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Offered by: Brighton Resident Gregory R. McMahon, Esq.

As you may recall, last month I gave a brief overview of the Municipal Court System. This month I will focus on the Adams County Court. Part 4 will focus on the District Court in the November issue.

Adams County Court handles many different types of cases such as traffic tickets and misdemeanor cases. It has a very helpful website where many of your questions can be answered:

If you are given a summons to appear in Adams County Court at a specific date and time, you must appear in court. You must leave home early to allow yourself time to find parking and get through court security. Please note that if your appearance is for a Monday at 8:30 am, you will need even more extra time as security lines are often the longest on Mondays.

Your initial appearance will most likely occur in what is called the First Appearance Center.

You will be given the opportunity to meet with a Deputy District Attorney who may make you an offer to settle your case. If your case is a traffic ticket, there’s a good chance you can settle your case at your first appearance. If you are charged with a criminal violation, it’s likely that you will have to make a couple of court appearances before your case is either resolved by a plea bargain or you choose to go to trial.

Failure to appear on a summons, which is issued by law enforcement, can mean that a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest. If you are unable to appear on the date and time scheduled, you should call the court immediately and explain why you cannot appear, such as you’re out of town or have a medical appointment. If the court agrees to reset your hearing date, make sure that you get written confirmation of your new court date.

Many attorneys offer free consultations either in person or by phone prior to your first court appearance. I do. Hopefully, you have found this information helpful and will use it to help protect your rights.

As always, the information in this column does not constitute legal advice as every case is very different. It also does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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Offered by: Mountain View Family Dental

Fall is upon us! To accompany the changing of the seasons, here’s a checklist of seven new dental health ideas to carry you through this lovely autumn weather.

  1. Clean Out that Mouth! If you’re a homeowner, you’re probably thinking about cleaning out your gutters this time of year. After all, twelve months of debris raining on the eaves of your roof means you’ve probably got a lot of junk to clear. The same goes for your teeth – particularly if it’s been twelve months! Pull out your calendar early, because the schedule at your dental office can start to get busy this time of year.
  2. Replace Your Toothbrush: Homeowners and renters are familiar with the time-honored drill of replacing heating and air conditioning filters with the change of seasons. It’s also a great time to switch out your toothbrush! So, when you change the filter, change your toothbrush as well! Here are a few tips on choosing the right toothbrush to make sure you pick the right one.
  3. Pick up a Pack of Xylitol Gum: This is one little secret that’s starting to catch on. Use a sugar-free gum that contains Xylitol – a natural sweetener derived from plants. Xylitol doesn’t break down like sugar, and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. Both of which will help you avoid cavities.
  4. Eliminate a Habit: Whether it’s smoking, acidic beverages, or chewing habits that can wreck your teeth, try eliminating a habit that does harm to your teeth. Doing so now is a good idea because we’re still outside the hectic holiday window. There are fewer demands on your willpower reserves, making a successful effort that much more likely.
  5. Pick up a Habit: There are a lot of good dental habits that’ll help you do good by your teeth year-round. This fall, try a few you’re not familiar with and give your mouth a boost. A few new ones might be: dry brushing, going with the right food choices, or wearing a mouthguard if you play sports. Try a few on for size to see what works for you.
  6. Buy yourself an Early Holiday Gift: Who says you have to wait until the holidays to spoil yourself? Why not start now by picking up a dental care tool to make your teeth look great, your gums feel great, and your breath smell great! There are a lot of easy to use, budget-friendly options, including teeth whitening, interproximal brushes, dental irrigators, and even tongue scrapers!
  7. Check-in on Your Insurance Benefits! As the end of your insurance year approaches, you’re going to want to take advantage of any unused dental benefits that may still be available. In most cases any unused portion is lost when your new insurance year starts. Many people can use HSA and Flex spending accounts for dental work and some of those expire at the end of the year. So, be on top of this… after all, they’re benefits you have already paid for! And don’t forget: many of those dollars can be used for items other than actual exams!

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Offerd by: Susan Kline

Susan Kline

It seems like we’ve had so many warm days, that the last few have had a gloriously wonderful crisp fall feel. The change is welcome and with it comes a multitude of activities and ways to enjoy the season. Our advertisers have joined in on the fun with lots of good offers and a number of ways to celebrate Fall.

We’re so fortunate to have some new businesses for you to explore and pass the information on to your friends. Fall is a time when it’s fun to get together and enjoy sports, eat chili, and spend time gathering. Our restaurants have special offers this month that will facilitate “getting together.” Do check out the whole magazine as it will give you any number of ideas how to spend your October.

For those of you who enjoy Halloween, our cover advertiser has everything you could possibly need to get the perfect costume for your children or yourself. Please see their ad on page 21 of the October 2019 issue for some fabulous coupons.

I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.


