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Silverthorne’s Got Heart

Bob and Sue Peterson

Silverthorne’s Got Heart: It takes a village

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Even as the pandemic forced a massive shutdown in March, Summit County residents Bob and Sue Peterson doubled down on their work: coordinating and serving the Summit County Community Dinner at the Elks Lodge every Tuesday without interruption. The Community Dinner program, launched in 2008 by founder and long-time Silverthorne resident Deb Hage, provides free meals for everyone who attends and, in the fall, will also offer flu shots. The weekly program is made possible through donations and volunteer labor. Bob tracks donations and oversees food …

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Athletes participate in The Cycle Effect’s Summit County mountain biking program

Making Mountain Biking More Accessible

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Before becoming the face of the Summit County chapter of The Cycle Effect, Isabel Rodriguez had never ridden a mountain bike. To the group’s leaders, that made her perfect for the job. With additional chapters in Eagle and Mesa counties, The Cycle Effect aims to empower young women through mountain biking to create brighter futures and build stronger communities. Rodriguez might have lacked the technical skills, but she could bridge the organization and the population it sought to reach. “Even though I wasn’t a mountain biker, …

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Summit Fire & EMS Parade

Silverthorne’s Got Heart: Parade of (flashing) lights

On a typical day, flashing red and blue lights heading toward your home is not exactly a welcomed sight. But during the COVID-19 stay at home order, Summit Fire & EMS has helped roughly 20 Summit County residents celebrate their birthdays with a drive-by parade of fire trucks and ambulances flashing their lights, giving birthday wishes over the PA system, and when possible teaming up with local law enforcement vehicles for an even flashier show. “A lot of people deal with us on their worst day ever,” said Steve Lipsher, …

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Silverthorne’s Got Heart: Local eye doc serves National Guard’s pandemic response

When our country is in crisis, members of the National Guard are “always ready, always there.” Even during the COVID-19 pandemic when they are facing the same anxiety, fears and family needs that the rest of us are, the National Guard’s citizen soldiers are called to step away from their daily lives and businesses to serve the community.  For Silverthorne eye doc Jessica Hegewald, owner of Blue River Vision, this calling to serve in the National Guard is a privilege. “I chose health care and the National Guard for the …

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Summit Ford and Blue Moon take food to St Anthony's Medical Center

Silverthorne’s Got Heart: Local restaurateurs provide food to the frontlines

It’s a tough time to be in the restaurant business. But for Silverthorne restaurant owners Tim Applegate and Ben Reil, that’s not holding them back from donating meals to frontline workers during this pandemic.  As owners of Silverthorne’s Sauce on the Blue, Tim and his wife Deb have been hard at work behind the scenes to cook and deliver delicious Italian dinners for the Silverthorne Police Department each day. “We’re not looking for anything from it,” said Tim. “We just recognize how fortunate we are to have such a wonderful …

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Silverthorne’s Got Heart: A Look Back at 3 Local Heroes

During an unprecedented time filled with so much uncertainty, one thing is for sure: Silverthorne’s got heart. There are heartwarming stories about businesses, nonprofits and people helping people in extraordinary ways – from FIRC’s 1,997 meals served weekly to the hundreds of donors who have stepped up to support the Summit Foundation community cares fund, our community is brimming with generosity.  But this neighborly love isn’t anything new to Silverthorne. Let’s take a look back at the stories of three local heroes we shared last year. #1 Jim Buckler helps …

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community members cleaning up the Blue River Trail

Community Members and Adopt a Trail program keep Blue River Trail clean

A connection to Summit County and beyond The Blue River Trail in Silverthorne is a favorite among residents and visitors alike. Providing an accessible rec path for all to enjoy, the Blue River Trail connects Silverthorne to the rest of the rec paths in Summit County, making it easy and fun to bike from Silverthorne to Dillon, Frisco and beyond. For the past 15 years, stewards of the Blue River Trail in Silverthorne have been helping clean and maintain the trail for all to enjoy through the Town’s Adopt a …

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Volunteers at Blue River Horse Center

Silverthorne’s Got Heart: John Longhill gives his heart to horses and the community

John Longhill and the Blue River Horse Center Over the past 35 years, John Longhill estimates that he has worked with 15,000 kids through his horse programs, starting in Georgia before moving to Colorado and opening the Blue River Horse Center. Serving as executive director since 2008, John works hard helping horses, children and adults.    Located just north of the town of Silverthorne, the Blue River Horse Center has a twofold purpose: to help decrease the number of unwanted horses in Colorado and to provide an educational experience for …

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Red Buffalo Cafe Library Shelf

Silverthorne’s Got Heart: Red Buffalo & Summit Library

Nothing says cozy community like curling up with a warm beverage and a good book — and Red Buffalo Coffee & Tea wants to make sure everyone in Silverthorne can do just that.  Red Buffalo, located at 358 Blue River Parkway and backing onto the Blue River, has played an active role in the Silverthorne community since the café opened in 2010. All summer, Red Buffalo hosts Storytime on the Go on the back patio, with a librarian from the Silverthorne-Summit County North Branch Library bringing books to share with …

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Silverthorne’s Got Heart: Making North Pond More Skateable

You might know Bob Lau as a top-notch financial advisor with his own financial services business (Summit Wealth Advisors). Or you might know him from his coaching days at the Silverthorne Elementary where he coached both of his kids, Abbey and Jake in various sports. Perhaps you know him from his days as a guide for Copper Mountain’s Over the Hill Gang. Or maybe you’ve seen Bob enjoying breakfast at Mountain Lyon Cafe or grabbing a bottle of something tasty from Chris at Locals Liquors. Any way you slice it, …

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