like to send a special thanks to Jeremy with the Berthoud Recreation Department and their assistance to help make this possible.” The financial assistance was spearheaded by Sherry Haubert from The Whistle Stop restaurant. “I’m always in favor of supporting youth sports,” said Haubert, “With seven children, I’ve seen firsthand how athletics can helps kids in many ways.” Other financial supporters included: Cliff Montano of Brick Oven Pizza, Tony Schunke and Jim Fate of B-Town Automotive, Cathy Heckman of Mortgage Contract Services, Kevin Heckman of Heckman and Son Remodeling, Lori Vendervelde and Pam Topping from The Laughing Ladies Quilt Shop, Loveland Home Depot, Scott Banzhaf of Berthoud Ace Hardware.


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The tale of the tuber hoax

Special to the Surveyor

Local playwright Rick Padden and The Moon Theatre Company (MTC) have teamed up again for a Rialto reprise of sorts, presenting the world premiere of “The Great Loveland Potato Hoax,” beginning this Friday night in the very space where “Beets” took root in 2009. Padden, a former Surveyor editor, worked with many of MTC’s members on “Beets” when it was presented as a joint project between Loveland Community Theatre and Berthoud’s former Wildfire Theatre companies. That play was set on a farm in Berthoud during WWII, while “Potato Hoax” takes place primarily in the offices of the Loveland Reporter newspaper in the late 1890s. “I’m afraid I’m going to become known as the vegetable playwright if I’m not careful,” Padden said recently. “But it’s really more about history. I’d rather be billed as an investigative playwright, you know? Sounds more respectable.” “Potato Hoax” follows the antics of W.L. Thorndyke — one of Loveland’s most colorful newspaper editors — as he innocently schemes to promote a local farmer’s seed potatoes. Thorndyke, farmer J.B. Swan (Larry Westrum) and photographer A.H. Talbot (Daryl Branson) do indeed pull off a great promotion, but also end up planting a tater tale that grows wildly out of control. Based on the true story known as The Maggie Murphy Potato Hoax (there’s a related post card for sale over at the museum), Padden attempts to humanize one of Loveland’s early 15 minutes of fame, along with the people forced to cope with sudden, unexpected notoriety. Loveland’s Frank Adams breathes bombastic life into his “Old Truthful” character Thorndyke, dominating nearly everyone around himself — as well as a few rather naive believers in faraway lands. Wife Nora (Jan Davison) and daughter Evy (Heather Kaskinen are more concerned with their entries in the local street fair

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Loveland potato farmer J.B. Swan (Larry Westrum), center, begins to realize his 15 minutes of fame have arrived in “The Great Loveland Potato Hoax,” a World Premier play by Rick Padden to be presented by the Moon Theatre Company at the Rialto Theater the last two weekends in May. Gathered around Swan are Buster (Paul Jones), left, Evelyn Thorndyke (Heather Kaskinen) and photographer A.H. Talbot (Daryl Branson).

(and romance in Evy’s case), but shed their relative indifference soon enough when they discover Thorndyke’s efforts are not so harmless after all. Davison and Kaskinen make an authentic mother-daughter pair, and both add subtlety and delightful nuance to their relationship with the head of the family. Charles Fisk, played by Front Range favorite, Don Kraus, becomes a reliable (and entertaining) thorn in Thorndyke’s side, while all-aroundhandyman Buster, played by Berthoud’s own Paul Jones, brings it all down-home. “This cast and crew have been just wonderful,” said co-director Kathleen Gruman, of Berthoud. “They mastered the somewhat tricky period language of the show in no time and slid into their roles like they’d grown up there. Our audiences will smile with the way this cast seems so naturally in character.” It hasn’t all been easy, according to Lesley Jones, also of Berthoud and the other director for the show. “It was a quick turnaround for MTC,” she said, “but as always, things seem to fall into place in the

