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Offered by: Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

After more than 46 years of dedicated service to the Brighton Community, Pediatrician Dr. Stephen Cardos is retiring. Brighton City Council proclaimed Jan 18th, 2022 as Dr. Stephen Cardos Day, in honor of his service, to the residents of Brighton.

Being originally from New York, where he earned his medical degree he served in the US Air Force as Major and Chief of Pediatrics in Omaha Nebraska.

Dr. Cardos opened Brighton Pediatrics in 1975 after being recruited from Brighton Community Hospital. He served as the only Pediatrician in Adams County for 20 years.

Over the years, Dr. Cardos was President of the board for House and Neighborly Services, He served on the board at Platte Valley Medical Center, He was one of the Founding Fathers of Almost Home where he served as Board of Directors for 20 years and served in many other Community Organizations.

He plans to spend his free time traveling, ballroom dancing with his wife Peggy, playing classical guitar and spending more time with his family.

Thank you Dr. Cardos for your service to our community. We wish you a wonderful retirement!

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Offered by: Premier Pediatrics Caroline Albert-Martin MD

Many parents are wondering how to safely manage screen time and media usage for their children during
these unprecedented times. While using screens has become more necessary for remote learning and connecting with family members, here are some general tips to keep your kids safe and healthy.

  1. Children younger than 18 months should avoid screen media except for video chatting with family.
  2. Children age 2 to 5 should limit screen use to 1 hour per day, and choose only high-quality programs.
  3. Children over age 6 should have consistent limits on the type of media allowed and the time spent using media.
  4. Media use should not take the place of physical activity. Children should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
  5. Media use should not interfere with sleep. Children should not sleep with electronic devices in their bedrooms, and should avoid exposure to screens for at least 1 hour before bed.
  6. Take frequent breaks to avoid eye strain and dry eyes. Eye doctors recommend the 20/20/20 rule: look away from the screen every 20 minutes, focus on an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. Children should also walk away from the screen for at least 10 minutes every hour.
  7. Communicate openly with your children about online safety and treating others with respect online.
  8. Designate media-free times for your family, such as during dinnertime.

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Offered by: Integrity Insurance of Brighton

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day! I hope you and your loved ones take time to share your appreciation for one another.

We also celebrate American Heart Month! It has been somewhat difficult to do some of the things that we routinely did pre-covid. My hope is that if you have had difficulty staying active that you consider the long-term effects of maintaining cardiovascular health. As we approach spring consider getting those appointments scheduled for primary care providers and specialists. I continue to hear that they are booking further out for appointments, so taking a few minutes to get scheduled to take care of yourself is one way to love yourself.

Other ways we can love ourselves might be changes in eating habits. If you have veered away from eating as well as you did before the holidays or feel the need to adjust your diet to include more healthful options, now is a time to consult with your doctor and implement changes. Small changes that you can make daily like lowering caffeine and salt intake are worthy steps in the right direction.

Are you getting enough heart healthy exercise? If you made a resolution and are making progress toward your goals, congratulations!! If you still haven’t tackled fitness the way you would like, looking for ways to adjust your daily routine to include more exercise is an area you can focus on. The inviting weather we will have in a couple more months will be best enjoyed if you are fit enough to participate in your favorite outdoor activities.

If you are on Medicare or soon will be and could use some assistance with finding out more about fitness related benefits available with Medicare options in this area, I am available to review your coverage. In a review I help find providers, explain benefits, look up medications for savings and more. I provide individual education about Medicare.

Call Lisa today to schedule a personalized Medicare meeting – 303-887-8584

Integrity Insurance

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Offered by: UE Legacy Beef

Every ranch has a story. Maybe you’ve heard our story before or perhaps you are a new friend and are curious about the history of our ranch. Either way, we think it’s a story worth telling again. It’s a story of our family; hard-working ranchers dedicating their lives to the dream set upon their hearts. It’s the legacy that was left to us, and that we will leave to the generations to come.

