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You are sure to FALL in love with this issue. In my opinion, Erie is most beautiful in autumn with its bright yellow, copper-colored trees and rich orange pumpkins in the fields. Although some are saddened by what fall physically represents, namely the end of summer or the beginning of nature's necessary dormancy period, autumn is a vibrant and attractive time of year! In a positive way, fall only puts summer "to sleep" for eight months only to wake again, stronger than ever before! Like a Longfellow sonnet, the baby must be put to bed to wake strong and healthy the following morning. The seasonal cycle is more than just a sum of its parts. Each component is equally important! So, let's celebrate the awesome season of autumn! This issue highlights our town in the Fall. We are very proud of Carter Wilson, a best selling author who has contributed the article "Looking for Ghosts at the Stanley Hotel". Carter is an Erie resident and has published several thrillers. Carter's new novel, Revelation will be available this December. In our Arts & Culture section, artist, Sue Sundstrom talks about the "Day of the Dead", also known as Dia De Los Muertos. Please check out all the exciting events and exhibits that will be happening at the Arts Coalition of Erie (ACE) in Old Town. Being a non-profit, the Arts Coalition needs the support of Erie residents by attending functions, taking classes, donating one's time and/or becoming a member. It has been my personal goal as a board member to help ACE thrive. It truly takes a village to keep a town running smoothly. Thank you to Gary and Diana Wetzbarger, Sue Laurent, Kevin Kisich, Diana Sugano and Gail Lewis for being huge advocates for ACE. With their undying dedication, we as a team have been able to transform the Arts Coalition over the last six months. ELIFE strives to be an advocate for local residents. One local, Tedd Taskey has shared his expertise in the article, "Anger". Tedd is a tremendous asset to our community. His communication skills are flawless and professionally coaches business owners and executives in addition to couples therapy. I have also been fortunate to meet another resident and realtor, Dan Makin. Dan and ELIFE partnered to bring summer movies to one of our neighborhoods. In this issue, Dan talks about the "Horrors of House Flipping" and keeps everything "real". There are so many other articles in this issue that need your attention, for their educative nature or insight that they invariably offer the readership. Case in point - "The Rich History of Erie" series by John Small chronicles our town's beginning from the 19th and onward through the 20th and 21st centuries. His "Beautiful Erie" series also "connects the dots", so to speak, linking the two towns of Boulder and Erie from his perspective as a resident here, over thirty years ago. Please check them out at your earliest convenience.


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TINA HARRIS Mayor Town of Erie MONEY Magazine Names Erie #13 of the Best 50 Places to Live

Parks, Open Space and Trails Remain Priorities During our recent retreat, the Board of Trustees came to consensus on keeping Parks, Open Space and Trails as priorities for years to come. This letter is intended to highlight a few examples that demonstrate how this is in keeping with the direction we’ve been heading all along. As I write this, the Boneyard at Reliance Park is about one month away from opening. Which means that by now, you are able to walk your four-legged friends at Erie’s first-ever dog park! The entire dog park consists of native grass with a crusher fines path that provides access around the outside edge of the small and large dog parks. Pet owners can observe both sides of the large dog park under a shelter protected by the elements. The open play field and small dog park includes natural logs, partially buried boulders and concrete culverts for dogs to interact, run, jump and crawl under or over. All visitors can comfortably use these natural seating areas or designated benches (some covered) around the perimeter of each park. In January of this year, the Town completed the purchase of approximately 80 acres of Open Space known as Allan Farms. This land was purchased with funds from the Trails and Natural Areas Fund with the intent for it to remain agricultural open space. The Town recently completed negotiations to lease the farmable portion of the property with the intent to raise alfalfa for the tenant’s horse farm. The Board approved an additional 1.5 miles of trail on the Town’s Sunset East Open Space property. The trail, known as the Black Line, will be constructed by Erie Singletrack Advocates and represents the next step in the progression of trails they’ve been working on. The Black Line will be a benefit to all of those cyclists seeking a new level of difficulty. It will also create more opportunity for you and your neighbors to get outside and enjoy Erie’s beautiful open space. By the way, Erie Singletrack is seeking volunteers to help with construction. Check out their website at .



LETTER FROM MAYOR TINA HARRIS The Board approved funding to repair the underpass of Coal Creek Trail in the area that goes under the airport taxiway. In the aftermath of the 2013 flood, the water flow and distribution in Coal Creek changed resulting in the trail often being covered with 6-18 inches of water and sediment. The repairs should come as welcome news for all of us Coal Creek path users. This project is scheduled to be completed this fall. At Arapahoe Ridge Park, the playground has been replaced and the tennis court resurfacing is scheduled to be completed later this summer. Also in the works are three neighborhood park master plans; two new parks, Flatiron Meadows and Colliers Hill are currently in the design phase and Coal Creek Park in Historic Downtown Erie is in the process of a redevelopment master plan. We know that our parks, Open Space and trails are big reasons people choose to call Erie “Home.” I’ve only listed a few of the projects that demonstrate we’re working to keep it that way. Visit to view interactive parks, trails and Open Space maps. It’s an exciting time to be in Erie. Especially in our parks or on our trails. Sincerely, Mayor Tina Harris




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by Kevin Kisich Phd

MAKING A TOWN Towns have buildings, and shops, and houses. They have roads and churches, and sometimes parks. So do ghost towns, or towns abandoned due to toxics or radiation hazards. When the word “town” comes to mind, we usually imagine them with people. The people are going places, doing things, often many together.

Living towns have people in them. The people relate to each other, work among each other, and live together in the town. Erie was once a living town. It was a small town in Colorado, where just about everybody was from Erie. At one time it was a mining town, and then it became a farming/ ranching town. The people living in and around Erie related to one another (and still do) in particular ways. To understand those ways completely, one would have to be “from Erie”. Just as to understand Chicago, one would have to have grown up in Chicago. Likewise New York, Memphis, or Budapest. Often when new folks move to a town, they have no idea what makes the town tick, or why the town is the way it is. Their kids might figure it out growing up, but in Small Town America, we can always spot the people who “Aren't From Around Here”. Eventually they assimilate, and their kids end up being “From Erie”, for example.

