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Transcript Golden

December 5, 2013

A Colorado Community Media Publication


Jefferson County, Colorado • Volume 148, Issue 1


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Witt takes the helm, addresses questions Realigned Jeffco school board meets By Vic Vela


Paul Butler, line cook at the Golden Hotel, receives a frozen turkey from Karla Karstensen, training specialist, as part of the “Turkey for Team Members” giveaway on Nov. 25. Other staff members pictured include Julie Favre, human relations manager, far left, Carlyssa Scanlon, bartender and Kaylee Nelson, server. The Golden Hotel ordered 120 turkeys for the staff delivered by US Foods, a vendor for the Golden Hotel. Photo by Amy Woodward

How Christmas got so Golden New book illuminates Olde Golden Christmas By Amy Woodward

awoodward@ ourcoloradonews.com There is nothing quite like Christmas in Golden. The North Pole may be far, but Golden’s holiday celebration transforms the city into a wonderment of lights, music and tradition. The celebration is called Olde Golden Christmas, organized by Carol Ann Bowles of the Golden Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of Olde Golden Christmas. For 21 years she has devoted herself to planning the month long holiday tradition that takes a year to organize. “Olde Golden Christmas is a Golden Chamber of Commerce Christmas,” Carol Ann Bowles, chair of Olde Golden Christmas and Golden Chamber member said. “I took it to the next plateau, it’s over the top,” she said. “It’s a winter wonderland down here, it’s just awesome.”

Barb Warden, who runs Golden.com, has spent the last year committed to Olde Golden Christmas as well, but she has busied herself with putting together her latest book, “Olde Golden Christmas” which documents the city’s remarkable transition and includes all of the holiday goings-on in the city. Her 84-page book is filled with colorful photos submitted by more than a dozen local photographers and residents including Dave Powers, Andrew Terrill, and Sharon Wheatley. Warden sectioned the book into seven parts from “Winter Descends” to “Holiday Lighting” to include all of the festive events that occur within the month alongside the Olde Golden Christmas Parade and the Candlelight Walk. “I wanted to cover everything else that wasn’t covered by those two major events like all the small things that happen all the time,” Warden said. “The merchants all do wonderful little things, things you Golden continues on Page 19


Ken Witt knew there were a lot of questions and concerns going on inside the minds of attendees of a Nov. 21 Jefferson County school board meeting, a little more than two weeks removed from an election that swept conservatives like himself into power. “I want to do some rumor control,” Witt said, moments after fellow board members voted him new president of the Jeffco Board of Education. Witt then tried to assure uneasy parents and district employees that the new board had “no intention of becoming Douglas County” — referring to a school district that has received national news over controversial reform efforts put in place by conservative board members there. Witt addressed the Douglas County elephant in the room, as well as other areas of concern that were present going into his first board meeting. And it was clear that Witt needed to, based on many of the comments that were directed at the board that evening. “Let me say the new board scares me and most my colleagues to death,” said Jim Fernald, a teacher at Lakewood High School, who said he didn’t want Jeffco to go the way of either Douglas County or Denver Public Schools — two districts that also saw reform candidates win school board races earlier in the month. “We all know the fantastic things that are done in our district and we are sorely afraid that your true agenda is to dismantle those successes,” Fernald said, who received applause at the conclusion of his comments. Witt and fellow conservatives Julie Williams and John Newkirk rode a statewide pro-reform and anti-Amendment 66 wave into the win column on Nov. 5. On Nov. 21, they were sworn into their new seats on the Jeffco school board, the governing body of a district that serves more than 85,000 students. The new office holders of the five-member board were elected to leadership positions: Witt as board president, Williams as first vice president and Newkirk as secretary. Witt takes over a position that had been held by Lesley Dahlkemper, who remains a board member, but who no longer will hold the title of board president. “It’s been an absolute honor and privilege to serve as your board president,” she told the audience. The swearing in of the new board members — who replace Laura Boggs and Paula Noonan, who did not seek re-election — comes on the heels of the recent announcement by longtime district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson that she will be retiring at the end of June. Stevenson’s move was made after the new board was voted into power. “We’re saddened that our superintendent has tendered her resignation,” he said. “I’ve looked forward to working with her for a good long time. She’s provided consistent leadership.” Witt also said that the board intends to conduct a nationwide search for a new president and said members have “no intention” of choosing a superintendent who is “a former board member,” killing a rumor that Boggs — a conservative firebrand — might be considered a candidate. But Witt primarily tried to quell concerns that Jeffco was about to turn into the next Douglas County. Although

Barb Warden holds her latest book, “Olde Golden Christmas” at the Windy Saddle on Nov. 22. Photo by Amy Woodward

Witt continues on Page 19


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View of piano is black and white The 74-year-old Knabe grand piano sits silent in the room behind them. But the three women sipping tea at the small dining room table feel the music settle into them with the quiet joy only an old, beloved companion can bring. Music. “It’s like food,” Dee Netzel, 86, says. “I couldn’t imagine life without it.” “It’s a passion,” says Donita Banks, 77, “a compulsion.” The piano belongs to the third woman, the tiniest, just now able to sit at the bench after two months battling a back injury. Rita Jo Tensly, 84, says simply: “I want to die at the piano.” ••• They call themselves “sisters” — Dee from a small Wisconsin town, Rita from New York City and Donita from Pueblo. All classical pianists, a love for music binds them tightly. But what brought them together originally was the Denver alumnae chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women they joined while in college. Donita, the chapter’s archivist who chronicles the organization’s history in carefully constructed scrapbooks, spreads open an album on the table and points to a picture of smiling women, the SAI Singers. “There’s Dee and there’s me. We had a bicentennial program.” 1976. She turns to another page and another picture. 1995. Rita: “There I am in the front row.” Donita: “We were looking a little younger then.” All three burst into laughter. On the next page is a photo of revered member Lila Putney, whose 104th birthday they celebrated in 2008. She left Denver several years ago to live near family and died this past February at 108. Donita added the obituary and stories of her life to the scrapbook. Donita, who joined in 1960 and is one of the longest-running members, is adamant the SAI alumnae chapter was a key ingredient to Lila’s longevity. “What has kept us going,” she says, “has been music, friendship and service.”

The chapter has 44 members from their mid-20s to Dee, the oldest active member. About 25 attend monthly meetings from September to June in homes and churches throughout the metro area, wherever a good piano can be found. “I think one of the neat things about our group now is we are online,” Dee says, “and as careers bring people to our area, they look us up online and they find us.” The website also brings younger women to the graying chapter. Dee: “I love being with young people.” “It keeps me young,” Rita says. Dee: “We really aren’t categorized by age. … Music is just music.” “They like us for what we are,” Rita says. “Musicians.” ••• Donita, an only child, began playing at 7 when her parents brought home an old, Baldwin Acrosonic upright piano, signed by the sister of the famed pianist José Iturbi of Spain. “Really?” Rita asks. “Mmmhmmm,” Donita says, smiling, remembering. “I loved piano from the beginning.” In junior high school, she began accompanying the singers at church. In high school, she played for a singer who performed for service organizations and then was hired to accompany dancers at the Pueblo Conservatory of Music. She attended the University of Colorado on scholarship where a professor introduced her to contemporary music. Her son, her first child, was just seven weeks old when she accepted a job as youth choir director at a Lakewood church, the start to a career as a freelance musician

who combined one-woman shows with choir directing. “It came to be a way of life,” Donita says. And when she battled breast cancer two years ago, she couldn’t wait to play again. “I had to get back to my music. Yes, I had to get back to my regular life.” Rita was 10 when her parents surprised her with the same piano in her sitting room for her birthday. “I took to it like a duck takes to water,” she says. She attended Juilliard and graduated from the University of Miami in Florida, then moved to Denver in 1953 and taught elementary school music for 28 years. She loves the classical composers. “I just love the way they put the music together. I think about the music, what they were thinking about, why they composed this music.” Her favorites are Debussy and Mozart. She looks at her hands. “My hands are very small.” She fans out her fingers. “So Mozart fits my hands.” Her eyesight is failing. And that is her biggest fear. “I dread the time if I never have any more sight to see the music because I don’t want to stop playing,” she says. “I feel better when I play this beautiful music.” Dee grew up in a poor, rural Wisconsin home. But her mother had inherited a piano. And to keep a mischievous Dee out of trouble, she started her with piano lessons. “I loved the teacher; I loved the music,” Dee says. “Nobody had to make me practice and I never stopped.” She would attend the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on scholarship. Later a staff accompanist at Metropolitan State University for 27 years, Dee began as an elementary and high school music teacher for nine one-room schools in rural Wisconsin that she had to get to in two days. “I’d roar up in my car and teach, then roar up to the next one,” she says. “I would spin around on the roads, I would knock over the mailboxes — I was in such a hurry.” Dee laughs. “I was young.”

Rita smiles, taking a sip of tea. “We were all young at one time.” Dee still practices every day, one of the reasons, she believes, that she doesn’t have any pain in her arthritic hands. Twelve years ago, macular degeneration clouded the sight in her left eye. In August, doctors found the beginning of the disease in her right eye. “I’m surviving,” Dee says and tells Donita and Rita about the musical program she played recently with a friend. “I played practically note-perfect. I’m going to keep going until I can’t see anything.” ••• The stories around the table this day compose a concerto of family remembered and talent ignited, of challenges faced and overcome, of the importance of sharing a singular passion with the world. They also, perhaps mostly, recount a friendship born, nurtured and sealed by the implicit understanding of a love and need for music and the deep happiness it brings. The piano waits across the room. A brass light that cost $100 arches over the music books of Debussy and Chopin resting against the piano rack. Rita’s $400 piano glasses lie on top. Rita: “It was worth it to me, to see the music … so I can play.” And play they will. Of that, there is no doubt. As long as they can, Donita says. Till, Dee concludes, the end. A benefit concert to raise money for “Mending Faces,” which sends doctors to the Philippines to operate on children with cleft palates, will be held Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant St., Denver. The concert is presented by the Denver Alumnae Chapter and Sigma Upsilon Chapter, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. Tickets are $25, $10 for students. Contact Rita Jo Tensly at 303-7486889 or rjtensly@comcast.net. Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at ahealey@ourcoloradonews.com or 303566-4110.

