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Offered by Brighton Pediatrics

Cold and flu season is here! And with it comes a lot of respiratory illnesses. One common illness in young children is bronchiolitis. The best known virus that causes this is RSV, but several other viruses may cause it too.

The symptoms of bronchiolitis are similar to a common cold, but the virus can also infect the small airways in the lungs, resulting in a lot of mucous and inflammation in the chest. This results in wheezing, which is a whistling sound when a child breathes. Along with the wheezing, there may be tugging or pulling of the muscles between the ribs and below the ribcage, also known as retractions. This is in addition to standard cold symptoms such as fever, runny nose, congestion, and cough.

Because this illness is caused by a virus and not bacteria, treatment with antibiotics is ineffective. Many other treatments for bronchiolitis (such as albuterol or steroids) have also been shown to be ineffective. The mainstay of treatment for bronchiolitis is supportive care, which includes rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and Tylenol or ibuprofen for any fevers or discomfort. Parents may also use a humidifier, place saline drops or sprays into the nose, and use a bulb suction to clear the nose when congested.

If your child has wheezing or retractions, won’t drink any fluids, or has fever over 100 F for 3 days or more, you should have them seen by a doctor as soon as possible for further evaluation. Seek immediate treatment for any severe signs of breathing difficulty such as deep retractions, lethargy, or blue color to the lips or face. For further information, please visit our website at www.brightonpeds.com.

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Offered by Bonnie Baxter

Family owned and operated, Johnson’s Acres has been providing wholesome raw milk to the Brighton and surrounding communities since 2005 from cows that are 100% grass fed and 100% loved!!

Dr. Temple GrandinWe had the privilege of welcoming Dr. Temple Grandin to the farm on Oct 31st, 2015 for a tour. Dr. Grandin is an autistic woman who is known world wide for revolutionizing the meat industry regarding livestock handling and care and humane slaughter. She has been named one of the 100 most influential people in a 2010 issue of Time Magazine. She has appeared on shows such as 48 hours, 60 minutes and 20/20 and has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes and US News and World Report. Having her tour our farm was indispensable! Dr. Grandin gave us tips on training our cows (almost like training dogs) with a reward system (cows love to eat bananas!) and helped us to better understand cow behavior (did you know that cows remember things FOREVER???).

Our cows at Johnson’s Acres get to roam on 20 acres of pasture, lay in the sun, drink clean water and are handled with love and respect. We milk our cows twice a day, sunrise and sunset. Our cows are completely hormone and antibiotic free.

Visit us at Johnsonsacres.com to find out more about getting this perfect food…. raw milk from pasture fed cows. The way Mother Nature intended!!!

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Offered by Brighton Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

You don’t have to drive to Denver! The first snow of the season has come and gone. The temperature is dropping. Ski resorts are opening across Colorado. Ready or not, the holiday shopping season is upon us. Those of us fortunate enough to live in Adams County sometimes forget how much is available right here in our own backyards. It is not necessary to drive long distances to access a range of businesses, shopping centers, restaurants, and professional services. The ads in this issue of The Brighton Buzz can help you to get started with your search.

By working with businesses and other professionals here in Adams County, you can benefit from both the environment and your pocketbook. Less driving equals less air pollution. Remember that you may need to visit a professional’s office several times…gas is expensive, and your own time is valuable. Also, many local businesses offer convenient free parking.

Regarding professional services, of course, you should not retain an attorney or any other professional just because of location. You still need to do due diligence: ask trusted friends for recommendations, check out professional credentials, check with the BBB, and take any other steps you deem necessary.

One final note: please celebrate the holiday season responsibly by not drinking and driving. Be aware that you will be arrested if you are pulled over and your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.05 or greater. That charge is called Driving While Ability Impaired. If your BAC is 0.08 or higher, the charge becomes Driving Under the Influence, which is an even more serious charge. Be safe this Holiday season and in 2016.

