Brighton Banner March 20, 2014
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DESCRIPTIONBrighton Banner March 20, 2014
Provided by United Powerand the candidates
Four seats among the 11 UnitedPower Board of Directors are up forelection in 2014, with eight candidatesinvolved (including one unopposed).
Ballot packets are to be mailed toall membrs of the electric cooperativeby the end of this month. Final dayfor balloting is April 16, before thestart of the cooperatives annual meet-ing at the Adams County RegionalPark and Fairgrounds.
Following are profiles provided bythe candidates in the four director dis-
tricts subject to balloting this year.Each board member elected at largeby all cooperative members servesthree-year terms:
Mountain District Steven Green
Steve Green has been president andowner of his lapidary company inGolden for the past 32 years. Alongwith stone cutting, his company pro-vides ultrasonic drilling services toother industries.
Green has experience in mining,
abrasive technologies, crystallogra-phy, gemology, marketing, sales, showpromotions and other business-relat-ed skills. He is very hands-on andmechanically inclined.
Green earned his bachelors degreein biology and chemistry from theUniversity of Denver. Originally fromNew Jersey, Green spent from age 9through 18 in Mexico City.
Currently Green is a director onGolden Gate Fire Protection District.He was elected to a troubled fire dis-trict, facing large budget deficits,wasteful spending and imminent
property-tax increases or cuts in serv-ices. In the past four years Green andthe other four board members turnedthe fire district around.
Through his tough negotiatingstyle, the GGFPD is now financiallyhealthy with surplus revenues, a bal-anced budget, and decreased debtwith no cuts in services.
That was achieved with no proper-ty-tax increases. In his fire boardcapacity, Green negotiates contracts,manages fire fighter pensions, dealswith county officials, creates yearly
The BannerBrighton news for Brighton readers
Volume 6, No. 12 March 20, 2014 8 pages
Author, authorLocal author and former
Brighton teacher Dan Blegenwill sign his book, OurAmerican Journey, on Sundayat the Chow Mein andShrimp Dinner. Page 6Batter up
Pitching is at the forefront
of the Brighton High Schoolbaseball teams 3-0 start thisseason. Page 8
Inside The Banner this week
Letters ................................... 2Calendar ................................. 4Bravo ...................................... 5Obituaries ............................. 7Sports ..................................... 8
A lot of closeshaves on St.Baldricks Day
Page 5Dont miss: Chow Mein and Shrimp Dinner Calendar, Page 4
See United Power Page 3
See City Council, Page 2
Bicyclists stop at BrightonPark for a short break Sunday
at about the halfway point ofthe first Bike Brighton Full
Moon Ride, tentatively plannedas a monthly family event.Fifth-three residents of all
ages took part in the inauguralride. At right, Treads Bicycle
Outfitters Manager PeterPhibbs gives safety instruc-
tions to the younger ridersnear the (under construction)
Emi Chikuma Plaza at BenedictPark.
Banner Press photos
By Lou Ellen Bromleyfor The Banner
We listen, developer Fred Cooke ofLorax Construction told the CityCouncil on Tuesday.
Mayor Dick McLean had askedCooke his secret to success of gainingsupport of, apparently, an entire neigh-borhood to the nearly 80-acre Village atSouthgate development on 120thAvenue, directly south of Prairie ViewMiddle School.
On Tuesday the council gave finalapproval, 9-0, of the planned unitdevelopment plan for the Village atSouthgate site.
The initial approval was granted atthe Feb. 4 City Council meeting withthe provision that developers meet withthe developments neighbors, includingthose in Fuller Estates to the west, toaddress their concerns.
Cooke was highly commended bycouncil members for working withnearby neighbors from Fuller Estates todesign a residential and commercialproject that is beneficial to everyone.
Cooke met with Fuller Estates
Four United Power director seats up for election
Applications are beingaccepted for the 2014 MusicAward granted by theBrighton Euterpean Society toa local graduating senior highschool student. The society isa local, non-profit organiza-tion comprised of areawomen who champion musiceduction and performance.
Application forms may beobtained from local highschool counselors, choraland/or music directors aswell as from the Music AwardCommittee members whosecontact information is refer-enced below.
The deadline for the com-pleted application with theessay, and CD or DVD, isApril 19.
The requirements for theapplicants are:
An essay of 500 words orless giving information aboutmusic accomplishments andfuture plans involving music.
Provide an 8-10-minutenonreturnable CD or DVDshowcasing the applicantsmusical talent.
The recipient of the 2014Music Award will receive$1,000 for educational pur-poses and be recognized in
the high school and commu-nity. In addition, the recipientwill be given the opportunityto perform at the regularlyscheduled Euterpean Societymeeting on the evening ofMay 13, at 7:30 p.m.
If further information isrequired, please feel free tocontact the Music AwardCommittee members:Sharon K. Timmerman,email@example.com orcall 303-655-8106, orMuriel Bennett,firstname.lastname@example.org call 303-857-2865.
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Letters to The Banner
Residents pleased withdevelopers approachresidents and listened to theirconcerns about the develop-ment and acted on them tomake improvements to bettersuit the needs of the localresidents. Residents of thearea had told some councilmembers that they werepleased with the meeting andits results.
A few of the changesincluded a decrease in thenumber of single-familyhomes, providing more openspace areas, improved buffersbetween the Village atSouthgate development andFuller Estates, and also work-ing toward a traffic light on120th near Prairie ViewMiddle School. Cookesefforts were described byseveral City Council membersas a great example of howpeople can work together toaccomplish positive interac-tion.
Another planning matterapproved Tuesday was a two-year extension of vestedproperty rights for BrightonLakes, a proposed 452-acredevelopment between SableBoulevard and 136th Avenue.
Mick Richardson originallywas granted property rightsin 2004 for Brighton Lakesbut was unable to develop itbecause of the decline in theeconomy in 2008, but he saidhe hopes to be able to moveforward within the next twoyears.
Before the matter camebefore the City Council, DavePetrocco of Petrocco Farmsexpressed concern about traf-fic issues that can arise whenlarge developments such asThe Lakes bring in lots ofvehicle traffic on the sameroads used by wide, heavy,slow moving farm machinery.City Manager ManuelEsquibel said he had notedthe concern at a possiblecouncil study-session topic.
In other matters Tuesday: Colorado State Sen. Mary
Hodge advised the council onthe status of several bills inthe House and Senate. Shesaid one such bill would easethe ability to inform propertyowners whether they ownmineral rights on their prop-erty. If the bill passes, theinformation will be disclosedat the time they purchase theproperty, eliminating anyquestion of mineral-rightsownership.
