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When the Unexpected Happens, Make Sure You and Your Pets Are Ready

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that it is important to be prepared for the unexpected. An unprecedented situation like COVID-19 highlights the need to think ahead and have critical supplies in place to sustain your family and your pets in case supplies are temporarily limited, stores are closed or you are unable to leave home due to a quarantine.


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LOVES ITS PETS! This year we had the largest response ever to our Pet Photo Contest with hundreds of submissions! I wish we could run every precious photo - but we just don’t have the space. In this issue you will see several of the front cover contenders sprinkled throughout our Pet Issue content. Congratulations go to Kardi Bennett and Blue, our front cover winner! What a beautiful dog, and such a great fall photo. As we work through the pandemic, our pets are more important than ever. For those who are home alone or with exposure to just a few people, a pet is a vital companion. I know that since I have become a 100% remote worker my bond with our pup Ollie is stronger than ever. He is my bud for the 9 to 11 hours that I am alone in the house each day, and I am so glad he is there! I had to share the photos of my daughters on staff with their dogs too - Allison and Ollie and Megan and Freddy. Inside this issue you will find photos of all of our writers with their furry friends.









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Announcing Broomfield Gives Month This month we are proud to help announce the Broomfield Community Foundation’s Broomfield Gives Month (find details on page 11) presented in partnership with Sill-TerHar Motors and Lincoln Black Label. As you may know, the Broomfield Community Foundation has been Broomfield’s leading partner, resource, and voice of philanthropy for more than 20 years, connecting the passion, interests, and energies of donors, nonprofits, community leaders, and residents with knowledge, expertise, relationships, and resources to amplify the impact and generosity of our community and create a stronger, more vibrant Broomfield for all. Since 1993, the Foundation has invested more than $2.1 million into our community, assembled a $1.2 million community endowment, and strengthened more than 100 community nonprofits. Fundraising is extremely challenging in our current environment, while the needs are greater than ever. Please join me in supporting the Broomfield Community Foundation to help hundreds of neighbors with your pledge during the month of November. Find all of the details at Finally, Happy Thanksgiving and thank you so much for reading. May you and your families be well and safe as we begin the holiday season.

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EVENTS NOVEMBER 11 Bal Swan GQue BBQ Fundraiser

NOVEMBER 11 Guys Who Give Quarter 4 The Guys Who Give are having their fourth quarter donation event this month. GWG is a group of Broomfield men who raise funds four times a year to make a significant and impactful donation to local community nonprofits. They do this by aspiring to gather a group of at least 100 men, who each pledge to donate $100. Together, the members select a charity at each meeting to receive the total donation. The GWG mission is to support those who are doing great work in our community by giving funds that have an impact that is easy to see. Although each individual donation is important, it is the sum of the donations that makes it powerful. Their fundraising goes far to inspire charitable work in our community, and all donations go directly to organizations working for the improvement of Broomfield. Previous donation recipients include FRIENDS of Broomfield, the Broomfield Community Foundation, Two Angels Foundation, and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum. This quarter, the fundraising event will be hosted at Wonderland Brewing Company on Wednesday, November 11. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the event running from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Participants are invited to come early and stay late! There is always enough room for anyone wishing to donate, and each member helps to reach (and hopefully exceed) the generous goal. New members welcome! For more information, visit Guys Who Give Broomfield on Facebook or


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Bal Swan Children’s Center is having a dining out fundraiser at GQue BBQ. This is an easy and delicious way to support Bal Swan because GQue will donate 10% of each order to the school when diners show the fundraising flyer or mention the fundraiser. You will be able to have a delicious barbeque dinner, meet other families who support Bal Swan, and make an impact for the school. The event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You can get a paper fundraising flyer from Bal Swan Children’s Center, a digital flyer online, or just mention the fundraiser when you order. Make sure you say you are ordering to support Bal Swan Children’s Center so the school gets as many 10% donations as possible! If you have questions, visit Bal Swan Children’s Center on Facebook or reach out to


Broomfield Gives Month The Broomfield Community Foundation, together with Lincoln Black Label and our local partner, Sill TerHar Motors, is honored to announce an exciting Fundraising Event for the holiday season. All donations received during Broomfield Gives Month will directly support the most critical needs and worthy local charitable programs in the areas of Arts, Civic Initiatives, Education, Human Services and Senior Services.

