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Toasting the good times in Castle Pines

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; photos courtesy of Nate Winegar When Nate Winegar moved to the east side of Castle Pines last summer, he found exactly what he was hoping for – peace and quiet and a star-filled night sky. He also found a collection of friendly neighbors who he invites to hang out in his furnished…

Oliver the Himalayan cat

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Chad Creamer Oliver is not a common name for a cat, but is the perfect name for a most uncommon cat. Oliver, aka Ollie, is an 8-month-old Flame Point Himalayan Persian. Originally from Canon City, Ollie is now a permanent resident of the Castle Pines community. Although Ollie has…

Frink Inc. – pickle baron and cheese wiz

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Joe Gschwendtner; courtesy photos This tale of two towns begins with Junietta Patience Freelove Peckham and Orello E. Frink (O.E.), who were married in DeRuyter, New York in 1877. Both driven and bold, they went west with their three children, making Denver home. O.E. succeeded early in meat retailing and milk processing. In 1893,…

The Summit takes shape in the Village

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Summit Logo

By Chris Michlewicz; photo by Bob Wiebold One of the final residential pieces of The Village at Castle Pines is taking shape. Perched at an elevated position that will give future residents breathtaking views of rolling hills, mountain peaks of all sizes and bright blue Colorado skies, The Summit comprises 60 semi-custom detached homes on…

CPNMD evaluates service delivery plans

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz Now that voters have overwhelmingly approved the inclusion of the Castle Pines North Metro District’s (CPNMD) water and wastewater utilities with those of the Parker Water & Sanitation District (PWSD), elected leaders are setting their sights on next steps. CPNMD Board President David McEntire said he was pleasantly surprised by the strong…

Veterans emergency assistance funds available

By CPC | June 1, 2021

Information and photo provided by Douglas County Douglas County Office of Veterans Affairs recently received a $10,000 state grant providing emergency assistance to veterans struggling with housing (mortgage and rent payments), transportation, employment, healthcare and other immediate needs. “Our goal with these grant dollars is to help our veterans bridge the gap during an emergency,…

Summertime outdoors at concerts and celebrations

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Patte Smith The outdoors beckons to everyone, especially this year. Open-air events are at the top of the list, so gather the clan, friends, picnic basket, lawn chairs, blankets and be sure to have gas in the car; it’s time to get out and enjoy all that Colorado’s great outdoors has to offer. Close…

Nothing is rotten in Denmark

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of Tivoli Gardens amusement and pleasure park

Article and photos by Joe Gschwendtner “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” so said Marcellus in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. He was definitely wrong. The fact is, Denmark is so sublime, it may indeed be the happiest place on the planet. Actually, Denmark was rated as one of the top three happiest places…

City welcomes communications and engagement manager

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; courtesy photos From a pool of more than 100 qualified candidates, the City of Castle Pines hired Hannah Button as the City’s new communications and engagement manager. With a background in communications and marketing for municipalities, Button is ready to dive into community engagement strategies, working to improve communication efforts for…

Etiquette: patience, sympathy and kindness

By CPC | June 1, 2021

Dear Readers, As we come out of the lockdown, we emerge different. Etiquette involves remembering there are other people in the world. Etiquette columnist Catherine Newman says the definition of etiquette is derived from French culture and means “little ethics” which is exactly why the practice is more significant than ever. Newman states, “Etiquette is…

Advanced winter driving/skid control class year-round

By CPC | June 1, 2021
South Metro Safety Foundation logo

Information and photo provided by the South Metro Safety Foundation Driving on icy Colorado roads can pose a real to challenge to drivers, and the South Metro Safety Foundation (SMSF) is offering a unique driving experience for teens and adults who would like to enhance their abilities behind the wheel in any driving condition. SMSF…

Paving the way for increased roadway safety

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; renderings provided by the City of Castle Pines The City of Castle Pines will be completing the first phase of a full-depth, half-mile reconstruction of Castle Pines Parkway from Yorkshire Drive to Monarch Boulevard starting in early June. The project, in partnership with the Castle Pines North Metropolitan District (CPNMD), is…

Facing aging – thread lifts

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Hollen Wheeler In the chase to look younger, some are opting out of traditional plastic surgery procedures and pursuing less invasive ones. A revived and trending approach is the facial thread lift, a treatment that gives a subtle facelift via a fairly simple and quick process with pleasing but temporary results. With this procedure,…

Rueter-Hess Reservoir Paddle Days

By CPC | June 1, 2021

Information and photo provided by Douglas County Float a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard at Rueter-Hess Reservoir this summer. Paddle Days will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 6. Reservations are required for each person entering the reservoir, regardless of the activity. Reservations for June Paddle Days are currently being taken. Registration for…

Is this your front porch?

