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  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

    By the time 5 a.m. arrived, the park was inundated with thousands of worshipers making their pilgrimage in the predawn gloaming.

    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.

  • Jimmie and Karen Luckey are no strangers to tough times.

    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.

    But the most difficult trial was yet to come: Jimmie was diagnosed in December with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

  • For many young Cinderellas dreaming of prom, few things will be more central to their memories of that night than a perfect dress.

    For the third year, the Jeffco Public Library is helping to make memories with its prom dress swap. For a donation of eight cans of food — destined for the Jeffco Action Center — a young woman can choose a dress, shoes and accessories for prom night.

  • The Littleton Museum offered an udderly enjoyable event Saturday at Bovines Are Divine.

    The bountiful benefits of the bovine were on the hoof at the museum’s two working farmhouses. Museum re-enactors showed visitors how cheese was made, cream separated and butter churned 125 years ago.

    The farmhouses’ oxen team of Ford and Fitz were on hand, showing guests how the heavy lifting got done before the advent of mechanical tractors.

  • A group of military veterans who had geared up in South Jeffco spent last week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park.

    The dozen veterans from across the country were at the Sports Authority at Bowles Crossing on March 10 to load up on everything from wool socks to ski goggles before making the trip up the mountain to participate in numerous winter sports.

  • A two-day-long party? Yes, marking 125 years might just be worthy of such an extended fete.

    Littleton celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding over the weekend with a two-day celebration that included a fireworks show and the opening of a new trail along the city’s historic ditch.

    And to mark the quasquicentennial of Littleton becoming an official town, Gov. John Hickenlooper last week proclaimed March 8 as City of Littleton Day. Not bad for a little town that started with only 245 residents 125 years ago.

  • Ernest the donkey’s journey to his new home in Littleton was long and difficult.

    The 6-year-old donkey is the newest resident of the Littleton Museum’s 1860s working farmhouse. He joins another museum resident, Kate the mule, and will eventually be integrated into the farm’s daily activities, said Suellen Winstead, the museum’s education and interpretation coordinator.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Denim, fanny packs, scrunchies and smiling faces filled Stepping Stone Support Center’s facility on a recent Saturday for a ‘90s-themed dance party.

  • Zombies typically aren’t soft or cute, but the creatures being created by teens recently at the Columbine Library inspired more quacking than quaking.

    At the library’s Zombie Felties program on Feb. 10, one of its monthly events for teenagers, ducks, lions and other felines were made from felt and a lot of energetic creativity.

  • It was hard to tell who was having a better time on the dance floor: the proud fathers or the beaming daughters.

    Foothills Park and Rec’s Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball on Saturday drew a crowd of fathers who wanted to make memories with their daughters — and to impart some important lessons.

  • Firefighters are trained to deal with physical trauma. Ambulances and fire engines are equipped with medical tools that can treat everything from broken bones to heart attacks.

    But when it comes to mental trauma, like suicide attempts, first responders often are without any applicable tools or training. That led Littleton Fire Rescue Division Chief Wayne Zygowicz to develop a set of procedures for first responders to deal with suicidal patients and with family members.

  • By David White

    For the Courier

    One hundred years ago this week, France launched its first major offensive against Germany in World War I. The fight took place in the winegrowing region of Champagne, which the German army had invaded just weeks after hostilities broke out. Nearly 200,000 lives were lost in the three-month battle.

  • Earl Clark, 95, was among the last of a breed.

    The World War II veteran — the first president of the 10th Mountain Division National Association and a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame — died Dec. 28 at his home in Littleton.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Once a year, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield turns into a brightly lit fairyland.

    The annual Trail of Lights, which opened Dec. 5, features long and short trails lined with elaborate light displays on every available tree and historic barn. This year the gardens added a few new features, like a three-sided light tunnel and a special light show on weekends.

  • Employees from Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance came together last week to continue an almost 60-year tradition of giving back to the community with Operation Santa Claus.

    The holiday gift and food drive was started in 1958 when a group of Glenn L. Martin Co. employees pooled funds to buy presents for area kids who might be going without on Christmas. From there, Operation Santa Claus was born.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Figure-skating students of all ages brought a cool take on the Christmas spirit to The Edge Ice Arena’s annual holiday show.

    The show is a way for students from the Figure Skating Academy to show off their hard work to family and friends. This year’s “Skates and Snowflakes” event, held Saturday afternoon, had the largest number of participants ever, with 85 performers.

  • By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Virgil “Bud” Harold became both the newest and oldest member of American Legion Post 103 during an annual banquet recently.

  • The Smithtonians Handbell Choir knows how to ring in the holidays.

    In what has become an annual tradition, the choir performed a collection of yule tunes before a packed Bemis Library in Littleton on Sunday. The choir will bring its show back to town on Sunday, Dec. 14, when it performs during the Littleton Museum’s Holiday’s Evening event.

  • Scores of people participated in a “pinecone ceremony” and farolito lighting to mark the holiday season at The Fort restaurant in Morrison on Sunday under snowy skies.

    Visitors wrote a name or names on a piece of paper of loved ones they want to remember during the holidays and slipped the paper into a pinecone. The pinecones then were tossed into a campfire built in the central courtyard of the restaurant, the messages carried into the sky by the flames.