Features http://www.columbinecourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en A Vegas-style gleam at The Edge http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/vegas-style-gleam-edge <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-springiceshow01-cb-052015.jpg" alt="Hannah Rozen performs Saturday in The Edge Skating School’s spring show. The theme of the production was “Viva Las Vegas.”" title="Hannah Rozen performs Saturday in The Edge Skating School’s spring show. The theme of the production was “Viva Las Vegas.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Disco lights and bedazzled skaters danced across The Edge Skating School&rsquo;s home ice last weekend in a spring performance worthy of Caesars Palace.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;Viva Las Vegas&rdquo; was the theme of this year&rsquo;s show at The Edge Ice Arena, where about 50 students of all ages showed off their figure skating skills to proud families and friends on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The show included six acts, each set to music from a different era in Las Vegas history.</p> Hundreds remember departed loved ones at Courage Walk http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/hundreds-remember-departed-loved-ones-courage-walk <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-couragewalk01-cb-042915_0.jpg" alt="J’Deb Jackson-Morse comforts her daughter Aliya during Jeffco’s annual Courage Walk. " title="J’Deb Jackson-Morse comforts her daughter Aliya during Jeffco’s annual Courage Walk. " align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> Survivors of violent crime, family members who have lost loved ones to crime, and law enforcement and support groups came together again Saturday to remember those lost and the courage shown by those left behind.</p> <p> Hundreds participated in the 22nd annual Courage Walk at the Jefferson County Government Center.</p> School has its day in the sun as solar panels are switched on http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/school-has-its-day-sun-solar-panels-are-switched <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-mackintoshacademy01-cb-042215.jpg" alt="From left, Mackintosh Academy students Delia Guilbert, Sydney Gelman, Nicholas Booth, Skyler Bernard and Allie O’Brien rejoice after cutting a ribbon during the school’s celebration for its new solar panels." title="From left, Mackintosh Academy students Delia Guilbert, Sydney Gelman, Nicholas Booth, Skyler Bernard and Allie O’Brien rejoice after cutting a ribbon during the school’s celebration for its new solar panels." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Even under cloudy skies last week, the future looked bright at Mackintosh Academy.</p> <p> The private school flipped the switch on 97 new solar panels that will provide up to 70 percent of the school&rsquo;s electricity and save more than $285,00 over the next 30 years. Yet it wasn&rsquo;t the energy or cost savings the panels will provide that drew hundreds to the gymnasium last Thursday.</p> At midnight, renewed hope http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/midnight-renewed-hope <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-easterserviceorthodox01-cb-041515.jpg" alt="The Rev. John Armstrong leads the Easter service at St. Herman Orthodox Church on Saturday night." title="The Rev. John Armstrong leads the Easter service at St. Herman Orthodox Church on Saturday night." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> A solitary candle lit the altar in the darkened church as members of the congregation silently filled the pews. A Bible reading was the only sound in the meaningful minutes before midnight.</p> <p> At the stroke of 12, the worshipers at St. Herman Orthodox Christian Church in Littleton began lighting candles, until the gathering was bathed in a soft illumination that sent the signal message: Christ is risen.</p> At Red Rocks, hope and fellowship http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/red-rocks-hope-and-fellowship <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-redrockseaster03-cb-040815_0.jpg" alt="Swithin Dick, from Littleton, waits in line at 4:30 a.m. for the 68th annual Easter sunrise service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre." title="Swithin Dick, from Littleton, waits in line at 4:30 a.m. for the 68th annual Easter sunrise service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Hundreds lined the stairs leading to Red Rocks Amphitheatre as they waited for gates to open for the traditional Easter sunrise service at 4:30 a.m. Sunday.</p> <p> By the time 5 a.m. arrived, the park was inundated with thousands of worshipers making their pilgrimage in the predawn gloaming.</p> <p> The Easter services, put on by the Colorado Council of Churches, have been a tradition since 1947. The event now draws more than 10,000 people to the iconic amphitheater before the sun rises on the Christian holy day.</p> Summerset Festival already signing up exhibitors, vendors http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/summerset-festival-already-signing-exhibitors-vendors <p> The Summerset Festival is months away, but the Foothills Foundation is already planning for one of South Jeffco&rsquo;s signature events.</p> <p> The festival, which will be in its 31st year, is signing up vendors and exhibitors for the three-day event at Clement Park on Sept. 18-20. Lora Knowlton, head of the Foothills Foundation, said the event not only provides entertainment and fun for residents, it gives business owners an opportunity for face-to-face interactions in a digital world.</p> Have you herd? Bovines are the latest graze at Littleton Museum http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/have-you-herd-bovines-are-latest-graze-littleton-museum <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-bovinesaredivine01-cb-040115.jpg" alt="Sophia Moyer, 4, learns how to separate cream from milk during the Bovines Are Divine event held at the Littleton Museum." title="Sophia Moyer, 4, learns how to separate cream from milk during the Bovines Are Divine event held at the Littleton Museum." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Littleton Museum offered an udderly enjoyable event Saturday at Bovines Are Divine.</p> <p> The bountiful benefits of the bovine were on the hoof at the museum&rsquo;s two working farmhouses. Museum re-enactors showed visitors how cheese was made, cream separated and butter churned 125 years ago.</p> <p> The farmhouses&rsquo; oxen team of Ford and Fitz were on hand, showing guests how the heavy lifting got done before the advent of mechanical tractors.</p> Finding hope amid despair http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/finding-hope-amid-despair <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-luckyfamily01-cb-040115.jpg" alt="Karen Lucky wipes a tear while at home with her husband, Jimmie, who has been diagnosed with cancer." title="Karen Lucky wipes a tear while at home with her husband, Jimmie, who has been diagnosed with cancer." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Jimmie and Karen Luckey are no strangers to tough times.</p> <p> The South Jeffco couple, who have two kids, both missed work last year because of health issues, with Jimmie undergoing back surgery and Karen dealing with kidney problems.</p> <p> But the most difficult trial was yet to come: Jimmie was diagnosed in December with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.</p>