Fall has arrived, so the calendar tells us. The season arrived this past Thursday. The telltale signs are in Tonto Village and in my own garden. My petunias have already "bit the dust." As I walk around the village, I notice the leaves are just starting to lose some of their green coloring. Fall is a time for most gardeners to harvest their crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and green beans before the first frost hits. The weather reports that I have heard say that the chillier weather will be upon us next week. There will be no harvesting of apples in the village this year. After a bumper crop last year, Jack Frost wiped out most apple blossoms this past spring. I have managed to pick enough blackberries to make a few jars of jam and one pie. I have enough scratch marks on my arms to use up a whole box of band-aids.
Many residents of the village and the surrounding communities are making plans to return to the Valley soon. We will miss them. Most have become an integral part of the activities that take place during the summer.
We look forward to their return in the spring.
Tonto Village Chapel
A huge thank-you from all the parishioners to Camp Tontozona, and to manager Tom Dunney, and to Clint Daniels, who is a part-time maintenance helper who lives in Tonto Village III, for the generous donation of 70 chairs to the chapel. The chairs will be most helpful for the potluck luncheons and fund-raisers that are held at the chapel.
Activities at the chapel are still in full swing. The youth group is still meeting every Saturday at 11 a.m., with Rita Spalink heading activities.
Tonto Village Fire District
Attendance at last week's fire board was not as well attended as it should have been. The Concerned Citizens Committee of Tonto Village was on the agenda, and many of the queries addressed were answered by head board members Bill Tonstad and Gayle Fitch. There are still issues that need to be addressed, and participation of the community is vital. I urge you to mark your calendar for the next board meeting, which will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at the fire station.
Gloria Alliger is the other member of the board. Gloria will celebrate a birthday on Sept. 23. Happy birthday to you, Gloria.
Recuperating at home
Dick Watson is now home after a bit of a scare with chest pains this past week. Dick is recuperating and hopefully, slowing down just a bit. Take your time getting your strength back, Dick. We are all pulling for you to get back on your feet as soon as possible, and many prayers are being said for you.
The Tonto Village Domino Divas are also still meeting at the chapel every Wednesday at 1 p.m. for fun, games, gossip and food. Come join us.
Bible study is continuing every Thursday at 6 p.m. and is being held at Connie Weldon's home in Tonto Village III.
All new players were the top winners this past Sunday afternoon at the Double D for the eight-ball tournament. Joe Ferriera shot for the winner, with Stu Stewart and Ethel Cain taking second and third places.
The nine-ball gals of Tonto Village played at the Landmark Restaurant in Christopher Creek this past Tuesday evening. Kara Shaw of Tonto Village III shot for first place, with Suzie Shill and Nancy Olson coming in second- and third-place winners. Congratulations to all the winners.