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We are pleased to bring you this energetic October issue of NOCO Wellness with a special focus on various aspects of wellness and good health. October is upon us, there is a fall chill in the air and the colors are changing in anticipation of winter. This is the month everything smells like pumpkin spice, farms are touting their intricate corn mazes, pumpkin picking is a fun farm activity, and Halloween costumes are being snatched up ahead of the holiday.


What better way than to enjoy some special bonding time with the family then a fun outdoor activity in our beautiful Northern Colorado. We searched out popular family fun-on-the-farm activities and suggest some fun farms in the area. Read, “Not Just Another Day at the Farm,” for details on four farms within driving distance. We are blessed to live in Northern Colorado where outdoor activities are plentiful and provide fun ways to stay fit. If you are a skier, be sure to read “Powder Power” to get an early peek at some of the latest gear for the upcoming season. Perhaps you have given up the slopes, as I have, for something equally aerobic but not quite so hard on the joints, maybe you’ve taken up snowshoeing. Read about the fitness benefits of this family friendly sport in “Snowshoeing, A Great Winter Activity For Fun & Fitness,” to see the latest in gear. Staying fit is increasingly important as we age along with preventing the weight creep many of us experience each year. Recently I received a copy of “Become a Fat-Burning Machine” based on research, and co-authored by Loveland resident, Gale Bernhardt, a world-class coach and former US Olympic triathlon team coach. Read the article for insight into their program to lose weight and improve health. Dental health is a very important component of overall wellness and an attractive healthy smile is the first impression we project. Today there are many advanced procedures to improve our teeth through cosmetic procedures. Crowns, implants, and veneers can be used to correct discolored, chipped, misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth to create a beautiful smile.

Read “Steps to a Beautiful Smile” to learn ways to improve your smile. And, read the profiles of several excellent dental professionals to learn about their practice philosophy and expertise. A few weeks ago I met Dale Matuska, our “Personality,” profiled in this issue. We met to photograph him with his plane, and while there, I got a tour of his airplane hangar. As a former pilot myself, I was thrilled when he offered me the opportunity to taxi in his Russian designed Yak 52. Read “Flying High” to learn about Dale’s life and about his passion for rebuilding and flying classic airplanes. As many of you know, I have a passion for helping women in Northern Colorado diagnosed with breast cancer through the non-profit Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center. To date, the organization has provided over 22,000 free services for women. Annually, Hope Lives has a Celebration of Life gala to raise funds to provide the numerous services it offers. This year the 16th annual event is October 29th, at 5:30pm at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. The highlight of the evening is an inspiring fashion show of breast cancer survivors emceed by Reggie Rivers. Invite friends and join us that fun evening. Tickets available online at www.hopelives. org or call the office at 970-225-6200. We hope you enjoy reading the many interesting articles that relate to staying healthy, keeping fit and enjoying the Northern Colorado quality of life. Wishing you a healthy and happy fall. lydia@stylemedia.com


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Dr. Matthew Robertson from Alpine Ears Nose and Throat and the operating room team at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins during the first Inspire sleep therapy implantation in the state of Colorado. Photo courtesy of UCHealth.

Inspire Therapy

Trailblazing New Procedure Helps Those Suffering From Sleep Apnea By Kyle Eustice For years, Parks, Nebraska resident Anita Kitt would wake up an average of 15 times a night unable to breathe. It caused excruciating migraine headaches and her fatigue level was at an all time high. After participating in a sleep study, she was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. While the gold standard of treatment is normally a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine, or CPAP, sometimes it simply doesn’t work with the patient. However, if left untreated, it can cause severe health issues down the road. “When you don’t treat sleep apnea appropriately, you will be at risk for things like stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure,” says Dr. Kelli Janata, D.O., Pulmonologist and Sleep Center Medical Director at the Banner Health Pulmonary Care, Critical Care & Sleep


Center Clinic in Greeley explains. “Symptoms include snoring, waking up gasping for air, and fatigue.” Many people ignore the symptoms, believing they are related to something else entirely such as aging, menopause, or weight gain. Once Kitt was given her diagnosis, she knew she had to act. Initially given a CPAP, she felt claustrophobic wearing the intrusive mask. In a UC Health documentary, Kitt discusses her experience, which led her to Dr. Mark Petrun and Dr. Matthew Robertson. “If someone came up behind you and put their hands over your nose and mouth, you have an immediate flight or fight response,” Dr. Petrun explained in the video. “For people with sleep apnea, that happens multiple, multiple times per hour. That’s what causes problems with

high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. The gold standard is CPAP, but the problem with CPAP is not everybody tolerates it.” Although the CPAP device is effective in treating sleep apnea more than 90 percent of the time, the number of people actually wearing the device longer than four hours per night drops to about 60 percent. Fortunately, Kitt found an ad one day spotlighting a new treatment for obstructive sleep apnea called Inspire Therapy and quickly sought out Dr. Robertson, who was the first person in the Rocky Mountain region to do the procedure. “I’d been doing a similar surgery to Inspire for epilepsy,” Dr. Robertson says. “It was something we did for seizures in which a wire is placed around the nerve STYLEMEDIA.COM

in the neck. When Inspire came out, I figured I could do that, too. It’s very similar.” Inspire Therapy is a sleep apnea treatment that works inside the body with the patient’s natural breathing process, using electrical currents to control the placement of your tongue, much like a pacemaker. Placed in the chest, a sensor in the ribcage can sense a pause in breathing and the device sends an electrical stimulus to the nerve that controls the tongue. “For years, we would treat sleep apnea by doing a mutilating surgery on people,” Dr. Robertson explains. “We’d take out tonsils and it was a horrible surgery, but we weren’t fixing the problem. We didn’t realize it was the tongue in the way the whole time.” Before Inspire Therapy even becomes a possibility, each patient must undergo a test in which the person is put to sleep while the doctors determine whether or not the problem is in fact sleep apnea. They must be 100 percent the person is CPAP intolerant and that the tongue is the issue. Kitt was the first patient in the Rocky Mountain Region to receive the implantable device and the procedure, which she had in April 2016, was a complete success. “I can sleep at night,” Kitt said. “It’s phenomenal. It works. That’s the best part.” Like Dr. Janata explained, if left

Kelli Janata, D.O., Pulmonologist and Sleep Center Medical Director at the Banner Health Pulmonary Care, Critical Care & Sleep Center Clinic in Greeley.

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untreated, sleep apnea can cause a host of health problems, but it doesn’t stop there. “Sleep issues can put stress on a marriage, as well,” Dr. Janata says. “When a spouse has moved into a separate bedroom because of snoring, that’s when you know there’s a problem. People usually seek help once something like that happens.” The overall data for Inspire Therapy is looking promising. If a patient does not meet the criteria for the procedure, luckily technology has evolved enough that CPAP isn’t as daunting as it used to be. “We’ve come a long way with the mask and machine,” Dr. Jananta says. “The masks are way more comfortable now. I tell my patients that the masks have changed a lot in 20 years. They are a lot smaller now, more pliable and quite flexible.” For those with moderate to severe sleep apnea, however, Inspire might be the only solution. For now, Poudre Valley Hospital is the only hospital that offers the trailblazing surgery. For those in the Rocky Mountain Region, the procedure is a viable option and one that can truly change a person’s life. Dr. Robertson regularly witnesses it first-hand. “That has been the most rewarding part for me,” he says. “I get to help people live a better life. That’s the most important thing.” Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Kyle Eustice moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to pursue her love of hiking, biking, music, and journalism. After five years of living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, she wanted a change of scenery and opted for a move to the beautiful Rocky Mountain region in 2014. Since then, she’s embraced the incredible Fort Collins community as she hones her writing skills and embraces her passion for the outdoors.

Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation Therapy requires that a surgeon place a battery and breathing sensor in a patient's chest subcutaneously (under the skin). A stimulation lead is attached subcutaneously to the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the tongue. While a person sleeps, the device gives an impulse to the tongue, which prevents the tongue from moving back and blocking the airway. (Inspire Medical Systems / UCHealth)

Mark D. Petrun, M.D., Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine, UCHealth Harmony Campus in Fort Collins.



By Kay Rios

Debbie Vessey, Steve Vessey, CMSP and Sarah Raile, CMSP, Manager.


Vessey Funeral Service is in the business of family. It offers an array of options for addressing the death of a loved one, but the staff makes it personal. “Our family is here to help your family,” says co-owner and funeral director Steve Vessey. The underlying philosophy is about


meeting the needs of the family in as many ways as possible. “No two families are alike but every family needs something special and we’ll take the time to make sure that happens,” Vessey says. “Nobody is here for the money. We are here because we have a real passion for people. Our greatest joy is getting a thank you card at the end.”

Along with traditional cremation and burial services, Vessey provides a variety of memorial options from candle light ceremony to dove release, musicians including a bagpiper, reception catering, and aerial scattering. Vessey became interested in funeral work at a young age. “My dad’s cousin, Bernard, STYLEMEDIA.COM

owned a funeral home in Colorado Springs. He was a wonderful man I deeply respected. When I was young, I asked him how he could deal with his work. He said it was about taking care of the living first and taking care of the dead with respect.” That sank in and Vessey grew up with the idea of a career in funeral service. “My career paper in junior high was about becoming a funeral director.” Vessey attended Colorado State University (CSU) graduating with a degree in business management. He took a job as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance where he worked for 34 years but the idea of becoming a funeral director stayed with him. He enrolled at the Mortuary Science College and graduated with a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner designation. After working for several other funeral services, he pursued his own business. “I just thought there was a better way to do this.” He started a trade service under his name, working with a number of funeral homes providing embalming and transportation services. Then, in 2007, he partnered with Mike Reager who previously owned Chaney-Reager Funeral Home.


