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Rhythm on the River Celebrates 15 Years
Join your neighbors, friends and friends-to-be at the 15th annual Rhythm on the River! An informational newsletter This event began as a small celebration at Roger’s Grove for Longmont residents. and along the St.Vrain Greenway. Roger’s Grove was named after Roger Jones, an avid outdoorsman whose dream was Open Forum to give the community a park/arboretum in the middle Express your opinion on July 20. of the city. In 1995, the family donated funds to the city Page 2 to purchase the property adjacent to the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Roger and his wife also had a passion for music and art, hence the name Rhythm on the River. The event theme was centered on the environment and the Jones’ passion for the arts. In the beginning, just a few vendors and only two bands entertained visitors. Since 1995, the event has continued educating visitors through Be Alive In music, art and interactive step. Longmont e a difference at your door In fact, components. ak MContribute to the energy by environmental ce. s of the earth to make a differen You don’t have to go to the end shoppingto go a few blocks—to neighborhood stores, restaurants local. Page 3 have
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Longmont Museum Highlights Trench Art
From July 17 through September 26, the Longmont Museum presents an unusual and littleknown aspect of military life in World Wars I and II. The Museum’s exhibit From Swords to Plowshares: 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 by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians, out of leftover war materials – artillery shells, bullet casings or any other material associated with armed conflict. Often treasures hidden in attics and basements, trench art tells a story of bravery, grief, patriotism and even comic relief in times of death and destruction. Makers of trench art used any available metal, such as artillery shells, bullets, shrapnel, aircraft parts, currency and other miscellaneous metal scrap and applied materials. The works range from primitive decorated artillery shell cases to beautifully hand-crafted artillery shell lamps, cigarette lighters and ashtrays. The pieces are as varied as the military and civilian artists who created them. From Swords to Plowshares demonstrates the rich variety of styles and techniques of decorative metalworking used during both 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. For more information, contact the Longmont Museum at 303-651-8374. Admission to the Longmont Museum and to this special exhibit is free.
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Programs ●● nAugust25at7pm, the Museum will present a classic 1930s film about O the horror and futility of World War I, “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Film admission is $5. ●● nSeptember15at7pm, Longmont author Andrew Brozyna will O discuss his new book Longshore Soldiers about the experiences of the 519th Port Battalion in Europe during World War II. Several pieces of trench art from the soldiers of the 519th are included in the Longmont Museum’s Trench Art exhibit. Lecture admission is $5.
Enjoy All That Longmont Offers
One of the best things about living in Longmont is all the fun organized events – from Rhythm on the River to the Downtown Summer Concert Series, there’s a lot happening in 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 friends at a free City event is invaluable. Rhythm on the River has long been a favorite summertime event. This year, several city council members and I will spend a few hours at the City’s information booth in case you want to stop by and say hello. I invite you to take a look at the events calendar on page 5 of Longmont Life to see everything happening this summer – many are sponsored by the City of Longmont – and some are coming to the community because it’s such a wonderful place to be. In addition to City-sponsored events like Rhythm on the River and concerts at the Longmont Museum and downtown at Roosevelt Park, look for non-City sponsored events including HeavenFest, a Christian music festival that is expected to draw more than 30,000 people; Kinetics, which is reinventing itself and is moving from Boulder to Union Reservoir this summer; the CruiseandRodFestival that celebrates automobiles on Main Street; and the BoulderCounty Fair, which kicks off with a parade on July 31. I encourage all Longmont residents to reconnect with your friends and family and have fun this summer in this wonderful place called Longmont!
Katie Witt, Longmont City Council
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West Nile Virus Remember the Four Ds:
Use insect repellant that contains at least 10% DEET. The City Council is interested in hearing from the Longmont Community during an Open Forum at 7 pm on July 20 in the City Council Chambers. The Open Forum gives residents an opportunity to express an opinion or ask questions about any subject, but the Council is particularly interested in hearing from the public on issues concerning the 2011 proposed City budget. In mid-June, as part of the budget process, Council will receive updated service prioritization lists for General Fund services. Council members may use this 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 website at www.ci.longmont.co.us. The nationwide recession has affected City of Longmont tax collections and has required close scrutiny of public spending for municipal services. The forum is a chance to voice your opinion before Council adopts a budget in October. Although the budget is the primary topic, any comments from residents are welcome. Call303-651-8601formoreinformation.
