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Spring is a time of renewal for nature as well our own body, mind, and soul.

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The Prairie Scholars..................... 14

Treating the Whole Body Well ............................. 18


Be Well & Wise..................... 26


Get Fit! and Stick with It ...... 33


It’s time for some healthy eating ....................... 38


At The World’s End ....................... 8


44 Local Music Scene ....................... 12

Longs Peak Chorus...................... 16


Divorce can make family waters difficult to navigate...................... 53


The Divot Disc............................. 55


Longmont Clinic joins UCHealth...................................... 22


Hops + Handrails ....................... 44


Longmont United Hospital Spring Fling................................. 48 Longmont United Hospital Introduces New Technology....... 51


A variety of seedy distractions.... 58 Quilt Show And Sale ................... 60


Shaking the Family Tree ............. 62


Golf Courses and City Parks ....... 68

Area Book Clubs and Events ...... 10



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When I meet people in town, they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Jessica. I’ve seen your ad in the Longmont Magazine.” Let’s start with me. Nineteen years ago when I was a freshman in college taking pre-med courses, I developed allergies which led to chronic sinus infections. My medical doctor had me on some really powerful drugs, but nothing was helping! The infections kept getting stronger and stronger and so did the doses of antibiotics. I was so sick for so long that my parents decided to take me out of school so I could focus on getting healthy. A friend of mine convinced me to give chiropractic a try, but I just didn’t believe in it! Out of desperation, I went to see him. The chiropractor did an exam, took some films, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt, it actually felt good. I finally got relief from the terrible pressure in my sinuses! My course of care worked so well that I have never had another sinus infection in over 18 years…and I went to chiropractic college instead of medical school, as I had planned. It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their sinus and allergy problems. Also they come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, just to name a few. Copyright 2000, KA

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editor’s note

This Spring, Be Well Though it already feels like spring outside as I write this, I know that we have a pretty high chance of returning to the sub-zero depths of winter before all is said and done. This roller coaster of temperatures often sees the last of the winter illness and a return to the outdoors we all live for. This spring, be ready for it—get yourself well. Wellness can encompass so many things both mental and physical and often the two intertwine. Longmont has much to offer in the way of easing the aches of either too many days spent in the winter doldrums or too many vigorous days on the slopes. Chiropractors and other wellness practitioners, await to get you back in shape for all the activities warmer weather has to offer. As we start swapping out sweaters for short sleeves, spring is also the time which draws our attention to any extra padding we’ve acquired over the cold months. (I call it my winter insulation. How else am I supposed to stay warm, right?) I wish it were as easy as just packing it away with the extra blankets and the coats, but never fear; we have a few tips on experimenting to find a workout that you can stick with and perhaps some businesses that can help with changes in diet that can get you ready for tank tops and tanlines. Maybe you have a spring ritual and maybe you’re looking for one, either way- shake off the cold and get back to feeling like yourself - be well. - Misty Kaiser


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AT THE WORLD’S END THE DOG STARS Though The Dog Stars is far from Peter Heller’s first work, it may be his best known thus far. I actually picked it up after seeing that it had been optioned for a movie. I know that hardly means that it will happen, but just in case it does, I would like to have read the book first. Isn’t that always the case for book nerds? From the beginning, the book intrigued me if for no other reason than I was constantly trying to identify the exact locations. Much of the book is set right here in the Front Range town of Erie.

by Peter Heller

Main character, Hig, somehow genre has been gaining a mainstream survives a flu pandemic that killed exposure with teens, but make no almost everyone he knew, including mistake, this is a story meant for his wife. He holds his small patch of adults. It deals with the uncontrollable ground in an old airplane hangar, deoutbreak of disease and a very bleak spite the press of thieves and disease, aftermath, but there is also the hope along with his misanthropic neighbor, unexpected romantic entanglement Bangley, and his dog, Jasper. and a dive into the ways that people When things take a turn for the deal with loss, both personal and in worse for Hig, he takes to the sky their world at large. in his 1956 Cessna, searching for the CrownThe Imperial characters are flawed and source of a mysterious truncated radio downright unlikable at times, but transmission and possibly a chance for there’s a very real shell-shocked quala new life. ity to their behavior in the ways that As he crosses the mountains with they deal with the life that has been little hope for return, he encounters thrust upon them. something he never expected to This is a sci-fi novel for people find—himself. who aren’t into sci-fi and a perfect With the popularity of young read for a cold, snowy day. adult novels like The Hunger Games -Misty Kaiser and The Giver, the post-apocalyptic


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To say that Wool is fast paced would be like calling Formula 1 a leisurely Sunday drive. I flew through this book like nothing I’ve read in awhile and I’m doing the same with the second. Wool is actually a collection of five stories (hence the ‘Omnibus’ in the title) that were originally self-published as individual novellas. For convenience and the e-readerless, it was assembled into a single edition, as were the two other volumes in the Silo series, Shift and Dust. It’s pretty serious post apocalyptic sci-fi, so if that’s not your kind of thing...crisis averted. If it is your thing, or even a thing you’re mildly interested in, Wool should definitely be on your reading list. On to the story. Saying anything about it at all is difficult without dropping spoilers, but here it goes: In an environmentally devastated world, a group of U.S. citizens is forced to live in an underground “silo” to survive. All the reader is allowed to know is that the air outside is toxic enough to kill anyone and everything. The society within works in much the same way as it does now. Government, laws and social strata still maintain order. Crimes, including that of curiosity are punished by sending the condemned outside to die. The system isn’t questioned until the death sentence of a beloved Sheriff sets off a chain of events that will change life in the silo forever. While that may be a very vague description, it’s kind of how the book works. More questions are raised than are answered and the book plows along without so much as an acknowledgment, which is great if you’re creating enough tension to break bones. Though it takes a few pages to build up to it, but when it gets there, it doesn’t stop. I will warn those who pick it up, block out some time because you won’t want to stop with this one. -Misty Kaiser



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The Longmont Book Club There are three groups of the Longmont Book Club. All book clubs meet at 10:15 a.m. at Barbed Wire Books, 504 Main St. in Longmont. First Editions Meets every first Saturday of the month. March 7 -“The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri April 4 - “ The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin for April For more information visit meetup. com/firsteditionsfirstsaturdaymeetup. Third Rocks! Meets every third Saturday of the month. March 21 - “The Woman Upstairs” by

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Longmont Public Library First Thursdays monthly, 2 p.m. February 5 - Nothing Daunted: the Unexpected Education of the Two Society Girls… by Dorothy Wickenden March 5 - Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan Second Mondays monthly, 7 p.m. For more information on LPL Book Discussion Groups please visit longmontcolorado.gov/departments/depart-


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My musical tastes are so widely varied that finding some sort of musical happening to appreciate around Longmont is usually not that difficult. But like anyone else, I have my favorite styles and every so often, while researching the live acts drifting through town, I come across a band that strikes me personally and decker. is one of those bands. Maybe the dose of desolation is a tip of the hat to their Sedona, Arizona home, or maybe living in Sedona just makes it impossible to avoid. Whatever the reason, the music is so slim the bones show through, sparse, though each instrument gets its moment in turn. Brandon Decker’s vocals clank and churn through the lyrics that are at once inspirational and painful leaving you with the feeling that you’ve just been privy to a private inner monologue; something you weren’t quite meant to hear. He’s not playing very many shows on this leg of the national tour, but with a new album coming out in Feb., this show should be well-worth the little jaunt up to Jamestown. LIVE: THU APR 16 :: Jamestown Mercantile :: Jamestown

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Lindsey Saunders can make a guitar sing, so she really doesn’t need to as she demonstrates on her latest EP release “Miles Before Sleep”. Tackling a strictly instrumental work can be daunting for even a seasoned artist; even more so when it’s relying on a single instrument. There’s nothing to take away but the music; no meaning to assign but that which fills listeners’ heads. Her compositions are strong and emotionally connecting and her technique impressive. She does sing though, and she does it well. So if you’re the type that prefers something to sing along to, her debut “Nothing Normal” is a fully band-backed pop party in which her guitar skill still features prominently. Her voice conjures sweet innocence while her lyrics betray someone who has been a little romantically beat up— a little like early Ani DiFranco, but not quite so furious. The upcoming shows at Echo Brewing are solo acoustic shows and at the show at Shine in Boulder she will be bringing the band along. - Misty Kaiser LIVE: SAT FEB 21


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If Brandon Decker draws from the stony Arizona desert, then Dan Mangan sucks up his deep Canadian cold and spits it out all over his new album, Club Meds, and it’s all the more beautifully fragile for it. There’s a ticking movement of percussion that propels the listener from song to song like a cross-country train through a frozen landscape. The lyrics show like skeletons of trees along the way; black and stark, but pulsing with impending life just beneath. Even though Mangan has a lovely voice—he knows how to pull the tension to that perfect moment where the slightest of vibrato breaks it—he doesn’t ride on that. There’s a lot going on with this music, but each eclectically assembled sound, twist of rhythm harmony and even dissonant note is as perfectly placed as it would be in any symphony, neither no more, nor no less, than is needed to underscore the movement of the album. That said, there are some albums that are just best enjoyed as an entire work, so I would recommend taking an hour—clean the house, go for a drive— and just let it roll through the background. — Misty Kaiser 12 LONGMONT MAGAZINE


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Local band extends thanks to the community with music filled events

Andy and Jessica Eppler, also known as The Prairie Scholars, have been living and loving in Longmont, Colorado since the end of 2009 and they have no plans to move away. In fact, they are investing more than ever. The Prairie Scholars are dedicated to the local art scene in Longmont and are always looking for ways to help make it more effective and sustainable. It is this motivation that has moved The Prairie Scholars to accept positions on local boards and committees for event planning including The ArtWalk Longmont, Longmont Live, and The Left Hand Artist Group. The Prairie Scholars plan to use their influence in these groups and events in order to properly coordinate and maximize the potential of each opportunity. “It’s a very exciting time on the Front Range as art and business learn to thrive together. We intend to use our opportunities with ArtWalk Longmont, Longmont Live and The 14 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Left Hand Artist Group to help rebrand Longmont as a premiere art destination in Colorado,” said Andy Eppler. “We couldn’t be more excited for the future of our local scene and we couldn’t be more proud to showcase this great art,” added Jessica Eppler.