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of FRONT PORCH

Risk reduction for wildland fires

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; photos courtesy of South Metro Fire Rescue The beautiful natural landscape is a big reason why most residents in the Castle Pines community decided to settle here. It’s also a big reason to take extra precautions to mitigate wildfire risk. South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) has some of its primary wildland firefighting…

Coffee alternatives

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Lisa Nicklanovich Love coffee but looking to ditch the caffeine? For some, a daily dose of coffee can cause insomnia, anxiety, stomach upset, increased heart and breathing rate or a host of other negative side effects. Sometimes caffeine can worsen certain menopause symptoms, and it can raise blood pressure levels. Even without experiencing negative…

Dad’s day doughnuts – a little lovin’ from the oven

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of oven baked cinnamon doughnuts

Article and photos by Lisa Crockett National Doughnut Day is June 4, so doughnut shops and bakeries far and wide will be offering their best, tastiest treats in celebration. Doughnut Day is oddly nostalgic for me – when my children were small, June often meant that our preschool or playgroup hosted a “Doughnuts with Dad”…

Ombré Ice Cream Cake

By CPC | June 1, 2021

Article and photos by Lisa Crockett  

Food Truck Thursdays

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Poster for FoodTruckThursday

The City of Castle Pines is hosting Food Truck Thursdays, a new event beginning May 27 and running through August 5. Each Thursday this summer from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., two food trucks (one savory and one sweet) will park in the Elk Ridge Park parking lot for community members to come and enjoy.…

The ideator

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of Organizational and interpersonal coach Tom Melton.

By Joe Gschwendtner; photos courtesy of Tom Melton City of Castle Pines residents likely know Tom and Jill Melton as darn good neighbors. Married and best friends for 47 years, they and their three children, Brandon, Nicholas and Ashley, have made a life together in Castle Pines high country for 25 years. Tom, founder of…

Splattered by rapid fire

By CPC | June 1, 2021

Article and photos by Julie Matuszewski I consider myself someone who is up for any type of adventure, but I do not think I ever really imagined I would end up on a battlefield running for cover from 12-year-old boys. There are many paintball fields in and around the Denver area, all offering players a…

Supervising the skies to running a family of nine

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of the Black family

By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of Mamie Black The Village at Castle Pines resident Mamie Black spent 20 years as an airline purser, working exclusively on international flights. These days, she shuttles her children around town instead of supervising flight attendants over the ocean. Black and her husband, Brent, have seven children ranging from age…

The love of coaching

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of Volunteer coach Donny McCleery gets silly with the soccer tots.

By Julie Matuszewski; photo courtesy of Donny McCleery Youth sports teams are more than just kids running around a field trying to figure out the dynamics of a sport. A sports team creates fond memories and provides experiences that bring groups of kids together. Add in the support of parents and volunteer coaches, and it…

“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty…”

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of Michael Conner's Boy Scout handbook and other memorabilia.

By Chris Michlewicz; photos courtesy of Michael Conner Decades after reading his Boy Scout Handbook, Michael Conner still remembers – and follows to the letter – the rules for flying the flag. Conner, a Castle Pines resident for 14 years, still has the handbook that imparted those lessons when he was earning his Boy Scout…

Team Crosby

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo fo the Crosby family hiking.

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Lindsay Crosby Lindsay and Chris Crosby have always been drawn to the feel of a smaller community –one where kids can ride their bikes to school and run down to the neighborhood park. A community where friends and neighbors gather to meet at the local coffee shop and one…

The freedom of riding

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of Carol Gransee in her recumbent trike

By Julie Matuszewski; photos by Lynn Zahorik Fatigue, dizziness, and imbalance were words that soon became physical disabilities for Carol Gransee. Disabilities that she thought would keep her from her passion of bike riding. Carol has been on a bike since she was a child and has never stopped riding. Diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis…

Is Frankie your cutest pet?

By CPC | June 1, 2021

Frankie says “Hi!”. Email editor@castlepinesconnection.com for a free gift card.

The scoop on lacrosse

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of Rock Canyon High School girls lacrosse team playing.

By Claire Bauer, R CHS intern writer; courtesy photo Although Rock Canyon High School’s (RCHS) 2020-2021 school year has finished and summer break is in session, it’s no vacation for students playing sports that fall under the school’s final “D” season, which was pushed back due to COVID-19. The D season includes sports such as…

Spring signing for student-athletes

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Lisa Nicklanovich; courtesy photos Castle View High School Coach Handke said, “Johnny truly represented what a CV athlete should be about. He was a team player and the one player that everyone looked up to on our offense and our team. He led with poise and grace and made those around him better; the…

A day to celebrate

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of American Academy – Castle Pines class photo 2021.

