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21 Years of Balance, Fairness & Local Info w/this Community Paper—Online & f t g l A Year of Elections Starting with Local Woman-Owned Business Our Own Communities! Celebrates 21st Anniversary! elly Martindale, on January 1, 1999, to help them with a variety of services such t's going to be quite a year. 2020 brings help you judge a candidate. K started this newspaper in a bedroom as designing their ads, writing articles about Inot only a presidential election but our ď Ź Decide what you are looking for in a office. Thinking it would last, perhaps a year them, and social media postings," she says. own community elections as well. or two, it is now twenty-one years old. "The only explanation, is God," says Martindale. Why does she say God? Because she has lost two of her four children and has suffered some desparate years of grief, and the business has not died. "It can only be because of the LORD Himself," she says. "I've had some very hard years where I really did not care about anything and the Consumer Report survived." She also credits her clients, one of which, Zadel Real Estate, has been advertising in the Consumer Report since day one. "I have many loyal customers who believe in the Consumer Report. It reaches 24,000 households at a reasonable price for advertising. Readers utilize all the info to plan out the month," Martindale explains. Most competitors fill their publication with ads and little usable content. "This paper has outlasted all other competitors because it focuses on people in our own neighborhoods. I'm able to help new or struggling businesses with promoting their products and services by working with them, individually. I'm able

While daily and weekly newspapers are dying across the country, niche community newspapers are not only surviving, but thriving. says, "...sales of digital ads are growing and will continue to grow, but print advertising is hardly dying. If anything, it's leveling off after a period of decline. That means it's here to stay, and the truth is that the most effective advertising strategies will probably combine print and digital media." The Consumer Report for Carbon Valley, Erie and Mead has a respected reputation and now includes Social Media services as an add-on to her print advertising. "This will give a very balanced approach to every business' marketing plans," says Martindale. She also publishes the I25 Corridor Communities Magazine. If you are a business owner of any size, call Martindale Media Group to reach your potential clients in Carbon Valley, Erie and Mead. Email or call 303.833.5997, today. Check out www. or @cvcr1999 on Instagram. Keep it Local!!

candidate; Erie holds community elections April ď Ź Find out about the candidates; 7, 2020, along with Frederick, Firestone, ď Ź Gather materials about the and Mead. Dacono elections are in candidates; November. ď Ź Evaluate candidates' Each of us has either Community Elections stands on issues; lived here our whole life make or break our ď Ź Learn about the or most of our life or we communities candidates' leadership moved here because we abilities; were so enthralled by what we believed would be wholesome, quaint, ď Ź Learn how other people view the safe, and small-town living. And on the candidate; surface, it's exactly that. ď Ź Sort it all out. Hopefully, deep down to the grass There's not much worse than voting roots, it is exactly that. But how do you for someone and then finding out they know for sure? do not actually have the constituent's ď Ź You must know, actually know, those best interest at heart. Those who run our you are voting for; communities do so with our tax payer ď Ź Don't believe everything you dollars. Sometimes, elected officials forget read in this or any newspaper, who they work for. mailed advertisment, or television Candidates: email your photo, bio and commercial; platform to this newspaper for free publication. ď Ź Investigate for yourself...even friends Choose wisely voters. It's your hard and family, have their own bias; earned money at stake, along with your According to, the family's hopes and dreams. Let's make this seven steps outlined below are designed to voting year, the best voting turn-out ever.

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What’s On My Mind

Vol. 21, Issue 1

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hat a year 2019 was…it went faster than any other year in my life! Fraught with back pain, too little time for responsibilities, fear of what the future holds, and most up front, supporting my dad in his first year of widowhood. What does 2020 hold in store for you, for me and our families? To say 2019 was a stressful year would be an understatement for sure. I find that interesting because it was the first year in many years, that my husband and I did not take regular vacations because of his new employment with FedEx Freight. For so many years I thought if we did not take so many trips, I would be more relaxed. LOL with emoji grimacing. The only trip he and I planned, I had to bow out because I was bedridden with back pain. You might recall my article in the February 2019 issue stating that I was taking my power back and forging forward with my call to write professionally. Then in my November 2019 article, I shared that for the better part of 2019, I was still living in fear and that fear had settled itself in my low back. I’d never had chronic pain or illness before, and it was debilitating. I certainly learned a new empathy for those who live with chronic “anything.” My mom, daughter, and my sister, Robin, have had chronic issues for years and years. I really had no idea what that was like until 2019. (view articles at

I’m thankful to report that the LORD and have me mobile again. While I am weak, I can move most anyway I need to with just a little pain. I thank you for praying for me. Add to that, I have been working diligently on my writing. I’ve submitted a book proposal that has made it past the gatekeeper and through one editorial board meeting. The