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Festival to Create Heavy Traffic
The Christian music festival Heaven Fest will be held at Union Reservoir on July 31. This regional event is expected to attract more than 30,000 people. Members of the Longmont community should be aware that there will be heavy traffic 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 the event open at 10 am, and the main entrance is at Hwy. 119 and Fairview St. Call303-655-1234 formoreinformation,orvisittheHeavenFestwebsiteatwww.heavenfest.com.
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Safe Summer Fun at Longmont Youth Center
The music, bright walls, and energy of kids laughing and playing can be a little overwhelming at first. These are the sights and sounds of the Longmont Youth Center, and since 1984 they have signaled a haven for the many youth who 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 has become a home away from home for many local teens. Located in Centennial Park, the Youth Center is run by Children and Youth Resources, a branch of Longmont’s Community Services Department, and offers programs ranging from prevention to intervention. They include the Mayor’s Book Club, the Gang Response and Intervention Program, the Longmont Youth Council, family counseling programs, and programs that both entertain and educate about civic responsibility. They all serve to fulfill the mission of Children and Youth Resources to inspire leadership and support families through rough times. The Youth Center is home to a wide variety of activities. Among the most popular are Stage Fright Teen Theater, the All-Out League for sports, and The Zone drop-in program. With board and arcade games, pool and foosball tables, arts and crafts, a break dancing floor, and much more, The Zone lets kids 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 benefit the youth who come here,” said Recreational Program Leader Mitchell Shepard. “Youth have so much potential, and if we can help them grow into responsible and dynamic adults we’ve been a success.” FormoreinformationonTheZoneorotherChildrenand YouthResourcesprograms,pleasecall303-651-8580.
SHARE THE LEARNING
Host an Exchange Student
By Craig Anderson (Lexmark International, Inc.) and Judith Anderson (Longmont Public Library)
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Last spring, Aaron, our high-school-aged son, came home and told us that we needed to have a foreign exchange student live with us. We had never thought about hosting an exchange student but decided to find out more. After contacting the representative from the Global Insights organization, we learned about Niklas. Niklas played tennis, like our son. He liked to ski and loved American sports. Tennis, skiing and a love of all sports would make him a perfect fit for our family. Three months later, Niklas moved into our house – all 6’2” of him. We thought it would be a good opportunity to learn about another country and to give Aaron the opportunity to have a “brother.” We did learn about another country and culture but mostly we taught Niklas about America. Not everything is profound. He learned that you can eat hamburgers from 15 different chain restaurants. We learned that Germans hardly ever eat out. (Niklas reports that he hasn’t had a hamburger in the three months since he returned home.) Americans drive white cars and Germans drive black cars, and all teenagers think it would be great to drive the autobahn. We celebrated American holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving and trimmed the house with Christmas lights (but not quite as many as in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”). We were able to show him the sights, from Rocky Mountain National Park to Bryce Canyon to Las Vegas (the place he most wanted to visit). To complete his American sports experience we attended Rockies, Broncos, Avalanche, and Nuggets games, something we would not have done if he had not been visiting. We enjoyed watching both of our sons – American and German – compete in high school sports. While we were teaching Niklas about America, he was sharing his culture and life experience with us and others. His teachers told us how much they and the other students appreciated his contributions to discussions in history and English class. At the dinner table we would talk about the day and what was new. This was after we got past the teenage responses that now came in stereo: “How was school?” Answer: “Fine” and “What happened today?” Answer: “Nothing.” With all teenagers you have to be persistent. If you are considering hosting, check into the organization that is sponsoring the student and talk with parents; some groups take more care in making matches than others. We have spoken to many host families both before and after our time with Niklas, and they all report that the connections are amazing and they would all do it again. There are 27 organizations that have been approved by the St. Vrain Valley School District for placing students in the district’s high schools. High school counseling offices have the complete list. It is a good idea to contact your high school early in the process as each school has a cap and may not be able to take all students in a given year. Hosting an exchange student and sharing the learning will change your life! About LifeLongmontLearning LifeLongmontLearning is a community-based, City-sponsored movement to increase access to learning opportunities available in our area that can help all Longmont children and adults succeed in school and throughout their lives. Making sure that everyone has access to lifelong educational opportunities is the foundation of a sustainable community with a healthy economy and a high quality of life for all. For more information, visit www.LifeLongmontLearning.com.
