Mark McCracken

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 14:10

Silent Auction Items at the Festival

Dear Neighbors -

The Silent Auction at the RCVFD Festival this Saturday, September 7, has collected some truly awesome donations from some truly awesome donors! There are too many items to list here, but most ARE on the Festival website Here are just a few of the wonderful, useful, and unusual items that you REALLY should know about (and buy)!
  • Ruben’s Rides: Ruben Arrieta has donated two off-roading tours in his vehicle ‘The Animal’. One is a half day for four people, and the other is a full day for four with food. He REALLY takes you out into the wilds! The half day trip is worth $300 with a minimum bid of $150; the full day is worth $600 with a minimum bid of $300.

  • An engine-driven drafting pump for firefighting, irrigation, draining, or anything that requires a good flow of water over distance or height. It’s on its own trailer (with title) with a large DeeZee utility box, and lots of hose. Jon Stephens donated it to us (thank you, Jon!). Its value is $2,500, minimum bid $1,900.

  • A wine-blending experience: Blendings Winery, a new place on Bingham Hill Road, has donated a two hour blending experience with three bottles of wine! Valued at $120. Thank you, Blendings and Trisha Johnston!

  • A fly rod from Elkhorn, value $259 (thank you, Jon McQuillan!)

  • A new 3500W gas powered generator donated by Jan Schmid, valued at $385

  • Really good bike stuff. We have $200 in merchandise from Parkside Cyclery, and $250 in merchandise from Trek Cycles.

  • A fun-filled weekend in Cheyenne. Tickets to see and feed the bison at Terry Bison Ranch (I tried it - they have long black sandpapery tongues!), lunch at their really good restaurant (feed the bison, eat the bison), a night at the Plains Hotel (it is beautiful), dinner at THEIR really good restaurant, passes to three GREAT Cheyenne museums, beer at Accomplice Beer Company (self-serve!) and lunch at the Rib and Chop House. Value $340.

  • Beautiful handmade goods: Awesome table runners made by Juana Jackson, hand-knit baby sweater and kid’s sweater by Pat Carey, a queen-sized quilt valued at $600+ beautifully made by Kathy Macke (thanks, Lana), a patriotic yard sign by Alteration Boutique, Carolyn Stanley’s indestructible totes (4!), Gretchen Long’s awesome pottery, and many others will adorn our tent this Saturday!

  • Rent a farmhouse at the Rist Canyon Inn for a night. You could have your dream event (wedding, reunion, birthday) at their beautiful venue and stash all your out of town guests here! Wedding not included, of course! Value: $695

  • We have over 85 gift cards and certificates, for items ranging from meals and haircuts to escape rooms, tattoos, pizzas, dentistry, massages, and sewing machine repairs. There are others for classes and lessons in everything from fly fishing to weaving. Come check them out!

  • There are some REALLY GOOD goodie bags from Ace Downtown Hardware, Trader Joes, Joy Organics, Kriser’s Pet Supply, Verns, and Copoco Honey.

  • There will be a few rare books from the book tent: one a 1918 history of Larimer County, the other a 1923 book about restaurant layouts, including that of Denver Union Station (a window back into the 20s: hiring old men instead of young ones, waitresses starting their own childcare co-op, etc.)

  • I’m sure I missed some good ones, so you’ll have to come to the Festival to see the rest!

    The hours for the Silent Auction are 10:00 am to 3:15 pm. Items can be collected starting at 4:15 at the auction tent. If you will not be there between 4:15 and 5:15, we will contact you to make other arrangements.

    Janet Siegel, Silent Auction Chair

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 10:04

Call for Volunteers

Call for Volunteers poster
RCVFD Mountain Festival is Only 3 days away!

We need volunteers! You can help set-up on the 5th, 6th, 7th, or help work at the Festival in the Book Tent, Silent Auction, Plant Tent, help with clean-up, tear-down, or in any capacity, we need you! There are 135 slots still available to contribute and support our firefighters and community. Please go to Sign Up Genius at the link below. Sign-up for an hour, two or all day if possible.

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up or helped with the Festival so far!!

