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Susan Kline
Offered by Susan Kline

Well, we made it through this winter without too much time spent being snowed in or inconvenienced by snowy weather. Until yesterday……What a snowstorm and winter experience! Thankfully, it’s warming today and soon we’ll be back to our regular fare of comfortable temperatures and the occasional rainy afternoon. It’s funny how the weather can pause any plans we might have and give us a chance to be thankful for what’s going on around us. I personally was happy to have the time to spend on our largest issue ever for the month of April. We’ve been as awestruck by our compilation of advertisements, events, and news as we were by the size of the snowflakes yesterday. The two events happening simultaneously was something to behold.

So, what types of information are we bringing to you this month? We’ve been asked to advertise a number of new businesses in the area and that’s always a true pleasure. You’ll be made aware of SonFlower Ranch, a wonderful place for you and your family to visit this summer, Bed ‘n Biscuit Inn, an amazing new kennel in a beautiful country setting in Keenesburg, George T. Sanders Company, Plumbing and Heating Distributors now open to the public, Pro Sec, a new security company, and Spectrum Medical Imaging Center, a new business in the expanded Medical Office Facility at Platte Valley Medical Center….also, congratulations on the move of Platte Valley Pharmacy to that facility as well.

Are there events in your future in this area? Yes, and yes is the answer to that question. We’ve included a good number of upcoming events and are happy that you’ll be made aware of them in enough time to plan the next few months’ worth of activities. Don’t ever sit and wonder what there is to do! Just keep this issue of the magazine and look forward to going to many of the events listed on these pages.

Lastly, we always feel very lucky to have the experience of increasing our knowledge of what’s happening and who’s involved in the growth and development of this Northeastern Metro Area. We hope that you feel enriched by what we’re providing and can use the information to better your life. In this Springtime of the year when everything is growing, we get the chance to grow ourselves by meeting new people and trying new things. Happy Spring to all of our readers!

All the best this April,


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Natural Wellness Tips to Keep You Healthy this Season

Offered by Jessica Ahmed, Licensed Acupuncturist

Happy spring to the greater Brighton community! Although in Colorado we can often look forward to snow well into April, March 20th marks the official first day of spring. Many of us look forward to the warmth, sunshine and new growth of the season, but some of us also dread the allergies, injuries from increased physical activity, and arthritis or fibromyalgia flareups aggravated by the fluctuating weather.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine benefit the immune system and help alleviate the sneezing, runny nose and foggy head of allergies, as well as prevent and treat various types of pain. It is best to start receiving acupuncture before allergy season begins since it reduces the number of treatments you will need, but you can start anytime.

Similarly, if you injure yourself during exercise or hurt your back while gardening, it is ideal to come in as soon as possible since you will typically need only a couple of treatments to take care of an acute sprain or strain. In general, the longer you have had a condition, the longer you can expect to receive treatment before it is cured.

Here are a few recommendations to help keep you healthy this season:

Diet: In Chinese medicine the liver is associated with the spring season, so now is a good time to focus on gently cleansing through your diet. I recommend eating plenty of fresh vegetables, especially greens, as well as sour foods, such as lemon squeezed in your water. If you have allergies, try limiting dairy and wheat and notice if your symptoms improve.

Movement: Warmer weather creates a great opportunity for increased physical activity. Make it fun by going outside for a walk, hike or bike ride. Stretching is especially encouraged and will help you avoid injuries.

Boost your Immune System: Limit your sugar intake and focus on stress-reduction. Take a daily multivitamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and fish oil. Chinese herbs, such as Huang Qi (Astragulus) and Dong Chong Xia Cao (Cordyceps) are also helpful.

Homeopathy: These gentle and effective medicines are available in most health food stores. Some common homeopathics for spring hay fever are Allium cepa, Euphrasia officianalis and Histaminum.

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Offered by Brighton Pediatrics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers need eight to ten hours of sleep each night for their optimal well-being, yet two-thirds of high school students get less than 8 hours of sleep on an average weeknight. Sleep plays an important part in learning, memory storage, brain recuperation, performance, metabolism and emotion regulation. Sleep-deprived teenagers tend to be moody and unhappy, and have more difficulty in school. Inadequate sleep may also contribute to obesity.

How can we help our teenagers get enough sleep? A good night’s sleep requires a dark, quiet bedroom that is not too hot or cold, and a comfortable bed. Regular exercise earlier in the day is helpful. Teenagers should avoid caffeine for at least six hours before bedtime and avoid eating a heavy meal within two hours of bedtime. A relaxing bedtime routine, which might include a soothing bath, enjoyable reading or yoga, is helpful. The bedtime routine should include turning off electronic devices that might delay getting to sleep or wake one up during the night.

