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Offered by Susan Kline

Susan KlineSummer is a season that is loved by many. With all of the May activities, it sneaks up on us right after many significant events, and then we switch into the vacation/summer fun mode. Our expectations are high and we’re looking at these three beautiful months as a time to squeeze in everything we like to do during great weather and many days of sunshine. Let’s take this opportunity to think what makes our families and ourselves most happy and create wonderful memories of the Summer of 2017 by doing them!

One of the first of our Summer Activities will be Summerfest on June 3rd at Carmichael Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Our May issue had the event as its cover and we hope many of you have put this date on your calendar to make sure you don’t miss this day long event. In the centerfold of this issue are other upcoming events in the City of Brighton and we hope you take notice and get those on your schedule as well.

Another highlight of June is Father’s Day. This year it’s on June 18th and we hope you all will spend time honoring the special dads in your life. Showing appreciation to those we love is one of the best gifts we can give. Happy Father’s Day to all of our readers!

Below are a couple of quotes that may bring smiles and introspection:

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawnmower is broken. ~ James Dent

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow fast in the movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning again with the summer. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

All the best this May,


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Offered by Scott and Laura Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway

We’ve all heard the horror stories about real estate professionals that fall short once they get your house listed. What we don’t hear as much about is the people who try buying or selling on their own, without a Realtor®, and the challenges that follow. You may save some money on commissions, but wind up paying more in other ways.

Here are 3 reasons you should hire a professional to help you with your next real estate transaction.

More Access to Information
A real estate agent’s job is to act as a liaison between buyers and sellers. Once you know the criteria of your home purchase, your agent will work to make sure that your needs are met. With access to different listing services, plus a wide network of professional relationships, you can find what you need faster, and with less work on your side.

Negotiations are Tricky
If you’ve ever been house-hunting, you’ll fi nd all sorts of surprises waiting for you: wallpaper no one has seen for 25 years, carpets that haven’t ever seen the underside of a steam cleaner, or even decorative resurfacing with several conflicting textures. Realtors® have seen it all, and could still tell you stories. What they do better than anyone else is approaching the situation from an unemotional perspective to help you pick which items to negotiate with. Because an off er can be refused with or without good reason, it’s best to have someone helping you who knows the best way to phrase your concerns.

The Struggle is Real with Contracts
If you decide to buy or sell a home, the off er to purchase contract is there to protect you and ensure that you can back out of the deal if certain conditions aren’t met. For example, if you plan to buy a home with a mortgage but you fail to make financing one of the conditions of the sale– and you aren’t approved for the mortgage–you can lose your deposit on the home and could even be sued by the seller for failing to fulfill your end of the contract.

An experienced real estate agent deals with the same contracts and conditions on a regular basis, and is familiar with which conditions should be used, when they can safely be removed and how to use the contract to protect you, whether you’re buying or selling your home.

It costs nothing to meet with a Realtor® to help you make your decision. If you’re interested in setting up some time to talk with a real estate profession, call 720.371.6733 or visit

Check out for more information or to set up a confidential discussion.

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Brighton’s most popular summer festival
On Saturday, June 3, the City of Brighton will host Summerfest, one of Brighton’s largest community festivals! Summerfest, formerly known as Culturefest, will have a new location and extended hours this year. The event will find a new home at the city’s Carmichael Park, 650 Southern Street, and will operate from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Also new this year, Summerfest will have a beer garden (sponsored by the Richard Lambert Foundation) for those 21 years of age and older. A complimentary bike valet, provided by Bike Brighton, will be available at the event. Children’s activities will include a petting zoo, face painting, a climbing wall and more. The evening concert at the First National Bank Entertainment Stage will feature River Whyless, a nationally touring American folk band.

Local nonprofit, Brighton Shares The Harvest, in partnership with the city, will be adding a new component to this year’s Summerfest event called, “Grow Healthy with Brighton.”

In an effort to honor the city’s mission statement and enhance the quality of life for the community, all activities at Carmichael Park during Summerfest are free and open to the public, including the concerts at the First National Bank Entertainment Stage.

For more information please visit

First National Bank Entertainment Stage

About the Jams

McCloskey & Mille

10:30 a.m.-Noon
Aaron McCloskey and Jonny Miller are about bluegrass. They play and sing with a nod to the masters while forging ahead with their own unique voices. Together they play songs about the good times and bad with honesty, grit and reckless precision.


