What crazy weather! Tonto Village got about two inches of snow this past weekend. My concern was the apple blossoms, I sure do want apples this year, but the buds had not developed enough, so I think it will be OK.
I love spring because it is a time of renewal, not just of nature showing off, but it can be of faith, relationships, a hobby that you set aside to finish whenever or even of a love affair that didn’t quite finish in the right way.
I listened to the local weather report this morning and the forecast is favorable for outdoor projects — specifically, finishing the siding on our new addition, but I was also thinking of fishing. I am starting to get fishing fever. It is time to make time!
Hellsgate Fire Department
Firefighters interested in extra training, lots of programs are planned. There will be a five-day Basic Wildland Firefighter course starting at 5 p.m., Friday April 20 at the Star Valley Fire Station and continuing April 21, 22, 28 and 29. The cost is $50. Please call Karen at (928) 474-3835 to sign up.
An Incident Safety Officers class will be on April 25 and 26. The cost is $50. Call Karen at the number above.
A SAWS-S212 chain saw class is set for April 24 and 27 at the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Station in Christopher Creek; call Linda at (928) 478-4011 to sign up.
Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary
The first meeting of the year was held on April 9 at the Tonto Village Fire Station.
There were reports from most of the committees for the Memorial Weekend Breakfast on May 26. The cookbook is now in its final stages for publication.
The next Fireflies meeting is at 10 a.m., Monday, May 7 at the fire station meeting room in Tonto Village.
Birthdays, Get Well and Condolences
A Hellsgate firefighter from the Star Valley station, John Jackson, celebrated his birthday on April 14.
Get well wishes to a Hellsgate Firefly and Domino Diva Joan Norem. Joan had surgery this past week in the Valley. Joan has been with both groups for many years and has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of raffles, etc. at the Fireflies’ benefits.
Sympathy and condolences to Chief Gary Hatch and his family on the loss of his brother-in-law this past week. Our hearts and prayers are with the family.
Double D doings
The pool tables were busy this past week and since the weather has been ideal, the chances are that the tables will stay busy throughout the summer. Tuesday night is ladies nine-ball competition. Last week’s winners were Judy Tolle, Betty Koutz and Yvonne Langley.
Sunday afternoons the competition is open to all who think that they can sweep the tables at eight-ball. This past Sunday the winners were Harvey Poyner, Ethel Cain and Cliff Landrum. Ethel outshot Cliff!