The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association picnic was the biggest and best ever. Warm temperatures and a slight breeze made for a comfortable afternoon as 100 folks gathered at Milburn Meadow on the banks of Christopher Creek. There were long tables of food and desserts with John Mitchell and Chuck Schmitt manning the grills loaded with hot dogs and burgers. Bud Light John was doing the oldies and the CCHOA officers were selling tickets. The 50/50 raffle was a record amount and there were 145 ducks sold. Julie and Loren Frost handled the duck race. Loren was the hero when, after dumping the ducks in the creek at the walking bridge, he then went in the water to herd those caught in the eddies and behind rocks. Gloria, Lisa and Ronna all had winning ducks. Thank you to all who came to help set up and tear down.

Meanwhile, the Ponderosa Springs HOA meeting and picnic had 70 in attendance out at the end of Colcord Road.

Chief Lockhart gave some brief remarks about the budget and the impending fire restrictions.

The chief announced that four firefighters from the Christopher/Kohl’s District left Tuesday with a Type VI engine for the Bylas Fire southeast of Globe. Engines and crews from Pine/Strawberry and Hellsgate join them.

The Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Board will vote on the proposed budget at 3 p.m., Monday, June 17. Next weekend is the Firebelle-sponsored garage sale at Station 51, here in the Creek. You may drop off your valuable sale items any time this week. Should you need help with a load of your precious donations for the sale, call Sheila at 928-951-2067.

Last Friday was a perfect evening on the Landmark patio with a great crowd to enjoy Darren the Guitar Guy.

Among the missing last weekend were Greg and Deb Minter, who were off to San Diego celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They went First Class — that was the name of the yacht they were on. Congratulations to them.

Two of the Dodson granddaughters and their beaus were in the Creek with their dad, Bob, at the cabin of Dean and Genny. We enjoyed hanging out with them last Saturday evening.

We are coming up on the first anniversary of Mimi’s Crossing next week.

Foofoo Sullivan will be representing the Creek in this year’s Mogollon Monster Mudda 5K obstacle race in Payson June 22. She has wanted to do the event for several years and each time her confederates found an excuse not to join her. So, she is going solo and to all the others she says, “Hold my purse!” Good luck, Foofoo! … and that’s another week in the Creek.

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