This Year, Monsoon Season Can't Come Soon Enough


Tonto Village was awakened with the welcome sound of rain falling Wednesday morning. Chuck and Linda Stailey measured the amount, and the gauge surprisingly came up to a quarter inch of precipitation. The Suttons from Bear Flat reported .10 inch of rain on Wednesday morning and .05 on Tuesday evening. If the monsoon season has started early this year, I am elated, along with all of us in the Rim Country.

If you were awakened by the rain, you also heard the heavy equipment rolling up and down Johnson Boulevard. The Gila County Road Department will be chip sealing our street and they were using the sweeper to sweep away the dust. I received a PSA (Public Service Announcement) from Nyra Hillery of Gila County Public Works, Timber Region, and the announcement says that the chip sealing will continue from June 12 through June 22. The areas to be sealed will be Colcord Road, east of the Control Road, Tonto Village, Pine and Strawberry. The crew had been in the Village last week filling up the big potholes before the chip sealing takes place.

Tonto Village chip sealing will be on June 12 and 13. Please keep your vehicles off the street on those days.

Tonto Village Fire District

The monthly Fire Board meeting will be on June 14 (Flag Day, by the way), at the fire station. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Please attend and support your volunteer firemen.

The Fireflies Auxiliary held their meeting on June 8. Since my column has to be in to the Roundup office by noon on Wednesday, I will report on the meeting in my next column.

Annual Melodrama

This year's presentation of the fourth annual community melodrama will be titled "The Great Ice Cream Scheme or Robin Baskins to the Rescue."

The melodrama will be held at the LDS Community Center in Christopher Creek. Play dates are June 29, 30 and July 1. Performances start at 7 p.m. each evening with one afternoon performance on July 1 at 2 p.m.

Contact Annette Godfrey at (928) 468-7416. There is no charge for seeing the melodrama, but a ticket is needed. Tonto Village residents who are participating are: Grant Coley, Maurine Kirchhoefer, Janet Snyder, Charlie Martin, set decorator; Alice Andreas, costume design; and Chris Manning, makeup.

The melodramas have been a huge success in previous years, and this presentation will be no exception.


On June 12, Vicki Groetegood will be one year wiser. Vicki is an avid dominoes player and makes the trip from Christopher Creek every Wednesday to play with the Domino Divas.

Margaret Stasney will add another candle to her birthday cake on June 16. Margaret is one of the cooks at the Double D Restaurant. Lori Mulvey, another avid dominoes player, and a really good chorizo burrito maker, will celebrate her big day on June 17.

Come and enjoy a Wednesday afternoon with the Mexican Train Domino players. They get started about 1 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel.

Pool Results

The nine-ball tournament this past Tuesday evening was swept by the Double D gals. Winners were Lorraine "Bo" Mathews, Kara Shaw and Ethel Cain. Way to go, gals.

On Sunday afternoon the eight-ball tournament took over the pool tables at the Double D. After the chalk dust settled, Harvey Poyner, Tim Ehrherdt of Meads Ranch and Jack (no last name), a visitor from the Valley, took the three top places. Congratulations to all the winners.

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