The Hall family has been providing Premium Colorado beef to family and friends for quite some time. In 1916, Charlie and Laura Hall, along with their two young children, homesteaded 160 acres in southeast Colorado between La Junta and Trinidad. They built their first house, a one-room dwelling that later became the chicken house.  en they built a three-room house where they raised seven children. Through hard work and determination, through the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, they were able to stay and grow the ranch as most other homesteaders moved away. In 1948 their son Lloyd and Edith, his wife, bought a neighboring ranch. Later, they bought Charlie and Laura’s ranch from the six brothers and sisters increasing the ranch size to over 20,000 acres!

Good beef has always been a luxury at the Hall ranch. We didn’t always have lots of things but we always had good beef. Quite often friends and family would come for dinner and the main course was always the same—beef. It has always been what’s for dinner at the Hall ranch. Our guests would always appreciate the good steaks, pot roasts or grilled burgers. Some of them began to ask if we would feed a beef for them. We have been providing premium Colorado beef for friends and family ever since.

104 years later, now into the 3rd, 4th and 5th generation, Monk and Lynda Hall are carrying on the family tradition of providing Premium Colorado beef to friends and family. We are delighted to have YOU in our ever-growing circle of friends and family!

We are delighted to invite YOU to join our ever-growing circle of friends and family! Check us out at

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Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

February is here and it’s the month we all think of the color red, hearts and that fuzzy feeling called love. To celebrate our love for you all, we are having a prize giveaway and partnering up with Two Sisters Handcrafted Soap and Skincare, a small business run by two sisters here in Brighton. Check them out at  The two sisters, Naomi and Lorri, will be hosting the prize giveaways on Facebook.  Their mother Fudge, who turns 103 on February 3rd, also joins in on the videos and the fun. The prize baskets will be valued at $50 each and we’ll give away five total. Be sure to check out Facebook for the drawings to see how you can win! You don’t want to miss this fun!

While we are on the topic of love, what are the many ways in which you can show your love? Sure, you can buy a gift or make something, but what about the intangible things? Peace of mind? A legacy? Life insurance is not for you, it’s for those that you love and will someday leave behind. Life insurance is paid to the beneficiaries tax free and can be used for anything but some examples include to help pay off a mortgage, final expenses, vehicle debt, student loan debt and more. We do not tell you how to spend the proceeds and you are welcome to use them however you see fit.

A life insurance policy is the last love letter you will ever write. It means you loved them enough to make sure they’d be ok after you are gone. It’s your legacy. Let us know if we can help you build yours. We are fully licensed and offer complimentary life insurance, retirement discussions, rollovers and more.

Allstate Rippy Insurance

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Offered by: Colorado Karate Club

Jeffrey is about 12 years old when he walks into our Karate school for the first time accompanied by his parents. Jeffrey seems happy but shy, his eyes scan the room from side to side as he answers a few questions. How old are you? What do you enjoy doing? Etc. He seems excited about Karate, but at the same time is reluctant to try something different and new. Reassuring him, I welcome Jeffrey into the dojo and run a few Karate drills with him, he loosens up as his eyes seem to light up. I can see that a spark has ignited within him.

Fast forward just a few months later and Jeffrey, now a yellow belt, has fully embraced his Karate training. He is slowly tackling all new challenges as he realizes that he has the potential to do very well when
he puts his mind to it. He knows by now that many things are not easy, actually they may seem pretty hard at first, but through practice, hard work, and dedication, he can master the techniques, combinations, and the physical work that is required of him.

While everyone develops at their own pace, and acquiring self confidence is a process of self discovery, it is always amazing for me to see the change our students experience over time. Quite often we see the once timid kid now leading the warm ups and volunteering to demonstrate a technique or combination in front of the whole class. I think that many times we believe that confidence and timidity are things that people are born with, but in fact, confidence is a skill that can be developed through practice and repetition.

