Land Being Cleared For New Fire Station

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This past Saturday, my friends Gloria and Nancy and I drove down to the Arizona State Fair. One word: Wow! It has been years since I had been to the fair and I was blown away by the size of it.

The rides looked scary and at my age I didn’t even think twice about riding any of them! We spent most of our time at the commercial buildings, (two of them) and the art exhibits building which was huge.

When it was time to get a bite to eat, we were taken back by the prices. A very large turkey leg cost $11.25. I don’t know how families can afford to spend a day at the fair when the prices are so high.

All in all, I had a good time, but I did run out of money, I did not anticipate how costly everything was, and that includes the special “Star Trek” exhibit. The exhibit had an extra charge of $5 for looking at costumes and timelines of the “Star Trek” series and a replica of one of the transporters. I think it was for the Trekkies more than the general public.

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Preparation is under way on the land for the new fire station.

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Very much in the spirit of things for Halloween at The Shelby School, teacher Molly Garrett (left) with first-grader Cheyenne Martin, who was partying her brains out.

Hellsgate Fire Department

An exciting event is happening in Tonto Village. Just head to Tonto Village III and right at the beginning of the street on Fitch Boulevard the land is being cleared by the Hellsgate firefighters and Fire Chief Hatch in preparation of a new fire station. As of this past week, fill is being added to level the lot and then the fill will have a chance to settle over the winter and a foundation will be started sometime in March of 2014. A new fire station has been talked about for a number of years because of the poor condition of the present building. This is an exciting time for the residents and we are looking forward to watching the progress as the building progresses.

There will be a Hellsgate Fire Board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at station #21 in Star Valley. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to know more about the new fire station, please attend the meeting.

Halloween at Shelby School

The Shelby School had a fabulous Halloween party for its students on Friday, Nov. 1. the older students created a huge and incredibly creepy playhouse out of platforms, stage flats and vast amounts of black plastic. The younger students discovered all sorts of secret doors and passageways with lots of hiding places for ghouls between the graveyard and “moving mask” chamber. Black-lights, strobes and hanging wigs added to the eeriness. The haunt was set in the huge art building, which was itself converted into a black, cavernous and glowingly lit festivities room. Team relay games were played, including “Wrap the Mummy” and “Pumkin Pass.” The wart was duly pinned on the witch’s nose, zombies were made to come back to life, and when the music stopped, players “froze” in the “Sculpture Garden.” Appetites were subdued by a large spread of delectable food with gross names, and thirsts quenched with “bug juice.” Of course, the kids also played good, old-fashioned “Sardines” in the scary haunt. What a fun day!

Get well

Get well wishes to Audi Weber of Tonto Village II, and a long-time resident of the Village has had a few health issues but he is now recuperating. We wish you a speedy recovery, Audie.

A bit of trivia history

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year, (May and October). Women kept their hair covered while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term “big wig.” Today we often use the term “here comes the big wig” because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.

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