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Sentinel Northglenn 11-14-2013

Northglenn -Thornton

November 14, 2013

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A Colorado Community Media Publication,

Adams County, Colorado • Volume 50, Issue 14

North Metro FasTracks looks promising RTD expected to vote on contract to build line to 124th Avenue By Tammy Kranz

Terry Kish, with the City of Thornton Election Commission, accepts a ballot from an Adams County resident at City Hall. Photo by Pam Wagner

Election results recap for candidates, questions Unofficial final results posted after newspaper’s presstime By Tammy Kranz

tkranz@ourcommunitynews.comc The Adams County Clerk’s office did not release unofficial final results until 5:01 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, several hours past the Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel’s press time. According to the county’s website,, the clerk’s office received nearly 21,000 ballots on Election Day and halted counting after posting preliminary results at 1:37 a.m. Wednes-

day, Nov. 6. Counters did not resume counting until 9 a.m. that Wednesday. Despite having 8,000 ballots left to be counted and two close races, one in Mapleton and another in Northglenn, the unofficial final results did not change the outcome reported in the paper’s Nov. 7 issue. However, the following is a recap of the unofficial final results of board, council and ballot issues. The results will remain unofficial until a canvass certification on Nov. 1920.

Thornton’s ballot questions

the .25 percent city sales and use tax for 20 years. The Parks and Open Space Tax funding go toward purchasing and improving parks, open space and trails. The issue passed with 69.23 percent, or 15,267 votes. The no votes tallied at 6,786 votes, or 30.77 percent. Voters shot down an attempt to extend the City Council term limits from two consecutive terms to three. Unofficial final results show that Issue 2C failed with 66.12 percent, or 14,544 votes against the measure. The votes in favor for the item stood at 7,454 votes,

Voters showed an overwhelming support for Issue 2B, which extends

Election continues on Page 8

After years of uncertainty about the build out of the North Metro Rail FasTracks line, the Regional Transportation District Board of Directors is expected to make a move Nov. 26 that will solidify plans. “RTD staff recommended to the RTD Board of Directors Graham, Balfour Beatty, Hamon Constructors (GBBH) to design and build the North Metro Rail Line to 124th Avenue,” said Lindsey Smith, public information specialist for RTD FasTracks. RTD solicited proposals to build out the line after receiving an unsolicited proposal in December. There will be a special FasTracks committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the RTD Administration Offices, 1600 Blake St. in Denver, at which time the public is welcomed to provide comment, Smith said. The board is expected to vote on the contract at its meeting on Nov. 26. The NorthglennThornton Sentinel will report details of the contract and construction plans as those become available. Funding is already in place for the first part of the North Metro Line, between Denver Union Station and the National Western Stock Show. The construction of that segment is expected to be completed by 2017. In September, RTD vowed that securing funding for the North Metro Line up to 72nd Avenue was a top priority. This vow came on the heels of public criticism by area leaders after RTD board decided against placing a 0.4 percent sales tax increase on the November 2012 ballot, which would have helped fund the construction of the North Metro and Northwest lines. They also criticized the board for approving and funding extensions before the entire FasTracks have been built out. Metro continues on Page 8

New life at old site Auto sales, cafe, offices eyed for former Target site By Tammy Kranz After more than 12 years of trying to secure a developer for the 15 acres of land south of east 104th Avenue between Grant and Washington streets, known commonly as the former Target site, the city is selling the property to three developers. City Council, acting as the Thornton Development Authority (TDA), approved during its Oct. 29 meeting agreements to sell 11.1 acres for the development of an auto dealership and 1.622 acres for leased office space. POSTAL ADDRESS

Last month the authority also agreed to sell 2.37 acres for the development of a Cheddars Casual Café. City Manager Jack Ethredge said the TDA bought the land more than 12 years ago. “Over the years, the Thornton Development Authority saw several proposals from several different developers about the possibility of redeveloping that site and as we sit here today, unfortunately, none of those came to pass,” he said. This year the city took steps to help secure a developer or developers by demolishing the former Target building and rezoning the property to allow for a wider use of the land. Site continues on Page 8

Auto dealership, restaurant and office space planned for the 15 acres between Grant and Washington streets, south of 104th Avenue where the former Target store used to stand. The former Target building was demolished in the Spring and crews have been prepping the area for redevelopment. Photo by Tammy Kranz


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City of Federal Heights Annual Holiday Lighting Event Thursday, November 21, 2013 6 p.m. at City Hall 2380 W. 90th Ave., Federal Heights, CO 80260 Join Mayor Joyce Thomas and City Council for holiday music performances, refreshments and the lighting of City decorations. Plus, meet new City Manager Jacquie Halburnt.

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Hickenlooper unveils $24 billion budget Health care, education could see increases By Vic Vela Those dreaded DMV wait times and skyrocketing college costs could see some alleviation, under Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget for next year. The governor detailed a $24 billion budget — one that he called “equal parts of optimism and prudence” — during a presentation to a state legislative committee on Nov. 7. As presented, the 2014-2015 budget includes increases in total funds and reserves compared to this year, an accomplishment that Hickenlooper attributes to a state economy that has now seen four consecutive years of growth since emerging from a recession. “We have now exceeded pre-Great Recession peak employment levels and there are only a few numbers of states that have done that,” Hickenlooper told the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee. “This recovery puts Colorado’s economy literally among the very best in the United States.” Hickenlooper singled out four “high priority” areas that will receive special focus as part of next year’s budget: “Education, customer service, health care and public safety.” The proposed budget would cap higher education tuition growth at 6 percent. That would halt a five-year trend that has seen an average tuition rate grow 10 percent, according to Henry Sobanet, the governor’s budget director. The governor also proposes adding more than $40 million for college financial aid, which he called a “historic increase” for higher education funding. “This budget request would allow more families to send kinds to college,” Hickenlooper told the committee.

The budget also proposes a $223 per-pupil increase for K-12 students next year. However, the governor acknowledged that the increase falls short of complying with Amendment 23 — the 2000 measure that reversed a trend where education funding was falling behind the rate of inflation. T h e governor’s budget Report does not include education dollars that would have come had Amendment 66 past last week. The tax hike for education funding measure was soundly defeated on Nov. 5. Hickenlooper also seeks to revamp the Division of Motor Vehicles, though increased staffing and updated computer systems, which are a part of “long-overdue steps to modernize DMV.” The governor said that the increased funding would significantly reduce wait times for customers who seek services from the often-lampooned state division. “One of the places where Coloradans most frequently interact with government and become aggravated is the Department of Motor Vehicles,” Hickenlooper said. Various health care departments, including Human Services and Public Health and Environment, will see a combined $618 million increase through next year’s proposed budget. And developmentally disabled persons are expected to experience shorter waiting lists for services that include assisted housing, through an additional $22 million in proposed funding. The Department of Corrections — which Hickenlooper said is expected to deal with a 2.3 percent inmate increase — will also receive about $42 million in additional funding next year, about a 6 percent budget increase, much of which will go toward

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In the Nov. 7 issue, under Thornton ward races, it should have stated that Councilwoman Lynne Fox held the Ward 3 seat and Councilman Randy Drennen held the Ward 4 seat. The newly-elected councilmembers will be sworn in Nov. 19. Also in the Nov. 7 edition, Mountain Range gymnast Taylor Molliconi’s name was spelled wrong. It’s spelled Molliconi, not Mollicini. The Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel regrets these errors.

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a parole division makeover and a fugitive apprehension unit. The proposed budget also includes more money for savings. General fund reserves will increase to 6.5 percent, up from 5 percent this year. State Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, praised Hickenlooper’s efforts to increase reserve funds, especially in light of wildfire and flood disasters that have struck the state in recent years. “I would give you the highest laudatory comments on the fact that we have stayed on that growth toward that state reserve, and we’ve needed it,” Lambert said. And it wouldn’t be a modern-day legislative committee hearing without there being some discussion of marijuana. Hickenlooper said his office will measure economic impacts on retail pot sales that were made legal through last year’s passage of Amendment 64. While acknowledging that the state is sometimes seen as being a marijuana mecca, the governor and Sobanet said Colorado could see positive economic impacts, as a result of the new industry. “There are aspects about how it has tarnished our image around the country,” the governor said of the state’s marijuana industry. “But it is going to have economic benefits.” Sobanet said that the potential for a retail pot industry that has a “functioning regime” in place could bring great business benefits to the state, “once joking around about passing marijuana laws dies down.” The budget also includes funding for marijuana health research, which comes from medical marijuana funding, a prospect that pleases Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver. “Somebody needs to step up and start shining some light on these dark corners of neglected medical research,” he said. The Legislature will take up Hickenlooper’s proposed budget after it reconvenes in January.


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Students learn about career opportunities Nearly 100 businesses volunteer to teach students about job opportunities By Tammy Kranz More than 5,000 eighth-grade students, dressed in their Sunday best, will converge on the Denver Mart Nov. 19 for the 10th annual Adams County Commissioners Career Expo. Students from various schools in Adams County will get to meet professionals in several different career fields. This year the expo will have close to 100 business vendors participating. “The main purpose is to give students the preparation and resources to become members of a local workforce so that they can have access to earning a living wage,” said Emma Galvin, director of the Adams County Education Consortium. “Reaching out at that age is important. There’s a huge dropout rate between eighth grade and high school.” Adams 12 Five Star Schools has participated in the expo since its inception. “The transition from eighth to ninth grade is a pivotal time for many students,” said Superintendent Chris Gdowski said. “The expo provides a great opportunity to reenergize students and get them thinking about how their course choices and grades in high school can help them achieve their

secondary education and career goals.” The students dress up in professional clothing and even have business cards to hand out to the vendors they visit. “It’s pretty neat to see masses of students dressed in polished attire,” Galvin said. “They act more mature and carry themselves differently.” The expo runs 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the schools each getting an hour to visit the vendors. Students pick three professions booths to visit and “interview.” Those vendors critique the students on things like their eye contact, handshake and questions. The vendors chart down the top 10 students who visit them and the top students overall are given plaques. “It’s a cool way for students to gain confidence. They get excited about it,” Galvin said. The vendors represent many fields and are grouped in clusters such as business management & administration; agriculture; architecture & construction; technology & communication; hospitality; education and government. “We’ve had incredible participation from our businesses, some have participated every single year,” Galvin said. More than 450 volunteers help out with the expo, including the business vendors. Galvin said that the event has been duplicated by Douglas County and Denver Public Schools. “It’s pretty neat. Along the Front Range its set a precedent,” Galvin said.

More than 75 businesses participate in the annual Adams County Commissioners Career Expo and are grouped together by fields, such as food and hospitality. Courtesy of the Adams County Education Consortium

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The city is seeking input from Northglenn residents and visitors on a proposed plaza in front of the Northglenn Recreational Center, adjacent to the Webster Lake Promenade retail center. The city, Northglenn Urban Renewal Authority (NURA), Parks and Recreation Board, Youth Commission, and Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation (NAHF) are exploring options for this

public space through a design and concept phase. A survey about the project is at www. It will be open until Nov. 25. The data collected will be used to further develop the concept plan. If you do not have online access, please contact Deana Miller at 303-446-8325 to participate. The project is only in the design phase



at this time. Possible funding sources for the plaza are the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Adams County Open Space, NAHF, and NURA.

