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  • The grain elevator and twin silos have been a fixture of the Fort Lupton skyline for a century. Now the restaurant inside the historic building is celebrating its own landmark year.

        La Familia de Don Roberto, at 815 Seventh St., is commemorating 25 years in business in the mill, which is a state and federal historic site.

        Restaurant owner Robert Vigil, a Colorado native from Brush, opened the restaurant with his wife, Mary, in 1985, 10 years after the mill closed.

  • Weld and Adams County have about 3,000 miles of roads each, many of them rural, and perfect for dumping trash beside where it becomes someone else’s problem – the taxpayers.

        “We end up picking it up because it’s in the right of way,” said Mona Weidenkeller of Weld County Public Works.

        She said the department keeps a list of places called in with trash, other areas are reported by the employees. Sometimes there is recourse.

  • Community Clean-Up Day, Spring Clean-Up Day, or Trash Bash—the days to get rid of (selected) things gleaned from the garage or brought up from the basement are upon us.

  • Baby girl clothes in Hudson, a dishwasher in Commerce City, VHS tapes in Fort Lupton, pots and pans in Brighton. All are too good to join the 254 million tons of trash generated by Americans each year, and all are in line to join the 24,000 items given away daily on a free member-to-member website called Freecycle.

        Freecycle Network is a 7-year-old nonprofit based out of Tucson, Ariz.. Its members number more than 7 million in 100 countries, keeping tons of goods a day out of landfills.   

  • Walk across the porch of the house at 110 Pacific Avenue, pause at the front door, and imagine, for a moment, visiting the first (and fourth, and sixth) mayor of the town of Fort Lupton, Thomas Cornelius Winbourn.

        He and his wife, Emma Jackson, built the brick, two story, three-bedroom house in 1895, a time when horses and buggies, not cars and trucks, slowly drove past the front of their home.

  • Dacono Discount Groceries, 913 Carbondale Drive,  is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.  The store is closed Sunday and Thursday.

    It’s early Friday morning and the faithful regulars of Dacono Discount Groceries are already pushing overloaded shopping carts to their vehicles in the parking lot.

  • Robb's Inc. is at 301 S. Main St. in Brighton. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

    Shopping at Robb’s is a scavenger hunt, one that faithful customers from miles around regularly participate in as they browse through diverse merchandise scattered throughout the small store on South Main Street in Brighton.

  • Myrtle Carroll sits by a cozy fireplace as she strokes Rosie, the plump cat nestled in her arms.          

    The day is cloudy. Snow is falling outside the window. It is a far cry from the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where Carroll was 68 years ago when the bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred.

        But the memories of that day are still vivid for the 101-year-old and she shares her recollections with others at her new home, Eagles Nest, an assisted living facility east of Fort Lupton beside Platte Valley Airport.

  • Clip-clopping their way uphill, the two Clydesdales pulling a Christmas-light bedecked wagon work as the team they are, the measured strides of their seven inch-wide hooves providing a steady ride for their passengers and a glimpse of the past for people passing along Weld County Road 2.

        They may not be dashing through the snow, but Wilson and Blain, 1,800 pound purebreds from the Kodiak Ranch east of Brighton, are in festive form, bells on their harnesses jingling as they go.

  • Internet safety session

        Fort Lupton High School, 530 Reynolds St., will hold an Internet safety information session at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2, for Spanish-speaking audience members.

        Call 303-857-7100.

    Sons of Norway meet

  • SPVHS Christmas bazaar

        The South Platte Valley Historical Society presents the second annual Christmas Open House and Bazaar from 5 to 9 p.m., Nov. 28, at Historic Fort Lupton, 2001 Historic Parkway. Admission and parking is free and there will be free cookies and hot cider as well as music and lots of handmade goodies to buy. Santa will be looking for good boys and girls to help decorate a live tree. A campfire and candle lanterns will welcome all who venture out. Monetary gifts always welcome.

    Benefit chili supper

  • Museum exhibit

        The Fort Lupton Museum, 453 First St., features vintage sporting equipment and game exhibit through October. Of particular interest is a football uniform from 1917 that has knees padded with bamboo. The museum is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed weekends and holidays. Those wishing to donate or share their collections of vintage sports equipment can contact the museum at 303-857-1634.

    SPVHS meeting

  • Growing up in Fort Lupton, 10-year-old Kay (Collins) Sears never thought her dad was different from any other father. He loved his family, was a successful farmer and businessman. It wasn’t until her friends asked her what was wrong with her dad that she realized he wasn’t like other parents.

    He had polio and could not use his arms or hands.

  • Albin Wagner points to the photo of the 1920 Brighton Boosters baseball team, featured on the cover of his new pictorial history book, “Brighton.”

    “Some people might just see this as a photo of a baseball team,” he said. “But, see, there’s Duke White … this is all part of your local history.”

  • As Fort Lupton Police Department Cmdr. Maria Moll helped a group of first-grade students step out of the back of a police car, Fort Lupton Police School Resource Officer David Hempel seized the opportunity to use it as a teachable moment.

    “Can you feel how uncomfortable that seat is?” Hempel asked. “You don’t ever want to have to ride there.”

    All four of Butler Elementary’s first-grade sections took turns sitting in as Fort Lupton city council members and touring the Fort Lupton Police Department last week.

  • Fort Lupton coat drive

    A coat drive, sponsored by Fort Lupton Odd Fellow Lodge 100 and Rose of Sharon Lodge 29 continues through Oct. 24. They will accept any good, clean, children’s or adult usable coats. Distribution starts Nov. 4. To have items picked up, call Connie Standard at 303-506-9006 or Kris Connolly at 303-304-8552. If anyone has a particular need, call the same numbers.

    Sons of Norway

  • Let’s Talk Over Chocolate

    Aug. 20

    6 to 7 p.m.

        Mix and mingle with Platte Valley Medical Center’s newest OB/GYNs; Denise Slusher, M.D. and Maureen Fleming, M.D.

        Bring your questions; such as infertility, family planning, pregnancy, intimacy, and menopause; and your sweet tooth. A delicious array of chocolate desserts will be available while the doctors answer questions during this friendly hour of Q&A.

  • FORT LUPTON — It never hurts to ask.

    While the staff of the Fort Lupton Food and Clothing Bank has learned to lean on the support of the community for the past 26 years, they were reminded last week of the untapped support that is often just a letter away.

  • Aug. 28

    Free family movie

    Enjoy a free family movie at 8 p.m., Aug. 28, on the north lawn of First Baptist Church, the corner of Rollie Avenue and state Highway 52.

    Fort Lupton Recreation Center fine art show

  • Brittany Cawthra is a typical teen with a variety of interests and talents. From volleyball to quilting to cooking, she does it all. But by far her favorite hobby is shooting, she said.  

        She competed in the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational June 24-28 in Grand Island, Neb. She qualified for national competition by her achievements at regionals last summer. Competing in the national 4-H shooting competition was a goal that meant a lot to the 15-year-old Firestone resident.