Tonto Village is coming into bloom. The pear trees and the apple trees are beginning to show their flowers, along with a few mock cherry trees. It is a most beautiful sight.
A few things, like dust from the Control Road and speeding vehicles, mar the scenery. A suggestion has been made regarding putting up signs along the Control Road by a few of the residents, along with bigger signs to tell drivers to slow down when coming through the Village. There are children, dogs and people walking who should be considered when driving through the Village.
As the season progresses, the traffic will increase, so precautions need to be taken and the speed limit, of 25 miles per hour or less, needs to be observed. Please, be aware of your neighbors and have some consideration for everyone's safety.
Smoking ban impact
The smoking ban for all public places will impact Tonto Village. I talked with the owner of the Double D Restaurant today, and I asked how the smoking ban will affect her business. Ethel Cain told me they are considering building a patio area west of the little convenience store or enclosing the front porch so that there will be a place for the smokers who frequent the restaurant and bar.
Tonto Village Fire District
There will be a budget meeting for the 2007-08 fiscal year on Saturday, April 28, at the fire station, beginning at 10 a.m. All the residents of the fire district should be in attendance for this very important meeting. This is your tax dollar that is being considered.
The training schedule for firefighters has begun with the training at the fire station this past Wednesday. The schedule will continue and will be held on the first and third Wednesday at the fire station beginning at 6 p.m. There will also be a training session on the fourth Saturday of every month, starting at 10 a.m. for those who miss a Wednesday session and a continuing session for the others who attend the Wednesday sessions.
Volunteer help is needed at the fire station for inventory. Please call administrative assistant Kevin Martin at the station if you have some free time. Kevin can be reached by calling (928) 478-4875.
The Fireflies, the auxiliary to the fire district, have begun their plans for the Memorial Day breakfast that will be held on May 26 at the Tonto Village Chapel. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and will continue until 10:30 a.m. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar.
There will be biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee along with chorizo burritos available. The cost will be $5 for adults and $2 for kids. The burritos will sell for $2 each. All of the food is being cooked by the auxiliary and is homemade. This event is a great way to start our summer season with most of our part-time residents coming to the Village, so make sure you stop by the Chapel and greet your neighbors and enjoy a great meal.
Dead tree hazard
My husband and I were on our way to church this past Sunday morning when we noticed that along the highway, there were many dead trees just waiting to fall on the road, especially when the wind was gusting to over 30 miles an hour. I called a few of our federal and state agencies and passed along the word that these trees could fall on a vehicle and really do a lot of damage. I hope that something is done about those dead trees along Highway 260 before anyone is seriously injured.
Passing of one of our own
Word was received in the Village about the passing of one of our residents, Raylene Brooks Peterson. Raylene was known by many people in the Village and she will be sorely missed. Our condolences to Raylene's family in their time of sorrow. Private services have been planned for Raylene in the Valley.
There are only two birthdays this week and both are on the same day. Angela Meeker-Glass and Roxanne Martin will add another candle on their birthday cakes April 19. Angela is the daughter of Rick and Theresa Meeker of Tonto Village II and Scottsdale. They have been coming to the Rim Country for many years.
Roxanne is the wife of our administrative assistant, Kevin Martin, at the fire station and they live in Tonto Village II. Happy birthday to Angie and Roxanne.
Patty Boeschling, Payge Ferriera and Betty Koutz were the top winners in the nine-ball tournament held at the Double D this past Tuesday evening. Brian Mead, Ethel Cain and Joe Ferriera were the top pool shooters this past Sunday afternoon for the eight-ball tournament. The tournament gets started at 3 p.m. at the Double D every Sunday. Now, homemade pizza is available.