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Hudak resigns from state Senate Move comes days before recall petition deadline By Vic Vela

vvela@ourcoloradonews.com For state Sen. Evie Hudak, the risk turned out to be greater than the reward. Rather than face a recall election, the Westminster Democrat resigned from her Senate seat on Nov. 27 in a move that will prevent reeling Democrats from potentially having to relinquish power of the Legislature’s upper chamber. Hudak — who was twice elected to her Senate District 19 seat by slim margins — was being targeted for a recall, primarily over her votes on gun control legislation. Holding on to her seat would have been a difficult task. Instead of risking flipping control to Republicans in the Senate, Hudak submitted her immediate resignation. “Though it is difficult to step aside, I have faith that my colleagues will honor the legacy that my constituents and I have built,” she wrote in her resignation letter to the Secretary of the Senate. “I am thankful to my fellow legislators, who have been so supportive in recent weeks, standing by my side and encouraging me to keep fighting.” Hudak is a former state Board of Education member who was elected to her Senate seat in 2008. District 19 includes the cities of Arvada an Westminster. She becomes the third Democratic lawmaker to either resign or be voted out of office as a result of a recall effort, joining Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, who lost their recent recall races. Hudak’s resignation came just days before a Dec. 3 deadline for recall organizers to submit more than 18,900 recall petition signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office. Though organizers behind “Recall Hudak Too” had many complaints about Hudak, they primarily railed against her votes for key Democrat-sponsored gun bills that were signed into law this year

Hudak voted for bills that put in place universal background checks on gun sales in Colorado and limited the amount of rounds that a high-capacity ammunition magazine can hold. She also sponsored Senate Bill 197, which makes it more difficult for domestic violence offenders to possess guns. It wasn’t just Hudak’s votes that drew the ire of conservatives. She also came under fire for her comments to a rape victim that came during a committee hearing on a separate bill that would have banned concealed handguns on college campuses. The woman, who was testifying, said that had she been able to carry a gun on campus, she may not have been raped. Hudak responded in part that “statistics are not on your side, even if you had a gun.” With Morse’s and Giron’s recent ousters, Democrats were left clinging to a one-seat advantage in the Senate. They’ll now be able to hold on to Hudak’s seat, after a special vacancy committee convenes to select her successor. “By resigning, I am protecting these important new laws for the good of Colorado and ensuring that we can continue looking forward,” Hudak said. Hudak also said that she wanted to spare the $200,000 cost of a potential recall election that would have been paid by Jeffco taxpayers. Hudak had been struggling with this decision for quite some time. She said in a recent interview with Colorado Community Media that “people will be angry if I were to resign” and that “people would be angry if I were to be recalled.” Chris Kennedy, Hudak’s campaign manager, acknowledged that the decision was “something she had been bouncing around for a long time” and one that was made “over the last couple of days.” “It’s been difficult,” he said. “She’s a senator. It’s what she does. It’s her identity. It’s what she stands for. She’s at peace, but that doesn’t mean it’s not difficult.” Conservatives crowed over Hudak’s resignation. “Coloradans are sick of the extreme

Praise peppered with criticism at gathering By Crystal Anderson

canderson@ourcoloradonews.com After state Sen. Evie Hudak’s resignation became public Nov. 27, supporters organized a news conference commending the work she did for domestic violence and rape victims, education, and veterans at the Plaza next to Arvada Library 57th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. Here’s what some of her supporters said: “It hurts because she is a good woman and a very sincere and honest in what she does. All honest people trying to do good are being railroaded out of town and the bad roll in.” Mary Justiniamo, Arvada resident “I’m sad, I thought she was a great senator, and I understand why she is resigning. I fought hard against this recall, and I hope to see her run again. I think this was wrong, a recall should be left for criminal activity

or abuse of power.” Tangi Lancaster, Westminster resident “I’m really disappointed that it’s come to this, and I think that Evie did a very brave thing in order to make sure that her work moves forward.” Rachel Zenzinger, Arvada City Councilwoman Throughout the conference, recall supporters and gun proponents gathered, hoisting banners with rifles on them while standing among the supporters. Comments included: “One more gun grabber gone, there’s a bunch more to go; every gun grabber should be on guard.” Joe Neville, political director with Rocky Mountain Gun Owners “It’s all about the second amendment. I feel sad, I think that she should have stood for a vote from the people.” Turk Turon, Colorado resident

A crowd gathered around Lorraine Bowen, a longtime Hudak supporter, as she relayed her support for the former senator. Photo by Crystal Anderson Democrats trying to control their lives,” said Kelly Maher of Compass Colorado. “These ‘progressives’ have overreached so far on so many issues that Colorado families are now ready for a new vision.” Conservatives also took to Twitter after news of Hudak’s resignation surfaced. Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, tweeted “another #gungrab radical fails.” And a tweet from Colorado Peak Politics, a conservative blog, read, “GOOD RIDDANCE, EVIE.”

Vacancy committee to select replacement Now, attention turns to finding Hudak’s successor. A Senate District 19 vacancy committee will meet in the coming weeks to select Hudak’s replacement. Two names have surfaced as possible successors: Former state. Rep. Sara Gagliardi and Arvada Councilwoman Rachel Zenzinger, both of whom are Democrats. Zenzinger announced her candidacy through a Nov. 29 news release. “I am not pleased with the conditions that caused Evie to resign, but I am happy to make myself available in the efforts to

regroup,” she said. “And I look forward to any contribution I can make in the next legislative session.” Zenzinger’s statement includes an endorsement from Democratic state Sen. Mary Hodge of Brighton. Gagliardi served in the House from 2006 to 2010, when she was defeated by current District 27 Rep. Libby Szabo. Gagliardi has been endorsed by Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, who also considered vying for Hudak’s seat, but decided against it. During recent interviews, Zenzinger and Kraft-Tharp praised Hudak’s Senate record. “I think Evie’s name is synonymous with kids and education,” Zenzinger said. “And coming up from the state Board of Education, obviously she has is a real commitment for that, that she carried over to the Legislature, which is a phenomenal focus on kids and schools.” “Evie has been a hard-working policy maker,” Kraft-Tharp said. “I think the majority of the district knows she’s been working hard for us.”


Friends of the Golden History Museums is asking for the community’s support on Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, Dec. 10, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank. Coloradoans can log on to ColoradoGives.org to help raise money for Colorado nonprofit organizations. Last year, 15.7 million was raised and distributed. The website allows the donor to pick which organization they would like to contribute to. The Golden History Center, the Astor House Museum

and the Clear Creek History Park are just a few of the organizations listed.

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Joining forces with trust in tough tides Survey results about trust always turn our heads. As the saying goes we build credibility by the teaspoon and lose it by the bucket when we make a mistake in our line of work. A recent Gallup survey indicated people have confidence in newspapers with 9 percent at a “great deal” and 14 percent at “quite a lot.” It represented a slip from two years earlier when the numbers were 12 percent and 16 percent respectively. This year our lot was nestled below TV news but above big business in the bottom half of the summarized list. HMOs took the bottom spot, and the military took the top spot with 43 percent at “great deal” and 33 percent “quite a lot.” By the way, nice work by small business taking second place. And another recent survey, the annual governance survey Gallup poll, pointed out that confidence in government’s

our view ability to handle international problems tallied a low with 49 percent expressing a great deal or a fair amount of confidence, reportedly 2 percentage points down from the previous mark of 51 percent in 2007. But just this past week, we found sad numbers from another recent survey – The Associated Press-GfK Poll, conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications – that points to an erosion of trust person to person. In broad strokes, the survey mirrors reported trends that the percentage of people who believe most people can be trusted is in decline. The survey results asked respondents to share how much they trust “people who

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they may not know very well” in various situations. The highest level of trust came for “people who have access to your medical records when you visit a doctor or hospital people,” with 50 percent choosing “a great deal/quite a bit.” Even in this top category, 29 percent said “just somewhat,” and 17 percent said “not much or not at all” in the same category. The highest level of distrust was in the category of “people driving the cars around you when you’re driving, walking or biking,” with 39 percent at “not much” or “not at all,” which makes sense given the random interactions on the streets. The three lowest levels of trust came in situations that are generally more random, such as interactions with people who swipe credit cards, people driving cars around you, and people met while traveling. The three highest levels of trust generally involved where the relationship may be less random and in some cases

involve an ongoing relationship, such as with people who have access to medical records, people who prepare food, and people meet while traveling or away from home. Seems like the more people are connected by the conveniences of modern life, the more disconnected they are in other ways, such as building trust. We notice that trust is stronger in smaller circles where people have repeated interactions with the people who make up their lives. While we do our best to increase trust and confidence from our offices, we see an effort that needs to take place neighbor by neighbor, group by group. It’s not too early for a New Year’s resolution. Be a joiner, join a local organization, learn how it works and get to know the people involved. And if you are already involved, look for another opportunity. Survey says – stronger connections bring more trust.

Words from presidents “Words. Words when spoken out loud for the sake of performance are music. They have rhythm and pitch and timbre and volume. These are the properties of music and music has the ability to find us and move us and lift us up in ways that literal meaning can’t.” These lines, spoken by the fictional President of United States in the TV series “The West Wing,” are written on a note that sits above my desk at home. In case you haven’t noticed, I, too, love the use of words. Some would say too many words, but those people have to live with me, so, tough luck to them. Words are a powerful, powerful tool, and when they are used properly, they can move mountains. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. We’ve just passed a couple momentous anniversaries, and some famous words are inextricably tied to those events. The first was the 150th anniversary of the speech that contained the words “History will little note, nor long remember, what we say here today,” and “we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last, full measure of devotion,” and “Four Score and Seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” And the second was the death of another President, who, in his time, spoke a few famous words. Such as “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” and “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” These words are part of the holy canon of American life, because they speak to an ethos, what has come to be known as The American Creed. Sadly, in the last 50 years, few presidents have managed to reach the lofty heights of rhetoric that their predecessors achieved. In my lifetime, I can remember Ronald Reagan talking about the “shining city on a hill,” and that was an important idea that resonated in his era, but seems to have lost its

luster today. The first President Bush had “a thousand points of light,” but he is far better remembered for “read my lips: no new taxes.” And, more recently, we’ve had a long string of presidential statements that will be better remembered for their, shall we say, malleable relationship with the truth than their poetry. Consider: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman…” “That depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is…” “Mission accomplished…” (yeah, I know, he never actually said that, but the visual was far worse) “If you like health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.” I don’t know what it says for our nation that our leaders seem to have a greater propensity for gaffes than they do for greatness. Some would say the 24/7 news cycle makes it impossible to avoid gaffes; others would say the perpetual campaign has made these men so spin-doctored that their best hope is to not make the nightly news for a screw-up. Perhaps, we no longer believe in an American Creed. I tend to think that we, the people, get the kind of leaders we deserve. But, be that as it may, I do wish we could rediscover the magic of words, and it would be nice if it could start from the top. Michael Alcorn is a music teacher and fitness instructor who lives in Arvada with his wife and three children. He graduated from Alameda High School and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

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The roots of my newspaper writing In the fall of 1966, the University of Colorado at Boulder rocked with unrest due to American military involvement in the Vietnam War. As a CU college student, I felt the strain of the war. My brother, a pilot, flew for the Navy in Vietnam and my best friend’s fiance served in the Army. In stark contrast to the ugliness of the war, was the beauty of the Colorado University campus at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Heavy winds whooshed down across the Flatirons, enormous granite slabs perfect for rock climbing, just west of campus. At that time CU had a student run newspaper, the Colorado Daily. One day while reading it, I noticed an ad asking for student reporters — no experience was necessary. Within hours Editor Bob Ewegen, who would later go on to work for the Denver Post, gave me a job as reporter for the paper. Ewegen appeared calm and laid back. He first assigned me to cover the Candlelight Peace March, a cross country protest against the Vietnam War. I interviewed the leader of the march, took his photograph, and wrote the story which the next day appeared on the front page of the Colorado Daily. When I saw my first story in print with

my byline, Mary McFerren, I felt exhilarated. It didn’t seem to matter I wasn’t a journalism major because writing stories came naturally for me. It helped that I was curious about people and what made them tick. When I asked questions, and the subject person would give me an answer which generated more questions from me. I found reporting and interviewing stimulating. Besides Ewegen, I also worked with Pat Mcgraw, who like the editor went on to work for The Denver Post. Many nights as a reporter I would stay up with other reporters and copy editors until 3 a.m. in the Colorado Daily office to get the paper out. We reporters made a racket typing triple space on clunky manual typewriters. The pounding noise of the machines

gave evidence that we were either doing important work or knocking the walls down — Click, click, bang, bang and ring, ding, ding as we manually pulled the return shifts. The typewriters were our metronomes, and we percussionists held the beat of the place. One week David Chalfant, editor of Ethos, the creative weekly section of the newspaper, took a trip. He assigned me to edit Ethos, but I didn’t have any material so I panicked and ran a group of my own mini-stories influenced by the writings of Beatle John Lennon. Later my conscience nagged at me — should I have run my own work in the creative section? Too much ego? No one criticized. After college I went on to work in the film business in Los Angeles, got married, became a mother and eventually moved back to Colorado. During my children’s naptimes I began writing columns for the Evergreen Canyon Courier. I could work out of my home on my IBM Selectric Typewriter and take the hard copy of my 750 word column into the paper. Writing columns was quite a change from the Colorado Daily and the intense student energy of putting out a paper during the Vietnam War. But it did give me an

outlet to express and clarify my thoughts with occasional attempts at humor. As you have probably observed, over the years the newspaper business has changed drastically, mostly due to the Internet and digital photography. Ad money shriveled. Like many other major newspapers, The Rocky Mountain News ceased publication. Both the Seattle Intelligencer and the humor newspaperThe Onion has gone solely online. I miss picking up a copy of The Onion and reading it at my local breakfast café. Since I already spend enough time at the computer writing, I don’t read newspapers online. Fortunately print editions of community newspapers like the one you’re reading, are surviving and many are thriving. It’s been many years since my initial writing for the Colorado Daily , but I’m still writing columns in my older years, changing with the times, and in some ways enjoying it more now than ever.