Enjoy All This October Has To Offer,

– Susan

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Offered by: Scott & Lora Nordby – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Even as the seasons change weather patterns, we also see shifts in real estate trends. The winter months (particularly during the holiday season) tend to bring less listing and buying activity. After the new year begins, we see a predictable increase in the number of new homes on the market and buyers looking to capitalize on the lowered prices from weeks before. As the ground thaws and temperatures begin to increase, the market also heats up. In 2019, average prices for detached single family homes increased 9.2% from January to July.

After Independence Day, we begin to see price reductions, with that trend continuing throughout the rest of the year. Inventory increases through September, until decreasing through the rest of the year. Did you miss your opportunity to get the best price for your home? NO! Interest rates are still low, so that means there’s plenty of buyer interest in the marketplace.

If you’re interested in listing your home this autumn:

  • Talk with your real estate professional now. With prices decreasing throughout the rest of the year, you want to make the most of the time you have.
  • Get photos done now, before the winter. Photos tend to show better with color on the trees. Ask about getting photos done now, even if you wait to list after winter arrives.
  • Understand the pricing strategy so your expectations are reasonable. The proper listing price determines so much about when and how much your house sells for.
  • Most of all, set goals with your REALTOR® to ensure you are both on the same page. Looking to be sold by Thanksgiving? Concerned about getting the right buyer? Solid communication up front can reduce a lot of stress once the house is listed.
The best time to list your home on the market is when you are ready. If you’re uncertain about next steps, or have questions about the process, call us at 303-638-6229. We can answer your questions and help you plan what’s next for your home and your family.

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Offered by: City of Brighton Communications Office

Work is now underway at Ken Mitchell Park. In June, construction began on the Brighton section of the Colorado Front Range Trail (CFRT) which, once complete, will be a trail from Brighton through Denver to Chatfield Reservoir.

The trail will be adjacent to the South Platte River and wind south through Ken Mitchell Open Space until it connects to the present trail at E-470. The trail construction will include two-and-a-half miles of 10-foot wide concrete pathways, fencing around private property, seeding of native grass, benches and interpretive signs. The project will also include construction of two miles of soft surface trail around Ken Mitchell Lake. This regional segment of the Colorado Front Range Trail is anticipated to be complete in September 2019.

The City of Brighton has received two grants for this project: Great Outdoors Colorado and Adams County Open Space are both contributing to the overall cost of $1,095,698. The remainder of the funding will come from the city’s Recreation Capital Fund.

The Brighton City Council awarded the CFRT Project to Millstone Weber, LLC on February 19.

About Colorado Front Range Trail:

In 2002, Colorado State Parks began the ambitious project of developing the CFRT: a multipurpose trail corridor from New Mexico to Wyoming along Colorado’s Front Range. The goal for the CFRT is to connect existing and planned trail systems with new trail corridors and create linkages with Colorado’s growing population centers. The CFRT will link diverse communities, scenic landscapes, points of interest, parks and open space, and other recreation attractions. The CFRT will be a unique legacy that will enrich Colorado’s tourism and recreation resources, heritage, and health. Partners are working together at the local, regional, and state level to plan, fund, develop and promote the CFRT in their communities.

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

You hear with your brain, not your ears. Your ears a part of a system that takes acoustic or sound energy and transforms it and transports it to the brain to be processed. Hearing loss and dementia are strongly correlated. The negative effects of hearing loss on the brain are clearer than ever. Waiting until hearing loss is “bad enough” to get hearing aids often means that your best possible hearing is nowhere near as good as you would like for it to be.

Ear wax can cause temporary hearing loss when it blocks the canal partially or completely. Using cotton swabs or other instruments (keys, bobby pins, pen caps, paper clips, crochet needles/hooks) can cause temporary and permanent hearing loss. Putting objects in the canal can cause temporary hearing loss by pushing wax and other material deep into the ear canal and impacting it against the eardrum. Permanent hearing loss can occur when foreign objects accidentally perforate the tympanic membrane, or eardrum.

Cheap “Hearing Aids” are usually not true hearing aids. PSAPS, or personal sound amplification products have been available for decades through mail order magazines and some retail outlets. They are currently available online, and are advertised with a barrage of ads on social media sites, such as Facebook, touting the “latest technology” or “breakthrough technology” targeting baby-boomers who may have hearing loss. They are amplifiers that may have a volume control but are not adjustable to a specific hearing loss. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all hearing aid.

True hearing aids are controlled by the Food and Drug Administration in part because improperly fit devices could actually damage a person’s hearing. Real “hearing aids” are made of more durable materials, with specialized coatings to reduce the effect of oil, moisture, salts, acids and wax on the devices. They are digitally programmable and can only be purchased with a valid hearing test less than 6 months old performed by a licensed specialist using a certified calibrated audiometer.

Hearing aids do not “fix” your hearing, they are designed to work with whatever hearing you have. When you have your hearing tested, one of the primary tests is designed to determine how well you hear the tones that fall in the human speech range. Hearing aids are then programmed specifically to your hearing loss to pick up the specific sounds you would otherwise miss and make them loud enough for you to hear. Advanced technologies also help to hear better in noise.

