Niwot Doctor Aids Helping Hands

Niwot Doctor Aids Helping Hands 

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Dr. Eric Hernandez is a family practitioner at Milestone Family Group in Niwot. He practices medicine in a 21st century setting, not only by the type of medicine he practices, but also in how and where he practices.

“It’s becoming more apparent to schools that teach health care, either medical or nursing schools, that their students need to have global exposure, because the world is getting a lot smaller,” Hernandez said. This is particularly true in the melting pot found here in the U.S., a destination that people migrate to from all over the world.

Because of this, “Our doctors and our nurses need to be better educated or aware of those cultures to be able to treat them better,” Hernandez said. 

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Left Handers Day August 9 2014

Left Handers Day August 9

By Liz Emmett-Mattox

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International Left Handers Day is Aug. 13, but Niwot will celebrate the occasion a few days early this year on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The day will start as so many Niwot celebrations do with a pancake breakfast, benefitting the Niwot High School Girls Volleyball team. Service will begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 10 a.m. 

The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band will be on hand to entertain during breakfast, performing from 9-10 a.m. 

Visitors arriving via 79th Street will be the first to see the Car and Motorcycle Show sponsored by the Niwot Chiefs classic car club. The classic and antique cars and motorcycles will be on display all day. Five “Best in Class” awards will be given. 

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Left Hand Laurel: Niwot Gargoyles August 2014

Left Hand Laurel: Niwot Gargoyles

By Liz Emmett-Mattox

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“The bottle goes in here and the rest is compost, ma’am.” It’s another Thursday night at Rock & Rails, and Sam Rollman, a sophomore at Niwot High, is gently guiding Vicki Mead in the disposal of her trash. 

Unfailingly polite, even under challenging circumstances, Rollman is one of ten young volunteers who staff the Zero Waste bins to make sure cans and bottles make it into the recycling half of the bin, and that only compostables go into the other half. 

Rollman and his friend Gabe Hyde, also a sophomore at Niwot High, were among the original “Gargoyles.” They got their nickname from their habit of perching on top of the bins as they point out which side of the bin each bit of trash belongs in. 

In the years since the concert series went to Zero Waste, they have recruited friends to join them and now the crew includes Alex Arnold, Carter Osteen, Daniel Topham, Eli Phillips, Hunter Becvar, Seth Lentz, Nico Weckerlly and Julian Bell.

Jill Whitener coordinates the Gargoyles and really enjoys working with them. “They’re a really neat group of kids, hard workers.” What people don’t see is that the Gargoyles help Jill’s husband Bill Whitener with set up and clean up every week. “They’re there from 5:30-9:30 every night.” 

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Jazz on 2nd Ave Returns for Fourth Year Aug. 15-16 2014

Jazz on 2nd Ave Returns for Fourth Year Aug. 15-16

By Liz Emmett-Mattox

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Once again, big names in the jazz world will grace the 2nd Ave. stage. On Friday night, Aug.15, at 7 p.m., the Jazz on 2nd Ave All-Stars will offer a free public concert and lecture, “The Feeling of Jazz.” This will be an opportunity not only to hear the musicians play, but also to participate in a conversation about the artistic process at work. 

This year’s headliner is Jeff Coffin and the Mu’tet. Coffin, who is the saxophonist with the Dave Mathews Band and the Flecktones, appears in Niwot with his own band. 

Concert-goers will also have the chance to hear Dee Alexander, a jazz vocalist from Chicago, the funky sounds of Liquid Soul, trumpeter Ron Miles, the straight-ahead jazz guitar of Steve Kovalchek Trio, the salsa sounds of Conjunto Colores and the top student musicians of the Colorado Jazz Group Lions. 

As always, the festival promises a world-class food court including wine and beer from local breweries. Local vendors will showcase their arts and crafts and a kid’s area will offer various activities for the younger jazz fans. 

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Parks and Open Space Trail Meeting August 2014

Parks and Open Space Trail Meeting

By Kim Glasscock
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Boulder County Parks and Open Space planners and the Niwot Community Association are hosting an open house so Niwot residents can give ideas on issues as planners begin drafting modifications to the current Niwot trails master plan.

The open house will be held from 5 -7 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the Left Hand Grange, 135 Second Ave, Niwot.

Several possible issues have surfaced since the plan was developed in 2006, according to Brent Wheeler of Parks and Open Space. “The purpose of the open house isn’t to review a draft plan; it is to solicit public input on what issues the plan should address and any ideas or comments on how to address them.”

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LoBo Trail Reopens August 2014

LoBo Trail Reopens

By Liz Emmett-Mattox

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Months after the flood of September 2013, washed away whole sections of the Longmont-Boulder trail and heavily damaged others, the stretch of trail between Niwot and Longmont is once again open. 

The work required two different county agencies. Boulder County Transportation Department was responsible for replacing the concrete portions of the trail including and surrounding the underpass at 95th Street/Hover Road. The soft-surface trail along 119 between Niwot and the underpass was handled by Boulder County Parks and Open Space. 

According to Dave Webster, project engineer with the Boulder County Transportation Department, the concrete work on the trail was completed in the last two weeks of July and opened to trail-users shortly afterwards. 

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Venus de Miles Rides Through Niwot on August 23 2014

Venus de Miles Rides Through Niwot on August 23

By Liz Emmett-Mattox

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On Saturday, Aug. 23, hundreds of cyclists will come through Gunbarrel and Niwot with the Venus de Miles women-only bike ride. Riders of all three distances (100 miles, 51 miles and 34 miles) will pass through Gunbarrel and Niwot; Whistle Stop Park will host an aid station. 

Watch for riders traveling through Gunbarrel north on 75th Street to Lookout Road, then onto 79th Street into Niwot. Riders will turn west onto Niwot Road, crossing 119 to 73rd Street where they will continue north into Hygiene and beyond. 

Entry fees from the ride benefit Greenhouse Scholars, and riders are encouraged, though not required, to raise additional funds for the organization. 

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