Features http://www.canyoncourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en Relay honors victims, survivors http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/relay-honors-victims-survivors <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-relay4life03-cb-081716.jpg" alt="Vanessa Thorsten holds hands with her son Soren, 7, during Relay For Life at Evergreen High School." title="Vanessa Thorsten holds hands with her son Soren, 7, during Relay For Life at Evergreen High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> At 9 p.m. Friday, the lights at the Evergreen High football field went dark. Dozens of people broke glow sticks and continued walking on the track.</p> <p> And everyone was quiet. Not a word or a whisper. Nothing but the soft footsteps, the glowing sticks, and the names that guided their walk: John. Susan. Tyler. Vic. Mom. Dad. Friend. Loved one.</p> Local pregnancy center has new name, new look http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/local-pregnancy-center-has-new-name-new-look <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-lifesoption01-cb-081716.jpg" alt="Wendy Kitting, left, client services director, and Jill Sneed, executive director, in the ultrasound room at Life&#039;s Options in Evergreen." title="Wendy Kitting, left, client services director, and Jill Sneed, executive director, in the ultrasound room at Life&#039;s Options in Evergreen." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Mountain Area Pregnancy Center has a new name, a new look and new services for expectant mothers, couples and families.</p> <p> Life&rsquo;s Options will continue to offer free pregnancy tests, counseling and parenting classes and is looking to add ultrasound services in the coming months.</p> <p> The nonprofit was previously located inside the Mother&rsquo;s Closet at 27884 Meadow Drive, but now has moved into office space on the north side of the same complex at 27888 Meadow Drive. Mother&rsquo;s Closet has been remodeled but remains in the same location.</p> Special needs, special people http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/special-needs-special-people <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-specialadults14-cb-081716.jpg" alt="Holly, 37, holds hands with her mother, Ann Yetzbacher, while CNA Kelsey Dudding pushes her wheelchair during a field trip to Ben and Judy McComb’s home on Bear Mountain. Holly is a client at Mountain Community Pathways in Evergreen." title="Holly, 37, holds hands with her mother, Ann Yetzbacher, while CNA Kelsey Dudding pushes her wheelchair during a field trip to Ben and Judy McComb’s home on Bear Mountain. Holly is a client at Mountain Community Pathways in Evergreen." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> To paraphrase a proverb: There&rsquo;s a place for everyone, and everyone has a place.</p> <p> No truer words could describe Mountain Community Pathways, an Evergreen program for adults with disabilities. The program, in its third year, provides a place for those with special needs to learn, grow and make friends for six hours a day, five days a week.</p> <p> It also operates a home in Evergreen for three developmentally disabled clients and provides a home host provider network so developmentally disabled adults can live in homes other than with their families.</p> Old-timers reunion celebrates friendship and local history http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/old-timers-reunion-celebrates-friendship-and-local-history <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-oldtimersreunion01-bs-080316.jpg" alt="Ernie Armburst, left, class of &#039;58, and Chester Hicks, class of &#039;43, share a laugh after a warm hello at the Evergreen High School old-timers reunion at Evergreen Lutheran Church." title="Ernie Armburst, left, class of &#039;58, and Chester Hicks, class of &#039;43, share a laugh after a warm hello at the Evergreen High School old-timers reunion at Evergreen Lutheran Church." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> For Evergreen High School graduates who attend the old-timers reunion each year, it&rsquo;s about homecoming.</p> <p> The grads catch up at a potluck lunch at Evergreen Lutheran Church. Saturday&rsquo;s gathering, the 31st for the old-timers, was no exception.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about history and connections and seeing former classmates,&rdquo; said Donna Long Beck, class of 1967, who attended with her mom, Betty Fields Long, class of 1942.</p> Ducking and diving http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/ducking-and-diving <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-duckyderby11-cb-081016_0.jpg" alt="Spectators watch as nearly 4,500 ducks make their way down Bear Creek during the seventh annual Dam Ducky Derby on Saturday." title="Spectators watch as nearly 4,500 ducks make their way down Bear Creek during the seventh annual Dam Ducky Derby on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> If there can be Christmas in July, why not New Year&rsquo;s in August?</p> <p> With all the ceremony of the giant ball in Times Square, a net full of nearly 4,500 yellow ducks dropped in Evergreen on Saturday to the cheers of spectators, kicking off the seventh annual Dam Ducky Derby.</p> Jazz Fest continues a spirited tradition http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/jazz-fest-continues-spirited-tradition <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-jazzfest03-cb-080316.jpg" alt="Dawn and Todd Addleson dance together to music of the Queen City Jazz Band during the 15th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival at the Elks Lodge on Saturday." title="Dawn and Todd Addleson dance together to music of the Queen City Jazz Band during the 15th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival at the Elks Lodge on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> As the Fat Babies closed down the Elks Lodge ballroom on Saturday night, most of the band took a break while a trio of piano, drums and clarinet serenaded the dozen or so couples who remained on the dance floor. And, for a moment, the ballroom felt alive with the presence of past generations of jazz fans and musicians. The band seemed fuller than its three pieces.</p> <p> For newcomers and those unfamiliar with the genre, the 2016 Evergreen Jazz Festival was a new experience. But for many of the festival attendees, jazz music and dancing are not only a hobby but a tradition.</p> Local couple wed at the Vatican http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/local-couple-wed-vatican <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-vaticanmarriage01-cb-072716.jpg" alt="Sean and Jacqueline Toomey were married at the Vatican on June 6.Only four couples from the United States are allowed to be married at the Vatican each year." title="Sean and Jacqueline Toomey were married at the Vatican on June 6.Only four couples from the United States are allowed to be married at the Vatican each year." align="left" hspace="6" width="62" height="85" /><p> As her father walked her down the aisle, Jacqueline Davis saw her groom, Sean Toomey, and 30 family members and friends surrounded by the beautiful artwork of St. Peter&rsquo;s Basilica.</p> <p> Rather than a local ceremony or a tropical destination wedding, Catholic couple Sean and Jacqueline Toomey were married at the Vatican on June 6. The honor is a rare one, as only four couples from the United States wed at the Vatican each year.</p> Former Conifer resident Jana Elliott lived ‘a life of service’ http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/former-conifer-resident-jana-elliott-lived-%E2%80%98-life-service%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/image1.jpg" alt="Jana Elliott" title="Jana Elliott" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span>Former Conifer resident Jana Elliott, who was killed in a highway crash July 10 after stopping to assist other motorists in Lakewood, is remembered as a person who always wanted to help others.</span></p> <p> Elliott was a passenger in a vehicle traveling east on West Sixth Avenue near Indiana Street when she and the driver, Sharon Young, saw a bicycle fall off a car in front of them.</p>