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Offered by Joel Hartl, M.D., Brighton Pediatrics

Sunscreen TimeSummer is just around the corner. In Colorado, that means lots of high-altitude sunshine. While ultraviolet (UV) radiation is great for the soul, it can be dangerous for the skin. It is especially dangerous to children’s skin as it is estimated that 80% of lifetime UV exposure occurs before the age of 18. UV exposure can cause sunburn and photoaging, but is most concerning for development of melanoma.

Here are some recommendations to protect yourself and your children this summer:

  • Clothing and shade provide the best UV protection. Wear hats and long sleeves and try to stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm
  • Children <6 months old should be shaded from the sun exclusively. Sunscreen is not recommended for this age group.
  • Apply at least SPF 30 sunscreen to all exposed areas 15 minutes before going outside and then every 2 hours thereafter. Apply more frequently if swimming or sweating.
  • Do not allow children or teenagers to use tanning beds. Tanning increases the risk of melanoma by 75%.

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Offered by Jessica Ahmed, LAc, DiplOM

One of the most common conditions I see in my acupuncture practice is pain, and in particular, migraines and other types of headaches. For the 29 million Americans suffering from migraines, these headaches are a debilitating part of life that can strike unexpectedly and ruin a day (or even a week!).

Common symptoms include pain, irritability, light/noise sensitivity and nausea/vomiting. Medications may be effective at reducing the pain of migraines and other headaches, but there is so much you can do with natural medicine. Here are some tips, focusing on avoiding or reducing common triggers:

    • DIET: Avoid foods that may trigger your migraines, which commonly include dairy, wheat, soy, coffee/other caffeine, artificial sweeteners, sugar and alcohol, as well as skipping meals.
    • REDUCE STRESS: Stress is a common trigger. Find productive ways to manage stress such as yoga, meditation, regular exercise, acupuncture and massage.
    • ACUPUNCTURE: Several points helpful for migraines are shown in the diagrams below (GB20, GB41, LI4), and you can rub these points to reduce the frequency and severity of many types of headaches. Acupuncture decreases headaches by improving circulation, regulating hormones, reducing stress, alleviating muscular tension and relaxing the nervous system.
    • STRETCH: Neck pain or tension is common amongst migraine and headache sufferers, so find ways to gently stretch your neck. One important stretch is a simple forward fold. With bent or straight knees, bend forward at the waist, holding opposite elbows with your hands. Feel free to move your head back and forth and side to side.
    • HERBS: I use Chinese herbs for stubborn migraines that do not respond to acupuncture alone. In these cases, there may be an underlying imbalance (related to stress, hormones, etc.) that needs to be addressed in order for the headaches to resolve.Migraines

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Offered by Dr. Jim Campbell

It seems like we’ve gone from winter to summer in no time flat. Indoor work has transitioned to outdoor chores. Have you started all the weeding and planting and have the aches and pains to go with it? We love the much needed water but the grass is growing so fast that we’re cutting twice a week already. Memorial Day has come and gone and now it’s time to get serious about summer. How do you plan to take advantage of all the great outdoor activities?

If you’re like my wife and me, our schedules are already starting to load up. We do a lot of performance competition and judging with our dogs so we are up early, hauling equipment and driving around Colorado. We love to stay active and we insist on being pain free. My wife says she’s lucky to have married her chiropractor. She’s been my inspiration to take on-going classes to help keep us on the go and as pain free as possible. We maintain Chiropractic care and adjustments year round. That includes our dogs, too! We are a mobile resource for not only Chiropractic treatment but Cold Laser Therapy as well, since we “don’t leave home without it”!

My approach for humans, dogs, horses, and the like is all the same. Fix the system that controls and directs all bodily functions. Everybody has a spine that houses and protects our nervous system which runs our body. Everyone encounters stressors…structural, chemical/nutritional and/or emotional that can overload your body and your nervous system resulting in a wide range of painful conditions from headaches to back pain, numbness and tingling and a whole lot more.