A New Album and a Party

On March 4, at Rosalee’s Pizzeria on Main St., The Prairie Scholars will be releasing a new 20 song double album celebrating the wonderful community they have found in Longmont. The album is titled “The Good Old Days Now” and features all the songs The Prairie Scholars have been charming audiences with over the last year and a half in breweries and local music venues all over the Front Range. Have a beer and a slice of pie while helping to celebrate the completion and release of this new work. The Prairie Scholars will not be performing live but rather they will be letting the album play all the way through over the course of the evening.

The Longmont Songwriter Music Festival

even hosting a songwriter series in Longmont beginning in February and culminating with The Longmont Songwriter Music Festival in July. The wonderful 300 Suns Brewery, 335 1st Ave., Longmont will play host to each showcase as well as the final festival performance. The performers and showcase dates are: • Feb. 15—Nick O’Connor • March 15— Sean Flynn • April 19—Sharon Glassman • May 17—Denny Driscoll • June 21—Craig Cornett All shows will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature song swapping and

interviews with each artist hosted by Andy Eppler. On July 11, all of the artists from the series will perform from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be two locally based food trucks— Bumbu Bali and Bodacious Eats—so folks can hang out all day and listen to locally crafted art while eating and drinking locally crafted food and beer. This is a celebration of the Longmont Community and is sure to be a fantastic day. The networking group Coffee and Connections and the music store Miller Music are the gracious sponsors for the big event.

If you go... “THE GOOD OLD DAYS NOW” RELEASE PARTY When: March 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Where: Rosalee’s Pizzeria, 461 Main St., Open to the public ————————

LONGMONT SONGWRITER MUSIC FESTIVAL When: July 11, from 2-7 p.m. Where: 300 Suns Brewing, 335 1st Ave. Open to the public ———————— More information about the album, the work The Prairie Scholars are up to, the Songwriter Series and the Music Festival can be found at prairiescholars.com.

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Longs Peak Chorus in perfect harmony

By Misty Kaiser, Longmont Magazine Among all of the vocal competition shows on TV these days, there’s one (slightly) lesser known series, called The Sing-Off, that follows the trials and glories of a cappella groups rehashing everything from spirituals to top 40 with nothing but their own voices. This — barbershop— is where many of them sink their roots. Born from groups of men sitting around singing in social gathering places, largely barbershops, this style of music is vocal harmony at its finest and often most difficult. The Longmont chorus has been singing since 1948 and with the addition of a new director, Jay Dougherty, in February 2013 they’ve soared to even greater heights. At the 2014 District convention his efforts were recognized as the chorus achieved “most improved chorus”, and the Plateau II Championship trophy. As a vocalist, barbershop can be some of the most difficult music to execute and the Longs Peak Chorus want to show you how it’s done. Though you may have seen members perform in smaller quartets caroling or singing a valentine, their upcoming annual spring concert is an opportunity to see all 30 or so members on stage at once. 16 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

The smaller quartets will be featured throughout, along with one headliner. “Our headline quartet this May will be “Saturday Evening Post” who just recently won the Senior Quartet contest in New Orleans among 25 other quartets from around the nation and world. This quartet made the highest score at a Senior quartet contest since 1993,” Chorus Manager, Dave Waddell said. This year, for their annual spring concert titled “Going Home”, this

award winning chorus will perform songs from the 1960s in the classic four-part harmony barbershop style. Selections will include the folk favorites, There’s a Tree in the Meadow, This Land is Your Land, Shenandoah and others you’re sure to recognize. If you are a fan of The Sing-Off, or a cappella music, or even if you have no idea what I’m talking about, barbershop is a vocal tradition worth experiencing.

If you go... LONGS PEAK CHORUS SPRING CONCERT — “GOING HOME” The musical version of a 60’s class reunion by the 30 man Longs Peak barbershop chorus and quar tets WHEN: May 16 at 7p.m. WHERE: Vance Brand Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave. in Longmont COST: $15 in advance - $17 at the door, Children 12 and under are free

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Treating the Whole Body


Jessica Thompson, DC , treats a patient at Café of Life in Longmont. Photo by Tim Siebert.

By Rhema Zlaten, Longmont Magazine Whole body health care is emerging as a primary treatment paradigm in the medical industry. In Boulder County, where alternative health options abound, relationship networks between western and eastern medicines provides multiple avenues for patient pain resolution. Acupuncturist and herbalist Garth Reynolds, L.Ac., MSTCM, of Circle of Health in Longmont, values both traditional medicine and alternative health methods in his practice. “We look at acupuncture as one piece of a bigger picture,” Reynolds said. “We have a medical doctor, a massage therapist, and counselors on staff…We like to take a collaborative approach. A lot of times, not one single thing will completely solve the problem.” A holistic health perspective treats 18 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

pain by looking at root causes, not just symptoms. Chiropractic work, acupuncture and reflexology are primary modes of alternative health pain management. All three practices are alive and well in Longmont. Chiropractic work eases whole body pain by addressing impeded nerve communication pathways in the spine. Chiropractor Jessica Thompson, DC, of Café of Life in Longmont, uses adjustments to re-enable proper nerve firings in the spine. “The reason why chiropractic can be effective is that if there is a misalignment in the sign, [An adjustment] allows the body to heal on its own,” she said. Thomposn sees patients with all ranges of pain, from achy and sore bodies to people who battle severe headaches, migraines and sciatica. When people come in to treat these ailments, Thompson finds they often LongmontMagazine.com

receive other benefits, such as improved digestion and improved sleep. Thompson also uses chiropractic work to treat children with ear infections, as well as colic and constipation in babies. Patients usually begin to see improvements within two sessions. “In general, we are drugless,” Thompson said. “We are trying to look at the whole body and the entire nervous system, not just one area. If you came in with low back pain, I would examine your entire spine to see if there was any causation from somewhere else.” A whole body focus means looking beyond localized pain and seeking the entire story, including how to manage the stresses of everyday life. Thompson also treats a lot of people who aren’t in pain. “You don’t have to feel bad to be seen by a chiropractor,” Thompson said. “A large part of my practice is Spring 2015

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people who just need a tune up.” Acupuncture also stimulates self-healing in body. Terrified by the idea of multiple needles? Reynolds claims that the body actually deeply unwinds in response to acupuncture’s tiny little prickles. “Acupuncture is very relaxing,” Reynolds said. “After the first 5 minutes, the body enters a relaxing state. It takes me about 5-10 minutes to insert the needles. The needles are retained for about 25 minutes. The patient must be comfortable and relaxed. Sometimes patients take naps.” Acupuncture functions by releasing muscle tension. Pain (especially chronic pain) can create stiffness in the body, a brain response telling that limb or joint not to move because of damage. Long ranging pain can then start decreasing localized sensations as the body restricts blood flow to the injured area. “So you have continued pain, stiffness, decreased sensation and blood flow,” Reynolds said. “This all limits the body’s ability to heal something, creating a consistent negative feedback loop of pain. What acupuncture does is reduce pain. The symptoms start to go away, the body moves more and then blood flow increases. Then sensation also starts to increase, improving the location of the pain points. All of this is part of accelerating the body’s own healing process.” Reynolds sees people for all sorts or issues – headaches, neck pain, back pain, knee and shoulder conditions. He has also treated arthritis, sprained ankles, carpel tunnel 20 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

and foot surgery recovery areas. He begins with an initial five-treatment series to gauge how each patient’s

and assess the person after that. Dry needling breaks down the trigger points in the contracted muscle, breaking the pain cycle and promoting healing.” Compton and Crispin use dry needling as a complement to other types of physical therapy, like joint or soft tissue localization. “I find that dry needling is probably most helpful when people who have areas Accupuncture and dry needling relieve pain by increasthat are chronically ing blood flow to an affected area or muscle group. tight,” Crispin said. “Even though physical therapy treatments have helped, body responds to the treatment. From they might have not gotten rid of the there, patients may start a plan lasting problem.” for a few months or ranging to mainAnother use for dry needling is tenance for several years. treating stalled inflammation, which “One of the first questions I ask can build up in all people, from is, how long have you had this pain?” cardio-aholics to the elderly. Reynolds said. “It makes a difference “When inflammation has stalled if you say a couple of weeks, months out and is not moving that person or decades. Something that has been any closer to being healed, dry neearound longer will usually take longer dling can get that healthy response to resolve.” going again,” Crispin said. Physical therapists Mary CompReflexology is another alternaton and Molly Crispin of Alpine Phystive therapy for whole body care. ical Therapy in Longmont use dry Dayna Orton, owner and massage needling to complement their patient therapist at Blooming Massage in treatments. This western medicine ap- Longmont, incorporates reflexology proach takes the same needles from into her massages. acupuncture but focuses their use on “A lot of people come in with specific muscle groups. back issues,” Orton said. “With “Essentially what we do with dry reflexology, the arch of the foot is needling is we look for problematic representative of the spine. So workmuscles,” Compton said. “Patients ing along the arch and then working will come in with complains, such as to the big toe, which represents the over use. We will find the problemneck, and then massaging around the atic muscle that is causing that pain heel for hip issues… can help with and we will find a trigger point in the pain in those areas. The foot is a map muscles. We insert it into a contracted of the whole body and you are able and painful muscle. We are looking to address a whole lot of issues by for a twitch response, so it is painful just working on the feet.” for a little bit. But after sitting for 5-15 Orton also offers reflexology minutes, we will remove the needle sessions devoted entirely to the feet LongmontMagazine.com

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and hands. Using hot towels and espinpoint where the whole body is out sential oils, she will focus on whole of balance. body relaxation through reflexology. “You can tell a lot about a per“I just apply some pressure on those reflexFoot reflexology ology points,” Orton said. helps balance other “Getting those points areas in the body. allows us to enhance relaxation.” Allan Samaha, a massage therapist for Mystic Garden Spa and Salon in Longmont, also practices reflexology as a part of his relaxation massage routine. “The attempt is to treat the feet so that people walk more correctly, son by what is going on in their feet,” and help the organs in the body,” he said. “If there are tensions in the Samaha said. “In reflexology, the feet arch, there are most likely stomach or are treated as if they were the remote liver problems. And an inflamed liver control of the body.” Samaha uses reflexology to can cause your posture to go out. If

people are having chronic shoulder pain, the big toe can be slightly out of place.” Samaha works on the hands as well, massaging the thumb as connected to the head of the body, and the bottom of the palm like the tail bone of the spine. “If you are having problems in your hands, chances are, your back is tensed up in a way that is completely hurting your whole arm and hand,” Samaha said. “[By understanding] how the nerves connect to the spinal cord, and then to the feet and the hands, we can maintain our bodies a lot just by working on the hands and feet.”

