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Ju n e 2019

Four Gener at ions Building a Family Legacy

Ph ot o by AM A Divin e Ph ot ogr aph y

Upcoming Events

June Sat . 6/ 1

Ber t h ou d Day - 11:00am - 9:00pm

Berthoud Town Park, 200 7th Street, Berthoud Senior Living Advisors of Colorado will have a booth, stop by and guess how many puzzle pieces are in the jar! Tu es. 6/ 11

TLC - Th e Lovelan d Con n ect ion - 9:00 am -10:30 am All Saints Episcopal Church, 3448 N Taft Ave, Loveland Topic: Judy Jackson will be speaking about Bingham Hill Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Larimer County. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at: 720-252-6880 or

Sat . 6/ 15

Sat u r day Sen ior Social - 3:00 pm BYOB - Buy Your Own Beverages Rock Coast Brewery, 414 E 6th St, Loveland Please RSVP so we can save you a seat at: 720-252-6880 or

Wed. 6/ 19

Savvy Sen ior s - 2:00 pm -3:00 pm New Location: ANB Bank, 808 W. Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland (Conference Room) Topic: Ever yt h in g you n eed t o k n ow abou t you r lar gest or gan (you r sk in ) Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at: 720-252-6880 or

Sat . 6/ 29

THRIVE Lovelan d Su m m er Picn ic 11:30am -2:30pm at Nor t h Lak e Par k , Sh elt er #1 Address: 2750 N. Taft Avenue, Loveland Free Event, Tickets are required, RSVP at 720-252-6880 or

July Weds. 7/ 3

Ber t h ou d Fir ew or k s - Sen ior Social - join us in Berthoud to celebrate the 4th. RSVP at: or call Danita for more info at 720-252-6880

Weds. 7/ 4

Lovelan d Fir ew or k s at 9:17 p.m. the show is set to begin over Lake Loveland.

Weds. 7/ 4

Est es Par k Fir ew or k s at 9:30 p.m. the show is set to begin over Lake Estes.

Tu es. 7/ 9

TLC - Th e Lovelan d Con n ect ion - 9:00 am -10:30 am All Saints Episcopal Church, 3448 N Taft Ave, Loveland Topic: To Be Announced. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at: 720-252-6880 or

Wed. 6/ 17

Savvy Sen ior s - 2:00 pm -3:00 pm New Location: ANB Bank, 808 W. Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland (Conference Room) Topic: Dow n size an d Sim plif y. Best w ays t o get disper se you r "st u f f " . Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at: 720-252-6880 or

Week ly Event s Ever y Th u r sday - 7:00 p.m .


Bin go at t h e Associat ed Vet er an s of Lovelan d, 305 Cleveland Ave. Doors open at 6 pm. Open to the public. $8.00 per game.

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In This Issue.....

Impor tant Phone Number s

Act ive Lif est yles........................15 Act ive Sen ior s........................... 12 Ber t h ou d Bu sin ess................... 7 Com m u n it y Happen in gs.......... 6 Even t s........................................ 2 Healt h & Welln ess.................... 14 Residen t Spot ligh t .................... 16 Act ive Lif est yles........................15 In dex of Spon sor s..................... 5 In t er gen er at ion al Act ivit y....... 11

Ber t h ou d Berthoud Area Transportation Sys. (BATS) Library Parks & Recreation Senior Center

970.344.5816 970-532-2757 970-532-1600 970-532-2730

Est es Estes Valley Community Center Library Senior Center

970-586-8191 970-586-8116 970-581-2195

Lovelan d Chilson Rec Center (main) Library Senior Center

970-962-2386 970-962-2665 970-962-2783

Legal View s................................ 10 Local Ar t ist ................................ 18 Lovelan d Bu sin ess.................... 9 Ou t & Abou t .............................. 8 & 13 Sen ior Livin g............................. 4

Publishers Mark & Danit a Nixon at t he 2018 Alzheimers' w alk w it h Communit y Liaison Faye Kirk Cont act us w it h your ideas, feedback or cont ribut ions at 970-852-4900 Danit Š 2019 THRIVE Loveland, 1635 Foxtrail Ct., Loveland, CO 80538 970-852-4900 All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Advertisements contained within this publication do not represent endorsement by the publisher. Publisher may not be held liable or responsible for business practices of these companies.

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Senior Living

Finding Pur pose. by Dan it a Nixon

Do any of these stories sound familiar? - Mary is in her early 70?s, she lives alone and doesn?t get out of bed most days. - Since she retired, Lisa?s mother spends most of her time just watching T.V. She depends on her daughter for social interaction. - Mike has things to do, he just doesn?t feel like doing them, he is extremely depressed about how his life turned out.

you to reach out to us. We would love to help connect you with opportunities to reengage with life and find a new purpose.

