Labor Day Events Were A Big Hit

Hellsgate firefighters helped serve barbecue at the annual Fireflies’ Labor Day fund-raiser.

Hellsgate firefighters helped serve barbecue at the annual Fireflies’ Labor Day fund-raiser.


Tonto Village rocked this past weekend with a barbecue by the Hellsgate auxiliary at fire station #22, and the Modified Motorcycle Camp and Jam. Many of the Villagers watched as the bikers competed in their games with their bikes in front of the Double D Café. Not to be left out were the part-time residents who spent the weekend at their cabins and enjoyed the freedom of riding their toys around the Village.

Labor Day happenings

The Labor Day barbecue put on by the Hellsgate Fireflies was quite a success. The dinners were of the highest quality, the T-shirt sales hit a new high and the bake sale sold out by the end of the day. The highlight of the day was the drawing of the raffle items. Louise Bossert was chosen to select the winners. Louise was a former member of the auxiliary a number of years ago before she moved into Payson. When Louise was a member, she also donated a quilt for the raffle drawing. Thank you Louise for your participation.

Anyway, getting back to the winners. The winner of this year’s quilt donated by Linda Stailey was Bob Casselman of Bear Flat. The winner of the chain saw was J.P. Matchner of Mead Ranch. J.P. is also a Hellsgate firefighter and rest assured that the chain saw will get a lot of use. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who participated in the raffle.

The donors of baked goods are very much appreciated by the auxiliary. Everything was exceptional in quality and flew off the tables. Thank you to everyone.


The Fireflies Auxiliary will hold their September meeting Monday, Sept. 10. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. at the Tonto Village fire station. A few items on the agenda will be an amendment to the by-laws that will need to be discussed, and the nomination of officers for the next year.

The Hellsgate Fire Board will also be meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Tonto Village fire station.

The Fireflies will be hosting a thank you luncheon for all the Fireflies that have helped to make this year a successful one. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at the Mazatzal Casino. Please wear your Fireflies T-shirt. The luncheon will be at the room that is just to the left as you enter the restaurant.

Shelby School news

Genoa and Ezra Stuyvesant, longtime administrators for The Shelby School, recently welcomed their son, Mark, back from a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan. Mark was stationed with the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division in southeast Afghanistan. He and other members of his platoon earned their Combat Action Badge and other awards in fighting on the Pakistan border with the Taliban. He is currently stationed at Ft. Riley, Kan.

Joshua Sampson, former Shelby School Chess Team player, has recently been hired by to host his own Web-based live broadcast, covering the 2012 U.S. Chess League Tournament. He will be commentating on the next 16 weeks of matches, airing live each Wednesday at 5 p.m. on

Coming soon ... Moonteh Sinquah, world famous hoop dancer will be performing at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18 on the Shelby School’s basketball court. Everyone is invited to watch the best hoop dancers around.


Bear Flat is catching up on rain for the year. One of the residents who keeps track of the moisture told me that for the month of August, the rainfall amount was 5.07 inches. The average spanning at least 10 years is 3.18 inches. But, overall, for the year, there is still a deficit of 2.39 inches. Let’s hope that the snowfall this winter makes up that deficit.


Karen Fausz of Thompson Draw I starts off the month of September. Her birthday is the first one of the month. Karen has been the Hellsgate Fireflies secretary this past year and has done a great job. Thank you Karen and I know that you had a great birthday with your family in Texas.

Jenny Cronk celebrated her birthday on Sept. 2. Jenny has been playing dominoes with the domino divas all summer. Happy birthday to you.

Charlie Terry, a longtime resident of Tonto Village, and a former Tonto Village fire chief will add another candle to his cake on Sept. 10.

Marge Tolby of Tonto Village III will celebrate her big day on Sept. 12. Happy birthday, Marge and Charlie.

Double D doings

Last Tuesday evening both the women and the men competed in the nine-ball competition. John Watson was the first place winner followed by Ron DesRochers and Sharon Marksbury.

Calling all gals who like to play pool! Players are needed for the Tuesday evening nine-ball games. Chalk up those cue sticks and head on down to the Double D no later than 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night.


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