Cotton Pickin' Time In Yuma

TONTO VILLAGE

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My column is being written in Yuma, Ariz. this week. My husband and I are visiting our children and grandchildren for a few days.

The cotton harvest is now in full operation. The trucks are on the road going to the cotton gins and the cotton bolls are blowing all over the highway.

The gins are operating around the clock and will continue the schedule until around Christmas.

The growth in Yuma is phenomenal. On every street there is some kind of building going on and streets closed off for repaving. It is sure a challenge to get around.

There is a huge shopping center being built that will be a drawing card for anyone who has only passed through Yuma going to San Diego or Phoenix.

When our family first moved to Yuma in 1967, it was just a small agricultural town with very little to offer. Most shopping for major purchases was done in Phoenix or San Diego.

Coming events

Tonto Village Chapel is holding its monthly potluck luncheon Sunday, Oct. 10, starting at 12:30 p.m. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy visiting with your neighbors.

Tonto Village Fire Department Board will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday, Oct. 9. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at the fire station. The public is welcome.

The Tonto Village Fire Department Fire Sirens join the Firebelles of Christopher Creek on Oct. 16 for a pie sale. The event will take place at the Landmark in Christopher Creek starting at 10 a.m. Since everyone has an abundance of apples this year, apple pies will be prominent. If you would like to contribute a pie or two, contact Diane Ham at (928) 478-4044 or Connie Weldon at (928) 478-0914.

Birthdays, etc.

Bill and I will celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary on Oct. 12. It will be a quiet celebration, but our children are planning a big to-do for our 50th anniversary.

Betty Koutz and Harvey Poyner will add a candle to their birthday cakes on Oct. 14. Linda Stailey has her big day on Sunday, Oct. 17. Happy birthday to wishes to all of you.

Tom Dunny, caretaker of Camp Tontozona, trekked to Tempe last week to help his sister-in-law, Rene Moravitz, celebrate her birthday. It was a surprise party and about 100 well-wishers turned out. I am sure that everyone in the Mead's Ranch area also wishes her a Happy Birthday.

Pool cues

The winners of the pool tournament this past Sunday afternoon at the Double D were Bo Douglas, Phyllis Mullen and Betty Koutz.

Congratulations to the winners, but where are the guys? Chalk up those cue sticks guys, and challenge the ladies.

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