#ThereIsNoFearInLove next step is the Pub Board on January 23. More prayers, please? And thank you! I’d like to share a bit more about my fear issues. I’m sure I’m not the only who has them. In 1990, I was in college and a single mom with four kids. We were poor but life was incredibly good. In fact, I was in the best two years of my entire life. Until August 1990 when my nine-year-old daughter died. I felt like the rug was pulled out from under me. Fast forward to 2002…once again, I was just finishing a very good year in my life after ten of the worst years of my life. I had finally achieved having a book published. My book, on adoption, was released the last week of March 2002. Two weeks later, my twenty-three-year-old son was killed in a work-related accident. Those two incidents caused me to believe that anything good that happened to or for me would be followed by the death of someone I love. So, for the last seventeen years, I’ve not pursued my passion to write professionally. I didn’t want someone else to die. I know this makes sense realistically. But internally, I had a huge spiritual struggle. If I believe what the Bible says, and I do…I tell you all every month what I believe in my articles…well, why would I live in that fear? Reality shows one thing and Spirituality proves another. I had been letting earthly experiences have more power over me than the Father God I know and trust. I had put God in a box and stifled what He wants to do for and with me. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who does that. In October, I made the choice to stand on the Word. The Word says that each of us has a designated day we are born and one that we die. My writing has nothing to do with anyone’s death. I

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f you don’t start doing the things you don’t feel like doing, you will wake up one year from today and be in exactly the same place. So here’s the one-liner definition of the 5 Second Rule:

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know that in my head and I’m learning to believe it in my heart. My mantra for 2020 is there is no fear in love. I’ve learned how much Father God loves me. I’ve also learned that no matter what happens, good or tragic, the LORD will walk through it with me. I am never alone. In fact, it was brought to my attention that I was known and loved by the KING of kings before the universe was ever formed and that goes for you too. I have no idea how 2020 will end up. I do know this…#thereisnofearinlove…I will write professionally, come what may. What will you pursue in 2020? I would like you to share that with me either via email carbonvalley@ or post at www.facebook. com/CarbonValleyConsumerReport or IG @cvcr1999. I will pray for you and encourage you and celebrate the accomplishments with you. Happy New Year…May 2020 be your most satisfying year yet.

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iver cruising is hot. There's a river cruise for every taste, style and budget. With nearly a dozen new river boats being built, it's no doubt that river cruising is the latest trend. Statistics indicate that most river cruise passengers have already taken an ocean cruise and they are ready to move inland, who want to see European cities up-close and personal. What are the advantages of a European river cruise? While cruise ships only touch the edges of continents, river boats take you to the very heart of magnificent cities and ancient towns. Quietly glide past hillside vineyards, medieval castles and historic monuments. Disembark and walk right into town for a lunch at a local café or experience that local beer or wine. Pack light. Not just for the airline requirements but for convenience. There are no formal nights. Men need only a collared shirt and sport coat. Women can leave their long dresses and high heels at home. Attire is country club casual even at dinner. Acknowledge your physical limitations.

Cobblestone streets, walkways and stairs can be a bit tricky to navigate. Europe doesn't subscribe to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pace yourself accordingly. Some of the river boats do not have elevators, so make sure the boat you choose has one if you need one. Alternatively, once ashore, many river cruises lines offer an easy-paced walking or bus tour option. Wine and dine. Unlike cruise ships, river boats have "open seating." Stroll into the dining room for a leisurely buffet breakfast and some made to order specialties. Lunch is fairly relaxed, too, as it is mainly buffet-style dining. Dinner times can vary based on the timing of the shore excursions, so check your daily planner. Some cruise lines offer wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Cash is king. Make a list of the countries you will visit and find a local bank that will order your foreign currency. Mainly, you'll need Euros. Of course, the boat's front desk will also exchange currency, but there are some limitations. Tipping at the end of your cruise is expected to be in Euros. Weather. If you travel on the rivers in the spring or fall, there will certainly be a variance in temperatures and precipitation. Bring that light rain gear and a folding umbrella. If you must carry belongings, a tote bag is suggested. Stop

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Financial Moves for Life’s ‘Inflection Points’


ou’ve probably heard or read about inflection points. The term has a specific definition in mathematics, but it’s also used widely to describe historical or technological events, such as the Industrial Revolution or the creation of the internet – events that changed human existence in some important way. However, you have personal inflection points, too – and when they occur, you’ll need to make the right financial moves. Here are four of the most important of these inflection points, along with suggestions on dealing with them: • • Marriage – When you get married, you and your spouse will need to discuss a variety of financial issues: What assets and liabilities do you each bring to the marriage? Should you combine your finances or continue with separate accounts? Is one of you a “saver” while the other is a “spender”? Do you share similar investment philosophies, or is one of you much more aggressive than the other? You don’t necessarily have to agree on everything, but you should at least try to gain enough knowledge so you can avoid unpleasant surprises, such as hidden debts, and find enough common ground so your household can advance toward your common financial goals.

