It is hard to believe that spring is here without so much as a good hardy snowfall. The signs of that are pretty well evident when you look to the north and see smoke billowing from the forest.
Tonto Village Fire District
Tonto Village Fire District Chief J.R. Alliger said that fire restrictions are imminent. I am afraid that this summer will be a busy one for all the firefighters in the area.
The most important thing that we can do is to play it safe with fire anywhere near the forest. That means no smoking anywhere near combustible materials. There should be no burning of brush near the ponderosa pines, and of course, no burning of any sort in the forest.
Alliger suggests that if you have brush from bushes, etc., you may pile it neatly near lot No. 1 (the Watsons') and the firemen will take the chipper/shredder to the site to dispose of the refuse.
He says that if you must have a fire burning in your yard, please do not leave it unattended.
He also said that the funding for our new engine pumper has been received and the building of the engine from the chassis on up has started. We should expect delivery in about 90 days.
Everyone in the fire district should still be clearing their properties of pine needles from their roofs and yards.
Talented village residents
A musical melodrama will again be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Christopher Creek June 23, 24 and 25.
The members of the cast have been selected and rehearsals are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the chapel.
Those involved from Tonto Village are Charlie Martin in charge of sets, and Gail Mortenson, in charge of photography.
Brenda Slapnicka from Tonto Creek is in charge of choreography.
The cast members are Bill Snyder, Gary Martin, Alice Andreas, Charlie Clausen, Randy Slapnicka, Janet Snyder, Marie Coley and Grant Coley. There are many more from the surrounding area, including from Payson, and many of them are returning players from years past.
Be sure to mark your calendars for those dates in June for "The Pleasant Sally War" or "To the Last Man/Woman."