Whew! Someone turned up the heat when I wasn't looking!
Normally, the temperature in Tonto Village is cooler than in Payson, but the temperature for the past few days has been in the low 90s.
According to the weatherman, the weather is supposed to drastically change by the end of the week to much cooler temperatures with the possibility of snow above 8,000 feet.
I find this type of drastic change in the weather patterns so amazing.
The good side of the heat is that the backyard gardens in the Village will finally start to flourish.
Hellsgate Fire District
Four Hellsgate EMT students from stations 22 (Tonto Village) and 23 (Mead and Collins Ranch) have successfully completed the EMT course at Gila Community College.
Bill Beller, Nick Fitch, Jay Wagner and Rick Washburn. Jay and Rick have passed the National Registry Exam completing all the EMT certification requirements.
Nick and Bill are scheduled to take the National Registry Exam in the next few weeks.
Hellsgate would like to welcome the following new members from the Tonto Village and Mead Ranch station areas:
George Karrys of Tonto Village. George is a paramedic and his services are greatly appreciated. George will be working from the Tonto Village station.
Bill Dupke of Diamond Point Summer Homes is a new recruit for the Mead Ranch station..
We wish to thank the fellows for stepping up and helping out.
More volunteers are still needed. If being a volunteer firefighter is something you would be interested in, and you would like to join the department, come by any of the stations, or call the main Hellsgate office at (928) 474-3835.
Don't forget, the Tonto Village chapter of the fire department will be holding a Memorial Weekend breakfast at the Tonto Village Chapel.
The Fireflies will be serving up a great breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage patty, juice and coffee all for only $5. Chorizo burritos will also be on sale for $2 each.
Be there May 24 between 7:30 and 10 a.m. Some of the new fire equipment will also be on display in the parking lot.
Tonto Village Chapel
Pastor James Barker has set the dates for this year's Vacation Bible School. The dates are from July 14 through July 18. "Ride Into Adventure and Blaze the Trails with Good News to Cactus Canyon" is the theme for this year's edition of vacation Bible school. There will be four different classes. One for kids from age 3 or kindergarten to third grade.
The second class will be for grades four to six.
The next class will be for kids from seventh grade and up.
There will be arts and crafts, music and Bible lessons each day.
Volunteers are always welcome. A meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 27 at the chapel for those who would like to help.
The phone number of the chapel is (928) 478-5070 or Pastor Barker's number is (928) 951-4493 if you need more information.
Double D happenings
Don't forget the arts and craft display being sponsored by Ethel Cain, owner of the restaurant and bar.
Local artists from the surrounding area, including Ethel, will show off their talents and there will be some art for sale.
The date is Saturday, May 24 starting at 11 a.m. The showing will be on the back patio of the Double D.
Last Tuesday at the Double D, the gals played nine-ball with the Christopher Creek gals. The winners were Patti Boeschling, Bobbie Davis and Ethel Cain.
The Scotch Doubles tournament held this past Friday evening was a great success. The team of Ryan Theil and Ethel Cain shot for first place. Second place went to Josh Namm and Sherri Roebuck. The third-place team was Mark and Cindy Lueck.
Sunday afternoon the winners of the eight-ball tournament were Harvey Poyner, Mike Bryan and Joe Ferriera.
Congratulations to all the winners.