Fireflies Encourage Ladies To Join Them

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This past week was a wonderful Holy Week for the Snyder family. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the pageant held in Mesa at the LDS church. I have never seen the performance before and the whole thing just blew me away! There were hundreds of people there to watch the most amazing cast, almost 600 in all — not including the live animals. I was told that there was a performance each day during Holy Week and there were just as many guests at every pageant performance.

The pageant started with the birth of Jesus and ended with his ascension. What an inspiring play.

Then on Sunday morning my spouse and I attended Mass and then went to a favorite eating place. We decided to try the lamb dinner, I used to eat lamb dishes quite often, but it had been a while. Well, I guess my taste buds changed. It was OK, but I most likely will not order it again.

Hot weather

Since this spring has been unseasonably warm, I came across these little ditties on the Internet:

“You Know You Are From Arizona When:

“You notice your car overheating before you drive it.

“The best parking is determined by shade ... not distance.

“You can say ‘Hohokam’ and people don’t think you are laughing funny.”

I just heard the weather report and there may be snow by this afternoon. No way! My fruit trees are starting to bud. What crazy weather.

Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary

The first meeting of the year was held Monday, April 9 at the Tonto Village fire station. The main topic of discussion was the upcoming benefit Memorial Weekend breakfast that will be held on Saturday, May 26 at the fire station in Tonto Village.

The committees were set and ready to get going on preparing the various events that will be held.

The times will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The breakfast will include scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, sausage patty, juice and coffee for $5 for adults and $3 for children.

The Fireflies encourage ladies from the other communities that make up the Hellsgate Fire Department to join the auxiliary. There is no need to be a full-time resident; everyone’s help at the benefits is greatly encouraged. There are many areas where an extra hand is so helpful. It is not necessary to attend the auxiliary meetings; members can keep informed by calling one of these members: Janet Snyder, (928) 478-9935; Linda Stailey, (928) 478-4641; Dara Sutton, (928) 478-0052; or Karen Fausz, (928) 478-0445, any would be happy to share information on what the next events will be and find out who would like to participate.

Food Festival

The Bashas’ Outdoor Food Festival will be in the store’s parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 21. The auxiliary will be selling raffle tickets for a chain saw and handmade quilt, along with Hellsgate T-shirts and caps. The drawing for the quilt and chain saw will be at the Labor Day Weekend barbecue Sept. 1.

Domino Divas

This fun group is still meeting at 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Tonto Village fire station. They have a great lunch before the start of the competition and of course getting a bunch of gals together they also try to solve the world’s problems in between placing their dominoes in just the right spot.

There is a lot of laughter, a great deal of competition, but also a lot of camaraderie. There are women from Payson, Christopher Creek, Bear Flat, Kohl’s Ranch and of course, Tonto Village. The game that is most popular is Chicken Foot, but they will also play Mexican Train. Come join the fun.

Double D Doings

The nine-ball competition was held last Tuesday evening. Usually, the games are made up of all females, but there were not enough female players available, so the men were invited to participate. Ron Desrochers shot for first place, followed by Sharon Marksbury shooting for second place. Terry Dooley placed third. Congratulations to the winners.

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