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Craft brewers harvest first hops crop

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Article and photos by Patte Smith Surrey Ridge gardener Kevin Klimek did not realize when he decided to grow hops a few years ago what a success it would be. “I thought it would be fun to try. It took a few years for the vines to wind up the trellis, and wow, what a…

Feedback on Crowfoot Valley Road construction plans

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Google earth map of Crowfoot Valley Road area.

Article and photo by Chris Michlewicz; graphic by Tim Gamble The Town of Castle Rock and Douglas County are partnering on a road construction project that will widen a high-traffic section of Crowfoot Valley Road. Design for the project is expected to be completed this year, with construction beginning in mid-2022, said Aaron Monks, project…

Postage rates increase for second time in 2021

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Picture of The first U.S. postage stamp honoring Benjamin Franklin

By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos On August 29 and for the second time this year, the U.S. Postal Service implemented new postage rates. Listed below are the highlights of the recent rate increases: First-class letters The postage rate for a first-class letter (1 ounce) purchased at the post office increased by 3 cents to 58…

Slash/mulch site available for fall cleanup

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Douglas County slash/much site.

By Carin R. Kirkegaard with information and photo provided by Douglas County The Front Range often receives its first frost sometime in September, and the first snowflakes are often spotted falling from the sky. As hot summer days transition to cool autumn nights, many local gardeners begin to prepare outdoor beds in September for the…

I-25 project aims to reduce vehicle-animal collisions by 90%

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of new wildlife crossings and 28 miles of deer fencing along I-25

By Chris Michlewicz; graphic courtesy of the Colorado Department of Transportation The installation of new wildlife crossings and deer fencing is expected to improve safety in an area known for vehicle collisions with animals trying to cross I-25. This summer, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) approved new game ramps, swing gates and several miles…

Congratulations Tammy Lopez Allstate Agency

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Trail ratings help to pick the right path

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of trail rating map

Looking for a bit of direction when choosing which path to take at a Douglas County open space properties? New trail rating signage has been updated at open space properties, helping to ensure that visitors to Douglas County outdoor spaces have a safe and enjoyable experience. Trail users can consult the posted trail ratings, then…

Blooming in Castle Pines

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Amy Dismuke and her daughter Ann inspecting flowers.

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos by Lynn Zahorik and courtesy of Scott James Photography Amy Dismuke may have moved from her home in Lone Tree to Castle Pines just a little more than a year ago, but her roots in the community are well established. The mother of three children (now adults), Dismuke would drive…

Bringing the party to the party

By Patte Smith | September 1, 2021
Photo of Whitney Shank

By Kathy Fallert; photos courtesy of Whitney Shank Colorado native and Castle Pines resident for nearly 17 years, Whitney Shank intended on being a stay-at-home mom until her kids were grown. After planning a lot of events for her kids’ elementary school, her name was mentioned to the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce when they…

Meow Wolf exhibition comes to Denver and it is Meow WOW

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Meow Wolf’s new Denver exhibit, “Convergence Station,”

By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos It’s art. It’s urban. It’s weird. It’s amazing. And it’s opening in Denver on September 17. Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment collaboration, is a transformative and surreal experience where visitors tour mind-bending “rooms” or installations with interpretation left to the individual’s imagination. The first Meow Wolf exhibition launched in…

Wildlife educators inspire next generation of animal advocates

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; photo courtesy of Nature’s Educators Almost everyone can recall when they were introduced to a subject at just the right time in their life, changing its course forever. For Devin Jaffe, it happened in college when she met a prairie falcon at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo. She was instantly…

Charlie the entertainer

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy Amy Chouinard Charlie, a miniature schnauzer, is 100% pure fun, rich in character and full of life. His life’s purpose is to provide companionship and a good laugh on the daily to Bob, Amy and Jackson Chouinard. Charlie is the part of the family, and they are blessed to have…

