Archive for the ‘Colorado’ Category

Starring in The Muppets!

December 4th, 2011 by Maryjo Morgan


Gunnar Smith

The Muppets came out the day before Thanksgiving.

Did you see Loveland's own Gunnar Smith (he's on page 049 of "Loveland 365") in the movie? Gunnar plays Gary at age 6?

Pay attention - you will be seeing this rising star more often in the near future!

Photo for Loveland 365 by Kathryn Schroeder

Loveland 365 heads down the stretch

April 26th, 2011 by John Giroux

With less than 1 week to go before Loveland 365 goes to press, orders are still being taken online at  Over 700 books have been pre-sold to date with only a few remaining to be sold.  Purchase now before supplies run out.

Ready to be haunted?

October 23rd, 2010 by Maryjo Morgan

Like being scared?

Get scared for $10!

Hearts & Horses annual House was voted one of the best in Colorado last year - they are so good at being spooky!  This weekend and next, be sure to attend this event, have fun, and help a great cause at the same time.  Just look at their poster - yikes!

This is a DO NOT MISS event! The Hearts & Horses house has been investigated by paranormal researchers on four separate occasions, and they have gathered paranormal evidence.

Don't know where Hearts & Horses is located?  Click here for a map.

In case you are not familiar with Hearts & Horses, their mission statement explains their focus:

" ... To promote the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of people with special needs through equine assisted therapy."

Do you wonder what part horses play in this therapy?  According to their website, Hearts & Horses uses horses because:

" ... The natural gait (movement) of the horse stimulates human walking movement in a manner that cannot be replicated mechanically. While riding, clients must constantly make postural adjustments to maintain their balance, which in turn increases their overall balance, orientation, and body awareness. Other benefits include improved muscle tone, posture, range of motion, flexibility, social skills and emotional well being. In addition, our horses provide a non-judgmental relationship, accepting individuals for who they are regardless of physical, emotional or social abilities."

Honor Society paints Valentine hearts

October 20th, 2010 by Maryjo Morgan

Newly painted hearts!

Thompson Valley High School Honor Society and Thompson Valley Rotary Club share a name ... and some volunteering to help Loveland get ready for Valentine's Day!
The Thompson Valley High School Honor Society volunteered this afternoon to assist the Thompson Valley Rotary Club by painting the hearts which will hang all around Loveland for Valentines Day this coming year.
Thanks to Breanna Dahlin, Courtney Bell, Amanda Richins, Tanner Taylor, Kenzi Phillips, Karsen Bushjost, and TV Teacher Adrienne Marcus.

The Corn Roast Festival Parade is coming this Saturday

August 23rd, 2010 by MjWebWriter

I can't wait!  This Saturday, Loveland 365 is going to march in the Loveland Corn Roast Festival Parade.  Our parade Grand Marshal Mary Gullikson will lead us through downtown. r

Marching with us will be other wWriters, Photographers, Real Estate Agents, Promoters, Book Designers, PR Reps, Graphic Designers, and Citizens interested in the success of our Loveland 365 project. You can see past parade photos HERE, on the Corn Roast Festival Facebook Fan Page.

The Corn Roast Festival itself is a hoot, lots of family fun.  We'll be at the Fairgrounds Park on Railroad.  In case you have not run through the Water Park there, this weekend would be a great opportunity!  There will be food vendors, a beer garden, vendor booths, and plenty of fun stuff for the kids!

Don't miss out on the fun!  The parade starts promptly at 9:30am.

Loveland Veterans Day Parade Gets National Recognition

August 7th, 2010 by Maryjo Morgan
Dept. of Veterans Affairs Certificate 2010

Loveland Receives Recognition from US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day in Loveland means listening for the tolling of the bell that makes its reverent tour of town during the chilly early morning hours.  Other celebrations are well attended, and our parade grows each year.

It is a great pleasure to post this letter of recognition from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, which designates Loveland as a Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day 2010.

Loveland is among a mere 45 cities in the NATION to receive this kind of nod!

Many thanks to Tony DuMosch, Veterans Day Chairman and the many Veterans and Volunteers who make this all happen every year.

DuMosch says, "This is something Loveland can be proud of because of people like you and me make it happen. Thank you for your support as we gear up for this years 2010 Veterans Day and special tribute to the Korean War era Veterans."

Here is a sampling of a typical Veterans Day activities in Loveland:

0400: Bell ringers hit the streets

0600: Posting of Flags of the fallen at Loveland Cemetery

0600: Posting of Colors Downtown Loveland

0600: OPEN FREE to public the Associated Vets Club @ 305 Cleveland Ave. View the military history of local veterans and more

0600-0900: Breakfast @ Vets Club

0700: Table displays & information for the public in Vets Club including Operation Military Kids, American Legion, US Army, US Navy, Freedom Car, and more

1111: Parade starts and ends at Dwayne Webster Veterans Park (Veterans Memorial site)

1200: Afternoon main event with Guest Speakers (In 2009 the speaker was Latoya Lucas, First Female elected Officer within the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Department of Colorado.)

1300: Lunch served up by Squadron 15 Sons of American Legion

1300: Main hall entertainment with DJ music, Karaoke, & dancing.

So watch the paper for listings of this year's Veterans Day activities.
If you are interested in taking on an opportunity to volunteer this year on November 11th, contact Tony DuMosch.

Tony DuMosch
American Legion Post 15
305 N. Cleveland Ave.
Loveland, CO

Pigeons race home to Loveland

August 6th, 2010 by Ross Livingston

Shumway releases racing pigeons

I’ve always had an affinity for animals that can do amazing things and Homing Pigeons are no exception.