Most people who now live in Erie “Ain't From Around Here”. Some are from other towns nearby, but many are from very, very far away where Things are Different. Not only different from Erie, but different from the places where their new neighbors came from. As different as Atlanta, Georgia from Delhi, India for example. Here is the $64,000 question for all the folks who “Ain't From Around Here”: If Erie is no longer

the Town it Was, because so many new folks are here that the small town culture has been vastly diluted...... What is Erie to be?

Nobody can answer that question. Nobody can predict the future. The new town of Erie will grow and mature to have its own character. We can influence the direction of that character, but we cannot predict it. We can have hopes for that character just as we have hopes for the character of our kids growing up. We can try to shape that character, or leave it to chance and allow it to run wild and feral.

So? Where are the ties that bind? Many of the new folks are just passing through. Here for 5 years until the value of their house goes up enough, and the next better job opportunity comes along in another state. Some have come here, looked around and said “This is where we will raise our kids”. Some have come and said “This will be my last move”. To be honest, this author was among the “5 year” plan folks. That was in 1993. What the hell? Plans change! Life happens? If you are committed to the 5 years and move on plan, the ties that bind don't matter much to you. It's just 4 walls, and job, and a lawn to mow. However, if you plan on staying, what Erie becomes, and the character it develops as it grows up are important.

The way a town is, is based on its people, its culture, and its institutions. What are our institutions in Erie? Ask yourself: When you think of Erie's town government, do you think of “Them”, or “Us”? From what I observe, there are currently many “Eries”, and the single town that Erie must develop into is very difficult to detect. But how can we do that?

How can we create a single town again with all of its new people here, and so many more yet to come? One way is to strengthen Erie's institutions. City government is not the only one. There are Cultural and Historical institutions (For example, the Erie Historical Society, and the Arts Coalition of Erie), There are churches, there are schools, and there are different local clubs. Many of these are still strongly colored by “Old Erie”. Institutions are the “glue” that hold a town together, and make it function. Institutions may have buildings, but LEFT they are made of people. Those people are us. 1
Find a group that interests you, and work with them. Allow those PAGE - JOHN’S ERIE ARTICLE PAGE intensely local, personal, and professional working relationships and friendships to develop. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen if you let it. One may think, “I am not much of a joiner, and others will do that better”. Please consider: If you are all standing around looking at each other to see who will join, who will participate, who will attend the occasional isn't going to happen. These institutions are not optional. Without your participation and the participation of every able adult and willing child, Erie's town institutions will wither and die due to lack of interest. Erie will remain fragmented. It's character will become entrenched, wild, and feral. Erie will cease to function as a town.

One Erie can happen. If it is to grow into a place where you still want to own a home and where your kids can safely bring your grandchildren to visit (or even settle here themselves), each of us will have to step up and do our part. It will require more of us than simply clicking the “Like” button on a facebook page. The Like will have to be in the form of “I like you enough to help you on Saturday, and I trust you enough to know you will help me when I need it”. These threads of mutual trust and obligation are the raw material from which a town is knitted. A town is not a City Hall, or a bunch of houses. A town is more like a shawl knitted loop by loop from a thousand bits of yarn. I have volunteered with the Arts Coalition for a few years now. This year I was granted the dubious honor of serving as President of the organization, with the responsibility of finding a way to help it thrive again, or suggesting that it be shut down. It is a great deal of work, and I have my own business and family to take care of. However, it is a duty I take seriously, and perform to the best of my ability. I am not a nice man, and I am undiplomatic by nature. I pretend to be both for the duration of my sentence. Recently, we needed help with some things at the Arts Center. Folks who have watched our efforts to keep it alive showed up, and pitched in. I help you, you help me. Well, how do I look in my shawl knitted from a hundred pieces of yarn? Find a place to add your own bit, and come on under with me. THAT is how you make a town.

ABOUT KEVIN Kevin Kisich, Ph.D., USAF (fmr) lives in Lafayette, Colorado. He currently spends his days packing lunch for kids, talking to school officials about why that particular lunch started a food-fight, or was used in a 7 level pyramid/ponzi scheme. In his spare time, he drags home old trees nobody wants, and turns them into furniture and home décor. You can see pictures of the stuff he makes at w w w. S t o n e a n d C o t t o n w o o d . c o m o r o n F a c e b o o k a t

Dr. Kisich makes his living making furniture for local folks. For a design appointment, contact him directly.




The First Families

Even though the town was platted in 1871 as Erie, only around 50 people were registered in van Valkenburg's Post Office (the first of which in Weld County) as receivers of U.S. Mail. However, by 1872, more than 600 lived on these approximately 300 x 400 foot blocks with around 30-32 lots per block. Now, Erie was the third largest town in Weld County, Colorado. The first board of trustees comprised of five residents: Richard van Valkenburg, George Meller, John Williams, Joseph Wharton and John Rowe. In time, these and others would serve as trusted overseers for many of Erie's first families and the businesses they founded and incorporated in the the old town of Erie, Colorado.

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 RICH HISTORY Migrating from Wisconsin in 1870, Oliver Ellsworth Wise and Adeline Wise built a home near Erie (which is now The Wise Homestead Museum), raised wheat and goats (for the Greeks on Goat Hill) and built and operated the first flour mill. Their son, J.O.V. and Sarah Beasley, the daughter of another original homestead family would not only donate land for the first school of Erie, but also build and manage the first irrigation systems of the old town. These two and others were primarily responsible for platting the Canfield area. Later, Wise would become the proprietor of The Standard Coal Company. Although J.O.V.'s son, William T. suffered from polio as a child, he would strengthen himself to run the Wise Flour and Grain Mill until his disability would preclude him, thus rescinding his duties to his wife Ella and family. Their daughter, Sarah would become Dr. Sarah Allene Wise of the Erie Historical Society. James Lyon Wilson was also from New York, Rochester to be precise. As a brick maker by trade, Wilson brought his talents to early Erie and built (or rebuilt) many of the first houses as well as the first Methodist church. He also founded the J.L. Wilson Fire Hose Company and by 1907 was the president of the board of education of Erie's schools. After parenting 4 children, James and Lottie's (from Ohio) son, James Jr. would become Erie's mayor from 1915 to 1921. The family resided on Holbrook Street. James would later die in 1938 from complications suffered from injuries sustained due to being struck by an automobile at the age of 81.


