April 2021 Our Broomfield™ Magazine

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VOLUME 1 • ISSUE 10 • APRIL 2021

Fundraising Campaign


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


THE PROJECTS ARE! Check Out Our Local Home Services Directory Best Practices


Clear Your Space




Thumb GREEN Hiring a with Help from the Contractor Broomfield Extension

Clear Your Mind

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Home is Where the Projects Are!

Local Home Services Directory In the past year, “home” has taken on a new importance and prominence in many people’s lives, as more and more of our daily activities have become centralized at the place where we rest our heads at night. With spring and summer approaching, you might be thinking about home maintenance or renovations. To help get you started, Our Broomfield has prepared this listing of some local home services companies.


Come As You Are – All Ages Welcome at the Broomfield Community Center

Spring Cleaning is a Good Time to Evaluate Your Home HVAC System

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Best Practices for Hiring a Contractor Treat Your Home to a Top Down Update: Start with the Roof


Turn Your Thumb Green with Help from the Broomfield Extension Clear Your Space to Clear Your Mind

Broomfield Cancer Survivor Will Bosio, Seeks Support for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Campaign

Broomfield High School Community Rallies Around Seniors Amidst COVID Disruptions – JAM Plans Persist, Help is Needed

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Broomfield’s Siena Reservoir – A Local Favorite

DEPARTMENTS 06 From the Editor 08 About 10 Community Events 12 Inspiration for Busy Families 53 Advertiser Index

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EDITOR Our Spaces When I was a young teen growing up in Broomfield, a new family moved in down the street from my family. The Bosios had a little girl about three years old and I was at a prime age to babysit. I marched across the street and introduced myself, and offered my services as a babysitter. Beth and John Bosio gave me a chance and I began spending many weekend evenings with their little girl. A few years after, the Bosios launched their business, Restoration Specialists, Inc. (RSI) from the front office of their home. My position evolved and I became Beth’s all around helper, assisting with the children (expanded by then to three), the house, and sometimes the business. I learned a lot in those early years. How to keep up with the crews via pager, how to run payroll and job costing, and I typed - on a typewriter - many, many letters and proposals for John. I also observed what entrepreneurial spirit and true hard work looked like, as I had a front row seat to a family building what would become a very successful business, and one that is key to this community today. A few years later now (more than I care to admit), I find myself embarking on a similar journey, starting this magazine business with my husband from our living room. Nearly a year in, I count my family as blessed each day for the successes we have enjoyed so far. Numerous times in this first year I have reflected on the lessons I learned as a teen, working for the Bosios, and gaining an invaluable understanding about what it takes to build a solid foundation for something that will last. And of course, as I work from our home, spending more time than I ever have inside its walls, my mind sometimes wanders to thinking about how we might update and improve the space to make it more functional to current needs. For that, I expect soon to be calling on a few of the providers highlighted in this issue - dedicated to Home Services. Check out the guide we created on pages 28-33 as you contemplate your home improvement projects for this spring and summer. But back to the Bosios; I was thrilled when my phone rang about a month ago and it was Will Bosio, asking if I would be interested in an article on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its 2021 fundraiser that includes Will and a few other prominent Broomfield residents. Of course I said yes. I am honored to share the details of this worthwhile organization and cause in this issue and share how LLS has touched local lives. And it was so good to catch up with Will after all these years. You can read more on pages 42-43. Thanks for reading,

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BUSY FAMILIES Decluttering Your Mind By Lisa Payne

Since this issue is all about home improvement, I thought it would be a good time to talk about spring cleaning our minds. There has been so much heaviness and heartache this past year, for so many people. Even in a normal year it is easy to let things like worry, guilt, and stress weigh us down. It takes up so much of our energy that we can’t enjoy all the good that life has to offer. Let’s talk about a way to clear out the negative thoughts in your life and let your light really shine through. We all have our thing that we are worrying about right now. Maybe it’s about work, our aging parents, or a health issue. We all have worry. A good thing to remember is that we have the power to allow the negative emotions to come in, or to keep them out. We control what we think about. If someone has hurt your feelings and you hold a grudge, you are letting them hurt you over and over. This is where the power of forgiveness comes in. I tell this to my kids over and over. When someone hurts you, it usually has nothing to do with you. We don’t know what they are dealing with personally. When someone is hurting, they may try to make others hurt with them without even knowing it. We have to keep our heart open and not take in the negative energy. We must stay kind and forgiving and focus our energy on those who make us feel good. It is so hard to do when in the moment. It’s easy to obsess about our worries. This is when you need to take some time and go for a quick walk, punch a pillow, journal your thoughts, or simply close your eyes and listen to a guided meditation. Anything to get rid of the anxiety around your thoughts. When I go to bed at night I forgive anyone who may have upset me and pray that they are happy. If I’m stressed about a presentation or getting stuff done, I imagine it all going perfectly. It feels so much better to do that than to rehash the negative feelings. We started watching Ted Lasso on Apple TV. He is the epitome of a positive attitude. When it feels like the world is against him and wanting him to fail, he doesn’t see it. He keeps smiling and turning the haters into his biggest fans. If we could all keep out the negative like he does, the world would be a much brighter place. Take some time to spring clean your mind, your attitude, your emotions. Do things for yourself that make you happy. Buy fresh flowers, walk with a friend, have a basket


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with slippers by the front door, burn a good smelling candle. Do anything that you can to lift yourself up and then be that glowing light to the world that we all need. Lisa Payne writes about family-related topics. You can reach her at lisa@paynefam6.com.


