GPHN November 2021

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All the News About Denver’s Best Residential Community Since 1960 • Volume 60, Issue No. 11 • November 2021

Surrounded By Angels

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For 18 years Terita Walker has been a teacher, a school counselor, assistant principal, athletic director and athletic coach. At East High School, she has chaired the counseling department. As assistant principal, Greater Park Hill News: she has led the science, visual What are you most excited and performing arts, physiabout as principal? cal education and English Young people Terita Walker: Continudepartments. are brilliant ing to learn all there is to In April, Walker was and have so know about our school named principal of the largand its rich hismuch to say. community est and oldest high school in tory and then adding to it. It the Denver Public Schools seems that every day, I meet system. Walker takes over someone new that attended the position overseeing the East, a fun fact about the school, an education of nearly 2,700 students achievement a student or staff memfrom John Youngquist. ber is making or has made. Every day “As the principal of East High I learn more and more why East is such East High Principal Terita Walker. The school, just south of School, I look to build on our successes an amazing and magical place. City Park at Colfax and York Street, is the destination of and strengthen our areas of growth by fostering effective relationships with continued on page 6 many Park Hill students. Photo by Reid Neureiter

Blazing Trails: Troop 62 Marks 100 Years Of Scouting


our students, parents, staff and community, being responsive to the needs of students and valuing our school’s diversity,” Walker says. In a Greater Park Hill News exclusive, Walker discusses the challenges and possibilities, and her enthusiasm about being the new head Angel.


By Reid Neureiter

Time To Talk Turkey: GPHC Readies For A Big Thanksgiving


East High’s New Principal Terita Walker: ‘Every Day I Learn More And More Why [This School] Is Such An Amazing And Magical Place.’

The Readers Speak: Do Not Be A Parking Scofflaw

This Bird Has A Special Place In Her Heart, And Her Gut Wonderbound Dance Troupe Pirouettes Into Park Hill

Upcoming GPHC Meetings Community meetings are conducted virtually on the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting is Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. There is no meeting in December. Link to attend at join-us/community-meetings/

Park Hill Character

Going The Distance

J. Carlton Babbs Winner Pastor Nathan Adams: “It Was As Simple As, ‘We Are A Church, We Have A Parking Lot, And This Is What We Need.’ Story and photos by Cara DeGette Editor, GPHN

to other services. “Pastor Nathan has demonstrated the true essence of what the award is intended for,” says Heather Shockey, the treasurer of GPHC, herself a past Babbs recipient.

Pastor Nathan Adams runs marathons. He is a classically trained trombonist. He collects nativity scenes, which he Standing straight, facing the storm displays in his office, along with hand-drawn cards of love from several young members of his congregation. A footThe award was presented during the Oct. 6 annual Regball (and basketball and baseball, whatever-the-season) fan, istered Neighborhood Organization meeting, via Zoom. he gets a kick out of the sports column “Kickin’ it with Kiz,” LeAnn Anderson, a former chair of GPHC and last year’s in the Denver Post. recipient of the award, highlighted the history of the The mission of the church he leads, church, leading up to Adams’s leaderPark Hill United Methodist Church, is ship this year. this: “Because Christ calls us to love all We inherited this great PHUMC started in 1911 as a tent tabpeople, we live our faith through dis- history and this great legacy, ernacle at the corner of 23rd and Glencipleship, diversity, acceptance, social coe. The church, as it currently stands, and part of our story has got opened its doors 100 years ago, in 1921. justice and mission.” In October, Pastor Nathan, 37, was Dr. J. Carlton Babbs was pastor of the to be asking the question, named this year’s recipient of the J. Carlchurch from 1955 until his death in ‘so what is the chapter ton Babbs award. The honor is presented 1978. yearly by Greater Park Hill Community, Babbs was also a founding member of we’re writing? How are we Inc. (GPHC) to someone who has made a the Park Hill Action Committee, and a contributing to our legacy?’ ” leader significant contribution to the neighborin the battle against blockbusting hood. In many ways the award has come in Park Hill — a practice in which real home. Pastor Nathan — as he is called — is the first leader estate agents try to scare homeowners to sell their houses at from the church to receive the award, which is named for low prices by convincing them that racial minorities would the minister who preceded him decades ago. move in and lower their property values. In the Civil Rights Earlier this year, under Pastor Nathan’s leadership, the era Greater Park Hill was considered a national model in church opened its heart, and its parking lot, to a group of neighborhood integration. (The Action Committee later 40 unhoused people. The plan immediately became a target became Greater Park Hill Community Inc.) for controversy (and lawsuits). Eight months later, the Safe One Sunday in May, 1956, all of the ministers in the comOutdoor Space, which is run by the organization Colorado munity preached sermons on the need to eliminate all the Village Collaborative, is up and running, with two months barriers to church membership and housing on the basis remaining until its lease expires. Though one lawsuit reof race, sex, or national origin. mains active, much of the neighborhood ultimately rallied When Babbs’ died, clergymen and women representing around the program that provides people trying to get on many places of worship in the neighborhood decided that a their feet with sturdy tents in a safe space with electricity, community service award in his memory would be a fitting meals, bathroom and garbage facilities, showers and access tribute to one of Park Hill’s outstanding leaders. Since then,

Pastor Nathan Adams in front of the Park Hill United Methodist Church, at Montview Boulevard and Glencoe Street.

the Babbs Award has been awarded to people who continue to work for the betterment of all. In her remarks, Anderson said Pastor Nathan’s work “exemplifies the spirit of Dr. Babbs and our neighborhood’s long history of fighting for social justice.” “[Pastor Nathan] led on a controversial issue and stood with his back straight and in truth and conviction,” she said. “He faced the storm unwavered and continued to carry on their message without hesitation to simply be part of a solution and offer a hand up.” Anderson held up the Safe Outdoor Space initiative — continued on page 9

Letters to the Editor Cut Through The Confusion

To the Editor: You explain in last month’s front page article that Ordinance 302 on the Nov. 2 ballot may have been designed to purposely confuse voters. But then on page 11 (“The Crowded Ballot”), you miss an opportunity to cut through the 301-302 confusion for readers. For Ordinance 301, you could have simply said, “A yes vote will preserve the golf course at least until a citywide vote to be held at a later date.” And for Ordinance 302 you could have said, “A no vote will prevent development of the golf course.” Maybe you’ll have another chance if the November issue comes out before the election. I think it would help pass Ordinance 301 and defeat Ordinance 302. Thanks for all your efforts. Steve Krauss, Hilltop

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Police Have A Duty

In the October edition was an opinion presented by Penfield Tate regarding the deaths of Elijah McClain and others at the hands of police. Though I do not condone police excessive force or disagree with Mr. Tate that police reforms are necessary, I do take major exception to one of his statements in particular. In his opinion piece Mr. Tate, speaking about Elijah McClain’s confrontation with police, said “Understandably because you’ve done nothing wrong, you resist….” That statement is beyond irresponsible, it is reckless. Police have a duty to check out suspicious circumstances. Truly innocent people still should be cooperative, and doing so results in the matter being resolved peacefully. Cooperation leads to police sorting out the situation. Innocence does not justify physical resistance to police actions. Such resistance is a criminal offense in itself, so police then must address that offense. In the vast majority of cases, regardless of the race of the subject of police attention, it is physical resistance that results in a bad outcome. By Mr. Tate saying it is understandable for an innocent person to physically resist police he is excusing, thereby encouraging, such unlawful behavior. Without that unlawful behavior most of the police contacts that ended tragically would never have been an issue at all. Police misconduct clearly must be addressed. Additionally, rather than excusing resisting police, Mr. Tate might be more effective in reducing tragic outcomes by also discouraging resistance and educating society that cooperation likely will resolve the contact virtually as a non-event. Larry Bailey, Park Hill

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Don’t Be A Scofflaw Parking in the neighborhood has become a bit troublesome. Below are the City and County of Denver’s “common non-posted parking laws,” including a general description of the ordinances and why they are important. It would be great if this could be included in the paper in an upcoming issue. It has helped some of the neighbors to be aware of these laws, but not everyone is compliant. 1. Move your vehicle at least 100 feet after your time restriction ends: Encourages parking turnover and access to businesses. 2. Move your vehicle at least 100 feet every three days while parked on the street: Prevents storage of vehicles on public streets and increases parking availability. 3. Park your vehicle within 18 inches of the curb: Creates a consistent parking pattern and allows emergency access. 4. Do not park on the sidewalk or the sidewalk area: Maintains pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety. 5. Allow for 5 feet or more when parking near driveways or alleys: Provides for pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety and emergency vehicle access. 6. Allow for 10 feet or more when parking near a fire hydrant; 20 feet or more when parking near a crosswalk or stop sign: Allows for emergency vehicle access and sight distance. 7. Do not park in alleys; do not block movement of traffic through alleys: Allows for delivery of services and emergency vehicle access. 8. Do not park a truck more than 22 feet in length or a trailer not attached to a licensed vehicle for more than 2 hours on a public street: Prevents storage of large vehicles on public streets for long periods of time. 9. Do not park a RV more than 22 feet in length, a truck and attached camper with combined length of more than 22 feet, or an auto/boat trailer attached to a licensed vehicle for more than 24 hours on street: Prevents storage of large vehicles on public streets for long periods of time. Veronica D’Annibale, Park Hill We love your letters, and give preference to those that address an issue that has been covered in the newspaper, or a topic that is Park Hill or Denver-specific. Send letters to, and include your full name, and the neighborhood in which you live. Deadlines are the 15th of each month, for the following month’s issue.

