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10th Street Neighborhood Meeting
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
970-336-4167
deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: 10th Street Neighborhood Meeting
 
Residents of the 10th Street neighborhood are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting sponsored by the City of Greeley Neighborhood Building Blocks team on Thursday, April 24th from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Madison Elementary School Cafeteria (500 24th Avenue).  Staff members from the City’s Neighborhood Resources, Urban Renewal, Culture, Parks and Recreation, Community Development, Public Works, and Police Departments will offer a variety of neighborhood updates and address resident questions.  North Colorado Health Alliance staff will also be on hand.
 
Topics for discussion include the status of the, traffic/access control improvements, 23rd Avenue Entryway Triangle Upgrade, Xcel substation improvements, City’s Bicycle Master Plan and activities, Tree Disease Alert (Emerald Ash Borer), neighborhood grant opportunities, and housing rehabilitation loan assistance.
 
For more information about this meeting, contact Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office for the City of Greeley at 336-4167 or deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com.
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4/18/2014
2014 Free History Brown Bag Series - April Event
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department
970.350.9222
Betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission continues the free 2014 History Brown Bag Series held on the 4th Thursday of each month from January through October, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  The next History Brown Bag will be on Thursday, April 24th, at which local author Paul Richard will speak about Colorado’s North Park: History, Wildlife and Ranching.  Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
This series provides citizens the chance to hear interesting historical topics, primarily focused on Greeley and Weld County, and promotes local cultural heritage.
 
The remaining History Brown Bag schedule for 2014 is as follows:
April 24:  Colorado’s North Park – History, Wildlife and Ranching: Paul Richard, author
May 22:  On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: Non-Preservationists Make the Preservation Argument: Dan Corson, History Colorado
June 26:  Emily Griffith and the Opportunity School: Tannis Bator
July 24:  Young Chautauquans Perform: Young Chautauquans
August 28:  Preserving Weld County Places and People: Peggy Ford Waldo, City of Greeley Museums
September 25: Ranch House Redux – Appreciating Your Baby Boomer House: Dr. Janet Ore and Dr. Sarah Payne, Colorado State University
October 23: A Real Cowboy: Kent Smith, Smith Sign Company
 
For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222. 
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4/17/2014
Greeley Children’s Chorale Spring Sing Concert Starts at 4:00 pm on April 27
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: Greeley Children’s Chorale Spring Sing Concert Starts at 4:00 pm on April 27
 
The performance of the Greeley Children’s Chorale Spring Sing on Sunday, April 27 is at 4:00 pm. Those who have already picked up or purchased tickets may see a different time on their tickets. The people who have purchased tickets will receive a phone call by the Union Colony Civic Center Ticket Office.
For further information and tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsor is Flood and Peterson.

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4/16/2014
RODARTE BOXERS TAKE FIRST AND SECOND PLACE AT GOLDEN GLOVES
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: RODARTE BOXERS TAKE FIRST AND SECOND PLACE AT GOLDEN GLOVES

The Rodarte Boxing Club, part of the City of Greeley’s Youth Enrichment Program at the Rodarte Community Center, sent a number of their boxers to the Colorado Golden Gloves event in Denver held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on March 25-29. The Rodarte Boxers are coached by Pancho Flores. Three of their boxers that attended placed in the competition.
 
The Rodarte boxers that participated in the Colorado Golden Gloves Tournament were as follows:  
Zachariah Flores, 11 years old fought in the 60 lb. weight class from Evans — won first place
Jose Jurado, 16 years old fought in the 145 lb. weight class from Greeley — won first place
Misael Luna, 16 years old fought in the 176 lb. weight class from Greeley — won second place
 
 
The Rodarte Boxing Club is preparing for their next bout at the Denver Police Brotherhood Youth Boxing Show at Colorado Golden Gloves Charities Boxing Gym, located at 6161 W. 44th Avenue in Wheat Ridge, CO. Show Time is 3pm on April 19.
The Rodarte Community Center’s boxing program offers both competitive and recreational training for youth and adults interested in the sport of boxing. Classes are held year round and registration is going on now for May programs. For more information about the Rodarte Boxing Club call 970.350.9430 or visit www.greeleygov.com/recreation/Rodarte.
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4/16/2014
Celtic Woman Sold Out for Performance at Union Colony Civic Center on April 22nd
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Celtic Woman Sold Out for Performance at Union Colony Civic Center on April 22nd
 
Celtic Woman, fresh off being named the 2013 Billboard World Artist of the Year, are bringing their sold out Emerald Tour to the Union Colony Civic Center on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets have sold out for this hugely popular show.
For further information and tickets to other shows, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsor is KCOL 600.
 
 
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4/15/2014
Neighborhood Improvement Grants AvailableNew
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
City Manager’s Office
Deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com
970-336-4167
 
Subject:  Neighborhood Improvement Grants Available 
 
The City of Greeley is now accepting applications from neighborhood groups as part of its 2014 Neighborhood Improvement Grant program.  A neighborhood may apply for up to $5,000 in a calendar year.  Grant awards are funded on a first come, first served basis, based on city approval.  A total of $10,000 is available for this program which has two categories of eligible projects or activities.
 
These City grant funds may be used for permanent capital improvements that benefit a larger common neighborhood area and are supported by a majority of the area’s residents.  Such grants may not be used to meet a developer obligation but are intended to add to a neighborhood’s appeal and function.  Examples of eligible activities include walking paths, landscaping, playground equipment, handicap accessibility ramps, art pedestals, etc.  Applications that include matching funds, sweat equity into the project or includes a volunteer contribution of time to the areas or city will be the most competitive. 
 
Secondly, a neighborhood that sponsors a clean-up or block party this summer is eligible for a small stipend to help defray some of the food costs. 
 
For more information or to receive an application packet, contact Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office, 970-336-4167 or Deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com.
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4/15/2014
2014 Free Walking Tours – Tour of UNC Central Campus
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department
970.350.9222
Betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  2014 Free Walking Tours – Tour of UNC Central Campus
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation invites the public to a walking tour about the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Historic Campus, led by Jed Cummins, UNC Central Coalition and Presidents Row Hall Director.  The tour will begin south of Brown Hall at 19th Street and 9th Avenue on the UNC campus at 5:30.  Participants can park in Lot Q after 5 p.m. without a permit.  Call 350.9222 to check accessibility.  The event is free and open to the public.
 
The walking tours provide citizens with a chance to hear about and see interesting sites with historical, cultural and architectural significance to Greeley.  The 2014 walking tours will be held in various locations around town.  The remaining tour schedule for 2014 is as follows:
 
April 21 UNC Historic Campus. Starting location: UNC Campus, S. of Brown Hall, 19th Street and 9th Avenue, 5:30 p.m. (park in Lot Q after 5 p.m. without permit)
 
May 19 Sunrise Neighborhood. Starting location: East Ward School/ABC East, 1028 5th Avenue, 5 p.m.
 
June 2 Spanish Colony. Starting location: Salon parking lot, 1521 N. 25th Avenue (N. 25th Ave & O Street), 7 p.m.
 
June 16 Island Grove Park and Greeley Stampede. Starting location: parking lot south of ProRodeo Arena, N. 14th Avenue & D Street, 7 p.m.
 
July 7 Downtown Inside Spaces. Starting location: Lincoln Park sign at 8th Street and 10th Avenue, 7 p.m.
July 21  Josephine B. Jones House and Tree Tour. Starting location: Forestry Office, 2631 52nd Avenue, 6:30 p.m.
August 4 Civil War Veterans and 19th Century Greeley. Starting location: Lincoln Park sign at 8th Street and 10th Avenue, 6:30 p.m.
 
September 15 UNC West Campus. Starting location: S. of University Center, 5:30 p.m. (park in Lot B after 5 p.m. without permit)
 
For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222. 
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4/14/2014
Community Forum on Oil/Gas Facilities Begins April 14
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Brad Mueller, Community Development Department Director
970-350-9786
Brad.Mueller@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Community Forum on Oil/Gas Facilities Begins April 14
 
Citizens of Greeley and Weld County are invited to learn more about the oil/gas processes and issues surrounding drilling in Northern Colorado at “FrackingSense: Greeley.”  See the attached flyer for information. 
 
The first of three events is Monday, April 14, with additional topics on April 28 and May 12. 
 
Facilitated by the Center for the American West at CU, the forum is sponsored by various Greeley-based organizations.
For more information, contact Patty Limerick, Director of the Center of the American West (CU – Boulder), 303-492-4879 and patricia.limerick@colorado.edu, or Brad Mueller, Director of Community Development for the City of Greeley, contact information above.
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4/11/2014
Greeley’s 2014 Watering Schedule
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
(970)350-9204 or natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Greeley’s 2014 Watering Schedule
 
Greeley’s watering restrictions have been in effect since 1907. In addition to being a water conservation measure, restrictions help the Water Department manage peak summer demand. Expensive system capacity upgrades can be delayed by evening out water demand through watering restrictions. Although watering can begin on April 15, snow and frost are still in the weather forecast for spring. 
 
All Greeley water customers must follow the schedule below.
 
2014 Greeley Watering Schedule
April 15 through December 31
No lawn watering is allowed between noon and 5 pm
Single Family
Addresses Ending in:
0, 2, 4, 6, 8 Single Family
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday
Addresses Ending in:
1, 3, 5, 7, 9 
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
 
Commercial, Multi-Family, Non-Profit
Sunday, Tuesday, Friday
 
Many times sprinkler systems apply water faster than the soil can absorb it. Watering with shorter cycles is important in clay or sandy soils, slopes or when sprinklers have a high precipitation rate (such as with popup spray heads). Try the cycle and soak method of watering.  Instead of one long run time, use multiple start times and use 2-3 cycles to really penetrate the soil.  Cycles should be separated by 45-60 minutes for soak in.  Don’t split them between morning and evening.  This will help prevent pooling and runoff. Running through the rest of the zones usually provides enough soak time for the lawn. 
 
New lawn variances allow customers additional watering to get newly planted sod or seed established. Greeley requires that the soil be prepared with compost to acquire a variance. Compost must be added at a minimum rate of 4 cubic yards per 1000 square feet of turf and rototilled to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. If compost is not added at the required rate, a variance will not be granted. 
 
Please call 970-336-4134 with any questions or concerns regarding lawn watering in Greeley. Complete watering restrictions and tips are available on the city’s website www.greeleygov.com/wc. For the most current information, follow the Greeley Water & Sewer Department on Facebook or Twitter.
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4/11/2014
Open House on the Landscape Policy for Water Conservation
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
John Barnett, Long Range Planner
Community Development Department
970.350.9781
John.Barnett@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Open House on the Landscape Policy for Water Conservation
 
The Greeley Community Development and Water Departments invite the public to attend two open houses to provide input on the Landscape Policy for Water Conservation.
 
Monday, April 21
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Family Funplex, 1501 65th Avenue
 
Wednesday, April 23
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Scott Elementary School, 3000 W. 13th Street

More than half of Greeley’s water is used to keep lawns green. Greeley has only limited water resources available for future growth. Greeley’s urban forest and high quality landscaping are one of her greatest assets but there is a need to conserve water by reducing irrigation demand.
 
While Greeley has adequate water to meet the permanent needs of its existing citizens and businesses and water to meet the needs of people and businesses who will move here before the mid-2030s, there is a need to plan ahead to meet the needs of those who will move here after that time. The Community Development and Water Departments are working on plans to make sure that Greeley can maintain healthy landscapes and reduce irrigation demand. They need your input on how green Greeley should be and what are appropriate ways to reduce irrigation demand.
 
These events are free and registration is not required. Participants can drop in at any time although there will be a short presentation and discussion at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact John Barnett at John.Barnett@greeleygov.com or 970-350-9781.
 
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4/10/2014
Excellence in Community Design Awards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Valerie Scheffer, Sr. Administrative Specialist
Community Development Department
val.scheffer@greeleygov.com
970-350-9802
 
SUBJECT: Excellence in Community Design Awards
 
In 2004 the Greeley Planning Commission established the “Excellence in Community Design” Awards Program, which recognizes local development projects that demonstrate outstanding construction, design and execution. 
 
The awards are made to architects, builders, landscape designers and other project team professionals who have combined talents to achieve excellence in a local building project.
 
The award program this year will recognize projects completed in 2013. Awards will be selected by a seven-member panel of community judges. Winning entries are recognized by City Council and promoted in City media outlets.
 
The deadline for nominating a building for award consideration is April 30, 2014. For more information contact:
 Community Development Department
 1100 10th Street, Suite 202
 Greeley, CO 80631
 (970) 350-9802
 
An information packet and entry form is available at http://www.greeleygov.com/CommunityDevelopment
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4/8/2014
City and Benjamin Moore Celebrate Final Strokes
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Becky Safarik, Assistant City Manager
970.350.9785
Becky.safarik@greeleygov.com
Benjamin Moore Press Representative:
Kelly Sinatra, Kelly.sinatra@benjaminmoore.com, cell: 201-290-4161
 
Subject:  City and Benjamin Moore Celebrate Final Strokes
 
Normally, watching paint dry isn’t much of a cause for celebration but a new paint job is exactly what the City wants the community to check out this Friday.  To be precise, buildings on 16th Street between 8th – 10th Avenues and on 8th Avenue between 15th and 16th Street have been cleaned, repaired, and repainted as part of the Benjamin Moore Main Street Matters initiative and are ready to be admired.
 
Mayor Norton and members of City Council will provide the ‘final strokes’ of new paint to the D.P. Dough building at the corner of 16th Street and 9th Avenue at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11th.  After the last of the paint is applied, a community celebration across the street on the UNC corner will get underway and run until 2 p.m.  Free entertainment, food, balloons, a paint scavenger hunt, and event souvenirs will be available for anyone who stops by to help celebrate the new look.  Many of the merchants along the corridor are adding to the celebration with special offers and promotions as well.
 
“What a great facelift this project has given to these local stores right across from the UNC campus,” said Mayor Norton.  “In addition to the great new paint, Benjamin Moore is also throwing a party for the community.  I hope residents and businesses will join us for the fun on Friday and to help us say thanks to Benjamin Moore.”
 
While some of the façades of businesses received a fresh coat of paint, the project also found a way to add whimsy to the area with the painting of one awning to resemble piano keys at the local music store. 
 
Benjamin Moore launched Main Street Matters in May 2013 as a commitment to revitalizing Main Streets across North America. Twenty cities were selected through an online voting contest and the projects will be underway until its completion in June 2014.  More information can be found at paintwhatmatters.com.
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4/8/2014
Penn & Teller in Colorado for First Time in 18 Years
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: Penn & Teller in Colorado for First Time in 18 Years
 
Seven-time Las Vegas Magicians of the Year, Penn & Teller, are performing in Colorado for the first time in 18 years. Their only Colorado stop on tour is Friday, April 18 at 7:30 pm, at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley.
The world famous duo, known for their combination of comedy and magic, is bringing their 12-year run in Las Vegas to Northern Colorado. The show will feature some of their favorite acts, top tricks, and comedy. This show is family friendly.
For further information and tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsors are KUNC, and Tri 102.5 of Townsquare Media.

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4/7/2014
Sunrise Neighborhood Meeting
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
970-336-4167
deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Sunrise Neighborhood Meeting
 
Residents of the Sunrise neighborhood are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting sponsored by the City of Greeley Neighborhood Building Blocks program on Thursday, April 10th from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Jefferson High School Gymnasium (1315 4th Avenue).  Staff members from the City’s Neighborhood Resources, Urban Renewal, Culture, Parks and Recreation, Community Development, Public Works, and Police Departments will offer a variety of neighborhood updates and address resident questions.  North Colorado Health Alliance staff will also be on hand.
 
Topics for discussion include the status of the entryway/parking lot/basketball court project, City’s Bicycle Master Plan and activities, Creative District Happenings, Tree Disease Alert (Emerald Ash Borer), Community Gardens Tour, housing rehabilitation loan assistance, and a City youth needs assessment survey.
 
For more information about this meeting, contact Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office for the City of Greeley at 336-4167 or deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com.
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4/2/2014
Greeley Joins Nationwide Challenge to be the Most WaterWise
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
970-350-9204
natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Greeley Joins Nationwide Challenge to be the Most WaterWise
 
Greeley has joined cities across the country to ask residents to make a commitment to conserve water in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Mayor Tom Norton and the Greeley City Council are encouraging Greeley residents to conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution on behalf of Greeley at www.mywaterpledge.com during the month of April.
 
In 2012, Greeley was one of the winning cities in the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are entered into drawings for hundreds of prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment, and a Grand Prize Toyota Prius Plug-In. The challenge also features additional resources for residents to take their commitment of conservation even further with resources and cost-saving tips.
 
Last year, residents from over 1,000 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by nearly a billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 18.3 million pounds, and prevent more than 69.9 million pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds.
 
The 3rd National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA’s Office of Water, National League of Cities, U.S. Forest Service, The Toro Company, Wondergrove Kids, Bytelaunch, and WaterSmart Software.

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4/1/2014
Request for Qualifications: 8th Ave. Entryway - Greeley
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator
970-350-9450, Kim.snyder@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Request for Qualifications: 8th Ave. Entryway - Greeley

 The City of Greeley’s 1% for Art Program is requesting qualifications from artists to work as a Design Consultant for the inclusion of art in the re-design project of the South 8th Ave. Entryway near 22nd St. in Greeley. The City will retain the rights of the artwork design that may be incorporated into the project. Artwork at this location has been approved by City Council in the City of Greeley 2014 Art Master Plan.
 
One artist will be selected to design artwork to be incorporated into the project site. The artist will be selected on past experience with collaborative projects and past work that exhibits style and materials appropriate to the site. For example, artwork that shows a connection with existing Greeley Entryway themes such as the natural grass design on the Hwy 34 Entryway or the 11th Ave entrance to Greeley near Hwy 34 will be given priority. Images can be viewed at www.greeleyart.com.
 
