Tonto Village is ready for a huge celebration with the annual Labor Day Bash. The fire department's auxiliary has been working feverishly to ensure that everyone has a good time. There will be good food and games and a raffle, plus an auction on specialty pies. A dunk tank has been added to the "Sweeten The Chief" whipped cream throwing contest.
The parade will start at 1 p.m., the route is from the chapel grounds to the fire station with kids, animals, decorated ATVs, and our firetrucks.
The food will be served at the chapel from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until it runs out.
Correction on the announcement in the Roundup on Tuesday: the hot dog dinner price is $5, not $2.50. The fire pit is one of the raffle items along with a Stihl chain saw, a Stihl weed whacker and a homemade quilt. The winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m.
Mountain lion sighting
Carol Jacobs of Tonto Village II walks her dogs just about every day south of the Control Road and a few weeks ago her dogs alerted her to a mountain lion. One of the dogs started chasing it, and Carol made herself bigger by spreading her arms out and yelling, and finally the mountain lion took off.
Carol called Game and Fish and reported her sighting. No one is sure how close this mountain lion will come to the village, so everyone is urged to use caution when hiking in the area.
Clint and Grace Daniels of Tonto Village III recently returned from San Diego. They traveled with their daughter Michelle and son-in-law Brian to Sea World, Catalina Island and toured the ship, "The Midway."
Chuck and Linda Stailey not only visited Newport, R.I., but also went to Boston, Mass. and visited the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy, the USS Constitution.
They then went on to Connecticut and toured the first commissioned nuclear submarine, the Nautilus.
The next get together for the artists in the area will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Double D Restaurant. Not only will there be paint on canvas, but acrylics on river rock, a very unique painting surface, will also be demonstrated.
The Double D Saloon was the site on Tuesday night with the weekly nine-ball tournament with the Double D players and the Christopher Creek gals. When the chalk dust settled, the Double D gals took first and second places. Payge Ferriera and Ethel Cain were the top gals. Patty Boeschling placed third.
There was no Sunday afternoon tournament this week because of the lack of players. Hopefully play will resume this coming Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.