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Offered by: Mark Lucas – In The Doghouse

Mark met his wife 30 years ago in high school. They were both raised in the Bay Area of California. They dated in high school, but, went their separate ways. 30 years later, they found each other again in Colorado… Thanks to Social Media! They started dating, fell in love, got married and now have a combined family of 10.

Growing up in the Bay Area, they grew up on Casper Dogs, a small family-owned hot dog restaurant that was established in 1934. When you eat Casper Dogs your entire life, nothing else compares.

Mark and Kim have tried every single hot dog in Colorado with disappointment. They decided to bring Colorado the best of the best! They’re a family owned food cart and now restaurant located conveniently at 617 E. Bridge Street in Brighton.

Stop by and become a Casper Dog fan with them!

In the Dog House Brighton

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

Thank you for taking time to read this article and for supporting Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center along with many of the other locally owned businesses here in Brighton. As we enter our second year of business, we want to express our gratitude for the support of those who have decided to visit us. Over the past year, we have been blessed by many new patients from the Brighton area along with many who have sought out our services and traveled significant distances from as far away as Breckenridge, Canon City, Cheyenne Wells, Granby, Stratton, Southeast Aurora, and throughout the Denver metro area.

When we started out, our plan was to do things differently than all the big box stores and other big businesses that rely on expensive advertising to attract patients. Thankfully, our plan has worked and word of mouth from new and previous patients has allowed us to keep our costs at a minimum while providing premium products and outstanding service.

As a way to say thanks to those who choose to support our locally owned and operated, independent business, we will be giving away a free care and maintenance package to every patient who purchases hearing devices through the end of the year.

We will also be showing our gratitude by giving back to a local food bank as we collect non-perishable food items. You can participate in two ways. First, if you wear hearing aids, you can exchange 3 non-perishable food items for a package of batteries (Limit three 8-packs.) Second, you can exchange non-perishable food items for standard foam ear plugs.

Finally, in light of a recently published study regarding the importance of hearing aid usage in reducing the rate of cognitive decline, we are offering up to 65% off MSRP on select Premium hearing aids through the end of the year.

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

Thank You Colorado Karate ClubAs I come into the Karate school the students file in for their lessons. One of my young students, Lincoln, walks into the school with his mom and we greet each other; he walks toward me with a postcard in his hand and says: “Here Sensei… “ On the postcard he had written: “Thank you for teaching me, I love Karate. Love Lincoln” along with a Karate stick figure. I was touched and so happy to get this wonderful and unexpected gift.

I get similar notes, drawings, and even special toys from my students. Once, a three year old gave me his toy keys which made musical sounds. I was honored but a bit confused, his mom explained that it was his favorite toy, and that he wanted me to have it.

I am very much moved by the generosity and gratitude of my students, and it makes me reflect on what a positive effect these little, thoughtful gifts have on me. I know that my attitude, my self esteem, and my mood all took a positive boost from Lincoln’s postcard. It also made me reflect about all the people that I could impact positively if I actually expressed my gratitude for them in a concrete way.
While most of us are polite enough to say “thank you” to others, think about how much more thoughtful it is to give someone a note, to actually write down your appreciation for them. I am not talking about going out and buying a greeting card, no, most of my “Thank you” notes are pages torn off school notebooks, in fact, I never even thought about what they were written on until just now. It is about what is on the paper.

Someone once said that gratitude is acknowledging that someone has done something for us that we could not have done for ourselves. Lincoln’s note reminded me of that, and that I also must be more proactive in showing my gratitude to others. It takes only a few minutes to do so, but it can change a person’s life, or at the least, their day.

Thank you to all our Colorado Karate Club families for your continued support and trust.

Colorado Karate Club

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Offered by Susan Kline

Susan KlineIt seems impossible that we’re preparing our December issue and are moving closer toward starting a New Year. Decorations are going up already and before long our neighborhoods will be lighted beautifully each night with the Joy of the Holiday Season in the air. As our lives always seem to be so busy, it’s difficult to find time to experience the joy in it sometimes. Our wish for you this Holiday Season is for you to take time to be with family and friends and celebrate all that’s good in your life.

This December issue is filled with great offers and ways you can celebrate the Holidays somewhere near you. We’ve included some Festivals all over Colorado in the event you want to head out of town for some mountain scenery or visit other parts of the Denver Metro area. It’s our pleasure to send our collection of Holiday hope and joy from our advertisers with the thought that this might be your best ever Holiday Season! Don’t forget Brighton’s Festival of Lights will be December 8th. It’s an event that many families wouldn’t miss!