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• New child – When you welcome a new child into your family, you’ll need to make sure you have adequate life insurance. You’ll also want to review the beneficiary designations on any existing insurance policies, as well as on your IRA and 401(k). And if you can afford it, you may want to start contributing to a college fund, possibly using a 529 savings plan, which can provide you with tax advantages as you put money away for your child’s higher education. • Divorce – It’s unfortunate, but true: Divorce is still pretty common, and it’s neither pleasant nor cheap. You might not be able to avoid some of the costs, such as lawyers’ bills, but if you and your ex-spouse can work together amicably, you both may be able to avoid serious financial disruptions. You’ll need to work out how to divide your financial assets, paying attention to beneficiary designations, which you may well need to change. Also, as a newly single individual, you may need to review and revise your long-term investment strategy to accommodate changes in your goals and your retirement income. • Retirement – By the time you retire, you will have hopefully been investing in your IRA and 401(k) or other retirement plan for several decades. But once you do retire, you’ll need to determine how much you can afford to withdraw each year from your various retirement accounts. Your withdrawal rate will depend on your

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or stay late. Investigate your options and try to include a few extra days on land to fully appreciate the cities along the paths of the great rivers of Europe. Look for our announcement on the River Cruise we are planning for next fall on the Danube.

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age, your asset level and your retirement lifestyle. And you’ll also want to consider other issues: Are you prepared to deal with health care costs? Even with Medicare, these costs may be higher than they were when you were working. And how about your estate plans? Are they up to date? Have you protected your family from the possibility of your estate going through the time-consuming, expensive and public process of probate? You may need to work with your financial, tax and legal advisors to develop an effective estate strategy. By making smart decisions following your own inflection points, you can ease the transitions in your life – wherever life takes you.



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Area Mayors’ Report—For those of us who do not attend meetings DACONO MAYOR, JOE BAKER

 Thank to all who came out to celebrate the season with us at the Carbon Valley Holiday Festival. We had a great turnout and a great time, and thank you also


 Welcome, 2020! I am looking forward to a prosperous year working with the Board of Trustees, staff and residents to continue making Mead a safe and wonderful place to live.  Projects in Town – This upcoming year will be full of excitement for us. The entire board is proud of what we accomplished in 2019 such as: the North Creek Sewer Project, Veteran Pond Toe Drain Project, 2018 Transportation Plan, 2019 Stormwater Master Plan, Highland Lake Park Master Plan, 2018 International Building Code as well as streamlining the Development Process; approving numerous annexations – residential and commercial developments – partnering with High Plains Library District to plan a library/community center, and expanding the Mead Police Department.  Board – At the last meeting in November, the Board of

to our sponsor United Power and to Kenneth Homyak PK-8 School and its students for their participation in the event.  The City of Dacono is providing free Christmas tree recycling from December 26-January 5. Bring your tree to the drop-off site near Centennial Field under the blue water tower. It is important for the safety of the crews and machinery that all ornaments, lights, tinsel, nails, wire, garlands and stands be removed.  Please join me for Coffee with the Mayor on Saturday, February 15th at 9:00 a.m. at Dacono City Hall. Bring your questions or just introduce yourself. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

Trustees approved an initial road inventory and condition assessment to complete a network analysis and establish a Pavement Condition Index for each street, prepare cost estimates to repair and maintain the street network and identify long-term budget needs, and establish a 5-year maintenance and rehabilitation plan for approximately 50 centerline miles of paved roads. At that same meeting, the Board also approved completing sanitary sewer repair and manhole rehabilitation in the Dillingham and Welker alley and the 2020 agreement with the Mead Area Chamber of Commerce.  December was busy for the Mead Urban Renewal Authority (MURA) and the Board of Trustees. MURA approved its 2020 budget and the agreement with Mead Place Metropolitan Districts Nos. 1-6. The Board of Trustees annexed and amended the zoning for the Meadow Ridge subdivision and Mead Ponds. The 2019 budget amendment and the 2020 budget were also approved.  If you are unable to attend the Board of Trustees meetings, the meetings are video recorded to watch at your convenience. View meetings at  Community – Activities ● Christmas in the Park was held Saturday, Dec. 7 and was packed full of fun for all ages. The town partnered with the Mead Area Chamber of Commerce, Grandview Church, and the High Plains Library District for the Parade

