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he National P A C E Association has proclaimed September as National PACE Month, an opportunity to celebrate the work of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). This year’s theme of “PACE: Many Hands, Many Minds, ONE Goal” highlights the central role of the PACE interdisciplinary team (IDT) in improving the lives of participants and their family caregivers. TRU PACE, part of TRU Community Care a local non-profit, is a PACE organization that has served Southwest and Boulder Counties for over 2+ years. There a total of 129 PACE programs that

serve more than 50,000 enrollees in 31 states. PACE enrollees are age 55 and over and need a nursing home level of care. However, more than 95 percent are able to live in the community with the services and support they receive through

PACE. The PACE interdisciplinary team is one thing that really sets PACE apart from other care delivery models,” said Samantha Black, TRU PACE Executive Director, “So often individuals and families who have health care needs experience a fractured, hard-to-navigate health care system. PACE is just the opposite. In PACE, the interdisciplinary team members

work together to develop effective care plans that solve problems that PACE participants are experiencing. We have had so many enrollees and their families tell us how PACE has positively impacted their lives.” T h e interdisciplinary team includes a registered nurse, primary care provider, recreation therapist, dietitian, occupational therapist, PACE center manager, home care coordinator, personal care attendant, transportation specialist, social worker and physical therapist, as well as other specialists such as a behavioral health therapist and pharmacist. Enrollees have 24 hour access to this team. Everyone on the IDT provides

a care plan from their discipline for each enrollee which focuses on the PACE Participants goals. They work together to provide prevention strategies, coordinate care and provide services at the TRU PACE Day Center. The center is based in Lafayette where the medical clinic, rehabilitation gym and day center are located. Transportation to and from TRU PACE and other medical appoints are provided by Via Mobility. The PACE model provides wrap around services to help older adults live in their homes. If you or a loved one would like more information about TRU PACE or if you’d like a tour, please call 303-665-0115 or go to website

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days until Thanksgiving, to be followed by Christmas and then another new year. And that’s as of this writing. When you read this, it’ll be less days than that! Just thinking about it causes me internal anxiety. 2019. Where did it go? Each month flew by faster than the preceding one. Stress. Name it and claim it. Everybody suffers from it now and again. Even children, God forbid. Why is stress so common and what can we do about it? Stress triggers usually include money and time; two of my biggies. Relationships, job, kids, and politics can be other triggers. What are yours? Money is always huge because without it you cannot pay bills, buy milk for the kiddos or school supplies. Never having enough money is just like never having enough time. We run, run, run…from one task to the next, one activity to another. People are plum tired. On the other side of the coin are those who are home-bound; they have too much time and are terribly lonely. Each of these situations cause stress, fear, and depression. In speaking with my husband (this topic was his idea) he shared the stresses of the workplace. Just this morning his coworker was anxious about the lack of equipment needed to complete the tasks. I asked Mike how he was able to help out. “First, I cracked a joke,” Mike said. “It lightened the mood.” He went on to share that with a few words of encouragement, he then reminded his coworker that he

didn’t have control over that situation. Mike suggested he take a short break, regroup and go on to the next thing. Mike’s major stresses are work related. He says, “I can only move so fast. I have to take one thing at a time. I refuse to let the situation overcome me. Instead, I remind myself to step away and don’t say or do anything that will make matters worse. I say a prayer and get on with it.” During deadline weeks, Mike constantly reminds me that the paper always gets done. He encourages me to pray and remember that my stress is just an emotion and that I have the power to change that emotion by, simply, removing myself. His reminder to take a break and regroup always helps me and alleviates my stress. I recently read an essay by Chip Gaines. You can view it here: https://magnolia. com/we-believe-in-human-kindness/ In it, he shares about their Magnolia Manifesto, a plan of action that he and his wife and family live by. He said, “There’s a particular line that kept returning to me again and again these past few weeks: ‘We believe in human kindness, knowing we are made better when we work together.’” At the end of the essay, there are flyers you can print out that give you ideas how you can be kind to another. Some of the suggestions are: • Mow a neighbor’s lawn • Make time to call an old friend • Ask a stranger how they are doing • Pay for a stranger’s coffee or meal • Help a needy family

The fact is, when we are stressed and overburdened, the act of helping someone else ALWAYS ends up helping ourselves. Shoot, just smiling sincerely at another human being helps us both! Chip Gaines suggests we #makeKINDNESSloud. I ditto that!

Chip Gaines suggests we #makeKINDNESSloud In fact, for every kindness you do this next month, mention it and challenge others on our page at CarbonValleyConsumerReport and you will be entered to win a $60 gift card to either Peppers or Parrott’s restaurants. To be eligible, you’ll need to LIKE the page, tell what you did, challenge your friends, and type #makeKINDNESSloud by Sept. 20. For September, let’s reduce our own stress by refusing to let it overcome us and choose to help another. Be kind! My final words are mixing a Psalm and a Proverb but sum up the words above: To have a calm and undisturbed mind and heart which gives life and health to our bodies you simply need to turn away from negative situations and instead, do good. Because, envy, jealousy, and anger cause internal anguish and even disease. So, again, choose peace. Pursue peace as we navigate through the holidays. Be kind to others, plan ahead and ask for help…may you enjoy an unusually relaxed tranquility as 2019 winds down.

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Junior Livestock Sale Raised $1,123,506


he 101st Weld County Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale raised a total of $1,123,506.85! This accounts for $915,100 from the sale of animals and $208,406.85 from supporter’s individual contributions. This year’s sale was on July 29, 2019, and is now the top grossing sale in Colorado, surpassing the 2019 National Western Stock Show, which garnered $1,027,750 and the 2018 Colorado State Fair, which brought in just over $500,000. The grand champion market beef and market swine owned by Jed Sidwell and Cash Burnett, sold for $20,000 each. Lauren Frink’s grand champion market lamb followed, selling for $11,000. This year’s grand champion market goat, owned by Rylee Anderson, brought in $10,500 while Jamie Bond’s grand champion turkey garnered $4,500. Finally, Hazen Weber’s grand champion chickens drew $2,750, and Wyatt Herring’s grand champion rabbit pen hopped in at $2,650. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event and supported local 4-H and FFA youth. For more information on the Weld County Fair and Junior Livestock Sale, visit www.

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ave you ever wanted to sample the German Beers and wines while cruising along with beautiful scenery and lots of history? Well, a Rhine River cruise would fit the bill. Before you cruise, spend a night or two in Amsterdam, see the Anne Frank House, the boat homes along the canals, and maybe even see some windmills! You could leisurely ride bikes through the Dutch countryside on a guided tour, if you’d like. You would then sail on through several locks and towards the Rhine River. Cruising to Cologne Germany, visit the magnificent cathedral there. Of course, take time to have a local beer or wine and, of course, the food! As your riverboat sails on, it is a perfect opportunity to meet new friends and have fun with your traveling partners. You will stop in Koblenz, a 2000 year old town, situated on the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. The area was used as a headquarters for the American military during WWII. There is history to learn about and museums to explore. Passing through the Rhine Gorge be on the lookout for the medieval castles and

vineyards dotted along the shore. See the infamous Lorelei statue. Strasbourg, France is next and then onto the beautiful Black Forest village of Breisach. The town is full of charm, cuckoo clocks and other German specialties. You can take a guided hike through some of the Black Forest trails, if you’d like. Your last stop would be Basel and then onto Lucerne, Switzerland. On a Rhine River Cruise, there are bikes on board to use when in port or take a guided tour. All is included. Hike some beautiful areas in Germany, France and Switzerland. Judy and Jerry Bakanec and Going Places Travel are escorting a group to experience this amazing area in September 2020. We’d love to have you join us. Contact Judy Bakanec, Going Places Travel at 303-485-9930 or for more information or a brochure.

