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Offered by: Kelly Fausey, CPNP- Brighton Pediatrics, PC

With heading back to school and fall activities fast approaching your family might be spending more time in the community. In the time of COVID and the state mandate of wearing masks to help slow the spread of COVID 19 in the community, some families are finding it difficult keeping masks on their children.

There is a recommendation from the Centers of Disease Control and Health Department of Colorado that everyone should wear a mask in public. The exceptions are kids under 2, anyone unable to remove their mask independently, anyone having trouble breathing, and people with cognitive disabilities. (CDC.gov).

Wearing a mask for children can be a challenge for families and kids themselves. Here are some easy steps to approach wearing a face mask for kids. First, be a role model and wear your mask in public, showing your children that wearing a mask in public is a good thing to do. Allow time for your child to get used to wearing his/her own mask by setting time aside at home and have your child practice wearing the mask at home for short periods of time. As your child becomes more comfortable wearing his or her own mask, gradually increase the time periods of wearing their mask at home. Have your child help pick out their own mask and decorate their face mask to make it fun for them. For school age children, talk to them about the reasons why it is important to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID 19 in the community and for their family to stay healthy (childrenscolorado.org). For further questions or guidance on helping your kids wear mask contact your pediatrician.

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Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

On October 4, 2002, I entered into the insurance industry and never left. I began my career as an insurance claims adjuster investigating auto accidents and homeowner liability claims. I worked first hand with policyholders and other parties involved in a claim to resolve bodily injury and property damages. I have been on the other end of a 1-800 number and know how frustrating it can be sometimes to reach a live person.

That’s exactly why the Rippy Agency does things differently. We do not transfer our clients to a 1-800 number to file their own claims. When you call our agency, we answer. If we are on the other line, we will call you back. If you have an accident or loss at your home, we will ask questions to determine if filing a claim is the right approach for your situation. Not every loss is covered for various reasons. It could be that the accident was the other person’s fault, or you have liability coverage only but damage to your car and you are at fault. The damage could also be less than your deductible, so it doesn’t always make sense to file a claim anytime something happens, and that’s why we recommend our clients call us first. Once a claim is on your record, it will not come off. We are here to help!

Let’s celebrate 18 years! The first 18 people to email melissarippy@allstate.com will receive a $20 gift card to 3 Margaritas. Make sure to mention the Brighton Buzz in your email!

Allstate Rippy Insurance

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Offered by: Molly Campbell, C.N.S.F.

Have you ever had someone say to you: “You should just stop worrying, everything will be OK,” and you wonder: “How am I supposed to do that?” “How do I just stop my emotions, my fears, my anxiety?” I’ve always taken the position that if someone makes a remark about what I “should do,” they “should” offer a solution!

Well, I now have a personally tried and tested method that I’d like to tell you about called, Neurosculpting.®

Neurosculpting,® as the Founder, Lisa Wimberger states, “is a mental training process that quiets our fight-or-flight center and activates our prefrontal cortex, which is the mind’s seat of compassion and empathy. It also engages left-and-right-brain stimulation and incorporates a somatic awareness for a whole-brain and whole-body approach to meditation and rewiring…(it) helps individuals identify and create a ripe environment for the brain to drop its old stories and prime it to believe a new and better story or belief about oneself.”*

I began receiving Neurosculpting® sessions in 2019 via Zoom during the worst time in my life when I was completely consumed with fear and anxiety about the future. I found remarkable relief and crisis management and even help sleeping from those early personal Neurosculpting® sessions.

This year, when the COVID-19 Pandemic hit, and I was isolated at home newly widowed, I decided to embrace a full immersion in the online training program and become a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator. It was perfect timing, and a true blessing in disguise as I could spend hundreds of hours over many months reading, studying, attending classes and applying what I learned to my own wide range of emotions and limiting thoughts and beliefs.

I fondly referred to myself as my own “lab rat” and each new tool, new understanding of brain anatomy, meditation experience, nervous system calming practice or brain-supportive diet information was immediately tried out on myself and proved to be helpful.

This experience gave me things to do, a self-help toolkit, to help me control my responses to the out-of-control, surreal, isolating lockdown world consumed with buying toilet paper, hand sanitizer and masks.

Neurosculpting® has become a daily habit for me since I can use the tools and basic practices to quell fear, calm emotions and develop a creative partnership with my brain instead of being imprisoned by my old programs.

I am pleased to be able to offer on line Neurosculpting® sessions to you through comfortable, convenient and safe Zoom meetings to help you on your journey to find a happier way to live by incorporating the same tools and practices I use.

Neurosculpting® Can Help:

  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Unhealthy habits
  • Anxiety
  • Fears
  • Nervousness/Uncertainty
  • Rewire old brain patterns/stories
  • Body image issues
  • Free limiting beliefs
  • Calm emotions

If you would like to learn more, please call Molly Campbell, C.N.S.F., at 720-684-8000. You can also find out more at www.neurosculptinginstitute.com, or at www.reworkyourbrain.com

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Offered by: Integrity Insurance

If you or a family member are currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan or a Part D Prescription Drug plan, you should have received a booklet from your carrier called the Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC). This document explains changes in the plan coverage for the coming year, compared to the current year. For example, if there are: changes in premiums, copayments and or coinsurance.

