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WHEAT RIDGE NEWS Flooding Risk Likely to Drop, But Hazards Remain Page 2

LOCALWORKS UPDATE Wheat Ridge’s Mid-Century and Modern Gems Page 5

2017 CARNATION FESTIVAL Special pull-out section with information, schedules Pages 9-16





Five Festivals & Fairs For Family Fun n By

Sally Griffin


he definition of a festival is “a celebration or an occasion for joy, often with a program of cultural events.” A fair is “a public exhibit of culture and particular achievement, often combined with entertainment and sale of products.” Lucky for our area, we have plenty of both. Summer is the best time for joy, celebration and fun. I know I remember how much fun my siblings and I had with carnival rides and games, parades, music, food and special treats. This year, we want to remind you of five festivals or fairs that will take place in our parks and streets.

Carnation Festival The Carnation Festival is a celebration of the Wheat Ridge community since the city’s incorporation in 1969. Once named the “Carnation Capital of the World,” Wheat Ridge embraces its heritage through this spectacular event. Celebrating its 48th anniversary in 2017, Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival will be filled with food, music, culture and fun for people of all ages! The main events are held at Continued on page 6

“EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE” especially one with roots as deep as the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. These young fans lined the course of the 2016 parade. 2019 will mark the 50th consecutive year of the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Parade held to commemorate the first year of the city’s founding in 1969. The 2017 Carnation Festival Parade is the first to have a theme: “Rockin’ Carnations.” Please see the special pull out section, beginning on page 9. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WHEAT RIDGE CARNATION FESTIVAL.

Hail’s Ripple Effect on the Community – More Than Roofs n By


Tawny Clary

ail. It is described by the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) as “a form of precipitation that occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into balls of ice.” But what is it really? For Colorado, it is fear of damage costs, skepticism toward strangers doing honorable work and renewed education on how to better prepare for the next storm. For the City of Wheat Ridge this year, it is 3,360 inspections completed in the first nine weeks since the city’s largest hailstorm on record. It is six additional inspectors with 814 billable hours from the same time frame. It is 2,256 online roofing permit and inspection applications submitted in a month. (City Treasurer Jerry DiTullio shares all of this information from the bi-weekly permit report on his page, jerryditullio. com.) Colorado’s May 8 hailstorm takes the cake in the top 10 most costly hailstorms in Colorado with a current estimated total of $1.4 billion, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association (RMIIA). The RMIIA explains, “Colorado’s Front Range is located in the heart of ‘Hail Alley,’ which receives the highest frequency of large hail in North America and most of the world.” Years of this kind of weather would lead us to believe we would be armed and ready for these catastrophic storms. Yet the monumental effect of hail never ceases to catch us off guard. In less than a half hour, a short-lived, but forceful army of falling hail means businesses close due to extensive and

expensive damage; employees find they have no jobs to go to the next day; residential roofs sit partially finished for days due to miscommunications and backup in available manpower. For the city and its people, a piece of hail turns into long lines with deadlines getting pushed back, frustrations and loss of patience. It turns into unanticipated

revenue costs of $968, 708.26 in just two short months since the storm, per the city treasurer. It doesn’t stop there. Each piece of hail has another purpose wrapped up inside it. It becomes neighbors helping neighbors. It becomes more job opportunities and purpose for contractors, glass and auto repair companies, rental car companies

and insurance. It becomes a facelift for neighborhoods whose property values go up with every new roof and each can of new paint followed by revived landscape and updated materials. Entire industries are there for residents and business owners in the recovery from the disruption that a little Continued on page 23


Mad Men Raise Money for RRCC Foundation n By

Gwen Clayton


t’s a beautiful sunny day with mountains to the north and the Denver skyline to the south – an easy sell, even if you’re not a Madison Avenue advertising executive. But it wasn’t Don Draper who brought more than 200 people to The Club at Rolling Hills on the weekend of June 24 through 26. It was the local community as they attended the Mad Men on the Rocks Gala and Annual Golf Tournament. The Foundation at Rolling Hills is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1999 with the mission of raising funds for the benefit of worthy charitable causes in the local community. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $2 million, with most of the money staying in Jefferson County. Every year, the Foundation Board chooses a different beneficiary. In 2017, that recipient was the Red Rocks Community College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, established in 1991 with the vision of removing the financial barrier and THE FOUNDATION AT ROLLING HILLS RAISES MORE helping students of all income levels access higher education.

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CURRENT FLOOD HAZARD AREA DELINEATION MAP for Clear Creek east of Wadsworth is based on calculations from 1979. The City of Wheat Ridge is using newer, more complete data to create new maps. COURTESY CITY OF WHEAT RIDGE.

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he City of Wheat Ridge is drawing up new floodplain maps, which indicate a lower flood risk in some areas and may reduce flood insurance premiums. It’s part of a project initiated by the city late last year to revise the existing maps to reflect more complete streamflow data. “We’ve never had a 100-year flood in Clear Creek,” said Mark Westberg, project manager and floodplain manager for the City of Wheat Ridge, referring to data used to support existing floodplain maps. “We’re either wrong or due for one.” Flood Hazard Area Delineation (FHAD) study maps mark the boundaries of a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), an area with a one percent risk of flooding each year – in layman’s terms, the 100-year floodplain. The maps identify areas where homeowners with federally backed loans are required to purchase flood hazard insurance, alert people to flood risk, and affect building permits. One percent sounds small, but over the course of a 30-year mortgage, a Special Flood Hazard Area has a 26 percent chance of flooding, which is a nine times greater risk than fire, according to the city. The Army Corps of Engineers used typical hydrology (rainfall and runoff) calculations in creating the current maps, circa 1979, according to Westberg. “Since good gauge data is often not available, the hydrology calculation route is the one that is most often done.” More than 100 years of stream gauge data is being used for the revised map. Two sets of data – from stream gauges monitored by the United States Geological Survey between 1911 and 1974, and 1975 to today – show a 31 percent reduction in flood flows. For example, Clear Creek, downstream of Kipling has a flood flow of 10,000 cubic feet per second, down from the previously used calculated flood flow of 14,550 (downstream of Lena Gulch). “We think the floodplain will go down,” said Westberg, “but we have no idea at this point whether it is six inches or three feet. In some places where it’s very wide, a lot.” How many residents would be affected by the change, and how? Data from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), presented at the city’s most recent (March 29) annual floodplain open house in city council’s chambers, shows that 206 single-family residences are located in local Special Flood Hazard Area. Of the 260 insurance policies issued under the NFIP, 203 are in the hazard area, and 57 are outside. The insured property is greater than $62 million, with total annual premiums of $232.041. Inside the hazard area, the annual premium is $1,328; outside, $450. Premiums are affected by a property’s elevation above or below the Base Flood Elevation, as well as coverage and deductible. Wheat Ridge’s Class 6 status

under NFIP’s Community Rating System allows a 20 percent discount on premiums; the city is being reviewed for Class 5 status, which would allow a 25 percent discount. Only nine other Colorado communities are rated Class 6 or better; only four are Class 5 or better, according to NFIP. “We have been extremely fortunate in that over 50 percent of floodplain is preserved as open space or parks,” said Westberg. That limits the amount of damage to private property, but lives are still at risk. “My biggest concern with the ‘campers that we have along in our open space is the risk associated [with] flooding,” said Westberg. “We do have a city wide Early Warning System that targets the open space areas to warn of things like floods. But in the midst of a noisy storm, those warnings are not always heard.” The city has 15 sirens throughout the city, concentrated along creeks. Although draft mapping will be completed in September, the federal government’s adoption of the Physical Map Revision was originally anticipated in January 2019, with an effective date of July 2019. But Westberg said the schedule has been delayed. Starting with a presentation to the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District – originally set for August but now February or March – that board will officially approve or adopt the FHAD. “The FHAD would then be sent to the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) for review and acceptance. The CWCB is the state agency that oversees floodplains. Once the CWCB accepts the FHAD, then it would be forwarded to FEMA for review and approval.” Surprisingly, neither the recent hailstorm nor the 2013 rains resulted in major flooding. “The storm this year was mostly very large hail without a lot of rain, so we did not have any reported flooding associated with this storm,” Westberg said. “The storm in September 2013 had more rain and small hail. With that kind of storm the small hail is often washed into low areas and causes drainage systems to clog. We had a fair amount of localized flooding with that event. However, Clear Creek did have much more flow than what would occur in a large snow melt event.” That’s not to say Wheat Ridge is in the clear till next spring. “We could still see flooding once the monsoons hit and always present a danger for residents and visitors who walk or play along Clear Creek and around our local ponds and lakes,” said City Public Information Officer Sara Spaulding. Never driving through standing water, checking bike trails for flooding before setting out, and keeping an eye on small children are all good safety reminders, she said. For more information, visit www. – JULY 18 – AUGUST 14, 2017 – NEIGHBORHOOD GAZETTE



