Although Still Early, Open Fire Restrictions Are Now In Effect

TONTO VILLAGE

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Where has the winter gone? There was no big snowfall or big rainfall, and it seems as if the weather has gone straight to summer.

I am not complaining, well, not too much. I would like to have seen more moisture. The weather has been ideal, and suited for just about any activity that can be done outdoors, but already, there are restrictions within the Tonto Village Fire District. According to Chief J.R. Alliger, open fire restrictions are now in effect. There will be no open fires anywhere within the district without prior notification and permission of the fire chief.

Our volunteer firemen have prepared themselves for this year's fire season by attending a two-week class at Gila County Community College this past month. The class was called "Basic Wildland Firefighting." Phon Sutton, Fred Aldorasi, David Miller, Michael and Justin Kirkpatrick, Steve Low and Red Kennedy received a certificate of completion this past weekend.

At the same time, Alliger and his wife, Gloria, attended a class entitled "Fire Operations in the Urban Interface." Gloria was the only person who received a perfect score on the final exam. Congratulations to you, Gloria.

Get Well Wishes ...

A speedy recovery is encouraged for Bill Snyder. Bill underwent gall bladder surgery this past Monday. He was released Tuesday afternoon and is now completing his recovery time at home.

It is truly amazing how medical technology has advanced with most surgeries today. The downtime of patients is at the barest minimum, and I think it is the best for most patients. I can tell you that he had the best of care at Payson Regional Medical Center --he staff is professional, caring and helpful.

Ruby Terry needed to have a bit of refining on her surgery for her heart, so she also is recovering nicely at home with the help of her husband, Charlie, and her daughters, Rita and Karen.

Elinor Manning of Tonto Village III is recovering from hip socket surgery and is planning on returning to the Village by the end of May. Elinor will need a ramp for the walker she will be needing for a few months, so many of the residents of the Village have volunteered to put in a cement walk to make it easier for her to come in and out of the house.

Fishing fever

The fishing season has started, thank goodness, I was getting fishing fever bad throughout the winter, so last week Bill and I went on our first outing -- with success, I might add. We usually go to Tonto Creek and I truly enjoy it.

Rancho Tonto is receiving its first delivery of prime trout this week. Rancho Tonto will open for its third season on May 1. The hours will be every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Brenda and Randy will have an open house for all their friends and business associates from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 12. Brenda will be your hostess and show you around the well-kept grounds and of course, show you the fantastic trout. Randy will man the grill and offer you a hot dog or hamburger.

Randy and Brenda have worked hard to make Rancho Tonto a wonderful place to bring children and grandchildren and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and to enjoy a picnic, too.

Baby Longhorn

Good news for Chorie Houdek. Chorie has been chosen a junior varsity cheerleader for Payson High School this next coming school year. Her mother Trina told me Chorie will graduate from Rim Country Middle School in May and she will be able to participate in the Spring Rodeo Parade as a new baby Longhorn cheerleader. Good luck to you, Chorie, I know that you will set a good example for all your former classmates and a good representative for Payson High School.

Quad Riding

Danny Cain will be head honcho for a quad run with his DD Riders for an overnight trip to Haigler Creek May 8 and 9.

If you would like to go along on this run, contact Danny at (928) 478-4332 or (928) 478-4477.

Haigler Creek is one of my favorite fishing spots, the place is so pretty. If you have not been there, here is your chance to explore it on your quad.

Pool Cue news

The Sunday afternoon pool tournaments have settled down to 3 p.m. for now, and Cliff Landrum, Harvey Poyner and Michael Brian skillfully became the winners, leaving the gals in the dust.

Chalk up those cue sticks girls, and show those guys that you can beat them.

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