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  • Bloomin' beautiful for First Friday

    Karen Copperberg|Sep 8, 2021

    Sarah Cioni's new shop in Niwot, Belle Terre, hosted its first ever Flower Mart in Cottonwood Square on First Friday, Sept 3. Cioni was pleased that it went well, and reported that all the vendors were thrilled with the response from the community. Most were from Niwot, but Erie and Boulder were represented as well. Jannibird Farms, Fantasia Mosaics, Old Farm Niwot, Farmette Flowers, and Slupik Minifarm were all out in full color. Besides the flower arrangements and bunches of flowers...

  • Niwot Cookie Moms' patriotic packing

    Karen Copperberg|Jun 23, 2021

    Diana Wartburg, Twyla Barrett and Patty Strecker pack donated goodies into red, white and blue boxes decorated by Michelle and Hattie Steege. The packages are destined for military bases overseas, and any deployed troops marking American holidays away from their families. The Cookie Moms prepare and send packages for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, and, naturally, Independence Day. Among the treats were homemade baked goods, a popular addition that is frequently mentioned in thank you notes...

  • A friendly reminder about recycling

    Karen Copperberg|Nov 11, 2020

    Over the past few months, the free recycling containers located near the Niwot Loop Trailhead (79th St. & Highway 52) have been filled to overflowing with trash and other non-recyclable materials, which could lead to removal of the service by the Boulder County Resource Conservation Division. The county has contracted with Western Disposal to empty and replace the containers at the Niwot Drop-Off Center three times per week- Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Western Disposal charges the county...

  • Niwot rallies to help local firefighters

    Karen Copperberg|Oct 28, 2020

    Last week, Renee and Bill McDermid of the Hampton Inn in Gunbarrel needed help feeding firefighters working on the CalWood and Left Hand Canyon fires, as many area restaurants were closed for dining. That spurred a number of Niwot residents into action, and before long, firefighters from Oregon, Nebraska, and elsewhere were well fed and ready to battle the blazes. Niwot Community Association donated $500 to be used towards the purchase of food. The Niwot Cookie Moms also chipped in with home...

  • 'Quieter Zone' coming to Niwot

    Karen Copperberg|Sep 9, 2020

    Thursday, Sept. 3, saw some activity by Burlington Northern on the 2nd Avenue crossing in Niwot. While there is no firm completion date yet, Andrew Barth from Boulder County Transportation said that the county was told the goal was to complete the project in August 2020. While that goal was not met, Barth thought they were close to completion. The Federal Railway Administration will be called in to inspect the work completed, once the mechanical parts are in place. The crossing at 2nd Avenue...

  • Niwot Patriotic Cookie Moms send holiday cheer to troops

    Karen Copperberg|Dec 25, 2019

    During the first week of December, the Niwot Patriotic Cookie Moms packed and sent 25 boxes full of Christmas goodies to troops deployed overseas. Hattie Steege and her daughter Michelle added some festive flair to the boxes, which were then loaded with home-baked cookies and other holiday treats for military personnel all over the world who will be away from their families during the holidays. One of those boxes reached an Army Major, who sent the following response: Good afternoon, I sincerely...

  • Niwot has a flower bomb…and no one got hurt

    Karen Copperberg|Jul 24, 2019

    Sarah Cioni’s flower bomb and classes took place at the Left Hand Grange on Thursday, July 18. While assembly for all three classes was completed indoors, the capstone display was later exhibited on the wrought iron gates of Osmosis Gallery. Some of the classes were attended by folks from south of Denver, who came to see and learn from Cioni, who previously owned The Painted Primrose. She has been freelancing in the Los Angeles area, and has done many large floral installations, including s...

  • Bike MS rests in Niwot

    Karen Copperberg, [email protected]|Jul 3, 2019

    The 2700 registered riders, 150 to 180 of whom are “riding with MS,” had a rest stop in Niwot’s Whistle Stop Park on Saturday, June 29, while riding from Arapahoe Community College in Westminster to Ft. Collins; by far, the most popular route. Left Hand Brewing is one of the sponsors. Many of the volunteers have been helping with this ride for 20 or more years. On a mission to end MS forever, most riders start their own fundraising so they can donate to research to fight the disease. Rider...

