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Lydia's Style Magazine is a seasonal publication direct-mailed and delivered to homes and businesses in Colorado and Wyoming four times a year. Additionally, one annual issue, Fort Collins Style, focuses on business, leisure, and lifestyle. Subscriptions to five (5) issues for out of town readers are available for $12.00. Copies are also delivered to medical facllities, clubs, banks, professional and city offices, Chamber of Commerce and VIP Welcome Services. Publication schedule: Spring - March Fall - August Business Annual ~ May Holiday~ November Summer ~ June For ad rates, subscription information, changes of address, or corre~ spondence, contact: Lydia's Style Magazine, Inc., P.O. Box 270625, Fort Collins, Colorado 80527. (303) 226-6400, Fax (303) 226-6427. © 1994 Lydia's Style Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission from Lydia's Style or its publisher is prohibited. Lydia's Style Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited material. All manuscripts, artwork, and photography must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The views and opinions of any contributing writers are not necessarily those of Lydia's Style Magazine, Inc.

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Meet Th.e M&dels ESTES PARK Nancy Alexander. Speech therapist for Home Health Care and business manager for their dental practice , married to Robert , and mother of David, 10, Adam , 8, Jacob, 4, and Jonathan , 2. Nancy relaxes with skiing, fishing , and golf. "I really had a fun time during the shoot. Everyone was very professional and easy to work with . It gave me a new appreciation for the quantity of time and effort that goes into this type of publication. Thanks for the terrific experience." Mary Darracott. Owner and hairdresser of Fort-Tress Hair Design, and mother of Tom , 28 , Christopher, 23, Kelly , 22 , Deanna , 20 , Stephen , 18, and Lisa, 16. Mary enjoys her kids , loves to read , paint and work . "The modeling experience was very interesting. A lot of hard work goes into this day - but it is also a lot of fun! Everyone works together so well!"

Karla Porter. Executive Vice-President , Park National Bank, and married to Robert. Karla relaxes with reading , hiking, and photography. "I enjoyed being a part of this process. Everyone was helpful and patient with me. I appreciated the opportunity to meet and get to know the other models from Estes. You're very professional!" M.B. Coulter Rhodes. Artist looking forward to her one woman benefit show, The Soul of a Woman, showing her paintings, photographs, and porcelain ceramic pieces. M.B. is mother of Cathy and David, and grandmother to one grandchild. "Style is a wonderful publication. I'm now aware of the interdependance of make-up and hair artists, photographer, shop owners, and publisher."

Debbie Holgorsen. Coowner with husband, Paul, of Stage Western, and mother to Jessica, 10, and Patty, 8. Although the store takes up most of her time, she enjoys reading, horses and skiing. "I had fun being pampered having my hair and make-up done. Lydia's staff is great and made the day enjoyable."

B.J. Hanson. Co-owner of The Original Beanblossoms, wife of Garry, a captain for United Airlines, and mother of Erik Lee , 28 , and Lisa Lee, 26. B.J. is learning to canoe and fly fish , and enjoys gardening, cooking,.,_,..;.,_,:.., and spinning. "I had so much fun meeting so many lovely Estes Park ladies and working with Lydia and her associates! Style magazine is a wonderful showcase for such beautiful ensembles. Thank you for making this experience an enjoyable one!"

Shelia Hughes . Selfemployed with Hughes Carpets, and in sales at Stage ... Western . Shelia is married to : . . ..... . Joey and is mother of '~'路 Amanda and Heather. She \~ enjoys everything country and western , and aerobics. "Modeling was wonderful! The hair and makeup artists were great, and the clothes were wonderful. All the staff associated with Style Magazine were the best! It was a very fun and rewarding experience."

FORT COLLINS Ann Davidson. Pediatric nurse practitioner and nursing educator, married to Jim, and mother of Caroline, 7, Emily, 4, and Rebecca , 4. Ann 's leisure hours are spent with family skiing, biking, hiking, and traveling . "The modeling experience was certainly a change from my normal routine! The most interesting aspect was learning what all goes into the production . I enjoyed all the fun people!"

Teresa Oja . Director of Estes Park Home Care and Hospice, married to Gene, and mother of Catherine, 3, and John , 1. Teresa finds time for hiking and quilting. "I loved modeling for Lydia. It was such a fun day. Having my hair and make-up done by Ginny and Mary was just wonderful! The clothes were beautiful. It was fun spending a day at the Baldpate with the girls!"

Tamara DeMars. Loan closer, Norwest Mortgage, and mother of Brett , 10 , Katie , 8, and Daniel , 5. Tamara finds time for biking, hiking , and tennis . "It was wonderful seeing old friends and meeting new ones! Everyone involved was so energetic and e,nthusiastic. Thanks to Lydia and her staff and to Phyllis at Headlines for a great day!"

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Sherry Meyer. Personal trainer, married to Jim, and mother of Nicole, 19, Natalie, 16, Clint, 16, T.J., 12, and Ricky, 11. Sherry's hobbies include body building, showing horses, and barrel racing. "I really enjoyed modeling for Style magazine. The day was filled with fun and excitement. Lydia was very organized and she made everyone feel very special. Thanks to the fine shops, to Lynnette at The Nail Parlour for doing my nails, and Phyllis at Headlines for hair and make-up. Thanks, Lydia, for including me in your summer issue of Style. You're one in a million!" Terrie Norris. Owner of The Optical Shoppe, married to Andrew , and mother of Ryan , 6, and Jenna-Leah, 4. Terrie 's children keep her entertained along with some golf, gardening , and weight training . "It was wonderful to spend this time with Lydia and such great friends. It was hard work and great fun. Thanks to the entire staff." Gerda Roelofs . Homemaker, married to Pieter, and mother of Gabrielle, and Frances . Gerta enjoys weight training , fitness, and nutrition. "I really enjoyed modeling. Lydia, thank you for the opportunity. It was great to be with old friends, and to dress up in pretty clothes . We had lots of laughs in the dressing room together!"

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y the look of this page, it's evident that we had quite a large and lovely group of fashion models this issue. We had a delightful day photographing fashion at the charming Baldpate Inn in Estes Park. The weather was warm and sunny and our hosts, Lois and Mike Smith were very gracious. Thanks to them , our models, and to the owners of all the fine fashion stores in Estes Park. Our day of shooting at the Carousel Dinner Theatre in Ft. Collins was loads of fun too. What could be nicer than working with friends as models? The swimwear and casualwear was fashionable and fun . The South Pacific stage set was perfect and Vandi Holter and her staff were so very accommodating. Thanks to all! Our summer issue has grown again and given us the opportunity to include more articles. As always we welcome your input and wish you the best of summers. Enjoy!

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The Poudre Talley THE FOUNDER People who have the ability to create civilization from a wilderness, a city out of a prairie are rare indeed . Joseph Mason was that kind of man . In all my studies of our history, Joseph Mason is the one indispensable man without whom it is unlikely that history would have turned out like it did . At every critical point in the development, of first the fort, and then the city, you will find he left his mark. Colonel William 0 . Collins may be our namesake, but Joseph Mason should probably be considered the Father of the City. He was born on January 28, 1840, in Montreal, Canada. He left home when he was just 15 years old to seek his fortune. By the time he was 19 years old he had arrived in the Rocky Mountains with a government expedi tion that was exploring the headwaters of the Yellowstone River. He arrived at Laporte on February 1Oth , 1860, where he found a settlement of mountaineers and trappers , 50 or 60 strong , and four or five hundred Indians. Of the famous people who would be the true builders of Fort Collins, Joseph Mason was the first to arrive. In 1862, when Larimer County was formed by the Territorial Legislature, Mason was picked by Governor Evans to be one of 3 county commissioners with Laporte as the county seat. In June of 1864, the Poudre River flooded in a torrential downpour that melted the snow pack and washed away the arrny garrison , Camp Collins, in Laporte. So the commander of the camp sent a detail of soldiers under the command of Lt. Jim Hannah to scout out a new location for the military post. The detail came down the river about as far as 1-25 and then started back. When they got to Joseph Mason's farm he met the detail of soldiers. Well , since he was one of the old -timers in the county, and a county comm issioner to boot, Lt. Hannah stepped down off

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his horse to listen to what Joseph had to say . And besides , he pulled out a bottle of whiskey and offered the dedicated Lt. Hannah a drink. So there they sat, in the new grass of summer, along the banks of a fast-flowing Poudre River, while Mason waxed poetic about what a wonderful place this would be to build a army post. The good lieutenant is certain ly not one to argue with such a well informed and generous man, so he filed a report recommending Mason's site for the new Fort Collins. A month later, Colonel Collins came down to see for himself and agreed that this was the spot. A short time thereafter, Mason was selected by the army to be the new post sutler. In 1865, Joseph Mason was doing a major business with the army at Fort Collins as the post sutler. He clearly was the first man in the county to begin to earn a real income. Other than the fact that they had to be awful careful of the Indians , business at the Fort was very good , what with companies of soldiers coming and going all the time , and each one of them needing to buy

something at Mason's store. In the tax roles of Larimer county for 1866, Mason and Allen's store was the biggest taxpayer in the county. Their assessed valuation was over $36,000. This was nearly as much as the rest of the entire county combined. The time of the active military reservation at Fort Collins was coming to a close. The Fort had been a busy place for the past two years. But now the Indian wars had moved away from Colorado and it looked like civilization could , at last, begin to appear in northern Colorado. This was great for the Poudre Valley but just terrible for Joseph Mason. He was the biggest taxpayer in the county . He had the biggest investment, by far, of anyone . But his principal income source was the store at the military fort in Fort Collins and now the fort was closing down. In 1867 the military reservation was locked up in government red tape, and for five more years not open to public settlement. Fort Collins, the post, was gone. Technically Joseph Mason was trespassing by having his store on government land. So, he hit upon a wonderful idea. "Let's build a new town , right here, where the old fort was located ." Next he engaged in a personal campaign to get the county seat moved from Laporte to Fort Collins . "But, Joe ," said one of his friends , "there ain 't no Fort Collins". Now, all of that is true. There wasn 't any Fort Collins . There was just Joseph Mason's store and a few other buildings , owned by people who agreed with him . Nevertheless , the matter was put to a vote by all of the citizens of the county, which was twice as big as it is today. On the 8th of September, 1868, all of the men who lived in the county had a chance to vote for their choice of a county seat. The seat had been in Laporte since 1862, but now a change was in the air. "Joseph Mason over at the old fort," the settlers said to each other, "says that we are going to have a proper city over there and we ought to put the county seat there. Well, we all go over there to buy our supplies and we 're there all the time anyhow ... why

not?" Well , when the vote was taken, the non-existent town of Fort Collins was chosen as the county seat over Laporte and Old St. Louis. Within a month the county had moved all the records, papers, safe, and even the jail to the site of the old fort. Where do you suppose the county set up shop? Right again, in the building called Old Grout, the humble store of good old Joe Mason. For a long time the effective county seat headquarters was this building that stood at the corner of Jefferson and Linden street in Old town . It was used for quite a few years. Then, after all of this, and partly because of the death of his partner, Asaph Allen, Mason sold the store to William C. Stover and John Mathews in 1869. He had gone to all the trouble to get the county seat moved to Fort Collins to protect his interests in his store, and then just sold it. In 1871, Joe Mason was elected to be the sheriff of Larimer County. He was elected again in 1873. During this time, he was the Matt Dillon of the Poudre Valley . He was a very busy man. For the most part, there were no more real problems with the Indians, but now people were beginning to move into the area in larger number. With the establishment of Fort Collins as a real town in 1873, growth came in larger doses. There was a lot of construction in irrigation projects, and so there were gangs of workers in camps all around Fort Collins . There were also ranch hands who worked on the neighboring spreads. This meant, for a lot of guys, coming to town on a Saturday night. It was Joseph Mason's job to keep a lid on all this, and there is every reason to believe that he did the job, very well. Joseph Mason continued to make his mark in Larimer County. In 1873, he was appointed as postmaster for the area by the President of the United States and he bought into the flour mill in Fort Collins . This is the same one that had been started by Auntie Stone and Henry Clay Petersen in 1866. That flour mill was a going concern and continued to be successful under Mason's management. It's still a going concern in 1994, but today it is better known as Ranchway Feeds. One of the questions you might have been asking yourself as I told the story of Joseph Mason, was "If he was so famous, how come I've never heard of him? How come we don't have a statue and celebrate Joseph Mason Day?" Well, the answer to why we don't remember Mason in any way except as a street with a train track in the middle of it, is because of the way this story

ends. On February 11th , 1881, Joe Mason was visiting his pal Fred Sherwood at his ranch. The ranch was at about the intersection of Mulberry and 1-25. As he was changing the tack on one of the horses, it kicked him in the head . He went down like a rock. Sherwood took him inside and a doctor was summoned. Mason hung on for a few days, but in the end, he died. He was only 41 years old. Joseph Mason dreamed the big dream, dared the great adventure. He was a pioneer at age 19, rancher at 21, county commissioner at 22. When he was 28 he conducted his campaign to move the county seat to Fort Collins. At the age of 31, he was elected sheriff of the county. You have to wonder why a man who was so successful in business, chose to take the job of sheriff, which paid nearly nothing. Maybe it was because he wanted to make sure that nothing or nobody messed up the huge jump-start he had given northern Colorado, and the only way he could think to do that, was to become the arm of the law. He was our very first lawman. He was also our first citizen, and first family, to be a success out here on the wild frontier. There is no telling what Joseph Mason would have accomplished if he had lived out his full life. Maybe today, if he had , we really would celebrate a founders day in Fort Collins in his honor. But on the day he died in 1881, Fort Collins had become a real city. The railroad had come and new people, good people, were coming here to live in great numbers. They came with their families, their furniture, their stock and trade. They came with everything and they came to stay. This new generation of builders would never know the man who had made all of this possible. From bare land with nothing but prairie dogs, to a growing city of nearly 100,000 people, all of the lines in our town head straight back in history to one man ... Joseph Mason, the man with the most perfect Vision Along the Poudre Valley.

