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eet the Models David Muth . Broker Associate/ Partner The Group Inc. Married to Holly. When David has some free time he enjoys golfing , basketball , skiing and weight lifting . "I had a great time! I enjoyed watching from behind the scenes and seeing everything come together. The best part of the day was meeting the models and staff. "

FORT COLLINS John Dengler. Architect with John Dengler and Associates. Married to Melanie and father to Kellen , 11 , Hayley, 10, Maddie, 6, and Riley, 4. In his leisure time John enj oys go lfin g and getting involved with hi s chi ldren 's activiti es. "The day made me want to give it all up for an exciting career as a male model ... Ho! Ho! Ho !"


Melanie Dengler. Art teacher at Werner Elementary. Married to John and mother to Ke llen, Hayley, Maddie, and Riley. Melanie enjoys taking part in her children's many activities. "Other models have to eat celery, we got Dunkin Donuts! It was fun trying on different clothes. What a fu n day! "

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Mark Driscoll. President of First National Bank. Married to Neyla and father to Luke, 17, Ellie, 15, and Andy, 13. Mark spends his free time exe rcising , getting involved with his chi ldren 's activities and bible study. "Lydia and her staff are fun and professional , expert in their approach ." Neyla Driscoll. Domestic Engineer! Married to Mark and mother to Lu ke, Ellie, and Andy. Neyla is an accomp lished tap dancer, pianist, singer, an d musician . "This experience with Lyd ia and crew was truly a delight! I enjoyed being photographed with my special husband , Mark, and meeting the other models. Thanks to all who made this day special for me! " Christina Dye. CSU student. Christina is interested in art, spend in g tim e with chi ldr en and church activities. "Modeling with Style was a fun and wonderful experience. I tru ly enjoyed it and would love the honor to model again. What I enjoyed the most was meeting and interacting with al l the energetic and fun-loving ladies. " BreAnne Ferris. Director with Environmental Marketing , craft designer and model. Mother to Dylan , 4. In her leisure time BreAnne enjoys swimming , boating , rol lerblading and spending time with family and friends . "It was suc h a good feeling being able to dress like Cinderella for the day. Lydia and her staff were so enj oyab le to work with. They do such a good job workin g with the models and making everyone feel comfortable."

Judy Ann Woodland. Bridal Consu ltant at the Satin Rose. Married to Jerry and mother to Dianna, 29, Jason , 25 , Curtis , 20 and Kimberly, 18. Judy enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her famil y and grandchi ldren. "It has certainly been a fun experience. The staff from start to finish made me feel special and were very cari ng and personable. Thanks Lydia !" GREELEY Mary Audette. Marketing Officer at Union Colony Bank. Mother to Katie , 14, and Amy, 12. In her spare time Mary enjoys ru nning , biking and rock cli mbing. "Modeling for Style was a fun and relaxing experience. I'm glad I enjoy my day job as I don 't foresee me receiving any calls from Vogue ." Susan Carter. Gynecologist. Married to Douglas and mother to Spencer, 6, Cameron , 8, Tori , 10, and Josh, 22. Susan enjoys shotgun sports , snow skiing and scuba diving. "It's great to show off our beautifu l Union Colony Civic Center here in Gree ley. The other models we re so much fun. Thanks for letting me participate! " Sandra Duggan. Financial Consultant with A.G. Edwards . Married to Michael and mother to John , Amy, Matthew, Grant, Kevin and Brady. Sandra loves scuba diving in the summer and skiing in the winter. "This was a totally new experience - one I'm glad I did. They know how to make yo u look your best. Thanks! "

JoAnn Heaberlin. Bridal Consu ltant at Perfect Impressions. Married to Jim and mother to Jennifer, 26 and her two other "kids ," Max and Murf, her dogs. When asked about her interests and hobbies JoAnn said, "my interests are the happenings in my life and my hobb y is making it work ." "Modeling for Style was great fun! The staff was wonderful and it was nice being the mother of the bride . . . agai n. "

Phyllis Eaton. Pianist and teacher. Married to Larry and mother to three grown children. In her spare time Phyl lis en joys hi king , reading and music. "I thoroughly liked the day and getting to wear the pretty clothes . It was fun to work with my friends ."

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holiday season always acts as a gentle reminder to reflect upon the previous year and member professional accomp li shments, areas that need improvement, and set goals for year to come. It is a time to recognize and be grateful to the many people who make our achievements possible. On this , our 11th anniversary, I am very proud of our Style magazines and thankful to the wo nderful and dedicated group of friends that make them possible. 1995 was a memorable year for Style Media Group Inc. We took a giant step technologically by procuring the necessary equipment to produce our entire magazine in a state-of-the-art "in house," as they say, manner. Julie Larson, our production manager, now designs, creates and builds all our ads and editorial spreads right in our office. This was a major investment of capital , time , energy, and occasional frayed nerves , but has been very worthwhile and given us the tools to be on the leading edge of technology and to continue to improve our magazines. Thanks to Julie for having the courage to see us through the conversion and thanks to our dear friends , Connie and Dick Fregosi of LithoColor for their technological support and encouragement. Support staff is such an important link in the behind-the-scenes attention to details. This year my long time friend and administrative assistant, Cindy Wright, moved to Atlanta, but was very ably replaced by Kristi Schaffter who has proved to be invaluable. Another helpful addition to the office, who has had the courage to spearhead our in-process accounting computer convers ion , is Dottie Hohman. Thanks to Dottie for her commitment to streamlin ing that department. And , to my dear supportive angel and art director, Kari Armstrong , many heartfelt thanks for her creative energy and talent she brings to these pages! Phyl li s Thode and her staff at Headlines also contribute creative talent to our fashion pages. Our model s love the pampering. I am so very lucky to also have the best group of acco unt executives around! Cathie May, Vicki Albertson , and Diane Dill continue to be not only professional and expert in what they do, but also caring and committed women. My sincere thanks to each of them! I am excited to announce that Kay Barrett, long time Ft. Collins resident, has joined them and will also be representing our products. Ove r the past year we have also expanded to include more writers and photographers, thereby contributing more variety and talent to our issues. I appreciate and thank each of the many people who have helped Style magazine be a reality five times this past year! As we set our goals for 1996, expansion is in the plans! We are excited to announce the launching of our restaurant, accommodations, entertainment annual guide, Diversions. It will be the only one of its kind in the area and promises to be a useful, and very practical reference guide for residents as we ll as newco mers and visitors. Look for it in January 1996! This 11th anniversary issue is one of my favorites! Continuing our tradition of photo essays , Fathers and Sons written by, long-time writer, Libby James, captures the special relationship of these local fathers and sons. Romantic Weddings photographed by Charles Lynch and hand colored by Kari Armstrong is an exquisite look at beautiful wedding fashions. Barbie Grows Up is a fun and delightful twist to collecting and investing for profit. Our festive holiday fashions look sensatio nal and we re especially fun to photograph! Thanks to our Ft. Collins and Greeley fashion and wedding models! They were not only great looking, but also a patient and cooperative bunch! These and many more exciting features fill our Winter '96 pages! Enjoy! Most of all , thanks to our loyal readers and advertisers. It is your continued interest, support, and feedback that keeps us enthused and always striving for excellence I My dearest girls Meredith and Alexandria and I wish you and yours the ~A_;; warmest of holidays! ~--


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The Poudre Talley THE WINDS OF DECEMBER By the end of the first decade of the 20th Century, Fort Collins had the feeling it had grown up. In the preceding ten years the city had increased its population over four times, from 2,000 people to over 8,000 people. The city had installed natural gas in the commercial businesses and many homes , built a mass transit system with the trolley cars and developed a beautiful new city park. Culture expanded as the city built a new library and erected a youth center. There were telephones, electricity , a new water system and an expanding , vibrant economy . The citizens of Fort Collins felt up to any task and capable of overcoming any obstacle . Still , in many ways, Fort Collins was an isolated and rural community. There was no television , no radio and only one newspaper. There were very few cars and the 2,000 or so families got around town by walking, taking the trolley cars or using horse drawn

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wagons . The principal transportation to places outside of town was by train , but most people didn 't travel very much. As with most towns in the west, Fort Collins was a self-contained community that depended on the cooperation of its people to han-

then it became a nightmare. Before the day was over, 15 inches of snow had fallen on the city. The city government could not marshal an army of snowplows and heavy equipment to deal with the snow. They had nothing of the kind . The only motorized vehi-

