23 May 2016

The Newest Addition to Hangar 2

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Lucky Cat joined Hangar 2’s Dinning District with its soft opening May 20th in the space formerly occupied by Bubu. Chef Troy Guard brings his unconventional take on traditional Chinese dishes in an updated 80’s Kung-fu inspired space.

Lucky Cat is an Asian-inspired eatery boasting a Guard-esque menu with fresh takes that appeal to all palates. Diners will find an array of small plates and snacks, sushi and sashimi, favorite Chinese take-out entrees and convenient curb-side pick up for those who want to take it home.

The menu, inspired by Guard’s time living in Asia, includes Lucky Dumplings, Crunchy Tilapia Bao Buns and Spring Onion Pancakes on the small plates list. Entrees put a spin on familiar favorites and include General Guard, B&B (Guard’s take on Beef & Broccoli) and Cantonese Style Steamed Fish, while noodle lovers will dig Dan Dan, LoMein and Saimin. Fresh interpretations of sushi rolls include the White Tiger Roll and Zhuang Roll, and Lucky Cat guests end their meals with playful and cheeky fortune cookies. On the go? Everything at Lucky Cat can be ordered as take-out with curbside service offered.

Lucky Cat’s bar boasts inventive cocktails and a select sake list alongside wines and local craft beers, perfect for imbibing on the vibrant street side patio.

Stop by and enjoy this updated restaurant and patio, or grab some food to go for a easy dinner night. Check out the Menu.

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15 May 2016

Threats to Our Trees in Lowry

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Dangers to Ash Trees

The Emerald Ash Borer is half an inch long and dark metallic green and was first detected in Boulder County in 2013 after having migrated from the mid-west.  The out break in Boulder County has been slow moving and as of now has not spread to Denver, but municipalities through the Denver Metro area are getting prepared.  “Over the next decade the Emerald Ash Bore has the potential to destroy more of Denver’s urban forest than any other disease or pestilence in history”, said the City of Denver.  So far, the Emerald Ash Bore has killed more than 50 million trees in over 20 states.

There are 1.45 million ash trees in Denver – 1 in 6 trees that make up the city’s tree canopy –  and Metro Denver faces more then 82 million dollar in damages when the Emerald Ash Borer arrives. Denver has launched a “Be Smart Ash” campaign that helps you identify if you have an Ash tree as well as provides you with information on how to determine if your Ash tree has been attacked and what to do if your tree is showing sign of a Borer infestation.  For even more in-depth details and a better understanding of your options if you have an Ash tree, visit the Colorado Department of Agriculture website. The city of Denver is already replacing small ash trees in public spaces and planning an aggressive treatment program for the historic Ash trees.

The treatment for the Emerald Ash Borer is costly, so your best bet, if you are able and have only a small Ash tree, is to replace it now. For more information about acceptable size and type of trees for replacement, follow these design guidelines 

The Lilac Ash Borer which flies April – June is less of a threat than the Emerald Ash Borer, but trees with the Lilac Ash Borer that are left untreated will die. Stressed ash trees from lack of water, poor care, scratches, and truck damage are most susceptible to these flying insects that look like wasps.

For a complete list of tree-boring insects, please click here.

Let’s not Forget our Oaks…

Kermes Scales is attacking oak trees in Lowry. As an adult, this insect has the appearance of a tree growth. These immobile insects collect at the base of leaf stems and cause the tree leaves to change color, droop and ultimately fall off. The crawlers, or young, are tiny salmon colored bugs that hatch out from under the adult scales. When an oak has a lot of these scales it can cause significant damage and even tree death. Treatment options are available through licensed arborists.   To learn more about Kermes Scale, please click here.

& Please Remember…

Taking good care of the trees on your property and in the tree lawn (the land between the sidewalk and the street that you maintain) is one of the responsibilies of being a Lowry homeowner and a member of the LCMA. The tree canopies should be pruned to maintain tree health and to provide a minimum of 8 feet of clearance from the lowest hanging branches to the sidwalk and street.  For more details please visit our HOA Guidelines.

Resources:

Be Smart Ash Campaign: http://beasmartash.org/why-should-i-care/frequently-asked-questions/
Colorado Department of Agriculture: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agplants/emerald-ash-borer
Colorado State: http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4dmg/Pests/borers.htm
Denver 7 Channel: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/front-range/broomfield/invasive-tree-insect-threatens-more-than-a-million-trees-around-denver
Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_27793594/emerald-ash-borer-colorado-2015-homeowner-q-and
Plant Talk: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1400-11.html


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