It has been a busy June for me and for the Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary. This past Saturday, the auxiliary participated in the Bashas’ Food Festival in the Bashas’ parking lot. There were many vendors selling various things including food and crafts. There were about 35 vendors set up with their pop-ups and awnings. The wind was torturous! The one thing that the auxiliary forgot was tie-downs. The Hellsgate firefighters were on hand to help set up and fortunately, they went back to the fire station and picked up weights to hold down our pop-ups.
The auxiliary sold many T-shirts, raffle tickets for the drawing of the chain saw and the handmade quilt to be awarded Labor Day weekend, and advance sales for the “Fireflies Can Cook” cookbook, which sells for only $10. The proof for the cookbook arrived on Monday and was read by a few of the auxiliary members and then sent off for the printing. The cookbook is better than expected and all the auxiliary members are anxiously waiting for the shipment to arrive, hopefully by mid-July. The cookbook will be available from any Firefly member. As auxiliary president, I wish to thank Bashas’ for the invitation to join in the Food Festival, the firefighters who helped set everything up and the Fireflies who donated part of their Saturday to man the booth. Thank you to all of you. The Hellsgate family is a generous bunch of people who will give of their time to help others.
Hellsgate Fire Department
A five-member crew of firefighters has been sent to the Little Bear Fire in New Mexico. The fire has consumed more than 36 thousand acres! The firefighters are John Ceja, Bob Eavanson, Bobbi Doss, Cris Lecher and John Wisner. Please pray for their safe trip home.
The brush pick-up program has been delayed by equipment failure. The brush will still be picked up at a later date.
Tonto National Forest fire restrictions
The Rim Country has been fortunate so far with no major fires. That is not to say anyone is allowed to slack off being extra cautious with any type of fire. The dry season is not over yet. Everyone still needs to be vigilant in being extra careful and to let visitors who come to the area know about the extreme danger of fire. For more information on the restrictions, call the Payson Ranger Station at (928) 474-7900.
Shelby School in Tonto Village
Beginning this fall, the Shelby School will be offering Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs that will be going on during school hours. According to Elizabeth Fowler, spokesperson for Shelby School, this addition to the curriculum promises to be lots of fun with many activities including field trips. Classes will start Aug. 1. For more information on enrollment or the classes that will be available for the school year, call (928) 478-4706.
Paul Duran, a Shelby School graduate, is performing in Sedona, Ariz. in the play, “Much Ado About Nothing.” Go online to swshakespeare.org for more details on place and times.
Stephanie Morris of Tonto Village II will add another candle to her birthday cake on June 21. Danny Cain of Tonto Village III adds another year on June 26. Happy birthday to the both of you.
Grant and Marie Coley will celebrate 47 years of marriage on June 18. What a milestone! May you spend the rest of your lives traveling hand in hand. Happy anniversary!
Celebrations are in order for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17. What do you have planned — a barbecue dinner, a new tool, a day of fishing, or taking dad out for a great steak? Whatever your plans are, be thankful for him and show him that you love him in your own way.
Double D Doings
Tuesday evenings now have both men and women in the nine-ball competition. The pool tables will start getting busy about 6:30 p.m. There will also be munchies available. You can also bring some of your own, if you like. The addition of the men to this competition promises to be very interesting! The winners last week were John Watson, Yvonne Langley and Linda Stailey. Congratulations to the winners.