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SCHEduLE OF EvENTS
FREE Shuttles & Parking will run from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, and 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday at the Boulder County Fairgrounds
Saturday, July 10
Grove Stage 7 to 8 am Dan Tulenko, Strolling Accordian 7:30 to 8:30 am Alan Yap, Strolling Djembe/harmonica (World Beat area) 8 to 8:45 am Longmont Concert Band 9 to10 am Felonius Smith, Blues from the 20s & 30s 10:15 to 11 am Ash Ganley, American Rock 11:15 am to 12:15 pm Oakhurst, Bluegrass 12:30 to 1:30 pm Indulgers, Irish/Celtic Rock 1:45 to 2:30 pm Paul Torrez as Elvis 2:45 to 3:45 pm Kutandara, African, Latin 4 to 5 pm Strolling Scones, 60s 5:30 to 7 pm Nacho Men, Swing, 50s and Beyond World Beat Stage 8:30 am All Star Jazz Band 9:45 am EM Rock & Roll 11 am Peruvian Dancers
Friday, July 9
5 to 8 pm Restaurants will serve food and beverages 5:30 to 6:15 pm Clinton Jackson, Comedian 6:30 to 8:00 pm Triple Nickel, Country
Acts @ the Amphitheater 9 am LTC Youth Theatre 9:30 am Race Awards 10 am Longmont Chorale 10:30 am Longmont Youth Symphony 11 am Bug Songs 11:30 am Alpha Martial Arts 12 noon LTC Youth Theatre (Lunchtime Fun) 1 pm Dance Group 2 pm LTC/Taste of Shakespeare 3 pm Dance Group 3:30 pm Alpha Martial Arts Activities 7 am Hot Air Balloon Launch (weather permitting) 7:30 am Roger’s River 5K Run (fees apply) 8 am to 7 pm Focus on the Environment – Local Environmental Programs 8 am to 7 pm Public Works Showcase – Big Cool Trucks 8 am to 7 pm Non-Profit Row 8 am to 7 pm Rock Climbing Wall / Kayak Tanks 9 am, noon and 2 pm Caninie Police Dog Demos 10 am Animal Procession – be a part of the parade 2:50 pm Corporate Duck Race – St. Vrain River 3:00 pm Individual Duck Race – St. Vrain River, $5 per duck Shopping 7 am to 7 pm Art Zone (local artists) 7 am to 7 pm World Market (sustainable goods from around the world) 7 am to 7 pm Festival Store
Triple Nickel Nacho Men
For Kids 8 am to 7 pm Public Safety Street (rides open until 7 pm) 8 am to 7 pm Discovery District 8 am to 7 pm Kids Adventure Land – inflatable structures 8 am to noon Kids Fishing Tank 11:45 am Longmont IDOL Winners 12:45 to 1:30 pm Scott Von Duo 2 to 3:30 pm Ricardo Pena Band 3:45 to 5 pm Conjunto Colores Food 7 to 10 am Prairie Breakfast, $3.00 per person 10 am to 8 pm Restaurant Row
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Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
This year’s annual summer reading program selection is Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas. During World War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes turn to the newcomers. Prize-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley in Vogue magazine. Dallas is the author of many novels, including Prayers for Sale, New Mercies, and her newest, Whiter than Snow. A Denver resident, Dallas is one of Colorado’s best known novelists. Funded by the Friends of Longmont Library, the Library’s summer reading program gives the community an opportunity to read and discuss one book. There are plenty of copies of Tallgrass available for check-out, and each book comes with a study guide and bookmark. You are invited to join the Friends of the Longmont Library as they present “An Evening with Sandra Dallas.” Dallas will discuss Tallgrass and take questions from the audience, as well as sign copies of her book for those who bring them. The program takes place at The Longmont Performing Arts Center, 513 Main St., on Thursday, August 5, at 7 pm. The program is free, but seats are limited and advance tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the Library’s Reference Desk beginning July 6. For more information, please call 303-651-8472.
Looking for activities for your middle schooler this summer? Move It! is a grant-funded program made possible by State Farm Insurance and Longmont Recreation Services to encourage physical activity in youth, their families, and the community. This free program meets at 9:30 am Tuesday through Friday at Centennial Pool, 1201 Alpine St., to bike, hike, swim, and play. For more information or to register, visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec/ teen/teen_clubs.htm or call 303-651-8406.
