The weather has been just beautiful!
I have gone out every morning to look at my apple trees and it seems that each day that passes brings the apples closer to being picked. Then my work will be cut out for me, I normally make apple butter in my crock pot and apple sauce to can for the winter. I intend to bake a few apple pies and try my hand at dehydrating them also. There is an over abundance of the apple crop this year. The frost has done its dirty work to kill the buds for the past five years. I will be canning as long as my jars and stamina hold up.
A boutique in Tonto Village?
Yes, that is true! The boutique is inside the ‘Shop Around the Corner’ on 320 Johnson Boulevard.
Rose Walker, the owner of the shop, has teamed up with “Contagious Jeans” to be able to offer items that are ‘chic’ and ‘up to date’ at a lower price than most shops. There is nothing over $50. The items featured are handbags, tops, ‘Miss Chic’ jeans, accessories such as scarves, jewelry, etc. Stop by and check out the merchandise, You will be pleasantly surprised at the variety of clothing and the very affordable prices. The phone number for the shop is (928) 478-4287 or Rose’s cell number is (928) 978-4377.
Hellsgate brush pick- up
The Hellsgate brush crew is currently picking up brush in Thompson Draw I and II. There is one week left to get your brush to the spot across from the fire station #22 in Tonto Village.
After the crew picks up the brush, there will be no more pick-ups.
More Hellsgate news
The EMT Refresher Course starts on Saturday, Sept. 24. There is still time to sign up. Call Karen Carlen at station #21 ASAP! The number is (928) 474-3835.
A reminder that the administrative office on Walters Lane in Star Valley will be closed for Columbus Day on Oct. 10.
The Fireflies will be holding their annual and final meeting of the year on Oct. 10 at the Tonto Village fire station at 10 a.m. Please try to attend this last meeting.
The Fireflies will be ‘in darkness’ until April. If you are unable to attend, please call Janet Snyder at (928) 478-9935.
Sept. 26 is a big day for Charles and Brenda Wilcox.
They will be celebrating 30 years of marriage. “Pastor Charlie,” as he is known, was the pastor of the Tonto Village Chapel for many years and Brenda always organized Vacation Bible School for the youngsters in the village. Happy anniversary to the both of you, and I hope that you continue to grow together in life and love.
On Sept. 28, Dara Sutton of Bear Flat will add another candle to her birthday cake. Dara has been instrumental in bringing the Hellsgate Fireflies their best fund-raisers this past year.
Dara has great organizing skills and she has given the Fireflies “Heart” when she was the president. Dara is also involved with the Domino Divas and comes to the Village to play every Wednesday. Happy birthday to you, Dara.
On Sept. 29, Hellsgate Fire Chief Gary Hatch will be celebrating his birthday. Happy birthday to Dara and Chief Hatch, and remember, another birthday means another year of memories.
A bit of culture
A performance by the Hopi Indians was held on Tuesday morning at the Shelby School in the village for all the students and neighbors.
It was an impressive demonstration by Moontee Sinquah and his family doing amazing things with hoops. Moontee comes from the reservation just north of Holbrook and he and his family have performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Moontee is a internationally renowned world hoop dance champion grass dancer and musician. The students were very enthusiastic and cheered often at the feats of the hoop dancers.
A bit of sadness
John Haulot, a long-time resident of Tonto Village and owner of Honest John’s Lumber Yard in the ’70s, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 18.
John was known for supplying many residents in the surrounding area with supplies as they were building their summer homes. Viewing hours for John will be on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m. at the Messinger Funeral Home. The funeral will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. John will be missed by all the old-timers that still live in the village.
Last Tuesday’s nine ball competition was won by Kara Shaw, Betty Koutz and Sharon Marksbury. A Tonto Village sweep!
Last Thursday’s winners of the eight ball competition were Harvey Poyner, Ethel Cain, and Sharon Marksbury, again, all from Tonto Village. Congratulations to all the winners.