Tonto Village is geared up for Halloween. Most of the homes have some type of spooky decorations and the fire station will be decked out for a haunted house Saturday, Oct. 29. The goblins will be on hand to scare you starting at 5 p.m. There will be a big chicken handing out candy to the little ghosts and goblins, super heroes and princesses.
Donations of treats can be made at the fire station from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last week, Shelby School installed a 30-foot flagpole. An impressive flag-raising ceremony took place on the school grounds Tuesday, Oct. 25. The ceremony started at 9 a.m. with the entire student body and faculty present. The Payson Honor Guard performed the inaugural raising of the American flag under the direction of Col. Art Stone. Joining him in the ceremony were Major Phil Prince, SFC Cheyenne Riley, and Quartermaster Don Harris.
Kim Riley, historian, was also present.
When the flag reached the top, Landon Fitch played the "Star Spangled Banner" on the guitar, and the students recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Following the flag-raising, the students running for student council presented speeches.
The ceremony was an impressive and moving experience.
From now on, the Shelby School will have a flag-raising ceremony every Monday before the start of the school week.
Residents of the village continue to show their good hunting skills bagging elk.
John Haulot is now a part-time resident, dividing his time between here and Tonto Basin. John was lucky on Sunday morning in Unit 22 near the Diamond Point Road, when he spotted a huge cow elk. He thinks it weighed in at about 450 pounds dressed out.
John and his family and friends will be eating great elk steaks for quite awhile.
A belated birthday greeting to Wade Reed, his birthday was Oct. 22. Wade is a weekend visitor and often goes quad riding with some of the fellows in the village. Darlane Leonard of Tonto Village III adds another candle to her birthday cake on Oct. 30. Mae Jones of Bear Flats has her big day on Oct. 31.
A baby shower is being planned for Sara Valdez starting at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Double D Restaurant. Both men and women are invited to the potluck and celebration. Bring a favorite dish and a gift for Sara's baby. Call Ethel Cain at (928) 478-4332 for more details.
The Double D nine-ball gals played at the Double D Saloon on Tuesday. Nancy Olson and Patty Boeschling, both from the Christopher Creek pool team, took first and second places. Suzie Shill of Tonto Village shot for third place.
Tim Ehrhardt of Meads Ranch was the top winner of the eight-ball tournament played on Sunday. Betty Koutz and Michael Bryan shot for second and third places. There will not be a Sunday tournament next Sunday, Nov. 6, due to the baby shower and potluck to be held for Sara Valdez.