Tonto Village is finally getting its bypass completed! The crews are working right at the junction of the Control Road and Johnson Boulevard. On Monday they were pouring concrete and widening the Control Road. It will be great when the road is completed. The residents are being cautioned to drive very slowly past the work site, since there are many pieces of heavy equipment and workers walking back and forth.
Hellsgate Fire Department
Members of the Moose Lodge and the Hellsgate firefighters will be driving through Star Valley neighborhoods with Santa Claus from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21.
Santa may stop and ask the kids what they want for Christmas and if they have been naughty or nice this past year. Santa may have some candy canes to hand out too, so be on the lookout for that big red Hellsgate fire truck coming through the neighborhood.
The Shelby School Boy Scouts went to Prescott this past Monday and trekked through snow in freezing weather to pick fresh mistletoe. They brought it back and wrapped it with red ribbons. They will be selling it this weekend in Payson: Friday afternoon at Safeway and on Sunday at Walmart. The proceeds will be used to buy badges and pay for events.
The suggested donation is one package for $3 or two for $5. If you miss the sale in town, call Scout Leader, Daniel Rensch at (602) 618-2045 to place an order.
Another highlight of this past week was when almost everyone at school took part in square dance lessons. Veteran caller and instructor Alan Carpenter came up from Tonto Basin to teach the Virginia Reel and other dances. His class was such a hit with the students and staff that more classes are planned after winter break.
My husband and I took some time off last Tuesday to watch the square dancing lessons. We have known Alan for a few years since he is our neighbor in Punkin Center. Alan has taught the elementary school kids at Tonto Basin Elementary School for a number of years and they have participated in the veterans parade that is held in Punkin Center every year. At first the scene looked like mass confusion, but it was no time before the kids were actually doing a reel dance. Alan has great patience especially with the first-, second- and third-graders. Everyone had a great time including a few of the teachers who joined in.
Double D Happenings
The restaurant and bar will be open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with limited hours. The restaurant will be closing at 1 p.m. and the bar will stay open until 10 p.m. on both days. There will be refreshments served both days.
The stork was not very busy this holiday season around Tonto Village, but there is one birthday on Dec. 22 — Monica Savage will celebrate her big day then. Monica is the administrative assistant for the Payson Fire Department. Monica has helped out the Hellsgate Fireflies on a few occasions and the help was much appreciated. Have a wonderful birthday, Monica.
On a personal note, our youngest daughter Carolyn will turn 42 on Dec. 27. Carolyn thought that she would make her appearance on Dec. 25, so off to the hospital I went on Christmas Eve, thus giving our other four kids an early Christmas unwrapping their gifts before I went to the hospital. Well, as it turned out, Carolyn changed her mind and decided that she liked the 27th better. Carolyn’s name was chosen by the family, since the name I had picked out for her got a big thumbs down!
Carolyn has been a wonderful and thoughtful daughter and we are very proud of her.
A bit of trivia
Since there will be a bit of imbibing over the holidays, this sounded apropos ...
At local taverns, pubs and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’ and who was drinking in ‘quarts’. Hence the term, ‘minding your ‘P’s and Q’s’.
I want to wish my readers quiet moments with friends and family this holiday season, and peace and joy for the coming year. Merry Christmas, everyone.