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Offered by: Anneli Berube, Ag Innovation Specialist

In the midst of unprecedented times, the farmers of Historic Splendid Valley have forged on to continue to grow produce and flowers, raise goats and chickens, and so much more to maintain the food and agricultural products for the community.

“Spring on the farm is normally the most optimistic time for a farmer. It is the time when we finally get into the fields and have a fresh start, so to speak – a time when we plan to hopefully correct all of the mistakes we made last season, a time of hope for a better year than the previous one, kind of a fresh start,” explained Robert Sakata of Sakata Farms.

Despite moving forward, local producers are facing a myriad of challenges because of the COVID-19 crisis. The uncertainty of demand and market channels and the effects of social distancing on farm visitation have already forced some farms to make adjustments.

Berry Patch Farms is planting two new strawberry fields this year to help ensure the safety of employees and the public to pick certified-organic berries in the summer. Only in its first year of production, Minoru Farm has already pivoted from its model of selling at farmers markets to include Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm shares.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for knowing where your food comes from has increased, along with the public’s realization of the importance of supporting small local businesses. I got the message that I needed to step up and offer what I could,” said Jade Sato of Minoru Farm.
Sonflower Ranch was set to offer spring tours for preschoolers and first-graders, but it has been canceled because of the pandemic. In response, the farm is offering self-guided, no-contact tours for families looking for something to do close to home.

Farms have also had to make extensive changes to operation guidelines, ranging from increased food safety trainings to acquiring protective equipment to keep workers safe.

Changes in operations also extends to how farms are selling their products. Palizzi Farm is exploring a produce drive-up service and local delivery options. Sakata Farms mentioned potential opportunities to support food pantries and food banks as the season goes on. Red Daisy Farm is providing an opportunity to grow-your-own. In response to postponed weddings and other events that provide much of the demand for their flowers, Red Daisy is offering cut flower garden kits. Many local residents have already stepped up to ensure these local farms are supported.

“My experience over these past months is that we live in an amazing community that wants to support each other,” said Taylor Drew of Forever
West Farms. “I have witnessed so much kindness in the local food community and it inspires me.”

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

While the last two months have been difficult with the shutdown due to COVID-19, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus center has continued to be available for our patients on a very limited basis to ensure they have the opportunity to experience better hearing. While we know we will see more changes to policies and procedures in the future, we will continue striving to provide the best hearing aids, with the best customer service, at the best possible price.

Going forward, our office will continue with policies and procedures designed to help protect the health of our patients. We will see patients by appointment only to ensure we have the proper time to clean and sanitize between appointments. In order to accommodate emergency situations, we keep a limited number of appointment slots open for individuals who need immediate attention on short notice. When you schedule an appointment, we will explain other applicable procedures.

Now, based on some recent experiences of my patients and colleagues around the country, I would like to share some important tips.

  • When communicating with a person with hearing loss, please be patient. Many people have become stressed and overwhelmed being together for extended periods of time. Speaking more slowly and more clearly can help. If a person does not understand what you are saying, try rephrasing as opposed to simply speaking louder. You should not disengage, say “nevermind,” or criticize an individual who asks you to repeat. Such behavior causes seen and unseen emotional and psychological stress. Be compassionate.
  • If you are wearing a mask and speaking to someone who is hard of hearing, again, be patient. The speech of anyone wearing a mask will be muffled. The clarity sounds of speech, the consonant sounds that make up the beginning and ending of words, are the sounds that are muffled most by masks. Individuals with normal hearing can struggle to understand someone wearing a mask. It may be impossible for someone with hearing loss to understand the distorted speech coming from someone wearing a mask.
  • There are special masks that are designed for those who regularly speak to individuals with hearing loss. The masks have a clear insert that allows speech cues to be seen even when the mask is on. The speaker’s words may still be muffled to the hearer, but visual speech cues can help improve understanding.
  • Wearing a mask can be very difficult with hearing aids that fit behind the ear. These problems include discomfort or soreness as well as an increased likelihood of losing a hearing aid. The loops of the mask can pull the device out of a patient’s ear and fling it. Wearing a mask that ties behind the head as opposed to looping around the ears causes fewer problems. Custom in-the-ear devices are not a problem with masks. Our latest hearing aid technology includes a feature where you can find your lost hearing aid via your smartphone app.
  • Hearing aid technology exists that can help to hear someone wearing a mask. One patient came in and was complaining about how hard it was to understand anyone wearing a mask. We used the app on his iPhone to make changes to his programming, specifically the higher frequencies muffled by the mask. After making the changes he could easily understand me through my mask. We were able to save the changes as a custom program called “Mask.” After that, anytime he was speaking to someone wearing a mask, he could simply switch to the “Mask” program.
  • The latest technology allows us to make programming changes remotely. For patients that need programming changes but who were not able to make it into the office due to quarantine or other reasons, we are able to make programming changes remotely.