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end when you’re working with a cast and crew of this talent.” The theatre company had produced “Kitchen Witches” at the Rialto in January, and a staged reading of “Potato Hoax” at the Loveland Museum and Gallery in March. Padden said he was honored that MTC would agree to produce another of his works. “Frankly, it isn’t really a play until it’s been produced the first time,” he said. “The directors, cast and crew do so much to polish the rough, early work that it becomes their play as well. That’s why the names of those who helped with the World Premier will stay with the script forever.” The play runs May 18, 19, 25, 26 (7:30 p.m.), 20 and 27 (2 p.m.) at the Rialto Theater, 228 E. Fourth St. in Loveland. Tickets: $14 adults, $13 seniors/ students and $12 for groups of 10 or more. Box office: 970-962-2120. Info: or e-mail:

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Page 8 Berthoud Weekly Surveyor May 17, 2012 Our Mission: The Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to keeping Berthoud strong and vibrant through: • Supporting and promoting member businesses. • Serving as a voice to local government. • Fostering a sustainable community with positive growth.

Berthoud events and Chamber news Search for Executive Director The Berthoud Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Program (BACC/MSP), in close cooperation with the Town of Berthoud, is seeking to fill its executive director position. This position will be responsible for handling the day-to-day operations of the Chamber/MSP office. Duties will include coordinating, promoting and facilitating all BACC/ MSP sponsored events, including regular monthly events such as luncheons and after hours and special large events such as Berthoud Day and Oktoberfest. This position will also play a primary role in the growth of the chamber and the retention of current members. We are looking to fill this position with either one full-time person or two part-time people. The interview team will consist of the Chamber Executive Committee, augmented by Mike Hart, Berthoud town administrator, Trustee Paul Alaback and Trustee Dick Shepard. For the full job description and a list of qualifications, please refer to Please send all resumes with cover letters to the Chamber office via e-mail at bcc@berthoudcolorado. com or via fax to 970-532-7690. We will run the ad until the position is filled. Search for Board of Directors members The Berthoud Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Program (BACC/MSP) has voted to accept Becky Justice-Hemmann of the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor onto its Board of Directors. The Chamber is still actively seeking a few more candidates for its Board of Directors. Please contact Larry Leach, chair of the Nominating Committee at 970-532-5599 or larry@ if you are interested in serving on the board. Active Chamber membership is required. Berthoud Day on Saturday June 2 Spaces are filling up fast for vendors participating in our upcoming Berthoud Day celebration in Berthoud Town Park. If you want to participate

UPCOMING EVENTS Monthly Luncheon — May 31, 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have Betsey Hale, economic development director for the City of Loveland, as the speaker. Hale has been with the City of Loveland since 2006. She started as the Business Development Manager. She was recently promoted to Economic Development Director. She serves as

as a vendor, or in the parade, please go to www. under “News & Events” to download the application form to reserve a spot. We still need volunteers to help us organize and manage the event on Saturday, June 2. Please contact the Chamber office at 532-4200 or e-mail to bcc@ Berthoud Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday June 16 We are currently looking for people who want to showcase their quilts on Saturday, June 16 in Fickel Park. Last year we had 130 quilts displayed, and this year we anticipate many more. We are also looking for volunteers to help us organize and manage this event. Please contact the Chamber office at 532-4200 or e-mail to Registration forms are available on our website under “News & Events.” Berthoud Main Street Program Update The BMSP has locally produced four additional planters for installation along Mountain Avenue this spring, as well as a bike rack, generously donated by the Bauer family, which will be placed near Da Bean coffee shop and the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor offices. Also, a three-seat bench was finished and will be installed near the FLEX bus stop at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Second Street. From the Department Of Local Affairs (DOLA) we received notice that a one-time $10,000 grant was available for immediate capital improvements in our streetscape and façade rehabilitation programs. Under this grant, the BMSP ordered 14 more planters from Concrete Design on Turner Avenue as well as a two-seat and a three-seat bench from Quality Fabricators and K & K Painting on Bunyan Avenue for installation along Mountain Avenue. A major donation will also be made to the Berthoud Arts and Humanities Alliance for the re-sealing of the Berthoud elevator mural.