By Julie Matuszewski: photo courtesy of American Academy American Academy – Castle Pines has celebrated graduating eighth graders with a formal cap and gown ceremony since its inception. Although this year’s traditional ceremony may have been a bit more casual, celebrating the classes successes, school memories and one another was a tradition that could not…

A formal journey

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of students rocking to hit song and prom

Article and photos by Julie Matuszewski Students dressed to the nines and gathered with friends for a formal evening complete with a catered dinner from Cranelli’s, live music, photos, and dancing. Last month, Journey Church transformed its walls of worship into a dancing haven and rite of passage for many Douglas County high school-aged students.…

Students seeking volunteer hours

By CPC | June 1, 2021
DouglasCoFair&Rodeo Logo

Information provided by Douglas County Students looking to earn community service hours over the summer have an opportunity to help make a 100-year-old Douglas County community tradition a success and volunteer at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo. The event will be held July 31 through August 8 in Castle Rock. Event organizers are looking…

Speaking his way to the championship

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of Ethan Griffin, a champion at speech and debate.

By Kathy Fallert; photo courtesy of Ethan Griffin Ethan Griffin, an 18-year-old high school senior, is the captain of the Mullen High School Speech and Debate team, as well as first place winner at the online state championship for speech and debate in March. Resident of Castle Pines, Griffin started speech as an after-school activity…

Preparing to be global citizens

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of classmates work together to make the perfect batch of pão de queijo

Through the love of learning, the goal of Recipes Around the World is to prepare students to be global citizens. In the combined lower elementary classroom of DCS Montessori (DCSM), teacher Leana Kerr and educational assistant Emily Montague Mendoca’s main objective is to provide multicultural experiences taught with a Montessori approach. Their students had the…

Colorado Doodle for Google competition winner

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Isabella's Doodle design or Google

Information and photos provided by Douglas County School District Rock Canyon High School senior Isabella Rosabal was recently recognized on the national stage for her artwork. Isabella’s Doodle was selected as the state of Colorado winner from thousands of entries received in the 13th annual Doodle for Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students…

80108 Valor Christian High School graduates

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Graduation cap

Last issue when we featured the list of 80108 graduates, we printed the previous year’s list for Valor Christian High School in error. Here’s the correct group of grads for 2021: VALOR CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL Emma Bedrick Sophia Bossio Alek Brown Devin Brown Lauren Champine Bradley Coleman Lauren Downing Reese Dragovich Tyler Egan Piper Geraghty…

Spring chicks hatch

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of student at TTE holding newly hatched chick.

What better way to usher in spring than with hatching baby chicks? Two third grade classrooms at Timber Trail Elementary were chosen to participate in the 4-H Embryology Program through the Colorado State University Extension Douglas County office. Teachers Kimberly Jester and Michelle McCluskey each received fertilized eggs for their classrooms, and from the beginning…

Firefighter Appreciation Day

By CPC | June 1, 2021

Graduation tradition resumes

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Photo of former Buffalo Ridge students give high-fives upon return to BRE.

Article and photo by Kathy Fallert Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) graduating seniors return to their respective elementary schools for one last tour before turning the page to the next chapter in their lives. The tradition of walking the halls in cap and gown began in 2019 and has become a favorite activity for the…

RHMS Unified Sports creates joy

By CPC | June 1, 2021

By Celeste McNeil The Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) Unified Sports team, like other mainstream sports, was disrupted this year. Nonetheless, all students involved had a great time in the few games they did get to play. Unified Sports is a team sport sponsored by Special Olympics. Its mission is to foster inclusion, friendship and…

BRE celebrates Principal Appreciation Day

By CPC | June 1, 2021
Principal Appreciation Day

By Celeste McNeil; courtesy photos   Students at Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) worked hard to show their appreciation for Principal Jen Murdock-Jacoway and Assistant Principal Dr. Rob Thelen, commemorating the annual Principal Appreciation Day in May. Students filled both offices with streamers, confetti, balloons, banners, posters and miscellaneous party decorations while administrators were away. Upon…

The Reopening of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos After a three-year hiatus, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is reopening this month. Known for its majestic views as passengers ascend 8.9 miles to the summit of Pikes Peak, the train cars, track, depot and visitor center have received $100 million worth of modern renovations and an updated name: The…