Vessey and staff offer specialized care at a reasonable price. “We like to make life tough on ourselves,” Vessey says. “The more complicated the service is, the more we like it. And a beautiful elaborate service doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. We don’t force anything on a family but we give our families everything they want and anything they need. Nothing is impossible. We can do anything if we have enough time to do it.”


The prices are much less than other funeral services because the overhead is kept to a minimum, Vessey says. “Our facility is reasonably sized and takes care of the business at hand without the fluff. Our vehicles are all late models driven and we have older vans we keep in good condition. Those reasonable expenses lower costs.” “The quality of our work also makes us stand out,” says lead funeral director and manager Sarah Raile. “We handle a funeral service or cremation with dignity and respect. We go above and beyond what we say we’ll do.” NOCO Wellness 2016

An example of that is the contact with the family that goes on for a year after the service in the Platinum Care Package. Four 8-page booklets are mailed to the family at calculated times of the year following the service. “Three weeks after, the family receives a booklet, “Should I be Feeling Like this?’ Another one is sent every three months,” Vessey says. “The last one is on the anniversary of the death and accompanied by a personal letter saying ‘we’re thinking of you.’ It’s an expensive program but we don’t charge for it.”


Beyond appropriate pricing, individualized care puts Vessey at the top in the field. Raile says, “The same person works through all of the planning rather than one person to make the house call, another to help with arrangements and others to run the service.” It’s personal, she says. “We work with the family for several days and develop a relationship with them beyond just business.”


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WORDS OF WISDOM “Talk to the funeral director before you make a decision and get a feel for who best can meet your needs. Find someone who will help determine what you need and also give you what you want. They need to give you all the time it takes and give you all the options without pushing you to buy.”



This plane is a Russian designed Yak 52TW built in Romania in 2003. There are only 34 Yak52TW's of this type flying today; this one was one of the last made. Photo by Eliott Foust, W.E. Foust Photography



flying high Dale Matuska Embraces His Passion for Aviation By Kyle Eustice

As founder of the Hair Dynamics Education Center, Dale Matuska’s roots in the Fort Collins community run deep. Although the school was established in 1984, the former hair model has been in the hair industry for 41 years.

“I owned a salon in Fort Collins before I started the school,” Matuska explains. “I got started in high school. I couldn’t get a job as an aircraft mechanic, so I went to barber school.” That began his long journey into the cosmetology industry. When he was in school, he met a barber while doing custom painting on motorcycles and cars, another passion of his. “I traded him five hair styles and $50 for a paint job on his motorcycle,” he says. “Since he had to give me free haircuts anyway, he started using me as a model. He turned out to be one of the people on the Colorado State Hairstyling Championship team to represent Colorado in the nationals. As a model, I was dragged along.” Matuska was still struggling to find work as an aircraft mechanic, something he’d wanted to do for years. He was NOCO Wellness 2016

encouraged to pursue a career in hairstyling, an art he quickly mastered. “I was Colorado State Student Hairstyling Champion of the Year in 1978,” he recalls. “One year after finishing school, I competed against some of the people who had trained me and ended up beating all of them. I’ve won 40 state competitions in four different states, and took two U.S. national championships in the ’80s.” Matuska went on to open his first salon in 1976, The Stylist, then eventually decided to open the school. “For over 25 years, we were the only school owned and operated by a hairstylist,” he says. That was our passion—we knew what kind of education students needed. That’s what made Hair Dynamics such a great success. I knew what they needed to learn.”


As fate would have it, Matuska had to take a step back five years ago after his wife of 36 years, Tina, got cancer. They had met the summer of 1976, when he was 21 and she was just 20. At the time, she was part of a Fort Collins welcoming committee. “She handed me a coupon for The Grey Rose,” he recalls. “I asked if that’s where she got her hair cut and she said she did. I told her she should come to me. This was over 40 years ago. I told her I charged $15 and that was a lot back then. She said she paid $8 at this other place. I made her a deal, where I would trade a hairstyle for a hamburger. I didn’t think she’d come back, but she did, so we were going to go to McDonald’s—that’s all there was back then. But instead, I pulled into the Moot House and bought her a steak. We started dating from there.” They got married two years later and for the next 37 years worked in a salon together. Once he started the school, she transitioned to the school, too. “I went to work in the office, doing financial aid for students,” he says. “She took over as head of education. She did a great job. She had years of experience by then.” During this time, Matuska had acquired his aircraft mechanic license, which soon led to his hobby of flying and restoring airplanes. The first plane he restored was in 1973, the same year he learned to fly a 1940 L-3 Aeronca US Military trainer. He bought his first plane to fly in 1979, a Piper Cherokee, which he kept in Fort Collins at the Downtown Airpark. When Matuska would fly, Tina was always in the back seat, cultivating her new passion for aviation photography and taking in the sites. It’s something the couple loved to do. “Since we were together all the time, she had aviation interests, as well,” he says. “We bought our first airplane 30 years ago. She flew with me and got her pilot’s license. We didn’t start flying a lot together until 11 years ago, when I started building planes as a hobby.” Matuska was intrigued by foreign airplanes. He bought his first Russian plane, or yak, nine years ago, which he describes as the “Harley-Davidson of airplanes.” “I really thought they were interesting,” he says. “It’s like if Harley-Davidson was to build a yak. They are robust, have throaty engines, and aren’t very fast. They are actually built for military use, so they’re almost indestructible.” Matuska bought one on eBay and hired a United Airlines pilot to bring it back from Oregon. After he was trained to fly the yak, he found out the pilot was on a team of



other yak owners, who were all professional pilots. “These guys all flew in formation in air shows,” he explains. “They said they’d train me and welcomed me into the fray.” The next three years were spent training to do air shows and Tina rode in the back seat everywhere he went. “She absolutely loved it,” he says. “She got out of her first Yak and had smiles all over her face. I didn’t know if she’d like it or not, so it surprised me. Yaks are awesome as a hobby airplane.” Although Tina didn’t want to do formation flying, she wanted to fly a yak. She renewed her pilot’s license and quickly started retraining. One month before she found out she had cancer, she had flown and landed her first yak by herself. Once she got sick, however, the planes remained idle. “During that time, I didn't fly,” he says. “The planes sat there. I didn’t really pick it up again. She couldn't ride in the car to go to Medical Center of the Rockies to get her cancer treatments. I had to drive 10 mph. People were rude on the road. She’d scream when we went over railroad tracks. She was in a lot of pain.” Sadly, Tina passed away from multiple myeloma in 2014. Although he lost his best friend, he didn’t lose his zest for life. At 61, he’s starting a new chapter, one he’s finally ready to embrace. “She was everything to me,” he says. “I grew up with her. I’m torn between keeping her memory alive and continuing on with my life. I’ve seen so many people who have buried their head in the sand. I want to move on. I really lost my wife five years ago when cancer started taking over. We had lots of time to talk and be together. I still want to reach my goals, but I have to push myself.” To keep himself busy, Matuska is currently working on a kit plane called a Radial Rocket. Only six have been completed over the past 10 years. It uses a 400 horsepower 9-cylinder Russian radial engine similar to the engines used in World War II. “I have spent six years and over a thousand hours of construction time building it,” he says. “It takes lots of patience. It takes my mind off my business and everyday pressures. To watch something come alive from a bunch of parts from all over the world and a lot of it created with my own hands, gives me great pleasure and pride to know I did it.” Kyle Eustice embraces the incredible Fort Collins community as she hones her writing skills and embraces her passion for the outdoors. NOCO Wellness 2016



By Lynette Chilcoat




“Sometimes life is just a rodeo,” according to a 1980’s John Fogarty song. Meaning sometimes you just have to cinch it up tight and ride enthusiastically to the bell. Many aspiring musicians, however, opt for stability instead of the wildly glamorous life of a rock star in their youth. They land college degrees, work hard at developing financiallysecure careers and sensibly raise families, all the while keeping the passion of playing for audiences on the back burner. As each one matures though, the feel of the thrum of a guitar chord, a rhythmic riff on a set of drums or the wail of sweet harmonica notes still brings back remembered musical hopes. And with the onset of discriminating wisdom, they realize that the time to pursue those dreams has come to fruition. The following three bands are practicing, pulling in gigs and generally playing anew. Most of the members have regular “day” jobs, but as midlife opens with fresh possibilities, they’ve discovered the sheer joy of being local rock ‘n roll stars.

“In our younger days, we were all in bands,” says John Dengler, of his Weekend Weather band mates. “We played off and on, but life gets in the way. Yet we all love music.” Owner of John Dengler and Associates, a small Fort Collins architectural firm, Dengler is lead singer of the band he created 12 years ago. He also plays both acoustic and electric guitar. The band’s development took a meandering sort of path, slowly evolving from Dengler plucking at guitar strings to eventually flourishing as a full-fledged group. “When I turned 50, I bought my first new guitar in 40 years,” says Dengler, now a tad over that harmonic hill, but still cool. “I got together with Randy Fitzgerald, another musician and friend who sings and also plays acoustic guitar. We found there was a little bit of magic there. We started having fun and felt like kids again.” After that, the jam sessions took a turn from just playing cover songs NOCO Wellness 2016

from famous artists to Dengler penning his own. “From there I started writing a bunch of songs,” he says, adding that “Kevin Riley, an old friend, told us we needed a drummer. He joined next.” The moniker, “ Weekend Weather,” was derived because they mostly met on the weekends. The day they came up with the name, the temperatures were predicted to be from the 50‘s into the low 70’s - a perfect fit for where each of them was at in life. Over a decade later, the seven-man group is still going strong and “has exceeded our expectations of how well this has stayed together,” adds Dengler. In addition to Dengler, members include Ed Goodman, chief experience officer of The Mindshare Network, Kevin Reilly, manager of business development for US Food/Denver, Randy Fitzgerald, retired from pharmaceutical sales (as in the rock era heyday, every band needs a drug guy), Ken Saller, retired from Texas Instruments, Scott Sampl, director of operations for Innosphere and Dave Carlson, project manager for Bellisimo, Inc.. “We began in my garage, which my amazing wife turned into a Band Cave, and now have this incredible space to practice in every Thursday night,” says Dengler of their intensive four to five hour sessions. “We have more fun than we ever should while playing stuff with a ’50’s and ’60’s vibe, but also into the ’80‘s - kind of a cross between the BoDeans, The Kinks and Tom Petty.” With a playlist of at least 50 original songs and just as many legendary tunes, Dengler says, “we’re proud to have our own music while giving the covers our own twist.” They perform approximately once a month. A wide variety of gigs include Avagadro’s Number and Scrumpy’s in Fort Collins, two of their most regular places to play, as well as on the rooftop of the Denver Art Museum, Sounds of Centerra and others.


