Our vegetable garden and herb garden love the recent rains! We have had some produce ripen this past week, zuchinni and a few tomatoes and squash. This summer the garden got a slow start, we didn’t think we would have any harvest as the weather gets chillier and chillier. I even had to wear socks to bed, my feet just couldn’t get warm the night before.
On Saturday, my hubby and I and another couple, Joan and Gary Norem, traveled to the Salvation Army Camp Ponderosa Ranch for a memorial service for Denny Kindler of Bear Flat. Captain Anthony Barnes officiated the memorial. Denny passed away on July 30 of this year. We never knew that this ranch even existed. What a beautiful place! There were acres and acres of grassland and pine trees and among them was a impressive church, a dining hall, and many other outbuildings. The ranch lays about two miles in on a dirt road just before you reach Heber.
The scenery was just what Denny wanted for his celebration of life.
In festive fairy tale attire, 11 Shelby School students joined as many from the Longhorn Theatre this past Saturday morning to walk in the Rodeo Parade. They were enthusiastically announcing this week’s arrival of Missoula Children’s Theatre. For three years, The Shelby School has an been an active sponsor in bringing this renowned theater residency to Payson. Sixty local students have been cast in this season’s hour-long musical “Rapunzel,” and four of them are from Shelby. Congratulations to Lydia Anderson, Faith Morris, Gabriella Driver and Tara Ramirez! “Rapunzel” performances are at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23 in the Payson High School Auditorium, with tickets available at the door. Adults $8, seniors $7 and students first-12th $6. Younger children get in free. Hope to see you at the show!
Hellsgate Fire Department
Last week , on Aug. 13, the Hellsgate Fire Board officially appointed acting chief David Bathke to a permanent position as fire chief. There will be an official swearing in ceremony in the near future. Congratulations to you, Chief Bathke.
There will be a captain promotion test within the next 45 days for any full-time fire engineer. Contact Janell at station #21 at (928) 474-3835 for more information.
Also at the last fire board meeting, the Hellsgate Fire Department received a VFA State Wildland equipment grant.
Fire station #21 is still accepting reservations and money for Gary Hatch’s retirement party. The party will be held Sept. 3 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Cocktail hour is from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. The dinner is prime rib with all the fixings. The cost is $30 per person, payable by check to the Hellsgate Fire Department. Call Janell with your reservation.
The state fire school held in Mesa every September is fast approaching. Hellsgate will be sending some of the firefighters to attend the large contingent of firefighters from all over the state showing off their equipment and exchanging T-shirts.
At the August fire board meeting, Chief Bathke announced that Gila County has approved putting a water bladder in Bear Flat. Hellsgate will fill it and maintain it. That’s fantastic news for the Bear Flat residents.
The Hellsgate firefighters would like to welcome back Nate Blazer as a reserve firefighter. Great going, Nate.
The Hellsgate Fireflies are still selling raffle tickets for the Smith & Wesson rifle until Sept. 1. At that time a ticket will be drawn and the winner notified by phone. If you are interested in taking a chance on the rifle, contact auxiliary president Karen Carlen at (480) 861-3979.The tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The proceeds are going to fallen firefighter Bobby Mollere’s family.
The Fireflies auxiliary put up a pop-up tent at the rodeo grounds Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. According to President Karen Carlen, the effort was very successful. Thanks to all the rodeo fans who helped support Hellsgate Fire Department and Bobby Mollere’s family.
Ten lashes with a wet noodle for me since I overlooked a birthday. Dee White of Tonto Creek Estates celebrated her big day on Aug. 14. So sorry, Dee. I sure hope that your big day was the best.