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WRITERS:

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ABOUT THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Trisha Ventker is an author, photographic artist, branding and social media expert, publisher of ELIFE, NoCo, Denver Colorado magazines. She also finds promoting and bringing local businesses together very rewarding and is the founder of NoCo Mastermind, a networking group for small business owners and entreprenuers. She is best known for her first book Internet Dates From Hell which is selfpublished by Ventker through iUniverse. It has since had the movie rights to it optioned by Paula Wagner. Trisha is also one of the first Indie Book authors to have a book optioned for the big screen. Trisha is originally from New York City, presently residing in Erie, Colorado for the past 11 years, with her husband and son.

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FEATURE

NoCo magazine offers businesses the most cost-effective way to reach consumers virally in Northern Colorado.

A Chat With Governor Jared Polis

NoCo is published by Ventker Media Group. All editorial material, including editorial, comments, opinion and statements of fact appearing in this publication, represents the views of the respective authors and does not necessarily carry the endorsement of Ventker Media Group.


WHAT’S INSIDE

HIDDEN GEMS

The Town of Berthoud

What Your Property Says About You

HOME

SELF DISCOVERY

HEALTH

FOOD

PEOPLE

Spring is More Than a Season

Wednesday Project FTC

J. Brady’s Grilled Shrimp

Stories of the Veterans

BEAUTY

STYLE

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Beauty School

TRAVEL

The Gaylord of the Rockies

Spring Looks

PARENTING Kids Camps

The Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

WEIRD STUFF UFO’s in CO


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A CHAT WITH GOVERNOR POLIS

We had the honor to meet and interview Governor Jared Polis a few weeks back. Governor Polis was welcoming and down-to-earth. Jared Polis is a politician, entrepreneur and philanthropist serving as the 43rd Governor of Colorado since January 2019. As a member of the Democratic Party, he previously served on the Colorado State Board of Education from 2001 to 2007 and was the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district from 2009 to 2019. Polis was elected Governor of Colorado in 2018, defeating Republican Walker Stapleton.

NoCo: Tell us what your plans are for the next six months to a year. Governor Polis: We are very much focused on getting done what I ran on which is free full day kindergarten, saving people money on healthcare, putting the state on a pathway to more renewed energy opportunities for cleaner air, saving consumers money and reducing special interest tax expenditures and to be able to reduce income taxes for families. We also have to run all the agencies of state government which we planned on doing a customer-centric way really focusing on how we can serve people more efficiently and better.

NoCo: What type of community outreach are you providing? Governor Polis: We do everything from meeting at town halls with local legislators to visiting areas we want to learn about and focus. We visited a school in Littleton yesterday that has a school breakfast program and also full day kindergarten. We’ve been already been to Fort Collins and Greeley and all across northern Colorado for a number of different events.

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“We are very much focused on getting done what I ran on which is free full day kindergarten, saving people money on healthcare, putting the state on a pathway to more renewed energy opportunities for cleaner air, saving consumers money and reducing special interest tax expenditures and to be able to reduce income taxes for families.”


NoCo: How can individuals get invloved in your causes? Governor Polis: While legislature is in session let your legislators know the importance of working on issues. We really have a great amazing state and when people have ideas we love for them to share on social media on Twitter, Facebook or email

NoCo: What is one of your biggest challenges in Colorado? Governor Polis: Preparing for disasters, it’s not a question if we will have a fire, it’s when and where. We always have to be on guard for danger.

NoCo: What have you specifically planned for the Northern Colorado region? Coloradans can benefit from free full day kindergarten saving families $300-$400 a month. I am invested in our institution of higher education like UNC and CSU. I met with the CSU student government last week. We are also focused on how we can have more commuting solutions including bus, rapid transit and rail from Northern Colorado as well as focusing on working on the Highway 25 lane expansion.

NoCo: What are your needs as our Governor? Governor Polis: We need people to engage and apply for different boards and commissions. There’s a lot of volunteer opportunities. Sometimes they meet once a month, some meet once every three months. We need those important roles in running our state and we need to get good people from Northern Colorado


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When selling residential property, there are factors that affect the real value, such as location, homes size and age, finishes, school standardized test scores and again - location. However, there is another valuable tool for getting best-priced offers, and that is the perceived value of the property, meaning - does the home present itself in a manner that makes a potential buyer feel like you have maintained the home in good order over the years?

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The following are easy steps to increase perceived value: Although buyers will stand at the door waiting for the realtor to unlock the lockbox, do not give them a list to start detracting value. 1) FRONT ENTRANCE New doorbell, new welcome mat, broom sweep and clear off and away all cobwebs; if needed, install a new light fixture and paint the door. 2) KITCHEN This should be super clean and tidy with the pantry organized. You should stand at the kitchen sink and look at the window sill - that is most likely

there or close by. Clean it! Buyers often stand there when viewing a home. Get brighter light bulbs than normal. Light and bright is good! Finally, hardware on cabinets is preferred which matches either the sink plumbing or light fixture finish. It ties it all together for a finished look. 3) MASTER BED AND BATH This is where the buyer will sleep and spend many hours in your previously owned house. It must feel comfortable and clean. Display a comforter that is not highly patterned but matching the sham pillows. Clear out all extra furniture that you can and get your closet looking sparse, orderly and appearing as spacious as possible. In the bathroom display new towels, clear off all personal care items, remove rugs by toilet, sink and shower. Last - thoughts go back to the “walk up� to your home. Renew mulch and trim back hedges and trees that are overgrown. Curb appeal and the walk up to your home matter. Happy Selling!