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Locals Terry & Renee Witty Skydive!


he Wittys, including children Luke and Lindsey, along with several others went skydiving through Royal Gorge Skydive Center on August 12. That was after touring the Cave of the Winds and the Royal gorge. Sounds like a great time!

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Lorena Garcia for Senate Responds to Hickenlooper’s Exit


ith 24 Democrats running for President, it’s not surprising that candidates are starting to drop out. While we will not speculate on rumors about John Hickenlooper’s future plans, it’s his right to run for Senate if he so chooses. His entrance into the race would not change my campaign. My support is building from the ground up, through my extensive travels across the state meeting with those voters who feel like they are not being represented equitably. I am working full time while I run my campaign because I not only love my job, but I can’t afford not to have a job. I’m drawing the support of people who know what it’s like to struggle. To struggle with healthcare, survive while being unemployed, starting your own small business, and the cost of financial security because of student debt. That’s the life my wife and I lead, and as we’ve learned, many other Coloradans do too. I am an activist. And as a life-long activist, no matter what happens in this Senate race, I will continue working towards justice and equity in Colorado, just as I have for nearly two decades. As a proud Coloradan with seven generations on one side and as a first-generation Coloradan on my Mom’s side, living and working in both rural and urban communities, I’m seeing a desire from Coloradans for representation in Washington that more accurately reflects their needs and their lives. Also, here are some upcoming events. Let me know if you have any questions. Pueblo Pride Parade: Sunday, August 18, 9:30am – 12:00pm Meghan Dougherty, Dougherty Relations,



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ou’ve likely heard the latest buzzword in real estate – iBuyer. Although some think it stands for internet buyer (since a lot of the activity is over the internet, it is actually Instant Buyer. It is really a new name, along with some new variations, ■ Automobile insurance of a segment of the buyers that have been ■ Business insurance around for decades. ■ Contact me for a free coverage review In the past, these buyers might have been known as Investors, Fix & Flippers, Cash Buyers, Broker Buyouts, Guaranteed Sales, and “LET'S TALK CRAIG HALL various other names where basically, INSURANCE, someone purchased a home as is, Your Local Agent I'M JUST 246 1/2 5TH ST in a short time frame, offering the FREDERICK, CO 80530 AROUND THE seller convenience and certainty in CHALL2@FARMERSAGENT.COM CORNER.” exchange for a discounted sales price. With the aid of computers, big data, and the internet, that is what many companies are offering today under Call 303.833.9075 today! the label of iBuyer. For Home, Auto, Life and Business. It’s similar to if you are selling your car, you can sell it to the end customer, or sell it at a discount to a wholesaler. The wholesaler would purchase it at a discount, clean it up and repair it, and Restrictions apply. Discounts may vary. Not available in all states. See your agent for details. Insurance is underwritten by Farmers Insurance Exchange and other affiliated insurance companies. Visit farmers. com for a complete listing of companies. Not all insurers are authorized to provide insurance in all states. then turn around and sell it to the final Coverage is not available in all states. customer for the retail price. iBuyers purchase the home from the seller at a wholesale price, clean and repair it, then turn around and sell it at retail. Most sellers are willing to do the cleanup and minor repairs to a home and then exposing it to the entire market of potential buyers and dealing with the risk of the transaction in order to get the most money they can from the sale. But for some sellers, the benefits of a quick, certain transaction outweighs the higher proceeds. An iBuyer is just one type of offer you may consider when selling your home, so discuss the pros and cons with your Realtor, as you would with any offer do see what is best for your individual situation.

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Area Mayors’ Report—For those of us who do not attend meetings FIRESTONE MAYOR, BOBBI SINDELAR

 It is hard to believe that it is already September! I hope everyone has had a smooth transition


 Projects in Town – You will be amazed by how much is going on in Mead. Numerous projects are underway – both residential and commercial. Two significant Colleen Whitlow residential developments are moving right along while a few commercial projects have started near the intersection of SH 66 and Mead Street. To learn more about the active developments in Mead, please visit: https://www.  Board – Over the past few weeks, the Board of Trustees

into the season and all the families with kids have had a great start to the new school year. We’ve been busy at Town Hall, and are excited to begin to review the 2020 budget with staff and kick-off work on the Parks, Open Space, and Trails Master Plan.  The new Police Station is so close to being complete! It is anticipated that the Police Department will begin to move into their new facility in September. We will be scheduling a Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Ceremony soon, please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for updates. We are excited to share with you the facility that was overwhelmingly supported by the community, and is designed to meet our current and future public safety needs.

 SAVE THE DATES! Upcoming Community Events: ♦ Saturday, October 5th – Firestone Art & Music Show at the

Carbon Valley Regional Library from 1-4 p.m. Local artists can still submit pieces of their work to be on display! ♦ Friday, October 25th – Halloween Safe Night at the Firestone Regional Sports Complex from 5-8 p.m. This event includes carnival style games, a trackless train for fun rides, inflatables, food truck, safety handouts and a goody bag for attendees.  Please visit for more information on these community events.

received quarterly updates from town-sponsored committees, approved the annexation of the Harfst property, the Red Barn Metropolitan District, as well as the Intergovernmental Agreement with the High Plains Library District. The Board also approved a special coordinated election for November 5 and the Highland Lake Master Park plan. In early August, the Board accepted the service plans for the RM Mead and The HighlandsMead Metropolitan Districts, and the Board excitedly moved forward with an Intergovernmental Agreement with the St. Vrain Valley School District for a Joint School Resource Officer Program. Lastly, the Board greenlighted a conceptual design plan for a public works facility. If you are unable to attend the Board of Trustees meetings, the meetings are video recorded to watch at your convenience. View meetings at boardoftrustees.  Community – Activities  Summer has come to a close, and I am thankful for everyone who came out to the Movies and Concerts in the Park, plus the many other activities in our community.  Community – Upcoming Events

 Mead’s Community Day Sugar Beet Festival will be held September 14 from 2-9 p.m., with lots of fun for the whole family. The parade will be held on Friday, Sept. 13 in conjunction with the Mead High School Homecoming Parade starting at 4:30 p.m., with the football game at 7 p.m. More information is available at parksandrec/page/2019-community-day-sugar-beet-festival.  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 – Every first Saturday of the month, at Town Hall, I am hosting Coffee with the Mayor from 8-10 a.m. Bring your questions, concerns and thoughts. 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@

 Splash Pad - The Splash Pad will be open on Labour Day weekend, and will remain open on weekends until Sunday, September 15 weather permitting. Beginning September 3, the Splash Pad will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays.  Music & Movie Series - Join us, Sept. 14, at Centennial Field (123 Forest Ave., 80514) for our final event of the Music & Movie series at 5:00p. Music will be Soul Sacrifice, a Santana tribute band. Movie is Wonder Park. The movie tells the story of an impressive amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. The beer trailer and food trucks will ready to serve food and drink. Please bring blankets and chairs for the movie.