the Senate unanimously. It is a shining example of what can be achieved when we put our political differences aside and work to tackle tough problems. Our common-sense proposal will help reduce the burden of a cumbersome, patchwork regulatory system, driving costs down, while also protecting families from counterfeit or tainted drugs. Now we’ll know who has handled the medicine we take and give to our kids and where and when they handled it. If Colorado fruit growers can track a peach from the tree to the store, consum-

ers should reasonably expect the same level of scrutiny for their prescription drugs. Pharmacists in Colorado fill more than 60 million prescriptions every single year, and for many of us, the medications we take can mean the difference between life and death. Families purchasing these drugs deserve to know they are safe. Now, with the bipartisan and pragmatic Drug Quality and Security Act, they can have that peace of mind.

Mary McFerren Stobie still writes in spite of all the changes in the newspaper business. You can contact her at mry_jeanne@yahoo. com

Pharmaceutical bill shows bipartisanship Located on every gallon of milk at any grocery store in the state of Colorado is a bar code that contains the history of that particular gallon — what dairy farm it originated from, where it was pasteurized, and when it expires, among other things. If there is a contaminated batch or an outbreak of disease, officials can trace where this milk came from and quickly respond. If you were to wander over a few more aisles at that same grocery store, to the pharmacy, you may be surprised to learn that no similar system of protection is in place. In fact, pharmacists cannot determine with any certainty where a prescription drug has been and whether it has been secured or safely stored on its way to the pharmacy. Making matters worse, there is no uniform oversight of this supply chain, where prescription drugs pass through many different hands (manufacturers, distributors, dispensers, and re-packagers). All that exists is a patchwork of state regulations that vary enormously from state to state. Compare that to airport security. If every major U.S. airport had different security processes, with some easier to circumvent than others, imagine which one a terrorist would prefer. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. In 2009, nearly 130,000 vials of insulin where stolen, left unrefrigerated, and later found across the country in a national pharmacy chain after patients began reporting poor control of their insulin

levels. Less than 2 percent of the insulin was ever recovered. And just a year ago, contaminated compounded drugs from a center in New England caused a meningitis outbreak, which killed 64 people. All that’s about to change. A few weeks ago, the most comprehensive drug safety bill in a quarter-century became law. The Drug Quality and Security Act would track prescription drugs from the time they are manufactured to the moment they are delivered to the drugstore. Like UPS or FedEx, but for prescription drugs instead of packages. And it won’t add a penny to our deficit. These supply chain security provisions are the culmination of more than two years of bipartisan work we did with Senator Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, in conjunction with a wide range of business and consumer groups. In a dysfunctional Congress that has deservedly earned its reputation for unprecedented levels of partisan gridlock, this bill passed both the House of Representatives and

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Recall should be used sparingly In the early nineteenth century, our newly-formed republic was still testing the unique system of government the founding fathers had crafted. US Senators carried guns into the Congressional chambers and still occasionally challenged each other to duels even though dueling had been outlawed. Some of the major arguments of that day dealt with banking systems and slavery. Today we have issues that divide our population just as deeply. But we resolve our differences at the ballot box. We have learned since we were children that the majority rules until the next election. At the next election, everyone has another chance to vote and a new majority rules. Regularly-scheduled elections give every-

one the chance to evaluate a candidate or an elected official and then decide for whom to vote. We have rules in place whereby an elected official can be impeached (by the legislative body and usually for committing a crime or ethical breach) or recalled (by his or her constituents). These rules are not there for the purpose of punishing someone who used his/her best judgment in making a decision or casting a vote for that which he/she believes is in the best interest of the greater community. Elected officials should always be able to act according to their best judgment and not in fear of reprisals. Very few issues cannot wait until the next election. Patricia Mesec, President League of Women Voters of Jefferson County

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Bob Gene Jordan

Mar 16, 1928 - Nov 1, 2013

Bob Gene Jordan of Golden died on November 1. He was 85. Jordan was born in McAlester Oklahoma on March 16, 1928 to William and Nora Jordan. Jordan was preceded in death by his wife Gloria in 2006 after fifty-eight years of marriage. Jordan worked all over America for a half century in underground construction and mining and moved to Golden in 1968. His passion was mineral collecting which he was able to share with many people. Jordan is survived by his two sons, Gene Jordan of Anchorage, Alaska, and Jim Jordan of Atlanta, Georgia; brother William Jordan of Norman Oklahoma; grandchildren Yale, Ashton, Robin, and Leighton Jordan. He will be missed and remembered by many. Tap her light, Bob…

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LeAnn “Annie” Meyer’s life was lost over an argument that had to do with yard work. That’s according to court documents in the criminal case against Melissa Miller — Meyer’s former lover — who on Nov. 27 was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for striking Meyer in the head along a dirt road in Park County, before leaving the Wheat Ridge woman for dead. Miller’s 20-year prison sentence began after pleading guilty to second-degree murder inside a Fairplay courthouse. “Of course it’s not exactly what we wanted,” Mark Meyer, Annie’s brother, said prior to the hearing. “But it’s closure for us. The plea bargain allows us to take the pain away more quickly.” Meyer, 51, a Minnesota native who once served in the Air Force and who later became a bank technology expert in Colorado, had been missing since February before authorities found her remains on a private property near Bailey in July. For months, Miller, 55 — who had remained friends and roommates with Meyer after the two had previously shared an intimate relationship — had either denied having anything to do with Meyer’s death or refused to talk to police. She finally admitted to her involvement to authorities during a July 15 interview, according to a Park



County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant affidavit that was recently obtained by Colorado Community Media. Miller told police that, for several days leading up to their altercation, she and Meyer “had been arguing about the cost of work that she was going to be doing in the back yard (of their Wheat Ridge residence).” That ongoing argument ended violently on Feb. 18, after the two had taken a drive through the mountains, “before coming to a stop on a winding dirt road near Bailey … “ the affidavit states. During the argument, which took place along Park County Road 64, Meyer either “poked” or “hit” Miller. Miller retaliated by swinging a walking stick toward Meyer, which struck her in the head, causing her to bleed and eventually stop breathing. Miller told police that she tried to stop the bleeding “by wrapping Saran Wrap” around Meyer’s head, but to no avail. Miller told the detective that at one point, Meyer’s body rolled down the hill from the road. Miller said she started to drive away, then went back

toward Meyer, but was unable to locate her. Miller admitted that she never called for Meyer and never tried to find help. She said that she returned to the area a couple of weeks later, but could not find her. Had the case gone to trial, Miller could have faced a sentencing range of 16 to 48 years behind bars. Instead, the parties came to an agreement on Miller serving 20 years with the Department of Corrections. “The District Attorney’s Office of the 11th Judicial District consulted at length with the victim’s family and the law enforcement officers prior to reaching the plea agreement,” said District Attorney Thom LeDoux, whose jurisdiction includes Park County. “Under all of the applicable circumstances the District Attorney’s Office, believes that the plea agreement represents a just resolution of the case.” Wheat Ridge Police Department Division Chief Jim Lorentz expressed his sympathy to Meyer’s family, prior to the Nov. 27 hearing. “We wanted to find Annie healthy and happy, and it didn’t work out that way,” Lorentz said. “But at least we have a conclusion.” As for Mark Meyer, he said he’s going to make sure that Miller receives every minute of the 20 years of her sentence. “Our family will be there at every parole hearing there is,” he said.

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creader@ourcoloradonews.com The emerald ash borer, a destructive insect that attacks ash trees, has shown up in trees in Boulder, and Jeffco is keeping an eye on the situation in case the beetle spreads. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has placed a quarantine on all of Boulder County, so no ash trees can be sold or planted and no ash byproducts can be moved outside the county. “The borer is an invasive insect that has moved to Colorado — we’re the 22nd state to have found it,” John Kaltenbach, state survey coordinator with the department of agriculture said. “This insect can be pretty devastating to ash trees, especially without treatment.” Kaltenbach said the insects build up in large numbers on trees, and has caused around 2 million trees’ deaths in the midwest. He said that the beetles probably got to Colorado by being on firewood from the midwest that was brought to Boulder. While Boulder is the only location the insect has been found so far, other cities are preparing in case the insect spreads. According to information provided by the City of Lakewood, if the insect moves outside Boulder County, the quarantine will be expanded as needed.

Kathy Kinnard of Lakewood, with her trusty companion Scout enjoy an afternoon stroll past the Ash trees that populate Welchester Tree Grant Park. Photo by Glenn Wallace “Right now Lakewood is in a watching and learning phase,” Allison Scheck, marketing and community relations administrator with the city, said. “We’re waiting to see what Boulder and the state does.” Steve Carpenter, urban parks manager with Lakewood, said that some staff has gone up to Boulder to volunteer and collect specimens for study. Lakewood staff members are monitoring the situation, and any future actions will be dictated by the timing and severity of an infestation. “We’re in the process of inventorying ash trees in our parks and right-

of-ways, which will help us if we have to do something,” Carpenter said. “We know it can take a while for the insect to build up the numbers to get to the point that they would start affecting the trees in a way people would notice, so we want to start on this before it gets bad.” Kaltenbach said that the department of agriculture is doing a branch sampling survey that will be completed in January or February of 2014, and will then move forward from there. For more information on the emerald ash borer and the quarantine, visit www.eabcolorado.com.

