Mark McCracken

Sunday, 27 November 2016 18:53



  1. Over the years, the Richard Schmid Fine Art Auctions netted more than $750,000 for RCFVD capital equipment purchases and operating expenses.

  2. Auction Sales from Richard Schmid paintings grossed from $30,000 to $100,000 depending on whether we received one or two paintings.

  3. RCVFD is 1 of 59 non-tax based volunteer fire departments in Colorado. This has long been a source of pride.

  4. Recent Festival and Art Auction Proceeds (2016 = $11,000) will not sustain RCVFD, likely leading to conversion a tax-based department.

  5. The 2016 annual operating budget is $70,000.

  6. Community Annual Drive revenues typically fall $20-25,000 short of the annual budget.

  7. Capital equipment purchases are not included in the operating budget.

  8. One fully equipped foam fire truck costs in excess of $200,000.

  9. An equipped fire station in the Buckhorn has been a long-standing dream.

The Good News:

Well-known artist and former area resident Richard Schmid was recently honored in Denver. Richard, Nancy Guzick (his wife,) and two daughters, Molly and Bridgette attended. Molly spoke fondly of the Schmid connection to RCVFD and the lesson it taught her about service (aka “giving back.”) Rist Canyon residents attending the event believe this awakened interest in Richard Schmid and is beneficial for our art auction. We are pleased Molly and Richard both recently agreed to consult on and support our ongoing Art Auction. Additionally, several notable galleries in Wyoming and Colorado have agreed to support our auction, further enhancing our attraction.

A Call to Action - RCVFD needs YOU:

Jon Stephens, Dinney Falkenberg, and Carol Miller are spearheading the efforts for the 2017 RCVFD Fine Art Auction (founder Richard Schmid.) We are presently determining personnel needs, but we KNOW to make this fundraising effort a success, it will take many, many people. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Stove Prairie School Festival next Saturday December 3. PLEASE sign this sheet and volunteer to help. Those who sign up at the School Festival, will be personally contacted to discuss your interest and time availability. If you will not be in attendance at the School Festival, but will help or would like to offer suggestions please call:

Jon at 970-482-2719
Carol at 970-484-7731
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In closing,

  1. Please have a very Merry, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season.

  2. THANKS for helping our volunteer firefighters who give up so much to keep us safe or provide needed emergency medical services.

  3. Stay tuned for periodic updates on our efforts and needs.

Jon, Dinney and Carol
Did you know you can support RCVFD when you shop on Amazon? Go to Amazon Smile and enter Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department as your non profit of choice and then shop away! It doesn't cost you anything extra, and 0.5 percent of your purchases go to the fire department. Amazon Smile has already donated over $37 million to charities using this program, so it really does work.

If you have any questions about this program, or need help setting it up, drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll be happy to give you a hand.

Jenn Nolte, incoming Vice President
RCVFD Board of Directors
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Saturday, 05 November 2016 22:01

Festival Organizational Meeting

We are already less than 10 months away from the 2017 Rist Canyon Mountain Festival and Fine Art Auction. We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30PM at Firehouse 1, 11835 Rist Canyon Rd, beginning November 14th. We are looking for ideas on how to improve our attendance and profits.

In particular, we need chairs for the Book sale (this is easier than it sounds as it's very well organized and entails communicating with those on the book committee) and for Social Media/Public Relations as we need to do a much better job promoting our festival to the public. I foresee this position working with the CSU Marketing Department.

So, bring your thoughts and ideas and let's make the 2017 Festival our best one yet!

Tim Hollaman
Festival Coordinator
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Friday, 28 October 2016 15:18

Annual Meeting November 5 at 6:00PM

The Annual Meeting and Election will be held Saturday, November 5 at 6 PM at the Stove Prairie School. All area residents are encouraged to attend to make new friends, to connect with friends you rarely see, for community fellowship, to hear Fire Department news, and to participate in the elections for the Board of Directors.

Please bring a dish to share: main dish, salad, bread or dessert. Drinks and tableware will be provided.

See you there!

