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May 10, 2013

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Parker Marine killed Cpl. David Sonka dies serving in Afghanistan By Chris Michlewicz

Mike Mulligan, president of the Parker Area Historical Society, talks about the history of Ruth Memorial Chapel, which opened in 1913. Photos by Chris Michlewicz

One-room chapel hits 100-year mark Public invited to celebrate anniversary of landmark By Chris Michlewicz The charming white chapel that lends historical ambience to the downtown district has hit the century mark. Ruth Memorial Chapel, which stands proudly on the south side of Mainstreet near Victorian Drive, is a landmark unlike any other in the Town of Parker. It’s among the few structures that have survived the modernization of the downtown area. Town officials and longtime residents are preparing to mark its 100th anniversary with a celebration from 10 a.m. to noon May 18. Carriage rides and live music from the early 20th century will help participants “travel back in time to 1913,� according to the public invitation. Walking into the one-room chapel, visitors are met with a sense of nostalgia. Those who take a tour of the chapel during the May 18 event will note finely crafted windows, sturdy church pews and the echoes of their own footfalls. The Parker Area Historical Society, which helps represent and protect historic structures, partnered with the town for the 100-year celebration. Mike Mulligan, president of the historical society, says Ruth Memorial Chapel was the first church built in town. All previous services were held in residents’ homes.

Friends and family members are mourning the loss of a U.S. Marine from Parker who was killed in Afghanistan. Cpl. David M. Sonka, a dog handler with the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, died May 4 while conducting combat operations in Farah province in Afghanistan. The 23-year-old was based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Maj. Jeff Landis, a public affairs officer for the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, said a dignified transfer of Sonka’s remains took place May 7. Sonka’s friends tentatively scheduled a candlelight vigil called “Tribute for a Hero� at Chaparral High School May 12. Plans are still being finalized. On a Facebook page dedicated to the event, Sonka’s wife, Torey, expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community, saying she is “devastated� by the loss but “incredibly thankful� for messages from well-wishers. She said her husband “deserves the highest honor.� The circumstances of Sonka’s death are still under investigation. The Department of Defense will issue a statement once more details are confirmed, Landis said. He was unable to comment on reports that Sonka was one of the casualties of an insider attack allegedly perpetrated by an Afghan soldier. Also killed in the attack were his dog, Flex, and Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, N.Y. Christian’s brother, Philip, told New York media outlets that his brother and another Marine were training Afghan soldiers when one of them turned on the Americans and shot them during a patrol. The statement could not be independently verified. Sara Webber, who knew Sonka since kindergarten and is helping to organize the “Tribute for a Hero� event, said he was an Marine continues on Page 12

Ruth Memorial Chapel is one of the historic landmarks of Mainstreet. The town-owned chapel hosts weddings and 4VOEBZDIVSDITFSWJDFT"ZFBSBOOJWFSTBSZDFMFCSBUJPOJTTDIFEVMFEGPS.BZ Dedicated in May 1913 as Ruth Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, the facility still hosts weddings and regular church services, with seating for 70. It has undergone a few renovations over

the years — most recently in 2004, when new exterior paint was applied and the hardwood floors were finished — but has Chapel continues on Page 12

Survey finds teachers satisfied with schools Union official says results don’t extend to district By Jane Reuter A state-directed teacher survey shows Douglas County educators feel supported by their communities, happy in their workplaces and empowered as instructional leaders. That, district officials say, is cause for celebration. But others say the results reflect only conditions at the school level, and that satisfaction with the Douglas County School District overall is poor. The state education department’s Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning

(TELL) survey is an anonymous statewide survey of educators, conducted every two years and designed to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level. More than 70 percent of DCSD’s teachers participated in the 2013 survey, giving high marks to support for schools from their communities, clarity of policies and expectations, the work environment, professional standards and the curriculum. In total, 84.7 percent agreed their school is a good place to work and learn. “We were really pleased,� DCSD spokeswoman Cinamon Watson said. “We had lots of teacher participation, and we improved in two-thirds of the data points over 2011. Some of those important ones I’d say (are that) teachers are empowered as instructional leaders in their classrooms. Teachers

feel there’s a real sense of collaboration and trust. Our teachers feel very supported by the community.� On most questions, DCSD teachers’ satisfaction exceeded the state average. “The TELL survey was very positive about teacher satisfaction in Douglas County,� Watson said. “That’s great news for our schools and our community.� Douglas County teachers’ union vice president Courtney Smith said she isn’t surprised by the results, but said they don’t paint a complete picture of conditions within the district. “The TELL survey is designed to gather information at the school level,� she said. “Teachers are happy at the school level beSurvey continues on Page 12

Cpl. David Sonka was killed May 4 while serving as a dog handler with the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command in Afghanistan. Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps

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New task force building under review Town deeded acre of land to organization in December By Chris Michlewicz The Town of Parker will soon decide whether to approve a new building for the Parker Task Force. The nonprofit task force has raised $600,000 over the last five years to build a new, roomier facility, and made an extensive search for a good location. Its spokeswoman, Diane Roth, says the deeding of a one-acre parcel adjacent to the town’s headquarters last December was the final piece to make that dream come true. The Parker Task Force has been operating rent-free out of the lower level of the original municipal building, just west of the existing town hall, but things have become more cramped as demand for food-bank services has grown. If the plans are ap-

proved by town council, the task force will expand from a 4,500-square-foot space to 8,000 square feet. The land on the east side of town hall was appraised for $275,000 to $325,000. It was not designated for any specific use, but was previously offered to the Women’s Crisis and Family Outreach Center. Town Administrator Randy Young was directed by council to identify different parcels to which the Young task force could potentially relocate. Officials considered a piece of town-owned land near Salisbury Equestrian Park and county-owned property near the Parker Police Department headquarters, but determined that the parcel next to town hall was the most ideal spot. “They’ve outgrown the space they’re in,� Young said. “It’s a need that the community

Graduations will stream live School district plans to broadcast ceremonies Staff report The upcoming Douglas County high school graduations will be streamed live on the Internet this year. The 12 ceremonies, scheduled at seven different locations and with some occurring simultaneously, will be broadcast on the district’s Livestream account at www. Video also will be available on Comcast Channel 54, through the district’s smartphone app and its YouTube and Facebook accounts. In 2012, the school district streamed four of its graduations live, all of which were

held at Parker’s Sports Authority Stadium. Douglas County School District spokesman Randy Barber is in charge of this year’s ambitious plan. “This is such a tremendous community and global outreach,� he said. “Last year we had an exchange student’s family from Germany tune in, a grandmother who was recovering from surgery in Phoenix and several others who couldn’t be at the stadium. “We believe it will be uplifting for students to know, whether grandma and grandpa live in Boulder, Philly or Tokyo, they’ll be about to tune in.� In addition to Douglas County’s nine traditional high schools, graduation ceremonies for Eagle Academy night high school, DC Oakes alternative high school and eDCSD online school also will be streamed live.

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has that’s not going to go away.� The additional space would afford more privacy during consultations with clients, Roth says. The land is also centrally located, enabling seniors who live nearby to walk or take a quick bus ride to the food bank. The volunteers who run the task force are especially excited about the prospect of improved organization. “One of the big benefits is we’re able to design the building as a fully functional food bank and human services agency,� Roth says. Food will be staged behind the shelves instead of being stored and stacked in cardboard boxes, and walk-in freezers and refrigerators will allow more room for perishables. The parking area is also expected to be larger and more easily accessible. Having shared a campus with the task force since 2002, the town is happy that the crucial public service agency will stay nearby. “We have looked at it as a win-win,�

Young said. “I’ve learned a lot about the needs we have in this community and was surprised to find out how much need we truly do have.� Council is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to approve the plans, including a design that will resemble surrounding structures. Roth said the task force is hoping to move into the new facility by Thanksgiving, but the timeline will depend on the approval process and construction schedule. The food bank was created by three women 26 years ago and originally was housed in a horse barn. It has moved to different town-owned facilities over the years, including the Mainstreet Center, the quonset hut that once stood in O’Brien Park, and the first town hall. The partnership with the town has been crucial. “Without the support from the Town of Parker, this organization would not have been able to grow and be successful in working in the community,� Roth said.

SO MUCH INSIDE THE CHRONICLE THIS WEEK Helping children. In the Belize Education Program, educators from the Central American nation and Douglas County collaborate. Page 4

Cash for culture. Stars 4 Douglas County’s Masquerade Gala raised funds that have been distributed to support arts in local schools. Page 22

Goal oriented. Lutheran’s Shelby Raper broke the school’s career soccer goals record that had been held by her coach. Page 28

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Election overhaul steams ahead Republicans incensed over proposed changes By By Vic Vela A major Democrat-sponsored overhaul to how elections are conducted in Colorado passed the Senate on May 2, much to the chagrin of incensed Republicans who uniformly object to the effort. House Bill 1303 — the “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act” — would make substantial changes to the state’s voting and registration process, primarily by allowing residents the ability to register to vote all the way up through Election Day. Also, every registered voter would receive a ballot in the mail. That includes socalled “inactive voters” — those who currently do not receive mail ballots because they did not vote in the previous election. The bill essentially does away with poll-

ing precincts as we know them, and instead sets up “polling centers” where any eligible voter can show up to cast a ballot. Democrats believe the bill modernizes elections and allows for greater involvement in the voting process. “At the end of the day, all we will find is that more people who are regisReport tered to vote will do so,” said Senate Majority Leader Morgan Carroll, DAurora. Democrats are touting this as a bipartisan piece of legislation, because the vast majority of county clerks in the state support the measure, including those who are Republican. But Republicans senators were apoplectic over the bill, which they dubbed the “Voter Fraud Act.” They argue that allowing same-day voter registration opens the door


to more cheats casting ballots. “I have not talked to one clerk and recorder, except for maybe two, who think that same-day voter registration is a good thing, and that we should be allowing this huge open door for voter fraud to come to the state,” said Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch. Harvey also blamed Democrats for “cramming” through such a major bill, with just a handful of days left in the legislative session. At one point during an April 30 debate, Harvey requested that the entire 120-page-plus bill be read aloud in its entirety, which took about two and a half hours to get through. Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said that the bill would allow anyone to register to vote the day of an election, “with virtually no identification.” Colorado law does not require a photo ID or social security number to register to vote, and voters can use a utility bill to show proof of residency. Lundberg said that using a utility bill to register to vote on the day of

an election is “a cruel joke” that sets itself up for the possibility of fraud. “You’re already winning the elections,” said Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs. “Do you need to steal them, too?” Democrats point to safeguards in the bill that they say would help protect against fraud, such as the use of a real-time voter file access system that would determine who is eligible to vote and those who have already cast a ballot. Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City, said that Senate Republicans are using “bogeyman” politics to argue against the bill. “We are not doing something out of the norm,” Ulibarri said. “We are updating our standards for the 21st century.” The bill passed the Senate on a 20-15 party-line vote. The bill had previously passed the House, also without any Republican votes. It was re-passed by the House for concurrence of minor Senate amendments on May 3, and now heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk for his signature.

Mental health bill on way to governor Hickenlooper requested action in wake of Aurora shootings By Vic Vela

‘When it comes to mental health in Colorado, we have never funded it appropriately. I honestly believe this A bill that will pump nearly $20 million into the creation of a statewide mental health crisis response system is on its way to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Senate Bill 266, which was a major funding priority for Hickenlooper this legislative session, passed the House on May 6, following a bipartisan vote of 44-21. It had already cleared the Senate. Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, called the bill “historic legislation.” “When it comes to mental health funding in Colorado, we have never funded it appropriately,” Newell said during a recent

bill can save lives.’ State Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton Senate debate. “I honestly believe this bill will save lives.” The bill creates a 24-hour mental health hotline system and sets up five walk-in crisis service centers around the state. Mobile and residential crisis services also would be available under the bill. The legislation also creates a public information campaign to raise awareness of mental health services and needs.

The bill directs the Department of Human Services to set up a request-for-proposal process that will lead to a coordinated mental health crisis system. The bill was the result of a call by Hickenlooper in December to revamp the state’s mental health system, an effort by the governor that was sparked by last year’s Aurora theater shootings. Bill sponsors say the legislation finally



allows the state to pump money back into an underfunded mental health system, which took a big hit during the 2002 recession, said Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, a bill sponsor. “We have never been able to bring funding back up to the 2002 level,” Kraft-Tharp said. “That’s why making mental health a priority to redesign and strengthen our system is the right thing to do.” Although the bill received bipartisan support in both legislative chambers, many Republicans opposed the effort. Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, said the bill sets up a “statewide control system” of mental health resources, which he believes is better dealt with at the local level. “I believe it is setting up a new path for mental health management, and that is: We’re gonna do it at the state level,” Lundberg said.