the City of Loveland Ombudsman for the business community and the city’s key contact for business assistance requests and incentive packages. Sponsor: Mike Hart, Town of Berthoud. Caterer: Da Bean Coffeeshop. $15 for Early Bird RSVP by May 25 at 5 p.m. $20 for non-members or late registration. Business after Hours — Come on out on June 14 and enjoy a great night of networking and a great western tradition when Guaranty Bank and Trust Com-

pany and the Greeley Stampede Committee join forces to bring you an evening of food, fun and great door prizes. This is the night to brush off your cowboy hats and boots, round up all your rowdy friends and head for the June Business after Hours. Do not miss this one — it will be a blast. Attire — western wear. 807 Mountain Ave. For more information contact Eric Boyd at 532-4200. Register online at www.BerthoudColorado. com

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Saturday, May 19 Aglow International of Greeley will meet on Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. to noon at Zoe’s, 715 10th St., downtown Greeley. For more information, contact Jean at 970-405-8786 or Cory at 970371-8568 Tuesday, May 22 Muriel Jelsma will lead the 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Berthoud Library book club sessions. The book being discussed is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact the Berthoud library at 970-532-2757. Monday, May 28 Memorial Day ceremony by the Berthoud American Legion, May 28 at 10 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery. Wreath laying. The guest speaker is an American Legion National Executive Committee man from Colorado, Ralph Bozella. Friday, June 1 Third Annual Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival June 1–3 Parrish Ranch, historic 1950s square dance camp on the Little Thompson River. 15722 Parrish Road, Berthoud. www., contact Eric at 970-4026589. Saturday, June 2 Berthoud Day, June 2. Habitat 5k run, pancake breakfast, parade, fun and food in Berthoud Town Park. For more information visit the Chamber website at Announcements On Monday, May 14 Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park opened for the season. Because weather conditions may change rapidly, particularly in spring and fall, park visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly and are encouraged to call the park’s Trail Ridge Road recorded phone line at 970-586-1222. When the road status changes, park staff will update the recorded line during and after regular office hours. For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park please contact the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206 or check the park’s website at Several opportunities are now open for businesses, clubs and organizations to participate in the 2012 Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival. Submissions are now being accepted for the Corn Shucking Competition and the Corn Roast Festival Parade. Applications for both can be found at the official Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival website, Corn Roast parade entries due Aug. 3 Spend your summer weekends on the water at Carter Lake or Horsetooth Reservoir as a volunteer assisting Larimer County ranger staff with boat patrols. Normal time commitment will be five hours per shift, with the option to do more. This volunteer position is available only on weekends and holidays and will require being on the patrol boat helping staff. Applicants must be able to swim and have previous boat experience. Please contact CJ Cullins for more information at To learn more about Larimer County’s parks and open spaces, visit our website at www. The Larimer County Extension Of-