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Front row from left, UCHealth Colorado Health Medical Group chief medical officer Dr. Michael Randle, vice president of operations Donna Lankford and chief executive officer Dan Robinson share the ribbon-cutting honors with Longmont Clinic’s Dr. David Podlecki and practice administrator Jack Campbell as dozens of Longmont Clinic physicians and staff members huddle in front of the clinic to celebrate the new par tnership on Jan. 5.

Partnership connects local physicians, patients with network of specialists, technology LONGMONT, Colo. – Longmont Clinic officially joined University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) at the beginning of the new year. Longmont Clinic has been a trusted provider of health care for residents throughout northern Colorado since 1906. The clinic, which includes about 275 providers and employees, sees approximately 200,000 patient visits each year and offers care from physicians and advanced practice providers in 19 medical specialties. 22 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Patients will continue to receive the same compassionate care from most of the providers they have come to know and trust at Longmont Clinic over the years. Similarly, the clinic’s location, phone number and fax number will remain the same. It also will continue to participate in the same insurance plans. For the most part, the only change most patients will notice is the addition of a new name and logo. While the providers will continue to maintain the same hospital privileges and refer patients to resources within the Longmont area as they have in the past, patients now have access to UCHealth’s broad network of care, which will be of most use to patients facing LongmontMagazine.com

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trials and advanced surgeries that might be unavailable elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain Region. “Longmont Clinic is an ideal partner for us,” said UCHealth President and CEO Elizabeth Concordia. “UCHealth is an integrated health care system that brings the entire spectrum of options to patients, and the high quality providers and staff at Longmont Clinic have a rich history of providing excellent care in their local community. This partnership draws on these strengths to provide the very best care for patients.” Over the next several months, the clinic and staff will be transitioning its records and billing systems to the same systems other UCHealth organizations use. During this transition period, Longmont Clinic patients still will be able to access their health information through the patient portal feature at longmontclinic.com. Any patients who have questions can call 303.776.1234 or email staff@longmontclinic.com.

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By Judy Finman, Longmont Magazine Just as spring brings renewal in nature, it’s a perfect time for some personal renewal. Take control of your own wellness, mentally and physically. Know when you don’t feel right, and be aware of the wealth of community resources for you to tap. From yoga and meditation to a drop-in art class to nutrition – Longmont is your center for learning.

Longmont Recreation Center

The Longmont Recreation Center is a good place to start. It has a stated vision of “building community through evolving, affordable recreation and leisure opportunities, which encourage well being and enhance the quality of life.” Recreation Specialist Elizabeth Honan says, “One way we do this is by offering a variety of fitness and wellness programs. Some of our programs are registration-based – people sign up in advance. But we also offer drop-in opportunities; enter the facility with your recreation pass or by paying a daily visit fee. And the Rec Center has special wellness events.” Some upcoming examples are: Wellness classes and workshops, including Acu-Yoga Workshop (Sat., March 7 or Sat., April 18, both 2-4:30 p.m.), Stop Smoking with Hypnosis (Wed., April 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.), and Control your Weight – Control your Life (March 5, 12 and 19 or April 30, May 7 and 14). “We strive to maintain a variety of interesting and relevant offerings,” says Honan. “Look for new and excit-


Katharine Kaufman teaches the basics of meditation to a class at Longmont Recreation Center. Photo by David Jennings.

ing opportunities, including Outdoor Yoga & Meditation (I’m really excited about this one!) in our upcoming Summer Recreation Brochure, out in early April.” The Recreation Center’s Windows to Wellness Fairs are free, handson opportunities to try a variety of traditional and alternative wellness therapies, including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, reiki, meridian tapping, Chinese medicine and more. At the fair you may sign up for 15-minute sessions with local wellness practitioners. Visit the Wellness Market before or after your appointments for locally produced jewelry, treats and other products. The Spring Window to Wellness Fair will be Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue. For more information, go to: longmontcolorado.gov/departments/ departments-n-z/recreation-services/ fitness-wellness-programs/taste-ofwellness-fairs. More than 30 different types of land and water drop-in fitness classes are offered at the Recreation Center’s three different year-round facilities (Centennial Pool-1201 Alpine Street, LongmontMagazine.com

the Longmont Recreation Center-310 Quail Road, and the St. Vrain Memorial Building-700 Longs Peak Avenue). You can find the current fitness schedule online at longmontcolorado. gov/departments/departments-n-z/ recreation-services/fitness-wellnessprograms/fitness-class-schedule It boasts 10 different Yoga classes each week (this is a registrationbased program); Free Weight Room Orientations (you schedule ahead at the facility of your choice); Personalized fitness and wellness opportunities, including Personal Training (fee varies); and Fitness Assessment and Orientation (a personalized 30-minute consultation, $30 residents/$38 nonresidents). “I encourage folks to come check out our facilities—pay the daily Drop-In Visit fee, or buy one of our passes (a variety of affordable options for individuals, couples and families, including a 20-visit pass and Annual, Quarterly and Monthly Auto Debit Passes).” “We have so much to offer people looking to take charge of their health—our facilities, staff and instructors are there to teach and support Spring 2015

you on your path to wellness, through classes and community.” Visit the Longmont Recreation Center at 310 Quail Road in Longmont online at ci.longmont.co.us/rec/ or call 303.774.4800.

journey.” Wellness is not a new concept, but pairing this concept with mental health is fairly new. Sprague explains that in 2007 the Federal government published a “National Wellness Action Plan” with the goal of improving the

life expectancy by 10 years for people with mental illness. People living with mental illness have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, smoking, inactivity, poverty, homelessness, unemployment

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and often experience side effects of psychotropic medications that pose challenges to overall health. “Addressing wellness and mental health the national effort identified eight domains of wellness, including financial, environment, intellectual, physical, emotional, social, vocational and spiritual. Mental Health Partners has added a ninth domain of Creativity, as our clients have so clearly related that ‘expressing one’s imagination, ideas and artistic side through art, writing, music, dance, cooking, photography and other crafts is TRULY THE HEALING ART.’” Mental Health Partners welcomes the community to learn more about mental health and wellness through their website, mhpcolorado.org. They publish a monthly Wellness Calendar that includes classes, workshops, and various wellness opportunities. Most of the wellness offerings are open for MHP clients. They offer limited wellness opportunities that are open to community members and supporters of someone in their services so that together they may experience wellness. The Longmont classes that are open to the community in February include a Drop-In Art Class, Fun and 30 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

Games, and Qi Gong. Visit Mental Health Partners, Wellness Education Center at 834 South Sherman St. in Longmont, online at mhpcolorado.org or call 303.247.8700.

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University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) has some exciting programs to promote wellness. With a nod to NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament, University of Colorado Health is hosting a series of men’s health awareness happy hours called March MAN-

ness — to emphasize the importance of disease prevention and early detection for men, a group that typically avoids health checkups. The evenings will be emceed by sportscaster and comedian Sam Adams. Enjoy craft beers, food and door prizes, valued over $500; win season tickets to the Colorado Eagles and signed jerseys; talk with local UCHealth physicians in a fun, relaxed setting; dispel myths about early- detection screenings. The cost is $10, and all proceeds support the PVH (Poudre Valley Hospital) and MCR (Medical Center of the Rockies) Foundation. Register at marchmanness. org. Space is limited. UCHealth Longmont Clinic’s Diabetes Care Team comprises board certified endocrinologists and certified diabetes educators (registered nurses and registered dietitians.) Together they provide individual and group education, support and counseling for adults and children with diabetes and their families. The program is nationally recognized and meets the standards of the American Diabetes Association. “Diabetes Day to Day” is a twopart class offered most months for people newly diagnosed with dia-

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people often wait because they don’t think they are ready physically. “We tell them the best time to start is now,” he says. “No need to wait and try and get in shape before starting. We are professionals and our professional job is showing you how to modify and scale workouts when you are just starting.” Jake Scott, owner of 9Round Fitness and Kickboxing in Longmont, says 9Rounds has athletes of every ability -- from beginner to intermediate to advanced. “We understand everyone’s need and we work with them.” Scott believes this is why 9Round has been so successful, because you are guaranteed a 30-minute kickboxing full body workout with a trainer who is with you every step of the way, giving you individual one-on-one attention. Maryam Moore, a personal trainer and class instructor at the Ed and Ruth Lehman YMCA of Longmont, agrees LongmontMagazine.com

that having help in getting started is key. She believes that when people are looking to begin a workout program that they need to take a good look at their lifestyle and their habits. “I think they should be looking for something they can conveniently fit into their life,” she says. “One of the secrets to success in fitness is consistency, so the exercise program they start need to be something they can do

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several times a week, conveniently.” For example, join a gym that is close to home or near work or even plan to meet a friend at a park nearby to walk a couple times a week. Moore even suggests having a backup of videos at home so that if you absolutely cannot make it to the gym, you still have an option to workout at home. “You will be more likely to succeed if you have several comfortable, enjoyable options to choose from.”