There are references aplenty to doctors throughout rock ‘n roll history. Jackson Browne laments to his doctor about how his “eyes have seen the years and the slow parade of fears without crying.” And it’s hard to forget “you put the lime in the coconut and drank ‘em

bot” up,” in answer to “doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take?... to relieve this bellyache.” Performers also use the allusion to being a physician in their names, such as Dr. Hook. Along those lines, Fort Collins now boasts its very own, “ Roctors,” a band actually made up of rockin’ docs. The five-piece ensemble consists of Tim Allen, a neurologist on keyboards and trumpet. There are two pulmonologists, Eric Stevens on bass & fiddle, and Brent Peters on lead guitar, bass and keyboards. Eric Olsen is an ER doc who plays drums, while Drake Johnson, a guitarist, is a Jurist Doctor, gaining ground in the doctor’s club with a PhD in law. All of them sing. Overcoming odd, often mismatched schedules, “The Roctors” push hard to find a way to play. One of their biggest hurdles is making the time to get together to rehearse, according to band member Drake Johnson.

Relatively new on the scene is the snazzy two-year-old, “ Clark Street Station,” started by Mark Goldrich, a full-time real estate agent with The Group Inc. in Fort Collins. “About 10 years ago I saw a friend present a rotary report with a guitar. Although I had given up playing many years before that, so he inspired me,” says Goldrich. Goldrich purchased his own guitar and the two started playing together on Tuesday nights in Goldrich’s garage. They invited more people,

eventually evolving into a group of six who play several gigs a year. The four men and two women have daytime personas that run the gamut from retired elementary school teacher, Jan Forbes as vocalist and small percussion player, to a beer distributor, Brendan Burke on lead guitar (a handy man to have on board in an unexpected dry spell). Artie Bavoso is a non-profit administrator who plays bass, John Barbario is the drummer as well as a construction management consultant. Krisann Corcoran runs Loki Artworks, a small jewelry business as well as playing blues harp, ukulele and hand percussion. Goldrich himself plays rhythm guitar. Most of them share vocals. “The practice every week keeps us sharp and gives us an opportunity to learn new material,” says Goldrich, who admits they spread their repertoire around. Rolling Stones, The Beetles, the Mamas and Papas and Box Tops are but a few musical styles they emulate. “A big part of our strength is in our vocals.” The band’s name arose from a combination of practices held at Goldrich’s Clark Street home and his being a model train aficionado. For the past few years, they’ve performed at fundraisers



“We all practice regularly when we’re apart, but sometimes it’s a challenge to get together,” admits Drake, who jams on a Rolland GR-55 guitar synthesizer. “Sometimes it’s three to four times a week, sometimes once every three to four weeks. What we think is our strength is the huge variety we offer, from Elvis Presley to Red Hot Chili Peppers. Our repertoire includes over 130 songs. “The main thing is that we are in this for fun. We don’t have the time to market ourselves and don’t have a slick marketing campaign - we’re not all about that. We just play for people who like us,” says Drake of the half-dozen to dozen gigs they do each year, including The Whisk(e)y, Tony’s Bar rooftop and Fusion Nightclub in Fort Collins, birthday parties and fundraisers. Grabbing the bull by the horns, these folks have chosen to not go quietly into their sunset years. The exhilaration of rock n’ roll will instead carry them away as “riders on the storm” of the musical genre’s continuing appeal.

for organizations such as United Way. “We seem to be on the circuit now and get a lot of gigs that way,” says Goldrich. “We charge for when we play at a charitable event, but will then reimburse them 50%. We never really see any of the money, though, since the income is being reinvested back into recording equipment or other needs to keep the band going.” They’ve also played at Jessup Farm, as well as serving as the house band at Pateros Creek Brewery Company in Olde Town several times. “You have to have a genuine love for music,” states Goldrich. “More than listening to it, but the joy of playing. We’re performing music we’ve heard our whole lives on the radio, plus expressing emotional thoughts through our own music. It’s very rewarding. I had to overcome major stage fright, but this has transformed me. Now I can’t get enough. And when I hear my band playing a song I’ve written, I’m in another place.” Lynette Chilcoat is a freelance writer living in Loveland. A native to Colorado, she takes advantage of the outdoor adventures the region offers as much as poosible, as well as enjoying the distictive artistic lifestyle within the community. NOCO Wellness 2016


Not Just Another Day

On The Farm By Malini Bartels

Trips to the farm these days might even make Old MacDonald jealous!


Bartels signature wagon which was used to haul sugar beets in the early 1900’s.

It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, the leaves are changing, and everything tastes of pumpkin spice. The wonderful fall season brings nature’s harvest, and family and friends having fun in the cooler weather. Whether you’re looking to spend a day getting lost in a corn maze, riding on the back of a truck, or meandering through a pumpkin patch, it’s important to know where quality fun family time can best be spent in Northern Colorado.

Anderson Farms

Address: 6728 County Road 3 1/4 in Erie, Colorado 80516 Phone: (303) 828-5210 Website: www.andersonfarms.com Email: info@andersonfarms.com Admission: Fall Festival admission for age 4 and older is $10-$16. Terror in the Corn, or Zombie Paintball is $22 or $25 or $40 and $45 for both. Children 3 and under are free. Discounts for groups are available. Hours of Operation: The maze is open September 21 through Halloween. Hours: M-W 10 a.m.-6 p.m., First three Thurs. 10a.m.-6p.m.-6p.m. Last three Thurs. 10a.m.-10p.m., Fri. 10a.m.-11p.m., Sat. 9a.m.-11p.m., Sun 9a.m.-10p.m.

Some of Nancy and Doug Bartel’s grandchildren; Aaliyah, Sophie, Aidan, and Ethan Bartels, Noah Wellmann and sitting, Maddock Smith.

Three words: Zombie-Paintball-Hunt. After dark activities turn this lovely-farmby-day in Erie, Colorado, into a challenging family friendly corn maze at night. Of course, they also provide the usual family activities such as a 30-acre corn maze, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin launching, pedal karts, mine cars, barrel train, farm animals, tire mountain, gem mining, private campfire sites, and much more. School field trips are an adventure at Anderson Farms, offering nothing short of memorable times. According to Rachelle Wegele, operations manager, and daughter of owners Jim and Brenda Anderson, the family has been farming in the area since 1911. So many fantastic things to do at Anderson Farms; groups are encouraged to take advantage of all the activities.

Bartels Farm

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Address: 3424 E Douglas Rd Fort Collins, CO 80524 Phone: (970) 493-3853 Website: www.thebartelsfarm.com Email: nancy@thebartelsfarm.com Admission: $5 adults, $20 family, ages 5 & under FREE Hours of Operation: September 17 – October 31 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Originally known as the Colorado Centennial Farm, The Bartels Farm is family owned and operated by Doug and Nancy Bartels. It’s filled with animals, corn mazes, hayrides, and quite possibly the most impressive pumpkin patch in Northern Colorado. The variety of family activities on the property make it a destination worth carving a few hours out of your weekend for. Their famous “punkin chuckin” is where everyone should watch their heads with its air powered canons firing pumpkins into the sky. “We don’t charge admission because we just want people to come by and have a good time,” says owner/operator Doug Bartels. “We are extremely kid-friendly and even have a straw bale maze for the little ones.” The fun factor at Bartels Farm actually starts in June with the pick-your-own vegetables that continue all summer. “We even added a large grill to serve food,” he adds. “We also host birthday parties, some even coming from Southern Wyoming.” Proudly in their 17th year of operation, Bartels mentions that they are here to stay. “We have 70 acres of farm to choose vegetables from. If we went away, people would wonder.” No admission charge is critical to the survival model at Bartels Farm. “It doesn’t take much to make a kid happy, but then everyone’s happy!”


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Address: 20861 County Road 33, LaSalle, Colorado Phone: (970) 737-2129 Website: www. fritzlermaze.com/ Email: Complete the online form to get a response Admission: Day Combo Age 3-10, $13 Age 11 up, $16. Haunted combo, $25 Group rates and discounts available on website Hours of Operation: Open every day except Monday and Tuesday in October, running through October 31.

Corn Maze enthusiasts wanting to challenge their sense of direction need look no further. Fritzler’s a-maze-ingly farmtastic labyrinths will challenge your senses and stimulate your heart rate! The farm is located 7 miles south of Greeley off Highway 85. They have a very thorough website for times, directions, and pictures of the annual corn maze design. The elaborate mazes are a spectacle from the sky, but look like an ordinary jumble from the ground; get a real appreciation for the Fritzler’s effort by checking out the aerial pictures. There are bountiful fun and scary choices at Fritzler’s Family Farm. They have a corn maze, go carts, concession stands, a family maze, kids activities, small pumpkin canons,


personal campfire sites for reservation, and some seriously scary evening activities in the Scream Acres Haunted Corn Maze with Zombie Paintball Slayer and Ghost Haunt. And, owner, Glen Fritzler, doesn’t want anyone to miss the giant “You Pick Pumpkin Patch!” In addition, he says, “This year we have lots of exciting events going on in October. Check out our website for details on the Great Pumpkin Road Show, Stunt Dog Show, Lumberjack Log Rolling, in addition to Pig Races, and our popular Goat Hole in the Wall, and much more.”

