An impressive and heart-wrenching flag ceremony was held at station 21 in Star Valley for Lt. Bobby Mollere and former fire board chairman, Larry Cory at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 15. The ceremony was a tearful one for Chief Gary Hatch and the people who came to honor both of the men. The flag was raised to the top of the flagpole, and then lowered to half-staff. The folded flag was then presented to Mrs. Cory. Light refreshments were served after the ceremony.
Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary
A meeting was held on April 11 at the Tonto Village Fire Station. Ten ladies were present and some of them had great ideas for fundraisers for the coming year. It will be an exciting year for the auxiliary with many activities planned. The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16 at the Tonto Village Fire Station.
Tonto Village happenings
Lucy Karrys and Ana Brooks held a waffle brunch and tea Sunday, April 13 for the Shelby School girls and other little girls from the Village who missed the recent Girl Scout tea. There were games, prizes and decorations and fun for all. For more information about the Girl Scouts in Tonto Village, contact Lucy Karrys at (928) 478-0231.
Pastor Mark Pratt of Tonto Village Chapel, at 711 W. Haught Avenue, Tonto Village, has announced an Easter egg hunt will be held beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19. There will be kids’ crafts, a bouncy house and a drawing for an Easter basket and prizes for special eggs at the egg hunt. Everyone is welcome to participate.
The Easter services on Sunday will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Mark is holding Bible study classes at 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the chapel.
The Arizona Corporation Commission held a public comment meeting April 11 at the Church of the Nazarene in Payson in regards to the water rates requested by the Payson Water Company. There were 200 people from eight different communities present to speak regarding the higher water rates for three minutes each. I would not normally report on this except one of the communities involved is Mead Ranch, just a few miles up the Control Road. One of the residents of Mead Ranch, Scherry Duncan spoke her three minutes to oppose the rate increase. Many of the speakers protested to the ACC about the higher rates. The rate increases are expected to range from 50 percent to 158 percent. The other communities that will be affected from this rate increase are East Verde Estates, Flowing Springs, Geronimo Estates/Elusive Acres, Mesa del Caballo, Whispering Pines, Deer Creek and Gisela/Tonto Creek Shores.
The ACC did not comment on the complaints, they just listened.
If anyone wants more information, there is a website for the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Recipe of the week
This recipe was made by one of the Domino Diva ladies last week and it was a hit.
Cool Brownie Treat
Make brownies as directed.
Melt Andes mints in double boiler and pour over warm brownies.
Let set until it is cool. This makes a wonderful minty frosting.
There is only one birthday left for the month of April. Curt Arrants of Tonto Village I will celebrate his big day on April 27. Happy birthday to you Curt.
Sunday is Easter Sunday and to my readers ... May the blessings of this joyous season find their way into your home. Happy Easter to everyone.