Carolyn Uharkey LET THE MUSIC PLAY For 46 years , the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra has been raising the cultural and artistic horizons of Northern Colorado. It has had but one director for all 46 years .. .Will Schwartz. The Symphony has a tradition of excellence that has spread far beyond the

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borders of Fort Collins and even Colorado. operates It year-round with professional musicians who are paid for their work and has a half a million dollar annual budget. The work of the symphony is too important to hand over to just anyone to run. That is why the Symphony board went out and hired Carolyn Charkey as their Chief Operating Officer. Carolyn rolls back into town after 16 years in Southern California . Perhaps it's only natural for her to return to Fort Collins, since six generations of her family have proceeded her in the Poudre Valley. As a matter of fact , Ms. Charkey is absolutely delighted to be home and to put her considerable talents and energies to use in helping the Fort Collins Symphony move to the next level of achievement. She comes home with a boatload of awards and accomplishments. For seven years she was President of the Orange County Register Charities. For eight years she was a member of the board for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. For ten years she was on the board of the Master Chorale of Orange County. In her spare time she served on the national board for the Leukemia Society of America, was the chapter president of the big Mothers Against Drunk Drivers organization in Southern California and was named volunteer of the year in 1992. The list of other achievements , recognition's , awards and service is quite long and distinguished. Since her arrival in December, she has become president of the rejuvenated Fort Collins Arts Council , continued her involvement in the Public Relations Society of America , and helped prepare a whole new season for the Fort Collins Symphony. Carolyn has an interesting view of the role that a symphony orchestra can play with in a community. It starts with her passion for doing her part to eliminate injustice and ugliness from creation . "The world ," she says , "needs more peace and joy. Everyone has a capacity for it. It doesn't happen government to government but with people to people . That's one of the best things about a community symphony orchestra ... it brings people together." Carolyn is intent on raising the roof with music,

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1994 ARTS PICNIC Lincoln Park, Greeley July 30, 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. July 31 , 10:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Free admission In its 16th year, this picnic provides continuous entertainment, a hands-on area to keep little ones busy with arts and crafts, over 200 booths featuring items from painting to pottery to photography, 30 food booths with dishes from around the world and demonstrations. Come and enjoy this exciting festival of visual, performing and culinary arts! OPERA FORT COLLINS PRESENTS "REGINA" Lincoln Center Performance Hall, Fort Collins August 4, 6 and 7 $16, students/children $14 First-timer ticket $10, group rates available Opera Fort Collins will present Marc Blitzstein's jazzy modern work based on Lillian Hellman's play, "The Little Foxes," and will be perforned in English with full orchestra. Guest artists will include Barbara Hardgrave, Mia RikerNorrie, Cornelia Jones-Post, Ryan Allen, Randie Blooding, and Steve Lovaas. Don't miss this grand opportunity to see live opera! Call 482-0220 for information or 221-6730 to order tickets. 1994 CONCERTS UNDER THE STARS Old Town Square, Fort Collins Thursdays, through August 11th, 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. Free admission This years line up has something for everyone. Enjoy an evening of great listening under the Colorado sky kicking off with Diana Castro and the Big Time playing top 40 hits, funk and R & B and concluding the series with a local favorite, the Blue Grass Patriots.

1994 NOONTIME NOTES Oak Street Plaza, Fort Collins Tuesdays, through August 16th, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free admission What better excuse to escape the office or house for a relaxing outdoor concert. Bring your brown bag lunch, sit back and relax while listening to a wide assortment of music from the 1770's greatest hits, to ragtime to golden greats of the 60's and 70's. 11TH ANNUAL SCULPTURE IN THE PARK Benson Park, Loveland August 13 & 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. $5.00 for one day pass, $8.00 for two day pass, children under 14 free You won 't wa nt to miss this two-day event featuring demonstrations, food and entertainment. 155 artists will display works at the exhibition. Proceeds benefit the Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Call 663-2940 for more information. NEW WEST FEST Various locations throughout Fort Collins August 19, 20 and 21 Free admission to most events Enjoy the spirit of Fort Collins and the 130th anniversary of the founding of Fort Collins with 3 non-stop entertainment stages, athletic events and over 450 food and craft booths. Be sure to stop by Kid's World and visit Garfield who will be promoting literacy. A new addition this year will be the teen area with the Food Fort to benefit the Larimer County Food Distribution Center. The fort will be constructed by the Boys and Girls Club and Team Fort Collins with canned goods donated by NWF spectators. So bring your canned goods and enjoy a weekend of fun in the sun!



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elieve it or not, there was a time when people only thought about flavor when preparing their meals. Not any more. Today we quiz ourselves before each bite - what's the fat-content in this item, how much cholesterol and how many calories does it have? Many consumers are taking product-awareness one step further. They check items for preservatives or artificial colors and sweeteners. In so doing, they're simply trying to achieve the greatest degree of purity in their food. "Just because something is fat-free doesn't mean it's healthy and "lite" means almost nothing," says Alfalfa's manager, Paul Gingerich. "There are still stabilizers and starches in those products used as substitutes for fat that I wouldn't eat." The success of natural food stores over the last few years proves Gingerich isn 't the only one studying labels. The Alfalfa's chain opened the Fort Collins store, at 216 W . Horsetooth , in October 1992 and, according to Gingerich, their business is enjoying 25 percent growth. "I think people are realizing that it is not healthful to consume foods grown and proces-

sed with dangerous chemicals and poisonous pesticides," says Gingerich . Choosing organic and naturally-grown foods answers more than just health concerns. Many of his customers prefer the flavor and quality of products grown without pesticides, chemicals and fertilizers. And many Alfalfa's shoppers buy organic to help protect the earth's fragile environment. "I think the agricultural system that is prevalent now is not sustainable. With the use of chemicals and pesticides polluting the ground-water, soil and ozone layer, sooner or later we are going to need to figure something else out ," says Gingerich, who admits cleaning up modern agricultural practices will eventually raise all food prices. Currently, Alfalfa's organicallygrown products cost about 20% more than commercially-grown counterparts. The extra cost results in part from a more labor-intensified growing system. "For example, you have to hoe and till with manual labor as

opposed to using an airplane to squirt hundreds of acres a minute with herbicides and pesticides," says Gingerich . Without the use of modern treatments, some natural foods may show an occasional blemish or bruise. That fact is hard for some consumers to accept in this age of hybrid products raised for visual appeal. Still organic products are more widely accepted than they were 20 to 30 years ago when the term "health food store" had an almost negative connotation . Then , natural food stores were often considered to be dirty, little stores frequented primarily by hippies. Today, health food stores look much like other grocery stores and customers span age and lifestyle. Making smart food choices requires educating yourself - learning what to look for on labels and what to avoid. Visitors to Alfalfa's can pick up a wide assortment of informative pamphlets, many published by the Alfalfa's chain itself. The pamphlet Low-fat Shopping Guide '94 seems especially appropriate and helpful in light of the recent obsession with fat-content. The infor-

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mation center also offers recipes and magazines and Alfalfa's recommends two books as great beginne r references, Alternative Medicine by Future Medicine Publishing , and Bread and Circus Whole Food Bible named for the Bread and Circus health food chain . For more information , try the Country Health Foods store at 1700 South College Avenue which carries the largest selection of health-food and alternative medicine books and pamphlets, as well as a wide assortment of vitamins and dietary supplements and a few health food products. The federal government is still working on a national standard for organic foods, but most states have their own codes. Alfalfa's follows strict standards set by the Colorado Organic Producers Association, the Organic Crop Improvement Association and the USDA. Though there are no regulations for labeling or marking organic food containers , Gingerich can prove his products have been approved. " If it ' s labeled organic in our store , we can show you a box with a third-party verifying group's logo on it." The Food Co-op of Fort Collins at 250 East Mountain Avenue displays a more traditional , health food store ambiance . Manager Brian Gable , explains why his customers choose to shop at the Co -op. "We don 't have an upscale look, but a lot of people like that. We have a more alternative feel , a laid-back flavor. Our prices are good and some people just like to come down to Old Town where we're located ." Gable also believes many of his customers like the ph ilosophy behind the Co-op . "We 're a corporate entity but we ' re supported by our members . There's no single group of people profiting off of us so we don't operate with the idea of profit in mind ." This philosophy stems from the Coop 's roots. Gable says in the late 1960's you couldn 't find such common healthy items as brown rice and wholegrain breads in Fort Collins, so a group

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of residents formed a buying club to purchase directly from a natural foods distributor in Denver. The food club grew quickly and, in 1971 , the members opened a retail store , the first of its kind in Fort Collins. It still operates under a board of directors and membership is open to the community. Gable thinks organic foods are becoming steadily more accessible to the general public . "You ' re already starting to see it creep into the mainstream markets like Safeways and King Soopers. Most of the super markets here have a natural foods section ," he says. Many of the organic foods sold in this

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area arrive from California, but local summer harvests yield an abundance of fresh, organic produce priced reasonably compared to commerciallygrown products in the supermarkets. Where once the term organic was associated most strongly with produce and meats, Gable says the industry is growing rapidly to encompass more items. "I keep reading in the industry magazines that the grocery sector, the dry goods and prepared foods , are really going to be growing . Probably

the biggest growth sector I see currently are mixes available made with organic products ." Soon you 'll even have a variety of baking mixes to choose f rom promising healthier desserts. As for labels declaring "fat-free" and "lite," Gable, like Gingerich, sees those terms as little more than the current trend. "I think the marketing people and American consumers have a tendency to jump on bandwagons. The last couple of years it's been fat. We don't buy into those gimmicks too heavily, but we do try to provide what people ask for and that includes some fat-free stuff," says Gable . The Co-op is well-known for it's bulk food cho ices of items such as whole bean coffees , grains and granolas . Popular in most modern health food stores , the term "bulk" means customers can scoop the amount they need from bins . Most health food stores also carry a wide assortment of the herbal supplements, vitamins and natural remedies gaining in popularity as people focus on alternative health care and preventive medicine in the face of rising health care costs. It's tempting to put off learning more about health foods and alternative medicines . Many assume the terms and descriptions will sore over their heads . Perhaps the easiest way to get started is simply to ask for help. That's easy to do in a small , friendly market like Wild Oats Community Market which falls somewhere between Alfalfa 's and the Co -op in terms of ambiance. Previously known as Columbine Market, Wild Oats has operated at its current location at 1611 South College Avenue for 10 years . "We like to think we have the selection a big store would have, but we have a small store atmosphere ," says Jill Wanerus , Wild Oat's assistant manager. Wanerus has also noticed an increased interest in natural foods. "I think a lot of the mainstream stores are starting to copy us in the brands they

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sell, but in many instances our prices are better. When I started working here six years ago, it was the same people that shopped here all the time. Now I think a lot more people are accepting it and realizing that what you eat does affect your health. We see all kinds of people in our store now," she says. Ahmed Fallah, owner of the International Market at 1643 South College, has also noticed a recent change in his clientele. "Everyday I get more local customers. Before, maybe 100% of my customers were foreign students from CSU." The International Market sells exclusively imported foods primarily from the Middle East, Lebanon, Pakistan and China. Fallah, originally from Libya, arrived here 17 years ago. He worked at the Sahara Grocery on Laurel street which became the International Market about one and a half years ago. Browsing the shelves of the International Market is like taking a trip around the world. You're likely to stumble across an abundance of foods completely unfamiliar to most Americans. Fallah says his natural foods and vegetarian selections are among his best-selling items. Fallah says his customers enjoy the smell of exotic spices and foods that permeate his shop. Shoppers can often sample foreign dishes and for those confused by the labels or interested in learning more about the products, Fallah often hands out copies of recipes and has even, occasionally, invited people to his home for a meal. Fallah credits the university for some of the interest in his imported foods. "People get acquainted with the foreign students at CSU and maybe have meals with them and like the food. Then they want to try to make it," he says. In fact, ethnic cooking might just be the food craze of the 90's and since many foreign dishes call for healthier foods, the natural food stores are a good place to find ingredients. "I think people are using our types of food more and more because it's healthier than hamburgers," says Fallah. Gingerich agrees. "Italian food, for example, begins with wonderful, fresh ingredients. If you want to do Thai, Chinese or Japanese, we have those foods, like wasabi, which is a horseradish root sauce and nori rolls that are the seaweed sheets used to roll the sushi in. We also sell a lot of imported olive oils." At the International Market, though many of the names on labels are in Asian or Arabic script, most have English translations below them. Some items may seem somewhat familiar to many Americans, such as Falafel and

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• • • • • • • Hummus mi xes and spring roll skins. Other products , such as mango pulp , sour cherry syrup , grape leaves and exotic spices such as fenugreek and turmeric offer a more exotic flavor. The International Market also carries a substantial selection of grains, rice , beans and dried fruits and has on hand a small selection of fresh baked treats like the store's popular baklava. Whether you 're cooking exciting new dishes or trying to liven up your old ones, natural food stores provide fresh , healthy ingredients and friendly , helpful service . Health food store employees seem to realize the products they sell lead people to healthier lives and in all the markets you 'll find informed , helpful service. So, there's little reason not to shop in Fort Collins ' natural food stores . Chances are you'll find them to be a culinary adventure and when you leave you ' ll feel better about the choices you 've made for your body and the environment.

Teresa R. Funke is a free lance writer and historian in Fort Collins. She has had numerous articles published in local and regional magazines.

