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  • Earth Day 2010 at Evergreen Lake

    During this year’s Earth Day Fair, the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability, or E.A.S.+Y, will help our mountain community understand sustainability in its full definition of the “triple bottom line,” which includes the environment, social networking, and economic stability.

    The annual Earth Day Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Evergreen Lake. Shuttle parking will be available at Wulf Recreation Center. Admission is free and open to all ages.

  • Local Realtors to join in Nationwide Open House Weekend

    Evergreen Realtors are joining forces to give prospective buyers a weekend of concentrated house-hunting just before the expanded $8,000 homebuyer tax-credit benefit expires on April 30.

    During Nationwide Open House Weekend, April 10 and 11, sellers across the country will open homes to prospective buyers in hopes of giving sales a big boost while interest rates are still low and the tax credit is still in effect.

    Participating open houses can be identified by blue Realtor balloons and signs.

  • Bergen students keep history under their hats

    Sometimes history can be tedious to elementary school students as they wade through facts and figures, names and dates to get to the heart of the issues involved.

    Fifth-grade teachers at Bergen Valley Elementary School have tried something new to spur their students’ interest in the colonial period in American history — a hat fashion show.

  • Support gets rolling for bowling alley in Albertsons

    Nearly all of the neighbors and members of the public who turned out for a community meeting March 24 had positive things to say about converting the old Albertsons supermarket into a bowling alley and fun center for all ages.

    About 30 people attended the meeting at Bergen Park Church on Highway 65 at 6 p.m.

    At 5:30, only a handful of chairs were set up in the community room as the organizers expected a small crowd, but eventually the small room filled to standing room only, and a few people listened in from the attached kitchen.

  • School board reverses boundary change

    Residents and students from Indian Hills and Conifer are celebrating the Jeffco school board’s decision March 25 to reverse a controversial boundary change, meaning Indian Hills students can continue to attend Conifer schools for at least another year.

    The board reversed the decision it made March 4 to have all Indian Hills students attend Evergreen schools after leaving Parmalee Elementary. The boundary change had caused an uproar among some Indian Hills residents and at Conifer schools.

  • Forum planned April 20 for park district candidates

    The Canyon Courier is sponsoring a forum for candidates in the upcoming May 4 election for three seats on the board of directors of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

    The event will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Evergreen Lake House. The public is invited.

    Ann Bolson, pastor of Wild Rose Congregational Church, will be moderating, and Canyon Courier editor Doug Bell will present the candidates.

    Seven are in the running: Andrew Adamowski, Pat Callahan, Brett Champine, Mark Footer, Barb Scripps, Kit Darrow and Roger Hoaglund.

     

  • Casey withdraws from park district election

    Allan Casey, president of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board, announced March 29 he is no longer a candidate for re-election, opening up a board position for one of the newcomers in the running.

    “While I initially filed for reelection to the board, I have decided to redirect my time and energy to family, business and other community interests,” Casey said in a statement.

  • Park district board approves pay increase, bonus for executive director

    The executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, as well as the paid staff, will be getting raises in 2010. Executive director John Skeel, who was hired two years ago, will get a $10,000 bonus and a 6.5 percent overall pay increase.

    Skeel’s beginning base salary is $90,000, according to the employment agreement signed in October 2007. His bonus follows a highly favorable performance review covering 2009 signed by five members of the board of directors in February.

  • How to vote in park district election

    Three of five seats on the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board are up for election this spring. Voters may choose to vote by mail or at one of two polling places on Election Day May 4.

    Applications for mail-in ballots are available at the park district website, www.evergreenrecreation.com. Scroll down to “choose form” and click. The application for a mail-in ballot is listed on the top line.

    Applications will also be available at the park district administrative office, 1521 Bergen Parkway, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • A sweet gesture for the troops

    Sometimes a familiar treat can provide the sweetest reminder of home.

    With that in mind, a small battalion of volunteers gathered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Evergreen on March 20 to bake and box cookies to be sent to American GIs stationed overseas.

    The Cookie Project was started just after the Sept. 11 attacks, when Evergreen resident Kay Bohan watched as her husband and friends were deployed overseas.