State’S Birthday Bash, Valentine’S Day Celebrated


The big parties are over for now, Arizona has had a wonderful 100th birthday bash all over the state, and most of the celebrations were free, which is a good thing since the economy is in such bad shape.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone with an abundance of all kinds of flowers, (mostly roses), candy, balloons and teddy bears. I hope that your Valentine’s Day was a good one.

My hubby, always the romantic, was very original this year. He presented me with a 20 gauge shotgun, double barreled, and made in Brazil.

I haven’t practiced with it yet, so I don’t know how accurate I will be with it, but he tells me, all I need to do is point it.

Since it is a shotgun, the shot will scatter so I am bound to hit something!

The dealer told us that if I had to shoot the weapon in defense, I would most likely have to repaper the walls.


The Double D Restaurant and bar was quite busy this past weekend, with two different Valentine’s parties.

The first one was the local motorcycle club in the afternoon and then later on, a special Valentine’s party featuring a shrimp dinner, music, karaoke and great decorations in the dining room, the bar and outside on the patio. It really looked great, and everyone had a great time.

Hellsgate Fire Department

A reminder that the administrative office in Star Valley will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in honor of Presidents’ Day. Most federal places will also be closed, including banks and the post office, and most Gila County offices.

The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary is busy organizing all the recipes that have been collected. So far, the unofficial count will be about 200 recipes.

The Fireflies are really excited about this project, the recipes are heirloom quality and many are for the working mother to get a great dinner on the table in no time.

Look for the first publication sometime around late July or early August.

Birthdays, etc.

On Feb. 22, Gail Mortenson of Tonto Village III and Tempe, will have her birthday. Gail spends just about all of her spare time in the Village entertaining her many grandchildren at her “fishin’ lodge.”

Speaking of fishing, Brenda Slapnicka who owns RanchoTonto on Tonto Creek Road adds another candle to her birthday cake on Feb. 23.

A former resident of the Village, Chris Manning McClintock, has her big day on Feb. 24. Chris comes back to see her old neighbors every so often.

It seems once a person has lived in the Village, they always come back, even if it is just for a visit.

Remember. Another birthday, means another year of memories. Enjoy.

On a personal note, two of our daughters will be celebrating their wedding anniversaries on Feb. 23. Eileen and Jon Porter, and Vicki and Bill Nelson share that day. Happy anniversary to both couples.

Pool results will be in next week’s column.


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