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Offered by: Susan Kline

Susan Kline

At the risk of causing late Spring snow flurries, the definitive Spring has Sprung may have to be in our minds and happy thoughts about the increasingly warmer weather. It’s a fact we’re all ready for Spring! This issue is full of Spring offers that inspire you to begin planning, planting, and starting your projects that will bring countless hours of joy when we can officially count on April Showers Bringing May Flowers and the pleasure of Spring.

There are also a number of events in this issue that should go on your calendar. The Spring Festival that has become a wonderful family event in Brighton will be on April 13th from noon to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Historic Downtown Brighton. Gathering eggs from the event’s many vendors is one of the biggest egg hunts in the area. Main Street will be alive with activity as well as the stores ready to welcome you with their Easter/Spring items and refreshments. There are many other local activities advertised for you to attend. Enjoy the excitement of Spring in your own back yard! Also, note the Easter Services being held at The Orchard Church (on our cover) as well as Brighton United Methodist Church on page 59.

Below are a few thoughts to ponder about Spring. Just the thought of the season generally can bring you happiness, and we hope these quotes will add to your appreciation of the beauty on its way.

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come. The earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” – Sitting Bull

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in a low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. Then Spring will come!” – Robert H. Schuller

Happy Easter from all of us,

Susan

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Turn To Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Offered by: Scott & Lora Nordby – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Innovative Real Estate has been helping Coloradans buy and sell residential real estate. As a matter of fact, there have been ads with listings, events, and tips in the Brighton Buzz for many years. With the announcement that they joined with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, they also gained an avenue into commercial real estate.

John Dovenbarger, who heads up the Commercial Division, has been working with clients and brokers alike to buy and sell commercial properties. “The Denver market is exciting right now,” Dovenbarger said. “With the strong economy and businesses opening and growing, we have had a lot of opportunity to help our clients find investment and business opportunities.”

There isn’t an indication of slow down either. Real estate is a reflection of the economy, as a whole, and Colorado’s economy is booming. Colorado Public Radio suggested that Colorado is expected to add 53,000 jobs. University of Colorado economists forecast growth across all sectors, as well, with particularly desirable conditions in professional and business services. According to research from CBRE, the retail sector performed well in 2018.

Denver continues to attract young, highly educated residents. “It isn’t just how the economy is performing,” added Dovenbarger. “Retailers also look at viability. 80,000 people who moved into the Denver Metro Area means that there is a gold mine for business. If you wonder how business is doing, just look at how the Denver skyline has changed in recent years. I’d say business is booming.”

If you’re considering purchasing or selling commercial real estate in 2019, call John Dovenbarger with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate at 303-591-8771. He has the experience, resources, and insight to ensure you find the space you need for your business to thrive.

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“What is the First Rule?” I ask my Karate students before I begin explaining a drill. They reply in unison: “When Sensei is speaking, we listen.”

Super Power

I smile then follow it up: “Right, and what is the Second Rule?”

They again reply: “When Sensei tells me something, the reply is: “Oss Sensei” (“Oss Sensei” is the equivalent to “Yes Sir”.)

“So, Johnny” – I continue – “if I ask you to kick higher, would you say: but Sensei, I can’t, or, I’m already kicking high, or, but I’m too tired?”

Johnny replies quickly: “No Sensei, I will say, Oss Sensei, then I’ll try to kick higher”.

“Thank you Johnny, now let’s get started.”

With that, everyone jumps up, and begins executing the drill to the best of their abilities… No excuses allowed, no excuses needed.

Even at an early age, our students come to realize that excuses will never help them improve. Once they are not allowed to make excuses anymore, they become accountable and in charge of their own success.

I like to look at creating this habit in our students as bestowing on them a great SUPER POWER! The “No Excuses” super power.

Have you ever seen someone who is always able to do just about anything they set their mind to? Have you met someone who is never afraid of doing something because of fear of failure or ridicule? Have you even maybe heard of someone who has that Midas Touch that everything they touch succeeds?