For an application visit www.greeleyart.com or apply through the Café online artist registry at www.callforentry.com.   For additional questions, Kim can be reached at:  kim.snyder@greeleygov.com or 970-350-9450.

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4/1/2014
10th Street Access Control Project
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Rafael Samaniego, Public Works Department, Project Manager
970-336-4122
 
Subject:  10th Street Access Control Project-Construction Zone
 
Roadway Reconstruction
The roadway at 10th Street from 25th Avenue to 32nd Avenue will be reconstructed, and improvements made, including: bike path, pedestrian, sidewalk and concrete median. This will include removal of asphalt and concrete pavement, excavations, reset of traffic signal controller and cabinet including detection system (camera and signs). Construction will start on April 21, 2014 . During construction, there will be at least one through lane open to traffic in each direction on 10th Street.
 
Digital message boards will be installed on the approaches to the construction area as well as detour signs.  Motorists are asked to find alternate routes as there will definitely be delays along the 10th Street corridor. 

Roadway Construction Details
The project includes removal of asphalt; installation of concrete for all sidewalks; installation of new curb and gutter, new curb ramps and median cover material along 10th Street Corridor.
 
Business owners and residents needing additional information can contact Rafael Samaniego at 336-4122, Monday – Friday from 7:00am-3:30pm.
 
Motorists are asked to drive cautiously in this and all construction zones.
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4/1/2014
Baby Animal Days at the Centennial Village, April 7 - 20
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Curator of Education and Living History
City of Greeley Museums
970-350-9275, bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com 

Subject:  Baby Animal Days at the Centennial Village, April 7 - 20
 
The Greeley Museums is celebrating spring with young animals at the annual, Baby Animal Days event at the Centennial Village. From April 7 – 20, cuddly farm animals will be visiting the Village, such as kittens, goats, horses, pigs, sheep, ponies, rabbits, chicks and ducklings.
 
The event is open daily for two weeks. Hours are: Monday through Saturday, 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm and Sundays 1 pm – 4pm. Admission is $2 for ages two and older. Cash or check only, please.
 
Volunteers are stationed at the animal pens and stalls to answer questions and ensure the safety of the visitors and animals. Visitors will be allowed to touch the animals based on instructions. Many exciting activities will also be available, including historic games and riding stick animals. Ponies will be brought in on weekends for rides around the Village for an additional cost.
Walk-in visitors are welcome, but groups of 10 or more are asked to reserve a time by calling the Greeley Museums’ office at (970) 350-9220.
 
Most of the animals this year are on loan from members of the Greeley West High School FFA through an agreement between the school district and city. 
Centennial Village is located 1475 A St. at Island Grove Park in Greeley.  For more information, call (970) 350-9220 or visit www.greeleymuseums.com.

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3/30/2014
Who Can You Save With CPR? FREE Class April 19
For Immediate Release
Contact: Division Chief Dale Lyman
970-350-9511; 970-590-5507
 
Subject:  Who Can You Save With CPR?  FREE Class April 19
 
According to the American Heart Association, four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home. By knowing CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or friend. Failure to act in a cardiac arrest can lead to unnecessary deaths. Cardiac arrest can happen to seven year olds, seventeen year olds and seventy year olds. Bystander CPR provided immediately can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
 
The City of Greeley has earned the designation of a Heat Safe Community thanks to the hard work and generous donations of local organizations. Part of this project includes free CPR/AED classes offered monthly. The next free non-certified class is scheduled for April 19th at 9:00am. To register for this 90 minute class call 350-9508 with your name and phone number or email susan.frame@greeleygov.com.
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3/27/2014
Late Nite Catechism: Sister Rolls the Dice coming to Union Colony Civic Center
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Late Nite Catechism: Sister Rolls the Dice coming to Union Colony Civic Center
 
Coming to the Union Colony Civic Center on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 pm, is Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice!
 
This is the latest “class” in the sinfully funny Catechism series. The Naples News calls it “sharp, witty and spectacularly brilliant” and says: “Anyone from Buddhists to Zoroastrians will enjoy attending this ‘Late Nite Catechism.’"
The convent needs a new roof, so the order has decided that Sister (with her extensive gambling experience running the Church Bingo for the last 25 years) will organize a Las Vegas night! Sister will tackle topics ranging from Magicians and Show Girls to live animal acts and the dangers of drive-through marriage chapels. Don’t forget: “What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas,” but God sees everything!  
For further information and tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsor is 1310 KFKA.

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3/26/2014
Historic Meeker Home open for tours Saturday, April 5 & 19
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Curator of Education and Living History
City of Greeley Museums
970-350-9275, bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com

Subject: Historic Meeker Home open for tours Saturday, April 5 & 19
 
The 1870 Meeker Home features the fascinating story of Greeley’s founding family. Follow a costumed tour guide and learn about the Meeker family’s successes and heartbreaking failures on Saturday, April 5 & 19, 11 am – 4 pm.
 
This month’s themed tours will focus on the Meeker family parents, Nathan and Arvilla, and their unique secular and spiritual beliefs.  A costumed tour guide will be leading tours on the hour, every hour.
 
The Meeker Home is located at 1324 9th Ave. in Greeley.  The home is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month for tours through October.  Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for children ages 6 -11.
 
For more information about events and group tours visit www.greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.
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3/26/2014
ICE HAUS FIGURE SKATER PLACES AT DENVER INVITATIONAL
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: ICE HAUS FIGURE SKATER PLACES AT DENVER INVITATIONAL

One of Greeley’s own, Rieley Grimes, takes first place at Denver Invitational March 15 & 16. Grimes is an ice skater at the Greeley Ice Haus and is currently enrolled in their Freeskate 3/4 class that meets on Saturday mornings. Grimes has been skating for 2 years and this was her 4th time competing.
 
Grimes is also taking private lessons from Kayla Fauria, one of the Ice Haus figure skating coaches.
They meet on a weekly basis to go over technique, routines, etc. During the Denver Invitational, Grimes received 1st place in the Freeskate 3 Program with Music and 4th place in Compulsory. Grimes showed off her medals at the Ice Haus in Greeley when she returned from the competition. The Denver Invitational began on Thursday, March 13 and culminated on Sunday, March 16 in Centennial, Colorado.
 
Grimes is a home school student from Greeley that enjoys figure skating and intends to continue training at the Greeley Ice Haus. She’s looking forward to honing her skills and perhaps competing again in the Front Range Invitational that will be held at the Ice Haus in June. For more information about this competition, visit www.greelehyicehaus.com or call 90.350.9402. The Greeley Ice Haus provides a full range of Skate School classes and figure skating lessons.
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3/26/2014
The Trapper’s Trail: First Friday Presentation at the Greeley History Museum
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Education and Living History Curator
City of Greeley Museums
970-350-9275, bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: The Trapper’s Trail: First Friday Presentation at the Greeley History Museum
 
Learn the location and tales the fascinating highway of the mountain men and Indians that runs through our own backyard at the Greeley History Museum, Friday, April 4. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the museum.
Patrick Surrena, local historian, historic trail preservationist, and fur trade enthusiast will present a virtual tour of the Trapper’s Trail which runs south from Fort Laramie through Weld County, just east of Greeley and down into New Mexico. 
 
Every first Friday from April to October, historic tales of daring and mystery will be shared at the Greeley History Museum.  Speakers throughout the summer will explore the intriguing Meeker story as well as other locally significant personalities. For more information about the next presentation, call 970-350-9220 or visit www.greeleymuseums.com. The Greeley History Museum is at 714 8th St. in Downtown Greeley.
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3/25/2014
Beloved Children’s Book Comes to the UCCC Stage
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: Beloved Children’s Book Comes to the UCCC Stage
 
The Union Colony Civic Center is bringing a beloved popular children’s book to the stage as Tall Stories presents The Snail and the Whale on Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 pm.
 
The story is based on a snail that longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. But when the whale gets beached, the tiny snail must find a way to save him. This famous tale is told through the eyes of a very adventurous young girl, who would love to be going round the world with her seafaring father.
This stage performance features storytelling, live music, lots of laughs, and is for children and families of all ages.
For further information and tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsor is Flood and Peterson, the 2013-14 Catch a Star Series sponsor.

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3/25/2014
RODARTE BOXERS COMPETE IN FIRST SMOKER
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: RODARTE BOXERS COMPETE IN FIRST SMOKER

Pancho Flores, boxing coach for the Rodarte Community Center’s Boxing Club, took four boxers to their first smoker in Wheat Ridge on Saturday, March 15th at the Golden Gloves Boxing Gym. Of the four boxers that competed, two of them won 1st place and the other two won 2nd place.
The attached photo features the Rodarte Boxing Club members from left to right: Misael Luna 1st place in 200 lb. weight class, Zach Flores 1st place in 56 lb. weight class, Kevin Corral 2nd place in 152 lb. weight class and Ulises Villareal 2nd in 137 lb. weight class.
They will compete again at The 2014 Golden Gloves that will take place March 25-29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Denver. Doors open Wednesday-Friday at 5:30pm; championship bouts on Saturday will begin at 6:30pm. For ticket information call 303.880.5515.
 
The Rodarte Community Center is part of the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department. Their boxing program offers competitive and recreational training for both youth and adults interested in the sport. For more information about the the Rodarte Boxing Club and their upcoming events, please call 970.350.9430.
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3/24/2014
City Council Declares March “Youth Art Month”
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator
970-350-9450, Kim.snyder@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: City Council Declares March “Youth Art Month”

On Tuesday, March 18, Greeley City Council proclaimed March “Youth Art Month” and is encouraging all citizens to support quality school art programs for children and youth.
“Art is an essential element to our children’s education,” said Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator. “It is a privilege to involve our community’s youth to teach them and get them excited about Public Art in Greeley.” 
In celebration of this month, the Greeley Art Commission has created coloring books depicting sculptures in the Public Art collection and will distribute to over 1,800 third grade students every year in Greeley. Homeschool students of this age are also welcome to a copy of the coloring book. The books are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis:  contact Kim at 970-350-9450.
 
This project is also supported by the ACE (Achieving Community Excellence) philosophy which encourages collaboration, cooperation, and shared resources for athletics and art between the City of Greeley and the Greeley/Evans School District. March is observed throughout the nation as Youth Art Month.
 
For more information about the Greeley Art Commission and how you can get involved with public art visit:   www.greeleyart.com.
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3/21/2014
Garden-In-A-Box Plant Sale in Greeley
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Ruth Quade, Water Conservation Coordinator
970-350-9874
ruth.quade@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Garden-In-A-Box Plant Sale in Greeley
 
The City of Greeley in partnership with The Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) announces its annual Garden-In-A-Box Xeriscape garden sale. Gardens-In-A-Box are professionally designed, plant by number Xeriscape gardens that make drought resistant gardening easy, affordable and convenient. 
 
The designs are filled with vibrant flowers and eye pleasing textures, while maintaining low water needs. Xeriscape gardens require less than half the water of bluegrass lawns and, according to Colorado Water Wise, can increase property values by up to 15 percent.  “Garden-In-A-Box is a simple and low cost way for people to incorporate Xeriscape into their yards,” said Ruth Quade, Greeley’s Water Conservation Coordinator.
 
The Garden-In-A-Box kit provides the plants and professionally developed, easy-to-follow planting and care instructions.  Gardens cost between $99 and $134, depending on the design chosen. Residents in Greeley are eligible for a $25 discount at the time of purchase thanks to partnerships between CRC and Greeley.
 
Gardens can be ordered online at www.gardeninaboxco.org  or by calling 303.999.3820 ext. 222.   This program is expected to sell out, so purchase your garden early. Gardens will be available for pickup on May 31 at Greeley’s Xeriscape Garden at 2503 Reservoir Road between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon.
 
For more information about Xeriscape or water conservation, please visit www.greeleygov.com/wc.
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3/21/2014
2014 Arts Picnic Call for Artists & Crafters
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Rhonda Welch, Festival Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department, City of Greeley
970.350.9451
Rhonda.welch@greeleygov.com
www.artspicnic.com

Subject:  2014 Arts Picnic Call for Artists & Crafters

The Arts Picnic "Park Your Art" Committee is still accepting arts/crafts booth applications for the 2014 show held in historic Lincoln Park, downtown Greeley.  The juried event, scheduled for July 26 and 27, is open to all artists (student, amateur, or professional).  Completed application packets must be postmarked on or before Monday April 21, 2014.  Call (970) 350-9451 for an application or pick one up from the Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department, 651 10th Avenue in Greeley.  Printable registration forms are also available on the Arts Picnic web site, www.artspicnic.com.  Registration forms must be accompanied by two checks or money orders made payable to the Arts Picnic; one check for the 10' X 10' booth fee of $90 and one check for the processing fee of $10. Telephone reservations or cash will not be accepted. For more information, contact Rhonda Welch at (970) 350-9451 or Abbey Youngman at (970) 350-9406.
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3/21/2014
2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department
970.350.9222
Betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission continues the free 2014 History Brown Bag Series held on the 4th Thursday of each month from January through October, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  The next History Brown Bag will be on Thursday, March 27th, at which University of Northern Colorado History Professor Dr. Michael Welsh will speak about the Environmental History of Rocky Mountain National Park and its Connections to Greeley.  Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
 
This series provides citizens the chance to hear interesting historical topics, primarily focused on Greeley and Weld County, and promotes local cultural heritage.
 
The remaining History Brown Bag schedule for 2014 is as follows:
March 27:            Environmental History of Rocky Mountain National Park & Connection to Greeley: Dr. Michael Welsh, University of Northern Colorado
April 24:                Colorado’s North Park – History, Wildlife and Ranching: Paul Richard, author
May 22:                On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: Non-Preservationists Make the Preservation Argument: Dan Corson, History Colorado
June 26:               Emily Griffith and the Opportunity School: Tannis Bator
July 24:                 Young Chautauquans Perform: Young Chautauquans
August 28:           Preserving Weld County Places and People: Peggy Ford Waldo, City of Greeley Museums
September 25:  Ranch House Redux – Appreciating Your Baby Boomer House: Dr. Janet Ore and Dr. Sarah Payne, Colorado State University
October 23:        A Real Cowboy: Kent Smith, Smith Sign Company
 
For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222. 
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3/21/2014
Request for Qualifications: 23rd Ave. & 10th St. Art Fence
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator
970-350-9450, Kim.snyder@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Request for Qualifications: 23rd Ave. & 10th St. Art Fence
 
The City of Greeley’s 1% for Art Program is requesting qualifications from artists to coordinate with designers in creating an Art Fence to be installed around the Xcel Energy power plant located at 23rd Avenue and 10th Street in Greeley. The project has been approved by City Council in the City of Greeley 2014 Art Master Plan.
The artist selected for the Art Fence project may or may not, at the City’s discretion, also be contracted to incorporate artwork/earthworks in the 10th Street and 23rd Avenue ‘Triangle’ median as an adjoining phase to the Art fence project in 2015. The two projects need to be tied together with similar themes. They must also eye catching without distracting moving traffic.
For an application visit www.greeleyart.com or apply through the Café online artist registry at www.callforentry.com.   For additional questions, Kim can be reached at:  kim.snyder@greeleygov.com or 970-350-9450.

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3/21/2014
University District Neighborhood Meeting
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
970-336-4167
deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: University District Neighborhood Meeting
 
Residents of the University District neighborhood are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting sponsored by the City of Greeley Neighborhood Building Blocks program on Thursday, March 27th from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Foundation Hall (1516 8th Avenue).  Staff members from the City’s Neighborhood Resources, Urban Renewal, Culture, Parks and Recreation, Community Development, Public Works, and Police Departments will offer a variety of neighborhood updates and address resident questions.  North Colorado Health Alliance staff will also be on hand.
 
Topics for discussion include the status of the University District and Creative District Wayfinding programs, Benjamin Moore Paint What Matters project, the City’s Bicycle Plan, the 8th Avenue Corridor Improvement projects, 8th Avenue and 22nd Street Entryway project, 8th Avenue Public Art project (Uptown Trees), Tree Disease Alert (Emerald Ash Borer), G.Town Tours, housing rehabilitation loan assistance, and a City youth needs assessment survey.
 
For more information about this meeting, contact Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office for the City of Greeley at 336-4167 or deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com.
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3/19/2014
Call for Nominations for 2014 Historic Preservation Month Awards
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department
970.350.9222
Betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Call for Nominations for 2014 Historic Preservation Month Awards
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to nominate people or projects for Historic Preservation Month Awards to celebrate historic preservation efforts in Greeley.  With the awards, the Commission recognizes individuals, organizations, and design professionals/contractors who have significantly furthered preservation efforts and achievements in Greeley. 
 
The award guidelines and nomination form document is available on the City of Greeley Historic Preservation website, http://greeleygov.com/HistoricPreservation/default.aspx and from the Historic Preservation Office, 970.350.9222.  Nominations should be submitted to the Historic Preservation Office, 1100 10th Street, Suite 201, Greeley, CO 80631 or to betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014.  The Historic Preservation Commission will vote on the nominations and make presentations at the Historic Preservation Month reception on Sunday, May 18th at the Plumb Farm, 955 39th Avenue from 1 – 3 p.m.  The reception will be free and open to the public.
 
Award winners in May 2013 included Jim Emmett for his extensive contributions to preservation in Greeley and work on building rehabilitations; Gordon Jantz, Choice Builders for outstanding contracting work on historic buildings; and ABC Child Development Centers for rehabilitation and reuse of the East Ward School Building.
 
