The election is over, let the counting of votes continue.
As you may or may not know, my husband Bill and I were clerks for the Zane Grey District yesterday and spent the day at the R-Bar-C Boy Scout Camp assisting voters and to show them how the machines work to let them make their decisions on the ballot.
It was a very rewarding day for us to see how many of our neighbors exercised their right to make their voices heard.
The last time we worked there for the primary, we saw a fire in the canyon that was quickly put out by the Forest Service. This time, we saw smoke come down the canyon and we all remarked, “Here we go again.”
We found out there was a controlled burn by the Forest Service in the Forest Lakes area and the smoke was drifting down the canyon. It didn’t last long and we were all relieved to find out what was going on.
We worked with a very efficient crew who were veterans in election assistance and were very helpful in showing us greenhorns the way to make the precinct work efficiently to help the voters. Thank-you to Jeff, Margot, Hazel, Dorothy and Dee. We look forward to helping again two years from now.
Tonto Village Fire District
The monthly meeting of the Tonto Village Fire District Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Fire Station, beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public, and all interested villagers are welcome to attend.
Final results have not come in yet, as of the deadline of this column, on who will be our newest Fire Board member. We hope to know who that is by Saturday. Whoever it is, congratulations to you. The hard work now begins.
Fire Chief Alliger has announced that we now have a ‘Burn Pit’ open that has been approved. It is called ‘The Ponderosa Pit’ and is located at mile post 256 on Highway 260. It is on the north side across from the Ponderosa Campground. There is no charge to use this pit. The pit will be open on Saturdays only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Regional Payson Area Project and the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department will be staffing the pit with volunteers. If you wish to volunteer, please call the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Station at 478-4011. The initial hours of operation may be modified as needs change. However, there are rules as to what you may bring to the pit. The pit is for forest products only, no garbage, paper or other debris. The definition of forest products means wood, leaves, pine needles, bark, limbs, sticks and logs. The rules will be strictly enforced and violators will be prosecuted.
Tonto Village Chapel
On Nov. 10, there will be a potluck luncheon at the chapel at 12:45 p.m. after the 9 a.m. church service. Bring one of your favorite dishes and enjoy the good food and chat with your neighbors.
Bible study is held at the chapel every Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Join in and learn more about your Bible with Pastor Ken Schroth.
The winner of the pool games did not make it in the column last week. Sunday, Oct. 27, Cliff Landrum, Harvey Poyner and Earl Randalman came out on top. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, for the Ladies 9-ball tournament, Linda Stailey, Ingrid Monk and Grace Daniels were the big winners. On Sunday, Nov. 3, Bill Saba, Doug Paul and Sam Coe took top honors. and on Tuesday, Nov. 5 the Double D gals, bib overalls and all, took top honors over the Christopher Creek gals. They were Kara Shaw, Pat Bates and Phyllis Mullen.
Another home in Tonto Village is getting a facelift. Pat Bates’ home will be putting on a different color and a great look really soon. We think Pat has settled on a medium pine green color. Jeff Shaw, our local painter, has been busy jet washing Pat’s house in preparation for the great new color. Jim Chambers, Pat’s son- in -law has been busy doing small repairs and clearing away debris and he is even up on the roof hammering down shingles. The Village will be looking very good with Pat’s hard work.