Summertime In The Pines At Tonto Village



Tonto Village is in full summer mode. You can tell that because there are so many activities in our part of the world.

Saturday, June 11, the Tonto Village Fire board has announced that its monthly meeting will be at the fire station beginning at 10 a.m. At the same time and date, the auxiliary to the fire department, known as the Fire Sirens, will be holding its meeting at the Tonto Village Chapel. The purpose of the meeting will be to decide on fund-raisers for the coming season and a recap of the bake sale.

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming fund-raisers, if you would like to help out, please call Diane Ham at (928) 478-0404.

The next day, Sunday, June 12 will be the farewell barbecue for Pastor Ken Schroth, and his wife Margaret at the Tonto Village Chapel. The fun and farewells get started at 12:30 p.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, so bring along a side dish. There will be many stories to hear and maybe a few tears as well as we bid the Schroths a fond farewell . He will be missed.

Wednesday, June 15, the Tonto Village Domino Divas will be hosting a "thank you to husbands" dinner after the regular get-together after the afternoon of dominoes. The gals will stop playing dominoes early and set up for the dinner which will start at 5 p.m. Linda Stailey graciously offered her home as the setting. Alice Andreas will help Linda with the main course and everyone will bring a side dish and your own drinks and chairs.

Congratulations to Kallie Fitch, the daughter of Cindy Fitch. Kallie was chosen to become a junior varsity cheerleader at Payson High School for the 2005-2006 school year.


Vicki Grootegoed celebrated her birthday on June 12. Vicki is a regular visitor to our village every Wednesday to play dominoes. Vicki has many talents such as sewing and painting, but the most important one is that of a good friend. The Domino Divas all wish you a happy birthday, Vicki.

Pool results

This past Tuesday, the pool gals were at the Double D. Ethel Cain shot for first place, Margaret Stasney and Linda Caldwell shot for second and third. Margaret is the cook at the Double D and Linda is visiting Phil and Jan Davenport of Tonto Village III.

Cliff Landrum, Bo Douglas and Ed Caldwell took the top prizes in the Sunday afternoon pool games. Congratulations to all the winners.

Wedding Bells

Two very nice people tied the knot recently and are now living happily ever after. Jim Ballard and Phyllis Mullen are now husband and wife. Everyone is happy for them and we all wish them a very happy life together.


There are many villagers who are in the most recent melodrama that will be held at the Christopher Creek Latter-day Saints Church this year. Grant and Marie Coley, Linda Digman, and Alice Andreas have major roles in the new play. Charlie Clausen is busy working on scenery and Bill Snyder is assisting Lynn Godfrey with the lighting.

This year's play is called "Cheerio, Ya' All" or "Ivory Keys in the Conservatory With a Feather Boa."

Performances will be June 30, July 1 and July 2, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are free but are required because of limited seating. Call Annette Godfrey at (928) 468-7416 for your tickets. There will be one matinee performance on Saturday afternoon for those of you who cannot attend an evening performance.

Fire Restriction

Tonto National Forest north is now in fire restriction mode as of Thursday, June 9. This includes our area and that means that there will be no open fires of any kind anywhere within Tonto National Forest. This also means that no smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building will be allowed.

The restrictions also mean no chain saws or welding or discharging of a firearm within Tonto National Forest. The red flags are up, which means extreme fire danger, and we must obey these fire restrictions for our own safety.

If you have questions regarding any of the restrictions, call the Payson Ranger District at (928) 474-7900. There also is a toll-free restriction hotline number that you can call. The number is (877) 864-6985.

Pass this information on to any visitor who is not aware of these restrictions. There have been many cases of campfires that have been left to burn in the past few weeks. This type of action puts all of us in jeopardy of losing our beautiful forest and possibly our homes. Please take these warnings seriously. Your life and home could be at risk.

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