Hot Weather Brings Out The Barbecues



Barbecue season is now in full swing since the weather has really heated up around Tonto Village. Temperatures have hovered around the 100-degree mark and above for about three weeks and, naturally, who wants to cook inside to heat up the house any more than it already is?

I received an e-mail from a friend of mine in Florida, and this mail is so apropos to the season. It is called "Definition of Outdoor barbecuing."


A group young parishioners helped make this year's Vacation Bible School a success. Left to right: Amanda Alspaugh, Cody Nickerson, Elizabeth Holl, Travis Long, Tyler O'Donnell and Josh Namm.

It's the only type of cooking a "real man" will do. When a man volunteers to do such cooking, the following chain of events is put into motion:

1) The woman goes to the store.

2) The woman fixes the salad, veggies, and dessert.

3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on the tray along with the necessary cooking utensils, and takes it to the man, who is lounging beside the grill.

4) The man places the meat on the grill.

5) The woman goes inside to set the table and check the vegetables.

6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning.

7) The man takes the meat off the grill and hands it to the woman.

8) The woman prepares the plates and brings them to the table.

9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

10) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed her "night off." And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, he concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.

Happy barbecuing everybody!

Tonto Village Chapel

Bible school has now ended for another year. This year's coordinator, Rita Spalink, told me that this year was one of the most successful Bible school weeks they have had. There were about 30 individuals involved, including the children. Rita said that more than one child came to her and asked if there could be another week -- they said they had so much fun.

Rita would like to thank all the volunteers who donated their time to make this year so successful.

The Youth Group is still meeting every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for games, movies and Bible lessons, and parent approved field trips. Call Rita if you need more information at (928) 478-4282 or (928) 478-0442.

Special presentation

Alice Andreas, of Tonto Village III, who is the head of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called me and asked whether I would add this news to my column. There will be a fire prevention and fire safety presentation on Saturday, July 23, and representatives from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University along with the Christopher/Kohl's fire Department will give you fire safety tips to prevent fires when you live within a forested area. The church is located in Christopher Creek on Apple Lane and the presentation will start at 10 a.m. Learn what you can do in the area of fire prevention and fire safety for your home and community.

New Neighbors

Matt and Mitzi Brabb are the proud new owners of the home formerly owned by Diane Ham in Tonto Village III. Matt and Mitzi are a young couple and will be living in the Village full time, and hopefully they will spend a great many years in our neighborhood. Welcome to you both.


Glen "Putsy" Shaw of Tonto Village III will be celebrating his 70th birthday on July 31. "Putsy," as he affectionately known, has been the fire chief and head of the fire board of our local volunteer fire department. Happy birthday to you from all of us, Putsy.

Pool results

The ladies nine-ball games were held at the Landmark in Christopher Creek this week, and even though Shelly Hanson of Rim Valley Realty won first place, Betty Koutz and Lorraine "Bo" Mathews of Tonto Village placed second and third. Great shooting gals.

Leon Long, Harvey Poyner and Greg Brumley from the valley were the top winners at the eight-ball games on Sunday afternoon at the Double D.

Cliff Landrum did not even place this week. Clarification on two Sundays ago. Cliff did not win because he was not there. The challenge continues. Leon rose to the occasion, can you?

Welcome Home

After a year long mission with the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Church in Missouri, Erich and Maurine Kirchhoefer have returned to Tonto Village III. Gary and Charlie Martin of Tonto Village III arranged a pot luck dinner at their home for Erich and Maurine last Friday evening. Many of their friends, fellow parishioners and the Ladies Domino Group, also known as the "Domino Divas," were on hand to welcome them home. Erich and Maurine shared many stories of their adventures with the people they encountered, along with the scenic beauty of the Missouri area. We are all happy to have them home again.

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