Locals Enjoy A Village Valentine, Courtesy Of Christopher Creek Mormons

TONTO VILLAGE

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Although the rain was coming down in buckets this past weekend, many villagers enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner and dance Feb. 12, sponsored by the Christopher Creek branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The church hall was beautifully decorated with pink and red, and cozy round tables for eight which were also beautifully done with candles on each table. The evening started off with a dinner of stuffed pork loin, roasted potatoes and a garden salad and topped off with a Valentine dessert.

Everyone was asked to bring a picture of their loved one, past and present, and Gail Mortenson treated all to a great slide presentation that she called "Timeless Treasures." Everyone had a grand time trying to guess who was who from the old pictures. Gail also offered the invited guests to a "prom picture" of the evening, complete with a decorated arch and a big Valentine heart.

Music was provided by deejays, Martin and Annette. There was a wonderful selection of music that everyone could enjoy from swing to jitterbug to the bunny hop, the limbo, and the chicken dance.

All in all, the evening was a huge success in spite of the rain.

More party time

There will be a surprise birthday party for Audrey Shaw this Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Double D Restaurant, starting at 4 p.m. Audrey's daughter, Sandy Human, who also is the owner of Payson Party Plus, is hosting the

birthday party and she has contacted all of the sons and daughters and other relatives to surprise Audrey. All of Audrey's acquaintances in the area are invited to drop in to this open house to offer their best wishes to Audrey on her big day.

There will be food and entertainment provided, but Sandy has requested that there be no birthday gifts.

Please stop by and wish Audrey a happy birthday.

Pool Cues

Ethel Cain, Lorraine "Bo" Mathews and Britanee Fitch were the top winners of the now infamous Tuesday evening ladies pool team at the Double D.

The chalk-up starts at 6:30 p.m. if you would like to try your skill with these gals.

Pat Wheaton from Mesa del Caballo, Cliff Landrum and Phyllis Mullen racked up the three top spots on Sunday afternoon in a regular tournament of eight ball. Sunday play starts at 3 p.m. if you would like to participate.

New neighbors

There are two new families in Tonto Village. Bill and Deborah Neidig from Phoenix purchased Lot No. 102 recently, and Jeff and Marylynn Le Moine from Peoria acquired Lot No. 52.

Welcome to both families. We hope to see you get involved with all the activities that are available in the village.

Mead Ranch

Renae Reeves Morovitz recently passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Renae leaves behind a daughter, Vicki Hyer of Tonto Village III, and a sister, Cassie Reeves Dunny of Camp Tontozona.

Our sympathy and sincere condolences to all of Renae's family for their profound loss.

Clear 'em out

If you hear a noise that sounds like chain saws, you are not imagining things. The U.S. Forest Service has a contract to clear the Fire Control Road from Highway 260 to Highway 87 -- 10 feet on each side of the road.

The Forest Service requested volunteers from our fire department to help with the clearing. Mike Preston is heading up the workers who include Dennis Minch, Rick Prach, Sam Coe and Pete Koutz.

There may be flagmen, so drivers are asked to take a few more minutes to get to their destination along the road, and expect short delays along the way.

The work will continue until the trees have been taken down and removed. Many of them are the dead and infested trees from bark beetle infestation. These trees could become a hazard and fall on the road.

If you have any questions about the project, call the local ranger station at (928) 474-7900.

Sandbags available

Chief J.R. Alliger reports that sandbags are available at the fire station if anyone needs them during this rainy season.

Call him at (928) 478-4875 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon to arrange for a pick-up time.

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