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Teaching crosses cultural boundaries Educators from Belize, Douglas County collaborate to help students By Jane Reuter


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When first-grade teacher Jean Kirshner stepped into a classroom in Belize in 2007, she knew her life would never be the same. She could not foresee then how many other lives also would change because of that visit. Kirshner said she simply saw a need from which she could not turn away. “I was stunned because there were no books or school supplies,” said the Mammoth Heights Elementary School teacher. “It was heartbreaking. I knew I couldn’t get back on that plane and leave it.” That visit was the impetus for the Belize Education Program, now a twice-yearly international visit by school staff from Belize and the Douglas County School District. Each fall, DCSD teachers and principals spend their fall break sharing educational practices in Belize, and every spring, staff from Belize visit Douglas County schools. “The changes have been staggering,” said Ed Goulart, also a Mammoth Heights first-grade teacher and a program participant since 2009. “The first year I went down, most of the classes didn’t have many books for children to read. They had bare concrete floors. “Since then, we’ve watched the teachers replicate things that will work for them culturally down there. We’ve seen a change in teachers’ attitudes — more collaborative and less a sage on the stage. They’re doing so much to beautify their rooms, putting beautiful artifacts on the walls, finding linoleum to put on those concrete floors.”

Mammoth Heights Elementary teachers Mary Kay Atkins, left, and Jean Kirshner pose with some of the students in Belize they’ve worked with during the multi-year project. Courtesy photo The relationship between the two groups of educators also has changed to what Goulart describes as a supportive partnership. “Together, we’re lifting kids,” Kirshner said. “It’s not through charity but through solidarity.” Teachers who visit fill suitcases with books and school supplies, saving their carry-ons for personal items. Last year, 24 teachers made the trip to Belize, each with two 50-pound pieces of checked luggage for a total of 2,400 pounds of school supplies. The program has drawn the attention of the Belize Education Ministry and a U.S. ambassador. But what pleases Kirshner most is the change she sees in students and teachers. “I feel like the educators and teachers value their calling on a whole new level,” she said. Because Douglas County program

participants pay the trip’s approximately $1,500 per-person cost, they are a select, highly dedicated group. The experience they have is personally and professionally transformative. As the excess of American culture is stripped away, both Kirshner and Goulart said their mission both at home and abroad becomes clearer. “I’ve streamlined what’s important, what do you really need for effective instruction and what’s sort of bling,” Kirshner said. On a personal level, Goulart said the program also helped him realize a long-held altruistic desire. “A few years ago, the person who would go to Belize to work with teachers and children was the type of person I always wanted to be,” he said. “And then I did it. Now, that’s just who I am.”


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Stoned-driving limit passes Legislature Governor expected to sign measure into law By Vic Vela It’s been a long and winding road, but the Colorado General Assembly has finally passed a driving-stoned standard for motorists. The measure — which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper — establishes a marijuana blood standard by which it is illegal to get behind the wheel. “Smoke and walk. Smoke and take the bus. Smoke and grab a cab. Smoke and call a friend. Smoke and ride a horse. Smoke and take the light rail,” said Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, a bill sponsor, during a recent Senate debate. “Just don’t smoke and drive. Your life and every other citizen’s life on the highway is at risk. The bill passed the Senate May 7 on a 2312 vote, after it had previously cleared the House by an even wider margin. The bill limits drivers to five nanograms per milliliter of blood for active THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. But that limit would be known as a “permissible inference” standard by which a person is considered to be under the influence of the drug. However, a defendant can rebut in court whether he or she was actually impaired. That’s different from a strict “per se” standard, such as the 0.08 percent bloodalcohol concentration used to prosecute drunken drivers. Opposition to the bill knew no party lines. Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, voted

no on the legislation, arguing that there are laws already on the books that make it illegal for people to drive while impaired. “What’s the problem we’re trying to solve here?” Steadman said. And Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, cautioned that a driving-stoned limit could lead to “too many false positives,” due to residual amounts of the drug being in the bloodstream of a person who regularly smokes the drug, but may not have been stoned behind the wheel at the time of arrest. “We should not be convicting people who are not guilty of driving while impaired,” Lundberg said. Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, had voted no on setting stoned-driving limits in the past, but voted yes on this “reasonable” piece of legislation, this time around. “With all of the lines we have to draw here at the Capitol … I think we have to draw a line at some point (on driving stoned),” Kerr said. Members of the Capitol press corps dubbed the effort the “zombie bill” because it continued to surface at the legislature, in spite of having suffered multiple deaths. The bill had failed four times in previous years — and it even suffered two separate deaths before it finally passed this session. The original bill passed the House, but failed in a Senate committee. A drivingstoned standard was then tacked on in the form of an amendment to an Amendment 64 regulation bill, before it was stripped from that legislation by a separate committee. The bill’s House sponsors were House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, and Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora.

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Pot debate finally lives up to billing For much of the legislative session, there was one thought that would enter into my mind, perhaps more than any other: This marijuana stuff is pretty boring. Seriously. For a drug that’s capable of making everyday experiences pretty interesting for a whole lot of people out there — and can make those old Allman Brothers vinyls sound even sweeter — for the most part, covering the Legislature’s attempts to regulate the newly legalized retail pot industry had been quite the snooze fest. So, thank goodness for the last few weeks of the legislative session, which produced a slew of pot activity — including some profound philosophical debates over the regulation of the drug — that managed to put the “Wee!” back in “weed.” But things surrounding the implementation of Amendment 64 — the voter-approved measure that legalizes recreational marijuana use — sure did start out slow this legislative session. There were committees after committees after committees, many of which started at 7:30 in the morning. Ugh! And from those hearings emerged super-exciting terms like “vertical integration”; “excise tax”; “egress”; “ingress.” But, I digress. Thankfully, the last couple of weeks of legislative pot talk made up for all of the months of boring regulatory language, trite marijuana puns and over-used Cheetos references. Thoroughly entertaining debates over how to tax the drug and where people should be allowed to congregate to smoke it emerged at sessions’ end. And the political lines over those issues became about as blurred as highway lines

might appear to a stoner on his way home from a String Cheese Incident show at Red Rocks. “It’s been all over the place,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, in a recent interview. Singer was the sponsor of House Bill 1318, which puts in place an Amendment 64 taxation model. Singer said it was “refreshing” to see that debates over marijuana knew no political boundaries. “Ninety percent of the folks here have this really open mind about it, like, `So, what do you think?’,” Singer said. “And my answer is, `I don’t know, what do you think?’ And were figuring it out together.” Breaking news: Republicans don’t like taxes. And they, like many people, don’t like drugs. So what was fascinating to observe over the last couple of weeks of the session was members of the Grand Old Party arguing in favor of lowering tax rates on retail marijuana sales. Their argument was sound — they didn’t want the drug taxed too high, out of fear that the black market would benefit. But the irony is that the end result of lowering taxes on marijuana makes it cheaper for people to buy drugs! That irony was not lost on Singer.

“The traditional conservative argument for less taxes kind of steps in the way for the traditional conservative argument for less drugs. So, how do we balance that?” Singer said. “Same thing on the progressive side. There’s people on that side worried about social factors of drug addiction and the social factors of incarcerating people because of drugs. “It’s a little off kilter.” You can say that again. Case in point was a fascinating debate in the Senate over whether the state should allow the existence of marijuana clubs, where people could have a common place to enjoy the drug, like “Cheers” for pot smokers. Wouldn’t you like to get away? This issue sure made for some strange political bedfellows. Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, joined forces with Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, to propose an amendment to one of the marijuana regulation bills, that would have treated marijuana clubs like cigar bars — only they wouldn’t be allowed to actually buy the drugs there, just smoke them. Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, argued in favor of Steadman’s amendment — which, now that I think about it, could very well be the first time that a Colorado legislative reporter has ever written that sentence. Awesome! “The last thing you want them to do is to hang out in a back alley and smoke it,” Marble said on the Senate floor recently. Democratic Sens. Cheri Jahn of Wheat Ridge and Gail Schwartz of Snowmass opposed the pot club amendment, along with Sen. Larry Crower, a Republican from Alamosa. “Kool-Aid is legal, but do we need a

place to drink Kool-Aid?” Crowder quipped during a recent Senate debate. “If you want to go to a party that has it, then go ahead and smoke it.” See what I mean? Pretty cool, eh? “The political lines are blurred, in some sense, in the Republican caucus (on this issue),” said Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, in a recent interview. “This topic cuts across party lines and philosophic lines that are really complex.” By the time this column hits Colorado Community Media’s papers, the General Assembly should have already wrapped up work on the implementation of Amendment 64 regulations. Jahn said she’s learned a lot about marijuana over the course of the session. “I know more about this than I thought I ever wanted to know,” Jahn told me. “Who would’ve thought? However, if you really look back at over the last five or 10 years, you could really see it’s been moving this way and the attitudes in Colorado and through the country have really changed.” That may be true. But legislators like Gardner — who opposed Amendment 64 — would just as soon be talking about something else. “I’ve heard more marijuana testimony than I have on any other subject in the General Assembly,” Gardner said. “That is astounding to me. I never thought it was something that was a good use of our time, but we have no choice.” Vic Vela is the legislative reporter for Colorado Community Media. Email Vic at: Also, follow Vic’s legislative updates on Twitter: @ VicVela1

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Castle Pines couple celebrates civil union Pair takes groundbreaking step in Douglas County By Ryan Boldrey Cynthia Kristensen and Jan Friedlander had waited to legally celebrate their love for one another for 26 years; so waiting outside for a few extra minutes in an early-morning May Day snow shower didn’t bother either of them very much. The Castle Pines couple, in their 60s, was one of two waiting for the Douglas County Clerk and Recorder’s office to open at 8 a.m. in Castle Rock in order to partake in the county’s first civil unions on the day they became legal in Colorado. A doctor and a real estate broker, the couple met through friends in San Antonio in the late 1980s and connected immediately, both laughing and saying “yes” when asked to recall if it had been love at first sight. They moved to Colorado in 1990 so Kristensen could open a private medical practice, and while thrilled homosexual couples finally have the opportunity to enjoy the same benefits married couples often take for granted, they said they hope to eventually wed. “I didn’t ever think I would see this day,” Friedlander said. “We are thrilled to be able to do it, but it’s kind of like the treatment that blacks had when they weren’t allowed

to marry. It’s separate but not equal. Hopefully someday, we can be married.” Maybe then, they will have a huge ceremony filled with friends and family, but on the first of May, their ceremony — albeit sealed with a kiss — was an unaccompanied stop on the way to a conference call for Kristensen and a day at the office for Friedlander. Plans did call for a “fabulous bottle of wine” with a helping of Kristensen’s famous Shrimp Hunan after work, and there is a honeymoon trip, destination unknown, on the horizon. But after being committed for so many years, Kristensen — who wore her mother’s wedding ring at the ceremony, while Friedman donned a blue bracelet given to her by her brother — said it was just nice to finally be recognized as a couple. “We’ve had to cobble together all the things like wills and property agreements that come together under the umbrella of marriage,” Kristensen said. “We did it all piecemeal.” “(Before), in the event one of us had died, there was always the risk that the family of the deceased would just exclude the partner,” Friedman added. “So in addition to affirmation of the commitment, there’s the protection.” While the couple had already protected themselves legally on things such as endof-life decisions, money and home, Friedman said, it was a matter of sitting down

Coyotes are suspected of killing three dogs in Lone Tree so far in 2013. File photo

Coyote kills Lone Tree dog Pet owner describes predator as huge, brave, fearless By Jane Reuter A coyote struck again in Lone Tree recently, snatching and killing a small dog near Sweetwater Park. The most recent victim, a bichon frise/ shih tzu mix named Mimi-T, reportedly slipped out of the door of a Lodge at Willow Creek apartment and into a gully near the park about 12:40 p.m. April 28. Mimi-T’s owner, Jeanne Trosch, said a coyote so large it resembled a wolf snatched the dog, according to the report. Trosch started screaming and chasing the coyote, “praying he would drop her,” she said. “He started shaking her as he was running. Once he went down into the creek area, I knew she was gone forever. I turned around and started crying.” Trosch described the coyote as huge and fearless. “We’ve seen them before and normally, they’re pretty scrawny and afraid,” she said. “This one is really brave. He walks back and forth by our apartment. What’s frightening is there are little kids who play out there. I just wish they could catch him.” Mimi-T is the third dog killed by a coyote in Lone Tree so far this year. In spring 2012, six dogs were killed in

the Lone Tree and Acres Green area and police said they believed a specific, unusually large coyote attacked most, if not all, those pets. Dog owners also reported a large coyote came unusually close to them while they walked their dogs in the Lone Tree area, and appeared unafraid of people. City officials were so concerned about the animal’s unusually brash behavior, they authorized police to kill it. The large coyote vanished before police could do so, and city spokeswoman Kristen Knoll said police can’t say the animal who killed Mimi-T is the same one. “I don’t think we’ve identified a particular coyote in this instance,” she said. “No police officer saw the coyote in this most recent incident.” Lone Tree Police encourage people to report coyote sightings by calling 720-5091399 or filling out an incident report at the city’s web site, Knoll said the city wants to know about any coyote interaction, even a sighting. “We track everything,” she said. “So that really helps us to pinpoint coyote activity to keep residents and their pets safe.” Like many Colorado communities, Lone Tree has a coyote management plan that outlines ways to resolve human-coyote conflicts. Suggestions include hazing the animals and monitoring their activity, and killing them when such action is considered necessary.

