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County’s drop in foreclosures leads way

According to a report by the Colorado Division of Housing, statewide, foreclosure filings are down 41.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013, compared to a year ago. Foreclosure auction sales are also down 30.5 percent over that time frame. Of the 12 largest counties in the state, none showed a greater decrease in filings over that time than Douglas County, which led the way with a decrease of 49.3 percent. Only 10 of Colorado’s 64 counties saw an increase in the number of filings over the last year.

Teen named man of the year

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society named Highlands Ranch High School junior Michael Guglielmi (featured April 25 in the Highlands Ranch Herald) as its man of the year after the young man raised more than $26,000 for blood cancer research and patient support services for LLS.

This year’s youngest candidate for man or woman of the year, Guglielmi ran in honor of his father, Ralph, a leukemia survivor who is the current president of the chapter’s board of trustees and was the 2007 man of the year. The woman of the year was Peach Pagano of Boulder, who raised just shy of $51,000 in honor of her brother, Chuck Pagano, head coach of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and a leukemia survivor. To learn more about LLS, please visit www.lls.org.

Redstone Park Pond closed temporarily

Following the discovery of high levels of E. coli at Redstone Pond Park in Highlands Ranch, Metro District staff made the decision to temporarily close the pond. Visitors to the park are encouraged to avoid and direct contact with the water until further notice. The high levels of bacteria may have occurred due to a variety of factors including the late start-up of the park irrigation system as well as waterfowl excrement in the pond. Once bacteria levels return to normal the pond will reopen.

Due to the closure, the Metro District’s annual Kids’ Fishing Day slated for June 1 is being moved to the pond at Fly’n B Park. Pre-registration is required for the event and can be done at www.highlandsranch.org. For more information on the closure at Redstone Park Pond, please contact Carrie Ward, Metro District director of parks, recreation and open space at 303-791-2710 or cward@highlandsranch.org.

Library district ‘digs into reading’

Douglas County Libraries is throwing one giant party June 1, as all branches will kick off the summer with an all-day “Dig Into Reading” event, featuring games, activities, giveaways, face painting, special appearances and more. The district is kicking off a summer reading program that will span from June 1 until July 27, and families can register for the program at the events or at www.DouglasCountyLibraries.org.

Kids12 and under who read for 12 hours and teens 10-18 who read for 18 hours will receive vouchers for a meal and a Colorado Rapids game, plus a chance to win one of 150 four-packs of tickets to Elitch Gardens. Adults who read four books will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $100 Visa gift card. Registration, also available at all branches, closes July 13 and all reading logs are due July 27.

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