Ability of physical therapygraduates to work upon grad-uation is another bill beingconsidered by the GeneralAssembly. By giving physicaltherapists the ability to beemployed immediately, theycan start to support them-selves until they can com-plete the required test fortheir licenses. The test isadministered only four timesa year, limiting their ability toseek employment.
Raising the caps on motor-carrier claims is another billthe Senate is reviewing, alongwith a bill for incentives forwater-use and for waste-water-treatment grants to beused by smaller communitysto build their own treatmentplants.
The Eye for Art commit-tee presented six new piecesof artwork it has purchased.Laurie Lozano Maier intro-duced the artists responsiblefor the works: JudithDickinson , for two oil paint-ings, A Tribute to Rockwell andBromley Homestead; DeanGlorso for his painting,Historic Brighton, 1956; DedraShannon for a photograph, APicture of a Bicycle, and twowater color paintings by thelate Pamela Shewmaker. Herdaughter Lesley representedthe family on Tuesday. All theart is historic in nature.
Another new piece ofpublic art in Brighton is thestatue in front of Fire Station2 on 27th Avenue and andBridge Street, in honor of thecitys original volunteer fire-
fighting force. Ed Doty, aretired volunteer firefighter,thanked the council for its$5,000 donation toward thesculpture and announced for-mer firefighters are sellingbricks to raise money foradditional funds needed forthe statue and surroundingmonument area.
The Brighton JapaneseAmerican Association pre-sented council members withcopyies of the recentlyreleased book chroniclingBJAAs history. The book,written by Thornton authorand former District 27Jteacher Daniel Blegen, isavailable for sale at theBJAAs annual Shrimp andChow Mein Dinner, 11 a.m.-3p.m. Sunday at the AdamsCounty Fairgrounds WaymireDome Building, off 124thAvenue.
April is Sexual AssaultAwareness Month, and thecity of Brighton is supportingthe Brighton PoliceDepartment and VictimsServices in its efforts to drawattention to and help preventsexual assault, and to to helpthe survivors of sexualassaults.
Victim Services directorKim Messina told the councilthat the Working To Create aNew Normal art show isdesigned to raise awareness.It opens March 31 at theArmory.
Will Whiteside, an ownerof Whitesides in Brigthon,asked the council to reconsid-er its four-month hold on pro-cessing oil and gas permitsbecause its biggest customer,which buys protectivefootwear and clothing is boy-cotting all businesses inBrighton in protest of themoratorium (passed twoweeks ago so the city canrevise its 13-year-old oil andgas guidelines) to align themwith current state regulationsand to protect its shallowwater-supply wells.
City Council, from Page 1
Weaver family thanksall those who helpedDear editor:
Words cant express thethankfulness that we felt dur-ing this extremely difficulttime in our lives. We realizedhow much our family andfriends really mean to ussince Dads cancer treatmentsand Moms recent heartattack.
Thank you very much foryour extremely generousdonations to our parents.
On my familys behalf, wewould like to express ourheartfelt kindness to all whohelped or assisted in any way,big or small with the benefitat Jordinellis.
A huge thank you to Randafor the fabulous Mexican foodthat she prepared and servedand to her husband, Tom andhis band for playing themusic at the benefit.
Thanks to Arlene and
Bobby for collecting the din-ner money and to ALL theother numerous individualsthat donated items or boughtitems at the raffle. To all thosewho have sent flowers, getwell cards and wishes or justdropped a few coins in thecollection can to benefit theWeavers and all the incomingmedical bills. To EVERYONEthat sent countless prayersand positive thoughts, it hasbeen a blessing.
A small ray of sunshinebrings some hope to our lives,because of you.
Words fail us, but the folksin Brighton have not. Wewish we had the words toexpress our appreciation foryour gifts, kindness andthoughtfulness.
MAY GOD BLESS YOUALL. The Weaver Family
Pets need urgent care, tooDear editor:
An old adage says wisdomcomes with old age ...hmmmm.
My wisdom apparentlydidn't get that memo. I'mprobably as old as I'm goingto get statistic-wise, yet all Ihave is forgetfulness, a con-stant need for naps and ahead full of opinions on avariety of things that need tobe heard, at least in my opin-ion (or did I say that?).
What little wisdom I hadwas used six months agowhen I stated rather firmly Ithought, that as the popula-tion of Brighton was increas-ing in leaps and bounds sowould the number of pets.Therefore:
Brighton needs an urgent-care facility for pets and ameans to transport them24/7.
For one reason or another... traffic, age, disability, livingalone, etc., countlessBrightonians are unable todrive and to give the care and
love that the pets deserve. Make no mistake: These
pets are part of the familiesand probably have been foryears.
The city needs a fewpet/taxi cabs also that couldtake the owners and pets forgrooming, to the vets whenneeded, etc.
So how would all of this bepaid for, you ask?
Well, I don't know! Askthe powers that be (whichobviously I ain't one).
I would hope that the citycould subsidize some, maybea yearly insurance from theowners for actual services, sheesh, do I have to do every-thing ... know all theanswers?
I furnished the opinion,you know! (Sorry, I get crab-by when I miss my nap). Justfoolin and hoping that some-one sees the need and hassome suggestions.
Euterpeans to award scholarship
March 20, 2014 Brighton Banner 3
Three seek seat in Mountain Districtbudgets, applies for grants,creates the board agenda andminutes, writes official docu-ments and is a well knownproponent for common senseand logical fire codes thatserve to protect people with-out being excessive.
Green also has served aspresident of the CanterburyHOA in Littleton from 2006-2008. He and his son areactive with the Boy ScoutTroop 613 in Golden.
It is my hope to bring toUnited Power the same dedi-cation and leadership Ibrought to the GGFPD. As aGGFPD board member I amcurrently working with bothJefferson County and UnitedPower employees on differentprojects. These relationshipswill serve me well if electedto United Power. As a 40-yearColorado resident, I know thestate very well. I am bilingualand hope to use this in aidingall United Power members.
Mountain District Lynn Hirshman
Lynn Hirshman is a con-sultant, writer and editorwith her company, TulugaqConsulting. She provideswriting and editing servicesto local newspapers, as wellas editing for ThomsonReuters. Her consulting workincludes work in the areas ofsolar energy policy; her pastconsulting included childwelfare, custody matters andparenting. Her past experi-ence includes working as theexecutive director for theColorado Solar EnergyIndustries Association,human services director forthe Quileute Tribe inWashington, and as directorof the Gilpin CountyDepartment of Health andHuman Services.
She earned a Bacelor ofArts in english/creative writ-ing from Roosevelt Universityin Chicago, and a mastersdegree in psychology fromthe University of Regina inRegina, Saskatchewan. Shealso earned several certifica-tions through McGillUniversity ManagementInstitute in Montreal, Quebec.
