Spring has sprung in Rim country. The trees have sprouted with their fragrant blooms and daffodils are popping up everywhere. It is a bit slower in Tonto Village, the buds are starting to pop on the lilacs and apple trees. The grasses are greening up as well. Wildlife will be eating very well for awhile. The days have been so warm and beautiful I find it hard to stay indoors to do the simplest chores, the weather just beckons to come out and enjoy. I have to remind myself that it is only March, and it is still possible to get another bit of winter with a heavy snowfall. Until then I will take advantage of each beautiful day we get to be out of doors.
Longtime local pioneer passes away
I received word via e-mail this week from Lanny Kope, of Mead's Ranch. He had been notified that a long-time pioneer of the area had passed away. Lillie Mae Blackburn left us on Sunday, March 14, at the age of 98. Lillie Mae built her home in Mead's Ranch in 1960. Lillie Mae was the switchboard operator for the town of Payson before they had dial phone service. Services for Lillie Mae were being planned. Our regrets and condolences go out to Lillie Mae's family. Lillie Mae will be missed by all who knew her.
Birthdays, etc. ...
Pat Bates, a longtime resident of Tonto Village will be celebrating her birthday on March 26. Pat is also a part-time nine-ball player with the Ladies Pool tournaments on Tuesdays. Happy birthday, Pat.
Chalkin' up the cue sticks
The Sunday pool tournament is now going full strength. The winners were Harvey Poyner, Ethel Cain and JoAnn Kennedy from Mead's Ranch. Play usually starts about 3 p.m. Come and test your skills with a cue stick. This past Tuesday, the ladies moved to the Landmark for their nine-ball tourney. The winners were Pat Bates, Patty Boeschling and Nancy Olson. Congratulations to all the winners.
Tonto Village Fire Station
Chief Alliger suggests keeping up with brush clearing properties. According to Alliger, we will most likely have an early fire season and it would be in your best interest to keep the area around you clear of combustible materials. The fire station is accepting any brush or tree limbs on the back lot of the fire station. Call the station and Chief Alliger will open the back gate. All brush will be shredded and spread over the area. The phone number is (928) 478-4875.
Tonto Village Chapel
Pastor Ken Schroth has announced that movie night is tonight at 6 p.m. at the chapel. The movie selected for this month is "Left Behind II". According to Rita Spalink, the movie coordinator, there will be free refreshments and there will be a drawing held at the end of the movie for the movie itself. So as soon as you read this column, go and have an enjoyable free evening of fun for the whole family.
Don't forget that every Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. at the chapel, a book of the Bible is studied. The Book of Revelations is the subject for this month. Pastor Ken and Dick Watson share the instruction duties.
Grand Opening Celebration
There will be grand opening of our new general store on Saturday, April 3. Drawings for prizes will be held throughout the day. Come and check out the merchandise and maybe win a prize, too.