ISSUE: THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014
The World's First Rodeo was held on July 4th, 1869 in Deer Trail.
Friends of the Deaf Community
This is an additional notice about the Scholarship contest that the Colorado/Wyoming Optimist District does each year. This year the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is once again offering $5,000 in Scholarships to students who win our annual contest being held on May 3, 2014 (see flyer and application attached). The contest is open to students who have not yet graduated from high school and we like to point out that our winners are not just the ones who receive the money but also those students who prepare for the contest and give their presentation in front of a room full of interested parents and Optimist club members as well. This can be an experience of a lifetime for them.
The topic is on the flyer and I would hope that if you know of a student who qualifies that you encourage them to contact an Optimist club in their area to sponsor them or if you need help finding one please let me know and I will find a sponsor for them. Do not worry, there is still plenty of time to get ready. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
If you are an educator or an administrator in the field and would like to help us to put on the contest, please contact me and I can find a spot for you to help these fine young folks prepare for life after high school.
Announcement from Bluecreek Motorcycle Training
Bluecreek Motorcycle Training LLC is happy and proud to announce that we are finally moving to a new and improved home for our School. It's located just one exit east on I-70 from where we've been located for the past few years at Lakeside - so we'll still have a nice central location with easy access from I-70.
We will be conducting our riding exercises in the Regis University parking lot at the corner of w 50th ave & Federal Blvd. This is directly north on Federal Blvd from I-70, one block and on the west side of Federal. Our classroom location is going to be 2-3 blocks east of there along w 50th ave. For those of you who suffered with our dysfunctional (and sometimes scary) elevators at the old place - I'm please to report that our new classroom has no elevators - only 6 short steps down from the entrance to the classroom.
We are excited to report that the pavement is much better at Regis and our training space is much larger than we previously had. During the summer months we will be allowed to use the parking lot 7 days a week when we want to. During Fall and Winter Semesters - we'll have access on weekends, holidays and semester breaks.
Our first intermediate/experienced rider class will commence at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday May 8, 2014. Our first two day BRC (beginners course) is scheduled for May 10-11th weekend. After that we plan to rock and roll all summer long - so please take a look at our schedule online, register for a class or stop by to see us sometime this summer.
If you have friends or family that have been waiting to get trained or a license - please tell them about our great move.
Check our web site with the link below - for Grand Re-Opening Specials and some Special Sale Prices that will be in effect during the month of May.
If you've been waiting to get your Intermediate Level BRC II class - now is finally the time to get into one - the weather has warmed up and we've got good pavement and good instructors. If you took a class with us previously - we are offering really low discount prices for returning students. Phone or email for details.
We Hope to hear from you soon.
Jasmine Bluecreek Clark
Friends Without Words
By COREY KILGANNON
When new employees are hired onto the cleaning staff of the New York Public Library’s main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, they are often trained by a 14-year veteran named Jaime Herrera.
At first, this seems odd to them, since Mr. Herrera, 56, is deaf and does not speak.
“When they put me with him, to train, I was like, ‘How am I going to learn from a deaf guy?’ ” recalled Mr. Herrera’s current cleaning partner, Emrah Bektesevic, 22. “But after about 10 minutes, I could totally understand what he meant. He was a great teacher.”
Mr. Herrera then surprised Mr. Bektesevic further, by introducing him around the building.
“I couldn’t believe it, he knew everybody here and they all knew him,” said Mr. Bektesevic, who, like their co-workers, does not know sign language.
Not that this has kept Mr. Herrera from becoming one of the most sociable and popular of the roughly 400 employees working in the huge branch, formally known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
“You know, I like to have fun with people — I like to make them laugh,” Mr. Herrera said recently in sign language, through an interpreter.
Mr. Herrera’s job is largely to sweep, dust, wax and buff the marble floors and walls of the broad hallways and reading rooms of the landmark Beaux-Arts building.
Mr. Herrera, who works nights, reads lips, and he uses facial and body gestures to get his point across. He constantly sprinkles his communication with humor.
He is a gifted mime and mimic, with a slapstick sensibility that has brought comparisons to Harpo Marx.
“The only thing missing is the horn,” said Clyde Parker, Mr. Herrera’s manager on the night shift. “He has his own way of communicating with each of us.”
Mr. Herrera refers to co-workers by tossing off quick impersonations of them, which has become his signature routine.
To refer to the muscular Mr. Parker, who dresses in a shirt and tie, Mr. Herrera makes a mock adjustment of a necktie and assumes a muscle-bound posture. Mr. Herrera will slap his own face to refer to Lou, a manager who is Italian and tends to greet people with an affectionate cheek-slap.
For David, a porter with bad knees, Mr. Herrera does an uncanny imitation of his bowlegged, hobbled gait. To refer to Mr. Bektesevic, who is tall and broad, Mr. Herrera affects a Frankenstein walk — arms out, sleepwalking.
“He has an amazing way of describing people,” said Norman Scott, another of Mr. Herrera’s supervisors. “He makes a few gestures and I know exactly who he’s talking about.”
Mr. Herrera, who lives in Middle Village, Queens, is separated from his wife and has three grown sons. He became deaf before emigrating from Colombia at age 12. He grew up mostly in the Bronx and attended the Lexington School for the Deaf, in Queens.
On a recent weeknight, Mr. Scott made a nearly imperceptible circular motion with his hand, which sent Mr. Herrera and his dust mop off to sweep the grand Astor entrance area.
Mr. Herrera stopped to chat with a security guard, Yesenia Del Valle, who scoffed at the notion that his deafness could be seen as an impairment.
“Oh, believe me, he can talk — for someone who doesn’t speak, he never shuts up,” she said.
Mr. Herrera, reading her lips, began cracking up. She said Mr. Herrera had inspired her to take sign language classes. Now she helps interpret for him at the library.
“She needs some more practice,” he joked, poking her back.
He ran into an electrician, John Theus, who teases Mr. Herrera by sneakily pulling the electrical cord out of the outlet while Mr. Herrera is vacuuming the elaborate Celeste Bartos Forum, leaving him momentarily confused.
“Some of the guys sneak up on me because I can’t hear, so I do it back to them, and we play around like that,” Mr. Herrera said.
After sweeping the library’s huge reading room, Mr. Herrera said hello to Xavier Blackman, a security guard, and they began exchanging playful insults.
“He makes the conversation work because he incorporates everyday references, and he corrects you if you try signing,” Mr. Blackman said. “The funny thing is that he’s one of the friendliest and most sociable workers here. And he really never takes offense at anything.”
Leaning on his broom handle, Mr. Herrera said he tried to start some kind of conversation with anyone willing to communicate. “And even if they don’t, I try to write things down for them,” Mr. Herrera said. “I don’t give up on people.”
This Week events (Ongoing Events)
Saturday, 19 April 2014 - SAC Lunch and Bingo
Saturday and Sunday, 19-20 April 2014 - Easter Services at Flatirons Community Church
Easter Services at Flatirons Community Church
Sunday, 20 April 2014 - Faith-Based Organizations
EBBC Deaf Ministry
Mile High Church
Centennial Covenant Church
Orchard Road Church
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Saturday, 26 April 2014 - 2014 ASL Day