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die extraordinary events and situations . It was a good thing too , because on the morning of December first, 1913, an unforeseen emergency fell upon the city and within just a few hours , the whole town and all of its people wou.ld be fighting for their lives . At dawn on that Monday morning , it beg an to snow. Th roughout the day , the snow came down in a steady heavy fall. First it was pretty , then · it becam e an to a standstill. inconvenience ,

cle the city owned was a new fire engine, and it got stuck the first time they tried to drive it. The heavy snow knocked down most of the power lines and the 8,000 people in town were suddenly without power, lights, heat, or any easy way to go anywhere. Suddenly life had become very dangerous in Fort Collins and the snow continued to fall. The following morning , the Fort Collins Express got a newspaper out and reported that the storm "was an unprecedented one and as a result , railroad traffic has been demoralized , telegraph and telephone lines are down and not until belated reports are received will its severity be known. " The facts were that the rest of the Front Range was experiencing the same troubles from the storm. Each of the towns along the foothills were cut

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The heavy snow knocked down most of the power lines and the 8,000 people in town were suddenly without power, lights, heat, or any easy way to go anywhere. Since the city had no motorized plows, the work had to be done with horses and gangs of men. City Hall hired every available laborer and ended up with 60 men and 10 teams of horses, all trying to clear the streets. Night fell in a cold heap. People in the city were somewhat encouraged by the fact that not a lot of new snow fell on Tuesday, just a few inches. They thought that maybe the worst was over. Of course there was no way for them to know that. They cou ldn't just tune into the Weather Channel for an update. Unfortunately, the storm was far from over. Wednesday morning, December 3rd , did not seem to dawn at all. There was only a dull light that spread across the snowbound city . Soon it began to snow again , harder than ever. All the work of clearing the streets and shoveling the sidewalks was wiped out as a blanket of new snow , a foot deep , buried the town Continued on page 22

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Throughout the day, the snow came down in a steady heavy fall. First it was pretty, then it became an inconvenience, then it became a nightmare. On Saturday morning, December 6th, the sun actually dawned. It was still very cold, but there were patches of blue in the heavy overcast. It looked like the storm had blown itself out at last. Slowly, the people of Fort Collins began to emerge from their homes to gaze in amazement at the utter transformation of their town. Over four feet of snow had fallen. The winds had piled up drifts that were 20 feet high. Whole houses looked like a dark smudge sandwiched between fluffy, white loaves of snow. The streets, most of the bushes, half the trees and all the sidewalks had been completely covered and you could hardly tell where you were. The first priority was to get the streets open so that food and coal supplies could get to the near frozen and hungry people all over the 2

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everything fo r over a week . Organizations in town donated money to help people who had no food and had nearly died in the storm . One family told others that the only food they had left in their home was rice , eggs and canned salmon, which they rationed as best they could until help arrived. Finally on December 7th , 1913, a work train with a huge rotary snowplow cut through the 20 foot drifts of snow on the tracks and chugged into Fort Collins. Supplies began to arrive in town , and not a minute to soon . The exhausted men of the city were now getting some help from the railroad work crews that had lent a hand in getting some of the streets open and businesses reopened . The schools had been closed for a week. Most of the grocery stores were out of food. There was not a shovel or a pair of boots to be found anywhere in the stores. Shelves were bare , and people had been living on canned foods and water for days.

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pleasure . Having the opportunity to coach his own children has also been a thrill. Rob , 26, following in his dad ' s footsteps , has just been made head soccer coach at Poudre High School in Fort Collins . He has a degree in wellness management from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, and hopes one day to return to school to become a physical therapist. Rob describes his dad as a sensitive , caring , people person . "But he can be tough when he needs to be. And he's a fierce competitor." Rob admires his dad's competitive spirit and his dad's accomplishments . "He's taught me to always do my best and to be proud of what I am doing, " Rob says. "We both enjoy teaching and coaching and working with kids . We like to hang out together, talking sports and coaching, lifting weights, and occasionally going to a ball game together. " Bob says he and his sons are all rather quiet, yet enjoy people and get along with them well. They all love sports and are intense about their areas of competition. He sees both his sons as more shy than he is, but also more capable of relaxing . "They are both considerate of others , and well thought of by their peers and by adults." Carnie, 14, is a ni.nth grader at Cache La Poudre Junior High, and a member of his brother's varsity soccer team at Poudre High School. Having his brother as his coach is special for him. Like his older brother, Carnie appreciates his dad for his dedication to whatever he is doing. Their common interest in sports is a bond , and they also enjoy going on camping and fishing trips together. "My dad grew up in the 50's so some of his ideas are old-fashioned ," Carnie confides . Bob is wel l-known in the Fort Collins running community as a 5 kilometer specialist. He runs between 10 and 14 races each year and consistently wins in his age group. Bob is also the father of Melanie, 22, who is married to Eric Fronapfel , soccer coach at Loveland High School. At the time of this writing , Melanie and Eric were expecting thei r first child at any moment. Bob and his wife, Sharon , a Spanish teacher at Spring Creek Country Day School were eagerly looking forwa rd to becoming grandparents.

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hese stories are a collection of inspirational thoughts from focal father and son teams who are facing the business world together. It has taken these men much hard work and perseverance to achieve the success they all enioy. Many factors are common to all these families, especially an abundance of quality family time, even though the children are, in cases, grown and married themselves. All of them have a wonderful sense of humor and compassionate hearts, and are not afraid to show them. These fathers have found best friends, and these sons have found lifelong mentors. In all of these stories, the family has not only strengthened the business, but the business has also strengthened the fami/Yt running a common thread of trust, communication, and special bonding through their intertwining worlds of work and persona/life.


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Milo &Gary Bohlender

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ilo Bohlender began working part-time at Harold Warren's Funeral Chapel in 1960 while he was going to college. By 1980, he had bought the business which is now WarrenBohlender Funeral Chapel. He and his son, Gary, jokingly say that Gary began working at the mortuary in 1967 (the year he was born). "By the time he could crawl, Gary was following me into the preparation room and watch ing me work" says Milo. "Some things don't change, he laughs, he still likes to sit around and ju st watch me work." This father and son team act like two old buddies. Milo teases Gary about being cranky when he wakes up to go on a night call. Gary teases Milo about being old fashioned and claims his methods of applying make-up and embalming are better than his father's. But all joking and teasing aside, Milo and Gary run a business dedicated to service and personalized care . Gary didn't always want to take up with the family business. He has a BSN in nursing, and considered a career in either pediatric or psych nursing or hospital administration. "We don't have the politics here that you find in most workplaces. We have all been figuring out how to get along with each other all our lives, and it benefits the business. We know when to push, and when to back off. Working with Gary also gives us flexibility. If Gary wants to play golf or workout, and I'm going to be here, I just let him go, and he does the same for me. I think it's easier to make sacrifices when it's for your own son," says Milo. " ... or for your father. Gary adds. Since we've been around each other all our lives , we know each other's strengths and weaknesses by now, and can work around them." They strive for the highest quality of personalized customer service, and make it a rule to personally interact with each client. They say their real reward is when a client takes the time to thank them for a job we ll done.


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arry Kull purchased The Ram 's Bookstore in 1977 after 20 years of managing bookstores at both Michigan State College and the University of Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri where he received a degree in marketing , and went on to do graduate work in accounting. While attend ing college, he worked part-time in the university bookstore and was also offered the opportunity to do management training by the owners of the university bookstore, Barnes & Noble Publishers. Griff earned a degree in business finance from Arizona State University, and although it was not his plan from the beginning, he returned to Fort Collins to help his father run the bookstore. They have been work ing as a very successful team now for 6 years. Harry has passed his enthusiasm for customer service to Griff. "In our business we see a lot of attempts to automate the learning process, but nothing wil l ever take the place of the valuable human touch a person can give. People talk about computers and CD-ROM replacing books, and TV monitors in classrooms replacing actual teachers, but all through our lives we are taught through human contact, and people still learn better that way. My hope is that all the modern technology doesn't destroy the valuable human element," says Harry. Harry also believes that you must do whatever it takes to make a family business li ke theirs successfu l. "A 40-hour work week is a formula for failure! " says Harry. Griff says that , like his father, he has learned that he needs to "work 'til the work is done" in order to be successful . He is dedicated to upholding the same level of customer service and dedication to the students and university that his father started. He says that he is prepared to keep the business al ive and healthy even long after his father has moved into retirement ... "or until I win the lottery." he laughs.

