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Archive for December 11, 2008

McCarty-Fickel Home Hosts Christmas Celebration

On Dec. 19, the McCarty-Fickel Home will be hosting An Old-Fashioned Berthoud Christmas at 6 p.m. Families are invited to join costumed volunteers for an evening of hands-on Christmas activities from the era of the home.  Included will be an old-fashioned Christmas sing-a-long, cookie decorating, vintage Christmas ornament making, and other activities and customs from the early 1900's.  At 7:30 p.m., refreshments will be served around the Christmas tree during a reading of "'Twas the ... Full Story

Neighbor to Neighbor Offers Home Buyer Education

Fort Collins – Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), a Fort Collins/Loveland non-profit that helps families achieve homeownership, offers monthly certified home buyer education courses to meet the growing demand for consumer education – providing smart advice for home buyers before they purchase a home. Last year alone, over 300 homebuyers attended the courses. Register now for the December classes. This class meets the certificate requirements for CHFA, City of Fort Collins and Larimer County down ... Full Story

Down Payment Funds Available to Low-Income Home Buyers

By Sandy Barnes Berthoud Recorder Berthoud residents with income 80 percent or below the area median may be eligible for a low interest loan to help buy a home. The Larimer Home Ownership Program has received $738,000 from the Colorado Division of Housing to assist people with down payments and closing costs. For example, a family of four whose total annual income is $60,000 or less may borrow up to $10,000 at a two percent interest rate for 10 years through the program administered by the ... Full Story

Obituary: Francis James Brandt

Francis James Brandt, 89, of Berthoud, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 in Loveland, Colo. Brandt was born Nov. 2, 1919, in Moline, IL, to Frank and Anna Brandt and had a younger brother, George. They moved to the Louisville, Colo. area one year after his brother was born. He was raised farming in the area and, when World War II came along he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October of 1942. He served his enlistment as an Aviation Aircraft Instructor in Norman, OK, and was honorably discharged ... Full Story

Pickerts Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Everdina (Diny) Geerken and William Bradley (Brad) Pickert, Sr. were married Dec. 13, 1958, at the First Congregational Church in Newark Valley, New York. Brad and Diny were high school sweethearts and operated a dairy farm in Berkshire, New York for 30 years. They moved their family and 183 cows to Berthoud in January of 1981. They are still operating Pickert Dairy LLC in partnership with their two sons – Brad, Jr. and Scott. Diny and Brad were instrumental along with the Booster Club, in ... Full Story

Fire Beat: Dec. 11, 2008

Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 BFPD responded to E. Sixth Street to assist Loveland Fire with a commercial fire. BFPD responded to a request for medical assistance with TVEMS. The crew assisted with transporting the patient. BFPD responded to a citizen assist on Second Street. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 BFPD responded to a Police Department request for assistance with a medical call on I-25 at mile marker 253. The patient care was transferred to TVEMS. BFPD responded to a vehicle fire on I-25 at mile marker ... Full Story

Police Beat: Dec. 11, 2008

Monday, Dec. 1 The Berthoud Parks and Recreation Department reported someone tried to break into the soft drink machines at the facility and the intruders also damaged the fence. Aspen Leaf Kitchens reported someone stole the motor from their dust collector. At 1:15 p.m. a Loveland driver ran into a delivery truck at the NAPA Auto Parts store. At 2:30 p.m. dispatch received a call from a resident in the 100 block of Mountain Ave. saying that a vehicle had caused damage to her porch. After ... Full Story

Winter Safety Tips from the Berthoud Fire Protection

Did You Know? In the winter, structure fires increase, although total fires decrease. A substantial portion of the structure fire increase is due to heating fires. In an average year, heating is the cause of 17 percent of structure fires; however, during the winter, heating fires jump to 27 percent of structure fires. Heating fires are concentrated in late fall through mid-winter (December–February), during winter holidays and the coldest months. Since colder temperatures result in longer ... Full Story

Dear Margaret: Prescription Up? Check Your Plan Every

Dear Margaret, I am confused about the Medicare Prescription Drug Program. If I like the plan that I am on now, can I stay on it and leave well enough alone? Signed, Need Help with Prescription Costs Dear Need Help with Prescription Costs, It is time to reevaluate your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Every January, the plans offered through Medicare Part D change, and consumers need to review their plan EACH YEAR in order to make sure they are signed up for the best plan possible.  Open ... Full Story

Spartans' Workmanlike Effort Shines in Opener

By Michael Hicks Berthoud Recorder WINDSOR -- While others were earning individual recognition, Berthoud’s wrestling team was opening the 2008-09 season with a workmanlike efficiency. No, none of the Spartans were named the Windsor Invitational’s outstanding wrestler. That honor went to the Wizards’ Kohl Martin at 215 pounds. And, no, the quickest pinfall wasn’t scored by a Berthoud wrestler. That honor went to Zach Bekkedahl of Poudre, who pinned his second-round opponent, Eddie ... Full Story

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