That Patrick Paden kid just keeps on making Earth Hour-Summit County happen.
Tomorrow night, Saturday, March 23, from 8:30-9:30, he hopes we'll again turn out the lights to make our planet better.
"It started with an idea, a simple action, for the betterment of our planet. I was 15 when Earth Hour started in Summit County - a sophomore at Summit High School, trying to define who I was and what I stood for," recalls Patrick, now 20.
Patrick has since graduated from Summit, earned a two-year degree from Colorado Mountain College graduate in environmental science and entering as a junior this fall at the University of Colorado studying environmental design.
"I look forward to making this program grow," he says, looking toward the future.
"I hope to take this program statewide. I have walked up to the doors of every government building in the county with hope to get Earth Hour passed in their town and now I am hoping to stand on capitol hill in Denver to pass a proclamation for the State of Colorado within the next few years."
This year Patrick has again signed up the Summit County government, towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne, Summit School District and another roster returnee, Arapahoe Basin, "will power down" for Earth Hour.
What started in Sydney, Australia, six years ago, continues to grow.
Patrick's efforts have grabbed the attention of couple of big name "green" organizations, he explains.
"Without saying much, the World Wildlife Foundation and Earth Hour USA were shocked to hear what was coming out of this little mountain community and who was behind it," Patrick notes with modest satisfaction."
"I encourage all residents and business owners this year to power down and make a great night of the event," he says.
He suggests we "break out some candles, play some board games, invite people over and simply have a great time with the lights off."
"As Arapahoe Basin says, 'Do it in the dark.' Earth Hour is here to educate and help make a difference in your life," he comments.
Spotted out for lunch at the Boatyard recently was Frisco Town Manager Bill Efting, who was hosting Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt and husband Tim. It was Tim's birthday.
Bill used to be the manager over there and in Avon and Dacono. He started his public career as the director of Aspen's recreation operations back in the '70s
Jacque was a longtime executive director for the Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST).
Today, Friscoite Joyce Burford heads the group. She and Frisco native son - and mayor - Gary Wilkinson, are a highly visible "power couple."
CAST is an organization of 26 municipalities and three counties whose economies are largely dependent upon tourism. Its members include the mayors, managers and council members of mountain resort towns.
Enjoying their spring break here from the Lone Star state of Texas recently were these lovelies:
Allison Naquin, 19, Texas State University, computer info systems major; Taylor Declercq, 26, make-up artist; Jessica Pettey, 26, University of Houston, pre med; Felicia Fernandez, 19, Texas State University, physical therapy major; and Lauren Pettey, 17, Dobie High School.
Hey, Spike! ran into the girls at Foote's Rest, enjoying the sounds of Mineshaft Moonshine's Keith Foksey, Charlie Williams and Eric Fisher.
A repeat is slated this weekend.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran,
former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-
winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years.
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