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With so many exercise programs on the market how do you know which one is right for you? This can be hard for someone who has a history of exercising, let alone for someone just starting out. “If you want to


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It can also be just as easy as trying and learning the new program. “We claim ‘Elite Fitness For Everyone’,” Wentz says. “If a person is willing to learn we are here to teach.”

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In today’s world instant gratification is everywhere, but when it comes to exercising it can take some time to see results from your workout. “What I have found in fitness Have someone to show you around gym equipment like these at the Ed and Ruth Lehmis six weeks is key,” an YMCA,. Photo courtesy of longmontymca.org. Scott says. “It takes six weeks to really notice a change on everyone when it comes to exercise.” yourself and eight weeks for others to Moore suggests asking for guest see it on you.” passes and trying out different group Scott says if people can stick exercises and even asking if someone with it, they will see that change but could help walk you through it with a that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. At 9Round, they focus on weight room orientation. LongmontMagazine.com

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heart rate training so that each person is working out in their fat-burning zone, maximizing the time that they have. He says it is also important to make your workout fun. “You want it to be different each time and fun,” Scott says. “Listen to music and enjoy yourself.” Wentz agrees that results are definitely a driving factor in sticking with a program, but says that he sees many finding success too by being connected to the CrossFit community. To help keep yourself on the right track to success, surround yourself with others who have the same goals as you. Having a community of support can be huge in sharing goals too. Moore says she always talks to her clients about goal setting. “To increase your chances of success, goals should be set in a careful, intentional way,” she says. “Decide what you want. Plan for your success and record short and long term goals. Write them on your calendar or bathroom mirror. Next, report. At the end of the week, share your progress with someone who can help you stay committed and accountable.” It is also important to revisit 36 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

your goals and adjust them as needed during your journey. While goal setting, having a support community and having fun are all important in sticking with a program don’t forget to add variety in your fitness program. “CrossFit by nature is designed to the largest variety available,” Wentz says. “We find the variety that we offer is one of the aspects that our athletes like the most.” Moore says as not only a fitness professional, but as someone who works out too, adding variety in your routine is important. “I think people should definitely consider a variety

of exercise,” she says. “I never get bored. More importantly, the variety in my activities allows for my body to recover and restore.”

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Once you have found a program or programs that work for you it is important to understand that not only is this a fantastic step you have made in your life, but that with this change is a complete lifestyle change that includes working out and eating right. “It’s more than just working out,” Scott says. “You cannot work off a bad diet.”


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It’s time for some HEALTHY EATING

By Daniel Neman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Many resolutions to eat better and lose weight are born from holiday binge-eating guilt and regret. Some of us actually eat more sweets and goodies and egg nog during the holidays than we ordinarily would, knowing that come the new year we will be resolving to eat less. The time has come. The time is here. The time is now. And the resolutions that we made so recently are withering and dying away. Have no fear. We are here to help with an assortment of recipes that taste good and are good for you. And we’re not saying “taste good and are good for you” because it is a food-writers’ trite cliché. These recipes actually do, and they actually are. Let’s start with one of the great 38 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

international comfort foods, pasta e fagioli. Popular throughout southern Italy — and by extension, New Jersey — it is often pronounced “pasta fazool” (especially in New Jersey). However you pronounce it, it is hearty, it is delicious and it is just 204 calories for a main-course serving. It is also inexpensive. Pasta e fagioli is the dish that traditionally was made at the end of the pay period when the wallet was thin and the lira and dollars were few. But it has such happy associations that it now shows up on the menus of the trendiest and priciest Italian restaurants. Pasta e fagioli is bean and noodle soup; that’s all. But it’s more than that. For many people, it is the heart of Italy. My next dish was created when I was asked to bring a vegetarian soup to a potluck lunch. I couldn’t decide whether to make an onion soup or a mushroom soup, so I decided to LongmontMagazine.com

combine the two. After all, with their shared earthy flavors, mushrooms and onions go uncommonly well together such as in the classic mixture of duxelles. I decided to make, essentially, a duxelles soup. The secret to any onion soup is to take your time. Thinly sliced onions have to caramelize in butter (or olive oil if you want to make it vegan) at a low temperature for a long time in order to bring out their wonderful natural sweetness. I took about an hour to caramelize mine, and the onions were so sweet that one person who tried the soup asked if I had put any sugar into it. I hadn’t. It was nothing but onions, at least for that initial layer of flavor. I used a mixture of white onions and red onions for a little extra complexity. For the next flavor layer, I sautéed some mushrooms, again mixing white button mushrooms and cremini (which Spring 2015

are also known as baby portobellos) for added interest. These I cooked with just a few sprigs of thyme and a healthy splash of a medium-dry sherry. I used an amontillado because I like the way it tastes and because I have a literary bent. It is the kind of dish where the calories are low, but you would never know it from all of the flavor. My eye was next turned by a recipe for Beef and Barley with Carrots and Mushrooms. First, I was intrigued by the thought of what is essentially a rice pilaf made with barley, a tragically underused grain. And second, I liked the symmetry of making a solid-dish version of a soup (beef and barley) after I had just cooked a soup version of a solid dish (duxelles). The hearty barley was made even more nutty and delicious by the addition of the water I had used to

soak dried porcini mushrooms. The carrots added a touch of sweetness to counteract the meaty, bold flavor of the rest of the dish. Yet I still wanted more lowcalorie dishes. I rarely cook with beef because of the fat and the calories, so naturally I liked the challenge of making another healthful weight-losing dish with it. But I cheated. I turned to Japanese cuisine, which is one of the most healthy, lowest-calorie cooking there is. And then I uncheated, so to speak. The recipe I chose, which the Japanese cookbook called Gyuniku to broccoli no itame-ni, is utterly unrelated to Japanese cuisine. The writers, as it turns out, appear to have left out a vital ingredient (stock), which would have changed the cooking method (simmering the meat in a broth) and made the meal a lot more Japanese.

Instead, I made the dish as the recipe instructed. Made this way, it turned out to be very similar to the familiar Chinese-American dish Beef With Broccoli, and it is an excellent version of it, too. You can eat it on its own, as I did, or serve it with rice. I still had plenty of energy, probably from eating all those holiday goodies, so I decided to make one last low-cal dish. It is hard to find a cut of meat with fewer calories than pork tenderloin, so that is what I used for a very simple meal. Well, relatively simple. It requires two different stages of cooking, one on top of the stove and one in the oven. And you have to mix together a wet rub from just a handful of ingredients first, but that’s easy, too. The only problem with a dish this easy is you don’t burn off a lot of calories to make it.

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Yield: 3 to 4 servings 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (less if using table salt) 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 pork tenderloins, about 2 1/2 pounds total

4. Add the sake-cornstarch mixture and stir until sauce thickens. Per serving: 233 calories; 15 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 38 mg cholesterol; 13 g protein; 11 g carbohydrate; 6 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 107 mg sodium; 33 mg calcium. Recipe adapted from “Stepby-Step Japanese Cooking” by Lesley Downer and Minoru Yoneda

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 2. Mix together garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Spread evenly over pork tenderloins and set aside for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 3. Place remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large, ovenproof skillet and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add tenderloins and sear all over, about 8 to 10 minutes. 4. Place skillet in oven and cook until pork reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees for medium. This will take about 10 to 15 more minutes; do not overcook. Allow pork to rest on a plate for 3 minutes before slicing. Per serving (based on 4): 365 calories; 15 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 149 mg cholesterol; 53 g protein; no carbohydrate; no sugar; no fiber; 357 mg sodium; 19 mg calcium. Recipe by Daniel Neman

BEEF WITH BROCCOLI Yield: 4 servings 8 ounces beef sirloin 3/4 pound (12 ounces) broccoli 4 ounces button (white) mushrooms 2 cloves garlic 40 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

lightly. Stir in the broccoli and beef and sauté to brown the beef. Cover and cook until broccoli is crisp-tender and beef is cooked through, about 5 minutes.

1 tablespoon sake, dry sherry or dry vermouth 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1. With a sharp knife, slice the beef into thin, bite-sized strips. Wash the broccoli and divide into florettes, discarding the rest of the broccoli or reserving for another use. Wipe and trim the mushrooms and cut them in half. Peel the garlic and slice finely. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together the sake, rice vinegar, sesame oil, water, sugar and cornstarch. 2. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok, large skillet or large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. 3. Add the mushrooms and sauté LongmontMagazine.com

BEEF AND BARLEY WITH CARROTS AND MUSHROOMS Yield: 6 servings 3 cups boiling water 1 package (1/2 ounce) dried porcini mushrooms 1 pound beef top round steak, 3/4 inch thick 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided 1 tablespoon soy sauce 8 ounces button (white) mushrooms, sliced 2 medium carrots, peeled, cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into ¼-inch thick slices 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 1 1/2 cups pearl barley 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves 1. Into medium bowl, pour boiling Spring 2015

about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 5. While vegetables are cooking, remove porcini from soaking water with slotted spoon, reserving the liquid. Rinse porcini to remove any sand; coarsely chop. Strain soaking water through sieve lined with paper towel into medium bowl and set aside.