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Come As You Are All Ages Welcome at the Broomfield Community Center By Bette Erickson

The most curious phenomenon of aging is that most people value youth because it means potential. But only time and experience bring wisdom. Aging isn’t so bad, especially in our community of Broomfield. Just ask Sally Huffman. She and her husband, Wayne, have been here since 1972. The couple have been married 49 years. “I’m pretty sure it’s 49 years,” she says. “Maybe we have been married 50 years.” Mrs. Huffman is well-known in many circles, particularly the Broomfield Community Center’s (BCC) senior facilities. Broomfield Senior Services at BCC helps older adults navigate resources to support healthy aging and independence, including the areas of prevention, mental health, isolation, and other relevant concerns. Residents are provided resources and advocacy in making contact with appropriate agencies to meet individual needs. Follow up and evaluation are provided to ensure the individual is receiving the appropriate services. Residents can access these resources and many more by calling Broomfield Senior Services at 303-464-5526. Mrs. Huffman started her involvement at the community center first by volunteering at its front desk several decades ago. Mrs. Huffman will turn 80 years old this year. “I never thought I would see 80, but here I am – it’s pretty special,” she explained. One of the activities that keeps her young at heart is participating in yoga twice a week at BCC. The Senior Services department of the Broomfield Community Center offers all-facility pass holders the opportunity to enjoy a variety of benefits, in addition to access to recreation facilities when open, including the Paul Derda Recreation Center, Broomfield Community Center, and The Bay Aquatic Park. There is a daily resident rate fee of $4 for 60+ year-olds or $21/month. If you’re caring for an aging adult that doesn’t drive or if you’ve decided to stop driving yourself, many Broomfield seniors and non-seniors make use of RTD’s Flexride®; a handicap accessible, curb-to-curb service. A shared ride bus service that travels within select areas, Flexride can be used to connect to other transit services at stations and Park-n-Rides, or get direct access to malls, schools, businesses, recreation centers, libraries, and elsewhere. To view Broomfield service areas and reserve a trip online at www.rtd-denver.com/services/FlexRide. Another transportation option available to older adults is Easy Ride. Easy Ride continues to operate Monday through Friday with a modified schedule to accommodate early morning grocery trips, essential medical appointments, and personal and wellness trips as its schedule permits. For information, call 303-464-5534. Many in our community, like Mrs. Huffman, enjoy volunteering. Numerous programs in the City and County of Broomfield make use of skills and expertise of volunteers. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, visit www. Broomfield.org/volunteer for more details about available opportunities or email Volunteer@broomfield.org.


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Mrs. Huffman, a 2015 Broomfield Community Foundation Heart of Broomfield Senior Award recipient, said she used to volunteer at Broomfield’s flagship florist, Bouquet Boutique for a number of years, in addition to the BCC and the Women’s Gathering group at her church. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Senior Resources of Broomfield (SRB) for more than a decade. Senior Services at the Broomfield Community Center offers dozens of activities – some, but not all, are just on hold or have gone virtual until these COVID-19 restrictions ease. “Always be nice to seniors, because you’re going to be one someday,” Mrs. Huffman said her mother advised her years ago and that’s why, even to this day, she stays so active in the community promoting senior issues. Go to https://broomfield.org/3301/ Program-Calendar for an up to date, hour-by-hour listing of upcoming events geared toward senior issues and current happenings.


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Spring Cleaning is a Good Time to

Evaluate Your Home HVAC System By Megan Mayes


springtime quickly approaches us, there are a few things we can always count on: warmer days and spring cleaning. Did you know that these things that normally lift our spirits can also bring down our air quality? Spring is the perfect time to think about improving your home air quality. Home projects, AC units in need of maintenance, and pollen and other plant allergens introduce extra contaminants into your home air system. The hard-working professionals of Unique Heating and Air Conditioning want to help you make sure your HVAC system is ready to run at its best. Unique Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated company that has been helping Colorado families for 14 years. They offer installation and repairs for HVAC, furnaces, AC units, water heaters, indoor air quality products, humidifiers, UV lights, air cleaners, and air ducts. They are experienced and knowledgeable with all brands, so you can be confident that their NATE-certified technicians will provide you with excellent service. Their fair pricing and quick service through their 24/7/365 system will meet your needs in a reliable way. Almost all of the air in your home enters through your HVAC system, so it is important to have it regularly inspected and serviced. This includes your heating system, air conditioning, duct work, and thermostat. An annual inspection by a professional is recommended by Unique Heating and Air Conditioning, but you can always start by changing your air filters. You may also need maintenance for air quality and system efficiency if you notice higher than normal electricity bills.


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As we head into our warmest Colorado months, your AC unit should be inspected and cleaned to make sure that it is functioning properly. You might also consider replacing your system for a newer model if it is about 15 years old or if it has been frequently repaired. This can improve air quality in your home, but will have the most significant impact on system efficiency. With a new and efficient HVAC system, your house will be better prepared to control humidity and air intake. Unique Heating and Air Conditioning recommends electronic air cleaners, UV lights, humidifiers, and duct cleaning as options for improving indoor air quality. An air cleaner can be installed directly into your existing HVAC system. With this addition, you can remove up to 94% of pollen, dirt, dust, fungi, and other particles from the air in your home. Another option is an ultraviolet light cleaner, which kills viruses, bacteria, mold, and other volatile organic compounds. These supplemental system installations and duct cleanings are easily performed by the Unique Heating and Air Conditioning team of licensed experts. Get ahead of your indoor air quality this spring by contacting an HVAC professional to schedule an inspection and maintenance appointment. You can breathe easier (literally!) when you know your air is coming in cleaner and cooler. If you are looking for a reliable company to help you improve your home air quality, please contact Unique Heating and Air Conditioning. They would love to work with you! See their ad on the Back Cover

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HIRING A CONTRACTOR Avoid Disappointment on Your Next Home Improvement Project By Kristen Beckman

Spring is a natural time to begin thinking about home improvement projects, from adding or upgrading the systems and structures of your house to finishing a basement or re-doing a kitchen or bath. While these projects can be fun and exciting to plan, they are often expensive and can be time consuming, so it’s important to choose the right contractor for your project to ensure it is done right and turns out the way you want it.


