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LongmontLife Newsletter - July August 2010

LongmontLife Newsletter - July August 2010

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Longmont Life is an informational newsletter distributed six times per year via U.S. mail to all city residents and businesses. Provides news and information about City events and programs.
Longmont Life is an informational newsletter distributed six times per year via U.S. mail to all city residents and businesses. Provides news and information about City events and programs.

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 Your community, your life
Vol. 2, Issue 4
Open Forum
Express your opinion on July 20.
Page 2
Be Alive InLongmont
Contribute to the energy byshopping local.
Page 3
City of Longmont employeesrecognized for outstanding work.
Page 6 
National Night Out
Enhance your neighborhood watchon August 3.
Page 7 
FLEX-ible Bus
New service connects Longmont toFt. Collins.
Page 8
 An informational newsletter  for Longmont residents.
Heavy Metal
Longmont Museum Highlights Trench Art
From July 17 through September 26, the Longmont Museum presents an unusual and little-known aspect of military life in World Wars I and II. The Museum’s exhibit
From Swords toPlowshares: Metal Trench Art of World War I and World War II,
 offers a glimpse into the dazzling array of objects known as“trench art.” The term “trench art” refers to artwork created bysoldiers, prisoners of war or civilians, out of leftover war materials– artillery shells, bullet casings or any other material associatedwith armed conict. Often treasures hidden in attics andbasements, trench art tells a story of bravery, grief, patriotism andeven comic relief in times of death and destruction.Makers of trench art used any available metal, such as artilleryshells, bullets, shrapnel, aircraft parts, currency and othermiscellaneous metal scrap and applied materials. The worksrange from primitive decorated artillery shell cases to beautifullyhand-crafted artillery shell lamps, cigarette lighters and ashtrays.The pieces are as varied as the military and civilian artists whocreated them.
From Swords to Plowshares
demonstrates the rich variety of styles and techniques of decorative metalworking used duringboth world wars. The exhibit features the anonymous work of trench art makers from the United States, Great Britain, France,Germany, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Italy and Hungary.
Formore information, contact the LongmontMuseum at 303-651-8374.
Admission to theLongmont Museum and to this special exhibit is free.
the Museum will present a classic 1930s lm aboutthe horror and futility of World War I, “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Filmadmission is $5.
Longmont author Andrew Brozyna willdiscuss his new book
Longshore Soldiers
about the experiences of the 519thPort Battalion in Europe during World War II. Several pieces of trench artfrom the soldiers of the 519th are included in the Longmont Museum’sTrench Art exhibit. Lecture admission is $5.
Lngn Life
City of Longmont350 Kimbark StreetLongmont, CO 80501
Fun Flows
Rhythm on the River Celebrates 15 Years
Join your neighbors, friends and friends-to-be at the15th annual Rhythm on the River!This event began as a small celebration at Roger’s Groveand along the St.Vrain Greenway. Roger’s Grove was namedafter Roger Jones, an avid outdoorsman whose dream wasto give the community a park/arboretum in the middleof the city. In 1995, the family donated funds to the cityto purchase the property adjacent to the Boulder CountyFairgrounds. Roger and his wife also had a passion formusic and art, hence the name Rhythm on the River.The event theme wascentered on the environmentand the Jones’ passion for thearts. In the beginning, just a fewvendors and only two bandsentertained visitors. Since1995, the event has continuededucating visitors throughmusic, art and interactiveenvironmental components.
