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Sigg sentenced to life in prison By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ Jefferson County District Court Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger sentenced 18-year-old Austin Sigg to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 40 years, plus an additional 86 years for the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway. Although Sigg is eligible for parole, due to the sentencing of the 14 other counts, Sigg will live the rest of his life behind bars. “I can’t emphasize enough how this crime affected the court, the community and the families,” Munsinger said on Tuesday. “Why an intelligent young man with a good family who loves him, decided to kidnap and kill a little girl is still a mystery. But evil is real and present in our community.” The sentencing came after one and half days of testimony and comments from Jessica Ridgeway’s family. After the conclusion, District Attorney Pete Weir said he was pleased with the outcome and thought the judge’s sentence was thoughtful and appropriate. He said with Sigg behind bars, he will never have the opportunity to prey on a member of the community, and although justice has been served for Jessica Ridgeway, the damage and loss from the heinous crime remains. “We hope for some closure for the families. We know the legal process can’t solve all the pain and the loss,” Weir said. “This sentencing can restore the confidence lost in our community.” Jessica’s disappearance on Oct. 5, 2012 prompted a massive volunteer search for the 10-year-old

girl and a collaborative effort from 75 law enforcement agencies to find and later solve the crime. After her body was Ridgeway found days later, the search turned into a communitywide commitment to bring justice to Jessica. Mike Rankin, FBI assistant special agent, said the case was one of the most significant illustrations of collaboration among law enforcement agencies that he’s even seen. “Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk and his staff are second to none,” he said. Leading up to the judge’s decision was testimony from Anna Salter, a clinical psychologist. She’s worked with violent crime offenders for many years and has a master’s degree in child study. She did not interview Sigg personally, but did review reports and interviews between Sigg and law enforcement. After spending hours on the case, she described Sigg as a sadist with psychopathic characteristics due to the nature of the crime and his actions leading up to the murder, including viewing child pornography and videos of body dismemberment. “In an interview Austin said the moment Jessica Ridgeway was in the car he knew she was

Austin Sigg was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 40 years, plus an additional 86 years for the murder and kidnapping of Jessica Ridgeway. Photo courtesy of the Denver Post

‘I am not saying anything because the defendant doesn’t deserve to hear how this has affected me emotionally. I will not remember him after I walk out these doors, I’ll only remember Jessica and her legacy.’ Sarah Ridgeway

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Mayor, councilors take the helm Council adds three newcomers By Ashley Reimers

Above, Alberto Garcia, on left, is sworn in by Commerce City Municipal Judge David Juarez as a new Westminster city council member during the Nov. 11 city council meeting. At right, Herb Atchison, center, listens with his wife Erika as Westminster Municipal Judge John Stipech reads his certificate after being sworn in as the new Westminster mayor during the Nov. 11 city council meeting. Photos by Ashley Reimers POSTAL ADDRESS

It was an evening of memories and new beginnings during the Nov. 11 Westminster city council meeting. The meeting featured the closure of one chapter for four longtime community members and the start of a new a one for four more. Herb Atchison, the new Westminster mayor, and new councilors Emma Pinter, Alberto Garcia and Bruce Baker were sworn in taking a seat in their new positions, while, former mayor Nancy McNally, and former councilors Mary Lindsey, Mark Kaiser and Scott Major said goodbye to the community they have served for many years. “To the mayor, I believe Nancy is the best mayor this city has ever had,” Major said. “It’s been a privilege to serve this city. We’ve put in blood, sweat and tears into the Printed on recycled positions we have served. My greatest adnewsprint. Please vice is to always make your decisions based recycle this copy. on the last election, not the next one.” Lindsey and Kaiser both expressed their thanks to the staff for the years of hard work, Lindsey holding back tears while describing the honor she feels having the opportunity to have served Westminster for eight years. She said she will miss the

community partnerships she gained over the year and the staff. As one meeting adjourned another began with excitement from the new councilors, filling their seat on council with big smiles on their faces. Lead by Atchison, council got straight to work discussing the need to quickly fill the vacant spot on council left by Atchison’s election to mayor. According to the City Charter and the Municipal Code, any vacancy must be filled within 30 days by a majority vote of the remaining members of City Council. Council will accept eligible applications until 6 p.m. Nov. 21. Those eligible must have been a resident of Westminster for at least 12 months, are a U.S. citizen and registered to vote, and will remain a resident of the city throughout the term of office, November 2015. City communications director Joe Reid said after the application deadline, council will decide on a process to interview applicants, followed by a vote by council, to fill the vacancy. “The vote will likely will happen at the Dec. 9 meeting but it could happen on Dec. 2 if council calls a special meeting,” he said. “Council has a 30-day window to make this happen or there is a special election.” For more information on the application and voting process, contact city clerk Linda Yeager at 303-658-2161 or via email at


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Kindness reigns in this parade Sometimes, you can’t stop the parade, especially when it’s fueled by quiet goodness and an abiding conviction that the smallest effort makes a difference. Sometimes, you just have to jump into the line and see where it takes you. That’s what high school teacher Bob Sutterer and his Rum-Dums did. “We feel we don’t really know what we’re doing,” says Bob, with a smile. “But none of us really feels like we should walk away — so we just keep walking forward.” One hopeful step at a time. The path is taking him and his small troupe to Liberia, a battle-ravaged country struggling to find its way after two successive civil wars dismantled its economic and educational infrastructure. “The challenge is huge,” says Robert Sondah, an educator in Liberia from whom Bob has learned much. “Our society has been broken.” But to fully understand Bob’s connection to this small West African country, you must first retrace the route back 17 years to a Minnesota basement and a rickety table with file folders stacked by a man who repeatedly showed his family what it meant to care. “I remember walking into the kitchen and Dad was cooking ribs — mounds of food,” Bob says. “I’d say, ‘Oooh, we’re going to eat well!’ And he’d say, ‘They’re for so-and-so-and-so-and-so ... someone with illness in their family or who had lost their job.” His dad, Dittmar Sutterer, was the son of a pastor from a small Minnesota town. Now 82, he spent his life as a teacher, paper industry employee and school custodian. Always, “he was making and giving things to other people,” Bob says. So, it didn’t surprise anyone when Dittmar, after befriending members of the large Liberian refugee community in Minneapolis, began supporting an orphanage in the country where 85 percent of its people live below the international poverty line.

He established a small, informal nonprofit comprised mainly of neighbors on his street and ran it from the table in his basement, writing necessary communication on a manual typewriter. Eventually, the bridge he built carried more than 7,000 books, about $90,000 to help create and modernize schools from thatchedroof into cement-walled structures and 178 55-gallon barrels of clothing, medical supplies and food. In 2007, after 11 years of guiding this outreach, Dittmar, beginning to feel the weight of his years, gave notice to family, friends and partners in Liberia that he would retire the following year. “A lot of his supporters were aging, too,” Bob says. “It was kind of a natural wind-down of the entire process.” But, as Bob looked at what his father had done, he and his wife, Lisa, began to marvel: “We were amazed that one guy, a retired senior citizen, could start something that grew to something really significant.” That’s when the parade beckoned. Bob visited Liberia in 2010, driving down muddy roads through lush jungles to villages where kids ran down hills as he arrived and teachers shook his hands in gratitude. He found unexpected memories of home, too. “I saw books that were on my shelf on their shelves,” Bob says. “I saw kids running around in Minnesota jerseys.” He returned to Colorado completely overwhelmed, knowing only the need for education was immense and feeling a fascinating curiosity spark about what, just

maybe, could happen if someone cared enough. “Education,” Bob says, “should be something everyone should get a shot at.” He began writing to friends, and like his father before him, recruited a small neighborly band. They include his wife, a middle school social studies teacher; a marketing executive; a physician’s assistant; a school principal; an accountant; and a college professor. They call themselves the Rum-Dums because they’re figuring it out as they go. They’ve connected with the nonprofit Vision Trust in Colorado Springs, a Christian organization whose goal is to provide at-risk children in Africa, Asia and the Americas with education, food and medical care. That’s how they met Robert and his wife, Siakor, who oversee six schools with 54 teachers and more than 2,600 students in kindergarten through ninth grades. The couple was recently in Colorado for training with Vision Trust and strategy meetings with the Rum-Dums. They are passionate about their mission. “We’re hoping to develop a new generation of leadership in our country,” Robert says. “We’re hoping the kids will grow up to know God and become the leaders who will help the people and bring back to the community.” Apart from the mission connection, a true friendship forged on mutual admiration is growing. Bob is consistently moved by the devoted commitment Robert and Siakor, parents of four children themselves, bring each day to plant roots for successful lives in the children under their watch. “It’s truly inspiring ... to give to so many kids,” Bob says. “There’s a simple but profound goodness in that.” Robert and Siakor see that virtue in American culture rather than their own. “You (Americans) can’t just live for yourselves,” Robert says. “You have to empty yourself into other people.”

Siakor acknowledges the different cultures and environments. “But,” she says, “we are all working for the common good — so we can make the world better.” Maybe that’s what the parade represents, a chance to become part of something greater than ourselves. For Bob, the journey has been a multifaceted blessing. As a teacher, “it’s fascinating professionally to apply the things I’ve been doing my whole life in a different way.” As a father, “it’s a good kind of family legacy and a good teaching moment for my kids.” As a son, “it was a way to honor my father.” It’s about faith, too. “There are about three times in my life that God has tapped me on my shoulder when I’ve gotten the sense this is something I should be doing.” There’s a true story Bob likes to tell about a parade. It goes likes this: One New Year’s Day when San Diego resident Bob Goff’s kids were bored, he suggested a neighborhood parade. The only rule — no one could watch. Everyone had to participate. A few neighbors joined and marched down the street. Years later, hundreds march in a parade that has become a grand tradition. Bob recounted that story when he first approached the Rum-Dums about helping children half a world away find their future. And then he said: “There’s this parade that’s happening. Do you want to just grab something and jump in?” All it takes is one hopeful step. Aren’t you curious to see where it will end?

Ann Macari Healey’s column about people, places and issues of everyday life appears every other week. She can be reached at or 303566-4110.