Hirshman is a member ofthe Peak-to-Peak Rotary Club.She is a past member of theColorado Renewable EnergySociety, the Solar EnergyIndustries Association, andthe Gilpin Clear Creek EnergyAction Group, as well as theMorgan County and GreaterColorado Springs chambersof commerce. She also is apast member of the ColoradoSocial Service DirectorsAssociation and the ColoradoPublic Health Association.Her extensive work and civicservice in Canada includesorganizations promoting race
relations, mental health andvictim services. She served asa school trustee (equivalent toschool board member) on theIqaluit Education Councilfrom 1994-1996.
As someone who has beena driver in the field of renew-able energy (as director of theColorado Solar EnergyIndustries Association in2007-2008), and who consid-ers herself a prudentguardian of the Earth, I hopeto bring United Power in linewith the essential move awayfrom fossil fuels and towardthe new energy economy. Thefuture of energy in this coun-try is inevitably towardrenewables, and with oursunny skies and consistentwind in United Powers terri-tory, we have every reason tosteer our co-op in the direc-tion of supporting solar andwind power.
Mountain District Douglas Pryce
Douglas Doug Pryce, theincumbent director in theMountain District, is retiredafter several decades as a self-employed attorney and busi-ness consultant. He alsoworked as an actuarial ana-lyst, was a managing partnerwith a radio station, andworked as staff director forthe Colorado Public InterestResearch Group. He earnedhis Bachelor of Science inmath from Tufts University inBoston, and his law degreefrom the University of SantaClara in California.
Pryce has served on UnitedPowers board since 1990.During his tenure he hasserved as the board presidentfor four years and as vicepresident for two years. Heserved as United Powersdirector on the Tri-StateGeneration and Transmissionboard for 10 years and asUnited Powers director onthe Colorado Rural ElectricAssociation for five years. Heserved as director on thenational Touchstone EnergyBoard of Directors for sixyears. He is a past member ofthe Colorado Bar Association.He served as a director forthe Metro North Chamber ofCommerce, and as a memberof the Northwest Chamber ofCommerce. He served as adirector for the Coal CreekCanyon Park and RecreationDistrict, including serving aschairman. He is a past direc-tor for the Coal Creek CanyonImprovement Association,and served as president andsecretary for the organization.
United Power has success-fully held down rates whilemaintaining reliable servicethat our competition cannotmatch. That claim is notpuffery. Its based on servicemeasurements reported byeach of the electric compa-
nies. We have also seizedopportunities to incorporaterenewable energy, planningfor a future that we canproudly hand down to ourkids and grandkids. Creditbelongs to our team ofemployees who understandthe satisfaction of a job welldone. Their enthusiasmresults in great service to ourmembers. If re-elected, I willcontinue to encourage thatenthusiasm, and supportUnited Powers commitmentto outstanding service.
West District Virginia A. Buczek
Virginia Ginny Buczek, isthe incumbent director in theWest District, and currentlyworks part time in designreview. Her work experienceincludes managing a hard-ware store, head buyer andmerchandiser for a chain ofhome centers, and as a keyaccounts manager. Sheattended Red RocksCommunity College, study-ing accounting and businessmanagement. Buczek earnedthe Credentialed CooperativeDirector designation and herBoard Leadership certificatefrom the National RuralElectric CooperativeAssociation.
Buczek has been on theUnited Power board since2008, and is currently presi-dent of the United Powerboard. During her tenure shealso has served as the vicepesident and secretary/treas-urer. Buczek is UnitedPowers director for theColorado Rural ElectricAssociation, and was a dele-gate to Basin Generation andTransmission. She served onthe Weld County Council, theTechnical Committee for theSouthwest Weld Study, andon the Tri-area AmbulanceBoard of Directors.
She has been active in herhometown, serving on theFirestone PlanningCommission, the FirestoneBoard of Trustees, and ascommissioner for theFirestone Park Commission.She served as a United PowerRound-Up Foundation direc-tor. She has been active inmany civic groups, including4-H, Girl Scouts, Relay forLife, Neighborhood Watch,and at Frederick High School.
The electric industry ischanging; presenting newopportunities and challenges.It is the responsibility ofdirectors to contribute to deci-sions resulting in a focusedplan to maximize opportuni-ties and mitigate challenges.Ensuring safe, reliable, cost-efficient electrical power,maintaining quality service tomeet the needs of all UnitedPower members, and plan-ning for the future are funda-mental board duties. I have
been committed to the UnitedPower community for 23years. Combining my UnitedPower experience and skillsdeveloped through employ-ment community service most important, listening toyou, the members/owners, Iwill diligently work to servethe best interests of the mem-bers. I would be honored toserve you, the members, foranother term. East District James DeLisi
James Jim DeLisi is anelectrical foreman supervisingproject work at Buckley AirForce Base.
His career includes manag-ing United States interestsoverseas, extensive contractwork with many governmen-tal agencies, providing electri-cal work and alarm systemcompliance. He also workedas a project engineer for theconstruction of the interna-tional runway at DenverInternational Airport.
DeLisi earned an advancedcertificate in computer net-working from the Universityof Colorado-Denver, and hisBachelor of Science in com-puter information systemsfrom Metropolitan StateUniversity of Denver (summacum laude).
DeLisi is a current memberof the InternationalBrotherhood of ElectricalWorkers (L.U. 68 -I.B.E.W.).He serves on the PheasantRidge CommunityArchitectural DesignCommittee, in Brighton.
DeLisi worked with UnitedPower in the beginning stagesof the ground-source heatpump program in 1985 and,as a Founders Club Member,investing in United PowersSol Partners CommunitySolar Farm.
As a director I wouldbring relevant experiences asa master electrician andFacilities Manager to improveingenuity and innovation thatwill allow members to saveenergy through UnitedPowers programs and servic-es. I offer relevant certifica-tions in energy technologiesas well as business and tech-nical background to supportcutting edge programs andoperational decision-making.I value the way United Powerserves its members and givesback to the community. Iwould very much like to be apart of that continuing tradi-tion of innovation and serv-ice, helping membersembrace the benefits of eco-nomical, environmentallyresponsible use of electricity.
East District James Vigesaa
James Vigesaa is theincumbent director in the EastDistrict. He is the CEO and
owner of BVB GeneralContractors.
He earned his Bachelor ofScience degree in constructionmanagement from theUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is an Army veter-an of the Nebraska NationalGuard.
Vigesaa has served onUnited Powers Board ofDirectors since 2011. He ischairman of the BrightonEconomic DevelopmentCorp., and serves on theBrighton Lodging TaxAdvisory Board. He is amember of the Fort Luptonand Southwest Weld Countychambers of commerce.