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d Carroll began his career in car sales in 1965 when he opened his first dealership in Boulder. In 1966, he opened the dealership in Fort Collins that he and his son , John, now operate . John started out by washing cars for his dad when he was 14, and has done "just about every job in the dealership." "John always showed an interest in the dealership, and has always planned to come in and take over to give me a break." says Ed. Ed now acts more as a silent partner while John run s the dealership. "Everything I've done over the years has been an intentional grooming process to get me ready to take the position I am in now. I have always known this was where I would be." says John. Ed had some good advice for his son when they started talking seriously about his wo rking for the dealership. He encouraged him to get an education that would be useful to the business. "You need to have something NEW to contribute. You need to come in with a special talent to be a real asset to the business. " Ed encouraged . John earmed a master's degree in bu siness finance. "By going to school to get a specialized education to help the business , I avoided the 'Boss' Son ' stigma. If you are the boss' son and succeed , people think you had it handed to you , and if you fail, they thin k you 're a goof-off, and have a job only because you are the boss' son. But because I came to this job with my own special talents to contribute that was never a problem. " adds John . It helps me to keep things in perspective when I remind myse lf that he is my mentor. He is the successful businessman that I hope to be. " Ed and John have spent man y hours di scussing business ethics, views and formulas for success. John takes pride in being able to run the dealership in his father's style , as we ll as adding new technologies and ideas for continuing a winning family business.

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Wayne, Steve &Perry Schrader Schrader Oil Company


chrader Oil Company has been a father and son business for 57 years. Wayne H. Schrader started the business in 1921. His son, Wayne K. Schrader, helped him out at the gas station and then took over his father's business in 1953. Wayne has now turned much of the responsibility of running the business over to his two sons. Perry handles the construction company developed to build stations, and to do environmental remediation work. Steve helps in the business and marketing areas. These three fishing buddies are a lively group of jokers who take time from their busy schedules to tease each other frequently. It is apparent to anyone who has the rare occas ion to catch al l three of them tog eth er, that they are not only fam ily and business partners , but they are also best friend s and confidants as we ll. Although none of them intentionally planned to work with their father (including Wayne, Jr.), for all of them , it has seemed a natural progression. "I neve r forced the boys to come to work for me, but I always let them know that it was an option for them. What could be better?! It's a fath er's dream. I get to see them every day , whereas if they had taken different paths, they might live out of state , and we would rarely get to see each other," says Wayne . The secrets to their success inclu de communication, inclusion, accountabi lity and trust. "Dad taug ht us that you have to follo w through with what yo u say you are going to do - be accountable to your wo rd ," explains Steve. "You also have to be willing to take the risks together. If the business fails, we will al l go down the tubes. But risk-takin g is necessary in order to grow," says Perry. Wayne says that the most valuable lesson he has learned from his sons is the val ue of family closeness and trust. "Yo u can talk to your family abo ut thin gs you might not be ab le to talk to other people about. They've taught me how valuable it is to be ab le to lean on each other."


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r. Nelson Bachus opened his private practice in 1964. "I had always wanted Kevin to end up in practice with me, but it was a hard sell." he says. "After my schooling, says Kevin, I was heading more toward an academic medical career rather than private practice. I rece ived my fel lowsh ip, and was on the faculty at Duke University for four years. I guess I just needed to get out on my own and establish my own skills and confidence in what I could do. Now that I am here I am forever grateful that I made this decision." They are still in the "honeymoon phase" of the partnership , they say, because Kevin has only been with the practice since September. However, when pressed to come up with a down-side to the partnership, they are not able to. Kevin enjoys the benefits of his father's 30 years of experience and wisdom, and Nelson frequently calls on his son's "wealth of information" from his specialized schooling. "There are those who say that you sho ul dn't mix business with family, because the stress can hurt the family relationship. In our case , the opposite has happened. It has brought us closer. I have had more fun being here for the short period of time , than I've had in the last 10 years, and I also feel li ke I've even gotten more work done in this short period of time." says Kevin. "The key in our situation is that our partnership is such a good fit. We are in a very complimentary situation ," says Nelson. Kevin adds "I think the reason that so many family businesses are successful is that there is a real team effort. Everyone is working for a common goal even more than in a 'regular' workplace. In our case, there is no hierarchy. We each have valuable things to add to the business." For other fathers and sons thinking of getting into business together, Nelson says he wo uld give the same advice that Nike does - "Just do it." Ke vin says that the intercommunication and sharing of information between he and his father make each day worthwhile for both of them.

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getting involved in things he would not have otherwise. For the past two summers, Cooper's Boy Scout Troop has spent four days ar Ben Delatour Scout Ranch learning archery, shooting bb guns, and sitting around a camp fire-dads invited. "My dad was a little reluctant the first time we went, but we had so much fun that last summer he really looked forward to it," Cooper says. Scott was not a Scout when he was young, so he's getting his chance now. Scott and Cooper often hike the Horsetooth Trail accompanied by Suds, the family golden retriever. They have season tickets to the Colorado State University basketball games, and enjoy Rockies games as well. A highlight for both was attending the very first Rockies game, having lunch in the stadium, and coming home with souvenir tickets and programs. When he became a parent, Scott realized that he was now accountable to another person; that his actions would be observed and quite likely internalized, and that made him more conscious of his actions. This responsibility for setting an example is for him a challenging aspect of parenthood. "We're very much alike," Scott says. "Mom says we're both stubborn," Cooper says. According to Cooper, both he and his dad love to read, but he loves TV while his dad hates it. Scott likes sweets and Cooper doesn't. Scott is busy all the time, and Cooper says he likes to relax now and then. "We're real good friends," Cooper says. "My dad has a great sense of humor, and he's fun to be around. He loves working at Coopersmiths, and he likes working in our yard, too. "I have special admiration for his positive outlook on things. There have been a couple of deaths in his family in the last two years, and through them both, he has been able to stay positive." Through his dad's example , Cooper has learned that hard work pays of, and that kindness to others is important. Someday Cooper hopes to become a veterinarian, but not long ago, when the subject of careers came up at the breakfast table, Cooper said he thought he'd like to be a professional baseball player and run Coopersmiths as well.

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When his dad said that might be a tall order, Cooper repl ied that he figured he could spend his days talking on the phone and working on the computer the way his dad does , and still have time and energy for playing baseball. "Don 't you remember how hard it was when we were getting started," Scott asked. " How I was never home, and how Mom used to bring you down to the restaurant so I could see you. She even put a picture of me in your room so you wouldn 't forget what I looked like." "Yeah, but all that hard work has been done ," Cooper replied. Scott grew up in New Orleans and was managing a restaurant and bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota when his parents left Louisiana and came to Fort Collins to open Spudworks restaurant on College Avenue . Because Scott had experience in the restaurant business , they asked him to come and help out. He and Jane came to town 15 years ago , and it has been home ever since . They bought out Scott ' s parents, and eventually Scott went to work for Concepts restaurant. While with that company he initiated the World Beer Tour for Old Chicago. As Concepts grew and became more corporate , Scott promised himself that he would resign by his 30th birthday . That's when he leased a building and started Coopersmiths . Six years later, Coopersmiths has become a Fort Collins favorite and has expanded to include a billiards area. Scott and Cooper have a unique relationship , but Scott is quick to say that in reality he , Jane and Cooper are a threesome . Father and son relationships are special , but Scott says there are moments when they need to call in an intermediary and go to arbitration and Jane is that person . "It just wouldn 't work without her," he says. Rogers, continued from page 2 7

A backpacking experience when the boys were young remains vivid for Garth . As night approached , and Garth , his sons , and a couple of friends found themselves sliding down into a canyon th rough rain and mud. The thought that they might be lost had been expressed by the boys, but it wasn 't until one of their friends, through sobs , announced that they were "all going to die down there ,"

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that Garth spoke up with the assurance that they were only "temporarily dislocated." It wasn't until late the next morning that the little band, tired and bedraggled, were able to "relocate" themselves and were homeward bound. The capacity of his sons for love, compassion, and affection, Garth values as attributes of all his sons. "I have always hoped to have at least a small role in each of my children becoming a truly good person, someone, in a way that I can't define, better than me. I credit their mother, and each of them with the greater role in accomplishing this, but it still makes an old dad feel good to see that hope being fulfilled." Two lawyers, a teacher, and a recent college graduate-Garth mentions all these accomplishments with pride, but sees as more important the fact that each of his sons he believes will (or already have) become good husbands and fathers. Each of his sons view their dad through their own frames of reference, but certain traits-his competitive nature they all mention. They see him as strong, hard-working, intelligent, and a seeker of knowledge; serious at work, lots of fun at home, and with a stubborn streak which they claim to have inherited to varying degrees. Todd, 32, spent 6 years practicing law in New Mexico and recently returned to Fort Collins to join his dad's law firm. Describing his dad as a strong influence in his life, Todd says that Garth encouraged him to seek the experience of working elsewhere before considering coming into the firm. "I can now say without hesitation that he was right," Todd says. Joining his dad's law firm has given Todd the opportunity to see how well respected his dad is in the legal community, something he says not every son has the chance to observe. Calling his upbringing and his relationship with his dad "traditional," Todd says there is lots to be said for tradition-in family life and in work and play. He gets a kick out of playing basketball with his dad and brothers, and the reactions of his friends who are amazed at Garth's level of participation. "Most of their dads haven't been on the court in years," Todd says. Chris, 29, is in his fourth year of

