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  • Annual Taste of Evergreen a ‘giant happy hour’

    The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Taste of Evergreen, its second biggest fund-raiser of the year, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Lake House.

    “It’s really fun. You have music and friends and lots of great food,” said Betsy Hays, chamber president.

    “It’s like a giant happy hour with lots of appetizers. You see everyone you know in town.”

    If you want to go, buy tickets advance because they sell out fast.

  • Park district candidates field questions at forum

    Three candidates for two seats on the five-member board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District fielded questions Saturday morning at a meeting of the Mountain Area Democrats.

    Monty Estis, Doug Lempke and Bill May are on the ballot in the May 3 election.

    The three are vying for seats that were vacated by Janet Doyle and Andrew Adamowski. Doyle is stepping down after serving two consecutive terms, and Adamowski is not running again at the conclusion of his four-year term.

  • What’s the beef?

    A fun project of Indian Hills resident Vince Rozmiarek is posting clever messages on the sign at the community center on Parmalee Gulch Road, some of which have caused quite a stir.

    A recent posting by Rozmiarek, “Turning vegan would be a big missed steak,” prompted two protesting vegans to rearrange the letters to read, “Turning vegan is awesome.”

  • Proposed development in Rooney Valley opposed

    Plans for an auto dealership and mini-storage facility at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are meeting with significant opposition.

    More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a proposal to rezone properties northwest and southeast of the intersection. And an informal community group has been formed to challenge the proposed development in the scenic Rooney Valley.

  • EPRD board votes not to seek tax increase for rec center expansion

    After five years of study and debate, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board unanimously rejected a proposal to ask voters to approve a tax increase for a $9 million expansion of the Buchanan Recreation Center. In the end, a public opinion study was the deciding factor.

  • Music benefit honoring Greg Henika planned

    Blue Spruce Kiwanis is planning the second annual Greg Henika music benefit on April 29 and 30 at the former Stagecoach Sports Grill.

    The event honors Henika, who died in January 2015 after falling through the ice at Evergreen Lake. Last year's fund-raiser generated $10,000, with half going to the local Aktion Club for disabled students and the other half going to Project Eliminate, Kiwanis International’s project to eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus.

  • Public opinion divided on rec center expansion

    The results of a public opinion survey commissioned by the Evergreen park district do not bode well for the prospects of either a new gym or more pool lanes at Buchanan Rec Center in the near future. The district board is expected to vote on whether to put the question on the ballot at its next regular board meeting April 26.

  • Ice Melt Barrel takes the plunge

    Mountain Foothills Rotary has announced the winners of the annual Ice Melt Barrel Contest to predict the date and time the 55-gallon drum fell through the ice on Evergreen Lake. 

    Conifer resident Mark Rehm captured the $250 third prize, and Becky Hanley of Evergreen was fourth, winning $125.

    This year the barrel was rolled out in a spot near the skating rinks on Jan. 4. 

    The drop took place April 5 at 11:26:37 a.m.

  • Voice of Homestead kept the past alie

    After nearly 22 years at the helm of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, John Steinle is ending his career as the unofficial history spokesman for Evergreen and moving on to retirement and possibly a sideline as the author of a history book about Evergreen. His last day on the job will be April 29.
    Meghan Vickers, who has worked at the museum for 12 years, will continue as program coordinator. No replacement for Steinle had been named as of press time.

  • Voice of Homestead kept the past alie

    After nearly 22 years at the helm of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, John Steinle is ending his career as the unofficial history spokesman for Evergreen and moving on to retirement and possibly a sideline as the author of a history book about Evergreen. His last day on the job will be April 29.
    Meghan Vickers, who has worked at the museum for 12 years, will continue as program coordinator. No replacement for Steinle had been named as of press time.