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Summer in Berthoud

Š Berthoud Weekly Surveyor

May 29, 2014

Photo by May Soricelli

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Welcome to Berthoud Berthoud is a progressive community providing a quality of life enjoyed by past and present generations, while ensuring its position for the future within the dynamic Front Range economic corridor. Berthoud provides a blend of graceful Victorian homes, new housing developments, tree lined streets, beautiful parks and an historic business district to create a warm, hometown environment. Summer here is something special. This magazine offers you information on seasonal suggestions and warm weather fun. Read on and enjoy the Garden Spot of Colorado ... where good things grow!

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Hiker safety ..................................................... 4 The British are coming! .................................. 5 Berthoud Historical Society ........................... 6 Summer reading program ...........................8-9 Healthy bees = Healthy Colorado................ 10 Geocaching .................................................... 12 Rocky Mountain Park ................................... 13 June guided hikes ......................................... 14 Berthoud parks ............................................. 15 Disc golf ......................................................... 16 The Dish ........................................................ 19 Historic Home Tour, Quilt Show, Pancake Breakfast ........................................ 21 Swimming pool schedule .............................. 21 Berthoud Parks & Recreation ............. 22 & 23

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Hiker safety Special to the Surveyor Tens of thousands of people annually visit Colorado’s backcountry in Larimer County each year. While most of them enjoy a day in the breathtaking mountain surroundings, some get into serious situations requiring the Emergency Services Unit of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and the Larimer County Search and Rescue Team to assist with a search, rescue or carry-out. However, many of these situations are easily avoidable if hikers take some precautions and a little preparation before hitting the trail. Consider the following suggestions: • Tell someone outside of your group where you’re going, your general route, and when you intend to return. Stick to a time frame and don’t separate from your hiking companions unless there is an emergency. If plans change at the last minute, leave a note in your car on the driver’s side dashboard with the new plans. • Always carry a first-aid kit, matches, a flashlight with fresh batteries, and clothes warm enough to wear if you have to spend the night outside. Be sure to have a whistle or other noisemaking device you could use to help rescuers locate you if needed. • Have rain gear on every hike. Colorado weather can change quickly. When your clothes are soaking wet, hypothermia is a danger even in the summer, and rain parkas can keep you dr,y which will keep you warmer. Ponchos can also provide rudimentary shelter. Carry an extra jacket and gear just in case of emergency. Always dress appropriately as the weather may be radically different from the morning to the afternoon. Clothing made from cotton will actually make you colder if it gets wet. Wool or fleece insulates even when wet. Bright clothing also helps searchers and aircraft see you better and at greater distances. • Carry a map and compass and don’t be lulled into a sense of security by merely carrying them as a magic talisman. You also need to know how to use them. If you’re unsure, research the subject of “orienteering.” If you prefer a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit, practice its proper use before hitting the trail. Also, recognize that there may be times when the GPS, like the cell phone, will not work on our mountain trails. • Don’t depend on a cell phone to send a plea for assistance if you get into trouble — another very good reason to avoid going solo. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged if you take it. However, many cell/smart phone mapping programs do not work if you don’t have cell service. • Stay on the trail. “Short cuts” can easily end up costing time and energy and also causes erosion on switch-backed mountain trails. Please avoid them.

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• Don’t trust the water. Even our clear mountain streams can and do contain giardia, causing diarrhea, cramps and nausea. Use a filter pump (available from most outdoor shops), boil your water for at least five minutes, or have fresh chemical tablets for killing the bugs. • “Pack it in — pack it out.” Take out what you brought in and do the land and all of us a favor by taking out other people’s trash too. Every little bit helps. • What to do if lost — stop walking. Find a tree to hug. Draw attention to yourself any safe way possible. Put on your brightest clothing. Yell or whistle if you hear your name called or another whistle. Keep calm. Pull out your survival gear, build a fire if necessary, and wait. If you have a cell phone, and can find a cell signal, call 911. Do not waste batteries calling friends and family. The Larimer County Search and Rescue Team has additional safety information, including a printable brochure, on their website at www. The Search and Rescue Team also offers wilderness safety education programs. More information is available at their website at