For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222. 
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3/14/2014
2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department
970.350.9222
Betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission continues the free 2014 History Brown Bag Series held on the 4th Thursday of each month from January through October, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  The next History Brown Bag will be on Thursday, March 27th, at which University of Northern Colorado History Professor Dr. Michael Welsh will speak about the Environmental History of Rocky Mountain National Park and its Connections to Greeley.  Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
 
This series provides citizens the chance to hear interesting historical topics, primarily focused on Greeley and Weld County, and promotes local cultural heritage.
 
The remaining History Brown Bag schedule for 2014 is as follows:
March 27:  Environmental History of Rocky Mountain National Park & Connection to Greeley: Dr. Michael Welsh, University of Northern Colorado
April 24:  Colorado’s North Park – History, Wildlife and Ranching: Paul Richard, author
May 22:  On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: Non-Preservationists Make the Preservation Argument: Dan Corson, History Colorado
June 26:  Emily Griffith and the Opportunity School: Tannis Bator
July 24:  Young Chautauquans Perform: Young Chautauquans
August 28:  Preserving Weld County Places and People: Peggy Ford Waldo, City of Greeley Museums
September 25: Ranch House Redux – Appreciating Your Baby Boomer House: Dr. Janet Ore and Dr. Sarah Payne, Colorado State University
October 23: A Real Cowboy: Kent Smith, Smith Sign Company
 
For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222. 
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3/14/2014
Volunteer for the Greeley Museums
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Wendy Potts, Volunteer and Visitor Service Coordinator
City of Greeley Museums
970-350-4189, wendy.potts@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Volunteer for the Greeley Museums
Amazing prospects await volunteers at Greeley Museums. Sites to volunteer include Centennial Village, 1870 Meeker Home, Greeley History Museum, Plumb Farm, or venues off-site hosted by Greeley Museums Heritage Foundation.
There are opportunities for everyone at the Greeley Museums. Volunteers from ages 12 and up are welcome. For those interested in a future museums career, intern positions are also available.
 
Please contact us for more information about how to get involved:  970-350-4189 or visit our www.greeleymuseums.com/volunteer-opportunities
Specific Volunteer Opportunities:
Archives Volunteers: responsible for handling and researching two-dimensional artifacts such as maps, photographs and documents. Potential projects include genealogy research, creating finding aids, transcribing oral histories and cataloging and digitizing documents and photographs.
Collections Volunteers: responsible for sorting, researching and documenting museum three-dimensional artifacts. Potential projects include processing incoming loans or donations, taking photographs, creating object mounts, filing research material and preparing objects for exhibit.
Education and Living History Volunteers: demonstrate crafts and skills and share stories from local history in historic costume at Centennial Village and other museum sites. Projects include presenting historic material to local students, giving tours of museum sites, and teaching and assisting with summer camps.
Exhibits Volunteers: responsible for creating, designing and building history museum exhibitions. Potential projects include constructing, painting and mounting exhibit furnishings, sculpting mannequins, and researching, writing, and printing exhibit panels and labels.
Junior Volunteers: are welcome to help with most of the above Volunteer job opportunities. The museums’ staff does their best to accommodate schedules of both home schooled and traditional school students and consider it one of our major missions to mentor young history enthusiasts.
Special Events Volunteers: help with large museum events throughout the year. In addition to the Living History demonstrations at these events, volunteers are often needed to help with set up, clean-up, and hospitality.
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3/13/2014
David Newton Exhibit at The Tointon Gallery
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation
970-350-9450, kim.snyder@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: David Newton Exhibit at The Tointon Gallery
 
David Newton, a third generation Colorado native, captures the vastness of planets on canvas for this exhibit: Space & Spirit – The Swirling Dance. His award winning paintings will be on display in the Tointon Gallery from March 21 – April 26.
 
“I have painted these realistic images of the eight known planets of our sun because I have long been enchanted by what has come to be known to us of their majestic beauty,” said Newton about his paintings.  “These worlds are always out there, often visible in the night sky, but not always so readily appreciated by us ‘down here.’”
 
On Friday, March 21 visitors have a chance to meet and talk with the painter at the artist reception from 5 – 7 pm. 
A self-taught painter of 40 years, David has received national recognition for his renditions of space art.  Newton has shown his work for years in Greeley, Estes Park, and Loveland, most recently at The Master’s Fine Art in Loveland, CO.
 
Catch David’s colorful artwork displayed as a slide show during the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Friday, April 6 at 4pm.
 
The Tointon Gallery is located in the Greeley Downtown Recreation Center at 651 10th Ave.  The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm, and during performances in the Monfort Concert Hall. Gallery admission is free. For more information contact Kim Snyder at 970-350-9450 or visit www.greeleyart.com.
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3/12/2014
GREELEY ICE HAUS MINI MITES TO PLAY AT PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY GAMES
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: GREELEY ICE HAUS MINI MITES TO PLAY AT PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY GAMES

The City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department is proud to announce that their Youth Hockey Teams will be performing at two professional hockey games this season. The Greeley Youth Recreational Hockey League will perform at the first intermission of the Colorado Avalanche game on March 27 and the during a Colorado Eagles game on April 9. This is a fabulous opportunity for the players to experience the excitement of a professional hockey game and to show off their talents to spectators. 
The Ice Haus has two levels of Recreational Hockey – both Mini-Mites and Squirt/Pee-Wee divisions, depending on a player’s age level. Currently they have over 60 kids enrolled in the program. Each season is typically 7-weeks with practices once a week and games held on Sundays. Coaches teach the fundamentals of the game, team play and sportsmanship. Boys and girls as young as 4 years old can learn the sport through their ice hockey program. 
The Ice Haus is currently registering for their next session which begins the week of April 21. The fee is only $53 for residents and $63 for non-residents. They even offer rental equipment for $75 (refundable) for those that would like to try the sport, but don’t want to invest in equipment up front. Registration is available online at www.greeleyicehaus.com or in person at the Ice Haus at 900 8th Avenue. For more information call 90.350.9402.
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3/12/2014
TEEN JOB FAIR MARCH 19 AT ISLAND GROVE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: TEEN JOB FAIR MARCH 19 AT ISLAND GROVE

The annual Teen Job Fair sponsored by the City of Greeley’s Youth Enrichment Division and Employment Services of Weld County will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 3:30-6pm at Island Grove Regional Park Event Center, located at 525 North 15th Avenue in Greeley. 
The free event is offered to youth in the community ages 14-21 years old that are looking for summer employment. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with City of Greeley Departments and local businesses during the fair. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring their resume and personal information with them, and be able to complete applications onsite at the exhibition.
The Teen Job Fair is a popular annual event and well attended each year. Interested parties should plan to come early as there may be significant wait times and lines at booths. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet with potential employers. Attending the job fair just might land teens that perfect summer job!
For more information about the event, please contact 970.350.9771 or 970.346.7983. Prior to the event, please register with the Colorado Workforce Center at www.connectcolorado.com
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3/10/2014
Tracy Lawrence and John Anderson to perform together at UCCC
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: Tracy Lawrence and John Anderson to perform together at UCCC
 
In their only stop together in Colorado, John Anderson and Tracy Lawrence are kicking off their 2014 tour together at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley on Saturday, March 22, at 7:30 pm.
This unique, one-of-a-kind show will feature both artists on stage with their guitars in an intimate acoustic setting designed to be more than just a concert. It is a chance to see the more personal side of the artists as they play some of the hits that have made them two of the top country singers and songwriters.
For John Anderson, this tour will further cement his legend as he has won numerous awards including a Grammy Award for Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel, the Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Country Music, an Album of the Year from the Country Music Association for Common Threads: The songs of the Eagles, a Single of the Year from the CMA for Swingin’, and multiple gold and platinum album certifications. Three of his albums were on the Country Music Magazine’s 25th Anniversary Top-20 records. Other top hits include: Seminole Wind, Straight Tequila Night, I Wish I Could Have Been There, Money in the Bank, Mississippi Moon, and Somebody Slap Me.
Tracy Lawrence, fresh off the release of his newest album Headlights, Taillights and Radios, has embarked on the next chapter in his storied career as he continues to be one of the more progressive musicians in the industry. He has enjoyed success during much of his 20 plus years in music; with 22 of his songs on the Billboard Top-10, 18 of which reached number one including Sticks and Stones, Alibis, If the Good Die Young, and Time Marches On. Mr. Lawrence has sold more than 13 million albums. Other top hits include: Paint Me a Birmingham, Find Out Who Your Friends Are, Better Man, Better Off, How a Cowgirl Says Goodbye, If You Loved Me, Stars Over Texas, Is That a Tear, Texas Tornado, and If the World Had a Front Porch.
For further information and tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsor is K99 of Townsquare Media.

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3/3/2014
FIRST NORTHERN COLORADO ADULT BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS TOURNAMENT COMING TO GREELEY THIS MONTH
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: FIRST NORTHERN COLORADO ADULT BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS TOURNAMENT COMING TO GREELEY THIS MONTH
 
Greeley will be hosting the first Northern Colorado Adult Basketball Championships Tournament, sponsored by the University of Colorado Health Orthopedics on March 15 & 16. This event will be held at the Greeley Recreation Center at 651 10th Avenue, in historic downtown Greeley.
The idea to host the basketball tournament came from Steven Frederick, the Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department’s Adult Sports Coordinator. Frederick was behind the creation of the Adult Softball All-Star Games last summer, since that saw such great success he decided to create a similar function for participants in Greeley’s adult basketball leagues. The Tournament will have both a competitive and recreation division with double elimination brackets. The fee is $175 per team and the registration deadline is March 7. Participants must be at least 16 years old to play in the tournament.
Teams can register at the Greeley Recreation Center or the Family FunPlex (1501 65th Avenue) as well as online at http://greeleygov.com/Recreation - there are sixteen spots available – 8 for each division, so register today! Teams along the Front Range and surrounding Northern Colorado communities are encouraged to attend. Prizes will be given to the top teams in each league.
For more information about the tournament, contact Steven Frederick, Adult Sports Recreation Coordinator at 970.350.9416 or visit http://greeleygov.com/Recreation/Leagues/default.aspx for details.
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3/3/2014
Free CPR/AED Class in March
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Division Chief/Fire Marshal Dale Lyman
970-350-9511
 
Subject:  Free CPR/AED Class in March
The City of Greeley is offering a free CPR/AED course on Saturday, March 15th at 9:00 am. This is a short non-certified course to teach Greeley citizens CPR and understand the use of an Automated External Defibrillator or AED.  The course is approximately a 1 ½ hour in length.
Studies show that if people do not receive CPR within 3 minutes and defibrillation within 5 minutes, their odds of survival drop dramatically.  That’s why the Heart Safe City Project was created to train as many people as possible in CPR and getting as many AEDs as possible in public places.
Class will be held:
• Saturday, March 15th at 9:00 a.m. at the Greeley Fire Department, Station #1, 919 7th Street, Nusbaum Training Room.
This class is made possible from a generous donation by the NCMC Foundation.
To sign up please call the Greeley Fire Department at (970) 350-9508 or email susan.frame@greeleygov.com. Please include your name and phone number and selected date. This is a first-come first-serve sign-up with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 24 per class.
 
Donations to the Heart Safe City initiative are welcome. The Initiative is also looking for business partners to assist with funding this valuable, lifesaving knowledge for the community.

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2/28/2014
G.Town Tour Spots Available
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Becky Safarik, City Manager’s Office
970-350-9785
becky.safarik@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: G.Town Tour Spots Available
 
Throughout 2014, the City of Greeley is offering free bus tours to acquaint residents and visitors with interesting aspects of the city that they might not otherwise know much about.  Dubbed “G.Town Tours”, City staff act as tour guides during a three-hour community bus ride designed to deepen participants’ knowledge about and appreciation for Greeley’s many assets.  All tours start and end at the Ice Haus, (900 8th Avenue) beginning at 3:00 p.m. and finishing at 6:00 p.m.  While the tour is free, seating is limited and reservations are required. 
 
Reservations for the tours are taken generally two weeks in advance.  To get on board the first G. Town Tour of 2014, or for more information, contact Greeley City Hall at 350-9774 or email greta.steinmetz@greeleygov.com before noon, March 12th.
 
The 2014 tours include:
City Hall Crawl #1:  (City facilities inside and out) – March 14, 2014
 Natural Places & Open Spaces:  (a view of Greeley’s ‘wild side’) - April 11, 2014
 Greeley’s Creative District:  (arts, entertainment and innovation places) – May 9, 2014
Business around Town:  (how and where to view a range of Greeley’s workplaces) – June 13, 2013      
 Historic Places and Faces:  (Greeley’s earliest treasures) – August 08, 2014
 City Hall Crawl #2:  (more City facilities inside and out) – September 12, 2014
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2/26/2014
City Publishes 2013 Year-End Performance Measures Highlights
For more information, contact:
Betsy Holder, City Clerk
970-350-9742
betsy.holder@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  City Publishes 2013 Year-End Performance Measures Highlights
 
Greeley city government tracks its progress providing services to residents with almost 400 performance measures. These measures are a tool with which the City’s executive team and staff can target specific objectives that where created to address community priorities.  These priorities are developed and adopted by the City Council annually.  Priorities for 2014 include:  Community Image, Public Safety, Economic Health & Development, and Infrastructure & Growth.
 
The highlights reports are published twice annually: year-end and mid-year.  The 2013 year-end report is now available online and features 48 measures. Examples include:  trends in Part I crimes in Greeley (down 1%); the number of youth registered in City sports programs (11,790); Fire Department Emergency Medical Service average response times (4 minutes, 15 seconds); traffic fatalities in the city (down 50%); number of rides given by Greeley-Evans Transit (up 8.9%).
 
Everyone is invited to take a few minutes and go to www.greeleygov.com/pmr and read the highlights report. It’s a quick read—on average, it takes less than ten minutes.  For more information, contact Betsy Holder at 970-350-9742 or betsy.holder@greeleygov.com.
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2/25/2014
John Evans Neighborhood Meeting
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
970-336-4167
deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: John Evans Neighborhood Meeting
 
Residents of the John Evans School neighborhood are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting sponsored by the City of Greeley Neighborhood Building Blocks program on Thursday, February 27th from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the John Evans school cafeteria.  Staff members from the City’s Neighborhood Resources, Urban Renewal, Culture, Parks and Recreation, Community Development, Public Works, and Police Department will offer a variety of neighborhood updates and address resident questions.  School District and North Colorado Health Alliance staff will also be on hand.
 
Topics for discussion include the status of the John Evans school closure, Neighborhood Watch, Greeley Mall improvements, the screen fence project along Highway 34, traffic circulation in the area, housing rehabilitation loan assistance, the City’s Bicycle Plan, and the youth needs assessment project.
 
For more information about this meeting, contact Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office for the City of Greeley at 336-4167 or deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com.
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2/24/2014
2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department
970.350.9222
Betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission continues the free 2014 History Brown Bag Series held on the 4th Thursday of each month from January through October, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  The next History Brown Bag will be on Thursday, February 27th, at which Colorado author Carmel “Chuck” Solano will speak about the his experiences growing up as a migrant farm worker in various states, including Colorado, specifically Northeastern Colorado.  He will base the talk on his book, The End of the Row.  Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
 
This series provides citizens the chance to hear interesting historical topics, primarily focused on Greeley and Weld County, and promotes local cultural heritage.
 
The History Brown Bag schedule for 2014 is as follows:
February 27:  The End of the Row – Story of a Migrant Farm Worker: Carmel “Chuck” Solano, author
March 27:  Environmental History of Rocky Mountain National Park & Connection to Greeley: Dr. Michael Welsh, University of Northern Colorado
April 24:  Colorado’s North Park – History, Wildlife and Ranching: Paul Richard, author
May 22:  On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: Non-Preservationists Make the Preservation Argument: Dan Corson, History Colorado
June 26:  Emily Griffith and the Opportunity School: Tannis Bator
July 24:  Young Chautauquans Perform: Young Chautauquans
August 28:  Preserving Weld County Places and People: Peggy Ford Waldo, City of Greeley Museums
September 25: Ranch House Redux – Appreciating Your Baby Boomer House: Dr. Janet Ore and Dr. Sarah Payne, Colorado State University
October 23: A Real Cowboy: Kent Smith, Smith Sign Company
 
For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222. 
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2/20/2014
Request for Proposals: Uptown Tree program
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation
970-350-9450
kim.snyder@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Request for Proposals:  Uptown Tree program
 
The City of Greeley’s One Percent for Art Program is requesting proposals from artists to create artwork for the Uptown Tree program along 8th Avenue between 10th Street and 16th Street in Greeley, CO. The Uptown Tree program is a means to aesthetically enhance 8th Ave. with variety of original ‘Art Trees’ in recognition of Greeley as a designated ‘Tree City’. Interpretive “sculptural trees” will be purchased from artists and integrated into the corridor as permanent works of art.
 
Attached is the artist application, including the sculptural guidelines, proposal timeline and additional information about the Uptown Tree Program.

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2/20/2014
High School Student to Donate Teddy Bears
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Division Chief/Fire Marshal Dale Lyman, 970-350-9511;
970-590-5507
 
Subject:  High School Student to Donate Teddy Bears
 
Tomorrow (02/21/2014) at 11:30 am at Greeley Fire Station #1, 919 7th St., the Greeley Fire Department will be presented with Teddy bears which the fire department gives to children at emergency scenes who are involved in traumatic emergency events.
The Teddy bears will be presented by Northridge High School senior Amanda Carey. Amanda helped coordinate the collection of the Teddy bears at Northridge High School, the University of Northern Colorado, and Winograd School through a program dubbed “Cubs to Grizzlies to Bears” which are the three involved schools’ mascots.
 
Once the Teddy bears are received by the fire department, they will be placed on fire trucks so that they are readily available at emergency scenes.
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2/20/2014
Man Sought for Burglaries and Robbery
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
Desk: 970-351-5383   Cell: 970-371-3708
susan.west@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Man Sought for Burglaries and Robbery
 
Greeley Police are looking for Michael A. Rogers, 10/09/93, for his role in the Game Alliance burglary and the burglaries of several other businesses in 800 block of 17th Street during the weekend of January 4, 2014.  Additionally, three juveniles have been identified as being involved in these burglaries.  One of the juveniles has been arrested, while charges are pending against the other two.
 
