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the school supply tubs that we place around town. A special thanks goes out to Johnson’s Corner this year. They sent us a $100 check and asked us to buy school supplies for Berthoud kids. We would also like to thank Berthoud Drug, Berthoud Community Library, Habitat Restore and Hays Market for allowing us to put the tubs in their businesses.

What’s your angle? Call the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor BS Line at 532-4688 Ext. 102 and give us your opinion (on any topic). Please limit your anonymous comments to 50 words or less.

e started the school supply drive six years ago here in Berthoud. Our intention was to help with the extra supplies that are needed each year at Berthoud El, Ivy Stockwell and Turner Middle School. Our readers have more than met our expectations year after year and we want to express our thanks to all of you that have contributed to


To the editor: I was a bit disappointed to read where our friends at Aims College are unhappy about the temporary use plans of private property near their idle undeveloped land at I-25 and Highway 56. Is this the kind of neighbor Aims will be? If they wish to control nearby land uses then they need to buy that land. I am very disappointed in them and these threats to re-evaluate their planning. Not only do they take taxpaying land off the tax roles and let it sit, but now they wish to control how other folks use their land. While I have no idea who the Hanks are or what they may wish to do until the state takes their land for I-25 reworking, I do feel the Aims tactics may speak volumes

about future relations with our community. Isn’t growth wonderful? Mark Parsons Berthoud To the editor: My name is Scott Downer and I am currently working to achieve my Eagle Scout rank with Troop 6. I am building a grape arbor for the McCarty-Fickel House Museum to assist them in completing their overall res-

toration project of the 1916 landscape. I am looking for donations for my Eagle Scout project of both money and/or supplies. Some of the supplies that I will need donated are: 84-inch high 4x4 posts, 8-foot 2x4 boards, 12-foot 2x4 boards, and all of these, if possible, would need to be in natural unstained redwood. Other supplies would include three-inch deck screws, cement, metal bases, lattice work, and the cedar trim to

be stained redwood. The total amount of my project comes to approximately $931.40. If you would like to donate anything, please either call me at 970-532-5820 or e-mail me at stairwaytoheavensd@ Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Scott Downer Berthoud

Knock on wood ... no stinky water so far this summer. I read that there are some problems in other communities but not Berthoud. I wonder if we could get the Denver TV stations to come up and do a 15 second good news story about how the town solved the problem? Probably not, they like bad news stories, not good news stories.

My farewell to the Surveyor ... for now
day I remember well — it was the time that brought me here now after a summer of smiles and trials. The day I was accepted. The day that, with shaking hands and a pounding heart, I shredded the envelope of my Surveyor destiny open in Columnist mere seconds. And with a squeal of delight I began my summer internship at the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor. And what a pleasure it was. While trying to avoid soundStefani ing cliché, I will say that I Messick learned a lot this summer, and the experience will stay with me forever. Who knows, this ordeal may lead me into my future career as a newspaper journalist. I would be so


Volume 8, Number 35 ISSN #1556-1585 USPS 023-132 Periodical postage paid at Berthoud, Colo., post office “Covering all the angles in the Garden Spot” 440 Mountain Avenue Berthoud, Colorado 80513 970-532-2252 970-532-5424 fax Publisher/Managing Editor Becky Justice-Hemmann Project Manager Rudy Hemmann Account Managers Eli Hopkins Graphic Designer/ Assistant Editor Susan Richards Sports Editors John Hall Jan Dowker Office Manager Jo Buckridge Contributing Writers & Photographers Caroline Creager Kathleen Donnelly Debbie Draper Sandy Ellis Mark French Rudy Hemmann Mike Hotka Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer Anastasia Marchese Bob McDonnell Susan Richards James Skeen Maggie Stamets Intern Stefani Messick Published weekly in Berthoud, Colorado, by the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor. The publishers reserve the right to edit, classify or reject any advertising or news copy. Liability for any newspaper error in an advertisement shall not exceed the cost of space occupied by error. The publishers assume no liability for any advertising which is not published for any cause. The publishers assume absolutely no obligation or responsibility for subject matter in copy placed by its advertisers or their agents. It is also understood that the advertiser and the agency placing such advertising jointly and severally agree to indemnify Berthoud Weekly Surveyor, LLC against all expense, loss or damage sustained by reason of printing such copy. Subscription rates are $32 per year to residents of 80513 and $40 per year to zip codes other than 80513. Postmaster: Please send address changes (Form 3579) to the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor, 440 Mountain Ave., Berthoud, CO 80513.

