The month of May is now behind us for another year, but not without a few surprises. Last week the temperature got down to freezing in the village and killed a few of my flowers, and left shriveled up leaves on many of the shrubs and trees including my neighbor’s grape vines. I only hope that what ever blossoms were on the apple tress that they survived that frost.
Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary
Saturday was a big day for the Village. The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary held their annual Memorial Weekend breakfast at the fire station. The event was well attended; the food was excellent. The firefighters from stations #21, #22 and #23 pitched right in and helped the auxiliary set up the tables and chairs and pop up canopies. The auxiliary is very appreciative of those wonderful firefighters.
The ladies who came to help in any way they could were wonderful! The whole event went so smoothly that everyone enjoyed themselves and the food, in spite of the cold wind. The music was provided by Jim French and Steve Stevens and it was wonderful! Thank you for the great songs.
A huge thank-you to Rockin’ Ron Gibson and KMOG for their support. The breakfast was advertised many times on the radio. Thank you, KMOG, and all the announcers.
Thank you to Messinger Funeral Home for their donation of water and to Circle K in Star Valley for their generous donation of ice. The Fireflies look forward to their next fund-raiser, the Labor Day BBQ on Saturday, Sept. 1.
The Kohl’s Ranch Outdoor Chapel has resumed their services for the summer. Kevin Kelly delivers a very thoughtful message every Sunday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. The atmosphere is inspiring because it is set in the forest. Come and check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
The girls are still playing dominoes every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Tonto Village fire station meeting room. The players come from Payson, Bear Flat, Thompson Draw, Christopher Creek and, of course, Tonto Village. Wednesday afternoon is a fun time to get together for great competition and some great food. Parking is at the back parking lot on Thompson Road.
“There will be Vacation Bible School at the Tonto Village Chapel this summer,” said coordinator Rita Spalink. A tentative time has been set for the last week in July. There will be more information on the theme and the times in future columns.
A reunion for former parishioners has been scheduled for Sunday, August 5. Former pastor Ken Schroth will be delivering the sermon that morning. A potluck luncheon will be held after the service. ‘Pastor Ken,’ as he is affectionately called, had a very active youth group while he was pastor at the chapel. Everyone is invited, but especially those kids who love to participate in the activities that were available when Pastor Ken presided over the chapel.
Chapel services start at 9:30 every Sunday morning with Pastor James Barker delivering the sermon.
Jerry Farmer of Tonto Village I starts off the month of June with his birthday on June 2.
Have a great birthday, Jerry.
June 6 is a big day for Kohl’s Ranch resident Marilyn Lamb. Marilyn is an avid dominoes player and she has unselfishly helped out with the Fireflies fund-raisers. Thank you for your support, Marilyn. Here’s hoping your birthday is wrapped in smiles.
A former resident of Mead Ranch, Ruth Ann Winchester celebrates her big day on June 7. Ruth Ann and her husband, Robert, always had a cannonball blast on Memorial Day, along with a potluck breakfast. Thanks for those memories, Ruth Ann. Have a happy day.
Duane and Janice Long of Long Ranch will celebrate 15 years of marriage on June 7. Happy anniversary to you both.
Double D Doings
There was only one pool competition last week. On Tuesday evening, the players chalked up their pool stick to play nine ball. The winners were all from Tonto Village. They were Kara Shaw, first-place winner, followed by Bobette Davis and Sharon Marksbury. Congratulations to the winners.