I would like to thank themembers for the opportunityto have served you as yourdirector in the East District.The past three years havebeen great for United Power.
With our commitment tocost-effective green/alterna-tive energy we have broughtonto our system: the 3 -megawatt Trash to Gas sta-tion at the Erie Landfill; the 2-MW Hangar 160 solar panelfield; and the 3-MW BluBoxwaste gas-capture turbinegeneration system, in addi-tion to continuing our 1 MWsmall rooftop solar and SolPartners Community SolarFarm program.
United Power is a strongteam of the 11-Member boardof directors, our CEO/seniormanagement staff, and themore than 160 great employ-ees who make it happen.With all of our commitmentto cost effectiveness, we havemanaged no rate increase formost members this year, andfor the third year in a row wehave returned $3.5 million inCapital Credits back to ourmembers. Looking ahead, Iask for the opportunity tocontinue to serve you on theboard to increase ourgreen/alternative energyefforts, our cost effectivenesson rates and continuedrefund of Capital Credits.
South District Fidel Balderas
Fidel Balderas is the man-ager/owner and drivinginstructor at 1st ChoiceDriving Academy. He isretired from School District27J, where he was the printshop supervisor nearly threedecades.
He is a graduate ofBrighton High School.
Balderas serves on theBrighton PlanningCommission.
Fidel is a member of St.Augustine Catholic Church.He is currently a member ofthe Brighton Kiwanis club,
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4 Brighton Banner March 20, 2014
TodaySenior Wellness Clinic, Eagle ViewAdult Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by appoint-ment; health promotion and disease pre-vention with Visiting Nurses Associationfor adults 55-plus; optional foot care is$25; appointments required, 303-655-2075
Free Blood-pressure Screening,Eagle View Adult Center, 10:30-11:30a.m.; performed by Brighton Firefighters
Yoga, Platte Valley Medical Center Con-ference Center, 12:15-12:50 p.m.; $6drop-in rate; certified instructor. Bringyour mat, info 303-498-1840.
Pilates Mat Class, Platte Valley MedicalCenter Conference Center, 5:15-6 p.m.;increase strength, tone, flexibility, stami-na, overall fitness and health, taught bylicensed physical therapist and certifiedPilates instructor, $9 per class, 303-498-1840
Vernal Equinox Walk, Barr Lake StatePark, 6:30 p.m.; Explore the lake atdusk; the wildlife is responding to thecoming of spring. Discover thesechanges while on a vernal equinox walkto the gazebo, start and end at theNature Center, refreshments; for adultsand families with children age 6 and up.
Artists Salon, Main Street Creatives,36 S. Main St., 7 p.m.; Chuck Ceraso onthe ever-evolving experience of colorseeing; sponsored by Brighton CulturalArts and SCFD; RSVP to Judee at 303-654-0535
Exploring eBay, Anythink Brighton, 7-8p.m.; eBay is a site to find and sell usedand new items; learn to create anaccount, post items and how to bid; alsoabout PayPal and using eBay safely.Registration suggested.
FridaySenior Wellness Clinic, Eagle ViewAdult Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by appoint-ment; health promotion and disease pre-vention with Visiting Nurses Associationfor adults 55-plus; optional foot care is$25; appointments required, 303-655-2075
Arthritis and Your Joints, Eagle ViewAdult Center, noon-1 p.m.; Aaron Baxter,M.D., will talk about arthritis and itsaffect on joints, deadline March 19
SaturdayGuided Bird Walk, Barr Lake StatePark, 9 a.m.; grab your field guide andbinoculars (or borrow a set from thepark) and enjoy a morning of birding, alladult ability levels, 303-659-6005
Diabetes Group Education, Platte Val-ley Medical Center, 10 a.m.-noon; gainan understanding of diabetes, basicmanagement principles, a healthy mealplan with foods you like. Medicare andmost health plans cover all or part of thecost. Ask you doctor for a referral. Info,Cynthia Foster, R.D., 303-498-1699.
Cancer Support Group, Platte ValleyMedical Center, 11 a.m.-noon; for cancerpatients and their families, hosted in theOncology Clinic, suite 270, refresh-ments, RSVP 303-498-2200
Forever Plaid, Eagle View Adult Centertrip, 12:45 p.m.; The Plaids are comingto the Rialto Theater in Loveland; ahilarious quartet harmonize through theclassic hits; $15, no meal, deadlineMarch 5
Salsa Night with Quemando, 8:30p.m., at the Armory, 300 Strong St. Lis-ten and dance to Colorados premieresalsa band.Tickets $7 online, $10 at thedoor, buy tickets online at brightonarmory.org.
SundayChow Mein and Shrimp Dinner, 11a.m.-3 p.m. (while supplies last), AdamsCounty Regional Park. Everyone wel-come, take-out orders available. All tick-ets $12. New book, Our American Jour-ney: A History of the Brighton NiseiWomens Club and the BrightonJapanese American Association, byDaniel Blegen, will be on sale at theevent.
MondayToddler Tales, Anythink Brighton, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; stories, songs and fingerplays for kids 2-3, and some social timefor caregivers while the children play.RSVP online anythinklibraries.org
The Studio: 3-D Design and Printingwith 123-D Design Online, AnythinkBrighton, 10-11:30 a.m.; get more in-depth with 3-D image creation; how touse 123-D Design to create 3-D images;how to download the software, createimages and save, share or prepare toprint. An email address is required.RSVP online, anythinklibraries.org.
Music and Movement, AnythinkBrighton, 10:30-11 a.m.; Sing, dance,and learn how to play some basic instru-ments. For kids ages 2-6. RSVP onlineanythinklibraries.org
TuesdayIce Core Lab, Eagle View Adult Centertrip, 8:45 a.m.; visit the U.S. National IceCore Lab in Denver, a facility to store,curate and study ice core recoveredfrom the polar regions; scientists fromaround the world come to Denver toconduct experiments; bring a coat, hatand gloves as part of the tour is thefreezer; lunch on your own at BelmarShopping Center, $6 plus meal ($10+),deadline March 20
WednesdayBaby Bounce, Anythink Brighton, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; songs, rhymes and storiesfor babies and their caregivers. Forbirth-23 months. RSVP online anythinklibraries.org
Author Talk: Daniel Blegen, AnythinkBrighton, 10-11:30 a.m.; Join Daniel Ble-gen for an author talk and book signingfor Our American Journey: A History ofthe Brighton Nisei Womens Club andthe Brighton Japanese American Associ-ation.
