This season has gone by too fast but thankfully, because of the rainy season, the danger of forest fires has diminished for the time being. It has been a scary season for my family, the fires were just too close for comfort. If not for the fantastic effort of our local volunteer firemen clearing a fire break for Tonto Village and Thompson Draw, the communities would be up in smoke. I can't thank our firefighters enough for their hard work. They surely deserve that extra pat on the back and a hearty "thank you" from all of us.
Fire District Auxiliary
The combined bake sale by the Tonto Village Fire Sirens and the Christopher Creek Firebelles was a rousing success for everyone. All of the baked items, along with a few craft items, were gone by noon. Both auxiliaries wish to thank everyone for their generosity and participation. In the long run, this type of fund-raiser helps everyone in the fire districts by providing money to buy needed supplies and equipment.
Next weekend is the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the auxiliaries. All the fun starts at 11 a.m. with a barbecue and then the parade and the other activities such as cake walks, pie throwing contest and selling of raffle tickets. Check the community events in this paper for more detailed information.
There will be a meeting of the workers for this great event on Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Tonto Village Chapel starting at 10 a.m. Help is needed to make sure the tables and chairs are set up in shady areas.
Get well wishes
Get well wishes to Rocky O'Donnell of Mead's Ranch. He is now recovering from brain surgery. Rocky has been transferred to Payson Care Center to complete his recovery. I am sure that he would like to have visitors. Call the care center for visiting times.
Walking on air
Betty Koutz of Tonto Village I, and an employee of the Double D Restaurant, is walking on air these days. Her son, Sgt. Buddy Allen Edwards of the National Guard, has returned from an 18-month tour in Iraq with the 161st Transport Division. As of the first of August, he will be stationed in Yakima, Wash.
Even though the Village is all primed for the big bash over Labor Day weekend, the pool games are still in full swing. On Sunday the mixed tournament was won by a frequent visitor to Tonto Village, Jimmy Nakadsu. Betty Koutz took second place and Ethel Cain shot for third.
Tuesday evening the gals took over the pool tables and Kara Shaw of Tonto Village III took top honors. Suzanne Shill and Michelle Grundy placed second and third.