Unlike most of us, Homing Pigeons do not require GPS technology to find their way home. A Homing Pigeon can reach maximum speeds of 75 mph and some of them can fly 300 miles without stopping. Jim Shumway is a resident of Loveland and he has a passion for raising and racing Homing Pigeons. When I interviewed Jim for the Loveland 365 Project I also had the opportunity to meet his parents who inspired him to carry on a family tradition of pigeon racing. Jim’s family has been racing Homing Pigeons for three generations.

The raising and racing of Homing Pigeons is a serious endeavor. Aficionados purchase chicks from top breeders and these birds are used to develop a pedigree that can fly like the wind. A Homing Pigeon is not your average pigeon because they travel great distances at a high rate of speed. Consequently, they require specialized feeds, vitamins and fresh water to maintain optimal health and athletic performance. Jim’s pigeons have a good reason to return home because he built a nice “loft” in his backyard to keep them safe and comfortable. Jim’s owns approximately 75 Homing Pigeons and 16 of these are use for breeding purposes.

Racing pigeons on the wing

When the young birds are old enough to fly, Jim will train them to be “homers” by releasing them at drop points like Lake Loveland. As the birds mature, the distance between the release point and the pigeon loft is increased. e.g. Burlington, Colorado. Homing Pigeons use significant landmarks, sound and the position of the sun to guide their flight path. Some are faster than others and that’s how pigeon racing became a sport. Jim prepares his birds for racing by placing a leg band with a computer chip on one of their legs. Birds are transported in specialized cages to the release point. Start time and GPS information is recorded and the race begins! When the pigeons return to Jim’s loft, they cross a landing board with a built in scanner. The scanner identifies the bird by its leg band and a flight time is recorded.

Lovelanders Smile in SummerFest! Photos

August 3rd, 2010 by Maryjo Morgan

Loveland 365's booth at SummerFest! drew families, teens, and everyone in between to stop, talk about our project, and smile for the camera.  Volunteer photographers (mostly our fearless leader John Giroux!) took lots of pictures and posted them on Facebook.  Be sure to check it out - and see who you recognize and comment here!

Our model recycling program

July 19th, 2010 by Maryjo Morgan

Bob McDonnell posted about a longtime city of Loveland employee Bruce Philbrick leaving Loveland for Portland.

Bruce has been in charge of the City of Loveland’s recycling program for a number of years.  The City of Loveland’s web site says Bruce’s job title is Solid Waste Superintendent, but he has been so much more - a spokesperson and strong supporter of recycling here in our city.  He has implemented upgrades and expansions in the recycling program, and has helped other municipalities learn the ins and outs of such a comprehensive program.  Way to go, Bruce.

We send Bruce off with best wishes and thanks for a job well done.

Want YOUR photo in the book? Visit our booth at SummerFest!

July 9th, 2010 by Maryjo Morgan

July 9-11, 2010    Summerfest! Loveland, Colorado

Civic Center Park/Foote Lagoon
500 E. Third Street
Downtown Loveland

Loveland 365's booth at Foote Lagoon
will be nearby the pony rides & petting zoo ...

Stop by to have your photo taken.  Be in the book!

What's happening at SummerFest!:

Celebrate summer at SummerFest in the Rockies July 9-11 at the Civic Center Park/Foote Lagoon in downtown Loveland!  This community event will feature something for the entire family through live music and entertainment, car show, salsa tasting competition, beer garden, arts and crafts vendors, amusements, and an amazing fireworks display.

Summerfest, Loveland, Colorado

Summerfest! has something for everyone.

Directions to SummerFest

Wine Tasting - July 9 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35 per person; $60 per couple or $200 per group of eight (includes reserved table); participants must be 21 years and older.  A Wine Tasting hosted by World Beverage will kick off SummerFest in the Rockies from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and includes a relaxed atmosphere on a Colorado summer night.  Attendees will enjoy samplings of more than 60 fine wines, savory refreshments and live music.

Purchase at the door or:

  • Engaging Loveland, Inc., 231 W. 4th Street
  • World Beverage, 3655 N. Garfield Avenue
  • Outlets at Loveland, 5661 McWhinney Blvd.
  • Anthology Book Store, 422 E. 4th Street
  • Fort Collins at Outpost Sunsport, 931 E. Harmony Road.


Saturday, July 10 – 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: FREE
  • 11 a.m.-7 p.m. - Vendors and amusements open
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. - Beer/Wine Garden open
  • 10 a.m-2 p.m. - Car Show on Washington Street
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - NEW! Fly Fishing Demonstrations
  • Noon, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. - NEW! Colorado Disc Dog Demos
  • 9:15 p.m. - Special Fireworks Display
  • 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. - Live Music on Main Stage
    • 10-11 a.m. Up In Lights Performance
    • 11:30 – 12:30  Papa Juke ~ mix of contemporary American Styles
    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Children at Play ~ 60s and 70s
    • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Gristle Gals ~ Folk
    • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams ~ Honky Tonk
    • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  The Blendercats ~ Funk/Soul
    • 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. That Eighties Band ~ 80’s music
Sunday, July 11 – 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Admission: FREE
  • 10 a.m-2 p.m. - Car Show on Washington Street
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. - Vendors and amusements open
  • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. - Beer/Wine Garden open
  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m. - K-9 Police Dog Demonstration
  • 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - Live Music on Main Stage
    • 10:00 .m. -11:30 a.m.  Crossroads Church Service/Performance
    • 12:00-1:00  Henry Howard ~ Rock Acoustic
    • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Patrick Emerine Band ~ Rock and Soul
    • 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Archie Funker ~ Funk/R&B

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