All About Town

Written by: Suzy Metzler

March 8, 2020 Edition

Winter Has Brought Regular Snowfall

Here in Pitkin we had snow-packed roads until the past week when we experienced some warmer temperatures, up to 40 degrees F. during the daytime. The sides streets are almost all still covered with a pretty thick layer of snow.

We had a traffic jam in Pitkin on Thursday, March 5, as Travis Archuleta stopped to chat with Phil Duetsch and the Taylors from Mississippi at the intersection of State Street and 9th! I was coming down State and was able to squeeze by to the left, and it was fun to see people out enjoying the sun and milder temperatures.

Just past the traffic jam, the snow had warmed up and was really slushy. I had to put the Jeep into 4-wheel drive. Then below that bit, everything was still solid and frozen. Every day since Thursday, there has been more slush on the streets, with some mud now visible. It’s the beginning of our Mud Season.

Sad News

Darren Schreiber Passed Away February 17, 2020.

Darren Michael Schreiber, 41, Topeka, Kansas, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020.

Darren was born on December 11, 1978, in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Jerry and Cathy “Katt” Schreiber. He married Kayla Kennedy Grippo in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on October 23, 2017. Darren enjoyed motorcycles, fishing, boating and welding.

Darren is survived by his wife, Kayla; son, Dakota Schreiber; parents Jerry and Cathryne
Schreiber; stepson, Damon Widener; and dogs, Chi-Chi and Mitzy. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Norma and Louise Schreiber and Jerry and Helen Shoemaker; uncle Mike Shoemaker, and family dog, Cubby.

A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Kevin Brennan
Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka, Kansas  66614, where visitation was one-hour prior.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Helping Hands Humane Society, sent in care of
the funeral home.

Darren spent summers in Pitkin with his parents when he was younger. He also spent a portion of the fall and winter in Pitkin in the late 1990s, residing at the Quartz Creek Lodge when it was owned by Jim & Joanne Truitt.

Jerry and Katt would bring Darren, and later, Dakota, to Pitkin, and Jerry and the boys would spend a lot of time dirt-biking. When their dog Cubby, a Shih-tzu, was alive, they often took Cubby along dirt-biking, riding in a backpack on Jerry’s back.

Jerry and Katt now spend summers in their home on Main Street, purchased in 2015. Darren
was their only son.

January’s Wolf Moon as Seen from Pitkin

The January Full Moon was historically called the Wolf Moon because wolves were more often heard at that time of the year. This year it coincided with an eclipse which could be seen in some parts of the world. Here in Pitkin, it was visible fairly early in the evening. This shot was taken from Main Street that evening.

Much Beauty Between Pitkin and Highway 50

I always enjoy the drive between Pitkin and Gunnison – well, unless there are white-out conditions with too much snow falling, when it’s hard to see the side of the road and there’s very little traffic, so sometimes other cars’ tire tracks are not visible. I avoid going to town on those kinds of days, though you just never know for sure.

This year I noticed the beauty of the blue sky mixed in with the white snow all over and wanted to share these photos with you, taken in January from County Rd. 76 between Pitkin and Parlin.

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