Lightning Is Beautiful But Dangerous

DISTRICT CHATTER

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We haven't had much rain in our district lately, but the lightning shows have been beautiful.

Unfortunately, there have been a few brush fires and "snags" to extinguish as a result of lightning strikes from recent storms.

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Lightning in the Rim Country skies during the summer is a magnificent sight, but it also carries potential danger -- creating forest fires and striking the foolhardy who don't take shelter when a storm comes up. Statistics show that a storm might be 30 miles away and still cause lightning strikes in your area.

The Forest Service and local fire departments have been right there and done a tremendous job putting them all out before they could spread.

Yesterday, a neighbor watched one of the Forest Service helicopters as it took water from one of the 10 pre-positioned water storage tanks in the forest and put out a snag fire near the Rim. The helicopter made several trips and his turnaround time was four minutes for each trip.

Thanks to Gila County and U.S. Forest Service for making these quick attacks possible.

Whispering Pines

The Fourth of July Annual Parade in Whispering Pines was a huge success with many colorful entries.

Everyone had a great time watching the parade and eating the delicious barbecue at the Fire Station after the parade.

Thanks to all who took part in the parade and all of those who helped make it a success.

Family Movie Night will be July 29 at Whispering Pines Fire Station.

There will be a barbecue at 5 p.m. and the movie will follow at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to join in for good food and family fun.

Please check bulletin boards for movie posters to see what will be playing.

Rim Trail

Harry Jones is still working with the Corporation Commission on water problems in our District.

Camp Geronimo

The camp was busier than normal the first week in July when they celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Congratulations to the camp and staff for the many years of helping train the Boy Scouts in service to their communities.

Geronimo Estates

Geronimo Estates Property Owners Association had an officer election at the last Property Owners meeting.

Outgoing president Joe Brown and treasurer Ron Baran were thanked for their many years of service to the community.

Van Herrick was again elected president and Roland Spokely was elected treasurer.

Georgianne Smolenski will remain as secretary and a Board of Directors was elected to help with the many decisions that are required in the fast-growing community.

The Board members are Jim Dye, Glenda Schroeder, Bob Smolenski, Jay Figley, Range Shaw, Gary Burnside, Richard Stahl and Joe Brown.

Van Herrick will also continue as security patrol officer for the community.

Bob Smolenski is a member of a jazz jam session every Friday night at the Strawberry Lodge in Strawberry. Come on over for the fish fry and music from 5 to 8 p.m.

Whispering Pines Fire District

The next pancake breakfast will be at the Whispering Pines Fire Station on Aug. 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us for several varieties of pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee.

A CPR class will be held at Station 71 after the pancake breakfast on Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. The class will be taught by Mike Ament (one of our EMTs). Anyone interested in the class, call Chief Essary or Nancy Jones at the station at 474-3088.

The WPFD Auxiliary will meet at the home of Estelle Savage in Whispering Pines on Monday, Aug. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

The Chase Creek brush pit on FSR 32 is scheduled to be open on Sunday, July 23 and Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only brush is allowed. No garbage or construction materials. Thanks again to Phil Schroeder for volunteering his time to monitor the brush pit each time it is open.

Several WPFD Board members attended the 50th Anniversary of Camp Geronimo to congratulate them for many years of continued service and thank them for being a contributing part of our Fire District.

-- 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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