Council swear-in and reception

Recently-elected Northglenn city council members will be sworn-in at a special meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at council chambers, 11701 Community Center Drive. They include re-elected

members Mayor Joyce Downing, Ward I Councilmember Carol Dodge, Ward II Councilmember Joe Brown and Ward IV Councilmember Kim Snetzinger. Kyle Mullica will join council as a representative of Ward III, stepping in for termlimited Mayor Pro Tem Susan Clyne. Following the meeting is a public reception across the street at the Northglenn Senior Center. Call 303-450-8757 for more information.

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Officers learn about mental illness Program teaches law enforcement how to de-escalate situations By Tammy Kranz Five percent of the U.S. population has a mental illness or symptoms of mental illness, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This number means that officers often come across someone experiencing mental health symptoms, maybe even daily, said Mary Ann B. Hewicker, coordinator with the Adams County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). “Depression is, sadly, prevalent in our society,” she said. Because of this regular occurrence, it is CIT’s goal to train law enforcement on what is mental health illness, how to identify it and how to de-escalate a situation involving someone experiencing it. More than 20 officers from Thornton, Westminster, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Broomfield, Aurora and the University of Colorado/Denver participated in CIT’s 40hour, weeklong training Oct. 21-25. CIT training in Adams County is funded by Community Reach Center and the Sheriff’s Office. “(The training) fosters compassion and empathy and helps officers respond appro-

priately,” said Jennifer Forker, communications coordinator with Community Reach Center. “I’ve heard from officers afterward that it’s exhausting training — both physically and emotionally — primarily because of the role playing they do, which gets pretty realistic.” Officers in class learn the basics of mental health illness in the morning, and then participate in role-playing in the afternoon. CIT hires local actors to play out various scenarios to help officers diffuse a situation in a safe manner — such as someone barricaded in a bedroom or someone wanting to kill himself. “CIT is necessary because over the years, evidence based research has shown us officers need one more tool in their kit — verbal skill,” Hewicker said. Beyond the academics and role-playing, officers also do a meet-and-greet at CIT and meet clients who are suffering from mental illness. Hewicker said this socializing is beneficial for the officers and the clients. “The clients see that the police do come out of their uniform and are real people,” she said. CIT puts on the program a few times a year, and it is hosted by different departments throughout the county. Thornton police hosted last month’s program. “Our crisis intervention training goal is to improve an individual’s access to the most appropriate mental health treatment

In this Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) scenario, Thornton police officer AJ White talks with a scared and paranoid man (played by actor Kevin Lowry of Twopenny Productions). This scenario, in which Officer White de-escalates the situation by building rapport with the confused and defensive man, is an example of the skills that several of the police officers will learn as students of a recent CIT training course. Courtesy of Jennifer Forker and resources, and ultimately to decrease the utilization of hospital emergency departments, incarceration, and homeless programs for mental health emergencies,” said Officer Matt Barnes, spokesperson with the Thornton police. “We currently have approximately one-third of our offi-


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POMONA HIGH SCHOOL proudly announces our annual

Showcase Open House on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 The event will begin at 6:00pm and conclude at 8:00pm. Please join us for a fun and informative evening as we showcase the fine academics, electives, the PAH program (Pomona Arts and Humanities), athletics and activities that make Pomona such a unique school of choice. The school is located at 8101 W. Pomona Drive.

Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Northglenn/Thornton Rotary Ducky Derby The funds raised from this event go to help support multiple, local, non-profit organizations such as: three local food banks, scholarships, literacy programs, Senior Hub, Boy Scouts and many more. A big THAnk You to all of these wonderful companies:

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Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams, InnovAge President/CEO Maureen Hewitt and Thornton City Manager Jack Ethredge stand together Nov. 7 at the future site of a new affordable housing development for seniors. Scheduled to open in Summer 2014, InnovAge Senior Housing – Thornton will include 72 apartments and a variety of amenities, including a community kitchen and gardens, a dog park and a putting green. Photo courtesy of Barry Staver

RTD PUBLIC MEETINGS Proposed Union Station Service Changes for May 2014

ON THE RECORD Thornton City Council voted on the following during its Oct. 29 special meeting. Council members in attendance were Mayor Heidi Williams; Jenice “JJ” Dove and Mack Goodman, Ward 1; Mayor Pro Tem Val Vigil and Eric Montoya, Ward 2; Beth Humenik and Lynne Fox, Ward 3; and Eric Tade and Randy Drennen, Ward 4.

Medical office, daycare, storage facility plans approved

Council approved plans by an 8-0 vote for the development of a medical building, daycare and mini-storage facility at the northeast intersection of East 128th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Fox excused herself from the hearing and vote because she resides within 1,500 feet of the property. The development is just a little over 9 acres. It will feature a 26,000 medical office, Centura Health Plaza. Plans are to construct the plaza in two phases — 16,000 feet in the first phase, and the rest in the second — and the target date to open is October 2014. The daycare, Children’s Learning Adventure, will be located in the center of the property and there will be a four-acre

mini storage facility, which will include an 1,800-square-foot office/residence. All the buildings are single-story and the development has 23 percent of the land designated for open space.

Apartment development approved

City Council unanimously approved by a 9-0 vote plans for a 30-acre, high-density multifamily residential project south of east 144th Avenue and east of Grant Street, adjacent to The Grove development, which features the Cabela’s store. The three-story project will feature 465 rental apartments, two residential clubhouses each with a pool and deck, a 3,000-square-foot park and a 6,000-squarefoot park, a 3,500-square-foot fenced in dog park, trails and 15,000 square feet of lawn area. West of the proposed apartment development is The Grove, which is a 63-acre retail development featuring the 90,000-square-foot Cabela’s, which opened in August. The next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at City Hall, 9500 Civic Center Drive. — Compiled by Tammy Kranz

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Take precautions this holiday season The holiday season is a beautiful time of year that can bring people together. But it can also be a time fraught with hazards. That’s something that can easily be overlooked amid the shopping, cooking, partying and keeping warm by the fire. But we encourage you to consider some of the following tips to make the closing weeks of 2013 memorable for the right reasons.

Snuff out fire danger

Winter residential fires — which peak in December and January — result in 945 deaths and cause nearly $2 billion in property damage nationally in a typical year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, an entity of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It’s not quite winter yet, but recent cold snaps remind us that it’s on the way. The administration has some advice to keep fire threats at bay, which we share below. A more detailed list of things you can do can be found at www.usfa.fema.

our view gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/winter.shtm • Cooking is the leading cause of these types of fires. Unattended cooking is the No. 1 culprit, so stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling. Wear short, close-fitting clothing, for obvious reasons. Maybe most important, stay alert at all times. • Heating sources — including furnaces, fireplaces and space heaters — are another major cause of fires in the home. It is important to keep flammable materials at a safe distance, generally considered to be 3 feet or more, from a heating source. If you’re using a space heater, it is highly recommended that you plug it directly into the outlet and not use an extension cord. Also, make sure your home has a

working smoke alarm and that you have an escape plan for yourself and your family, should a fire occur. • An estimated 240 house fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 involving holiday lights and other decorations occur in a typical year in the United States. So, among other things, keep your tree watered and do not overload electrical outlets with lights.

Protect your identity

For many, shopping is a holiday hobby, one that carries a risk of identity theft, whether online or at the mall. The Federal Trade Commission has some advice to help keep important, private information secure. More information can be found at www.consumer.ftc. gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft • Travel light. Do not carry around more credit, debit or identification cards than you really need. • Shred receipts once you no longer need them. When at the store or mall, you might want to keep those receipts in your

pocket instead of in the bag, which can be lost or stolen. • The online realm has its own set of dangers. Be very cautious of whom you give your personal information. Getting a new computer or phone? Wipe out all of your private information before discarding the old one. And, of course, keep your passwords private.

Drinking? Don’t drive

Holiday parties often involve alcohol. Some people drink too much, then decide to drive, and the results can be horrific. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that 43 percent of driving fatalities on Christmas Day are alcohol-related. DUI enforcement generally goes up this time of year as well, so there’s an increased risk to drunken drivers’ wallets, as a conviction can be costly, both in court fees and higher insurance costs. If you’re going to drink, taking a cab or using a sober designated driver are common-sense solutions to avoid hurting yourself and others.

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What is your favorite fall activity? We asked readers what are their favorite things to do in the fall season.

Getting ready for the holidays. Watching all the Christmas movies. Elizabeth Leeper Broomfield

Football. Anything that has to do with high school football. Gary Leeper Broomfield

Football. I used to coach and have always followed it. My family is a football family. Tom Lupica Westminster

Getting out to play golf whenever I can. Eron Montague Centennial

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A whole new look Well, it is good to be back with the newspaper after the “election season” to share some opinions and thoughts on what is happening from local colorful stuff to newsy items at the state level to “easy pickin’s” on the national front as well as international intrigue. WESTY’S NEW LINE-UP It was a “given” going into the city election that there would be three new faces on the City Council and a different mayor. And sure enough, the democratic process worked again and we have Emma Pinter, Bruce Baker and Alberto Garcia as new council members. With Herb Atchison winning the mayor’s position outright without a run-off, a fourth new council member will need to be appointed by the new City Council. That my friends represent a new majority on Westminster City Council. That does not happen very often in Westminster where incumbents have an easy time of getting re-elected. In this case, term limits caused Mayor Nancy McNally and councillors Mary Lindsey, Mark Kaiser and Scott Major to vacate their seats. It will be interesting to see how the new councillors and Atchison “gel” compared to the prior group who were heavily influenced by McNally with the exception of Atchison. PLENTY OF ISSUES The new City Council will have plenty to address as it gets situated in their council seats. The re-development of the former Westminster Mall site was the most prominent issue mentioned on the campaign trail and by residents. It has been four years of “fits and starts” with unsuccessful negotiations with potential master developers. Recently, the staff rolled out a new site plan based on the work of out-of-state land planning experts and the council rubber stamped it. I question the wisdom of the city being its own “master developer” with a piece-meal approach to such a large and diverse development. We learned the hard way while I was city manager with the plan-

ning and development of the Promenade that government doesn’t always know what best works with developers, tenant leases etc. Hopefully, the new mayor and council will revisit the appropriate role for the city government to play in this important redevelopment endeavor. The taxpayers are expecting some results in the near future. SCHOOL FINANCES Providing more tax dollars to fund public schools was “not to be” this election. The statewide Amendment 66 income tax took a huge beating as did the Adams 50 School District’s mill levy override attempt. But folks, this is not the end of the story. By serving as Chair of the Adams 50 Fiscal Oversight Committee, I know that next fiscal year’s budget (July 1, 2014) will force tough decisions on what to cut out of the budget. Unless one of the existing schools is closed, it will basically mean cutting teachers in the classroom. There isn’t much else left to cut. The $5.25 Million in new property tax revenue would have offset the cash reserves used to balance the current budget. With little left in reserves that “well” is about dry. CONGRATS AND LAMENT Congrats to the winners in the various mayoral, city council and school board races throughout the north area. We applaud your willingness to serve the public good. And to those who ran and did not win, we say thank you for your interest and effort. Bill Christopher is a former Westminster city manager and RTD board member

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Finding balance in social media So I had an interesting experience this past week regarding the use my Facebook account, or maybe I should say misuse of my account. What I had done was accept friend requests or connect with people that I work with on a professional level. I had connected with all of my family members, friends, co-workers, business associates, and customers and really thought it was a great way to stay in touch, keep up with their activities and interests and allow them to keep up with what I was doing. The problem was that I had some new things happening in my life, good and exciting things that I was sharing via my Facebook account. As much as I was excited about the cool things going on, apparently there were one or two co-workers

who I was connected with on Facebook who felt compelled to stalk my activities and adventures as I posted them on Facebook and further decided to share them with others in the company. Now there was nothing weird or unnatural about my Facebook posts, these folks just thought that they should share

my life’s journey with everyone else at the office. This actually caused a little drama and unfortunately resulted in the need for me to “unfriend” all of the people I work with. And at first I was a little disappointed, hurt, and angry. But then as I thought more about it, perhaps Facebook is a much better application to be used with family and friends and connect or interact with my business associates and co-workers in a different way. I already do that via LinkedIn, and since I only use LinkedIn for business reasons, it made so much more sense. The past week has been a test for me, I do miss keeping up with some of my co-workers through Facebook, but I think my anger, hurt, and disappointment have been replaced by a true sense of balance.

