Auxiliary Bbq Dinner, Motorcycle Event Made For A Busy Time

Hellsgate Auxiliary Secretary Karen Fausz was surprised at the BBQ by a visit from her youngest grandson, 2nd Lt. Michael Digierolamo, who flew from Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. for her birthday.

Hellsgate Auxiliary Secretary Karen Fausz was surprised at the BBQ by a visit from her youngest grandson, 2nd Lt. Michael Digierolamo, who flew from Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. for her birthday.


Tonto Village has never been busier than this past weekend.

Not only was the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary serving their famous BBQ dinner and bake sale on Saturday, but the “Island” was filled with members of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona holding their annual ‘Camp and Jam’ sponsored by the Double D Café and Bar.

It was an outstanding success for the auxiliary and for the motorcycle club. They also participated in our event by visiting the bake sale tables and eating the delicious pit BBQ sandwiches.

Not only was there food but also blood pressure checks by the firefighters, free face painting by Denee’ Sutton, Hellsgate T-shirts and caps for sale, and a boot for donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. Throughout the entire event there was music by Larry Ellis. Thank you, Larry, your music is always enjoyed by everyone.

Raffle winners

The raffle items were announced during the BBQ and the winner of the chain saw was Denny Kindler of Bear Flats.

The $200 gas card from Giant was won by the Ballentyne family. The $300 food card from Bashas’ was won by Lt. Jay Wagner of the Hellsgate Fire Department and he turned it over to Jeff Shaw.

Jeff was working on becoming a firefighter when he suffered a very nasty fall while working, and he has been out of work and going to rehab therapy. Jay, your kindness is truly appreciated by the Shaw family.

The family package was won by George Karrys of Tonto Village. The package contained a gift certificate for $20 from Gerardo’s, $100 gift card for Subway, a Steve Coury car service and O’Reilly’s car care bucket, and an Ace drill bit set.

The fun package was won by Ed Warwick. In the package was an $80 Cedar Ridge meal certificate and an overnight stay at the Payson Best Western Hotel..

Raffle chairperson Susanne Warwick presented Linda Stailey with a gift certificate to the Cedar Ridge Restaurant for her dedication and hard work as the food chairperson for the fund-raisers each year. Thank you, Linda, for all that you do for the Fireflies.

Robert and Sally Ward from Algarve, Portugal won the honors of being the persons who had come the farthest to attend the BBQ. They have been vacationing in the area and heard of the BBQ and wanted to be a part of the event.

President Dara Sutton wishes to express her ‘thank you’ to all the workers; the firefighters, the Fireflies and the volunteers who helped to make this year’s BBQ such a success. The Fireflies aim to make the event even better next year.

Surprise visit

Hellsgate Auxiliary Secretary Karen Fausz was shocked to see her youngest grandson, 2nd Lt. Michael Digierolamo from Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. walk up to her and say, “Happy birthday, Grandma.”

Karen was not told that Michael would be in Payson. Michael was joined by his older brother Steven from Mesa later in the day to help celebrate Karen’s birthday. They are her only two grandsons.

Karen hopes her grandson makes it back to the Air Force base before his leave expires in spite of the tornado and severe storm warnings for coastal Florida.

Hellsgate board member Gloria Alliger announces that her grandson Andrew Flynn is now attending the University of Arizona, Tucson, to pursue his career as an astrophysicist. Andrew’s mother Helen and his grandmother Gloria are very proud of him and wish him nothing but success in the pursuit of his career goals.


Charles Terry of Tonto Village II will add another candle to his birthday cake on Sept. 10. Marge Tolby of Tonto Village III celebrates her big day on Sept. 12.

Hellsgate firefighter Jeff Yunkens adds another year on Sept. 14. Have a wonderful birthday. The day is yours to enjoy.

Bear Flat Homeowners Association celebration

On Sunday, Sept. 4, the Association hosted by Mary and Denny Kindler held a Labor Day celebration with roasted hot dogs, and s’mores and the residents were treated to a lighted golf cart and quad parade through the area.

A trophy was awarded by the four judges to the Sutton family for the best decorated. There was a tie, however, by the judges and a coin had to be tossed. The other ‘winner’ was a quad decorated as a tank.

There was a lot of work put into both and it was hard to decide.

Congratulations to the Sutton family for being the winner of the trophy for this year.

Double D Pool

Last Tuesday evening, the ladies from the Village played at the ‘new’ Landmark in Christopher Creek. Lynda St. John played for first place, followed by Tonto Village resident, Kara Shaw, and third-place winner was Patty Adams.

Congratulations to the winners.


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