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How to Protect You and Your Family By Ashley Ryan Gaddis

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all heard or read about the dangers that chemicals can pose to our society. Direct causal relationships between chemicals , such as PCBs, and some cancers have been determined. Studies suggesting certain chemicals may influence the risk of breast cancer have been published. Emissions and waste products from chemical manufacturers have been linked with water and air pollution . One group of chemical products that has sparked lots of discussion about its dangers are pesticides. However, if you ask 20 different people for the "truth" about pesticides , you 'll probably get 20 different answers. Although there is a general consensus that pesticides can be harmful, people who study pesticides, or use them in their work, disagree on how harmful they really are .

Paul Gingerich , manager of Alfalfa ' s Market in Fort Collins , described his company's philosophical standpoint on pesticides: "We believe pesticides, herbicides, and commercial fertilizers are poison, and are not part of a system of agriculture that is sustainable." Carol Williams, co-owner with her husband, Doug , of Organic Lawn Care, explained why her company chose not to use pesticides: "We don't believe in pesticides," she said . "We think they're too detrimental to the environment. " Steve Hyland, on the other hand, co-owner of Hyland Brothers Lawn and Tree Care , does use pesticides in his lawn maintenance programs. He said there is an overreaction to the perceived risks of pesticides, and that if used properly, pesticides offer a safe and effective way to maintain a healthy lawn. Hyland makes a point of being well informed on matters of his industry. He reads the studies , analyzes problems and possible remedies , and select materials used based on safety as well as efficiency,

understanding the biologies of the host and the pest. He feels that his awareness helps him make the best agronomic and envionmental decisions for his clients. "This is a highly regulated industry," he explained . "I feel my material is at least as safe as gasoline." According to the American Cancer Society, "the term pesticide covers a wide range of biologically active chemical compounds intended to kill pests: insects (insecticides), fungi (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides) , and plants or weeds (herbicides) ." Pesticides are available to and used by large commercial operations , small local companies , and individual homeowners. Pesticides pose the greatest health risks to those who come in direct contact with them , such as farm workers , pesticide factory workers , and grounds maintenance crews . Risks also exist for those who live near fields or parks where pesticides may be regularly sprayed, and those whose local water supply is contaminated by chemical run -off.


For the average person, however, such as those living in Fort Collins, pesticides pose health risks when they are present in food and used in the home or yard for cleaning and maintenance purposes. In its article , "FDA Reports on Pesticides in Foods, " published in the June 1993 issue of FDA Consumer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that pesticide residues found in infant and adult foods are "almost always well below tolerances (the highest levels legally allowed) set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). " These tolerances are set by the EPA to protect the public health from dangerous levels of approved pesticides used on food crops. Dr. Catherine Carnevale , a physician with the FDA, said that in its annual enforcement monitoring of EPA-set tolerances for pesticide residues, the FDA finds a violation rate of less than 1 percent for domestically produced foods , and between 2 and 4 percent for imported foods. Lydia's Style Magazine

Given the FDA findings , the Amerifully developed immune systems to Hyland said 90 percent of lawns are can Cancer Society concludes "the maintained and treated by homeownfight off toxins or carcinogens, which residues in marketed foods pose means they may be more suscepti ers and not professionals . Both Mill negligible risks to human health .... ble, at lower dosages, to the harmful and Hyland strongly recommend The American Cancer Society effects of chemicals. consumers read and follow the label believes that the benefits of a balConcerns that the EPA-set tolerinstructions of all lawn maintenance anced diet rich in fruits and vegetaances and FDA testing methods products , chemical or natural , they bles far outweigh the largely theoretregarding pesticide residues did not buy. Consumers put their health and ical risks posed by occasional, very adequately address the needs of their lawns at risk when they don't. low pesticide residue levels in infants and children prompted the Mill said his company uses and foods ." EPA to commission a report from the sells both organic and chemical prodLyle Davis , co-founder of Alfalfa's National Academy of Sciences evaluucts. He said he tries to "help everyMarket, and current produce buyer ating the methods the government day folks figure out the safest and for the grocery chain , however , most effective" way to solve their agencies use to estimate the health believes there is inadequate monitorrisks to infants and chi ldren of pestiproblems or treat their lawns. He also cide residues in foods . ing and testing of pesticides and their said he recommends cultural pracresidues in food . According to Carnevale, this report, tices , such as proper mowing or Alfalfa ' s supports organic watering , that can safely and farming also because it causes easily solve problems. " ... the residues in less damage and degradation to Mill said many of his conthe environment . Davis exsumers prefer using organic or marketed foods pose plained that conventional farmnatural products, and he tries to negligible rislcs to human ing that uses chemicals often use the safest types of materiresults in the loss of top soil , als first. "I would love to be able health ... The American Cancer contamination of water systems, to do everything naturally , Society belieues that the and health problems for workorganically, and biologically," he ers . He said organic farming said . However, he said there benefits of a balanced diet rich means farming in which "there are some problems , such as in fruits and uegetables far is no additive that is chemicallycodling moths in apple trees , derived ." outweigh the largely that are best solved with chemiFor a farm in Colorado to be cal means. theoretical rislcs posed by certified an as organic grower, Hyland also believes chemi occasional, uery Davis explained, the farm must cals must be used to solve cerp rovide documentation that tain lawn and garden problems. low pesticide there was no use of any kind of "I don 't know of any good residue leuels artificial fertilizer , herbicide, or organic product that would kill additive in the crops for the prethe dandelion and not the lawn ," in foods." vious three years , or that the he said. crops were grown on a new plot Williams said her company of land that had never been treated titled " Pesticides in the diets of uses an organic fertilizer made from with chemicals. Infants and Children ," was issued field crops to treat lawns. She said last June. She said the report caused Piedmont Farms in Wellington is this fertilizer puts "back into the soil the largest organic farm in Colorado the EPA, FDA, and the United States what nature , time , and chemicals and one of the top five in the country. Department of Agriculture (USDA), have taken out." She said a healthy Greg Owsley of marketing said Piedwhich enforces the pesticide tolerlawn is like a healthy body: if it is well mont Farms has emphasized susance levels in meats and animal taken care of, it will be able to fight tainable agricultural practices since it products, to change the direction of off diseases and pests. started in 1971 and has been com their pesticides policies to accommo"We're just trying to get people to pletely organic since 1986. Piedmont date better the needs of children. For live healthier," she said. example, she said the FDA is sells its produce, wheat , and other Like Mill , Williams thinks cultural products nationally and internation increasing the number of children's practices can be an important tool for ally. Owsley said Piedmont believes foods it evaluates in its annual moniimproving one's lawn. She also sugthe primary benefits of organic farmtoring of pesticides in foods . gests homeowners solve their weed Pesticides probably pose the greating are that it is sustainable and safer problems not by killing the weeds but for workers , but that it's "nice to have est risk to consumers in the area of by overseeding their lawns. Hyland a bonus of safer foods. " home and lawn maintenance. This is feels his company has been at the One issue of importance regarding because consumers are able to purforefront of encouraging cultural the pesticide residues in foods is the chase chemically-derived pesticides methods such as aeration , seed effects these residues might have on at local stores and apply them withse lection , watering and mowing to infants and children. Children eat out any regulation. increase turf health. "Healthy turf will more fruits and vegetables , food Stephen Mill , co-owner of Mill reduce but not eliminate pest problikely to be exposed to pesticides , Brothers Landscape & Nursery, Inc. , lems, some of which will require pesper pound of body weight than do said general consumers are, "by far, ticides to correct," says Hyland. adults . Children also do not have the highest consumers of chemicals. " Hyland, Mill, and Williams all rec-

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ommend homeowners consult with professionals about the best way to care for their lawns and plants before they buy and use particular products. Although we cannot protect ourselves from all the dangers posed by chemicals in our society, we can protect ourselves and our families from some. We can follow professional advice and read and heed all labels on products before we use them . We can use chemicals in the home or the yard when our children are at school so we don 't affect them with any residues . We can carefully wash and scrub all fruits and vegetables we buy at the grocery store. Part of protecting ourselves , however , is deciding which risks are acceptable to us and which are not. Some people do not accept the risk of having pesticides in their foods , and buy only organic foods , but accept the risk of driving their car back and forth to work each day. Some people are careful to feed their pets only natural pet food , but spray their beautiful roses with chemical sprays. Deciding which risks in life are acceptable is a personal decision . For families concerned about pesticides and their exposu res to them , it is best to consult with government agencies , scientists , local experts , and personal physicians to determine which risks you are willing to take and which you are not.


Ashley Ryan Gaddis is a freelance writer living in Fort Collins. She is a regular contributor to Style.

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DIRK FRIEL It's been a 12-year co Dirk Friel , and it's likely to another 12. At age 24 , Friel is a pro cyclist on the European circuit bright future and a dedication sport that won't quit. "The Eurorle-an'l l o. who won one of the most prestig races last year was 38, " Dirk says . depends on your genes - what you've been given ." At age 12, inspired by cyclists he saw on television and supportive parents, he entered his first race , the Tour de Fort around Library Park in Fort Collins . He finished last. By the time he was 16, he was a state champion and had competed in the nationals, placing 12th in the time trials and 18th in the road race. As a 15 year-old he was among the youngest invited to attend camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs . His first season at camp he placed in the top 50 riders . Since the summer between junior high and high school, Dirk has trained year round , foregoing other sports , social activities, and "hanging out" time with friends. "I see a movie about once a month , and I haven't been in an outdoor swimming pool for years ," he says. Affable and articulate, Dirk says

his friends understand his commitment to cycling , and the sacrifices he makes for the sport he loves are worth it. "Cycling is a fantastic sensation," Dirk says. "You join with the bike. It's hard to explain, but your mind sort of leaves your body and the bike. You just take it away because in a five hour race, for example, about an hour and a half is spent in total pain . You have to find a way to deal with it. So much of racing is mental. In competition you do things you don't normally do, like take risks on descents. But I love it, man . I really do love it." From his earliest days as a racer, Dirk's dream was to ride in Europe. In 1990 when he was 19 , the dream came true. At the end of February, Dirk was in Belgium riding the roads he'd heard about and seen on television for years. He stayed for six months, racing and working as a "rider coach" for other ..,..,""'"''"ning American cyclists unfamiliar European courses. "'"'""rr"ng to Dirk, there's no com en riding in Europe States. In Europe rac:E:J~'.C}~e) es, compared with 5 \rii:il'e':s~f,t ert3. And there are to October. ntains,

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He returned to Euro another six months Stage races in Fra broadened his experi he came home to lege, confident g" season in 1992. for ' n t>rn'o,r.f to the a French team U.S . Cycling F am. He competed in rials in Altoona, P d shortly afterwards to turn pro. In eye ~Q ••~!Jj~ ~'9tt1~no restrictions that kee articipating in he rode his first kilometer race in itions in Holland. "As a piece of meat, " Dirk director gives you a le and you follow it. It's d you must go to work, no 'DJ~~tt.~~l,0w you feel. It's different from 1t-~.o. ~11 ·"" '0 "i" mentality." raced every other day in July. re's no such thing as training durthe season," he explains. "You are her racing or resting." He finished the season with a sixth place in a race in Belgium, and came home elated with his accomplishments, and ready to resume his "other life" as a student at Colorado State University. Fluent in French as a result of his seasons in Europe, he is now a junior majoring in public relations, and hopes one day to work for an international firm . A 3.4 GPA says something about his commitment to academics. "I'm still learning ," Dirk says of his cycling. "I need to determine my strengths and figure out which races are best for me. Then I can make a name for myself." Although he would love to ride the torturous 23-day Tour de France one day, he already knows that hills are not his strength. "It's inhumane," he says. I know that right now, I could not finish it." "The classics," shorter races that feature wind, rain, cobblestones, hills, flats, are where Dirk shines.

