Village Busting Out With Blooms, Birds And More

Shelby School second-grade student and Brownie, Gabriella Driver, with her mother, Ellen Fowler, at the April 20 Shelby School Girl Scout Troop #397 mother-daughter tea party at the Payson Senior Center.

Shelby School second-grade student and Brownie, Gabriella Driver, with her mother, Ellen Fowler, at the April 20 Shelby School Girl Scout Troop #397 mother-daughter tea party at the Payson Senior Center.


The month of April is just about over — there are only about four days left. The Village is still showing off with the fruit trees busting with blooms and the iris and tulips are just starting to show off, along with the wild grape hyacinths. I love this time of year not only for the new beginnings of the plant world, but also for the humming birds. Watching them is such an enjoyable pastime — but wow, are they hungry! I am filling the feeders every other day!

Since my neighbor moved, the squirrels and cottontails and birds have found my yard and are helping themselves to the birdseed. Linda used to feed them regularly.

Is your calendar for May as busy as mine? It is the month of graduations and weddings for the Snyder clan. I congratulate my granddaughter-in-law, who will be finishing up her bachelor’s degree and then going on with her schooling to become a full-fledged doctor. My grandson will be mustered out of the Marine Corps in November and with the help of the G.I. Bill will also continue with his schooling to become an engineer. I am extremely proud of them both.

My granddaughter Jennifer will tie the knot in matrimony to her longtime friend and soon-to-be husband Tom, at the end of May. They will have an “event” wedding in downtown Yuma at the old Yuma theater, which is now called the Yuma Cultural Center. Gift cards are in order for all of them.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The Hellsgate Fireflies will hold their May meeting at the Tonto Village fire station at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 in the meeting room.

The Hellsgate Fire board holds its monthly meeting in Tonto Village at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and for the Snyder clan that means a plethora of Mexican food, including tamales, Spanish rice and refried beans, and rolled tacos with plenty of homemade salsa and a favorite beverage.

A great easy recipe that is found in the Fireflies cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook,” and fits right in for the celebration is called potato tacos. The recipe comes from Carolyn Peterson in Iowa.

1 dozen corn tortillas

1/2 cup shredded cheese

2 cups cold mashed potatoes

1/2 cup green onions, chopped 

Combine cold mashed potatoes, cheese and onions. Mix well. Warm tortillas until soft (the microwave works fine). Spoon a small amount of the mixture into the warm tortillas and roll. Secure with a toothpick. Fry in hot oil until the tortillas are lightly brown. Serve with your favorite salsa or hot sauce.

These are delicious and so easy!

If you would like to buy the cookbook for more great recipes, contact me at (928) 478-9935 — the cookbook only costs $10. All the proceeds go to assist the Hellsgate firefighters with supplies and equipment, so it is a very worthy cause.

The Domino Divas will commemorate Cinco de Mayo with a luncheon of their favorite Mexican food on Wednesday, May 1 at the Tonto Village fire station at 1 p.m., before they have a full afternoon of “chicken foot” dominoes. If you would like to spend an afternoon with a fun group of ladies, come and check it out. Park in the back parking lot.

Fire season

The wildfire season is already upon us. The Hellsgate firefighters responded to a brush fire in the Ellison Creek Summer Homes subdivision this past weekend. With their quick response the brush fire was contained in record time.

The forest is very dry, so everyone needs to be aware and careful of sparks of any kind. Please be careful if you are hiking or riding quads. Does your bike have a spark arrestor? If not, go buy one for your safety and everyone else’s.

The forest is for everyone’s enjoyment and it would be terrible if there were people who are careless with campfires and cigarettes. Campers need to drown their campfires and then cover them with dirt.

Shelby School

The Shelby School Girl Scout Troop #397 had a mother-daughter tea party Saturday, April 20 at the Payson Senior Center. Many neighboring troops participated in the festivities, where everyone enjoyed the scrumptious refreshments they had prepared and made enormous decorative party hats adorned with paper flowers.

Rafelle Deyle, a former Shelby School student and daughter of Ezra and Genoa Stuyvesant, Shelby School administrators, has organized the first-ever Phoenix Promise Walk for Preeclampsia! Preeclampsia is a serious, and rather common, complication of pregnancy, dangerous to both mother and unborn baby. Knowing the warning signs can lead to a more timely diagnosis and better outcomes.

This walk is to raise awareness of the condition. A full 92 percent of the proceeds go toward research and education. The 3K walk starts at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 4 at Red Mountain Park in Mesa. To register, make a tax-deductible donation or find out more, go to


Hellsgate firefighter Bob Evanson starts the month of May with his big day on May Day, May 1.

Jeff Daniels of Christopher Creek will celebrate his birthday on May 4.

Richard Pinkerton of Star Valley and former Hellsgate Fire board chairman, will share May 4 with Jeff.

Happy birthday to all of you.


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