As we get older, many of the things that gave us a sense of purpose are no longer a part of our daily lives. We?ve raised our children, we?ve had our careers, we?ve done our volunteer work? now what? We can most certainly go sit in our rocking chair and watch life pass us by, or we can grab life by the horns and get involved in new and extremely meaningful ways.

For m or e in f or m at ion abou t f in din g pu r pose, in h om e car e, or sen ior livin g opt ion s, con t act Dan it a of Sen ior Livin g Advisor s of Color ado at 970-541-4592 or Dan it

Having purpose, a reason to get out of bed is critical to aging well. Those who don?t have something to do or something to look forward to, usually are quietly waiting for life to come to an end. It doesn?t have to be this way! Our communities are overflowing with opportunities to engage in life. While there are activities geared towards our ?older adults?, there is a need for volunteers in organizations that serve every population on the planet. If you , or someone you know, is struggling with finding purpose in your life, we invite 4

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Index of Sponsor s Our Sponsors make it possible to provide this monthly publication to our community. When you have a need for our sponsors' products or services, we ask that you give them a chance to earn your business. Please tell them you found them in the THRIVE Loveland magazine!

At t or ney Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. 800-598-4348 Chir opr act or Beukelman Chiropractic Center 970-667-7159 1717 Madison Ave, Suite 1 Financial Advisor Edward Jones, Art Aldrich 970-663-0554 Hear ing Aid Bat t er ies Hearo Club 833-547-8362

Real Est at e Kimberly Caldwell 970-980-1671 Roofer A&A Classic Exteriors 970-451-1828 Senior Living Advisor s Senior Living Advisors of Colorado Danita Nixon, 970-541-4592

Pest Cont r ol Integrated Pest Management 970-980-6307 Phot ogr apher AMA Divine Photography 970-412-5742 In Home Car e - Medical & Non-Medical Phoenix Home Care 970-667-2273 Insur ance -Aut o, Home, Medical & Business Secure American Insurance 970-663-9791 THRIVE Loveland & Surrounding Towns


Community Happenings

"Meals on 4t h" Signat ur e Fundr aising Event Wednesday, June 12, 20 19 6:0 0 -9:30 PM Th is t ick et ed M eals on Wh eels ben ef it f eat u r es: - Welcome reception with local beverages and passed hors d'oeuvres - Dinner, served family-style, consisting of multiple courses supplied by local restaurants serving farm-to-table style dishes - Live entertainment - Fun opportunities to help raise funds for Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud Visit for more information, tickets, and the 2018 Meals on 4th recap in images and video. This event is for ages 21+ over. Seating is limited, so get your tickets today! If you ar e in t er est ed in volu n t eer in g f or M eals on 4t h con t act (970) 667-0311

Ho Ho Ho... It 's Ch r ist m as in Ju ly! at the Berthoud Senior Center Fr iday, Ju ly 12t h f r om 9 am t o Noon Sat u r day, Ju ly 13t h f r om 9 am t o Noon

Don at e Now is t h e PERFECT t im e t o dow n size you r h oliday decor at ion s! Bring your donations of gently used holiday decorations to the senior center between now and July 11th. All proceeds will go to the Senior Center General Fund.

Sh op Gen t ly Used Holiday Decor at ion s w ill be on sale! Hot dogs & Chips will be available for purchase on Saturday. Cash only please!

Ber t h ou d Sen ior Cen t er is locat ed at : 248 Welch Ave, Berthoud, CO 80513 970-532-2730 6

