Brighton news for Brighton readers
Volume 6, No. 13
March 27, 2014
Oil-gas timeout spawns boycott
Community event blends youth, history
Donovan Hora might have been the smallest volunteer – clearing tables – Sunday at the Chow Mein and Shrimp Dinner, sponsored annually by the Brighton Japanese American Association. Below, Diane Dible, foreground, right, sells copes of the new BJAA book, Our American Journey, while author Dan Blegen signs them for diners on Sunday afternoon. Early numbers indicated another successful event. Proceeds from the community event go toward local nonprofit organizations, recently including Eagle View Adult Center, Meals on Wheels and the Special Olympics. Banner Press photos
Comic Adams back at the Armory
Call it “The Return of Sam Adams.” A month ago, people who had seen his stand-up comedy show at the Armory (last July) said they couldn’t wait to see him again when they found out he was scheduled to perform Saturday at the Armory (8 p.m., adult content). He even gave the audience a sneak preview of “twerking” although we didn’t (and maybe he didn’t) know it at the time – Miley did it later and Sam’s version was, in fact, G-rated.
Since last year, you might have even heard him on the radio in ads for a finance company (“Thank the Feds, charge you phone and call …). And a long line formed in the (Local Color) Lobby: people waiting to buy his book, If You Dont Believe Me: Lessons Learned from Listening to the Greats. But, as a refresher, Adams was a signer of the Dec … no, wait, that was the OTHER Sam Adams (the one whose name is also on the beer). THIS Sam Adams was an award-win-
ning sportswriter/columnist for the Rocky Mountain News (and clean-up hitter/first baseman for the News Hounds softball team). He was a sports analyst on News4. As you found out in his book, he has gained advice from some of the greats of sports and entertainment, and as a stand-up, has traveled the country. He doesn’t dwell on his past, though – even when it includes firsts, such as first-stand-up comic to headline a show in the Brighton Armory:
See Sam Adams, Page 3
Inside The Banner this week Author, author
The annual 9HealthFair will return to Platte Valley Medical Center on April 26, with free and low-cost screening. – Page 3
Not so ‘Divergent’
Divergent, a new movie based on some Young Adult
Books, doesn’t differ enough from The Hunger Games. – Page 8
Letter ..................................... 2 Calendar ................................. 4 Bravo ...................................... 5 Obituaries ............................. 7 Sports ..................................... 8
Don’t miss: Comedy night at the Armory – See story above
Ashley Contreras to play at Pratt. – Page 5
By Lou Ellen Bromley for The Banner “The city of Brighton has a rich history with the gas and oil companies and is working closely with them during the four-month suspension that Brighton City Council approved at the March 4 meeting,” said Kristen Chernosky, Public Information Manager for the city of Brighton. She was responding late last week to a question about a boycott of Brighton businesses by gas and oil companies. The city wants to keep open communications between Brighton city government and gas and oil industry,” Chernosky said. The boycott of local Brighton businesses by the gas and oil companies working around the area was brought to the attention of the City Council by Jared Whiteside, owner of Whiteside's Boots at 855 East Bridge St. Whiteside told the council he had been informed by Halliburton Energy Services that because of the four-month suspension on permits for gas and oil drilling imposed by Brighton, they have canceled any contracts for supplies with Whiteside’s. He said he was also told by Halliburtion that other gas and oil companies are being encouraged to no longer use any Brighton businesses. He said it had a signifianct effect on his business because it supplies work boots and clothing for employees of Halliburton. Chernosky said Brighton is working to update the ordinances that govern gas and oil drilling in the city and surrounding areas and that work involved with that goal is right on schedule. “We are working on regulations to protect our aquifers and water supply,” she said.
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‘Banner’ getting new look, owner
Next week, Banner readers might not recognize The Banner at first glance. It will have a new nameplate on Page 1. The change is part of an election promise – that I would relinquish management/ownership of the weekly newspaper. The change should be official today as Colorado Community Media, a chain of several local newspapers, takes the reins. Newspaper work is really all I’ve ever known, but it was surprising how much time and how difficult it was to publish a weekly after working as an editor for most of my 45 years in business – even working 40-hour weeks at the Rocky Mountain News and publishing Local Color and the Daily Post. I considered those jobs the best of both worlds. New ownership for The Banner as I serve on the City Council also can be a plus for Brighton readers: You’ll still have a quality, locally operated newspaper and I can dedicate more time to public service on the City Council while continuing to serve and inform the community online and in print with the magazine (in its 11th year) and the Daily Post (eight years next month). Allison and I love Brighton and we can continue to tell Brighton’s story in a familiar way to our readers and feel confident we are leaving The Banner in good, responsible, caring hands. The Banner was oftendraining, but fun, and it’s still your paper. – Mark Humbert, editor
Letters to The Banner National Day of Prayer scheduled for May 1 Dear editor: Once again, the National Day of Prayer will be observed in Brighton. The date will be May 1 from 7 to 8 a.m. in the Armory, 300 Strong St., Brighton. The theme this year is One Voice United in Prayer; “That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:6). I invite all of your readers to be part of this time of prayer. We will serve a continental breakfast. For more information, please call 303-655-2079. Ermie Marquez Local Coordinator
DUI crackdown starts Friday The Brighton Police Department postponed a DUI enforcement effort by one week, according to a news release. The original St. Patrick’s effort will start this Friday. Two additional officers will patrol the streets, looking for drivers who are impaired by drugs and alcohol.
Funding for the extra officers is provided by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Remember to drive sober or get pulled over during the holiday weekend, the Police Department advised in a news release.
