The Villager Newspaper http://www.villagerpublishing.com Your Community Connection for Local News Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:42:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Digital Edition – 9.18.14 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/digital-edition-9-18-14/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/digital-edition-9-18-14/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:42:56 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67094 You need to be logged in to see this part of the content. Please Login to access.

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GOP flocks to new ViewHouse http://www.villagerpublishing.com/gop-flocks-new-viewhouse/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/gop-flocks-new-viewhouse/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:57:32 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67075 By Bob Sweeney   Centennial’s new Viewhouse restaurant, managed by former Cool River manager Joe Madril, was the site of a flood of Republicans to launch the new Arapahoe County Republican Breakfast Club. Newly appointed President Mryon Spanier served as chairman and welcomed the group of 100 plus to the new organization and location. There […]

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Centennial City Councilwoman Kathy Turley, Ruth Prendergast, Bob Beauprez and Karl Strecher

Centennial City Councilwoman Kathy Turley, Ruth Prendergast, Bob Beauprez and Karl Strecher

By Bob Sweeney  

Matt Crane and Joy Hoffman

Matt Crane and Joy Hoffman

Centennial’s new Viewhouse restaurant, managed by former Cool River manager Joe Madril, was the site of a flood of Republicans to launch the new Arapahoe County Republican Breakfast Club.

Newly appointed President Mryon Spanier served as chairman and welcomed the group of 100 plus to the new organization and location. There was standing room only as Republicans came out in mass to support the new organization.

The Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club called it “quits” in August and decided to change from weekly to monthly, move from Garcia’s to the new ViewHouse location at the site of the former Trail Dust building on Clinton Street, and to take the male label off of the 37-year-old club.

Spanier hailed Mort Marks for founding the club, along with Littleton’s Dick Dittemore and elected official Jim Reeves.

World War II veteran Mort Marks and Edie were centerstage and Mort told one of his famous jokes at the conclusion of the Wednesday morning meeting. Approaching his 90th birthday, The Villager columnist has written his opinions and jokes for the past 30 years, winning numerous awards.

Bob Beauprez and Liberty Day founder Andy McKean

Bob Beauprez and Liberty Day founder Andy McKean

The new club hosted headliners Congressman Mike Coffman and gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.

Congressman Coffman, no stranger to the organization, spoke very briefly. Coffman has lived in Aurora his entire life, serving in the legislature and as state treasurer prior to being elected to Congress.  His colleagues have witnessed his two tours of active duty as a Marine in Iraq.

Coffman observed that he is facing a handpicked candidate, selected by Nancy Pelosi, who moved into his district to run against him.

He asked for support saying, “Let’s fight, and let’s win.”

Candidate Bob Beauprez commented on the early morning traffic and observed that that was something a good governor could do something about.

Addressing renewable energy, he related that the people in western Colorado were outraged over the governor’s new renewable energy requirements and that he had signed the bill into law over the objections of Western Slope citizens who told him, “Don’t do it.”

Beauprez spoke about the negative impact on the coal industry in western and northwestern Colorado from the governor’s energy policies.  He believes that Colorado’s high-quality coal is a very efficient source of energy.

“We should celebrate the coal industry, not punish it,” he said.

Beauprez pledged that on his first day in office he would issue an executive order freezing all non-essential regulations and begin a review of state agencies and their functions. He described government regulations as a heavy load around the neck of business with more than 969 state regulations in effect.

“I will open the state for business again,” he said.

Lastly, he stressed the importance of public safety and that this was a major leadership role for a governor.

Casey Kemp with Attorney General candidate Cynthia Coffman                                                          Photos by Bob Sweeney

Casey Kemp with Attorney General candidate Cynthia Coffman Photos by Bob Sweeney

In a brief question and answer period, he was asked his stance on immigration and he outlined securing the border, reforming existing immigration laws to make it easier for legal entry into the United States, and enforcing current employment laws and regulations.

The next meeting of the group is Oct. 1, with guest speaker Floyd Ciruli, independent election analyst, who will give his assessment of the campaign one month before the Nov. 4 election.   Mail ballots are being mailed countywide the second week of October.

Breakfast is $15 and annual dues are $5 a year with membership open to all.  Monthly meetings begin at 6:45 a.m.

County Treasurer Matt Crane with Governor candidate Bob Beauprez, both standing, greet Men’s Club founder Mort Marks.

County Treasurer Matt Crane with Governor candidate Bob Beauprez, both standing, greet Men’s Club founder Mort Marks.