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An extreme long distance call “The First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom 2013, Harper $24.99 / $32.99 Canada 272 pages The call almost scared you half to death. First of all, it woke you up and everybody knows that middle-of-the-night phone calls are never good news. Secondly, you were sound asleep and third, who calls a wrong number at 3 a.m.? It took you awhile to get back to sleep that night. You cursed the phone as soon as the alarm went off, but read “The First Phone Call from Heaven” by Mitch Albom and you might look differently at the device next time. Tess Rafferty was occupied with a kitchen task when her phone rang. Irritated, she let her answering machine pick up the call, but when she heard the voice on the speaker, she stopped everything she was doing. It was her mother on the phone. Her mother had been dead for four years. Katherine Yellin was the first to talk about her phone call because her sister, Diane – dead at age 46 – had told her to speak up. Then Tess admitted she’d gotten

calls, too, and by weeks’ end, six people from little Coldwater, Michigan, had received phone calls from heaven. Soon, Coldwater residents weren’t the only ones to know about the miracle. Over in nearby Alpena, the local TV station sent one of their disposable reporters to see what was going on. Amy Penn wasn’t a believer, but she figured the best way to escape weekend shifts at the station was to scoop an exclusive story. Once the national media heard about the phone calls from heaven, though, that wasn’t easy to do. Believers, the faithful, and the prayerful crowded into Coldwater, hoping to hear from their own loved ones beyond. Sullivan “Sully” Harding thought they

were all fools. There was no heaven, no bliss, no peace. He knew that, because the best woman he’d ever known had been taken from him, his son was now motherless, and this “heaven” stuff was a scam. He had

time on his hands, and he planned to find whoever was doing this to his neighbors, to expose the hoax. And then Sully’s phone began to ring… “The First Phone Call from Heaven” reminded me of one of those movies that you could easily watch every night for the rest of your life. The beginning characters in this book come from all walks of life; they’re normal people who just happen to be getting what every grief-stricken person wants. Then author Mitch Albom drops a non-believer into the situation and he lets us watch everything twist and unravel in the midst of media sensationalism, mob mentality, half-truths, fervent faith, and painful realizations that may or may not be valid. It’s uncomfortable to watch, mostly because you know what’s going to happen to them, to their town, and to the phone calls that come a little too on-schedule. Yes, this book is predictable but it’s also entertaining, uplifting, and it can be shared with pretty much anybody. And if that’s what you need to read this week, “The First Phone Call from Heaven” is a good call.

Tips for running holiday lights at a cheaper price Running festive holiday lights doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Light emitting diode technology can be used in place of incandescent holiday light bulbs to keep electricity costs low during the holiday season. A string of 125 large C7 incandescent bulbs using 4 watts per bulb would use 500 watts when turned on. A string of 300 miniature incandescent bulbs using 0.4 watts

each would use 120 watts when turned on. In contrast, a string of 300 LED bulbs using 0.04 watts each would use only 12 watts when turned on. If each of these strings ran for 12 hours per day over a 40 day period, the C7 incandescent string would cost a typical homeowner $24, the miniature incandescent string would cost $5.76, and the LED string would cost 57 cents! Homeowners

running multiple strings can experience even greater savings. The increased upfront cost of the LED lights can typically be offset in two to three holiday seasons when compared to mini-incandescents. Other advantages of using LED holiday lights include: their long life span (typically 20,000 hours or 40 holiday seasons); their cool temperature (reducing the risk of fire); and reduced risk of overloading the wall

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socket when connecting multiple strings. The US Department of Energy estimates that if every household used LED holiday lights in place of incandescents, the country would save over $410 million in electricity costs. References and for more information: U.S. Department of Energy gives out information on energy saving, and energy rebates at energy.gov


ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) Decisions involving your finances might seem to be foolproof. But they could have underlying risks you should know about. Don’t act on anything until all the facts are in. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) You’re attracted to a situation that appeals to your Bovine intellect. And that’s good. But don’t neglect your passionate side when romance comes calling later in the week. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) A recent development enhances that special relationship. Spending more time together also helps make the bonding process stronger. Expect news about a possible career change.

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CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) A suspicious situation should be dealt with before it leads to serious problems. Get all the facts needed to resolve it. Then refocus your energies on those tasks that need your attention. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) Try to be more open-minded in working toward a resolution of that standoff between yourself and a colleague or family member. A little flexibility now could work to your advantage later. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) You might feel a bit threatened by a proposed workplace change. The best way to deal with it is to ask questions. You’ll find that those involved will be happy to provide you with the facts. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Feeling alone in a crowd during the early part of the week is an unsettling emotion. But your spirits soon perk up, putting you into the right mood to start making holiday plans. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) A pesky problem should be dealt with immediately so you can put your time and effort into something more important. Someone from your past could have significant news for you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) High-energy aspects dominate, both on the job and at home. Use this time to put some long-range plans into operation. Things level off later in the week. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) Even the usually gregarious Goat might feel overwhelmed by a flurry of activities. Be patient. Things soon return to your normal social routine. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) Career choices that seem too confusing to deal with at this point probably are. More information would help uncomplicate them. On the personal side, a friend might need your advice. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) Your Piscean imagination is stimulated by possibilities you see in a new opportunity. But keep those ideas to yourself until you feel ready to translate them into a workable format. BORN THIS WEEK: You have an ingratiating way of helping people deal with their fears. Have you considered a career in social work or with the clergy? © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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creader@ourcoloradonews.com Jane Austen is one of the world’s most beloved authors, and perhaps no work of hers is as well regarded as “Pride and Prejudice.” Lakewood author Pamela Mingle has taken a look at one of the book’s many characters and given her a new life in “The Pursuit of Mary Bennet.” “I didn’t want to write about Elizabeth or Jane — their stories are too perfect,” Mingle said. “I thought Mary was a person who cried out for character development, and I wanted to bring her to a change.” Mingle was born in Ohio, and has lived in Colorado for 28 years. She was a reference librarian and teacher in Littleton before retiring in 2001 to devote herself full time to writing. “Writing was always there lurking in the back of my mind, but there is so much to learn,” she said. “I started writing in 2001, and 10 years later sold a book.” That first book was “Kissing Shakespeare,” a time-travel romance written for young adults. Mingle received a lot of support and inspiration from various writing groups she joined, including the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). “I joined the JASNA Denver/Boulder chapter, and at the time had no idea I wanted to write this book,” she said. “I think she was one of the great writers, and love her humor and understanding of the common people.” “The Pursuit of Mary Bennet” takes place three years after “Pride and Prejudice” ended, and focuses on the Bennet’s middle daughter during a time of transition. Her older sisters — Jane and Elziabeth — have overshadowed her a bit, and she’s trying to find her own path.

Lakewood author Pamela Mingle’s second novel examines Mary Bennet. Courtesy photo Mingle said she did a fair amount of research on Regency England to get a feel of the language and what was going on in the country at the time. “I had an annotated version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ that had Post-It Notes whenever Mary was mentioned,” she said. “I can’t write exactly like Austen, but I still wanted it to have a familiar feeling.” Mingle said that she hopes readers come away from the book with a great appreciation of Mary’s resiliency and strength of character. “One of the things I learned about Austen is she suffered some tremendous hurts, but had to go on with her life and I wanted Mary to reflect that,” she said. “I want people who love Austen to believe this story.” For more information, visit www.pammingle.com.

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December 5, 2013

A home for the (furry) holidays ‘Tis the season for holiday-themed parties, shopping marathons and decadent goodies. Amongst all of the hustle and bustle, it can also be a time to reflect upon the year’s blessings, including family. These days, loved ones extend beyond just the two-legged kind. Pets are also considered family. At Foothills Animal Shelter, thousands of orphaned animals are cared for each and every year. These animals are safe and sound in a wonderful facility with devoted staff and volunteers watching over them. However, if they could talk, they would still have one wish this season — a home for the holidays. If you happen to be searching for a companion, or know of someone who is, adoption could be the answer. Dogs, puppies,

HOLIDAY PET SAFETY TIPS Keep your pets safe for Thanksgiving and the entire holiday season Foothills Animal Shelter, a true resource for the pet community, hopes pet owners keep their cats and dogs safe during the upcoming holiday season. Below are some helpful pet tips. Holiday meal goodies:

cats, kittens and critters (such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and more) all find their way to Foothills Animal Shelter. The reasons that led these pets to the shelter’s door are countless. Sometimes the pet was lost and never claimed by an owner. Other

• Rich and fatty foods (such as turkey skins, gravy, etc.) can cause serious abdominal issues for pets. Temping as it may be, keep them out of reach from your cats and dogs. •  Cooked bones can splinter and cause tears or obstructions in your pet’s digestive tract. •  Chocolate can cause seizures and even be fatal for pets.

times an owner may no longer be able to afford their pet’s care. Since it is hard enough to pick out the perfect pet for your own household, Foothills Animal Shelter doesn’t encourage giving pets to others as gifts. The timing has to

be right, and it has to be just the right fit. A great alternative is a Foothills Animal Shelter gift certificate that can be put toward a pet adoption. The gift recipient can then talk with the shelter’s customer care team to help pick out the most appropriate animal at a time that’s right for them. Consider making a wish come true for an orphaned pet by providing a forever home. The unconditional love and companionship they offer can be priceless. To see all of the homeless animals available for adoption during this holiday season, visit www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org. Better yet, stop by the facility in person at 580 McIntyre in Golden near 6th Avenue and Indiana on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Some neighborly entertainment to celebrate One of the great things we all experience during this time of year is how neighborly people become. The folks next door bring you cookies, you get cards in the mail from friends that bring you cheer, and if you get a little caught up in the holiday spirit you just seem to smile more often. Here in Golden we have a lot of great neighbors. Our communities are filled with really nice and friendly people. The same holds true with our neighboring cities. Not only do they have great people in them, they also offer some terrific places to visit and cultural facilities that we can share. One of my favorite places is the Lakewood Cultural Center. It’s only about 10 minutes away and it is a gold mine for quality entertainment year round. During December they have a some great, unique events going on that are sure to entertain you and bring something a little different to your holiday plans. One of those events is a series of concerts this weekend by a group called Timothy P. & the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers. Headed up by Timothy P. Irvin,

The Mouse King Live

this is an all-star group of some of the area’s top western, bluegrass and folk artists who get together every year to present a festive and unique take on traditional Christmas music as well as some of their original compositions. It’s a fun and light hearted concert sure to entertain people of all ages. There will be four performances, two evening shows and two matinees. The evening shows will be on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. with the matinees happening on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 2 p.m. Tickets for these shows are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, $15 for children 3-12 and $27.50 for box seats.

OK, so we all know what the Nutcracker Ballet is all about and the stars of the show are always Clara, the Nutcracker Prince and The Sugar Plum Fairy but I thought it was time for my favorite character, the Mouse King, to get top billing. I’m probably not starting a trend here, but at least this year the person dancing around the stage with that heavy mouse head gets a little credit for effort, right? For many years the David Taylor Dance Theater has performed this classic ballet at the Lakewood Cultural Center to rave reviews. Well, the name of the company has changed to the Dawson/Wallace Dance Project and is now headed up by Gregory Wallace. This is still one of the premiere dance companies in Colorado and continues to be known for it’s excellent productions. This year they will be presenting the Nutcracker on several dates. Here is the schedule of performances but the show times vary a bit so make sure to note that.

Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. with an additional performance on Monday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m.. Tickets for these shows are $38 for adults, $34 for students and seniors, $28 for kids 3-12 and $41.50 for box seats. The Lakewood Cultural Center is located at 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood. You can order tickets and find out more information about these and other shows by visiting their website at www.lakewood. org/culturalcenter. Hmmm … Maybe this year the Mouse King will win the battle! John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/ drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production.jaimaging@aol.com

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The 27th annual Fine Art Market and 6th annual ACES show features work done by local artists, provided to shoppers at all price points. The shows run from Dec. 12 through 22. Courtesy photos

Home is

where the Two shows offer handmade work for shoppers By Clarke Reader

creader@ourcoloradonews.com The holidays are a great time for arts and craft connoisseurs to find all kinds of gifts for loved ones and themselves, and two annual sales at the Arvada Center are here to help shoppers find just what they need from local artists. The 27th annual Fine Art Market show and sale and 6th annual Arvada Center Educational Studios (ACES) show and sale both kick-off on Dec. 12 and will be open to shoppers through Dec. 22. Both shows are at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., with the Fine Art Market in the main gallery and the ACES show in the upper gallery. Each show has a unique focus, with the Fine Art Market featuring affordable works in every medium, from jewelry to sculpture and paintings, and all the works are done by Colorado artists. The market is the only fundraiser the gallery has all year, and is primarily invitational, with a few new artists added every year. The market has become a family af-


WHAT: The 27th annual Fine Art Market show and sale and 6th annual Arvada Center Educational Studios (ACES) WHERE: Arvada Center 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada WHEN: Dec. 12-22 Fine Art Market and ACES - 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday Fine Art Market - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday ACES - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday COST: Free entrance INFORMATION: 720-898-7255 or www. arvadacenter.org fair for Louis Recchia, his wife Zoa Ace, who both have been participating in the market for more than 20 years. This year, they are welcoming their daughter Mary Recchia to the show. “I’m very happy and flattered to be accepted into the show,” Mary said in an interview. “The Fine Art Market includes work by my parents and many other fantastic artists so I’m really excited to be a part of it.” Both Louis and Zoe work with oil on canvas, watercolor, and collage.

Zoe’s imagery sometimes incorporates elements of pop culture and art history but, in general, she incorporates figures and animals into the work. “Because we’ve been together for so long, Louis’ work and my work often overlap in regards to subject matter,” Zoe wrote in an interview. “We seem to have the same taste and sense of humor.” Louis said that he has always tried to keep his work affordable because he gets the most joy from it when he knows his artwork is in so many people’s homes. The ACES sales was created as an offshoot of its annual spring sale, and offers ceramic works from instructors and higher-level students from the center’s classes. About 50 participants have contributed work to this year’s sale and the artists began preparing works months in advance for the show. “Some artists have been in the show for many years, and for some this will be a first time,” Bebe Alexander, the center’s ceramic coordinator said. “It’s a good learning experience and a chance to see how to set up a show.” Steve Bober has been participating in the ACES show for about five years now, and focuses on Raku pottery — which is a Japanese form — and uses


a variety of techniques to get unique looks and cracks. “I think pottery is the perfect metaphor and embodies all my philosophies,” he said. “Pottery is useful because it’s empty — that’s what gives it it’s purpose.” Both Alexander and Bober said that Raku is a really dramatic and exciting process, because the outcome of the glaze can’t be fully controlled, so it is a mix of art and luck together. The public is invited to attend the kick-off event for both shows, 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, and will give shoppers a chance to meet many of the artists and participate in a silent auction for items. For those interested in shopping during the week and weekend, both shows are open 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, and the Fine Art Market is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The ACES show is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The money raised from the Fine Art Market goes to the center’s galleries, and the money from the ACES show goes toward supporting the ACES program. For more information, call 720-8987255 or visit www.arvadacenter.org.

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Miners Alley hosts benefit performance Special presentation of holiday play to support Victims Outreach, Inc.

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awoodward@ourcoloradonews. com Victim Outreach, Inc. and Miners Alley Playhouse are teaming up this holiday season to remind us about the impact our presence in each others lives can have. The Miners Alley Playhouse will have a special night dedicated to Victim Outreach, Inc. or VOI for their holiday production of “It’s a Wonderful Life, The Radio Play” on Sunday, Dec. 8. Proceeds from ticket prices will go to VOI to help support its angelic staff and 20 volunteers who incessantly stand by victims of crime or trauma, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. “We really make a difference in people’s lives,” Vista Exline, executive director for VOI said. “If victim advocates didn’t exist it would be so much harder for a crime victim to recover.” A reception will be 6:30 p.m. before the official showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life” at 7:30 p.m. Barrels and Bottles will be providing champagne and appetizers during the reception. Last year, 4,132 victims received services from VOI in Jeffco with the exception of Lakewood. Some of the larger populations they served included adult victims of domestic violence, citizen assistance with suicide deaths and other non-crime related deaths, and child victims of domestic violence, according to VOI’s web site. “When I’m with victims, they are astonished that we are there for them for free, that we care genuinely about their well-being” Lorey Bratte, volunteer for VOI said. “This is our neighborhoods, this is our cities and county and all of us can contribute to it being a better place.” VOI continues to see an increase in the need for victim advocates with

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Sally Applewhite (Haley Johnson), Jake Laurents (Christian Mast), and Lana Sherwood (Samara Bridwell), left to right, take the characters that many know from Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” and add another twist to them. Photo courtesy of Sarah Roshan more victim referrals going to VOI as law enforcement agencies increase their awareness of victims’ rights, and the increased recognition of disaster preparedness training for natural disasters, school shootings and terrorism has also contributed to more requested services from VOI. Volunteers are the link to many services available to people impacted by violence or the sudden death of a loved one. Jay Hardesty, board member of VOI, said the organization picked the performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a testament to the lives that can be touched by one person. A ticket

purchase or a monetary donation to VOI can impact many people in need of services, Hardesty said. “You don’t fully appreciate the domino effect you carry and how that one act can touch so many lives,” he said. “People don’t want to deal with being alone, and we’re a voice that says you’re not alone, we won’t leave you,” Bratte said. “That deserves to be able to be continued and we need the support of others to be able to keep doing that.” Ticket prices are $50. To purchase a ticket or to make a donation call: 303202-2196.



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CONCERT Lakewood Chorale will perform its traditional concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Contact the Lakewood Cultural Center at 303-987-7845. Tickets for this concert may be purchased only through the Lakewood Cultural Center. Seating is reserved. THURSDAY/DEC. 5 READING PROGRAM The Jefferson County Public Library is offering a special event for parents, educators and librarians of deaf and hard of hearing children 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Parkway. The workshop will focus on the effective book sharing techniques outlined in “The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children,” which is based on book sharing strategies deaf adults use when reading to deaf and hard of hearing children. A knowledge of sign language is not necessary to attend. Food will be provided 5-5:30 p.m., and for children who accompany their parents, storytelling, storytime and activities will be offered. Registration is required; email Deborah.Dauenheimer@jeffcolibrary.org.

coordinated by Iris McIntosh who will answer questions at 303-934-3171.

FRIDAY/DEC. 6; RECURRING/THROUGH DEC. 29 ART MARKET The annual holiday art market is open Nov. 16 to Dec. 29. More than 100 Colorado artists offer ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, paintings, woodworking, photography, holiday items and more. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It’s closed on Mondays. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. Kids can have their photo taken 4-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, with Santa before he leads the Golden Candlelight Walk. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. The Foothills Art Center is at 809 Fifteenth St., Golden. Visit www.foothillsartcenter.org. FRIDAY/DEC. 6, JAN. 3, FEB. 7, MARCH 7 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST American Legion Post 161


hosts the Arvada Roundtable Breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The meeting is open to the public and allows attendees to hear what issues are being addressed by city, county, state and federal levels of government from the government representatives.

INFORMATION NIGHTS The Manning School, 13200 W.


32nd Ave., Golden, will have a parent information night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the school’s auditorium.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY/DEC. 5-6, DEC. 13-14 HOLIDAY HANDBELLS The Rocky Mountain Ringers perform with the Lakewood Symphony and Lakewood Mormon Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6465 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood. Visit www.lakewoodsymphony.org. The Ringers also perform with the Arvada Chorale at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 7755 Vance Drive, Arvada. Visit www.arvadachorale.org. THURSDAY TO SATURDAY/DEC. 5-7 CHRISTMAS CAROL Colorado One Acts Productions presents

two one-act shows, “A Christmas Carol” and “Be Careful What You Wish For” at 7 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at Colorado ACTS, 9460 W. 58th Ave., Arvada. Call 303-456-6772 or visit www.coloradoacts.org for tickets and information.

FRIDAY/DEC. 6 CRAFT FAIR The Jeffco Holiday Craft Fair is planned 9 a.m. to

5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the exhibit hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden. Parking is free. The Lucky Clover 4-H Club will be managing the food booth. The event is sponsored by the Jefferson County Fair, a nonprofit community service organization and

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Augustana Arts presents the

Colorado Choir Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver. Experience over 80 exceptional musically blended voices. Call 303-388-4962 or go online to www. augustanaarts.org.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/DEC. 6-8 HOLIDAY SHOW The Lakewood Cultural Center presents

Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers Dec. 6-8 at 470 S. Allison Parkway. Timothy P. and the Rocky Mountain Stocking Stuffers make their annual return at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Tickets on sale. Go to www.Lakewood.org/Tickets, call 303-987-7845 or visit the box office. 

FRIDAY/DEC. 6-29 THEATER SHOW The Edge Theatre Company presents

“Gifted,” by Carrie Printz and directed by Sarah Roshan, Dec. 6-29. Cultures and generations clash in this funny, poignant tale of a 21st century family. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. Call 303-232-0363 or go to www.theedgetheater.com. The Edge Theatre is at 1560 Teller St., Suite 200, Lakewood. Parking is free.

SATURDAY/DEC. 7 45TH REUNION The Arvada High School Class of 1968

Wellness Center. Call 303-422-1452 or visit www.rollingsandsharmony.com.

will celebrate its 45th reunion Dec. 7. Classmates that are interested and have not been contacted should contact the reunion committee at ArvadaRedskinClass68@yahoo.com or Judy Graves-Jessup at 303-903-1920.

SATURDAY/DEC. 7, DEC. 14, DEC. 21 KIDS SHOPPING Iddle Bits of This & That Art Gallery, 3969 W. 73rd Ave., offers kids’ shopping spree from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday in December. The gallery will furnish wrapping supplies and help kids wrap their purchase. All gifts are less than $10, and most are in the $3-$5 range. Free refreshments provided. Email iddlebits@aol.com or call 720-266-5047.

SATURDAY/DEC. 7 PANCAKE BREAKFAST Community Recreation Center presents a pancake breakfast and surfin’ with Santa at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. To go www.apexprd. org or call 303-425-9583 to register (by Dec. 4).



GARDENING PROGRAMS Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada, plans a number of seasonal events and classes. Visit www.echters.com for information. Upcoming are:

HOLIDAY TEA The Arvada West High School Foundation is

sponsoring a holiday tea 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the high school, 11595 Allendale Drive, Arvada. Seating is limited, and RSVP is required. The event will include catering, Nutcracker music, entertainment, a silent auction and art/crafts and jewelry. Silent auction winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. RSVP required no later than Dec. 2. Contact arvadawesthighschoolfoundation@hotmail.com or call 303-916-9244 for information on ticket cost.

DEC. 7-8: Wreath making, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. One of Echter’s most popular, hands-on classes is back. Create your own handcrafted wreath using fresh aromatic boughs. Bring pruners. The usual time to make a wreath is about 1 to 1-and-a-half hours, and classes are offered Reservations required; call 303-424-7979. Materials fee includes wreath form, boughs and wire.



SWING BAND Sentimental Sounds Swing Band will play

HOLIDAY CONCERT Kara Guggenmos, lyric soprano, and Brian Stinar, tenor, join the Jefferson Symphony for its holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 16th and Cheyenne Streets in Golden. Season and individual concert tickets may be purchased in advance at www.jeffsymphony.org, by calling 303-278-4237 or at the door before the concert.

4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the D Note. Take a break from the holiday stress and join us for a fun, relaxing evening of swing music and Christmas favorites for your listening or dancing pleasure. There is no cover charge, and everyone is welcome.