Tour de France with the Pros! 7 pm at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. Join local experts and former Tour de France competitors in a lively conversation about this famous race. Admission $5, free to Friends of the Museum.
will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. All skill levels welcome. FREE, registration required.
20 Open Forum with
7 pm at Longmont Civic Center, 350 Kimbark St. The Open Forum gives residents an opportunity to express an opinion or ask questions about any subject, but the Council is particularly interested in hearing from the public on issues concerning the 2011 proposed City budget. Call 303-651-8601 for more information.
Evening at the Museum: The Modniks 7 pm at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd. Rock music of the 1960s British Invasion and California Sound.
18 End of Summer
4 to 7 pm at Kanemoto Activity Pool, 1151 S. Pratt Pkwy. The Activity Pool has gone to the dogs for a day of pooch-only swimming and water fun. $3 per dog. Call 303-651-8406 or visit www.ci.longmont. co.us/rec/special.
9 &11 SeniorNet: What is
1:30 to 3:30 pm. Use Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends. Cost: $10 member, $15 nonmember. Register at 303-651-8411.
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25 Film “All Quiet on the
7 pm at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd. A classic 1930 film about the horror and futility of World War I. Film admission $5, Friends members admitted free.
Longmont Annual Concert and Fireworks Show 9:30 pm at Boulder County Fairgrounds (Nelson and Hover) and a view within one mile of fairgrounds. Concert at noon in Thompson Park.
21 Evening at the Museum:
Colcannon 7 pm at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd. Irish music
11 Evening at the Museum:
7 pm at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd. Bluegrass music.
28 Coffee with Council
Evening at the Museum: The Low Flying Knobs 7 pm at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd. All women’s Afro-pop marimba ensemble playing traditional and contemporary music from Zimbabwe, South Africa and other areas of the African diaspora.
14 Boulder County Senior
8 am to 1 pm at Radisson Hotel Conference Center in Longmont. Join older adults and others for a dynamic and informative morning focusing on a vast array of legal issues. Call Liz Lane at email@example.com. FREE, no registration required; open to the public.
9 to 10 am at Mr. Bean, 1844 Hover St., #A. Call 303-651-8601.
9 &10 Rhythm on the River 10 Roger’s River Run 5K
Roger’s Grove (Nelson and Hover) Longmont’s two-day festival of music and art. Visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/rotr/. 7:30 am. Kick off Rhythm on the River’s Saturday activities with a great run for the entire family. A pancake breakfast provided by the Egg & I Restaurant included. $17. Call 303-651-8404 or visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec/special.
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Evening at the Museum: Northern and Southern Plains Indian Singers & Dancers 7 pm at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd.
9:30 to 11 am at Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. The very best way to understand what the farmers are doing to grow your food is to ask them at this annual event.
Mean Crazy Eater!
28 Kinetic Sculpture Race
Noon at Union Reservoir, 0461 WCR 26. Family-friendly entertainment in the form of human-powered Kinetic Sculptures.
16-20 Memorial Building
Closed for maintenance. Dog Swim
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17 End of Summer
4 to 7 pm at Roosevelt Activity Pool, 903 8th Ave. The Activity Pool has gone to the dogs for a day of pooch-only swimming and water fun. $3 per dog. Call 303-6518406 or visit www. ci.longmont.co.us/ rec/special.
19 Longmont Studio Tour
Outreach Program: Creativity with Pastels 9 to 11 am at Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. Join artist Diane Wood for a pleasant and instructive workshop. Some pastels
National Night Out 6 to 9 pm in all Longmont neighborhoods. Join with thousands of communities nationwide for the 27th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event (see page 7).
Recreation Center closed for maintenance. (Gymnasium closed through Sept. 11.) Iran and Nuclear Proliferation 2 to 3 pm at the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. Join us for an in-depth look at the country of Iran. FREE, registration required.
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Local Housing Counseling Agency Awarded $400K Grant
The Boulder County Housing Counseling Program, part of the Boulder County Housing and Human Services Department, is a local agency that provides a wide rage of counseling services to Longmont residents, from credit counseling to prepurchase counseling to foreclosure prevention counseling. The program has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to implement a new program to further individual financial management. This extremely competitive grant process resulted in the Boulder County program being one of only five nationwide to receive the grant. This innovative local program focuses on personal financial management and preparation for home buying and assists low income home buyers in Boulder, Broomfield and western Weld counties with an emphasis on the Latino community. The free program gives participants ongoing financial education and support on their individual path toward homeownership. It may take participants three to four months or more than a year to complete the program, depending on their individual needs. This program is expected to begin in Fall 2010. The Counseling Program will continue to offer individual housing and foreclosure counseling appointments and classes in Longmont. To learn more about the services of the Housing Counseling Program or to schedule an appointment with a housing counselor, visit www.bouldercountyhc.org or call 720-564-2279.
