The annual Tonto Village and surrounding area will be celebrating the Yuletide season with the annual potluck dinner at the Double D Restaurant at 1 p.m., Dec. 21. This dinner is always a huge success with a wide variety of dishes from our neighbors. Mark this date on your calendar. This is one dinner you don't want to miss.
A new business
The upcoming convenience store addition to the cafe and saloon is ahead of schedule. Ethel is looking forward to a possible Christmas opening. My husband Bill and I were given an advance preview of the store and paint and fixtures need to be added along with the groceries. Look for this much anticipated event.
Tonto Village Chapel Happenings
Tonight is family movie night at the chapel. The movie is called "Cool Runnings" starring the very funny John Candy. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Popcorn and punch will be provided. Don't miss this event for the whole family to get together along with your neighbors.
A cantata has been formed by the singing voices of the Tonto Village Choir along with the choirs from the Star Valley Baptist Church and the First Southern Baptist Church in Payson. The first performance will be at the First Southern Church at 6 p.m., Dec. 14. There will be another performance at 6 p.m., Dec. 15 at the Star Valley Church. All of these people have worked hard to give you a good performance, so go and support them for their effort.
There will be a combined potluck luncheon Dec. 21st at the Star Valley branch of the church. As always, the potluck starts right after church services, about 1 p.m.
There is still physical activity with the weekly pool games going strong. We all need this with all the food we will be consuming from the Christmas cookies and the potluck dinners. The ladies pool games on Tuesday evenings have had good response. Winners for the past few weeks include: Phyllis Mullen, Kelly Hester from Heber, Jennifer Kiley, Patty Boeschling, Candy Hart , Pat Bates, Lorraine Mathews, Michelle Grundy and Ethel Cain.
The tournaments on Sunday have been a bit sparse, so your chances of winning are very good. Come and test your skill against winners like Harvey Poyner, Phyllis Mullen, Brett Zekoff, Betty Koutz and Ethel Cain.
John Haulot, a longtime Tonto Village resident, and former owner of "Honest John's Lumber" had a birthday on Dec. 8.
Phil Davenport, part-time dispatcher for the fire department, will be adding another candle to his birthday cake Dec. 14.
Fire Chief J.R. Alliger will be celebrating his big day Dec. 15. Flo Haulot also will be celebrating her birthday the same day.
Tonto Village Fire District
This Saturday, Dec. 13, there will be a monthly fire board meeting at the fire station starting at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public and you are invited to participate and voice your opinions. According to the fire chief, there may be a good announcement made at this meeting, as soon as he gets official notification. Come to the meeting and find out what the good news is.
From the Randlemans
I received a very nice letter of thank you from the Randleman family a few weeks ago. Earl's mother asked me if I would include the following in this column:
"We want to thank all the friends and neighbors in Tonto Village and the Meads Ranch area for all the love and support that has been shown us during our most difficult time in our life. Earl was 4 years old when we bought our cabin in Meads Ranch in 1959. He grew up there and loved the area and the people. We gave the cabin to Earl a few years ago so his girls could enjoy it too and to keep it in the family.
"We want to thank Ethel Cain and all the folks at the Double D for the potluck dinner and memorial for Earl. Our two sons and wives, Charles and Sue and Eddie and Joyce attended and said it was really nice and there was a big crowd. The Tonto Village Fire Department also deserves a big thank you.
So thanks again for all the love, cards, flowers, phone calls and contributions made in Earl's honor.
All our love,
Ron and Aileen Randleman, Laura, Amanda and Jocelyn"