The big holiday weekend is here. This weekend kicks off the summer season, and in our part of the universe, all activities go into high gear, starting with a big, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast sponsored by the Christopher Creek Fire Belles and the Tonto Village Fire Sirens this Saturday at the Christopher Creek Fire Station. The pancakes will start flipping at 8 a.m. The Fire Sirens will be holding a bake sale at the same time so that you can have dessert too. Get there before 10 a.m. That's when it all ends. This event is a great way to welcome all of our summer visitors back to the high country.
Pastor Ken and Tonto Village Chapel
The date has been changed for the farewell barbecue for Pastor Ken. His wife, Margaret, will be in Boston the first week in June, so they will be staying until June 12, 2005. Plans are still ongoing, times will be in this column in the next few weeks.
Tonto Village Fire District
The fire board meeting held May 21 announced that Bill Tonstad of Ellison Creek was named as the new Fire Board chairman. Bill is taking over from Irving Bossert. Irv resigned his position as chairman since he has moved out of the Tonto Village Fire District. Welcome to you, Bill.
The Fire Sirens wish to give special thanks Margaret Stasny and Rick Prach for putting up the storage shed on the back lot for the many supplies, etc. that the Fire Sirens had placed at various homes. Now we have one designated location. We really appreciate all your hard work, Margaret and Rick.
Chief J.R. Alliger, Gloria Alliger, Bill Tonstad, Gayle Fitch, Nick Fitch, Trina Houdek, and Michelle Montbleu attended the Arizona Fire District Association Conference on May 13-15 in Prescott. There were various classes expressly designed for fire board members and fire chiefs.
The fire season is upon us, and since we live right in the middle of the majestic Ponderosa Pine trees, everyone needs to be fully aware of the fire danger right at our doors. Start looking for red flags at the fire station and other obvious places . The red flags mean that fire restrictions are in place. No open campfires will be allowed. The red flags will be on the flag pole at the fire station.
Dutch Oven Demo
Last Saturday, Bill and I were invited to a Dutch oven demonstration at the LDS Church in Christopher Creek, and was sponsored by the Relief Society which is headed by Alice Andreas of Tonto Village III. We have never cooked this way before so we had a lot to learn. Does everyone know what this means? It means cooking with special iron cookware expressly made for this style of cooking, and with charcoal briquettes. The cookware is designed to hold hot charcoal on top and underneath the pots. We learned how to make a main dish, cooked by Chris Manning, biscuits made by Charlie and Shirley Clausen and dessert by Gary Martin. They all live in Tonto Village III. The meal was delicious and we learned how to do this type of campfire cooking. Thank you for the invitation, Alice.
Alice Andreas will celebrate her birthday on May 27. Alice lives in the village and she is very active with being the head honcho for the Relief Society, plus she plays dominoes with all the ladies every Wednesday. Alice's one hobby that I know of is going to garage sales. A girl after my own heart. Happy birthday, Alice.
Ethel Cain reports that there was not a Sunday pool tournament this week. The gals did play on Tuesday evening, however at the Double D. First place went to Betty Koutz, Marie Leonard of Kohl's Ranch played for second and Tiffany Marquez took third place. Sunday's play starts at 3 p.m. and the gals time for cutting up the green pad is 6:30 p.m. come out and try your luck.
Memorial Day Recognition
Last, but not least by any means, remember what this three-day holiday is all about. It is called Memorial Day, or if you want to date yourself by remembering it used to be called Decoration Day. It is a time to reflect on those who gave their lives for all of us to stay free. There are many activities to choose from in Payson, but there is also one closer to home for us in Tonto Village. On Sunday morning , May 29, at Meads Ranch, at the Robert Winchester cabin, lot 51, starting at 8 a.m., a Memorial Day flag ceremony will be held in honor of all veterans who have served their country. A complimentary continental breakfast will also be served to all who attend. Please take a few moments from your day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.