Boulder on the Deschutes: Bend, Oregon

By CPC | September 1, 2021

 By Joe Gschwendtner; courtesy photos We once owned a home in Bend, Oregon and sold it – felt there were better investment opportunities. What a colossal mistake. The town has doubled its population and appeal in 20 years. Bend is the absolute gem of the Beaver State. Dead center in Oregon, in high desert country,…

Vino in the Village

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Vino in the Village

Hundreds of people descended on the Village Shops in The Village at Castle Pines on August 13 for Vino in the Village, a Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce event that showcases restaurants and wine purveyors in the area. The annual event was a sellout with 400 tickets sold. Attendees learned about wine pairings and also…

RiNo – where art is made

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos The River North Art District, or colloquially, “RiNo,” is a trending area northeast of downtown Denver. With the usual urban feel, including views of the city, plenty of good eats and drinks – not to mention a variety of shops and art galleries, what sets RiNo apart from other city…

One step at a time: staircase remodeling

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of a grand floating staircase.

By Lisa Nicklanovich; courtesy photos A staircase is a key architectural design feature that is often visible upon entering a home, adding drama to a space. Staircases have many parts and pieces requiring a number of design decisions and a whole set of terminology to learn. When remodeling a staircase, there are newel posts and…

The bartered bride and the Lone Tree Schweiger Ranch

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Joe Gschwendtner; photo courtesy of Rose Tuggle Collection of the Schweiger Ranch Foundation John Schweiger was raised in Zell am Ziller, Tirol, Austria. Draftable into the Austrian army, he found a berth on an American-bound ship out of Bremen days before he turned 21 in 1867. Stateside, John found work in Tennessee and Georgia’s…

Day trippin’ at the Denver Botanic Gardens

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Article and photos by Celeste McNeil The Denver Botanic Gardens is a 24-acre oasis in the heart of the city. Located next to Cheesman Park, the York Street gardens host a large array of stimulation for the senses. Featuring Denver’s first green roof and the first conservatory in America entirely made from concrete and plexiglass;…

Cops and Bobbers reels in fun

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of DCSO Detention Specialist Dawn McClarnon Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is constantly looking for ways to positively connect with the community. DCSO recently held a favorite community outreach event – Cops and Bobbers. Young Douglas County residents spent a Saturday morning fishing with DCSO officers and urban park rangers…

Blue Jean Bash raises funds for Clothes To Kids Denver

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Stan Obert Clothing can change a life. A warm coat, shoes that fit, and a wardrobe of school clothing can help children and youth build the confidence they need to succeed. Castle Pines resident Sue Hambil, longtime supporter and advocate for the nonprofit organization Clothes To Kids of Denver…

Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra excited to be back on stage

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Enjoy the 2021-2022 season By Lisa Nicklanovich; courtesy photo The Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra (LTSO) 2021-2022 season has been announced and tickets are now on sale at the Lone Tree Arts Center box office. LTSO Executive Director Cindy Kessinger said, “We are so excited to be back on stage with a hopefully sold-out season. We…

Teenagers pack more than a ton of food to fight food insecurity

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Junior Katelyn Pocock, sophomore Kyia Sparks, senior Hailey Arbuckle, and Everett Brothers, a visiting sophomore from Springville High School in Springville, Utah, got a little messy repackaging flour for Metro Caring’s food bank.

Article and photos by Celeste McNeil Twenty-nine high school students gathered for a service project on a Saturday afternoon, just days before school began. The youth and a handful of adults, all from the Castle Pines ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spent a few hours in a Denver warehouse with…

Any time is the right time for TikTok pasta

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Article and photo by Lisa Crockett I’m a proud member of Generation X. According to the latest vernacular, this makes me very likely to be “cheugy.” This nonsense word is meant as an insult and conveys disdain for all things conformist, basic, and middle-aged (side hair parts and low-rise jeans are particular targets). For the…

Valuable resource available for aging adults

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Patte Smith; courtesy photo Aging Resources of Douglas County (ARDC) is a valuable resource for older adults and their families – offering guidance to programs and organizations that are needed as individuals age. “Let’s get the word out that ARDC is here to help find services,” stated Lori Gloer, director of community engagement for…

