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Centennial Village Hosts Trick-or-Treat Family Event this Weekend
News Release
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Greeley History Museums Curator 
970-350-9275
bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com

Subject: Centennial Village Hosts Trick-or-Treat Family Event this Weekend
 
Once again the Halloween Trick or Treat tradition returns to Centennial Village. Attend Howl-O-Ween at Centennial Village, 1475 A St., on Oct. 25 and 26, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Families are encouraged to wear their spookiest (or silliest) costumes and trick or treat at various structures throughout Centennial Village. There will be games and costume contests as well and a pumpkin patch with pumpkins available for purchase.
This non-spooky, family-friendly event includes Centennial Village’s annual Halloween costumed favorites such as Madame Lyncheska and Judge Roy Hasbeen and is sponsored in part by Agfinity, The Tribune, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Smile Department, Chick fil A, and the Greeley Museums Heritage Foundation.
Admission is $1 children and $2 adults 18 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, contact 970-350-9220 or visit greeleymuseums.com.
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10/21/2014
Public Comment Period for Greeley’s Water Conservation Plan Begins
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Ruth Quade, Water Conservation Coordinator
970-350-9874
ruth.quade@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Public Comment Period for Greeley’s Water Conservation Plan Begins
 
The City of Greeley has drafted an updated Water Conservation Plan. The public comment period for the plan begins on October 15, 2014, and ends on December 15, 2014. 
 
Citizens and other interested parties are encouraged to read and review Greeley’s new Water Conservation Plan.  The plan is available online at www.greeleygov.com/cplan and the webpage has a feedback form for people to provide comments. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to conserve@greeleygov.com.
Hard copies are available to any interested members of the community at City Hall (1000 10th Street) and the Water and Sewer Department at City Hall Annex (1100 10th Street, Suite 300).  Letters will also be accepted by mail to the following address:
City of Greeley Water Conservation
1100 10th Street; Suite 326
Greeley, CO  80631 
 
Water Conservation staff will review all public comments. Proposed changes reflecting the feedback received will be incorporated into the plan, where appropriate, with a final draft presented to the Greeley Water and Sewer Board for adoption on January 21, 2015. 
 
Once adopted by the Water and Sewer Board, it will be sent to the Colorado Water Conservation Board for state approval. The State of Colorado requires that water providers update their water conservation plans, at least every seven years.
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10/16/2014
2014 Free History Brown Bag Series about Greeley History: Final Presentation
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: Final Presentation
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission completes the free 2014 History Brown Bag Series held on the 4th Thursday of each month through October, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  On October 23, 2014 in the Community Room of the museum, Kent Smith will give a presentation entitled “A Real Cowboy.”  According to Mr. Smith, “From bridge builder to sheep shearing to becoming a Real Cowboy, this is an anecdotal historical story about how two brothers became cowboys and ranchers in Colorado.  The subjects of this talk were his grandfather and his great uncle, who like so many others came west to seek their fortunes.  Although not still the Wild West, the eastern plains of Colorado were unforgiving at times and bountiful at others.  "A Real Cowboy" is taken from Mr. Smith’s original biographical history ‘Moore Fun Than Anybody.’”  The public is cordially invited to attend and 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 “A Real Cowboy” History Brown Bag is the final historic preservation event for 2014.  Please call the Historic Preservation Office if you have ideas for future History Brown Bag talks or if you have a history presentation you would like to discuss and potentially present.  For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970.350.9222. 
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10/16/2014
Family Bike Night Planned for Next Wednesday
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Sarah Boyd, Parks Planner 
970-336-4180
Sarah.boyd@greeleygov.com 
Eric Bracke, Traffic Engineer
970-350-9357
Eric.Bracke@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Family Bike Night Planned for Next Wednesday
 
Looking for an excuse to enjoy some healthy family fun next Wednesday? Attend Greeley Bike Night on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Family FunPlex, 1501 65th Ave.
Greeley Bike Night is a free event that includes family-oriented bicycling activities. Specifically, scheduled events include the following:
• A bike rodeo and protected bike lane demonstration from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in the bike rodeo in the Family FunPlex parking lot. Prizes will be awarded to participants. The event also features a temporary, nearby installation of a potential improvement for some of Greeley’s roadways—a protected bike lane. Bring your bike and take a test ride.
• The Sheep Draw Twilight Trail Ride from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Be the first to participate in a group ride celebrating the opening of a connection between the Poudre Trail and Sheep Draw Trail. Lights are recommended, helmets encouraged and costumes are welcome. This is a four-mile, family-friendly ride at dusk that starts at the Family FunPlex and includes luminaries at the trail connection.
• A Community Conversation about the City of Greeley’s Bicycle Master Plan from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants can attend the Community Conversation—which takes place in the Family FunPlex Fun Zone Room—to learn more and comment about potential bicycling improvements to Greeley’s roadways. Refreshments will be served. Research and development funding for the Bike Master Plan was made possible, in part, through a Kaiser Permanente grant.
 
For more information about Greeley Bike Night and the Bicycle Master Plan, visit www.greeleybikemasterplan.com.  
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10/16/2014
Water Efficiency Workshop for Plumbers, Oct. 15 in Fort Collins
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Ruth Quade, Water Conservation Specialist
970-350-9874
ruth.quade@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Water Efficiency Workshop for Plumbers, Oct. 15 in Fort Collins
 
The City of Greeley Water Conservation program is co-sponsoring a workshop for plumbing companies, engineers, suppliers, building department officials, facility and property managers, housing officials, developers and remodelers. This half-day workshop will be held Wed., October 15, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain Innosphere, 320 E. Vine Drive.
The focus of the workshop is on high-performance construction, including LEED, ENERGY STAR® and WaterSense. Also on the agenda are updates to Colorado’s new graywater and WaterSense fixture legislation.
 
Participants will learn about building design practices, technologies and regulations for water-efficient plumbing. A highlight of the workshop will be a hands-on demonstration about hot water design efficiency by nationally acclaimed hot water “guru” Gary Klein.
Register at www.PHCCColorado.org  by clicking on the Events and Education tab. The cost is $10 for PHCC members and $20 for non-members. A light breakfast will be served.
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10/7/2014
CITY OF GREELEY & ACE HARDWARE TEAMINING UP TO KEEP YARD WASTE OUT OF THE LANDFILL
Media Contacts:           
Karen Scopel         
Greeley Natural Resources Manager
970-350-9783 
Karen.Scopel@Greeleygov.com              
 
Kirsten Gurmendi
Ace Hardware of Greeley
303.870.9953
Kirsten@keetonpr.com
 
Subject: CITY OF GREELEY & ACE HARDWARE TEAMING UP TO KEEP YARD WASTE OUT OF THE LANDFILL
 
The City of Greeley and local Ace Hardware owners Rick and Kristi Thomas are teaming up to support a cleaner environment through better yard waste clean-up this fall. Starting today and while supplies last, Ace Hardware of Greeley stores located at 2626 11th Avenue and 3540 W. 10th Street will be giving consumers one FREE 5-pack of 30-gallon compostable paper yard waste bags. The Greeley Organic Waste Facility (GROW) will accept those five bags, filled with leaves, at no cost. The partnership is in support of the City’s efforts to keep yard waste out of the landfill, which according to the Environmental Protection Agency can account for up to 18 percent of the average landfill space.
 
“Yard waste in landfills is a major contributor to the release of methane gas, which has a negative impact on our atmosphere and air quality,” said Greeley Natural Resources Manager, Karen Scopel. “The GROW Facility was started in 2005 to reduce the amount of yard waste being dumped in the landfill. We are encouraging residents to take it to a composting facility to create a product that is beneficial to our soils, improving plant health and conserving water.”
 
“We care deeply about the neighbors we serve, so helping support the efforts of those concerned about the environmental health of our community is something we’re happy to do,” said Ace Hardware of Greeley owner Kristi Thomas.
Consumers will need a coupon to take advantage of the free bag offer. Coupons will be available in store or friends of Ace Hardware of Greeley Stores can print the coupon directly from the store’s Facebook page.  Coupons can also be found online at www.myhelpfulace.com/leaf or on the city’s recycling page.
 
About GROW:
The GROW Facility is located at 1130 E 8th St. Hours through October are Monday – Saturday from 8:00- 5:00. Beginning November 1st the hours will be Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 – 5:00. Call the site at 970-673-2042 or visit www.greeleygov.com/recycle for more information.
 
The regular fee for leaves at the GROW facility is $5.00 per cubic yard or 25 cents per 30 gallon bag with a $5 minimum charge per trip. Composting using the Ace Hardware Paper Yard Waste Bags will be free for the first five bags, through November 30.
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About Ace Hardware
For nearly 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the helpful hardware store in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. With more than 4,600 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Seventy-one independently owned Ace Hardware stores along the Front Range work together to enhance their helpful service and community involvement through the Rocky Mountain Ace Stores (RMAS) dealer organization.  There are approximately 180 Ace Hardware stores throughout Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. More information about Ace can be found at www.myhelpfulace.com.
10/2/2014
Greeley Encourages People to “Shower Better” in October
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
970-350-9204
natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Greeley Encourages People to “Shower Better” in October
 
October is Energy Action Month. What is one action you can take to save energy, water, and money every day? Try replacing your old showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model. Greeley will hold its last showerhead exchange for the year on October 11.  A showerhead exchange booth will be at the Farmers’ Market at 902 7th Avenue between 7:30 a.m. and noon on that day.
 
Showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of all residential indoor water use, or about 30 gallons per household per day. That’s about 1.2 trillion gallons of water every year in the United States. What’s more, it takes energy to heat the water when you shower. This October, Greeley is celebrating Energy Action Month by encouraging residents to “shower better” and  replace old showerheads with WaterSense labeled models to save energy and other resources.
 
“Like all WaterSense labeled products, showerhead models that earn the WaterSense label have been independently certified to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) criteria for water efficiency, force, and flow,” said Ruth Quade, Water Conservation Coordinator for the City of Greeley. “That means you’ll enjoy the same level of water coverage you’ve come to expect, and you’ll shower better, all while saving water, energy, and money on utility bills.”
 
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. What’s more, because it takes energy to heat shower water, that family can save the amount of electricity it takes to power its home for 13 days every year just by switching to a WaterSense labeled showerhead.
 
Get more information about Greeley’s Water Conservation program at www.greeleygov.com/wc.
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10/1/2014
Seager Presents Research on “A Drink for Mr. Cherry” this Friday
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Greeley History Museums Curator 
970-350-9275
bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com

Subject: Seager Presents Research on “A Drink for Mr. Cherry” this Friday
 
The Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., hosts Susan Seager, local resident and researcher, for its First Friday presentation on Friday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m.
 
During the event, Seager will present her in-depth research around Dorothy Gardiner’s 1934 novel “A Drink for Mr. Cherry.” The novel mimics the real events of a murder mystery that happened in Greeley in the early 1900s.
Did these events actually occur? Which prominent murder case could it be?
 
This is a free event and doors open at 5:30 p.m.  The presentation is expected to be an hour long. The museum’s gallery will be open until 7:30 p.m.
 
For more information about Greeley Museum events, visit greeleymuseums.com.
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10/1/2014
Union Colony Civic Center hosting plaque dedication for Historic Meeker School
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: Union Colony Civic Center hosting plaque dedication for Historic Meeker School
 
The Union Colony Civic Center is hosting a small event to dedicate a historical plaque for the Historic Meeker School on Friday, October 3, at 11:30 am in the ticket office lobby. The event is free and located at 701 10th Avenue in Greeley.
The former Greeley Public School was located on the site that is now occupied by the Union Colony Civic Center and Recreation Center. The school, which was built in 1873 and razed in 1922, was the first large brick school in Northeastern Colorado. It featured buttresses, roman arched windows, wheel windows, a mansard roof, and a central tower.
The plaque dedication will be done by Sharon Sheets, the president of the Mountain Prairie Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century. The original plaque dedication was done on October 6, 1989 by then Mountain Prairie Chapter president, Margaret Griffith.
The permanent location of the plaque will only be a few feet from the original school location.
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. It’s a season for You to See the Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 2014-15 season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The season 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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10/1/2014
Ventriloquist Comedienne Coming to the UCCC Friday, October 10
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Ventriloquist Comedienne Coming to the UCCC Friday, October 10
 
Award winner and three-time Ventriloquist of the Year, Lynn Trefzger is performing at the Union Colony Civic Center on Friday, October 10. Tickets had a misprinted time on them. The show is at 6:30 p.m.
Lynn intrigues audiences with her spectacular characters and entertaining performances that children and their families will enjoy. Whether it’s with her precocious 3-year-old, Cloe; Buford W. Bear, an audience favorite; or cantankerous old man Judd, Trefzger is sure to amuse.
“Without a doubt Lynn Trefzger is one of the best ventriloquists in the history of this art form. A true star in the comedy world,” said Bryan W. Simon, Director of the feature film I’m No Dummy. Families can delight in her character’s hilarious antics and even be a part of the show with her unique specialty of creating human puppets.
For 30 years, Lynn has been performing worldwide in a variety of colleges, theatres, cruise ships, and corporations. She has received many awards including Variety Entertainer of the Year, Best Female Performer by Corporate America Magazine, and has received People’s Choice Award by the Ohio Arts Presenters Association. She has also starred in the film I’m No Dummy and has appeared on ABC, TNN, A&E, and Lifetime.
Lynn brings together a multitude of appealing stories complete with a variety of different voices that create a fascinating comedy act to please both young and old. Her acts are never two alike and engage you in the show for an incredible experience.
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. It’s a season for You to See the Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 2014-15 season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The season 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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10/1/2014
NFL’S PUNT, PASS & KICK EVENT IN GREELEY SHOWS LOCAL TALENT
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: NFL’S PUNT, PASS & KICK EVENT IN GREELEY SHOWS LOCAL TALENT
 
The National Football League’s Punt, Pass and Kick event was hosted by the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department on Saturday, September 27 at Monfort Park from 9am-1pm. There was a record number that turned out in Greeley last weekend; the event saw 94 girls and boys compete against each other in punting, passing and place-kicking. Nine of those that participated earned first-place honors and will move on to Sectionals that will be held in Fort Collins on October 26th. They could qualify for the Team Championships competition to be held at Invesco Field at Mile High when the Denver Broncos play the Buffalo Bills.
The winners at Saturday’s event were as follows:  (Girls) Janay Kravig from Greeley finished 1st in the 6-7 year old category; Taryn Kravig, also from Greeley, came in 1st in the 10-11 year old group; Gali Lyons from Greeley placed 1st in the 12-13 year old division; and Genessee Petty from Greeley as well, came in 1st for the 12-13 year old category. (Boys) Austin Finnsalus from Greeley finished 1st in the 6-7 year old category; Lucas Carmichael of Evans came in 1st in the 8-9 year old group; Yahir Chairez from Greeley placed 1st in the 10-11 year old division; Parker Gonser from Greeley finished 1st in the 12-13 year old age group; and Koy Jorgensen from Greeley ranked 1st in the age 14-15 division.
The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick football competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents punting, passing and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. A number of NFL players have competed in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick event, early in their careers including top former and current NFL quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Drew Bledsoe. The National Punt, Pass & Kick competition is administered by USA Football.
            
For more information about this event, call Andrea Haring, Recreation Supervisor, at 970.336.4219.
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10/1/2014
G.Town Promise Launch Event Video Available Online & on GTV8
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Susan Walker, Achieving Community Excellence/G.Town Promise
walkersusan56@gmail.com or 970-302-5933
 
Subject:  G.Town Promise Launch Event Video Available Online & on GTV8
 
In September, Greeley’s Achieving Community Excellence team launched the G.Town Promise initiative. The G.Town Promise event was an incredible success with over 850 in attendance at Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center. The entire event video is now available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/YfLf7PmskV4 and via the City of Greeley website at www.greeleygov.com/gtv8live. Starting October 1, Comcast TV subscribers can also view the entire video on GTV8-channel 8 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. and daily at 2:30 p.m.
 
Along with inspirational speakers and a University of Northern Colorado spoken word poetry group performance, five programs were announced at the event to help all Greeley and Evans students.
 
College Promise - Provides financial assistance for post-secondary education. G.Town Promise, working with the College Promise scholarship program at Aims Community College, will raise additional financial resources and provide increased opportunities for Greeley and Evans high school students for higher education at Aims College and other higher education institutions in Colorado.
 