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BUSY FAMILIES Why Spending Less Makes Us Happy By Lisa Payne

The holidays are on us, and as much as we want 2020 to be behind us, it is still important to soak up these last two months of the year. November is the month to be thankful and December is the month to celebrate religious traditions through gift giving and being with our people. Last year in November I wrote about staying mindful during the holidays with our spending. How as a society we are all about spending and accumulating at record speeds. It is exhausting. Because you know what? Having things doesn’t make us any happier. In fact it makes us unhappy. This information is always a good reminder during the buying season. According to the Becoming Minimalist website, many reasons are listed as to why buying material things won’t make you happy. It may be helpful to keep these things in mind when you do your holiday shopping this year. The excitement of purchases fades quickly. •

There is always something new around the corner, making what you buy obsolete and a waste.

The more you have, the more you have to worry about things getting scratched, broken or stolen.

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Someone else always has more, and if money buys happiness, you will never win.

Contentment is never found in stuff. No matter how much you buy, it will never feel like enough.

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The website says that the only reason we are temporarily happy when we buy something new is because for that brief moment we aren’t wanting, so we experience peace and happiness. So what if we could shift our desires away from always wanting possessions, and start wanting things like love, faith or contribution to society. That may be the secret to prolonged peace and happiness. It’s worth a try. In an effort to stop accumulating “things,” I’ve talked before about giving experiences as gifts. How human connection brings joy. It’s worth saying again that we


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Broomfield Veterans Museum Adds New Exhibits, Resumes Coffee and Conversation Series By Kristen Beckman

Like many organizations, the Broomfield Veterans Museum was forced to adapt its operations when COVID-19 hit earlier this year, including temporarily closing to the public for a couple of months. But the museum’s volunteers put that downtime to good use by working to improve existing exhibits and creating new ones. One new exhibit that visitors won’t want to miss is a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II, including a wall-length illustrated timeline, period newspapers, and artifacts from the war on display. The second new exhibit is a walk-in replica of a fall-out shelter, that provides a glimpse into what life would have been like if people had been forced to take shelter. The exhibit includes bunk beds, a table set for a meal, bookshelf and books, and a desk with time-appropriate artifacts. Other new items on display are a Norden Bombsight, a Navy signal lamp, and a chunk of Trinitite – which is nuclearblast-fused sand from the Trinity site where the U.S. Army detonated the world’s first atomic bomb. With new exhibits in place, the museum was happy to welcome visitors back in June. “The Broomfield Veterans Museum has reopened — with virus precautions of course — and has resumed its community role as a center for veterans and historians to share


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their experiences, students to learn about our nation's history, individuals or groups to explore the rotating exhibits, and families to honor loved ones who served in the military,” said Jim Groh, the museum’s director of marketing and public relations. The museum has also recently resumed its popular Coffee and Conversation speaker series, which brings local veterans and others with a military connection to the museum twice a month on Saturdays to share their experiences and knowledge. In response to COVID-19, the museum is now streaming the sessions on its YouTube

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Veterans Day Ceremony page at To make up for lost time, the museum presented speakers on consecutive Saturdays in October. Scheduled speakers included Ryan Woolf, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, speaking on the Global War On Terror; Adrian Hovey, a Navy veteran, sharing his experiences as a young navigator on a Navy cruiser; and Tracy Perry, an Air Force veteran and air traffic controller, talking about the investigation into the Wichita State plane crash that killed members of the university’s football team 50 years ago. Founded in 2003 by six late Broomfield-area World War II veterans, the museum’s mission remains to honor local veterans of all the United States’ conflicts and peacekeeping efforts from the Civil War to the present, in all branches of service, by telling their stories. It does this with nine rooms of exhibits, a team of docents, a military history library of more than 2,500 volumes, and a small auditorium that hosts presentations by veterans and historians. This mission is carried forward by a team of volunteers, many of whom are veterans themselves. The museum is located at 12 Garden Center on the north of Midway, two blocks east of Hwy. 287. Hours are Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Masks are currently required. Visit for the most up-to-date information on the museum’s operations and programs.

The traditional Veterans Day ceremony held annually by the Broomfield Veterans Museum each November will look a little different this year thanks to COVID-19. Rather than a gathering at Broomfield High School complete with a band and speakers, this year’s event will be a scaled-back gathering at the museum. At this writing, appropriate ceremonies are being discussed. For the most up-to-date information, visit,

Coffee and Conversation The next Coffee and Conversation with Ryan Woolf, U.S. Army Veteran, Afghanistan: “How the World War I Armistice Shaped Our Modern World” is planned for Saturday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m.

