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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Trunk or Treat Turns Seven, Oct. 28, on The Green

TRUNK OR TREAT WILL MARK ITS SEVENTH YEAR of fun, safe trick-or-treating for kids, with participation from firefighters, the police, businesses and community members, on Saturday, Oct. 28, 4 to 6 p.m., on The Green, 7101 W. 38th Ave. PHOTO COURTESY LOCALWORKS

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Edgewater Civic Center Groundbreaking

EDGEWATER’S NEW CIVIC CENTER took a step closer to reality as groundbreaking ceremonies took place on Sept. 23 Pictured are (L-R): Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul, Edgewater Mayor Kris Teegardin and Jeffco Library Executive Director Pam Nissler. PHOTO: TIM BERLAND

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: Backyard Bats Benefit Just About Everybody

Bats are blind flying mice that attack you, get tangled in your hair, suck your blood, and give you rabies. So, they must be crazy. Right? Not so fast!

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WEST METRO FIRE: West Metro Crews Deploy to Fires Across the Country

WEST METRO’S BRUSH 39 ENGINE CREW worked on the West Mims Fire in Georgia’s swampland recently. Left to right: Captain Todd Heinl, and Firefighters Tony Lodice, Rhett Blackmer and David Cullum. PHOTO BY WEST METRO FIRE RESCUE

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The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival – set for July 29 and 30 at Sloans Lake – has been nominated as one of Motel 6’s “Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals,” a distinction shared with the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival (Prairie Du Sac, Wisc.) and the Watermelon Thump (Luling, Texas).

How did the nation’s largest dragon boat festival end up sharing the honor with events featuring feces-flinging and watermelon-spitting?

According the hotel chain’s press release, Motel 6 and its spokes-voice Tom Bodett “considered a long list of one-of-a-kind American summer festivals and selected six finalists based on individuality of theme and exemplary attendee offerings.”

It’s the second summer the hotel chain has curated and issued the list, which this year also includes Mule Days (Bishop, Calif.), WestFest (Chicago) and Twin Days (Twinsburg, Ohio).

Perhaps not surprisingly, the press release also directed travelers to the hotel chain’s properties nearest each festival.

In recognition of their achievement, each festival committee will receive an honorary plaque, according to the hotel chain.