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Offered by: Janine Lechleitner, CPNP – Premier Pediatrics

Back to school time is always bitter sweet. It signals the end of lazy (hopefully) sunny days and fun times with our children. However sometimes there is that little glimmer of excitement that we as parents have when our children are whisked away for several hours each day. “Now I have time to do…” we say once school starts; leaving the education to the teachers.

While teachers are critical to the academic success of our children, so is parental involvement. Studies have linked parental involvement with improved child behavior, regular school attendance, improved academic achievement, and an overall positive attitude of children toward school.

Whether our children admit it or not, being an involved parent will make them aware of how much you care about their education. Being involved helps our children know that they can come to us as parents when they face challenges at school be it an academic challenge or challenges with peers.

Children do model adult behaviors, and when children see parents actively participating in their education they will hopefully realize the importance of education. Parental involvement can boost a child’s self-esteem, motivation, and discipline. Ultimately parental involvement helps children to develop into happy, productive, and responsible members of society.

So as we start to think about all the things we will have time to do once our children are back in school, please make sure that one of those things is being involved in your child’s school.

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Offered by: Dan Cochran – The Haven Team, Keller Williams

Most people don’t buy a home every day – it’s a once-or-twice-a-decade activity for many of us as opposed to a day-in-day-out activity.

So when you start getting serious about buying, whether it’s your first home or your fourth, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed pretty quickly. Some parts of the process (like searching for a home) have recently become more accessible through technology, but when every buyer has access to the same technology and resources, it’s tough to stand out in a crowd of showing, bids and contracts.

And there’s a lot more to the journey than just finding the home: You need to figure out financing, negotiate on price and possibly request repairs or make concessions, get the home appraised and inspected, and make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed by the time you sit down at the closing table to sign your name on a stack of paperwork.

That’s why a real estate professional can be an indispensable resource for buyers – unlike most of us, real estate professionals do manage home sale transactions every day, and they can serve as a guide on the buyer’s journey from Base Camp “I Think I Want To Buy A House” to the Summit of “I’m A Homeowner,” step by step.

Here are just a few of the ways a real estate professional can help smooth your home buying path:

  • Getting pre-approved by a lender
  • Choosing a home
  • Making an offer
  • Closing … And beyond!

I would love to be your real estate partner to help you find your next home. If you are interested in knowing what your current home is worth, feel free to contact me to complete a free home market analysis for you.

For more information about finding your dream home please reach out to me any time. I would be honored to be your real estate professional. Your Home is your Haven! – Dan Cochran, The Haven Team with Keller Williams 1st Associates, 303-709-3501

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Offered by: Brian Engle – Prudential Advisors

When you buy your first home, the first thought that goes through your head is probably not life insurance. You might be wondering how you’re going to make your mortgage payments or afford furniture. So maybe you think it’s not the best time to discuss life insurance. It may surprise you, but there may not be a better time.

Especially if you are young, your policy may be as affordable as it’s ever going to be. Plus, your house may begin appreciating in value, which makes it even more important to protect it in case something happens to you.

How can life insurance help secure your home?

If the insured person dies, the death benefit from a life insurance policy can be used to help make the mortgage payments so your family can stay in the house without hardship. Either term or permanent life insurance can be an effective way to help provide the appropriate amount of coverage for your family’s needs. A financial professional can help you determine the right type and amount of life insurance to help meet your family’s needs.

How much insurance do you need?

Figuring out how much life insurance you need is more complicated than just covering the amount of your mortgage. You’ll want to provide for paying funeral expenses and debts after you’re gone. Plus, many times, a spouse, child or other relative depends on your income for all or a portion of their support. Many insurance agents recommend a minimum of six or seven times your annual income as a target for the amount of life insurance you should own.

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Offered by: Shelly George – Evolve Ortho-Bionomy®

Sometimes it’s hard to be human. The daily stress of life choices can take a toll on our bodies and our minds. There isn’t a human being that doesn’t feel the effects of the world that we live in.

Our world is a stressful place. When we miss the cues our body and mind send us, we become agitated and irritable. Overly emotional. Maybe it is a conscious decision to wait until things get so bad that you need to see someone. Sometimes we just don’t know who to see, or where to start.

When people come into my office, the first thing I notice is how they move. How do they orient outside of themselves. Do they hold a body posture that looks tired? Are their back, feet and hips moving in a natural manner? Can they turn their heads with ease? What do they tell me about their lives? How is the stress manifesting?

What I begin with, is the knowing that in each person, the body has the innate ability to heal. First, it needs to be in a safe environment, to be heard, to feel recognized, to be reminded. Everyone’s journey is different. No two people are alike. Every person has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed them.

Ortho-Bionomy® can help you reveal your story, and with your help, you can heal. It can help you find your center. It can lead you home to you.

What’s your story?