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  • How many know that the scar above the Chimney Creek Condominiums in Genesee is where the Denver Ski Club built a ski jump in 1921?

    The fascinating history of Jefferson County from the pioneer days to the Bucksnort Saloon, Lockheed Martin and suburban housing developments, is obsessively chronicled in “Jefferson County, Colorado: A Unique and Eventful History.”

  • A South Jeffco author has an unusual message for parents about social networking sites such as Facebook: Be worried if your children are not using them.

    The Internet may be teeming with predators and creeps, but exercising a little caution allows teens to safely interact on social media sites, which are swiftly replacing the need for face-to-face conversations, the author says.

  • How many know that the scar above the Chimney Creek Condominiums in Genesee is where the Denver Ski Club built a ski jump in 1921?

    The fascinating history of Jefferson County from the pioneer days to the Bucksnort Saloon, Lockheed Martin and suburban housing developments, is obsessively chronicled in “Jefferson County, Colorado: A Unique and Eventful History.”

  • Linda Barnard has a message for her clients: Pour the soda down the sink and stock up on dietary supplements.

    Barnard, the owner of a South Jeffco fitness studio, has decades of experience that have produced an ethos that emphasizes restraint and doesn’t accept failure.

    It’s been more than a year since Barnard opened DOT Weight Loss and Wellness, which was inspired by her time managing Gloria Stevens Figure Salons in Massachusetts.

  • The term “blues club” conjures images of a smoky bar tucked into an eclectic street in the heart of a big city. But the Blue Moo'd Lounge is hoping to bring that same ambience to South Jeffco.  Brother-sister team Tim and Terrie Bentley opened the bar and restaurant a few months ago, and the siblings are aiming to fill what they see as a jazz/blues void in the area.  "This place is for the neighborhood folks that don't want to go downtown," Terrie Bentley said.

  • A creepy crowd of characters took over the gym at The Ridge Recreation Center on Oct. 30.

    Among those walking table to table at Foothills Park & Recreation District's Boo-rific Bash and Splash Halloween celebration were at least two devils, a couple of dragons and one kid dressed like the Joker from “Batman.” Some chose the light instead of the dark, dressing up as princesses, ladybugs and the ultimate storm chaser, who sported a Doppler on Wheels truck as a costume.

  • Nursing home residents have held a special place in my heart since my grandmother passed away in a long-term care facility three years ago.

  • Celebrate Halloween this year with Foothills Park & Recreation District in a safe, fun and indoor environment at our new BOO-rific Bash & Splash event on Friday, Oct. 30.

  • The Girl Scouts have knocked on their last door. Though door-to-door cookie sales came to a halt more than a week ago, boxes of the revered snacks will soon be on sale outside stores into March. Boxes will be shipped. Sweet teeth will be satiated.

    Last year, Littleton’s Troop 2107 made $1,607 through cookie sales. The money has paid for camping trips, aquarium tours and community projects, among other activities.

  • Rand Kannenberg knows what it takes to beat addiction.

    The 49-year-old has spent more than half his life working full time in addiction counseling. He's authored two books on the subject and has lectured in every state in the country. His work has taken him beyond the U.S. borders, with lectures in Puerto Rico, Italy and South Africa.

    Now, as Kannenberg plans to open the low-cost Jeffco Addiction Assessment Clinic on June 1, he says his experience overcoming alcoholism is one of his strongest tools in helping people overcome their addiction demons.

  • Shortly after Lars Skoric was born, he was rushed to Children’s Hospital with persistent pulmonary hypertension, and the doctors there saved his life. Seven years later, Lars is an ambassador for the hospital, and he and his family were on hand at the 24 Hours of Hockey event at The Edge Ice Arena to help raise money for Children’s.

    “God doesn’t make your kids sick, but he brings angels to save them,” said Ivan Skoric, Lars’ father.

  • Residents near the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield might have noticed some new growth at the site in recent weeks.

    And that hasn’t been limited to spring’s usual bounty of fresh green leaves. The additions also include two new greenhouses that soon will house thousands of wild plants from all over the world.

  • May marks my one-year anniversary with Foothills Park & Recreation District. As I reflect on the past year, I wanted to provide a report of where we are as an organization and how I think we have grown and positively changed. I am reminded every day what great, dedicated employees we have. The quality employees I met during the interview process are what convinced me to take this position, and they are still what motivate me every day.

  • Although the thermometer dipped to chilly environs the morning of May 2, the warmth among people gathered under pavilion No. 6 at Clement Park was palpable.

    They were about to embark on the 16th annual Courage Walk, in which crime victims and their families joined with victim advocates in a fund-raiser what brought in $3,268. The proceeds from the event, which coincided with National Crime Victims Rights Week, will help maintain the Courage Garden at the Jeffco Courts and Administration Building.

  • Though he toils in the confines of the laundry room at the Jeffco jail, the handiwork of inmate Ivan Garcia is often found in unexpected places like hospitals and food banks.

    And as his co-workers dig into the daily drudgery of folding towels and blankets, Garcia sits down at a work station that typically isn’t included among the clichés that often populate jailhouse portrayals: a sewing machine.

  • Garrett Keaney, a fifth-grader from Normandy Elementary, will play violin. Brandon Ware, a senior at Chatfield Senior High School, is on percussion. Brenda Anderson, a mom, will be the conductor.

  • A seed planted with Littleton resident Shirl Smith in 2005 is about to bear fruit.

    Smith’s dream is to create a community fruit orchard to provide food for those less fortunate and to teach people how to live off the land. She wants to spread the idea across the country but hopes to lay the groundwork close to home.

  • In an earlier life, Jenny Schmidt of Bailey was a high-profile television reporter who covered the O.J. Simpson trial and the Rodney King verdict. But when she traded that life for motherhood, things changed.

  • Columbine Hills Elementary students, staff, faculty and parents celebrated “A Patriotic Celebration of Song” on Nov. 18 in CHE’s auditorium. The celebration was led by the Columbine Hills Elementary choir under the direction of CHE’s vocal music director, Emily Mahanna.

  • A basketball game unfolded Dec. 19 at the Dakota Ridge High School gym, but thoughts of winning or losing were eclipsed by concern for a graduate facing a devastating disease.

    Some players wore black. Some wore white. But they all were part of the same team: Team Tessa.