The month of June is just about over, but not without some scary moments around Tonto Village. By now everyone knows that there have been three bear attacks within our vicinity and one of those attacks was quite severe. So far, there have been three tracked down by Arizona Game and Fish and killed. One bear was killed on Saturday and two were killed on Sunday. Wherever there are campers and campsites there are the signs posted to be aware of bears — But who pays attention? Well, let’s hope that this is a wake-up call to the campers. This time of year, food is scarce for all animals and the situation will stay that way until the rainy season is here. So be extra careful at all times.
Hellsgate Fire Department and Auxiliary
On Tuesday, three firefighters from Hellsgate were sent to the Weber Fire in Colorado — John Ceja, John Wisner and Matt McKindley. Pray that they will return home safely.
The brush pickup has again been delayed because of mechanical problems. As soon as the problem has been fixed, brush pickup will resume.
The cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook,” has arrived and is ready to be sold! Each Firefly will be allotted so many books to be sold, and anyone who wants one can call either Vicki G. at (928) 478-4654, Janet Snyder at (928) 478-9935, or Linda Stailey at (928) 478-4641 or any other auxiliary member. You can also call the administrative office in Star Valley and tell Karen Carlen you would like to purchase one or more cookbooks, call (928) 474-3835. The cost of the cookbook is $10 and there are more than 370 recipes included.
The next monthly meeting of the Hellsgate Fireflies will be on Monday, July 9 at the Star Valley firehouse on Walters Lane behind the Moose Lodge. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and all Star Valley ladies are invited to attend.
The next fund-raising event for the Fireflies will be the Bashas’ Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18. The T-shirt sales have gone very well and some of the shirts have been discounted. There will also be Hellsgate caps for sale.
Vacation Bible School
This year, the Tonto Village Chapel, located at 711 W. Haught Street in Tonto Village, is sponsoring vacation Bible school from July 9 through July 13. The theme this year is “Sky: Trusting God in All Things.” There will a variety of activities for children in the fourth grade through sixth grades. There will be all sorts of crafts, drama, Bible stories, and songs and of course, snacks. All activities are from 9 a.m. until noon. There will also be a special presentation at 6 p.m., Friday, July 13. For more information, call Pastor James Barker at (928) 951-4493 or Rita Spalink at (928) 478-4282.
Jake Garrett of Tonto Village II starts off the month of July with his big day on July 2. Jake is always willing to lend a hand to his neighbors and gives unselfishly of his time. Have a wonderful day, Jake.
On July 3, Marie Coley, also of Tonto Village II, adds another candle to her cake, and this year is a special one to commemorate.
On July 6, Rick and Theresa Meeker of Tonto Village II and Scottsdale will celebrate 39 years of marriage. Rick and Theresa have been coming to the Rim Country for many years with their children Angie and Jenna. May you spend the rest of your lives traveling hand in hand. Happy anniversary!
July 7 was a busy day for births! Kay King, Ethel Cain and Roger Boyington all share the same birthday. May you all delight in the simple treasures of life on your special day.
Double D Doings
Tuesday evening the ladies were the only players for the nine-ball competition. The winners were Ethel Cain shooting for first place followed by Payge Ferriera and Linda Stailey. Congratulations gals. On the evening of July 7, there will be karaoke singing in the bar area. Cody Gibson will be spinning the music.