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  • A coalition of religious and charitable groups is joining forces to provide overnight shelter for the homeless in the Evergreen area from October through April, beginning in the fall.

    Under the name SWEEPS — which stands for Severe Weather Emergency? Evergreen Provides Shelter — the program will operate only on nights when the temperature is forecast to be 20 degrees or lower. 

  • Who knew there were strategies to collect Easter eggs — especially when the hunt is in a pool.

    Four-year-old Caroline Heck tried the corner-and-scoop method to collect a bag full of plastic eggs at the Easter egg hunt at the Buchanan Rec Center pool on Friday, an event sponsored by the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Caroline pushed some eggs toward a water feature in the pool and then grabbed them.

    While she liked all the colorful eggs, the pink ones were her favorite.

  • A short film shot in Evergreen last month brought cast and crew members from New York, Tennessee, Denver and New Zealand to town, and it’s hoped the drama about a mother and daughter facing their differences could put Evergreen on the map as a location for future films.

    “It has the possibility to put Evergreen in a spotlight that it hasn’t had before,” producer and Evergreen local Payton Dunham said. “Evergreen is a cool little town, but most people don’t know it’s up here.”

  • The 11th annual Mountain Area Home and Garden Show kicks off at the end of next month, bringing together as many as 110 providers and good and services with thousands of attendees.

  • Evergreen teenager Jenna Weidner was singing before she could talk.

    “My mom said that when I was 1 year old, the first time I ever sang we were at the store …,” Jenna, 16, said with a laugh. “She was talking to someone, and they just look over at me and they were like, ‘I think your daughter is singing.’ It was like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.’ … My mom said, ‘You hummed it perfectly.’ ”

  • The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave is offering visitors free admission on Sunday to commemorate the Western legend’s 170th birthday.

     

    The celebration of the life of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum on Lookout Mountain Road.

  • The food bank at Evergreen Christian Outreach is known for helping area residents keep food in the cupboard during lean times, but it also keeps furry friends from going without, thanks to an annual dog-food drive by Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital. 

    This year's holiday drive netted 3,200 pounds of pet food, the largest donation since EChO began receiving the annual contribution in 2011.

  • Who knew Abraham Lincoln’s birthday could be a romantic holiday?

    Last Thursday, the day before what would have been Lincoln’s 207th birthday, Evergreen Middle School social studies teacher Owen Volzke proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Ashley Safford, a sixth-grade math teacher at the school.

    Volzke chose the day because he has an affinity for Lincoln and because the couple watched the movie “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, on one of their first dates.

  • Hard work, endless hours of practice and a resilient spirit carried the Evergreen High Poms back to national competition this year — and their trip to Orlando, Fla., in late January culminated with a fifth-in-the-nation finish in hip-hop.

    “We decided that we were going to go to finals this year,” head coach Monique O’Neill said of her squad.

    And reach the finals they did.

  • They say you can’t mix business with pleasure. But how about mixing your business and personal lives?

    Evergreen is filled with couples who spend their days together at work, then spend their nights together at home. While this might be an impossibility for some, these couples say it works well for them.

    All it takes is excellent communication, a lot of respect and a strong sense of humor.

  • Editor's note: This is the first installment of a series about the growing senior population in Jefferson County and the mountain area.

    Depending on whom you ask, the baby boom generation either popularized self-indulgence or helped create a more egalitarian America. But whether rotten or visionary, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 isn’t a kid anymore, and its final chapter promises changes and challenges to match any that have come before.

  • MORRISON — Morrison Police Chief Rudy Sandoval was pleasantly surprised and mildly competitive upon hearing his town was recently ranked among the 10 safest cities in Colorado. 

    “That’s good news,” Sandoval said. “Who beat us?”

    While Lakeside finished first, followed by Black Hawk and then Campo, Morrison finished fourth based on most police officers per capita. The recent report from ConsumerAffairs.com relied onFBI and Census Bureau data. 

  • Everybody who participated in Drive Smart’s much-anticipated eighth annual Evergreen Lake Plunge had her own reason to strip down and jump in.

    For Drive Smart’s executive director, Jackie Mohr, it may have been a case of leading by example. Mohr dreamed up the event back in 2009 and could hardly ask her neighbors to take a dip that she will not. In any case, by noon on New Year’s Day, her cold-blooded brand of leadership appeared to have inspired a whole lot of hot-blooded emulation.

  • Hope and positivity are the best words to describe Evergreen’s Babb family, whose son Tommy was in a freak accident Dec. 27 while on a family vacation in Hawaii.

    The injuries have affected Tommy’s mobility, though it’s too soon to tell just how severely. However, family members — dad Steve, mom Christa, brother Adam and sister Claire — say they are embracing their new reality and moving forward, with their Christian faith as a guide.

  • The Wilmot Elementary Wildcats now have a real wildcat as their mascot.

    Students last fall collected the necessary money — $120 —to adopt Mitchell the bobcat, who lives at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg.

    Jenna Audlin, the third-grader who spearheaded the adoption drive, promises that Mitchell won’t be moving into the school, but will stay in Keenesburg instead. She hopes her Girl Scout troop or maybe even the entire school can travel to the sanctuary to visit the newest Wilmot Wildcat.

  • There’s a reason people come from throughout the Front Range to spend New Year’s Eve in Evergreen. 

    “There’s just nothing else like this,” said Randy Coleman, gently holding his 4-year-old daughter, Nikki, in an upright posture as she tested the size-nothing ice skates laced to her tiny feet. “This is our third Skate the Lake. If this wasn’t going on, I don’t think we’d do anything on New Year’s Eve.”

  • Evergreen had its share of ups and downs in 2015. This week the Canyon Courier is looking back at some of the more impactful stories from the past 12 months.

    Remembering Greg Henika

    In January, Evergreen lost longtime volunteer Greg Henika, who drowned in Evergreen Lake when the ATV he was driving to groom the lake for a Blue Spruce Kiwanis event fell through the ice. His loss was met with an outpouring of love from the community, including a candlelight vigil and a music festival fund-raiser.

  • Her face rosy from the cold, 4-year-old Diah McNeil ditched the skater's helper she had been using and skated freely across the ice rink at Evergreen Lake on Dec. 23.

    Diah and her family were among a large crowd skating and playing hockey at the lake on the opening day of ice-skating season. 

  • Christmas came early this year for one small turtle with a huge personality. 

    The reptile, affectionately named Stretch by a Jeffco sheriff's officer, was discovered along with his feline cousin, Homer, when deputies responded to a call regarding a deceased person in a home. 

    Jeffco animal control officer Chana Guy also was dispatched to assist on the call, which came during the Dec. 15 snowstorm that closed most local schools. 

  • A resident of Life Care Center of Evergreen has become a well-known artist in certain circles.

    Nancy Garner’s watercolor painting of two snowmen won the mountain states division of the Christmas card competition sponsored by Life Care Centers of America, the parent company of the Evergreen location. There are more than 20 facilities in the division.

    Garner, who had a stroke that paralyzed the right side of her body, has learned to paint and draw with her left hand. She has been painting holiday scenes for years that family members turned into cards.