Create Opportunity, Celebrate Community
Did you know that, according to Boulder County Trends, 23 percent of Longmont residents speak a language at home other than English? Imagine for a moment that you have moved to a new country, one in which everyone speaks a language different than yours. At the grocery store, you find it difficult to communicate with the cashier. At your parent-teacher conference, you can’t understand what your child’s teacher is saying. How would your life be different if you felt isolated from your community? The mission of Intercambio de Comunidades is to give immigrants the opportunity, via language education, to break out of their isolated world and connect with their community. Intercambio’s English classes set them on the road to understanding the new country in which they now live. This is made possible by volunteers who teach one-on-one and group language classes to immigrants. The need in Longmont is great: Intercambio currently has a list of 70 students waiting to be matched with a teacher who will help them begin the process of learning English. Can you commit to completing one sublevel of the curriculum, equivalent to 25 hours of instruction? No teaching experience is necessary, and you need not speak Spanish. Only enthusiasm, patience and a respect for other cultures are required of volunteers. Intercambio provides the training, materials and ongoing support. To volunteer or to get more information, please contact Rachel Fuchs at 303-996-0275, ext. 5, or by e-mail at rachel@intercambioweb. org. You also can apply online at www.intercambioweb.org. Or, you can contact Longmont Program Director Eliberto Mendoza at 303-776-7070 or visit Intercambio at 515 Kimbark Street, Suite 103, in Longmont. Intercambio de Comunidades is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax exempt.
Upcoming Boulder County Housing Counseling Program Classes
Managing Your Mortgage in Tough Times:
Learn the foreclosure timeline and process, options for avoiding foreclosure, communicating with your lender, and more. Thursday, August 5 Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Avenue Presentation begins at 4:30 pm (please arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork) Registration is not required. Call 720-564-2279 or visit www.bouldercountyhc.org for more information.
Learn the steps to homeownership. Saturday, July 17 Boulder County Housing and Human Services Building, 2525 13th St., #204, Boulder 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, August 14 Boulder County Housing and Human Services Building, 2525 13th St., #204, Boulder 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, September 18 Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue 9:30 to 4:30 pm Registration is required. Call 720-564-2279 or visit www.bouldercountyhc.org
Learn the basics of homeowners, renters, auto, health, Medicaid, and CHP insurance Tuesday, September 21 Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Avenue 6 to 8 pm Registration is not required. Call 720-564-2279 or visit www.bouldercountyhc.org for more information.
Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) recently won two national awards: one for outstanding electric safety practices and one for reliable electric operations. Mayor Baum, center, recognized the team, represented here by Daryl Steiner, Bill Ewer, Joel Trotter, Tom Roiniotis, Kate Medina, Susan Wisecup, and Matt Scheppers. On May 14, 2010, LPC surpassed three years without a lost-time accident. Additionally, LPC is one of 94 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider recognition.
Mayor Bryan Baum, center, presents the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award to Jim Golden, finance director, and Betty Simpson, assistant finance director. This certificate represents the highest form of recognition in government accounting and financial reporting. Longmont has received this award 30 of the past 31 years and for the past 28 consecutive years.
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July 4th Fire Danger
Be safe on Independence Day
We’re coming upon the time of the year for Independence Day picnics with barbecues, watermelon, flag cakes, yard games and fireworks as part of the festivities. Longmont Fire Department is all for the food and fun, but with fireworks often comes uncontrolled fire or injuries. We’d like you to know a few things that may keep you and your property safer this July 4th.
