I saw my third tarantula this morning. I do not know anything about the habits of these hairy creatures, and I do not understand why I have seen so many of them in such a short time. I lived in the desert in Yuma for many years and never saw one of these creepy crawlers. I saw my share of scorpions, but not tarantulas. My husband tells me that they are probably scouring the area for insects to put in their burrows for the winter. Could it mean that winter and snow are not too far away?
Tonto Village Fire Department Auxiliary News
The pie fest that was held by the Fire Belles last Saturday in Christopher Creek was a huge success. We sold out of pies by noon. The auxiliary would like to thank everyone who contributed pies and also to thank the workers. A special thank you to the Fire Belles and to the Landmark for their cooperation. Raffle tickets were also sold for the Hawken Black Powder Rifle. The drawing will be held on Oct. 23, so there is still time to buy your winning ticket. Contact any auxiliary member or call Phyllis Mullen at (928) 478-4842.
According to Chief Alliger, there are still numbers for the 911 system that have not been picked up. Please stop by the fire station Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, if you have not already done so. These numbers are to be placed in a prominent place on your home so that emergency vehicles can easily find you if you need help.
If you are reading this column on Friday afternoon, you still have time to make the movies. The Tonto Village Chapel will be showing "The Passion" starting at 7 p.m. Friday. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. I have seen this movie three times. It is a disturbing movie, but it is also a great movie. I urge everyone who has not seen this controversial film to make the time to see it and make up your own mind.
Sympathies and condolences
Our heartfelt sympathies to Dara Sutton, of Bear Flats, on the death of her step-father, Bernard "Buda" Smith, age 94, last week after a long illness. Dara tells me that he was a fine robust man who enjoyed life and she will miss his presence in her life.
Sincere sympathies to Tom and Ruth Upton of Tonto Village III and Glendale, on the tragic loss of their son, Alexander Thomas Upton last week. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family in their time of sorrow.
Get well wishes to Connie Weldon of Tonto Village III. Connie had an unfortunate accident and injured her knee. We all wish her a speedy recovery. We all need you to be well for those dominoes games. By the way, the games will continue throughout the winter, as long as the weather does not get too bad. The games are held at the Tonto Village Chapel every Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Celebrating in the coming week are Doug Paul (Oct. 22); Pat Andreas (Oct. 24); Karen Ochsenbein (Oct. 25), and her mother, Ruby Terry (Oct. 26); last, but not least, Shirley Clausen (Oct. 29). Happy birthday to all of you, and best wishes for another wonderful year to all.
The games on Sunday continue to be popular with just about everyone. The competition has been hot and heavy. The winners are Bo Douglas, Lorraine Mathews, both from Tonto Village II, and Tim Ehrhardt from Mead's Ranch. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun, and try your skill against the winners.