Cattle Are Roaming The Village Again – Watch Out

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They’re back! The free roaming cattle — I mean. My husband tried to help a small calf jump the fence on Control Road near our house. The poor thing couldn’t jump it so my husband chased it to where he could climb over it. The mother cow kept looking over at her calf as if to say, “Come on!”

At this point, with so little rain, there is not much for them to eat unless they get in your yard and eat the grass, the garden veggies, and the flowers. My advice is to keep your fences closed. Be very careful and slow down, because of the cattle crossing the road. If you hit one you are liable to hurt yourself and your vehicle, besides having to reimburse the rancher who owns the cattle.

My husband and I had a very nice Easter Sunday with our great fishing buddies, Rick and Theresa Meeker. They invited us for an Easter dinner, complete with a great tasting spiral ham. The other guests each brought sides to go with the ham, including a dish I never had before, spaghetti squash lasagna. The dish was very tasty and I didn’t even miss the pasta.

Bill and I were introduced to a few of the Meekers’ neighbors and Rick’s parents and sister, and their daughter Angela and the Meekers’ grandson Gavin, who talked incessantly. But what he did say was cute and intelligent. Gavin made out like a bandit finding the Easter eggs that were hidden throughout the house.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Those of us who are in the Hellsgate Fire District were saddened to learn of Chief Gary Hatch’s plans to take permanent leave as of May 22, 2014 and then officially retire on Feb. 22, 2015. Chief Hatch was instrumental in merging of the Tonto Village Fire Company with the Diamond Point District. With that merger, there were many changes, including more training, more opportunity for advancement and school for the paramedic programs.

Chief Hatch will be missed; he is leaving a big void. Most of us within the district have already met the battalion chief, David Bathke. He will be the temporary chief until February 2015. We have every confidence that Bathke will do a great job in overseeing the fire district.

Tonto Village will be affected by the budget cuts that were necessary when the SAFER grant was not issued to Hellsgate. The changes will be looked at closely by the fire board and hopefully, there can be a firefighter at the station at least once a week. Firefighter John Ceja, who was assigned to the Tonto Village station, has been accepted for employment by the Tri City Fire District. His leaving the Hellsgate Fire District is great for him, but for all the gals who play dominoes every week, he will also be missed. But we all wish him much success.

Birthdays

Beginning in May, Hellsgate firefighter Bob Evanson will celebrate his birthday on May 1.

Jeff Daniels of Christopher Creek will be adding another candle to his birthday cake on May 4.

Happy birthday to the both of you, have a wonderful day.

Only in America ...

... do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions, while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.  

... do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

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