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Today's Features

  • If there can be Christmas in July, why not New Year’s in August?

    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.

  • As Lindy hoppers and hepcats alike gathered in the Elks ballroom during the 15th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival on Friday, the sounds of musicians warming up drifted from the stage. Those notes did not come from professionals but from young, up-and-coming musicians.

  • 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.

    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.

  • For Evergreen High School graduates who attend the old-timers reunion each year, it’s about homecoming.

    The grads catch up at a potluck lunch at Evergreen Lutheran Church. Saturday’s gathering, the 31st for the old-timers, was no exception.

    “It’s about history and connections and seeing former classmates,” said Donna Long Beck, class of 1967, who attended with her mom, Betty Fields Long, class of 1942.

  • The Great Plains in general, and Kansas in particular, might seem like a barren landscape compared to the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Frontier explorer Zebulon Pike certainly thought so, supposedly calling the region the “Great American Desert.”

    But photographer Jim Griggs of McPherson, Kan., says that, if photographing the Great Plains has taught him anything, it’s that “if you can take good photos there, you can take them anywhere.”

  • 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’s Basilica.

    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.

  • If you can’t see the forest for the trees, maybe that’s because you’re in a treehouse.

    The Evergreen area has a wide variety of treehouses that make their owners proud — from a Hobbit-like playhouse to one with a zip-line attached to a playhouse/treehouse with a suspension bridge. Don’t forget the “Geometree,” an octagonal treehouse.

  • Barking bundles of wet fur lined the Evergreen National Bank drive-thru in downtown Evergreen on Sunday as volunteers ran a dog-wash assembly line — all to benefit the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    Dogs ranging from Bernese mountain dogs to shih tzus stood in several kiddie pools to be washed and rinsed, and finally dried. Once a dog shook off water and moved to the drying station, another was walked in for its turn to get a bath.

    Owners, holding glasses of wine, took charge of their now clean canines that sported green bandanas around their necks.

  • Toad. Scorpion. Snake. Owl.

    This lineup of nocturnal stars won over the 30 library visitors who came to see them July 11.

    The Evergreen Library hosted a “Creatures of the Night” presentation by the Sedalia-based Nature’s Educators, as part of its children’s program. The educators presented the animals, and informed younger and older audience members how each had adapted to live and hunt during the nighttime.

  • Increased foot traffic at area monuments, statues, sculptures, schools, churches, trailheads and other landmarks partly is thanks to Pokémon GO.

    The smart-phone game application, which launched two weeks ago and is now the biggest mobile game in U.S. history, encourages players to find virtual creatures called Pokémon. The game uses the phones’ GPS to track the players’ movements and locations, and rewards them for visiting local landmarks.