If you are frustrated with chasing your symptoms and are tired of not feeling as good as you want to, I challenge you to consider trying something different. Call me about Chiropractic care! Chiropractic care is natural and non-invasive and when you add in Cold Laser Therapy or custom orthotics or proper nutrition, your chances of enjoying summer to the fullest, zooms way up! I treat a wide range of people, from newborn colicky children to seasoned citizens in their 90’s. I’m all about helping you stay active and living up to your full potential.

Call me today to get out of pain and start enjoying a great summer!

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Offered by Brighton Attorney Gregory R. McMahon, Esq.

Temperatures are finally warming up after what seemed like a rough start to spring. The next several months are traditionally the busiest travel months, with most schools closed for summer. This is the time most people take their vacations.

If you drive in another state, it’s a good idea to learn if that state’s traffic laws differ from Colorado’s. And understand that, whether they do or not, any ticket you get in another state may affect your driving privileges here. That’s because 45 states, including Colorado, belong to the interstate compact. That means that traffi c charges you get convicted of in the state you’re travelling in will very likely be reported to the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). And such convictions can count against your Colorado license. This is true for DUI convictions as well as minor charges like Failure to Signal. (Understand that even if you just pay a fine, that’s still a “conviction.”) And if you get suspended or revoked in any state, you will be unable to drive here in Colorado, too.

So if you get a ticket while you’re out of state, seek the advice of a lawyer, and be sure you know what will happen in Colorado before you pay a fine or plead guilty.

Whatever you do, don’t think that the Colorado DMV “will never know” about that ticket you got on vacation. Odds are, they already do.

The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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Offered by Jan Giuliano

With residential mortgage interest rates still low, now is a great time to start realizing the benefits of homeownership.

  1. Tax Savings: Mortgage loan interest is deducted from your state and federal income taxes-tax breaks not available to renters. (Consult a tax professional about tax savings benefits of homeownership).
  2. Stability: Fixed mortgage payments (principle and interest) will not change during the loan term whereas rent payments may increase annually.
  3. Build Equity: Owning a home long term allows equity to build and thus your home investment to grow. Equity can be used to secure a loan or obtain a line-of-credit for home improvements, cash for emergencies, or big-ticket items.
  4. Appreciation: Houses may increase in value or appreciation over time, which is as good as money in the bank. Typically, house values appreciate at the rate of inflation, plus 1 or 2 percentage points.
  5. A Place to Call Your Own: Owning a home allows you the freedom to adapt your living space to your tastes and lifestyle and gives you a feeling of permanence in your community.

Contact me or the rest of the team in June – or any month – to start realizing the benefits of homeownership. Call 303-450-1650.

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck

It’s a recurring theme… our “town” is growing. For many, especially long time residents, it’s natural to still call Brighton a town because it has, in spite of considerable growth over the past decade, managed thus far to hang onto its small town charm. In the U.S., an incorporated city is a legally defi ned government entity, with powers delegated by the state and county, created and approved by the voters of the city, which provides local government services to its citizens. So yes, Brighton is most definitely a city in every sense of the word.

Just a short jaunt down I-76, with a population of 682,545 sits Denver, the country’s 19th largest city, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with a growth rate of more than 11 percent over the last five years, now officially the fastest growing city in the nation among the 50 biggest cities in the U.S. And, whether one likes the notion or not, Brighton has been a suburb of Denver for several years.

As Denver continues its growth spurt, so does Brighton—existing inventory is at all time lows, forcing the need for new home development, both single and multi-family. More residential rooftops in turn drive more retail operations to view our area more favorably, which then also makes our area more attractive to large companies looking to relocate corporate operations and headquarters. Combine that with our easy access to railway, highway, and air transportation, and Brighton has the perfect formula for continued expansion, or could it be, growth explosion? Only time will tell, but it’s clear that exciting things are on the horizon for “our town!”

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

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C.

Most gun owners understand their duties and responsibilities that go along with their constitutional right to possess and bear a firearm. However, in interpreting the rights provided under our Constitution, the federal and state governments have enacted numerous laws that create issues when it comes to leaving those firearms to the next generation. When developing your estate plan, you should carefully consider how firearms will be handled both upon your disability and death.

Certain individuals are prohibited from possessing or owning firearms. Also, ownership is not the only issue to consider. Actual or constructive change of possession can also cause problems under the law.

