The residents of the small community of Tonto Village opened their hearts and their pocketbooks to help the families of Yarnell on Saturday, July 6. Riding shotgun for the event were Double D Bar and Restaurant owner Ethel Cain, Gail Fitch, Kara Shaw and Theresa Meeker, who manned the phones to ask for donations for the bake sale. Together, they put on a fun-filled day featuring a Kids ’N Critter parade, complete with fire engines and quads all decked out with patriotic decorations.
The winner of the best-decorated entry was Tammy Randall with her Bat Mobile.
There were hot dogs for sale, ice cream floats and the infamous “chicken drop” manned by Jimmy “Rabbit” Stephenson.
The bake sale was a huge success, with baked goods overflowing inside and outside. There were also Hellsgate Fireflies helping wherever they could. All the monies collected are going to “The Families of Yarnell.”
A big thank you to all who attended the event and supported the victims. The ever-popular Lynda St. John serenaded all the activities with music.
Hellsgate Fire Department
At the meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board on Wednesday, July 10 at the Tonto Village station, firefighter Matthew McKindley received his badge after completing one full year with the fire department. Firefighter Bill Beller received recognition and a certificate for his years of service.
The funeral for Richard Pinkerton was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 11 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. The ladder truck from station #21 honored Richard by bringing him to the church. Richard was instrumental in acquiring the ladder truck for the department. Richard’s passing will leave a large gap in the fire board and in all the supportive assistance Richard gave to the department. Last Call Richard, and God bless.
Double D Doings
This past Tuesday evening, a nine-ball competition was held at the Double D. The winners were Patty Adams of Christopher Creek, Ethel Cain shooting for second place, and Nanci Olson took third place. There were eight players this week, let’s keep it going ladies. Dust off those pool sticks and get on down to the Double D Tuesday evening about 6:15 to sign up.
The rains have finally arrived. The Village has received enough rain in the past few days to somewhat alleviate the fire danger that lurks around us. The forest that surrounds us was so dry that the pine needles crunched as you walked. I know that we need to be aware that the rain so far has not put a dent in the precipitation that we need, but I’ll take what we have had so far. Don’t let your guard down about sparks of any kind, fire restrictions are still in place and you still need that watchful eye.
Helpful Hint of the Week
Peppers with three bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with four bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking. Check it out for yourself.