In spite of the rain this past Saturday, the Memorial Weekend breakfast hosted by the Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary was a huge success.
So much so, that we ran out of some of the food. There were people from all over the surrounding area, and many stayed around to listen to the music by DJ Larry Smith and his wife Mary, and for the drawings held every half hour for door prizes.
The Fireflies would like to thank all the help from the firefighters who helped set up the tables and chairs and to all the Fireflies who went above and beyond their assigned duties to help make the fund-raiser a community event that everyone in the area enjoys. The Fireflies are asking for your input with any suggestions you may have to make the breakfast an even more enjoyable experience. You can call Dara Sutton at (928) 578-0052 or Janet Snyder at (928) 478-4575 with your ideas.
Rick Prach of Tonto Village I, records the amount of precipitation for the National Weather Service and for the Village and he measured 2.40 inches had fallen since the beginning of last week.
That is a sizeable amount, but not enough that any of the creeks were flowing. He said that the rain was soaked into the ground and did not have a chance to run off. That means that the forest was very dry, so we still need more rain.
Bear Flat totals were smaller. Dara Sutton is the person who keeps a record of the precipitation there and she has recorded 1.78 inches of rain. She said that the rainfall totals are still under the amount that we should have by this time of the year.
The Bear Flat Homeowners Association held its annual meeting and potluck on Sunday, May 24 at the McIntyre’s home. Hellsgate Fire Chief Gary Hatch and Mead Ranch Lt. Rick Washburn gave instructions to the homeowners of evacuation proceedings if ever needed. There had not been an evacuation procedure for the homeowners before this time. Thanks to Chief Hatch and Lt. Washburn, the instructions will be posted on the bulletin board for all the homeowners who could not attend the meeting.
Even though there was quite a bit of rain this weekend, fire restrictions were still in place and not lifted. There were many campers who ignored the restrictions and built campfires anyway. In some cases, the campers were issued a citation. This can be costly, and can reach up to $5,000. For everyone’s safety, please obey the fire restrictions until the Tonto National Forest lifts the ban on open fires.
The Tonto Village Domestic Water District will hold its monthly meeting June 2 at the Hellsgate Fire Station in Tonto Village. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are always open meetings to the public and comments and suggestions are welcome.
The Tonto Creek Watershed Committee will hold its next meeting Saturday, May 30 at the Tonto Rim Christian Camp in Tonto Creek Estates. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. If you would like more information on this committee, please call Rev. Larry Fultz, executive director, at (928) 478-4830 or (928) 478-4630.
Jerry Farmer starts off the month with his birthday celebration on June 2. Marilyn Lamb, of Kohl’s Ranch, and who is an avid domino player in Tonto Village, will have another birthday June 6.
On June 7, Ruth Ann Winchester of Mead Ranch can add another candle to her birthday cake.
June 12 is Vicki Grootegoed’s birthday. Vicki is also an avid domino player and also loves to play cards, especially Hand and Foot. May you all delight in the simple treasures of life on your birthday. Have a great day!
Last week’s nine-ball tournament got under way about 6:15 p.m. at the Double D. The winners were Payge Ferriera, Lynn Davis and Patty Boeschling.
Sunday afternoon was the eight-ball tournament and Joe Ferriera was the top winner. Cliff Landrum shot for second place and Greg Taylor placed third. Congratulations to the winners.
The drawing for the original oil painting by C.M. Scott was won by Tim Ehrhardt of Mead Ranch. All the proceeds went to Darius Lorig for his surgeries. A big thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket in support of Darius.
The Scotch Doubles tournament for May will be held May 29 at the Double D starting at 7 p.m. Grab your partner and join in the fun on Friday.