Village Pitches In For Clean-Up Weekend



Tonto Village was buzzing with clean-up activities this past weekend. Thanks to Wally and Dean of Buckhead Mesa Landfill, three roll-off dumpsters were put on the back lot of the fire station. Nick and Gayle Fitch, who headed up this project, handed out fliers to everyone in the Village the day before.

Residents cleared their properties of debris and unwanted "stuff."

The clean-up crew consisted mostly of the Tonto Village volunteer firemen. They were Tom Lewiston, Buck Shill, Chad Stluka, Darrin Hopely, Rick Prach, and Chamberlain Fitch. A donated front loader and a "saws-all" helped dismantle a trailer. And just to keep it interesting, mysterious items were uncovered from the old days when the lot was owned by Honest John Haulot. John operated a lumberyard on that spot in the 70s. The final grooming for the back lot will be completed this weekend. Thank you to all the Villagers who helped clean up the back lot and to all the residents for cleaning up their properties. It is a wonderful feeling for people to say how nice and clean the Village looks.

Tonto Village Fire District

At about 5 a.m. this past Thursday, the firemen responded to a 911 call in the Village. It was an apparent heart attack victim, and the person was air evacuated by Native Air to Phoenix. There are no reports at this time as to the outcome of the patient.

This past Sunday morning, Captain Rick Prach headed up a structure fire training in the village. Fourteen volunteer firemen participated from the village and Mead's Ranch. Captain Prach reported that the firemen did exceptionally well in handling different scenarios in a structure fire. Great going guys, we are all proud of you.

Tonto Village Chapel

This Saturday, Oct. 1, the wedding of Michael Spalink and Torrie Kamps will take place at 2 p.m. Michael is the son of Rita Spalink and the grandson of Charles and Ruby Terry. Assistant pastor Mark Henning of the Payson Living Word Bible Church will officiate. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Payson. Congratulations Mike and Torrie, we all wish you many years of wedded bliss.

Patrick Wright is the interim pastor of the Chapel and word was received that his dad Bob Wright was ill. Prayers will be said for him to get well real soon. A special friend of Dick and Pat Watson, Barbara Duren, is also ill and needs some prayers said for her.

Pool results

The Nine-ball Gals, sponsored by the Double D Saloon, played this past Tuesday evening to a small crowd. Betty Koutz and Margaret Stasny were the first and second place winners.

Ethel Cain, Harvey Poyner and Michael Bryan were the lucky winners at the Sunday afternoon eight-ball tournament. By the way Michael, happy birthday to you. Mike had a good day this past week celebrating his birthday.

More birthdays

Dara Sutton celebrated her birthday this past Wednesday, Sept. 28. Even though Dara lives in Bear Flat, she is a vital link to what is happening in Tonto Village. Dara is a member of the Domino Divas, an auxiliary member to the fire department and also attends church services at the Tonto Village Chapel. A great big happy birthday Dara.

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