Young Leaders Discovery & Impact Summit - Students who have already focused on a Career Pathway will use this opportunity to help them refine their goals. This summit will enhance leadership skills for students who are just beginning their post-secondary journey.
 
Career Pathways - Provides youth who attend Greeley-Evans District 6, charter, and private schools, who take advantage of Career Pathways, with support via direct contact with local professionals for business tours, mentoring, job shadowing and internship opportunities.
 
Busing Program - A new free ride program for youth on Greeley Evans Transit (GET) fixed routes helps students take advantage of opportunities to enrich their lives and their educational experiences.
 
Early College High School - Students can earn a high school diploma and two years of college credit at the same time. There is no cost to the student or their family. Up to two years of transferable college credit can be earned tuition free.
 
Please visit www.gtownpromise.com for additional information, links to videos, etc.
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9/30/2014
UCCC Showcases Two Great Performances
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: UCCC Showcases Two Great Performances
 
The Union Colony Civic Center has back to back nights of performances this week with Wynonna and The Big Noise on Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 pm and The Capitol Steps on Friday, October 3 at 7:30 pm.
Wynonna Judd, a five-time Grammy Award winner, and her band The Big Noise is bringing its high energy show to Greeley with some of Wynonna’s biggest hits and their favorite country music covers.
The Capitol Steps have been laughing up their audiences with a unique blend of musical and political comedy since 1981. They have appeared on numerous television shows such as “The Today Show,” “Nightline,” and “CBS Evening News.” They tout being able to show President Obama singing a show tune and Chris Christie doing classical ballet, plus singing hits such as “Putin on a Blitz” and “Everyone Must Get Droned.”
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. It’s a season for You to See the Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 2014-15 season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The season 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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9/29/2014
Aven’s Village at Island Grove Inclusive Playground fundraiser day at Fritzler’s
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Pilar De Jesus, Marketing Manager
Culture, Parks, and Recreation
970-350-9259
Pilar.dejesus@greeleygov.com

Subject: Aven’s Village at Island Grove Inclusive Playground fundraiser day at Fritzler’s
 
The Fritzler family has generously offered to donate part of their family corn maze admission proceeds this Sunday, September 28, to the Aven’s Village at Island Grove Inclusive Playground fundraising efforts (www.avensvillage.com ). The family corn maze (http://www.fritzlermaze.com) will be open to the public from 12-6pm and is located at 20861 County Road 33, off of Highway 85, in La Salle, CO.
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9/26/2014
Ticket Misprint on UCCC Show; Lynn Trefzger starts at 6:30 pm
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: Ticket Misprint on UCCC Show; Lynn Trefzger starts at 6:30 pm
 
The Union Colony Civic Center show, Lynn Trefzger: Ventriloquist Comedienne, is Fri., Oct. 10 @ 6:30 pm. Tickets to the show were printed with the incorrect time on them.
 
All patrons are being notified and informed that the show will be at 6:30 pm as are all Catch a Star Series shows.
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. It’s a season for You to See the Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 2014-15 season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The season 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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9/26/2014
City of Greeley Wins Marketing Awards
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 Wins Marketing Awards
 
The City-County Communications & Marketing Association announced the 2014 winners of its national Savvy Awards Competition during a ceremony at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, Sept. 4.  The City of Greeley earned three awards in the national competition.
 
Greeley was recognized with a Silver Circle (second place) award in the Branding/New Logo category for the Greeley Unexpected Campaign. An Award of Excellence (third place) also went to Greeley Unexpected in the Overall Website category.  The third award was for the G.Town Community Tours program.  The tour program earned an Award of excellence in the Most Creative Activity with Least Dollars Spent category.
 
The Savvy Awards, held in conjunction with 3CMA’s annual conference, recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. The Savvies salute skilled and effective city, county, agency or district professionals who have creatively planned and carried out successful innovations in communications and marketing. 3CMA accommodates local government organizations of all sizes and budget classes by judging entries in several different population groups.
More than 600 entries in 37 categories were received. 3CMA utilized volunteer judges from across the United States to review every entry and provide constructive comments on the winning entries.
 
Learn more about 3CMA at www.3cma.org.  Connect with the winning Greeley Unexpected website at www.greeleyunexpected.com.
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9/23/2014
Greeley Water & Sewer Awards Outstanding Employees
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Lory Stephens, Office Manager
Water & Sewer Department
970-350-9812
lory.stephens@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Greeley Water & Sewer Awards Outstanding Employees
 
Since 1997, the City of Greeley Water & Sewer Department has presented awards to employees who are the best at what they do.  The W.D. Farr “Top Hand” award recognizes employees for their outstanding work ethic and job performance and is given to those who routinely demonstrate a commitment to go above and beyond.  The Best Suggestion award serves to recognize employees for great ideas that have been implemented over the past year.
 
The winners of the 2014 W.D. Farr Top Hand award are Gary Hopp (Equipment Operator in Distribution) and Mike Weber (Water Instrument Technician-in-Training).  Gary was nominated several times by his co-workers.  He has become a notable leader in the department.  This last year, he was invaluable with the installation of a 30” valve and flushing/chlorination on the Bellvue pipeline after the pipe was damaged in the September 2013 flood.  Gary’s work allowed Greeley to re-establish service to customers.  He has also played major roles in various projects around the City of Greeley.  Mike Weber is known to his co-workers as “one of the hardest working people you’ll ever know”.  Mike takes every opportunity to jump in on projects, learn as much as he can, and share his knowledge.  He cares about everyone around him and has a fantastic attitude!  Mike is also taking classes on his own to prepare himself and remove “in-training” from his title. 
 
The winners of the 2014 Best Suggestion Award are Steve Robben (Water Instrument Technician in Distribution), Ruth Quade (Water Conservation Specialist), and Grant Ruff (Plant Operator at the Water Pollution Control Facility).  Steve continues to prove his ingenuity by finding ways to save the City money.  This year, he suggested and implemented a change in chlorination equipment, cutting the maintenance requirement by 90%.  He also implemented a WebSpace onto a virtual server that allows various staff to utilize SCADA data via computers, laptops, tablets, etc. This saves data entry and upgrade time.  Ruth suggested and implemented a showerhead exchange, which is very popular with citizens.  She hosts events to promote this program and it has shown to save water.  Grant gathered data on dry polymer vs. emulsion polymer that showed a significant savings (potential $100,000/year) if the dry polymer was incorporated.  He developed a method to test the system, and has spent countless hours testing and tweaking it. 
 
This year, the department also presented an award to recognize those employees that went above and beyond during the spring flooding.  These employees relentlessly protected the City’s water system and infrastructure.  The awards were presented to Roger Schmidt, Randy Gustafson, Trina Hernandez, Steve Emmans, Tony Esquibel, Gary Flot, Corey Fuller, Boyd Jenkins, Brian Kadlub, Pedro Magallanes, Gilbert Marichalar, and Tommy Medina. 
 
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9/23/2014
Greeley Prescription Drug and Household Hazardous Disposal Opportunities
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Sgt. Dennis Lobato
Greeley Police Department
970.350.9685
Dennis.lobato@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Greeley Prescription Drug and Household Hazardous Disposal Opportunities
 
Residents are urged to take advantage of several free sites at which to safely dispose of sensitive and dangerous household materials on Saturday, September 27th as the City of Greeley teams with UNC and Weld County to provide sites for drop off of unused or expired medications and disposal of hazardous household materials.  Fostering safe and well-kept neighborhoods is a high priority, as is keeping this sensitive material out of Greeley’s water and area waste streams. 
 
The community disposal sites include the following:
• Prescription Drug Drop off:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at two sites – Greeley Police Headquarters (2875 10th St.) and the UNC University Center (2045 10t Ave).  Drop off unused or expired medications (no needles or sharps, mercury, oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters or illicit drugs can be accepted)
• Household Hazardous Materials:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., turn in batteries solvents, paints, pesticides and similar materials at the Weld County Household Waste site at 1311 N. 17th Ave. 
 
Check the City of Greeley website at www.greeleygov.com for more details or contact Greeley Police Department Neighborhood Action Team Supervisor, Sgt. Lobato, at 350-9685 for more information.
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9/22/2014
Area Schools Visit Centennial Village for Fall Festival
News Release
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Greeley History Museums Curator 
970-350-9275
bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com

Subject: Area Schools Visit Centennial Village for Fall Festival
 
Over 2,000 area students will visit Centennial Village, 1475 A St., this week during its annual Fall Harvest Festival. The festival is Monday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Since 1992, the Greeley History Museums have produced living history festivals for fourth and fifth grade students with interactive elements and demonstrations illustrating life in Northern Colorado and the American West.
 
The event continues in rain or shine. Centennial Village is otherwise closed to the public this week. For more information about large group activities at Centennial Village, call 970-350-9220.

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9/22/2014
City of Greeley and Greeley Police Department Launch Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Matt Patella, Greeley Police Department
2875 W. 10th St, Greeley, CO 80634
970-351-5443
Matthew.Patella@greeleypd.com
 
Subject: City of Greeley and Greeley Police Department Launch Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods
 
The City of Greeley and the Greeley Police Department announced that they have launched Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods (www.nextdoor.com), to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication. Nextdoor enables residents to communicate online in private, secure websites to build stronger communities. Starting now, Greeley residents can use Nextdoor to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. For example, neighbors use Nextdoor to share information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, local events, school activities, upcoming garage sales, lost pets, and much more.
 
Nextdoor is free for the residents and the city. Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another to help build stronger communities. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties.
 
Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members. The City of Greeley and Greeley Police Department will be able to post important information, such as crime and safety updates or local events to Nextdoor sites within the city. The City will not be able to access the residents’ websites, contact information, or content.
 
The City of Greeley has been mapped into 78 different neighborhoods. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If Nextdoor is available in their area, they can immediately sign up. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for their area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood.
 
If you have questions about the Nextdoor website, your account, or setting up your neighborhood you can visit https://help.nextdoor.com/.
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9/18/2014
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 through October, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street. 
 
On September 25, 2014 in the Community Room of the museum, Dr. Janet Ore and Dr. Sarah Payne will discuss the styles, construction and classic neighborhood forms of post-WWII homes, as well as some tips for thinking about how to improve energy efficiency and sustainability of these homes while maintaining their historic character.  Janet Ore is an Associate Professor of History at Colorado State University (CSU), where she teaches courses in 20th century U.S. history, architectural history and public history.  Sarah R. Payne is an Assistant Professor of History at CSU, where she teaches courses in public history and environmental history.  They both serve as faculty council members of the Public Lands History Center and in other capacities in public history. The public is cordially invited to attend and 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:
 
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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9/18/2014
2014 Festival of Trees
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Rhonda Welch, City of Greeley Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
Festival Coordinator
970.350.9451
Rhonda.Welch@greeleygov.com

SUBJECT:  2014 Festival of Trees
 
Registration forms are now being accepted for the 28th annual Festival of Trees.  This wonderful holiday event, presented by the City of Greeley and the Greeley Philharmonic Guild, is set for November 28 – December 6 inside Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center.   Each year the celebration heralds in the yuletide season with displays, a silent auction, live entertainment and activities for all ages.  Registration to display a tree and/or donate an item to the silent auction is open to businesses, individuals and organizations.  There is a $50 -$75 entry fee depending on the space needed for the tree display only category.  The items in the tree display only category are not part of the silent auction bidding process.  Display fees will be waived for those who display and donate an item to the auction that has a retail value of $100 or more.
 
Registration forms must be received by Monday, November 3.  For a registration packet or festival information, call Abbey Youngman at 970.350.9406 or Rhonda Welch at 970.350.9451 in the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department or visit greeleyfestivaloftrees.com.  All proceeds benefit the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Union Colony Civic Center.
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9/18/2014
Tointon Gallery Announces Newest Exhibit
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator
970-350-9450
kim.snyder@greeleygov.com
Subject: Tointon Gallery Announces Newest Exhibit
Technology meets humanity in the newest art exhibition at the City of Greeley’s Tointon Gallery, 651 10th Ave. “Remote Connections” features oil paintings by local artist and Frontier Academy art teacher Charles Luna. The exhibit runs now through Friday, Oct. 17.
According to Luna, the artwork displayed in the “Remote Connections” exhibit conveys a social commentary related to humanity in the Information Age.
Throughout the year, Tointon Gallery presents twelve changing shows to provide enjoyment, education and to encourage dialogue around art. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during performances at the Union Colony Civic Center. Admission to Tointon Gallery is free.
The public is also invited to meet Luna at a special artist’s reception scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
To learn more about the City of Greeley’s public art programs, visit greeleyart.com. For more information about Luna, visit clunaartworks.com.
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9/18/2014
Poudre Trail Challenge 2014
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Tom Selders, Poudre Trail Manager
970-336-4044
Thomas.selders@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Poudre Trail Challenge 2014
The 4th annual Poudre Trail Challenge Event takes place this Saturday, September 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.  The Challenge event has something for everyone with two distinct activities.  Choose to participate in one or both!
The “Pack the Trail” portion of the event begins at 10:00 a.m. with the mission is to set a new record for the most number of people on the Trail over one hour’s time.  Participants will take a gentle 1-mile round trip walk on the trail.  Any form of Trail appropriate travel is welcome – walk, bike, roller blade, skate board, motorized wheel chair.  Participants are encouraged to coming in costume, getting creative with their form of travel, form a team identity with friends, even bring a well-behaved, leashed dog.  A team of local judges will award prizes for a variety of categories and each participant will get an event wristband and discount lunch coupon.  
A “Charge the Trail” adventure course will challenge participants to traverse over 20 obstacles and forge a mud pit at the end to complete this portion of the event.  This is for those inclined toward adventure and Good Dirty Fun! This 2+ mile course will include prizes for top finishers as well as those inclined to ‘just survive”!  Participants get a t-shirt, “I survived” window cling and lunch discount coupon for participating. 
A lunch BBQ runs from 11a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and event includes many free children’s activities including a little kids’ challenge course, meeting firefighters, and getting to hose down a “burning building”.  All proceeds of the event will benefit the Poudre River Trail and the Greeley Firefighters Benevolent Fund.   For more information, to register or volunteer to help out, visit www.poudretrail.com or call 970-336-4044.
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9/16/2014
Blue Man Group is at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley this Weekend
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Blue Man Group is at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley this Weekend
 
Blue Man Group will be at the Union Colony Civic Center on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm and Sunday, September 21 at 2:00pm.
The theatrical tour features brand new content highlighted by classic Blue Man favorites.
The new sound, set, and video design centering around a proscenium-sized LED curtain and high-resolution screen create an entirely new, high-impact visual experience for Broadway houses across the nation.
The critically acclaimed Blue Man Group creates experiences that defy categorization. Blue Man Group is best known for multi-media performances that feature three bald and blue characters who take the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. A live band, whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its climax, accompanies the Blue Men.
"In order to create a touring version of our theatrical production, we knew we had a creative challenge to tackle,” says Blue Man Group Co-Founder Philip Stanton.  “We needed to find a way to transform theatres of all shapes and sizes into spaces in which the Blue Man can intimately connect with the audience, where the audience can become engaged with the spirit of the show and the Blue Man himself. We think we have finally figured it out, and hopefully we will accomplish our goal, which is always to help audience members reconnect with their own sense of wonder and discovery, with their own sense of what is possible in their lives."
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. It’s a season for You to See the Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 2014-15 season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The season 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 Tri 102.5, KUNC, and 1310 KFKA.
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9/15/2014
Greeley History Museum and Centennial Village Participate in Free Ticket Event
News Release
For more information, contact:
Cody Neidert
970-350-9220
cody.neidert@greeleygov.com

Subject: Greeley History Museum and Centennial Village Participate in Free Ticket Event
 
Who doesn’t like free? The Greeley History Museum and Centennial Village have partnered with Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! event to offer up to two free admission tickets per household good for Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
 
For free admission, participants visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday, choose from a list of participating museums located across the US, and download their free Museum Day Live! ticket.
 
This offer limits free entry to two per household but bring along the entire family, additional admission can be purchased at the museum. For more information about the Museum Day Live! event, call Greeley History Museums at 970-350-9220. 
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9/10/2014
2014 Free Walking Tours – Tour of UNC West 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 West Campus
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation invites the public to a walking tour about the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) West (New) Campus, led by Jed Cummins, Assistant Director for Housing Services.  The tour will begin south of the University Center on the UNC campus at 5:30.  Participants can park in Lot B 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.  This is the final tour for the 2014 tour series.  The Historic Preservation Office welcomes residents to provide ideas for walking tours in the future.
 