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Cynthia Kristensen, left, and Jan Friedlander, of Castle Pines, were one of the first two Douglas County couples to enter into a civil union May 1 at the Wilcox Building in Castle Rock. The couple has been together for more than 26 years. Photo by Ryan Boldrey with an attorney and looking at all the different items that the marriage umbrella covers and doing separate documents on each one to make sure they were protected. “Now it’s part of the law,” Kristensen said. “I think it’s wonderful. Things are changing.

… With younger people, it’s just part of their lives and they don’t see us as any different. Even conservative people our age, you’re starting to see that on a case-by-case basis they really don’t care. I think it helps society become stronger.”


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Boston Marathoner goes ‘one more mile’ Leg cramps kept teacher away from finish-line devastation By Chris Michlewicz During any other marathon, Bev Holtzer might have been crossing the finish line with a time of four hours, ten minutes. But six miles into this year’s Boston Marathon, her quads cramped up and slowed her down. That twist of fate might have saved her life. Holtzer, a fourth-grade teacher at Gold Rush Elementary School in Parker, had just crossed the 25-mile marker when the homemade explosives detonated, killing three and injuring more than 200 others on April 15. “I just saw runners turning around and running towards all of us, saying `the race is canceled,’” she said. She found out from a spectator that explosions were reported along the course up ahead. It was 45 minutes later that Holtzer was able to borrow someone’s phone to send a text message to let her husband and daughter know she was OK. They were in the crowd and, if not for her slower-thannormal pace, would have been near the finish line four hours and nine minutes after the start of the race, when the bombs went off. Outside of the heartbreak and fear triggered by the terrorist attack, Holtzer was disheartened by the fact that she was less than one mile away from completing the Boston Marathon in her first attempt. The 58-year-old felt robbed of the glory of finishing the storied race and scribbled a defiant, refuse-to-give-up message on a pair of napkins during the flight home to Colorado. Holtzer was greeted by hugs and tears upon her return to Gold Rush Elementary. And soon, a plan was devised by her students and the faculty to help her accomplish the unachieved goal. They staged the “One More Mile” event April 25 and ran

‘I was really relieved crossing the finish line. I felt it was such a positive stamp on something that was so negative a week before.’ Teacher Bev Holtzer, commenting on run at her school alongside the beloved teacher as she completed the final mile of her journey. Holtzer was humbled by the gesture, which she says reflects the Gold Rush community’s supportive nature. “I thought it would just be the fourthgrade classes out there. Well, I walked out and there is the whole school chanting my name,” she said. “They had cow bells, posters, they were cheering. I got a little tearyeyed.” She still has a “nagging” desire to participate in the Boston Marathon next year to take care of some unfinished business. No matter how great the pain, Holtzer was able to complete all nine of her previous marathons. Organizers are still trying to decide whether to give the go-ahead for the 2014 Boston Marathon. The Gold Rush event in her honor, however, was gratifying and served as a lesson in perseverance for the kids. It also taught them to support others in a time of need. “I was really relieved crossing the finish

Bev Holtzer, a fourth-grade teacher at Gold Rush Elementary, finished the final mile of the Boston Marathon at the school April 25 with help from faculty and students. Courtesy photo line. I felt it was such a positive stamp on something that was so negative a week before,” she said. “It shows the kids that a goal might not always end how we want, but there’s always a plan B.”

Holtzer has reflected on her turn of fortune in the form of atypical leg cramps. She is not a religious person, but considers herself spiritual and believes “there is a reason why that happened.”

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Woman to compete in pageant

Parker resident Tish Shade will represent Douglas County in the Mrs. Colorado Pageant May 18 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. The winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $25,000 and advance to the Mrs. America competition. While beauty and physical fitness are key elements, the contestants are encouraged to voice their opinions on marriage, community and important social issues. Shade also competed for the state title in 2010.

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The Rotary Club of Parker took home several awards this month at the District 5450 Conference in Vail. The club won an award for having the “best project targeting children who have developmental, physical or mental disabilities, children at risk, and children who are struggling to overcome other obstacles,” according to an announcement from the Rotary. The Rotary Club of Parker won the award for their sponsorship of the Rotary Community Corps, a club for special need teens and adults. The award was given by the Smoky Hill Rotary Club and came with a $500 check to help fund RCC projects. The Rotary Club of Parker went on to win the Helping Hands Award from the Rotary Club of Brush for pioneering the RCC. The award also came with a $500 contribution toward future projects. Kam Breitenbach, founder and advisor for the RCC, accepted the two awards. Jo Stone, president of the Parker chapter, accepted the District 5450’s Best Annual Giving Award and the Governor’s Discretionary Award for the club’s support of the Denver Indian Center’s Mission. The project is to empower youth, families and community through self-determination, cultural identity and education.

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A bill that would mandate elder abuse reporting in Colorado is finally on its way to becoming law. Senate Bill 111 requires individuals in certain professional fields to report known or suspected cases of abuse involving people age 70 or older. The bill passed the House May 1 on a 56-8 vote, after it had previously breezed through the Senate. Rep. Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge, a House sponsor of the bill, said the legisla-

tion is “over 20 years” in the making. “It’s failed several times, but we’ve finally got it right,” Schafer said during a recent House debate. “This demographic is as important to protect as it is with child abuse.” Those deemed as “mandatory reporters” include professionals in health care, finance, social work and law enforcement. Those who fail to report cases of physical, mental, financial or sexual abuse within 24 hours could face a misdemeanor penalty. Gov. John Hickenlooper is scheduled to sign the bill at the Seniors’ Resource Center in Wheat Ridge on May 16, according to Schafer.


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PARKER POLICE BRIEFS Men reportedly batter car

The Parker Police Department was dispatched on a report of criminal mischief around 1:30 a.m. April 14 in the area of Bennett Drive. A woman reported that she was driving home and came upon a white Nissan sportutility vehicle in the middle of the road. She honked and several males reportedly exited the vehicle, used profanity and punched and kicked her car. Police say one suspect was named Nick and was described as a white male in his early 20s with curly brown hair; it is unclear how investigators have the suspect’s first name. The other suspects were described as white or Hispanic males. The case remains open.

Weights stolen from fitness room

Officers were called to the Ironstone Apartments in Stroh Ranch around 10 a.m. April 15 after a maintenance manager reported the theft of fitness equipment. He said a resident witnessed two males stealing dumbbell weights. Twenty-two weights ranging from 10 to 50 pounds were taken and their value was estimated at $1,600. The witness said one male had been working out in the room between 8 and 9 a.m. and let another male into the fitness room. The first male was described as 25 to 30 years old, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches, 170 to 180 pounds, wearing a black stocking hat, black jacket, and black pants.

f for. She Boat stolen from parking lot Officers were called to herBrown’s Compounding on South ason Parker Road on a report of a

missing boat and trailer. The owner said he kept his boat under a covered parking area in the back of the business for the last year. He last saw the boat two days before he reported it missing. The boat is a 2004 Maxum bearing Colorado license plate 599YNL. It is white with a brown stripe. The case was forwarded to investigations.

Fuel spill reaches drainage system

Parker police responded to a diesel fuel spill around 1:30 p.m. April 23 at the Starbucks at Lincoln Avenue and Jordan Road. Several Town of Parker employees and a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency were on scene. Roughly six gallons leaked from a Ford F350. A hazmat team determined that the parking lot where the spill was located was contaminated, and the fuel had entered the drainage system, an incident report says.

Restraining order violated

Police were called to the 11000 block of Whooping Crane Drive around 2:40 p.m. April 24 on a report of a restraining order violation. A woman named in the order was seen driving by the victim’s house. A traffic stop was conducted and the woman admitted to driving past the home, which violated the requirement to stay 100 yards away, but said she did not intend to approach the house. She had been served with a restraining order April 22 or 23. She was arrested and cited for traffic violations. The suspect reportedly violated the restraining order again the following day and

was transported to the Douglas County jail.

Man cited for road rage

Police responded to a road rage call around 3:50 p.m. April 24 near Lincoln Avenue and Jordan Road. It was reported that a white male got out of his vehicle and cursed at a female victim. The suspect was driving a green Ford Mustang and the victim was in a grey Chevy Tahoe. The suspect was contacted and acknowledged the incident and said he lost his temper. He had been waiting behind the victim’s vehicle as she attempted to turn left into the car wash from the road that runs through the parking lot. He honked his horn a few times before backing up and driving around her vehicle. He admitted to pulling up beside the vehicle, rolling down his window and yelling at her using profanity. He stated she just waved her hand when he yelled. He claimed he did not know when informed there were children in her vehicle that had been upset by the incident. The suspect was issued a municipal citation for disturbing the peace.

Guns taken from apartment

Officers responded to the Cherrywood Village apartments near Jordan Road and E-470 around 3:20 p.m. April 25. The apartment renter told them that six weapons were missing from the residence. The items stolen were a Remington 700 30-06, Ruger Mini 14, Casar AK-47, Armalite M15 AR15, Vulcan Arms AR15 and a Glock 17 9mm. Detectives are working with the victim to identify possible suspects in this case.

State gets closer to taxing Web sales Measure portrayed as move toward fairness By Vic Vela Colorado is a step closer to being able to collect Internet sales taxes, following a vote in the state Senate on May 6. House Bill 1295 readies the state for the federal Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to tax Internet sales, providing Congress passes the legislation. Internet retailers like Amazon. com would pay taxes to a central collection point. Retailers would pay the taxes directly to the state, which would then funnel revenues to local governments, under the state bill. Representatives for local businesses testified at legislative committee hearings that it’s unfair that online retailers are not required to collect sales taxes. “This is about fairness to our tax system, making sure that the brick and mortar stores don’t have a disadvantage to the online remote sellers,” said House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, a bill sponsor. Ferrandino noted that megaretailers like and

Walmart support the legislation. The bill expects to pump more than $73 million into the state’s general fund in its first year of implementation, providing Congress acts. Congress needs to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act in order for states like Colorado to collect taxes from out-of-state retailers. That’s because the Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot force retailers to pay taxes if they do not have an actual physical presence in the state, unless Congress gives the OK. Out-of-state retailers with fewer than $1 million in annual sales would be exempt from the federal act. The state bill passed the Senate on a 21-14 vote, after having previously passed the House on a 37-23 vote. Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, accidentally voted for the bill when it was in the House last month. He said in a recent conversation that he meant to vote against the legislation. “No consumer is going to pick up and move because their state taxes Internet sales,” McNulty said. “But you may see a shift in where businesses locate their businesses because of tax increases.”

