Boulder

A Night Hike to Boulder’s Winter Star

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Boulder is full of well-loved holiday traditions and events. From downtown to the university to our own neighborhoods, there’s no shortage of good cheer and community gatherings. And each year we kick off the festivities with the lighting of the Flagstaff Star. Read the entire article on Hiking to the Boulder Star

A big thank you to www.YourBoulder.com for the great article!

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate industry since 2004 and I am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County & Colorado! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email.

Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
720.938.4197
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Real Estate

Experience Boulder Exhibit Now Open at the Museum of Boulder!

The Museum of Boulder hosts the Boulder Experience Gallery. The exhibit presents Boulder’s history to connect visitors to the past, provide a context for the present, and inspire a vision for the future.

Learn more about the exhibit at Museum of Boulder.

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate industry since 2004 and I am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County & all over Colorado! I would love to help you and your family in your real estate journey – wherever that may take you!

Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
720.938.4197
Boulder

The History Of Boulder’s Winter Star

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The lighted star on Flagstaff is a familiar symbol in Boulder. First turned on as a Christmas decoration in December 1947, the star survived several controversies to become what it is today—part of the area’s history and culture.

In April 1948, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce converted the star into an Easter cross. Then, for two decades, the long string of lights alternated between the two symbols.

Pranksters also saw uses for the bulbs and wires. In 1951, students from Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University) reconfigured the display into the shape of an “A.” In 1958, Colorado School of Mines students strung the lights into an “M.”

In 1955, 1956, and 1960, someone, or some group, painted the bulbs red, speculated to have been part of a Communist conspiracy. In 1969, the star/cross was changed again—this time into a gigantic peace sign.

Finally, some Boulder residents had had enough. They filed a complaint with the Boulder Human Relations Commission on the grounds that the star and the cross (both considered Christian symbols and located on city park property) violated the U.S. Constitution in its separation of church and state. Although the lights had sparked a controversy, they stayed on.

The debate resurfaced a year later. In 1970, the same group brought to the Boulder City Council a resolution banning all lighted displays on Flagstaff Mountain.

Of the Flagstaff star a Boulder City attorney stated, “It is our job to guarantee rights of free speech, but that does not mean that one is guaranteed a platform which gives him a captive community audience.”

The termination of the cross was something people could accept, but the possibility that the star might have to come down caused an uproar among the majority of Boulder citizens. Eventually, the council determined that the cross had to go, but the star represented “a sense of community.”

In 1980, the star served yet another purpose. It was left on month after month as a reminder of the Americans held hostage in Iran. This ongoing use of electricity, however, upset environmentalists who removed the bulbs, chopped down the wires, and publicly announced that the man-made object disturbed wildlife and wasted energy.

Even so, the majority of Boulder’s residents still wanted their star, and, once again, they rallied to its defense. It has survived the test of time and appears to be here to stay.

Content courtesy of historian Silvia Pettem’s Facebook Page

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate industry since 2004 and I am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County & Colorado! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email.

Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
720.938.4197
Boulder

The History Of Boulder’s Winter Star

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The lighted star on Flagstaff is a familiar symbol in Boulder. First turned on as a Christmas decoration in December 1947, the star survived several controversies to become what it is today—part of the area’s history and culture.

In April 1948, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce converted the star into an Easter cross. Then, for two decades, the long string of lights alternated between the two symbols.

Pranksters also saw uses for the bulbs and wires. In 1951, students from Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University) reconfigured the display into the shape of an “A.” In 1958, Colorado School of Mines students strung the lights into an “M.”

In 1955, 1956, and 1960, someone, or some group, painted the bulbs red, speculated to have been part of a Communist conspiracy. In 1969, the star/cross was changed again—this time into a gigantic peace sign.

Finally, some Boulder residents had had enough. They filed a complaint with the Boulder Human Relations Commission on the grounds that the star and the cross (both considered Christian symbols and located on city park property) violated the U.S. Constitution in its separation of church and state. Although the lights had sparked a controversy, they stayed on.

