Commerce Heart Gallery fair, other briefs

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Colorado Heart Gallery fair

was held in Commerce City

Close to 300 children in Colorado are waiting to be adopted, many of whom are featured in the Colorado Heart Gallery, according to Colorado human services statistics.

The gallery was displayed recently at a fundraiser and foster care fair hosted by Foster Source in the 99000 block of Richfield Street in Commerce City. The traveling exhibit features pictures of Colorado children who are waiting to be adopted.

More than 40 foster children live in Adams County. About 10 children in Weld County are waiting for a family. The average age of a child on the Colorado Heart Gallery is 13 years old.

For more information, go to: coheartgallery.org.

AdCo burn ban

remains in effect

No open fires are allowed until further notice in unincorporated Adams County, due to extremely dry conditions, said Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh.

McIntosh announced a Level 3 burn restriction, which means that even residents with burn permits issued by a fire chief are not allowed to set a fire outside.

Brighton Elks

awards $16,200

Brighton Elks Lodge recently awarded $16,200 in scholarships to area high school seniors.

The scholarships included seven winners of the Elks’ Ex-National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholarships, two winners of the Elks’ Colorado Elks Association scholarships and two winners of the Elks’ 1586 scholarships. The Brighton Elks Lodge received 27 applications from six high schools and awarded scholarships to seniors at five of those high schools.

The scholarship winners were Janea Reyes at Brighton High School received $500 per semester or $4,000 total (up to eight semesters) at Brighton High School; Noah Pencil at Brighton High School received $500 per semester or $4,000 total (up to eight semesters).

Ex-National Foundation Most Value Student scholarships were made to: Caitlin O’Callaghan, $1,200, Brighton High School; Bryce Gelok, $1,200, Brighton High School; Janae Oden, $1,000, Brighton High School; Delilah Chavez, $1,000, Eagle Ridge Academy; Jada Oberacker, $800, Eagle Ridge Academy; Marieke VanErven $800, Brighton High School; and Kevin Robinson, $600, Skyview High School.

Colorado Elks Association scholarships went to: Erin Johnson, $500, Brighton High School; and Bianca Jaquez, $500, Fort Lupton High School.

BHS Class of 1977

reunion Aug. 4 to 6

Calling all Brighton High School graduates – the Class of 1977 is planning a 40th class reunion Aug. 4 to 6.

Events include a “meet and greet” from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at the not-yet-opened Big Choice Brewing, 21 S. First Ave., a picnic catered by Dickey’s BBQ from 10 am. to 2 p.m. at Benedict Park, 1855 E. Southern St., and a reunion dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Todd Creek Golf Club, 8455 Heritage Drive, Thornton.

Any BHS alumni and faculty are invited to the “meet and greet” and the picnic. For more information, send a note tobhsbulldogsclassof77@gmail.com or look at the group’s Facebook page: Brighton High School Class of 1977 Reunion.

SBA offers disaster help

to businesses, residents

Companies and residents who were hit by a May hailstorm in the region can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration to repair the damage.

SBA help is available in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson, Park and Teller counties.

Business owners, most private nonprofit groups, homeowners and renters can apply for loans if their properties were damaged or destroyed, said Frances Padilla, SBA Colorado district director.

SBA representatives can answer questions at the Jefferson County Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden. It’s open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can also apply online at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Or call (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Aug. 29.

Agfinity names new 

department leader

Agfinity is set to have a new leader in its feed department. Dan Riddle will become executive vice-president of feed on July 1. Riddle replaces Mick Daniel, who is retiring. Riddle was named feed mill manager at Agfinity 20 years ago, and has taken on progressively more responsible roles.  

“In his new role, Dan will lead the feed team to build upon past success and collaborate with other Agfinity product divisions,” Jason Brancel, Agfinity’s chief executive officer, said in a press statement. “Dan will create and implement strategies with the team to enable Agfinity’s feed division to continue to grow and evolve.” Agfinity is the largest locally owned agricultural supply cooperative in Colorado and has served the northern Colorado area since 1905.

Brighton resident makes 

dean’s list at Hastings

Brighton resident Dakotah Willems made the Hasting’s College dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester.  She joined more than 400 other students from 18 states and four countries that were named to the dean’s list. To be eligible, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0 and be registered for full-time coursework.  Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska. With 64 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review.  

District Attorney’s office

to host citizen's academy

The District Attorney’s Office for Adams and Broomfield counties will offer the public an inside look into how the criminal justice system works.

At the citizen's academy, you’ll learn how a homicide case unfolds from the time a crime is committed through conviction and sentencing. You also can learn about how forensic experts analyze a crime scene and the work that prosecutors and investigators do.

The academy will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings from Sept. 19 to Nov. 7. Applications are due by Sept. 1.

The free, eight-week program also will examine officer-involved shootings, the role of the coroner, drugs in the 17th Judicial District, sexual assault prosecutions and victim-witness services. The academy will conclude with a mock trial with academy students serving as jurors.

 “Our students love the program. This is a great opportunity for us to connect with the community and for people to get a deeper understanding of how the criminal justice system really works and the work that we do,” said Dave Young, district attorney.

For more information, contact public information officer Sue Lindsay at 303-835-5639 or slindsay@da17.state.co.us. Applications are available online at: www.adamsbroomfieldda.org.