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Photo courtesy of Front Range Fire Rescue Authority
Kids didn’t have to resort to opening a fire hydrant to get relief from the summer heat last week, as crews from Front Range Fire Rescue Authority brought a truck to Eddie Aragon Park in Johnstown June 23 as part of the Glenn A. Jones, M.D. Memorial Library Summer Reading Program water carnival. More than 1,200 children have participated this summer. The program ends next week.




Preaching the good word for 17 years By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

JOHNSTOWN – Peter Freytag came to Johnstown’s United Methodist Church in November of 1997.

“The thing that struck me most about Peter was how down to earth he is,” said Lee Bellows, a church member since 1987.

Bellows was on the hiring committee that interviewed Freytag and selected him to lead the church.

For 17 years, he not only led the congregation on Sundays, but he led mission trips, led in helping out around the church, and more importantly, led in the reading of the Good Book so those who listened could lead more prosperous lives.

Freytag and his family are leaving Johnstown and heading to Denver as he is going to be a pastor at another church. 

Board bids farewell to two members By Danielle Ross/The Johnstown Breeze

Assistant Superintendent Bill Hungenberg and board member Janelle Howell attended their final Weld Re-5J school board meeting June 24. Hungenberg will be retiring after the district’s annual audit, and Howell will be leaving her position to accept a teaching job within the district.

Howell received special recognition during the meeting for her time with the board. Board member Duane Shable said Howell had been an “asset” to the board and said the district would be lucky to have her as a teacher.

“It’s been awesome,” Howell said. “I just feel more connected to education and even more passionate about education after seeing it from this side.”
Helping hands get family back on their feet By Brad Shannon/For The Johnstown Breeze

MILLIKEN – Normally, the Big Thompson, Little Thompson and South Platte Rivers and several irrigation ditches that surround the community are a lifeline for those in this high plains agricultural area. But during the September 2013 deluge, the floodwaters flowing through them left their banks. Rivers changed course, disrupted lives and destroyed property.

For many Milliken residents, including those living in the 33-unit Evergreen Mobile Home Park, life was challenging enough. Then the flood washed away what little they had.



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Fireworks still can’t leave ground in either town

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

Get the grills ready. Get out the sparklers. But hold the big fireworks plans. 

In Johnstown and Milliken all fireworks that leave the ground or explode are illegal. 

Milliken annexes land

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

MILLIKEN – In order to thrive, growth is essential. And that’s an issue that Milliken’s trustees dealt with at the June 24 board meeting.

In a 6-1 vote, trustees approved the annexation of 152 acres of land located at 9333 County Road 52, on the north side of the Mill Iron 5 subdivision. Trustee Ken Kidd voted no.

The land, owned by the children of the late Adam Martinez, is broken down in three parcels, which results in three separate annex applications. The family is currently living on the first parcel, which is 2.36 acres.


Why animal research is vital to human health

By Frankie L. Trull/For The Johnstown Breeze

This year marks the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of public health. Researchers announced the success of vaccine trials for polio, the viral illness that crippled children and terrified parents. Those trials paved the way for the eradication of polio in the United States.

That remarkable breakthrough depended on animal research. Indeed, animals are indispensable to the development of vaccines and medical treatments.

But some in the animal-rights community want to ban the established, well-regulated practice of understanding disease and testing medicine in laboratory animals. Such an agenda places little value on public health and threatens the lives of countless humans.



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