Fireworks Part Of Heber-Overgaard Celebration

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Many enjoyed the Arizona Mountain Motorcycle Association’s annual Rally in the Cool Pines last weekend.

It appears we are now in a mid-day to afternoon cycle of cloud building and possible afternoon rain. This is part of our normal summer daily monsoonal ebb and flow process. However, along with the pleasantly cool thunderstorms, lightning presents itself as well.

The Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce is having its July 4th Celebration this weekend. The dates for 2010 are July 2, 3 and 4. Everyone is welcome to come Friday night July 2, for hamburgers and chips. This will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Capps Middle School.

The park will have arts and crafts starting on the July 2-4.

The parade will be on the morning of July 3 starting at 11a.m. That evening will be the fireworks at the Mogollon High School starting at 9 p.m. There are water restrictions at the parade this year. Last year there were incidents during the parade that led to this change of conditions. Outside of drinking water bottles, no water balloons or water guns will be allowed at the parade and violators will be cited if such items are brought including any water cast by parade viewers as well as people in the parade.

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Helicopter-based firefighters stand by the ready at the Overgaard heliport for wildfires.

The fireworks here are known to be one of the best in northern Arizona. There is a $5 fee to enter the Tall Timbers Park. This donation will go toward next year’s fireworks.

The Forest Service has a helicopter detachment deployed from Springerville at the Overgaard heliport to respond at a moment’s notice. Along with the approximately 12 personnel, there is a bucket helicopter with a fuel support truck. Originally deployed to the Willow Fire in California, they have made their temporary home here to guard our forests from fires started by lightning, out of control campfires, and other sources of ignition.

A couple of businesses have opened in our community recently. Aliberto’s Mexican Food which resides in the old Rim Café opened up in the last week. Also Loft 54 Interiors is having their grand opening at the “Shops at Bisontown” starting Friday, July 2.

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