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only Joy In The World! – Helen Keller

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From All of us at The Brighton Buzz,
– Susan

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Offered by: Ellen McCormick,MD – Premier Pediatrics

Just as influenza season returns every fall, other cold viruses also follow this seasonal pattern of attack. Trying to identify the virus causing a cold is possible but rarely helpful because we have so few options for specific treatment of viruses. Yes, you got it: “There is no cure for the common cold.” Or even for colds that are uncommonly severe.

As December approaches we move again into RSV season. RSV stands for Respiratory Syncitial Virus, a cold virus with a particular affinity for attacking the small airways of young children and babies.

RSV infection is hard, almost impossible, to avoid. 90% of kids will contract RSV at least once by the age two, as proven by antibody studies. Over 60% of them will develop only upper airway infection, in other words, a typical cold. Like so many infections, a RSV infection can vary from very mild to quite severe. First time infections are the most likely to be severe, and most serious illnesses occur in very young babies. Premature babies with lung disease are at major risk, and special treatment is available for them during RSV season. Grade school kids, teens, and adults can get RSV too, but will likely experience just cold symptoms. Older adults with emphysema however, can experience significant respiratory complications from RSV including pneumonia, bronchospasm and a need for hospitalization.

Many parents first learned about RSV n the pediatrician’s office when they brought their unhappy wheezing baby in with a harsh cough. RSV is the most common virus to cause the classic symptoms of bronchiolitis, although it is by no means the only one. Other viral bugs, including influenza, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and others, can do the same thing. A nasal swab test can look for RSV, but isn’t required to verify the diagnosis of bronchiolitis. Checking the child’s oxygen level is very important however, as many will require oxygen for a few days while the illness runs its course. Low oxygen levels in infants can lead to apnea, long pauses in breathing, and can be treated with oxygen at home or in the hospital. Sometimes a chest x-ray is helpful, but many times the illness can be managed without the additional imaging.

RSV season typically runs from December to March, and during these months it’s best to avoid taking small babies out into public more than absolutely necessary. The grocery store or mall are great places to catch respiratory viruses! Older adults with lung problems should avoid their grandchildren when they have bad colds.

RSV and bronchiolitis are problems that come around every winter. They are nothing new, and are not a reason for panic. But if your little one develops signs of a cold, accompanied by fast breathing and wheezing, call your doctor’s office promptly to see if this might be a case of bronchiolitis. There are still no antiviral drugs to cure RSV, but monitoring and supportive care are especially important for our smallest patients, and can prevent serious problems in the future.

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Offered by: Ray Cordova – 5280 Insurance Brokers

Insurance can be confusing, time consuming and often leave us feeling dissatisfied with our healthcare choices. 5280 Insurance Brokers is a full service and full spectrum insurance solutions center offering innovative traditional healthcare and healthcare sharing plans. Our mission is to unlock access to affordable quality healthcare and put the freedom and power of choice back in the hands of you and your family.

We offer the following alternative healthcare coverage options for most every need and budget.

Individual and Family Plans • Group Plans • Supplemental Plans

Unlike some of your traditional insurance companies where you have to wait for ‘Open Enrollment’ our health plans are open and available year round.

5280 Insurance Brokers also offers competitive auto, home and business insurance options. In addition, we offer the most revolutionary and innovative life insurance plans with living benefits built in at no additional costs. What is the New Life Insurance with Living Benefits? It is Life Insurance that you don’t have to die to use.

If you experience a qualifying chronic, critical or terminal illness, you can access up to 90% of your death benefit while you are still living and utilize it to pay for everyday living expenses like:

  • Household Expenses
  • Medical Expenses & Treatments
  • Utilities
  • Travel
  • Rehab / Physical Therapy Expenses

There is no better time to look at your insurance options than now!

Contact us today for a complimentary insurance consultation. Call or text: 720-333-000 email:

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

November, wow, how did THAT happen already? During this time of year we tend to get caught up in the seasonal frenzy and it’s easy to overlook things. Here are a few basic safety reminders to help get your home ready.

Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are in good working condition. If the batteries haven’t been changed in the past six months, this is a great time to do so. It is highly recommended to change them when changing clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

Never connect more than one extension cord together; get one that is long enough to reach the outlet without tangling or becoming a tripping hazard.