Harvest Farm

Address: 4240 E Co Rd 66 Wellington, CO 80549 Phone: (970) 568-9488 Website: www.harvestfarm.net Email: SParker@denrescue.org Admission: General Admission: Adults 13 and up, $15, Child 4 – 12, $13, kids 3 and under Free, senior discounts and group rates available. Hours of Operation: October 1 – 30; Fridays & Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sundays: 12 p.m. (noon) - 6 p.m. Harvest Farm is a farm with a heart. This year is the location’s 14th Annual Harvest Farm Festival & Corn Maze. The fun family

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event with attractions is situated on a 209acre farm in Wellington. It’s convenient to get to from Fort Collins and there is plenty to do once you arrive. The Fall Festival is a great place for field trips, corporate parties or small groups. Don’t let the ticket prices deter you from a visit. Proceeds from all ticket sales help support the Harvest Farm New Life Program, a rehabilitation program helping men recover from chronic homelessness and addiction. The Harvest Farm accommodates up to 72 men who participate in the New Life Program, affiliated with the Denver Rescue Mission. There are several reasons to visit during the month of October for the Harvest Farm Festival. With a large petting zoo, yard games, wagon rides, and a 10-acre corn maze, it’s no wonder they had more than 16,000 visitors last year and it has become a fall tradition for many families. Hannah Baltz-Smith, Northern Colorado Community and Event Specialist, reminds everyone to look at their website for additional featured activities this year. Malini Bartels is a freelance writer, chef, mother, radio host, and actress living the good life in Fort Collins. STYLEMEDIA.COM

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WELLNESS {fitness}



M A C H I N E By Brad Shannon

Many local endurance athletes know Gale Bernhardt, a world-class coach and former US Olympic triathlon team coach, lives in Loveland. Now that she’s coauthored a book, Become a Fat-Burning Machine (Regan Arts, Simon & Schuster, 2015), designed to help average people, not just athletes, lose weight and improve their health, you don’t have to aspire to run marathons or Ironmans to benefit from her expertise.

The book combines new information about diet and exercise with other proven concepts, and throws some conventional wisdom and myths in the trash to present what’s promised as an approach to lose weight and keep it off, without going hungry, while improving overall quality of life for anyone; and, for athletes, to improve training and performance. The story behind the book is that lead author Mike Berland experienced what many do – steady weight gain, a pound or two a year, over a couple of decades. He tried every diet and gained back everything he lost and a bit more each time. The prospect of being 300 lbs at age 50 spurred a quest for answers. A nutritionist, Dr. Laura Lefkowitz, looked at his blood test results and symptoms and told him about metabolic syndrome – conditions, including obesity,


elevated blood sugar, high cholesterol and abdominal fat, that led to his body storing fat rather than burning it. With a new diet and exercise, he lost weight and hired a coach to train for the NYC Marathon; but, even as he exercised more and harder than ever, he gained 10 lbs. When that race was cancelled by Hurricane Sandy, he kept training to run it the next year – and gained another 10 lbs. Frustrated and confused, with a goal to complete a full-length triathlon and doctors who told him it was not possible, he kept seeking answers, which led him to Gale. Based on information she was hearing about ultra runners (who run 50 km to 100 miles) racing while eating relatively little during an event, she was uncovering a new way to approach diet and exercise. Berland’s nutritionist shared that metabolic STYLEMEDIA.COM

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syndrome is radically under-diagnosed, 35% of Americans have it, and that it leads to insulin resistance. That means that you can eat less, exercise more, and not lose weight. Normally, you consume carbs or sugars, the pancreas releases insulin, and your cells’ receptors use that to refuel from the sugar in your bloodstream. With insulin resistance, the interface between cell receptors and insulin does not work properly and sugar can’t get into cells at a normal rate to refuel them. It remains in the bloodstream, reaches the liver and is converted to and stored as fat. You can be fit and still have metabolic syndrome, and that can leave you, even as a relatively thin, active person, at risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. This was driven home for Gale when she lost a longtime friend and client, Scott Ellis, racing his 19th Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race at age 55, to a fatal heart attack. Gale’s ultra running connections figured out how to train their bodies to use fat as fuel rather than sugar during long sustained NOCO Wellness 2016

efforts. They did that by significantly cutting carbs and eating some 70% or more of their diet as fat. Gale tried this approach and found the diet unsustainable. She took the research on high fat diets and her experience to design a different approach. In her plan, carbohydrates are reduced, especially late in the day, but not eliminated. Certain carbohydrates are still allowed at strategic times. . Healthy fat is increased to some 40-60% of diet, depending on the individual’s goals and activity level. She knew from past experience that when people train early in the morning, on an empty stomach, it forces their bodies to use stored fat, rather than sugar stored in cells. For those struggling to lose weight, this approach to eating can set the stage to burn fat as fuel even without exercise. Individuals, including some who were clinically obese, have used this approach and lost 60 or more pounds. Others have been able to stop using medication to control reflux, reduced joint pain, and more. The next piece fell into place when a client, Robert, a cyclist, crashed a couple of months before a big race. In an effort to maintain his endurance and strength, she had him do high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. He would go all out, maximum effort, for 30 seconds, and rest for 4-1/2 minutes. That allowed him to increase power and complete the event within five minutes of his best time. It all came full circle when research showed that short, intense effort and generous rest improves insulin resistance. The biggest challenge Bernhardt has encountered is getting athletes to believe they don’t have to work so hard. As they began to document what they were finding, Berland and Bernhardt carried out their own research and studied the work of others in the fields of physiology, interval training, nutrition and other fields to verify the science behind what they were seeing. In addition, they had two pilot groups test the diet and exercise protocol to verify the success of the program. To learn more about Become a Fat Burning Machine, visit Fat-Burning-Machine. com, Facebook at /AFatBurningMachine, Twitter at @Fat_BurnMachine, and Pinterest at /FatBurnMachine for inspiration, recipes and more. Find out more about Gale at galebernhardt.com, or on Facebook at /GaleBernhardtConsulting Brad Shannon is is a freelance writer and owner of Shannon Marketing Communications, a marketing and public relations consulting firm in Loveland.

Ron Kennedy was one of the people in Bernhardt’s first pilot group who, at 55, is still focused on being a highperforming athlete. When he did long rides, and consumed carbs as fuel, he regularly encountered intestinal distress. He spends, including his daily commute time, about 14 hours a week on the bike, and regularly races longdistance mountain bike races. After changing his diet and approach to training to a focus on fat burning, he happened to lose about 15 lbs, but notes that was not a primary motivator for him. He was focused on being more comfortable when he trained and raced. The changes, for him, have been easy when it comes to his diet. “I used to always eat oatmeal, which I thought was healthy but has a fairly high glycemic index.” Now, he eats eggs, salmon, Canadian bacon, and/or avocado. “I like eating those types of foods, I don’t miss much, but there are times when I miss carbs, there is a lot of temptation.” It can be harder for him to eat out, but he finds dishes that work and asks for the kitchen’s help with adjustments as needed. He’s experienced much less digestive distress on the bike, and is seeing significantly better race and training times.


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Stop sucking it in! Working out is only half the battle. You must train that diet. Seeing a nutritionist is ideal but common sense dictates in this arena. Stop eating junk! Lean proteins, veggies and fruits. Period. And knock off the booze will ya? It’s horrible for your skin, has tons of sugar, and might be adding to any depression you might be experiencing. Water is your vise now!

New Grill. Women love a beautiful smile on a man. Man up and make an appointment with a dentist. NOW! Get them cleaned, whitened, veneered... Whatever it takes. It might even be time for dental implants. Act now, even if it’s just for the sake of being able to eat a porterhouse even when you are 70!

Face It. Wash your face regularly. Don’t just do it when you shave. Stop using cheap razors, you and your skin are worth it! Only use an alcohol-free after-shave. Above all, moisturizing daily will get you soft, kissable skin. Trust me... That’s the goal!

Time to put yourself on the rack and get a tuneup. From your physical health to your mental health. From your clothes to your grooming habits. Here are a few simple tips to becoming the man you’ve always wanted to be.


Eye On You. Get those peepers checked. It might be time for new frames. It might be time for contact lenses. Heck, it might be time to go all out and get Lasik!

The Need to Tweeze. Get those brows tweezed. Get it done by a pro the first time. Then try doing it on your own. Keep up on them every other week. And for the love of God... Don’t forget the ear and nose hair!

Nailed it! It may sound rudimentary but keep your hands and nails clean. You may even consider getting a manicure once in a while. It’s just a fingernail tune-up.

He-Man Up. You don’t have to bulk up like a Master of the Universe, but you do need to strengthen that core. The core is where that “man strength” comes from. If it’s been a while since you were in a gym, don’t hesitate to get a quick refresher from a trainer. Tell them the areas you really want to work on and they will guide you through the process.

Cheer the beard. Keep it trimmed and in good shape. Growing out some unwieldy beard isn’t cool, it’s gross. Keep it clean and healthy. Vitamin B will keep your face mane looking shiny and healthy.

Go get a freakin’ haircut. And listen... Try to spend more than twenty dollars on it. You won’t regret it!

The Mental Game. Low levels of testosterone are correlated with depression, stress, and mood swings. Don’t mess around... Go to the doctor and get checked out. You could be missing out on a lot of happiness, vitality and SEX! We men keep a lot of our thoughts and feelings to ourselves. Consider talking to a psychologist. Professional athletes see them all the time. Consider them your mental coach for the game of life!