SATURDAY/DEC. 7 HIGH TEA Daughters of the Nile plans its holiday high tea at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the El Jebel Temple, 4625 W. 50th Ave., Denver. Cost includes a bazaar and entertainment. Reservation deadline is Friday, Nov. 29. Call April Huskins at 303-886-6854 about costs, and mail checks payable to El Mejdel Temple No. 47 to Kathrine Shaeffer 9255 W. 52nd Ave., Arvada, CO 80002.

SUNDAY/DEC. 8, DEC. 15, DEC. 22, DEC. 29 CHOIR SERVICE Concordia Lutheran Choir invites you to come and hear beautiful music at Concordia’s worship service on Sunday mornings during December. Some of the most endearing pieces of the upcoming season will be shared. Songs for December include: Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav’nly Light (Bach), Lovely Child, Holy Child, (Johnson), Before the Marvel of This Night (Schalk), and Do You Hear What I Hear (Regeny/ Shayne), to mention a few. Concordia’s traditional worship service begins at 8:15 a.m. The location is 13371 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood (the church nestled close to Green Mountain).  

SATURDAY/DEC. 7 HOLIDAY HEALING Rolling Sands Harmony presents a day of Holiday Healing from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7508 Grandview Ave. in historic Olde Town Arvada. You will meet and greet local wellness professionals specializing in everything from pain management to crystal healing, get educated on fitness equipment/holistic products sold in store, win prizes, shop holiday gifts with special event discounts and help raise money for HOPE for Young Adults with Cancer. Vendors and local businesses participating include Hallie Jane Jewelry, Sequana Essential Oil, Global Goods and Coffee Shop, Eli Ashby Arts Center, Pilated Movement for Life, Asana Studio, Mala’s by Brandy, Evolution Salt, Olde Town Acupuncture and

SUNDAY/DEC. 8, FEB. 16 CONCERT SEASON The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert featuring traditional Respighi holiday music is at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. A tribute to Haydn concert is Sunday, Feb. 16. The Your Week continues on Page 15

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international young artist competition winner will perform Sunday, March 23. A concert to celebrate spring is Sunday, May 4. All concerts are at 3 p.m. at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines Campus, 16th and Cheyenne streets in Golden. Tickets can be purchased at www.jeffsymphony.org, calling 303-278-4237, visiting the Jefferson Symphony office at 1204 Washington St., Golden, or at the door before the concert.

TUESDAY/DEC. 10 CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Denver West Women’s Connection

presents A Glamorous Christmas Luncheon, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Concordia Lutheran Church, 13371 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood. For information on cost, and for reservations, call 303-985-2458. Wear your favorite fancy holiday duds for our in-house fashion show.


of Civil Engineers assesses the conditions and needs of the country’s infrastructure, including water and environment, transportation, public facilities (including schools), and energy. The assessment takes into account public safety, environmental protection, and a sustainable future. The nation’s cumulative grade rose to D+ in 2013, while Colorado received a C+. The Jeffco League of Women Voters will examine ASCE’s report regarding where the nation and Colorado stand on those particular parameters most applicable to Jefferson County. The league will discuss where Jeffco may want to take action to help guarantee safe, economically and environmentally sustainable future infrastructure conditions. The meeting is 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Highland Rescue Team Ambulance Service, 317 S. Lookout Mountain Road, Golden. The public is welcome. Call Ellen at 303-526-7446 for information. Visit www.lwvjeffco.org.

TUESDAY/DEC. 10 CHRISTIANS’ REPUTATION The reputation of Christians

will be explored at Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 5675 Field St., Arvada. The program, titled “What People Really Think of Christians ... and Why” features a filmed interview with Gabe Lyons, author of the bestselling book “UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters.” Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@peacelutheran.net.

WEDNESDAY/DEC. 11 GENEALOGY PROGRAM The Foothills Genealogical Society




will meet Wednesday, Dec 11, at Applewood Valley Methodist Church, 2034 Ellis St., Golden. Roundtable discussion is at noon; bring lunch to enjoy during discussion, “Come Find it at the Library,” which starts at 1 p.m. Presented by James K. Jeffrey. Email foothillsgensoc@yahoo.com or call 303-935-9192.

Sunday, Dec. 15, at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St., Denver; and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver. Go to StMartinsChamberChoir.org or call 303-298-1970.


BIG TALK Join seasoned business and transformational Coach Roz to participate in an informative and energetic group discussion regarding your unique business challenges. The Big Talk for Young, Entrepreneurial Mothers discussion is from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Arvada. Exact address will be provided upon RSVP at 303-953-2344.

CHOIR MEETING Concordia Lutheran Choir meets at 7 p.m.

Wednesdays at 13371 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood. You are welcome to join.

THURSDAY/DEC. 12 VOLUNTEER ROUND-UP The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo needs 150-200 volunteers in guest relations, children’s programs, horse and livestock shows, and the trade show. The 108th stock show is Jan. 11-26. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities and to set up an interview for a volunteer spot, attend the National Western volunteer round-up 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. For information and to fill out a volunteer application, go to http://www.nationalwestern.com/volunteer/ or contact Kellie at 303-299-5562. THURSDAY/DEC. 12 PAINTING TECHNIQUES Complete a picture in five hours

with the Bob Ross painting technique, offered noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Register by Dec. 9 by calling 303425-9583, or online at www.apexprd.org. A materials fee is due at class, and all supplies are provided.

THURSDAY/DEC. 12, JAN. 9, FEB. 13, MARCH 13 MEMBERSHIP MEETING American Legion Post 161 has monthly membership meetings at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The group gets veterans to help veterans. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY/DEC. 12-13 HOLIDAY CONCERT Golden High School’s music depart-

ment presents its holiday concert, which includes the band, orchestra and choir, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13 in the Golden High School auditorium. Credit card, cash and checks are accepted. Contact Angela Becker at abecker@ jeffco.k12.co.us.


COMING SOON/DEC. 14-15 CONCERTS THE Columbine Chorale presents “O Magnum Mysterium” featuring four settings of the text by Palestrina, Poulenc, Lauridsen and Ivo Antognini. Also featured will be Christmas carols and music by Healey Willan, Gustav Holst, Kevin Memley, Dan Forrest and David Heck. Concerts will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 1390 Brentwood St., Lakewood; or at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant St. Contact Margaret Stookesberry at mjstookes@columbinechorale.org.

MAY 2: The Parish Choir of St. Paul’s will entertain all comers with their excellent Variety Show. Every Sunday the choir leads us in worship. Come to see and hear their hidden talents. JUNE 1: The concert series wraps up with the world premier of “When God Lets My Body Be,” commissioned by Confluence from composer Jan Krzywicki. Mr. Krzywicki and his wife, collaborative pianist Susan Nowicki, travel from Philadelphia, to join the choir in presenting the featured piece and many others of Mr. Krzywicki’s compositions. COMING SOON/DEC. 19 CONCERT THE Golden High School rock band and drum line will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Golden High School auditorium. Tickets available at the door. Cash and checks are accepted. Contact Katharine Parker at khparker@ jeffco.k12.co.us or 303-982-4187.


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CONCORDIA LUTHERAN Church Choir is starting its fall choir program and is looking to add new voices. The choir is a great cross section of the community and welcomes newcomers who have a desire to praise God with their voice. This year Concordia Lutheran will be directed by Dr. Frank Eychaner of Colorado Christian University. The choir meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The choir assists in Concordia’s traditional worship service three out of four Sundays per month.  The church is at 13371 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood (the church nestled close to Green Mountain). If you have a desire to sing and are interested in joining, please contact Joan at joan@ concordialcms.org or 303-989-5260.

gift? Visit the Craft Carousel Gift Shop 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, and see a variety of handmade items from more than 100 consignors, including scarves, jewelry, purses, aprons, quilts, baby gifts, holiday decorations, hats, mittens and much more. There will be special holiday shopping hours 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

COMING SOON/DEC. 15 AARP NIGHT Join AARP at a Denver Nuggets game on Dec. 15, and bring in a children’s book suitable for ages kindergarten to third grade to donate to Serve Colorado. Stop by the AARP booth and learn about issues impacting those 50 and older. Discounted tickets are available on a first-come, firstserved basis. Go to www.nuggetstix.com/AARP1215. COMING SOON/DEC. 15, MARCH 2, MAY 2, JUNE 1

ARVADA RUNNING Club is offering $1,200 in college track or cross-country scholarships to one or two graduating high school girls for the 2013-14 school year. Eligible students must live in Arvada and/or attend an Arvada-area high school and plan to participate in a formal track or cross-country program during their freshman year in college. This is the third year in a row the club has offered scholarship funds. Applications are available on Arvada high school Naviance websites. For more information, contact arvadarunningclub@gmail.com or ltkrapes@msn.com.


CONCERT SERIES St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Confluence a cappella choir presents its 2013-14 season of concerts. Concerts are 3 p.m. and take place at the church, 9200 W. 10th, Lakewood. Call 303-279-2932 or visit www.confluencechoir. org for tickets and more information. Schedule includes:

ORCHESTRA CONCERT St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado present “A Salzburg Christmas: Echoes of Christmas Past” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road; at 3 p.m.

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New challengers in Jeffco boys hoops New blood could be etched onto 5A and 4A championship trophies this season By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com GOLDEN - It is starting to look like there could be new league champions in boy 5A and 4A Jeffco boy’s hoops this season. Last season Chatfield was a perfect 16-0 winning a 5A Jeffco league crown, with Columbine finishing second. Ralston Valley and Lakewood both trailed Chatfield and Columbine in the record book but both also have the goods this season to switch places with those teams in the standings. The Mustangs might be the only team who can hang with Chatfield offensively and defensively, as they like to get out in the open floor and get to the basket. In addition, Ralston Valley was the best defensive team in 5A Jeffco statistically. Lakewood is also a solid team offensively but it was its defense last season that kept them from being an elite team. The Tigers gave up the second most points in 5A Jeffco last season but have focused to improve in that area this season. Also in 5A Jeffco keep an eye out on Bear Creek who was much better than its record indicated. Arvada West also might be ready to go from middle of the pack, to pack leaders this season. In addition, the Bears have senior DJ Miles returning — one of the best scorers in the league. In 4A Jeffco it might be a little harder dethroning D’Evelyn. Despite the loss of the state’s best scorer Luke Stratman, the Jaguars still have the most firepower in their league. Grant Witherspoon and Ty McGee are planning on producing the league most

The shooting of players like Dylan Vela will help decide the fortunes of teams trying to step forward like Arvada West. Photo by Daniel Williams potent offense force, but if they will remain as one of the state’s best teams is still up in the air. Breathing down their neck will be Golden and Green Mountain —two teams that were good last season but think they can be great this season.

The Demons have what longtime coach John Anderson called his biggest and most physical team in years. If that size can translate into more wins will play out. Wheat Ridge is a team that could perhaps make the biggest jump in the league standings. After a disastrous start last sea-

son the Farmers got it together in the second half and became a formidable team. Coach Tom Dowd hopes that this team learned from early struggles last season and can carry the momentum from the second half of their season into this season.

