Flash Floods Frequent In Rim Country

DISTRICT CHATTER

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Whispering Pines Fire District

WPFD Firefighters have been called out several times to block Houston Mesa Road at the second and third crossings due to flash flooding in our area caused by heavy rains around the Rim.

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Van Herrick begins his 11th year as volunteer Security Patrol Officer for Geronimo Estates and Elusive Acres.

Please be careful when traveling through these crossings during the monsoon season. When the wall of water comes through it carries away everything in its path.

Family Movie Night will be Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Whispering Pines Fire Station. There will be a hamburger barbecue with all the trimmings served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 7 p.m. There will also be snacks available for the movie. Check the bulletin board for movie information. Come on over for a fun time.

The auxiliary will have a book and bake sale at the Whispering Pines Fire Station on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. Everyone bring your favorite goodies on Friday or early Saturday morning to help raise money for the auxiliary to provide needed items for the firefighters.

The next WPFD Fire Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Whispering Pines Fire Station. Everyone is invited to attend.

We have been having a great turnout for our pancake breakfasts. The next one will be Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Whispering Pines Fire Station. Bring your appetite and come on over for a delicious breakfast, served from 8 to 10 a.m.

The Chase Creek brush pit on the FSR 32 will continue to be open on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of each month. Only brush will be accepted. No trash or construction material.

Applications are being accepted for the position of Assistant Chief of the Whispering Pines Fire Department. Please call 474-3088 on Tuesday or Thursday for more information. The cut off for this position will be Aug. 31.

Rim Trail

There will be a neighborhood picnic at Harry and Nancy Jones' home at 252 W. Sierra Vista Lane on Sunday, Sept. 3, beginning at 4 p.m.

Everyone in Rim Trail is invited to bring a salad or desert and enjoy the fun. The main dish and beverages will be provided. Any questions, please call Nancy at 474-2876.

Whispering Pines

The Whispering Pines Neighborhood Association will have their Labor Day weekend meeting at the Whispering Pines Fire Station on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m.

Geronimo Estates

The fire hydrant and piping have been installed for he 50,000-gallon water tank next to WPFD Station 73. The next step is to install a backflow device before the new water meter can be used for fire department activities. The Geronimo Property Owners Association will have its Labor Day weekend meeting at the Geronimo Fire Station on Saturday, Sept. 2.

There will be a potluck brunch at 9:30 and the meeting will start at 10 a.m. All Geronimo Estates and Elusive Acres property owners are encouraged to attend. Don't forget to bring a dish and a chair.

There will be a neighborhood picnic at Bill Sheppard and Range Shaws' "JK" cabin, 200 Tomahawk Road in Geronimo Estates on Saturday, Sept. 2, starting at 5p.m. All Geronimo Estates and Elusive Acres property owners and their relatives and friends are welcome to attend. The main dish and beverages will be provided. Please bring a potluck dish and your chair.

Van Herrick has begun his 11th year as the volunteer Security Patrol Officer for the Geronimo Estates and Elusive Acres community. Patrol Officer Herrick has made us all feel safer as he constantly checks our properties for strangers and signs of foul play and relays unlawful incidents to the Gila County Sheriff's Office. When roads wash out and need repair, he contacts the Gila County roads department and helps us with emergency road services.

These duties, along with beginning his ninth year as volunteer president of the Geronimo Property Owners Association and his fifth year as a volunteer engineer on the Whispering Pines Fire Department keep him extremely busy around the clock.

To contact Van Herrick, call (928) 474-5279 or e-mail GeronimoPOA@webtv.net.

-- To submit information for this monthly column, call (928) 474-5279 or e-mail districtchatter@webtv.net before the second Wednesday of the month.

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