Perfect pinwheels for a pleasant lunch

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Article and photo by Lisa Crockett

Every Age Counts poetry contest seeking entries

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Patte Smith; courtesy photo The Douglas County School District, Douglas County Libraries, Seniors’ Council of Douglas County and Changing the Narrative are partnering together and encouraging amateur poets of Douglas County to enter Every Age Counts! Free Amateur Poetry Contest. A first of its kind, the poetry contest will be accepting submissions until September…

One of our own remembers 9/11

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of J.D. Ressetar, now a father of three, is pictured above with his wife and daughters

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos courtesy of the Ressetar family Karen and J.P. Ressetar, residents of The Village at Castle Pines since 1995, will forever remember Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Like the rest of the country, the events that occurred on that day left indelible marks on their family. Their oldest son J.D. was working…

Nurses never really retire

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Carolyn Hayes who continues to volunteer after being a nurse.

Article and photo by Lisa Nicklanovich Carolyn Hayes, resident of The Village at Castle Pines for more than 20 years, began volunteering as a candy striper in Greenwich, Connecticut in the 1960s. Soon after, Hayes became a nurse, and continued on to clinic management, occupational health and fitness, sales, marketing, teaching, writing and consulting. Throughout…

Homegrown science teacher

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Meredith Wilemon and her boyfriend, Christian Clodfelder

By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of Meredith Wilemon Meredith Wilemon was inspired by a high school science teacher. A passion for science and a connection to teachers through curriculum led Wilemon to become a science teacher herself. Wilemon’s family moved to Castle Pines when she was four. She attended the local schools, including Buffalo Ridge…

Rising Star

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Arianna (Ari) Griffin baker and cake decorator.

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Amy Griffin Arianna (Ari) Griffin has always enjoyed baking alongside her mom, Amy. As a little girl, Ari would stand on a kitchen stool to make herself high enough to reach the counter. Now 11, Ari has been baking and decorating cakes and cupcakes on her own for the…

The soul of an artist – the brain of an engineer

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Evette Goldstein – artist and engineer

Article and photos by Hollen Wheeler Resident Evette Goldstein is an accomplished abstract artist, a professional calligrapher, a teacher, a tap dancer and … a former aerospace engineer. A short meeting with the 74-year-old doyenne reveals that abstract art with a scientific influence is her passion. Not to mention, Evette wears abstract-themed clothes, jewelry, and…

Party in the park

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos courtesy of Jimmy’s Photography It was a beautiful August afternoon for the annual Chamber of Commerce Party in the Park … until it wasn’t. More than 3,000 attendees had a wonderful time visiting vendor booths, bounce houses and the beer tent, eagerly anticipating the evening fireworks, sponsored by the City…

Kings Lacrosse class of 2027 for the win at NLF Championship

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of King Lacrosse team celebrating.

 By Shaun Kernahan; courtesy photos For much of its history, the sport of lacrosse has been dominated by the east coast. In fact, there are so few high-quality western lacrosse teams, the University of Denver team competes in the Big East collegiately. When Kings Lacrosse ’27 (made up of kids from Castle Pines, Castle Rock,…

A hole in one!

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of David Schiller celebrating a Hole In One at The Ridge

By Shaun Kernahan; Photos courtesy of Kristine Schiller

Broncos fans can count on RTD service I

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Information provided by RTD With week one of the NFL season fast approaching, Broncos fans can rely on public transportation from the Regional Transportation District (RTD) to and from home games played at Empower Field at Mile High. While BroncosRide bus service remains suspended, several local bus routes will be available, and RTD will scale…

Fermented foods and beverages add zest and zing

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of SCOBY, a starter culture of bacteria and yeast.

