Last Saturday was the Rusty Cooper Golf Tournament and it was a terrific day for golfing. Some of those who won awards were Mary Klinzing for women's best score, James (Bubba) Babb for Best Score men and Mary Klinzing for Women's longest drive; Bill Devers for men's longest drive, James Steffler won for closest to the pin, and best golf attire went to Joe Lowrey.
They gave out a couple of silly awards -- Andy Lugo won for the wildest golf cart, and the most outrageous foursome went to Lynda St. John, Wendy D'Arcona, Judy Bradley and Brian Lamb.
It has been a 10-year run but this was the tenth and final tournament. This year they were able to award three $2,500 scholarships, and they went to Payson High School seniors, Brian Schwind, Alicia Durain and Matt LeVac. Congratulations to all of you. There will be no tournament next year but the proceeds from this year's tournament will allow them to present a few more scholarships.
Don't forget this Saturday, May 27 -- from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Firebelles will have a Brats and Bake sale. They will have baked goods, lunch and ice cream cones available. This is a great opportunity to have a delicious lunch and learn about local disaster preparations. The lunch menu will include brats with fixings, potato chips, a pickle and a drink for $5. For dessert, enjoy a frosty ice cream cone.
Don't forget to pick up delicious baked goods for later in the day. All proceeds go to the fire department.
The Fire Evacuation and Safety Expo will also begin at 10 a.m. Join your neighbors at the fire station to learn more about what to expect this fire season. At 10 a.m., a representative from County Emergency Management Services will present an emergency evacuation plan for Christopher Creek. The fire wise trailer will be on hand all weekend with a wide variety of informative fire safety materials and videos.
We are extremely dry and the Tonto National Forest is under fire restrictions. These fire restrictions apply to all of Gila County. Gila County is aggressively enforcing this ordinance. The Sheriff's Office will have zero tolerance for any open burning, such as charcoal grills, campfires or slash burns. Be very careful out there this holiday weekend and report all fires. I am seeing a lot of cigarette butts outside. Remember, a cigarette thrown out of a car can cause a fire.
Due to the Fire Safety Expo, Christopher Creek Homeowners Association meeting will take place on Sunday, May 28, at 1 p.m. at the fire hall. Agenda items will include election of a new president, report on Creekside development, sale of the Water Company and fire precautions for homeowners. Dave Ezzell will be stepping down as president because he and his wife Jackie will be moving to Omaha, Neb. We want to sincerely thank him for all he has done for the homeowners association over the years. He will be missed. We wish him, and his wife, Jackie, the best.