On Monday, Memorial Day late in the afternoon, traffic was backed up to Christopher Creek, and it was at a standstill.
Karen Thorton's 14-year-old grandson and 17-year-old granddaughter were heading down to the Valley.
They had a blowout on Highway 260 between the two Christopher Creek exists. The bad thing is they did not have a spare tire with them. Cell phone reception is spotty up here, but they managed to get a garbled message to their grandmother. She hopped in her car to find them and couldn't even get out on the highway.
Traffic was a total nightmare. She returned home and was ready to set out on foot when Chief Ray Larsen called her and told her to stay put.
Chief Larsen and Red Armistead had everything under control. They went out, located the Karen's grandchildren and solved the problem. Ray stayed with them to make sure they were safe and Red took the tire back to his shop, put a new tire on the rim, and got the car back on the road.
The kids returned to Karen's house and were so thankful to have received such gracious help.
Karen wants everyone to know just how fortunate we are to live in a community where people will interrupt their family holiday celebrations to help stranded motorists.
A very big thanks goes out to Chief Ray Larsen and Red Armistead of Christopher Creek Auto. Those of us who live here know just how wonderful the people are in this small community.
The Firebelles' pancake breakfast was a huge success. More than 100 people came out to eat pancakes and buy baked goods. They raised around $700.
The Firebelles want to thank Chief Ray Larsen and Dave Ezzell for flipping the pancakes.
Thanks to Jackie Ezzell for running the bake sale, and to all those bakers out there for the wonderful baked goods. It couldn't have happened without you.
Thanks to Vicki Grootegoed for being the cashier and to the Tonto Village Sirens for helping to serve and organize.
It was worth going just to see Ray and Dave in their chef hats.
The Landmark Restaurant & Saloon is turning 50. There will be a "Golden Anniversary Celebration" on Friday, June 3, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. Come out and celebrate with live music, 50-cent beer, free munchies, giveaways, and games for children and adults.
Parrots in the Pines
The third annual Parrots in the Pines Jimmy Buffet Celebration is coming up at the Landmark Friday, June 10, 11 and 12.
Ray Cody and "Mexico" Mark Mulligan will return for this popular summer event.
Community clean up
The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association will sponsor its communitywide clean up Saturday, June 11, beginning at 9 a.m. This is an opportunity for you to conveniently dispose of your leaves, needles, sticks and limbs that have accumulated in your yards throughout the winter.
For more information, call President Dave Ezzell at (928) 478-5066.