March 27, 2014
Guest commentary about our city
Board game relieves boredom of computer My lifelong friend, Laurie Richardson Winters, and I were having breakfast at IHOP one day recently, complaining about the weather and gas prices, discussing family doings and life in general: In short, just having a good time enjoying the comfortable friendship of several dozen years. We both noticed that at all the tables around us there seemed to be at least one person, if not all the people at a table, playing on an iPhone or tablet. That got us started talking about entertainment. Not the going out to dinner and movie kind of entertainment, but the “what you do in the evening at home” kind of entertainment. We both agree that times have certainly changed from when we were kids. When we were growing up both our families had a television, just one, black-andwhite, and it had only three channels and no remote control. That was us kids’ job. Dad would say” Go turn the TV,“and we would walk across the room and switch channels. Today most families have at the very least two and usually more color TVs at home, and the number of channels you have depends on which cable or satellite service you use. Another thing we both noted is everyone seems to have their own portable entertainment system with them all the time, most notably to us, our kids and grandkids with their iPads, iPods, iPhones, Nintendo and Kindles. Not that I can say too much: I have a laptop computer and am addicted to a couple of online games, and so is Laurie. Wyatt, my 3-year-old grandson, like most toddlers these days, can work an iPad and plays several games as well. So it is not uncommon
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for our whole family to be sitting in the same room playing games or watching a TV and not talking to each other all evening. Not that we are upset with each other: just busy with our own personal interests. When I was growing up we didn’t have all the electronics we have today, so one night a week we played board games as a family, Wahoo, Life, Clue and several card games –- Hearts, Pinochle, and Canasta, our favorite. We always had a lot of fun laughing and talking, and a lot of fights, too, but that was half the fun. There was always next week to get even. Game night was the only time you could get upset with your parents and not be in trouble. Even in my own family, my husband, Ken, and I played games with our sons. Not as often as once a week, but we tried to play a few times a month during the winter. In the summer months we had BMX racing, vacations and other interests that kept us out of the house more. We still play cards and other games with our family when we get the chance. All my grandkids are wicked Canasta players, the two oldest, Taylor and Connor, are extremely good. Our three older grandkids excel at a game called Dictionary, in which you make up definitions for unfamiliar words, Rhiannon, the 9-year-old, will clean our clocks at that game regularly. Nothing like get-
ting whooped by the younger generation, but the memories and fun we have will last us a lifetime. When I was a kid, our portable entertainment systems were books. Everyone in the family seemed to have a book laying around. I guess it was not uncommon for the whole family to spend an evening sitting in the same room not talking but involved in our own personal interests. My dad, brother Steve and I were all avid readers, we were excited when Dad borrowed the complete series of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan books from one of our cousins. Dad would start reading Book 1 first. Steve and I drew straws and Steve would be second to read the first book when Dad moved on to the second. I, sadly, was last. I am a fast reader so whenever Steve put his book down I would sneak it. Before Steve finished the second book, I was on the third. I never tried to sneak the books from Dad. Laurie grew up on a dairy farm west of Brighton, so her evening entertainment centered around milking chores, such as feeding the calves and filling the grain feeders for the cows to eat while they were being milked. She also spent a lot of time riding her old white horse, Lady. When there was time, her family occasionally played card games, too, and enjoyed the fun and fights, as well. I guess when you look at it, things haven't changed that much. We still have our own personal things we like to do and things we like to do with our families. Playing games together is still something we enjoy, although this day and age its usually done on a Wii, but that’s a lot of fun too. I even win some of the time. – Lou Bromley
Track permits through eServices Contractors and residents now have the capability to track the progress of permits, business licenses, and landuse projects online. The eServices site, available on www.brightonco.gov, allows applicants to view and print their review comments as they are available. Another convenient feature for the city’s customers is the ability to track, view, and print inspection results daily.
Such a progressive option will provide live, up-to-theminute reporting for customers without the need to pick up the phone. Future enhancements, targeted for later this year, will include providing contractors and homeowners the ability to log on to an eServices account, allowing them the option to schedule their own inspections, submit applica-
tions and miscellaneous documentation online, as well as pay for and print a copy of their permits. The eServices site is available on the Brighton city website, www.brightonco.gov, by clicking on the “Services” link. If you have questions or need additional help, contact the Customer Service Center at 303-655-2017.
March 27, 2014
Rising comic star will join Adams Sam Adams, from Page 1
He’s always working on “What’s next.” Look for more comedy, plus music and acting in his future. $15 online (brightonarmory.org) or $20 at the door. Indeed, stardom is plausible. Several big-screen and small-screen comics started their comedy careers in similar ways. Adams’ first time onstage was an open-microphone night at Comedy Works in Denver. “Two minutes, and it went by in a blur,” he said. The biggest venue he has played since then has been Red Rocks Amphitheater (five times) for the Film on the Rocks series, including last July before a showing of The Hunger Games. His smallest crowd: Two people at a Grand Junction restaurant. About that book: I’ve received a couple of favorable reviews and look forward to hearing the opinions of more readers,” he said. “Some sports fans are big on name-dropping. I do a lot of it in the book, from
John Elway (who was kind enough to write a tribute for the book), to entertainers like Paul Newman and Kevin Costner. Troy Walker will open for Adams. According to the Comedy Works website, Walker has quickly become one of Denver's most sought-after comedians, “a designation he'd dismiss with a modest scoff, despite its accuracy. A Comedy Works regular, Walker has won the club’s “New Faces” contest twice. Walker has opened for some of the most prominent comedians in the country and serves as an ambassador of Denver comedy at national and local comedy festivals, including The Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, The Great American Comedy Festival, The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and The Telluride Comedy Festival. He’s also a licensed attorney who graduated from University of Denver's Sturm College of Law.
