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  • Evergreen is known for being a home to a variety of characters, and Mt. Evans Hospice hopes to bring a lot of colorful types out for its annual formal fund-raiser.

    At the Bookworm Ball, scheduled for Feb. 22 at Mount Vernon Country Club, locals can come as their favorite characters — the ones that populate literature, that is.

  • When it comes to legalized marijuana in Colorado, one area lodging establishment considers it a blessing, while another considers it a curse. For several others, it’s not an issue at all.

    The Cliff House Lodge in Morrison still bans tobacco smoking in its cottages, but there’s no problem for marijuana smokers. In contrast, the Comfort Suites at El Rancho doesn’t allow smoking of any kind in its rooms, and it’s fining a fair number of violators since smoking recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado on Jan. 1.

  • An unusual twist complicated placement of the barrel for the eighth annual Evergreen Ice Melt Contest when a chainsaw wouldn’t start — but a local fisherman’s auger came to the rescue with a twist of its own.

    The hero fisherman (who wished to remain anonymous) saved more than just the day. The person who accurately predicts the exact time the barrel will fall into Evergreen Lake come springtime stands to win $1,000. Second place gets $500, third place $250, and fourth place $125.

  • Wildland fire, heavy flooding and a contentious recall election created drama in the lives of Evergreen residents in 2013.

    On the brighter side, a long-awaited community garden project blossomed at Buchanan Park along with major improvements at Wulf Park.

    Here’s a look at those events, and a few other noteworthy happenings.

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  • The gym at Wulf Rec Center exploded with the sound of applause and cheers Dec. 16 when Garrett Kelty made the winning basket in a hard-fought game between the red and white teams.

    Garrett, a Conifer High School senior, is also a member of the Special Olympics Wildcats basketball team through the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Special Olympics is a worldwide sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

  • Evergreen residents Elizabeth and Victor Macek have been married 71 years, and they know the secrets to a long, happy marriage.

    The first is simple: common interests.

    When the couple met, they were 16 and 17, and Elizabeth was seeing another boy. Her parents preferred Victor, however, so she spent time with him, too. The day she fell in love with him involves a favorite story.

  • This is the story of a local woman who lost almost everything. But more than that, it's the story of how a local organization saved one of the few joys she had left: her dog, Tilly.

    Lisa Larson went in for routine surgery on a pancreatic cyst, and left the hospital with a chronic disability: pancreatitis.

  • Under a sapphire-blue sky, a big red car hauls a newly cut Christmas tree — one that will benefit the kids at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

    But it's not a real tree: 10-year-old Kaymen Story of Evergreen carefully drew and submitted it to the hospital's annual holiday card contest. Hers became one of 14 designs that won, and will now be sold throughout Colorado to benefit the hospital’s cancer and blood disorder centers.  

  • Hanukkah is not among the most prominent holidays on the Jewish calendar, but it's local importance was obvious last Wednesday evening when scores of residents turned out for the annual menorah lighting at Evergreen Lake. 

  • Evergreen High School was transformed into a baroque-era marketplace Saturday, alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays.

    Students dressed in elaborate 19th-century garb wandered through the cafeteria and commons area of the school, some selling roses, as visitors shopped, snacked and listened to vocal and instrumental performances on four stages.

  • “Way to go!” announcer Michelle Parker called to participants crossing the finish line at the annual Turkey Trot in Evergreen on Thanksgiving Day.

    Standing in the bright sunshine, people were basking in the morning glow of the event, which raised $7,000 for Evergreen Christian Outreach, an interfaith organization that assists the needy.

  • It was quite surprising to Lake House supervisor Brad Bednar when CNN last week put Evergreen Lake on a list of 10 of the world’s most beautiful ice-skating rinks.

    Evergreen was named with ice rinks in major cities around the world, including Beijing, Paris, Vienna, London, New York City and Sydney.

  • Girls and boys dressed in their holiday best waited excitedly for their chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday at the fifth annual Breakfast With Santa.

    The Evergreen Lake House was filled with children of all ages and their parents, who ate a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage, followed by a wait in line to sit on Santa’s lap.

    Cameras were in abundance as Santa and Mrs. Claus posed with the kids.

    It was a fun day for the 250 people who attended the event sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

  • The Bluebell Fire that started June 3 in Evergreen saw first responders working around the clock to keep the flames at bay, and to their surprise — amid all the chaos and danger — a lemonade stand appeared nearby to quench their thirsts.

  • It all happened so fast.

    One second the young elk buck was sticking his nose through the half-closed safety netting surrounding Greg and Shauna Chase’s backyard trampoline, licking snow off the canvas. The next he was bouncing around inside it, looking equal parts surprised, confused and delighted.

    “It never happened before,” says Greg. “We have elk in the yard all the time, but they never showed any interest in the tramp.”

  • Evergreen businessman Jim Sherwood has had the task this week of making people cry — and laugh, and shout for joy.

    Sherwood, who was the impetus behind a fund-raising event Nov. 2 at the Elks Lodge that raised $30,000 for victims of the September flooding in Evergreen, hand-delivered most of the 27 checks early this week.

    On Monday morning, he met with the owners of Cactus Jack’s Saloon and several of its employees, plus the building owner, to present checks.

    Sherwood declined to say how much each person received.

  • Two local knitting supply shops, Yarn West in Evergreen and the Knit Knook in Conifer, have joined forces this year with a national charity to collect knitted hats, scarves, blankets and other items for Denver's homeless.
    Community Purls, a project formed under the umbrella of the charity Women4Women-Knitting4Peace, is calling on area knitters and crocheters to create blankets, hats and other items for the homeless and needy in Denver.

  • Rob Molholm, Evergreen High’s head football coach, wears on his right middle finger the ring he received when the Wheat Ridge High School Farmers won the state championship in 1996.

    He wears it as a reminder of what it takes to be a state champion, and he’s set that lofty goal for his Evergreen Cougars. EHS has never won a state football championship.

    “It has a special place in my heart, and it reminds me of what I’m striving for,” he said of the ring.

  • The Mountain Resource Center hosts its Empty Bowls fund-raiser every year, but the title is a bit misleading.

    Contrary to the name, there wasn’t an empty seat or bowl at the annual events last Wednesday and Thursday.

    “What makes this event great is that it’s all about the community coming together,” said Mary Alice Cohen, MRC programs and operations director.

  • A fund-raiser held Saturday to help those in the Evergreen area impacted by the September flooding exceeded expectations and was the epitome of the word “community.”

    Organizers of the event at the Elks Lodge lost count of the number of people who attended, but they estimate it was between 550 and 700. Some say it might have been the largest function ever held at the Elks Lodge.