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W Rail opening shines green light for region By about 5 p.m. April 27, the line of people at the Jefferson County Government Center light-rail station in Golden no longer extended over the hillside toward the foothills. The moment seemed to round out a monumental weekend for RTD that featured two days of free rides on the newly opened W Rail light-rail line. We witnessed an enthusiastic launch for a project that came in eight months ahead of schedule, and we later reported that RTD estimated 35,000 riders rode the rail on that Saturday. We went for a ride as well and were impressed with the 35-minute trip from Golden to Union Station. The train mostly travels a track line that has existed for a century — so as expected, homes, buildings and business properties are nestled by the track. And interspersed


with the old is new development. Yes, times have changed. Interestingly, it has been more than one economic downturn since “smart growth� and “infill� development were common terms in these parts. But we remember the concepts and are pleased to consider the impact of the W Rail in offering another mass transit option and infill redevelopment. Increased mass transit is welcome in many ways, not just for redevelopment but for quality of life — consider Jefferson


How much do you care about light rail expansion? Depending on light-rail funding, plans are for a second east line station in Lone Tree to be done by 2015 and a Highlands Ranch stop, once said to be completed by 2016, to be finished at some point prior to

2042. On the heels of RTD’s west line opening, CCM stopped by the Mineral Station in Littleton and the Lincoln Station in Lone Tree to ask riders if southern expansion was important to them.

“I’m sure I’d find a reason to use it, but I guess I wouldn’t know the difference until it came. I don’t see any use for it at this point.� — Tia Manship, Littleton

“Not too much for me. I live in Parker, so coming into Lincoln is really not that big of a deal. It takes five minutes for me to get here.� — Nicole Laurie, Parker

“It’s pretty important. I think the light rail should go all the way to Castle Rock. There are a lot of people that live out this way and this is the end spot.� — Robert Johnson, Highlands Ranch

“I think it’d be a good thing. It’d get more traffic off the highway, people would use less gas, and nerves would be less frayed from sitting in traffic.� — Joe Breyer, Kiowa

County, which sports one of the oldest populations in the state, with about 13.1 percent over 65 years of age, while the state average is 11.3 percent. The corridor’s 11 new W Rail stations — including the Federal Center and Red Rocks Community College — are important stops, sure to be energized day in and day out. The idea to schedule “parties� — in other words activities and booths — at each stop along the 12.1-mile route was a good way to introduce the personalities of the stops and their adjacent neighborhoods to the region. And the new line extends east to existing light-rail stops at Auraria West for Metropolitan State University, the Pepsi Center, Sports Authority Field and finally Union Station. We heartily welcome this line that extends straight west, a little different from

Better yet, knock ’em alive I am sure that most of you, if not all of you, are all familiar with the statement, “Knock ‘em dead.� It is usually given as a well-wish or send-off for someone about to give a performance or a speech. Many years ago a good friend of mine, Bryan Flanagan, changed it a little so that it was more encouraging, and he enthusiastically says it this way, “Knock ‘em alive!� The cool thing is that it has become more than just a well-wish or inspirational encouraging send-off, Bryan uses it many times as we say our goodbyes. Many of you who know me personally or through this column are aware that I have stolen Bryan’s line on more than one occasion. OK, maybe not stolen, but certainly borrowed. I just love the thought about leaving a person or an audience more inspired and motivated than they were before we spent our time together. I want to knock ‘em alive! There have been many times in my life where I was either dragging bottom or feeling low. Or maybe I was stuck or stalled,

“This is customer service, how can I irritate you today?� When have I heard that before? All the time. Just this morning, as a matter of fact. I tried to enroll in a vision plan online. Instead I went into Pan’s labyrinth and couldn’t get out. So I phoned and reached something called customer service. First I had to recite my name and numbers to an automated receptionist, and then a live receptionist greeted me and asked me for my name and numbers. She told me that I was not registered. I had the registration confirmation email in front of me. I re-registered and called again. I was asked for my ID number and I gave it to her. She said, “There should be five zeroes in front of the number.� I said, “There aren’t.� She said, “I’m just telling you that there should be.� I said goodbye, and tried to log in again, and was denied, because I wasn’t registered. I called my bank and asked them to block auto-pays to the insurer. They did. I called the insurer and canceled, and then wrote management and used some leftover words from a DMV experience. I feel some compassion for them over there at the DMV. What a miserable job it must be for most of them. Maybe — maybe — five out of ten of us who go through them have positive experiences. Maybe not even five out of ten. I know what it’s like to have to face unhappiness. My C students didn’t think they were C students, my D students thought I was a monster, and my F students filed grievances. My merit increases were partly based on student evaluations. The dilemma was this. Do I stick with my standards and grade with my academic expectations, or do I inflate grades, receive higher student evaluations, and higher

merit increases? I took the high road and the low merit increases. Back to customer service. If a human being answers, I weep. Usually I have to answer a recording, and then repeat the answers to Betweena. At least half the time, I can’t understand the customer service representative. Good idea. Put the inarticulate in point-of-contact positions. “Say what?� becomes my redundancy. They seem to like to remove any spacing between words. “ThismessagemayberecordedfortrainingpurposeshowcanIhelpyoutMrCraig?� I’ll say, “Please start by slowing down. I’m a little hard of hearing. I have a vegetable stuck in my good ear.� Sometimes I don’t recognize the language. It’s some kind of English. I don’t always catch on, though, to which kind. I’m not Professor Higgins. They talk too fast, they’re inarticulate, and they speak in off-English. It’s a good, cost saving tactic. Who wants to call customer service anymore? Not me. They fatigue us with one recorded menu after another. Between calls, I forget how much I dislike asking for help from some of these outfits. But at least once a week I need help or a clarification. My vision plan experience is tops this Smith continues on Page 11

N hitting a plateau and needed someone to come along and knock me alive. And I have to tell you that it felt and feels incredible when it happens. Have you ever thought about it? Have you thought about what a person or group might feel like when you leave their presence? It’s truly wonderful, especially when someone, anyone, brightens our day or leaves a positive impact that changes our moment, our hour, our day or even our week or month just by some gesture, kind word, or smile. They knock us alive. Norton continues on Page 11

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Music can be life-changing

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the more north-and-south-oriented existing Denver metro rail corridors. Locally, some business development folks said the project has put Jefferson County on a more even playing field. The business community is primed to tap opportunities to develop the corridor and attract workers — after all, the corridor was on the drawing board before FasTracks was approved. And from a more regional point of view, we know the impact of the entire plan will increase as each additional corridor is completed and the FasTracks plan — which is admired internationally — comes to fruition. Sure, FasTracks has had its cost issues and completion issues — particularly with the North Metro Rail Line — but for now we can enjoy the freshly energized corridor between Golden and downtown Denver.

Music’s ability to make us feel good is not the only power it possesses. In the Comedy Central special “A Night of Too Many Stars: Benefit for Autism,� an autistic girl named Jodi DiPiazza was given the opportunity to perform the song “Firework� beside Katy Perry. She was able to do this because as she grew up and developed with autism, she used playing the piano and connecting to songs she enjoyed as therapy. Music also allows for a great stress reliever, especially soldiers coming home with PTSD. Some of the brave men and women who come home are treated by

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having them play drums or other percussive instruments as a way to cope with the battle overseas. Finally, listening to music gives your body an overall sense of well-being. When listening to your favorite tunes, serotonin, the feel-good chemical, is released in the brain, and blood vessels become open. Stress is greatly reduced, reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke. The power of music has yet to be tapped into. There are bound to be many more benefits and miracles from it as research is continued. Andrew Whiteman Acres Green

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Thankful attitude is gift to ourselves “Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” I read that David Stendl-Rast quote to a group of hospice colleagues to close our meeting with an inspirational thought. It was a simple reminder to be grateful with a gentle challenge. Is “everything” really a gift? My mind was lazy in grappling with that question until a little later the same day, when the news appeared about the Boston Marathon bombing. It has been a little over a year since I have written a column for this paper. I was working on a book and had to devote all my writing energy to getting it done, so I put the column on hold. It’s nice to be back, but what a year it was. There was the Aurora theater shooting, the Colorado Springs fire and the Sandy Hook elementary massacre. Is “everything” really a gift? These tragic events, all impacting innocent and unguarded people, evoke strong emotion. Shock, sadness, fear and grief are the norm. Sorrow washed over me when I realized, a couple weeks after Aurora, that in addition to the deaths, paralyzing

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The sentence is so obvious for a speaker or performer, no one really wants to knock their audience out, do they? No, we want them alive, responsive, cheering, and laughing or crying, or maybe even laughing so hard they are crying. In every situation we are looking for that spark, that reaction. And I think that is why I believe the way Bryan Flanagan changed the phrase is such a fitting and powerful way

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wounds hurt people that they will suffer with as long as they live. After the Boston Marathon bombing, I was angry. Not thankful. That thought seemed preposterous and wrong. It was not appropriate for me to be thankful for an event where others were suffering. “Everything is a gift”? Really? For whom? But, in my own way and in my own place, I tried to be thankful, not for the event but for some things that happened within it. I was thankful for the skilled surgeons and fabulous hospitals that provided trauma care that treated wounds and saved lives. I was thankful for first responders and citizens who ran to the smoke in acts of selfless compassion that were greater than the pathetic acts that injured and killed in attempts to destroy and terrorize.

to say goodbye and not just to be used before someone goes on stage. Just imagine how much better each and every goodbye would be if we left one another with, “Knock ‘em alive” after every encounter. This is one of those simple things that we can all do that doesn’t require us to be a motivational speaker, performer, or coach. We can just change one little thing that we do, add one tiny yet powerful statement to our communications, and we can make such a positive impact in our families, with our friends, in

the community and who knows, maybe just maybe knocking ‘em alive here in Colorado could lead to someone having an impact in other states and around the world. You just never know the power and reach that words can have. I would love to hear all about how you plan to knock ‘em alive at, and as we all make that effort it will certainly be a better than good week. Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of www.


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is joining the Douglas County Parenting Coalition for a community event focusing on noise-induced hearing loss and how to prevent it. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at the South Metro Fire District’s Parkglenn facility, 10235 Parkglenn Way, Parker. There will be food, giveaways and prize drawings including decibel limiting headsets for kids, concert earplugs, and other safe-listening headsets. Visit or call 303-322-1871.

MAY 11, MAY 18, JUNE 1 CAFÉ LA Papa E.T.C. The Parker Arts Council’s Café La Papa E.T.C. presents “Waiting for Godot,” by Samuel Beckett, May 11 at the Highlands Ranch Library; May 18 at the Lone Tree Library; and June 1 at the Parker Library. Shows begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free but donations are accepted to help defray production costs. Former Parker Mayor David Casiano is the founder of Café La Papa E.T.C. (Experimental Theater Company), which will the libraries throughout the year. MAY 12 AUDITIONS. PARKER’S cultural department plans auditions for ages 16 and older for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 12 at the PACE Center. Call 303-805-6800 to set an audition appointment. MAY 14 VELVETEEN RABBIT. Phamaly Theatre Company presents “The Velveteen Rabbit,” directed by Bryce Alexander, at 10 a.m. May 14 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Tickets are available by calling 303-805-6800 or going online to MAY 14, 21, 28 FAMILY CAREGIVER workshops. Are you caring for an aging parent or relative with Alzheimer’s disease. Find out about what causes dementia and the signs to watch for a free Alzheimer’s family caregiver workshops from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in May at Home Instead Senior Care, 2095 S. Pontiac Way, Denver. Call 303-389-5700; RSVP by the Friday before the workshop you want to attend. MAY 15 OPEN HOUSE. Arapahoe Community College’s Workforce Training Program plans its annual open house for the Colorado First and Existing Industry Training Grant Program from 5-7 p.m. May 15 at the ACC Parker Campus, 15653 Brookstone Drive. Attendance and parking are free, and refreshments will be provided. RSVP by May 10. For information, or to inquire about accommodations, contact the ACC Workforce Training Program at or 303-734-3701.

