The busy summer season is right around the corner. There will be many yard sales, events of all kinds in Payson, and the surrounding area including Tonto Village.
The first event is on Saturday, May 1. Ron Gibson, a local band member, and host of the popular radio show, Trades ’n’ Sales on KMOG, is hosting a benefit for longtime Village residents, the Watson family.
The matriarch of the family, Pat Watson, succumbed to complications from cancer recently and the medical expenses were enormous. The benefit will be held at the Double D Restaurant and Bar on the patio area.
Roy George Haught and Duke Wilbanks has generously donated the barbecue beef and beans for a dinner plate that will include coleslaw, donated by the Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary, rolls by Ethel Cain of the Double D Restaurant, for $5 a plate.
In the works is a horseshoe tournament, pool games and shuffleboard tournaments. There will also be a bake sale and an auction.
All of the activities will start at noon and last until 5 p.m. Did I mention live music by Rockin’ Ron?
Stop by and help the Watson family get out from under huge medical bills and have some fun while you’re at it!
On Tuesday, May 4, the Tonto Village Domestic Water Improvement District will hold a budget meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hellsgate fire station in Tonto Village. Please attend to find out how the budget will be decided for the coming year. This is your tax dollars at work for you.
On Wednesday, May 5, the Hellsgate Fireflies will hold their monthly meeting at the Tonto Village fire station beginning at 11 a.m. Plans for the Memorial Weekend breakfast will be discussed. We need all the help we can get, so please make it a priority to attend.
The next event will be on May 15, commonly called the Spring Fling. This event is co-sponsored by the Hellsgate Fire Department and the Moose Club in Star Valley on Walters Lane, in the parking lot. Breakfast will be served by the Moose starting at 7 a.m. with your choice of eggs, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, bacon or sausage at $5 a plate. Then lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until close. Hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza will be offered. Along with the great food, many vendors will be selling a number of arts and crafts, and yard sale items will be on display and offered for sale.
At the next Hellsgate Fire Board meeting, May 12, awards will be handed out to firefighters for years of service to the department. Nick Fitch, six years of service; Rick Washburn, Jay Wagner, Chad Stluka and Bobby Moller, five years; Bill Beller, four years; and Bill Dupkee, Brandon French, George Karreys, Bill Mennan and Breianon Miller, two years. Congratulations for all your hard work for the fire department. Your dedication and time are greatly appreciated.
The next EMT refresher course will be May 8 and 9 at the Tonto Village station from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The final phase will be held at station #21 for completion of the course.
Ben Doss, Len Trujillo, Tony Parker, John Jackson and David Wells successfully completed the EMT class in December and they all have now passed the national exam allowing them to practice their newly learned skills. Congratulations to you all.
From station #21, there are two full-time engineers that have been accepted to the paramedic program. Bobbi Fuller and Nick DeGroat will be in paramedic training for about a year. Good luck to you both.
On a lighter note, the parking lot at station #21 has recently been paved by Roy George Haught and Kirk Russell of Intermountain West Company did the painting. Thank you to both for an excellent job.
Tuesday evening, the nine-ball teams of the Double D and the Christopher Creek gals played their usual tournament. Nanci Olson shot for first place, followed by Linda Stailey in second and Patty Boeschling third.