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WHEAT RIDGE MAYOR Tips For Smoother Roof Repair an orange city permit must be displayed in a visible location on the property. Work must e might be talking about the May hail not proceed until the orange card is located storm until next May. It has already on the side of the home facing the street so been described as the “worst ever” or “a inspectors can easily locate it. • Make sure the property address and doozey,” and many questions have arisen from homeowners as well as contractors the address on the permit match. A few about City of Wheat Ridge processes contractors have been using the same related to building permits and inspections. permit and moving it from property to Ultimately, the city works to protect the property. If the homeowner has future homeowner through established codes to damage and attempts to file another claim, ensure quality workmanship. Such codes without a permit under that address the are specifically designed for the Colorado claim will be denied. • Once work begins, the City will climate and weather events that are unusual or considered rare occurrences in other perform two inspections: A mid roof inspection. parts of the country • Inspectors observe After sitting down with our issues that may need to be Interim Chief Building Official, corrected: a drip edge, a Brian Tardif, we’ve compiled the protective ice and water shield, following tips that might help proper vent locations, proper make sense out of our rationale attachment of underlayment, for some procedures as well as if needed, and shingle nailing provide steps that can be taken patterns that ensure the roof to minimize any delays in roofing stays put in high winds. repairs. • If the mid roof passes inspection, inspectors sign the Homeowner Tips permit card and initial the mid • Hire the right contractor Joyce Jay roof section. Check the permit – Ask for proof of insurance, city license and W-9 and testimonials from to ensure the mid roof has been completed and passed inspection. happy customers • A license with Wheat Ridge ensures A final roof inspection • Ensures proper flashing is installed as the contractor is aware of codes specific to Wheat Ridge and that they have been made well as boots and chimney crickets, and that aware of Colorado’s high winds, extreme any exposed nails are covered and sealant applied where needed. temperature fluctuations, and snowfall. • If passed, the orange permit card is • Check to make sure the contractor is doing the work and not a subcontractor. removed and brought back to the City for If that is the case, the subcontractor must filing. This is the documentation required have the insurance and W-9, so ask for that for any future claims on the property for repair from damage. documentation. • All contractors must be registered with the City of Wheat Ridge. Many companies Contractor Tips • Mid roof inspections are required by are currently subletting roofing projects. • Shingle delivery – sometimes shingles the City of Wheat Ridge. • Inspections are being conducted on are delivered by a lumber company and placed on the roof. If piled in one spot, the the next business day following the request load may be too much for the roof. Call the made online prior to 11:59 p.m. • Sheathing inspections are combined contracted company and ask that shingles be spread out to reduce the load and minimize the risk of a roof collapse. Continued on page 19 • At the point when shingles are delivered, n By

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WHEAT RIDGE CITY COUNCIL Acting Locally to Make a Difference Globally how city government can do better. The committee has stepped in to recommend and offer effective environmental programs onald Trump’s withdrawal from the and policies to our city in the areas of Paris Climate Agreement is going to green building, public education, energy create devastating consequences for our efficiency, adopting more clean planet. When our country energy sources, protecting water should be leading the way, we and increasing recycling. are turning our backs on the When special interests are world and denying the scientific setting our federal policy agenda, consensus that pollution has I know how important it is for consequences. By abandoning state and local governments this 195-country agreement to take action and protect our to reduce greenhouse gas progressive policies wherever emissions, our president is we can. With Mayor Joyce denying science, reality and Jay’s signature, we are showing our own contributions to global Colorado and the world that, as climate change. Monica Duran a community, we are committed I think it’s on us to do to protecting the Colorado we something about it – in whatever love and making a difference globally. I am way we can. State and local governments proud of our city’s commitment to clean have to provide leadership when powerful air and clean energy, and on council I will special interests drive policy like this at the continue the fight to grow our clean energy national level. That is why I brought forward economy, create good-paying local jobs and a resolution committing the City of Wheat protect Colorado for future generations. Ridge to the Paris Climate Agreement. That Contact Wheat Ridge City Council is just a start. District I representative Monica Duran at In Wheat Ridge, we have also created an or 720-312Environmental Sustainability Committee, 0583. to give suggestions and guidance on n By

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Wheat Ridge’s Mid-Century and Modern Gems

Monarchs in Wheat Ridge?

architecture. The best part about the search for these treasures is they aren’t always easy to find – architects and builders were hen many people think of mid-century commissioned by homeowners leaving modern homes, California comes to the homes sprinkled throughout the mind. After all, this style is also referred community. to as California contemporary. However, For a few hours on Sept. 30, several beautiful mid-century and modern homes homes will be open for you to walk through are scattered throughout the United States. for stunning examples of mid-century and One such location is Wheat Ridge, where modern architecture and design. unique examples of this style are peppered On this tour, which takes place every across the city. other year, homes are specially selected Mid-century modern design emphasizes to give the viewers a real structures with large windows, appreciation for modern open floorplans and a and mid-century style. The connection to the indoor/ 2015 event drew more than outdoor experience. Many 350 participants, and this mid-century houses utilized year ticket sales are capped at groundbreaking post and beam 400. Proceeds from the event design that eliminated bulky go to benefit Localworks, a support walls in favor of walls nonprofit whose mission is to made of glass. Additionally, advance the city of Wheat Ridge sturdy brick construction and as a vibrant and sustainable low roof lines are typical of community. the more modest mid-century Joy Opp In addition to homes.  coordinating the home tour, Not only is architecture a Localworks is raffling off an iconic Eames striking feature of the mid-century modern Chair valued at $4,500. Tickets are $25 homes of Wheat Ridge, but the style and each, and those interested in the raffle do furnishings are also stand-out features that not have to attend the tour to participate. need to be noted. Furniture is kept simple The winner of this splendid chair will take and airy with clean lines and geometric home a special piece of the past that their shapes. Heywood Wakefield, Isamu family can cherish for generations. Noguchi, and Charles and Ray Eames are Tickets for the tour are available for $30 just a couple of the trend-setting furniture in advance and for $35 on the day of the designers of the time, and their designs still event. Tickets for the tour and raffle tickets sell for top-dollar in vintage stores and are for the Eames chair can be purchased at recreated by the Herman Miller company. Development was in full swing in Joy Opp is a Localworks board memWheat Ridge in the ’50s and ’60s, and as ber and a Realtor with Live Urban Real Esa result, the city is an unexpected treasure tate. trove of mid-century modern residential

On March 1 of this year Evans took out an ad in the Times of London (but not the Neighborhood Gazette?), to pronounce ur daughter Isabella has been his rightful heir to the Sovereign crown of fascinated by all the butterflies which Great Britain. When I heard this I thought have been flying around lately. She recently to myself, this wouldn’t be the first or last attended a field trip to the Butterfly Pavilion time someone from Wheat Ridge thought and ever since she has been on the lookout they are royalty. for a monarch butterfly. She will exclaim I think it is telling of us here in Wheat with great joy every time she sees one, or Ridge, as far as the Carnation Festival presumes to see one, “Monarch!” Parade goes, we don’t crown a king and Isn’t it amazing how nature can bring queen, rather we nominate a count and great joy, especially when seen through the countess. eyes of a child. She helps me see In heraldry terms, a count these simple pleasures and learn was deemed to convey an to enjoy them as much as she approximate rank intermediate does. between the highest and lowest Should I be the one to titles of nobility. There are tell her that what she sees is many interpretations of what more likely to be a Sweetheart this might mean, but for me, Underwing Moth, rather than an this means we don’t presume actual monarch butterfly? Does to crown anyone, rather we the moth not fly just like any take note of those who deserve monarch butterfly might? Does to be counted among our best the knowledge of which sect Zachary Urban example as neighbors and of the Lepidoptera family this leaders. creature came from change her joy? I would When I think of this year’s royalty for the prefer she find this out on her own, rather Carnation Festival Parade, the beginning of than ruin this moment of joy for her here the last stanza of the poem “If” by Rudyard and now. Kipling comes to mind: But don’t get me wrong, there may “If you can talk with crowds and keep be a true monarch flying around Wheat your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose Ridge. The monarch butterfly is so named the common touch, If neither foes nor loving in honor of former King of England friends can hurt you, If all men count with William III. Wheat Ridge resident Allen you, but none too much;” V. Evans made the pretty royal claim that Whether you are royalty, think you are he is a direct descendant of an unbroken royalty or you have royally screwed up we primogeniture line legally documented should take a cue from Isabella Urban to since the third century in Great Britain, strive to see the monarch in everyone. a descent of the same House of Stuart, Zachary Urban can be reached at 720different line, and registered in the Royal 252-5930 or College of Arms.

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Jeffco Fair & Festival There is fun coming at the Jeffco Fair & Festival, happening Aug. 10 through 13 at Jeffco Fairgrounds. Attendees are treated

to interactive, engaging and traditional fun with a focus on locality to ensure there is something for everyone. Lasting four days, it is Jeffco’s biggest celebration of the summer. The Fair and Festival combines the entertainment and activities of a festival while using a fair approach to support and showcase 4-H, youth programs, equine, livestock and agricultural elements that have long been a part of Jefferson County. Events are numerous at the Fair and Festival, and select highlights include: • 4-H members Horse Show and Trail Classes and Gymkhana • 4-H animal viewing, project viewing and Rabbit Hopping and Bunny Costume Contest; • Kids Science Safari, a fully interactive children’s museum and Kids Discovery Day, that features additional activities and entertainment for the younger children • Outdoor Adventure Zone to get a taste of the active, enriching outdoor adventure we have in Jeffco • Petting Farm and Pony Rides • Professor Newton Science Show with some of the most incredible, interactive science experiments you’ve ever seen • Reptile Adventures to learn about reptiles and the important role they play in nature; • Milestone Seven VIP Wrestling Event and Pro Wrestling Event • Gladius the Show, featuring highflying aerial stunts from horses • CPRA Rodeo and Ranch Rodeo • Inventor Faire, showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness; • Meet SURLY from the movie, “Nut Job 2” • Pie Eating Contest, presented by 4-H members and open to everyone • Mutton Bustin’ for children 4 to 7 and under 60 pounds who will ride sheep out a chute and into the arena and • Music events The cost is $5 for ages 13 and up, kids under 12 are free. The Gladius Show, both wrestling events, the CPRA Rodeo and the Ranch Rodeo all have additional costs ranging from $7 to $30. Most tickets to these

events include same-day general admission for the Fair and Festival. These tickets can be bought now at www.celebratejeffco. com/.