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teaching fifth grade in Westminister, Colorado. He earned a BA in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1988 and an MA in instruction and curriculum in 1994. "My dad has taught me to be tough," Chris says. I feel as if I can handle most situations I come across in both my professional and personal life, and I can deal with the cards that are dealt me." As the years pass, Chris says he and his dad have become closer. In height, weight and build they are similar, and, Chris notes, "I am also losing my hair." Like his dad, Chris says he's conservative with money, though in other ways he sees their personalities as quite different Greg, 27, graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1994 and since last September has worked as a deputy district attorney in Larimer County. "Dad has an intense desire to squeeze as much out of his life as he can," Greg says. "He has chosen, at this stage of his life, to challenge himself in new ways and to grow as an individual as he meets these challenges. He has taken on projects such as learning to speak Spanish and writing books. "All the time he has been shifting his focus in life, he has held true to one of his favorite mottoes: 'work hard and play hard.' Dad has remained as young and vital as he was years and years ago, and he has shown us all that growing old is primarily psychological. For example, he recently played basketball in the nationals of the Senior Olympics. "Dad has been a wonderful father in so many ways. He has always shown us the commitment it takes to make and maintain a loving family. He was very involved with our day-today lives as we all grew up. He was ever-present at school activities and sporting events that we all participated in, yet all the while he was also working very hard and accomplishing many things as a professional. "My dad and I share a desire to explore new places and learn about other people and other cultures. He was encouraging to my brother, Chris, and me when we decided to spend time in Taipei, Taiwan and East Asia teaching English and traveling after we graduated from college. We all share a desire to com-

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was driving to Greeley for a Style Magazine assignment on an enormous Santa Claus collection . As I drove , I let my mind wander to holidays from my childhood. As Bing Crosby began to warble "/'// Be Home For Christmas" over the airwaves, I recalled Christmas at my grandmother'scinnamon spiced pumpkin pies, Grandma ' s festive apron, paper elves guarding the fireplace , and Grandpa's tale of wrestling with Santa Claus on the roof and ending up with just enough presents for my sisters , my brother, and me. Driving along, I noted the well kept suburban neighborhood as I approached the address. I had heard that this home and Christmas collection were spectacular, so on I drove hoping for just a little glimpse of those long lost Christmas celebrations of my youth. I knew it was probably unrealistic to wish for a truly old fashioned Christmas in the fast paced Nineties, but still .. . Just then I rounded a bend in the road. It took my breath away! The most Norman Rockwell , Over the River and Through the Woods, All American Grandmother's House I had ever seen appeared! The gray clapboard house was perfectly situated on the top of a gentle hill. With a winding garden path beckoning a frosty welcome. I glanced at my notes. I was ten minutes early, but that was all right with me. I could stand on the steps and just soak up the warmth of this wonderful house. In a simple, straightforward way, this home said "family." It whispered the word lov-



Jenny, one of Dorothea's daughters years of childhood , they must be ing ly as I gazed , spellbound , at this pretty sturdy. who has turned her childhood love of simple reminder of the magic of this Over the years, each of Dorthea's Santas into a business. Nestled in a special season. children had his or her own Christ corner to the right of the entry stands The whole crew would soon be a fir tree bountifully bedecked in mas tree. One of Dorothea's daugharriving - photographers , the art Christmas whimsy. The tree is proters, Becky, left behind her childhood director, even Lydia. I wanted some tected by a tiny picket fence which room decorated with a remarkable time to get the better part of the interechoes the quaint white gate outside corn husk Christmas tree. The view accomplished before the others spruce tree is host to dozens of tiny the house. began bustling about and snapping corn husk dolls , as well as a generFrench doors lead you to a sun photos. room inviting visitors to sit and soak ous sprinkling of Baby ' s Breath . As I fumbled with the gate latch , up the views of the quiet winter landDorothea explains that years ago the family dog barked a friendly scape, decks built around enormous people in this part of the country alarm, warning Dorothea of my prestrees, and two playhouses - one for didn't have many things bought from ence. Then the next wonderful thing the children when they were little , stores, so they made things with happened. Dorothea Brigham apwhat they had . peared at the Dorothea and door. Dorothea is Becky have colthe perfect comlected all kinds of pliment to her corn husk figures home- a warm - from farm girls combination of to fishing boys. A proper classic lady from style and pure McCook, friendliness. Nebraska even I was welcomed made a sew ing into Dorothea's basket from corn home with the husks! The tree same warmth that topper is made of would be awarded wood shavings, an old friend from and raffia bows far away on a speact as garland. cial visit. I offered Tiny white lights my hand and give this tree a instead was given feeling of long a quick hug. ago. Turkey red " Oh! You ' re embroidered expecting!" cloths provide the Dorothea chirped . finishing touch to "so is my daughthis unique counter! " And immeditry expression of ately I felt I would Christmas . be happy to be her Angels grace daughter. Before I the tree in Jenny's knew it , I was room. When seated in the most The living room outdoes any Macy 's Christmas window with literally hundreds of Santas, Dorothea inheritcomfortable wing ornaments, and toys. ed her mother's back chair in the beautiful handkerchiefs , she wonliving room with a cup of tea in my and one especially for the grandchildered what she could do with them. hand. We talked about babies for a dren . The tiny house has a table , a fire-pole and even a bed for summer From her imagination came one moment a subject dear to angel , and then another and another, Dorothea's heart since she had four sleeping . A guest's gaze can 't remain fixed until an entire tree was filled with this of her own who now bring home on the yard for long because the toys heavenly host announcing the Good many grandbabies for her to enjoy. News of Christmas. keep calling! There are dolls , bears , I looked around the living room. Dorothea's son , Matt, was always antique rocking ho rses , and other Before I' d come I had wondered fond of rocking horses . Toy horses sund ry toys in every room. Children what a house decorated with 640 can be found roaming each room of Santas could look like . Cluttered? and ch ildish whimsy are highly valthe Brigham homestead. Some of Dusty? Overwhelming? But , of ued at the Brigham home . And don't think that these collector's items are these equestrian miniatures are colcourse, like all my impressions of lectibles and some are true antiques. this home so far , Dorothea's Santa hands off to youngsters . GrandLiz, another Brigham daughter, has collection is perfect. children and pint sized visito rs are a passion for all things patriotic - a Santas greet visito rs in the entry of encou raged to play with the toys passion she has shared with her the bright living room. Some of these whenever possible . Dorothea figures that if they 've survived a hundred mother. "There 's something about welcoming Santas were made by

tell whether the house belongs to the t he fou r she lve s were designed flags , drums, and bands that really , family or the fam ily belongs to th e especially to fi t the very Santas that really appeals to me," says Dorothea. house . Their histories are inextricab ly would find their home in that cupMother and daughter have found board each Ch ristmas. intertwined. Long after the Brighams Americana items in antique stores As in an y ho me, Do rothea's carefully removed the old, dark wa lland local fairs. Even from way back kitchen is the heart of this incredible paper and rugs, and en larged t he paintings have shown Santas sporthouse. Collections abound, incl uding obsolete kitchen , and long after the ing the red , white and blue of Old basic white farmhouse was given a what else mo re Santas! Glory. coat of soft gray paint an d a bac k Dorothea and her husband, Beyond the family tabl e set for two, door, this house continues to show are nume rous candy mo lds on the Dwight , have adopted the patriotic the tender care that Dorothea and Santa theme . They are made of varidecor in their bedroom . Liz made the ous metals inclu di ng some fine Dwight have showered upon it tree quilt snuggled at the foot of the pewter pieces . Dorothea also col lects through the years. tree in their room , as well as the rag rolling pins for her country kitchen. Each of the Brigham's four child ren doll perched in its branches . One The window to t he back garden is grew up in this warm fami ly hom e. very special item in this room is the And every Christmas these fou r chi lflag from World War II. This type of topped by a lacy wo oden valance with a spri nkling of real cutwork lace dren , now grown , return to the home flag was shown in the windows of all peeking out from underneath like a of their childhood to ce lebrate yet the homes of families who had sons pair of bloomers. Blue pinstripe wallanother generation of Brigham memor daughters serving in the armed ories through their own eight children. paper and painted cupboards give services at that time. The number of the room a friendly, happy fee ling. Dorothea says that she and Dwight stars signified how many family are not trave lmembers were ers . "Dwig h t away at war from that home . and I are homebodies . We just In the upstairs hallway , toy en j oy be i n g here ." A nd no soldiers stand wonder! T he guard before a neighboring room full of homes were antique baby dolls and crabuilt mostl y in the 1940's, and dles . In fact, are set back far each doll probaenough to al low bly sat under a the Brighams a Christmas tree sense of pri vain years past cy. "We fee l waiting ansecluded, b ut xiously to see not isolated ." whether she Fami ly has alwould end up in ways been of a little girl ' s prime impo rarms. That's the ta nce in thi s charm of this home . Dw ight house- each is a retired room is an invipediatr i c i an , tation to reThe Christmas spirit comes to life in many whimsical versions of Santa's workbench. and Dorothea member the has spent most j oys of days The Brigham home reaches back of her life raising children and making past. Down the stairs to the kitchen , visi home a special place for her fam ily to fondly to long ago to find its roots. The enjoy and remember. house was built in 1919 as a farmtors are treated to a private gallery So what exactly does this magical house. Dorothea re members walking showing of original artwork by Dwight Christmas wonder land and a ll of Brigham . His outstanding watercolors by the hou se years ago when she these family memories really require was a high school student. She pointgrace each part of the house - provof Dorothea in terms of time an d ing just how very talented this family ed to this lovely ol d farmh ouse and energy? How can one woman set up, really is. said to the friend wal king with her that take down , and keep 640 Sa ntas she would own that house someday. In fact , Dwight's handiwork is eviclean throughout the holiday se adent in each room of the house . The Her friend scoffed, but Dorothea had son? Well , the display set-up beg ins dining room , home to many of the always love d this home. She had November first and is comp leted by adopted it into her heart even before 640 Santas in their collection , boasts December first. Each room takes she knew that it wou ld, in fact, somea beautiful hutch cupboard which three days to decorate . Dorot he a day belong to her. Dwight custom made. He presented likes to stick to and comp lete one this lovely piece of heirloom furniture Thi rty-five yea rs after making that room at a time . Amazing ly Dorothea to Dorothea one Christmas. Each of remarkabl e pu rchase, it's difficult to