Facebook for friends and family members and LinkedIn for co-workers and business associates. So far it is working beautifully. Now I understand that many people use Facebook to connect with everyone in one location and they never have issues like I experienced. And I know many people that network and get referrals through Facebook and use it as a professional selling or marketing tool. And for those of you who have found success in using Facebook for business or professional reasons and have not had to deal with drama, I applaud you. Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of

Falling for the season of autumn ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’

Remember the lyrics from the musical “Oklahoma.” “Oh, what a beautiful day. I’ve got a wonderful feeling, everything’s going my way.” This has been the most beautiful fall, hasn’t it? The sunrises and sunsets are just breathtaking and the warm days are wonderful for sitting on the front porch. We still have our large pumpkin display up and the squirrels are pigging out on the seeds. Each of the dozen large pumpkins have been eaten on. I’ve kept several more in the garage to put out for a Thanksgiving display.

Finally it’s over

Aren’t you glad to have our local elections over? They consumed so much of our time and energy. By the time you read this we will have a new mayor for Westminster. Herb Atchison won enough votes to eliminate a run-off election. Herb will

will be Thanksgiving. We also bid a sad goodbye to Butch Hicks. Butch served on the Westminster City Council and was active in Democrat politics. Butch will be sorely missed in our community.

On a happier note

serve us well and we wish God speed on his four-year journey. Congratulations are also in order for the three new councilors. Emma Pinter won big, Bruce Baker was a real surprise as he did little campaigning and Alberto Garcia won with 500 plus votes to spare. I don’t like mail-in voting but will leave that discussion for another time. Right now is a good time to leave politics on all fronts and think of the many birthdays and Veterans Day and soon it

Electing for change Well, if you weren’t a fan of the way things were going, last Tuesday was a good day for you. Think about this: in Jefferson County, the block of school board candidates that outspent their opponents by a wide margin all lost by a wide margin. Though being heavily outspent, the block of candidates that ran as “reform” candidates enjoyed a comfortable victory. So the Jefferson County School Board now has a majority of “reformers.” Exactly what that means has yet to be determined — reform is one of those all-purpose, nebulous words that could mean whatever you choose to affix to it, like “hope” and “change.” Though we do know one immediate consequence of that mantle: Jeffco will also have a new Superintendant next year. So, whatever else you can say, it is safe to say that Jeffco Schools will be a different place next year. Then, on top of that, a major statewide initiative to fund the schools to the tune of $1 trillion a year was on the ballot. This measure had over $10 million behind it, vastly outspending the paltry few hundred thousand the opponents of the measure scraped together. In all that advertising, the word “reform” made a cameo appearance, but there was never a concrete idea of what schools would look like with an additional trillion dollars — it looked like an initiative asking for a lot of money to do the same old things. Still, it was kind of shocking that, despite blanket advertising the last few weeks, Amendment 66 was beaten down by a two to one margin. A lot of my colleagues think all of this means something close to the end of the world for the schools. They never consider the possibility that the “reform” candidates actually do care about kids, or that the voters really did have something other than completely selfish motives in mind as they cast their ballots. But I think those colleagues are taking too narrow a view of the election. It’s easy to assign nefarious motive to your political

opponents, rather than deal with their arguments, and, therefore, you assume bad motives of their supporters, too. But, if you move the camera lens out a little wider, you remember that the month of October featured a government shut down. It also featured the rollout of the biggest federal program in decades, which was a complete disaster. All of that comes on the heels of a contentious legislative session in this state, which featured an extreme and unpopular power play by the majority. In fact, that session was so contentious that, so far, it’s caused two state senators to get fired by their constituents. Last week’s election, in my humble opinion, was about a lot more than a school board or money. I suspect we may look back at last week’s election as a first salvo in a war on the status quo. Every poll shows that Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country, and that they hold those in power in very low esteem. But normally, we voters tend to stick by incumbents at a 90 percent or better clip — not last week. Given the opportunity, Jefferson County voters just threw out the whole lot of ‘em, at least by proxy. If I were an incumbent next year, I’d be running scared. The voters are ticked off, and, apparently, they’re not going to take it any more. 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.

This little article was sent to me and it’s an upper. Here it is: ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle. BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye. CHICKENS: An animal you eat before they are born and after they are dead. COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out. EGOTIST: Someone who is usually medeep in conversation. HANDKERCHIEF: Cold storage.

INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper. RAISIN: Grape with sunburn. SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time. TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction. TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today. YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed. WRINKLES: Something other people have, similar to my character lines. Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned….. Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.


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Counselor advocate honored By Ashley Reimers When it comes to recognition Janette Walters, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools executive director of schools, is pretty modest. That’s why her colleagues had to secretly nominate her for the 2013 Colorado School Counselor Association, CSCA, Counselor Advocate of the Year. And good thing they did, because she won the award and was recognized for her supportive work in school counseling on Nov. 7 during the CSCA conference. “If I would have known about the nomination, I would have said there was no

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or 33.88 percent. An overwhelming amount of voters were against lowering the minimum age to qualify to serve as mayor or council member from 25 to 21 - 83.51 percent, or 18,435 votes, rejected Question 2D. The yes votes cast stand at 3,640, or 16.49percent. Voters approved Question 2E, which amends the city’s charter language so that, in the event of a mayoral vacancy, the mayor pro tem becomes acting mayor until the next regular election. This means that council would operate with only eight members, but it saves the city the cost of holding a special election. The measure passed by 67.10 percent, or 14,302 votes. The no votes stand at 7,014 or 32.90 percent. Voters also approved by 79.32 percent,

need for any type of recognition,” Walters said. “So I was very surprised when I heard the news. I’m not one for the spotlight.” Walters appreciated the honor, but credits the school counselors in the district for their hard work and dedication to the students. She said after budget cuts reduced the counselor staff over the years, the team of counselors really pulled together to provide the education needed to prepare students for their futures, whether it’s entering a two-year or four-year education after high school. “We have all worked hard to have an aligned curriculum for all of our students in all of the ZIP codes in our district,” she

said. “Giving each student the same opportunity to be able to pursue their career and finding the right college to make that happen.” Walters said each counselor can have up to 500 students at the middle school level and up to 450 students at the high school level. Supporting one another is a priority for the counselors. Walters said she and the counselor steering group meets monthly and the entire group of counselors meets every six months to work on specific needs and discuss resources that can enhance the counseling program. “When we all meet it’s really a time to share our collective knowledge about the

work we do,” she said. “You can no longer survive in education unless you are highly collaborative and learn from each other. And these counselors have really done that. My job is to make sure to get their great ideas put in a systematic approach so everybody can be impacted.” About 15 Adams 12 counselors attended the award ceremony. Walters said the support meant a lot to her and she wouldn’t have been there without them. “The most important thing is the relationships I have with the counselors and the mutual respect for the hard work that they do and being an advocate for them,” she said.

or 16,993 votes, Question 2F, adding a continuity of government provision to the city charter in the event that a quorum of council is not able to meet during an emergency, which could include an enemy-caused disaster or weather-related event. The no votes cast stood at 4,429, or 20.68 percent. Question 2G also got strong support with 71.18 percent, or 14,884 people voting to amend the city’s charter to define fire fighter as regular sworn fire fighters up to and including the rank of lieutenant and regular emergency medical technicians who are not supervisors whose primary duties are to provide emergency medical or fire suppression services. The no votes stood at 6,025, or 28.82 percent.


Voters supported issue 2J by 68.05 percent, or 4,819 votes. The measure extends the one-half percent sales and use tax that expires in 2015 to be used exclusively to enhance or increase the city’s water supply. The passage means the tax will not expire until Dec. 31, 2025. The no votes cast stood at 2,263 or 31.95 percent.

Thornton ward race

One seat was open for each of Thornton’s four wards, however only Ward 4 had a contested race. Janifer “Jan” Kulmann won the seat receiving 61.82 percent (3,827 votes) while her opponent, Adam Matkowsky received 38.18 percent (2,364

Northglenn mayoral, ward races

Mayor Joyce Downing was victorious with her re-election bid by receiving 64.68 percent, or 4,321 votes. Her opponent, Gene Wieneke, had 2,360 votes, or 35.32 percent. Along with the mayor seat, one seat was open for each of Northglenn’s four wards, and only the Ward I seat was not contested. Incumbent Joe Brown secured his Ward II seat by receiving 73.77 percent (827 votes) over his opponent Loyal “Herb” Barstow, who got 26.23 percent, or 294 votes. Kyle Mullica won the Ward III position and received 55.35 percent (600 votes). His opponent, Angelia McConico, received 44.65 percent (484 votes). Incumbent Kim Snetzinger received 54.18 percent (1,154 votes) and won her re-election run. Her opponent, Antonio Esquibel, received 45.82 percent (976 votes).

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POLICE REPORT Shoplifting: A 30-year-old Denver man was arrested Nov. 2 at 1:21 p.m. after he tried to steal $341 in merchandise from Target at 1001 E. 120th Ave. He was issued a summons and released. DUI, child abuse, driving under suspension: An officer was dispatched Nov. 2 at 4:26 p.m. to the 300 block of East 88th Avenue in reference to a drunk driver. A witness reported seeing a woman drinking from an alcohol bottle while driving with a boy in the car. The respondJob #:the 33137-14 ing officer was behind woman’s Size: 6.78" x 6" Branch: 139-Denver

vehicle when a saw the boy move from the front seat to the back seat. The officer made a traffic stop and noticed that the driver – 35-year-old Westminster woman – had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. A search of her vehicle revealed a bottle of vodka between the front seat and console area. The woman was taken into custody. The 11-year-old boy was released to a relative. Theft: An officer was dispatched Nov. 1 to 9451 Dorothy Blvd. in reference to a theft that occurred at the Color(s): 4c fire station. The officer learned that Bleed?: N Pub: Colorado Community Media

an 18-year-old high school student was allowed to do a ride-along with the fire department and, sometime during that ride, had taken a portable fire radio. The student was contacted and told to return the radio, which he did by responding with the radio. He was charged with felony theft and later released pending charges. Items in the police reports are compiled from public information. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Mapleton board race

Five candidates vied for three open seats on the Mapleton Public Schools Board of Education. The top three candidates and winners were Stephen Donnell, with 23.62 percent or 2,281 votes; Sheila Montoya, with 22.99 percent or 2,220 votes; and Jen Raiffe, with 21.17 percent, or 2,044 votes.

Adams 12 board race

Two board seats were up in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, but only District 3 had a contested race with four candidates vying for the position. Kathy Plomer won the seat by receiving 38.11 percent or 11,277 votes.

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When the RTD board approved its amended regional transportation plan last year, the plan stated that service to 72nd would not happen until the 2030-35 timeframe with the funding currently available. Because the bids for the work were confidential, not much is known at this point at the new time frame and if the line would be completely built.