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National Western Stock Show tickets on sale now http://www.villagerpublishing.com/national-western-stock-show-tickets-sale-now/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/national-western-stock-show-tickets-sale-now/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:12:54 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67073 109th annual event Jan. 10-25, 2015  It’s not too early to start thinking about the National Western Stock Show. Tickets to the Jan. 10-25, 2015, show went on sale tomorrow Sept. 13.  Once again, Stock Show guests will receive FREE parking in all NWSS lots across the complex grounds and outlying lots. The 2015 Stock Show […]

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It’s not too early to start thinking about the National Western Stock Show. Tickets to the Jan. 10-25, 2015, show went on sale tomorrow Sept. 13.  Once again, Stock Show guests will receive FREE parking in all NWSS lots across the complex grounds and outlying lots.

The 2015 Stock Show will include all the traditions of the West with the “Super Bowl” of Livestock Shows, world-class Horse Shows, professional Rodeos, Mutton Bustin, Super Dogs, and more than 300 events, activities, exhibits and shopping  that are included in a Grounds Admission ticket.  Grounds Admission ticket prices start at just $10 for adults, $2 for kids 3-11 years old, and are FREE to kids 2

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Denver social media marketing group celebrates 5th birthday http://www.villagerpublishing.com/denver-social-media-marketing-group-celebrates-5th-birthday/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/denver-social-media-marketing-group-celebrates-5th-birthday/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:11:21 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67070 Just a few months after the real-world advent of social media marketing, Denver marketing agency Webolutions founded a Denver social media marketing Meetup group.  On Friday, Sept. 19, that group, Social Marketing for Business – Join the Conversation!, celebrates its fifth birthday. With nearly 1,400 online members, the group has grown to be the largest […]

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Group founder and Webolutions CEO John Vachalek. Courtesy photo

Group founder and Webolutions CEO John Vachalek. Courtesy photo

Just a few months after the real-world advent of social media marketing, Denver marketing agency Webolutions founded a Denver social media marketing Meetup group.  On Friday, Sept. 19, that group, Social Marketing for Business – Join the Conversation!, celebrates its fifth birthday.

With nearly 1,400 online members, the group has grown to be the largest in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the largest in the entire world. On average, approximately 50 business owners and marketers attend the monthly events at the South Metro Denver Chamber. Many participate in ongoing online conversations on the group’s Facebook page, Google+ community and on Twitter using the group’s Hashtag #SMGDenver. The group has

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Romanoff marks 48th birthday http://www.villagerpublishing.com/romanoff-marks-48th-birthday/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/romanoff-marks-48th-birthday/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:09:42 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67065 Andrew Romanoff, the Democratic candidate in the 6th Congressional District, marked his 48th birthday on Aug. 23 with a party and campaign event in Centennial Center Park.

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Romanoff supporters and fellow Democratic hopefuls listen as the 6th District candidate shares his birthday wishes for November.

Romanoff supporters and fellow Democratic hopefuls listen as the 6th District candidate shares his birthday wishes for November.

Andrew Romanoff, the Democratic candidate in the 6th Congressional District, marked his 48th birthday on Aug. 23 with a party and campaign event in Centennial Center Park.

The candidate mingles with supporters in Center Park. Photos courtesy of Romanoff for Congress

The candidate mingles with supporters in Center Park. Photos courtesy of Romanoff for Congress

Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff blows out 48 candles.

Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff blows out 48 candles.

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GloryUs Goings On – Empty nesters: Your help is needed http://www.villagerpublishing.com/gloryus-goings-empty-nesters-help-needed/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/gloryus-goings-empty-nesters-help-needed/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:02:47 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67057 If your youngest child just left for college and you’re facing the proverbial empty nest, we have some coping ideas for you. If you are working, keep your job, you’re going to need it for each child’s education. The sticker shock probably already hit you. If you are walking through your house and hanging around […]

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Glory_GloryUs_NEWIf your youngest child just left for college and you’re facing the proverbial empty nest, we have some coping ideas for you.

If you are working, keep your job, you’re going to need it for each child’s education. The sticker shock probably already hit you.

If you are walking through your house and hanging around your kids’ rooms, you need something better to do and we have an idea for you. You have skills that hundreds of nonprofits, secular and religion-based, that would welcome you with open arms.