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Work begins on I-25 toll lanes Lanes will stretch six miles between U.S. 36 and 120th By Tammy Kranz Expect more congestion and possible delays on Interstate 25 from U.S. 36 to 120th Avenue the next couple years as crews work to create high occupancy vehicle HOV (high occupancy vehicles) tolled express lanes in each direction. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began work on the I-25 project Oct. 7. The project, which is expected to be completed in October 2015, calls for the construction of six miles of a new managed lane in each direction. This work includes lowering I-25 at the 88th

Avenue bridge to meet clearance regulations, repaving of the road and installing approximately 3,700 feet of new concrete noise walls. “What we’re going to be doing is putting in a new HOV toll express lane in each direction from U.S. 36 to 120th,” said Andy Stratton, a project manager with CDOT, during Northglenn City Council’s Nov. 4 study session. “By using the wide existing inside shoulder, we have room to put that managed lane in along the corridor without doing any widening.” Some of the work will require CDOT to switch traffic on either side and there will be a public campaign to alert motorists of what to expect, He also cautioned of nighttime work, however, he said, “There will be no daytime I-25 closures — we will always main-

tain three lanes of traffic in each direction at all times during the day.” The express lanes will be separated from the general purpose lanes by solid white lines instead of barriers. There will be designated ingress and egress zones situated between each interchange so motorists can get in and out of the managed lanes easily, Stratton said. Although CDOT does not have pricing information at this time on transponders, HOVs using the managed lanes will be required to have one. “HOV users with a transponder will be able to use the lanes for free,” Stratton said. “Single occupancy or HOV vehicles that don’t have a transponder will be accessed a toll through license plate tolling.” Right now to be designated as a high occupancy vehicle, there must be at least two

passengers in the vehicle. That number increased to three in 2017. The project has $59.3 million in total funding, made possible through a mixture of federal, state and local contributions. The funding breakdown is: $15 million from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program, $30.33 million from other federal funds, $8.7 million from the state, $1.75 million from Thornton, $1.5 million from Adams County, $750,000 from the Regional Transportation District (RTD), $550,000 from Northglenn, $500,000 from Westminster, $150,000 from Federal Heights, $50,000 from Broomfield and$25,000 from Weld County. To keep updated on the project, visit

Westminster neWs in a hurry FRCC art students to exhibit work

Advanced art students at Front Range Community College in Westminster will display their works at the Visual and Performing Arts Gallery. The exhibition runs through Dec. 3 in the gallery, room C1660 at the Westminster Campus, 3645 W. 112th Ave. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Admission is free. The campus is an RTD bus stop, and free parking also is available.

Input needed for city improvement plans

The City of Westminster’s Community Development Department will hold a public meeting to obtain input on the city’s 2014 Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Act funds 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Westminster Grange, 3935 W. 73rd Ave. The 2014 Action Plan describes projects proposed to be funded by 2014 CDBG

and HOME. These funds are allocated each year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are available for projects that benefit the city’s low- and moderate-income residents and to alleviate blight. For more information, contact Community Development Program Planner Heather Ruddy at or at 303-658-2111.

Plans approved for City Center Marketplace

An official development plan amendment for exterior modifications and landscaping for the City Center Marketplace, located at the northeast corner of 92nd Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard, has been approved. The exterior modifications include building façade and entrance features to accommodate new tenant spaces for Ross, JoAnn Fabrics and Ulta stores.

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Family receives help in struggle with disease Three sons suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy By Tammy Kranz Soon after Richard and Jamie Romito found out their son was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy they created a foundation to raise money for the research of the fatal disease and to improve the quality of life for those living with it. The foundation became even more treasured to the north Denver area couple as a second, then a third, son also were diagnosed with DMD, which is a muscle wasting disease that results in the patient being confined in a wheelchair by early adolescence. There is no cure and the life expectancy is the late 20s for those with the disease. The Romito Foundation has raised more than $100,000 since 2007, and it has helped fund research, a camp for children with DMD and several field trips to sporting events. However, it wasn’t until recently that Richard Romito had a stark reality check when he realized he soon would have three sons (Dominic, 12; Collin, 7; and Kalen, 5) in wheelchairs and the costs of a modified house, modified vehicle, health care and future surgeries was an overwhelming thought. “I never wanted to think that far ahead, I suppressed the reality of having to find a home that would be accessible for my family and to find transportation,” said

Romito, who is a law enforcement officer in the Denver metro area. “I continue to believe there will be a positive treatment that would slow down the progression and or a cure that will allow my boys to remain ambulatory. I realize I need to be thinking about the future and plan now for the future so if the worst comes I am prepared.” Through friends, the Bankers Foundation of Colorado heard of the Romito’s financial burden and wanted to help. The Bankers Foundation of Colorado offered to match four times the amount of donations for the Romito family. Community members donated $1,250 and the matching fund added $5,000, making a total donation of $6,250 for the family. Romito said he got weakkneed when he heard about the community donations and the matching fund by the Bankers Foundation and that he could not believe there were people who wanted to help his family. “I’m blessed to have people like that around,” he said. “It’s so refreshing to know there are people out there that still want to help others.” Chuck Johnston, CEO and president of North Valley Bank and a board member of the Bankers Foundation, said the Foundation works with Colorado community banks to provide matching grants for causes it supports. “Grants are based on the principle of offering a hand up versus a hand out,” he said. “We’re hoping others will also join in support of the Romito family’s ongoing needs.”

The Romito family receives a matching donation by the Bankers Foundation of Colorado for expenses it faces having three sons with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. From left, back: Jamie Romito, Nicholas Romito, Richard Romito and Chuck Johnston; front: Kaleb Romito, Collin Romito and Dominic Romito. Courtesy photo The biggest need for the family is finding and affording a home that are wheelchair accessible — rooms with five feet of radius for turning and ramps at all access points of the home. Romito said that the home has to be big enough to host holidays and other occasions. “Once all three boys are in wheelchairs, we will have to bring

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Learning about Obamacare Wheat Ridge hospital forum provides info about new law By Vic Vela For Mark Neff of Arvada, the medical costs that came as a result of a significant spinal injury suffered during a car accident eight years ago have proven to be a real back breaker. That’s why Neff and his wife Martha attended a Nov. 14 forum at Wheat Ridge’s Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, to learn more about the Affordable Care Act — President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation and one that often stirs reactions any time “Obamacare” is mentioned. But Neff and his wife Martha couldn’t care less about the political bickering surrounding the national health care overhaul. They just want information about finding possible avenues for health care coverage and to get help with navigating websites associated with the law’s insurance exchanges. “At first it was scary because it was completely new, and we knew so little about it,” Martha Neff said. “No matter what people said, or what I heard on the news or searched on the Internet, I still couldn’t figure it out.” Mark Neff, 54, suffered his injury after he was struck by a car near Castle Rock while he was transporting luggage from Denver International Airport. He had to have part of his spine replaced and, already an epileptic, the frequency of Neff’s seizures increased after the accident. After several years of trying, Neff finally received disability coverage through Medicare a couple of years ago. But his condition has meant that his 58-year-old wife has had to forgo full-time work, so that she could care for him. She currently has no medical coverage. “She couldn’t get away from me too often,” he said. “She’s been afraid to work full time because of it.” Getting information about coverage opportunities through the Affordable Care Act to people like the Neffs is exactly why Exempla Lutheran hosted the event, said the hospital’s CEO Grant Wicklund. “We want to make sure that everybody has as much information as possible about the opportunities to become insured,” Wicklund said. “It’s our belief that everyone should have insurance — and that means everyone. And we believe that the Affordable Care Act is the first step in that process.” Wicklund and other supporters who were involved in putting the forum in motion are not naïve to the problems that have plagued the law since its uneven rollout on Oct. 1. For more than a month, Obama and his administration has had to apologize to frustrated insurance-seekers for website maladies. The problems plaguing, the lampooned national Affordable Care Act website, was not lost on Matthew Valeta of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, a

nonprofit organization that promotes affordable access to health care. Valeta gave a presentation about the law to attendees like the Neffs. “How many in here have heard of” Valeta said, prompting several hands to be raised. “Don’t go there.” Valeta instead told chuckling attendees to go directly to, Colorado’s insurance exchange marketplace. The bad publicity surrounding the new law doesn’t end with website issues. Obama recently apologized to millions of Americans who received letters notifying them that their existing insurance plans were being canceled, because the plans did not meet ACA minimum standards. The cancellation letters added fuel to Republicans’ already existing ire over Obamacare and caused worried Democrats to wonder whether the law was doomed from the get-go. “The Affordable Care Act is obviously flawed,” Wicklund said. “But we also believe that something has to be done to provide Americans, regardless of income, access to health care. The cost of health care for a family of four has exceeded $15,000 and that’s mind-boggling. Something has to be done to bring that down.” Valeta’s presentation provided information about areas of the law that are known to many — such as that insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage for those with pre-existing medical conditions. And he also covered areas that some people may be unfamiliar with, such as that the law does away with lifetime or annual coverage limits, and that 80 percent of premium payments are required to go directly to health care coverage, and not insurance companies’ administrative costs. Valeta also discussed the various financial assistance options for insurance purchases that are available, under the Affordable Care Act. And he touted the health law’s changes to Medicaid, which will significantly expand health coverage to low-income residents in states like Colorado. “There’s a lot of different people that will be helped by this,” Valeta said. David Conner, a minister at Wheat Ridge Congregational Church, said he was pleased with the presentation and plans to inform church members what he learned. “It’s clarifying to hear a positive take on this, because so much of the coverage you hear on TV is negative if something goes wrong,” Conner said. “But they don’t report it as often if people find health insurance.” Martha Neff ended up getting more than just information — she soon will have health coverage. Neff said that she learned through the presentation that she can now qualify for Medicaid, something that wouldn’t have been available to her prior to the law’s passage. “Oh, it’s going to help a big deal,” she said. “We had so many bills and we had to tell people, ‘I’m sorry, but we’re just getting by.’” For Mark Neff, that will bring peace of mind — and will prevent him from having to learn more about hockey. “It saves us from moving to Canada, right?” he quipped.

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Memory care facility approved Council unanimously passed Anthem Tract 63A Preliminary Development Plan and Official Development plan for Mandalay Gardens, a 76-bed memory care facility, 4.67-acre site is at the southwest corner of Church Ranch and Wadsworth boulevards. The facility, to be operated by Anthem Memory Care, will provide secure care for residents in a 36,600 square-foot, one-story residential

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Right of way area approved Council unanimously adopted Resolution No. 31 amending the North Huron Urban Renewal Area to add the right of way area needed for Orchard Parkway and the McKay Drainageway. The city is planning to construct Orchard Parkway between 144th Avenue to 138th Avenue as well as the McKay Drainageway project in 2013 or 2014. The amendment to the North Huron URA would add the right of way areas needed for Orchard Parkway, 142nd Avenue and the McKay Drainageway on the Orchard Lakes property to the URA boundaries

Project and contract approved After a 6-1 vote, one vote ab-

stained, city council authorized the city manager to award the project and execute a contract with Scott Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $7,179,248.95 for the construction of Orchard Parkway between 137th Avenue and 144th Avenue, and 142nd Avenue between Orchard Parkway and Huron Street with construction contingency of $300,000. The city manager was also authorized to execute a construction engineering services contract for the Orchard Parkway Project with JR Engineering in the amount of $322,540 with a construction services contingency of $10,000. The source of funds is from the General Capital Improvement Fund The next council meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at City Hall, 4800 W. 92nd Ave. in Westminster. — Compiled by Ashley Reimers

news in a hurry Foothills Art Center names new director

Mary Ellen Williams has joined the Foothills Art Center as the new executive director. She has a bachelor’s degree in studio art and an MBA with professional experience in nonprofit, education, government and for-profit sectors. Williams spent almost eight years as executive director at the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, and recently was the CFO for LiveWell Colorado. Williams, along with her husband Thomas and

daughter Ella, has been a resident in Jeffco for 20 years and enjoys the visual arts along with the outdoors.

