Christmas is almost here and where is the snow? My children and grandchildren in Yuma keep asking me, "Has it snowed yet?" They can't wait to come to Tonto Village and play in that white stuff. Hopefully, I can tell them that it snowed after this coming weekend. According to the weather reports, we are expected to get some snow.
With the snow coming, you are reminded to keep your vehicles out of the streets. The snowplow will not plow if there are vehicles in the way. We need to have the streets plowed for emergency vehicles. If there are complaints, fines can be issued by the Gila County Sheriff's Office. I know that the kids would love it if the streets were not plowed so they could sled, but they need to realize that we do have emergencies and the roads need to be cleared.
Tonto Village Fire District
The fire department was busy this weekend with three calls for assistance. One incident was a man with a cut arm, another was a toddler suffering from seizures and another was for a hunter who received multiple broken bones when he fell from a tree stand. In two of the cases, Native Air was called in for transport. Beyond Chief Alliger, Nick Fitch, Chad Stluka and Kevin Martin responded, as did EMT Trina Houdek.
Tonto Village does indeed have an angel in our midst and her name is Rita Spalink. Rita is always there when you need her for blood pressure checks, bandage removal, and just cheering up. Rita is a retired R.N., so we all know that she will help in any way she can. Rita will celebrate her birthday on Dec. 19, and we all want to wish her a wonderful day. Rita, you are such a special person.
Carol O'Dell of Thompson Draw has her birthday on Dec. 22. Carol has been a big help to the Tonto Village Fire Department Auxiliary with her willingness to help out wherever she can for our fund-raisers every year.
Jan Farmer of Tonto Village I will celebrate her birthday on Dec. 23. Jan works at Payson Regional Medical Center and Jan sets a fine example of how well patients are treated. Jan always has a smile for everyone.
Nancy Yoakum of Thompson Draw will add another candle to her birthday cake on Dec. 26. Nancy has so many talents that she outdoes herself every year with the artwork for Vacation Bible School at the Tonto Village Chapel. We are so blessed to have such caring people in our community. Happy Birthday to all of you.
Tuesday evening at the Double D, the gals got together for their weekly nine-ball tournament. Linda Stailey won first place. Linda has not played for a while, but she obviously has not forgotten how to shoot. Patty Boeschling of Christopher Creek shot for second place and Debbie Hansen came in third.
The Double D nine-ball shooters will hold a Christmas party on Dec. 19 at the Double D. Bring a dish to share and pool shooting will commence at 6:15 p.m. Bring a small gift for a gift exchange at the end of the evening. Sunday afternoon is the time for the eight-ball tournament and Cliff Landrum showed his stuff and won the tournament. Joe Ferriera shot for second and Betty Koutz took third place. Congratulations to all the winners.