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hoosing a contractor can be overwhelming, and when you aren’t an expert, it can be hard to know how to choose the right professional for the job. As such, it’s easy for homeowners to make mistakes along the way and for misunderstandings to lead to disappointments. Karla Ferguson, Vice President of J&K Roofing, which provides roof inspection, roof installation and repairs, said three primary mistakes homeowners make when choosing a contractor for a project are shopping only on price, not checking local references and qualifications, and not getting expert insight to understand the scope of the project. For roofing projects, a professional roofer should provide a free inspection and an honest assessment of the required work. “You don’t always need a new roof,” Ferguson said. Ferguson advises homeowners to ask neighbors to recommend contractors they have worked with, read company reviews, and look companies up on the Better Business Bureau site when evaluating

Signs of a home improvement


Be aware of the following red flags that could signal a home improvement scam. If a potential contractor:

potential contractors. Don’t feel pressured to sign paperwork, she said. And when it comes to assessments of damage after a hail storm, Ferguson recommends hiring local contractors vs. out-of-town storm chasers who are not connected to local supply, aware of local regulations or available for continued follow-through on warranties and maintenance. Adam Torrez, owner of Unique Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. - which provides heating, air conditioning, furnaces, water heaters, humidifiers, and other HVAC-related services - said homeowners should ensure they use a licensed contractor for work on their home and get at least three quotes for the project. Torrez said homeowners can help ensure the project progresses according to plan by ensuring the contractor and workers have adequate room to work, doing a walk through with the contractor to inspect work completed, and asking questions. Tim Pate, Chief Building Official for the City and County of Broomfield shared four pieces of advice he tells homeowners about choosing a contractor. In addition to getting at least three bids from reputable contractors for a project, he also says homeowners should ask for, and more importantly, check references. He said homeowners and contractors should also draw up a good contract that spells out not only the scope of work but also the timing involved. And finally, Pate says homeowners should ensure contractors pull the necessary permits and view them before allowing the contractor to begin work on the project. The Federal Trade Commission maintains a webpage with a variety of advice for homeowners when choosing a contractor, including asking how long a contractor has been in business, asking the contractor whether the project will require permits, finding out what type of insurance they carry, and whether they will be using subcontractors on the job. In addition, the FTC advises homeowners not to pay cash for projects. Use check or credit card for smaller projects or arrange financing if necessary for larger projects. Try to limit your downpayment and negotiate payments contingent upon completion

Knocks on your door for business or offers you discounts for finding other customers.

Claims he just happens to have materials leftover from another job.

Pressures you for an immediate decision.

Only accepts cash, asks for full payment up front, or suggests you borrow money from a lender he knows.

Asks you to get the required building permits.

Tells you the job will be a ‘demonstration’ or offers a lifetime warranty or long-term guarantee.

Doesn’t list a business number in the local telephone directory.

Source: Federal Trade Commission

of defined amounts of work, and don’t make a final payment or sign an affidavit of final release until you are satisfied with the work, the FTC said. A written contract that includes contact information, estimated timing, payment terms, permit obligations, materials, warranties, and exclusions can help protect both homeowner and contractor, the commission said.

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Treat Your Home to a Top Down Update:

Start with the Roof By Megan Mayes

A new roof is one of the best home improvement investments to make if you are selling your home. Roof replacement is the exterior home project that appeals to buyers the most, and for sellers who can see more than an 85% return on their investment.


ven if you are not buying or selling a home, the hail-prone spring season in Colorado is the perfect time to have your roof inspected. Roof damage is not always obvious, so you should always call a professional to check your shingles, flashing, vents, and gutters. If you are interested in a free roof inspection, you can call J&K Roofing. J&K Roofing is a locally owned and operated family business that has been repairing and replacing roofs for the last 37 years. Their services include free roof inspections; roof installation/repair, including windows, siding, paint and solar; and gutter installation/repair. They consider customer and team comfort and safety above all else. J&K Roofing teams follow OSHA roof safety measures using safety equipment, fall protection and prevention, organized job sites, and regular training. They also offer contactless projects and technology options. The best and easiest way to know the condition of your roof is to call a local roofer. A regular roof inspection can help identify and fix minor roof problems before they become major repair projects. Most roofs will last for 25 to 50 years, depending on the quality of the materials, installation and weather. Colorado roofs tend to have shorter lifespans due to the harsh weather we experience. Our roofs experience bright sun, cold winters, hail, rain, and high winds. Even with regular inspections, it is important that you pick materials suitable to Colorado for your roofing project to maximize its lifespan. J&K Roofing recommends metal and class 4 impact resistant shingle roofing materials to withstand high winds and hail. These options are durable as well as fire and mildew resistant. A roof that meets your protective needs can also meet your aesthetic needs. Picking a roofing style that suits your house can affect the design of your home, thus influencing its perceived value. This is a great investment for those who are looking to sell their home as well as those who have recently purchased a home that they plan to stay in long-term. Picking the right team for your roofing project is just as important as picking the right materials. When considering a roofing project, reach out to J&K Roofing


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to answer your roofing questions. They make the process easy: ensuring that you are covered every step of the way, from acquiring permits to selecting materials, working with insurance, through to project completion. If working with an established local Colorado company is important to you, contact J&K Roofing. Their innovative approach, impeccable customer service, and superior work performance will ensure the best experience.

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THE PROJECTS ARE! In the past year, “home” has taken on a new importance and prominence in many people’s lives, as more and more of our daily activities have become centralized at the place where we rest our heads at night. With spring and summer approaching, you might be thinking about home maintenance or renovations. To help get you started, Our Broomfield has prepared this listing of some local home services companies. Show your home some love with the help of one of these great providers and let them know you found them through Our Broomfield™ magazine!


