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Left Scrambling Colorado Offers, Then Cancels Feb. 6 Vaccine Program For 70-Plus People Of Color At Dahlia Center For Health and Well-Being By Cara DeGette GPHN Editor
A plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to 140 people of color over age 70 was called off with little warning in early February, leaving staff at the Dahlia Center for Health and Well-Being scrambling to notify disappointed clients that the clinic had been cancelled. The program, offered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Equity Task Force, was to have taken place on Feb. 6. Dawn Davenport, vice president of child and family services for the Mental Health Center of Denver, said state health officials reached out to the Dahlia Center and asked if it would host the clinic targeting an older, often underserved population. Dahlia Center staff reached out to likely candidates via churches and other networks to fill the available slots and also help the seniors figure out other logistics, including transportation. “I’m so proud of the team stepping up,” she said. “We were so excited to sponsor people of color right in the neighborhood.” The clinic was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6. Thursday afternoon Dahlia Center staff were notified that the vaccines were not available after all —that they had been “reallocated” to another, unidentified clinic.
“I felt sick,” Davenport said. “I stood here and was sick to my stomach.” Many of the seniors, she said, had been excited and relieved to be getting vaccinated. To have to turn around and call them back and tell them the program was cancelled, she said, was heartbreaking. The seniors, she said, were “disappointed, confused and upset.” Other clinics operated elsewhere in the Denver Metro area that day, including at the National Western Complex northwest of Park Hill. Extensive media reports have detailed the distrust that many BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) have had of getting the vaccine, based on a historical distrust of government-sponsored health programs. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll, published on Jan. 14, found that nationally 35 percent of Black residents of all ages reported they would “probably not” or “definitely not” get the vaccine when offered. Among Hispanic residents, the figure was 26 percent, the same as for whites. For Blacks, 63 percent reported they would “definitely” or “probably” get the vaccine, compared to 73 percent of white people. Davenport said that when making the initial calls to seniors, she personally encountered just one person who had been “on the fence” about getting the vaccine. “[The continued on page 9
East senior point guard Michael Jackson tries to avoid having his shot swatted by Far Northeast senior Ahman Brown during East’s Feb. 89-62 home court victory on Feb. 6.
Shooting Through The Pandemic Adapting To A Strange New World Of High School Sports Story and photos by Reid Neureiter For the GPHN
The Denver East Angels boys basketball squad trounced rival Far Northeast War-
riors by a score of 89 to 62 on Feb. 6 at East’s home gym. East, coached by Denver Public Schools coaching legend Rudy Carey, is a perennial continued on page 8
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By Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN
From now until what may as well be eternity, visitors headed up the pathway to the door of the striking Spanish Eclectic-style home at 6400 Montview Blvd. can look down and marvel at the signature handiwork of notable Denver architect J. Roger Musick. The decorative red and grey flagstones that lead to the front stoop are laid down in a way that depicts the different phases of the moon — from waxing crescent to full to waning crescent. It isn’t clear why Musick adopted this telltale signature nearly
a century ago, but similar flagstone walkways have been identified at several other Musick residential commissions, including two nearby properties in the south part of Park Hill and several properties on Ivy Street. The walkway at 6400 Montview has the most elaborate design. The walkway, of course, isn’t the only striking element of the home, officially called the Bitman-Hower House. In January the Denver City Council voted unanimously to grant landmark status to the home, making it Denver’s 352nd local landmark. The home, designed and constructed in 1936, is crafted in the Spanish Eclectic style, with an asymmetrical façade,
stucco cladding with decorative brick, a tile roof with multiple levels and an elaborate chimney. The home’s current owner, Rebecca Rogers, worked with Kristi Miniello and her Denver-based Miniello Consulting to extensively research and document its history. “What I love most about our house is its connection to the past and its historic architectural character,” Rogers said. “I can feel the families that loved and lived in this house before us. I can only hope the families that come after us and call our house continued on page 11
Walkway Depicting The Phases Of The Moon Is Just One Detail In A Remarkable History Of The Bitman-Hower House At 6400 Montview Blvd.
After Insurrection And Impeachment, Focus Shifts To Defeating COVID-19 The Goal: To Celebrate Black Joy And History 365 Days A Year Emi Deguchi’s Odyssey To Find A New Home For Bartholomew And Ali
An Eternal Spanish Love Song
Denver architect J. Roger Musick’s signature walkway to the front door. Photo by Cara DeGette
$1.2 Million Project Designed To Get Kids More Safely To School
A Reminder: Park Hill’s Got Some Serious Mojo
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talk of the neighborhood Compiled by Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN
tion with the developer, the Denver Planning Department has moved forward with a process it calls a “visioning” plan for the Now that March has arrived, so too may property. our elusive winter snowstorms — just in Shanta Harrison, who is representing the time for spring. GPHC Registered Neighborhood OrganiIt’s hard to imagine that a full year has zation on the steering committee, providpassed since COVID-19 brought the world ed this overview of what happened at the to its knees. In late February, we marked a group’s first Zoom meeting on Feb. 17. grim milestone: a half-million dead in the “Facilitator Nita Mosby Tyler spent the United States alone. In Colorado, nearly first hour speaking to the group and allow6,000 have died. Another 424,000 have ing brief discussion about equity – how it tested positive to the coronavirus — who is defined, and its relevance to the process knows how many more of us were smacked that the steering committee is undertaking. by the bug but never had access to a test for “The next several minutes were allotted confirmation? to James Roy II of Denver Metro CommuOn one hand it’s astonishing that vacnity Impact, who briefed the participants cines have already been developed, apon the role of the Community Navigators proved and are being rolled out. – members of the community who will be It’s equally surprising — and not in a charged with community outreach activigood way — that as of this writing Coloties on the ground, operating separately rado has not developed a centralized sysfrom the steering committee. The navigatem so people can easily sign up and get tors themselves were not their shots. The state has identified at this time. It had a year to plan for this was revealed however, that moment, and our governor has always prided himself The state has had a year to those chosen as Navigators as a tech-savvy dude. Yet, plan for this moment, and would be paid for their sergood luck trying to chase our governor has always vices. “The final minutes of the down an appointment for prided himself as a techmeeting were spent discussa vaccine. We’re still in early phases savvy dude. Yet, good luck ing portions of the agenda trying to chase down an for the next meeting, which for regular people (i.e. beyond the frontline health- appointment for a vaccine. will include drafting a charter for the group. The next care workers) who are elimeeting is tentatively set for gible for vaccinations. That March 9.” means people over age 65 Make sure to check out the dedicated have largely been the ones who have had link, at /greaterparkhill.org/resources/ to maneuver through bewildering online phgc/, for periodic updates and for informazes, trying to figure out where to go and mation about and how to access upcoming (at times desperately) signing up on mulmeetings. (You can also watch the Feb. 17 tiple lists hoping one will result in an acmeeting via YouTube at that link.) tual appointment. Fingers crossed that by summer, when vaccines are expected to be available to everyone, Colorado will have a Time For An Audit reasonable system in place. A number of updates are on the schedule In the meantime, as we reported elsefor the March 4 meeting of Greater Park where in this month’s issue, one good Hill Community, Inc. The meeting begins site to check for available appointments at 6:30 p.m. and usually runs until about 8 in Colorado is vaccine-finder.nickm.org p.m. The meetings are currently held online It was developed by a private citizen, and via Zoom — just go to greaterparkhill.org/ includes available appointments statewide join-us/community-meetings/ for all the at Safeways, Albertson’s, Walgreens, CVS’s, details. Everyone is invited to attend. Walmarts, Sam’s Clubs (and sometimes King Soopers when the link is working). Among the March agenda highlights: You may find yourself driving to a Safeway • Denver Auditor Timothy O’Brien is exor Walgreens in Woodland Park or New pected to provide an update, explain what Castle or Fort Collins, but hey, think of it the office is doing, learn about neighbor’s as the vacation you haven’t been able to take concerns about various aspects of the opfor a year. erations of the Denver government, and receive suggestions for future audit work. Visioning The Golf Course • Deputy DA Tim Hoffman is expected to provide an update on what’s happening Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. has in the Denver District Attorney’s Office. added a link on its website dedicated to updating residents on the latest twists and • Denver Police Department Community turns at the Park Hill Golf Course. The Resource Officer Heidi Lewis is expected land is currently protected by a conservato provide an update on incidents and tion easement, but Westside Investment trends occurring within District 2, a terPartners hopes to develop it. In conjuncritory that includes Park Hill.
