Beware Of Wildlife Foraging In The Village

TONTO VILLAGE

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A coyote acting very strangely, and chasing a large-sized dog, has been sighted by Charlie Terry and another friend who observed this critter's erratic behavior walking close to the Village, specifically near the end of Johnson Boulevard and the intersection of the Control Road.

I have been told that if there is one, there are probably more, so we need to be extra careful of walking in the Village. Take along a walking stick and pepper spray, and children need to be careful when walking to the general store.

Notices have been posted at the mailboxes and the Double D to alert everyone of the danger of a strange acting coyote.

The bear has not been seen this week, but that does not mean that he is not here, so keep those garbage can lids closed tightly. He loves to turn them over.

Not much water, anywhere ...

The water situation remains critical. Work continues on the pumps, but they are not at full capacity as yet, and probably will not be until there is measurable rainfall. Please do not do any unnecessary watering and try to conserve as much as you can. As I reported last week, we do not need green lawns, we need the precious water to get us through this dry season.

Tonto Village Fire District

Irv Bossert, fire board chairman, and Chief J.R. Alliger attended the Arizona Fire District Association Conference last weekend that was held in Prescott. There were numerous workshops and seminars along with many vendors advertising their new products for fire fighting.

As a side note, my husband and I were in Payson last Friday, and enjoying a lunch at Country Kitchen when I spotted a couple I have known since 1969. Their names are R.C. Snow and his wife Joanne. R.C. is now on the Heber-Overgaard Fire Board after retiring as a captain in the Yuma Fire Department. They were on their way to the conference in Prescott. It was a pleasure to talk with them and catch up on news. They have lived in the Heber-Overgaard area since R.C. retired. You may have seen Joanne Snow's picture in the real estate magazines, she is associated with Jim Burton Realty in Overgaard.

The auxiliary to the Tonto Village Fire District will be meeting this Saturday, June 26 at the fire station meeting room starting at 10 a.m. All members are welcome to attend this meeting. Future fund-raisers will be discussed and new ideas are encouraged.

Birthdays, etc. ...

Nancy Olson is not from our Village, but she spends at least every other Tuesday as part of the Ladies Tuesday evening pool games. Nancy celebrated her birthday Thursday, June 24. Happy birthday to you, Nancy.

Jack McDoniel and Danny Cain share their birthdates on Saturday, June 26. Jack spends most of the summer with us in Tonto Village II and has been a resident of the Village for many years. Danny is our resident carpenter/restaurant owner/ and quad rider extraordinaire, and he can be spotted every morning riding around the Village with his cute little yorkies.

Happy birthday to the both of you.

Games, games, games ...

The lucky winner for first place in the Sunday afternoon's pool games was Harvey Poyner. Ethel Cain and Ryan Thiel took second and third place.

If you want to try your luck winning that prize, show up about 3 p.m. with your favorite cue stick and give it a try.

Dominoes is still going strong on Wednesday afternoons. All ladies in the surrounding area are welcome to join in the fun starting at 1 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. So far, there have been at least a dozen gals who have shown up to share in the friendly competition and have some good laughs.

Tonto Village Chapel

Vacation Bible School is on schedule to start on July 5 through July 9. The times will be from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Volunteers are invited to help in any capacity they choose, from teaching bible stories to games and teaching crafts.

The theme for this year's session is "A Jungle Adventure/ Lava Lava Island." The age group will be from 3 years old to sixth grade.

Call Rita Spalink at (928) 478-4282 for more information.

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