JAMES LYON WILSON WAS ALSO FROM NEW YORK, ROCHESTER TO BE PRECISE. AS A BRICK MAKER BY TRADE, WILSON BROUGHT HIS TALENTS TO EARLY ERIE AND BUILT (OR REBUILT) MANY OF THE FIRST HOUSES AS WELL AS THE FIRST METHODIST CHURCH. John Probert sought a life of coal mining here in America at a very early age. Leaving Wales at the age of 17, Probert found himself dissatisfied with mining and more interested in retail and medicine. As an employee in John T. Williams' general hardware and pharmacy, he worked relentlessly for Williams. Consequently, Williams offered Probert a partnership which he unequivocally accepted. When Probert earned his Pharmacy License, it was only the 38th granted by the state of Colorado. Later he and his wife would open Erie's first drugstore. Sarah would aid the community as one of Erie's first midwives. He would later purchase Williams' house on Cheesman Street. (To be continued)

John and Sarah Probert

About the Author


John J. K. Small was born in Manhattan, New York in 1954. Moving to Long Island from the south Bronx in 1963, John attended both public and private school straight through his college years. Taking an Associate Degree from SUNY Farmingdale and both Bachelors and Masters Degrees from St. John's University, John is a permanently certified English/Education instructor of high school and college classes, teaching English, History and Education on both levels for the past 32 years. As a writer, he has assisted published writers with copy editing and proofreading along with business owners in constructing business plans, operating agreements, power point narratives, advertising campaigns and business collaboration in general. John lives with his wife, Maureen and son, Jonathan in New York.

Bibliography Dyni, Anne Quimby. Erie Colorado: A Coal Town Revisited. Erie Colorado: The Town of Erie, 2001. Print.  Lambrecht, Mona and The Boulder History Museum. Images of America: Boulder 1859-1919. Charleston, South Carolina, Arcadia Publishing. 2008. Print. Michener, James A. Centennial. New York, NY: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1974. Print. Stull, James B. For The Historical Society. Erie. Images of America: Erie. Charleston, South Carolina, Arcadia Publishing. 2011. Print. Stull, James B. A Brief History of Erie Colorado: Out of the Coal Dust. Charleston, South Carolina. The History Press. 2015. Print.


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Here are some safety tips you can review with your children at home. 1. Before crossing the street; look left, look right, and look left again. 2. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing to ensure that they see you. 3. Whenever possible, wear brightly colored clothing. 
 4. Put away cell phones, iPods, and other electronic devices so you can focus on your surroundings. If your children are riding a bike or skateboard to school this year, remind them to wear a helmet daily! Check to see that their helmet still fits correctly – a properly fitted helmet will sit on the forehead two finger widths above the eyebrows. The straps should be snug so that they form a V around the ears and you can’t fit more than two fingers between the chin and the chin straps. We look forward to reviewing these safety tips with your children as they go back to school, and wish you and your family a great, safe, school year! 
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t was only a couple of weeks on the kitchen crew when I met a vibrant "shaker and mover" waitress named Anne. If you can imagine the embodiment or personification of the classic cartoon character, Betty Boop (hair and all), you simply have Anne! Strong

and smart, Anne seemed to "run the show" at the What's Up, generally liked (and a little feared) by most. She also had a great sense of humor, case in point, she fell for yours truly after one date!

Anne was a Communications Major from Boston College. Her original plan was to attend Colorado University and pursue her Masters, but life got in the way and she found herself waitressing, teaching dance classes and working at a radio station with her own late-night talk show for abused and battered women. On her "spare time", she even helped out at Hanna's Soup kitchen and Health Food Store on the Pearl Street Mall. Although we tried to schedule different shifts at work for comfort sake, we couldn't. So, we worked together often and it became obvious to all in the restaurant that we were "an item", making it awkward and downright impossible sometimes. Life was good! I was assisting the chef before long and really learning the food service business at a breakneck pace. Again, life was good! What could go wrong?

Our relationship grew over the next six months, with the normal peaks and valleys. Simultaneously, so did Anne's involvement with the women's movement. One of her chief influences was her roommate, Lucy, who also had worked with her as a waitress at the What's Up. She was far more "militant" with her views and outward appearance. She may have been the first woman I'd ever seen to get a crew cut and stop shaving her legs. Although I got on well with Lucy, she could get a bit too passionate and a little scary when the women's rights conversation heated up, as it normally would.

Lucy and Anne taught me much about women's and equal rights. Now that I think about it, more than half the staff was sensitive if not operative in the women's movement, with the exception of one girl, Claudia, who danced nude at the Colorado Coal Company on Broadway in North Boulder. Even Claudia would correct the male cooks when chauvinism was an "option dish on their menus" from time to time. If Anne was the "Professor", Claudia was the Dean of "Women's Rights Univ."

One evening, while listening to Anne's program on the radio, a guest was discussing how the church was not doing enough for women clergy in light of equal rights. This "cross-curricular" subject had always intrigued me. That church was the Catholic Church, and that woman was Erin, who recently moved to Colorado from Philadelphia. Erin had also recently left the clergy as a nun, teaching elementary school in Pennsylvania for the past eight years at a small Catholic school in Philly. Although a great show, the residual effects were greater.

Erin's take on the problem was the church, which was little more than an "old boy's club", locked in an archaic time warp when it came to women's rights. Unlike many of the nuns who had taught me during my formative elementary school days, Erin was not filled with guile and misplaced anger, at least that's what I gathered from her voice in her responses. The show ended, and I really didn't think about it until the following morning when Anne was asking the waitress crew at work if any of them had tuned in to the previous evening's show.

Before long, as they prepared their serving stations for the morning rush, the discussion took as many turns as Canyon Road up the mountain toward Nederland. Pretending to be too busy in the kitchen and not eavesdropping on the soon-to-be argument, I heard Anne yell through the service window, "Hey, John, you're a Catholic - chime in here"! After admitting to both religious affiliation and listening to the program, I became reluctantly embroiled in the argument. Jack and Joel, chef and kitchen manager, fell about themselves laughing, all the while looking at me wagging their index fingers in unison. Apparently, they were all too used to this type of rhetoric from our esteemed waitress crew.