 School Safety - Now that school is back in session, please be aware of children crossing the street to get to bus stops. Slowdown in neighborhoods and be aware at all times. Fines are now double in School Zones, let’s be safe and slow around our schools and intersections.  Mosquito Season - FIGHT THE BITE COLORADO! Mosquito season is still here. The City of Dacono contracts with Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) for seasonal mosquito control. The services include: survey/mapping services of larval breeding sites, mosquito breeding site inspection and larviciding services (spraying), and adult mosquito trapping. If you have a pesky mosquito problem, call the Mosquito Line 877-276-4306


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 City Offices will be closed for the Labour Day Holiday on Monday, September 2. Labour Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. On behalf of the City Council, we celebrate everyone with that American spirit!

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Frederick Resident Wins Volunteer of the Year Award The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) gives this award out to one citizen volunteer each year.


ick McCaskill was awarded the Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award on June 27. McCaskill has volunteered for the Frederick Police Department for five years, making a measurable impact in the department. The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award recipient is chosen based on their involvement with their community and the selfless volunteer work they provide. The Chief of Police is in charge of nominating the citizen they believe deserves the award. In McCaskill’s nomination, Chief of Police Todd Norris said “Rick clearly exemplifies the virtue of good citizenship and has gone over and beyond simply volunteering his time. His dedication to our agency has ultimately contributed to the success of our organization.” In 2018, McCaskill volunteered over 250 hours, helping Chief Norris with various tasks including updating policies and procedures, collecting data for the annual report and processing old case files. McCaskill also helps the rest of the department with tasks such as assisting with evidence room audits, issuing pet licenses and fingerprinting just to name a few. McCaskill volunteered for many of the programs the police department has, including National Night Out, Neighborhood Watch and Santa Cops. All of these programs play a large role in shaping the Frederick community.

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ATTENTION HOME & BUSINESS OWNERS: Significant hail hit Carbon Valley in August. Contact Scott's Roofing and Solar for a free inspection to ensure your home or business is safe.


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ELD COUNTY, CO — The efforts of the Board of County Commissioners to exercise local control over mineral resources in unincorporated Weld County have been further realized as the Weld County Oil and Gas Energy Department (OGED) officially opens for business today. The department is located at 1301 N. 17th Ave. in Greeley. “Today is a big day for Weld County,” Weld County Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “This new department will provide clarity for the energy industry when it comes to permitting and serve as a central location for residents who have questions for the energy industry or want to get more information about drilling activity in Weld County.” Approved by the board on July 8, the OGED will be responsible for permitting, regulating and enforcing land use regulations related to oil and gas operations for drilling sites located in unincorporated Weld County. The department will be staffed with 12 employees. Weld County has more than 21,000 wells and represents 88 percent of the state’s oil production and 36 percent of its gas production. The regulations the department will enforce were established during a three-reading process which made amendments to Chapter 8: Public Works, Chapter 12: Licensing, Chapter 23: Zoning and Chapter 21: Areas and Activities of State Interest and established the county’s 1041 process. The changes, approved July 22, dealt largely with the procedures for obtaining a 1041 Weld County Oil and Gas Location Assessment (WOGLA) permit. Among the changes, the county has implemented a building unit setback of 500 feet, meaning there can be no drilling within 500 feet from any building unit in unincorporated Weld County. However, there are options for the oil and gas industry to obtain a waiver from those requirements provided that all WOGLA requirements have been followed along with best management practices to protect public health, safety and welfare. A waiver can also be granted to a landowner if they can show that a proposed drilling location would hinder the ability to perform agricultural needs such as irrigating, moving livestock, etc. Zoning changes approved in Chapter 23 involved moving the WOGLA process to Chapter 21, effectively placing responsibility for the process under the director of the OGED. Chapter 8 code changes involved housekeeping measures related to granting grading permits and establishing road access requirements. More information about the OGED can be found by visiting,

Parrott’s Sports Grille Open 7 Days a Week for Breakfast


elcome to Nathan, Levi and Chase, new owners/managers of Parrott’s Sports Grille in Firestone. What a smooth transition former owner, Donald Zaruba orchestrated. Donnie Zaruba, owner for the last six years or so, invested his time and talent in building up the business and making it a local favorite. What can you expect from the new ownership? Even more of the fun, music and good food that you’ve come to expect. Let’s start with the good food served up by the good chef, Robert. We’ll also start with food as it’s the first item on Nathan’s, Levi’s and Chase’s vision statement. This is a place where friends “can find a delicious meal.” Starting with breakfast, yes, I said BREAKFAST! Seven days a week, you can get breakfast. Parrott’s now opens M-F at 7am for breakfast and 8am on Saturday and Sundays. It is served until 11, with choices such as Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs, Smothered Breakfast Burritos,

Omelets, Waffles, French Toast, and more. Plus, they have specials on brunch cocktails. Cheesy Potato Munchers, Chicken Wings, Alabama Nachos, and Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms are just a few of the appetizers on the menu. For entreés you can build your own burger, choose BBQ, have a wrap or steak, and much more. There are over a dozen sandwiches, along with plenty of sides to choose from. And don’t forget, Parrott’s Sports Grille is known for its smoked meats, and you will not be disappointed; especially if you need catering for an event. Call Robert for great pricing on catered food. For the better part of the day, bring in the whole family for good food and fun. The atmosphere is conducive to children being allowed to be children. Moms and dads, you won’t have to shhhhsh your kids. There are arcade games and music to enjoy as well. It’s a good place for fun, family outings. The cocktail hour becomes official at

8pm and Parrott’s has something nearly every night of the week.  Jeopardy style trivia is Tuesday nights from 7pm-9pm  Music Bingo Wednesday nights from 8-10p  Live Music every Friday night: check out to find out who is playing!  Karaoke on Saturday nights Best of all: NFL Big Screens and Little Screens…sure to be your favorite spot for watching the Broncos.

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NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Women's Fitness Specialist & ISFTA Foam Roller Specialist If you haven’t been in for a while, stop in and get reacquainted. You’ll find daily drink specials offered up with great service by great people who are glad to see you. Parrot’s Sports Grille is a fun place with good people and it’s locally owned!

Located in the King Soopers shopping center at 6050 Firestone Blvd. in Firestone. Be sure to LIKE their Facebook page and if you need to call: 303.774.0700.

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Body + Soul Wellbeing Food for the Soul: What is the Bible?


at is the Bible?” This was the question I asked my daughter one evening as we talked together. She answered variously: “Truth. God’s word. Scripture.” I assured her that each of those was right. But I wanted her to see something different on this occasion. I said, “From beginning to end, Old Testament to New Testament, God is conveying one message throughout all the pages of the Bible. I described to her that everything in the Bible is connected by this one message or theme. Perhaps you’re like me and enjoy studying scripture up close. It is hard but rewarding work to bring out the author’s intended meaning from a section of text, and then make correct application for today’s believers. Zeroing in on passages provides great depth and helps build our knowledge and faith while also helping us live as God desires.