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New Broomfield Community Center Open and Ready for Business By Megan Mayes

Our Broomfield community has gained significant resources in health and wellness with the opening of the new and improved Broomfield Community Center (BCC). On October 3, the new facility was celebrated with a grand opening ceremony including a virtual ribbon cutting and small guided tours. And since October 5, BCC has been open seven days a week with an exciting variety of activities and services for all. It is now easier than ever for Broomfield residents to use our recreation facilities, all with appropriate care and attention paid to health and safety.

It is easy to find lessons and activities on for every member of the family and to meet any interest, and Broomfield residents get a holiday themed crafting classes, the LEGO building reduced rate. Through the Program Registration site it is simple to sort challenge, or the drawing workshop. through available appointments by location, date and time, age group, or For community bonding opportunities, BCC activity type with hundreds of options to take advantage of the new BCC offers introductory line dancing lessons, a coffee and swimming pools, fitness equipment, and classrooms. canvas painting class, and the Santa’s Cellar Craft The new warm and cold pools at BCC have frequent offerings for fair. If none of these options sound quite right, be family swim sessions as well as lap swimming sessions. For those interested sure to visit to see the full list of available in aquatic exercise classes, try water aerobics, youth swim team, diving, or appointments. There truly is something for everyone parent and child swim lessons. If you would like to prepare for an upcoming to enjoy at the Broomfield Community Center! underwater adventure, be sure to try the Scuba and Snorkeling class offered Patricia Reitsma, a lifelong Broomfield resident, by Flatiron Scuba, which will have you dive certified in no time! uses the new BCC four mornings a There are many options for week when she attends water aerobics in adults looking to improve their the warm water pool. She was delighted health and fitness, both in classes and to be one of the first residents to use the independently, with open appointments pool on opening day. Patricia noted that for the cardio and weight rooms as well the new pools are “absolutely spacious as the gymnasium. If you need a firstby comparison” to the Paul Derda Rec time or refresher lesson on how to use Center and is also “looking forward the equipment safely and properly, check to spending time in the senior center out the Weight Room Orientation. There and occasionally having lunch in the also is a wide variety of adult classes, Lakeshore dining room.” Based on her such as Barre Fusion, HIIT Circuits, exceptional experiences at BCC so far, Boxing, Pilates, Jazzercise, Taekwondo, she believes it is “the shining star of and Yoga. For gymnasium options, Carla Mathews, Karen Lutes, and Pat Reitsma at BCC Broomfield … I can’t thank the City look for adult basketball, volleyball, and warm water pool taking Arthritis Aerobic class. enough for approving this and to the pickleball appointments. Kids and teens can be excited about the opening of BCC too! There building committee for asking for input on what would are many options for exercise, learning, and fun designated specifically for be great to have. It all came together beautifully.” younger community members. Teens can take a babysitting course to learn Schedule your appointment to visit childcare responsibilities and first aid. Aspiring dancers can take ballet, tap, the new BCC at today. and jazz classes. Kids who like arts and crafts should try the dinosaur and


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Broomfield’s Pet for the Ages:

Shep the Turnpike Dog By Megan Mayes

We love our family pets dearly and we have a great appreciation for wild critters in our beautiful mountain state. Could we show the same love to a dirty homeless mutt found at an inconvenient time and place? Almost 70 years ago, Broomfield residents did just that when Shep the Turnpike Dog was adopted by tollbooth workers and cared for by drivers stopping to pay their tolls. He became a familiar and friendly face for many commuters and families passing by, and eventually a well recognized member of both the Broomfield Community and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

