Noah Landwehr: A big thanks to a wonderful community
I find myself looking out the window as the snow blankets the world outside; finally, in this winter that has not been a winter, only cold. I moved here in the fall of 2001, like many of you, to find my own place, somewhere to belong that was mine. Of course at the time I was just moving to the mountains, to live a carefree existence that included living in a tent and playing all the time. As many of you know, and those not ready to hear this yet, we all grow up. When that happens, it becomes much more about the people we choose to share our lives with. Something here captures us in a way that won’t let go. What is that something? It is not as simple as the scenery. There is a saying that we move here for the winter, and stay for the summer. But it’s the people who make it a home, and the people of Summit County show the fineness of their character daily, and especially in times of need.
Our time of need was now. My family suffered the loss of our home to fire on the night of April 1. The “Purple House” was a landmark, and to many for many years, it was the beating heart of Montezuma. We spent four years making it as beautiful as it could be, and then spent the last two years making it a haven for Atticus. Thankfully no one was injured, either in our family or among the fine people who came to our aid that night. Our dog, Aber, was let out with only minutes to spare; she is doing fine now. I still need to personally thank whoever got her out, for there is no doubt they saved her life.
We have been humbled by the outpouring of support from the community of Summit County. One of the most touching experiences was when a Summit Cove 5th grade class called Atticus, our son, on his birthday, which was April 5, and sang to him. In response to such thoughtful actions, I am at a loss for words.
My entire extended family, with few exceptions, lives in Minnesota. Like the rest of you who have moved away from where we were raised, we have had to, or just have in some kind of accidental way, made a new family. That is the only explanation for the care and compassion that has been shown to us in our time of need. We have been treated like family by the community here in Summit, and I know we will never be able to pay it back, but I know Atticus will learn of the integrity of those he lives around, and that we as a family will strive daily to re-pay this community’s kindness by our deeds and our actions.
We do owe a most heartfelt thanks to the people who work directly with Carly in Keystone, and the whole community of Keystone that has come together to support us – thank you so much. My home away from home these past eight years has been the Dillon Dam Brewery. Thank you to the owners, co-workers and especially patrons. In addition, thanks to the real estate community of which I have only recently become a member, especially the people of Cornerstone Real Estate and Slifer, Smith, and Frampton in Keystone, who have been over the top supportive with their time and efforts.
I would be remiss if I failed to again mention the wonderful people of Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue, Summit County Sheriffs Department, and the highway dept. who kept the treacherous road safe for all the trucks. All of you were professional and compassionate at the same time. Last, but certainly not least, the people of Montezuma, our home. We love our little mining town, our neighbors, our community within Summit County. We miss you, we love you, and we’ll be back. Thanks for being our contact up there, Steve.
Included, but not limited to, are our heartfelt thanks to all the anonymous donations from the numerous selfless people in the county who might not even know us, but felt compelled by the goodness in their hearts to contribute in one way or another to our welfare. Nothing shows the character of our mountain comrades more then giving to someone in need that one does not even know personally. We’d also like to thank Greers appliance in Silverthorne for their generous donation, and North Face in Breckenridge, who replaced our lost hiking shoes.
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