Recycle Everything, Keep Our Forest Clean

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Tuesday, April 22, was Earth Day.

I did my part by grocery shopping with cloth and paper bags and I would not accept any plastic.

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Gail Mortenson, Alice Andreas, Maurine Kirchhoefer and Nancy Yoakum of the Hellsgate Fireflies are ready to serve you a great breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on May 24. The event is one of two fund-raisers for the firefighters.

I personally will be ecstatic if there was a ban on all plastic bags. I see them everywhere, including in the creek, on the side of the road, and in the trees along the highway.

It is especially depressing to see that Tonto Creek has been dirtied up already by the anglers with dirty diapers, beer cans, water bottles, empty jars of bait, the wrappings of fish hooks, and of course, plastic bags.

We wish that the people who visit our beautiful mountain community, would have more respect for the forest.

These plastic bags are manufactured with petroleum byproducts and are not biodegradable. Not only are they an eye-sore from littering, now the price of anything using petroleum products is outrageously high.

As you can see, I am turning green. My husband tells me that it is OK, it brings the Irish out in the family.

Readers, try to do your part in recycling everything that you can. Bring those plastic bags to the grocery stores' recycling bins, recycle your newspapers, magazines and cardboard, donate your aluminum cans to the Humane Society. They have a huge bin to handle the cans, crush them first, please.

Happy coincidence

Tuesday was also a personal day for my husband and me. April 22, 1958, and 1960, I gave birth to our two oldest daughters. They are exactly two years and one minute apart.

With such a coincidence, we truly thought that we would have a duplicate pair.

"NOT!"

They are as different as night and day. They always shared a bedroom, and just by looking at the room, you could tell which side was whose. One daughter was not neat and the other one obsessively so. There were a number of battles in the following years, but they have remained close, even though they no longer spend their birthdays together on most occasions, but do get together for a lunch date.

Happy birthday, Joanne and Eileen! We love you both a lot.

Double D happenings

The chili cook-off on April 19 was a great success. There were seven entries in all. Steve and Danette Anderson of Tonto Village won first place. Tonto Village II resident Payge Ferriera won second place. Mel Minis from Mead Ranch won third place.

Pool games were going strong with the ladies nine-ball tournament this past Tuesday evening.

Kara Shaw, Margaret Stasney and Patty Boeschling from Christopher Creek were the top winners.

Sunday afternoon, the tables were taken over by the eight-ball players. The winners were Cliff Landrum, Ethel Cain and Harvey Poyner.

Ethel Cain and Betty Koutz are planning a free arts and crafts event with live music on May 24.

The event will happen on "the island" directly across from the Double D from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

That same day, from 7:30 to 10 a.m., the Hellsgate Fireflies will host a full breakfast at the Tonto Village Chapel.

Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee costs $4.

Chorizo burritos cost $2.

Mark your calendars for May 24, starting at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and continue on over to the arts and crafts displays and listen to some fine music.

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