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Last month, the TDA agreed to sell 2.37 acres of land south of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant along the east side of Grant Street for $519,714 to $633,798 (final cost depends on size of facility) to the Riverside Restaurant Group Holdings Inc. It plans to build and operate a 7,939-squarefoot Cheddars Casual Café. Staff expects an opening next summer or fall. Ethredge said with the approval of the two sales agreements on Oct. 29, the remaining balance of the site will be developed. “It will put the property back on the tax rolls,” he said. “The property has been owned by the city for over 12 years and has been off the tax rolls.” SRE-Colorado 3 LLC has agreed to purchase 11.1036 acres south of east 104th in the central portion of the property for $2,814,983. It plans to build and operate Sonic Automotive, which will feature two buildings, totaling 50,000 to 75,000 square feet, for office, auto sales and vehicle preparation The TDA voted 8-1 for this purchase. Ward 1 Councilman Mack Goodman cast the dissenting vote without commenting on a reason. The TDA unanimously approved to sell 1.622 acres to North Forest Office Space of Colorado LLC to build and operate a 14,500-square-foot facility that will be used as leased office space. This development will be on the east site of the property.

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Kids and cash Grant provides funding for personal financial literacy By Ashley Reimers

Community Reach Center Board member Mary Ann Wisehart and state Rep. Cherylin Peniston, of District 35, share some table talk at the Center’s 2013 Legislative Breakfast on Nov. 6, at Noah’s events center in Westminster. More than 120 guests learned how the center supports individuals during a time of crisis.Courtesy photo

LEGISLATIVE NEWS Event outlines crisis response approach

Community Reach Center’s crisis response approach and community partnerships were the focus of its 2013 Legislative Breakfast on Nov. 6, at Noah’s of Westminster. More than 120 guests learned how Community Reach Center supports individuals during a time of crisis as well as its efforts to prevent crises via supports and services. The breakfast was attended by Colorado legislators and local elected officials, including state Rep. Jenice May of District 30, Steve Lebsock of District 34, Cherylin Peniston, of District 35, Thornton Mayor Heidi K. Williams and Adams County District Attorney Dave Young. Clinical Director Abigail Tucker, Psy.D., shared details and data about Community Reach Center’s emergency response programs, including its Emergency Services Team, which is available around the clock

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to help individuals who are in a state of crisis. In Fiscal Year 2013, the center provided nearly 2,000 crisis assessments and its 24-hour crisis line received an average 336 calls per month. “A crisis is defined by the individual,” Tucker said. “Our emergency services programs are designed to meet people where they’re at. When someone is experiencing a crisis, we are listening and we are supporting them.” Tucker also explained the Center’s Crisis Response Team, which is a bridge between an individual’s recent crisis and engagement in clinical programs, and the Crisis Intervention Team, CIT, training, which helps police officers respond “appropriately and compassionately” to an individual experiencing a mental-health crisis. The Center has trained more than 450 officers in CIT since the program began in 2005.

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With the help of a grant from Great West Bank, students in the Adams 12 Five Star School District will get a jump in personal financial literacy. The $207,000 grant will provide resources and economic professional development across grades kindergarten through 12th grade. “Through this grant we are able to give teachers the tools and resources they need to teach students about PFL (personal finance literacy)” said Donna O’Brien, district social studies coordinator. O’Brien said one teacher from each elementary school will receive PFL training, and will then train and support the other teachers in the schools. At the middle and high school levels, will receive recourse and professional development in PFL. O’Brien said 11 mini computer labs, with six computers each, will be installed in classrooms throughout the middle schools where students utilize the PFL curriculum. “We are using a blended-learning model with the mini computer labs,” she said. “In a course of a 50-minute class period, students will rotate among stations, one

of which would be at the computes.” In the past, Great West Bank provided smaller grants just for teachers rather than for an entire district. But recently, the bank changed their approach and began offering larger district-wide grants. Christina Frantz, senior manager at Great West Bank, said the grants are a way to invest in tomorrow’s business leaders by supporting programs in schools, like the one in Adams 12, to help students prepare for a successful financial future. She said with the help of some grant money, she hopes students in Adams 12 have the opportunity to build a strong foundation with financial knowledge so they will have the tools to achieve their financial goals later in life. “Adams 12 has an incredible staff and working with them I feel confident that what they are doing is truly a unique program,” Frantz said. Part of the grant money will go toward bringing in professionals in specialized fields to work one-on-one with teachers to offer professional development. O’Brien said the grant money will pay for teachers to have a sub during the trainings or pay the teachers in the summer to attend a training. “This is just so exciting for us,” O’Brien said. “PFL is so important to teach our students and with this grant we are able to do that.”

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Fall brings changes to The Senior Hub New Business Manager Please join us in congratulating Calina Bowman, who was recently promoted to Business Manager. Calina has been with us for over six years and has worn many hats. Her dedication to The Senior Hub has helped us serve older adults throughout our community, and we are very lucky to have her caring for

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Homecare Program Coordinator The Homecare Program has also welcomed back Pam Lynch as a Program Coordinator. Pam will be working closely with clients and caregivers in their home along with Program Director Mary Thatcher. If you are an older adult or caregiver who needs help in your home, please contact Pam or Mary today for more information.

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at right, radio actors Jake Laurents (Christian Mast) and Sally applewhite (haley Johnson) portray the timeless characters of George and Mary Bailey in Miners alley Playhouse’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play.” Below, the cast of “It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play.”Photos courtesy of Sarah Roshan

Satisfied singer in lofty crowd Ask local vocal Chris Daniels how he’s doing three years after his bone marrow transplant, and he channels legendary soul singer James Brown: “I feel good,” Daniels told me last week during an interview before his Nov. 8 induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. “Do you ever say cured? No, but I say that’s OK,” Daniels adds. Daniels was diagnosed with a fierce form of leukemia in 2010. After receiving a “perfect match” bone marrow transplant from his sister, Jane Moffett, he set his sights on getting back on stage to perform with The Kings, his band of nearly 30 years. Daniels, along with other Colorado musicians — legendary folk singer Judy Collins, the Serendipity Singers and Bob Lind — was inducted during a concert at the Paramount Theatre. “Judy was a hero to me and a lot of other musicians because she was not as operatic a singer as Joan (Baez),” Daniels said about his famous fellow inductee. “She had soul and grit in her beautiful voice and she was a great guitar and piano player. My mother’s favorite song was Judy’s version of ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell. It’s an amazing honor to go into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame with her.” In between writing music and performing, Daniels teaches music business at the University of Colorado-Denver as an assistant professor for the College of Arts and Media. “I really wanted to get back into teaching,” Daniels said about his post-transplant days. “It really refocused me. I was grading papers and working with substitute teachers when I was in the hospital. One time I was doing lectures by Skype. (The students) are 19- or 20-year-old wise apples ... I really have great hope and enthusiasm for this generation coming out.”

For the kidneys

Through Nov. 17, DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. and a leading provider of kidney care services, partners with three Denver-area restaurants to build awareness for kidney disease with kidney-friendly and diabetes-friendly menus in honor of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month. Each restaurant will offer at least one appetizer, entrée and dessert that are kidney- or diabetesfriendly. Participating restaurants for dinner service are: Table 6, 609 Corona St., (www.; beast + bottle, 719 E. 17th Ave., ( and YaYa’s Euro Bistro, 8310 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village, (www.yayasdenver. com). Denver-area residents can assess their risk at

Bonanno’s bonanza

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Miners Alley production goes behind the scenes on holiday classic By Clarke Reader Miners Alley Playhouse is giving a timeless holiday standard a different spin this season, with its production of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” The show takes audiences behind the scenes of a 1940s radio production of Frank Capra’s seminal film, and not only tells the story of What: “It’s A Wonderful the Baileys, but of the actors Life: A Live Radio Play” as well. WhERE: Miners Alley “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Playhouse Life Radio Play” will be at the 1224 Washington Ave., theater, 1224 Washington Ave. Golden in Golden, through Dec. 22. WhEN: Through Dec. 22. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday every Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. 2 p.m. on Sunday. There will Sunday - 2 p.m. be Thursday performances at Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. and - 7:30 p.m. “For the show, our interCOSt: $23 adult pretation is that you really $20 senior and youth can’t tell the story and satisfy $12 children under 12 the audience because they alINFORMatION: most all know the story,” said 303-935-3044 or visit director Robert Kramer. “This version stars five fictional actors doing the radio version, and with that the audience starts watching different things.” The actors are Jake Laurents (Christian Mast), who plays George Bailey on the radio, Sally Applewhite (Haley Johnson), who plays Mary Bailey, and Freddie Filmore( David Blumenstock), Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood (Jason Maxwell), Lana Sherwood (Samara Bridwell) and The Stage Manager (Bryanna Scott) who play the rest of the characters in the story. The show made its debut at Miners Alley in 2009,


and was so popular that it brought back this year. Kramer was the director of its first production, and he brought around threefifths of the original cast back with him. Johnson is one of the returning actors, and said it’s been really fun revisiting the play. “I forget how really funny it can be,” she said. “It’s been really fun and silly getting back with everyone.” One of the new cast members is Mast, Johnson’s husband in real life. He said that while he saw the original production, actually being in the show has been quite the task. “Being in the play was something I wanted the first time, so I’m really happy to have the chance now,” he said. “It’s been a tight rehearsal schedule, and learning all the lines and the sound effects has been a really fun challenge.” Kramer said the way the play is written calls for not a lot of work from the actors, intending it to be more of a behind the scenes of a radio show story, but Kramer wanted it to have a fuller feeling. “I love the technical stuff, but it can lose its charm after a while,” he said. “It lacks something if you just do it straight like that.” Kramer said he wanted to give audiences a special holiday treat, and so starting 20 minutes before each performance members of the cast will come out and perform one of three short Christmas stories. For all involved, “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” will give audiences a story that they love, but with a different spin. “Even though people may be familiar with the movie, doing it as a radio show gives it several different layers,” Mast said. “It’s a really great story not only about the Baileys, but the people performing and how they interact.”

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Ogre, princess, dragon, and a donkey — oh my! By Tammy Kranz If you liked the movie “Shrek,” you’ll enjoy the musical production put on by the Northglenn Youth Theatre. NYT will perform “Shrek The Musical” Nov. 15-24 at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive. “It mirrors the original movie pretty closely,” said NYT director Kimberly Jongejan. “I think (the audience) will have a fun time — it’s so hysterical, the music is so fun and peppy.” For 17-year-old Collin Hill of Thorn-

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Brothers Pizzeria) is the featured speaker during “Daniels Connects Denver: Daniels Pioneer Lecture Series on Entrepreneurship”, beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Mangia Bevi Café at the Madden Museum (6363 S. Fiddlers Green Circle, Greenwood Village). The evening begins with a networking reception at 6 p.m. followed by remarks at 6:45 p.m. and a return to the reception at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at https:// index.aspx?sid=1150&gid=1&pgid=6153& cid=9774.

ton, the music is the most challenging thing about his role as Shrek. “Some of these songs are killer and are really stretching me out of my comfort zone vocally,” he said. “But, being comfortable isn’t always a good thing when you are a performer. I’m growing and learning so much from NYT.” This is Hill’s first production with NYT, and he says what he loves most about the character of Shrek is that he gets to play an array of emotions — funny, angry, heroic and vulnerable — all in one show. “To me, Shrek is such a relatable character, and I really wanted the chance to portray that,” said Hill, who attends The Academy in Westminster. “Everybody has most likely felt like an outcast and had the desire to be accepted. It may not be what

you pictured, but you can have your own perfect happy ending. I really believe that is what this show is about and why I was so excited to be NYT’s Shrek.” The biggest challenge for 15-year-old Brendan Patrick Lynch of Northglenn is juggling the rehearsals and the mindset for the three characters he plays — King Herald, Pied Piper and a Dulocian. “I personally love the character of the Pied Piper because it has allowed me to progress in dancing and learn another aspect to the stage, as well as gain experience in portraying a character through primarily body movement,” said Lynch, who attends Jefferson Academy in Broomfield. He has performed in several NYT productions, including Charlie in “Charlie

and the Chocolate Factory,” Lysander in “Midsummer Night’s Midterm,” and a brother in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” For Jongejan, the challenges of putting on “Shrek” were related to the larger props that either had to be created or rented — such as the dragon. She said this was a challenge because of time and money restrictions. Renting a dragon would have cost the theater $4,000 to $5,000, but the theater was able to design and create a pop-up puppet dragon. “Shrek performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Nov. 15-24. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and children and are available by calling 303-450-8800.