Only use light strings certified by an accredited certification organization (CSA International, UL, or ELT) so you know they comply with applicable safety and performance standards.

Inspect light strings for frayed cords, exposed wires, cracked bulb holders, or loose connections before installing, and be sure to replace non-working bulbs with the correct wattage.

Keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters when installing outdoor lighting, and use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.
Turn holiday lights off when your home is unattended or you go to bed.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hopefully the holidays are a time of joy and blessings that you are able to share with your loved ones. For those who can find the holiday season difficult, I wish you comfort and strength, and the hope that you are able to find peace and better days ahead.

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

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

Last month, we provided an overview of the four typical types of estate plans. Now, let’s look at how we actually produce an estate plan that will allow things to go smoothly for your family after your disability or death. If the plan won’t work, why bother having one?

Effective estate planning is not an event. It is a process! If you would like your estate plan to produce results, you need to undertake a process through which you carefully craft instructions, align your assets with the plan, and regularly adjust and maintain the plan. Simply buying a will or trust is like going to your financial advisor, choosing specific investments, and then never looking at them again. That would not be wise.

You should carefully look at your estate planning attorney’s process for maintaining your plan over time. Do they have a formal process for keeping the documentation up-to-date regarding legal changes and changes in your personal situation? Does your attorney have a process for notifying you when legal changes necessitate an adjustment in your plan? Does the attorney remind you periodically to review your plan to make sure it still meets your goals, and have a way for you to do so quickly and easily? Does the attorney work with you to ensure that your current and future assets stay properly aligned with your plan? Does your attorney have a process for helping prepare you and your family for the transitions that will come upon disability and death?

If you can’t answer “Yes” to these questions, you may want to investigate a more thorough process of estate planning. Just having a set of documents is not the answer to eventual success. It is simply a false sense of security.

If you would like to learn more about an alternative estate planning process that is producing great results for families, please visit: to sign up for a complimentary educational workshop.

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Allstate Rippy Insurance

As the Thanksgiving Holiday is around the corner, we are each reminded of the time we hope to spend with our family and/or loved ones and are thankful for good health and one another.

For the first time in my life, I will not be able to spend this holiday season with my dad. Instead, on November 16th, I will accept an award from the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce in his memory. Ripbeams, the non-profit I founded earlier this year, was named the 2018 Community Organization of the Year. We are grateful for so many that have enabled us to collect handmade beanies and give them to kids with leukemia in his honor.

This holiday season and every day, The Rippy Agency is thankful for you. We opened our doors on November 1st, 2013, and will celebrate five years in business on November 1st, 2018. We are a locally owned and operated small business here to assist your insurance and financial needs six days a week. Our existing clients will once again have their choice of apple or pumpkin pie from the Rippy Agency.

For our fifth year in a row, the Rippy Agency is collecting Thanksgiving food items for our local community. You can drop them off M-F 8:30 – 5:30 and on Saturday from 9-1.

We are also offering a chance to win $100 with every life insurance quote before 11/15/18. Call or stop by to learn more about a policy that pays your loved ones a monthly payment instead of a lump sum.

Giving back this Thanksgiving
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Offered by Jan Giuliano, – Universal Lending, The Giuliano Team

What a better gift for the holidays than a new home? Here are some things to keep in mind as you embark on this process during the holiday season:

Be Mindful Of Your Holiday Spending: Now may not be the time to give that new car or 90-inch flat screen TV for a gift. Make responsible purchases. Don’t let poor budgeting result in losing your dream home.

Be In The Know: Know your credit score, which can affect your interest rate-both of which are key when shopping for a home loan. Avoid financing major purchases. Lenders may request a last-minute credit check before the loan closing to ensure that no new debt has been incurred. Be sure to work a knowledgeable and reputable lender who can make the process more efficient.

Scoop-Up A Deal: Year-end may be a smart time to buy! Sellers don’t typically look to sell during the holiday season due to the wintry weather and busy time of year. A seller who is actively seeking to sell during the holidays may be willing to aggressively negotiate on price. Demand tends to decrease during the holidays, so there can be less competition from other buyers. Take advantage and negotiate a better price.

Check Holiday Hours: Certain government agencies may be closed during the holidays, so work with your Loan Officer to ensure that deadlines are met. The loan process and paperwork can be overwhelming, make sure your lender keeps you informed so there are no last minute surprises..

Let Universal Lending help you navigate the process:
Call Frank at 303-912-2850 or Jan at 303-548-3002.

Home Loan During the Holidays
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