Last week this column stressed the extreme dryness of our forest. One of the consequences of the dryness is the effect on the wildlife that live in the forest.
Tonto Village is very fortunate to have among its residents a state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator -- Mitzi Brabb. She and her husband, Matt, recently purchased Diane Ham's place, lot numbers 213 and 214. Brabb can help with injured animals and some birds. She has brochures on what to do and what not to do with wild animals. Brabb gave me a Web site that helps in locating a wildlife rehabilitator -- www.tc.umn.edu/~devo0028/contact.htm.
She can be reached at (928) 478-4803 for answers to specific questions or she can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonto Village residents may sight more animals as the dry season continues. Be on the watch for any animal that does not act right or appears injured. One of the residents of Tonto Village III spotted an elk with an arrow in his rump. I was told yesterday that they spotted the elk again and he seemed fine, however, the arrow was no longer visible.
Chief Alliger commends the residents for utilizing the back lot of the station for the disposal of Christmas trees. The fire department personnel will put the trees through the chipper/shredder for mulch.
Unfortunately, someone also threw bags of pine needles over the fence. The chipper/shredder cannot mulch pine needles. Please do not put pine needles in the lot.
The monthly fireboard meeting is Jan. 21. Please note, this is a date change from the regular meetings. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at the fire station. One item on the agenda will be a presentation by Ron Standage of the Tonto Village Water Company. Please arrange your schedule to assure that you can come to this meeting.
A hearty welcome to Dale and Lottie Chapman. They recently purchased lot 243 in Tonto Village III. I had the opportunity to meet them about a week ago. Right now, they are part-time residents, but are looking forward to spending all their time in the village in the near future.
John and Francesca Amato have bought lots 95/96 and will also eventually become full-time residents, but will be content to spend their spare time with us in the village for now.
Charlie and Ruby Terry of Tonto Village II will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary Jan. 16. Wow! What an accomplishment. Charlie is our resident welder. He is always willing to take the time to sit and chat awhile. Make it a point to stop by and wish them both a happy anniversary this week.
Nancy Olson, Patty Boeschling and Kara Shaw were the top three winners at the nine-ball tournament held at the Double D Restaurant Tuesday evening. Congratulations to all of you.
On Sunday afternoon, at the Double D, Cliff Landrum took top honors at the eight-ball tournament. He proved that retiring really does help his pool playing. Bo Douglas and Lorraine Mathews shot for second and third places.
A few weeks ago I put a fairly easy recipe in the column for the holidays. I have another one that is easy and very good. This one came from Bonnie Supan who is a member of St. Philip's Catholic Church. Bonnie made this for a church function, and it was so good, I asked her for the recipe.
1 cube of margarine
1 cube of butter
1/2 cup of white sugar
Bring this mixture to a boil.
Use a jellyroll pan with high sides (about 17 or 14 inches), and line the pan with about 48 graham crackers.
Pour the sauce over the graham crackers and add pecan chips over the top.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Watch it closely, take the crackers out fairly quickly and let them cool on wax paper.
So simple, but so good! I hope you give this recipe a try. My husband kept removing them from the platter as I was taking them off the wax paper. Thank you for this recipe, Bonnie.