D’Evelyn rules 4A but 5A Jeffco wide open Jag could be all-time good; Lady Tigers could make leap By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com GOLDEN - While 5A Jeffco is wide open 4A Jeffco girl’s basketball looks to be all but sewn up this season. Not only was D’Evelyn the best team in 4A Jeffco last season it also almost proved to be the best team in the state going all the way to the state championship game before falling to Pueblo South. But anyone thinking they might not be as good as last season is dead wrong. Not only did the Jaguars lose only a single player to graduation, but all of their returning players have been working on their game since that loss in the state title game. “We hope we can get back to that point again this season,” Chris Olsen said. “We have our entire team back, and we worked very hard to maintain our high level of play.” D’Evelyn rolled through 4A Jeffco with a perfect 16-0 record last season. But while the Jaguars are sure to be a great team this season they will be pushed by a couple different teams. Both Golden and Wheat Ridge will be improved units, and the Demons might actually have the goods to steal one from

D’Evelyn. Behind senior Haley Blodgett, who might be the most talented forward/center in all of Jeffco, Golden is a true threat to push the Jaguars and perhaps even make a deep playoff run. The Demons will be lead by 26-year-old first year head coach Shea Scarlett, who just might be the perfect man to take these ladies to the next level. “For first year coach I am very lucky to be taking a over such a talented team. We are hoping to finish at the top of our league,” Scarlett said. Keep your eye out for Green Mountain who has last season’s surprise team in 4A Jeffco. And Wheat Ridge is also expected to make a big improvement this season. However, in 5A Jeffco, whoever will win the league title is a complete mystery. Ralston Valley ruled 5A Jeffco with a perfect 16-0 league record last season but they also lost five seniors and their three leading scorers. While the Mustangs are expected to still compete for a league title they will be pushed this season by Lakewood, who returns very talented senior Jessica Brooks. The Tigers finished second in 5A Jeffco behind Ralston Valley last season but they could now be the team to beat. Keep your eye on Bear Creek who not only lost a lot of close games last season they think they can win this season, but

It is the sharpshooting of D’Evelyn that helped get them all the way to last year’s state title game. Photo by Daniel Williams

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dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com Alameda: The Alameda Pirates were two different teams last season. They started the season as a winning team and were 5-4 at one point. However, they lost all of their last nine games of the season finishing 7-16 (3-11 in 4A Jeffco). In addition, they were 5-5 at home, yet lost all 11 of their road games. This season the Pirates hope to be closers and not just fast starters. Helping Alameda’s cause will be a pair of returning players in Nyang Reat and Morwial Arou. The pair of seniors both averaged at least 13 points per game last season. Alameda could make a big jump in the standings this season. Arvada: The Arvada Bulldogs struggled last season finishing at the bottom of 4A Jeffco. However, nine of those players who suffered through last season return and are now battle-tested. Senior Elijah Turner and junior Malik Gales are two returning players who were role-players on last year’s team who are now looking to set up and become team leaders. The Bulldogs finished 4-19 (2-12 in 4A Jeffco) but many of those losses were games that came down to the last couple possessions. Look for Arvada to be much improved. Bear Creek: Last season the Bear Creek Bears finished near the bottom of a very talented 5A Jeffco. They were simply overmatched by many of their Jeffco opposition, but they were also the youngest team in the league with just two seniors on their roster. This season Bear Creek is much more seasoned and in addition they return their best player in senior DJ Miles. Miles averaged nearly 18 points per games last season and not only is he the Bears’ best player, he is one of 5A Jeffco’s most talented hoopsters. Look for Miles and fellow senior Robert Mendez look to make some noise in Jeffco this season. D’Evelyn: Last season the D’Evelyn Jaguars made a run to the Great 8 of the state tournament and were one of the best teams in the state led by one of the best players in the state in Luke Stratman. Stratman and his near 30 points per game he delivered are gone but D’Evelyn is hoping to not skip a beat behind a new team approach. Moreover, the Jaguars still have some studs in senior Ty McGee who will be one of the most physical players in all of 4A Jeffco. Also, D’Evelyn has one of the best juniors in the state on its roster in Grant Witherspoon, who averaged over 15 points per game last season. The Jaguars may not finish 24-2 (and 14-0 as 4A Jeffco champs) again this season but they are still favorites to defend their league title. Faith Christian: Faith Christian Eagles hoops doesn’t rebuild they simply reload. And after a fifth place finish in last year’s state tournament they are hoping to hoist a state championship trophy this season. Returning this season is the Eagles’ leading scorer junior Spencer Bazz. Bazz averaged over 12 points and four rebounds per game last season, and

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Longtime Golden coach John Anderson calls his team the biggest group in years. But will that mean big wins? Photo by Daniel Williams this season those numbers could increase significantly. Bazz and senior David Hawkins look to lead Faith Christian back to the top of 3A/2A Metropolitan league standings — and perhaps further. The Eagles finished last season 1611 (5-3 in league play) good for third in their league behind Kent Denver and Holy Family. Golden: The Golden Demons are large and maybe because of that size they will be in charge this season. Armed with one of their biggest teams in years, Golden looks to improve on last season’s third place finish in 4A Jeffco. The Demons lost quite a bit of senior leadership from last year, but think they can overcome those losses with the continued emergence of such players as senior Rory MacCallum and sophomore Ryan Blodgett. Golden won eight of nine games down the stretch last season as well as a playoff game against Steamboat Springs. But it is yet to be seen if they can improve off last season’s 16-9 (104 in 4A Jeffco) finish. Green Mountain: The Green Mountain Rams were the definition of an average team last season. At times they looked great, winning four of their first five games. But also at times they struggled, losing four of five games down the stretch. But at the end of the season they finished 12-12 (7-7 in 4A Jeffco) and right in the middle of their league standings. Despite graduation losses to several of their top players the Rams believe they have the goods to cause some havoc in league this season. Senior Mitch Schafer returns and will have an expanded offensive role. And fellow senior Daniel Brughelli could be an impact player this season. Jefferson: Last season the Jefferson Saints got off to a fast start (winning four of their first five) and turned that momentum into a successful season. They finished in the top half of a very crowded 3A Frontier league 15-9 overall (7-5 in league). This season the Saints expect to be even better as they return both of their top scorers. Dontae Deloache and Ozni Manarrez will pair up as senior leaders for Jefferson team that has aspirations on winning a league title. Lakewood: The Lakewood Tigers were a pretty good team last season that got lost in the mix of a crowded

5A Jeffco. They finished fourth in the standings, 14-11 overall (10-6 in 5A Jeffco). While they lost their leading scorer, they return five now-seniors who all gained valuable playing time last season. Evan O’dorisio returns as one of the team’s go-to guys and senior Diego Jimenez could emerge as a senior leader. Honestly, it’s a bit of a mystery how good the Tigers could be this season but they will also lean on their coach Daryl Johnson, who is recognized as one of the best coaches in the league. Pomona: With only a single win last season it will be hard for the Pomona Panthers to not be gigantically improved this season. The Panthers finished at the bottom of 5A Jeffco with a 1-22 (0-16 in league) record, but were competitive in many games. In addition, last season coaches played a lot of different players hoping to groom some underclassmen for a better season this year. One player who could be a breakout stud in Jeffco this season is junior Josh Himes. Himes and senior Justo Camara will be looked upon to help get Pomona out of the basement. Ralston Valley: The Ralston Valley Mustangs will definitely look different than they did last season. The Mustangs lost their two leading scorers but luckily they have 10 returning players with varsity experience. Those two players made up over half of the teams overall scoring. This season the scoring will be done more collectively. But Ralston Valley will still look to lean on players like senior Zac Stevens and junior Andrew Wingard. The Mustangs finished 16-9 (11-5 in 5A Jeffco) last season. Wheat Ridge: The Farmers were hard to figure out last season. They opened the season with seven straight losses and looked like they were on pace for a disastrous season. However, once 4A league play opened up the Farmers turned into a different team and started beating everybody, winning six of seven games at one point. Wheat Ridge had a realization that it could compete with everyone in the league — including the top teams. This season they hope to become one of those top teams after last year’s 9-16 (7-7 league) campaign.

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Girls basketball previews By Daniel Williams

dwilliams@ourcoloradonews.com Alameda: The Pirates were a struggling program last season finishing near the bottom of 4A Jeffco. The Pirates could not keep up with teams that had high-powered offenses but could play with teams that were more defensive-minded. But Alameda hopes to improve dramatically offensively this season behind sophomore Preshus Nash. As a freshman last season Nash led the team in scoring and steals, and was third in rebounds. Nash could now emerge as one of best young players in the league, but she will also need help if Alameda wants to climb up in the win column. Nash and fellow sophomore Holly Dock will hope to improve on last season’s 2-21 record (1-13 in league). Arvada: After a fast start that had them 5-3 early on last season the Arvada Bulldogs struggled once they got into league play. Arvada won only a single game from that point on finishing 6-16 (1-13 in 4A Jeffco). The Bulldogs were okay offensively but struggled defensively. However, this season looks to play out differently as Arvada returns both of its top scorers. Senior Kelly Lehnerz returns along with her nearly 14 points per game average last season. Lehnerz and junior Nicole Garcia could be an underrated impact duo. Bear Creek: The Bear Creek Bears could make the biggest jump in 5A Jeffco this season. Last season the Bears finished in the bottom half of their league standings with a 10-14 record (6-10 league). In nine of those losses Bear Creek was in position to win games but couldn’t close the deal.

Arvada West coach Joe Bahl thinks practicing against boys will help take the girl’s varsity team to the next level. Photo by Daniel Williams But this season after a little more seasoning the Bears might be ready to break out behind two returning talents. Junior Edina Krusko and senior Amber Gray were the team’s two top scorers and both worked extremely hard in the offseason to improve on those numbers — which should lead to closing out games better this season. D’Evelyn: Last season the D’Evelyn Jaguars ran all the way to the 4A state championship game but fell to Pueblo South. The Jaguars were a good enough team to win the title, Pueblo South was just better that day. However, D’Evelyn hopes to use that

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loss as motivation to win it all this season, and they have the goods to do it as they graduated only one player. And while that player was a true leader, this version of the Jaguars could be even better. D’Evelyn returns three different players who averaged double figures last season, along with basically the entire team. As crazy as it sounds the Jaguars could actually improve on last year’s 26-2 record (perfect 14-0 in league). D’Evelyn could very well have one of the best teams not only in Jeffco but in Jeffco history this season. Faith Christian: The Eagles struggled and finished near the bottom of 3A/2A Metropolitan league last season. The Eagles finished 7-14 overall (2-7 in league) but they were also one of the youngest teams in their league, losing only two seniors. In addition, they lost nine of those games by single digits and looked close to being a pretty good team. This season Faith Christian has designs on finishing near the top of its league standings behind returning senior Cassaundra Rindels. Rindels was the team’s leading scorer and go-to gal last season, and this season she and junior Carson Cambier could help the Eagles back to the top of the league standings. Golden: If there is one team in 4A Jeffco that might have a shot to hang with D’Evelyn this season it is the Golden Demons. Golden lost only a single player to graduation and returns its two top scorers. One of those players is senior Haley Blodgett, who not only lead the team with over 13 points and nearly 12 rebounds per game last season, but is certainly the greatest physical force in all of Jeffco (both 4A and 5A). Look for a big improvement over last season’s fourth place 12-12 finish (9-5 league). Blodgett and fellow senior Jessica King will most certainly lead the Demons near the top of league — but topping D’Evelyn will be a mighty challenge. Green Mountain: The Green Mountain Rams were a very pleasant surprise last season. The Rams finished second in 4A Jeffco with a 14-10 record (9-5 league) and got red-hot during one stretch of the season, winning 11 of 14 games. And this season Green Mountain has returning stud Kelli Van Tassel who is already looked at as one of the best players in the league. Van Tassel and her seven returning teammates will most definitely make some noise in 4A Jeffco this season and perhaps even in the playoffs. The only problem for the Rams this season is that they are in the same league as D’Evelyn and Golden. Jefferson: The Jefferson Saints struggled on both ends of the floor last season finishing near the bottom of the 3A Frontier league. After a good start to its season Jefferson

