Green On The Forest Ground Is A Wonderful Sight

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Tonto Village really got a soaking this past weekend. I am guessing that about an inch or a bit more of rain fell on Sunday evening. There have been very few rainstorms with much accumulation during this monsoon season. There have only been a few times that there has been much rainfall, usually the amounts have ranged from .01 inch to .08 inches. I see the forest as I look out my office window and I see that the floor of the forest is covered with a carpet of green grass. The forest has been brown for so long that it is a wonderful sight to see how green everything looks.

Bear Flat rainfall total for July is 5.99 inches. The total for the year so far is 10.02 inches of rain.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The fire board will hold an open meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Star Valley fire station on 80 Walters Lane. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m.

The Hellsgate Fireflies auxiliary will hold a meeting on Friday, Aug. 8 in Tonto Village at the fire station meeting room. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. There will be discussion on who will be manning the booth at the August Rodeo on Aug. 15 and 16. The Fireflies will be selling Hellsgate T-shirts, caps, and the “Fireflies Can Cook” cookbook. There will also be T-shirts commemorating the passing of firefighter Bobby Mollere and raffle tickets for a Smith & Wesson rifle. The drawing will be on Sept. 1. All proceeds from the sale of the commemorative T-shirts and rifle will go to the Mollere family.

In sympathy

I received word that Floyd Stillwell, a longtime resident of Diamond Point passed away in June. Dan Sundin, also of Diamond Point and Payson, passed away on July 31. Dan is the son of Joan Phippeny, also of Diamond Point and Payson. Sympathies to the Stillwell family and the Phippeny family.

In Bear Flat, Denny Kindler passed away on July 30 with his family by his side. Denny was the glue that held the residents together as a family, hosting the annual Labor Day celebration at his home. His wife Mary, his son Jim, his son-in-law, Ron Elfkin, and his mother Doris survive Denny. Denny hailed from David City, Neb. where he was born on Aug. 11, 1936. Denny will be sorely missed by all the friends that knew him since he had such a big heart and was willing to help anyone who needed it. Sincere condolences to all of the Kindler family.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Camp Ponderosa Ranch, 3201 Forest Service Road #504 in Heber, Ariz. 85928, phone number (928) 535-5082.

The directions: Drive east on Highway 260 for about 45 minutes, and turn left around milepost 302. On the left is service road 504, turn left and drive 1-1/2 miles, and the camp is on the right. The setting of the camp is a beautiful place and is a bit like Bear Flat with open meadows and pine trees in the middle of the beautiful forest.

Shelby School

The Shelby School is off to another productive and energized first term — classes began on Thursday, July 31. The students and staff are buoyed by great AIMS scores from last year — and now the results are official. The Department of Education’s letter grade evaluation model gives The Shelby School a solid B rating. The school missed being an “A” school by only 12 points! Shelby is a nonprofit charter school whose curriculum is directly aligned with Arizona’s Common Core standards. Congratulations to all the teachers and students.

Second Hand Rose Fashion Show

This past Sunday afternoon, I was invited to attend a fashion show put on by Trinkets and Treasures, formerly known as the Senior Center Thrift Store, on Main Street in Payson. The fashion show was called Second Hand Rose and all the models wore the clothes that are available at the store. The presentation was very well done and looked very professional. The dining hall at the Center was packed to capacity with standing room only. All the proceeds from the fashion show support Meals On Wheels and the Dial A Ride programs. It was a really nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon and also to know that your donation goes to help such a worthy cause.

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