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CONTRIBUTED BY SMFR South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) announces the appointment of Jon Adams as the new Assistant...
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CONTRIBUTED BY SMFR
South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) announces the appointment of Jon Adams as the new Assistant Chief of Operations. In his new role, Chief Adams is responsible for the oversight and supervision of operations for the fire department; including areas such as emergency medical services, firefighters and several specialized SMFR Special Teams (i.e. tech rescue, hazmat, water rescue, aircraft rescue firefighting, wildland, etc.).
With the growth of SMFR’s district in recent years, the department now provides service to 540,000 residents covering 287 square miles. South Metro’s coverage area spans across 12 municipalities, Centennial Airport, The Denver Tech Center, Inverness, Meridian Office Park and unincorporated portions of Arapahoe, Jefferson and Douglas Counties. South Metro currently has 716 total employees. Chief Adams is responsible for overseeing 558 of that total being line personnel.
“It is a tremendous honor to be given the opportunity to lead the men and women in the Operations Division here at South Metro,” said Chief Adams. “Continuing South Metro’s mission and vision to take care of citizens in our District like they are family is something that carries tremendous value – especially during a time of growth and expansion of our district. I very much look forward to taking on this role and the responsibilities that come with it.”
Chief Adams was hired in 1995 as a Dispatcher for the City of Littleton. He then started with the Castlewood Fire Protection District in 1996 as a Supply Runner. Throughout his career, Chief Adams has served in the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain and Bureau Chief. He was a member of Colorado Task Force 1 and responded to the World Trade Center in 2001 and to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Most recently Chief Adams held the position of South Metro’s District Chief of Training, where he oversaw all trainings for the SMFR Training Bureau. During his time at South Metro, Chief Adams has received multiple awards including a Medal of Honor.
Chief Adams has an Associate’s Degree from Arapahoe Community College in General Sciences, a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia Southern in Fire Sciences and a Master’s Degree from Columbia Southern in Organizational Leadership.
“There’s no doubt that the strategic and progressive vision, knowledge and experience Chief Adams has shown at South Metro has set him up to be successful as the new Operations Chief,” said SMFR Fire Chief Bob Baker. “This is a critical role in our organization, and his level of leadership will no doubt take us well into the future to continue to be a successful organization.”
CONTRIBUTED BY HISTORIC LITTLETON, INC.
Historic Littleton Inc. presents the 8th annual Historic Downtown Littleton Scavenger Hunt. Cash prizes include $300, $200, and seven $100 winners!
This is a great way to learn Littleton’s history. Look for the historic photos with clues throughout the downtown historic district. The Scavenger Hunt begins and ends at Town Hall Arts Center on Sept. 7, where participants of all ages may purchase a $5 clue list any time after 11:00am. Clue lists must be returned to Town Hall by 3:00pm. At 3:00 all scavengers return to Town Hall for the prize drawings (you must be present to win) and to enjoy live music.
For more information about Historic Littleton Inc. and the Scavenger Hunt, please visit www.hlinc.org.
CONTRIBUTED BY CPW
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering all active-duty military and veterans free entrance to all 41 Colorado state parks during the entire month of August. Free access for veterans and active-duty military in August is a program CPW offers in appreciation to those who serve and have served our country.
“We deeply appreciate our active duty service members and veterans for their service to our nation,” said Dan Prenzlow, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “There’s no way to ever thank our military members enough for their service and sacrifice, but CPW is proud to offer free entry to our parks this month as a chance to get out and spend time in Colorado’s great outdoors.”
All eligible military members may pick up their hangtag and pass beginning August 1. Proof of service must be presented at any CPW office or state park to enjoy one of the agency’s military benefits.
All military personnel honorably discharged, discharged under honorable conditions, or with general discharge, as well as active duty, reservist, and National Guard personnel are eligible to obtain a military hang-tag pass valid for free admission during the month of August. To obtain your pass at any CPW office or park, please bring one of the following for staff to confirm:
Active, retired or veteran military identification cards
– DD Form 2– DD Form 2765– DD214 with the discharge annotated “honorable”, “under honorable conditions”, or “general”– Veterans Affairs medical card– A current and valid Colorado Driver’s License or state-issued identification card with the word ‘Veteran’ printed on it as specified in 42-2-303 (5)(a), C.R.S– A military seal on a driver’s license does NOT satisfy the requirement for military ID for this pass
Once eligibility is confirmed, the military hang-tag pass is issued to the service member. The hang-tag pass is valid when hung from the rear-view mirror of a service member occupied vehicle, and admits all passengers of that vehicle.
