The summer is moving along too fast. There are only nine days left to the month of August. The monsoons are now hit and miss, teasing us with sprinkles almost every afternoon, so I guess that season is just about over.
Fruit trees in the Village are ready to give up their bounty of apples and pears and the blackberry and raspberry bushes are waiting to be picked. Vegetables like tomatoes and zucchini are also ready. There is a lot of canning going on in the Village.
School is now in session for most kids in the Village at Shelby School. One of the teachers told me that they are extremely busy with the new school year.
The Shelby School is very pleased to be a producing sponsor of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s upcoming production of “Blackbeard the Pirate.” Seven Shelby students and one teacher dressed as pirates and marched in the Rodeo Parade on Saturday, and had a spirited time doing so. They promoted the musical shows which will be performed at the Payson High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24.
Two other Shelby students, Caylinn McCarthy and Emma Helmick, rode Little Pony Party’s miniature horses in the parade. They looked great and had loads of fun.
Auditions for “Blackbeard the Pirate” were held Monday afternoon, and seven Shelby School girls were cast in the show: Caylinn and Emma, Occean Helmick, Vogue Tanenhaus, Gabriella Driver, Lydia Anderson and Tara Ramirez. Congratulations girls, and as they say in the theatre, “Break a leg!”
Hellsgate Fire Department
At the last fire board meeting that was held on Aug. 14, Chairman Larry Corey submitted his letter of resignation due to heath issues. Larry resigned with many regrets but he felt that due to the treatments he will be receiving, it is best that he turn all of his attention to his treatments. In lieu of that decision, board member Gary Norem was then named chairman. Board member Charlie Conover was named vice chairman. Garah Monich stays on as member and Jeff Shaw was sworn in as a new board member.
As it stands, there is still one opening for a member of the fire board. If anyone is interested in holding a position on the board, please submit a letter of interest and intent to the fire board, or drop the letter off to Karen at the administrative office at station #21 in Star Valley. All letters will be considered at the next fire board meeting on Sept. 11.
If anyone has any questions about the duties and responsibilities of a board member, contact Karen or any of the other board members.
Applications are still being accepted for the position of reserve firefighter. The applicants need to be a resident of the local area and be at least 18 years of age. Applications can be picked up at the administrative office at fire station #21.
Four of the Hellsgate firefighters left on Tuesday morning with a brush truck to northern California to help fight the brush fires in that area. They will be assigned a staging area and then sent to an area where they are needed. John Ceja, Bobbie Doss, Matthew McKindley and Chad Stluka will be helping the firefighters in helping to control the wildfires. Our prayers go with them to keep them safe and bring them back home safe and sound.
For the week of Aug. 25, Bob Ehrhardt of the Mead and Collins area has his birthday on Aug. 25. Hellsgate firefighter John Wisner’s big day is Aug. 28. On Aug. 29, Tonto Village I resident Linda Digman shares her birthday with domino player Penny Wells. On Aug. 30, Linda’s daughter Trina Digman and firefighter and resident of Bear Flat Jeff Plante share their big day. On Aug. 31, Tonto Village III resident Jan Davenport adds another candle to her birthday cake.
Happy birthday to each of you. May your special day be filled with happiness and the enjoyment of special people to help you celebrate.
Tip of the week
This tip fits right in there since everyone has harvested fruit from their trees, or you have some overripe bananas lying around.
To get rid of the pesky fruit flies, take a small glass and fill it 1/2-inch with apple cider vinegar and two drops of dish washing liquid, and mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the glass and gone forever.