Summer Has Flown By Too Quickly

History and Biscuits

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It was difficult to type in August so soon. It seems as if the summer has flown by much too quickly. I have not gone fishing as much as I have wanted or gone somewhere I have not been to, but wait ... that’s not true. We did get to go to Young, Ariz. last week and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, the events and the people.

Did you attend the History & Biscuits, Tales from the Rim on Saturday, July 28? If you did not go, you missed out on a very entertaining synopsis of history from the earliest known times of the Mogollon Rim area. Margaret Parker, a Pine historian, told of the earliest times in Pine and Strawberry; J. Scott Wood, an archaeologist for the Tonto National Forest, who spoke of the many ruins that have been discovered in our area; and Jayne Pyle who spoke of Margaret Meadows, wife of the first man buried in the Payson Pioneer Cemetery and mother of Arizona Charlie Meadows, who is credited for starting the Payson Rodeo; Tim Ehrhardt, Realtor/historian spoke on Zane Grey, and how he brought movie making to the area; and Ella Lee and Errol Owens, former owners of the sawmill, talked about its impact in the area from the 1940s to the 1950s; and Jinx Pyle, who talked about the Young area and the feud known as the Pleasant Valley War.

I have not been in the Mogollon Rim area very long (since 1992), so I had a lot to learn and it was a pleasure to listen to stories by all of the speakers.

The biscuit part of the evening was at the end and I must say, the biscuits were delicious and made in Dutch ovens. What a great way to end an evening, with hot biscuits served with butter, honey and jam. YUMMMM!

Tonto Village Chapel

There is still time for you to plan a nostalgic Sunday at the Tonto Village Chapel on Sunday, Aug. 4. Former pastor Ken Schroth will be giving a sermon entitled “Go Light Your World” starting at 9:30 a.m. Lee Massey will play his guitar for the hymns. A potluck has been planned after the church service (no Sunday school that day). Bring any kind of dish to share with your friends and neighbors. Don’t forget your camera!

Hellsgate Fire Department

A fire board meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8 at station #21 in Star Valley.

Since the ban has been lifted on fire restrictions within Tonto National Forest, burn permits can now be issued. The burn permits are available at the Star Valley fire station on Walters Lane, the Tonto Village station and from Lonie Smith in Ellison Creek Estates Summer Homes.

A warning regarding the use of grills for cooking — please do not fire up your grill under any type of canopy or covering (i.e. the roof over your porch or deck).

The new fire truck for Hellsgate Fire Department will be ready to show at the Fireflies’ annual Labor Day Barbecue Saturday, Sept. 1. The firefighters are very proud and eager to show it off.

Hellsgate Fireflies

The next event for the Fireflies is a meeting, at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 6 at the Tonto Village fire station. The main topic of the meeting will be the Labor Day Barbecue. The Fireflies need everyone’s help with this big event, so plan on attending to find out where you can help.

The event following the meeting will be the Bashas’ Food Festival on Aug. 18. At that time, the Fireflies will be selling advance tickets for the barbecue, the very successful cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook,” and many colors of T-shirts, sun visors, plus raffle tickets for the chain saw and the handmade quilt. The Fireflies always enjoy participating in this event, it is so well attended.

Birthdays, etc.

Charlie Wilcox, former pastor of the Tonto Village Chapel, starts off the month of August with his big day on Aug. 2. Hope to see you on Aug. 4, Pastor Charlie.

Aug. 4 is Hellsgate Fire Board member, Charlie Conover’s birthday. Jerry King of Tonto Village III celebrates his big day on Aug.t 7. Mary Kindler of Bear Flat has her big day on Aug. 8. Aug. 11 is a big day for birthdays — Denny Kindler, Junior Barr both of Bear Flat, Debbie O’Donnell of Mead Ranch, and Hellsgate firefighter Cris Lecher all will light another candle on their birthday cakes. Happy birthday to all of you on your special day.

Double D Doings

Tuesday evening the nine-ball regulars competed for the top spot. The winners were Kara Shaw and Linda Stailey.

Remember that there is now a horseshoe tournament played on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. on the back patio. Come and join in the fun. Personally, I have not played horseshoes since I was 10 years old!

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