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Getting Safely To School $1.2 Million Project Includes Sidewalks, Curbs, Intersection Improvements
With the help and efforts of our city planners and passionate community members like GPHC board member and Park Hill parent Blair Taylor … parents will be able to sleep a little easier. Highlights include:
• Building new sidewalk where none currently exists to fill in sidewalk gaps • Upgrading pedestrian ramps • Adding new concrete refuge islands at the intersection of Kearney Street & 23rd Avenue, which will carve out a safe place for pedestrians to stop, if needed, before continuing to cross the street, as well as installing a new street light to enhance the pedestrian experience.
The areas where the improvements will occur near McAuliffe International Middle School. Map courtesy of the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
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ing in an unsafe manner. The McAuliffe International Safe Routes to School Project is aimed to address these concerns and As a longtime educator and Park Hill ensure that our children have a safe path to resident, I know firsthand the importance school each morning. of safety. During a time where arguing and The $1.2 million project, being done by constant bickering seem to be the city’s Department of Transporthe norm (look no further than tation & Infrastructure (DOTI), is the Park Hill Facebook page), anticipated to begin construction in I would like to believe that inlate fall. It is designed to improve the creased safety is an initiative in sidewalks and intersections most which we can all agree. frequently trafficked by our students One ongoing safety concern in and families on their daily walk to Park Hill has been the increase school. This includes areas between of traffic throughout the neigh23rd and 26th Avenues, ranging borhood. We continue to observe Ken Burdette from Holly Street to Monaco Parkcars exceeding the speed limit, way — with a particular focus on the disregarding street signs, and simply drivintersection of 23rd and Kearney. For the GPHN
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The project will take up to two months to complete, weather pending, and is scheduled for completion at the end of October. Overseeing the project is DOTI, along with Associate City Planner Brenden Paradies, who has been instrumental in moving this forward since 2018. The project will use a combination of CDOT Grant Funds and Elevate Denver GoBond Funds. Kurt Dennis, Principal at McAuliffe International Middle School, says he is “incredibly excited” about the possibility of a safe crossing at 23rd and Kearney. “We have several hundred students use this route each day, and it is probably the least safe crossing our kids encounter on their way to and from school,” Dennis says. Allyson Levine, who lives along the route with her family, says for her, as any parent, safety is a top priority. “Lately these intersections have become quite frustrating and dangerous, especially for our walking and biking students.” Another Park Hill parent, Becky Taylor, says the Safe Routes initiative will “make our neighborhood safer and more accessible for all of us.” “I seriously worry when my children
Details Of The Planned Improvements • Sidewalk infill gap construction on - North side of 26th Avenue from Holly to Kearney Street - West side of Kearney Street from 26th to 25th Avenue - South side of 25th Avenue from Jasmine to Kearney Street - North side of 23rd Avenue from Jasmine to Locust Street - South side of 23rd Avenue from Leyden to Monaco Parkway - Southeast and northwest corner of 25th Avenue from Jasmine to Kearney Street
need to cross 23rd to go to school, bike to their friends’ houses, or go to the Kearney Street shops because of all the near misses we have witnessed,” she says. The project will involve the removal of five trees and 19 shrubs. While unavoidable and not ideal, in my humble opinion this is a small sacrifice to ensure the increased safety of our children, our families, and yes, even our pets. City officials have worked hard to minimize the landscaping impact, and concerned residents can request the installation of a free street tree at this website: beasmartash.org/. Join us for a virtual public meeting on Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. to get more construction details and to have personal property questions addressed. Register at tinyurl.com/SafeRoutesPH or go to the Greater Park Hill Community website at greaterparkhill.org, click on “Join Us” and then “Community Meetings.” More detail will be posted on the city’s website and on the GPHC website. Thankfully, with the help and efforts of our city planners and passionate community members like GPHC board member and Park Hill parent Blair Taylor, who has worked on this and other safety initiatives for many years, parents will be able to sleep a little easier. On behalf of all Park Hill families, I am appreciative of the definitive steps being taken to keep our children and families safe. Ken Burdette is the principal of Park Hill Elementary School and a board member of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.
Upcoming Community Meeting Who: GPHC and DOTI What: Safe Routes to School Project When: April 8 at 6:30 p.m. Why: Community members can hear more about the Safe Route To School project and ask questions. How to Join: Register for this Zoom meeting at tinyurl.com/SafeRoutesPH or go to the Greater Park Hill website at greaterparkhill.org
• Updated ADA compliant curb ramps • Pedestrian refuge islands on both the east side and west side of Kearney Street and 23rd Avenue intersection • New street light pole at 23rd Avenue and Kearney Street intersection
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Amid Ongoing Political Tensions, Colorado Lawmakers Shift To Guns, Mental Health, Vaccines And Economic Recovery By Penfield W. Tate III For the GPHN
Sadly, the wrong kind of history has been made again. Donald Trump, on his way out the door, incited a violent riot leaving five dead, dozens seriously injured and a nation — and indeed the world — shaken. It was inevitable that he became the first president ever impeached twice. Last month’s Senate trial reminded me of episodes of the Twilight Zone. The impeachment managers cited facts, quoted Mr. Trump and played footage of the riot to make their case that he caused an insurrection. The defense, when they weren’t talking about how wonderful former Sen. Everett Dirksen was (I know, I didn’t understand either), railed that the entire impeachment trial was a political vendetta. The defense even said that the impeachment managers’ prosecution of the charge was “well done.”
national capitol, similarly motivated people protested at the Colorado State Capitol. Last session the General Assembly considered a bill to make it a felony to make a credible threat against a state or local elected official. Expect to see this bill reintroduced, and likely with a different result. There is a history of elected officials having spurious liens for outrageous amounts filed against their property by anti-government activists, but the threats of actual physical violence are really something of a new wrinkle. And not a good one at that.
