Columnist Catches Up On Village After Week Away

TONTO VILLAGE

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There was no column last week since I was in Yuma for business and pleasure. It was a hectic week visiting children, grandchildren and relatives from Colorado. All the meals tended to be of Mexican origin -- in particular, those great margaritas.

My son is very adept at grilling carne asada and pollo asada. My daughter-in-law makes a great Spanish rice.

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The Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary, also known as the "Fireflies," are busy sewing a denim rag quilt to be used as one of the Labor Day Bash raffle items.

I was on the go the whole time, so it was too difficult to sit down and write about happenings in Tonto Village.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Joan and Gary Norem of Tonto Village III celebrated their birthdays together on March 1. Joan is an active member of the Fireflies Auxiliary and she has gone the extra mile almost tirelessly in volunteering her time, as has Gary. Gary helps out in moving chairs and tables for the food events held by the Auxiliary.

Eric Kirchhoefer, also of Tonto Village III, became another year older on March 6. Eric served on the fire board for many years, giving his time and expertise.

Theresa Meeker of Tonto Village II and Scottsdale adds another candle to her birthday cake, or I should say cheesecake -- she likes that best -- on March 8.

Bill Snyder celebrates his 72nd birthday on March 9. I know Bill fairly well and I know that his favorite is German chocolate cake.

Pat Watson, pianist for the Tonto Village Chapel and the Star Valley Church, and Kent Mortenson of Tonto Village III have their big days on March 12.

Happy birthday to all of you.

Tonto Village Chapel

Pastor Charles Wilcox would like to welcome all men from the surrounding area to the next Men's Breakfast to be held on March 13 at 7:30 a.m. at the Chapel. Ham and eggs will be served, along with a great cup of coffee.

There will be a potluck luncheon after the Sunday services which begin at 9 a.m. on March 11 around 12:30 p.m.

Bring along one of your favorite dishes and join in the friendly conversation with your neighbors.

Tonto Village Fire District

The auxiliary to the Tonto Village Fire District have been busy making quilts to be used as raffle items for the Labor Day Bash. One quilt is already done, expertly made by Vicki Grootegoed from Christopher Creek. The other quilt is a denim rag quilt. The quilt raffle tickets went very quickly last year, so it was decided to raffle off two this year.

Fire Chief J.R. Alliger tendered his resignation, which was accepted by the Tonto Village Fire Board at a special meeting on Feb. 27. The Board would like to thank the Chief for all his contributions to the Tonto Village Fire District and wish him well in his future endeavors. Kevin Martin will be the acting administrator for the district until the Board decides how to best manage the district and move forward. This topic will be on the agenda at the next regular board meeting on March 14 at 6 p.m.

On March 17 at 10 a.m., there will be a meeting for past and present firefighters at the Tonto Village fire station to review the current situation and discuss rebuilding district personnel.

Coffee and donuts will be served by the Fireflies. They will also be on hand to help in any way they can.

Pool results

The winners of the nine-ball tournament held on Tuesday evening at the Double D Bar were Kara Shaw, Margaret Stasney and Betty Koutz. Last week's winners were Patty Boeschling, Suzie Shill and Betty Koutz.

Sunday afternoon was eight-ball game time and, as predictable as snow in the winter, Cliff Landrum shot for first place, followed by Ethel Cain and Harvey Poyner.

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