I was thankful that there was law enforcement that restored order, brought bad guys to account for their hideous crimes and did it with professionalism, justice and order. It was an effort for me to be grateful because I preferred to spend my energy with vindictive words and wishes. I felt anger and despised the act but, stimulated by the quote, I made a conscious attempt to express thanks. There were significant parts of the event that also deserved attention. When I expressed thanks for them, I was engaged in a more complete way that made me feel, not comfortable nor happy, but more alive. In the Holy Scriptures it is written, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). They do not tell us, “be thankful for all circumstances.” There is a lot in life I do not think I will ever be thankful for — diseases that I have observed in my hospice care, accidents, natural and man-made disasters that take lives and possessions that force dramatic change on people who are just trying to get through another day, economic bad decisions, bankruptcy, etc. But when I make


ONE BOOK 4 Colorado. Visit any Douglas County Libraries location from May 6-20 and pick up a free book for your 4-year-old. One Book 4 Colorado is part of the Early Literacy Initiative of Colorado. No registration required. MAY 23 IPAD WORKSHOP. Weldon Dodd, owner of Rewind Technology, will conduct an introductory seminar on the Apple iPad from 6-7:30 p.m. May 23 at the Castle Pines Chamber Office, 562 Castle Pines Parkway, Suite C-1. Space is limited; RSVP to Sharon at 303-688-3359 or THROUGH MAY 26 ART EXHIBIT. The PACE Center presents “Tom Lundberg and Maddy Weisz: Embroideries and Drawings” from April 5 to May 26. The artists will visit the center from 6-8 p.m. April 18 for an opening reception as part of the PACE Center’s new Third Thursdays series in downtown Parker. The evening includes a chance to meet the artists and hear live country music performed by singer Robin Jo Leady. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. Visit The PACE Center is at 20000 Pikes Peak Ave. MAY 30 AIR SUPPLY will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 30 at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. Air Supply features Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs on May 30 at 7:30 p.m. The band’s hits include “Lost in Love,”“All Out of Love,”“The One That You Love,”“Sweet Dreams” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” Each hit has achieved radio plays numbering in the multi millions. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at, by calling 303-805-6800 or at the PACE Center box office, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., in downtown Parker. JUNE 6-8 GARAGE SALE. The Parker Senior Center, 10576 Longs Way, plans a community garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6-8. Donated items are welcome. Call 303-841-5370. THROUGH JUNE 21; JULY 19-20 QUILT ENTRIES. Firehouse Quilts is looking for quilt entries for its eighth annual quilt show to support its mission of helping children in crisis in Colorado. Early bird entries submitted by May 17 are taken at a discounted entry fee ($15). Otherwise, the fee is $18 per item, and the final deadline is June 21. This year’s show has a special theme, Patriotic, along with 13 other categories. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19-20 at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock. All forms and instructions are available at; click on the Quilt Show link at the top.

the effort to be thankful, I will be more alive, so in every event I will extend the effort. If the Scripture says to do it, it must be the right thing and I trust there will be a benefit too. A grateful attitude “opens the heart and rewires the brain,” according to a Psychology Today article. When churches in our town remind us to be grateful, they are cultivating healthy emotional and spiritual living. If we as individuals and as a country do the hard work of being grateful when bad things happen, and if that makes us healthier and more alive, I wonder if those who want to destroy would soon discover their methodology is failing. Thankfulness is not the complete answer, but it is something I can do and, at the very least, it makes a difference in me when I express thanks to God, and that is a gift. Dan Hettinger is director of pastoral services at Hospice of Saint John and president of The Jakin Group, a ministry of encouragement, especially to Christian workers. You can email him at dhettinger@hospiceof

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year for being the bottom. I’d like to tell you their name. I’d like them to lose business. But I’ll let them do that for themselves. Not only that, you might have a great experience with them. Have you ever noticed online reviews that are night and day? “Worst restaurant ever” is right next to “Fabulous dining experience.” “We still don’t know what

that was in the soup” is right next to “Exquisite medallions of quail.” “This movie is for imbeciles” is right next to “My thumbs are way up.” At least posted reviews are available. Before the Internet it was all word of mouth. We had to ask our friends what was put in the soup. Craig Marshall Smith is an artist, educator and Highlands Ranch resident. He can be reached at craigmarshallsmith@


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cause the principals are leading their schools; it’s the only reason the district is still functioning. What’s happening at the district level is a disaster.” Of Smith’s comments, Watson said, “That sounds like more spin from disgruntled union leaders.” The district’s longstanding collective bargaining agreement with the union expired in 2012. ThunderRidge High School teacher Brian White, an outspoken critic of many recent district changes who is leaving for another district, also noted that TELL survey data shows 22 percent of DCSD teachers say they plan to leave the district or leave education entirely. That’s more than twice the statewide response rate of 10 percent. “Those numbers are pretty telling,” he said. “Teachers are relatively happy about what’s going on at their school. But the few things (in the survey) you can directly tie to district-level condi-


Sedalia Elementary teacher Shannon Tafoya was honored as the elementary Apple Award winner. A survey found most Douglas County teachers are satisified with their schools. Courtesy photo tions are very damning to the district.” Watson said she DCSD will con-

duct its own employee survey, but she doesn’t know yet when that will occur.

District’s evaluations fare poorly in teacher survey New tool gets low marks from classroom educators By Jane Reuter The Douglas County School District’s only notably low ratings on the 2013 Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) survey are about teacher evaluations. Fewer than half — 45.8 percent — agreed that the district’s teacher evaluation process improves teachers’ instructional strategies. While 65 percent agreed the evaluations are fair in their schools, only 37 percent said the

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“outstanding guy, a hard worker and was dedicated to everything” he put his mind to. Sonka was involved in wrestling and cross-country at Chaparral High School. He graduated in 2008. Webber was shocked when she learned of his death on Facebook. She decided to put together a candlelight vigil with a former classmate who was planning a memorial ceremony. “He’s a fallen hero and he deserves to be honored and recognized,” Webber said. “I thought a candlelight vigil might bring his family out there and show them we’re here for them.” Sonka was born in Aurora but moved to Parker at an early age and attended Cherokee Trail Elementary and Sierra Middle School. Sonka joined the Marine Corps in August 2008 and graduated from recruit training in November 2008. He attended military police school in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Upon graduation,

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ThunderRidge High School senior Madison Gillam puts the finishing touches on a vegetable tray during an April 30 ProStart culinary class. Senior Jeremy Gonzalez helps slice bread on the table behind her. Photo by Jane Reuter

Students cook like pros ThunderRidge team takes top honors in competition By Jane Reuter ThunderRidge High School senior Hailey Howell’s hands shook while she and her teammates competed in the annual Colorado ProStart Invitational cooking competition. The seven-student team had an hour in which to combine an estimated 60 ingredients into a three-course meal pleasing to both eyes and taste buds. “The worst part was taking the plates to the judges,” Howell said. “Something could shift or you could fall.” The plates bearing pan-seared fish tacos, bison with blueberry sauce and ginger snap tuile not only made it safely to the judges’ table, but past their approving palates. The ThunderRidge team took first place overall during the March 1 event at Denver’s Johnson & Wales University. The honor is a feather in the cap of a 3-year-old Douglas County School District program that draws students from throughout the county and adjacent districts. The ProStart hospitality program, created by the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Colorado Restaurant Association, and the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association, is a two-year curriculum offered in 29 high schools. As a magnet program, it’s open to students from other schools. Teachers Katy Waskey and Aryann Roberts divide the curriculum, which draws a 50/50 mix of students intent on a culinaryrelated career and those who view it as a

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Douglas County High School student Caroline Ray created this painting. Courtesy image

Grants from Stars boost visual arts Douglas group helps students, teachers, schools

COMING UP NEXT The next gala will be held at Cielo in Castle Pines in November. Individuals and prospective sponsors, as well as interested artists, are encouraged to visit, where an artist application will be available.

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sellingboe@ourcolorado Students, teachers and local schools are recipients of grants totaling $6,000 from the Stars 4 Douglas County organization. Funds were raised for support of visual arts in the schools by the first Masquerade Gala, held in December 2012. Julie Holladay, founder and director of the organization — and an art teacher at Castle View High School — hopes to be able to make even more awards in future years, she said. A selection committee from the community included a former Adams State art professor, who was impressed by the quality of student work. Three graduating seniors won $1,000 each to be used at

Painting by Jenna Mc Mullins, Castleview High School. Courtesy image the college of their choice: Caroline Ray (Douglas County High School); Jenna McMullins (Castle View) and Rebecca Houser (Douglas County). Featured schools includ-

ed Coyote Creek Elementary, Douglas County High School, Renaissance Elementary and Soaring Hawk Elementary. Three teachers will receive $1,000 each for their visual arts

programs: Kim DArthenay, Pamela Cogburn and Diane Boice. Two of them asked for funds for iPads to be used in the classroom. Students will conduct research and create academic portfolios and innovative art projects. The third will fund a “Legacy Project,” repurposing furniture that will be a class gift to their school, Flagstone Elementary, and creating an art installation in front of the school. Two schools were designated “Star Select Schools” and will each receive 25 percent of proceeds from the 2013 gala for visual art programs: Coyote Creek Elementary and Douglas County High School.

Birds are focus of Mother’s Day gathering Audubon center sets event for May 12 By Sonya Ellingboe

sellingboe@ourcolorado “Give the gift of seeing songbirds up-close as they migrate through the South Platte River corridor” says the invitation from the Audubon Nature Center. Drop in between 9 and 11 a.m. May 12. (Reservations required.) Local moms who are interested in nature can enjoy “a light continental breakfast and a leisurely spring hike to our bird-banding station,” it continues. Birds have tiny bands placed on their legs so they can be tracked, contributing to a

IF YOU GO The Audubon Nature Center is at 9308 S. Wadsworth Blvd., near Littleton. Travel south of C-470 on Wadsworth, past the entrance to Chatfield State Park, turn left on Waterton Road and left into the Audubon lot. To register for the Mother’s Day event, call 303-9739530. Mothers are free and others pay $15 adult, $8 child. Bring binoculars if available. national count of each species as ornithologists try to understand which ones are diminishing in numbers and which are holding steady as their habitats change. The beautifully located center at the south end of Chatfield State Park is dedicated, as is the national Audubon Society,

to protecting birds and habitat and educating adults and children. It has trails, a garden of native plants, classrooms and devoted volunteers. The center offers programs; classes, including Little Fledglings; a preschool nature hour; and organized hikes and outings, traveling near and far. Tours include the Highlands Ranch Backcountry, Castlewood Canyon, Yellowstone, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and others. Upcoming is the Audubon Society of Greater Denver Birdathon, a major fundraiser for the organization: Teams are formed and members get pledges from supporters for a given amount per bird spotted in a particular 24-hour period in May at a favorite birding spot.

We can only hope he keeps his day job, but Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning diverted from the playbook and took the stage with country-western singer Luke Bryan during the April 27 Celebration of Caring Gala in Indianapolis, which benefits that city’s Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Manning, who played 14 seasons as the Indianapolis Colts quarterback, attended the event to show support for the hospital that bears his name. And although Manning looked far less comfortable on the stage than he does on the gridiron, he was a good sport by joining Bryan, this year’s Academy of Country Awards entertainer of the year, in a “rendition” of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Waylon Jennings’ “Luckenbach, Texas.” Check out the melodically challenged Manning’s duet at: watch?v=NSG7FeGxRwY.

Judicial notice

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dined at Benny’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar (nice choice!) in Capitol Hill on May 1. Sotomayor was in town to attend the opening ceremony of the new Ralph L. Carr Justice Center downtown on May 2.

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USA Today has come up with its top 10 list of happy hours at high-end restaurant chains across the country. Many of the top 10-ers have outposts in the metro area, with McCormick & Schmick’s logging in at No. 1. Check out the entire list at www.

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A yellow warbler arrives at the Audubon Nature Center. Courtesy photo by Dick Vogel For information about these and other programs, including summer camps, visit or call 303-9739530.

A group that deserves the limelight on stage, Train, headlined NightShine, a benefit for Denver Health Foundation on April 27 at the National Western Events Center. After the presentations and recognitions were over — including the 2013 Denver Health Stars award-winners James Q. Crowe (Level 3 CEO) and Pamela Crowe — Train lead singer Pat Monahan engineered the popular band through hits such as “Calling All Angels,” “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and fan favorite “Drive By.” But this was no ordinary, roped-off, don’t-block-the-aisles affair; rather Monahan encouraged a stampede of gowned gals who didn’t hesitate to swarm the stage. No doubt the best concert at a gala that I’ve ever seen. I spotted music man Chuck Morris in Parker continues on Page 25


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Play eyes altercation amid sophistication ‘God of Carnage’ on stage at Curious

IF YOU GO “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza plays through June 8 at Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma St., Denver. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $18 to $44, 303-623-0524, Talkbacks with the cast follow all performances.

