This week has been a hectic time along with great sadness for the my maternal family. My sister-in-law passed away suddenly, without any warning, from a massive heart attack.
Ellie, as she was called, was the sister I never had. She was kind, full of compassion and fortitude, and a super good wife to my brother and a fantastic mother to four boys. I will miss her dearly.
Veterans Day was last Friday and since my husband is a member of the Tonto Basin V.F.W. post number 8807, we spent the morning there handing out Buddy Poppies and watching a fantastic parade.
For such a small community, the parade was quite large and very impressive with its originality in many of the floats. The community really came together to celebrate a day set aside just for veterans.
Scam letter going around
Residents of Tonto Village need to be made aware of a scam letter that is being mailed to its residents.
The “company” is calling itself “HOMESERVE” with a post office box in Phoenix. One of the residents of Tonto Village, D. Stewart, has looked into this so-called company.
They are telling residents that there is an insurance policy for water line coverage for broken water pipes. Mr. Stewart has called the Better Business Bureau and have found out the “company” is a scam. For more information on this company, Mr. Stewart will gladly inform you of his investigation into this so-called company. His phone number is 928-478-4342.
Mark your calendars. The Divas will be holding their annual Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The party will be at the Tonto Village Fire Station on 151 N. Mathews Lane. The fun will start at 1 p.m. Bring a gift of no more than $10 for the Dirty Santa gift exchange and a food dish. The meat will be provided, so bring a side dish — either salad or dessert.
The Hellsgate Fireflies are still collecting recipes for their upcoming cookbook, “Firefles Can Cook,” and time is moving fast toward the deadline of Dec. 31 to have your favorite recipes included. A person need not be a part of the auxiliary to be included in the cookbook.
The recipes can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; Vleigh40@gmail.com or email@example.com. Or if you do not have e-mail access, the recipes can be mailed to the Hellsgate Fire Department, 82 Walters Lane, Star Valley, AZ 85541.
A reminder that the administrative office for the Hellsgate Fire Department will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. The regular business hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rainfall for Tonto Village
The rainfall and the snow amounts for the past two weeks have reached 2 1/4 inches of moisture according to one of the Tonto Village residents.
The amounts sound really good, but the precipitation still falls below the average for the year. Let’s hope that there will be a significant amount of snow this winter to make up for the deficit.
The remainder of November birthdays include Tonto Village III resident Jeff Leonard. His big day is Nov. 28. On Nov. 29, Pamela Furubotten adds another candle to her birthday cake.
Pam, as she is affectionately known, is the chaplain for the Hellsgate Fireflies. Happy birthday to Jeff and to Pam. Here’s hoping that your day will be wrapped in smiles.
Double D Doings
Last Thursday evening was the only pool game in town, (at the Double D, that is) The game was eight-ball and the winners were John Watson, shooting for first place, followed by Gary Bell and Brady Dupke. Congratulations to the winners.
I want to wish all of my readers a very enjoyable Thanksgiving.
Even though we are in troubled times, we can still enjoy our family and friends and to give thanks for our blessings of love, health, and food for our hungry. Please remember to give generously to the food bank, and fill up the Hellsgate food boxes at the fire stations in Star Valley and Tonto Village.
The people from the outlying areas, such as Mead Ranch, Collins, Diamond Point Summer Homes, Ellison Creek Summer Homes and Bonita Creek, can drop off the canned goods at the fire stations. The food bank is extremely low, so every little bit helps.