of Lights, kid crafts, tree lighting, carolers, a free chili dinner and, of course, Santa.  Reminder – The Town of Mead requires businesses located within the town, as well as businesses providing services within the town, to obtain a business license. Businesses must renew licenses annually. Applications are available online at planning/page/business-licenses. Additionally, all residents are required to license their pets. Pet license applications are available online at enforcement/page/141/mead_pet_license_form.pdf. Please return the completed form to the Mead Police Department.  Invitation – I would like to continue to invite youth groups to help open our regular Board of Trustee meetings. Please email me, at, at least a week in advance of our board meetings.  Stay Informed – I am hosting Coffee with the Mayor from 8-10 a.m. every first Saturday of the month at Town Hall. Bring your questions, concerns and thoughts. Another easy way to stay up to date on Mead news is to sign up for email notifications by visiting:  Please stay safe, and as always, I am happy to come visit you or your organization. Please contact me via email at cwhitlow@

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Frederick-Firestone Fire District Recognizes Employees During Annual Holiday Celebration Capt. Ryan Baxley Named 2019 Employee of the Year


n Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, the FrederickFirestone Fire District not only recognized all employees for their work throughout the year but went beyond that and gave plaques and awards for years of service, fire and emergency medical training, exemplary service, and employee of the year. "It was an honor and privilege to show our appreciation to all our members and their significant others at our annual Christmas dinner and to award so many deserving individuals for their accomplishments in 2019. These men and women serve our community day and night without question or complaint, I wish we could do so much more for them," said Fire Chief Jeremy A. Young. The 2019 Employee of the Year, which is nominated and elected by District personnel, was Captain Ryan Baxley who has been with the Fire District since 2002. Capt. Baxley was nominated for his work with his fellow firefighters and for his leadership throughout the years. Years of service plaques focused on employees who have been with the District for five (5), 10, and 15 years. Five-year plaques went to Paramedic/Firefighter Stacy Flaherty, EMT/Firefighter Peter Hartman, EMT/Firefighter Jeff Kesler, Training Captain Josh Venerable, and Board Director Butch Walb. Those recognized for 10 year of service were Paramedic/Firefighter Chandler Martinez and Paramedic/Firefighter Evin Feit. Last, was Lt. Jon Garand and Lt. Chad Holliman who both have been with the District for 15 years. During the evening Chief Young also recognized Assistant Chief of Planning Steve Iacino and Community Outreach Specialist Summer Campos for their exemplary work throughout 2019. As well as the Local 4123 board members, which included Lt. Matt Zaffree, Lt. Josh Williams, EMT/Firefighter Adam Campbell, and Paramedic/Firefighter Chandler Martinez.

Interval/Circuit Training 7pm Mons./Weds. 10 Wk Challenge Starts Jan 6th! Ladies, join us for Interval/Circuit Training Classes at 7pm on Mondays in Frederick & Wednesdays in Firestone, Tuesdays & Fridays at 8:30am in Niwot. Your first session is Free, then it's $40 for a 10 Session Punch Card good at any location. Space is limited, RSVP required online. Contact Tracy Rewerts, NASM Certified Personal Trainer & TBMM Corrective Exercise Specialist at https:// or call 303.828.285. See my article on the Health Page of this paper for info about the 10 Week Healthy Weight Loss Challenge starting January 6th, 2020.

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ou get what you pay for when buying paint, so be sure your painter is using a quality product. The cost of the paint is a small portion of the job, but the costs of frequent repainting will cancel any savings earned by using the cheap stuff. Opting for quality when choosing your painter will pay off as well. Professional painters paint 50-plus homes yearly. They know how to paint the right way and will produce a lasting job in half the time it would take a less experienced crew.

color, 30% for your secondary color and 10% for your accent. You won’t be using the exact colors the wheel produces, but it can point you in a direction where you feel comfortable. Before you commit to color it's important to see how it looks in different lighting. Paint swatches onto poster board and move them around the room throughout the day, observing how they look in different areas, how they pair with furniture and upholstery and particularly next to flooring and trim.

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iving is a wonderful act of grace, and in actual fact, one way grace may be defined is‌a gift. While we may have moved on from the holidays in general and Christmas in particular, I would like to draw your attention to this question: Why do we give? When you think about it, the reason why we give is because God gives. A similar idea about love is found in scripture, “We love because he first loved usâ€? (1 John 4:19). The theme and message of the entire gospel is giving. God gives because he loves mankind, and chooses to give‌He desires to. God gave us life, peace, forgiveness, joy, hope, salvation, and on and on in the gift of His Son, Jesus. When we give out of love and because we choose and desire to give, then we are giving as God gives. When we give in this way, we are engaging in blessing, we bless others and enrich our

own souls as well. Did Jesus know what He was talking about when he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive� (Acts 20:35)? If you are a giver, than you have experienced the truth of these words. Sometimes we may give for the wrong reasons or when we really don’t want to in the first place. For example, we may give for cultural reasons such as birthdays, house-warming, or when we bring a gift for the host of a party. We may give when we are manipulated by guilt, or when we manipulate or flatter others in order to receive something in return. Another reason we may give is simply because it’s required or expected. I trust you will see that our giving is best and accomplishes the most good when we give like God gives—simply because we love people and choose to bless them from our hearts. I’m positive you and I didn’t give

