Our Pine Trees Are Now Smiling

Pine trees surrounding Willow Lake.

Pine trees surrounding Willow Lake. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Finally!!!! The clouds opened up and let go with a considerable amount of rain for Payson and the surrounding area. The rain totals were widely spread from a small amount to three inches in some places. And more is expected this coming weekend. If the ponderosa pines could smile, they would be doing it now. It has been a long wait for the forest and for us humans! Some of my shrubbery is really showing signs of great stress.

This year has been very bad all across the country as far as precipitation goes; it is widespread and has affected farmers’ crops. We can all expect groceries to become much more expensive in the not too distant future as a result.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The Hellsgate Fire Board held its monthly meeting in Tonto Village Wednesday, July 11. At that meeting, the board passed resolution #2112-004 which states that the board purchased the property for the future home of the Tonto Village station #22, parcel numbers 302-62-073 and 302-62-074. The resolution was received by the audience with a round of applause.

The fire board also awarded firefighter Bobby Mollere with the title of acting lieutenant for station #23 in Mead Ranch. Congratulations to you, Bobby, and good luck in your new position.

There will be a Desert Southwest Fire and EMS Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, July 26 at the University of Phoenix stadium. This event is the largest ever for the state of Arizona. Admission is free to everyone.

Registration is now being accepted for attendance to the State Fire School. It will be held Sept. 5-9 in Mesa. Registration is being handled on the Web at: www.azfire school.org.

Fireflies Auxiliary

The cookbook “Fireflies Can Cook” is selling like hotcakes. I have been told that the recipes are really good and that buyers are very happy that they bought a copy. You can too; get it from any of the Fireflies or call Vicki at (928) 478-4654 and she will get a copy to you. If you can wait until Aug. 18, the Fireflies will be at the next Bashas’ Food Festival. The Fireflies will be also selling T-shirts and caps and raffle tickets for the Husqvarna 20-inch chainsaw and handmade quilt. The drawing will be held at the Labor Day Weekend Barbecue Sept. 1. The barbecue is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with live music to entertain those attending. The event is the largest fund-raiser for the Fireflies and proceeds help the community’s hardworking firefighters. There will also be a bake sale with many types of goodies to take home and enjoy.

Birthdays

On July 20, Jim Ballard, a longtime former resident of Tonto Village who now lives in Oklahoma, celebrates his birthday. On July 22, Roy Tolby of Tonto Village III adds another candle to his birthday cake. On July 24, Laura Tetzke, daughter of Elaine Tetzke of Tonto Village III and Lonie Smith of Ellison Creek Summer Homes gets to blow out yet another candle. On July 26, Dick Watson, who has lived in Tonto Village longer than anyone else in the village — more than 35 years — will celebrate his 78th birthday; he is still active singing in the Payson Choral Society. Happy birthday to all of you, I hope that your day is a wonderful day to remember.

Double D Doings

Something new has been added to activities besides the pool competitions on Tuesday evenings. Horseshoe tournaments have now been added on Sunday afternoons. The competition starts about 3 p.m. Come and check it out.

That’s all for this week, folks.

If there is something you would like to see in this column, e-mail me at: janet_snyder 2001@yahoo.com or call me at (928) 478-9935.

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