The weather is the main topic of conversation in the village this week. In my 65 years of living, I have neither heard thunder nor witnessed lightning during a snowstorm. This phenomenon happened this past Saturday, Jan. 29. Before the snow came down there was some rain, or rather a mixture called sleet, and altogether, 4 inches of snow fell on Tonto Village.
The other big snow storm that fell the first week of January topped out at 18 inches. The creek was running really fast with the runoff with more water than villagers have seen in a number of years.
Phon and Dara Sutton keep track of the moisture in Bear Flat and they have measured 7.60 inches of precipitation for the month of January. They say that their average is 1.9 inches, so the total amount of moisture far exceeds the norm for Bear Flat this year.
"We receive 7.5 inches by the end of April on a good year, so we are having a wet winter as predicted," Dara said.
Tonto Village Fire District
The monthly meeting of the Tonto Village Fire District is on Feb. 12, 2005 starting at 10 a.m. at the fire station. The meeting is open to the public so please attend and support your fire department.
Chief J.R. Alliger reported that a new volunteer fireman, Jeff Plante from Bear Flat, attended the WildFire College in Sterling, Colo., Jan. 8 -12 at his own expense.
Jeff passed many classes such as Human Factors, Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior and Introduction to Incident Command Systems. Jeff also paid for his own gear that was needed to become a wildland firefighter.
Congratulations to you Jeff, you are an asset to our fire department.
The fire district also has another emergency medical technician on the staff. Trina Houdek recently passed the final exam for the national registry for EMTs and is now certified.
Congratulations to you, Trina.
The Dominoes Ladies of Tonto Village are going great even though the weather has not been the best. There were so many ladies last week that we needed to have two tables going at one time.
The food as always, was outstanding. Making standout dishes and sharing recipes have become highlights of the group.
This practice has evolved into talking about a cookbook. So, let's try it ladies! Let us start with three recipes from each person, one for an appetizer, a main dish and a dessert. Ladies interested in contributing your favorite recipes, call me at (928) 478-4575 or Linda Stailey at (928) 478-4641.
Phyllis Mullen, Cliff Landrum and Ethel Cain played for the top three honors this past Sunday afternoon at the Double D. Chalking up starts at 3 p.m. Get out that pool stick and join in the competition.
The ladies played nine-ball at the Double D this past Tuesday evening and the winners were Kara Shaw, Ethel Cain and Michelle Grundy. The gals get going about 6:30 p.m. if you would like to join them. Congratulations to all the winners.