Bonfils Blood Drive, Adams CountyGovernment Building, 4430 S. Adams
County Parkway, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,303-363-2300 for appointment
Primetime for Preschoolers, AnythinkBrighton, 10:30-11 a.m.; stories, fingerplays, songs and other fun activities justfor preschoolers. For ages 3-5. RSVPonline anythinklibraries.org
Cribbage Tournament, Eagle ViewAdult Center, 12:30 p.m.; prizes, refresh-ments; $4
The Studio: iMovie on the iPad, Any-think Brighton, 2:30-4 p.m.; Learn to useiMovie, Apples video editing program,on library iPads. Learn to edit clips andadd music, subtitles and other effects;for grades 6-12.
After-School Get Together: Pop TopWednesday, Anythink Brighton, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Create a bookmark orbracelet using ribbon and pop tops; forgrades K-5.
Yoga, Platte Valley Medical Center Con-ference Center, 4:45-5:20 p.m.; $6 drop-in rate; certified instructor. Bring yourmat, 303-498-1840.
Adams County Open Space Meeting,Fairgrounds Parks Meeting Rooms, 5-9p.m.
Colorado Eagles Hockey, Eagle ViewAdult Center trip, 5:15 p.m.; watch theminor-league ice hockey team play theUtah Grizzlies at the Budweiser EventCenter near Loveland; food available;dress warm, $22 plus food ($8+); dead-line March 7
Pilates Mat Class, Platte Valley MedicalCenter Conference Center, 5:45-6:30p.m.; increase strength, tone, flexibility,stamina, overall fitness and health,taught by licensed physical therapist andcertified Pilates instructor, $9 per class,303-498-1840
ThursdaySenior Wellness Clinic, Eagle ViewAdult Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by appoint-ment; health promotion and disease pre-vention with Visiting Nurses Associationfor adults 55-plus; optional foot care is$25; appointments required, 303-655-2075
Readers Theatre Performance, EagleView Adult Center, 11 a.m.; free
Yoga, Platte Valley Medical Center Con-ference Center, 12:15-12:50 p.m.; $6drop-in rate; certified instructor. Bringyour mat, info 303-498-1840.
Bunco, Eagle View Adult Center, 1:15-3:45 p.m.; Bunco is an easy game, learnit in 5 minutes; fun, refreshments, prizes,$4, deadline Tuesday before
Pilates Mat Class, Platte Valley MedicalCenter Conference Center, 5:15-6 p.m.;increase strength, tone, flexibility, stami-na, overall fitness and health, taught bylicensed physical therapist and certifiedPilates instructor, $9 per class, 303-498-1840
Basic Microsoft Excel 2010, AnythinkBrighton, 7-8 p.m.; Microsoft Excel 2010help sort information; save spread-sheets, manipulate cells; add and deletecells and learn to print and work withExcel files. Registration suggestedonline, anythinklibraries.org
Salsa Night with Quemando, 8:30p.m., Saturday. Listen and dance toColorados premiere salsaband.Tickets $7 online, $10 at thedoor, buy tickets online at brighton-armory.org.
Art at the Armory, featuring worksof DenverArtists.com, ongoing in theArmory auditorium. Artist reception7 p.m. March 28, featuring livemusic by Guitarasaurus andChordzilla.
Live stand-up comedy featuringSam Adams and special guest TroyWalker as the opening act, March29, 8:30 p.m. $15 online & boxoffice, $20 at the door. Buy ticketsonline at your tickets online atwww.brightonarmory.org.
The week aheadWord on the streetQuestion: Saturday (March 22 is National Goof-off Day, so what are you doing on Goof-off Day?(Asked at Platte Valley Medical Center Bistro)
By Elena Guerrero Townsend
Tell usSend your organizations public events firstname.lastname@example.org, or write toThe Banner, 315 StrongSt., Brighton, CO 80601
After 6 p.m. when I getoff of work, Im going
skateboarding. Rae Lundeen,
Lie in bed and watch(NCAA basketball) forMarch Madness. GoSun Devils!
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Go shopping. Kaylee Frazier,
My best friend is hav-ing a sleepover, so I amhanging out at hishouse.
Eagle View Adult Center menus March 24-28MondayItalian Sausage and White
Bean Stew; Zucchini AppleSalad; French Bread withMargarine; Fruit Cocktail; Fat-free Milk
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Police, firefighters take cuts for kids
Men, women andchildren fought
childrens cancerby shaving theirheads on Satur-
day duringBrightons St.
Baldricks Dayevent. Police, at
right, and fire-fighters led the
way toward rais-ing more than
$12,000 for thecause. The Thin
Blue Hairline team(with haircutters
from V-Cuts),right, raised themost as a team.
Fire Lt. Brian Oli-vas, far right, was
one fo the eventorganizers.
Lou Ellen Bromleyphotos
Police Sgt. Andre Perdomo,above, was the top individualfundraiser, at $2,000.At left: Police Public Informationofficer John Bradley donated hishair, cut by Dina Rael.Tyler Blunt, son of two FireDistrict staffers, tries a new look,courtesy of Megan Duran.Banner Press photos
The Brighton Police department will con-duct a DUI checkpoint on Saturday. Thecheckpoint is being made possible by LawEnforcement Assistance Fund Grant fundsreceived from the Colorado Department ofTransportation.
According to Sgt. Mark Kohn, Brightonofficers see the highest number of DUIarrests on Saturday nights. We want to dis-courage motorists from driving drunk orhigh and running the risk of ending up in asituation which can change lives dramatical-ly.
Brighton officers will stop every vehiclethat enters the checkpoint. The goal is tocause minimum disruption, while identify-ing motorists who are intoxicated by alcoholand drugs.
All of the officers on-scene are speciallytrained in detecting intoxicated drivers.
Police checkpointplanned Saturday
Wyatt Bromley andhis father, Officer
Shane Bromley,sport their new
stocking caps cov-ering their newly
shaved heads. Thecaps were hand-
made for theBrighton Police officers and the
children of officersby Melissa Rice, sis-ter of Officer Valerie
Lou Ellen Bromleyphoto for The Banner
6 Brighton Banner March 20, 2014
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Needed: caring, out going personwho loves working with youngchildren, (birth through 3 years
old) in a Christian setting. Wouldprefer applicant to be over the
age of 18 years, and have someexperience with young children.
There is a chance for extra hoursduring the week for special pro-
grams, classes, etc.. Pleasesend your resume and or experi-
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tion with phone number to:.Director of Children, Families
and Youth MinistriesFirst Presbyterian Church
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Its Balderas vs. Rose in Southwhere he has served on theboard of directors, he is amember of the Knights ofColumbus, and served aschancellor and is currentlythe treasurer. Balderas servedon the nego-tiationsteam and asunion presi-dent for theColoradoClassifiedSchoolEmployeesAssociation.
