Closing Forest Now Might Save Rim Country

TONTO VILLAGE

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The fire season has now started with the onset of the February Fire north of Payson. I have not heard any reports of how the fire started yet, but it is very scary to all the residents of Tonto Village and the surrounding area.

My own personal opinion is that the forest should be closed down now, before we don't have any forest at all.

As I was coming home from Christopher Creek last night I could see the red glow of the fire to the north and my stomach did somersaults, knowing the destruction that the fire was causing. I commend all the firefighters for all the work that they are doing to control the blaze.

Tonto Village Fire District

The monthly fireboard meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the fire station. Board Chairman Bill Tonstad will call the meeting to order at 10 a.m. sharp. Please make sure that you make some time on Saturday morning to attend the meeting. During these dry times, it is imperative that you keep abreast of the fire situation in your own area, and what you can do to keep your home and family safer and more fire-wise.

Shelby School

My husband and I were invited to Shelby School last Wednesday afternoon and were treated to a Chinese Acrobat show. There were four acrobats from Mainland China. The young Chinese performers put on a fantastic balancing act. Thank you to Elizabeth Silver for the invitation. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

Outdoor Rendezvous

This past Saturday, Feb. 4, my husband and I trekked down to Tonto Basin for the Outdoor Rendezvous put on by The Tackle Box.

There were many new boats, along with bait of every description, seminars and how-to sessions by expert fishermen who have winning experiences with tournament fishing on Roosevelt Lake.

A chili contest spiced up the activities, with a wide range of flavors and textures.

A raffle of sports equipment and apparel was held hourly, which kept the spectators milling around, waiting to hear their name called to win a new fishing rod.

Get well wishes

Phil Davenport needs our prayers and our get-well wishes. Phil suffered a heart attack and a stroke and was rushed to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital. He is now in intensive care.

Phil has been a member of the Tonto Village Fire Department for many years and has also acted as its dispatcher. We all wish you a speedy recovery, Phil.

Birthdays

Clint Daniels of Tonto Village III will celebrate his birthday on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Audrey Shaw of Tonto Village III and our good fishing buddy Rick Meeker of Tonto Village II will add another candle to their birthday cakes on Feb. 16. Happy Birthday to all of you.

Pool results

The women's nine-ball tournament was Tuesday evening and at evening's end, Patty Boeschling of Christopher Creek was the top winner. Lorraine "Bo" Mathews of Tonto Village shot for second place and Patty Adams of Christopher Creek won third place.

Rick Robinett of Kohl's Ranch came out the top winner at the Sunday afternoon eight-ball tournament at the Double D. Cliff Landrum and Woody Pagel shot for second and third place. Congratulations to all the winners.

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