Dallas Rensch has been awarded an athletic scholarship to Southern Utah, famous for its excellent basketball program. He is finishing out his senior year at Mountain View High School in Mesa.
A bit of theatrical news to report
Paul Silver, 17, son of Elizabeth Silver, has been given the job of understudy for the role of Hamlet. The Shakespeare classic will run May 29 through June 15 at the Phoenix Little Theater. Paul has taken a year off from his academic studies to pursue acting. This summer he will perform with the Southwest Shakespeare Company in the Sedona Festival as well as participate in the Scottsdale Community College Conservatory. This past year he performed in Thornton Wilder's, "Our Town" and Shakespeare's, "Love's Labor Lost" at the Mesa Amphitheater, and played leads in "A Winter's Tale" at Scottsdale Community College. Good luck to you Paul, you are on your way to becoming a good actor.
Tonto Village Fire District
In reporting the tragic house fire at Collins Ranch last week, it was not mentioned that the Christopher Creek Fire Department helped the Tonto Village Fire Department control the blaze, along with helping the Forest Service in putting out spot fires surrounding the home. Jeff Shaw, Nick and Buck Fitch and Byron Tannenhaus were on hand from the Tonto Village Fire Department. Thank you to everyone who was involved in trying to contain the blaze.
On a happier note, Randy and Brenda Slapnicka have announced an Open House at Rancho Tonto Fish Farm on May 21 from noon until 6 p.m. to kick off another season of great fishing for the whole family.
Hot dogs and hamburgers will be offered to the people who come out to look at the fish. Official opening date will be the next day, Thursday, May 22. Thousands of fish have been delivered and are waiting to be hooked. Poles are even provided for the anglers. If you would like more information, please call their office, 478-0002. Directions are easy to follow: go on Highway 260 east, turn left at the Fish Hatchery Road, drive two miles to Forest Road 29, and you are there.
A long-time resident of Bear Flats, Josephine"Joe" James recently passed away from a stroke and a failing heart. She was formerly from Escondido, Calif., but Joe truly loved Bear Flats and spent as much time as she could at her cabin. Everyone will miss having Joe around to visit with. She will be sorely missed.
Mother's Day has come and gone for another year, and hopefully for everyone who reads this column, a very good day for all the mothers. Ethel Cain had a wonderful day at Rumsey Park with all of her foster children that she has had over the years. They planned a picnic for her. There were several of them who came up from the Valley and the rest of them from Pine, Strawberry and Payson.
Betty Koutz was really surprised on Sunday; her son, Buddy called her from Iraq to wish her a Happy Mother's Day. Betty was tearfully happy.
I was in Yuma on Sunday, so I got to see my daughters and daughter-in-law to wish them a Happy Mother's Day, and to exchange gifts. My great idea of going out to eat together fell through; some of my daughters had to work. One works at Golden Corral Restaurant on weekends and another daughter works at the emergency room of Yuma Regional Medical Center. It was still a good day for all of us.