It’s tax time and how many of you are crunching numbers and finding necessary paperwork before the deadline?
What a pain all this is! There has to be a better way for the average citizen to pay the necessary taxes to keep our country running. The whole process of preparing to get everything ready for the tax preparer is arduous at best! At least this year the taxpayer gets a few extra days to file.
The deadline is midnight of April 18. Good luck to all of you and I hope everybody gets a refund!
The weather has been really messed up! We had such nice temperatures last week and the buds had started to pop on the fruit trees; then on Sunday, we had about six to seven inches of snow and the temperature dropped like a stone. I had already planted sage and pansies, and now they are history. I didn’t take my own advice and not plant anything yet, but who could know that winter would return if only for a day or two. I am not giving up yet, even if I have to baby a few tomato plants inside for a while.
I received an e-mail from Scherry Duncan last week that she had sent to all the residents. The e-mail let the residents know that the brush pickup and Dumpster program has been discontinued. Scherry reminded everyone that there needs to be a 20- to 30-foot perimeter around all structures, clearing all needles, leaves, brush, and dried weeds and low-hanging branches. This provides a defensible space for firefighters in case of a wildfire.
The residents are reminded that there are no fire restrictions at this time, but a burn permit is needed. Burn hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The burn permits for the Mead Ranch area can be picked up from Rick Washburn or Jay Wagner. The phone number is 928-478-4663. If you are in the area, a permit can be picked up at the Hellsgate Tonto Village Fire Station Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. That phone number is 928-478-0405.
There may be times during the fire season when the Tonto Village Fire Station would be unmanned if our resident firefighter Jeff Yunkens is called to other duties. If that happens, call the fire station in Star Valley at 928-474-3835.
Another option would be to haul all slash to the Blattner Pit at milepost 259.7 on Highway 260. They are open for dumping brush on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Fireflies held their first meeting of 2011 on Monday, April 4.
One new member was welcomed. Her name is Susanne Warwick from Star Valley. The Fireflies are very happy to have more ladies from Star Valley.
The auxiliary voted on two more raffle items that will be raffled off at the Labor Day weekend barbecue. The ladies voted to have a $300 food gift card and a $200 gas gift card. The auxiliary felt that since the economy has been so bad, the gift cards for essential items for living would be appreciated. The tickets for the gift cards will be available in a week or two.
Don’t forget that there is now an art class that has started in the Village. It is held at the Tonto Village Chapel every Tuesday afternoon at 1:30. Everyone is welcome to display their artwork and to help newcomers with handy tips to get started.
Also at the Tonto Village Chapel, Bible study is being held on Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. The main topic is “what the numbers mean in the Scriptures.” I have attended one so far and it is very interesting. Hope to see you there.
Last Tuesday evening the gals got together for their weekly competition with the Christopher Creek gals. There was no sweep this week, Ethel Cain shot for first place followed by Christopher Creek shooter Patty Boeschling.
The men of the area competed for best shooter on Thursday evening. The winners were Harvey Poyner, Ron Desrochers and Jeff Yunkens. Congratulations to all the winners.