Residents Stay Busy At The Double D

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The Tonto Village Fire District firehouse and the Tonto Village Chapel are the busiest places in the Village, besides the Double D Bar, Saloon and Restaurant.

This past year, a few new circles of interest were organized. A new art group was started by Ethel Cain, who is an artist herself, and she persuaded some of the people to show off their talents and compare notes.

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Tonto Village residents can enjoy a nice meal, socializing, a good game of pool or community artwork at the Double D.

The Fireflies, formerly the Fire Sirens, were reorganized under the direction of Linda Stailey. With her guidance and helpful assistance in food preparation, the Fireflies put on two very successful events. The first one was the Memorial weekend breakfast, which was also a ‘welcome back' to the area's part-time residents. The other event was the Labor Day Bash, which turned out to be the group's best moneymaker ever.

The pool games held at the Double D Saloon are always a crowd pleaser. The Tuesday evening nine-ball tournament draws fans from all over the area. The other successful tournament is held on Sunday afternoons when the players get serious about eight-ball. Cliff Landrum has been a continuous winner at this particular tournament. He really knows how to wield that pool cue.

A concerned citizens' committee was formed with the goal of having the Control Road paved, at least part of the way. The dust that is generated by the traffic is unhealthy. Letters were sent to Gila County Supervisors and the area's congressmen in the hope that something could be done to alleviate the dust.

Another group was formed to look into the possibility of purchasing the Tonto Village Water Company from its long-time owners, the Standage family. This process will most likely take some time since the input of the whole community is needed.

With the help of the Star Valley Diamond Star Fire Department, the Tonto Village Fire District' board is looking into the possibility of merging with other small fire districts in the surrounding area.

Another popular community event are the regular Saturday morning quad rides organized by Danny Cain when the weather is good. The rides take in the area's beautiful scenery and the many historical sites in the surrounding Rim Country.

All in all, the people of Tonto Village feel their tiny community is changing for the better, with many new residents coming to the area.

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