  • Warm weather brings crowds to 40th annual Niwot Egg Hunt

    Karen Copperberg|Apr 24, 2019

    Snow and cold seemed a distant memory as hundreds of school aged children gathered at Niwot High on Saturday, April 20 for the 40th annual Niwot Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Pat Murphy. On hand for the celebration were entertainers Sami the Clown and Eddie Spaghetti, and the Mountain View Fire Protection District stopped by with their truck. The Easter Bunny also brought along a few of his furry farmyard friends as part of a petting zoo....

  • Niwot gets its Halloween on at the 21st annual Great Pumpkin Party

    Karen Copperberg|Oct 31, 2018

    Niwot's 21st annual Great Pumpkin Party was held on Saturday, Oct. 27. Featuring a dog costume contest, parade, and haunted house, this year's event attracted hundreds of visitors to Old Town and Cottonwood Square....

  • Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary

    Karen Copperberg, [email protected]|Mar 8, 2018

    An outstanding lecture on the life of William F. Cody by Steve Freisen was enjoyed by a crowd of at least 120 people on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Left Hand Grange in Niwot. As the first 2018 speaker at the Niwot: Then & Now lecture series, sponsored by the Niwot Historical Society, Friesen entertained the crowd with many anecdotes and details of the life of Buffalo Bill. Friesen had been the director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountain overlooking Golden for 21 years before...

  • Between You and Me

    Karen Copperberg, [email protected]|Apr 21, 2017

    Originally published April 1, 1997. It’s my personal view that most people would love to have more time to communicate. In many cases, with our busy world, we don’t have the time or the patience to have a really great talk. Oh! For the days spent around the campfire just getting to know each other. (I was a Girl Scout, can you tell?) Instead of taking a time out, we sign up for one more class or exercise program that is supposed to teach us how to be healthy and relax. What we really need is to drop all the extra things we do. Sound sim...

  • July 4th Festivities in Niwot

    Karen Copperberg, [email protected]|Jul 7, 2016

    The sun was out with temperatures near 90 degrees, and it was a wonderful setting for the annual 4th of July Parade in Niwot. In addition to the annual Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Bert Steele of Niwot Market and the Niwot Community Association (NCA), and all the wonderful decorations for the kids, bikes and dogs provided by the NCA, this year’s parade was bigger and better than ever. Pat Murphy, ever the volunteer pancake breakfast champ, said there was no final tally yet of the amount r...

  • Local figure skater wins gold

    Karen Copperberg, [email protected]|Jun 22, 2016

    Fifteen-year-old Julianna Foy has won another medal to add to her collection. The sophomore at Niwot High School, who started skating at four with her hockey-loving Dad, has been skating competitively for not even two full years. While skating in her earlier years as a “beginner,” the same kind of competition that led to her recent success was not available to her. The medals and trophy she is pictured with are all first, second or third place wins, except for one, a fourth place. Foy pro...

  • 5th Annual Why Not Niwot?

    Karen Copperberg, [email protected]|Jun 9, 2016

    On June’s first Friday of the month, Osmosis Gallery and the Niwot Cultural Arts Association hosted the winners of this year’s art show. Emceed by Biff Warren of NCAA, and Anne Postle and Michelle Henzel, also of NCAA and Osmosis Gallery, announced the winners of this fifth season. Twenty entries in all were submitted, with the only requirement being it needed to represent Niwot in some way. According to Osmosis Gallery owner Anne Postle, by the time Friday’s winner was revealed, 6 of the 20 ent...

  • Quilts with a story

    Karen Copperberg, [email protected]|May 5, 2016

    On Wednesday April 27, the Niwot Historical Society (NHS) was lucky enough to hear the presentation, “Quilts That Settled The West,” by Jeananne Wright. Besides being a collector (she has one of the most complete quilt collections in the U.S.), Wright is an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, and gives about 30 talks each year. This lecture, one of 11 programs she shares, focused on the Oregon Trail, quilts made from 1840-1870, and what happened to the settlers that made them for their journey. Wri...

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