In 1950 the Denver-Boulder Turnpike was being built and Broomfield was chosen as an approximate halfway point between the state capital and the growing college town. This toll road is what we now know to be Highway 36. During the construction of the Broomfield toll booths, a stray dog was often seen walking around the site, begging for food from the workers’ lunches. Even after construction was complete, the dog would visit the toll booths, and eventually an attendant was able to befriend him and bring him into the booth. This is the beginning of Shep’s story and his journey to become The Turnpike Dog of Broomfield. Shep was adopted by the toll booth attendants, and named for his shepherdlike appearance. He would keep the attendants company during their long and lonely shifts. Shep also greeted the toll road drivers as they paid their fares. People would look forward to seeing the dog in the booth, and would even stop their cars to take a picture with him on occasion. As his reputation grew, motorists would bring him gifts or make donations to the toll attendants for his food and toys. He was well known and well loved during his time on the turnpike. Shep lived at the toll booth for 14 years, where he grew from a puppy to a dog. As he aged, Clyde Brunner donated his veterinary expertise to care for Shep. In 1964, Shep was put to sleep. He was buried near the toll booth, and local vendors supplied two headstones and fencing to mark his grave. He was remembered as “part shepherd, mostly affection.” For years to come, Broomfield residents would visit him there and decorate his burial site with flags, flowers, and toys. Shep could be seen there even when the toll booths were gone and the turnpike became a busy highway.


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Charlotte Havey was touched by Shep’s story while filming a documentary about Broomfield’s 50th anniversary. She decided to share the story of canine and community with children through a picture book called “Shep the Turnpike Dog.” The love of the Broomfield residents for a stray dog is at the core of Shep’s story. Among them she recalled, “One day, a driver gave a can of dog food to the toll booth operator who thanked the driver but admitted he didn’t have a can opener. The next day the same driver gifted an opener!” Charlotte used her book to show us how the unconditional love of a dog can bring out the best qualities in the humans that receive it. When construction began on the Wadsworth interchange, it was time to bring Shep to a safe and accessible final resting place. His grave and original headstones can now be found at Zang Spur Park next to the Broomfield Depot Museum. Many pet owners and furry friends still visit Shep to remember the legacy of Broomfield’s first celebrity.

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When the Unexpected Happens,


If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that it is important to be prepared for the unexpected. An unprecedented situation like COVID-19 highlights the need to think ahead and have critical supplies in place to sustain your family and your pets in case supplies are temporarily limited, stores are closed or you are unable to leave home due to a quarantine.

Large forest fires in the mountains late this summer and into the fall have also put a spotlight on the need to be prepared, in this case to leave your home at a moment’s notice rather than to shelter in it for weeks or months. When evacuations occur, having everything ready to go for both humans and pets can make the difference between a chaotic crisis and a smooth and safe escape for everyone.


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“It’s always a challenge to expect the unexpected,” said Amanda Boerman, marketing and community relations manager at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. “Over the past several years, the most common reason people are unexpectedly displaced from their homes is due to a natural disaster - such as fire or flood. During these urgent evacuation situations, having plans and supplies in place helps make these stressful events a bit less chaotic.” Taking steps like ensuring your pet’s microchip registrations are updated with current contact information and that they wear a collar with ID tags with your name and phone number are simple steps that can help you reunite with your pet if an emergency situation separates you. Keeping a list of pet-friendly hotels or shelters in your area can help you find a safe place for your pet to stay if necessary during an emergency.


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At the outset of the COVID-19 crisis, the Humane Society took the opportunity to educate pet owners about the steps they should take to prepare for an emergency that might impact their pets. Among the recommendations are:

Keep at least a one-month supply of your pet’s regular food on hand to ensure continuity in their nutrition during situations like the COVID-19 stay-at-home order when supplies of many staples sometimes ran short and visiting stores was often difficult. Order online to replenish supplies if necessary. In addition to food, keep adequate kitty litter on hand for your feline family members.

Make sure you have plenty of your pet’s medications, and don’t wait until you are almost out of necessary prescriptions to get a refill.

Prepare a “Go Bag” so that you or a rescuer can leave your home with your pets at a moment’s notice should it ever become KAI necessary. Include a leash, collar Submitted by Claire Brunet with ID tags, food, toys, a blanket or bed, and prescriptions. Also include a list of information about your pet, including their regular food brand, and information about prescriptions, as well as contact information for veterinarian, groomer, and regular boarding facilities.

Proactively designate a caretaker for your pets who can step in and provide care if you are unable to. Have a conversation with designated caretakers in advance about where your pet’s go bag is located, how to access your home, and important details about your pet’s care. It’s also wise to let your network of family and friends know who your pet’s designated caretaker is should they ever be needed.


