Where is this heat coming from? We moved to Tonto Village to get away from it years ago, but the heat has come to Payson.
I assumed wrongly that the truly high heat occurred in May and June, but, August?
I have been fortunate enough to have one of my daughters, Eileen and her husband Jon Porter, come and visit us from Yuma to get away from the heat.
The bad part of this is that we do not have air conditioning like just about everyone in Yuma has. Fans are usually enough for my husband and me.
They have been enjoying the rain that we've received this week. It does not rain in Yuma often, and when it does occur, it is very little.
Tonto Village is enjoying a resurgence of green everywhere, including weeds and grass. The rain has been like a shot in the arm for our apple trees and our gardens.
Bear Flat rain
Dara Sutton has given me the precipitation totals for her area. The amount is 2.44 inches so far for the month of August.
That sounds good, until you find out the normal is 3.2 inches for the same time period.
The total amount so far is 14.74 inches of measurable precipitation for this year.
There will be a Winchester family reunion at Robert and Ruth Ann's home on lot #51 from Aug. 15-22. There will be a community flag-raising ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 8 a.m. followed by a potluck continental breakfast. All patriotic Americans are invited. If you need directions to the Winchester home, you can call (928) 478-4531.
I stated that Glen and Audrey Shaw would celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary on Aug. 17. The date was right, but the year was not. It is really their 50th wedding anniversary.
Glen and Audrey's daughter Sandy Human, is hosting a small celebration for them in Pine at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18.
Family and friends from Minnesota will be on hand to help them usher in another 50 years together. Audrey will be released from Payson Care Center for a few hours, so that she can enjoy her family and friends.
Fire District happenings
There will be a meeting of the Fireflies at 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20 at the Tonto Village Chapel. The agenda will concern the Labor Day Bash on Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The committees will make their reports at that time for the finalizing of all the activities. Help is always welcome. Come and find out where you can lend a helping hand. The flyers for the event will be showing up this week in various places in Payson and the surrounding area so watch for all the details of this fun day in the village.
There will be a Tonto Village Fire Board meeting Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at the fire station #61 in the village, then will also be a strategic planning meeting on Sept. 15 at the Diamond Star Fire Station from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The goal of the meeting is to set up a 3-5 year strategy plan for the Tonto Village Fire District. A three- to five-man committee will be appointed at that time. As always, these meetings are open to the public and all interested persons are urged to attend.
Chief Hatch will be attending the International Association of Fire Chiefs conference this coming week in Atlanta, Ga. He will make a report to both the Diamond Star Fire Department and the Tonto Village Fire District at their next regular meetings.
Jonathan Morris, the son of Stephanie and Tyson of Tonto Village II, will celebrate his eighth birthday on August 22. Jonathan is also the great grandson of Charlie and Ruby Terry.
Ken Kempton of Diamond Point Summer Homes will have his big day on August 24. Ken and his wife Rosa are a regular part of the congregation of the Tonto Village Chapel and are frequent visitors to the village.
Charles "Chuck" Stailey will be adding another candle to his birthday cake on August 26. Chuck has been a resident of the village for about 35 years and is a very community-minded individual. Chuck is always willing to lend a helping hand to people who need it.
Happy birthday to all of you and here's hoping that your birthday will be savored for the gift that it is. There are exactly 86,400 seconds in your birthday. Enjoy every one of them.
The billiard balls were busy this past Tuesday evening at the Double D Saloon when the gals took over the tables for a fast game of nine-ball. The winners were Patty Boeshling of Christopher Creek, Payge Ferriera and Susie Shill of the village. Congratulations to the winners.