On December 1, 2013, the assault and robbery of a lone male occurred in the area of 13th Ave and 15th Street.  The male was walking home from downtown Greeley shortly after midnight, when he was approached by two individuals, assaulted, and his wallet taken.  An arrest warrant has been obtained for Rogers for his role in this crime.  The second person involved, Mitchell Nyberg, has already been arrested. 
 
The two crimes are connected only by the suspect, Rogers, in both cases.  If you have information on the whereabouts of Rogers, please contact the Greeley Police Department at 970-350-9600. 

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2/19/2014
Citizens’ Police Academy
For Immediate Release
For more information media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Kell Hulsey, Greeley Police Department,
Neighborhood Action Team
970-351-5449 Desk 
kell.hulsey@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Citizens’ Police Academy
 
The Greeley Police Department is pleased to announce that we are seeking applicants for our 2014 Citizens’ Police Academy.
The Academy is designed to provide the Greeley community with an overview of the Department’s operations and to increase the level of cooperation and understanding between citizens and officers.  Topics will include:  Patrol Operations, Traffic Enforcement, Police Records, Communications, SWAT/Bombs, K9, Drug Task Force, and more.
 
The class will meet from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. on Thursday nights beginning March 20, 2014, and continuing through May 29, 2014.
The Academy classes will be held primarily in the Kent Donahue Community Room at the Greeley Police Department, 2875 W. 10th St, Greeley, CO 80634.  One class will be held at Police Records and the Weld County Regional Communications Center and one at the police firing range.
 
There is no cost to attend the Academy.  The class size will be limited to 25 participants who must be at least 18 years of age and who live, work, or own property in the City of Greeley.
Applications may be obtained at the Greeley Police front desk, 2875 W. 10th Street, by contacting Sgt. Kell Hulsey at (970) 351-5449, or by email at kell.hulsey@greeleypd.com . Applicants will be required to undergo a background check prior to acceptance. 
The application deadline is March 14, 2014. 
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2/14/2014
February 22 Showerhead Exchange in Greeley
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact: 
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
970-350-9204 or natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com
Subject:   February 22 Showerhead Exchange in Greeley
Greeley’s Water Conservation Program plans showerhead exchange events to help Greeley water customers, use less water.  The next exchange is scheduled for February 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Greeley’s Winter Farmer’s Market at 508 8th Avenue. To get free showerheads, you must bring your water bill from the City of Greeley Water & Sewer Department and the showerheads you wish to replace.
The new showerheads are low-water use, high functioning, EPA WaterSense labeled showerheads. The models provided at the exchange use 20 to 40 percent less than older showerheads. Kitchen and bathroom aerators are also available.  At the exchange, you can choose which style of showerhead that you want:
Handheld Showerhead available in a chrome finish
Handheld models have a variety of settings.  It is detachable from its base so, one can aim the stream of water to any part of the body. Great for bathing children, dogs, or cleaning out the shower stall.  It is also good for use with a shower seat.
Adjustable Showerhead available in chrome or white finish
This showerhead features a 9-jet adjustable massage that easily rotates from gentle rain, combination and massage settings. Efficient Water, Energy & Money Saving item!
Rain/Hotel Showerhead available in a white or chrome finish
This model offers a wide 4.4” shower spray, consistent flow and delivers an exceptional shower experience while conserving water. Only has one setting, but includes an easy-to-use 360 degree swivel head.
 
Future Showerhead Exchanges
March 14, 15 & 16
Greeley Tribune Home & Garden Show
Island Grove Park
March 22
Winter Farmers' Market
508 8th Avenue
9:00 a.m. to Noon
April 26
Winter Farmers' Market
508 8th Avenue
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Get more information about Greeley’s Water Conservation program at www.greeleygov.com/wc.
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2/14/2014
Union Colony Civic Center welcomes The Ten Tenors on Feb. 28
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Union Colony Civic Center welcomes The Ten Tenors on Feb. 28
 
The Union Colony Civic Center is proud to bring internationally acclaimed singing sensation The Ten Tenors to celebrate Broadway’s greatest hits in their hugely anticipated brand new show, The Ten Tenors on Broadway. They will be at the UCCC on Friday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m.
This dynamic live experience includes a rare chance to hear a collection of Broadway’s most-loved classics sung by ten of Australia’s world-renown tenors. Fans will be delighted by this powerful mix of theatrical showstoppers and heart-melting ballads as The Ten Tenors break new ground and take on some of the greatest show tunes in the world.
This incredible Australian troupe lends its ever-popular flair and individuality to a repertoire showcasing the best of Broadway, including “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha, Phantom of the Opera’s “Music of the Night,” and “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables.
Following a successful world tour and the release of their latest album Double Platinum, The Ten Tenors’ new Broadway spectacular for the 2014 season is yet another world-class production, selling more than 3.5 million concert tickets worldwide.
Their unique approach to opera brings them adoration, respect and continually pushes the boundaries of the classical crossover genre. The group’s producer, DJ Wendt, says this electrifying new show is no exception.
“The ‘on Broadway’ show is the best yet for the group, and they are thrilled to be performing such entertaining and powerful repertoire.” he said. “The guys always leave an enduring presence wherever they perform, but I guarantee the ‘on Broadway’ show will be leaving the audience coming back for more.”
The Ten Tenors kicked off their international tour in January 2014 with four months of performances across the U.S. before returning to their home country of Australia for a two month national tour.
For further information and tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsor is KCOL 600 with Clear Channel.
For “The Ten Tenors on Broadway” tour details, please refer to www.tentenors.com for more information.
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2/14/2014
UCCC Offers Volunteer Training for Community
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

UCCC Offers Volunteer Training for Community
 
The Union Colony Civic Center is hosting its bi-annual volunteer training for all who are interested in becoming UCCC Volunteers. The training is Saturday, February 22, from 9:00-11:30 am in the Hensel Phelps Theatre.
No reservation is necessary, but please arrive promptly at 9:00 am. All volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. If a prospective volunteer is under 18, then a parent or guardian must sign a consent form. The training will consist of a PowerPoint presentation with information on the various volunteer positions, safety training, a tour of the UCCC, a question and answer period, and all the necessary paperwork and applications to become a volunteer.
Parking for the training session is available in the lot located immediately south of the UCCC, along 10th Avenue or 7th Street, or in the parking lots located in front of the library or courthouse.
For further information or to purchase tickets for shows, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley.

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2/13/2014
CELEBRATE THE PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY WITH A HEALTHY ACTIVITY
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: CELEBRATE THE PRESIDENT’S DAY HOLIDAY WITH A HEALTHY ACTIVITY
This President’s Day (Monday, February 17), is a great time to continue a healthy, active lifestyle by trying a new fitness class, workout in one of our state-of-the-art fitness centers, go swimming or ice skating — all City of Greeley Recreation facilities will be open for business. Encourage your family and friends to join you! Normal business hours are as follows:
• Greeley Recreation Center Monday-Thursday 6am-10pm, Friday 6am-8pm,
Saturday 8am-5pm, closed Sunday (651 10th Avenue • 970.350.9400).
• Family FunPlex Monday-Friday 5am-10pm, Saturday 7am-8pm, Sunday 11am-10pm
(1501 65th Avenue • 970.350.9401 • www.familyfunplex.com).
• Greeley Ice Haus Public Skating Hours Monday-Sunday 12-1:30pm,
Wednesday 6:15-7:45pm Cosmic Skating Hours Friday & Saturday 7:15-8:45pm
(900 8th Avenue • 970.350.9402 • www.greeleyicehaus.com).
• Greeley Senior Activity Center Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 12-3pm,
closed Sunday (1010 6th Street • 970.350.9440).
• Rodarte Community Center Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-7pm, closed Saturday & Sunday (920 A Street • 970.350.9430).
 
Visit the Family FunPlex or the Greeley Recreation Center from 1-5pm and Take A Swim Break Monday, February 17 — swimming can be a wonderful full-body workout that both your family and friends will enjoy while they’re out of school for the day.
If that’s not your idea of cool winter fun, then join us at the Greeley Ice Haus, for their No School Public Skate Sessions Friday, February 14 or Monday, February 17 from 12-2:45pm — admission is only $3 for ages 3-18 and includes skate rental. Or take your valentine to the Sweetheart Skate on Friday, February 14 from 7:15-8:45pm to play games and win prizes from local businesses, admission is only $6 per couple and also includes skate rental.
The Rocky Mountain Region Volleyball Tournament will be held this weekend as well at the Greeley Recreation Center, Rodarte Community Center, and Family FunPlex. For more information regarding this event call the Family FunPlex at 970.350.9401, the Rodarte Community Center at 970.350.9430 (http://greeleygov.com/Recreation/Rodarte.aspx) or the Greeley Recreation Center at 970.350.9400 (www.greeleygov.com/recreation/GreeleyRec.aspx) and enjoy a day off from work!
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2/12/2014
UPDATE - Suspicious Couple at Greeley Daycare
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
Desk: 970-351-5383   Cell: 970-371-3708
susan.west@greeleypd.com
 
******UPDATE – SITUATION RESOLVED******
--Initial Release is below update--
 
The couple involved in this situation saw the story in the media and contacted police last night.  This situation was complicated as, unknown at the time of the original report, there are two day care facilities in very close proximity to each other.  The child the couple was looking for and supposed to pick up actually attends the second day care.
 
Additionally, and unavailable for release last night, the two children have very similar unusual names, and their mothers names are similar, too.  The child at the first day care attends only one day a week, so as this situation unfolded and with the unusual circumstances, an investigation was initiated. 
Thanks to all our media friends for getting the information out there.  The fears of the parents of the first child are alleviated and the community may rest assured this was not the sinister situation it first appeared to be. 
Subject:  Suspicious Couple at Greeley Daycare
The Greeley Police Department is investigating a suspicious incident that occurred at a local daycare center yesterday, February 10, 2014.  A couple with a young child entered the Sunshine Daycare in the 2100 block of 16th Street and attempted to pick up a female child.  The couple was unknown to the daycare staff and said the child’s mother had asked them to pick her up. 
The couple only knew the child’s first name and the daycare had no record of anyone, other than the parents, approved to pick up the child.  As staff members attempted to contact the parents for approval, the couple commented that they had the wrong daycare and left the building.  
The staff members described the male suspect as a white male in his early to mid 30's around 5’09” to 5’10” tall, weighing 175-210 pounds with dark brown or black hair, wearing a black coat and jeans. The female with him was white, also in her early to mid 30's, 5’07” to 5’08”, 140-160 pounds, dark blonde or light brown hair in a ponytail, gray sweater or black coat. The child with them was described as being a white female  with dark blonde or light brown hair, wearing a blue jacket or shirt, and between 2 and 5 years of age.
Anyone who may have any information about this investigation is asked to contact the Greeley Police Department non-emergency number, 970-350-9600. 
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2/12/2014
YOUTH COMMISSION TO DELIVER VALENTINES TO BONELL GOOD SAMARITAN
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: YOUTH COMMISSION TO DELIVER VALENTINES TO BONELL GOOD SAMARITAN
 
The Greeley Youth Commission will be making Valentine’s Day cards for residents at Bonell Good Samaritan Center this Friday, February 14th from 8am-12pm. After the cards are created, they will be delivering them to senior citizens living at the Bonell campus around 1pm. The activity is one of the community service projects that they will be completing this school year. Members are required to participate in at least 3 projects annually.
The Greeley Youth Commission was established by the Greeley City Council to encourage greater youth participation in the City’s development, and is charged with fostering a greater understanding of youth concerns and contributions in our community.
 
The Youth Commission is composed of 11 youth ranging in age from 11 to 18. Commissioners are appointed by the City Council after completing an application and interviewing with the City Council members. Commissioners serve a two-year term and may re-apply until they are 18 years of age. They must be committed to attend ALL scheduled meetings of the Commission and follow the official requirements which are to:
      •   Participate in at least 3 Commission established projects
                  •   Individual conduct that will reflect positively upon the Commission
                  •   Willingness to represent the Commission at public meetings/events
                  •   Demonstrate strong leadership skills and work ethic
                  •   Be a positive role model for the youth of the community
 
The Greeley Youth Commission meets at the Rodarte Community Center on the fourth Monday of
every month at 6:30pm. For more information call the Rodarte Community Center at 970.350.9430.
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2/11/2014
Suspicious Couple at Greeley Daycare
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
Desk: 970-351-5383   Cell: 970-371-3708
susan.west@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Suspicious Couple at Greeley Daycare
 
The Greeley Police Department is investigating a suspicious incident that occurred at a local daycare center yesterday, February 10, 2014.  A couple with a young child entered the Sunshine Daycare in the 2100 block of 16th Street and attempted to pick up a female child.  The couple was unknown to the daycare staff and said the child’s mother had asked them to pick her up. 
 
The couple only knew the child’s first name and the daycare had no record of anyone, other than the parents, approved to pick up the child.  As staff members attempted to contact the parents for approval, the couple commented that they had the wrong daycare and left the building.  
 
The staff members described the male suspect as a white male in his early to mid 30's around 5’09” to 5’10” tall, weighing 175-210 pounds with dark brown or black hair, wearing a black coat and jeans. The female with him was white, also in her early to mid 30's, 5’07” to 5’08”, 140-160 pounds, dark blonde or light brown hair in a ponytail, gray sweater or black coat. The child with them was described as being a white female  with dark blonde or light brown hair, wearing a blue jacket or shirt, and between 2 and 5 years of age.
 
Anyone who may have any information about this investigation is asked to contact the Greeley Police Department non-emergency number, 970-350-9600. 
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2/11/2014
City of Greeley Administrative Buildings Closed for President’s Day Holiday
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
John Pantaleo, Public Information Officer
970-350-9702
john.pantaleo@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  City of Greeley Administrative Buildings Closed for President’s Day Holiday
 
Greeley City Hall, located at 1000 10th Street; the City Hall Annex at 1100 10th Street; the Public Works Administration Building at 1001 9th Avenue; and the Lincoln Park Annex (including Greeley Municipal Court) at 919 7th Street will be closed Monday, February 17 for the President’s Day holiday.  Offices will be back open on Tuesday, February 18.
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2/10/2014
Greeley Police Make Arrests in Two Recent Crime Sprees
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
Desk: 970-351-5383   Cell: 970-371-3708
susan.west@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Greeley Police Make Arrests in Two Recent Crime Sprees
 
Two men have been arrested in conjunction with three recent auto thefts, an armed robbery, and a fraud.  Robert Drake, 031279, and Bobby Ray Denton, 051677, were arrested by members of the police department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) and Property Crimes Unit. 
 
The first auto theft was reported on January 20th, at approximately 6:45 a.m.  Approximately 30 minutes later, the above reported stolen vehicle was used in an armed robbery at 2544 11th Ave, the Sinclair gas station.  The two are also being charged with stealing two other vehicles; one on the 23rd and another on the 24th.  A debit card was left in one of the vehicles and this card was used on Jan 24th to make fraudulent purchases at a local business. 
 
At the time of the arrest Drake and Denton were observed in one of the stolen vehicles by a SET member in the 500 block of 16th Street near where the first vehicle was stolen.  Both men were apprehended after a short foot pursuit.  Drake is facing 3 counts of Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Aggravated Robbery, Menacing, Eluding an Officer, Identity Theft, and 4 Counts of Theft.  Denton is facing 2 counts of Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Menacing, Aggravated Robbery and Theft.  They are currently being held at the Weld County Jail.
 
In a second crime unrelated spree, two juvenile males have been charged with seven commercial burglaries which were reported between December 29th and 31st, 2013.  These businesses were within just a few blocks of each other, and it appears they were all committed at the same time, but discovered by the business owners on different dates.  The total of damages to the business is in excess of $4000.00 and the loss from thefts exceeds $1600.00.   Each juvenile is facing charges of 8 counts of Second Degree Burglary, Criminal Mischief, and Theft.
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2/7/2014
Conservation of historic 1869 letters underway at Greeley History Museum
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Dan Perry, Museums Manager
City of Greeley Museums
970-350-9218, dan.perry@greeleygov.com

Subject: Conservation of historic 1869 letters underway at Greeley History Museum
 
The generosity of over 70 individuals and organizations has enabled the Greeley Museums to purchase and preserve a priceless collection of 320 letters written in 1869.  These letters were written by individuals from 21 states who wanted to join Nathan Meeker’s joint-stock colonization company called the Union Colony of Colorado.  The company comprised of 737 “hand-picked” men and women founded the town of Greeley, Colorado in April 1870.
 
Roger Joyce, retired Wyoming State Archivist, has been hired by the Greeley Museums Heritage Foundation to conserve the letters.  He owns and operates R & J Conservation Services and is a Professional Associate with the American Institute of Conservation, specializing in the conservation of paper, books, and photographs.  
 
“I am excited to be entrusted with the conservation of this priceless historical collection.  I am amazed at the quality and cleanliness of these letters which were saved from destruction by a 12-year old boy in 1935,” said Joyce.
 
As many people may wonder what a conservator does, the Greeley Museums are inviting the public to come and watch how documents are conserved.  Visitors are also invited to bring in their own historical artifacts such as books, photographs, documents, maps, scrapbooks, letters and electronic media (VCR tapes, DVDs, and CDs) for advice on how to properly preserve them for future generations to enjoy. 
 
Joyce will be working in residence at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street, from 9am – 3pm, every Wednesday in February. Additional dates include: February 13, 20, 21, 27 & 28.
 
For additional information about the letter conservation project and exhibits and programs offered by the Greeley Museums, please call (970) 350-9220 or visit the website at www.greeleymuseums.com.

