Even though the calendar says it is not summer yet (it officially arrives June 21), the temperatures have climbed to over 90 degrees in Payson and in Tonto Village. My hubby and I are busy every morning watering our vegetable garden and the herb garden. The soil is drying out much too fast. We need rain so badly. I understand that June is normally a dry month before the monsoons, but I would love to see an exception to that rule.
Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scout Troop #7787, consisting of about 10 boys, is selling first aid kits for the home and the car to help finance their visit to Camp Geronimo this summer. Through donations and the proceeds from the first aid kits they will be able to join other Boy Scouts and work to earn 50 different merit badges the week of camp.
The young men also need donations of all kinds of camping equipment — tents, a cook stove and mess kits. If you could help out these deserving boys, please contact Head Scout Master Jeff Daniels at (928) 478-0010; Assistant Scout Master Curt Arrants at (928) 478-4160; or Chartered Organization Representative Danny Rensch at (928) 478-4219. The boys usually meet at Shelby School on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. during the school year.
Hellsgate Fire Department
There will be a regular monthly fire board meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 11 at station #21 in Star Valley.
The firefighters are attending the HOA meetings in the area and demonstrating the fire extinguishers that were offered through a federal grant. The firefighters are demonstrating and instructing the homeowners on their usage. For more information on the fire extinguishers, contact acting chief David Bathke at station #21.
The date has been set for retiring Chief Gary Hatch’s official retirement and roast party for Saturday, Sept. 13. Please contact Janell at the administration office at station #21 in Star Valley for more information as to time and your plans to attend.
Commemorative T-shirts featuring fallen firefighter Bobby Mollere are now for sale at the Star Valley Fire Station and at the Fireflies booth on Saturday at the Bashas’ Food Fair.
The Fireflies will be holding a work session on Friday, June 13 at the Tonto Village Fire Station. Please be there by 6:30 p.m. The discussion will be about the volunteers needed for Bashas’ Food Fair.
The Hellsgate Fireflies will be attending the Bashas’ Food Festival on Saturday, June 14. They will have a booth set up to sell Hellsgate T-shirts and caps along with the group’s cookbook, “Fireflies Can Cook.”
Running for judge
Chuck Walker, a longtime Tonto Village resident with a private law practice in Payson (Walker and Harper, P.C.) is seeking the office of Superior Court judge for Gila County. Chuck tells me that he already has the sufficient number of signatures to be on the primary ballot Aug. 26.
Chuck has been a practicing attorney in Gila County Superior Court for many years. There will be a website up and running shortly. The site is: www.chuckforjudge.com.
It just goes to show that Tonto Village has many talented people among its residents.
Birthdays and more
Bill Dupke, a Hellsgate firefighter, will celebrate his birthday on June 14. Have a wonderful day, Bill.
On that same day, Bob and Penny Wells formerly of Christopher Creek and now of Payson, will celebrate 56 years of marriage. They were childhood sweethearts! Your life together is an inspiration. Happy anniversary.
On Sunday afternoon, June 8, a memorial will be held at the Double D in Tonto Village for Mike Preston who passed away about a month ago. Mike was a longtime Tonto Village resident as well as spending a few months in Washington state.
Word was received that Jerry Landrum, the brother of Cliff Landrum of Mead Ranch passed away recently. Sincere sympathy to Cliff and Jerry’s family.
A date to remember ... A year ago on June 30, the Granite Mountain Hotshots lost 19 firefighters. What a sad day that was for everyone.
Remember Saturday, June 14 is officially Flag Day. Please fly the stars and stripes and show your patriotism for the good ol’ U.S. of A.
“I’m proud to be an American!”