Spring has sprung in Tonto Village. The crocus and the daffodils are popping up everywhere, and the trees and bushes are budding out their new green leaves. I wonder if this great weather is here to stay or if we'll get another cold snap with frost or another snowstorm before the weather turns better permanently?
The only thing that could dampen my good spirits about springtime is tax time. It took me a few weeks to gather all the pertinent information needed to file those complicated forms and then take everything to a person who can make sense of all that paper blizzard and come up with a form to file.
Murphy's Law prevailed and naturally I did not have a very important piece of paperwork that was essential to the completion of the task. At this point, that elusive piece of paper was found and will now be properly filed. Hooray!
A few birthdays in the Village were not mentioned last week. Jennifer Kiley (March 1), Laurie Bauler of Tonto Village III (March 4), Erick Kirkhoefer of T.V. III (March 7). A happy belated birthday to all of you.
Pat Watson, piano player at the Tonto Village Chapel and Kent Mortenson, our resident plumber (March 12), Gary Martin, a very talented cabinetmaker (March 16), Chuck Rutherford, Pat Watson's brother, (March 18).
Tonto Village Fire District
The monthly Fire District meeting will be starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, March 12 at the fire station with board president Irv Bossert presiding. The meeting is open to the public and you are urged to attend.
Fire Chief Alliger would like to remind all villagers to clean up their lots of brush and debris as soon as possible. Since there has been so much moisture this winter, weeds will become a big nuisance if they are not taken care of now.
Chief Alliger wants everyone to know that there is free wood for the taking in the "island." Many of the trees were cut down because the bark beetle made short work of them and they were hazardous to leave standing.
Tonto Village Chapel
Movie night is back. The film "Five People You Meet in Heaven" will be shown at the Tonto Village Chapel 6 p.m. Friday, March 11. Snack and drinks will be provided, so after you read this column, hurry on down to the Chapel and enjoy an evening with your neighbors and see a good movie.
A youth program is being started at the chapel from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday afternoons Please call Rita Spalink at (928) 478-4282 for more details.
There will be a pot luck luncheon this Sunday, March 13 after the Sunday services. Bring your favorite dish and visit with the residents of the village.
Harvey Poyner, Ethel Cain and Dick from Pine were the top three players in the Sunday tournament play at the Double D. The ladies nine-ball tourney was played at the Landmark in Christopher Creek this week and Phyllis Mullen, Lorraine Mathews and Patty Boeschling played for the top three spots. Congratulations to all the winners.