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The Great Turkey Chase fun run presented by Runners High athletic store will be on Thursday, Nov. 28, starting at 8:30 a.m. in Parfet Park in Golden. Participants will run the Clear Creek path for a three-mile loop, and are encouraged to sign up for the

open house at Runners High located at 103 N. Rubey Drive, following the fun run. Tickets are $10 for the first family member, and $5 for subsequent family members. There will be pumpkin pies, knit beanies and other door prizes and refreshments available. A turkey will be leading the run who will be wearing gift cards for the plucking. To register, call Runners High at 720-538-2911. Credit cards will not be accepted.

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Westminster City Council voted on the following actions during the Nov. 11 meeting. Council members in attendance were former Mayor Nancy McNally, Mayor Pro Tem Faith Winter and councilor Bob Briggs, and former councilors Mark Kaiser, Mary Lindsey, Herb Atchison and Scott Major.


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opinions / yours and ours

Simply saying thanks for Thanksgiving A moment to say thanks in late November is always a welcome breather. The last third of the year — beginning in September and transitioning into winter — is marked by as much or more activity as other segments of the year. While the preceding summer is often a lighter balance of work, school and vacation — the work and education worlds rev up to warp speed in September. At the same time politics heats up for the annual November election, whether it is an odd or even year replete with varying mixes of local, state and federal issues. Views are discussed. Ballot questions and candidates are sized up. Some people vote from the gut while others do many hours

our view of research beforehand. Some see the whole deal as a suspect shebang and don’t vote. And while most remain civil and parse topics by issues, it does get personal and sometimes a light fog of animosity lingers after the votes are counted — which takes a little while to clear away. Once the voting cycle is complete, the signs of the holiday season are in our publications and on our streets and screens, everywhere. And whether a family gets

question of the week

What do you think about health insurance cancellations due to the Affordable Healthcare Act? We asked people on the streets of downtown Golden along Washington Avenue what they think about some of the impacts due to the Affordable Healthcare Act.

“I got my insurance canceled, I’m not impressed so far, I’m not sure it’s the fault of the insurance agency or whether they truly don’t meet the minimum standards that the government is setting aside for it or what.” Mike Henderson Golden

“I feel that it’s very unfortunate for many, many people that this has been handled so unprofessionally, I feel that the United States is smarter, more intelligent ... but I do feel hopeful and positive that it will be straightened out.” Elizabeth Graves Lakewood

“Our company in particular already offers more than what they need to so it’s not really that much of an issue but I can understand people’s frustrations.” Miranda Fisher Denver

“I got canceled Nov. 1 ... I was against it in the beginning, I don’t think the government should be in medicine.” Rich Dziomba Summit County

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caught up in the throes of consumerism overlapped with Christmas, the scene is set all around us. Shopping activity increases, and we revel in the gift of giving. Meaningful religious services and joyous celebrations take place, and then the year comes charging to a close. We say “happy new year” and set forth with renewed purpose. So next week Thanksgiving equates to a quasi seven-inning stretch. Through the years, some people in our circles have said it’s their favorite holiday. And we can certainly see the virtues. Thanksgiving centers on sitting down and enjoying a meal. We count our blessings and share what we are thankful for

in our lives. Of course, be advised to take a role pitching in to see that the kitchen crew has enough help and so forth — but other than that the day isn’t meant to have a lot of moving parts. The process and pressure of giving gifts — while joyful in most ways — is out of play. Sure Thanksgiving sometimes also serves as a time to huddle and plan for the December holidays, but the spirit of Thanksgiving is at its best when it remains simple. Thanksgiving is simple, and beautifully so. Just get together and add a deck of cards and a few games to enhance the interaction. Thanksgiving is simply a time to give thanks, listen, laugh and think a bit about how to help each other.

New council inherits issues The newly sworn-in Westminster City Council doesn’t have to go looking for issues to tackle. The previous City Council left a bucket full for Mayor Herb Atchison and the new crew to consider. Some of these arose during the election campaign and they all warrant attention. The approach to producing positive results on the redevelopment of the former Westminster Mall site is of course first and foremost. Initially, the new mayor and council should decide if they wish to accept the previous council’s direction to pursue piece-meal development of the site with the city acting at the “master developer” or return to the previous strategy to recruit an experienced master developer. A more ‘business friendly’ approach A corollary to the re-development issue is establishing a more “business friendly” attitude for the city administration to work with the development and business communities. For example, the 40 percent water tap fee increase enacted by the previous council needs to be amended to only increase tap fees 23 percent per the staff’s documentation as opposed to the 40 percent approved by council using the “all we can get” attitude without justifying data. Furthermore, the mandated fire sprinkler systems in single family houses should be re-visited with council requiring the fire department to justify why this additional cost to the homebuyer of approximately $5,000 to $7,000 should remain as a Westminster requirement. Only Westminster and Federal Heights had implemented this provision which compromises Westminster’s competitiveness in attracting new development and re-development. Comprehensive review warranted Over the past few years, the city has been labeled as difficult to work with by developers, contractors, homebuilders and others in this field of work. City Council knows this from public feedback and from local builders. Building permits need

to be turned around faster and development reviews should have a shorter turnaround time. Staff needs to remember that “time is money” for the private sector and staff is there to serve the public. A comprehensive review of the development review process and the issuance of building permits would be a prudent action by City Council. Addressing employees’ rights During the election campaign, the existing council policy prohibiting any city employee from campaigning for council or mayoral candidates raised its nasty head. This was triggered by new state legislation which granted fire department personnel across the state the ability to exercise their constitutional rights in campaigning off-duty and out of uniform. The Westminster City Administration ignored the new law with terse reactions to the unrecognized fire and police unions which endorsed candidates. It is overdue to overhaul this 1990 Council initiated policy and recognize city employees’ constitutional rights. Council candidates indicated a willingness to tackle this sensitive issue during the campaign. And let’s be clear that this has nothing to do with collective bargaining. There are plenty more topics for the new mayor and council to tackle, but we will save them for a future column. Let’s hope they “get down to business” right away. Bill Christopher is a former Westminster city manager and RTD board member.

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Be the real you, and don’t forget pants I had an interesting “virtual” experience a few months ago. No, not that kind of experience, but a “virtual” business experience that taught me a valuable lesson in life. We all know that everything we see or read on the Internet must be true, right? Not quite. Well, even in the virtual world, everything we see may not be what we think it is either. I was delivering a presentation using virtual technology. The people on the other side of the screen could see me, and I could see them, very cool. It was an early morning presentation, I had myself set up at my desk, coffee mug filled, and my webcam adjusted perfectly to capture my image from my chest up to the top of my head. I had dressed professionally for the meeting, however, professionally only from the waist up. Since it was an early morning meeting I took a short cut and put on a dress shirt, tie, and jacket, but left my sweatpants and

sneakers on as I would be seated for this presentation. Or so I thought. The meeting went longer than anticipated, and before I knew it there was so much activity happening in my home that I was forced to stand up and shut my office door. I had completely forgotten that I would reveal that I was not in a full suit and tie and that my audience would see my casual sweat pants and sneakers. Was it the worst thing that could have happened? No, of course not. We all got a good laugh about it and it gave me more

material for that presentation and for this column. The point I realized was that sometimes in life people only let us see what they want us to see, not the real deal. There have been points in my own life where I have been guilty of this myself, not just through the use of virtual technology, but not being the real deal or the real me in every circumstance. Do I do it out of protecting myself and keeping a guard up or do I do it out of an intent to have others see me as I want them to see me, not who I really am in any given situation or encounter? As you know by now I love quoting Zig Ziglar, so here is what Zig says about it, “You will make a lousy anybody else, but you will make the best you in existence.” You see we have to be the real deal, the genuine article in all that we do and all that we say. This morning I had another virtual presentation with a team of people as-

sembled in Budapest, Hungary. The meeting was scheduled for 5 a.m. Mountain Time. I woke up early enough to shower, shave, put on my best suit, shirt, tie, and dress shoes. I was dressed for success and not leaving anything to chance. What they saw was a business professional, what they heard came from my heart, and my confidence was so much higher because I was being myself on the inside and the outside, I was the real deal. How about you? Do you let people only see what you want them to see? I would love to hear all about it at gotonorton@ and when you enjoy the benefits of being the real deal, the real you, it really will be a better than good week.

How could this Happen? Speculation ran rampant that it was a conspiracy or a communist plot and to this day rumors still surface that it was not the work of the deranged gunman Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone. Bob Schieffer, a top newsman who was there as a young reporter and witnessed the tragedy, reported in the November AARP magazine that he firmly believes it was Oswald alone who did it.

insisted that we all watch the TV coverage throughout those sorrowful days so our children will know what happened to our president.

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An infamous day for our nation So, where were you when those gun shots rang out on that fateful Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas? I remember it like it happened yesterday. It was a warm sunny morning and President Jack Kennedy and his lovely wife, Jackie were enjoying the adulation of the crowds, pushing away rumors that he was not welcome in Texas. Actually, Jackie didn’t want to go on that campaign tour, but Jack insisted she join him that day.


I was a stay-at-home mother of five ironing in the kitchen of our small home at 7291 Wolff Court. Our baby was sleeping in the playpen and all seemed right with the world. All of a sudden the news from the radio came telling us JFK had been shot. Leaving the baby, I raced across the street and told my good friend, Mardy, what I had

just heard. We fully expected it to either be a false alarm or not a serious injury. The finality of it came at 1 p.m. when Walter Cronkite, ace newspaper anchor, spoke and simply said, “President Kennedy is dead,” and he cried. That began the most surreal week in the life of our nation. I remember crying so much that I got a bad sinus infection and it took weeks to be okay again.