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changes the decorating scheme every year. During the Christmas holidays, a feather duster and persistence keep the collection looking fresh. Dorothea says because there is not a lot of commotion or many children in the house on a daily basis, the display stays in good shape for the several weeks that it is set up. The Santas enjoy their days of glory through January first. Then the process is reversed and the collection is taken down . This procedure takes almost as long as it does to set up the decorations. All the Christmas items are then packaged and stored away in what used to be a fall-out shelter in the house. The Santa collection itself is incredible. Every type of Santa imaginable is represented in Dorothea's collection. Tiny wooden Santas mingle with fabric and even metal Santas. Many of the pieces are handcrafted. And each Santa is a unique and endearing symbol of a magical part of our heritage. Dorothea's collection began with one old Santa which she purchased from a furniture store dealer who was buying all new decorations for his own Christmas display. At that point she realized that there are all kinds of Santas to gather and treasure: wood, glass, fabric, metal, and on and on! She just kept adding, adding and pretty soon she had a collection. Every year tours for various chari-

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in By Donna Lock iving to others is often a difficult concept for children to understand. There are several reasons for their confusion according to Dr. Fern Lawler, a licensed psychologist in private practice in Fort Collins. She says that a child often does not see the recipient who is very much in need. Parents try to support the art of giving in a family but giving to a sibling is different than giving to others. Dr. Lawler stresses that giving is more poignant when done outside the family. She states that a child may be taught to give but lacks the cognitive ability to understand the process. "A child does pick up part of the experience by the modeling of their parents. If the modeling can be done through observation then the lesson is that much more important," explains the psychologist. Dr . Lawler emphasizes that it is important for a child to learn about giving and that the giving should be continual not seasonal. "Not only should parents take advantage of opportunities that occur sponta-

neously but should actively search out opportunities for their children to experience giving," adds Lawler. There are many organizations in Northern Colorado that need the support of the community to provide for others during the holiday season. These groups offer opportunities for parents and children to experience giving to others. These donations allow the organizations to continue their efforts in local service projects. Catholic Community Services Northern sponsors an Adopt -AFamily program each year . Each adopted family receives a food basket and presents. Catholic Community Services arranges for the donors to deliver the items to a selected family. The organization welcomes any groups to participate in this project. There is also a need for children's gloves , hats, coats and socks at the Mission during the winter months. Other items needed for the Mission include towels , sheets, blankets and toys for the nursery . These can be dropped off at the Mission, 460 Linden Center Drive, at any time. Call Linda at 484-5010 for

more information. First Christian Church Outreach program is seeking donations of used toys, games , puzzles and children's clothing items in good condition for Christmas baskets to be given to 250 families. Any of these items can be dropped off at the First Christian Church Outreach (on the east side of the church) at 2700 Lemay. Call 2234442 for more information. The Moose Lodge of Fort Collins participates in the annual Toys for Tots campaign, a Marine Corp League program. Members will set up a Christmas tree at Foothills Fashion Mall on November 24. A tag on the tree for each child will list name, sex, age and two or three gift suggestions. Individuals are asked to pick a tag, purchase a gift for the child and drop it off at the tree either wrapped or unwrapped. Moose Lodge also places boxes in area grocery stores in late November for donations of used toys in good working condition . All donations will be delivered to needy families in Fort Collins and surrounding areas. In 1994, 935 children received presents from the Moose

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Lodge. For additional information, call The Moose Lodge at 493-3056. Lee's Cyclery is accepting donations of used children's bicycles from late October to mid December. The bikes can be dropped off at either location of Lee's Cyclery. Employees of the bike store do any needed repair and maintenance on the bikes. All donated bicycles are given to the Fort Collins Police Department to distribute through the Santa Cops program. Call Lee's Cyclery at 226-6006 for further information. Stockings are available now through the Salvation Army for their annual stocking program. Five hundred stockings were filled in 1994. Individuals or groups are asked to pick up the stockings at the Salvation Army office at 1201 N. College Avenue. The stockings are given to children ages 4 to 12. Salvation Army requests that non-perishable food items be placed in the stocking. Each individual filling a stocking can specify boy or girl and a recommended age. For additional information , call Carol at 493-7090. The Giving Tree is a joint project by the Salvation Army and Santa Cops. Christmas trees are set up in the Foothills Fashion Mall and local businesses in mid-November. Tags are placed on the tree with information about the recipient and two suggested items. Gifts should be returned to the tree unwrapped by December 10. Each child is guaranteed delivery of two gifts and smaller items on December 16 by Santa Cops. Santa Cops is a collaborative effort through the local law enforcement departments. Trees are set up at various businesses in Larimer County. Tags are placed on the trees with generic gift suggestions. Gifts can be returned unwrapped to the tree or dropped off at any law enforcement office. All donations are delivered by law enforcement officers to each child's home. Teenagers can volunteer their time to assist in wrapping presents for Santa Cops. Call Betsy Nail, president of Santa Cops, at 498-5121 for more information .


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Year-End !itrat By Kay Copley ive yourself a Happy New Year by spending some time and taking action on your financial situation before December 31. Pick and choose the ideas that suit your situation, make your own shopping list, and implement them. Make 1996 a holiday, all year long.

r t!it:urnp t:he ~ !icrooge I'm surprised to find that there are still people holding on to 10% and higher mortgage loans. If this applies to you, talk to your bank mortgage officer right away. If you are staying in the home tor at least three years, it may pay you to refinance. Look at a 15 year fixed mortgage. Mortgage interest is still deductible, but that doesn't make it free. Get a plan to retire that debt quickly. If your have refinanced and are happy with your interest rate, begin working ott the debt more quickly. You can ask your lender tor a current amortization schedule and use it to tally up prepayments. It's fun to add a few hundred dollars to your payment and check ott seven or eight months of interest payments.

~Avoid t:he lirinch

If you have short-term consumer debt and/or credit-card debt, put yourself on a "money-diet" and get rid of it. Interest you pay on this debt is no longer tax deductible. If you are in the 33 per cent tax bracket (28% federal plus 5% state) and you pay ott a credit card company that was charging you 21% interest, that is like earning a 31 % risk-free rate of return on your money . In other words, you would have to earn 31%,

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with no risk (impossible), then pay tax on it, to clear 21% after federal and state income tax to service your debt. So, your best investment, if you have short-term debt is to pay it off. Become "allergic" to debt.

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~ !it:ocking

"Save until it hurts." "Always spend a little less than you make ." If you are already regularly saving , save more. If you aren't, then start. Look at a budget like it's a plan , not a straight-jacket. A budget is your tool for capturing money that has been slipping through your checkbook every month. Be sure to take full advantage of the savings programs offered at work. Tax-advantaged savings plans and employer matching plans grow much taster than ordinary savings. If you don 't have one at work, start lobbying to get one. Your employer can set one up before year end, and certain types of plans can actually be set up in the first quarter of next year for a tax deduction this year. Once you have maxed-out on your 401 k, 403b , 401 a, etc., start your own "nest-egg" account. Form the habit of paying yourself first. (Sounds like a cliche New Year's Resolution.)

