First Robin Of Spring Has Been Spotted

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I spotted the first robin of the season this past week feeding with the other birds in our back yard.

I guess that means that spring is not too far away. Even my rose bushes are sprouting new growth and so is the parsley and sage.

The garlic I planted a few years ago has already come up and an odd thing — I have a whole garlic sitting on my window sill and I noticed that the whole clove has sprouted!

Now what? Do I just leave it be and cut off the green shoots, or do I get a pot of soil and plant them? Any advice out there?

I can’t believe that I would wish for a snowstorm, but that is exactly what I am wishing for. Here are some interesting statistics on precipitation since the beginning of 2012.

January had .36 inches of moisture, February had .30 inches with hardly any prospects of anything more for the rest of the month.

The average for January is 3.38 and February’s average is 3.54. As you can see, we are about 6 inches behind. In 2002 and 2006, the pattern for moisture was basically the same. Do we have a cycle emerging?

I hope that the national Forest Service is keeping close tabs on the condition of the ponderosa pines and the lack of moisture within Tonto National Forest and begin thinking of closing the forest early this year.

Hellsgate Fire Department

A Wildland Fire Safety refresher class is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 for all firefighters in the area. Contact Tobi Waugh at 468-6961 to sign up. The class will be held at Rumsey Park at ramada #1.

A Basic Wildland Course has also been scheduled. This class is necessary to qualify a firefighter to be called up to go to a wildfire.

The classes will be held on March 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18. Firefighters need to sign up with Karen Carlen at the administrative office at the fire station in Star Valley. The cost of the course is $50 The phone number is (928) 474-3835.

The Jeff and Kara Shaw family of Tonto Village III, is proud of their son Joshua. Joshua is a student at Payson High School. Joshua has been selected as a student ambassador to Australia. To raise money for Joshua, raffle tickets are being offered for a side of beef to be won by one lucky person. For more information, call Jeff at (928) 478-0111.

Fireflies Auxiliary

The Fireflies will be attending the monthly blood pressure checks at the community room at the Lamplighter trailer park on March 3 from 8 to 9 a.m.

Look for ladies with their Fireflies T-shirts on and hopefully you will be interested to join with a great bunch of gals with community service as their main focal point, and to help the firefighters to be the best that they can be.

Birthdays, etc

Oops! I missed a big day for Hellsgate firefighter Ben Doss. He added another candle to his birthday cake on Feb. 20. Here’s hoping you had a wonderful birthday.

Double D Doings

Two pool competitions were held this past week. On Tuesday evening, Harvey Poyner, Aaron Langley and Kara Shaw were the top three winners. Then on Sunday afternoon, the pool tables were busy again and the winners this time were Nate Pidde, Cliff Landrum (Where have you been, Cliff?) and Ethel Cain. Congratulations to all the winners.

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