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VOL. 17 // ISSUE 03 // MARCH 2018

• PLANNING FOR •

Summer Camp

Legacy High School

Activities Heat Up in Spring 2018

A Precious Child

10 Years Making a Difference for Children

5 Family-Friendly

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Summer Camp Sampler How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Next fall, you want your kids to write a great essay on how they spent their summer vacation. And for that to happen, you need to start planning now, especially if you want to enroll them in one of the terrific summer camp options in the Broomfield area. Summer camps fill quickly, so if you spot one that you think your kiddo would love, don’t wait!

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Legacy High School Activities Heat Up in Spring 2018 City of Lights – Young Life Touches the Lives of Hundreds of Broomfield Kids A Precious Child – 10 Years Making a Difference for Children

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5 Family-Friendly Staycation Ideas Near Denver Broomfield’s Veterans Memorial Museum – Expanding a Local Treasure Support Bees with Backyard Hives, Friendly Gardens Disaster Response Requires Coordinated Effort – North Metro Fire Rescue Answers the Call

DEPARTMENTS 06 From the Editor 08 Connect with The Broomfielder™ 10 Local Happenings 18 Tips for a Healthier You 42 From Access Broomfield Chamber


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Our Town I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Go ahead and call me sentimental when it comes to Broomfield. I’ll take the label. And so, this is one of those issues that just makes me proud to be part of this community and honored to share the stories of our hometown.

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n page 20, check out the second edition of our spring series featuring articles by our local high school students about our local high schools. This month we include a trio of articles from budding journalists at Legacy High School. I will never forget being an aspiring writer in the late 1980s when then Editor Rosann Doran gave me a chance to write the local high school column in the weekly newspaper. Carrying on the tradition decades later is just one of the reasons I am so excited to share this student content each year. Thank you Legacy for your participation! If you have ever wondered exactly how Senior Resources of Broomfield provides outreach in our community, don’t miss the article on page 28, where we learn about some of SRB’s efforts to help meet special medical needs of local seniors in partnership with its donors and Broomfield Senior Services. Check out the article to learn about the impacts and how you can help other seniors in need. On page 30, I am pleased to draw your attention to an article about Broomfield Young Life, written by another budding journalist, my daughter Allison. If you don’t know about this organization’s work with our local youth, you’ll want to read more. To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of A Precious Child, we feature a story about the organization, its roots, and its founder, Carina Martin, on page 32. In its first year, the organization helped 241 children. Last year that number grew to 44,205. Just let that soak in for a moment. The Broomfield-based organization was even featured on the Today Show last month! Congratulations, Carina, for a decade of priceless work! Check out the article on page 38 to learn about the upcoming expansion of one of our local treasures – the Broomfield’s Veterans Memorial Museum at 12 Garden Center. Find out what is planned – and while you are at it, why not plan a visit with your family over spring break? Spring is just around the corner and on page 40 we will get you thinking about starting a new hobby with our article on Backyard Bee Hives. This one is extra fun for me because it features an interview with my lifelong friend John Long and some great photos of John and his daughter at work on the project. So, call me sentimental. When it comes to our town, I am.

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ARTS+CULTURE MARCH 02

BackStory Theatre presents The Glass Slipper 2.0 (A Cinderella Story) at 6:30 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. This short, silly show is the perfect way to introduce young audiences to theatre and is based on the story of Cinderella, with the 9-12 year old intermediate and beginning performers of BackStory Academy’s 2.0 class presenting this theatre production made by kids, for kids. Tickets are available at the door for $3 for ages 4 and older and children 4 and younger are FREE. For more information visit www.backstorytheatre.org.

MARCH 03

Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities presents the Broomshticks in March Madness at 7:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. Join Broomfield’s own community improv troupe, the Broomshticks, and some of their favorite talented groups from around the area (Red Shirt Landing Party and Breakfast in the Time Machine) for a night of original comedic short- and long-form scenes created on the spot with audience suggestions. While the show will be friendly for all ages, audiences over the age of 16 may enjoy it the most. All tickets are $10 and are general admission seating and can be picked up at will call beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit www.artsinbroomfield.org.

MARCH 07

Creative Broomfield and BackStory Theatre Academy present A Seussified Pride & Prejudice, by Peter Bloedel, at 7:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. In this show, one of the greatest romances in all of English literature gets a wacky, rhyming makeover. The Bennet girls have a chance to meet well-to-do suitors at the Ding-A-Ling Prance Dance, but there might be some relatives in the way before they can ride off into the sunset on Honk Jingle Horses. This whimsical retelling is something Dr. Seuss might come up with if he had his way with the time-tested Jane Austen classic. The performance is produced, directed, staged, and performed by teen actors and members of the BackStory Youth Leadership Program! For more information about BackStory and this FREE performance, visit www.backstorytheatre.org.

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BackStory Theatre presents The Elves & The Shoemaker, The Glass Slipper, King Arthur (Triple Feature) at 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. These short, silly shows are the perfect way to introduce young audiences to theatre and are based on classic stories, presented by the beginning to advanced/ intermediate performers of BackStory Academy’s winter classes by kids, for kids. Tickets are available at the door for $3 for ages 4 and older and children 4 and younger are FREE. For more information visit www.backstorytheatre.org.

