The Tonto Village Fire District will be holding another budget meeting this Saturday. The meeting will be at the fire station. The budget will be for the 2007-08 fiscal year. Please be at the fire station at 10 a.m.
This money is your tax dollars and your input into how it will be spent is very important.
Make some time Saturday morning to drop in and see how the process develops.
Fire Board Chairman Rick Washburn wishes to recognize Kevin Martin, who is the administrative assistant for the fire department. Kevin has been very helpful in keeping the station together, and helping the fire board get the regular monthly business under control.
Kevin and his wife, Roxanne, live in Tonto Village II and have lived in the Village a little more than a year. They originally lived in Gilbert, but retired from their jobs and were looking for a quiet place to live when they found out about a house soon to be vacant in our area.
They grabbed that opportunity and made the move to the Village. Kevin and Roxanne have been married for 10 years, and share eight children (mostly grown, now), and seven grandchildren.
Kevin's hours at the station are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The phone number for the station is (928) 478-4875.
Required burn permits are now available at the station. They can be filled out there or Kevin said he will take the information over the phone.
A burn permit is required to do any type of burning within the fire district. If the burning will be on the weekend, the station needs to be contacted by 11 a.m. Friday morning. These permits are for your own protection. If the burning is done without a permit and it gets out of control, the person would be liable for the cost of the emergency vehicles to put out the fire.
Visit the Tonto Village Fire District Web site for burn permit procedures, news and training schedules. The Web site is www.tontovillagefire.org.
The next meeting of the auxiliary to the fire department will be on Tuesday, May 1, at the Tonto Village Chapel. Discussion will center around the Memorial weekend breakfast that will be held at the Chapel. This event is one of two events that the Fireflies sponsor as fund-raisers for the fire department. There will be two handmade quilts that will be offered through the selling of raffle tickets. The Fireflies will be given tickets to sell for the drawing at this meeting. Contact Auxiliary president Linda Stailey for more information on the quilts or the breakfast at (928) 478-4641.
A suggestion has been made by one of our neighbors that might be of interest to the residents of the village. Sue Prach has suggested that on the same weekend of the Fireflies breakfast, that a villagewide yard sale take place. It has been done in the past, with a bit of success, so maybe it would be helpful to everyone who is cleaning out and getting rid of items no longer needed. Sue suggested that anyone who would be interested to put out your items in your yard and place a balloon on your fence to let the people know which yards have something to sell.
Call Sue at (928) 478-0250 with any suggestions.
The Winchesters, Robert and Ruth Ann, are organizing a Memorial luncheon for Paul Livermore at their home on April 28 at noon. Paul was a longtime resident of the area before he passed away last year. Bring a small potluck item and swap stories of Paul with his friends and family. If you need directions to Bob's home, call him at (928) 478-4531.
Tonto Village Chapel
Pastor Charles Wilcox has announced that the next men's breakfast will be on May 1 at 7:30 a.m. The food is good and the guys get to meet their neighbors. Don't forget that date, and the breakfast can be enjoyed at no cost to you. There are two opportunities for Bible study in the Village --Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. is the first one and is being led by Rita Spalink, and the second time is Thursday evening, starting at 6 p.m., led by Dick Watson. Rita is researching prophets, and is currently studying about Elijah.
On Tuesday evening at the Double D, the gals got together for a nine-ball tournament. Linda Stailey, Margaret Stasney and Payge Ferriera were the lucky winners. On Sunday, the eight-ball winners were Cliff Landrum, Brandon Rainey and Ethel Cain.