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Historical authors host book signing August 23rd

Written by Kristina Sherwood on .

Some of life’s greatest pleasures can be found between the covers of a book, and Evergreen is rich in stories. Many here will say some of their favorite tales have been collected by columnist Hank Alderfer. Now, Alderfer’s columns have been used to create a new book – Yesteryear. You can hear portions of the book at a special reading and author signing Wednesday, August 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event will be at Augustana Elk Run, 31383 Frost Way in Evergreen. Music will be provided by John and Peter Neilson; wine, cheese and chocolate will be served.

Alderfer’s vast knowledge of Evergreen’s residents helped him create intriguing stories about local ranchers, families, and Jefferson County life. He received the Evergreen 2010 Leader of the Year Award for demonstrating creative and innovative solutions to community issues in the mountain area. Other distinguished authors represented at the reading will include the following:

  • Upper Side of the Pie Crust by Margaret V. Bentley, presented by Elaine Hayden, Jefferson County Historical Society, Evergreen Mountain Area
  • Evergreen Colorado by Mary Ellen Crain, presented by Elaine Hayden, Jefferson County Historical Society, Evergreen Mountain Area
  • Jefferson County Colorado: A Unique and Eventful History and Lariat Loop by Carole Lamond
  • Secrets of Elk Creek, Shaffer's Crossing, Staunton State Park and Beyond by Bonnie Scudder
  • Evergreen by John Steinle, former Director of Hiwan Homestead Museum
  • Evergreen Our Mountain Community by Barb and Eugene Sternberg, presented by their daughter, Jennie Boone
  • Things That Last When Gold Is Gone: Anne Evans Colorado's Forgotten Cultural Pioneer by Barbara Sternberg, presented by her daughter, Jennie Boone
  • Portraits of Preservation by Mike Strunk, presented by Hank and Barbie Alderfer

“So many people love stories about our Evergreen community and want to know more,” says Augustana Elk Run Executive Director Rita Waxon. “The insights of the local authors at the reading shed light not only on the past, but on how we view the present.”

The event is free of charge and books will be available for sale and for autographs. For more information, please call Kristina at 303-679-8777 X1604.

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Singing that swan song

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

This issue of JustAroundHere.com will be my last.

For the past 15 months I’ve been experiencing a roller coaster ride with health issues, relying on a handful of friends to help me keep up a front.  

Those health issues weren't enough to snuff me out, but promising something I wasn’t sure I could fulfill made selling advertising a challenge I just didn’t want to tackle. In my head I planned three or four different times when I thought I’d shut down – first in December, then April, then May…. Something always kept me from calling it quits, but July 25th is the official date for my swan song.

Providing a chronicle of the many worthwhile nonprofit causes in Evergreen has been a passion of mine. It’s been a way to stimulate community involvement and to get others involved.  This is the 344th weekly issue I've published over 7 years, having started in the fall of 2010.

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Boettcher Mansion festival celebrates 100 years on Lookout Mountain

Written by Matt Robbins on .

The namesake of the historic Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain, Charles Boettcher, left a legacy in the Denver and Golden area for people to enjoy for years after his death. Summer 2017 marks 100 years of the historic estate’s existence in the foothills. Jefferson County invites the public to a special festival to celebrate this important milestone.

The event takes place Thursday, July 27, 2017, 4:00 to 8:00 pm,
 at 900 Colorow Road, Golden 80401

This family-friendly event has free admission and attendees will enjoy nature-themed games for kids from the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, hikes in the nature preserve, food trucks, brews from the local Little Machine Brewery, Top 40 hits performed by the local band Renewed and other activities.

While at the festival, the Boettcher Mansion and the Lookout Mountain Nature Center will be open for visitors and tours, with the Nature Center debuting new exhibits. Carpooling to this event is encouraged.

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Evergreen embraces glass recycling with Clear Intentions

Written by Nick Curnow on .

Evergreen opened the first separated source glass recycling station at Evergreen Lake House this spring with the help of Clear Intentions, a Denver based glass recycling company, with the intention of opening up more throughout the city by the end of 2018.

Why Separated Source instead of Single-Stream Recycling?

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity, however it must be collected properly. Unfortunately, single-stream recycling (where all recycling goes in one bin for collection) is not the best answer and for most Colorado cities and towns, including Evergreen, is the accepted process. Many people aren’t aware that with single-stream recycling less than 17% of the glass is actually recycled. Furthermore, glass within the singe-stream also contaminates 25% of the other recycled materials leading to it ending up in landfills as well.

How does this happen?

The large curb-side recycling compactors gather as much of the materials as possible by smashing everything together. As expected, glass gets broken and shattered into irretrievable pieces that can no longer be separated from the other recycling materials. Every load that comes into the recycling plant is evaluated and if there’s too much glass, that load goes to the landfill. This system has been used for decades, but with separated source recycling the glass is removed prior to being added to a recycle bin leading to 100% recycled glass and leaving the other materials to be separated and recycled.

What is the Solution?

Clear Intentions has partnered with the Evergreen community to provide glass separate recycling and educational programs for an easy solution to improve recycling statistics, moving the state closer to zero waste.

Clear Intentions then takes it a step further by donating $1 to non-profit organizations for every full glass container collected, donating services to Colorado events such as the Great American Beer Festival, and providing educational seminars and mentorship to young students interested in their environment and manufacturing.

The current Glass Station is located at Evergreen Lake House next to the parking lot and picnic tables to make collection simple and convenient. Above each station is an outline of what types of glass are and are not accepted.

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Receptionist position available

Written by Staff Editor on .

Looking for a RELAXED PART TIME POSITION in a fun environment?

RE/MAX Alliance is in need of a WEEKEND FRONT OFFICE RECEPTIONIST in their Evergreen office. Hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday. Additional hours may be available when weekday staff is out sick or on vacation.

This is perfect position for a college student, retired individual, or someone looking to supplement their income. Please send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you may drop it off at 30480 Stagecoach Blvd, Evergreen. Or call 303-674-9770 for more information.Thank you.