proud to say that my success came as a result of my internship in Berthoud. Aside from the logistics of it all, the staff at the Surveyor are all truly amazing and genuine people. I took lessons away from each of them, including the fact that it will not be a good day unless Eli wears shorts and flip-flops. I learned that one the hard way. It pained me to consider the irony in Rudy and I each having meniscus surgery. (Funny, haha.) Every week Becky and I continued to rid the computer of the mysterious changes that seemed to be made overnight. Quite strange they were indeed. We think it was the gremlins. We also both shared a common dislike for forgetting our brains at home. Ouch. I could always share a laugh with Jo about the absurdity of the police reports week after week after week. It never failed that somebody reported a barking dog. I deem that as truly remarkable. Susan always brightened my day, whether she shared her latest story about her daughter and her cat, or if she made fun of my obsessive tendencies. She was

great, and we made a good ad-design team — even if she did hate my impression of an inchworm. Now don’t get me wrong — my internship was not comprised of merely funand-games. Oh, no. I was busy. Whether I was editing photos, picking apart local fair results, searching for possible advertisers, organizing binders, diligently watching over the shoulder of an employee, composing articles, or speeding around the office in a rolly chair, I was definitely engaged in the environment. Busy, I tell you, busy. If anyone happened to see a girl taking pictures of Main Street while lying down, that was me. Or if you saw a girl hobbling around the first cruise night at A&W with the trusty camera and notebook, that was also me. On my last day in the office, I needed to do one last thing — answer the phone. We received only one call that day, and the person hung up. Nonetheless, a great stride in my journalism experience was made when I answered and said, “Berthoud Weekly Surveyor.” It felt great. I felt official.

I am so thankful for being welcomed into the office and being included in everything — right on down to the very, uh, interesting meetings ... Each task I completed, from my bold editorial on teenagers to my basic photography duties, can and will be applied to my future career, whatever it may be. One thing I will be thankful to leave behind, however, is the stench of Eli’s lunch of canned chicken, usually mixed with the scent of Fresh Laundry Febreeze. Yuck. Farewell, Surveyor staff. But you know that I’ll be back. I enjoy the atmosphere far too much to stay away. And with gratitude I say goodbye to my summer fling with the Berthoud Surveyor. Sincerely, Stefani Messick P.S. Thank you for sponsoring the BHS Maroon Tribune. It was much needed. We appreciate you.

hese last couple years have been rough. Many people have lost their jobs and business has been slow. And now with the seemingly unpredictable Surveyor stock market, Columnist every other news story is focused on doom and gloom. It hasn’t only been families and businesses who have suffered; charitable Heidi organizations Kerr-Schlaefer have also been struggling. When there is economic instability, many people stop thinking about giving and start concentrating on saving — that’s simply human nature. For those who want to give, there is an even stronger sense of caution than there was in the past. With so many organizations in need, how does a person decide on where to give and how much to give? How do they know the organization is trustworthy? Last year a good friend of mine was fighting with this issue. She wanted to give, but she wanted to have control over where her money went, and she also wanted her relatively small donation to have a meaningful impact in the world. She

I’ve joined a gang – my initiation was just $25 T
wondered if this dream was even possible. But then she began to develop a plan. What if she could get her friends and family to join her in giving a small amount each month? Say, $25 per month. The more people who gave each month, the bigger the pot would grow. And then, what if, after a period of time she and these other people could come together and make a group decision about where the money should be donated? My friend’s name is Sharon Lipinski, and I was one of those people she encouraged to join her group. Today, the umbrella organization is called Change Gangs, and I belong to a gang entitled People with Compassion for Pets. Our ever-growing gang is comprised of people who want to eliminate the abuse and neglect of domestic and working animals and enrich the lives of people through animal partnerships. In just a matter of months, through monthly donations of just $25 per member, our gang raised nearly $600. That may not seem like much to you, but $600 is a lot of money to a small animal shelter that is just about to run out of dog food. People with Compassion for Pets made our first donation to the recently established Detroit Dog Rescue, the first no-kill shelter in that city. Another Change Gang is called Poverty Busters. This group of individuals is working on ending poverty by empowering individuals and communities so they can make their own choices and livelihoods and unleash their full potential. One of the beautiful things about Change Gangs is that you can form your own gang. Perhaps you are passionate about woman’s rights in Africa, or human trafficking in Europe. You can create a gang and start recruiting members and researching organizations that could benefit from your donations. The other interesting part of Change Gangs is that gang members come from all over the country. The individuals in People with Compassion for Pets come from Colorado and California, and one member is in the military. We are simply like-minded people with a single purpose, and our geography doesn’t matter. Every quarter each gang member can nominate a charity that they want to receive the funds that have

been accruing from $25 per month donations. The members who wish to nominate an organization must research the charity and prove that it is an organization in good standing. Each member presents their charity to the group and then the gang votes on which will receive the funds. The gang can also choose to save their money in order to give a larger amount to fulfill a specific goal. The concept of Change Gangs isn’t brand new and, in fact, these types of organizations are called “giving circles.” If you’ve been looking for a way to give, but feel like your small donation is only a drop in the bucket, feel free to check out, or google “giving circle” to find a group that’s right for you.
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The Berthoud Weekly Surveyor welcomes contributions to the editorial page in the form of letters to the editor and the BS Line. Diverse and varied opinions are welcome. Letters to the editor: Due to space constraints, we may at times withhold letters of excessive length. Writers are asked not to submit a letter more than once every four weeks. We will try to print as many letters as possible and letters from the residents of Berthoud will have first priority. However, the editor reserves the right to edit or reject any letter. Reasons a letter might be rejected

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