However, I believe it is important to understand the big picture of the book so many of us hold dear in our hearts. When I am preparing for a trip to the mountains, I sometimes study the USGS 7.5 minute topographic maps. These provide amazing detail at a scale unlike most maps that are available for purchase for backcountry travel. Even though I appreciate the detail of the USGS maps, I always refer to my standard ones to help me maintain the big picture of where I am and what’s around me. Similarly, in Bible study, most often we are focusing on small sections of scripture, but we don’t want to become blind to the big picture. The old saying, “Cannot see the forest for the trees,” captures the point clearly. While it’s important to study trees, we must also keep the whole forest in mind. When we keep the big picture in view, we will better understand

smaller sections of text by knowing how a particular narrative or teaching fits into the overall message of the Bible. So, what is the one message that connects all of scripture? I told my daughter, “One way to understand the Bible as a whole is to think of it as God’s story of redemption.” Certainly, concepts such as love, grace, and mercy are paramount, but as far as what it is that God has been working to accomplish throughout time is the redemption of all people. Paul wrote to the Ephesians and said this about God’s planning, “…even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (1:4). Understand what Paul is saying. Before the foundation of the world, God had chosen us in Christ. Later in Ephesians, Paul uses a phrase, “God’s eternal purpose,” (3:11) when describing all that was realized in Christ

Jesus. What these passages and others like it teach is that Christ and His redeeming work was in the mind of God before He said, “Let there be light.” God’s eternal purpose is to redeem mankind through Christ. It is this message that permeates throughout all the pages of the Bible. The Old Testament points forward to the coming of the Messiah, while the New shows us how we can have relationship with God, in Christ. How would you answer the question, “What is the Bible?” Clayton Johnson is the minister and evangelist for the Carbon Valley Church of Christ. You may reach Clayton at Everyone is welcome to come, worship, and grow with us. Peace.


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Massage: A Necessity, Not a Luxury


ometimes when people think of getting a massage they think of it as luxury or a pampering. It’s seen as a treat and something people may only allow themselves once or twice a year. However, massage therapy has been growing and changing in recent years, causing more and more people to realize that massage can have a wide range of benefits. Of course there are direct effects like changes that happen to decrease muscle pain and tension, reduce stress (lowers cortisol levels) but, there are also indirect effects like being in a comfortable setting and a compassionate human presence that can all lead to an overall healthier emotional state. In todays world people have higher stress levels, causing us to feel anxious, not sleep well and have a hard time relaxing. Receiving massage on a regular basis can help reduce these feelings, causing us to feel more relaxed, be happier and sleep better at night . Also, we are constantly looking at/ using our cell phones, tablets or computers which causes us to look down. This causes neck pain and soreness and in severe cases can lead to the impingement of the cervical nerve, causing pain to radiate down your arm and into your hand (known as cervical radiculopathy). The action of constantly looking down over a long period of time can also cause us to have bad posture leading to severe upper back pain, shoulder pain and bad overall spine health. Receiving a therapeutic massage at least once a month can help relieve and prevent tight muscle build up and trigger points from forming within the m u s c l e s caused by repetitive motions such as looking

down, twisting of the arms/wrists, holding arms above your head or out to the side, caring objects (such as purses) or children, pushing down on the gas/break when driving or heavy lifting. Also, injuries that we have received throughout our lifetime whether they are recent or even injuries from childhood can cause muscle tension and trigger point build up over time. For example a foot injury that happened years ago can eventually lead to knee and or hip pain which can then cause lower back pain reaching all the way up to your upper back, shoulders and neck. Most people will initially come in for a massage because they are experiencing some sort of pain/tension or have experience an injury. Those initial massage sessions are spent focusing on alleviating the discomfort from pain and helping in the healing process of the injury. This may mean someone comes in every 1-2 weeks in the beginning, then every 3 weeks getting to the ideal once a month schedule. The massage then becomes more of a maintenance massage to prevent future injuries and muscle tension from happening, allowing us to function better in our every day lives. If you have never thought of trying a massage to help alleviate pain, reduce stress, rehabilitate from injuries, relieve anxiety, relieve tension headaches, reduce depression or just improve your overall health and well-being, I ask you to give it a chance….give us a chance! At least once! At Massage Superior we strive to make everyone we see feel comfor table and cater all of our m a s s a g e sessions to each individual client and their specific ne e ds/goals of the session.

UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital earns Primary Stroke Center designation Hospital’s stroke program focuses on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery


he Joint Commission has designated UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center. The national certification recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. “As an organization, we are committed to providing the very best care and experience for every patient, every day,” said Longs Peak Hospital President Lonnie Cramer. “The Primary Stroke Center certification reflects the additional work we have done to build a stroke program and team of experts that deliver high quality care for our community through efficient protocols, evidenced-based practice and innovative technology.” Longs Peak’s stroke program was designed to meet the community’s stroke care needs across the full spectrum, said Jennifer Fairbank, the coordinator of the program. “We help people in the community to learn about stroke prevention and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke when it actually happens. We deliver exceptional care at the hospital when a patient is experiencing a stroke. And we work closely with our patients after a stroke to ensure they have the resources and support they need when they leave the hospital so they can go on to live their extraordinary lives,” Fairbank said. To become a Primary Stroke Center, a hospital must meet high standards to demonstrate it is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients. This includes: • Acute stroke team available 24/7. • Neurologist accessible 24/7 via in person or telemedicine.

• Designated stroke beds. • Sufficient diagnostic services. • Ability to provide IV thrombolytics. • Tracking, monitoring and reporting of performance measures. The 210,000-square-foot hospital at 1750 E. Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont opened in the fall of 2017 with 51 inpatient beds and room to grow. In additional to its nationally recognized stroke program, Longs Peak features a Level III trauma center and emergency department, a birth center with Level II special care nursery, an intensive care unit, four operating rooms and 24/7 retail pharmacy, radiology and laboratory services. MINUTES MATTER Time is crucial when treating stroke. Early recognition and response are important to reducing the disabling effects of a stroke. B.E. F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember sudden signs of stroke: B - Balance Sudden loss of balance or inability to walk straight. E - Eyes Sudden loss or changes in vision. F - Face Uneven smile or drooping of mouth. A - Arm Sudden loss of arm strength or coordination. S - Speech Inability to speak clearly or to understand what is being said. T - Time Time to call 911 if you suspect stroke symptoms.

