July 4 Parade, TDRs and Clean-up Day: NCA News

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Niwot Community Association (NCA) members are putting the final touches on preparations for the annual July 4 parade, which it sponsors.

“Everything is on hand and the parade entrants are coming forward and getting their information,” NCA secretary Kathy Koehler told board members at the June 3 meeting. “We have volunteers arranged and will be putting together the bike decorating packets next week.”

Along with the 11 a.m. parade, the July 4 celebrations include a 7:30 to 11 a.m. pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Niwot Market and the NCA in Cottonwood Square,with a concert by the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band from 9 to 10 a.m., and a short concert by the Highland Bagpipers in Whistle Stop Park following the parade.
Student groups from Niwot High School will help with the pancake breakfast and bike decorations.

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Colorado Twins Sweep Pomona

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The Colorado Twins Blue 18U baseball team, coached by Haas Pratt, swept a doubleheader from Pomona June 16, winning the first game 11-8 before adding a 9-1 victory in the second game.

The Twins, composed primarily of Niwot and Silver Creek high school players, had a 5-3 lead after five innings, but Pomona scored four runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead. The Twins came back to score six runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead, and held Pomona to one run in the seventh inning to secure the win.

David Kirby started on the mound and went 3.2 innings, giving up two earned runs. Adam Weis pitched the final 3.1 innings for the win, giving up four earned runs. 

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Local Triathletes - Pro and Amatuer

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Katy Blakemore

Katy Blakemore finished her first triathlon in 2009, but as she puts it, she has only been doing them seriously for the last three years. “Seriously” meant finishing second in the women’s pro segment of the Ironman 70.3 Boulder half-triathlon June13. “I’m really pleased with the results,” she said. 

Blakemore grew up in Gunbarrel, where her mother still lives, and graduated from Fairview High School in 2000 before going to college at Stanford. Competing in triathlons as a professional seems like a natural progression for Blakemore.
“I grew up doing every sport imaginable,” she said. “In high school I did soccer and swimming. Then I joined the cross-country team.” The high caliber of local runners made the transition easy. “You’re just surrounded by greatness in Boulder.”

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Next Gen Boulder County Farmers

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Farms in the U.S. have historically been handed down from generation to generation; that’s also true in Boulder County. Land’s capacity for production once represented a family’s wealth and, in many respects, its identity. “This land, this red land, is us,” from “The Grapes of Wrath” could easily describe the dense clay soil found on the county’s hectares and in its backyard plots. 

But it’s no secret that the population has been leaving area farms for years, with sons and daughters picking up roots in search of education and jobs. The exodus has freed up 18,000 acres for the next generation of Boulder County farmers, and while the new breed doesn’t necessarily share the same DNA as the land’s original owners, they share their tenacity for keeping the soil in production—with the hope that it continues to feed generations to come.

The living laboratory farm at Everybody Eats! in Niwot is providing members of that next generation with the experiential-based education needed before taking their first, independent steps. This year’s 10 interns (the farm’s largest student crop since its founding in 2011), learn day-to-day operations from farm manager Oscar Jarquín, a graduate of Colorado State University’s Soil and Crop Sciences department with more than 20 years of land-management experience.

Everybody Eats! first-year intern Kyle Bechtel works the rows on the acreage the farm leases from the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot. 

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Rock & Rain


Photo by Pam Martin

Revelry at the first Rock & Rails concert of the season gets interrupted by a rain shower on Thursday, June 4. Jeremy Epstein (left), Andrew Brenton, John Giarratano and Michael Warren from the opening band, Legitimate by Friday, take cover under a table. Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene headlined the event.

Volunteers prepared Whistle Stop Park for Rock & Rails



Photo by Karen Copperberg
Paul Schafer, trumpet player with the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band, helps spread wood chips donated by Josh Morin of Taddiken Tree Company at Whistle Stop Park to get the grounds in shape for the first concert of the 2015 Rock & Rails Summer Concert Series. Schafer performed as part of the horn section which joined Legitimate by Friday for the last three songs of the opening act a day later.  Volunteers  Nick Mastronardi (left) of the soon to open 1914 House restaurant and Leslie Kaczeus of Bootstrap Brewing Company, the beer vendor for the concerts, pause with their rakes while Tim Wise of Wise Buys Antiques, event coordinator Bill Whitener, and beer tent volunteer Jill Whitener work in the background to get the grounds ready.

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On June 4 at approximately 7 p.m., an EF3-rated tornado (with gusts up to 140 mph at its highest damage points) touched ground near the 2500 block of Blue Mountain Avenue in unincorporated Larimer County just southwest of Berthoud, according to a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office press release. People attending Niwot’s 2015 inaugural Rock & Rails concert in Whistle Stop Park could see the funnel cloud as it moved west from where it touched down near the county line. The twister removed the roof of one of the Blue Mountain Avenue homes, where homeowners had retreated to the basement. They were uninjured, according to neighbors Linda and Gene Kleca, who live at the north end of the block, where no damage occurred. Initial reports indicated that at least 15 homes were damaged.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services and patrol deputies responded to the area to assist the Berthoud Fire Protection District. Poudre Fire Authority provided search and rescue assistance. No people were reported missing.

The National Weather Service in Denver issued a flash flood watch for Boulder, Larimer and Jefferson counties below 6,000 feet and requested residents to monitor forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.



Photo by Pam Martin
A tornado destroyed this home on Blue Mountain Avenue, located at the southern edge of Larimer County southwest of Berthoud and just north of Hwy 66 in Longmont.

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