2008-09 Lydia's Style Magazine

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september 2008

Dick and Charlie Monfort

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« A Hall of Fame You probably know Charlie and Dick Monfort as the owners of the Colorado Rockies. But the brothers have also stepped up to the plate to support the arts, as the Monfort Concert Hall in Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center testifies.

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« A House That Thinks We were floored when we visited the home of a Fort Collins surgeon that’s been computerized by a new local company. Heating, entertainment, security all wired into one system.


« Hooked On History Cast your eye on a once shabby apartment where plywood served as the kitchen table that’s now a snazzy loft both elegant and cozy.


On the cover: Dick (left) and Charlie Monfort are graced by balletic and baseball talents of Stacey Streit of the Colorado Dance Company. On location: Union Colony Civic Center, Greeley Photography by Dana Milner

DEPARTMENTS « Publisher’s Letter Lydia Dody shares her thoughts for September. « Style Points Our new department recognizing people, critters, companies and organizations who show great style in northern Colorado. We confess a fondness for Tex The Horse. « Community pillars Rosalie and Dennis Sinnett have long been in love and long contributed to the local community, especially to children, women and education. « About Town Our popular photo feature showing who’s who at local social and charitable events.

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hange is in the air, and regardless what your political party affiliation is, people are talking about change. Change can be good, it can be bad, but it usually shakes people up a bit in the process until things settle down and a new normal is established. As John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And, those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Because we at Style Magazine are focused not only on the present but also on the future, we have always had a passionate commitment to publishing excellence. With that goal in mind, for the past 24 years we have continually searched for ways to improve and fine-tune our northern Colorado magazines. This issue reflects new changes and improvements in our overall design. Spearheaded by our new executive editor, John Monahan, and creative team of Scott Prosser and Austin Lamb, we are streamlining our look and have taken Style Magazine to a new level. I hope you enjoy our more sleek and sophisticated pages as we continue to evolve. We are thrilled to have celebrities, Dick and Charlie Monfort, featured in this issue of Style Magazine. Not only are they known for their successful Rockies baseball team, but are generous philanthropists with a commitment to

Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center. Thank you, Dick and Charlie, for sharing time with us. This Building and Remodeling issue also spans the decades by featuring charming historic homes along with a magnificent home of the future. Get the inside story on five renovated historic homes that were on the Historic Home Tour early this month in Back to Life. Enjoy reading about a remarkable renovation of a shabby apartment turned into an elegant loft in Hooked on History. And, on the futuristic side, learn all about creating A House That Thinks. Touring this home, I was truly amazed at the state-of-the-art technology and how it was personalized to improve efficiency, safety, and the quality of life of a local family. Recently, I spoke with a friend, Tom Weimer, and he shared a tragic turn of events affecting his wife, Dawn, that are snuffing out her career as artist and sculptor. I have known them both for many years. I first learned of Dawn when she sculpted her monumental “Ram Proud” bronze signifying Colorado State University. At that time, I purchased one of her small rams which sits proudly in our Style conference room. Two years ago, while we were moving into our new building, Tom and Dawn came over and I acquired her newest creation “Rocky Mountain Rumble” for our reception area. I have always loved her work and now especially treasure this last piece. At her young age, Dawn has developed early onset

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A Hall of Fame Thanks to the Monfort Family Foundation, Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center presents all-star arts productions.

Other than Charlie Monfort’s recent impromptu rendition of “Chopsticks” on the $90,000 Steinway piano at Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center, he and brother Dick are self-admittedly arts viewers rather than arts participants. “I don’t know if any of our family had artistic talent,” Charlie says, “although grandma may have sung in the choir.” No wonder more people know the Monforts for owning the Colorado Rockies baseball team, the 2007 National League champions who each earned an immense commemorative ring for their achievement. Charlie’s ring is a veritable aircraft carrier of diamonds docked on his big right hand. Dick, who’s a bit more reserved than his older brother, goes ring-less. Jewelry aside, both brothers are remarkably down-to-earth guys, plain-spoken and self-deprecating, which may be why too few people outside Greeley know how long, and how consistently, they’ve supported the arts and various nonprofit health and educational organizations through the Monfort Family Foundation. continued on page 14

By John Monahan Photos by Dana Milner Artistic assistance by Debie Larsen and Kate Crews, Colorado Dance Theatre


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Charlie Monfort

Dick Monfort

Immediate Impact

The Monfort Concert Hall at the UCCC

“I couldn’t count the number of people who’ve been able to enjoy our productions over two decades thanks to their [Monforts] generosity and that of others.” --Mark Breimhorst


Twenty years ago, Kenny, their father, provided a one-million dollar gift to the UCCC that led to the Monfort Concert Hall, which seats 1,700 people and is locally famous for its high-quality productions. The Monforts’ grant represented 20 percent of the five million dollars that were raised to launch the UCCC, says its executive director Mark Breimhorst. “No doubt the Monforts helped jump start the UCCC, “ Breimhorst says. “I couldn’t count the number of people who’ve been able to enjoy our productions over two decades thanks to their generosity and that of others.” Dick Monfort says that “we give in ways that allow us to make an impact now.” He adds that when Kenny and Bob Tointon, now president of Phelps Tointon, Inc., which manufactures industrial equipment, teamed up to sell the idea of the UCCC to the community, they were focused on completing it in a couple years, rather than “stringing it along for ten.” Sure enough, the project took only two years to finish. Tointon, who’s been active in Greeley for the last 46 years, says, “I was fortunate to meet Kenny very early in my time in Greeley. He stepped up and made the big contribution to the UCCC, and my role was to build it with no fee.” Complementing the Monfort Theatre is the Tointon Gallery for the Visual Arts, located off the first floor lobby at the UCCC. The gallery showcases local, state and national artists.

Mr. Greeley

If anyone knows the Monforts’ deep connection to the local community, it’s the man Breimhorst calls “Mr. Greeley.” Joe Tennessen is the executive vice president for cultural enhancement at New Frontier Bank. “The other day, Charlie invited everyone from an assisted living facility to come to a Rockies game in Denver and sit in the owners’ box. They do this kind of thing all the time. Dick pays for a hundred scholarships a year for University of Northern Colorado students. It just never ends,” Tennessen says. Then there’s last May’s tornado that ripped through Windsor. Tennessen says that a local community foundation raised $700,000 for its victims, thanks in part to personal notes Dick added to letters soliciting donations. Tennessen also tells the story of going to a Rockies game and seeing Dick at one of the entrances, autographing a baseball. “Dick said, ‘If I’d have been out here last year, they’d have been throwing rocks at me.’ The Denver media are always complaining the Monforts won’t spend money on the team, but their philosophy is they won’t pay a ridiculous amount to a player who’s

not contributing. Same goes for their philanthropy. They’re good business people, and they’ve been tremendous for the state of Colorado.”

Community Unity

After some refurbishing over the summer, the UCCC begins its 20th anniversary season this month. As he considers what the UCCC means to Greeley, Charlie says, “I think it’s helped in uniting people and involving K-12 and University of Northern Colorado students in the arts. It’s been a blessing to have something of its stature.” Dick adds that “I’m not really an arts person, but I have a lot of friends who go to concerts and performances at the UCCC. People can go out for dinner together, they come downtown—it brings people together the same as a baseball or football game. Everybody has different interests, and as a community we need to take care of them all.” Jill Rosentrater became the first manager of the UCCC in 1988, and was there when the idea for it was hatched and the money was raised. She’s now the director of art in public places for the Colorado Council on the Arts. “Greeley’s lucky to have the UCCC,” she says. “The size is accommodating, and the lobby and open space lend themselves to any kind of event. Acoustically, it’s amazing.” Looking back on the UCCC project, Rosentrater says that “twenty years ago we raised more money privately in Weld County than had ever been done before. Because the Monforts committed to the movement., it gave other people in the community a signal that this was a good thing to support.”

