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Today's News

  • Off to see the wizard

    The Parmalee Elementary School gymnasium was bustling with activity recently as about 30 students and a cadre of parents worked to perfect the school musical, “Oz.”

    Students are the main characters in a musical that is based on “The Wizard of Oz” but has a few twists on the beloved tale and new music, according to Christine Gaudreau, the school’s music teacher and director of the play.

  • 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.

  • ‘Shakespeare (abridged)’ spans hilarious moments

    An evening of fun for the many people in merry old England was a night at the Globe Theatre. Peasants and princes alike gathered to share in the raucous festivities of a Shakespearean masterpiece. And raucous it was — with boos and cheers, the groundlings packed into the pit with tickets priced at a penny a piece, and the actors addressing the audience every step of the way.

    In the spirit of the Globe Theatre’s festive frolics through the Bard’s canon, the Evergreen Players are present “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged).”

  • Springtime brings a variety of returning birds

    It is just about dark on Thursday, March 18, and I have been standing out by the carport listening for the evening song of a robin.

    It has been a warm, hazy, partially cloudy spring-like day. Oddly enough, it has not dropped below freezing yet, but I expect it soon will. The weathermen on all the TV stations have been forecasting snow tonight. So, it looks like the first day of spring, March 20, will once more be snowy, which will probably be long gone by the time you receive this paper.

  • Balancing the information budget

    Dominick Paoloni will be giving President Obama a bit more time to actualize his campaign promises. He’s disappointed about what hasn’t been delivered yet — the public option, a return of civil liberties repressed during the Bush regime, and troops out of Iraq. With his expertise in finances, this Lookout Mountain resident is thinking (and that’s refreshing) about why Obama has moved so far to the right of moderate.

  • Competition surfaces at the caucuses

    Leave it to voters to prove that they have something to say about elections!

  • 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.