BARBWIRE BOB – RAMBLIN’ AROUND THE CORRAL WITH BOB SWEENEY

Driving around the county I have never seen the grass so green and so tall this early in the year.   Also take a look at the trees, how green and gorgeous the leaves and branches have become.  Those tree growth rings will show no drought in the metro area in 2021.

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I can now walk into almost every building without wearing a mask. The door signs have changed, simply stating, if you’ve been vaccinated you may enter, otherwise, wear a mask.  Even having been vaccinated I still wear a mask when entering an assisted living facility out of courtesy and respect.   COVID-19 is still around and is a very deadly and serious disease.  While I didn’t like receiving the two Pfizer shots it gives those of us vaccinated a certain sense of safety.  Also, I think for future travel, foreign or domestic, a shot card may be required.  Many foreign countries may require proof of vaccination to obtain a visa.  

Our 80-year-old Villager office manager B.T. Galloway who also wrote a weekly baseball column is still ill at a facility in Ft. Collins.   He was on vacation in late March when he contracted COVID-19,  stayed at home in bed for a week without medical treatment,  and finally was rushed to Swedish Hospital.  There, he suffered a stroke and pneumonia,  all stemming from COVID-19.  So, this is a lethal challenge and something that will make the history books.

I would never have thought that through this crisis the major shortage would be toilet paper, along with sanitizing chemicals.   There have been many heroes who have risked their health and lives to supply medical treatment, food, transportation, emergency care, and law enforcement for our country.  

Many businesses are hanging on by a thread, some assisted by payroll PPP funds, but many small businesses have very few employees.  We’ve stated it many times, shop near your homes, support local business firms, whenever, and wherever that you possibly can.   

It feels good to see crowds again, enjoy lunches with friends, and feel America healing and starting to recover on this long road forward.   

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Our great Chamber of Commerce organizations are stepping up and resuming seminars and business sessions.  It’s time to rejoin and renew memberships in city and countywide business groups.

Littleton businesses have resumed their Friday night and weekend events with later hours and entertainment.   Bessie’s Hope is having a virtual gala June 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons is being honored with the Community Angel Award. 720-333-3825 www.bessieshoe.org 

Belleview Station is launching their farmer’s market events.  The Paris Flea market over on Santa Fe is back again for the summer.  Many events are now back.  You can see a list of upcoming activities compiled weekly in The Villager.  The Englewood Chamber recently had a live 35th anniversary awards event that covered both 2019 and 2020 business award winners.  See the award page in this edition.   

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I had the pleasure of having lunch with John Madden Jr. at one of his favorite restaurants, Del Frisco’s, last Monday.  He, and his administrative assistant, Kathie Mason and I enjoyed the luncheon specials.  The “Del” is under new ownership and the food and service were excellent.  We visited with manager Chris Maness during the lunch.  John is back for the summer and has been participating in the reopening of the renovated Marjorie Park, named in honor of his late wife Marjorie.   The Park is now open with over 40 art exhibits from the Madden collection. – See photos on page 16. During John’s ongoing career he has developed many of the outstanding commercial buildings West of I-25, including Fiddler’s Green and The Greenwood Athletic Club.  Welcome home John!

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We note with sadness the death of a Cherry Hills iconic figure Nancy Petrie.  She and her husband Nick have been major players in Metro Denver for many years.  Both highly engaged in non-profits and especially leaders in the growth and development of the National Western Stock Show.  Her funeral services were held this week.

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Tom Tesone, son of Cherry Creek award winning football coach Fred Tesone and wife Lois passed away June 8 at the age of 66.  Tom was their oldest son and was awarded the “Golden Helmet” award in 1972 while playing football as quarterback for his dad at Cherry Creek high school.   His funeral service was held in Greeley June 13. Info: www.InMemoriamServices.com

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And lastly, the reported death of ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, 78 who died May 1.  Many people knew Pat for decades and the jail is named after the renowned sheriff.  After retirement he fell into drugs and darker activities tarnishing his stellar law enforcement career.  No further details available.

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A memorial service was held at The Denver Country Club for longtime business leader Donald Ringsby.  Over 300 friends and family attended the event.  Don was very active in the  Colorado Consular Corp.  Immediate past Consul Dean Debbie Palmieri has written a tribute to him in this week’s Villager.

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