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Conifer Chamber announces award winners

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The Conifer Chamber of Commerce announced the 2014-15 winners of its annual awards to be as follows:

  • Business of the Year • Aspen Peak Cellars
  • Home-Based Business of the Year • Macaroni Kid: Evergreen-Bailey-Conifer
  • Rookie Business of the Year • A Borgata
  • Ambassador of the Year • Sharon Trilk AND Melissa Baker
  • Norman F. Meyer Award • Punky Kiefer
  • Non-Profit of the Year • Rotary Club of Conifer
  • Special award to Dave Erramouspe for his leadership, commitment and dedication to the Conifer Chamber of Commerce as last year's president
  • Life Time Achievement • Angela Bassano AND Denise Patrick

Over the past five years, Aspen Peak Cellars, winner of Business of the Year, has worked to bring visitors to our area with the Snowshoe & Fondue events, Wine Club dinners and live music every weekend that supports local artists. They give back to the community by sponsoring events, volunteering and giving donations for other area events. Their success has helped build our community. Their products and services are top notch in their field!



The Nature Center reopens

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History behind the Nature Center

For the past 80 years, the “Old Warming Hut” and the lake have been two of the most beloved landmarks in Evergreen. This historic favorite gathering place now houses Evergreen Nature Center.

As a child in Evergreen in the 1950s and 1960s, all of my spare time revolved around the lake and the warming hut. My earliest memory is leaning over to look at a bug and falling in the water at about 4 years of age.

Today, the smell of damp wool takes me straight back to the wooden benches in the warming hut where my friends and I spent countless hours during the skating season.

In the spring, the first thing I did every morning was look at the lake to watch for signs of ice break and then, finally, boats! Summer was just around the corner—time to start digging night crawlers from the ditch behind my grandparents’ house. If we weren’t fishing, or rowing or walking, we were just sitting, watching our world.

The lake site was once the historic Dedisse Ranch, homesteaded by Julius and Mary Dedisse in the late 1860s. The ranch was a working operation. After the hay was harvested, the meadow at the west end served as a ball field where Evergreen residents competed with Idaho Springs, Golden and the staff of nearby Troutdale-in-the-Pines resort.


Meet Ed Bischoff

Written by Stephen Knapp on .

Even if you don’t know Ed Bischoff personally, you definitely know him professionally, even if you don’t know it.

Ed’s been helping Evergreen get where it’s going for more than two decades, and while he’s not one to toot his own horn, the relaxed and unassuming businessman has probably done more to help mountain-area folks get connected than Alexander Graham Bell. Ed Bischoff is the co-founder and most public face of Zuni Sign Co. – and the very definition of “man-about-town.”

“If you drive from Conifer to El Rancho, I’d say 90 percent of the signs you’ll see are Zuni signs,” says Ed, with quiet pride. “We’ve done over 22,000 work orders since we started, and a lot of those work orders were for 10 signs or more. We’ve made a lot of signs,” he grins.

And a lot of friends. Many a local nonprofit can claim no better friend than Zuni, and Bischoff is never too busy to pitch in for a worthy cause. That strong community orientation has earned Zuni Sign Co. “Business of the Year” laurels from both the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Serenity magazine; and the quality and artistry of Zuni’s product has, in no small way, helped define the very character of its community. Not bad for a kid from Saint Joseph, Mo, whose major pre-occupation in college was playing Big 8 rugby.