May is a glorious month in Tonto Village, since the spring blooms are showing off their colors of purple, yellow, red in the tulips, lilacs and irises. Everything seems to be new and popping up for the short life span of some of the flowers. I marvel at the inventiveness of some of the neighbors and what they have done with the spring flowers. Some use old wheelbarrows for their irises, others, window boxes and others still in red cedar planters.
Come and check out the Village on Saturday, May 26, when the whole town will be holding a yard sale. If you see a balloon on the residence, that means they have something to sell. Sue Prach is the organizer of this gigantic sale. Call her at (928) 478-0250 if you have any questions. The yard sale will be going on all day Saturday, May 26.
Come out and visit us early for breakfast. The breakfast will be held at the Tonto Village Chapel, beginning at 7:30 a.m., ending at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 a plate for adults and $2.50 for youngsters. The meal includes, scrambled eggs, sausage patties and biscuits and gravy. Juice and coffee will also be available. There will also be chorizo burritos for sale, for $2 each. The event is sponsored by the Fireflies, the auxiliary to the Tonto Village Fire District. The event is one of two events that the auxiliary puts on as fund-raisers for the fire department.
Saturday will turn out to be a no-cook day for most people. There will be a brats and burgers luncheon in Christopher Creek, starting at 2 to 6 p.m. The Firebelles, the auxiliary to the Christopher Creek Fire Department, are sponsoring this lunch along with a silent auction with very large ticket items.
Also, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is holding their annual Memorial Day potluck and barbecue in Christopher Creek, starting at 5 p.m.
Bring along a covered dish and enjoy the evening with everyone.
There should not be any excuse for anyone to go hungry on May 26. I hope to see you at least at one of these events.
Tonto Village Fire District will be holding their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. at the fire station in Tonto Village. There have been many rumors buzzing through the village in the past few months regarding what is happening within the fire district. Come and hear for yourself what is really going on.
Don't forget about the haz-mat day on Saturday, May 12. On this day, hazardous materials can be disposed of at the Payson Multi-event Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items such as old paint cans, old oil, aerosol cans and batteries will be accepted. If you are spring cleaning your residence, that would be a good time to clean out your garage.
A word of caution to visitors in the area who will be roaming around in the forest. A black bear has been spotted around the Bear Flat area. This bear does not seem to have any fear of humans. In one instance, the bear came right up to a cabin window. Please be careful and be watchful. If you are having visitors over the long weekend, please let them know to use extra caution when hiking and to keep an eye on children and pets.
Sue Prach of Tonto Village I will add another candle on her birthday cake on May 16. Sue is a regular domino diva and also tries her hand at nine-ball pool on Tuesday evenings. Annette Godfrey is another regular at dominoes, and Annette prefers chicken-foot dominoes. Annette will be celebrating her big day on May 17. Happy birthday to both of you.
Joan and Gary Norem of Tonto Village III, will be enjoying another year of marriage on May 20. Both Joan and Gary are two civic-minded individuals and have helped the "fire flies" with fund-raising events for many years. We thank them and wish them both many more years together.
Cliff Landrum has done it again winning the eight-ball tournament at the Double D on Sunday afternoon. Joe Ferriera and Harvey Poyner shot for second and third places.
Margaret Stasney, Betty Koutz and Payge Ferriera were the top three winners at the nine-ball tournament held this past Tuesday evening.