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With Warm Cider Vinaigrette
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Fall weather is just around the corner! Why not add a delicious salad to your table that blends all the flavors and colors of late summer early fall! Enjoy as a delicious side to a main dish or simply by itself!


  • 1 1/2-pound butternut squash (1 squash), peeled and 3/4 in. diced
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 ounces baby arugula, washed & dried
  • 1/2 cup walnuts halves, toasted
  • Good extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the butternut squash on a sheet pan. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, the maple syrup, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss. Roast the squash for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until tender. Add the cranberries to the pan for the last 5 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, combine the apple cider, vinegar, and shallots in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the cider is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Off the heat, whisk in the mustard, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

Place the arugula in a large salad bowl and add the roasted squash mixture, the walnuts, and the grated Parmesan. Spoon just enough vinaigrette over the salad to moisten and toss well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center

Blue RibbonDuring my sophomore year of college, I first heard the term GIGO in a computer information systems class. GIGO is an acronym that stands for Garbage In, Garbage Out. In computer processing terms it means that the collected data must be accurate and pertinent, or any calculations or decisions made will be worthless.

Years later as I learned that many of the early signs and symptoms Alzheimer’s and dementia are the same as hearing loss, I recalled the term GIGO. Many individuals with hearing loss do not know or do not believe they have a problem. Therefore, they are not aware when they mishear and their brain processes, interprets, and stores the misheard information as fact when it is not correct. This could be referred to as Garbage in. Incorrect hearing leads to confusion, miscommunication, and poor or incorrect decision making, or Garbage Out.

Regularly, I share the story of a patient whose vanity superseded her desire to get new hearing aids. After a significant amount of time passed, she came in with her daughter and requested new hearing aids. When I asked her why she changed her mind, she was too embarrassed to answer. Her daughter informed me that they had gone to an appointment and her mother agreed to have surgery that she did not actually want to have performed, because she did not accurately hear and understand what the doctor was telling her.

Mishearing matters for many reasons. Hearing correctly can improve communication, relationships, memory and decision making. Having a complete audiometric evaluation and getting help, such as hearing aids, are keys to ensuring correct information is being input into your brain.

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Offered by Pastor TJ & Jill – Venture Church

Exit 251. Why launch a church in Lochbuie? I am a Lochbuie resident and I simply love this area and the people. Over the last 5 years we have been able to serve the community and school with events like Winter Wonderland, Father Daughter dance and more. It was the right timing for us to set out on this new “Venture”. I love my community so much that I was recently certified so that I can serve our Hudson and Lochbuie Fire and Police stations as an in-house Chaplain. Lochbuie has had churches come and go in the past, but to date, Venture Church will be the only church located permanently in Lochbuie and we plan on staying! We also serve Brighton, Weld County and beyond.

Venture Kids2. What do you have for my kids? Great question! Family life is a BIG DEAL to all of us at Venture Church. Our very well trained and background verified Venture Kids staff are ready to not just watch after your kids, but provide both you and them the skills to live their best life. Our kids ministry serves nursery up to 5th grade classes on Sunday mornings. We are here ready to serve your family. Something we regularly see are kids dragging their parents to church, not the other way around! This coming fall we are planning on launching a youth ministry for 6th-12th grade as well. Lots to get involved with for the whole family.

Venture Church3. What can I expect at a service? We are not timid about music (we call it worship). Every Sunday we lead out with music that you could expect to hear at a concert venue. We are not shy either, we move with the music! You will see people clapping, lifting their hands and singing at the top of their lungs. But more importantly, connecting to God and allowing Him to lift the load off their shoulders. As Pastor, I enjoy to study the Bible and will be ready to offer you a message that will challenge, encourage and hopefully make you laugh as well. We are a community church so please wear what is comfortable.

We look forward to meeting you! – Pastor TJ and Jill

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

It feels like slow motion, that moment, when I’m throwing this long, high round kick and realize – too late – that I went just a bit too far… My base foot loses traction and there I go, flying first, then plopping onto the ground with a loud thud. The whole class stops and everyone is looking at me, some ask if I’m OK, while others quietly (or not so quietly) laugh at my mishap. I dust myself off get up and resume my training with just a bruised ego (and maybe a bruised bum too).

While it’s been awhile since I’ve hit the ground like that, there’s been many of them. Anyone who has trained in martial arts for some time has done something of this sort, when you fall short of how you pictured it in your mind and think: “Hey, that didn’t go quite as I had planned.” But that’s OK, that’s just part of the training process, get up and try again more intelligently.