Blues & BBQ for Better Housing Festival The 20th Annual Blues & BBQ for Better Housing Festival is coming up! On July 29, people from throughout the Denver metro area will gather at Citizens Park in Edgewater to enjoy the best local music, craft beer and local food and to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. This fundraiser has donated over $172,000 towards building homes for families in need. With nine awesome local bands, local restaurants and local breweries, the festival builds community through music! The event goes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is available in the old King Soopers parking lot at West 20th Avenue and Depew Street. General Admission is $10 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. Tickets do not include food, that must be paid to the individual food vendors. The band line-up is: Cup A Joe, 11 to 11:45 a.m.; Wild Love Tigress, noon to 12:45 p.m.; Funk Knuf, 1 to 1:45 p.m.; Stacey T and the Big Difference, 2 to 2:45 p.m.; The Symbols, 3 to 3:45 p.m.; My Blue Sky, 4 to 4:45 p.m.; Six Foot Joe and the Red Hot Rhinos, 5 to 5:45 p.m.; The Duke Street Kings, 6 to 6:45 p.m.; and The Austin Young Band, 7 to 8 p.m. Breweries include Edgewater’s Joyride Brewing, Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Company, Arvada’s Odyssey Beerwerks, Lakewood’s Denver Brewing Company, and Lakewood’s Westfax Brewing.

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Colorado Dragon Boat Festival The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF) celebrates the culture, contributions and accomplishments of Colorado’s Asian Pacific American communities. Dragon boat racing was a unique competitive sport to host here. Now, it is the largest dragon boat festival in the country. CDBF features more than 20 food vendors in two Taste of Asia Food Courts, a huge Asian Marketplace of gifts, artisans and organizations, a Wellness Village where health is the focus, Dragonland interactive children’s area, and over 100 performances on five stages that feature traditional Asian to contemporary Asian American culture. You can enjoy Chinese fan dances, watch authentic martial arts demonstrations, rock out at the Band Stage or the Cultural Unity hip-hop stage! This year’s festival will have, as usual, free admission. Events happen on July 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and July 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and include: • The Opening Ceremony starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, featuring Chinese Buddhist monks chanting and blessing the festival and competitors, followed by a beautiful, spiritual, traditional Eye Dotting Ceremony with invited dignitaries to awaken the spirit of the dragons within the race boats; • The dragon boat competition, an ancient sport with origins in China more than 2,000 years ago, that dozens of teams look forward to every year; • The Colorado Anime Fest, bringing classic and new anime favorites to CDBF since 2015; • The CDBF Marketplace, a dream bazaar with merchants from every corner of Asia and the Pacific; • The opportunity to eat your way across Asia and the Pacific Islands, bite by bite, without leaving Denver, at two food courts; and • Five Performing Arts Stages showcasing both traditional and contemporary AsianAmerican talent from within the community.

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n Father’s Day this year, a time when fathers were looking forward to enjoying their golf game in Arvada, a moose decided to join the games. Yes, I mean that big, four-legged, dark-furred ungulate with velvety-horns, that can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. If you have ever been close-up to a moose, this sight would not have a good effect on your golf game. But the local police had experienced this before and worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to tranquilize and tag the young juvenile male. They, then, relocated him. Most moose and other wild animals will usually stay where they are moved to according to Jennifer Churchill, spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. However, this moose evidently has decided that he likes the urban scene. A week later, the same moose, our urban moose, showed up at Flatirons Crossing in Broomfield, hanging out around a men’s haberdashery. After seeing how much traffic he could stop (and, trust me, you don’t want to challenge a moose with your car), he bedded down at Men’s Warehouse for several hours. This time, a veterinarian and Parks and Wildlife officers tranquilized him. After staggering around for a few minutes, he was finally loaded into a trailer. This time, his new place of residence is South Park, which in no way could be called an urban setting, but it does have female moose who might tempt him to rethink his urban ways. Before the 1980s moose were seldom seen in Colorado, particularly not in urban settings. Now the Colorado moose population has far surpassed the state’s target maximum number. While moose in Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming are dwindling, Colorado moose are thriving. There are 2,995 moose in Colorado, according to the 2016 post-hunt estimate, a 17 percent increase, and 70 live in the Front Range west and north of Denver. Moose here, along with other cold-weather species, like lynx and wolverines, have found the high altitudes to their liking. Another factor may be that they lack natural predators in Colorado’s high country. Mountain lions and black bears seem to avoid them and go for easier prey. Probably smart on the predator’s part, because a mama moose is ferocious in protecting her offspring. “They aren’t really afraid of many things because of their size,” according to Churchill. Parks and Wildlife is examining how many moose we can sustain and whether they can co-exist in close proximity to people. There is concern that moose looking for new territory may have increased conflicts with people. Particularly, if we have urban moose that prefer the city to the country. Unlike our sociable, urban moose, most moose are solitary and roam alone. With their dark fur, they blend well into the pine forests in the mountains. And they are big! As mentioned before they can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. They lack upper front teeth and use their lower teeth to consume as much as 70 pounds a day of vegetation. They swim well. Their legs seem too long for their body. For big animals, they are quite swift and can run at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Their vision is blurry, but, they have keen ears and big noses that precisely detect smells. Long, coarse hair keeps them warm, even above timberline. Their long head, overhanging snout, and bell (the swinging flap hanging from their throat) gives them a distinct silhouette. The flattened antlers on bull moose can reach up to five feet in width. However, in younger bull moose, it is not uncommon for them to have antlers similar to those of an adult male. The moose breeding season, or rut, begins in mid-to-late September and runs through October. Both bulls and cows are aggressive during breeding season. The bulls set up territories and attract cows with low grunting sounds that can be heard for long distances. Cows give birth in May and June. If the habitat is good twins, are common and, perhaps, even triplets. Moose may live up to 20 years in the wild. According to the Parks and Recreation website, the survival rate of collared moose

is 90 percent or above for adult bulls and cows. Approximately 75 calves are born to every 100 cows, and 21 percent of the calves born are twins. Since release, 42 of the collared animals have died. Seven deaths were related to capture. Seven of the animals were killed by vehicles. Three died because of old age. The rest were killed by hunters or indeterminate causes. In recent years, as can be expected, moose-human conflicts have arisen. Some have been deadly. The former Grand Lake mayor, Louis Heckert, on his walk to church, was repeatedly butted by a moose and later died of his injuries. A toddler was trampled in Grand County when a moose charged out of the forest. A number of hikers have been stomped and injured severely. Dogs can Continued on page 24

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Town Trivia During the 1940s, the New York Cafe occupied the space at 5420 W. 44th Ave. Originally granted a sales license to serve 3.2 beer, the establishment eventually brought notoriety to Mountain View and eventually, definitive action by the town board of trustees. According to a letter posted to Mountain View Mayor D.S. Hutchinson on March 15, 1943, from 1st Judicial District Attorney Richard H. Simon, the New York Cafe was “operating all hours of the night and as a result thereof, people frequent this place, become intoxicated, and in general the place is a nuisance.” The letter contained resolution to provide appropriate assistance should the town “take care of a situation in which we are all interested.” On April 25, 1944, town documents reveal “a public remonstrance was held at the Town Hall.” The meeting was attended by members from the sheriff and district attorney’s office, representatives from the state liquor license department, and citizens of Mountain View. At the meeting, evidence was presented against the New York Cafe “relative to the manner in which it had been conducted and operated.” Ultimately, at a regular meeting on May 1, 1944, the town trustees resolved “application and approval for a 3.2 beverage license at the New York Cafe be and the same hereby recalled, rescinded and vacated.” Within a year, the owner of the New York Cafe requested another 3.2 beer license and “permission for a music box in my place. If my request is granted, dancing will not be allowed.” By 1945, the Mountain View community was voted dry, so it is unlikely the New York Cafe had a second chance for beer sales. It is unknown as to whether or not the cafe was filled with music without dancing.

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A Little History of the Festival, Flower and Farmers

Every August in Wheat Ridge there’s a community shindig for a few thousand of the city’s closest friends. The party, The Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival, is nearing the half-century mark – and is one of the longest running festivals in Colorado. The festival derives its name from the post-World War II period when Wheat Ridge was home to a thriving carnation industry. The last carnation grower in Wheat Ridge phased out their operation in 2008. The event has changed and grown, but has always been a free locally driven and family-friendly

The city of Wheat Ridge was incorporated and officially became a city on Aug. 15, 1969, and a festival was born.

event. In 2016, there were around 30,000 attendees at Anderson Park. Now a three-day festival, it attracts residents and visitors from around the state. The festival is and has been a long-time of supporter of many local Wheat Ridge focused nonprofits, service clubs, as well as student and senior organizations. All monies generated by the festival go to these local entities or back into the costs of the festival itself. The festival is a registered nonprofit with the state and is managed and ran by a board of Wheat Ridge volunteers. The city of Wheat Ridge was incorporated and officially become a city on Aug. 15, 1969. In honor of the city’s birthday, the area’s agricultural history (the Wheat Ridge High School sports teams are the Farmers) and carnation production, a festival was born. The carnation flower has its own lengthy history. The scientific/Latin name is Dianthus Caryophyllus, which translates into Flower of Zeus or Flower of the Gods. The carnation is one of the world’s oldest cultivars. It’s first mentioned in ancient Greek literature, as growing on hillsides. Colorado’s abundant sunshine made for a nearperfect place to grow carnations. Carnations need ample sunlight. Wheat Ridge is close to Denver and provided the needed space for greenhouses. In the 1960s, the city had 32 different carnation growers and sent flowers to the White House every Monday morning. The bouquet was displayed in the front foyer with a card stating: “With compliments to our nation’s capital, Wheat Ridge Colorado, Carnation City,” per the Wheat Ridge Historical Society.

