Memorable Road Trip Comes To An End

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I’m back! My husband and I took off for Iowa on Sept. 4, traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, Berwick, Pa. and Rawlings, Md.

Our first stop was to see our daughter in Iowa; then visit with my brother, Larry and my hubby’s brother, Vincent in Pennsylvania; and finally on to Maryland to visit with my other brother, Vinnie.

The trip proved one thing: we are definitely older, with much less stamina to endure a lot of driving. We used to make that trip every few years when the children were younger with no problem, but we soon found out that this time we were really pushing ourselves to drive very long distances.

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On the very hot morning of Saturday, Aug. 17, seven Shelby School students donned pirate costumes and attitudes to advertise the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s show “Blackbeard the Pirate.” They joined members of the Payson High Drama Department in a high-spirited strut up Main Street in the 2013 Rodeo Parade. The entry won a blue ribbon for their participation as the best costumed walking group.

The trip was uneventful going, but made up for it on the drive back. We were run off the road by a trucker in Oklahoma and again in New Mexico by a car with girls not paying attention to lane changes.

There were torrential rains in Texas. It rained so hard that we couldn’t see the highway; and the truckers didn’t make it easier, they never slowed down and wiped away any chance of seeing the road as they passed. We saw the back roads in West Virginia, up and down hills, miles of cornfields in Iowa, but the best part is that we visited the place of one of our favorite TV shows, “American Pickers” in LeClare, Iowa. Unfortunately, neither the guys nor Danielle were there. We bought a few souvenirs and took a few pictures.

All in all, we were glad that we made the decision to make the trip, we are all in our 70s, and who knows what lies ahead for all of us in the future?

On to local news

Hellsgate Fire Department is going to celebrate National Fire Safety Week with an Open House on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Star Valley Station on Walters Lane. Many activities are planned including a demonstration of the new fire extinguisher, an extrication team, face painting, and a cookout with chef Jeff Plante at the grill. The Fireflies will be selling hats, T-shirts, and their cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook.” All the activities will start at 3 p.m. and end about 7 p.m.

Another event will also be coming up in conjunction with National Fire Safety Week. A clue will be to check your smoke alarm. More information to come next week.

Catch up on birthdays, etc.

In September, the birthdays were Marge Tolby on Sept. 12; firefighter Jeffrey Yunkans, Sept. 14; Robert Winchester of Mead Ranch, Sept. 18; and former Hellsgate Fire Board member Gloria Alliger on Sept. 23. “Punk” Maderas, an avid domino player with the Domino Divas, shares her big day with Gloria.  Elaine Tetzke of Tonto Village III had her big day on Sept. 19.

Former president of the Fireflies Dara Sutton will add another candle to her birthday cake on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Last, but not least, our esteemed Hellsgate Fire Chief Gary Hatch will celebrate his birthday on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Karen and Jim Carlen of Star Valley will celebrate 18 years of marriage on Sept. 25 and Pastor Charles and Brenda Wilcox will celebrate their 32nd anniversary.

Happy belated birthday to a few of you and happy anniversary too.

On a sad note, longtime resident of the Village, Richard Watson has passed away. Our sympathies go out to the Watson family. Arrangements are pending. The Watson family was one of the first families in the Village to be permanent residents, and also had a small general store. Richard’s son John still lives in the family’s original home. May time soften the blow of this loss.

A bit of trivia

Only in America ... do we buy hot dogs in packages of 10 and buns in packages of eight. Go figure!

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