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Chemical roundup slated

There will be a household chemical roundup from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at Shea Stadium, 3270 Redstone Park Circle in Highlands Ranch. A payment of $25 is requested to help offset the high cost of hazardous waste disposal. For more information, please call 720-200-1592.

Accepted items will include house, garden and pool chemicals, paint and paint products, automotive fluids and batteries, passenger vehicle and pickup truck tires removed from rims, fuels and propane tanks up to 20 pounds, items containing mercury, ammunition, aerosols and fluorescent light bulbs.

Items not accepted will include business waste, commercial waste, radioactive waste, electronic waste and explosive waste as well as waste containing asbestos, tractor tires, scrap metal and smoke detectors.

ARCADIS exec honored

The American Society of Civil Engineers has announced that Dr. Michael J. MacPhee, ARCADIS water division president, will receive the 2013 John I. Parcel-Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award this October, recognizing contributions to the field of civil engineering.

“Mike is an outstanding leader and we are proud to call him an ARCADIAN," said Gary Coates, CEO of ARCADIS U.S. “After seeing firsthand some of the significant contributions Mike has made to the field of civil engineering management, it comes as no surprise that he is receiving this award.”

MacPhee, who assumed the role of water division president on Jan. 1, has 20 years of experience providing a broad range of water consulting services to municipal, federal and industrial clients across the U.S. and abroad. He has served in key management roles since joining ARCADIS in 2002.

Lone Tree fireworks set

Lone Tree’s fireworks display is set for 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Sweetwater Park at the corner of South Yosemite Street and Maximus Drive. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with music from an as-yet-unnamed band. 

Unlike the Independence Day celebration, limited to Lone Tree and Acres Green residents, the end-of-summer party is open to the public. Dry conditions prompted the city to cancel the display on July 4.

The city held its fireworks display on Labor Day weekend 2012 as well, when arid statewide conditions forced it and most other Colorado communities, including Highlands Ranch to suspend their traditional plans. Highlands Ranch’s fireworks display is scheduled for Sept. 21 at the culmination of Oktoberfest.

Church hosts summit

Cherry Hills Community Church will host live via satellite the 2013 Global Leadership Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8-9. This is the 12th year that the church is serving as host for the event, which reaches tens of thousands of leaders in more than 70 countries and all across the United States. The church, at 3900 Grace Blvd. in Highlands Ranch, is the only Denver metro area venue for this year’s event.

Speakers headlining this year’s summit include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Emmy Award-winning television producer Mark Burnett, Northpoint Ministries Senior Pastor Andy Stanley and clinical psychologist, author and frequent contributor to CNN and Fox News Dr. Henry Cloud. For a complete schedule of the two-day event, please visit www.willowcreek.com. The regular cost for attending the event at Cherry Hills is $249, $99 for members of the military, and $79 for students. Lunch is included for all participants. To sign up, visit www.chcc.org.

Twirling to the top

Two talented twirlers from Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista sophomore Emily Kraly, 15, and Rock Canyon freshman Haley Lena, 14, placed at the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships July 13-18 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The two were among close to 900 athletes from 26 states competing at nationals.

Kraly, in her first trip to nationals, finished second in the 15-year-old beginning presentation, an event that combines twirling with dance and gymnastics. Lena, for the second year in a row, placed in every event she entered, taking third in the 14-15-year-old intermediate presentation, fifth in intermediate solo and fifth in intermediate 2-baton.

Both girls are members of Colorado Twirls and also competed in two group events, earning second in the beginning senior small dance twirl team division and third in the beginning junior small dance twirl team category. For more information about the sport or team, please visit www.coloradotwirls.com.

Cougar Run sticks to recycling

One of five national winners of the 2013 Elmer’s Annual Classroom Cleanout Contest, Cougar Run Elementary School in Highlands Ranch sent in a total of 6,382 recycled glue sticks and bottles instead of throwing them out. TerraCycle, a recycling company, takes the normally non-recyclable items and turns them into items such as trash cans, picnic tables and watering cans.

“Since schools like Cougar Run Elementary are some of our most dedicated collectors, we thought it would be exciting for them to earn even more through the Classroom Cleanup Contest,” said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO. “Hopefully, the students will carry these lessons about recycling with them through the summer.” 

Cost of admission is $17 in advance and $20 the day of the event, if the event does not sell out. Tickets may be purchased in person at any HRCA recreation center, by visiting www.HRCAonline.org/tickets or by calling 303-471-8859.

Hunting licenses available

Leftover big game hunting licenses will go on sale at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and more than 700 hunting license retailers statewide. Leftover licenses are those limited licenses that did not sell during the annual license draw.

With hunting applications up by 4 percent this spring, there are fewer leftover licenses available than last year, but in addition to the approximately 33,000 elk licenses, 6,800 deer licenses and 3,800 pronghorn licenses that will be available, more than 1,500 bear licenses and 120 leftover fall turkey licenses will also go on sale Aug. 6. Please visit www.wildlife.state.co.us for more information.