The Meaning Of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country.

Photo by Dennis Fendler. |

Memorial Day is a time to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country.


This weekend is a big holiday for many of us. Do you know the significance of the Memorial Day holiday? It is not just about an extra day off from work, having a barbecue or camping out in the forest, etc. It is about honoring those men and women who sacrificed their lives in one of our many wars and they did it unselfishly to keep our nation free from hostile countries. It is about placing ‘Old Glory’ on a veteran’s grave or leaving a red poppy, which is a symbol of those who died. Do you remember learning the poem In Flanders Fields in school and having to memorize it? In 1915, Molina Michael added verses to that famous poem:

We cherish too, the poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

This Memorial Day take a few minutes to remember someone who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and give a silent prayer to those who are still in harm’s way thousands of miles away from home.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The Hellsgate Fire Board met in a special session Monday night to accept the SAFER grant award. This grant helps fire departments with extra funds to help support salaried and full time staff. Only a few hundred fire departments out of 12,000 received this grant. The applications came from across the country. This grant is quite a feather in the caps of Hellsgate firefighters and staff. Congratulations!

Also, the board held its first public hearing on the proposed budget of fiscal year 2012-2013.

Firefighters Captain John Wisner, John Ceja and Bobbie Doss have been sent to the Gladiator Fire. Captain Cris Lecher is acting as a Medical Logistics Officer. This week he will be released from the Gladiator Fire and sent to the Sunflower Fire.

Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary

On Saturday, May 26, the Hellsgate Fire Department’s Fireflies auxiliary will host a Memorial Weekend breakfast at the fire station in Tonto Village. The breakfast is from 8 a.m. until 10:30 am. A great breakfast of a sausage patty, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee will be offered for only $5.

There will be Fireflies selling raffle tickets for a 20-inch Husquevarna chainsaw and a handmade quilt generously donated by Linda Stailey. The raffle drawing will be held at the Labor Day barbecue. Presale orders for the cookbook, Fireflies Can Cook, will also be taken at the event. Hellsgate t-shirts will also be for sale, plus the bake sale features delicious jams, cupcakes, cookies and a plethora of great-tasting goodies at reasonable prices.

The breakfast is one of two fund raising events that the Fireflies sponsor and all of the efforts and profits goes to benefit our hardworking, dedicated firefighters, so please support this event with a donation of baked goods or just stay and eat a delicious breakfast.

Birthdays, anniversaries

On May 23, Ashley Figueroa, operations manager at my favorite bank, National Bank of Arizona, celebrated her birthday. On May 25, Grant Coley of Tonto Village II and Mike Preston of Tonto Village III will be sharing their birthdays. Happy birthday to all of you.

On May 27, former residents of the Village and still frequent visitors, Gary and Charlie Martin will reach a milestone of 45 years of marriage. Happy anniversary to you - the Village misses the both of you.

Important information about HARP.

Deborah Sampson, the Village’s local real estate agent, who is with Russ-Lyon Sothebys, would like to share very important information to the residents in the surrounding area from Laura Hartnell of First Cal Mortgage:

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have adopted recent changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). If you do not qualify under the initial program release due to Loan-To-Value restrictions, you may now be eligible to take advantage of lower interest rates. The latest version of this program (HARP 2.0), allows you to refinance if you are underwater on your mortgage. There is no restriction on your Loan-To-Value, but the loan must be approved through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac’s Automated Underwriting System. Many automated approvals are issuedwith an ‘appraisal waiver’ and an appraisal may not be required.

You can determine whether your mortgage is owned by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac by checking the following Web sites: or

Your loan must be owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac prior to June 1, 2009. If you have Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) or a second mortgage/HELOC, you may still be eligible, but restrictions apply. HARP is available for both site built homes and manufactured homes.

Laura Hartnell can review your current loan situation and determine if you meet the parameters of the HARP 2.0 program. Give Deborah a call at (928) 595-3096 if you have any questions regarding this program.

Double D Doings

Due to the lack of players, the guys got to join the gals in the nine-ball competition on Tuesday evening. First place was won by Ethel Cain, followed by Payge Ferriera and Jonny Naum. Congratulations to the winners.

To all my readers: Please have a safe Memorial Day, if you are camping in the forest, remember that there are no campfires allowed and no fireworks, and no gunfire near any houses and no smoking in the forest. There are enough forest fires within Arizona.


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