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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9/8/2014
Potato Day Festival Scheduled for Saturday, September 13
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Greeley History Museums Curator 
970-350-9275
bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Potato Day Festival Scheduled for Saturday, September 13
 
Celebrate old time fun and historic activities at Potato Day, sponsored by the Greeley Museums Heritage Foundation, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St. 
 
A baked potato with a choice of toppings is included with admission. Food from local vendors will also be available for separate purchase.
 
Visitors can explore the many living history activities during the event including blacksmithing, printing, tortilla making, adobe brick making, cattle branding and hatchet throwing. In addition, the event features entertainment by the Rodarte dancers, swing dancers and music under the gazebo.  Kids can participate in historical games and activities at the Kids’ Korner Potato Patch and visit the museum’s resident snake collection at Rattlesnake Kate’s House.
 
For the military history buff, mingle with buffalo soldiers and catch their show or visit the WWII encampment vehicles and re-enactors.
 
In conjunction with Potato Day, the public is invited to attend the dedication of the newest section of the “Go West” Art Fence at 10 a.m.  Local artist Lisa Cameron Russell has painted images on several fence panels depicting this region’s unique water heritage. The newest section of the fence was made possible by a grant from the Poudre Heritage Alliance for the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area.
 
Proceeds from Potato Day are used by the Greeley Museums Heritage Foundation in support of the City of Greeley History Museums. Admission to Potato Day is $6, $4 for children 3 to 11, and children under 2 are free.
 
For more information about Potato Day or the Greeley Museums Heritage Foundation, call 970-350-9220 or visit www.greeleymuseums.com.
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9/5/2014
Greeley Water Conservation Events: Save Water Inside and Outside
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact: 
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
970-350-9204 or natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com  
Subject:  Greeley Water Conservation Events:  Save Water Inside and Outside 
Two water conservation events in Greeley this month will help you save water indoors and outdoors.
Xeriscape Garden Tour
September 12
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
2503 Reservoir Road
Take a free tour of Greeley’s Xeriscape Garden and get ideas for your own yard.  Take a guided tour and learn more about the establishment of the garden, featured plants and the public art at the site.  The ¾ acre garden was built in 1997 with the goal to change the perception of Xeriscape and low water use gardening. The garden is home to 25 tree species and four different turf grasses and numerous shrubs and perennials. RSVPs are required.  Please e-mail natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com or call 970-350-9204 to reserve your spot on a tour.
 
Showerhead Exchange
September 13
7:30 a.m. to noon
902 7th Avenue
 
Greeley water customers can bring an old showerhead to the Farmers’ Market and get a free EPA WaterSense labeled showerhead in exchange. Participants have choices of handheld, massage head, or rain shower sprays and get models in either a white or chrome finish.  Also bring a water bill or driver’s license for proof of Greeley residency.
Showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of all residential indoor water use, or about 30 gallons per household per day. Most people get showerheads that save at least a gallon per minute and still provide a satisfying shower.
 
Get more information about Greeley’s Water Conservation program at www.greeleygov.com/wc.
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9/5/2014
Fall Hours Begin at the City of Greeley’s Centennial Village
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Greeley History Museums Curator 
970-350-9275
bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com

Subject: Fall Hours Begin at the City of Greeley’s Centennial Village
 
The City of Greeley’s Centennial Village shifts into its fall hours starting this week. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m., and will continue until Centennial Village’s last day of the season on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
 
For more information about Greeley History Museums, please visit www.greeleymuseum.com or call 970-350-9220. 
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9/4/2014
Greeley Administrative Buildings Closed on Labor Day
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
John Pantaleo, Public Information Officer
970-350-9702
john.pantaleo@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Greeley Administrative Buildings Closed on Labor Day
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, September 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will be back open on Tuesday, September 2.
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8/28/2014
Achieving Community Excellence: G.Town Promise Launch Event – September 12
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Roy Otto, Greeley City Manager
roy.otto@greeleygov.com
970-350-9750
Susan Walker, Achieving Community Excellence/G.Town Promise
walkersusan56@gmail.com
970-302-5933
Bob Parry, Achieving Community Excellence
parrycolorado@yahoo.com
970-218-5683
 
Subject:  Achieving Community Excellence: G.Town Promise Launch Event – September 12
 
On Friday, September 12, Greeley’s Achieving Community Excellence team will launch the G.Town Promise initiative for the community.  This free event will be held at the Union Colony Civic Center from 9:00-11:15 a.m.  All residents, and business and organization representatives in Greeley and Evans are invited.
The G.Town Promise will provide students living in Greeley and Evans, who attend District 6 public/charter schools and private schools, with the help they need to achieve their dreams and aspirations.  To help launch the initiative, this event will feature two well-known and highly regarded authors and experts on youth development and leadership:  Dr. Tim Elmore and Ms. Sue Enquist. (See bios below.)  Community leaders from Greeley will share their perspectives on the initiative and its intended outcomes for youth who reside in Greeley and Evans. This is the community’s opportunity to learn about the initiative and pledge their active support for it.
 
Greeley’s Achieving Community Excellence initiative was created to support the Greeley City Council’s objective to improve Greeley’s civic infrastructure.  Council members believe that the power of aligned principled relationships is what builds and sustains community excellence. The purpose of ACE is to build a variety of positive, meaningful relationships in Greeley that will help the community and all its residents achieve the highest levels of success and the best quality of life possible.
 
Please join us as we share these inspirational messages and this new opportunity for our community. Your RSVP by September 8 at www.bit.ly/GreeleyAce is appreciated.  The event is free.
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Keynote speaker bios below.

Dr. Tim Elmore
Dr. Tim Elmore is a top leadership expert, international speaker, president of Growing Leaders, and best-selling author of more than 25 books, including the best-selling, Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, and Life Giving Mentors. Dr. Elmore’s teachings help others better understand the core of effective leadership, the conditions necessary to maximize the develop-ment of strong leaders, while also offering rich insight on the next generation—preparing tomorrow’s leaders today. Since founding Growing Leaders, Dr. Elmore has spoken to more than 350,000 students and staff on hundreds of campuses across the country. Tim has also taught courses on leadership and mentoring at nine universities and graduate schools across the U.S. and provided leadership training and resources for the National FFA Organization and major athletic programs, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Texas, Virginia Tech and the San Francisco Giants. Look forward to an enriching and inspiring message full of powerful lessons for your personal leadership journey.

Sue Enquist
Sue Enquist is an 11-time National Champion, legendary collegiate sports leader, who has been named a “coaching legend” by ESPN. Coach Enquist is responsible for building a legendary program over three decades at UCLA, producing 15 Olympians, 65 NCAA All-Americans, holding the highest win percentage among all Division I Coaches, and multiple National Coach of the Year awards. This four-time Hall of Fame inductee will provide insights into the deep beliefs, unique insights, and practices that are keys to her success.
          
8/28/2014
Greeley-Evans Transit (GET) Labor Day Schedule

For more information, contact:
Lori Bernal, Transit Specialist
(970) 350-9829
Lori.Bernal@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Greeley-Evans Transit (GET) Labor Day Schedule
 
The Greeley-Evans Transit service, (GET) will not be in operation on Monday, September 1, 2014, Labor Day.  Fixed route bus service, Paratransit van service and Call –N – Ride service will not operate on this day. The Greeley Transit office will also be closed. 
 
For additional information, please contact the Greeley Transit office at 970-350-9287.
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8/27/2014
Free CPR/AED Classes for September
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Division Chief Dale Lyman
970-350-9511; 970-590-5507
 
Subject:  Free CPR/AED Classes for September
 
The City of Greeley is offering 2 free CPR/AED courses in September. 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 90 minutes 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.
Classes will be held:
• Saturday, September 20th  at 9:00 a.m. at the Greeley Fire Department, Station #1, 919 7th Street, Nusbaum Training Room
• Saturday, September 27th 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.
 
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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8/26/2014
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.  Peggy Ford Waldo, Development Curator for the City of Greeley Museums, will present “preserving Weld County’s People and Places,” on August 28, 2014 in the Community Room.  The public is cordially invited to attend and bring a sack lunch. 
 
According to Waldo, “Creating historical records such as diaries, stories, and photographs that survive over time is the obvious way to document and preserve the memories of people and places for posterity.  This presentation will feature stories and anecdotes related to several interesting individuals and organizations who individually or collectively helped preserve records, land, and information about Greeley and Weld County.”  Waldo will speak about some of her favorite “preservationists,” including Nathan Cook Meeker and the Greeley Tribune; the Meeker Memorial Library Association; the Union Colony Pioneer Society, Edith Steiger Phillips, Hazel E. Johnson, Lew Dakan, and the Weld County Genealogical Society. 
 
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:
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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8/21/2014
Public Meeting for Floodplain Changes: August 27
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Bert Leautaud, Project Manager, City of Greeley Stormwater Management Division
970-336-4121
bert.leautaud@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Public Meeting for Floodplain Changes: August 27
 
The City of Greeley is holding a public meeting regarding changes in the Eaton Draw Drainage Basin in east Greeley. The open house will be held at the City of Greeley Recreation Center at 651 10th Avenue on August 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Property owners and the public are invited to attend this meeting. Staff will be available to answer questions and discuss concerns.
 
The City of Greeley developed an update to the flood analysis for the Eaton Draw Drainage Basin that is in the area between the Cache la Poudre River and slightly north of State Highway 392.  The analysis has changed the floodplain boundary in this drainage basin and may affect properties in this area. 

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8/20/2014
Burt Knight Selected as Greeley’s New Director of Water & Sewer
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Sharon McCabe, City of Greeley Human Resources Director
970-350-9714
sharon.mccabe@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Burt Knight Selected as Greeley’s New Director of Water & Sewer
 
Greeley City Manager Roy Otto is pleased to announce the selection of Burt Knight as Greeley’s new Director of Water & Sewer effective August 18, 2014.  When announcing Mr. Knight’s selection for the position, Mr. Otto stated, “Burt has performed duties as Interim Director with distinction.  After reviewing the options before me with many trusted advisors, I believe the best choice for this important responsibility, at this critical time for our city and the Water/Sewer Department, is a promotion of our operations deputy.”
 
The Director of Water & Sewer, which reports to the City Manager, will be responsible for implementation of the long-term and comprehensive plan that includes strengthening and maintaining Greeley’s water system infrastructure, continuing water supply acquisition, expanding water storage, and increasing water conservation efforts. 
 
Knight earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and has over 30 years of municipal engineering and management experience.  Mr. Knight began employment as the City of Greeley’s Chief Water Engineer in 2011 and was promoted to Deputy Director of Operations in 2013.  Prior to his employment with Greeley, Mr. Knight served as city/county engineer for the City and County of Broomfield.
 
When asked what attracted him to this position, Mr. Knight stated, “I believe in Greeley’s vision of the future and how the organization is focused on achieving community excellence.  It is also a pleasure working with the Greeley staff because they are all committed to serving our citizens.  I am honored by Mr. Otto’s, City Council’s and the incredible members of the Water and Sewer Board’s confidence in me, I will not let them down.”

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8/20/2014
Chalk-a-Lot Event Seeks World Record
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Becky Safarik, Assistant City Manager
970.350.9785
becky.safarik@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Chalk-a-Lot Event Seeks World Record
 
On Saturday, September 6th, area residents will have the opportunity to help set a Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chalk art drawing in an event dubbed the 2014 Great Greeley Chalk-A-Lot!  The goal is to complete the chalk drawing at a length of 3.7 miles long and 6’6” wide to beat the record held by Jenna, Germany.  The event starts at 8 a.m. and will run until 6 p.m. and will take place at the UNC parking lots located at 11th Avenue and 22nd Street.
 
The event is free, simple, and no art experience is necessary.  All chalk and materials will be provided to participants that day.  Individuals, teams, and groups are encouraged to join the fun and are encouraged to register in advance to receive an information kit that describes the event, rules, and tips about drawing with chalk.  The drawing must follow a single theme, which will be “Nature.”  Art coaches will be on hand to help anyone interested with ideas and drawings.  Each participant or team may work on an individual 6’6” square or create a longer drawing by combining any number of squares.
 
How much chalk will it take to break a world record?  No one knows for sure but over 72,000 sticks of chalk have been secured and available for the grand effort.  Be there and have your name recorded for posterity!
 
To register, volunteer or learn more about this event call the City of Greeley at 970.350.9774 or email great.steinmetz@greeleygov.com or contact Ed Rogers at 970.978.2005. 

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8/20/2014
Latest Panels Installed on Centennial Village Art Fence
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Art in Public Places Coordinator
970-350-9450
kim.overholt@greeleygov.com

Subject: Latest Panels Installed on Centennial Village Art Fence
 
The latest panels on the Centennial Village Art Fence, 1475 A St., were installed today as part of an Art in Public Places project that began in 2012. 
The panels depict the history of water and its impact on Greeley and were designed by local artist Lisa Cameron Russell.
 
“My goal is to come up with subjects that are important to the community,” said Russell. In the case of the art fence, Greeley archivists helped find images for Russell to recreate. The copy of each image is displayed next to each of Russell’s art pieces.
 
The City of Greeley recognizes the importance of art forms in public places and acknowledges the diversity of the public who appreciate such art. True to the City’s objective, the art fence at Centennial Village encourages public art which is memorable, thought-provoking, enduring, and located in a setting appropriate to the environment and the art form.
 
For more information about the Greeley Public Art Program or to see the city’s art collection, visit greeleyart.com.
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8/19/2014
Butane Hash Oil (BHO) Manufacturing and Explosions
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Division Chief Dale Lyman
970-350-9511; 970-590-5507
 
Subject: Butane Hash Oil (BHO) Manufacturing and Explosions

This year the State of Colorado has experienced a significant increase in explosions and fires related to marijuana processing, specifically the manufacturing of Butane Hash Oil (BHO), also known as Honey Oil, Wax, Dabs, and Shatter. 
 
Since January of 2014, the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) has recorded 35 explosions in Colorado, and 24 people have been injured.  Butane is a very flammable gas that is heavier than air.  The use of butane or other gases to extract THC from marijuana is very dangerous, and creates a significant explosion risk to the community.  Butane Hash Oil (BHO) manufacturing, and the use of any gas to process marijuana are prohibited by law in the City of Greeley (18.46.139 and 18.46.137).  The Greeley Police Department, Greeley Fire Department, and City of Greeley’s Code Compliance Unit are working to educate citizens in hopes of preventing a tragic event.
 
Any fire or explosion that occurs as a result of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) manufacturing will be investigated by the City of Greeley’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT), certified fire investigators from both the police department and fire department.  Suspects that cause property damage or injury to persons could be charged with Arson, Reckless Endangerment, and Causing/Contributing to a Hazardous Substance Incident.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Greeley Police Department’s Neighborhood Action Team (NAT) at (970) 351-5360.
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8/15/2014
ARC DONATES $10,000 TO AVEN’S VILLAGE AT ISLAND GROVE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Pilar de Jesus, Marketing Manager
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9259    pilar.dejesus@greeleygov.com

Subject: ARC DONATES $10,000 TO AVEN’S VILLAGE AT ISLAND GROVE
 
Shanes’ Inspiration for Purposes of Aven’s Village and the City of Greeley received their first substantial donation from ARC of Weld County. Larry McDermott, Executive Director of Weld County ARC and Kris Housel presented a $10,000 check to Andy McRoberts, the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Director, and Rev. Arron Chambers, Pastor of Journey Christian Church and lead advocate for Aven’s Village, on Thursday, August 7. Brandy and Ethan Mondy, their daughter Aven (for whom the playground is named) and their son Isis were also there for the presentation. 
What’s Aven’s Village at Island Grove? It’s the vision to build an inclusive playground at Island Grove Regional Park, located at 501 N. 14th Avenue in place of the current playground. With the support of Rev. Chambers and the City of Greeley in partnership with Shane’s Inspiration (a non-profit organization devoted to creating inclusive playgrounds and programs that unite children of all abilities), this dream may soon become a reality.
“The donation from ARC is a huge step towards building Greeley’s first inclusive playground,” stated Andy McRoberts. “We are hoping that this generous donation will encourage other organizations and businesses to help fund the project.” In fact, ARC’s Executive Director, McDermott is challenging other organizations to step up to the plate and make a donation by August 20. McRoberts is in the process of applying for grants to assist with funding, and needs to show how much financial backing they have received thus far by that date. There are 512,000 children and adults with disabilities that live in Colorado; Weld County School District 6 has 2,000 students (17% of the student population) with some type of disability. An accessible park in the community would mean that Aven and so many other children would be able to play with their family and friends without limitations.
Help make Aven’s Village a reality at Island Grove by making a donation. Visit www.avensvillage.com to donate online or send checks payable to: SI FPO Aven’s Village (Shane’s Inspiration for Purposes of Aven’s Village) and mail to c/o Tom Welch, 501 N. 14th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631. Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/friends/requests/?fcref=rup#!/avensvillage to follow the progress. For more information, contact Sarah Boyd, Parks Planner, at 970.336.4180.
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8/12/2014
Introducing the “Loop” bike ride
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
336-4167
deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Introducing the “Loop” bike ride
 
The City of Greeley will sponsor a bike ride on Wednesday, August 13th at 6:00 PM starting at the east side of downtown Lincoln Park, 8th Street and 9th Avenue.  Staff from several City departments, Weld County Public Health and Environment, North Colorado Health Alliance and Banner Health will be on hand to introduce and guide the new 13 mile “Loop” ride through the heart of Greeley.
 
