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Changing of the Guard – Rotary ushers in Linda Lovin as president

Written by Holly Brekke on .


The Rotary Club of Evergreen has celebrated its annual “Changing of the Guard” at the Evergreen Lake House on Thursday, June 23rd. Rotarians joyfully commemorated a year of service to their community and the world, meaningful friendships, and fabulous fun.

The “Changing of the Guard” salutes outgoing officers and board members and welcomes the new. The club also commemorates the past year’s accomplishments and sets course for the upcoming year. Approximately 80 attended the event, deliciously catered by Fresh Tracks. Guests included the incoming District 5450 Governor Bill Downes and his wife Karin. Currently the district encompasses 63 clubs and 3,100 members. Immense appreciation was expressed to President Bob Bradley, his wife Annette, and the 2015/2016 Board of Directors.


Team Granato will be in the Freedom Run – will you?

Written by Stephen Knapp on .

Of the hundreds of happy hoofers who’ll lace up and bear down at the 35th Annual Freedom Run 5K this Independence Day, a significant percentage will be Granatos.

“We usually have about 25 team members,” says longtime Brook Forest resident Patty Granato, who sensibly regards the popular race as more of a Freedom Walk. “Afterward we all go to my house for a cocktail brunch,” she says, also quite sensibly.

Patty and party first teamed up for the July 4 event back in 2012 on the advice of a friend. Patty’s husband, Frank ‘Frankie’ Granato had died in January of that year after losing a short but valiant battle against lung cancer. Patty’s friend thought the extra-mild 5K benefitting Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice would be a positive step toward healing that terrible hurt.

“I thought it was a great idea,” Patty says. “Mount Evans took extremely good care of Frank when he was at the end of his life, and the Freedom Run was a way we could help other people in similar situations.”


Hopper, Sally H.

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .



State Senator Sally Hopper

(1934 - )

Sally Hunter was born in Dayton, Kentucky to a pastor in the Episcopal church. The family experienced several moves – to Louisville, Kentucky; San Antonio, Texas; and then Laramie, Wyoming where her father was named the Episcopal Bishop of the state.

She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1956 and married George W. Hopper. When he accepted a job as an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1960, they relocated to Colorado – first Broomfield and later Lookout Mountain – and had four daughters who attended Jefferson County schools.

Sally was involved with the girls’ activities growing up, active in the PTA groups and as a Girl Scout leader for years. She was also active in the St. James Episcopal Church in Wheat Ridge.