Schedule of Events on Page 4
July 9 & 10Roger’s Grove
Longmont Life | July-August 2010 www.ci.longmont.co.us
One of the best things about living in Longmont is all thefun organized events – from Rhythm on the River to theDowntown Summer Concert Series, there’s a lot happeningin our community.Maybe the best part is that most of them are free.All of us are feeling the effects of the struggling economy,and an opportunity to spend time with family and friendsat a free City event is invaluable.Rhythm on the River has long been a favoritesummertime event. This year, several city council membersand I will spend a few hours at the City’s information boothin case you want to stop by and say hello.I invite you to take a look at the events calendar on page5 of 
Longmont Life
to see everything happening thissummer – many are sponsored by the City of Longmont –and some are coming to the community because it’s such awonderful place to be.In addition to City-sponsored events like Rhythmon the River and concerts at the Longmont Museumand downtown at Roosevelt Park, look for non-Citysponsored events including
, a Christianmusic festival that is expected to draw more than30,000 people;
, which is reinventing itself and is moving from Boulder to Union Reservoir thissummer; the
that celebratesautomobiles on Main Street; and the
which kicks off with a parade on July 31.I encourage all Longmont residents to reconnect withyour friends and family and have fun this summer in thiswonderful place called Longmont!Katie Witt, Longmont City Council
 Join In
Enjoy All That Longmont Offers
Bryan L. Baum
Term expires 11/2011bryan.baum@ci.longmont.co.us303-651-8602
gabe antos
Term expires 11/2013gabe.santos@ci.longmont.co.us303-775-4005
Brian Hansen
Term expires 11/2011brian.hansen@ci.longmont.co.us303-847-7186(Mon. & Tue., 8 to 10 am)
Katie Witt
Term expires 11/2013katie.witt@ci.longmont.co.us303-642-6606
ean cCoy
Term expires 11/2011sean.mccoy@ci.longmont.co.us303-847-6076
arah Levison
Term expires:11/2011
lex ammoury
Term expires 11/2013
Longmont Life 
is distributed six times per year via U.S. mail to all city residents and businesses.Comments on this newspaper format and content are welcome at cityoongmont@ci.longmont.co.us
City Council
There are a variety of ways tocontact City Council embers:
City Council Meetings, everyTuesday at 7 pmCoffee with Council, lastSaturday of every monthE-mail and phone numberslisted hereMail c/o City Clerk’s Ofce,350 Kimbark St.Public events, including Cinco deMayo, Rhythm on the River andFestival on Main
From left 
gabe antos, t-Lare, ayor Pro Tem; Katie Witt, Ward II;Bryan L. Baum, ayor; lex ammoury, t-Lare; Brian Hansen, Ward I;ean cCoy, Ward III; arah Levison, t-Lare
Longmont Listens
Share Your Opinion at Open Forum
The City Council is interested in hearing from the Longmont Community during an OpenForum at 7 pm on July 20 in the City Council Chambers.The Open Forum gives residents an opportunity to express an opinion or askquestions about any subject, but the Council is particularly interested in hearingfrom the public on issues concerning the 2011 proposed City budget.In mid-June, as part of the budget process, Council will receive updatedservice prioritization lists for General Fund services. Council members may usethis information to discuss the allocation of resources for the General Fund.The full prioritization lists will be available to the public on the City’s websiteat www.ci.longmont.co.us.The nationwide recession has affected City of Longmont tax collectionsand has required close scrutiny of public spending for municipal services.The forum is a chance to voice your opinion before Council adopts a budgetin October. Although the budget is the primary topic, any comments fromresidents are welcome.
West Nile Virus
 Reeber he Fur Ds:
Use insect repellant that containsat least 10% DEET.
Dress in long sleeves and long pants.
Dusk and Dawn
Reduce or eliminate outdoor activitybetween dusk and dawn.
Make sure to drain standing wateraround your home.
 Visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/videos/ tosee tips on preventing West Nile virus.Click on “community” then “west nileprotection tips.”
Traffic Jam
Festival to Create Heavy Trafc
The Christian music festival Heaven Fest will be held at Union Reservoir on July 31. This regionalevent is expected to attract more than 30,000 people. Members of the Longmont communityshould be aware that there will be heavy trafc on Hwy. 119 east of County Line Road on this day.The heaviest volumes are expected from noon to 5 pm and from 8 pm to midnight. Gates for theevent open at 10 am, and the main entrance is at Hwy. 119 and Fairview St.
303-776-6050 July-August 2010 | Longmont Life
Hang Out
Safe Summer Fun atLongmont Youth Center
The music, bright walls, and energy of kids laughing and playing can be alittle overwhelming at rst. These are the sights and sounds of the LongmontYouth Center, and since 1984 they have signaled a haven for the many youthwho seek a safe and fun place to hang out after school and during summer.In 1983, with the support of many community members, the City received a$250,000 federal grant to help build the Longmont Youth Center, which hasbecome a home away from home for many local teens. Located in CentennialPark, the Youth Center is run by Children and Youth Resources, a branchof Longmont’s Community Services Department, and offers programsranging from prevention tointervention. They include theMayor’s Book Club, the GangResponse and InterventionProgram, the Longmont YouthCouncil, family counselingprograms, and programs thatboth entertain and educateabout civic responsibility. Theyall serve to fulll the missionof Children and Youth Resources to inspire leadership and support familiesthrough rough times.The Youth Center is home to a wide variety of activities. Among the mostpopular are Stage Fright Teen Theater, the All-Out League for sports, andThe Zone drop-in program. With board and arcade games, pool and foosballtables, arts and crafts, a break dancing oor, and much more, The Zone letskids relax in safety with adult supervision.In summer the Youth Center also sponsors day trips to the mountains,camping trips, and outings to area theme parks.“We try to make every activity benet the youth who come here,” saidRecreational Program Leader Mitchell Shepard. “Youth have so muchpotential, and if we can help them grow into responsible and dynamic adultswe’ve been a success.”