Just a quick heads-up that RCVFD will be doing scenario-based training at the pull-off near Stratton Park this evening. We are going to set up a fake multi-car accident. There will be numerous responders and community members at the training. Thanks in advance for your consideration and patience if you drive by us tonight.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 970-215-6524.

- Phil Benstein, RC 7
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:55

Bull Loose

I am posting this pic so that the owner will know where this wandering fellow is. He seems like a happy fellow.

Paula Gebo
5860 Stove Prairie Road
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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 10:38

Family Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo

Several agencies including Larimer County, the Red Cross, Loveland Fire Authority, and Poudre Fire Authority are hosting an event to help folks be prepared for emergencies. The 2016 Family Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo is FREE and open to the public, 10am - 2pm, Saturday, September 24th at The Ranch. They promise it will be fun for the whole family, with:

  • Fire Safety Tips

  • Home Safety Educational Classes

  • Free Child ID Kits

  • Life and Fire Safety Information

  • Emergency Preparedness Supplies

  • Emergency Vehicles on Display

  • Valuable Raffle Prizes

  • Life-Saving Tips

For more information, see the attached brochure (PDF) or visit the Red Cross website.
Thursday, 01 September 2016 17:02

Festival Times, Facebook Page, and Bake Sale

Unless you haven't been reading your email, you already know that our annual Mountain Festival is this weekend. Here are some specific dates and times.

Saturday anytime: come help your neighbors set up the festival grounds. Folks start showing up at 8am and work usually finishes around 4pm, so come for any amount of time you can spare.

Sunday September 4
The Festival opens to the public at 10am.
The Live Art Auction starts at 1pm.
The Festival and Art Auction conclude at 4pm.
If you have RSVPed for the community dinner (you have, right? it's free), that gets underway at 5pm.

Monday morning: what was set up must be torn down. Didn't get a chance to pitch in on Saturday? Come Monday and help us return the meadow to just how we found it.

More Mountain Festival and Fine Art Auction info is available on our Facebook Page

Also, just another reminder that we need lots of your baked goodies to sell at the festival. This is a wonderful way to contribute to our firefighters who do so much for all of us who live in the area. PIES are the most requested item and the biggest seller. Brownies, cookies, bars, breads, cupcakes etc. all sell very well too. It is helpful if items are packaged ready to sell and ingredients listed if item contains nuts. Please introduce yourselves as you drop off your goodies. We are always thrilled to meet our neighbors. We will be at the bake sale tent by 7:30 am. Call Lisa Diedrich at 970-471-8426 if you have any questions. Thanks!
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 20:57

Volunteers needed, and last chance to RSVP

Hi fellow Rist Canyon, Buckhorn, Stove Prairie Friends,
The festival is just a couple of days away, and once again we are asking for a few more volunteers on Friday and Sunday in the following areas:

In the art tent we have some fabulous art again, but we need set up help. Friday morning at 9 am we are setting up the T Posts to hang the art on.

We need 2-3 more strong men to put the posts in the ground and place the wire on the posts. Need you from 9 am, for only 1.5-2 hours. Yummy sandwiches provided after. So I need to know Thursday latest so I can order the sandwiches.

On Sunday from 1-4 we need 2 young ladies or men to show off this lovely art. All you need to do is hold the art and pretend you are Vanna White. We have lots of fun.

Please call me ASAP. Louise 970.217.6843

Also, if you haven't RSVPed for the FREE Community Dinner after the Festival on Sunday, September 4, do so right away! Sackits Hot Shot Catering has set Thursday, September 1st, as the last day to RSVP for their head count. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you know someone without internet, have them call Tim at 482-2509. Thank you and we'll see everyone at 5pm on the festival grounds Sunday.
Monday, 29 August 2016 21:56

FREE Community Dinner

It's your last chance to RSVP for the FREE community dinner after the festival at 5 pm Sunday September 4th! Come join your neighbors and relax to the music of Lorna's Swingset and enjoy a feast put on by Sackits Hot Shot Catering. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now. If you know someone without access to internet, they can call Tim at 482-2509. We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Tim Hollaman
(970) 482-2509
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