Around The Rim

Rummage sale to benefit Hellsgate



Jodee Smith/Roundup

One of our pooches cooling off in Rim Country.


Roundup file photo

Roundup file photo

Moving from one place to another is a bear and we are moving just down the street! Where does all the stuff come from? Since our daughter and son-in-law helped us move the big stuff, the rest is up to us. I do not know where anything is, or for that matter, where the stuff will go when we get it here. Did the house shrink? How come we accumulated so much unneeded stuff?

The only solution is to get rid of at least some of it and I know a perfect place. The Hellsgate Fireflies will be holding a rummage sale on Sept. 5 at the annual barbecue dinner. If you have any stuff you would like to donate, call the president of the Fireflies, Nancy Yoakum at 478-4370.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Fire Chief Gary Hatch is attending the Arizona State Fire Chief Conference this week. The conference is being held at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center in Glendale. Since Chief Hatch is the vice president of the Arizona Fire Chief Association, he will be very busy arranging the workshops. Business manager Angie Lecher will also be attending to assist Chief Hatch. They will return with useful information to share with the fire board and all the residents of the fire district.

The next monthly meeting of the Hellsgate Fire board will be Wednesday, Aug. 12. The August meeting will be held at station #22 in Tonto Village. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are always open to the public and your input is encouraged.

Tonto Village Domestic Water Improvement District

The water board met June 30 at the Hellsgate Fire station in Tonto Village. The meeting was called to order by Daryl Kilbourne at 6:30 p.m.

A letter from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) was read. The letter stated that the water board had been approved for a $10,500 grant.

Consultant Harry Jones will be attending a seminar in Phoenix and will report back to the water board at the next meeting which will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4.


Former pastor of the Tonto Village Chapel, Charles Wilcox, will be celebrating his birthday on Aug. 2. Jerry King of Tonto Village III adds another candle on Aug. 7. Bear Flat resident, Mary Kindler is another year young on her birthday Aug. 8. On Aug. 11, Bear Flat resident Junior Barr and Debbie O’Donnell of Mead Ranch have their big day.

The secret of a happy life is to think kindly of the past and live fully in the now. Have a wonderful birthday each and every one of you.

Double ‘D’ doings

The gals from the Village got knocked out of contention this past Tuesday evening when they all got together to play nine-ball. Mary Buchanan who is a regular visitor and camper in our neck of the woods, shot for first place, followed by Christopher Creek gals, Patty Boeschling and Judy Tolle.

Sunday afternoon the pool tables were taken over by the eight-ball players. Guess who the winner was? Yep, it was good ol’ Cliff Landrum. Payge Ferriera and Harvey Poyner shot for second and third places. Great shooting, Cliff, and congratulations to all the winners.

New address

Since I have changed my address and house, I also have a new phone number. It is (928) 478-9935. I can still be reached at my e-mail address:

Columnist needed for Christopher Creek

I have been writing this column for over nine years and I have enjoyed it completely, but now we have purchased a home in Payson and it is time for someone else to take over. We will not be leaving Christopher Creek all together because we still own Wooden Nickel Cabins.

My daughter, Frankie, is going to high school this year and wants to be in town with her friends. She says she lived in the woods for 13 years and she wants out. She says when she gets married and has kids she will never go camping because she is tired of the woods. I know that will change and she will still love the forest, but it is time for a change and we are only 20 minutes away.

If there is anyone in Christopher Creek who would love to write this column, which is a weekly column, you can call the Payson Roundup at (928) 474-5251 and ask for the editor, Tom Brossart.

It’s really been a joy to write.

If there is anyone out there who would like a job as a caretaker for Wooden Nickel Cabins, you can call me at (928) 478-4519. You will have to live in the manager’s quarters on the property.

Are you sick of the heat or better yet the humidity? I know I am. It is not only sticky, but how about our hairdos ladies? Yikes! I don’t know about you, but mine does nothing when it’s humid. One thing good about all this is the rain; it is really good for the forest.

Mountain lion on the loose

Bob Lusson called me the other day to tell me the Collinses up from him on Coffey Lane saw a very large mountain lion during the day.

Everyone needs to be extra careful especially with your kids and pets. Anything unusual and you’ll need to call the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

New fire truck

Chief Electra VanEckhoutte says the new fire truck should arrive on Monday in Christopher Creek.