Sam Adams performs in July 2013 at the Armory.
Banner file photo
Pennock offers S.P.E.A.K. class
Pennock Center for Counseling and the Brighton Youth Commission are joining forces to provide QPR: Question Persuade Refer trainings during S.P.E.A.K. (Suicide Prevention Education Awareness Knowledge) Week in April. It’s a class that could save a life, according to a flier to promote the free training. Community members have three chances to attend the hourlong training sessions: 67 p.m. on April 14, noon-1 p.m. on april 16 and 6-7 p.m.
on April 17, all in the Heritage Room at Historic City Hall, 22 S. Fourth Ave. The straightforward, stepby-step training can save lives by teaching how to recognize when someone is crying for help, how to ask the right questions and where to refer people for the help they need, according to a news release from Jody Pierce, Pennock Center director. Those who wish to attend the training should RSVP Erica Hannah, 303-655-2045, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Peer has blood drawn during the 2013 9Health Fair at Platte Valley Medical Center.
Banner Press file photo
9Health Fair returns to PVMC April 26 This spring, 9Health Fair celebrates its 35th year of providing low- and no-cost health screenings to communities throughout Colorado. Celebrate by attending the 9Health Fair at Platte Valley Medical Center on April 26, 7 a.m.-noon, PVMC suggests in a news release. Anyone 18 and older is encouraged to attend and take advantage of the tools that can help keep their health in check. Online registrations are now open via www.9healthfair .org/register. In addition to offering free and low-cost health screenings that address today’s most critical health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and more, 9Health Fair offers six lowcost screenings including: • Blood Chemistry Screening which provides information on blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, triglycerides, liver, kidney, bone and muscle function and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease and other concerns – $30. • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening for men, which checks for prostate gland issues and cancer – $25. • Blood Count screening, which checks the health of blood – $15. • Vitamin D screening,
which measures baseline Vitamin D levels – $40. • Hemoglobin A1C screening that gives an average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months - $25. • Colon Cancer Screening Take Home Kit, which checks for colon cancer – $20. Free screenings such as blood pressure, breast exams, Ask a Pharmacist, oral, hearing, foot, and more are offered, as well. At the PVMC 9Health Fair, you can receive: • Screening results, with information on how to read your results, mailed directly to your home for you to share with your doctor. Results are delivered within two to four weeks of your 9Health Fair visit. Register online at www.9healthfair.org /register and receive your results online in two weeks. • Calls from volunteer doctors and nurses – within 72 hours of the 9Health Fair – to people if a critical health issue is discovered • Free interpretation and translation services • Free “Ask A Medical Question / Get A Referral” services • Free health education from local organizations • No social security number or personal identification required In preparation for the blood drawn at a 9Health Fair, be sure to drink plenty of water, do not eat in the 12 hours before your visit
(unless you are diabetic), and continue taking prescribed medication. Each year, 16,000 9Health Fair volunteers serve more than 75,000 people from communities around the state. Because many of our volunteer positions require medically trained individuals, the Platte Valley Medical Center 9Health Fair needs credentialed medical professionals to help administer a variety of health screenings and draw blood. PVMC is seeking volunteer medical professionals to administer the following screenings: eye health, prostate health, nutrition, diabetes risk assessment, metabolic syndrome screening, skin health, spinal health, pap smears and breast exams. Retired medical professionals and students enrolled in a medical program can also volunteer at any 9Health Fair site, with instructor supervision. Nonmedical volunteers are needed to provide registration assistance and cashier services, while Spanish speaking volunteers are also necessary for on-site interpretation and translation. Call Peggy Jarrett at 303498-3590 to volunteer or for more information on the 9Health Fair at PVMCor visit www.9healthfair.org or call 1-800-332-3078.
Word on the street Question: March 26 was Make You Own Holiday Day. What holiday would you invent and celebrate? By Elena Guerrero Townsend “Let’s have Culture or Heritage Day, where we’d all dress up representing our heritage. We’d all meet at a park and eat ethnic foods from all over the world, and watch different ethnicities dance.” – Azadian Romero, Aurora
The week ahead
Senior Wellness Clinic, Eagle View Adult Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by appointment; health promotion and disease prevention with Visiting Nurses Association for adults 55-plus; optional foot care is $25; appointments required, 303-6552075 Readers Theatre Performance, Eagle View Adult Center, 11 a.m.; free
Yoga, Platte Valley Medical Center Conference Center, 12:15-12:50 p.m.; $6 drop-in rate; certified instructor. Bring your mat, info 303-498-1840.
Bunco, Eagle View Adult Center, 1:153:45 p.m.; Bunco is an easy game, learn it in 5 minutes; fun, refreshments, prizes, $4, deadline Tuesday before
“National Daycare Day where our kids get a free day of daycare. ”
– Sabrina Booth, Brighton
Pilates Mat Class, Platte Valley Medical Center Conference Center, 5:15-6 p.m.; increase strength, tone, flexibility, stamina, overall fitness and health, taught by licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor, $9 per class, 303-4981840 Basic Microsoft Excel 2010, Anythink Brighton, 7-8 p.m.; Microsoft Excel 2010 help sort information; save spreadsheets, manipulate cells; add and delete cells and learn to print and work with Excel files. Registration suggested.
