My head is spinning this Sunday morning as I begin this tale of activities from the past week’s activities. The sole purpose of this column is to take you readers with me to the activities as my partner.
I realize that as a newspaper journalist and publisher of this newspaper that many doors open for me and it is my goal to share some of these experiences with others. I’m so thankful that my health and energy level enables me to keep a fast pace down life’s trail.
Let’s start this week with a meeting with members of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute board at the Hilton Garden Inn near DEN Saturday morning. The breakfast session was chaired by past International Lions Director John Harper of Cheyenne, Wyoming. This is the group led by Dr. Bronwyn Bateman who started and founded the Rocky Mountain Lion Eye Institute at Fitzsimmons with the University of Colorado. The first building constructed on the newly developed site in the 1990s is now with the moniker of the UCHealth Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center Eye Center at the CU Anschutz Medial Campus and neighbors with Children’s Hospital.
The REMLI board is looking at new directions with the extraordinary growth of the facility led by director Dr. Naresh Mandava. The CU Eye Center now hosts over 50 eye specialists who can perform any, and all eye surgeries, cataract, and glaucoma testing and treatments.
Helen Keller in 1925 called the Lions her “Knights of the Blind.”
Since that time Lions have worked with the sight and hearing impaired and most recently have taken on diabetes as a major pillar of the organization because of the impact of this disease on vision.
The Denver Lions Club was the leading organization for the founding of the Sue Anschutz CU Eye Center led by Dr. Bronwyn Bateman who has achieved International acclaim for her leadership in ophthalmology.
I attended another early Wednesday morning meeting of the Common Sense Policy Roundtable at the AMG National Trust Bank. I parked near Randy Pye, founding mayor of Centennial, a longtime friend going back two decades.
Randy is active in another great service organization, Rotary International that does great projects around the world. Randy is active in the Centennial Rotary Club and we discussed some future news stories in The Villager. Be it Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, Optimists, we welcome your news stories and photos of the many human service projects conducted by these service organizations. These volunteer organizations add so much to our communities and ask nothing in return except to give back to their communities. If you don’t belong, you should join one of these great organizations, it can change your life as you help bring change to others.
Inside the AMG Trust building I joined our governmental reporter Freda Miklin to hear an intriguing report on Colorado State budgets, then and now. The program was described as a “Snapshot of State spending and how it has changed over the last 20 years”. The CSPR is a non-profit free enterprise think tank dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. The organization believes sound fiscal and economic research is essential to uphold Colorado’s economic vitality, future, and individual opportunity.
The morning program featured speakers reporting on economic trends compiled by the Colorado Joint Budget Committee from all state funds. See the full story by Freda in this Villager edition.
It was a walk down memory lane Wednesday noon attending a holiday noon reception in honor and remembrance of Senator Bill Armstrong. The party was hosted by his wife Ellen’s and son Wil Armstrong and wife Kristy at their Three Tree corporate offices in the DTC. It was a real pleasure to see many of Bill and Nancy’s friends and colleagues from past decades.
Armstrong ended his life career as president of Colorado Christian University, leading the school to national prominence as president from 2006 to 2016.
The leaves don’t fall far from the tree and his son Wil is a chip off the block of his famous father. Bill was elected to political office eight times, spanning the years 1962 to 1990.
Armstrong had five key principals: Serve people, aim high, spread joy, bet on America, and exalt God.
Still a great message for this holiday season.
Attended a Legacy stock club Christmas party Wednesday evening at the Larry and Jeanie Pisciotta residence in the Preserve. Larry was the indomitable CEO of Brake’s Plus over four decades, assisted by his sons. He started with store number one at Dayton and Arapahoe and grew the corporation to over 75 retail stores across the western United States. He was a great supporter of many non-profits, especially Aurora Junior College. They sold portions of the company recently but are still active in business ventures. Just a great local family who have created jobs and opportunity for so many people down through the years. The holiday lights in The Preserve are outstanding. One of the Koelbel family’s greatest all-time residential masterpieces.
Gerri, and I attended our district Christmas party in Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club, where we now reside among residents who have managed to survive for at least a half-century. There are 1442 homes and at least 400 retired military veterans in this community. Some residents still work, like us, many play golf almost every day, weather permitting, quite a few residents leave for the winter months. We have the best neighbors we’ve ever had including airline pilots and largely retired professional people of all ages and backgrounds. We have a fabulous remodeled clubhouse where we enjoyed a holiday party Friday night with our neighbors. Neighbor Kathleen has the most outstanding area Christmas lights!
I visited couple of businesses. Almost next door to Zane’s Bistro Italian restaurant is the new D & L Spa, the address is 8101 E. Belleview Ave. They offer deep tissue and relaxing massage, but for me they have done foot reflexology. Sara does the most wonderful foot massage on these aching feet of mine. I can recommend this foot massage for 30 minutes, or an hour.
You will love the treatment and it is $27.99 for a full hour during their opening specials. A great gift certificate for someone.
Saturday, I visited the new Molly’s Spirits next to Sprouts in the Arapahoe Marketplace to pick up some holiday spirit gifts. The store has 25,000 sq. ft. of beverages of every description and brand. I picked up some Irish whiskey for our great page designer, Tom McTighe, who designs all of these awesome Villager newspaper pages. Molly’s is named after historic H.W. Tabor’s wife Molly Brown, a great chapter in Colorado history. I really like the local owner Rufus Nagle and his friendly manner is contagious with his fine employees who staff the store.
In reading one of my favorite newspapers, the oldest newspaper in Colorado published since 1862, The Weekly Register Call in Central City, this week’s “Looking Back” column dated December 24, 1869 relates the following: Thermometers in Lump Gulch on Sunday showed 14 degrees below zero and -17 on Monday. Those early day gold miners were tough people, and largely immigrants.
We have one more Villager edition to be published prior to Christmas day that falls on Wednesday this year. Somewhat awkward for staffs.
We have to go to press on Monday that week with a 5 p.m. deadline to be printed that evening. The newspaper will be at the post office on Tuesday but the post office will be closed on Wednesday and many government offices closed the rest of the week. We’ll reopen the office on Friday to put out another newspaper on the following Monday evening to repeat the same schedule again. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Shop locally and support your hometown merchants.
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