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Community Agriculture Alliance: My favorite things

Meg Tully/For the Steamboat Today

'Tis the season to reflect on the past year and to savor what we've accomplished at Historic Routt County. We are proud of our role in saving Routt County's special places, and the year has been a whirlwind of activity with preservation projects, events, socials, awards and win-win partnerships.

Thank you in advance for indulging me in a whimsical look back at 2014. (To be sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music." I am not Julie Andrews, so my Christmas gift to you is that you're reading this rather than hearing me sing it.)

Invoices paid and grants that are closed;

Grading that's finished and nicely bulldozed;

Teamwork in action, and partners in swing;

These are a few of my favorite things.

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Letters that say "Your grant is approved!"

Contracts signed, roadblocks removed;

Projects beginning anew each spring;

These are a few of my favorite things.

Historic buildings with register plaques;

Events and socials, rooms that are packed;

Volunteers hammering, laughing and singing;

These are a few of my favorite things.

When the paint peels,

When the money's gone,

When I'm feeling sad —

I simply remember my favorite things,

And then, I don't feel so bad.

In fact, I don't ever feel too bad, because there is so much to be thankful for at Historic Routt County, beginning with our loyal members and supporters. They are our most favorite thing! And because we value the people of this community and the work we do, our board of directors has been thinking hard about how we can best serve Routt County through a proactive and focused approach for our work.

Every community has its own story — a story that begins with something significant and continues along a progressive timeline uniquely special to that community.

At Historic Routt County, our goal is to help our special places talk so they can breathe added life into Routt County's distinctive and compelling story. We preserve, restore, reconstruct and represent identified structures that best showcase significant milestones along Routt County's unique timeline, and we think that an inclusive and organized architectural legacy is important to show the breadth and depth of our county's story.

Our current chapter of preservation projects includes Crossan's M&A Market in Yampa, Rehder Ranch in Pleasant Valley, Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse near Oak Creek and Hahn’s Peak Lookout near Clark. The combined stories — both past and present — of these unique places, all contribute to the massive, intertwined story of mining, mercantilism, education, ingenuity, ranching, farming and skiing (and more) that is Routt County.

I want to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful partners and organizations that have contributed to our story-telling success for 2014: History Colorado/Colorado State Historical Fund; National Trust for Historic Preservation Peter Grant Fund; Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund Advisory Board; Routt County Board of Commissioners; Routt County Historic Preservation Board; Yampa Valley Community Foundation; Friends of Crossan's volunteer group; town of Yampa; Dobell Contracting Company Inc.; Mountain Architecture Design Group P.C.; Thira Inc.; Yampa Valley Land Trust; Steamboat Engineering and Architectural Design Inc.; USDA Forest Service; Peabody Energy/Twentymile Mine; H.E. Rogers Construction LLC; Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg; Yampa Valley Sustainability Council; Bud Werner Memorial Library; Chief Theater; Bob McHugh; Jack Dysart; Paul Bonnifield; Steamboat Today; American Institute of Architects Colorado Chapter; Tread of Pioneers Museum; Steamboat Art Museum; Colorado Preservation Inc.; Community Agriculture Alliance; and Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism Program.

To all of you (and anyone I most likely have forgotten), thank you. On behalf of Historic Routt County's board of directors and advisory board of directors, our very favorite thing is working with you to keep Routt County's story alive and fresh — a story that truly has something for everyone.

Meg Tully is a certified association executive and executive director of Historic Routt County as well as owner of Nonprofit Know How, which provides services to nonprofits of all shapes and sizes.