This weekend is the Memorial Day holiday, which means the kick-off of the start of the summer for most people including no more school for a few months for most of the children in Tonto Village. That means more children on the streets, so motorists are advised to be aware of them and slow down.
Please do your part in keeping this long holiday weekend a safe one as the fire season is extreme. If you have relatives or friends who will be coming to our beautiful Rim country, remind them of the restrictions concerning Tonto National Forest. The winds have been very gusty for a few weeks and sparks can fly, so there will be no fires allowed within our fire district.
Bear Flat News
Get-well wishes and prayers to the family of Freeda Knutson. Freeda is now in intensive care at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix after suffering a very bad fall and is now in a coma. Freeda has lived in Bear Flat for many years and is well known by all the residents of the area. Larry, her caretaker and caregiver, also is very concerned for Freeda and he is included in those prayers for strength to get through Freeda's recovery.
Tonto Village Chapel
There will now be a permanent place for dominoes in the Village. Pastor Ken Schroth announced this past Sunday that it has been approved that the church community room can be used for the ladies of the Village for Wednesdays for playing dominoes and/or crafts.
The first dominoes group will start June 2. Contact either Connie Weldon at (928) 478-0914 or Dara Sutton (928) 478-0052 for any questions that you may have. Snacks or munchies are encouraged, if you happen to have a favorite.
Tonto Village Fire District
Chief J.R. Alliger has announced that the tentative budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year has been approved by the fire board. It will be published in the Payson Roundup for your perusal. There will be a special meeting June 7 to ratify the new budget.
The new fire truck will be on display this weekend either at the fire station or in front of the Double D for all to admire and will be part of the quad parade Saturday. The lineup will be at the mail box parking lot starting at 1 p.m. A trophy will be awarded for the best decorated quad. Good luck to all entrees! There will be a Kids ‘n' Kritters section of the parade also. Children, put a cute costume on your kritter, and win a prize.
The Gisela Volunteer Fire Department also will be represented at the parade. Volunteers will be holding a raffle to benefit their fire department. They have a very limited budget to work with this year, so they will be raffling off a 330 Polaris quad. Help with your donations to this very worth-while fire department.
A special pool tournament was held this past Sunday with a $50 first prize to the winner. Michael Bryan was the lucky pool shooter. Harvey Poyner and Cliff Landrum shot for second and third place. Congratulations to Mike. There will be no Sunday tournament this week because of the Memorial Day weekend. The tournament will resume on June 6 starting at 3 p.m.
Birthdays, Anniversary ...
Danny and Ethel Cain celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary May 20. A belated congratulations to you both, Danny and Ethel.
Jerry Farmer will celebrate his birthday June 3. Jerry is the
former owner of the Country Store in the Village. Jerry and Jan decided to retire from the business a few years ago, after many successful years supplying the village with camping supplies and groceries. We still see Jerry riding his quad or walking his dog around the Village and Jan is now working as an X-ray technician at Payson Regional Medical Center. Happy Birthday, Jerry.
A name was omitted from the Mead and Collins Ranch dedication of the new fireplug last week. Fred Aldorosi was a great help in preparing the pumping station for the new fireplug.
Sorry about that Fred. We know that you worked hard to prepare the pumping station for everyone's benefit in that area.