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Black-capped Chickadees don’t just have a cute name. With little black caps on top of their oversized round heads and exhibiting curiosity about everything, including humans, they are almost universally considered adorable. They are one of the easiest birds to attract to backyard feeders. And here’s a cool fact: The chickadees often hide seeds and other food items to eat later. Each item is placed in a different spot, and they can remember thousands of hiding places. This little guy was photographed in Park Hill by Mark Silverstein.

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SnowDusted Peaks

Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks Wilderness reflects a dusting of snow on the towering peaks on Oct. 11. The Indian Peaks Wilderness is along the Continental Divide between Boulder County to the east and Grand County to the west, and features phenomenal hiking. As the temperatures in the High Country drop and winter moves in, one can still enjoy a brisk hike outdoor, but it is important to be prepared for the conditions. Traction devices for the feet are essential, especially in forested trails where packed-down snow becomes icy. Photo by Reid Neureiter

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Earth In Crisis | opinion

The Magic Number Leaders Scramble To Limit Global Warming To 1.5 ̊ Celsius By Tracey MacDermott

to reductions in climate warming pollution while penalizing those who don’t make the Board Member At-Large, GPHC, Inc. change. This bill is crucial to have in place This month, leaders from around the as the United States participates in the globe are meeting in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26 conference — otherwise the U.S. the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) arrives with no climate package and is one with the goal of strengthening the Paris of the largest contributors to the problem. Climate Agreement. The inability to pass the bill with the cliLimiting global warming mate package intact comproto 1.5 degrees Celsius repremises our ability to negotiate sents the magic number to for a global solution. avoid catastrophic outcomes. While many are working It seems that We are already at 1.2 degrees towards cutting fossil fuel lawmakers should use, the petrochemical inwarmer, and as the globe fight for the futures dustry figured out a way to heats up, the window is closing. Six years ago, the conkeep you addicted to their of the states they ference produced the most product. The industry has ambitious agreement the represent. Obviously turned its focus to the proworld had seen — the Paris duction of plastics, most of some are not. Agreement. It was adopted which are made from oil and by 196 countries. This month gas. This will allow compathe leaders will discuss the nies to continue to utilize progress, and lack of progress, on its goals. their oil reserves for company profit. Meanwhile, at the time of this writing, The year 2050 is when many are calling two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin, for zero emissions to be reached. Yet the from West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema, World Economic Forum predicts that plasfrom Arizona, are threatening a no vote tic production will double in the next 20 on President Joe Biden’s reconciliation years. Currently only 9 percent of all plasbill, putting it at risk. Many environmentic waste produced is recycled. The rest is tal experts consider the plan key for urgent either incinerated or sent to landfills, scatclimate action. tered across the landscape and dumped in Last summer’s fires, extreme heat, oceans. Doubling down on production is drought, and floods is merely a foreshadgame over for our planet. owing of what is to come if we allow our Right now, it is time to pick up the phone climate to continue barreling down this and call lawmakers. Tell those who are oprunaway track. Even while his own state posing the legislation that is designed to was flooding, Manchin continued to block address our climate crisis how critical it climate legislation. The New York Times has is they get on board. Assure those in favor reported that West Virginia is more exthat you have their backs. posed to worsening floods than anywhere It is time for all of us to clean up our own in the nation. While some are considering houses by making the switch to renewables moving from the state, Manchin collects on and demanding a livable future. Ask comhis own coal industry investments. panies who make products you use to stop Sinema, a former member of the Green packaging in plastic — or tell them you will Party, has been demanding that Democrats stop using their products. Reduce your own cut funding that would help poor commuconsumption and call for a more equitable nities to adapt to climate change. These and just world. We don’t have time to wait. very communities have done the least to Tracey MacDermott is cause the crisis, are now at the greatest risk an at-large member of from climate disasters. Arizona is currently the board of Greater Park considered under a mega-drought. Parts of Hill Community, Inc., and Lake Powell, which provides power generaimmediate past chair. She tion and water to California, Nevada and was trained as a Climate Arizona, are at the lowest levels since 1969. Reality Leader in 2017, and It seems that lawmakers should fight for is currently the Statewide the futures of the states they represent. ObCo-Chair of the Climate viously some are not. Reality Project for the 100% A major portion of the reconciliation Committed Campaign. bill would reward electric utilities switching from fossil fuels to renewables, leading The Greater Park Hill News

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RAW POLITICS | opinion

Words Of Warning What Is Happening In Congress Is Frightening By Penfield Tate For the GPHN

is even more distressing, and an unmistakable component of the Big Lie, is the height of “gaslighting.”

Stand ready. Soon and very soon, there The courage to speak is a chance your vote won’t count. Not because you didn’t cast it and not because you Proponents of the Big Lie would have you didn’t express your preference — but bebelieve that what you saw on TV on Jan. 6, cause someone else decided that it should for hours and hours, didn’t really happen. be prevented, ignored or thrown out. It was a figment of your imagination. They Ever since losing the last election, the forwould have you believe that the criminals mer president of the United States (hereafscaling the walls of the U.S. Capitol, breakter “FP”) has embarked upon the perpetuing through windows, assaulting security ation of what has been called the Big Lie. In officers, and rifling through the offices and this Big Lie, FP proclaims that he was the desks of members of Congress were not riwinner of the 2020 election and that ramoters, but peaceful demonstrators. pant criminality and corruption caused Multiple accounts make clear, that the FP him to be declared the loser. A word he so not only incited the riot, but perpetuated it very much hates. with tweets and other social media broadWhy is this the Big Lie? First, because casts as the riot was occurring. the essence of a lie is saying something you We have reached a sad point in our hisknow to be untrue. Second, because not a tory where those who insist on telling the single fact supports the contention. And truth are vilified, punished, and ostracized third, because the purpose behind the Big for simply being honest. Ousted from her Lie is no less than to undermine our deleadership position earlier this year by felmocracy and attempt to steal the next eleclow Republicans, Rep. Liz Cheney is sometion before it starts. one with whom I seldom agree, Lawsuit after lawsuit albut I must give her credit for leging election fraud and honesty and forthrightness. mismanagement, have In a recent television interThey intend to steal been thrown out by judges view, Cheney said that many the next election as quickly as they are filed. Republicans privately agree In Arizona the Republican with her and have encouraged before it has even Party orchestrated an inher to continue speaking out taken place. vestigation and “audit” of against FP and the lunacy. Her the election systems and disclosure starkly revealed the results. The audit simply problem facing this country. confirmed what we all Members of our government knew a year and a half ago: Joe Biden won know the Big Lie is being spread, and is a Arizona and was lawfully and properly clear and present threat to democracy — elected the President of the United States but they do not have the courage to speak of America. out publicly for fear of political reprisal. However, when you commit to the Big As Congresswoman Cheney so aptly put Lie, facts no longer matter. You need a it during her interview “Silence enables the megaphone, a podium, and news media liar. And silence helps it to spread. So, the prepared to help amplify and push the Big first thing you must do is say, ‘No. I’m not Lie. To be really successful, however, you going to accept that we’re going to live in a need one other thing: cowardice in the post-truth world.’” highest governing body in the country.