Beef, vegetables and the larger grain, pearl barley, make for a hear ty and healthy soup.

water over porcini; let stand 10 minutes or more. 2. Meanwhile, cut steak lengthwise in half. With knife held in slanted position, almost parallel to cutting surface, slice each half of steak crosswise into 1/8-inch thick slices. 3. In a deep nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over medium-high heat until very hot. Add

half of steak slices and cook until they just lose their pink color, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer steak to medium bowl; repeat with remaining oil and steak. Toss steak with soy sauce; set aside. 4. To same skillet, add white mushrooms, carrots, onion, salt, pepper and thyme and cook over medium-high heat until vegetables are tender-crisp,

6. Add barley, broth, porcini and mushroom-soaking water to vegetables in skillet; heat mixture to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until barley and vegetables are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in steak mixture and parsley; heat through. Per serving: 354 calories; 9 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 46 mg cholesterol; 23 g protein; 46 g carbohydrate; 3 g sugar; 9 g fiber; 728 mg sodium; 50 mg calcium. Recipe adapted from “400 Healthy Recipes,” by Good Housekeeping

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Yield: 4 servings 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, sliced 1 large rib celery, sliced 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can vegetable broth (1 3/4 cups) 2 cups water 1 (15 to 19-ounce) can cannelini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes 2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup tubettini or ditalini pasta (I used small elbow macaroni) 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach

Yield: 12 cups 4 tablespoons butter 2 large white onions, sliced thin 2 large red onions, sliced thin 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced 8 ounces cremini mushrooms (baby portobellos), sliced 4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried 8 cups vegetable or chicken stock 1/4 cup dry sherry or white wine Apple cider vinegar, if needed

1 to 2 hours, depending on your stove’s temperature. 2. Remove onions with a slotted spoon and add mushroom slices and thyme. Cook until mushrooms are tender. 3. Return onions to the pot, along with stock and sherry. Raise heat and bring to a simmer. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. If soup is too sweet for your taste, add vinegar, 2 tablespoons at a time, until it is as sweet and sour as you like.

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Per serving: 124 calories; 6 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 5 g protein; 12 g carbohydrate; 5 g sugar; 1 g fiber; 234 mg sodium; 22 mg calcium. Recipe by Daniel Neman

1. In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, in a 2-quart saucepan, heat broth and water to boiling over high heat. 3. Add beans, tomatoes, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper to onion mixture; heat to boiling over high heat. Add broth mixture and pasta; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and cook 5 minutes. Add frozen spinach; cook, stirring frequently to separate spinach, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Per serving: 204 calories; 4 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; no cholesterol; 10 g protein; 33 g carbohydrate; 8 g sugar; 8 g fiber; 1,026 mg sodium; 150 mg calcium Recipe from “400 Healthy Recipes” by Good Housekeeping


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Outreach helps to get kids on the right track through mentorship and snowboarding,” Goldberg explains. The Left Hand Brewing Foundation has donated funds to local groups including Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and Jamestown flood relief efforts.

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About that snow ramp: it’s a beast, and somebody’s gotta build it. That guy is Sean Ewing, who spends his workdays putting up industrial scaffolding for Del’s Masonry in Longmont. Since the first year of Hops + Handrails, he has also managed creating the snow ramp, hauling the snow down from the high country, and getting that snow in place on the ramp in time for the insane parade of riders. The structure is built of steel scaffolding skinned with aluminum planks, covered with plywood and a layer of carpet, and then the surface LongmontMagazine.com

layer of snow is added using a large front-end loader. In the general spirit of H+H, this year’s ramp is going a bit larger, Ewing says, to about 40 feet tall by 30 feet wide. The ramp takes more than a day to build out, and once complete, the snow hauling begins. “We’re bringing in nine semi loads of snow – truck and trailer full each trip,” Ewing explains. “We are transporting it down from Loveland ski resort, and we’re usually hauling snow right up to the start of the event.”

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It’s not a rail jam without rails, and event sponsor Winter Park Resort’s all-pro rail crew will create a course that challenges the riders and thrills the crowds. Erik Becker, Winter Park’s terrain park supervisor, says, “we take the best of what’s happening in terrain parks right now and bring Spring 2015

it down to Hops and Handrails.” The rail crew and a few volunteers deliver and set up the 20 to 25-foot-long steel rails, which stand three or four feet above the snow surface. The height gives riders extra air to show off their mad skills. With the core setup in place, Becker also helps with the snow hauling. “It’s three pretty long days and a lot of snow moving,” he says. And then there are the jammers – the dudes and ladies with their carefully planned (or not!) terrain park tricks. We have top riders in Colorado, and many are heading to Hops + Handrails for a chance at the glory. An informal group of riders in the Burton Boards network are expected to join in as well. Prizes are “cash-ola, the real deal,” says Goldberg. The big prize is the “Open” category, open to all riders and offering $1,000 first place; $500 second place and $250 third place awards. There’s a women’s category, too (top prize is $500). A free “year of beer” prize goes out to the

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rider who does the raddest trick on the keg feature. Last year’s winner, Dillon Wilson, is returning with his frontside cork 360’s and backside rodeos (a back flip with a 180-degree rotation). At 21 years, he’s been riding since he was 5 and lined up his first riding sponsors three years ago. “I usually learn my new tricks on a side run somewhere, then take it to the terrain park and hit the rails.” Kids love snowboarding, and you may see several taking a turn down the ramp and mixing it up with the big guys. A special Kids Zone is being created by sponsor Burton Boards, with lots of fun activities and a stash of boards and gear for prizes. Junior jammers can also have fun getting pulled around on a snowboard for a mellow ride.

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Longmont United Hospital raises funds for Women’s Imaging Center By Steve Lysaker, Longmont Magazine An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but prevention can also be costly, especially when it comes to the technology used in mammograms and other health screenings. The Women’s Imaging Center at Longmont United Hospital recently became the first and only Longmont facility to offer 3-D mammography, which has proven more effective in the early detection of breast cancer than traditional mammograms alone. The human lives saved by timely breast cancer diagnosis are beyond value, but the state-of-the-art device used to provide a three-dimensional view of breast tissue came with a price, an expense the LUH volunteer organization hopes to help offset with its upcoming annual fundraiser.

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Each year, the LUH volunteer group hosts the Spring Fling event to benefit a hospital program selected by the 12-member volunteer board. Proceeds from this year’s function, a casino night and silent auction to be held from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Longmont Moose Lodge, will go to the Women’s Imaging Center, notably to help cover the new 3-D mammography equipment. The diverse ranks of the LUH volunteer corps consist of approximately 600 community members between the ages of 14 and 96 who support the hospital in a spectrum

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This year, the LUH Spring Fling fundraiser proceeds will go to offset the cost of tomosynthesis units such as this one in the Women’s Imaging Center.

of capacities, from administrative services to patient interaction. Stacey Jackson, the hospital’s volunteer coordinator, said the Spring Fling fundraiser provides those wideranging volunteers “an opportunity to highlight and target a specific area of need.” “This is why I love working here,” Jackson said. “We have such dedicated volunteers. We love to LongmontMagazine.com

make a positive impact.” While there is no set financial goal for the benefit, Jackson said the event typically raises about $50,000, an amount that would go a long way toward absorbing the costs of 3-D mammography technology, which runs hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tickets for the event are $50 each and may be purchased by calling 303.651.5205; the deadline for


Breast cancer claims the lives of about 40,000 women per year, according to the American Cancer Society. It follows only heart disease as the leading cause of death in American women. While it is believed that about 12 percent of women in the United States will face invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes, early detection can dramatically improve the chances of survival. According to studies cited by LUH, 3-D mammography is backed by a 27-percent increase in ‘We believe this cancer detection over tradican save lives’ tional mammograms, and a Also known as breast 40-percent increase in the tomosynthesis, 3-D mamdetection of invasive canmography offers a number 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, cer. The five-year survival provides a more detailed view of breast tissue. of advantages over stanrate for breast cancer patients dard mammograms. The new who received early diagnosis mograms and requires no additional breast tomosynthesis device and timely treatment is 98 percent. breast compression. The procedure employed by the LUH Women’s ImagFor additional information about may be especially beneficial to women ing Center provides radiologists with breast tomosynthesis or to schedule who are seeking a baseline breast a more comprehensive view of the a mammogram, call the Longmont screening, who have dense breast tisbreasts and a more detailed view of United Hospital Women’s Imaging sue, or who have a personal history of breast tissue. Recent studies into breast Center at 303.651.5121. breast cancer. tomosynthesis systems indicate that the thorough imaging provided by 3-D mammography can pinpoint cancer earlier than traditional mammograms and reduce the need for women to LONGMONT UNITED HOSPITAL SPRING FLING undergo secondary breast cancer asCASINO NIGHT AND SILENT AUCTION sessments. “Early detection of cancer can WHEN: Saturday, March 21, from 6-10 p.m. dramatically improve a woman’s chance at surviving breast cancer, and 3-D mammography improves the rate WHERE: Longmont Moose Lodge of early detection,” said Lois Heater, 2210 Pratt Street, Longmont LUH’s director of diagnostic imaging, in a press release announcing the TICKETS: $50 - Call 303.651.5205 to purchase availability of breast tomosynthesis to women in the greater Longmont area. BENEFITS: The Women’s Imaging Center, notably to help “We believe this can save lives.” cover the new 3-D mammography equipment. Breast tomosynthesis is performed in a similar manner to standard mamreservations is March 6. The event will feature a variety of gaming tables, as well as heavy appetizers, a cash bar and music. Guests will receive 200 playing points each, and prizes will be awarded throughout the night. Attendees may also participate in a silent auction, which Jackson said will include an array of items donated by local businesses in addition to unique gift baskets assembled by various departments at the hospital.

