Fire Hazard Removed From Community

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If you read my column last week, you know that my husband Bill had a pacemaker inserted last week at Payson Regional Medical Center by Arizona Heart Institute heart specialist, Dr Claudio Zamorano. Bill was very well taken care of by the medical staff in intensive care and by Dr. Zamorano’s nurse, Danette Anderson. Bill wishes to thank Dr. Zamorano, his nurse and all the medical staff at the hospital for taking such good care of him.

Brush piles

Take a look at the back of the Tonto Village community. Surprise! The brush piles are history.

The Payson Ranger District made short work of burning those piles last week. Obviously, there was some discomfort with all the smoke, but the situation is so much better without having a fire hazard right in our back yard.

A huge thank you to the Payson Ranger District brush crew.

Hellsgate Fire Department

At the February fire board meeting, the fire board passed a resolution to rename their ladder truck form “The Pride of Star Valley” to “Pinkerton’s Pride” in honor of Richard Pinkerton who was instrumental in acquiring that ladder truck and for his many years of service with the fire company. Mr. Pinkerton has been a vital part of the expansion of the fire department. His years of service and dedication to the department is greatly appreciated.

Karen Carlen was recognized by the fire board for her one year of service to the fire department. Congratulations to you, Karen, you are always so helpful to everyone, especially to me. I most certainly appreciate all that you do for me and for the Hellsgate Fireflies.

There will be a strategic planning session held by the Hellsgate Fire Board on Monday, Feb. 28 at the Star Valley station on Walters Lane. The board will be reviewing and discussing where the fire department will be headed in the next five years. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the fire station. If you have nothing else planned for that day, stop in and add your input as to where you think the fire department should be concentrating on for the future.

Take note that the office at the Star Valley station and the Tonto Village station will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Feb. 21.

Hellsgate Fire Department and the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Department held a multi-company drill this past Wednesday at the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Station. Engines #511, 211 and 231 participated in the drills. Since both companies watch each other’s back, so to speak, these types of drill are very important for cohesion between all the firefighters.

The time spent by these volunteer firefighters is greatly appreciated by the residents of both communities.

Phone service

I have an Alltell prepay phone service that has now been bought out by AT&T. I received a letter to that effect on Monday telling me of the change and for me to pick up another phone from them at an AT&T phone store because my Alltell phone will no longer work.

Well, guess what, there is no AT&T store in the Payson area. The closest one is in Mesa. I have a prepay phone and today I will lose my minutes because Alltell cannot accept any more payments. I know that many people were affected by this and I am not happy about it. What choice do I have now?

In the letter I was sent, I need to go to an AT&T store by May 17, buy a new phone, and they will transfer my service to a “GOPhone” for $2 a day. Do I have to make a special trip to the Valley? I guess so, or go to another provider.

Double D Doings

Last Tuesday evening, the gals from Christopher Creek and Tonto Village played nine-ball in their weekly competition. The top winner was Tonto Village resident Linda Stailey with a “super” shot. Christopher Creek girls Nancy Olson and Judy Tolle shot for second and third places.

Each week there is a running pot for hitting the nine-ball in the pocket on the first break. Nancy Olson won the pot. Congratulations to all the winners.

The new Thursday evening men’s competition was also held this past week and the winners were Michael Bryan, John Watson and Harvey Poyner, all from Tonto Village. It is time for the guys from the surrounding area to step up to the plate and join in on the games on Thursday evening.

Birthdays this coming week

On George Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22, Gail Mortenson of Tempe and Tonto Village III will celebrate her big day. Brenda Slapnicka of Tonto Creek Road will add another candle to her birthday cake on Feb. 23. Here’s hoping your day is a keepsake to hold in your heart. Happy birthday to the both of you.

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