The elections are over. Gone are the advertisements for candidates on television, and gone are the numerous telephone calls we all received this past month. What a nuisance all of this campaign advertising was for everyone.
There must be a better way than to spend the millions of dollars than was spent in some races held in Arizona. Is all this spending really necessary? Is all the mudslinging and negative advertising the way to run a campaign? Speaking from my own point of view, I would rather see more positive ads, listing the person's main goals and objectives than attacking the opponents.
The turnout of voters in the Zane Grey District on Tuesday was very encouraging. With the inclusion of the early balloting by many of the voters, it was speculated that approximately 50 percent of the voters showed their preference and exercised their right to vote. Let's hope that whatever the outcome for our district and for the town of Payson and Gila County, politics will not be "business as usual."
Voters were ready for a change and their votes showed that. As of this writing, I have not received any word of the Tonto Village Fire Board election results. All of the write-in votes have to be tabulated by hand. Consequently, it takes more time. The Gila County Election committee will set up a board to read the write-in votes, and there will not be any results until at least sometime Friday. As a result of this, the Tonto Village Fire Board meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the fire station at 6 p.m. Notices have been posted at various locations within the district regarding the change of dates. If you have any questions, please call the fire station at (928) 478-4875.
Activities in the Village are still in full swing, the Women's Bible Study group is still meeting on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. And if Tuesday mornings will not fit into your schedule, there is another Bible study group that meets on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at Connie Weldon's home. If you need directions to Connie's home, call Pastor Wilcox at (928) 472-4503.
The Tonto Village "Domino Divas" are still meeting on Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel for a competitive game of "Mexican Train" dominoes, good food and just getting together to solve the problems of the world. There are gals from all over the area and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.
This past Sunday afternoon at the Double D Saloon, the chalk dust was moving at a fast pace when the shooters took to the tables for a lively game of eight-ball about 3 p.m. When the dust settled, Joe Ferreira shot for first place. Dennis Minich, a Payson resident, took second place. Harvey Poyner came in at third place. Tuesday evening was the gals' time to take to the tables for a fast-paced game of nine-ball.
After the gals did their patriotic duty by going to the polls and voting, they got together at the Double D at about 6:30 p.m. Kara Shaw was the top winner followed by Betty Koutz and Ethel Cain. The gals always have a great time, and will not allow any heckling by the guys when they play, especially when they try those bank shots.
If you have Tuesday evenings free, stop by the Double D and enjoy a great game of nine-ball. There is always someone there who will help you learn the game.
A belated birthday greeting to Michael Bryan. Michael celebrated his 18th birthday on Nov. 3. Michael is the grandson of Danny and Ethel Cain of Tonto Village I.
Here's hoping that you had a great birthday, Michael.