The city’s moniker as being the “Carnation City,” prompted a group of people to organize an official agricultural and floricultural weekend celebration. Thus, the Carnation Festival and Parade become an annual tradition, first held on 38th Avenue. The parade remains on 38th Avenue, with a brief hiatus to 44th Avenue at one point. The parade over the years has featured floats with mounds of carnations from the local growers. The greenhouses are gone, but the connections to the past remain. The world now receives its carnations primarily from South America. The festival itself has had a few sites since the beginning, until finding its present home at Anderson Park. Like so many traditions, occasions and festivals, finding the exact origins of the festival and historical specifics are as steeped in unknowns as the carnation flower itself. So many of the city’s founders and festival originators have passed – but their legacy continues. –Cyndy Beal

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The circus is coming to town! Sadly, not many of us will hear these words, now that the Ringling Brothers and other touring circuses have shut down permanently. Fortunately, for circus-lovers living in or visiting Colorado, the Zoppè Family Circus will perform under their Big Top Veneto. (Veneto is what this sixth generation of the Zoppè Circus Family christened their big top tent, in honor of the Italian town from which the family hails.)

A favorite among Carnation Festival-goers, Zoppè Circus is celebrating its 175th year anniversary of the family-run circus. Among the 54 individuals who make up the company of circus performers coming to Wheat Ridge are 10 blood relatives of the Zoppè family. “We are the classic circus in America today,” said Giovanni Zoppè, who now runs the Zoppè Circus. “We’re a complete circus, but we are what a circus was in the 1800s. That goes along with the costumes, music, and style of show…. Everything we do takes you back to 1800s.” Zoppè likens Zoppè Circus to Christmas. Just as Christmas comes every year, with different presents under the tree, the Zoppè Circus also comes every year and brings different acts. Zoppè says this will be the freshest show they’ve performed in the past 10 years. Among the new acts is a bareback-riding performance from Zoppè’s sister Tosca. According to Zoppè, Tosca, who has been an amazing bareback rider since she was born, will create their father’s classic bareback riding act. Another new act, features four-to-five horses abreast, with a human pyramid of six-to-eight people on top of them. “This is not an act you can see in America today,” says Zoppè. The circus also will introduce an act this year that features a bicyclist riding around the sides of sides of a large bowl-shaped apparatus. The apparatus is 15 feet at the top and 10 feet at the bottom. As the bicyclist rides, the bowl goes up about 35 feet

and continues to move. By the way, this “bowl” has a large hole in the middle of the bottom. Zoppè explains that this riveting act, which is 120 years old, has not been performed in at least 65 years. He felt it was time to introduce the act to modern-day circus-goers. The Zoppè Circus’s performances will be Friday, Aug. 11, at 4:30 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug., 12, at 1, 4:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets for each performance are $20 for general admission (bleacher seating), $25 for VIP (chair seating) and free for children 2 and under. The shows sell out quickly, so it’s a good idea to purchase your tickets soon. –Elisabeth Monaghan

Zoppè Family Circus will perform under their Big Top Veneto all three days of the Carnation Festival: Friday, Aug. 11, 4:30 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug., 12, 1, 4:30 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 bleacher, $25 VIP (chair), and kids 2 and under. Visit for information and tickets.

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Musical acts perform throughout the Carnation Festival on the Main Stage: Friday, Aug. 11, 5:30-11 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Colorado Favorites Rock the Stage, All Festival Long The energy and excitement between a live band and the audience is always magical, but when you add the thrill of homegrown music, the community really snaps to attention. There’s a huge sense of pride in actually knowing the people on stage and sharing the music our friends and family perform. That pride of ownership takes the stage of the 48th Annual Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival. A variety of musical styles – country, rock, blues and even something called “greengrass” – calls to music lovers of all genres, and each band hails from the Centennial State. Acts this year include Austin Young, Buckstein, Silver and Smoke, Wild Mountain, Rachel and the Ruckus, the Delta Sonics, Swerve, and Jim Jam Jimmy. Carnation Festival Music Coordinator Stefany Garner said she and her committee intentionally chose bands that would appeal to a wide audience and have a local following. “We look for people who have been in the community and played at the festival before and everyone loved,” Garner said. “We try to have a little something for everybody.” The festival, does, however, host some more renowned names as well. Acts such as Austin Young and Buckstein have received national attention and recording contracts. “We wanted to have these bigger bands play, especially for the opening night so that we could get the crowd really excited for the weekend,” Garner said. “And we wanted to have something for everybody, no matter what your musical tastes are. These artists have songs that appeal to someone who loves lots of different styles of music.” Whether a passerby is strolling through the vendor booths or a family is enjoying the carnival, the sound of the music will fill the air. It enhances the overall festival experience and complements other festivities such as the fireworks display, NASCAR Furniture Row show or EuroBungy circus. “It’s nice to have something that everybody can come together and enjoy with a beverage or food and just hang out,” Garner said. “Music is something that brings everyone together. It’s something that people can relate to. It’s something that brings life to the festival.” There is no charge for admission to the music acts at the Carnation Festival. “We look forward to everyone coming out and just enjoying themselves,” Garner said. “They really are going to get to see some of the bigger bands like Austin Young Band and Buckstein that they may not get to see for free anywhere else.” –Gwen Clayton

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FRIDAY, AUG. 11 • Main Stage 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. AUSTIN YOUNG BAND Hailing from Colorado Springs, Austin Young Band brings their high energy, guitar based blues rock to Wheat Ridge for the Carnation Festival Aug. 11. Young has built a local, statewide and national reputation for his fiery guitar licks, soulful sounds and crowd-pleasing experience, making sure each show is personable and memorable to anyone within earshot. While traditional blues remains the backbone of his music, Young makes his music stand out by adding elements of contemporary rock, jazz, and gospel. The Austin Young Band has released two studio albums containing original music:, Blue as Can Be in 2013 and Not So Simple in 2016. Young was named Best Guitar Player in 2012 thru 2015 from the Colorado Blues Society Listeners Choice Awards. 7:45 to 9 p.m. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. BUCKSTEIN The 6’4” American Idol contestant Matt Buckstein keeps busy these days crooning his bass-baritone voice as lead singer of the country/rock band that bears his name – Buckstein. The band is a favorite at the Grizzly Rose, and even did a professionally produced video for a song he wrote about the Mile High honkytonk. Showmanship and stage presence are part of the group’s persona. Buckstein himself studied theater in college, earning his BA from California State University, Fullerton. He made it as far as the finale on Season 5 of American Idol, and then returned to Denver to pursue music. Since then, Matt and his band have toured throughout Colorado and the Midwest region, sharing the stage with Charlie Daniels, Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, Eli Young, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Chesnutt, and many others. He’s also a regular guest on Denver country station KYGO 98.5 FM. Buckstein is set to release a five-song album titled “Country Side” this year.

Saturday, Aug. 12 • Main Stage 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wild Mountain Wild Mountain is a Colorado-based Celtic bluegrass band formed in 2016 with multi-instrumentalist/ composer Mike Nile, violinist Renee Fine, banjo player/ guitarist David Potter, lead vocalist Sarah Jones, bass player Dave Sweeney and percussionist John Ware. The band’s debut album “Greengrass” was recorded at Grapevine Studios in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and was produced by Nile and Neale Heywood of Fleetwood Mac fame. 1 to 3:30 p.m. DELTA SONICS Local blues band Delta Sonics can frequently be found playing the main room of Clancey’s Irish Pub

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in Wheat Ridge. Led by singer and harmonica player Al Chesis, the band has been entertaining audience and winning awards since the 1990s. They have opened for many nationally known blues artists, including Junior Wells, Taj Mahal, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, The Radiators, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tommy Castro and Charlie Musselwhite. Most recently, The Delta Sonics have also backed Steadyrollin Bob Margolin , Big Bill Morganfield, Bo Diddley (2004), and Pinetop Perkins on their recent club and festival performances in Colorado. 4 to 5:30 p.m. SILVER AND SMOKE Silver and Smoke is a western rock/blues band from Denver comprised of Ty Bray on vocals and guitar, Dino Ianni on lead guitar and saxophone, Diego Valenzuela on drums, and Rick Brown on bass.​The diverse sound of their songwriting and performance includes blues, classic rock, soul, folk, country, alt rock, pop, ska, punk, bluegrass, jazz, and classical. The formed in 2015 and have since released a debut EP titled “Workhorse” in March 2016 and four months later came out with another EP called “Marking Time.” The band has toured extensively along the West Coast and have shared the stage with The Mavericks and Asleep At The Wheel. The band is currently working on a third album. 6 to 7:30 p.m. RACHEL AND THE RUCKUS Rachel and the Ruckus bring their blues/rock/funk to Wheat Ridge from Boulder. Singer/keyboard player Rachel Alena leads the band comprised of guitarist Alec Sims, bassist Vince Carmellini, saxophonist Andrew Vogt and drummer Jimmy Yozell. Alena grew up in Los Angeles, listening her parents’ band. Her father played guitar with classic bands, such as the Ronettes and the Crystals, and he was an original member of Phil Spector’s ‘Wall of Sound.’ Rachel moved to Colorado in 2000 and formed Rachel and the Ruckus in 2010. 8 to 9 p.m. and 9:30 to 11 p.m. SWERVE Denver-based Swerve covers modern country and classic rock tunes that keep the dance floor jamming with what they call “redneck yuppie biker party music.”

