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Offered by: City of Brighton Communications Office

After years in the making, Ken Mitchell Open Space in West Brighton has officially opened to the public. e opening marks the completion of the section of the Colorado Front Range Trail that runs through the 600-acre open space and regional park, completing the 3.5-mile section of trail from Highway 7 south to E-470. Visitors will be able to enjoy the new soft and concrete trails that span the open space, alongside the natural landscape and abundant wildlife that call the area home. is now completes the Front Range Trail connecting Brighton to Denver.

The Colorado Front Range Trail is part of short and longterm improvements to the open space. For years, Ken Mitchell Open Space has played an essential role in the area by preserving the natural resources and wildlife of the South Platte River corridor. It has also provided trails, open space, and parks for the residents of Brighton and Adams County. In 1988, the City of Brighton purchased a majority of Ken Mitchell Open Space that consisted
of three gravel mining cells and an operator’s quarry yard from the local company, Ready Mix Concrete. An agreement between the company and the City led to the creation of 4,000 acre-feet of water augmentation storage and public open space.

Open space rules (i.e. no rearms, hunting, camping, swimming, boating, etc.) apply, so please look for posted signage. Pets will be restricted from some trails. Fishing is permitted on the entire lake where there is currently a fishing dock. At this time, other lakes in the area are not open to the public for fishing or recreation. Visitor hours are from dawn until dusk.

Vehicle parking is available at four trail access points: Ken Mitchell parking lot (899 Kinglet Court), Veterans Park (405 West Bridge Street), Colorado Park (254 Miller Avenue), and the parking lot of of Southern St. west of Miller Ave.

Future plans for Ken Mitchell Open Space include converting the historic Aichelman Farmhouse into a visitor and nature center. In addition, the City’s Open Space division is pursuing grant funding to build a parking lot for the Aichelman House property that will be turned into a main entry point, and is expected to be completed in the next couple of years.

Opportunities for a Volunteer Ranger Program will soon be available. If you are interested in signing up or have any questions, please contact Kyle Sylvester, City of Brighton Open Space Manager, at ksylvester@brightonco.gov or 303-655-2089.

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Offered by: Premier Pediatrics – Janine Lechleitner C.P.N.P.

Back to school time is always bitter sweet. It signals the end of lazy (hopefully) sunny days and fun times with our children. This year, however, also brings added anxiety compared to previous years. How will school look for our children this year?

This year parental involvement will be more important than ever to the academic success of our children whether they are in school or at home. Studies have linked parental involvement with improved child behavior, regular school attendance, improved academic achievement, and an overall positive attitude of children toward school.

Whether our children admit it or not, being an involved parent will make them aware of how much you care about their education. Being involved helps our children know that they can come to us as parents when they face challenges at school be it an academic challenge or challenges with peers.

Children do model adult behaviors, and when children see parents actively participating in their education they will hopefully realize the importance of education. Parental involvement can boost a child’s self-esteem, motivation, and discipline. Ultimately parental involvement helps children to develop into happy, productive, and responsible members of society.

While school this year may look different than it did at the beginning of last year, the importance of parental involvement does not change. In fact, parental involvement will be all the more crucial. So please, whether your child is physically back in class or continues online learning, stay involved in their education!

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Offered by: Family Eyecare of Brighton

Now more than ever, we all share the need for comprehensive medical care, including eye care, made possible through local doctors accepting health insurance plans.

Family Eyecare of Brighton, a family owned and operated practice, has served the Brighton community for over 25 years. During this time, we have witnessed local and national economic downturns and hardships making this participation even more critical. Individuals often must make the difficult decision to find a new Eye Doctor because of changes to their insurance benefits or providers accepting their plans.

We made the decision early on to accept many insurance plans in order to be accessible to more patients. We have and will continue to be an INNETWORK provider for both Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed as well as all the other insurance plans that we have accepted for years. Therefore, nothing has changed regarding the insurances we accept at our office, unlike other local offices.

Our office is a full-service Optometry practice with multiple Doctors of Optometry. They are very comfortable with extremely large and unusual eyeglass prescriptions seen so often in the area, like high myopia and astigmatism. Dr. Kellie Stennis has over 27 years of experience in diagnosing and treating complex eye disorders and diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, and Zoster (Shingles in the Eye). She is also a nationally publicized Doctor for her article on Lasik that was published in 1995.