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The average cost of a new house was $4,100, but to rent a house was only $26 per month. A gallon of gas cost 10 cents; a loaf of bread cost 9 cents. A young couple living in mid-America with an eight-year-old son found it difficult to make ends meet. It became even more difficult when they also found out they were expecting an addition to their family. The father had only an eighth grade education, but he was by no means stupid. He grew up as one in a family of thirteen children. After the eighth grade he was out working in the cotton fields to help his parents make ends meet. He became self-educated and excelled in English and math. He did whatever was necessary to feed, clothe and house his family. These were my parents, and this was the world I was born into in November, 1937. If ever there was a time a young couple needed a singing bowl; it was certainly during these turbulent times. Their faith in God and leaning on each other helped them make it through to a brighter future. Today we are given a clean slate, a new beginning. Don’t be discouraged by all the chaos that may be going on in your life. God promises to strengthen you and help you. It is up to each of us to paint our new year with our hopes and dreams; then ask God to help us choose the right colors to make those dreams a reality. Perhaps it would also help if we each had a singing bowl with a striker to help us accomplish this task.

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ualified Listeners will be hosting the 2nd Annual Vet Connect Event connecting Veterans to Veterans, connecting Families to Families, connecting Veterans to Resources, and connecting Veterans to Jobs. Saturday, March 14, 2020 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Embassy Suites & Conference Center 4705 Clydesdale Parkway Loveland, CO Free Admission, Plenty of Parking Connect yourself to over 30 qualified VA and non-VA resources and get your questions answered. Come learn what you’ve earned! Find out what services and resources are available to you, and meet employers who focus on hiring Veterans or their families. Qualified Listeners is a Veteran & Family Resource Hub serving northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. For more information visit or call 720-600-0860.

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ualified Listeners, a Veteran & Family Resource Hub based in Northern Colorado, is expanding their Listening Program to include visitations. “We’ve created a Visitation Team for our trained Veteran Listeners to visit Veterans in assisted living facilities and those in hospice care�, says Greg Goettsch, Founder and Executive Director. “The number of visitation requests is increasing, and we are having a positive impact on those who are elderly, disabled, or terminally ill.� To fulfill the need of Listening Sessions in general, Qualified Listeners has recently trained five new Listener volunteers, four of whom are Veterans and one Veteran spouse. “It’s important to include family members as well as Veterans because they also need to share their story with a peer Listener. We have spouses, widows, parents, sons and daughters of Veterans who are qualified to listen to others who can understand�, adds Greg Goettsch. If you are a Veteran or a family member of a Veteran and would like to talk to someone in confidence who can relate and not judge, we would like to hear from you. If you have an interest in learning about our Listening Program, or if you know a Veteran that would like to be visited, call 720-600-0860 or fill out the form on our website To learn more about Qualified Listeners, call 720-600-0860 or, visit www.

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ooking ahead to 2020, the key to your fitness success will be creating a new habit of workouts and healthy eating with a plan in place. Ladies, plan on starting with us in January 2020. Why not get extra motivation to help you reach your fitness goals? The purpose of this challenge is to improve your overall health. You’ll do this by gaining lean muscle mass, losing fat, and improving your nutrition and water intake. This challenge makes it easier for you to commit and see results because there’s a team of women who have similar life circumstances, priorities, and goals who sign up and dedicate their time to working out right along-side you. Join this challenge and register in person with me the week of January 6th 10th. This will include a weigh-in, body composition analysis, fitness goals sheet, in addition to starting class. It's a $15 buy-in for the actual 10 Week Healthy Weight Loss Challenge. At the end of the 10 weeks, the person with the highest % of weight loss will have earned the cash prize from everyone's buy-in. It's REQUIRED that you attend at least once per week my ladies only Time For Change Fitness Groups in Frederick/Firestone/ Niwot, OR you're a corrective exercise/ mobile personal training client, which is a separate cost from the buy-in for the challenge itself (visit my website for details). It's also required that you RSVP online and reserve your spot for the fitness

