Red flag warnings mean no open fires anywhere. The red flag is flying in the Tonto Village Fire District. For those of you who don't know what this signifies -- it means that there will be no open fires anywhere within the district without prior notification and permission from the fire chief. The red flag is on the flag poles at the Double D Restaurant and the fire station and all the other stations within the district.
Everyone who lives or plays in our forest needs to be aware of the extreme fire danger that exists because of the dry and windy conditions. Everyone is welcome to enjoy our forest, but the use of good common sense about fire dangers is essential.
According to Chief Alliger, EMTs are needed in the Tonto Village Fire District. Anyone who is interested in taking EMT training, contact Chief at the fire station at 928-478-4875.
There are scholarships available for training during the fall semester at Gila County Community College. The only requirements are that you live within the fire district and will commit to two years of volunteer service to the district.
The new fire truck will be ready for display on May 29. A celebration is being planned and there will be more details on all the activities in next week's column. Currently an ATV parade is being planned. Decorations are encouraged. Sign up with Ethel Cain at the Double D.
The monthly Tonto Village Fire Board meeting is postponed until May 22. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. at the fire station and the public is welcome to sit in on the open meeting.
There will be two vacancies on the fire board this fall. If you are interested in serving on this board, Chief Alliger has the applications available at the fire station.
Our heartfelt sympathies to Carol and Dan Boyce of Tonto Village I, on the loss of her brother, Roger, this past week.
Tonto Village Chapel
There will be no potluck luncheon this week because of Mother's Day.
According to Ken Schroth, pastor, a clean-up day will be held this Saturday, May 8, at the church. Brush will be cleared and raked, and anything that needs to be done inside the church as well. If you would like to help, bring your gloves and trash bags to the church grounds at 9 a.m.
Don't forget Danny's Double D Riders are planning an overnight run to Haigler Creek on Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9. Give him a call at 928-478-4332 or 928-478-4477 and he will tell you the time they will be leaving on Saturday and give you a list of supplies that you will need.
The gals took up the challenge on Sunday afternoon and beat the guys. Ethel Cain, Phyllis Mullen and Betty Koutz were the top winners. Way to go, gals!
The Tuesday evening ladies' tournament was held at the Double D and Ethel Cain was the big winner again. Runners-up were JoAnn Kennedy and Judy Tolle.
Watch out guys, the ladies are getting pretty good at shooting those balls in the right pockets.
Sunday, May 9 is Mother's Day. I hope that it turns out to be a very special day for those of you who are mothers. We only get one a lifetime, so treat her with special love and care.