This ride will feature some of the most scenic bikeways, trails and paths weaving through lovely and quiet neighborhoods.  The Loop also highlights the great biking paths through both Aims Community College and the University of Northern Colorado. 
Wearing helmets will be strongly encouraged and twenty helmets will be provided free to the first registered riders who do not own one.  The ride will take a couple of hours to complete at a leisurely pace; riders should bring water bottles and mosquito repellant. 
 
If you have any questions, contact Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office for the City of Greeley at 336-4167 or deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com.
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8/11/2014
Greeley Xeriscape Garden Tours
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:                                    
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
970-350-9204 or natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com  
Subject:   Greeley Xeriscape Garden Tours
Take a tour of Greeley’s Xeriscape Garden at 2503 Reservoir Road.  Free tours are scheduled on August 15 and September 12 at 8:30 a.m.  RSVPs are required because space is limited.  Please e-mail natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com  or call 970-350-9204 to reserve your spot on a tour.
Walk through the guided tour of garden and learn more about the establishment of the garden, featured plants and the public art at the site.  The ¾ acre garden was built in 1997 with the goal to change the perception that Xeriscape was just rocks and cactus. The garden is home to 25 tree species and four different turf grasses and numerous shrubs and perennials. The site was also created to give residents and visitors low water use ideas to use in their own yards. Xeriscape materials will be available to take home.
 
Get additional information about Greeley’s Water Conservation program at www.greeleygov.com/wc.
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8/8/2014
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Art in Public Places Coordinator
970-350-9450
kim.snyder@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED
 
The winner of the City of Greeley’s Sculpture on Loan program 2014 People’s Choice Award is The Professor by Sculptor Gregory Johnson. The Greeley Arts Commission sponsored a booth at the Arts Picnic where visitors cast 4,950 votes choosing their favorite.
 
As the winner, Johnson receives a $500 cash award for earning the majority of event votes. The Professor will be on display as part of the Art in Public Places Sculpture on Loan Program now through May 2015 at the Rodarte Community Center, 920 A St.
 
In the artist’s own words, the piece The Professor depicts a “Hard working owl” cast in bronze and has earned him other awards as well. Johnson based his sculpture on an owl that resides at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, GA.
 
According to Art in Public Places Coordinator Kim Snyder, “Gregory Johnson’s fun, spirited outlook on life adds character to his lively sculpture.”            
 
The Sculpture on Loan program was initiated in 1995 by the Greeley Art Commission. Each year new artwork is chosen and displayed in public areas and community parks. Sculptors lend their work to the city for one year in exchange of an honorarium. The commission purchases one or more pieces from the program each year to be added to the permanent collection.  Selections are made based on art commission and community feedback, as well as Greeley ordinances and guidelines. Since the inception of the Sculpture on Loan program in 1995, the City of Greeley has purchased 20 pieces of artwork.
 
For more information about the Sculpture on Loan program or to see the city’s Art Collection, visit greeleyart.com.
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8/7/2014
Enjoy Pets ‘n’ Popsicles at Centennial Village
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Museums Curator
970-350-9275
bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com

Subject: Enjoy Pets ‘n’ Popsicles at Centennial Village
 
The Greeley Museums Pets ‘n’ Popsicles event has a new venue this year.  Previously held at Plumb Farm, Pets ‘n’ Popsicles is now at Centennial Village, 1475 A St.  The event runs through August 17, from 10 to 2 p.m. Admission is $2 per person which includes a free popsicle with event admission. 
 
During Pets ‘n’ Popsicles, visitors can enjoy a variety of animals such as ducks, rabbits, sheep, goats, turkeys, a calf and a mini horse, and pony rides are offered on Saturdays. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Agfinity is this year’s petting zoo and feed sponsor.
 
For more information about this and other events at Centennial Village, visit greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.
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8/7/2014
Ride Greeley-Evans Transit FREE with K-12 Student ID
For Immediate Release
Media representatives should contact: 
Will Jones, City of Greeley Transit Manager
970-350-9751 or will.jones@greeleygov.com
Bob Billings, School District 6 Coordinator of School Leadership
970-348-6302 or rbillings@greeleyschools.org
 
Subject:   Ride Greeley-Evans Transit FREE with K-12 Student ID
 
Greeley Evans Transit (GET) and Greeley-Evans School District 6 are excited to announce RIDE Free with ID. This program, part of the Achieving Community Excellence (ACE) initiative, begins August 11 for the 2014-15 school year and will provide free bus rides on existing GET fixed routes for youth in the community.
To ride, students must show the bus driver proof of age or student status.  The acceptable forms of ID include a valid (18 and under) state issued ID or a 2014/15 student ID for any public, private or charter elementary, middle school or high school in Greeley and Evans.  This program includes District 6 Greeley-Evans Alternative Program students.
 
“This program is a real asset to the community,” said Bob Billings the District 6 Coordinator of School Leadership.  “The program will ensure that all children, regardless of family income or parents work schedule, will have access to public transportation to and from school and for all extracurricular activities.”
 
All busses are equipped with security cameras and are radio dispatched.  Will Jones, the City of Greeley Transit Manager said, “You and your child’s safety are our primary concern.” He added, “all bus drivers complete an extensive six-week training program for safety and your security.” 
 
All GET busses are equipped with bike racks to assist passengers who use a bicycle to get to and from bus stops in Greeley and Evans. 
 
To plan a route call 970-350-9287 and ask about the Travel Training Program or visit www.greeleyevanstransit.com to view route schedules.
 
 
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8/6/2014
FAMILY FUNPLEX HOSTS GREELEY KIDS TRIATHLON FOR SECOND YEAR ON AUG 9
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com
 
FAMILY FUNPLEX HOSTS GREELEY KIDS TRIATHLON FOR SECOND YEAR ON AUG 9
 
The Family FunPlex, part of the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department, will be hosting the Greeley Kids Triathlon for the second year on Saturday, August 9. The triathlon is open to kids’ age 6-12 years old that will be competing in a swim/bike/run with an emphasis on fitness, safety and fun. Registration is $35 which includes a t-shirt; deadline is Friday, August 8 at 5pm. The race begins on Saturday at 8am with a mandatory pre-race meeting to be held at 7:45am on race day in the transition area.
The Family FunPlex, located at 1501 65th Avenue, had a great turn out for the event last year and hopes that this year will bring new participants to the Triathlon. The event is being organized by local triathlete, Cindy Dallow. Each age group will be participating in age-appropriate distances for each event. There is a 5 and under category, 6-8 yrs., 9-10 yrs., and one for 11-12 yrs. Those kids in the 5 and under age bracket will compete in a 25-yard assisted swim, 100-yard bike ride, and 50-yard run. Youth in the 6-8 age group will do a 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and 3/4-mile run; age 9-10 years compete in a 100-yard swim, 3-mile bike, 1-mile run; 11-12 year olds will do a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike and 1-mile run. Participants will compete in the swim portion first, progress to the bike, and then finish with the run. Kids can get a FREE Bike and Helmet check on Friday, Aug 8 from 5-7pm at the FunPlex.
Additional details about the event and what to wear and bring on race day are available online at
http://www.greeleykidstriathlon.com. For more information call the Family FunPlex at 970.350.9401 or email Cindy Dallow at cindydallow@gmail.com or find them on Facebook at Greeley Kids Triathlon.
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8/5/2014
MAKE A SPLASH AT THE 3RD ANNUAL DISCOVERY BAY’S DOGGIE DAY
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

MAKE A SPLASH AT THE 3RD ANNUAL DISCOVERY BAY’S DOGGIE DAY

 Bring your favorite furry friend to the 3rd Annual Discovery Bay’s Doggie Day on Saturday, August 16 as the City of Greeley celebrates the end of season at their outdoor waterpark. The event will feature booths from presenting sponsors, doggie goodie bags filled with treats and toys; participants will even be able to take photo with their dog as a keepsake. It’ll be a day full of fun for the whole family.           
There are two swim sessions offered: 10am-12pm for dogs 50 lbs. and under & 1-3pm for dogs over 51 lbs. Tickets are on sale now through 3pm on Friday, August 15 at the Family FunPlex (1501 65th Avenue) or the Greeley Recreation Center (651 10th Avenue) for only $5 (which admits one dog and two human friends). Tickets will be available to purchase at the door for $8 per dog the day of the event only. Additional human friends are $2 per person. Discovery Bay Waterpark is located at 715 E. 24th Street in Greeley.
Thanks to the sponsors of the event for their support and generous donations. Discovery Bay’s Doggie Day is presented by Happier at Home Pet Sitting, The Pet Inn, J & T Feeds, Tailwaggers, Sheep Draw Veterinary Clinic, the Greeley Tribune, Tri-102.5 & 99.9 the Point. Event co-sponsors include Work Out West, the Greeley Chamber of Commerce and the Weld County Humane Society. Discovery Bay Waterpark includes a zero-depth area, splash pad and lazy river, so they’ll be lots of places for dogs to play. Display booths will line the outskirts of the pool for participants to explore. Be sure to listen to the live remote with 99.9 The Point during the first session on August 16.
Join us for some fun in the sun with man’s best friend. For more information call 970.350.9401 or visit www.greeleygov.com/recreation/specialevents.aspx. Or check out last year’s event on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYm14yjzC6A&feature=youtu.be.
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8/4/2014
ROCKIES BASEBALL SKILLS CHALLENGE FIRST PLACE FINISHERS HEAD TO STATE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com
 
ROCKIES BASEBALL SKILLS CHALLENGE FIRST PLACE FINISHERS HEAD TO STATE
 
There were over 160 youth that participated in the Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department’s Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge on June 4 & 5. From there, eight of the first place finishers in their age groups went on to compete at Sectionals which was held at 10am Saturday, July 26 at Sandstone Ranch in Longmont. The next step is the State Championships on August 23, 10am, at Coca-Cola All Star Park in Lakewood. All State Finalists will be invited to attend the Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game that evening at Coors Field.
Greeley was well represented in Longmont at the Sectionals, and all the kids that participated, placed in their specific age groups – Congratulations to all of them! The first place finishers listed below will be going on to the State Championships this Sunday.
 
6/7 Boys – Oscar Pinon of Evans took 2nd  6/7 Girls – Kiauna Smith of Eaton took 1st
8/9 Boys – Marcos Sanchez II of Greeley took 2nd 8/9 Girls – Mia Reed of Greeley took 2nd
10/11 Boys – Ty Stotts of Greeley took 1st  10/11 Girls – Emma Trubia of Eaton took 3rd
12/13 Boys – Logan Willier of Eaton took 2nd 12/13 Girls – Dawn Renner of Eaton took 3rd
 
For details about the upcoming event, feel free to contact Reed Davis, State Director, at 303.483.7036, or via email reedd@sspr.org. We wish all those that participated and who will be moving on to the State Championships all the best! The Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge is a youth program of the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association with the support of the Colorado Rockies baseball club. For more information contact Andrea Haring, Recreation Supervisor, at 970.336.4219.
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8/4/2014
Showerhead Exchange in Greeley: August 9
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact: 
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
970-350-9204 or natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com 
 
Subject:   Showerhead Exchange in Greeley: August 9
Greeley’s Water Conservation Program plans showerhead exchange events to help Greeley water customers, use less water.  The next exchange is scheduled for August 9 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Greeley’s at 902 7th Avenue during the Farmers’ Market. 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. Most people save at least a gallon per minute of shower time with the exchange. 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
September 13
October 11
 
 
Get more information about Greeley’s Water Conservation program at www.greeleygov.com/wc.
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8/4/2014
August Family Bike Ride
For Release on August 4th
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
336-4167
deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: August Family Bike Ride
 
The City of Greeley will sponsor a family bike ride on Tuesday, August 5th at Sanborn Park, 2031 28th Avenue, in the northwest parking lot at 6:00 PM. Staff from several City departments, Weld County Public Health and Environment, North Colorado Health Alliance and Banner Health will be on hand to guide the three-mile tour, talk about bike riding safety, and make minor bike repairs and adjustments.
 
On the first Tuesday of every month this spring and summer, the City of Greeley will sponsor these bike rides.  Each ride is designed to show off a City Park and safe routes from the neighborhood.  In addition, City staff will talk about bike and traffic safety rules, unique features and history of neighborhoods and share information on Greeley’s “Road to Gold” Bicycle Plan. 
 
The rides are designed for anyone interested in dusting off their old bikes and getting back on the road and families with children.
Wearing helmets will be strongly encouraged and we will be giving away twenty helmets to the first registered riders who do not own one.
 
If you have any questions, contact Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office for the City of Greeley at 336-4167 or deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com.
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8/1/2014
Greeley Fire Dept. Receives Foam Trailer Donation, Conducts Training
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Division Chief Dale Lyman, 970-350-9511; 970-590-5507
 
Subject: Greeley Fire Dept. Receives Foam Trailer Donation, Conducts Training
 
The Greeley Fire Department has received a donation of a fire fighting foam trailer from Mineral Resources, Inc. of Greeley. The trailer has been provided to the Greeley Fire Department to assist in suppressing potential flammable and or combustible liquids fires in the community at oil and gas sites well as transportation related emergency incidents. During the week of July 28th, all Greeley Fire Department response personnel were trained to use the new piece of equipment.  The unit consists of two 270 gallon firefighting foam tanks mounted onto a trailer that is equipped with piping mounted to a movable nozzle. Fire crews will be able to apply 18,000 gallons of finished foam product continuously for approximately 35 minutes, exponentially enhancing current foam application capabilities. During the training session in a dirt lot at Island Grove Park, fire crews were able to use 270 gallons of firefighting foam, which had been donated by Western States Fire Protection of Ft. Collins, CO. The foam donation provided crews with realistic training in the behavioral characteristics of foam application.

During a flammable/combustible liquids fire incident within the Greeley Fire Department’s response area, initial responding engine companies will identify the need and call for the trailer to respond. While it’s responding, the units on scene will hold the fire in “check’ with water application to surrounding objects, and simultaneously protect /rescue any people threatened and initiate an evacuation if necessary. They will apply water (from water carried on the engines and/or establish a water supply from hydrants or tanker trucks) to anything threatened by the burning flammable or combustible liquids, keeping nearby objects cool and confining burning liquids. Once the foam unit arrives, the actual application of foam onto the burning flammable/combustible liquid would take place to actually extinguish the fire.
 
This donation will provide Greeley Fire with more tools to carry out our mission- "To prevent harm through professional, compassionate service."
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8/1/2014
AGFINITY ALL-STAR GAMES COMING TO TWIN RIVERS BALL PARK AUGUST 9
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com
 
AGFINITY ALL-STAR GAMES COMING TO TWIN RIVERS BALL PARK AUGUST 9
 
The second annual Agfinity All-Star Games organized by the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department will be held Saturday, August 9 at Twin Rivers Ball Park, located at the Family FunPlex – 1501 65th Avenue in Greeley. The event kicks-off with the Futures All-Star Games at 3pm featuring Greeley Recreation T-ball players (age 6-7 year olds) and culminates with the Men’s All-Star Games at 7:45pm. This year’s event will also include some new tributes – the Senior Hall of Fame inductees and a Senior All-Star Game at 7:45pm with participants from our 50+ & 70+ softball leagues.
 
