The weather forecasters have announced that there will be some rain or snow by Friday. Whoopee!!!
My spirits just rose to a new high. I actually put a few decorations around the house and I’ve got my list going for Christmas cards. Obviously, they are not addressed or mailed yet. There are cookies yet to be baked, but the tamales are made thanks to our second daughter Eileen who helped me get organized. Thanks, Eileen.
Domino Divas and Hellsgate Fireflies
Last Wednesday afternoon the gals got together for their annual Christmas party. What a hoot! The most sought after item this year: movie tickets. There were two sets and they went back and forth all afternoon. The food was exceptional and prepared by Linda Stailey, who did an outstanding job on the roast beef and homemade wheat rolls. We were introduced to the new battalion chief, David Bathke by Chief Gary Hatch and they were persuaded to stay for the sumptuous feast. Richard Pinkerton, the chairman of the Hellsgate Fire Board also enjoyed the various selections made by the ladies. Everyone had a wonderful time and they are looking forward to next year’s Christmas party.
Hellsgate Fire Board member Larry Corey will observe his fourth year of sitting on the board and he was awarded a certificate of service at the December board meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Star Valley Fire Station.
The administrative office is closed Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.
The Shelby School Cub Scout Pack #7787 took a field trip to the Tonto Rim Christian Camp where they learned and practiced archery with Ryan Reed. He is the camp’s program manager and father of two Shelby students. The Scouts were taught about the importance of safety when using a bow and arrow, as well as how to hit their mark!
Edna Jones, a Domino Diva from Payson, will celebrate her birthday on Dec. 20. Carol O’Dell of Thompson Draw II and an avid supporter of the Fireflies who helps out every year at the fund-raising events, will add another candle to her birthday cake on Dec. 21. On Dec, 23, Jan Farmer of Tonto Village I gets to celebrate her big day.
Happy birthday to all.
Double D Happenings
The old-fashioned wake for RuthAnn Winchester was very well attended last Saturday.
Just about all of the Mead Ranch residents came to pay their respects to the Winchester family.
My sympathies to Robert for his loss.
RuthAnn will be sorely missed.
Baby girl Anelise Berlin Sampson was not born at 29 inches. Her actual length was 20 inches. Apologies to mom and dad Josh and Rebekah for the mistake.
Some other thoughts
Since the column is short this week, here are a few anecdotes: You know you’re in Arizona when ...
• You can correctly pronounce the words: saguaro, Tempe, Gila Bend, San Xavier, Canyon de Chelly, Mogollon Rim, Huachuca, Cholla and Ajo.
• You know the best parking is determined by shade, not distance.
• It’s noon in July, kids are on summer vacation and yet all the streets are totally empty of both cars and people.
Happy shopping everyone!