The District Chatter column contains news about the Whispering Pines Fire District. The Whispering Pines Fire District includes the communities of Whispering Pines, Rim Trail, Geronimo Estates, Elusive Acres and the Boy Scout camp -- Geronimo.
The Whispering Pines Fire District Auxiliary had its annual holiday luncheon at the Randall House in Pine. Everyone had a great time celebrating another year of work, fun and very successful fund-raising.
Some of the items purchased by the auxiliary were shirts and jackets for the firefighters, a special shirt for the volunteer of the year, a new grill for fund-raiser cookouts and pancake breakfasts.
When Station 71 was remodeled, the auxiliary purchased blinds and bedding for the bunkroom. It also purchased the materials to make an awards wall for plaques and certificates honoring past and present fire district personnel.
The auxiliary is currently working toward purchasing a National Geographic software mapping program that will enhance the district's ability to find locations in difficult and rough terrains by providing street addresses, topography and satellite photos.
The residents in Whispering Pines were concerned when they were notified by the Payson Water Company (Brooke Utilities) to boil their water for a few days due to failed tests for contamination. The problem was quickly corrected and the residents were notified that the water was again up to standard.
People in our district were recently saddened to hear the news that Velma Mark had passed away.
Velma and the Mark Family have been summer residents of Geronimo Estates for many years.
In 2003, Velma donated the property in Geronimo Estates for Station 73. The Mark family is donating funds in Velma's name to finish hooking the 50,000-gallon water storage tank to a hydrant that will be adjacent to Station 73. Our sympathy goes out to the Mark family for the loss of a gracious lady.
All of us would like to give a big thank-you to Philip Schroeder of Geronimo Estates for donating his time to monitor the Chase Creek Brush Pit for the brush removal program this year. The brush pit will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, then will be closed until March 2006.