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Longmont United Hospital Introduces New Technology - First in Boulder County Longmont United Hospital is the first hospital in Boulder County to introduce a new rapid molecular test for identifying sepsis-causing bacteria. Most tests for bloodstream infections take 24-hours to five days for results, but this new test detects results in as little as two to three hours. Sepsis, a consequence of a serious infection, often with a bloodstream disease, affects more than 750,000 Americans each year, and kills more than 250,000.1 Studies have shown that delayed administration of appropriate antibiotics is associated with a 7.6% decrease in survival rate for each hour that is delayed. 2 According to a study published in the Journal of Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management in 2008, earlier identification of the bacteria that cause sepsis has been associated with improved patient outcomes. 3, 4 The same study also showed that rapid molecular testing of blood cultures may reduce bacterial identification time. The new test, Verigene® GramPositive Blood Culture Nucleic Acid (BC-GP) and Verigene® Gram-Negative Blood Culture Nucleic Acid (BC-GN), enables Longmont United Hospital physicians to quickly diagnose patients who demonstrate symptoms of bloodstream infection days earlier than conventional methods. Given the time-sensitive nature of this disease, delivery of this information is critical as it provides faster detection of the specific infectioncausing bacteria as well as key resistance markers. The traditional method of testing requires time to grow cells in the culture whereas the new technology uses genetics so it significantly reduces the time to produce results. “The Hospital has seen an increase Spring 2015

in infections resistant to medications now compared to what we saw years ago,” said Tony Cerullo, Director of Laboratory Services, Longmont United Hospital. “The new analyzer gives us gene technology that no one in Boulder County is able to provide. Utilization of assays such as the Verigene GramPositive Blood Culture test, supported by collaboration between microbiology and pharmacy, can optimize antimicrobial use, decrease unnecessary length of stay and costs, and improve time to appropriate therapy.” A study was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology that evaluated the clinical and economic impact of rapid bacterial identification and antibiotic resistance determination by the Verigene Gram-Positive Blood Culture (BC-GP) Test for patients with enterococcal bacteremia, which can lead to sepsis. The study reported that following implementation of Verigene BC-GP for the detection of bloodstream infections caused by Enterococcus, there was an average per patient reduction in hospital length of stay of 21.7 days, and an average savings of $60,729 LongmontMagazine.com

in hospital costs. A typical example of how sepsis may initially appear benign but quickly turns for the worst is: Someone develops a cough – just a cough. But over time this person becomes weak, dizzy and develops a fever. When they reach a point that they believe they are sick enough to go to the ER, they are found to have a high white blood cell count (indicating infection), and kidney failure combined with low blood pressure. They are told they are critically ill and septic. The patient is admitted to the hospital and treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics, which may or may not have an effect, while waiting for test results that can take 1 to 5 days. With the new Verigene technology, this scenario changes substantially. The Verigene identifies the bacterial pathogen, including Multi-Drug Resistance (MDR) organisms, causing the patient’s infection within 3 hours of the blood culture becoming positive. In this case, the precise antibiotics would be given resulting in significant reductions in hospital length of stay, recovery time, and mortality rates.


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Divorce can make family waters difficult to navigate Dear Dr. Beth,

I went through a divorce 4 years ago and 2 years ago I met a special man and we both enjoy our relationship and being together in lots of different ways. I am 48 and he is 50 and also divorced. Both of us have adult children and his children have kids of their own while mine are still single and don’t have kids. We both enjoy spending time with our families but his family lives close while my adult children live far away. The problem is that his family likes to get together a lot and he really wants me to be a part of all these family gatherings. I enjoy his family (well, most of them anyway) but I don’t necessarily want to spend as much time with them as he does. This is sometimes a source of tension in our relationship. What do I do? This is actually a fairly common issue for second marriages or deeply committed relationships following divorce. In your case, it appears that you and your partner have two significant differences in your family situations. First, he has family nearby and yours is far away and second, he has grandchildren and you do not. Naturally, both of these factors tip the scale toward your partner having more desire and opportunity to get together with his family and it sounds like his desire to do so is very strong. I can understand his strong desire to also have you involved with his family. I’m sure he sees you as an important person in his life and it feels Spring 2015

natural to him to include you in his activities with his family. I’m guessing he would like his family to get to know you and care about you and see you as a part of their larger family. Integrating a new spouse or partner into a pre-existing family culture can cause shifts in family dynamics that can be tricky after a divorce. For your part, although I don’t know your own history of relating to your extended family, it is often true that we find more enjoyment and meaning in relating to our own relatives than to someone else’s. Certainly, many adults find it challenging to integrate into their partner’s family and new partners frequently encounter reluctance, resistance and even occasional hostility from some members of the family along the way. It sounds like you want to be connected to his family, but not necessarily to spend the same amount of time with them that he does. While your partner may desire you to be a part of everything he does with his family, it will be important LongmontMagazine.com

for you to negotiate some limits with him about how much time you want to spend and what kinds of events you wish to participate in with them. These decisions will influenced by the quality of his own relationships with his children and grandchildren and what he sees as the more important events or activities he wants you to share in. For example, birthdays, anniversaries and holidays might be three events when your presence would be most appreciated, while casual get-togethers might be viewed as less important. You may choose to attend or not and reach the understanding that this is not a negative reflection on either him or his children. There are no pre-determined norms for this situation. Although couples who are married may feel more pressure to have their new partner at every family event, this is really up to the two of you. The family will take the lead from your partner. If he presents this as normal and not intended as a slight to the family,


they will usually feel the same and if he conveys resentment about your absence, they may wonder about your relationship. The greatest challenges will be your ability to stay honest with him in the face of his disappointment and his ability to accept that you are both part of his family, yet not attached to them in the same way that he is. It sounds like you have a healthy enough relationship to be able to negotiate these understandings with one another. There are many ways of relating to a new partner’s family and usually plenty of common ground for working out these types of differences in relationships. ———————————

Dear Dr. Beth,

I am the divorced parent of 8 year old twin girls and a 10 year old boy and I share custody of the children with my ex-wife. Part of why we divorced was that she drank a lot and sometimes uses drugs and although I drink socially, I don’t drink a lot or drink around my kids and I don’t use drugs. Right now my main concern is that she has a new boyfriend and when the kids come over to my house they strongly hint that both she and her boyfriend are verbally and emotionally mean to them, especially when they are drinking. I don’t know if there is anything I can do, but I am worried about their wellbeing and their self-esteem being hurt by this situation. What are my options? The first thing you need to do is to try and get your children to share more with you about how they are treated, especially the specific ways they are talked to by your ex-wife 54 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

and her boyfriend and whether or not there is any physical or sexual abuse going on in that home. Be sure to be neutral in inquiring and don’t try to push their answers in one direction or the other. This can be tricky given your love and emotional involvement, but it is important that the children feel safe and able to be truthful about what is happening. If there is physical or sexual abuse, this needs to be reported right away to the Department of Social Services so that an investigation can be done to evaluate the safety of your children in that home. This investigation may result in a report, legal action, or temporary removal of the children from the home. Further agency or court action m ay require the family to participate in mandatory counseling and the possible restructuring of the division of parental responsibility (custody) between the parents, though that would be a separate action through the courts. Modifying divorce orders is difficult and is unlikely to happen quickly. Keep in mind that sometimes reports to social services agencies result in non-action or the determination that there is no cause to intervene. In these situations, it is hard to know for certain why no action was taken and you have a right to sit down and talk with the investigators or the head of the agency to express your ongoing concern and try to understand their reasoning and decision. If necessary, make another report if further incidents of abuse are disclosed to you by the children. If your children disclose that the abuse is strictly verbal or emotional and deny that there is any physical abuse or sexual abuse, your options are more limited. Social service agencies don’t generally get conduct investigations on these types of allegations. Your LongmontMagazine.com

options include trying to talk with your ex-wife and discuss concerns. Decide what form of communication would be most effective and least inflammatory and if possible try to determine a time to talk when she is most likely to be sober and rational. You can talk to the children about acceptable and unacceptable ways to be treated and make it clear that verbal and emotional abuse are not acceptable ways to treat anyone, especially children, in a relationship. Reinforce that you love them and want the best for them. Listen to their feelings and try to help them find ways to be safe, cope and respond when situations like this occur. It may be important to take the children for counseling if they are being emotionally harmed. Mainly, keep being attentive to their needs and feelings and do whatever is within your power legally and psychologically to ensure that your children are treated with appropriate respect and kindness. This is probably the best you can do in this very difficult and painful situation.

Uncommon Sense with Beth Firestein Dr. Beth Firestein is a licensed psychologist. She has 27 years of therapy experience and has practiced in Loveland for more than 16 years. She may be reached by calling her office at 970-6359116, via email at firewom@webaccess.net or by visiting www.bethfirestein.com.

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DIVOT DISC by Longmont manufacturer, RapidPro, and creator, Mike DeSimone, aims to improve golfers’ games one swing at a time. By Adam Mar tin, Longmont Magazine RapidPro Manufacturing Corporation knows a thing or two about product development. Located right here in Longmont, the company was originally known as Rapid Prototyping Corporation. But when Ron Angstead, RapidPro’s CEO and president, purchased the company along with a partner, they decided a change of name was appropriate. Today, RapidPro does considerably more than just prototyping, frequently taking products from conception all the way to production and marketing. The Divot Disc is a prime example.

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“The idea for the Divot Disc came a few years back,” explains Mike DeSimone, the creative mind behind the golf training aid. At that time, DeSimone had just taken up golf. Like many new golfers, he was eager to improve his performance and enjoyed the challenge of shaving a few strokes off his game. He began using a variety of training aids, but the weather being what it is in Colorado, he was soon forced indoors. That’s when he ran into a hurdle. When a golfer takes a shot from the fairway, a divot is often formed as the club scrapes off the top layer of the turf. “One very basic element of golf is the path the club takes through the ball, and the divot indicates the swing,” DeSimone explains. By analyzing the divot, golfers can determine the depth and direction of their swing. That’s information they can use to improve their game dramatically. DeSimone’s winter training problem was a simple one. “You can’t get this feedback information indoors,” he said. While there are a number of tools that allow golfers to practice everything from putts to drives indoors, even in your own home, there was nothing at the time that provided the kind of feedback one can get from a divot. But DeSimone was determined to continue his training, so he got creative. He discovered that if he practiced his fairway shots using a piece of carpet in


The material used on the Divot Disc captures the stroke of your swing mimicking the divot left on an outdoor fairway. Photo courtesy of Divot Disc.

place of turf, the fibers would bend with the swing. The mark left behind was very similar to a divot, giving the same kind of information about depth and direction. The first prototype of the Divot Disc was created in DeSimone’s own garage with little more than a simple scrap of carpet. But taking an idea, even a good one like DeSimone’s, from invention all the way through production and marketing is no small thing, which is why he turned to his friend, Ron Angstead. “It took some time,” DeSimone says of the development process. All told, 4 years passed between the time he initially conceived of the Divot Disc and the actual roll out of the product. While DeSimone is the originator of the concept, he’s quick to point out that he had help from the RapidPro team throughout development. “The alignment tabs were Ron’s idea,” he said. Using brightly colored nylon strings that attach to the front edge of the Divot Disc, a player can create a target line. This takes the feedback provided by the tool to a whole new level, indicating the player’s aim as it relates to the divot. DeSimone says golfers have really taken to the Divot Disc, especially instructors and pros. Because there is no other way to get this kind of information during off seasons, it’s an essential tool. In fact, it’s 56 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

The disc can be readied for use with a swipe of the hand. Photo courtesy of Divot Disc.


