The countdown is on, only hours left to wait for our Labor Day Bash, Saturday, Aug. 31. It will start off with a pit barbecue dinner at noon, followed by a Kids N Kritter parade, along with a decorated quad parade and the fire chief will be showing off our fire equipment and our EMT director, Darlane Leonard will be demonstrating the equipment used in medical rescue.
There will be a chicken drop with Jimmy Rabbit's talented chickens, a cupcake walk for the children, and casino-type gaming sponsored by the Valley Firefighters of Phoenix starting at 2 p.m. All of this fun will help the Auxiliary to the Fire District to assist the volunteer firemen to go to fire school in Mesa next month. You will be helping them out with your donations plus having a bunch of fun besides. Come on out to have a great day of entertainment in the patio area of the Double D Restaurant.
Speaking of the Double D Restaurant, the Double D summer bowling league recently won first place in the summer competition league at the Payson Bowling Alley. Trophy winners include Danny and Ethel Cain, Steve and Sandy Human, and George Saba. Congratulations to all the winners.
Get Well Wishes
Danny Cain is recovering nicely from his quad mishap a few weeks ago. He will be as good as new in a week or two. He wants to thank everyone for all the moral support the people in the Village have given to him.
Tuesday, Aug. 27, was ladies pool night with a different twist. The ladies decided to dress up in overalls to play their 9-ball tournament. It must have been a big help for Linda Stailey she won top honors. Phyllis Mullen came in second and Betty Koutz took third place. Who knows what the next costume idea will be?
Sunday winners for the 8-ball tournament were Earl Randelman, Ethel Cain and Doug Paul. Congratulations to all the winners.
Linda Digman and her daughter Trina will be lighting double birthday candles on their cakes this week, their birthdays are only one day apart, Aug. 29 and 30. Jan Davenport will celebrate her big day Aug. 31. Happy birthday to anyone I have not mentioned. Call me with your birth date and I will be glad to add your big day to my list.
President Gary Martin of Tonto Village has announced that Sunday, Sept. 1, the official dedication of the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Christopher Creek will take place at 11 a.m.
Many of the choir members will be from Tonto Village and will be singing selected hymns written and composed by renowned Wanda West Palmer. She will also direct the choir.
Mead's Ranch news
Don Cline and his friends recently celebrated his 71st birthday Aug. 16. Happy birthday and many more.
Lanny and Mary Ellen Kope recently became grandparents with the Aug. 21 arrival of Kyle Michael Kope, 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 21 inches long. This makes the ninth grandchild for the Kopes who also have two great-grandchildren.
Robert and Ruth Ann Winchester recently returned home from a two-month freighter cruise in the Pacific. One of the highlights was a visit to Pitcairn Island, known as the refuge for the mutineers from the HMS Bounty. They leave again in September for a cruise to the battlegrounds of the South Pacific, including Iwo Jima.
The annual Mead's Ranch-Collins Ranch barbecue was held Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Livermore's home.