For instance, remember how you helped your kids with homework? Inner-city kids may need you due to scholastic shortcomings. Check with your local school or call/log onto websites to reach Metro Volunteers,

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Retired Navy SEAL holds Inaugural Mask Project Luncheon guests spellbound http://www.villagerpublishing.com/retired-navy-seal-holds-inaugural-mask-project-luncheon-guests-spellbound/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/retired-navy-seal-holds-inaugural-mask-project-luncheon-guests-spellbound/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:59:17 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67040 By Glory Weisberg Marcus Luttrell is a decorated former Navy SEAL and he tells a spellbinding tale of his service in Afghanistan and Iraq, a tale also told in his book, Service, A Navy SEAL at War. He was brought to Denver as the keynote speaker at the Inaugural Mask Project Luncheon for The Denver […]

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By Glory Weisberg

Marcus Luttrell Photo courtesy of Marcus Luttrell

Marcus Luttrell
Photo courtesy of Marcus Luttrell

Marcus Luttrell is a decorated former Navy SEAL and he tells a spellbinding tale of his service in Afghanistan and Iraq, a tale also told in his book, Service, A Navy SEAL at War.

He was brought to Denver as the keynote speaker at the Inaugural Mask Project Luncheon for The Denver Hospice and his words on stage earned him a standing ovation.

The Grand Hyatt main ballroom was packed to the walls with supporters who hung on Luttrell’s every word.

This is his second book, the first, Lone Survivor, was a national bestseller, and for good reason, as he was actually the lone survivor of a five SEAL effort to capture a member of Osama bin Laden’s camp. The actual story could only be told publicly after it was declassified and a movie, Lone Survivor, followed this past January, as well. He was first approached to tell his story, he said, while he was still hospitalized after Operation Redwing that took place on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The war hero is from a Texas family going back five generations of U.S. military service and his identical twin is also a SEAL.

“Being a Navy SEAL is not a fun job and I’ve been shot at numerous times,” he said.

Thirty percent of Denver Hospice patients are U.S. veterans.

This Inaugural Mask Project Luncheon kickoff brought attention to the masks that will be on display at The Cherry Creek Shopping Center through Oct. 5, billed as “An Unconventional Art Exhibit and Auction.” This year, instead of a gala, they opted for a kickoff luncheon, which was an amazingly great success.

Denver Hospice CEO Bev Sloan and Todd Leuton

Denver Hospice CEO Bev Sloan and Todd Leuton

The Denver Hospice has Level 4 status in the “We Honor Veterans” Campaign.

The MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation and Anadarko are Mask Project sponsors.

David Alexander chaired the Mask Acquisition committee, aided by  Lynn Bronkowski, Kimberli Frue-Owens, Terri fisher, Peggy Larson Fuller, Melanie Gibson, Jamie Gilmore, Carol Mark, Jessica Roe, Hyla Sloane, Ryta Sondergard, Kristen Tucker, Deborah Williams and Debbie Zucker.

For more details on the Hospice veterans programs, call Maria Kallas, 720-271-1555 or email mkallas@care4denver.org.

Andy Levy and Bonnie Mandarich

Andy Levy and Bonnie Mandarich

Jerry Shustrin and Hospice Board member Allan Frank

Jerry Shustrin and Hospice Board member Allan Frank

Mike Pasquarella and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Photos by Glory Weisberg

Mike Pasquarella and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
Photos by Glory Weisberg

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Fleurish – National MS Society ‘On the Move’ Luncheon draws army of MS research backers http://www.villagerpublishing.com/fleurish-national-ms-society-move-luncheon-draws-army-ms-research-backers/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/fleurish-national-ms-society-move-luncheon-draws-army-ms-research-backers/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:57:23 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67041 By Glory Weisberg Multiple Sclerosis, which strikes at anyone age 11 months or older, is worse locally than elsewhere in the U.S. and the reason continues to allude researchers. These dedicated men and women have come up with 11 new drugs to fight the disease and many living MS patients remember what life was like back when […]

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By Glory Weisberg

Multiple Sclerosis, which strikes at anyone age 11 months or older, is worse locally than elsewhere in the U.S. and the reason continues to allude researchers.

These dedicated men and women have come up with 11 new drugs to fight the disease and many living MS patients remember what life was like back when there were no drugs to treat it.

The MS On The Move Luncheon, a fundraiser for the National MS Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, filled the Grand Hyatt main ballroom with men and women aiming to increase research and improve the lives of those fighting the disease.

Chapter CEO Carrie Nolan noted the progress made on MS, using funds not only from pharmaceutical firms, but from supporters as well.

There are nine research studies located in Colorado, part of 325 National MS Society research projects worldwide.

The On the Move Luncheon featured Kristie Salerno Kent, stricken with MS in 1999 when she was in college.