Dr. Jena Forsch has a wealth of knowledge and background in dealing with the same. She worked with the Veteran’s Administration, serving our Military and their families, diagnosing and treating some very complex eye diseases. Dr. Forsch fits a variety of specialty contacts for diseases like Keratoconus.

We at Family Eyecare of Brighton, take great pride in providing the best quality care for you and your family. We have the advanced equipment necessary to identify complex and blinding eye diseases. Other Optometrists in our area have referred patients to our office to do this type of complex testing for them.

Please call our office today to check on your specific insurance plan and schedule an appointment. We would be honored to take care of you and your family!

193 South 27th Ave. • Brighton • 80601 • 303.654.7933
(Located on the Corner of 27th & Egbert)

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Offered by: Dawn Dycus, M.D.~ Brighton Pediatrics, PC

Dr. Rachael Janoso

Brighton Pediatrics would like to welcome Dr. Rachael Janoso! Our office is very excited for her to start seeing patients on August 17th. Dr. Janoso is a graduating resident from the University of Louisville Pediatric Residency Program. Prior to her residency, Dr. Janoso first attended the University of Colorado in Boulder for her undergraduate degree and then the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora.

Dr. Janoso is a Colorado native who is originally from Highlands Ranch. In her own words, “I have always wanted to be a physician. Even from the time I was in elementary school, I would always reply that I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. I don’t know if I’ve completely “grown up” yet, but the journey thus far has been worth it, even with its challenges and long hours.”

Dr. Janoso became interested in pediatrics when she was first starting out in medical school, but knew even back in high school and college that she loved children and wanted to focus her career in that field. An aspect of pediatrics that has always excited her is the ability to build relationships with families and get to know them over time, making our office setting the perfect place for her to do just that.

Dr. Janoso especially loves newborn care and adolescent care, in addition to learning to be a strong and empathetic pediatrician and an advocate for her patients and families. She is very excited to be joining this community!

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Janoso to our office and the Brighton community! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Janoso, contact our office. Once again, welcome Dr. Janoso! Please visit our website at www.brightonpeds.com.

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Offered by: Dan & Beth Cochran – The Haven Team, Keller Williams

Over the past several weeks, Freddie Mac has reported the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to record lows, all the way down to 3.03%. Last week’s reported rate reached the lowest point in the history of the survey, which dates back to 1971 (See graph below):

What does this mean for buyers?
This is huge for homebuyers. Those currently taking advantage of the increasing affordability that comes with historically low interest rates are winning big. According to Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac: Clearly, buyers are capitalizing on today’s low rates. As shown in the chart below, the average monthly mortgage payment decreases significantly when rates are as low as they are today.

Bottom Line
If you’re in a position to buy a home this year, let’s connect to initiate the process while mortgage rates are historically low. We would love to be your Real Estate Professional. Please give us a call, 303-709-3501.

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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

At the risk of sounding repetitive, what a strange and stressful year this has been so far. I’ve learned that finding the silver lining(s) in bad situations helps to get you through the stressful times. That said, I’ve noticed a whole lot of home improvement and landscaping projects around town. One of the main themes has been really evaluating how to better enjoy time at home.

It seems natural that home gathering spaces are the primary focus—updating family rooms, converting basements, creating backyard oases, and turning bathrooms into mini home spas. e possibilities are pretty endless and the bonus is that these home improvements may make your home more physically and emotionally attractive to potential buyers if you want to sell. If you plan well, you may even get a good return on investment.

According to HGTV, these are the top five projects with the greatest return on investment for 2020: 1) Minor bathroom remodel with new tub, tile, flooring, toilet, sink, vanity and fixtures (avg. cost $10,500, avg. return 102%); 2) Landscaping (avg. cost $3,502 for materials/$1,465 for designer— avg. return 100%); 3) Minor kitchen remodel with refaced cabinets, new wall oven, cooktop, sink and fixtures, laminate (stone or glass if home value is >$500k) countertops and resilient flooring (avg. cost $14,913—avg. return 98.5%); 4) Exterior improvements with vinyl siding or new paint (avg. return 95.5%); 5) Attic bedroom conversion (avg. return 93.5%). If improving your home’s value for resale is your ultimate goal, be sure to do your research or talk to a realtor to make sure you are making the best investment possible for your area.

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

Hepp Realty

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Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

Defensive driving means you are aware of other drivers at all times in order to stay safe on the road. Every time you get into your vehicle to take it for a drive, you should expect the unexpected and always be ready to react if something goes wrong. Remember to also keep a steady speed and do not text and drive.