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HIDDEN GEMS: BERTHOUD, CO          Finding        pieces     of what makes Northern Colorado towns unique! Written by Amy Tallent, The Tallent Company

BUSINESS: Berthoud Inn & Events This award-winning 1888 victorian inn sits in an idealic country setting. Amazing views to the front range of the Rocky Mountains from Berthoud Inn and Events. Relax and refresh in themed guestrooms. The Art Deco is a guest favorite with clean lines and turquoise décor.  Each room is en suite (private bathrooms) ensuring guest privacy.  Mark, the owner and innkeeper, really outdoes himself with a delicious complimentary breakfast.  Having been in the restaurant business, each day is creative!  Come and visit us for a unique and memorable experience. PROGRAM: Experience Berthoud Experience Berthoud is our newest program focused on educating our community and businesses that want to do business in Berthoud, people who may want to relocate or move a business to Berthoud and to encourage volunteers to step up in our community. Each program is different than the one before. This is designed for repeat registrations as well as stand-alone registrations. Would you like to learn more? Visit www.ExperienceBerthoud.com for more information. 

ORGANIZATION: Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce The Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce is comprised of one of the hardest working, competitive, friendliest and innovative Chambers in Northern Colorado.  Our team (Board of Directors, Ambassadors, Executive Director and staff) understands the importance of maintaining an organization that puts our member’s, constituent’s, and supporter’s first. We are here to serve them, we want to see positive growth in their organizations, and we have extremely valuable resources ready for their interests. We are looking forward to serving you in 2019.

To learn more about Berthoud, please visit the town's website by clicking here.


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As a 19 year Berthoud resident, Christine is a Northern Colorado real estate expert who has extensive newbuild knowledge, offers pre-marketing counsel, staging strategies, high quality comprehensive marketing tools and believes in client focused communication and care.

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SITE PLAN

DATE:

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Wood / 9' Clg.

Bath

spaces per the Berthoud Comprehensive Plan. Water ski and fish

PROJECT #: 18-058 DRAWING TITLE:

MAIN FLOOR PLAN

DATE:

Cpt. / 10' Clg. 12'-7" x 7'-5"

PHONE: 303-800-8633 FAX: 303-731-0877

BENCH & CUBBIES

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WINE REF.

Wood / 9' Clg.

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GARDEN LEVEL WINDOWS

48"x48" SHWR.

Tile / 9' Clg. 10'-3" x 11'-2"

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Master Bath

SOUTH ELEVATION

BERTHOUD LAKE ENCLAVE - LOT 1 REPLAT BETHOUD, CO.

BARN DOOR

Wood / Vault Clg.

Berthoud Lake Enclave - B

Great Room

via developing recreational trails* designed to connect the parks and

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60" DBL. SIDED GAS F.P.

Wood / 9' Clg.

BERTHOUD LAKE ENCLAVE - LOT 1 REPLAT BETHOUD, CO.

Master Bedroom

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Conc.

12' x 8' DBL SLIDER OPT. 12' x 8' FOLDING DOOR

SIDE SETBACK

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that is RV friendly. Families can utilize the surrounding local lakes

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T.O. MAIN LEVEL SUBFLOOR 100' - 0" T.O. FDN. WALL 98' - 9 7/8"

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T.O. FDN. WALL 98' - 9 7/8"

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DESIGN

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TOUR Golf Course and Clubhouse are just minutes west on County

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Rocky Mountain National Park are within a scenic hour’s drive.

SITE PLAN SCALE: 3/16" = 1'-0"

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LOWER LEVEL PLAN SCALE: 1/4" = 1'-0"

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PROPOSED BUILDING AREA Main Level Area Garage Area Lower Level Finished Lower Level Unfinished Area

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on Carter Lake, a mere 15 minutes away. Estes Park and renowned

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BOARD & BATTEN SIDING 12" O.C.

1x10 TRIM BOARD

HORIZ. LAP SIDING W/ 6" EXPOSURE

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/ 12"

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9"

9"

3" / 12"

serve our community and are a rich part of Berthoud’s fabric.

1x8 FASCIA BOARD, TYP.

/ 12"

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/ 12"

112' - 1 1/8"

T.O. MAIN LEVEL PLATE 109' - 1 1/8"

GROUP

9"

BOARD & BATTEN SIDING 12" O.C.

STANDING DEAM METAL ROOFING

Custom Ranch

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DIMENSIONAL ASPHALT SHINGLE ROOFING

BERTHOUD LAKE ENCLAVE - LOT 1 REPLAT BETHOUD, CO.

9" / 12"

of Berthoud in Northern Colorado. The desirable Berthoud Schools

Berthoud Lake Enclave - B

I invite you to enjoy the small town charm and connected community

You can also call for assistance with a purchase or refinance.