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Ber thoud Business

By: Dan it a Nixon Congratulations to the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor and Rudy and Becky Justice-Hemmann for fifteen years of excellent service to the Berthoud community. The first issue of the Surveyor was BWS Owners Becky and Rudy published June 16, 2004. They are celebrating 15 years in business. Becky and Rudy are residents of Loveland. In their ?spare time,? they enjoy spending time with their Prior to starting the Surveyor, Becky had been family, working out at the Chilson Center, and eating. producing directories and newsletters through her Their favorite restaurants in Loveland are Old business, Media Innovations. She was encouraged Chicago, Chili?s and the Black Steer. Being senior on numerous occasions to start a new local citizens and still running a business is a challenge, newspaper for the Berthoud community. In the fall especially to get time away, and one of their goals of 2002 Becky decided to accept the challenge and this year is to take a real vacation! began the process of researching and planning for the launch of the Surveyor. The rest is as they say, We wish Becky, Rudy and the Berthoud Weekly ?history.? Surveyor continued success! From the very beginning, Becky was committed to the paper being the ?good news newspaper,? and they have maintained that commitment for fifteen years. ?Bad news does happen and, of course, we report it. But we really focus on the positive happenings and people in the community,? explained Becky. Becky?s husband Rudy joined her in the business in 2004 after a change in his career was imminent. Becky told him, ?come work with me, we will find something for you to do.? That ?something? ended up being Rudy becoming the writer for all local city and government topics. Becky claims Rudy didn?t even know he was such a good writer! This dynamic duo has realized their success with the assistance of many valuable staff members over the years. They speak about them with great fondness. According to Becky, what they love about producing the Surveyor is, ?The people we work with and serving this very generous, loving community.? THRIVE Loveland & Surrounding Towns


Out and About

The Loveland Connect ion

Bonnie Coleman President of TLC with Mayor Jacki Marsh

The Loveland Connection welcomed Mayor Jacki Marsh at the May meeting for a community update. The Loveland Connection is a social club where all are welcome, membership is only $15.00 for the year. The club has a monthly meeting with a speaker, a book club, men's breakfast club, bridge clubs, a lunch club, and monthly field trips. The July meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 9th from 9:00 am-10:30 am at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3448 N Taft

Desk Chair Pr esent s... Nor m Oliphant WWII Vet er an & Ar t ist " At 95 year old I call myself The Ancient Artist." My retirement years have given me the opportunity to enjoy my childhood dream (being an artist). Over the years, the numerous paintings I have sold, gives me great fulfillment knowing they grace the homes of many." 8

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Norm with his wife Marcia


Lovel and Business

A Wor k of Ar t Ar t Cast in gs of Color ado By: Dan it a Nixon

A group of members from The Loveland Connection (TLC) toured Art Castings of Colorado located at 511 8th St. SE in Loveland. The company was started in 1972, at that time it operated in a 2,500-square-foot building. It has since grown to 25,000 square feet with 38 employees producing bronze and stainless-steel sculptures for artists from all over the world. The in-depth tour at Art Castings of Colorado, provides a unique insight into the step-by-step process that each piece must go through in order to become a finished work of art. Tours are given every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am by appointment for a small fee. To hear a detailed recording about tours and to make reservations, call 970-667-1114 ext 15, or email

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What t o do Af t er a Color ado Car Accident

A car accident is something we all hope never to experience, but unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. Without a plan in place, a frightening situation can be made even worse through questions like: -

How will I pay my medical bills? Where will I get the money to repair my vehicle? How am I going to pay my bills if am out of work?

But you don?t have to go through it alone. An experienced attorney at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. can protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. So You?ve Been in a Car Accident ? What Now? -






Check that you and your passengers are okay. Then, as soon as it is safe, check on others involved, and move to safety. If there are injuries, call 911 immediately. After the police arrive, obtain a copy of their accident report ? this will be valuable to your claim. Avoid making statements to anyone other than the police. Anything you say to the other driver or their insurance company can be used against you. Only exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Take videos and/or photos of the accident scene, visible injuries, and all damage to your vehicle. If anyone witnessed your accident, get their names and contact information. Obtain medical care as soon as possible. Even if you don?t feel hurt, you should still be evaluated by a doctor. Injuries may not present symptoms for hours or days after an accident. Keep records of all care you received. Contact an experienced attorney about your legal rights.

Insurance companies want you to believe that they work for your best interests, but too 10

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often they are only concerned with their bottom line. This means looking for ways to diminish or not pay accident victims. If you?ve been hurt by the negligence of another driver contact an experienced attorney. Your chances of receiving full and fair compensation depend on it. Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. has more than 25 years of experience handling car accident cases in Broomfield, Longmont, and Loveland. To speak t o on e of ou r at t or n eys abou t you r acciden t , con t act ou r of f ice t oday. Case evaluations are provided free of charge and our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. You only pay us if we obtain a financial settlement or verdict for you - it's that simple.