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The British are coming to Berthoud! By Surveyor Staff With the World Cup only a few months away and with around 20 million Americans now playing soccer, the number-one soccer company in the United States and Canada, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” right here in the growing soccer community of Berthoud. Berthoud Recreation has teamed up to host the week-long British Soccer Camp during the week of June 16 at Bein Park. The camp will run Monday through Friday, and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s elite team of 1,200 British soccer coaches flown to the United States of America exclusively to work on these programs. Challenger Sports will hold over 4,000 soccer programs this year and will coach over 200,000 players

between the ages of 3 and 19. Challenger’s new 1,000 touches coaching syllabus provides an innovative daily regimen of footskills, moves, juggling, tactical practices and daily tournament play. Challenger also weaves lessons on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship into the camper’s daily routine. The British Soccer Camp program also provides a unique cultural experience for the players, highlighted in the Camp World Cup. The coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries. The campers are asked to make up soccer chants, wear the team colors of their country, bring flags, and learn as much as they can about the country they represent. Teams are also welcome to attend and receive a week of focused instruction to prepare them for the fall season –— Team camp rates are available from your camp

coordinator. Each camper will receive a Soccer Camp T-shirt, a soccer ball, a giant soccer poster and a personalized skills performance evaluation. In addition, any child who signs up online, at least 45 days prior to camp, will receive a genuine British Soccer Replica Jersey (value $39). Space is limited and parents are encouraged to sign up online in advance. To sign up visit, www.challengersports. com, and for more information please contact David Kenyon at 720-737-5913, or email Berthoud Recreation offers British Soccer Camp sessions for the following ages and prices: Ages 3-4: First Kicks, 11 a.m. - noon, $89 Ages 4-6: Mini Soccer, 10:30 a.m. noon, $104 Ages 4-6: Mini Soccer, 1 - 2:30 p.m., $104 Ages 6-9: Half Day, 9 a.m. - noon, $133 Ages 10-14: Half Day, 1 - 4 p.m., $133

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Berthoud Historical Society summer events June 7 — Open House at Pioneer Museum Celebrate the opening of the new exhibit “Growing up in Berthoud: Coming of Age 1900 – 1969” and enjoy the new Pioneer Courtyard — event includes food, nonalcoholic beverages, music. Contact Diane Levy at 970-532-1144 or Mark French at 970-443-5591 for more information. June 21 — Open House at the McCarty-Fickel Home Museum Tour of the home will include light refreshments. Other activities in the works are a morning tractor parade and show, a display of Michael Georges’ original artwork (owner of Picture This, 357 Mountain Ave.), and the possible unveiling of his newly completed oil painting commissioned by the Historical

Society to be put up for auction at the Pioneer Heritage Fall Gala. Contact Diane Levy at 970-532-1144 or Virginia Huppe at 970-344-5160 for more information. July 16 — Historical Society hosts Berthoud Chamber of Commerce after Hours The Berthoud Chamber of Commerce will enjoy an evening of refreshments and socializing at the newly completed Pioneer Courtyard at the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum from 5.30 - 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. Contact Diane Levy 970.532.1144 or dtlevy.9@gmail.comfor more information.

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Summer reading program promises enough fizz to spark reaction for all ages By Pam Martin Special to the Surveyor

Events at the Berthoud Community Library this summer promise a heady mix of hovercrafts, habitats and humor, taking kids on a journey from the Big Bang through prehistory, and into worlds peopled by dragons, aliens and, yes, even vortex generators. You guessed it, this year’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) theme is science. Join us for the program kick-off on Saturday, May 31 from 12 – 4 p.m., where we’ll have volunteers and staff on hand to register the whole family. Come for the book giveaways, drawings, prizes and crafts while grabbing this summer’s

calendar of events. Throughout the summer, participants are invited back each week (Tuesdays at 2 p.m. for teens; Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for youth), as we explore where human beings intersect with history, fantasy, and the cosmos. Our Berthoud young will meet a ventriloquist, a mad scientist and a didgeridoo, while teens build catapults, extract DNA and explore the surface of strange new planets. With your help we’ll expand our minds in the collaborative workand-play sphere known as education. So put your fun hat on and join the Fizz, Boom, Read (for youth and

emerging readers), Spark a Reaction (for teens), and Literary Elements (for adults) as we climb aboard the space ship known as the SRP. Youth, emerging readers and adults earn prizes for completing bingo squares on their Reading Logs, and teens earn chances to enter drawings for bigger ticket items that include an MP3 player and a tablet computer. Summer reading programming will include these teen and youth events: June 3 — Strange New Planet Simulate planetary surfaces on a mission using telescopes and landed spacecraft. Team activities bolster literacy and camaraderie while diving into communication technology. June 4 — Mad Science presents Up, Up and Away! Come to this