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This winter Dirk has been training around Fort Collins , using his mountain bike when conditions don't allow for road biking. For the first time since 1990, he spent the spring in Colorado, getting ready for a season that will see him racing as the only professional on the Lees Cyclery Team in Fort Collins, jointly sponsored by Pour La France and Ultimate Support Systems . With the help of East Coast sponsors, he will compete in the national championships in Philadelphia in June before heading to Europe to complete the season. In July he will join a team sponsored by Trident chewing gum , based near Ghent, Belgium. When the season is over, he hopes to be invited to stay for another year with the team. School will wait while Dirk pursues his dream as far as it will take him. SHANE SWARTZ Shane Swartz was only four when his dad , Roger, took him to a friend's gym and introduced him to boxing. "I didn't know a thing about the sport," Shane says, "but I was fascinated with jumping rope. I couldn't do it, and I kept going back to the gym until I learned." That was 14 years ago. Now 18 and a 1994 graduate of Poudre High School , Shane has his life pretty well mapped out between now and the 1996 Olympics, to be held in Atlanta , Georgia . He 's shooting for a gold medal in boxing in the middleweight, 165-pound division, and his chances look good . For example , he won the U.S. Amateur Boxing Championships 165pound division in March, and in doing so qualified for a Dual Match in Dublin , Ireland in April , and the World Boxoffs in Birmingham , Alabama in May. A first place in Alabama will send him to the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia in July. The second place finisher will compete in the AlBA World Cup Challenge in Bangkok, Thailand in June. Either way, Shane has an exciting summer ahead. "It's not all a picnic," Shane explains. Before each of these matches he will spend more than two weeks at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in intensive training . What about school? "When the other guys are resting , I'll be doing my homework and faxing it back to Poudre, " Shane says. He is a conscientious student and plans to attend the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in the fall to

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study in the area of exercise sciencephysical therapy. He plans to take a light load , because his focus will be on the Olympic dream , and that will mean periods of time away from school for training and matches across the country. He also plans to go out for the football team as a walk-on kicker. He describes football as his "second favorite sport." His senior year at Poudre he made the All Conference Team and received honorable mention for the All State Team . He played varsity basketball as a senior, but had to quit when a hand injury made it impossible for him to dribble the ball. In the spring he participated in track. He's played soccer too, traveling to two regional tournaments with the Fort Collins Arsenal , and until junior high, played baseball for the Fort Collins All Stars. When he was eight, he ran the Rawhide Marathon in Fort Collins with his sister, Cherie, and was ranked number one marathoner in the nation in his age group. "Dad stuck us in about every sport possible," Shane says. He is proud and at the same time humble about his athletic accomplishments . He doesn't deny his natural athletic ability , but credits his family for making it possible for him to develop God-given talent. "I could probably be an OK tennis player if you gave me a racquet and let me


practice for a couple of weeks, " he says. "I could probably do pretty well in almost any sport , except maybe swimming and gymnastics." Shane decided to focus on boxing for two reasons; he could see that the sport could offer him lots of opportunities, and he knew it was the sport in which he excelled. Before he was five, Shane's dad had jumped wholeheartedly into the role of boxing coach for his young son . Roger Swartz , who is by day the head of maintenance painting for Poudre R I School District, has had no formal boxing training. He grew up on a Nebraska farm, and there learned something about plain old fist fighting . He augmented that early school boy knowledge with scrutinizing fights closely on television and doing lots of reading . To provide training fo r local youths interested in the sport, and to have a place for his own son to train, Roger started the Choice City Boxing Club , now known as K.O. Boxing Club, located in Laporte. As owner and head coach , Roger continues to put in lots of hours and every year some of his own money to keep the club going. He has produced a number of fine boxers, including the sixth place finisher in the national Silver Gloves competition. His son , the first product of his coaching , continues to make him proud . During high school Shane competed twice against the Canadian National Team, once against the Korean team, and once against Ireland. He lost one of the Canadian matches, and won the other three encounters . When he turned 16, Shane was thrown into the 16-32 age bracket. With nearly 14 years of boxing experience behind him , Shane thinks his career is peaking even though he is only 18. He looks forward to competing until his mid-20s , but has made a promise to himself to quit by the time he's 24 or 25. "Twenty years of boxing will be enough ," he says. His long years of experience make it possible for Shane to take breaks from training between matches . Typically, he begins a running regime about a month before a match or tournament, and then begins an intense period of training for two-and-a-half weeks . His training schedule in Colorado Springs starts with interval running at 6 a.m., and is followed during the course of the day with a weights workout, a session that includes bag work, sparring and

shadow boxing , and finally a plyometrics session that enhances agility. With the exception of learning a few fine points , he says the training in Colorado Springs is very similar to the coaching he has received from his dad over the years . Shane says , yes , he does get nervous before a fight , and he wouldn ' t feel comfortable if he didn't. "But I don't like to hang out in the locker room where everybody is all serious and focused, " he says . Instead he prefers to joke around with his coaches , and keep things light until about half an hour before the fight. Then , he's all business. He believes that his long years of experience have taught him the basics . "I know how to fight ," he says. "I know what training I need to do to get ready to fight, and I do it. I have to keep it fun , or I know I won 't be able to stick with it." His family , Shane says , are the ones who should take the credit for much of his success. " I'm the youngest , and the youngest is always spoiled ," he admits . "Seriously though , my two older sisters have given up lots for me over the years . I've had lots of attention because of my boxing, and there have been times when the money was spent on me instead of on them. " One day , Shane would like to be successful enough in the sport so that he could provide the K. 0 . Boxing Club with a full-time paid manager making it possible for his dad to drop in when he felt like it and not be so tied to the club. "He's had the whole responsibility for so many years, " Shane says. In addition to their emotional support, Shane says he credits his sisters with developing his toughness . Five and eight years older , Cherie and Terri didn 't pamper their little brother .

instances , they can use race to psych out a competitor." When Shane's boxing career is over, he looks forward to the opportunity to coach upcoming young boxers. He has already had a taste of coaching and says he thinks he may one day be a better coach than he is a boxer. For now though , Shane knows he must focus on a time, more than two years down the road, when there will be a chance for him to reap the rewards of his years of dedication and hard work, and to thank the family that made it all possible .

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Instead they subjected him to a fair amount of good-natured living room type wrestling . "And they were tough ," Shane says. His mom has always been his biggest fan , even though , as the tournaments get farther away, she hasn't been able to cheer for him in person as often. Shane has met lots of people through boxing , from celebrities like Sugar Ray Leonard and Evander Holyfield , to coaches and competitors. "Being white , I'm in the minority in boxing ," Shane says. "Sometimes it's hard . Some of the boxers like to play mind games and are sometimes hesitant to strike up a friendship. In some

STEPHANIE OWEN On a hot August day last summer in New York, Stephanie Owen took one giant step toward becoming an Olympian . Cycling in the 17-18 year-old division at the Junior National Championships , she took first place in the 45 mile road race and in the 20 kilometer time trials . For Stephanie, who has been cycling since she was 10, it was both a culmination and a beginning . Now 19, she has left the junior ranks and is embarked on her first season as a senior rider . As one of the four-member Shaklee Women 's Team , based in San Francisco, she is benefiting from the opportunity· to ride with seasoned cyclists in their late twenties. "I'm very fortunate to be part of the team ," she says. " Distance cyclists often don't peak until their late twenties. I can learn lots from my teammates. " A 1993 graduate of Fort Collins High School , Stephanie spent her early years working out-almost indiscriminately. She took ballet for 10 years , played soccer, basketball, ran , and was a gymnast before she decided to focus on cycling . "I had the most sue-

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cess as a cyclist, " she says , explaining her decision to focus on one sport. When she was 10, her dad and running buddy , Fred , suffered an injury that forced him to hang up his running shoes . He began biking, and so did Stephanie and her brother Erich , who had also been part of the Owen family runners. Stephanie took to the sport so rapidly that she entered the Red Zinger Mini Classic that same year. For the next five years she participated in the Classic , traveling around the region gaining racing experience. In 1989 she became a licensed U.S Cycling Federation rider and entered the Junior National competition held in Colorado Springs. She came in seventh in the road race , and in December of 1989 was invited to the Olympic Training Center for a couple of two-week camps. Since that time , Colorado Springs has been like a second home to Stephanie. The special training she has received there has helped her to become a member of the Junior National Team and the Junior World Cup team . In 1990 and 1991 she competed in Germany for a team managed by her father that included her brother as a team member. In 1992 she competed in the Junior World Championships in Athens , Greece. Last year she competed in the Junior Pan American Games in Cuba, in the Junior World Championships in Australia , and as a senior competitor she raced in Okinawa, Japan . This summer she will enter National Cup races in Arizona , Oklahoma, and on the East Coast of the United States with the Shaklee team . She will journey to Seattle for the Nationals, especially important as they will serve as the Olympic Trials.


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Stephanie has been at the Olympic Training Center continuously since January of this year . "The constant coaching that is available and the availability of people to train with make it important for me to be here," Stephanie says during a telephone interview. Despite her incredible success at such an early age, Stephanie exhibits a modest wait-and-see attitude toward her future . "I'm definitely on a track toward the 1996 Olympics," she says. "We'll just have to see how it goes. I'm committed to doing my best and seeing how far it takes me ." Stephanie says eating , sleeping, and breathing cycling 24 hours a day is sometimes difficult. She is enrolled in a

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couple of courses at the University of Colorado Extension in Colorado Springs and says the diversion provided by attending classes and studying is a welcome change . Next fall she plans to take a full course load. In the spring , when training picks up, she will take a lighter load, or perhaps drop out of school for the semester, in order to give 100 percent to her cycling . "The mental aspects of the sport are very tough ," Stephanie says. "It's grueling and it takes lots of concentration . In a race you must be continually alert to what is going on ahead and behind you , and you must work closely with your teammates. At the same time , you must know your own strong points and make the best of them ." Stephanie says she's strong on the hills , but is not a sprinter . "I need to get a lead established on the hills, because I'm not good at pulling ahead on the flats ," she explains. Most junior races are 30 to 40 miles, and senior road races are between 50 and 70 miles . Stephanie's brother, Erich , now 20 , is a student at Fort Lewis College in Durango and no longer races competitively . Along with Fred and her mom , Jan , Erich is her loyal suppo rter and fan . "My family have been terrific, " Stephanie says. "Cycling is an expensive sport, and my parents have made it possible for me to compete. It's easier now, because I have sponsorship, but it wasn 't always that way ." Stephanie is currently in the middle of a busy cycling season , giving all her concentration to each race in which she competes , and at the same time keeping an eye on the big one in 1996. Libby James is a local freelance writer and frequent contributor to Style magazines and also works with teen parents.

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By Libby James o, you 're in the market for a surround the two-story frame house. The depicting the Twelve Days of Christmas, building . You need a place • vestiges of a perennial garden remain , • designed by Steve Haddan, well-known to live . Or maybe you ' re and this summer will be brought to new Fort Collins floral designer. about to take the plunge and • life by the home's current occupants. • Customers enter the shop via a covNow off-white and trimmed in olive ered, Plexiglas entry way on the south go into business for yourself. Your resources are limited, green , the place has a Victorian look side of the building. There's a compact but you insist upon quality, • emphasized by scalloped trim beneath • service counter and cash register inconand you want to better your the peaked roof lines . Despite the spicuously lodged in one corner of the • Earle's Flowers sign and a small neon • Mexican-tiled hallway, but what catches environment. You can buy a piece of land and build "open" in a window, the building looks your eye is the spacious, fragrant, buzz of activity in the work room to the right. on it the place of your dreams. You can much more like a home than it does a search for the place of your dreams that • business, and beckons visitors to come • Here Earle 's Flowers co-owne r Beth inside and explore. Parker deftly creates a spring arrangesomeone else has gone to the trouble to build , or you can get involved with an What was once a carriage house now ment as she talks about her role in the existing structure that has "potential" • serves as a garage and is connected to • business she and Jayne Seifken bought and needs work. in January 1993. the original house with a 4,000 foot work To the visitor's left, the sitting room of What's your best bet? For a growing • room and two-level display area, added • in the 1980s. All the new woodwork was the old house entices browsing with so number of people in this area, renovation and restoration is becoming an milled and stained to match the pine many visual delights that you can't take • them all in at once. The floors are the appealing alternative to buying or build- • woodwork in the original house. ing a new structure. People are finding original hardwood . An oval floral carpet The display areas above the they can get more space in desirable, work room are carpeted, open fii;~._........__:_c reates a central focal point. All close-in areas for less money than they • to the level below, and conaround the room are would pay for new. tained by graceful pine banisf r e s h Other benefits? Established landscap- • ters and railings. Creative ing. Often high quality construction. arrangements of silk flowers Convenient locations. The intangible are everywhere - discharm of a place that has a history. • played on a old treadle sewing machine, in a book And the downside? A building that's too old or hasn 't been well cared for • case , in an old ice box, adorning a wooden arbor. can become a money pit into which dollars get sucked to repair plumbing , Last Christmas , the wiring, and other expensive , invisible • smaller of the two upper necessities. levels became a wonThe following pages describe two derland of wreaths area structures and the people who live and work in them. A 1960s ranch style home in lndii<a~n~.,....,....,....,........-~ Hills in Fort Collins and a country farm house in downtown Loveland built in 1903 have taken on new life and serve as fine examples renovation accomplished with careful planning, skill and care. It is perhaps espeA renovated farmcially fitting that the house in Loveold McKee farm house on North Lincoln • land, built in in Loveland now houses a flower shop. 1903, has taken Some of the original lilac and wild plum • on new life as trees planted by the McKee family still Earle's Flowers.

and silk flowers and plants, in big pots, on benches, in a small cart, on a wood burning stove. The windows are draped with fabric, vines , and paper ribbon to create a dramatic, swirling effect. The original dining room looks like , well , a dining room , with a lovely old cherry table and chairs. How nice to be able to select a card from the rack close by and sit at the table to write it out. What was once the main entry is now a whimsical display area draped with white tulle and accented with an old trunk overflowing with stuffed animals. Silk flowers and unique birch bark bird houses complete the decor here. Upstairs are three bedrooms, used now as storage and office space , and sometimes, for naps for Jayne's small daughter. Kathi Lind, right-hand person to Jayne and Beth , sometimes brings her small daughter to work as well. The colorful playpen in the work area seems to belong there, making it possible for these young women to work and be with their children . Owner Jan Earle, who leases the property to Jayne and Beth , bought it in 1979 after it had seen service as a women's birthing center, a teen drop-in center, and an architectural office. The architects from whom Jan bought the house were responsible for refinishing the hardwood floors and woodwork and doing necessary updating. Jan, who had owned a flower shop previously , had the vision to see that a location to the north would likely be a good investment in the future . He opened a second flower shop and for four years operated two shops. In 1983 he closed his downtown shop , built the addition to house work and display areas, and consolidated his business in the old house. For Jan, who is now in the evergreen wreath and birch bark craft business , the house has proved him right and become an excellent investment. The addition of large, open work and display areas represented a major investment, but the added space was badly needed. "The existing rooms were charming , but some were too small for my needs ," Jan says. "I solved the problem by adding on rather than tearing out walls," he explains. He takes pride in the care he took to maintain the theme and style of the old house in the addWon . High ceilings and lots of glass create the sensation of being outdoors and provide wonderful light for working and for displaying flowers and arrangements. Jayne and Beth, both experienced in the flower business , are thrilled to be owners of their own business, even though it means average weeks of 45 to