group classes. These classes will fill up fast, so be sure to jump on this quickly. Here are the dates you can register in person for the challenge: • Monday, Jan 6th in Frederick, register before group at 6:30pm, attend fitness group at 7pm, and after. • Tuesday, Jan 7th in Niwot, attend fitness group at 8:30am, register after at 9:30am. • Wednesday, Jan 8th in Firestone, register before group at 6:30pm, attend fitness group at 7pm. • Friday, Jan 10th in Niwot, attend fitness group at 8:30am, register after at 9:30am. *Final weigh-ins for this challenge will be held the week of March 16th - 20th. Successful results from my previous Healthy Weight Loss Challenges (6, 10, 12 Wk Challenges - pounds lost) Ursula - 18.4lbs, Deb - 15lbs, Randee, - 18lbs, Melissa -18.6lb, Rene -19lb, Tammy -15.4lb, Brenda -8.4lb, Tammy -19.8lb, Sandy -8.8lb, Cindy -17.4lb, Suzann -9.8lb, Sue -26lb, Sheila -13.2lb, Shannon -15.6lb, Monica -16.8lb. This challenge is about committing to something. What if you could get healthier, feel stronger, and meet other women who have the same goals you have? You can, and I hope you'll join us this time around. We are stronger together! Tracy Rewerts NASM CPT/FNS, TBMM CES 303-828-2856

Rotary Inducts Carbon Valley Academy Into Membership


arbon Valley Rotary inducted Carbon Valley Academy into their club as a Corporate Membership. Janet Wyatt, Executive Director, will act as the primary member representing the organization with alternative members of Catherine Lindhart, Principal, and Sara Asher, Dean of Community Relations. The purpose of a Corporate Membership into Rotary is to allow alternate members to attend Rotary meetings when the primary member cannot therefore keeping the corporate organization current on weekly updates, notices, activities, and events. Rotary is a worldwide service organization with 1.2 million members in over 60 countries. Carbon Valley Rotary is comprised of business professionals and community leaders dedicated to making a positive difference globally and in the Carbon Valley area. For more information about Rotary call 303-596-7731 or email Pictured here is: Beverly Mendel, Club President; Janet Wyatt, Sara Asher, Catherine Lindhart, and Barb Goettsch, Past Assistant Governor.

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hen you are thinking of buying a home, you have 2 basic choices. One way is to drive around or search the Internet, narrow down the choices and then call each individual Realtor to get further information or to see the house. There is a better way, however. Select one agent to work with and let them do the work! A good Realtor can make the process go smoother, alert you to things you don't know about, and save you both time and money. Most people do not buy or sell real estate very often, so they don’t know what they don’t know. A good Realtor can help you get through the negotiations, inspections, title insurance, appraisal, loan process, and to a successful closing. In today’s market, finding the home is just the beginning. Most of a Realtor’s work and value comes in completing the transaction. Most Buyers “don’t know what they don’t know”, so having an experienced, knowledgeable Realtor to guide you through the process is critical. In Colorado, a Broker usually works with Buyers as either a Buyer's Broker or a Transaction Broker. The basic difference is a Buyer's Broker is representing and acting in the best interest of the Buyer and in Transaction Brokerage, the agent is just putting together the deal and not representing either party. In most cases, the Realtor working with the Buyer is being paid by the Seller's broker, so there is not a cost to the Buyer, so take advantage of their service. So, how should you choose a Realtor to help you buy a home? There are several ways. Get references from people you know that have purchased a home - did they like their Realtor? Who is active in the local market where you want to buy? Has there been an office you have worked with in the past? Once you have come up with a few names, you then need to make a selection. It is best to interview a couple of Realtors before you make a decision. Buying a home may well be one of the largest investments of your life, so taking an hour to talk to a couple people is well worth it. In my experience, most problems that occur between a Buyer and an agent happen

due to lack of communication or misunderstanding of each other's expectations. Following are several questions (not in any particular order), to consider asking of the Realtors you interview: Have you sold homes in the area I want? What sources do you have to locate properties? Do you have lenders or inspectors you can recommend? Do you get paid anything for me using any of these references? What length of Buyer Broker contract do you require? If I feel you are not doing your job, can I cancel the contract? Can you give me references of other Buyers that you have recently helped? When are you available to show me homes? How often will you tell me about new properties just on the market? How will you communicate with me? How much experience do you have, or what support do you have if there are questions you can't answer? Is there someone to show me homes if you are out of town? Once you make a decision on your Buyer's Broker, let (and make) them do their job. Don't call another agent to ask questions or to set up a showing of the property, this is your agent's job. If you come across a property that your Realtor did not give you, give him or her the address and have them get you the details you want. Sometimes, a property can be on the Internet or have a for sale sign in front, but the Broker did not tell you about it because it is under contract or because it did not meet your requirements. Buying a home, especially your first one, will be exciting, scary, nerve-racking, frustrating, thrilling, stressful and fulfilling. It will also be one of the best things you do in your life. Work with someone that will help make it successful.