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‘Rockin’ Carnations’ More Than ‘Just a Parade’

Parades in the U.S. date back a long way: Pequot Lakes, Minn., claims the first parade in the U.S. took place when legendary Paul Bunyan – circa 1834 – moved logging camps from old locations to new by sledding a stream of buildings over snow on skids pulled by the Great Blue Ox. The first parade on record was a St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in New York City in 1762. Completing the top four most anticipated annual parades in the U.S., the Mystick Crew of Comus society held the first Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans in 1856, the Valley Hunt Club’s first Tournament of Roses Parade was held in Pasadena in 1890 and the “World’s Largest Store”

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staged the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 1924. Following a long line of firsts, 2019 will mark the 50th consecutive year of the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Parade held to commemorate the first year of the city’s founding in 1969. The 2017 Carnation Festival Parade is the first to have a theme: “Rockin’ Carnations.” Recently, chaired for 12 years by Steve Keller (husband of Moe Keller, former Wheat Ridge City Council member, as well as House District 24 and Senate District 20 representative) and, currently, chaired by Leah Dozeman, assisted by festival board member Ruth Baranowski, the parade functions as one of the most visible way the city honors service groups, local schools and businesses, the fire and police departments and local, state and national politicians and candidates as well as church groups and hobby clubs, including auto, horseback riding, biking, walking, martial arts, cheerleading and dance. The parade also honors distinguished residents by selecting a Grand Marshal, Count and Countess who serve as royalty and ride in convertibles along the parade route. Optimist Ron Benson will be the Parade Announcer. Engaging residents in all aspects of the parade is a main goal of the 2017 parade. Community groups and individuals who want to participate need to register online by Tuesday, Aug. 1, to secure one of 80 total spots. On the day of the parade, two resident judges will randomly select three attendees from the crowd to help judge the winning entries in the categories of Best Marching Band, Marching Unit, Musical Group, Business, Vehicle and Float as well as Most Creative and the Community Award.

This year, even the commemorative plates given as awards were selected from local artists’ designs. Shirley Nakamoto of the Wheat Ridge Art League submitted the winning design. Parade winners, royalty, the city and the Carnation Festival board will receive plates at the Awards Ceremony at the Saturday evening concert from 7:20 to 7:50 p.m. The parade runs Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. With staging from Ames to Depew streets, the route continues to Upham Street along West 38th Avenue. Dominick Breton and The Grange board will serve a $7 donation Pancake Breakfast at The Grange from 7 to 9 a.m., with parking available in front of Wheat Ridge Cyclery and at Stevens Elementary. Additional parking is available along the side streets of the parade route. The Festival Board welcomes everyone in the community and surrounding communities to join in the celebration of Wheat Ridge. –Vicki Ottoson

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Bigger and Better: Carnival and Fireworks

This year’s Carnation Festival carnival, spreading across the south side of Anderson Park, will have more of our favorite carnival games and carnival rides than ever. Of course, there will be endless concessions with funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy and other favorite carnival foods. “What’s not to love about a carnival?” commented Leah Dozeman, Secretary and Parade Chair of the Carnation Festival. “They have rides that are just right for kids of all ages, for teens, and for thrill-seeking adults, too. My son really enjoyed the

fun houses last year.” Young guests will enjoy the inflatables. There will be bubble balls this year, too. Bubble balls are giant inflatable balls that fun-lovers climb inside of and use to walk on water. A Euro Bungee will be available for guests to try, also. Carnival rides vary from $1 to $5, but an unlimited daily pass is available for $20. Parents always enjoy watching children rush onto a ride and climb off laughing. If the next words they hear are, “Can we go again? Please, please?” purchasing a wristband allowing a day of endless rides may be a great choice. The fireworks show at this year’s 48th Carnation Festival will be bigger and better, also. Both Friday and Saturday nights at 9:15 p.m., two graduates of Wheat Ridge High School will orchestrate an amazing fireworks show. Two days before the festival, Steve Shriber and Jeff Hendricks of Firestorm Pyrotechnics will bring the fireworks over Loveland Pass, because a semi-truck full of fireworks can’t go through the tunnel. When Shriber was growing up in Wheat Ridge, he loved every firework show. Eventually, he began saving his money and driving to Wyoming to buy fireworks – a lot of fireworks. He then returned to Wheat Ridge and sold fireworks to his friends. After years in school and in the aerospace industry, Shriber and Hendricks began Firestorm Pyrotechnics in Springville, Utah. Firestorm Pyrotechnics produces choreographed shows combining music and fireworks. Hendricks designed the computer system

to create the complex coordination of each show. The timing and matching of music and multifaceted fireworks displays are what draws the ooohs and aaahs at every show. Once the 100 shows for Firestorm Pyrotechnics on the Fourth of July and the Carnation Festival are over, Shriber and Hendricks still cannot sit back and relax. There are still many, many events with fireworks scheduled for Firestorm throughout the year. Each show requires building the music and fireworks choreography for that show. Shriber continues to build on the computer programming for choreography. Hendricks has a yearly buying trip to China, because he still loves fireworks! There will certainly be food, fireworks, and fun that we can all enjoy at the 48th Carnation Festival! –Nancy Hahn

The Carnival is staged on the south side of Anderson Park during the Carnation Festival: Friday, Aug. 11, 4-11 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 12, noon-11 p.m. Purchase rides for $1-$5, or get a daily pass for $20. Firework shows start 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12. Free.

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Chili & Spaghetti, Beer & Wine, and Much More Did you know that carnations are as sweet as they are beautiful? Not all flowers are edible, but the carnation, which is one of my favorites in flower arrangements, offers a unique flavor that enhances the look and taste of salads or desserts. But as tasty as carnations are, the 2017 Carnation Festival will focus on other, more substantial food options for you and your family to enjoy. On Aug. 12, for the seventh year, there will be a chili cook-off. If you have never been to a chili cook-off, you are in for a treat. This is a charity event

sponsored by Wheat Ridge Poultry and Meats and sanctioned by the Colorado Chili Pod branch of the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI). The donations will benefit the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation. Entry fees for cooks are $15 for red or green chili; $20 for both. There are trophies and prizes for the top three cooks in both the red and the green categories, with one overall People’s Choice. There’s a $5 suggested donation for the public tasting, with children younger than 6 free. In the area just north of the carnival rides in the soccer fields, the public can taste and vote for their favorite chili from noon to 3 p.m., with winners announced at 3:30 p.m. For further details or to enter, contact Tim Berland at 303-995-2806 or The Carnation Festival Beer Garden, despite the name, will offer a wide variety of beverages for the entire family. They will have two locations: one in the beer garden near the Main Stage, the other in the center of the Food Court. Water, diet and regular soft drinks are available for $1 each. Beer and wine will be available for adults. The Rotary Club has teamed up with Budweiser and Breckenridge Brewery to offer a great selection of beers. In addition to Bud and Bud Light on-tap, the craft beers include Agave Wheat, Mango Mosaic, Avalanche and IPA Lucky U. Craft beers and wine are available for $6 each and Bud and Bud Light for $5. This is the only major fundraising event for the Wheat Ridge Rotary each year. Funds gained at the festival remain in the community by way of scholarships and funds to local non-profit organizations.

The food event that has been around the longest, and is so big that it has its own tent, is the Spaghetti Dinner. A benefit for the Colorado Professional Firefighter’s Foundation, two dozen volunteers from West Metro Fire Rescue work in shifts to feed the crowds. “Last year the festival donated $500 to the Foundation,” said West Metro’s Anthony DiTullio. “The spaghetti dinner has always been a well-known component of the festival, especially now that we serve for both evenings.” The dinner takes place on both Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 8 p.m., in the tent located in the Food Court, close to the Beer Garden. Prices are $8 for adults and $3 for kids. –Sally Griffin

The Chili Cook-Off is held on the soccer fields, north of the carnival site, Saturday, Aug. 12, noon-3 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 for tasting; 6 and under free. The Beer Garden and and Food Court are open Friday, Aug. 11, 4-11 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 12, noon-11 p.m. Food and beverages will be available Sunday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Carnation Festival Spaghetti Dinner is served in its own tent on two nights: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12, 4-8 p.m. Adults $8. Kids $3


Student Garden Bench Auction, Art Show Are Back After a successful debut last year, the Student Garden Art Bench Auction and student art show will again be part of the Carnation Festival. Art departments of participating local schools have decorated garden benches for the fundraiser. Volunteers will haul them to the Festival grounds Thursday afternoon, arrange them for display and set up bidding sheets. Like last year, the benches will be displayed in the front area to the east of the circus tent. The bidding opens on Friday from 4:30 to 8 p.m., and continues Saturday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. – the

Bidding for the Student Garden Bench Auction takes place Friday, Aug. 11, 4:30 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 12, 4:30 to 8 p.m., in front of the circus tent.

highest bid on each bench wins. Winning bidders can pick up their benches on Sunday between 2 and 7 p.m. Proceeds go directly to each school’s art department. To promote their schools, kids are encouraged to take selfies in front of their school’s bench and post them on their school website, Wheat Ridge Education Association Facebook page, or the Carnation Festival Facebook page. The student art show runs concurrently with the three-day Carnation Festival Art League Exhibition, inside the Anderson Building. Exhibition times are Friday, Aug. 11, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 12, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, noon to 4 p.m. New this year is a “school row” next to the picnic tables, where each school can pitch a tent promoting itself – information only, no fundraising or sales allowed, however. The showcase is open for viewing Friday and Saturday only.

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The Best-Kept Art Secret in Town It’s been said that art is never an extravagance but if hanging an original on your wall has seemed out of reach in the past, it’s just one reason to head to the Wheat Ridge Art League’s three-day exhibition during the Carnation Festival. More than two dozen members of the Wheat Ridge Art League are exhibiting their best pieces – watercolor, oils, pastels, pencil, abstract, modern, still life. It’s all there this year, and many, though not all, works of art will be for sale with prices ranging in affordability that makes it easy for a beginning collector to pick up a piece, and hard for a seasoned

What’s that sound? That’s the sound of engines revving up for this year’s car show. After nearly a decade of absence from the Carnation Festival, the car show makes a comeback this year at Mach speed. And they saved the best for last!