Service members and their families can relax and recharge with activities including archery, boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking and wildlife-viewing, along with well-equipped nature centers and picnic areas.
“We wouldn’t have these beautiful natural resources and open spaces to enjoy without the sacrifice of so many veterans and current active duty service members, so we hope that these folks and their families and friends are able to spend some quality time with us in August,” said Prenzlow.
Though park entrance fees are waived for veterans and active-duty personnel in the month of August, activities such as fishing and camping still require a valid license or reservation. A wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities within each state park can be found in the online Parks Guide.
Visit the CPW Park Finder to locate a state park near you.
In August, South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) temporarily closes its recreation centers on a staggered schedule for facility improvements, major cleaning and the installation of new equipment. While one center is closed; the others will remain open. Use your passes and punches to visit other centers so you won’t miss a workout!
2019 Maintenance Schedule:
* The Registration Office at Goodson Recreation Center will not be open for walk-in business and will have modified phone hours. Registrations will be available online 24/7 at ssprd.org, or by calling 303.347.5999 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
CONTRIBUTED BY U.S. NAVY
“We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees,” for more than 75 years. Petty Officer 3rd Class Brooke Wardrip, a 2014 Eaglecrest High School graduate and native of Aurora, Colorado, builds and fights around the world as a member of Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 202, located in Little Creek, Virginia.
Wardrip is serving as a Navy construction electrician, who is normally responsible for electricial components and systems, but she is often tasked with various kinds of construction projects.
Wardrip credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Aurora.
“Growing up, I had to learn hard work,” said Wardrip. “This translates well into the Navy because I have to produce quality work.”
The mission of CBMU-202 is to provide contingency public works support at existing Navy main operating bases and forward operating bases as well as erection and operational support to Navy expeditionary medical facilities. They also provide disaster recovery support to Navy regional commanders throughout the United States and around the world.
“It’s an honor to lead this group of ‘Can Do’ Seabees,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kimberly Mazur, commanding officer, CBMU-202. “I’m inspired by the professionalism and dedication they exhibit every day and know they stand ready to answer the call.”
The jobs of many of today’s Seabees remained unchanged since World War II, when the Seabees paved the 10,000-mile road to victory for the allies in the Pacific and in Europe, according to Lara Godbille, director of the U. S. Navy Seabee Museum.
For more than 75 years Seabees have served in all American conflicts. They have also supported humanitarian efforts using their construction skills to help communities around the world. They aid following earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.
Wardrip is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
A key element of the Navy the Nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Wardrip is most proud of advancing to petty officer third class.
“I studied for my advancement exam months prior, but my supervisor kept asking me random job questions until I could answer them, which was the reason I advanced,” said Wardrip.
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Wardrip, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Wardrip is honored to carry on that family tradition.
“I remember seeing my grandfather’s photo in his Air Force uniform,” said Wardrip. “I always admired that photo of him, which played a part in why I joined.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Wardrip and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“Serving in the Navy makes me proud because I know that I am one of the few in America who volunteered to defend the nation,” added Wardrip.
CONTRIBUTED BY DENVER SOUTHEAST ROTARY CLUB
On Thursday, July 11, the Denver Southeast Rotary Club celebrated its changing of the guard in terms of the club’s leadership. Current President Karen Loeb passed the gavel to incoming President Greg Hoskinson, following a year that included numerous service projects in the local community as well as abroad, amounting to over $100,000 spent, in addition to acquiring new members and increasing the number of Rotarians making annual financial commitments to the Rotary International Foundation.
Much of the meeting held at the Madden Museum in Greenwood Village was dedicated to acknowledging the hard work of Club Foundation Trustees, Club Officers, and Club Chairpersons. In a volunteer organization such as Rotary, those who assume such leadership roles plus chair various committees are invaluable, overseeing the many service projects and youth activities sponsored by Denver Southeast Rotary. Shari Lutz headed the Community Service committee where funding and volunteerism included support of the Denver Santa Claus Shop, a Boy Scout program, Bags of Fun for critically ill children, Abuse Prevention Training put on by Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, a Family Dinner and training support for Cross-Purpose (an organization devoted to helping those in near poverty received job training and placement), Holiday food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas, Bereavement Bags for patients and their families at Porter Hospice, support for Guitars for Troops, Food and Clothing drives for the Denver Indian Center, Constitution Pocket Books for Campus Middle School, support for the World Affairs Challenge for Youth, winter coats for students at Place Bridge Academy, and relief funds for those who suffered from the recent Nebraska floods. A multi-year signature project of this club has also been led by Past President Jim Stambaugh, which brings various after-school programs to Strive Academy-Ruby Hill Elementary School, in conjunction with Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.