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 You don ’ t ha ve  to go  to  the ends o    the ear th  to make a di  erence.In   ac t,  you ma y onl y ha ve  to goa   e w blocks toneighborhood s tores,res tauran ts and e ven ts. I t doesn ’ t ma t ter  whe theryou ’reshopping   or groceries, looking   or a specialnigh t on  the  to wn or planningan ou tdoor ad ven ture.You can  fnd i t all inLongmon t,among ello wresiden ts, businesses anda t trac tions.  The beau t y o  i tis,  the more energ y and e  or t  yougive, the more our  to wn  willgi ve back  toyou in  the longrun.And  youjus t ma y make somene w   riends in  the process. It ’swha tbeing alivein Longmon tisall abou t.
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Host an Exchange Student
By Craig Anderson
(Lexmark International, Inc.) and
 Judith Anderson
(Longmont Public Library)
Last spring, Aaron, our high-school-aged son, came home and told usthat we needed to have a foreign exchange student live with us. We hadnever thought about hosting an exchange student but decided to ndout more. After contacting the representative from the Global Insightsorganization, we learned about Niklas.Niklas played tennis, like our son.He liked to ski and loved Americansports. Tennis, skiing and alove of all sports would makehim a perfect t for ourfamily. Three months later,Niklas moved into ourhouse – all 6’2” of him.We thought it would be agood opportunity to learn aboutanother country and to give Aaronthe opportunity to have a “brother.”We did learn about another country andculture but mostly we taught Niklas about America. Not everything isprofound. He learned that you can eat hamburgers from 15 differentchain restaurants. We learned that Germans hardly ever eat out. (Niklasreports that he hasn’t had a hamburger in the three months since hereturned home.) Americans drive white cars and Germans drive blackcars, and all teenagers think it would be great to drive the autobahn. Wecelebrated American holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving andtrimmed the house with Christmas lights (butnot quite as many as in “National Lampoon’sChristmas Vacation”).We were able to show him the sights, fromRocky Mountain National Park to BryceCanyon to Las Vegas (the place he mostwanted to visit). To complete his Americansports experience we attended Rockies,Broncos, Avalanche, and Nuggets games,something we would not have done if he hadnot been visiting. We enjoyed watching both of oursons – American and German – compete in high school sports.While we were teaching Niklas about America, he was sharing hisculture and life experience with us and others. His teachers told ushow much they and the other students appreciated his contributions todiscussions in history and English class. At the dinner table we wouldtalk about the day and what was new. This was afterwe got past the teenage responses that nowcame in stereo: “How was school?” Answer:“Fine” and “What happened today?” Answer:“Nothing.” With all teenagers you have to bepersistent.If you are considering hosting, checkinto the organization that is sponsoring thestudent and talk with parents; some groupstake more care in making matches than others.We have spoken to many host families both beforeand after our time with Niklas, and they all report thatthe connections are amazing and they would all do it again.There are 27 organizations that have been approved by the St. VrainValley School District for placing students in the district’s high schools.High school counseling ofces have the complete list. It is a good ideato contact your high school early in the process as each school has a capand may not be able to take all students in a given year.Hosting an exchange student and sharing the learning will changeyour life!
About LifeLongmontLearning
LifeLongmontLearning is a community-based, City-sponsoredmovement to increase access to learning opportunities available in ourarea that can help all Longmont children and adults succeed in schooland throughout their lives. Making sure that everyone has access tolifelong educational opportunities is the foundation of a sustainablecommunity with a healthy economy and a high quality of life for all.
Formore information, visit www.LifeLongmontLearning.com.

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