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2/4/2014
2014 Arts Picnic Call for Artists & Crafters
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Rhonda Welch, Festival Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department, City of Greeley
970.350.9451
Rhonda.welch@greeleygov.com
www.artspicnic.com

Subject:  2014 Arts Picnic Call for Artists & Crafters

The Arts Picnic "Park Your Art" Committee is now accepting arts/crafts booth applications for the 2014 show held in historic Lincoln Park, downtown Greeley.  The juried event, scheduled for July 26 and 27, is open to all artists (student, amateur, or professional). 
 
Completed application packets must be postmarked on or before Monday April 21, 2014.  Call (970) 350-9451 for an application or pick one up from the Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department, 651 10th Avenue in Greeley.  Printable registration forms are also available on the Arts Picnic web site, www.artspicnic.com.  Registration forms must be accompanied by two checks or money orders made payable to the Arts Picnic; one check for the 10' X 10' booth fee of $90 and one check for the processing fee of $10.
 
Telephone reservations or cash will not be accepted. For more information, contact Rhonda Welch at (970) 350-9451 or Abbey Youngman at (970) 350-9406.
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2/3/2014
Make TODAY Count! Donates Alton Brown Live! Tickets to District 6 Students
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/Union Colony Civic Center, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeelygov.com

Subject: Make TODAY Count! Donates Alton Brown Live! Tickets to District 6 Students
 
The Union Colony Civic Center is proud to announce that the Make TODAY Count! Community Health Campaign has sponsored 77 culinary-inspired students and teachers from Weld County School District 6 to attend Alton Brown Live: The Inevitable Edible Tour, at the Union Colony Civic Center on Wednesday, February 5th.
The campaign is generously providing tickets to the show for the students and teachers so they may have this amazing opportunity to attend and learn from one of the most inventive, creative, and popular culinary art show hosts as he performs in Greeley. Mr. Brown’s unique style of combining the science of why food does what it does, entertaining facts and information, and making ordinary food into extraordinary food is something that creates a learning experience unlike anything else. This is a rare occasion for the students to see firsthand how a live performance ties into their school curriculum.
The MTC campaign staff will visit each of the schools attending the performance to further make the connection between classroom, curriculum, and Mr. Brown’s performance.
Make TODAY Count! is a Weld County community campaign that is working together with local partners to improve well-being, increase healthy eating, and increase active living. MTC is powered by a growing collaboration of individuals, agencies and businesses throughout Colorado’s Weld County. It is supported by a community benefit grant from Kaiser Permanente, and coordinated by the North Colorado Health Alliance. For more information about Make TODAY Count, please contact Carlee Rosen at crosen.alliance@nocoha.org or 970-350-4673 or visit them at maketodaycount.org or facebook.com/MakeTodayCountCampaign.
For further information about the show and/or to purchase tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsors are KUNC and Tri 102.5 with Townsquare Media.
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2/3/2014
Royal Moscow Ballet Presents “Sleeping Beauty” on March 21 cancelled
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/Union Colony Civic Center, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeelygov.com

Royal Moscow Ballet Presents “Sleeping Beauty” on March 21 cancelled
 
The Union Colony Civic Center unfortunately announces that The ACTS Agency has cancelled its U.S. tour of Royal Moscow Ballet presents “Sleeping Beauty.” The UCCC’s originally set performance for Friday, March 21 at 7:30pm is included in the cancellation.
Ticketholders will be contacted by Union Colony Civic Center ticket personnel to arrange refunds.
For further information about shows and/or to purchase tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley.
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2/3/2014
Alton Brown Live! is coming to the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD Marketing – Union Colony Civic Center, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: Alton Brown Live! is coming to the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley
 
Alton Brown, Iron Chef host and renowned television personality is taking his brand of quirky humor and culinary science on the road with the “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.” Brown will appear at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are available by calling 970.356.5000 or online at ucstars.com.
Recently named Best Food TV Personality at The Munchies, Brown’s tour promises to be an eventful evening of stand-up comedy, talks show antics, multimedia lecture, live music and food experimentation. Be prepared. Ponchos will be involved. The show will offer an interactive component in which audience members will have the opportunity to serve as Brown’s trusted assistants on stage. For those hoping to sip at the pure source of Brownian wit and wisdom, this is a must-see extravaganza for the whole family. 
Brown said, "I've been cultivating material for this show for about a decade so it'll feel pretty darned good to finally get it out of my head and onto a stage. I feel we've come up with some pretty amazing food demos, and the multi-media segments are solid….but I do have to say I'm a bit nervous about the singing parts."
For further information and tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsors are KUNC and Tri 102.5 with Townsquare Media.
For complete info on when and where the tour is scheduled to stop, you can visit AltonBrownTour.com
 
More on Alton Brown
Although Alton Brown spent plenty of time in his mom’s kitchen growing up, his real interest in food sparked in college when he discovered that girls who said “no” to dates sometimes said “yes” if he offered to cook for them. His social life never ignited, but the food spark did and after spending a decade behind the camera in the commercial industry, he headed to culinary school in hopes of one day creating a new kind of cooking show. Good Eats, the show that Brown would go on to write, produce, and host ran for 13 straight years on Food Network before making the jump to Cooking Channel where it airs to this day. Combining food science, pop culture, skit humor, innovative cooking, and the occasional belching puppet, Good Eats has millions of fans and garnered a coveted Peabody Award for broadcast excellence in 2007.
Brown has also served as the culinary commentator of Iron Chef America for 11 seasons, and hosted Next Iron Chef for 5 seasons. In 2012, he joined the cast of Food Network Star as a mentor and yes...one of his team members won. Brown took home the James Beard Award for top food show host in 2011 and the medal bookends match nicely with the one his first book nabbed in 2002. Speaking of books, he’s written 7, the last three of which made the New York Times Best Sellers List.
Brown’s newest venture is his touring stage show which combines many of the elements that made his television shows so unique with some new tricks such as live music, highly unorthodox culinary demonstrations, multi-media presentations, and lots of audience participation.
 
MagicSpace Entertainment
MagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows and concerts worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. Broadway credits include Donny & Marie – A Broadway Christmas, Hello Dolly! starring Carol Channing; The Who’s Tommy, American Idiot and RAIN - A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway. National tour credits include Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage starring in Mythbusters - Behind The Myths, Alton Brown Live, Post Secret – Unheard Voices, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Donny & Marie Christmas, Experience the Beatles with RAIN, David Copperfield, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and concert tours by Nathan Pacheco, Janet Jackson, Cher, Fleetwood Mac to name just a few. In the UK, MagicSpace credits include Let It Be in the West End and an eleven city tour of Donny & Marie Live. Special tours and events produced or presented on the road include Tutankhamaun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, Titanic: The Exhibition and Diana – A Celebration. MagicSpace Entertainment has offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT.  www.magicspace.net
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1/31/2014
KAISER PERMANENTE COLORADO AWARDS $85,000 to the City of Greeley
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information:
Eric Bracke, Traffic Engineer
970-350-9357
eric.bracke@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: KAISER PERMANENTE COLORADO AWARDS $85,000 to the City of Greeley
 
The City of Greeley, through the generous donation of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, has been awarded $85,000 to produce a Bicycle Plan for the City that will be an element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
 
There are many types of bicycle plans throughout communities today.  The City of Greeley expects to have a mix of policies, projects, and programs identified in the plan.  The focus of the plan, or the best approach to the plan, will be determined and identified through research and a comprehensive public involvement effort.  “It is our intent to come up with  a bike plan that fits Greeley”, says Eric Bracke, Traffic Engineer. 
 
The first and most important principle to remember when developing the Bike Master Plan (BMP) for the City of Greeley is that it is a partnership.  Not only is this a partnership between Kaiser Permanente and the City, but a partnership with the bicycling community, the public at large, elected officials and employers.  Effective partnerships created through the ongoing involvement of key stake holders ensure buy-in, which in turn will lead to implementation of the BMP.
 
In the spring of 2013, the City of Greeley was designated as a "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists.  This distinguished designation was awarded to the City of Greeley because of our sustained commitment to cycling. The City has done much in years past to increase the number of cyclists in the community - from our road diet program, the trails program, community events such as the Zombie Zoom, bike rodeos for children, bikes as part of the street standards and the establishment of the Bike Advocacy Group.  However, there is still a great deal of room to grow in our cycling efforts.
 
It is expected that the project will be started this coming spring and full public process will be part of crafting the plan.  Opportunities for public input and participation will be well advertised.
 
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for more than 40 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 540,000 members through 26 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the sixth straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked commercial health plan in Colorado, No. 6 in the nation and the second ranked Medicare plan in the U.S. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2012, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $92 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/newscenter or follow us on twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.
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1/29/2014
Greeley Bronco Fans – A Class Act?
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
Desk: 970-351-5383   Cell: 970-371-3708
susan.west@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Greeley Bronco Fans – A Class Act? 
 
The Broncos are in the Super Bowl!  This is an exciting time, not just for Denver, but for the entire state.  The eyes of the nation will be focused first on the game and second on the fans.  Newspapers and other media are already talking about the fans and their antics.
 
We anticipate an exciting, hard-fought game and with the Broncos being the victors.  And with victory comes celebration.  The Greeley Police Department hopes everyone enjoys the game and all the accompanying festivities and we’d like to remind everyone to celebrate responsibly.  Unfortunately, previous Super Bowl victory celebrations were not responsible, and resulted in riots, injuries and damaged property. 
 
The Greeley Police Department is working in conjunction with the UNC Police Department and several other surrounding jurisdictions to insure a safe celebration for everyone.  There will be increased patrols and extra personnel on duty in order to respond rapidly to violations of the law or anything that may threaten the safety of our citizens and the community.  Unlawful, destructive or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated.
Colorado State law prohibits engaging in a riot and establishes the threshold for a riot as being three (3) people, so a group does not have to be large to be considered riotous.  If you see a crowd forming, leave the area.  Just standing and watching can contribute to the problem. 
 
To insure a safe, enjoyable and responsible celebration consider the following tips to avoid any problems:
 Celebrate in a non-confrontation, non-destructive manner
 Demonstrate good character
 Respect others and their property
 Drink alcohol in moderation/responsibly – know your limits
 Have a sober person – a designated driver
 If a problem develops, leave immediately
 Don’t block streets or roadways
 Don’t enter streets or roadways to celebrate
 
Greeley Police hope the Broncos are victorious and that everyone has a great time cheering them on to victory.  GO BRONCOS!
 
 
 
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1/28/2014
Tree Work Taking Place on 8th Avenue
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Shiloh Hatcher, Forestry Manager
970-339-2405
shiloh.hatcher@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Tree Work Taking Place on 8th Avenue
 
At the end of January, several trees along the west side of 8th Avenue in the 2000 and 2100 blocks will be trimmed.  Other trees, due to age and decline, will be removed.  Multiple licensed tree contractors will be involved in this project in an effort to impact traffic in the shortest timeframe possible.  Several lanes of both north and southbound traffic in this area will be affected during a two-day period, January 30th and 31st.
 
Tree trimming and removals become necessary as our street trees age and become hazardous to people and property.  We have seen the results of over-mature trees failing, especially during early or late snowstorms, high wind events, and other unusual occurrences. 
 
In 2012, a large tree in this area failed, causing damage to the vehicle of a passing motorist.  In order to protect pedestrians, motorists, and property, the City of Greeley Forestry Program is charged with the responsibility of inspecting and mandating necessary maintenance of these trees.  While we are sorry to see some of these trees be removed as they reach the end of their lives, we encourage property owners to plant new trees to continue the creation and ongoing benefits of trees as they provide shade, increased property values, aesthetic beauty and a sense of community.
 
Any questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the Forestry staff at 970-339-2405 (M-F 6:30am – 3:30pm) or to shiloh.hatcher@greeleygov.com.

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1/27/2014
The Win is in the Water! -- Broncos to Get Greeley Good Luck Charm
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Tom Norton, Mayor of Greeley   John Pantaleo, Public Information Officer
970-396-9045     970-350-9702
tom.norton@greeleygov.com   john.pantaleo@greeleygov.com    
Subject:  The Win is in the Water! -- Broncos to Get Greeley Good Luck Charm
Media Opportunity:  Mayor Tom Norton will sign a letter from Greeley, sip the special water, and speak about Greeley’s good luck wishes for the Broncos on Monday, January 27 at 11:30 a.m.; Greeley City Hall, 1000 10th Street.
Greeley Mayor Tom Norton, City Council members and residents here are cheering on the Broncos in their Super Bowl bid.  This is extremely exciting for Colorado and especially Greeley fans because here in Greeley we remember the Broncos Super Bowl glory days and the part our city played in those victories. 
 
Fact:  The last time the Broncos won the Super Bowl there was a significant connection to Greeley. It was back in the days when summer training camp was held here.
We know there’s plenty of talent on the Broncos roster, but it doesn’t hurt to do everything possible to apply a healthy dose of good luck for the biggest game.  So the city is sending some special Greeley Good Luck to the team and coaching staff. 
 
We’ve prepared a package containing 75 bottles of pure water bottled right here in Greeley—the same Rocky Mountain water that the Super Bowl champs used to shower and drink and ease their sore muscles during their successful run through the playoffs and their last Super Bowl win.  The same water that powered the Greeley pioneers to overcome adversity and settle the rugged west can demonstrate its super powers once again and help lift the Broncos to another Super Bowl win.
Call us superstitious – we don’t care!
 
We hope this care package, with its healing powers and Super Bowl winning ‘mojo’ rubs off on the team.  We’ve suggested that they spray it on, sprinkle it around, pour it on injured body parts or just drink it before the game.
Hey, it’s only weird if it doesn’t work . . . right?
 
We think the Win is in the Water!  Go Broncos!
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1/24/2014
Greeley Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Apartment Fire
For Immediate Release
Contact: Division Chief Dale Lyman
970-350-9511; 970-590-5507
Subject: Greeley Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Apartment Fire
At 12:35 a.m. on January 24, 2014, firefighters from the Greeley Fire Department were called to 2020 28th Avenue in Greeley on a report of a fire in an apartment building. Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy fire blowing out of a garden level apartment of a three-story 12-plex apartment building.
Fire crews quickly initiated an aggressive attack on the fire. Simultaneously, fire crews began evacuating residents of other apartments in the building, waking them and having them quickly leave. Because of the amount of fire, size of the building, and number of residents requiring evacuation, incident command requested a second alarm to bring more personnel and resources to the scene. Crews with hose lines were able to able to quickly extinguish the fire, which was confined to the apartment of origin, however, multiple units within the building sustained heavy smoke damage.
All residents were able to escape safely and were evaluated by Banner Paramedic Services. Fire crews working at the scene were challenged by extreme weather conditions with the temperature at the time of the incident noted at 0 degrees F creating dangerous health exposure and icy conditions. Fire investigators have determined that the fire was accidental in origin. No injuries were reported and overall damage is estimated at $100,000.
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1/24/2014
Historic 1869 letters purchased by the Greeley Museums
January 24, 2014
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Dan Perry, Museums Manager
970-350-9218, dan.perry@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Historic 1869 letters purchased by the Greeley Museums
 
The week before Christmas, two fourth-generation Greeley/Weld County residents visited the Greeley History Museum and offered to sell  320 letters from prospective Union Colony colonists, all written in 1869, along with a small Bible given to Arvilla Meeker, by her son, Ralph, in 1864.  As the Greeley Museums’ budget doesn’t allow artifacts to be purchased, a request was sent out to the community for donations to purchase these pieces. 
 
Less than a month after requesting for donations to purchase these letters written to Nathan Meeker; the Museum has received more than $20,000 from over 70 generous donors,
nationwide.
 
“The City of Greeley Museums expresses sincere gratitude for the community’s response to this need,” said Dan Perry, Museums Manager.
 
On Friday, Jan 24, the Greeley Museums officially purchased these artifacts to be preserved and placed into the Museums’ collection.
 
Digital technology will allow the letters to be scanned and their contents made available to the public for research, education, and enjoyment. Plans are also being made to exhibit the items in the future.
 
These letters were written in response to an article in The New York Tribune, by Nathan Cook Meeker, Greeley’s founder.  Meeker, having visited Colorado Territory in October 1869, returned to his home in Brooklyn, NY with visions of founding a utopian temperance and agricultural colony here.  Meeker’s article encouraged those interested in joining this colony venture to write to him and within a month, over 3,000 people wrote letters to Meeker, many ready to jump on the train and “head to Colorado Territory.”  In April, 1870, Meeker’s joint-stock colonization company known as the Union Colony, established the town of Greeley, CO. 
Donations are still being accepted.  Funds received that exceed the purchase price of the artifacts will be used for the conservation and exhibition of these artifacts. 
 
For more information visit www.greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.
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1/24/2014
Free CPR/AED Classes in February
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Division Chief/Fire Marshal Dale Lyman
970-350-9511 or 970-590-5507
 
Subject:  Free CPR/AED Classes in February
The City of Greeley is offering a free CPR/AED course on Saturday, February 15th at 9:00 am. This is a short non-certified course to teach Greeley citizens CPR and understand the use of an Automated External Defibrillator or AED.  The course is approximately a 1 ½ hour in length.
Studies show that if people do not receive CPR within 3 minutes and defibrillation within 5 minutes, their odds of survival drop dramatically.  That’s why the Heart Safe City Project was created to train as many people as possible in CPR and getting as many AEDs as possible in public places.
Class will be held:
• Saturday, February 15th at 9:00 a.m. at the Greeley Fire Department, Station #1, 919 7th Street, Nusbaum Training Room.
 
This class is made possible from a generous donation by the NCMC Foundation.
To sign up please call the Greeley Fire Department at (970) 350-9508 or email susan.frame@greeleygov.com. Please include your name and phone number and selected date. This is a first-come first-serve sign-up with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 24 per class.
 
