• It’s the sweet season again in Evergreen, as sales of Girl Scout cookies are off and running.

    The sale began Feb. 8 and will last until March 15, with Scouts stationed outside several Evergreen businesses beginning this weekend. By the time the sale is done, Evergreen’s 300 Girl Scouts will sell more than 30,000 boxes, which equates to roughly 500,000 cookies.

  • A retired U.S. Marine colonel wants to make a Hollywood movie about 10th Mountain Division greats Earl Clark and Dick Over. 

    Clark, 95, passed away just after Christmas at his Littleton home. He and Over, 91, of Lookout Mountain, traveled around Colorado for the last several years to discuss their experiences in World War II and during mountain training at Camp Hale near Leadville.

  • The Mountain Fold club in Evergreen wants you to know that origami isn’t just folded paper cranes.

    The cranes are the most popular origami sculpture, but at Mountain Fold meetings, the group makes paper sculptures that are functional and creative.

    At a meeting Sunday afternoon at the Evergreen Library, the group made picture frames, including the stand and small gift boxes. One youth created a small doll, and another made ninja stars.

  • Friends and neighbors told stories at a candlelight vigil to honor Greg Henika on Sunday evening at Evergreen High School.

  • Skaters at Evergreen Lake on Jan. 11 were treated to car races on the ice — radio-controlled cars, that is.

    The small race course was in a corner of the rink, and skaters came by to watch as the cars, 14 inches long by 8 inches wide, moved deftly around hairpin turns and through straightaways. Think video games, only much more real and out of doors.

  • Clues and questions in hand, groups of youngsters spent time recently roaming through Evergreen in search of sculptures in a scavenger hunt sponsored by Sculpture Evergreen.

    While looking in various places, the youngsters discovered three-dimensional creations that appealed to them and were fun to see.

  • While on the ice at Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Eve, Arvada resident Guy Kennedy and his wife, Kim, got a big surprise. Friends and former teammates who are members of the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation presented the couple with a $10,140 check to assist with a health crisis in their family.

  • When a dog goes missing in unfamiliar territory during an arctic cold wave, the odds of his survival can dim the hopes of an anguished owner.

    However, after nine days of searching — and lots of help from mountain area residents and community organizations — Steve Gilligan of Chicago found Kid, his beloved blue heeler, on Dec. 30.

  • Temperatures in the single digits didn't discourage the hundreds of celebrants who thronged Evergreen Lake to watch fireworks and welcome the new year.

    The annual Skate the Lake event, which benefits DriveSmart Evergreen-Conifer, didn't disappoint, with ice skating, general merriment and two rounds of pyrotechnics.

  • Ethan Vimont sums up what he learned during his two consecutive terms as a Peace Corps volunteer in one word.

    “Patience,” he said. 

    The 27-year-old Pine native returned to the U.S. in December after stints working in Mali and then Nepal.

  • They came, they sang, they lit candles on the menorah.

    That was both the grand plan and the simple purpose of the 60 to 100 attendees at Saturday's 10th annual Festival of Lights on the lawn outside the Evergreen Lake House. 

    They sang along to two Jewish blessings and watched as four candles were lit for Hanukkah. A fifth "helper" candle called the "shamash" was placed in the center of the 12-foot-high menorah.

  • Sisters Caitlin and Sidney Powell lug their guitars into the Muddy Buck on a recent morning, ready for a potential photo shoot, even though it’s the breakfast coffee hour.

  • Getting a big welcome home to Evergreen after serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan can be a little overwhelming — but in a good way.

    At least that’s what U.S. Army Specialist Michael Berna felt after being greeted by a crowd of well-wishers at Buchanan Recreation Center on Saturday to thank him for his service. He spent nine months at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, returning home to Evergreen late last week for a holiday break after a couple of weeks at a military base in Kentucky.

  • Evergreen High School’s theater production of “Emotional Creature” can be described as empowering, disturbing, powerful and contemporary.

    It certainly isn't the typical show that Evergreen High’s advanced theater students perform.

  • Children and their families eager to have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus filled the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday morning.

    “We served 325 breakfasts,” said Joyce Masyga of the Evergreen Downtown Business Association, which sponsors the annual event.

    Because so many people wanted to attend this year’s breakfast, an extra seating was added to accommodate them. The timing of the event on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend adds to its popularity, Masyga said.

  • By Gabrielle Porter, for the Courier

    Judy Berna’s original idea for welcoming her son home from Afghanistan was not elaborate.

    The Evergreen resident drove past the “Welcome to Evergreen” sign near Walmart about six months ago, and noticed it had been decorated with flags. Her son, 21-year-old Army Specialist Michael Berna, deployed Feb. 1 to Afghanistan with Apache Troop 1-75 Cavalry of the 101st Airborne Division.

  • Father Christmas would have been pleased when more than 200 guests gathered at the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday evening for the 14th annual Wine Tasting and Festival of Trees. 

    Presented by the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, the event brought together local businesses, Colorado wineries and chamber supporters for a night of mostly giving and, for some lucky silent-auction bidders, a night of receiving. 

  • You can wear your pajamas to the special Polar Express-theme train ride, as well as visit with Santa.

    Evergreen resident Rick Bernstein has put together a 75-minute production and train ride to the “North Pole.” It includes flying reindeer and dancing waiters at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. 

    “We have reindeer that look like elk, and (Evergreen) has elk that look like reindeer,” Bernstein joked when asked about the production.

  • Empty Bowls is truly an event for the community, by the community.

    “Everything you’re enjoying today has been donated by someone in this community. That’s what makes this such a great event,” Holly Simon, board member for the Mountain Resource Center, told the folks assembled to enjoy soup and raise funds for those in need.

    The annual Empty Bowls event raises money for the MRC and its efforts to help feed hungry families. The MRC hosted the first day of the two-day event last Wednesday at the organization’s main office in Conifer.

  • Evergreen resident Patty Potter once was rescued from an attacking bear by her dog Bella. Now she’s honoring Bella’s memory by helping other people rescue dogs.

    Potter started the Bella Pet Insurance Fund three years ago as a national nonprofit that provides health insurance grants to young people who want to rescue dogs. After three years of raising money and slowly gaining public recognition, the organization is ready to start helping more dog rescuers.