“I started getting tingling in my fingers, my legs felt really heavy and one morning I woke up and couldn’t feel my legs at all,” she said.

Following that she had an MRI and was formally diagnosed with MS but “I pretended I was OK, then I collapsed and went to doctor after doctor.” The same diagnosis came back and “I realized I couldn’t stay in denial. In the MRI, I decided I wanted to be the director of my MS,” she said, realizing that maybe wanting to be Wonder Woman wouldn’t work. She went on to record, Believe, and also produced and directed The Show Must Go On, a short documentary.

She is now the young mother of a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old, and she was on her feet as she gave her talk to MS supporters.

“My journey now is about my family,” she said, noting that she was planning her wedding when the MS hit, giving her fiancé an out if he chose to. Not a chance, and here she was, a motivating speaker if ever there was one.

Dick and Robin Kelly were honored with the MS Spirit Award. Robin was diagnosed with MS in 2006. The couple serves as co-chairs of Can Do Multiple Sclerosis. Dick was chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy for six years, retiring in 2011. He is now Regis University board chairman. Robin is on the Arrupe Jesuit High School board and has numerous local nonprofit positions.

David Alexander, Paige Burkeholder, Daya Haddock, Melissa Hart, Katy Spritzer, Ellen Petrilla, Claudia Curry Hills, Sarah Davis and Pam Donley were on the luncheon committee.

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David Alexander, Sue Simos and Carrie Nolan

David Alexander, Sue Simos and Carrie Nolan

Craig Lopez with Robin and Dick Kelly. Photos by Glory Weisberg

Craig Lopez with Robin and Dick Kelly. Photos by Glory Weisberg

Lana Jern and Brandt Wilkins

Lana Jern and Brandt Wilkins

Kristie Salerno Kent

Kristie Salerno Kent

Whit and Margy Conant with Suellen and Travis White

Whit and Margy Conant with Suellen and Travis White

 

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Bob Beauprez has private reception/fundraiser at Glenmoor Country Club http://www.villagerpublishing.com/bob-beauprez-private-receptionfundraiser-glenmoor-country-club/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/bob-beauprez-private-receptionfundraiser-glenmoor-country-club/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:50:55 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67035 Immediately following the Cherry Creek Republican Women’s monthly meeting, guests (many of whom were not at CCRW) gathered in a private conference room at Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village for an up close and personal visit with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez and his wife Claudia. It was an informal environment where Beauprez […]

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Teammates Claudia and Bob Beauprez

Teammates Claudia and Bob Beauprez

Immediately following the Cherry Creek Republican Women’s monthly meeting, guests (many of whom were not at CCRW) gathered in a private conference room at Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village for an up close and personal visit with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez and his wife Claudia. It was an informal environment where Beauprez was complimented on his concise and easy to understand conservative views on various issues, plans and agenda and willingness to thoughtfully and candidly answer questions – a major flaw with his opponent Gov. John Hickenlooper is that he avoids taking a stance, making hard decisions and directly answering many specific questions.  He was also complimented on his choice of running

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Cherry Creek Republican Women focus on getting to know Bob Beauprez http://www.villagerpublishing.com/cherry-creek-republican-women-focus-getting-know-bob-beauprez/ http://www.villagerpublishing.com/cherry-creek-republican-women-focus-getting-know-bob-beauprez/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:48:04 +0000 http://www.villagerpublishing.com/?p=67021 Bob Beauprez (pronounced Bopray) is introduced as Robert Louis “Bob” Beauprez – a third generation Coloradan who knows about hard work, a dairy farmer, graduate of University of Colorado-Boulder, community banker, former chair of the Boulder County Republican Party, former chair of the Colorado Republican Party, U.S. Congressman. Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine A Line […]

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The power of women – The Beauprez couple surrounded by a packed room of women (and, of course, men in attendance)

The power of women – The Beauprez couple surrounded by a packed room of women (and, of course, men in attendance)

Bob Beauprez (pronounced Bopray) is introduced as Robert Louis “Bob” Beauprez – a third generation Coloradan who knows about hard work, a dairy farmer, graduate of University of Colorado-Boulder, community banker, former chair of the Boulder County Republican Party, former chair of the Colorado Republican Party, U.S. Congressman. Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine A Line of Sight, author of the book A Return to Values: A Conservative Looks At His Party, buffalo rancher and patriarch of a wonderful family including wife of 44 years, Claudia (his high school sweetheart), daughter Melanie, sons Joe, Jim and John (who

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