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“It can be a challenge to find housing, or caretakers when in the middle of experiencing displacement from your home, or an inability to provide care,” said Boerman. “It is critical to have a plan in place for your pet so that you can seek the support you need, to alleviate the fear of severing your relationship with your pet!” The Humane Society can help with finding care for your pet should you be unable to care for your pet for an extended period or permanently through its Companion Care for Life (CCFL) program. Visit HSBV’s website for more information at


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Autumn Outings WITH

YOUR DOG By Bette Erickson

Some of the best Colorado dog-friendly hikes happen in the fall. The orange and golden hues illuminate the landscape in the most inviting way, while the autumn air is crisper, so that you and your canine companion will not get overheated. If you’re looking for some new places to take a dog or two, consider these tailfriendly trails for you and your pup next time you are out and about. Remember to be mindful of leash requirements and to pick up after your pooch. So, what are you waiting for? Get outside and enjoy yourselves.


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Green Mountain via Gregory Canyon A short drive west allows you access to one of Boulder’s signature ascents: lovely Green Mountain. Reaching the summit of Green Mountain via Gregory Canyon offers several miles of peaceful and forested terrain ideal for visitors with dogs. At the trailhead walk west, then veer left crossing Gregory Creek. This trek provides a formidable workout, gaining 2,344 JANEWAY feet in less than three miles. The Submitted by Matt Emmett entire route may not be wise for older dogs, however. When presented the opportunity, choose the Amphitheater Trail that eventually merges with the E.M. Greenman Trail. From here expect some frequent, rocky switchbacks and increasing steepness before reaching the summit. Details: About 6.4-miles out and back with a formidable 2,278-feet elevation gain.


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Wood’s Quarry via NCAR The dog-friendly route along the Mesa Trail from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in south Boulder stretches to one of Boulder’s most unique destinations: Wood’s Quarry. To begin the quick and easy outing, find the sign for the Mesa Trail and access the footpath by walking down a wellmarked trail. Next, follow the trail up to a water storage tank and head north (stay right) along the Mesa Trail. This route only offers a few short inclines. Remember to stay left when you see the sign to Skunk Canyon and soon after is a tiny marker indicating Wood’s Quarry. Leave the Mesa Trail here by going left and making your final steep, stair climbing ascent to the quarry. Relax on the sandstone “chairs” before returning the way you came. Details: About 3.5-miles roundtrip with 400-feet elevation gain. To the trailhead: Follow Table Mesa Dr. in Boulder west to

its end at NCAR.


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If you’re wanting to offer your dogchild a real treat, consider a trip to the spacious West Arvada Dog Park. East of Hwy. 93 at 64th Ave., there are two large, fenced areas - one for smaller dogs and the other for bigger, more confident ones. Details: At the large gravel parking lot, a small sign indicates that circling inside the perimeter of the large dog fence line sums to one mile, yielding negligible elevation gain. To get there: Take CO 128/W-Interlocken Loop west to Indiana Ave. Turn left and drive just under seven miles to 64th Ave., turning right. The dog park is on your right in about two miles at 17975 W 64th Pkwy.


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Broomfield Shelter

RESCUES RABBITS and Advocates for Their Optimal Care By Kristen Beckman

Broomfield is home to a unique animal shelter focused on domestic rabbits - the Colorado House Rabbit Society (COHRS). The all volunteer organization is dedicated to re-homing abandoned and relinquished domestic rabbits regardless of the rabbit’s condition. The rabbits receive all needed care including medical attention, spay and neutering, vaccinations, tune-ups, grooming, and socialization. Only then does COHRS find new homes for the bunnies.


ypically the shelter houses around 100 domestic rabbits although the numbers have climbed as high as a 160. The shelter has cared for more than 3,800 rabbits since its beginning. When COVID-19 hit in March, COHRS had to quickly pivot its operations to adhere to social-distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. In addition to having to temporarily pause adoptions, the society launched a ‘Bunny Sleepover’ to move as many rabbits as possible out of the shelter for an extended stay. “It gave us a chance to put some social distancing in place and take our full shelter down to a manageable level of rabbits so fewer volunteers would be needed inside at any one time,” said Paula Shafer, a spokeswoman for the shelter. The shelter has transitioned many of its team meetings and volunteer training sessions to Zoom. It now also conducts its bunny tune-up classes for new adopters in a virtual format. While the shelter has been coping with the human crisis of COVID-19, it has been fighting a virus impacting both wild and domestic rabbits across the southwestern United States. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2) is highly infectious and usually


