Last week I reported that a bull elk had been tearing up our fence and shed, well, it is still at it. I have no way of knowing if it is the same elk, but another neighbor reported major damage done by these critters. About 4:30 a.m., my neighbor was awakened by some very loud noises on her back porch. Alarmed by the sound, she turned on the porch light and scared this giant bull elk standing there. This huge critter tried to turn and run with hardly enough room for his huge body and enormous antlers, and his rear end crashed into the glass sliding doors, shattering glass everywhere. Fortunately, my neighbor was not injured from the flying glass. She did, however, need to replace the glass. My neighbor has lived in Tonto Village for many years, and she does not recall the elk being so bold in years past. The only thing we can figure out is that they are extremely hungry.
More on the Randleman Memorial
An important bit of information was left out of the paragraph regarding the memorial for Earl at the Double D Restaurant a few weeks ago. A person named Terry from Texas, who was visiting her father in Ellison Creek, gave a sizable donation in honor of Earl. This person did not know Earl, but wanted to participate in the donations. Thank you so much, Terry. We do not know your last name, we did our best to describe you.
Sunday turned out to be a bit scarce of players, but there were winners just the same. Harvey Poyner, Pat Bates and Ethel Cain shot for first, second and third places. It looks as if the field is wide open, so spend some of your Sundays at the pool tables and you may become the top winner. Ladies Day on Tuesday evening was held at the Double D with good attendance. Candy Hart, Ethel Cain and Joanne Kennedy took the three top spots.
Tonto Village Fire District
An EMT Refresher class will be held Nov. 22 and 23, and Dec. 6 and 7. The class will be taught by Paul Lind from the Valley and will be held at the fire station all four days. Class will start promptly at 8 a.m. each day and end at 4 p.m. Call the fire station at 478-4875 to sign up for the training.
I am sure that residents have noticed the fallen trees in the "island" this week. Our volunteer firemen cut down the trees that were infested with the bark beetle and dead. Chief Alliger said if anyone needs firewood, they can chop up the fallen trees and haul the wood away. The department will come back by with the chipper/shredder to clean up the slash. Please do not cut down any trees. Use the wood that is already down.
Bible study at the Tonto Village Chapel is continuing on Thursdays starting at 6 p.m. The last book of the Bible, Revelations, is being interpreted by Pastor Ken Schroth. It started last week with the first few chapters. This book is probably the hardest to interpret because of all the symbolism. Pastor Ken will do his best to help you understand this most important book of the Bible. Come and join your neighbors and learn.
Michelle Grundy, who is an avid pool player for the Christopher Creek Ladies Team, will add another candle to her birthday cake on Nov. 24; Jeff Leonard, who works for the Payson branch of the Forest Service, will celebrate his big day Nov. 28. Happy birthday to the both of you.
Last week I mentioned the addition of a convenience store at the Double D Restaurant. Construction is moving along at a good pace, the concrete floor was poured and the frame is partially constructed. Stop by and take a look, it will be a much needed addition for Tonto Village residents.