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about the artist | rebecca floyd I’m an artist and photographer living in Richmond, VA, with my husband Dan, our son Noah and our dog Arlo. When I first became a mother and our house began filling up with toys, I couldn’t help but notice that all the dolls were so happy. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with being happy, I wanted my child to know that it’s okay to feel sad too. The problem was, sad dolls didn’t exist. So I decided to make one. It was just a couple of socks and some thread but my son carried it everywhere he went. And suddenly, his friends’ moms began asking if I could make one for their children too. Then a friend of mine whose mother had just been diagnosed with cancer asked if she could have one and I realized, there is a need for a more, shall we say, empathetic type of doll. So I created Frowny Faces, a collection of handcrafted dolls, each with its own unique design. I hope they bring you joy or at the very least, a bit of empathy. Because life isn’t always easy. And Frowny Faces get that.

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SPRING IS MORE THAN A SEASON

Spring is my favorite season of year. It’s the time when everything returns to life after being so dark, dormant and cold for what feels like forever. Spring is the promise of good things to come. The frozen ground begins to thaw, and the Tulips, Daffodils and Irises begin to poke their leaves above the dirt. It is a glorious time when most if not all things are renewed. The promise of warmth and life becomes so prevalently present heavy in the air, as does the opportunity to start anew is evident. The thing about spring is - is that it’s so much more than just a season. It should not be limited to only existing between the months of March and June. It’s not just a season! It’s a feeling, a mindset and a way of life - one that we should grab onto with both hands, remembering it throughout the rest of the year. So often in life, we can only see what’s happening at each very moment. If we are in the season of winter, some days it’s hard to imagine that the Spring will ever come. What Spring does is remind us that there is always hope. No matter how hard things get, there is always the promise of a new day of not a whole season. No matter how frozen the ground may be, the sun WILL appear and cast its rays upon you. We need to remember that we have an “eternal spring” waiting within us. Nothing is forever! Sometimes, we experience the feelings of multiple seasons in a single day. We may experience the sweltering heat of summer inevitably and patently taking us over, or the depths of a dreary and isolating collection of winter days. We may feel the crisp comfort and coolness of fall or the ending of something we wish would not. Perhaps, conversely, we should consider the joy, excitement and hope of spring. We have the ability to access the hope for a bright new day, even in the depths of the proverbial winter. Don’t lose sight of it.! Remember that it’s there. Assuredly, spring will arrive; we can be just as sure that things in our lives will also always turn around. That, there will always be the promise of life, hope and a new season to revive the things that have been dormant for far too long.


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WEDNESDAY PROJECT FTC

What are YOU doing on Wednesday mornings at 5:45? Still snoozing away, starting to slowly greet the day, or… bouncing around Old Town with a bunch of energetic goofballs?! Every Wednesday morning, a group of folks gather at Old Town Square in Fort Collins. They start off with a short jog, then meet back at the square to chant, bounce, and get straight into a workout. But more than that, they are there to grow a community around accountability, encouragement, #freefitness, and having a good time. This is our group, and we call ourselves “Wednesday Project FTC”. The idea started as an opportunity to get out of our ordinary workout routine and comfort bubble, branching out to try some new things, and finding more fun-loving folks. In just over three years of leading our group outdoors every Wednesday, we learned that you CAN make new friends as an adult, all while crab-walking around, giving celebratory hugs and hi-5’s after a job well done. Then you’re off to share the good vibes and photos with the folks in your “real world,” only to meet back next week and do it all over again! Our concept is simple: folks of all different backgrounds, fitness levels and goals get together for the same workout at their own pace. Some workouts are with a partner, some activities are just like elementary school gym class (no dodgeball, we promise). Strangers learning names and faces become new workout friends, make plans to hit up an afternoon run club, grab patio beers at a brewery some weekends and hopefully bring more new friends to the next workout.

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“Every Wednesday morning, a group of folks gather at Old Town Square in Fort Collins.”


So why 5:45am on Wednesday mornings? We feel afternoons are for happy hours, family matters and kids’ soccer games. When our workout wraps up at 6:30am, you’ve got the rest of your day to do what you need to do. What Wednesday Project FTC hopes to become is an official November Project tribe, a network of nearly 50 groups doing this same thing in cities around the world, backed with the support of their sister cities to help recruit, challenge, support and encourage each other, even when they’re thousands of miles apart. Being on that larger stage requires us to build our recruitment numbers and set some big goals—how does a stadium workout at CSU sound? With all the fitness options that NOCO has to provide, we hope you’ll add our workout to your to-do list. We’ll see you at your next yoga/cross-fit/ spin class/zumba dance-a-thon/marathon as well, because we feel our group is the perfect complement to all, and will surely leave you fully energized, encouraged and ready to pay it forward. Leave your money at home, bring your best self and your best friend, get ready set to sweat, carpe your diem, and crush your goals! All you have to do is #justshowup.