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CCI Honors Kirkmeyer with Commissioner of the Year Award


ELD COUNTY, CO — During the 2019 Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Dinner and Awards ceremony December 3, Weld County Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer was honored with the Commissioner of the Year Award. In a nomination letter sent by fellow commissioners, Commissioner Kirkmeyer was commended for the countless hours she worked with the Child Welfare Allocation Committee to develop an allocation formula that allowed for adequate funding of additional full-time child welfare workers. She also initiated the Families First Preservation Services Act work group, which developed a roadmap for counties and the state to implement changes required by a new federal law and regulations. In addition to human services, Kirkmeyer made a huge impact statewide in 2019 with her determination to fight for local control regarding oil and gas development under Senate Bill 181. She assisted in the drafting and passage of amendments to not only preserve Weld County’s local control but also enhance it. She’s been an integral part of the Statewide Transportation Advisory Committee and has helped increase

dollars for transportation infrastructure. She’s even worked with Executive Director Dean Williams at the Colorado Department of Corrections to implement a program that lowers the likelihood of inmates reoffending. “I am honored to be named the Commissioner of the Year,” said Barbara Kirkmeyer, Weld County Commissioner Chair. “I am extremely passionate about county government. Working on these projects and serving on various committees is helping better my county and other counties in Colorado.” Nominations for the award are submitted from counties across the state. CCI based its final selection on the commissioner’s participation in CCI committees, taskforces or district caucuses as well as the commissioner’s activities in his/her county and outside agencies that go above and beyond the call of duty. This is the fourth award Kirkmeyer has received from CCI. She also received the Commissioner of the Year Award in 1997, the CCI Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and Freshman Commissioner of the Year in 1993. For more information about CCI, visit

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Free Birthday greetings and Photo. Email high resolution photo and greeting to by the 15th of the month. Happy Birthday to my granddaughter, Annah. Celebrating her 13th birthday on Jan. 6! You brought life back to so many of us and we are better people because of you! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU BOTH! Happy 5th Birthday, John (Buddy) Celebrating Jan. 15! Most special "car guy" your family has ever met!

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Update: Ft. Lupton's Sgt Chris Pelton


t approximately 2240 hours, on December 2, 2019, officers with the Fort Lupton Police Department responded to a call for service for an armed suspect in the area of Ponderosa Pl. Officers arrived in the 200 block of Ponderosa Pl, where they were receiving information about the suspect, who was armed with a gun and attempting to make contact with someone at a residence in the area. As officers arrived on scene, they were approaching the residence when the suspect began firing at the responding officers. Sgt. Chris Pelton with the Fort Lupton Police Department was shot as officers approached the residence. Brief Bio: Sgt. Pelton has been with the Fort Lupton Police Department since May of 2016 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2018. He is a patrol team supervisor, defense tactics instructor, and field training program coordinator. Sgt. Pelton is married with three children, he is incredibly involved in his community, and teaches self-defense classes. The Fort Lupton Police Department will be using this page as a way to update the public on Sgt. Chris Pelton's condition and ways you can help. Chief Fryar would like to say a special thank you to the community for their ongoing support during this difficult time. "Our Departmental Family is so thankful for all those providing support and encouragement through this trying time. Sgt Pelton’s family is also overwhelmed by the support they are getting. They have a special thank you for those officers from too many police agencies to mention that have made them feel cared for and safe. A special thanks to the Englewood and Denver Police Departments." See website at

Frederick Volunteer Fair Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Carbon Valley Volunteer Fair on Saturday, January 18, 2020. A wide variety of local nonprofits will be on-hand at Frederick High School (5690 Tipple Parkway) from 10 am to 2 pm. Residents can learn more about the different volunteering options available in our community. Check out the list of nonprofits who will be looking for volunteers.

Frederick Christmas Tree Disposal After the holidays are over and it’s time to put the decorations away, remember to dispose of your Christmas tree properly. Starting Thursday, December 26 through Sunday, January 26, you can drop-off your tree in the fenced area located on the southeast corner of 8th Street and Maple Avenue near the entrance to Centennial Park (630 8th Street). Trees only, please! Remove all plastic bags, tree stands, decorations and lights.