Donations to the Heart Safe City initiative are welcome. The Initiative is also looking for business partners to assist with funding this valuable, life saving knowledge for the community.
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1/24/2014
FREE PARENT/COACH SEMINAR BY WYLIE TO BE HELD MONDAY
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com
 
FREE PARENT/COACH SEMINAR BY WYLIE TO BE HELD MONDAY
 
The City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department in conjunction with the ACE program (Achieving Community Excellence) will be hosting a free parent/coach seminar featuring B. L. Wylie, parent of Olympic figure skater Paul Wylie, next week. The event will be held in Hensel Phelps Theatre on Monday, January 27 at 6pm. Wylie will be speaking about parent and coach relationship building.
 
Wylie has countless years of coaching and mentoring student athletes and is a founder of the Parent Education Program for the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA). Parents will get ideas on how to support their children as athletes, learning how to maximize their potential. Coaches can glean techniques for connecting with athletes. Attendees will be able to hear her coaching experiences and life lessons.
 
The event is free and open to all parents and coaches involved with the City of Greeley’s Recreation Division and Weld County School District 6. This is a unique opportunity for parents and coaches to learn some effective methods and positive ways to mentor young athletes. All those involved with youth sports are encouraged to attend.
Hensel Phelps Theatre is located on the second floor of the Greeley Recreation Center, located at 651 10th Avenue in Greeley. For more information, feel free to contact the Greeley Ice Haus at 970.350.9402.
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1/23/2014
Retirement of Greeley Police Captain Jack Statler
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
Desk: 970-351-5383   Cell: 970-371-3708
susan.west@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Retirement of Greeley Police Captain Jack Statler
 
The Greeley Police Department announces the retirement of Captain Jack Statler.  The Department and its employees wish Jack the best as he concludes his service, but he will be missed by all.  He is retiring on January 22, 2014 after nearly 35 years of service.
 
Jack Statler began his career as a police officer with the Gunnison Police Department in 1975.  In September, 1979, he was hired by the Greeley Police Department.  Starting as a patrol officer, he handled field evidence technician duties and was a field training officer.  He was promoted to sergeant in 1985 and supervised a patrol shift, the patrol tactical unit, and was instrumental in the development of the Department’s SWAT team. 
 
Another promotion in 1987 resulted in Lieutenant Statler serving as a Watch Commander for the patrol division, the Administrative Lieutenant, and the Special Operations Lieutenant.  He rotated through these assignments, and during his tenure as a lieutenant he attended the FBI National Academy and worked on the project to consolidate the Greeley and Weld County communication centers, records departments, and provide a system for jail management. 
 
Promoted to Captain in 1993, he oversaw the Patrol, Services and Administrative Divisions of the Department.  Captain Statler has been integrally involved and managed several major projects during his tenure, to include the upgrade to the 800 MHz radio system, accreditation manager during several accreditation processes, and more recently was assigned to the manage the project of creating a Greeley Police Dispatch Center, eventually becoming the liaison to the county dispatch center. 
 
Captain Statler can always be counted on to be always fully engaged and committed to any assignment he received.  His dedication and professionalism are beyond reproach, and we wish him well as he retires. 
 
 

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1/21/2014
Public Invited to Parks Open House
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Sarah Boyd, Parks Planner
970-336-4180, sarah.boyd@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Public Invited to Parks Open House
 
On Thursday, Jan 30, City of Greeley Park’s staff will be hosting an open house for input on the playground replacement at Luther Park. The open house will be held at Maplewood Elementary (1201 21st Ave) from 6:30-7:30pm.
 
“Bring your ideas for the new playground,” said Sarah Boyd, Parks Planner. “We would love to hear what you think play is all about!” For additional questions, please contact Boyd, at 970-336-4180. 
 
Two weeks ago, the playground at Luther Park was removed. Construction of equipment and safety surfacing is expected to take place in the spring.
For more information about the City of Greeley Parks visit www.greeleygov.com/parks or call 970-350-9390.
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1/20/2014
2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department
970.350.9222
Betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission announces the free 2014 History Brown Bag Series held on the 4th Thursday of each month from January through October, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  The first Brown Bag will be on Thursday, January 23rd, at which local authors and historians Gabe and Jody Lopez will speak about the Spanish Colony.  Great Western Sugar Company built Greeley’s Spanish Colony in 1924 for Hispanic beet workers.  It was one of over 100 colonies the sugar beet industry constructed for beet workers.  Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
 
This series provides citizens the chance to hear interesting historical topics, primarily focused on Greeley and Weld County, and promotes local cultural heritage.
 
The History Brown Bag schedule for 2014 is as follows:
January 23:      Spanish Colony: Gabe and Jody Lopez, authors and historians
February 27:    NE Colorado Migrant Farm Family: Carmel “Chuck” Solano, author and historian
March 27:        Environmental History of Rocky Mountain National Park & Connection to Greeley: Dr. Michael Welsh, University of Northern Colorado
April 24:          Colorado’s North Park – History, Wildlife and Ranching: Paul Richard, author
May 22:           On Your Mark: Dan Corson, History Colorado
June 26:           Emily Griffith and the Opportunity School: Tannis Bator
July 24:            Young Chautauquans Perform: Young Chautauquans
August 28:       Preserving Weld County Places and People: Peggy Ford Waldo, City of Greeley Museums
September 25:  Historic Preservation and Sustainability: Dr. Janet Ore and Dr. Sarah Payne, Colorado State University
October 23:      A Real Cowboy: Kent Smith, Smith Sign Company
 
For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222. 
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1/16/2014
NORTHERN COLORADO YOUTH COMPETE AT NUGGETS SKILLS CHALLENGE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com
 
NORTHERN COLORADO YOUTH COMPETE AT NUGGETS SKILLS CHALLENGE
 
The Denver Nuggets Basketball Skills Challenge was held Saturday, January 11 at the Family FunPlex. Forty-seven kids competed in three different skill challenges: dribbling, passing and shooting. The winners in each age division will move on to Sectionals in Windsor on February 23.
 
The Family FunPlex Fieldhouse was the perfect setting for the event. The sport court gym was large enough to accommodate all three activities. The following is a list of all the winners at the event that will be advancing to Sectionals:
Boys age 7/8  Weston Pierce  Girls age 7/8  Jayah Tellez
Boys age 9/10  Zane Aikens  Girls age 9/10  Nakaiya Kuskie
Boys age 11/12  Jonah Fanning  Girls age 11/12  Haley Chavez
Boys age 13/14  Oscar Maldonado Girls age 13/14  Megan Dunn
 
This was the first time that the City of Greeley Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department has hosted the event. Thank you to those participants that came out on Saturday to show off their basketball skills. Congratulations to the above mentioned students advancing in their age divisions; best of luck competing in the next phase of the Skills Challenge! For more information about the event, please contact Braydon Maxwell, Recreation Supervisor at 350.9401.
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1/16/2014
Showerhead Exchange Program in Greeley
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:                                   
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
970-350-9204 or natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:   Showerhead Exchange Program in Greeley
 
Last year, Greeley’s Water Conservation Program presented several successful showerhead exchanges. This project was so well received that more events will happen this year. The City of Greeley will give customers new low-water, high functioning EPA WaterSense labeled showerheads in exchange for older models. To get free showerheads, you must bring your water bill from the City of Greeley Water & Sewer Department and the showerheads you wish to replace. There are several types of showerheads available, including handheld models. Participants can also choose a new showerhead in either chrome or white to match with remaining bathroom fixtures. Greeley water customers can bring old showerheads to the water conservation booth at the following events:

January 25
Winter Farmers' Market
508 8th Avenue
9:00 a.m. to Noon
 
February 22
Winter Farmers' Market
508 8th Avenue
9:00 a.m. to Noon

March 14, 15 & 16
Greeley Tribune Home & Garden Show
Island Grove Park
March 22
Winter Farmers' Market
508 8th Avenue
9:00 a.m. to Noon
 
April 26
Winter Farmers' Market
508 8th Avenue
9:00 a.m. to Noon
 
According to the EPA, showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use, or about 30 gallons per household per day. By replacing a showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, the average family can reduce annual energy and water costs by more than $70 and save 2,900 gallons of water per year—the amount of water it takes to wash more than 70 loads of loads of laundry.
 
Get more information about Greeley’s Water Conservation program at www.greeleygov.com/wc.
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1/16/2014
Greeley Mayor & Bronco Fans Wish Team Well
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
John Pantaleo, Public Information Officer
970-350-9702
john.pantaleo@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Greeley Mayor & Bronco Fans Wish Team Well
Greeley Mayor Tom Norton and residents are cheering on the Broncos for this weekend’s playoff game and their road to the Superbowl.
Please see the attached information regarding an event held on January 14, 2014 as well as a letter from Mayor Norton to the Broncos coaches and team members.
The letter of support, Tribune clipping, and the well wishes have been sent to the Broncos with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock also receiving a copy of the letter.
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1/16/2014
Ballroom with a Twist coming to Greeley Jan. 30
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, Marketing Technician
CPRD – Culture Division, Union Colony Civic Center
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Ballroom with a Twist coming to Greeley Jan. 30
Includes stars from “Dancing with the Stars,” So You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol”
 
The critically acclaimed international dance production, Ballroom with a Twist, plays at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley for only one performance, Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. Choreographed by ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” Emmy nominated Louis van Amstel, the Greeley engagement features “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Chelsie Hightower; “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists Randi Lynn Strong, Jonathan Lee “Legacy” Perez and Jonathan Platero; and “American Idol” finalist Gina Glocksen and Von Smith.
“[Ballroom with a Twist] is just like an explosion of dance. And I swear to you, you will not leave the theater without a smile on your face. It’s so exciting,” says “Dancing with the Stars” professional, Peta Murgatroyd, “We have the same crew that goes round and the same cast, but actually the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ people that come in, they always rotate.”
Ballroom with a Twist is an evening of entertainment for the entire family, highlighted by stunning costumes, magnificent music and breathtaking performances that pushes the boundaries of ballroom dance, infusing it with the energy and intensity of the latest contemporary and hip-hop styles. The show brings a frenzy of sizzling dance moves by professional international dancers spanning Samba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Jive. Combined with several top musical hits, Ballroom with a Twist gives audiences thrills with its variety of music providing a concert soundtrack to the evening.
For further information and tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com. The UCCC’s 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 25th Anniversary season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The 25th Anniversary media sponsor is the Greeley Tribune. The accommodations sponsors are Days Inn Greeley and the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Greeley. The show sponsor is KCOL 600 and Clear Channel Northern Colorado.
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1/15/2014
New Golf Pro Hired at Boomerang Links
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Wayne Leighton, Manager of Golf
Culture, Parks, and Recreation
970-330-7327

Subject:  New Golf Pro Hired at Boomerang Links
 
Wayne Leighton, Manager of City of Greeley Golf Courses announced the hiring of Boomerang Links Golf Pro Robert McNamee.  McNamee is no stranger to the City of Greeley Golf Courses as he was the Head Pro at Highland Hills from 1988 to 1998.  He has been a PGA member since 1983, Head Pro and Director of Golf at Pelican Lakes from 1999 to 2012, and past president of the Colorado Section PGA.
 
After Matt Cantu, former Boomerang Links Golf Pro relocated to Seattle, the City of Greeley went on a nationwide search for their next Golf Pro. “His familiarity with the Greeley Golf Courses, our changing weather, and the local players was a good combination to have.  It feels really good to have him back,” commented Wayne Leighton. “We are starting to lay out plans for our upcoming season and we are all excited.”
 
The Boomerang Links and Highland Hills Golf Courses are owned by the City of Greeley.  Memberships are available for the 2014 season, and if you purchase one before February 1st, you can pay the membership in two installments.  For additional information on the memberships, junior program or private lessons call 970-353-GOLF (4653) or visit our webpage www.GolfInGreeley.com

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1/14/2014
Greeley Police Department Annual Awards Ceremony
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
Desk: 970-351-5383   Cell: 970-371-3708
susan.west@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Greeley Police Department Annual Awards Ceremony
 
Each year the Greeley Police Department recognizes individuals for outstanding accomplishments, and with the start of the New Year the time is upon us again.  This year’s ceremony is January 15, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Monfort Concert Hall at the Union Colony Civic Center, 701 10th Avenue, Greeley. 
 
The Citizen’s Certificate of Merit is awarded to individuals whose actions exemplify excellence in performance of civic responsibilities; show unselfish devotion to their fellow man and the community in which they live; or whose actions bring honor to him/herself and recognition to the City.
 
The Citizen’s Certificate of Merit will be awarded to Ararso Kemer and Mike Mangelluzzi for the assistance they provided police officers in the apprehension of a “Weld’s Most Wanted” fugitive on November 5, 2013.  Mr. Mangelluzzi chased the suspect who entered the apartment of Mr. Kemer.  Mr. Kemer, in turn, grabbed the suspect, opened the door for police and the suspect was taken into custody.  Neither the suspect, the police nor any citizens were harmed during the arrest of an extremely dangerous felon.
 
The Life Saving Award is awarded to any police employee or citizen for the saving of a human life. 
Officers Brown and Romero will receive the award for their efforts in rescuing a woman hanging over the guardrail at the Highway 85 overpass over 8th Ave on March 12, 2013.  The officers discovered the woman was committed to taking her own life, but were able through good verbal skills, patience and rapport building to prevent her from jumping from the overpass.
 
On August 13, 2013, Officer Justin Whipple responded to a medical call of a thirty-three year old female experiencing cardiac arrest.  Upon his arrival he immediately began CPR, and due to his immediate actions the female began talking and breathing on her own.
 
Officer Novar Garcia is receiving the Life Saving Award for providing immediate medical attention to a stabbing victim on July 2, 2013.  Officer Garcia found the victim bleeding and losing consciousness.  He began applying direct pressure to the wound, accompanied her to the hospital, and medical personnel indicated his immediate actions directly impacted her ability to survive.
 
On the cold, fifteen degree night of February 19, 2013, Officer Tim Young was dispatched to a report of a male party sleeping in the area of 14th Avenue and 9th Street.   Both officers and medical personnel searched for approximately 15 minutes, locating no one.  Officer Young diligently continued to search for the male and finding him thirteen  blocks away with minimal covering, suffering from hypothermia and barely alive.  His core temperature at the hospital was 74 degrees which normally results in death.  This man ended up making a full recovery.
Sergeant Aaron Carmichael was enjoying a family gathering at Old Chicago on his day off, December 15, 2013.  A man entered the restaurant and was approaching a table when he collapsed to the floor.  He went into cardiac arrest, did not have a pulse and was not breathing.  Sgt. Carmichael immediately began CPR, the man was transported to the hospital and is recovering.  Sgt. Carmichael’s quick action clearly saved the life of this citizen.
 
The Certificate of Merit will be awarded to several individuals for excellence in police work or support activities. 
Officers Elizabeth Finch and Doug Steinhour worked in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security in June to arrest an individual who was looking for families who would provide young children for sexual encounters.  Through their investigative efforts the suspect came to Greeley and was arrested without incident, most certainly saving young children from being victims of sexual assault.
 
On August 24th, 2013, Officers Rebecca Ries and Jackson Brunmeier, and Sergeant Todd Finch responded to a robbery call in the parking lot of an apartment complex.  The suspect tried to assault the victim with a beer bottle, taking an ipad and flight manual from him.  The suspect was located in the area and began running, being chased for several minutes by Officer Brunmeier.  He was eventually taken into custody by Officers Brunmeier, Ries and Sgt. Finch.  Upon his arrest the suspect admitted to having a gun during the incident. 
On September 7, 2013, Greeley police investigated the stabbing of a female victim.  The suspect was determined to be her common law husband.  Officer Wes Doney familiarized himself with the suspect and began surveillance in several locations.  On September 9th, his day off, Officer Doney was driving in south Greeley when he saw the suspect in the parking lot of a local business. Officer Doney contacted dispatch, kept the suspect in view and provided updates to responding officers.  The suspect was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder.
 
In the spring of 2013, Officer John McNerney opened a problem oriented policing project on a local bar after several major incidents occurred there.  Through his presence and perseverance the bar and its staff received two citations.  The incidents were thoroughly documented and ultimately resulted in the bar shutting down, removing a problem establishment from the City of Greeley. 
 
In yet another liquor investigation, Officer Brian Hunziker contacted a visibly intoxicated person in a local bar.  In this investigation, Officer Hunziker went above and beyond and put together a comprehensive investigation, resulting in the suspension of the establishment’s liquor license for a period of time.  The City Attorney’s Office commented that Officer Hunziker’s investigation and testimony were instrumental in proving the case. 
 
In early summer, Lt. Brad Goldschmidt retired from the police department leaving a vacancy on A platoon for a watch commander. As candidates applied and tested, Sgt. Bill West was approached by command staff and asked to become the acting lieutenant and watch commander until a replacement could be selected.  Sgt. West accepted without hesitation; accepting responsibility for two entire shifts of officers, in addition to his regular assignment as the Special Enforcement Team supervisor and direct supervisor of several patrol officers.  Sgt. West instantly became accountable for the performance of 29 employees.  Acting Lieutenant West performed his duties exceptionally well and managed resources to ensure the Police Department accomplished it mission.
The Police Commendation Bar is awarded to any police employee for outstanding contributions to law enforcement through the success of difficult police projects, programs, or situations with such contributions being made in a highly professional degree of accomplishment. 
 
Beginning in March 2008 and lasting through November 2012, several police officers, sergeants and lieutenants worked in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate the armed drug trafficking and violent criminal activity of a local street gang.  Their efforts resulted in the arrest of 31 people, with 145 federal indictments.  Officers Craig Bollig, Jason Edwards, Michael Prill, Robert Cash, Zach St. Aubyn, Dan Frazen, Jeff Smith, Josh Dice, Sergeants Todd Finch and Roy Smith, and Lieutenant Adam Turk will receive the Police Commendation Bar for their roles in this extensive investigation.
 
