So Far It Has Been A Dry Winter In The Village

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The month of January is just about gone. The prominent item on most people’s minds is getting ready to do taxes for April 15, or is it April 16 this year?

There are about two-and-a-half months left to get all your paperwork in order. That seems like a long time, but how many of us procrastinate until the last possible day? I sure wish the system was an easy process to handle, the government has made the process so cumbersome that most people dread this time of year. My sympathies are with all of us as the time approaches to file our returns.

Dry winter?

The Village is quiet this time of year, most of the summer residents won’t show up until April or May.

There are a number of part-timers who come to the Village to check on their places and stay to play in the snow. But this year, hardly any snow except the storm this past December that dumped at least a foot of the white stuff. Believe it or not, there is still some of it around, in the northern portions of the ground.

The weather service has warned us that this could be a dry and cold winter. I hope that they are wrong.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The position of part-time “paid on call” position will be open for applications until Jan. 31. Stop by the administrative office in Star Valley to pick up an application or you can go online to the Hellsgatefire.org Web site and print out a copy of the application.

If you missed the last fire board meeting, the minutes are on the Web site. A profile of the current fire board members is also ready for viewing. In the near future, the Fireflies auxiliary will also add information regarding minutes and activities throughout the year.

The training room at station #21 is now completed. The concrete floor had to be replaced because of all the cracks in the cement. After that was done, new carpeting was installed and the walls painted and new electrical outlets installed. It looks very nice and more conducive to meetings and training.

The brush crew is now working on clearing brush piles in the Ellison Creek area. Be aware that there may be smoke in the area on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The food drive will continue until next week.

If you haven’t contributed anything yet, please do so by Saturday, Jan. 28. Money can also be accepted and can be donated to St. Vincent dePaul Food Bank.

According to the graph in the Payson Roundup, the goal for the food and the money donated has not come up to expectations. Please help make this year one of the best yet, and contribute either food items or money.

Whatever is collected will be handed over to the food bank on Saturday. The items can be dropped off at Hellsgate fire station #21 in Star Valley or in Tonto Village at station #22.

Double D Doings

There was no nine-ball competition this past week due to a lack of players. Come on gals, the weather isn’t a problem, so get out those pool sticks, practice and then try those skills on the pool tables at the Double D next Tuesday evening.

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