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Healthy Alternative Health Care: Acupuncture Supporting the Immune System


easonal transition is in the air! This is typically the time of year for cold and flu as well, so it is time to share information about strengthening the immune system. In this article I’ll touch on various topics, and if you’d like more information, there are links provided to find it on my website. People often ask what they can do to nip a cold. In addition to plenty of water, rest and stress reduction, you can use a naturopathic hydrotherapy treatment called 1) warming socks and 2) ending showers with cold water. These two self-care practices reduce inflammation by gently detoxifying the system and by getting the blood and lymph moving. Why these methods work: 1. In response to the cold clammy socks, the body increases blood circulation to “warm” the socks bringing them to the same temperature as your body. This mimics aspects of a fever that stimulate blood and lymph flow. Increased blood and lymph flow assist in killing bacteria and viruses trying to catch hold and cause illness. It is safe and effective for all ages and grades of illness, for more details: 2. End showers with cold water: closes the pores, forces your body to warm itself and circulate blood and lymphatic fluid, and improves metabolism. Important: focus the cold water in the areas heavy with lymph nodes; neck, armpits and groin. More details: inflammation/

• Mechanism of Action: Deactivates viruses ability to pierce cell walls, enter and replicate • Elder Flowers are used in acute respiratory diseases, serious otitis, acute otitis media, acute influenza, fever, and upper respiratory infection. • Anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, inhibits several strains of influenza. • Tastes yummy, great for children and adults ! More details: black-elderberry/

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Quercetin A long time fan of Quercetin to address seasonal allergies and arthritis as this flavonoid is a natural anti-inflammatory, see article at seasonal-allergies-2/ And I couldn’t possibly leave out information about how Chinese medicine and acupuncture supports the Immune System. There are a few techniques that do not require the insertion of an acupuncture needle that immediately raise the white blood cell count; the cells that fight off pathogens. There are also many tried and true herbal formulas that strengthen the immune system, and others that treat various symptoms of cold and flu. See article at http:// d a i s y l e a r. com/coldand-flu/

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Vet Chat–Come Learn What You’ve Earned


ualified Listeners, a Veteran & Family Resource Hub based in Weld County, will be hosting a monthly series of informal get-togethers for Veterans and their families to learn about a variety of useful topics. Examples covered during the series are VA and nonVA resources, Veteran culture, scams that prey on Veterans, the family unit, patriotism, educating our youth, childhood abuse linked to post-traumatic stress, and more. The purpose is to educate and inform in an interactive setting. The first Vet Chat will be held Tuesday, September 3rd, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Prairie Greens Clubhouse, 7781 Mountain View, in Frederick. Some of the topics to be discussed include VA loans, mortgage scams, and credit score pitfalls. Pre-registration is not required and there is no charge to attend. For more information call 720-600-0860 or email

Veteran Listening Program Expanding & Growing


Thank You Veterans!

Inaugural voyage of the High Plains Honor Flight; remembering our Veterans. Sunday, September 15, 2019, line up starts at 8:15 and motorcade about 9am. The lineup location is at the FFFPD Fire Station 2/ Air Life Helipad at 3991 Rowe Street in Frederick on west I-25 Frontage Rd, 2 miles north of HWY 52. For more information see or email BarbGoettsch@

ualified Listeners, a Veteran & Family Resource Hub based in Weld County, is expanding their Listening Program to include visitations to assisted living and hospice facilities. “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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10 Week Healthy Weight Loss Challenge Starts September 9th, 2019


adies, with the kids back in school, it’s time to get your workout routine back on track! Join us at Time For Change Personal Training and Fitness Group for the 10 Week Healthy Weight Loss Challenge. 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 September 9th - 13th. This will include a weigh-in, body composition analysis, and fitness goals sheet. It’s a $15 buy-in for the 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 mobile personal training client, which is a separate cost from the buy-in for the challenge itself (see my website for details). It’s also required that you RSVP online for my fitness groups to reserve your spot in advance. The link to RSVP and reserve your spot for class is on my website below. Here are the dates you can register in person for the challenge:

• Monday Sept 9th, Frederick, register at 6:30pm and attend fitness group at 7pm. • Tuesday Sept 10th, Niwot, attend fitness group at 8:30am, register after at 9:30am. • Wednesday Sept 11th, Firestone (new location/space limited), register before group at 6:30pm and attend fitness group at 7pm. • Friday Sept 13th, Niwot, attend fitness group at 8:30am, register after at 9:30am. *Final weigh-ins for this challenge will be held the week of November 18th-22nd. Successful results from my previous Healthy Weight Loss Challenges (6, 10, 12 Wk Challenges - pounds lost) 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. It will get you moving, so why not have extra motivation to keep you going? What if you could get healthier, feel stronger, and meet other women who have the same goals you have? You can, and I hope that you too will join us this time around. We are stronger together!

Go to www.TimeForChangePersonalTraining. com to find out about my ladies only fitness classes or mobile personal training where I come to you. Contact Tracy Rewerts, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist at 303-828-2856.

Kayla Longstreth, Firestone, Worst Cook in America?


ell, four episodes in...does Kayla make it to the fifth episode of Worst Cooks in America? At the time of this printing, Kayla is still doing well on the show. Have you watched it? Lots of fun and exciting to know that one of our own has hit the big time. Her mom, Alisa, is very proud and a great promoter. She says, “Her [Kayla’s] brother is a Sr at Frederick high school in the program for Autism and his teacher is talking about doing a viewing of a couple of the shows so the kids learn what NOT to do, lol!” Carbon Valley, Erie and Mead are proud of their residents, neighbors and friends. Do you know someone who is doing something outstanding? Let us know at and we’ll get you in as soon as we have space available!

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In and Around Carbon Valley, Erie, & Mead

September 2019 Twin Peaks Youth Sports Fall Fundraiser NFL Combine! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th When: Saturday, September 7th, 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm Stop by anytime between 9:00am12:00pm to run through the event! It usually only takes an hour to run through all the stations! Where: Dry Creek Community Park (1251 Grandview Meadows Dr, Longmont, CO 80503) Who: You! This fun community event is for everyone! No flag football experience necessary! Why: Our TPYS NFL Combine is an annual fundraiser. All proceeds go towards scholarships for children in the St. Vrain and Boulder Valley communities who would otherwise not be able to play flag football. What: Players will participate in 5 events - just like the NFL Pros - passing, receiving, power, agility, and speed. Cost: $10 per participant

Helping Hand Food Pantry The Helping Hand Food Pantry/ Life Fellowship Church are open the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., serving a free community dinner and offering a food box to help anyone in need. We are @ 451 Oak St. in Frederick, inside Life Fellowship Church. Please contact Naomi at 303.859.2029 with any questions or if you need an emergency food box.

CV VFW Post #9741 & Auxiliary Monthly Events Location: American Legion 870 1st Street Firestone, CO 80520 Post Monthly Meeting – 2nd Tuesday at 7pm Community Breakfast - 3rd Saturday at 8am Auxiliary Monthly Mtg - 4th Tuesday at 6:30pm Fourth Friday Dinners: 6:00 pm Fifth Monday Dinners: 6:00 pm

The Post and Auxiliary encourages those interested in learning more about the Veterans of Foreign War to come and learn how they can help make an impact on the lives of veterans in the Carbon Valley area. Learn how you can get involved with the Post at or the Auxiliary at COME JOIN US. We welcome you to be a part of these great organizations!