‘Ticket to Ride’ coming


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Warren Miller’s 64th film, “Ticket to Ride,” comes to Colorado and hits the usual places in Denver and Colorado Springs. But it’s also coming to the suburbs, including Lone Tree and Parker. This year’s film features seven Olympians — and a few may just earn spots on the U.S. Ski Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympians featured in “Ticket to Ride” are Gretchen Bleiler; Keely Kelleher; Ted Ligety; Julia Mancuso; Tommy Moe; Kaylin Richardson and Seth Wescott. Here are some upcoming November tour stops for the film: Parker (The PACE Center), Nov. 20; Denver (Paramount Theater), Nov. 21-23; and Lone Tree (Lone Tree Arts Center), Nov. 25-27. Visit for more

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The Daily Meal website ( has included Boulder in its list of America’s Best Small Towns For Food 2013. Here’s what the website said: “Normally, college towns are filled with chain restaurants and late-night greasy spoons, but Boulder’s cuisine is nothing short of phenomenal. With a heavy emphasis on local, seasonal dishes, The Kitchen and its sister restaurants are offering very healthful cuisine packed with flavor. Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place boasts a local, seasonal, and allergyfree menu catering to those with gluten and lactose intolerance, as well as offering vegan and vegetarian options. And finally, there’s Frasca Food & Wine for a fine-dining Italian experience.”


Eavesdropping on a man to a woman playing cards at an adult day care center in south Denver: “She beats me all the time. Even when I cheat, she beats me.” Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.

YOUR WEEK & MORE IN THE COMMUNITY THURSDAY/NOV. 14 NIGHT OUT Friends of Broomfield plans Friends Nights Out for adults with developmental disabilities through the rest of the year. The Nov. 14 Friends night is a dinner out at My Pie, 6-8:30 p.m. Meet at Friends new building, and register by Monday, Nov. 11. The final night out of the year is 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. The Friends will have a holiday party at its new building. Register by Monday, Dec. 9. Contact Molly Coufal, evening/social program director, at or call 303-404-0123. THURSDAY/NOV. 14 SWEARING IN The recently elected and re-elected members of the Northglenn City Council will be sworn in at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the city council meeting in council chambers. Following the swearing in and council meeting a reception will take place in the Northglenn Senior Center at 11801 Community Center Drive. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and meet the new council. Visit www. and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Call 303-450-8757 for more information. THURSDAY/NOV. 14 TASTE OF Arvada The Arvada Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Taste of

Arvada 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, featuring local restaurants, cafes and breweries, at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, 7305 Grandview Ave. Among the participants are Udi’s Pizza, Beau Jo’s, Odyssey Beerwerks, Enstrom Candies, Yak & Yeti and Global Goods Coffee Shop. Visit or call 720-898-3380 for information.

THURSDAY/NOV. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 MEMBERSHIP MEETING American Legion Post 161 has monthly membership meetings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The group gets veterans to help veterans. FRIDAY/NOV. 15 WINE WINES for the Holidays is presented 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St. Uncork your holiday cheer. Whether novices or connoisseurs, guests will enjoy a relaxed evening and learn about Colorado wines. More than 350 guests will enjoy an evening designed to learn about Colorado wines, bid on an array of silent auction items, enjoy live musical entertainment, and support worthy causes such as the Arvada Community Food Bank and the Carin’ Clinic. Visit or call 720-898-3380 for information.

Center Drive. Sponsored by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Call 303-450-8800 for ticket information.

FRIDAY/NOV. 15 TO DEC. 15 GIFT CARD drive Resort 2 Kindness (R2K) hosts its BIG GIVE 2013 gift card drive to

benefit the Colorado flood victims. The drive runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. R2K will collect unused, unexpired gift cards valid at any restaurant, grocery store, home store or retail store in Colorado. All cards will be given to the Emergency Family Assistance Association. Gift cards can be mailed to Resort 2 Kindness, 9781 S. Meridian Blvd., Suite 200, Englewood, CO 80112. Monetary donations can also be made online at

SATURDAY/NOV. 16 RELEASE PARTY A calendar release party will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov.

16 at the Arvada Tavern. All proceeds from calendar and raffle sales will be donated to a woman who is in need of a kidney transplant. She is in Stage 4 kidney failure.

Gallery on the Go, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Two-hour session includes painting supplies, coffee, snacks and a newly created painting you get to keep. Call 303-450-8800 or go to to register.

SATURDAY/NOV. 16 KIDNEY FUNDRAISER 2014 Calendars for a Kidney, a fundraiser to help a local woman pay for a kidney transplant, is 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Arvada Tavern, 5707 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. In addition to calendar sales, there will be raffle drawings Contact Dapper Dan Doll at or visit filter=calendar. To learn about the kidney donation, visit https://www.giveforward. com/fundraiser/l383/jaymies-kidney-fund SUNDAY/NOV. 17 MOMENT FOR Mutts Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue will have its largest fundraiser of the year, A Moment for Mutts, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 17, featuring live

SATURDAY/NOV. 16 ADULT ART Join the painting party craze with a Coffee and Canvas party hosted by

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MetroNorth Worship Directory St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Worship: 8:00 & 10:45 am Sunday School: 9:30 am

Northglenn United Methodist Church We invite you to join us in worship on Sundays. An inspirational traditional service is offered at 9 AM on Sunday.

There are choirs for every age and musical ability. Small group fellowships that meet weekly and monthly, a licensed pre-school program with a record of 39 plus years of excellence. As well as a Sunday school program for children, youth and adults.

We are located at 1605 W. 106th Ave., Northglenn.

For more information about church and all other services offered, feel free to contact us at 303-452-5120. See You There!

11040 Colorado Blvd.

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FRIDAY/NOV. 15, NOV. 23, DEC. 6 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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It’s closed on Mondays. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. An opening reception is planned 6:308:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and SCFD day is Friday, Nov. 23, featuring free family art activities from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and artist demonstrations 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gallery. 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 FRIDAY TO SUNDAY/NOV. 15-17, NOV. 20-24 MUSICAL PERFORMANCE The Northglenn Youth Theatre presents “Shrek the

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Starting, Sunday, September 8th we would like to invite you to a new contemporary worship service in Northglenn. If you are looking for a contemporary Christian worship service that is welcoming, comfortable, upbeat, and relevant without getting lost in the crowd, please join us at 10:30 am every Sunday morning at 1605 W. 106th Ave. in Northglenn, 80234 for “GO4TH.” We are a caring, inviting, and service oriented church family that wants to “GO4TH” and make a difference. Please join us! • 303-452-5120

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music donated by The Acousticators, graciously hosted by the D Note in Arvada. The fundraiser includes a silent and live auction, with several trips, themed baskets and original paintings for bid. Trips include an Africa Safari, Paris, Rome, Golf at St Kitts in Scotland, Ski Lake Tahoe, Disney, Vegas and more. Contact Terry at; for information, go to, Acousticators. com and

interview with Barrios. His mother, Viola Barrios, was killed in her home in San Antonio. She was a well-known restaurateur, often featured on nationally televised cooking shows. Her violent murder shocked the community. “But her son’s response was even more surprising,” said Lifetree’s Craig Cable. The Lifetree experience will also offer help for anyone dealing with forgiveness issues. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversations 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@

use. Now the Colorado Legislature is in the process of implementing this amendment to the state constitution. At the same time, marijuana use remains a violation of Federal law and those authorities are still weighing their options regarding this change in Colorado state law. Join Active Minds 1:45-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, as we delve into the background of this unfolding story. Program is free and takes place at Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St., Westminster. Call 303-515-6351 to RSVP.

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Kids art These fun painting parties by Gallery on the Go are specialized for kids ages 6-15. All the supplies are included, as well as a drink and a snack. Participants will work on a new painting that can be brought home. The next session is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center. Call 303-450-8800 or go to www. to register.

choice enrollment Arvada West High School plans choice enrollment night 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Arvada West Auditorium. Meet the administrative team, counselors and teachers; hear an overview of programs, academic courses, electives, activities and athletics; tour the building; get your questions answered; and more. Choice enrollment night is for students who live outside the Arvada West attendance boundaries. Applications are available on the Jeffco home page,, or call 303-982-1303.

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mayor coffee Coffee with the Mayor is a chance to talk with city representatives and learn about new developments in the city. The next coffee is at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Atlanta Bread in the Northglenn Marketplace. Call 303-4508930.

adventure geezer Self-described adventure geezer Don Mankin will present an event packed with travel tales and globe-spanning photography at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St., Westminster. The program and refreshments are free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to 877-915-7028 or rsvp. Everyone who registers and attends will be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of Mankin’s latest book “Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler.” The Wall Street Journal named the book one of the best travel books of 2008.

holiday lighting Federal Heights annual holiday lighting event is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at City Hall, 2380 W. 90th Ave. Enjoy holiday music performance, refreshments and the lighting of city decorations. Plus, meet new city manager Jacquie Halburnt. Performances by Timberline Ringers, Pinnacle Children’s Choir and Pinnacle middle school and high school choirs. Mayor Joyce Thomas will turn on the lights at 7 p.m.

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grief series Grief is a natural and necessary healing process that follows many kinds of losses. Join Elaine Feldhaus of Senior Reach for one or more of the sessions. Each class covers what grief is, effective ways to mourn, and provides information on support groups or other community resources. Healing is about learning to live a new normal. Sessions include: Widows’/Widowers’ Fog, 1-2:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18; Before Their Time (loss of young person),1-2:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. Register in advance at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; 303-425-9583.

london Join Active Minds 12:45-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, as we tell the story of London, one of the world’s greatest cities. From the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons, the Norman Conquest, and more, we will tell the story of London right up to the present day. Along the way, we’ll visit some of London’s most colorful characters and notable places, including the Tower of London, where Elizabeth I was held before becoming queen. Come float with us down the river Thames for a front row seat. It’s the next best thing to being there. This event is sponsored by Senior Helpers and takes place at the Thornton Senior Center, 9471 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton. Call 303-2557850 to RSVP.

sunday/nov. 17 author signing Richard Betts will sign copies of his

book “The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert” 1-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Costco Warehouse, 600 Marshall Road, Superior.

monday/nov. 18 holiday traditions Why do we have Christmas trees? Or

for that matter holiday lights, egg nog, holly or mistletoe. Join Active Minds 1-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, as we seek to explain the origins of a wide variety of holiday traditions and examine how they have evolved and changed over time. Program is free and takes place at Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge, 11180 Irving Drive, Westminster. Call Keystone Place at 303-465-5600 to RSVP.

