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Thanks for weed-control efforts
This summer, the Evergreen Audubon Society celebrated 15 years of its Weed Awareness Campaign focused at Evergreen Lake. During that time, dedicated Audubon members and community volunteers have hand-pulled or clipped many thousands of non-native noxious weeds there. If allowed to grow uncontrolled, the aggressive weeds would have choked out native vegetation and detrimentally altered the habitat around the lake.  
Although Audubon’s diligent efforts have kept the invasive weeds in check, the only way to ensure their long-term eradication is through a combination of controls and a well-conceived management plan. Colorado law requires eradication of certain noxious weeds to protect our native vegetation and prevent the spread of weeds to neighboring properties. Since Evergreen Parks and Recreation District has management responsibility for Evergreen Lake, I encourage it to develop and institute a plan of multiple controls to ensure that noxious weeds do not proliferate.
Cathy Shelton, founder and chair of Evergreen’s Weed Awareness Campaign, has done an outstanding job. I thank her, as well as the members of the Weed Awareness Committee, for all their hard work to maintain the quality of the lake environs for Evergreen residents and wildlife to enjoy.
Christine Pfaff

Thanks for explanation of library display policy
Thank you, Linda Rockwell, for your clearly stated explanation of the Jefferson County Library policy on exhibits by community groups. We are members of PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays). The mission of our organization is to promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights.
Our local chapter has been privileged to showcase our work at the Evergreen Library eight or more times over the past 17 years. This year the committee chose to highlight current civil-rights issues. In addition to the usual pride parade memorabilia, the display included excerpts of articles from news media, highlights of the work of allied organizations, and photos and documents from members and friends. Thank you to those who so willingly shared their personal items for the display. It’s always good to put faces of real people on the issues.
Bullying and harassment of gay youths and adults continues. Those perceived to be anything but heterosexual are often subjected to verbal and physical abuse. Such heinous activity was clearly addressed in our display. There is no “gay agenda,” as some believe. What we do promote and wish to teach, to young and old, is understanding and acceptance of ALL persons, regardless of their differences.
That some people still find our displays, our work and use of real and acceptable words — even expressions of love for our gay sons and daughters — objectionable makes it strikingly clear that we must continue efforts toward the goal of equality for everyone. Again, we are grateful to the Evergreen Library for providing the opportunity to share our message.
Marva Kerns, M.J. Lowe, Michele Overley
PFLAG library display committee