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Trade Schools: Another Option by Suzi Dennis

Trade jobs are growing in popularity, largely due to the shorter amount of time required to learn the job, itself as well as the generally lower cost of the education. Many are faced with the choice:, namely college or career? It used to be a high school grad’s instinct was to immediately enroll in a four-year program after he or she wore their cap and gown. However, traditional four-year college isn’t the right (or correct choice) for everyone. People who learn better with “handson” work and visuals tend to thrive in trade schools vs. traditional college lecture halls. If trade school is for you, here are a couple of things to know when deciding on where to learn your trade of choice. Trade schools are both privately or federally funded. Both have various pros and cons. Privately funded schools are smaller in class size giving you a more one on one personal experience to truly help you become an expert in your trade. They also offer a more flexible schedule to fit your individual situation (kids, jobs, etc.) as their funding is not dependent on attendance records. Payment plan options are not governed by outside sources, so very low or interest free payment plan options are available to meet your individual financial circumstances. Smaller, privately funded schools believe in providing

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SPICING UP EARLY SPRING

An idea I have come to love is that of eating and drinking seasonally. I’m not only referring to foods that are available and in season, I’m talking about eating and drinking foods as they relate to holidays and events throughout the year. While most of the foods and beverages eaten during these times most likely stemmed from seasonal availability, I prefer to think of the foods as they relate to holidays and events. Who doesn’t enjoy grilling burgers on the 4th of July, roast turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving, or corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day? Sometimes it’s a religious correlation, sometimes a national holiday, or simply a natural abundance of some type of produce that spurs these types of eating and drinking traditions. Whatever the reason, I love it all. All that being said, one of my favorite seasons of eating is the time around Mardi Gras in early spring. In the first few months of the year, most people are coming off the heavy food of the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year holiday season and looking for healthier food options and working to maintain their New Year’s resolutions. While this may last for others, come late February to early March one of my favorite food traditions comes about: Mardi Gras. This is often the death blow to me if I am still holding on to healthy eating resolutions. While originally a Catholic religious tradition brought by French Cajuns celebrating the last binge before the start of the Lenten fasting season, it has grown and expanded to have traditions that are appealing to a broader audience. This celebration wouldn’t be complete without consuming the foods and beverages associated with Mardi Gras.

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Spicing Up Early Spring by Brady Stewart

“CAJUN TENDS TO BE AN INTENSE FLAVORED CUISINE, SO IT’S NATURALLY VERY SATISFYING IN COOLER MONTHS WHEN WE ARE CRAVING SOMETHING WARM AND DEEPLY NOURISHING.”


J. Brady’s Grilled Shrimp Boil (Serves 4) Ingredients: -1 lb. large gulf shrimp (shell and heads on if possible) -1 lb. Andouille or smoked Sausage, cut into 1 inch sections -1-2 lbs. baby new potatoes, 1-2” in diameter -4 ears of corn, sliced cross-wise into 2” rings -1 large white onion, quartered, skinned, and layers separated -1/2 lb. of large white button mushrooms -Olive oil to coat -1-2 Tbsp. of J. Brady’s-Pop’s Cajun Shake: Cajun and Creole Seasoning *You will also need some sturdy metal skewers for grilling

Since French Cajuns brought this holiday to America, it’s only fitting that this it relies heavily on their food traditions. As Mardi Gras normally falls in early spring, weather tends to still be on the cooler side. This lends itself well to some of the heartier dishes associated with Cajun cuisine such as gumbo and etoufee. Seafood is also in season this time of year so shrimp and oysters (the latter being famed for being best in months with the letter ‘R’ in them) are a good option. Think of shrimp boils, oyster po’boy sandwiches, and seafood soups and stews. Cajun tends to be an intense flavored cuisine, so it’s naturally very satisfying in cooler months when we are craving something warm and deeply nourishing. While sometimes mistaken for being blazingly spicy, it’s more of a deeply flavored cuisine utilizing a plethora of aromatics, herbs, and spices, and not just heat. Furthermore, it’s a great way to celebrate what could arguably be one of America’s only native-born cuisines. That’s right, just like jazz and basketball, Cajun cuisine is a purely American creation, or as close as you’ll get from a culinary standpoint. Being someone who very much loves things to be in their element, I even recommend listening to some New Orleans jazz while you settle in with some Cajun food and a beverage of choice and celebrate this time of year and tradition. Try my recipe above for a fun take on the classic shrimp boil, but with everything being cooked on the grill. This recipe is great for a mild sunny day in early spring when you’re craving a cookout.

Directions: Boil potatoes in salted water until softened and approximately ¾ of the way cooked through. Let cool. Mix sausage and shrimp in a bowl and cover with 1 tsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. of seasoning. Thread shrimp and sausage on skewers alternating every other one. Mix all vegetables in a bowl with 1 tsp. of olive oil and remaining 1 Tbsp. of seasoning. Thread vegetables on skewers alternating every other one. It is important to keep vegetables and meat/seafood separate as they will cook at different speeds. Heat gas or charcoal grill to a medium-high heat. Grill skewers flipping every 2 minutes until shrimp and sausage are cooked through and slightly charred (810 minutes), and the vegetables until cooked through and charred (12-15 minutes). Serve with a beverage of choice and plenty of napkins. Enjoy!

Brady Stewart, owner of J. Brady Seasonings LLC started the company in 2017 out of his home in Fort Collins. You can find J. Brady’s at multiple retailers throughout CO and online. Visit their website at www.jbradyseasonings.com, where you can find recipes and info on where you’ll find them next.


