Village Visitors Arrive; Be Patient

TONTO VILLAGE NEWS

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The Village was busy this weekend with many of our part-time residents coming up for the Easter Holiday. There also was clearing of pine needles and getting their cabins ready for another summer season.

It was good to see so many of them are starting their weekends with us in the Village.

There also are many cabins up for sale this spring, so I would guess that there will be many more lookers/buyers in our area.

A word of caution to our regular residents: Watch for slow-moving vehicles looking at these houses for sale, and be a bit more patient and slow down for them.

Gila County Election Board

Elections Director Dixie Mundy called this week and asked me to help with the Payson Unified School District budget-override proposal.

The election will be May 18, and it will be similar to the Presidential Preference election a few months ago.

The Zane Grey District will be accepting ballots and there will be a voting booth. The place has been changed due to the R-Bar-C having prior commitments. The new location will be in Christopher Creek at the Bible Fellowship Church. The church is on top of the hill next to the fire station.

The polling place will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you prefer to mail in your vote, you are reminded to mail your ballot no later than May 19 if you want your vote to count.

New numbering system for area

The Gila County Emergency Services, under the auspices of Trudy Corey, head dispatcher at the Gila County Sheriff's Office, has started the Gila County Rural Addressing Program with the help of all the fire chiefs in the county. Trudy has given them the beginning of the new physical addresses for the emergency 911 program for our area starting with Bear Flats.

The contact persons in Bear Flats is Phon and Dara Sutton. Those of you in Bear Flats are urged to go to the Sutton Home at 5052 Bear Flat Road to pick up your packet of information.

The phone number for the Suttons is (928) 478-0052 if you have any questions as to how to get there. They are located in the second meadow. I will be the contact person for Tonto Village when the packets for us arrive. I will let you know then when and where to pick up your packets. One more tidbit from Bear Flats: The Suttons keep track of the rainfall at Bear Flats. Although totally unofficial, the amount of precipitation that has fallen this year is quite low. So far, 6.74 inches have fallen compared to 11.33 inches this time last year. The drought is not over, and fire danger will be with us this summer, so everyone needs to be extremely cautious about any combustible substances.

Birthdays, etc.

Charlie Clausen of Tonto Village III, and renowned as the character "Doc" in the melodrama that was held a few years ago, will be celebrating his birthday April 21. Charlie is still very active in his garden and is still playing colorful characters in this year's melodrama. Happy birthday to you, Charlie.

Get well wishes and our prayers for our neighbor, Ruby Terry, who recently had surgery in Phoenix. Ruby is doing very well and came home Wednesday. We all hope that you have a speedy recovery, Ruby.

There was no Sunday pool tournaments because of the holidays, but will resume at 1 p.m. this Sunday, April 18. Get your cue sticks chalked up for a competitive game at the saloon.

Tonto Village Chapel

There will be a free movie at the Chapelat 7 p.m., Friday, April 23. The movie this month is "Shrek."his movie got good reviews, and the children will love it. ree refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held for the movie. What a deal.See you there.

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