This is not an accident What is happening in the U.S. Congress is a frightening embarrassment. One after one, Republican members are walking in front of a microphone or appearing before a rabid crowd of followers and telling them that the 2020 presidential election (though somehow, not their own election) was stolen. In truth, their tirades are designed to do exactly what they are forecasting. They intend to steal the next election before it has even taken place. It is not accidental. It is not coincidental. It is not happenstance. This is an orchestrated and planned assault on democracy. As I pointed out in an April column, Republican state legislators have this year introduced more than 250 bills in 43 states to restrict the right to vote. Their purpose — in addition to racism — is clear. If they cannot win votes with their positions and policies, they will try to stop people from voting at all. And, most importantly, they will use the Big Lie in the name of election integrity to justify stealing votes before they can be cast. The riot at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was not the end, it was the beginning phase of making the Big Lie a reality. We’ve seen how far FP and his supporters will go to try to overthrow our duly elected government. What

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We cannot afford to stand by silently, we must call out the Big Lie. But in addition, we must do more than calling out. We must act. Perhaps in a display that the universe is returning to balance, four Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach FP over the Jan. 6 insurrection are showing signs of success. Rep. Cheney, and three other members of Congress who voted to impeach, have all outraised their FP-endorsed opponents. Similarly, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to impeach, has raised more than twice that of her primary opponent. Doing the right thing in support of democracy is still valued. Do your part, vote and if you can, send your favorite candidate a check to let them know you are paying attention. Happy Autumn.

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Penfield W. Tate III is an attorney in Denver. He represented Park Hill in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1997 to 2000, and in the State Senate from 2001 to February 2003. He lives in Park Hill.

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With her daughter Chloe. Photo by Bernice Alvarez-King of Bernice Photography East High Principal Terita Walker, with students. Photo by Reid Neureiter

Angels, continued from page 1 GPHN: What are the biggest challenges ahead? TW: East is so full in a number of ways. It is full of opportunities to learn and grow. It is full of experiences to engage in because our students are so deeply involved in a number of arts, activities, athletics and academic events. We are just so full, it can be challenging to get to all of the things and support all of the amazing things happening. It is also challenging to keep from taking things personally when it comes to East High School and some people’s thoughts and perceptions of what happens here. East High School is where I grew up professionally, it’s where my friends are, it’s where I spend some of my Friday and Saturday nights, it’s one of my most relevant identity markers. So, like many who have a connection to our school community, it feels personal if someone speaks ill of our school and is unaware of the amazing work that is done. And while it is an honor to be held at an extremely high standard, it’s challenging and sometimes feels like you can’t be completely human.

rate with our counseling, dean and mental health teams to provide academic and social emotional support to students that need it. We’ve also learned where we need to make improvements in our communication strategies. We’ve also learned how much more important it is for us to protect and support our school community’s mental health. Our nation has been affected tremendously and so have our students and staff. We have implemented various ways to support mental health and look to keep adding to these supports.

GPHN: What steps has East taken to ease the process of getting back to live, inperson schooling, and what lessons have school administrators learned while dealing with the pandemic? TW: East continues to walk down the path of adjusting and healing from all that the pandemic has created and taught us. The pandemic has shown us where we are strong and definitely exposed us to some gaps in our systems and structures. We have recognized the need for very intentional actions and support systems toward supporting students who need to recover credit from the learning loss experienced during our time online. So, we have dedicated staff members … who have expertise in restorative practice, credit recovery, tutoring, etc. This team continues to collabo-

GPHN: In the announcement of your appointment, it was mentioned that you believe strongly in “the student voice.” What does that mean exactly? TW: I do believe strongly in student voice. It is a quote from best-selling author Adam Fletcher that best defines why this is so important to me: “It is not enough to simply listen to student voices. Educators have an ethical imperative to do something with students, and that is why meaningful student involvement is vital to school improvement.” Young people are brilliant and have so much to say. While it is important for me to listen to their questions, opinions and concerns, it is even more important for me to engage with them in a way that encourages them to become change agents. We will continue to be a

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GPHN: One of the strengths of East has always been its excellent and loyal faculty. Has the pandemic resulted in the loss through retirement of many teachers? TW: First and foremost, thank you for recognizing our excellent and loyal faculty and staff! We are grateful for them and can’t thank them enough for their commitment. Our staff is still going strong, with very few retirements and departures. These are difficult times for educators, so we do what we can to keep this in mind as we make every decision.

community that strives to do what’s right, and not what’s easy. I keep my door, ears and eyes open to our students and will keep creating opportunities to hear the interests and needs of our students. Some of the most significant shifts in our systems and course offerings have come from students using their voices to inspire change. At East, we will continue to see student voice as a mechanism for personal development to help build our Angels’ confidence and prepare them to take their place in society. GPHN: You were involved in the Black Excellence Plan at East. Can you explain the initiative? TW: This is our school-wide action plan in response to the DPS Black Excellence Resolution that officially embraces the excellence of Black and African-American students and prioritizes and targets their academic achievement. The school board recognizes that disparities between the achievement of white students and that of Black and African-American students persist in our schools. After spending a year with a small group of amazing East teacher leaders and equity champions, we have identified root causes of some of our inequitable practices and created action steps. This initiative will continue over the next few years as we look to strengthen our equitable grading practices, enhance and broaden our ethnic and cultural studies course offerings supported by our new Ethnic Studies Team, work to provide rigorous learning opportunities while prioritizing Black student success and extending our reach to be inclusive to our families and external community members. Implementation is in its early stages, but we are excited about the work already in progress. GPHN: You have taken over officially as principal this school year, but your predecessor, John Youngquist, is still in the building, assisting with the transition. What role is he playing as you begin your career as principal? TW: Whew!! Gives me chills just to read that first sentence, but it fills me with joy and pride to have officially taken over as principal of THE EAST HIGH SCHOOL. I stand on the shoulders of some of the most amazing leaders Denver Public Schools has ever seen, including John Youngquist. I have learned and benefited tremendously from having “JY,” as we call him, in the building this year. He has nearly 30 years of success as a leader in education and I recognize the opportunity I have by being able to process situations, strategies and my thoughts with him. I have a listener in him as I navigate some of the challenges of being a Black female leader at the flagship school of DPS. My experiences as a school leader and the leader of East will look different from his at times. But JY’s support and that of so many amazing school community supporters keeps me literally surrounded by Angels! JY’s presence is meant to give me a sense of direction and not to be a roadmap. GPHN: Tell us a little about your per-

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sonal background. TW: I am the middle daughter of three to Terry and Gayle Walker, retired manager of information systems for the Circuit Court of Cook County and retired Chicago public school food services staff member. My partner Daniel is a security specialist in Chicago. My daughter and best friend, Chloe, is a 12 year old 7th grader who plays volleyball, loves pets and can’t wait to become an East Angel! GPHN: What are your final thoughts? TW: My leadership purpose is to foster a community for our students that instills a passion for learning, inspires creativity, encourages collaboration, expects and rewards critical thinking and accepts responsibility for social justice. It is such an honor to be the principal of East High School and I intend to lead with the type of integrity and empathy that cultivates an inclusive, caring and culturally responsive school community. I have learned that a successful school leader leads its school to become an effective incubator of learning, a place where students are not only educated but challenged, nurtured and encouraged.

Former East High School Principal John Youngquist and current Principal Terita Walker during a football game on Sept. 17. Photo by Reid Neureiter

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News Briefs

Compiled by Cara DeGette, Editor, GPHN

2022 Audit Plan To Target Homeless Response, Affordable Housing

The Denver Auditor plans to tackle the city’s response to homeless encampments, residential permitting and affordable housing in 2022. Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien released his 2022 Audit Plan in mid-October. “While a variety of factors impact which audits we add to the plan, this year’s list is exceptionally responsive to community input,” said O’Brien in a statement. “Our residents are letting us know what’s most important to them, and I applaud the widespread interest in our city’s key issues.” According to a news release from the auditor, many members of the community, city leaders, members of City Council and others have all shared concerns over the past year about how the city is managing its response to encampments of people experiencing homelessness. Other key audits in O’Brien’s 2022 Audit Plan include: • How the Department of Housing Stability uses its funding to effectively and efficiently manage affordable housing projects. • Mental health services in Denver’s jails and a possible assessment of continued support following release from the jail system. • The city’s permitting process for residential dwellings. • Airport construction. • Continued assessments of contract compliance, cybersecurity, and construction projects. The auditor, elected by the people of Denver, is required by the city charter to publish an Audit Plan for the year ahead. The Audit Plan is flexible — allowing for change and

for audits that may carry over from year to year, such as our planned audit of diversity, equity, and inclusion in city agencies. Once completed, the audits are released to the public. The independent audit function serves as an essential measure for accountability, good government, and transparency. The complete list of planned audits for 2022 can be read at this link: DenverAudit