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so effective that many use it outdoors, as well. A simple swipe of your hand gets the disc ready for the next shot, making it ideal for the driving range. In reflecting on the entire process, DeSimone says, “It gets your mind in a totally different perspective when

you look at a product on a shelf.” He now has a deep appreciation for what Angstead and the team at RapidPro do on a daily basis. Their hard work and ingenuity bring creative ideas to life, and help inventors like DeSimone see their visions become realities.

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seedy distractions throwing a Spanishstyle Tapas party easy. This vigorous little bush produces an abundance of spicy peppers you can toss in salads or skewer for kabobs.

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Lunchbox peppers are the sweet,

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If you’re distracted around friends or unable to focus at work, you’re probably a gardener. The new varieties and excitement of the coming season make us poor company at this time of year, and my advice to your friends and employers is: you’ll just have to wait it out. We’re dreaming of blooms and butterflies instead of paying attention in meetings, creating planting plans instead of reports, and we keep getting startled by people snapping fingers and asking “Hey, are you listening?” The answer is no. We’re wishing the meeting would end, so we can get back to important things like searching for special varieties and getting our seeds started on schedule. The warming weather does nothing but distract us, and everywhere we look, we see advertising or articles that fuel our obsession. Browse a seed catalog and you’ll find a cornucopia of vegetables promising to make your table the talk of the summer. Visit a 58 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

store – even for groceries – and you’re staring at displays seducing you to buy seedlings and soil amendments. Take a peek at a few vegetables driving me crazy this season, and you’ll understand why obsession is growing:

Gonzales cabbage, a mini in the

garden, perfect for slaws or smaller appetites. But the best part is that these tiny cabbages grow quickly and the flavor makes eating them fun.

‘Spanish Padron,’ are hard-to-

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petite peppers you find at the grocer’s. The fruit are peppers perfect for snacks, party trays, or lunches. Early to mature, harvests start 60 days after transplanting into your garden. Several colors are available: red, yellow, and orange. Lunchbox pepper plants are high yielders, growing vigorously and with excellent fruit set.

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containers. Renee’s Gardens has this compact, delicious lettuce that’s perfect for patios. Put your container in a dapple shade area; though this lettuce is slow to bolt, our sun could still be too intense. Increase your garden this year, and you’ll be delighted to join the ranks of the rest of us: distracted, obsessed, and unable to focus. On anything other than gardening, that is.

nus of bounty: the vines bear heavily for an abundance of pods.

‘Hansel’ eggplant, an All-America Selection widely available at local retailers, continues to live up to its promise of big yields of finger-sized fruit. If your summer gets away from

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Interfaith Quilters of Longmont’s 29th Annual Quilt Show And Sale By Jackie Lindon, Interfaith Quilters Interfaith Quilters of Longmont will be celebrating their 29th Annual Quilt Show and Sale on March 6 and 7, 2015. It will be held at the First Lutheran Church, 803 3rd Ave. in Longmont. The proceeds of these beautiful hand and machine quilted quilts will benefit the Outreach United Resource (O.U.R.) Center and the Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley. This annual show and sale is always held on the first weekend in March. The preview will be open Friday, March 6, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (no sales). The $5 admission to Friday’s preview includes Saturday admission. The sale will be Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with admission of $1 for those who did not attend preview night. There will also be homemade pies and coffee for sale by the ladies of the First Lutheran Church all day Saturday. Credit cards will be accepted for the purchase of quilt items. The quilts made by the creative and skilled volunteers are of high quality at a very reasonable price. Quilts vary in size and type from pillows, table runners, baby quilts, and kids quilts to teen and holiday themed quilts, wall hangings, and twin, queen and king sizes. The variety of colors and textures is amazing. This a great opportunity to support the needs of the community and to get beautiful quilted items in return. The featured quilter for this years show is a member of the Interfaith Quilters. Martha Dicks will share her knowl-


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edge of her vintage quilt collection. History is often told by quilts made in years gone by. Each quilt has something to say about the time during which it was created. This is sure to entertain people of all ages. Jeananne Wright of Longmont is a nationally known certified quilt

appraiser and lecturer. She can be reached at 303.772.7684 to make an appointment for a quilt appraisal. This documentation is beneficial for insurance purposes and provides information about the quilt for future generations. Throughout the year Interfaith


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Quilters serve the community. Many victims of the September 2013 floods received quilts in 2013 and 2014. The Safe Shelter of the St. Vrain Valley also receives quilts and other needed items during the year. Several quilts have been made for the Quilts of Valor organization to give to military service veterans. Interfaith Quilters is composed of about 100 volunteer quilters with varying degrees of experience. Each person contributes skills, creative ideas, sewing time and camaraderie. The weekly Monday sewing days, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church allows them time together to share ideas, sewing tips and of course lunch. New members are always welcome. For more information about Interfaith Quilters of Longmont visit their web site at interfaithquilters.com.

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BRANCHES of the past Genealogy brings family heritage into full view By Elise Oberliesen, Longmont Magazine Maybe you discovered a dusty box of letters while cleaning out your parents’ old attic. Or perhaps mom gifted you with a five-year collection of love letters from your dear grandfather—the ones he penned to your beloved grandmother while he was off fighting during World War 2. Then, your heartstrings got involved and reminded you—you think, hey, I hardly know these people. Yet the fuzzy, faraway details you recall 62 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

about these people barely count as memories. [Note to editor—switching from first to second person may be bad stylistically…but it makes a point] In an instant, you grow obsessed about uncovering the mysteries surrounding the pair-how they fell in love—or the origins of grandma’s apple cake recipe, the one passed down for generations Whether you call it sentimental —or the latest craze—you’d be right to call it both. That’s because more people want to know about their kin—those distant relatives and the great, great grandparents who made their lives possible. From the scandals to factual accounts, genealogy opens doors of the past with keys to the future. “There are tens of thousands LongmontMagazine.com

of families actively researching their family history,” says James Jeffrey, reference librarian with Denver Public Library. He says there are about 40,000 Colorado subscribers using Ancestry.com. “That tells you Coloradoans are interested in their family history,” he says. What’s great about a public library is that you have access to all kinds of databases, free of charge— Ancestry.com happens to be one of them. “You don’t have to have a subscription to Ancestry. Practically every public library in Colorado has a subscription to ‘Ancestry Library Edition’ and if your local library doesn’t, the next library does,” says Jeffrey. The major catch—you must visit Spring 2015

the library to use the Ancestry database, says Jeffrey. Looking for community resources in town? Whether you’ve jumped into genealogy full throttle or need a nudge, the Longmont Genealogy Society (LGS) provides tips and resources by offering monthly events, says Harry Ross, genealogist and past president of the group. Thanks to tech-savvy apps and online research, Ross says young people are showing up and getting more involved. “I’m seeing more people

both local and online makes all the difference when digging up the past. No matter where your family comes from, whether it’s south of the border or across the pond, Denver Public Library offers an exhaustive list of genealogy resources. With plenty of free monthly workshops aimed at helping people tap into their roots, Jeffrey says it’s a great resource. “In Colorado, there are organized genealogical societies (COGEN) and it has a lovely website of all the geneal-

Bir th and death cer tificates, passpor ts and other official paperwork give clues as to a family member’s movements.

in their 20s and 30s at the national conferences I go to…There are also young people at genealogy events at the Denver Public Library.” But all of this research is hard work. Having a good list of resources,

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ogy societies that are member societies in the state,” says Jeffrey. As an “umbrella group” there you can find the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado, the Hispanic, Italian, Welsh, Scottish, English, Germanic, and Sons of Norway. “It runs the entire gamut,” says Ross.

Stay the course Do prepare for a wild goose chase like no other when venturing into family lineage. Simple name changes within branches of any family tree often trip researchers up. Whether

a name is spelled differently, or

agreed to willy-nilly drop syllables

even changed completely, from say,

or changed a “y” to an “i” because it

Schwartz, to Black, Ross says there are

looks prettier on paper.

plenty of common myths. “A lot of people think people

Be patient with research. It’s important to realize the work of geneal-

changed their names when they ar-

ogy is more like a series of marathons

rived at Ellis Island, [in New York],”

–not a few quick sprints.

the spot where immigrants first

“You may hit a brick wall when

stepped foot on American soil, says

researching your grandmother, but


then you find something about her

But that’s not true, he says.

sibling, that means you have to do

Instead, there was a “passenger

some sideways research,” says Ross.

list” where ship officials recorded

That’s why it’s important to

the names of passengers. The names

consider researching the local area of

were then given to immigration of-

grandma’s stomping grounds. Ross

ficers, says Ross. Not some clerk who

says county boundaries change, so

City, town and church records are also a good resource. Photo by Hana Stepanikova / Shutterstock.com.