Get Connected. Not through Tinder or Snapchat! How about an inner connection with a higher power? Research suggests that people with a sense of spirituality - which can be religious or non-religious - are likely to experience greater happiness and wellbeing. Spirituality can provide us with meaning, a sense of vitality (or aliveness) and a sense of connectivity to others and to ‘something bigger’ beyond our daily lives. People who feel their life has meaning are happier and healthier too!

Joints. No, not marijuana! We’re talking about the achy squeaky ones on Patrick Ewing. If you’ve been experiencing any discomfort it might be time to get them looked at by a specialist. Better sooner than later.

Dad Jeans. Please retire any pair of pants that you have not purchased in the past 10 minutes. They need to be snug, not tight. Loose, not baggy. Short or cuffed, not too long. You are a man now... Please invest in a nice pair of dress jeans, slacks (black and brown) and casual loafers. Forget it, just watch 2011’s Crazy Stupid Love. It will explain it all.



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Become most interesting man in the world. You don’t have to drink Dos Equis, but you must read a book once in a while. Watch a documentary on a topic you normally wouldn’t. TRAVEL! Get to know new cultures and experiences. Take a pottery class or improv class. Get out of your comfort zone - it will make you a more confident man!

You’ve got to move it move it! Walk, jog, run, hike, bike, whatever. Why? Improved heart health, increased metabolism, improved hormonal profile, improved recovery ability from workouts.

Tech Injury. Welcome to the digital age. Keyboards, mice, smartphones, tablets, gamepads, VR they are adding up to the most common extremity injury of modern times... Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Experiencing numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in your hand? It’s because of pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Consider seeing a hand specialist.



Travis R. Willey, DDS, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies, helps patient select the most attractive shade.


The first thing people usually notice is a person's smile, but if someone is embarrassed by his or her teeth, it can greatly affect their self-esteem, and prevent them from truly smiling. Thanks to modern dentistry, there are several ways to create a gorgeous smile. Dentistry is so advanced these days that no matter what the issue is, a picture perfect smile is still attainable. Travis Willey, DDS, and Brandon Murri, DMD, of Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Fort Collins, witness first hand the results of modern dentistry methods every day. “The appearance of dark yellow teeth, cracked or broken, missing, and overlapped or misaligned teeth can give someone a negative self image,” Dr. Willey says. “We have seen many lives changed through simply just changing the smile.” NOCO Wellness 2016

From Invisalign and over-the-counter teeth whiteners, to bonding, implants, and porcelain veneers, the options available today supersede any that have been attempted in the past. “A lot of times, you can simply move the teeth and get great results through Invisalign,” Dr. Willey explains. “If more is involved, veneers or crowns to reshape the teeth and strengthen them, while also changing the aesthetics and color, can give you a great smile. Cosmetic bonding can also be a great solution to creating a beautiful smile. Bonding can be used to correct mildly imperfect teeth through adding a special

type of tooth-colored resin which restores and improves the smile with natural looking results.” Sandra Hunter, DDS, who practices at Front Range Dental Center in Fort Collins, is a huge proponent of bonding, as well. With a background in fine art, she believes bonding is akin to creating a masterful work of art. While many debunk the idea that a stunning smile is possible in one day, Dr. Hunter says there are ways to make it happen. “I tend to be more conservative and there’s been a lot of advancement with bonding, where basically we don’t have to remove any


Alex Spivak, DDS, Front Range Dental Center, discusses alignment of patient's teeth.

tooth structure,” Dr. Hunter explains. “That can be completed in one day. You go in and an hour or two later, depending on how many teeth we take on, you walk out that very day looking better. It’s very quick.” “If you have gaps in between your teeth or alignment issues, it can look straighter by having the bonding done,” she adds. “Also, in term of recession as you get older, a black triangle can form in between teeth, and we can fill that in, restoring a more youthful look.” Aside from bonding, porcelain veneers are another highly sought after, viable option. According to Alex Spivak, DMD, who also works at Front Range Dental Center, a porcelain veneer is similar to a crown. It is made of porcelain and bonded into place over a tooth. “It is more conservative than a crown in that very little enamel, and sometimes even no enamel, is removed from the tooth,” Dr. Spivak says. “Veneers can be a really wonderful way to correct yellowing, aging, and fractured teeth. Veneers can also be done in office, where composites can be applied over a tooth surface. This also can be a very effective and conservative way to restore a less then ideal smile.” “Porcelain veneers are the perfect cosmetic dental solution for achieving that beautiful smile,” Dr. Willey adds. “Whether your teeth are permanently discolored, mildly worn down, chipped, or fractured, misaligned and irregularly shaped, or if you want to close unsightly gaps between your teeth, veneers


can safely correct these dental flaws without compromising your dental health.” Dr. Hunter, however, warns this process can be more costly, which is why she so often steers her patients towards bonding. “For a porcelain veneer, you would come in and we’d take away some of the tooth structure, take an impression, and send that off to a lab,” she says. “In about two to three weeks, you’d be getting your veneer, however, it’s much more time consuming and comes at a higher cost.” If a quick fix is more appealing, another solution is simply buying over-the-counter teeth whitening products or scheduling an in-office bleaching with a local dentist. “If you want them to be lighter more quickly, we can make trays for you and our gels are a higher concentration than what you can buy in the store,” Dr. Hunter says. “Generally, what you can buy in the store will work. That is a wonderful quick fix for people. If you do the in-office bleaching, you can get a lot lighter in one day, but you’re going to have more sensitivity with that, so we generally don’t advise that. We suggest a take home kit that takes a couple days.” While the costs of getting veneers, Invisalign, bonding, or in-office teeth whitening can vastly differ, attaining a presentable smile isn’t out of reach, especially if insurance helps to cover the costs. “There really isn't one cure-all process for all patients,” Dr. Spivak says. “I think the most important thing is for patients to have

Individual mold of patient's teeth for optimal cosmetic results.

a very open discussion with their dentist. The doctor and the patient need to work together to discuss what the chief concern is, and from there, create a conservative treatment plan that appropriately treats the problem.” While it is possible to see changes in one visit to the dentist, the promise of an outstanding smile is “potentially misleading.” In order to fully respect a patient’s condition, it is important the dentist takes the time to accurately assess and diagnose a condition, discuss all modes of treatment, and then execute the necessary action with a strict attention to detail. “Most dental problems take years to develop,” Dr. Spivak asserts. “To say that all of one’s problems can be resolved in a day may undermine the attention that some patients deserve. “There are a myriad of different treatments that can bring out the warmth and happiness in someone’s smile,” he continues. “I personally believe, however, the most important facet of dental treatment is for a patient to find a dentist who is committed to the process of caring for them. Once that relationship is created, open communication then initiates the process of maintaining or restoring a beautiful smile.”

Kyle Eustice embraces the incredible Fort Collins community as she hones her writing skills and embraces her passion for the outdoors. STYLEMEDIA.COM


Front Range Dental Center “Our mission is to create healthy and beautiful smiles for your entire family in a trusting and relaxing environment.” Our family, general, preventive and cosmetic dentistry team in Fort Collins consists of some of the nation’s best dentists. We are locally owned and operated. We’re dedicated to helping our patients achieve beautiful, dazzling smiles in a comfortable enviroment. We’ve spared no expense in providing our patients with the absolute state of the art in equipment and care. Not only is it convenient to have your dental procedures performed in our Fort Collins office, but a team approach to dentistry means better communication between the dentists who treat you, which ultimately achieves the best dental result. Dr. Kathryn Radtke, Dr. Brad Eckhardt, Dr. Sandra Hunter, Dr. Alex Spivak and our team of caring professionals at Front Range Dental Center are dedicated to giving you the smile you have always wanted.

Front Range Dental Center 2720 Council Tree Ave #260, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (970) 672-4128 www.frontrangedentalcenter.com

Our Service Guarantee to You: • Our dentists will treat you with the respect and compassion that you deserve. • Front Range Dental Center follows strict guidelines to keep our dental office as clean and safe as possible. • Our dental staff continues to participate in continuing education, to offer you only the highest quality dentistry. • We will always be honest about your treatment needs and cost.


Center for Endodontic Care Kelly Taylor, DDS, MS | Amber Severin, DDS, MS Brandon Pitcher, DDS Our endodontists, with many combined years of experience specializing in root canal therapy, share a common philosophy about providing exceptional patient care. Using state-of-the-art equipment in a relaxing environment, we take time to fully educate patients, listen to concerns, and answer questions. Patients from Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska have trusted our doctors to provide this high-standard of comfortable, respectful and compassionate dental care. Dr. Severin and Dr. Taylor are excited to announce that Dr. Brandon Pitcher has joined our team of specialists. As Center for Endodontic Care continues to grow as a practice we have great confidence in the experience and expertise our doctors provide for each patients’ endodontic health. For our patients’ convenience, we have offices in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley. 1331 East Prospect Rd. | Fort Collins, CO 80525 | 970-232-3750 516 West Eisenhower Blvd. | Loveland, CO 80537 | 970-232-3757 4669 West 20th Street Road | Greeley, CO 80634 | 970-232-3755



Northern Colorado Periodontics Dr. Paris, Dr. Shumaker, Dr. Miller and their dedicated team are Northern Colorado’s most experienced Board Certified Periodontists. For over 18 years their practice has been the region’s leader in providing the highest level of care and bringing the latest technology to their patients. With over 50 years of combined experience, they offer the latest in periodontal disease treatment and dental implant surgical care. Among others, these procedures include: • LANAP® scalpel-free laser surgical procedure for the treatment of gum disease. • Surgical placement of single or multiple dental implants with associated procedures. • Teeth in a Day / All-on-4 procedures for full mouth non-removable tooth replacement. • Gingival (gum) recession treatment including the Chao Pinhole® procedure They are dedicated to providing care in a compassionate and professional environment and offer sedation options for the anxious patient. They focus on comprehensive care while working with your general dentist in a team approach in cases where complex treatment coordination is needed. They look forward to enhancing your lifestyle by helping you chew and smile with confidence!!