City’s Parks & Rec Bosses Get Big Raises Amid Critical Audit

A Denver Channel 4 News exclusive determined that two top managers in Denver’s Parks and Recreation department have received nearly $40,000 pay increases and been given an employee classification status that would make it much more difficult to remove them from office. Deputy Parks Director Scott Gilmore and Deputy Recreation Director John Martinez, both political appointees of Mayor Michael Hancock, were reclassified in September as career service employees, according to the Oct. 16 CBS4 report by Brian Maass. That means whoever is elected mayor after Hancock is term-limited from office in 2023 would have a harder time removing either director, if he or she wanted to do so. In their new positions, both Gilmore’s and Martinez’s salaries rose from $139,000 to $170,000 per year. The two work directly under Parks and Recreation Director Happy Haynes, who is also a Hancock appointee. Denver City Councilmember Amanda Sawyer was critical of the move, describing it in the CBS4 report as “shady… favoritism… (and) cronyism.” “That’s what it looks like and that’s what people see,” she said. Gilmore is married to City Council President Stacie Gilmore. In recent months he

has been in the spotlight for his role in coordinating the controversial land swap for a public park in the private development project Park Hill Commons at 29th and Fairfax. Gilmore Construction, which is owned by Gilmore’s brother, was hired to build the park. Five days after the CBS4 story aired, city Auditor Tim O’Brien released an audit of Denver’s parks system, in which he determined “Denver isn’t doing enough to keep its parks clean and safe, even as it buys new parkland using voter-approved tax dollars.” In addition, “the Department of Parks and Recreation also isn’t sufficiently letting the public know when the city uses the designated tax dollars,” he reported. “When the public sees graffiti, human waste, drug paraphernalia, and unsafe conditions at parks, it’s reasonable for them to wonder where those tax dollars they approved went,” O’Brien said in a news release. “The city has millions to spend but a lot of work to do before the parks are in the condition expected by anyone who cares about our city.”

commitment to Denver’s African American community. The Hall of Fame honor is bestowed upon a Coloradan who has been the first African American to accomplish a professional goal or have been a pioneer in their field while actively supporting the African American community. Nominees and award recipients will be notified in early February. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. For more information about the awards, questions about the criteria or assistance with the nomination form, please email jgcsa@

Library Seeks Nominations For Black Leaders In Denver And Colorado

The Denver Public Library is accepting nominations for its annual Juanita Gray Community Service Awards and the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame. The awards are for African American men, women and youth who are setting exemplary examples of leadership and civic engagement in Denver and Colorado. Award recipients are selected by a committee of library commissioners, community members, past awardees, and library staff. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and may be submitted at tinyurl. com/DPLNominate. The community service award is named after former library staffer Juanita Ross Gray, who helped found the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame and who had a strong

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Time To Talk Turkey We’re Expecting Another Big Thanksgiving By Lana Cordes

thanksgiving for information on exactly what we need donated. The information is Executive Director, GPHC, Inc. being regularly updated. If you are interThank you to the more than 70 engaged ested in receiving a free Thanksgiving food neighbors who attended Greater Park Hill box, give us a ring at 303-388-0918. Community, Inc.’s Annual MeetImmediately following Thanksing in October, and also to all of the giving, we jump right into our Colcandidates who ran in the election orado Gives Day campaign. Mark to be on the board overseeing the your calendar for Tuesday, Dec. 7 so Registered Neighborhood Organiyou can participate in this annual zation. For details on the outcome statewide movement to celebrate of the election see page 10. and increase philanthropy. We’ll be November brings our ninth letting you know how to contribute! annual Thanksgiving Giveaway GPHC’s operations are supof meal boxes containing all the Lana Cordes ported heavily by volunteers and Thanksgiving essentials for our almost entirely by donors. In 2021, neighbors. Last year we distributed I’m sharing a quote each month to 380 boxes, providing meals to 1,316 indiexpress our gratitude for our donors and viduals. Our phones have been ringing off volunteers: the hook this year with folks registering, so “As we express our gratitude, we must we are expecting another big year. never forget that the highest appreciation is If you are interested in helping, please not to utter words, but to live by them.” – visit John F. Kennedy


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The Board of Directors of GPHC, 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 GPHC 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 Shane Sutherland at 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 The GPHC world headquarters is at 2823 Fairfax St. 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 listed, leave a message at the main number and it will be forwarded to your elected representative by GPHC Executive Director Lana Cordes.

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Character, continued from page 1 the idea to host it was hatched not just by the pastor but by other church leaders and members of the congregation — as the essence of putting faith into action.“You have provided a safe place for those experiencing homelessness to have a good night’s rest and meals to eat while they work to regain a permanent residence.” Anderson also highlighted Pastor Nathan’s and the church’s continued work standing against racism, and advocating on behalf of all persons. For example, every Monday since the murder of George Floyd, members of the congregation line up along Montview and ring church bells for eight minutes and 48 seconds, “to remind us all that we need to do our part to stand up against injustice wherever it may occur.” In the past several years the church has also provided sanctuary to two immigrant families who have lived long-term in the church, under the threat of deportation. It has also hosted a women’s homeless initiative, providing shelter to unhoused women.

Targeted by name Pastor Nathan says he expected some neighbors would be upset when learning of the plans for the Safe Outdoor Space, but didn’t expect the vitriol to get so ugly. The announcement was made during the Easter Sunday services in April, to immediate and fierce pushback among some neighbors. Among the complaints: They should have been notified of the plan sooner, that unhoused people who moved in would attract other undesirable people to the wealthy section of the neighborhood around the church; that children nearby would be endangered. And yes, that property values would plummet. Neighbors sued the city of Denver and the church, specifically naming Pastor Nathan. One of the plaintiffs vowed during one Zoom neighborhood meeting to make the church and program miserable every day the camp was in business. Another offered to personally pay to have the authorized campsite relocated somewhere else — anywhere else but near his house. Another neighbor took photos of a couple of pieces of trash on a sidewalk nearby and blamed it on homeless people. The attacks against Pastor Nathan, who is biracial, turned personal. He was accused of hosting the camp for his own political gain. He was criticized for not living in the neighborhood. Critics contacted his bishop and tried to get him fired. Riling the neighborhood into an uproar had certainly not been the goal. Rather, Pastor Nathan said, “it was as simple as, ‘we are a church, we have a parking lot and this is what we need.’ ”

‘What is the chapter we’re writing?’ The controversy, and the vilification of

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a biracial pastor, was shocking to some, particularly longtime Park Hillians who have long prided themselves on the legacy of a tolerant neighborhood. The parallels between the actions of the anti-camp activists and those who opposed integration in the 50s and 60s was not lost on them. “I know Dr. Babbs ticked off people when he preached about desegregation and antiblock busting … and we knew [the Safe Outdoor Space] would be received differently by people,” Adams said. Within a matter of weeks, the neighborhood began to galvanize and support the program. Volunteers sign up to work in shifts at the camp, bring meals daily to share with the 40 residents, and to patrol the blocks near the church to pick up trash — no matter who left it there. “Our willingness to live out our faith makes some people uncomfortable and get mad at us,” he says. But, while they have a duty to address concerns, “we must move forward. We inherited this great history and this great legacy, and part of our story has got to be asking the question, ‘so what is the chapter we’re writing? How are we contributing to our legacy?’ ” “We are all Denverites, and [homelessness] is a challenge for all of us. How do we all contribute to the issues of our society as a city; what are we doing about it?” Adams says he’s honored his name appears on the award, but noted that everyone in the building — from the committee that initially promoted the idea, to the worshippers who lent support, to the church’s partner, Temple Micah — which shares a space in the building — deserve kudos for their work to do their part to address Denver’s homeless crisis this year. “Ultimately it’s all of us,” he said.

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This portrait of Dr. J. Carlton Babbs and his wife Harriett hangs in the foyer in the Park Hill United Methodist Church.

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GPHC Updates

Greater Park Hill Community meetings are currently being held via Zoom. The next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. To join, check out By Lana Cordes Executive Director, GPHC, Inc.

Meeting Agenda

• 6:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction of New Board Members – Tracey MacDermott • 6:40 p.m. Police Update - Heidi Lewis, Community Resource Officer, DPD • 6:45 p.m. Community Update – Lana Cordes, Executive Director • 6:50 p.m. Open floor – community comments and announcements • 7 p.m. Approval of Meeting Minutes – August, September • 7:05 p.m. Board Officer Election (only board members may vote) • 7:15 p.m. Open floor – board issues


Welcome new board members

Welcome to new board members Brenda Morrison representing District 2, Phebe Lassiter representing District 6, and Tracey MacDermott and Leslie Twarogowski, both winning At-large seats. Congratulations also to Kevin Wiegand retaining his seat in District 4, Nam Henderson retaining his seat in District 8, Colette Carey retaining her seat in District 10, and Louis Plachowski retaining his Atlarge seat. See the districts map and the “Who We Are, What We Do” feature for a complete list of board members on page 8.

