This past week has been a trying one for my family with the loss of our grandson-in-law Christopher John Walk, also known as CJ. He had been suffering through the nasty illness known as cystic fibrosis. He fought for every day and every breath his whole life and the disease finally took its toll on Saturday, Aug. 21. Our family will miss him and his fantastic gift of being a music lyricist for the Lord. He was very involved in Christian rap and made his mark with our grandson Jonathan Porter and my grandson-in-law Fausto Lopez. They were so good that many of the songs were recorded. CJ is now making music for the glory of the Lord. I will miss you CJ, as well as so many other family and friends.
Last Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 18, the annual Duel of the Dominoes was held at the Christopher Creek Community Bible Fellowship Church. The event was well attended and the buffet lunch was a huge success, many of the dishes had recipes attached. There were so many great dishes that it is difficult to name a winner. My favorite was the bread made by Alice Gilbert of Thompson Draw I. It is so easy to make. Here is the recipe: 1 (12-ounce) can of plain ginger ale mixed with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Slowly add 3 cups of self-rising flour. Then add whatever you prefer, such as raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, or any type of add-ins that you can imagine. Put in greased loaf pan in a 350-degree oven for at least one hour, then check for doneness and adjust the time. Thank you Alice for this great recipe, and it is so easy!
The winners of the loudest player was Alice Gilbert. The gals with the lowest scores were Sandy Kalmar and Mary Wenning.
Penny Wells was the winner of the best recipe, which I will feature in next week’s column. Vicki Grootegoed was voted the most helpful. The quietest player was Mimi Tidwell. The one who said “Whose turn is it?’ the most was Dara Sutton. The “most sniveling” award was awarded to Jenny Kronk. A picture of the whole group is above in the Kreek Kapers column.
Hellsgate Fire Department
The friends and family CPR class held last Tuesday evening at station #21 in Star Valley was a great success. Karen Carlen, administrative assistant, and engineer Jeff Younkens did a great job of teaching not only adults but children how to help save a life. Karen will try and hold these classes on a quarterly basis. This was the first CPR class that I went to, and I am glad that I did. Who knows when the skills I learned would be helpful in saving a life. If you want more information on the class, call Karen at (928) 474-3835.
The Fireflies auxiliary is busy getting organized for the biggest fund-raiser of the year. The annual barbecue dinner will be held Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Hellsgate Fire Station in Tonto Village. All the fun starts at 11 a.m. with local DJ Larry Smith providing music and entertainment for the diners, face painting, silent auction, a bake sale featuring Texas sheet cakes, jams and jellies and relishes, all homemade, of course.
If you have an item that would be a good silent auction item, call Joan at (928) 478-0251, or if you would like to donate a baked item, call Janet at (928) 478-9935.
The Fireflies have helped the firefighters with the cost of going to paramedic school and other expenses. The fire department and its auxiliary would appreciate your support in these trying times of budget crunching. Not only to help financially, but it also helps the community in aiding the people with the best equipment and service that can be had. Hope to see you there!
Aug. 29 is the birthday of Tonto Village resident Linda Digman and the day is shared by former Creek resident and now a part-time summer resident, Penny Wells.
Aug. 30 is a big day for Trina Digman, daughter of Linda.
Jan Davenport of Tonto Village III will celebrate her big day on Aug. 31.
On Sept. 1, Thompson Draw I resident, Karen Fausz will add another candle to her birthday cake. I also had the pleasure of working with Karen on primary election day this past Tuesday.
Happy birthday to all of you.
Last Tuesday evening the Double D gals played nine-ball with a small turnout. That didn’t stop the gals from playing, however. The first-place winner was Kara Shaw and the second-place winner was Linda Stailey. Congratulations to you both.