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• 60 hours , and more during holidays . They can see lots of potential for • expanding their business incorporating collectibles and gift items, and per• haps one day turning the upstairs display area • into a wedding chapel. This summer will bring major clean-up and • restructuring of the front yard to simulate an English perennial • garden . The house at 1120 • North Lincoln may be approaching the century mark , but it • stands , sturdy as ever , providing the • perfect environment for a business that is enhanced by its age • and charm. Susan Clifton spends lots of time • at her drawing board pondering • the redistribution of space within existing structures. It's • her busi-

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ness and she's an expert at it. Put a sledge hammer in her hand though , and she is equally in her element. "I enjoy doing the actual work as much as I do coming up with the ideas," says Susan of her remodeling projects . The 1960s house that she and her husband Mark bought two years ago as a "project" to remodel and sell, was the home where they finally decided to stay. The craftsmanship of stone mason Chuck Johnson of Loveland turned Susan's hole in the wall into an archway between the kitchen and former master bedroom to provide a walkway from the kitchen into what is now a den/entertainment area for her children , Whitney 13, and Taylor, 10. The process eliminated the largest of three bedrooms in the house, a change many people might not be comfortable with . But it was right for the Cliftons. Susan


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converted an ordinary dining room into an extraordinary bedroom for she and her husband . Light streams in from large windows on the north and east. A two-sided fireplace Susan designed and Mark built serves their bedroom and the living room. Bookcases line the bedroom walls on either side of the fireplace. Closets? There aren't any in the room, but the closet space in Susan 's adjacent office works nicely. Equally light, this room was once the kitchen and is now home to a computer, drawing board, and bleached oak office furniture . "The windows faced the street," Susan explains. ''There was nothing to look at. " And it was too small a kitchen for someone who loves to cook. ·. She created a brand-new kitchen, all glass on the south side, looking into the backyard and tied to the outdoors with a flagstone floor that continues outside to become the patio surface. By the time Chuck had completed flagstone floors in the kitchen , patio, dining room, and entry, he had become a family friend. Why all the changes to this home? The house that the Clifton family bought two years ago really had nothing "wrong"

with it. It was well-built, with a brick and • The family eats breakfast and lunch at • explains. "I'm able to show people that a convenient granite-topped counter in you can combine lots of different materiframe exterior, had quality windows, bigthe kitchen, but most dinners are served als and create pleasing effects for less ger than average rooms , and was placed at an interesting angle on a prime corner • in the dining room. Susan enjoys creat- • money than you might think." ing good meals and the family looks forA central island uses wood and granlot in Indian Hills, just off Stuart Street. ite on two different levels. Counter tops ward to dinner time together as often as When it went on the market, a friend of • are of teak (the wood used for boat Susan's looked at it. "Awful ," was her • possible. The Clifton family lived in their house decks) with a backsplash of squares of conclusion . Susan disagreed. A background in graphic design , an • during the entire remodeling process. • tumbled marble in rustic, natural shades. They tackled one area at a time so that Because she enjoys cooking so much, interest in space, hands-on experience Susan considered a commercial with three other residences , and stove, but rejected it in favor of a an intuitive ability to envision Bill Warren's tips before buying a good older home six-burner gas range. She left the what could be, allowed Susan to require a ladder to reach the roof, a flashlight, a screwarea under the stove open for become excited about the house. driver and roughly two hours: storage, creating an airy look . She recognized its shortcomings • Roof - Check for a sagging roof. Place the ladder carefulNorman Custom Cabinetry built as outdatedness and poor use of ly and site down the edge of the roof line. It should be perthe kitchen cabinets and Susan space, and could hardly wait to fectly straight. A sagging one means major structural worked with them to create a get her hands on it. repairs. paint/stain combination which For the Cliftons, the Indian Hills • Exterior Finish and Termites - Inspect the condition of she applied to the grooves in the house was appealing because it the paint, especially under the eaves and at ground level. cabinets, giving them added was structurally sound and not Blistered, peeling or chalky paint indicates the need for new dimension. old enough to require expensive paint. Tunnels of mud near wall bases or piles of powder Susan is willing to take risks indicate termites. new wiring and plumbing . The • Foundation - Inspect foundation for cracks or damage. with her remodeling projects in shake shingle roof was in good Check wood foundation by sticking a screwdriver into the belief that a "too vanilla" condition . Although the home had exposed surfaces. The point shouldn't penetrate more than house will not sell . been a rental for 10 years, no 1/8". Houses built on slab should show no cracks where the "It wasn 't until we got a serious one had come before them with slab meets the wooden house. The ground under the house offer on the house that Mark and remodeling schemes that could should be dry. I realized we didn't want to sell have caused havoc. "I wanted to • Drainage - The ground should slope down and away from it," Susan says. She explains that start from scratch and not have to the house. the location is convenient, the deal with anyone else's mis• Door and Windows - Check fit of exterior doors. If they children are happy in the neightakes, " Susan says. bind, there may be settling needing major repair. Windows borhood, and the house meets In the front entry, she tore out a should open easily. their needs. One day they plan to closet to eliminate a symmetrical • Basement - Check for cracks in walls and signs of water add a master bedroom and bath series of three doors. "It reminddamage. in the garage space , but it may ed me of 'The Price Is Right,"' • Electrical System - Check the fuse or circuit breaker not be for a while. she says. The front door and a panel for capacity. More immediate projects are a powder room door remain , but in • Plumbing - Check pressure and flow from each tap , tongue-in-groove ceiling in the place of the closet is a window inside and out. • Floors - Walk entire floor area of wooden floors. There kids' den and new upholstery for nook that adds light and provides should be no movement and the floors should be level. the den furnitu re. The location of a perfect perch for an inquisitive • Stairs - Check design and condition (treads, railings, and the den, off the kitchen and adjaand colorful wooden rooster, soubanisters). cent to the children's bedrooms, venir of a trip to Jamaica. • Heating System - Examine furnace of central heating/air makes it possible to close off Local flagstone in large irreguconditioning. Look at fuel bills for the past winter, and evitheir wing of the house when lar slabs, and in varying shades, dence of asbestos insulation material. there is either teenage or adult replaced a carpeted surface, and, • Attic - Climb up into the attic or crawl space and check company. incidentally , provide a fine surthe roof sheathing for water stains. There will always be "one face for rollerblading , according "If you found problem areas during the inspection, be sure more project " at the Clifton to the Clifton children. to get repair estimates before buying the house. If structural house , but Susan still finds time Susan remedied a "bowling repairs are needed, insist they be made before you take to help other people through her alley look" resulting from a long possession of your new home or their cost reflect in a lower business, The Clifton Group. She narrow living room and dining purchase price," Warren recommends. has narrowed her focus to that room open to each other, by conwhich she does best - redistribstructing a wall to divide the two ution of space. She works closely with the disruption was somewhat contained . rooms. The focal point of the wall is a two-sided fireplace Susan designed. • Because they did about 80 percent of • architects , and does some work with the work themselves , it took longer, but new homes, though her forte is in adaptMark built the mantle using odds and ing existing structures to reflect the '90s ends of milled lumber. Painted a rich for Susan and Mark, much of the plea• and the lifestyles of their occupants. black, it sets off the squares of tumbled • sure is in the process. The kitchen is completely new with She advises those considering remodmarble that form the fireplace wall . eling to live in their house for a while the exception of the brick wall that now Tumbled marble has a less finished look than polished marble , and Susan • has an archway cut into it. Originally a first. "You 'll discover some things you would never know unless you lived in explains, is more fitting for the house. solarium with a south facing wall of A wall that separated the living room • glass looking into the backyard and a • the place," she says. For example, she and the old family room , came down. skylight, the space allowed for a light, decided that the frosted glass in the roomy kitchen focused around a twokitchen skylight would have to go until Dark paneling was removed , the room • she lived in the house and realized that was painted, new crown molding was • level central island. added, and a rejuvenated chandelier Susan used a wide variety of materithe glare and heat created by plain glass from the old dining room was hung, ere- • als in the kitchen. "It serves as a kind of • would be uncomfortable. Susan says a good quality home will laboratory for my business ," she ating a spacious new dining room .


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hold its value over the years. The major work accomplished by the Cliftons cost $70,000 in materials, but Susan is quick to point out that they did most of the labor themselves. A native of Boulder , Susan has observed lots of creativity in housing remodels and additions. She sees some of the same imaginative things beginning to happen in Fort Collins. It's a trend she approves. Not every family who is interested in renovating and/or remodeling an older home , has the skill or inclination to do the work themselves . There are many professionals who can help, from Realtors to help find just the right home to building inspectors who can assess the basic soundness of a older home and help you to avoid possible unseen disaster. Realtor Prue Kaley with The Group enjoys finding homes with potential for rejuvenation, but says in the current market, demand exceeds supply. She sees more and more people interested in major remodels of existing homes. Many are electing to stay where they are because of convenience of location, importance of staying in a certain school district, or an unwillingness to live too far from work and shopping. In areas such as Parkwood and Warren Shores, people are building large additions, sometimes doubling the size of their home , and often spending anywhere from $10,000 to $200,000 on remodeling and additions. Internationally known for his building inspection expertise, William J. Warren, President and CEO of National Inspection Services, has performed over 60,000 physical inspections and has authored Time/ Life 's Fix-It- Yourself series on building inspections, and environmental audits . Warren echoes the growing trend in buying older homes. "Besides their character and charm , older homes offer several advantages: lower cost, owner financing and sometimes superior construction, " says Warren . "Unfortunately , older homes can also be money pits. For too many families, hidden defects have turned a dream house into a nightmare. For that reason , a professional home inspection , typically done at the buyer's request, can ensure that your prospective new home is safe and structurally sound . If something needs fixing , the inspector will note repair costs , which occasionally may help you negotiate a lower purchase price . If, on the other hand, the inspector finds nothing wrong , you can come to the closing table feeling confident and well-informed ." We also asked several professionals in construction related fields about recent interior trends . They shared a few ideas with us . They are experienced in

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what they do and capable of guidance and problem-solving. Steve of Bob Homolka Painting says the trend is toward gentle colors, mauves and soft grays , and away from harsh whites in homes and commercial spaces. Homes are places of refuge and comfort and currently popular colors are reflecting that attitude. Even operating rooms are getting coats of paint that have less harsh reflection and are easier on the eyes than glaring white. "People are getting more daring with their paint choices ," he says . They are opting for surfaces that appear dappled or marbleized. His partner, Bob, is an expert at creating a marbleized finish. "It's called multi-speck and is sprayed on, " Steve says. He also issues a warning. "Don 't try it unless you know what you are doing. It's difficult to dowell." Designing Women - Dorlies Rasmussen , Irene Gutzowski, Marilyn Blake and Sue Schaefer - say the newest trend could be called eclectic a blend of historical and cultural, which means you can get away with combining styles in ways that once were not acceptable. Especially popular are French and English Country looks , according to Irene. "Lots of grapevines and ivy- and

some lace," she says. Fabrics and wall• papers with historical figures. Crackle wallpaper with a bumpy look • and whimsical borders - old wood in either simple or ornate furniture, bird houses, acorns and pines-attention to • the outdoors - all are popular now. English country is suggested by leather • look wallpaper, Shakespearean borders,

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And then there's the ethnic look-it could be from Russia , Africa , Southwestern United States - or a combination, according to Irene. Dorlies says the lodge look continues to be popular, with emphasis on cowboys and the West taking precedence over Southwestern looks. Leathers are in. Walter Ruff and Randy Herring , owners of Local Furnace and dealers for Trane and Lennox furnaces , report that any furnace more than 10 years old is an inefficient user of energy . The average life expectancy of a furnace is 16 years. "It pays to replace an inefficient furnace ," Walter says. "A unit that is 90 percent efficient can cut fuels bills in half. Even with a medium efficiency furnace, you can pay for it in fuel savings in three to five years ." He frequently replaces functioning furnaces because people want added efficiency and are tired of high bills. Remodeling Emporium has a window center that carries top quality Andersen and Peachtree windows . They are a good source for advice on quality window replacements.

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he camera pans in on a tight shot of a romantic young couple gazing at the pleasant, cozy fire in their wood burning fireplace. "Oh , John! This is just perfect. The smoke has almost cleared and my eyes don't hurt a bit anymore." "That chimney flue was tricky , but I finally got it open." "You're so strong, Darling! How is that burn on your wrist now?" "Sue , all that matters to me now is that we are finally here enjoying a romantic evening by our wood burning fireplace . Do you really think the dry cleaners will be able to get the smoke odors out of the drapes?" "Of course , Dear. All our neighbors have had this problem at one time or another. Except the Wilson ' s up the street. They have a gas fireplace ." "A gas fireplace? Hmm ..." "Yes, but I just love the feel of a real wood burning fireplace , don't you? I mean it's so nice to hear the crackling of the fire and smell the aroma of wood. It's just so much more natural. It was worth it, don't you think, Sweetheart?"