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Draft Proposal for Expanding Housing Affordability

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A friendly reminder that GPHC. Inc. will not have a community meeting in December. Enjoy the holiday season and we will see you back again Jan. 6.

The City and County of Denver released a draft policy proposal aimed at creating more affordable homes in Denver. You can review the entire proposal and share your comments/questions. Check out this link for more info: tinyurl. com/DenverAffordable Notice of Rezoning Application

Upcoming Programs and Events Garden Walk Calendars

If you are looking for the perfect gift for all the Colorado Front Range gardeners in your life, look no further. The popular Park Hill Garden Walk Calendar is back for 2022. Calendars include stunning images of Park Hill gardens and will also keep your gardening plans right on track with timely tips and reminders. Beginning Nov. 1, you can purchase directly from neighborhood retailers or order online for pick-up at GPHC world headquarters at 2823 Fairfax St. Check out for more.

Notices from the City and County of Denver

Address: 3435 Albion St. Applicant: 3435 Albion, LLC Case No.: #2021I-00111 Proposed Action PUD 539 to E-MX-2X Note: In September the board of Greater Park Hill Community adopted a resolution in support of this rezoning application, which would allow preservation of the Robinson House, which is a historically relevant structure and thought to be the oldest surviving structure in Park Hill. The owner will seek Landmark Designation protection for the Robinson House. Board of Adjustment Initial Notice

Address: 2567 Albion St. Applicant: Jesse Gross Case No.: 97-2021 Hearing: 11/16/2021 at 9:00 AM Subject: ADU with setback violation Thanksgiving Giveaway

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Denver Regulation Update

This project aims to implement Blueprint Denver recommendations via an update to the Denver Zoning Code. This project will not change where in the city ADUs are allowed, but will look at how they are designed, how they fit in with different types of neighborhoods and block patterns, and

We are hard at work planning and prepping for the 2021 Thanksgiving Giveaway. We are still utilizing fewer volunteers this year, but we still need your help. Please see page 8 for details on what, where and how to give or receive a Thanksgiving dinner box. GPHC Food Programs

Our food programs include the Emergency Food Pantry, Weekend Food Program, Free Farm Stand, Thanksgiving Giveaway, and Garden in a Box Giveaway. All of these programs are supported almost entirely from donations from the community. GPHC’s emergency food pantry Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2823 Fairfax St. The food pantry provides a three-day supply of food to neighbors in need. Clients can visit up to nine times per year (not including its Thanksgiving distribution). If you would like to receive food assistance, visit the office during normal business hours. Bring a photo ID and a piece of current mail with your Park Hill address on it for all adults in your household, as well as documentation for children under 18. Donations for fresh, frozen, or non-perishable food can be dropped off at the office (address above) during business hours. Non-perishable items can also be dropped off at the Park Hill Library (4705 Montview Blvd.) and Cake Crumbs (2216 Kearney St.) during their business hours. For more info, check out this link: food-programs/ Our current food pantry needs include:

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In the October issue, the Greater Park Hill News published stories detailing the Park Hill Golf Course land, and descriptions of the local and statewide ballot measures, as well as a questionnaire for candidates running for the DPS school board in Districts 3, 4 and At-Large.

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This year, Denver voters will weigh in on DPS school board races, as well as a whopping 13 city-wide ballot measures and three statewide ballot measures. In many ways, these critical local issues have a far higher impact on citizens’ daily lives than presidential elections — yet turnout is often far lower. The numerous bond issues include a proposed $190 million arena at the National Western Campus northwest of Park Hill, which is being promoted by Mayor Michael Hancock. Several other citizen-initiated measures are on the ballot, ranging from preserving the Park Hill Golf Course land, to homeless camps to raising the tax on cannabis to pay for pandemic research. (see sidebar below for links to related stories). There are four seats up on the DPS Board of Education, which oversees the state’s largest school district. One at-large seat is open, meaning all city voters will weigh in. Districts 2 and 3, which represent different parts of Park Hill, are also up for election. So, depending on where voters live in the neighborhood, you will vote for one of those seats as well.

Ballots were mailed out on Oct. 8, and must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2. It is too late to mail the ballots — completed and signed ballots must be dropped off at official election sites, including in and near Park Hill: Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center at 33rd and Holly Street, the Museum of Nature and Science in City Park, at the Montclair Recreation Center in the Lowry neighborhood, and at East High School. In Colorado, you can register to vote and vote in person up to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Check out to register to vote and update your voter registration.


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Blazing Trails Troop 62 Marks A Century Of Scouting

Hundreds of scouts turned out on Oct. 3 to maneuver an obstacle course, test their prowess in the Rain Gutter Regatta and other games, and share general camaraderie and memories of being a proud member of Troop 62. This year, Boy Scout Troop 62 turns 100 — making it the second oldest troop in Colorado (only one Colorado Springs-based troop has been organized longer). Troop 62 is now chartered with girls’ Troop 262, and Crew 62, which is a high-adventure unit for both boys and girls ages 14-20. The troop meets at the Park Hill Masonic Lodge on Montview Boulevard and Dexter Street, where the Oct. 3 public celebration took place. For the festivities, the scouts built a 20 foot-long pioneering structure. A wall of plaques highlighted the 155 boys who have achieved the highest status a scout can achieve — Eagle Scout — since the troop formed a century ago. There was also a dunk tank, magnetic fishing, an air cannon, pillow fights and plenty of snacks — including a s’mores station. Photos by Cara DeGette Generations of Scouts: From left, Lev Felsen, 8, Oren Felsen, 11 David Bailey, 79, and Micah Felsen, 6. The Felsens are Cub Scouts (Oren is about to become a Tenderfoot). Bailey earned his Eagle Scout badge several years ago.

Alberto Rodriguez, right, district director of the Denver Area Council for Boy Scouts of America, pulls ahead of Troop 62 Committee Chair Achim Klug in a Rain Gutter Regatta race. Gene Jiggitts, an Eagle Scout in his 90s, with Troop 62 Assistant Scoutmaster Scott Slack.

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Troop 62 members spent several hours erecting this ropes and obstacle course structure before the start of the festivities.

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How This Bird Was Born Park Hill Teacher-Turned-Microorganism Farmer Now Brews Kombucha Full Time By Greg Davis

at the Denver Commissary, an industrial commercial kitchen used by food entrepreneurs and others near downtown. She Sara Lemmon and her husband Kyle had no plans for growing a business, but always knew their son was unique. Upon in all the time spent brewing, she realized receiving the news that he was diagnosed the process helped her to focus on her own with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mental health. With this renewed sense the Park Hill couple were not necessarily of purpose, Lemmon, who had previously surprised. However, the pressure of raising considered herself a lifelong teacher, decidthree young children, the youngest having ed to go into brewing kombucha full time. special needs, was overwhelming. This is how 3rd Bird Kombucha was “We received a lot of advice on how to born. The kombucha is now on tap in many proceed, yet none of those paths felt quite local establishments, including Infinite right for our family,” said Lemmon. Faced Monkey Theorem, Rivers & Roads, Curtis with a new set of challenges and through Park Deli, Honey Hill, Trellis Wine Bar, self-exploration and research, she discovand Longtable Brewhouse. During season, ered a fulfilling and otherwise unperceived it is available at City Park Farmer’s Market. pathway forward in life through commerSignificant expansion is proposed and incially brewing kombucha. cludes businesses in River North, EdgewaKombucha has been conter, and Lakewood. One unique sumed for centuries, but it has of the 3rd Bird Kombucha Things are not facet only recently gained in popuis home delivery. Akin to a modlarity in the United States. The always black and ern-day milk delivery service, fermented tea is created when white: there is door-to-door delivery is availa Symbiotic Culture of Bacteable monthly on a subscription always a third basis. Lemmon embraces the ria and Yeast (SCOBY) is introduced into a sugared tea. way to evaluate delivery service as a way to conAs the culture consumes the with her customers directly any situation or nect sugar, it allows for the growth and plans to continue to expand challenge. of beneficial bacteria in the home delivery services beyond tea. Knowing that children the metropolitan area. with ASD often have a distinct What started as a casual interpopulation of gut microbes, Lemmon first est has turned into a full-time endeavor, a explored using kombucha for her son as a lifelong passion, and a way to provide exway to improve the biome of his beneficial posure to the nonprofits providing servicgut bacteria. es to people with ASD. 100 percent of the She wasn’t particularly keen on kombumonthly profits from 3rd Bird Kombucha cha, as her husband had previously brewed are provided to different nonprofits on a it at home, and she thought his was particuquarterly basis. One recent month, profits larly disgusting (kombucha historically has went to REVEL (, which crenot had a reputation of being delicious). ates a community for teens and adults of all Her son wasn’t keen on the commercially abilities – inspiring them to live a life they available kombuchas, with a decided lack are passionate about through new experiof kid-friendly flavors. ences and friendships. Lemmon began brewing her own, and, The name of the drink was derived with after a time, has adopted a new role: mia double meaning. Specifically, the 3rd Bird croorganism farmer. Hers is an ideal backrefers to Lemmon’s third child, for whom ground for brewing. As a science teacher at the idea for brewing kombucha was deMcAuliffe International School, one of her rived. However, Sara Lemmon also thinks first units was on the microbiome. It was of the name in terms that things are not in this unit that she taught of the brain-gut always black and white: there is always a connection and the importance of different third way to evaluate any situation or chalbacterial species in the gut. Almost immelenge that you are confronted with. For the diately, she was able to hone her craft and family, an autism diagnosis and a subsecreate some flavors more to her son’s liking. quent full-time job brewing kombucha Her friends expressed interest in her komwere never expected to be in the cards, but bucha and she found herself selling at the a third way presented itself. Horseshoe Market in Globeville. For more information on 3rd Bird KomSlowly, the business expanded, and Lembucha, visit mon obtained a lease for commercial space For the GPHN