●● Fireworks are illegal on Longmont’s streets, parks, golf courses and other public areas. ●● Any fireworks bought from a stand in Longmont are legal. They will be labeled 1.4G,
UN 0336, and/or “Safe and Sane.” ●● Anything labeled 1.3G and/or UN 0335 are illegal for consumer use. ●● Sparklers burn at over 1200° F while water boils at 212° F. We wouldn’t let our children play with boiling water, so why let them play with sparklers? ●● Glow sticks and noisemakers are a great safe alternative to fireworks with kids! The safest way to enjoy fireworks in Longmont is to watch the free fireworks display above the Boulder County Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 4, at 9:30 pm. The fireworks can be seen anywhere within a one-mile radius of the fairgrounds. For detailed information about fireworks visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/fire/fire_safety/ fireworks.htm or call the Longmont Fire Department at 303-651-8437.
“Toolbox on Wheels” a Valuable Device for Any Emergency
The Longmont Fire Department has two specialty ladder trucks. One is located at Station 1 at 1070 Terry Street, and the other has been placed in reserve. They are easy to recognize because they have a large ladder on top. The active Longmont Fire Department ladder truck is staffed by a company of four highly trained firefighters, including a lieutenant and a paramedic. ●● Ladder Truck 1 is a 2003 Pierce aerial. It is 46 feet long, 8 feet wide and 12 feet high. When fully extended, the aerial ladder reaches 100 feet. ●● The reserve ladder truck is a 1989 Pierce aerial. It is 38 feet long, 8 feet wide and 11 feet high. When fully extended, the ladder reaches 105 feet. Ladder trucks are especially useful for larger and taller structures. The 100-foot aerial ladder is outfitted with a big bore nozzle and hose that allows firefighters to shoot water at high and inaccessible locations, and it allows for difficult rescues. The water on the ladder can be shot approximately 200 feet from the truck! When the ladder truck’s telescoping hydraulic ladder is raised, the outriggers must be deployed to stabilize the truck. Without this extra step, the ladder truck would become so top-heavy that it could tip over. Ladder trucks carry ground ladders, accessed at the rear of the trailer, to allow firefighters to have access to high areas when it is not practical to use the aerial ladder. In Longmont, a single-alarm fire requires a ladder truck company to work in partnership with two engine companies and the heavy rescue company for maximum safety and efficiency. The ladder truck company’s normal duties at a structure fire are to force entry, search for and rescue C Shift Truck Company at Longmont Fire Station One, 1070 Terry Street. (L-R) Lt. Anthony Heronema, FF Jennifer Anderson, FF Micah Holmes, Eng Dave Anaya occupants, move heat and smoke out of the building, shut down gas and electrical utilities, and expose hidden fire so the engine company can do its job of putting water on the fire. During everyday use, ladder trucks are deployed to a variety of emergency calls, just like a fire engine. To reduce wear and tear on them, ladder trucks are deployed only if a nearby engine is not available to respond to the call. What about tools? Both ladder trucks have scores of tools on board. In fact, a ladder truck can be called a “toolbox on wheels” because of the complement of specialized tools for virtually any emergency situation. Examples include pike poles, axes, bolt cutters, special wrenches, the Jaws of Life, and several types of power saws, cribbing materials, personal protective equipment, and more.
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National Night Out
On Tuesday, August 3, neighborhoods throughout Longmont will join with thousands of communities nationwide for the 27th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and cosponsored locally by the City of Longmont Police Department. National Night Out (NNO) is designed to increase awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/ community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and watching out for each other. NNO can be part of ongoing Neighborhood Watch activities or even a great way to get a Neighborhood Watch program started. Neighborhood Watch programs help neighbors work together as a true community – neighbor looking out for neighbor – to make everyone’s quality of life better and help alleviate crime. From 6 to 9 pm on August 3, residents in neighborhoods throughout Longmont will lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors. Many Longmont neighborhoods are planning to host a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities, and other Neighborhood Watch events. NNO activities, however, can be as simple as bringing your lawn chairs out front and visiting with neighbors. Lemonade is optional! A 2010 NNO Planning Kit is available for Longmont residents to help jump-start their own NNO activities. NEW THIS YEAR: Register for a chance to have our local Outback Steakhouse restaurant cater your NNO party for up to 50 guests. Contact the Police Programs Coordinator at 303-774-4440 to get an NNO kit or to learn how to start your own Neighborhood Watch.
