Oh! My gosh! The political ads will stop after Nov. 6. Will anyone miss them? I for one will be very relieved to see those god-awful commercials instead of political ads.
Candidates spent millions of dollars on those things and I personally don’t think they did anything but alienate most voters because of the negative messages. Couldn’t that money be better used elsewhere?
In any case, the most important issue is for people to get out and vote. Please don’t think that your vote does not count, that is so not true. But, of course, be an intelligent voter, check out the candidates, review the propositions and then get to your precinct’s polling place. In my neck of the woods, (literally!), our precinct is Zane Grey and we cast our votes at the Christian Community Bible Fellowship Church. That’s the church at the top of the hill right next to the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Station. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Get out and vote!
Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary
On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Fireflies hosted their annual Appreciation Dinner for all the firefighters in the district. The dinner took place at the Star Valley station, the firefighters had all the tables and chairs set up by the time the Fireflies came to set up the food, which was prepared by Firefly Treasurer Linda Stailey, our cook extraordinaire! Chief Gary Hatch presented a number of certificates to his firefighters for various achievements throughout the year. Fireflies President Janet Snyder announced the recipient of the Firefighter of the Year award went to Jeffrey Yunkans and the Reserve Firefighter of the Year was Travis Kilbourne. A plaque with their names was presented to the fire station to be hung in the administrative office and new names will be added each year. Congratulations to Jeffrey and to Travis for a job well done.
Dara Sutton, past president of the auxiliary, also presented Julie Hatch and Rachelle McGee with a Firefighter’s Spouse Angel Pin. The pin signifies that the angel will help keep their firefighter safe from harm. Thank you, Dara — that was so touching.
Chief Hatch recognized Linda Stailey with a bouquet of flowers for her contribution to the Hellsgate Fire Department and to Janet Snyder for helping to make this past year a great financial success. The benefits that were held throughout this past year were very successful and the firefighters get to realize that success with the auxiliary helping to put a few firefighters through paramedic school.
The Fireflies will become active again in April, but already want to appeal to all firefighters’ wives for help during the two biggest events, the Memorial Weekend Breakfast and the Labor Day Barbecue. Leave your name with Karen at the Star Valley station and someone will contact you or call at (928) 474-3835.
The Hellsgate Fire board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Star Valley station beginning at 5:30 p.m. The board will be presenting certificates of service to Bob Doss for three years; Bob Evanson for 12 years; Bobbi Doss for eight years; John Lacey, five years; and Cris Lecher, 14 years. Congratulations to all the firefighters.
Shelby School News
Shelby School held its version of a haunted house on Friday evening, Oct. 26. The students did an excellent job in depicting some ghoulish scenes. Some of the students who acted out some of these scary scenes were James Robertson, Echo Helmick, Patricia Miles, Shepard Shill and Patrick Hartle, and former student, Savannah Shill. The evening was a huge success and the students outdid themselves with their acting, giving a scary time to all.
Double D Doings
Continuing with the Halloween theme, the Double D Café and Saloon in Tonto Village held its version of a Halloween Costume Party on Saturday evening. The first place winners were presented with a dinner for two from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s director Farrell Hoosava. The lucky person was Bailey Randall from Payson. Her costume was called “Biker Babe with Road Rage.”
Winning second place were Chris and Jack Spenser. Their costumes were the M&M’s. Their prize was a bottle of wine and some gag gifts.
Last Tuesday evening, John Watson, Bobbie Davis and Nancy Olson won the three top spots in the nine-ball competition. Congratulations to the winners.
Clint and Grace Daniels from Tonto Village III will observe their 61 years of marriage on Nov. 2. Lonie and Ron Smith of Ellison Creek Summer Homes will be celebrating 52 years of marriage on Nov. 5. Your lives together are an inspiration to all of us. Happy anniversary!
The birthdays this week are mostly my family: my grandson-in-law, Fausto Lopez, Nov. 1; my sister-in-law, Cecelia Henrickson, Nov. 2; my brother, Larry Henrickson, on Nov. 3; and my granddaughter, Kathy Nelson, Nov. 7.
Doris Kindler of Bear Flat celebrates her 98th birthday on Nov. 4. Wow Doris! Wish on a star, walk on a moonbeam, dance on a rainbow, Nov. 4 was made for miracles like you! Happy birthday to everyone.