Round of Applause

The day that Charlie played “Chopsticks,” he and Dick were on stage with last year’s Snow Queen from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet, performed annually at the UCCC. They and 23-year-old Stacey Streit from the Colorado Dance Company patiently endured a photography session under broiling lights. “You know,” Breimhorst of the UCCC said as he watched, “sometimes I feel sorry for these guys, with all the expectations and demands put on them. If people only knew all the time they give—like today, helping us get publicity—they’d stand up and applaud the next time they saw Dick or Charlie at a baseball game.” Not that either Monfort expects any praise. “The ability to give back is the most enjoyable part of what we do,” Charlie says. For a listing of some of the Monforts’ major contributions, see p. 16. Erica Pauly also contributed to this story.

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The Monfort Family Foundation has provided $44 million in philanthropic support since 1996. In addition to the UCCC, beneficiaries include: Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado Colorado State University Denver Art Museum Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County Poudre River Trail Children’s Hospital National Jewish Medical and Research Center Monfort Children’s Clinic for low income kids Monfort Family Clinic


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Union Colony Civic Center Celebrates 20 Years Starting this month, the UCCC offers a full season of Broadway shows, local theatre, classical music, jazz, modern dance, ballet, children’s shows, and comedy.



You can find the full schedule at www.greeleygov.com/UCCC/Events, or by calling 970-350-9449. Among the upcoming highlights:

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. Riotously funny two-time Tony Award winning musical comedy. Audience members participate as on-stage spellers.

Vince Gill: A Special Acoustic Evening, Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. He recently won Best Country Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards, and has sold more than 22 million albums.

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ith the Parade of Homes gearing up for its September opening, Dotti Weber is in her element. As the executive officer of the Homebuilders Association of Northern Colorado, it’s her job to make sure the event is successful. She’s spent the last couple of months organizing and attending to all the last-minute details. Luckily, it’s a job Weber knows well. Next year will mark her 30th anniversary as head of the non-profit trade association. “Dotti is the association,” says local and national board member Bill Gurski of KEM Homes in Windsor. “I’ve known Dotti for 25 years. She’s taught me the value of public service. She mentored me and got me involved in the association. It’s her quiet leadership and dedication that have kept the association going for all these years.” Keeping the association not only alive, but thriving throughout the last three decades, has not only made her job interesting, but also very challenging. “I’ve gone through the 80s with a 17 percent interest rate, the 90s and the negative economic impact of the Gulf War, and the tough years after 9/11,” Weber says. “Now, times are hard again. Companies have gone out of business or they’re downsizing, and part of our mission is to help our builders get through this. We expected a downturn, but we didn’t expect it to be this low.”

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Weber and the HBA of Northern Colorado help provide the education, tools, and support its members need to survive. “She has a good understanding of the building industry and what it takes for our builders to be successful in both a good market and a down market,” says Vicki Wagner, board president. “Dotti is organized about putting on the various networking events each year. She’s passionate about making every event--from the Home Show to the Parade of Homes--the best it can be for the builders and the public” While meeting the challenges of an ever-changing industry is fulfilling, it’s the people that keep Weber firmly rooted to her job. “The people in this industry are passionate about what they do, and they strive to do the best they can. It’s just delightful working will all the different people and their different management styles,” Weber says. The feeling is mutual. “She’s a very dedicated executive officer and gives whatever it takes to keep the organization running,” says Wagner. “She has been a champion of promoting the home building industry and our goals by promoting high ethical standards, education and leadership to our members.” “She the best at what she does,” agrees Gurski. “Dotti’s one of the most highly respected and longest serving executive officers in the country. There aren’t many people that are that well-respected by their peers. She’s kept builders true to their customers. She makes us all more accountable —that’s something that can be lacking in other organizations. We do a better job because of her.” And if Weber has anything to say about it, they will continue to do so well into the future. She has no plans to leave the association any time soon. After all, with new technology and green building practices added into the mix, her job just keeps getting more interesting.

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A House That Thinks Your wish for comfort and security is its command By Corey Radman Photos by Todd Newcomer


ave Staudacher is up to his elbows in wires. What would be a befuddling ball of spaghetti for most of us is elementary for Staudacher. An electrical engineer with 25 years of experience, 10 of them designing consumer electronics, his expertise in consumer electronics has come home. Staudacher’s Fort Collins company, Home Smart Home, LLC, integrates control of high definition entertainment systems with command of security, lighting and heating/air conditioning


systems through the entire house, all with one remote. While the behind the scenes “guts” of his Smart Home system will be safely encased in a console in the basement, the true beauty of Staudacher’s system is in what you don’t see. As you tour his most recent installation at a local physician’s home, your focus is drawn to the wide screen TV panels where an iTunes playlist features album art on the screen. Recessed speakers are painted to match the ceiling and walls. Stacks of black boxes or cables snaking up the

wall are conspicuously missing. Other commercially available systems can control all the media in a home through one network, but, according to Staudacher, those are all very high-end and available only to the likes of Bill Gates. No other local company brings together this level of service with multi-room media control, lighting, heating/air and security at attainable prices, he says. Staudacher believes that technology should serve the homeowner, not vice versa. He cites the

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Staudacher demonstrates how one remote controls the entire system, in this case, the security camera at the front door.

3FNJOHUPO 4USFFU t 'PSU $PMMJOT $PMPSBEP 970.224.3424 XXX LJUDIFOCBUIEFTJHODUS DPN The homeowners’ busy schedules are easily managed thanks to the electronic calendar for all to see and enter data.

ritual of watching a TiVoŽ program, which usually involves two or three remotes and multiple screens of menus until you finally reach your favorite show. Home Smart Home gets MythBusters up on the screen with two clicks of one remote. Imagine the MythBusters are just about to blow up Buster, the crash dummy, when the doorbell rings. Smart Home will pause the show and flash a security camera image of your front porch on the TV screen. That way you can decide if you have a second to see the carnage or not – if the person waiting is your spouse holding groceries, you’d better get it right away.


You know those stacked banks of light switches so common in open floor plan homes? When there are only two or three possible locations for switches, sometimes the result is an eyesore. Smart Home also renders those obsolete. “It’s so sad to walk into a house with beautiful architecture and carefully detailed finishes, only to find ugly rows of light switches all over the walls. It’s like putting a bumper sticker on fine art,� Staudacher says. He explains that the wellplanned system can use one pre-programmed switch to control many lights, and that four-button labeled key pads can take the same space as

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Home Smart Home’s single remote controls everything from comfort to security to lighting and media.

Homebuilder Jay Brannen (left) says Staudacher took care of all the details in installing the Home Smart Home system.

one traditional light switch. The homeowner has light settings for nighttime, party and the day. With children’s rooms in the basement, she feels better that dim path lights can all be switched on with one quick button for a fast trip up the stairs to Mom’s room. “I had no idea how much I would like the lighting systems. If I had to pick between sound or lights, I’d pick lights,” she says.


Home Smart Home integrates multiple systems into one interface. For instance, the “away” button turns down the thermostat, shuts off all the media and lights, sets the security system and leaves a bit of time to exit without rushing. When set on “vacation,” Smart Home controls the thermostat, and turns the lights turn on and off in different patterns each day to simulate occupancy. Once your return flight lands in Denver, you can call the system from your cell phone to turn on “day” mode and set the house to a comfortable temperature.


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The affable Staudacher inside one of the control boxes that makes a technically sophistcated system simple for the end-user.


The homeowner’s family also wanted a system that could track the family’s busy schedule. There weren’t any commercially available systems to do that, so Staudacher created a custom touch screen program with an electronic calendar. His desire to ensure absolute satisfaction is evident in the praise from happy clients. “Dave’s become a friend,” says the homeowner. “We really appreciated the way he worked with us.” The homebuilder, Jay Brannen, president of Brannen Design and Construction, Inc., concurs. “Working with Dave was painless. He took care of all the details and took great care of the homeowners.”


According to Staudacher, years ago, smart home features like this were only available in new construction projects that started at $1 million and went up. Not so now. “You don’t have to be building a mansion,” Staudacher says. “We can tailor an affordable system to existing homes just like we can new ones.” Staudacher actually devised the idea for Home Smart Home by retrofitting his own house and those of his friends. As the system evolved, it became clear that his solution was unique—which is why homeowners and builders alike rave over it. Indeed, his may be the “smartest” smart system you’ll ever find. Corey Radman is a freelance writer and expecting mom, whose two years working as editor of Style have definitely made her “smarter,” she says.