fice announces workshops to be held in May: Canning Jams, Jellies and More: Love the flavors of summer fruits? Learn how you can enjoy the delightful, freshpacked taste all year long by making jams, jellies, preserves, marmalades, conserves and butters. The workshop will cover the basics of water-bath canning to ensure safe preservation. Taste testing included. Thursday, May 17, 6 – 8 p.m. $25 Overcoming the Fear of Pressure Canning: Learn how a pressure canner works as we walk through each step involved in safely canning vegetables, meats and seafood. Bring your canner lid for testing of the dial gauge. Wednesday, May 23, 6 – 8:30 p.m. $25 Canning Basics for Safe Preserving: Learn all about the “how and why” of preserving food at home. This workshop focuses on canning safety, types of equipment and proper canning methods. For beginners or those needing a refresher. Wednesday, June 20 at 6 – 8 p.m. $20 Pre-registration is required for workshops and space is limited. Register online at or call 498-6000. All workshops held at Larimer County Extension Office, 1525 Blue Spruce Dr., Fort Collins. Berthoud United Methodist Church invites all children to the Operation Overboard Vacation Bible School. Join us June 18-22 from 9-11:45 a.m. at Ninth Street and Lake Avenue. Children three years to entering fifth grade are welcome. Please register by calling the church office at 532-2142 or register online at http:// For questions, contact Marcy Greenslit at 532-3110 or Registration for Summer in Thompson – Experiences in Math and Science (ST-EMS) is now open. All students currently in kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to participate. Classes will be June 4-8 and June 11-15 and run from 9 a.m. to noon. ST-EMS will be held at Conrad Ball Middle School in Loveland. All registration is online this year. Go to: for more information and to register. You can also go to the TSD homepage and click on the summer school registration link. BHS 2012 Baccalaureate Service to honor and bless the graduating class, Sunday, May 20, 7-8 p.m., BHS Auditorium. Industrial Tech and Robotics construction classes could use 2x4s. The robotics club is always looking for sponsors. Private or company sponsors are welcome. Your company name will be put on a robot that will be seen by hundreds of local people at competitions. If any robot makes it to Nationals or Worlds then hundreds of thousands of people could see the company name. The last three years we have had teams at both Nationals and Worlds. Both are broadcast. Please contact Mr. Sommerfeld at 970-613-7719 if you can help with either of these needs. The art room at Turner Middle School could use recyclables like foam trays, plastic containers, newspaper bags, string and yarn. Small knickknacks and toys that could be used in sculpture production and as sketching subjects. Visit the McCarty-Fickel Home historic house museum at 645 Seventh St. in Berthoud. Tours begin on the half hour. Admission charged. Open year-round Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Operated by the Berthoud Historical

Society. For more information call 970532-1916. Scheduled Meetings AARP meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Lions Depot on Third Steet at 5 p.m. for a covered-dish supper. Please bring something to share with everyone. For more information, please contact Curtis Wilson at 5322638. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at the Berthoud Lions Club every Monday and Friday nights from 8 to 9 p.m. Anyone desiring to quit drinking is welcome. There are no dues or fees. For more information, please call 532-4653. A Balance and Fall Prevention Class is being held weekly. It’s free. Drop-ins are welcome to attend. Classes are held at the Berthoud Area Community Center every Tuesday from 9 -9:45 a.m. Please call 970-532-2730 for more information. Berthoud Area Transportation Service (BATS) is available for Berthoud residents on a demand-response basis, which means that BATS will pick you up at your home and take you to your destination in Berthoud, Loveland or Longmont. Call 532-3049 to make a reservation or for more information. Service is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Berthoud Fire Protection District board meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the Berthoud Area Community Center, 248 Welch Ave. Agendas are available two days prior to the meetings by calling 532-2264. All meetings are open to the public. Berthoud High School parents and student volunteers. Please come to the monthly School Accountability meeting held the second Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m. in the school library. Call 970-613-7701 for more information. Berthoud Library board meets on the first Thursday of every month in the library community room at 7 p.m. Berthoud Lions Club meets on the first and third Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. They meet at the Lions Depot at Third and Massachusetts. For more information, call Bob Talley at 532-2228. The Lions are available to loan out supplies for handicapped or disabled people. Contact Curtis Wilson at 532-2638. Berthoud TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Lions Club depot. Call Joan for information at 667-4206. The Berthoud Transportation Advisory Committee meets quarterly at 8 a.m. at town hall. For information contact Eric Boyd at 532-3049. Celebrate Recovery — 12-step program for anyone with hurts, habits or hang-ups. Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. at 250 Mountain Ave., Berthoud. Call 532-9886 during office hours. Call for more information 532-9886. First Presbyterian Church adult bible study, every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. Facilitated by Rev. Jerry Groves. Eighth Steet and Massachusetts Avenue. Everyone welcome. Friends of the Library board meets in the library community room at 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Historic Preservation Advisory Committee meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town of Berthoud offices board room. For informa-