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tuesday/nov. 19 forgiveness the story of Louis Barrios, who publicly forgave his mother’s murderer, will be explored at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Lifetree Café, 5675 Field St., Arvada. “Forgiving the Unforgivable” includes an exclusive filmed

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Wednesday/nov. 20 mariJuana in Colorado In 2012, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational

thursday/nov. 21 Wellness program Learn how to manage your overall health through well-balanced daily nutrition, and discover the key components to a healthy lifestyle and the major impact they have on you. This optimal nutrition and overall wellness program starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. RSVP to Jeanette Sánchez at 303-450-8935 or jsanchez@

coming soon coming soon/nov. 22, Dec. 27 friday cinema Living Water Spiritual Community presents its Friday Cinema program at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 27 at 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. Participate in discussions, sharing of viewpoints, life experiences, and a whole lot of fun. Popcorn and candy are available. Discussion will follow the feature presentation. Some films may have language or subject matter unsuitable for children. Call Kay Ford Johnsen for information at 720-933-4964 or email

coming soon/nov. 23 movie screening Movies That Matter is screening “A Place at the Table at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Living Light of Peace, 5927 Miller St., Arvada. This 2012 documentary that investigates hunger in America and proposed solutions. This film is especially timely because of cuts in the food stamp program that went into effect on Nov. 1. coming soon/nov. 23 art sale So All May Create, a group of collaborating photographers and artists, is hosting a fall art party and sale 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Living Light of Peace Church, 5926 Miller St. Event includes a free art ornament project for kids, and live music 7-9 p.m. Come enjoy an evening of food, music and fun and meet local artists of many different genres. The event and art project is free. The art sale continues 1-4 p.m. Nov. 25-30 (except Thanksgiving). Visit coming soon/nov. 23 fantasy Ball The 26th annual Fantasy Ball benefitting The Adoption Exchange is Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom in Denver. The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a silent auction. Dinner by Epicurean Catering and a live auction will follow. Kelley’s Red Shoes will provide entertainment. Tickets are available at fantasyball or by calling The Adoption Exchange directly at 303-755-4756. For sponsorships, which include 10 tickets, contact Kylene Trask; coming soon/nov. 25-27 sports conditioning Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation offers a youth sports conditioning camp for ages 12-18, at 10-11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 25-27, at the Anderson Building, 4355 Field St. Participants will learn the proper form and techniques for running, cutting, jumping, accelerating/decelerating, and hand/eye coordination. To register, call 303-231-1300 or visit coming soon/nov. 28 turKey chase Join the Denver Rescue Mission on Thanksgiving morning for a run/walk along Van Bibber Creek Trail. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave., Arvada. Visit or call 303-313-2454.

recurring events Women’s netWorKing group in Arvada has openings for Your Week continues on Page 19

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women in business who can commit to a weekly Wednesday morning meeting. One member per business category. Contact or call 303-438-6783.

RecuRRing/ThRough nov. 25 Plaza PRoPosal Northglenn is seeking input from its

cRafT faiR The 34th annual Holiday Craft Fair is Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Kick off the holiday season with purchases of artwork created by more than 150 artisans in all mediums. Visit or by call 720-898-3380. looking aheaD/nov. 29 To Dec. 15

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holiDay show The Players Guild at The Festival Playhouse presents “Somethin’ Special for Christmas,” a Yuletide slice of life that celebrates the hope and faith of one family. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 15, at The Festival Playhouse, 5665 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Call 303-422-4090 or go to www. for tickets and more information. Age appropriate for all.

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residents and visitors on a proposed plaza in front of the Northglenn Recreation Center, adjacent to the Webster Lake Promenade retail center. A survey about the options for this project is available online at The survey will be open through Monday, Nov. 25. If you do not have online access, please contact Deana Miller at 303-4468325 to participate.

Performing Arts is launching a new playwriting initiative for Colorado high schools students. The center will first send professional playwrights into high school English, language arts and drama classes to provide workshops in writing a oneact play. Then, the program will host a statewide competition for original one-act plays written by high school students. The plays, which are accepted Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, will be judged blindly by Denver Center professionals. The competition will result in 10 semifinalists, three finalists and one winner. For a full timeline and rules, visit or contact

RecuRRing/ThRough Dec 31 holiDay bouTique All galleries will be transformed into gift shops for the holidays, and a selection of locally made art and craft items will be featured at the holiday boutique from Nov. 8 to Dec. 31 on 72nd and 73rd Avenue between Lowell and Bradburn. Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday Visit or call 303-426-4114. RecuRRing/ThRough aPRil 30 quilT DonaTions The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is asking for donations of new quilts to benefit flood victims. Quilts must be made of 100 percent cotton fabric, and twin, full and queen sizes are needed. Deliver donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 1213 Washington Ave., Golden; or from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the museum office, 651 Corporate Circle, Suite 102, Golden. Donations will be taken through April 30, 2014. Call 303-277-0377.

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auDiTions The DJC Youth All-Stars is looking for a high school banjo/guitar or replacement drum set player. Audition music and recording have been posted at Auditions will take place 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Flesher-Hinton Music Store, 3936 Tennyson St. in Denver. Intermediate to advanced jazz experience is necessary. For information, or to schedule an audition, email ecan11@ or call 303-328-7277. looking aheaD/Dec. 7 45Th Reunion The Arvada High School Class of 1968 will celebrate its 45th reunion Dec. 7. Classmates that are interested and have not been contacted should contact the reunion committee at or Judy Graves-Jessup at 303-903-1920.   looking aheaD/Dec. 7 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 or call 303-916-9244 for information on ticket cost. looking aheaD/Dec. 7 family hisToRy W.I.S.E. (Wales. Ireland. Scotland. England.) family history society presents its holiday meeting, Colorado Welsh Society at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Central Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Avenue Parkway, in the seventh floor training room. Six members of the Colorado Welsh Society will perform a variety of Welsh poems, stories,

songs and dance. Visit Looking Ahead/Dec. 7

family hisToRy W.I.S.E. (Wales. Ireland. Scotland. England.) family history society presents its holiday meeting, Colorado Welsh Society at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Central Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Avenue Parkway, in the seventh floor training room. Six members of the Colorado Welsh Society will perform a variety of Welsh poems, stories, songs and dance. Visit www.wise-fhs.oRg. looking aheaD/Dec. 9 auDiTions cReaTive Revolution Theatre Company will have auditions for its next murder mystery dinner theater 5-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the North Valley Tech Center, 500 E. 84th Ave., Suite C-1, Thornton. To schedule an audition appointment, call 303-927-0101 or email Callbacks will be done after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. Part improv and part scripted, a wide variety of characters are portrayed in this show that is set at a fairy tale convention. The audience listens for clues, narrows down the suspects, and helps the detective solve the murder. Roles are available for actors 16 and older. Rehearsals will begin the week of Jan. 27, and performances will run Feb. 21-22 and Feb. 28 to March 1. Email creativerevolutiontheatre@gmail. com to schedule an audition appointment or for questions. Auditions will be in the form of a cold reading and will be scheduled in 15-minute time slots. You also have the option to perform a one-minute comedic monologue. You could be called in any time during your fifteen minute time period.  When you email to schedule your appointment, indicate if you would prefer an earlier or later slot. Before the audition you will be provided with an Audition Packet containing a draft rehearsal schedule, information on the show/audition, and more. All roles are non-paying, no fee, non-equity. looking aheaD/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 or contact Kellie at 303-299-5562.  looking aheaD/Dec. 14, Jan. 11, feb. 8 mayoR canDiDaTes North Suburban Republican Forum will meet 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Grill at Legacy Ridge Golf Course, 10801 Legacy Ridge Parkway, Westminster.

This month, the group will welcome Westminster mayor candidates. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast with pastries, fruit, coffee and juice is included in admission cost. Upcoming forum events include city council and board of education candidates on Oct. 12; Adams County sheriff candidates on Nov. 9; end of year review on Dec. 14; Colorado governor candidates on Jan. 11; and U.S. Senate candidates on Feb. 8. Visit

looking aheaD/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 looking aheaD/Jan. 15, feb. 19, maRch 12, aPRil 2 TRavel films A series of hosted travel films is presented at the D.L. Parsons Theatre inside the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive. Tour guides are professional film makers who personally narrate their films. Shows begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a 15-minute intermission with refreshments. Individual and season tickets are available. Call 303-450-8800 for information and reservations. Schedule of films: Jan. 15: Lure and Lore of Deserts, by Sandy Mortimer feb. 19: Taiwan, by Buddy Hatton maRch 12: Majestic Montana, by Steve Gonser aPRil 2: Eastern Canada RV Adventure, by John Holod and Jodie Ginter looking aheaD/feb. 21 banD DeaDline Jam Out Hunger is seeking area high school bands for its first battle of the bands. Deadline for entries is 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21; judges will select six high school bands to compete on Friday, May 16, at the Arvada Center. Visit ongoing/libRaRy PReschooleRs gaTheRing Primetime for Preschoolers meets 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Admission is free. For more information, call 303-452-7534 or go online to librarianship. music Time Music and Movement meets 1:30-2:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St. in Thornton. Children ages 3 to 6 years can sing, dance, play games and learn how to play instruments. Registration is required. To register, visit the online calendar at librarianship.For more information, call 303-452-7534.



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clubs in your community


adult survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Northglenn Women’s Group meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. WINGS provides therapist-facilitated, peer-support groups in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. For more information, call 303-283-8660.

We analyze deals as examples, talk about where to get funding, the best ways to find a bargain and sometimes do property tours. Investors of all levels of experience are welcome but no agents please.


denver thyroid Cancer Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m.

let Go and Let God AFG Al-Anon meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 12021 Northaven Circle in Thornton. For more information, visit

Grief recovery A 12-week Grief Share program meets at

Metro north Chamber Leads Tuesday group meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Lone Star Steakhouse, 237 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton. For more information, call Alan at 720-233-5873.

Mondays at Montclair Recreation Center Lowry, 729 Ulster Way. For more information, call 303-388-9948. 6:30 p.m. each Monday at Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road.

narcotics anonyMous Group meets at 7:30 p.m. Tues-

la leche leaGue of Broomfield meets 10 -11 a.m. the second Monday of the month at Brunner Farm House, 640 Main St.

days at 3585 W. 76th Ave. in Westminster. For more information, go online to

liferinG secular Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at

neW sWinG Swing dancing comes to Thornton 8:30-11 p.m.

Washington Park United Church of Christ, 400 S. Williams St. This is a nonprofit, abstinence-based peer-support group for recovering alcoholics and addicts. For more information, call 303-830-0358 or go online to

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@ overeaters anonyMous meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton. study Group Chabad of NW Metro Denver Jewish Center hosts a thought-provoking discussion on the weekly Torah portion. Drawing from the wisdom of the Talmud, Kabbalah and Chassidic Mystical Masters, the study group focuses on the relevance of the bible stories and Torah’s teaching to our modern lives. The class is 7-8 p.m. Mondays at Chabad, 4505 W. 112 Ave., Westminster. Refreshments served. For costs and the topic of the weekly discussion, visit or call 303-429-5177. The class is led by Rabbi Benjy Brackman spiritual leader of Chabad of NW Metro Denver. West Metro Real Estate Investing Education Group meets 7-9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. We meet in Classroom 1. We cover all the information you will need to successfully fix and flip or buy rentals with positive cash flow.