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power and money deciding whether casting a Black man in a blockbuster will cost them their profits. According to the activist and poet, Guante, “White supremacy is not a shark; it is the water.”

My husband and I have been on a 90’s movie kick lately. Recently, after tucking the kids in bed, we decided it would be White comfort fun to rewatch Independence Day for the first time in 20 years. While Will Smith Recently, I was talking with one of my certainly steals the show, it was hard not dear friends, a woman of color, about the to notice that everyone else cast with any need white people have for comfort. She dedecision-making authority at all was overscribed how her personal experience with whelmingly white. As I dug a little deeper, racism and white supremacy is “too much” I was (not-at-all) surprised to find out that for many white people to hear — it makes Smith almost didn’t make the cut himself. them uncomfortable and they turn away. Executives at 21st Century Fox argued that But when I, a white woman, address the having a Black man in that role would “kill same topics, white people are more apt to the foreign box office.” remain engaged. We live in a society where those who My friend likened it to being on the scene have the capital make the decisions on how of an accident; she is the victim of the trau(and in whom) to invest it. While America ma, and her voice is filled with pain. I am was being stolen from Ina bystander, a reporter. I can digenous nations and built talk about the violence, withon the backs of slave labor, out being directly involved. Up until very colonizers were busy estabMy voice, for many, is more recently, I truly lishing what constitutes ascomfortable to hear. sets — and then writing laws White people in this counbelieved that white to limit access. Land became try are largely protected from supremacy was a collateral, something Black racial stress. We benefit from Americans wouldn’t be leterm reserved for the system as it is, and often, gally allowed to own for it is incredibly uncomforthateful, openly hundreds of years, allowing able to discover that where racist, neo-Nazis. only colonizers to establish we benefit, others are actively wealth. In the American harmed. Learning of the privsystem of capitalism, wealth ileges white skin affords us allows those who possess it to dominate the can bring out disbelief and defensiveness, narrative. Even today, the vast majority of and a desire to tune it all out. these owners of capital are white. But our desire for comfort can no longer prevail over the safety of our friends, neighWoven into the fabric bors, and community members of color. We “By ‘white supremacy’ I do not mean to have to be willing to set our comfort aside, allude only to the self-conscious racism of to hear directly from the pained voices of white supremacist hate groups. I refer inthe people impacted by white supremacy. stead to a political, economic and cultural Decentering whiteness system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources, conscious For hundreds of years, white voices have and unconscious ideas of white superiority dominated the American narrative. It is and entitlement are widespread, and relawhite people who have written the laws tions of white dominance and non-white and the history books, who have defined subordination are daily reenacted across a standards of beauty and behavior, whose broad array of institutions and social setvoices are deemed the most palatable. It is tings.” — Frances Lee Ansley past time for this to change. And it can start right here. Up until very recently, I truly believed For the past three years I have conthat white supremacy was a term reserved tributed columns on behalf of Park Hill for hateful, openly racist, neo-Nazis. BeNeighbors for Equity in Education. While cause I benefited from it, it was harder to I have loved this opportunity to both write see that it was something in which I, too, and draw attention to the many inequities was complicit; that it is woven into the fabwithin education and our community, I ric of our nation. also recognize that my voice continues to White supremacy fuels violence and hacenter a white perspective, and so I have tred, yes, but it also sets dress codes, diet decided to step back from writing this colculture, and standards for professionalism. umn. The editor of the Greater Park Hill White supremacy is confederate flags and News, Cara DeGette, recently shared her dangerous rhetoric, yes, but it’s also immigoal of including opportunities for more gration laws, redlining, and who authors diverse authorship within the paper, and the history books. It is extremism and it is my sincere hope that releasing space fascism, yes, but it’s also executives with within the paper will lend support to that cause. I also hope that Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. will consider its own role and power in either perpetuating or dismantling white supremacy in our diverse neighborhood. Thank you for reading along these past three years. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity, and look forward to connecting with our community of readers in our monthly EdEquity Corner meetings. Register to join us in November at You can also find us on our blog at, or at Erin Pier is a mother of three, a Stedman parent, and school psychologist at AUL Denver. She is a member of the Park Hill Neighbors For Equity In Education, which works toward diversity, equity, and inclusion in all schools in the neighborhood. The Greater Park Hill News

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not have in-person programming. Depending on how the pandemic evolves, Wonderbound may produce a new series of tutorials and/or dance films next Spring.

Garrett-Ammon. Photo by Martha Wirth

GPHN: How have you and the artists adjusted to the reality of returning to live performances? GA & DF: During COVID-19, Wonderbound was one of only five dance companies in the country safely producing live shows for live audiences, and for the 202021 season, the organization presented 78 performances for reduced-size audiences. For the 2021-22 season, Wonderbound is presenting all four productions in its home for 90 performances. Due to concerns around the Delta variant, Wonderbound is keeping audiences at reduced capacity. Throughout COVID-19, Wonderbound has kept its dancers and staff on payroll. The organization has not conducted layoffs, furloughs or salary cuts and is very proud to have continued operations during the pandemic.

Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay in 2018. Photo by Amanda Tipton

Magical And Mischievous Q&A With Wonderbound’s Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay By Cara DeGette

by art. It was magical! Wonderbound was able to inhabit the warehouse “as is” and has only had to install elements to hang theatrical equipment such as lighting and soft goods.

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A year ago the professional dance company Wonderbound — formerly known as Ballet Nouveau — moved to an industrial GPHN: What is the story behind the building in northeast Park Hill. Wondername, Wonderbound? When did you bound’s new space, at 38th and Dahlia, change it from Ballet Nouveau, and why? is the the former studio of renowned AfGA & DF: In 2012, with rican American sculptor Ed the assistance of the BonfilsDwight. Stanton Foundation, the The dance company’s Ar- “If I had to distill my decision was made to move tistic Director Garrett Amcreative approach the professional company mon and President Dawn Fay of Ballet Nouveau Colorado say the space is a perfect place to a single phrase, it to downtown Denver and to land. This fall they kicked would be ‘a shared rebrand to Wonderbound. off the 2021—22 season with The name Wonderbound the production Penny’s Dread- journey of discovery was created by Garrett to ful — which was billed as a and possibility.’ ” — express the idea that the art “haunting tale of jealousy, Wonderbound produces is Garrett Ammon murder and sacrifice.” larger than just the medium Upcoming productions of dance. Garrett creates proinclude December’s Winterductions that stretch across a land: A Discotheque Cabaret; the February plethora of mediums including collaboratValentine-inspired Romance, Revenge, Reing with sculptors, poets, photographers, demption; and the season finale Oh Me, Oh actors, painters and even an illusionist. My! running from April 20-May 8. Wonderbound also began using live music Wonderbound’s Artistic Director Garfor all of its productions in 2013, and that rett Ammon and President Dawn Fay, sat has included working with a wide variety of down with the Greater Park Hill News to musicians and musical groups such as the talk about their their move to the neighColorado Symphony, Flabbiest, Gasoline borhood, how they’re adjusting, and what Lollipops, Ian Cooke Band and Chimney surprises might be ahead. Choir to name a few. Although this work Greater Park Hill News: What inspired your move to Park Hill? Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay: In November 2020, Wonderbound was the victim of major vandalism at its previous location [at York and 40th Street, west of Park Hill], which forced the organization’s immediate need to relocate. Upon searching swiftly, 3824 Dahlia St. was where Wonderbound landed — an incredibly fortunate happening out of what was a devastating occurrence. GPHN: Tell us a bit about the history of the new space, which is the former studio of Sculptor Ed Dwight. Did you purchase it directly from Mr. Dwight? Your literature also mentions it used to be an airplane hangar, where the Spirit of St. Louis landed. What changes did you have to make to the art studio to adapt it to a company for dance productions? Did you keep the original design to preserve the feel of its history and the space? GA & DF: Wonderbound did not purchase the building from Ed Dwight, as Mr. Dwight had sold the warehouse space in 2017. From the moment Wonderbound moved in in November 2020, Mr. Dwight’s legacy was felt – as if the walls themselves were inhabited November 2021