When the final turn occurred, in the form of "Well, I bet you, too don't think women should be priests; do ya"? Luckily for me, the first orders of Eggs Benedict, Western Omelets, Short Stacks and French Toasts came in as the conversation dissolved. Catholic or not, that was proof there really is a God; "She"saved me right then and there.

I'd like to report that the relationship continued happily ever after, but I can't. By April of '81, Anne and Lucy went to "fight the good fight" for the women of Mexico, a rather dangerous yet admirable venture on their parts, to say the least.

The last letter I received was sent from New Orleans conveying an overall sense of dejection on Anne's part, for the Louisiana women of the early 80's needed an "education on women's and equal rights" as well. Weeks turned into months without any word of their safety or progress for the cause over the border. Confused and saddened, my life went on as did my education in cooking and finally managing the restaurant.

I never heard from Anne again; however, ironically, I met Erin at Potter's Pub across from The What's Up on the Pearl Street Mall, a few months later. She told me that Anne had told her all about me and my New York Catholic roots, and that some day the two of us should meet and talk. Well, that day arrived!

I soon discovered that Erin lived in Erie on Katrell Street and was trying to land a teaching job at the elementary school on Countyline. Although Erin, from Erie was a good 10 to 11 years older than I, we developed a nice friendship which would benefit me for life. Other than my mother, who was a retired New York Public Elementary School Teacher, previously mentoring me toward a profession in education, I knew very few other educators. Erin convinced me to go back to school and enroll in a graduate program for Education and English. Funny how life works, for that is exactly what I did! Thirty-four years later, I'm still teaching thanks to her (and of course good old mom) and her advice. Erin, from Erie, if you are reading this, thanks a million and God bless!

(To be continued)


Starting School Right by Dr. Sara Baird Amodio

What Can YOU do to help your student? It’s been a fun summer. Last school year seems like a distant memory. But it’s time to start up school again, and hopefully this year will be the best one yet for your student. New school years are all about fresh beginnings and clean slates. Being intentional about your back-to-school preparations and establishing routines from Day One are the keys to your student’s success in this new school year. What can you as a parent do to help prepare your student for a successful school year?

Create a Non-Negotiable Homework Schedule.

This sounds simple in theory, but can be complicated in practice. Within the first week of school, teachers convey to students and parents what they can expect when it comes to homework and projects for the school year. Some important questions to ask on this point, regardless of what grade your student is in: • Is homework given out weekly in a packet? If so, when is it due? • Is homework given out at the end of each class? Is so, and if it is a block schedule (for upper grades mostly), when is it due? • Are there any significant long-term projects this year? Once you and your student know the answers to these questions, you can work with your student to establish a daily and non-negotiable homework time. The time spent on homework during this designated time is dependent upon when homework or projects are assigned and when they are due. For example, if a teacher assigns a packet of Spanish vocabulary on Monday and it is due on Thursday, work with your student to establish a schedule in order to complete the work on time (ex. “front loading” the work on Monday night if there are anticipated homework assignments on Tuesday and Wednesday). A question always arises as to when a student should do their homework after school: do it immediately after school or allow time for students to relax then work. The research is somewhat mixed on this point, and in my experience, is very much dependent upon your student’s personality. But for a majority of students, free time often means playing online games, watching videos, connecting through social media. Breaking free from these free time activities to then refocus on homework is difficult. It is often best to start with the “Right After School”type of schedule, and recalibrate, if necessary.

“Students are not able to effectively focus if there is the temptation to check texts, click to another 
 window to check an Instagram site, etc.”

Manage the Technology.

Phone, No Additional Windows” Rule. In short, if a Students are student has to use a device for completing increasingly homework, there shouldn’t be any other forms of required to use competing technology nearby. Students will say that personal devices to they can multitask or that they focus better with complete music (or movies or texts!). But the educational homework. research is very clear on this point: One Thing at a Students complete Time. Students are not able to effectively focus if projects, take tests, there is the temptation to check texts, click to and complete daily another window to check an Instagram site, etc. As homework “quizzes”. Generally part of this rule, tell your student that they cannot have their phone back until after the non-negotiable speaking, the students find online homework time. Check in on them periodically to see if any non-essential windows are open on the work engaging. But browser. Explain that these distractions actually add from time to time, to homework time and do not make them more the technology can effective learners. There is a definite time penalty of be troublesome at approximately 10 minutes due to context switching, best and downright which your student has to do when re-engaging frustrating at worst. As a parent, you can help your with their homework after being distracted by student manage the use of technology in two ways. competing technology each time. That can add up. First, when a teacher assigns homework using an online program (ex. daily math quizzes or French vocabulary worksheets), go through the program a couple of times with your student at home (but let them still do the assignment!) before they work independently. You can then see how the student is required to complete the work, how they submit the assignments, and if they are able to re-do any • Create a Non-Negotiable assignments. Knowing these things will go a long Homework Schedule way come the end of the grading period, and will prevent any challenging “I didn’t know” conversations with your student and teachers. • Manage the Technology


The second way that you can help your student manage the technology is to implement a “No

• Organize. Organize. Organize • “No Missing Work” Rule

Organize. Organize. Organize. Starting school is fun for many students because it means fresh school supplies. While the cute kitten folder or Captain America notebook may be tempting, it is best to abide by the “One Place Only” Rule of School Supplies. Homework should ideally go into one – and only one – place until a student 
 can prove they are more organized. One place to go for assignments, one thing to bring home. Most students do best with accordion folders, but they “No Missing Work” Rule. can also use three ring binders with pocket folders From Day One of school, create the expectation that for each subject. This avoids, to some extent, there will be no missing assignments. At Launch frustrating “I forgot that subject’s binder at school” Pad, I’ve seen that the chief reason behind a low or “I think I put it in my desk/locker/cubbie” grade is often missing work. Sometimes students conversation. forget to do an assignment – this happens. But work In tandem with the One Place Only Rule, every with your student to turn in an assignment as student should have and use a student planner. quickly as possible so as to avoid the downward Most schools, thankfully, require students to spiral of catch-up work. Work with your student purchase one. But the hard part is actually using the to get into the habit of checking Infinite planner consistently. Remind your student that the Campus weekly, at first. Up to a certain age, it’s instant homework is assigned to take out their appropriate for you to have a more active role in planner and write down the assignment. And put all assigned loose papers into the One Place Only folder checking their IC status on a periodic basis and or binder. Later, once this habit is ingrained, you bringing to their attention items that need to be can then work on long-term planning or creating turned in. Then, starting in middle school, due dates in the planner. But for now, at the start of gradually decrease your level of engagement in the school year, the goal should be the consistent IC and remind them to check IC by themselves entry of homework in the planner.

for missing work to encourage a sense of independence and self-efficacy.