Look for the easy-to-read table usually referred to as a Summary of Important Costs. Review the chart to see if your plan will continue to meet your health care needs in the following year. You may need to consult the Evidence of Coverage for your plan for full disclosure of changes. Check for the extra benefits that may have influenced your choice of plan, like, dental/vision/ hearing benefits, gym membership, transportation, etc.

If you are satisfied with the plan changes and want to continue with your current plan, you do not need to do anything during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (October 15- December 7). However, if your needs have changed, or you are not satisfied with plan changes, you may want to look at other options in your service area. You can begin looking at other plan options on October 1 when 2021 plan information is released to the public. You can find information on carrier websites or reach out to me for assistance with most carriers in the Colorado markets.

Call today, 303-887-8584, Lisa Asmussen, Licensed Independent Medicare Broker. Find me on Facebook and online at: www.insure-integrity.com/lisa

Socially distanced appointments available in person, by phone and virtually.

Integrity Insurance

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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

In his poem Gnomic Verses, William Blake said “Great things are done when men and mountain meet.” I don’t think anyone will argue that 2020 has been a ‘mountain’ of a year for us all, though definitely more for some than others.

Over the past few months, seeing the rally cries across social media to support our local restaurants by ordering take-out when they couldn’t offer dine-in service; to purchase gift certi cates from small shops or do curbside pick-up when they could not open their doors to the public; the efforts of everyday citizens and local organizations to help fellow residents experiencing food and basic necessities insecurity because of the pandemic; or watching the distribution numbers for meals and basic supplies provided each week through the partnership between Let Your Light Shine and Northern Hills Church with the images of smiling volunteers and donors; and the ‘Love Your Neighbor Adams County’ Facebook page with the requests and answers for help, as well as the various items and services proactively offered to help others—these all remind me of Van Gogh’s quote, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”

It’s during times like these that I’m reminded of how glad I am to live in a community that, when push comes to shove, still has small town charm and an undercurrent of connectedness and caring for one another. It shines as a bright beacon of hope amid the divisive political climate and negativity we are bombarded with nearly everywhere we turn. It shows that we are, after all, able to rise above it in the end, and remember that we are neighbors and all in this together!

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: Sandra Bay, Coverwell

Coverwell

Coverwell Solutions became a new adventure for Mark and Sandra Bay in 2009. We started out as a manufacturer of window well covers for wholesale only. We sold to window well installers and basement renovation companies here in Denver, also in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Originally, when we began, Mark was full-time, there were two part-time employees and I kept the books.

As we looked at our production process, we decided we needed to make an update, so we purchased a CNC Router and began to o er retail sales for the Denver area. We now employ 12 full-time employees including a fulltime salesman, and two full-time installers. We manufacture over 20,000 well covers a year, and service Colorado from Fort Collins to Castle Rock.

Coverwell covers are made of a very stong plastic called polycarbonate, which is virtually unbreakable. Our plastic is UV coated so it will never yellow – made to always look beautiful on your home. The support system, made of custom aluminum, o ers strength, and unlike steel, will never rust.

Colorado offers a variety of weather for the residents here, but Coverwell covers will not break due to heavy snow, hail or rain.  The covers will protect your family from injury and keep out small animals.

Call us today for a free estimate and we can have your wells covered, usually within two weeks. Always custom built, using materials made in the USA. We are not a “man in a van” selling door to door, we are an established company, Colorado residents, and here to help you “cover your wells.”

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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

At 5 feet 7 inches I am not a big guy, I’ve never been. Some folks say: “I was really tall for my age when I was a kid”. Well, that was never me. My parents were short, my brothers were short, and I’ve always been short. At school, we used to line up by height and while I wasn’t the  rst one in line I was usually within the front five.

I attended a large all-boys Catholic school in Lima, Peru (Colegio Maristas) from first grade to High School (during the 80’s) and as it may be expected, when you put a bunch of boys together, things often got interesting. We had 6 classrooms per grade, each of about 45 students. Classmates teased one another nonstop, sometimes jokingly, sometimes mean spiritedly, guys would steal your lunch from your bag if you got distracted, and at times the usual fist fight would break out.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a very good school, and we had fun, made lifelong friends, academics were demanding, and many of our teachers were amazing folks. However, in such an environment it did not pay to be timid – being small was bad enough. Bullies would target and torment those seen as weak, and back then and there, telling the teacher only earned you more torment, or even a reproach from the teacher for being “soft”.

In any case, within my small frame, I always made myself tall, my posture, the way I walked, sat, and stood, told all around me that I was not about to become a victim of their sport. Well, that worked most of the time, until some big boy decided to put my swagger to the test. While I tried to avoid confrontations, backing down would only empower the bully, so I stood my ground. Most of the time the bully backed away, making an excuse that he didn’t want to bother beating up a little twerp like myself. Other times, however, things didn’t go down so smoothly, but I was always ready for it.