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spellbinding special event that introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators, and even a hovercraft will teach children the power of air. June 10 — DNA Extraction Join CU educators as we extract real DNA from fruit. Learn analysis tools to determine DNA’s chemical and physical properties, as well as how DNA evidence can be used to predict the future and other fascinating feats. June 11 — With a reputation for pleasing crowds of all ages, join The Amber Waves Band in this combination of Bluegrass, Gospel and other styles for a family-friendly musical performance. June 17 — Building Catapults You thought launching air soft pellets, crayons, younger siblings (just kidding!) across the room was fun? Now you can create your own ballistic devices using tongue depressors and rubber bands, and shoot those projectiles even further! June 18 — Back by popular demand, the Denver Zoo

Berthoud Weekly Surveyor Page 9 will present: Uncovering Underground Habitats. June 24 — Cardboard Arcade Build your favorite arcade game out of household recycled materials. In Frogger, for instance, the avatar has to cross a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards. Your avatar will get up to similar mischief while avoiding vexing villains who threaten its progress. June 25 — Get your Australian Digereucation with Peter Harper as we explore the Australian didgeridoo and other instruments in this family-fun program. July 1 — The Book Duel: Can you best your opponent in this face-off to determine who knows the book best? Come in and prove it. The book in question: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. July 2 — Space Alien’s Big Bang Show Take off with Ann Lincoln as she rockets participants out of this world with humor, magic, and juggling. July 8 — Booktracks Create a gripping soundtrack to your favorite book using GarageBand. July 9 — Join Spellbinder, Lorna Greene, as she weaves a story of science and adventure, and for those who stay after, create a craft with Miss Christy. July 15 — Forensics: Crime at the Library. Join Officer Anderson for a whodunit adventure. July 16 — Dragons are too Seldom Take a magical journey to the land of dragons with a madcap cast of puppets and master story-teller, Markie Scholz. July 22 — Volunteer Fair Ever wonder how you can help improve your community? Join our cast of volunteers and learn where you can flex your brain and brawn in doing good. July 23 — Science of Motion Discover the science of changing direction as you test your skills on our obstacle course. July 29 — Chemistry of Food in our Bodies Join library staffer Elizabeth Lawrence in an exploration of how food impacts the body’s interior landscape. July 30 — Can you dig it? Join us for this hands-on dinosaur dig with an expert from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. August 5 — Science Fiction Book Club Take part in an absorbing book talk on Veronica Roth’s Divergent, to be followed by a showing of the film. August 6 — Rocky Mt. Puppets Berthoud library welcomes back this young and talented ventriloquist who’s also a puppeteer for PBS. For more information please contact Youth Services Librarian Christy Headrick (aka Miss Christy) Email: Phone: 970-532-2757 Website:

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Healthy bees = healthy Colorado By Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer The Surveyor

The honeybee plays a crucial role in Colorado’s biggest industry, agriculture. Healthy bees mean a healthy Colorado economy. “My bees did pretty well over the winter,” said Beth Conrey, president of the Colorado Beekeepers Association and Berthoud resident. “We lost a lot in the flooding, but not as many as other people lost.” The river came directly through Conrey’s west Berthoud property and she lost eight hives. She also lost a hive at Sandstone Ranch in Longmont but, amazingly, didn’t lose any at Parrish Ranch, which sustained incredible flood damage. Photo by John Gardner “Overall, I think populations did fairly well over the winter here in Colorado,” said Conrey. “We didn’t have a terribly difficult winter, unlike most of the country.” Conrey is a tireless advocate for the honeybee. Nationally, life for the honeybee has been rough. With a harsh winter on the east coast, Conrey predicts some big losses there. California, a state that depends tremendously on agriculture, experienced a huge devastating bee loss this spring. A legal application of a tank mix that included insect growth

regulator and a fungicide is believed to be the culprit, which resulted in the loss of 80,000 hives. The total ramifications of this situation are still unknown. In more encouraging news, Michelle Obama has created the first ever “pollinator garden” at the White House. The first lady planted two types of milkweed and dozens of flowering nectar plants. The media coverage of this garden is good for beekeepers and the bees. You can plant for pollinators this spring. The Colorado Beekeepers Association’s website has a wealth of information on what you should plant in your yard and garden this year to help the bees. Go to and click on the “Help the Honeybee” section. From here, go to “Plant Forage” for tons of planting information. Conrey notes that if you do plant a bee-friendly garden this spring, it’s important to stay away from using agents on your lawn that kill honeybees. Pesticides, particularly insecticides, but also herbicides (think Roundup) and fungicides, are part of the problem. Learn more on under the “Help the Honeybee” section. Swarm season is in full swing here in Larimer County. Swarms occur most often between April 15 and June 15, but can occur as late as September. If you should see a swarm, call the hotline at 970-213-3099.

