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  • Hoisting sandbags over their shoulders, competitors kicked off last weekend’s inaugural two-day Monsters and Midgets fund-raising event by completing a weighted, mile-long run around CrossFit Watchtower.

    Though Monsters and Midgets is a traditional CrossFit event, this particular event was different in its charitable nature.

  • From across the gym at CrossFit Watchtower in Englewood, the shadow of a wheelchair is visible.

    David Ortiz of South Jeffco rolls out of the shadows and into the harsh light of the gym, weaving in and out of kettlebells and barbells to grab weights of his own.

    Pull-ups, push-ups, kettlebell swings, free weights — Ortiz does it all.

    The 34-year-old U.S. Army veteran became a T-10 paraplegic after a helicopter crash in June 2012 while overseas in Afghanistan.

  • “How many of you know ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes?’ ” librarian Nora Stewart asked a dozen kids who attended a special Day of the Dead celebration at the Columbine Library on Oct. 26.

    Smiles and icing covered the eager faces as they nodded their heads and waved their arms in confirmation.

    Stewart then proceeded to teach the children the familiar song in Spanish. All stood, touching their heads and repeating the words after Stewart.

  • William Witt never saw the front lines.

    But because of that, the 92-year-old World War II veteran says, he’s still here to recount the stories of his time spent in the South Pacific.

    Witt, a Wisconsin native, now lives at Brookdale Senior Living in Littleton. He worked in chemical warfare and considers himself to be lucky man.

    “I was just assigned to it. Luckily … If I’d have been out in the fire, shooting them off at the pillboxes, I might not be here,” he said.

  • Ladybugs, zombies, superheroes and Paul Blart the mall cop packed Dakota Ridge High School on Oct. 27 for the school’s annual Trick or Treat Street.

    The event, which has been held for approximately nine years, aims to provide a fun Halloween event for the community while also showing off the high school where many of the youngsters one day will attend.

  • The glow of the October sun sinks behind the mountains lining the Chatfield Senior High School football field. A whistle blows; the game is over; the crowd cheers loudly — Chatfield wins.

    Sophomore running back Alex Malone, No. 18, who moved in June to South Jeffco from Texas, jogs off the field to join his team in celebration.

  • A black storage box sits under Shay Langley’s bed in her South Jeffco home, but it doesn’t contain extra clothes or shoes.

    Instead, it’s where she keeps a charred flap of skin, a mutated eyeball, a gaping, bloody mouth.

    Yet what might scare many inspires the 14-year-old special-effects makeup artist. In fact, she lives for the horrified gasps that the art inside her “creepy little monster case” creates.

  • As the Foothills CROP Hunger Walk began Sunday, several participants at the front of the procession grabbed gallons of water to carry on their journey around Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park.

    Though the day was warm, the water was not meant to quench their thirst. Instead, it was a sign of solidarity and a symbol of the struggle that many face when trying to meet their basic survival needs.

  • Alice Rudy and Juanita Barton both play the piano and love to dance. Both value time with their families and feel strongly about their faiths.

    But their similarities do not stop here. In fact, they merely begin. After Rudy celebrates a birthday Oct. 20, the next-door neighbors at Brookdale Assisted Living in Littleton will both be 104 years old.

    Still dancing

  • A Lookout Mountain family last week organized a community drive to collect snacks, sports drinks and other goodies for the Jeffco County Sheriff’s Office.

    Britt Gaskell and her three children decided that, in the wake of recent violence toward police officers across the country, they wanted to show their appreciation and “recognize all of you (officers) for your dedication and compassion to our community.”

  • In Diane Lundy’s house, few mornings are greeted with more anticipation than Saturdays.

    For seven weeks during the fall and spring, Lundy travels with her three children to South Jeffco from Denver to spend an hour at the Foothills Park & Recreation District’s Schaefer Athletic Complex. It’s one of those rare occasions when she can kick back and watch her 9-year-old son, Caden Hoff, really be a kid.

  • Deanna Curtis loves birds.

    All birds, really. It’s tough for her to pick just one favorite.

    “The barn owl’s my favorite owl. The red-tailed hawk’s my favorite hawk. The golden eagle’s my favorite eagle,” Curtis said, laughing. “It’s too hard to narrow it down to one favorite.”

  • Flames lit up the eyes of the children who stood captivated, watching black smoke fill the air.

    But despite the fire and the smoke, this is not a story of destruction. Rather, it is the story of educational fun at the West Metro Fire Rescue Training Center, which hosted its 22nd annual Family Fire Muster on Saturday.

    The event allows attendees to learn proper fire safety techniques, dress as firefighters, participate in the junior firefighter challenge, and check out the inside of the department’s fire trucks.

  • Children and their parents enjoyed an afternoon farming fruits and vegetables, shopping, and preparing sit-down meals — all while aboard a bus.

    The Spark City Children’s Museum bus, which was outside the Ken Caryl Safeway on Saturday, offered kids an opportunity to role-play and to learn about the farm-to-table food experience.

  • Sunday’s blazing sunshine and warm temperatures provided the perfect sendoff to summer as people strolled through Clement Park during the 32nd annual Summerset Festival.

    Thousands made their way to Clement Park over the weekend to enjoy the music, games, animal- and children-oriented events, and other activities.

  • Today’s high school freshmen weren’t yet born on Sept. 11, 2001. The youngsters climbed anyway.

    Many who attended Sunday weren’t in New York, Washington or Pennsylvania on that horrific day, and don’t know anyone who was. And still they climbed.

    Some participants weren’t firefighters and didn’t have any connection to first responders. And yet they climbed as well.

  • By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Rich Haas believes he chose his life. He grew up with an alcoholic father and several siblings — all now deceased — whom he described as “crazy.”

    But it was a decision his soul was willing to endure.

    Haas, a resident of Morrison, is the author of the newly released book “Sacred Quantum Metaphysics.”

  • The Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park hosted a “100 Years for Birds” event on a recent Sunday in honor of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

    The event offered information booths and displays on various species of migratory birds; a live raptor presentation by Nature’s Educators; a rubber-duck scavenger hunt for the youngsters; and nature walks led by master birders.

  • A South Jeffco golfer was treated last month to an unexpected trip to Baltusrol Golf Club for the PGA Championship.

    But the journey to Springfield, N.J., for the season’s final major didn’t begin on a qualifying course or as an item on a personal bucket list. It started with a news story.

  • When the summer sun is scorching and the pool is open for one more day, everyone and their dog come out for a swim. Literally.

    Deer Creek Pool hosted its annual Doggy Dip on a recent Sunday evening, and more pools in the South Jeffco area were scheduled to host similar events before closing for the season.

    Pet owners of all ages brought canines of varying sizes to enjoy the water, the fun and the community.