New Battalion Chief Has First Duty

Susan and Denis LaBonte, left, arrived at Gerardo's with too many gifts to carry themselves and needed help from firefighter Andrew Hensley during the Tamales for Toys fundraiser, Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Susan and Denis LaBonte, left, arrived at Gerardo's with too many gifts to carry themselves and needed help from firefighter Andrew Hensley during the Tamales for Toys fundraiser, Saturday, Dec. 3.


Since you are reading this column on Friday, Thanksgiving Day is over, except for the leftovers. How many ways can you fix leftover turkey?

Now the beginning of the holiday season starts with Black Friday — today! How early were you at the big box stores and how many of you headed for the Valley? I did that one time and I will never do it again! It is madness! Most people that I’m acquainted with have done much of their Christmas shopping online. I do a little of that, but I am not altogether an online shopper.

Anything goes!

I attended the musical “Anything Goes” on Saturday at the Gammage Auditorium in Tempe. What a thrill it was! The music was wonderful, the tap dancing was awesome, and the singing right on. The only drawback was the traffic around the ASU campus. ASU was packed with fans and traffic for the football game.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Nov. 29 is a big day for the fire department. The new battalion chief will be on duty for the first time. His name is David Bathke and congratulations and good luck to him from the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary. The Fireflies look forward to working with him when it is time for the fund-raisers next year.

There will be a December meeting of the fireboard at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Star Valley Fire Station. At that time the new board members will decide among themselves who will be clerk, etc. for the coming year. Gary Norem, Fred Morton and Larry Corey will join Charlie Conover and Richard Pinkerton to make up the full fire board.

Tamales for Toys

The Payson Community Kids in conjunction with the area firefighters and others will be selling tamales from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe. Pre-sale of the tamales will be $15 per dozen and can be picked up at Gerardo’s, 512 Beeline Highway. The pre-orders have to be in by Nov. 26. Just call Monica at (928) 474-3385 with your order. The day of the event, the tamales will cost $20 per dozen. A free tamale dinner can be eaten at the restaurant if you bring an unwrapped toy with you or eat for $6 per plate. What a deal!

Christmas party

The Hellsgate Fireflies and the Domino Divas will be holding a combined Christmas party at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Tonto Village Fire Station. The ladies have collected money throughout the year to buy a fantastic roast beef that Linda Stailey will cook and enough also to buy a potted, live Christmas tree that will be raffled off at the end of the party. Each lady should bring a wrapped gift for exchange and a side dish to go with the roast beef. The event promises to be a lot of fun.

Shelby School

On Monday, Nov. 15, the Shelby School Cub Scouts attended an awards ceremony. Cub Scout Master Kevin Dewitt and charter organization representative Daniel Rensch gave all of Pack #7787 their Bobcat Rank. The proud parents pinned on the boys’ new badges.


The last of the November birthdays are Jeff Leonard of Tonto Village III on Nov. 28 and Pamela Furubotten of Tonto Village II on Nov. 29.

Dec. 1 starts off with my family. My brother Vincent of Rawlings, Md. will observe his 69th birthday and on Dec. 3 our grandson Calvin Peterson of Denison, Iowa will be 14 years old! My, how time flies!

On Dec. 5, Scherry Duncan of Mead Ranch will add another candle to her birthday cake. On Dec. 6, our granddaughter Christina Lopez of Yuma, will be 31 years old. Happy birthday to each and every one of you. Have a wonderful day.

Things I have learned over the years:

“If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said. “Quit while you’re ahead?”

One more: “Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that same person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks!”


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