Yeah, they are few, they are the ones who possess the “no excuses” superpower. But they were not born with it, they worked at it, being accountable to themselves, every day, for their own failure or success. And, believe it or not, you can be like them too… Little by little, day by day.

Discard the kryptonite of excuses, and become the Super Hero you were meant to be. No Excuses!

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Offered by: Dr. Michele Tuepker, MD – Premier Pediatrics

In early January, a case of measles was diagnosed in northeast Denver and the individual was hospitalized.

Early signs of measles include fever ≥ 101 F, cough, runny nose, and red, irritated eyes. The measles rash happens 2-4 days after the initial signs, and usually begins on the face. The rash then spreads down and out towards the hands and the feet. The rash is red and has both flat areas and raised, bumpy areas.

Measles is extremely contagious and is spread by respiratory droplets, i.e. a cough or sneeze. The droplets can be present in an area for several hours after the person with measles visited. Once exposed, it takes 7-21 days for symptoms to develop. Children younger than 5 years old and adults older than 20 years old are more likely to suffer from significant complications from a measles infection, which include ear infections that can lead to permanent hearing loss, diarrhea, pneumonia, and rarely encephalitis (brain swelling) that can lead to death.

Vaccination is the safest, best, and most effective way to prevent developing measles. The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is routinely given at 12-15 months and 4-6 years of age, with 93% and 97% effectiveness after one and two doses respectively. Additionally, someone who is exposed to measles and has not been appropriately immunized may see a decrease in symptoms if they are vaccinated with the MMR vaccine within 72 hours of exposure.

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Offered by: Tracie Serna – Pinnacle Gardens

“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”

Mark Twain

We all know what a challenge gardening can be in our climate, especially with our everchanging weather. When those warm sunny days show up and spring fever has you itching to get outside there are plenty of things you can do to prepare your garden.

The first thing to do is clear all the leaves, debris and broken branches that may be left from winter. Next be sure to clean all your tools with soap and water, use a little mineral spirit on wooden handles. Many trees or shrubs can use a good pruning this time of year, especially those that bloom on new wood. Late winter/early spring is the perfect time to prune back old wood because you can see the branch structure well and you can shape the plant before the buds break dormancy.

Now it’s time to prepare the garden beds. In winter, soil tends to become compacted, so the first thing you will want to do is loosen it back up by tilling or turning. Then ad your compost and amendments. You can use a soil test kit to check your pH and nutrient levels. If your perennials have become over crowded and are starting to deteriorate, they can really benefit from being divided in early spring. If you are not sure how to do this stop by the garden center and we will show you.

Pinnacle Gardens has a great selection of trees, shrubs and perennials selected specifically for our climate and spring is an ideal time to plant. Consider the design of your yard, group plants with similar light, water and soil requirements together.

Here are some tips from Planttalk Colorado™

When designing a landscape, keep in mind activities that might take place in that space. Compare how outdoor space is currently used with how it would ideally be used.

Next, consider the sun and how it moves around a landscape. Are there places in the landscape that should be shaded in the summer, but open to sunlight in the winter? Choose a design and plants according to these factors.

Compare landscaping ideas with the budget set for the project. A general rule of thumb for estimating the amount of money one should invest in a landscape is approximately 10 percent of the value of the home.

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Offered by: T. Lloyd Worth, Worth Wealth Management

There is a good possibility that you or your spouse will eventually require some form of long-term care (LTC). According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, at least 70% of people aged 65 or older will require some form of long-term care services and support during their lives.¹

Cost of Care

Below is a summary of current costs according to the Genworth 2017 Cost of Care Survey.