Finale Fridays & Frederick Market We are changing up the Frederick Market in 2019. Instead of a weekly market, we’ll be introducing Finale Fridays. New this year, the market will be held on the last Friday of each month through October. We will have fun themed events each month with a beer garden, live music, food trucks, along with your favorite Frederick Market vendors. Crist Park in Frederick The last Friday of each Month, through October 2019! 4 pm - 8 pm

Save The Date Next Honor Flight September 15th. Now taking applications for Veterans and Guardians www.HighPlainsHonorFlight. org. The Mile of Smiles Lineup will be ready to greet our Veterans! For more information email BarbGoettsch@

Ft. Lupton Trappers Day Downtown Fort Lupton, Sept. 6-8

Ft. Lupton Fall Clean-Up Saturday Sept. 28 8 to Noon. If you are disabled or a senior and need curbside pick-up please call 303.857.6694 before Sept. 24 to schedule the pick-up. Go to www. for more information.

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Carbon Valley Rotary New Meeting Location! Carbon Valley Rotary will begin holding its weekly Tuesday 7:00 am meetings at Maggi’s Kitchen, 3815 Hwy 119, Firestone beginning July 16. “Our club has had a great partnership with Carol Parker since 2009. She has supported our club, members, and events, and we’re excited to support her in this new venture” said Beverly Mendel, Club President. The community is welcome to attend meetings as a guest - the events calendar can be found on the club’s website

Handmade Craft Sale Mark your calendar for Oct. 12-13 as Guardian Angels Church in Mead is having a Craft Sale and all items are handmade. All profits go to charities.

Sweet Salvage & Rustic Relics Barn Sale Friday Evening ~ September 13th 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday ~ September 14th & 15TH ~ 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 11447 County Road 13 (Colo. Blvd.) ~ Longmont (1/2 mile north of the Firestone King Soopers) Antiques, Primitives, Home Décor, Yard Art and More!

10 Wk Healthy Wt Loss Challenge Starts Sept 9th. Interval/Circuit Training Mon/Weds 7pm In Frederick/Firestone Ladies, join us for the 10 Week Healthy Weight Loss Challenge starting the week of Sept 9th. See my article in this paper for details. Interval/ Circuit Training Classes will be on Mondays at 7pm in Frederick, Weds at 7pm in Firestone (new), Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:30am in Niwot. Your first session is Free! It’s required to RSVP online. Contact Tracy Rewerts, NASM Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Specialist at http:// or call 303.828.2856.

Lily Farms Event Center Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care has opened their stunning event center. Located on 80 pristine acres in Keenesburg, CO. the expansive veranda offers sweeping views of the Front Range. The event center is a modern-day barn that can host events up to 250 people. Located on WCR 53 across from the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Happy dog days from the farm! Dry, dry, dry. Need we say more? Don’t let the arid climate affect your healthy glow! Treat your skin to a nightly immersion of Rejuvenating Seven Facial Oil Treatment. Wake up refreshed and ready to face the day!

2020 Frederick Calendar Photo Contest Don’t forget to submit your photos for the annual Town of Frederick ‘Built on What Matters’ Calendar. Photographers can submit their photos for the 2020 calendar by filling out the online application by 5 p.m. on October 11. Be sure to read all the rules for the Calendar Photo Contest.

Frederick Miners Day Pie Bake Off Put on those oven mitts because for the first time ever, a pie baking contest will take place during Miners Day. The entry fee is $10 per pie. Categories are for ages 8-12, 13-17, and 18+. Pies must be homemade and brought to the Pie Bake Off event location between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, September 21. Fill out an online form to enter the 1st annual Pie Bake Off! Form at : www.frederickco. gov/FormCenter/Events-13/MinersDay-Pie-Baking-Contest-101.

Frederick Miners Day 9/21 September 21 is Miners Day in Centennial Park. Parade, vendors, live music and fireworks.

Music Line Up: 2:30 - 3:30 pm: Knot Rock 4:00 - 5:15 pm: Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts 5:45 - 7:00 pm: Zeppephelia 7:30 - 9:00 pm: Soul School

Event Schedule: 7:00 am - 5th Annual Miners Day 5K run/walk and 1-mile Fun Run 10:00 am Parade Begins 11:00 am - 11:30 am Burro Race Start in Fifth St. and Oak St. Check here to see the race route map. 12:00 pm - National Anthem at the main

stage in Centennial Park 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Contests, awards and demonstrations at the main stage in Centennial Park 12:30 - Grade School Challenge Pie Eating contest 1:00 - Annual Chick-fil-A Larkridge Nugget Eating Contest 1:15 - Legacy School of Dance Performance 1:30 - Ohana Martial Arts Demo 1:45 - Alpha Martial Arts Demo 2:00 - Pie Bake Off Awards 2:15 - Burro Race Awards 2:30 pm - 9 pm Live music on the main stage 3:45 - Integrity Martial Arts Demo 9:00 pm Fireworks


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American Legion Auxiliary Unit #1985


ur meeting night is September 5th at 7 PM at Post 1985, 870 1st Street, Firestone. On September 6th, we bring back our Friday Night Dinners with Fried Tacos, Rice and Beans and dessert. Saturday, September 14th, we join the SAL and our Legion Family members for the SAL annual Flag Retirement at 4 PM. We will provide a Chili Supper immediately following the ceremony at the American Legion Post 1985. Hot Dogs and hamburgers will be available also. September 15th, we join our communities for The Miles of Smiles High Plains Honor Flight on the I25 Frontage Road. Save the Date!!! Craft Show on October 19th from 9 AM to 3 PM. As always, we look forward to seeing you. Our proceeds support our Auxiliary projects such as VA Hospital visits, Scholarships, Girl’s State, Child and Welfare Foundation, food banks, Women Veterans, care packages, local and state youth programs and many more. We are celebrating our 100 years of support to our veterans and families and invite you to become a member of our great organization. We are over 800,000 members strong and are the oldest Women’s Support Organization in the World. Our mission is “for service and not self”. American Legion Auxiliary #1985, 870 1st Street, Firestone, Colorado. 303-833-3878

RE/MAX Nexus 6th Annual Fall Festival


s school gets underway and families are settling into their new routines, we all begin to think about the Fall season…Football, leaves changing, the return of Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte, and so much more. King Soopers is clearly aware of this, as they have put the pumpkins at their front entrances and the Halloween candy has been stocked. Fall is upon us! We also love the Festivals that Fall brings so we can enjoy the last days of warm weather. RE/ MAX Nexus understands this and will be hosting their 6th annual Fall Festival. The festival is a way to give the community a family friendly event, as well as giving back to a local charity. 100% of the ticket proceeds from the festival are donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Tickets are only $5 and includes all festival activities, which are; RE/MAX Hot Air balloon rides, pumpkin patch, pancake breakfast, bouncy course, face painting, and caricature artist! Please join us October 20th, from 8-12 pm, for our 6th annual Fall Festival. Held at a new location, 4969 Firestone Blvd, Firestone (Birch and HWY 119). You can buy tickets in advance at… We look forward to seeing you there!

