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Santa's Helper has been Fountain's helper, too


Last updated 9/3/2019 at 4:55pm | View PDF

A fond farewell will soon be due to a dear friend and someone who has been a friend to our community for nearly 40 years (or longer if you count her early years attending Widefield School District 3 schools.)

I don't recall if I first met Sandie Comstock at her shop or if it was through the Fountain Valley Optimist Club. I believe she was a founding member of the group with my late stepfather Carl H. Wiese. I do know how much I enjoyed serving with her in the Optimist Club on various projects in our community to honor and celebrate youth and every May our Respect for Law Day at which we honored local law enforcement. My favorite event of the year was hosting Santa's visit in conjunction with the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce. We would have a pot luck dinner in the basement of the First United Methodist Church in Fountain, after which we would set up tables and line them with boxes of donated candy, fruit, sodas and more that would be placed in sacks and boxed for the jolly fellow's visit to the Dean Fleischauer Center a few days later.

Accompanying Santa Claus was the cutest blonde elf you ever did see... if you haven't guessed already that elf was none other than Sandie!! Her spirit of community and love for the people here has always shined bright, but there was nothing better than seeing her help Santa bring cheer to the little ones.

Hearing some of the childrens' requests brought tears to our eyes, and we were always in awe at how Santa and his elf kept their composure. Some of those requests were for loved ones to get well from serious health complications and other selfless requests for people they loved. I will always cherish those times.

Not only did Sandie serve as Santa's helper for years, she has also held the role of being one of Fountain's "helpers" too. Through her business, which has been a local mainstay all in itself, Sandie has worn many hats, her role going way beyond running the local print shop. While the shop has grown and blossomed over the years- much like the beautiful flowers she regularly brings from her own gorgeous gardens at her home; expanding to include gift items and much more; Sandie has served as a strong business voice for our community, too.

Not afraid of speaking out when she has concerns, she has always kept the well being of our community at the forefront. A community advocate and community sustainer, she has always wanted the very best for our local community. It's not going to be the same without her in Fountain and at her business, Ink Fountain Printing. But who can begrudge her from wanting to enjoy her retirement years after serving for 38 years at the business. Especially when it will be at the beautiful mountain home she and her husband "Moose" have been working on for many years now.

As you will read in this week's article about her, the shop is up for sale and she is even willing to train the new owner. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for someone, maybe young business-minded graduates or anyone else wanting to positively contribute to making this little corner of the world a better place.

I would be remiss if I didn't also mention Sandie's beloved sidekicks, one of whom is no longer with us. For me, part of visiting Sandie's shop over the years has meant getting to see two of my favorite doggies in town- Hope (who passed away a few years back) and Faith, who still comes to work with Mom daily. They probably have been two of the most popular canines in Fountain over the years. So many people would walk in the doors with special treats and hugs and lots of loving for them, myself included. A fellow dog lover, it was always a treat to get to visit with the beautiful duo when there. I would make sure I planned my time accordingly as there were lots of ear rubs to give and snuggles to enjoy. They became as much of a mainstay in the shop as Sandie has been to Fountain. I will miss getting to see Faith, too.

My late stepfather Carl, who thought the world of Sandie too, had a motto "To build a better world, start in your community." I definitely know he would agree that our friend has done so!

Best wishes on your future horizons Sandie, we hope you can start to enjoy your much deserved retirement soon. You will be greatly missed here!


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