Friday Potluck, Eagle View Adult Center, starts at 11:30 a.m.; a true “potluck,” no sign-up, just bring a dish to share that serves 10 and your table setting, Free Afternoon Dance, Eagle View Adult Center, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; dance music provided by Tom Yook, everyone invited for an afternoon of fun, $4 at the door
“Realtor Appreciation Day where our customers pamper us because we take care of them.” – Barb Austin, Todd Creek
Adams County Republican Assembly, Fairgrounds Waymire Dome reserved 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
“Honor your Family and Friends day. ” – Carson Curtis, Florida
March 27, 2014
Women Afield Turkey 101 Field Clinic, Barr Lake, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Colorado Parks and Wildlife joins Barr Lake to host a field clinic for 30 ladies interested in learning to hunt wild turkeys in Colorado. The hands-on clinic will include; How to pattern a shotgun, calling tips and techniques and a classroom seminar on scouting and hunting techniques. Registration information released at a later date on the CPW website; for ages 18 and up. Bald Eagle Hike, Barr Lake State Park, 10 a.m.; hike to bald-eagle viewing with a park naturalist to the gazebo and back Live Stand-up Comedy featuring Sam Adams, in the Armory, 8 p.m.; a night of laughs dished up with Denver’s renowned comedian Sam Adams and special guest; $15 online and box office, $20 at the door, adult content, www.brightonarmory.org
Zion Singers will present a Lenten Cantata, Come Walk With Me, 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., at Zion Lutheran
Anythink Brighton, 6:30-8 p.m.; Carve a rubber stamp and create original greeting cards. Supplies provided. RSVP online; for adults.
Events at the Armory
Art at the Armory, featuring works of DenverArtists.com, ongoing in the Armory auditorium. Artist reception 7 p.m. Friday, featuring live music by Guitarasaurus and Chordzilla. Live stand-up comedy featuring Sam Adams and special guest Troy Walker as the opening act, Saturday, 8:30 p.m. $15 online & box office, $20 at the door. Buy tickets online at www.brightonarmory.org.
Creating a New Normal: opening art reception, 4-6 p.m. Monday, Art by and for those affected by sexual assault. FREE. For more information contact: Kim Messina, Brighton Police Victims Services or Michelle Wolff, 17th Judicial District Sexual Assault Response Team Church, 1400 Skeel St. A small instrumental ensemble will accompany. Director of the cantata is Marlys Harp. The public is invited.
Toddler Tales, Anythink Brighton, 9:3010:15 a.m.; stories, songs and finger plays for kids 2-3, and some social time for caregivers while the children play. RSVP online anythinklibraries.org
Kindle, Nook and Tablet, Anythink Brighton, 10-11:30 a.m.; learn to use library resources with your Nook, Kindle or tablet; learn differences between tablets and ereaders. Bring your device and cord so we can practice downloading books. Registration suggested online, anythinklibraries.org.
Music and Movement, Anythink Brighton, 10:30-11 a.m.; Sing, dance, and learn how to play some basic instruments. For kids ages 2-6. RSVP online anythinklibraries.org Story Time at the Firehouse, Fire Station 51, 425 S. Main St., 10:30 a.m.; story time and station tour, snack, for children 3-5 with caretaker; free, RSVP required to Dawn, 303-659-4101
Toddler Story Time, Barr Lake Nature Center, 10 a.m.; for kids ages 3 to 5 with adult; RSVP, 303-659-6005 Yoga, Platte Valley Medical Center Conference Center, 4:45-5:20 p.m.; $6 dropin rate; certified instructor. Bring your mat, 303-498-1840.
Pilates Mat Class, Platte Valley Medical Center Conference Center, 5:45-6:30 p.m.; increase strength, tone, flexibility, stamina, overall fitness and health, taught by licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor, $9 per class, 303-498-1840 The Studio: Rubber Stamp Carving,
Baby Bounce, Anythink Brighton, 9:3010:15 a.m.; songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their caregivers. For birth-23 months. RSVP online anythinklibraries.org
The Studio: Doodle Cards, Anythink Brighton, 10-11:30 a.m.; Learn the relaxing art of doodling, touted as an active meditation technique that relaxes your brain and stimulates creativity. Supplies provided. RSVP online; for adults. Primetime for Preschoolers, Anythink Brighton, 10:30-11 a.m.; stories, finger plays, songs and other fun activities just for preschoolers. For ages 3-5. RSVP online anythinklibraries.org Greater Brighton Neighborhood Volunteers Dine and Donate, Bucci’s Italian Restaurant, 275 Pavilions Place, Unit F, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; 10 percent of each bill will go to the GBNV Relay for Life team.
Pizza, Pizza!, Anythink Brighton, 2:30-4 p.m.; make delicious and attractive pizzas with your friends. How imaginative can your pizza be? For grades 6-12. After-School Get Together: CD Case Maze, Anythink Brighton, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Create a maze game using recycled CD cases, wiki sticks and small beads. For grades K-5.
Tour of the Women’s and Newborn Center, Platte Valley Medical Center, 6 p.m.; Meet in the lobby by the fireplace; free by appointment, 303-498-3518
Bonfils Blood Drive, Adams County Courthouse, 1100 Judicial Center Drive, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 303-363-2300 for appointment.
Yoga, Platte Valley Medical Center Conference Center, 12:15-12:50 p.m.; $6 drop-in rate; certified instructor. Bring your mat, info 303-498-1840.
