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  Volume No. 15 Issue No. 6 June 2018  

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  On the Street in Black Forest
  By Breeanna Jent

   As rain poured down early on a Thursday evening in Black Forest, Tim Wight of Black Forest was enjoying a hot meal at Firehouse on the Run inside the Phillips 66 gas station at the corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads.
   While the rain continued, Wight, age 72, and a Wyoming native who worked for 45 years in the construction business before retiring, talked with The New Falcon Herald about everything from life in Black Forest to his favorite summer pastimes to his biggest inspiration.
   NFH: How long have you lived in Black Forest?
   Wight: A little over 10 years now
   NFH: What brought you to Black Forest?
   Wight: I retired when I was 65 and thought Black Forest would be a great place to settle down. My wife and I had a house that was too big back home in Wyoming, with our kids all grown up and out of the house and our grandchildren growing up and going off to college. We wanted to downsize a bit, and we’d visited Black Forest before when some old friends used to live out this way.
   NFH: What is your favorite spot in Black Forest and why?
   Wight: That’s a great question. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite spot, but more like I enjoy the whole town. There are parks; you’re surrounded by trees and nature. I like the quiet solitude of Black Forest. I like being surrounded by trees.
   NFH: What is your favorite thing about living in Black Forest?
   Wight: Probably the quiet, like I said. And the fact that you have so much space — although Black Forest is growing.
   NFH: Is there anything you would change about Black Forest?
   Wight: I don’t think so. Maybe I’d like to see it get smaller. It’s growing, more people are coming out here. I can’t blame them, though. It’s a beautiful place to live.
   NFH: What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
   Wight: When I was younger, I liked to barbecue. Nowadays, I enjoy spending time in the shade of a tree with a book, or spending long summer days with my wife and our kids when they come to visit. I’m more of a homebody now than I ever have been.
   NFH: If you could go back in time to any decade/era, which would you choose and why?
   Wight: See, I grew up in the ‘50s. I was lucky, and I had a good childhood. I really think that was a golden era for our country. I think I would like to go back to that time again.
   NFH: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
   Wight: I’d say probably vanilla or butter pecan — classic flavors.
   NFH: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
   Wight: When I was a kid, I wanted to be a firefighter or a policeman - you know, the typical stuff. But I was always good with my hands, and I always had the gift of patience. I got into construction when I was in my early 20s. I’ve helped build houses, barns, fences — you name it. I always liked it. It cleared my head.
   NFH: What song always brightens your day?
   Wight: Oh, that’s a tough one. I don’t know if I can pick. Anything by Elvis — I like those oldies, that Tom Jones, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra. There’s so much soul in it.
   NFH: Who is your biggest inspiration, or whom do you look up to the most?
   Wight: I’d have to say my dad. He and my mom raised seven children. My dad owned his own business; nothing too big — a convenience store on the corner. He worked very hard to take care of his family. We always had what we needed and never went hungry, even if money was tight some years. His work ethic really taught me how to put my best into everything I did.
   Mr. Wight declined to have his photo in the paper.
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  Black Forest Festival
  By Shari Conley

   The Black Forest Community Club will host the 2017 Black Forest Festival Saturday, Aug. 12, at the corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads. Last year’s festival was one for the books, and we’re looking for a repeat.
   This year will include western-themed features arranged around the traditional festival events. And there will be a few new items. Befitting the 2017 festival theme “Black Forest or Bust,” the Western Mining Museum will join us for the day to give you and your family the opportunity to “Pack a Mule” and “Pan for Gold.” Learn about minerals from their educational display, including benzonite, which was actually mined in Black Forest.
   There are more new features. The children’s games will be gussied up to mesh with the Pioneer Town (new last year), thanks to a local Eagle Scout project. Micah Thomas will be building some new games that go back to the time Black Forest was settled primarily for ranching, lumber mill operations and farming. Native American dancing will be provided by the Matoska Dancers.
   Grant and Alison Goldberg of Twisted Pine Farms in Black Forest will set up a ranch for the day with their varied livestock. The Pals of the Pines 4H club will have their petting zoo, expanded for 2017 because of the purchase of the property currently dubbed North 477. The community club is thrilled to provide a beautiful forest venue for all of these animals on Festival Day and for residents year round.
   R&R Coffee Café is generously cooking up a pancake breakfast again this year. The cafe will also offer specialty drinks outside in the afternoon, along with Rocky Mountain Brewery’s home brewed root beer and sodas. John Bradshaw is coming through with the jailhouse again. And the outhouse races will be back. Entries for the race and the parade are open at Or call 719-495-2718 to sign up for either opportunity.
   The Black Forest Festival is one of the many community services offered by the Black Forest Community Club, with proceeds going to local charities and nonprofit organizations. The event is fueled by an all-volunteer team. Once again, we’re shouting out to the local businesses to sponsor festival features, which will add plenty of fun and interest to this time-honored event. It takes a community like we have in Black Forest to pull this off.
   Many thanks to the folks who have stepped up to make this day great. Volunteer opportunities are still available. Please call 719-495-2718 if you would like to join the festival team. We sure hope you can come join us for some vintage Black Forest fun on Aug. 12.
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  No fee senior social

   A monthly informal occasion for seniors is the no fee event. They meet in the Black Forest Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 12455 Black Forest Road in Black Forest.
   Seniors are welcome at the Black Forest AARP and Black Forest Lutheran Church monthly informal gathering, held at the Black Forest Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 12455 Black Forest Road. The social is from 1 to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month, and all are invited to socialize, play games, work on hobbies or to simply sit and talk about “whatever.”  Light refreshments are available. For more information, contact Lavonne at 719-494-1276.
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