The big Memorial Day weekend is here, which means to Tonto Village a surge in visitors and part-time residents opening up their cabins for the summer season.
I need to caution those people not to burn their brush and pine needles. As of May 22, there is a fire restriction on open fires of any kind. Campfires are only allowed in campgrounds that have a fire ring and where there is a campground host to oversee any campfires. Our forest is extremely dry and any little spark could set off a major fire. Please be very extra cautious this weekend.
Tonto Village will be celebrating the holiday with a beef barbecue dinner at the Double D Café and Saloon on Saturday, May 25 with music by Ron Gibson. There will also be a bake sale sponsored by the Hellsgate Fireflies with many goodies such as snickerdoodles cookies and Texas sheet cakes — just to name a few of the items. The auxiliary will also be selling Hellsgate T-shirts and caps. The cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook,” will also be on sale for only $10. All the activities will be held in the patio area and there will also be a horseshoes competition. All activities will are from noon until 3 p.m.
Six members of The Shelby School’s Girl Scout Troop #397 completed their age and grade requirements to move up to the next level. To honor their accomplishments, and those of their neighbor Girl Scout troops, a Bridging Ceremony was held at PES on Friday, May 10. Before a delighted audience of family and friends, the girls received pins, badges and certificates — then everybody celebrated with cake and punch. Haley Brabb and Chasity Burdette graduated from Daisies to Brownies, Vogue Tanenhaus and Occean Helmick moved from Brownies to Juniors, and Faith Morris and Rosa Sousa progressed from Juniors to Cadettes. Congratulations, girls!
The whole Shelby troop gathered for their last meeting of the school year May 13. The girls are already looking forward to their next season. Enrollment in Troop #397 is open for 2013-2014, so please call Shauna Rensch at (602) 616-1254 to reserve a space for your student.
Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
On May 25, Grant Coley of Tonto Village II will add another candle to his birthday cake. Grant will share his big day with Tonto Village III resident Mike Preston. On May 27, Alice Andreas, also of Tonto Village III, will be celebrating another year. Happy birthday to each and every one of the birthday people.
Former residents of Tonto Village III, Gary and Charlie Martin will celebrate 46 years of marriage on May 27. Gary and Charlie visit the Village quite often and we are happy to see them. Happy Anniversary to you!
I had the pleasure of listening to Phil Dickey at the Bible Fellowship Church in Christopher Creek this past Sunday. What a delight! Phil mixes in the message with wonderful songs. He has made the rounds of most of the churches in the area and has had rave reviews wherever he goes. He has a traveling ministry in which he visits churches in many of the states in his fifth-wheel travel trailer with his wife Joy. Thank you, Phil, for a very pleasant way to start a Sunday.
Since this coming weekend is the start of a traditional grilling weekend, here is another recipe from the cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook.”
6 bananas, unpeeled,
3 chocolate bars, broken into pieces
1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
Peanut butter, (optional)
This is as much fun to make as it is to eat.
With a sharp knife, cut a slit down the length of the banana, being careful not to cut all the way through. Open up the slit a little and stuff it with chocolate pieces and marshmallow (and peanut butter if you’d like). Wrap the banana in foil and place it on your campfire coals. Watch closely and check often. Banana boats are done when chocolate and marshmallows are melted. Unwrap and dig in. Makes six servings.
Enjoy this first holiday of the season, but make sure that safety is your main concern in all areas including any water sports as well as fire safety.
Remember what this holiday is about and say a prayer for our service men and women for helping to keep our country safe.