The Greeley Recreation’s adult softball program is the second largest USSSA softball league in the state of Colorado with 148 teams playing in the summer league – at least half of them will be playing in the Agfinity All-Star Games between the Mixed & Men’s leagues. The day’s events will also include a Home Run Derby featuring Level D players, a live remote by 1310AM KFKA Sports Radio, sponsor and officials’ recognition, and the National Anthem sung by Jennie Arguello, a local University Schools student. Partners of the Games also wanted to give back to the community by hosting a  fundraiser for the Weld Food Bank during the day with a suggested donation of $2 or two non-perishable food items to support those in need.
The Culture, Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank Agfinity for continuing their title sponsorship for the Games and to Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies for their involvement this year. Co-sponsors include: Sports Authority, Sport Clips, BW DJ, Wing Shack, Chick-fil-A, Silver Mine Subs and the Graphic Edge — the event is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Twin Rivers Softball Complex at the Family FunPlex hosts over 1,500 visitors a week with the adult softball league playing games 6 out of 7 days. In addition, Twin Rivers Ball Fields are home to 19-25 weekend youth and adult tournaments that take place from March-October. Find out more about the Agfinity All-Star Games at www.greeleygov.com/recreation under Special Events. For event details, please contact Steven Frederick, Adult Sports Recreation Coordinator at 970.350.9416.
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7/31/2014
Celebrate Colorado Produce at the Greeley Farmers’ Market
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Karen Scopel, Natural Resources Manager
970-350-9783
karen.scopel@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Celebrate Colorado Produce at the Greeley Farmers’ Market
 
The month of August is a great time to experience the bounty of Colorado agriculture at the Greeley Farmers’ Market. The entire month is Colorado Proud Month, and August 3 – 9 is National Farmers Market Week.
 
Now in its 22nd year, the Greeley Farmers’Market is a great venue for both vendors and customers. The Market’s vendors offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food products including in-season fresh produce, meats, honey, breads and other baked goods, roasted chiles, and more along with great items from local artisans and crafters. Many of the vendors have been a part of the Market’s history. Others have joined more recently. Each vendor brings their own “flavor” to the Market’s success.
 
In today’s world many people have no idea where their food comes from. A woman was recently overheard during a discussion about some challenge being faced by farmers that might impact a product; she stated that she wasn’t worried, because she didn’t get her food from a farmer, she got it from the store. Misperceptions like this are too common in today’s culture.
One of the many benefits of shopping at the Greeley Farmers’ Market is the opportunity you have to get to know the person who grew, raised, or created your purchases. You can ask the vendor about their farming practices, find out why they grow produce or raise cattle, or make soaps or yummy foods. Looking for something they don’t have?  You can tell them what you’d like to have available and they might be able to start growing or making it.
The Market is a great place for families and to meet friends. There are cooking demonstrations by local chefs and live entertainment by local musicians. The local Colorado State University Master Gardeners provide gardening information and problem-solving, and other community groups host informational booths. Second Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. is the new “Growing Kids” program at the Kids Zone, offered as an opportunity for children ages 3 to 12 to learn about healthy eating and active living.  The special activity featured at the Kids Zone in August is the Fender Blender, where they can make a smoothie by bicycle power. They can also participate in a scavenger hunt.
 
Located at 902 7th Avenue, the Market is open Saturdays from mid-May through October from 7:30 to noon. Now through September 24th, the Market is also open Wednesdays from 3:00- 6:00 p.m. For more information visit www.greeleygov.com/fm.
 
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7/30/2014
2014 Free Walking Tours – Civil War Veterans and 19th Century Greeley
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 – Civil War Veterans and 19th Century Greeley
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to a tour about Civil War Veterans and 19th Century Greeley on Monday, August 4th starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Park sign at 8th Street and 10th Avenue.  The tour will highlight several houses in the neighborhood to the north and west of downtown that were the residences of several veterans of the Civil War and will also focus on 19th century Greeley.  The event is free and open to the public.  Call 970.350.9222 for information about accessibility.
 
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:
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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7/28/2014
Mosquito Spraying continues as required based on trap data
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information:
Joel Hemesath, Public Works Director
970-350-9795
joel.hemesath@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Mosquito Spraying continues as required based on trap data
 
The City of Greeley has 14 weekly, adult mosquito trap locations throughout the city.  Several of these sites continue to have high mosquito counts, so these locations are being sprayed on a weekly basis.
Spraying typically occurs on Tuesday evenings depending on the weather and wind speed.   The best way to stay current on Greeley’s spray schedule is to check the spray schedule on Colorado Mosquito Control’s website on Tuesday evening, typically between 3-5 pm to see if and when mosquito spraying will be occurring in Greeley. http://www.comosquitocontrol.com/Spray_Schedules.html.
If you have mosquito concerns please call the toll free hotline number 1-877-276-4306.  All adult mosquito spray applications are planned for the hours between dusk (~8:30pm) and dawn (~6:00am), WEATHER PERMITTING. Applications may be cancelled or postponed, all or in part without notice.
We are seeing an increased number of the culex mosquito which can carry the West Nile Virus, so please be sure to follow the recommended precautions:
Defend Yourself Against Mosquitoes: DRAIN standing water around the house weekly since it’s where mosquitoes lay eggs, including: tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles. DUSK & DAWN are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully. DRESS in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active.
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7/18/2014
Linn Grove Cemetery Free History Walking Tour
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
David Naill, Manager, Linn Grove Cemetery
(970) 350-9386
david.naill@greeleygov.com
 
SUBJECT: Linn Grove Cemetery Free History Walking Tour
 
The Northeastern Colorado Heritage League, in conjunction with Linn Grove Cemetery, invites the public to a free historical walking tour of Linn Grove Cemetery on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.  The tour will begin at the cemetery office located north of the Bell Tower near the northwest corner of the cemetery.
 
This 1 ½ to 2 hour walking tour touches on stories of a number of individuals interred at Linn Grove, both famous and infamous in the rich history of Weld County, Union Colony, Greeley, and the State of Colorado with many dating back to the 1870s.  These stories are told through engaging speakers from the Northeastern Colorado Heritage League.
 
Linn Grove Cemetery is located at 1700 Cedar Ave. Greeley, Co. 80631.  Be sure to wear you walking shoes as well as bringing your water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen. 
 
Additional tours will be announced throughout the summer and fall.  Facilities are available during tour times. 
For more information, please contact David Naill at the Linn Grove Cemetery Office, at david.naill@greeleygov.com or 970-350-9386.

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7/18/2014
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, July 24th, at which several Young Chautauquans will perform, answer questions and discuss their historic figures.  In the 2014 Chautauqua theme of the Civil War, Young Chautauqua Scholar Brenna Cron will portray Rose Greenhow, a Confederate spy known for helping the Confederate army win battles, including the Battle of Bull Run and the Battle of Manassas. Young Chautauqua Scholar Dante Quesada will portray Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican who served in Congress during Lincoln’s presidency fought for the abolition of slavery and helped write the 14th Amendment, which gave citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the United States, including former slaves, and expanded civil rights.  Participants are welcome 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:
July 24:  Young Chautauquans Perform: Brenna Cron as Rose Greenhow and Dante Quesada as Thaddeus Stevens
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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7/17/2014
GREELEY’S 2014 ARTS PICNIC
Additional Information contact:
Rhonda Welch, Special Events Coordinator
City of Greeley – Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
(970) 350-9451
www.artspicnic.com
 
SUBJECT: GREELEY’S 2014 ARTS PICNIC
 
ARTS PICNIC WEEKEND
Free Admission!
Saturday, July 26 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, July 27  9:00am – 4:00pm   
Greeley’s Historic Lincoln Park
10th Avenue & 8th Street
 
Greeley’s annual Arts Picnic will celebrate 36 years of summertime fun Saturday, July 26, from
9:00am –5:00pm and Sunday, July 27 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  Considered one of Northern Colorado’s best arts, crafts & music festivals, the Arts Picnic draws more than 20,000 people to Greeley’s historic Lincoln Park.
 
Over 150 artisans from all over the nation will gather in Greeley to sell their hand-made wares ranging from pottery, paintings, and photography to glassware, gourmet food and garden art!  And, if you feel like taking a shopping break and having a “cold one,” stop in the beer garden and enjoy Center Stage entertainment!  Add a food court with over a dozen booths full of delicious delights from around the world including gyros, burritos, crepes and calzones plus mouthwatering BBQ and you’ve got an event that has been rated one of the top arts, crafts and music festivals in Northern Colorado.  Well known Colorado bands performing everything from rock, blues and honkytonk to big band, folk and country will entertain on two stages throughout the weekend.  Clowns, balloon artists, and storytellers will amuse the very young “picnickers” on the Merry Makers Stage.  While in Creation Station Kids’ Hands-On Area, pint-size-Picassos will be busy with make-and-take projects that encourage creativity and excite the imagination. Don’t miss this annual feast of fun for everyone!  The festival is presented by the city of Greeley with support from major sponsors John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Kaiser Permanente, Flood & Peterson, Inc., Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center, TRI-102.5, K-99, and The Tribune. For a complete schedule visit www.artspicnic.com.
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7/15/2014
2014 Free Walking Tours – Josephine B. Jones House and Tree Tour
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 – Josephine B. Jones House and Tree Tour
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to a tour about Josephine B. Jones and a tree tour on Monday, July 21st starting at 6:30 p.m. at the City Forestry Office at the Josephine B. Jones House, 2631 52nd Avenue Court.  Josephine B. Jones was raised in Greeley and was a scholar, a linguist, a world traveler, teacher, storyteller, gardener, and nature enthusiast who loved Greeley.  Peggy Ford Waldo described her friend Josephine as “a complex, multi-talented, multi-faceted individual… an independent woman having a certain regal quality about everything she did.”  According to the City Forestry Manager Shiloh Hatcher, “A variety of trees can be planted and grown in low water landscapes in northern Colorado.  A tour of a portion of the park will look at what trees may perform better in a low water landscape.”  The event is free and open to the public.  Call 970.350.9222 for information about accessibility.
 
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:
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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7/14/2014
GREELEY’S 2014 Arts Picnic Kick-Off Concert with FUNKIPHINO
Additional Information contact:
Rhonda Welch, Special Events Coordinator
City of Greeley – Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
(970) 350-9451
www.artspicnic.com
 
SUBJECT:  GREELEY’S 2014 Arts Picnic Kick-Off Concert with FUNKIPHINO
 
ARTS PICNIC KICKOFF CONCERT
Free Admission!  Free Popcorn!  “Go-Cup” on the Plaza!
Featuring FUNKIPHINO
Friday, July 25, 7:00pm
9th Street Plaza
 
It’s that time of year to grab your lawn chair or blanket and head to the 9th Street Plaza, Friday, July 25 for a wonderful evening of rock ‘n blues and funk ‘n soul as Colorado’s favorite dance band, FUNKIPHINO, kicks off the Arts Picnic!  The concert, beginning at 7:00pm, is presented by the City of Greeley and co-sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and Sears Real Estate. Wear comfortable shoes…You’re gonna wanna dance!  Free admission!  Free popcorn! And “Go-Cup”!
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7/14/2014
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Boasts Award Winning Graphic Artist
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Abbey Youngman, CPRD, Administrative Specialist
970.350.9406
abbey.youngman@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Culture, Parks, and Recreation Boasts Award Winning Graphic Artist  
 
Nanci Avery, Graphic Artist for the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department (CPRD), has done it again. Nanci’s most recent contest entry was for the cover of the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s “Farm Fresh Directory”. As the winner, her artwork is featured on this year’s cover which is the 30th Anniversary edition. The cover design includes an artful montage of appetizingly fresh fruits, veggies, and a fine feathered friend all joined together with the creative twist only a gifted graphic artist can deliver.
In addition to this award, Nanci received Best Use of Color in an Advertisement in 2005 from the Society of Professional Journalism, Best Cover Design for each year from 2007 to 2010, and The Graphic Design USA Publication Design Awards in both 2006 & 2013. From the start of her graphic art career to date she received between 10 and 15 awards for like contests. 
Nanci enjoys anything that involves painting but is also fond of creating prints on fancy paper and other glossy projects. Her degree in Graphic Art initially became a part of her life as something to keep her busy and become an enjoyable career. The competitions are fun for her to enter but she also appreciates the monetary benefits that come along with winning. Nanci says “The hardest part about entering competitions is finding them and finding time to do them.” 
 
Most of the artwork and designs that advertise CPRD programs are created by Nanci. This includes publications such as the cover of the quarterly Recreation Connection magazine, the Union Colony Civic Center season brochure, and the Annual Greeley Arts Picnic printed program. She has designed educational nature signs at the City’s newest park, Homestead Park, and continues to produce countless posters and fliers among other artistic creations for the Department. Nanci is valued as a talented city employee by the CPRD. Her next freelance competition will be painting artwork for a state wildlife stamp.

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7/10/2014
Neighborhood Improvement Grants Available
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 $5,000 is still 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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7/9/2014
Greeley Water & Sewer Annual Summer Board Tour
July 7, 2014

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Lory Stephens, Office Manager
970-350-9812
lory.stephens@greeleygov.com

Subject: Greeley Water & Sewer Annual Summer Board Tour
Friday, August 1, 2014
7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Each year the Greeley Water & Sewer Board takes a tour of water and sewer facilities. The primary objectives of this year’s tour are to visit the high mountain reservoirs that supply Greeley with drinking water and to look at the High Park Fire mitigation progress. The public is invited to be part of the tour. Please RSVP to Yvonne Thornberg at 970-350-9818 by July 25. Space is limited.

The following sites will be included on the tour:
  • Drive-by destinations of the Bellvue Pipeline project Watson Pipeline Break at LaPorte
  • Bellvue Water Treatment Plant
  • Hansen Canal
  • Long Draw Reservoir
  • Barnes Meadows Reservoir
  • Chambers Lake/Bob Creek connection the Cache la Poudre River
  • Gateway Park


A light breakfast will be served before the tour begins. Lunch will be provided near Long Draw Reservoir.

If, to effectively and fully participate in this tour, you require auxiliary aid or other assistance related to a disability, please contact Lory Stephens at 970-350-9812.

Get more information about Greeley’s Water System at ,a href=http://www.greeleygov.com/water>; www.greeleygov.com/water.

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7/7/2014
2014 Community Excellence in Design Award Winners Announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Brad Mueller, Community Development Director
(970) 350-9786
brad.mueller@greeleygov.com
 
SUBJECT:  2014 Community Excellence in Design Award Winners Announced
 
The City of Greeley will recognize four outstanding development projects at the City Council meeting on July 15th. The projects will receive honors as part of the City’s 11th Annual Community Excellence in Design Awards for projects constructed or redeveloped during 2013 that demonstrate exceptional design elements.
 
“The quality of buildings and their relationship to the community reflect our attitudes about ourselves” commented Brad Mueller, Director of the Community Development Department at the City.  “Excellent design has the ability to both lift our spirits and improve a business’ bottom line, so we celebrate those who make a commitment to high quality construction.”
 
The community award is the product of Greeley’s Comprehensive Plan, which encourages for stronger building design to promote unique and creative structures throughout the community.  A panel of community judges evaluated the nominations for their creativity in design, attention to detail and ability to provide a distinctive structure for the purpose it was intended and in a manner that typifies or exceeds community design expectations.
 
The honored projects were selected by a community panel of judges.  The two winners of this year’s Community Excellence in
Design Awards are:
• Homestead Park – Public Improvements
• Trinity Episcopal Church – Institutional
And the two honorable mentions for this year’s Community Excellence in Design Awards are:
• East Ward School
• Canzona Residence
The award winners and their projects may be viewed at the City of Greeley website, www.greeleygov.com/Community Development, and project information and display materials may be viewed at the City of Greeley, City Hall at 1000 10th Street.  For more information please call 350-9780. 
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7/7/2014
Bittersweet Park East Sidewalk Closed for Replacement
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Sarah Boyd, Parks Planner
970.336.4180
sarah.boyd@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Bittersweet Park East Sidewalk Closed for Replacement
 
GREELEY, Colorado – The City of Greeley Parks Division is making upgrades to the east side sidewalk at Bittersweet Park beginning Monday, July 7.
The sidewalk from 12th Street to 16th Street along 35th Avenue will be closed to remove the asphalt and replace it with a new concrete path. The new path will include a new improved alignment for safety and access.
Sections of the path will be reopened as they become safe for public access.
For more information about the City of Greeley Parks visit www.greeleygov.com/parks or call 970-350-9390.
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7/3/2014
Greeley Free Walking Tours – Downtown Inside Spaces
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 – Downtown Inside Spaces

The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to a tour of some of Downtown Greeley’s Inside Spaces, including the Greeley High School Building (also known as the Greeley Building), St. Patrick Presbyterian Church, and the Masonic Temple on Monday, July 7th starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Park sign at 8th Street and 10th Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. Call 970.350.9222 for information about accessibility.

