Happy Halloween to all my readers! October is now history. Where has all the time gone? The older I get, the faster the time goes by.
My husband and I spent some time in Yuma a few weeks ago. Whew! Was it hot! We thought that it would have cooled down a bit, but no such luck. We came home pretty fast, and decided to wait a bit longer before we go back.
A few things stuck in my mind as I spent some time there, things I don't see in Payson. The first is the sight and sounds of trains. I grew up watching the trains go by and I loved to watch them. The next is all the agricultural fields in Yuma and the surrounding areas. Along with all the farming is the sight of migrant buses during the day and crop dusting planes in the evening. The planes fly so low to the ground, it seems that they would not clear the rooftops. The other sight was a bit disarming. The sight of the Border Patrol vehicles every few miles along the highway. We have been away from the Yuma area for a few years now, and I have not thought of how different life is here in Payson. I prefer the Payson lifestyle at this point of my life. I was flabbergasted when I saw a welcome to Yuma sign that boasted a population of more than 122,000. The population in 1967, when we first arrived was a bit more than 18,000 people. What a change!
Tonto Village Fire District
On Saturday, Oct. 25, Dwayne Long of the Long Ranch reported a fire in the Roberts Mesa area, that's near Meads Ranch, along Forest Road 29. The volunteer firemen from the Meads Ranch area and the Tonto Village firemen responded. They stayed and contained the fire until the U.S. Forest Service arrived. The fire was dubbed the Volunteer Fire. It destroyed several acres of woodland. Chief Alliger wants to remind everyone that wildland fires are still a very real possibility in our area. All the fires in California show how the blazes can get out of control. Please do not leave any fire unattended. He also wants to stress the importance of clearing up the pine needles from your roofs and gutters. Make sure that if you burn a lot of pine, have your chimney cleaned before the regular wood-burning season is here. The tar builds up very quickly and can start a chimney fire.
The fire station is getting a bit of a facelift. There will be a new driveway poured in front of the fire station. Frank Marazza of Christopher Creek will be in charge of the cement pouring, which will start on Nov. 1.
Condolences and heartfelt sympathy go out to the Carol Lydic family on the recent loss of Ed Lydic from Collins Ranch. Ed was very well liked by everyone who knew him and he was recently working for Matlock Gas. There was a memorial service for Ed at Rancho Tonto this past Monday. It was organized by Randy Slapnicka.
Double D Halloween
Ethel Cain of the Double D Saloon and Restaurant, tells me that she has a Halloween party in the works for Friday night, Oct. 31. She would like everyone to come in a costume, but it is not required. There will be an old-fashioned apple bobbing contest, and you will have a chance to bet on your favorite contestant, and cheer them on. Go and have a good time, the day is just not for kids.
Time for trout
Do you have trout fishing on your mind? Well, the place to go is Rancho Tonto. This weekend will be the last weekend it will be open until May. So if you would like one more trout dinner before winter sets in, go up the fish hatchery road and check out Rancho Tonto. You catch the trout, they clean it, and you can even have a picnic and grill your catch right there. Call 478-0303 for more information.
Secure your property
There have been a few burglaries around Tonto Village lately. It might be a good idea for everyone to secure their property and be a bit more mindful of strangers about or any unusual activities. We are a small community, so we should all watch out for one another.
Ruby Terry, a longtime Village resident, celebrated her 78th birthday on Oct. 26, her daughter Karen Ochsenbein had her birthday Oct. 25. Shirley Clausen added another candle on her birthday cake on Wednesday, Oct. 29, and Mae Jones from Bear Flats gets to have a spooky good time along with Archie Hale from Christopher Creek on Oct. 31.
Clint and Grace Daniels, of Tonto Village III, and longtime residents, will be celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary on Nov. 2. Congratulations to the both of you.
Tonto Village Chapel will be holding a free movie night on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The first movie will be "Left Behind." There will be free popcorn and free sodas for everyone. Coming attractions for this winter will be comedy movies, and all of them will be OK for kids to view.
Ladies Night this past Tuesday evening was held at the Landmark in Christopher Creek. The winners were Candy Hart, Phyllis Mullen and Patty Boeschling.
Sunday's pool games were open to all at the Double D. The winners were Ethel Cain, Harvey Poyner and Betty Koutz. Congratulations to all the winners.