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of Bill Schaefer Naturally fermented foods are getting a lot of attention from health experts and consumers lately because they may help strengthen gut microbiome – the 100 trillion or so bacteria and microorganisms that live in the digestive tract, thus increasing the health of the digestive system and enhancing…

Summertime Champs

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Philadelphia Eagles flag football winners

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Castle Pines Athletics Castle Pines Athletics summer season flag football finished strong with a final Super Bowl game at Elk Ridge Park. The Philadelphia Eagles (ages 6 to 8) and Seattle Seahawks (ages 9 to 11) played hard to take home the winning championship. All teams played with heart,…

Buffalo Ridge Elementary school welcomes students

By CPC | September 1, 2021

By Celeste McNeil; courtesy photos Families and staff at Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) recently rejoiced in the return of several annual back to school traditions. BRE held a kindergarten and new family social a week before school began. This event allowed students and parents new to BRE to gather, meet new friends and play on…

Two BRE students come full circle

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of Thomas D. and Caleb M. standing in BRE classroom.

Article and photo by Celeste McNeil; photo courtesy of Andrea Scott Two Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) school students have come full circle in their education; they are ending their primary school years in the same classroom where they attended preschool. This summer, more than a few BRE teachers shifted classrooms – every grade from preschool…

Back-to-school spirit at AA

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of AAballoon arch marked the grand entrance of the first day of the 2021-2022

Article and photos by Julie Matuszewski American Academy (AA) could not wait to open its doors to all K-8 students. Thrilled to have their students back, Executive Director of Schools, Erin Kane – along with Castle Pines middle school Principal Michelle Daley, Castle Pines Mayor Tera Radloff and deputies from the the Douglas County Sheriff’s…

Teamwork makes the dream work

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo of DCSM middle school human knot

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of DCS Montessori DCS Montessori middle school students kicked off the 2021-2022 school year with outdoor teambuilding activities focused on teamwork and communication. Activities that included a blindfolded obstacle course, human knots, and flip the blanket encouraged students to work as a team while learning each individual leadership style. “Tell…

Buffalo Ridge Elementary garden accessible for everyone

By CPC | September 1, 2021
Photo ADA accessible paths

By Patte Smith; photos courtesy of BRE and The City of Castle Pines The City of Castle Pines partnered with Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) in upgrading the school’s garden pathways. Students were welcomed with a surprise when they returned to the classroom on August 9. Working over the summer, the City had the outdoor garden…

A new opportunity to learn and grow –

By CPC | September 1, 2021

Happy back to school Dear Reader, This month’s column is for the kids. Happy back to school to all of you! Another year, another opportunity to learn and grow, and your community is right here supporting you. Take a minute to revisit this lesson: Being nice is when you are polite to people and treat…

Belly dancing: Glitter, music and movement

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photos courtesy of Michele Palmieri The Denver area has a strong culture and community of professional and amateur belly dancers. Acclaimed belly dancing artists Sadie Marquardt, Rafi’ah Ruyah and Phoenix of Denver continue to inspire resident Michele Palmieri who belly dances for fun, exercise, sisterhood and especially for the costumes. Twelve years…

Apartments break ground at Canyonside

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; photo by Terri Wiebold As is evidenced by hundreds of feet of red construction fencing, building is underway on a new apartment complex in Canyonside, a mixed-use development within The Canyons community that is intended to help provide a more diverse housing inventory in the City of Castle Pines. The City’s Planning…

Developer proposes 90 new homes west of Daniels Park Road

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; courtesy graphics Douglas County is reviewing a proposal that could pave the way for 90 new homes off Daniels Park Road. Koelbel Urban Homes is proposing an amendment to Douglas County’s 2040 Comprehensive Master Plan Land Use Map to allow for a future rezoning of 55 acres to a “planned development” designation.…

Douglas County named second healthiest county in the nation

By CPC | July 29, 2021

Article and photo by Chris Michlewicz To those who live here, it’s easy to understand why Douglas County was again named the second healthiest county in the nation. In late June, U.S. News & World Report came out with its annual list of healthiest counties, and for the second consecutive year, Douglas County was in…