Pilates Mat Class, Platte Valley Medical Center Conference Center, 5:15-6 p.m.; increase strength, tone, flexibility, stamina, overall fitness and health, taught by licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor, $9 per class, 303-4981840
Kindle, Nook and Tablet, Anythink Brighton, 7-8 p.m.; Learn to use your library resources with your Nook or Kindle. See differences between eReaders and tablets. Bring your device and cord to practice downloading books. Registration suggested., anythinklibraries.org
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Eagle View Adult Center menus March 31-April 4
No lunches Monday or Friday
Pineapple juice, sesame chicken, coconut rice, snow peas and carrots, wheat bread with margarine, banana, fat-free milk
Barbecue beef brisket, cheesy potatoes,
broccoli peanut salad, garlic bread with margarine, fruit cocktail, fat-free milk
(Greek Heritage Day): Greek chicken breast, Greek spaghetti, beets with orange sauce, salata (Greek salad) with lite vinaigrette dressing, wheat roll with margarine, karidopita (honey cake), orange, fat-free milk.
March 27, 2014
Bulldogs’ Contreras signs with Pratt
Brighton High School senior Ashley Contreras signed her letter of intent to attend Pratt College in Kansas last week. “At first I was a little ‘iffy’ about going because it was in Kansas, but after I gave it some thought, I opened up to the idea,” she said. “The coach had some great opportunities that I think are going to be really beneficial for me once I start my college experience. The girls and coach were also very welcoming.” Contreras plays forward on the Bulldogs soccer team, and overall has played the sport for 14 years. “I stopped for a season because I wanted to play basketball, but it just wasn’t the same,” she said. “I don’t play basketball anymore, but I’ve recently gotten into volleyball, and I have so much fun playing it.” She said volleyball is only one season a year at the Boys and Girls Club, but soccer is her main sport. “I love the feeling I get when I’m on the field,” Contreras said. “It’s definitely a stress release, and I love the fact that I can forget about everything else for that hour and a half while I’m playing.” Contreras is focused on studying journalism at Pratt. She’s also interested in studying psychology or athletic training. “My interests are somewhat scattered, but I’m still really trying to just figure it out,” she said. “I am planning on going to a four-year school after Pratt. I’m thinking either about Metro or Fort Lewis only because I was interested in them before I found out about Pratt.” Last soccer season, Contreras made 13 goals and 16 assists. With two games played this season, Contreras has made one shot and scored two points. Both her sophomore and junior years, she was named
Brighton High School teacher Kathey Ruybal has been named the 2014 recipient of the Golden Apple Award, presented annually by the Colorado Education Association (www.coloradoea.org/). Ruybal is in her 20th year
Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. and the city of Brighton seek volunteers to help with the 9th Annual Help for Homes for Seniors and people with disabilities on May 3. Help for Homes brings volunteers and neighbors together to paint or fix up homes needing minor exterior repairs and perform general yard clean-up. They are currently recruiting teams of volunteers to help. Teams may consist of 810 volunteers. Teams will help paint, repair, clean yards or whatever else is slated for
the homes that are selected. Those interested in helping but who do not have a team may contact Eagle View Adult Center and it will match you with a team. The team captain meeting will be April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle View Adult Center, 1150 Prairie Center Parkway. For more information, call Sue or Ermie at Eagle View Adult Center at 303-655-2075 or Rhonda Hill at Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. at 303202-6340, Ext. 4211. The deadline to become a volunteer is April 27.
Bravo Your place to celebrate Brighton Have an item? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Most Valuable Forward. She made second team all-state also her sophomore and junior year. “Playing for BHS has been some of the best years of my soccer playing career,” she said. “Most of the seniors that are graduating, I’ve been playing with ever since I can remember. We started out on the Brighton Blaze, and stuck together when they created Platte Valley. Knowing how most of these girls play, and how they are as individuals has been really helpful to me on the field. “My freshman year, Coach Jay Dohring was the one that really gave me the confidence boost I needed as a freshman on varsity. He stuck me in a position I never played before, but he talked me through it, and worked with me until I was comfortable. He actually came to my signing, which really meant a lot because I never really got the chance to thank him for being such a big influence on me. “My parents would like to thank all the coaches that stuck with me throughout the years and helped develop me as a player.” – Michelle Boyer
BHS’s Ruybal wins Apple Award
Help for Homes seeking volunteers
Ashley Conteras warms up before a game in 2013. of teaching English at Brighton High School. She has spent most of her life in Colorado and came to BHS after earning her teaching degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Becoming a teacher was a life-long goal for Ruybal.
Michelle Boyer photo for The Banner
“I don’t ever remember not wanting to be a teacher,” she said. The Golden Apple Award recognizes and honors a Colorado Education Association member or group who has developed and implemented programs
and/or activities to enhance and promote the teaching profession and public education, build positive attitudes toward public education and the teaching profession, and/or contribute to the improvement of professional working conditions. In a nomination letter for the award, Ruybal was cited for creating the Brighton High School “One Book, One BHS” program, an initiative that raised $10,000 for the BHS English Department Reading Library; creating community-classroom projects that bring local leaders into her classroom to share their experience; and serving as an organizing leader in the Brighton Education Association. Ruybal serves as the BEA treasurer and an association representative. Ruybal’s husband, Gus, also works as a science teacher in School District 27J and the couple has two children in district schools. “We’re very much embedded in the community,” Ruybal said. Ruybal will be honored with the award during the Colorado Education Association Delegate Assembly April 11 in Denver. As part of the honor, she has also been named as the Colorado nominee for the National Education Association Teaching Excellence Award. Ruybal will join fellow nominees from across the country at the Salute to Excellence Education Gala in February 2015 in Washington, D.C.
