Oak Creek When most people accomplish 25 years at a job, they get a bouquet of flowers or a watch.
Nancy Crawford got a street named after her.
Crawford, Oak Creek's town clerk, watched Friday as Public Works director Jim Photos changed the "Colfax Street" sign in front of Town Hall to "Nancy Crawford Boulevard."
The town decided a month ago that renaming a street after Crawford would be an unusual and permanent way to honor all she has done for the town during her employment.
Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman said it was difficult to come up with words to express her gratitude for Crawford, though Rodeman wrote a poem for the occasion.
"What could I possibly say about this woman who has done everything for us?" Rodeman asked.
About 25 community members attended the ceremony, including Town Board members, police officers, business owners and Crawford's family, which drove hours to watch her be honored.
"I think it's really nice the town did this. She deserves this, and I think it's good that she is recognized for what she's done," Nancy Crawford's daughter Amy Crawford said.
Amy Crawford drove from Aztec, N.M., to Grand Junction, where her sister lives, and they came to Oak Creek to celebrate their mother's accomplishment.
Nancy Crawford was touched that people showed up to support her.
"It's a nice break in the day," Crawford said. "The best part of my job is being able to see everyone, anyways."
Crawford said that during her 25 years as town clerk, she has seen Oak Creek suffer and prosper.
"There have been a lot of ups and downs along the way," she said. "There were times of dissension and times like now, where everyone seems to get along and we move forward."
Rodeman said 13 residents and one business owner were affected by the decision to change "Colfax Street" to "Nancy Crawford Boulevard." However, Rodeman said, no one opposed the idea.
Rodeman said the address changes already have been registered with the master address registry. She also told Crawford that she will be getting her mail at 129 Nancy Crawford Blvd., which is the new Town Hall address.
Oak Creek police Chief Linda Koile said Crawford is an asset to the town because she is so knowledgeable and able to answer any questions there are about procedures or town history.
"Nancy is Oak Creek. She has taught every single one of us with love," Koile said. "She gave me the confidence to become the chief of police."
Yampa resident Nora Phillips worked with Crawford in the 1980s and said she wouldn't have missed her ceremony for anything.
"I think this was a great idea, even though I knew Nancy wouldn't like it," she said with a laugh. "She sure has seen a lot here."
Crawford said she only complained once to Rodeman for changing the sign name, but then she had to accept it.
"I have loved this job because, most importantly, Oak Creek is my home. As the town clerk, I have had the chance to make a difference in my town," she said. "There is always something interesting going on here."
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