Another 4th of July holiday is now gone until next year. It seemed as though the whole population of the Valley was in the Rim Country.
If any of my readers were out and about on East Highway 260, you know that it was a bottleneck from Christopher Creek to Payson on Sunday afternoon. Tonto Creek was packed with campers as well as most of the campgrounds in the surrounding area.
The temperatures for this coming week look very grim. If the forecasters are correct, the highs could reach 115 degrees in the Valley, so Rimmers, be prepared for another migration of flatlanders for the next few weeks, at least.
Our son, Bill Snyder Jr. was here for the weekend from Yuma with his family. Since the Tonto Natural Bridge was finally open, and they didn’t get to see it last year because it was closed, they were anxious to see it, as were so many other visitors. I also hiked down and then back up. It almost wiped me out, but I made it! Be prepared for the hike by wearing the right shoes, no flip-flops, and take plenty of water. The hike is well worth the sight.
Marie Coley of Tonto Village II celebrated a bit early for the 4th of July by having her birthday July 3, as did Barb Wheeler of Christopher Creek.
On July 7, Kay King, Ethel Cain and Roger Boyington lit another candle on their birthday cakes.
On July 11, Laverne Belcher of Bear Flat and my beagle’s first mom, Ann Henning of Heber have their big day.
On July 14, Janice Long of Long Ranch on the Control Road, adds another year.
July 15 is Sam Coe’s birthday. He lives in Tonto Village II.
July 16 is Nick Fitch’s big day. He lives in Tonto Village III.
Happy birthday to all of you. Just remember, the importance of birthdays is not how many you’ve had, but rather how well you’ve celebrated.
Anniversary wishes on July 6 to our good fishing buddies, Rick and Theresa Meeker of Tonto Village II and Scottsdale. They have been together for 36 years. Your life together is an inspiration. Happy anniversary!
Tonto Village Domestic Water Improvement District held a budget meeting June 30. The budget was approved as posted for the fiscal year 2009-2010. The property tax levy that is collected has been reduced from $48,000 to $23,000.
Hellsgate Fire Department
A special thank you to Tonto Village Water Company for the donation of 10,000 gallons of water to help fill the bladder that is on the back lot of fire station #22. A thank you also to Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi for the loan of the bladder.
The next regular meeting of the Tonto Village station of Hellsgate Fireflies will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 15 at the firehouse. The Fireflies are still looking for a face painter for the Labor Day Bash on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Last year many people asked for canned goods put up by the ladies. If you have an overflow of canned goods such as jams or pickles, please call President Nancy Yoakum at (928) 478-4370.
Cliff Landrum of Mead Ranch captured first place in the eight-ball tournament held on Sunday afternoon. Second- and third-place winners were Payge Ferriera and Michael Bryan.
Last Tuesday evening the nine-ball gals met at the Double D. The winners were Patty Boeschling, Betty Koutz and Payge Ferriera. Congratulations to all the winners.