The debate resurfaced a year later. In 1970, the same group brought to the Boulder City Council a resolution banning all lighted displays on Flagstaff Mountain.

Of the Flagstaff star a Boulder City attorney stated, “It is our job to guarantee rights of free speech, but that does not mean that one is guaranteed a platform which gives him a captive community audience.”

The termination of the cross was something people could accept, but the possibility that the star might have to come down caused an uproar among the majority of Boulder citizens. Eventually, the council determined that the cross had to go, but the star represented “a sense of community.”

In 1980, the star served yet another purpose. It was left on month after month as a reminder of the Americans held hostage in Iran. This ongoing use of electricity, however, upset environmentalists who removed the bulbs, chopped down the wires, and publicly announced that the man-made object disturbed wildlife and wasted energy.

Even so, the majority of Boulder’s residents still wanted their star, and, once again, they rallied to its defense. It has survived the test of time and appears to be here to stay.

Content courtesy of historian Silvia Pettem’s Facebook Page

I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI, CRS
Realtor/Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Boulder
m. 720.938.4197
Boulder

Take A Ride Through Boulder History!

Take a ride through Boulder history! This Weds, May 10, take 1 1/2 hr. ride with Preservation Planner, Marcy Cameron to learn more about Boulder’s historic property, what’s happening at the Boulder Civic Area and much more! Meet at the Boulder Dushambe Teahouse at noon.

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197
Louisville

Photo Essay of Historic Downtown Louisville, CO

Louisville, Colorado is a gem of a town and community! The http://www.downtownlouisvilleco.com website has a fantastic photo essay that gives you historic perspective on this town and how it became what it is today.

Louisville History

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
720.938.4197
Boulder

The History Of Boulder’s Winter Star

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The lighted star on Flagstaff is a familiar symbol in Boulder. First turned on as a Christmas decoration in December 1947, the star survived several controversies to become what it is today—part of the area’s history and culture.

In April 1948, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce converted the star into an Easter cross. Then, for two decades, the long string of lights alternated between the two symbols.

Pranksters also saw uses for the bulbs and wires. In 1951, students from Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University) reconfigured the display into the shape of an “A.” In 1958, Colorado School of Mines students strung the lights into an “M.”

In 1955, 1956, and 1960, someone, or some group, painted the bulbs red, speculated to have been part of a Communist conspiracy. In 1969, the star/cross was changed again—this time into a gigantic peace sign.

Finally, some Boulder residents had had enough. They filed a complaint with the Boulder Human Relations Commission on the grounds that the star and the cross (both considered Christian symbols and located on city park property) violated the U.S. Constitution in its separation of church and state. Although the lights had sparked a controversy, they stayed on.

The debate resurfaced a year later. In 1970, the same group brought to the Boulder City Council a resolution banning all lighted displays on Flagstaff Mountain.

Of the Flagstaff star a Boulder City attorney stated, “It is our job to guarantee rights of free speech, but that does not mean that one is guaranteed a platform which gives him a captive community audience.”

The termination of the cross was something people could accept, but the possibility that the star might have to come down caused an uproar among the majority of Boulder citizens. Eventually, the council determined that the cross had to go, but the star represented “a sense of community.”

In 1980, the star served yet another purpose. It was left on month after month as a reminder of the Americans held hostage in Iran. This ongoing use of electricity, however, upset environmentalists who removed the bulbs, chopped down the wires, and publicly announced that the man-made object disturbed wildlife and wasted energy.

Even so, the majority of Boulder’s residents still wanted their star, and, once again, they rallied to its defense. It has survived the test of time and appears to be here to stay.

