Activities are picking up in this small community. The Labor Day Bash on Sept. 3, 2005, is only a few weeks away. There are many people who work to make this event that is put on by the Tonto Village Fire Department Auxiliary, also known as the "Fire Sirens," the rousing success that it always is. The signup sheet for the adult all-terrain vehicle parade is waiting for your signature at the Double D Restaurant. Think up a theme for your ATV, decorate it, and you could become a first-place winner.
The parade gets under way at the parking lot of the Tonto Village Chapel about 12:45 p.m. along with the "Kidz N Kritters" parade. Any critter, (dog, cat, bird, horse, lizard, etc.) can be dressed up to join the parade to the fire station. Awards will be presented by the fire chief, along with free ice cream. Grilled brats and hot dogs and all the trimmings for $4 a plate will begin at 11 a.m. The dessert will be ice cream sundaes for $2. If that is not to your liking, a bake sale will have all sorts of sweet items to tempt you. Baked items are needed. If you would like to help out with a pie or cake or brownies, call Carol Fulp at (928) 478-4839. We also need cupcakes for the "Cupcake Walk" for the kids. The Chicken Drop with Jimmy Rabbit's talented chickens is back by popular demand, as well as a very popular new feature called "Sweeten the Chief," which involves throwing whipped cream at our district fire chiefs starting at 3 p.m. The raffle drawing will be at 2 p.m. Don't forget to buy your tickets ($1 or one or $5 for six) from any volunteer fireman or auxiliary member, or Double D Restaurant. First prize is a 20-inch Stihl gas chain saw, second prize is a Stihl gas trimmer and third prize is a 10-by-12 screened garden canopy. There will also be other prizes, such as an original painting by our very own artist, Charlie Martin. Bring your camera or camcorder; there will be many opportunities for great pictures.
Aug. 27, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the Christopher Creek Branch of the Latter-day Saints Church is an important date to jot on your calendar. This meeting will be the second in a series regarding landscaping your home, evacuation procedures, and how to live safely within our great Ponderosa Pine Forest. Call Alice Andreas at (928) 478-4105 for more information about this meeting.
Jr. Barr of Bear Flat celebrated his birthday on Aug. 11. Jr. has been a resident of this tiny community for several years and is well-liked by his neighbors and he is always willing to help out anyone who needs it. Jr. is also an avid fisherman, and an active member of the Tonto Village Chapel. Happy birthday to you Jr., even though it is a belated greeting.
Aug. 26 will be a big day for longtime resident Chuck Stailey. He will add another candle to his birthday cake, most likely baked by his most talented wife, Linda. We all wish you a happy birthday, Chuck.
Many residents have found time to get away for a while, including Ethel Cain. Ethel Cain runs the Double D Restaurant every day and if anyone needed a getaway, it was Ethel. She spent some time in North Dakota, recently and then went on to Minnesota for a family reunion. She had a wonderful time and is now eager to get back to a normal schedule again.
The ladies nine-ball games got under way at the Double D Restaurant on Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Lorraine "Bo" Mathews shot for first place; Nancy Olson from Christopher Creek came in second and Ethel Cain shot for the third place trophy. The gals who play every week know what the third place trophy is.
Leon Long was the lucky winner this past Sunday afternoon, A newcomer, Scott Oswege, from Payson, shot for second place and Ethel Cain took third place again! Where was Cliff?
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