State Senate introduces bill for passenger rail district

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; courtesy graphic State legislators have introduced a bipartisan bill that would create a new transportation district for a passenger rail line along the Front Range. Thirteen counties, including Douglas, could be affected by the proposed Front Range Passenger Rail District, an entity that would plan, design, develop, finance, construct and maintain the…

Upcoming RidgeGate construction – nearly doubles the size of Lone Tree

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; rendering courtesy of City of Lone Tree The first in a series of construction projects that will nearly double the existing size and population of Lone Tree is now underway. In recent weeks, earthmoving equipment could be seen reshaping the rolling landscape on the southeast quadrant of I-25 and Lincoln Avenue to…

Castle Pines Parkway interchange construction

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; graphic courtesy of CDOT Motorists using the I-25/Castle Pines Parkway interchange are seeing signs of a statewide effort to improve accessibility for pedestrians with disabilities. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has been installing new curb ramps on Castle Pines Parkway over the interstate in the past weeks, causing lane closures. CDOT…

FREE Recycling year-round for electronics

By CPC | May 1, 2021

Information and photo provided by Douglas County Douglas County residents no longer need to wait in long lines as part of communitywide electronic recycling events to purge closets, basements and garages of unwanted electronics taking up valuable space. Last month, Douglas County Commissioners approved a contract with Techno Rescue to provide free, year-round electronics recycling…

DCSD names new superintendent

By CPC | May 1, 2021
Douglas County Schools Logo

Information and photo provided by Douglas County School District The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education selected Corey Wise for superintendent of schools to lead the District’s 63,000 students and 8,300 employees. Wise was selected from a group of more than 100 potential candidates. Wise is currently serving as the DCSD interim superintendent.…

2021 slash-mulch site now open

By CPC | May 1, 2021

The Douglas County slash-mulch site is open Saturdays only from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through the end of October. In case of inclement weather, call 303-663-6274 to ensure that the site will be open as scheduled. Due to the limited size of the slash-mulch site, please adhere to current Colorado COVID-19 precautions during your…

HistoryGeo database aids genealogical and local history research

By CPC | May 1, 2021

Information and photo provided by Douglas County Libraries; photo courtesy of Hutch Tibbetts The archives and local history department at Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is excited to launch HistoryGeo, an interactive database for mapping land patent recipients, Douglas County historic sites, and other resources that can aid genealogical and local history research. HistoryGeo is conveniently…

Castle Rock Eye Wear

By CPC | May 1, 2021
Photo of Jim and Charlotte Mattox

Adventure-seeking enthusiasts By Chris Michlewicz; photos courtesy of Charlotte Mattox Not long after Charlotte and Jim Mattox moved to Colorado from Florida 14 years ago, they became involved in community causes. As many transplants do, the owners of Castle Rock EyeWear fell in love with Colorado while here on vacation. They opened their business in…

The perfect pair for petals and planning

By CPC | May 1, 2021
prive-opening

By Lisa Nicklanovich; courtesy photos “I wanted to be a wedding planner ever since I was little,” said Brittany Tolibas co-owner with Briana Hanson of Privé Events, located in The Village at Castle Pines shops. The talent, energy and creativity of this team has expanded from wedding and event planning to trendy florals, customized gifts,…

New to the neighborhood?

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Terri Wiebold A vibrant sense of community is one characteristic that sets Castle Pines – the 80108 ZIP code more specifically – apart from other Colorado communities. Neighbors know each other, they spend time together and they support each other. If you are a new resident, you have likely already experienced this firsthand. The…

Rummaging around garage sales

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Hollen Wheeler Summer is coming and that means lemonade stands, trips to the pool and community garage sales. Looking to declutter closets, purge attics and basements and make a few extra bucks? A garage sale may be the answer. Garage sales attract several types of buyers: collectors looking for that unique purchase, those looking…

Modern approach to updating brick

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Lynn Zahorik, courtesy photos As you travel the streets of Castle Pines, it is remarkable to observe the revitalization that is happening throughout the neighborhoods. Striking changes are being made to the exteriors of traditional homes constructed over the past three decades. Inspired by an abundance of home improvement shows, homeowners are taking pride…

Take a moment to honor genuine patriots

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Patte Smith; photo by Lynn Zahorik Memorial Day is Monday, May 31. This is the day observed in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. In 2020, the U.S. added The National Moment of Remembrance, asking all fellow citizens to pause at 3 p.m. local time for…

Meaning of thirteen folds of the flag

By CPC | May 1, 2021

Dear Reader, A few words as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, a federal holiday formally observed on the last Monday of May. Often considered the official start of summer, we must never forget that it is a holiday for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their duties…

Disneyland reopens, but don’t pack the bags just yet

By CPC | May 1, 2021
Photo of Disneyland

By Bryan Goodland; courtesy photo The happiest place on earth reopened its gates on April 30, but don’t pack the Mickey bags just yet. While this is exciting news for those in the Castle Pines community with pent-up longings for a quintessential Disney family vacation, this initial opening is only for Californians, and proof of…

Community egg hunts

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Terri Wiebold; courtesy photos On one of the (few) beautiful sunny days in April, neighborhoods throughout the Castle Pines community hosted egg hunts. To view a slideshow of photos from the events, visit www.castlepinesconnection.com and click on “Photo Album.”

