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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Cue The Music: The Holidays Are Here

Ridge On 38th Holiday Celebration, presented and organized by Localworks, will take place on Sat., Dec. 1 from 3 to 6:30 p.m., featuring hot cocoa, carolers, arts, crafts and holiday shopping. PHOTO BY BECKY OLSTAD

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FRONT PAGE NEWS: Behind The Scenes As Civic Center Nears Completion

A worker installs the sign at the new location of the Edgewater branch of the Jefferson County Public Library on Nov. 5. The new library is part of the Edgewater Civic Center project, scheduled to open to the public after Thanksgiving. PHOTO: MIKE MCKIBBIN

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: There’s Still Gold In Them Thar Creeks

It’s unlikely anyone can live in Wheat Ridge for more than a year and not know about its agricultural roots, but some may be less familiar with the city’s significance in the history of the gold rush in Colorado.

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURE: A Gold Crown Clubhouse For Edgewater Kids

"We believe in the power of one.” That’s the motto of the new Gold Crown Clubhouse in the heart of Edgewater, where individuals aged 10 to 18 can go to be creative and learn or improve technology skills.

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  The City of Lakewood’s Sustainability Division kicked off an educational initiative to help residents recycle more at home and in their community.

  Dubbed “Recycle! It’s good for Lakewood,” the initiative has been developed after talking with Lakewood residents, including a focus group, for ideas and suggestions. While the effort is designed to build awareness, Sustainability Manager Jonathan Wachtel said the effort is designed to build awareness but is also an opportunity to continue the discussion about ways to increase recycling in the community.

  Residents will see fliers, posters and ads in the coming months to remind them about recycling options. Residents can get a bin and join in by signing up for curbside recycling at home with their trash hauler. While shopping or being outdoors, residents are encouraged to use recycling bins provided in stores and in Lakewood’s parks, instead of throwing items in the trash.

  A survey that the Sustainability Division conducted two years ago found that more than 90 percent of Lakewood residents who answered the survey said they wanted more recycling options and to reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill. The city’s citizen surveys conducted every few years also has found that Lakewood residents consistently cite Lakewood’s parks, open spaces and quality of life as their top reasons for living in the city.

  For more information on the initiative, visit Lakewood.org/WeRecycle.