http://www.thebrightonblade.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Friends reflect on Winkler’s stories, laughter as she turns 100 http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/friends-reflect-winkler%E2%80%99s-stories-laughter-she-turns-100 <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_eva_winkler_turns_100_001_042314.jpg" alt="Mayor Dick McLean reads a proclamation to Eva Winkler who turned 100-years-old on Friday and declared April 18, 2014, Eva Winkler Day." title="Mayor Dick McLean reads a proclamation to Eva Winkler who turned 100-years-old on Friday and declared April 18, 2014, Eva Winkler Day." align="left" hspace="6" width="110" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Positivity and laughter are the secrets to living a long life, according to Brighton resident Ava Winkler, who turned 100 years old last week.</p> <p class="p3"> Winkler was all smiles during a birthday party April 18 with her friends at Vernon Park Apartments and was surprised when Mayor Dick McLean stopped by to proclaim April 18 Ava Winkler Day.</p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;I feel great because I love friends,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I feel great and you know, I haven&rsquo;t always been feeling great, but I do today.&rdquo;</p> Burgeoning enrollment will see hundreds of BHS freshmen take classes at Heritage http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/burgeoning-enrollment-will-see-hundreds-bhs-freshmen-take-classes-heritage <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_bhsbha1_042314_cmyk.jpg" alt="The hallways and common areas of Brighton High School fill with students during passing periods in this September 2012 file photo. District 27J officials plan to have about 400 freshmen split time between the BHS building the the first floor of the Brighton Heritage Academy building to accommodate the growing student population. " title="The hallways and common areas of Brighton High School fill with students during passing periods in this September 2012 file photo. District 27J officials plan to have about 400 freshmen split time between the BHS building the the first floor of the Brighton Heritage Academy building to accommodate the growing student population. " align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Most incoming freshman at Brighton High School this fall will split their time between BHS and Brighton Heritage Academy.</p> <p class="p4"> School District 27J officials recently announced that beginning in August, about 73 percent of the high school&rsquo;s freshman will be attending classes held in the BHA building at 830 E. Bridge St. at some point during the day.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> &nbsp;</p> Youth to be served with old Senior Center plans http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/youth-be-served-old-senior-center-plans <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_oldseniorcenter_042314.jpg" alt="The former site of the Brighton Senior Center, 575 Bush St. " title="The former site of the Brighton Senior Center, 575 Bush St. " align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash;</b> Despite some mixed feelings over the cost of proposed changes, City Council voted 7-2 during the April 15 meeting to include the former Brighton Senior Center building on the local historic register.</p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Mayor Dick McLean and Councilman J.W. Edwards cast the dissenting votes.&nbsp;</span></p> Comprehensive study of Brighton’s utilties approved to gain insight into future needs http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/comprehensive-study-brighton%E2%80%99s-utilties-approved-gain-insight-future-needs <p> <span class="s1"><strong>BRIGHTON &ndash;</strong> The city of Brigh</span><span class="s2">ton&rsquo;s Utilities Department is moving forward with a comprehensive rate and fee study for utilities services. During its April 15 meeting, council voted unanimously to allocate $63,800 in funding for Willdan Financial Services to complete the study.&nbsp;</span></p> WaterSMART pilot program aimed at promoting conservation http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/watersmart-pilot-program-aimed-promoting-conservation <p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash; </b>The city of Brighton&rsquo;s Utilities Department continues to look at ways to promote water conservation in the city. This year, the department is launching WaterSMART, a pilot program to help customers understand how much water they&rsquo;re using and provide them with individualized feedback on how they can use water more efficiently.</p> Fire district and Platte Valley Medical Center extend agreement http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/fire-district-and-platte-valley-medical-center-extend-agreement <p> <b>BRIGHTON &mdash; </b>Platte Valley Medical Center and the Brighton Fire Rescue District recently extended to 2024 a longstanding agreement on service to residents within the fire district.</p> <p class="p3"> In a partnership with Platte Valley Medical Center, the service expansion will include a licensed paramedic on fire engines located in three outlying area fire stations: Engine 55 at Todd Creek, Truck 53 at 120th Avenue and Engine 54 (Hayesmount).</p> Weld commissioners, Anadarko partner to bring water to Wattenberg http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/weld-commissioners-anadarko-partner-bring-water-wattenberg <p> <b>WELD COUNTY &mdash;</b> The residents of the unincorporated town of Wattenberg recently found themselves without safe water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation due to elevated nitrate levels in their water system. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern, especially for infants less than six months old and the elderly.</p> Easter Bunny pays a visit to Hughes Station http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/easter-bunny-pays-visit-hughes-station <img src="http://www.thebrightonblade.com/sites/www.thebrightonblade.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_lcl_easter_bunny_visits_hughes_station_024_042314.jpg" alt="Matthew Derrickson, 3, participates in an Easter egg hunt at Hughes Station Apartments on Friday. " title="Matthew Derrickson, 3, participates in an Easter egg hunt at Hughes Station Apartments on Friday. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" />