Personnel from the Tonto Village Fire Department and its sister station 62 at Collins and Meads Ranch was called to a structure fire on Saturday about 11:45 a.m.
Assistant Chief Wally Onizchak and firefighter Robert Winchester were first on the scene. The home was fully engulfed in flames. About 10 of the fire fighters from the Tonto Village Fire District arrived on the scene a few minutes later.
Regretfully, there was a loss of one life, Carol Jean Ball, and a puppy named Sophie. The home was a total loss and the cause of the fire is being investigated. Thanks to the swift work of the firefighters, there was only minor damage to the home next door.
In other news of the Fire District, it was announced that a monthly meeting will be held at the fire station in Tonto Village this Saturday, May 10, starting at 10 a.m. The meetings are open to the public and all who are interested are invited to attend. Chief Alliger also announced that the fire district has a new administrative assistant, Darla Harger, who was formerly from Christopher Creek. Her husband is a volunteer fireman for both Tonto Village and Christopher/Kohl's departments. Good Luck with your new responsibilities, Darla.
In other news
Jimmie Ashley, who is a longtime resident of the Village, lost her loyal and beloved companion, this past weekend. He was an adorable Boston Terrier named "Petey". We are all very sad for Jimmie, and we hope that she will be able to find another Boston Terrier to fill in for the loss of Petey. Our sincere regrets to you, Jimmie, we know that another doggie will come to you to fulfill your life.
It is with great pleasure that I report another chess triumph for a Shelby School graduate. Daniel Rensch won the Western Pacific Open Chess Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif. on April 11, 12 and 13. He beat three international chess masters and drew to another to score 4 1/2 out of 5! He outplayed Enrico Seviollo of the Phillipines. Congratulations to you Daniel. That was quite a win.
Ron Strode, a resident of Tonto Village III, his son, Craig and his brother, Roy, and his buddy, Larry Fuller, who lives in Dewey, Ariz., just got back from Knoxville, Tenn. from the Men's International Bowling Tournament. Ron and his son go every year to this big event and usually come home with gift certificates for the wives. Ron works in Payson at the Rim Country Lanes, where else? He encourages everyone who has even the slightest interest to come to the bowling lanes and bowl at least one game. He assures me that the person would be hooked. It is a great wholesome and family-oriented activity.
The pool games are ongoing with Doug Paul, Ethel Cain and Phyllis Mullen taking top honors on Sunday afternoon. The ladies results will be reported next week.
Annette Godfrey will be adding a candle to her birthday cake on May 12. Annette is a part of our dominoes group and plays every Wednesday with the ladies of the village. We wish her a great birthday and all of our good wishes for a wonderful person.
I want to wish all mothers and mothers-to-be a happy Mother's Day. I hope to be spending my day with three of my four daughters on that day. We will go to church together and then go out for dinner. I hope all of you have a happy day and get waited on and spoiled for at least this one day.