Dr. Nicole Miller

Dr. Nick Shumaker

Dr. Leslie J. Paris

4033 Boardwalk Dr Suite 100 | Fort Collins, CO 80525 | 970-207-4061 3400 W 16th Street, Ste 5X | Greeley, CO 80634 | 970-351-6166





Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies Travis R. Willey, DDS | Brandon M. Murri, DMD

“Comfort during procedures is of primary concern to us and we want patients to stay relaxed during treatments.” One of the biggest fears patients have about visiting the dentist is the pain and suffering they imagine of experiencing during treatment. We believe that pain and fear should not be an inevitable part of your experience. We provide expert sedation dentistry for all our patients so you can stay relaxed and anxiety-free throughout the duration of your treatment.

We provide several levels of sedation, which include: • Minimal Sedation (fully awake but relaxed) • Moderate/Conscious Sedation (you can still talk, but your words may be slurred-you probably won’t remember much of your experience during treatment) • Deep Sedation (you are asleep but can still be awakened) • General Anesthesia (complete unconsciousness)

4745 E Boardwalk Dr #102 Fort Collins, CO, 80525 970-223-6101 | smilefortcollins.com

Our cosmetic dentistry team in Fort Collins, enjoys all facets of general dentistry with an emphasis on implant and cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers are the perfect cosmetic dental solution for achieving that beautiful smile. Whether your teeth are permanently discolored; mildly worn down, chipped, or fractured; misaligned and irregularly shaped; or if you want to close unsightly gaps between your teeth, veneers can safely correct these dental flaws and create a beautiful smile. In addition, we’ve spared no expense in providing our patients with the absolute state-of-the-art equipment and care and are now offering same day crowns. The appearance of dark yellow teeth, cracked or broken, missing, and overlapped or misaligned teeth can give someone a negative self image. We have seen many lives changed through simply changing the smile.

WELLNESS {outdoors}


Social/Adventure Benefits •

Snowshoeing can accommodate a variety of activities—a casual hike in the woods, an overnight backpacking trip or an alpine climb.

Snowshoeing is a very inexpensive way to spend time with the entire family.

With a nearly immediate learning curve, snowshoeing provides hours of fun for adults and children of all ages.

Simplicity is perhaps one of the biggest draws to this sport. Snowshoes can be used in various types of snow conditions, no matter what the weather, everyone can enjoy the great outdoors.

Fitness Benefits •

Snowshoeing is a cross-training conditioning sport, offering a low-impact, safe form of exercise. It is ideal for anyone interested in an aerobic workout combined with strength training and muscle endurance.

Snowshoeing is a great aerobic exercise that will improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness as well as burn calories.

Snowshoeing uses every major muscle group at relatively high intensity for extended periods of time, thus requiring high caloric expenditure.

Research has shown that individuals who substitute snowshoeing for running during the winter actually improve their running fitness over those who choose to run as their primary source of winter training.

The physical demands of snowshoeing can build up endurance levels and strengthen quadriceps for runners.

Muscles used are similar to those used in walking and hiking hilly terrain. Hip flexors may receive more of a workout and quads may get more exercise than usual in walking due to the lifting motion of each step.

Climbing in snowshoes works the hip flexors and extensors, crucial muscles for cyclists.

The use of poles while snowshoeing gets the upper body moving and helps condition arms, shoulders and back muscles. http://www.wintercampers.com/2016/01/28/benefits-of-snowshoeing/




Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon The Tracker DTS avalanche transceiver is the most trusted and widely used beacon on the market because of its rapid processor and efficient user interface. A real-time digital display shows both direction and distance with bright red LEDs. As the world’s most widely used transceiver, the Tracker DTS has established a strong reputation for durability and reliability.

Patagonia Men's Nano Puff ® Vest Sometimes shiverproof protection comes in small packages—like Patagonia's Nano Puff® Vest. It punches above its weight, trapping your heat with 60-g PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Eco—now with 55% postconsumer recycled content, and still the most thermally efficient synthetic insulation available—wrapped in a windproof and moisture-shedding 100% recycled polyester ripstop shell with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. The vest has a shaped fit and a soft, wicking interior storm flap and zipper garage for chin comfort.

Hiker Hunger Trekking Poles • BUILT TO LAST - 100% Carbon Fiber to make the Strongest & Lightest Poles in the Outdoor Market. Carbon Fiber is a natural anti-shock material. Our poles are not a cheap mix between carbon fiber and aluminum. • ULTRA-LIGHT - Each pole only weighs 7.6 ounces making the pair of poles only 15.2 ounces! That total is under 1 pound! • COLLAPSIBLE - When not in use, these are easy to collapse and are small enough to pack in your Carry Bag and can be stored within your backpack.

Mammut Expert Tour Glove Built for extended and aggressive days on the slopes in all conditions, the Mammut Expert Tour Glove is ready to grip and rip every run with you. A Gore-Tex membrane guarantees that water stays out and that your hand has a chance to breathe. Thinsulate insulation keeps your fingers toasty so you aren’t clinging to your poles with icy, numb hands. Hook-and-loop closure with a gauntlet helps close off the Expert Tour so that snow doesn’t make it to your hand even if you bury face-first into powder.

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Camelbak Caper 14 100 oz Hydration Pack The Caper 14™ lets you comfortably carry skis while hiking in-bounds or for your lift-accessed backcountry adventures. It’s also got room for your helmet, probe, shovel, skins, snacks and essentials, plus a special fleece-lined pocket for your goggles. If your gear gets wet, there’s also special compartment for stowing it separately. Also there are dedicated pockets to keep your avalanche tools organized and accessible.

Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omi-Heat Boot Columbia optimizes its Bugaboot™ Plus III Titanium Omni-HEAT™ Boot with an in-boot microclimate that’s downright tropical. That involves combining multiple technologies. OutDRY® waterproof-breathable construction keeps moisture out, period. The 600g insulation keeps plenty of space between your warm feet and the cold air, and a reflective lining keeps your body heat inside the boot. The boot is rated right down to -65° F.

K2 Backcountry Access D2 Extension Shovel The Backcountry Access Dozer Hoe Shovel with D2 EXT Blade digs like no other thanks to its hoe shovel design that easily converts into a traditional shovel. Effective hoe shovel design lets you dig like a machine, while its slipproof shaft and blade grips give you a solid handle on things. Tough-as-nails aluminum shovel blade offers a high strength-to-weight ratio so you can depend on the construction when lives are on the line. Converts easily to a traditional shovel. Oval shaft with a 'ferrule-less' blade, ergonomic grip, and T6 heat treatment offers a more packable, bombproof shovel. Chinook Trekker Snowshoes Trekker Series snowshoes provide great traction and comfort on packed snow and moderate terrains that are great for enjoying long winter months hiking through trails and forest. They are made of light weight and strong aluminum frame ergonomically designed to ensure comfortable and easy walks. The heavy duty aluminum crampons rotate freely to bite into snow and let the tails drop to shed snow and the heel crampons provide traction for heading down mild slopes.




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1. Nordica Enforcer 93 Capable of obliterating crud, railing down groomers and even floating freshies, the Enforcer 93 boasts an All-Mountain camRock profile for easier turning and on-piste performance -- no area is out of this ski's jurisdiction. No sacrifices, no excuses, no mercy. Available at Christy Sports.


2. Blizzard Zero G 108 If your winter touring happens to include some icy pitches (or months) and the idea of having dependable grip in sketchy circumstances seems appealing, check out the Zero G 108 and prepare to be amazed. Available at Outpost Sunsport.


3. Salomon QST 99 Lightweight Koroyd tips and a hook-free taper design combine for a quick edge-to-edge on snow feel. Toss in a Ti backbone and carbon/flax CFX Superfiber, and you've got an all-mountain machine. Available at Christy Sports.


4. Salomon QST Stella 106 Featuring lightweight Koroyd tips and tails and CFX Superfiber, a healthy dose of tip and tail rocker, and a reliable and consistent 20 meter turning radius, the Stella features a just right waist width for deeper days and a cambered mid section for big mountain pinners and hard-pack efficiency. Available at Outpost Sunsport.


5. K2 Alluvit 88 Head out on the K2 AlLUVit 88 Skis, and take to the early morning hardpack, the mid-morning slush, and the late afternoon bumps with ease. Available at Christy Sports. 6. Rossignol Sky 7 HD W These use Carbon/Basalt weave called Carbon Alloy Matrix. While still playful and easy to ski, the new Sky 7 HD gives you a bit more bite, power and stability through challenging snow or at top speeds. Available at Outpost Sunsport.


7. Tecnica Mach 1 95 W The 95 flex provides enough support to cruise in comfort or turn up the heat and lay down some serious shred. The QuickInstep feature makes the Mach1 incredibly easy to get on and off, say goodbye to the days of wrestling with your boots in the parking lot! Available at Outpost Sunsport.


8. Atomic Hawk Ultra 120 The Hawx 120 Ultra's pioneering Progressive Shell introduces a new world of lighter-weight all mountain boots thanks to a boot shell that is thick where needed, but thinner everywhere else, while a new Energy Backbone reinforces the boot's spine for boosted responsiveness and power. Available at Outpost Sunsport.