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fatal. To prevent possible infections from entering the shelter, rabbits must be quarantined and vaccinated before they can be housed with other bunnies. The volunteers wear protective gear to reduce the chances of spreading the disease. “Once the Stay at Home order was lifted and our rabbits were vaccinated for RHDV2, we were able to resume adoptions. However, we did make some procedural changes,” said Sarah Erickson, general manager pro-tem at the shelter. “Previously, we had delivered the rabbits to the home of the adopter in order to approve the rabbits’ new home. In the interest of reducing the spread of COVID-19, we now require the adopter

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Good Food and Great Music – Broomfield Residents May Be on to Something By Bette Erickson

As we approach the holiday season, many of us are reminded of our good fortune and our blessings, thanks in no small part, to all those who came before us. A recent study found that by 2035, adults aged 65 and older are expected to outnumber children under 18 for the first time in history. Yet, long life is a simple privilege some of us won’t get to experience. If we are fortunate to age years beyond retirement, even as we look forward to more years ahead, the idea of a longer life triggers anxiety in many people.

That’s why the City and County of Broomfield partners with a number of important stakeholders with the goal of supporting our aging population with programs and services tailored to enhancing the lives of our much loved senior community; programs like, Meals on Wheels, funded by Senior Resources of Broomfield (SRB). “Approximately 25% of your risk of death is due to genetics,” explains Luigi Fontana, a physician and co-director of the longevity research program at Washington University in St. Louis. Of the remaining 75%, diet is likely the most important factor – even more so than exercise, Dr. Fontana says. SRB’s Meals on Wheels support fund offers meal subsidies for low-income Broomfield residents who may not be able to afford a hot, nutritious meal or who may not have the capacity to prepare meals themselves. SRB also funds the Lakeshore Café lunch program at the Broomfield Community Center* allowing aging residents the opportunity to socialize while eating a nutritionallybalanced affordable meal in a safe environment. “I think Meals on Wheels is a great idea,” says Edith, asking that her last name not be printed. “I’m not available to cook for my father and he doesn’t want to leave his home to move in with me and my family.” Longtime Broomfield resident, Bob Law, while not a patron of the Meals on Wheels program, is pleased with many other Broomfield programs. Law, aged 93, moved


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to Broomfield in 1955 and raised his family here, saying he’s been satisfied with Broomfield through the years. “I’m happy with my family and my house,” he explained. Law is an accomplished tuba player and says he’s happy to play music. “I used to play tuba in a brass band over at the old Senior Center (Broomfield Community Center).” He said, “I hope we can do that again when the new one opens up.” Law may be on to something. Music has often been described as having healing powers, and recent studies suggest that music enhances brain function and promotes healthy aging. And while active musical practice may offer the greatest level of brain enhancement, there is evidence that simply listening to music can also have beneficial effects toward cognitive function and aging. It appears that with good food and music, Broomfielders know what it means to age well. Visit www.broomfieldseniorresources. org to find out more about the many programs designed to support Broomfield’s older adults or to donate this holiday season to Senior Resources of Broomfield. *The Lakeshore Café lunch program is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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Wanted: Your Drain’s Worst Enemy Last Seen:

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Loitering in Sinks and Drains

Causing Sewer Overflows and Back-ups

BEWARE OF THE GREASE GOBLIN • Never pour grease down sinks, drains or into toilets. • Grease can clog pipes and cause sewer overflows and back-ups into basements, yards, and storm drains. • Grease overflows and back-ups pose potential health risks and environmental problems that can be costly to clean up.

SOLUTIONS TO THE GREASE GOBLIN • Once cooled, pour cooking oils and grease into a nonrecyclable container. Add kitty litter or coffee grounds, seal the container and place in the trash. • Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash. Minimize the use of your garbage disposal because even cooked food contains oil and grease that can clog sewer lines. • Remove oil and grease from dishes, pots, and pans with a paper towel or napkin. • Pre-wash dishes, pans, and pots with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher. Hot water does not remove oil or grease but rather liquefy them. Once cool, they return to a solid and can clog sewer lines. • Cover kitchen sink with a strainer and empty into trash as needed.


Reuse cooking oil as often as possible. Store used cooking oil in the freezer to minimize odors. Broomfield residents can participate in the used cooking oil recycling program operated by the Public Works Fleet Services Division. For more information, call Fleet Services at 303.438.6336. Start a compost pile at your home with food scraps that are not meat.

Help keep the Grease Goblin out of your drains and in the hands of the proper authorities!


Our Broomfield™ Magazine | November 2020

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