It was almost as if the Village was holding its breath this past week, waiting for the monsoon to bring us the rain. We were not disappointed.
So far, we have unofficially recorded 1.50 inches since Sunday night. Everyone knows that we need much more, but for now, it has eased our minds that the forest is no longer tinder dry. Since it has been so extreme, there have been many kinds of critters visiting us in addition to the herds of elk eating everything in sight.
Since my husband is a volunteer fireman, we have a scanner and this past week we heard that there had been a sighting of a mama bear and her cub and that she had been hit by a vehicle in her hip area. She took off into the forest with her cub. Needless to say, she is one angry bear, and she is out there somewhere, so be on the lookout for her and stay away.
Also, be careful when moving any woodpiles or mounds of pine needles there may be other critters you may not want to meet up with.
The best news for the Snyder clan was that the Rim lakes opened up this past Saturday and that means fishing. We did just that Saturday and Sunday before the weather got really nasty. We had great luck and now we can't wait to go back for more.
Of course, Saturday night we had a fresh trout dinner grilled on our gas grill. There is nothing that tastes better than eating the trout the same day they are caught. Last year, I found a recipe on the Internet that works great for fresh trout that I will share with you and I am sure you will use it time and time again:
Barbecue Grilled Trout
(4) 7 inch fresh trout
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine or white grape juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup tomato juice
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients together except the fish. Place trout on the grill about 4 inches from coals or flame. Cook about 4 minutes without turning. Then turn and baste with sauce and cook no longer than 10 minutes. Either spread remaining sauce over the trout or serve as a dip.
At the fire house
There will be a meeting of the Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 20, at the fire station. The topic will be the continued planning of the Labor Day parade and barbecue. This event is the main fund-raising function of the auxiliary to assist the firefighters in buying necessary equipment.
We need all the help we can get, so we are also asking our neighbors in Thompson Draw I & II, Ellison Creek Summer homes, Meads & Collins ranches to help us make this a huge success.
The celebration will include a "Kids & Kritters" parade, and decorated quads showing off their patriotic colors and, of course, our fire truck and surprises. You are in for a treat if you have not seen this delightful little parade.
The barbecue will be held in the patio area of the Double D Restaurant along with a cupcake walk, a bake sale and our famous "chicken drop" put on by Jimmy Rabbit. Watch this column for more details.
Tuesday, July 9, at the nine-ball tournament, there were three ladies who won after the dust settled. Nancy Olson, Laura Nickerson, and Phyllis Mullen were the first-, second- and third-place winners.
Sunday, the big winners were Harvey Poyner, Doug Paul and Jerry Landrum for the eight-ball match. Congratulations to all the winners.
Sam Coe added another candle to his birthday cake July 16. Also Diane Ham will be adding another candle July 20; Laura Tetzke, July 24; and Charlie Martin celebrates another year, July 27.