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  • Today’s high school freshmen weren’t yet born on Sept. 11, 2001. The youngsters climbed anyway.

    Many who attended Sunday weren’t in New York, Washington or Pennsylvania on that horrific day, and don’t know anyone who was. And still they climbed.

    Some participants weren’t firefighters and didn’t have any connection to first responders. And yet they climbed as well.

  • Each pot of chili told a different story. Some were old family recipes. Some were experiments with new recipes. Some had a kick that made eyes water; others evinced a sweeter side. There were pots of green and red; pork, beef, chicken and vegetarian. Each batch as diverse as the individuals who made and served it.

    Saturday’s Big Chili Cook-off at Buchanan Park drew thousands of people to spend the day outside listening to music, eating chili, and supporting six mountain area fire departments.

  • By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Jeffco resident Mike Foster wrote the novel “This Above All” in a “fury of inspiration.”

    That was 18 years ago. He published the book this summer.

    Foster had experience writing research-based, nonfiction books and working with publishers. But he came up empty shopping around for a publisher to print this novel.

  • Members of Ascent Church put the “labor” in Labor Day on Sunday when they performed community service projects around Evergreen.

    Called Labor Day of Love, the event took about 75 church members to places such as Elk Run Assisted Living, Evergreen Christian Outreach and Evergreen High School. It replaced the usual 10 a.m. Sunday service.

  • Conservation was the common denominator for two Evergreen icons inducted into the Jefferson County Hall of Fame on Aug. 24.

    Sylvia Brockner, founder of what would become Evergreen Audubon and the Canyon Courier’s outdoors columnist for 45 years, and Dan Pike, an advocate for land conservation since 1976, joined three others in the induction.

    This is the third year of the Hall of Fame, sponsored by the West Chamber of Commerce and Lakewood Foothills Rotary.

  • The Hiwan Homestead Museum offered children a mixture of art, history, education and the great outdoors for a portion of the summer.

    In late July and early August, the museum has hosted its Hiwan Kids program, offering youngsters a chance to play outdoor pioneer games, make sand paintings and clay figures, and learn about local plants and wildlife on a nature tour, and experience Native American beadwork designs firsthand.

  • For Evergreen visitors, the lawn in front of the Lake House on the night of Aug. 10 was full of strangers. But for locals, it was a field of familiar faces — friends, neighbors, acquaintances from church and the gym, fellow PTA parents, clients and classmates.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s Summer Concert Series, as organizers and concert-goers agreed, allows the community to come together to enjoy a free, fun Wednesday night outside.

  • Shadow and Sundance are two Labradors, 8 and 9 years old, one black and one yellow: companions, best friends, figurative brothers. Before they were adopted a month ago, the pair spent several weeks at the Intermountain Humane Society waiting for someone with a big heart, unending patience and a predilection for the underdog — especially the underdog that comes as a pair.

  • The Mountain Area Pregnancy Center has a new name, a new look and new services for expectant mothers, couples and families.

    Life’s Options will continue to offer free pregnancy tests, counseling and parenting classes and is looking to add ultrasound services in the coming months.

    The nonprofit was previously located inside the Mother’s Closet at 27884 Meadow Drive, but now has moved into office space on the north side of the same complex at 27888 Meadow Drive. Mother’s Closet has been remodeled but remains in the same location.

  • At 9 p.m. Friday, the lights at the Evergreen High football field went dark. Dozens of people broke glow sticks and continued walking on the track.

    And everyone was quiet. Not a word or a whisper. Nothing but the soft footsteps, the glowing sticks, and the names that guided their walk: John. Susan. Tyler. Vic. Mom. Dad. Friend. Loved one.

  • To paraphrase a proverb: There’s a place for everyone, and everyone has a place.

    No truer words could describe Mountain Community Pathways, an Evergreen program for adults with disabilities. The program, in its third year, provides a place for those with special needs to learn, grow and make friends for six hours a day, five days a week.

    It also operates a home in Evergreen for three developmentally disabled clients and provides a home host provider network so developmentally disabled adults can live in homes other than with their families.

  • Four boys ducked into a niche with computers and other office equipment — an effective hiding spot. After a few minutes, they decided it was time to make a run for it. One of them pushed a chair in front of him as a shield. Another yelled, “For the rebellion!” A library staff member reminded them to keep their laser guns visible — otherwise they’d be cheating.

  • If there can be Christmas in July, why not New Year’s in August?

    With all the ceremony of the giant ball in Times Square, a net full of nearly 4,500 yellow ducks dropped in Evergreen on Saturday to the cheers of spectators, kicking off the seventh annual Dam Ducky Derby.

  • As the Fat Babies closed down the Elks Lodge ballroom on Saturday night, most of the band took a break while a trio of piano, drums and clarinet serenaded the dozen or so couples who remained on the dance floor. And, for a moment, the ballroom felt alive with the presence of past generations of jazz fans and musicians. The band seemed fuller than its three pieces.

    For newcomers and those unfamiliar with the genre, the 2016 Evergreen Jazz Festival was a new experience. But for many of the festival attendees, jazz music and dancing are not only a hobby but a tradition.

  • For Evergreen High School graduates who attend the old-timers reunion each year, it’s about homecoming.

    The grads catch up at a potluck lunch at Evergreen Lutheran Church. Saturday’s gathering, the 31st for the old-timers, was no exception.

    “It’s about history and connections and seeing former classmates,” said Donna Long Beck, class of 1967, who attended with her mom, Betty Fields Long, class of 1942.

  • The Great Plains in general, and Kansas in particular, might seem like a barren landscape compared to the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado Rockies. Frontier explorer Zebulon Pike certainly thought so, supposedly calling the region the “Great American Desert.”

    But photographer Jim Griggs of McPherson, Kan., says that, if photographing the Great Plains has taught him anything, it’s that “if you can take good photos there, you can take them anywhere.”

  • As her father walked her down the aisle, Jacqueline Davis saw her groom, Sean Toomey, and 30 family members and friends surrounded by the beautiful artwork of St. Peter’s Basilica.

    Rather than a local ceremony or a tropical destination wedding, Catholic couple Sean and Jacqueline Toomey were married at the Vatican on June 6. The honor is a rare one, as only four couples from the United States wed at the Vatican each year.

  • If you can’t see the forest for the trees, maybe that’s because you’re in a treehouse.

    The Evergreen area has a wide variety of treehouses that make their owners proud — from a Hobbit-like playhouse to one with a zip-line attached to a playhouse/treehouse with a suspension bridge. Don’t forget the “Geometree,” an octagonal treehouse.

  • Barking bundles of wet fur lined the Evergreen National Bank drive-thru in downtown Evergreen on Sunday as volunteers ran a dog-wash assembly line — all to benefit the Evergreen Animal Protective League.

    Dogs ranging from Bernese mountain dogs to shih tzus stood in several kiddie pools to be washed and rinsed, and finally dried. Once a dog shook off water and moved to the drying station, another was walked in for its turn to get a bath.

    Owners, holding glasses of wine, took charge of their now clean canines that sported green bandanas around their necks.

  • Toad. Scorpion. Snake. Owl.

    This lineup of nocturnal stars won over the 30 library visitors who came to see them July 11.

    The Evergreen Library hosted a “Creatures of the Night” presentation by the Sedalia-based Nature’s Educators, as part of its children’s program. The educators presented the animals, and informed younger and older audience members how each had adapted to live and hunt during the nighttime.