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  • 90-year-old Lee Sweetland is a familiar face at Evergreen Lake

    Lee Sweetland is a familiar sight to those frequenting Evergreen Lake in the mornings.

    The 90-year-old, carrying a wooden staff, is an almost daily walker near the Lake House. He used to walk along Bear Creek to the dam and back, but with the North Lake Trail closed, he makes do with walking the triangle along the creek, across the boardwalk and through the parking lot.

    He walks because he knows how important it is to stay active, especially at his age, and because he loves both the outdoors and Evergreen.

  • Rodeo parade displays the best of Americana

    The entries in the Evergreen Rodeo Parade on Saturday were as diverse as the organizations here.

    Some entries adhered to the “Best of the Wild Wild West” theme, while others diverged from the Western theme.

    The Friends of Evergreen Dog Park walked with dogs alongside a car decorated like a dog, while senior citizens from Elk Run rode in a mock covered wagon with “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from the musical “Oklahoma!” playing.

  • A smooth operation: Volunteers help the Evergreen Rodeo Parade stay on track from start to finish

    The 51st annual Evergreen Rodeo Parade on Saturday was all spectators could hope for: floats, vintage cars, nonprofits, live bands, politicians, fire trucks — an example of everything a small-town parade should be.

  • Junior mountain-bikers give it their all

    Mountain biking season is in full swing, and with that, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District junior mountain biking program kicked off last week at Elk Meadow and Alderfer/Three Sisters.

    The junior program — for ages 8-12 — has been running for six years. This year, though, EPRD added an advanced mountain biking program for 10- to 16-year-olds who are transitioning between the junior program and a high school team, said recreation supervisor Kendra Lind.

  • Evergreen man details his father’s secret past in new book

    How well do you know your family history?

    This is the question Evergreen resident Richard Mancuso would ask via his first book, “The Good Don,” based on his father who had been a “don”-type figure in Manhattan, N.Y., during the Great Depression.

    Mancuso, who is originally from New York, described how, growing up, he never knew about his father’s previous role as a “don” in the neighborhood, but there was always some suspicion.

  • Educational signs from Braille Trail loop stolen at Genesee Park

    Dozens of educational signs were stolen from the Braille Trail loop in Genesee Park last month.

    The 37 Braille interpretive signs asked passers-by to take in the sounds, smells and textures of nature as a way of enhancing the park experience for the visually impaired, Denver Mountain Parks representatives said.

    The signs were along the Braille Trail and Chavez Trail, which are part of the Beaver Brook Trailhead off Stapleton Drive.

  • Friends of Evergreen Dog Park take part in multi-agency working group

    Friends of Evergreen Dog Park are keeping pressure on authorities to have an off-leash dog park in Evergreen, organizers told about 30 people who attended a group meeting last Thursday.

    In February, Jeffco Open Space announced that the 107-acre Elk Meadow dog park on Stagecoach Boulevard was in danger of closing because of overuse, and despite meetings at which residents gave suggests for solving issues, officials ultimately closed it.

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  • 30 years of sweet memories baked into Pine Grove’s Rhubarb Festival

    Rhubarb: that pink and green spray of stalks that grows almost wild in some backyards and invariably finds its way into sauces, jams and the perennial strawberry-rhubarb pie.

    For some, the vegetable is an enduring heirloom from childhood — conjuring fond memories for the heart and the mouth. For others, it’s the thread that stitches the community together. For others still, it’s simply a good excuse to gather with friends and family in Pine Grove for the annual festival that celebrates all things rhubarb.

  • Changes to vehicle access, trails among proposed changes for Beaver Ranch

    Jeffco Open Space is proposing several changes to operations and amenities at Beaver Ranch Community Park in Conifer as it begins finalizing the park’s master plan.

    Discussed at a community meeting June 7, the agency’s proposal includes moving Beaver Ranch’s dog park further away from Foxton Road, adding an adventure playground near the trailhead, relocating the disc golf pro shop and simplifying the park’s camping options. The agency also wants to shift the park’s trail system and significantly limit motor vehicle access to the park.