I know that as a parent I may instinctively wish to save my children from the difficulties of life, shield them from the problems and challenges I may have encountered myself. However I know that adversity forms the strongest characters and most resilient mindsets. So I always encourage my children to try to resolve any challenges on their own, before I would come to the rescue, if at all. By resolving things on their own, they become more self-sufficient, and gain the confidence needed to face other obstacles in life. These lessons I apply to our Karate students as well.

As for Jeffrey, I keep looking into the future with even higher expectations of greater things to come.

Colorado Karate Club

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A great month to celebrate love and diversity.

Offered by: Phillip Mendoza, MD, LLC

Valentine’s day is fast approaching, make plans now on how you want to show that special person how much you love and appreciate them. Simple acts like a big strong long hug, a kiss, cooking a special meal together, or engaging in warm genuine conversation are some wonderful ways to enjoy this special day together. The science of gratitude has shown that these acts and others like sharing a message of gratitude with someone increases our own internal feel good hormones like oxytocin and serotonin. During these uncertain times, for your health, I encourage you to propagate love and gratitude.

I believe that diversity is a strength and such a beautiful part of our world. Let us honor the contributions of African Americans as we celebrate Black History Month. A few Black History Facts- In 1854, John Mercer Langston was the first Black man in the US to become a lawyer; Shirley Chrisholm was the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives; Madame C.J. Walker developed a line of
African American hair care products and became a self-made millionaire.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message. I am a local boy, born and raised in Brighton Colorado, graduate of Brighton High School, previous member of Boy Scout Troop 109, and now ready to serve our community as your preferred family doctor.

¡Feliz febrero!

Un gran mes para celebrar el amor y la diversidad.

El día de San Valentín se acerca rápidamente, haz planes ahora sobre cómo quieres mostrarle a esa persona especial cuánto la amas y la aprecias. Los actos simples como un gran abrazo fuerte y largo, un beso, cocinar juntos una comida especial o entablar una conversación cálida y genuina son algunas maneras maravillosas de disfrutar juntos este día especial. La ciencia de la gratitud ha demostrado que estos actos y otros como compartir un mensaje de gratitud con alguien aumentan nuestras propias hormonas internas para sentirse bien, como la oxitocina y la serotonina. Durante estos tiempos inciertos, por su salud, los animo a propagar amor y gratitud.

Creo que la diversidad es una fortaleza y una parte tan hermosa de nuestro mundo. Honremos las contribuciones de los afroamericanos mientras celebramos el Mes de la Historia Negra. Algunos hechos de la historia negra: en 1854, John Mercer Langston fue el primer hombre negro en los EE. UU. en convertirse en abogado; Shirley Chrisholm fue la primera mujer afroamericana elegida para la Cámara de Representantes; Madame C.J. Walker desarrolló una línea de productos afroamericanos para el cuidado del cabello y se convirtió en millonaria.

Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de leer este mensaje. Soy un chico local, nacido y criado en Brighton, Colorado, graduado de Brighton High School, miembro anterior de Boy Scout Troop 109 y ahora listo para servir a nuestra comunidad como su médico de familia preferido.

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Offered by: Tim Roberts – Edward Jones

The long-running coronavirus pandemic has fueled a lot of anxieties – including financial ones. But some people have had far fewer worries than others.

Consider this: Among those investors who work with a financial advisor, 84% said that doing so gave them a greater sense of comfort about their finances during the pandemic, according to a survey
from Age Wave and Edward Jones.

Of course, many people experience investment-related fears even without a global health crisis,
and that’s probably not surprising, given the periodic volatility of the financial markets. But financial
guidance can come in handy during relatively normal times, too.

