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Evergreen Lake Plunge rescheduled for Feb. 12th

Written by Lisa Hamm-Greenawalt on .

The 9th Annual Evergreen Lake Plunge has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, 2017.

This iconic Evergreen event had to be postponed from its original New Year's Day date because of poor ice conditions, but Mother Nature is finally cooperating. Come plunge for a cause or just watch and cheer!

Plunging Channel 4 newscaster Alan Gionet will act as emcee as people jump into the inviting waters of Evergreen Lake to benefit Evergreen Park & Rec District's Special Needs Programs and Drive Smart.

Registration is $35 in advance (sign up online!) and $45 on the day of the plunge, starting at 10:30 am. The jumping starts at noon!

Too chicken to plunge but want to support someone who isn't? You can sponsor that friend or make a donation to an Evergreen Lake Plunger.


Ice melt contest for 2017 underway

Written by Cindy Lempke on .


The annual Evergreen Ice Melt Contest, sponsored by the Mountain Foothills Rotary Club, is underway with a newly-painted, bright yellow barrel placed on the lake on January 11.

The goal of this year’s contest is to raise money from ticket sales in support of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District Special Needs Program, Evergreen Christian Outreach, Crutches 4 Africa and charitable programs of the Mountain Foothills Rotary Foundation.

The contest challenges ticket holders to guess the exact date and time the Rotary barrel will fall through the ice on the lake. First prize is $1,000, second place is $500, third place wins $250 and the fourth luckiest guess receives $125.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of numerous local sponsors. To date, this year’s premium level sponsor is Colorado Serenity.

Gold level sponsors are: Elevation Dental, Evergreen Dental Group, Evergreen National Bank, and JustAroundHere.com.


Meet Michelle O'Laughlin

Written by Anne Vickstrom on .

Walking into a local restaurant, Michelle O’Laughlin was greeted by a college senior who introduced her to a table of friends as “This is my third grade teacher.” She smiled and laughed. “I’m often introduced like that,” she said. That’s something of which to be very proud, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg with this lady.

From rural Minnesota, Michelle took advantage of an opportunity to live and study in Vienna, Austria her first year of college. “I had two years of German in high school and one in college, and was by far the worst German speaker in the group of 20 in the program,” she said modestly. “I’d never been on a plane. It was a real eye-opener for a farm girl.” She was speaking literally; her parents raised “cows, pigs, soy beans and hay,” she said with a tone that revealed she’d answered that question before.

Michelle returned to the States in 1970 during the Vietnam War. “Kent State happened a month after I came back.” For her, it was a time to not just go through the motions of life, but to ponder what direction she should take. She worked as an Elementary School teach for two years “and the summer in between to pay off my loans.”