Christmas Shopping Countdown Is Nearly Finished


Countdown is on for Christmas shopping for that special someone or for your family.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and all shopping, wrapping and dinner preparations should be completed for you to relax and enjoy your family and friends on this holy of holies Christmas season. It is a time for renewal of faith and counting your blessings that have come your way this past year.

I have not forgotten our Jewish friends. Hanukkah began at sundown on Tuesday. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights. A little light can go a long way toward making the world a brighter place. To my Hanukkah friends, Happy Hanukkah!

Hellsgate Fire Department and Fireflies

As of this week, the food drive for the food bank, the firefighters, spouses and Fireflies have collected more than 100 pounds of food for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Thank you to everyone who contributed food and money. The need is great for the needy in Payson and every little bit helps, especially at this time of year.

The fire department will be holding an informational meeting on Jan. 7, for the purpose of hiring a paid “on call” firefighter. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at station #21. If this is a job that you can qualify for, please attend this very important meeting. If you have any questions, please call the main administrative office in Star Valley. The number is (928) 474-3835.

The Fireflies are still collecting recipes for the upcoming cookbook “Fireflies Can Cook,” so get those recipes to:, vleigh40@gmail .com, or, or by snail mail to: Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, 80 S. Walters Lane, Payson, AZ 85541, and earmark the envelope: “Recipes.”

The deadline is Dec. 31 and with the holiday season already here, the time will go fast. So don’t forget to get those recipes to the auxiliary. All proceeds will go to help our hard working firefighters, so do your little bit to help.

This past Sunday afternoon, Ethel and Danny Cain hosted a community Christmas potluck for everyone in the surrounding area. The food was plentiful and very tasty and the neighbors and friends were delighted to see each other and chat about happenings since the last potluck.

Some of the people had left the Village for other areas, but came back to the Village to visit. The afternoon was very enjoyable.

There were some people in the neighborhood who were unprepared for the snow that blanketed the Village last week. The No. 1 rule to remember when a storm is about to come, is to be prepared. That means, fill up the gas tank, stock up on food, candles, flashlights along with extra batteries, diapers, baby food, and by all means, don’t forget a snow shovel.

There was about a foot of snow here in the Village from the last storm, and if you did not have a shovel, it was pretty tough to even get out your front door.

I want to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas season. May the spirit of the season fill you and your family and friends with joy and it will be a wonderful holiday for all. Merry Christmas to all.


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