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Famous Women ~ Jane Addams

Posted in 2012, History, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , on 01-30-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradJane Addams, born on September 6, 1860, dreamed of becoming a doctor but was frequently ill and unable to pursue her dream. In 1877, she attended Rockville Female Seminary, graduating in 1881. When Jane traveled to London in 1887 with a group of friends, she discovered another passion, which became the cornerstone of her life. She was stunned by the level of poverty she saw in London, but was inspired when she saw Toynbee Hall, a settlement house where workmen could learn a trade.

When she returned home, she went to Chicago determined to copy what she had seen. There, she turned an empty mansion into Hull House, a settlement house where children were cared for and medical care was offered. From Hull House, Jane also worked on cleaning up the disease causing waste that filled the city streets. She worked tirelessly with the poor, and became a well-known speaker at colleges, women’s groups and churches.

By 1898, Jane was know well beyond Chicago for her speeches. In 1915, she became president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, an outlet for her opposition to World War I. She continued her work, writing and speaking, and in 1931 was awarded the Nobel Prize for her social reform efforts as well as her help with worldwide disarmament after the war.

Her dream was to make every child happy. In its heyday, Hull House served 9,000 people per week. But after 120 years, Hull House closed its doors on Friday, which you can read about here. It’s probably impossible to know how many people Jane Addams touched with her life. She was an inspirational American woman.


Famous Women ~ Florence Nightingale

Posted in 2012, History, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , , on 01-16-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoFlorence Nightingale is a name many of us know, but possibly don’t know why exactly her name is so familiar. Florence was born in Florence, Italy in 1820, a time when nursing was filled with untrained (and frequently drunk) women and the job was considered not much more than a menial chore. Nurses cleaned up the aftermath of illness, but didn’t do much medically speaking.

Florence Nightingale changed that. She was raised in England and received a classical education from her father. When she was 29, she travelled to the Continent to study the European hospital system and the next year began training in nursing at the Institute of Saint Vincent de Paul in Alexandria, Egypt. She excelled in nursing and prospered in her chosen career. After the Crimean War began in 1854, the British Secretary of War appointed her director of all nursing operations on the front. Nightingale went to the war with 38 nurses and began to completely overhaul the system. There was virtually no sanitation in the field hospitals and more soldiers died of infection than of their injuries. Florence improved sanitation and established efficient nursing departments throughout the war front. Because of her efforts, the mortality rate among the sick and wounded was significantly reduced.

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The Illustrated London News, February 24, 1855

After the war, Florence Nightingale founded the Nightingale School and Home for Nurses at Saint Thomas’ Hospital in London, marking the beginning of serious professional education for nurses. Because of her success in the Crimea, nursing was raised to a medical profession requiring education and involving serious responsibility.

She received many honors from foreign governments and in 1907 became the first woman to receive the British Order of Merit. She died in London on August 13, 1910. In 1915 the Crimean Monument in Waterloo Place, London, was erected in her honor. Her other accomplishments involve many writings including Notes on Nursing (1860), the first textbook for nurses, which was translated into many languages.

Thanks, Firefighters!

Posted in 2011, Around Town, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , on 10-25-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Thank you to our fire departments!! Our firefighters brought

six engines to the event.

They all cooked chili.






They joined the fun of the Mountain Firefighter Challenge.


The Big Chili is about supporting our community by supporting our fire departments. Thank you firefighters for participating. You’re what it’s all about and we love having you there!


Posted in 2011, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 07-13-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

For firefighters, attitude is everything. Their attitude toward the fire department and fellow firefighters determines an important part of their character. It could even save lives.

Fire departments are like paramilitary organizations. There is a clear chain of command to which everyone defers. Orders are followed because they must be, and any questions are asked after the fire is out. This is all part of respecting the team and plays an important role in keeping team members safe. “Firefighters respect rank and treat superiors with respect—these principles have been the backbone of the American fire service since its inception.”

That firefighter attitude is not just “on the job.” It flows in the everyday lives of our volunteers. We can see it in the respect they show others, the care they take of the mountains, and their involvement in the community in which they live. Firefighters may not be perfect – no one is, after all. But they certainly are a special breed, and we are so thankful for them!


Posted in 2011, Around Town, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , on 05-25-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Firefighters need to have a constant supply of oxygen, even in smoke-filled quarters. A firefighter usually wears a SABC (self-contained breathing aparatus) consisting of an oxygen tank (worn on the back) and a mask that covers his face and delivers the oxygen through a tube. This gear weighs around 30 pounds.

An SCBA typically has three main components: a high-pressure tank (e.g., 2200 psi to 4500 psi), a pressure regulator, and an inhalation connection (mouthpiece, mouth mask or face mask), connected together and mounted to a carrying frame.

Pressure-demand SCBA’s range in price from $1,500.00 to over $5,000.00. This is a necessary investment in firefighter safety, and impacts the ability of firefighters to battle flames when surrounded by smoke, and to enter smoke-filled buildings in order to save lives.

This is what The Big Chili is all about – supporting our volunteers who frequently contribute to the cost of their own equipment, and giving the financial support needed by our volunteer fire departments to ensure safety and efficiency when fighting a fire. Thank you, once again, to our selfless volunteers.

St. Anthony Hospitals EMS

Posted in Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 04-20-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Centura Health St. Anthony Hospitals EMS connects with our mountain community year-round by offering support and education for our local paramedics. In fact, St. Anthony EMS interacts with local, state, regional and national organizations to make the emergency medical provider’s job easier. They also provide Medical Advisorship to more than fifty-five emergency response agencies, including our own six mountain districts.  The team at St. Anthony EMS is highly motivated and shares a common interest in the advancement of EMS, melding various backgrounds including EMT’s, paramedics, nurses, medical doctors, and others.

This dedicated organization has been a sponsor of The Big Chili Cook-Off for many years, and we are absolutely thrilled to have them participating again this year!  Not only are they financially supporting our volunteer firefighters, they will be at the event making chili, meeting the people, and offering ambulance tours. If you’re going to be a passenger in an ambulance, this is the way to do it.

Child’s Play

Posted in 2011, Evergreen Lake House, Our Heros, Remembering September, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 04-08-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Something we love about the Big Chili Cook-off is the Fireman’s Challenge, where a representative from each one of the fire stations performs a simulated fire rescue in full gear.  Prior to the kick off of the Challenge there is another competition.  Pint size firefighters run the rescue in modified gear, but with just as much heart.  Matt Scheel from Elk Creek Fire Rescue makes the arrangements and supervises the children’s portion of the Challenge.  When all of the tiny participants have performed their rescue they each receive a ribbon, commemorating their success in completing the course.  Matt and his helpers make sure that every child comes away feeling like a winner, hopefully whetting their appetites for future fire rescue participation.  The Blue Spruce Kiwanis are all about investing in the lives of children and want to thank Matt Scheel and the firefighting crews for their commitment to the smallest ones on that important day in September.