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Preserving the Stories of Veterans by Brad Hoopes I have a passionate project of preserving the stories of veterans. I believe We collect all the facts and figures, but not nearly enough of the personal stories….. stories that add a powerful dimension to those facts and figures. The approach has never been to go after the facts and figures, but to concentrate on capturing the human experience and perspective. The project started out due to a perfect storm of interests: a love of history, interest in people in general and an awe and respect for veterans. Reading a story about how the Library of Congress was starting a program to collect the stories of veterans, I thought why not do something on the local level. I bought a video camera and just started interviewing. I have interviewed 500+ northern Colorado veterans to date. The project has two objectives. The main objective is to get the story down on permanent record for the veteran and his/ her family, so never to be lost or forgotten. The secondary objective (only with the veteran’s permission) is to donate a copy to his/her local library/museum, CSU’s Morgan Library, the National WWII Museum (if a WWII vet), and the Library of Congress. Starting out, I assumed the main benefactors would be the families, who often times know little or nothing about their veteran’s story. This has proven to be true. I have also found that often times it benefits the veterans as well. I will never forget the phone call I received from the wife of a WWII veteran the morning after the interview. She called to thank me for doing the interview, saying she and

the kids didn’t know his story and would cherish the DVD when it arrives. She also wanted to say that last night was the first time in 60+ years he slept through the night. There is the other end of the spectrum, as well. I encounter two groups when I talk about my project. One is those who experienced things they would just as soon forget about and not want to discuss. I respectively step back with this group. The second and much larger group is made up of those who say, “I didn’t do anything and don’t have a story.” The husband of another woman who called was the “poster boy” for this second group. She pushed him to do the interview, and up until I turned on the camera, he was adamant that he didn’t have a story. She called a couple of weeks later and said, “We watched the interview two nights ago, and since then he has been walking around with his chest puffed out”. Well of course he had a story, as everyone does. Regardless, if it is a veteran’s story or a life story, I want to leave you with this - hoping you take it to heart. Everyone has a story, and a unique one at that. These stories are packed with family and personal history, life lessons, values and advice. If you have someone whose story you don’t know, ask him or her to tell it to you as there is no better way to show them how much they mean to you. As well, if you have never told your story, please do so, as there is no better gift you can give to someone who cares about you than by doing so. Read the Remember and Honor Magazine


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The Gaylord of the Rockies: A Majestic Resort in Colorado

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With a few days left in Winter, in the middle of March, we embarked on our weekend staycation with our 12-year old son and paid a visit to the recently opened Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. We enjoy these types of weekend trips in Colorado, as they don’t require too much planning or packing. For this trip, we didn’t start packing until after a nice leisurely breakfast on Saturday morning, knowing how close the resort is. The beauty of it is, that is literally right in our backyard, so to say, well just under 30 minutes away, from Erie. Overlooking the city of Denver skyline, framed by the Rocky Mountains, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center is a fantastic sanctuary and tourism attraction right here in Northern Colorado. It is less than an hour driving distance from most

places in Northern Colorado, less than 30 minutes from Downtown Denver, and only 10 minutes from Denver International Airport. The sheer scale and awe-inspiring majesty of the Rocky Mountains has captivated visitors to Colorado for hundreds of years. But there’s never been a resort to match the epic grandeur of the Rockies. Until now. A few months ago, the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center opened its doors as the largest combined resort and convention center in Colorado. The resort is the fifth Gaylord Hotels® property and one of the largest resorts in the world to debut under the Marriott International brand. You don’t realize how large the resort is until you actually drive up to it. Passing it from the tollway on my daily commute doesn’t do it justice. As you approach the resort, you are greeted by beautiful bronze sculptures of running horses, a theme that can also found in the Convention Center in abstract wall art. The canopy at the main entrance is of such an enormous scale that you could probably park two dozen Greyhound busses under it. Entering through the front doors into the Lobby is quite dramatic, but nothing compared to the awe-inspiring Grand Lodge that lies beyond. The resort’s interior design and décor is modeled after aspects iconic to Colorado and authentically captures a local sense of place. The early afternoon sun was streaming in through the massive glass curtainwall at the far end of the Grand Lodge and filled the entire space with beautiful light.


Before checking in, we were drawn to the area, like a giant magnet attracting small metal particles. The first glance of the waterfall over boulders, the rustic bridge, and native landscaping, and interior lake made it feel like we had been transported to some magnificent outdoor wilderness in the Rocky Mountains. In order to explore the resort and see everything that it has to offer, we decided to quickly check-in and get our bags into our room. The check-in process was really smooth and comparable to any other high-end Marriott Hotel that we have stayed at. Walking through the Lobby to the elevators, you pass a massive fireplace with some incredible artwork above it and very cozy and comfortable seating areas surrounding it. The elevators are designed to look like old mine shafts, paying tribute to Colorado’s gold rush history. After exiting the elevators, you are greeted by a completely different but complimentary décor of rustic, alpine charm. The Centennial State feel is carried over into guest rooms, as was quite evident as we entered our well-appointed double queen room with aspen tree-inspired carpet, lumberjack plaid print pillows and hiking and camping maps in the closets. The large window provided for an incredible view of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains beyond. We quickly made our way back down to the Lobby and began exploring the resort. We must have spent an hour in the Grand Lodge taking in everything it has to offer from the authentic Caboose, to the waterfall and lake, and sitting in front of another very large fireplace overlooking the lake. We took a look at each of the different restaurants within the resort as well. There is a wide range of dining options both formal and casual. Whether you are in the mood for a classic American Steakhouse, Asian inspired cuisine