What I learned though is that once I stood my ground to a couple of “bad boys” (regardless of the outcome), I was pretty much left alone for months or years. And I could even a ord to stick up for others.

While in today’s American schools there are many other avenues to exhaust before resorting to such an attitude, I believe that the basis of what I did to navigate school dynamics, still holds true. Being con dent in yourself, your posture, how we walk, and carry ourselves is the best deterrent against predatory behavior (whether in school, work, or the street.) And having the knowledge of how to defend yourself reassures you that you would be able to protect yourself and those around you.

We counsel our Karate students to always avoid the situation to begin with. Defending oneself is the very last resort, and only when our physical well being is at stake. Good Martial artists are peaceful folks as long as we are allowed to remain so.

As the falied: “It is better to be a warrior tending to his garden, than a gardener in a war”.

While I continue to train avidly, I’ve been tending to my garden for many years, and that’s alright with me.

Colorado Karate Club

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Offered by: Jennifer Bell – Bell Benefits, LLC

‘Tis the season for endless Medicare ads. That’s right! The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) is here!!!

What is AEP you might be asking? AEP is the time each year when a Medicare beneficiary can change his/her Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan or Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) for the following calendar year. The time period starts October 15th and goes through December 7th at midnight.

What can you do during the AEP? You can make multiple changes to your MA or PDP plan. If you happen to choose a plan and then realize you don’t want it, you can change to another plan on or before December 7. Whatever plan you select last, will be the one that starts on January 1.

You also don’t have to do anything. If you don’t change your coverage, the plan you currently have will just roll right into 2021.

There are some plans that may not be available in 2021 and if you do not do anything, the insurance company will automatically assign a new plan for you.

I always tell my clients that it is really important to review your plan details each year. With PDPs, the medication formulary list can change from one year to the next and the coverage can change. It’s wise to compare plans each year.

As always, I am more than happy to help anyone with plan comparisons or other questions that come along. There is no cost to have me help you with your situation. Please call 720-626-6524 today to find answers to your questions!

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Offered by: Karen Mealy – Cruise Planners

If you’re like me you love to travel. You’re not happy until you have your next vacation planned and booked. Doesn’t matter where or when, it just needs to be on the calendar. COVID-19 has robbed us of that feeling, that excitement of getting in the car or plane headed for that special destination. It’s been replaced by fear, depression, and a little bit of anger.

Every day the rules change. Many have rebooked their travel only to have it cancelled again. It’s frustrating. It’s disappointing. And in many cases it’s stressful, which is just the opposite of what we were striving for in the first place! But that’s always been a possibility, even before the pandemic. It’s just the chances are a bit more likely now. Don’t let it scare you away. Just protect yourself. Not only physically with masks and social distancing, but financially as well. Always ask about the cancellation and refund policies and get a copy in writing. Always ask about travel insurance, now more than ever. And I urge you to use the services of a Travel Advisor. Most are at no cost to you but will be your advocate if there are any issues with your travel plans. They’re an extra level of stress relief!

Nobody can predict the future. However, it’s not a matter of IF we will ever travel again, it’s WHEN. In some cases, it’s now. Other cases, it’s best to wait. If you’re high risk, it will be a longer wait than if your healthy. Regardless, we shouldn’t let that stop us from planning our next getaway. Start small with a weekend away but close to home. Then go a little bigger, perhaps a domestic flight for a short week or so. Better yet, take the plunge and plan that special trip for next year. Just remember to always protect yourself

We all need something to look forward to. A countdown to something. . .different. Something out of the ordinary from the doldrums of our everyday lives. It may be as quick and easy as a drive up the mountain to see the fall colors. It may be few days away to visit family. Or it may be the bucket list trip to parts unknown. We need the anticipation to thwart the depression. The thrill to conquer the fear. I urge you, plan a trip. Put it on your calendar and start the countdown. Even put down a minimum, refundable deposit and book it. Look at the calendar whenever you’re feeling a bit stressed or down. I guarantee your mood will change for the better and you may even smile in anticipation of the future.

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Offered by: Susan Kline – The Brighton Buzz

Susan Kline

The last six/seven months have seemed like we’ve been sitting in the first row of a crowded theater where the picture is right in front of you and the sound is turned up to its highest volume. Trying to find that comfortable spot to witness all that’s been going on has been a chore.

And just when the fevered pitch escalates to its highest frequency has come Autumn 2020. Autumn is the time when “all things pumpkin” soothe our souls, tantalize our taste buds, and find the perfect spot in our decor. The arrival of Autumn is a welcome change from the many crises facing our country and gives us a reason to work further toward finding comfort in our everyday lives.

We hope you find this October issue of The Brighton Buzz a way to dive into your Autumn comfort with the many offers from our advertisers and interesting happenings in our area.

Below are a few quotes I found that set a backdrop for your transformation.

Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.

Unknown Author

Two sounds of Autumn are unmistakable… the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street by a gusty wind and the gabble of migrating geese.

Hal Borland

And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be, are full of trees and changing leaves.

Virginia Woolf