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Realtors hold Inaugural, present awards

Written by Pam Montgomery on .


On the unseasonably warm evening of Tuesday, September 20, the Mountain Metro Association of Realtors held their Inaugural ceremony outdoors at the Dunafon Castle in Idledale. Almost 200 guests enjoyed this stunning property built in 1929 along Bear Creek while listening to Mumblin' Cousins, wandering the unique grounds, and enjoying food trucks, beverages, and a s’more’s grill.

Under the lights of the gazebo, new board members were installed for the upcoming year.  Jeffrey Girod of Keller Williams Foothills Realty will take over as Chair.

The following awards were presented:

  • Realtor of the Year (Deb Christensen – Keller Williams Foothills Realty)
  • Affiliate of the Year (Robin Stahnke – Freedom Mortgage)
  • Community Service (Marie Lynch of Re/Max Alliance)
  • Chairman’s Award (Amy Good – Good Mountain Real Estate)



Evergreen sets new record for World's Longest Picnic Table

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(More photos at the end of the story.)

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, Evergreen set a new record for the World's Longest Picnic Table at the Buchanan fields.  

Surveyors determined that it measured 810.7 feet in length, with boards interlocking to make it one unit.  According to the Guinness Book regulations, the table needed to be continuous and in a straight line, ruling out the original plan to make it U-shaped on the ballfields.  The previous record – 638 feet 9.75 inches – was set in Kuwait earlier this year.  

EPRD worked with the group to make the location work by removing a section of fencing and leveling a portion of a berm.  


Meet Dave Lystrom

Written by Anne Vickstrom on .

Meeting Dave Lystrom can be a bit humbling. After just a few minutes with him you know that he is one impressive guy.

Currently serving as the Treasurer of Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability + You, better known as EAS+Y, Dave has earned himself a reputation for getting down to work and getting any job handed to him done right.

Dave grew up on a farm in central Minnesota. “I have only good memoires of hard work and long days,” he said. “When a friend lost his hand in an accident, everyone else in the community pitched in.”

Dave became a Civil Engineer and in 1964 landed his first job with the U.S. Geological Survey. It suited him well, taking him and his new bride, Karen, to Portland for two years.

“Then I got a pretty low draft notice. I became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and continued the work on the Geological Survey for two years. I served as an Executive Officer on a ship off of Alaska and the Puget Sound. It was a 136-foot ship with 4 officers and 29 crew members,” he smiled, recalling his memories of a different time.