• Sandi Ashley and her 9-year-old son, Logan, were in a heated battle at Canyonfest at Kittredge Community Park on Saturday.

    They were playing a game that involved using straws to move tiny sailboats along tracks created from two long pieces of gutter filled with water. Logan won.

    “That was a good workout,” Sandi said after their last round. She didn’t mention that some of her huffs and puffs went to help Logan move his sailboat.

  • A local portrait photographer wants Evergreen women to meet one another in a unique way.

    Katy Moses has begun what she calls the Evergreen Women Project. During the Open Door Studios tour last weekend, she began photographing Evergreen women and collecting information so she can tell their stories on her website, EvergreenWomen.com.

    She is asking the women what brought them to Evergreen and about their lives.

  • In the mid-1800s, quilting bees were an important social event, with women chatting and laughing as their sewing needles worked in the fabric.

    Fast-forward to 2015, and the Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice angel-making workshops also are important social events, with women chatting and laughing as they spread glue, cut cardboard and prepare handcrafted angels.

    In addition, angel-making helps Mount Evans continue to provide services to area residents.

  • Evergreen residents Larry and Jane Voorhees were sharpening their pickleball skills after a fast-paced game at Wulf Rec Center last Wednesday morning. The couple are among a growing number of enthusiasts flocking to courts to grab paddles and play the low-impact sport.

    In the last two to three years, requests for court time to play pickleball have doubled for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, said Jeff Sweet, EPRD recreation supervisor. More than 60 court hours now are scheduled each week for pickleball, he said.

  • Health & Safety Day, put on by Evergreen Fire/Rescue on Saturday, was a big hit with kids and their parents.

    Attendees could ride on a fire truck, survey the surroundings from the Evergreen Fire/Rescue aerial bucket, work a real-live fire hose to knock down a wooden “fire” decoy, and eat pancakes — lots and lots of them.

  • In the 1960s, John Ellis and Hank Alderfer were playing football at Evergreen High School while classmate Larry Olde was lettering in golf. The three Evergreen natives, who are well-known in the community, were among 48 alumni of the Evergreen High class of 1965 who gathered for their 50th reunion this past weekend.

    Former classmates came from near and far to swap stories and remember good times during their high school years in Evergreen.

    “We had more fun,” Ellis said.

  • The aroma of fragrant chili wafted through the air as people sampled recipes and voted for their favorites at the Big Chili Cook-off on Saturday at Buchanan Park.

    “I really like this one,” Zoe Shockites of Evergreen said while tasting Pam’s Game Day Red.
    Some 4,500 attendees could taste more than 100 varieties of red, green and vegetarian chili recipes, including those with eye-catching names like Ma-Mama’s Hillbilly Hand Grenade and Zydeco Zombie Green.

  • Peter Dohr is a bicycle honcho.

    The eighth-grader at Montessori School of Evergreen has collected at least 42 bikes so far to send to people in Africa who have no way to get around. 

    Dohr is working with the nonprofit group Bicycles for Humanity Colorado, which sends bicycles in shipping containers to rural locations in Africa. The Denver chapter is one of several chapters across the United States and Canada (b4hcolorado.org).

  • It wasn't by chance that at least three people who suffered heart attacks were saved by AEDs in the last two years in the Evergreen area.

    Evergreen resident David Montesi started the nonprofit Evergreen Public Access Defibrillation 13 years ago, and it has installed 59 automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, for free in public areas.  

  • Since being crowned at the Evergreen Rodeo this past June, Queen Lauren Hladik and Princess Alexis Lundahl have been riding in area rodeos. Lauren and Alexis also make appearances at community events, and are planning to present awards at this year’s annual Big Chili Cook-off in Evergreen on Sept. 12.

    “I love the family aspect of rodeo,” says Lauren, who moved up from princess to queen this year. “It’s like a giant family. It’s so great to work together.”

  • The Evergreen Nature Center at Evergreen Lake operates on a limited budget provided by revenue from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and fund-raising efforts of Evergreen Audubon, its managing organization, said Vanessa Hayes, director of the center.

    “The majority of our income is through donations,” she said.

  • The annual Bootstraps Inc. Winefest had a special twist this year: a wheel that attendees whirled around while trying their luck at winning a bottle of wine.

    The event giveaway booth at the fund-raising event on Saturday also offered participants a chance to win a trip to Italy to tour wine country.

    Festival-goer Jessi Moots was into the spirit of the event while sporting “wine-glasses,” a creative version of eyewear featuring wine-glass shapes on the frames.

  • Teachers at Evergreen Middle School have put a creative spin on the new school year.
    On Monday, they decorated cars and drove them parade-style to Evergreen’s elementary schools and Evergreen High School to start the new school year on a high note. School starts on Aug. 17.

  • Robert Marlin — a man called a "living legend among the emergency medical services community" in Clear Creek County — died on Saturday, Aug. 1.

    He was 63.

  • An Evergreen family learned two valuable lessons when they hosted a lemonade stand on a recent warm summer morning: While Evergreen residents like lemonade, Jeffco sheriff’s deputies like it even more.

  • “A rainfall of ducks! So beautiful,” exclaimed Evergreen resident Judith Hill on Saturday afternoon.

    Hill was in a crowd gathered at the base of the Evergreen Lake dam watching about 4,000 plastic ducks cascade in massive splendor into the water. The dramatic release of the little yellow fellows from the top of the dam marked the start of the sixth annual Dam Ducky Derby sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

  • Sounds of sweet jazz and boisterous blues livened up Evergreen this past weekend.

    A variety of musical groups played at the 14th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival for audiences who listened with delight and danced to swing tunes.

    “I think it’s the best collection of jazz musicians that we’ve ever danced to in one place,” said Todd Addleson of Genesee, who came to the festival with his wife, Dawn Addleson.

  • The genteel game of croquet was the highlight of the evening on Saturday at the second annual Victorian lawn party at the Humphrey History Park and Museum.

    Participants — some dressed in white, reminiscent of lawn parties of old — played rounds of croquet in a friendly tournament to determine a champion. The players were supportive and helped each other out in the game, which can be cutthroat.

  • Evergreen High School graduates have ventured into diverse careers ranging from graphic design and writing to social work. One graduate is teaching dance in Tanzania, and another creates jewelry at her studio in Arizona.
    Here is a glimpse into the lives of five alumni.

  • By Burdette “Bud” Weare, For the Courier

    The five-generation Stransky family has lost the last of its original Evergreen settlers, the town has lost a precious part of its pioneer history, and humankind has lost a lovely soul.

    Following a brief illness, Louise Stransky Hendryx died June 30, 2015, at her creekside home in lower Evergreen. She was 103.