A Precious Child 303-466-4272 apreciouschild.org

303-619-0657 denversbestpainters.com

1-800-GOT-JUNK? is a full-service junk removal company that is ready to meet all of your clean up needs. They can remove unwanted items, trash, and debris from your home, business, or storage space. Whether you have large or heavy things like furniture, dirty things from home repair projects, or just lots of stuff, they can safely and quickly remove it for you. During your appointment they will provide you with an up-front all inclusive price to remove all of the items and clean up your space. Contact 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to help remove unwanted items the next time you clean, move, or renovate your home.

A Precious Child is a non-profit organization in Broomfield that serves children and families in the Denver Metro area. Their mission is to provide children in need with resources and opportunities that allow them to learn and grow. They strive for a future where children are empowered to become secure and self-reliant members of society. A Precious Child accepts donations of new and gently used items, so consider making a donation to them after you clean your closet or garage. They accept donations of clothes and shoes, toys and books, school supplies, and sporting equipment. All donations go to families in need. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Accent Painting is a full service, registered, licensed, and insured painting company that has been serving the Denver Metro area for more than 20 years. They work hard to earn their customer’s loyalty by completing projects on time, on budget, and with a satisfaction guarantee. Their dependable and reputable team will provide you with high quality products and a professional experience. Their services include painting, staining, varnishing, floor finishing, cabinet refinishing, texturing, power washing, and more. Whether your project is residential or commercial, Accent Painting is ready to help you get started with a concise and complimentary quote.

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THE PROJECTS ARE! Aspen Creek Heating & Air

Beyond The Brush Pros

Boulder Sealwize

Aspen Creek Heating and Air is a familyowned and operated business, which has served the greater Denver and Boulder area for more than 15 years. They offer sales, service, and installation for residential and commercial HVAC systems. They work on all brands, makes, and models, so their certified experts can help you with the right equipment and services. Their team can do it all, from basic air conditioner check-ups to complete furnace and water heater replacement. If you are interested in improving your home or business air quality, reach out to Aspen Creek Heating and Air for superior workmanship at fair and honest prices.

Beyond The Brush Pros painters are ready to help you protect your home and increase its curb appeal. They believe the customer should always be the number one priority, and that commitment is shown by their large base of repeat customers. Their painting team is made up of professional and skilled craftsmen who are dedicated to making sure each unique project is completed to the highest standard. Beyond The Brush Pros are ready to help you get started on your next interior or exterior painting project with a free, no obligation estimate on an accommodating schedule that works best for you.

AT BOULDER SEALWIZE…We specialize in low maintenance deck restoration and preservation as well as permanent concrete sealing with the finest high tech, state-of-the-art sealants available. We are locally owned and owner-operated with the highest level of customer service, offering both residential and commercial services. Not only do we offer a unique product line, but our wealth of knowledge about treating various surfaces will ensure that you receive the best options for your home’s needs. Relax knowing you can enjoy your wood deck, concrete, and masonry surfaces the way they were intended.

303-464-7000 aspencreekhc.com

Battista Design Group 303-428-4895 battistadesign.net

Battista Design Group is a full-service commercial architecture, interior design, and planning firm with over 30 years of experience on a wide variety of projects. Their team of experienced professionals is dedicated to projects inspired by their clients, with collaboration and satisfaction being the highest priorities. The clients’ specific preferences are carefully considered to make sure the design process clearly reflects the desired vision. Battista Design Group projects include gaming, hospitality, retail, restaurants, corporate offices, veterinary, medical and dental/ dental specialty offices. Utilizing broad experience and artistic flair, Battista Design Group will help you make architectural functionality and aesthetics work in harmony to serve your business needs.

303-435-4960 beyondthebrushpainters.com

Big Apple Plumbing and Heating 720-370-0220 bigappleplumbing.net

Big Apple Plumbing and Heating has been serving the Denver Metro area for the past 7 years, but their founder has more than 23 years of experience in the business. They are driven to relieve their customer’s plumbing woes by being a full service plumbing installation and repair company. Their customers can depend on a commitment to honest service, quality care, and fair rates that never include unnecessary parts or services. Big Apple Plumbing and Heating can help you with your residential water heater, main water line, garbage disposal, toilet, shower, and more. Call them for a quote or 24-hour emergency services.

303-641-6496 bouldersealwize.com

Bullard Tree Care 970-880-0132 bullardtreecare.com

Bullard Tree Care was founded in 2014 and is proud to be a small business that can provide their full dedication and attention to customers. Their services are focused on excellent accountability and covering the small details that can easily be overlooked. Their arborists are ready to help you with ornamental pruning, shrub shearing and shaping, tree planting and removal, and stump grinding. You can be confident in the care you will receive from Bullard Tree Care because they promise to leave your property better than they found it and will not take your payment until the service is to your complete satisfaction. Call to visit with an arborist for free.

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THE PROJECTS ARE! Colorado Home Realty

Coverwell Solutions

Front Range Gardens

Colorado Home Realty is a handselected team of talented and genuine real estate professionals who have a passion for excellence. Their agents use their exceptional skills to make sure from buying to selling, all of your needs are covered. With fundamental skills in pricing, staging, marketing, negotiating, and contract preparation you can be confident that your experience will be profitable and hasslefree. They are a client-focused business that values working closely with buyers and sellers or offer the most comprehensive Colorado real estate listings. Colorado Home Realty is ready to make your home dreams come true.

Coverwell Solutions is a locally owned and operated business that offers installation of custom window well covers and they do it with pride. Window well covers are important for protecting yourself, children, pets, and your home, so you should trust their reliable and friendly staff to install perfectly fitted covers. The Coverwell window well covers are highly functional and able to support up to 500 pounds of weight, but they are also aesthetically pleasing and can enhance the curb appeal of your home. Their one of a kind covers are made of a combination of aluminum reinforcement and nearly indestructible UV protected polycarbonate. Contact Coverwell Solutions for a free estimate.