It just keeps going
Two of the three buildings at the Transwest sales/service/headquarters site, Bromley Lane and the Interstate 76 frontage road, dwarfs the United Power headquarters building, far left (about a half-inch of the photo). Yet another
March 27, 2014
Transwest building is under way east of the two structures along the frontage road. Banner Press photo
County celebrates FasTracks rail route
The future will arrive 24 years ahead of schedule in Adams County. On March 20, Adams County Commissioners Charles "Chaz" Tedesco, Eva J. Henry and Erik Hansen
were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Regional Transportation District’s North Metro FasTracks rail line near 124th Avenue in Thornton. The new rail line originally
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was cheduled for completion in 2042, but through the work of many stakeholders, construction is now under way with a completion date in 2018. Chairman Tedesco and Hansen joined Gov. John Hickenlooper, Rep. Ed Perlmutter and other dignitaries offering comments before a ceremonial spikepulling event to commemorate the beginning of construction. “This type of transportation is needed in Adams County,” Tedesco said. “You'll see us grow by leaps and bounds, and this rail line will help Adams County residents connect with the entire metro area.” Hansen has been a part of the FasTracks project since his days as the mayor of
Thornton and has kept this issue on the top of his agenda since his election as a commissioner. “Five years ago we had a meeting and decided that instead of complaining we were going to act," Hansen said. “Out of that meeting, the North Area Transportation Alliance was born.” Hansen continues to serve as the chairman of the NATA board. RTD contractor Regional Rail Partners will design and build the first 12.5-mile phase of the electrified commuter rail line to 124th. "A few years ago we were told the funding wasn't available immediately, and we were going to have to wait until 2042 for this day to come," Henry said. The final six miles to 162nd
Avenue/Colorado 7 will be built as funds become available. Once completed, the line will run from Denver Union Station through north Denver, Commerce City, Thornton and Northglenn to northern Adams County. Other RTD FasTracks rail lines under construction are the East Rail Line to Denver International Airport; the Gold Line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge; the I-225 Rail Line in Aurora; and the first segment of the Northwest Rail Line to Westminster. Also under construction are the express lanes along U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder that will be part of RTD's U.S. 36 Bus Rapid Transit. All are scheduled to debut in 2016.
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Adams County Commissioners Erik Hansen, left, Chairman Charles Tedesco and Eva Henry pose with Congressman Ed Perlmutter at the spike-pulling ceremony held last week at the Regional Transportation District Photo courtesy of Adams County FasTracks construction site near 124th Avenue in Thornton.
March 27, 2014
‘Divergent’ doesn’t dare to be different
up with her brother (Ansel Based on Veronica Roth’s Elgort, who stars alongside first book (2011), Divergent is Woodley as her lover in the the start of a Young Adult upcoming film, The Fault in series similarly themed but Our Stars) as a member of quite different from The Abnegation (“the Stiffs”), Hunger Games. In a postwar, chooses dystopian Dauntless, future, while her Chicago is brother choosfenced off es Erudite. from the outTris and severside world, By Abby al other transand society Wright fers are immewithin the diately thrown fence functions Abby into the action by separating Wright of Dauntless, people into reviews climbing up five factions: new structures and Abnegation, movies for leaping into whose memLocal and out of bers live simColor magmoving trains. ple, selfless azine. Dauntless lives, reject Divergent training is vanity, and intense and help the facAt AMC Theaters in the mentors tionless; Brighton Pavilions ruthless. Erudite, for Writers: Evan Daugherty, While Tris is the intelligent Vanessa Taylor, Veronica warned that academics and Roth (novel) Dauntless researchers; Director: Neil Burger “trains solDauntless, Starring: Shailene diers, not whose memWoodley, Theo James, rebels,” it is bers are brave, Kate Winslet her rebellious almost fearGenre: Action, adventure, acts of nonless, strong, Sci-Fi conformity soldiers who Rating: PG-13 for intense and unwaverenforce the violence and action, theing persistence laws; Amity, matic elements, and some that allow her the artists, sensuality to survive in counselors, Run time: 2 hours, 19 the Dauntless and above all, minutes. faction – and peacemakers; Abby’s grade: 3.5 of 5 to catch the and Candor, attention of her mentor, Four for those who are honest but (Theo James), who becomes strive to be impartial. her only true ally to help her Children are born into the hide that she is a Divergent. faction of their parents, but Danger is imminent when when they become adults, Tris discovers that Erudite is they choose, in the words of brainwashing Dauntless solJeanine (Kate Winslet) – the diers to eradicate Abnegation, powerful representative of the faction accused of thievErudite who believes that ery over selflessness and the human nature is the cause of faction to which Tris’s parents all problems – not who they belong. think they should be or who Tris is a multifaceted, likthey want to be, but who they able character to whom we truly are. They can never go can all relate, so it is hard to back to their families or believe that in the future, another faction. independent minds like hers Before their choosing cereare as rare as they are when mony, when everyone uses we are not shown the process the same knife to cut his or that made conformity so her hand to squeeze blood clear-cut. After all, human into his or her faction of nature prevails, and humans choice. The risk of AIDS and don’t like being controlled. other diseases was distract(At least in the Hunger Games, ing, but so were other questhe characters are bold tions throughout the film. enough to admit that the sysEach 16-year-old is given tem is wrong and to think of an intense psychological and ways to rebel against it rather chemical aptitude test to conthan genuinely conform to it.) firm his or her virtues, perWe also see unexplained sonality, and faction. tension between characters, Strong-willed Beatrice “Tris” Prior’s (Shailene Woodley) test appears “inconclusive,” revealing that she is Divergent and does not fit neatly into any one faction. Her tester, to protect her, deletes Tris’s result and warns her to not tell anyone. Divergents are rare, seen as threats, and discretely disposed of by the authorities. Tris, despite being brought
such as Four and Eric (Jai Courtney) and a general inconsistency of character behaviors: For example, throughout the movie, Tris is bullied by one of her peers, who, without much resistance near the end, suddenly joins her team. Tris’s mother’s past as a Dauntless-turnedAbnegation is a mystery, as is what lies beyond the Chicago
fence, how Chicago was structured to accommodate the factions, how decisions were made about what constitutes “peace” in a society, why Abnegation is arbitrarily being accused of theft, and how rare are Divergents? Perhaps all those questions will be answered in the sequel, Insurgent (2015) or the third, Allegiant (2016), but for
now, the questions are distractions, while other plot parts are predictable. The intensity of Divergent falls short of that from The Hunger Games, so while Divergent serves as an interesting and engaging premise of the future on its own, it doesn’t “diverge” enough to have charisma among its Young Adult genre.