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VID-19, Wonderbound greatly looks forward to resuming its collaborations once the pandemic is under control. GPHN: One area of your website (at includes Dance Alongs, and also dance videos. What should people who check out the tutorials do with them? Are they designed to dance along as a kind of a workout routine, or practice them at home for when they are able to go out dancing? GA & DF: Wonderbound’s dance films and dance tutorials are for everyone to enjoy at any time and for any purpose. In total, there are 167 videos on the website that are completely free to view. All of these offerings were produced during COVID-19 with the intention to keep providing for the community when the organization could

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GPHN: In his artist statement, Garrett indicates the following: “If I had to distill my creative approach to a single phrase, it would be ‘a shared journey of discovery and possibility.’” With that in mind, what paths do you expect to forge in your new space in Park Hill that will take the company beyond the foundation you’ve already established? GA & DF: There are most exciting plans coming for Wonderbound in its new home in the next couple years. Stay tuned!

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GPHN: Your logo is a jumping rabbit that is prominently featured in many of your materials. What is the story behind that? GA & DF: The hare or jackrabbit was chosen by Garrett for a multitude of reasons. It is indigenous to Colorado and it is a powerful animal – much like the Wonderbound dancers. The hare also has a long history of being a focal point in myth, religion and lore and is a magical (and sometimes mischievous) creature — traits that also bear resemblance to the Wonderbound dancers.

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THIS MONTH AT THE LIBRARY Stop Snapchatting, Fun And Games Start Thinking Finding Our Way Out Of A Social Media Epidemic

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Would you like to play a game? Games are good for the mind and the soul. Playing together creates connections and often, when we are having fun, we are at our best. I have the privilege of spending an afternoon a week at the Safe Outdoor Site at Park Hill United Methodist Church and was taught a new game by my new friend Kevin. As Kevin explained the rules and we began to play, I briefly forgot my troubles and truly felt lighter. Focusing on a game or task allows our minds to have a much-deserved break. As you ponder the coming winter, consider coming to the library and/or teaching a new friend a game you love. The Pauline Robinson branch library at


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This sequence leads to radical opinions and harsh divisions, which shouldn’t be difficult to notice given our current poIn today’s world, being disconnected litical climate that has boiled over the from the toxic sphere of social media last few years. Teens are being filled with means being part of the minority, espeunchallenged and unrealistic claims that cially among Millennials (people born are clouding their judgment and creating between 1981 and 1996) and Gen Z’ers sometimes conceited and fragile young (’97-’12). Everyone seems to constantly be adults. burying their faces in their smartphones This opinion piece is not designed to proeither admiring doctored photos of unremote the silencing of social media users, alistic models, observing overly but rather to promote thinking. Soecstatic influencers, or worse, arcial media, with all its influencing, guing with someone whom they has caused teens to stop thinking will never meet and have through situations and no fear in saying awful just listen to and elevate things about. those who get the most Social media is a “likes” and have the most breeding ground for unfollowers. In other words, realistic expectations, they’re being shown what and an extreme lack of to think, rather than beaccountability that is esing taught how to think. sentially building a genAuthor Lance Cashion eration of people that put it best, “we have exhave no idea how to actremely well-educated tually communicate and children who reject reare becoming antisocial ality and truth based on cowards who only wish personal preference.” to hide behind a glass As I mentioned, social phone screen. media can be a great tool There are over 3.8 for learning and openbillion social media us- Victor Lavigne ing up to events around ers across the globe … the world, but it isn’t a that’s roughly half the world’s population. replacement for actual thought — even Those users include plenty of teenagers, though it is being treated as so. and many of them practically live on soThe solution to this epidemic does not cial media platforms. A 2018 Pew Research come by destroying social media, but rathCenter survey of nearly 750 teenagers 13 to er taking it with a grain of salt. Teens and 17-years-old found that 45 percent are onyoung adults need to be challenged in real line almost constantly. Fully 97 percent use life, not by some random person 1,000 miles a social media platform, such as YouTube, away on Facebook. They need to have real Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. discussions in their classrooms and with Even among the entire populathe people around them. Discustion — not just teens — the aversions and curriculums that don’t age person is spending over 2.5 show them what to think, but Social media just hours a day on social media. rather how to think and develop Before we get too far, I will ad- is a breeding critical skills for communicating, mit that social media is one of the ground for otherwise, we will all become somost incredible inventions of the cial media icons with little knowlunrealistic edge of real discussion. modern world. It allows us to communicate around the globe and expectations. Every time teens crawl onto learn at an unprecedented rate. social media platforms, they’re But with great power, comes great entering an unrealistic world responsibility. with little responsibility. Little reWhen it comes to teens, one of the most sponsibility to promote thinking, and no important skills they can have is being able realistic expectation of legitimate thoughtto communicate. Communicating well provoking discussion. It’s time to think and requires people skills. That requires facetalk, and dismiss that over-hyped tweet is to-face interactions, being able to think everyone’s version of reality. quickly and defend your opinions. Social Victor Lavigne is a recent graduate of Metmedia doesn’t call for any of these qualities. ropolitan State University of Denver, where A fired-up kid with little knowledge on a he majored in criminal justice with a minor topic can shoot off a tweet, driven by emoin political science. He is pursuing a career tion, then choose to ignore the responses in federal law enforcement and is currently and never truly have their thoughts chalinterning with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tolenged. bacco, and Firearms in Denver.

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33rd and Holly is offering After School is Cool with crafts, art and STEM activities for school aged youth. The program happens Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Time To Remodel The Pauline Robinson Branch Library is getting ready for a remodel, and wants community input. Upcoming sessions are planned to allow people to help envision the new space, including building updates and improved spaces for programs. The following in-person sessions have been scheduled at the library, at 33rd and Holly Street. (An RSVP is requested, but not required. Complete the form at • Saturday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

ACROSS 3. The cross streets for the library are Montview and ___. 5. If it’s not non-fiction, it’s ___. 6. Who was the original architect for the Park Hill Library? DOWN 1. The sculpture Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner is above Park Hill Library’s ___. 2. I am tiny, and you don’t have to bring me back. I am a ___. 4. If you saw the call number 811, you would find ___. 5. Getting a library card is ___.

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Weight Of A Heavy World Family, Friends, Help To Navigate Rough Times By Anya Nitczynski

it has been in the past (of course my point of view is one of a white person, meaning throughout history I would be favored by Every now and again I find myself sighour systems and patriarchy in opposition to ing and thinking about how strange it is minority groups. My experiences are very growing up in our world. Maybe it’s always different because of my privilege.) felt that way, for everyone. No matter when The same poll also shows that teens today you were born, you have struggles and so largely describe having a positive relationdoes the world. But wow. ship with their parents. HavI found myself really coning good support systems, esfronted with the reality of just pecially during trying times Maybe it really is how rough it can get growing like these is essential. The up in this world after reading harder to be growing pandemic is (of course) the a recent article in the Washup now than it has first thing that comes to my ington Post by Caitlin Gibson. mind when thinking about been in the past. The article, headlined “It’s a things that we’ve dealt with scary time to be growing up,” this year. There have been so goes into detail about how many losses that after a while, families — ones with Gen Z kids and Gen they almost seem somewhat normal. There X parents specifically — are navigating our was also an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol world amongst racism, COVID-19, climate in January, and it feels like it was brushed change, etc. off as just another one of the pandemic’s I am lucky to be growing up in a family curses. Processing the fact that neo-Nazis where we actively talk about and share our broke into our Capitol is the very beginning experiences around world issues, and I’m of what my support system has done for me. grateful I have access to good education I’ve gotten wonderful and life-changing surrounding those things as well. Along opportunities this year that have helped me with my family, I have a fantastic set of process everything the world has thrown at friends who intelligently and eloquently us. I’ve been able to sit down and discuss engage in discussion with me, helping to what’s going on and how I feel as a form of keep me sane in the face of feeling overhealing with my friends and family, and I whelmed by our world. want to invite you to do the same. Allow The Post article details a poll of kids yourself to feel the toughness of being alive my age from 2005 and then 2021, asking right now. Don’t write off your fear, sadwhether it’s a good time or bad time to be ness, or anger. Don’t let it sit and stir, and growing up, at the time the poll was takdon’t let it get the best of you. en. The results are drastically different. A Anya Nitczynski is a definitive majority of people in 2005 said freshman at Denver School it was a good time to be growing up, but of the Arts. Her column teens in 2021 are almost split down the appears monthly in these middle answering that question. Maybe it pages. really is harder to be growing up now than For the GPHN