Again, please be patient with others during this time. And remember to support the small local businesses that are an integral part of our community, because the greatest economic stimulus in our community comes from our customers and patients.


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Offered by: Sean Rector – Sylvan Learning Center

Online learning can be daunting and overwhelming, and some students may need help catching back up with their work or keeping up and on track with their classes. Sylvan Learning of Broomfield offers programs for every student that will help kids catch up, keep up and get ahead in their learning during school closures and be ready to succeed when schools re-open. What sets Sylvan apart is focused, live 1-on-1 online instruction and interaction with either fully licensed educators or instructors that have degrees in their subjects. These online sessions, in combination with Sylvan’s already proven philosophy that learning should be personal, gives kids the confidence they need to succeed, through individual, adaptive learning plans that adjust in real time using advanced technology, even as schools remain closed.

Sylvan Offers Something for Everyone!

Sylvan has programs designed to help beginning learners progress all the way through to their college education, with Reading starting in Pre-K, and Writing and Math starting in Kindergarten. We also offer Test Prep for SAT and ACT, as well as personalized sessions for Homework Support or Study Skills. Every session is individualized to meet the specific needs of your child and to help them grow and succeed in school! Programs are customized to meet students where they are at and help them grow to become confident and successful learners, from pre-K kids just starting their academic adventure to adult learners who need to brush up on skills!
Even in an uncertain time like this, we need to continue to put forth positive thoughts around learning for kids. Your child has worked so hard to reach this point of the school year, and we can work together to ensure they are caught up and on track, continuing the momentum from this last school year. Sylvan Learning of Broomfield is here to prepare your kids and make sure they succeed when school resumes!

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Offered by: Mackenzie Reshew, CPNP – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

During the summer there tends to be an increased need for physicals as parents prepare their children for school and fall sports. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, there is still uncertainty what the coming school year and sports seasons will look like. Despite these uncertainties, it is still recommended to continue routine child and adolescent well visits. These well visits are important to stay up to date. Well checks include routine vaccines, continued weight monitoring, and performance of routine screenings such as development, hearing, vision, and mental health screenings. The American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend continuing with routine well child/adolescent care at this time. We advise you to schedule these appointments early to avoid last minute time crunches.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic our office has made some changes so that we can help minimize spread of infection and keep our families as healthy as possible. Currently, we have designated waiting rooms and exam rooms for non-sick visits, such as physicals, and separate designated rooms for sick visits. We are currently scheduling all well visits in the morning and all sick visits in the afternoon and having all healthy families use a different entrance than sick families. Additionally, we continue to utilize rigorous cleaning measures and we are wearing masks for every patient encounter.

Our evening hours have been suspended for now, but we will continue to assess the COVID19 pandemic recommendations and resume the evening hours when we feel it is safe for our families and staff. We have made these changes to help support the safety of our families.

Please feel free to call our office for questions or concerns regarding physicals, well child care or the current coronavirus pandemic.

For additional information, please visit our website at:
www.brightonpeds.com

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Offered by: Family Eyecare of Brighton

Time to see the world again with Family Eyecare of Brighton! To accommodate those of you who have waited so patiently for your non-emergent care, we are finally returning back to normal business hours, Monday through Friday. It has been difficult without you, and we would like to extend a big “thank you” for standing by us during these unprecedented times.

