Some people may call these days the “dog days of summer,” but I would call this time the “summer of snakes.”
This summer has been exceptional with the stories of close encounters with poisonous snakes such as the timber rattlers in Bear Flat, Tonto Village and most recently in Diamond Point Summer Homes.
The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary vice president Joan Phippeny had a frightening encounter with a snake. Joan was in her yard feeding the birds when she passed by a piece of wood and the snake struck her in the ankle.
Her neighbor Juanita Oney rushed her to Payson Regional Medical Center but unfortunately, the hospital had only one dose of the anti-venom. Joan was transported to the Poison Control Center in Phoenix for the rest of the six shots needed. Prayers are with Joan for a speedy recovery.
The point of this story is to be aware of where you are stepping at all times, including your own yard, and wear sensible shoes, no slippers or flip-flops!
I mentioned my neighbor had raccoons coming in her house last week, so this week, they came back in force, how about six raccoons coming up on her porch.
Raccoons were scurrying everywhere! Linda finally managed to chase them all from her porch and she will be looking into acquiring a few live cages for capture and release in a more remote area.
The countdown is on for the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary’s final fund-raiser of the year on Labor Day weekend.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, there will be the best food around cooked by past president Linda Stailey.
The menu includes deep-pit pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, home-cooked beans, and the best corn around from Snowflake, all for $7 and a child’s plate for only $3.
There will also be a bake sale featuring jams, cookies in take home tins, cinnamon buns, all kinds of breads, fruit pies and dinner rolls.
There will be raffle drawings and the main drawing for the 20-inch chain saw, the Bashas’ food card for $300 and the Giant gas card in the amount of $200. What a deal!
The tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
Everyone will be in a festive mood with live music playing and chatting with your neighbors. The barbecue will start at 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. The big raffle drawing will be at 1:30 p.m. All the fun will be at Hellsgate Fire station #22 in Tonto Village. Just follow the signs and balloons.
Attention all Domino Divas! The annual competition with the Christopher Creek gals will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the Tonto Village fire station.
The host this year are the gals from Tonto Village, so each gal is to bring a small gift for winners such as the loudest, the top winner, the gal who says “who’s turn is it?” etc.
Last week was a milestone for the domino gals. There were 19 gals and two tables going with a huge amount of food and a birthday celebration for Penny Wells. Wednesdays are a necessity with most of the ladies just to break up the week and have fun.
Most of the birthdays this past week are belated. I did not have room last week. So here goes: Aug. 25, Bob Ehrhardt from Mead Ranch, Aug. 26, Chuck Stailey from Tonto Village II, Aug. 29, Linda Digman from Tonto Village I and administrative assistant of the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Depart-ment, Aug. 29, Penny Wells, from Payson and South Carolina a Domino diva and an honorary member of the Fireflies, Aug. 30, Hellsgate firefighter Jeff Plante, Aug. 31, Jan Davenport of Tonto Village III, Karen Fausz of Thompson Draw I and the secretary of the Fireflies. Happy birthday to each and every one of you!
On Sept. 1, Hellsgate Fire Department Captain John Wisner will have served the Hellsgate Fire Department for 18 years. Congratulations, Captain, for your dedication to the fire department.