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Three friendly guys: Grant and Mike Houx with Hatch in front of 202 Remington, home of Grant’s business and Mike’s gorgeous new loft.



ike Houx has an eye for quality and a taste for luxury. The selfmade businessman is the owner of Sandia Automotive Corp. in Albuquerque, N.M., and a history buff. Son Grant is an avid fly fisherman and experienced tour guide who fell in love with Fort Collins as a Colorado State University student. Providence came into play one day last year when Grant Houx was approached about buying St. Peter’s Fly Shop at 202 Remington St. in the historic “McHugh/Andrews House,” also known as the “Mayor’s House.” The Victorian Romanesque home, built between 1885 and 1889, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was renovated into office spaces and some residential units in 1978 as an early example of “adaptive reuse,” where a historic structure is modified to accommodate a new use. The fly shop, named by a retired monk, has operated out of the first floor for over 15 years with offices and a classroom on the second level. “The timing was great and the fact that this shop was in an older home really excited us,” says Mike Houx. “I told them we were only interested, though, if we could buy the whole building.” While the Houx family loved the old architecture and character of the home, Mike envisioned an ultra-modern loft on the third floor as visitor’s quarters for himself and his wife, Debbie. He was so sure he wanted to start from scratch with a complete renovation of the current unit that he didn’t even step foot in the loft until a month after the sale. “I wanted a discrete, contemporary style loft that would be a real contrast to the shop, but not obvious from the outside,” says Mike. When he finally ventured up the steep staircase, the apartment was in “rough shape” with outdated countertops and cabinets and even a basketball hoop bolted to the original brick fireplace. He turned to Rich and Cathy Norman, owners of Kitchen & Bath Design Center, and HighCraft Builders co-owner Dwight Sailer to make his vision a reality. A modern loft was only part of the job; the rest of the building was rejuvenated and kept to period. The “McHugh/Andrews House” was a key stop on this year’s Historic Homes Tour.

Loft Rejuvenation

The loft’s kitchen is a marvel of small-space efficiency and elegance, while the living area and bedroom are imbued with cozy warmth.

The loft was completely gutted to make way for slate and natural limestone floors. Gorgeous aspen wood was installed along the entire ceiling and roofline, reminiscent of the family’s Taos Valley ski home. Severe heat and cold in the loft were addressed with insulation for efficiency and electric-radiant heated floors for warmth. The kitchen is the first thing you see at the top of the stairs, and it makes a statement. Leatherlook Silestone countertops and a cool glass tile backsplash in earthy colors stand out against stainless steel appliances and cherry cabinets. A bar area now resides where a plywood board once served as a table, and maple cabinets were added for extra storage. Improved lighting was a must--there are built-in cabinet lights, contemporary pendants and overhead lights. The fireplace is the one classical element that remains. HighCraft Builders project manager Gordon Winner had the red brick wire-brushed—and


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removed the offending basketball hoop--to take it back to period. “It really is a centerpiece of the loft,” Sailer says. While he had a hand in most of the design decisions, Houx’ personality is most reflected in the spa-like bathroom. A wall was removed to make space for glass his-and-her sinks placed back to back. A mirror suspended by braided steel wire separates the vanities. River rocks are featured on the wall next to the vanities, and the same type of rocks are incorporated into the shower floor to continue the outdoor theme. “We were able to take something in disrepair and develop something quite striking,” Cathy Norman says.

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A door and staircase separate the loft from the rest of the house, so the transition to the Victorian Era decor below is not jarring. The remodel of St. Peter’s Fly Shop and the business’s offices, bathrooms and kitchen focused on period-sensitive improvements. Built from locally quarried red and tan stone and featuring original wood flooring and stained glass windows, the house is named for Charles B. Andrews, who purchased the property half-built in 1889 and oversaw its completion, and Dr. Peter J. McHugh, who served as mayor of Fort Collins while living in the residence in the early 1900s. It was named a Fort Collins Local Landmark in 1983. New concrete countertops and cherry cabinets were installed throughout the lower levels. Cabinet accessories mimic a design on the original door hardware, and new black fixtures all the way down to switch plates complete the period look. Subway tiles now grace the walls and backsplashes, and if you look closely in the workshop you’ll see whimsical decorative tiles with fly fishing themes. The original claw foot tub was painstakingly restored and stands in the second floor bath.

Job Well Done The amazing bathroom, with its river rock wall and facing sinks separated by a suspended mirror, is one of a kind. The sharp, flying angles create a feeling there’s no such thing as gravity to hold you down as you enter the loft.

“Kitchen & Bath Design did so much more than we expected and HighCraft Builders overcame a lot of obstacles to make this work,” Mike Houx says. During the renovations, the original wood trim crumbled as it was pulled off the walls. HighCraft Builders made a pattern that perfectly matched each rosette and casing, and craftsmen replaced all of the trim. Grant Houx is thrilled with the rehabilitation of the shop and the new loft for dad, who no longer crashes in his basement. “We have the most unique fly fishing shop around and this historic building is the staple image of the shop,” Grant says. “If you don’t stand out in this industry you won’t survive. These renovations make the place workable for us into the future.” Julie Estlick is a freelance writer and copy editor. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and young son.

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The classic concept of ‘adaptive reuse’ has rejuvenated these five historic homes

Humble Victorian cottages, sturdy Prairie and Craftsman bungalows and even a former church were among the houses on display at this year’s “Recent Rejuvenations” Historic Homes Tour. The event was the 24th installment for the Poudre Landmarks Foundation and highlights buildings whose owners have turned them into functional, modern spaces while retaining some of the original character. “This town protects its heritage, it’s what makes Fort Collins a beautiful, vibrant place to live,” says Alyson McGee, a city historic preservation planner. “Old Town’s revitalization is held up nationally as a model of preservation and that has spread to the ‘adaptive reuse’ of some homes on the tour this year.” Adaptive reuse means modifying a historic structure to accommodate a new use. The process often entails a combination of undoing poor remodeling jobs to restore the home’s unique features and rehabbing for modern convenience, explains McGee. The important thing is to strike a balance. “You should be sensitive to the home’s history, but if no use is found for a building, it won’t last long,” McGee says. The five houses described here are examples of carefully rehabilitated structures that continue to serve vital functions within the community. 32

Historic Seventh Day Adventist Church 400 Whedbee St. Business partners Steve Whittall and Jeff Yetter thrive on design challenges, but even they had a hard time imagining the former Seventh Day Adventist Church at 400 Whedbee St. as anything other than a place of worship. Last year, the By Design Homes team purchased the early 20th century vernacular building, built in 1903 by local builder Ora E. Long, from Whole Life Religious Science. They retrofitted the interior into a home for Whittall on the first floor and a business space in the basement. “Frankly, it was hard to do an adaptive reuse on this building,” admits Whittall. “The challenge was to preserve the sense that this was a church while also creating a workable space.” Since the church is a “contributing structure” in the Laurel School National Historic District and a Fort Collins Local Landmark, Whittall couldn’t make many alterations to the exterior beyond removing some of the gold-colored glass from the many stained glass windows to let in light. Then

he turned his full attention to the interior. The vestibule was reconfigured to meet code and make it inviting, and the main floor was converted into a master bedroom suite, half-bath and living room/kitchen space. Whittall, who sleeps in part of the old sanctuary, kept three large decorative glass windows for privacy. The 18-foot ceilings allowed for construction of a new loft level large enough for a home office, three-quarter bath and TV area. The basement’s separate entrance and two bathrooms made it ideal for By Design Homes offices. Enhancements included using reclaimed wood from area buildings to replace the worn out wood on the entry columns and doors. Original southern yellow pine floors and some wainscoting were preserved, and the new loft flooring came from an early 1900s home. “It’s hard to decipher what was once here and what came from another building of the same era,” Whittall says. “I work on a lot of houses and it’s cool to say this really works - plus I get to live in it!” continued p. 34

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Bob Bailey Home, 1306 West Mountain Ave. Ecological geographer and author Bob Bailey was already living in a mid-1920s Craftsman-style bungalow when this 1922 Craftsman home became available seven years ago. Located in the 1910 Swetts Addition, the home’s double-gabled front and unique mix of red, yellow buff and dark brown brickwork makes it stand out in the quaint neighborhood along Mountain Ave. “I used to walk by this house a lot and it impressed me as a Craftsman in the classical style,” Bailey says. “The exterior is great, but inside I’m trying to bring back the spirit of the original construction.” Bailey, who works for the U.S. Forest Service, refinished the beautiful southern yellow pine floors that were preserved under carpet, and patiently stripped paint off the traditional wood trim. Next, he turned his paint brush onto the walls of nearly every room in the house after consulting Robert Schweitzer, author of Bungalow Colors. The two exchanged ideas through the mail to select the proper period colors. Interestingly, the kitchen looks like you stepped into the 1950s. Rather than completely ripping out everything and starting over, Bailey decided to install linoleum countertops with metal trim edging and used ‘cream and green’ paint typical of that era to complete the look.


