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Thanks for supporting EChO
On behalf of the staff, board of directors, and volunteers of Evergreen Christian Outreach, I would like to thank our wonderful and generous community for the outpouring of support and donations we have recently received.
In late October, donations of food and toilet paper began arriving almost immediately after a Canyon Courier article was published highlighting our needs. Then, our community responded very generously to the 9Cares, Colorado Shares food drive at King Soopers in Bergen Park on Nov. 12  by donating more than 5,500 pounds of food, and 900 pounds of new toys and gently used winter clothing. Most recently we put out a request for turkeys and food for holiday meals. Again, our mountain community responded, and we have been able to provide Thanksgiving meals to more than 275 families.  
Individual donors, service organizations, Scout troops, churches and businesses have all come forth to help their neighbors. What a blessing it is to live and work in such a caring community!
Again, thank you for making a difference, and happy holidays to each and every one of you.
Sharon Smith
executive director
Evergreen Christian Outreach

Thanks to rescuers
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 me 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

EASY congratulates Kiwanis for a green event
Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability 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

Bergen Park corner not safe for pedestrians
I live at Rocky Mountain Village Estates in Bergen Park. It is wonderful to be able to walk to the two shopping centers nearby.
However, the intersection at Bergen  Parkway and Sugarbush Drive has never been safe for pedestrians. When the traffic signal was there, I would have to balance precariously on loose rocks to push the switch to allow me to cross. Then, I would be very careful of the loose gravel that always surrounded the area.
Now, with the four-way stop-sign system, a very, very faded pedestrian walkway and the motorists focused on other motorists to determine when it’s their turn to go, what is provided for pedestrian safety?
There are two options for pedestrian safety. The first is the safest: Repair the signal, and remove the loose rocks and replace with solid ground or cement around the switch for pedestrians. The second is to keep the four-way stop-sign system, and repaint the pedestrian walkway all ways and add pedestrian signs like the ones on main street in downtown Evergreen that remind drivers of pedestrian rights. At the end of winter, the gravel should be swept away.
Nancyruth Mack

EPRD should help publicize events for the public
Last Saturday, I attempted to post a flier at the Buchanon Rec Center for a public program. I was denied. I distributed 20 fliers to supportive local businesses, but EPRD refused them. EPRD doesn’t even have a public bulletin board. Shame on them.
EPRD is a public agency funded by property owners with tax-levy powers, and we pay more for recreation facilities than for police protection. Seems EPRD is awash in money and has to invent projects to spend it on, like the makeover of the farmhouse in Buffalo Park Road for our most overpaid executive director. The farmhouse is a historic structure and a public asset bought and renovated with our money and should be a museum.
EPRD has a responsibility to spend our money judiciously. We have plenty of facilities, so the budget should be dominated by maintenance. Instead, they snobbishly refuse to announce public events at their Ivy League facilities.
Greg Scott