A quick shot to the inside of John 's brain. It was worth it, wasn 't it, John? $14,000 pickup $3,000 trailer $1 ,000 chain saw $1500 gas powered log splitter 1 good golf weekend 15 old growth trees 1 spotted owl $90,000 cabin in the woods (Okay, okay. So I'm getting carried away. You get the point.) "Uh , Sue? Where do you suppose the Wilson's got their gas fireplace ..." The camera slowly fades out as these two lovebirds consider the remarkable advantages of the gas fireplace. The gas log. Truly a tribute to the inventive human mind. Since creation , man has been fascinated with fire. It was the original breakthrough in home heating. It has made those cold , tribal nights cozier for thousands of years. But for all it's advantages there is a definite downside to fire in it's purest, wood consuming form. To more primitive man there were the problems of smoke , storage, and fire 's enormous appetite. Modern man has a

whole new set of problems with wood burning, such as timber shortages and regu lations, as well as the constant and persistent threat to our air quality. As more and more consumers are adding up the many costs of wood fire burning , the building industry is responding with the perfect solution -the gas fireplace . This high tech breakthrough in home heating and ambiance has all the advantages of the cozy, pullup-to-it-with-a-good-book, old fashioned home hearth, minus the drafty , often dangerous disadvantages . The gas fireplace is one of the few luxuries that truly has no nasty surprises lurking in the background to be discovered after the salesman has disappeared. It is the cleaner, safer, more convenient and economical alternative perfectly suited to the American lifestyle. You can enjoy hors d'oeuvres before a warm , welcoming fire with friends. Then you simply flip an instant-off switch and you're ready for an evening out on the town . No worrying about possible sparks or that drafty chill common with an open flue. Gas fireplaces

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toward gas. Terry notes that zero clearance wood burning fireplaces equipped with gas logs are becoming a popular choice among new home buyers. This combination gives a more natural look than the glass sealed units used in many homes. In addition to the many attractive features you 'll hear about from builders and in the show room, there are several economic benefits you may not be aware of. According to Jan Thayer at Re/Max First, gas logs have become a standard asked for feature in the new home market. And what's in demand in the home building industry today will be expected in the resale of tomorrow. Then there is that ever-present, nagging question in the minds of Fort Collins residents . Will blue and red days have meaning for us in the Fort in the not too distant future? Edith Felche, an environmental education specialist with the City of Fort Collins Natural Resources Division , says that while there is no law against burning wood in existing fireplaces in Fort Collins, there are regulations regarding how wood can be burned. After the first fifteen minutes of burning , a wood fire must achieve a certain opacity level or that fireplace is in violation of the city regulations. There are actually wood smoke readers who learn to read how thick and opaque the smoke from a fireplace should be. According to Edith Felchle, the end result must be a clean , hot fire. In terms of new fireplace units remodel or new construction - only gas log fireplaces or certified wood burning fireplaces may be installed. Edith does not expect to see Denver's red and blue day program become a reality in Fort Collins. At one time Fort Collins did do daily predictions about the air quality. Residents were then encouraged to limit activities which might contribute to poor air quality on certain days. The city stopped doing predictions of high pollution days because the program was not effective and was suspected of actually being counter-productive. Rather than getting right up to the edge of dirty air before changing our behavior, the emphasis today is on a lifestyle of clean air. Gas logs are cleaner, safer, more efficient and economical than traditional wood burning fireplaces. They help to keep our Colorado skies clear. But best of all, the gas log fireplace is beautiful and warm , creating an atmosphere of romance and timelessness in our modern hurry up world. Melissa Merritt is a 14 year resident of Fort Collins and teaches at Heritage Christian School. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and writing for Style Magazine!

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ersian rugs , kilims , tree of life design, Turkish warp threads. It is then secured in position row by row by knots - these are all terms relating to Oriental a horizontal thread called weft. The weft is pushed down with a comb made of wood or iron. The setting of wefts rugs and can often confuse the consumer when and the tying of knots is the basic process that is repeated purchasing an Oriental rug . Oriental rugs were once considered the territory of museums, collecthroughout the weaving. A rug can contain several million tors and dealers but this is no longer true. Today's knots. There are two primary knots in weaving Oriental rug market is vast and there are a wide variety of sizes , rugs - the Persian knot and the Turkish knot. Most rugs designs and colors being produced. There is now somemade in Persia, Egypt, China, India and East Turkestan thing available for everyone in Oriental rugs. are woven with the Persian knot. The Turkish knot is pri marily used in Turkey and the Caucasus. 路 Oriental rugs have a rich and historical background . Oriental rugs can be divided into two main categories There are references made to these rugs in such early floral and geometric. publications as the Bible and There are a number of sysHomer's llliad. Historians believe "I CL\NHOT Tf;-,!HI< Or A l\001 11 lC.JbtJ\E tems by which the rugs are that wandering nomadic tribes named . A rug can be named for wove the first rugs to provide AN 0f\IEHTAL lUOcJLD HOT EHf:"lAHCE the type of weaving (kilim) , by warmth to their tents. They used Tf;.J[-~ DECO!\ Of\ BE APPl\OPf\lA~Fr-: .... the design (prayer rug) and by primitive looms to produce a flat its use (dozar) . The traditional woven rug called a kilim . These T!;.JE:r\E k) A UHIOUt~ l\ICtlHESS OY' practice of grouping rugs early rugs were simple and did TL-:XTl.Jl\l<. PATTL-:1\H AND COLO!\ according to their country of orinot have a pattern . The designs gin is most common and still of these rugs became more Tl;.JA1' l<L fWT'~ A \. 11.:->UAL lUN\fn'Tl;.J useful because most rugs from elaborate as the nomads altered Tf;.JAT I~ UHL<OUALt-:0 ... a particular area do have basic their looms and discovered dyes - ;:)J~II\.Ll<'/ !A. Gt\1\.Ht\&YI'. similarities. Names given to Oriwhich were derived from plants and animals . By the time of the [;.JCli_U!\I\.D Lor''l'l'H Gt:-ILI,r-:r;:n-:;-:. entals such as Kerman and Tabriz refer to the town, village Renaissance , European artists were depicting Oriental rugs in their paintings. or weaving area that they came from. After the Industrial Revolution , the United States began "Oriental rugs seem to come and go in popularity. In the importing large quantities of Oriental rugs. This demand last ten years, they have become very popular," says Craig continued until after World War II. The American public Birdsong, associate professor in interior design at Colorado then began to favor wall -to-wall carpeting and broadloom State University. "The rugs are now more widely available rugs . The trend has shifted again and Oriental rugs are than ever before. Originally, the majority of Oriental rugs once again very popular in today's market. came from Persia (Iran) . More countries such as Egypt and Because of this popularity, the definition of an Oriental India that are not normally associated with rug production are now producing rugs . The public can choose from a rug has become blurred . The Federal Trade Commission wide assortment of colors, designs and sizes." Birdsong allows only hand-woven rugs of natural fibers made in the has developed a correspondence course on Oriental rugs Near East, Middle East, Far East and the Balkans to be for CSU and has a personal collection of Orientals. classified "Oriental". The hand-woven , flat weave rugs Craig Birdsong recommends that consumers interested such as kilims and dhurries are technically Oriental rugs . in purchasing an Oriental rug should examine the rug In general terms, an Oriental rug is a rug that is knotted carefully . He suggests that the following criteria be used in with pile. The knot in a rug is formed by tying the yarn around two selecting a rug: II

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1) True hand woven or hand knotted Oriental - The Garnaat of Howard Lorton Galleries. "There is a unique Federal Trade Commission requires advertisers to indi richness of texture , pattern and color that emits a visual warmth that is unequaled. Orientals have long been treacate that a rug is an "Oriental design or style" if it is not a true hand woven or hand knotted Oriental rug. sures in families passed down through generations ." Shirley is an interior designer whose career exceeds 30 2) Colorfast dyes - Test for colorfastness by moistenyears. ing a white tissue and rubbing it over several of the colors in the rug . If the color comes off onto the tissue, the dye is She attributes the recent increase in popularity of Orinot colorfast. ental rugs to several factors. One factor is the use of a 3) Sound construction - The pile and structure of the wider diversity of flooring materials. Hardwood flooring is rug should be sturdy. Fold the rug face in ; jerk the fold once again a desired choice in both traditional and conslightly and listen for a cracking or breaking sound . If it temporary homes. Marble, granite , quarry and ceramic appears to crack or break, the structure may be faulty. tile, once only popular in certain locales, are now being used in all climes. These hard surfaces enhance the use 4) Regularity of shape - Slight irregularities in the shape of a hand woven rug are expected but avoid highly of area rugs. Another contributing factor is the great room irregular shapes. Most rugs feaor open space floor plans . Oriture symmetrical design or patental rugs are an effective way terns. to define a seating group , an 5) Flatness of the rug - Wrineating area or work area . "As kles may occur from improper the style of our rooms becomes warp and weft tension during the more and more eclectic, Orienweaving process. These will not tals are used to unite varying "walk-out" with use . A crease elements in a scheme ," states from the folding of a rug will Shirley . "The colors , styles and come out with use. patterns available to us in Orien6) Evenly clipped pile - The tals offer a wonderful tool in pile of the rug should be the decorating. We need to pay same height throughout. keen attention to the various 7) Properly secured ends and design elements such as scale, sides - The ends of most rugs line, style, texture, color , etc. are fringed and should be well when combining several patsecured. The fringes should be terns. But if selected wisely, we tightly knotted . end up with a wonderful mar8) Wool quality - The best riage of combinations that add method for determining quality is the personal touch we all seek through feeling the wool by to express in our homes." hand. There is a wide range of qual9) Color changes - Slight ity in Oriental rugs. She advises color changes are to be consumers to work with a repexpected in most Oriental rugs utable dealer when purchasing a not woven with yarns utilizing rug . Howard Lorton Galleries Oriental rugs effectively define a seating area and chrome dyes. The majority of has access to rugs in the wholeenhance any style of decor. sale market and offers this serrugs woven today do utilize vice to clients. A rug truckload show and sale is held four chrome dyes and color changes should be slight. 10) Moth damage - Usually more of a problem in older times a year. Special requests are taken prior to each rugs, moth damage is a possibility in new rugs that have showing . All good quality Oriental rugs and some older ones are been improperly stored. "I cannot think of a room where an Oriental would not of sturdy construction. Orientals have earned a reputation enhance the decor or be appropriate ," explains Shirley A. for durability and long life. The rugs can and will take

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so long ago the end of the school year meant the beginning of labor for youngsters in any rural community; the children comprised the workforce for maintaining fields and animals. Today, however, summer presents an unpainted canvas and parents oft wonder what picture to paint. What's a kid to do? Summer days are longer - parents are busier - television is reruns . Never fear. My quest to discover what's available for summer entertainment and learning suggests that stagnation and boredom need not set in after the first few weeks of blissful freedom from the routine of studies. I started with a walk through Yellow Pages and directory assistance. Next I dialed numerous agencies, businesses, and other groups, and finally settled on an approach to answering the question: What can a youngster do to paint a memorable summer canvas? The easy answer could be to pack the youngster off to an all summer camp. Easy answers aren't always best, however. So consider these ideas as catalysts for creating a joint masterpiece - parent and child planning together. Before we begin , can you adults describe the "best summer ever"? When I think of those lazy days of climbing trees and drinking lemonade, I realize the only thing I might have in common with today was this: We sought ever to employ ourselves in "doing something fun ." Important word here is "doing." We plotted and planned; we built and rebuilt. We didn't vegetate. I believe kids today seek and need to "do something fun," but opportunities are greater, may be costlier, and require more up-front planning. I've a bias about the traditional concern that kids "forget everything they've learned in school" over the three month summer vacation . If they forget it could be because we fail to keep their minds and bodies gainfully employed in continuing to learn new things and in applying already learned skills and information. And , I'm not suggesting drudgery. Summer learning should be a lark, a serendipitous discovery, a delicious dip into things that interest the child. Like a trip to Denver's Museum of Outdoor Arts . Located in Greenwood Plaza just off Interstate 25 and Orchard Road , the museum is actually seven sites offering art and architecture of many kinds and picnic spaces throughout. Guided tours and summer art camps are also available. Call for a brochure (303) 741-3609. I spoke with Corky Dean who quickly sent a fine packet of information. While in Denver, if art is your focus , don't forget the Denver Art Museum . Call ahead for times and special information at (303) 640-2793. There 's also the Children's Museum , the Denver Zoo , and The Museum of Natural Sciences . My call to the Denver Art Museum provided numerous other names and numbers with the single question, "What is available for children during the summer?"

Consider taking a few days to relive history by driving to southeast Colorado and touring the reconstructed Bent's Old Fort. Located outside of La Junta on the Arkansas River, the fur trading post established by Charles and William Bent was a significant outpost on the Santa Fe Trail from 1833 to 1849. Bent's Old Fort is a National Historic Site operated by the National Park Service. You can visit daily (Memorial Day through Labor Day) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m .. Cost is $2 per person for those over 17. U.S. citizens 62 and over and those who are handicapped pay no fee. Special activities include the July 2 Fur Trade Encampment during which volunteers recreate history. Also August 13 is Kids Quarters where 100 children aged 7 to 11 experience life of the 1840's. For information on the Fort and a packet that includes maps call (719) 384-2596. Something else you might want to do is read David Lavender's book Bent's Old Fort. No doubt others exist, but this is the one that piqued my interest in the fort. Also, portions of James Michener's Centennial ("The Yellow Apron ," "The Wagon and the Elephant," and "The Massacre") provide good background for understanding the era of the fur trader and the westward movement. Colorado and Wyoming offer numerous sites that could provide an historical scavenger hunt. You could focus on forts , mining towns, houses on the historical register, national parks or a myriad of other topics. You don't have to leave town to find superb activities either. Our own Fort Collins Museum at 200 Mathews provides special events for summer. Set aside July 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Skookum Day providing demonstrations and activities for "kids" of all ages. A special treat for those from primary grades through the fifth grade are the week-long 1905 Rural School Classes in July and August. Students participate in a school week of 1905 with classes in reading , writing, arithmetic, recitation , calisthenics, butter churning and crafts. Each session ends with an ice cream social. Regular hours for the museum are: Tuesday - Saturday (1 0 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Like most museums, it is closed Monday. Contact Agnes Dix, 221-6738, for further information . Nearby, Fort Collins Public Library at 201 Peterson will again sponsor the Summer Reading Program beginning June 9. Monday morning programs , Tuesday story times and puppet shows run through August 12. Prizes for reading and listening are funded by Friends of the Library. Contact Children's Services at 221-6680 for more information. Fort Collins "hands-on" museum, the Discovery Center at 703 E. Prospect Rd. will be providing summer activities also. Call Dee Wanger or any of the associates at 493-2182 for information. Consider the arts for a well-rounded summer. One West Art

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rienced teachers and performers. They'll be performing two plays Ho w to Eat Like a Child and an original production . The session begins July 19 with a performance at the end. Call Nick at 225-2555 for additional information about summer activities and about the Carousel Children 's Theatre Company. So what else is a kid to do? Participating in sports needs no elaboration . Fort Collins Parks and Recreation activities abound - particularly in athletic opportunities and most parents and kids are familiar with those offerings and others sports ca mps and competitions . If you 've not received the Parks and Rec. brochure, call 221-6640 for general information on all activities. If you can 't be involved in the summer activities with your child , consider hiring a nanny or companion who wants to be more than a sitter. Develop an itinerary of activities complete with "lesson plans" and a journal to record learnings in - daily or weekly , writing them down is good fo r improving writing skills and for keeping track of "what I did this summer. " Identify the activities, what your child cou ld glean from each one, and what kind of follow-up would be possible for the entire family, for friends , or for school in the fall. If you can be involved - consider taking your own child plus another or two. You'll be refreshed with what you learn along with the kids. Summer gives precious time for exploring ; it's a canvas for painting a masterpiece. What will you and your child title your summer?


