Published on Friday, November 30 2012 20:17
NBA Hopes To Light Monument Sign
BY KIM GLASSCOCK
The Niwot monument sign at Second Avenue and the Diagonal Highway will be lit for the holiday season and if Niwot Business Association officials can swing it with Boulder County, permanent lighting will be in place by February.
NBA President Tony Santelli of the Niwot Tavern told NBA members at the Nov. 13 meeting that the county has already approved lighting the sign for the holiday season, which extends through February. The sign will be lit using solar power and officials hoped to have it turned on at Niwot’s Enchanted Evening celebration Nov. 23.
Published on Friday, November 30 2012 20:13
Niwot Children’s Park Reaches Fundraising Goal
BY LIZ EMMETT-MATTOX
Thanks to the support of individuals, organizations and businesses in the Niwot community, the Niwot Cultural Arts Association has collected over $23,000 in donated funds for a children’s park.
The community funds will be combined with a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to purchase the property at 101 First Avenue from Jeff and Cynthia Lambert who are donating part of the property’s value towards the purchase.
NCAA President Biff Warren said, “We have had over 55 donations from individuals, ranging from $10 to $2,000. The response from the community has been amazing, especially from the last article in the Courier. Once it was reported that we had over $18,000 in donations, two different donors came forward and wrote checks for enough to cover the remaining deficit and put us over the top.”
Photo by Bruce Warren
Jessica, Jordan and Jenna Willemsen (l to r) check out the site of the Niwot Children’s Park while visiting grandparents in Niwot.
Published on Friday, November 30 2012 20:10
Gunbarrel Gateway Construction Underway
Photo by Mary Wolbach Lopert
Construction at the Gunbarrel Gateway project is progressing. According to Ashley Haas of Brinkman Construction, the certificate of occupancy for the Hampton Inn should be issued on June 4, 2013, with opening expected a few weeks later. Additionally, negotiations are underway for fast-casual style restaurants, with finalization of those agreements expected to be completed within the next 30 days.
Published on Friday, November 30 2012 20:03
Niwot United Methodist Church Hires Jonathan Cole as Music Director
BY LIZ EMMETT-MATTOX
Being so close to a college town has definite advantages, and Niwot United Methodist Church has made a habit of taking advantage of its proximity to the CU School of Music. The most recent appointment marks the third Music Director with a CU connection.
Pastor Pam Everhart said that of the four final candidates, two were CU graduate students. “They all had such great resumes, it was hard to turn any of them down.” In the end, Jonathan Cole was hired.
Cole is trained as an opera singer and has won competitions such as the Crescendo Music Awards, the National M.T.N.A. Competition, and several Texas N.A.T.S. competitions.
He holds a performance certificate from the Boston University Opera Institute, a master of music degree from Boston University, and a bachelor of music degree from Baylor University. Cole began work on his doctorate of musical arts in voice and pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2012.
“This is really a win-win situation,” said Smith. “We’re getting really top-notch people and they’re getting some experience and a paycheck.”
The church staff acknowledged that one of the down sides to hiring students is that they will not be around for more than a few years. “We realize that we probably won’t get to keep them for very long, but the choir members benefit so much from the training that they bring. They are exposed to different styles of music and different techniques.”
Everhart said, “With this being our third CU student, we’re solidifying a tradition that we hope to continue. Being so close to CU, we can be a little church and have a really great pedigreed person on our staff.”
For more information about the church, visit www.niwotumc.org.
Published on Friday, November 30 2012 19:38
Holiday Wishes Can Come True When You Shop Locally
BY NELLIE NIBNOSE
Season Greetings To All – Unless you are one of those tremendously organized shoppers, you are probably just ramping up for the holidays. (If you’re male, you probably won’t pay any attention to this until at least Dec 22.) Gunbarrel and Niwot businesses have something for everyone at prices that will both amaze and amuse.
So if you need tchotchkes for eight nights or that one special gift for the 25th, I’ve done a little investigating in the pricing department. Here, in almost no particular order, are the least and most expensive products or services our fine merchants have to offer.