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While the politically charged environment is sure to weigh heavily, the General Assembly has hopes of passing significant legislation this session. A bill to allow “natural organic reduction” or human composting will once again be up for consideration. While controversial, it is reported that bipartisan support and some potential support from the environmental commuMaking Colorado proud nity may help it move toward passing. Reports came out that even Trump was Efforts to have mental health wellness exscreaming about how bad his lawyers were. ams covered in insurance policies will once In their defense, they had little to work with. again be introduced, even though Gov. JarThey were the backup team, as Trump’s first ed Polis’ objections to new insurance mangroup of his lawyers resigned en masse days dates are well known. A revived measure to before the trial because they create a hybrid state public did not want to argue a lie insurance option targeted and claim that he had actuto reduce premiums will be ally won the election. As I Unbelievably, we saw considered as well. have said before, you can’t As always, gun legislation elected officials from make this stuff up. will be back on the docket. The trial put Colorado in a at least nine states — This is one of those issues including Colorado good light and elevated our where, as a society we canpolitical profile as two of not seem to achieve closure. — join the mob in our own, U.S. Reps. Diana A measure requiring safe Washington, D.C. DeGette and Joe Neguse, storage of guns in homes were part of the House prosand one requiring the reecution team. Truly remarkporting of stolen weapons able that Colorado had two will see committee hearings. members on the nine-member team and by Also, expect more legislation on extended all accounts, they were the stars of the proswaiting periods to acquire a firearm. ecution effort. Watching them work should And as with the start of this second have made all Coloradans proud. strangely bifurcated session, we saw Gov. The fact that the trial ended in acquittal Polis use his State of the State message to means very little. The vote was 57 to 43 in stake his claim to the legislative and other the Senate — seven Republicans voted to priorities he’ll be pushing this session. convict — making it the most bipartisan With at nearly 6,000 dead in Colorado impeachment vote to convict a president due to COVID-19, Polis vowed to continue in U.S. history. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s to keep his eye on defeating the disease. vote to acquit and then his post-trial rant With 60 percent of Coloradans over 70 against the former president highlighted vaccinated, Polis pledged continued and how weird, unjust, and political the acnew efforts to vaccinate more people, vowquittal had become. We’ll see if criminal ing to “leave no one behind.” Doubling charges follow the former president. down on his assault on the pandemic, he also announced working with the Joint They joined the mob Budget Committee on a $1 billion stimulus package to help individuals and small It’s unfortunate. Had the outgoing presibusinesses. dent focused more on the pandemic rather than lies about winning the election and Losing and winning going on about weird conspiracies, it seems to me that we would be further along in Funding for Colorado’ crumbling roads our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. and bridges will also be a Polis priority. As Anyway, goodbye and good riddance. will be a push to attain 100 percent renewThat seems to be the theme and mood of able energy in the state by 2040 in an effort the country. to combat climate change. The extreme But be forewarned, the repercussions of weather around the country in February – Jan. 6 run deep and wide. Unbelievably, we snowstorms and power outages in Texas, saw elected officials from at least nine states Oklahoma, Washington, the Midwest and — including Colorado — join the mob in the Eastern seaboard – make it clear that Washington, D.C. State Rep. Ron Hanks, we are losing this battle to save the planet. a Republican from Penrose, defended his Finally, the governor’s idea to not tax sedecision to miss part of Colorado’s 2021 niors whose only source of income is Social legislative session to support the former Security is likely to be very popular. president and “march with his supporters There will be plenty in the political arena to the U.S. Capitol.” to keep us entertained as we continue to Rep. Donald Valdez (D-La Jara), subseremain socially distant and masked. Stay quently sought to have a legislative panel safe and get vaccinated as soon as you can. convened to investigate Hanks and conPenfield W. Tate III is an sider having him stripped of committee attorney in Denver. He assignments or expelled from the body. represented Park Hill in Democratic House leadership did not enthe Colorado House of tertain Valdez’s request, but the situation Representatives from 1997 to speaks to the tensions sure to permeate this 2000, and in the State Senate year’s legislative session. from 2001 to February 2003. The repercussions won’t end with one He lives in Park Hill. representative. Just as violence beset the March 2021
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Will you join us to keep City Park blooming and beautiful? With its staff halved in the pandemic, the Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) maintenance crew and horticulturists at City Park need our help as volunteers with gardening tasks and projects. In response, the Parks and Open Space Committee of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. is teaming up with City Park Friends Beds in City Park, like this one in front of the famous Thatcher and Neighbors and City Memorial statue, are looking for some flower love. Photo courPark Alliance to implement tesy of Denver Parks and Recreation DPR’s Adopt-A-Flowerbed program for City Park. the East District superintendent with officThis program has been successful at othes in the City Park pavilion, recommends er parks throughout the city. Volunteers at forming crews of six volunteers per flowerFANS of Cheesman Park have maintained bed or gardening area so that maintenance their park’s rose beds for many years, and can continue seamlessly from Spring to FANS of Washington Park volunteers Fall. helped install a propagator flower bed in Please email me at email@example.com their park last year. Both of these groups if you are interested in joining this effort. report great satisfaction creating beauty Indicate the time commitment you want in their parks and building community to make and whether you have friends or among their volunteer participants. neighbors interested in volunteering, eiThe Adopt-A-Flowerbed program begins ther individually or as part of a six-person with an on-site orientation with City Park’s team. When we know how many commuhorticulturist. Responsibilities include wanity members are interested in Adopt-Atering, weeding, pruning, audits, design Flowerbed, we will collaborate with DPR and planting flowers. Park horticulturists to make the program come to life. and maintenance crew may participate and Let’s keep City Park blooming! oversee volunteers’ activities. Adam Smith,
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by air pollution. Part of the plan will address the current limitations for electric vehicles, and focus on residential and comThis may be the year that we begin to immercial access to charging stations. So, at plement changes to accelerate our state and least for now infrastructure is on the horiour nation towards a zero carbon future. zon for cars, if not buses. You may have heard talk recently about Recently, though, Colorado Gov. Jared decarbonizing the energy sector, in parPolis’s administration has drawn other critticular the electricity grid. Environment icism from environmental groups. Many Colorado is launching Destination: Zero do not believe the governor has proposed Carbon, which will push to clear rules to meet the state’s electrify cars, buses and reclimate goals. Polis has made duce the need to drive. The Reducing exposure a statement that his office has state of California, along taken historic steps toward to vulnerable with several major U.S. citclimate goals, but the state ies, has committed to make populations must be missed a deadline last July to the switch from diesel to a top priority in any meet the climate regulations. electric buses (Denver, unColorado is also behind on fortunately, is currently not transportation plan. its stated goals for 2025 and one of them). 2030. In fact, the group WildCalifornia’s plans dictate life Guardians filed a lawsuit that all new buses purchased will be zero in response to Colorado’s failure to meet emission starting in 2029. Electrifying the timelines set forth for the Colorado Air buses will help cities improve air quality Quality Control Commission to reach its and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This emission goals. is critical for those living near major bus Meanwhile in Washington, President routes, since low income households tend Joe Biden has set a goal to decarbonize the to live along such routes. It is long overdue power sector in the next 15 years. This is that elected and appointed officials elimimore ambitious than most states, including nate the burden of pollution on low-income Colorado, which has its own goal of 2040. populations. Biden’s plan intends to expand tax credits Indeed, reducing exposure to vulnerable for renewable energy and storage and inpopulations must be a top priority in any vest in the power storage grid. transportation plan. Buses are the largest In addition, the administration is prosource of nitrous oxide (smog producer) posing incentives for electric vehicles disseminating its toxic effects to those in along with a network of 500,000 charging the immediate area, including bus riders. stations. They are encouraging cities and Here in Denver, we should not consider any states to increase the electrification of busplan or changes to our bus service without es and trucks while prioritizing burdened prioritizing and evaluating the impact to communities. In order to decarbonize the the communities adjacent to bus lines. United States and meet his climate goals, A major hurdle to bring electric buses Biden’s efforts must include reducing and to our city is the lack of infrastructure for eventually eliminating natural gas. charging the vehicles. Without a plan, our While our government is working tocity will continue to lag behind in advancwards a decarbonized future, each one of ing the cleanest option for its citizens and us needs to do the same. Check out the webthe ability to solve Denver’s air pollution site ZeroEnergyProject.org for some great problem. Pollution impacts our quality of ideas and tips to help you evaluate where life and places unnecessary stress on our you live, and start moving your own living health care system — costs we can no lonspace toward a carbon-free home. ger ignore or afford. Tracey MacDermott is chair There is some good news. The Colorado of the board of Greater Park Public Utilities Commission has approved Hill Community, Inc. She a $110 million statewide infrastructure was trained as a Climate program for electric cars. Senate Bill 77, Reality Leader in 2017, and passed in 2019, includes a requirement for is currently the Statewide charging stations for electric cars within Co-Chair of the Climate Xcel’s service areas in Colorado. The plan Reality Project for the 100% requires investment in low-income houseCommitted Campaign. holds and communities that are impacted Board Chair, GPHC, Inc.