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Kevin M. Dunnigan, CFP®

Certified Financial Planner Professional

In the 32 years since beginning his career, Kevin has helped thousands of clients with their financial planning and investment needs. Whether it’s retirement income planning, strategies to lower taxes or maximize social security… Kevin takes the time to understand the unique needs of each client. Kevin and his office staff have over 80 years combined experience in Investments, Financial and Retirement planning. Kevin was named as one of the top 50 Investment Reps in the nation by Bank Investment Representative magazine numerous times. Their office is located in the Home State Bank building at 300 E. 29th Street, Loveland, Colorado. ICA offers mutual funds, life insurance, stocks, bonds, IRA/401K rollovers, fixed income products, long-term care and disability insurance—all with the financial planning advice tailored to the individual. The ICA office in Loveland won the ReporterHerald Reader’s choice award for “Best Financial Services” in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Men’s 686 Ether Down Thermograph Jacket The Ether Down Jacket from 686 out-performs other similar jackets with its 20k waterproof protection and 600-fill down. Completely waterproof with fully taped seams and YKK® water-resistant zippers, the Ether Thermagraph Down Jacket also has vent zones under the arms to better regulate body temperature. Available at Christy Sports.

For investment and financial planning questions, please email at

kevin.dunnigan@investmentcenters.com or call the office at (970) 622-2366. 300 E. 29th Street, Loveland, Colorado helpwithmyinvestments.com Investment Centers of America, Inc. (ICA), member FINRA / SIPC and a Registered Investment Advisor, is not affiliated with Home State Bank. Securities, advisory services and insurance products offered through ICA and affiliated insurance agencies are *not insured by the FDIC or any other Federal Government agency, *not a deposit or other obligation of, or guaranteed by any bank or its affiliates, *subject to risks including the possible loss of principal amount invested. ICA does not provide tax or legal advice.


Women’s Spyder Syncere Jacket The Syncere blends fashion and function. Its polyester Stretch Plainweave fabric is waterproof and breathable supported by 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation to keep you extra warm. Seams are fully taped, arms have a ventilation system and the fixed powder skirt and hood block rain and snow so you can ski like you mean it. Available at Christy Sports.




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Seniors Helping Seniors® is dedicated to the safety and health of all loved ones who want to maintain their independence.

Services include:

Coordination of Care Services VA Coordination Experienced Staff Including RN to Plan and Manage Care Men’s 686 Ether Down Thermograph Jacket The stylish design is capped with a laundry list of essentials including a snow-blocking waist gaiter that connects to Burton Youth pants, a zippered chest pocket to stash goodies and Room-To-Grow sleeves that ensure multiple seasons without coming up short on the cuffs. Available at Christy Sports.

Contact us today at 970-631-8251 We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



©2016 Seniors Helping Seniors. Each office is independently owned and operated. All trademarks are registered trademarks of Corporates MutalResources Inc. Not all services are available in all areas.

Linda Gabel, CSA “Leaders in Dementia Care”

License #04N661, #04O237

Mountain Hardware Stretch Down A state-of-the-art revelation, the StretchDown™ Jacket is made with cutting-edge stretch-welded channel construction that traps more warmth than in standard stitched-construction jackets--it works like no insulated jacket we've ever made. Available at Outpost Sunsport.

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Style Magazine got a hold of entrepreneurs in Northern Colorado who are redefining success by their own rules.

Vicki Einhellig, David Lamb, Nancy Lamb GOOD DAY PHARMACY


What advice, as a mentor in leadership, do

you have for those getting started?

We asked them how they are rewriting the rules of traditional entrepreneurship... and they answered!

A. When our company was in the early growth stage, 2

pharmacies and a consulting company, we really focused on making our work relationships intimate, fun, and supportive. We operated with about 12 people and it truly had a family atmosphere. We spent time together outside of work, had a softball and volleyball team, celebrated life events- birthdays, new babies, etc. We understood what was important to each other and that helped build the culture we have today. We also got dirty with our teams. Being a leader is more about showing the way by doing, making mistakes, problem solving, and improving and less about telling people what to do. We have always been open minded about our employees ideas. Motivation comes from within and helping identifying a passion that can be applied to a position in the pharmacy was a very beneficial approach for both the employees and the company.

Q. What was your journey like to get where you are?


The journey has been rewarding, humbling, exciting, and yes, even frustrating at times. Thirty years ago we did not design a specific 5, 10, 20 year plan. We have had a natural evolution of our business. We focused on our employees and customers, looked for opportunities that made sense; whether that was a new niche or a new pharmacy. Being part of our communities for so long, connecting with other health care professionals, and figuring out a way to address unmet needs has opened up many doors for our services. Our kids have grown up while growing this business. Prioritizing the work, life, family balance has been an essential element of our success. Our partnership has worked extremely well and in our situation, helped us stay positive and energetic during the stressful times of operating a business. We have many employees that have been with the company for 10 year or more. The loyalty and support that is available to each of us is invaluable.

Go to www.stylemedia.com to read all of the questions & answers!

Jennifer Kelly

Beth Macchietto & Mariquita Ikeler

Q. What was your journey like to get where you are?

Q. What was your journey like to get where you are?

loved looking at model homes and back then I could stay in them for hours before someone would lock them up for the day. Not realizing my passion at an early age, I attended Colorado State University in the mid 80’s, graduated with a degree in Social Work and starting working for the City of Fort Collins, as a Police Officer in 1990. While at the city, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Education in the mid 90’s and worked in Patrol, as a DARE officer and in the detective bureau. After 12 years at the Police Department, a few years working for the District Attorney’s office, and buying my first rental property I decided it was time for a change and started selling Real Estate. It was only after I started, “selling homes” that I realized I had been a sales person my whole life. While I was a police officer I was selling cooperation and confessions and for the last 10 years I have been selling real estate. I have found a job that I love. In real estate I am only as good as the last sale, and although it is intimidating it is also invigorating. Helping people buy or sell real estate and achieve their own goals is a gift to me.

I had a true passion for skincare, health, beauty and helping others. During those 27 years I've worked in all different aspects of the skincare industry and over time I began to narrow down through those experiences where I wanted to focus my career. As a single Mother of 4 boys, I wanted to be able to provide for them and our future in an independent manner. With the support of my family, friends and my loyal clientele, I realized that I could harness my knowledge and expertise to open my own business in which I am able to add my own personal touch. In addition, I'm able to pass on what I've learned to my hand-picked team of estheticians at Skin Deep.


A. The journey of becoming a Realtor was scenic. As a child, I

Q. What advice, as a mentor in leadership, do you have for those getting started?

A. The first advice I would give a new agent is that they need to

manage their expectations. Everyone believes that being a Realtor means you drive a nice car and get a big commission. The truth is most people struggle in this industry, not because they aren’t capable but because they misunderstood the dedication it takes to be great at your job. Markets change, interest rates change and people’s buying and selling habits change, what does not change, people depend upon you to be an expert in your industry. Like every other industry, in order to be a great Realtor you have to dedicate yourself and although it is difficult sometimes, it is always worth it. We are given the opportunity to help people make one of the biggest purchases they may ever make and we must treat them and the process with respect. I would tell them to learn patience, persistence and follow up because there are a lot of Realtors to choose from and doing those three things will help them be successful. NOCO Wellness 2016


A. (Mariquita) My journey began 27 years ago when I discovered

(Beth) My journey began as a young girl when I was putting makeup on my grandmother and rubbing her face with lotion. I didn't realize until 17 years ago that I could get paid for doing what I love! As a single Mother of 3 girls I knew I wanted to create a better future for my family and follow my dreams. After meeting Mariquita 13 years ago and during the training and mentor-ship that I received from her since then, when the opportunity presented itself to become partners, I didn't hesitate to take a leap of faith because I knew we'd be successful together.

Q. What is the meaning behind your company's name/brand?

A. The meaning and mission behind Skin Deep was specifi-

cally designed for those looking for result oriented skincare, healthy rejuvenation and relaxation. After doing extensive industry research, attending conferences and onsite training sessions over the years, we came to the conclusion that the 3 professional lines that we carry will give our clients the results that we both desire. Known for our unique approach to beauty, our company motto is "Well-being and health are beautiful, wear it on your skin!"


HEALTHY {pets}

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN By Malini Bartels

Man’s best friend is also woman’s best fundraiser. The Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club (BVKC) hosts a unique event as a fundraiser for the Hope Lives! The Lydia Dody Breast Cancer Support Center. This year, they expect over 1000 competing dogs from 150 different breeds. The annual event will take place at the Island Grove Regional Park at


501 North Fourteenth Avenue in Greeley from October 28-30, 2016. As a survivor of breast cancer and a member of the BVKC, Vicki Harris understands the importance these animals have with supporting women through their journey.

