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  • 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.

  • Parents can tell you that teenagers are complicated and aren’t easy to understand.

    That’s hasn’t changed over the decades, but what has become concerning to adolescent experts is how much stress teens are under and how young people often act out with negative behaviors.

    Last Thursday, Evergreen High School students overheard what they believed to be a student making a threat in the school. They reported it to authorities, and a teen was arrested.

  • Evergreen firefighters and Walmart combined on a recent Saturday to provide needy kids and their families a "shopping day" and a big helping of holiday cheer.

    Christmas for Firefighters has been bringing the holidays home for families facing financial difficulties since 2001. The annual event is the brainchild of Fire Marshal Frank Dearborn and is partially funded by a Walmart community grant.

  • Some say you can never go home again, but four Evergreen teachers and a staff member now walk the halls of a school they attended.

    They’re pleased to be working in Evergreen schools, saying they’ve felt at home and a special kinship with their alma maters.

    The five are:

    • Sam Jones, 24, a 2010 Evergreen High School graduate who started teaching history at EHS this year.

    • Jenifer Mintle, 50, a 1983 EHS graduate who has been teaching physical education there since 2001.

  • Two Evergreen area residents have embarked on a special holiday project called Purses for Purpose to benefit homeless women living in shelters.

    Inspired by a posting they saw on Facebook, Emily Yeager and Jennifer Mathews are seeking donations of purses filled with toiletries, socks, underwear and tights of various sizes, which they will give to two women’s shelters in Denver.