Pickleball courts coming to the City of Castle Pines

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; rendering courtesy of CPNMD There’s good news for pickleball players in the Castle Pines community – plans are in the works for several new courts in the near future. The City of Castle Pines Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) held a virtual meeting with Castle Pines North Metro District (CPNMD) leaders…

Final stretch of the East/West Regional Trail completed

By CPC | July 29, 2021
Photo of cyclists on East/West Regional Trail

Information and photo provided by Douglas County The completion of the final section of the 28-mile East/West Regional Trail was celebrated last month with the opening of the final stretch of this scenic portion of the trail connecting Douglas County communities from western Highlands Ranch through Parker. The new section runs east 4.7 miles from…

Devils Head Recreation Area closes for construction

By CPC | July 29, 2021

Information and photo provided by the USDA Forest Service Devils Head Trail, an iconic out and back 2.5-mile Colorado Front Range hike that ends with a 143 step climb to the historic fire lookout closed in July. The Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands South Platte Ranger District closed the entire…

Greenland Post Office restoration

By CPC | July 29, 2021
Photo of Greenland Post Office

Information and photo provided by Douglas County The Greenland area located south of Castle Rock is known for its views and open space. Although, Douglas County’s investment in the area extends beyond maintaining the hiking trails. The County, along with the Historic Preservation Board, has also made a commitment to preserving the historic Greenland Townsite…

New hours for Douglas County Libraries

By CPC | July 29, 2021

Information provided by Douglas County Libraries; Photo by Terri Wiebold In July, all seven locations of Douglas County Libraries (DCL) rolled out new operating hours. For most library locations – including the DCL – Castle Pines, the new hours will be Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.,…

Help solve crime with the DCSO Community Camera Program

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard Many homes in the Castle Pines community have doorbells with cameras, as well as strategically placed security cameras to capture activity around their home – everything from packages being left on the front porch to nocturnal animals looking for a midnight snack. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) would like to…

Household Chemical Roundup mini pop-up events

By CPC | July 29, 2021

Information and photo provided by Tri-County Health Department In response to safety precautions involved with the pandemic, the Tri-County Health Department Household Chemical Roundup event structure has changed. Disposal is by appointment only at mini pop-up events throughout Douglas County. Registration for the final 2021 event at Shea Stadium on August 14 in Highlands Ranch…

City of Castle Pines restaurants get financial relief

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard Restaurant owners in the City of Castle Pines were pleased to receive financial reimbursement for losses they experienced due to recent water issues in the community. In June, the Water Quality Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment issued a Boil Water Advisory to the Castle Pines North…

Castle Pines Family Practice & Urgent Care

By CPC | July 29, 2021
Photo of Doctors Mark and Heidi Christensen

By Kathy Fallert; photos courtesy of the Christensen family Although the address has remained the same for decades, the name and faces behind the urgent care practice at 7280 Lagae Road have changed. Formerly known simply as Castle Pines Urgent Care, OnPoint Medical Group, with doctors Mark and Heidi Christensen, bought the practice more than…

Celebrating the opening of 7-Eleven

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Bridget Dvorak “Oh, thank heaven for 7-Eleven” is one of the oldest and catchiest slogans. Castle Pines newest convenience store and gas station officially opened with a July 11 (7/11) celebration. The new store, located at 7530 Village Square Drive, celebrated with five days of freebies for customers –…

WY not? Joe Pickett’s Bighorn Mountains

By CPC | July 29, 2021

Article and photos by Joe Gschwendtner Excepting Yellowstone and the Tetons, one might dismiss Wyoming, our northern neighbor, as a windy, wild western coal-rich frontier. In some places, maybe so. But to ignore her sweet spots would be a grievous error. If you relate to game warden Joe Pickett through author C.J. Box, it’s time…

Big dog in a small body

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Claire Miller Olive may be small, but she is mighty said her owners Claire and Christian Miller. Claire shared that when their 30-plus pound corgi comes running at her, she feels as though she has been struck by a tank. Olive is a Pembroke Welsh corgi, not to be…

