The temperatures in Tonto Village this week have been in the mid-20s with frost on the ground and defrosters working overtime to melt the ice on the windshields of the cars.
The Village was showing off its seasonal best, with the leaves in the reds and golds all along the streets. Since the temperatures have been very chilly for about two weeks, the leaves are now falling in profusion. Bill and I have been raking up a storm this past week and the leaves have not finished shedding. The whole experience is great, because we can look forward to a cup of hot chocolate when the job is done.
Besides, raking leaves is a good form of exercise, or so I have heard.
Last Wednesday a tragic accident claimed the life of a resident of Tonto Village II. Peggy Robinson was driving a quad in the Star Valley area when the quad flipped.
She worked for several years at Kohl's Ranch and the staff of the resort put on a memorial service for her this past Sunday afternoon. She will be missed by her friends in Tonto Village. Deep condolences to her family and friends.
Tonto Village Fire District
The Tonto Village Fire Board will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the fire station in Tonto Village. The meeting is always open to the public and the residents of the district are urged to attend.
The fire board will have two write-in candidates in next Tuesday's election. The auxiliary to the fire department is endorsing Frederick Washburn for the vacant seat, stating that new ideas and new blood are needed for the fire department, as stated by the auxiliary president, Linda Stailey. The present chairman, Bill Tonstad is also running for the seat and is also a write-in candidate.
Please get out and vote this next Tuesday. Zane Grey District residents cast their votes at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church in Christopher Creek. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bill and I will again be working that day -- Bill as a marshal and me as a signature judge. We hope to see all of our neighbors there.
Darlane and Jeff Leonard of Tonto Village III, were surprised by a phone call from their daughter, Amy Eldredge Oct. 30. She had traveled to Virginia Beach, Va. to visit her fiance, Ryan Oliver, before he was to ship out and they decided to get married. Oliver is in the Navy and presently stationed at Virginia Beach. Eldredge has lived in Tonto Village for about 10 years and has made many friends here and at Payson High School where she graduated with honors. Congratulations to Amy and Ryan.
Another of the Village's young people has joined the Navy, Chicago Houdek. Chicago is the son of Bill and Trina Houdek of Tonto Village II. Chicago is serving on the DD693 USS Chung Hoon attached to the Pacific Fleet, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He recently spent some leave time with his family here before he finishes his training in Illinois and heads back to Pearl Harbor. We are so proud of our young people who have decided to serve their country. We all should say a prayer of thanks and safekeeping to all the young men and women who are being placed into harm's way. We salute you.
Get well wishes
Mike Preston of Tonto Village III, is now recuperating at home after he had surgery to replace his left knee cap. He still needs to go to therapy, but he is mending very well.
Get well wishes to Clint Daniels of Tonto Village III. Clint had back surgery in Flagstaff this past week. Neither operation is much fun, so we all hope that Mike and Clint recover quickly.
This past Sunday afternoon at the Double D, the players began their eight-ball games. Even with some new players to face, Cliff Landrum showed everyone he still has the ‘stuff.' Cliff won the tournament with John Morgan and Joe Ferreira shooting for second and third places. That is some great shooting, Cliff, congratulations.
The women who play on Tuesday evenings at the ‘D' did not get together this week because of Halloween, but they will return next Tuesday to face the Christopher Creek nine-ball shooters.