Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001? That day was horrifying, scary, and bewildering for me. To think that our country could be under attack by a foreign terrorist group is beyond my comprehension. Aren’t we the most protected nation in the world? My husband and I were on our way back from Yuma that day and we had the radio on. We could not believe our ears! Since my husband was in the Army and worked for them for 35 years or more, he immediately told me that this action was no accident, the aircrafts hit the towers in broad daylight on a sunny day. And then to find out that the towers were not the only targets, but that there was another plane that hit the Pentagon. Amazingly enough there was another plane that was headed for the White House and the heroic passengers overtook the hijackers and crash-landed the plane in Pennsylvania instead. How could we ever forget that day? I know that I never will, and I also realize that we are vulnerable and that alone is the most frightening thing of all.
Hellsgate Fire Department
A firefighter mini academy fire and safe driver orientation (a four-hour class) will be held on Oct. 20. The place and time will be announced at a future date.
Capt. Cris Lecher will lead an EMT refresher class Dec. 8 and 9 and Dec. 15 and 16 at Station #21 in Star Valley. The cost for the course is $210. Registration for any of the classes can be completed at the Star Valley Station #21 at the administrative assistant’s station. For more information, call (928) 474-3835.
The Hellsgate Fireflies auxiliary held its annual meeting Monday, Sept. 10 at the Tonto Village fire station. The auxiliary will now go into “darkness” — which means no more monthly meetings until April 2013. It does not mean that there will be no more activities. The annual Appreciation Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at the Mazatzal Casino. On Oct. 6 the Fireflies will be joining the firefighters at The Home Depot for its annual Fire Safety Day. The auxiliary will be selling Hellsgate T-shirts and caps along with the “Fireflies Can Cook” cookbook from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will also be a Firefighter Appreciation Dinner sponsored by the auxiliary at the fire station in Star Valley. Awards for firefighter and volunteer of the year will be presented by the auxiliary with a plaque that will be hung in the administrative office. A date has not been nailed down yet, but it will possibly be in the latter part of October.
As you can see, the Fireflies will still be very busy even though there will be no formal meetings.
A big thank you goes out to Mark Waldrop of Messinger Funeral Home for their generous donation of bottled water for the Labor Day Barbecue. Thank you Mark for your generosity and support.?
Neighbors, please come to The Shelby School at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18 to see a memorable show. Internationally renowned dancer and musician Moontee Sinquah is performing in a return engagement. He is of the Hopi, Tewa and Choctaw Nations, a world traveler and world-champion hoop dancer. You will be amazed by the many designs from nature he can make while dancing with 30 hoops. He also has a phenomenal singing voice and plays a heart-melting, enchanting Native American flute. He has collaborated with many well-known musicians and has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. A faithful interpreter of old traditions and a sage inventor of more modern ones, we can all learn something from Moontee Sinquah.
All students of The Shelby School have classes in art, and so everyone entered pieces in the Northern Gila County Fair. Their works included prints, paintings, sculptures and collages. Shelby students earned a grand total of 29 awards, including 14 blue ribbons! Shepard Shill, of Tonto Village, won Judge’s Favorite for his 3-foot-tall wood and cardboard painted sculpture. Kody Figaniak, of Gisela, took the Best of Show for his striking abstract acrylic painting. Shepard is in seventh grade, and Kody is in fifth. ?
Jeffrey Yunkers, Hellsgate firefighter and almost paramedic (he is almost through with his classes), will celebrate his birthday on Sept. 14. Congratulations on your big day — the auxiliary is really proud of you for undertaking a difficult task.
On Sept. 18, Robert Winchester of Mead Ranch will celebrate his birthday. Happy birthday, Robert. On Sept. 19, Elaine Tetzke of Tonto Village III will get a chance to blow out candles on her birthday cake. Have a great day, Elaine.
On a personal note, our son-in-law Gary Harper, of Yuma, will have another birthday on Sept. 19. Have a wonderful day, Gary. Some of my oldest friends, Phyllis and Bob Jenks of St. Augustine, Fla., will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on Sept. 19. It seems like yesterday when I was a bridesmaid at her wedding.
Double D Doings
Last Tuesday evening was a night to celebrate for Patty Boeschling at the nine-ball competition. She won the nine-ball break pot. Congratulations, Patty. The winners of the competition were Linda Stailey and Betty Koutz.
Don’t forget that the Double D is holding a horseshoe tournament at 3 p.m. every Sunday.