By Sonya Ellingboe The set onstage at Curious Theatre for “God of Carnage” speaks to the entering audience of sophisticated refinement in the Novak home. A bouquet of precisely arranged white tulips stands out behind the white mid-century modern couch and chairs, and a glass coffee table holds a stack of art books. Tall brick wall panels alternate with dark spaces. What will transpire in this sleek, tidy setting? Two sets of parents meet to discuss a playground disagreement between their 11-year-old sons: Why did it happen and what are the possible consequences? It seems that Benjamin Raleigh hit Henry Novack in the mouth with a stick, breaking a couple of teeth, when Henry refused to let him join his gang. In the course of 90 minutes, these four civilized New Yorkers melt down in highly individualized and hilarious ways. Veronica Novack (Dee Covington) is an art lover, writer and activist, while mild-

Dee Covington and Karen Slack disagree in “God of Carnage,” which will be on stage at Curious Theatre through June 8. Courtesy photo by Michael Ensminger mannered businessman Michael Novack (Erik Sandvold) sells household goods. Alan Rahleigh (Timothy McCracken) is an ag-


gressive corporate lawyer who continually interrupts the conversation to answer his phone and bark instructions regarding a

questionable pharmaceutical product. His wife, chic Annette (Karen Slack) is a wealth manager — with a supremely watchable face! What on earth is she thinking? The boys actually seem to be of secondary interest to this quartet as they interact through a few hours, shifting alliances, playing off each other, making and defending outrageous statements. Yet, each one seems very much alone, ultimately. Yasmina Reza’s satiric slant shines in this wonderfully written script, translated from the French by British playwright Christopher Hampton. Director Chip Walton has cast the play perfectly and provided a really organized ongoing mess to delight his audience, as words — and an occasional object — fly. What more could a theater lover ask of an evening? Don’t miss this one.

Indian Market and Powwow returns Fort restaurant hosts annual event May 18-19 By Sonya Ellingboe When the Tesoro Cultural Center’s 13th Annual Indian Market and Powwow opens on May 18 and 19 at The Fort, local potter Padponee of Elizabeth, who is of Kickapoo/Potawatomi heritage, will be among the exhibiting American Indian artists. The colorful event places the Indian artists inside the spacious Fort restaurant and fills the grounds with dancers from many tribes, who compete in the Powwow for cash prizes and honors, as well as performing traditional dances. In recognition of Armed Forces Day, an American Indian veteran is honored each year. In 2013, honors will go to six young female veterans. The Sister Nations Color Guard is composed of young women from various tribal nations, according to Carolyn Doran, the Fort’s program director. Artists participating include: Virginia Yazzie Ballenger, Gallup N.M., Navajo, who designs traditional clothing; Al Chandler Good Strike, Hays, Mont., Gros Ventre, who will bring hides, parfleches and drums; Joe and La Jenne Chavez, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santo Domingo and Santo Do-

IF YOU GO Elise Solberg, winner of the Parker Symphony’s young artist piano competition, will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with orchestral accompaniment at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., in downtown Parker. Also on the program: Overture to “Die Meistersinger” by Richard Wagner, Prelude to “Afternoon of a Faun” by Claude Debussy, “Facades” by Philip Glass and Symphony No. 100 “Military” by Joseph Haydn. Tickets start at $11, 303-805-6800, Courtesy photo

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The historic Fort restaurant is located at 19192 Highway 8, Morrison. Hours for the Market: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the Indian Market and Powwow is $5, adults/$3 students with ID/seniors and children free. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For information, call 303-839-1671 or visit

Sister Nations Color Guard will be honored at the 2013 Tesoro Indian Market Courtesy photo mingo/Seminole, who create jewelry and beadwork; and Linda Lucero Frequa, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez, who makes pottery storyteller figures. More than 50 intertribal dancers and drum groups in traditional clothing and regalia will fill the grounds. They will share their heritage, beginning with a Gourd Dance each day at 10 a.m. and a Grand Entry at noon both days, when all the dancers parade in to a drumbeat. On May 18, the Sister Nations Color Guards and all veterans will be honored and on May 19, Indian graduates will be recognized. Dance competitions will range from men’s and women’s Golden Age, through Northern and Southern Traditional, Boy’s and Girl’s Fancy Dance and Tiny Tots (6 and under).


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Collection shows nearby photo opportunities By Sonya Ellingboe Chatfield State Park, Red Rocks, Trailmark, Roxborough State Park, Deer Creek Canyon and Frisco — most near to photographer Andy Marquez’s home in Roxborough — offered beautiful subjects for him. That’s especially true early in the morning, as the light begins to come up, highlighting natural forms, and the sky glows pink. In that special light, a clump of grass or small shrub is lovely to look at. Artists and photographers may get a new perspective on looking at the world just outside the front door. Former Littleton businessman Marquez has returned to downtown Littleton after a stay in Denver’s Museum District and has opened a gallery in Suite 206 at 2329 W. Main Street in the Littletown Building (the historic I.W. Hunt Building, which was once an auto showroom, when Main Street was auto transportation-focused, with numerous sales and repair businesses). A new exhibit of these local images, “Winter’s Farewell Serenade,” will be open May 17 (5-8 p.m.); May 18 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Marquez said someone will be in the lobby of the building to ensure admittance at those times. He is holding workshops for photographers, which include a field trip plus a oneon-one two-hour session on composition, light, shadow and reflection. His experience in world travel photography, as well as in capturing wildlife and natural images locally, will influence his presentation. On May 13, the field trip location is Roxborough Park, and in June it’s Downtown Denver. For information, call 303-797-6040 or see

“Not What It Seems,” shot in Trailmark, is a photo by Littleton gallery owner Andy Marquez, who has returned to the city from a Denver Arts District location.

Photographer will discuss macro work with camera club Tour distinctive homes

Terry Meiger will present a program on macro photography for the May 14 meeting of the Englewood Camera Club. The club meets at the Greenwood Village Town Center, 6060 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village, at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) He will also be judge for the monthly photo contest held after the program. His presentation will include technical ideas, types of equipment, set up and processing techniques. Guests are always welcome.

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“Serengeti: the Eternal Beginning” is photographer Boyd Norton’s title for his talk at Bemis Library at 7 p.m. May 14. He is the author of over 16 books about this ecosystem, and copies will be available for sale and signing. Bemis is at 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton. Admission is free. 303-795-3961.

Singing of America

“A Celebration of American Song” is the theme or the Parker Chorale’s May 11 concert at 7:30 p.m. at PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Songs from “The

Ten local authors will appear to present their new books from 2 to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Parker Library, 18051 Crossroads Drive. Thirteen-year-old Shewli Ghosh of Highlands Ranch, who swam the San Francisco Bay three times, wrote a book: “Under the Shimmering Light,” about her open sea swim. Others, with an assortment of titles for children and adults: Lee Croissant, Thomas R. Wilson, Becky Clark, Stephanie Blake, Lee Mosel, David L. McElwain, Jordyn Redwood, Lee McQueen, Shannon Baker.

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Trees spark imagination

Artist Gina Barry Harris, whose joyous paintings are exhibited at Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Parkway, has incorporated wood as the background for her colorful paintings of trees. Open during library hours.

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The 2013 Spring Plant Sale will offer increased inventories from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

on May 10 and 11 at the York Street Gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Bring a wagon to carry plants away. Admission to the sale is free and proceeds benefit the Gardens.

Viennese music

“A Night in Old Vienna” is the Littleton Symphony’s theme for its May 17 concert at 7:30 p.m. at Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton. Selections from Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” will be performed by Emily Sinclair, Kristem Kamna, Anna Englander and Christian Sanders. Tickets: $15/$12, free under 21. Available at:; Gorsett Violin Shop, 8100 S. Quebec St., B206, Centennial; at the door. Information: 303-933-6824.

Genealogists gather

“Recollections of a Genealogist’s Daughter” and “What the Arapahoe Library District Has to Offer Genealogists” will be librarian Pamela Bagby’s topics at 1 p.m. May 14 for the Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society meeting at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Guests welcome.

CURTAIN TIME O’Neill goes ape “The Hairy Ape,” by Eugene O’Neill (1922) is presented in a new bilingual translation and interpretation by the LIDA Project at work | space at The Laundry, 2701 Lawrence St., Denver. Featuring Lorenzo Sarinana, directed by Brian Freeland. Tickets: $15,, 720-221-3821, email:

Regional Foote premiere “Dividing the Estate” by Horton Foote plays through May 26 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Directed by A. Lee Massaro. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 p.m. Wednesdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets:, 720-8987200.

Age of Aquarius “Hair” plays May 17 through June 16 at

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“Memory of Water” by Shelagh Stevenson plays through May 26 at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington, Golden. Directed by John Arp. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays and 2 p.m. only on May 26. Tickets: $19 to $29.50, 303-935-3044,

Reza at Festival

“Life X 3” by Yasmina Reza plays through May 19 at The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15, 72033-3499. (Cash or check only.)


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the well-heeled crowd. I’m thinking he “steered� Train into making tracks to the Denver event.

Baby steps

Bob Bonner, the Denver-based director of operations for Richard Sandoval Restaurants, and his wife, Marj, welcomed their first child, Oliver, into the world at 6:49 p.m. April 28 at St. Joseph Hospital. Baby “Ollie� weighed in at 8.3 pounds and measured 19.5 inches long. Congrats to the new family! Also on the baby boom, Elway’s executive chef Tyler Wiard and his wife, Jennifer, are expecting their second child on July 18. They knew ahead of time that their first — who’s now 2 years old — would be a girl, but the couple opted to have the second child’s gender kept as a surprise. Congrats ahead of time to them!

Broncos’ Decker visits school

Swanson Elementary School in Arvada got a special visitor — Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker — as a reward for the school’s wellness program. Decker visited the school on April 19 as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, founded by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council. Fuel Up to Play 60 is geared to help kids and schools support health and wellness. Swanson fourth-grade teacher Valerie Cordova sponsored the after-school wellness club, which is in its third year.

Golf fair set for girls

Parents and girls, ages 5-17, are invited to the Golf Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora. Peter “King of Clubs� Longo will be featured in a trick-shot exhibition from 12:151 p.m. The free event also will include family golf instruction, education on the rules of golf and etiquette, lunch and nutrition information, fitness activities, a photo with the Solheim Cup, crafts and games. This event is sponsored by GolfTEC, Colorado Section PGA, Girl Power Golf, Titleist, CWGA, CGA, Tracey Lynn, TaylorMade, Experience Golf, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA, Rocky Mountain Sunscreen, Sassy Golf and The First Tee of Green Valley Ranch. The Solheim Cup, a competition between the best American and European female golfers, will be played August 13-18 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker. For more information and tickets to the Solheim Cup, visit

Farewell to Fey

I was invited to attend Denver music icon Barry Fey’s funeral on April 30, where nearly 200 of his friends and family gathered within a few hours’ notice to honor

the man who really put this town on the music map. The service, held at Feldman Mortuary at 17th and York, was a standing-roomonly event, as Barry would have loved. His sons gave testimony in honor of the father who was complicated and imperfect yet a profound influence on each of their lives. After the service, Patty Calhoun, Wendy Aiello and I thought it would be apropos to raise a glass to Barry at Strings, which was also seeing its end that evening, but we were turned away because the restaurant was readying for the auction and cocktail party later that night. It was an ironic moment because I could never imagine Strings owner and founder Noel Cunningham ever turning away anyone. Instead, we drove over to another Denver institution — the 17th Avenue Grill. There, we ordered martinis with bleu cheese olives (sparkling wine for Calhoun) and toasted our fallen friend who didn’t drink.

Monumental plan

Opie Gone Bad lead singer Jake Schroeder has been leading the effort to have a statue of late music promoter Barry Fey placed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Here’s what Schroeder told me: “I reached out to Geoff Fey and asked him for his blessing in moving forward. I

told him to take his time and get back to me when things calm down a bit. I figure if they’re good then I’ll just coordinate getting artists to submit to the family and I’ll try to raise the money and lead the unavoidable battle against the (Denver) parks department to get it done. “I knew Barry enough to say hello, but that was about it. He never booked my band, or had anything to do with it, really. I just think he helped create an environment in Denver that allowed me to grow up seeing the best concerts in the world and allowed me to have a 25-year career (so far) playing music here. He should have a huge statue at Red Rocks. I think it would even be cool to have it backstage in the wings, so all the famous artists that play there forever would know why they’re there.� If you’d like to donate to Schroeder’s effort, you can email him at jschroeder@ Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life� column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

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POLITICAL DOUGLAS COUNTY Democrats executive committee meets at 7 p.m. every first Tuesday at various sites. Contact Ralph Jollensten at 303-663-1286 or e-mail Social discussion meetings are in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Parker and Lone Tree. Visit and click on calendar for more information. PROFESSIONAL BUILD BUSINESS Today, a business networking group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every first and third Thursday at Johnny Carino’s in Parker. Visit or call 720-840-5526. DOUGLAS-ELBERT COUNTY Music Teachers’ Association

meets at 9:30 a.m. every first Thursday from September to June, at the University Center at Chaparral. All area music teachers are welcome. Call Debra Wilson at 303-840-8341.