The Federal Government has a program, DRMO – Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office, which makes government surplus items available to local law enforcement and public service agencies.  Officer Andy Gilmore offered to be the liaison with this office to assist the police department in obtaining equipment for which monies had not been budgeted.  Officer Gilmore committed himself to the assignment and his continued involvement has resulted in the receipt of equipment well over several thousand dollars. 
 
Sergeant Jim Blush is receiving the Police Commendation Bar in recognition of his service to the Weld County Drug Task Force.  Sgt. Blush is returning to patrol after five and one-half years as the sergeant of the task force.  The task force sergeant has a unique assignment as he is required to supervise investigators from other agencies and he must coordinate investigations with other task forces and federal agencies.  Sergeant Blush has gone out of his way to provide excellent service to the task force and the investigators he supervises. 
 
In April 2012, the Weld County Drug Task Force became involved in a large scale drug trafficking investigation.  Officer Doug Steinhour was assigned as the lead investigator.  The complex investigation resulted in the seizure of well over half a million dollars in cash and vehicles, sixteen pounds of cocaine, five pounds of methamphetamine, and the arrest of twenty high level dealers throughout the country, but all with ties to Weld County.  Officer Steinhour is being awarded the Police Commendation Bar, and the Certificate of Merit is being awarded to Greeley Police Officers Mike Moran, Tanya Gutierrez, Theodore Ryan, Sergeant James Blush, Weld County Sheriff’s Deputies John Tucker and Mark Geyer, Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Chris Calarco and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Rich Ojala. 
The Meritorious Conduct Bar is to be awarded for heroic deed and exceptional meritorious conduct involving exemplary courage, risk and danger to personal safety.
On April 7, 2013, the communications center received a disturbance call.  While officers were enroute, the dispatcher could hear a female saying “put the knife down” and could hear a struggle.  Upon arrival the officers – Bryan Self, Novar Garcia, James Coggswell, Alex Cowan and Jerry Burroughs – learned a male had been stabbed and the suspect was still in the apartment with the victim’s adult daughter.  The officers knew they must make immediate entry as any delay could result in additional injuries or loss of life.  The officers entered, confronted the suspect in a small bathroom in close proximity to the daughter.  She was ultimately rescued and the suspect taken into custody.  A ten-inch butcher knife was found in the bathroom.
 
An officer was investigating a domestic violence situation on April 30, 2013.  The suspect was determined to be living under a bridge on 11th Avenue, and Officers Annette Holloway and Chris Huet went there to locate him.  The suspect was hiding from them, and when ordered to come out he produced a hatchet and knife, menacing the officers, telling them to shoot him.  Officers Kyle Peltz, Bryan Self, and Alex Cowan arrived to assist, eventually taking the suspect into custody without the use of deadly force.   For their efforts in this extremely volatile situation Officers Holloway and Huet will be awarded the Meritorious Conduct Bar.  Officers Peltz, Self and Cowan will be awarded the Certificate of Merit.
 
Civilian Employee of the Year – JoAnn Castle
JoAnn is a forty-three year employee and is one of the greatest resources for the police department.  She helps with Spanish interpretation, manages the department cell phones and department keys, and is responsible for paying the department’s vendors correctly and efficiently.  She has been instrumental in the implementation of the Department’s new time keeping system, insuring that everyone in the department is paid correctly and on time. 
 
Officer of the Year – Brian Hunziker
Officer Hunziker is a five year veteran of the Greeley Police Department.  He has earned the admiration of his fellow officers, supervisors, and surrounding agencies for his strong work, passion for justice and diligent approach to police work.  He is not content with mediocrity and sets high standards for himself which in turn is an inspiration to those around him.  Officer Hunziker has arrested numerous DUI drivers over the course of the year, and is diligent in traffic enforcement, exemplifying the Department’s goal of improving traffic safety.  Officer Hunziker is dedicated to the law enforcement profession and specifically, to the Greeley Police Department.  Officer Hunziker, quiet and soft spoken, is a silent leader and is always the first to help and last to go home.  He places organizational interests ahead of personal convenience.  His commitment, proactive approach and extreme dedication to the police profession speak volumes. 
Awards will also be presented for years of service, years of safe driving and marksmanship. 
 
There are numerous officers receiving these awards, but there are a few worthy of individual mention.
For safe driving – 20 years – Officer Alden Hill
       25 years – Sergeant Bill West
       30 years – Sergeant James McEachron
For Years of Service – 20 years – Officer Steve Perkins
    25 years – Sergeants Bill West and Kell Hulsey, Dispatcher Lena
           Melendez
    30 years – Officers Keith Andersen, Stacy Clinton, Novar Garcia
    35 years – Sergeant James McEachron, Lieutenant Steve Nelson
Retiree – Lieutenant Brad Goldschmidt – 32 Years of Service   
 
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1/14/2014
Luther Park playground to be replaced
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Sarah Boyd, Parks Planner
970-336-4180, sarah.boyd@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Luther Park playground to be replaced
 
 Beginning next week, Jan 13, the playground at Luther Park will be removed for replacement.
In the coming weeks, City of Greeley Parks staff will be working with residents to select new play equipment. Construction of equipment and safety surfacing is expected to take place in the spring.
 
“We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause. Please use this time to explore some of Greeley’s other park locations: Lincoln (10th Ave & 9th St), Sherwood (29th Ave & 13th St), Broadview (28th Ave & 6th St) or Franklin Park (31st Ave & 6th St),” said Sarah Boyd, Parks Planner. For additional questions or concerns, please contact Boyd, at 970-336-4180.
 
For more information about the City of Greeley Parks visit www.greeleygov.com/parks or call 970-350-9390.
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1/13/2014
Special Creative District Community Gathering Set
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Becky Safarik, Assistant City Manager/President, Greeley Creative District
970.350.9785
becky.safarik@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Special Creative District Community Gathering Set
 
The Greeley Creative District kicks off the year with a gathering full of information and a special way to experience the contributions of area Creatives that is free and open to the public. The Creatives Event takes place at the Downtown Greeley Ice Haus at 900 8th Ave. on Wednesday, January 15th starting at 5:30 p.m. with a networking reception for area artists and community members who will hear about:
- Local art events and exhibitions on tap
- An invitation to be part of an Art-related Guinness World Record attempt
- High School Student Art Award competition
- A new MUSE program for aspiring student artists
- Presentation of an emerging Creative District Way-finding system
 
The District reception will be capped off with an exceptional demonstration of ice carving by acclaimed artist Chef Michael Pizzuto, who has represented the United States in international competitions and has carved Denver Zoo ice sculptures. 
 
The carving will take place in the outside plaza starting at about 6:15 p.m., made comfortable for the public with outdoor heaters and lighting.  Chef Pizzuto will be carving a horse figure to reflect the Chinese New Year that commences at the end of the month. 
 
In keeping with Chinese tradition those attending the event will be offered a red envelope symbolizing good fortune and with a card to wish positive thoughts for another in the coming year.  Football fans may want to stop by to see the Ice Horse and wish the Broncos a Super Bowl win, something that has not occurred since the team moved its Summer Training Camp from Greeley!  Attendees are encouraged to bring cameras to capture the ice sculpture since it is a temporary art piece.
 
For information about this event or the Creative District, call Becky Safarik at the City of Greeley at 350-9785 or visit the District website at www.greeleycreativedistrict.org.  
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1/13/2014
Greeley’s Water Conservation Rebates Save Water and Money
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
970-350-9204
natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Greeley’s Water Conservation Rebates Save Water and Money
 
Greeley offers water conservation rebates to residential and commercial water customers. For products purchased within the last 90-days of 2013, there is still a little time to apply for a rebate.
After January 14, 2014, the 2013 program ends and only products purchased in 2014 will be eligible for a rebate.
The items rebated for indoor use include low-flow toilets, high-efficiency clothes washers, and a variety of products for commercial customers. Complete details on the program and application materials are available online, www.greeleygov.com/rebates. Outdoor rebates for sprinkler system components are also available after customers receive an irrigation audit, signup now to receive an audit in the spring or summer.
 
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a family of four that replaces its home's older toilets with WaterSense labeled models will, on average, save more than $90 per year in reduced water utility bills, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets. Look for the EPA WaterSense label when purchasing a low-water use and high-performance toilet.
Visit www.greeleygov.com/rebates for more information on Greeley’s Water Conservation Rebate program or call 970-336-4134.
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1/10/2014
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW
 
Tickets are on sale now for the 4th annual Father Daughter Dance at the Greeley Recreation Center Friday, January 31 & Saturday, February 1 — fathers and daughters of all ages are welcome. There are three dances to choose from – Friday at 6pm & Saturday at 1pm or 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Family FunPlex, 1501 65th Avenue, the Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Avenue, or by phone at 970.350.9400 or 970.350.9401.        
           
This is a great opportunity for fathers to spend some quality time with their princess and enjoy an evening filled with wonderful memories. Tickets are just $20 in advance per couple or $25 per couple the day of the dance. Each additional daughter is $10. Ticket prices include the dance, finger foods, refreshments and a professional photo of dads and their special girl.
           
The event is sponsored by K99 & Tri-102.5, The Greeley Tribune, Merry Makers and Decorators, the Music Man DJ, the University of Northern Colorado’s Behind the Lens, UNC Catering, Mariposa Flowers, Plants & Gifts, Northern Colorado’s Disc Jockey and Weld Waits.
             
Don’t miss the 2014 Father Daughter Dance…it will be a night to remember with exquisite decorations, fun music, flowers and more! For further details about the dance visit http://greeleygov.com/Recreation/SpecialEvents.aspx or call the Greeley Recreation Center 970.350.9400 or Family FunPlex at 970.3150.9401 and pick up your tickets today for this spectacular event before they sell out.
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1/8/2014
Starting the New Year Off Right – Save a Life
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Division Chief/Fire Marshal Dale Lyman
970-350-9511; 970-590-5507
 
Subject: Starting the New Year Off Right – Save a Life
The City of Greeley, now celebrating the designation of a Heart Safe Community, is offering a free CPR/AED course on Saturday, January 18th at 9:00 am. This is a short non-certified course to teach Greeley citizens CPR and understand the use of an Automated External Defibrillator or AED.  The course is approximately a 1 ½ hour in length.
Studies show that if people do not receive CPR within 3 minutes and defibrillation within 5 minutes, their odds of survival drop dramatically.  That’s why the Heart Safe City Project was created to train as many people as possible in CPR and getting as many AEDs as possible in public places.
Class will be held:
• Saturday, January 18th at 9:00 a.m. at the Greeley Fire Department, Station #1, 919 7th Street, Nusbaum Training Room.
           
This class is made possible from a generous donation by the NCMC Foundation
To sign up please call the Greeley Fire Department at (970) 350-9508 or email susan.frame@greeleygov.com. Please include your name and phone number.
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12/31/2013
Greeley-Evans Transit (GET) New Year’s Day Schedule
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Lori Bernal, Transit Specialist
(970) 350-9829
Lori.Bernal@Greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Greeley-Evans Transit (GET) New Year’s Day Schedule
 
The Greeley-Evans Transit service, (GET) will not be in operation on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, New Year’s Day.  Fixed route bus service, Paratransit van service and Demand Response service will not operate on this day. The Transit Services office will be also be closed. 
 
For additional information, please contact GET at 970-350-9287.

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12/30/2013
Downtown Recycling Center to close
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Karen Scopel, Natural Resources Manager
970-350-9783
karen.scopel@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Downtown Recycling Center to close
 
The Downtown Recycling Center located at 3rd Street and 11th Avenue will be closing January 12th.  According to Gallegos Sanitation, which owns the equipment and operates the facility, the costs of providing the service at the facility have exceeded revenue from the materials, making it financially unfeasible to continue operating the site.
 
Recycling services at this location have been provided by private companies since its opening in April 2009. The original operator, National Recycling, leased the site from the Greeley Urban Renewal Authority. That company went out of business in late 2011. Gallegos Sanitation purchased the equipment and entered into an agreement with the City of Greeley in early 2012 to provide the recycling services. The City has provided some financial support that covers labor costs associated with opening and closing the site daily, electric service for the compactors, and landscape maintenance. Gallegos Sanitation provided the equipment and the hauling and processing of the collected materials. According to Sid Doering, local program manager for Gallegos Sanitation, the value of the recycling materials has not been enough to cover the costs of operating the program. “While the company would love to provide this service to the community, the operational losses are too much to absorb and continue running a successful business.”
 
According to Karen Scopel, Natural Resources Manager with the City of Greeley, the City is not currently budgeted to pick up additional costs to subsidize this recycling program. Current estimates are that it would cost between $45,000 and $55,000 per year to fund the program. In addition to the normal costs, a significant problem at the facility was illegal disposal of materials, including household garbage, electronics and other materials. “This misuse of the site caused increased costs, as well as loss of value of the materials that were intended to be recycled due to contamination,” Scopel stated.
 
Local residents who would like to recycle have several options including adding recycling to their curbside trash collection for a fee. Check with your trash company for details. Northern Colorado Disposal has a free drop-off service at their facility located at 14902 WCR 64 which is on the southwest corner of 59th Avenue and O Street, north of Greeley. Their hours are Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is a “newspaper only” collection bin at the Westlake Shopping Center, 20th Street and 35th Avenue, behind the King Soopers store. The Greeley Organic Waste (GROW) facility on East 8th Street remains open. The GROW site is available for disposal of organic wastes such as wood from trees and shrubs, leaves, grass clippings, etc. Fees are charged based on the volume and type of material. Winter hours at this facility are Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The GROW site direct phone number is 673-2042.
The City encourages residents to reduce the amount of waste they generate by buying products with less packaging, finding ways to reuse and repurpose materials, donating usable items to local organizations who resell them, and to compost organics at home or take them to the GROW facility.
 
The City offers information on reducing, reusing, repurposing and recycling on its website at www.greeleygov.com/recycle. Another source of information and ideas is http://Earth911.com.

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12/30/2013
Greeley Museums seeking donations to preserve unique historic artifacts
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Peggy Ford Waldo, Development Curator
City of Greeley Museums
970-350-9217, peggy.ford@greeleygov.com

Greeley Museums seeking donations to preserve unique historic artifacts
 
Last week, two fourth-generation Greeley/Weld County residents visited the Greeley History Museum and offered to sell 320 letters from prospective Union Colony colonists, all written in December, 1869, along with a small Bible given to Arvilla Meeker, by her son, Ralph, in 1864. 
 
These letters were written in response to an article in The New York Tribune, by Nathan Cook Meeker, Greeley’s founder.  Meeker, having visited Colorado Territory in October 1869, returned to his home in Brooklyn, NY with visions of founding a utopian temperance and agricultural colony here.  Meeker’s article encouraged those interested in joining this colony venture to write to him and within a month, over 3,000 people wrote letters to Meeker, many ready to jump on the train and “head to Colorado Territory.”  In April, 1870, Meeker’s joint-stock colonization company known as the Union Colony, established the town of Greeley, CO.
 
“What a delightful and unexpected surprise to see this fabulous collection of historical treasures related to the very beginnings of Greeley.  These are priceless historical resources for researchers, authors, and genealogists, and every letter provides insight about why people were so interested in coming West with Nathan Meeker,” commented Dan Perry, Museum Manager. “So far, 64 letters are from individuals who were chosen as colonists.  More research is needed on the remaining 256 letters to see if others made the cut from applicant to colonist.”   
 
Because of financial circumstances, the letters in the estate cannot be donated to the Greeley Museums, but must be sold within two months.  They have been appraised for $15,685.00.  The Greeley Museums’ budget, however, doesn’t allow artifacts to be purchased.  All historical artifacts owned by the Museums have been donated by generous citizens of Greeley and Weld County since 1901. 
 
At a joint meeting of the Greeley Museums Heritage Foundation and the Greeley Museums Advisory Board last Thursday, all members pledged to help raise the funds needed within the next two months to purchase, conserve, and exhibit these original letters as a part of the Museums’ Union Colony collection.  Digital technology will allow the letters to be scanned and their contents made available to the public for research, education, and enjoyment.
 
Anyone wishing to donate to the “Greeley – Unexpected 1869 Letters Project” can send a check to:  The Greeley Museums Heritage Foundation, 714 8th St., Greeley, CO  80631.  Attention:  Mr. Odie Roberts, GMHF President.   All gifts are tax deductible.  For more information, contact Peggy Ford Waldo at the Greeley Museums, 970.350.9217.

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12/26/2013
Subject: Santa and Greeley Firefighters to Deliver Toys and Gifts
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Division Chief/Fire Marshal Dale Lyman
970-350-9511; 970-590-5507

Subject: Santa and Greeley Firefighters to Deliver Toys and Gifts
 
On Saturday, December 21, firefighters from the Greeley Fire Department will be delivering toys and gifts to Greeley families as part of the annual “Firefighters for Santa” program. The deliveries will be made by Santa riding on a fire engine which will depart Fire Station #3, 150 35th Avenue in Greeley, at 10:00 am. (There will be some room for members of the media to ride on this fire engine)
 
Firefighters for Santa collects toys and gifts each year for families in Greeley who could use some help in making their Christmas a little merrier.