and house made sushi, seasonally-inspired Italian cuisine or a casual menu, they have you covered. The Old Hickory Steakhouse specializes in the highest quality “Chairman’s Reserve” Premium Black Angus Beef, fresh seafood, artisanal cheese selection, tableside desserts and fine regional wines. Monte Jade allows you to discover a culinary diversity in an eclectic menu that brings together a delectable fusion of favors. More on that in a bit, as we enjoyed a wonderful dinner there. Vista Montagne will transport you to Italy and the Mountain Pass Sports Bar will make you feel like you are right in the middle of the action in front of their 75foot TV screens, while enjoying an amazing fare of Colorado-inspired appetizers, fresh seasonal salads, and mouth-watering burgers. There is also a large selection of draft, domestic, international and local craft beers available, as well as hand-crafted cocktails from their expert mixologist. Next, we checked out some of the shops and finally the indoor pool area. The latter was quite amazing. There are different areas within the large pool that will keep kids of all ages entertained. There is even a bar for adults to enjoy a beer or drink at while their kids are enjoying the waterslides. Before dinner we decided to spend a little time watching the magnificent sunset from our room, while relaxing on the incredibly comfortable beds. It was at this point when the splinter in my left hand, from a home project ealier that day, began to be quite bothersome. After realizing that we didn’t have a set of tweezers ni the toiletries we took, I went down to the lobby to see if I could buy a set in one of their shops. Upon existing the elevator, I ran into one of the bellhops who greeted me with a smile and asked me if there was anything that he could assist me with. I thanked him and said that I was “all set” right

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now and on my way to purchase tweezers in one of the resorts’ shops. Unfortunately, luck was not on my side as it turned out the last pair had been sold only a few minutes prior to me walking into the Rockies Trading Post. I wonder how often they have someone come in to buy a tweezer. Somewhat frustrated, I walked back through the Lobby and saw the bellhop from before. This time, I walked up to him and said that now there actually was something that he could assist me with, namely finding me a tweezer. He was extremely gracious and asked me to wait. A few minutes later, he reappeared with tweezers in hand. He had found a pair in a first aid kit. It is this kind of customer service that I truly appreciate. Having been responsible for the Customer Satisfaction Program at my previous employer for more than a decade, I always pay close attention to customer service during my travels. After having my son and wife help extract the splinter, I felt incredible relief in my hand, but was now feeling a pain in my stomach that needed to be soothed. It was time for dinner. We decided to eat at Monte Jade, as all of us enjoy sushi and Asian fusion cuisine. Our waiter was a very knowledgeable and engaging young man as well as incredibly attentive to our needs without being obtrusive. He helped guide us to making menu choices

that included a mixture of sushi and a variety of appetizers and small plates. Our 12-year old is typically a very picky eater, but truly enjoyed everything that we had ordered. I can highly recommend the Queen City Roll, Chicken Lemongrass Skewers, and Korean BBQ Pork Ribs. For desert we opted for the Yuzu Meringue Tart, which as absolutely incredible, and our son’s favorite, Mochi Balls. Feeling quite satisfied from an extraordinary meal, we went on a brief walk before heading up to the room to change into our bathing suits. Well my son and I that is. My wife decided to enjoy the comfortable bedding in our room and just relax and “unplug” from a long week of sitting in front of her iMac, managing social media for her clients, designing logos, and working on her three online publications of ELIFE magazine, Denver Colorado magazine, and this issue of NoCo magazine in which you are reading this article. Bathing suits on, we raced down to the pool, as we had been looking forward to enjoying the waterslides throughout our earlier dinner conversation. I lost track of how many times we went up the stairs and down the slides, it was so much fun. We then spent time in the main pool area, where my son was practicing all kinds of underwater acrobatics, as well as showing me his “Cannonball” skills.


Eventually we made our way to the large hot tub and soaked our weary muscles and enjoyed the massaging jets. Before we knew it, 10pm had arrived and the pool area was closing. We headed back up to the room, took a quick shower, and jumped into the cozy beds. It wasn’t long before all three of us fell into a deep slumber. This turned out to be one of the best nights of sleep in quite some time. For once, we had not bothered setting our alarms and slept past 10am. Feeling rejuvenated but still wanting our morning caffeine fix, we decided to head down to the Cocoa Bean. Having had such a great dinner, we weren’t too hungry and decided to have a variety of fresh bakery items to accompany our different caffeinated beverages ranging from tea to latte to Frappuccino. While my wife and son were finishing their drinks, I decided to take a walk down to the adjoining Convention Center. I was truly amazed by the size of it and the number of meeting spaces there were. You don’t realize how large it is until you start exploring. I may have walked a mile before returning to the Cocoa Bean, and I had only seen a portion of the Convention Center. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and it was time for us to check out. All in all, we had a delightful stay at the new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. Convention Center.

