The days are rushing by so quickly that it is hard to believe that October is half gone already. Halloween is just around the corner, and the Village is looking forward to the amazing decorations that Bobette Davis puts up every year. She is not the only one who decorates their home, so I am looking forward to strolling through the neighborhood to see what the residents will come up with.
The pine needles have started to fall from the ponderosa pines, and we have already made a big pile. Remember, if you want to burn leaves and needles, stop by the fire station and fill out a burn permit. Jeff Yunkens is at the station from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., every day, Monday through Friday.
Hellsgate Fire Department
Good news — The pink shirts that the firefighters are wearing this month for Breast Cancer Awareness are now going on sale. They have purchased 150 shirts and will be selling them at the Star Valley Fire Station on Walters Lane. So many people have asked about buying one of the shirts including me. The cost of the shirts is $20 payable to the Hellsgate Fire Department. A portion of the proceeds from the T-shirt sales will go to the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. A great big thank you to Rick of Tonto Silk Screen for making the shirts on such short notice.
The fire station in Star Valley is now a drop place for any American flag that has seen better days. As everyone knows, the flag is never tossed in the trash. There is a retirement ceremony that will be conducted by one of our Boy Scout troops when enough flags have been accumulated. Call the administration office at (928) 474-3835 for more information.
Clearing on hold
Chief Gary Hatch reports that the clearing of the properties like Ellison Creek Summer Homes, Diamond Point Summer Homes and Thompson Draw I have been put on hold due to a lag time of funding from the state. A time for clearing will be announced at a later date.
Remember to mark your calendar for the next Friends and Family CPR class that is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Tonto Village Fire Station. Sign up is limited because of the small space, so call Karen now at (928) 474-3835.
The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary held its final meeting of the year on Monday, Oct. 11 at the fire station. The main item on the agenda was the changing of the bylaws and the final accounting of the Labor Day Barbecue. Our new president, Dara Sutton set up a workday at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 18 to clear out the sheds. Tables and chairs have taken up most of the room, so there are items that need to be removed. The items will be free for the taking, and will be on a first-come basis. Call Dara at (928) 478-0052 for more information. Your help in clearing out the sheds is also encouraged.
Richard Pinkerton is one of three candidates running for the Hellsgate Fire Board.
Pinkerton has been a resident of Star Valley since 1997 with his wife of 38 years, Peggy. They have six children and 17 grandchildren.
He has served on the fire board since December 1998. Pinkerton has served on numerous boards and committees at the county, regional, state and national levels and he now serves on the USFS Eastern Arizona Counties Forest Resource Advisory Committee and Town of Star Valley Roads and Streets Commission.
Pinkerton’s background includes military service in the Arizona Army National Guard as a chief NCO or sergeant major in four command headquarters.
He retired from ADOT in 1989 as a mapping branch manager for the city of Phoenix. Pinkerton has also been a Meals on Wheels manager, a U.S. Census Bureau enumerator in 1990 as a field operations supervisor for the Phoenix Special Census.
Pinkerton says, “I have a total of 58 years of service and have a motto of, We Can-We Do.”
Double D happenings
On Saturday, Oct. 9 a special pool tournament was held for the Feed The Hungry event to help supplement the items for the St Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Along with the canned food collected, there were also prizes awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners of the pool tournament. They went to Mike Moffatt, Michael Bryan and Harvey Poyner.
Since there are so many birthdays in one week, The Double D will host a birthday potluck dinner for Harvey Poyner, Betty Koutz, John Watson, Bobette Davis and Linda Stailey at the Double D at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14.