The dust is still flying all over the Village from all the traffic on the Control Road.
There are so many people who are using their weekends to stay at the campgrounds farther up the road. So, consequently, the quads, dirt bikes and the campers running up and down this dirt road cause havoc for the residents of Tonto Village with layers of dust that collect on our vehicles and homes and, of course, in our lungs. The Concerned Citizens Committee, formed several months back, have petitioned our legislators along with the Forest Service to pave a portion of the Control Road, enough of it to eliminate some of the throat-clogging dust that invades our village every weekend.
It is hoped that something can be done to alleviate the amount of dust this road causes.
Tonto Village Fire District
The volunteer firemen were busy this past weekend with training at Diamond Point Summer Homes.
Seven men participated in the exercise. They were Kevin Martin, Chad Stluka, Phon Sutton, Cliff Landrum, Steve Low, Roger Cassuto and Chief Alliger along with the Fire Department Chaplain Pastor Charlie Wilcox.
The water tankers were deployed to fill the "pumpkin," which is a large portable vinyl tank with water and the pumper truck sucks out the water to fight the fire.
Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department chief, Ray Larson, was on hand for mutual aid.
Going along with fire safety, there is a program in effect that will help the residents financially if there needs to be a major cleanup on your property; that would include taking down trees that have a potential hazard to your home. It is called the Urban Interface Program or the Community Wildland Protection Plan. If you hire a contractor to clean up your yard or cut down trees, this program will reimburse you half of your money back.
There is a form that needs to be filled out and the form can be picked up at the fire station. The telephone number is (928) 478-4875. My husband and I will be taking advantage of this program since we will be remodeling our cabin, and a few trees will need to be removed.
A huge warm welcome to our newest resident in the Village, Bobbette Davis. Bobbette has purchased the former Long home on Johnson Boulevard. Bobbette will be a full-time resident. Welcome to you, Bobbette. We all hope that you can participate in a few of our varied activities.
For those of you who do not want to spend the day baking and roasting a bird, Ethel Cain, owner of the Double D Restaurant told me that there will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner served at the restaurant Thanksgiving Day from noon to 4 p.m.
That sounds like a good idea for those of us who do not have a big family around anymore and would enjoy someone else's cooking.
The creative people in our midst are still getting together to share ideas about painting, etc., at the Double D Restaurant on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m.
If you would like to have a go at your creative side with any type of artwork, stop by any Friday. There are people there who can help you get started.
The eight-ball gang on Sunday afternoons got together at the and it looks as if Cliff Landrum has some stiff competition for first place with Joe Ferreira. Joe captured first place again this week, and Cliff shot for second place. Harvey Poyner hangs in there shooting for third place.
The nine-ball teams took the pool tables over this past Tuesday evening at the Double D. Top winner was Suzie Shill. Margaret Stasny shot for second place and Payge Ferreira took third place. That's another Tonto Village sweep.
Congratulations to all the winners.
The gals will not be meeting next Wednesday, Nov. 22 since the holiday is the next day.
Many of the gals will be busy preparing food for their families.
Play will resume the next Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. See you then.
Get Well wishes
Get well wishes and prayers to Pam Furobotten. Pam is undergoing knee surgery this week. Linda Stailey will also undergo foot surgery this week. We wish them both a speedy recovery.
Maurine Kirchhoefer of Tonto Village III will add another candle to her birthday cake on Nov. 19. Jimmy "Rabbit' Stephenson of Collins Ranch has his big day on Nov. 21. Todd Orr, son of Roy and Marge Tolby, will have his big day on Nov. 25.
Happy birthday to all of you.