~rap a Balanced ~ P-ackage

With your assets (your nest egg has now grown into "assets") strategically placed and balanced , you have the best chance tor positive long-term results and the least chance tor upsets. If your car misses on one cylinder, it will still run. A blend of real estate , including your home, cash equivalents, good nearterm bonds (taxable or tax-tree as appropriate) and shares of good

companies (stocks) should serve you well for the next decade . Mutual funds are a way of owning shares of diversified portfolios of any class of traded securities. What 's a good one? That depends on what you need. Since there are more than 7,000 funds, it usually pays to get some professional advice.

~Play !iant:a

If you own a small business and haven't set up a pension or profit sharing plan tor your employees and yourself, take a look before yearend. You can set up, "adopt" a 401-k or a more sophisticated plan now , and actually deposit the contribution before you file your taxes. You can set up a SEP, a Simplified Employee Pension plan , any time before you file this year's tax return. It is documented that employees are more satisfied, loyal, and motivated if they are provided with pension benefits. Choose the type of plan wherein the employees select their individual asset mixes, and you eliminate most of your liability.

~Deck t:he IR!i

You'd be surprised at how many people don't know their marginal tax bracket . ("Oh , I always get money back!" is a meaningless statement.) Your investment advisor needs to know your marginal tax bracket in order to advise you effectively. If you don't know your bracket, talk to your accountant. Be sure to ask tor help in planning to reduce you r taxes next year. It is possible and legal to arrange your affairs in order t o minimize taxes. By doing so, you not only help out your personal situation , you

directly place that money into the economy by either spending or investing. A dollar spent on goods or services does our economy more good than does a dollar spent on taxes. However, the dollar that is invested does the most good.

~ iracle on Wall ~ !it:reet: The ever increasing tax burden makes tax free municipal bond income more valuable. Demand is increasing as more investors realize this, supply is diminishing, and underwritings are down. The market has not yet fully reflected these facts in price increases.

~liift: Exchange Before year-end , have a professional review your portfolio. Swap weak securities for better quality. Take some losses to off-set some profits. You can actually use up to $3,000 in capital losses to offset ordinary income. Extra losses can be carried forward into the next year. It's a good idea to include your tax advisor in these year-end maneuvers. Tax surprises after the fact are no picnic.

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the world is compound interest. The concept of tax-deferred compounded earnings would probably cause him to check for re indeer on the roof. Consider investing in tax-deferred fixed and variable annuities. Annuities are contracts issued by insurance companies and are designed to be held for several years. As long as the earnings are compounded, the income tax is deferred. Untaxed money grows faster than taxed money. There are many offerings by many companies . Remember to comparative-shop for features, benefits and quality of the underwriting company.

~Light: a Candle If you own a small business, be sure you check with your tax advisor about clustering expenses into this year or into next year. You do have some choices to make that can lighten the burden.

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It's probably wise for all but the wealthiest to stay away from tax sheltered limited partnerships. There are some good programs that invest in government subsidized housing units and provide tax credits. However, an investment made late in the tax year hardly benefits that year. Before you rush into one of these, do lots of comparative shopping and be very careful.

~The Perfec~ liif~

Teach your children and grandchildren to be investors. Don't give them toys or cash , give them shares of stocks or mutual funds. This gift will require ongoing attention and create a need for learning. Many of my clients today were "started out" by loving grandparents who gave them shares. It takes very little money to begin, and you can add to it at any time . Each individual can give any other individual up to $10,000 each year without having to file a gift tax return. Once again, check with your accountant before you give larger gifts. (Yes, even to family). The good thing about giving shares is that you will never have to go searching through the mall at the last minute because you couldn't find the right size.

r-he an Elf ~o ~ Your!ielf If you spend some time before the year ends studying and arranging your financial life into a systematized business plan you will give yourself and your family the best gift peace of mind . HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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"Ben, on the other hand, is strongwilled and tough. He's also charming, imaginative and lovable, and I believe, has influenced several families we know in their decision to adopt a child of another race." Ben's still a little young to answer a series of questions about his dad, but with mom as scribe, he says of his dad, "I love him. He's a worker. He tells me great stories at bedtime. He's fun to play with. I like to play "pretend" with him and I like playing with him at the beach." Brad, on the other hand, has thoughtful insights into his dad for one so young. "I like the way he talks with me when something is bothering me, because he is so understanding and caring. He has influenced me by encouraging me to grow closer to God. He encourages me to put 100 percent of my heart into all I do in school and in sports. He loves me for who God made me to be." Brad sees his dad as funny, a hard worker and a great dad with a strong faith in the Lord. "I look like him," Brad says. "We understand each other, and we like to listen to Christian CO's, and watch and play sports together. We are different though, because I like to explore the outdoors and he likes the city." John knows that in a large family, it's tough to get one-on-one time with a parent. That's why he makes it a habit to take his children out to breakfast one at a time. Brad looks forward to their breakfast dates. Last winter, Lori gave John and Brad a trip to see the Rams play in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. "I always assumed I'd be a father," says John, who married when he was a sophomore in college. Like most parents, John didn't give parenthood a whole lot of thought until it

became a fact. Now it is quite obviously a central pivot in his life. At the same time, he has maintained a "fast track" career, moving from a Colorado State University business management student to car salesman, and then to salesman at The Regiment men's clothing store in Boulder. John went to work for the Regiment in Fort Collins, and in 1982, he established his own men's clothing business. John's business success has made it possible for Lori to be a fulltime mom. "She provides perspective for me," John says. "She grounds me and reminds me of what is really important. After a busy week, I might be tempted to sit back and do nothing on the weekends, but Lori initiates family activities. I'm always glad when she does. Without sounding "religious" John explains that his faith is something he has in common with his children, and a priority in his relationships with them. "It affects our view of things and the way we do things," he says. Looking to the future, John says, "More than anything else, I want my children to know they were always loved for who they are." Allnutt, continued from page 29

days at five p.m., he's ready to go home and be with Spencer, five and Walker, two. "It's such a pleasure to see how excited they are to see me pull into the driveway," he says. "They think I'm pretty neat and that is one of the great things about fatherhood." The hardest thing about parenting is finding the time to be with the kids, according to Rick. He recalls as a child that his dad made a real effort to be home for family dinners, but that sometimes they had to be quiet while he made phone calls to find pall bearers. Other times he and his

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brother, Mike rode from their home in Greeley to Denver with their dad in the funeral coach which the boys always considered an adventure. Despite his early introduction to the family business, Rick says he never felt any pressure from his dad to become part of it. When he approached his dad for a job in 1985, Bill agreed to give Rick a job, but not on a part-time basis. If he wanted to join the firm, he couldn't take off winter to ski or fall to work as a hunting guide. That was the only stipulation. Like Rick, Bill did not envision himself in the family business from the time he was a child. Instead, his ambition was to be a San Francisco stockbroker. He too worked on ranches as a young person. After college at the University of Colorado, Bill joined the Air Force and flew as navigator and radar observer in twoman fighter planes. Not until he was 26 and married did he return to Greeley and join his father, John, in the family business. Bill remains close to both sons, with Rick through every day involvement in the business and with Mike, as he assists him with his ranching business. Bill helps with haying in North Park each summer and every spring works cattle, branding and vaccinating. He says that the hardest part of parenting his sons was providing discipline during their teen years. "They weren't into tobacco or drugs, but Mike and a friend made wine in our attic," Bill recalls. Both boys were athletes and were somewhat restrained in their teen activities by the fact that their dad was school board president. Yet the atmosphere at the Allnutt home was such that even today, their sons' friends drop by and hang out in the kitchen visiting with Bill and Dee. Mike, who has been a rancher for 19 years, has a son, Wade, five, and two daughters, four and three. Bill, who is known to all his grandchildren as "Pa," says that although Wade is too small to climb on a horse by himself, he can ride an entire day with his dad. For Bill, the fact that his sons are good fathers is even more important to him than the knowledge that both are independent and able to think, act, and work on their own. Having a close family is Bill's number one priority, and he wishes the same for his three children and their off-spring along with happiness and good health. Lydia's Style Magazine