Sign-up Sheet
Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:35

Reminder About Bus Safety

Don't forget that when a school bus has its red lights flashing, it is illegal and unsafe to pass it in either direction. Our resident school bus driver has reported several high-speed drive-pasts while he is picking up children for school, and that's a horrible accident waiting to happen. Let's all stay safe!
Monday, 26 August 2019 17:40

Planning Ahead

Hi folks - Got your Address Sign Yet? How will RCVFD find you in case of an emergency? Planning ahead is the best way for us to find you, whether it be a Medical or Fire Emergency.

First: ALWAYS Call 911 - Never call a fire fighter, even if they are your neighbor, they will direct you to call 911.

Next: RCVFD can come quickly to your home. But mait - If you don't have an address sign at your driveway how will we find you quickly? Minutes can make a big difference - please make sure you have a reflective sign available so we can find you even on the darkest nights. These are available for only $15 from RCVFD.

If you don't yet have your sign and plan to be at the Festival on September 7, from 10-4, Plan Ahead! Call Louise Creager NOW at 970.217.6843. Leave your name, phone number, and the number of your address. For example, if your address is 567 Main St, we need the number 567. Your number will be available at the entrance of the festival grounds on festival day.

Don't plan to be at the festival? - Call Louise NOW and she will arrange to meet you at a designated pick-up location, your home, or business!

Don't wait until you need RCVFD to order. It's the fastest - easiest way for us to find you quickly.

Looking forward to seeing you all at this year's festival. So many great musicians, all those plants and books. Don't miss the great vendors, and there are lots of fun items at the Silent Auction. And who can resist all those yummy baked goods your neighbors have made just for you. FREE ICE CREAM for the whole family!

It's Mountains of Fun for The Whole Family and all your Friends!


Louise Creager, Stratton Park Rep
Now Certified Military Specialist
Broker Associate
RE/MAX Alliance
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 15:20

Call for Volunteers

We need volunteers! If you can help set-up on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday morning, help work in the Book Tent, Silent Auction, help with clean-up, tear-down, or in any capacity, we need you! There are many opportunities to contribute and support our firefighters and community. Sign-up for an hour, two or all day if possible. Just go to Sign Up Genius at the link below to find available times and jobs.

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up or helped with the Festival so far!!

Festival Volunteer Sign-up

Monday, 19 August 2019 13:38

PVREA drones

I was reading a book in my garden at around 9:45 AM, when I heard a noise like a weedeater approaching from the back of our property. Shortly a drone descended out of the sky to about 12 feet above the ground with its camera trained on our back door where it hovered for 30 to 40 seconds. It then turned its camera, apparently saw me and quickly took off towards Rist Canyon Road. My husband Mark was just returning home and saw the PVREA Contractor truck parked on Rist Canyon Road.

We followed up with PVREA and learned their contractor had flown our property three times, though they don’t admit to hovering at our back door and there are no power lines behind the house. They tell us our contract to receive power from PVREA allows them to fly anywhere on our property without permission at any time. If anyone else has had a similar experience, please let us know as we would like to strengthen our complaint with PVREA.

Dinny Falkenburg

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 21:07

Come help on Saturday

This Saturday, Aug 3, at 9:30 am, RCVFD will be pouring concrete for the foundation of a shed to hold our Festival books. We can really use your help, and no experience is required. However, a strong back will definitely make for an easier morning. If you are able to help move mud around in wheel barrows and lend a hand wherever necessary, it would really help out.

If you can make it, drop me an email so I know how many people to expect.

Thanks & Adios, CJD
Carol Dollard, Chief
Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 2
Bellvue, CO 80512
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Sunday, 28 July 2019 11:03

Lost Dog in Davis Ranch

Our dog, Scout, got scared yesterday and jumped the fence during the storm. We found her tag which fell off of her pink collar, but if you see her, will you let us know? She’s old and doesn’t hear well, but is super sweet!


Merin Bruinsma

Friday, 19 July 2019 13:58

Lost brown female dog

Our dog Stella went missing this morning around 9:00. She is a brown female with a purple collar and well over 100 lbs. We live just past the fire station on Rist Canyon Rd.

If you see her, please contact me at 630-743-9881.


Dave Huber
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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 06:18

New Ristwatch

Hot off the presses, the new Ristwatch is available on the RCVFD website!
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