Brrrr! It has been a bit chilly the past few days. My thermometer has been reading 30 degrees at 6:30 in the morning. There has not been any frost yet, my few lonely tomatoes still seem to be holding their own, but I think it’s time to take them off the vines.
The fall colors seem to be a bit muted this year. I’m wondering if the lack of rainfall has anything to do with the faded colors of autumn.
The squirrels are busily collecting the acorns and seeds from the pine cones and making a mess in any yard that has a female ponderosa pine tree. A fight was going on about a week ago between a woodpecker and a squirrel. The squirrel was chattering away and going around the tree trying to get away from the woodpecker, but to no avail, the woodpecker won the battle to stay on the tree. One of my biggest delights is to sit in the back yard and watch the birds and the squirrels go about their business of getting ready for the cold weather.
The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary to the fire department held their annual thank you appreciation luncheon at Mazatzal Casino last week. Even though the luncheon was in the middle of the day, many of the Fireflies still showed up at the casino for their great buffet lunch.
Farrell Hoosava, general manager of the casino, made a surprise appearance to welcome the Fireflies. Mr. Hoosava and the casino was applauded by the Fireflies for their generous donation to the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary.
The next fund-raiser for the Fireflies will be in May with the feature to be on breakfast with biscuits and gravy and chorizo burros. Until then, the Fireflies will take a winter break and they will resume activities in April.
The Hellsgate Fire Board will hold its next meeting Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Star Valley fire station. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Please try to attend.
Ruby Terry is now home from the hospital and she is being well taken care of by her family and hospice. Ruby would love to hear from you, so please send her a card. Her address is 624 W. Johnson Boulevard, Tonto Village, Payson, AZ 85541.
Everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with you, Ruby, and we wish for you a speedy recovery.
On Monday, Columbus Day, Oct. 12, Bernita Barker, wife of Pastor James Barker of the Tonto Village Chapel, will celebrate her birthday.
Bill and Janet Snyder of Tonto Village II will also celebrate their 52 years together. Happy anniversary, Honey!
Wednesday, Oct. 14 will be a really busy day for Betty Koutz, Harvey Poyner and John Watson. They all will share the same birth date. I wonder if they will share a birthday cake?
Linda Stailey of Tonto Village II rounds out the week with her birthday on Friday, Oct. 17. Linda, I don’t think that you should have to bake your own birthday cake!
Bobbette “Bobbie” Davis’ birthday is the very next day on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Remember, the importance of birthdays is not how many you’ve had, but rather how well you’ve celebrated.
Double D doings
The Tuesday night nine-ball gals took over the pool tables and the winners were:
First place, Judy Tolle; second place, Payge Ferriera; and the third-place winner was Kara Shaw.
Sunday winners for the eight-ball tournament were Payge Ferriera, Cliff Landrum and Jimmy “Rabbit” Stephenson. Congratulations to all the winners.
The date has been set for the next Scotch Doubles event. Ethel Cain marked Friday, Oct. 23 for this fun event. Grab your partner and chalk up those cue sticks for a fun evening.
It’s not too early to be thinking up a great costume for the Halloween party scheduled for Friday, Oct. 31 at the D. There will be prizes awarded and munchies. Lynda St. John will provide the live music, and everyone knows how good she sings! Mark your calendar now and get thinking about your costume.