Fresh Fall Scent Is Filling The Air

TONTO VILLAGE

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Fall is in the air. This is my favorite time of the year for many reasons. I love the colors of the trees turning, the crisp air and the anxious anticipation of the holiday season.

Tonto Village is particularly pretty. The many apple trees are bowing over with an abundance of ripening fruit. The many variety of trees are starting to turn yellow and orange. The vegetable gardens are bursting with a good harvest this year, and many of our residents are busy putting up vegetables and fruit.

Fire protection

About a dozen villagers showed up at the chapel this past Saturday afternoon to hear about the Rim Country Wildfire Protection Plan. Tommie Cline Martin, and Eric and Jean Schwennesen were on hand with maps and a slide show presentation.

The presentation was informative and it is hoped that this plan will be implemented in our area. If you missed the presentation, and have any questions, contact Eric by e-mail at schwennesen@ juno.com.

Rain, rain, everywhere

The thunderstorm Tuesday evening was most welcome and according to Linda Stailey -- our unofficial rain gauge keeper-- the rainfall amount was 1.01 inches. Any amount of rain that we can get to fill our watersheds is great.

Tonto Village Fire District

Chief J.R. Alliger announced that the fire district has received a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant in the amount of $78,630. The money will be used for all types of fire equipment that is needed for the volunteers to safely and efficiently keep our district fire safe. If you have any questions about the grant or need more information, there will be a fire board meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the fire station. The meeting is open to the public.

Wildlife encounters

The skunks are still in the village. Phyllis Mullens' dog was sprayed last week so be aware that the smelly rascals are out in the evening trying to raid any kind of food they can and they will spray if they feel threatened.

Tarantulas also have been sighted around the village. I saw a rather large one crossing the Control Road a few weeks ago, and a few of the neighborhood boys came across one in the "island" this week. My husband and I told the boys tarantulas are generally harmless and should not be killed. They can be dangerous if provoked, so caution and avoidance is the best defense in dealing with these hairy creatures.

Mike Hanich, who lived in our village for more than a year, and recently lived in the Diamond Point area, passed away about a week ago. Mike worked in the area as a satellite dish installer and was known by many of the villagers.

At the time of his death, Mike was in California with his parents. Condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Mike's family and loved ones.

Linda Stailey won the ladies nine-ball tournament Tuesday evening at the Double D. She said her game was better than it's been in a while. Suzanne Shill placed second and Candy Hart, third. Ethel Cain, Harvey Poyner and Bo Douglas were the lucky winners in Sunday afternoon's tournament.

If pool playing is not for you, maybe dominoes is more to your liking. The ladies get together at 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Tonto Village Chapel. Come and enjoy some friendly competition and banter. Ladies from Whispering Pines, Ellison Creek Summer Homes and Bear Flat, as well as Thompson Draw, Kohl's Ranch and Payson attend. Everyone is welcome.

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