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:
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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7/2/2014
Union Colony Civic Center Series Tickets Available to Public on July 7th
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: Union Colony Civic Center Series Tickets Available to Public on July 7th

Union Colony Civic Center announces its 2014-15 series tickets will be available to the general public beginning Monday, July 7. Series packages include: Stage Spectaculars, Critics’ Choice, Just for Laughs, Catch a Star, Hensel Phelps and Travel Film Series.
 All the series packages have five shows, except for the Hensel Phelps and Travel Film Series. Tickets for series packages are sold at a 20 percent discount from individual show prices.
 
The Stage Spectaculars Series features Broadway acts, musical plays, and concerts. The Critics’ Choice Series includes performances from award-winning and critically acclaimed artists such as Wynonna and The Big Noise and The Midtown Men. The Just for Laughs Series is all about hilarity, showcasing some top stand-up and comedic performers. The Catch a Star Series focuses on children and family friendly performances through entertaining education. The Hensel Phelps Series features regional acts with local talent. Lastly, the Travel Film Series focuses on showcasing the many beauties of the world through the movie screen.
 
1. Stage Spectaculars – Blue Man Group (Sept. 20), Anything Goes (Nov. 23), Smokey Joe’s Café featuring the Coasters (Jan. 8), Camelot (Feb. 2), and Nice Work If You Can Get It (Feb. 22);
2. Critics’ Choice – Wynonna and The Big Noise (Oct. 2), 101 Years of Broadway (Nov. 4), The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra (Mar. 1), Altan (Apr. 3), The Midtown Men (Apr. 30);
3. Just For Laughs – Capitol Steps (Oct. 3), Bill Engvall (Oct. 16), D.L. Hughley (Jan. 31), Wonder Bread Years (Feb. 28), and Paul Rodriguez (Mar. 21);
4. Catch a Star Family Series – Lynn Trefzger: Comedic Ventriloquist (Oct. 10), Junie B Jones in “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” (Dec. 20), La Maleta “The Suitcase” (Feb. 15), Lifeboat (Mar. 26), and Rapunzel: The Musical (Apr. 27);
5. The Travel Film Series – Mexico: the Bad, the Great, and the Ugly (Nov. 16), Bringing Home Sardinia (Jan. 25), and China Rising (Mar. 22);
6. Hensel Phelps Series – The Stampede Troupe presents The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Mar. 20-Mar. 29; 6 performances total) and Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre presents Six Women in Search of a Perfect Play (Oct. 31 and Nov. 1).
For further information and tickets, contact the UCCC ticket office at 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS, or go online to ucstars.com. It’s a season for YOU to see the Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 2014-15 season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The season 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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7/2/2014
City of Greeley Administrative Buildings Closed on July 4
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 Closed on July 4
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 Friday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Offices will be back open on Monday, July 7.
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6/30/2014
Family Bike Ride - July 1
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
336-4167
Deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Family Bike Ride - July 1
 
The City of Greeley will sponsor a family bike ride on Tuesday, July 1 at 6:00PM beginning at Homestead Park, 3699 29th Street, in the south parking lot. Staff from several City departments, Weld County Public Health and Environment, North Colorado Health Alliance and Banner Health will be on hand to guide the three-mile tour, talk about bike riding safety, and make minor bike repairs and adjustments.
 
On the first Tuesday of every month this spring and summer, the City of Greeley will sponsor these bike rides.  Each ride is designed to show off a City Park and safe routes from the neighborhood.  In addition, City staff will talk about bike and traffic safety rules, unique features and history of neighborhoods and share information on Greeley’s “Road to Gold” Bicycle Plan.  The rides are designed for anyone interested in dusting off their old bikes and getting back on the road and families with children.
 
Wearing helmets will be strongly encouraged and we will be giving away twenty helmets to the first registered riders who do not own one.
 
If you have any questions, contact Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office for the City of Greeley at 336-4167 or Deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com.
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6/30/2014
Greeley-Evans Transit (GET) 4th of July Schedule
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Lori Bernal, Transit Specialist
(970) 350-9829
Lori.Bernal@Greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Greeley-Evans Transit (GET) 4th of July Schedule
 
The Greeley-Evans Transit service, (GET) will not be in operation on Friday, July 4, 2014, Independence Day.   Fixed route bus service, Paratransit van service and Call –N – Ride service will not operate on this day. The Greeley Transit office will also be closed. 
 
GET will be running regular Saturday service on July 5, 2014.
For additional information, please contact the Greeley Transit office at 970-350-9287.
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6/30/2014
Two Free CPR/AED Classes to Be Held in July
For Immediate Release
Contact: Division Chief Dale Lyman
970-350-9511; 970-590-5507
 
Subject:  Two Free CPR/AED Classes to Be Held in July
The City of Greeley is offering two free CPR/AED courses in July. 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.
Classes will be held:
• Saturday, July 12th  at 9:00 a.m. at the Greeley Fire Department, Station #1, 919 7th Street, Nusbaum Training Room
• Saturday July 26th 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.
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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6/27/2014
Mosquito Spraying to Occur Tomorrow Evening – Weather Permitting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information:
Joel Hemesath, Public Works Director
970-350-9795
joel.hemesath@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Mosquito Spraying to Occur Tomorrow Evening – Weather Permitting
 
The City of Greeley has fourteen weekly adult mosquito trap locations thru out the city. In the last two weeks, nine of these traps have been exceedingly high in number of mosquitoes trapped.
 
The recent river flooding has resulted in a heavier than normal population of river mosquitoes. So based on this high trap count data, Colorado Mosquito Control, the city’s 2014 mosquito contractor will be fogging the Poudre River Trail, Sheep Draw Trail and other impacted neighborhoods on Thursday, June 26th, weather permitting, with a follow-up fogging event for the trail areas if needed based on trap data on either Tuesday, July 1st or Wednesday, July 2nd of  next week.
 
All adult mosquito spray applications are planned for the hours between Dusk (~8:30pm) and Dawn (~6:00am), WEATHER PERMITTING. Applications may be cancelled or postponed, all or in part without notice.
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6/25/2014
GOING OUT IS IN AT YOUR COMMUNITY PARKS & RECREATION THIS JULY
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: GOING OUT IS IN AT YOUR COMMUNITY PARKS & RECREATION THIS JULY
 
If you’re feeling cramped and like you don’t get to spend enough time outside, you’re not the only one. Nearly three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis and of those who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air according to a new survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. That’s why this July, the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department (CPRD) and NRPA are challenging everyone to get out and visit their community parks and recreation during national Park and Recreation Month.
 
This year’s theme, “OUT is IN,” encourages individuals, families, friends and coworkers to do something outside every day that they would normally do inside. From picnicking in the park instead of sitting inside at a table, to sending an email or even holding a meeting outside, there are small ways you can make going OUT part of your daily routine. The parks and facilities run by Culture, Parks, and Recreation offer ample opportunities to go OUTside, get INspired, change your OUTlook and get INvolved.
 
Kick-off your July plans at the Greeley Stampede Independence Day Parade on Friday, July 4 – be sure to look for the CPRD float and cheer them on – they’ll be in the Rodarte Community Center/Youth Enrichment bus this year – which won the Columbine Award for Programming last fall through Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA). Then head to the outdoor pools or splash parks to cool off – get a $1 off admission to Discovery Bay Waterpark (715 E. 24th St) or Centennial Pool (23rd Ave & Reservoir Rd). Outdoor pools are open 1-5pm; Island Grove & Sunrise Park Splash Parks are open from 1-3pm. The Family FunPlex, Greeley Recreation Center, Greeley Ice Haus, Rodarte Community Center and Greeley Senior Center will all be closed for the holiday. For more information call 350.9400 or visit www.greeleygov.com/recreation/aquatics.
 
On Friday, July 5 extend your Independence Day Celebrations at the Greeley Ice Haus from 12-1:30pm. Come in and cool off with some skating fun for the whole family – the first 40 skaters will receive a free red, white and blue Popsicle. Admission is only $4 which includes skate rental. Visit www.greeleyicehaus.com for details. Neighborhood Nights will begin Friday, July 11 at Monfort Park with the movie Frozen (PG) at dusk. Bring the whole family, have a picnic and enjoy a performance by Dance Factory Dancers before the movie from 7:45-8:15pm. View the entire schedule online at http://greeleygov.com/Festivals/NeighborhoodNights.aspx.  
 
In addition to getting involved in Park and Recreation Month locally, people are encouraged to take the OUT is IN 31-day social media challenge on Twitter and Instagram by posting photos of themselves doing typical inside activities outside with the hashtag #JulyOUTisIN.
 
To learn more about getting OUTside and INvolved during Park and Recreation Month, visit www.greeleygov.com/recreation and www.nrpa.org/July.  The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.
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6/24/2014
Saving a Spot for 4th of July Parade
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Ken Musil
Parks Superintendent
Culture, Parks and Recreation Department
970-350-9394

Subject: Saving a Spot for 4th of July Parade

The City of Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation Department would like to remind residents and visitors alike that they will only allow flagging, strings and ropes as parade spot markers.  There will be signage at Lincoln Park and at City Hall along the parade route as friendly notices two weeks before July 4th.  Tarps, blankets, tents and any other item that could smother the turf and damage it will not be allowed and therefore removed.
Please abide by these Park’s restrictions and enjoy the 4th of July parade!

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6/23/2014
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department Conducts Youth Needs Assessment with Social Research Lab at UNC
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Josh Packard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of SRL@UNC
University of Northern Colorado
970-351-2374, josh.packard@unco.edu
Andy McRoberts, CPRE.
City of Greeley
Director - Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970-350-9425
 
Subject: Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department Conducts Youth Needs Assessment with Social Research Lab at UNC
 
Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department (CPRD) recently completed a Youth Needs Assessment designed to determine the recreational needs of young people and families in Greeley.  This multifaceted needs assessment was completed by the Social Research Lab (SRL) at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) between January and May 2014.  It included assessments of Greeley parks and facilities as well as focus groups, interviews, and a citywide phone survey. 
 
The needs assessment generally revealed strong satisfaction with CPRD parks and facilities among youth and families.  In particular, the Family FunPlex and the Rodarte Community Center received very strong marks among their respective visitors.
 
Additionally, there were several areas of need identified, including:
• Strong community support and need for adaptive recreation services
• Significant interest in improved skate park facilities
• A need for more health and fitness classes including fitness programs and healthy cooking and living classes for youth
• A desire to continue developing neighborhood parks so that all residents have easy access to recreation
Program cost was the only significant barrier identified as a limit to increased participation, while concerns about program quality ranked at the bottom of the list in terms of barriers to participation.
 
Andy McRoberts, Director of CPRD, is pleased with the findings saying “This type of assessment opens the doors to new ideas on how we can better serve our communities and plan accordingly.”  To entice participation, survey partakers were entered into a drawing for a yearly family pass to the Family FunPlex, and a winner – Xochitl Lopez - was drawn and will be soon contacted to claim their prize.”
 
The findings from the Needs Assessment Research, as well as recommended outcomes, will be presented to City Council members at tomorrow’s June 24th Work Session at 5pm at the Council Chambers.  Dr. Josh Packard will be assisting in the presentation and available to answer questions.
 
The Social Research Lab at UNC was pleased to partner with CPRD to conduct the assessment.  Josh Packard, co-director of the SRL said “The Social Research Lab at UNC exists to provide a combination of hands-on learning opportunities for students and high-quality data services for clients.  This project has been an ideal combination of both for the SRL and our students, and we thank the City of Greeley for the opportunity.  We are always looking for projects like this, because it’s really great for our students to get applied experience and see their classroom skills translate over to the real world.”
 
For more information about Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department, visit www.greeleygov.com/cprd.  For more information about the Social Research Lab at UNC, visit www.unco.edu/srl.
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6/23/2014
2014 Greeley Garden Tour – June 28
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Jan Martin, Greeley Garden Tour Committee
970-330-1664
flowers@greeleygardentour.org  
 
Ruth Quade, Water Conservation Coordinator
970-350-9874
ruth.quade@greeleygov.com
Subject:  2014 Greeley Garden Tour – June 28
 
The twenty-first annual Greeley Garden Tour is on Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The self-guided tour stops at six outstanding gardens around Greeley. The tour highlights some of the best gardens in the area and provides ideas for people to integrate into their own landscapes. Garden tour volunteers, the home owners, and Master Gardener will be at each stop to guide visitors through each incredible garden. The guides will provide additional information on the plants and landscape. In addition to the gardens, there will be live music, artists painting in the gardens, fairy garden demonstration and a salad bowl garden demonstration. 
 
New on this year’s tour is one of Greeley’s community gardens located at the UNC Xeriscape Garden at 17th Avenue and Reservoir Road. In 2007, water infrastructure was installed in the community gardens and 24 families, groups and/or individuals were given the opportunity to “rent” a plot and grow what they want.  Most of the gardeners specialize in vegetables, herbs and flowers.  The produce from these gardens feed the gardeners and are not for public consumption.
 
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at:
 
• Eaton Grove - 35901 County Road 31, Eaton
• Happy Life Nursery - 2000 37th Street, Evans
• Lolly's Hallmark -2030 35th Avenue, Greeley
• Flower’s for Three Greenhouse - 8275 County Road 54, Milliken
• Pope Farms - 6501 West 28th Street, Greeley
 
Proceeds from the Greeley Garden Tour support University of Northern Colorado nursing student scholarships. The City of Greeley Water Conservation Program is a sponsor of this event.
Visit www.greeleygardentour.org for more information.  Photos of the gardens are also available on Pinterest at  www.pinterest.com/gardentour.
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6/20/2014
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 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, June 26th, at which Tannis Bator will portray and speak about Emily Griffith and the Opportunity School.  According to Ms. Bator, “Beginning as a young teacher in a one-room schoolhouse on the Nebraska prairie, Emily Griffith began to develop the concept of a place for all who wished to learn, with no age limits, no set hours, no set curriculum.  She believed in educational opportunities for all and brought her dream to fruition by opening the Opportunity School in Denver in September, 1916.  By the time she retired, seventeen years later, 100,000 students had passed through its doors and become successful in a variety of careers. The Emily Griffith Opportunity School still stands as a monument to her vision.”
 