MARCH 24

Rocky Mountain Brassworks presents Celtic Extravaganza at 2:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. The Rocky Mountain Brassworks has been playing fantastic Celtic concerts for several years. The band continues this tradition with another concert featuring the Happy Feet Scottish Dance Academy, McTeggart Irish Dancers, El Jebel Pipers, and much more. Each season, the band creates wonderful memories of the Albion Isles. Don’t miss this wonderful concert of Irish, English, and Welsh music. Tickets are $5, 10, and $15 and available at www.rockymountainbrassworks.org.

MARCH 31

Creative Broomfield presents Lionheart Youth Theatre’s Petra and the Wolf, with staging and puppetry By Glass Half Full Theatre, and original score performed live by Mother Falcon, at 2:00 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. This new work for young audiences is inspired from the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf, with captivating large-scale puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre and a new instrumental score written and performed live by Mother Falcon, a band NPR describes as “the little orchestra that can seemingly do the impossible.” The original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, her adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion. Family audiences will walk away from this stunning piece of visual and musical storytelling with a new sense of empathy for the animals that share our earth. General admission tickets are $20 and $15 for children under age 18. For tickets and information visit www.broomfield.org/petra.

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The Broomfield Genealogical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in the Eisenhower Room. The March presenter is Beth Benko, who will be presenting, City and County Directories: Windows to Your Ancestors’Community. City and county directories list the names and addresses of local inhabitants, and can also provide a picture of the community where our ancestors lived. Like current directories, historical listings show resident’s name and address, and may contain occupation, spouse’s name, and sometimes children’s names.  Many directories also have information on cemeteries, newspapers, churches, schools, “secret societies,” maps, and more. They can provide background material to help us see our ancestors in the context of their community. See examples of the variety of information that is contained in city and county directories and learn where you can find these value-packed volumes. Annual dues are $20.00 per individual or $25.00 per household. There is no charge for guests to attend a meeting. See our full 2018 schedule at  https://broomfieldgenealogysocietyevents. wordpress.com/.

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Legacy High School

Activities Heat Up in Spring 2018 Editor’s Note: In the next several issues, The Broomfielder™ magazine will present high school news updates from Broomfield’s three high schools with articles written by students. This month, we are pleased to have three guest writers from Legacy High School. For details about the articles in this issue or to learn more about Legacy High School, visit www.legacy.adams12.org/

Legacy High School

Preparing for Spring Season By Ellie Bouchard-Miller

As spring approaches Legacy’s athletes prepare for the start of their sports season; working together and trying their hardest to be the best that they can. “Runners down!” *BANG!* And they’re off. Track season at Legacy High School has begun and it looks to be very popular. Getting to run with your friends every day, and compete against other schools is an exhilarating experience. Adam Prosser, a tenth grader at Legacy, said, “I really enjoy training for track; it allows me to put in as much effort as it takes to become better and be the best that I can be. Winning the race makes me so excited, I almost can’t contain it sometimes. I become so proud of myself when I beat someone from another school.” Prosser further explained that his favorite event is either the 800 meters or the 800-meter relay.” My time for the 800 sprint is 2:18. I hope to improve that by at least five seconds.” In this sport, an athlete can  experiment with many different elements, such as, jumping, sprinting, and distance running.  He or she can meet many new people and make a lot of new friends. In addition,  running can get you into really good shape. Last year, Legacy’s track team was fairly close, and they always had lot of fun. The coaches of the team have high hopes for the team this year as well. Greg Miller (sprinters coach) is really looking forward to “seeing how much the kids have improved since last year.”   Training is a huge part of track: Athletes have to gain endurance and, muscle,

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Adam Prosser Photo by: Jenny Prosser

and have to eat healthier so that running becomes easier. Running can easily change a person’s life; the anticipation, the adrenaline rush before a race, and getting to participate in something fun while seeing your friends, are just a few of the perks. Overall this is a very interactive and fun sport to be a part of.


Chilling Out During

Legacy High School’s Winter Week By Hannah Bachus

Kaeden Rasmussen carries Keegan Hoffman on his shoulders into the pep assembly with their fellow wrestlers. Photo by: Griffin Seeley

The snowy weather and the excitement in the halls of Legacy High School created the perfect atmosphere for the start of the school’s annual Winter Week. Free hot chocolate coincided perfectly with pajama day, which saw students snuggled up in their blankets and pajamas. The conditions took a sharp turn as students busted out their leather jackets and graphic band tees for a day of rock and roll fun. Thursday was filled with throwbacks as students dusted off their Justice shirts and silly bands. Some students even recreated old trends such as bottle flipping. School spirit was abundant as the Legacy colors of navy and gold filled the halls on Friday. On Friday between second and third period, students hurried into the gym excited for the Winter Week pep assembly. Students eagerly awaited the arrival of the winter sports athletes and were surprised with exciting grand entrances from each team. The girls swim and dive made a splash as they carried two swimmers into the gym. One athlete from the girls’ basketball team ran in, shot, and made an imaginary 3-pointer as her teammates celebrated around her. The boys’ basketball team certainly made an entrance with their recreation of a bowling game. The wrestlers ended the show on a high note as they paraded in on each other’s shoulders. Legacy’s poms and cheer teams riled the crowd up with exciting chants and energy-building dances. Teachers and students alike busted a move on the gym floor as they were put through the ringer with a medley of different dance styles.

