The new by-pass around Christopher Creek should be open shortly, and Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 will be the first Block Party through Christopher Creek. The organizers are still looking for vendors and crafters. Call Nancy Olson at (928) 478-4392 or Debbie Aschbrenner at (928) 478-4550 if you are interested in selling your wares.
Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. the Christopher Creek Homeowners meeting is at the fire hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.
At 4:30 p.m. that same day the annual Halloween festivities will be held for the community's children. The event starts at the Landmark where they will have something to eat, then costumes will be judged, followed by the Halloween Hayride. Organizers need residents to pass out treats. Be sure and leave your front porch light on. Call Karen Thorton at (928) 478-4133 or Gary Anderson at (928) 478-4075 if you have Christopher Creek children that want to go, or if you want to pass out treats. This way the route can be planned and enough food can be prepared.
At 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 there will be a bugling contest for the guys in Skip's meadow, and female judges are needed. That ought to be a hoot.
Don't forget the judges will be around to judge the best decorated house that night as well. So, get ready to scare and excite the judges by decorating your home.
According to interim Chief Bob Lusson the homeowners meeting held Saturday was a big success. Around 60 people showed up.
The forest service talked about making a fire break one-eighth mile wide around Ponderosa Springs and Colcord Road.
Forest Service representatives also discussed the bark beetle situation and feel that it has slowed down. It was mentioned that there is a mite that is killing the bark beetle. That alone is good news. They feel that one will take care of the other and Mother Nature will take over.
Representatives from the county spoke on the West Nile Virus. They left information at the fire hall for anyone interested. There have been no positive results in the mosquito samples taken from Gila County.
This virus cannot be transmitted from human to human.
Some ways to reduce the risk of infection is to:
- Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to bite.
- Eliminate stagnant water in containers around homes were they can lay their eggs, such as buckets, flower pots, old tires, wading pools and bird baths.
- Change your pet's water at least every two days.
- Use an approved insect repellent, containing 25 percent DEET.
Since it is hunting season, hunters should use rubber gloves when handling and cleaning wild fowl. It is also recommended that wild fowl be fully cooked before consumption.
If residents see a dead bird, contact Rabies Control at 425-5882 or 474-1210. Birds will be tested if collected within 24 hours of death. Do not touch the dead bird. Wear gloves and dispose if 24 hours past death. Do not touch with bare hands.
Winners of Tuesday nights Ladies 9 Ball are Phyliss Mullen, first place; Michelle Grundy, second place; and Cara Shaw, third. It was a quiet night with only 10 ladies showing up.
The Ladies 5th Annual Retreat at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Chapel is Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your favorite salad to share. Child care will be provided. For more information call Pat Guevara at (928) 478-4122 or Holly Purtee at (928) 478-4337.