A financial professional can help you …

… Look past the headlines – Inflation, interest rates, pandemics, elections – there’s always something in the news that could affect the investment world in the short term. But by helping you construct a portfolio that’s built for the long term and reflects your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, a financial advisor can enable you to look past the headlines.
… Avoid emotional decisions – Many people let their emotions drive their investment choices. When the market goes through a downturn and the value of their investments drops, they sell to “cut losses,” even though these same investments may still have good business fundamentals and promising futures. Conversely, when the market is on an uptick, some people chase after “hot” investments, even when they become overpriced and may have very little room to grow. But a financial advisor can help keep you from making these fear- and greed-based actions by only recommending moves that make sense for your situation.
… Work toward multiple goals – At various times in your life, you may have simultaneous financial goals. For example, you could be investing for a retirement that’s decades away, while also trying to save for a child’s college education. A financial professional can suggest ways you can keep working toward both objectives, in terms of how much money you can afford to invest and what types of savings and investment vehicles you should consider.
… Prepare for the unexpected – Most of us did not need a pandemic to remind us that unexpected events can happen in our lives – and some of these events can have serious financial impacts on us and our loved ones. Do you have adequate life insurance? How about disability insurance? And if you ever needed some type of long-term care, such as an extended stay in a nursing home, how would you pay for it? A financial advisor can evaluate your protection needs and recommend appropriate solutions that
fit within your overall financial strategy.
… Adapt to changing circumstances – Over time, many things may change in your life – your job, your family situation, your retirement plans, and so on. A financial professional can help you adjust your
financial strategy in response to these changes.

Achieving your financial goals may present challenges, but it doesn’t have to cause you years of worry and distress – as long as you get the help you need.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
Edward Jones, Member SIPC

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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

Who knew a month ago, when I wrote my January article on looking forward for 2022, that within just a few days the housing market outlook would change so drastically, not only for 2022, but for years beyond. The horrific devastation from the Marshall fire destroyed 1,084 structures, including nearly 1,000 homes, making it the most destructive fire in our state’s history.

It goes without saying that our hearts are with all those affected by this tragedy, and it is heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from the surrounding communities. Putting differences aside when it really matters is what is at the heart of community. The sense of urgency to mobilize in the wake of a tragedy of epic proportions such as this is critical. The stark reality is that no matter how much “we (as a community and society) prepare”, it’s never going to be enough, or happen soon enough, nor in a totally organized or calm fashion, if for no other reason than the sheer magnitude of total loss. Homes weren’t shattered, there aren’t pieces to pick up—only ashes and dust.

In the blink of an eye, nearly 1,000 families were forced into a state of complete homelessness, with literally nothing other than the clothes they were wearing at that moment—no time to even gather important papers, medications, a change of underwear. It’s an inconceivable situation, and the trauma from that experience encompasses more than the obvious physical loss. Where and how does one start?

The recovery process is not weeks or months, it’s years. It’s going to impact every one of us, not just those directly affected. It’s going to be a constant “in-your-face reminder” that we are truly all in this together, and those directly affected need our patience and compassion. For the good of our entire community, we need to make sure the sense of urgency does not wane, we must keep reaching out, keep
checking in, and keep caring because this experience hits home that any one of us could be at the mercy of the kindness of strangers in the flash of an eye.

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: General Ledgers Accounting & Tax Services, Inc.

It’s time for another busy tax season! At General Ledgers we prepare business and individual tax returns, provide tax planning and consulting and we can represent taxpayers before the IRS. We also provide accounting, financial statements and payroll services for small businesses.

This year there are a few changes to know about:

  • The child tax credit has increased from $2,000 to $3,000/kids ages 6-17 and $3,600/kids 5 & under. Any Advance Child Tax Credit payments will be reported to you on Letter 6419 from the IRS.
  • Individuals who received the 3rd Economic impact Payment will receive Letter 6475 from the IRS stating the amount received.
  • A Charitable Contribution deduction is available to those who don’t itemize. The amount is $300 for single filers and up to $600 for joint filers.
  • Taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit will have delayed refunds. The IRS holds the refunds until mid-February to protect against identity theft & refund fraud.
  • The due date this year is Monday April 18th, 2022. (For those affected by the recent wildfires the due date has been extended to May 16th, 2022.)

Using licensed and experienced tax return preparers and accountants is always recommended to ensure accurate returns and to take advantage of all tax breaks. We’re here to make filing taxes easier and to maximize the money in your pocket!

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