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Today's Features

  • For firefighter Craig O’Connell, working as a volunteer for the Evergreen Fire Department was all about the camaraderie.

    While it might sound like a cliché, the friendship and loyalty kindled among volunteer firefighters can’t be beat, said O’Connell, who was honored April 28 for serving for 26 years as a volunteer firefighter, including three as volunteer chief of the department. He currently works as a paid staffer and paramedic at South Metro Fire Rescue in Littleton.

  • A small sea of homemade pinwheels adorned the lawn outside Wilmot Elementary School on Friday, a silent tribute to peace and kindness.

    The pinwheels, created by students, teachers and parents, were part of the school’s celebration of the annual Day Without Hate. The day is set aside to promote nonviolence, unity and respect in schools.

  • Chilly but enthralled youngsters in the play-school group at Buchanan Rec Center watched 300 pounds of rainbow trout make their way into Buchanan Ponds on Monday morning.

    "It was fun and wild," said John Ellis, who helped coordinate the fish launch with Evergreen Trout Unlimited.

    As a frigid wind whipped across the larger pond, T.J. Heyne of Liley Fisheries carried the wriggling fish in nets and released them.

    Youngsters Noah and Dawson Parker knelt by the edge of the water to help some of the trout make their way into the pond. 

  • Heidi — a giant schnauzer who lives in Evergreen — takes her job as a pet therapy dog at Exempla Lutheran Hospital so seriously that she even has her own business card.

    Heidi’s card lists her favorite hobbies: riding in the car, meeting new people, going on long walks and eating snow. Typical dog fun, you might say.

  • “For a community to survive, it needs a gathering place,” said Bob Cardwell, recipient of the Leader of the Year award from Leadership Evergreen.

    During his years in the mountain community, Cardwell has been directly involved in creating recreational opportunities and facilities for residents.

    Working with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Cardwell helped acquire property to create Buchanan Park and Rec Center. 

  • Reaching the summit of a high mountain peak is secondary to maintaining good relationships with fellow climbers, said George Lowe, a mountaineer with more than 50 years experience.

    “The brotherhood of the rope is incredibly important to me,” Lowe said during his presentation at Mount Vernon Country Club on April 16. “The most critical message I want to leave is the companionship.”

  • Matilda, a hearing assistance dog, knows what to do when people call Evergreen resident Kyle Walpole’s name or knock on his door at home or at work.

    Matilda “alerts” to the sound, then nudges Walpole in the leg and leads him to the source, he said. Walpole was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease in the 1990s and is hearing impaired. If someone is at the door, the black Labrador retriever leads Walpole there. If Walpole drops his keys, Matilda can lead him to them as well.

  • “Kiss Me Kate” is a musical that belongs on the must-see list of any theater lover. Cole Porter’s most successful musical combines the style of the 1940s Golden Age of Broadway with the wit and tradition of Shakespeare. The Evergreen Chorale’s production of this timeless classic opens Sept. 12 and is the first in a lineup of exciting performances for the 2014-15 Chorale season.