BARBWIRE BOB – RAMBLIN’ AROUND THE CORRAL WITH BOB SWEENEY

The natives are restless with a record-breaking 15 candidates running for office in Greenwood Village. Spirited races are ongoing in Aurora, Littleton and Centennial.  Stephanie Piko, the hard-working mayor of Centennial gets a pass this election with no opposition.  She deserves a second term of office.   

There are scheduled forums for candidate debates emerging so watch for the time and place in the various cities.  

Interest in the Cherry Creek School district election has also blossomed with contested seats. Election for city, school, and higher offices will be Nov. 2, 2021.

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What about those Broncos clobbering the Giants 27-13?  I had a feeling that the team was starting to come together, and  our new quarterback was outstanding.  What a fun game and victory!

     The Bronco defense is really tough and with great players.

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Last Saturday night my family were guests of my daughter Sharon and her husband Jerry Barbillion at the 16th Annual TAPS “Celebrity Classic’” benefitting tragedy assistance programs for survivors of military service member deaths.

The event is chaired every year by Bo and Lynne Cottrell and this year was another outstanding success.  The salute to our fallen heroes was held on 9/11 at the Grove ranch at Orchard and Parker road in the indoor riding arena.  Over 500 attendees dined on prime rib donated by the Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon crew who travel all the way from Amarillo Texas to prepare and serve this old west authentic prime rib dinner.  There was Pete Coors himself dishing up plates of prime rib and all the trimmings.  One of Colorado’s finest gentlemen.  Coors has become a world-wide famous beverage.

Another hero of this event is Tony David and his Wildefire group consisting of  himself, Pam Hughes and Kerry Edwards.  They have been performing for TAPS for 15 years and offering themselves at auction for private parties with proceeds going to TAPS.   The Tony David Volunteers Award went to George Dempsey and Riok Wright for services performed for TAPS.  Congratulations!

It was a great evening with the Nashville celebrities  performing  with the singing and music from Andy Griggs, Deborah Allen, Frank Myers and Jimmy Nichols.  

TAPS founder Bonnie Carroll, who lost her husband in a plane crash, gave an impassioned speech about all of the assistance given by TAPS, especially to the children of the fallen warriors.  

The audience was very generous, and thousands of dollars flowed in donations, silent auction items,  and spirited bidding for prizes.  Shelly St. John was the “Auction Diva” who spearheaded the live auction to amazing success from a very appreciative audience.

Maura Spence,  Miss Colorado,  an active military service member stationed at Fort Carson served as emcee.  She will compete in the Miss America Pageant later this year. 

There are many people to thank from donors, sponsors, and board members. Mission accomplished, and hero families remembered.

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Attended a Masonic pancake breakfast in Nevadaville, that’s a ghost mining town that still has an active Masonic lodge, one of three lodges in Gilpin County with two others, one in Central City and another in Black Hawk.  There have been 14 American presidents who have been members of the Masonic Lodge. All of these Colorado lodges started in the early 1860s, among the oldest in Colorado.  At one time over 1000 miners and families lived in Nevadaville mining gold adjacent to Central City, “The richest square mile on earth.”

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