Hot Weather Slows Villagers, Revs Fire Danger

TONTO VILLAGE

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The hot weather has slowed the activities in this quiet little community almost to a crawl. Many of our neighbors are still walking for the great cardiovascular exercise, but they've changed their schedule to very early in the morning or in the evening after the sun goes down. Make sure and wear bug guard -- the no-see-ums are out in force in the evening.

Tonto Village Fire District

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The Tonto Village Fire Department volunteers practiced this past Saturday on wild land fires with a large and important part of what really happens during a fire. Chief Alliger, Nick Fitch, Trina Kamp, Tony Philips and Roger Cassuto listen as the Chief explains the water transfer procedures.

A fire patrol is now looking out for people who are ignoring the "NO FIRES" or red-flag warnings. A volunteer firefighter will be roaming our fire district looking for illegal campfires and will fine violators. There are signs posted everywhere, so there is no excuse for not knowing that the open fires are not allowed under any circumstances.

Tonto Village firemen assisted the Christopher-Kohl's Fire Department this past Saturday evening when an accident was reported on the 216 Control Road. Unfortunately, one casualty resulted from that accident. Between the heavy traffic and road construction, motorists need to stay very cautious on the weekends. We all regret this tragedy.

The fire department is in need of mechanical tools to maintain the emergency vehicles, especially at this critical time when all vehicles need to be in top shape. If you have any spare tools, please come by the fire station or call the office at (928) 478-4875. The secretary, Michelle, will be happy to accept donations. The station is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and all tools are greatly appreciated.

Tonto Village Fire Sirens

The gals are working on coordinating the annual Labor Day Bash. We are now asking for donations from our community for the raffle items. If you would like to help with our biggest fund-raiser of the year, please call Diane Ham at (928) 478-4044 or Carol Fulp at (928) 478-4839. We need volunteers for help with many of the activities that we have. Carol or Diane will give you the details.

Birthdays

A birthday was omitted last week. Margaret Stasny celebrated her birthday on June 16. Margaret is working at the Double D, so when you stop in there, wish her a belated happy birthday.

Jack McDoniel, a longtime resident of our village, will add another candle to his birthday cake on Sunday, June 26.

Danny Cain, our resident carpenter and expert quad rider, and husband of Ethel, who also happens to own the Double D Restaurant and Saloon will be sharing that day with Jack on June 26. Happy birthday to the both of you. We all wish you many more happy years in the village.

Pool results

Linda Saba, Betty Koutz and Michael Bryan were the three top winners in the Sunday afternoon pool games. Laura Nickerson, Ethel Cain and Stephanie Morris were the top shooters in the ladies pool tournament Tuesday evening. Congratulations to all the winners.

Tonto Village Chapel

The chapel now has Pastor Roger Pike as interim pastor for the remainder of June. Pastor Pike also serves at the Star Valley Baptist Church. It is a pleasure to have Pastor Pike with us for a while.

This year's session of Vacation Bible School is being held from July 11 to July 15. Rita Spalink is the coordinator and she can be reached during the day at (928) 478-0442.

Assistants are needed in every area, so if you will have some spare time it would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, please donate snacks for the children.

The Chapel's Youth Group spent a day at Water World in Mesa Friday along with a group of children from Payson. Five lucky children got to cool off in this great water playground. There will be other field trips throughout this summer -- come and join your neighbors every Saturday starting at 11 a.m. You may be able to join in the fun field trips too.

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