Take It Easy When Shoveling All The Snow

Shea Morrow (right) poses with Suzy Tubbs, administrator for Payson Community Kids.

Shea Morrow (right) poses with Suzy Tubbs, administrator for Payson Community Kids.


What a weekend! I thought that the snow would never stop.

According to ABC News weather reports on Sunday, Tonto Village received 13.5 inches of snow. That is a lot of snow.

My doctor’s appointment was canceled on Monday — thank goodness, the roads were not suitable for traveling anywhere.

Our doggie Daisy Mae was frustrated and would not get off the back porch! She doesn’t like to get wet or get her paws full of snow, so we had to just about push her off the porch to do her business and then she walked on the edges of the house that had no snow.

Contrast that to my neighbor’s dog — it saw the snow and took a flying leap off the porch and dived about six feet into the white stuff. Molly thoroughly enjoyed playing and jumping around.

The whole weekend had a muffled sound, as if the snow was an insulator.

I hope that everyone was prepared for the storm and cooked or baked, especially to make homemade soup or a pan of brownies.

I caution the residents to take it easy with shoveling the snow. Take many breaks and do not overload the shovel. A tip I am sure that you’ve heard it before, but is worth mentioning again: Before you shovel that snow, spray the shovel with Pam and the snow will slide off.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The administrative office in Star Valley will be closed Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents Day. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Hellsgate firefighting family has increased by four with the addition of new reserve firefighters. They are Chad Dupont, Perry Evans, Coby Smith and Chelsea Pierson. Welcome to the Hellsgate family. 

Hellsgate Fireflies

Condolences to Dara Sutton for the passing of her mother Janice Smith on Feb. 6. 

Dara is the past president of the Fireflies and is a vital part of the auxiliary.

There will be a memorial service for Janice at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 at the North Valley Free Will Baptist Church on 18220 N. 20th St. in Phoenix. Deepest sympathy to Dara and her family.

Get well wishes

Stu Stewart of Tonto Village I is recuperating in the Valley from a stroke that he suffered last weekend. Stu has been a resident of the Village for many years, and his neighbors and friends wish him a speedy recovery.

Bill Dupkee from Diamond Point Summer Homes is also recovering from a stroke from this past weekend. Bill is a vital part of the Hellsgate Fire Department and the firefighters hope that he is on the mend quickly.

Shelby School

Shea Morrow, a Shelby School ninth-grader, volunteers weekly with Payson Community Kids, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk children and their families, providing after-school programs, meals, clothing and groceries.

Tessa Karrys, a Shelby School graduate and current vocal coach, also serves there during the week in an internship for her degree in family and human development from Arizona State University.

The Shelby School is donating $125 to Payson Community Kids’ Feed the Kids program, as well as sponsoring a food drive for them.

Please drop off your contribution of canned or boxed goods at The Shelby School’s office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. this coming Monday through Friday, as the school will bring the food donations to the Community Kids the following week. It will be much appreciated.


Rick Meeker of Tonto Village II and Scottsdale will celebrate his birthday on Feb. 16. Rick is one half of our fishing buddies. His wife, Theresa is the other half. Rick has volunteered his time when the Fireflies need him for the fund-raisers every year. Happy birthday Rick. 

To round out the rest of the month of February, Gail Mortenson of Tonto Village III and Tempe will add another candle to her birthday cake on Feb. 22. Brenda Slapnicka of Rancho Catch-a-Trout celebrates her birthday on Feb. 23. Happy birthday to the both of you. 

Helpful hint of the week:

Expanding frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.


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