The Wheat Ridge Art League Exhibition is on display during the Carnation Festival at the Anderson Building at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St.: Friday, Aug. 11, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 12, noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 13, noon-4 p.m. Free.

one to resist. “This is the best kept secret in town,” said Juanita Gutierrez, Chairwoman of the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Art Show. While the art show is not a juried event, one in which an artist submits a piece to be accepted by a board, this is a members-only show. The Art League, organized in 1974 and now in it’s 47th year, has more than 40 members, with most, if not all, hailing from Jefferson County, according to Gutierrez. Artists pay a nominal $30 annual membership fee and together contribute to fulfilling the purpose of league, which is “To pursue the study of the arts, to encourage originality, and to provide members with the opportunity to obtain public recognition.” The league offers its members a visiting artist demo during the monthly meetings, in addition to other workshops and of course, the Carnation Exhibition. The Carnation Festival serves as the league’s exclusive art show. Throughout the year, member artists may be on exhibit at any one of the seven regular exhibit spaces around Wheat Ridge, Arvada, and the Highlands, including the Arvada Motor Vehicle Department at 6510 Wadsworth and the Wheat Ridge Municipal Building. The league commissions a judge to present awards to members for their show submissions, from Best in Show to Honorable mentions, and fulfilling the league’s mission to offer its artists, from ametuer to professional, the opportunity to earn recognition for their artwork. This year’s judge is Colorado-based artist Tracy Wilson. In addition to the annual exhibition, the League

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Car Show Revs up to Make Comeback

The Carnation Festival Car Show takes place Sunday, Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the heart of the festival grounds.

Hoods will be up, paint will shimmer and cars will be decked out. This event rolls in (loudly) on Sunday, the final day of the Carnation Festival, and can’t be missed. Cars will be parked in the grass right in the heart of festivities – surrounded by food trucks, vendors, the main stage and more. You can also expect special appearances by Furniture Row Racing and Mack Trucks. So it’s guaranteed there will be enough eats, entertainment and activities for everyone in the family. Speaking of family, make sure you stop by and say hello to Carnation Festival Chairman, Joe DeMott who will be showing off his love of cars through his family heirloom – a 1957 Chevy bought new by his grandfather. Handed down through the generations, even the original interior remains! DeMott and other car enthusiasts on the board have ensured plenty of space for the car show with up to 300 spaces available. While there will be plenty to gawk over, there will also be contests among the different car classifications. Custom-made trophies will be handed out for multiple categories including one for each car class, a People’s Choice Award and more. There will be a range of car classifications, such as Stock class vehicles to pre-war hot rods, muscle cars to exotics, and even air-cooled for Volkswagens and

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collaborated with the Carnation Parade Committee in announcing a first-ever commemorative plate design contest. Traditionally, the first place parade winner is awarded a commemorative plate designed by a selected local artist. For the first time, the committee called on local artists and designers to submit a piece that reflects the theme of this year’s parade: Rock-n-Carnations. All submissions will be displayed during the art show. The Carnation Festival Art League Exhibition offers the public the opportunity to experience art and interact with local artist on an intimate level, explained Gutierrez, underscoring the value to the public in obtaining their own original artwork. “We have some really wonderful artists here,” she said. “Why not have a real piece of art?” –Jennifer Duc

vintage Porsches. Whatever the classic/vintage car type, this show is sure to have a category for it. Vehicles can be registered online at www. and those who enter will receive a “grab-bag” full of goodies including food and beverage vouchers to be redeemed at the festival. Early registration is $15 online and will be $20 to register on the day of the event. So, it’s time to start polishing up those classics (as if you don’t already) and get them ready to shine at this year’s Carnation Festival. –Tawny Clary






Every year the festival honors those in the community who have made a positive contribution in Wheat Ridge.

Festival Royalty for 2017 Every year the festival honors those in the community who have made a positive contribution through active participation or service in Wheat Ridge. This year is no exception. Grand Marshals: The Pettit Family This year there are a nine grand marshals, which represent three generations. Walter and Carole Pettit, (both retired) graduated from Wheat Ridge High School. They raised two children in Wheat Ridge, Jennifer Starkovich, and David Pettit. They have three grandchildren Ava, Sam and Lily. Walter and David are both active members of the Rotary Club and on the Carnation Festival Board. Walt has been part of the Carnation Festival for 40 years. Beginning in 1963, Walt was as a board member of several local water and sanitation districts. He later was hired as manager of the Wheat Ridge Water District. He has served on many boards and commissions including the Mayor’s Economic Round Table, (Mayor Dan Wilde), the Richards-Hart Estate Advisory Board, and currently is on the Wheat Ridge Urban Renewal Authority, (aka Renewal Wheat Ridge), the Wheat Ridge Business District, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Wheat Ridge Sanitation District. The Pettit family welcomes everyone to attend the festival, “and above all have a good time.”

The Pettit Family – Grand Marshals

Wanda Sang – Countess

Dominick Breton – Count

Count: Dominick Breton Dominick Breton has lived in Wheat Ridge his entire life. He was born at Lutheran Medical Center and attended local schools – Stevens Elementary, Wheat Ridge Middle and graduated from Wheat Ridge High School. He presently works as a manager at Safeway. Dominick’s community participation is long-standing and abundant. He is a former Boy Scott Troup Master of local troop 240. He regularly volunteers for Local Works. He is the current president of the Wheat Ridge Kiwanis Club, and the program director for the Wheat Ridge Grange. This year he has become part of the Carnation Festival Board, as well. The Wheat Ridge Grange is celebrating its 100year anniversary this year. It will be having its Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 9 a.m., at 3850 High Court, right before the parade. “I am honored to live in such a great community,” he said.

Countess: Wanda Sang Wanda Sang has lived in in area now known as Wheat Ridge most of her life. She moved to the area when she was seven years old. Wanda is a Wheat Ridge High School graduate, and has been an active and involved member in the community for 34 years. She is retired from the work world, but continues to volunteer and participate in various capacities. She first served as City Clerk in 1982 and was re-elected multiple times through 1999. She was elected to and served on City Council 2003 through 2008. She is now presently serving on the Election Commission. “I want only the best for Wheat Ridge and its citizens. I have made so many wonderful friends over the years and feel very humble to have this honor bestowed upon me,” she said. –Cyndy Beal

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There is no indication who painted the map on the east side of the old Paramount Service Station. But it’s clear why it was painted. By 1926, tourism was an important part of the community’s economic life. For the tourist, this was one of the last stops before Golden and the Mountain Parks. This mural may have been the only map some tourists might have used. From our perspective today, when politicians have us doubting the feasibility of programs for the public good, Denver’s beautification projects were part of an amazing civic program that contributed to the environment needed for these small businesses. The same environment we lost when I-70 routed traffic away from West Colfax Avenue. And the environment that local beautification projects like MuralFest help recreate. Contact Kris Autobee at


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Jeffco Business Resource Expo The third Annual Jeffco Business Resource Expo, which will be on Sept. 18, will be bigger and better than ever! Meet business owners from all over the county while connecting with and learning about numerous resource organizations, dedicated to helping you succeed. The Expo starts runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Avenue Frontage Road in Golden. It is free for all Jeffco Business owners, who register in advance. Call 303-996-8976 for more information.

Wheat Ridge Chamber’s September Power Hour The Wheat Ridge Chamber welcomes millennial and WRC Social Media Guru Lisa Peters to the Wheat Ridge Power Hour on Sept. 5. to speak about social media. The event runs from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Wheat Ridge Chamber, 7250 W 38th Ave. For more information, visit www.

September Pizza in the Park The Wheat Ridge Business Association will hold a networking-focused luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event, which take will take place at Anderson Park at the Pavilion (4355 Field St.), goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 for WRBA members and $18 for nonmembers. The speaker will be Penny Brenden, who will cover Session Two of “Wheat-in Go.” Attendees will have an opportunity to create and deliver a short attention-getting business introduction. Interested in attending? RSVP at www.

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SCHOOL CROSSING When Good Isn't Good Enough school leader who got up one morning and set off looking for something better than rospect Valley Elementary (PV) is a “good enough” for his school. school that has been attracting many It was good to learn that the board of families to our Applewood neighborhood. education has agreed with my last column In fact, almost 70 percent of its enrollment and decided to assist the newly hired Wheat comes from other neighborhoods, districts, Ridge High School principal Jeff Cooley and even cities. The driving factor has in growing his enrollment numbers. I am always been the active community. Great sure they would be open to community principals came through every suggestions. After all, with so few years. Brenda Carlson, many alumni still living in Wheat Ridge, they would no doubt Wendy Woodland and, for the take pride in contributing to its last number of years, Mike growth. Yes, sports programs Collins. At PV, you could never are still successful and so are the tell who was a parent and who STEAM and STEM programs, was the teacher; there were huge but these have not been good numbers of volunteers in and enough in reversing the decline out of classrooms. The grades in enrollment. I am genuinely were good, never skyrockets, excited to see what they have but no one worried because the planned. students were happy, and in Guy Nahmiach With so many citizens turn the parents were happy. adopting the “not good enough” attitude We all know that if parents are happy, that’s and demanding “better” from themselves, “good enough.” from shops they do business with and their “Good enough” seems to have been elected officials, how do we bring that into something we’ve been holding onto like an our schools? Ask for more than average. old blanket, mom’s recipes or a sweater we Hold elementary schools accountable for bring out while shoveling our driveways. results. Have students be ready for every Not great, but “good enough.” level, including middle and high school. Be More and more schools are celebrating not simply college ready, but life ready. achieving average grades. Matching the rest Our new superintendent, Dr. Glass, has of the district, county or state, or maybe been on a listening tour, taking in concerns even surpassing them by a few points. and general questions from parents Maybe that’s a good result when comparing throughout the county. It is a great first step to failing schools. But what about other in building trust and a level of care for our cities in other states or countries? Students students. I have not met him in person yet, are applying for colleges in and out of our but over email I got the sense of a genuine borders, then graduating and competing for desire to help and improve. Dr. Glass will jobs on an international scale. take over the Ask the Super column here I was happy to hear that Principal in the Neighborhood Gazette next month, Collins wasn’t going to live with “good where he’ll answer questions from parents, enough” anymore. Collins is on a mission to teachers and district staff. If you have a improve the Advanced Learning Plan for his question for Dr. Glass, please don’t hesitate GT students – something most schools have to email, call or text me. accepted as a “flawed” process. Collins has Aug. 17 is a month away: What are you met with Roger Doubt, Director of Gifted doing to keep your kids outside building & Talented programs in Jefferson County, memories? Are you looking forward to sourcing the district to provide a more this next year? Last one for sixth grade in meaningful process where parents and elementary schools. Six new principals. It’s students can participate with the teacher in an exciting time to be in Jefferson County determining goals for every area of strength and especially in Wheat Ridge. students have. As well as administrative As always, thanks for reading. help for teachers in managing the red tape Contact Guy Nahmiach at 303-999and tracking the needs and progress for 5789 or every student in the program. Here is a n By

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Please no phone calls to inspectors. This has been a challenging process as the city responds to the worst hailstorm ever to hit Wheat Ridge. This one certainly caused more property damage to cars, homes and businesses compared with the storm in 2009 that brought down many trees and branches. Many contractors as well as homeowners have expressed their appreciation for the way city staff has responded to what at times appeared to be an overwhelming workload. As a team they continue to be committed to providing the best possible customer service for our residents and business owners. Please know that your elected officials are keeping an eye on how to support the work of our staff as they continue to assist homeowners with roofing and other building repairs. Contact Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay at 303-420-8533 or jjay@ci.wheatridge.