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

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Offered by Home Helpers Home Care

At any time over the recent holiday season did you have a reason to believe that Mom or Dad might be struggling due to age-related limitations or health issues? Does anything stand out as being odd, or does any of their behavior seem slightly “off” to you? Perhaps your parents’ house seemed messier that normal, or Mom seemed to have become a bit forgetful. Perhaps you found yourself discussing their changes in behavior with your siblings, asking questions like, “Why is Mom acting so strange? Do you think Dad is Okay?”

We often sense when something just doesn’t seem right with an aging parent, but do not know what to do about it. There are many circumstantial, personal and environmental factors that come into play when assessing your aging parents’ health and living situation. This is a very difficult conversations to have with family members and questioning our loved ones’ condition can be stressful, even daunting at times.

Hiring an in-home caregiver can ensure that your loved one receives the daily care they need. A little extra help with housework, cooking and errands may be all that is needed, or a more intensive care plan that includes personal care might be in order. Whatever the needs, in-home caregivers can be the solution to keeping your loved one happy, healthy and at home.

Home Helpers Home Care is here to help. Please call David Caughey at 720-442-8156 for more information. He will happily come to you to discuss your specific needs for a family member.

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Offered by Elizabeth Maloney

Your local “one stop shop” for everything home. From comfy sofa’s and inspiring wall art to the kitchen and bath you’ve always wanted, izzy’s has it.  In addition, professional design services by Elisabeth Maloney are always available to make the process of home design fun and easy.

On the corner of Bridge and Cabbage in historic downtown Brighton, rustic charm seems to best describe this newly renovated space built in 1912. Months of dedicated work went into the restoration of what was once known as LEHRMAN MERCANTILE, which still houses the original freight elevator. Proudly, Elisabeth, had this amazing piece of history highlighted in her new enchanting mercantile. She is always delighted to take you on a tour.

With the holidays upon us, it may be a great time to do some sprucing up in your own space. Elisabeth is offering a free design consultation to help you on your way to designing a home that feels like you. She is also passionate about embracing your family heirlooms, blending the old and the new into her designs. Come by and enjoy a hot cup of coffee, bring some home pics, and enjoy a shopping experience like none other.

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Offered by Jan Giuliano

From everyone at Academy Mortgage, we thank you for a wonderful year. When I look back, I think of all the great people we have met and helped achieve their home-buying dream. Thank you all for sharing that opportunity; it means the world to us. Even after the closing is over we continue to stay in touch providing resources and continued support. Our wish is that more families will have that opportunity come in 2016. Please enjoy the holiday season and may you be blessed with joy, health, prosperity and love. Give Frank and Jan a call at 303-450-1650.

Turkey stuffing recipe from my grandmother’s box:

  • 1 loaf of bread (it doesn’t matter the brand); break into pieces into a large bowl.
  • 2 stalks of celery; cut into small pieces
  • ½ of a small white or yellow onion; cut into small pieces
  • ½ stick of butter; cut into about 6 pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon of celery seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Use some turkey drippings from the cooked turkey, about ½ to ¾ cup (skim the fat). You don’t want too much to make the bread too soggy, just moist enough to form together.

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set oven to 425 degrees. In the large bowl of bread add the celery, onion, celery seed, salt and pepper and butter scattered over the mixture. Add the liquid; remember to use enough to moisten the bread mixture but don’t make it too soggy. Use a large soup spoon and lightly flatten the patties on the baking sheet so they don’t touch. They won’t spread. Cook for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown outside and bottom but still soft in the middle. The cooking time will depend on the wetness of the bread. If very wet, cook longer. If not very wet, cook less time. 50.

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Offered by Michael A. Dolan

People love to procrastinate, especially when they’re dealing with topics that make them uncomfortable. As a result, estate planning can be a task that people tend to put off. Often they wait until someone tells them they have a terminal illness, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or they retire. Unfortunately, procrastinating can raise significant questions as to your intent regarding your instructions after death. It adds uncertainty when you have not made amendments to your estate plan for a period of many years, and then make significant changes just prior to your death.
Death bed changes to estate plans are often contested in court. Undue influence by family members over aging parents, diminished mental capacity, and the influence of medications on an individual’s capacity all raise questions about whether the last-minute change or preparation of an estate plan really represents their intent.