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“Ready for change? Compassionate Christian support offered - Fort Lupton/Northglenn - free phone consult Hope into Light Counseling 720-340-8856 - God bless!” Shih tzu/Yorkie Mix (Shorkie), born 9/21/2019, first shots. Dad is 9 lbs, mom is 8 lbs. Males are $400, Female is $450. Located in Frederick area. Ph or text 719-469-0686, email Product Demonstrations: Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care is looking for an outgoing brand ambassador. If you love interacting with people while promoting brand, awareness through product demonstrations, we want to hear from you. What we need from you: 2 hr Product Demonstrations. When we need it from you: Friday and Saturdays, from 3:30- 5:30 pm. Where we need you: From South Denver to Fort Collins. Email your resume, experience and why you are the greatest. Business development position for Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care Part time: Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care Colorado's first and longest running skin care company is looking for a business development person. If you love organic skin care that gives amazing results and eco friendly sustainable companies, and you have mad skills in creating new business, we want to talk to you! Compensation according to skills. Email us your prior successes and resume. Feel free to put in the body of the email all the reasons you are fabulous and perfect for this job. Please put in the subject line Business Development Position.

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Erie High School Varsity Tiger Poms


he Erie High School Varsity Tiger Poms Team recently competed at the Chsaa State Spirit Competition on December 7th and took First Runner-Up out of 23 Teams in the 4A Pom Division! They missed first place by .8 making it a very close competition. The season has already been successful for this team and has included an NDA Regional Championship, TriValley League Champions, Tri-Valley/ Northern League Grand Dance Champions

and two 1st Place finishes in 4A Pom and 4A Jazz at the Winter Challenge. This is the 5th year for the Poms Team and they are excited about their amazing growth over the past few years. The poms program has also expanded this year to include a JV Team of nine members who took 1st Place at the 4A State JV Competition. Next up for the Varsity Team is NDA High School Nationals in Orlando, FL March 6th-8th where hundreds of the best

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teams in the country will be competing. Last year, the team made finals in both Pom and Team Performance and finished 12th in Pom and 8th in Team Performance. They are hoping for Top 5 Finishes in both routines this year and also hope to make finals in jazz as well! The Varsity Team is Coached by Chelsea Incorvaia and Megan Farley. Chelsea is in her 5th year coaching

at Erie and in her 13th Year Coaching in Colorado. Megan is in her 2nd year coaching at Erie and her 7th year coaching in CO. The JV Team is coached by Molly Lawrence and Hallie Mansoor. Both JV Coaches are Alumni of the Erie Poms Team and both are in their 2nd year of coaching at Erie. Follow this program’s journey on Instagram @eriedanceteam.

Imagine Charter School at Firestone Milestones

CV Academy Enrolling

s we soar into the fall and winter holiday seasons, we have many celebrations and much cause to be proud of our school and our community and Imagine Charter School at Firestone, Colorado. Our First Annual Fall Festival was a great success. Our IVA(Imagine Volunteer Association) put this great event together. Our teachers and staff helped, giving time to facilitate such amazing events at the Festival to include a Haunted House, a dunk tank with teachers to dunk, a chili cook-off, a bake sale and many other fun activities. Our families donated, volunteered, and came together as a community to celebrate and be part of this event. This was a great opportunity for our clubs and activities in the building to fundraise by hosting different experiences at the Festival. We were also able to work with our community partners who sponsored events and had their own activities or donated toward ours. Each semester, our drama elective puts on a production. Our Fall production was Hotel Transylmania. Students who participate in the elective design props and costumes and rehearse to put on the performance. This was a fun time to see our drama department in action and

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families were invited to “Dinner and a Play” as a fundraiser for this department. Our 5th graders just had to opportunity to experience our economy in action in their Young Ameritowne field trip. They traveled to Denver to work in the Young Ameritowne building, where there is an area transformed into a small community. Students held elected positions and for a few short hours ran all of the businesses on their own. They have been working in their classrooms studying economic concepts such as investments, supply and demand and all of the needs in a community to keep it strong. At Imagine Charter School at Firestone, Colorado, we work to grow the whole child. Through experiences such as Young Ameritowne and Drama, our students are seeing real life application of their studies. In offering community events as well as providing opportunities to meet with community partners in an effort to promote and provide safety, our students are seeing their impact and part in the community. We strive to demonstrate that our school has a part in the larger world, in the same way that our we are growing students toward their greater purposes. We truly are cultivating all of the potential we see in our students.


ince 2005, Carbon Valley Academy (CVA) has provided a Core Knowledge based curriculum in a tuition-free charter school for students in grades K-8. Highly qualified, innovative teachers ensure that students’ personal academic achievement is a priority. A variety of specialized classes, such as Modern Band, Music and Art Studies, Technology, Physical Education, Mixed Media Art and Spanish enrich the educational experience at every grade level. CVA focuses on the whole child through a well-rounded character development program. Now is the time to enroll for the 20202021 school year! For more information contact Catherine Linhardt at 303-7749555 or email Catherine.Linhardt@ or text "CVA" to 474747 303-637-1300

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