The long Memorial Day weekend ended on a fiery note. A small fire was taken care of by the U.S. Forest Service Tuesday afternoon south of the 405 A Road near Bear Flat. Helicopters were flying in with water to prevent danger to homes. The Tonto Village Fire Department was on standby with extra water trucks if they were needed.
Bake sale success
The auxiliary to the Tonto Village Fire Department was successful with its bake sale that was held at the Christopher Creek Fire Station in conjunction with the annual pancake breakfast this past Saturday morning. The "Fire Sirens" wish to thank everyone who helped make our first bake sale of the season a rousing success.
Sunday morning Bill and I trekked off to Meads Ranch for the flag raising ceremony at the cabin of Robert and Ruth Anne Winchester. The ceremony was small, but impressive and included a cannon salute. The only drawback was that the cannon fire had the dogs in the area, including mine, just about jumping out of their fur.
Bob and Ruth Anne were wonderful hosts for the elaborate breakfast that followed the ceremony.
We met some very nice people from the area and some from Tonto Village too. We look forward to next year, since this event is an annual affair for the Winchesters.
Ellison Creek Estates
Ron and Lonnie Smith called me this week with a whopper of a fish story. Ron and Lonnie regularly go fishing at Roosevelt Lake and on May 26 Lonnie landed an 8.5-pound bass, the biggest one she had ever caught. The story goes that last year about this time, Lonnie landed an 8-pound bass thinking that she would never be lucky enough to catch that size again, so she had it mounted. Well, now Lonnie will have two mounted bass for her bragging wall.
Congratulations to you Lonnie, that's my kind of fish story.
The date has now been firmed up for the farewell barbecue for Pastor Ken Schroth and his family. June 12 at 12:30, meet on the church lawn and parking area. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert.
The dates for Vacation Bible School have also been set. July 11 through July 15, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Family night will be Friday. Ages will range from preschool through sixth grade. Teens are welcome to volunteer. Call Rita Spalink during the day at (928) 478-4282 or in the evenings at (928) 478-0442.
A big thank-you to Nick and Gail Hodges of Collins Ranch for all the hard work in cleaning up the outside of the chapel. It looks wonderful.
The house next door to us, formerly owned by Jimmie Ashley, now has a new owner. Her name is Pamela Furubotten from Show Low. Welcome to Tonto Village, Pam.
Jerry Farmer will celebrate his birthday on June 3. Marilyn Lamb of Kohl"s Ranch will celebrate her big day on June 6.
Lorraine "Bo" Mathews, Kara Shaw and Linda Stailey were the top winners of the ladies Tuesday evening pool games. Cliff Landrum, Harvey Poyner and Betty Koutz were the top winners on Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to all the winners.