Big Barbecue, Bake Sale, Auction Tomorrow


The Labor Day weekend is here! The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary is busy preparing all the great-tasting pulled pork sandwiches, the bake sale, and silent auction details to get ready for a successful fund-raiser for our dedicated and loyal firefighters this Saturday.

All the activities start at 11 a.m. at the fire station in Tonto Village. The raffle winners will also be announced at 1:30 p.m. There will be blood pressure checks by our firefighters and face painting for the kids. Add the music of DJ Larry Smith and it promises to be a fun day. Hope to see you there.

Double D Happenings

The Double D Restaurant and bar will be celebrating on Labor Day weekend with the music of the ever-popular Lynda St. John on Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m. and then again on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Ethel is planning to feature barbecued pork ribs for Saturday evening dining. Yum! Finger-lickin’ good!

Hellsgate Fire Department news

According to Fire Chief Gary Hatch, the fire department will not be accepting any more applications for brush pickups as of Aug. 31. Anyone who has already handed in the paperwork will be picked up sometime in September and October.

Another grant has been applied for by the fire department but it may take a few months for it to become activated. A huge thank you from the Walmart Foundation for their generous donation to the Hellsgate Fire Department and to Major John Davis, USAF Ret. For his generous donation to the Fire Department. The department appreciates your thoughtfulness.

The Fireflies Auxiliary to Hellsgate Fire Department will be holding its last meeting of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. at fire station #22 in Tonto Village.

A final report on the results of the Labor Day barbecue will be on the agenda along with committee reports.

There will also be election of officers for the next two years, so be thinking about who you would like to vote for to serve on the board of directors.

A Hellsgate Fire Board meeting will also be held on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Star Valley fire station # 21.


Hellsgate firefighter Doug Blazer starts the week off with his birthday on Sept. 6 along with our grandson, USMC PFC. Brian Snyder and our great-grandson, Isaac Lopez.

Then on Sept. 10, longtime resident of the Village, and primo welder is Charlie Terry who will be celebrating his 83rd birthday.

On Sept. 12, Tonto Village III resident Marge Tolby will have her big day. On Sept. 13, Jessica Slapnicka of Tonto Creek Road will add another candle to her birthday cake.

On Sept. 14, our resident firefighter and engineer Jeff Younkens will be another year older. Robert Winchester of Mead Ranch will celebrate his birthday on Sept. 18.

Pleasant thoughts are sent your way with a heartfelt wish for a happy birthday to all of you.

A belated happy birthday to Jeff Plante of Bear Flat. Jeff is now attending an EMT class for the Hellsgate Fire Department. You are an important part of the Hellsgate Fire Department and you are appreciated. Here’s hoping you had a wonderful birthday.


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