The Labor Day Bash put on by the Tonto Village Fire Department and its auxiliary was a rousing success Saturday. The barbecue dinner was delicious along with all the desserts that were donated.
The silent auction went extremely well thanks to the huge effort of Joan Norem. She put in many hours asking for donations, and she outdid herself this year. We had many beautiful items for the auction. Everyone who gave of their time for the weekend should be recognized, but the list would be too long. A big thank you to everyone who helped in any way will have to suffice.
An accounting of all the proceeds will be forthcoming in a future column.
The winner of the Quad division of the parade goes to the Thompson Draw II Gang. Their theme was the ‘Entrance to the Fall Festival' with pumpkins, and leaves in fall colors as the main decoration. Dick Stich and Bob Bodenhamer came up with the theme, and Sharon Cheviron was in charge of all the decorations. Barb Bodenhamer tells me that "the idea was a family and friends combined effort". The Kids N Kritters winner went to Kallie Fitch who entered her "pound puppy," Cotton, a mixed breed terrier. Cotton was dressed up like a pumpkin, her fur was even dyed.
The winner of the raffle items were Dustin Wall from the East Valley. Dustin was at the Fire Chief's conference a few weeks ago, and our fire board member and fire chief sold him the tickets. The beautiful patriotic lap quilt was won by Josh Barkley, who is another Valley resident, but will soon be a new neighbor. He has bought a lot in Tonto Village III and will be building a new home there very soon. Welcome, Josh.
On the whole, this Labor Day holiday was a safe and quiet four days in the village. There was one accident to report from Meads Ranch. Two underage girls were riding quads too fast, with no insurance, and no license plates. They crashed and were hurt enough to be air-lifted to the Valley for treatment. No word has been reported yet of their condition.
The neighbors of Bear Flats were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Donn Thompson this past Sunday. Donn was visiting his mother, part-time resident Gerry Thompson, when he suddenly collapsed. The doctor and the ambulance were immediately called but to no avail. Our sympathies go out to all of the Thompson family in their time of sorrow.
On a lighter note, the birthdays happening this next week include those of: JoAnn Kennedy, Sept. 8, JoAnn is on the ladies pool team and a regular winner; Charlie Terry, Sept. 10, he is our local welder and has been a village resident for many years; and soon to become a new resident, Margie Tolby, Sept. 12. Happy birthday to all of you.
A word of thanks from Diamond Point
I just received a phone call from a Diamond Point Summer Homes resident who would like to publicly thank the Tonto Village emergency unit for the job well done when she fell from a ladder on May 19 of this year. Joan Pippeny was working in her yard that day, and she accidentally fell from her ladder and broke her leg. Fortunately, Joan had her cordless phone with her so she called 911 and our emergency unit responded. She has gone through much therapy and is now doing very well. Joan says that she thinks our emergency group is just the greatest and wants to thank them for the professional care she was given at that time by the Tonto Village Emergency unit.
Even though there was so much going on over the holiday, the die-hard pool players got in their games. This past Sunday afternoon, Betty Koutz, Doug Paul, and Kara Shaw took the top three spots. Then on Tuesday evening the Ladies pool team played at Christopher Creek. The winners were Lorraine ‘Bo' Mathews, Michelle Grundy and Patty Boeschling. Great going to all the winners.