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Tracking Colorado roots Expect a few snags and downright “rabbit holes” once you start digging into family records. With over 600,000 pages of digitized historic Colorado newspapers at your fingertips, Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC), part of the Colorado State Library, is the “it” place to visit should your genealogical search hit a dead end. There you will have access to a treasure trove of resources. The collection dates back to 1859 through 1923 and includes about 160 newspapers. Peruse through feature stories, society news, and classified ads, from decades and centuries past. It also contains school and church announce-

ments, editorials and cartoons. Mary McCarthy, a coordinator at CHNC will give a talk in April to the members of the Longmont Genealogi-

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Cemetery records Finding death notices and cemetery information isn’t always easy. But McCarthy has become rather adept at deciphering the colorful, yet obscure language used back then. Sometimes obituaries read more like religious

poetry or Shakespearian soliloquies. She says it was common to see obituary language like, “He shuffled off this mortal coil” or “He ventured off to the Valley of the Shadow.” Longmont Genealogy Society has published several books detailing cemetery indexes, says Ross. Having access to death records is one thing, but having actual tombstone loca-

tions... even better. Knowing where family members lay in rest gives you a place to visit the dearly departed, says Ross. The books, also on CDs, feature Longmont Mountain View Cemetery, Ryssby Swedish Cemetery and Foothills Garden of Memory Cemetery. Records are updated every five years.

If you go... LONGMONT GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Mary McCar thy, Coordinator at Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, will present the historical trappings found at “The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection” for the Longmont Genealogical Society. McCar thy will offer tips about how to hunt down historical records. WHEN: April 8, at 1 p.m. WHERE: The presentation will take place at First Lutheran Church - 803 3rd Avenue, in Longmont, in the church “Friendship Center.” Public welcome.

Need more help with your search? Here are some local and online resources that may take your research to another level. LONGMONT COLORADO FAMILY HISTORY CENTER (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)— 1721 Red Cloud Rd Longmont, 303.772.4373 LONGMONT GENEALOGY ASSOCIATION Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month, at First Lutheran Church, 803 3rd Ave. in Longmont. LONGMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY 409 4th Ave., 303.651.8470 DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Western History/Genealogy, Central Library) 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720.865.1821 COLORADO COUNCIL OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES cocouncil.org INTERNET RESOURCES FamilySearch.org—A free online genealogy resource —records from all around the world. Ancestry.com—An online genealogy resource Findagrave.com—Search 121 grave stone listings in the U.S. Additional sources: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/staff#sthash.0gMUDTLT.dpuf http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/staff




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Here’s a glimpse at the parks and some of the features they include. Numbers in parenthesis correspond to map locations. Affolter, (1), Holly Avenue and S. Judson Street. 5.3 acres, basketball courts, multi-use field, softball field, tennis courts, restrooms, shelter and playground. Alta, (2), 10th Avenue and Alta Street. A half-acre, picnic area and playground. Athletic Field, (3), 11th Avenue and Kimbark Street. Basketball courts, soccer/football field and picnic area. Carr, (4), 21st Avenue and Gay Street. 8.4 acres, basketball courts, soccer/ football fields, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, restrooms, shelter, softball field, tennis courts and 68 LONGMONT MAGAZINE

roller hockey rink. Clark Centennial, (5), 1100 Lashley St. 48.5 acres, baseball field, basketball court, soccer/football field, picnic areas, barbecue pits, playground, restrooms, shelter, four softball fields, tennis courts, volleyball areas, concession stand and roller hockey rink. Recreation center/pool complex includes wading pool, indoor pool and fitness equipment. Collyer, (6), Sixth Avenue and Collyer Street. 5.2 acres, picnic area, barbecue pits, playground, restrooms, shelters, volleyball and tennis courts. Dawson, (7), 1757 Harvard St. 12.9 acres, volleyball court, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shelters, barbecue pits and tennis courts. Flanders, (8), 2229 Break-

water Drive. 4.1 acres, fishing, soccer/football field, shelter, barbecue pits, restrooms, playground, volleyball court, basketbll hoops, picnic area and roller hockey court. Garden Acres, (9), 2058 Spencer St. 4.1 acres, shelter, playground, picnic area, restrooms, soccer/ football fields, barbecue pit, concession stand and softball fields. Golden Ponds, (10), 651 Third Ave. 94 acres with 56 acres of water surface, nature area with shelters, restrooms, trails, picnic areas, barbecue pits and fishing. Hover Acres, (11), 1361 Charles Drive. 9.2 acres, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, horseshoe pit, volleyball courts, soccer/football fields, picnic


area, shelter and barbecue pit. Izaak Walton, (12), 18 S. Sunset St. 21.5 acres, clubhouse, fishing, picnic area, barbecue pit, shelter and restrooms. Jim Hamm Nature Area, (13), 17th Avenue and County Line Road. 23.9 acres, fishing, nature trail, barbecue pit, restrooms and shelter. Kanemoto, (14), Missouri Avenue and South Pratt Parkway. 8.7 acres, ball fields, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shelters, soccer/football fields, volleyball courts and wading pool. Kensington, (15), 100 E. Longs Peak Ave. 18.2 acres, fishing, basketball court, picnic area, playgrounds, restrooms, barbecue pits and shelters. Lanyon, (16), 19th Avenue Spring 2015

and Collyer Street. 7.7 acres, basketball court, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, restrooms, shelter and softball fields.

court, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shelter, softball field and roller hockey rink. Sandstone Ranch, (26), 2929 and 3001 Colo. Highway 119. Community Park, 103 acres, ballfields, soccer/football fields, volleyball court, shelters, restrooms, barbecue pits, picnic areas, playground, concession stands, 24,000 squarefoot skate park with in-ground concrete bowls and street course. District Park, 180 acres, 1880’s historic home and visitors center, scenic overlook of the Front Range, 0.7 mile trail with connection to St.Vrain Greenway, open space and wildlife area, cultural history and natural resource programs, tours and special events. Due to wildlife no dogs are allowed in the District Park.

Left Hand Creek, (17), 1800 Creekside Drive. 10 acres, playground, softball field, basketball hoops, volleyball court, picnic area, barbecue pit, restrooms, shelters, soccer/football fields and roller hockey rink. Loomiller, (18), 11th Avenue and Sumner Street.15.3 acres, fishing, picnic area, barbecue pit, playground, disc golf, restrooms and shelters. McIntosh Lake, (19), located west of Longmont on Colo. Highway 66. 55 acres, fishing, basketball court, picnic area, shelter and restrooms. Pratt, (20), Baylor Drive and Ithaca Court, 4.2 acres, basketball court, picnic area, playground, restrooms, shelter, softball field, tennis courts and roller hockey rink. Quail Campus, (21), 310 Quail Road. 8.6 acres, skate park, picnic area, horseshoes, concession stand and recreation center with basketball courts, fitness center, climbing wall and indoor pools.

Spangler, (27), 200 Mountain View Ave. 5.1 acres, picnic area, playground, restrooms, barbecue pits and shelter. Raber, (22), 24th Avenue and Sunset Street. 3.2 acres, shelter, picnic area and playground. Rogers Grove, (23), 220 Hover St. 10.5 acres, arboretum, outdoor learning center, picnic area, shelter/interpretive center, outdoor amphitheater, demonstration garden, rest-

rooms and barbecue pit. Roosevelt, (24), 700 Longs Peak Ave. 21.7 acres, shelters, restrooms, barbecue pit, picnic area, playground, horseshoe pit, recreation center, rose garden and splash pool. Rothrock Dell, (25), 700 E. Fifth Ave. 6.4 acres, basketball

Sunset, (28), Longs Peak Avenue and Sunset Street. 7 acres, nine-hole golf course, picnic area,barbecue pits, playground, shelter, outdoor swimming pool and concession stand. Thompson, (29), Fourth Avenue and Bross Street. 5.4 acres, picnic area, barbecue

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wildlife no dogs are allowed in the District Park. Spangler, (27), 200 Mountain View Ave. 5.1 acres, picnic area, playground, restrooms, barbecue pits and shelter. Sunset, (28), Longs Peak Avenue and Sunset Street. 7 acres, nine-hole golf course, picnic area,barbecue pits, playground, shelter, outdoor swimming pool and concession stand.

Thompson, (29), Fourth Avenue and Bross Street. 5.4 acres, picnic area, barbecue pits, playground, restrooms and shelter. Valley, (30), 28 Troxell Ave. 2.5 acres, basketball courts, barbecue pit, volleyball

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enue and Francis Street. 2.5 acres, off leash dog exercise area, picnic area and shelter.

Willow Farm, (31), 901 S. Fordham St. 9.4 acres, basketball court, picnic area, barbecue pits, restrooms, playground, roller hockey, softball field, multi-use field and shelters.

Dog Park II, (3), Airport and St.Vrain roads. 2.5 acres, off leash dog exercise area, picnic area and shelter.

PARKS WITH DOG PARKS Blue Skies Park, (1), 1520 Mountain Drive. 11.4 acres, basketball court, volleyball court, skate park, shelters, restrooms, picnic area, playground, barbecue pit and off leash dog exercise area. Dog Park I, (2), 21st Av-

off-leash dog exercise area, water spray fountain for children to play in, playground, restrooms, shelters, picnic area and barbecue pits.

Rough and Ready, (4), 21st Avenue and Alpine Street. 9.8 acres, skate park, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, bocce ball and horseshoe courts, multiuse play field, off-leash dog exercise area, playgrounds, restrooms, shelters, picnic area and barbecue pit.

Union Reservoir, (6), 461 Weld County Road 26. 736-acre lake, fishing, camping, picnic area, restrooms, shelter, volleyball, 24 barbecue pits, playground, horseshoes, wakeless boating, wind surfing and swimming beach. Dog beach for off leash and play and swim. Entry fee. Call 303-7721265.

Stephen Day Park, (5), 1340 Deerwood Drive. 15 acres, skate park and BMX / mountain bike area, basketball court, sand volleyball court, multi-use play field,

For more information, call 303-651-8446, or visit www. ci. longmont. co.us/parks/ park_list/overview/index. html.

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