Memorial Day Weekend Activities Raise $10,000 For Fuel Break

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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The Christopher Creek Community Fuel Break Committee and the Firebelles want to thank the entire community and the many volunteers for all their support of activities over Memorial Day weekend. Because of all the hard work, the brats and burgers, bake sale, silent auction and raffle were an enormous success.

Thanks, to all the cooks and to all the bakers out there. Because of you, they had three tables full of goodies that all sold out before the day was over. They cooked and served 500 meals of brats and burgers.

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Mike and Peggy Milburn take a break during a long weekend of volunteering to raise money for the Christopher Creek area fuel break.

The silent auction and raffle items attracted a great deal of interest and were great moneymakers. Thanks to everyone who donated items to this wonderful cause.

Promontory T-shirts sold well and are still available, if you would like one. Call (928) 478-0976 to buy one.

All money goes to the Fuel Break Fund.

The Mogollon Benefit concert on Sunday was great. The band loved the crowd and honored Memorial Day with a wonderful tribute of patriotic songs that brought everyone to their feet. The band enjoyed the afternoon so much, they offered to return.

In all, it was an extremely successful weekend. Due to the generosity of this community and the donors for making this possible they cleared almost $10,000, which will be contributed to the Fuel Break Fund.

Congratulations to all of you. That is a lot of money to raise in a weekend for a small community like ours.

There is now even more concern about the need for fuel breaks around the communities. We must contribute after the smoke settles, to build and maintain the defensible areas around the communities and their homes.

This is not over, as far as fires go. This is a wake-up call. We can do something or do nothing. It is up to us.

As I write this column, there is a fire going on 23 miles west of Heber in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Smoke can be seen again from this community. It is called the Vincent Fire and, as of Wednesday, it is 250 acres and 20 percent contained.

On hand are two Type 1 crews, two Type 2 crews, three helicopters, 10 engines, two dozers working to build a fire line, three water tenders and under the command of Type 3 Incident Commander, Preston Mercer.

Here we go again.

Do we have to close and keep our beautiful forest closed forever to wake up people to the fact that when it is dry outside, a fire can start quickly and turn into a huge forest fire that will cost millions of dollars to control? I am at a loss for words and have no idea just what it is going to take to wake up some people when it comes to fire.

What about this? If you start the fire, you pay to have it put out. For example, the Promontory Fire did not destroy any structures or homes throughout its reign. However, the price tag to date is more than $4.2 million dollars. Think about it.

Christopher Creek residents celebrating a birthday in June include: June 1 -- Susan Rhodes, June 4 -- Sandy Coolidge, June 12 -- Power Webb, and Vicki Grootegoed, June 13 -- Michael Ronn, June 16 -- Scotty VanEckhoutte, June 18 -- Louise Reynolds, June 23 -- Jack Kalmar, June 24 -- Nancy Olson and Don McDaniel. Happy birthday to all of you.

It's getting close to that time of year again. All I have to say is melodrama. That's right. This year's melodrama is called "Loathsome Lady." It's a King Arthur tale.

Every year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Apple Lane puts on this free production for our community. This year, the lead role is being played by Hunter Creek resident, Lorna Aschbrennar. Also in the play from Hunter Creek are Carl Mann and his wife, Cindy. From Christopher Creek, the talented Marsh Ward and Margo Fish will be on stage.

It's a comedy and tickets are free. However, you must have a ticket because space is limited. Call (928) 478-4008 for your free ticket today.

Show times will be Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m., June 29 at 7 p.m. and June 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

This is always a hoot, so don't miss out. Free admission, free popcorn and a great show.

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