Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : July 22, 2014 11:50 AM


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I want to begin by thanking Glenn Zirkle and John Keiser for their dedicated service to the Ranch of the Rockies.  They have both served on the HOA Board of Directors for six years.  They have both spent enormous amounts of time and energy to help make the Ranch a place we all want to call home.  They have both been very helpful in my education as a board member and I personally thank them for their friendship. I know we will continue to see them around and they will remain involved as time permits. So, thank you gentlemen!

I hope you have all enjoyed the rain we’ve had this month.  It has certainly helped with fire danger.  However, please don’t become complacent in thinking there is no risk.  A major fire is just a careless camper or lightning strike away.  So please continue to clean up your lots and encourage your neighbors to do the same.


We are fast approaching out annual Home Owners meeting and Picnic.  Set your calendars for Saturday August 9th at 9:00 AM.   The agenda and schedule is in your July newsletter you received in the mail or online at ROTR.org.  The activities promise to be interesting and the menu includes hamburgers, hotdogs, brats and veggie burgers for those who are vegetarians.  We will again have a white elephant auction.  This is an opportunity to get rid of those gently used but still working items around your house.



We hope to see you all at the picnic on the 9th.

Dick Chambers - Secr.

Dick Chambers – Secretary.

Summer (July) Newsletter and ballot are online

Posted By: Suzan Gebow : July 11, 2014 11:54 AM

You can see the newsletter and ballot by going to: Quarterly Newsletters

Updating Phone directory for print-deadline July 17, 2014

Posted By: Suzan Gebow : July 10, 2014 11:35 AM
Carole and I are working on finishing the updates to the current directory.  Please send an email to the office email address-with subject: Phone directory-and include changes needed including name(s), address(es), phone or email corrections by July 17th.
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We need to send them to print, so we can have them available at the picnic.
Thank you,
Carole and Suzan



Updates on the 5th and 20th

Posted By: Tom : July 5, 2014 8:58 AM


Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day celebrating our country’s freedom from Great Britain by signing The Declaration of Independence. That day was July 4, 1776. A true victory for America! Thank you, Forefathers!



It brings to mind all of the 4th of July’s when I was a child growing up in Geneva, Nebraska. They were pretty much the same every year, but that didn’t matter. It was fantastic and EXCITING! Waking up on July 4th was special because my mother always had a big breakfast waiting for us. My brother had a fireworks stand, so we were set with our entertainment after the big show at the fairgrounds. As long as the weather was good, I went swimming at the city pool for about 4 or 5 hours, then home to get ready for the parade! One year my brothers rigged my little bicycle to be a ship using cardboard, crayons and magic markers. They even made a sailor’s hat for me out of newspaper.  My mother had sewn me a dress that looked nautical, and I took our little Chihuahua with me on the bike/ship and he had a little seat in my basket. That year, thanks to my family’s help, my little bike/ship won first place in the parade!! I felt like Princess of the World! The most important part of the parade festivities was acknowledging the Veterans of War both living in our little community and all of the other towns around us. Our high school band would play the National Anthem and I could see my dad fight back tears, and to this day, when I hear our National Anthem, I still tear up myself.

My dad could make the best rotisserie chickens on our gas grill. My mother would prepare baked beans, the best potato salad, cherry or strawberry jello with fruit cocktail and bananas and Dream Whip topping, corn on the cob, coleslaw and a fresh vegetable tray.  She also made homemade cherry and apple pies.

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Fire Danger, Fireworks and Lightning

Posted By: Suzan Gebow : July 2, 2014 7:46 PM

As the 4th of July weekend approaches we find ourselves busy preparing for fun and family time.  I thought it might be helpful to share a few reminders of things that may help to make this time more enjoyable and safe for everyone.  I hope you find this to be useful information.

Colorado has a state-wide ban on fireworks that explode or leave the ground, except for during pre-approved public displays. In general, sparklers and fountains are permitted. The current ban we are under does not ban sparklers and fountains.  HFPD

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You may have noticed the Red flags at our fire stations on the Ranch. These mean that fire danger is high and that there are fire bans in place. In order to know which bans are currently being inforced, you can go to our Hartsel Fire Department website link here; http://hartselfire.org/news/?page_id=18

I called yesterday and spoke to the Assistant Chief-Chris Tingle and he said that at this point fires are allowed in fire rings but to check back on their site for updated information. No controlled burns are allowed.

An additional resource for finding out fire conditions is to call the recorded message at: 719-836-4160

Another helpful resource is: Firewise website

You will find a wealth of information there.

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I found this site to be helpful;  http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks/

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks: (see site above for much more information)

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