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Danny and Cindy George Travel Center

Danny and Cindy George Wheat Ridge Travel CenterWHEAT RIDGE TRAVEL CENTER WAS RENAMED the “Danny and Cindy George Travel Center” on June 20, in a tribute to the Henderson, Colo., couple being named 2018 Citizen Driver Award honorees by Travel Centers of America. The couple has driven over six million miles combined without an accident or safety violation in their 29-year career, and have earned 14 consecutive safety awards. PHOTO BY TRAVEL CENTERS OF AMERICA.

Business Classes, Events From Jeffco Business Resource Center

The Jefferson County Business Resource Center, located in Denver West, is offering a handful of helpful presentations this month.

“Resources for Non-Profits” shares the many research options available through the Jefferson County Library system that can help you find grants, recruit new volunteers and locate new funding and donor organizations in your area, on Thursday, July 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free, but registration requested.

“Why Your Business Needs a Blog and How to Start One Today” explains the benefits of creating a blog for your company, how to use them to generate sales leads, and tips for a successful blogging strategy. It’s held Tuesday, July 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and includes lunch. Fee: $25 with advance registration, $30 at door.

“Start-Up 101: What You Need to Know BEFORE You Consider Starting a Business!” covers the questions that you need to answer before considering opening a business, Thursday, July 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free, but registration requested.

“Bookkeeping 101: Making Cents Out of Your Books” is set for Thursday, Aug. 16, 8 to 10 a.m. This hands-on class shows how to set up basic bookkeeping for a small business. Fee: $10 with advance registration, $20 at door.

For more information about Jeffco BRC and their business education programs, contact Amira Watters, Executive Director, at 303-996-8976, or visit

49th Annual Carnation Festival Expected To Draw 30,000

Wheat Ridge will hold its 49th annual Carnation Festival over the weekend of Aug. 10 through 12, at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St. The festival will include an art show, live music, carnival rides, and the Zoppé Italian Family Circus.

The celebration begins Saturday morning as the Carnation Parade rolls west down West 38th Avenue from Ames to Upham Street.

Students from Wheat Ridge schools will auction off wooden benches that can change to tables, which they built and painted, to support art programs.

The carnival boasts an increased number of rides and a larger, upgraded fireworks show, presented both Friday and Saturday night.

It also will feature one of the state’s largest beer and wine gardens, and

musical performances on the event stage all three days. The Zoppé Italian Family Circus will perform each afternoon.

Other attractions and activities include the Wheat Ridge Art League Exhibition, a pancake breakfast, The Big Wheels on the Farm Car Show, and a chili cook-off.

With limited parking, visitors are encouraged to use the free shuttle service or use free bicycle parking.

For more information visit

St. James Episcopal Church Celebrates A Homecoming, July 29

St. James Episcopal Church, 8235 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge, is inviting the public to a homecoming celebration on Sunday, July 29, 10 a.m. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated outside on the lawn and Retro Grass, a local bluegrass band, will provide music during communion. The service will be followed by a cookout.

For more information contact The Rev. Rebecca Jones, Priest-in-Charge, at 303-424-1118 or

Next Wheat Ridge TLC Neighborhoods Clean Up Days Aug. 8, Sept. 12

Two dates remain this summer for Wheat Ridge TLC Neighborhoods Clean Up Days, a program that offers roll-off dumpsters to help residents clean up the community.

Trash, recyclables and yard waste are acceptable at the following locations between 8 a.m. and noon unless bins fill up prior to that time. Residents are encouraged to drop trash, recycling and yard debris early (Check the website for items that are excluded):

• District II: Community Meeting, Aug. 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m., and TLC Clean Up, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to noon, both at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 3900 Pierce St.

• District I: Community Meeting, Sept. 12, 7 to 8 p.m., and TLC Clean Up, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to noon, both at Wheat Ridge United Congregational Church, 6310 W. 29th Ave.

Wheat Ridge TLC stands for Traffic safety, Life quality and Crime reduction.

This year, the WRPD Community Services Team has added community meetings in collaboration with the faith-based community as part of the TLC Neighborhoods program. Community meetings will be held prior to the Wheat Ridge TLC Clean Up Day event at that same location. Check the website for additional details and dates.

For more information, contact Localworks at 720-259-1030 or or contact the Wheat Ridge Police Community Services Team at 303-235-9898.

Heritage Day Celebration At Baugh House, Aug. 11

Wheat Ridge Historical Society will host its Heritage Day Celebration on Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Historic Baugh House on 44th and Robb Street.

The second Saturday event features a vintage quilt show, farm equipment corral, barbecue lunch (cash), local musicians, tours and a “craft show, tell & sell.” Historical documents and memorabilia will be available.

For more information, visit or e-mail

Wheat Ridge Police Department Names Two New Commanders

Wheat Ridge Police Department appointed Lucas Hunt as the new Commander for the Patrol Operations Division and Darrel Guadnola as a new Commander for Support Services, Investigations Bureau.

Hunt is a 30-year veteran police officer having served with the Chandler Police Department in Arizona for most of that time. He was responsible for the department’s Housing Program, the Park Ranger Program and the advanced community outreach and crime prevention programs. He also served as the director of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and supervised the Code Enforcement Unit as well as the Bike Team, K-9, Narcotics and Administrative Units. Most recently, Hunt served as the Manager of the WRPD Community Services Team overseeing Code Enforcement, Animal Control and Parks Enforcement.

Hunt is a graduate of Columbia Southern University and received his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa. He attended the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School. He also attended Southern Police Institute Leadership program at the University of Kentucky.

Guadnola began his career in law enforcement with the Brighton Police Department in 1995, and he moved to the Greenwood Village Police Department in 2002 serving in patrol and investigations as an officer and team leader. He is currently a sergeant with Greenwood Village and most recently was assigned to the criminal investigations unit. Guadnola has a strong background in patrol operations, investigations, emergency management and internal affairs. He has been a member of the 18th Judicial District’s Crisis Response Team, investigating officer-involved use of force incidents.

Guadnola has a bachelor of arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado, and two Masters Degrees in Finance/Accounting and Organizational Leadership.  He also holds certificates in employment law and executive leadership. He is a certified fraud examiner and has a real estate license. He was the Police Officer of the Year in 1997, the Distinguished Police Employee of the Year in 2000, and has received numerous other commendations throughout his career.