Tuesdays at Taps and Toes Dance Studio, 12720 N. Colorado Blvd. Beginners are welcome; World Champion Lindy Hop dancers Mark Godwin and Shauna Marble, along with other dancers will provide instruction. Cost is $5. For more information, go online to

northGlenn afG Al-Anon meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11385 Grant Drive. For more information, go online to northGlenn-thornton rotary Club meets at noon Tuesdays at Red Lobster, 1350 W. 104th Ave. in Northglenn. For more information, email NorthglennThorntonRotary@hotmail. com. north Jeffco Republican Women meets the second Tuesday

of every month at the 911 Driving School, 9100 100th Ave., Suite B-4, Westminster. Check-in is at 6:45 p.m., meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Each month outstanding speakers present information vital to our community. Come join us to deepen your knowledge of election candidates, current legislation, and upcoming events. Both men and women are invited to attend. Admission is free.

northWest area Newcomers and Social Club, serving the women of north Jeffco and northwest Denver metro, meets every meet every fourth Tuesday of the month. For information, place and reservations, call Susan Dittman at 303-673-9266 or Patti Bloomquist at 303-940-7478. north Metro Newcomer and Social Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month for lunch and a program. We welcome all women who would like to meet new friends and

find new activities. Call Peggy Frances at 303-215-9627 or Karen Dowling at 303-422-7369.

overeaters anonyMous meets 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 W. 76th Ave. Contact Laura at 303-428-9293. tae kWon do Learn self-defense, get a workout and increase self-confidence. Two classes available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the city of Westminster recreation division: peewees (ages 5-8), from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and ages 9 and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Classes at the MAC, 3295 W. 72nd Ave. Call 303-4264310. Visit and talkinG ideas Toastmasters Club meets noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays at 10155 Westmoor Drive, Suite 225, in Westminster. For more information, call Mary Taylor at 303-327-1616. tops co 538, a weight-loss support group, meets Tuesdays at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, 76th and Bradburn. Weigh-in is 6-6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting. For information, call 303-429-5923. WestMinster optiMist Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the Egg & I, 799 Highway 287, Broomfield. For more information, call John Swanborg at 303-466-5631 or email him at Wednesdays northGlenn Moose Lodge 2166 hosts men’s meeting nights at 8 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 11449 York St., Northglenn. Call 303-457-3391. WoMen of the Moose Chapter 644 meet at 7:30 p.m. the first and second Wednesday of each month at 11449 York Street, Northglenn. Call 303-457-3391. a-naMi (national Alliance on Mental Illness-Adams County) meets from 7-9 p.m. the last Wednesday of every month at the Community Reach Center, 8931 Huron St., Thornton. Each A-NAMI meeting provides participants time for sharing challenges and triumphs, and frequently feature presentations by mental-health professionals and educational discussion. Anyone dealing with a mental illness, including family and friends, may benefit from A-NAMI support. For more information, contact (303) 853-3770; arvada Biz Connection ( is an informal networking event that brings together local entrepreneurs. Meetings are Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 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.

flatirons vieW Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at The Depot at Five Parks, 13810 W. 85th Ave. in Arvada. Polish your speaking and presentation skills in a fun, instructional, nurturing environment. For more information visit Music teachers Association Suburban Northwest meets from 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 professionals from around the state lecturing on the latest teaching developments. rocky Mountain Submarine Veterans meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at American Legion Wilmore-Richter Post 161, 6230 W. 60th Ave. in Arvada. Active duty, reserve, retired, veterans, interested public and their ladies are cordially invited. For more information, go online to www. toastMasters-WestMinster coMMunicators

meets 12:15-1:15 p.m. every Wednesday at DeVry University, 1870 W. 122nd Ave., Room 134. Toastmasters has helped thousands of people over the years and we can help you. Admission is free. Enter the southeast door to the first room, 134. Call Ray Hamilton at 303-284-4223.

WestMinster rotary 7:10 Club meets 7:10-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at The Ranch Country Club, 11667 Tejon St., Westminster. For more information, call Angela Habben at 720-947-8080. thursdays adaMs county triad meets 1-2 p.m. the third Thursdays of the month at 3295 W. 72nd Ave. in Westminster. The Triad is formed of law enforcement officers, senior citizens, fire personnel and senior organizations. Triad volunteers develop and implement crime-prevention and education programs for older adults. Activities address crime from both a pre-victimization (preventive) standpoint and a post-victimization (victim/witness assistance) standpoint. All senior citizens or people who care about senior citizens of Adams County are welcome. Topic changes each month. For more information, contact Jenee Centeno at 303-854-7420. Fridays.


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GALLERY OF GAMES & weekly horoscope

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ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) Keep your feelings to yourself as you work through an awkward circumstance. Complaining is useless, and also unwise since your words could come back to haunt you. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) A sudden flash of Bovine practicality shows you how you might be able to turn your artistic pursuits into a profitable venture. A spouse or partner offers some sage advice. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) Be prepared with several “Plan Bs” that you might have to use as backups just in case you encounter some troublesome complications with your carefully constructed schedule. CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) You might think you’ll never have a free moment again with the demands of the workplace piling on. Cheer up. The pressure eases as holiday time nears. An old friend brings good news. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) Your Leonine pride might make it difficult to offer an apology to a co-worker you unintentionally offended. But a quick and sincere “I’m sorry” could prevent problems down the line. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) This is a good time to tackle those backed-up chores that have kept you from moving into other and potentially more worthwhile projects. A personal matter needs your attention. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) You usually have no problem rushing to the defense of someone you perceive as being treated unjustly. But perceptions could be deceiving this week. Check the facts before you act. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) Before you point fingers at who might be to blame for the unexpected change in your plans, take a few moments to reflect on how this turn of events might be a blessing in disguise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) You seek out advice in the first part of the week. But be careful not to let counsel from others overshadow your own sense of perception. Things become clearer by the week’s end. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) The trusted colleagues you relied on earlier continue to offer support with your project. But you take more control, and by the week’s end, you should be in full command. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) Rely on your practical side while exploring investment possibilities. Caution is still your watchword in these matters. Your social life takes a gratifying turn by the week’s end. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) An already confusing situation appears to grow murkier during the first part of the week. But it all starts to clear by the week’s end. Plan to spend the weekend with someone special. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a passion for life that inspires others to follow your example. You could be a motivational speaker. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.



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Mountain Range senior Jacob McCort embraces senior Ben Waddell after losing to Cherokee Trail Nov. 8 at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. Photos by Kate Ferraro

Cherokee Trail too much for Mountain Range Mustangs fall in second round of State Tournament By Kate Ferraro AURORA - Mountain Range’s first ever appearance in the playoffs ended when it lost to No. 6 Cherokee Trail in the second round of the 5A Football State Tournament Nov. 8 at Legacy Stadium in Aurora. The Mustangs came into the postseason as the No. 11 seed, making history as the first football team at Mountain Range to make the playoffs. The Mustangs played a successful first round defeating Heritage 24-20 Nov. 1, however its playoff run came to a halt with a 41-7 loss against the Cougars. “The result is not how we wanted it to turn out,” Mountain Range quarterback Andrew Wamsley said. “I can’t say that I’m not happy about this season. Just to make it as far as we have and be the first team ever to break records, it’s a big thing to me.” The Mustangs finished their 2013 campaign with a 9-2 record, only losing one game, to Grand Junction, before the postseason. Despite the loss, Wamsley said this year was the best season they’ve ever had, not just game-wise, but the players’ chemistry mixed really well also. “It’s a great feeling to know this is the actual team, the actual family, the actual brotherhood that we’ve had in this program,” Wamsley said. “We’ve never had this. We’ve battled through it all.” Cherokee Trail runningback Cam-

eron Smith scored twice for the Cougars in the first half of the game, a five- and 10-yard touchdown run. Running back Izaiah Lottie added to the score for the Cougars with a 34-yard touchdown run. Wide receiver Evan White caught a 40-yard pass for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter, making the score 27-0 at halftime. The Cougars missed two point-after-touchdowns and a twopoint conversion, but it didn’t matter. The Cougars scored two more times in the second half for the 41-7 win. Mountain Range running back Gabe Gillespie scored the only touchdown for the Mustangs when he ran the ball seven yards into the endzone with 36 seconds left in the game. Gillespie led the Front Range League in rushing yards with 1, 324. That’s 337 more yards than the second place leader Langston Stuckey from Fort Collins with 987 yards. Gillespie also led the league in scoring points with 118. Wamsley finished his senior season with 1,232 passing yards, progressing from his junior season where he had 1,024. Wamsley said he really perfected his game this year and would like the opportunity to continue playing football in college. “I’m going to miss everything about it,” Wamsley said about high school football. “To be in the position that I’m at and see my success that I’ve grown from my sophomore year to my senior year, it’s a great improvement that I’m very proud of.”

Cherokee Trail running back Cameron Smith runs through the Mountain Range defense Nov. 8 at Legacy Stadium in Aurora.


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November 14, 2013

Holy Family falls in semifinals at State Eaton beats Tigers 3-2 By Kate Ferraro

kferraro@ourcoloradonews. com Holy Family cruised through the first two matches of the 3A Volleyball State Tournament Nov. 8-9 sweeping both Coal Ridge and Platte Valley 3-0 at the Denver Coliseum. No. 5 Holy Family moved on to the semifinals against No. 1 Eaton taking the Reds into five sets. The Tigers found themselves down 2-0 after getting beat 25-19 and 25-15. However, they fought back winning the next two sets 25-23 and 25-21 to tie the game at two. The Tigers ended up losing the fifth set 15-11 for the 3-2 loss. Eaton eventually won the 3A championship game against Manitou Springs, 3-0. Junior Blayke Hranicka led the Holy Family offense with 14 kills, while senior Claudia Pena had nine. Senior libero Tylynn Nelson had 25 digs in the game. Earlier in the day, the Tigers beat No. 4 Platte Valley in pool play in straight sets 25-15, 2520 and 25-17. Holy Family also swept Coal Ridge 25-13, 25-22 and 25-11 in their first game of

pool play in the tournament. Semifinals is the highest round Holy Family has gotten to in the past two years. Eaton swept Lamar in pool play the first day 3-0 and then beat Bayfield 3-1 the next day. Hranicka finished her junior year with a .424 hitting percentage, the most in the league. She was also first in the league in kills hitting 4.4 kills a set.

Rocky Mountain Lutheran

Rocky Mountain Lutheran lost both games in pool play, ending its season and not being able to advance to semifinals. The Eagles won the first set of their first match against Flagler 25-23. However, Flagler fought back and took three straight sets from Rocky Mountain Lutheran 25-19, 25-9 and 25-17. The Eagles were swept by Otis in the second match 25-21, 25-21 and 25-9. Senior Erynn Keeney had 17 kills in the tournament and junior Abby Valerio had 16. Valerio had 35 blocks overall. Defensively, senior Brittney Zemlicka had 30 digs in the first game and 11 in the second. Senior Maurisa Mounger had 39. Both Keeney and junior Ana Valdez had 34 digs.

Holy Family sophomores Abigail Hodell, middle, and Sophie Mosko, right, block the ball in a game against Coal Ridge at the volleyball State Tournament Nov. 8 at the Denver Coliseum. Photo by Kate Ferraro


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3A State Tournament The Tigers swept their first two opponents Coal Ridge and Platte Valley in the 3A Volleyball State Tournament. They took Eaton into five sets losing 3-2 in the semifinals.

