The big Labor Day Bash in Tonto Village this past Saturday was the most successful ever. The auxiliary of the Tonto Village Fire District, also know as the "Fire Sirens," had their most successful event ever as well.
The food sold out as did all the bake sale items. The auxiliary wishes to express a big "thank you" to everyone who donated bake sale items. Without these generous donations, the auxiliary could not have had such a great success with the cupcake walk or made more money than in any other year.
The "Sweeten the Chief" segment was a howling success The event turned out to be a huge money maker. It will surely be repeated in future years.
The "Kids an' Kritters" winners were: "Diaper Dog" and Selene Shill taking the first place trophy; "Horse with Yellow Hat" and Noelle Gordon won second place: and third place went to "Blue Football Dog" and Wrigley Harper. The kids won prizes donated by Randy and Brenda Slapnicka for a dinner at their restaurant, "Bugles'," a cap and t-shirt , and certificates to Rancho Tonto to catch a trout. Thank you both, Brenda and Randy.
The adults also had their share of the fun decorating their ATVs for the parade. "Nordic Guy," also known as Jeff Plante, took first place. The "Flower Power" quad ridden by Denton and Mary Kinbler, took second place, and "Santa Mama," also known as Joan Norem, with a Christmas theme quad, won third place. Jeff received a "roving" trophy that he will keep for one year and then hand it to the winner of next year's best decorated quad. All of the adult winners won a dinner certificate to either the Landmark or Kohl's Ranch.
Tonto Village Fire District News
There will be a special meeting of the auxiliary on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Tonto Village Chapel, starting at 10 a.m., to review the results of the Labor Day Bash.
The Tonto Village Fire District Board will hold their monthly meeting on Sept. 18 at the fire station starting at 10 a.m.
An important topic will be discussed at a community meeting that will be held on Sept. 25 at the Tonto Village Chapel. The topic will be on the multi-million dollar grant for the Community Wildland Protection Plan (CWPP), designed for the rural communities in Gila County. There will be county officials at the meeting that will start at 4 p.m. It is imperative that everyone attend this very important meeting so that you know and understand the ramifications of creating a fire barrier around homes. There will be more details in upcoming columns.
The new addressing system that has been implemented by Gila County for 911 calls, links your phone number to emergency services and is now available at the fire station. Your lot number will no longer be used to locate you in case of emergencies, this new number will take the place of your lot number. The chief or his secretary will be available to answer your questions and to give you the necessary items needed to implement this new service, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Stop by and pick up your new address.
Carol Fulp of Tonto Village I, is walking on air after becoming a great-grandmother on Aug. 31. Ethan Neil Bradford came into the world weighing six pounds, three ounces at Payson Regional Medical Center. The proud parents are Cassie and Isaac Neil of Payson. Cassie is Carol's granddaughter. Congratulations to the parents and to Carol. It is quite an honor to become a great-grandmother.
The village learned of the passing away of Marlin Mead on Labor Day. Marlin was one of the pioneers of Meads Ranch and helped establish the area more than 50 years ago. Jack McDoniel, his longtime friend, tells me that he was a person who loved to fish, and that he always had a story to tell you. Jack said, "He could have been a comedian. He had a dry sense of humor." Another thing Jack remembers about Marlin was that he could sit on his haunches longer than anyone else. He said that he would not sit down in a chair if he came to your home, he would sit on his haunches. Jack will miss his old friend, as will everyone in Tonto Village and Meads Ranch, and all who had the pleasure of knowing Marlin. Condolences and our sympathies to Marlin's family for their profound loss.
There were 16 players for Sunday's pool tournament, but when the chalk dust settled, Desmond Irwin was the first place winner. Peter Speicer of Tonto Village won second place and Tim Ehrhardt of Meads Ranch won third place.
Great going, guys. Where are the ladies? Dust off those cue sticks, and get into the competition.
This past Tuesday the "Village Gals" took over the pool tables and the birthday girl, Joanne Kennedy, (Sept. 8), continued her luck and took first place. Betty Koutz won second place and Phyllis Mullen shot for third place. Next week the Tuesday tournament will be at the Double D instead of the Landmark, because of the Flatlanders party.