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  • When Doris and John Zesbaugh retired and moved to Evergreen 16 years ago, little did they know that they would take on nearly a full-time job to help the homeless.

    The couple, both 83, work tirelessly on behalf of a soup kitchen called Street Reach that is operated out of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in downtown Denver.

  • Many people in Evergreen knew Robert “Bob” Greenwood as a good neighbor and volunteer coach at the high school. 

    Perhaps not as well known are Greenwood’s accomplishments in professional and collegiate sports. An Ohio native with a passion for athletics, Greenwood played football for the Cleveland Rams in the 1940s. He also competed in football and track at Ohio University before transferring to Kent State, from which he graduated.

    Greenwood gained the most recognition for his abilities as a college basketball coach.

  • After moving to Evergreen 20 years ago, George Mather transformed his deep appreciation for the natural world into efforts to preserve the Colorado wilderness and its rich history.

     

  • Rebuilding a life doesn’t come cheap.
    Families who lost homes in the Lower North Fork Fire are juggling costs such as land reclamation, tree removal, and architectural plans and construction for those who want to rebuild on their properties, and house hunting costs for those who don’t.

  • There’s nothing quite like the smell of simmering chicken soup.

    Now, imagine the smell of 19 chicken soups simmering in slow cookers as part of the second annual Chicken Soup Challenge.

    On Saturday night, seven tables lined with slow cookers filled a large room at Congregation Beth Evergreen, where soup aficionados from Evergreen slurped soup, chatted and had a good time.

  • By Alison Mahnken
    For the Courier
    Hang gliders and paragliders catching the currents at Lookout Mountain are enjoying the fruits of their joint labors with Jefferson County Open Space: an upgraded trail to the popular launch site on Windy Saddle.
    The airborne adventurers earn their rides by hauling gear weighing up to 80 pounds to the launch area — and a deteriorating foot trail was making that undertaking both unsafe and unpleasant.

  •  Many people who visit Evergreen Christian Outreach for assistance are unemployed. To offer clients a long-term solution and help them get back on their feet, the outreach organization started a jobs center this past spring.

    Evergreen resident Bill Braun is working with others to enhance services offered at the center and to increase opportunities for job seekers.

    “You have to do something to help them achieve self-sufficiency,” said Braun. 

  • It was just about this time of year, 20 years ago, that Scott Mackenzie was getting ready to change the face of Evergreen. The professional contractor and longtime Herzman Mesa resident was beginning one of the most challenging — and most rewarding — projects of his career.

  • The pancakes were flipping, the sausages were warming and the coffee was hot on Saturday as members of the Evergreen Kiwanis served up breakfast, fund-raising and friendship at the Evergreen High School cafeteria.

    Two dozen club members gathered in the wee hours to prepare the meals, set out silent auction items, and prepare raffle and other prizes. Proceeds from the event plus sponsorships from area businesses were expected to net the Kiwanis Foundation more than $13,000. The money is given to two dozen local nonprofits and schools.

  • Mountain-area residents might not have known it, but a war was waged and won on land belonging to one of their neighbors.

    The conflict pit Tupper Briggs, Evergreen resident and hobbyist beekeeper, against neighborhood bears.

    Briggs, who lives on 10 acres near Evergreen Meadows, started keeping bees about eight years ago. He had one year of tranquility before the bruins struck. They sniffed out the honey and the larvae they love to eat and breached Briggs’ hives in a hurry.

  • "Blessed are the piecemakers."
    — Anonymous

    A quilt is an uncommonly generous article.
    In the making it provides companionship and purpose and relaxation. In the giving it imparts warmth and comfort and a bond between souls. In the using it’s a thing of enduring beauty that gives ease to all the senses. In Evergreen, it’s the province of People Comforters, a kindly patchwork of local ladies sewn together with threads of friendship and compassion.

  • Editor’s note: The Courier profiled Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell, who lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire, at the beginning of April. We have checked on their progress six months after the disaster.

    One step forward and two steps back.

    That’s the best way to describe the past six months for Kristen Moeller and David Cottrell, who lost their home in the Lower North Fork Fire. Moeller says they still have good and bad days after the devastating fire, which started six months ago today.

  • By Pam Montgomery

  • Favored with a vast store of infallible opinions and skin of purest alabaster, I don’t get out of the hermitage that often. But if my prudent seclusion helps ensure a creamier complexion and more temperate foothills social climate, it tends to leave me in the dark about many of my neighbors’ diverse and interesting activities.

  • Elk Creek firefighters spent two days recently practicing rope rescues in anticipation of the October opening of Staunton State Park.

    The park will be home to several rock-climbing routes near Staunton Rocks, and firefighters anticipate calls from park users, said Alex Parks, the department’s technical rescue coordinator and a firefighter/EMT. Crews have been familiarizing themselves with the park’s layout over the last two years, including at the Aug. 18-19 training session.

  • “The guy who’s riding a $1,000 bicycle is not going to stop if he doesn’t have a way to secure it,” says Kittredge resident Jerry Smith.

    Representing the Lariat Loop Alliance, Smith is contacting businesses and agencies in Evergreen and Kittredge to generate interest in placing creatively designed bike racks on their properties.

    “The bicycle racks accommodate people and give them a place to park,” Smith said.

  • The thought actually hit me earlier in the week that 19 years before, as a mere 21-year-old in Craigsville, Va., of all places, I stepped into a professional wrestling ring for the first time as a referee. But that's not where my love affair with what is now more prominently called sports entertainment began.

  • Lots and lots of bubbles constituted the theme of a two-hour class attended by more than a half-dozen children last week.

    The kids played with bubble makers and soap at the Hiwan History Museum, creating huge bubbles, tiny bubbles, square bubbles and triangle bubbles. They learned how to catch them and put their arms through them — all while being outdoors and having fun.

    Although bubble making was entertaining for the youngsters, it was a learning opportunity, too.

  • Conifer High School senior Reggie Dickhoff is raising funds for an Eagle Scout project to build wheelchair-accessible picnic tables for the fishing deck at Evergreen Lake.

  • Father and son both have the same intense look in their eyes, the same drive toward excellence. Both Glenn and Cameron Vogel hold Teenage Mr. America titles.

    A few years have gone by between the Vogel men’s titles.
    Nineteen-year-old Cameron placed first in his category two weeks ago during the Mr. America competition of the International Natural Bodybuilding Association in Secaucus, N.J. His father, Glenn, now 54, achieved the same title in 1977 while competing in Boston.