Winter has come upon us with a chiller of a month. The temperatures in the early morning are hovering around the low teens every day. There is still snow on the ground and on the streets, but the most dangerous part of all this is the ice that has not melted because of the cold temperatures. Not only has the ice stayed with us on our sidewalks and pathways, but the roadways in the Village are still a dangerous place.
A good example of that is the accident that occurred this past weekend. A car that was coming off the Control Road and making a turn onto Johnson Boulevard made the turn a bit too hasty and slid on the ice right into the Jake and Kendra Garrett’s front yard wiping out the fence, the pond, a maple tree and some Christmas decorations. Thankfully, there were no injuries except for a few shaken up passengers in the car.
Please be mindful of the icy conditions that still exist on our streets.
The crew from the Gila County Maintenance Department made a special trip to the Village to sand down that nasty corner. Thank you to the crew.
Hellsgate Fire Department
Chief Gary Hatch and the fire board members will be going to the Arizona Fire District Association (AFDA) workshops for newly elected fire board members. The classes offered will help board members hold better meetings and hints to assimilate facts and information to the public. The workshop will be held Jan. 13-15 in Laughlin, Nev.
The first part of the EMT training classes has been completed at the Hellsgate Fire Station in Star Valley. The firefighters who have graduated from these classes are: Nick “Trey” Fitch, Jeff Plante, Travis Kilbourne, Bill Dupkee, Mike McWilliams and Billy McCave. The training is not complete until those firefighters have taken the national tests. We wish all of them good luck in passing those tests.
Get well wishes to Hellsgate Fireflies vice president Joan Phippeny of Diamond Point Summer Homes. Joan had an unfortunate accident and fractured a vertebra in her back. Joan spent some time in the hospital and then at Payson Care Center. Joan has been released and is recuperating at home. We all wish her get well wishes.
The Hellsgate Fireflies wish to express their thank you for a generous donation made to them from Donna and Rob Reifschneider of Palm Desert, Calif. and Payson. A kind gesture lasts a lifetime. Thank you again.
Hooray! The weather was good enough to get together last Wednesday afternoon. Although the back parking lot has not been plowed out yet, one of the gals, Linda Stailey, offered her driveway for the vehicles and the gals used the front entryway into the meeting room. There were many stories about the last snowfall and the very cold temperatures.
Many of the homes in the area had broken or frozen water pipes. Jeff Daniels, of the Tonto Village Water Company, was quick on the scene to fix the broken lines so that our water was off for a very short time. Thank you to Jeff for the quick action.
Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Laura Bierwirth of Payson and Christopher Creek, and a fairly new addition to the Domino Divas celebrated her birthday on Jan. 11 with the Divas. Laura also brought along her friend “Punk” Maderas to play with the group. Welcome!
On Jan. 12, Hellsgate firefighter, Breianon Miller added another candle to her birthday cake. Another Hellsgate firefighter, Rick Heron, was another year young at 40 on Jan. 13.
A special anniversary greeting and well wishes to Phon and Dara Sutton of Bear Flat for their anniversary Jan. 12. They have been together for 31 years. May you both continue to grow together in life and love.
Double D Cafe
The very cold weather did not deter the dedicated pool players this past Tuesday evening. The gals gathered around the fireplace to warm up their hands and then got right down to the business of nine-ball. Again, Linda Stailey shot with a bit of expertise and luck for first place, followed by Kara Shaw, taking second place and Melissa Janssen shooting for third place. Tonto Village prevailed! Congratulations to all three winners.
The owner of the Double D , Ethel Cain, has announced that a Super Bowl party is in the planning stage. The date has been set for Sunday, Feb. 6. A sign-up sheet has been set up in the bar area for potluck dishes. There will be more announcements in this column for food needed and the time that the party will start.