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“Dealy-Good House” 223 South Howes St. The moment marketing whizzes Susie Cannon and Launie Parry stepped foot in this charming Craftsman house, they knew it was the perfect space to relocate their business, Linden. The 1921 “Dealy-Good House” was the home of Maude and Melville Good for 60 years after the family purchased it from builder and homeowner J. Wesley Dealy in 1928. The Goods operated Palace Grocery. The home’s gabled roof and dormers, exposed rafter ends and braces and full-width porch with fancy wood trim are all still intact despite the home’s conversion to a commercial structure between 1995 and 1997. As the Fort Collins central business district expanded in the mid-90s, Ray Gile and Andy Miscio saved the Dealy-Good Home. Early exemplars of adaptive reuse, the duo made upgrades to the electrical wiring and infrastructure to meet city code, while also restoring some of the home’s character with repairs to the exterior wood trim and decorative brickwork. The house was designated a Fort Collins Local Landmark in 1996, and the Larimer Co. Sheriff’s Office headquarters operated there before Linden took over in 1999. Numerous windows let in lots of natural light and Cannon and Parry find it, well, homey. The old push-button lights and light fixtures are all in use and an original fireplace is the centerpiece of the conference room. “Everyone who comes in says, ‘My grandmother lived in a house like this’ or ‘I want to live in a house like this,’’’ Cannon says. “It’s just a beautiful ‘20s-style home, kept original, and we love it.”

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Richard and Laurie Evans Home, 1300 West Oak St. The Prairie-style architecture of 1300 West Oak St., with its low-pitched gable rooflines, wide eave overhangs and striking red tile roof had just the kind of character Richard and Laurie Evans sought when they moved to Fort Collins in 2006. Built in 1919 as part of the historic Scott-Sherwood Addition, the house has served the needs of many people, including stockmen, a professor and local business owners. “This house is more like a piece of art than just a dwelling,” says Richard Evans, homeowner and president of Stewart Title. The original coastal maple floors, which were hidden under 40-year-old carpet, were restored, and an old bathtub and sink discovered in the basement now grace the powder room. The home did require some modernizing to fit the family’s lifestyle. An enclosed porch at the front of the house was converted into an airy master bedroom suite. The new master bath includes two sinks and a walk-in shower, and incorporates one pre-existing fireplace. The finished basement now includes a 300-bottle wine cellar and tasting room, as well as a large “romp room” complete with a pool table and big screen TV that is a perfect hangout for their teenage son.

Katie McClelland and Chris Kummerow Home, 407 Grant Ave. This Victorian brick and frame cottage circa 1892 had been remodeled, enlarged and carved into two units to accommodate various property owners when Katie McClelland and Chris Kummerow came to the rescue. One of the earliest structures built in the Loomis Addition, 407 Grant Ave. still sports a prominent front gable and the original upper windows. The couple purchased the property in 2005 and set about “remodeling the remodeled part” to bring it back to period. “This house has very good bones and we’ve done our best to keep those bones, and the Victorian feel, alive,” McClelland says. The upstairs unit was removed to turn it back into a single-family dwelling. The work included returning the second-floor kitchen to a bedroom, and exposing an enclosed staircase and replacing it with an oak staircase and Douglas fir trim. The trim material was matched from an example of the original wood trim by contractor Jim Liebl of Stile and Rail Construction, and the same trim was added to the first-floor entryway, foyer and hall to restore it to period. A room was converted to a home office for McClelland, a software engineer. The couple continue to revel in discovering evidence - the bones - of the original home. Readers who want to further explore historical locations in Fort Collins are encouraged to check out these three local landmarks that are managed by the Poudre Landmarks Foundation. They include the Avery House at 328 West Mountain Ave.; the 1882-1883 Fort Collins Water Works at 2005 North Overland Trail; and the Museo de las Tres Colonias (also known as the John and Inez Romero house) at 425 10th Street.


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Perfect Fit

Sinnett Builders Merges With Milender White Construction By Erica Pauly Photos courtesy of Milender White


innett Builders Inc., a leading Fort Collins construction and contracting firm, was acquired by Milender White Construction Company of Golden recently to provide new growth opportunities for both companies, executives said. “Our goal to be the best general contractor in northern Colorado hasn’t changed,” said Dennis Sinnett, who founded the company in 1973 and will remain its president. “We simply have more horsepower now to tap into new market segments, perfect the markets we are in and offer our long-term employees even more opportunities.” The arrangement allows Milender White to have a “sustained presence in northern Colorado and Wyoming while enabling Sinnett to grow as an area construction leader,” said Byron White, president of Milender White. Sinnett Builders will keep its name, about 20 of its employees and operate as a division of Milender White. “This merger brings two successful companies into one industry leader for northern Colorado, and it creates excitement and opportunity for all employees,” added Todd Piccone, division area manager for Milender White. Locally, Sinnett Builders has worked with O’Dell’s Brewery, Group Publishing, Inc., both the Poudre and Thompson School Districts, The Fort Collins Country Club, Markley Motors and Pedersen Toyota. It has also performed renovations on local historic buildings, including the Fort Collins Museum, and has built or made additions to eight churches in the area. “Our business approach with clients is the Golden Rule—to treat them as we would want to be treated,” Dennis Sinnett said. Among Milender White’s clients are the Hilton Hotels and the Marriott Corporation. “The merger will definitely allow us to pursue larger scale projects,” said John Sinnett, vice president of the company. Erica Pauly is a contributing editor to Style Magazine.


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Local institution has entertained thousands of kids through hundreds of performances By Carol Ann Hixon • Photos courtesy of Steve Noland

The Fort Collins Children’s Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall with Alice in Wonderland, an original musical play written by New York composer Michael Sirotta and directed by Peter Anthony of Fort Collins. Anthony’s staging is aimed at bringing the characters to life by employing an acting platform that extends into the audience, a cellist and pianist on stage to complement the digitized score, as well as surprises galore in the sets and costumes. Although the name may suggest otherwise, FCCT’s productions are acted mainly by adults who perform for an audience of kids. FCCT also sponsors the Peanut Butter and Jam Revue Players, a summer theatre workshop and performance experience for 10- to 14-year-olds. The only local adult theater group producing live theater for children, FCCT started as a collaboration among friends who were just having fun creating theater for children. Joyce Everitt, one of the founders, says “children” is the key word for the long-running volunteer group. Everitt says

2004: Melanie Sheets, David Ambroson, Cinderella

1964: Cast, Little Women


that she’s overwhelmed that something that began with conversation over coffee has grown to elaborate productions delighting thousands of young people and their adult companions.