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lc~ Gr~am (§ o urt Ž~li ht~ By Linda Roesener ce cream is truly a confection that is enjoyed by almost everyone. It offers up cool, creamy and refreshing flavors which conjure up memories from our past - birthday parties as a child, homemade ice cream licked off the dasher from grandmother's ice cream maker, and special summer family night excursions to get that delectable soft serve ice cream from the drive-in. There's just something about ice cream that makes us feel happy . The precursor of today's ice creams, frozen yogurts, ice milks, and sherbets may have been a frozen dessert that included milk and was brought back from the Far East to Italy by Marco Polo in 1295. The very first American ice cream factory was built in 1851 by Jacob Fussell in Baltimore. Today , Americans are the most avid ice cream eaters in the world, consuming 14 quarts per capita annually. Here in northern Colorado we have lots of places to enjoy this delicious dessert, and I have to admit, I had a great time taste-testing the ice cream along with the Style crew. Tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Throughout the area you will find a variety of hard ice creams , soft ice creams, ice milks, sherbets, frozen yogurts, and fruitages. The differences between those confections is the amount of butter or milk fat and the amount of stabilizers and emulsifiers which are the additives which give ice cream and its cousins that creamy, smooth texture. The FDA requires at least 10 percent butter fat by weight for ice cream, from 2-7 percent butterfat for ice milk and 12 percent for sherbets and ices. Most frozen yogurt products are similar in fat content to ice milks. We had the opportunity to visit with many of the owners and managers to find out what makes their icy delights just so special. Our thanks to each of them .

Baskin Robbins is an ice cream name known throughout the country . Here in Fort Collins, our Baskin Robbins has been a part of the scenery at 1010 South College for over 25 years. It was recently purchased by Glen Schultz , a retired accountant now enjoying his new career. The store is open from 10:30 a.m . to 10:00 p.m. daily with extended hours during the summer to 11 :00 p.m . Quality is most important for this chain which has developed over 650 different flavors from which 32 to 36 are available on any day. They add fresh cream , natural sweeteners , and top-quality added ingredients for wholesome and rich


products. They offer deluxe ice cream , a traditional higher butter fat product in such taste tempting flavors as Jamoca Almond Fudge, Oregon Boysenberry, and Pralines 'n Cream . These are for the time when you really must indulge, and since I tasted all three of these, I can truly say they are superb - rich, creamy, lots of nuts, praline candy, berries or luscious fudge. During April the flavor of the month was Tax Crunch , a cinnamon ice cream with almonds. Cathie May tried this one and found it deliciously different. She also tasted Peanut Butter Chocolate which had large bites of peanut butter in a rich chocolate ice cream . Her favor ite though was Cherries Jubilee, one of Baskin Robbins most popular flavors. She said it was heavenly, with a fresh cherry taste. Here you'll also find reduced fat (light,) fat free and reduced sugar ice creams. Lydia tried several of these and found them to be a great way to have the flavor of rich ice cream at lower calories, fat, and sugar. Reduced fat Chocolate Chip was great with lots of chocolate chips, and Praline Dream, one of Lydia's two favorites, was "light and creamy tasting with the crunch of praline pieces. " She found the fat free Vanilla Chocolate Twist a very refreshing , light dessert with only 100 calories per half cup serving . Lydia's other favorite was Raspberry Revelation , a reduced sugar dessert of raspberry swirled with chocolate ribbon, which she found "yummy! " We also tried some of the new Yogurt Gone Crazy flavors which were excellent and lower in fat than the deluxe ice creams. Baskin Robbins also has soft serve frozen yogurt and sherbets and ices and have a full fountain with sundaes, shakes and malts , and specialties. They also have superb ice cream cakes and pies to go . Enjoy a memory from your past at Baskin Robbins soon.

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If you are feeling a need to be known as "Grumpy" by his friends in blizzards (with ice cream) and breezes (with yogurt.) To taste Dairy Queen I healthy but still want to feed your cravEstes, is also a dairy farmer in Lovewas joined by my two favorite assising for frosty treats , consider TCBY land. Barbara is a sculptor. Both really located in the Park Central Center on tants, my children Lauren and enjoy their business and customers. Prospect and LeMay; and at Campus Spencer. We all tried the two flavors of Stop by soon for a refreshingly different and delicious treat. ice cream and the non-fat yogurt. I am West on west Elizabeth . Here you will always a fan of vanilla and what can find 96 percent fat free , Fat Free, and Swensen's of Fort Collins at 100 you say about Dairy Queen, except Sugar Free frozen yogurts. Each day East Monroe has been providing suthat it is smooth and very rich tasting. they feature six different yogurts (usuperb ice cream and fountain delights for The creamy texture is always consis15 years. From 11 :00 a.m. to 11:00 ally two of each) which can be blended tent because the chain is so particular with a variety of fruit , candy, cookie p.m . owners Joe and Marilyn August about quality maintenance. The chocoare busy serving up those old-time crumbs, or hot toppings. They can make up shakes, sundaes, waffle late has the same superb texture and a creamy malts, shakes, sodas and awenice light chocolate flavor, not at all some sundaes in iced frosted glasses. cones, specialty parfaits and sundaes, heavy. What surprised me, was the It's a kid's haven here with the little train or the blended Shiver, or just enjoy it in yogurt. I had not tried it before and was making its way around the tracks above a cup "au naturel." Greg and Jo Lynn the curtains. My friend and colleague, pleasantly surprised how good it is. I Ehnes are the owners of the shops Denise Knuppel joined me to taste which opened in Fort Collins about ..,__ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __,.._ _ _ _ _..., test the treats at Swenson's. We 10 years ago. The Park Central location is managed by Rachael and Ken started with several of the new low Nelson who offered us tastes of the and non-fat hard yogurts and they '(1m~ricans day's six flavors. Vicki Albertson and are exceptional. Triple Chocolate Diane Dill joined me and offer their and Mocha Chip Yogurt are two of ar~ th~ ic~ opinions. We started with the Capputhe low fat versions. Each was very cino Fat Free which was quite good tasty - the Triple Chocolate was - hints of cinnamon and chocolate Denise's favorite, very rich and dark cr~am ~at~rs th~ in a mocha base had a very "creamy" "for the true chocoholic;" and the Mocha Chip was excellent with texture. The other Fat Free we tried was Carrot Cake, and I was most imchocolate chips in a coffee yogurt. I tried Swensen's new 97 percent fatpressed. It offered a cool , tasty flavor p~r free ice milk, Carmel Apple Crisp, with a very rich texture . The other and found it to taste like apple pie a four were 97 percent fat free verIa mode. I also tasted the non-fat sions - Chocolate Creme de Mint Strawberry Bananas ' N Cream was deep, dark chocolate with a hint which was very good - lots of fruit of mint similar to an after dinner mint. flavors in a most "creamy" texture, a The Coffee tasted like gourmet cofvery pleasant surprise . Next we went think my next trip to Dairy Queen will fee ice cream and was Diane's and my on to several of the signature be for a Breeze with raspberries. My favorite . We finished with the Golden children loved all three dessert flavors, Swensen's ice creams which are rich , Vanilla and the Chocolate which are a true purist's choices . TCBY also has creamy with little air whipped in. Denise and they can also attest to the quality enjoyed the New York Cherry Cheeseof the Dilly Bars and the fruit flavored pies and cakes to go and frozen yogurt cake saying it truly tasted like a frosty cookie sandwiches and Yog-A-Bar freezes, which are special favorites. Dairy Queen is a sure bet stop at least cheesecake and then inhaled some treats on a stick. Of special note, they once this summer. Chocolate Peanut Butter cup which was also have an exceptional non-fat , Diane Dill and Lydia had the oplike eating "Reese's on a cone." I tested nutrisweet hot fudge! No wonder their portunity to try the Natural Smoothie at the Heath Bar Crunch and found it slogan is "All of the Pleasure. None of superb. the Guilt.速" Rocky Mountain Fruit Shake in Estes Park at the Stanley Village. A second Dairy Queen is another long time Walrus Ice Cream is truly an old Fort Collins resident, a reminder of our location at Foothills Fashion Mall serves fashioned ice cream shop and a little Fort Collins. At these relaxing shops you bit of hippy all rolled into one location childhood, and they are still offering northern Colorado the best in soft can find delicious and refreshing mixat 109 South College. Here you will tures of fruits and vanilla frozen yogurt. serve ice cream . There are three lofind some of the best ice cream you The owners of the Rocky Mountain Fruit ever ate. Owner Steve Orner opened cations 1015 South Taft Hill in Cedarhis shop in 1988 with quality products Shake, Monte and Barbara Smith wood Shopping Center, 1900 South started the first shop in Estes Park on a freshly made. He continues with the College, and in the Food Court area at same philosophy today. Over the years Foothills Fashion Mall. All three are lark in June of 1986. Because of the owned by Kelly Brown . Pat Carlson, success of the first store, they opened more than 70 flavors have been conthe second in Fort Collins. These taste cocted . Each day you'll find 14 flavors the manager of the Cedarwood locatempting treats, including smoothies , available. Such heavenly delights as tion says that summer hours for Cedarwood and South College are 11:00 fruit shakes, floats, sundaes, and frozen Mango are only available for about six yogurts with topping are even good for weeks during fresh mango season . If a.m. to 11 :00 p.m. At all three you will find chocolate or vanilla soft serve ice you . The combinations include the Natyou haven't come down here with your ural which is strawberry, banana , family, it is definitely a place to concream, vanilla non-fat yogurt, and the sider this summer. As you walk in you mall store also carries the Queen's pineapple and orange plus numerous other variations including Strawberry can see the large ice cream makers Choice hard ice cream . With full founthrough the front window, busily churn Colada and Peach Banana. During the tain service , you can select from sunsummer they offer fresh fruit salads and ing out fresh delicacies. Each of the daes, shakes, and malts in many flatwo machines cranks out five gallons of vors along with specialties such as parfaits of layered fresh fruit, both espegourmet ice cream at a time. I love the cially tasty topped with some of their strawberry shortcakes , peanut buster motto of the front case, "Everything in excellent frozen yogurt. Monte, who is sundaes and bars, and thick blended

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moderation, except ice cream." This is rich ice cream , 15 percent butter fat, but sometimes you just have to splurge. Walrus does accommodate lighter tastes with low fat hard frozen yogurt and no fat, no cholesterol fruitage. Manager Craig Chapin introduced me to strawberry fruitage, which was very light and refreshing, perfect for a light dessert and the strawberry frozen yogurt which is also quite light but has a very creamy texture. I also tried two of the superb gourmet ice creams - Butter Pecan, which is one of the constant flavors always available and Mandarin Orange Cream, which is more seasonal. The Butter Pecan is a heavenly rich vanilla base with a buttery flavor and lots of large pecans . The Mandarin Orange is a delicious creamy blend of flavors with bits of orange in vanilla cream , a lot like the Dreamsicle of the 50's. This ice cream has substance and lots of character. But what the heck, when you are indulging that's what it's all about. We couldn't do an article on ice cream without including Poudre Valley Creamery. Their ice cream is available at many grocery stores in the area, and it is always consistent and always good. The company was established in 1933 and president Bob Me Cluskey Jr. says that they have had ice cream available for almost that long. They offer premium ice cream in half gallon rounds and 3 gallon containers. They also have premium ice milk (their light ice cream ,) frozen hard yogurt, and sherbets. To restaurants they also provide a custard base in three gallon containers. Vanilla is their most popular seller with over 60 percent of sales coming from vanilla alone. Other favorites are Creme de Mint Chip, which the Roesener and the ADS clan tried. We all thought it was delicious. The kids were more partial to the Butter Pecan which is rich with buttery vanilla ice cream and bits of caramel and pecans. Poudre Valley ice cream is a great choice to take home and enjoy on those hot summer nights sitting out on your back porch. All of the ice cream and yogurt shops we tried have an excellent selection of goodies for your enjoyment. Most offer packed take-out for your enjoyment at home or away. We thank our gracious hosts for letting us in on some of the secrets of their ice cream and yogurt delights. Now that we've peaked your ice cream hunger, just what flavor do you want? Linda Roesener is a free lance writer in Fort Collins and part owner of ADS and Nightwing Publishing, Inc. Desserts are her passion and ice cream is at the top of the list.

