Tonto Village Bustles With Activities


Can you feel it? There is a cool wind blowing through the air. Can the fall season be far away? I listened to the weather report this morning and it sounded promising for cool weather by the end of this week. Pretty soon the leaves will be turning their beautiful reds, gold and orange colors. Fall is a favorite time of year for me. Tonto Village looks so festive during the fall.

Fire Sirens Fund Raiser

The Labor Day Bash was a success. Everyone who attended enjoyed themselves with a tasty brats or hot dog dinner. Jim Sumpter of Bonita Creek graciously donated the fantastic-tasting beans, huge dill pickles and tasty hot peppers. Thank you Jim, we always get rave reviews on your beans. We had a very successful bake sale, which included a Texas sheet cake made by Pat Watson. There was nothing but good comments for this delicious dessert. The other activities included many of the kids of the village, such as a cup cake walk, and Sweeten the Chief, throwing whipped cream in the chief's face, and the one and only "chicken drop" contest with Jimmy Rabbit. The parade was small but noisy. Bob Winchester, a volunteer fireman in Meads Ranch, brought along his famous cannon to start the parade. The fire trucks had the sirens going, which made the animals who were participating in the Kids 'N Kritters portion howl and bark up a storm! The parade of trucks, all-terrain vehicles and animals ended up at the fire station and the children were treated to ice cream, compliments of the fire department. The winner of the children's portion was Mikayla Mendoza. Mikayla dressed up her doggie as a hunter, complete with a camouflage outfit. Mikayla received the winning trophy and Randy and Brenda Slapnicka donated the prizes for the kids with T-shirts, caps, and a trip to Rancho Tonto to catch a few good-sized trout. The adult portion of the parade with the decorated ATVs was won by Mark and Joseph V. (I didn't get the whole name) They received a $40 dinner gift certificate from the Cedar Ridge Restaurant. Congratulations to all the winners.

Raffle winners

The raffle winners for the grand prizes were Marsha Ream of Peoria. Marsha won the Stihl 20-inch chain saw. The Stihl gas trimmer, which was donated by the Rock Yard in Payson, was won by Jim Novak of Phoenix. The third place winner of the screened gazebo was Lee Yoakum of Thompson Draw II. Congratulations to all the winners.

Relief Fund

The Fire Sirens also had a can available for donations to the Salvation Army Relief Fund for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. We are happy to say that $165.01 was donated. Thank you to every one who donated, every little bit will help these unfortunate people to restart their lives.

The Fire Sirens would like to thank everyone who helped in any way. We all worked together to make this year's event a successful one. Your fire department will benefit from the proceeds made by all of us.

A huge thank you to the Tonto Village Chapel for allowing the Fire Sirens to hold the Labor Day Bash at their church. We appreciate it to no end. The facilities are ideal for such an event.

Believe it or not, there were still other events that took place in the village this past week. The pool games were in full swing this past Sunday afternoon at the Double D. Harvey Poyner finally shot for first place after shooting just under the winner for so many weeks. Way to go, Harvey. Peter Speiss and Bo Douglas shot for second and third place. The gals played at the Landmark this past Tuesday, and the results were not available.

Tonto Village Fire Board

The Fire Board has changed its monthly meeting to Sept. 17 this month. The time and place are 10 a.m. at the fire station. Be sure to attend.

Tonto Village Chapel

Rita Spalink is resuming the Tonto Village Youth Group this coming Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Chapel. The activities start at 11 a.m. and last until about 2 p.m. This time is a good opportunity for the kids in the village to get together and spend some time with the other kids in the neighborhood.

There will also be a pot luck luncheon after church services this Sunday. Bring one of your favorite pot luck dishes and enjoy seeing your neighbors. The good food will be served about 12:30 p.m.

Last but not least, my husband Bill and I became great-grandparents for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Isaac Anthony came into the world at 4:23 p.m. weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Mother and baby are doing fine along with the daddy, who got to cut the cord and was able to stay with my granddaughter through the whole thing. When my babies were born, the daddies were relegated to the waiting room. I am happy that those procedures have changed, it makes the daddies an integral part of the birth.

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