Tonto Village finally got its share of the monsoon rains on Sunday evening. The lightning strikes were a bit scary, they seemed so close. The thunder was loud enough to block out the sound on our television. The ground is so dry that the soil just soaked the rain up almost as fast as it came down. The good thing about all that rain was that my husband did not have to water the garden the next day.
According to our unofficial weather guy, Curt, Tonto Village received two-tenths of an inch on Sunday. It sure seemed like more than that.
To show how spotty the monsoon rains are, Bear Flat received .98-inch of rain on Sunday. According to Phon, (the unofficial weather guy for Bear Flat), the whole month of July so far, the rain total is 5.99 inches. Mother Nature can be very fickle with precipitation. Within the city of Payson, the rainfall is down for the year also. All in all, we are still experiencing a drought year.
Hellsgate Fire Department
The next monthly meeting of the Hellsgate Fire Board will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the fire station in Star Valley. The public is invited to all the meetings.
The next Hellsgate Fireflies meeting will be Friday, Aug. 8 in Tonto Village at the fire station on Mathews Lane. The time for the meeting is 6:30 p.m. to allow the working mothers a little time to fix dinner for the hubby and kids. Discussion will center on the booths that will be set up at the August Doin’s Rodeo on Aug. 15, 16 and 17. The Fireflies will be selling Hellsgate T-shirts and caps, the cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook,” and raffle tickets for the fallen Hellsgate firefighter Bobby Mollere benefit fund, which includes T-shirts and a raffle for a Smith & Wesson rifle. The T-shirts and the raffle money will be given to Bobby’s family. The raffle drawing will be on Sept. 1.
The new school year started on July 31. That means that the buses will be running and children will be on the streets before and after school. Please take extra caution and drive more slowly through the Village. Sometimes, doggies may be walking along with the kids going to school and they could dart out in front of you.
Get well wishes to Lynn Davis. Lynn is a part-time helper at the Double D restaurant. Lynn spent a few days at Payson Regional Medical Center, but is now recuperating at home.
Jan Farmer is also now recuperating at home after suffering from a broken toe. To Lynn and Jan — keep your chin up, your temperature down, and get well soon.
Double D doings
A potluck lunch has been planned for Sunday, Aug. 3 for John Watson. Tonto Village will be losing our favorite woodcutter and supplier in a few weeks since John will be moving to Tucson. The luncheon will start at 1 p.m. Make your favorite dish and bring it along to wish John a fond farewell.
John is the last of the Watson family to leave the Village; there have been Watsons in the Village for decades. John will be missed.
Charlie Conover starts off the August birthdays. Charlie lives in Star Valley, and has for many years, and he has been with the Hellsgate Fire Board for 10 years. Charlie will also be retiring from the fire board when his term is up in November. Charlie’s birthday is on Monday, Aug. 4. Happy birthday to you Charlie. The Fireflies are very thankful for all the support that you have shown to them and given them pep talks when they needed it.
On Aug. 5, Jenny Cronk, a summer dominoes player who resides in Christopher Creek, will add another candle to her birthday cake. The Domino Divas will help her celebrate another year next Wednesday.
Mary Kindler of Bear Flat and another domino player, will celebrate her big day on Aug. 9. Mary is famous within the group as the best lemon meringue pie maker. Mary also makes to-die-for snickerdoodles cookies. Mary will also be celebrating her birthday with the Domino Divas.
Since Mary’s birthday is next week. Here is recipe for her lemon meringue pie:
Mary’s Lemon Meringue Pie
1 unbaked, ready-made pie crust
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup of cornstarch
1-1/2 cups hot water
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1-1/2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
Bake the pie shell. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks. Blend into hot mixture in pan. Boil and stir one minute (2 minutes for a 10-inch pie). Remove from heat, stir in butter, lemon peel, lemon juice. Pour into baked pie shell.
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, continue beating until still and glossy. Do not under beat. Beat in vanilla. Heap meringue onto hot pie filling, spread over filling, carefully sealing meringue to edge of crust to prevent shrinking or weeping. Bake about 10 minutes or until delicate brown. Cool away from drafts.