Minor strikes major chord I once had a student named Robbie, back when I taught middle school. Robbie was a lost kid — he had a social worker who met with him every day, he would take smoke breaks in the middle of class, and one school counselor put the odds of him graduating at about 10 percent. He had a violent streak, and he, well, shall we say, did not play well with others. Which was completely understandable — Robbie dealt with more at home as a 12-year-old than most of us deal with our whole lives. Normally, I would have never come into contact with a kid like that. My classes are electives, and Robbie was not really in a position to elect anything about his school experience. But he needed a credit, and the administration didn’t want him working with sharp tools in the tech arts lab, so he ended up in my percussion class. Because, I suppose, a pair of drumsticks is so much better than a hammer. Robbie became a minor contributor to the class. He only made it to class about 75 percent of the time, and never learned to read music, but there were a few things that we were able to get him to do, and he didn’t ever end up beating on any of the other kids in class, so it was a slightly successful experiment. Until the night of the concert ... In the middle of the performance, I noticed the rest of the drummers huddled together whispering among themselves and looking agitated. And then I saw Robbie take off out of the gym (middle school concerts were in the gym) at a dead sprint. Of course, this was disturbing, but I was in the middle of a piece with another group, and just had to hope that one of my administrators would look into it. Turns out it didn’t matter, as Robbie came running back in about a minute later with a pair of cymbals in hand. Which was a good thing, because the next piece the band was playing was a march, and the cymbals were very important to that piece. I found out later that the other drummers had realized they were missing the

Pomp and Circumstance

After witnessing TV, one couldn’t help but be impressed how Jackie and the Kennedy clan handled the funeral. The funeral was so dignified and full of respect for the nation to witness. Three aspects that made a lasting memory were little John saluting the casket, the riderless black horse and the lighting of the eternal flame. Bob and I

Need more civility

As we observe the 50th anniversary of his death Nov. 22, let us pray that we never again have to endure such a terrible tragedy. Let’s call upon our elected officials and our President Barack Obama to start being more about civility and less about the mean spirit that seems to prevail in our country today. 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, and a Westminster resident for four decades.


Dorothy J. Quinn

cymbals several minutes earlier, but were undecided about how to handle it, so they did nothing. Robbie found out there was a problem, and took action immediately to solve it. It might not have been the perfect way to handle it, but the fact remains that he solved the problem without hesitation. For that one moment, Robbie was the most valuable member of my band. I have no idea where Robbie is now — sadly, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out the worst. But in his own way, Robbie had a place in my music group, and I’d like to think that means that Robbie has a place in society. We can’t all be composers, or conductors, or the solo musicians, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want the people whose talents lie elsewhere. I know this is now a mostly “brain” economy, and that people who are good at “muscle” work or “action” work have a harder time, but that shouldn’t ever mean that we devalue the people whose talents lie there. I imagine Robbie, whose talent was almost exclusively action, would have made a great policeman or Army Ranger, if he’d ever been given the chance in life. And I thank God every day for people like that, who stand guard over the rest of us “brain” people. Even if they can’t play a drumroll to save their lives. 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.

Dorothy J. Quinn, 90, passed away on November 7, 2013. Survived by her daughters Betsy Watts and Laurel Robinson. The memorial service will be held at the church at 1:30pm Saturday, November 16, 1820 15th St., Boulder. For more information, please go to the Aspen Mortuary Website.

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MNCC Welcomes New Members Bellco Credit Union Ashley Embrey 12810 Holly St. Thornton, CO 80602 Phone: (303) 689-7853 Centurylink Business Mike Storrs 930 15th St. Denver, CO 80202 Phone: (303) 257-9972 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Gary Cooper 12110 Pecos St. Westminster, CO 80234 Phone: (303) 465-2810 Conspire! Northglenn Lita Van Wagenen 992 W. 104th Ave. Northglenn, CO 80234 Phone: (303) 238-2199 Go SmallBiz Chuck Utter Phone: (720) 273-6769

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Stacking for local veterans McElwain students try for world record, teach vets new skill By Ashley Reimers It’s a game of speed and preciseness, one that takes practice to master. And the students at McElwain Elementary School have the skills. On Nov. 14, third through fifth grade students participated in the Guinness World Record “Stack Up” challenge with a goal to have half-a-million sport stackers stacking worldwide. Not only did students do their part to in hopes of reaching the goal, but also taught veterans the art of sport stacking while honoring the local heroes for their service as part of a belated Veteran’s Day celebration. “We really wanted to honor our local veterans, and I thought what better way to do that than by involving them in our stacking event,” physical education teacher Laurie Gaudreault said. “We had five men from the American Legion Post No. 22 in Northglenn present the colors, which was great because our students got to see that unique piece of the event.” Sport stacking involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. Gaudreault has done a sport stacking unit since 1999 and has been involved in the worldwide event for the past few years. She said the great part about sport stacking is that every kid can do it, he or she doesn’t have to be the best athlete or the fastest running to enjoy the sport. “The kids really love it. And I definitely have some experts in the fifth grade who are faster than me,” she said. “It’s great for hand eye coordination and focus, so we are using both sides of the brain.”

On left, army veteran Miriam Dufer listens as fifth-grader Jose Puentes teaches her how to sport stack, as Miriam’s daughter Youngsun Dufer practices her stacking skills. On Nov. 14 McElwain Elementary School participated in the Guinness World Record “Stack Up” challenge with a goal to have half-a-million sport stackers stacking worldwide. The students also taught veterans how to sport stack as part of a belated Veteran’s Day celebration. Photo by Ashley Reimers For army veteran Miriam Dufer, participating in the worldwide event with her daughter Youngsun Dufer was the first time she’s ever tried sport stacking. She admits it’s harder than it looks, but is a lot of fun. She even compared the sport to military training.

“I was taught the basics and then I get better and better after repetition,” she said. “And that is really like military training. I love it. I’ll have to get some cups so we can play at home.” Miriam’s trainer was fifth-grader Jose Puentes. He taught her the stacking se-

quence and the importance of speed. By now he’s a pro and a big fan of the sport. He said he loves playing every year at school. “Sport stacking is awesome,” he said. “I try to get faster every time and what’s cool is we can use a timer so we can time ourselves to see how fast we can go.”

SCHOOL NOTES Parents encouraged to attend standard-based grading events Parents with students in elementary school who want to learn more about standards-based grading in Adams 12 Five Star Schools are encouraged to attend one of three information sessions scheduled 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Jan. 9 at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton. These sessions will focus on how


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District seeks input on instructional materials policy Adams 12 Five Star Schools seeks community input on the district’s instructional materials policy, Superintendent Policy 6230. The policy outlines the process for selecting and approving instructional materials to be used in the classroom. The district is in process of revising the policy and would like feedback concerning some of the proposed changes. Interested par-

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Furniture Milton Lee-cherry bedroom dresser w/mirror, excel.cond. from Carl Forslund. 60” wide, 21 ½” deep & 36” tall w/mirror 43”x25” $500. Oak dresser 38” wide, 18” deep & 35 ¼” tall $50. 303-619-0784 One coffee table, two end tables; Oak and Glass; $99.00 for all three. Made in USA; perfect condition; best offer for separate pieces. Two pairs of Ceramic lamps; Beige; excellent condition; $10 a piece Call Jeff @ 303.422.7839 Traditional sofa and love seat, $160.00 both pieces; excellent condition. Would sell separately; made in USA. Call Jeff @ 303.422.7839 Twin Beds extra long, electric, adjustable, w/remotes, + twin XLong Mattresses, by owner $1299 (303)422-0772

Miscellaneous 32 Craftsman Track Snow Blower $600 Kid's 90 4 wheeler $300, Cast Iron Wood Burn Stove $300 Stand Up Band Saw $200 Patio-fireplace stainless $200 Inside gas fireplace $100 Exercise Bike $200 1982 Honda Silverwing Street Bike 65K miles $1000(303)841-0811

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Dogs AKC Laberdor Pups, 1 yellow, 1 black females duclaws, 1st shots, wormed, excellent bloodlines, Available Now. Call Don (303)2335885 Must sell one year old black French Bull dog ready to breed, $2500 Call or text 720-989-6758

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Autos for Sale A Gem Of A Car: 1979 VOLVO 242 DL,2.1, Mint Condition, 50,517 Miles; Always Garaged; $6100 (303)841-2682

Wanted Cash for all Cars and Trucks Under $1000 Running or not. Any condition


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1964 N. Hwy 83 PO Box 501 Franktown, CO 80116 (303) 660-0420 Mon-Fri 8 am - 5 pm Drivers: *Seasonal Drivers Needed* to haul U.S. Mail in Denver. Excellent Hourly Pay. $19.03p/h + $4.65 H&W. Class A CDL & 2yrs Experience required in the past five years. EOE/AA. Salmon Companies 800-251-4301 or apply online Drivers: Home Nightly! Great Paying Denver Box truck or CDL-A Flatbed Runs. 1yr Exp. Req. Estenson Logistics. Apply: 1-888-399-5856

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About the Job Growing Littleton patent and trademark law firm seeks experienced legal secretary. Ideal candidate will have at least 2 years of experience supporting patent prosecution attorneys, experience filing documents with the U.S. patent office and experience with PCT filings. We will consider legal secretaries with at least two years of legal experience and no patent experience having a demonstrated ability to assume responsibilities and manage complex tasks. All candidates must have expert knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Adobe and must be able to work quickly and accurately under pressure. Outstanding organizational skills mandatory. Fax or email resume to 303-268-0065 or

Experienced Heavy Equipment Operators needed.

Dozers, excavators, scrapers and off-road articulated haul trucks. Experienced oilers also needed for CAT heavy equipment. Call 660-656-9506. EOE

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Savio House is looking for Foster Parents to provide a temporary home for troubled teens ages 12-18. We provide training, 24/7 support and $1900/month. Adequate space and complete background and motor vehicle check required. Ideally there are no other teens in the home and one parent would have flexible daytime schedule. Contact Michelle for more information at 303-225-4073.

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NOW HIRING POLICE OFFICERS The City of Black Hawk, two (2) vacancies for POLICE OFFICER I. Hiring Range: $53,959 - $62,052 DOQ/E. Unbelievable benefit package and exceptional opportunity to serve in Colorado’s premiere gaming community located 18 miles west of Golden. The City supports its employees and appreciates great service! If you are interested in serving a unique historical city and enjoy working with diverse populations visit the City’s website at for more information or to apply online for this limited opportunity. Requires High School Diploma or GED, valid Colorado driver’s license with a safe driving record, must be at least 21 years of age, and must be Colorado POST certified by date of hire. The City accepts online applications for Police Officer positions year round. Applications will remain active for one (1) year from the date of submission. EOE.

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Inovant, LLC, a Visa Inc. company, currently has openings in our Highlands Ranch, Colorado location for: - Network Support Engineers (133157) to troubleshoot and resolve complex network related problems, coordinate resources where necessary, and serve as escalation point to operational teams. Respond to and resolve IP network issues and deploy client solutions and network design implementations.

