Features http://www.canyoncourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en Memorial Day ceremony honors Vietnam-era fallen and missing http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/memorial-day-ceremony-honors-vietnam-era-fallen-and-missing <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-memorialdaymarshdale01-cb-060116_0.jpg" alt="Erick Olson clears overgrown grass from the marker of his father, Willard Olson, who was a veteran of the Navy, at Evergreen Memorial Park in Marshdale." title="Erick Olson clears overgrown grass from the marker of his father, Willard Olson, who was a veteran of the Navy, at Evergreen Memorial Park in Marshdale." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">During World War II, it was common for households to place stars in their windows to represent how many family members were in the armed forces. And, if one of them died serving their country, the star would be replaced with a gold one.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;There were six gold stars on my block in Kansas City,&rdquo; American Legion member and World War II veteran Charles Purcell said on Memorial Day. &ldquo;One for my next-door neighbor. One for an only child. One for my brother ... Today we celebrate those &lsquo;gold stars.&rsquo; &ldquo;</p> Evergreen Fire recruits ready to take the heat http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/evergreen-fire-recruits-ready-take-heat <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-firerecruits02-cb-051116.jpg" alt="From left, Jake Millenbach, 23, Kelsey Swartz, 28, and McKenna Cook, 18, try on fire gear during an Evergreen Fire/Rescue recruiting event." title="From left, Jake Millenbach, 23, Kelsey Swartz, 28, and McKenna Cook, 18, try on fire gear during an Evergreen Fire/Rescue recruiting event." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>Editor&rsquo;s note:</strong> The Canyon Courier is following three people hoping to complete the Evergreen Fire/Rescue academy to get their firefighting certification. This is the first in a series of stories about what it takes to become a firefighter.<br /> </em></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Imagine Evergreen Fire/Rescue personnel as being similar to pied pipers: They try to lead as many as possible down the path to become firefighters.</span></p> 3-year-old continues to recover from serious dog bite http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/3-year-old-continues-recover-serious-dog-bite <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-kaibianco10-cb-052516_1.jpg" alt="Kai Bianco, 3, walks along a playground fence. He was bitten by the family dog two years ago." title="Kai Bianco, 3, walks along a playground fence. He was bitten by the family dog two years ago." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Kai Bianco is finding his independence.</p> <p> The little boy, who was bitten in the head by the family dog when he was 9 months old, turned 3 on Tuesday. This fall, he starts preschool at Fletcher Miller School for children with special needs in Lakewood to get some additional physical and speech therapy, but his parents hope he will be at the same development level as his peers and ready to attend Wilmot Preschool in 2017.</p> <p> Kai went to a playground near his Evergreen home with his parents, Brandon Bianco and Shelby Foley, and they talked about his progress.</p> A budding career comes into focus http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/budding-career-comes-focus <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-morganwolfers04-cb-051816.jpg" alt="Morgan Wolfers, 10, of Conifer is well on his way to a career in photography. His images are selling well at Red Roof Relics." title="Morgan Wolfers, 10, of Conifer is well on his way to a career in photography. His images are selling well at Red Roof Relics." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Morgan Wolfers&rsquo; picture of a spotted tiger moth and its pearl-like eggs is the kind of image you expect from a seasoned photographer: clean, micro-focused, incredibly detailed.</span></p> <p> But the image betrays both an illusion of size and years of experience.</p> <p> At 10 years old, the Conifer youth has accomplished what some photographers might only dream of: His work is on display at the Washington, D.C., home of Vice President Joe Biden.</p> Members of Masters Swim Team pool their resources http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/members-masters-swim-team-pool-their-resources <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-masterswimteam03-cb-041316.jpg" alt="Sue Schrader swims laps during a practice for the Evergreen Masters Swim Team at Wulf Recreation Center." title="Sue Schrader swims laps during a practice for the Evergreen Masters Swim Team at Wulf Recreation Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Evergreen Masters Swim Team might be misnamed.</span></p> <p> While the team does hold swim practices twice weekly at Wulf Recreation Center, its mostly female members don&rsquo;t limit themselves to the pool.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not just swimming,&rdquo; said member Kristine Stevens. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a life experience.&rdquo;</p> Mercury Rising http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/mercury-rising <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-mercury01-cb-051816.jpg" alt="Mike Dempsey, with Lookout Mountain Nature Center, adjusts the telescope looking at Mercury passing across the sun at Mount Falcon on May 9. " title="Mike Dempsey, with Lookout Mountain Nature Center, adjusts the telescope looking at Mercury passing across the sun at Mount Falcon on May 9. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Astronomy enthusiasts and passers-by alike caught a rare glimpse of Mercury&rsquo;s transit across the sun on May 9, the first time the phenomenon had occurred since 2006.</p> <p> &ldquo;If you look about nine o&rsquo;clock, there should be a clean black dot. The ones in the center are fuzzy sunspots,&rdquo; said Mike Dempsey, a naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center who was stationed at Mount Falcon Park with a $2,000 telescope donated by volunteers and equipped with a filter to make the viewing possible.</p> His will is finding a way http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/his-will-finding-way <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-tommybabb13-cb-041316.jpg" alt="Tom Babb and his mom, Christa, look at a jade plant he started and named Juno in his room at Craig Hospital. The Evergreen 19-year-old was paralyzed last December when a wave knocked him over in Hawaii." title="Tom Babb and his mom, Christa, look at a jade plant he started and named Juno in his room at Craig Hospital. The Evergreen 19-year-old was paralyzed last December when a wave knocked him over in Hawaii." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <strong>DENVER &mdash;</strong><span> Delightful. Determined. Competitive. Funny.</span></p> <p> Those terms are used by the staff at Craig Hospital to describe Tom Babb, the Evergreen 19-year-old who was paralyzed in a freak accident while on a family vacation in Hawaii last December.</p> Voice of Hiwan Homestead kept past alive http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/voice-hiwan-homestead-kept-past-alive <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-johnsteinle01-cb-042016_0.jpg" alt="John Steinle, director of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, is retiring." title="John Steinle, director of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, is retiring." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">After nearly 22 years at the helm of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, John Steinle is ending his career as the unofficial history spokesman for Evergreen and moving on to retirement and possibly a sideline as the author of a history book about Evergreen. His last day on the job will be April 29.</span></p> <p> Meghan Vickers, who has worked at the museum for 12 years, will continue as program coordinator. No replacement for Steinle had been named as of press time.</p>