12:30 – 2 p.m.
Dearling has a boldly ambient flare and a true mainstream hook. It’s supposed to be about love. Real love. Which has dimension and dynamic and range. It’s Colorado country music. A little alternative, a little folk, a little rock, and very country with as much soul in the lyrics as the melodies.


2:30 – 4 p.m.
Facing West is a sister duo of Caitlin & Sidney. Hailing out of the mountains overlooking Denver, these singing/songwriting teen sisters have been gaining recognition for their original music, pumped up with strong lyrics and engaging live performances.


5 – 7 p.m.
River Whyless, an American folk band from Asheville, North Carolina, builds its music around fiddle, guitar and harmonies, with imagination and textures that set the band apart from many of its acoustic and folk-based peers. The group will be performing at well-known venues and festivals across the country in 2017, on their We All The Light tour. Their show at Summerfest in Brighton comes just one week before their performance at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee.

The Carnival is Coming Back to Town!

Ride into summer at the Gary Moore Amusements Carnival! The Carnival will be open for thrill seekers from 5-10 p.m. Thursday, June 1, and noon-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 4, at the Brighton Pavilions. Wristbands will be $20 per day.

Fun Facts to Remember:

    Summerfest was formerly known as Culturefest. The event was rebranded in 2016.
    Summerfest has moved locations this year! It was previously held in Downtown Brighton. Now, it will be in Carmichael Park. The carnival will still be located at the Pavilions.
    The hours of Summerfest are longer than ever this year, with the fun being open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    For the first time at the City’s summer festival, Summerfest will have a beer garden for those 21 years of age and older.


City of Brighton, Brighton Fire Rescue District, The Home Depot, Platte Valley Medical Center and Ambulance Services, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission, First National Bank, Brighton Lodging Tax Grants and the Brighton Police Department.

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Offered by Colorado Karate Club

A few months ago, I was sitting in the Starbucks drive-thru and as usual the line was a mile long. I finally got up to the window absolutely aggravated by the long wait only to find that that the driver before me had paid for my order.

My mood just changed from annoyed to surprised and grateful. I pulled away with a smile on my face, drove to work, and had an amazing day. I could have arrived at work irritated and had a miserable day, but that one random act of kindness completely changed my attitude.

One day, inspired by that act from a stranger, my husband and I thought we’d take $50 and spread some kindness all over Brighton just for the heck of it. We bought scratch off s and taped them to gas pumps. We bought baked goods and dropped them off at the police station. We bought flowers for my kids’ Principal. I took a stack of sticky notes, wrote compliments on them: You’re amazing, You got this, YOU are beautiful and left them in random places throughout town in the hopes that someone having a bad day would find one and smile. At the end of the day, my heart was overflowing.

What would happen if we all took some time to be kind? You never know whose day, week, or even LIFE could be changed with a compliment, smile, or a paid for cup of coffee. What’s more, there’s an added bonus to practicing kindness, it makes YOU feel good too!

My challenge is this: do one kind thing today and reflect upon how it makes you feel.

Wishing you great things today and always,
Kyra Arnold
Colorado Karate Club

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A Teen’s Perspective by Charly Frisk

When I was younger, graduation used to mean a time where the supermarkets were stocked with plush bears with cute black caps on furry heads, fancy lettering on congratulatory cards, and balloons bursting with best regards to future endeavors of high school/college students.

When I attended my school’s graduation my freshman year the meaning of the word changed. It became less of a season when stores burst with congratulatory decorations – transforming into more of an occasion that was much more meaningful – it became an event of inspiration. Nothing compares to watching students walk up to that stage full of excited (potentially teary eyed) teachers and administrators in front of all their friends and family and receive that diploma that they have been waiting to receive for years. When I watched them proudly take their envelope with the enclosed diploma, it was empowering to me. It showed me that all the late nights spent studying, all the days spent in class, and all the work put in to achieve decent grades was worth it. Graduation is when the students are praised and thanked for all the hard work they have done – recognized for their achievements.

Soon, it will be my turn. While I am excited to graduate, to feel that flood of accomplishment and pride, I am not yet ready to go. Despite the fact that I might not feel quite ready, life will carry on and I will graduate regardless. But, are you ever really ready to leave? Sure, you can try to prepare yourself, “pinning” room decorations that will be perfect for your ideal dorm room, or visiting the college, but you will never really know what to expect until you experience it yourself. On that note, when the day does come for you to “leave the nest” it will be new and exciting, and full of potential!

