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  • Some 29 kids were officially adopted into 22 families on Saturday at the Jeffco courthouse, and every child had a unique and often poignant history that carried him to that eventful day.

    But as the new families left the building, they started a new journey together from a joyful place.

    Hundreds gathered to celebrate those adoptions on National Adoption Day through Jeffco’s Human Services Department.

    Temporary becomes permanent

  • “Yucks!” blended with yucks as the students probed the stomach contents of the dogfish sharks they were dissecting.

    “I found a claw,” said one student, as he waved miniature pincers in the air.

    “I found a fish,” another student said as she held high a half-digested fish body.

  • Frigid temperatures didn't deter more than 100 people from celebrating Veterans Day in Littleton on Tuesday. 

    The crowd gathered at the city’s World War II memorial in Ketring Park to honor veterans from Littleton and beyond. And while the temperatures hovered in the teens during the ceremony, it didn’t put a chill on the emotional crowd. 

  • New digs have been found for a colony of prairie dogs whose habitat was lost as a result of a land sale.

    The animals were on parcels owned by the Foothills Park and Recreation District on the northwest and northeast corners of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue. The northwest parcel was sold to 24 Hour Capital Ventures LLC for $1.165 million and is set to be developed into a medical center. The northeast parcel is currently on the market.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    After dark last Friday, Bemis Library became a monster-infested maze through which a few unlucky golf clubs were doomed to navigate.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    A group of students is making Mackintosh Academy’s Littleton campus a sunnier place.

  • That first sip of apple cider, savored in the middle of a pumpkin patch, signals for many the arrival of autumn. 

    The hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve and a bumpy ride behind a horse-drawn wagon also are seasonal traditions. And at Littleton’s Harvest Festival on Saturday at the Littleton Museum, traditions as colorful as fall leaves were enjoyed by young and old.

    For the past decade, Carol Montgomery has brought  her granddaughters to the festival, and this year Katie, 12, and Lilly, 10, enjoyed the autumnal offerings as much as ever.

  • The owners of row after row of motorcycles parked behind Columbine High School didn’t know one another. Yet they all knew why they were at the school on a Sunday morning clad in leather, jeans and bandanas.

    More than a thousand bikers made the 45-mile ride Sunday morning from Columbine High to Platte Canyon High for the ninth Emily’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. 

  • 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. 

    “I feel honored today,” Simpson said. “This department started out with just a few guys who thought we needed a fire department up here. Now it’s a sophisticated department with volunteers and equipment.”

  • 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. 

    When the ceremony ended Sept. 17, the 37 immigrants had been replaced with 37 U.S. citizens.

    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. 

  • On a day when the skies are clear and the winds calm, a small, tight-knit community descends on an empty field in Chatfield State Park and ascends to new heights. 

    In the early-morning light on Sept. 20, members of the Colorado Balloon Club unloaded their equipment, unfurled their balloons and attached their baskets. Soon, those left on the ground watched as the balloons and their passengers slowly floated away. 

  • By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    Treasure hunters of all ages went looking for the past on Littleton’s historic Main Street last Saturday.

    Historic Littleton Inc. kicked off its third annual scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. to the music of a barbershop quartet outside the Town Hall Arts Center. Each group of contestants received a ballot containing clues and a map to the 15 local businesses where the answers could be found. 

  • The Summerset Festival was back at full strength last weekend as attendees soaked up the sunny weather that was missing last year. 

    The festival, which draws about 30,000 people to Clement Park during the three-day event, was canceled by wet weather in 2013 for the first time in its 30-year history. Yet even the potential for snow on Friday, opening day, wasn’t enough to dampen the excitement. 

  • Some like it crisp and others prefer their pig more pliable, but in the spirit of bringing home the bacon, downtown Littleton put pork on parade Saturday.

    “Who doesn’t love bacon? It’s delicious,” said Aaron Ehrhardt of Littleton.

    Ehrhardt and his wife, Tyleen, made the short walk to join hundreds celebrating side meat at the Alferd Packer Bacon Party. The event featured live music, drinks and several food trucks that served up the guest of honor.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    There was plenty of running, splashing and roughhousing Saturday at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House pool, but the lifeguard didn’t seem to mind. 

  • The lot behind The Ridge Recreation Center was empty at the start of the day on Aug. 9. By sunset, a new playground had materialized in the space.

    More than 250 volunteers from the Columbine Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including about a dozen kids handing out lemonade and water, made quick work of building the playground for the Foothills Park and Recreation District.

    The community effort was the fourth time the church has helped build a playground for the district in one day, said event organizer Kerry Schaper.

  • A motley crew mingled in Bega Park on Saturday as they waited for a firetruck to lead them down Littleton Boulevard. Several fairies took laps on their bicycles, while a couple of cowboys mounted stick horses and moseyed along.

    The Littleton Firefighters Children’s Parade drew a large crowd of pint-size participants Saturday morning. The event, part of Western Welcome Week, was the warm-up act for the Grande Parade later in the day.

    Yet for participants in the kids’ parade, it was the highlight of the day.

  • Colorado Supporting Our Troops, a charity that supports members of the armed forces serving overseas, is literally helping soldiers shine a light on their work.

    The group, which held a fund-raising event at Clement Park on Saturday, recently sent an $800 spotlight to an Army unit serving in Afghanistan. The light, which replaced one destroyed in a mortar attack, is used by trucks on night patrol to search for roadside bombs, said Lainey Hamrick.

    The fund-raiser featured a fitness boot camp and silent auction.

  • Ken-Caryl Ranch celebrated its 100th birthday with a little old-time flair.

    The Ken-Caryl Ranch Historical Society hosted a birthday party Aug. 9 to celebrate the community’s founding, when John Charles Shaffer bought the original 2,660 acres of land on Oct. 17, 1914. Shaffer named the ranch after his two sons, Kent and Carroll.

    The event was a throwback to the community’s founding, with a barbershop quartet, banjos and a vintage fashion show featuring clothes from the turn of the 20th century.

  • The price of a frozen turkey at the neighborhood grocery store doesn't add up for 15-year-old Evan Lim of Littleton.

    It costs Lim, a 4-H participant, about $70 for each of the turkeys he’s raised from chicks and then processed — a giant jump from the supermarket price.

    “It makes you wonder what they’re feeding them,” Lim said. “It’s really important for my family to know where our food comes from.”