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  • Energy-efficient upgrades touted at gathering

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will save $45,000 a year through energy-efficient upgrades to facilities, Executive Director Scott Robson said while speaking to the Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability on Oct. 11.

    Although there is a 20-year payback for the $750,000 project, the long-term rewards are significant and guaranteed, Robson said. 

  • Book-signing at high school draws attention to gay rights, diversity issues

     Judy Shepard was sitting in the main hall of Evergreen High School with copies of a book she had written about the anti-gay murder of her son Matthew when parent Lia Christians walked up and greeted her with a hug. 

    “She is amazing,” said Christians. Shepard is turning her son’s tragic death into something that will make a difference to others, she said.

    Shepard traveled from Wyoming to be at EHS the day before Diversity Day on Oct. 12.

  • Opponents of fire training facility threaten to recall board

      Residents opposed to building a fire training facility at Evergreen Fire Station 2 in Bergen Park are gauging support for a recall of fire district board members.

    After months of controversy, the Evergreen Fire Protection District board last month voted unanimously to move forward with the plan.

    Evergreen resident Paul Peil, a member of a committee that reviewed options to the proposed facility, said that residents frustrated with the board’s decision are gauging interest in a recall petition.

  • Barn dance packs 'em in

    On a mild starlit night, the historic Alderfer Barn on Buffalo Park Road was filled with more than 400 people who came to socialize, listen to music and perhaps dance a little — if they could find space. 


    The 100-year-old barn that has been used for storage of park district equipment in recent times was transformed into a happening place for Evergreen residents last Friday night.

    The Oct. 12 event planned by caretakers John Erlandson and Pandora Reagan was a huge success, Reagan said.

  • Keeping the furry faith

    The faithful and their pets gathered outside Chow Down on Sunday for the third annual Blessing of the Beasties, an event that is becoming a community tradition.

    About a dozen dogs and one cat, along with their families, were given individual blessings by Father Patrick Dorn, pastor of Evergreen’s Church of the Apostles. He explained to the group the history of the animal blessings, which are done near Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

  • Transforming tragedy into a message of nonviolence

    Fourteen years after her son’s brutal death, Judy Shepard tearfully speaks about the tragedy and its effect on her life.

    “It doesn’t get easier,” Shepard while describing the loss of her son, who was the victim of a high-profile hate crime in Wyoming.

    Since the anti-gay murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, his mother has shared the story of his life and the aftermath of loss in a book she has written, and through her work as an international gay-rights activist.

  • Evergreen Chamber Orchestra entwining visual art with music this season

    The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra is opening its 31st season with a concert featuring British composers and a display of stained glass related to the music.

    The Sunday, Oct. 14, program at Church of the Hills in Evergreen will feature baritone Bradley Thompson, guest artist for the concert, who will perform “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Other works will include “Old Wine in New Bottles” by contemporary composer Gordon Jacob and “Two Pieces for Small Orchestra” by Frederick Delius. 

  • Community rallies around two friends who are ill and injured

    Evergreen friends Jesse Haubert and Josh Lorenz are both taking life a day at a time while facing difficult challenges with medical conditions.

    After being rushed to the hospital in July, Haubert underwent emergency brain surgery for hemorrhage. He also suffered a stroke, which has left him incapacitated.

    Lorenz was giving his friend support until he suffered a spinal injury a few weeks ago that left him paralyzed.

  • Historic barn coming alive with community dance

    The historic barn at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park will be the scene of a community dance with live music this Friday, Oct. 12.

    Caretakers John Erlandson and Pandora Reagan are opening the doors of the barn to the public for the first time in years for the event, called Boogie at the Barn.

     “We’re so excited,” said Reagan. “John has always wanted to do a barn dance.”

    Something Underground will be the featured band during the evening, performing a blend of rock, reggae and folk music.

  • Candidates tackle budget, zoning issues at forum

    State and Jeffco candidates expressed widely varying views about spending for schools and health care during a forum at the Evergreen Lake House on Oct. 4 sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers.

    Lorna Idol, the Democratic challenger in state House District 25, emphasized the need for additional funds for schools in Colorado, which she said is in the bottom tier nationally for educational spending.

    “I believe we need to spend more on education through property taxes,” said Idol, a retired education professional.