Have Fun, Support Fire Department At The Same Time



Don't miss out on the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo this weekend, Aug. 19, 20 and 21. The weather should be great for this fun event.

The Firebelles are getting ready for Labor Day and in conjunction with the Tonto Village Fire Sirens. They will be holding a silent auction. It will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Tonto Village. Sandy Kalmar says it is getting off to a good start. They have donations from Wal-Mart, Fletchers at Airport Road, Cousins Subs, Zane Grey Twirlers Square Dance Club, Radio Shack and Safeway, and are hoping for a lot more because all proceeds will go to the EMS Scholarship Fund. If you have anything to donate, you can call Sandy at (928) 478-4774.

The Firebelles will also sponsor an ice cream social Sept. 4 from 6.pm. to 8 p.m. at Fire Station 51 in Christopher Creek. This is a nice way to cool off and support the fire department.

I received an e-mail from Vicki Grootegoed the other day about a program called ICE. It seems that in a case of emergency the paramedics will turn to a victim's cell phone for clues to that person's identity. You can make their job much easier with a simple idea that they are trying to get everyone to adopt: ICE. ICE stands for In Case of Emergency. If you add an entry in the contacts list in your cell phone under ICE, with the name and phone number to the person that the emergency services should call on your behalf, you can save a lot of time and have your loved ones contacted quickly. It only takes a few moments of your time to do. Paramedics know what ICE means and they look for it immediately. So, please ICE your cellphone now!

It looks like the construction along Highway 260 is moving at a pretty good pace. I understand the bridges are almost done and they have paved the road in and out of Kohl's Ranch. If you are driving in that area, please follow the speed limit signs.

I had someone call me the other day and ask how to get to the Blatner Pit. This is the place where you can take forest products, trees, leaves, limbs, pine needles etc. to dump. It is located at milepost 259.7 on Highway 260 and it is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Remember this is run by volunteers and for it to remain open, it not only needs volunteers but there are cost in keeping it up and running. If you have a tax-deductible contribution that you would like to make, you can send it to RPAP Program c/o Payson Fire Department, 400 W. Main St., Payson, AZ 85541.

I missed Paul Koivisto birthday coming up on Aug. 28. Paul is a volunteer on the Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department and is building a new home in Hunter Creek. Happy Birthday to you Paul.

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