Spring is a wonderful time of year with a feeling of renewal as all the flowers and trees come to life. When I drive into Payson, the first thing I notice is the beautiful pink flowers on the trees at the Safeway and Bashas’ malls. Then in a few other places, I spot the forsythia bushes. Just seeing the forsythia bushes reminds me of when I was about 9 or 10 and I picked some of them for a bouquet for my mother for Mother’s Day. Back east the blooms come out just a bit later than the Rim Country.
April is also the start of the fishing season at all the Rim lakes and the creeks. It is time to check all my fishing equipment and make sure I have plenty of worms and my pole is in tip-top shape. The Tonto Fish Hatchery will begin stocking the first week in April. Wow! I can hardly wait!
The Shelby School has lots to report. Cub Scout Pack #7787 competed in the annual Pinewood Derby for the entire Zane Grey District on Friday at the LDS Stake Center Church in Payson. The event itself was a huge success, with each and every Scout clearly having a great time. Jerome Gardner, sixth-grader, took gold for overall first place against all other Webolo Scouts, while Tony Van Horn, fourth grade, took the bronze. Monet Walker, fifth grade, took gold amongst the Bears, Holden Walker, third grade, and Aiden Rensch, second grade, took the silver in the Wolf and Tiger divisions respectively!
Speaking of Monet Walker, did you see the article and photos in last Friday’s paper? He and fellow Shelby School student, Madison Shill, sixth-grader, were honored by the Hellsgate Fire Department on Saturday, March 23. They were given awards for their awareness in spotting a fire at the Radcliffs’, and for their levelheadedness and responsibility in getting help immediately. They “may have saved a life or two — not to mention the house.” Bravo, kids!
Meanwhile, The Shelby School Girl Scout Troop #397 helped the Town of Payson on Tuesday afternoon, March 26.They undertook a litter cleanup of Main Street. Thank you for your service, girls!”
Hellsgate Fire Department
Don’t forget the Hellsgate Fire Board meeting on April 10. The meeting will be held at the Star Valley fire station starting at 5:30 p.m.
Beginning this week, applications will be taken for reserve firefighters. The forms can be picked up at station #21 or you can check out the Web site for the application. The Web site is: http://www.hellsgatefire.com/. You can also call Karen at (928) 474-3835.
The Fireflies will hold an informal “think tank” session on Saturday, April 13 at the Tonto Village fire station starting at 10 a.m. with coffee and donuts. The purpose of the gathering is to discuss the future events for the auxiliary. All comments and suggestions will be welcome.
For those residents who need burn permits, please call or stop by the Star Valley fire station and request a burn permit if you are going to burn a large amount of brush. If you will be burning a small amount of pine needles, etc., do it in small piles of no larger than 3-feet-by-3-feet then a burn permit is not needed.
There is just one birthday to report this week. Hellsgate firefighter John Jackson will celebrate his big day on April 14. John sometimes is the firefighter on duty at the Tonto Village station #22, but he is normally at station #21. Have a great birthday, John.
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