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  • A book written by an Evergreen High School graduate and one of her middle school teachers has a simple but important message: People can overcome challenges in their lives.

    The student, Kristina Halstead, has been in a wheelchair all her life and has struggled to manage the activities of daily living, She graduated from EHS in 2012. Her co-author is Dale Lidicker, the special-education teacher who was her primary teacher and caregiver while she was a student at Evergreen Middle School.

  • The Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen was filled with people celebrating the organization’s 35th anniversary of service to the community on the evening of Sept. 25.

     

    Among the guests was 92-year-old Edna Stuver Webster, a retired Denver doctor who said the most important thing in life is having good health. Known as “Dr. Edna” to those acquainted with her, she is a longtime supporter of the organization dating from 1978.

  • When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

    Melissa Wood, owner of Madera Salon, had to close her shop temporarily above Cactus Jack’s Saloon, thanks to the recent flooding that heavily damaged the first floor of the building.

    Since Wood can’t serve clients at her shop, she decided to give back to the community with her talents: She’s giving free haircuts to clients of Evergreen Christian Outreach.

    “I just decided with the flooding and everything, this was a time when people are needing more help,” Wood said.

  • “I still have that vivid picture in my mind of Boston,” said Army veteran Paul Heiser as he recalled embarking on a ship headed for England in the midst of World War II. “We zigzagged across the Atlantic on the USS Mount Vernon,” he said.

     

    Heiser was reminiscing with four other members of the 124th Anti-aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion of the U.S. Army, who had come to Evergreen for their annual gathering.

  • Singing as they piloted wheelbarrows filled with compost, members of Boy Scout Troop 888 were hard at work at the community garden in Buchanan Park on Sunday morning.

    “You have to use brute force,” Dillon Mathues said to another Scout who was unloading a pile of compost they were moving.

    The Scouts were learning how to create and manage compost to earn gardening merit badges and advance in their ranks. They also seemed to be having a good time while chopping discarded plants to make more compost.

  • Two young Nubian goats received names from their new foster parents at the close of the Hay Days Harvest Festival at the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum on Saturday.

     

    Kerrigan and Nancy Clough won the goat-naming contest and decided on “Bramble” and “Raspberry” as the monikers for the frisky, curious kids.

    After the naming, Bramble and Raspberry ran over to eat grain from their new parents, who had participated in the contest designed to raise funds for the goats’ food.

  • The Conifer Blues Festival rocked Norm Meyer’s ranch on Saturday and left everyone on a high note.

    The festival, celebrating its third year, raised money for the I Love U Guys Foundation, which creates and promotes safety programs for schools during emergencies.

    In September 2006, a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School and fatally shot student Emily Keyes. The I Love U Guys Foundation was named after Emily’s last text-message to her parents.

    Emily’s parents, Ellen and John-Michael Keyes, started the foundation in 2009.

  • After 24 years of teaching the history of the fur trade to Jefferson County students at its Outdoor Laboratory Schools, Bear the Mountain Man — a.k.a. Stephen Ham of Evergreen — has retired and is moving to Texas.

     

    “When I retired from the Outdoor Lab, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said Ham. “I just sat at the computer and cried.”

  • Conifer High School doubles as a community gathering place throughout the year, serving as everything from a wildfire-evacuation center to a slash-collection facility.

    On Aug. 23, Conifer High will be a night-long beacon of hope for those fighting cancer and the people who love them.

    The 2013 Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Conifer High athletic fields.

  •  Evergreen resident Mariah Roberts is collecting clothing and other goods for impoverished Native Americans in Arizona and South Dakota. She is also hoping that someone will donate a truck to take the items to them — an expense that can be prohibitive, she said.

    Roberts is working through Native American Research and Preservation Inc., a nonprofit corporation that assists people living on reservations. The organization supplements government programs and is involved in efforts to preserve historic Native American culture and historic sites.

  •  “Drop the ducks!” shouted youngsters eagerly waiting to see more than 5,000 yellow duckies cascade over Evergreen Lake dam on Saturday afternoon.

     

    Minutes before the 1 p.m. launch that signaled one of the most important moments of Evergreen’s fourth annual Dam Ducky Derby, the tall ladder on an Evergreen Fire-Rescue truck began extending high into the air and rotating over the dam.

  • Toe tapping, head bobbing and hand clapping abounded this past weekend as jazz enthusiasts listened to a host of bands during the 12th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival.

    That was true for Pat, Anne and Jake Conroy of Mead, Colo., who took in the Jazz Festival for the first time. Pat and Anne, both 51, tagged along while their son Jake, 16, participated in the festival’s workshops for young jazz musicians.

  • By Devan Filchak

    For the Courier

    The arts came alive in Evergreen on Saturday evening as the sounds of music — and silence — filled the air on the first night of the annual Summerfest music and arts event at Buchanan Park.

  • Mix together dirt, water, paint and a bunch of toddlers at Evergreen Lake, and you get an hour of wet, messy fun.
    Nine children ages 2 to 5 gathered outside the Nature Center to learn about the fish that live in the lake. They learned that the lake is stocked with trout each year, and that the fish lay their eggs on the lake bottom.

  • The desire to meet and help others has brought two Wisconsin men to Colorado — on their bicycles.

    Dennis Knight, 62, and Dan Haas, 56, are passionate about seeing the country, riding from town to town and meeting people. They are on a 70-day ride that will end in Pueblo.

    They’re also passionate about making people more aware of human trafficking, both forced laborers and the human sex trade in Colorado and worldwide.

  • Location, location location.

    That’s Realtor-speak meaning that where a property is matters more than what it is. And in the case of a charming refurbished property just coming onto the Clear Creek County rental market, location really is everything.

  • Firefighter Terri McLaughlin is one of several women in the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department who respond to calls, including those for wildland fires.

     

    A couple of weeks ago, McLaughlin and Evergreen firefighters Jeff Ashford, Byrne McKenna and Bill Atkins joined multiple mutual-aid crews working to contain the massive Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs.

    “On the first day, we had live fire on top of us,” McLaughlin said. “We went to homes and worked on what could be saved.”

  • Scuba diving off the coast of California inspired Ryan Lockwood to write his first novel, a thriller set in the vast ocean.

     

    “I’d always wanted to write a novel. I really just dove into it,” said Lockwood, who grew up in Evergreen.

    Lockwood’s book, titled “Below,” is officially hitting the shelves at area bookstores this week. 

    “It’s based on a real-world current event,” said Lockwood.

  • About a dozen children sat around a campfire at the United Methodist Church of Evergreen on Sunday morning to talk about Father’s Day and how important dads are.

    Inside the sanctuary.

    Surrounded by cowboy hats, saddles, tack and horse statues.

  • Sometimes Evergreen’s hometown heroes aren’t necessarily in Evergreen.

    For Brownie Girl Scout Troop 3110, this year’s hometown heroes were at Children’s Hospital. The Bergen Valley third-grade girls recently honored the doctors and nurses in the hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders who have been taking care of troop member Kaymen Story.