Mountain Range 7, Cherokee Trail 41 Mustangs running back Gabe Gillespie scored the lone touchdown for Mountain Range late in the fourth quarter in a 41-7 loss to Cherokee Trail. Mountain Range ended their season 9-2, making history as the first football team at Mountain Range to make it to the playoffs.

Holy Family 41, Delta 42 Holy Family football lost in overtime 42-41 to Delta ending their season with an 8-3 record. The Tigers missed a PAT in overtime giving Delta the win. Quarterback David Sommers had four touchdowns.


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November 14, 2013

War and the waiting

Hanukkah, Thanksgiving’s special year

A childhood touched by impact of war “Year of the Jungle” by Suzanne Collins 2013, Scholastic $17.99 / $19.99 Canada 40 pages All day long, while you’re at school, you really miss your parents. But that’s okay. You know you’ll see them in a few hours or a few days, and it’ll be fun. You’ll get hugs and give kisses, make dinner together, and read stories. But some kids, though, they have to wait to see their mom or dad, and it might be a long time. In “Year of the Jungle” by Suzanne Collins, illustrated by James Proimos, you’ll see why. Suzy, who was the youngest in her family, loved when her dad read poems to her. She particularly liked the ones about a dragon because he was ‘the bravest of all.” The dragon was special, and so was everybody in Suzy’s family. But Suzy’s daddy had to go away for a while. She knew he was going to a place called Vietnam , and someone said he’d be “in the jungle.” That reminded her of her favorite TV cartoon, which was about a jungle man who swings from a rope. Her dad would be gone for a year. That seemed like a long time. While he was gone, Suzy’s dad sent lots of postcards. He missed her first day of first grade. He wasn’t there to read the paper to her, or poems. He wasn’t around for Halloween or Thanksgiving, but he sent a Vietnamese lady doll home for Suzy’s Christmas present. Suzy tried hard not to worry, even though grown-ups acted weird when they found out where her father was. She tried not to think about her dad in the jungle, until she got a birthday card from him and it was nowhere near her birthday. It was hard not to think about him after she saw a TV news report with explosions and hurt soldiers.





That made her cry. It was a long year, but then her dad came home – just that quick! He wasn’t quite the Daddy that Suzy remembered. He looked tired, he was awfully thin, and sometimes, he looked like he was thinking about the jungle. He came home with gifts, but the best gift of all was having him home. I really liked this book, but I struggled to determine its audience. ”Year of the Jungle” will be way better understood by grandparents than by children: author Suzanne Collins’ tale, for instance, touches upon pop-culture things that would resonate with people who were kids during the Vietnam War. Yes, today’s children know all about war and parents going away to fight one, but will they understand this story? I think so. Collins based her book on her own childhood recollections, and her memories of loss, worry, and confusion are wisely innocent and timeless without being too scary. Illustrations by James Proimos help maintain that lack of frightfulness. Overall, this is a grown-up-kids book that I think may actually be comforting to children whose parents are in the military because it assures them that “most people come back.” And for that, “Year of the Jungle” is one that neither of you should miss.

It has been 125 years since Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincided. This year is a good time to tell children the story of both festivals. For more family teaching fun see and hear grandparentsteachtoo. org in English and Spanish. Thanksgiving is celebrated at different times worldwide. It is a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the food harvest and the preceding year. In 1621 the Pilgrims brought the religious celebration Days of Thanksgiving from Europe to Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 1789 George Washington declared a day of thanksgiving and grateful hearts. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it an annual tradition in 1863. Hanukkah is the 2,178 year old Holy Festival of Lights. It commemorates the victory of the Israelites over the Syrian Greek armies and the miracle of restoring the Menorah in the Holy Temple. Only one vial of oil was found, enough for one day and yet it lasted for eight days. Hanukkah is celebrated at home by lighting the Menorah each night, playing Dreidel, and eating special Hanukkah foods with family and friends. Some people also sing Hanukkah songs or exchange gifts. There are many library books telling the story and meaning of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. Potato Latkes These potato pancakes may or may not be a traditional Hanukkah food, but they are often served during Hanukkah, delicious, and easy for children helpers. Children may not like the spices listed so they can be left out. Combine two cups peeled and shredded potatoes, yams, or frozen grated potatoes, 1 tablespoon grated onion, 1 beaten egg, 2 tablespoons flour or matzah meal, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons frying oil, (optional a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves). Peel and grate potatoes and squeeze

out any excess moisture. Beat egg and add. Then add matzah meal or flour and baking powder. Add spices (if desired) and mix well. Heat oil in a frying pan until hot and put a large spoonful for each pancake. Cook until brown and flip. Serve warm. For fluffier pancakes, separate egg. Put in the yolk. Beat egg white until stiff. Fold in egg white after all other ingredients have been mixed in. Children can help measure, mix, serve, and clean up. Thanksgiving Basket Children may have difficulty listing what they are thankful for, but with a little preparation they will be able to warm everyone’s hearts with their honesty and love. Days before Thanksgiving place a basket in the kitchen and label it “I am thankful for…” Explain that the family will place little notes of thankful things that happen from now until Thanksgiving. Children can ask someone older to print or draw pictures showing thanks for kisses, hugs, cookies, trips to the park, reading stories, or playing. Then Thanksgiving Day there will be many loving notes to share with no pressure. Esther Macalady is a former teacher, who lives in Golden, and participates in the Grandparents Teach Too writing group.

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November 14, 2013

Chemical weapons await destruction in state Pueblo facility far behind initial schedule By Kristin Jones

I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS On the high plains of Pueblo’s eastern edge, fields of concrete bunkers arrayed like a vast cemetery hold most of the remaining stockpile of the nation’s chemical weapons. The earth-covered “igloos” with their reinforced concrete headwalls contain 2,611 tons of mustard agent in mortar rounds and artillery shells. Slated for destruction since at least 1985, the munitions are old, leaky and expensive to protect. The process of dismantling them is 29 years behind schedule and $33.8 billion over budget, according to Defense Department documents and historians. Half a world away, the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is seeking to take apart Syria’s estimated 1,000-ton stash of poison agent in just eight months. The group was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work, which proceeds amid a raging civil war. The depot here in Pueblo shows how difficult the job can be, even absent the chaos of war. Stymied by technical barriers, concerned neighbors and increasingly complex environmental regulations, the U.S. effort to get rid of its own weapons of mass destruction has consistently fallen short of projections. Ronald Reagan was president when Congress first directed the Army to eliminate its stockpile of 31,500 tons of mustard agent, sarin and VX developed by the U.S. military for use in war. At that time, the Army thought the job would be done by 1994 and cost $1.7 billion, according to the Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based research institute. By the time of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention — an international treaty under which the U.S. and other nations agreed to destroy their stockpiles — estimates had shifted. But the U.S. still expected to destroy its arsenal by a 2007 deadline. The convention held out the possibility of a five-year extension. That deadline slipped by last year. In the latest Defense Department projection, the remaining 10 percent of the stockpile won’t be destroyed until 2023, at a total cost of $35.5 billion.

Assumptions ‘off base’

The initial estimates were “optimistic,” says Greg Mahall, a spokesman for the

Army department responsible for destroying most of the stockpile to date. “As we got more and more into the reality of it, we found that some of the assumptions were off base.” Among these assumptions were that the toxic agents would remain inert as they were dismantled. “Some of the mustard projectiles champagned when we opened them — spit out and went like a champagne bottle,” says Mahall. Walls and equipment in the destruction plants were contaminated with the toxic blister agent, creating more cleanup work. At the same time, environmental groups and neighbors of storage sites like Pueblo Chemical Depot presented hurdles to the Army’s plan to incinerate the material. Ross Vincent, a retired chemical engineer, moved to Pueblo with his wife in 1988 thinking that they had arrived in an “environmental nirvana.” When the couple found out at a chamber of commerce meeting that the Army was planning to burn chemical weapons nearby, says Vincent, “My wife and I looked at each other and went, ‘Uhhh.’” Now 71 and the chair of the local chapter of the Sierra Club, Vincent says he has spent the last quarter-century pushing the Pentagon to seek faster, safer, and more efficient ways to destroy the toxic weapons. “When I got into this, I didn’t know it was going to be a lifestyle choice,” he says. In 1996, in response to public pressure, Congress directed the Army to seek alternatives to incineration. The result of that effort is a plan to use processes of neutralization — diluting the chemicals with water before treating them — to eliminate the stockpile in Pueblo by 2019. A similar plan is in place for the 523 tons of chemical material, including weaponized sarin, held at Kentucky’s Blue Grass Army Depot, by 2023.

Plant being tested

In Pueblo, a destruction plant has been built, and is undergoing a rigorous process of systemization — that is, testing the equipment and training the staff — before its proposed launch in 2015. Even with the technological advances of recent decades, however, the process of neutralizing toxic agents can be especially complicated when they have been built into projectiles and mortars. “Every once in a while the munitions leak,” explains Charles Sprague, spokesman for the Pueblo Chemical Depot. “We usually find the leaking munitions after a good low-pressure storm comes through.”

The sun rises at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, in this Sept. 2011 file photo showing the evaporator and crystallizer that make up part of the Brine Reduction System, which will recycle up to 85 percent of the water used in the agent neutralization process back through the system for reuse. Photo courtesy DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Sensors detect the leaks inside the igloos, and chemical operations crews are sent in with protective equipment to find the culprit, Sprague says. The problem munitions are then packed into other material and put into a separate igloo. These overpacked and leaky munitions can’t be neutralized in the prescribed way, so the current plan is to explode them in mobile detonation chambers. For decades before American environmental regulations came into play in the early 1970s, some weapons were simply buried. A 1996 Army report identified 96 possible chemical weapons burial spots in 38 states. The likely burial sites included Rocky Mountain Arsenal, an area east of Commerce City that once housed facilities for the manufacture of nerve and blister agent. The 27-square-mile area is now undergoing cleanup as a Superfund site, and has been named a wildlife refuge. Or the munitions were simply tossed into the ocean. The acronym for this method, says Army spokesman Mahall, was CHASE — Cut Holes and Sink ‘Em.

Sarin in Syria

A sarin attack that killed hundreds of people in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, on Aug. 21 brought a fresh reminder of the horrors these weapons can bring. Faced with the haunting images of the victims of this attack, few would suggest it’s not worth

Calm After the Storm

destroying Syria’s stockpile of poison agent. The differences between the two countries’ chemical weapons stockpiles are stark, says Defense Department spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea. The U.S. stockpile was much older, and largely weaponized — put into munitions. “It’s not a very good comparison,” Elzea says. “It was done very slowly and deliberately in the U.S.” Back in Pueblo, Vincent wonders how an arsenal like Syria’s could be destroyed safely in less than a year. He says he’s satisfied that the current proposal for destroying the remaining stockpile in Colorado has come a long way toward eliminating risks and pollutants, though he adds, “None of us is very pleased with the idea of blowing up chemical weapons in the neighborhood.” Many of Vincent’s neighbors, meanwhile, have grown tired of the debates over the chemical weapons stockpile next door, says Irene Kornelly, who chairs the Colorado Citizens Advisory Commission, a watchdog group for the Pueblo Chemical Depot. “There are also a lot of people who don’t care one way or another,” says Kornelly. “At this point, it’s like, just get it done.” I-News is the public service journalism arm of Rocky Mountain PBS. To read more, go to Contact Kristin Jones at


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