Median costs in the United States

  • $235/day for a semi-private room in a nursing home
  • $267/day for a private room in a nursing home
  • $3,750/month for care in an assisted living facility (for a one-bedroom unit)
  • $135/day for a home health aide
  • $131/day for homemaker/companion services

With health care costs rising every year, these expenses can be expected to grow substantially over time. Furthermore, neither Medicare nor Medicare supplemental coverage, also known as Medigap insurance, typically cover long-term care. Medicaid will cover a large share of such services but only if you meet stringent financial and functional criteria. What’s more, most employer-sponsored or private health insurance plans follow the same general rules as Medicare. Therefore, most people who need long-term care must pay for some or all of it on their own.

Cost of Insurance

Like life insurance, long-term care insurance policy premiums largely depend on your age and health. If you take out a policy when you are young, you can expect to pay comparatively low premiums during the life of the plan, while starting a new policy when you are older will entail significantly higher monthly premiums.

Coverage

Long-term care policies are complex and vary widely. But in general, long-term care insurance typically covers the following:

  • Nursing home care
  • Adult day care
  • Visiting nurses
  • Assisted living
  • In-home assistance with daily activities

LTC includes a range of nursing, social, and rehabilitative services for people who need ongoing assistance due to a chronic illness or disability. LTC insurance can be used by anyone at any age who suffers an accident or debilitating illness, but it most frequently is used by older adults who need assistance with essential physical needs, such as bathing, dressing, or eating.

Other Considerations

Deciding whether to purchase long-term care insurance will depend on your personal situation. You may want to consider your family health history, your level of assets to potentially pay for long-term care, and your feelings about relying on family members for support. Feel free to reach out to our team if you’d like to discuss your options.

T. Lloyd Worth may be reached at (303) 558-0214 or email:
Lloyd.Worth@LPL.com WorthWealthManagement.com

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¹Source: Genworth, 2017 Cost of Care Survey, 2017.
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Tips and tricks for showcasing your home in the best possible light.

Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

Welcome to Spring, the season when activity traditionally picks up in real estate. If you are thinking about selling your home, you are definitely not alone. The difference this year, however, is a growing inventory of available properties over this time last year, coupled with changes in tax laws that may make home ownership less attractive and/or more difficult to achieve for some first-time buyers. Depending upon the price bracket of your home, this could ultimately equate to fewer potential buyers, so ensuring your home shows in the best possible light is more important than ever. Here’s how to get a start on the process to make sure your home is ready for market and doesn’t stand out for the wrong reasons:

Disassociate Yourself: Forget, for a few moments, that this is your home and try to see it through the eyes of the potential buyer who doesn’t know you or your story. For this process, it’s important to step back, be as objective as possible, and view the house not as your home, but as a product that must be packaged in the best way possible so it can be sold. Take a good long look at each room – what do you see? Step outside yourself and try to image how a stranger, looking for a home, would feel upon seeing that room for the first time? You only get to make a first impression one time, and it’s critical to get it right.

Declutter and Depersonalize the Space: Homes are currently averaging about eight weeks on the market, so if you haven’t used stuff within the past few weeks, you should be able to live without it for a few weeks. It may seem voyeuristic, but it’s a readily accepted fact that buyers have a hard time not being distracted by personal effects. So go ahead and pack up the books, knick-knacks, photos, memorabilia, and family heirlooms, especially if they are valuable. It may seem counter-intuitive, but, doing this frees up the space from distractions and gives potential buyers subconscious permission to imagine their own photos and personal items filling the walls and shelves. If it helps, think of this exercise as getting a head start on the packing process.

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: City of Brighton Communications Office

The Brighton Recreation Center is keeping up with the Joneses! It’s now taking its fitness classes to a new level; offering both virtual fitness classes and jumping into a new water fitness craze!

BOGAFit is an innovative fitness program that uses a fitness board on the water to build strength, deepen flexibility, and improve balance and coordination. This exercise enhances the benefits of traditional fitness movement while eliminating the harsh impacts of these exercises, creating high-intensity workouts on the water with a low impact on your body. It also helps work your core muscles to increase balance.

