New Home Coming Into The Area

TONTO VILLAGE

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There was a lot of activity down at the end of Johnson Boulevard this week. Jake and Kendra Garrett will put in a new Cavco manufactured home on lot 165 next week.

Payson Concrete poured the footings and many of the neighbors helped as the cement was poured.

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The Randy Slapnicka family donated one of Tonto Village's first fire trucks back to the Fire Sirens, the TVFD auxiliary, to be used as a fund-raiser. For information, call (928) 478-4044 or (928) 478-4575.

Welcome to Johnson Boulevard, Jake and Kendra.

As I look around the village on my daily walks, I see many homes decked out in Halloween finery. One of the nicest that I have observed was the Pat and Alice Andreas home in Tonto Village III.

I have yet to find the box of Halloween decorations that was stored in my garage. As soon as I locate the elusive box, my home will sprout goblins and pumpkins also.

Hummingbirds

A little reminder to all the residents of the village and surrounding area who still have their feeders out for the little hummers -- take down the feeders for the winter. If there are still a few hummers left, this will encourage them to fly south before it gets too cold for them. Store them away until next year. Around the first week of March, they will begin to return.

Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary

To go along with the Halloween theme, the Fire Sirens and the volunteer firemen will host a haunted house on Monday, Oct. 31 at the fire station. Spookiness and scary stuff will start about 4 p.m. If you would like to help in any way, call Sue Prach at (928) 478-0250.

The Fire Sirens held their last meeting of the season this past week, and a very generous donation of the old fire truck was announced. The truck was used by the fire department years ago, then purchased by Randy Slapnicka of Rancho Tonto Catch-a-Trout. Randy has given the truck to the Fire Sirens, to be used at their discretion. No decision has been made on the use thus far. If anyone is interested in purchasing the truck, call (928) 478-4575. A reminder to any prospective buyers, all the fire equipment has been removed and railings have been installed for riders. The auxiliary would like to publicly thank the Randy Slapnicka family for their donation to the Fire Sirens.

Prescribed burns

I talked with Gloria Alliger of the Payson Ranger Station this week and I was told the prescribed burns are in the Bonita Creek area, Whispering Pines and along the Control Road. Use caution and expect portions of the Control Road to be smoky at times, with limited visibility.

Casting call

I received a call from Annette Godfrey last week regarding the melodrama that will be held next summer in Christopher Creek at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel. The casting call will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. All types of help is needed. If you have any questions, call Annette at (928) 468-7416. I have been involved, one way or another, with the melodrama from the very first. The events have been most enjoyable. This year's director will be Dan Hill of Legacy Home Furnishings. That alone should prove to be a hilarious experience for all involved.

Birthdays

Oct. 14 has turned out to be a popular day for three residents of the village. Betty Koutz, bartender extraordinaire for the Double D Restaurant; Harvey Poyner, who also works at the Double D; and John Watson, the son of Dick and Pat Watson. All will add another candle to their birthday cakes. A small get-together is being held Friday, Oct. 14 at the Double D for Betty and Harvey, starting at 3 p.m. Stop by and wish both a happy birthday.

Linda Stailey, our chief caterer and cake decorator of Tonto Village, and now the main cook at the Payson Senior Center, will celebrate her birthday Oct. 17. We hope she does not have to bake her own cake. Have a great day, Linda.

Pool results

Last Sunday afternoon at the Double D Saloon, Bo Douglas, Cliff Landrum and Chuck Huth played for the top three spots in the eight ball competition.

The ladies of Tonto Village nine ball competition was played last Tuesday evening at the Double D. When the chalk dust settled, Judy Tolle of Christopher Creek took first place. Betty Koutz and Larraine Mathews shot for second and third places. Congratulations to all the winners.

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