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  • Festival of lights planned at Evergreen Lake Dec. 15

    This year the Evergreen community is uniting to celebrate the Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah.

    A collaborative effort involving more than eight local organizations, the celebration will take place on Dec. 15th at 6 p.m. at the Evergreen Lake House. The event includes the menorah lighting, food and music with Cantor Goldstein of the Hebrew Educational Alliances.

  • 'Messiah' performance commemorates 40th year of Evergreen Chorale

    Members of the Evergreen Chorale are in the midst of rehearsing for special performances of Handel’s “Messiah” this coming weekend.

    The chorale is celebrating its 40th year with this presentation of one the first works the group performed after organizing in 1972.

    Chorale member Linda Trenbeath is excited about the upcoming performances of the holiday classic because of the direction in which artistic director Christine Gaudreau is taking with the work.

  • Park district reviews fine-tuned 2013 budget

    While presenting a final draft of the 2013 budget to board members at the Nov. 27 meeting, Evergreen Park and Recreation District Executive Director Scott Robson pointed to new revenue streams that would offset losses in property-tax income.

    The 2 percent anticipated drop in property-tax revenue will result in a $29,000 decrease for the district, Robson noted.

    However, increases in children’s programs, Lake House rentals, and lower utility costs are projected to raise overall net income for the district by 7 percent over 2012. 

  • Evergreen Investors acquires Elk Bridge Center

    Evergreen Investors LLC has purchased the Elk Bridge Center office/retail complex for $2.95 million.

    John Becker and Ian Elfner of Fuller Western Real Estate negotiated the transaction for Arborview LLC, seller of the property.

    The two-story complex has 20,633 square feet of space at its location on Ellingwood Trail.

  • Documentary an important lesson for teachers

    The documentary “Inspire Me Africa” is aptly named because the film inspires teachers to be better at their craft.

    But during a preview showing at Evergreen Middle School last Thursday, the documentary did more than that. It inspired about a dozen EMS teachers to consider revamping their eighth-grade service-learning project to get more students involved globally.

    It also inspired them to do even more to honor the memory of Lesley Jankausky, their colleague who was killed in a car accident in December 2009.

  • Investigator: Elmgreen confessed to killing father

    During a preliminary hearing in Jefferson County Court on Nov. 30, a homicide investigator testified that defendant Kenneth Elmgreen admitted to killing his elderly father and then attempting suicide.

    Evergreen resident Elmgreen, 53, was arrested in early August on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree arson and two counts of crimes of violence.

  • Opponents of fire training facility gathering names for recall petition

    Residents opposed to the proposed fire training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 have begun collecting signatures for a recall of the fire district board members.

    Resident Paul Peil, one of the initiators of the petition, said he decided to move forward with the recall effort for a “myriad of reasons.”

  • Celebrating 150 years of commerce

     “Hip, hip, huzzah!” shouted those gathered for the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce event at Red Rocks Country Club on Monday night.

     

    John Steinle, administrator at the Hiwan Homestead Museum, led the group in the cheer to celebrate 150 years of commerce in Evergreen.

    During his talk about the commercial history of Evergreen, Steinle noted its growth from the days when herds of cattle were driven through town to its emergence as a tourist destination in the early 1900s. 

  • Holiday Walk to feature Santa, reindeer, music

    The annual Holiday Walk sponsored by Downtown Evergreen begins at 5 p.m. Friday with a tree-lighting at Evergreen Lake.

     

    After the tree is illuminated, Santa and Mrs. Claus will walk to the downtown area with other folks attending the celebration.

    Highway 74 will be closed from the intersection of Highway 73 to Meadow Drive during the event.

  • Investigator: Elmgreen confessed to killing father

    During a preliminary hearing in Jefferson County Court on Nov. 30, a homicide investigator testified that defendant Kenneth Elmgreen admitted to killing his elderly father and then attempting suicide.

    Evergreen resident Elmgreen, 53, was arrested in early August on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree arson and two counts of crimes of violence.

    Last Friday, Jeffco sheriff’s Investigator Kathleen Battan testified that Elmgreen said he used a pillow to smother Kenneth Arthur Elmgreen, 91, and considered burning the home in which they lived.