The TallGrass Blog

The Power of Community
06/07/2013 Gail Ridings
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 My husband and I are blessed to live in Evergreen for many reasons, but one of the most important is the close knit community, especially in our “Hangen Ranch” neighborhood. We have block parties, parades and most of us know each other by name, by our dogs and by our horses. Chuck helps plow snow from driveways in the winter and just went over to help dig post holes for a fence going in across the street. (I did marry a boy scout!). Just last night, in the midst of a fire on our Bluebell Lane, we all pulled together to help evacuate those closest to the fire. We took our trailer beyond the fire lines and evacuated six horses and brought them to our property for safety. The local firefighters were able to contain the huge blaze and it is almost completely out as I write this.


I’ve heard many stories this morning about other neighborhoods and how people were pitching in to make sure everyone was safe. Luckily, the fire did not blaze out of control and some of the preparations were not necessary, but it was heartening to see the power of community in action. Thanks to everyone who called and expressed their willingness to help. We appreciate all of you!


I hope that you, too, are an involved participant in your community – in the city or the country. We know how important it is to our own TallGrass community – of which you are a special part. Best wishes for a happy, safe summer!