Tonto Village is turning colors this week. The leaves on some of the trees are already in their fall outfits. The weather is ideal for hiking and just enjoying the outdoors. Many of our part-time residents were in the Village for the weekend enjoying the balmy weather.
The only drawback to all the activity is the huge amount of dust that is stirred up by the large amount of traffic on the Control Road. The dust gets so thick at times that all my windows and doors have to be shut. With the amount of people who use this road every day, the road needs to be paved. The dust is not healthy for everyone's lungs. I hope that one day soon the Control Road will become a paved road.
Brad Dunmire will be celebrating a milestone birthday on Oct. 11. He will reach the big 50. Brad is a regular weekend resident of the area and hikes Christopher Mountain every chance he gets. He also is very aware of the weather in our area and keeps track of any precipitation that falls. Happy birthday, Brad.
The Fireflies will meet Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. After the October meeting, the group will go dark until April 2007. Through the winter, the executive committee will meet for any urgent business. Everyone within the fire district is welcome. The Tonto Village Fire Board will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. The meeting is always open to the public, and it is a good idea to see how your tax money is being spent.
The ladies domino group is still getting together every Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. Everyone is invited to join this fun group. They always break at 2 p.m. for a variety of dishes brought by the players. That has turned out to be just as important as playing dominoes. Come and join in the fun and chatter.
Birthdays and anniversaries
Bill Snyder and I will celebrate our 49th year of marriage on Oct. 12. There are many activities that help us together and, of course, one of them is fishing and the other is going to church. The marriage has grown from two people who were in love to five children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. We have been blessed and we thank God every day.
Oct. 14 is going to be a busy day for Betty Koutz, Harvey Poyner and John Watson. There will be so many candles on their birthday cake that our fire chief, J.R. Alliger, will have to stand by with a fire extinguisher. Happy birthday to all of you.
Betty Koutz is feeling lucky. Not only is her birthday coming up, but she also shot for first place in the ladies nine-ball tournament this past Tuesday evening. Margaret Stasny and Sue Prach shot for second and third places. Great going, gals.
Sunday afternoon the eight-ball tournament was played at the Double D Saloon. No surprises here. Cliff Landrum shot for first place, even though C.M. Scott, "Scotty," and Kevin Scott tried their best to out-shoot him. Congratulations to all the winners.
Friday afternoon have turned out to be a creative break for the artists in our little village. Ethel Cain reports that there were 10 artists who showed up this past Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Check out the Tuesday edition of the Payson Roundup. Carol La Valley did a great article on the artists. Thanks, Carol, for a report that was well done.