Dr. Sara Amodio is an educational psychologist and President of Launch Educational Services, LLC. Her awardwinning homework club, Launch Pad (, strives to help students achieve home-school and work-play balance through academic coaching and physical activity. Dr. Amodio is a former middle school teacher, school counselor, and K-8 Principal. Dr. Amodio just opened her additional new location, Launch Pad in Old Town on Briggs Street.

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“THIS YEAR I WAS ASSIGNED ROOM 401, SUPPOSEDLY THE MOST HAUNTED ROOM IN THE HOTEL (GOOGLE "STANLEY HOTEL ROOM 401" AND YOU WILL GET A LOT OF RESULTS).” Every year for the past four years I've gone alone to the middle of the night; male guests might notice personal Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in the dead of winter to spend items missing. the night. It's a writing retreat for me, but I'm also a little obsessed with the idea of the hotel being haunted. As such, I knocked out over 1,500 words at the Stanley's Cascade I always requested a "known haunted room" (of which restaurant over dinner and espresso martinis (I've had there are a handful). Yet I've never heard as much as a peep success at Cascade; last year, I completed my upcoming from the ghosts. novel over dinner there). This year I was assigned room 401, supposedly the most haunted room in the hotel (Google "Stanley Hotel room 401" and you will get a lot of results). When I got to the room, there was a family who saw me going into the room and asked if they could come inside to take pictures. Later, I listened from inside my room as a tour guide stood outside my door and told the group how room 401 is haunted by Lord Dunraven, a narcissistic womanizer who often stayed there. Female guests might feel a touch on their neck in the



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photo credit: Carter Wilson


 After dinner, I went back to the room. At 11:30pm, I decided to wander the halls.

Down the next corridor, the staircase. Peered over the railing.

Haunted or not, the Stanley Hotel guest hallways are creepy around midnight on a slow night. Starting from my room I inched my way room by room down the long corridor. All I could hear was my weight on the old floorboards. The hallways seemed to stretch on forever, a corridor in a dream. A bad dream.



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I opened the iron gates of the ancient elevator, stepped inside, and stood there for as long as I could take it until the thought of it suddenly plummeting overpowered me.

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Still silent, but so silent I wished for noise. Time to get back to the room. But wasn’t the room supposed to be haunted? Inside everything seemed fine, though the closet was massive and had no light, so it was hard to see inside. There was no way I was going into that closet. Finally, I went to bed. I think I had weird dreams, but that's not unusual for me. I woke with my mind intact, and my things just where I had left them. Down to breakfast, then back up to the room to pack up and leave. I did notice a weird smell in the room, almost sweet and smoky. Not quite cigar, but not far off. And it was only in my room. Then I took my camera lens cap from where I 'd left it in the dresser drawer and placed it on top of my bed. I specifically remember thinking how I wouldn't forget it because the black cap stood out against the white of the linen. I went into the bathroom, came back out, and the lens cap was gone. I swear I looked everywhere for it. I never found it. Maybe I finally had my first real encounter.


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Sweater Weather is back again! Fall…fashion’s favorite season… well at least it is mine! This year fall is taking a whole new approach with colors and patterns. Here is how to take fall by storm a whole new look. Let’s start with colors: We all know how pretty those burgundy sweaters look on us, but let’s switch is up. Pair your favorite sweater, burnt orange accessories or vise versa! Other colors to take advantage of this season are Mustard Seed Yellow and Kale. While we don’t tend to wear many blues and teals throughout fall, Kale is a deep teal that we absolutely are not leaving out of our closet! Do not shy away from turquoise either! Our favorite color combo this fall? Mustard Seed Yellow, Kale, Turquoise, and Maroon! Pair these together with a neutral to balance out the pop of color! Now to the patterns: Have you heard of ‘urban gypsy’ patterns? That’s alright, by the end of fall you won't be able to keep your hands off them! These gorgeous patterns combine classic floral patterns with more symmetric ones as well. Usually colorful, a good cardigan is the perfect way to turn heads. The perfect combo? It is simple. Use the intricate urban gypsy patterns to incorporate our favorite fall colors. For other accessories, try some neutral leathers! You cannot go wrong with these eye catching combos!

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Flipping shows are everywhere. This is quite obvious if you take a quick glance through the top shows on Amazon and Netflix. Who doesn’t love the thought of taking an old house and turning it into something beautiful? The concept is simple right? Buy a cheap old house in a great neighborhood for $50,000, put $50,000 into it and sell it for $150,000. With a small amount of work you have made $50,000! Yes, there may be some minor headaches to deal with, but it's all worth the $50,000 you'll make over just a few months... or at least that's what the shows will get you to believe. Let's dig into the reality of flipping homes. During this multi-article series I will be covering the ups and downs of flipping homes. Admittedly, there are a lot of issues to deal with, but it still is technically something that most people can do if they execute their plan correctly. For the series I'm going to assume you don't know anything about construction or even how to nail two boards together. "Handy" is never a word someone would use to describe you. Step #1 - Finding the perfect flipping house (pun intended). Finding the perfect flipping house can take a lot of research. Sure, a home can look pretty easy to convert into a beauty from the outside, but it's the things underneath that can instantly kill your profits. It's the hidden things that add up. Small fixes to the foundation can easily run thousands of dollars. Not to mention a full replacement can be over $30,000. That $50,000 profit instantly drops to $20,000. Drywall mud in many homes has asbestos. Removing the asbestos can cost a couple thousand. The list goes on and on. Things such as plumbing, electrical, framing, roof, etc.