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Some of the young audience members through the years became FCCT performers and production staff, and now work in the performing arts. Leenya Rideout lives in New York and has won numerous awards in musical theater. She recalls roles in FCCT’s productions, beginning in 1982, of The Hobbit, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz. “I definitely felt that it was during these productions that I fell in love with the theater,” Rideout says. Vale Rideout, Leenya’s brother and another FCCT alum, appeared last summer at the Central City (Colorado) Opera in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and as Sam in playwright Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. FCCT production manager Debbie Dixon re-

1995: Joanna Phister, Beauty and the Beast

1984: John Gentry, Peter Pan

members Jake Witlen who, though too young to actually garner a role, wanted to audition for the experience of it. Witlen went on to work with FCCT as a teenager, before moving to New York. He’s now an established director and teacher, and begins filming Ecuador, a documentary, this month. Scott Wheeler, music and drama teacher at Kinard Junior High in Fort Collins, is one of many alumni who has remained in Fort Collins. He speaks of “catching the acting bug” in elementary school and having that “bug” energized with a chorus role in FCCT’s 1986 production of My Emperor’s New Clothes. Wheeler served as music director for several FCCT shows, and continues to perform with Moonlighting Teachers and other local theater groups.

In the Beginning

Everitt notes that there weren’t many cultural opportunities in 1958, when the FCCT started up. She says that the founders--including Sarah Bennett, Patricia Markley, Marguerite Johnson Bailey,

1974: Tony Waag, Alice in Wonderland

1959: Diane Johnson (in bed), Many Moons

Martha Doak, Alice Wenke, and Viola Moore-had the time, energy, and interest. Everitt’s role was as fix-it person who did carpentry, although, in 1964, she played Toto in The Wizard of Oz. Children called, “Hi, Toto,” when they saw her on the street, an indication of how small Fort Collins was back then. Several things make FCCT unique, says Dixon. For 50 years, FCCT has considered the entire community as its company, extending everyone an invitation to audition. The FCCT also provides free tickets and a signer for the hearing-impaired, she says. Support comes from the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund; the Bohemian Foundation and the Don and May Wilkins Charitable Trust, both local philanthropic organizations; the Everitt Companies and other community organizations and individuals. Today production costs reach $40,000. Everitt recalls an early budget of $14 taken from grocery money. The cast and crew are all volunteers, and directors receive a small stipend of “perhaps $1 an hour,” chuckles Dixon. So how does a non-profit group thrive for 50 years? Enthusiastic, visionary board members, talented artists, community support, and an everrenewed audience have been the ingredients for the Fort Collins Children’s Theatre. Carol Ann Hixon is an arts advocate and freelance writer.

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STYLE POINTS Style Points is our new department compiled monthly to recognize people, organizations, businesses and creatures— such as Tex the horse in this issue—who’ve shown fine style in northern Colorado. Style is loosely defined, but pretty much means anyone who’s done something for the public good that deserves attention. You can nominate Style Points recipients by emailing them to Erica@stylemedia.com.

Tex, veteran equine from therapeutic riding center Hearts & Horses in Loveland. Tex’s gentle personality has helped as many as 200 special needs children meet their physical and emotional goals. Colorado State University, which introduced its new School of Global Environmental Sustainability. The school, the first in the state, will provide oversight for all environmental education and research at the university. Peloton Cycles’ new “green” building, located in Fort Collins, which uses 45 percent less electricity and 42 percent less water than baseline buildings that meet local codes. And it’s made from 34 percent recycled content. University of Northern Colorado Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Chhandak Basu. Basu is conducting research to determine whether bio-fuel from the “diesel tree” can be transformed into plants and algae and be grown as a potential energy source for automobiles. Sprig Toys Inc. of Fort Collins. Its team of four designers from across the United States has created a line of batteryfree, eco-friendly and paint-free kid-powered toys. Assistant director of Sponsored Programs at Colorado State University, Vincent “Bo” Bogdanski. The National Council of University Research Administrators has chosen him to receive its 2008 Distinguished Service Award at their 50th annual meeting in November. All groups participating in the Wild West Relay on behalf of The Matthews House. The 195-mile relay race was completed by 12 people per group and participating groups raised more than $6,000 for the local non-profit. Michael Van Portfliet, University of Northern Colorado Bears football safety. During the off-season, Van Portfliet donated bone marrow and stem cells after being named a match to an anonymous patient.


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Marketing students at the UNC Monfort College of Business made a clean sweep, claiming first, second and third place in the student category at the annual Peak Awards. The Peak Awards are sponsored by the Colorado Chapter of the American Marketing Association and recognize marketing excellence in Colorado. Mountain Whitewater Descents of Fort Collins, which donated 14 rafting trips to the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County this summer. The Public Service Credit Union for its $5,000 contribution to the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department. The Senior Center, The Farm at Lee Martinez Park, Edora Pool Ice Center and Northside Aztlan Community Center will all benefit. Likewise, Taco John’s International contributed $6,500 to the Recreation Department. Charisse McAuliff from GenGreen, for being featured on CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. Although the spot lasted only seconds, GenGreen has received thousands of hits from its website link posted on CNBC’s website. Boulder-based builder Merten, Inc. for unveiling the first straw bale home constructed in Fort Collins earlier this year. The company received the City of Fort Collin’s Urban Design Award for the eco-elegant home. Dr. Jane Shaw, director of the Argus Institute at the Colorado State University’s Veterinary Medical Center, received the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award for her outstanding work increasing understanding of, preserving and protecting human-animal relationships.

Those cool mouse rugs most people have around their office computers? Few realize they are manufactured by Fiberlok of Fort Collins.

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ST YLE POINTS Participants in Colorado State University’s School is Cool program. CSU employees and community members delivered almost 2,300 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to Poudre School District schools on August 7. The packs will go to needy students. University of Northern Colorado’s Housing and Residence Life has been named the sole recipient of the Commitment to Diversity Award by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. The award recognizes UNC’s student-directed diversity awareness and education programming and the university’s commitment to diversity. Nathan Fronczak with Many Colors Painting Inc. of Fort Collins, who donated a week of his time and painted the Realities For Children Family Center earlier this year at no cost, a project valued at nearly $6,000. Three-time Emmy award-winning journalist and University of Northern Colorado Professor Gary E. Swanson, who was chosen to cover the Summer Olympics in Beijing for China Central Television-9. To the anonymous donor who generously provided a feeder steer to Larimer County’s 4-H program. The donation was made in honor of long-time Weld County resident and ardent 4-H supporter Paul Hoshiko. Pendleton in downtown Fort Collins. The clothier was awarded retail store of the year for 2008 at the company’s national sales meeting for the highest percentage increase in retail sales.

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Tomorrow Tom Weimer’s

By John Monahan Story photos by Dana Milner Sculpture photos by Tom Weimer

The husband of his beloved sculptor-wife Dawn Weimer perseveres through her career-ending Alzheimer’s condition 48

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“As I work in clay on a sculptural piece, with wonderful music on the CD player, my studio begins to turn into a sanctuary. The joy of creating overtakes every other emotion, time seems to stop, and the Lord’s directive presence becomes ever more evident. I can only imagine the joy Jesus has in his creation that lives and breathes, sings and dances, paints and sculpts, writes music and poetry, raises children, loves the wife, pats the dog, hugs the cat, brings home the bacon, and stays the course.” -Dawn Weimer, 2002 Six years later, the studio is permanently silent. The award-winning sculptor of 130 major works has become as a clinging child toward Tom, her husband of 44 years. Early onset Alzheimer’s has come “as a thief in the night,” to draw on a biblical image, and Dawn’s abilities have “burned up.” Hell, for Tom, was watching his beloved wife not know how to sign her name on her own sculptures. That happened in July 2007. The miracle, he says, is that a year later she somehow had completed 15 versions of “Rocky Mountain Rumble,” her final piece, even as her condition continued to decline.

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The bronze monumental version of “Rocky Mountain Rumble” stands 7 feet high and is 21 feet long. It depicts two rams butting heads, the one named “Old Man” and the other “Challenger.” Tom’s master plan calls for installing it near Colorado State University’s Hughes Stadium in 2010. He also wants to give smaller replicas to the business college, the athletic center and the president’s office. But all that depends on whether the project can be funded by selling smaller replicas of the two rams--either fighting, as individual sculptures, or as busts—to the public. “We’ve sold about 50 to 60 pieces so far. It’s going to take 750 to 800 pieces in different combinations to pay for the project.,” Tom says. The Weimers won’t make a dime on it. Where they hope to profit is by the publicity “Rocky Mountain Rumble” will generate for Dawn’s other works, and by selling one or two of the monumental sculptures to individuals or organizations. Tom thinks one would look great along I-25 as motorists enter “Ram Country” in Fort Collins. The Weimers also hope to raise an initial $50,000 to launch a scholarship fund in perpetuity for CSU student-athletes to attend the College of Business. Another of Dawn’s monumental works, “Ram Proud,” already stands on CSU ‘s main campus. It was also privately funded.

