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Louise Mounsey turns 93

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Louise Mounsey, who co-founded the Evergreen Garden Club years ago, celebrated her 93rd birthday with friends on Sunday, March 29th.  Many of the same friends are working to honor Louise and her husband, Bill, who died in 2012, with placement of a bronze sculpture at the Hiwan Homestead Museum.

See related article on the sculpture, Flowers for a Friend, by clicking here.

See related biographical profile on Bill and Louise Mounsey by clicking here.


Evergreen Creative District holding Town Hall Meeting April 14th

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

On Tuesday evening, April 14, 2015, those interested in knowing more about the Evergreen Creative District are invited to attend Town Hall Meeting at Center Stage at 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen between 6:30 and 8:30. A representative of Colorado Creative Industries will be on hand to describe the program, how the State is providing assistance to Evergreen, and how individuals and businesses can participate under the district umbrella.

In 2014 Evergreen was accepted into the incubator program to become a Colorado Creative District. This program was initiated through legislation in 2011 to help grow local economies and improve the quality of life for their residents by recognizing and stimulating the creative industries. The Boettcher Foundation is a key partner.

The State provides technical and financial assistance to individual districts over a six-year period to help each one achieve administrative structure and funding streams, to develop an engagement process and strategic plan, as well as to develop a staffing plan that provides sustainability and opportunities to evolve.


Meet John Evans

Written by Stephen Knapp on .

In charting his life’s course, longtime mountain-area resident John Evans has followed the general policy to follow his heart.

“I did everything for the wrong reasons,” is how he puts it, “but it always seems to turn out okay.”


Some would say better than okay. Growing up in Mansfield, Ohio, young John had a fondness for reptiles. “I was one of those snake fiends,” Evans grins. Where his friends took the bus to summer jobs at the local grocery, Evans took a Greyhound to Rapid City, SD, and spent every vacation from the age of 14 working at the famed Reptile Gardens. While fascinating in its own right, the job also put the active lad in close proximity to some of the best hiking and climbing anywhere.

Graduating from high school in 1958, Evans briefly decided it was time to apply nose to grindstone, enrolling at Duke University with an eye toward a geological engineering degree. “I’d always been very outdoors-y, but never bothered to learn about the geology,” Evans explains. “I thought school would shove it down my throat.”