Afternoon Showers Are Wonderful



The rains keep falling even if the rain is minimal at times. It’s wonderful to witness the afternoon showers.

The ponderosa pines appreciate the moisture along with our gardens. We do not have to water as often. Let’s hope that there is enough rain this season that we will not experience a severe drought.

The middle of the country is experiencing very hot temperatures and the lack of rain is damaging the corn crop along with other vegetation. I hope that it doesn’t reflect itself with higher food prices.

Tonto Village is experiencing a remodeling phase. Not only with our addition of a garage, but a few of the neighbors are sprucing up their homes by adding on extra space, new roofing, new siding, etc. It is a welcome sight. Keep up the great work.

Bible study

Even though at times the attendance is minimal, the class will continue. Rita Spalink will take over for the time being and will hold the classes at 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the Tonto Village Chapel. Everyone is welcome.

The art class with Pam Furubotten has been suspended until after the summer season since there is a conflict with families visiting and vacations. The classes will resume in the fall.

Domino Divas

The fun is continuing for the gals who love to play dominoes and enjoy the camaraderie and good food every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the fire station in Tonto Village. Come and check it out, everyone is welcome.

Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary

The Fireflies will be holding a “work day” at 9 a.m., Monday, July 25 at the Tonto Village fire station in preparation of the Labor Day Bash scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3. Please try to make time for this day to get ready for the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the firefighters.

The Fireflies will also be selling the raffle tickets for the chain saw, the food gift card and the gas gift card at Bashas’ on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. See you there.

One of the newest Fireflies, Susan Warwick, will be going around to the various businesses and asking for items for the raffles or donations. Susan’s phone number is 928-468-2121. This column gave the wrong phone number last week, so please make note of the change.

The next Firefly meeting is at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 8 at the fire station in Tonto Village. There are so many great happenings going on that you are sure to find a niche that fits you to a tee.

Come and join this great bunch of gals. If you would like more information on what’s happening, call Dara at 928-478-0052 or Joan at 928-478-4667.

Hellsgate Fire Department news

I am sorry to be the bearer of not good news, but fire restrictions have not been lifted within the Hellsgate Fire District.

There will be no open campfires, no smoking in the forest except within your vehicle and no chain saw use without some sort of spark arrestors. This ban is in effect until further notice. More information can be available at the Payson Ranger Station. The phone number is 474-7900.

Firefighters John Ceja and John Wisner of station #21 in Star Valley are stationed at the Los Conchos Fire in New Mexico. We pray for their safety and safe return.

On Aug. 1, three probationary firefighters will have completed their one year probationary time. They are Dale Hayes, Billy McCave and Thorry Smith. Congratulations to you, all of you will be a great asset to the Hellsgate Fire Department.

Double D doings

The nine-ball players held their weekly competition at the Landmark in Christopher Creek last week. The winners were Tammy Randall, Payge Ferriera and Judy Tolle. The nine-ball break was won by Paula Hall of Christopher Creek.

The eight-ball players on Thursday evening held their competition at the Double D. The winners were Harvey Poyner, Betty Koutz and Audie Weber. Congratulations to all the winners.


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