As a small business owner and consumer myself, I know that every little bit can make or break a budget.

As an Allstate agent, I am always looking for ways to save my clients with their auto insurance.  That’s why I wanted to let you know about an additional discount you could receive on the auto policy in case you are not currently receiving it.

If you are over the age of 55 and stay accident free for three years, you can complete an approved defense driving course to receive a defensive driver discount from Allstate. After the three-year period, you would need to complete the course again and submit documentation of the course to receive the discount.

One of my clients just informed me Eagle View Adult Center is not offering in-person classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can safely order the online class and complete it here: https://www.aarpdriversafety.org/

Use the promotion code of DRIVINGSKILLS for an additional 25% discount. You can also reach them by phone at 1.800.350.7025 and call the Rippy Agency at 303.219.1470 to get your discount added.
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Melissa Rippy Exclusive Agent/Personal Financial Representative
T: 303.219.1470 F: 303.395.1413 220 Pavilions Place Ste D Brighton, CO 80601

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Offered by: Lisa Asmussen – Integrity Insurance LLC

Have you been diligent about checking your coverage annually? It can be easy to delay, since it’s a daunting task and a challenge to juggle with the holiday season. The enrollment period comes and goes, and you think, ‘next year I’ll do better.’ Maybe you have never met with a broker, I’d like to invite you to schedule a visit, read on to find out why.

Each year you receive an annual notice of changes. Even if your coverage isn’t changing much you may benet from information about other plans available. Changes will be outlined in the notice, read it over to know how you’re affected. Often, clients have an interest in certain benets of a plan, like providers and hospitals. They also want a formulary that has coverage for their prescription medications, plans change covered medicines and your needs change.

We can visit by phone, virtually or in person so you get information in a comfortable meeting that empowers you to make decisions about the continued fit of your coverage.

Questions I often answer are: when/how to sign up, what about my employer coverage, how can I lower drug costs, why/when to stop HSA contributions, can HSA be used for Medicare, why is Part B more than I planned, how does disability work with Medicare, I’m turning 65 can I get help understanding Medicare, can I get information to consider as I evaluate my retirement benefits and my Medicare options, how does VA or retired military work with Medicare and who can benefit from a give back, I didn’t sign up when I should have, now what do I do and will there be a penalty.

Having a resource that you can turn to each year for experience and knowledge can save time and energy and give you confidence in your choices. I take a personal interest in listening to your needs providing quality service at no cost to you. Find me on Facebook and online at: www.insure-integrity.com/lisa

Not connected with or endorsed by the United States government or the federal Medicare program. This is an advertisement. Calling the telephone number in this advertisement will connect you to a licensed producer/agent.

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Offered by: Planet Fitness

As an industry leader, the health and safety of Planet Fitness’ members and team members is a top priority and we are thrilled to begin welcoming our members back to the Judgement Free zone®. In preparation for reopening clubs in a safe and responsible way, Planet Fitness has taken several steps to strengthen existing cleanliness policies and procedures, in an e ort to protect the health and well-being of members, team members and the local community. Some changes include:

  • All team members will have completed extensive training related to our enhanced cleanliness and sanitization policies and procedures
  • Team members will receive daily temperature checks when they arrive to work each day
  • Increased, thorough cleaning will be conducted using disinfectant on the EPA list effective against COVID-19, including 20-minute walk arounds by our team to continually clean and sanitize high-touch areas
  • Increased sanitization stations will be available throughout the gym floor and members will continue to be asked to wipe down equipment before and after use
  • Touchless check-in is available via the free Planet Fitness app. Simply download the app in advance and scan in at the front desk
  • Some pieces of cardio equipment will be temporarily marked out of use to enable Social Fitnessing™ and create additional distance between members
  • New signage will be placed throughout the club that highlights sanitization and Social Fitnessing™ guidelines

Now more than ever it’s important to stay active, in order to stay healthy, and we look forward to safely and responsibly welcoming our members back to Planet Fitness. See you soon!

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Offered by: Kerri Basham / Beehold Cakes

Let Them Eat Beehold Cakes and Cookies At Your Next Special Event!

Would you like to hear that you had “the best cake ever” at your next event? Or, “those cookies were so amazing!” Don’t look any further to find the answer to your successful party offerings.  Woman-owned Beehold Cakes was formed to bring delicious memories to all of your important occasions.

Call Kerri Basham 303-888-2265 to begin your tradition of memorable events when serving Beehold Cakes and Cookies!