Jenny Cronk will be adding another candle to her cake Aug. 3, Diane Ruman will have another birthday Aug. 5, and Trisha Latus will be celebrating on Aug. 6. Wishing all you ladies a happy birthday.Mikey Marazza

Awakening Earth Expo this weekend

We were blessed with a couple of hopeful rains this past week, but they were fairly brief. Each day the monsoon clouds appear to build, then manage to dissipate before dropping any significant rainfall. The heat continues unabated though. The good news is that we’ve somehow managed to go back to Stage 1 water conservation in spite of the weak monsoon season.

Do you ever wonder what you would do if your water or energy supply was disrupted for a long period of time? Have you ever read the “scare sheet” of prescribed medicines and wondered if the side effects weren’t worse than the ailment you were trying to cure? Do you wish you could learn more about keeping our forests healthy while protecting our communities from fire danger? Is solar energy a viable alternative and what would it take to implement those changes in your own household?

Those are just some of the topics you can learn about at the Awakening Earth Expo event that is taking place Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2 in Pine. The focus of the weekend will be learning to live in harmony with each other and our surroundings by being good stewards of our bodies and our natural resources. Although there will be a few vendors, the main thrust of the event centers on different exhibits featuring everything from sound nutrition, solar energy, herbal remedies, recycling, forest health, conservation, long-term food storage, acupuncture and other medical alternatives, and much, much more. The weekend amounts to a well-rounded “back to basics” event meant to encourage sound stewardship of one’s own health and surroundings.

Organizers Maya Joy Angeles and John Hall, owners of the Crystal Lotus Gallery, originally planned a small event to be held at their shop, but when business and community members heard about it, they immediately realized the potential for providing an expanded, well-rounded overview of sound, safe, practices that benefit not only individuals, but the entire community and beyond.

The event will feature more than 30 different participants, dozens of speakers, a variety of entertainers, plus some very cool activities for kids. This family friendly event will take place under the ramada in Pine along with some special demonstrations to be held at the Crystal Lotus Gallery. So head to Pine between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow, or 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday to learn how you and your family can promote better personal health while helping to preserve and perpetuate a sound environment. Oh did I mention — the event is free!

Parents of students attending the Pine-Strawberry School, don’t forget to mark Wednesday, Aug. 5 on your calendars. Sports physicals for students between the fifth- and eighth-grades will begin at 1 p.m. that day. Then later on, the school will host its “Celebrate School” night from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the school gym.

The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library will be holding a book sale and raffle over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4, 5 and 6. You may purchase raffle tickets to win an Americana Reading Nook Basket at the library during their normal hours of operations until then. Tickets are $1 for one or $5 for six. The library is also accepting donations of books to be sold to help raise funds for the various programs and services the library provides.

The library has scheduled two more “Movie Madness” events for the month of August. On Wednesday, Aug. 19 they’ll be showing G-rated “Hannah Montana” at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, Aug. 28 the featured film will be “Race to Witch Mountain.” That film is rated PG and begins at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. Refreshments are provided for both activities.

The theme for the pre-school story time at the library throughout August is “Safety.” Children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 5 are encouraged to come join the fun between the hours of 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday, while learning about folks who help keep our communities safe.

The AWANA’s program will be starting up again soon. The folks at First Baptist Church in Pine are hosting a welcome dinner/registration night at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10. The AWANA’s program is a Bible club that teaches children about the importance of scripture memorization in a fun way. The AWANA initials stand for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed” and the goal of the club is to equip young people for life by teaching them God’s word.

The Sparks program is designed for children from kindergarten through second-grade. They meet on Monday afternoons throughout the school year from 3 until 4:30 p.m.

The other clubs, including T & T, JV and Varsity, are for third-graders through 12th-graders. They meet in separate groups on Monday evenings from 6 until 8 p.m.

My daughters have been involved in the program for the past three years and really look forward to starting up again. The club is open to all young people in the grades mentioned above. If you would like to know more, you can call the church office at 476-3552, or come to the dinner on Aug. 10 and meet the teachers and other families who will be participating. The First Baptist Church is located on Highway 87 toward the north end of town. The first club meeting will be Monday, Aug. 17 and you can register then if you can’t make the dinner on the 10th.

Have a great weekJodee Smith


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