I seekelection to the United Powerboard to represent our com-munity, and to help with thefuture of renewable energy. Iwant to help guide UnitedPower through the future astechnology and energyresources change.
Given that life is a learn-ing experience, I will work toensure that I am well-informed with the latestinformation to help me workwith the Board of Directorsand make informed decisionswith the interest of UnitedPower customers in mind.
Given my work experi-ence as a School District 27Jemployee for 30 years, aproperty manager and busi-ness owner, I am committed
to work to continue the suc-cess of this great organizationand to provide for the needsof the communities thatUnited Power serves.
South District Dave Rose
Dave Rose and his wife,Wilma, have been very activefamily and community mem-bers in Brighton for 37 years.Rose served as an elementaryprincipal in the Brighton pub-lic schools for 32 years.
He currently is aConsultant for Hunger FreeColorado.Dave has abachelors,masters,and ED.S.degree ineducationadministra-tion.
Rose alsoserves as acommissioner on the BrightonUrban Renewal Authority, theAlmost Home Board ofDirectors and the CountyElected Officials Salaries StateCommission. Dave served onthe Brighton City Council as amayor and councilman for sixyears, Brightons Home RuleCharter Commission and onthe RTD Board of Directorsfor eight years. Rose is past
president and current mem-ber of the Brighton KiwanisClub.
I would like to be electedto the United Power Board ofDirectors so I can representthe interest of the total mem-bership on an impartial andfair basis. My family and Ihave been customers ofUnited Power since 1977, andhave been pleased over theyears with the reliable andaffordable energy provided tous and our community.
As a director I would putin the necessary time andcommitment to study theissues and make the best poli-cy decisions for the customersand employees of UnitedPower and keep the membersbest interests in mind. As aformer school principal and aformer elected official, I havethe administrative skills andpublic knowledge to be aneffective and responsivedirector. I continue to be veryactive in the community andstate through several boardsand commissions, and thathas prepared me to be able tomake difficult but necessaryadministrative, budgetary,and strategic planning deci-sions for United Power cus-tomers and staff members.
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An American story hashome address in Brighton
Brightons rich history hasadded not just another chap-ter recently, but anotherwhole book.
Our American Journey, AHistory of the Brighton NiseiWomens Club and the BrightonJapanese American Associationarrived from Outskirts Pressin November.
Former Brighton HighSchool English/journalismteacher Daniel Blegen is theauthor, but he quickly credit-ed Emi Chikuma a formerpresident of the BrightonNisei Womens Club andUnofficial BNWC/BJAAHistorian, for all the thingsshe kept and all the contactsshe had.
She wished she couldhave written something like(Our American Journey). butshe was helpful in facilitatingmy research and my writing,Blegen said.
She died March 20, 2013, ayear ago today.
Anyone who has alreadyread Our American Journeydidnt have to read too far torealize it is a local story aboutthe American Dream, andBlegens research took himback to the 1890s when theJapanese-American storybegan by crossing an ocean to
find a better life. For many,that quest led them to thePlatte Valley in Colorado.
Others, such as Bob Sakataand his brother Harry, contin-ued the quest during WorldWar II, finding farming inColorado as a way out of aninternment camp in Topaz,Utah.
The book is easily engagingfor anyone who has been inBrighton for even a shorttime, as the reader recognizes
the names of prominent,active Brighton residents whomight even live next door.
Everyone seems to like it,Blegen said of the reaction tothe book. He said the BJAAHistory Committee, headedby Joanna Sakata, read themanuscripts and their com-ments were glowing, Blegensaid.
He also relished the praisefrom 9News anchor AdeleArakawa and former 9Newsreporter Adam Schrager, whowrote about a different angleon the Japanese-Americanplight, The PrincipledPolitician: The Ralph CarrStory, about the Coloradogovernor who welcomed agroup of Americans whobecame outcasts even as someserved in the U.S. armedservices in World War II.
Blegen will sign copies ofhis book, for sale Sunday dur-ing the annual BJAA ChowMein and Shrimp Dinner, 11a.m.-3 p.m. at the WaymireDome Building at the AdamsCounty Fairgrounds.Proceeds from the dinner andthe book are reinvested incommunity organizations inBrighton, one more contribu-tion from a group of proudAmericans.
Chow Mein and Shrimp Dinner11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fairgrounds
Big bird in the handGene Albright of Natures Educators holds a turkey vulture out-side Hughs Jewelers, 731 E. Bridge St., on Saturday. Five birdswere on display to give Hughs customers an up-close view of theraptors, to help raise awarenss and funds for the educationalorganization. Banner Press photo
Vanita M. ScollinVanita M. Scollin, 85, of
Brighton, died March 18 inher home. She was born Aug.15, 1928, in Rifle to Fred andMary (Klein) Michel. Shegraduated from high schoolin Rifle, where she earned theBoettcher Scholarship andlater married LeRoy Scollinon March 31, 1950, in Rifle.
Vanita worked for a brieftime for the Bureau of LandManagement in Rifle beforemoving to Greeley in theearly 1950s. She moved inBrighton in 1956 where sheremained until 1972, movingthen to Independence, Mo.,then back to Brighton in 1980.Vanita then moved to GrandJunction in 1991 and backagain to Brighton in 2004.
Survivors include daugh-ters Mary Mae (Richard)Preston of Lees Summit, Mo.,and Linda Scollin of Brighton;sister Ramona Clinton ofPalisade; four grandchildrenand 10 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death byher husband, LeRoy, in 2004;son, Mike, in 1990; and sisterEleanora.
Per Vanitas request, noservices will be held. Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is han-dling the arrangements.
Ray E. Oldham Ray E. Oldham, 81, of
Brighton, died March 17 inDenver. He was born July 20,1932, in Pee Dee, Mo., toJames and Anna (Holt)Oldham. He graduated fromhigh school in Liberty, Mo.,and later married BonitaStubbs on July 5, 1951, inWray. He served in the Armyfrom 1952 to 1954.
He has lived in theBrighton area since 1955,where he worked for manyyears for Green Bros. Oil Co.and Exide Batteries for about10 years. He also attended theBrighton United MethodistChurch.
Ray loved car racing atLakeside Speedway and play-ing pool. He loved the Chiefs,the Royals and the Cardinals.He enjoyed spending time atthe Eagle View Adult Centerin Brighton where he playedPinochle and Cribbage onTuesdays and Wednesdays.He also loved doing cross-word puzzles and playingYahtzee.
Survivors include his wife,Bonita, of Brighton; childrenRaymond (Terri) Oldham ofWillard, Mo., Ron Oldham ofThornton and Terry (Scott)Hutchings of Brighton; andfive grandchildren.