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The first thing an audience sees when a performer steps on stage is the outline of a figure against a background. The shape of the outline creates an immediate impression of the character. Time period and social status can also be determined by the silhouette. Whenever the audience perceives a correct impression in the opening moments, that performance is off to a good start. Effective costume design is integral to any performance. Annie 0. Cleveland is the resident costume designer at Colorado State University. She is a faculty member at the university and teaches costume design and introduction to theatre. Cleveland has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in theatrical design from Ohio State and worked as an

actress in Texas, Scotland and England for six years. She attributes her love of the theatre to her mother who was raised in New York and active in community theatre . She has been designing costumes for 15 years and one of her early experiences was working for a costume home in Mobile, Alabama. The costume house was noted for their Mardi Gras costumes and southern styled gowns and military uniforms for ante-bellum balls. The University of Southern Alabama also contracted Cleveland to costume their theatrical shows during her residency in Mobile. Designing costumes for six Colorado State University productions each year occupies a majority of Cleveland's time. She is also a member of a professional association, United Scenic Artists Union. Annie enjoys teaching others about costume design and finds it fulfilling to watch her students succeed. She emphasizes that many factors are involved in costume design and that it is not as simple as selecting clothes for someone. "There are artistic decisions that must be made as to the appropriateness of a costume ," explains Annie. "A designer must create a visual statement of a personality and the audience needs to be able to understand it and accept it." Working with fabrics, textures and accessories is both enjoyable and fulfilling to Annie 0. Cleveland . "I enjoy costume design very much because you have a concrete evidence of your artistry," she says. "A costume designer works closely with other artists. You cannot work in isolation and I draw inspiration from others and their work." Costume designer Melanie

Hutchinson has had an intense interest in designs and theatre scenes from an early age. As a child, she created dioramas for plays and holiday settings for her family. Her interest in clothing began when she lived in Japan where her Air Force father was stationed. Japanese women called sew girls would visit the homes of American families and construct clothing for them. The sew girls would look at a photograph of a garment and design a pattern. The garment would then be fitted and sewn to fit the individual. With the instruction of the sew girls , Melanie sewed a skirt for herself. This introduction to sewing quickly led to creating and designing original clothing . After graduating from high school, Hutchinson worked for one year for a Polish-Jewish tailor. She entered college to pursue an art degree and realized that costume design was an interest of hers . Melanie shifted her sewing focus to costumes and worked for families employed by Ringling Brothers Circus. She designed costumes worn by the Christiannis Family , horseback riding performers. In 1990, she moved to Loveland and opened her own business, The Silver Lining . The Silver Lining specializes in costumes and wedding dresses. Her costume design clients include Canyon Nadine Shea for designed this lively costume for the Magical Pied Piper, produced by the Children 's Theatre.

Concert Ballet, Open Stage Theatre , Colorado Ballet and University of Northern Colorado dance theatre. Hutchinson has also designed costumes for dramatic readings and one-act plays by Deborah Green. The majority of her time is spent working for Canyon Concert Ballet. She is affectionately called "Wardrobe Angel " by the members of the troupe. There are approximately 1,500 costumes and pieces in the costume collection of Canyon Concert Ballet. Melanie is involved in every aspect of costumes from the concept to design to construction and management of the wardrobe. A recent production of Sleeping Beauty featured 200 costumes. Canyon Concert Ballet was the first ballet company for whom Hutchinson had designed. "Designing costumes for a ballet is a very different concept than designing for a stage play," explains Melanie. "The performers not only have to look good in ballet,

Shea for wears a lovely gown she designed for Opera Fort Collins ' production of the Merry Widow.

but the costumes have to feel good and be able to move. Costumes must move with the dancer and also fall back into place. I have had to change the way I cut, fit and sew garments to suit the dancers." As a special treat , the exquisite night gown worn by Clara in the Nutcracker will be raffled this December at the Canyon Concert Ballet's performances . The winner

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will receive this romantic gown designed to fit by Melanie. A combined interest of children and theatre led Nadine Sheafor to her involvement with costume design. As a board member of Fort Collins Children's Theatre for 12 years , Sheafor has lent her artistic talent to many children's productions . She has designed costumes for eight of the last twelve shows , directed and choreographed plays . Theatre has always been important to Nadine . She was active in plays and dance productions while growing up and later studied theatre at the University of Kansas. Sheafor is currently working at Children's Mercantile where she performs for preschoolers in the Friday Morning Club. Nadine has also designed costumes for Open Stage Theatre , Opera Fort Collins, Canyon Concert Ballet and summer theatre productions at Colorado State University. "Costumes are a major part of any production ," states Sheafor . "You want the costumes to be an integral part of the whole production but not the only part. The costumes should complement the set, the play and the lighting . I have one goal for every play that I am involved with--that an audience will immediately know the time period and mood of the production through the costumes." She counts her sewing skills as a strength in costume design. "I love to sew and am interested in a quality garment. I need costumes that can hold up and be used again in other productions," says Sheafor. She strives for every actor to feel comfortable in their costume. "With children, a costume helps them become the character and they need to be able to move easily." Designing for a children's play is much different than designing for other plays according to Sheafor. She feels that a children's production is often fantasy and that the costumes can be more flamboyant. Adult productions are more subtle and can cover a wide range of time periods. She recently designed costumes for the Opera Fort Collins production of The Merry Widow. Many of the 54 costumes in the show were designed just for that production. The costumes ranged from ball gowns to Eastern European ethnic costumes to can-can dancers.


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Jewelry Designer John Atencio and his jewelry have long been associated with elegance and quality craftsmanship . His designs are easily recognized by their distinctive style . He is passionate about the quality of his work and makes every effort to maintain high standards . "My jewelry attracts individuals who are concerned about quality. I want my name to be linked with quality," explains the designer. "If you are willing to put your name on a design then the John Atencio piece must be outstanding ." Atencio's interest in jewelry did not begin until his college years. A native of Denver, John attended Colorado State University on a basketball scholarship in the late 1960's. His original intent was to obtain an art degree but changed his major to business after two years . At this same time , he dropped his basketball scholarship. Feeling that he needed to maintain a connection with art, Atencio enrolled in a continuing education class at CSU titled "Introduction to Jewelry". He immediately began creating his own designs. Jewelry became a passion for John so he decided to combine his art and business backgrounds and pursue a career in jewelry design. He left Colorado State University in 1973 without obtaining a degree and went to work for RoundThe -Corner Restaurant in Fort Collins as a Silhouette Pendant manager . "I worked for the restaurant for three years," Atencio said. "I was very prudent and managed to save $1 0,000." With this $10 ,000 investment, John

be more and more fashion jewelry lion diamond. The trillion , a triangular started his jewelry business in Camavailable. Individuals do not want to cut diamond , had been pus West. He describes his wear expensive jewelry all the time," used exclusively as a early venture as a one man side stone. Atencio was explains Atencio. "There will always Renaissance show with him be weddings, anniversaries and spethe first jewelry designer doing everything. cial occasions that need jewel ry. But to use the trillion as the His original location was people also want jewelry that will main stone in a design. obscure and yielded few complement their lifestyle." Atencio sees his walk-in customers. To probusiness growing in two "Jewelry can change a mood , mote his name and directions. The first area define a spirit and create an image. designs, Atencio gave away My jewelry is meant to be lived in is fine jewelry which 50 to 100 pieces of jewelry Silhouette Earrings and to become a part of an individincludes his signature to his friends. People liked ual and their own style. I am pascollection of gold and diamonds. A his designs and his pieces began to sionate about the second area is fashsell. He was soon able to move to a details of a design," downtown location and later to his ion jewelry created states Atencio. Al from sterling silver current location in Old Town. though his business w ith 18K gold acThe designer attributes part of his has expanded to 65 cents and colored success to the unique style of the employees, John is stones . His Elements jewelry. "Since I did not have any forstill the designer for Collection was demal education in jewelry making, I his jewelry . He is signed to accommocreated my own unique style. I came committed to producup with a style that was simplistic date this market . ing quality jewelry for These directions reand I have continued that style in all his customers. John flect the future trends of my jewelry designs ," explains Atencio Designerof jewelry according Atencio. "I know my niche in the jewFine Jewelry is elry business and I am staying with to John. He predicts Silhouette Bracelet located at 1 Old Town that there will always what I know that works. My designs Square in Fort Collins. Call 221be a market for both mode rate and reflect myself and my standards." His 4477 for additional information . init ial designs expensive jewelry. "There is going to we re created in silver and he graduated to working wi t h stones , gold and precious and semi-pre cious gems. Following the success of his first store in Fo rt Collins , Atencio added Silhouette Ring with three stores in Baguettes Denver, one in Aspen and one in Boulder. His stores Personalize Hand-painted differ from most traditional jewelry :your kikhen tiles shops . The designer feels strongly that jewelry is unique and special and that the atmosphere of his stores should reflect those feelings. The stores feature high quality jewelry in an art gallery setting. In recent years, the Atencio stores have also offered jewelry designed by other prominent artists. Continue the Family Tradition! In 1989, Atencio began showing THE NUTCRACKER his pieces in New York. His jewelry is Dece mber 8th & 9th now available in 250 fine department and jewelry stores across the United Enjoy our cast of over 100 local dancers and the States. John Atencio has rece ived premiere of the Canyon Concert Ballet Orchestra under numerous jewelry awards including the direction of William Runyan. the DeBeers Diamonds of Distinction Lincoln Center â&#x20AC;˘ Tickets: 221-6730 award. This award was given for a wedding set wh ich featured the tril-




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Galore FORT COLLINS Avery House. 221-0533, 328 West Mountain Avenue December 1-3, Christmas Open House, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 5, Christmas Open House, 5 to 7 p.m. Clara Hatton Gallery, 491-677 4, Colorado State University November 7-December 1, Department of Art Faculty exhibition. December 9-January 5, Graduate Thesis Exhibition. Opening reception December 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. January 23-February 23, Action , Performance and the Photograph. Opening reception January 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. Fort Collins Museum. 221-6738, 200 Mathews. November-December 31, Celebration of Donations Given to the Fort Collins Museum. December 7, Carolfest at Library Park with community tree lighting, 7:45p.m. December 27, Old time toys demonstrated by Harry Petrie. January 9-March 2, Works by Darrell Anderson. KC Prints and Frames. 221-5105 , 173 North College Avenue. November through January, Featuring western artists Frank McCarthy, Howard Terpning, James Reynolds, Bev Doolittle, Judy Larson , Maija and many others.