Green Laws Ways We Are Rethinking the Plastic Status Quo By Mark Kuhl
eral bills, including House Bill 20-1163 which would put a statewide ban on For the GPHN single-use plastic from restaurants and Reduce, reuse, recycle is a familiar clistores. Senate Bill 20-055 would create ché and important to follow. But a 4th a tax credit to encourage investment in “R” — Rethink — is where we should end-market production, where recycled also focus efforts to rein in ever increasmaterials are turned in to new things. ing plastic pollution. These are a couple examples of S KUH The Environmental Proteclegislative action to incentivize ’ T tion Agency estimates that “rethinking” the plastic status in 2018 only 8.7 percent of quo. We individuals can also the 36 million tons of plastic incentivize packagers by purused in the U.S. was recycled. chasing products with miniMeanwhile, petrochemical mal, or green packaging. O L RECYC companies plan to produce Mark Kuhl is an environmental even more, thanks to the frackadvocate who lives in Park Hill with ing boom yielding cheap, abundant his family. His handy tips and news ethene, a raw ingredient for plastic. about recycling household items appear Look to the Colorado Legislature for every month in these pages. A directory leadership on the “rethinking” front. of his past columns for recycling everyLawmakers are working to dismantle thing from paint to Styrofoam to shoes the 1989 law that bans government from is at greaterparkhill.org/sustainability/ prohibiting use of specific types of plasrecycling-directory/. tic. Next, they will attempt to pass sevT
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A Big Win For Equity
STEAM Academy Will Celebrate Black History, Black Joy and Black Culture 365 Days A Year By Erin Pier
In an interview, Pryor talked about his experience on the football field in 2017 as an assistant coach of the Montbello WarAs a contributing columnist for Park Hill riors. It didn’t take long for him to see Neighbors for Equity in Education, I write the inequities his student athletes faced. articles to build community awareness With five schools co-located on the same around issues of diversity, equity and inclucampus, but no coordinated bell schedule, sion in our neighborhood’s public schools. students were released at various times, Unfortunately, my columns tend to foforcing practice to start late, and end early cus on the lack of equity that abounds, as — as there were no lights on the field. As I never have to look too far for another exPryor began to pull at the “whys” behind ample. From a lack of resources, implicit his team’s lack of resources and funding, and explicit bias, punitive measures that he began to see the numerous inequities target students of color, high-stakes testthat face predominantly Black and Brown ing, the School Performance Framework, neighborhoods and schools. and the impacts of COVID, inequity can He started attending DPS board meetfeel impossible to defeat. But this month, I ings and drawing attention to the inequities am thrilled to have an opportunity to share he was observing firsthand. He began ora “win.” ganizing, and listening to concerned MontAt February’s EdEquity Corner monthly bello community members, and what they online gathering, PHNEE welcomed Prinhoped for in their neighborhood. cipal Shakira Abney-Wisdom, to learn Ultimately, Pryor and The Warriors for about Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy, High Quality Schools decided, “we need to where she is the founding principal. The create something for us and by us.” They enfirst of its kind in DPS, this Far Northvisioned a STEAM school rooted in the style east high school will center of HBCUs that doubles as a Blackness in its project-based community hub — a place [Brandon] Pryor learning approach to science, not just open to students but technology, engineering, arts envisions a renaissance, to families and neighbors as and mathematics. well. They wanted to create a boom in Denver Founded by community a space that cultivates exfor Black families, members and built upon the cellence, inspires authentic with the school principles of Historically relationships and celebrates central to its success. the tremendous Black talent Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Smith STEAM and success that has grown Academy seeks to “honor students’ history, right out of Montbello schools. Pryor enviindividuality, cultural experiences, and fusions a renaissance, a boom in Denver for ture potential while providing a rigorous Black families, with the school central to and high-quality academic experience.” its success. (Check out its website at dpsk12.org/hbcuWhen asked how other schools throughsteam-high-school/.) out DPS can begin to replicate elements of A graduate of an HBCU herself, Abneythe model he and his group created, Pryor Wisdom shared how transformative it was shared that it begins with advocacy. The for her to learn, and rest, in an unapoloBlack Excellence Resolution and the Know getically Black space. She spoke about how Justice, Know Peace Resolution are both attending Florida A&M University for her the result of community and student-led PhD program was her first truly immersive advocacy efforts. Pryor hopes to see every educational experience rooted in Black exdemographic that is represented in DPS cellence, and how it deeply impacted her fight for the same thing he has — equity, sense of self, her confidence and her leadcommunity, and the celebration of different ership. cultures. He also thinks it’s imperative that Because she didn’t have this opportunity schools recognize the whole child, increase until she was 28 years old, she wonders how student access to counseling, and exchange much an earlier experience would have impunitive measures for restorative ones. pacted her, and what such an opportunity Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy has could do for high school students here in the potential to be a huge success, for the Denver. Montbello community and for equity in When asked how she will face the chalDPS education. If we can heed Pryor’s lenge of merging the school’s emphasis on advice, and relentlessly advocate as he Black culture with a school system that suggests, then perhaps we can normalize seeing Black joy, Black history and Black has a history of overlooking Black voices culture celebrated, 365 days a year, right and experiences, Abney-Wisdom shared here in Park Hill. her team’s innovative way of rising to the Join us March 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 occasion. While the district calls for high p.m. as EdEquity Corner welcomes state school freshmen to study Shakespeare’s RoRep. and DPS board member Jennifer Bameo & Juliet, Smith STEAM Academy will con. You can register for the virtual event at explore this topic by reading Black authors tinyurl.com/EdEquityMarch21. For more and Indigenous poets, incorporating muinformation or to get involved with PHsic, and engaging the students through an NEE, email email@example.com. interdisciplinary approach. While it will take a lot of effort on the Erin Pier is a mother of part of the Smith STEAM team to create a three, a Stedman parent new curriculum that both meets and reiand school psychologist magines DPS standards, Abney-Wisdom at AUL Denver. She is an hopes that the resources they devise will active member of the Park be easily replicable by other schools. Hill Neighbors For Equity Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy was In Education, which works the brainchild of community members toward diversity, equity, and Brandon Pryor, Gabe Lindsay, and their inclusion in all schools in the advocacy group, Warriors for High Qualneighborhood. ity Schools. For the GPHN
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Members of the East Poms Dance Team sit in the empty student section of the gymnasium during East’s Feb. 6 victory over the Far Northeast Warriors.
East senior point guard Michael Jackson loses his mask as he fights for the ball with a Far Northeast Warrior defender during East’s Feb. 6 home court victory.
Playing through, continued from page 1 favorite to go deep into the Colorado state playoffs. But with COVID-19 restrictions having dramatically changed the face of Denver high school sports — at least for the time being — the ease of the Angels’ victory was the only normal thing about the Feb. 6 game. Pre-pandemic, East’s home gym would be filled to the rafters, with screaming parents, student fans, cheerleaders, the Poms dance team, administrators, teachers, and junior varsity players eager to watch the top basketball squad. But against Far Northeast, the gym was nearly empty. Coach Carey and one assistant, his son David Carey, were the only adults allowed on the East sidelines. Only one East High administrator was present. No parents or student fans were allowed to attend the game. The East student section was empty, except for four members the East Poms’ dance team, who performed an abbreviated dance routine before the empty stands at halftime. Rather than sitting next to each other on a bench, players who were not in the game sat in single chairs, six feet apart. Everyone in the building, players, coaches, game officials (and this reporter) wore masks — although the masks would sometimes slide below the noses of the players as they fought for the ball. East senior point guard Michael Jackson said he misses performing before a big audience, but is happy to be playing at all. “Playing without a crowd is a downside of being at a big school known for fun crowds,
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East senior guard Jack Darre drives past Far Northeast’s junior Brian Herron.
but I think for me and my team, we are just excited to be able to have a season and play together,” said Jackson, who lives in Park Hill.