struggled to keep up with teams offensively finishing 3-17 overall (1-10 in league). But this season the Saints expect a significant improvement. Jefferson graduated just two seniors and have several of its key players returning including junior Carina Wilson and senior Essence Sanders Johnson. Looks for the Saints to march out of the basement and towards the top of league. Lakewood: The Lakewood Tigers fell just shy of a league title last season but they might have just needed one more year. The Tigers finished second in a crowded 5A Jeffco behind champs Ralston Valley with a 21-5 (14-2 league) record. Their only two league losses came to the Mustangs, both close games, but Lakewood thinks they can get over the hump this season. Senior Jessica Brooks returns as the team’s leader and leading scorer but she also has help. Brooks and sophomore MaKenzie Forrest both return and will provide the Tigers with a new look. But if they can overcome Ralston Valley is unknown. Pomona: The Pomona Panthers finished at the bottom of 5A Jeffco last season but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Pomona had better overall records (9-15 overall, 4-12 in 5A Jeffco) than three other teams in its league and just two fewer losses than the third place team on Jeffco. But the Panthers didn’t win enough within its league. But that was last season. This season Pomona has senior Dominique Riley returning as well as junior Alexa Zarlengo. The pair hopes to provide enough punch to get the Panthers out of the basement of 5A Jeffco Ralston Valley: The Ralston Valley Mustangs finished last season as 5A Jeffco champs, a perfect 16-0 in league play. In addition, after a 23-3 season that included a pair of playoff victories, the Mustangs have set the bar in their league. If they can maintain that standard is yet to be determined. Ralston Valley lost both of its leading scorers but they have senior Sierra Galbreath returning. Galbreath and fellow senior Amanda Lefholz look to keep the league title in their possession, but they will be pushed by several teams this season. Wheat Ridge: The Farmers struggled in a very talented 4A Jeffco last season. This season they hope to become one of those very talented teams. Last season the Farmers finished in the bottom half of their league going 4-18 (4-14 in league). Wheat Ridge won only one of the first 13 games but improved in the second half of the season. But the Farmers lost only two players and have a dozen with varsity experience coming back. Junior Tasha Taylor and senior Erika Land will provide Wheat Ridge with a much-needed offensive one-two-punch. If the duo can get support from the rest of the cast, Wheat Ridge could be much improved.

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Witt acknowledged that he would like to see a pay-for performance model for teachers, he insisted the board wouldn’t take things as far as has the Douglas County school district, which has gone to a market-based pay program for staffers. “I have every intention of raising salaries and being the (state’s) go-to district because of work conditions and salaries,” Witt said. “I have no intention of doing the Douglas County salary bans being passed and no intention of being Douglas County. Douglas County has also stifled the role of teacher unions, having put an end to collective bargaining. “We look forward to working collaboratively with the associations that represent our employees and we plan to work with the collective bargaining agreements and look forward to renegotiating them as they come do,” Witt said. Don Cameron, a teacher at Lakewood High School, expressed relief after hearing Witt’s comments. “I’m glad to hear there is no attempt to rip apart the relationship with the union or

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wouldn’t expect.” Those things include Celtic guitar music at Meyers Hardware, and Breakfast with Santa at the Buffalo Rose. Contributing writers like Krista Braton of the Golden Chamber reflect on the city’s Candlelight Walk that brings hundreds of people to Washington Ave. for the annual lighted walk through downtown. “What is remarkable about an Olde Golden Christmas is the easy access to a really extraordinary solitude—a chance to remember what is beautiful and serene about life, and to feel, without all the pre-packaged prodding ... actual holiday

attempt to negotiate in bad faith, because only a poor outcome can result,” he said. “Let’s not go there.” The new board members also talked about some of their goals, with each one of them giving priority to lowering student fees. Newkirk said he would like to see more compensation for teachers. “I want to be sure that we are paying our best teachers very well so that we can retain them,” Newkirk said. The new board also said they want more community involvement, with Witt saying he wants to see board meetings move around the county, rather than being housed out of district headquarters in Golden. The next board meeting will be held at Lakewood High School on Dec. 12. The three new board members also ran on a platform of greater student choice. And their supporters said they intend for the new office holders to live up to those promises. Sheila Atwell of Jeffco Students First, which raised money in support of the three conservatives’ candidacies, said she wants to see the board expand students’ choices for schools, including more charter opportunities. “We will hold this board accountable, like the last board,” Atwell said.

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OngOing Activities, OngOing /Business grOups MOndAys Flipping hOuses A real estate-investing education group meets 7-9 p.m. every third Monday at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. The group will cover all the information needed to successfully fix and flip or buy rentals with positive cash flow.

Open Mic Living Water Unity Spiritual Community presents open mic night – celebrate your teen self 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. This program gives teens the opportunity to express their performing art including voice and instrument, acting, poetry, stand-up comedy, mime, etc. Open to all students in sixth to 12th grades. Email bellbottoms809@gmail.com. repuBlicAns Men meeting The Jefferson County Republican Men’s Club meets 7-9 a.m. Mondays at the Howard Johnson Denver West, 12100 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Call Fred Holden at 303-421-7619 for more information. All are welcome, not just Republican men from Jefferson County. tuesdAys FederAl eMplOyees The Lakewood Chapter of Retired and Active Federal Employees meets each second Tuesday at the Episcopal Church, 10th and Garrison. Call Ann Ornelas at 303-517-8558 with questions. WednesdAys

cheer,” writes Braton. While it is true that Christmas in Golden is a shared experience with many participants who add their own tradition and city workers who spend a lot of time prepping, the backbone of the festivities is Carol Ann Bowles. “She’s the one who makes all of this happen,” Warden said. “I’m happy to make this a tribute to her work.” “Olde Golden Christmas” will be released Dec. 5 with an author book signing on Dec. 7 at Baby Doe’s at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1116 Washington Ave. Part of the proceeds from the book will go to the Golden Chamber to help support Olde Golden Christmas. Copies will be available on Dec. 5 online at www.oldegoldenchristmas.com and at the Golden History Museums, and the Colorado Railroad Museum.

ArvAdA Biz Connection http://www.meetup.com/ArvadaBusiness-Connection/ is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at various restaurants in Olde Town Arvada. A $5 fee is collected from each attendee, which is then donated to a local charity at the end of each quarter. The 4th Quarter Charity is the Dan Peak Foundation who assists families in need. For information, call Micki Carwin at 303-997-9098. entrepreneurs cluB The Lakewood Chapter Lutheran Entrepreneurs meets 8-9 a.m. on third Wednesdays at the Bethlehem Chapel Coffee House, located in the medical office building just south of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. The chapter coordinator is Denise Rolfsmeier. For more information, call 720-379-5889 or email cpa@rolfsmeier.com. Music teAchers Association Suburban Northwest meets 9:30 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday of the month at Community in Christ Church, 12229 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Meetings are open to the public and include refreshments, business meeting and program featuring music teaching profession-

als from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments.

WOMen netWOrking Women’s Business Group Wednesday morning networking group in Arvada has openings for women who can commit to a weekly morning meeting. Limited to one business per category. Call for available openings, 303-438-6783, or go online to info@OurConnection.org. prOFessiOnAl WOMen NW Metro Business and Professional Women meets the first Wednesday of each month from September to May. Our mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. Call Marcia at 303-827-3283 to RSVP. thursdAys Business spirituAlity Business Honoring Spirituality meets 7-9 a.m. every Thursday at the Community Center of Mile Hi Church, 9079 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. Meetings include networking, a brief meditation by a licensed practitioner, guest speaker and breakfast. For additional information, visit www.bhsmilehi.org or call Patty Whitelock at 303-274-0933. cOMMunity cOFFee Join Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp on the fourth Thursday of each month to talk about issues that are important to you. Community Coffee will be 7-8 a.m. at La Dolce Vita, Ice Cream Room, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 10450 Town Center Drive, Westminster. investOrs’ Meetings The Rocky Mountain Inventors Association meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month (excluding November and December) at Vesta Technology, 13050 W. 43rd Drive, Suite 300, Golden. Presentations in marketing, manufacturing, engineering, finance, business and legal, followed by networking. Go online to www.rminventor. org for details. sAturdAys cOlOrAdO citizens for Peace meets 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday at the intersections of West 52nd and Wadsworth Boulevard to try to bring an end to the wars. Signs will be furnished for those who do not have them. Contact Cindy Lowry at 303-431-1228 or waylonthecat.lowry@yahoo.com. cOnsciOus creAtiOn Explore holistic health resources at the Conscious Creation Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St. in Lakewood. Learn from holistic-health practitioners and get information about products, services and alternative/ complementary therapies through learning-lab presentations. Admission fee applies; for more information, contact Cheryl Roach at 303-885-8584 or go online to www.consciouscreationfair.com.

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Semi retired but still ready to work for you! 34 years own business. Prefer any small jobs. Rossi's: 303-233-9581


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720.227.1409 Cleaning

HOUSECLEANING 25 years exp., refs. Reasonable rates. Weekly, Bi-Monthly, 1 time Holiday cleaning available Douglas & Elbert Kathy, (719)347-0832 Serving the Castle Rock, Parker and Elbert County areas


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Call Ed 720-328-5039 All phases to include

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December 5, 2013 Remodeling Rocky Mountain Contractors

Home Remodeling Specialists, Inc. * Bath * Kitch Remodels * Bsmt Finishes * Vinyl Windows * Patio Covers * Decks 30+ yrs. exp. George (303)252-8874

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Licensed and Insured

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A Herman’s ROOFING New Roof • Re-Roof • Repairs Residential • Commercial




Bob’s Painting, Repairs & Home Improvements 30 yrs experience Free estimates 303-450-1172

Family owned for over 46 Years! Call today for free estimate.

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Now offering

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Window Services

Tree Service JAY WHITE Tree Service Serving with pride since 1975 Tree & shrub trimming & removals Licensed and Insured Firewood For Sale Call Jay (303)278-7119

Majestic Tree Service

Old Pro Window Cleaning Residential Specialist Over 30 years experience Quality Work

Bob Bonnet 720-530-7580


27 years experience Local references

Tree & Shrub Trimming, Tree Removal Stump Grinding Free Estimates Licensed and Insured

We clean mirrors also!

Eagle Roofing Inc.


For all your plumbing needs

A Tree Stump Removal Company

We offer tree removal, brush, mulch and root chasing in addition to stump removal. We also have firewood available! Call today for your Free Estimate. Credit cards accepted

(303) 293-3131

720- 298-3496

We will match any written estimate! Same day service! No job too small or too big!


Shingles, Flat Roofs, Roof Leak Repairs. 35 years of experience. Free estimates. Butch Metzler (303)422-8826


15% OFF FALL SAVINGS FREE INSTANT QUOTE Repair or Replace: Faucets, Toilets, Sinks, Disposals, Water Heaters, Gas Lines, Broken Pipes, Spigots/Hosebibs, Water Pressure Regulator, Ice Maker, Drain Cleaning, Dishwasher Instl., Vanity Instl., Etc. CALL WEST TECH (720)298-0880

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Bathroom/kitchen remodeling, repair work, plumbing leaks, water damage. No job too small Window replacement. Serving Jeffco since 1970 (303)237-3231

Address: 61 N. 8th Ave. Brighton, CO 80601 Phone: 720-202-6072 email: rvelazquezb@yahoo.com Se Habla Espanol

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