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  • COVID woes add to holiday stress

    Michael Rickicki|Dec 23, 2020

    It is often most difficult to feel happy or excited, at times when everyone is pressured to do so. The holiday season has always marked a time of joy, peace and hope; thus, it is expected of everyone to share such sentiments. However, amidst all of the polarization of this year caused by the global pandemic, widespread riots and one of the most divided elections in U.S. history, it is sometimes difficult for any individual to exhibit the traditional spirit of the holidays. There are two obvious...

  • 'Christmas is still Christmas': Niwot United Methodist plans a pandemic-friendly holiday

    Michael Rickicki|Dec 16, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic forced churches across America to close their doors. The shutdown caused church leaders to look towards different platforms to spread their message. Many churches switched to online platforms like Facebook to live-stream Sunday services, including Niwot United Methodist Church on Lookout Road. Reverend Emily Kintzel was appointed as the new pastor of Niwot UMC on July 1, 2020, in the middle of the pandemic. Pastor Emily entered the role while the church still struggled t...

  • Niwot Tavern giving back on Christmas

    Michael Rickicki|Dec 9, 2020

    Owners of Niwot Tavern are conducting their second annual coat drive to help the homeless as the holidays approach. The inside lobby, once filled with people, is currently filled with boxes of coats, hats, blankets and hygiene essentials, all to be donated to organizations with less support. "We try to deliver to places that don't get as many donations," co-owner Stacy Szydlek said. "A lot of the well-known shelters get overloaded with donations while the smaller ones are left without, so we do...

  • Niwot Market owners prepared for COVID surge

    Michael Rickicki|Dec 2, 2020

    Back in March, streaks of panic buying due to COVID-19 left stores barren of cleaning supplies, bathroom essentials and canned foods. Niwot Market owners were forced to limit purchases of certain items to one or two per person. The supply chain slowed down as big vendors shifted to the bigger markets, leaving owners Alison Steele and Bert Steele to look towards quickly developing new relationships with smaller vendors. However, the Steeles are confident now that they have the resources necessary...