Once in a while a Karate student follows my steps and hits the ground just as ungracefully as I did at their age; and while I do not want anyone falling down, I do make a point to praise that person for trying and pushing him or herself beyond their comfort zone. I know that the student getting up from the ground is not being held back by a fear of failure or ridicule, and will progress much faster than most. With that in mind, I mentioned to our students in class that they must be like the rubber band, which is only useful when it is stretched, even though doing so places some stress on it. For us too, it is almost always unsettling to go (or be pulled) out of our comfort zone, but that’s how we grow, that’s how we progress, and achieve new and higher goals. This is a process that must be continuously repeated as we move forward.

Of course this is true in every aspect of our lives, doing something new and different requires courage. Whether or not you are a martial artist, ask yourself if there is something within you holding you back from doing better than you have, from achieving your dreams. What are the things you would like to accomplish? If you had all the resources at your disposal like time, money, and knowledge. If you were guaranteed success, where could you be in 3, 5, or 10 years? Because if you want it badly enough, nothing will stop you. Obviously not everything goes always as planned along the way, but as long as you get back up and keep going, failure is just an event, not a person.

It is because of those falls (or in spite of them), that I can say that there were innumerable more times when things went just as I had planned or better. So set your goals, be courageous, work hard, and be resilient. That’s what I wish for you.

Willy Strohmeier – Sensei

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Offered by Brittany LaVoy, MD, FAAP – Brighton Pediatrics

The importance of recognizing symptoms of a concussion has been widely discussed in recent years. It is now known that individuals who have a significant number of concussions in their lifetime are at higher risk for long term damage to the brain. So what are the symptoms of a concussion?

The symptoms of a concussion can vary widely. They include mild to severe headache, nausea, vomiting, difficulty concentrating or a feeling of “fogginess”, changes in behavior or mood, and changes in balance. These symptoms can vary in severity as well as in the length of time they are present. Because of this there is no “one size fits all” approach to concussions. So what should you do if your child seems to have symptoms of a concussion?

Following a concussion, or if there is concern for a possible concussion, it is important to have an evaluation by a physician soon after. If at the time of injury there is a loss of consciousness (when someone is “knocked out”), or there are severe symptoms, this evaluation should first occur in an ER. Following this, your child should be evaluated by their doctor and a plan to return to school and sports should be made specific to your child and their symptoms. This may include time off from both school and sports or sports only. Your child should be kept from playing sports until this evaluation occurs. Being able to participate normally in school is the first step in returning to sports. If at anytime during returning to school or starting to again participate in athletic activities concussion symptoms return, your child should not continue sports participation and be re-evaluated by their physician. The worst symptoms of a concussion usually occur in the first few hours to a day following a concussion. Less severe symptoms can continue for a few days to a few weeks.

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Offered by Premier Pediatrics

Premier PediatricsDr. Albert-Martin is new to the beautiful state of Colorado and is excited to join the Premier Pediatrics team. She is originally from New Orleans, and completed her medical training at Yale New Haven Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She enjoys getting to know each of her patients and their families, and believes that the best medical care comes from close partnership and communication between families and their doctor.

Dr. Caroline has a special interest in newborn care and breastfeeding, as well as adolescent care, and enjoys taking care of all ages in between!

Outside of work, she loves hiking and camping, playing soccer, and spending time with her family.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Albert-Martin, please call our office at: 303.655.1685

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Offered by Poulson Family Dental

School is back in session and so are many sports! Are you protecting yourself or your child from potential accidents or injuries? Imagine what it would be like if you suddenly lost one or two of your front teeth. Smiling, talking, eating—everything would suddenly be affected. For children, the effect is even longer lasting since they are still growing. Sometimes a delay of a decade or more is required before an injury can be effectively fixed in teens. Knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth and face is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.

Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors or sports guards, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Contact sports, like football, lacrosse and hockey, are generally thought of as the only sports where you might need a mouthguard. Unfortunately, trauma can occur in almost any activity. A properly fitted mouthguard may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances and cause injuries to your gums and cheeks. Protecting yourself or your child from dental trauma is fairly simple.

There are multiple types of mouthguards, broken down into three basic categories.

1. Custom-made mouthguards offer the best protection and the best fit. They are made by your dentist to fit your mouth only. They are the most expensive option and require a visit to your dentist.
2. Boil and bite guards offer an intermediate level of protection and fit. They can be found at most sporting good stores or drug stores. To get the semi-custom fit, these guards are heated in boiling water, then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth. They tend to be a bit larger than the custom-made mouthguards but offer more protection than the last category – stock mouthguards.
3. Stock mouthguards come in different sizes and shapes but are not customizable. They tend to be more bulky and loose which can make breathing or talking more difficult. They are the least expensive because of this lack of customization. Despite their shortcomings, they still offer a good level of protection. If cost is a concern, these guards are still going to protect you or your child from trauma injury.