Front Range Gardens has everything from annual bedding plants, hanging baskets, patio pots, perennial grasses, flowers, shrubs, trees, house plants, cactus & succulents, pottery, garden décor and more. You’ll find everything you need to beautify your garden and home. Since 1978, our garden center has offered our customers a large collection of eye-catching flowers and plants. Our goal is to provide you with one of Colorado’s largest and most stunning arrays of original, unique, and rare varieties. Visit us today to explore your options and make your home stand out on the block!

720-981-4109 coloradohomerealty.com

Colorado Replacement & Restoration 720-340-3666 coloradowindowrestoration.com

Colorado Replacement and Restoration wants to be your full-service window and door expert. Their goal is to make purchasing windows for your home the best improvement project you will ever do. You can count on receiving professional and considerate expert opinions which will help you make the perfect choice for your style and budget. With a free in-home consultation, you will meet the owner of the business who will help you create a plan for your repair or replacement project. Colorado Replacement and Restoration is also able to help you with any damage caused by harsh weather by having your installation completed for the cost of your insurance deductible.


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303-425-8818 coverwell.com

DNL Mortgage 303-469-5062 dnlmortgage.com

DNL Mortgage Authority specializes in residential mortgages and is able to help clients find loans that fit their borrowing needs. The team of highly skilled loan consultants are able to help you get through the underwriting process quickly and easily, as well as finding a perfect fit loan from one of their many lenders. This allows you to do your comparison shopping without having to visit multiple banks or brokers. Borrowers can be confident they will be provided with options that offer a good rate to meet their individual situation because the staff and DNL Mortgage is available for all questions, problems, and suggestions.

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Front Range Timber 720-465-5355 frontrangetimber.com

Front Range Timber is a family owned and operated business that was founded in 2014. They specialize in quality reclaimed and antique wood which they find all across the country. Their products can be used for a variety of home renovation projects including table tops, bars, accent walls, mantels, and accent beams. The selection of materials in their showroom is impressive in both quantity and quality. They can help you find the perfect timber for any rustic, vintage, or reclaimed style home project. Visit Front Range Timber to see their showroom and get a tour of their milling operation and inventory.


THE PROJECTS ARE! The Garage Doctor 303-345-4707 thegaragedoctor.com

The Garage Doctor has been serving families in the Broomfield area since 2005, and is proud of their reputation for prompt and professional service. Their team of friendly professionals can help you with residential and commercial garage work. Whether you need a quick repair or you are looking to replace your garage door, this full service company will be able to meet your high expectations. A broken garage door can be a major inconvenience but also a safety hazard, so trust the professionals at The Garage Doctor to provide you with quick and reliable service.

J&K Roofing 303-425-7531 jkroofing.com

Serving Colorado since 1984, J&K Roofing provides unparalleled customer service, superior work performance, and outstanding product installation. When you start a project with J&K Roofing, you can feel confident you have made the right choice because they will walk you through every step of the process. If you need an inspection after a storm or just want to know the status of your roof, call J&K Roofing to request a free inspection.

Kerwin Plumbing & Heating

Leyva’s Electrical Contracting

303-466-3581 kerwinplumbing.com

720-252-1284 leyvaselectricalcontracting.com

Kerwin Plumbing and Heating is a second-generation, family operated business that provides professional plumbing services for residential and commercial customers. This Broomfield business was established in 1978, and has grown from a friendly neighborhood plumber into a full service contracting company. They have maintained their belief that customer service should be the number one priority and customer care should always go above and beyond expectation. Their services are reasonably and competitively priced and their team of experts would be glad to help you with your plumbing, heating, or water heater. Kerwin Plumbing and Heating customers are not only clients, but also family, friends, and neighbors.

Leyva’s Electrical Contracting is a highend custom home electrical contractor working in the Broomfield area. Their team of licensed professionals specializes in residential remodels, basements, and electrical service upgrades. They are hardworking and knowledgeable, so you can be confident in their ability to help you with simple repairs to electrical panels and interior plugs or complex wiring of home additions and remodels. If you are looking for a local electrician with great quality of work and customer service, as well as a great value, Leyva’s Electrical Contracting will meet your needs. Call for a free estimate on your project.

L&E Flooring and Construction LLC 720-572-0634

From flooring to kitchen remodeling, and renovations to painting, L&E is ready to help, with decades of experience in a wide range of home interior projects. L&E provides white glove service on every project, every time, and takes pride in fast, reliable, and transparent delivery. Imagine a beautiful update to your home and let L&E bring it to life. Call today for a free estimate on your home update. Fully insured.

Mountain High Appliance

303-665-6850 mountainhighappliance.com Mountain High Appliance is proud to be Colorado’s most complete appliance resource. This locally owned and operated company has been helping people build the kitchens of their dreams since 1993. You can have the full experience of using the appliances before you purchase them when you visit their state of the art showroom. While you are there, you can see live demonstrations of the energy star rated products in 12 fully functional kitchens. After you have picked out your favorite appliances, you can look forward to your hassle free delivery and installation by certified professionals. Mountain High Appliance will exceed your expectations throughout the appliance purchase process. April 2021 | Our Broomfield™ Magazine



THE PROJECTS ARE! Mr. Dino’s Kitchen & Bath 303-404-9800 mrdinosbaths.com

Mr. Dino’s Kitchen and Bath is a thirdgeneration family business specializing in bathroom remodeling. For over 60 years, this Colorado company has provided their customers with the highest quality products and finest services available. Their commitment to excellence is clearly demonstrated by their Gold Star Award from the Better Business Bureau. Their team consists entirely of highly skilled craftsmen who have been factory trained and insured. Their wide range of services includes bathroom remodels, bathroom safety installations, shower door replacement, bidet installation, and more. Mr. Dino’s Kitchen and Bath can help you find great products at economical costs with a free estimate.

Olson Lawn Care 720-201-7561 olsonoutdoors.com

Olson Lawn Care has been providing landscaping and maintenance services to the Denver Metro area since 1994. As a family owned and operated Colorado business, they are dedicated to providing you with elite service and attention to every small detail. Their services cover residential homes and larger commercial properties. Whether it is the fast growing seasons of spring and summer or the cold and snowy winter, they can help you with sprinkler installation and repair, snow removal services, or professional landscaping. Olson Lawn Care would be happy to provide you with exceptional service and customer care.


