Who knew that we were going to have such hot weather so fast?
Everyone in the Village who has a garden or planned to, were waiting for the nighttime temperature to at least come up to 50 degrees, then out of the blue, the daytime temperatures soar to the high 90s.
What a shock! I haven’t even gotten my summer clothes out yet and I still had flannel sheets on my bed. That sure changed the very next day.
My hubby and I drove into Payson to attend the Sawdust Festival this past weekend. Again, the heat was almost unbearable with no shade in the spectator stands.
We felt so sorry for all the workers who had to stay out in the sun, they were getting as red as lobsters! After this , I suggest shade for the spectators of some kind. Some of the patrons were really smart and brought their own shade with canopies.
I realize that to build a cover over the Event Center would be very expensive, but what about some sort of shade over some of the seating? Most people had left early because the sun was so intense. Can something be done before the rodeo in August? I pose that question to the city movers and shakers to think about it. The other solution would be to change the date of the event to a cooler month.
As of Friday, June 11, at 8 a.m., fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest will be in effect until further notice.
The restrictions also pertain to open flames from a fire pit on your property. There will be no smoking of cigarettes in an uncleared area. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed.
Campfires are allowed in fire grills and grates provided by the Forest Service in the following developed recreation sites within the Payson Ranger District: Houston Mesa Campground, Ponderosa Campground, Houston Mesa Horse Camp, Sharp Creek Campground, Upper Tonto Creek Campground, and Christopher Creek Campground. For information on other sites in Arizona, the Web site is www.azfireinfo.com.
Control Road paving
With the hard work of a few people in the Village, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin says the Control Road will be paved sometime in July. What great news for the residents, we have been “dusted” for so long, we thought that the paving would never take place.
Now the only concern is the use of the “island” that runs between Johnson Boulevard and the Control Road. There are many people who ride their quads, Rhinos and dirt bikes through there causing dust and riding on non-legal trails. If your quad does not have the tag that costs $25 to ride within the forest, you are not allowed on forest land.
If your quad does not have a tag from MVD, you should not be riding the vehicles on the Control Road or Johnson Boulevard, or any other road within the Village. Please have some consideration for your neighbors and ride where you are not disturbing your neighbors.
Hellsgate Fire Department
Chief Gary Hatch says there will be no more burn permits issued until further notice. The brush pickup program will end sometime in August or September, so make sure that you fill out the volunteer time sheets for the time spent clearing your area.
If you need more information, please call the fire station at 928-474-3835.
The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary wish to thank an anonymous donor who left a donation at the fire station. You are very kind and the Fireflies appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Water Improvement District
The Water Board will be meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 15. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. At the Hellsgate Fire Department station in Tonto Village. The board will be focusing on the final reading of the budget for 2011.
Lori Mulvey of Tonto Village III will celebrate her birthday on June 17. Lori is an avid domino diva and works hard for the Fireflies auxiliary. Lori is an important contributor to our community and she is much appreciated for all her hard work.
Stephanie Morris, of Tonto Village II, who recently became a new mother, will add another birthday candle on June 21. Here’s hoping that you have a restful day, but an enjoyable one.
Grant and Marie Coley of Tonto Village II will celebrate 45 years of marriage on June 18. What a milestone! You are wished many more years together.
Double D Doings
Ethel Cain shot for first place last Tuesday in the nine-ball tournament, followed by second-place winner Linda Stailey, and third place went to Pat Bates. Congratulations to everyone.
Ethel has announced that she will help organize a July 4th parade. It has been a few years since this enjoyable event has been held. All manner of vehicles, but mostly quads should be decorated in a patriotic theme.
The popular “Kids N Kritters” entries have always been a great success, so think up a funny costume for your animals and collect those American flags and anything else you can come up with.
Contact Ethel at the restaurant at 928-478-4332 for more information. A time has been selected as 1 p.m. for the start and all entries will start by the first set of mailboxes.