Horses take the lead on path to healing

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; photos courtesy of the Equine Partnership Program The advent of equine-assisted therapy has brought renewed confidence and healing to people of all walks of life – and even the horses. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the Equine Partnership Program (EPP), an Elizabeth-based nonprofit that provides mental health services to individuals…

Moose sightings across the Front Range

By CPC | July 29, 2021
Photo of juvenile moose

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos courtesy of Melissa Pruitt Wildlife sightings are one of the perks to living in the Castle Pines community. From the various prairie dogs that chitter as walkers and bikers pass their colonies, to the herd of elk and mule deer that graze in open spaces, to the elusive mountain lion…

The first and a lone ranger: William Kreutzer

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Joe Gschwendtner; photos courtesy of Sedalia Historic Museum and Gardens In 1897, President Grover Cleveland began to protect America’s resources, designating 21 million acres of timberland as National Forest. He appointed Colonel W.S. May as his Colorado and Utah Forestry Superintendent who then immediately advertised the need for rangers. A determined 20-year-old Sedalian, William…

Longtime publisher pens book about how to lead

By CPC | July 29, 2021
Bibliophile Corner Books

By Chris Michlewicz; photo and graphic courtesy of WiesnerMedia A new book by one of Colorado’s most successful publishers seeks to empower today’s leaders with the tools to be the best managers they can be. Be a Boss Who Grows Leaders is a 220-page book by Pat Wiesner, a resident of The Village at Castle…

Smash rooms all the rage

By CPC | July 29, 2021
Photo of rage room

Article and photo by Julie Matuszewski Rage rooms, also known as smash rooms or anger rooms, have rapidly made their way to the U.S. from Japan. These businesses offer a safe location where individuals can vent their frustrations while hurling objects at a wall and breaking stuff. Studies have shown that a great way to…

Bunco brings new neighbors together

By CPC | July 29, 2021
Photo of Bunco buddies

By Hollen Wheeler; photo courtesy of Dana Jevarjian A group of ladies came together for the first time to play bunco and enjoy some fellowship with new neighbors. Spearheaded by Merica Sloan, Tricia Metcalf and Dana Jevarjian, 23 ladies met to play the popular dice game at The Exchange Coffee House. “Since our [Canyons] community…

LoHi – the perfect way to spend a summer night

By CPC | July 29, 2021
Photo of landmarks of LoHi

By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos West of downtown Denver, roughly 30 minutes from Castle Pines and part of the greater Highland neighborhood is an eclectic little suburb called Lower Highland or LoHi. Located between 38th Street and North Speer Boulevard, LoHi has become an ever-growing and popular neighborhood for singles, young families and those wanting…

Whole-house fans

By CPC | July 29, 2021

By Lisa Nicklanovich; courtesy graphic Resident Peter Cline noticed his electricity bill going up and decided to have a whole-house fan installed. Not only does a whole-house fan use much less energy than an air conditioner (AC), there are other benefits too. A whole-house fan is a ventilation cooling system that works by pulling cool,…

Remodeling hardwood floors – is it worth the trouble and mess?

By CPC | July 29, 2021
Photo of multiple floor stain samples for wood floors

By Lisa Nicklanovich; courtesy photos Oak Hills resident Ronna Smith can attest to the disruption, inconvenience and mess of an entire main level hardwood floor remodel. The hardwood floors in the main living spaces of her home had weathered and yellowed after years of use and the carpet needed to go. To begin the process,…

Punctuality is one of the great character values

By CPC | July 29, 2021

Dear Readers, If you are a person who is on time, you can skip the column this month. If you are not, I have a bone to pick with you. Punctuality is one of the great character values. It benefits all who believe in its worth. Being on time takes some planning – most importantly,…

Bin Blessed provides help to families

By CPC | July 29, 2021

Information and photo provided by Bin Blessed The “Bin Babes” came together in July at Douglas County Libraries – Castle Pines to assemble 50 backpacks for There With Care, a nonprofit organization that provides thoughtful and fundamental services to families and children during the critical phase of a medical crisis. This is the sixth year…

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