Mask up, team Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Dackri Davis described some of the steps the district and East have taken to try to ensure that, even in the midst of a pandemic, student-athletes can have some semblance of a sports season. Requirements include wearing masks at all events and practices, and separating teams into cohorts and barring mixing. For example, a junior varsity team cannot interact with the varsity squad. JV coaches cannot attend varsity games, and vice versa. Teams must use separate doors for entering and exiting the facility, so the players are not moving past each other in close proximity. Hand sanitizer is readily available. And when games take place in the gym, there is one-half hour scheduled between games, allowing a crew to come in and sanitize the building before the next group comes in. “The biggest challenge is making sure coaches and players follow the protective COVID protocols that have been put in place,” Davis said. Coach Carey accepts the limitations. ”It’s very restrictive,” said Carey, “but it’s necessary; it ensures our kids’ safety, and it is the responsible thing to do.” Jackson, too, noted the difficulty posed
East junior guard Quise Davis drives past Far Northeast’s Ahman Brown.
by some of the restrictions. “Playing through this pandemic is kind of hard at times,” he said. “Running up and down the court with a mask on is extremely hard to breathe in and catch your breath. But at the same time if this is the only way we can play, then we have to do what we have to do.” The restrictions also limit the number of students who are actually able to compete. Davis explained, for example, that crosscountry at East is normally a “no-cut” sport with more than 100 students participating. This year, the squad is limited to 25 boys and 25 girls. Also, sports that normally were played in the fall have been moved to the spring (such as boys soccer and football) and there is now a crunch for field space for practices and games. As a result, the number of teams being fielded in each sport — such as soccer and lacrosse — has been reduced. “No doubt we are taking away some opportunities for students,” Davis said.
Virtual swim meets The bizarro-world of pandemic sports is seen all across the DPS league and across all sports. Ella Creighton, a Central Park resident, is a senior captain of the girls swim team at George Washington High and has swum for GW since her freshman year. She described some of the unusual aspects of her senior swimming experience. “Swimming is usually a no-cut sport at GW, but due to COVID, we did have cuts this year as our roster was limited to 35 girls,” Creighton said. “In addition to that,
we were split into cohorts — 17 girls in one and 18 girls in the other — and we practice with those cohorts for the whole season, only commingling on Wednesdays for our virtual meets. Any time you are not in the water you are expected to have a mask on, and we try to limit gear sharing.” A “virtual swim meet” means that the GW team might be swimming an event at their pool with only teammates, while the opposing team or teams may be swimming the same event at different locations. The swimmers’ times are then sent in and compared to determine the “virtual” winner. “Having virtual meets is definitely a change from our normal swim meets,” Creighton said. “There is usually great competition within the DPS league, and the races are always super fun to watch. [Now], for DPS, spectators are not allowed, which definitely makes a difference in the cheering. But they livestream our meets so friends and family can watch from home.” But just as Jackson is willing to make some changes and abide by some rules in order to play a sport he loves, Creighton too is grateful to be part of a team her senior year notwithstanding the limits imposed because of COVID-19. “It’s been very hard to find some light during this pandemic, and with school being completely online, I am just glad girls can participate in something that could take their minds off everything else that is happening right now,” she said. “The GW girls swim team is such a fun, friendly community, I’m glad I can be a part of it for one last year.” The Greater Park Hill News
Scrambling, continued from page 1 client] told me if you hadn’t called me back Frontline health care workers have largeI wasn’t going to get it, but since you called ly been vaccinated, and about 35 percent of me back I’m going to go ahead and do it. the state’s population of residents 70 and “I didn’t get the sense from individuals I older have received at least one shot. spoke to that they didn’t trust the vaccine,” As of Feb. 19, the Colorado Department she said. “It was more disappointment that of Public Health and Environment reports our vaccination was going to another clinic. that 783,583 Coloradans have received one Everyone was looking forward to this, and dose of the vaccine, and 365,220 have reso to have to cancel it was heartbreaking.” ceived the second dose. Most health care The Dahlia Center for Health and Wellworkers and anyone 65 and older are curBeing, at 3401 Eudora St., provides a wide rently eligible. Of those who have received array of services, including mental and vaccinations, 74 percent are white, just over physical health, child care, dental, and a 2 percent are Black, and 5 percent are Hisfood pantry and community gardens. panic. In the data set, the demographics for Another vaccination program at the Cennearly 15 percent are listed as “unknown,” ter was subsequently held later in the month, with small percentages of Asian, American on Feb. 20. At press time it was unclear how Indian and Pacific Islanders comprising the many seniors from the first group may have remainder of the breakdowns. received the vaccine. Health department ofOne of the biggest complaints during the ficials did not immediately respond to an vaccine’s rollout among all demographic inquiry about where the Feb. groups is where, and how, 6 vaccines were reallocated. people can sign up for the vacThe Feb. 6 program had “Everyone was looking cines — and when they might been scheduled just days af- forward to this, and so qualify for the shots. ter both Colorado Gov. Jared to have to cancel it was The online news organizaheartbreaking.” Polis and Denver Mayor tion, The Colorado Sun, has a Michael B. Hancock under— Dawn Davenport helpful tool to determine your scored their commitment to current place in line. The free prioritizing equity in the disguide takes people through a tribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. set of easy questions that help people fig“In our current environment this is ure out the first date they currently qualmind-boggling to me,” said Tracey Macify for the vaccine. Check it out online at Dermott, the chair of the Greater Park Hill tinyurl.com/SunVaccineGuide Community Registered Neighborhood OrFinding appointments for the vaccines ganization, when learning of the cancellahas also proven a confusing mishmash for tion. “We know we have racial inequities in many Coloradans. In February, a private health care to begin with, and here we have citizen, Nick Muerdter, created a webpage the committed staff of the Dahlia Center — vaccine-finder.nickm.org — that simjumping into action — and the state can’t plifies the appointment search process. manage to get vaccines there when promAnyone can go to the website and find inised? They should have worked overtime to dividual appointments that are available at get those vaccines there.” numerous pharmacies across Colorado, inOn Feb. 8, Colorado Public Radio reportcluding Safeways, Albertson’s, Walgreens, ed that Black and Latino residents have not CVF’s, Sam’s Clubs and Walmarts. The site been inoculated at anywhere near their rate is updated every minute. of representation in the state’s population — The state has installed a 24-hour vaccinaa persistent problem in Colorado and across tion hotline — 1-877-268-2926. Call center the nation in the first seven weeks of the staff cannot schedule vaccine appointments; vaccine rollout. this is more of a vaccine FAQ hotline.
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Roosters: A Cautionary Tale
An Odyssey To Find A New Home For Bartholomew and Ali By Emi Deguchi For the GPHN
There was an unprecedented demand for live chicks last year, and, according to the Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary in Henderson, there was an unprecedented number of requests for rooster surrenders as well. They received over 1,000 requests in 2020. Two were from me. I’ve always dreamed about having chickens, and with all the time spent at home these days, the timing seemed right to make my dream a reality. We invested in materials, then designed and constructed a coop. It’s a few feet off of the ground, with a ladder for the chickens, a mono slope roof, large acrylic viewing window, two private laying chambers, fully opening clean-out doors, a clear plastic watering system, a radiant heater, two levels of roosts, and even a new apple tree planted right outside their living quarters. We set some posts in the ground to make an enclosure. We also used a roll of chicken wire and gardening spikes to make a free range area for them in the backyard. They even have patio string lights. I was excited to get these girls, and to farm the fresh eggs from my backyard.
