Parker News in a Hurry - May 9


Discard chemicals at roundup

Residents looking to unload hazardous chemicals have somewhere to turn.

The 2013 Household Chemical Roundup is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 at the Parker Joint Services Center at 17801 E. Plaza Dive in Parker. The event is open to all Douglas County residents, and proof of county residency is required at the entrance. The following items are not accepted: business and commercial waste, smoke detectors, tractor tires, electronic waste, scrap metal, medical waste and compressed gases other than propane.

A payment of $25 per vehicle is requested to help offset the cost of hazardous waste disposal. For more information, call 720-200-1592 or visit

Parker woman to compete in pageant

Parker resident Tish Shade will represent Douglas County in the Mrs. Colorado Pageant May 18 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. The winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $25,000 and advance to the Mrs. America competition. Shade also competed for the state title in 2010.

While beauty and physical fitness are key elements, the contestants are encouraged to voice their opinions on marriage, community and important social issues. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Free finale-night tickets are available at the Parker Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Parker.

Rotary noted for work with kids

The Rotary Club of Parker took home several awards this month at the District 5450 Conference in Vail. 

The club won an award for having the “best project targeting children who have developmental, physical or mental disabilities, children at risk, and children who are struggling to overcome other obstacles,” according to an announcement from the Rotary. The Rotary Club of Parker won the award for their sponsorship of the Rotary Community Corps, a club for special need teens and adults. The award was given by the Smoky Hill Rotary Club and came with a $500 check to help fund RCC projects. 

The Rotary Club of Parker went on to win the Helping Hands Award from the Rotary Club of Brush for pioneering the RCC. The award also came with a $500 contribution toward future projects. Kam Breitenbach, founder and advisor for the RCC, accepted the two awards.

Jo Stone, president of the Parker chapter, accepted the District 5450’s Best Annual Giving Award and the Governor’s Discretionary Award for the club’s support of the Denver Indian Center’s Mission. The project is to empower youth, families and community through self-determination, cultural identity and education. 

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