Throughout the assembly, a panel of spirit judges evaluated how much energy and spirit each class had, and all students anxiously awaited the results to see who would be the champion. After each class was tested on their PARTY chants, roller coaster performances, and student dance moves, the spirit judges had finally reached a consensus. To everyone’s surprise, the 11th grade class had dethroned the reigning Seniors and were the victors of this spirit competition. Almost immediately, the Junior section of the stands erupted into cheers as students celebrated this almost unheard of accomplishment. About their success, Karli Thompson said, “being a Junior, I was very happy. By the end of that assembly I was sweating so hard from jumping up and down.” No one can deny that Legacy students, especially the Juniors, have an overwhelming amount of school spirit. To view The Broomfielder™ online visit: www.loudmouthmedia.com

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Legacy High School’s Talent Show

Showcases Unique Individuals By Isabella Marin

As the dead of winter creeps upon Broomfield, the talent at Legacy High School is alive and well. In fact, it’s filled with passion and energy, and what better way is there to showcase extraordinary abilities than a talent show?

Photo by Isabella Marin

From electric guitars to sign language, LHS students performing at the recent talent show presented a wide variety of pieces, keeping the audience both entertained and impressed. To kick things off, Andrew and Destiny Ku performed “Somewhere Only We Know,” with Andrew strumming the guitar and Destiny beating a cajón, which is not only a drum that is meant to sit on, but a drum that Destiny mastered. To go along with the melody, both Andrew and Destiny sang, harmonizing and creating a sound that only a bond as strong as siblings could create. Another act was vastly different and quite unique. Seven Hake and Kat Porter performed “History Maker” but with a twist. While Kat sang her heart out, Seven signed the song in American Sign Language, sparking a fire in the hearts of the audience; Kat’s voice complemented Seven’s movements, and the two seamlessly blended to form a single act that was nothing short of powerful. A little while after Seven and Kat, Shelby Horne stole the stage. Singing “Rise Up,” her voice carried through the auditorium like a symphony. “I felt nervous,” Shelby said. “It’s such a big song, but I’ve been working hard on being able to hit the notes for a while, so I felt relieved after it was done.” The end of the goosebump-worthy performance left Shelby up on the stage,

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practically oozing with raw talent. Nathan Cornejo and Ruby Schumacher ended the night singing “Light a Roman Candle With Me,” a simple, sweet song that the pair nailed. Ruby sang alongside Nathan, who played the guitar and also hit some notes himself. The harmonizing created a serenity that let the audience escape from reality and enter a world with lazy evenings, sandals, and single cups of tea. In the end, it was Shelby Horne who took home not only first place, but the hearts of everyone who heard her sing. Shelby said she was “really shocked. There were a lot of other talented people, and I didn’t think I had a really stick out, but I was so happy to have won.” Needless to say, Shelby’s hard work definitely paid off.


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Camp Explorer Camp Explorer through Broomfield Recreation Services offers tailored programs for children ages 6-9 and 10-14. Activities include swim days at The Bay, age-appropriate field trips, sports, games, and other fun events. Broomfield Recreation also offers Explorers Outdoors, a program for ages 12-15 focused on introducing children to healthy outdoor activities. Participants will enjoy a new outdoor activity each day, including hiking, rock climbing, ropes courses, and more. Learn all about the city’s summer programs at www.broomfield.org.

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Rocky Mountain Day Camp Rocky Mountain Day Camp has locations in Superior and Boulder, and is open to campers ages 5 through 15. Campers are split into groups based on age; featured activities might include various sports, music and dance, archery, badminton, and much more. Full-day and half-day enrollment is available, and there are five sessions throughout the summer to suit your family’s schedule. Find out more at www.rockymtndaycamp.com.

Camp Kind is a unique day camp experience for children with a love for helping others and an appreciation for the environment. The camp offers two programs: Camp Explorers (for kids ages 7-10) and Kind Pioneers ( for kids ages 11-13). Camp Kind works with local charity and non-profit partners to provide campers with fun, hands-on volunteer experiences and learning opportunities, including traditional camp activities such as trips, sports, crafts, and drama. Camp Kind runs four weekly sessions from June 25 through July 21 and is located at the Silver Hills Middle school at 12400 Huron St., in Westminster. For more information visit www.campkind.org.

The Arvada Center The Arvada Center has long presented an extensive selection of arts-focused summer camps for ages 3 through 18; their classes focus on theatre, music, dance, choreography, visual arts, ceramics, photography, and much more. View their diverse offerings at www.arvadacenter.org. To view The Broomfielder™ online visit: www.loudmouthmedia.com

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Thorne Nature Experience If your children are passionate about nature and animals, there are plenty of options. At Thorne Nature Experience, in Boulder or Louisville, activities are outdoor-focused, with an emphasis on ecology, protecting the environment, and adventure. Butterfly Pavilion summer camps are designed to provide kids with memorable experiences that connect them to nature and encourage an appreciation for science. Camps incorporate exploration, inquiry, art, drama, and play into programs that appeal to a variety of interests and abilities. A bit further afield, the Denver Dumb Friends League allows kids to explore the amazing world of animals through weeklong camps focusing on safety, compassion, and protection as well as animal-based careers. Visit www.thornenature.org, www. butterflies.org and www.ddfl.org for details, schedules, and pricing.

