Along E-470 near Santé Fe, we had a new Buick/GMC groundbreaking last week with local owners Mike Drawe and wife Ivette breaking new ground for their car dealership. The couple have a dealership on Wadsworth, but wanted to move up on the E-470 automotive strip with the other area dealerships. The South Metro Chamber participated in the impressive ceremony.
Still time to get tickets to the TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors”) of war families this Sat. evening, June 15 at the Grove Ranch. Great entertainment, prime rib dinner, silent auction, and hundreds of good friends all in the covered arena area. Tickets 303-696-0450 or www.TAPS.org/colorado.
Another patriotic event will take place with the 2019 Western Conservative Summit at the Colorado Convention Center with thousands of people in attendance July 12-13. Dozens of booths and vendors displaying their wares and different organizations with informational materials on their various missions. You don’t have to be a so called “Conservative” to attend. There are at least six different types of “Conservative” viewpoints. The event was started by Senator Bill Armstrong, who, after retiring as Colorado’s senior U.S. Senator became president of Colorado Christian University in Lakewood and made it one of the finest Christian based higher education institutions in America.
The two-day sessions feature a full menu of Washington based speakers presenting government highlights and challenges facing the nation. Ticket Info: www.wes19.com
I brought home a family meal package from the new Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ on Arapahoe Road right past Benedict’s fine restaurant. The package contains a variety of St. Louis ribs, Carolina pulled pork, roasted chicken, and Texas beef brisket. The meal package features many sides and I selected spiced apples, potato salad, sweet potato fries, and red beans and rice. My wife comes from a southern family tradition of baking cornbread and she is a connoisseur on the subject.
The family tradition was never to put sugar in the cornbread and she gave the cornbread high marks. This is a home-owned, hand’s on owner, with some great slow-smoked in-house meats. Really some good BBQ and adds to the variety of restaurant foods that we like to patronize; located at 7685 E. Arapahoe Rd. in Centennial. www.davesbbq.com
Had a Metro Club board meeting at The Crickett in the Village Center in Greenwood Village, near Fiddler’s Green. This popular restaurant moved from Cherry Creek almost a decade ago, and has a great happy hour and features some outstanding German Cuisine, along with a full menu. Arlene Mohler Johnson and I enjoyed liver and onions. That item is almost impossible to find on restaurant menus anymore. The dish was wonderful, the service excellent, and it was quiet enough in the rear of the large restaurant for us to conduct a meeting on upcoming Metro Club social events.
Park Meadows is hosting a “Spoons & Tunes” event every Thursday afternoon from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (except July 4), located outdoors in the vistas on the west side of Park Meadows. The event features food trucks, live music, beer garden, barbeque, kid’s events, lawn games, ice cream, bubble tea, dining, shopping, along with fresh summer air and mountain views. I love to go to Nordstrom’s and enjoy the abundant free parking along with so many wonderful stores. Malls restore my faith and belief in local retailing, and that Amazon won’t destroy our many retail outlets where we can physically shop and enjoy seeing the power of free enterprise in local service and merchandise. Amazon does not build communities, local retailers do!
The 54th annual Greek Festival is coming once again on June 21-23 at the gold dome Greek Cathedral, located at Alameda and Leetsdale. Greeks are some of the best cooks in the world. In my hometown of Craig, Tom Maneotis, along with many other local Greek families, will barbecue an entire lamb over a wooden spit fire, taking all day to cook. The flavor and taste of this lamb is delicious. Craig has a large Greek population because of the sheep industry. Most of the families date back decades, and still have large bands of sheep roaming those far off N.W. Colorado mountains and plains. Some of the Craig Greek descendants live in Greenwood Village. Other notables include Rebecca Love Kourlis, retired Colorado Supreme Court justice, who is married to Tom Kourlis, who still ranches in Craig.
Livestock prices dropped last week with the new “Beyond Meat” vegetable substitute rising 400 percent on Wall Street. The vegetable meat substitute jumped $30 on Friday over $130 a share as the new Wall St. darling stock. They say that the patties actually “bleed” red, probably from a beet mixture in the ingredients. Surprisingly, the vegetable product costs more than real meat.
Let’s see if we have all electric cars in the future resulting in no gasoline taxes collected to build and maintain our highway systems. If we do away with livestock, we won’t have any steaks, milk, leather, bi-products and we will depend upon good growing weather for our food. We also won’t need vast crops of corn, wheat, and soybeans that our farmers raise to fatten livestock and to make our breads and cereals. I guess they can make substitute meat patties for us to eat.
The new “Green Deal” supposedly will do away with planes, oil, coal, and we will depend upon the wind and sunshine for our energy.
Meanwhile China and India can pollute the atmosphere as they grow to lead the world. I can foresee the day when we will be huddled in caves, burning wood for survival and hoping that it will rain so we can find some wild vegetation to eat. Maybe civilization will end up where we began, but without the dinosaurs.
Congratulations to Jim Nicholson, who was recently elected Vice-Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Jim was a resident of Cherry Hills and a well-known developer in the Parker area for many years before he entered the political world and was our U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. He is chairman of the Daniel’s Fund and still lives in the Washington D.C. area.
He might be on the short list as a candidate for governor of Colorado or the U.S. Senate should he return to his home state.
Denver Lions held their annual golf tournament at Meadow Hills golf facility on Parker Road this past Tuesday before adjournment for the summer months. Retired CPA, Price-Waterhouse executive Jim Nussbaum, now in his 80s can still drive a golf ball over 250 yards.
Lions collect eye glasses that are recycled and sent all over the world.
Had lunch with my great neighbor Chet Tarrant, who lives in the Heritage Eagle Bend. He and his wife Carol Anne had a beautiful yard full of flowers that just got wrecked with last week’s hail storm that passed through this Southeast Aurora community.
Most of the flowers in the yards were destroyed along with abundant roof damage in some areas. Never a dull moment with Colorado weather and with this warming weather watch out for the floods.
Driving around Arapahoe Co., I see gasoline prices all over the map. The Sinclair station at Peoria and Arapahoe Rd. has the best gasoline prices, with regular gasoline at $2.32 a gallon, while most of the other stations are at $2.78. Free enterprise is wonderful and makes for great consumer benefits. Let’s defeat Socialism and government control over our lives. The latest report from the committee to save the Electoral College has over 100,000 signatures, with a goal of around 125,000 signatures to put that issue on the ballot this Nov.
Coming up in the Nov. election will be a proposal to build a new county jail. A newly appointed 25-member advisory committee will hold their second meeting this week to examine the need for the new facility. The jail is vastly overcrowded and aging badly. It appears that the first phase of building a new jail will probably be put to the voters this fall. No one likes a tax increase, but it appears that might occur if voters approve the construction of a new jail. It also appears that Centennial will not form a new police department and will stick with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement.
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