The rain this past week has truly been a blessing.
Tonto Village was more fortunate than other communities in the area.
We did not have any flash flooding and the creek that runs through the village did not rise.
There was enough of the precipitation to make everything green, and for my roses to sprout new growth.
The good news for our part-time residents is that the forest is now open and they will be allowed campfires.
Quad riders hum
The streets around the village were humming with quad riders all weekend.
It got so noisy, I had to shut my front door.
There seemed to be more people than usual, as it was the last weekend before the start of school this week.
Residents are reminded of the 25-mile-an hour speed limit that is posted in the village. Watch out for the school buses loading and unloading the children.
Mini FIre Academy
The last firefighting training session for the ‘Mini Academy' will be this Saturday morning at station #61 in Tonto Village. The session will start promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch will be provided about Noon by the Fireflies, the fire department auxiliary.
Fireflies plan fun
The Fireflies will hold their next meeting at 3 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Tonto Village Chapel.
They will discuss final plans for their big fund-raiser for the firefighters on Sept. 1.
The event is the auxiliary's biggest fund-raiser for the fire department and is usually a Village-wide celebration.
The new fire trucks will be on display, along with blood pressure checks by the firefighters.
The barbecue pork dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will also be a bake sale and a pie auction.
Raffle items will be called every half hour.
We hope that everyone who reads this column comes to enjoy the good food and all the other activities.
Potluck at Chapel
There will be a potluck luncheon after Sunday school sessions at 12:30p.m. on Aug. 12. Bring a covered dish to share with the congregation and friends of the chapel.
August is a busy month of birthdays in Tonto Village besides in my own family.
Mary Kindler, who lives in Bear Flat, starts the week off by having her big day on Aug. 9.
Then, her husband Denny celebrates his birthday on Aug. 11. Mary loves to play dominoes with the Domino Divas every Wednesday.
Denny and Mary have chosen to become permanent residents in Bear Flat after commuting back and forth from the valley. They are a welcome addition to our area.
Randy Slapnicka of Zane Grey Cabin Road, adds another candle on his birthday cake on Aug. 16.
Randy is our resident entrepreneur. He and his wife Brenda own Rancho Tonto Catch-a-Trout, his own real estate company and a restaurant in Forest Lakes. The rumor is that Randy is also planning something for Christopher Creek. Watch for the news.
Aug. 17 is really a busy day. Phon Sutton of Bear Flat has his birthday that day along with Brenda Wilcox.
Brenda is Pastor Wilcox's wife and is very active in all the Chapel's activities, as is Phon. They both have a great sense of community sharing.
The village appreciates all of their efforts.
Last, but not least, Glen and Audrey Shaw will celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary on Aug. 17.
This year will be a quiet one since Audrey fell and broke her hip. Audrey is now in Payson Care Center with rehabilitation.
Visitors would be appreciated.
Ladies pool tournament
The Double D ladies nine-ball tournament got under way this past Tuesday evening.
Payge Ferriera, Ethel Cain and Sue Prach were the top winners.
Eight-ball at the Double D
This past Sunday afternoon at the Double D, the eight-ball players took over the pool tables.
Peter Speiss, Joe Ferriera and Cliff Landrum were the three top winners.
Cliff is using his sliced finger from a saw as an excuse for not winning first place.
The players said that his finger was all wrapped up in white bandages.
OK, Cliff, that excuse is allowed only once.
Anyway, congratulations to all the winners.