Sticky Fingers Cooking School Does your child watch The Great British Baking Show obsessively? Perhaps a summer cooking camp might be in order. Sticky Fingers Cooking School has programs in Broomfield, Lafayette, Boulder, and other metro-area cities; subjects might include baking, superfoods, global flavors, and much more. Tap into your kid’s gourmet tendencies at www.stickyfingerscooking.com.

Globalsound Music Academy Maybe your kids are devoted to music in all its forms? Globalsound Music Academy could be the answer to your summer activity quandary. This family-owned Broomfield music studio works hard to inspire a love for music in a positive and uplifting way. Globalsound offers both Rock Band Camps and Singing Camps and students perform a live concert and receive a custom CD of their concert! Schedule a tour at www.globalsoundstudio.com.

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iDTech We all know how important technology will be to our kids’ futures, and iDTech addresses those needs with their wide variety of coding, robotics, and game development summer camps, held at CU Boulder. Courses are offered for ages 7-17, and options include coding in many different operating systems as well as video production and 3D modeling. If you have a budding tech genius at home, these camps might be the perfect way to enhance their knowledge this summer. More information at www.idtech.com.

There are numerous options for summer dance camps, including Elite Dance Academy, Live, Love, Dance, Booth Dancesport Ballroom, Dance Arts Studio, and Colorado Conservatory of Dance. Whether you’ve got a little one who just wants to twirl in fancy shoes, or a serious older student looking for a challenging summer experience, you’ll find what you need at one of these dedicated local businesses. Check out www.elitedanceacademy.net, www.livelovedance.net, www.boothdance.com, www.danceartsstudio.org, and www.ccdance.org to find schedules and more information.

Iluminar Aerial If traditional dance is just too staid for your little ones, what about circus camp? Broomfield’s own Iluminar Aerial offers the chance to learn a variety of aerial and ground circus techniques on different equipment. Circus-themed games and obstacle courses keep kids active and engaged, plus they perform a circus for family and friends! Learn about running away to the circus at www.iluminaraerial.com. Whatever your kids’ interests, you’ll find a great local business ready to provide fun and engaging summer activities!

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Words from the President:

Thank You, Volunteers National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, 2018

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ational Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they care about in our community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that create change, and 2017 provided many opportunities for everyday heroism in the realm of volunteering. As in every major natural disaster, hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida, earthquakes in Mexico, and fires in California brought volunteers from many parts of the United States to answer the call of compassion in action. But closer to home, volunteers change lives too. And every volunteer counts, for as many have said, to the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world. Senior Resources of Broomfield (SRB) is a nonprofit organization striving to enhance the quality of life for all seniors and their families through fundraising, assistance programs, volunteerism, and  advocacy. SRB’s efforts are focused on the nutritional, medical, and social needs of our older population who cannot afford to pay for these services. With the population of the country continuing to age and more individuals reaching senior status, the demand for assistance, information, and advice continues to increase. As President of SRB, I see lives being changed for the better on an almost daily basis. For instance, in December, SRB learned of a grandmother who needed hearing aids and could not only not afford them, she could not even afford to put food on the table and was using a credit card to purchase basic necessities. SRB paid for hearing aids so she could hear her grandchildren. When told she would receive this donation, she was thrilled to the point of tears. This is why we volunteer our time and ask for you in the Broomfield community to share the gifts of time and financial resources! Many people are surprised to learn that SRB is an independent nonprofit and not a part of city/county government. Because we are a nonprofit, we depend on contributions from donors to support the Meals on Wheels, handyman, and medical needs programs we fund.

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SRB and Broomfield Senior Services Partner to Meet Special Medical Needs This month, we interviewed Lane Claxton, Program Coordinator for Senior Services at the Broomfield Community Center about how Senior Resources of Broomfield and the City of Broomfield’s Senior Services partner to provide outreach to Broomfield’s senior community, especially in the area of medical assistance.

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CITY OF LIGHTS Young Life Touches the Lives of Hundreds of Broomfield Kids By Allison Eichner

Few high school activities will continue throughout the rest of a student’s life. Few will go on to be in a professional ensemble. Few will go on to play professional football. Few will end up on Broadway. The rest are in the many. I am in the many. But the passion I found in high school will stick with me for the rest of my life. I chose to join Young Life in high school and become a follower of Christ.