This can be avoided by putting an estate plan in place early, and reviewing it regularly to make sure that it continues to meet your intent. It makes the plan more enforceable, and provides you with peace of mind. It can also help remind you of your true and well thought out intent when you are struggling late in life and are encouraged by others to make changes. If you want to make a change to your estate plan when you are late in life or facing a terminal illness, take special care to document your true intent and your mental ability to express that intent. Additional steps and formality can save problems, disputes, and litigation after your death.

Avoid these problems by planning early, review and update your plan often, and if you decide to make changes late in life, properly document your intent and your ability to make the decisions. Your family is less likely to fight over your wishes and they will continue to have family gatherings and meaningful relationships after your death.

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Rippy Insurance

Now in its third year of business, The Rippy Agency has been so busy and involved in the community over the past two years that we are literally asking ourselves, where did the time go? December has been an exciting time for the Rippy Agency. You may recall having seen our floats decorated in thousands of holiday lights as we have been involved in the City of Brighton’s Annual Festival of Lights Parade the past two years. We are gearing up once again, and getting our elves ready to help prepare our float for this year’s parade on December 12th! We are very excited to have you see this year’s entry as it will be like nothing you have seen before!

In the past two years, we have also sponsored an Angel Giving Tree in our agency. We have partnered with two local elementary schools in the past to provide an opportunity for our customers as well as citizens of our community to help provide a gift for a child who may not receive one otherwise. If you would like to become an angel, please stop by the agency to pick out a tag.

When we are not active in the community, we are working to protect our customer’s assets and loved ones. Allstate has recently released several new products that can gear towards not only your budget, but your family’s needs. We offer final expense policies with death benefits starting at $10,000.

If you would like to set up an appointment to go over your family’s needs at your home or at our office, please let us know.

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck

The past two months I’ve been addressing the growth rate here in Brighton and some of the effects related to the rapid growth. It’s general knowledge that at least some of Brighton’s growth is directly related to the influx of energy industry growth in Adams and Weld counties, and after last months article, that our growing population is getting younger. But what does that look like in terms of employment?

Not surprisingly, construction and oil/gas sectors account for a large percentage of the overall greater Brighton area job generation, but the job mix, specifically in Brighton, is in reality driven more by public sector jobs (including education) and retail trade. Breaking it down within just the private industry sectors, more than two thirds of Brighton’s local economy hinges on employment in retail, oil/gas extraction, health care, accommodation/food services, construction, and manufacturing. According to ESRI and a recent report by Leland Consulting Group.

In terms of occupational classification comparisons between Brighton and the general metro area, there is a much higher concentration of blue collar workers in Brighton than the overall metro area. But, when you only consider Brighton, the number of white collar workers (54%) is nearly double blue collar workers (30%). Source: ESRI (based on US Census/BLS data)

Numbers clearly show that despite our history of agriculture and the assumption that Brighton is a predominantly blue collar town, the face of our community is evolving increasingly into a community of white collar workers, looking for a place to raise their young families.

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 Jennie Poppenger
Are you using social media to boost your business? I have a special offer at the end of this article. Facebook says it now has 1.55 billion active monthly users, up 14% from a year ago. Most of those users, 1.39 billion of them, accessed the social media platform through mobile devices. [nbcnews.com, 11/4/15 stats]

Are you using ads to raise awareness of your business? Try creating a link ad to promote your website and increase purchases and leads.

If most of your revenue comes from people near your business, use local awareness ads to reach more of them and grow in-store traffic.

Unlike promoting your Page or boosting posts, local awareness ads let you target people by distance around your business—as near as one mile away. Plus you can include a call-to-action button to give potential customers a way to get directions, call or message your business directly.

Have you tried using a video ad yet? Targeting your video ads on Facebook helps get your videos in front of the right people to maximize views and reach. Organic video loaded directly to Facebook will have the best results.

Need help? My gift to you this Christmas season is to offer a complimentary 1/2 hour consultation. Call me at 303.518.0089 to schedule. I can help you make sense of social media and help grow awareness for your business or non-profit!

Need help with your social media? Call Jennie Poppenger at Face to Face – 303.518.0089.