Thunder, Lightning Was Quite Scary

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Were the rain gods angry the other night? The clap of thunder was a frightening noise and our doggie just about jumped out of her skin.

I am not certain where it originated, possibly just east of the Village, but it sure was a scary thing! The only problem was that with all the noise and lightning strikes, there wasn’t much rain, maybe about a half-inch or less. So, how about more rain and less noise?

Fire restrictions lifted

The good news is that the Hellsgate Fire Department has lifted fire restrictions within its boundaries. There have been many burn permits issued this past week.

The word is to be cautious when burning brush. Never leave an open fire, and have a supply of water within reach and do not make those fires too high, burn small piles. Those piles will be easier to keep under control.

The EMT class offered by the Hellsgate Fire Department is still open. The classes will be held at the Star Valley fire station beginning on Aug. 22. The class will run Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and continue until some time in December.

Applications can be picked up at the administration office of Hellsgate in Star Valley. The phone number is 928-474-3835 and talk to Karen.

The Hellsgate Fireflies will be selling raffle tickets for the Husqvarna 20-inch chain saw, a food gift card from Bashas’ and a gift gas card from Giant stations along with selling Hellsgate T-shirts and hats at Bashas’ on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The raffle for the chain saw and the gift cards will held at the Labor Day Bash on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Tonto Village fire station.

The pulled pork sandwiches, fresh corn on the cob, beans and coleslaw will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will also be live music to enjoy while you are eating or browsing the bake sale items.

The next Fireflies meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 8 at the Tonto Village fire station. If you are interested in volunteering and doing community service and helping the hard working firefighters in our district, please come and meet the Fireflies.

If you would like more information, you can call the president, Dara Sutton at 928-478-0052 or vice president Joan Phippeny at 928-478-4667.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Birthdays have not been a part of this column for a few weeks, so I will finish off the birthdays and anniversaries for the month of July.

Roy Tolby of Tonto Village III celebrated his big day on Friday, July 22. Laura Tetzke, is the daughter of longtime Tonto Village III resident Elaine Tetzke, and she had her big day on July 24, along with Ellison Creek Summer Homes resident, Lonie Smith. Lonie can also issue burn permits for the Ellison Creek area. Lonie’s phone number is 928-970-1552.

On Tuesday, July 26 , Dick Watson added another candle to his birthday cake. Dick has been having a few health issues, and the Villagers wish him a hearty get well besides a happy birthday.

On Wednesday, July 27, a former Tonto Village III homeowner, Charlie Martin, will celebrate her big day.

Jay Wagner, a firefighter with the Hellsgate Fire Department who is stationed at the Mead and Collins Ranch station house adds another candle to his cake on Thursday, July 28.

On Friday, July 29, Kim Dunmire of Bear Flat celebrates her big day. Nat Mercer, another firefighter with Hellsgate, is stationed out of the Star Valley fire house, and he will celebrate his birthday on July 30.

Last, but not least, our oldest grandchild, Jonathan Porter of Yuma, will turn 31 on Sunday, July 31. How time flies. We wish you a grand time for your birthday, Jonathan.

The wedding anniversaries for this month include Dick and Marilyn Lamb of Kohl’s Ranch. They have been married for 54 years on July 27.

Chuck and Linda Stailey will also mark a milestone with their anniversary of 40 years on July 27. Your life together is an inspiration to us all, happy anniversary to both couples.

Double D doings

Last Tuesday evening at the Double D, the nine-ball players chalked up their cue sticks to compete for the player of the week.

Ethel Cain shot for first place, Tammy Randall shot for second place and Elizabeth Strickland came in third.

The Thursday evening competition for the eight-ball players was held and Harvey Poyner came out on top.

Harvey is usually in the top three players, he must practice a lot. Marie Leonard shot for second place. There was no third place winner.

That’s all folks, until next week. My e-mail address is : janet_snyder2001@yahoo .com or my phone number is 928-478-9935.

There is an underscore on my e-mail address between janet and snyder. Don’t forget that or I won’t receive it.

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