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Sculptor Energetic, enthusiastic, independent, free spirited--these are all fitting descriptions of sculptor Sandy Scott. She is an artist with a passion for wildlife and strives to reflect that passion in her work. Scott lives in Fort Collins in an old cherry canning factory. The 10 acre site is a Colorado landmark and was once owned by the Judson family. She purchased the factory in 1985 and has converted it into a studio and home . Sandy has lived in various parts of the country but moved to Fort Collins because of the nearby foundries . "I had been traveling back and forth to foundries in Loveland and Denver from Texas for at least half of the ye ar," explains Scott. "The foundries here offer the most up-to-date technology available in the United States. I wanted to live along the Front Range and I knew this house was for me when I first saw it. Three geese flew overhead the first time I visited and that was a sign for me." Scott believes that an artist needs to work on what they know and she feels that wildlife and equestrian works are what she knows best. She was raised on a ranch near Tulsa, Oklahoma and accompanied her father on hunting and fishing expeditions . She has spent much of her time in Alaska and at her cabin in Canada observing and studying wildlife.

The sculptor attended Kansas City Art Institute and began a life long interest in art education. She worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry before focusing her work on etching and printmaking and eventually sculpture. Her art career was interrupted when she obtained her pilot's license. Sandy wanted to become a commercial pilot but the airlines were not hiring female pilots . She be came a flight attendant and worked for several years for Eastern Airlines. In 1975, Scott created a portfolio of etchings which she presented to an Austin , Texas gallery and to Pam Driscol in Denver. The etchings sold quickly and she was soon supplying more than 100 galleries with her work. A trip to China in 1981 with a group of sculptors directed her toward sculpture . "I had been interested and had studied the sculptures at galleries where my etchings were displayed. I love the tactile three dimensional work," says Scott. "I realized that I had an understanding with sculpture. I could visualize , focus and do it. I started with birds because there were a lot of similarities between birds and aviation dynamics." Her first piece was titled "Fantail Pigeon" and won three major awards in three major juried competitions. "I had an original approach and was obsessed with not imitating anyone else's style," she explains. "When I first started , I wanted my pieces to explode with action . My work is more subtle now."


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Sculptor Scott has continued her growth in art by designing fountains and sculpting horses, elk and the human form . After an eight year absence from printmaking , she recently released 14 graphics. A seven foot bronze eagle titled "Sovereign Wings" was recently purchased by Bob Everitt and will be on display at the Foothills Fashion Mall for several months. This piece won the gold medal for sculpture at the National Academy of Western Art in 1992. She has been invited to participate in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Governor's Invitational Western Art Show and the Sculpture in the Park Show in Loveland. "The Sculpture in the Park Show is a celebration of sculpture in the community. This show is important to me because of the community and I am proud to be a part of it," states Scott. Her awards are numerous and include the coveted Ellin P. Speyer Prize from the National Academy of Design and her work is in private and public collections. She teaches workshops at the Scottsdale Art School and the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts. Sandy Scott plans to open a gallery in 1995 at the canning factory. Her work is on display at Columbine Gallery in Loveland, Turner Gallery in Denver and in her studio. Appointments for her studio can be obtained by calling 224-2411.

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Annual Sculpture In The Park Webster's Dictionary defines sculpture as a three-dimensional work of art but many artists define sculpture as Loveland , Colorado. The annual Sculpture in the Park exhibition has been a main contributor to this definition. It is the largest exhibition of sculpture in the United States. The 11th annual show will be held August 13 and 14 at the Benson Park Sculpture Garden at 29th Street and Aspen Drive in Loveland. The two day event will feature over 1,000 pieces from approximately 175 nationally and internationally recognized sculptors. The sculptures will range from miniatures to monument in size. Hours for the exhibit are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 with

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ch ildren under 14 free. The Loveland High Plains Arts Coun cil sponsors the show and proceeds are used to benefit Loveland's Publ ic Sculpture Collection , the Benson Park Sculpture Garden and the Arts Council. Betsy Ostermiller, director of th e Lovel and High Plains Arts Coun cil states , "The Arts Council has created the momentum necessary to give this community a real identity- that of a sculpture centerfrom which both cultural and economic benefits have been derived. Because of the success of the Sculpture in the Park Show and the dedication of hundreds of volunteers, we have been abl e to make this signifi cant impact on the community." A live and silent Auction Under the Stars will be held August 13 at 6 p.m. at the Benson Park Sculpture Garden. Tickets are $30 per person and include a dinner buffet and bar. Contact the Loveland High Plains Arts Council at 663-2940 for additional information.


Sculpture Invitational The third annual Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show and Sale will be held August 13 and 14 at Owen's Ballfield , southwest of Loveland High School. The event will featu re approximately 250 artists. Each artist can display up to nine pieces and these works can range from two inches to larger than life. Artists from th e United States , Me xico , Canada and Zimbawee are scheduled to participate in the show. The Sculpture Invitational is sponsored by the Loveland Sculpture Group, a non-profit group whose goal is to extend opportunities and app reciation of sculpture. Proceeds from the show will be used to purchase and install sculpture in publi c places . The Loveland Sculpture Group also donates money to art education in area high schools. Ove r $10,000 has been donated to area schools in the last two years. Th e event will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 13 and from 10 a. m. to 4 p.m. on Augu st 14 . Admission is $3 fo r adults and children under 14 are free . A sil ent auction fe aturing items donated by participating artists will be held both days. Tickets are available at the gate and a catalog of the show will al so be available . For further informati on, call Denise Erbes at 663-7467.

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Galore FORT COLLINS Fort Collins Museum, 221-6738, 200 Mathews. Through June 27, "Grandeur, Simplicity and Convenience - The U.S. Capitol , 1793-1 993," photography exhibit, North Gallery. July 1-Nov. 12, "Trai ls Through Time." Overland Trail Room . July 1-Sept. 5, "Pieced and Patterned Quilts ," North Gallery. July 16, Skookum Day, a day of living history, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19-21 , New West Fest. Lincoln Center, 221-6735, 417 West Magnolia. June-Aug. , Out to Lunch Concert Series every Friday, noon, Terrace. July 23, "Fabric of Legacies," Crossroads Safehouse Quilt Show, Canyon West. July 23, China Exhibition, Porcelain Arts Guild, Ludlow. Lloyd's Art Center, 482-2218, 216 N. College Ave. June 3-July 16, Illustrated Li ght Photog raphy Show. Members display their works. July 21-Aug. 20 , Northern Colorado Woodcarvers Show. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. on July 21. One West Contemporary Art Center, 482-2787, College at Oak Plaza July 7-Aug. 27, "Gallery Games: Art Golf." Nine artists will sculpt, paint, assemble and/or install three-dimensional miniature golf holes that can be played by gallery visitors. Opening recepiion July 7, 5 to 7 p.m. Trimble Court, 221-0051 , 118 Trimble Court in Historic Old Town Fort Collins June-Aug., Featuring pottery, stained glass and jewelry by regional artists. LOVELAND Baker Gallery, 663-7407, 1041 North Lincoln June-Aug. , Functional pottery display and landscape sculpture. Gallery East, 667-6520, Lincoln and 1Oth Street June-Aug., Featuring original paintings by Jim Biggers, Sharon Hults, Ellie Weakley and Rick Stoner and bronze sculptures by regional artists. Loveland Museum and Gallery, 962-2410, Fifth and Lincoln Through July 10, "Single-Minded , Single-Handed: A Retrospective of Colorado Work From 1981 To The Present by David Mespie," Gallery. Through July 10, "The Five ," Gallery. The Five are photograph ers John S. Benjamin, Mark James, Ron Lutz, Gary Maul and Ronda Stone. July 16-Aug. 28, Recent works by Colorado photographers, Gallery. ESTES PARK Impressions Ltd., 586-6353, 150 East Riverside, #210 June, Camouflage Art. Featured artists will be Judy Larson, Craig Tennant, Julie Kramer Cole and Bev Doolittle. July, Western and Wildlife Art. The color scratchboard art by artist Kathy Morrow will be on display. Aug., Western Bonanza. The works of Howard Terpning, James Barna and Frank McCarthy will be featu red. Serendipity, 586-8410, 11 7 East Elkhorn July 1-4, "It's Rabbits' Season." New originals and limited edition prints by Cherokee artists Bill Rabbit and his daughter, Traci Rabbit. Artists wi ll be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. July 16-17, "The Music of Wood, Stone and Brass" and "Gold and Silver Dreams." Cheyenne-Arapaho sculptor Charlie Pratt will be in attendance from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and will be doing flute music presentations. Hopi gold and silversmith Jason Takaka will also be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Aug. 6-7, "Amethyst Set with Beauty." Les Baker and Fritzen Toledo will be present from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day to display their work.

Donna Lock is a free-lance writer living in Fort Collins and a frequent contributor to Style.



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tion free environment make this city a natural tour stop. The south island is perfect for the Colorado adventure traveler. Our seasons are opposite so ski enthusiasts can head to the southern Alps for swooshing in July. Christchurch is the largest south island city. It is a charming garden city with a strong English influence. One acre in every three is devoted to a public park. The grandest adventure of them all is the Milford Sound. Described as the eighth wonder of the world, the view leaves most speechless. You can see this majestic fjord by air, sea, or on a hiking expedition. The south island is a hiker's paradise. Graceful mountains reach out and beg you to follow their paths. New Zealand should not be

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Tara Zeleny "I always wanted to be a teacher and work with children ... " By Sandra Cowan


ara Zeleny, the District Volunteer Coordinator for the Poudre R-1 School District , is a positive , encouraging , warm lady with a charming personality. She started the Volunteers in the Poudre R-1 Schools (VIPS) 10 years ago and has attracted more than 10,000 volunteers to help with the program . She is a strong believer of integrating the education and business communities into a partnership to help meet the needs of students. "1 always wanted to be a teacher and work with children," she says. Not only has she fulfilled her desire to teach, but coordinates 6,000 volunteers who work with many of the 21 ,000 students in the district. She says her office is the most exciting place to be. "The nicest people in town call us people who are concerned about kids and want to make a difference." VIPS receives over 300 calls a year from people who want to help with their time and skills. An additional 300 people call to give something to the school system such as a trombone, a computer, or a collection of fossils they have catalogued. VIPS has received collections , major donations, office equipment, teacher desks and classroom chairs from local companies. "I work with people who have a genuine concern for children , who value education, and view our office as a place to facilitate their contributions. " Tara is a Colorado native born in Pueblo. She watched her mother spending her time making a difference by providing a good role model of a volunteer in the community. Her father was a real estate developer. After studying at the University of Southern Colorado and Colorado State University , she graduated from Western State with a B.S. in sociology and education . She received her masters degree in educational administration from Colorado State University. She taught school on the eastern and western slopes of Colorado, in the smallest school district in the state, Montrose, and in the largest school district in the state, Jetferson County. After teaching , she stayed home to raise her two children , Tom and Polly. She met her husband , Ron , while working on a summer job at a Lake Isabel lodge in southern Colorado. A transfer with Ron 's job brought them to Fort Collins in 1970. He is responsible for the supervision of forest fire control for the state and private

lands. Tara spent time as a homemaker and a volunteer in the schools with PTO and PTA. She wanted to help in the classroom but there was no volunteer program. In 1983, Tara was asked by Don Webber, then Superintendent of Schools, to help with the mill levy election and to explore ways to strengthen the connection between education and the community. During a visit to Florida, Tara looked into the Florida state mandated school volunteer program. She brought this concept to Colorado and developed the VIPS system for Poudre-R-1 and the commun ity. In 1984-85, she selected four pilot schools to test the program . By January, the rest of the school principals requested the services. Tara is enriching her career by working on her doctorate deg ree in educational administration. She hopes to show how the community can be integrated into the school system and become a partnership. "I feel strongly that we are moving in the direction where our schools belong to the community. Resources are utilized by business and education to form partnerships . Research shows that people are enhanced by the experience of leaving the workplace and work in the classrooms ." Companies such as Teledyne Waterpik , HewlettPackard , and the Coloradoan allow their employees to have work-release time to spend an hour in the classroom. The employees feel enriched by the experience in the classroom and good about their companies for the opportunity. The businesses care about education and they have a qualified work force . It is important to them that they have an influence on the students who graduate. The business involvement insures that message of continuity. This continuity is critical says Tara. "Without integration and support , the schools could not educate the kids without meeting the needs of today 's society. Unless schools are in touch with their community, education cannot be as relevant. " The integration is a bridge between the workplace and the needs of society . If schools are isolated, their curriculum is not relevant. The skills that are taught may not be the skills that are needed. This connection is critical. The businesses need to provide an education to students who can be productive in society. The VIPS' mission is to bring the commu-


nity into the school using the resources and role models. Tara says the job of educating students has gotten too big for teachers alone. Since society has gotten complex, families have changed dramatically, the traditional support system for children is not available, and neighborhoods or churches do not provide the stability that was once there . The schools have been asked to fill that role . She feels that schools should help in that function but cannot do it like they used to with a one classroom teacher. The community and business partnerships help. Across the country the acronym VIPS means Volunteers in Public Schools, but the school district was creative in exchanging the "public" for "Poudre-R-1 " in the name. It is the umbrella for anyone who gives their time or goods to the classroom and doesn't charge the school district. It was developed with the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce partnership committee to indicate a special relationship not a special problem. "The school district is so blessed to be in this community where people care about education and the community. As I travel around the country, people can 't believe what a wonderful place we have here." The role of VIPS in the future Tara sees as being a more active one. Education finds it difficult to meet student needs within the state's resources. It is important that the private sector has the opportunity to contribute their time and resources to the educational system. Tara is a loyal individual devoted to education and children who has integrated the schools and the community closer together in a partnership bond. She has tapped into utilizing individual resources in businesses and the community to meet the needs of students and to enrich the lives of thousands of volunteers. Through her commitment, she has definitely made a difference in Fort Collins. Style salutes you Tara. Sandra Cowan has her own writing consulting business.

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