Anxiety and depression may cause difficulty falling asleep and sleeping soundly, in which case seeking help for the anxiety and depression may be essential.

Regular sleep hours are important. Sleeping very late on weekends makes it difficult to fall asleep at the necessary time Sunday night. For a high school student with a heavy course load, sports, and other activities, finding enough hours for a good night’s sleep may be difficult. We can try to help our teenagers strike a healthy balance between these activities and free time and set a good example by following a healthy sleep routine ourselves.

For additional health information, visit our website at

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Offered by Brighton resident Gregory R. McMahon, Esq.

The possession and distribution of marijuana is illegal in the state of Colorado. That last sentence is not a misprint. Possessing and distributing marijuana violates Federal law. The supremacy clause of the United States Constitution is very clear:

The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, Article VI
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

What Colorado law says
If you are over 21, you may possess up to one ounce of marijuana. You may not use marijuana “openly and publicly.” If you have a medical marijuana card, you may possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana. However, you are still violating federal law.

What Not to Do

  • Do not take your marijuana to Denver International Airport and attempt to transport your marijuana across state lines.
  • Do not transport marijuana from Colorado to another state using a vehicle.
  • Do not take marijuana into a federal national park that is located within Colorado. You could be arrested.
  • Do not drive while using marijuana. This can result in what is called a Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and is a state crime in Colorado. If you are stopped by law enforcement, you will be subject to a blood test if they suspect that you are under the infl uence of marijuana. You will face criminal charges if you have over 5 nano grams of marijuana in your system.

The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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Greg for the Defense

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Offered by Steven Madera, Colorado Prestige Insurance

Nearly five years ago, in June of 2011, Steven Madera, President of Colorado Prestige Insurance began his journey to provide a variety of quality insurance resources as a broker for The Hartford, Safeco, Progressive, Travelers Insurance Companies and many more. His entire goal for growing the business was to develop lasting relationships with their clients by offering good pricing through the myriad of companies they represent.

Colorado Prestige Insurance has products available for auto and home, business insurance and even special policies exclusively for seniors. They believe strongly in reviewing policies regularly to make sure their clients have the right policy at the right price for their needs.

Their business has grown consistently since they began and it’s due largely to referrals from existing clients. They wanted to express their gratitude for continued referrals and when someone refers a friend or family member for an insurance quote, they are sent a gift card from their random gift card selection and their name is automatically put in an Annual Referral Drawing for a 50” Flat Screen T.V. No purchase is necessary. Their referral must simply mention the name of the client and let Colorado Prestige Insurance quote their insurance needs to receive the gift card and entry. There is no maximum referrals in a referral based business, meaning there is no maximum amount of gift cards or entries into the drawing you can receive. Colorado Prestige Insurance appreciates your referrals!

Stop by today or call 303-659-4744 and meet the friendly staff at Colorado Prestige Insurance. They’d be happy to discuss your insurance needs and see how they can save you money while providing excellent insurance options.

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Offered by Jan Giuliano

Frank and I have been writing this column for 2 years now and it has been our great pleasure. But we want to take a minute and announce a new member of our Academy Team. Please welcome, Mitch Malone! Mitch is a graduate of Academy’s National Training Program and joins our team anxious to get out and meet every one. Here’s a little something about him:

A Native Coloradoan growing up north east of Denver in the farming and cattle communities of Brighton and Keenesburg became Mitch’s backdrop for his future interests. He was an athlete and he competed in rodeo events of team roping and steer wrestling. In college, he obtained his Associate Degree at Northeastern Junior College before going on and finishing his two Bachelor Degrees from Oklahoma Panhandle State University all the while continuing to ride and train horses. Working and training horses was rewarding and educational. It allowed him to take an animal that wanted nothing to do with human contact and train them to perform at their highest competitive level. Mitch’s patience, persistence, and reliance on trust are skills he uses helping his clients become homeowners, much like his horses, helping them accomplish their full potential.

Please note that there are other members of our office including Damian Gonzalez who can help anyone needing a Spanish speaking Loan Officer, and John Olivacz. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful office full of people anxious to help. So, if you have questions or need help give us a call 303-450-1650.