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:
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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6/19/2014
MAKE AVEN’S VILLAGE BECOME A REALITY
For Immediate Release
Contact: Pilar de Jesus, Marketing Manager
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9259    pilar.dejesus@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: MAKE AVEN’S VILLAGE BECOME A REALITY
 
“As summer time comes closer, the excitement of being outdoors looms. The anticipation of swimming pools, ice cream and playing at the park is filling the air” said Aven Mondy’s parents. This expression and the enthusiasm of Rev. Arron Chambers, Pastor of Journey Christian Church, and his family was the spark needed for the City of Greeley to forge a partnership with Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization devoted to creating inclusive playgrounds and programs that unite children of all abilities. Aven’s Village will be located in Greeley’s Island Grove Regional Park, which has been used for recreation and community events since 1870.
This public/private partnership launched a series of discussions to secure ideas for the theme and design of the playground. The Mondy family attended one of the first meetings. Ethan and Brandy Mondy have a healthy son, Isis, and a daughter, Aven, who was born with special needs. As early advocates of the new playground, the Mondy family was delighted that the universally accessible playground would be named Aven’s Village. It will expand and replace the well-used but dated equipment currently located there. As a venue for local, state, and national activities and events, Aven’s Village will undoubtedly become another attraction for the park’s visitors (600,000 annually). There are 512,000 children and adults with disabilities that live in Colorado; School District 6 has 2,000 students (17%) with some type of disability. This will be the third all-inclusive park in the state. Aven’s Village will exemplify the care and compassion Greeley citizen’s share in support of this community’s youth.
An accessible park in our community would mean that Aven and so many other children would be able to play with their family and friends without limitations. See what enjoyment a park like this can provide the youth of our community, visit www.avensvillage.com to watch the video created by Shane’s Inspiration “Where I Feel Like Me.” Make Aven’s Village become a reality at Island Grove by making a donation. Checks may be made payable to: SI FPO Aven’s Village (Shane’s Inspiration for Purposes of Aven’s Village) and send c/o Tom Welch, 501 N. 14th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631 or online at www.shanesinspiration.org/donate, select Aven’s Village at Island Grove Park. You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/friends/requests/?fcref=rup#!/avensvillage. For more information, feel free to contact Sarah Boyd, Parks Planner, at 970.336.4180.
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6/19/2014
Wrong Contact Information in Season Brochure
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Justin Bass, CPRD/UCCC, Marketing Technician
970.350.9455
justin.bass@greeleygov.com

Subject: Wrong Contact Information in Season Brochure
 
The Union Colony Civic Center has a correction for the phone number listed in the 2014-15 season brochure for those looking to volunteer.
If you are interested in volunteering, please call 970-350-9530.  The phone number is listed incorrectly in the 2014-15 season brochure as 970-356-9530, which is the number for local company Stamp-KO manufacturing.
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. It’s a season for You to See the Stars!
The Union Colony Civic Center is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greeley. The 2014-15 season sponsors include Northern Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, and the Colorado Creative Industries. The season 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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6/18/2014
Volunteers needed – Poudre River Trail Clean Up Begins June 21st
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Tom Selders, Poudre River Trail Manager
970-336-4044
tom.selders@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Volunteers needed – Poudre River Trail Clean Up Begins June 21st
 
The Poudre River Trail Corridor, Inc. will begin the clean-up of dirt and debris left on the trail following recent flooding. Volunteers able to use shovels, leaf blowers and push brooms are needed beginning Saturday, June 21st.  Cotton work gloves, bottled water and light snacks will be provided.  Individuals are asked to bring their own sun screen and mosquito repellant.
Volunteers wishing to help need to contact Tom Selders, Trail Manager, at poudretrail@greeleygov.com or 970-336-4044 by noon on Friday, June 20th.  Information needed includes name, contact information along with the dates and times volunteers are available to work.
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6/17/2014
Bicycle Master Plan
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Eric Bracke, Traffic Engineer, Public Works
eric.bracke@greeleygov.com or 970-350-9357
 
Subject: Bicycle Master Plan
 
The City of Greeley is hosting a public workshop focusing on a citywide Bicycle Master Plan.  City staff and the consultant team, Alta Planning + Design, will be available to share information, answer questions and receive input for the project. Greeley area residents are welcome to drop in at any time at the Jesus Rodarte Community Center, 920 A Street, on Thursday, June 19th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
 
Now is your chance to have a say on the future of active living through bicycling in your community.  Don’t ride your bike much anymore?  We want to know why.  Have some issues with your route?  Tell us about that.  Come learn about our efforts to reach the gold designation for Bicycle Friendly Communities.  If you can’t make the meeting, we still want to hear from you.  Check out the project website at www.greeleybikemasterplan.com.

If you have any questions, contact Eric Bracke at eric.bracke@greeleygov.com or 970-350-9357.
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6/17/2014
Officer Involved Shooting
For Immediate Release
For more information,
media representatives should contact:
Lt. Adam Turk, Greeley Police Department
970-351-5383 Desk 
Adam.turk@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Officer Involved Shooting
 
On June 14th, 2014 at approximately 1:37 A.M., Greeley Police Department officers responded to the 700 Block of 7th Street in Greeley, Colorado, in reference to a male with a gun.  Officers arrived and contacted the male suspect.  Shots were fired and the male suspect sustained bullet wounds.
 
The male suspect was treated on scene and transported to Northern Colorado Medical Center by paramedics.  None of the officers on scene were injured.  The incident is currently under investigation by the Greeley Police Department and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.  Any further inquiries should be directed to the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

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6/14/2014
Follow-Up to Officer Involved Shooting
For Immediate Release
For more information,
media representatives should contact:
Lt. Adam Turk, Greeley Police Department
970-351-5383 Desk 
Adam.turk@greeleypd.com

Subject:  Follow-Up to Officer Involved Shooting
 
With regard to the officer involved shooting that occurred on June 14th, 2014 at approximately 1:37 A.M. in the 700 Block of 7th Street, the suspect was declared deceased due to the injuries sustained after being transported to Northern Colorado Medical Center. 
 
The incident remains under investigation by the Greeley Police Department and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.  Any further inquiries should be directed to the Weld County Coroner’s Office and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

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6/14/2014
MAKE AVEN’S VILLAGE BECOME A REALITY
For Immediate Release
Contact: Pilar de Jesus, Marketing Manager
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9259    pilar.dejesus@greeleygov.com

Subject: MAKE AVEN’S VILLAGE BECOME A REALITY
 
“As summer time comes closer, the excitement of being outdoors looms. The anticipation of swimming pools, ice cream and playing at the park is filling the air” said Aven Mondy’s parents. This expression and the enthusiasm of the Chamber’s family, Pastor of Christ Community Church, was the spark needed for the City of Greeley to forge a partnership with Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization devoted to creating inclusive playgrounds and programs that unite children of all abilities. Aven’s Village will be located in Greeley’s Island Grove Regional Park, which has been used for recreation and community events since 1870.
This public/private partnership launched a series of discussions to secure ideas for the theme and design of the playground. The Mondy family attended one of the first meetings. Ethan and Brandy Mondy have a healthy son, Isis, and a daughter, Aven, who was born with special needs. As early advocates of the new playground, the Mondy family was delighted that the universally accessible playground would be named Aven’s Village. It will expand and replace the well-used but dated equipment currently located there. As a venue for local, state, and national activities and events, Aven’s Village will undoubtedly become another attraction for the park’s visitors (600,000 annually). There are 512,000 children and adults with disabilities that live in Colorado; School District 6 has 2,000 students (17%) with some type of disability. This will be the third all-inclusive park in the state. Aven’s Village will exemplify the care and compassion Greeley citizen’s share in support of this community’s youth.
An accessible park in our community would mean that Aven and so many other children would be able to play with their family and friends with no limitations. See what enjoyment a park like this can provide the youth of our community, visit www.avensvillage.com to watch the video created by Shane’s Inspiration “Where I Feel Like Me.” Make Aven’s Village become a reality at Island Grove by making a donation. Checks may be made payable to: SI FPO Aven’s Village (Shane’s Inspiration for Purposes of Aven’s Village) and send c/o Tom Welch, 501 N. 14th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631 or online at www.shanesinspiration.org/donate, select Aven’s Village at Island Grove Park. You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/friends/requests/?fcref=rup#!/avensvillage. For more information, feel free to contact Sarah Boyd, Parks Planner, at 970.350.9259.
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6/13/2014
Greeley Update – New Road Opening Announced – June 13 at 12:00 p.m.
June 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Pete Morgan, City of Greeley Emergency Manager
970-590-5513
or
Roy Rudisill
Director, Weld County Office of Emergency Management
970-381-0417
or
Jerry Pickett
City of Greeley Street Superintendent
970-371-3449
 
Subject:  Greeley Update – New Road Opening Announced – June 13 at 12:00 p.m.
 
New Information
Roads Reopen
            95th Avenue from 10th Street/Highway 34 Business to O Street
 
Water is still running high in the river and over its banks in some places.  See list below for roads, trails, etc. that are still closed.
 
Older Information – still valid as of 6-13-14 at 12:00 p.m.
Recovery resources for those impacted by high water/flooding in and near Greeley:
Businesses
Small Business Development Center, (970) 352-3661
Greeley Emergency Manager, pete.morgan@greeleygov.com, 970-350-9598 or go to
www.sba.gov
Residents
United Way 2-1-1, (Dial 2-1-1)
American Red Cross, (303) 235-6636
 
Flood Information Resources:
-Register your home phone or mobile device at www.weld911alert.com – to receive automated warnings and notices (Reverse 911)
www.greeleygov.com – updates (on the homepage)
www.facebook.com/greeleygov - updates and notifications
www.facebook.com/weldcountygovernment - updates and notifications
 
Trail/Parks/Open Space Closures:
• Poudre River Trail is closed from 35th Avenue in Greeley, west to Windsor.
• Rover Run Dog Park is closed until further notice.
• The Poudre Trail parking lot, trail head and open space at 71st Avenue are closed.
• Poudre Learning Center and 83rd Avenue Trailhead are closed.
 
Road Closures in Greeley:
• 71st Avenue at the Poudre River
 
All Previous Cautions Remain in Place:
• Use caution while traveling along the Larson Ditch and Sheep Draw Trail corridors, including the McCloskey Natural Area, Pumpkin Ridge Natural Area and Hunters Cove West Natural Area flash flooding has occurred during and after recent storms.
• Greeley officials are asking that residents stay clear of all river banks as the banks can become unstable with continuing high water levels. 
• If motorists see water over roads they are advised to not drive through that water
Turn around. Don’t drown.
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6/13/2014
ROCKIES BASEBALL SKILLS CHALLENGE WINNERS HEAD TO SECTIONALS
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: ROCKIES BASEBALL SKILLS CHALLENGE WINNERS HEAD TO SECTIONALS
 
Over 160 youth participated in the Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department’s Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge on June 4 & 5 hosted at the Greeley Evans Youth League fields. The event held over two days, brought more than three times the number of kids that participated in the event last year. The Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge allows youngsters to showcase their talents in hitting, running and throwing with scores based on distance, speed and accuracy. Those that won will go on to compete at Sectionals which will be held on Saturday, July 26, 10am, at Sandstone Ranch in Longmont.
The following eight participants earned first place honors in their respective age groups: Age 6/7, Oscar Pinon of Evans & Kiauna Smith of Eaton; Age 8/9, Marcos Sanchez II of Greeley & Mia Reed of Greeley; Age 10/11, Ty Stotts of Greeley & Emma Trubia of Eaton; Age 12/13, Logan Willier of Eaton & Dawn Renner of Eaton. These athletes will be attending Sectionals after taking First Place at the Rockies Skills Challenge in Greeley. The contact person for the event is Reed Davis, State Director, 303.483.7036, email reedd@sspr.org.
Congratulations to all of the participants that competed and won first place! View a video of this year’s event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l6QZr9T3FI. Those that advance from Sectionals will go on to participate in the State Championships on August 10, 10am, at Coca-Cola All Star Park in Lakewood. All State Finalists will be invited to attend the Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game that evening at Coors Field.
The Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge is a youth program of the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association with the support of the Colorado Rockies baseball club. For more information contact Andrea Haring, Recreation Supervisor, at 970.336.4219.
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6/13/2014
2014 GREELEY ARTS PICNIC FINE ART EXHIBIT ARTIST APPLICATION
For more information, contact:
Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator
Culture, Parks and Recreation Department
970.350.9450
kim.snyder@greeleygov.com.

Subject: 2014 GREELEY ARTS PICNIC FINE ART EXHIBIT ARTIST APPLICATION
 
Weld County artists interested in participating in this year’s Arts Picnic Fine Art Exhibit at the Tointon Gallery may print out an application form at www.greeleyart.com (click on Gallery Spaces) or pick up the registration forms at the Tointon Gallery Kiosk and the Public Art Office in the Greeley Recreation Center (2nd floor) at 651 10th Ave. Registration forms are due by July 1, 2014.
 All forms of fine art are eligible for display. Limit one piece per artist. The Greeley Art Association will present cash awards in each division (adult and student) and judges will select City Purchase Awards among those pieces for sale.
A reception will be held Friday, July 25 from 5-7pm in the Tointon Gallery. The Arts Picnic kick-off concert will follow the reception at 7pm on the 9th Street Plaza featuring FUNKIPHINO.
The Arts Picnic Fine Art Exhibit has provided Weld County artists the opportunity to display their creations for family, friends and the community to enjoy. The City of Greeley is proud of the magnitude of talented artists residing in the area. As sponsors of one of the few community art shows, the Arts Picnic Fine Art Exhibit hopes to promote and encourage the arts while improving the quality of life in Greeley.
For more information on the Tointon Gallery or the Arts Picnic Fine Art Exhibit, feel free to contact Kim Snyder, Public Art Coordinator, at 970.350.9450.
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6/13/2014
Community Invited to Neighborhood Food & Thought Event
NEWS RELEASE
 
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
970-336-4167 or Deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: Community Invited to Neighborhood Food & Thought Event
 
The City invites Greeley residents to attend a simple supper and workshop that features topics to help make neighborhood life great. This event is set for Thursday, June 19th from 5:30-9:00 PM at the beautiful Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A Street. 
 
Workshop topics and demonstrations include:
- Neighborhood Grants
- Home & Neighborhood Safety ideas
- Emergency Preparedness Tips
- Heart Safe City demonstration
- K-9 Unit demonstration
- Creative District News
- Special City Project Updates
- Centennial Village Exhibits
 
The event is free but seating is limited.  For more information, or to pre-register, call 350-9774 or email greta.steinmetz@greeleygov.comMeal reservations are due Friday, June 13, 2014.

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6/11/2014
Greeley Publishes Drinking Water Quality Report
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Natalie Stevens, Marketing Technician
970-350-9204
natalie.stevens@greeleygov.com

Subject:  Greeley Publishes Drinking Water Quality Report
 
The latest version of Greeley's water quality report is published each June, as required by federal law. It is an annual summary of the quality of drinking water treated and distributed by the City of Greeley. This year’s report invites you to “Get to Know Your Water” and includes additional information about where Greeley’s water comes from and how it is delivered to you.
 
The City routinely monitors for a long list of potential contaminants in our drinking water. This is a report of drinking water testing conducted in calendar year 2013. The federal Safe Drinking Water Act establishes the water quality standards for public drinking water systems in the country, including Greeley’s. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in drinking water provided by public water systems. Tap water meets more stringent and much more frequently monitored health standards than does bottled water.
 
Greeley’s water starts as pure Rocky Mountain snowmelt and the Water Department uses the latest technologies and most effective practices to further improve the quality of our drinking water. Two water treatment plants make the water safe to drink in Greeley. The Bellvue plant is located at the mouth of the Cache la Poudre River canyon and operates continually throughout the year. The Boyd Lake plant in Loveland is a seasonal, peaking plant that operates during the lawn-watering season. Both plants are frequently upgraded to help Greeley’s drinking water meet and exceed state and federal standards.
 
Greeley water customers receive a copy of the report in their June water bills or via a direct mailing from the Water Department. Customers who do not receive water bills and those who have water quality concerns or questions should call 970-350-9846. The report and additional information is available on the City of Greeley’s web site at www.greeleygov.com/ccr.
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6/11/2014
Flood Recovery Resources – Greeley Emergency Manager Gathering Data
June 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm
 
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Pete Morgan, City of Greeley Emergency Manager
970-590-5513
pete.morgan@greeleygov.com
 
Subject:  Flood Recovery Resources – Greeley Emergency Manager Gathering Data
 
New Recovery Resource Information
Greeley’s emergency management staff is collecting data from damaged businesses and organizations to determine if federal emergency assistance will be made available.  If your business has sustained a substantial economic loss from the 2014 spring run-off flooding in Greeley and are one of the following types of businesses, Economic Injury Disaster Assistance may be made available.
• Small business
• Small agricultural cooperative
• Most private nonprofit organizations
If you need more information or are interested in submitting an application, please contact the Greeley Office of Emergency Management at pete.morgan@greeleygov.com, 970-350-9598 or go to www.sba.gov.
 
Those applying are asked to fill out this form, and mail, fax, email, or deliver to the City of Greeley Emergency Management Office.  See attached PDF form.
 
Mail:
Attn:  Pete Morgan
1100 10th Street, Suite 100
Greeley, CO  80631
Fax:  970-350-9518
Email: pete.morgan@greeleygov.com
 
Other Recovery Resources
Recovery resources for those impacted by high water/flooding in and near Greeley:
Businesses
Small Business Development Center (970) 352-3661
Residents
United Way 2-1-1 (Dial 2-1-1)
American Red Cross (303) 235-6636
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6/10/2014
Greeley Update – Some Roads & Ponds Reopen – June 10 at 3pm
June 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm
 
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Pete Morgan, City of Greeley Emergency Manager
970-590-5513
or
Roy Rudisill
Director, Weld County Office of Emergency Management
970-381-0417
or
Jerry Pickett
City of Greeley Street Superintendent
970-371-3449
 
Subject:  Greeley Update – Some Roads & Ponds Reopen – June 10 at 3pm
 
New Information
Roads Reopen
  6th Avenue
  83rd Avenue
Ponds Reopen
 Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery – open to fishing and non-motorized boating, including belly boats; no swimming allowed
 
Water is still running high in the river and over its banks in some places.  See list below for roads, trails, etc. that are still closed.
 
