Almost every property in Tonto Village this year will have an abundance of apples, pears, plums and whatever is planted in the gardens. Zucchini comes to mind, and the zucchini coming out of John and Ann Bramlett's garden are huge. All of this means that there will be a run on canning equipment for most residents, including this reporter. I will be putting up unsweetened applesauce and making zucchini breads of all kinds.
The Labor Day Bash that will be sponsored by the Fireflies, the auxiliary to the Tonto Village Fire Department, is busy putting all the finishing touches on the big day and our major fund-raiser for the year. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel.
The auxiliary will hold an auction for specialty pies such as chocolate pecan and sour cream raisin, beginning at 12:30 p.m. If you would like to enter a pie, call chairwoman Joan Norem at (928) 478-0251 or co-chair Maurine Kirchhoefer at (928) 478-0155.
The auxiliary is asking anyone within the fire district for baked items.
The Chicken Drop, headed up by Jimmie Rabbit, and Sweeten the Chief are some of the highlights of the day.
Raffle tickets will be sold and the drawing will be at 2:30 p.m. for a homemade quilt, chain saw, weed whacker, fire pit and dinner tickets to the new Mogollon Grill.
Fire Chief J.R. Alliger is in charge of the Kids ‘n' Kritter parade. Dress up your favorite pet and the kids and march with the firetruck down Johnson Boulevard beginning at 1 p.m.
The adults are not left out. Decorate your ATV and join in the fun. There will be prizes for the first place winners in each event. Call Chief Alliger at the fire station at (928) 478-4575 for more details.
Mead Ranch news
I received an e-mail from Tim Ehrhardt this past week about a party that was held by Jerry Reid for Rob Young who retired from being the head of Operation Game Thief for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Rob was presented with a custom-made rifle and a beautiful birthday cake, which was a replica of their cabin in Mead Ranch. Congratulations on your retirement, Rob.
Jerry, by the way, is a railroad engineer for the railroad in southern Arizona and he is only a few years away himself from retirement. Jerry is an avid hunter and loves to cook over an open flame and entertain his neighbors. Thanks for playing host to Rob's party.
Genealogy and Family History Fair
The first annual Genealogy and Family History Fair will take place on Aug. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Apple Lane in Christopher Creek.
Bill Windsor, director for the Payson Family History Center, will be the guest speaker. The topic will be "Introduction to Family History: How to get started or continue your search."
Hands-on computer instruction and handouts of all types will be available, including how to set up a journal jar, how to scan and retouch photos and exploring the Internet. Everyone in the surrounding area is invited to attend. Refreshments will also be served. There are several people that can be contacted for more information: call Gwen Rowley at (928) 478-4707, Alice Andreas in Tonto Village III at (928) 578-4105, or in Bear Flat, call Mae Jones at (928) 478-4199. This fair is a must for people who are interested in their ancestors.
Tonto Village Chapel
Carol Jones of the Phoenix Chris-Town Women's Bible Study will be the guest speaker at the newly formed group studying "Women and their roles according to the Bible." The group gets together every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Chapel. Pam Furobotten heads up the group along with Rita Spalink. Check out this new bible study group this coming Tuesday.
The Double D gals dominated the pool tables this past Tuesday evening for the nine-ball tournament. Kara Shaw, Susie Shill and Payge Ferreira shot for the three top spots.
Sunday afternoon at the eight ball tournament, Cliff Landrum showed that he still has the stuff to beat most contenders. Harvey Poyner and Betty Koutz gave it a try but wound up taking second and third places.
Aug. 17 is a busy day. Phon Sutton of Bear Flat and Brenda Wilcox, who is the wife of Pastor Charlie Wilcox of Tonto Village Chapel, both have birthdays.
Glen and Audrey Shaw of Tonto Village III will be celebrating the same day on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.
What a milestone, we all wish you both the best of wishes for a grand anniversary.