Trip To Iowa Returns With A Bump

TONTO VILLAGE

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They say, "No news is good news," so there must have been good news in the Village last week; I didn't write a column.

I spent the week with my youngest daughter in Denison, Iowa. I had a wonderful visit, and became a godparent to my granddaughter, Ashley.

The plane ride was uneventful flying into Omaha, Neb., but that wasn't the case flying into Sky Harbor on Sunday. The descending plane hit turbulence on its way to the ground, even the flight attendants had to remain buckled up. The pilot made a great landing in spite of the rain and wind.

My husband, who was coming to pick me up at the airport, was not as lucky due to the weather. He had just started out and discovered that Highway 87 was closed, as he stopped to install new wiper blades on our truck.

But he did not have to wait long to discover that the highway had just opened up.

He made it to the airport in time, and we discovered each other quite by accident. He was checking the monitor to see when the flight from Omaha arrived, and was looking for me at the baggage claim area. I was happy to see him.

Thanks for looking out for Libby

When we arrived at home, we discovered that our beagle, Libby, was not in the yard. The little rascal had dug herself out. My husband went to look for her, and found her at our vacation cabin. Someone had put her in the yard.

We would like to thank that person for being neighborly and knowing that she should not be loose. I imagine that the rainy weather had something to do with the fact that she left our yard, she must have gotten scared.

Thank you again, whoever you are.

According to longtime resident Linda Stailey, Tonto Village received three and one half inches of rainfall from the storm.

Linda's husband, Chuck, was lucky enough to be drawn for elk this year and he was successful on the first day, he bagged a very large cow in area 23. Congratulations to you, Chuck. I imagine that you have a full freezer now.

Skunks have reportedly been sighted around the village and it appears that they are looking for winter quarters in any cubby holes they can find. Be watchful of any hiding places that you may have around your home. They have been caught in chicken coops pilfering the fresh eggs, so be on the lookout for these smelly thieves.

Tonto Village Fire District

The Community Wildland meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Tonto Village Chapel. The meeting will start at 4 p.m. and go until at least 6 p.m. Please be sure to set aside these few hours to listen to our forestry experts on how to live within the Tonto National Forest safely.

According to Chief J.R. Alliger, volunteers are needed to pass out the new address labels for the rest of the village. Some have been picked up and tacked on the homes, but there are a number of lots that still need the numbers put on the homes.

If you would like to help distribute the remaining address numbers, stop by the fire station Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any help would be appreciated.

Volunteers also are needed to feed the brush piles that have accumulated over the summer into the chipper. See the chief or call the station at (928) 478-4875.

There will be fire training this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for all fire department personnel in CBA turnouts, and apparatus operations. Be at the station no later than 7 a.m.

Bear Flat

I have received word that Freeda Knutson, a longtime part-time resident of that area, died Sept. 9 after a short illness.

Our sympathies and condolences to Freeda's family in Phoenix, her son, J.B, Donaldson and her longtime caretaker, Larry Maniag.

Mead Ranch

Word has been received by the residents of this small community of the death of one of its citizens. Guy McIntosh was well known and liked by everyone in the area and he will be greatly missed. A memorial service was held for him at the Newman Center in Tempe Sept. 21.

Our condolences to Guy's family on their profound loss.

Birthdays

Belated birthday wishes to Marge Tolby of Tonto Village III. She celebrated her big day on Sept. 12.

Jessica Slapnicka turned 17 Sept. 13. Jessica is the daughter of Randy and Brenda Slapnicka of Rancho Tonto and Bugles Restaurant in Forest Lakes.

Elaine Tetzske had her big day Sept. 19, and Gloria Alliger lit another candle Sept. 23.

Ingrid Monk, a frequent visitor to the village to play pool with the Tonto Village ladies, has her big day Sept. 25.

Sept. 28, Dara Sutton of Bear Flat will add another candle to her birthday cake. Dara plays dominoes with all the ladies every Wednesday afternoon at the Tonto Village Chapel.

Happy Birthday to everyone.

Pool cues

This past Sunday afternoon, Phyllis Mullen, our resident real estate agent, Harvey Poyner, pool shooter extraordinare, and Ethel Cain, owner of the Double D Restaurant, took first, second and third places. Congratulations to the winners.

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