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a settlement for repairs. This same building code is required in Loveland, Thornton and Longmont as well. Once again, if you’re not sure you qualify, consult a roofing professional. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to do this on your own.  Consult a certified roofing professional for a free, no-obligation inspection.  He or she can then guide you through the process if you have a legitimate claim, and act as your advocate with the insurance company.  Make sure that you do your homework and check the references and reviews of any roofing contractor you are considering to do work on your home.  File your claim within one year of the storm date. If you have questions, or would like more information, please call Chris Blankenship , project manager with GreenPoint Roofing. GreenPoint Roofing is A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau, and in 2016 the BBB awarded us their torch award for ethical business practices. We are a Platinum Preferred contractor for Owens Corning, a distinction held by only 1% of roofing contractors nationally. We specialize in insurance claims and have replaced hundreds of roofs throughout the area, most of which have been fully covered by homeowner’s insurance policies. At GreenPoint Roofing we work hard to earn your trust, and appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.

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Frederick High Football Team Trains Next Generation of Warriors By Tyler Vaughan


his summer, instead of simply enjoying the break from school with friends and family, the Frederick High School Warriors football team gave back to the Carbon Valley community. On both July 16th and 17th, the FHS Warriors hosted the Carbon Valley Dreamer Scholar Class from Thunder Valley K-8 for a summer football camp. The Carbon Valley Dreamer Scholar Class is a cohort of students from lowincome families in the Carbon Valley area that were sponsored by the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County when they were in second grade. Each student in “I Have A Dream” programming (whom they call “Dreamer Scholars”) receive continued academic and socioemotional support from the time they start the program until they graduate from high school. Upon high school graduation, each Dreamer Scholar is promised a $10,000 scholarship towards continuing education, whether that be a four-year college or technical school. Currently, the Dreamer Scholars in the Carbon Valley Class are starting their 6th grade year; and, with the transition into middle school, comes new roles and responsibilities. To help ease the worries that some of the Dreamer Scholars had about this transition, the Frederick High Warriors held a Q&A about their experiences in middle and high school. Though the high school students were volunteering to act as role models for their younger counterparts, the days were not all life lessons and academics. Taking

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arbon Valley Academy Preschool is a public charter school and we are currently accepting enrollment for young learners in the Tri-town and surrounding areas. We are a half-day, tuition-based preschool located in downtown Frederick serving children 3 through 5 years old. We are proud to offer the following: • Free Preschool – Through the Colorado Preschool Program for those who qualify. • Low student to teacher ratio – Class size is capped at 15 students with 2 Early Childhood Teachers in each room. • Developmentally Appropriate Learning Opportunities – We offer a balance of teacher led, child directed and play based activities. • Research based Curriculum – We use the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence to offer an individualized student approach to learning. Curriculum includes social/ emotional, classic nursery rhymes and stories, mathematical and scientific reasoning, visual Arts and more. • Family Involvement- Families are valued at CVA and family involvement is part of our team- teaching approach. • Character Trait Program – Monthly focus on 9 specific character traits to promote and foster strong character development. If you are looking for a high-quality early childhood learning experience for your child that will prepare them for kindergarten, then we encourage you to partner with us by enrolling your child in our program. To enroll, visit our website or call 303-833-3868.



Dreamer Scholars Malaki (left) and Jose (center) trying on FHS Football uniforms with their Program Director, Ms. Aurora (right).

advantage of the two beautiful summer days, the Frederick High Warriors coached the Carbon Valley Dreamer Scholars in kickball, flag football, and water games to cool down. They even found time to let the younger students, and their Program Director, Aurora, dress up in the high school team’s uniforms! Although the younger students needed a little coaching to start off, there was a fierce rivalry between the younger and older students. The second day saw the group revisit a dot drill exercise required for the football players. The first time the football team tried this activity with the younger students on the first day, the group was a little slow to embrace the activity. After a few rounds of students tried the drills, they quickly found themselves in a competition with the older students. One Dreamer Scholar, Jolin, told one of “I Have A Dream” Americorps VISTA Summer Associate, Ms. Kathleen, that she practiced all night for the dot drill between the first and second days. On the second day, Jolin nearly beat the football players in their own drill, and continued practicing after competition was long over. If you, or someone you know, are interested in joining the Frederick High School Warriors Football Team in volunteering with the 6th grade Dreamer Scholars at Thunder Valley K-8 during their after-school programming on most school days. For more information, please visit https:// Dreamer Scholar Jolin (left), Americorps VISTA Summer We at Associate Kathleen (center), and Dreamer Scholar Jose “I Have A Dream” Foundation (right) competing in dot drills with Frederick High School of Boulder County invite you to apply or refer a friend today! Football Players.

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Sons of the American Legion #1985 Flag Retirement Ceremony


oin the S. A. L. on Saturday, September 14th for the semi-annual flag retirement. We start promptly at 4 PM at the Firestone Public Works site to honorably retire old, worn, torn flags that are no longer serviceable. We invite everyone in our communities to observe and participate in this event to educate everyone on what is proper and acceptable. After the ceremony, the American Legion Auxiliary will provide a Chili Supper and the S.A.L. will offer Burgers and Dogs at the American Legion Post 1985, located at 870 1st Street in Firestone. A great time get to know your neighbors and spend time with family and friends. Flags may be brought to the Post anytime after 12 noon or bring them yourself to the retirement and participate in the ceremony. There is no seating available so please bring a chair for your comfort at the Public Works Site. This a community event and open to the public. Thank you for your support from the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1985

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Support America’s Troops and Veterans by Recycling old cell phones


ugar Mill Antiques and Vintage Depot is excited to partner with Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS) to help our troops deployed overseas and provide veterans with emergency services. If you have an old cell phone or tablet laying around, why not recycle and put it to good use! Sugar Mill Antiques and Vintage Depot is an authorized donation partner for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Sugar Mill opens this fall in Mead located at I-25 and Hwy 66. Sugar Mill is sponsoring all donations by serving as a drop off location and covering the cost of shipping devices to CPFS processing center. They will have an onsite collection box where people can drop off old cell phones and tablets during business hours. If you would like to make a donation prior to the retail location opening this fall, contact them at or visit the Sugar Mill booth at Mead’s annual Sugar Beet Festival on September 14, 2019. Your generous tax-deductible donation provides emergency funds to aid veterans in need. Your powerful gift truly makes a difference and makes you a hero to our nation’s heroes. Your dedication to help those who dedicate their lives to protect us each and every day provides a true lifeline to our troops serving around the world. Your generous donation delivers calling cards to connect military members with their loved ones while deployed. CPFS is a national nonprofit serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. CPFS collects donated cell phones and tablets to be refurbished or recycled. The organization wipes any personal data from the device and determines if repairable. If the device can be repaired, it is sold to an electronic refurbisher to be refurbished and sold. For devices that are too old or broken, they are recycled for the components and/or rare metals for proceeds. The proceeds are then used to purchase international calling cards for troops and provide emergency funding to America’s veterans. Sugar Mill Antiques and Vintage Depot is a local retail venue specializing in antiques, vintage, home décor, farmhouse, shabby chic, unique gifts, made in Colorado, works by local artists and much more! Sugar Mill will feature a curated collective of over 50 wonderful shops supporting local artisans in one convenient venue. For more information, visit or on Facebook @Sugarmillmead.