Lincoln Center, 221-6735, 417 West Magnolia. November 29-December 27, Great, Glorious Gifts, Intimate Gallery. November 3D-January 6, Drawings by artist Margaret Tettero and sculptures by artist Philip Maior, Lobby Gallery. December 2-January 3, Exhibition of quilts by Jenny F. Hubbard, Walkway Gallery. Lloyd's Art Center, 482-2218, 216 North College Avenue November through January, Exhibition of paintings, scu lptu re , photography and pottery by local artists. Trimble Court. 221-0051 , 118 Trimble Court in Historic Old Town Fort Collins November through January, Featuring pottery, stained glass and jewelry by regional artists.

LOVELAND Baker Gallery, 667-2827 , 1041 North Lincoln November through January, Display of pottery and jewelry by Colorado artists. Outdoor Sculpture Yard-New works by miscellaneous artists. Custom Goldworks Gallery, 667-1877, 134 East 29th Street November through January, Featuring designer jewelry and rare Egyptian antiquities. DeMott Gallery. 593-0244 , 1325 North Cleveland November through January, Paintings , sculptures and limited ed ition prints by national and regional artists. Featuring the works of John DeMott, Kang Cho, Fritz White, Lisa Danielle and Steve Elliott.

Gallery East. 667-6520, Lin coln and 1Oth Street November through January, Featuring original paintin gs by Jim Biggers, Sharon Hults, Ellie Weakley and Rick Stoner and bronze scu lptures by regional artists. Horse Of Course Gallery. 667-1510, 314 East Fourth Street November through January, Featuring works by equine artists from the United States. Loveland Museum and Gallery. 962-241 0, Fifth and Lincoln Through November 26, Contemporary Beads and Beadwork: Innovative Directions, Art Gallery.

GREELEY Dragon 's Cache 353-1 051 , 1109 7th Street November 3-30, She Walks in Springtime: Watercolors by Lola Buel. November 18-December 23, Up From the Earth: Annual Holiday Show. Open House November 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. December 4-30, Anne Flint presents Prismacolor. on December 4-7 .m. Impressions Ltd .. 586-6353 , 150 East Riverside Suite 210 November through January, Featuring works by artists Howard and Susan Terpning , Gerry Niskern, Steve Hanks, and Frank McCarthy.

Donna Lock is a free lance writer living in Fort Collins. She has written for regional publica tions, training organizations and business schools.


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tyle Salutes "Approximately 2% of all people commit approximately 60% of all crime. " By Margette VanArsdale tu VanMeveren spent his tender years in San Fransisco as an only child . Around the age of ten he moved with his parents to Souix Falls, South Dakota. It was in South Dakota that he earned his bachelors degree in Business Administration and then went to work for an insurance company. During this time he had the opportunity to work with various lawyers which sparked his interest in the field of law. Van Meveren then decided to become a District Attorney where he could focus on prosecution. In 1972 he received votes of confidence that made him Fort Collins' District Attorney . Stuart A. VanMeveren twenty three years later would not want to be anywhere else. "Prosecution gets in your blood, it has mine," he says. In the early 70s Fort Collins averaged 200 felonies a year and 150 juvenile路 crimes. Last year 1 ,400 felonies and 1,400 juvenile cases went through. his office . Prosecution involves not only making people accountable for their actions but being accountable for your own actions. Others say he is a man of honor, of high integrity. Steve Roy, City Attorney, worked with VanMeveren for six years and says , "He has an uncanny ability to work with one difficult situation after another and do and say what's right. " At a murder trial , VanMeveren eloquently establishes rapport with prospective jurors. His sense and care about people and his legal background help him choose appropriate people for the trial. Terry Gilmore, an attorney in the District Attorney's office , says VanMeveren has a deep sense of responsibility to do a good job , to do what is right. Gilmore likes the support he gets for doing what he feels is right and not just pushing cases through. VanMeveren involves himself in positive projects outside of work and encourages his staff to be involved in the community. He feels perspective

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can get lost if people only work with troubled youth and adults. Also, he feels that his office should reflect what the community wants . Gilmore says, Fort Collins residents seem to want more prosecution on drunk driving and drugs than the city of Boulder. Each community reflects different attitudes and values . Perspective provides a key to the actions taken by the district attorney's office . VanMeveren believes part of the office's success comes from knowing which cases go to trial and which do not. Having a view larger than the office helps. He speaks softly about his accomplishments and always acknowledges others . He talks about getting the lawyer's adversarial side out at work and being a marshmallow at home. Others feel he brings genuine concern to each encounter. His office staff works closely with each other and enjoys coming to work. VanMeveren says cases involve human beings and their future , and that can be an overwhelming burden. Every situation is different. Each case involves a unique set of problems and accomplishments. "He has an extraordinary sense of fairness in dealing with people," says Roy, "He listens and then takes a stand ." VanMeveren balances many commitments with high priorities. Despite his heavy workload he listens and meets individual needs. Brownie McGraw, Juvenile Coordinator, says VanMeveren makes himself available in his office or in the community. His vision and energy gives this community a lower crime rate than comparable cities. Fred Rainquet, Police Chief, marvels at VanMeveren 's "driving force and unbounded energy to be involved in the community for so many years. He follows that up with a desire to do the right thing ." VanMeveren operates with a larger world view than just the District Attorney's Office . He looks for and works with the cause of crime and the


effect . With an unwavering commitment he involves himself in the community. VanMeveren started and has worked on several projects. Partners started in 1979. This project pairs troubled youth with an adu lt. He feels its success comes from the many community volunteers involved. In the early 80s he helped start the Neighborhood Watch of Larimer County. It grew, then languished . Recently , with the growth of neighborhood involvement and as an effective way to control crime , the police depa rtment and Larimer County Sheriff's department brought back the program. Today , VanMeveren chairs the First Christian Foundation. This nonprofit foundation handles endowments that give money for a variety of purposes including scholarships to youth . He serves on the Board for Community in Schools. As a pilot project in four schools, social ser vices, health and law endorsement reside in the schools to help the children . It uses schools as neighborhood centers. He also serves on the Wingshadow Board which supports Frontier, an alternative high school. Work in the community gives him satisfaction. In Partners, for example , he often sees a youth begin the program while creating social problems. Having someone care , often changes the youth . In ti me, a productive citizen emerges that positively affects the community. As Fort Collins grows , the close community and responsibility to each other diminishes. VanMeveren works with projects that go to the core - the family. "With ceaseless commitment he works with families and youth ," says Rainquet. VanMeveren often talks with stu dents at schools and tries to find ways to help those who are "at risk." Through it all he brings compassion ,

integrity and a commitment that goes beyond his own vision. His life reflects a fluid balance. Beyond work and community he creates a place for family, health, and God. He is married and has five grown children scattered across the United States. Five little ones call him "Grandpa." Family holds a quiet, private place in his life. Leisure includes golf, skiing, sports and running. He says he does not enjoy running until it is over. Golf gives him pleasure and jokes from the office. VanMeveren tees off at 5:20 p.m . with regularity . His fastpaced nine holes get him home at a reasonable time or to one of his many night meetings. Co-workers learn from his ability to do so much. VanMeveren says prayer relieves stress. Daily he seeks to strengthen his relationship with God. He seeks to do the best job he can. A few know him, many know of him and all of us are touched by him. Stuart VanMeveren takes what he is given and reflects the best back into his community. His efforts touch us all. We salute you, Stuart A. VanMeveren. Margette Van Arsdale works as a free lance and technical writer through her business - The Bottomline. She also helps others update their writing skills to be more effectiVe in today's envtronment.

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