Features http://www.columbinecourier.com/features/todaysfeatures en Students follow through on a bright idea http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/students-follow-through-bright-idea <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-mackintoshsolar01-gc-102914_0.jpg" alt="Mackintosh teacher Joseph Pausback dances with students during the Mackintosh Academy Solar Celebration last Thursday." title="Mackintosh teacher Joseph Pausback dances with students during the Mackintosh Academy Solar Celebration last Thursday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>By Stephanie Alderton,&nbsp;</strong></em><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> A&nbsp;group of students is making Mackintosh Academy&rsquo;s Littleton campus a sunnier place.</p> The bogeyman cometh (literally) http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/bogeyman-cometh-literally <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-bemisgolf01-gc-102914.jpg" alt="One of the Star Wars-themed mini-golf holes at Bemis Library featured a pumpkin dressed as Chewbacca." title="One of the Star Wars-themed mini-golf holes at Bemis Library featured a pumpkin dressed as Chewbacca." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>By Stephanie Alderton,&nbsp;</strong></em><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> After dark last Friday, Bemis Library became a monster-infested maze through which a few unlucky golf clubs were doomed to navigate.</p> It takes two to tango http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/it-takes-two-tango <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-voiceswest01-gc-102214.jpg" alt="Holly Collins and Craig Tomazin, from Adventures in Dance, dance to a performance by the Voices West choir on Saturday at St. James Presbyterian Church. " title="Holly Collins and Craig Tomazin, from Adventures in Dance, dance to a performance by the Voices West choir on Saturday at St. James Presbyterian Church. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong><i>By Stephanie Alderton,</i>&nbsp;</strong><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> Soaring vocals paired with fancy footwork when the Voices West choir and Littleton-based Adventures in Dance combined forces on Saturday.</p> Pint-sized classic rock cover band big on sound http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/pint-sized-classic-rock-cover-band-big-sound <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jpeg_image_36898_-_copy.jpg" alt="Members of the band Our Generation, from left: Dane Schley, Jason Kaplan, Addie Moss, Abbey and Jude Shaw." title="Members of the band Our Generation, from left: Dane Schley, Jason Kaplan, Addie Moss, Abbey and Jude Shaw." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;<strong>By Stephanie Alderton</strong></p> <p> <strong><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> When Dane Schley, 13, tells his friends he&rsquo;s in a band, they often think he&rsquo;s talking about his school&rsquo;s jazz ensemble.</p> <p> But his band practices take place miles away from his classes at Deer Creek Middle School in a nondescript warehouse off Evans Avenue in Denver. And few middle school jazz bands begin their practices by playing a loud Black Sabbath medley with hair-flinging, head-banging gusto.&nbsp;</p> Pumpkins, great and small http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/pumpkins-great-and-small <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-harvestfest01-gc-101514.jpg" alt="Attendees hunt for the perfect pumpkin while others take horse-and-buggy rides on Saturday at the Littleton Museum." title="Attendees hunt for the perfect pumpkin while others take horse-and-buggy rides on Saturday at the Littleton Museum." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> That first sip of apple cider, savored in the middle of a pumpkin patch, signals for many the arrival of autumn.&nbsp;</p> <p> The hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve and a bumpy ride behind a horse-drawn wagon also are seasonal traditions. And at Littleton&rsquo;s Harvest Festival on Saturday at the Littleton Museum, traditions as colorful as fall leaves were enjoyed by young and old.</p> <p> For the past decade, Carol Montgomery has brought&nbsp; her granddaughters to the festival, and this year Katie, 12, and Lilly, 10, enjoyed the autumnal offerings as much as ever.</p> Becoming American http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/becoming-american <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-naturalization01-gc-092414_0.jpg" alt="Francisco Mendez, from Mexico, waves his U.S. flag after becoming an American citizen on Sept. 17 at Littleton City Hall. " title="Francisco Mendez, from Mexico, waves his U.S. flag after becoming an American citizen on Sept. 17 at Littleton City Hall. " align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> Thirty-seven immigrants from across the world stood in the Littleton City Council chambers, surrounded by their friends and families. They raised their right hands and pledged loyalty to their new country.&nbsp;</p> <p> When the ceremony ended Sept. 17, the 37 immigrants had been replaced with 37 U.S. citizens.</p> <p> The story of America is the story of the immigrants who come here to start a new life, saying goodbye to homes and past lives in the ultimate gamble on a new beginning.&nbsp;</p> Bikers band together for Emily’s Parade http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/bikers-band-together-emily%E2%80%99s-parade <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-emilysparade01-gc-100114.jpg" alt="Michael Keyes, Emily Keyes&#039; father, hugs former Columbine High principal Frank DeAngelis before Emily&#039;s Parade on Sept. 28 at Columbine High School. " title="Michael Keyes, Emily Keyes&#039; father, hugs former Columbine High principal Frank DeAngelis before Emily&#039;s Parade on Sept. 28 at Columbine High School. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The owners of row after row of motorcycles parked behind Columbine High School didn&rsquo;t know one another. Yet they all knew why they were at the school on a Sunday morning clad in leather, jeans and bandanas.</p> <p> More than a thousand bikers made the 45-mile ride Sunday morning from Columbine High to Platte Canyon High for the ninth Emily&rsquo;s Parade to honor victims of school violence. The event is named for Emily Keyes, the 16-year-old student shot and killed in 2006 during a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School.&nbsp;</p> Out with the old, in with the new http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/out-old-new <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-icfd04-fc-092414.jpg" alt="Mark Bigler, right, helps Stella Geffre put on his firefighter clothing and gear at the Inter-Canyon Fire Department&#039;s open house on Saturday morning. " title="Mark Bigler, right, helps Stella Geffre put on his firefighter clothing and gear at the Inter-Canyon Fire Department&#039;s open house on Saturday morning. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> For Inter-Canyon Fire Chief Randy Simpson, Sept. 20 was a day of reflection as his department celebrated 60 years of providing fire, medical and emergency services to the community.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;I feel honored today,&rdquo; Simpson said. &ldquo;This department started out with just a few guys who thought we needed a fire department up here. Now it&rsquo;s a sophisticated department with volunteers and equipment.&rdquo;</p>