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Planks and Paint DIY Workshop & Boutique 720-340-3258 planksandpaint.com

Planks and Paint DIY Workshop is a studio where guests transform unfinished wood into wall worthy pieces. Their workshops are perfect for birthday parties, girls night out, date night, team building and more! They provide everything you need, including helpful instruction. If you don’t have the time to make something they can make it for you or you can take it to-go! Inside you will find a small boutique featuring fun gifts and they are an Elite Retailer of Dixie Belle Paint. Visit the Planks and Paint website to learn more!

RE/MAX Momentum, Christina Surprenant 720-217-7835 remax.com/real-estateagents/christina-surprenantwestminster-co

Christina Surprenant is a Colorado native with nearly 20 years of real estate experience. Her goal is to service clients to their exact needs, so they have a home buying experience worth raving about. She does not disappoint in this regard, as she holds awards for the last six years including the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award. She is recognized by her clients for her attention to detail, knowledge, and responsiveness. She can help you every step of the way, from narrowing your options, to inspections, and negotiations. In such a competitive real estate market, you will be glad to have Christina on your team.

Roll ‘em Out Shelves 303-475-9601 rollemoutshelves.com

Roll ‘em Out Shelves is a family owned and operated Colorado company that has been helping people customize their homes for nearly two decades. Their products are made right here in Colorado and are as customizable and unique as your home. Their goal is to provide quality products and customer service every time, and they back it up with their lifetime guarantee. With customized storage creations you can look forward to more clean, organized, and functional cabinets. Your kitchen is not the only place that can benefit from smooth and accessible shelving; consider adding shelving to your bathroom, closet, laundry room, or garage. Call Roll ‘em Out Shelves for an in-home estimate.

Sam Barnes Realty, Elena Lilja 720-782-2347 sambarnesrealty.com

Elena Lilja was born and raised in Colorado and has a passion for living in our beautiful state. She wants to help make it easier for you to live here too, by finding and buying your dream home. She has extensive knowledge of real estate that also extends to titles and closing processes, making closing a sale one of her strengths. Her research into the unique Colorado housing market means that her clients have access to market statistics that can help them make purchasing and selling decisions. Elena is excited to help more people find their personal version of the American dream in a new home.



720-402-8784 tycoplumbingco.com TYCO Plumbing is proud to bring honesty, professionalism, and integrity into every customer’s home. The company is owned by a skilled licensed Master Plumber who specializes in residential plumbing and perfectionist-style craftsmanship. They offer а wide range of repairs, for your plumbing needs including garbage disposals, gas piping, leaking toilets, and water heaters. Their team is also qualified for installation, maintenance, and repair on most kitchen elements, like faucets, sinks, drain lines, and water filtration systems. TYCO plumbing will be ready with a quick and professional response to any of your common and inconvenient plumbing problems or major emergency replacement needs.

Unfinished Furniture Colorado

303-443-8229 unfinishedfurniturecolorado.com Unfinished Furniture Colorado is a family-owned business that has a passion for furniture with lasting craftsmanship, value, and beauty. Whether you’re a college student, young family, office manager or an established homeowner, they can help with creative pieces that fits in with your décor. When you shop with them, you can be sure you are getting a high-quality piece of furniture at a great price. On top of that great value, you can customize the finish of any piece to make it fit with your decor. Unfinished Furniture will help you find solid wood furniture for every room in your home!

Unique Heating and Air Conditioning 720-338-0902 uniquehvac.com

Unique Heating and Air Conditioning is a family owned and operated company that has been serving Colorado families for 14 years. They offer installation and repairs for HVAC, furnaces, AC units, water heaters, and more. They are experienced and knowledgeable with all brands and their technicians use the highest quality tools and materials for every job. They strive to get the job done right the first time, every time. Their team of experts is available 24/7 to meet your needs with excellent service. If you need regular system maintenance or a major emergency repair, Unique Heating and Air Conditioning is always ready to assist you.

Windo VanGo 303-420-3788 windovango.org

Windo VanGo is proud to sell Hunter Douglas window fashions in Broomfield. Their professional and knowledgeable team has been serving our community for more than 25 years. They offer a large selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments such as sheers, shadings, honeycomb shades, shutters, horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, Roman shades, roller shades, and woven wood shades. Windo VanGo is staffed by highly trained Hunter Douglas certified installers who treat all products and customers with the highest levels of respect. Visit their expert sales staff to find the best solution for any budget and style preference.

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THUMB GREEN with Help from the Broomfield Extension By Kristen Beckman

With March comes longer days, warmer temperatures and daffodils peeping through the snow, all of which herald the beginning of Spring. Although conventional wisdom warns Coloradans to avoid starting their gardens until after Mother’s Day, you may already be dreaming about colorful annuals and perennials to beautify your yard, or perhaps a vegetable garden that you can tend to with your kids.


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uch to the chagrin of many novice gardeners, Colorado does not provide a naturally easy environment for gardening, and many a brown thumb have given up on their gardening dreams after a few failed attempts. But what many people don’t know is that there is a resource in our figurative backyard to help us make the most of our literal backyards. The Broomfield County Extension office, which is administered by Colorado State University, exists to provide residents with expertise and information about yard and gardening topics. The Master Gardener program, made up of about 30 volunteers, is a primary focus of Broomfield’s Extension office. These expert gardeners maintain a demonstration garden in partnership with the Denver Botanic Gardens and CSU’s Plant Select program, which tests plants to find out which will do the best in Colorado. Master Gardener volunteers also provide free advice to citizens via phone or email and will make site visits for a fee. “Colorado is one of the most diverse states geographically,” said Nancy Klasky, Master Gardener Coordinator with the Broomfield Extension office. “We have plant hardiness zones ranging from 3a to 7a. This creates unique gardening challenges depending on where you live.” With such a diverse spectrum of influences on horticulture and agriculture, county CSU extension offices are crucial in Colorado to provide highly local information, she said.

