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  • (Not) Alone

    Sitting in her living room, Carolyn C. Ward, 89, is surrounded by ceramic figurines, pictures and collectibles of Beatrix Potter’s characters, antiques, books and photos of her family members and friends. In short, it looks very much like a typical grandmother’s living room.

    Ward and her husband built their house on Floyd Hill in the 70s, she said, as they were both interested in carpentry. Since then, Ward and her family have passed much of their lives in their home.

  • COMING UP

    ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ performances at Center/Stage

    Tour Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory with area middle-schoolers during performances of “Willy Wonka Jr.” this weekend.

    The musical is a collaboration between Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen and Evergreen Players, according to co-director Gretchen Moritz, who also teaches at RMAE.

  • Unconventional seating

    Kristin Whitney’s classroom at Wilmot Elementary doesn’t look anything like you might expect.

    Gone are the rows of desks for the fourth- and fifth-graders. In their place are a couch, high-backed chair, pillows, kitchen table with chairs, a camp chair and tall desks. There are four traditional desks congregated together with balls rather than chairs.

    Whitney’s desk is also gone because she said having her desk as the center of attention made it seem like it was her classroom when it should be the students’ classroom.

  • An egg-citing time

    Here one moment and gone the next.

    That’s the best way to explain the lightning speed at which older kids find eggs at an Easter egg hunt. For the younger ones, not so much.

    The 10th annual Easter egg hunt at the Evergreen Elks Lodge on Saturday was no exception. About 40 kids ages 8 and older took less than a minute to collect the 500 plastic eggs spread around the lodge’s back patio and place them in baskets. Then it was time to crack open the eggs to find the candy or coins inside.

  • Mountainfilm on Tour to stop in Evergreen

    Telluride’s annual Mountainfilm on Tour will swing through Evergreen later this week and includes a film directed by world-renowned climber and Evergreen resident Jake Norton.

    A spin-off of the town’s popular film festival, Mountainfilm on Tour takes a selection of independent documentaries from Mountainfilm to different locations around the world on a rolling basis throughout the year. It will be at Evergreen Country Day School on Friday and Saturday.

  • Jeffco Schools to pay $34,000 for superintendent search

    Jeffco Public Schools is paying Ray and Associates slightly less than what it paid the executive search firm in 2014 to find a new superintendent.

  • New principal appointed at Deer Creek Elementary

    Jeffrey Lubansky has been appointed as principal of Deer Creek Elementary in Bailey.

    Formally announced and approved by the Platte Canyon school board on April 10, Lubansky was selected over more than a dozen applicants for the job. He’ll take over for Vernita Vallez, who is taking a job overseas later this year.

  • Budget cuts causing discord

    Tensions ran high last week as the Platte Canyon school board continued discussing its financial challenges and associated budget cuts — many of which have drawn intense criticism from the community.

    Addressing the school board, director of business services Kelly Varney outlined that forecasts from the state legislature show significant K-12 education funding gaps, including an overall $400 million shortfall in funding across the state next year and a weighty increase to the negative factor.

  • Steered toward reading

    There’s something magical about a good book: Within a few moments or a handful of pages, you’re quickly transported on an adventure to long and far.

    But come springtime, the allure of a book sometimes doesn’t outweigh the prospect of summer break for the average kid, which is why Elk Creek Elementary participates in the Race to Read program every year.

  • Defendant receives suspended sentence

    The fourth and final defendant charged in a 2016 Golden home invasion and stabbing was sentenced Friday in Jeffco District Court to six years in the Colorado Youthful Offender System.
    Tyler Gorringe of Lafayette, who was 17 last May when the crime occurred, pleaded guilty in December to one count each of felony first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and attempted aggravated robbery. He received a suspended 24-year prison sentence conditional  successfully completing a six-year stint in the youthful offender program.