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Where Are They Now?
At the end of each year, the Daily Times-Call updates readers with its “Where Are They Now” series, which revisits notable area newsmakers and finds out how they’re faring. Through Jan. 2, Times-Call staff writers will bring you stories and vignettes about people, animals and even a Pluto-bound spacecraft featured on our pages over the past year.

1/2/2007
‘Going to be worth it’

LONGMONT — Jim and Rebecca Bertolin’s quest to move their 120-year-old house from its original homestead, now surrounded by new homes, to a more rural setting north of town remains a work in progress.
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1/1/2007
Another step of the adventure

FORT LUPTON — Mark Zen is enjoying the stability that finally returned to his life.
A string of bad luck earlier this year left Zen, 45, and his wife, Mel Miller, 46, jobless and without medical insurance. The loss of income meant the two could no longer pay their mortgage, and their house went up for foreclosure in May.

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12/31/2006
‘I know why I’m here’

ERIE — The Santon family spent Christmas in an Estes Park cabin, watching television, soaking in a hot tub and, as Mark Santon put it, “being tourists in our own backyard.”
“No one wanted to be here with the tree and the presents,” he said Thursday at this home. “It was as good as it could be.”

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12/31/2006
Sitting bull

ERIE — His summer of fun over, Roy the Bull is spending the winter making nice with cows and eating a great deal.
Roy was a major attraction at the Boulder County Fair in August, drawing large crowds as his owner, Alvin Carter, ran a “guess Roy’s weight” contest.

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12/31/2006
Erie man continues to visit, leave flowers at abandoned cemetery

In April, a man who had already rehabilitated three abandoned graveyards in his home state of Nebraska set out on a mission to make the Pleasant View Ridge cemetery south of Longmont a respectable resting place once again.
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12/30/2006
Reality check

LONGMONT — The 800 block of Sumner Street seems a little quieter now that the television crews from “Trading Spaces” have come and gone.
In early August, Matt Hutchinson and Lisa Leitner switched houses with neighbor Ginger Shriver for the hourlong reality program featured on the cable channels TLC and Discovery Home.

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12/30/2006
Firestone woman keeps weight off, gains freedom

Sharon Holder feels good. She’s walking. She’s working. She’s learning to drive.
She even rode the rides at Six Flags Elitch Gardens in Denver this summer, something she couldn’t do for decades because of her weight.

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12/30/2006
Bella Rosa

The town of Frederick purchased the Missing Links Golf Course for $1.28 million in 2002 and spent about the same amount of money to redevelop it. The course, renamed Bella Rosa, opened for play in May.
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12/29/2006
When fur flies

LONGMONT — Neo the calico is well-traveled for a house cat. The peripatetic pet arrived in Longmont via a Golden Van Lines moving van in October, according to a Daily Times-Call article. He was an accidental stowaway on a five-day, 927-mile trip from his home in Crowley, Texas, to Longmont, where he spent a few days as a temporary ward of the moving company.
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12/29/2006
Kay Evatz and her ZAP Xebra

LONGMONT — The Blizzard of 2006 slowed down Kay Evatz for only a couple of days.
Once snow on the streets of Longmont was packed down or plowed, Evatz and her lipstick pink ZAP Xebra, a tiny, three-wheeled electric car, were off to the races again.

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12/29/2006
Sheryl Author and her Panther Express

PLATTEVILLE — A small-town youth newspaper known for stirring up political controversy has gone extinct.
The Panther Express of Platteville launched in 2001 but disappeared last summer.

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12/28/2006
Character driven

LONGMONT — In the “French” cottage on the Alexander Dawson School campus, where students traditionally have learned “parler français,” a few students are learning to write and speak Mandarin Chinese.
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12/28/2006
Disaster planning keeps animal rescuers busy

LONGMONT — In a merciful year without major disasters, Jim Boller and his colleagues at animal-rescue group Code 3 Associates took the time to beef up training and help others plan for times when their skills will be desperately needed.
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12/28/2006
Jim Hamm Park

A city park that residents and police said became a gathering spot for “casual encounters” between gay and bisexual men has seen little activity since police stepped up patrols there, officers said.
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12/27/2006
Middle of things

LONGMONT — Maddie Toretto’s last name once included an “a.” Hannah Brague’s Mormon ancestors immigrated to the United States from Iceland seeking religious freedom.
The two Altona Middle School fifth-graders learned these facts while researching their family histories — interviewing relatives, gathering photographs and making maps — for a heritage festival Dec. 15.

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12/27/2006
Warning-system towers still waiting to be installed

LONGMONT — Fire officials are still finalizing installation of a $350,000 citywide warning system intended to alert residents to dangers both natural and man-made.
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12/26/2006
Ready for center stage

LONGMONT — In one more year, Donna Galbraith will be where she wants to be: Nashville.
Since being interviewed in April, the Longmont songwriter has become increasingly successful.

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12/26/2006
Sindelir relaxes after three decades

LONGMONT — After 34 years of filling area residents’ rooms with furniture, JoAnn Sindelir decided to call it quits in 2006.
Sindelir — whose husband, Leo, launched the business in 1972 in a small space on Main Street in the heart of downtown — decided this spring to close the business.

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12/25/2006
Breathing new life

LONGMONT — Before her surgery, Nicole Poulin needed a walker so she could rest when she went out.
Just six months ago, she didn’t have the strength to walk around her Longmont apartment. Without oxygen delivered through a tube draped by her nose, just sitting and talking was difficult.

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12/25/2006
‘Darla’ overcomes another health scare

LONGMONT — Baby Jomany “Darla” Lauture left her Haitian fishing village last March with a cleft palate and lip and a silver St. Christopher medal — a talisman her impoverished parents pinned to her clothes for protection.
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12/25/2006
Penny promotion

LONGMONT — Mark Chamberlain wanted to draw attention to his business’ 10th anniversary and to provide a little spark to downtown Longmont.
It worked — not only did the local newspaper write about him, but two Denver television stations saw the story in the paper and did their own stories on Chamberlain’s promotion for C&C; Coins & Collectibles.

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