LEADS CLUB Southeast Superstars meets at 7:30 a.m.

Wednesdays at LePeep at Parker and Orchard roads. Call Linda Jones at 720-641-0056.

PARKER LEADERS, a leads group with a networking attitude, meets from 10:30-11:45 a.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Parker Heating & Air, 18436 Longs Way, Unit 101. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit the club, which is seeking new members, including a personal trainer, massage therapist, acupuncturist, lawyer, bookkeper, telecom consultant and computer repair technician. Contact PARKER LEADS meets from 4-5 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesdays. Call 303-524-9890. THE PARKER Morning Mingle provides an opportunity for

small businesses to gather, mingle, network and connect on a business and personal level. Parker Morning Mingle meets every second Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 11290 Twenty Mile Road in Parker. Bring a stack of business cards, marketing material and calendar and get ready to mingle and win a raffle. To RSVP and for information, e-mail or call 303-250-4528.

PROJECT MEETINGS. Luxury living at affordable prices is the goal for an active adult condo community projected for downtown Parker. Community meetings are from 5-8 p.m. every Monday at the Warhorse Inn, 19420 E. Mainstreet, Parker. Join us at any time. Call Marty Pickert 303-649-9125 for information. SOUTH METRO Sales and Business Professionals, a networking group, meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at August Moon, 18651 E. Mainstreet, in Parker. Call Tom Joseph at 303-840-5825 for information. RECREATION

ALTITUDE MULTISPORT Club invites anyone interested in triathlon, running, biking, or swimming to join us for group workouts. Sunday morning swims at the Parker Rec Center and run and bike workouts throughout the week. Whether you’re an Ironman or have run a 5K, we welcome all abilities. Go to www. for more information. CYCLE CLUB meets at 9 a.m. Saturdays in the parking lot of

Southeast Christian Church. Tour the streets of Parker, Elizabeth and Castle Rock. Call John at 720-842-5520.

PARKER ARTISTS Guild presents free art classes for kids and teen on the second Saturday of each month at Hobby Lobby at Parker Road and Mainstreet. Lessons and Lemonade classes for ages 10-12 are at 9:30 or 11 a.m., and the Teen Art Studio for grades 7-9 are at 1 or 3 p.m. Reservations required by the Wednesday before class. Go to and click on Youth Programs. 20 students maximum. THERAPEUTIC RIDING. Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding in Parker offers free therapeutic riding for developmentally disabled adults and children. Scholarship money is available for Douglas County residents to provide 10 therapeutic riding lessons. Call 303-841-5007 or visit SOCIAL AARP PARKER meets at 1 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at Parker United Methodist Church, 11805 S. Pine Drive, Parker. There are interesting and informative programs for seniors. For further information, contact Yvette at 303-4707206 or dancerymg AWANA CLUB at Pine Drive Baptist Church meets from 6:308:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Parker. Call 303-841-0330. AWANA CLUB at Parker Bible Church meets from 5:30-7:30

p.m. Sundays at 4391 W. Parker Road. Call 303-841-3836.

BETA SIGMA Phi Preceptor Gamma Theta Chapter meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. Contact Sandy Pearl at 303-319-2392 for more information. CHERRY CREEK Valley Rotary Club meets at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays at The Conference Center, Parker Adventist Hospital, 9395 Crown Crest Blvd, Parker. Call President Don Willson at 720-314-6830 or e-mail

CIVIL AIR Patrol-Parker Cadet Squadron meets from 6:30-9 p.m. on Thursdays at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Mainstreet and South Pikes Peak Drive. Call 303-841-5897. COMMON THREAD Quilt Club meets the second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parker Fire Department Headquarters building at 17250 Parkglenn. E-mail Visit

COMMUNITY BIBLE Study meets from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays at Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 9030 Miller Road in Parker. For more information visit http://parker. or call Charlene Roach at 720-851-1623. DENVER AND New Orleans RR Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Parker Depot building, 11027 S. Pikes Peak Drive, No. 106. Call Bill Byers at 303-646-3256. FIBROMYALGIA WOMEN’S Group for women wanting to get together to talk about positive things that have helped them and to make new friends. No fee; must live near Parker/ Centennial. Time and day to be figured out by group. Call Leslie at 303-791-8814. GREAT BOOKS. Great Books Discussion Groups meet at Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock (Philip S. Miller). Great Books is a forum for thoughtful adults to read and discuss significant works of fiction, philosophy, political science, poetry and drama. Afternoon and evening times are available; groups meet once every 2-4 weeks. No registration is required. For information, call 303-791-7323 or visit THE HILLTOP Social Club has been an active women’s club in the Parker area since 1921. We meet the second Thursday of each month at noon at the Hilltop Schoolhouse at Flintwood and Democrat Roads. The ladies have maintained the schoolhouse since 1954 for community use, and the preservation of the history of the Hilltop area. For more information please call Be at 303-841-4581, or Fran at 303-841-9655. KIWANIS CLUB of Parker meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the International House of Pancakes, 11355 S. Parker Road. Call Jim Monahan at 303-841-1560. LA LECHE League of Parker meets at 10 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Pregnancy Wellness Center of Parker. La Leche League helps mothers world-wide with breastfeeding support and education. Call Heather at 303-489-8862 for more information. LUNCH OUT Loud Toastmasters Harness those butterflies and make them fly in formation. Conquer your fear of speaking with the help of proven techniques practiced in a supportive group. Be our guest at “Lunch out Loud” Toastmasters which meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at Parker United Methodist Church, 11805 S. Pine Drive, Parker, in the fellowship hall, and learn more about how Toastmasters International can help you become a better speaker and leader. For more information call Claudette Louise St Pierre at 303-475-0418 or Pat Brodbent 303-517-3102. MOMS CLUB of Parker East is a nonprofit club designed to

support stay-at-home moms. We offer a variety of activities for moms and kids including playgroups and Mom’s Night Out. Contact or visit www. for more information.

MOMS CLUB of Parker Northeast meets at 10 a.m. every first Wednesday of the month except for October, November and December at Parker Adventist Hospital. Meetings in October to December will be on different Wednesdays. Call Lisa 303-2848028 or e-mail


MOMS CLUB of Parker Southeast meets at St. Matthews Church on Mainstreet in Parker the first Thursday of the month. E-mail for more information. MOMS CLUB of Parker Northeast is a nonprofit club that supports stay-at-home moms. Join us for fun activities and friendships. We are not affiliated with any religious or political group. Contact Sara at MOMS CLUB of Parker West focuses on supporting moms

and has a variety of activities for moms and their children. We believe being a mother shouldn’t isolate you, so mothers may bring their children with them. Call Laura 720-529-2081 or e-mail

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MONTESSORI PARENT Association meets at 6 p.m. every

second Tuesday at the Parker Montessori Educational Institute, 10750 Victorian Drive. Call 303-841-4325 or e-mail pmei@

MOTHERS OF Multiples Society of Parker meets at 10 a.m. every first Wednesday at Crossroads Community Church on Parker Road north of Mainstreet. All moms are welcome. MOTHERS OF Preschoolers meets from 6:30-9 p.m. every second Tuesday at Southeast Christian Church in Parker. Call 303-841-9292. MOUNTAIN PINE Woman’s Club of Parker meets on the first Thursday September to May at 10 a.m. at Black Bear Golf Club for an interesting program and lunch. New members welcome. We give college scholarships, Parker recreation scholarships, pay for GED tests and donate to charities. We have sections such as crafts, card making, international, books, and bridge. Call 303-841-8993 or 303-840-2465 for information. A NOVEL Approach” Book Club. This group enjoys great novels and spirited discussions. New members can join at any time. The “A Novel Approach” Book Club usually meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Parker’s Douglas County Library. For details or for directions to our special December meeting site, e-mail Renee Albersheim at realbers@earthlink. net, and put “Book Club” in the subject. PARKER ARTISTS Guild meetings are the thirrd Wednesday of each month at Parker Mainstreet Center, 19650 E. Mainstreet in Parker. A short business meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. is followed by an interesting and informative program on a variety of topics beginning at around 7p.m. The mission of the Parker Artists Guild is to advance the development of fine arts in the community. To accomplish this the Guild offers instructional

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demonstrations, workshops and opportunities to promote all forms of fine art. Our goal is to increase awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the arts. Everyone is welcomed. For more information about the guild and upcoming events, visit

PARKER AREA Historical Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Pine Drive Fire Station, 10795 N. Pine Drive, Parker. The social and business meeting is at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. THE PARKER Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday at The Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church, East Mainstreet, Parker.The unit focuses on aviation, aerospace education, leadership and emergency services. The unit has an active ground team which teenagers and adults are welcome to train for and become members of. Membership is open to anyone 12 and older. For further information, contact Capt Glen Peters at 303-621-2182 or PARKER PIECE Keepers Quilt Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Conference Center, Parker Adventist Hospital. Guests welcome. For information call Tami at 303-346-8405 or Sandy at 303-319-2392. NEEDLE ARTS Guild makes handmade items such as quilts, blankets and outfits for the babies of Parker Adventist Hospital. The group meets every fourth Monday of the month. Call Sally at 303-646-0720. OPTIMIST CLUB of Parker meets from 7-8 a.m. Thursdays at the Village Inn, 9205 Crown Crest Blvd. in Parker. Call Jessica Paggen at 303-941-4907. PARKER AREA Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Pine Drive Fire Station, 10795 N. Pine Dr., Parker. Call Leioma at 303-814-1232. PARKER ARTISTS’ Guild meets at 6:15 p.m. every third Wednesday at the Parker Mainstreet Center, 1965 E. Mainstreet. PARKER BIBLE Study, a Bible based study of Genesis, is Thursdays 9:15- 11:30 a.m., The Church at Parker, 12250 N. Pine Drive. Call Linda Feola 303-841-3119. PARKER BREAKFAST Club meets at 7 a.m. Mondays at the Tailgate restaurant on Mainstreet. Call Nancy Bruscher at 303-617-9082. PARKER GENEALOGICAL Society meets from 1:30-3:30 p.m. every second Saturday except in December, when it meets the first Saturday, at the Stroh Ranch Fire Station, 1930 Stroh Road, Parker. Call Leioma Koestner at 303-814-1232. PARKER NEWCOMERS Club is a social club for women in Parker, Douglas and surrounding counties. Monthly coffee is the first Wednesday of month and the general meeting is the third Wednesday. Interest groups include book club, many card and game groups, singing group, touring, pot luck and more. For more information, contact Kathy Diak at 303-841-8017 or or Mel DeFellippie a PARKER SCOTTISH Country Dance meets from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Parker Mainstreet Center, 19650 E. Mainstreet. The cost is $4 per class. Call Sam Reynolds at 303-805-1446 or THE PARKER Sunrise Lions Club is a service club that supports the Parker community. Meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7 a.m. at the Warhorse Restaurant on Mainstreet in Old Town Parker. Come and Join us! We have fun while doing good! For information, contact Lonnie Farmer at 303-841-3332. PARKER TOASTMASTERS Club “Where Leaders Are Made” meets from 7-8 p.m. every Thursday in Room 206 on the second floor at Southeast Christian Church, 9560 Jordan Road, Parker. Club is open to all. For information, visit, or call Eric Dunham at 303-386-6119.  PARKER TOASTMASTERS International meets every other Thursday. Call Greg Johnson at 303-905-5309 or e-mail Communication is not optional. Regardless of what you’re selling, speaking is vital. Public speaking strikes fear in most hearts. To quell that fear, visit Lunch Out Loud Toastmasters in Parker, which meets every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the conference room of Keller Williams Action Realty, 11020 S. Pikes Peak Drive, No. 110. LOL Provides a friendly, non-threatening environment to hone those speaking skills and make the butterflies fly in formation. For further information, contact President, Paul Gleditsch, 303522-6662 or, or Jeanene “JC” Childers 303-475-3015 or” PARKER VFW Post 4266 meets at 7 p.m. every third Monday at Parker Fire Station No. 3. ROTARY CLUB of Parker meets from 6:45-8:15 a.m. Thursdays at Parker Adventist Hospital Conference Center. Be our guest for good food and see why Rotarians find joy and fellowship with our other 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Call Carl Finamore at 720-851-7935 or visit Living our motto ”service above self” brings to us rich and meaningful lives as we focus on giving back to others. THE SOUTH East Beekeeping Club. This Beekeeping Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at the North Pinery Firehouse, Parker, at 6:30-8:30 p.m. We welcome all levels of beekeeping from no-bees to wanna-bees to tons of bees. Our meeting time is spent solving beekeeping challenges, networking and refreshments. There is no fee for this meeting and a lending library is available. The South East Beekeeping Club was formerly called the High Prairie Bee Club. For more information, call Louise at 303 840 7184.