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Geocaching: Fun for the whole nerdy family By Surveyor staff

If you enjoy the outdoors, a good hike, or simply enjoy a walk through the local park, geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity that will give new meaning to a day in the woods, or in the park. Geocaching is a literal treasure hunt where hunters using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices to locate hidden caches. Hunters navigate their way to a certain destination using the GPS to ultimately find the cache. Hunters used to need a GPS specific device, but now units are also available on several smartphones as well. According to the website, there are hundreds of caches in and around Berthoud, even some at local parks, including Bein Park and Hillsdale Park. The GPS coordinates are designed to get the hunter to the immediate area where the cache is hidden, but most likely won’t take people directly to the cache. In some instances, hunters will be led right to the cache. Others are more difficult to find as the people stashing the cache will most likely attempt to hide it in a spot where it’s difficult to find. The actual cache is typically a container of some sort that holds a logbook and sometimes some sort of treasures. However, there are several different types of caches. For instance, there is the traditional cache that holds a logbook and treasures, while others, like the earth cache, come with coordinates and educational notes specific to the area where the cache is located. The idea behind the earth cache is to educate the hunters on a specific region or area for one reason or another. The cache size varies as well. Traditional caches are the most common and can range from micro caches on the small end of the range, think prescription pill bottle or smaller, to as



large as military ammunition canisters. Hunters can go online to several geocaching websites, most of which you’ll have to create an account and choose from the list of caches in a desired area. The GPS needs to be hooked up to the computer to download the cache coordinates to the unit prior to hunting. Geocaching has gained popularity, especially over the past decade, with the increasing technology and wide spread interest in GPS units. Caches can be found all over the world. While a lot of caches are hidden on hiking trails and in nature areas, it’s not uncommon to find caches in town parks and around metropolitan areas too. There are three basic rules to geocaching. First, when removing a treasure from the cache, replace it with another. Secondly, be sure to leave a message in the cache logbook. Typically, hunters are able to also keep an online log of the caches they’ve found depending one the site they subscribe to.

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A giant playground in Berthoud’s backyard

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Due to the September 2013 floods that damaged areas of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), causing closures, some of which remain in effect on the park’s east side. The National Park service continues to conduct damage assessments in the closed areas. While some of these areas will remain closed for a while, others may reopen as soon as possible. Most park roads have reopened to their normal seasonal status, according to the National Park Service. However, Old Fall River Road will remain closed for the season and Endovalley Road, which is closed at the East Alluvial Fan parking area, will likely be closed for much of the season as well. Damage to trails and pedestrian areas can be found at www.nps. gov. Despite the severe damage incurred during the floods, the park is open and ready for visitors, and luckily for Berthoud residents and visitors, the park is an easy destination. Majestic mountains, bugling elk, and over 300 miles of trails are only a few of the attractions that bring visitors from all over the world every year to Rocky Mountain National Park. Luckily for Berthoud residents this magnificent park is literally in our backyard and most activities can range from day trips to much longer stays. This summer take the time to enjoy some of the many activities that RMNP has to offer. Trail Ridge Road is one of the more famous roads through RMNP. Construction on Trail Ridge began in 1929 and was completed in 1932. Taking this scenic drive provides breath-taking overlooks and sightings of unique animals, such as marmots, as well as deer and elk. My personal favorite day trip is taking Trail Ridge Road over to Grand Lake where moose sightings are

common. Grand Lake provides shops and a variety of restaurants as well as lodging for anyone wanting to make this an overnight trip. Hiking and backpacking are another source of family summer fun in the park. RMNP has a variety of trails that range from advanced to leisurely strolls. The visitor centers provide maps and current information about trails. Rangers are happy to answer questions and recommend trails. Families who want to camp need to make a reservation or, if you are backcountry camping, you need to decide where to camp and take appropriate safety precautions. Rangers recommend checking in with them to make sure the area you want to hike and camp is safe. Plan for a variety of weather depending on the altitude you are hiking to, and make sure everyone in your group is capable of making the hike. Photography is another popular activity in the park — especially at sunrise. The Rocky Mountain Nature Association (RMNA) offers seminars for photographers throughout the summer into fall. The seminars cover everything from wildlife to landscape to wildflower photography and include courses for children. The RMNA is a non-profit, founded in 1931, that currently supports the research and educational programs in RMNP. Besides photography, the RMNA also has seminars for the whole family, including hikes with naturalists, educational programs regarding wildlife, art classes and nature hunts. For a schedule, complete list of classes and great books about RMNP, visit the RMNA website at These are only a few of the things available to Berthoud residents in the giant playground of RMNP. For more information and to customize your visit, go to the park website at: romo/index.htm.