The key is to understand the plants you are considering growing so you know how much sun, water, and care they need. Here are a few projects that you can try this spring and summer:

1. Plant vegetables in raised beds. “Our climate is dry and our soil is mostly made of clay,” said Klasky. While it is possible to work with clay soil to improve its composition and make it more hospitable for gardening, it sometimes can take years to achieve that. One way many Colorado gardners deal with soil issues is by planting vegetable gardens in raised beds, which allows them to start out with good gardening soil. Klasky said local garden nurseries can help you choose a good soil, and if you need a large amount, check with landscaping companies, which can deliver it to your home. 2. Grow a salad on your patio. Growing vegetables in containers helps eliminate irrigation and mulching issues that can complicate vegetable gardens grown directly in the ground. “Containers let you gauge how your plant is doing and easily adjust sun exposure and watering,” said Klasky. She noted tomatoes and chili peppers grow well in patio gardens. 3. Donate your bounty. Last year, the Extension program launched a Victory Garden program, which harnessed the enthusiasm for gardening many people developed while quarantined at home, and turned it into something beneficial for the community. Gardeners who grew vegetables were encouraged to donate their bounty to local food pantries that were able to accept such donations. The Victory Garden program will likely be repeated this year, Klasky said. 4. Choose plants that will thrive in Colorado. Choosing native plants, or plants that thrive in poor soil and are drought hardy, can increase your chances for success. Klasky said she is an advocate for xeriscaping, which she emphasized is not ‘rock scaping’ but replacing traditional landscaping with native plants that aren’t so thirsty. “As much as 60 percent of the water we use in residential areas goes toward our lawns,” Klasky said. 5. Plan a year-round garden. Some plants take a bit of planning. For example, to decorate your yard with cheerful tulips, crocuses, and daffodils in the spring, you have to plant bulbs in the fall before the ground freezes. If you want a bounty of vegetables in summer, you may want to start seeds indoors in March or April. And if you want plants and veggies to produce well into the fall, plant some cold hardy varieties like lettuce, spinach, and turnips during the heat of summer so they hit their maturity when temperatures start to drop.

To reach the Broomfield Extension and Master Gardener program: Visit them online at: https://broomfield.extension.colostate.edu/ for a variety of blogs, project ideas, and videos. Call the Master Gardener line at: 303-464-5558 and leave a message. Email: BroomfieldMG@colostate.edu. April 2021 | Our Broomfield™ Magazine



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How do you feel when you walk into your home at the end of a long stressful day? Does it feel like a little piece of heaven that you can’t wait to sink into or does it feel more like a circus with so much going on that you can’t think straight? There are many books and shows about how to declutter your home. I’ve watched the shows and read the books. I am here to share what I’ve learned and what has worked for me. Before we start, the most important thing to consider is WHY do you want to declutter. To clear your mind? To have less debt and save money? To have less to clean and be more organized? I’ve spent entire days just moving things around and never really accomplishing anything. And then one day my very tidy husband told me it’s helpful to only touch things once. When he has a dirty dish, he rinses it and puts it right in the dishwasher. He doesn’t throw recycling into the garage to be dealt with later. He takes the five extra steps and puts it right in the recycle bin. I have saved so much time with this one trick.


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Here are the top ten tips I have gathered and used over the years. Adapting even one small change can make a huge difference in your life.


Keep only what makes you happy. If it creates a warm happy feeling, it’s yours to keep. All the rest goes. Give yourself permission to have no guilt over issues such as wasting money, you may need it someday, or Aunt Bertha gave it to you. Let it go. Donate it to those who need it.


Start small. Clean out one drawer or cupboard. Small accomplishments motivate you to move to bigger projects.


Put things you aren’t sure about getting rid of in a storage box. Tuck it away for a year. If you don’t know what is in it and never needed it’s contents, donate the whole box. Don’t open it. Seriously do not open it!


Take a garbage bag and go around your house and fill it with items to donate. Do this once a week or once a month. Do it by room. Give the kids a garbage bag to fill from their rooms. Tell them they can exchange it for an ice cream date with you or one new small item they have been wanting.


In your closet, turn all hangers so they hook over the rod from behind. When you wear an item, hang it back up the normal way. In six months or a year look to see which clothes you never wore. Donate them.


Declutter by room. Once complete, you will feel drawn to be in that room all of the time which will motivate you to keep going.


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Broomfield Cancer Survivor

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“LLS provides so much more than what people think. They lead the way in blood cancer research, and blood cancer research leads to advanced treatments for other cancers like Bone, Breast, Brain, and Prostate Cancer. The LLS has funded more than 60% of blood cancer therapies being used to treat other cancers. When my father, John, was diagnosed with prostate cancer just recently, emotions that I went through with my cancer all started to come back. I take comfort knowing that The LLS is there funding research that not only just benefits blood cancers.” Currently Will is one of 13 people nominated to represent Colorado in the LLS National Man & Woman of the Year campaign which is a 10-week philanthropic competition through May 15 for leaders in local communities across the United States. Candidates and their teammates raise funds for LLS in honor of local blood cancer survivors, and teams also include a Boy & Girl of the Year. The title “Man or Woman of the Year” is awarded to the candidate whose team raises the most funds during the competition. The top man and woman candidates in the country are awarded a national title.

