Missing Monsoons

Photo by Andy Towle. |


What happened to the monsoon rains? I am wondering whether the season is already over. I enjoyed the rains every afternoon and I looked forward to sitting on my porch with a cup of tea and listening to the rain. I am sorry that it is over.

The vegetable gardens in the Village are producing overtime. The fruits as well are going great with an abundance of apples, pears and surprisingly enough, our plum tree. This year is the first year in about 10 years that it has produced so much fruit. They have to be picked right away because the plums are a great attraction to the bird population. Wow, are they juicy!

Along with a great harvest comes canning and preserving, so the next step is to prepare all of this bounty. I have yet to go blackberry picking because I have been so busy with the other fruits.

My hubby and I did not plant a vegetable garden this year, so we have to rely on our friends’ overload. I am sure that zucchini will be high on the list. I really like anything in the squash family. Happy harvesting everyone.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Applications are still being accepted for reserve firefighters until Aug. 30.

No experience is necessary, but applicants must be 18 or older and live within the Rim Country. Applications can be picked up at the Hellsgate Fire Department station #21, in Star Valley, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Talk with Karen for additional details. The fire station phone number is (928) 474-3835.

Shelby School news

The Shelby School is happy to be a Producing Sponsor of the upcoming Missoula Children’s Theater show in Payson, “Blackbeard the Pirate.” Elizabeth Fowler, the school’s arts director, is one of three organizers coordinating the production. Every student in grades 1 through 12 in the Payson area is eligible to audition at the Longhorn Theater at 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19. Many from Shelby will be trying out!

There will be 60 local students cast in the musical; rehearse after school all week with the MCT Tour actor/directors; and then give two shows that very weekend.

Be sure to attend this entertaining production where what starts as a lazy day at the beach, quickly turns into mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard’s treasure begins. Tales both past and present lead us on a search of untold riches.

Missoula Children’s Theatre productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup, MCT tours all 50 states and even internationally. This is the second year they have brought a show to Payson, and the producers plan to make this an annual event. The program will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Payson High School’s Longhorn Theater. Tickets are $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students in advance at The 260 Cafe, Habitat ReStore and Oasis Christian Bookstore, and for $1 more at the theater door before each show.

For more information, call Elizabeth at (928) 478-4185.


On Aug. 17, Phon Sutton of Bear Flat will celebrate his birthday. Phon is one of the “go to” guys in Bear Flat and he is always willing to help out his neighbors.

Also on Aug. 17, Brenda Wilcox will add another candle to her birthday cake. Brenda is a very caring caregiver and has helped many people who need an extra hand.

Happy birthday to Phon and Brenda.

On Aug. 18, Joan Phippeny of Diamond Point Summer Homes will celebrate her birthday. In the past, Joan has been very active as vice president of the Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary. Her participation has been appreciated. Have a great day, Joan.


Since it is Joan Phippeny’s birthday week, here is one of her recipes from the Hellsgate Fireflies cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook.”

Puppy Treats

1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup warm water

1-3/4 cups flour

1-1/4 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup grated cheese or 1/4 cup peanut butter

Mix oil and water, stir in other ingredients. Shape into a tube, chill one hour. Slice into 1/4-inch biscuits and bake on greased cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 50 minutes.


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