If I didn’t know that the Rim Country is expecting another storm this weekend, I would think that spring has sprung. The Village is sprouting greenery in the form of tulips, daffodils and crocus. Spring is an exciting reawakening of what is fresh and new, with wonderful smelling blossoms on the fruit trees.
Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday and most of the nation will turn the clock ahead an hour, but not Arizona. Does anyone know why Arizona does not change?
The official start of spring — the Vernal Equinox — is Wednesday, March 20.
It is also a good time of year for annual mammograms. I will go through this procedure again this month. Ladies, how about you? Breast cancer is curable when caught early enough, so do yourself a favor and make that appointment with your doctor.
The annual Women’s Wellness Forum, Straight From the Heart is fast approaching. This year the event takes place on Saturday, March 23 at Payson High School. Things get going at 7:15 a.m. if you want to sample Zumba. I will pass on the exercise, but I will be there early enough to enjoy a continental breakfast before listening to the featured speaker in the auditorium. This year the keynote speaker is Abby Rike. I have been attending this wonderful gathering of women for 11 years and have come away with a good feeling; found new ideas; and made new friends. Be sure not to miss this wonderful event. Contact the office of the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 to register. The cost is $15 to register. The office is at 308 E. Aero Drive in Payson.
The Shelby School ran a successful canned food drive for the Payson Community Kids. The organization’s president, Suzy Tubbs, and her executive assistant, Perla Guereque, came to the school Friday to pick up boxes of food and take a tour of the campus. Tessa Karrys, a graduate and vocal coach, Shea Morrow, a ninth-grade student and Elizabeth Fowler, art director, greeted Tubbs and Guereque. Both Karrys and Morrow are also volunteers for PCK. Thank you Shelby family and neighbors for your contributions to the generous donation.
Double D news
Activities are starting to pick up after a snowy winter. The Double D is planning a Wild West Party on Saturday, March 23. The event will feature Cody Gibson, nephew of Rockin’ Ron Gibson, who will emcee karaoke. Since the theme is the Wild West, dress up in your best western outfit and enjoy the evening.
On Sunday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, a monthly pool tournament will start at 2 p.m. The game will be eight-ball and both men and women can compete. Bring your favorite pool cue along with your appetite. Ethel will be offering free corned beef and cabbage while the food lasts.
Kent Mortenson of Tonto Village III starts off the second week of March celebrating his birthday on the 12th.
Marsha Ward of Christopher Creek, who also happens to be a published author, will also have her birthday March 12.
Billy McCave, a firefighter with the Hellsgate Fire Department, will add another year on March 15.
Two of my favorite bank gals, Jenny Scott and Neloa Beeler, will celebrate their big days on March 16 and March 17.
Happy birthday to all of you and hope that your day is wrapped in smiles and happy memories.
The Hellsgate Fire Board will be meeting this month at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 at the Star Valley fire station.
The administration office at 80 S. Walters Lane will have a supply of the cookbook “Fireflies Can Cook” ready for sale for only $10.
The Hellsgate T-shirts and caps are available at the Tonto Village station at various prices. Call Janet at (928) 478-9935 or Dara at (928) 478-0052 at a time when it is convenient for you.
Don’t forget The Domino Divas are still meeting on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at the Tonto Village Fire Station. Everyone is welcome. The attendance has been steady all winter with at least 10 or 11 players and the repast has been phenomenal. No one plans for the next week so the food turns out to be a virtual smorgasbord! What fun! Come and enjoy the food, the dominos and the camaraderie.