Tonto Village is gearing up for its big Labor Day celebration.
Saturday, Aug. 30, with the help of the Double D Restaurant facilities, the Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary will be hosting a "Kids and Kritter Parade" along with a decorated quads parade for the adults starting at 1 p.m. There are sign-up sheets for the parade in the restaurant. There will be prizes and trophies for the winners.
Starting at noon, our infamous barbecue dinner will be served. Along with the great food, there will be a silent auction, a bake sale and the "chicken drop" contest, along with sales of raffle tickets for a Sunbeam gas grill with accessories and a beautiful handmade patriotic lap quilt made by one of our auxiliary members, Louise Bossert.
This celebration is always a main fund-raiser for the auxiliary and this year, it is doubly important because supplies are needed to replenish the rescue truck. These are basic supplies that are important to the first responders to do a good job in rescue.
Plan on this fun event. Put it on your calendar now.
I just had some really good news from Fire Chief J.R. Alliger: All restrictions have been lifted from the Tonto National Forest as of Wednesday. That means that camping, bonfires and riding quads are allowed again. Just be careful. The rain has also brought out creepy crawly critters, such as timber rattlers, so be on guard.
In last week's column, the phone number for the fire station was listed incorrectly. The number should have been 478-4875. If you know of anyone who would need assistance in case of an emergency evacuation, please call the fire station and leave the name and address of that person. The information will be passed on to RTA Hospice to be placed into their database.
Chief Alliger wishes to thank Robert Winchester and his lead fire crew from Mead's Ranch for the great job they did July 3, when Paul Livermore had a potentially serious accident from falling off a ladder. The whole incident was taken care of in just two hours from the call in to Paul being air-lifted to the hospital. Chief especially wants to thank his EMTs and Life Star ambulance for their promptness in getting Paul to help in a timely manner.
Shelby School has had a project going that has taken seven months to materialize.
Back in January, art director Elizabeth Silver proposed a project to her students that would reflect what is important in their lives and would give Shelby School a lasting memorial to her former students.
A gigantic mosaic has been installed along the wall of the main building, spelling out "Shelby School" and featuring each child's handiwork. Each piece was made, painted, fired and then set into a pattern. It was then put permanently into place and installed by Dave Jarvinen, who is a professional tile installer from Phoenix.
Ms. Silver has called this ambitious project a "controlled and conscious graffiti effort." Stop by the school and get a closer look at what the children have put on their tiles. Ms. Silver and her students are to be commended for a job well done.
Pool playing for this week was brisk with a new face.
Sunday, Ethel Cain, Clint Daniels and David Miller, who is from Mead's Ranch, took the three top spots in Sunday afternoon's "smoking" pool games. David is the new player this week. Regular winners took over Tuesday evening with Pat Bates, Nancy Olsen and Phyllis Mullen taking top honors.
I have no birthdays listed for the coming week, or the following week for that matter. If you have a special day coming up, call me and I will gladly add it to the column. My number is 478-4606, or jbsnyder2@hotmail. com.