Shelby Students Set To Saddle Up Today

Moontee, Samson, and Scott Siinquah recently displayed their  hoop dancing skills at Shelby School. The audience was very appreciative  and watched with great intensity.

Moontee, Samson, and Scott Siinquah recently displayed their hoop dancing skills at Shelby School. The audience was very appreciative and watched with great intensity. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Haven’t the days been picture perfect? The weather has finally broke from the monsoon rains and the nasty humidity. The days are just right for hiking, fishing (my favorite), or just sitting outside and listening to the winds whistle through the tall ponderosa pines. Fall is on its way.

In fact, Saturday is the first day. Time to get those fall decorations out, the pumpkins and chrysanthemums displayed. I love this time of year with all those beautiful colors. In fact, our wedding anniversary is Oct. 12 and the colors of our wedding was all the colors of autumn.

Hellsgate Fire Department and Auxiliary

The biggest news this week is the selection of the new battalion chief for the department. Hellsgate has been without that position because of budget concerns for about three years, but the latest grant awarded now allows for that position to be filled. His name will be announced at a future date. Welcome to the Hellsgate Fire Department and to the area. We look forward to meeting you, hopefully at the Fireflies’ appreciation dinner on Oct. 27, and possibly sooner.

The dinner will be hosted by the Fireflies in appreciation to all the firefighters for their service and dedication to each and everyone of us within the Hellsgate district.

A “Meet the Candidates” for the vacancies on the Hellsgate Fire Board will be held on Oct. 13 at station #22 and on Oct. 20 at station #21. Coffee and donuts will be served. The time will be announced in future columns.

The Fireflies held their own appreciation luncheon on Sept. 14 at the Mazatzal Casino. The gathering of all Fireflies are in appreciation of the hard work throughout the year that they gave of their time to assist in making the fund-raisers successful. Thank you to each and every one of those “angels.” You are indeed special.

Remember, that even though there will be no formal meetings of the Fireflies until April, they will still be selling those popular T-shirts and caps, along with the fantastic cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook.” Just contact any of the gals for an order. For T-shirts, call Dara at (928) 478-0052 and for cookbooks, call Vicki at (928) 478-4654.

Shelby School

On Friday, Sept. 21, Megan McCarthy, the mom of Caylinn, a fourth-grader at Shelby, will bring some of her miniature horses to the school to teach the students how to ride.

Megan and her husband Shawn, who is a teacher at Shelby, run the business “Little Pony Parties.” Caylinn and Gabriella, also a Shelby student, rode on two of their horses at the Payson Rodeo Parade in August and “Little Pony Parties” won the 2012 title of Best Rider.

The Shelby School Cub Scout pack #7787 completed all the necessary requirements to earn the Bobcat Badge this week. They also learned the importance of fire safety while simultaneously baking a cake in a Dutch oven.

One of the pack leaders is Kevin Dewitt. He started Scouting at the age of 6, and has been an Eagle Scout since 1999. Kevin is the executive chef at Torreon Golf Club in Show Low.

Birthdays, etc.

Jenna Meeker, the daughter of Tonto Village residents, Rick and Theresa Meeker, will celebrate her 27th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 22. Have a great day, Jenna.

On Sept. 23, Gloria Alliger, a Hellsgate Fire Board member, and a ranger at the Payson Ranger Station will add another candle to her birthday cake.

On the same day, “Punk” Madaras of Payson, who is an avid Domino Diva in Tonto Village, will be another year “younger.”

Happy birthday to all of you and here is hoping your day is a keepsake to hold in your heart.

On Sept. 26, a former pastor of the Tonto Village Chapel, Pastor Charles Wilcox, and his wife, Brenda, will observe their 31st wedding anniversary. Happy anniversary to the both of you, may you both continue to grow together in life and love.

Double D doings

In case any of the nine-ball players have forgotten, there still is Tuesday evenings reserved for you to play. Be sure to be at the Double D by 6:15 p.m.

Horseshoe competition is still going strong on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. How long has it been since you tossed a horseshoe? Give it a try.

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