Resort and Local Activities SummerFest featuring Wonderland Adventures: From Memorial Day (5/24) through Labor Day (9/2), Gaylord Rockies Resort invites guests to experience the Lewis Carroll’s storybook classic with a Colorado twist during the property’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” 2019 SummerFest celebration. A “splendiferous” event unlike any other, this immersive guest experience is a season-long, family-friendly celebration of summer fun complete with whimsical costumes, rock n’ roll music, pool parties and more. Cheshire Cat’s Colorado Adventure Scavenger Hunt: Take a unique trip within and around the resort and learn about Colorado as you discover locations and fun clues along the way to help the Cheshire Cat locate his magical amulet to return to Wonderland. Escape Room: You’ve received an anonymous letter, inviting you to Hatter's Tea Room at Gaylord Rockies. Arrive to the Tea Party where your host awaits with an ominous, fun-filled riddle. The only way out of this never-ending Tea Party is to find clues to solve the riddle and appease your mysterious host together. Queen of Hearts Mini Golf: Tee up on the resort’s transformed minigolf course, perfect for golfers of all ages. Local Golf Courses: Green Valley Ranch offers an award-winning 18-hole Championship course, a 9-hole par-3 course, and a full range practice facility, is only 3 miles away. Buffalo Run Golf Course, 9 miles away in Commerce City and designed by renowned golf course architect Keith Foster, is an 18-hole championship course with lush rolling greens, expansive fairways and picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding prairie lands.

Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center by the Numbers · The resort’s rustic, alpine charm features 1,501 rooms, including 114 well-appointed suites. Of the suites, there are 14 presidential suites ranging between 1,500- and 2,200-square-feet. Every room features high-speed wireless internet access, in-room coffee service, and in-room safe. · The 100-foot Grand Lodges’ centerpiece is a 75-foot-tall (eight stories high) atrium window offering spectacular views of the Denver skyline framed by the Rocky Mountains. · Dine formally or casually at 8 food & beverage outlets, serving steak and American, Asian and Italian fares. · Indoor and outdoor pools complete with a lazy river and three waterslides – a total of 22,000-square-feet of aquatic experiences at the Arapahoe Springs Resort Pool & Lazy River – as well as an arcade, miniature golf, bike rentals, pickleball and more. · A 75-foot viewing screen, the largest in the state, in the Mountain Pass Sports Bar – ideal for game day celebrations. · The property boasts more than 485,000-square-feet of exhibition, meeting, pre-function and outdoor space. · World-class pampering awaits you at our European-style spa - the 17room Relâche Spa and Salon, plus state-of-the-art fitness center and ice fountain, offer countless ways for guests to relax and recharge.


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Farm Camps Growing Gardens | If your child loves to dig in the dirt and has a burgeoning “green thumb” then this is the camp for them. Kids learn how to nurture plants and work with friends … Ages 3-11. growinggardens.org/peace-garden-summer-camps Cure Farms | a great farm opportunity to help kids learn where their food comes from and how to care for animals. Through play and exploration they learn about organic farming and how to work together to accomplish a task … Ages 6-9. cureorganicfarm.com/kidscamp.htm Laughing Coyote | If your child is ready to really learn traditional outdoors skills this camp will teach them all. These camps focus on traditional skills like scouting, tracking, making tools out of natural elements as well as archery and basketry … Ages 8-12. laughingcoyoteproject.org/summer-camp-18

Unique Camps Renaissance Adventures | If knights in shining armor, quests, and battles are a constant theme in your house, then this is the camp for your kids. Kids work together in teams to solve riddles, follow maps to buried treasure and fight off foes with foam swords … Ages 7-17. renaissanceadventures.com/kids-camps-boulder-denver/program-types Living Arts School | This school is all about bringing kids back in touch with nature and our roots. Camps focus on a variety of themes such as mythical creatures, fort building, and making terrariums … Ages 3-12. livingartsschool.com/summer-camp Camp Kind | A one-of-a-kind camp that focuses on fostering empathy and kindness in kids. Each week focuses on a different theme and destination such as animals, elderly, babies or homelessness. Kids take field trips to local charities related to the theme and work on service projects … Ages 7-13. campkind.org These camps are among the best at engaging kids in hands-on learning activities and adventures without the use of screen technology. Research tells us that kids who engage with others in more face-to-face interactions have better social skills and empathy towards others. I think most parents would agree that anything that can help put a little more empathy in this world is at the top of my list. Hopefully, your kids can take advantage of unstructured time this summer to engage with friends, learn and have fun. Amy Webb lives in Erie with her husband and two energetic boys. While her PhD is in Human Development and Family Sciences, her best education in parenting (and life) have been her two boys. While completing her degree, she realized there was not enough research-based parenting and child development information that was easy to understand for the average parent. Much of the research done by university scholars is not easily accessible to parents. With her writing, she hopes to provide thought-provoking and insightful information that will be useful to parents. She doesn’t pretend to be a parenting expert, but rather a translator of research into a parent-friendly format.