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June Guided Hikes & Programs Monday, June 2, 10 a.m. — “Tiny Trekkers” Join Larimer County naturalists for a program designed for your 2-5 year olds and you. This program at Devil’s Backbone Open Space, located just west of Loveland, off of Highway 34, will be a morning filled with crafts, stories and fun facts. A parent or guardian must accompany the child for this hour-long program. After the program, feel free to explore the open space with your child. Program is free. Please go to larimer. org/NRregistrationto sign up. Wednesdays, June 4 and 18 — “Nature Notes Club Meeting” Join the Nature Notes Club for their regular June meetings. You’ll get the chance to journal, paint, photograph and more with this fun group of people. This program will be stationary with some easy walking. The program is approximately 3 hours. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along all of your journaling supplies. Nature Notes meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of the month, usually during the day. Contact Heather at 970619-4489 for more details, such as time and location. Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. — “Get Outdoors DayNorthern Colorado” This national event celebrates America’s great outdoors. Bring the whole family to City Park in Fort Collins, located at 1500 W. Mulberry St., to try new ways to get outdoors through nature play, recreation, healthy lifestyles, stewardship and biking. Come out anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information visit, Wednesday, June 18, 6 p.m. — “Big Birds of River Bluffs Open Space” Join naturalist Carl at the newest Larimer County Open Space, located just west of the I-25/Windsor interchange off of CR32E, for a look at the larger-thanlife birds that use this river corridor. Approximately 2 hour program/bird watching. Program is free, but registration is required. Please go to NRregistration to sign up. Hike rating: Easy. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring along some water. Saturday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. — “Geology Underfoot at the Devil’s Backbone” Join naturalist Ed and travel through millions of years of time as you gain insights into the fascinating geology of this prominent local landmark and the surrounding area. Devil’s Backbone Open Space is located just west of Loveland, off of Highway 34. Approximately 1.5-hour program. Hike rating: Easy. Please dress appropriately for the weather, wear appropriate footwear, and pack plenty of water for the trail. Program is free,

but registration is required. Please go to NRregistration to sign up. Sunday, June 22, 8:30 a.m. — “Wildflower Photography” Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of wildflowers along the trail? Join volunteer naturalist and photographer Janet Sitas for a workshop on photographing wildflowers. Learn the techniques to take your photos from pretty to polished. Program will be held at Eagle’s Nest Open Space, located near the Livermore/US-287 junction. Approximately 3.5 hour program. Program is free. Please bring your camera and water, and dress for the weather. Hike rating: easy. Registration is required. Please go to to sign up. For information on any of the listed hikes, please direct questions to Heather at 970-619-4489.

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Berthoud Parks Roberts Lake Park — Roberts Lake is located at 920 10th St. in Berthoud and offers a walking trail, open grass area, and a dock overlooking the lake, making it an exceptionally peaceful place to exercise, fish, relax and enjoy nature. Hillsdale Park — Hillsdale Park is located south of Kansas Avenue and offers a walking trail in the 11 acres within the Dry Creek flood plain. The park provides visitors an up-close view of nature that is unlike any other in town. Fickel Park — Fickel Park is located at 620 Mountain Ave., and is Berthoud’s centerpiece, featuring several sculptures from local artists. The park’s beauty has attracted tourists from all over the state, and with an abundance of shade and picnic tables, it’s a great venue for a quite lunch. The park also benefitted from recently refurbished tennis courts. So bring out the racquets and tennis shoes and enjoy an afternoon game of tennis. Town Park — Town Park is located at 200 Seventh St. in Berthoud. The park amenities include two pavilions, each equipped with outdoor grills, picnic tables and nearby restrooms, making this park a great venue for family summer outings. Park pavilions are available for reservations starting at $25. Additional amenities include horseshoe pits, basketball and volleyball and tennis courts. Bein Park — Bein Park is located at the corner of Spartan

