Sad news for Loveland

This is indeed sad news. I covered the school board for the Berthoud Surveyor, and always found Steve to be dedicated, professional and knowledgeable.

This came from the Thomoson School District website.

Thompson School District Announces the Passing of Chief Financial Officer Stephen Towne

Stephen Towne Thompson School District is extremely saddened to announce that Chief Financial Officer Stephen Towne lost his life early this morning as a result of injuries from an automobile accident in Fort Collins.


Steve joined the district in 2005.  As Chief Financial Officer, he led the district’s Business Services department, which manages all financial systems for the school district.


“I was incredibly devastated when I heard the news this morning,” said Bob Kerrigan, Thompson School District Board of Education President.  “Whenever I think of Steve, I always think of the word ‘integrity.’  He was such an honorable person.  He was an outstanding leader for the district and we will miss his dedication and extraordinary wit.  Steve was my constant on this board; he was always there for me when I needed him and he taught me so much about school finance and how it all relates to the district.  When I joined the Board of Education in 2011, I quickly saw how well-respected Steve was by his department and all throughout the district who he worked with. Spending time with his team members, it was evident today just how much they loved him.  He will be greatly missed.”


“Steve was so much a part of what this district is all about,” said Dr. Stan Scheer, Superintendent of Schools. “It’s difficult to believe that he is really gone.  His character was always demonstrated by his actions. He constantly tried to re-frame problems around solutions. I never heard him say a bad thing about anybody.  His sense of caring was demonstrated in constantly challenging his own conclusions, because he knew how important the work he was doing was to everybody in this school district.  I know that he carried that with him as a huge responsibility to do all that he could to find the best solutions possible to some very difficult challenges.  He was a team player and a giant of a man and he dearly loved his family.  He has left a hole in this community that cannot truly be replaced.”


Out of respect for Steve’s family, district staff members and the community, all Board of Education activities are hereby postponed until the board’s regular business meeting on Wednesday, February 18.


For more information, please contact Michael Hausmann, Thompson School District Public Information Officer, at 970-613-5011 or at

Who moved the Pho in Loveland?




I need to verify this later today  I am hearing that a Loveland restaurant may be moving.  I’m speaking of Pho Lan, of course.


The chatter on the internet says that Pho Lan is relocating to the site of the old Red Dragon.  On of their long-time customers also says the move will happen but did not know when.

The new address is 296 East 29th Street, and Pho Lan is now on East Eisenhower at 1360 East Eisenhower.

Right now, I do not have a date for the move but watch for more information about where to get you pho and spring roll fix.

Do you think this is a good move for the Loveland restaurant? 



Loveland Valentine remailing– Hurry, hurry

Here is a press release with some info on a change in the deadline for mailing/remailing your Valentines from the Sweetheart City.
Updated Deadlines Announced for the Loveland, Colo.’s 2015 Loveland Valentine Re-Mailing Program 
LOVELAND, Colo. – Jan. 27, 2015 – The 69th annual Loveland Valentine Re-Mailing Program will kick off next week in Loveland, Colo., the nation’s Sweetheart City. To ensure that valentines are delivered by Valentine’s Day to loved ones around the world, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and Loveland Post Office have announced updated deadlines. 
All foreign mail must be received in Loveland by Feb. 3, all U.S. mail must be received by Feb. 6, and all Colorado mail must be received by Feb. 10 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day. Colorado residents can drop off their valentines at any local King Soopers or City Market stores. The last day for drop off is Feb. 4. This date was formerly Feb. 8 and has been moved up to accommodate truck pick up times. 
Share your love this Valentine’s Day by sending your valentines through the nation’s Sweetheart City, Loveland, Colo. Send your pre-addressed, pre-stamped valentine in an enclosed, larger 1st Class envelope. Then send all envelopes to:
Postmaster – Attention Valentines
446 E. 29th St.
Loveland, CO 80538-9998
Once received, valentines will be removed from the larger envelope, stamped with the special Loveland cachet stamp and postmark then re-mailed to its intended recipient. 
For 69 years, the chamber, the Loveland post office and 60 volunteer stampers have been bringing love, hope and sentiments to people in all 50 states and more than 110 countries with a special cachet stamp and message through the program. Valentines get mailed each year from mothers to sons, grandfathers to granddaughters and everyone in between. Famous athletes, celebrities and even the president often get valentines stamped with Loveland’s special message. Some of the most heartfelt valentines that have come through Loveland are the ones sending messages of hope and love to our troops overseas, to children battling life-threatening illnesses and to those who are overcoming tragedy and need an extra note of encouragement.
The Valentine Re-Mailing Program begins Feb. 2 with the first stamping at 9 a.m. at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, Colo. 80538.
Valentine cards can be purchased online at for $4.50 and at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, Loveland Visitors Center and other local retailers such as King Soopers, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Walgreens for $3.50. For a more complete list of retailers, please visit the website. 
For additional details about the chamber’s valentine program, visit or call (970) 667-6311
About the Loveland Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1902, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce is northern Colorado’s “driving force for business.” Comprised of more than 750 local companies, the chamber offers a vast array of educational and networking programs to help its investors, both large and small, gain the skills and resources necessary to thrive and prosper in today’s economy. As a founding member of the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA), the chamber also serves as an advocate for business, working on behalf of entrepreneurs to lead and influence local, state and federal policy on issues affecting the unique interests of business in northern Colorado. For more information on the Loveland Chamber, please call (970) 667-6311 or visit
For media inquiries including interviews​, live shots, B-roll​ and images, please contact: 
Nicole Yost | Fyn PR for the Loveland Chamber of Commerce | | (970) 776-9980


Big wheel keep on turning – car dealership gone


This blog post for is about a Fort Collins car dealership.  So, why is in the a blog about Loveland, Colorao, Bob?

Well, for one thing, the business is on Highway 287 between Loveland and Fort Collins.  AND–it used to be in Loveland.  I’m talking about Magnum Motors (MM).

Their location now, or before they closed, is 5900 S. College Avenue.  But for many years, they did business and sold big trucks and fancy cars at 1539 W. Eisenhower in Loveland.  When they had the west Loveland location, I used to walk by there almost every day when I went for a walk.

The Fort Collins newspaper reports that  Department of Revenue has launched  an  investigation of MM because of consumer complaints.

See the complete story about this former Loveland business that sold high-end cars and trucks at the Coloradoan website.


Additionally, here is my May 23, 2013 blog post about Magnum Motors relocating to Fort Collins.

What has been YOUR experience there?



Loveland’s top ten restaurants

Loveland’s Top Ten Restaurants

Top restaurants in Loveland

Scanning Facebook yesterday, I came across an article about the top ten restaurants in Loveland.  The list was compiled by

I don’t know when Oliver Griffin published the article but he states that Loveland’s population is “just over 50,000.”  I think we zoomed past that number some time ago.

Here are Oliver Griffin/theculturetrip’s top ten eateries in Loveland.  No numbers appear by each entry, so I do not know if he was lumping all ten together or not.

4th Street Chop House

Bent Fork Grill

Next Door

Henry’s Pub


Mo’ Betta Gumbo

Loveland Coffee

Inglenook Restaurant

Nordy’s BBQ

Asian Café and Grill

What are your thoughts, Loveland diners?  Is this a complete list?  Would you add or subtract from it?

Here is the link to theculturetrip’s post on the top ten restaurants in Loveland.