Nurses needed (RN or LPN) one on one patient care 12 hour night shifts reliable/dependable nurses needed in peaceful, loving home. Consistent care for TBI victim Parker. Call 303-646-3020

Apply online at and reference Job #133157. EOE Medical Needed full time MA, LPN or RN in Ken Caryl area for busy pediatric office. Includes Saturday mornings Please fax resume to Nita 303-791-7756

LEGITIMATE WORK AT HOME No Sales, no Investment, No Risk, Free training, Free website. Contact Susan at 303-646-4171 or fill out form at Health Care Registered Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse Needed NOW! Immediate Hire! We're looking for you Come join our healthcare team at the Douglas County Jail site in Castle Rock, CO! PRN/FT APPLY online TODAY at why-chc/311-careers-about-us EOE

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Keep Kids Together Abused and neglected brothers and sisters are often separated in foster care. There just aren’t enough foster homes to keep them together. This leaves them sad, anxious and confused and they feel like it’s “all their fault.” Give the Gift of Hope-Become a Savio foster parent. Call Tracy Stuart 303/225-4152

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Aurora native has TV touch When Aurora native Josh Ackerman first heard Christina Aguilera sing, he said he knew she was bound for popsinging stardom. “I remember when Christina Aguilera’s audition tape came in, she was singing like Whitney Houston,” Ackerman said about his fellow Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” alum. “I knew that she more than anybody was going to be a mega star.” Ackerman, who moved from Colorado to Orlando, Fla., when he was 11, answered an open casting call for the famed “Mickey Mouse Club,” and landed a place on the show. During his tenure there (he was the only male cast member who stayed on from the pilot to the last episode when he was 18), Ackerman performed alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and (Highlands Ranch native) Keri Russell. But Ackerman’s show business career shifted from in front of the camera to behind it. He learned the basics of what would become his craft by hanging out with editors and producers to learn the intricacies of their jobs. About five years ago, Ackerman and his business partners built Bodega Pictures from a garage-based fledgling startup to a full service production house with more than 50 employees and five network deals including shows in development with AMC, E! and the Cooking Channel. At the end of last month, his show “South Beach Tow” on TruTV returned with a new season. On Sunday, the Bodega-produced show “On the Rocks” premieres on the Food Network. “On the Rocks” features host John Green, founder of a bar consulting company, as he travels around the U.S. in his quest to turn around failing bars. “He can change little things that can bring in big dollars for the owners,” Ackerman said. Ackerman said he hasn’t returned to Denver for seven or eight years — “I’ve been building my business,” he said.

Just two guys

I told you recently about Broncos linebacker Von Miller’s fundraiser for his charity Von’s Vision, which gives glasses to kids in need. Many of Miller’s teammates showed up to mix and mingle with fans, sign souvenir footballs and serve a multicourse dinner at Ocean Prime on Larimer Square. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was mobbed by admirers, spoke briefly to me about his short stint on the reality series “Eric & Jessie: Game On,” a show on E! about wide receiver Eric Decker and his new bride Jessie James in the weeks leading up to their wedding. Thomas, whom Decker calls his best friend on the team (hence the moniker “Black and Decker”), appeared in the episode on Decker’s bachelor party in Lake Tahoe where the manly men vied for the title of MVP. I asked Thomas about his appearance

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Holiday tradition shares holiday spirit

Arvada Center celebrates the season with ‘A Christmas Carol’ By Clarke Reader Some Christmas traditions take people and wrap them up in the holiday spirit until they’re practically bursting with the joy of the season. Telling the story in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is one of those traditions, and the Arvada Center is bringing Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to Christmas past, present and future to vibrant life in Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens, and Mike Ockrent’s musical. The show runs Nov. 22 through Dec. 22 at the Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. on Wednesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. WHAT: “A Christmas “This is an iconic story Carol” that I myself try to make part WHERE: Arvada Center of my Christmas every year,” 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., said Richard White, who plays Arvada Scrooge. “It has this power to WHEN: Nov. 22 through give almost everyone over to Dec. 22 the holiday spirit.” Tuesday through SaturThe musical follows the day - 7:30 p.m. story that so many are familiar Wednesday - 1 p.m. on with — Scrooge, a gruff and Wednesday bitter businessman, is visited Saturday and Sunday - 2 by spirits on Christmas Eve, in p.m. attempt to show the old man COST: $53-$73 the power of the holiday and INFORMATION: love in his life. 720-898-7200 or www. “I get the chance to find the two sides of Scrooge in myself, and then bring it out,” White said. “The big goal is to grab the audience along with me and carry them along on this journey.” Stephen Cerf, an Arvada resident in his first performance at the Arvada Center, plays Fred, Scrooge’s nephew and last real family the man has. “Fred loves Christmas, and does his best to extend that love to his uncle,” he said. “The relationships in this show are great, and we get a chance to delve into Scrooge’s past, which explains a little of why he is like he is.” The Arvada Center did a production of “Christmas Carol” in 2010, and Rob Costigan, who plays several characters in this production, was in the 2010 show as well. “I love this show, and am so glad to be back again,” he said. “Gavin (Mayer, the director) has worked to bring a new soul into it, and there is a different energy and life to this production.”


Ebenezer Scrooge (Richard White) is visited by three ghosts on a fateful Christmas eve in the classic “A Christmas Carol” at the Arvada Center. Courtesy photo For Mayer, the challenge in putting together the show was finding a way to keep the iconic moments from the story that so many people are familiar with, while adding some new twists and turns along the way. The same set from 2010 is being used in this production, but Mayer is giving everything else a fresh feeling. “I think the show is so reflective of where we are today, with the gap between the ‘haves and have-nots’ that I think this show has never been more relevant,” he said. “I think the themes in the story are why it has endured for so long.” White, Cerf, Costigan and Mayer all said that choreographer Kitty Skillman has done a fantastic job with some intricate dance numbers, and the cast has been getting along famously. “This is the kind of energy you want doing a holiday show, and the kind of people you want to spend the holiday with,” Costigan said. “It really does feel like a family.” Cerf said the casts at the Arvada Center, and the calibre of shows they produce, is always top notch, and that “A Christmas Carol” is no exception. For White, and ultimately Scrooge, it’s the magic of the season that carries the show away. “This is a journey everyone can relate to,” he said. “Every now and then we have to try and rediscover the magic, and there is a lot of magic in this story and production.”


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YOUR WEEK & MORE IN THE COMMUNITY THURSDAY/NOV. 21 HOPE PARTY An Evening of Hope: Party with a Purpose is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Echter’s Garden Center, 5150 Garrison St., Arvada. Local businesses will offer complimentary wine and food and showcase jewelry, clothing, accessories, luxurious body care and gifts galore. Enjoy live, seasonal music and hear from one of the teen moms at Hope House. Event includes door prizes and tickets include 2 complimentary tickets for the bar. Tickets include two tickets for the bar and $10 goes to Hope House of Colorado, an Arvada nonprofit that works to empower teen moms. Call 303-424-7979 to purchase in advance, or buy tickets at the door. THURSDAY/NOV. 21 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. THURSDAY/NOV. 21 HOLIDAY LIGHTING Federal Heights annual holiday lighting

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@

THURSDAY TO Sunday/Nov. 21-24 MUSICAL PERFORMANCE The Northglenn Youth Theatre

presents “Shrek the Musical” Nov. 20-24 at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive. Sponsored by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Call 303-4508800 for ticket information.

FRIDAY/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 FRIDAY AND Saturday/Nov. 22-23


YARD SALE The annual Arvada Historical Society Christmas yard sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, inside the Arvada Flour Mill, 5590 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. The sale will feature trees, lights, ornaments and other decorations, and it will also continue during Lagnaippe in Olde Town Arvada, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Purchase a new treasure for your collection or find a special gift. Call Catherine at 303-815-4154 or visit

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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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on the show-and-tell show where the gang golfs and drinks beer and goes out on a boat and drinks beer. “He’s a buddy so I thought I’d do it for him,” Thomas said about his brief show biz stint. As to the episode? Thomas said he hasn’t seen it.

Gabby’s latest

There’s a bumper crop of restaurant tidbits to share with you this week. Heading up the noshing news is the newly released 27th edition of the “Gabby Gourmet 2014 Restaurant Guide,” compiled and written by Pat “Gabby Gourmet” Miller, with a little help from her foodie friends. The iconic paperback guide serves as the resource for restaurant information in the metro area (from Denver to Little-

ton, Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, Aurora, Westminster and beyond) and mountain communities. But Gabby doesn’t purport to be the be-all and end-all last word in restaurant critiques. Rather, she offers ratings — from the tip top To Die For to a low rating of three pigs — based on a five-pig scale. Making the coveted To Die For list this year? Barolo Grill, Frasca Food & Wine, Fruition, L’Atelier (Boulder), Linger, Mizuna, Oak at Fourteenth (Boulder), Old Major, Rioja, Root Down and Shanahan’s. The book is on sale (for $18.95) at area bookstores and select restaurants and grocers. For more restaurant ruminations from Gabby, visit

Ex-Rocky reporter honored

Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Katie Kerwin McCrimmon has been named Media Representative of the Year by the Colorado Healthcare Communicators. Since the 1970s, the Colorado Health-

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.

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 www.



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

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.

SATURDAY/NOV. 23 FANTASY BALL The 26th annual Fantasy Ball benefitting The Adoption Exchange is Saturday, 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; SATURDAY/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 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. SCFD day is Saturday, Nov. 23, featuring free family art activities

care Communications has honored communications professionals across the state. Every year members nominate a representative of the news media who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to health care reporting. McCrimmon is a writer for Solutions, a project of the Buechner Institute for Governance at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. More information: The 13th annual Developmental Disabilities Resource Center Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 5 at 11177 West Eighth Avenue in Lakewood. The bazaar benefits people with developmental disabilities and there will be unique gifts, handmade crafts and baked goods for sale. There also will be entertainment and admission is free, though canned food donations would be appreciated for the DDRC emergency needs pantry.