OF HOUSE FLIPPING When you think the home is the right one, be sure to have at least 2 people show up with you, a reputable inspector and a trusted contractor. They can help you determine whether your perfect flip is indeed what you thought. Remember though, they will not catch everything. Speaking of contractors, in the Winter ELIFE issue I will cover how to deal with them, when you need them and whether or not you’ll be contemplating murder by the end of the project.

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Ten years ago I retired early as a Fine Arts Adviser from the University of Colorado Boulder to do one of the things I always wanted to do, become a fulltime artist. Primarily I was a studio artist and dabbled in portraits, collages, abstract forms and representational landscapes using graphite, acrylics and watercolors to name a few. It wasn't until about four years ago that I ventured out and started painting the outdoors with oil paints. It became apparent to me that this was the way I was also going to document open space before it was taken over by development. So several times a week I venture out to find open space and spend some time looking at the sky and the landscape before I present them unto a canvas. What Does It Take To Be A Plein Air or Outdoor Painting Artist

In order to go to an outdoor office to paint, you must find a location. Once you've found the location you need something to paint on. I usually have a box that holds my paints and canvas attached to a tripod. I may sit or I may stand. Many times I simply seek out a picnic table and place a small easel on that. A hat is handy, paints, canvas, brushes, plastic gloves, mineral spirits and lots of paper towels. Since I am a messy painter, I usually wear an apron. After looking at the landscape for several minutes, I figure out my composition, check out the dark and light shadows and start an easy sketch on a light brownish tinted canvas. Once I have my darks laid out, the fun begins. Plein air painting is one way to be with nature as hiking, walking, camping, skiing and the like. The only difference is that on a hike, you might only look at a large rock once. Whereas when painting, you've looked at that rock at least twenty times. A small plein air painting can take me generally three

to four hours to paint and larger ones six to eights hours and I may even come back to that outdoor office the next day to finish up (I usually take a photo of the area I'm painting for reference). A rewarding aspect of outdoor painting are the people you may meet along the way. I've even had a couple of horses come by and have a look but I think they liked the smell of mineral spirits more. One of my favorite encounters were two little boys and one of them said, “what are you doing?” I said, I was painting a tree and he said, “it doesn't look like a tree”, I said, it will from a distance and he just started giggling. A future art critic, I'm sure.

“It wasn't until about four years ago that I ventured out and started painting the outdoors with oil paints” Wira (Vera) Babiak, is a local Erie artist and a member of High Plains Artists, Louisville, Boulder and Longmont Art Associations. Her works can be currently seen at the Erie Animal Hospital, KCP Art Gallery in Longmont, Main Street Gallery in New York and was featured at the Louisville Arts Association art show and the Longmont Art Association art show. Wira holds a BA in Sociology from CU Boulder, and a Masters is Public Administration from CU Denver.  She worked at CU as an MBA Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Advisor and retired as an Art/Art History Advisor.  Wira has won several art show placement ribbons and judges in art shows all over the world.  For more information check out her website at:  She moved from Boulder and has lived in Erie for the last eight years.

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Celebrating the Day of the Dead Many people celebrate Halloween in October, but not everyone knows about The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations around that same time. Today’s observance of this three-day holiday by people of Mexican ancestry originated with ancient traditions among Mexico’s pre-Columbian cultures combined with Roman Catholic beliefs. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember and pray for family members who have died. Frances Ann Day summarizes the three-day event in Latina and Latino Voices in Literature: “On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense; and other traditional foods and decorations.”


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Most people who celebrate the Day of the Dead do so out of love for their family members who have passed on, but some celebrate out of fear. There are Mexican folktales that say if spirits return and find that there isn’t an altar for them, or that the offerings aren’t bountiful enough, these neglected spirits will seek vengeance in the form of illness or even death for those who have forgotten them. In Colorado there are many public venues where everyone can go to learn more about this colorful and art-filled celebration. The Longmont Cultural Museum holds an annual Day of the Dead celebration, and is their signature event and the largest in the State of Colorado. The Denver Botanic Gardens and the Mexican Cultural Center in Denver also hold annual celebrations. See their websites for more information and specific dates and times for these colorful and culturally rich events.





Tweens, The Struggles of A Middle Schooler by Georgez Dabit

After leaving elementary school (typically 5th grade), a tween (someone who is not yet a teen), may find themselves in a fashion conundrum. The world is getting bigger from their standpoint and he or she must start to shop for themselves. As a tween reaches 6th grade, he or she may realize that mom picking out their outfit is so yesterday and the pressures of middle school are demanding! I remember what a hot mess I was in middle school, from wearing baggy pj's, to 1993 graphic teens and not matching, the struggle was real, but I managed to find my own unique style later on. Nostalgic memories of my tween years in middle school remind me that what you wore at school, affected your image as an individual. Of course many kids can't choose what they wear because it's all based on their parent's finances, but to a tween, it can be a shocking reality how cruel other tweens may be if they didn't wear clothes that were "Kool" with a capital K. Helping encourage your tween to pick their own outfit not only helps raise their shopping skills, but it also helps them find their identity in life. 

Today’s Teens Sure, we've all seen teens with tattoos, piercings, hair dye changes, but what about those teens who follow social media or T.V. stars? In today's age, fashion magazines are not where teens get their inspiration looks. Snapchat, Vine, YouTube, Facebook,


Twitter and let's not forget Pinterest, are all the avenues of a teenagers dress code. For 2016, Kylie Jenner seemed to be a big trend for teenage girls and boys all across the U.S. That lip kit made these teens want plump, full lips! Other fun trends that have been around for a while for teens is the crop top. To anyone born in the 90s, these crop tops look very familiar as we used to call them "belly shirts." These crops tops have made huge comeback with teens all across the US and other regions the last couple years (mostly girls). A hot trend for teen guys right now is also a flashback from the past; slick hair and tight, yellow, maroon or turquoise skinny jeans, with quilt-like Native American printed shirts. Native American print is huge right now with teen guys and girls, from sweaters to t-shirts to even sweat pants with Native print on them are very IN! Can we talk about the man bun for a second? Just a couple years ago, the man bun has become the "it" thing for many men across the nation. This trend is so popular that men you wouldn't suspect to have them, do! Teens are changing the face of fashion and so is social media!