We will be following the proper protocols, as identified by the American Optometric Association, and have outlined our plan to keep our staff and patients safe outside our normal sanitizing and disinfecting practices below.

  • When coming into the office, in accordance with CDC recommendations, please wear a face mask of some kind.
  • For children or those needing assistance, we welcome ONE family member or companion to accompany the individual (while also wearing a mask), but ask all others to come alone.
  • We will continue to practice strict social distancing in our waiting areas, optical dispensaries, and exam rooms.
  • If you have an appointment, but have been sick or in contact with someone who has been sick, we ask that you reschedule all non-emergent visits for a later date.

As always, our priority is the safety of everyone who enters our practice. If you would like to schedule your annual exam or have any other eye care needs, please give us a call at 303.654.7933. We can’t wait to see you again!

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

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Offered by: Lisa Asmussen – Integrity Insurance LLC

After working and paying into Medicare, most people are entitled at age 65 to Part A at no cost. This is because you or your spouse already paid the Medicare tax(10 years) when you were working. (This is part of the FICA deduction on your paycheck.) If you did not previously work or did not work long enough, you can still get Part A but you may have to pay a premium. If you delay you may owe a late enrollment penalty along with that premium.

Medicare rules for signing up can be difficult to understand. It is important to determine your eligibility and enrollment periods, so you can take advantage of the Medicare benefits you’ve earned. Even if you are continuing to work and have employer group health insurance don’t overlook the need to understand your coverage options and enrollment periods. Planning 6 months ahead of your 65th birthday, is not too early to make a plan. The late enrollment penalties can be avoided by meeting enrollment deadlines including the initial enrollment period for Parts A and B and getting Part D for prescription coverage.

You will not be automatically enrolled in Medicare at age 65 unless you are already collecting Social Security. I can share the enrollment steps and what to expect. Your situation is unique, you need personalized assistance based on your current coverage and plans for the future.

I have regular Zoom presentations open to all, on many Medicare topics as well as health and wellness topics. Find me on facebook and online at:
www.insure-integrity.com/lisa

Contact me today if you have any other questions or need help enrolling.

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Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

Staying home during a pandemic is the perfect time to figure out what makes your home more functional, more enjoyable, and more conducive to your family’s overall health and well-being. The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) in partnership with The Farnsworth Group has been conducting national research monitoring industry and consumer trends. Not surprising, with extra time on our hands, internet searches related to DIY projects through Home Depot and Lowe’s are up 150-195%, and two-thirds of survey respondents started DIY projects in April.

Also not surprising, painting (sales were up approximately 700%) and, of course, spring planting and lawn care topped the list, followed closely by projects related to making patios, porches, and backyards more usable and enjoyable. While the DIY market saw increases, the commercial contractor side of home improvement did see some fluctuation. According to the HIRI/Farnsworth surveys, respondents cited a variety of factors influencing the fluctuations on contracted projects, including sensitivity to price and income stability, as well as concerns over having strangers in one’s home and potential exposure.

Lower on the list, but still worth noting, consumers focused a lot on spring cleaning—sorting and clearing out old/unused items, some as part of an annual ritual, while others in pursuit of more minimalistic goals to give a more light and airy feel to existing space.

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: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

In April of 2017, I was on vacation in Cancun with my mom, walking on the beach. We came upon a wedding that was being setup, right there in the sand. I told my mom when I got married, that’s exactly what I wanted – to be surrounded by the people that meant the world to me, the beach and the waves for a ceremony. I asked my mom if she thought Dad would walk me down the aisle and she said I should ask him. At the time, I was not engaged but I called my dad who was in Arizona and asked, “Dad, when I get married, I want to get married on the beach. Would you walk me down the aisle?”

He didn’t hesitate and said, “Of course! But wait – can I wear my Converse?”

In September of the same year, Dad was diagnosed with Acute Myleoid Leukemia. I met my spouse about a month later on November 5th. Two days after Christmas, we lost my dad.

In October of 2019, I was married in the sand next to the love of my life, the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by those that love and support us. I held a pair of my dad’s Converse as I walked myself down the aisle.