As this exciting date approaches, we, as graduates, are undergoing the “leaving” process. Much of what you may find on the internet about leaving the house can come off as negative. Here are some things to keep these last days sunny. “Everything will feel like it is ending. It’s like I am doing everything the last time.” I expected everything to feel like the last time, feeling that emptiness of “Wow. That’s the last time I’m ever going to do that.” I just closed my last theater production, my last mock trial tournament, and attended my last prom. However, I feel different. I feel like everything seems like the last only if I look back on it in the past and dwell on what will never exist again in the future. If one only focuses on what happened in the past, you can never appreciate the joy of what might occur in the present. If one only focuses on what may never happen in the future, you can never appreciate the joy of what life may bring. And so, in the most cliche way possible, I am telling you to live in the present. I hope that this persuades you, because if you don’t take every moment and appreciate every single drop of happiness, you will unfortunately miss out on all the wonderful opportunities. Sure, things around you are ending and you can’t hide from that fact of inevitability, but everything around you is also just beginning!

“I just want to leave. I am so done with this school.” Let me unveil a little secret for you…all high schools face drama. Sometimes we just get on each other’s nerves. Drama may intensify in these last few months. Emotions run high. Doubts may pile up. Stress from tests and homework builds. Senioritis infiltrates motivation. Know that we are all going through the same thing. There is no need in tearing others down because everybody needs somebody to be there for them through this difficult transitional period. Keep it chill. You might just miss these people.

In just a month, I will be walking the stage to get my diploma. Though I am nervous, I am excited and happy to start this new chapter. To all my juniors and underclassmen, enjoy each moment! To all my seniors, I wish the best for all of you.

You have the power to make a difference.

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Offered by Erin Young

Young Montessori School is opening June 5th with a fun, summer loving program! Many of you already know me, (Ms. Erin Young) and Ms. Vanessa Flores from our years of teaching in Brighton, and I am now seeing my dream come true of owning my own Montessori school!

Please join us this summer to help us usher in a new beginning with a wonderful program that includes studies, activities, and field trips centered around: dinosaurs, the human body, space and our solar
system, safari and farm animals, and the ocean! We are accepting ages 3 – 10 for the summer program and having an “Open House” on Thursday May 25th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM for those not only interested in the summer program but also fall enrollment for preschool and kindergarten!

Young Montessori School is located in the heart of Brighton located at: 203 S. 3rd Ave. (Previously Brighton Montessori School) in a quaint and charming old school house! Our environment helps children feel more “at home” than the traditional school environment and with only certified Montessori teachers as leads; you can rest assured your child is receiving an authentic Montessori education and experience. And with many years in the Montessori classroom, Ms. Vanessa and I are extremely passionate about the Montessori Method and about seeing your child reach for the stars!

Please feel free to stop by as we make the transition to Young Montessori School or call 303-659-0515 to pick up an application packet, meet staff, & check us out!

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Offered by Brighton Pediatrics

Summer is right around the corner and that means many pools will be opening soon. While pools and boats are a keystone of summer fun, they represent a major danger to children of all ages. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children behind motor vehicle accidents.

The vast majority of drowning deaths are preventable. What can parents do to prevent drowning? Number one is supervision around pools. Most drowning deaths happen when a child less than 5 is left unsupervised around an unfenced household or hotel pool. Number two is swim lessons.

The Brighton Rec Center offers many levels of swimming lessons and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children older than 4 receive lessons. Swim lessons should not be considered a substitute for supervision. Other preventative measures include fences around home pools, life jackets on boats or around open water, and counseling teens about the risks of alcohol or drugs around water.

Please contact Brighton Pediatrics or visit our website at if you have further questions.

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Offered by Brighton Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

Immigration law is a hot topic these days. Immigration law is presently evolving so it is important to know the latest updates and consult an immigration attorney immediately if you have questions. In the next few months, I will overview recent changes to immigration policy and how immigration law and criminal law often intersect.

On January 25, 2017, the President signed an Executive Order: “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.” The website has a copy of the entire Executive Order. I will summarize the order: “The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies (agencies) to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.