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oung Life is an international Christian based organization whose goal is to reach the kids who are otherwise thought to be unreachable. Unlike many other youth ministries, Young Life leaders don’t wait for kids to come to them; they seek kids out. Through presence at school events and networking through other students, leaders work to build meaningful relationships with kids. Their goal is to get kids to come to club; the craziest place a high schooler could go on a Wednesday night. Club is nothing like a stereotypical youth group; at club, students play the most insane games, leaders put on hilarious skits, and everyone sings and dances to their favorite songs. But what happens at the end of the night is the highlight of club. One leader gets up, talks about their life, and reads the gospel to the students. And they listen. Many kids hear about Jesus for the first time at club, and, for some, that’s where they decide to become followers. This is Young Life’s mission: to give every kid an opportunity to hear about Jesus and a chance to respond to His life changing message. This is

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uniquely done through the authentic relationship between leader and student. Last year, 93 percent of Young Life kids reported that they have an adult outside of their household that they trust, compared with only 25 percent of Adams County high schoolers. Above all else, their intention is to love and care for kids and form a relationship with them. Through trust, mentorship, and friendship leaders earn the right to be a part of kids’ lives and teach them how to walk in the Christian faith. Young Life has been active in Broomfield since 2011. It started with seven kids meeting in a house, to now two Young Life clubs, a WyldLife club for middle schoolers, a Capernaum club for students with special needs, and Young Lives for teen moms; overall, Young Life reaches nearly 600 Broomfield students. With two clubs, Broomfield/Adams County Young Life reaches students at Legacy High School, Broomfield High School, Prospect Ridge Academy, Jefferson Academy, Holy Family High School, and The Academy. Leaders are volunteers who take on all kinds of roles in the community from mortgage brokers to substitute teachers. While working toward building relationships with students, they are constantly supporting Broomfield schools. As a non-profit organization, Young Life is dependent on community support and donations. Their main fundraiser is their annual banquet. This year the theme is The City of Lights. The program will include how Broomfield Young Life has grown in the last year, goals for the coming year, and how you can help the growth of the Broomfield club. The banquet will take place on Friday, April 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Stonebrook Manor Event Center and Gardens in Thornton. For more information on attending the banquet visit broomfieldadamscounty.younglife.org and look for the banquet notice under their events tab. If you’re interested in getting involved with Young Life as a leader, student, or donor, visit their website or keep up with upcoming events on their Instagram@broomfield_yl.


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Ten years ago, Carina Martin was looking for a way to help less fortunate children living in Broomfield. After speaking with government agencies and educational leaders, Martin realized there were gaps in services that human service agencies were unable to fill.

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nwilling to accept the status quo, Martin enlisted the help of her friends and family to address these gaps, aiming to help reduce poverty by focusing on empowering children. Initially operating out of her garage, Martin founded A Precious Child on Nov. 11, 2008, on the premise that every child is precious and deserves dignity, respect, and a chance to achieve success. That year, 241 children received clothing, shoes, coats, and other essentials thanks to the grassroots efforts of Martin and A Precious Child’s early supporters. Since then, the organization has experienced tremendous growth, increasing the number of children it serves to 44,205 disadvantaged and displaced children last year. During the past decade, A Precious Child has focused its efforts on assisting children and families facing difficult life challenges, such as abuse, neglect, poverty, and crisis situations. “Our core initiatives help build the whole child, by providing basic essentials such as clothing, coats, shoes, and toiletries as well as helping families navigate community resources, working with schools to strengthen attendance initiatives, providing services and resources to agency partners to strengthen their impact, providing extracurricular and academic opportunities, as well as backpacks and school

supplies, computers, and other essential supplies,” said Martin, who now directs A Precious Child as its unpaid, volunteer CEO. The organization has much to be proud of as it prepares to mark its tenth anniversary this year, and it credits the community members who volunteer for and donate to its projects for helping it meet its mission. “Through this support we have been able to provide resources and opportunities to the

March 4 Youth Advisory Board Movie Night March 11 Bowl for A Precious Child April 14 Birthday Ball June 11 Golf 4 A Precious Child Tournament

many children living in Broomfield who are in need and throughout Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and Weld Counties,” said Martin. “A Precious Child has grown to support more than 350 agency partners, which include health and human services, schools, fire and police departments, churches, nonprofits, hospitals, foster care organizations, mental health centers, teenage pregnancy care centers, and shelters to identify children and families in the most need of our services.” A Precious Child has eight programs, including Precious Essentials, Basics for Babies, Inspiring Minds Center, Edussentials, Precious Gift, giveSPORTS, Fill A Backpack, and giveARTs. In addition, A Precious Child has 30 boutiques located in schools and shelters where it can meet the most pressing needs of children easily and quickly. This work is done through the organization’s Child Outcomes Resource Center, where child advocates provide personalized case management to disadvantaged and displaced children and families, connecting them with needed resources, services, opportunities, and educational support. To meet these needs and keep up with the demand for its services, A Precious Child relies on community involvement. Community members and corporations can donate new and gently used clothing, shoes, socks, coats, sports equipment, small household items, kitchenware, linens, towels, sheets, and other essentials for distribution to children and families in need. They can also make a monetary donation, host a drive to collect clothing and essentials, or volunteer. The staff of A Precious Child plans to gather this year for a staff retreat at Twin Lakes to reflect on the more than 232,000 children and caregivers the organization has helped during the past decade and to set goals going forward that align with its vision of a future where every child grows up to be a secure, self-reliant, contributing member of their community.