Content courtesy of historian Silvia Pettem’s Facebook Page

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 13 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197
Boulder

Meet the Spirits of Boulder’s Spooky Past at the Columbia Cemetery

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Get The Scoop on Boulder’s Past at Historic Boulder’s Meet The Spirits Event
Sunday, October 16 – Noon until 5 pm – Columbia Cemetery
Join Historic Boulder to learn about Boulder’s history. Buried beneath the rocky soil of Boulder’s Columbia Cemetery are a multitude of stories from the lives of the residents interred there. From the famous to the infamous and the founders to the scoundrels; each has a unique and personal tale to tell. On October 16, 2016, a select group of “spirits” will share the stories of their lives with those who come to listen. Learn about the early days of Boulder, and the struggles faced as the pioneers established a foothold at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Uncover the secrets that were taken to the grave, and share the triumphs and tragedies of those who came before.  This biennial event brings the cemetery to life for just one afternoon.
Renew the acquaintance of more familiar residents like Dorothy Gay Howard, the unfortunate murder victim who was simply known for so long as Jane Doe, and ill-fated cowboy gunslinger, Tom Horn and hear unfamiliar stories as well. Listen to little 10-year old Rosa Peterman as she recounts her untimely death in the rushing waters of Boulder Creek, and enjoy a reenactment by The Buffalo Soldier Story as they honor fallen comrade Edward Baker whose gravesite was recently discovered. Observe reenactments of Masonic funerals, and find out about the practice of green burials, while children can take part in a scavenger hunt among the stones. For one day, the typically somber silence of the cemetery will be broken as the departed return from the grave.

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 7 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197
Boulder

Meet the Spirits of Boulder’s Spooky Past at the Columbia Cemetery

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-10-10-39-am
Get The Scoop on Boulder’s Past at Historic Boulder’s Meet The Spirits Event
Sunday, October 16 – Noon until 5 pm – Columbia Cemetery
Join Historic Boulder to learn about Boulder’s history. Buried beneath the rocky soil of Boulder’s Columbia Cemetery are a multitude of stories from the lives of the residents interred there. From the famous to the infamous and the founders to the scoundrels; each has a unique and personal tale to tell. On October 16, 2016, a select group of “spirits” will share the stories of their lives with those who come to listen. Learn about the early days of Boulder, and the struggles faced as the pioneers established a foothold at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Uncover the secrets that were taken to the grave, and share the triumphs and tragedies of those who came before.  This biennial event brings the cemetery to life for just one afternoon.
Renew the acquaintance of more familiar residents like Dorothy Gay Howard, the unfortunate murder victim who was simply known for so long as Jane Doe, and ill-fated cowboy gunslinger, Tom Horn and hear unfamiliar stories as well. Listen to little 10-year old Rosa Peterman as she recounts her untimely death in the rushing waters of Boulder Creek, and enjoy a reenactment by The Buffalo Soldier Story as they honor fallen comrade Edward Baker whose gravesite was recently discovered. Observe reenactments of Masonic funerals, and find out about the practice of green burials, while children can take part in a scavenger hunt among the stones. For one day, the typically somber silence of the cemetery will be broken as the departed return from the grave.

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 7 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197
Boulder, Kids, Real Estate

Get Into The Past at the Spring Heritage Day at the Walker Ranch

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Step back in time and you can experience homesteading as our ancestors did in the past. Just above Boulder you will find Walker Ranch, a well preserved slice of history. The Spring Heritage Day at Walker Ranch offers a glimps into the life of homesteaders in our area. Period dressed volunteers help you go back in time and truly get a sense of the richness of the homesteading experience. Enjoy exploring a ranch from the late 1800s. We’ll have special spring activities and crafts. For ranchers, spring was when the list of things to do seemed endless. See costumed volunteers demonstrate chores associated with rural living in the late 1800s such as blacksmithing or cooking on a wood stove. May 1, 2016 from 10am to 1pm.

This is a really special event! More information and directions – Walker Ranch Spring Days

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I LOVE what I do! I have been in the Real Estate Industry now for over 11 years and am grateful to have found a career that I enjoy so much. I am highly organized and extremely efficient with a strong background in negotiations which always helps when in the middle of a tough transaction! I welcome all opportunities to work with you whether you are looking for your first home, looking to move to a larger home as your family grows, or looking to expand your portfolio and purchase an investment property. It is a great time for real estate in Boulder County! If you want to learn about what this market means to you and your family, just call or email. Contact me with all of your real estate needs! 

Janet Leap, GRI
RE/MAX of Boulder
Call me – 720.938.4197