Rain Has Helped Pines, Reduced Fire Risk

TONTO VILLAGE

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Tonto Village is green again. In fact, there has been so much rain this past week, the weeds are threatening to take over many of the gardens. I am not complaining about the rain. We need every drop that falls.

According to my neighbors, the Staileys and their rain gauge, between 2.5 to 3 inches of rain has fallen since June. That amount is not a record breaker, and according to where you live will determine how much rain you received.

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The hummingbirds in Tonto Village are eating nectar by the gallons. The feeders are being refilled at the rate of once a day. There seems to be an overabundance this year of quite a few species visiting our area.

However, the rain that has fallen has helped our majestic ponderosa pine trees and reduced the threat of a major forest fire.

Tonto Village Chapel

The first meeting of the newly formed Women's Bible Study group met last Tuesday with great success. About a dozen women enjoyed the Bible study provided by Carol Jones of the Chris-Town Women's Bible Study Group in Phoenix. Carol was accompanied by Holly McDaniel and Holly Roush. Carol and her group led the women with study guides on how to cope with everyday emotions and how the Lord helps us to handle various situations with particular Bible verses. Carol promises to come back in the fall with a new subject that directly relates to women and the Bible.

Everyone is looking forward to having Carol coming back to our small chapel. Thank you to Nancy Yoakum of Thompson Draw II for making the morning possible for the Tonto Village ladies. Don't forget that there is a Bible study group every Tuesday morning beginning at 9 a.m. at the Chapel.

Another new group forms

There are so many talented and gifted artists in our area that a new group has formed. The "Paint a Long" will meet every Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Double D Restaurant. Bring your own art supplies and join Ethel Cain and C.M Scott of Meads Ranch to name a few to bounce off ideas and critique each others' work. Come and check it out.

Tonto Village Fire District

Chief J.R. Alliger reminds everyone to have their chimney checked before the winter sets in. Every year there are chimney fires from creosote build-up in the chimneys from burning pine. If there is anyone within the district who can work as a chimney sweep, call the fire station at 478-4575.

The Urban Interface Grant is in effect and Chief Alliger has the paperwork that needs to be filled out by the homeowners when they clean up their yards of pine needles. The hours will be calculated and matching funds can be made to help the fire station buy equipment. The hours for the fire station are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Stop by and pick up the paper at the station.

Tonto Village Fire Department Auxiliary

The next meeting for the preparation of the Labor Day Bash that will be on Saturday, Sept. 2, will be on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. at President Linda Stailey's home on 478 W. Johnson Boulevard. The auxiliary is in need of volunteers to help make this event a success. Please attend this meeting, especially gals from Mead and Collins ranch, Ellison Creek Summer Homes. Thompson Draw I and II, Bear Flat and Ellison Creek Estates.

Birthday and Get Well

"Junior" Barr of Bear Flat is recovering from recent surgery at the Payson Regional Medical Center. Junior says the care he received was excellent and wishes to thank all the staff for the tender care he received. Get well real soon, Junior.

Marge Tolby of Tonto Village III had surgery recently and we all wish her a speedy recovery. Hurry up and get well and return to playing dominoes, Marge. We all miss you.

On Aug. 26, Charles "Chuck" Stailey will add another candle to his birthday cake. Linda Digman of Tonto Village I adds another candle on Aug. 29 and Linda's daughter, Trina, adds another candle the very next day, Aug. 30. On the last day of the month, Aug. 31, Jan Davenport of Tonto Village III will celebrate another birthday. Happy birthday to all of you.

Pool results

Rhonda Quinn of Kohl's Ranch Stables was the top winner in the Tuesday night nine-ball tournament held at the Double D Saloon. Patty Boeschling of Christopher Creek shot for second place and Mary Buchanan, who is a regular summer visitor to our area shot for third place.

C.M. Scott of Mead Ranch beat out all players on Sunday afternoon for the eight-ball tournament at the Double D. Johnny Johnson, who is a regular visitor from the valley shot for second place. Harvey Poyner came in third. What happened, Cliff? Did your pool stick bend a bit? Better luck next time, Cliff.

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