Can Spring be far behind? While I was in the Safeway parking lot yesterday, I noticed that the trees have bloomed in their pretty pink blossoms. There is still snow in Tonto Village, and I have not noticed any of our fruit trees in bloom yet, but I suspect that it should happen very soon. The hummingbirds have returned, that is another good sign that spring is not far away. Get your feeders out, clean them of any bacteria, and hang them, but do not fill them all the way up. There are still mornings where the temperature is freezing.
Tonto Village Fire District
This past Saturday morning, during the regular fire board meeting, a check was presented to the board for defraying some of the expenses incurred in purchasing two 5,000 gallon water tanks. Linda Stailey, president of the Fire Department Auxiliary, presented $3,000 to Chairman Bill Tonstad. The auxiliary has worked very hard over this past year or so in accumulating the funds to be able to make this type of donation to the fire department.
The auxiliary has a number of activities planned for this coming year, but volunteers are needed to be able to accomplish this. A Memorial Day breakfast is planned, a block party for the 4th of July and, of course, the Labor Day Bash. Please let one of the auxiliary members know if you would like to help in any capacity. I urge any volunteers' wives in the other stations within the district, namely, Meads and Collins Ranch, Ellison Creek Summer Homes, Thompson Draw I and II, Bear Flat, and Ellison Creek Estates, please leave a message at the fire station and an auxiliary member will contact you. The number is (928) 478-4875.
Dara Sutton reported that this last storm produced .76 inches of precipitation. The storm last week measured a whopping 3.23 inches of moisture. That is very good news for our forest. The road was a bit treacherous to Bear Flat last week, but the residents took the storm in stride. There was one slight mishap when the Sutton vehicle slipped into a tree. No one was hurt, except the vehicle.