Berthoud Weekly Surveyor Page 15 Avenue and 10th Street in Berthoud, offering residents and visitors a top-notch athletic field. The multi-use field offers athletic fields equipped with soccer goals, a playground for kids, and is surrounded by a fitness trail. Bein Park amenities also include a top-notch baseball complex complete with two fields equipped with lights, restrooms, concessions and covered dugouts. Pioneer Park — Pioneer Park is located at the corner of Indiana Avenue and East 2nd Street on Berthoud’s east side. The newly constructed community park offers basketball courts, outdoor hockey rink, a playground, bocce court and horseshoe pits. As well, Berthoud’s newest park includes a community garden and three pavilions with picnic tables, making this park a great place to spend a day with family and friends this summer. Railroad Park — Railroad Park offers a nice place to relax in the shade during a hot summer’s day right in the heart of downtown Berthoud. If you have an interest in trains, this is the perfect park for you as it’s located nearby the Berthoud Train Depot. Collins Park— Collins Park is located at the intersection of Meadowlark Drive and Chokeberry Street and includes two acres of lush grass, a new playground and plenty of open yard space to play Frisbee or a game of catch. Berthoud Skate Park — The Berthoud Skate Park is located in downtown Berthoud at the corner of Mountain Avenue and 1st Street. The park offers a diverse selection of

ramps, rails and boxes for skaters and BMXers alike. Information provided by the Town of Berthoud at

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Disc golf is an enjoyable, inexpensive summer sport By Dan Karpiel The Surveyor Looking for a different outdoor activity to do this summer? Something that is inexpensive and fun for the whole family? A sport where you can get some exercise, work on your tan, enjoy the company of friends and family and even bring the dog along? Consider giving disc golf a try. Disc golf, sometimes called Frisbee golf, is exactly what it sounds like — golf with a throwing disc. While clubs and golf balls are substituted with plastic flying discs, and holes in the ground are replaced with baskets a few feet off the ground, the sports are very similar. According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PGDA), yes, such an entity exists, “The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.” In most cases, players compete on nine- or 18-hole courses with each hole, and thus each course, having a designated “par” score — the number of shots it should take a player to get from the “tee,” usually a rubber or concrete pad, to the basket. Unlike traditional golf that features holes measuring in hundreds of yards and courses in thousands of yards, disc golf is measured in hundreds of feet. The disc golf course at Edora Park in Fort Collins, a typical 18-hole course, measures 5,848 feet in length with holes between 250 and 450 feet apart. This makes disc golf a sport that can be enjoyed by people of virtually any age. While it is possible to play with just any old Frisbee, most disc golfers opt to purchase a disc golf set comprised of three discs — a driver, a mid-range and a putter — that are typically smaller, but heavier than ordinary throwing discs. Yours truly found one such three-disc set at Dick’s Sports Goods in Loveland for under $30, a bargain compared to the hundreds, and often thousands, of dollars a set of golf clubs can cost. The putter disc looks the most like a traditional throwing disc, with a larger profile when viewed from the side, and is designed to be thrown short distances where accuracy is important. The driver, and there are several varieties, has small, sharp edges with the majority of its weight located on the outside edge of the disc. The mid-range disc is exactly as one would expect, with less range but more accuracy than the driver but the converse compared to the putter disc, making it ideal for approach shots a hundred or so feet away from the basket. Unsurprisingly, considering how much we Coloradans love our outdoor sports, there are numerous disc golf courses around the Berthoud area. Most are located at schools or in public parks and are free to play. There are four courses located within 10 miles of Berthoud, 13 within 20 miles and 23 courses less than 30 miles from town. A perfect beginner’s course to hone your skills is located at Thompson Valley High School in south Loveland. This course is a very short nine-hole setup, with most holes under 100 feet in length and very little in the way of obstacles (trees, lakes, creeks, etc.). It is the ideal place for adults and children alike to learn the nuances of disc golf. For the more experienced player, River Ranch Disc Golf Course in Johnstown, Oxbow Disc Golf Course in Windsor,

Edora Park in Fort Collins and The Outback Disc Golf Course in Greeley offer longer, more challenging 18-hole courses. When you take a trip up to Rocky Mountain Park this summer (and who won’t do that a few times?) check out the YMCA of the Rockies course just off Highway 66 in Estes Park. The 18-hole course, which could not be located in a more picturesque locale, offers even experienced disc golfers a challenging round with seemingly limitless obstacles on a hilly course. A convenience of this course is that golf discs can be rented for $10 per set should you leave your set at home in your zeal to get to the mountains. So whether you are looking to try something new, get a little exercise while enjoying the outdoors, or searching for a way to keep the kids away from the Xbox during summer vacation, disc golf offers an opportunity to do all of the above at a very low cost. The sport is challenging enough to hold one’s interest but not nearly so difficult that one will end up tossing their equipment into a lake and storming off course in frustration.