Calm After the Storm

MONDAY TO Wednesday/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 registration. TUESDAY/NOV. 26 CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS Surprising and fun ways to celebrate the holiday season will be offered at Lifetree Café at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 5675 Field St. in Arvada. “A Christmas Surprise: Rekindling the Joy of Christmas” Your Week continues on Page 18

For more information, call DDRC Volunteer Services at 303-462-6585 or visit


Eavesdropping on a man: “Biked to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield; (it) was like biking in Vermont. Not that I’ve ever biked in Vermont, but very pretty, and stopped for an Old Mill Pilsner in the Old Mill Brewery in Old Town Littleton ... and after biking 45 miles, I’m feeling old myself.” Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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Free classes for those with arthritis By Ashley Reimers Through mid-December the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District is offering a free arthritis class to help ease and manage the pain for people with the debilitating disease. The free class is called the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program and is made possible through grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association, NRPA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hyland Hills is just one of

24 recreation districts across the country to receive a portion of the $140,000 grant. Betsy Scally, recreation supervisor for Hyland Hills, said after hearing about the opportunity she quickly applied, and is grateful she did. The district received $4,000, which was used to buy equipment and pay a certified instructor. Now the free class is offered 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at The MAC in Westminster. “We started about three weeks ago and we have had about 18 to 24 individuals come to each class, which is great,” Scally

said. “We were so lucky to have it over at The MAC. The city of Westminster was so open to letting us have it there. It’s been really helpful.” Scally, who is certified and also teaches the class, said each session encompasses a variety of activities, beginning with stretching and a relaxation period, followed by range of motion exercises. Scally also challenges the individuals with some cardio. She said for some, the cardio is just getting them to stand up from their wheelchairs. Following the cardio is more

stretching, ending with a final relaxation and mediation period. “We are really working with all areas of the body through these techniques and exercises. Plus it’s known that 10 percent of pain can be eased by meditation and relaxation, so that’s why I incorporate that aspect in the class,” Scally said. “We also educate people on things that may help their arthritis, like a healthy diet.” Although the grant funding only covers a six-week period, Scally said she hopes to continue the classes next year. For more information call 303-428-7488.

Nonprofit provides care to those uninsured By Ashley Reimers For those uninsured, Clinica Colorado in Westminster is filling the gap. The nonprofit organization provides low-cost, quality health care for the uninsured in Adams County and other surrounding areas. Founded in 2011 by Dr. Jim Williams, who saw a growing need for health care services in Adams County, Clinica Colorado services include a full range of preventative and primary care for people of all ages. Patients are asked to pay $25 for each office visit, followed by any additional fees for lab tests and other procedures, charged at a reduced rate. Williams said prenatal, pediatrics and

dental care for children are just a few of the many programs and services he provides at Clinica Colorado. “There are so many uninsured people in Westminster, and I don’t think people realize that,” Williams said. “A large percentage of the uninsured are Latino, but I see all ethnic backgrounds. And since opening we have really grown.” The increase in growth continues every month. Williams said in October he had 920 patient visits, with an average of about 45 per day. For a clinic that doesn’t advertise, the need is apparent. Williams said word of mouth is his most effective form of advertisement. “We see one patient, and he tells all the members of his family, which can be a lot

of people,” he said. “I have a physician’s assistant who sees patients, and we also have volunteer doctors who come in and help out too.” Executive director Sally Reed joined the team in May 2012. She describes Clinica Colorado as “a secret little treasure in the community.” Also called safety net clinics because care isn’t based on ability to pay, Reed said Clinica Colorado is filling a big need in the community, especially in Adams County. “Even if people can’t pay the $25, we will work it out with them. We aren’t going to turn anyone away,” Reed said. “We have so many great programs like free mammograms once a month and even counseling. We provide another option for those unin-

sured, so they don’t have to go to the emergency room and pay a ton of money.” For 35 years, Williams has been practicing medicine, but he says this job is his favorite. He said instead of seeing annoyed patients who have waited half an hour to be seen by a doctor, he gets to see grateful patients who are happy by the simple fact that they get to see a doctor. “My patients are so appreciative. They leave here with smiles,” he said. “They are happy to be here and a fun group to take care of.” Clinica Colorado, at 8406 Clay St. in Westminster, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit or call 720443-8461.

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ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) Although your energy level is high, be careful not to commit to too many projects at this time. You’ll do better focusing on just a few tasks rather than spreading yourself too thin. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) Your heart might be leading you in one direction, but pay attention to your keen Bovine intellect. I’m cautioning you to think things through before making any commitments. GEMINI (May 21 to Jun 20) Your “serious” Twin has been dominant in your life for quite a while. It’s time now to let that “wilder” half take you out for some good times -- perhaps with someone very special. CANCER (Jun 21 to Jul 22) Career aspects are high for Moon Children who make a good impression. Show people not only what you can already do, but also how you can be more valuable to them in the future. LEO (Jul 23 to Aug 22) Things start to brighten for the Lion’s immediate financial future. But be careful to resist the urge to splurge. You need to tuck something away to help you through another tight period. VIRGO (Aug 23 to Sept 22) Having to do too many tasks in too short a time could lower your mood to just above the grumbling level. But if you handle things one at a time, you’ll get through it all soon enough. LIBRA (Sept 23 to Oct 22) Your usually carefully made holiday plans could be subject to change later this month. Use this week to prepare for that possibility by starting a Plan B just in case you need it. SCORPIO (Oct 23 to Nov 21) Be careful about joining a colleague’s plan to solve a workplace problem. Investigate it thoroughly. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a predicament with other associates. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 to Dec 21) Slow down that high-paced whirl you’ve been on. Spending quiet time alone or with people you care for can be both physically and spiritually restorative. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 to Jan 19) Make suggestions, not demands. You’ll be more successful in getting people to follow your lead if you exercise quiet patience instead of strong persuasion to get your ideas across. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 to Feb 18) You still need more facts before you can make an informed career choice. One note of caution: Be careful about whom you ask for that information; otherwise, you could be misled. PISCES (Feb 19 to Mar 20) Changing situations through the end of the week could lead to some challenging opportunities for those perspicacious Pisceans who know how to make them work to their advantage. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of being both daring and cautious, traits that could make you a research scientist or maybe even a rocket-ship designer. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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your week: craft fair, networking Continued from Page 17


features a filmed interview with a man who bakes, decorates,

coming soon

and gives away more than 4,000 cookies each Christmas. Alan Kobs is in his home kitchen daily from October through Christmas, but he doesn’t consider it a burden. Participants will also be offered the opportunity to provide a hands-on surprise for members of the local community who must work on Christmas Day. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Polly Wegner at 303-424-4454 or pwegner@

Anythink WAshington Street at 303-287-2514 or visit the library at 8992 Washington St WednesdAy/nov. 27, dec. 4, dec. 11 choir meeting Concordia Lutheran Choir meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 13371 W. Alameda Parkway in Lakewood. You are welcome to join. thursdAy/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 https:// or call

For information, or to schedule an audition, email ecan11@ or call 303-328-7277.

coming soon/nov. 29 to dec. 1 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.

coming soon/dec. 4 teen time Get involved and let your voice be heard with the Teen Advisory Board, meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Anythink Washington Street. Help plan teen programming, suggest items for our collection, and participate in activities that give back to our community. Open to students in grades 6-12. Space is limited; registration recommended. Visit our online calendar at to register.

PlAzA ProPosAl Northglenn is seeking input from its 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. recurring/through dec. 1

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.

christmAs teA Shepherd of Love Fellowship presents its Christmas tea, featuring its From the Heart gift boutique. The menu includes homemade scones, tea sandwiches and specialty sweets. Tea is served from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at 13550 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield. Girls ages 10 and older welcome. RSVP at 303-469-0410 or visit our website at www.

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recurring events

PlAyWriting initiAtive The Denver Center for the 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

Women’s netWorking group in Arvada has openings for

recurring/through dec. 15

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

gift cArd drive Resort 2 Kindness (R2K) hosts its BIG GIVE 2013 gift card drive to benefit the Colorado flood victims.

coming soon/nov. 29 to dec. 15 holidAy shoW The Players Guild at The Festival Playhouse

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.

coming soon/dec. 5

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AdAms county news in A hurry riverdale road to be closed for repairs

operation free Bird set for nov. 23

Riverdale Road will be closed between Holly Street/McKay Road and 112th Avenue from Nov. 18 to Nov. 22 to allow Adams County Transportation Department crews to replace a culvert damaged by the September floods. During the closure, the detour route for northbound traffic on Riverdale Road will be northwest on Holly Street/McKay Road to 112th Avenue, then east on 112th Avenue to Riverdale Road. The detour route for southbound traffic on Riverdale Road will be west on 112th Avenue to Holly Street/McKay Road, then southeast on Holly Street/McKay Road to Riverdale Road.

The 10th annual Operation Free Bird will take place Nov. 23 at Rocky’s Auto, 64th Avenue and Federal Boulevard. This year there will be approximately 6,000 turkeys given away to families who need assistance. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office will provide displays including their SWAT Team, K-9 Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and Victim’s Advocates. Children will be able to have their fingerprints taken at the Child I.D. event. Adams County Social Services, Animal Control and elected officials will also be present helping to hand out food, give away samples, literature, self-help information, clothing, toys and other items to event attendees.

Operation Free Bird is 100 percent nonprofit and is not taxpayer funded. All of the monies and services received for this event have been donated by area businesses and individuals.

Adams county fair seeks royalty contestants The Adams County Fair is seeking applicants for the 2014 Adams County Fair Lady-in-Waiting competition, which will take place on March 8, at the Adams County Regional Park Complex at 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton, Colorado. The deadline to register is Feb. 17. In addition to completing a contest application, contestants must attend a mandatory royalty clinic on Feb. 8. The clinic

will also take place at the Adams County Regional Park Complex in Brighton. The clinic will provide guidance in hair and makeup; clothing; horsemanship; the expectations of the position; and poise and speaking tips. Interested contestants can obtain an information packet at the Parks & Community Resources Department located at 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton. Applicants for the 2014 Lady in Waiting must be between the ages of 15-20 as of Dec. 31 of the contest year and either a legal resident of Adams County or an active member of an Adams County 4H club. For additional information, contact Mary Willis, co-fair manager, at 303-6378002.

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Man sentenced for attempted murder

A man found guilty of attempted murder of a police officer was sentenced to 96 years in prison. Larry Gomez, 34, was sentenced on Nov. 15. He is also found guilty of first-degree assault. In September, a four-day jury trial found Gomez guilty of shooting a Westminster police officer on Nov. 7, 2012 during a traffic stop at 72nd Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. Gomez was the driver of the car and was stopped for what appeared to be a routine license plate violation. As the officer got out of his marked patrol car and approached Gomez’s car, Gomez leaned out of the car window, shot the officer, and then sped away. On Nov. 6, 2012, Gomez was in Denver where he is alleged to have fired shots at Denver police officers during a traffic stop. The Denver District Attorney filed charges in that case and a trial started on Nov. 18 in Denver. Working together with Westminster, Denver and Aurora police, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney investigators arrested Gomez in Aurora two days later, on Nov. 9, 2012. After the September trial, District Attorney Peter Weir said he was pleased with the outcome, and although the officer didn’t sustain life-threatening injuries, anyone who fires at a police officer will be held accountable. “Great police work and cooperation between these agencies resulted in Mr. Gomez’s swift arrest and prosecution,” he said.