Miracle in the Making

Dawn conceived “Rocky Mountain Rumble” four years ago—about the time Tom began to notice something different about his then-61year-old wife. She became argumentative, then eschewed the company of other people, and has become so dependent on Tom for the security of his presence, that she occasionally becomes furious if he’s away for just minutes. An attractive woman who favors western wear, Dawn sometimes seems to be walking through a once familiar room she has lost her bearings in; her blue eyes seem to search in vain continued p. 50

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In better days, Dawn called Tom “the trail boss� because of his savvy and drive as the manager of her art business. Probably his most effective marketing tool was loading her sculptures on a trailer and just driving them around town, the state or region. “I’d stop for gas, and I wouldn’t leave until 30 minutes later because people would come up and ask who did them and tell me how much they liked them,� he says. Still, monumental sculptures that sell for upwards of $90,000 aren’t purchased by everyday people. “Dawn brings emotion and personality to her pieces that appeal to a certain mind-set,� Tom says. “When you look at a sculpture, you have to ask yourself, ‘Does it have class?’ ‘Does it look like it will last forever?’ That’s what separates her work from others’—she’s more classical.� And now her art is on sale, at 30 to 40 percent off the original price. The reason is sadly simple: Tom is selling the studio’s $1.5 million inventory because Dawn literally demands his constant attention—he has no time for anything else. His tomorrow boils down to going out of the business he built and waiting for the wife he loves to forget who he is. “I’ve seen everything go poof,� he says with no trace of self-pity, even if the blue moons that are his eyes float in tears.

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The trail boss grew up a farmer’s son in Fort Morgan. He didn’t know a fine sculpture from a sugar beet, but he did know he loved the talented girl he started going with in high school, and with whom he later had his own son, Heath, now 40. After Tom was graduated from CSU in 1966,

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the couple stayed in Fort Collins where Tom operated a carpet cleaning business for 16 years— he still calls Fort Collins “our hometown”—until moving to Loveland eight years ago. “Loveland is the center of sculpture in the United States,” he says. Today, the upstairs of their home in northwest Loveland is a shining gallery of Dawn’s art. But downstairs her studio languishes. A yellowish rubber-like mold lies fecklessly on the floor. A head, Jesus’ from Dawn’s playful “Jesus and Friends” sculpture, stares blankly from a bin. It appears painful for Tom to come here— there is the sense of a man returning to some long-remembered sanctuary now governed by enervation, like an untended garden turning brown. Too, there is a pressing feeling of emptiness amid intimations of the once-was. Abandonment prevails, and he closes the door when he leaves. Yet it’s not like Tom has slipped into morbidness. He’s too rawhide-tough for that. The poor guy is plain tuckered out from his responsibilities. He’s joined an Alzheimer’s support group, but he says it hasn’t helped that much. All he really wants in the short-term is to finish the CSU project and pay off his debts. After that, he will give his tomorrows to Dawn, relying on the same divine presence that, she wrote, once guided her art. For although the flame of her creativity is extinguished, the fire of his love still burns. To contact Tom Weimer, call 970.222.3994, or email him via DawnWeimer.com, where you can see Dawn’s sculptures and paintings and obtain more information.

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Stress-busters 10 quick steps to outsmart stress and live longer By Michael Downey


arol has been having spells. Occasionally, she gets short of breath and has memory problems. There’s no good reason for it and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Her career demands have kept her late at the office for weeks now. Several of her friends are going through traumatic life changes. She’s had to forfeit her diet and exercise program. And her daughter’s causing discord at home. Her doctor says it’s toxic stress. Toxic stress? A little stress improves performance and helps you meet deadlines. But when does normal stress turn toxic? “You’ve got toxic stress when three specific emotions are involved—defeat, hopelessness and helplessness,” says Pamela Peeke, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and author of Fit to Live. “When you have the toxic trio on board, it’s ugly.” How ugly? “The chronic increased brain exposure to stress hormones such as cortisol [may cause] decreased volume of the hippocampus,” says University of Alberta Hospital psychiatrist, Jean-Michel Le Melledo. And that might lead to memory problems and depression. In fact, chronic stress can suppress the immune system, making an individual more vulnerable to infections and causing a negative effect on other major illness such as high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and heart disease. But as long as we treat ourselves with downtime at week’s end, we’re minimizing the stress toll, right? Apparently not. “What you want are daily pockets of peace,” says Peeke. Here are ten simple strategies to help you find your pockets of peace—today.

tivity. Some people wear a rubber band on their wrists and snap it anytime they have a negative thought. Also, describing situations in your life as difficult or challenging instead of “stressful” gives you more options for taking action, according to Scott Sheperd, PhD, author of Who’s in Charge? Attacking the Stress Myth. And be careful about how hard you snap that rubber band if you don’t want more stress.

3. Staying late again?

2. De-stress your commute

4. Don’t change your routine

The scent of peppermint or cinnamon in your car can ease the agony of traffic jams. In a NASAfunded study, scientists from Wheeling Jesuit University monitored the emotional responses of 25 college students during various simulated driving scenarios. The volunteers reported that peppermint lowered feelings of anxiety and fatigue by


When people feel overwhelmed, they see exercise as yet another burden. Same with their diets and regular times for meals and bed. Mistake. “People think they’ll feel more inundated if they work out, so they avoid exercise when, in fact, they’d feel better if they went to the gym,” says Eileen Huh Shinn, PhD, a behavioural scientist at the University of Texas. Shinn calls this kind of thinking “misattribution,” or blaming the wrong thing for a problem. Stick to mealtimes and bedtime. Take your regular walk. In fact, take it at 4:34 p.m. That’s the most common meltdown time for overstressed and relapsing dieters, according to a study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Let’s all meet outside at 4:34 p.m. tomorrow.

5. Fill this prescription

1. Be mindful

Mindfulness means living in the present—not ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. It’s a simple stress-reduction technique that helps you to acknowledge worries, yet balance them with more positive feelings. Be sensitive to any negative thoughts and if detected, focus—right where you are—on the moment: what you see, hear, smell and feel. You’ll turn down the stress response that occurs with nega-

You may get more done—and enjoy your job more—if you pack up and go home on time. People who give themselves a chance to recover from the stress of the day and show up the next morning well-rested are more energetic, enthusiastic and effective than those who stay late, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of Applied Psychology. So get more done by leaving earlier.

20 percent, while peppermint and cinnamon each decreased frustration by 25 percent, increased alertness by 30 percent and made the ride seem 30 percent shorter. Dump the pine-scented air freshener. Check your health food store for the oils and an aromatherapy diffuser for the car. Even if you don’t find it works, people may start complimenting you on that new cologne.

Imagine hearing your doctor say, “Watch two comedy movies and call me in the morning.” This prescription is based on some of the latest medical research. Scientists at Lorna Linda University in California published their study on laughter in a 1996. They found laughter diminishes stress by reducing stress hormones and triggering the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. It also lowers blood pressure and boosts immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells. So grab a comedy DVD on the way home and set time aside to watch it. Call your jokester buddy or plan a practical joke.

