Badly Needed Rain Causes Road Damage

DISTRICT CHATTER

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We all hoped and prayed for rain, and when it finally came, it caused damage to the newly rebuilt road to Camp Geronimo.

Heavy rains washed logs and mud down Webber Creek from the damaged site of the February fire.

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WPFD Auxiliary members put finishing touches on raffle quilt. Left to right are Diana Stevens, Penny Hull, Janet Weber, Nancy Jones, Estelle Savage and Lisa Ehlers.

Gila County has been busy clearing debris, unclogging culverts and repairing the road after a flash flood on Sat., July 21.

Quilt raffle

The WPFD Auxiliary will raffle off a queen size completely handmade quilt on Labor Day weekend. The late Audrey Tan started the quilt. It was donated by her daughter, Lisa Ehlers, to WPFD Auxiliary for their membership to hand-finish. The quilt is completely handmade and fits a queen-sized bed.

Raffle tickets are $12 each or 6 for $5. The tickets can be purchased at Pine Creek Fudge and Ice Cream in Pine or at the next pancake breakfast on August 11. Tickets may also be purchased at the bake and book sale at Station 71 on Saturday, Sept. 1, just before the drawing.

Whispering Pines

Kenneth Savage, a 20-year member of the Whispering Pines Fire Department, passed away at Rim Country Health and Retirement Center in Payson on June 29. We all miss Kenny and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Estelle and family.

Jerry and Renee Maybry, formerly of Whispering Pines, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, hosted by their daughter at the airport on July 28. Congratulations to Jerry and Renee.

The Labor Day weekend meeting of the Whispering Pines Neighborhood Association will be held at Station 71 on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.

Cowan Ranch

In my column of Friday, June 29, I mistakenly reported that Cowan Ranch had already become a part of the WPFD response area. Actually, Cowan Ranch is in the process of coming into the Whispering Pines Fire District.

Rim Trail

There will be a Labor Day Pot Luck at the Lowell and Marilyn Andrews home in Rim Trail on Sunday, Sept, 1 at 4 p.m. Community is invited to attend.

The first fund-raiser committee meeting for the Permanent Station 72 in Rim Trail recently held a meeting and more are planned. Watch for dates on the bulletin board.

Geronimo Estates

There was a flash flood, also in Webber Creek through Geronimo Estates and the creek overflowed its banks, leaving a lot of debris on back yards. Fortunately, no one was injured and there was no major property damage, although the two low water crossings were impassable for several hours.

The County is in the process of grading the Control Road now that there is enough moisture to do so. It was torn up from months of increased traffic, and there was no moisture to grade it.

The Labor Day weekend meeting of the Geronimo Property Owners Association will be held at Station 73 on Saturday, Sept 1, potluck at 9:30 a.m. and meeting at 10 a.m.

Whispering Pines Fire District

There will be an open house to recruit new members from Bonita Creek and other areas of the WPFD. The open house will be at Station 71 and is tentatively set for Saturday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. Watch bulletin boards for any updates. As our district expands, so does the need for volunteers. Please call (928) 474-3088 if you are interested.

The 34th Annual Fire School is coming up on Sept. 6-9 in Mesa. Several of our firefighters are planning to attend.

The Chase Creek brush pit will continue to be open on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No construction material or garbage will be accepted.

The next pancake breakfast will be at Station 71 on August 11 from 8 to 10 a.m. Come on over for some great pancakes and meet your neighbors.

Family movie night will be at Station 71 on Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. The movie will be "Bridge to Terabithia," a Walt Disney picture. Snacks will be available.

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