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Thirteen lucky ladies received door prizes at the second annual dominoes competition held in Christopher Creek last week for highest and lowest score, the quietest, the loudest, the smartest, etc. The lucky gals were, Corky Cook, Linda Stailey, Mimi Tidwell, Sandy Kalmar, Eileen Kittock, Vicki Grootegoed, Betty Starr, Nancy Yoakum, Helen McKenzie, Dara Sutton and Judie Desrochers.

The second annual dominoes competition between the Domino Divas/Fireflies, Hellsgate Fire District of Tonto Village and the Firebelles of the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire District was held last week. There were 32 gals who played “Mexican Train” and “Chickenfoot” after a sumptuous lunch. Door prizes were awarded after the competition and 13 lucky gals received many very nice prizes. The gals are already looking forward to next year.

Fireflies monthly meeting

The next meeting of the Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the Tonto Village fire station.

A very special thank you to Firefly Lori Mulvey for her generous donation of an upright freezer. The freezer will help with food storage for the fund-raisers sponsored by the Fireflies. Thank you again for your generosity.

The next big fund-raiser will be the Labor Day Bash held on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 5. There will be fliers posted at various places as a reminder to come and have a great meal.

Don’t forget to buy the raffle tickets for three great prizes, a Stihl 20” chain saw, a handmade quilt donated by Firefly Judi Desrochers, and a complete set of Wii components. The tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Contact any Firefly or call Nancy Yoakum at (928) 478-4370.

Hellsgate Fire District

The next monthly meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board will be on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The meeting will be at the Tonto Village Station #22 beginning at 5:30 p.m. As always, the meetings are open to the public.

Fire Chief Gary Hatch was voted in as the vice chairman of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association at their annual conference in Phoenix last week. This past year, Chief Hatch had been the vice chairman temporarily as a fill in. Congratulations to you, Chief Hatch.

Progress on the Control Road

There are residents in Tonto Village who have tried to keep up with the lack of progress on the paving of the Control Road. They are not asking for the whole road to be paved, just the portion that is directly across from the homes in Tonto Village I, II and III. The dust derived from the huge amount of traffic generated by campers, as well as the residents of the subdivisions, and the gravel trucks cause clouds of dust that hang over the entire Village. Many of the residents already have respiratory problems and the dust aggravates their condition.

If you think that they are dragging their feet on this issue, here are a few people you can contact regarding the non-progress on the partial paving of the Control Road:

Ed Armenta: Payson Ranger Station, (928) 474-7900

Larry Vogel, district resources staff, (928) 474-7030

J. Scott Wood, forest archaeologist, (601) 225-5231

Pool results

Tuesday evening the gals got together at the Double ‘D’ for a game of nine-ball. Patty Boeschling, Judy Tolley and Betty Koutz were the three best players. There weren’t enough players for the Sunday afternoon games of eight-ball. C’mon, all you pool players, get yourself over to the ‘D’ and play a game of eight-ball.

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