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  • 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.

  • Falling snow and frigid temperatures didn’t keep people in Evergreen from participating in the annual Turkey Trot sponsored by Evergreen Christian Outreach on Thanksgiving morning. 

    “Despite the adverse weather, over 400 people participated, with 37 registering the morning of the trot,” said Lori Frease, event organizer.

  • For most kids, the best part of baking is licking the spoon or savoring that first bite. But for Evergreen first-grader Ava Guyton, the best part of baking is giving her treats to others.

    “She loves to give them away at school,” says Ava’s mom, Allison Guyton.

  • Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir is on a crusade to end sexting.

    He will get on his soapbox, as he puts it, with anyone who’ll listen to advice on stopping teenagers from sending naked photos of themselves to one another.

    Sexting was in the news recently thanks to a scandal in Cañon City Schools that involved 100 students. Some were suspended, and others could face felony charges because sexting in Colorado is considered sexual exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony.

  • The Lake House was aglow with festive table decorations and a hub of activity at the second annual Thanksgiving dinner for senior adults last Thursday.

    Dressed in crisp white shirts, members of the Evergreen and Mountain Foothills Rotary clubs seated guests and served appetizers before the main course they had helped to prepare.

    Gathered around tables, about 160 old friends and new acquaintances talked and enjoyed a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

  • Students at The Bergens have been snowboarding in the gymnasium.

    OK, not real snowboarding, but they have been learning the techniques needed to snowboard, especially balance and agility. They’ve learned how to grab the board when doing tricks and making 180-degree turns.

    The snowboard training is coming from this year’s artist-in-residence, a representative from Skate Pass, a Boulder-based company that teaches kids to snowboard and skateboard.

  • As Evergreen resident Don Trickel led his platoon through the jungle in the Vietnam War, his wife, Judy, was at their home worrying.

    “She would always have that fear, that feeling of uncertainty and unknowing,” he said.
    There’s always somebody back home who is suffering just as much as the soldiers fighting a war, Trickel said.

  • The Force was strong among the more than 300 Princess Leias, Luke Skywalkers and Darth Vaders who participated in Star Wars Day at the Evergreen Library on Saturday.

    The children — some dressed in Star Wars attire — did everything from coloring Yoda ears that they could wear to decorating Princess Leia cookies to learning how to wield pretend light sabers.

  • Think of the Evergreen High School marching band as the little engine that could.

    With only 52 members including the color guard — half of them freshmen and only five of them seniors — the band took seventh place in the 3A state championship in Colorado Springs last week. The band competes regularly against bands at least twice its size.

  • Saturday was a night for screams and terror — and some fun, too — at the Haunting in Evergreen haunted house at Church of the Transfiguration.

    From the ghost and spider inviting visitors into the parking lot to the 9-foot-tall goblin available for photographs outside, to the Frankenstein, werewolf and other beasties inside, the haunted house had something to terrify everyone.

  • Iron Man attended the Superhero Training Academy on Oct. 21 at the Evergreen Library.

    Portrayed by 5-year-old Declan Van Praag of Evergreen, Iron Man was ready to save the world in his mask, cape and cuff, which he designed at the training academy to enhance his superpowers.

    Declan’s Iron Man character was definitely his take on the superhero: His Iron Man ironed clothes. He ran around the library meeting room, holding his hand up and pretending to iron the clothes of the people he saved.

  • Halloween pumpkins can make a haute fashion statement.

    At Creative Bridges in Kittredge, children at a special pumpkin-decorating class on Friday didn’t just carve, they added earrings, necklaces, hair and accessories to create fashionable gourds for Halloween.

  • If you want to teach seventh-graders about the parts of a cell, what better way than to put them inside one?

    Reminiscent of the “The Magic School Bus” television show, Evergreen Middle School students recently entered a giant “cell” that filled a classroom. They didn’t have to shrink to get inside a la the TV show, but they did have to crouch a bit to get into the cell made of large pieces of tarp taped together with duct tape. A little imagination helped, too.

  • TallGrass Aveda Salon and Spa is expanding its seventh annual Soldier Box Project with plans to ship at least 100 care packages to troops in Afghanistan this holiday season, said TallGrass owner Gail Ridings.

  • Sandi Ashley and her 9-year-old son, Logan, were in a heated battle at Canyonfest at Kittredge Community Park on Saturday.

    They were playing a game that involved using straws to move tiny sailboats along tracks created from two long pieces of gutter filled with water. Logan won.

    “That was a good workout,” Sandi said after their last round. She didn’t mention that some of her huffs and puffs went to help Logan move his sailboat.

  • A local portrait photographer wants Evergreen women to meet one another in a unique way.

    Katy Moses has begun what she calls the Evergreen Women Project. During the Open Door Studios tour last weekend, she began photographing Evergreen women and collecting information so she can tell their stories on her website, EvergreenWomen.com.

    She is asking the women what brought them to Evergreen and about their lives.

  • In the mid-1800s, quilting bees were an important social event, with women chatting and laughing as their sewing needles worked in the fabric.

    Fast-forward to 2015, and the Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice angel-making workshops also are important social events, with women chatting and laughing as they spread glue, cut cardboard and prepare handcrafted angels.

    In addition, angel-making helps Mount Evans continue to provide services to area residents.