Category Archives: Curiosities

Johnnie St. Vrain: House, barn have become Longmont landmarks

   Hi Johnnie St. Vrain: We moved to town just over a year ago and have noticed the two houses (or house/barn?) that seem to be frozen in time in the process of moving all this time. They seem to … Continue reading

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Cheery fire hydrant information to brighten your day

Dear Johnnie: I have been noticing that many of the fire hydrants in town have been freshly painted. These are mostly along the main roads. The bright red-and-white hydrants are cheery to see. Is the city planning to paint the … Continue reading

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Special white buffalo was acting average

Dear Johnnie: I was dismayed by the report of a “tussle” with another buffalo at the Tupelo, Miss., park that was severe enough for the white buffalo named Tukota to be put to death. How did this rare (1 in … Continue reading

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Tale of house’s disappearance is no yarn

Dear Johnnie: I always enjoyed looking at the adorable Victorian style house on the corner of Terry Street and Second Avenue, and even had whimsical ideas of buying it someday to house a yarn shop. When I saw it gone … Continue reading

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That mystery building is a history building

Dear Johnnie: I’ve been wondering for years about the brick building with green trim on the west side of South Main by the railroad tracks at First Street. It appears to be well-maintained but gives no indication of what’s inside. … Continue reading

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Neighbor’s parking practices put person at peril

Dear Johnnie: My neighbor insists on parking one of his cars (an SUV or a minivan) on the street between our two driveways. This creates a blind spot and requires an awkward angle when pulling out of my driveway. The … Continue reading

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That’s no catfish. That’s a diver!

Dear Readers: Remember that question about the mysterious black thing swimming in the pond on the 12th hole at Ute Creek Golf Course? Get a load of this. Hi Johnnie: What that person probably saw was a scuba diver recovering … Continue reading

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Fort Collins Pipe Band’s practice doesn’t break Longmont laws

Dear Johnnie: Bagpipes are driving me insane. It’s too bad. I used to like them. A marching bagpipe band from Fort Collins practices at a downtown church parking lot for 31/2 hours on Sundays during the summer. It’s a block … Continue reading

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Johnnie St. Vrain: That leanin’ tree belongs to the city

Dear Johnnie: I am curious who is responsible for removing a dead tree on the southwest corner of Highway 66 and Hover. I live in the neighborhood and am a member of the fence association responsible for the fence along … Continue reading

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Have you seen Roxie the greyhound?

Dear Johnnie: I have seen many lost greyhound signs in Longmont and in Boulder. Can there be that many greyhounds missing? Are these legitimate or some sort of scam? Thanks. — Diane Dear Johnnie: In the past few weeks I’ve … Continue reading

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