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sugar, check the serving size. It’s a popular technique for food manufacturers to give the nutritional facts for two or even two and a half servings on an item that you will likely polish off the entire package. If the servings are more than just one then you’ll need to do some quick math. Calculate the total calories, sugar, carbs, fat and protein. Then make sure that the numbers line up with your target nutrition sums. Always be aware of how many servings you are eating in a single sitting. Do the math if you’re eating more than one serving – be honest with yourself!

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As convenient as packaged health snacks are, you Snacking Tip #1: Watch out will always see better results Brandy Martin for added sugar by eating whole foods found Sugar is the biggest problem when it in nature, or snacks that you’ve made at comes to fattening snacks, and so this needs home with real food ingredients. Even the to be the number one nutrient that you check. healthiest packaged protein bar from the Your frequent snacks should contain very store is going to contain preservatives and little, or zero, added sugars. additives that are completely avoided in This is a pet peeve that I have: many homemade foods. “health” foods have massive amounts of A handful of raw nuts, a piece of fruit added sugars, which will destroy your results. with fresh nut butter, a hard-boiled egg, a Items like protein bars, jerky, dried fruit, homemade fitness muffin, some chicken green juice and trail mix often have added breast on veggies or chopped flank steak on a sugars and preservatives that you need to salad are all better options than any packaged watch out for and avoid. snack. Your snacks should have little to zero added When possible, stick with whole foods sugars, and should be a nice blend of protein, found in nature and snacks and meals that fiber and complex carbohydrates. you make at home.

compression and no tape is needed. • Small tweezers and nail clippers or scissors – You never know if you will fall into a very summer we all look forward to cactus and I can tell you the tweezers come in outdoor fun in Colorado – camping, handy. swimming, hiking, kayaking, biking, four • Paper tape – I recommend this, wheeling and arts festivals. especially if you have Coban, so it does not With all these fun outdoor activities, we tear the skin and cause more injury. need to make sure we take care of ourselves • Safety pins – In case a fall causes a and stay safe. That means using the right “wardrobe malfunction.” equipment and being prepared to take care • Non-latex plastic gloves of simple injuries. Things like – To protect yourself if you are scrapes from falls, bites from tending to someone else. bugs, and the occasional splinter • Cotton swabs – To clean can turn into major issues if we small injuries. don’t take proper care of them. • Small bulb suction device We all know about the major – Those blue nasal rinse bulbs equipment like life vests and used for infants can be excellent in helmets, but what about the flushing out a wound and getting smaller pieces of safety equipment the dirt off. that will let us have our fun even if • Pain reliever – I minor injuries occur? always carry ibuprofen or One key thing everyone Tish Landrum acetaminophen, as any injury will should have is a good first aid kit. likely have some pain associated You can buy one of the many pre-made kits or with it. easily make your own. Here are several of the • Antihistamine – A bee sting or bug basics you should include in a first aid kit: bite can cause an allergic reaction, so one • Small bag – A simple Ziploc baggie should always have a Benadryl or Zyrtec type would work, or small makeup bag for most medicine in the kit. activities. For a larger kit I recommend additional • Waterproofing is good to have, especially items: for water sports. • Instant ice pack • Antibiotic cream – I usually do not • Hydrocortisone to help stop itching of recommend triple antibiotic because it bites and stings contains sulfa, which can cause an allergic • Anti-diarrheal medicine reaction. • Epinephrine pen if you have significant • Alcohol wipes and hand sanitizer. allergies to bees or other bugs • Gauze – Both in a wrap or roll and some sterile gauze that won’t stick to a wound. Summer should be fun. Don’t let the • Band-Aids – Carry different sizes minor things that can happen with your including blister types that will help cushion activities ruin your fun. when there is rubbing in a shoe or glove. Tish Landrum, MD, is a Family Medicine • Ace wrap or Coban – Coban is a stretchy doctor at Lutheran Medical Center and SCL type of bandage that sticks to itself and is best Health Physicians. found at pet stores as pet bandages. It gives

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he Edgewater and Wheat Ridge operations of Colorado Senior Connections have been in the process of merging for the last few months, according to Felica Goett, CSC Activities and Volunteer Coordinator. Both operations are divisions of Jewish Family Services Senior Solutions department. If you are unfamiliar with Colorado Senior Connections, it runs a wide variety of programs and offers a range of services to assist seniors to age better. These include everything from field trips, to lectures, to guidance on healthcare issues and care management. It even refers clients to other programs for resources and benefits it cannot provide. CSC started in Edgewater seven years ago through a partnership with the City of Edgewater and private funders and partners, including the Daniels Fund and Rose Community Foundation. It successfully developed a model called a NORC (naturally occurring retirement community), which includes limited professional staffing but extensive volunteer help. At any given time, there are 20 to 100 volunteers participating in the Edgewater program under the guidance of Goett and a Senior Advisory Committee. The program was so successful in

growth and scope that, four years ago, a similar program was launched in Wheat Ridge, through a partnership with the City of Wheat Ridge and private funders. It is currently collaborating in Wheat Ridge with the Colorado Health Foundation and Senior Reach. Although the growth in Wheat Ridge has been slower, it has become wellestablished and offers a similar range of services and programs to Edgewater. Goett indicated that the programs are merging in order to be more efficient on staffing, to offer a greater degree of coprogramming, and to extend overall reach. “We already are showing some good results in the first quarter we have operated the merged programs,” she said. There will continue to be separate Senior Advisory Committee groups for Edgewater and Wheat Ridge to keep the close community connection. The Wheat Ridge group is actively recruiting senioraged Wheat Ridge residents as new Advisory Committee members and will hold a recruiting event from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Wheat Ridge Historical Park and Museum. There will be refreshments, a raffle and an introduction to the CSC program. An RSVP is required.

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“We look for organizations that have very low administrative costs as we like to know that our donation is going back to the community, which is why we donate,” said Foundation Board member Barb Lutz. The main beneficiary receives 75 percent of the proceeds of the gala and golf tournament. The remaining 25 percent is distributed among smaller organizations requesting donations. Each year’s gala has a different theme, which is chosen by the main beneficiary. This year, the RRCC Foundation chose Mad Men on the Rocks – inspired by the contemporary television show set in the 1960s about an advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City. Festivities included a poolside cocktail party, followed small bites the club house and live music by “Rat Pack” singer Steven St. James, as well as party games, a photo book and a helicopter ball drop. In addition to the admission price, the gala raises funds raised through live and silent auctions. Beneficiaries for the Foundation funds are chosen a year in advance. For the 2018 gala and tournament, the Board has chosen the Arvada Food Bank. Last year’s theme was Superheroes. The event brought in $168,843 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Rocky Mountains. Funds for this year’s gala and golf tournament have not yet been totaled. For the Saturday night gala, the club itself donates the facilities and food and everything else, excluding labor that the Foundation needs each year. For the Monday tournament, the club donates the course as well. Attendees this year totaled 176 for the golf tournament and more than 200 for the gala. The Foundation’s Board, comprised of Rolling Hills members, receives and reviews applications from potential beneficiaries each year. “When choosing our main beneficiary,” said Board Member Aimee Petri, “the Foundation looks for a self-sustaining organization that can field a golf tournament and fund-raising gala.” The beneficiary’s responsibilities will include fund-raising, sending invitations

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Little Free Library Comes to Wheat Ridge On June 28, the Wheat Ridge community celebrated its first Little Free Library, “a place where all can take books, bring books, or just love on books.” Located at 3075 Upham Court, the box where people pick up or leave books, was hand-made using all recycled materials and the design was inspired by Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the WIld Things Are.” For questions about the Little Free Library in Wheat Ridge, contact Valarie at 303-433-9077. To learn more about the Little Free Library movement, visit www.