Fluffy and friendly Quite a few years ago, I sent my two children to Poultry Camp at the Urban Farm in Stapleton. During camp they spent a lot of time with Silkie chickens, which are possibly both cuter and friendlier than most other breeds. When the time came to pick up our chicks from Feeder’s Supply in Fort Collins, the kids wanted to get Silkies. We left the feed store that day with one Americana (who would lay beautiful light
blue eggs), one Buff Orpington (known to be a friendlier breed and a productive layer of brown eggs) and four fluffy little Silkies (who would periodically lay smaller white eggs). The Americana and Buff Orpington were guaranteed to be female chickens. They are sex-linked breeds; the males are hatched one color, and the females are hatched another color. The females are sold as egg-laying hens. Silkies don’t come sex-linked for various reasons. We decided that we ultimately wished for two Silkie hens, so left with four chicks. It isn’t legal to keep roosters in the city and county of Denver (by nature, they crow loudly in the early hours of the morning). Still, we thought that it wouldn’t be difficult to rehome the roosters when the time inevitably came.
A big problem How did we expect to do that? We’d put an ad on Craigslist for free roosters, we thought, or we would take them to one of the many rooster sanctuaries in the area. These were general ideas I collected as I queried on the internet or asked around at the local feed stores. Easy enough, right? Well, the chicks began to mature — there were now six chickens in a coop meant for three or four. I knew from the crowing that a couple of these guys were definitely roosters. It was time to thin the flock. We realized we had a big problem. As a person who eats chicken, I ought to be able to cull a rooster. Well it turns out there is absolutely no way I could personally wring the necks of either Bartholomew or Ali. I did know that, statistically we’d end up with a couple of roosters. And so I’d made some calls right off the bat, lining up two potential rooster rescues — the Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary in Henderson and another one in Hudson. But then I stalled, to make sure my gender speculations were correct.
Room in the coop
The author’s backyard chicken coop at night.
When I called back after some time had passed, to arrange the drop-off of the birds, the sanctuary staff was upset. Why hadn’t I brought the roosters in before, when I first contacted them? It was too late for them to bond to the flock now. That’s when they told
me that they had received over 1,000 requests to take in roosters just this past year alone — and they no longer had openings for our two. They said they would need $1,000 in order to build a new coop for them, and wanted me to relinquish my entire little flock. I declined. It was a stressful and shameful time for me, to say the least. I have to confront the fact that I have contradicting values which remain unresolved: I won’t cull a rooster and yet I am a consumer of eggs. In the end, the Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary took Bartholomew and Ali in after all. We’ve been there a few times in the past, on visiting days when the farm is open to the public. On those days, anyone can pay a few dollars and visit the friendly goats and adorable sheep running around. And if you go, keep a look out for Bartholomew and Ali. The website for Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary is brokenshovels.com/.
Bartholomew and Ali are Silkie roosters — absolutely beautiful animals, charming, and unique. But roosters, which by nature make an infernal racket in the early hours of the morning, are not allowed in the City and County of Denver.
Round and Round The Seasons Of Transition By Anya Nitczynski
treating in the dark. While every season is different, there is always one thing that stays the same in Park Picture this. It’s a warm sunny day in Hill — kindness. In winter, you’ll wake up Park Hill. Where are you? What sounds to find your sidewalk already shoveled by do you hear? What do you smell? Maybe a neighbor. In spring, there are dogs to pet you’re at City Park having a picnic. Maybe left and right. In summer, strangers walkyou’re at Spinelli’s picking up ingredients ing by offer compliments on each others’ for a backyard cookout, but one thing is gardens and invite each other to block parsure: the atmosphere is certainly different ties. In fall, you’ll get asked what you plan than it would be in winter. to be for Halloween. There’s just so much Growing up in Park Hill, I’ve noticed love in Park Hill. that the social climate seems to change evAnother common thread throughout the ery season. As we make the transition to year comes during the transitions of the spring, it’s fun to see how we change as a seasons. There’s always an awkward spot in neighborhood. We’re exiting winter, which between, when the only topic of conversameans strangers remarking tion is the weather. I love Park about how chilly it is and I know it’s spring when Hill, but seriously, sometimes how early it gets dark outwe need a new topic of conside. Winter means point- families are out walking versation. It happens when it’s and dogs are out ing out holiday decorations too early to ask about upcomand acts of kindness. To running and you start ing holidays and too late to me, spring means studying ask about the recently-passed to hear kids playing at Cake Crumbs or Honey holidays. Oh well! outside again. Hill. It means dogs barkSeriously though, I’ve aling and it means conversaways loved the contrast of tions about the weather and seasons in Park Hill and how blooming flowers. I know it’s spring when it affects our behavior. I am constantly refamilies are out walking and dogs are out minded of how lucky I am to be growing up running and you start to hear kids playing where I am. Each person — even you — creoutside again. ates the environment of this neighborhood. Summer is my favorite season in terms of Wow, and thank you. Keep being kind no the environment and atmosphere. Summer matter the season — and yes, keep up those is when neighbors are outside chatting and awkward transitional conversations. you can hear the shrieks of children playing Anya Nitczynski is an 8th in front lawns. Summer is waking up to the grader at Denver School sound of a lawn mower or airplane. of the Arts. Her column Fall is picking out pumpkins from a appears monthly in these church courtyard and fall is being asked pages. your plans for the holidays. Fall is Halloween and the electric energy of trick-orFor the GPHN
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What’s In Your Attic?
How To Sleuth Your Home’s Past Occupants; Resources For Seeking Historic Designation
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Rogers
Digging up the past isn’t as complicated as it may seem. But it can be time consuming. Some property records and chain of titles are available via the Denver Assessor’s website. However, those records often do not date very far back. A trip to the assessor’s office, at City Hall downtown, can help turn up a complete chain of ownership. The Denver Clerk and Recorder also has published a limited number of real estate and other historical documents online. Colorado and Denver historians Tom Noel and Phil Goodstein have written expansively about the original owners of Denver’s old homes. Noel’s 2002 book, The Park Hill Neighborhood, includes histories and descriptions of many of the neighborhood’s most prominent houses and their owners. Goodstein’s book, Park Hill Promise, provides an extensive inventory of the neighborhood’s original homes. The Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy Department, in the main DPL branch downtown, is an excellent resource. There, you can research people who once called your home, home, as well as getting the lowdown on other notable Denver and Colorado pioneers and trailblazers.
Love Song, continued from page 1 home will feel that same connection. view Boulevard within Park Hill and it, lit“Our house is an integral part of what erally, signals the end of an era,” as noted in makes Park Hill an amazing historical the application. neighborhood. There are not many of these “No other known residential comneighborhoods in Denver. It is a rare gem.” missions credited to Musick exhibit the The landmark status means that the Spanish Eclectic style, and it appears to home must be preserved in as much of its be unique to his design of the Bitmanoriginal state as possible. Hower House, creating a “I am pleased that the prominent landmark along home has been designated Montview Boulevard and a landmark by the city,” within the South Park Hill “I can feel the families said Shane Sutherland, neighborhood. Even within that loved and lived preservation chair for the same neighborhood, Greater Park Hill CommuMusick’s other designs are in this house before nity, Inc. “The landmark brick Tudor Revivals that us. I can only hope designation process is an are more in keeping with the families that come important tool in helping the other properties along after us and call our to preserve, enhance, and Montview Boulevard.” perpetuate Park Hill’s arGenerally, homes must house home will feel chitectural, cultural, and meet at least one of three that same connection.” historical character. criteria for historic preser— Rebecca Rogers “Protecting Park Hill’s vation: The structures are older homes from demoarchitecturally distinct, lition through landmark geographically prominent, designation is also imporand/or past owners have tant for increasing the sustainability of some historical influence. the neighborhood. The Preservation subMusick was the younger brother of ancommittee of GPHC, Inc. is committed to other highly regarded Denver architect, helping any owner seeking to landmark G. Meredith Musick. The younger Mutheir home.” sick formally trained in New York City The house “is the only true, two-story, at the Beaux Arts Institute of Design. In Spanish Eclectic style house along Mont1932 he returned to Denver to work with
The research library at History Colorado, also downtown, is also a great resource, as is anscestry.com. (During the pandemic you’ll want to check to make sure they are open before heading to the library and any government offices.) Historic Denver is a treasure-trove of information for helping property owners pursue landmark historic designation to forever protect old homes and buildings from the bulldozers. Historic Denver was formed in 1970 when a group of people organized to save the historic Molly Brown House from demolition. Historic Denver notes that restoring or rehabilitating historic structures often requires planning, a love of challenges, and money. Historic properties can be eligible for preservation tax credits and other incentives, including restoration grants. Read more about funding sources, and a general guide to frequently asked questions, at historicdenver.org/resources/. If you are interested in pursuing historic designation, contact Shannon Stage at 303-534-5288.
