Features http://www.columbinecourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en An enlightening experience in the dark http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/enlightening-experience-dark <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-blindcafe08-cb-051816.jpg" alt="Columbine freshman Andy Le meets Richie Flores before the start of the Blind Cafe hosted by the Unity in Action club at Columbine High School Friday." title="Columbine freshman Andy Le meets Richie Flores before the start of the Blind Cafe hosted by the Unity in Action club at Columbine High School Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The gym at Columbine High School is shrouded in pitch-black darkness on Friday night. Groups of people with hands on the shoulders of those in front of them begin walking into this inky expanse where a Blind Caf&eacute; dinner is about to begin. A blind person leads the students, parents and teachers to their assigned tables.</p> <p> <br /> Soon the chatter of nearly 80 people seated at tables fills the room, along with aromas of the spaghetti and fresh salad placed before them, which they cannot begin to see.</p> AEDs helping hearts beat the odds http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/aeds-helping-hearts-beat-odds <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-aed01-cb-041316.jpg" alt="Inter-Canyon Fire Deputy Chief Dan Hatlestad, left, and volunteer Doug Parce are seen with a defibrillator at Station 1 in Morrison." title="Inter-Canyon Fire Deputy Chief Dan Hatlestad, left, and volunteer Doug Parce are seen with a defibrillator at Station 1 in Morrison." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Call it a case of being in the right place at the right time &mdash; with the right training.</span></p> <p> In January, Doug Parce, a volunteer captain with Inter-Canyon Fire, was going through security at JFK International Airport in New York on a business trip to Europe when another passenger told a TSA agent that somebody wasn&rsquo;t well.</p> <p> Parce saw the man, who was sitting on a bench where passengers put their shoes back on.</p> Chatfield High winter guard places second at state championships http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/chatfield-high-winter-guard-places-second-state-championships <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-winterguard05-cb-040616_0.jpg" alt="Freshman Hanna Coleman rehearses a routine with the winter guard at Chatfield High School last week." title="Freshman Hanna Coleman rehearses a routine with the winter guard at Chatfield High School last week." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">DENVER &mdash; The Chatfield High School winter guard placed second at the Rocky Mountain Color Guard State Championships on Saturday &mdash; in addition to being rated &ldquo;most improved&rdquo; by the judges.</span></p> <p> Thanks to new coach Travis Prudhomme, this is the first time in years that the team has had a winter season.</p> <p> &ldquo;He&rsquo;s done so much,&rdquo; senior captain Zoe DeGrande said. &ldquo;He pushes us way more than any coach I&rsquo;ve ever had.&rdquo;</p> Prom kings, queens find royal threads http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/prom-kings-queens-find-royal-threads <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-promswap02-cb-040616.jpg" alt="Columbine senior Justice Patterson looks at prom dresses at the Prom Swap at Belmar Library." title="Columbine senior Justice Patterson looks at prom dresses at the Prom Swap at Belmar Library." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">LAKEWOOD &mdash; A bevy of beautiful gowns hanging on racks and walls in the community room of the Belmar Library gave young shoppers many selections to consider during the annual Prom Swap on Friday afternoon.</span></p> <p> Teens and their moms gazed at a variety of styles and colors from full-length turquoise gowns with draped bodices to short purple dresses adorned with sparkly beads. Tuxedos for guys also were among the offerings.</p> <p> Friends greeted each other while checking out dresses and tuxes and trying them on for size.</p> ‘The dawn has come …’ http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/%E2%80%98-dawn-has-come-%E2%80%A6%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-easterservice06-cb-033016.jpg" alt="Dawn Millar sings during the Easter sunrise service at Heritage United Methodist Church." title="Dawn Millar sings during the Easter sunrise service at Heritage United Methodist Church." align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Deep snow covering the ground brought the Easter sunrise service indoors at Heritage United Methodist Church on Sunday morning.</span></p> <p> In the warmth of the sanctuary, which was decorated with spring flowers, the Rev. Loren Boyce, senior pastor, led a spirited service filled with song, scripture, words of hope &mdash; and humor.</p> <p> In his message to the congregation, Boyce told the story of a Sunday school teacher who was explaining the story of Jesus rising from the tomb to her third-grade class.</p> Special Olympics skier reports for Channel 7 News http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/special-olympics-skier-reports-channel-7-news <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-specialskier-sb-030216.jpg" alt="Hanna Atkinson is appearing on Channel 7 News segments as a reporter for the Special Olympics." title="Hanna Atkinson is appearing on Channel 7 News segments as a reporter for the Special Olympics." align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> <br /> Special Olympics skier Hanna Atkinson is attaining local celebrity status with recent appearances on the Channel 7 News.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;A lot of people come up to me and say, &lsquo;Are you the famous Hanna on TV?&rsquo; &rdquo; she said.</p> <p> <br /> For the past few weeks, Atkinson has been reporting on other Special Olympics athletes during five-minute segments aired on Saturday mornings.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s awesome,&rdquo; she said, flashing a big smile. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really cool to get the chance to do that.&rdquo;</p> ‘Tired of giving in’ http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/%E2%80%98tired-giving-in%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-rosaparks01-am-030216.jpg" alt="National Humanities Scholar Becky Stone portrays Rosa Parks to an audience at Arapahoe Community College on Feb. 23" title="National Humanities Scholar Becky Stone portrays Rosa Parks to an audience at Arapahoe Community College on Feb. 23" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &ldquo;The word has been spread that Rosa Parks was a little old tired woman. I was tired, but my feet did not come into it. &hellip; The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.&rdquo;</p> <p> <br /> Actress Becky Stone spoke these heartfelt words in her portrayal of the civil rights icon at Arapahoe Community College on Feb. 23.</p> <p> <br /> Presenting a perspective of Parks in her later years, Stone enacted the story of the woman&rsquo;s refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., in a time when black people deferred to white bus riders.</p> Area students compete in Regional Braille Challenge http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/area-students-compete-regional-braille-challenge <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-braillechallenge05-cb-021016.jpg" alt="Jaden Diaz, 10, smiles before testing his Braille skills in the Colorado Regional Braille Challenge at the Colorado Center for the Blind. The Challenge is the first step to the national competition in June in Los Angeles." title="Jaden Diaz, 10, smiles before testing his Braille skills in the Colorado Regional Braille Challenge at the Colorado Center for the Blind. The Challenge is the first step to the national competition in June in Los Angeles." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> Gathered around a table, students listened to a passage from a book and then typed it in Braille to test their speed and accuracy during a recent academic competition at the Colorado Center for the Blind.</p> <p> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s fun when you get the words right,&rdquo; said Lexi Mink, a second-grader at Vista Peak School in Aurora. &ldquo;Braille is also cool.&rdquo;</p>