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“I was suddenly confronted with the biggest challenge in my life. After numerous different efforts were made to find out what was wrong with my arm, the doctor called with the MRI results, the only word I remember is... ‘cancer.’ How do you go about telling loved ones that you’re extremely sick? Let alone the thoughts of your own possible mortality,” he explained. “Cancer doesn’t just go for your body it goes for your soul.” Will was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (non-Hodgkin) and underwent an aggressive chemo treatment called R-CHOP. As he recalled his treatment he noted, “I was blessed though, I had a secret weapon ... Nate Anderson. Now a healthy young man, Nate was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age four.” The son of Will’s sister’s good friend, Nate was Will’s ‘Cancer Coach,’ and made videos with encouraging words and provided support throughout treatment. “This extraordinary human being was there for me and truly is My Hero.” Talking with Will and other survivors that became part of his network, the importance of these relationships cannot be undervalued. Today Will has been cancer free for a year and a half. Through his journey, he became familiar with an important organization - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

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Broomfield High School Community Rallies Around Seniors Amidst COVID Disruptions

JAM Plans Persist, Help is Needed By Allison Eichner

With springtime comes renewed energy, warmer days, and many reasons to celebrate. For our high schoolers, springtime typically means spring sports, prom, and graduation. A year ago this time, the end of the school year radically changed for the class of 2020, and sadly the class of 2021 is facing some of those same hardships. But, Broomfield High School parents, along with students and BHS faculty and administration, have come together this spring to ensure Broomfield’s seniors are celebrated during their last semester of high school.

Kristen Stodden, a BHS parent, wanted to extend some of the special celebrations from the class of 2020 to the class of 2021. Across the country, high schools were organizing Adopt-ASenior gift donations for graduating seniors, so Stodden decided to bring this idea to Broomfield High parents. Through Adopt-A-Senior, parents and community members were able to buy and deliver personalized gifts to participating seniors. Stodden said the purpose of the initiative was to help seniors “feel supported, celebrated, and seen.” Gifts were delivered during the last week of February and BHS parent Facebook pages were flooded with photos of smiling students with their gifts. Because parents had to opt into Adopt-A-Senior on their student’s behalf, not all students were able to participate, but BHS teacher Stephanie Zechman made sure all the students that weren’t “adopted” were also celebrated with a gift. As much as parents feel the devastation of the ongoing COVID-19 situation for their students, students feel it even more. Senior Kara Monley and her friends compiled a list of all the events or traditions the class of 2021 has missed out on due to the pandemic. The list includes big things like prom, in person graduation, powder puff football, and Eagle Flight, but students also miss the little things that usually just come with being a senior: sports banquets, senior parking passes, and a class picture hung in the atrium. Monley said the seniors “have hope for graduation and hopefully a prom,” but mostly are excited to go back to school four days a week and be with each other. At Broomfield High School, almost more important than the prom dance is JAM, Broomfield’s after prom event. Just After Midnight has been put on for 30 years at BHS to help keep students safe on prom night. Funded, organized, and hosted by parent and community volunteers, JAM is designed to help celebrate seniors as their high school years come to a close. This year, Cristy Butcher, Stacey Hassell, and Erika Pazol, JAM co-chairs, have organized an outdoor celebration for juniors and seniors. On May 8 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. students can attend the celebration at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium. While the event will not be associated with prom this year, Hassell noted, “Our hearts are


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heavy for the current Senior class, they have had no opportunity to participate in any memories for the past year, therefore, we as a team, are determined to have an event.” JAM is fully funded by sponsorships and community donations, and due to the pandemic, student and parent volunteers have missed out on crucial fundraising opportunities throughout the school year. Hassell said fundraising has been their biggest hurdle this year and hopes the community can come through to support the class of 2021 in this way. The resiliency of these students is saddening but inspiring. Many silent promises for their youth have been stolen over the last year as they have missed out on everyday life. Although we have all suffered this loss in some way, let’s celebrate, support, and encourage our seniors as their time in high school comes to a bittersweet end.

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Siena Reservoir A Local Favorite By Bette Erickson

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,”

urged pioneer conservationist and naturalist John Muir. Sometimes, though, we cannot fit a mountain hike into our schedule. For that reason, and many others, some of us choose nearby Siena Reservoir to break away for a pleasant hike. I mean, if we can’t hike the mountains for whatever reason, we can enjoy the mountain views, right? And that’s just one of numerous perks of sauntering, running or cycling around the pristine lake located in Broomfield’s Anthem neighborhood. An added bonus: The route is suitable for wheelchair bound folks or even youngsters in strollers. Depending on the time of day and the day of the week, the trail can be populated by a variety of visitors or by no one at all. Because of its negligible elevation gain, it’s also a good seasonal trail for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. However, like elsewhere in Broomfield, no water craft including kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) are allowed. Start your trek from the large parking area on the west side of Sheridan Ave., about .25-mile north of Lowell Blvd. Drop down to the concrete trail and go left, clockwise. Expect negligible elevation gain as the footpath switches from paved to crusher fines. Look for the large buffalo statues as you follow the route. The developer originally planned on periodically relocating those buffalo elsewhere in the neighborhood, adding to the whimsy. Enjoy the area, being mindful to keep your dog leashed and away from the rocky shore. Lake-side fishing is allowed at Siena Reservoir, although any fishing is subject to State of Colorado regulations. Fishing licenses are required for anyone 16 years or older. The regulations can be obtained where licenses are sold, or at


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To the trailhead: Access Siena Reservoir via the large trailhead parking lot on the west side of Sheridan Ave., .25-miles north of Lowell. Distance: 1.25-mile loop Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: Negligible Dogs: Yes, on leash Bikes: Yes Hours: Siena Reservoir Park is ope n from sunrise to sunset. Information: Broomfield Open Spac e and Trails 303-438-6334

the Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s website at www.cpw.state.co.us. While at Siena Reservoir, savor the cool spring air as the Colorado sun sparkles and seemingly shatters on the water. Just like elsewhere in the mountains, there are good tidings to be found here, too. Because Siena Reservoir at Anthem is a public park and open from sunrise to sunset, visitors should be mindful of open space rules and regulations. Bette Erickson is the author of “Just for Visitors – Where the Locals Hike” (Amazon.com). Contact her at bette_erickson@hotmail.com.


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