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Today's News

  • Rabbi protests park district’s refusal to permit menorah at Lake House

    A Jewish community leader is protesting the park district's refusal to authorize placement of a decorative, 8-foot-tall menorah on the grounds of the Evergreen Lake House to celebrate the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah on Dec. 20.

    If the park district allows a Christmas tree on the property, it should also make room for a menorah, and has done so in the past, says Rabbi Levi Brackman, executive director of Judaism in the Foothills, a Jewish outreach organization. 

  • Nissler to take top library job permanently

    Jeffco Libraries interim director Pam Nissler is poised to take the job on a permanent basis, a reversal of her earlier decision to retire next year that spares the system a second nationwide search for an executive director.

  • Kittredge fire victim called a hero

    The man who died in last week’s fire in a Kittredge duplex was a hero who made sure his wife and animals got out of the house but was unable to save his own life, said his son, Brandon Young.

     

    Clovis Maurice Young, known as Maurice Young, was a man who loved animals and spent most of his life helping disadvantaged high school students, his son said on Monday, Dec. 12. He also had a daughter, Megan Young Chandler of Brighton, and a stepdaughter, Amber Smith.

  • Chorale will get us in the spirit with holiday classics

    2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti and the 60th anniversary of his classic Christmas opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

  • Use of facilitator irks school board member

    Members of the Jeffco school board openly feuded Dec. 1 over the use of an outside facilitator, who charged up to $2,341.90 to help board members govern the district in a more constructive way and get along with one another.

    Though four of the five board members supported the decision to contract with Colorado Association of School Boards employee Jim Weigel, vigorous dissent came from member Laura Boggs, who largely refused to participate in the two sessions, calling the exercise a waste of taxpayer money.

  • Four businesses get together in Kittredge Village

    Kittredge is now home to four businesses that provide everything from massage to children’s clothes.

     

    By the Creek Tans & Stuff is open in Kittredge Village next to Bear Creek Restaurant. The 3,200-square-foot space houses a tanning spa, massage therapist, women’s and children’s clothing, artwork, jewelry and a dance studio for belly dancing and yoga.

    It is planning a grand opening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

  • EDS named chamber’s Business of the Year

    EDS Waste Solutions Inc. was named the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year at the group's 2011 Holiday Gala on Dec. 5 at Mount Vernon Country Club.

    EDS is a family-owned business that goes back five generations. The company provides residential, commercial and industrial garbage removal and recycling services to customers in Jefferson, Denver, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Park counties.

  • Grade-schoolers discover that theater rules

    Imagine Zeus and the Greek gods looking down upon Evergreen and not liking what they see. The gods consider blowing up the world and starting over, but Zeus sees that fifth-grader Sam has the potential to make the world a better place.

    Sam is able to create some eco-awareness at his school and to make a bully see that there’s a better way to get attention and make friends.

  • The reason for the season

    I recently read that 42 percent of Americans join the annual tradition of Black Friday, flooding malls and big-box stores to get a jump on the holiday shopping season. Many start well before the sun rises, standing in lines to take advantage of special deals for early risers.
    I don’t exactly remember when the term “Black Friday” entered the American vernacular, but it wasn’t long ago. Now, it’s heard as often as other words that enjoy a much longer tradition — words like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Elegant waxwings grace winter landscape

    Many people complain to me that they find winter birding dull because there are no pretty birds around.
    True, the winter residents at most feeders, pine siskins, chickadees, nuthatches, hairy and down woodpeckers, house sparrows, house finches, and the various forms of the dark-eyed junco are mostly gray, brown, and black-and-white birds. Not very exciting or colorful, but they are still interesting.