Change is in the air in Tonto Village. The night-time temperatures are just wonderful for sleeping. Our bedroom window is open all night until it starts getting a little too chilly. The temperature hovers around 55 to 60 degrees at first light. Fall can't be too far away.
We have not heard the elk with their distinctive call for their rutting season yet, but they are voraciously eating in my back yard. They almost tore off all the lower branches on the apple tree and the cottonwood trees.
A new enterprise is starting up in Tonto Village. Kent Mortenson and former resident John Digman, now residing in Christopher Creek, are combining their talents to open a new business based in the village. It will be called Mortenson Plumbing and Septic Service. They will specialize in installing the alternative septic systems and installing new plumbing or repairing existing plumbing pipes.
If you are in need of their services, call (928) 478-0533 or (928) 478-5014.
Tonto Village Fire District
Chief J.R. Alliger reports that all is quiet within the district. There have been no fires and no emergencies this past week. We are all thankful that the lightning strikes did not cause any damage to any structures or cause any fires in the forest surrounding the Village or nearby areas. The electricity has gone off intermittently, but no major outages were reported.
Plans for the annual Labor Day barbecue are going full steam ahead. All supplies were inventoried and counted along with designating the prizes that will be awarded for the winners of the Kid's N Kritters parade and the ATV awards. There are some really nice prizes, folks --here are even trophies that will be awarded, so get those quads decorated and join in the parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Don't forget that the food will be served starting at noon on the Double D patio.
The silent suction items are fabulous this year, don't miss this popular event. Bids will be taken until 4 p.m. Raffle items are also fantastic too: a Sunbeam grill with accessories, classic Indy-style collectible cars, and a beautiful handmade patriotic lap quilt.
Don't miss this event, and it is all for a good cause. It benefits the volunteer firemen with their training, and ultimately, helps you and the whole community.
Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Glen and Audrey Shaw celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary this past Sunday, Aug. 17. Glen and Audrey have been Villagers for a number of years. Congratulations to the both of you.
Linda Digman and her daughter Trina Silvey will be adding more candles to their birthday cakes. Linda's big day is Aug. 29 and her daughter's is Aug. 30. Linda is a former villager who now resides in Christopher Creek. Happy birthday to the both of you.
I can't forget Chuck Stailey. He will be blowing out one more candle Aug. 26. Chuck raises chickens and we are fortunate enough to be able to get a dozen or two eggs now and then and they are wonderful with big dark yellow yolks. Anyway, Happy birthday to you, Chuck.
The ladies tournament was held in at the Landmark in Christopher Creek this week, but a villager managed to take first place. Phyllis Mullen took top honors with Pat Bates and Jennifer Kiley placing second and third. On Sunday, Doug Paul took top honors with Harvey Poyner and newcomer Jimmy Post visiting from the Valley, coming in second and third.
Tonto Village Chapel
Bible study classes are going strong with many villagers taking the time to find out more about their Bible. The classes start every Thursday at 6 p.m. Please come and learn more about the scriptures.
A potluck luncheon will be held at the Star Valley Baptist Church on Aug. 24 in honor of Bob Price and his wife Gladys. Bob has been instrumental in starting up churches in the surrounding area for many years, and he has decided to retire. Stop by and wish him well, the luncheon will start after church services at 12:30 p.m.