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Evergreen residents quick to help
Editor:
Spending time in Evergreen is like going back in time for me … to my childhood where neighbors were family and rallied to help one another.
On a recent Saturday, the people of Evergreen did just that. While riding your beautiful trails, I fell from my horse and was unable to get to my feet.
I want to say a huge thank-you to the paramedics and EMTs who reached me so quickly and were so absolutely professional. (I apologize to the first on the scene who hiked up to where I was — proof of why you all must be in such good shape.)
Also, thank you to Bill, who found and was kind enough to keep my horse until he could be brought back to the barn. Clover was unharmed, thanks largely to Bill.
Thank you to the neighbors who kindly allowed the emergency vehicles to pass through their property, and to all the people who lent a hand and offered help.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to Pam Meyer, my friend and riding buddy, who was able to give clear directions to the emergency personnel to bring them to me. Pam then led them, on her horse, Scout, to the road where the ambulance waited. Thanks, Scout — you are as amazing as the people of Evergreen.
Judy Rogan
Lakewood

Kiwanis event a composting success
Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability (EAS+Y) congratulates the Kiwanis Club of Evergreen for setting a positive environmental example at its recent 59th annual Pancake Breakfast.  
Amid plates of pancakes being served that morning, something new was happening. At each of the two waste stations set up for the event, receptacles for compostable materials stood next to those designated for trash. As members of Boy Scout Troop 888 offered guidance to attendees, they tossed their food scraps, paper napkins, and soiled paper plates into the composting containers. It may sound like a small thing, but by introducing composting at a major community event, the Kiwanis Club of Evergreen took a big step toward helping the environment.  
Composting makes sense. It creates a useful product from organic waste that otherwise would have been landfilled. Among other things, compost helps regenerate poor soils, clean up contaminated soil, and reduce the need for water, fertilizers and pesticides.
Special thanks to Kiwanis Club of Evergreen member Dori Painter for taking the lead and seeking advice from EAS+Y about initiating sustainable practices at the Pancake Breakfast. Members of Boy Scout Troop 888 deserve praise for the great job they did assisting with the effort. We look forward to celebrating the Kiwanis Club of Evergreen’s 60th year of pancake breakfasts.  By then, the organization hopes to present a fully zero-waste event!  
Members of EAS+Y would be delighted to provide guidance to other groups interested in establishing composting and recycling at their events. For more information, leave your message at voice-mail 303-670-6385.
Christine Pfaff
member
Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability

Church expansion raises many concerns
Editor’s note: The following letter was written to the Jeffco Planning and Zoning Division. The version here has been shortened because of space limitations. The church has recently offered to scale back its expansion plan.
Editor:
We are writing in opposition to the proposed expansion of the Activation Ministries church on South Lookout Mountain Road.
Our position is based on numerous issues relevant to Paradise Hills and Lookout Mountain. Primary among those is the gargantuan size for which AMI has applied, with capacity for 900 attendees at Sunday services. It is important to note that AMI has admitted it does not actually need that much space, indicating the application is not genuine.
Also of great concern are traffic issues that would result from 300 to 500 vehicles arriving virtually at the same time for Sunday service. There is also the possibility that, in pursuit of additional growth, multiple services would be offered, either on Sundays or other evenings, resulting in even more traffic noise and congestion.
Yet another consideration is the fact that AMI has consistently dismissed residents’ concerns, which has the effect of leading many to believe that AMI is not being straightforward about this proposed project.
Finally, AMI has stated on numerous occasions that the application is “just-in-case” planning, which it has little or no intention of implementing, leading some to the conclusion that this proposal is actually the first step in a future real estate deal. Once the church has the special-use permit, the value of the property would presumably increase substantially, allowing AMI to sell the property for a higher price, leaving residents to live with whatever comes next.
We have no doubt that, rather than being a positive for Lookout Mountain, approval of this permit would open the door to permanent, undesirable effects.
We urgently ask that the special use permit for AMI be disallowed.
John W. Jarvis and Nanette S. Jarvis
Golden