Start Getting Ready For Christmas Now



By today, everyone should know who will lead our country. I pray that whichever candidate won that he leads with the Lord’s help. Our nation is on the brink of (you can fill in the blank).

On Tuesday morning my husband and I went to the polls very early (6 a.m.), to be the first voters in our precinct (Zane Grey). Since we had worked the polls for many years, the visit was nostalgic, but also the time was right for us to step down and give the younger workers a chance. The feeling was, “Did we decide on the right decision to step down? The answer was a definite yes!” Getting up at 4:30 a.m. and not getting back home until around 9 p.m. was such a long day for us.

My husband and I say, “good luck” to all the workers at the Zane Grey precinct. They are Jeff Daniels and his wife Dee, Kara Shaw and Theresa Purtee.

Hellsgate Fire Department

A reminder that the November meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board will be on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Star Valley station on Walters Lane. The meeting starts promptly 5:30 p.m. The fire board will be presenting certificates to those firefighters with longevity of service to the department: Bob Doss for serving three years; Bob Evanson with the department for 12 years; Bobbi Doss, eight years; John Lacey, five years; and Cris Lecher, a total of 14 years. Congratulations to all the firefighters.

The firewise grant money is now available for Hellsgate residents. There are requirements that have to be met, however. Please call Karen at the Star Valley station for more information on the grant and how to qualify. Her number is (928) 474-3835.

Domino Divas

The ladies are still meeting to play dominoes at 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Tonto Village Fire Station. Even though many of the ladies have gone back down to the Valley for the winter, there are still enough of us that stick around for the winter to have a lively competition. The average for the weekly events number about 10 to 12 ladies. Normally for the winter months, the focus for the lunch items is some kind of soup. Come and join the Divas, they normally play until 4 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. As the days grow shorter, the play usually ends early so that the Divas can get back home while it is still daylight.

This year, the Domino Divas and the Hellsgate Fireflies will hold a combined Christmas party at the Tonto Village Fire Station. The date has been set for Wednesday, Dec. 5. There will be a gift exchange, but items should be no more than $15 each; and there will be great food cooked by Linda Stailey. The Divas have contributed to a fund all year and the food and Christmas tree will be taken from this fund. The entrée will be roast beef, which will be provided and the ladies should bring a dish to go with the meat. The Christmas tree will be a live tree that will be raffled off at the end of the domino games. Mark your calendars for this fun event. If we have inclement weather, a new date will be picked and passed on to the ladies by e-mail and phone.

Birthdays, anniversaries

The birthdays are very sparse this coming week. But the Payson mayor, Kenny Evans, will celebrate his big day on Nov. 17. I hope you have a great day.

On the personal side, our son Bill Jr. and his wife Shari will observe their 29th year of marriage. Happy anniversary to you both.

The news around the Village is on the thin side this week , so I decided to add this quip:

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

And the No. 1 thought for the day: You read about all these terrorists — Most of them came here legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as long as 10 to 15 years. Now compare that to Blockbuster; you are two days late with a video and those people are all over you. Let’s put Blockbuster in charge of immigration.


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