What’s Next: As Fall/Winter approaches, we can only expect the new generations to get more creative with their looks and fashions. I always think it's cool to see what teens are wearing because it is fun to compare what I wore as a teen compared to what they wear now. Whether you have a tween or teen or are one, let your style speak for you and don't worry let anyone else tell you otherwise!

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The crisp mornings; The warm days, and the brisk evenings- Fall is officially here! I don't know about you, but Fall is my favorite season. Bring on pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes-pumpkin everything! It's also a great time to enjoy the outdoors while not battling blazing hot temperatures. There's nothing like going on a hike while basking in the splendor of the Fall colors, except for one thing- my allergies. Many people associate allergy season with the Spring, but Fall has its fair share of sneezes and itchy, red eyes. Weeds are the culprits. Those get in the way! When we get those nice and sunny days, throwing in some wind, you are set for a perfect situation to be reaching for some tissues. Those blustery times spread that pesky pollen. Let's look at Ragweed. One plant can produce up to a billion bits of pollen, while the wind carries them several hundred miles away. Another contributor to those red eyes are molds. Molds live in the soil and start growing in Spring. As the leaves fall from the trees, they become a hot bed of a breeding ground for mold growth. Mold tends to proliferate after the weed pollen tapers. So, how can we make sure that our eyes aren't suffering too much with all of this? Some solutions emerge from simple strategies. If possible, try to avoid too much outside activity in the early morning hours. When coming back in, wash your face and hands well. Our eyebrows and eyelashes function to help filter debris from our eyes. They act like “nets” trapping pollen and air debris. Be sure to not touch your face or eyes as well. We often unconsciously touch our face and https:// eye area without giving notice towww.facebook.c doing so. om/ BeattiesPharmac y/timeline

Using an over-the-counter “artificial tear” is also a very helpful move. This acts to rinse any allergens and particulates from the eye surface as well as offer soothing moisture. Don't be afraid to continually use artificial tear often. Sometimes, several doses are necessary. If your eyes are still bothering you, there is a great over-the-counter antihistamine drop. This drop is known by two branded names, Alaway and Zaditor. I have discovered many of my patients find great relief from these drops. This precludes the need to move to a prescription eye drop medication. May these tips allow for the odds to be forever in your favor.

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by Tedd Taskey Anger is one of the most common issues that presents itself in my practice. We hear the term “anger management” all the time in pop culture. When most people think of “anger management” they think of the stereotypical man who succumbs to anger, becomes violent and causes great damage to his world. I have one client who once told me, “…when I get angry, I break out.” Off of my inquisitive look he continued, “…yeah, I break out windows, doors, teeth --- anything breakable.” He laughed to comfort himself, but his pain was obvious. We sat in silence. His tears welled up. This giant rock of a man began to crumble. “I just hope she takes me back,” he whimpered. “I’m nothing without her.”



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There is another side to anger management, namely “anger denial”. I have just as many clients who are in therapy because they don’t “break out” when they get angry. They “break in” because they are afraid of their anger. They don’t know how to deal with it, so they bury it deep inside and it comes out in other ways (depression, low self-esteem, cutting, anxiety, substance abuse, etc.). Usually, these clients witnessed during childhood how unbridled anger expressed itself in destructive ways as people were hurt. They are afraid to do the same. They don’t want to be like dad. They don’t want to be like mom. However, they gained nothing to model in way of “good anger management”. These clients are in just as much need of “anger management” as those who become violent and hurtful with their anger. Ironically, the cure is the same for these clients as for those who succumb to rage: find the unresolved pain, fear that leads to anger. As we work through these issues, we begin to practice expressing anger and learning that it can be expressed without violence.


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the quiet woods “Mom, I think I have Bubonic Plague.” “Oh yeah, what makes you think that, honey?” “My neck feels swollen and I’m hot. And you know there are prairie dogs in our neighborhood.” “Hmmm, haven’t you been studying the Middle Ages as part of your history class? And don’t you have a math test today?” Middle school is a major transition time for children. One of the most frequent complaints I hear from parents of middle schoolers with anxiety is that they begin to miss school due to illness. The shift to middle school is a big change for your child: gone are the days when he or she primarily stays in a single classroom with one main teacher. Now, there are six teachers, an overwhelming schedule to adhere to, and much greater demands and expectations placed upon your child. Additionally, instead of being one of the oldest students in a school full of little kids, now your child is the youngest in a throng of older, more intimidating kids with raging, mood-exacerbating hormones. This shift to middle school can be quite the challenge for your child: intellectually, psychologically, and emotionally. So what can you do as a parent to prepare your child for middle school? Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Know your child. Does he or she already have difficulty with transitions, or is your child highly sensitive? Based on what you already know, anticipate the upcoming challenges and be ready to step in with resources that have worked for your child previously. For example, send a loving or funny note in his or her lunchbox, or encourage your child to plan short meet ups (even it’s for 30 seconds in the hallway!) with a close friend throughout the school day so that he or she can connect to a caring and familiar face. 2. Initiate talks with your child about middle school. Listen to his or her concerns without judgment and without trying to “make things better”. Encourage your kid to problem solve ahead of time about his or her worries. For example, if your child is worried about getting lost between classes, ask, “What can you do if you get lost? Who can you ask for help?” 3. Schedule a tour of the school ahead of time and arrange for your child to meet as many of his or her teachers as possible before the school year starts. 4. Get to know the school counselor ahead of time. This person can be an excellent resource for your child if he or she has difficulty transitioning to the new environment.

Why “The Quiet Woods”? When Anne Meyers started her counseling practice, she wanted to create a space for clients that is peaceful, accepting, and removed from the “noise” of daily life. Inspired by the Robert Frost poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Anne created the name for her counseling practice: Quiet Woods Counseling, LLC.