He was preceded in deathby his brothers Clifford,Wilmath, Joe and James; andsisters Ruth and Dorothy.
Visitation, 5-8 p.m. Sundayat Tabor-Rice Funeral Home.Funeral service, 11 a.m.Monday at Brighton United
Methodist Church. Gravesideservice will follow at 1:30p.m. at Fort Logan NationalCemetery, Staging Area B.
Memorial contributions canbe made to the BrightonUnited Methodist Church,625 S. Eighth Ave., Brighton,CO 80601. Tabor-Rice FuneralHome is handling thearrangements.
Dennis R. QuirkDennis Raymond Quirk,
64, of Brighton, died March13. He was born in Tulsa,Okla., to Willard andMargaret (Tompkins) Quirk.Dennis grew up in Greeley.He graduated from GreeleyCentral High School andColorado State University. In1971, he married CharleneHuszar. They had one daugh-ter, Debbie.
Dennis was an electricalengineer in North Carolinaand Massachusetts. InColorado, he was a self-employed printer/publisherin Estes Park and mail-orderwood crafts in Greeley.
He loved his family, wood-working and crafts, music,photography and the moun-tains, especially RockyMountain National Park.
Dennis is survived by hiswife, Charlene; daughterDebbie (Bobby) Marr; grand-daughters Makaela and Kylie;and sisters Marsha Tuckerand Bev Krol.
Celebration of Dennis' life,11 a.m. today at FlatironsCommunity Church inLafayette.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Homeis handling arrangements.
Hector Luis Marin Hector Luis Marin, 6, of
Brighton died March 12. Hewas born in San Joaquin,Calif., to Oscar MotaMartinez and Lorena PerezHernandez and had attendedSoutheast Elementary Schoolfor a short period of time.
Hector is survived by hisparents, Oscar and LorenaMartinez; sister EstrellaDaniela Perez of Mexico;paternal grandfather TrinidadZotelo Mota of Mexico, andmaternal grandparents JoseLuis and Clementina Mesa ofMexico.
Visitation was March 16followed by the Rosary serv-ice, both at Tabor-RiceFuneral Home. Mass ofChristian burial was Mondayat St. Augustine CatholicChurch. Interment atFairview Cemetery. Tabor-Rice Funeral Home is han-dling the arrangements.
James Thompson James William Thompson,
66, died March 13, surround-ed by his wife, kids andgrandchildren, just the wayhe wanted it. He was bornFeb. 12, 1948, to William and
Ester Thompson in Brighton.He spent most of his life inthe Fort Lupton, Brighton andCommerce City area, andgraduated from Fort LuptonHigh school. After highschool, he joined the Marinesand went to Camp Pendletonin San Diego for boot camp.He served three tours inVietnam as a fuel sergeant,and was discharged from theMarines in 1970.
He married Charlene Dilleron April 28, 1973. They hadfour children: Ted, Jason, Willand Jennifer. His nine grand-children were the excitementin his life and he could notget enough of them. Jamesworked with Shamrock FoodServices for 36 years, andretired after driving 3 millionmiles accident free.
He enjoyed camping, fish-ing and hunting and manymemorable family moments.
His children report thatJames was an incrediblystrong man, he was a fighter.He was diagnosed with can-cer more than once andfought with everything hehad. He was not one to giveup, to his last breath.
He loved his family. Heloved his grandchildren. Inthe last days of his life, hewas surrounded by all ofthem. He said he was happymany times during thosedays. In the last few days ofhis life he got to see all of hisfamily and loved ones thatmade him truly happy. He isno longer in pain.
A family friend thatstopped by during this timesaid it perfectly: While I waswith you yesterday I wasstruck by just life. All theseyoung brilliant, beautiful littlekids running around in ahouse very full of life, almostironically saying a very sadgoodbye to the man that ulti-mately made it all possible,along with your super strongand courageous mom.
James is survived by hiswife of 40 years, CharleneThompson; sons Ted, Jason,Willie (Tina) and daughterJennifer (Carl); nine grand-children Sydney Ann,Theodore, Jacob, Harley,Garrett, Justin, Emily, Kaitlynand Laurissa; three sisters,one brother and numerousbrothers-in-law, sisters-in-law,nieces and nephews.
Funeral services wereWednesday at Tabor-RiceFuneral Home. Intermentwas at Mizpah Cemetery inPlatteville.
Ann S. Lindsey Ann S. Lindsey was born
June 3, 1911, to Daniel andMollie Stahley in a sod houseat Fox, near Kirk. She died atAvamere Care Center inBrighton on March 7, justthree months shy of her 103rdbirthday.
Ann was proud of herSwiss and first-generationSwedish heritage. She toldeveryone the story of hermother as a small child com-ing to America with her fami-ly, and their ship sinking inthe Atlantic after hitting aniceberg. A cattle ship heardthe distress whistles andtransported all passengerswith only the clothes on theirbacks to Philadelphia.
Ann and her parents andthree brothers, Paul, Sam andJoe, moved to a farm east ofYuma about 1915. She hadstories of trains passingthrough the country and theywould spark prairie fires. Thefamily was always alert andfought the fires with wetgunny sacks. She remem-bered the Pandemic flu of1918 that also spread likewildfire. She said they neversaw a doctor as he was proba-bly also ill. They lost friendsand neighbors, but her familysurvived. She saw the worldchange from horse-and-buggyto space travel and cellphones.
After Ann graduated fromYuma High School sheattended Parks BusinessSchool in Denver and workedas a secretary in Denver andSteamboat Springs beforereturning to Yuma County.Ann worked for the FarmLand Bank in Wray and Yumafor M.A. Higgins Land Co.,and attorney Webb Martin.She had her eye on a con-firmed bachelor, BoydLindsey, when he was work-ing for Earl Fritts at the mensstore.
Ann caught Boyds eye andthey were married andmoved to Omaha, Neb., dur-ing World War II. Boyd was awelder at the Martin BomberPlant. Toward the end of thewar, Boyd, Ann and theirbaby son, Danny, returned toYuma and Boyd built theYuma Cleaners that theyoperated until 1974. Theirdaughter, Joy, was born in1952. After Boyd died in 1978,Ann moved to Brighton.
