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Today's Sports

  • Snowberries make an appearance...

    (Reprinted from Dec. 5, 2012)

    This has been an exceptionally warm, dry fall. We often have nice weather on Thanksgiving, but to have 60-degree days in December is unusual. Moist air coming in from the Pacific Ocean has soaked the West Coast with rain.

    It may reach here by the time this is published, and as it hits the higher mountains, it may well turn to snow. However, that still remains uncertain.

  • Wild turkeys are thankful they’...

    (Reprinted from Nov. 26, 2013)

    While we have many things to be thankful for, I think the wild turkeys must be thankful for being alive because these big, beautiful, wild birds came very close to extinction.

    This great American bird was fairly common over much of America and was taken to Europe in the early 16th century where it was domesticated and became a very popular dish. In America, it was also very popular, but there were no domestic turkeys to buy at the market.

  • Signs warning of thin ice posted...

    Ellen O’Connor, Evergreen Park and Recreation District executive director, has been getting calls from residents concerned about people walking and fishing on the partially frozen surface of Evergreen Lake.

    To help keep people safe and avert an accident, EPRD is posting signs warning of thin ice around the lake. Working with Denver Parks, the Evergreen park district also is creating pamphlets about ice safety that will be placed at key locations at the lake, O’Connor said.

    “We want people to stay safe,” she remarked.

  • New playground equipment...

    Kids are enjoying shiny new playground equipment with special features at Kittredge Park. The recently completed project of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District includes sliding boards, swings and rotating rides for youngsters ages 2 to 12.

    A rock climber and other creative elements such as a raindrop activity panel are included in the design of Evergreen landscape architect Dianne Schade of Made in the Schade.

  • Tree, chipping sparrows visit...

    On her way to visit me last week, my friend Loie Evans saw a tree sparrow in the yard here at Elk Run Assisted Living. Tree sparrows are interesting birds because they do not breed here; they breed much further north. They breed in the low shrub growth just above timberline. They are most frequently seen here in winter in the middle states.

    They are not tree birds as you think of big, high trees. They are birds of the scrub land, nesting in the Hudsonian Zone all across northern Canada, where such trees as birch and alder are more shrub-like, only four to six feet high.

  • Jeffco Open Space revises...

    To better manage events in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is establishing new guidelines, which the Open Space Advisory Committee reviewed on Nov. 5.

    Events attended by more than 200 people will be limited to five per year, with a maximum of one for each user type, said Dave Davenport, Open Space’s outdoor recreation coordinator.

    Also, events that fall on holidays or holiday weekends will not be considered, according to the revised park-permit guidelines.

  • Two types of cattails found in...

    There is a small drainage pond below my window that has become a miniature cattail marsh. Last week, the green fronds were waving in the breeze, but the snow that came midweek also brought some very cold temperatures.

    When I awoke Thursday morning, the snow had turned Our Evergreen World to white and the cattails were stiff and brown, rattling in the wind. Summer has left the little marsh, and it now serves as a wintering place for a few birds.

  • Autumn’s dry flowers are fodder...

    November is often referred to as the brown month. Nightly frosts have put an end to the green growing season, and meadows and prairies have slowly turned brown.

    Although we may have snow, there is seldom enough to stay on the ground for long, and before we settle into the black-and-white days of winter, we have about a month of brown frozen weeds and grasses. November is usually the month when the summer growth has matured and ripened seeds.

  • The molten gold of autumn in the...

    A few weeks ago, the aspen were spectacular in the high country. We could see great rivers of molten gold flowing down every valley. Aspen seem to require a bit of extra moisture, so they tend to follow river valleys.

    Just as it appeared that we were settling in to a long golden fall, we had a rainy day with high gusty winds that stripped the aspen trees of their crop of gold. Then we settled into nearly a week of rainy weather. The additional weight of water-soaked leaves and a few gusts of wind brought most of the remaining leaves down.

  • Distinctive song of sparrows is...

    Whenever I hear the call note or the song of a song sparrow, I think of my childhood. There was a small blue spruce tree on the north side of our house that my father had planted to mark the border between the fields and the lawn.

    The mowed area was hardly a lawn as it was uneven and bumpy, just mowed. The small spruce marked the edge and had mowed grass on one side and had clumps of tall unmowed grass on the other.