his brother on several New Deal program designs throughout Denver, inc including the addition to the U.S. Custom House, the State Capitol Annex and the Denver Police Administration Building. During the midand late-1930s, J. Roger designed homes in Park Hill and in the Crestmoor neighborhood south of Park Hill. Two other Musick-designed homes in Park Hill are Tudor Revivals at 6230 E. 17th Ave. Pkwy. and at 6401 E. 17th Ave. Pkwy. The Spanish Eclectic at 6400 Montview was originally owned by Harry M. Bitman, a master builder who was the president of the Home Realty Company and a founding member of Quality Home Builders, Inc. The Hower part of the Bitman-Hower equation is a reference to Clarence M. Hower, who purchased the home from Bitman shortly after its completion. Hower was a 57-year-old advertising executive originally from Pennsylvania, a man, according to the application, “of medium height and build, with black hair and blue eyes. He and his wife, Minetta (Minnie) who was also from Pennsylvania, had one daughter, Beryl Rosebud.” The complete application, which is filled with the details of the early owners and life in the early part of 20th Century Denver, can be read at tinyurl.com/6400Montview “If we don’t protect these unique older homes, they will be gone forever,” said Rog-
— Cara DeGette ers. “It doesn’t matter if the homes are small or large, a single example of architectural style or an intact row of bungalow, we can’t recreate this history. They will be lost forever if we don’t protect them now. “I hope my house can be an example of what can be done to protect Denver’s past for our future generations.”
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Magnified Affection A Reminder: Our Neighborhood’s Got Mojo By Lana Cordes
amount of time away from Park Hill the past several weeks. This has also been enlightening. I already knew March marks my second year I loved this neighborhood, but my anniversary as executive director time away has really magnified my of Greater Park Hill Community, affinity for this place. Popping into Inc. Though I’d been involved a restaurant or shop and seeing a fawith the Registered Neighbormiliar face, friendly exchanges with hood Organization as a volunteer those you pass on the street, checkand board member for a number ing in with your neighbor when of years, these past couple have Lana Cordes something just doesn’t seem quite given me greater insight into this right, the constant stream of people organization and, as a fortumoving about outside, even nate outcome, into this comin the most frigid of weather, munity and its greatest asset desiring to interact It’s hard to put your simply – its residents. with the world around them: Even through the pan- finger on what makes It’s hard to put your finger demic I’ve been able to meet a community so, but on what makes a commuand talk with so many of nity so, but Park Hill has it. Park Hill has it. you. You — our constituents, I look forward to continumembers, readers, donors, ing to serve as a steward of and volunteers — provide us this organization and thank with support, bring us ideas, and help to you all for making it so rewarding. keep us informed. Interestingly, it’s many GPHC’s operations are supported heavof the same things we’re charged with doing ily by volunteers and almost entirely by for you. This two-way street of engagement donors. In 2021, I’m sharing a quote each wasn’t something I quite expected but it is month to express our gratitude for our doso encouraging. As both a resident of Park nors and volunteers. This is for March: Hill and a leader in this organization I am “You have not lived until you have done just grateful to be a part of it. something for someone who can never repay I’ve been having to spend a significant you.” – John Bunyan Executive Director, GPHC, Inc.
Saltmarsh Caterpillars survive the Colorado winters as full-grown larvae inside their cocoons, hidden amongst leaves and other debris on the soil. The adults emerge in late spring, and become what we humans recognize as one of two types of “woollybear” caterpillars that wander among the plants in Colorado. Saltmarsh Caterpillars (Estigmene acrea) are found all over the United States, but get their peculiar name from back in the day, when they were pests eating the salt-grass hay grown near Boston. This Saltmarsh Caterpillar was photographed at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge by Mark Silverstein
THIS MONTH AT THE LIBRARY
Check Out These Seeds Plant, Grow, Reap, Eat, Return By Tara Bannon Williamson, Amelia Eckles and Heidi Young For the GPHN
What is a seed library? A seed library is a collection of seeds that are free to the public to take home and grow. Similar to our circulating collection, there are limits on how many seeds can be “checked out” by each customer. There is no requirement that seeds be returned at the end of the season — but it is encouraged! There are over 450 seed libraries across the United States — and two of them currently exist within Denver Public Library, the Park Hill Branch and the Ross-Broadway Branch.
Why are seed libraries important? Seed libraries provide many functions. They increase food security and health on both an individual and communal level, maintain and generate plant diversity (studies estimate that about 75 percent of agricultural plant diversity has already been lost), encourage skill-building and sharing, preserve traditional knowledge and culture, strengthen local food systems, and so much more. Growing plants from seed gives people a chance to engage more fully in the daily acts that keep us alive, create culture, and maintain the health of our living world. By offering seeds and seed education to
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the community, we bolster biodiversity, encourage gardening and local food production. We promote physical and mental health through engagement with nature. And, we educate the public spanning topics of seed saving, gardening, cultural food traditions and food sovereignty — just for starters.
Seed Bundles are Coming The Park Hill Branch Seed Library will be offering seed bundles for the first time ever this spring. Send an email to tbannon@ denverlibrary.org to request a bundle of up to 10 types of seeds per patron. You will receive an email letting you know when your bundle is ready. This service will be offered while supplies last. To help us make services like this available in the future, consider saving seeds from your crops and donate them back to the library in the fall.
