As I looked out my living room window this past Tuesday at about 6 a.m., I was startled to see a gigantic and majestic bull elk with about 12 points looking almost straight at me! He went about his business of stripping my apple tree of its leaves with a nonchalant attitude, like he was saying, "I know you can't hurt me, it's not hunting season yet, so I will go right on eating and I will ignore you." He did just that, including chewing on the little bit of green grass that we have left. He proceeded to look around to see what he could eat next, so he leaped over my fence and headed for our neighbor's yard. They have apple trees and lilac bushes. He had a feast.
Tonto Village will be losing one of our long time residents in a few weeks. Jimmie Ashley will be moving to Mesa to be closer to her son, Jim. Jimmie does not know a stranger, She will become a friend right away, because of her outgoing ways with people. She will be missed by the whole village. If you would like to say farewell and good luck to her, a reception will be held in her honor today, Friday, at 6 p.m., at the LDS Chapel in Christopher Creek. I hope to see all of her friends there.
Another one of our villagers will also be leaving us at the end of the month. Jenny Wegner will be leaving us for a place closer to her job at the National Bank of Arizona. She will be going to Diamond Point off Dealer's Choice Road. She will be missed by the village. Jenny will be holding a gigantic yard sale at lot # 219 on Standage Road today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary
The Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary will be holding a meeting on Saturday, July 26 at the fire station, starting at 10 a.m. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the annual Labor Day BBQ Fundraiser. This year the BBQ will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30. Food will be served starting at noon. Volunteers, both men and women, are desperately needed for this very important fundraiser.
Louise Bossert of Thompson Draw II made and donated a beautiful patriotic lap quilt to the auxiliary. Raffle tickets for the quilt and the BBQ grill with all the accessories are available for purchase at the Double D Restaurant. tickets are $1. each or six for $5.
Tonto Village Fire District
In cooperation with RTA Hospice of Payson, The Tonto Village Fire District is now gathering names of persons within the district who would need assistance for health reasons, such as wheel chairs, etc,. in case of emergency evacuation from the area. Those names would be added to a data base at RTA Hospice of Payson and would be helped in case of an emergency evacuation. Please call the fire station at 478-4775 with anyone who would need assistance. Leave a message any time on the answering machine if Chief Alliger is not in the office.
Laura Tetske celebrated her big day on July 24. Dick Watson, Wal-Mart cashier extraordinaire, will be adding another candle on his birthday cake on Saturday, July 26. Charlie Martin, also known as ‘Lola Lola', and who also happens to be a fantastic painter, will be celebrating her big day on July 27. Last, but not least, Glen Shaw, our former fire chief and fire board leader, and is also know as ‘Putsy', will be another year older on July 31. Happy birthday to all of you.