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Today's News

  • Ice House still looking for new owners

    The owners of the Ice House Cafe in downtown Evergreen have learned that it’s better not to count your chickens before they’re hatched.

    Charles and Cindy Shirley thought they had found buyers for their coffee shop and music venue in Chris and Dave King, a Denver family group with extensive hospitality and music experience.

    Last week the deal fell through.

    So the Shirleys again are looking for buyers. They are selling the shop located in the lobby of the Evergreen Hotel to pay for medical bills.

  • Hearthfire Books turns the page with new owner

    After more than a year of searching, Hearthfire Books in Bergen Park has a new owner, who says she’s now living her dream of being in the mountains and owning a bookstore.

    Kappy Kling has left the hectic corporate life in Dallas, where she sold enterprise software, in favor of a slower pace as a bookstore proprietor.

    Kling bought the store from Lori Underwood, who formerly lived in Evergreen but now lives in Connecticut. Underwood wanted the Hearthfire owner to be local.

  • Cunningham’s creativity tied to experimentation

    One of the secrets to a successful career in art is inspiration. The longevity of a career is determined by an artist’s ability to find daily motivation — something new to arouse the artistic muse and drag him out of hiding. Many artists find this inspiration in new subject matter. Others find it in experimenting with new techniques or styles. For Colorado artist Paul Cunningham, it is a bold mix of both.

  • Lesson Plans: Grade-school kids have the write stuff

    More than 300 young people received the moniker of published author at the Evergreen Young Writers Conference recently.

    The conference, held at Evergreen Country Day School, gave Evergreen-area children in kindergarten through sixth grade the opportunity to read books they had written to their peers for encouragement and critique.

    The students and their parents listened to Windsor, Colo., author Mark Ludy talk about the craft of writing. He has written children’s favorites such as “The Farmer,” “The Grump” and “The Flower Man.”

  • The birding arts: observation and listening

    People often ask me how I happen to see so many more birds and animals than they do.

    They often say that they at least drive into downtown Evergreen every day, sometimes more than that, and they don’t see half as many things as I do.

    I usually reply to this that birders are made by learning the art of observation. I am not as good an observer as my late husband Bill was. He began birding the minute he woke up. Many days he had the first bird on his daily list before he got out of bed by looking out the bedroom window.

  • Local song heard in the distance

    Abby Posner has leapt from the gold pans of Colorado to the “Frying Pans and Freeways” of L.A. Many know this former local artist from her solo career as a singer/songwriter. The high caliber of her musical talent began when she studied guitar under Kevin Alumbaugh at the Evergreen School of Music. I have friends who still remember her inspired performances with the Kamikaze Kids, an ‘80s theater group conducted by Clear Creek’s Jimy Murphy.

  • The search for tolerance continues

    In the week following the Sept. 11 attacks, Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette attended religious services at both a Jewish synagogue and an Islamic mosque. Her visit to Temple Emanuel coincided with our Rosh Hashanah services, which are very well attended, and Rabbi Steve Foster, the spiritual leader of the congregation, welcomed her publicly and made a point of telling everyone in attendance that she was attending the mosque that week as well.

  • Key back-to-school dates

    • Evergreen High School

    Aug. 17: Fall sports begin

    Aug. 20, 7:48 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Freshmen orientation

    Aug. 23: Freshmen orientation continues and first day of school for upperclassmen

    Aug. 25, 8 to 9 a.m.: Club/activity fair

    Aug. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-School Night

    • Evergreen Middle School

    Aug. 13, 8 to 11 a.m.: Registration for students who moved to Evergreen over the summer and any students who did not register in the spring

  • Boaters rescued from top of dam at Evergreen Lake

    Park district workers at Evergreen Lake rescued five people in a paddleboat at noon and three people later in a canoe in one unusually busy day on Thursday. No injuries were reported.

    It was a casual outing on the lake for two grandparents and their three grandchildren from Ohio, who were all wearing life jackets, until a gust of wind suddenly blew them to the edge of the dam, said Brad Bednar, Lake House supervisor with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

  • One sale fits all: Annual Grove Sale at Evergreen Lutheran packs them in

    Bargain hunters swarmed over thousands of items Saturday at the 21st annual Grove Sale at Evergreen Lutheran

    Church, with proceeds benefiting community programs that help people in need.

    “It’s a ripple effect of kindness,” said sale chairman Gary Sohrweid.

    “We’ve done this for years, and we’re good at this,” said sale chairwoman Carolyn Bergner.