At The Other Side Of A Busy And Dusty Weekend



Tonto Village managed to get through one of the busiest holidays of the year in spite of the fact that the fire department was called out on emergency medical calls for quad accidents. People have not listened to warnings concerning drinking alcohol and speeding and just using common sense when riding these machines. I personally was "dusted" by unthinking people who rode through the "island" right past the homes along Johnson Boulevard with the throttles wide open. Many of the riders were not aware that riding on forest land is prohibited except for designated numbered roads. Does anyone have any suggestions concerning educating those people who come into the Village not knowing the rules and regulations of riding these machines?

Successful breakfast


Wranglers Henderson and Grappler make their way from Little Green Valley to the Mead's Ranch area with a herd of cattle for free range grazing. The herd traveled through Tonto Village along the Control Road and past my house on Johnson Boulevard. Free range cattle have not been seen in the Tonto National Forest for some time, and it reminds me of a bygone era.

The Fireflies Fire Department Auxiliary wishes to thank everyone for a successful first Memorial Day Breakfast. The event was well received. In fact, there were comments like, "That was the best sausage gravy I ever tasted." The chorizo burritos were also a big hit.

Thank you to Pastor Charles Wilcox for the use of the Tonto Village Chapel and grounds. Thank you to Bashas' for their donation and to KMOG radio for the great announcements, also to the Payson Roundup for the news coverage. The Fireflies look forward now to our annual Labor Day Bash in September.

Davenport Memorial

On Saturday, June 3, a memorial potluck will be held at the Double D Restaurant starting at 2 p.m. All of Phil's friends and family are encouraged to say a fond farewell to a longtime neighbor of Tonto Village. Bring a favorite dish to share.


The Concerned Citizens Committee of Tonto Village is now working on a petition to the County Road Maintenance Department to get the Control Road paved at least to the end of Tonto Village III. There will be people going from house to house asking everyone to sign this petition. Contact Linda Stailey at (928) 478-4641 or this author, Janet Snyder, at (928) 478-4575 if you would like to get more information.

The monthly Fireflies Auxiliary meeting will be held on June 8 at 3 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. Discussion will be concerning our success with the breakfast and planning for the Labor Day Bash. The auxiliary would like to see more people participating in these events. The monthly Fire Board meeting will be held on June 14 at 6 p.m. at the fire station. This also is an important meeting to learn of the fire hazards and restrictions in our area.

Pool Results

On Tuesday evening, the Double D nine-ball pool players swept the Christopher Creek gals and won the tournament. Ethel Cain, Lorraine "Boa" Mathews and Kara Shaw shot for the three top spots. Ethel Cain also took the top honors on Sunday afternoon in the eight ball tournament. Her cue stick was smokin'. Second and third place winners went to occasional weekend visitors Jimmy Naratsy and Tim. (Sorry, no last name given.) Congratulations to all the winners, especially Ethel.


Two birthdays will be celebrated on June 3. Jerry Farmer will add another candle to his birthday cake. Keep a fire extinguisher handy, Jerry. Michele Montbleu, the fire department's able administrative assistant to Chief Alliger, will celebrate another birthday. Michele is proud to say that she has reached her 49th birthday. She has earned every one of them.

Marilyn Lamb of Kohl's Ranch will be another year younger on June 6. Marilyn is a regular visitor to Tonto Village to play Mexican Train dominoes every Wednesday afternoon. Happy birthday to everyone.

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