Wheat Ridge Dream Dinners To Host Fight Against Hunger Event Dream Dinners, along with Friends and Family Community Connection (FFCC), will host a Fight Against Hunger event on Saturday, July 29, at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers will assemble food packages that have been scientifically designed to reverse the effects of malnutrition and starvation. Organizers hope to pack 50,000 meals that day with 16,000 meals staying local and going to the Action Center’s Prosperity Project. The remaining two-thirds will go to Haiti.  If you’re interested in volunteering or learning more, visit www.//

Performances in the Park Four free performances in Anderson Park remain for the summer season. Check out Puppets & Things on Strings, a children’s event, on July 26 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Later that evening, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., families can enjoy the Americana and bluegrass music of Highland Ramblers. On Aug. 8, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Doctor Noize Live! will perform his interactive, oneman band of instruments for children. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., Hot Tomatoes, Denver’s premier swing and jazz band will perform. Anderson Park is located at 4355 Field St. For more information, visit www.//

Colorado Senior Connections Seeks New Committee Members Colorado Senior Connections (CSC), with support from the Wheat Ridge Historical Society, presents “Look at Our History and Plan for the Future!” CSC is looking for interested and engaged Wheat Ridge Seniors to join the Senior Advisory Committee and help set the course for senior services in Wheat Ridge. The free event will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 10

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Wheat Ridge Reads Selects ‘The Ringer’ Wheat Ridge Reads announced this summer’s book is “The Ringer,” a novel by Boulder author Jenny Shank. With its local setting and compassionate approach to contemporary events, “The Ringer” is a natural choice for this summer’s Wheat Ridge Reads. Copies of the book are available at Jefferson County Public Libraries and Bookbar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver. Additionally, Wheat Ridge Reads will host two Meet the Author events , where readers can discuss the book with Shank. The first will be held Sept. 21 at the Wheat Ridge Library. The second will take place on Sept. 23 at Books and Brews. To learn more, visit

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Colorado Senior Connections hosts a continuing series of fun events for seniors. Join Colorado Senior Connections for Classical Connections Music Class, an amazing musical tour through the classical music world, taught by Betsy Schwarm, a college professor and noted music historian. Tuesdays, July 18, Aug. 1, and Aug. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Pay $5 upon arrival. Beginners are welcome in An Afternoon of Bunko, a fun dice game with lots of action that is easy to learn; $6 per class. Held Tuesday, July 18, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. Call 720-763-3042 for more information. Stitch and Chatter, a free, drop-in handcrafts group meets every Wednesday, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at 2250 Eaton St. Anything you want to work on in your lap is welcome, from knitting, crochet, to embroidery. All ages and levels are welcome. The Historical Society Quilting Circle meets inside the Wheat Ridge Historical Park Museum, Wednesday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about the history of Wheat Ridge and bring a project to work on – it doesn't have to be quilting! There is a show and tell time to see what everyone is working on. All levels are welcome, and help is available to get started if you want to learn. Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Men’s Group meets twice a month to discuss sports, politics and current events. No subject is off limits, but members are expected to behave appropriately. Each member will take a turn leading a group discussion. Men from Edgewater, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and around are welcome. Next meetings are Thursdays, July 27 and Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Edgewater Rec Room, 5845 W. 25th Ave. For more information, visit

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ball of ice can cause. Help comes from unexpected places. Even U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) perked up to help businesses struggling from the aftermath of the storm. By early July, the SBA announced the availability of lowinterest federal disaster loans in Jefferson County for “small businesses and individuals with uninsured losses to a residence or business.” Finally, the months after a hailstorm are a true testament to how effectively a city functions and to the character of its community. It brings to life the reality of expectations. On June 2, Mayor Joyce Jay reported on her Facebook page that the normal amount of roof building permits issued were “15-20 per day” and that number “has gone up close to 100 [per day], right at a time when we are down to one trained permit technician!” This led to a backup of application processing time. The city reported each altered wait time, as the chance to obtain a roofing permit went from waiting in lines at the processing office to online submissions only, to a wait time of three to five days for processing and finally extended to five to eight days for processing. Miscommunications happened between roofers and inspectors, residents and the city. However, the city put in all its efforts to resolve blunders and controversies. When residents spoke up, the city moved as quickly as they were able to adhere to requests and complaints of its people. While Wheat Ridge was not the only city

with a surge of roofs and properties needing repair, the city was hit the hardest by the largest, most damaging hail in the metro area. According to, the 80033 ZIP code (which included Lutheran Medical Center) incurred the bulk of the storm. Even with its own large costs of repair to take care of, Lutheran Hospital came together as a community to help raise funds for its low-income employees who incurred vehicle damage from the storm. By the end of May, The Insurance Journal estimated there would be “150,000 auto insurance claims and 50,000 homeowners claims” filed as a result of the May 8 storm. Of course, it will be difficult to know the real impact of the storm for months or even years. The only impact we will see until then is our own. Though we never seem to be prepared enough for the outcome of a hailstorm, we learn a little each time about human compassion and the ability to evolve from such disasters. People are much like hail in the storm after the storm. NSSL explains, “hailstones bump into other raindrops and other hailstones inside the thunderstorm, and this bumping slows down their fall.” When we look at our own communities, do we slow each other down from the fall or do we slow each other down from progress on our destined journey? So, what is hail? It is a mirror of the human spirit. While human beings can’t move as fast as a tablet or smart-phone, calculate precise completion time nor meet work expectations flawlessly day after day, we still persevere with the hope that the sun will rise again and that our collaborative diligence will gradually melt away yesterday’s damage one day at a time.


Focus on Wheat Ridge Business

Helping Boaters Get Down River Since 1985 Not far from the hustle and bustle of I-70, the friendly staff of Down River Equipment help outdoor enthusiasts prepare for their river adventure. This outdoor equipment company is owned by boaters and employs an experienced team of boaters to assist with their customers’ river needs. They specialize in the custom fabrication, distribution and retail of equipment for all types of river activities. Down River Equipment is best known for their quality frames that are 100% made in Colorado. Along with frames, they also manufacture dry boxes, tables, pumps and a multitude of cargo gear. In addition to equipping adventurers for their trips, Down River Equipment also hosts over 12 events and trainings each year. They have seminars on trip planning, fishing, outdoor cooking, and much more. Since 1985, Down River Equipment has been providing quality river equipment and excellent customer service out of Wheat Ridge. Zach Svoboda, Co-owner of Down River Equipment, notes that Wheat Ridge is ideally located for the company because of its accessibility those living in the Front Range as well as those coming down from the mountains. According to Svoboda, the city of Wheat Ridge has also showed a commitment to attracting other outdoor recreation companies to the area. “We are excited to help create a community of outdoor recreation businesses in Wheat Ridge,” says Svoboda. Svoboda was one of the three longtime employees that bought the company in 2013. Svoboda and his partners have focused on growing their company since they took over. “Down River was a well-established and respected brand when we purchased it,” Svoboda says, “but we are not content with the status quo.” In the last four years, Down River has tripled their year-round full-time staff and moved to a new location, doubling their square footage. More employees and more room means that Down River is even better equipped to help their customers plan and stock their next river trip. Even with these big staff and space expansions, Down River is not slowing down anytime soon. They continue to emphasize and invest in designing new products and improving upon existing products. They are currently pursuing opportunities to open a second location as well as expand their manufacturing capabilities by purchasing an existing supplier. “Although we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished in the last 4 years, we are not satisfied,” says Svoboda. Learn more about Down River Equipment online at or by stopping by their showroom at 11937 West I-70 Frontage Road North. COURTESY OF



PEOPLE WE SHOULD KNOW – WHEAT RIDGE Donald & Rhonda Dominick – Raising Our Newest Astronaut n By

Nancy Hahn


heat Ridge residents Donald and Rhonda Dominick took the job of parenting very seriously and dedicated themselves to parenting their two sons. “We always told Matt and Andy to strive to be the best you can be,” Rhonda explained, “and never felt there were times in school when you just skate-by.” Both parents expressed that their sons were quite different, but each had active interests to follow. For example, Matthew wanted to

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make the situation worse. Probably, because the moose regards dogs as predators, the moose will become extremely aggressive. Parks and Wildlife provides the following tips: • Keep dogs on short leashes. • Move slowly. • Back off when moose put their ears back, roll their eyes or appear aggressive. • Carry a wildlife pepper spray. • Keep a safe distance. Having seen moose up close in Minnesota and while on vacation in Canada, in my opinion, the only safe way to observe a moose is with binoculars – even urban moose. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t dig out my binoculars if our own urban moose returns. For information on viewing and hunting moose, and their introduction into Colorado, go to: Pages/MooseReintroductionProgram. aspx.

have a part in the school musical; while Andy said, “I’m going to be on the stage crew.” In May, Donald and Rhonda received a call from the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. Before being told the reason for the call, they had to assure the caller that no one else was in the room and no one else would be told. “Can you believe it?” Rhonda asked. “That kind of secrecy?” Then they were invited to the Space Center for a special ceremony. “And we haven’t come back to earth, yet!” Donald says. The ceremony announced the selections for the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. Matthew Dominick, Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, was one of the chosen candidates. Families of the new astronauts were given a V.I.P. tour. Mr. and Mrs. Dominick, as well as Matthew’s wife and daughters, toured the entire facility. They were able to examine space suits and space capsules. A complete mock-up the space station was constructed inside a huge swimming pool, so the astronauts can practice in an environment simulating zero gravity. Rhonda Dominick was able to explore it. She laughed and said, “I told Matthew that I got in the Space Station before him.” Donald Dominick noticed after Matthew was chosen as an astronaut that no one is surprised. “Our friends, Matthew’s friends, his physics teacher from D’Evelyn; everyone is pleased for Matthew and for us, but never surprised,” he said. “Looking at Matthew’s story, he set this course years ago.” Both parents agree that Matthew set goals for himself and reached them from a young age. In sixth grade in Wilmore Davis

WHEAT RIDGE RESIDENT RHONDA DOMINICK AND HER SON, MATTHEW, one of our nation’s newest astronauts. PHOTO: DONALD DOMINICK Elementary School, Matthew worked hard in mathematics and science. He wanted more. To ensure that Matthew had access to the advanced courses he wanted, he began at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School in seventh grade. The rigorous program was perfect for him. Matthew also participated in sports and other activities. College, the Navy, flight school, and advanced degrees each brought him closer to being an

astronaut. The story of Donald and Rhonda Dominick is not the story of parents who chose a path for their children, then nudged and cajoled them along that path. These parents acknowledged the paths their children chose. They did what they could to provide the tools to travel that path and cheered from the sidelines. Congratulations to them all.

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Neighborhood Gazette – July 2017  

The July 18-August 14, 2017 issue of Neighborhood Gazette, serving Wheat Ridge, Applewood, Mountain View & Lakeside Colorado.

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