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Fri, Dec. 13

Spirit of Prescott makes couple proud

I would like to share some of my thoughts about what it's like to call Prescott home.

My husband and I are former truck owner/operators who have had the opportunity to travel all over the United States. We have seen many quaint towns with that all-American charm, and always looked for somewhere we would want to call home. Of all the places we visited, we decided to move to Prescott. It has turned out to be a perfect decision.

Prescott never ceases to amaze us. We constantly tell each other how glad we are to live here. As newcomers, people have made us feel warm and welcomed. The history of this colorful place only adds to its charm. And the courthouse square … well, it is truly picture-perfect. What charm there is to downtown! And the history of this town, as well as the historic buildings, tell a story that makes it all so alluring and unique.

There is so much to see and do here, whether it is just exploring the back roads or attending the beautiful Performance Hall at Yavapai College. What an asset that is to this community! We recently attended the Randy Travis concert, and it was phenomenal. Thank you to all the sponsors for bringing him to Prescott and thanks to the college for providing such a beautiful place for these events.

We attended the arts and crafts show recently, and as we were walking down the street, watching people, seeing the horse-drawn wagon taking people on a ride, sampling the food from the vendors, we both said to each other that we couldn't believe this is where we lived. It is great to be a part of this community. It is great to belong.

The natural beauty here is awe-inspiring. We have seen so many beautiful places in our travels, and the diversity of this area is beyond compare. There is something for everyone, and we have enjoyed discovering just what lies around the next bend in the road.

As with everyone else, the news of the Indian fire was devastating. Our hearts go out to everyone the fire displaced and especially those who lost their homes. One careless act has affected so many lives. Several weeks ago we drove through that very area where the fire started, and were in awe of the beauty of it all, the remoteness of it all, yet the close proximity of town. We did not realize at the time how that closeness would cause such fear and anxiety for everyone.

We drove down Highway 89 shortly after they re-opened the road when crews finally contained the fire. "Thank you" signs were everywhere, and we passed at least a dozen fire trucks finally leaving the area. The total destruction left us taken aback. It was our first experience to see such devastation up close. It must have been an overwhelming task to try to control the blaze.

One fire crew on the side of the road appeared to be getting ready to pack up and leave. They were full of soot, dirt, and grime from head to toe. Oh, how our hearts went out to them! How could they ever know how much we appreciated all that they did? How could any of the hundreds of those who fought this blaze know what they all meant to this community?

To those of you who fought to protect our homes and our beautiful forest, in whatever capacity, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks for all your efforts. You are truly the best. You may think you were just doing your job, but you went way beyond the call of duty and are true heroes to us. It is difficult to put into words after seeing it all first-hand and knowing that you were there, right in the midst of it all.

When I see the scars the fire left, I will not think of how it ruined the forest forever, but I will remember the blood, sweat, tears, and courage of those who fought the fire. I will think of the community effort put forth to protect our precious town and its surroundings.

Because I try to see the positive in everything, I remember that as things change, we can look forward to new things to come, new beginnings, and new opportunities in this place we call home. We are proud to be here!

(Kathy May is a Prescott resident.)

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