What a fantastically grand and wonderful week the Snyder family had! My brother Larry Henrickson came to visit us all the way from Berwick, Pa. — And he drove! Larry has a black 1988 Cadillac Coup de Ville with a burgundy leather interior. What a car! He tried to register it at the car show, but was told the car was too new. Larry is a big fan of car shows (he fixes up old cars and shows them in his hometown), and of NASCAR. Retired driver, Jimmy Spencer lives in Berwick and has a garage there. So naturally, my brother kept track of his career with NASCAR. Jimmy now emcees on the Speed channel.
I thoroughly enjoyed his visit with us but it ended too quickly. He left this past Sunday morning. My third daughter Vicki Nelson, who lives in Yuma, showed up on Friday evening and also stayed until Sunday. Vicki had not seen her Uncle Larry for a lot of years, so she was anxious to spend some time with him and Mom and Dad, too!
Hellsgate Fire Department
This past Saturday afternoon, a picnic was held at Rumsey Park to award the firefighters with certificates of service and appreciation. Chief Gary Hatch and Fire Board Chairman Richard Pinkerton awarded the Yellow Brick Road Awards. Travis Kilbourne was the recipient of the “Brain” award, Bob Evanson the “Courage” award, and the “Heart” award went to Captain John Wisner. Certificates were awarded to volunteer firefighter Jeff Plante for his service and dedication to Hellsgate, John Ceja received a plaque for his five years of service, and the Fireflies received a certificate for their service to the fire department. Chief Hatch also recognized Conrad Thorne for his support of the fire department. Rick Washburn and Jay Wagner of station No. 23 at Mead Ranch were also recognized for their participation and support of the fire department. Both Rick and Jay will be moving to San Diego at the end of June. They will be sorely missed.
The day was perfect and many of the firefighters and their families came to enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings. Firefighter Jeff Plante manned the grill and the burgers and dogs were done to perfection.
Hellsgate would like to give a huge thank you to Messinger Payson Funeral Home for the use of their community room for the Incident Safety Officer training class. The training was invaluable and was used the very next day when there was a house fire that the department helped put out.
There will be a basic EMT class starting Aug. 20 at station No. 21 in Star Valley. The class will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening. Contact Angie at (928) 474-3835 for times. The cost will be $1,000.
The auxiliary is getting ready for the first fund-raiser of the year on May 26. The first order of business was making the chorizo breakfast burros. This past Monday, Marilyn Lamb, Dara Sutton and Janet Snyder met at food chairperson Linda Stailey’s home in her commercial kitchen and proceeded to make 168 burros for the breakfast. They will be an extra item for sale at $2.50 each at the breakfast. Naturally, they were taste tested and passed with flying colors.
The next meeting of the Fireflies will be Monday, May 7 at the Tonto Village Fire Station. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. E-mails will be sent out by past president Dara Sutton and phone calls made to members without Internet access. Be on the lookout for the announcement. Many items for the breakfast need to be addressed and the committees need to have all the workers lined up along with the supplies that will be needed.
Cinco de Mayo
The Mexican celebration of Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday, May 5. How many of you fix any type of Mexican food or do you go to a restaurant? It is just as easy to fix a traditional Mexican dish at home. The following recipe is super easy to fix and you can wow your friends and family. The recipe is called “Chili Pie” and will serve six to eight people.
8 whole green chilies, peeled and seeded
1/4 pound cheddar cheese, grated
5 eggs slightly beaten
2 tablespoons cream or milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Cut chilies open and line a greased 10-inch pie pan or casserole, allowing chilies to come to top edge of pan. Blend remaining ingredients. Pour over chilies and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until set. Serve in bite-size pieces for appetizers or in wedges as an accompaniment.
How easy is that? Give it a try and have your own Mexican fiesta.
Double D Doings
The nine-ball competition got under way on Tuesday evening. The winners were Patty Adams and Sharon Marksbury. Congratulations to you both.
Instead of a Sunday afternoon eight-ball competition, an inaugural peanut shelling and eating contest was held. First prize for eating and shelling the most peanuts was awarded to Tonto Village III resident Jeff Shaw. Jeff won a Mr. Peanut statue and a Double D cap. Second place winner was Doug McMillan who also won a cap. The event turned out so well that it was decided to have a second annual peanut-eating contest next year.