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Historic Home Tour On June 21, 2014, the Berthoud Historical Society will host its 16th annual Berthoud Historic Home tour in conjunction with the Berthoud Outdoor Quilt/Craft Show. This year’s event includes a self-guided walking tour of the 600 block of 7th St., as well as tours of the McCarty-Fickel Home house museum, a vintage car show, and the unveiling of a painting by local artist Michael Georges. The painting will be auctioned at the society’s annual Pioneer Heritage Gala in September. The vintage car show will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 600 block of Turner Avenue. Tours of the McCarty-Fickel Home and an opportunity to see Michael Georges’ painting will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at a suggested donation of $5 at the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum at 224 Mountain Ave., the McCarty-Fickel Home at 645 Seventh St. and the ticket tent in the Fickel Park. Call the Pioneer Museum at 970-532-2147 or visit for details.

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Berthoud Outdoor Quilt Show The Berthoud Outdoor Quilt Show will be held this year on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fickel Park, 700 Mountain Ave., in Berthoud. Events include a quilt show, quilt raffle, quilt sales, arts and craft show, vendor booths, historic home tour and antique car show. The vendor booth fee for the arts and craft show is $40. No food booths will be considered. There is no fee for entrance to attend the event. There are still openings for vendor booths in the park. For more information about the 2014 Berthoud Outdoor Quilt and Art & Craft Show and the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce please call the Chamber office at 970-532-4200 or email bcc@ berthoudcolorado.

Pancake Breakfast Berthoud Boy Scouts Troop 6 prepares for the Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser during Berthoud Day on June 7. One of the special events of the Berthoud Day celebration is the traditional pancake breakfast brought to the community by Troop 6 Boy Scouts. The breakfast will be at Depot Park (Third Street and Mountain Avenue) starting at 6:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. The breakfast tradition is probably best known for bringing the community together under one roof in the early morning hours. Billed as one of the best deals around, the breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, and choice of drink .— all this for $6 for adults and $4 for kids.

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Berthoud Parks & Recreation Summer 2014 T-Ball Coach Pitch New 2014 format Ages: T-Ball 4-5 years old Coach Pitch 6-7 years old Cost: $45 (Resident) $55 (Non-Resident) Sessions: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9 or 10 a.m. Important dates: Season begins June 2 – June 27 Slip N Slid Day – June 11 Berthoud High School Day – June 18 Big League Day – June 27 (Evening) Program details: T-Ball and Coach Pitch practices are held three times a week in the mornings on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. You choose either the 9 or the 10 a.m. time slot. T-Ball and Coach Pitch will consist of 1 week of practice and 3 weeks of practice/games. Kids will enjoy fun activities like slip/slide day, BHS Day and Big League Day. T-ball and Coach Pitch is one of our most esteemed programs. Players will need a glove, rubber soled cleats and baseball pants are recommended but not required. Note: The time slot you choose will be your designated time slot throughout the entire season After registration: After you register, all you need to do is bring your child on the first day at the time you have chosen. All events are held at Bein North and Bein

South baseball fields. Game schedules will be handed out at your first practice. Youth baseball Ages: 8-10 (10 & under) Cost: $45 (Resident) $55 (Nonresident) Program season: June 2 - July 26 Selection day: May 28 at Bein Park at 5 p.m. (Players need to bring a glove to selection day.) Coach Draft: May 29 5 p.m. at Parks & Recreation office. Practice begins: Week of June 2. (Times and days depend on the coach.) Games begin: June 16, Monday & Wednesday evenings. *Note if a game is canceled it will automatically be rescheduled for Thursday same time and place. Program details: Youth baseball plays with a minimum of 9 players on each team. Teams will practice twice a week. Games will be played on Monday or Wednesday evenings. Other than cleats, pants and gloves Berthoud Recreation will provide all equipment. After registration: After you register you will need to

Visit for registration details! CALL PATHWAYS HOSPICE TO REGISTER 970-663-3500 Education presentations are held at Pathways Hospice 305 Carpenter Rd., Fort Collins.

Summer Events/Groups facilitated by Pathways for Grief and Loss Newly Bereaved Group Surviving the early days after loss

For grieving persons in the first months of grief. June 10, 17, & 24, Tuesday 3:30 – 5 p.m., $30 July 16, 23 & 30, Wednesday 6:30 – 8 p.m., $30

Walking the Labyrinth

Take time to care for yourself using the practice of walking the labyrinth. This tool is used to help individuals find peace during difficult times. $10 per person, No previous experience necessary. Come to learn and receive support. Wednesday, June 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Moments of Hope: Mindfulness

During grief, mindful activities and mindfulness meditation are widely accepted as a means of relaxing, managing stress, enhancing health, clearing the mind and improving mental attitude. This session

will explore and explain the use of mindfulness for anyone who is coping with challenges of grief or serious illness. $10 per person Wednesday, June 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Rituals and Techniques For Hope and Healing

This group provides information and hands-on experiences to explore options for self care. Open to anyone who is coping with the challenges of grief or serious illness. $10 per person, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Summer Memorial Service

Monday, July 14, 5:30 p.m. A time of remembrance, music and honoring loved ones. Community is welcome.

