Snyder Household Increases By One


Happy April Fools’ Day! I hope you don’t get any pranks pulled on you today. I always read a column written by Karina Bland a Republic columnist in the Sunday paper, and this past column she related pranks that she has perpetrated on her son. What a hoot to read all the things she has done through the years that was passed down to her by her father and some of her own imagination.

One year she bored holes in apples and stuffed gummy worms inside. What fun!

Another time she made meatloaf cupcakes, frosted them with pink mashed potatoes and sent them to her son’s school for snacks. What a great imagination! There were many more pranks that she played on her son, the ones I mentioned are a small portion of all the funny things she did. Have fun! But keep it safe!

The Snyder household was increased by one this past Friday when we picked up our new doggie. Her name is Daisy Mae and she is a “Puggle.” Actually, she looks more like a pug than a beagle. The only telltale sign that she is not a pure pug is that she does not have a flat nose. She is 4 years old and she has a very sweet personality.

My hubby and I look forward to having Daisy with us for a long time. It’s good to have a doggie again, both my hubby and I have always had dogs in our life, so now we are a complete family again.

It’s almost spring planting time, (the temperature on Tuesday morning was 39 degrees) so Bill and I worked on our back yard this weekend; raking up pine needles and broken branches and digging up a spot for an herb garden. The spot is now ready, but we think that it is still too early to put in plants. We still have to decide which herbs to plant and what kind of arrangement we should have. How exciting! I can watch the herb garden grow from my kitchen window.


The first week in April will be busy with an art class that will be starting on Tuesday, April 5 at the Tonto Village Chapel. This class will be a basic starting class for anyone who has had a desire to dabble in paints.

All mediums will be explored: oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastels. The materials that will be needed for the class will be discussed at this first session. The class will start at 1:30 p.m. and will be led by Tonto Village resident, Pamela Furubotten. If you have any questions, please feel free to call her at 928-478-4649.

On Monday, April 4, the Hellsgate Auxiliary, the Fireflies, will be holding their first meeting of 2011 at the Tonto Village fire station meeting room at 1 p.m. Items under discussion will be the Memorial Weekend breakfast sponsored by the Fireflies and the breakfast will be the kickoff of the fund-raising for our hard-working firefighters. The Fireflies welcomes all women who would like to become involved in helping out the firefighters with schooling, equipment, or other projects that are not included in the budget.

Hellsgate Fire Department

As of March 31, bids will be open for Project II, the 90-10 grant for the Diamond Point I and II to clear brush, etc. Call the Star Valley fire station for more information.

Thompson Draw I and II will also be open for bids by licensed, bonded and insured contractors to remove trees, etc. for the Thompson Draw I and II areas. Again, call the main fire station in Star Valley for more information, and when the packets can be picked up. The phone number is 474-3835.

A two-day workshop called S-212, will be put on by the U.S. Forest Service on April 13 and 14 with the fuels trailer. For more information on the times and place, call the Star Valley station.

The next meeting of the Hellsgate Fire board will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday April 13 at the Star Valley firehouse meeting room.

As of April 1, firefighter John Ceja will be recognized by the fire board for his four years of service to the Hellsgate Fire Department. Congratulations to you, John.

John and Beth Lacy proudly announce the wedding of their daughter Kira to David Mennen on April 23. John Lacey is a reserve firefighter with Hellsgate Fire Department. David is finishing up basic training with the Air Force in San Antonio. Congratulations to the families.


John Darr of Tonto Village I ends the month of March with his birthday on March 30. Everyone in the Village can say happy birthday to John, he manages to tour the Village on his quad at least once a day.

Bill Fausz of Thompson Draw I starts off the month with his birthday on April 3. Bill is the husband of Karen Fausz, the secretary to the Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary. Bill has helped the auxiliary with putting up tables and chairs and taking them down for a number of years, and last year helped my husband Bill to set up the road signs for our breakfast and barbecue fund-raisers. That means getting up early (6 a.m.) to get the signs in place. Thank you Bill for all your help.

On April 4, Hellsgate reservist firefighter Zack Hornug will reach a milestone with his birthday, he turns 21!

Also on April 4, Melvin Palmer of Colcord Estates will celebrate his birthday. Melvin has always been an active member of his community and of the LDS Church in Christopher Creek.

April 7 is Christopher Creek’s longtime resident Eileen Kittock’s birthday. Eileen is a winter time domino player in Tonto Village and continues playing with the Christopher Creek domino group during the summer months. Eileen is also quite handy in card playing, in particular “Hand and Foot.” Happy birthday to you!

On April 8, also of Christopher Creek, Margot Holmes , also a longtime resident of the area will add another candle to her birthday cake. Pleasant thoughts are sent your way with a wish for a happy day to all of you.

Double D Doings

The pool competitions were under way last Tuesday evening with the gals taking over the pool tables with nine-ball competition. Right off the bat, Linda Stailey won the nine-ball break. The winners of the game were Sheri Moore, Bobbie Davis and Melinda Bryan.

On Thursday evening the guys took over and Joe Ferrera who hasn’t played for a while shot for first place followed by Harvey Poyner and Michael Reese. Congratulations to all the winners.


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