“I have a special place in my heart for this endeavor,” says the show chairperson. According to Harris, Conformation, or the shape and structure of the animal, is probably the most important part of a dog show. “The dogs are judged according to a written breed standard as to how they should STYLEMEDIA.COM

Vicki Harris, (Layla, Doberman), Elise Kind, (Emily, Tibetan Terrier), Anita Ely, (Ben, Field Spaniel), and Hildy Morgan, (Chris, Collie). look and how they could do the job that they are bred for.” The standard describes the dog’s looks, movement and temperament. It’s an actual written description of the correct characteristics (according to the American Kennel Club) for a particular breed. The best of each breed then goes on to compete in various groups. The winner of each group then goes on to compete for Best in Show. The purpose of a dog show is to bring potential breeding stock before a judge, who compares each dog with the standard for that dog's breed. Anyone who owns or handles an unspayed/unneutered American Kennel Club (AKC) registered purebred dog can participate in a dog show. There are over 170 different registered breeds in the AKC. Depending on the time of the year, the location and the variety of events offered, people from all over the country travel to dog shows to compete with their dogs. According to Anita Eley, President and Assistant Show Chairwoman for the late October event, preparation of the dogs varies based on the age and breed. “Young dogs, (must be at least 4 months of age to compete) need to learn to walk on a lead and should be exposed to all the noise and activity of a dog show,” she says. “Some people will take their puppies to handling or conformation classes to learn the process and provide practice for their puppies.” The building where all the pre-show preparation is done is called the grooming building. Some breeds (those with smooth coats) don't require very much preparation. Other breeds, like the Poodle or the Afghan, require hours of grooming before they are ready to enter the show ring. Handlers will bathe their dogs, use blow dryers, brushes, combs, and even pet-fur products to get the dogs ring-ready. “These dogs are not abused, they are pampered,” Eley clarifies. “Think of it as having a spa day. Handlers of show dogs do a more detailed type of grooming than your neighborhood groomer. They are prepping their dogs to best represent the breed standard.” Hildy Morgan is currently on the show committee and serves as Friday’s Events Coordinator. “The Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club shows are medium sized shows,” says the show judge. “Many dogs thoroughly enjoy the grooming process. Others tolerate it just so they can eventually get to run around the ring and pose for treats.” NOCO Wellness 2016


Morgan also knew a little about the history of the event and how a dog show came to support a local breast cancer support group. “A few years ago our club decided to move our shows to Island Grove Park in Greeley which is a site that is very user-friendly for dog show exhibitors. After that move, since we are a Larimer County club, our past president, Val Manning, suggested that we should select a Larimer County non-profit to sponsor. She felt Hope Lives would be the most appropriate since many club members are either breast cancer survivors or family members of survivors. Also our shows in Greeley are held in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Elise Kind serves on the BVKC board and is the membership chair. “Dog shows are interesting to participate in and great fun to watch,” says the dog lover. “Anyone can participate in a dog show, at any age. It has nothing to do with who is the cutest.” Only intact purebred dogs can compete in conformation, but mixed breed (which are not recognized by the American Kennel Club) can compete in obedience and rally trials. Any dog, whether purebred or mixed, can compete in the obedience competitions. “All the dogs really have a good time regardless,” says Kind. “They know when they win and they love to celebrate a bit. Going to the dog show and competing brings you and your dog closer. Some supporters even indicate that their dogs helped them get through it.” The BVKC has hosted the Hope Lives fundraiser for the past two years, with 2016 being the third year to raise money for the cause. All members, judges, and exhibitors are asked to wear PINK to show their support and solidarity. The PINK theme is also carried out in decorations, vendor booths, and gift baskets. More information about the Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club dog show at the end of this month in Greeley can be found at www. bvkc.org/ Malini Bartels is a freelance writer, chef, mother, radio host, and actress living the good life in Fort Collins.



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about town

2016 RUN FOR HOPE 5K August 13 City Park | Fort Collins Stellar weather greeted runners and walkers at the 2016 Run for Hope 5K. With their laced up footgear, 500 participants, many part of teams, enjoyed the morning start at City Park Lake and helped to raise funds to benefit this year, Conquer Cancer Foundation, Cancer Education and Wellness Fund and RamStrength. Festivities at this 12th annual fun, family friendly and camaraderie filled event included live music entertainment, booths and awards for top finishers.

SUITCASE PARTY 2016 August 19 | Northern Colorado Regional Airport | Loveland

Keili Medina, Amy Dilbeck, Stacey Simon, Kristin Hourron, Shannon Craig with Leilani and Byron, Lindsay Kramer - Team Pet Imaging of Northern Colorado

Jen Jarrett, Lisa Drager, Bree Maisel, Donna Maisel, Christina DeGiallonardo, Shawnee Locke, Erin Baer, Diana Medgyesy - Partial Team Members from UCHealth Cancer Care and Hematology

2016 welcomed the 10th Anniversary of The Suitcase Party with over 1200 attendees enjoying “the best of ” from The Suitcase Party’s inception. After enjoying the live and silent auctions and music from The Spazmatics, the winners were jetted off via private plane to Coronado Island for a 3-day, 3-night luxurious weekend. This year’s Suitcase Party will benefit beneficiaries, ChildSafe, Partners Mentoring Youth, Food Bank For Larimer County and Hearts & Horses. Since its inception in 2007, NOCO Unify has donated more than $2.5 million to area child-based nonprofits.

Alan & Kim Strope, Katherine Aukerman, Robin Dromarsky

Mallory & Scott Warner


Jason Buschmann, Dawn Buschmann, Kayla Dawson, Krystine Dalton, Nicole Skalsky, Mike Warne

Back: Julie & Eric Thompson, Kathryn Guillan, Paul Hunter, Ashley Stenberg. Front: Chris Guillan

Jon & Sharis Ainslie, Zak & Robben George




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PEACH FESTIVAL FORT COLLINS August 20 | CSU Hughes Stadium Fort Collins

Colorado Palisade Peaches took center stage at the 6th annual Peach Festival hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Fort Collins. The festival sold nearly 1,000 peach pies, 16,500 pounds of peaches, 120 gallons of fresh peach margaritas and 32 kegs of specially made peach beer and had more than 18,000 NOCO community in attendance. A 5K run/walk and Healthy Kids Fun Run kicked off the festivities that included pie eating contests, and great family fun entertainment. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the STEM Education Fund and the charitable projects of The Rotary Clubs of Fort Collins.

Gary Turner, Ilan Levy

Back: Doug Horn, Hannah Horn, Rebecca Horn Front: Amanda Horn, Lou Driskill, Natalie Horn


August 27 | Two Trees Horse Farm Fort Collins

Vicki Lockhart, Maryanne Breslin

Polo, the oldest team sport known, arrived to NOCO before 400 guests dressed in derby attire, complete with hats. Representing team sponsors, Banner Health and Linden Marketing, polo players swung their mallets while skillfully riding their ponies to try to bring their team to victory. Guests enjoyed champagne, silent and live auctions, Divot Stomping at half time and a hat contest and trophy presentation at the conclusion. This 3rd annual event netted more than $40,000 and will benefit Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) and their programs to provide stable housing for Larimer County families.

Tara Polson, Becky Schmeits, Vinny Sangaline, Rob Burk, Rebecca Patoile, Sierra Dunbar

Jake Hallauer, Angela Pittenger


Avery Biesemeier, Aaron Biesemeier, Melissa Biesemeier, Daxton Biesemeier

Dhara Rose, Dan Dennie, Kelly Evans

Cara Eastwood Baldwin, Kelly Evans Linden - 2016 N2N Polo Championship Winner

Dennis & Debra Paul


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MS DINNER OF CHAMPIONS September 7 Embassy Suites | Loveland

Larry Kendall, Tony Frank CSU and President Tony Frank – MS Hope Award recipient

SUPERHERO RUN/WALK & FAMILY CARNIVAL September 10 | St. Michael’s Town Square | Greeley

Kamdyn Burstrum, Amy Bustrum, Presley Bustrum, Robby Bustrum


The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society presented the 2016 Hope award to CSU and President Tony Frank in recognition of outstanding commitment and partnership with the National MS Society. Jonna Patton was presented the 2016 MS Champion Award for her volunteerism, leadership and dedication to the National MS Society and raising awareness of MS. More than $110,000 was raised to benefit MS research and local programs for people in Colorado and Wyoming living with MS. Photos courtesy of Tom McFarland Photography.

Janene Dellenbach, Steve Yemm, Mike Dellenbach, Shannon Yemm

Joseph Flanigan, Jonna Patton, Brooke Raymond Jonna Patton – MS Champion Award recipient

Susan Barstad, Phil Yastrow, Sophia Conti

Jenny & Eric Tauchman

More than 400 superheroes, of all ages and super powers, gathered at St. Michael’s Town Square for the 4th annual Superhero Run and Family Carnival. Attendees, with most dressed in their superheroes finest, participated in the Superhero 5K, 1K or the free “Catch the Villain” Kids Fun Run, complete with cans of Silly String and the Joker. The event included a costume contest, family carnival, photo booth and more. Proceeds raised will benefit A Kid’s Place and their programs to provide advocacy and support for abused and neglected children in Weld County.

Back: Patrick Bigley, Tom Ziegelbauer, Dave Stephenson, Elka Coye-Carcamo, Scott James. Front: Dawn Stephenson, Zack Bigley, Sarah Bigley


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September 12 | The McWhinney Home | Loveland

Northern Colorado Economic Alliance (NCEA) members gathered at the inaugural Membership Recognition Social to thank those companies and individuals that have supported NCEA since its 2014 inception. More than 75 local and regional business owners as well as regional public officials that have supported the organization were in attendance for the outdoor BBQ event. Mingling, networking and sharing NCEA's mission, to promote a shared regional interest in improving the NOCO's economic health and vitality were at the forefront of this event. Photos courtesy of Zebrajellyfish.com

Lori McWhinney, Jamie Knoph, Shannon Blesener

Holly & Scott Ehrlich

HOPS & HOT RODS September 17 Anheuser Busch | Fort Collins

Tom & Traci Gendron

Alison Larsen-Rodgers, Sean Rodgers, Troy McWhinney

Classic Import, Modern Muscle, and Vintage were but a few of the 14 categories of cars, trucks and motorcycles on display at the inaugural Hops & Hot Rods fundraiser. Hosted by Anheuser Busch, this 100% employee driven and planned event, showcased more than 120 vehicles along with their proud owners. More than 500 people attended with many being multi-generational families admiring the beautiful vehicles while casting their votes for their favorites. Over $5,000 was raised including matching grants from Anheuser-Busch Foundation, and will benefit the United Way of Larimer County.

Tracy Stetzinger, Romy Vera Tudela, Erich Fromm, Katie Fromm, Linda Riggs

Tom Pollen, Matthew Pollen, Monica Pollen, Mat Stains, Karen Stains


Blake Ralph, Randy Wiebke

Joe Sharrock holding Finley, Kathleen Bican with Devin Sharrock in front, Shannon Sharrock




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