Rotary is an international organization, so there were also many projects abroad that the club championed and supported, led by Ed Meyer, Chair of the International Service Committee. Support was provided for projects in Nepal, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Guatemala, Kenya, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico. Projects included maternal health support, dental services, literacy support, water filters, Project Cure hospital equipment, mobility devices, water wells, and disease prevention.
Many programs are also specifically targeted for youth, a committee led by Fred Shaw. Hilton Martin chaired the Membership committee, while Lou Anne Epperson chaired the Member Engagement committee. She and Cheryl Radke managed a Young Achievers program where two students from West Middle School and Campus Middle School are honored every quarter for their overcoming significant obstacles in achieving success at school.
One of the club’s main fundraising projects is its annual State of the State luncheon with Molly Bloom as guest speaker. This project was led by Larry Bass, with over 660 attendees. An annual golf tournament chaired by Bill Donahue also helps fund the many projects the club undertakes.
New officers under Greg Hoskinson’s presidency will include Treasurer Bonnie Thomas, Secretary Dinesh Weeraparagee, Past President and Foundation Chair Karen Loeb, Evenings Club President Jessica Anderson, and Director of Programs and Administration Jan Lovelady. Committee chairs are: Ed Meyer (International Service), Tim Hartwig (Community service), Courtney Cowgill (Membership), Megan Siebert (New Generations), Richard Swomley (Fundraising), Fred Shaw (Youth Services), Christa Reich (Family of Rotary and RI Foundation co-chair with John Bohan). President Hoskinson is particularly focused on how to attract and retain younger members using less traditional methods of communication, while maintaining engagement in both local and international service.
CONTRIBUTED BY OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 18th JUDICIAL DISTRICT
District Attorney George Brauchler is pleased to announce the dates for the 2019 Fall Citizens Academy.
This free, seven-week academy will be held on consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 11 – Oct. 23, 2019. It will take place in the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Arapahoe County office located at 6450 S. Revere Parkway in Centennial.
Each class will explore the role of various members of the office in different parts of the criminal justice system. The academy will give students an in-depth look at what happens on a case between the time of arrest and post-conviction.
In addition, attendees will get to explore the different functions of the specialized units within the District Attorney’s Office, including but not limited to the Special Victims Unit, Economic Crimes Unit, Cold Case Unit, Crime Scene Investigations, County Court and Juvenile Justice. Students also will have the chance to learn the intricacies of a jury trial.
Limited spaces are available. Preference will be given to applicants who live in the 18th Judicial District and are first-time attendees. Participants must be at least 18 years old, complete an application and pass a criminal background check to be considered for attendance. Members of the media and family of employees are welcome to apply.
The application form can be found on the website at http://www.da18.org/community-outreach/citizens-academy/.
The deadline for applications is Aug. 16, 2019.
Please submit your application one of the following ways:
• Via mail: Office of the District Attorney, c/o Alejandra Flores, 6450 S. Revere Parkway, Centennial, CO 80111
• Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Via fax: 720-874-8790
Once the academy is full, applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Attendees will be notified of their acceptance in the academy no later than Aug. 23, 2019.
Contributed by City of Centennial
Eat, drink and enjoy live music at the City of Centennial’s 4th annual BBQ & Beer Tasting Festival! The event takes place on Saturday, July 13 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Centennial Center Park. The event features local breweries, BBQ and live music by two Colorado bands, the Cowboy Dave Band a honky-tonk, western and country music group and Lee & Co. a four piece band that performs rockabilly and old time rock ’n’ roll. The live music will be in the Park amphitheater so don’t forget your chairs and blankets!
To participate in the beer tasting you must be 21 years or older. Admission is free; cost for the beer tasting is $15 for a punch card and tasting mug which includes 10, 3 oz. sample tastings. Advanced purchase of tickets is recommended through Eventbrite. Please note: a small service fee will apply online or if paying with a credit card on event day.
Centennial Center Park is located at 13050 E. Peakview Ave., adjacent to the City offices.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Community Partner Centennial Medical Plaza; Silver Sponsors Jacobs and Terracare Associates; Bronze Sponsors State Farm Damy McDaniels and Navy Federal Credit Union.
Visit centennialco.gov/events to view the other exciting events scheduled at Centennial Center Park this summer.
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