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St. Brigit Episcopal Church to Celebrate Autumnal Equinox


re you looking for non-traditional worship, something just a little out of the ordinary? St. Brigit Episcopal Church offers just that in its unique quarterly services celebrating the change of seasons. You are invited to welcome Autumn at St. Brigit’s Equinox Celebration on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at 6:00p.m. The Autumnal Equinox Service is part of St. Brigit’s Áit Caol series, now in its eighth year. Áit Caol (pronounced atch qweel) is Gaelic for “A Thin Place.” These services are created to offer guests an experience of God through a special liturgy, which combines ancient tradition with contemporary language. They include beautiful, engaging meditation areas, reflecting the Scriptural lessons, and sacred music with a Celtic sound. In keeping with the Celtic tradition of honoring the earth as God’s creation, St. Brigit celebrates the Autumnal Equinox, marking the transition between Summer and Fall. “Equinox” is a translation of the Latin word, aequinoctium, or “equal night.” On this day, there are 12 hours each of daylight and darkness. The Earth’s axis is parallel to the Sun, so the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are illuminated equally. Sunrise occurs at 7a.m. and sunset, at 7p.m. Ancient people marked this day with both thanksgiving for the harvest and prayers for protection during the approaching time of darkness and cold. St. Brigit will celebrate this bittersweet time by reflecting with gratitude on God’s abundant gifts and eternal presence. Older children are welcome at the service. Childcare will be provided for children under age six. Guests are invited to walk St. Brigit’s outdoor labyrinth prior to the service. St. Brigit Episcopal Church is located at 110 Johnson Street in Frederick. Visit www. or for more information.

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United Power Ranked in Top 10 List for Energy Storage Among Smallest and Only Colorado Utility to Make the List


nited Power has been named as one of a select group of utilities that connected the most energy storage capacity to the grid in 2018, earning it a spot on the annual Top 10 utility industry list compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). In survey results released August 6, United Power ranked No. 10 on the utility energy storage list for Annual Megawatthours with 18.2 megawatt-hours (MWh) in interconnected capacity in 2018. United Power was the only Colorado utility to be listed in the top ten and is among the smallest of the utilities to make the list. The survey ranked battery storage initiatives from a mix of investor-owned, municipal and cooperative utility systems – including some of the largest energy companies in the country. United Power is a member-owned electric cooperative serving just over 92,000 meters and is currently operating two Tesla battery storage systems—one of which is the largest battery storage system in Colorado. “Being recognized in the top 10 with some of the largest utilities across the country is an honor and a testament to the innovation that our board and staff

are working hard to achieve. We want to ensure that the latest emerging energy technologies are powering our members into the future,” said John Parker, United Power’s Chief Executive Officer. “Despite being one of the smaller utilities on this list, we continue to be leaders in energy innovation in Colorado, among cooperatives, and when measured against some of the largest investor-owned utilities across the country.” The 12th Annual Utility Market Survey collected figures from over 500 utilities across the country. The full Top 10 listings are available online at https://sepapower. org/2019-top-10-winners/ “The utilities in the Top 10 are truly spearheading the progress we’ve seen in the electric sector this past year,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA’s President and CEO. “It goes beyond just energy storage - they are implementing replicable business models and paving the way to a clean and modern energy future, something that won’t be possible without utilities’ leadership and cooperation.” To learn more about the Energy Storage Top 10 Rankings, please contact Jordan Nachbar, JNachbar@sepapower. org or 202-559-2034.

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Consumer Report for Carbon Valley, Erie & Mead—Local News & Business Info for Residents

Vol. 20, Issue 9

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relationship that began with an act of kindness during the 2013 flood was strengthened today, August 6, 2019, as the Weld County Board of Commissioners reaffirmed a Declaration of Friendship with Israel; specifically, with the Samaria region and Shomron Regional Council, which represents Samaria along the country’s northern West Bank. “This partnership fosters goodwill between communities and opens up dialogue between Weld County and Israel that can be used as a pathway for both entities to assist each other in times of need,” Commissioner Sean Conway said. “This relationship may also open up trade opportunities for Weld County businesses which can strengthen both Israel and our county.” This friendship was originally formed during the Weld County flood in 2013. Weld County resident Michael Gale — who has visited Israel 13 times — was contacted by friends in Samaria and asked if Weld County was in need of supplies or aid. This touching gesture of international aid resonated strongly with the commissioners and began a unique international friendship. Since that initial contact, both Samaria and Weld County have discovered they share many similarities with regard to climate, energy production, agricultural production, water conservation and conservative values. In May, the commissioners signed a Declaration of Friendship with Samaria, Israel, that expressed the desire to develop a positive relationship between governments, businesses and communities that will assist in the prosperity of each region. Gale then delivered the signed declaration to Yossi Dagan, Chair of the Shomron Regional Council on his next trip to Israel where he, along with 25 other Weld County residents, were guests of the Shomron Regional Council. Dagan gave a speech and signed the declaration, which Gale has returned to the commissioners. There has been no cost to Weld County residents for this friendship or for Gale’s trip to deliver the declaration to Dagan on behalf of the board. “This friendship is mutually beneficial,” Conway said. “Hopefully, this is the beginning of a long-range relationship that leads to visits to Weld County by citizens from Israel who want to learn more about our county and in turn visits to Israel from Weld County residents.”

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n August, United Power welcomed Meghan Dewey to fill its newly created role of Member Engagement Officer. At United Power, Dewey will be responsible for developing and implementing a cohesive engagement strategy highlighting the cooperative’s commitment to its communities and its members. She will direct member services, new business, energy management and marketing and communications to develop programs to meet members’ diverse and changing needs. “I am delighted to join United Power as its first Member Engagement Officer,” Dewey said. “United Power’s commitment to its members and community, and its strong track record of performance and innovation, provides a real foundation for our future. I’m looking forward to working together with our members, our board, community leaders, and the United Power executive team to continue to provide value to our members and help lead us forward into a better energy future – the cooperative way.” Dewey comes to United Power with a track record of enhancing customer experience and implementing successful customer-minded energy efficiency programs after spending seven years in various leadership roles at one of California’s largest utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric. While with PG&E, she spearheaded one of the country’s largest and most impactful energy efficiency programs and technology portfolios with more than 100 customer programs. She was most recently involved in the company’s wildfire safety program, designing new programs, products and services to advance customers’ resiliency and meet their energy needs during proactive power shutoffs. In addition to her experience leading program development and new product design, Dewey also oversaw the company’s legislative strategy for energy efficiency and demand-side management. She successfully advocated for landmark legislation giving investorowned utilities the ability to develop new program models that would help meet the state’s aggressive carbon neutral goals. She served as co-chair of a statewide stakeholder engagement coalition representing California investor-owned utilities as the state moved to a new energy efficiency administration and program design model. Committed to extending her leadership influence beyond the office, Dewey has also been active in representing the industry on various boards and committees and mentoring men and women pursuing careers in the energy and utility industry. “United Power has a bold vision for its future, and we’re excited to add Meghan’s perspective as we develop our long-term strategy,” said John Parker, United Power Chief Executive Officer. “She brings a wealth of experience with her from her time at PG&E and will be a valuable addition as we continue to look for better ways to serve our members.” United Power is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 90,000 homes and businesses along Colorado’s northern front range. To learn more about United Power, visit or follow the cooperative at UnitedPower.

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