Ann was never at a loss forhobbies, clubs and activitiesand had a wide circle offriends. She loved her coffeetime at the restaurants in bothYuma and Billies in Brighton.She was a member of theProgressive Womens Club,Eastern Star, Sew and So Club(she said very little sewingwas done), Presbyterian
Sunday School teacher,Brownie scout leader, playedbaseball with Dan andfriends, and writing jinglesthat won her many prizes,including a color TV, rare in1960, Rock Hound Club, stud-ied graphoanalysis (welearned to change our hand-writing so she wouldnt learntoo much about us), went toNortheast Junior College inSterling to study computersand art appreciation, trips toBlack Hawk with the seniorsand studied metaphysics for50 years. Her favorite clubswere Domestic Dozen (shesaid they were not verydomestic) and the Art Guild.She loved painting, especiallywatercolor and many haveher paintings in their homes.
Of all the interests Annhad, her greatest love wastalking; she wove a tapestryof words that still hangs overNortheast Colorado. Ann wasable to live independently inher home, go to Billiesrestaurant, do her own shop-ping and work several hoursa week for a contractor at theAdams County Courthouseuntil she was 100 years old.
She always had a poem athand to recite at any givenmoment:
Pleasant Travelers,Life is like a journey on a
train,With two fellow travelers
at each window pane.I may sit beside you all the
journey through,Or I may sit elsewhere,
never knowing you.But should fate mark me to
sit by your side,Lets be pleasant travelers
tis so short a ride!Ann was preceded in death
by her husband, Boyd; andbrothers Paul, Sam and Joe.She is survived by her son,Fred Buck or Dan (Marie)Lindsey of Golden, anddaughter, Joy (Gary) Curtis ofPeyton. The family appreci-ates all of her friends and thepeople who took excellentand kind care of her atAvamere in Brighton andFront Range Hospice.
Memorial contributionsmay be sent to Front RangeHospice, P.O. Box 724, Erie,CO 80516, or Avamere ofBrighton, 2025 E. Egbert St.,Brighton, CO 80601. Privatefamily services will be held ata later date. Tabor-RiceFuneral Home is handling thearrangements.
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8 Brighton Banner March 20, 2014
By Michelle Boyerfor The Banner
Bulldogs baseball is in fullswing as the team climbs to a3-0 record to start the 2014regular season.
The team traveled to GrandJunction, where it cruisedpast Fruita, 10-8, outscoredPalisade 10-2, and shut-outGrand Junction, 10-0.
The start of the season hasbeen great, Coach Ray Garzasaid. I feel we didnt playvery well the first two games,but the third game againstGrand Junction we playedvery solid. We played gooddefense, and had good pitch-ing and hitting. We beat avery good team in GrandJunction.
Garza said the strength ofthe baseball program lies inthe pitching staff and the sen-ior leadership. The assistantcoaches this season are ToddReynolds, Byron Wiehe andJosh Mondragon.
All 11 seniors will be veryhelpful in the success of theteam this year, he said.Each one of them will becontributors, and I want themto understand that.
Seniors on the team are TJEgloff, Caden Pratt, ShaneGolderman, Cole DeShazer,Cole Davis, Tanner Pepin, TyArchuleta, Brian Kelley,Cameron Martinez and KyleEverett.
Seven seniors already havesigned letters of intent withcolleges, and four are still inthe process of acceptingoffers. DeShazer (HastingsCollege, Neb.); Egloff(Hutchinson CommunityCollege, Kan.); Kelley(Western NebraskaCommunity College); Pratt(Trinidad State CommunityCollege); James Smith(Trinidad State CommunityCollege); Davis (Garden CityCommunity College, Kan.);Pepin (Itasca CommunityCollege, Minn.).
My No. 1 goal this year isto get the kids to still believein my abilities as a coach,
Garza said. Everyone out-side the box is always criticiz-ing. The team needs tobelieve in what were tryingto do as a program.
Were family, and we needto stick together. I want tochange the culture and theway the kids think theyvegot talent.
This season the team willplay at Coors Field againstCentaurus on April 26 at 10a.m. Admission is free. Theteam is still actively sellingtickets to select Rockiesgames. People can contactany BHS baseball player orcoach for additional ticketdetails or go to the teams
website, brightonbaseball.net.Funds raised from the sale
of the Rockies tickets go tohelp the baseball programpurchase needed trainingequipment, pay for the indoorrental facility, which replacesa district-provided buildingwhere pipes froze, AssistantCoach Todd Reynolds said.The money aids the team inpaying for coaches hotelrooms and team vans whenthe team travels to Arizonaduring spring break (nextweek).
The biggest reason forparticipating in the Rockiesticket sales is that it allowsour players to play at Coors
Field. Its a very special eventfor us during the year. Thememories everyone walksaway with are life-lasting andnot just for the players, butfor their families, friends andsupporters of BHS baseball.
Reynolds said former BHSbaseball player Zach Nance isassisting the junior varsityteam this year with CoachSteve Guccione and Pat Tabor.However, all of the BHScoaches work with all ourteams so our entire programsfrom varsity to C-team arelearning from Zach,Reynolds said.
Nance attended CochiseCommunity College inArizona, where he played inthe outfield. Last yearCochise played in the JuniorCollege World Series inGrand Junction. After thatexperience, Nance graduatedfrom Cochise CommunityCollege and made the deci-sion to return to Brighton.
Our baseball program isbenefitting from Zachs returnto Brighton, and desire tobring his college experienceback home, Reynolds said.He brings a young perspec-tive to our program that ourplayers understand and arereceptive to.
Brighton travels to Phoenixto play Greenway HighSchool on Monday at 7 p.m.
Bulldogs make pitch for strong season
Brightons Connor Reynolds tries a sweep tag on teammate Ty Archuleta at second base during a practicegame Saturday at Duke White Field. Michelle Boyer photo for The Banner
Prep sports this weekToday: PVHS baseball at Faith Christ-ian, 4 p.m.PVHS girls soccer vs. Thornton, 7 p.m.BHS girls tennis at Adams City, 4 p.m.BHS girls soccer vs. Northglenn, 6 p.m.Friday: PVHS lacrosse at Gateway, 4p.m.Saturday: PVHS baseball at Liberty, 10a.m.PVHS track invitational at Roosevelt,TBA
BHS boys swimming invitational vs.TBA, 8 a.m.
Scores:Boys BaseballColumbine 10, BHS 7PVHS 7, Overland 4PVHS 4, Erie 3Boys LacrosseFossil Ridge 17, PVHS 0
Girls SoccerNiwot 2, BHS 1Longmont 1, BHS 0Smoky Hill 5, BHS 0BHS Girls TennisBHS 5, Rangeview 2Horizon 5, BHS 2BHS 6, Northglenn 1Windsor 7, PVHS 0PVHS 5, Gateway 2
Prairie View first baseman Mitch Ortega attempts to tag out Erie'sKyle Blount as he returns to the base on Saturday during theThunderhawks 4-3 home victory against Erie. The victory boostedPVHSs record to 3-0. Michelle Boyer photo for The Banner
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