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Prescribed Burn

Posted in 2012, History, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 05-14-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Some of us may wonder, “Why are prescribed burns done on our forests?” Questions like this loom, especially after the Lower North Fork Wildfirewhich erupted from a prescribed burn. The purpose is to prevent destructive wildfires

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which can be done by burning under safer conditions with the necessary tools for control. An appropriately “controlled” burn would reduce fuels that feed dangerous fires and assure that the next fire season would not bring destructive, property damaging fire. Prescribed burning is a very precise practice and a complex tool. Fire is applied in a knowledgeable manner to forest fuels on a specific land area under selected weather conditions to accomplish predetermined, well-defined management objectives. Only a certified fire prescriptionist should be allowed to burn. Proper diagnosis and detailed planning is mandatory before every burn. An incomplete assessment of any factor in a plan can lead to serious loss of property and life with serious liability questions to both the landowner and the one responsible for the burn. Here at The Big Chili, we’re not casting judgment on anyone for the prescribed burn done in March. We don’t yet know every detail – it’s possible the wind simply didn’t behave as predicted. Yet even in the wake of such a terrible turn of events it’s important to remember that prescribed burns are necessary. They actually serve to make us safer

as well as keeping the forest healthy.


Protect Yourself

Posted in 2012, Around Town, History, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , on 05-01-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoLosing a home in a fire is absolutely heartbreaking, but when one finds oneself in a position where he/she cannot rebuild, the heartbreak is compounded. With a fierce fire season predicted, it is extremely important to make sure your insurance coverage is sufficient. If you own a home or other property in the area, take the time today to call your insurance agent and review your coverage. It is worth checking into.

Acquaintances of mine were caught in the Lower North Fork Wildfire. They had fifteen minutes to evacuate and lost their home and everything they own. It is only now that they have discovered that their insurance protection is insufficient. They are faced with an extremely difficult choice: they can use the insurance money to pay off their mortgage, holding onto the land, but having nothing left to rebuild. Or they can consider trying to rebuild, but this means taking on additional debt. Or, the worst case scenario – they will lose their land and have to start somewhere else. There is no “good” choice – anything they do will magnify their tragedy.

Make sure you never find yourself in this situation. Take a few moments to connect with your insurance agent. It will be well worth it.

State Farm Insurance Company

Posted in 2012, Around Town, History, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , on 03-09-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

State Farm is the world’s largest mutual property and casualty insurance company, according to Fortune Magazine‘s ‘Fortune Global 500.’  In the magazine’s ‘Fortune 500’ listing, which tracks U.S. firms according to revenue, State Farm is ranked 34th. What does it take for a company to achieve this kind of success? Service. Dependability. Things we’ve come to expect in our mountain community.

Quote from G.J. Mecherle saying... The standard of success will eventually be the measure of the service given
When you purchase a policy from State Farm®, you’re guaranteed more than fast, efficient service. With every policy comes the promise that they will be there when you need them. That is why their ads say, “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.®” It’s a philosophy they embrace and try to live by every day. For them, Good Neighbor service means being there when and where they’re needed to do what they’ve promised.

The Big Chili Cook-Off would like to thank State Farm® and our mountain agentsMichelle Boley, Brian Himmelman, Chuck Ridings, and Michele Vanags, for supporting our mountain area volunteer fire departments. We couldn’t do what we do without “good neighbors.”

Everyone Goes Home

Posted in 2012, History, Our Heros, Remembering September, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , , , on 02-25-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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The Quiet Voice

Posted in 2012, Around Town, History, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , on 02-18-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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The Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Posted in 2012, Around Town, History, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , on 02-14-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Sonnets from the Portuguese No. 14 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


If thou must love me, let it be for noughtvolunteer firefighters in Colorado
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say
‘I love her for her smile—her look—her way
Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’—
For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may
Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,—
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.

Celebrating Our Heritage

Posted in 2012, Around Town, History, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , on 02-11-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen
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