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tion call 970-581-4603. Job’s Daughters Bethel #37 meets on the first and third Friday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the Longmont Masonic Building, 312 Main St. The organization is open to girls between the ages of 10 and 20 who are interested in self-improvement and service to community. For details contact Megan Fritts 970-213-9050. All girls are welcome. Justin Bauer Memorial Post #67 of the American Legion meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Berthoud Area Community Center, 7 p.m. Contact Paul Talafuse for more information, 532-4498. Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly is in Berthoud the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Lighthouse Cafe at 8:30 a.m. Larimer County Open Lands — All meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month with the exception of November and December at 500 E. Third St. in Loveland. no meeting in July. Meeting time is from 5 – 8 p.m. Please call 679-4534 if you need more information. Little Thompson Water District Board of Directors meeting dates and agendas are posted on their website at, The district office is at 835 E. Highway 56, Berthoud. Longs Peak Networking meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. with the goal of assisting with your job search or overall career development. Life Bridge Church, west on Highway 66 from the intersection of Highway 287 (Main St.), Longmont. Main entrance on west side. Moms in Touch is currently meeting to pray for our school-aged students, teachers, staff and schools each Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. We would love to have you join us at Grace Place (upstairs). Any questions, contact Kim Land at 532-9886. MOPS group is meeting at Berthoud Family Church located at 39820 Nations Way, just west of town on 56 to the curve, then it is to the east of the Carter Lake turn-off on County Road 23. The group meets the first and third Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee regular meetings every fourth Wednesday at town hall - 6:30 p.m. Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at town hall. Reminisce meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 11 a.m. in the Berthoud Area Community Center. Rocky Mountain Machine Knitters, meeting September through May, third Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at First Christian Church, 2000 N. Lincoln Ave, Loveland. For more information contact Debra Eachus at 970-219-4438. Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) meets the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Berthoud Area Community Center. Tree Advisory Committee meets on the third Monday of each month at town hall at 5:30 p.m. Utility Advisory Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at town hall.

Vollitude Volleyball Club will be holding volleyball camps for girls and boys, ages 7-16. Camps will be held at the St. Vrain Memorial building in Longmont, as follows: ages 7-9 (June 16, 1-3 p.m.); ages 10-13 (July 17, 6:458:45 p.m.); ages 14-16 (July 21, 1-3 p.m.). Each participant will also receive a camp t-shirt. Please visit for all details and to register online. Please register by May 15, 970-690-3441. BYAA Volleyball will hold open gyms, for current fourth through seventh grade girls. Players may attend one, two or all three open gyms - one low price of $15. All open gyms will be held at Turner Middle School in the main gym, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7, Monday, May 14 and Monday, May 21. All participants must register and pay to attend. Admittance will not be permitted without prior registration being completed online and payment being received. Register online at The BYAA Gold Crown Volleyball team tryouts for fifth/sixth, seventh and eighth grade teams, to participate in the fall 2012 season, will be held in August after school starts. Information will be posted on the BYAA website and will also be e-mailed out to all BYAA members and posted in the local newspaper when tryout dates and times are confirmed.


Garage sale ads must be in by Monday at noon for that week’s paper. Please e-mail the ad to

Grace Place Garage Sale Saturday, May 19 at the Berthoud skate park on Mountain Avenue from 8-12. Lots of tools, clothes, dishes, furniture and burritos to benefit Grace Place Homeless Ministry.

