Fireflies Receive Generous Donation


January is just about gone for 2011. Where did the time go? It seems that the older a person becomes, the faster the time goes.

We have been very fortunate this month with no more major snowstorms. In Tonto Village there are still patches of snow and ice hanging around. Has anyone speculated about when the next snowstorm will arrive? It is very doubtful that we are finished with that white stuff. I imagine that we do need more to replenish the supply for fresh water in our reservoirs. The main thing to remember is to be prepared for an emergency. By now, you should have all the essentials covered.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The latest EMT class just finished up and the fire OPS class has started. The classes are being held at station #21 on Tuesdays and Saturdays and will continue into May.

One of the firefighters, Jeff Plante, says that he is now a certified firefighter I and II and EMT certified. Since Jeff has moved to Payson from Bear Flat, he will now work out of station #21, but will spend one or two Mondays at the Tonto Village station #22 along with engineer Jeff Yunkens. Congratulations to you Jeff, and to all the firefighters who passed the class and continued good luck in finishing up with the fire ops class. We are all behind you to succeed!

Generous donation

The Fireflies have received a generous donation from one of our part-time residents. Rich Paulson from Creston, Iowa owns a cabin here in the Village and he needed help in clearing his property of brush. The Hellsgate brush crew stepped right up to assist Rich in clearing his land. In appreciation, Rich gave the auxiliary a check for their upcoming fund-raisers for the fire department. Thank you so very much for your generosity, Rich, the Fireflies hope to see you at one of our functions this summer.

The Fireflies may be in darkness for the winter, but that only means no formal meetings are held, they are still busy helping in many ways for the community. Not only was a local food drive held through the holidays, but they also prepared the food for the Gila County Fire Chiefs meeting held at station #21 in Star Valley. In last week’s column, I said that the meeting was held on Tuesday, it was really on Monday, Jan. 24. Sorry about the wrong date.

Mead and Collins Ranch

The local water company at the Collins Ranch area has suffered through many water pipes bursting and a power surge that hit the water system which affected the generator, and heat tape circuits, and that in turn caused the pumps and some valves to freeze. The estimate of the damage could be several thousands. With all this, the system was up and running again in a week’s time. With all that damage going on, the timeline to repair was phenomenal. The Collins Water Board has hired resident Lenny Trujillo to make bi-monthly inspections of the water system and to read the water meters monthly. Lenny will also be the person on call for any water issues.


Grace Daniels, a Firefly and a Domino Diva to boot, also finds time to make fantastic quilts. Grace will celebrate her birthday on Jan. 28. Grace shares her day with a Hellsgate firefighter Mike McWilliams. Have a wonderful day to you both.

Double D Doings

The Tuesday nine-ball competition did not have enough gals to play, so the men were invited to play. Ron Derochers, the manager of Camp Tontozona, shot for first place, followed by Tonto Village III resident Jeff Shaw. Third place went to Jeff’s wife, Kara Shaw.

On Thursday evening the newly formed men’s competition took place and John Doles shot for first place. Jim White of Tonto Creek Estates shot for second place and Tonto Village I resident Michael Bryan came in third. Congratulations to all the winners.

The big Super Bowl party at the “D” is on for Sunday, Feb. 4. Don’t forget to sign up for munchies on the big day. The list is at the bar area. Come and support the team of your choice and to enjoy the game!


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