• 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.

  • There’s nothing quite like a party done Evergreen style.

    The party after the Freedom Run on Saturday definitely fit the bill: a sea of blue T-shirts worn by the nearly 1,000 participants in the 5K run/walk, and red T-shirts worn by hundreds of volunteers who made the race and party happen.

    How fitting for the 34th annual July 4 morning tradition that benefits Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice.

  • Imagine you’re getting ready to travel in a covered wagon across the plains to Colorado during the mid-1800s. What would you take with you?

    That question was posed to a group of 7- to 12-year-olds during Pioneerpalooza last week at the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

  • 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.