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If your child is really struggling with adjusting and appears to be suffering from intense anxiety related to school, he or she may need some extra support to cope with this major life change. Some of the more common symptoms of anxiety in children are excessive worry or dread, somatic symptoms (such as headaches, stomachaches, rapid heartbeat or dizziness), meltdowns, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbance. If these symptoms sound familiar to you, here are tips for how to proceed:

• Talk to the school counselor to find out what resources are available to help your child adjust to his or her new setting. For example, the school counselor may offer counseling groups to those middle schoolers experiencing a tough transition. • Develop a plan with the school counselor for addressing your child’s anxiety. What is causing the anxiety? Can the school counselor address any concerns you have or offer any recommendations to address your child’s needs? It is also highly important to coordinate with your school counselor on a consistent approach. What strategies can you both use to address and help manage your child’s anxiety? • Consider how you as a parent react to your child’s anxiety. Does your own anxiety level rise when your child becomes upset? Are you able to keep yourself calm during these moments? Keeping your anxiety at bay models management of anxiety symptoms to your child, and also, gives you the ability to help attend to his or her needs in the moment. • If your child becomes resistant to going to school, try not to allow him or her to miss entire days. Keep your child exposed to school for at least part of the day each day, in coordination with the school counselor and your child’s teachers. The more often your child is able to avoid school, the worse his or her anxiety symptoms associated school may become. • Seek out a skilled child therapist to help your child cope with and transition through this difficult time.

While middle school is an exciting and sometimes scary leap for many children, remember that your child will eventually settle into a routine, adjust to the demands of middle school, and begin to thrive in this new phase of his or her life. And before you know it, the years will have flown by and you’ll be facing that next chill-inducing transition into adulthood with your child that is… High School.

Anne Meyers is a registered psychotherapist who has lived in Erie, Colorado for the past 16 years. Anne works with teens, adults, couples and families at her counseling practice located in old town Louisville. Anne specializes in trauma, relationships, and issues related to adolescence. When Anne is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family (including three animals), reading fiction, hiking, seeing live music, and lounging on the couch enjoying movies. For more information about Anne’s counseling services, please visit


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 Over the past few years we have all read a lot about “The Sandwich Generation” and what that means. Typically, it is the difficult and sometimes awkward situation of finding yourself caring for elderly parents or grandparents while at the same time raising your own children, while trying to run a household and/or manage a career. It can also mean sometimes on the flip side it is grandparents raising grandchildren while also trying to enjoy their retirement and/or navigate their own health issues.

The best thing a family can do while entering into this situation is to have a discussion ahead of time about who will take on various responsibilities and make sure the people who will do so are committed to doing this, and understand all the possible ramifications and liability involved. There also needs to be a discussion about things like at what point should hospice or end-of-life care begin. Proactive education is one of the cornerstones of a successful care plan for your loved one. It is also to making the difficult situation of being in the sandwich generation more workable. There are tools that can assist you including a Medical Durable Power of Attorney, Advanced Directive, General Durable Power of Attorney and/or a Trust.

Until you experience this firsthand, there really is no way to describe it. I have been an elder law attorney for many years and deal with end of life decisions at work every day. It is quite a different experience when you are dealing with this in your own family. My father recently began receiving inThis is a “gritty phase” of life; there is no doubt home hospice care after a prolonged illness. The about that! However, with it comes an opportunity emotional piece is daunting, for my dad, my mom, for growth and a renewed sense of what is and all of us for that matter. important. I invite you to read the rest of this article on The Germany Law Firm P.C.’s blog at What I have realized is that you begin grieving the loss of someone early during a major life change, not just when someone dies. When someone is diagnosed with a chronic or long-term illness, everything changes. Sometimes, that person you know changes. However, what really changes the most is the “lost innocence” of what you knew as your childhood, the family dynamics and the realization that you are now a “grown-up” and there is not a parent there anymore looking out for you, at least not in the same way as when you were a child. Now the roles have reversed and what you always perceived as the “safety net” is gone. It also makes you think about your own mortality and making sure your own children are going to be cared for when you are gone and that you have instilled all the important things you want them to carry into their own lives. Meanwhile, my kids are all maturing. They are either are taking on the challenges of early teenage years or making the difficult transition into adulthood and college. Regardless, they all seem to be pulling away! There are many “moving parts”, and every day it seems the kids grow older and away from you, stretching toward finding their own lives, needing less to be part of the core family unit you have held dear and protected fiercely. Like the end of life process, it is a wrenching, yet necessary and beautiful process.

Ms. Germany has been an attorney for more than 16 years. Licensed in both Alaska and Colorado, she has practiced in the areas of criminal litigation, civil litigation and domestic law in addition to elder law, probate and estate planning. Ms. Germany is a native of Colorado. An active member of the community, she enjoys the many personal and professional relationships that she has cultivated from a life lived on the Front Range.

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Reducing Unwanted Behaviors: Don’t do this, do this instead! Does your dog jump up on people, pull to greet other dogs, or chew inappropriate items? Undesired behaviors can be a source of frustration to everyone in the household. The best way to reduce unwanted behaviors is to be clear not only about what you don’t want them to do, but what you'd prefer they do instead. How do we communicate our expectations? When we catch our dog in the act of an unwanted behavior, we should interrupt the behavior, redirect to a preferred behavior, and then offer genuine praise. So, its important to follow up by telling him what you want him to do instead of the undesired behavior. Giving your dog a clear understanding of your expectations can help build his confidence through earning praise from you and will bring more joy to your relationship.



Don’t do this, do this instead! Putting this method into practice: Scenario 1: You’re out walking your dog when you decide to stop and chat with your neighbor. Your dog jumps up to greet hello. We want to interrupt the jumping, and we follow up with a preferred behavior command, such as SIT. Then praise your dog for sitting. So instead of only communicating to stop jumping, we follow up with teaching him the preferred way to greet people, to SIT. Scenario 2: Your puppy is play biting and it hurts! Instead of only communicating not to bite people, we want to teach our dog what they can bite. Interrupt the behavior by removing your hand and redirect him go find a toy to play with together. Then offer praise. Help your dog learn acceptable preferred behaviors by communicating clearly, staying positive and being consistent. Be sure to offer praise for behaviors that you’d like to reinforce, especially when he offers them without a prompt from you.

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ELIFE - Fall 2016  

A celebration of Erie, Colorado and its surrounding towns via this chic lifestyle magazine.

ELIFE - Fall 2016  

A celebration of Erie, Colorado and its surrounding towns via this chic lifestyle magazine.