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  • “The word has been spread that Rosa Parks was a little old tired woman. I was tired, but my feet did not come into it. … The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

    Actress Becky Stone spoke these heartfelt words in her portrayal of the civil rights icon at Arapahoe Community College on Feb. 23.

    Presenting a perspective of Parks in her later years, Stone enacted the story of the woman’s refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., in a time when black people deferred to white bus riders.

  • Gathered around a table, students listened to a passage from a book and then typed it in Braille to test their speed and accuracy during a recent academic competition at the Colorado Center for the Blind.

    “It’s fun when you get the words right,” said Lexi Mink, a second-grader at Vista Peak School in Aurora. “Braille is also cool.”

  • Lifelong friends Chuck Hause and Lou Fohn grew up in Columbine in an era when wheat grew on area farms and coal from mines near West Coal Mine Avenue heated homes.

    As a young man, Fohn learned to fly an airplane at the former Columbine Airport on West Ken Caryl Avenue.

    Hause remembers when there was only a convenience store in the area to buy gasoline and groceries without making the drive to downtown Littleton.

  • For residents of South Jeffco’s Willowbrook Place, memories are fleeting, but moments are forever.

    Residents of the memory care community on South Kipling Street recently enjoyed some moments with a group of students from Regis Jesuit High School, who shared their experiences with rugby and dancing and music.

    Activities director Cody Kohlhagen was glad the boys could help the residents share in those experiences.

  • Helping fellow players is the goal of the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation — as a recent charitable effort underscores.

    The Littleton-based group raised a whopping $85,000 at a tournament dedicated to hockey player Dave Repsher of Silverthorne, who suffered critical injuries in the crash of a Flight for Life helicopter last July.

  • Greg Lauer describes himself as a “squeaky wheel.”

    The Columbine-area resident volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Jeffco children from troubled homes.

    It’s a tough job, one that requires compassion, patience — and persistence, Lauer said.

    The 18-year-old whom Lauer currently advocates for was recently accepted into a technical school, thanks in part to Lauer’s “squeakiness.”

  • “Let’s go! Let’s go!” a parent urged youngsters playing in the Jeffco Youth Charity Tournament at Chatfield Senior High last Thursday.

    Four 3-on-3 basketball games were under way in the high school gym, as the youngsters played half-court in 15-minute periods.

    Fifty-two teams of girls and boys in grades four through eight participated in the fifth annual tourney, which raised more than $6,000 for the Jeffco Schools Foundation.

  • The 2015 news landscape in Jefferson County saw everything from rescued donkeys and turtles to ambitious politicians to ruthless school district politics.

    Join us now as we return to the days of yesteryear (actually, this year) …

    Turtles, donkeys and mules, oh my …

  • Christmas came early this year for one small turtle with a huge personality. 

    The reptile, affectionately named Stretch by a Jeffco sheriff's officer, was discovered along with his feline cousin, Homer, when deputies responded to a call regarding a deceased person in a home. 

    Jeffco animal control officer Chana Guy also was dispatched to assist on the call, which came during the Dec. 15 snowstorm that closed most local schools. 

  • Gerald Folger’s career as “Santa’s helper” has taken him around the world and brought him into contact with thousands of children — but it also spelled trouble for his granddaughter.

  • For Cookie, a 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, the diagnosis was grim. The dog needed expensive surgery, or he was going to die.

    But thanks to the generosity of a local veterinarian, Cookie and his South Jeffco family are looking forward to a sweet and joyful Christmas.

    The feisty and playful pup has been a constant companion to the Sumner family for eight years, since Cookie was 8 weeks old. Yet Melissa Sumner knew on a recent day that something was terribly wrong with her family’s best friend.

  • The lone synagogue in South Jeffco has seen attendance grow in the past year, and many at Congregation B’nai Chaim credit the new cantor and her Southern drawl.

    Cantor Kim Harris was invited to join the synagogue as its spiritual leader in 2014 when the previous rabbi left. Since then, the Reform Judaism congregation at 4716 S. Coors Lane has seen attendance grow by more than 20 percent.

    As cantor, Harris leads the congregation in worship through music and provides insight into the greater message behind the words.

  • Santa stopped in Littleton last week and brought arctic weather with him.

    The holiday season kicked off Friday as St. Nick, along with a collection of singing and dancing elves, made his way down Main Street downtown for the city’s Candlelight Walk.

    Hundreds packed the closed street to welcome Santa and watch as more than a million Christmas lights adorning the trees downtown winked on. It was a picture-perfect winter scene — with the temperature in the teens.

  • Several hundred people packed the public hearing room at the Jeffco government headquarters on Saturday to celebrate the adoption of 26 children by 17 families on National Adoption Day.

    While the day kicked off a new life for the families, it also marked the end of countless hours of work by caseworkers from Jeffco’s Human Services Department and adoption agencies across the metro area.

  • The Colorado Center for the Blind and Arapahoe Community College again partnered to give sight-challenged students from the Front Range a chance to get hands-on science experience — by dissecting sharks.

    The center hosted about 40 students Friday for the class, taught by ACC biology professor Terry Harrison since 2005. Students who are visually impaired or blind participate in a part of science class they’d otherwise miss: dissection.

  • The men gathered around a flatbed truck, handing out seven old but well-maintained M-1 rifles and clips of blank ammunition.

    The 11 men from the Pat Hannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4666 in Littleton, some in their 80s, then walked to a shelter at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Nov. 6. They positioned themselves as they had a thousand times before and waited for the funeral party to arrive.

  • After months of fund-raising and work by volunteers from across the country, the Veterans Monument at Ken-Caryl Ranch was officially presented to the community on Saturday, just in time for Veterans Day.

  • On Friday, the Foothills Park and Recreation District will give residents a chance to try several classes that focus on the connection between mind and body.

    Foothills will open up its yoga, tai chi, Pilates reformer and barre revolution classes for 20-minutes sessions. The free day lets residents sample different ways to exercise, said Tami Adams-Schlieman, fitness supervisor for Foothills.

  • Most pumpkin patches don’t come with an obstacle course.

    Thousands descended on the Botanical Gardens at Chatfield on Saturday for the annual Great Pumpkin Haul, a 2-mile obstacle course in which each competitor carries a pumpkin — or two pumpkins, for the more extreme athletes.

    And if carrying a pumpkin or two while climbing over a wall or through a tunnel isn’t hard enough, many participants were decked out in Halloween costumes as well.

  • I’m a legitimate Star Wars geek.

    That isn’t an exaggeration. I grew up immersed in the universe George Lucas created in “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” I memorized every line from repeated viewings of all three movies. And I still watch them on a regular basis today.

    I’m a grown man who displays a light saber on his wall next to a poster from the original film. I’ve acted in a Star Wars fan film. I am a legitimate Star Wars geek.