CLASSIFIEDS $3 per line - per week Custom + $2 LEGAL NOTICES $8 per column inch 1st week $7.50 per column inch for each additional week Deadline to place a classified ad or legal notice is Monday at 3 p.m.for each Thursday edition. Send to or call 970.532.2252. FOR SALE

The Town of Berthoud is accepting sealed bids for the sale of a 1960 Massey Ferguson tractor, model 20 with 9,400 hours. Tractor is not in running condition. Bids will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2012. Submit to the Town Clerk, 328 Massachusetts Ave., PO Box 1229, Berthoud, CO 80513. FOUND

A 30++ year old class ring has been found at Berthoud High School. Call 970-613-7701 to identify and claim it. HELP WANTED

Hiring immediately. 2-3 positions available for lawn mowing/sprinkler techs. Experience required. Please call Ben with Slafter Mowing at 970-412-5325. Meals on Wheels is in need of a volunteer driver for the Berthoud route. Also need kitchen help. Please call 970-667-0311 for information or to apply. SERVICES

PT custodial work wanted. 12 yrs exp. at elem school. 412-0642 or 214-4316 Exp. piano teacher, have openings for students. 214-4316 notifies you via text/ e-mail when someone posts what you want on Craigslist. It’s free ... Merry’s Home Child care has openings for all ages. 970-409-8807.

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Wilderness Adventures By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer The Surveyor By digging just a little, you’ll find people in Berthoud doing amazing things. Wilderness Adventures of Northern Colorado is one of those programs that has quietly been operating here since 2005. The program came to the attention of the Surveyor when it won the ChurchBased Outreach Grant during Group Publishing’s 16th Annual Charitable Giving Awards in 2011. Nearly seven years ago, a men’s Bible study at Grace Place had a vision. They wanted to start a program that would facilitate young men and women being able to get outdoors and experience nature. The men wanted to give kids an opportunity to enjoy the natural world around them in a new and unique way — the way these men had gotten to experience it as children — through camping, fishing and hunting. The vision developed into Wilderness Adventures of Northern Colorado, and they have worked with more than 12 churches and hundreds of children over the years. Today, the group runs activities and camps year round. This past March, Wilderness Adventures hosted their annual fundraising banquet at The Ranch. The night was a success thanks to many generous donations by individuals and businesses around Colorado. “We have a person who donated hunts on his land. Jax and Sportsman Warehouse donate, and Friendly Pawn in Loveland gave us a rifle,” said Jay Schimpf, board member of Wilderness Adventures. “A lot of doors open up to us each year, and a lot of people have a great heart when they know it’s for the kids.” Wilderness Adventures of Northern Colorado activities include a winter icefishing camp, usually held in January. In June, they will hold their annual Men and Boys Camp planned in the Michigan Lakes area near Rustic, Colo. “We’ve had a huge turnout in the past for this camp, and we have connected with a lot of other churches through this event as well,” said Schimpf. “The weekend involves fishing, archery, shooting, four-wheeling and great worship and study time.” During the summer, the program runs multiple camps near Granby, Colo. A member of the Stillwater Church in Granby donates his land for camp use. Girls and boys, ages seven and up, can attend these weeklong summer camps.

“A lot of kids who have been through our summer camps have now become counselors at the camp,” said Schimpf. Another camp that Wilderness Adventures hosts yearly is for the Ukraine Orphan Outreach (UOO), another Berthoud-based nonprofit. UOO’s mission is to reach out to the often forgotten group of Courtesy photo older Ukrainian Wilderness Adventures Ukrainian Camp, July 2010. orphaned children are affordable for parents of all economic and to make an impact in their lives, as backgrounds, and scholarships are alwell as create awareness in this region ways available. about the plight of older orphans. “We want these kids to walk away New this year, Wilderness Advenfrom our events with an experience that tures is planning a summer fly-fishing allows them to understand what creation trip. Once the season changes, they run means in a more meaningful way,” said pheasant, deer and elk hunts. Hunting Schimpf. “We also want them to come is a real passion for many of the board away with a more personal relationship members, and it is something they enjoy with Jesus Christ.” passing down to a younger generaFor more information about this tion who may not yet understand how Berthoud nonprofit, visit them at www. nature provides humans with all types of, or contact Jay Schimpf bounty. at 970-689-9394. Wilderness Adventures of Northern Colorado’s camps and other programs

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