Example Bundles Include: • Dark Leafy Greens Bundle: (i.e. kale, collards, spinach) • Salad Bowl Bundle (i.e. lettuces, arugula, mustard greens) • Herb Bundle (i.e. basil, thyme, dill) • Salsa Bundle (i.e. tomato, pepper, cilantro, onion) • Root Vegetable Bundle (i.e. carrots, turnips, beets, radishes) • Bouquet Bundle (i.e. assorted cut flowers)
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Justin Dukes Beth and Robert Duncan AARP #995 Queen City Amelia Eckles Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Katherine Erickson Cure D’Ars Catholic Church Delores Fairall Janet Fairs Dahlia Campus Farms and Gardens Jack Farrar Messiah Community Church Gidon and Sarah Felson Montview Presbyterian Robert and Connie Friesen Church David & Andy Chen Gauthier Park Hill United Methodist Bobbi Gillis Church Dan Goe and Kristin Coulter St. Thomas Episcopal Stacey Golden Church Geneva and Luther Goldsby The Spicy Radish Princess Gray Unity on the Avenue Carol Haller Youth at Montview Simon and Elizabeth Hambidge Arliyn Aggen Lyle and Sandy Hansen Lacy Albaugh Amy Harris Christine Allen Adrian Hill Patrick Allen Jane Hoback Janey and Harmon Alpert Barbara Hoffman Amy Anderson Marsha Holmes Alex Appel Dana & Bill Hughes Penny Ashley-Lawrence Richard Hughes Brian Aucone Paul Jasinowski Gabby Bailado and Ali Kelley Ally Bailey & Matt McConville Julie Ann Jensen Cathy Bauchwood Katherine Jeter Mr & Mrs. Fred Bender Candice Johnson Carolyn Benoit Stephen and Wendy Nancy Berenato Kaeuper Bill Bettag Ann Kerns Barry and Karyn Brandt Sue and Roger Kilgore Alex Brown Dolores Kopel Sue Bruner and Gordon Phillip and Constance Pedersen Lanphier Grant Butterfield Andrew Lefkowits Jennifer Calderone Kendra Lollar Inga Calvin Mary Jo Lorenz Barbara Cavender Pat and Kate Maley Mavis Clarke John Martin Carmelita Clayton Gary and Carolyn Martyn Todd Cooper Bonnie Merenstein Patty Cordova Harriet Mullaney Alicia Cronquist and Greg Mary Mullarkey Keefe and Thomas Korson Jennifer Darrow Buffy and Vernon Naake Rena Deulberg Chuck E Nelson Martha A Devine Joyce and Larry Nielsen Casey Dinger Nicholas and Teresa Nossaman Mark Dowling
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Ladybug is a 3-year-old blue and brown brindle pit bull. She is a sweet and loving dog who is shy when she first meets someone new and then warms up quickly. Ladybug is a fun and active dog. She loves to play catch and go outside regularly. Her ID# is A0839012. You can learn more about her and other furry friends who are available for adoption at ddfl.org. Also, check out info about this year’s annual Furry Scurry. The event is virtual this year, which means you can walk, run or scurry in a way that is convenient and safe for you while helping homeless pets and horses at the Denver Dumb Friends League. Register at furryscurry.org.
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The Roots Of Comfort and Health Begin With Oral Care By Margot K. Vahrenwald, DVM, CVJ
Stage 3 – Without treatment by cleaning, periodontal disease continues to progress and this stage is characterized by 25-50 Based on common questions from clipercent bone loss that can only be seen ents, there is a spectrum of knowledge on dental X-rays. But gums become more about pet oral health care and just what inflamed and loss of periodontal bone can your pet needs in terms of home care and allow pockets of infection to develop and professional veterinary care. tartar to invade below the gumline. The development of pet dental disease Stage 4 – Unchecked by dental care, this is the most common clinical problem we final and severe stage has greater than 50 see because all pets eat, and that leads to percent bone loss that show painful, inthe development and progression of dental fected and loose teeth. This degree of peridisease over time. Unchecked and unadodontal disease means also dressed dental and periodonthat bacteria from the mouth tal disease can have a huge easily enter the bloodstream impact on a pet’s quality of Flip the lip to and cause systemic infection life and shorten their lifespan. along with damage to organs see what’s going Starting as puppies and kitsuch as the kidneys and/or on in there. tens, all pets should be acclivalves of the heart. mated to their mouth being There’s a reason that huhandled (some cats may disman dentists recommend agree) as well as brushing their teeth with brushing teeth a minimum of twice daily a pet-approved toothpaste. We pay close atand flossing along with regular dental hytention to the deciduous or baby teeth as, giene cleanings every six to 12 months. But particularly in dogs, breed and bite (how pets cannot brush their own teeth. the teeth mesh together) can have impact Thankfully, we don’t have to help them on the adult teeth and patient’s oral health floss, but daily brushing of the cheek-side over time. Retained baby canine teeth do of the teeth really can help to maintain not not allow the gums to adhere properly to only dental health but widen the interval the adult teeth, which can promote early between veterinary dental assessments and periodontal disease. cleanings under anesthesia. Non-anesthetic dental cleanings are not recommended, There are four stages of periodontal disas their results are cosmetic and of short ease: duration – not to mention that dental XStage 1 – This early stage shows as a tellrays cannot be taken on awake animals. tale thin line of red inflammation at the Flip the lip to see what’s going on in there junction of gum and tooth. This is caused — especially the caudal teeth that are deep by inflammation of the gums in reaction in the mouth — and get to brushing. Your to the presence of developing tartar and veterinarian can answer any and all quesbacteria. A professional veterinary dental tions about the benefits of professional vetassessment and cleaning followed by home erinary dental assessments and cleanings care makes this stage very reversible. — along with any worries you might have Stage 2 – As progressive tartar accrues, about anesthesia. the gums and periodontal tissues become more inflamed and mild bone loss (less Dr. Margot Vahrenwald than 25 percent, visible only with dental is the owner of Park Hill X-rays) begins. Gums may be more swolVeterinary Medical Center len and mild bad breath can be noticed as at 2255 Oneida St. For this stage. A professional veterinary dental more information, visit assessment and cleaning followed by home parkhillvet.com care makes this stage reversible. For the GPHN
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This map shows the 10 district boundaries of GPHC, Inc. Six at-large representatives also serve on the board of the Registered Neighborhood Organization.
GPHC, Inc: Who We Are, What We Do, Our Mission
The Mission and The Officers of Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. The Greater Park Hill Community, Inc., is a volunteer-based registered neighborhood organization that promotes the character and vibrancy of Park Hill, provides resources, information and advocacy, and preserves quality of life and the history of the neighborhood through community participation. The Greater Park Hill Community board is comprised of volunteer at-large representatives, as well as 10 district representatives. If you are interested in volunteering or serving on a committee, contact current GPHC Board Chair Tracey MacDermott at email@example.com for details. The following are current board members, and their best contacts. Many representatives prefer to be contacted through the main office – at 303-388-0918 or info@ greaterparkhill.org. If you have an issue you’d like to discuss about the neighborhood, contact your board representative. For those board members who don’t have a phone or email contact in the list at right, leave a message at the main number and it will be forwarded to your elected representative by GPHC Executive Director Lana Cordes. The GPHC office is at 2823 Fairfax St.
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greaterparkhill.org/faith Greater Park Hill’s faith community, home to over 30 places of worship in just four square miles, is as diverse and robust as the neighborhood itself. The GPHN maintains a list of Park Hill’s places of worship at the website above. Contact individual places of worship for information about their current state of operations.
Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. 2823 Fairfax St., greaterparkhill.org, 303-388-0918 The GPHC neighborhood association community meetings are currently conducted virtually on the first Thursday of the month, except for December and July. The next meeting is Thursday, March. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Link to attend
at greaterparkhill.org/join-us/community-meetings/. Check greaterparkhill. org for information and details to participate. The April meeting is Thursday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Libraries denverlibrary.org See the “At the Library” feature in this month’s issue for updates and resources offered by the Park Hill, Pauline Robinson and Sam Gary branch libraries.
Northeast Park Hill Coalition The Northeast Park Hill Coalition hosts its monthly meeting the second Thursdays of the month. Check its Facebook page @ Northeast Park Hill Coalition for updates.
Park Hill Community Bookstore Established in 1971. Denver’s oldest nonprofit bookstore. Used and new books. 6420 E. 23rd Avenue. 303-3558508. Members and volunteers get discounts and book credits. The bookstore is open; check parkhillbookstore.org for current hours.
Park Hill Peloton A recreational group of road cyclists that roll from Park Hill once or twice a week. Check the current status of their rides on the Park Hill Peloton Facebook page.
Sie Filmcenter 2510 E. Colfax, denverfilm.org, 303595-3456. Check the website for updates and information about its Virtual Cinema.
Walk2Connect www.walk2connect.com Park Hill Sunrise Walking Trips and the Northeast Park Hill Bilingual Walk have been suspended until further notice.
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