All the usual sounds in the village were muffled this past weekend. The snow started to fall early Sunday morning and when the snow stopped falling, there was about 4 inches of the white stuff on the ground. Naturally, the power went out for a few hours, but the APS crews were right on the trouble and power was back on sometime during the night.
But that was nothing compared to what we now have on the ground as of Tuesday afternoon. I am guessing that there is about 3 feet of snow. The power was just restored after being out since 10 p.m. the previous night.
According to APS employees, the biggest problem was transformers. The crews worked through the night as it was still snowing. They deserve a big pat on the back for all of their hard work. The snow was so heavy in the village that the crew had to come in the village with a track vehicle.
Hellsgate Fire Department
The volunteers from station #22 in the village were called out Thursday evening to the home of Virginia Rankhorn and Stu Stewart in Tonto Village I. The blaze was quickly extinguished, and it was contained in the chimney. Along with Tonto Village, stations #21, Star Valley, station 23, Mead Ranch, Christopher/ Kohl’s also responded to the 911 call. Ginny and Stu are so grateful to the firefighters. With their quick response, the house was saved. Virginia says, “These men are so compassionate and they knew exactly what they were doing. Thanks, guys! We love you all and we are so proud of you!”
Meeting place changed
The regular meeting of the Hellsgate fire board has been changed from station #22 in Tonto Village to station #21 in Star Valley because of the heavy snowstorm. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11. Everyone is urged to attend if the roads are clear.
On Feb. 16, our good fishing buddy, Rick Meeker of Tonto Village II and Scottsdale, will have another birthday. Also on that day, Audrey Shaw of Tonto Village III will also be celebrating her big day. Happy birthday to the both of you.
The competition between the Double D gals and the Christopher Creek gals was held last Tuesday at the Double D. First-place winner was Margaret Stasney, second place was won by Patty Boeschling, and third place went to Payge Fierriera.
The Sunday afternoon eight-ball tournament was won by Craig Taylor from the Valley. Ethel Cain shot for second place and third place was won by Cliff Landrum. Congratulations to all the winners.
The Double D scotch doubles tournament, (meaning couples), has been canceled for this Friday, Feb. 13.
Residents of Tonto Village and the surrounding areas, Thompson Draw I and II, Mead and Collins Ranch, Ellison Creek Summer Homes and Diamond Point Summer Homes can get home delivery rates with a one-year subscription to the Payson Roundup. For more information, call (928) 474-5251, ext. 108, or talk to Ethel Cain at the Double D.