Hope This Latest Storm Didn’T Ruin Gardens

Photo by Andy Towle. |


Tonto Village was covered in white on Tuesday morning. What a shock that was. I am positive that the calendar says April, synonymous with spring, warm weather, flowers, etc. As far as my hubby can tell, the accumulation was about two inches. Some people have already planted their gardens; I hope that everything survived. What about that wind on Monday? My Saturn coupe had a tough time staying on the highway. I had to hold on the steering wheel with both hands and not look away for even a second.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The annual Spring Fling, which recognizes firefighters for their service and dedication, was held on Saturday, April 6 at Rumsey Park. Jeff Shaw grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and everyone brought food to go along with the meats.  Awards were given by Chief Gary Hatch to the following people: Bobby Mollere for excellence in maintaining all vehicles in the department; Cris Lecher for his courage; Jeffrey Yunkens for his brains; Karen Carlen for her heart; Angie Lecher for 15 years of keeping the books straight for the department; George Karrys for his 5 years of service as paramedic.  Last but not least, Linda Stailey was presented with a plaque for her many years with the auxiliary and serving as head cook. Chief Hatch, auxiliary president, Janet Snyder, past president Dara Sutton and Mareen Kirchhoefer all presented Linda with a scrapbook of her years with the auxiliary.

The Hellsgate auxiliary will be holding a think tank session Saturday morning, April 13 at the Tonto Village fire station starting at 10 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be served. Please come and bring your thinking caps for new ideas for the fundraisers for the coming year. 

Applications are being taken for new 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/ or you can call Karen at (928) 474-3835. 

Shelby School news

The Shelby School Girl Scout Troop #397 has just returned from a fabulous weekend at Shadow Rim Girl Scout Camp where they joined their Neighborhood Encampment, which includes nine other local troops. The Shelby troop stayed in their own cabin, accompanied by the group’s co-leaders and Village residents, Talley Tanenhaus and Megan McCarthy. During the day the Juniors and Cadets did archery, rock wall climbing and canoeing, while the Brownies and Daisies decorated pots, made pillows and bead bracelets and canoed. All the girls exchanged handmade pins with Scouts from the other troops, got their faces painted and were entertained by a clown, learned the Girl Scout Flag Ceremony, and sat by the evening campfire eating s’mores and singing songs.


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