The biggest news in Tonto Village is our big Labor Day Bash this coming Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005. All the fun and food will begin at the Tonto Village Chapel at 11 a.m. The brats and hot dogs will be firing up on the grill and all the trimmings will be ready, along with our bake sale and the silent auction being sponsored by our good neighbors, the Christopher Creek Firebelles will be in full swing. By the way, drop off the baked goods at the chapel no later than 9 a.m. Stick around after the brats dinner for the rest of the activities, such as a cupcake walk for the kids, along with the "chicken drop" overseen by Jimmy Rabbit's famous chickens, and the activity that was so successful last year, the "sweeten the chief" contest. For a small cost, you get to throw whipped cream at our local fire chiefs and some of the other volunteers. At 1 p.m. the kids line up for the parade with their dressed up critters and the adults with their decorated all-terrain vehicles.
Winners will receive a trophy plus some great prizes. The children will be awarded free ice cream at the fire station after the parade.
The big raffle will take place about 2 p.m. Don't forget to get your raffle tickets before the drawing. The cost is $1 for one or six for $5. The items this year include a chain saw, a grass whip and a screened gazebo, along with many other items such as a set of prints drawn by our very own Charlie Martin of Tonto Village III. All of the proceeds from this event go right back into the Tonto Village Fire District for equipment, supplies, etc. This is your fire department, and your participation and support is vital to your volunteer firemen. They are here to protect you. The least we can do is make their job a bit easier with your support. So please make this event a successful one by baking something for our bake sale, or having lunch with us at the chapel. The Fire Sirens will be thankful to everyone for your support. Many months of planning and hard work by the auxiliary make this a fun and profitable event for our community. Join us this coming Saturday. Don't forget to bring your camera along.
Dick and Pat Watson will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 9. Dick and Pat have lived in Tonto Village almost from its first conception by the Standage family more than 35 years ago. They will be marking this milestone of wedded bliss by having an ice cream social put on by the family, on Saturday, Sept. 10, in Star Valley at the Haught Arena starting at 3 p.m. Music will be provided by Ron Gibson and the cake is being baked by Linda Stailey. I asked Pat whether she and Dick had any tips for newlyweds on staying together for a half-century. Pat said "Having a solid foundation of your belief in Jesus Christ and living your life with your belief in God is foremost." Happy anniversary to you both. I know that everyone in Tonto Village would like to wish you another 50 happy years together.
Charlie Terry is adding another candle to his birthday cake Sept. 10. That's 78 candles! Since Charlie is a former Tonto Village Fire Chief, I know that he will have a fire extinguisher standing by when all those candles are lit. Happy birthday to you Charlie.
Tonto Village Fire District
The regular monthly meeting of the fire board will be Sept. 17 instead of Sept. 10. The meeting will be at the fire station staring at 10 a.m. Mark your calendars with this change. The meeting is open to the public and your input is always appreciated.
The gals took over the pool tables this past Tuesday evening at the Double D for their weekly nine-ball tournament. When the chalk dust settled, Lorraine "Bo" Mathews came out the winner. Suzie Shill and Betty Koutz shot for second and third place winners.
Cliff Landrum shot for first place again this past Sunday afternoon at the Double D for the eight-ball tournament. David Snow from Meads Ranch and Harvey Poyner came in second and third place winners. Congratulations to all the winners.