Intergenerational Activity

Sw et sville Zoo 4801 E Harmony Rd, Fort Collins Cost: Free. Donations accepted. Open: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Saturday Are you looking for the perfect place to take the grand-kids for a picnic lunch or an adventure with a twist? Swetsville Zoo in Fort Collins is a wonderful place to spend time exploring and is a "must visit" in our opinion! The metal "zoo" was built by Bill Swets using car parts, farm machinery, and scrap metal. He started creating metal creatures in 1985, putting them in his yard, and before long, he had visitors who came to admire his work, thus Swetsville Zoo was born. The Zoo is classified as "Major Fun" by

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Active Senior s

Playing in t he Alleys By: Bob M cDon n ell There are four senior bowling leagues in Loveland. For the most part, the bowlers focus on fun and comradery more than strikes and spares. Smiles, laughter, clapping and high fives prevailed as the teams gathered and faced off in friendly competition. The bowling facilities at Sweetheart Lanes in Loveland is home to senior leagues according to Diane Wacker, bowler, past-president and secretary of the Wednesday league. The coed league has members in age from 56 to 93-year-old Austin Freeman. Austin started bowling in 1949, and joined the Loveland league in 1975. He carries an impressive 153 average. Austin says he comes every week for the hugs he gets. League member Bonnie Coleman not only bowls, she is also the president of the Loveland Connection. ?I?ll be 82 in June,? Bonnie proclaimed without even being asked. Sandy Stanton likes bowling and Elvis Presley. Ten years ago, for her 60th birthday, she gave herself a present of an Elvis tattoo. She says it?s the ?young Elvis,? so she and ?The King? can grow old together. Rose Gowen does not bowl but comes to support her husband. Rose thinks Don Gowen started with the league in 1992 or 1993. ?It will be a sad day in our house when Don can?t come to the bowling alley,? Rose said. Kathy Nickelson is in her first year with the league after being away from the sport for years. She plans to sign up again next season. This term is ending and it will start again in the fall. In the last week, awards and prize money are distributed. But that does not seem to be the main emphasis of this group. They just want to have fun. 12

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Out & About

Tea & Fashion Show Chilson Senior Cent er host ed a t ea and f ashion show in honor of Mot her's Day. Beaut if ul clot hing provided by Masonville Mercant ile was modeled by local f riends & models. A lovely t ime was had by all!

Int r oduct ion t o Pick leball Loveland Parks & Recreat ion Depart ment and t he Loveland Pickleball Club held an Int roduct ion t o Pickleball. At t his well at t ended event , at t endees had t he chance t o t ry t heir hand against ot her players and learn t he basics of t he game. THRIVE Loveland & Surrounding Towns


Health & W ellness

The Aspen Club Helping you keep the life in living By: Dan it a Nixon Happy Anniversary to the UCHealth Aspen Club, as it celebrates 30 years of serving the community! Aspen Club was established in 1989 to provide a wide range of program benefits including health education, screenings, hospital discounts and social opportunities to residents ages 50-plus in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Longmont. Membership to the club is free, more information can be found online at: or you call one of the local offices listed below. Lon gm on t - 720.718.1690 Lovelan d - 970.624.1860

For t Collin s - 970.495.8560 Gr eeley - 970.313.2796

The Greeley branch of Aspen Club held their celebration at the Platte River Fort in Greeley. This beautiful venue provided a wonderful backdrop for the celebration!

Congr atulations!

Estes Park legend singer-songwriter Cowboy Brad Fitch provided entertainment for the event. He lit up the room with nostalgic John Denver melodies.

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Active Lifestyles

Pick leball

By: Edie San gior gio

What do you get when you cross tennis with badminton and throw in a little ping pong and racquetball? You get one of the fastest growing sports in the United States with over 2.5 million playing it every year. You get the funny named sport called ?pickleball.? It was invented by a couple of families back in 1965 from Bainbridge Island, Washington. The origin of the name is unusual because there are two competing stories. One story goes that it was named after a dog, Pickles, who liked to run off with the whiffle ball. The other is it?s named after a boat called a ?pickle boat.? Regardless, the sport has grown in popularity especially among the senior population.

We?ve got several outdoor courts in Loveland. Mehaffey Park off west 29th Street, Centennial Park on 1st and Taft and Sunneyside Park on east 5th street. For those who take pickleball more seriously there is the Loveland Pickleball Club. Check them out at

Seniors find it a particularly fun sport to play for Now that you know more about pickleball several reasons. One reason is it?s not that give the Chilson Recreation Center a call and strenuous but it does get you up and moving sign up for one of their classes. and keeps your joints limber. Another reason is that it lends itself to be a very social activity since you?re only 15-20 feet away from the other players and typically you play with a partner. There?s usually lots of gabbing that goes on and lively conversation. Playing pickleball is a great way to meet other active seniors while getting some exercise at the same time.