Kids, Horses and Healing

$60 per child/Teen A Therapeutic Riding Retreat for Bereaved Children and Teens atHearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center Loveland Sunday, June 8 Registration is required and space is limited.

The Next Course — A Cooking Class for Widowed Persons

With instructor, Vanessa Schmidt “Get outside and grill your dinner!” Grilling is not just for meats. Learn how to prepare vegetables, pizzas and even fruit for outside grilling. $25, Friday evening, June 27, 5:30 p.m. REGISTRATION and FEE REQUIRED (Space is limited.)

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show up on selection day. After selection day is held, your coach will call you with days and times of your practices. CARA Tennis Team Ages: 8 –18 years old Program seasons: May 30 - July 26 Cost: $75 (Resident) $85 (Non-resident) Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Times: 8 - 11 a.m. (Practices will be split into 3 — 1 hour slots based on skill level of participant) Location: Berthoud High School Tennis Courts * Subject to change Program details: Berthoud Recreation will participate in the CARA tennis program. The team will practice twice a week and play matches on Friday. The matches will be played around the Northern Colorado area on Fridays. Participants will have to provide their own tennis racket. Swim Lessons Berthoud Swimming Lessons is a Red Cross swimming lessons program which will be offered in two-week sessions. The session will be Monday through Thursday at the scheduled times. Registration: Must register in Parks & Rec. office at 100 10th St. Times: 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost: Resident $30 Non-resident $40 Session dates: 1st session — June 2 - June 12

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Berthoud Weekly Surveyor Page 23 2nd session — June 16 - June 26 3rd session - June 30 - July 10 4th session - July 14 - July 24 5th session - July 28 – Aug. 7 Levels offered: Parent Tot, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Water Aerobics Class Instructor Liz Hartman will feature an aerobic segment to improve cardiovascular fitness as well as toning and stretching segments to improve strength and flexibility. Classes are one hour. Multi-level fitness class: all ages and fitness levels are welcome. Time: Tuesday/Thursday: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Cost: Resident $55 Non-resident $65 Drop in: $3.50 Length: Twice a week, June 3 – Aug. 15 Note: Bring your own water noodle (Must register in Parks & Rec. office) CARA Swim Team Season: June 2 – July 25 Cost: $75 residents $85 Non-residents (Space limited, register early. Join our waitlist if team becomes full.) Swim practice: Monday/Wednedsay/Friday Times: Practice session “A” 7:15 -8:30 a.m. Practice session “B” 8:35 -9:30 a.m. *Swimmers divided by Coach into Practice “A” or “B” based on age, experience and ability. Swim meets: Saturday, June 14 — Home meet at Berthoud Saturday, June 21 — Away meet at Vista Ridge, Erie Saturday, July 12 — Home meet at Berthoud Saturday, July 19 — Away meet at Greeley Parent Meeting/Team Pool Party: Wednesday, June 4, 7 8:30 p.m. Requirement: To participate, swimmers must be able to complete without stopping: 25 yards each of the front crawl stroke and the backstroke. ALL FIRST YEAR PARTICIPANTS MUST PASS A SWIM TEST BEFORE STARTING PRACTICES. MUST REGISTER BEFORE TAKING SWIM TEST. Swim test times: Thursday, May 29, 6 p.m. or Friday, May 30 4 p.m. Details: Included this summer: swim clinic and miniswim clinics. Berthoud Swim Team participates in the CARA swim program. The program introduces young swimmers to competitive swimming. Emphasis is placed on fun, development and sportsmanship. Ribbons are given to each child finishing their respective events at meets. Team workouts are structured to the swimmer’s conditioning level. Optional team swimsuits available for purchase. Parent volunteers are essential for our home meets and overall operation of the team. Park Reservations Reserve a park for your event. Prices as low as $35 Call the Parks & Rec. office at 532-1600 for more information about pricing and amenities Bein Park Fickel Park Town Park (Two Pavilions) Pioneer Park (Three Pavilions) Railroad Park Skate Park

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