Obituaries/funeral notices Alice Ann Ewing
Alice Ann Ewing, 90, of Wiggins, died March 19 at Northern Colorado Medical Center Hospice Unit. She was born Sept. 17, 1923, in Brighton to Matthew William and Myrle Beulah (Council) Newlon. She was raised in Greeley and attended the Colorado Teachers College. She worked as a telephone operator in her early years. Alice married Joseph W. Ewing on Nov. 2, 1947, in Greeley. She was a member of Wiggins Community Church. She participated in the Women's Fellowship. As a farmer's wife, they owned dairy cattle and a hog farm. Alice raised their four children and was also very active bringing up her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family get-togethers were very important to her. Alice loved to bowl, play the piano, crochet and sew. Her father owned Spud Chip factory here in Greeley. Alice is survived by her husband, Joe W. Ewing; daughters JoAnn (Mark) Nelson and Virginia Quill (Floyd Eley); son Gerald Ewing; brother Robert; daughter-in-law Marilyn Ewing; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Wallace Ewing. Funeral service was Tuesday at Stoddard Funeral Home. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado, in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, CO 80634. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortmorgantimes/obituary.asp x?n=alice-ann-ewingnewlon&pid=170351807&fhid= 11537#sthash.WerpzPpx.dpuf
August Forrest ‘Smitty’ Schmidt
August Forrest “Smitty” Schmidt, 88, died March 17 in Brighton. He was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Fort Lupton, to William “Bill” and Edith Alta Claver Schmidt of Fort Lupton. August graduated Fort Lupton High School in 1943, and enlisted in the Navy in August that year. He was honorably discharged in May 1946. August was a farmer and cattleman. He married Velma Jeanne Pfalzgraf in Fort Lupton on Dec. 28, 1945. Survivors include his children Sharon (Ron) Schuyler and Charlotte Jones both of Fort Lupton, and Kit (Trish) Schmidt of Dolores; brother Ray (Helen) Schmidt of Mesa, Ariz., five grandchildren (and four of their spouses); and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Robert Wayne Schmidt. Memorial service was held last week. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 306 Park Ave., Fort Lupton.
Joyce E. Alsdorf
Joyce Enola Alsdorf met the Lord on March 20. Joyce attended schools in Longmont and Keenesburg. On March 8, 1958, she married Bill Alsdorf in Boulder. Together they spent a few years in Greeley and then moved permanently to Brighton in 1968, where they were active members at the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton. She worked part time as secretary for the Colorado Jaycees State Office in Brighton for a few years and was an active volunteer in the community with the Junior
Women, the Jaycee-Ettes, Relay for Life, the Republican Party and served as a past Adams County Election Judge. Over the years she also held many volunteer positions with the Presbyterian Church, where she was a past Elder and Deacon. As a secretary, she was instrumental in what we know today as The Pennock Center for Counseling. Her greatest accomplishment was being the mom of four children. Joyce was very active in the schools her children attended and was very proud that her children graduated from both high school and college. She loved to sew and was able to design and make all of the prom and wedding dresses for her daughters and granddaughters and even made Halloween costumes. In her later years she became an accomplished quilter. Joyce was a loving, giving woman who years ago donated a kidney and – even in death – donated many of her organs. Her faith kept her going and it was her faith that got her through her trials, even fighting and winning her battle over cancer. Joyce is survived by her husband, Bill, of Brighton; children LaDene (Terry) Madson of Nelson, Neb., Ray (Christina) Alsdorf of Tulsa, Okla., Donna (Oleg) Prochoda of Brighton and Colleen (Bobby) Ortega of Thornton; sisters Louise Coon of Denver and Vivian Carlson of Boulder; brother Jerry Martindale of Fullerton, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held in the spring as the flowers begin to bloom. Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
March 27, 2014
PVHS girls seek bump in win column
By Michelle Boyer for The Banner Starting his sixth year as the Prairie View High School girls’ varsity soccer coach, Jason Oulman said it adds an element to his life that keeps his blood pumping. “It allows me to transfer my competitive drive to my players and to teach in a hands-on and a passionate fashion,” he said. “I relish the afternoons we’re practicing, because it gives me an escape from the classroom, to a world that ignites my fanatical nature and my yearning to compete.” Oulman is proud to be a part of the Thunderhawks coaching fraternity, and said he’s honored to be called “coach” by players whom he respects and cares for. “I still play, but not as often/consistently … due to my 31/2-yearold daughter (and her soccer schedule on the weekends) and my 8-month-old son,” he said. “They’re better than any game I could ever be a part of on the field.” This season’s goals are as
Prairie View soccer players Danielle Glasmann, Shilo Krueger and Michelle Boyer for The Banner Cianna Peters practice indoors.