June 25 to July 20 Fill A Backpack Drive August 27 to September 7 – giveSPORTS Equipment Drive October 10 Denver Heroes of A Precious Child Luncheon October 29 Broomfield Heroes of A Precious Child Luncheon November 12 to December 14 Precious Gift Drive For more information visit www.apreciouschild.org

“Life is hard enough, but to be a kid who has to show up not having school supplies, proper clothing, or the opportunity to be like every other kid — can you image being that child?” asked Martin. “We want every child to feel empowered in school and in life. I am passionate about A Precious Child and our journey ahead. I am confident that through the hard work, dedication, and collaboration of our team and our community of more than 5,000 volunteers, A Precious Child will bring a brighter future to children in need.”

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY

Staycation By Bette Erickson

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Time spent with loved ones is irreplaceable. We don’t need to spend a great deal of money or travel far distances to create a great memory. There’s so much to see and do in and around Denver, whether you’re entertaining out-of-town guests, or just getting out with the family. If you’ve been hankering to try something new, following are five family-friendly experiences you won’t want to pass up.

1 HISTORY COLORADO CENTER Located in the much-talked about Golden Triangle Museum District in downtown Denver, the History Colorado Center opened in 2012.The building is home to core and traveling exhibitions, public programs and events, educational programs, and unique rental spaces, along with the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, State Historical Fund, and Stephen H. Hart Library and Research Center. Current exhibits include Denver A to Z; Living West; Colorado Stories, and more. An award-winning tourist destination and a hub for learning and entertainment, it also offers a gift shop and dining opportunities. Many businesses host events at the center as well. Information: www.historycolorado.org/venue/history-colorado-center.

2 MAJESTIC VIEW NATURE CENTER At home in nearby Arvada, Majestic View Nature Center has hands-on displays, wildlife exhibits, a kids’ activity area, classrooms, and meeting spaces. On a scenic 80-acre parcel, Majestic View Nature Center is a part of Majestic View Community Park. The center offers volunteer opportunities and hosts classroom fieldtrips. The scenic park with tennis courts, playgrounds, and wildlife, overlooks Oberon Lakes. Visitors are encouraged to browse the prairie grasses and wetland areas, walk through a demonstration garden, and explore its interpretive trails. Whether you choose to spend time in the park or participate in a public program, you’re sure to have a fun and educational experience. Information: www.arvada.org/explore/open-space-nature/majestic-view-nature-center-division.

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3 DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM If you’re looking for Mermaids swimming with sharks or wanting to experience an upscale, unique dining experience, visiting Denver’s Downtown Aquarium won’t leave you disappointed. From a Shipwreck exhibit to a new 4-D Theater, the Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, and the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom, and amusements for the entire family. The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium with more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits spotlighting important ecosystems from around the world. Did we mention Mermaids? While at the Downtown Aquarium, don’t forget the Mermaids. Choreographed to music and located in the Under the Sea exhibit (one of just a dozen exhibits), watch those fascinating Mermaids swim among their sea life friends, while teaching spectators about the importance of taking care of the environment. Information: www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownaquariumdenver/default.asp.

4 THE BUFFALO BILL MUSEUM AND GRAVE A must-see for history buffs: Visit the one and only grave of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. A part of the Denver Mountain Parks system located in Lookout Mountain Park, the site overlooks the spacious vistas of the Great Plains and the Rockies. Hiking trails, a gift shop, museum, and that famous grave attract more 400,000 visitors annually. Born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory in 1846, William F. Cody was a skilled buffalo hunter, gaining him the nickname “Buffalo Bill.” The Museum exemplifies the life, times, and legend of William F. Cody, including information about Buffalo Bill’s career and the Wild West shows, Native American objects, and firearms. Sitting Bull’s bow and arrows, and Buffalo Bill’s extravagant performance outfits from the American Old West make up just some of the exhibits. Information: www.buffalobill.org.

5 THE BUTTERFLY PAVILION Bees, butterflies, beetles, and more await you at Westminster’s landmark Butterfly Pavilion. A charming indoor tropical conservatory with more than 1,600 free-flying butterflies (not kidding, free-flying!), the center offers multiple educational workshops, including a Five-Part Beekeeping Bootcamp series. Whether you’re taking the youngsters or out-of-town guests, the visit will undoubtedly leave you amazed. The Butterfly Pavilion is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited nonprofit invertebrate zoo, home to thousands of small animals from all over the world. The oneof-a-kind organization works to encourage an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally. Its Gift Shop includes whimsical items, and no visit to the Butterfly Pavilion would be complete without holding the famed tarantula named Rosie. Talk about a perfect Photo Op! Information: www.butterflies.org. To view The Broomfielder™ online visit: www.loudmouthmedia.com

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Broomfield’s Veterans Memorial Museum Expanding a Local Treasure By Bette Erickson

There is a lot going on at Broomfield’s Veterans Memorial Museum (BVMM) at 12 Garden Center. Most recently and perhaps most importantly is the exciting and much-needed expansion of the facility.

