Holiday Season Starting To Gear Up

The Village


The holiday season is starting to gear up in area retail stores. Christmas decorations are overlapping the decorations for Thanksgiving and even Home Depot is building stalls for their Christmas trees.

Do you feel anxious because everything is moving so fast? Maybe, if like me, the cause is our age. Young people go like a house on fire and at warp speed. They make me tired just watching them. I want to take the time to enjoy every minute of the time I have left on this planet. My hubby and I have already received three invitations for Thanksgiving dinner, including one from our daughter Vicki, who lives in Yuma, and at least two others from friends in Payson. We haven’t made a decision yet — except maybe not going to Yuma. Since our long trip in September, the hubby has developed sticky feet — he wants to stay home. Whatever we decide is OK with me.

Hellsgate Fire Department

At this past Wednesday’s fire board meeting, Captain John Wisner was recognized for his 20 years of service to the fire department. Thank you so much for your dedication and loyalty to the fire department.

The work is coming right along leveling the lot for the new fire department building in Tonto Village. The heavy equipment operator is none other than Fire Chief Gary Hatch. He is going great guns to get the lot leveling completed and maybe, just maybe, there will be enough progress so the 5,000 square-foot steel building can be put on the site before the end of the year. How exciting!

There have been some firefighters who have done a great job of moving dirt around and using the brush truck to haul the water to tamp everything down. Among those helping have been John Ceja, John Jackson and Bobby Mollere. If I missed anyone, I will catch up with you next time.

The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary is officially not holding meetings again until April 2014, but that hasn’t stopped the girls from promoting their cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook.” Just this past week the sales have been vigorous — remember, they would make great Christmas gifts. The cost is very affordable, only $10. Call Dara Sutton at (928) 478-0052 or Janet Snyder at (928) 478-9935 for a gift that can keep on giving all year long.

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, how about an appetizer that will wow your guests. The recipe is from the cookbook and was submitted by Juanita Oney of Diamond Point and Apache Junction.

Crabmeat hors d’oeuvres

1 can crescent dinner rolls

1, 7-ounce can crab meat

1/4 cup chili sauce

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup sour cream

Separate the rolls into eight triangles and then cut each into four small triangles. Place dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Combine crabmeat, Worcestershire and chili sauces. Spread 1 teaspoon on each triangle and top with a half teaspoon of sour cream. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 32.


Elizabeth Fowler photo

Shelby School Girl Scout Troop 397 members (from left) Tara Trujillo, Katie Robertson, Faith Morris and Rosa Sousa are happy with the $250 they earned by selling nuts and trail mixes. The money will be used for activities, uniforms and badges.

Shelby School

The Shelby School Girl Scout Troop 397 just sold $1,500 worth of products, such as nuts and trail mixes, which earned them $250 of profit. The girls will put the money toward activities, uniforms and badges.

Katie Robertson was the top seller whose sales alone totaled $700.

This coming Friday the Shelby Girl Scouts are joining other Payson neighborhood troops for the annual Me and My Guy Dance. The theme for the event is Masquerade Ball.


On Nov. 17, the esteemed mayor of Payson, Kenny Evans, will celebrate his birthday.

On Nov. 19, Maurine Kirchhoefer will have her big day. Maurine has been so very helpful to the Hellsgate Fireflies with her expertise and knowledge of putting together a scrapbook for the Fireflies. Maurine is also a Domino diva and gets together with other players every Wednesday afternoon.

Nov. 21 is a double birthday day for Jimmy “Rabbit” Stephenson of Mead Ranch and George Karrys of Tonto Village. Jimmy is best known for taming chickens and being a part of the events put on by the Fireflies auxiliary and the Double D Restaurant. George is the Village’s permanent paramedic and he is very appreciated by the residents.

Nov. 22 is a wonderful milestone for Jim and Bernita Barker, that day they will celebrate being married for 68 years.

A bit more

To commemorate the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to share this poem I found on the Internet a number of years ago.


Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep

I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep

The leftovers beckoned — the dark meat and white, but I fought the temptation with all of my might

Tossing and turning with anticipation

The thought of a snack became infatuation

So, I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door

And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,

Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,

’Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky

With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.

But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees ...

“Happy eating to all; pass the cranberries, please.

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.

May your potatoes ’n gravy have nary a lump,

May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize”


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