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Chamber lauds small business leaders Awards honor service, innovation of entrepreneurs

day of By Deborah Grigsby Drive, dgrigsby@ourcolorado ogram

Three of south metro Denver’s most innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders were honored at the 28th annual Small Business Leadership Awards ceremony, hosted by the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. More than 300 local he arker business and civic leaders Tami gathered at The Comedy Works in Greenwood Village to congratulate this year’s ilts, award recipients: Footers spital. Catering, Abby Senior Care Sally and Jeff Wasden, owner of PROformance Apparel. Comedian and Animal ays at ica Planet emergency veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald served as emcee for the e snowy May 1 event. on, According to chamber President and CEO John Brackney, the program, street. which recognizes excellence in business, innos vation and leadership, N. Pine attracted a record 125 nominations this year, across three categories, compared t r at with 70 in 2012. Nominees were evaluated on achievements to in30 p.m. clude leadership and mans the agement ability, innovation, Road, financial performance, prospects for sustained in business, and community e is involvement. the “Small business is alive y card and well here in the south ore. metro area,” said Marcia 17 or McGilley, executive director of the chamber’s Small Business Development Center. m. et. 46 or Small Business of the Year Footers Catering was

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honored as the chamber’s 2013 Small Business of the Year, an award that goes to companies in business for five years or more and with five to 250 employees. The company is located at 4190 Garfield St. in Denver. Footers Catering was founded 1981 by Jimmy Lambatos. Now a secondgeneration family business, owned and operated by Lambatos’ son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and April Lambatos, Footers takes a fresh approach to its cuisine and to the way it does business. During the award evaluation process, Footers Catering was referred to by a member of the chamber’s staff as a Harvard-like business model, turning the customer service model not only on its clients, but on its employees as well. Footers Catering distinguishes itself with on-site field kitchens to allow staff to prepare food at the event, ensuring a restaurant-quality experience. A newly designed 13,000-square-foot space helps it execute the catering for weddings, corporate events and other large social gatherings. Each year, Footers caters 600 events and feeds more than 56,000 guests.

Emerging Business of the Year

The chamber selected Abby Senior Care Inc as its emerging business winner, an award given to companies with five or more employees and in business one to four years. Located in unincorporated Arapahoe County, Abby Senior Care Inc. is an encore business venture started in 2008 by Bobbie Mecalo and David Hoppe. It provides non-

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Footers Catering was named the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year at a gala reception held May 1 at the Comedy Works in Greenwood Village. Owners April and Anthony Lombatos, along with a few employees who were in the audience, were recognized for their innovative approach to customer service and employee engagement. Photos by Deborah Grigsby medical home-care services to seniors, those recovering from surgery and people with chronic illness. Options include hourly care and 24-hour live-in assistance that allows seniors to “age in place” on their own terms. “This really got started from our experiences with family members who are very dear,” said Hoppe, who has faced the challenges of dementia in his own family. “I just want to thank everyone for this award.” Abby Senior Care is located at 6 Inverness Court East. It has a staff of approximately 70.

Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year

Jeff Wasden joined six others who have received the Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year Award, named for the 6-foot-6 former chamber president, gubernatorial cabinet member, and current CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens, whose enthusiasm for small business remains a chamber staple today. Wasden’s nomination package describes him as a diverse leader, making change at every level — as a volunteer, a board member, and a person who influences public policy.

Comedian and Animal Planet emergency veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald served as emcee for the 2013 South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Small Business Leadership Awards. He is a co-owner of PROformance Apparel, 6905 S. Broadway in Littleton. PROformance Apparel provides apparel and uniforms for schools, government and private business. Those eligible for the

award include owners or employees of a business, as well as nonprofit and government agencies. Those honored with the Brian Vogt Award are selected on their leadership abilities and their extraordinary

contributions to the chamber and the south metro community at large. “Thank you, this award really, really means a lot,” Wasden said. “Oh by the way, I’m going to Disneyland!”

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Lutheran senior sets record in soccer Shelby Raper tops mark held by her own coach By Jim Benton “Goal machine” is a term often used by rabid soccer aficionados to describe a prolific offensive player. Shelby Raper is a goal machine for Lutheran High School and recently broke the school’s career goals record previously held by Lions coach Brooke Davis. Raper, a senior who will be playing soccer at South Dakota State next year, has scored 114 goals in four years at Lutheran to break the 15-year-old record of 109 goals that Davis set when playing for the school, which was then located in southwest Denver and nicknamed the Lights. And, no, Davis didn’t ask Raper to play goalkeeper this season in order to preserve her record. “She tied the record and then had a breakaway and missed it,” Davis recalled. “And I was `are you just egging us on, are you trying to make this last longer and are you playing a joke on me?’ But she scored five minutes later. “We talked about the record before the season, that she had a chance to do this in the record department. If she is scoring goals, that means we’re doing well, so please, go score goals.” Raper, who plays on the Colorado Storm Elite Clubs National League U18 Copa team, hasn’t had much time to reflect on setting the record because she and her teammates had to endure a wait to see if Lutheran qualified for the Class 3A state playoffs. “It still hasn’t sunk in fully, but the record is something I’m proud of,” she said. “I never dreamed this would happen when I came here four years ago. It’s a blessing that my coach is the one that I broke her record. I get to know whose record I broke because she was saying she’s happy she knows me and someone who broke her record.”

Je Lutheran’s Shelby Raper, who will play at South Dakota State next year, recently broke the school’s career goals record in soccer, formerly held by her coach. Courtesy photo Raper has 34 goals and 14 assists in 15 games this season and leads Class 3A girls in goals, assists and points. She is also the state leader in goals and points through games of May 3, despite many times going against bigger, more physical defenders. She has the speed and skills and could have played at any high school level of competition. “She is one the fastest girls I’ve ever seen,” Davis said. “Shelby can literally use her speed to take on four girls by her. Usually she has three girls around her or on her

and she can still just get through them. She has an eye for the goal. She knows how to score. She understands the game enough to know when to shoot, when to dribble, when to take on the goalie and when to do an outside shot. She finds the goal. “She reads the defense really well. She knows the weakness of players. She can pick that up pretty quickly in games. It’s her speed and control. A lot of girls can have the speed but she can keep that ball with her. I think girls stop to watch her because it is so pretty. She just has that finesse with speed.”

Raper doesn’t take all the credit for her goal-scoring prowess. “Probably my number one skill is finishing,” she said. “And a lot of it is from my teammates. I can’t do it all myself. They have trust in me and I don’t want to let them down. So I work my hardest to go out and score.” Raper will have the opportunity to add to her record career goals total when Lutheran (10-5-0) plays Bayfield (12-2-1) Friday in a first-round Class 3A Regional 5 playoff game at St. Mary’s in Colorado Springs.

Swimmer heading into two tough weekends Jenner could face elite competition in his specialty events By Jim Benton

‘There is a lot of competition for me. I really think I can do it. You have to believe you can.’ Jack Jenner knows the challenge he will be facing the next two weekends. Jenner, a senior who attends Castle View High School, will be swimming for the Douglas County/Castle View co-op team May 10-11 as he defends his 100-yard freestyle championship in the Continental League swimming championships at the Heritage pool. Then there’s the Class 5A state championship meet May 17-18 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. The biggest challenge comes from having to possibly swim again some of the state’s elite swimmers in his two specialty events, the 100- and 200-yard freestyles. There will be Clark Smith and Hennessey Stuart of Regis Jesuit in the 100 freestyle at

Castle View High School swimmer Jack Jenner the league meet, along with Ponderosa’s Carter Griffin. At the state meet, the competition gets tougher, led by defending state champion Daryl Turner of Cherry Creek. In the Continental League 200 freestyle event, Jenner will have to be concerned with Nathan Mueller of Highlands Ranch, Griffin and possibly Clark if he chooses to swim. Griffin is the defending state champion and Mueller was third last spring. All three of those swimmers plus other top qualifiers from around the state have been waiting for the Grand Junction state meet. “There is a lot of competition for me,” Jenner said. “I really think I can do it. You have to believe you

can. I’ve had good consistency with my times this season. My times are much more consistent this season and they have gotten better.” In the fastest times recorded in the state this season through April 30, Jenner’s 46.96 in the 100 freestyle ranked fifth, and he was behind Turner (44.63) and Smith (45.5). He was clocked in 1:43.14 in the 200 freestyle, which Clark topped with a 1:38.95. Mueller was just ahead of Jenner with a time of 1:42.69. Jenner, who has signed to swim at Cal Poly, has the third-quickest time in the 50 freestyle with a 21.58 clocking.

Jack Jenner, a senior at Castle View High School, will be swimming for the Douglas County/ Castle View co-op team this week as he defends his 100-yard freestyle championship in the Continental League championships. Photo by Jim Benton “He’s challenged by what he faces,” Douglas County/Castle View coach William Amos said. “He has pretty much always chal-

lenged himself. I’ve been coaching him since he was 12 years old when he was a young athlete. I’ve Jenner continues on Page 29



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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ROUNDUP Hitting on all cylinders

Senior Jake Hand was a ringleader last fall for the ThunderRidge football team as a hard-nosed fullback. This spring, he’s having a good season for the Grizzlies’ baseball team. He was leading regular-season Continental League batting statistics with a batting average of .579 heading into ThunderRidge’s regular season finale May 6 at Rocky Mountain. Hand, who also was leading the league with 31 runs batted in, led teammate Tyler Loptein prior to the Rocky Mountain game. Loptein, who had 32 fewer at-bats than Hand, was hitting .560. Legend’s Bobby Dalbec hit seven home runs to lead the league, while Chaparral’s Max Kuhns’ 1.077 slugging percentage was tops. Josh Newell and ThunderRidge teammate Brody Westmoreland each had 13 steals to tie for the stolen base crown. Douglas County’s Trent Maloney was the pitching leader with six victories and 52 strikeouts, while Brent Schwarz of Regis Jesuit had the best earned run average of 0.65.

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Record-setting weekend

Erin Bowers of ThunderRidge was one of several Douglas County athletes to set meet records in recent track and field events. Bowers, who also won the 300-meter hurdles, ran a 14.54 to win the 100-meter hurdles at the all-classification St. Vrain Invitational May 3 to set a meet and Everly-Montgomery Stadium record. The old record was 14.68 by Loveland’s Kaylee Packham. Valor Christian’s MaryBeth Sant set two meet and stadium marks in the St. Vrain Invitational. Sant ran the fastest time in the nation this season with a 11.38 clocking in the 100-meter dash to smash her own meet and stadium record of 11.65 set last year. Her 23.91 in the

“He tried swimming and within two weeks all he wanted to talk about was how he could get faster. He got faster in a hurry.� Amos believes Jenner will be fast enough to be a threat at the state meet. “I feel strongly he will be in the top five, top three,� he said. “It somewhat depends on who swims good. I feel

200 meters established a new standard and beat the old record of 24.50, which was held by Dior Hall of George Washington. Zack Hickman of Valor Christian set a meet record of 40.28 in the boys 300-meter hurdles in the Highlands Ranch Memorial Invitational held May 4 at Sports Authority Stadium. Mary Kreutz of Highlands Ranch ran a 2:18.69 to set a new meet standard in the girls 800 meters, while Ponderosa’s Paige Runco established a meet record in winning the girls high jump event with a 5-foot-2 leap. Trevor Rex of Highlands Ranch won the boys high jump with a record effort of 6-7 and teammate Connor Turnage captured the triple jump with a Memorial Invitational record of 47-3.

Valor’s McCaffrey to Stanford

Highly-sought Valor Christian junior All-State running back Christian McCaffrey may have made life a little less hectic for himself next season after he made a verbal commitment to play football at Stanford.

like he is the third-ranked 200 freestyler right now. He’s sitting fourth but I think Clark, who is ranked No. 1, is not going to swim in that event. “And I expect Jack to swim faster. That’s probably his best chance, although he will be top eight in the 100. Out of the likely 200 freestylers, he’s third.�


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