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12/20/2013
Greeley-Evans Transit (GET) Christmas Schedule
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Lori Bernal, Transit Specialist
(970) 350-9829
Lori.Bernal@Greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Greeley-Evans Transit (GET) Christmas Schedule
The Greeley-Evans Transit service, (GET) will not be in operation on Tuesday December 24, 2013 (Christmas Eve Day) or Wednesday December 25, 2013 (Christmas Day).  Fixed route bus service, Paratransit van service and General Public Demand Response service will not operate on these days. The Transit Services office will be also be closed. 
For additional information, please contact GET at 970-350-9287, or visit our website at www.GreeleyEvansTransit.com.
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12/18/2013
Variances of Nature Exhibit at the Tointon Gallery
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation
970-350-9450, kim.snyder@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Variances of Nature Exhibit at the Tointon Gallery
 
Local artists share their hand-crafted works of art created from the natural material of wood, in the new exhibit, Variances of Nature at the Tointon Gallery.  These labors of love will be on display at the Gallery from Dec 20 through Feb 3, 2014.
Every piece exhibits strength and beauty with each individual form and function. Contributing artists are members of the Rocky Mountain Woodturners:  Frank and Elizabeth Amigo, Vince Wilson, Hoyle Curtis, Kent Krueger, Doug Schneiter, and Allen Jensen. Pieces will also be exhibited by, William Nesse (luthier), Dana Gustafson (kayak builder) and Jeffrey Hughes (wood carver).
 
On Friday, Jan 3 visitors have chance to meet and talk with the artists at the exhibit reception from 5 – 7 pm. Ren Merry will also be entertaining with a live guitar performance. Refreshments will be provided.
 
The Tointon Gallery is located in the Greeley Downtown Recreation Center at 651 10th Ave.  The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm, and during performances in the Monfort Concert Hall. Gallery admission is free. For more information contact Kim Snyder at 970-350-9450 or visit www.greeleyart.com.
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12/18/2013
City of Greeley Administrative Buildings – Christmas and New Years
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
John Pantaleo, Public Information Officer
970-350-9702
john.pantaleo@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  City of Greeley Administrative Buildings – Christmas and New Years Holiday Schedules
Greeley City Hall, located at 1000 10th Street; the City Hall Annex at 1100 10th Street; the Public Works Administration Building at 1001 9th Avenue; and the Lincoln Park Annex at 919 7th Street (including Municipal Court) will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday.
 
These offices are also closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 for the New Year’s Day holiday. 
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12/18/2013
New Manager of Cultural Affairs

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Pilar De Jesus, Marketing Manager
Culture, Parks, and Recreation
970-350-9259, pilar.dejesus@greeleygov.com


Subject:  New Manager of Cultural Affairs

Greeley’s Culture, Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the hiring of a new Cultural Affairs Manager. On November 25, Jason Evenson was promoted from his position as Technical Services Coordinator at the Union Colony Civic Center.

Evenson has over 20 years of theatrical experience in a wide variety of positions including booking agent, producer, executive director, consultant, designer, stage manager and all areas of technical support.  Since 2005 he has been working as the Technical Services Coordinator for the UCCC.  Evenson also owned his own business, Evenson Technical Services, a full service theatrical solutions company for 12 years.

Andrew McRoberts, Director of CPRD, is thrilled to continue to work with Evenson as they have gotten to know each other over the past two years.  “Jason has a very high work ethic and brings a new energy and excitement to our Cultural Affairs Division.  He has an enthusiastic and dedicated passion, along with an outstanding staff, to carry out the City’s mission for quality and excellence!”

The Cultural Affairs division of CPRD is made up of the Greeley History Museums, the Union Colony Civic Center and Greeley’s Public Art Program.   Evenson will directly supervise lead staff in each of these areas along with working with citizen advisory boards for each operation.

For more information about Greeley’s Culture, Parks and Recreation Department, visit www.greeleygov.com/cprd


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12/17/2013
Subject: Know the Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Division Chief/Fire Marshal Dale Lyman
970-350-9511; 970-590-5507
 
Subject:  Know the Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
 
The Greeley Fire Department reminds residents to take steps in their homes to help prevent potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by incomplete combustion in home heating systems, gas ovens, dryers, fireplaces and automobile engines. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can be fatal.
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are flu-like and often include headache, sleepiness, weakness, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the chest.  If you or your family experiences these symptoms:
• Call 911 or seek emergency medical attention.
• Stop using the suspected gas appliance immediately and call Atmos Energy’s Emergency hotline at 1.866.322.8667.
• Do not use the appliance until it has been inspected, serviced and determined to be safe by a qualified plumber or a heating contractor.
Help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
• Hire a qualified heating system professional each year to inspect all natural gas appliances and venting systems in your home to ensure that they are working properly.  Atmos Energy customers can find qualified plumbers and contractors by visiting www.atmosenergy.com
• Install carbon monoxide detectors in the home on all floors where bedrooms are located.  Detectors identify traces of carbon monoxide in the home and sound an alarm when carbon monoxide is detected.
• Do not idle a car in an attached garage.  Doing so allows a large amount of carbon monoxide to enter the home.  Instead, back the car completely out of the garage and close the garage door while the vehicle warms up.
• Make sure that your chimneys and flues are clean and unobstructed and that appliances have proper ventilation systems.
• Remove clutter from around gas furnaces and water heaters to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air.  Change furnace filters regularly.
• Do not use natural gas ovens as a heating source.  The burning of natural gas produces carbon monoxide that is safely ventilated when the oven door is closed, but is released into the kitchen when the door is open.
• Do not use charcoal indoors for either cooking or heating.  Burning charcoal releases carbon monoxide.
• Make sure kerosene and other portable heaters are vented to the outside.
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12/17/2013
2013 Greeley Lights the Nights Winners Announced
December 16, 2013
For immediate release
For more information, contact:
Emily Odiwuor, Marketing Assistant
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9216, Emily.odiwuor@greeleygov.com

Subject: 2013 Greeley Lights the Nights Winners Announced
 
Winners of the annual Greeley Lights the Nights Holiday Lighting Contest have been chosen.  Judges based their scores on color, originality and overall appearance. All entries were required to be located within Greeley City limits. Certificates of Recognition will be awarded for each of the 7 categories listed below at the December 17th City Council Meeting. 
A map is available for anyone who wishes to visit these locations and enjoy the lights.  
 
Here is a list of this year’s winners:
Best 1st Time Entry — Kevin Claussen • 5320 W 24th St.
O Holy Night Award (Best Nativity Scene) — Mark & Karen Florio • 2249 13th St.
Up on the Housetop (Best Rooftop Decoration) — Bryce & Joe Hopper • 101 42nd Ave.
KFKA’s Choice Award — Gateway Place Apartments • 3750 W 24th St.
Most Humorous Display Award – Steve Evans • 1705 69th Ave.
Mayor’s Choice Award – William Ames • 104 53rd Ave.
Greeley Tribune Award – Mariposa Plants and Flowers • 801 8th St. Suite 110
Should Have Entered (A.K.A. The Judges Got Lost) – 2107 22nd St.
 
For more information visit www.greeleygov.com/festivals and scroll to the bottom of the page.  A virtual map of the houses can be found here:  http://gis3.greeleygov.com/LightTour/index.html#

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12/16/2013
THE GREELEY CHORALE CULMINATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH DECEMBER 21 CONCERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Justin Bass, Marketing Technician
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
Ph. 970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: THE GREELEY CHORALE CULMINATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH DECEMBER 21 CONCERT
 
The internationally renowned Greeley Chorale presents “Handel’s Holiday Hits & Festive Favorites” on the Monfort Concert Hall stage at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley on Saturday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m.
“I realize this concert is bumping right up to Christmas, but I want to invite everyone to join us, relax from the rigors of the holidays, and enjoy some traditional holiday music,” said Chorale Artistic Director Dr. Galen Darrough. “In fact, we’re giving people a chance to join us in singing two of the best-known choruses in Messiah: “And the glory of the Lord” and “Hallelujah.” Whether you sound like a bullfrog or sing like an angel, you’re invited to raise your voice as we celebrate one of the world’s most-loved choral works.”
While the entire Christmas portion of Messiah will not be presented, this concert includes the solos and choruses most familiar to audiences around the world. Soloists for Messiah are Michael Foerster, tenor; Dr. Jacquie Bowen, mezzo-soprano; and Briana Sibley, soprano.
“However, Messiah is only the first half of our concert,” explained Heather Garwood, Chorale administrator. “Our second half features songs that are time-honored holiday favorites, from “Silent Night” to “Jingle Bells!” Dr. Dale Edwards, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at UNC, wrote, and will conduct, the arrangement the Chorale will sing for “Silent Night.” Also in the concert are two solos, “Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night),” sung by Heather Dennis, mezzo-soprano; and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” sung by Barbara Brackett, soprano.
“Handel’s Holiday Hits & Festive Favorites” is produced in cooperation with the Union Colony Civic Center, and sponsored by Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center. For this concert only, patrons may obtain a free student ticket with every paid adult ticket purchased. For further information, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com . The UCCC 25th Anniversary is the season to… Come See The Stars!
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12/13/2013
ENJOY THE SEASON WITH SOME HOLIDAY CHEER
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: ENJOY THE SEASON WITH SOME HOLIDAY CHEER
 
Kick off the season with some festive music and holiday entertainment with Christmas in Candyland by the Greeley Ice Haus Skate School skaters and Mountain View Skating Club. The ice show takes place this week – Friday, December 13 from 6-7pm & Saturday, December 14 from 4-5pm.Tickets are on sale now and available at the door – it’s just $7 per person, kids 2 and under are free! For a full list of special events this month and next, visit www.greeleygov.com/recreation/specialevents.aspx.
If you’re looking for something for the kids to do while they’re on their Christmas break from school, why not take some Ice Skating classes? The Greeley Ice Haus will be offering a Skate School Session Thursday, December 26-Sunday, December 29 (12-12:45pm Snowplow Sam 1-3 & 12:45-1:30pm Basic 1 & 2). It’s only $53 for residents/$63 for non-residents. Registration ends December 21.
Or why not come on over to the Family FunPlex or Greeley Recreation Center and Take A Swim Break Dec 20, 23, 26, 27, 30, 31 & Jan 2, 3 from 1-5pm. View their amenities online, visit www.familyfunplex.com or www.greeleygov.com/recreation and click on the Greeley Recreation Center link.
         
This weekend also marks the 24th Annual Community Christmas Party at the Rodarte Community Center Saturday, December 14 from 10am-2pm. Children will be able to visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, enjoy holiday treats, make a festive craft, and those ages 10 and under will receive a Christmas gift. This year’s event will surely be a big hit with the help of Kaiser Permanente – the event sponsor. For more information call 970.350.9430 or visit www.greeleygov.com/recreation/Rodartespecialevents.aspx.
         
The following is a list of our facilities hours and closures during the holidays:
 
Tuesday, Dec 24  
FunPlex - closes at 2pm
Ice Haus - open 9am-4pm
Senior Center - Closed
Greeley Rec Ctr - Closed
Rodarte CC - Closed
 
Wednesday, Dec 25 
FunPlex - Closed
Ice Haus - Open 6-9pm
Senior Center - Closed
Greeley Rec Ctr - Closed
Rodarte CC - Closed 
 
Tuesday, Dec 31
FunPlex - Closes at 5pm
Ice Haus - Open 12-5pm
Senior Cnt - Open 8am-5pm
Greeley Rec Ctr - Closes at 5pm
Rodarte CC - Open 8am-7pm  
 
Wednesday, Jan 1
FunPlex - Closed
Ice Haus - Open 2-8pm
Senior Center - Closed
Greeley Rec Ctr - Closed
Rodarte CC - Closed
 
There’s no better time than the present to spend with those you care about — and many opportunities to do so locally. While you’re out doing your holiday shopping, why not pick up a gift certificate for the Family FunPlex, Greeley Recreation Center, Greeley Ice Haus and the Father Daughter Dance – they make great stocking stuffers! For details call (970) 350-9400.            
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12/12/2013
DISNEY’S MUSICAL ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ COMING TO GREELEY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Justin Bass, Marketing Technician
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
Ph. 970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: DISNEY’S MUSICAL ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ COMING TO GREELEY
 
The classic tale Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Union Colony Civic Center on Tuesday, December 17 at 7 p.m. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, the hit Broadway musical has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide will grace the Monfort Concert Hall stage for one night only.
Many, many children and parents have the songs from "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" etched in their brains. It inspired the creation of Disney's first-ever stage musical, and the live-action version of the story played on Broadway for 13 years and more than 5,000 performances. More than 35 million people worldwide have fallen in love with this classic musical love story.
The story goes as follows: a formerly handsome prince and his castle, due to an unfortunate encounter with a witch, suffer under a magical spell that drains life from its inhabitants and makes some of them more and more like inanimate objects. The prince has been transformed into an unsightly monster. The servants caught up in his plight are his head butler Cogsworth, who is becoming a grandfather clock; the head footman, Lumière, who is changing into a candelabrum; the cook, Mrs. Potts, and her son, Chip, who are turning into a teapot and a chipped teacup.
The curse can be reversed only if someone falls in love with the Beast, despite his hideous appearance. As luck would have it, a smart and beautiful young woman named Belle ends up at the castle looking for her lost father and suddenly there's hope for everyone.
"Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a simple morality tale and love story, told with some of Disney’s most memorable music,” explains Cultural Affairs Manager Jason Evenson, “This is a show the entire family will enjoy, and we encourage everyone to take a break from the hectic holidays and enjoy this terrific show.”
For further information, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online at www.ucstars.com . The UCCC 25th Anniversary is the season to… Come See The Stars!
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12/10/2013
City Manager Makes Government Info Available
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Roy Otto, City Manager
(970) 350-9774
roy.otto@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Greeley City Manager Makes Government Info Available
 
During this past election season, Greeley City Manager Roy Otto received several questions from residents about the city manager retention vote in Greeley. After discussions with these residents, he realized that the public lacked information about the job of a city manager.
 
In order to provide information for residents about the role of a city manager, he is encouraging residents to visit the City’s website, www.greeleygov.com and use the Life. Well Run link on the homepage to learn more about local government and a city manager’s responsibilities. Links are provided to a webpage and short video.
 
These resources are provided by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) via their new program called Life. Well Run.
 
ICMA is an organization that credentials city managers to help assure that they have the skills to run a city.  ICMA credentialing requires applicants to go through extensive training to ultimately be qualified to serve as a city government leader. 
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12/9/2013
2013 Festival of Trees Winners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Rhonda Welch, Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department, Festival Coordinator
970.350.9451
Rhonda.Welch@Greeleygov.com

SUBJECT:  2013 Festival of Trees Winners

After tabulating festival attendee's ballots, the 2013 Festival of Trees People's Choice Award was given to Pope Farm’s Produce and Garden Center, St. Nick’s Pick was awarded to Mariposa Plants & Flowers, Mrs. C’s Favorite Tree went to West Ridge Animal Hospital & Sirius Fun Doggy Daycare and the Kid's Choice Award was presented to First Congregational Church Preschool.  If you are interested in participating in the 2014 Festival of Trees, contact Rhonda Welch in the Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department at 350-9451.
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12/9/2013
Historic Greeley, Inc and the City of Greeley to Receive History Colorado’s 2014 Stephen H. Hart Award
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Betsy Kellums, Community Development Department, Historic Preservation Specialist
970.350.9222
Betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Historic Greeley, Inc and the City of Greeley to Receive History Colorado’s 2014 Stephen H. Hart Award
 
History Colorado has announced that the City of Greeley and Historic Greeley, Inc. have been chosen to receive the 2014 Stephen H. Hart Award for collaborative efforts for Comprehensive Outreach and Education for historic preservation.  History Colorado will present the award at a ceremony on February 5th at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, in downtown Denver. 
 
Historic Greeley, Inc. and the City of Greeley have worked together toward the same goal of preserving Greeley’s historic resources and providing education and assistance to the public toward that goal since the establishment of Historic Greeley, Inc. in 2001.  The City of Greeley established its Historic Preservation department in 1995.  Historic Greeley, Inc. is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of the area’s historic architectural resources.  By advocating for preservation issues, providing resource information, and facilitating preservation projects, Historic Greeley, Inc. is committed to preserving Greeley’s rich heritage.
 
“Many people have been involved in preservation outreach and education in Greeley, including dedicated citizens, Historic Greeley Inc., Historic Preservation Commissioners, City Council and Staff, History Colorado and Colorado Preservation, Inc.  We are truly honored and are excited for the award, and we are energized to continue with the preservation and promotion of Greeley’s history and historic resources,” commented Greeley’s Community Development Director Brad Mueller.
 
Historic Greeley, Inc. President Julia Richard had this to say regarding their partnership with the City and the Hart Award, “Greeley is rich with historic architecture. From Italianates built in the 1870s, to A-frames constructed in the 1970s, Greeley’s homes and buildings tell the story of our community over the years. And as a community we value our history; it gives us a sense of place. The partnership between Historic Greeley, Inc. and the City of Greeley has allowed us to better protect, maintain, and promote our town’s historic structures. That’s a big win for everyone in our community.”
 
A wide range of initiatives and preservation efforts include state funded grant projects; a guidebook to historic buildings in Downtown Greeley; newsletters and annual reports; Historic Preservation Month posters; and production of four editions of a historic preservation documentary entitled Windows of Time.  Educational and outreach preservation events include walking tours; Historic Preservation Month awards and receptions; the History Brown Bag lecture series; Historic Preservation celebrations, including of the “save” of the POW Camp 202 Pillars and of Downtown Greeley from the Colorado Preservation, Inc. Endangered Places List, and of the 10th anniversary of the Downtown Greeley Historic District; a historic property research workshop; and a Historic Building Resource Fair.  Historic Preservation Commissioners and Staff have made many educational presentations to various organizations and school groups, and the Commission hosts a historic preservation informational table at various public events including Farmers’ Market, Arts Picnic and Potato Day.  Through these events and initiatives, the City and Historic Greeley, Inc. have collaborated with the City of Greeley Museums and the Downtown Development Authority as well.
 
For more information about the award and the preservation initiatives, please contact Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist, at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222.  More information about historic preservation in Greeley and the outreach and education projects can be found on the City’s website at http://greeleygov.com/HistoricPreservation/default.aspx.

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