This weekend should turn out to be a very busy one for the Rim Country and its residents with the big 4th of July celebrations in Payson. There will be many activities at Green Valley Park as well as fireworks when the sun goes down.
Ring those bells!
I was reading the “Dear Abby” column in the newspaper on Monday morning and I found a very interesting letter to “Abby.” Carmelia Laspada, founder of the organization, “No Greater Love” found out that on July 4, 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the ringing of bells nationwide with the words, “Let’s ring Freedom bells!” Carmelia goes on to say that she was a White House aide at the time and how excited she was when bells rang across the nation coast to coast. Since then, many Americans have forgotten to keep the tradition going.
From one American to another, Carmelia asks all citizens to help revive the ringing of bells at 2 p.m. This 4th of July in celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Ring a bell, shake your keys, tap a glass or find a bell-ringing app on your smartphone. It will give our country a much-needed sense of unity and connection to our past as one nation and one people.
Thank you Carmelia for this insight into a tradition that did get lost. I am repeating some of your letter in my weekly column.
‘Anything Goes’ parade
Tonto Village will be a flutter with activities on Saturday afternoon, July 5 with an old-fashioned “Anything Goes” parade, very similar to the “Kids and Critters” parade years ago. The fun gets started at 1 p.m. at the parking lot of the Tonto Village Chapel and continues down Johnson Blvd. The anything goes theme means that quads, trucks, bikes, etc. are accepted to be in the parade. There will be live music by Lynda St. John in the patio area and hot dogs cooked on the grill. See you there for all the fun.
One of the Hellsgate fire engines will also be joining in the parade.
In honor of the fallen Hellsgate firefighter, Bobby Mollere, the fire department and the auxiliary, are selling commemorative T-shirts for $20, and selling raffle tickets for a Smith & Wesson .22 caliber rifle valued at over $800. The tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The drawing will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. You need not be present to win, but you must be 21 years old or older on the day of the drawing. The tickets can be bought at the fire station in Star Valley, from any of the firefighters or the auxiliary. All the money will go to Bobby’s family.
The next auxiliary meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., July 18 at Star Valley station #21.
The next fundraiser will be on Saturday, July 12 at the Concert Under the Stars in Green Valley Park in Payson.
There is a correction in last week’s recipe for the steak salad that is in the cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook.” The correction is to add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise along with the 1/2 cup of sour cream.
On July 11, Bear Flat resident Laverne Belcher will add another candle to her birthday cake. Travis Kilbourne of Tonto Village III also will celebrate his birthday on that day. Have a wonderful day.
I received word that a long time resident of Christopher Creek and a short time resident of Tonto Village, Scotty Van Eckenhoutte passed away recently. Scotty served as a mechanic at the Christopher Creek Fire Department for a number of years. All who knew Scotty are saddened for the loss and sympathy goes out to his family and wife Electra.
On Monday, July 28, The Shelby School is having an open house from 6-7:30 p.m. Students and parents are invited to come tour the campus, visit with faculty, and register for the upcoming year. Prospective students, family and friends are very welcome — it’s a great time to find out what The Shelby School is all about!
Only in America ...
... do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
... do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.
Have a safe 4th of July. Be proud to be an American!