Keep Pets Safe From Arizona Black Rattlesnake

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The Independence Day holiday is now behind us. I hope that many of you from the Village attended the fireworks display at Green Valley Park in Payson. They were absolutely amazing. Just the display alone lasted a good half hour.

Thank you to the people who arranged the beautiful display of fireworks, and to all those who arranged a fun day for everyone.

Tonto Village Fire District

Chief J.R. Alliger wishes to thank everyone within the district for being firewise by obeying the rules and not making any outside fires. The forest is tinder-dry -- a blaze could start rather quickly.

There will be a fire board meeting this Saturday, July 9, at the fire station starting at 10 a.m. All meetings are open to the public and your comments are welcome.

The auxiliary to the fire district, the Fire Sirens, will hold a meeting on July 16 at 10 a.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. The purpose of the meeting is to finalize the items that will be bought for the sale of raffle tickets. This year, there will be a 20-inch Stihl chain saw and a screened in gazebo. The tickets will be available for sale at the Double D Restaurant -- $1 for one or six for $ 5. The drawing will take place at the Labor Day Bash, Sept. 3, 2005.

Bear Flat

A good friend, fellow Fire Siren, and a Domino Diva, Dara Sutton, lost her dog Tootsie last week to an Arizona Black Rattler bite. The snake bit Tootsie on the nose -- she died from the bite within three hours even though she had already been given the venom antidote. Dara rushed Tootsie to the vet, there was only one open last Saturday, but Tootsie could not be saved.

Dara tells me that these snakes are territorial and sound out a very small rattle. They will not move away from humans. Black rattlers are large snakes and not easily killed, so use caution to avoid getting bitten by these dangerous reptiles. We all sympathize with you, Dara.

Birthdays

Laverne Belcher of Bear Flat will celebrate her birthday July 11. Laverne is a member of the Domino Divas and is a regular visitor to the Tonto Village Chapel. Janice Long of Long Ranch has her big day July 14. Jim Sumpter of Bonita Creek adds another candle to his birthday cake July 16 along with Sam Coe of Tonto Village. Happy birthday to all of you.

Pool game results

There were 14 players trying to beat Cliff Landrum this past Sunday, but Cliff won again. Ethel Cain tried, but came in second and Harvey Poyner shot for third place. Chalk up those pool cues, everybody, and let's try again next Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Double D.

The nine-ball gals played Tuesday night at the Landmark in Christopher Creek and Kara Shaw was the top player. Lorraine "Bo" Mathews shot for second, and Patty Boeschling's daughter, Dawn, shot for third place. Next week will be at the Double D, starting at 6:45 p.m.

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