The top story this week in Tonto Village is divided between the fantastic rainfall that we have had, an inch and a half, said resident Charlie Terry, and the addition of the new fire engine to the fire district.
Fire Board Chairman Rick Washburn said the last session of the Mini Academy will be on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Fire station #61 in Tonto Village. Starting time is 8:30 a.m.
Some of the training will be to familiarize the firefighters with the new engine.
It is a great sight to see the fire engine cruise through the village.
The Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary, the Fireflies, will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Tonto Village Chapel.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. All interested residents are urged to attend.
Most of the discussion will be the organization of the annual Labor Day Bash. This year the barbecue will be on Sept. 1 at the Tonto Village Chapel and the food will be served at 11 a.m.
There will be many other activities including a bake sale, a raffle for quilts, and other items such as an outdoor fire pit, a 20" chain saw and a hand-held scanner, plus an auction for various items donated to the auxiliary. The raffle items will be called every half hour, so come and enjoy all the festivities.
Whitney Heizer of the Payson Ranger Station told me over the phone that all fire restrictions have been lifted, as of Thursday, July 26, at 8 a.m. in the Tonto National Forest. Everyone has been very mindful of the fire danger this year and showed it by being extremely careful of the fire dangers that we have been experiencing this summer.
Wally Onizchak has been captain and assistant chief of station #62 in Mead Ranch for about 10 years.
Wally has decided that it is time to step down from his position and take a full retirement. The retirement party will be on Friday, Aug. 3 at 6:30 pm. at the home of Fireboard chairman, Rick Washburn in Mead and Collins Ranch. The event is a pot luck affair with steaks being donated by Fire Chief Gary Hatch, so bring a side dish. For directions to his home and to R.S.V.P., call 928-478-4663.
Former Tonto Village II residents Lorraine "Bo" Mathews and Doug Paul tied the knot on July 21 in Las Vegas at the Little Chapel of the West. Friends and family from California, Colorado, Wisconsin and Arizona attended the service. Bo was the secretary for the Christopher Creek Fire Department and an avid pool player at the Double D Saloon.
Village residents of Tonto Village III, Jeff and Kara Shaw, drove to Las Vegas for the ceremony. Bo and Doug will be visiting all their friends Labor Day weekend. We look forward to seeing them again. Congratulations to you, Bo and Doug.
Home from Iraq
Army Specialist Marcel Jones has just returned from a year's tour of duty in Iraq. Marcel is the 22-year-old son of Mike and Claire Jones of Tonto Village II. Marcel has been visiting his family and friends and then he will return to his unit in Hawaii. We all applaud him for his successful and safe return from Iraq. Thank you for your part in helping to keep us safe and free from terrorists.
Village residents and the owners of the Double D Cafe and Saloon, Danny and Ethel Cain have returned from a family reunion in North Dakota. Ethel saw many of her relatives that she has not seen in many years, plus it was vacation time that was sorely needed. Glad to have you both back in the village.
Pastor Charles Wilcox of the Tonto Village Chapel will celebrate his birthday on Aug. 2nd. Pastor Charlie, as he is affectionately known, has been very helpful allowing the activities of the village to come together at his chapel. We appreciate him and his wife Brenda for all that they do for our little community. Happy birthday to you, Pastor Wilcox, we all wish you to have a wonderful birthday.
The nine-ball tournament got under way this past Tuesday evening at the Double D. Anna Rippy, Betty Koutz and Kara Shaw were the best shooters of the night.
Sunday afternoon the eight-ball players took to the tables and Joe Ferriera, Dawn Savage from Rye, and Harvey Poyner shot for the top spots. Congratulations to the winners.