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Pet Etiquette Unleashed Ways To Keep Everyone Safe In Public Areas By Margot K. Vahrenwald, DVM, CVJ For the GPHN

Walking an exuberant or reactive dog — whether 80 pounds or 10 pounds — can be a challenge. The challenge being how the dog should be managed to allow for an enjoyable and safe walk, not only for their human but also for others out with their dogs and/or children. It seems like there is a growing number of posts on local Facebook and other neighborhood apps talking about bad interactions on walks. Not infrequently, there can be injury from dog-on-dog aggression and/ or to the human/s that tried to intervene. It shouldn’t be that way. Here are a few rules of PETiquette: 1. All dogs out in public areas with people and pet traffic should be on leash, a nonretractable leash – no matter how well trained. Leashes are a requirement of the majority of municipalities and the best course in our urban environment. And it is how to keep your dog safe. 2. Train your dog to leash walk (and other things). Start slowly with positive rewards and create distractions. There are many training resources in Denver so finding a class or a reputable dog trainer to work with you and your pup is pretty easy. Some of the work is training the human to be observant of their dog’s signals and cognizant of how you are handling the leash as well as what signals you are giving via body language — so off the cell phone. 3. Scoop your poop. It’s a City Ordinance violation to not do so, but more importantly, poop is messy, smelly and can be a source of disease for others, humans and animals. It’s also good to know that the first-time violation cost of failure to pick up your dog’s excrement is $125 in Denver.

Speaking of leashes, remember this a safety device for your dog. Very few dogs are good candidates for retractable leashes. Retractable leashes are not safe and tend to become more so over time. Their locks easily break, making it easy to lose control of a pet – and risking them running further as they are being “chased” by the terrorizing noise of the plastic handle bouncing along after them. The thin cording or ribbon used in retractable leashes is documented to cause many human and canine injuries each year, including severe burns, deep lacerations, strangulation and even amputation of limbs or fingers. Retractable leashes are totally inappropriate for any dogs reactive to other dogs or outdoor situations because of their unreliable hold on a pet. Anxious and reactive dogs are not uncommon – especially as we come out of our homes with pandemic pups that have had limited socialization. To help visually identify dogs that need a different approach, consider a leash, leash wrap or bandana in yellow with clear wording. There are many options available through Amazon, Esty and Chewy for nervous or reactive dogs. For dogs with a tendency towards fear aggression or simple aggression, consider training to a basket muzzle to allow safe walks and continued training and conditioning. Finally, humans need to remember to ask before approaching or petting any unknown dogs as well as teaching children to do the same to prevent negative interactions. We all need to be aware of the surroundings and others so that all can enjoy the great outdoors.


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HaKala Family DentiStry Over a Decade of 5280 Top Dentist 2009 to 2021

Kate HaKala, DDS 425 S Cherry #100, Denver, CO 80246

303-321-8967 Christmas Candlelight Services Friday, Dec. 24 at 2 PM and Sunday, Dec. 26 at 12 Noon with Dr. David, guest co-minister Rev. Savanna Riker and vocalists Sheryl Renee, Mailyn Faulkner and our wonderful band. All are welcome as we once again tell the Christmas story through powerful spoken words and glorious music.

Greater Park Hill Resources

Active Minds

Active Minds has transformed itself during the pandemic from a live, inperson series of lectures to a web experience. Check out free lectures on topics ranging from music to history, current events to foreign affairs. A complete schedule of upcoming events is at

Art Garage 6100 E. 23rd Ave., artgaragedenver. com, 303-377-2353. Check the website for schedules.

Blunders and Beers Blunders and Beers is a Park Hill Chess Club that meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Longtable Brewhouse, 2895 Fairfax St., beginning at 6 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a board if you have one.

Denver Police District 2 3921 Holly St., 2.Dist@denvergov. org, non-emergency number is 720913-1000. For emergencies, dial 9-11. Rev. Dr. David Goldberg, Transitional Minister

Join us for 4670 East 17th Ave our Sunday Parkway, Denver CO 80220 Service at 303.322.3901 Noon Honoring all people and faith traditions

Denver Public Schools Check the website for resources and updates. Call the helpline at 720-4233054 for support in many languages.

Faith Community 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.,, 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, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Link to attend at community-meetings/. Check great-

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Libraries See the “At the Library” feature in this month’s issue for updates and resources offered by the Park Hill and Pauline Robinson 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. 303355-8508. Members and volunteers get discounts and book credits. The bookstore is open; check 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,, 303595-3456. Check the website for updates and information about its Virtual Cinema.

Free Zoom Tai Chi Free morning beginner Tai Chi classes on Zoom every Friday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m. Register at Longtime Park Hillians Jacqui and Joe, who teach the class, will send you the link to join.

Walk2Connect Park Hill Sunrise Walking Trips have resumed after the pandemic hiatus. The walks happen every Tuesday from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Meet in front of Honey Hill Cafe on 23rd & Dexter. for a casual, conversationalpaced community walk. Everyone is welcome to join.

Submit your neighborhood events and resources to • Deadlines are the 15th of the month, for the following month’s issue.

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Lawn Care On Facebook too! I do residential and commercial work. To include ADA accessibility retrofits. General repair and remodeling work. I also build a lot of useful things...(ask). Steven 720-603-5611

Aeration – Sod fertilizer – Power rake – Lawn mowing, Rototilling – Hauling – Stump removal – Weed control – Lawn mower repair – Shrubbery care – Small trees removed 720-327-9911


Masonry Services- Brick, Stone, Concrete, restoration, tuck pointing, chimneys, retaining walls, city sidewalks. Licensed, bonded, and insured. References. Call Shawn 303-907-9223

House cleaning available 24/7 Collins cleaning / Leigh Collins 16 years experience. Insured, meticulous, affordable. Please call Leigh Collins 720-469-6579 or email: leighac85@

For Sale Light Oak Jacobian refractory dining set 1910. Expandable table, 6 mohair chairs, liquor & dining cabinets. Set is in good shape. Treasured highlight in formal dining room, measurements, price and photos, email or 303.947.6421 Private local seller. Other antique furniture too.

Handy Man Brush & Hammer- 303-895-5192 Affordable-reliable services. Clean gutters, repair, replace, wood fences, gates and decks, interior painting, install small paver or flagstone patios and walkways.

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VAIL PLUMBING & HEATING - The Older Home Specialist. Repair, service, remodel. Evaporative coolers. Licensed, insured, guaranteed. 303-329-6042


Plumbing & Sprinklers - Repair or replace, disposal, toilets, water heaters, faucets, sinks, drain cleaning, sump pump, water pressure regulator. Sprinkler blow out, repair and install. www.vertecservices. com 720-298-0880

Cut Rate Hauling - A trash, clutter, and junk removal service. Estate clean up, eviction clean up, construction debris, etc. Call Ruben today 720-434-8042

Residential reroofing and repairs, 17 years experience, licensed, bonded, and insured. Gutter replacement and cleaning. Call Shawn 303-9079223


To advertise in the Classifieds contact Melissa Davis 720-287-0442 (voicemail)

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THE WALL REBUILDERS Interior plaster (and drywall) repair. We repair cracks, holes, crumbling walls, etc. Specializing in older homes, though we fix houses of every age. Dan and Laura Pino 303-698-1057


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Thomas J. Croghan, D.D.S, P.C.

Twenty years of experience working with Denver’s classic homes Numerous Park Hill references Design and Renovation Specialists



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Coming soon 1162 guanella Pass, georgetown $1,499,000 One-of-a-kind, 3 bed, 4 bath home nestled in five acres of mountain bliss with new kitchen, completely remodeled bathrooms, soaring ceilings, and expansive glass for breathtaking views of Historic Georgetown!

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