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Sylvia Brockner celebrates 95 years

Written by Kathi LaTourrette on .

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Family, friends and the community celebrated Sylvia Brockner's 95th birthday on Sunday, October 12th, at Augustana Elk Run Assisted Living.

Sylvia and Bill Brockner moved to Evergreen in 1965, and their list of community involvement as it pertains to the natural world is legendary. However, it is Sylvia's weekly column in the Canyon Courier, "Our Evergreen World," which she began in May of 1972, that has been a continuous gift for 42 years to the Evergreen community.  Her articles have been illustrated with her original drawings of birds and wildflowers found in the area.

Guests included those who said that they'd called Sylvia 25 years ago asking how to solve a Flicker problem, a family whose 3-year-old wrote 37 years ago how to get Bluebirds to come to their yard, three people who'd attended a wildflower identification class that Sylvia gave in 1979 and someone who'd heard Sylvia speak about nature to the first class of Leadership Evergreen.  

In 1968 the Brockners were founders of Evergreen Naturalists, which later evolved into Evergreen Audubon, and many birders and garden club members were there to help celebrate.

Stories were in abundance as to the many ways Sylvia has enriched the lives of those in the community through her 2,000+ newspaper columns and volunteerism by informing, educating, and inspiring.  

The party was organized by Loie Evans and Sylvia's nieces from California, Sylvia Graovac and Barbara McKee.

To read an profile on Bill and Sylvia Brockner published earlier in JustAroundHere.com, click here.