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ast year, Broomfield’s food bank, FISH (Fellowship In Service Humanity) relocated to 6 Garden Center leaving the entire downstairs of 12 Garden Center empty. The building, constructed in 1963, is approximately 7,300 square feet. The entire building housed the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library until about 2001. After negotiations with the City and County of Broomfield last November, the BVMM was given the go-ahead to expand its collections to use the downstairs space as well. “I’m excited about it,” said BVMM Board President and longtime Broomfield resident Dave Lewis. “It’s going to be wonderful for the Museum, allowing us to double our space and expand exhibits.” Mr. Lewis explained plans including having dedicated and expanded Korea and Vietnam Rooms, and a new exhibit with information and artifacts from the Cold War. “This expansion will allow us to do more in-house presentations,” he added. One of those popular in-house presentations is their Coffee and Conversation events.

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A Garden Center grand reopening is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 14 at 6 Garden Center recognizing FISH, Broomfield Early Childhood Council, the Depot Museum and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum hosts a free, public Coffee and Conversation event from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Guest speakers and veterans share experiences and stories over coffee and light refreshments in an informal setting at the museum. Mr. Lewis, a Vietnam Veteran with his own important story to tell, said the Museum will continue to house archives on the first floor and incorporate a new work area, while the library will move downstairs. He expects the moving of the library, including a new research library, to be arduous with some 1,500 books to shelve. But the good news, he says, is that 900 or so books – currently


stored off-site in the basement of a supporter’s house – will finally get to be moved to the museum. With the added space, a presentation room will now allow 60 seats to remain set in place, without the need for moving chairs to and from a storage area for events. Community nonprofit groups will also be able to use the expanded BVMM presentation space. A new projector and sound system are in the works as well, and the downstairs renovations are expected to be complete by mid-to late March. In addition, the move will mean new office space for American Legion Post 58. The BVMM is an all-volunteer organization, with the exception of a shared, part-time curator who also works for Broomfield’s Depot Museum. Veterans and non-veterans make up the volunteer structure, Board of Directors, and membership. Operational funds for the Museum come from donations and grants. The BVMM Board and volunteers support several free annual community programs such as the Veterans Day and Memorial Day programs, Flag Day Ceremony, Constitution Day, and hosting numerous veterans, senior, school, and scout troop visits. The Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum was established in 2002 to honor men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States, preserving and perpetuating military history for the benefit and education of generations to come. Memberships are $20/year and include members-only events, newsletters, and more. The museum is free and open to the public. Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursdays. The museum is also open by appointment during the week. For group tours, call 303-460-6801. For more information, visit www.broomfieldveterans.org.

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SUPPORT

BEES WITH BACKYARD HIVES,

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You’ve likely heard the buzz about declining bee populations, along with the concerns about what impact this could have on our food supply. Bees are among an important group of creatures — including ants, butterflies, birds, and wasps — responsible for pollinating the flowering plants that supply our food.

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But Long didn’t know anyone who had established a backyard hive, and local educational resources were limited, so he learned the basics through internet research. The process, he said, was fairly simple. He bought a hive ‘box’ that includes a frame and honeycombs and then ordered his bees—about 1,000 bees and a queen—which he picked up early in the Spring. After introducing the bees to the box and providing some early food support for the young bees, Long said he was able to sit back and watch the bees work. He had an unusually successful first year with his backyard colony, which produced about 60 jars of honey. But as with many hobbies, beekeeping had its challenges, and Long’s hive died out during the second year, perhaps because of a

ccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one-third of all crops require insect pollination, and managed honey bee colonies are the primary pollinators for these crops, but honeybee hives have decreased from 6 million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today. Government agencies have taken notice and are creating initiatives to encourage efforts to restore pollinator habitats. Last year, a honeybee hive was installed on the grounds of the Vice President’s residence in Washington to highlight a new initiative that encourages Americans to help bees by setting up hives where possible and planting bee-friendly flowers and flowering herbs in their gardens and yards. For most Americans accustomed to avoiding bees, the idea of inviting bees into their backyard is perhaps a bit daunting. But backyard beekeeping can be a fascinating and beneficial hobby that doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. In 2015, Broomfield adopted rules for backyard beekeeping that require minimum setbacks, flyaway barriers, and a supply of fresh water. In addition, backyard beekeepers must obtain a license issued by the Department of Community Development.

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Broomfield High School math teacher John Long jumped into the backyard beekeeping hobby three years ago. Beekeeping was a natural fit for Long, who enjoys gardening and had spare time during summer vacation to dedicate to it.


late cold snap that may have weakened the bees and left the hive vulnerable to a swarm of foreign bees, he said. “It’s not a science; it’s an art,” said Long. Rather than poring over what might have gone wrong, Long said he’s focused on continuing to learn about beekeeping and trying again. As such, he’s already ordered a new set of bees for his hive. And he encourages others to consider building backyard hives. His own garden benefitted during the year his hive was thriving and more people engaging in the hobby means a larger community of beekeepers that can help each other succeed, he said. “Don’t think it’s a major investment or you have to be very specialized,” said Long, who said he spent about $200 for basic equipment and bees. “If you have a passion for it or an interest in it—and a permit—you can be successful.”

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Limit use of pesticides. A healthy garden with the appropriate plant species and an abundance of pollinators will support natural beneficial insects that reduce the need for pest control. Removing dead leaves and debris along with handpicking, crushing or spraying soapy water to remove plant pests can be practical and effective.

