http://www.canyoncourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Local Scouts honor veterans with flag tradition http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/local-scouts-honor-veterans-flag-tradition <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-scoutsmemorialflags06-cb-052715_0.jpg" alt="Tate Allbritton, 10, places an American flag on a veteran’s grave at Evergreen Memorial Park on Saturday in preparation for Memorial Day." title="Tate Allbritton, 10, places an American flag on a veteran’s grave at Evergreen Memorial Park on Saturday in preparation for Memorial Day." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span>Area Scouts understand what Memorial Day is all about.</span></p> <p> Scouts from Troops 737 and 1776 and Packs 39 and 50 volunteered their time Friday evening and Saturday morning to place American flags on veterans&rsquo; graves at Bear Creek Cemetery and Evergreen Memorial Park in time for the holiday.</p> <p> The soggy ground made the work easy, and the rain abated temporarily while the Scouts did their patriotic duty.</p> Connector trail to get finishing touches this week http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/connector-trail-get-finishing-touches-week <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-trailbridge-sb-52715.jpg" alt="Construction workers install railings on the bridge for the connector trail leading from downtown to Evergreen Lake last Thursday morning." title="Construction workers install railings on the bridge for the connector trail leading from downtown to Evergreen Lake last Thursday morning." align="left" hspace="6" width="164" height="85" /><p> Working between rain showers last week, Bear Excavating installed wooden railings on the elevated connector trail leading from downtown to Evergreen Lake, which is in the final stages of completion.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;As of now, the railings are about 95 percent complete, and we just need some dry weather to wrap them up,&rdquo; Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, who has taken the lead on the project said Friday.</p> Two-year-old battling back from horrific dog bite http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/two-year-old-battling-back-horrific-dog-bite <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-kaibianco06-cb-052015.jpg" alt="Kai Bianco plays with a toy as mom Shelby Foley watches." title="Kai Bianco plays with a toy as mom Shelby Foley watches." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Kai Bianco is a little boy with a lot of personality.</p> <p> Kai, who was bitten in the head by the family dog last year, turned 2 on May 24. While he is still behind developmentally, Kai acts pretty much like a 2-year-old should. He plays with his trucks &mdash; he calls them &ldquo;go-gos&rdquo; &mdash; and loves to sing, pose for photos and wave bye-bye. He knows what he wants and goes after it.</p> <p> He&rsquo;s a strong-willed little boy. He&rsquo;s a fighter.</p> Beaty Foundation scholarships an ace in the hole for students http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/beaty-foundation-scholarships-ace-hole-students <p> A family&#39;s love for their deceased father and husband, as well as a lifelong friendship between two golfers, has meant big benefits for area high school students in recent years.</p> <p> With help from the Bob Beaty Foundation scholarships, many of those students have graduated from college and are out in the working world.</p> Three longtime teachers leaving Wilmot Elementary http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/three-longtime-teachers-leaving-wilmot-elementary <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0005.jpg" alt="From left, Kym Shaffner, Kit Snyder and Marty Schuler are retiring from Wilmot Elementary. " title="From left, Kym Shaffner, Kit Snyder and Marty Schuler are retiring from Wilmot Elementary. " align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> Wilmot Elementary is losing more than 70 years in experience as three teachers say goodbye to students for the last time on Thursday. But the retirees won&rsquo;t really be far away.</p> <p> Kym Shaffner and Kit Snyder, both fifth-grade teachers, and third-grade teacher Marty Schuler still plan to work with children, whether as school volunteers or by tutoring.</p> Curtain coming down on Arniotes’ teaching career at EHS http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/curtain-coming-down-arniotes%E2%80%99-teaching-career-ehs <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-franarniotes01-cb-052715.jpg" alt="Fran Arniotes, who is retiring from Evergreen High School after teaching theater and Spanish there for 17 years, receives a flower and a hug from student Chandler Grainger during the senior farewell assembly on May 18." title="Fran Arniotes, who is retiring from Evergreen High School after teaching theater and Spanish there for 17 years, receives a flower and a hug from student Chandler Grainger during the senior farewell assembly on May 18." align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> Theater and Spanish teacher Fran Arniotes figures she&rsquo;s taught more than 2,500 students in her 17-year tenure at Evergreen High School.</p> <p> Arniotes has directed dozens of shows at the school, and she discussed some of the most recent while reminiscing about her time at EHS before her retirement. &nbsp;</p> <p> She has a long list of plans that will keep her in the theater world but on a different level.</p> ‘Blessed are the dreamers’ http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/%E2%80%98blessed-are-dreamers%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.canyoncourier.com/sites/www.canyoncourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-baccservice1-sb-52715.jpg" alt="Evergreen and Conifer high school students release balloons into the sky after the baccalaureate service for them at Evergreen Lutheran Church on Sunday." title="Evergreen and Conifer high school students release balloons into the sky after the baccalaureate service for them at Evergreen Lutheran Church on Sunday." align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Standing before a group of recent high school graduates, veteran journalist Greg Dobbs advised them to follow their dreams at a baccalaureate service on Sunday afternoon.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;I want to tell you how great your lives can be, if you will dream,&rdquo; Dobbs said. &ldquo;If you dream, there&rsquo;s a chance your dream will come true.&rdquo;</p> <p> During his career as an international television correspondent, a youthful dream of traveling came true, Dobbs said. His work involved both rewards and hardships, he added.</p> Aktion Club members to participate in connector trail walk http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/aktion-club-members-participate-connector-trail-walk-0 <p> Several members of the Aktion Club of Blue Spruce Kiwanis are planning to participate in the celebratory walk across the new connector trail leading to Evergreen Lake on June 3.</p>