Before The Next Big Cold Snap, Make Sure You Get Those Chimneys Checked


On Saturday night, Nov. 10 the Shelby School had two competitors in Payson’s Got Talent, held at the high school auditorium. Jesse Keahey, 9th grader, rapped his very own original song entitled “Friendship”. Tessa Garnet, a former Shelby student and current music coach there, played the guitar and sang her composition called “Have You Ever?”, with which she took second place in the adult category. Congratulations to both on a job well done.

On Saturday night, Nov. 10 the Shelby School had two competitors in Payson’s Got Talent, held at the high school auditorium. Jesse Keahey, 9th grader, rapped his very own original song entitled “Friendship”. Tessa Garnet, a former Shelby student and current music coach there, played the guitar and sang her composition called “Have You Ever?”, with which she took second place in the adult category. Congratulations to both on a job well done.

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There was frost on the pumpkin this past week! In fact it was downright cold. Our wood-burning stove was going full blast to keep us nice and warm. Along with that statement, I hope that you have checked your chimney flues and had them cleaned out. A big buildup of pine tar and soot can cause chimney fires.

Since the winter has basically started and we have had about a quarter inch of snow, it is time to remind residents of the Village not to park in the street. An ordinance is already posted along the streets that no parking is allowed on the streets from November to April of each year. The snowplows will not plow the streets if there are vehicles in the way.

There is also no parking on the Hellsgate parking lot by unauthorized vehicles. Signs will be posted that all unauthorized vehicles will be towed. That parking lot is for the firefighters to use when they are called out to an emergency.

Talent contest

On Saturday night, Nov. 10, Shelby School had two competitors in Payson’s Got Talent, held at the high school auditorium. Jesse Keahey, ninth-grader, rapped his very own original song entitled “Friendship.” Tessa Garnet, a former Shelby student and current music coach there, played the guitar and sang her composition called “Have You Ever?” with which she took second place in the adult category. Congratulations to both on a job well done.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The administrative office of the Hellsgate Fire Department in Star Valley on Walters Lane behind the Moose Lodge will be closed for the Thanksgiving holidays on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23. The office will reopen for business on Nov. 26.

Birthdays, anniversaries

Two of my granddaughters will be sharing their birthdays on Nov. 18. Our granddaughter Gatlyn Snyder of Yuma will turn 21! I bet she will have a huge celebration. I understand she will be kicking up her heels in California. Have a wonderful birthday, Gatlyn.

Our granddaughter Ashley Peterson of Denison, Iowa will celebrate her 15th birthday on Nov. 18. I sure wish we could celebrate with her in Iowa. Have a wonderful birthday Ashley.

On Nov. 21, Jimmy “Rabbit” Stephenson of Mead Ranch will add another candle to his birthday cake. Jimmy visits the Village almost daily. Have a great day, Jimmy.

George Karrys of Tonto Village II will be another year older on Nov. 21 as well. George is a Hellsgate firefighter and a part-time paramedic for the fire department. Thank you George for your service to the fire department. Happy birthday to you.

Pastor James Barker and his wife Bernita will observe 67 years of wedded bliss on Nov. 22. Pastor Jim, as he is known, is the current pastor of the Tonto Village Chapel. Happy anniversary to the both of you! What a milestone!

Double D doings

The nine-ball competition was held last Tuesday evening. Usually this is basically a women’s competition. But guess what? No ladies showed up. So the guys took over and played instead. The winners were Ron Desrochers, John Watson and Harvey Poyner. Come on, ladies, don’t let the guys take over your night.

Sunday afternoon a new game was played in the patio area. The game is called “Washshoes” — it is similar to horseshoes and it is fun to play. If I’m not mistaken, this game originated in Yuma and invented by a Yuman. Our son has the game and we all play it on the holidays when we are all together. Give it a try next Sunday.

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