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The Giuliano Team at Academy Mortgage Corporation

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Offered by Rev. Joel Kershaw, Brighton United Methodist Church

Brighton United Methodist ChurchThis time of year, flowers and trees begin to bloom reminding us that under the snow and cold lies hope for life. With springtime comes our annual Easter celebration of Jesus’ resurrection bringing the promise of new life in Christ. As an active and faithful congregation in the Body of Christ, Brighton United Methodist Church brims with that new life as we seek to live out our faith in our community. We worship, serve those in need and continually grow in our faithfulness as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our celebration of that new life begins with a spiritual retreat called “24-hours that Changed the World” on March 18 & 19 reflecting on the Passion of Jesus Christ. Then we gather in worship throughout Holy Week to mark the final days and hours of Jesus’ life on earth and finally celebrate His Resurrection on Easter Morning. Take a step and join us for any or all of this powerful journey with Jesus. (see our ad on page 33 of the March issue of The Brighton Buzz for more details)

Now Easter seems like a destination but really is only the beginning of our journey. This Easter our congregation will begin a new season of Bible Study and prayer that will inspire our living this new life to the fullest.

If you are looking for meaning in your life, find it with us, find it this Easter. New people join us every week in this blooming of new life, and we want to invite you. There is no better time than now!

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Offered by Colorado Karate Club

Several years back, I found myself, just like you today, flipping through the pages of the Brighton Buzz. There I found Colorado Karate Club, and my four year old son was happy and excited to train with them.

As I sat there watching my son in class week after week, I had a thought: what if I started training? I dismissed the thought though. It was a silly idea for someone in her mid 30’s, and four\ young children, right? Yet, after some soul searching, I said to myself… “hey, why not?” So there I went…

At first, I was intimidated, nervous, and felt awkward. Let’s face it, trying anything new as an adult is HARD! We have these preconceived notions, these self limiting beliefs of what we can, and cannot do. Anything that takes us out of our everyday comfort zone is downright scary. But I had taken that most important first step. I had started my journey, and from that moment, my life has NEVER been the same.

Over time, I saw myself develop into a person that no longer feared a challenge. I became more confident, my stress levels as a parent decreased. With every training session I started to grow. I realized that even as adults we are continuously growing, learning, and becoming who we are meant to be.

After many years of training, and having accomplished so much, I see now that life is too short to be afraid of trying new things. It is said that most people go to their graves with their “music” still in them. Could that be you? I hope not. Therefore, I invite you to step out of your comfort zone. Whether it is Karate training, starting a new business, a new career, hobby, or anything else you ever hoped you could do, be willing to take that chance.

So take that first step. Today!

Wishing you great things ahead,
Kyra Arnold, Lead Instructor

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck

For the past several months I’ve been sharing statistics and demographics about our community and its changing face. But population isn’t the only change going on around here. For several months, city planners, consultants, and interested citizen volunteers have been reviewing the existing plan, and more importantly, gathering resident and stakeholder input as part of updating the City’s Master Plan. The Master Plan is a comprehensive document that will be used to guide a tremendous amount of growth and development over the next 20 years.

The Master Plan update (Be Brighton), has involved delving into what is needed and desired to position Brighton as a unique, sustainable, and inclusive community. The process has included information and study sessions, workshops, lots of discussions and brainstorming, and finally, the compilation of the resulting valuable and informative feedback from the small percentage of residents and stakeholders who took the time to participate. This small but diverse group is an integral part of helping to establish the path forward for our community.

The consultants are now drafting the final version to make it available for public review and comment during the next few weeks. If you haven’t been involved in the process of shaping our future community, there is still a little time to jump in, check out the fi nal preview, and comment before the official City Council final vote. For more about the Be Brighton Comprehensive Plan update, visit to find information about the various topics covered, survey results, dates for upcoming opportunities to review the documents and provide final comment, and more.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Rippy Insurance

Slam dunkWhether it’s your children on Spring Break from school or college basketball on TV, MARCH MADNESS is here! Maybe you are fortunate to spend the time with your kids or have some extra time on the couch watching games and managing your brackets. Any way you look at it, it’s always a great time to have your insurance policy reviewed.

When WAS the last time you had a licensed insurance agent review your needs? This should be done any time a change occurs in your life, but annually at minimum! Do you know if the replacement cost of your home has been updated with market appreciation on your homeowner policy? Have you refi nished your basement, upgraded your bathrooms and kitchen? You may have a low premium or your buddy from high school is your insurance agent and has been for the past 20 years, but in the event of a claim, your home may not be insured to value and you may not have enough boards to re-build your home if it is destroyed. Is your cut-rate insurance or high school buddy going to be there to help you re-build?

Insurance is unlike any other product out there, in that you pay for it and hope you’ll never have to use it. Allstate offers rewards for policyholders that do not have claims on their home or auto policy, as well as the only money-back guarantee on auto claims in the insurance industry.

Stop the madness and call or stop by the Rippy Agency!

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