Include a variety of plants with different flower sizes, shapes, and colors, as well as plants with varying heights and growth habits to support a larger number of pollinators.

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By Sam Taylor, President and CEO of the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce

Strong Start to 2018 for

Broomfield Chamber This promises to be a banner year for the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce. We started off the year with our Annual Members meeting in January providing timely information regarding the Future of Broomfield, held the best attended January After Hours we have ever had, and welcomed many new members joining as small as solopreneurs and as large as businesses with more than 400 employees. However we can’t rest on our laurels; things are just warming up! In February we had multiple Member Spotlights and another After Hours, and now in March we are ready to roll into our Annual Gala at the Omni Hotel with a fun night of food, drink, and “gambling” for prizes. At the Gala we will also celebrate those businesspeople that help to make our Chamber and our community great. The Gala is open to the public and promises to be an amazing event for all who attend. If you want to know what the new excitement in the Chamber is all about, this is a must attend event. And all of this is only in the first quarter of 2018! We are always looking for new ideas on how to engage our member businesses with each other and with other organizations in the community. With our newly energized board, we are continually looking for ways to implement the ideas that come from all corners of the community. From a nonprofit based engagement group and a series of seminars dedicated to building leaders in our community, to business development classes with our partnership with the Small Business Development Center, our ideas are only limited by the number of volunteers we have to help us. As a fiscally prudent chamber, we have a very small paid staff. This is a good thing because we rely on the involvement of our members to make things happen. Here at the Broomfield Chamber, our motto is Return on Involvement: when you put your time and effort into the Chamber, helping to create events, welcoming new businesses to the community, and supporting our local nonprofits, you will get more back than you put into it. Not on day one of course, and some weeks you will give much more than you receive, but our membership is built on the support and involvement of our members, and is much greater than the sum of its parts. Zig Ziglar once said “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” This is what drives us here at Access Broomfield Chamber of Commerce.


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Disaster Response Requires Coordinated Effort

North Metro Fire Rescue Answers the Call By Sara Farris

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any people think of firefighters as the ones who respond to structure fires, auto accidents, and emergency medical calls. However, North Metro Fire Rescue District also trains and equips specialized teams that respond to wildland fires, technical rescues, and hazardous materials incidents, all of which are resource intensive incidents. Firefighters on these teams receive extensive training in their area of specialty and may deploy to large-scale incidents across the nation at any given time. For large-scale natural disasters, no one department or even neighboring fire departments can handle the incident with their resources alone while still providing emergency coverage for their own city or district. It takes a regional and often national response. By deploying teams from other areas, the government is able to cover the response needs for the disaster without taxing any one department so much that they can’t provide for their own district.

Wildfire Deployments

The past year was a busy year for wildland deployments. North Metro Fire sent firefighters to 13 different wildfire areas from the West Coast to the Great Plains. They also deployed crews within Colorado and locally to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport to service firefighting aircraft. As part of their tasks, crews would attack active fire areas and provide structural protection by clearing debris around homes and making a perimeter to provide a buffer against an impeding fire. Some firefighters deployed as individuals to serve as division supervisors and heavy equipment operators. Other crews provided assistance to fire departments that had all of their wildland resources already deployed and needed help to protect their own area from wildfires. Over the years, North Metro’s wildland firefighters have gained essential experience and knowledge working large wildfires that have enabled them to develop safer and more efficient operational strategies for attacking grass fires back home.

Hurricane Rescue and Recovery While wildfires brought the majority of deployments for North Metro firefighters in 2017, they weren’t the only disasters requiring a national response. North Metro Engineer Brian LaFleur was deployed with CO-Task Force 1 for three weeks to Texas and Florida to assist residents recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. His team partnered with the Air

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National Guard in Texas to run an evacuation center that would assess residents for medical conditions and provide essential resources to meet their basic needs. In the Florida Keys, LaFleur and his team conducted structural searches, canvassing neighborhoods looking for any stranded residents who hadn’t evacuated prior to the hurricane’s arrival. They conducted health assessments to figure out the needs of each individual and also assessed larger structures for structural integrity, blocking off structures deemed unsafe to inhabit. Task force members experienced the conditions as the locals did, spending the majority of nights sleeping outside, eating military-style Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) and being isolated from modern amenities. LaFleur said the experience allowed him to truly empathize with the local residents and provided additional motivation to keep working the long hours each day. When he returned to Colorado, LaFleur applied the lessons he learned to develop emergency response pre-plans for a range of hazards while ensuring the potential needs of residents were accounted for.

The Bigger Picture

When it comes to emergency response for large-scale incidents, taking a collective approach benefits everyone. As a result of collaboration amongst north area fire agencies, North Metro Fire is able to focus training and equipment costs on a select group of individuals who provide response expertise for highly technical and risky events that occur less frequently. This benefits agencies responding to local incidents as well as national emergencies.


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March 2018 The Broomfielder™  

This issue is packed full of highlights on the Broomfield community and some of the organizations that are doing great work locally. Plus, f...

March 2018 The Broomfielder™  

This issue is packed full of highlights on the Broomfield community and some of the organizations that are doing great work locally. Plus, f...