6. Lighten up

Natural light, especially in the morning, sets your internal clock in motion. If you spend all day in artificial light, then you may feel out of sorts, similar to having jet lag, says Andrew Bierman, a

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senior research scientist specializing in lighting at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Lack of daylight in the early part of the day—or anything less than total darkness during your sleep hours—actually diminishes your cancer-fighting system. Humans need both the colors and intensity of sunlight to stay synchronous with their own body rhythm and ability to handle stress. Natural illumination provides a continuous spectrum of light with a high content of blue—which stimulates the circadian system—compared to the greenish yellow of electrical light. Skylights dramatically increase the amount of natural light in a room. Heck, even if you just stand around outside sometime before early afternoon, you can actually reduce stress, improve sleep and lighten that stress impact.

cording to a study from the University of Bristol, caffeinated drinks increase stress levels. In a trial of 96 people, researchers found that individuals with caffeine in their system had higher heart rates, performed less effectively as team members and felt more “stressed out� than individuals who went caffeine-free. Knocking back a few rounds of beer seems like the best antidote for stress because it’s hard to feel tense when you’re nodding off in a stupor. But alcohol converts in the liver to a stimulant called acetylaldehyde, which will wake you up from said stupor in the middle of the night. Anxiety plus nasty hangover plus interrupted sleep equals one unhappy you. If these 10 tips don’t work, or if you can’t

handle the normal activities of life, you may have an anxiety disorder. If that sounds like you, see a therapist. “Psychotherapy can help you deal with concerns such as stress, loneliness, anxiety, troubled relationships, life changes, depression, (and) low self-esteem,� says Fort Collins psychotherapist Lillian Cozart. But if you’re like most high-powered people, our anti-stress tips should bring you a sense of calm and control. And you just might live longer. So try a couple of these techniques today and see if you don’t feel better. Michael Downey is a leading medical and wellness writer based in Toronto.

7. ‘Alternate’ your life

The book Beyond Juggling: Rebalancing Your Busy Life by Kurt Sandholtz and others, suggests “alternating,� a dramatic way to bust stress. Live like a freelance writer—well, except for that starving part. Writers work feverishly night and day on a book for a year and then do nothing for a couple of months. Do the same: Immerse yourself completely in work for a specified period and then go work-free for a while. If a sabbatical isn’t realistic—and you’re not just balking out of fear or habit—be sure to go on regular vacations. Too many people neglect to get away and ultimately become less productive. “If you use your vacation time to catch up on chores—or worse yet, don’t take a vacation at all—you’re not getting that essential recharging that relaxing time off can give you,� says Sandholtz. For now, try this: Schedule time for a daydream, meditation or nap. Keep an alarm clock at work and snooze for 20 minutes. Over 30 minutes makes you groggy. And may get you fired.

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8. Try a little petting

Scientists at the State University of New York at Buffalo visited the homes of 240 couples, half dog or cat owners and half pet-free, and administered two stress-inducing tests. In one, the couples did arithmetic problems, and in the other they submerged one hand in ice water for two minutes. In both cases, the pet owners experienced smaller jumps in heart rate and blood pressure, especially when the animals were present. The participants displayed the greatest anxiety when their pets weren’t present but their human partners were. The moral? Marry your dog, or ask your spouse to leave the room when you’re balancing the checkbook.

9. Flee your computer

Just sitting in front of a desktop PC evokes a moderate fight-or-flight response in most people, says Erik Peper, PhD, co-author of Make Health Happen: Training Yourself to Create Wellness. To give your muscles frequent breaks while at the computer, drop your hands by your sides every two minutes. Get up every 20 minutes. Blink every time you end a sentence. And take deep breaths regularly.

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Stronger Than Ever Windsor tornado volunteers prove community spirit thrives By Allie Comeau Photo By Matt McClain, Rocky Mountain News

Numerous volunteers and neighbors came to the aid of tornado victims after last May's tornado, including Shawn Buffer (center) who helped out Mike and Cathy Zrubek at their home on Cornerstone Drive.


t’s been less than 120 days since a mileand-a-half-wide tornado struck Windsor last Memorial Day weekend. Already life has pretty much returned to normal, in large part due to the hundreds of volunteers who poured into town after the disaster. “The volunteers were wonderful. We were amazed at the generosity of Colorado,” says Michal Connors of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Even though it was Memorial Day weekend

when the tornado struck, Connors says Windsor was swamped with people wanting to help. “The whole mess was cleaned up by Sunday, it seemed,” she says. “Literally, besides the home damage, you couldn’t tell a tornado had even come through here by Monday.” Hundreds of people, armed with relief supplies, tools, and shovels, descended on the town looking to help. Mona Hinojosa, whose home was so damaged it ultimately was condemned, says she ran

out of things for volunteers to do. “This wonderful man showed up Monday wanting to help, carrying bottled water and sandwiches, and I had to tell him there was nothing left to do,” she says. “I thanked him and suggested he head up the street. The outpouring of support was amazing.” Volunteers from other towns, church groups and even athletic teams were eager to join the clean-up efforts. “There was a particular organization, the Latter Day Saints, I believe, who showed up numbering in the hundreds,” says Connors. continued p. 58


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“All you could see was a sea of yellow shirts, ready and waiting to help out. It was incredible.” While the immediate clean-up efforts were essential first steps, the real work had yet to begin. As many as 3,500 homes sustained some damage, and more than 100 of those had to be condemned. Although building permits were the last thing on displaced residents’ minds after the tornado, they were the first thing on Mike McCurdie’s mind. His building inspection company, SafeBuilt Inc., issues building permits and oversees building projects in Windsor. He knew that if 3,500 buildings were damaged, he’d had a lot of work to do. Wanting to help, McCurdie waived fees on all tornado-related building permits through July 1. That amounted to $131,400 in waived fees. “Along with the fire department, we walked the buildings and made calls as to what was safe to enter and what wasn’t. It was plain to see we needed to get the rebuilding done as quickly and painlessly as possible. We could help out with building permits, and we were happy to do that,” McCurdie says. SafeBuilt also raised $28,000 of the $63,000 total given to the Re-Create Fund in Windsor. The fund will be used to rebuild the ball fields at Chimney Park and to upgrade Broadway Park. “You need those places to come together as a community,” McCurdie says. Melissa Chew, Director of Parks and Recreation, echoes those sentiments. “Community parks improve social well-being, mental wellbeing, and physical well-being,” she says. “These places are important to the community as a whole, and my priority is getting people back out there.” And that’s exactly what Chew has been doing. “One of our very first priorities was to get the cemetery cleaned up so we could hold Memorial Day Services there the Monday after the tornado,” she says. “And we did that.” Five Windsor parks were significantly affected by the tornado, and the town lost in excess of 380 mature trees. The parks clean-up was still underway this month (September), Chew says, adding that the Chimney Park ball fields are accessible although no sports or recreation programs are occurring on them. Chew sees a silver lining in the tornadic cloud. While workers are re-sodding Chimney Park, they’ll also redo an outdated irrigation system. “It’s an opportunity for an upgrade,” she says. Perhaps that positive attitude is another reason the rebuilding of Windsor has progressed so smoothly and efficiently. “This experience makes me so proud to live in Windsor,” says Connors. “It was incredible the way everyone came together after the storm and did whatever it took to help each other out.” Connors and the others also expressed gratitude at the throngs of out-of-town volunteers who were anxious to help after the storm. “It wasn’t just a Windsor thing,” says Connors. “It was a Colorado thing. We couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support of our neighbors to the west, east, north, and south. Thank you.” Allie Comeau is a Fort Collins freelance writer.


