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  • It’s 1 a.m. on Dec. 21 as Tim Shirley goes to bed at his in-laws’ home in Hartsel after a whirlwind trip to Oklahoma to pick up a recently purchased truck. His wife, Mindy, didn’t think anything was out of the ordinary the next morning as Tim snored away, undoubtedly exhausted from his travels.

  • Holly O’Neal has a passion for making sure women can defend themselves if they are attacked — especially high school graduates attending college in the fall.

    Coincidentally, Nick Kapande from Nick’s Pro Fitness has the same passion.

    The two put their heads together, and the result was two two-hour seminars last week to teach high school graduates, a few moms and a couple of younger siblings the basics of self-defense.

  • Undaunted by rain showers, Rocky Graziano joined a large gathering of people taking the inaugural walk across the new connector trail leading from downtown to Evergreen Lake Park on the evening of May 29. 

    A longtime Evergreen resident, Graziano launched the initiative to build the connector trail with fellow Curmudgeon Peter Link.

    With a twinkle in his eye, Graziano said he and Link were “complicit” in coming up with the idea and presenting it to the Downtown Evergreen Economic District several years ago.

  • If experience is the best teacher, then Evergreen High School senior English students just learned tons during their final project.

    The 150 students found internships or mentoring opportunities, performed activities and wrote about their experiences in a variety of formats to culminate their high school studies.

    This is exactly the way English teachers Chris Corbo and Maurissa Moore wanted it.

    This past semester was their first attempt at a capstone English course, and they are already tweaking it for the fall.

  • Area Scouts understand what Memorial Day is all about.

    Scouts from Troops 737 and 1776 and Packs 39 and 50 volunteered their time Friday evening and Saturday morning to place American flags on veterans’ graves at Bear Creek Cemetery and Evergreen Memorial Park in time for the holiday.

    The soggy ground made the work easy, and the rain abated temporarily while the Scouts did their patriotic duty.

  • After cleaning trash from Kittredge Community Park, residents had an opportunity to see the plan for park improvements on Saturday. Although wet snow that began falling about noon deterred some participants, a small group gathered under canopies to enjoy lunch and discuss the project.

    Evergreen landscape architect Diane Schade contributed her services to design the plan, which features creative playground equipment for youngsters, including a covered sliding board structure and rotating rides.

  • An introduction to a horse can change someone’s life.

    In the case of Mountain Pal, a palomino quarter horse who died of natural causes recently, he was introduced to many young children near owner Randi Levin’s home, and in at least one case, he changed a life.

  • Marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, an exhibit illustrating the role of Jefferson County in World War II opened at the Hiwan Homestead Museum on Friday.

    Titled “We Can Do It: Jefferson County in World War II,” the exhibit features a large aerial photo of the former Denver Ordnance Plant in Lakewood, where 22,000 employees of the Remington Arms Co. produced ammunition for the war effort in the 1940s.

  • The now-defunct Journey Community Church — the upstart congregation that once drew hundreds of Sunday worshipers to the Conifer High auditorium — has severed its last tangible tie to the area by selling its 45-acre ranch.

  • ABC’s "Extreme Weight Loss" coach Bruce Pitcher took a unique firefighter fitness challenge at Evergreen Fire/Rescue on Monday.

    He passed with flying colors.

    Pitcher finished up the tough, local challenge in 1:54 minutes, a few seconds under the cut-off time of 2 minutes considered “really good” by Evergreen Fire/Rescue volunteer firefighters.
    The fire department-sponsored challenge on Monday was followed by a dinner, and Pitcher was the featured speaker.

  • A company is growing hemp plants in the greenhouses of the former Evergreen Nursery in Kittredge, and another company plans to soon.

  • People love growing tomatoes and peppers, says Kittredge gardener Tina Kellogg. However, at high altitudes such as Evergreen where the growing season is short, it’s advisable to get a head start by starting seedlings indoors, she says.

    Even short-season varieties of tomatoes need to be seedlings before they are transplanted into a garden, Kellogg explains.

  • Evergreen resident Louise Mounsey is pleased that a sculpture honoring her and her late husband, Bill, will be installed at the Hiwan Homestead Museum this summer. 

    “I can hardly wait to get it to Hiwan,” she said.

    Mounsey was among a group of people gathered at Creekside Cellars on a recent Friday afternoon to celebrate the bronze sculpture, titled “Flowers for a Friend.”

  • Longtime Evergreen High School baseball dad Glenn Grise believes the game is a metaphor for life.

    “If you think about it, baseball is a game of failure,” he said. “They count your errors. Hitting the ball three times out of 10 is considered good. The thing is to stay positive through the adversity.”

  • More than 100 decorated eggs were revealed in their oval-shaped glory at a kickoff party for the annual egg-decorating contest on Thursday, April 2, at Evergreen National Bank.

  • Greg Henika loved people, and he loved life.

    He also was a teller of awful jokes, a great cook and an avid fisherman.

    His zest for life was apparent in the stories that his family — his wife, Ellen, and daughter Joy — told on Saturday at a fund-raiser for one of Greg’s favorite charities, the Blue Spruce Kiwanis Aktion Club.

    Greg, 67, died Jan. 22 when the ATV he was driving fell through the ice at Evergreen Lake while he was readying the surface for the Evergreen Ice Golf Tournament, which had been scheduled for Jan. 26.

  • Two firefighters carefully carried what first looked like an unconscious person out of the smoke in a home at 3711 Overlook Trail in Evergreen on Saturday.

    On closer examination, the unconscious person turned out to be a dummy that was part of training exercises being conducted in the 4,000-square-foot home in the Overlook at Palo Verde neighborhood.

  • There was a lot of toe-tapping and hand-clapping at Evergreen’s First Baptist Church on Sunday when the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda filled the church with joyful music on Sunday.

    The 20-member choir danced and sang gospel songs in English, Swahili and their native Luganda during the church’s two services.

    The group, on a six-month tour of the United States, made a stop in Evergreen because one of the tour organizers, Carrie Hill, is a 1996 Evergreen High School graduate.

  • For the past few years, Deb Dickinson has been working with other employees at TallGrass Aveda Spa and Salon on the Soldier Box Project, a charitable effort for which she recently received KMGH-TV’s 7Everyday Hero Award. 

    “It was definitely one of the highlights of my life,” Dickinson said of the honor, presented in December.

  • Clients were streaming in and out of Tana Hetrick’s Animal Health Clinic on Evergreen Parkway last week, so much so that she’s having a difficult time packing.

    Hetrick is slowly saying goodbye to the practice she’s built over the last 25 years. She is spending February handing out medical records, taking care of patients in the middle of medical treatment, and cleaning out her clinic at 3999 Evergreen Parkway in Canyon Commons.