YOUR WEEK: CONCERT, TEA Continued from Page 18

The drive runs 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

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 Nov. 8 to Dec. 31 on 72nd and 73rd Avenue between Lowell and Bradburn. Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday Visit www. 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 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 303-2770377.


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

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


FAMILY HISTORY W.I.S.E. (Wales. Ireland. Scotland.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Augustana Arts presents the

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


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

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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. 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. 11 CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Denver North Suburban Christian Women’s Connection will have its Christmas luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 11, at The Chateaux at Fox Meadows, 13600 Xavier Lane. The luncheon will be ham catered by The Black-Eyed Pea. Jay Erickson and Cindy Seerveld will provide Christmas music, and you will be invited to sing along with your favorite Christmas carols.  Several of our local ladies will Your Week continues on Page 20

WESTMINSTER POLICE REPORT Theft, possession of drug paraphernalia: An officer was on patrol Oct. 31 at 4:17 a.m. in the 10300 block of Federal Boulevard when he saw a man walking away from King Soopers carrying one of their plastic shopping baskets. The officer thought this was suspicious as King Soopers places purchased merchandise in plastic bags. The officer contacted the 34-yearold Northglenn man and saw that the basket contained meats and two cans of beer. Although the man claimed to have purchased the items, he had no receipt, and the officer knew it was illegal to sell

alcoholic beverages at that hour. The value of the merchandise was $181.80, which included the basket value of $25. The man was transported to the police department where a search turned up a glass pipe with residue in the man’s pocket. He was issued a summons and later released. Criminal mischief: An officer was dispatched Oct. 31 at 1:32 a.m. to a business at 3039 W. 74th Ave. in reference to a burglar alarm glass break. The business owner was on the scene and said that someone apparently tried to break in by hitting the front door glass with a blunt

object. The glass was still intact, and no entry was made. The officer cleared the inside of the business. Damage to the door glass was estimated at $400. A surveillance video was to be retrieved from the security company. Disorderly conduct displays deadly weapon: An officer was dispatched Oct. 31 at 1:45 p.m. to 72nd Avenue and Irving Street in reference to a disorderly conduct. An individual said he was driving north on Hooker Street toward 72nd Avenue as two Hispanic men were walking in the same direction, and a third was on a bicycle. The man on the bicycle did not appear to

be paying attention and rode out into the street almost in front of the victim’s car. As the victim stopped at a traffic light on 72nd Avenue, the three men stopped on the sidewalk. One of the men pulled up his shirt and displayed what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband. That suspect was between 18 and 20 years old, and was wearing a white shirt, red hoodie and red hat. Words were exchanged as the victim drove away and called 911. He described the handgun as a black, possibly 9mm gun. Officers checked the area, but were unable to find the suspects.

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Spreading christmas joy worldwide Operation Christmas Child ships shoeboxes full of gifts By Tammy Kranz You can fit a lot of goodies inside a shoe box, and volunteers with Operation Christmas Child are hoping to collect 10,000 in the north metro area. Operation Christmas Child’s National Week started Nov. 18 and runs until Monday, Nov. 25. There are four drop-off sites in the north metro area: Broomfield United Methodist Church, 545 W. 10th Ave.; Front Range Christian Fellowship, 10667 Parkridge Ave. in Longmont; Calvary Bible Church, 3245 Kalmia Ave. in Boulder and North Metro Church, 12505 Colorado Blvd. in Thornton. “The kinds of things people put in shoeboxes are hygiene items, small toys and school supplies, Cathy Collins, relay center coordinator for Operation Christmas Child at North Metro Church said. “These kids appreciate any gift because they don’t have anything.” A few years ago Collins visited impoverished neighborhoods in southern Africa countries and said that the children there

would be excited over the simplest items — even just a pipe cleaner. “No matter what they get they think it’s the neatest thing in the world,” she said. This is North Metro’s second year being a relay center, which means it serves as a collection site for anyone in the north area wanting to donate a shoe box full of gifts. “I have such a deep love for children in other countries that are impoverished,” Collins said about why she volunteers to head up the relay center. Last year the church collected 2,500 boxes, and the church hopes it can collect 3,000 this year. People can drop off a shoe box or a container the size of a shoe box filled with gifts at North Metro Church 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Sunday and 1-4 p.m. Monday. For more information about what/ how to pack the shoe box, and Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse. org/newsroom. Suggest gift items include dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, crayons, markers, pens, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, toothbrush, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), washcloth, combs,

North Metro Church in Thornton is acting as a drop-off site for Operation Christmas Child. People can fill shoe boxes with gifts and drop them off at the church, where volunteers will arrange for them to be shipped to other countries. Photo by Tammy Kranz T-shirts, ball caps, sunglasses and people can write a personalized note if they wish. People should not include aerosol cans, breakable items, liquids, war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures or anything that could melt inside the boxes (such as chocolate).

Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. It is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization.

use is to misrepresent their age, weight or body type. Men are more likely to misrepresent their height, income/financial status and body type.) Don’t post photos of your children, family members, pets or of your ex. A potential mate might meet all these in good time, but s/he is not going to choose you because of them. And don’t post old photos — make sure all your photos are recent. You definitely don’t want a potential sweetheart to be disappointed when s/he meets you, so post pictures of yourself the way you look today, not how you looked in the past. Don’t spend a lot of time writing (or phoning) back and forth until you can meet each other in person and determine that there’s chemistry and mutual attraction. If you’re not attracted to the other person, the relationship is going to fail no matter how good your connection is, so don’t waste a lot of time trying to connect unless you know this is someone you really want — and someone who appears to want you back. Don’t choose to meet people you know you’re going to reject anyway.

Don’t play it too safe. Take all necessary security precautions, but the bonding and falling in love process isn’t emotionally safe, and it requires you to let someone else in. Risk getting rejected rather than playing it too safe, because playing it really safe all but insures that you’ll fail. Don’t run away from a promising opportunity. Promising opportunities don’t present themselves every day. Don’t allow online dating to become an obsession. If you’re not careful, it will take up all your free time. The meeting/dating/relating/mating process is likely to take you longer than you expect it to. Don’t get discouraged and give up if you encounter multiple disappointments. You’re not going to hit a home run unless you’re in the game.

The do’s and don’ts for online dating Editor’s Note: This is the first of a twopart series. I recently read research that says that 11 percent of adults that have been in a relationship for 10 years or less have met their current spouse or longterm romantic partner online. So perhaps it is time to review what an effective online/cell phone profile consists of, along with the do’s and don’ts of online dating. First, the DON’TS (next week I will list the DO’S): Some people stay on online dating sites for years, sifting through hundreds or even thousands of potential partners, but never truly connecting with anyone. Because there are so many choices on internet dating sites, some people get into the habit of looking for reasons to reject rather than accept. S/he is too tall/short, wants/ doesn’t want or has children, has a different religion or political affiliation, and so on. Obviously, some of these criteria are important to you, and they become effective screening tools. But don’t be so picky that you wind up rejecting everyone. Don’t misrepresent yourself. Don’t give a false age, weight, body type, height,

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income/financial status, marital status, education or profession — and if you are recently separated, divorced or have recently recycled back to being single, say so. You do not want a potential mate to feel let down on the first date because you said you were athletic (after all, you played a game of tennis earlier this year), but they can see that you’re a bit flabby and untoned. Also, it’s never a good idea to attempt to begin a new relationship with a lie (“Did my profile say I was 39? I don’t know why they’re saying that. I’m really 49”). Trust is vitally important to a relationship, and no one can afford to create trust issues right off the bat and expect a relationship to thrive. (For the record, the most common online profile lies women

Neil Rosenthal is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Westminster and Boulder, Colorado. His column is in it’s 21st year of publication, and is syndicated around the world. You can reach him at 303-7588777, or email him through his website: He is not able to respond individually to queries.

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inspire you with their stories. Invite a friend or relative to come with you and be uplifted by the beauty of the Christmas season. Luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For cost and reservations, call Andrea at 303-485-5888 or email Include the name(s) of your guest(s) and the names and ages of children that you will need to have cared for in our complimentary nursery.

Looking AheAd/dec. 12 pAinting techniques Complete a picture in five hours with the Bob Ross painting technique, offered noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Register by Dec. 9 by calling 303425-9583, or online at A materials fee is due at class, and all supplies are provided. 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. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 MeMbership Meeting American Legion Post 161 has monthly membership meetings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12,

Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13 at 60th Avenue and Lamar Street. The group gets veterans to help veterans.

Looking AheAd/dec. 14 hoLidAy gifts Anythink Washington Street presents Gifts from the Heart 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Drop in to create a lovely handmade gift for a friend or family member. We’ll use decoupage to adorn glass plates with festive images and colors. Appropriate for all ages. Call Anythink Washington Street at 303-287-2514 or visit the library at 8992 Washington St., Thornton. Go to 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 gift shop Are you looking for the perfect hand-crafted gift? Visit the Craft Carousel Gift Shop 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, and see a variety of handmade items from more than 100 consignors, including scarves, jewelry, purses, aprons, quilts, baby gifts, holiday decorations, hats, mittens and much more. There will be special holiday shopping hours from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

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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, first-served basis. Go to Looking AheAd/dec. 17 bLood driVe Ten West at Westmoor Technology Park community blood drive is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Westmoor Technology Park, 10155 Westmoor Drive, Building 3, Suite 100, Westminster. For information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303363-2300 or visit All donors who give blood between Dec. 8 and Jan. 18 will received a Bonfils T-shirt, while supplies last. Looking AheAd/dec. 21 Word bAsics Learn the basics of the word processing

Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or visit www.bonfils. org. All donors who give blood between Dec. 8 and Jan. 18 will received a Bonfils T-shirt, while supplies last.

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

software Microsoft Word 2010 at a class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 21 at Anythink Washington Street. Class will cover entering and formatting text and clip art images, spellcheck, saving and printing. Basic computer skills required. Space is limited; registration recommended. Call 303-2872514, visit the library at 8992 Washington St., Thornton, or go to

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

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bLood driVe St. Anthony North/Centura Health community blood drive is 8-9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at 2551 W. 84th Ave., Aspen Room, Westminster. For information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’

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.