Pickleball is played on a miniature tennis court that is 20 feet by 44 feet with a short net, solid faced rackets and a whiffle ball. It?s actually very easy to learn. Most people can learn it in a couple of hours and believe it or not it?s the scoring that is the most complicated part of the beginning lessons. A ?game? is played to 11 with only the serving team who can earn points. The ball bounces different than a tennis ball and is a bit slower so it takes some time for former tennis players to adjust. THRIVE Loveland & Surrounding Towns


Photo by AMA Divine Photography

Grand-Son Andy, Son Mike, Patriarch of the family Don, Grand-Son Josh & Great-Grand Son Lucas (front)

Building a Family Legacy

By: Ph yllis K. Ken n em er

Don Keirns left his family farm in Kansas in 1956 and came to Loveland looking for work. He had some experience in carpentry and soon found a job in the construction business. One day, they asked him to lay some brick and Don discovered his lifetime passion. He founded his own company, Don's Masonry, with a wheelbarrow and a hoe in 1962.

Don's son Mike and his wife Carrie took over Don's Masonry in 1984 when Mike graduated from CSU. Mike and Carrie have two sons, Josh and Andy. Their oldest son Andy joined them in the business in 2013 after graduating from college in Nebraska. The family is hoping that Andy's son Lucas (age 5) will become a fourth generation mason.

In the meantime, he and Wanda had married in 1959 and started their family -and what a start it was! They now have 6 children, 24 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandkids.

Don started Keirns Construction in 1974. His other three sons, Dave, Bob, and Randy began their careers there. Dave continues to work with his dad, who has never officially retired from the business. Bob


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went on to form his own construction company and Randy moved into real estate sales. Don's Masonry and Keirns buildings are landmarks throughout Loveland. Don's Masonry built the addition to the Loveland Public Library, the Larimer County Office Building, all of the buildings in the Foundry, Good Shepherd Church, and High Plains Elementary School -- to name a few. They are looking forward to beginning a Health Sciences Building at Front Range Community College in the near future. While Don's Masonry is dedicated to commercial building, Keirns Construction builds houses. They have built over 1,200 homes since 1974. Many of these feature big fireplaces made of stone. Don says he often created three fireplaces per week during the height of his house building career.

The heart of the Keirns family Wanda and Don

"It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home." - Unknown

The Keirns family likes to gather at their cabin in Buckhorn on weekends and they traditionally celebrate the 4th of July there. The cabin burned to the ground in the High Park fire in 2012. The family spent two years rebuilding it. Don and Wanda enjoy traveling throughout the country in their motor home. Mike volunteers as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Larimer County Sheriff 's Posse. Andy keeps busy with his four young children. Josh is enjoying mountain living in Steamboat. In the 63 years since Don's arrival in Loveland, he and his family have made significant and lasting contributions to our community. THRIVE Loveland & Surrounding Towns


Local Ar tist

John Ber gquist By: Bob M cDon n ell Loveland resident, John Bergquist didn?t fall in love with bagpipes until he was 56 years old. That year he attended the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park. ?I gotta do this,? John remembers thinking after Many local people see John with his kilt and hearing the sound of the bagpipes. signature handlebar mustache at funerals in Shortly after that, John joined the El Jebel Shrine the area. John proudly states that he has Pipe Band. That group offered to teach him to honored people at more than 700 funerals play, and provide him with the Scottish attire. He since 1986. He laments that funerals now are has played with and led the Shrine band ever less elaborate, and the need for ?Amazing since. Grace? is dwindling. At age 68, John was researching his family history and the Swedish name of Bergquist. Through his birth certificate, he discovered he was adopted and had a Scottish heritage. This revelation came ten years after he became fond of playing bagpipes. The irony is not lost on John. John, whose wife Nancy died three years ago, wears the MacGregor tartan (plaid) to pay homage to her. The MacGregor clan had to give up their name, changing it to black, green, brown, etc. Nancy?s maiden name was Black. John misses Nancy dearly. He said, ?she was just as much into it as I was.? As his ninetieth birthday approaches in November, John is thinking about putting away the bagpipes. Last year, he played the opening and closing ceremonies at Estes Park, but thinks he will attend this year without the pipes. John?s son? also John? is following in his father ?s footsteps, so the sound of a Bergquist playing Scottish music will be heard for years to come. 18

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THRIVE Loveland Magazine (June 2019)  

4 Generations Building a Family Legacy (THRIVE Loveland, a community magazine for seasoned adults (50+) serving Loveland, Berthoud and Estes...

THRIVE Loveland Magazine (June 2019)  

4 Generations Building a Family Legacy (THRIVE Loveland, a community magazine for seasoned adults (50+) serving Loveland, Berthoud and Estes...