The weather is hot, hot, hot. My third daughter, Vicki Nelson, and her husband, Bill, from Yuma came here for a few days hoping to get away from the extreme heat. That did not happen, although we had a really nice visit. We went to Tonto Natural Bridge early in the morning, and took that long hike down, which was not too bad, but coming back up was a bit rough for this reporter.
What a great place to take visitors, the bridge looks like another world. I do recommend hiking shoes and plenty of water for the walk to and from the bridge. Don't forget to bring your camera for some spectacular shots of the bridge.
There will be a very important meeting concerning the Tonto Village Water Company this Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. Mr. Harry Jones from the Rim Trail Water District will be answering questions about what it will take to run the Water District in Tonto Village. This meeting is vital to all Tonto Village I, II and III residents. Please attend this very important meeting.
Tonto Village is busy with visitors to the residents and many campers on the Control Road. The dust has been very heavy from the Control Road and my throat closes up every evening when the dust just hangs in the air. The residents of the Village have petitioned that the Control Road be paved, even if only partway from the start of the Village to the end. The paving is in the proposal stage as far as I know, so everyone in the village is hoping that the paving truly comes to pass very soon.
Tonto Village Chapel
Pastor Wilcox wants to remind everyone in the surrounding area that Vacation Bible School will start on July 9 and continue through July 13 at the Chapel. The fun will be from 9 a.m. until noon. There will be many crafts for the children, along with lessons from the Bible. There are volunteer teachers for the lessons and, this year, the chapel is blessed with having two missionary workers who will assist in making this year's session a successful one.
There will be a potluck luncheon this coming Sunday after services. The Star Valley church will also be on hand for the food. Food will be served, starting at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bring a covered dish and enjoy visiting your neighbors.
Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary
The Fireflies have been very busy making lunch for the volunteer firefighters during their Mini Academy training at the fire station. The attendance has been very good with the maximum number participating -- 28 firefighters.
The next meeting time for the Fireflies has been changed to Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Chapel. Mark your calendars, since this is a new time and date. There will another meeting later in August to finalize plans for the big Labor Day Bash held on Sept. 1.
The school season for the Shelby School will begin on Aug. 6 this year. Shelby School is a charter school and bus service is available for the students in the outlying areas. The school will have an open house in Christopher Creek on Sunday, July 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Blake Cabin, which is directly across from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Principal Carol Moore can be reached at (928) 478-4706 ext. 4 for more information about this year's school program.
Lenore Belcher of Bear Flat will have another birthday on July 11. Janice Long of Long Ranch will have her big day on July 14. Sam Coe of Tonto Village II will add another candle on his birthday cake on July 15. Nick Fitch of Tonto Village III has his birthday on July 16. Happy birthday to everyone.
The gals played nine-ball this past Tuesday evening at the Double D. No one was more surprised than the winner. Sue Prach is a relatively new player and she shot for the top spot. Way to go, Sue. We all knew you had it in you to be the big winner. Payge Ferriera and Debbie Lucchesi were the second and third-place finishers.
Sunday afternoon at the "D" the eight-ball players took to the tables. When the chalk dust settled, the top winner was Cliff Landrum. Who else? Coming in at second and third place was Larry Beck and Debbie Lucchesi of Tonto Village II. Congratulations to all the winners.