Older Information – still valid as of 6-10-14 at 3:00 p.m.
Recovery resources for those impacted by high water/flooding in and near Greeley:
--Businesses
Small Business Development Center, (970) 352-3661
Greeley Emergency Manager, pete.morgan@greeleygov.com, 970-350-9598 or go to
www.sba.gov
--Residents
United Way 2-1-1, (Dial 2-1-1)
American Red Cross, (303) 235-6636
 
Preliminary Damage Estimates:
City of Greeley’s Building Inspection Division conducted initial damage assessments today and reported the following estimates of damage to private residences and businesses.
• 11 damaged residences - estimated 6 with minor damage and 5 with major damage
• 12 damaged businesses - estimated 9 with minor damage and 3 with major damage
Flood Information Resources:
-Register your home phone or mobile device at www.weld911alert.com – to receive automated warnings and notices (Reverse 911)
-Public Safety Dispatch Flood Hot Line:  970-304-6444 – call for information pertaining to specific conditions in flood prone areas
www.greeleygov.com – updates (on the homepage)
www.facebook.com/greeleygov - updates and notifications
www.facebook.com/weldcountygovernment - updates and notifications
 
Trail/Parks/Open Space Closures:
• Poudre River Trail is closed from 35th Avenue in Greeley, west to Windsor.
• Rover Run Dog Park is closed until further notice.
• The Poudre Trail parking lot, trail head and open space at 71st Avenue are closed.
• Poudre Learning Center and 83rd Avenue Trailhead are closed.
• Island Grove Park – portions of the park are underwater including the sports fields and Field 5
Road Closures in Greeley:
• 71st Avenue at the Poudre River
• 95th Avenue at the Poudre River
Greeley’s Water Pollution Control Facility in east Greeley is not threatened.
 
All Previous Cautions Remain in Place:
• Use caution while traveling along the Larson Ditch and Sheep Draw Trail corridors, including the McCloskey Natural Area, Pumpkin Ridge Natural Area and Hunters Cove West Natural Area flash flooding has occurred during and after recent storms.
• Greeley officials are asking that residents stay clear of all river banks as the banks can become unstable with continuing high water levels. 
• If motorists see water over roads they are advised to not drive through that water
Turn around. Don’t drown.
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6/10/2014
LOCAL SKATERS PLACE AT FRONT RANGE INVITATIONAL
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com
 
Subject: LOCAL SKATERS PLACE AT FRONT RANGE INVITATIONAL
 
Forty-two skaters competed at the Greeley Ice Haus in the Front Range Invitational Saturday, June 7. Figure skaters from 11 clubs and 16 coaches along the Front Range participated in the event. This local Basic Skills figure skating competition offers skating enthusiasts the opportunity to perform programs that they have been working on all year. The Invitational was judged by United States Figure Skating (USFSA) officials and had doubled in size from last year.
Skaters from Denver, Fort Collins, Pueblo and Colorado Springs visited the Ice Haus, part of the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department. The competition began with the Basic 2 level through Preliminary and included a Special Olympics event with a participant from Ft. Collins.  Each program performance was based on USFSA requirements and performance value. Skaters received medals for their scores after their specific event. The winners from the Greeley Ice Haus Basic Skills Skate School program and Mountain View Skating Club are listed below; all are from the Greeley area.
Greeley Ice Haus Winners:    
Amaris Aguilar, 2nd Place, Freeskate 1 Compulsories; 2nd Place, Freeskate 1 Program Group A
Marisa Buck, 3rd Place, Basic 4 Program
Tala Gardiner, 5th Place, Basic 3 Program
Fiona Groom, 1st Place, Freeskate 1 Program Group A
Itzel Guidry, 4th Place, Basic 6 Program
Krista Hillman, 3rd Place, Freeskate 1 Program Group B
Rae Hillman, 2nd Place, Freeskate 2 Program
Sabine Mundt, 3rd Place, Basic 3 Program
Mountain View Skating Club:
Rieley Grimes, 3rd Place, Freeskate 3 Compulsories; 1st Place, Freeskate 3 Program
Julia Hurst, 1st Place, Freeskate 4 Compulsories; 4th Place Freeskate 4 Program
Kaylee Rael, 2nd Place Freeskate 4 Compulsories; 3rd Freeskate 4 Program
           
Next year’s event will feature Fantastics as well as the Basic Skills competition which should bring additional figure skaters to Greeley. For more information on figure skating or the Basic Skills program contact the Greeley Ice Haus at 970.350.9402 or visit www.greeleyicehaus.com. Registration ends June 23 for summer classes.
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6/10/2014
Enjoy historic activities at Centennial Village during the Greeley Stampede
For more information, contact:
Bill Armstrong, Education and Living History Curator
970-350-9275, bill.armstrong@greeleygov.com 
 
Subject: Enjoy historic activities at Centennial Village during the Greeley Stampede
 
Discover Weld County Western Heritage at Centennial Village during the Greeley Stampede. Visitors can experience all museum activities with admission into the Stampede. Centennial Village, located at the south end of Island Grove Park, will be open additional days and hours from June 26 through July 6 to correspond with Stampede hours. Entering the Stampede through Centennial Village’s northeast gate on 14th Ave. allows visitors to join in exciting living history activities and stroll through the beautifully landscaped grounds.
 
Centennial Village will be open to the public from 4 pm - 8 pm Monday through Friday, 11 am – 8 pm Saturday and Sunday.
 
During the weekdays, visitors can experience demonstrations such as frontier firearms, the working Print Shop, toss a hatchet, and Rattlesnake Kate’s house featuring live reptiles.  The weekends are full of even more fun with Blacksmithing demonstrations, Chuckwagon food tasting, and gunfights or Buffalo Soldiers performing at the Village at scheduled times.
 
The Greeley Museums’ Centennial Stagecoach will also be in the 2014 Greeley Stampede Independence Day Parade, Friday, July 4th.  The parade will be in Downtown Greeley, beginning at 9 a.m. and runs north on 10th Avenue starting at 19th Street and ending at 5th Street.
 
For information about hours at Centennial Village during the Greeley Stampede and upcoming museum events, please call 970-350-9220 or visit www.greeleymuseums.com.
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6/9/2014
Behind the Scenes Tour of the Stampede and Island Grove
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 – Behind the Scenes Tour of the Stampede and Island Grove
 
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to a “behind the scenes” tour of the Greeley Independence Stampede on Monday, June 16th starting at 7:00 p.m. at the parking lot south of ProRodeo Arena, N. 14th Avenue and D Street.  Greta Steinmetz, Wrangler, and City of Greeley Museums Curator Peggy Ford Waldo, will lead the tour, with several special guests along the way.  Island Grove Regional Park is the home to the internationally acclaimed Stampede with historic roots as the Spud Rodeo.  The event is free and open to the public.  Call 970.350.9222 for information about accessibility.
 
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:
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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6/9/2014
New Children’s Program at the Greeley Farmers’ Market
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Katie Castillo, Healthy Kids Club
970-313-2792
Katharine.castillo@uchealth.org

Subject:  New Children’s Program at the Greeley Farmers’ Market
 
In partnership with the Make TODAY Count! campaign and University of Colorado Health’s Healthy Kids Club, the Greeley Farmers’ Market is launching a new monthly program for children ages 3 to 12. The Growing Kids Program features a Kid’s Zone at the Market, and is free and open to the community. It will take place on the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30am with kid-oriented activities focused on healthy living.
 
Each child participating will receive a special $2 coupon to spend at the Market on fruits and vegetables and a reusable shopping bag. Activities include seed planting, cooking lessons, scavenger hunts, and vegetable art.
 
The Greeley Farmers’ Market is located at 902 7th Avenue and is open on Saturdays from 7:30 to noon. For more information on the Growing Kids program, please visit www.maketodaycount.org. For information on the Greeley Farmers’ Market visit www.greeleygov.com/fm.
 
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6/6/2014
2014 Neighborhood Food & Thought Event
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Deb DeBoutez, Neighborhood Resource Office
970-336-4167 or deborah.deboutez@greeleygov.com

Subject: 2014 Neighborhood Food & Thought Event
 
The City invites Greeley residents to attend a simple supper and workshop that features topics to help make neighborhood life great.  This event is set for Thursday, June 19th from 5:30-9:00 PM at the beautiful Centennial Village in Island Grove Park, 1475 A Street. 
 
Workshop topics and demonstrations include:
- Neighborhood Grants
- Home & Neighborhood Safety ideas
- Emergency Preparedness Tips
- Heart Safe City demonstration
- K-9 Unit demonstration
- Creative District News
- Special City Project Updates
- Centennial Village Exhibits
 
The event is free but seating is limited.  For more information, or to pre-register, call 350-9774 or email greta.steinmetz@greeleygov.com.  Meal reservations are due by noon, Friday, June 13, 2014.
 
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6/6/2014
Greeley Update – Road Reopens/Recovery Resources Available – June 6 at 3:45 pm
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Pete Morgan, City of Greeley Emergency Manager
970-590-5513
or
Roy Rudisill
Director, Weld County Office of Emergency Management
970-381-0417
or
Jerry Pickett
City of Greeley Street Superintendent
970-371-3449
 
Subject:  Greeley Update – Road Reopens/Recovery Resources Available – June 6 at 3:45 pm
 
New Information
Road Reopens
5th Street from 6th Avenue to Hwy 85
Four main roads are still closed. 
 
Recovery resources for those impacted by high water/flooding in and near Greeley:
  Businesses
  Small Business Development Center (970) 352-3661
 
Residents
  United Way 2-1-1 (Dial 2-1-1)
  American Red Cross (303) 235-6636
 
Water is still running high in the river and over its banks in some places due to significant snow melt—flows and river levels will increase if rain occurs upstream.  See list below for roads, trails, etc. that are still closed.
 
This is the last scheduled update until Monday, June 9.
 
Older Information – still valid as of 6-6-14 at 3:45 p.m.
Preliminary Damage Estimates:
City of Greeley’s Building Inspection Division conducted initial damage assessments today and reported the following estimates of damage to private residences and businesses.
• 11 damaged residences - estimated 6 with minor damage and 5 with major damage
• 12 damaged businesses - estimated 9 with minor damage and 3 with major damage
 
Flood Information Resources:
-Register your home phone or mobile device at www.weld911alert.com – to receive automated warnings and notices (Reverse 911)
-Public Safety Dispatch Flood Hot Line:  970-304-6444 – call for information pertaining to specific conditions in flood prone areas
www.greeleygov.com – updates (on the homepage)
www.facebook.com/greeleygov - updates and notifications
www.facebook.com/weldcountygovernment - updates and notifications
 
Trail/Parks/Open Space Closures:
• The Trail is closed from 11th Avenue in Greeley west to Windsor.
• Rover Run Dog Park is closed until further notice.
• Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery in Greeley is also closed to public access.
• The Poudre Trail parking lot, trail head and open space at 71st Avenue are closed.
• Poudre Learning Center and 83rd Avenue Trailhead are closed.
• Island Grove Park – portions of the park are underwater including the sports fields and Field 5
Road Closures in Greeley:
• 6th Avenue from the Poudre Bridge to 3rd Street
• 71st Avenue at the Poudre River
• 83rd Avenue at the Poudre River
• 95th Avenue at the Poudre River
 
Greeley’s Water Pollution Control Facility in east Greeley is not threatened.
 
All Previous Cautions Remain in Place:
• Use caution while traveling along the Larson Ditch and Sheep Draw Trail corridors, including the McCloskey Natural Area, Pumpkin Ridge Natural Area and Hunters Cove West Natural Area flash flooding has occurred during and after recent storms.
• Greeley officials are asking that residents stay clear of all river banks as the banks can become unstable with continuing high water levels. 
• If motorists see water over roads they are advised to not drive through that water
Turn around. Don’t drown.
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6/6/2014
DISCOVERY BAY WATERPARK OPENS THIS SATURDAY!
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator
Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department
970.350.9448    mary.russell@greeleygov.com

Subject: DISCOVERY BAY WATERPARK OPENS THIS SATURDAY!
 
Discovery Bay Waterpark is now ready to open for the summer season on Saturday, June 7 after a water leak delayed the original opening date of May 22. The leak was successfully repaired and the pool is being filled and heated this week. Discovery Bay Waterpark is a destination for fun the whole family will enjoy. If you haven’t been there yet, be sure to add it to your bucket list to check out this summer!
 
Discovery Bay offers special events at the pool as well. Don’t miss out! Mark these dates on your calendar...Next week come dressed in your favorite Hawaiian shirt on June 11 and get $1 off admission. Or come to the Independence Day swim on July 4 – it will be a great place to celebrate and cool off after the parade! This outdoor Waterpark is perfect for that upcoming family reunion or birthday party this summer – call 970.336.4218 to book your event. And don’t forget the annual Discovery Bay Doggie Day on Aug 15 – tickets go on sale July 17 – your pooch will have a blast!
 
Swim lessons are also available at the facility. Register your kids for the upcoming sessions by visiting www.greeleygov.com/recreation. For a full list of classes, click on the Aquatics Page.
 
Discovery Bay Waterpark is owned and operated by the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department. It opened in 2008 and features a lazy river, 230’ slide, splash pad and zero depth play area with a dinosaur theme. Discovery Bay is located at 715 E. 24th Street and is open Monday-Sunday from 1-5pm. Admission is $4 for youths/seniors, $4.50 for adults, and children under 5 are only $1.50 when accompanied by a paying adult. Get a 20% discount off daily admission fees by purchasing a 10-punch pass for $32 youth/senior or $36 adults, call 970.350.9401 for details.
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6/5/2014
Greeley – High Water Update – All Voluntary Evacuations Lifted – June 5 at 10:30 am
June 5, 2014 at 10:30am
For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Pete Morgan, City of Greeley Emergency Manager
970-590-5513
or
Roy Rudisill
Director, Weld County Office of Emergency Management
970-381-0417
or
Jerry Pickett
City of Greeley Street Superintendent
970-371-3449
 
Subject:  Greeley – High Water Update – All Voluntary Evacuations Lifted – June 5 at 10:30 am
 
New Information
All voluntary evacuations in Greeley have been lifted. 
Residents are asked to continue watching river and stream levels as fluctuations in the river level will occur daily depending on weather conditions and other factors. The river is still over its banks in many locations and several roads are still closed.  Please use caution.
 
Road Reopens
D Street from 11th Avenue to 14th Avenue (Island Grove Park east entrance)

Older Information – still valid as of 6-5-14 at 10:30 a.m.
Preliminary Damage Estimates:
City of Greeley’s Building Inspection Division conducted initial damage assessments today and reported the following estimates of damage to private residences and businesses.
• 11 damaged residences - estimated 6 with minor damage and 5 with major damage
• 12 damaged businesses - estimated 9 with minor damage and 3 with major damage
 
Flood Information Resources:
-Register your home phone or mobile device at www.weld911alert.com – to receive automated warnings and notices (Reverse 911)
-Public Safety Dispatch Flood Hot Line:  970-304-6444 – call for information pertaining to specific conditions in flood prone areas
www.greeleygov.com – updates (on the homepage)
www.facebook.com/greeleygov - updates and notifications
www.facebook.com/weldcountygovernment - updates and notifications
 
Trail/Parks/Open Space Closures:
• The Trail is closed from 11th Avenue in Greeley west to Windsor.
• Rover Run Dog Park is closed until further notice.
• Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery in Greeley is also closed to public access.
• The Poudre Trail parking lot, trail head and open space at 71st Avenue are closed.
• Island Grove Park – portions of the park are underwater including the sports fields
Road Closures in Greeley:
• 5th Street from Hwy 85 to 5th Avenue
• 6th Avenue from the Poudre Bridge to 3rd Street
• 25th Avenue from F Street to O Street
• 71st Avenue at the Poudre River
• 83rd Avenue at the Poudre River
• 95th Avenue at the Poudre River
Greeley’s Water Pollution Control Facility in east Greeley is not threatened.
 
All Previous Cautions Remain in Place:
• Use caution while traveling along the Larson Ditch and Sheep Draw Trail corridors, including the McCloskey Natural Area, Pumpkin Ridge Natural Area and Hunters Cove West Natural Area flash flooding has occurred during and after recent storms.
• Greeley officials are asking that residents stay clear of all river banks as the banks can become unstable as water levels rise. 
• If motorists see water over roads they are advised to not drive through that water
Turn around. Don’t drown.
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