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Amy J. Born


As a longtime Evergreen resident and contributor to Colorado Serenity, Amy has interviewed many local characters over the years. If you are one or know one who’d like to be featured, Amy would love to talk to you. She also writes for fun and profit as a freelancer, helping businesses and professionals enhance their online presence through website content, blogging and more.


Johnny Turner

If you are a connoisseur of Evergreen’s local music scene, you no doubt know John Turner—aka Johnny T. He has been a popular performer at various festivals, open mic nights and other area venues such as Aspen Peak Cellars (Bailey), Lariat Lodge (Evergreen) and The...

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Margot Hamilton

Margo Hamilton, a Fort Collins native, moved to Evergreen in 1985 because of Willie Nelson. She explained, “A distant relative moved to Evergreen to ‘be closer to Willie.’ Her husband was obviously a saint. She tasked me to drive with her to Willie’s house numerous...

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John Mullan

You may know John Mullan from his popular Evergreen restaurant, Dandelions Café. Beginning with his first job in a kitchen at a summer camp in New Jersey, John’s lifelong passion has always been cooking. However, his diverse career in law and emergency medicine...

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Tom Larson

"His counselor explained that Tom had many of the symptoms of PTSD even though he couldn't pinpoint a single triggering event."Tom Larson and his wife, Dana, grew up in Minnesota, but having spent time in Colorado over the years, they couldn’t resist settling here...

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Brenda Cummings

Brenda Cumming wanted to be an artist. She excelled at painting and drawing, and wanted to go to art school. She even sold many of her drawings. Her mother, however, had another idea. “My mother decided I would go to nursing school and I’m so grateful,” said Brenda....

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Kayte Walker

“I was born Mary Katherine Walker, named after my dad’s mother, Mary, and my mom’s mother, Katherine. I instantly became Mary Kay,” Kayte Walker explained. She was Mary in high school and Kayte in nursing school. She became Kayte Christopher-Bear when she got married...

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Victoria Lierheimer

When she was 3 years old, Victoria was diagnosed with hydrocephalus (cerebral fluid pooling on the brain). Doctors implanted a shunt that malfunctioned. The technology at the time relied on valves that failed due to clogging. Her father had an idea for a solution and...

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John Ellis

Having a conversation with John Ellis is not unlike watching a documentary of Evergreen. From Bergen Park to Kittredge and Conifer, he’s known the families, the buildings, the businesses and the many nonprofit and civic organizations that have made up this community...

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Lori Frease

If you are new to the area or are just looking to meet new people, a great way to connect with others in the community is by volunteering. Just ask Lori Frease! She was named Volunteer of the Year in 2017 for good reason. “I volunteer a lot,” she said. Lori, a...

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Zack Short and Amy Mahoney

Zack Short and Amy Mahoney have teamed up to achieve an ambitious goal: raising $50,000 in just seven weeks for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as part of the organization’s Student of the Year program. The pair, both juniors at...

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Christina Fick and Conner Gardiner

According to novelist Thomas Wolfe, you can’t go home again. Christina Fick and Connor Gardiner might agree that while you can go back to where you’re from, it won’t exactly be the same place you left. Known in town for their businesses, Evergreen Medical Acupuncture...

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Ron Rossetter

Ron Rossetter grew up in upstate New York and left as soon as he could. He traveled the country in his Chevy truck for a year and a half, working in gas stations when he needed money. He said he accidentally ended up in Colorado when his truck broke down. He could...

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