Splish splash for summer fun

By CPC | May 1, 2021
Photo of a Zero-depth entry pool.

By Patte Smith Ready to break out and enjoy hot summer days jumping in a pool or lounging beside it reading a good book? Good news – pools are opening for the summer and there are many great public pool options to check out. Butterfield Crossing Pool has been renovated and has numerous amenities. Located…

Gus Nelson: One tough old bird

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Joe Gschwendtner; photo courtesy of Western History Section, DPL Outliers make for legends. Bengt August (“Gus”) Nelson was one of them. Born in Falkenberg, Sweden in 1863, it was Gus’ destiny to become a great one. Great granddaughter Jo Nelson Bradford called him “a tough old bird.” At 18, Gus took passage on a…

Nara the cheerful Celt

By CPC | May 1, 2021
Photo of Nara the dog.

By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Nicole McGarvey Meet Nara McGarvey, a 6-year-old rescued mixed-breed canine. Nara was fortunate to find her fur-ever home on October 11, 2014 through Every Creature Counts, an animal rescue organization. Nara’s owners, Nicole and Noel McGarvey do not know Nara’s exact breed, but what they do know is that…

Growing up in Disneyland – Reminiscing a simpler time

By CPC | May 1, 2021
Photo of Ron DeFore and his sister Dawn with Walt Disney in the Disneyland Christmas parade

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photos courtesy of Ron DeFore Since its opening in 1955, Disneyland has been a destination vacation for many families across the globe. There are entire books, blogs, social media pages and travel agencies that have pointers on which hotels to stay in, which restaurants to secure a reservation at and where…

Patience and pursuit of passion pays off

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of Lauren Childress Lauren Childress is the public information officer (PIO) for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO). In that role, her main priority is media relations and informing the citizens in the community of the law enforcement related incidents that may impact them. During most of her law enforcement…

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

By CPC | May 1, 2021

Family raises awareness about the disorder By Chris Michlewicz A Surrey Ridge couple’s quest for information and help for their son’s complex medical condition has been aided by a small army of people with progress on their minds and kindness in their hearts. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), an umbrella term for a range of…

Strawberrylicious balsamic strawberries

By CPC | May 1, 2021
Balsamic Strawberry Compote

Article and photo by Lisa Crockett I have a sweet tooth the size of Texas and I make no apologies for that. I love all kinds of delicious foods, but in the end, if I have to make a choice, the dessert course is what really has my heart. I’m also a bit of a…

Farmers markets: A weekend tradition worth celebrating

By CPC | May 1, 2021

By Chris Michlewicz; photo courtesy of Parker Farmers Market The arrival of spring also means the much-anticipated arrival of farmers market season. There are few better weekend traditions than stepping into a busy farmers market on a warm, sunny day and perusing homemade wares, local art, vibrant flowers and baskets full of freshly-picked fruits and…

2021 Farmers Markets

By CPC | May 1, 2021

Castle Rock Farmers Market Outlets at Castle Rock 5050 Factory Shops Boulevard Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. June 19 – October 30 http://originalcastlerockfarmersmarket.com/ Centennial Farmers Market University Towne Center 7424 South University Boulevard Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 5 – October 27 www.elephantrockfarm.com Cherry Creek Farmers Market Cherry Creek Shopping Center 1st…

Cooking with cast iron

By CPC | May 1, 2021
CastIron

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of Hilda Trigoso Hilda Trigoso has had her cast iron pans for more than 20 years. “My mother-in-law back in Brazil was the influence for me to get one,” Trigoso shared. “She always cooked for us in her big cast iron pan and always praised how much better everything cooked…

Composting basics

By CPC | May 1, 2021
Photo of ceramic countertop composing container.

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of Sally Wagner, courtesy photo There are those who may think composting is dirty, gross, confusing and time consuming, but here is another look. Tossing kitchen and yard scraps in a bin and then getting free fertilizer for the lawn and garden is all there is to it. Well, okay,…

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