Nederland holds potluck dinner for community, firefighters

Posted at 10:16 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 00:16:10-04

In the town of Nederland there is a tradition in good times and bad: potluck dinners.

"Not only do we live in a beautiful place, but anytime anything happens we take care of each other," said Alisha Reis, the town administrator.

She said the Mayor came up with the idea for Tuesday night's community meeting and dinner at the high school.

"Why don’t we pull everyone together, honor the firefighters, take care of the people impacted and just break some bread?" said Reis.

For neighbors like Chuck Edelstein, who was evacuated Saturday and is planning to return home for the first time Wednesday, there is no place they would rather be.

Local businesses and local families brought food and drink, and people who still can't go home felt at least a little like family.

"These are our neighbors. This is a town, this is a real town," said Edelstein. "These are real people, and everybody pulls together."

In this town, people take cheering on firefighters seriously, lining the streets outside the high school with signs as fire trucks pull in for the potluck dinner.

They also cheered as the Sheriff announced that evacuations will be lifted for the St. Anton Highlands neighborhood Wednesday morning.

"Like any family, you know they have their little bickering moments, but when push comes to shove, we're here," Michael Czepnois, a Nederland resident who was just allowed to return home Tuesday. "It's like a family should be, and that's beautiful."