Between games, it’s important to keep your mouthguard clean and dry. Here are some tips for making sure your mouthguard is always ready to go:

  • Rinse before and after each use or gently brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Regularly clean the mouthguard in cool, soapy water. Then, rinse it thoroughly.
  • During your regular dental checkups, bring your mouthguard for an evaluation. Your dentist may also be able to give it a thorough cleaning.
  • Store and transport the mouthguard in a sturdy container that has vents so it can dry and keep bacteria from growing.
  • Never leave the mouthguard in the sun or in hot water.
  • Check fit and for signs of wear and tear to see if it needs replacing.
  • Some mouthguards have fallen victim to family pets, who see them as chew toys. Store your mouthguard and case somewhere your pet cannot get to it.

As sports kick into high gear, take some time to protect you or your child’s teeth. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.”
Article adapted from the ADA’s

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

Simple physics dictate that there’s only just so much storage space in a home right? Well, not so fast. Recent design trends have taken “getting creative with storage” to new heights and done it in a way that can not only add space, but also increase the charm and appeal of your home without breaking the bank. Even better, if you’re handy, they can be pretty straight forward DIY projects.

“Between-studs storage niches” appear to be one of the hot design trends of 2018, and with a little ingenuity and an eye for aesthetics, they can be implemented in just about any area, for a variety of clever uses. Depending upon how you decide to do it, once installed, these niches can appear to be nothing more than an accenting wall panel, open as a recessed niche, or even completely disguised as wainscoting.

In a pantry, hallway, or laundry room, think about a dedicated “hidden” closet for brooms and mops, your Swiffer, etc. In a bathroom, it might be a great place to stash toiletry items, towels, toilet paper, medications, etc. In a bedroom or living room, it could become a small knick-knack or book shelf. While in the kitchen, it might be a new home for glassware, wine bottles, cookbooks, spices, or perhaps a new home for your decorative dry food storage canisters to get them off your countertop.

Whichever way you go, concealed, open, or disguised, this quick and easy hack could be a fun and helpful way to break up a flat wall and add an interesting design feature to just about any room in your home. As with most things, it’s best to ask an expert first to make sure that the space you are considering is safe for the intended use.

For proven expertise in buying or selling a home, please call Jan at 303.520.4340

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Offered by Arlene Castro, iGo Realty
Source: Unique Litho

What Happens when you get 76,000 + people together in one place on a Saturday before a football game? Tailgating is one of the most fun parts of watching a football game (both college and pro), but it isn’t one of the most environmentally friendly.

There are some practical ways that fans can green their tailgating and still have fun. Ready to find out how?

1. Carpool with Friends
Heading to the game with a group of friends? Don’t drive separately. Not only will it lower emissions but you can also split the cost of parking, which is usually pretty expensive, Plus, you
can have a designated driver that can get you home safely after the game.

2. Bring reusable plates, utensils and cups
Most tailgaters use disposable plates and silverware. While that might seem like the most convenient option, it definitely not the greenest. Go reusable and cut down on the waste and you can clean them in the dishwasher when you get home.

3. Low-waste or zero-waste food
Avoid individually wrapped foods, buy in bulk and bring fresh food whenever possible. This will cut down on the amount of waste you have to dispose of at the end of the day.

4. Choose propane over charcoal or wood grill
While all grills emit some form of fossil fuels, propane burns much cleaner than traditional charcoal or wood methods. Plus, its easier to clean up at the end of a game and you don’t have to find a place to put your leftover coal or ash.

5. Leave only footprints, take only memories
Its a pretty easy concept ~ take everything you brought with you. Don’t leave any trash behind

Happy Football Season!

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Offered by Michael A. Dolan – Dolan & Associates, P.C.

Estate planning is more than avoiding probate and saving taxes. A properly designed estate plan can provide so much more to protect your family. Most of these protections are ignored in cookie-cutter, form driven estate plans. For example…

Mary and Bill were good parents, and their son John turned out to be a great person but a poor money manager. John grew up, got married, completed college, and had a good job. But John spent every dime he earned, often before he ever earned it. John had to have the latest things, and thought using a credit card to get them was a better approach than saving for them. If John got a dollar he spent two.

Bill and Mary sought legal advice before their deaths. The first lawyer they spoke with said they did not need estate planning because their estate was worth less than the estate tax exemption. He told them to put everything in joint tenancy because “it is simple and avoids probate.” They weren’t comfortable with that advice and sought advice from a counseling-oriented attorney who took the time to learn more about them, their estate, and their goals.

Their primary objective was to protect John from squandering his inheritance after their deaths. Therefore, Bill and Mary left their assets in trust for John, not directly to him. As a result, John could not spend his inheritance as soon as he got it. They designed a system to help John learn how to properly manage his inheritance so it could support him for the rest of his life.
Bill and Mary had sometimes wondered if the planning they did was worth the extra time and effort. Clearly it was.

For more information on estate planning that works for you, visit on-line at: and sign up for a complementary educational workshop.

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