“We have found a couple of other places that offer classes once a week or during the summer only,” Fitness Supervisor Kristin Meaux said. “I think there is one other location that specializes in this class, but we are one of the first to offer this class in a recreation facility.”

Meaux went on to say that paddleboard yoga’s popularity in states near water is on the rise and bringing this type of exercise to not only landlocked Colorado but Brighton specifically was a joint effort between her department and the city’s aquatics department.

“We wanted to make sure our fitness department was one of the first rec centers in the state to offer indoor paddleboard fitness classes year-round,” Meaux said.

If water exercise is not for you, don’t worry. The Brighton Recreation Center also has a different program that’s helping you achieve your fitness goal for 2019. Virtual fitness classes offer members a chance to get the experience of a group fitness class any time a regular instructor-led group fitness class is not scheduled. These virtual group fitness classes were designed to give residents a chance to work out when it is most convenient for them, instead of trying to rearrange their schedule to make it to a class at the Brighton Recreation Center.

Users can select from a wide range of classes from Sha’bam, to Flow and even a high intensity, interval training (HIIT) class called GRIT. The class times vary from 30-60 minutes to meet everyone’s needs. This virtual fitness program option is available in both the fitness studio and cycling studio of the Brighton Recreation Center.

Both of these new features are included with daily admission. There is no pre-registration required for the class, but space is limited. Due to the small class sizes for BOGAFit, users can pick up a ticket from the front desk as early as 30 minutes prior to the start time of each class to confirm their spot. All virtual fitness classes are limited to the capacity of our fitness and cycle studios.

For more information about these two unique fitness programs visit www.brightonrecreation.com or call 303-655-2200

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Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

As some of you know, in February of 2018 I co-founded a non-profit in memory of my dad, called Ripbeams. We collect handmade beanies and give them to kids with leukemia. You can check us out more at www.facebook.com/ripbeams. Since we began, we have collected 2,617 beanies and given them to kids in twenty-nine states plus Washington, D.C. We became a registered non-profit in the Summer of 2018. We have been grateful to partner with Brighton DECA, Hoff Elementary, Northeast Elementary, Overland Trail Middle School, several local businesses, fellow non-profits and schools to help provide beanie making instruction

Ripbeams is thrilled to partner with Big Choice Brewing again for our second fundraiser to be held on my dad’s 67th Heavenly Birthday – March 22nd – from 5 to 8 pm. We will have awesome craft beer and food, silent auction items, and will be accepting donations of skeins of yarn and beanies. Big Choice Brewing has also generously offered to donate 10% to Ripbeams from our event

Don’t forget the Rippy Agency still has tickets you can buy for a chance to win an autographed Serena Williams Purple Purse Backpack, valued at over $700.00. You can purchase your ticket for $20 with 100% of the proceeds going to Almost Home, a local non-profit that assists with promoting self-sufficiency and assistance to those experiencing housing instability. Almost Home also has a family emergency homeless shelter with the ability to house six families.

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

“I don’t have an estate, isn’t that something rich people have?”

When the subject of estate planning comes up, some people draw the conclusion that they do not have an estate and therefore don’t need to plan. So, what is an estate?

The term “estate” simply means that you own something in your individual name at the time of your death. If you own just one thing (an asset), then you have an estate. The process for dealing with that estate may differ based on the value of the things you own at the time of your death. However, someone other than you will need the authority to deal with the things you own after you die, or if you become disabled before you die.

The process of estate planning is to plan what to do with what you own at the time of your death, or if you become disabled before your death. It will also give appointed individuals the authority to deal with what you own upon your death, and may even create that authority upon your disability without court involvement.

The Bottom Line: If you own something you have an estate, and you should have an estate plan in place before you become disabled or die. And since you don’t know when you are going to die or become disabled, maybe you should think about getting that accomplished sooner rather than later.

If you would like to learn more about an effective estate planning process that is producing great results for families, visit us online at:
www.EstatePlansThatWork.com to sign up for a complimentary educational workshop.

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