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Today's Features

  • Astronomy enthusiasts and passers-by alike caught a rare glimpse of Mercury’s transit across the sun on May 9, the first time the phenomenon had occurred since 2006.

    “If you look about nine o’clock, there should be a clean black dot. The ones in the center are fuzzy sunspots,” 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.

  • DENVER — Delightful. Determined. Competitive. Funny.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Among the oil paintings and equine photography at Main Street Fine Art and Shadow Mountain Gallery last Thursday were rows of boldly decorated duck-size ceramic eggs and their many egghead admirers.

  • Call it a case of being in the right place at the right time — with the right training.

    In January, Doug Parce, a volunteer captain with Inter-Canyon Fire, was going through security at JFK International Airport in New York on a business trip to Europe when another passenger told a TSA agent that somebody wasn’t well.

    Parce saw the man, who was sitting on a bench where passengers put their shoes back on.

  • Yoga students are going to flip — literally and figuratively — over aerial yoga now being offered at Inspired Fitness.

    Called AIReal Yoga, the classes provide students with additional support as they negotiate the poses and stretches. Rebecca Kirschner, the owner of Inspired Fitness and an AIReal Yoga instructor, has been offering the classes for about a month, and she says they’re getting rave reviews.

  • Leslie del Cueto of Indian Hills walked into the Evergreen Library to pick up some DVDs on March 25 and wandered into a gathering of the Friday Family Finders group of the Mountain Genealogists Society.  

    Del Cueto summoned the courage to ask them to help find three members of her immediate family, including a mother, half sister and half brother. She told the group she hadn’t seen or heard from them in 50 years, and that she had cancer and had a limited amount of time to say hello and then goodbye.

  • Evergreen Fire/Rescue keeps care packages with blankets and stuffed animals in its ambulances for children who are involved in accidents or fires.

    Now the fire department has 220 stuffed animals of all sizes, shapes and colors to put into the care packages — thanks to Wilmot Elementary fourth-grader Logan Gwaltney. Logan conducted a stuffed-animal drive to collect new or gently used toys last week at the school.

  • A coalition of religious and charitable groups is joining forces to provide overnight shelter for the homeless in the Evergreen area from October through April, beginning in the fall.

    Under the name SWEEPS — which stands for Severe Weather Emergency? Evergreen Provides Shelter — the program will operate only on nights when the temperature is forecast to be 20 degrees or lower. 

  • Who knew there were strategies to collect Easter eggs — especially when the hunt is in a pool.

    Four-year-old Caroline Heck tried the corner-and-scoop method to collect a bag full of plastic eggs at the Easter egg hunt at the Buchanan Rec Center pool on Friday, an event sponsored by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Caroline pushed some eggs toward a water feature in the pool and then grabbed them.

    While she liked all the colorful eggs, the pink ones were her favorite.