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A recap of some of the top players in the 2013 fall sports season By Kate Ferraro As another fall sports season comes to a close we take a look back at some of the top athletes of the 2013 season.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY - Joshua Joseph, Jr., Thornton High School

After placing 35th last year at the state meet with a time of 17:28.8, Joshua Joseph improved immensely in his junior season. Joseph finished the 2013 state meet in fourth place at 16:40.4, just ahead of teammate senior Sean Paiz who finished in fifth. Joseph mentioned the team performs better when they are all running with another. “That’s where we get our best performances is when we’re working together,” Joseph said at State. As Paiz is graduating this year, Joseph will have one more year to shine for Thornton in the 2014 season.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY - Lindsey Chavez, Sr., Holy Family High School

Legacy junior Li Chen drives the ball Oct. 1 at the 5A boys golf state championships at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora. Photos by Kate Ferraro

Coming across the finish line with a time of 20:36.8, Lindsey Chavez finished her senior year in 10th place Legacy pitcher Haley Smith throws the at the state meet. Chavez ball during a game against Poudre Sept. helped her team to an over- 21 at Legacy High School. all third place finish with 106 points. Chavez finished in 10th place last year as well and in sixth place in the 2011 state meet. She said she was satisfied with her placing in her final high school meet. “It’s a good moment, I went out with a bang I think so I’m happy,” Chavez said at the state meet. Chavez is leaving the Holy Family girls team in the hands of her teammates who were mostly sophomores this year.

FOOTBALL - Gabe Gillespie, Sr., Mountain Range High School

Mountain Range senior Taylor Mollicini does a routine on the balance beam at Running back Gabe the State meet Nov. 2 at Thornton High Gillespie ran for 1400 School. yards in his senior sea-

son as a Mustang. He led the league in rushing yards, surpassing Fort Collins Langston Stuckey by 413 yards. He also led in points scored with 118. Gillespie helped the Mountain Range football team this year to their first ever postseason appearance. Even though they lost in the second round to Cherokee Trail, the Mustangs still went

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The 2013 5A softball state champions are sending every senior from the team this year to college on scholarship. Legacy’s softball program held a little ceremony for five out of their seven seniors as they signed their letters of intent Nov. 13 at Legacy High School. Aspen Eubanks (Chadron State), Kylie Barnard (UCCS), Laramie Rewerts (Western Nebraska C.C.), Rachel Cadden (Bethany College, Kan.), and Marina Kelly (Dodge City C.C.) all signed to continue their softball careers in college. For seven years now, every senior

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9-2 on the season. Gillespie finished his junior season last year as the leading rusher in the league also with 812 yards. He was second in the league last year in points scored with 64.

BOYS GOLF - Eric Chen, Jr., Legacy High School

Eric Chen earned a spot in the state tournament for the third consecutive year, tying for second place with Regis Jesuit’s Jake Kelley. He finished 4-under par, shooting a 67 on the first day and 73 the second day for a total score of 140. Although Chen tied for second place in 2012 as well, he still improved from his sophomore year when he finished with a score of 146, and definitely from his freshman year since he tied for 32nd place with three other golfers. Even though Chen wasn’t completely satisfied with how he finished at state this year, the good news is he’s only a junior. He still has one more year to make an even bigger impression.

GYMNASTICS - Taylor Molliconi, Sr., Mountain Range High School

In her senior season, Taylor Molliconi won first place in the all-around competition at the state meet with a score of 38.600. Molliconi’s best event was the vault placing first with an impressive

coming out of the Legacy softball program has received a scholarship of some kind. “It’s a Legacy tradition for everyone to move on,” Legacy softball head coach Dawn Gaffin said at the ceremony. Eubanks, who was on the varsity squad for three years, ended her senior season with 38 hits, 15 RBIs and a .418 batting average. The shortstop doubled her hits from her junior year. Barnard was on varsity all four years and had four home runs in her high school career. Barnard ended her last season at Legacy with 23 hits and 16 RBI. Cadden played two years at the varsity level and had a home run this year. Kelly had 14 runs and four hits

in the 2013 campaign. Rewerts played her first three years at Douglas County. She hit three home runs and had 40 RBI total. Rewerts and Kelly won’t be able to sign their letters of intent until Jan. 15, since they are going to junior college schools. Shania Leon couldn’t attend the ceremony and will make a decision of which college she wants to attend soon. Gaffin said Leon has her eyes on the University of San Francisco. Maddie Ertle is going to attend the University of Wyoming, but doesn’t know if she wants to continue to play softball or not. She also couldn’t make it to the ceremony.

9.8 score. She placed fifth in the other three events. Molliconi felt it was a good way to end her senior year, especially with her team there with her. “I’m very happy to end like this and through my team’s support. It’s very helpful,” Molliconi said at the state meet. Last year, Molliconi finished in fourth place with a 38.300 score in the all-around.

and wins with 20. Smith was second in the league with 36 RBI and was in the top five for home runs with six. Lucky for Legacy, Smith still has one more left in the pitcher’s circle.

BOYS SOCCER - Kyler Fowkes, So., Standley Lake High School

Kyler Fowkes led his team with 12 goals in 13 games this season as a sophomore, improving from his freshman year when he scored five. In every game he played in this year, he contributed in some way by either scoring a goal or helping a teammate score with an assist. Fowkes had at least one point in 13 games. Fowkes best game was against Prairie View when Standley Lake won 5-0. He scored two goals and had one assist for five points. Fowkes has left an impression as a freshman and sophomore and still has two more years left in the program.

SOFTBALL - Haley Smith, Jr., Legacy High School

Pitcher Haley Smith guided her team this 2013 season to Legacy’s sixth state title in seven years. But not only did she pitch satisfactory, she played well offensively too. Smith played in every game this year developing a 2.47 ERA, striking out 167 batters, which comes out to six batters per game. She led the league with strikeouts

BOYS TENNIS - Dave Rosencrans, Sr., Legacy High School Dave Rosencrans played his senior year as a singles player for the first time and without twin brother, Mike. Rosencrans earned a spot in the state tournament winning one match and losing two, falling short of placing in the consolation round. Rosencrans only lost three matches during the regular season. “It wasn’t quite as much pressure as doubles, which I think actually helped me,” Rosencrans said. Rosencrans was certain he and Mike would continue to play doubles after high school.

VOLLEYBALL - Blayke Hranicka, Jr., Holy Family High School In her junior season, Blayke Hranicka was a huge part of Holy Family’s run into the playoffs. Hranicka came away with a .387 hitting percentage and 4.3 kills per set, first in the league for both. Hranicka helped the Tigers sweep both Coal Ridge and Platte Valley in the state volleyball tournament this year to move on to the semifinals. The Tigers took Eaton into five sets in the semis, but eventually lost. Hranicka ended her junior season with 347 kills and 21 blocks, and will take that success with her into her senior year.

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Former Horizon soccer star inducted into Hall of Honor Cheryl Bates-Olson first woman recognized at CMU By Kate Ferraro Cheryl Bates-Olson attended Colorado Mesa University to play soccer, a sport she really liked competing in. Never did she think she’d be inducted into the Maverick Hall of Honor, let alone the first woman at CMU to be given the award. Bates-Olson, a former Horizon soccer standout, was recognized Oct. 24, along with two other athletes and a journalist, in the University Center Ballroom in Grand

Junction. Larry and Michael Brunson were both inducted into the Hall of Honor for football. Sports journalist Patti Arnold was also recognized. “I was actually quite surprised,” BatesOlson said. “It’s quite an honor. I wasn’t expecting it at all.” The women’s soccer program at CMU was only a few years old when Bates-Olson stepped on the field as a freshman in 1997. From that point on, the defender was an All-American four times and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year twice. In Bates-Olson tenure, the Mavericks won the regular season title three times and the tournament title once. The team

was ranked in the top-10 in the nation in NCAA Division II. “It means a lot knowing that what I did was recognized,” Bates-Olson said. “Somebody out there noticed I was a pretty decent soccer player.” That somebody was Jim Buchan, former CMU women’s soccer coach, and Chuck Carlson, a Maverick Club member who supports the program. Both nominated Bates-Olson for the award. Buchan said Bates-Olson was probably the best soccer player he’s ever coached. “She was the best player to play for the University,” Buchan said. “She was a leader on the field and a leader off the field.” Buchan, a Scotland native, is now the director of the largest youth soccer pro-

gram in Cleveland and helps kids with Autism. In order to be recognized for the Hall of Honor, the candidate has to have accomplishments not just on the field, but off the field as well. Academic record, the person’s character and their post-graduate achievements are also attributes considered. When Bates-Olson played at Horizon, she was All-State for three years and AllAmerican her senior year. After college, Bates-Olson eventually came back to Horizon and coached soccer for five years, two years on JV, and three on varsity. She took the varsity team to playoffs all three years. Bates-Olson is now a math teacher at Horizon.



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. DENVER THYROID Cancer Support Group meets 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Montclair Recreation Center Lowry, 729 Ulster Way. For more information, call 303-388-9948. GRIEF RECOVERY A 12-week Grief Share program meets

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LIFERING SECULAR Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Mondays at 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 includ-





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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 www.COJewish. com/torahstudy or call 303-429-5177. The class is led by Rabbi Benjy Brackman spiritual leader of Chabad of NW Metro Denver.

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NORTHWEST AREA NEWCOMERS and Social Club, serving the women of north Jeffco and northwest Denver metro, 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.

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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.

NORTHGLENN-THORNTON ROTARY Club meets at noon Tuesdays at Red Lobster, 1350 W. 104th Ave. in Northglenn. For more information, email NorthglennThorntonRotary@

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dead. My opinion is that he already planned to kill her and planned the whole thing,” Salter said. “He only felt remorseful after he realized he would be caught and turned himself in because he wanted to make it easier on his mom and the Ridgeway family.” Monday’s hearing also included comments from many of Jessica’s family members including her grandmother, aunt, great-aunt and great-grandmother as well as a short statement from Sarah Ridgeway, her mother. Each person who spoke to the judge expressed feelings of loss and urged Munsinger to seek the maximum penalty to the crime. Rebecca Ridgeway, Jessica’s aunt, described Jessica as her “mini-me and her daughter from another mother.” She said Jessica was her life, and it was a privilege watching her grow. “Jessica was a silly, curious, helpful and kind little girl,” Rebecca Ridgeway said. “I choose to remember the good times, not what happened to her. And I know in my heart, justice for Jessica will be served.” Sarah Ridgeway chose not to address the case or the crime. She simply said, “I am not saying anything because the defendant doesn’t deserve to hear how this has affected me emotionally. I will not remember him after I walk out these doors, I’ll only remember Jessica and her legacy.”

Austin Sigg, 18, is handcuffed and taken back to jail after being sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years, plus an additional 86 years for the murder and kidnapping of Jessica Ridgeway. Photo courtesy of the Denver Post During the sentencing hearing Sigg chose not to make a statement to the judge, and his family members present also did not approach the judge. At the end of Tuesday’s hearing, Munsinger ordered Sigg back to prison “for the rest of his natural life.” He quoted Sigg in an effort to understand why Sigg murdered an innocent child saying, “I’m a monster for what I’ve done.”

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