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Hidden Treasure New development centers around historic farmhouse and natural pond Text by Colorado Custom Homes Photo by Dana Milner

Renovated farmhouse at Hidden Pond Estates is more than 100 years old.


nique and beautiful home site opportunities, within the city limits of Fort Collins, await you at Hidden Pond Estates, developed by Colorado Custom Homes and Beld De-

velopment. With only 13 half-acre home sites available, Hidden Pond will be gone in the blink of an eye. The centerpiece of the project has been the renovation of one of the region’s oldest and largest farmhouses, which is located on the historical Cook-Tyler farm. With the completion of the renovation of the 1890’s farmhouse, a new history begins for the farm. Located northeast of Hewlett-Packard off Ziegler Road, this picturesque subdivision will become home to a few select families looking for a spot with natural beauty within Fort Collins. From the moment you leave Ziegler Road, you will know that you have discovered something wonderful. A private lane with extensive landscaping beckons you into the neighborhood where the original farmhouse greets you. Moving beyond

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the farmhouse, you will note that the neighborhood revolves around two large cul-de-sacs with extensively landscaped center islands. Each of the building sites approaches one half-acre, and all lots back to the vast open space. Many of the building sites will also feature the potential for a lower-level walkout to enhance the architectural opportunities. Revolving around a natural spring-fed pond within the neighborhood, an extensive trail system beckons. As the trail meanders through the neighborhood, around

the pond, and past the historic barn, residents can relax while enjoying the peaceful views of the Poudre River Valley and the Rocky Mountains. Finding this type of oasis for new construction is rare in today’s marketplace, especially by Fort Collins standards. Preserving the historic element adds just that sensitive touch that homeowners and the community appreciate when selecting a home site and builder. Hidden Pond Estates could not be more centrally located within the growth pattern of Fort Collins. Yet it remains completely secluded. Situated inside the Harmony corridor, its location is a great advantage for new homeowners in terms of shopping convenience. Schools are a major consideration for many buyers, and Hidden Pond Estates is located near neighborhood schools in the award-winning Poudre School District. For sales information for Hidden Pond Estates, please contact Becky Vasos at The Group, Inc., 970-217-9874 or Colorado Custom Homes at 970-674-0200. Additional information can be found at www.cocustomhomes.com.


communitypillars Dennis & Rosalie Sinnett By Jim Sprout Photo By Dana Milner

“Life is more than just being happy; it is how you solve the problems in life together, always keeping a positive attitude and believing there is a solution.” -Rosalie Sinnett


fter growing up in the family construction business with his dad, Dennis Sinnett followed a job opportunity with Reid Burton and moved to Fort Collins in 1969. By 1973, he started his own construction company and was working on a mall expansion for the Everitt Companies. That was when Dennis and Rosalie reconnected. The two went to high school together in Elgin, Ill., but really did not know each other well. Rosalie, a cheerleader, remembered Dennis as a football player, but it took both of them moving to Fort Collins as adults to spark a connection when they bumped into each other at the mall. In their treasured family album, there is a wedding picture showing Dennis holding an apple with a bite out of it. Rosalie explains that she had given the apple to Dennis on their wedding day. During a tough period while they were dating and asking the question, “Do we really want to get married?” Dennis said to her, “There is an apple tree and I am the apple at the top of the tree. If you really want me, you will have to come up and pick me.” That was in 1977, and Rosalie still has the apple today.

Community The Sinnetts stress that they always try to demonstrate to their children and grandchildren their support and love for each other regardless of the circumstances.


Volunteerism and community service have been an integral part of the Sinnetts’ lives. Much of Dennis’ involvement has been through the building industry, including leadership positions in state associations and as a member of the advisory committee for the construction management program at CSU. He is also an original member of Ram Masters and was a director of First State Bank. Rosalie could be considered a professional volunteer. There are many examples over the years where her passion and determination were called on to help a non-profit reach its financial and community goals. Just a few of these include: Catholic Charities, Hope Lives, Poudre School District Foundation and Care Housing. In 1987, she was recognized by Governor Roy Romer as the volunteer of the year for the Just Say No program. Asked what she remembers most about her community service, she recalls the Positive People Planners program at Fort Collins High School. Started initially by Rosalie and Sally Haxton as an alternative outlet for kids on the weekends, it ultimately resulted in what we now know and experience as the Colorado State Flower Trial Garden on Remington Street. Early on, the park was cleaned up and used for school activities including “pizza in the park” every Friday afternoon. Both Dennis and Rosalie, along with many volunteers, were responsible for the initial construction of the gazebo and its maintenance over the years. Dennis and Rosalie feel strongly that “when you do your best in your community, it comes back

to you in unbelievable ways. You learn from all the kindness you receive to reach out to others in their time of need,” Rosalie says. Indeed, during a recent family tragedy, the Sinnetts attributed their inward strength to God’s love and grace, and the support of their friends and community.

Looking Forward Dennis and Rosalie are excited about the next stage of life. Both will continue to be involved in community activities as well as their own personal pursuits. Rosalie has the long-term goal of helping support organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs and Poudre Valley Hospital through proceeds from the sale of gift cards that she hand paints. Dennis will stay active in his business interests while spending more time in leisure activities. They are developing their own “Bucket List” of dreams and travel aspirations, and plan to draw from this list each year for new adventures and fun. Rosalie also aspires to “take my grandchildren and great grandchildren by the hand and skip down College Avenue.” Thank you to Dennis and Rosalie for you’re dedicated service and many selfless contributions as community pillars.

Jim Sprout is the Chairman of First Western Trust Bank – Northern Colorado and a regular columnist for Style Magazine.

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July 17 Hannaford Home :: Loveland Balmy weather, white sandy beaches, Polynesian dancers, fire dancers, tropical beverages and cuisine, to name a few—such was the experience at the Polynesian Paradise Party held on the shores of Lake Loveland. Over 140 tropically clad guests delighted in this unique, memorable Polynesian adventure, including sampling roasted pig arriving by barge and learning native cultural dances. Proceeds benefit McKee Medical Center Foundation to support the Senior Services of McKee Medical Center.

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August 10 Hixon Home :: Fort Collins A terrific afternoon of the arts greeted guests in the beautiful garden setting of Gary & Carol Ann Hixon’s home. Over 100 guests enjoyed live jazz, orchestral & vocal performances, as well as energetic ballet performances. Vignette performances by local theater companies, poetry readings, local artists creating plein air paintings and the tastes of summer’s best food and drink added to the afternoon of merriment. Over $10,000 raised will benefit Arts Alive and their mission to bring the arts to the community and the community to the arts. Photos courtesy of imagecatcherman.com

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August 23 The Rio :: Fort Collins This year’s travel themed vacation, ‘Escape to Africa’, included trimmings of tribal masks, spears, African art pieces beads & an array of colorful fabric and added to the ambiance of this signature event. Over 170 ‘Gadabouts’ enjoyed tasty international cuisine from 9 area restaurants, complimentary libations, live musical performances, a silent auction and the chance to win a cruise for two. Proceeds benefited the Realities For Children Emergency Fund, providing services and assistance for the unmet needs of our community’s abused and neglected children and to serve more youth in need than ever before in 2009. Photos courtesy of The Photo Shop and Ina Szwec. Holli Milenski, Tobin Hendricks, Kelly Meyer, Lindsay Schreiner, Craig Secher, Debbie Guinn

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August 23 Kroh Park :: Loveland Skill, strategy & luck were part of the formula at this 7th annual event. Players rolled or threw bocce & pallino balls for points in this ancient Italian game of lawn bowling, modified for American conditions. An authentic Italian dinner, lively libations, and a silent & live auction were also part of the day activities. Over $25,000 raised, will benefit Larimer County Children’s Advocacy Center whose mission is to reduce trauma to children during child abuse investigations. Photos courtesy of Sara Duffert.

Robin & Dan Wilkewitz, Randy & Vickie Ackerman

Eric & Steve Schrader

Scott & Shelly Strahn, John Demott, Diana Conca

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August 29 Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club :: Windsor Blue skies, a challenging golf course, and hole prizes greeted 88 players for an afternoon of friendly competition at this first annual golf tournament. Three flights of two person teams gave it their best for an afternoon of play and ended in an awards barbeque and live musical concert on a perfect Friday afternoon. Proceeds benefitted Windsor Cares and their mission to help neighboring Windsor children who are under or not insured during a medical crisis.

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Mike McGuire, Ken Frandsen

Bob Hinderaker, Fred Brown, Jerry Helgeson, Doug Lidiak

Lynn Ennert, Karen Gallagher

Randy Fitzgerald, Jim Jensen

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Celebrating 14 years, ArtWear 2008, opened with a runway fashion show of wearable art created by over 44 nationally known fiber artists. Over 200 guests enjoyed refreshments and desserts and viewed over 120 one-of-a-kind, hand made garments and accessories. Proceeds from this premier fashion show event and the sale of garments to benefit the Lincoln Center Visual Arts Program for outreach and exhibits.

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Jodee Loury, Kris Brothers

Chris Reed, Lynn Levin

Ann Marie Smith, Dion Williams

Gary Hixon, Lesli Tanski

Jim & Sonya Sprout

Amy Hughes, Mary Pat McCurdie

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