February tends to be quiet around the Tonto Village area, except when it snows, and then the ATVs come out with boogie boards or sleds and they come tearing down the streets.
The only problem with this is that the snow plows from ADOT will be refusing to plow our roads if they think there will be a liability situation with young people not using more caution on the streets.
No one wants to see accidents happen if a sled slides into an automobile. I have personally seen some situations where the potential for such accidents has been right in front of my house. I would caution all young people to use more responsibility when they are out having fun. Be aware that the streets are for automobiles, and that they are bigger than ATVs.
Rim Country 4-Wheeler Club
Many people have asked me about the Rim Country 4-Wheeler Club that Bill and I belong to. The club is a family-oriented activity club that also works closely with the Forest Service to adopt jeep trails within the forest and to help maintain those trails, through the Adopt-A Trail Program and to keep the trails free of litter and open for use.
So far, there are about 80 four-wheelers and about 150-plus members. Our last outing was the trip to Dupont cabin, which turned out to be quite fantastic. Some of the upcoming activities will be a jeep rodeo, a powder-puff run and a Roosevelt campout sometime this spring.
If you would like more details on becoming a member, contact Bill Berggren at (928) 474-3767.
Tonto Village Fire District
Official approval for the financing of the new fire truck took place at the last fire board meeting last Saturday, Feb. 14. Delivery is estimated to be sometime this spring. All residents within the district will be notified when the truck arrives.
Sprucing up of the fire station will be forthcoming with the approval of carpeting for the office and meeting room. It will be a welcome addition to the cold cement flooring.
There has been a lot of activity with Asplundh trucks around the village. They are contracted with Arizona Public Service to clear the power-line areas to cut down the trees that are infected with the dreaded bark beetle that surround the village. They are working on the north side of the village and will be working the lines up to the pond.
If you would like to help, please call Chief J.R. Alliger at the fire station at (928) 478-4575 for more details.
This tiny community has lost one of their residents. Anita St. John passed away on Feb. 10 after a long illness. Anita and her husband, Bob, have been summer residents for many years in the Bear Flat area.
She will be missed by all who knew her. Condolences and prayers to Bob and the family for their loss.
On Sunday, Feb. 15, the guys and gals got together at 3 p.m. to play a mean round of pool. When the chalk dust finally settled, Ethel Cain, Loren Long and Phyllis Mullen came out on top.
On Tuesday, the gals trekked to the Landmark for the nine-ball competition and the winners were Patty Boeschling, Lorraine Mathews and Judy Toll.
Don't forget, Bunko is starting up in Tonto Village, call Linda Stailey at (928) 478-4641 if you would like to play. She will provide you with all the details.
Audrey Shaw of Tonto Village III celebrated her birthday Feb. 16. Rick Meeker, my husband's fishing and hunting buddy, and part-time resident of Phoenix and Tonto Village II, also had his big day Feb. 16. Happy belated birthday to you both.