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What You Need to Know Before Downloading That Form by Susie Germany

Attorney, The Germany Law Firm P.C. and Deputy Public Administor, 17th Judicial District When clients ask us why they should hire us to prepare their estate planning instead of downloading a form off the internet or doing fill-in-the blank forms, I often ask “would you perform surgery on your foot yourself to save a few hundred dollars?” Everyone wants to make wife financial decision. However, preparing your will and other planning documents yourself may very well be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Yes, attorneys earn fees for preparing estate plans; however, they earn much more when litigating will contest, trust litigation or abuses of power of attorneys. When I teach classes about estate planning, I state that in a room with 50 people in it, if properly customized, each of their estate planning documents will look very different due to each individual’s family backgrounds, needs and financial situations. Attorneys are counselors at law, not just document drafters. Our job is to explain the pros and cons of documents that have a legal effect on a client. People sign legal forms that are downloaded off websites every day, but many of those people don’t understand what they are signing, or the power they are giving to another person. Elder fraud and elder exploitation has become a huge problem. This is partly due to potential exploiters and abusers having access to downloadable planning forms, which they can print off and put them in front of unsuspecting parents or grandparents, who may have cognitive impairment, and simply do not understand the consequences of signing them. May of our worst cases have involved elderly clients unwittingly signing deeds transferring their homes to a relative or putting a relative on their bank account and being financially wiped out. Another common issue occurs when people attend an estate planning seminar and are given fill-in-the-blank wills or powers of attorney to complete. Often, these documents do not account for unforeseen circumstances, and are not specific to each person’s individual situation. For your protection, we recommend not signing anything unless you fully understand it. If in question, see an experienced elder law, probate or estate planning attorney whose practice is in these areas of law. It may require some investment to have quality documents prepared but may save thousands of dollars in the long run. Susie 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.


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Colorado: The New American UFO Ground Zero?! by John Small


COLORADO: THE NEW AMERICAN UFO GROUND ZERO?!


None of us can argue the splendor and magisterial beauty of the great state of Colorado, from the rolling plains of the east, magnificent deserts of the south to the awesome breath-taking mountains to the north and west. Undoubtedly, our great state holds some of the most mysterious natural and “unnatural” phenomena from the odd sightings of Bigfoot up and down the range to the multiple witness accounts of ghostly apparitions from the scores of derelict coal and silver mines up and down Canyon Pass to Central City further north to The Stanley Hotel up in Estes Park. Lately, those isolated paranormal phenomena pale by comparison to what’s been noticed, not on lonely hiking trails, defunct mining areas or strange hotel rooms. The “strange” need not be bound to the land exclusively. Look to the skies, northern Colorado, and feast your eyes on some airborne oddities! There growing in number as we speak! Last July, for over 45 minutes did several Fort Collins residents capture on cell phone video “an amber light that dropped from the sky, stop abruptly, shoot out an object toward the ground, drop low on the horizon, hover and then disappear”. This was not a rarity in this part of Colorado, or for the most part, the entire state. Being the “Number 11” state out of fifty in our Union for UFO sightings is quite noteworthy! Since 2010, over 3,200 sightings have been recorded and reported in The Rocky Mountain State alone! One need only to go to the National UFO Reporting Center State Report Center for CO. website to shockingly find that less than two weeks ago on Oct. 4, 2018, witnesses in Littleton observed 3 sets of 3 lights in a triangular formation - one stationary, one moving slowly and the last moving rapidly - all at different levels! Even more shocking was the reported sightings even more recently in southern Colorado on Oct. 6, when others facing The Sangre DeCristo Mountains in Wallsenburg within a Navajo Housing Community saw inexplicable sights one night west of the Air Force Training Base. Ten more reported sightings across the state in September and nine others in August brings the total amount to twentyone sightings in a little over two months. Again, one might think that states like New Mexico and perhaps Arizona are the “grounds zero” for UFO sightings - not Colorado. One would only be somewhat correct, for again, Arizona ranks number 6 as New Mexico number 7. Conclusively, although Colorado does not report more unexplained sky visions compared to them, coming in at number 11, still puts our state at an 89% ratio more than the rest! As Adam Sandler says, “Not too shabby!” I would imagine that several conditions favor the “Big Three” western States for more than less sightings overall. The altitude of the mountains and the warmth of the deserts may allow the greater percentage of the sparsely populated states to witness and report more sightings than 47 other states, perhaps. Or maybe there’s more to it than that. Maybe the drastic difference between the ranges and the plains or desert lands attract these extra-terrestrial beings. Perhaps there are semi-precious commodities or “unnatural” resources embedded in these areas that we mortal humans couldn’t care less about, yet they, our far-reaching “space brothers and sisters” would do anything for!? Either way, let’s cherish that innocuous “Number 11” and revel in the fact that there are only ten other states that they favor more (or for the “glass half-full” people and the growing number of eternal optimists among us - 39 that they favor less). Kinda puts new meaning to the old imperative adage, “Heads Up!”. Heads up, Colorado! We’re ripe for sightings! Who knows, maybe next year at this time, we’ll be #10, and good old Idaho, #11, unless the alien culture increases its penchant for those wonderful potatoes the great state of Idaho’s famous for! Didn’t E.T. love French Fries in that great ‘82 film?


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