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Today's Features

  • After learning of mountain area residents  who couldn't fill out job applications because they lacked English language skills, a group of volunteers formed the Mountain Reads program.

    Since the program started last year, the tutors have worked with several individuals, helping them improve their ability to speak, read and write. Now the group is seeking more participants for Mountain Reads, which area Rotary clubs sponsor.

  • Highway 73 just north of Marshdale has its gnome back, though this time it’s a ladies-only situation.

    Maminka the female gnome now sits proudly outside the house that has been famous over the years for its iconic gnomes. The male gnome, Gnomie, was stolen more than a year ago, much to the dismay of owner Andre Yerkes, neighbors and motorists who drive up and down the highway.

  • The Center for the Arts Evergreen was pleased to unveil the work of high school artists from throughout our mountain community at the opening reception of the annual High School Art Show on Sunday, March 9. The new show features outstanding artworks from four area high schools — Evergreen, Conifer, Clear Creek and Platte Canyon. 

  • Marshdale Elementary fourth-graders were rocket scientists for a day on Monday when they used their scientific-inquiry skills to make and launch rockets from soda bottles.

    They had help from real rocket scientists from Centennial-based United Launch Alliance, who told them about rockets and satellites, then helped them with their rockets.

    ULA, a joint subsidiary of Lockheed Martin and Boeing Co., launches a variety of government and commercial payloads using Atlas and Delta rockets.

  • By Carol McKinley

    For the Courier

    Evergreen Rabbi Levi Brackman believes he can save a generation of baby boomers from feeling bored and useless during the transition to retirement. His Fountain of Youth retirement plan can be described with one word: purpose.

    “(Purpose is) what makes me get out of bed at 4:30 every morning,” says Brackman. “You’re happier and satisfied with life because you feel good about yourself.”

  • “Fiddler on the Roof,” which opened on Broadway in 1964, had the first musical theater run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. For many years, the show was a school- and community-theater staple, and theater critics claim that due to the show’s global popularity, there are at least 10 simultaneous productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” in performance somewhere in the world. All we need is one production in our mountain community, and Evergreen High School’s interpretation of the time-honored classic should fit the bill.

  • By Sara Miller

  • The authors who attended the inaugural Authors Fair at Bergen Valley Elementary School on Friday didn’t simply read their books to the students; they inspired the children to write about their passions and to dream.

    “It was 10 years before I showed (my book) to anyone,” children’s author Suzanne Brown, a Bergens parent, told a class of third-graders, “and they asked when was I going to get it published. And if you don’t try, you don’t succeed, right?” she asked the students.

  • Birds have always been a source of inspiration for artists. The bald eagle has appeared on all official seals of the United States, as well as on most coinage, paper money, and on many U.S. stamps. Artist John James Audubon became famous for his collection of bird paintings. There is something about these high-flying creatures that encourages great art.

  • Water has been our constant companion in Evergreen this year. From the downtown flooding in September to a big snow season this winter, we have been surrounded by water in all its forms. The Evergreen Artists Association’s spring show, “Water,” seems especially fitting. The EAA will put forth its best artwork depicting water in every form — ice, mist, steam, clouds, dew, fog, crystals and snow.