When planning, you should carefully consider who will be receiving the firearms and determine if those individuals are potentially prohibited from legally owning or possessing a firearm. You should also think about the executor or trustee of your estate. The individual administering the estate will be in possession and ownership of the firearm during administration. If you become mentally incapacitated, the caretakers in your home may be in constructive possession of your firearms. Be careful that they are not prohibited from possessing firearms. You don’t want someone going to jail because they illegally took possession of a firearm while taking care of you or your estate.

Always keep in mind, that a person who legally uses marijuana in Colorado is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm as they are an illegal drug user under federal law.

Remember, estate planning is a process of preparation prior to your death. It is not an event or getting a certain type of document. By taking the time to address important issues, like firearms, you can assure that the process will go more smoothly for your family.

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Rippy Insurance

On May 26th, 2016, the Rippy Agency was honored to present our 3rd Annual $1,000 High School Scholarship to Morgan Sanchez, a senior from Brighton High School. Selected by the staff of BHS, not only was Morgan clearly a dedicated academic student with a 3.8 GPA, she also committed her own time through volunteering with the Special Olympics Unified Team. On top of this, she was a finalist for the Daniels Scholarship Program, recognizing high school seniors that demonstrate exceptional character, leadership and a commitment to serving their communities. Congratulations to Morgan and the rest of the Class of 2016 graduates!

Speaking of good grades…did you know that Allstate offers a good student discount for your teen driver on your auto policy? Not only that, we have an auto policy that includes accident forgiveness (one every three years) and another package that has accident forgiveness for multiple accidents. No one plans on getting into an accident, but if you do, the Accident Forgiveness can help keep your rates lower just because of it. In fact, it starts the very day you sign up! On top of that, you can earn $100 off of your deductible the day you sign up with Deductible Rewards and you earn another $100 off for every year you don’t have an accident, up to $500 total.

Don’t have claims but tired of your rates going up? Allstate has a Safe Driving Bonus where you can receive a check for up to 5% back every six months you are accident free. Are you IN Good Hands?

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Offered by Matt Romero

Goliath TechTired of digging post holes with those expensive augers, or using those back breaking post hole diggers? Tired of mixing cement and waiting for it to cure before building? GoliathTech Screw Piles will eliminate all that for you. Rapid installation, less intrusive, precision engineering, economical, anywhere and anytime.

With superior anchoring to resist shifting, steel construction for long life, Goliath Connect goes deep (7’) and double protection against weather (filled with polyurethane and built from 60 ksi Galvanized steel). They are removable and reusable. They are perfect for decks, home additions, (even mobile home support) fencing, ground mount for solar panels, sheds, building foundations, street lights, street signs, etc. With shaft sizes ranging from 1 7/8” to 3 ½” and helix ranging from 8” to 13” we are sure to have one for every need.

We use mini excavators equipped with our proprietary calibrated torque-reading equipment, which allows us to determine the exact tension and compression values on each site. Our expertise ensures that the screw piles and the supported structure are built to last. Bottom line, screw piles are more durable and faster to install than concrete foundations and tube forms when it comes to structures.

Contact us today for a no-obligation professional assessment of your project.

We’ll tell you why a GoliathTech screw pile solution is the right choice for your building project.

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Cleaning Out Clutter – Don’t Dump It
Offered by i Go Realty

Green Ideas for the Colorado Homeowner

If you are trying to clean out the clutter at home, but find you’ve got items that aren’t accepted by charities or are hard to sell, don’t toss them in the trash. Consider posting your items on Craigslist or local community Facebook pages in your area. This can help keep trash diverted from landfills in Colorado. Here are some suggestions to make it easier.

Go to If you don’t have an account, sign up by clicking “my account”. Once signed in then go to new posting select city and click “go”. Click “for sale by owner” then click “Free Stuff ”. Give your ad a title and fill in the information. In the posting body list all items that you want to give away. A posting with a photo will always receive more interest.

If you or your neighborhood will be having a garage sale, set up a “Free” section. It’s a great conversation starter, and some people may feel the need to buy something in exchange for your generosity, even though it’s junk to you.

As the old adage goes: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” so recycle whenever you can. Together, and little by little, we can make Colorado and our planet a cleaner, better place for future generations.

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