The "I Love U Guys" Foundation

PEACE - "It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."

When I got the heads up that September was a special month for the mountain community of Bailey, Colorado, I had to ask why. Turns out it's a month of remembrance for Emily Keyes, the catalyst for the "I Love U Guys" Foundation. This, friends, is a big deal. Here's why:

"On September 27th, 2006, a gunman entered Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado, held seven girl's hostage and ultimately shot and killed Emily Keyes. During the time she was held hostage, Emily sent her parents text messages… 'I love you guys' and 'I love u guys, k?' Emily's kindness, spirit, fierce joy, and the dignity and grace that followed this tragic event define the core of the 'I Love U Guys' Foundation - The Standard Response Protocol PK-2 Manual, I love U Guys Foundation Curriculum Toolkit.

I had the opportunity to meet with Emily's parents and get a feel for the dignity and grace that followed. Although the tragedy was real and is still keenly felt, this story is about what happened AFTER the tragedy hit. And friends, this is where the community​ that My Mountain Town is so incredibly proud to be a part of stepped up.
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Sharon Trilk
This article made me cry. Twice. Learning that our kids want to be involved in planning for emergencies, realizing they can handle... Read More
Friday, 29 September 2017 18:26
Sharon Montgomery
You are so welcome! Agreed! There are so many ways to get behind this cause with money and time contributions. But truly, it ult... Read More
Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:47
Heather Galaska
This is a beautiful article! Thank you so much for sharing their story.
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What You Need to Know About Verifying Your Business Facebook Page

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Verifying your business Facebook page is important for giving your business page the authenticity it needs for possible customers to trust you as an accredited business. Before we get to telling you how to apply for this, you first need to understand the difference between the grey and blue badges. The grey badge next to a company's name, is for a ...
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How To Create Multiple Image And Video Instagram Posts

This is not a new Instagram feature but not a lot of people know how to utilize this tool. Just follow these simple steps to start posting like a superstar! Tap the "New Post" button that looks like a box with a plus sign at the bottom of your screen. Tap the button shown below that looks like multiple boxes You can then select up to 10 images or v...
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Everybody loves a good story.

And have I got one for you!

This story starts out with a runaway truck barreling into a building. Then, wine turns into water. BAM! There's an epic community Kumbaya, and a huge cliffhanger at the end. Are you hankering for a good love story? Or maybe a great action and adventure? A heart-warming western? Read on if you want all the details, my friends. It's about to get good.


Or, read on if you want an update on the Aspen Peak Cellars Winery in Bailey, Colorado.

It's the same story, after all.

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10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs To Be On Pinterest

​ Pinterest has a stigma of being only for the crafters or people planning a wedding – but it is so much more than that! Here are 10 reasons why your business should be creating pins. Large Audience Pinterest has 150 million viewers a month as of January 2017. 70 million of those users are from the United States and 80 million are from around the w...
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Having Fun in Beautiful Bailey Colorado

A weekend is a sacred thing, isn't it?

Whether our weekends start on a Friday, a Tuesday, or somewhere in between, they are something to be cherished. They provide a well-deserved break between the drudgery of consecutive work days and we become the masters of our own destiny for those short, blessedly unallocated hours.

My own imagination starts percolating right around the time Tuesday shows up. I think, "I could sleep, around the clock, for the entire weekend!" or "I may just lounge around in my skivvies and binge watch the latest Netflix season." I COULD do those things, but my adventurous side wins over. "What road trip would take me to someplace I've never seen before?" I think, and usually go with that.

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I haven't had a chance to attend the Car Show yet myself, but I love cars and hope to make it one of these years! My Mountain Town... Read More
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New Instagram Story Features

 Instagram recently released some new features with their Stories! Are you using Instagram Story in your marketing plan? You should be. It's a great way to deliver unique content to just your Instagram followers, reach a larger audience, show off your quirky, funny, unique side of your business, and have fun with your followers! Your marketing...
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Videos are becoming such an important part of social media marketing, thank you for the reminder (and tutorial) to get on that Hea... Read More
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Using Pinterest to Grow Your SEO

Pinterest is a powerful SEO tool that tends to get forgotten about. It's not just about pinning those amazing craft ideas, gathering ideas for your wedding, or any of the other fun aspects of Pinterest. Each pin posted can be linked back to your website, making Pinterest a SEO goldmine! SEO Your Board Titles The first way is to use intelligent keyw...
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Trying to do better with this! https://www.pinterest.com/mymountaintown/... Read More
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How To Optimize Who Sees Your Facebook Page Posts

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This feature has been available for a while now, but you might have missed it. With this feature, every time you publish a post, you will be able to use Audience Optimization. This lets you control who will see your Facebook page posts. If your Facebook page has more than 5,000 likes then the Audience Optimization tool should already be available t...
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Good Finds in Conifer Colorado

 -There's nothing like a good find.

Unearthing a forgotten or buried treasure (whether it was hidden months or decades ago) is a thrill. I know you know what I mean. So do antique shops, who take pride in their people traveling miles for a coveted candy dish. Swap meets, flea markets, and garage sales bank on the good finds, too. They count on the theory that "One man's trash is another man's treasure." My own Aunt Fran makes her living by it, mining nuggets of genealogy for curious folks who are eager to know whether their ancestors are heroes, villains, or just plain folk like us. (You're reading one of her edits today, in fact. She's just that good.)

I'm taking a page out of Aunt Fran's book this week and going on my own historical treasure hunt. It's my adventure and privilege to unearth the good finds around Conifer, Colorado. It's a little piece of heaven nestled in the foothills about 15 miles southwest of Denver going West up Highway 285. Conifer has a long history of treasure seekers, being first used as plentiful hunting grounds by the Arapaho, Ute and Cheyenne tribes, and then sheltering miners, trappers, and a plethora of pioneering souls who happened upon the place.

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So Many Treasures

You know those weird neighbors that have nothing in common with you? The nosy ones that stare through your window to see what's up in your world just so they can tell you how to do your life better? Those sort of neighbors make living in a community a challenge sometimes. I've been known to hunch my shoulders and run inside as they start to come my way. You may have done the same thing, too. But this year, this year ... I don't have those neighbors AT ALL. I'm talking about the other ones. The awesome ones. The neighbors we all cross our fingers for when the moving van pulls up.

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I HAD NO IDEA THAT WAS THERE!

If you're a resident of the towns that make up the Jefferson, Park, and Clear Creek Counties of Colorado, you've probably heard that same phrase from every tourist that crosses your beautiful trails and frequent your shops.
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You, dear Mountain Town Folk, are patient, generous people. When this phrase comes your way, you are known to open your lives and history to those who want to know more...

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Introducing Sharon Montgomery

Spring has settled upon Colorado with great aplomb. I thought "Sprinter" would never end, what with 75 degree days battling doily-sized snowflakes. But with one last hail storm, Mother Nature made her choice. Inviting temperatures, beautiful blossoms, and most importantly...The Sun!

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