Did you hear the raindrops Tuesday night? I woke up hearing those few drops hit the metal roof, and then just as soon as I recognized what the sound was, the raindrops stopped. Right now the clouds are back and dark looking and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the clouds decide to dump the moisture right on top of us.
I regret to say the man who was missing in the village, Tim Adams, was found last Sunday not too far from his home. His widow, Karen, and mother-in-law wish to thank everyone who went out looking for Tim. Funeral services are being planned in Texas, but Karen told me that there will be a memorial service at the Methodist Church in Payson on Thursday morning. Our sympathies to Tim, his wife and to his children.
A longtime resident of Tonto Village has also passed away. Jimmie Ashley, who had recently moved to Mesa, passed away on Sunday, March 5. Jimmie was loved by all of us in the village and we will miss her.
I was very sad to learn of the death of Larry Peterson who recently retired from the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery. Larry was always willing to tell my husband and me when the stocking of the creek was taking place. He was always cheerful and you could tell he loved his work. We will miss him and we extend our sympathies to his family.
Get Well wishes
Danny Cain is recovering well from shoulder surgery last Friday. Danny had bone spurs in his shoulders for years, according to his wife, Ethel, and Danny decided enough was enough with the pain, and had them removed. We wish you a speedy recovery, Danny.
Katherine Baxter, a longtime resident of Bear Flat is suffering from pneumonia and is in Banner Hospital in the east Valley. Get well real soon, Katherine, so that you can get back to Bear Flat as soon as possible.
Tonto Village Fire District
The regular monthly Fire Board meeting has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. March 18 at the fire station. The public is urged to attend. This year, there are very extreme conditions for those of us who live within the Tonto National Forest. You should be mindful of what you can do to keep your area safe.
Fire protection and awareness
There will be a class regarding "72-hour pack kits" at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Christopher Creek at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. For people who are not familiar with the kit, it is designed to sustain a person for 72 hours in the case of an evacuation. The class will demonstrate what should be in the kit, and how to pack it.The public is urged to attend this very important session.
Pat Watson of Tonto Village I, and a longtime resident, will celebrate her birthday on March 12. Pat has played the piano for the Tonto Village Chapel for many years. Kent Mortenson, our resident plumber for the village, also will have his birthday on the same day. On March 16, Gary Martin, a very talented cabinetmaker who specializes in working with alder wood, has his big day on March 16. Jenny Wegner, former resident of the village and a very important person at National Bank will also celebrate her birthday the same day. Jenny used to work at National Bank in Yuma. The very next day, March 17, Neloa Beeler of National Bank will add another year to her birthday cake. They are very special people to Bill and me and we hope that they have a great day.
Cliff Landrum is up to his winning self. Cliff won the Sunday afternoon eight-ball tournament at the Double D. Joe Ferreira, who, by the way, is the chef at Kohl's Ranch, shot for second place, and Betty Koutz placed third.
The Double D gals and the Christopher Creek gals played nine-ball this past Tuesday evening at the Double D. Patty Boeschling of Christopher Creek shot for first place. Payge Ferreira and Margaret Stasny placed second and third. Congratulations to all the winners.
How about if there was a contest between the Sunday players and the Tuesday players? Who would win then? Hmmmm.
One last thought. There have been reports of rabid foxes in the Meads Ranch area and coyotes prowling around the village. I would suggest that everyone within the district keep an eye on their smaller animals and keep their gates closed.