Spring May Have Sprung In Christopher Creek

 These girls sculpted this artwork, which they aptly named “Snow Castle,” at The Grey Hackle Lodge. The young artists included Danielle Boettcher, Picabo Bender, Olivia Bender and Bailey Boettcher.

These girls sculpted this artwork, which they aptly named “Snow Castle,” at The Grey Hackle Lodge. The young artists included Danielle Boettcher, Picabo Bender, Olivia Bender and Bailey Boettcher.

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Former fuel reduction grant administrators Sam Seay and Caren Christenson remind you that if you participated in a past grant, you signed a pledge to continue to maintain your property after treatment. Sam and Caren thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the projects.

The Christopher Creek Fire Department has not pursued any further fuel reduction grants. However, these grants are still available. If you or anyone you know is interested in a fire reduction (tree removal) grant, you’re encouraged to draft a letter and give it to the fire department. Perhaps, if enough interest is generated, we can get the grant program back. I took advantage of it about a year and a half ago and it worked out very nicely.

Please continue your fuel reduction efforts on your own to reduce the dangerous fuel loading in our forests.

Spring break

Spring break has arrived, which means more visitors for the Christopher Creek area. On Thursday, March 15, Rod Britain found some young spring-breakers building a snow sculpture from the two-foot snow bank remaining in the shadows of The Grey Hackle Lodge. Danielle Boettcher, 8, Picabo Bender, 14, Olivia Bender, 11, and Bailey Boettcher, 13, sculpted this artwork, which they named, quite aptly, “Snow Castle.”

I am always amazed by the uniqueness of weather in Christopher Creek. Last week we had unrelenting snow Tuesday through Thursday and this Tuesday through Thursday was weather that mirrored the Valley’s warmer weather. Go figure!

Spring cleaning

I’ve noticed that a lot of folks are already doing their spring cleaning. It seems like trash cans have been a little fuller than normal lately. I always like spring cleaning time because while I’m going through things organizing and cleaning, it allows me some time to reflect on things and put things in perspective.

I happen to be a recovering packrat-aholic. I used to be one of those people who had to save everything that had even a slight memory attached to it. Thankfully, I’ve gotten better, but sometimes it sure is hard to let go of some of the weirdest things.

My “remedy” has come in the form of a digital camera. Anything I’ve held onto for “too long” and is of mediocre importance, I end up taking a picture of and then I get rid of it. If you’ve got anything that you recently parted with that you had been holding on to for a long time, but finally got rid of it. I’d love to hear your story.

Kind of looks like spring may have sprung. We’ve had a number of nice days and it appears much of the snow is gone (at least for the brief moment I am writing this article). However, in Christopher Creek next week could end up being a blizzard.

Dennis and Kelly O’Neill would like to thank everyone who attended the annual St. Patrick’s Day party at their home in See Canyon. As usual it was a great time!

Easter Egg Hunt

Every year, the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association sponsors a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. This year it will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 3 on Columbine Road, just across from Ashby’s Pasture.

We hide 500 eggs in the forest and the children have a wonderful time finding them. There are prizes for most and least eggs gathered in each age category. This activity is open to all community children and grandchildren who are 12 or younger.

Visitors to the Christopher Creek area are also encouraged to join in the fun.

Fire department

I’d like to thank the members of the fire department for their prompt attention to community matters. I personally have stopped by or called them two times in the last couple of months. Once for a hit elk in the middle of the highway, and another time for a stranded passer-by. In every circumstance, they acted very quickly and were extraordinarily helpful. I sure like having them so close by.

Just a quick reminder for anyone interested in trying their hand at poker. The Creekside tournaments are every Wednesday at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. They are always free and newcomers are welcome. Last Wednesday’s first-place winners were Alex Armenta and Rod Britain.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories. For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: info@christophercreeklodge.com. Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.

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