This Father’s Day, I hope you can celebrate your dad and treasure all of the things you love about him. I plan to celebrate my dad in memory and spirit. May each of you have a wonderful Father’s Day as you celebrate yours!

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

A Living Will has nothing to do with living and is not a will. A Living Will provides specific guidance and direction to the medical community regarding what you want to happen in two very narrow circumstances. It does not give someone the right to make a decision for you. It’s you, making the decision today, regarding a possible event in the future.

A Living Will provides specific direction in the following situations: First, when you have a Terminal Condition and you are unable to effectively communicate decisions; Second, when you are in a Persistent Vegetative State. The law provides specific definitions for these conditions.

Your Living Will should provide direction for each of these specific circumstances. It should include direction to continue or discontinue Life-Sustaining Procedures. A Life-Sustaining Procedure is a medical procedure that would serve only to prolong the dying process, and does not include anything necessary to alleviate your pain.

If you choose to discontinue Life-Sustaining Procedures, your Living Will should also include directions to continue or discontinue receiving Artificial Nutrition. If you choose to discontinue Artificial Nutrition, your Living Will should also include directions to continue or discontinue receiving hydration.

If you have an existing Living Will that was signed before 2011, you should update it to reflect the new law and definitions. Remember, these are important decisions that should not be trusted to a preprinted form. If you make a mistake on the form, the medical community may be unable to interpret your decisions and your wishes may not be fulfilled.

If you provide clear direction in advance for these unfortunate circumstances, you can relieve your family of the guilt of making hard and sometimes heartbreaking decisions.

A Living Will is just one piece of a comprehensive estate plan. If you would like to learn more about available estate planning options, visit:
www.EstatePlansThatWork.com to sign up for a complimentary online educational workshop.

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Offered by: Tim Roberts – Edward Jones

The social distancing and stay-at-home orders necessitated by the coronavirus have led many of us to feel isolated. Still, we’ve fought back through social media, “virtual” gatherings and walks in the neighborhood, where we could greet friends and neighbors (from 6 feet away). But when you’re dealing with the financial effects of the virus and you’re investing alone, you could encounter some problems that may prove costly.

Of course, with so much investment-related information available online, on television and in any number of periodicals, it’s not surprising that some people feel they can invest without any assistance. But the volatility of the financial markets over the past few months has also pointed to the dangers of going solo in the investment world. And you might find that a professional financial advisor can help you in several ways, including the following:

Taking emotions out of investing. During this period of market turbulence, many self-guided investors are letting their emotions drive their investment decisions. As a result, they sell investments when their price is down, “locking in” their losses. Furthermore, if they then stay out of the financial markets, they will miss out on the eventual recovery – and some of the biggest gains in market rallies usually occur right at the beginning. But if you work with a financial advisor who has helped you develop a personalized investment strategy based on your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, you will be far less likely to react to extreme market conditions by making ill-advised decisions.

Maintaining perspective. When you’re putting away money for the future and you suddenly have a lot less of it, you might start to wonder if that future is somehow in jeopardy. But if you’ve been working with a financial advisor and following your investment strategy, you’ll know that you don’t have to immediately cash out those investments that have lost value, and you may not need to liquidate them for decades if they were designed for a long-term goal, such as retirement. By the time you do need to sell them, their value may well have appreciated significantly. And if you’ve got a well-constructed portfolio, you’ll also own shorter-term, less volatile investments to help meet your current cash flow needs.

Understanding the history of investing. The recent market instability is unique in the sense that its cause – a worldwide pandemic – is so highly unusual, and it hopefully will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Typically, prolonged market downturns are triggered by explainable financial or economic factors, such as the bursting of the “dot-com” bubble in 2000. However, market drops of 20 percent or more – generally referred to as bear markets – are not at all unusual and have happened every few years over the past several decades. Financial advisors are well aware of this history and share it with their clients. And for many people, the knowledge that “we’ve been here before” is reassuring and makes it easier for them to continue following their investment strategies.

The road to your financial goals is a long one, with many twists and turns. So you might like to have some experienced company along the way.

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