July-August 2010 | Longmont Life
Show Me the Money
In partnership with the Colorado Enterprise Fund, the City of Longmont is offering a new Small Business Lending Program (SBLP). This program provides loans of up to $50,000 for business and nonprofit organizations that have yet to qualify for traditional financing or loans. Depending upon the specific business needs, loans are available for a variety of uses. The SBLP has several goals. They include encouraging business ownership and self-employment for low- and moderate-income residents, preparing businesses for traditional bank relationships, facilitating job creation and retention for low- and moderate-income residents of Longmont, fostering diversity in the business community, promoting entrepreneurship and business innovation, and encouraging the development and growth of nonprofit organizations that serve Longmont. The loans can be used for, but not limited to: ●● Inventory purchases ●● Start-up expenses ●● Equipment purchases ●● Operations ●● Working capital ●● Property improvements ●● Business expansion ●● Purchase of a building Learn more about this program at www.ci.longmont.co.us/ econdev/lending and at www.coloradoenterprisefund.org/ city_of_longmont.php For more information contact: DougBene City of Longmont, Economic Development Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 303-651-8403 LewisHagler Colorado Enterprise Fund Director of Lending email@example.com 303-860-0242, ext. 205 Eligibility Criteria ●● Primary operations must be located in Longmont. ●● Business revenue may not exceed $1 million for the year immediately preceding the loan. ●● Nonprofit revenue may not exceed $1 million per year in the year immediately preceding the loan. ●● There are income restrictions for selfemployed individuals. ●● One new job created or retained per $35,000 borrowed.
The newest, most flexible route in Northern Colorado.
Through a regional partnership, a new transit route now connects Longmont, Berthoud, Loveland and Fort Collins via Highway 287. This project is federally funded and serves as a pilot test over the next two years to determine if the service is warranted and can be successful. Never before has the Northern Front Range been completely connected through transit. Riders will find that the route offers commuter-friendly, convenient, and economical access to a variety of places along the Northern Front Range and into the Denver metropolitan area.
Home Page: www.ci.longmont.co.us City Source: www.ci.longmont.co.us/citysource/index.htm or 303-774-4370 Recreation Brochure: www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec/index.htm The GO for the 55+ audience: www.ci.longmont.co.us/sen_ctr/general/golden_outlook.htm Various City e-Alert services: www.ci.longmont.co.us/selectalert/index.htm LifeLongmontLearning: www.lifelongmontlearning.com/ Longmont Museum’s e-News: http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum/ Twitter: twitter.com/cityoflongmont/ City Line: www.ci.longmont.co.us/cityline/index.htm Facebook: www.facebook.com/cityoflongmont
LONGMONT PHONE NUMBERS
general Information 303-776-6050
Animal Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8500 Building Inspection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8332 CDBG/Affordable Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8736 Centennial Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8406 Children & Youth Resources . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8580 City Manager/Mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8601 Code Enforcement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8695 Economic Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8330 Electric Power Interruption . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-776-0011 Fire Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8437 Jobline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8710 Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8470 Longmont Power & Communications . . . . . . . 303-651-8386 Municipal Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8688 Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8374 Community & Neighborhood Resources. . . . . . 303-651-8444 Parks and Open Space. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8446 Parking Enforcement. . . . . . 303-651-8658 or 303-774-4724 Police Administration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8555 Public Works Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8304 Recreation Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-774-4800 St. Vrain Memorial Building. . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8404 Senior Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8411 Street Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8416 Trash and Recycling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8416 Utility Billing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8664 Water/Sewer/Storm Drainage . . . . . . . . . . 303-651-8468
SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE
Highlights: ✔ Operation began June 7 and offers service Monday through Saturday. ✔ The service connects the communities of Fort Collins, Loveland, Berthoud and Longmont (with connections to RTD routes). ✔ Longmont Stops: 8th Avenue and Coffman Street and 23rd Avenue and Main Street. ✔ Fares: A single ride on FLEX costs $1.25; RTD’s Eco Pass, Transfort and COLT passes also are accepted. Website: www.flexnoco.com Phone number: 970- 221-6620
Hoofs Clickin’ Rides Spinnin’ Faces Grinnin’!
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The Boulder County Fair returns August 3 through August 7. This great event has served the community since October of 1869, and it continues to be a fun-filled, family-oriented event, enjoyable for both rural and urban audiences. The fair is again free: free gate admission, free parking, and more than 150 free activities. The carnival will be open daily, and there will be grandstand events, livestock shows, exhibits, and concerts. And at the Boulder County Fair, every day is kids’ day with daily scavenger hunts, hands-on activities, animals to see, coloring corner, story time and more. For more information please visit www.bouldercountyfair.org.
Longmont Life | July-August 2010
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