It is time to finish cleaning away bushes, tree limbs, pine needles and other debris from around our homes to get ready for fire season.
Chase Creek Brush Pit reopened March 25. So, now Whispering Pines district residents are able to dispose of the cleanup from around their homes. It won't be long before it will be too late to run chain saws or burn outdoors. Be sure to contact the nearest member of the fire department before you burn, so they will have an idea of where the smoke originates.
Volunteers are needed to monitor the pit on a permanent basis. If interested, call Station 71 during business hours on Tuesday or Thursday at (928) 474-3088.
The brush pit will be open through October, road and weather conditions permitting, on the second Saturday and fourth Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tree limbs and branches, pine needles and other organic materials are accepted. Please, no household garbage or construction materials.
The Whispering Pines Fire District has an opening for an Administrative Assistant. This is a part-time position. If interested, contact WPFD at (928) 474-3088 on Tuesdays or Thursdays during regular business hours for further information or to schedule an interview. Nancy Jones, our current administrative assistant, will be retiring after the position is filled.
The latest fire district merger meeting was held at WPFD on March 20. Discussions surrounded merger possibilities. A larger merger could include all six fire districts or a smaller merger (Diamond Star, Christopher/Kohl's and Tonto Village in one grouping for the "Route 260 corridor" and Houston Mesa, Beaver Valley and Whispering Pines for the "Houston Mesa corridor," as well as other possible options to be announced as they are agreed upon).
The WPFD Auxiliary pancake breakfasts will resume on the second Saturday of each month, starting from 8 to 10 a.m. April 14 at Station 71 in Whispering Pines. Come on over for a great meal and meet your neighbors. Quilt raffle tickets will be sold.
Family movie night
The family movie night for March 31 at 7 p.m. will be the showing of "I Am Sam" with Sean Penn and Michelle Pfieffer. Come on over to Station 71 for a fun time. Snacks are available and donations accepted. Movie night is sponsored by PostNet Business Products, Dairy Queen of Payson and Pine Creek Fudge and Ice Cream.
Whispering Pines Fire Station 71 is in the process of having a new concrete driveway and drains installed in front of and between buildings. The concrete will require some time to cure before it can be driven on. This is a major improvement that is long overdue and will provide for a safer and easier ramp for our firetrucks to enter and exit the truck barns.
Fire Board meets on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Station 71. Everyone is invited to attend.
The WPFD Auxiliary meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the home on Nancy Jones in Rim Trail.
Geronimo Estates and Elusive Acres
The Geronimo Property Owners Association (GPOA) is planning an old-fashioned family picnic for all residents of Geronimo Estates and Elusive Acres on Sunday, May 27 (Memorial Day weekend), on the property of Janet Weber, 1209 W. Paint Pony Drive, in Geronimo Estates. It will be the same type of family event that we had for the Geronimo fire station fund-raisers in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Call GPOA Secretary Georgianne Smolenski at (928) 474-4293. This event is provided free of charge by the Geronimo POA and the Whispering Pines Fire District to thank our residents for helping raise the funds and volunteering their time and energy to build our beautiful WPFD Geronimo Station 73.
Congratulations to Dug and Jerry Sheppard of Geronimo Estates, who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 26.
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