Section five of the January 25, 2017 Executive Order outlines the Enforcement Priorities. It directs the United States Department of Homeland Security to prioritize those aliens and removable aliens who:
(a) Have been convicted of any criminal offense;
(b) Have been charged with any criminal offense, where such charge has not been resolved;
(c) Have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense;
(d) Have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a government agency;
(e) Have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits;
(f) Are subject to a final order of removal, but have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States; or
(g) In the judgment of an Immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.”

Section 8 of the Executive Order empowers “State and local law enforcement agencies across the country to perform the functions of an immigration offi cer in the Interior of the United States to the maximum extent permitted by law.’

What does all this mean locally? The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says it will not arrest at sensitive locations such as schools and churches.

Moreover, for Denver (ICE) Field Office, the priorities are still aggravated felons, sex offenders, recent DUI’s, and national security.

Neither the author nor editor of the Brighton Buzz takes any position or opinion on this issue. The sole purpose is to keep you informed.

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

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Offered by T. Lloyd Worth

Certain kinds of coverage may help to sustain you financially in an emergency.

You plan for retirement with expectations in mind. You hope to enjoy a certain quality of life, with sufficient income resulting from smart financial choices. Ideally, your future unfolds as planned.
But what if the unexpected happens? Will you have the right insurance in place to deal with it?

Insurance matters more in retirement planning than you may think. It is seldom “top of mind” in retirement planning conversations, but the right coverage could help you maintain some financial equilibrium in the face of sudden money pressures.

A life insurance payout could provide income for a surviving spouse. Thanks to late-night TV commercials marketing small funeral insurance policies, many retirees associate life insurance benefits with paying off burial costs. Benefits from larger policies can potentially accomplish much more.

Suppose a 75-year-old widow receives a $500,000 death benefit from a policy purchased by her late spouse. An income stream could be arranged from that death benefit, with the widow receiving $20,000 annually from that lump sum (or more) into her nineties. The payout could also be invested.

Liability insurance could help you out in retirement. As an example, say you are one of three drivers involved in a multi-car accident that leaves a teenager with a disability. You are the only driver cited for a traffic violation, and you happen to be in your seventies. You could now be a target for “predators and creditors.” Say you have some neighbors over for a barbecue, and one of them stumbles on your patio and breaks an arm or a hip; a lawsuit may be next. Few retirees think about or carry umbrella liability policies, but more may want to consider them.

What if you or your spouse need long-term care? Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey says that the median cost of a semi-private nursing home room was $6,844 last year. How many years of such care would you be willing to pay for out of your savings? True, long-term care insurance has grown costlier. True, some people may never need it. Even so, three or four years of such care – for you, your spouse, or your elderly parents – might draw down your retirement savings more quickly than you would imagine. Think of how large those costs might be ten or twenty years from now. Long-term care coverage may end up being worth every penny.¹

Insuring yourself against the above possibilities is only prudent. With such coverage in place, you may go a long way toward insuring the quality of your retirement as well.

T. Lloyd Worth may be reached at (303) 558-0214 or or visit

Insurance policies contain exclusions, limitations, reductions of benefits, and terms for keeping them in force. Your financial professional can provide you with costs and complete details.

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck

Whether buying, building, or renovating a home, part of the equation is the question of appreciation. “What features will help my investment appreciate the most, or the fastest?” Since 2011 the market as a whole has undergone some significant changes, and the answer(s) to this question may surprise you!

Across the nation, smaller homes (<1,200 sq. ft.) are appreciating at a much higher rate of 7.5% as opposed to larger homes (>2,400 sq. ft.) at only 3.8%. When combined with the trend of bringing buyers back into city centers, two key factors—baby boomers downsizing and millennials looking for aff ordable starter homes—have created the perfect storm for the increased demand, and subsequent shortage, of smaller affordable properties. Despite the diff erence in ages, boomers and millennials are surprisingly similar in terms of desired home features, so together, they are driving several trends.

The team recently crunched a bunch of data on home listings from 2011 to 2016 looking at the annual price growth rate of homes with particular features. Their conclusions in terms of adding long-term value: huge walk-in closets are out, 2-car garages are in; more bedrooms are out, open/flexible floor plans are in; patios and hardwood fl oors are in, and while stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are considered “must-haves” to be competitive, they no longer influence long-term valuation as much as they used to. I think it’s safe to say that “the times, they are a changing!”

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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