The start of the summer season is about to begin this weekend with three days to open up the cabins and relax in the cool ponderosa pines surrounding our little village. The kick-off this year is the first annual Memorial Day Breakfast sponsored by the Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary. Biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel for a small donation of $4 per plate. Chorizo burritos will also be available for $2 each. Raffle tickets will be on sale for a beautiful quilt that was made and donated to the Auxiliary by Vicki Grootegoed. Raffle tickets are $1 for one or six for $5. All proceeds from the fund-raisers are used to purchase items for the fire department. Recently, the Fireflies donated $3,000 to the fire district to help defray the cost of two 5,000-gallon water tanks. Come and support our local fire department.
Goodbye to Phil Davenport
Phil Davenport who was a resident of Tonto Village III for about ten years, passed away last Friday. Phil had been a volunteer fireman and dispatcher for a number of years with the Tonto Village Fire Department. Phil's wife, Jan, has arranged for a memorial service for Phil on June 3 at the Double D Restaurant with a potluck luncheon at 2 p.m. for Phil's family and friends. A group of Phil's family and friends will go into the forest and scatter his ashes after the potluck. Our sympathies to Phil's wife, Jan, and Phil's family. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Grant Coley of Tonto Village II shared his birthday with Mike Preston of Tonto Village III on Thursday, May 25. Alice Andreas of Tonto Village III will celebrate her big day on Saturday, May 27. Happy birthday to all of you.
Let us not forget why we have a three-day weekend. Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day. Please remember the soldiers who gave their lives for our country. Fly your flags and say a small thanks to those brave men and women.
Bob Winchester of Mead Ranch will do his small part by having a flag-raising ceremony with a flag that was draped on a veteran's coffin. The ceremony starts at 8 a.m. Bob says he is doing his small part for the freedom and patriotism of the people in the Mead and Collins Ranch area. However, everyone is invited to participate. There will be a continental breakfast served after the ceremony. If you don't know directions to Bob's place, call the fire station at (928) 478-4875.
This past Sunday, the eight ball tournament got underway at 3 p.m. at the Double D. Harvey Poyner shot for the top spot and C.M. Scott from Collins Ranch and Cliff Landrum took second and third spots.
The gals took over the pool tables this past Tuesday evening. Candy Hart made a visit to the nine-ball gals. Candy moved away to New York about a year ago and came back for a visit. Candy played with the Christopher Creek gals for a few years. Everyone was happy to see her again.
Rhonda Quinn, who is a wrangler at Kohl's Stables, won first place. Ethel Cain and Betty Koutz shot for second and third places. Congratulations to all the winners.
Please have a safe Memorial Day weekend. There will be much more traffic in the village, with more children on the streets. Use extra caution when driving. Please do not start any open fires. The red flag is out, which means no open burning of any kind. We all love our majestic ponderosa pine forest. We don't want to see anything to happen to change that.