they are with most seasons: to be focused on the outcomes from the last season. “We would like to bump our total wins up to double digits, we would like to be more competitive within the conference champion discussion, we would like to possibly host/win a playoff game, and we would like to beat our rival schools within the conference,” he said. “To accomplish those more measurable goals, we must make more strides that are
intangible. By that, I mean we need to be a closer and more familial group of teammates, while also consistently putting forth a quality amount of aggression and focus on the field.” Oulman said this year’s team is a solid crop of freshmen, with a few who’ve been difference-makers for the team from Day 1. “With five freshmen and two sophomores, we have a good base for future depth, but I’d say the majority of our
activities in practice to help them be better at the mental aspect of the game. “We were in the weight room three Tim Cardenas to four times a week during the offseason, and we took a different approach to our weightroom workouts,” he said. “We were able to train with the school’s strength and con-
ditioning coach, which was a benefit to the players. We also spent significant time at our indoor facility.” Cardenas said the goals this spring include having the players as prepared as possible for the season … physically and mentally. “State playoffs and winning state are the desired results,” he said. “This team has shown a great deal of mental toughness, and our offseason training has been evident – we’re strong and athletic. Also
impact players are juniors and seniors,” he said. Shilah Krueger, Danielle Glasmann and Veronica Walker are seniors who’ve been consistent starters for the team. Other seniors on the team are Allison Maestas and Alycia Quintana-McCarthy. “Prairie View has developed healthy rivalries with Rangeview, because they’ve been the best team in the East Metro Athletic Conference for the past three seasons,” Oulman said. “Brighton is a rival because our games are always decided by one or two plays and they’re sheer battles that never seem to be won or lost by more than one goal, and Adams City because they beat us last year for the first time in our school history and it was a controversial game that took place on their field during their senior night.” The Thunderhawks are 2-2 overall and 1-0 in league play this season. Their next game is at Hinkley at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Prairie View girls’ soc-
cer program has had the same junior varsity coaches the past three seasons. “Casey Schmitz and Keeley Morris are the leaders, and our JV team has improved tremendously,” Oulman said. “My assistant coach is Shane Krueger. I’m lucky enough to have two volunteer assistant coaches that were former players of mine at PVHS. One is Molly Cardenas (formerly Molly Miller), who has a plaque on the Thunderhawk Wall of Fame – for her time as a dominant soccer player. The other is Nick Call, who anchored my best boys’ teams as a captain and center/midfielder. Each of them brings new ideas, fresh perspectives, and a love of the game that is invaluable to our program.” The team will hold a breakfast buffet fundraiser at Chili’s, 2211 Prairie Center Parkway, April 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost is $10 per adult and $7 per child (11 or younger). All proceeds will be used to cover the cost of new soccer equipment.
Thunderhawks prepared for winning By Michelle Boyer for The Banner Starting their season 4-1 overall has been a huge triumph for the Prairie View High School baseball team, compared to last season’s 810 record. “Last year, I failed our players because I didn’t have them mentally prepared,” Coach Tim Cardenas said. “We’ve been really focused on the ‘team’ aspect of developing our players, which seems to have paid off.” The team has implemented
we’ve established some depth at every level of the program.” This year is Cardenas’ third coaching the team. “We have seven returning players who have varsity experience,” he said. The team has four seniors; Jordan Jones (Pitcher/1B), Caleb Dameron (CF), Garrett Dalrymple (2B) and Alan Ramirez (Pitcher/3B). “All of our coaches have shown a tremendous amount of dedication to the program,” he said. “Our expectations are that all coaches are
involved in every aspect of building a program. With that said, they have all contributed to building a program.” Along with Cardenas, are assistant coaches Mark Gonzales, Mike Servantez and Danny Servantez, who coach the varsity level of the program. Chris Garcia and Dominique Carbajal are the coaches of the junior varsity team, and Chad Clark with Jason Davis coach the C team. Prairie View plays Rampart in Colorado Springs, Monday at 4:15 p.m.
Prep sports this week Monday: PVHS at Colorado Springs Rampart, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday: PVHS vs. Thornton, 4 p.m. PVHS girls’ tennis at Adams City, 4 p.m. PVHS girls’ soccer at Hinkley, 4 p.m. PVHS lacrosse at Monarch, 6 p.m. BHS girls’ golf vs TBA at Coyote Creek Golf Course, 10 a.m. BHS girls’ tennis at Hinkley, 4 p.m. BHS girls’ soccer vs. Centaurus, 6 p.m. BHS varsity track squad at Rangeview, 4 p.m. BHS boys’ swimming vs. Standley Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Boys’ Baseball Greenway 7, BHS 0, PVHS 12, Faith Christian 8 Boys’ Lacrosse Gateway 6, PVHS 3 Girls’ Soccer PVHS 6, Thornton 0 Green Mountain 5, BHS 0 BHS 7, Northglenn 2 BHS Girls’ Tennis BHS 7, Adams City 0 PVHS 4, Thornton 3