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Silverthorne’s Got Heart

Silverthorne’s Got Heart: Angels Among Us

For children, the holidays means a break from school, time with family, and of course, presents.  Yet hundreds of low-income families in Summit County have a hard time putting presents under the tree. That’s where Adopt an Angel comes in. Adopt an Angel solicits donations of new toys, clothes, and other goodies that volunteers then sort and distribute to qualified families around Summit County. Started about twenty years ago by Silverthorne Chief of Police John Minor and his department, the program served about 400 children last year, under the direction …

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Food donations at FIRC

Silverthorne’s Got Heart: Giving Thanks to Summit County’s Family & Intercultural Resource Center

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. Since 1993, the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) has helped Summit County families, and the organization’s efforts during the pandemic have been a literal lifesaver. From March to June, the organization provided 17,000 services in just three months, which is above what they typically provide in an entire year. With two-thirds of the Summit County’s workforce affected by the pandemic, FIRC has been able to meet the changing needs of the community.  FIRC serves as a safety net for families in Summit County with services that …

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Fall Colors on Peak One in Silverthorne

Mental Health Day: Finding Healthy Coping Solutions in a Pandemic

PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ. October 10th is World Mental Health Day, aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. In Summit County, the local nonprofit organization Building Hope is dedicated to improving the mental health of the community. The community-wide initiative creates a coordinated, effective and responsive mental health system that promotes emotional health, reduces stigma, and improves access to care and support for everyone throughout Summit County. This year, as a result of the pandemic, the organization has been especially flexible and proactive, nimbly serving …

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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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