Fly 'Old Glory' This Memorial Day Weekend

TONTO VILLAGE

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Tonto Village is gearing up for the first big weekend of the summer season. The biggest event will be the kickoff breakfast put on by the Tonto Village Fire Department Auxiliary. The breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 26, at the Tonto Village Chapel. The food will be ready at 7:30 a.m.

There will be scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage patty, juice and coffee, all for only $5 a plate. Chorizo burritos will also be available for $2.

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The Tonto Village Fire Department Auxiliary will be selling raffle tickets for two handmade quilts. This quilt is called a "paw print quilt." Tickets will be on sale from any auxiliary member for $1 for one or six for $5 at the Memorial Day breakfast on May 26.

There will also be a huge yard sale in the entire Tonto Village neighborhood. If you see a balloon on a fence, there is something for sale. Call Sue Prach for more details at (928) 478-0250.

We all must not forget why we celebrate this holiday. Remember our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who gave their lives for the freedom in our country. Fly "Old Glory" all weekend.

Fire Restrictions

I talked with Gloria Alliger of the Payson Ranger Station Wednesday morning, and they have received a news release from the Tonto National Forest supervisor's office. There are fire restrictions in effect, as of May 23, beginning at 8 a.m. There will be no open fires of any kind, including in improved campgrounds. There is to be no smoking outside of a cleared area, no chain saw use and no discharging of firearms.

I also talked with Kevin Martin, the Administrative Assistant to the Tonto Village Fire Department and he has advised me that notices will be posted concerning the "no open fire" rule and that there will be stiff fines imposed for any violators. There will also be Gila Country Sheriff's Office vehicles and severity patrols along the Control Road all weekend. They will be looking for open fires and taking down license plate numbers of any violators. We must all stay vigilant in preserving our forest and recognize that the forest is a precious commodity that can be gone with just a small spark. Do your part and obey all the fire restriction rules.

Tonto Village Fire Board

Rick Washburn, the fire board chairman, has called for a special meeting on Tuesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. at the fire station. At that time, discussion will concern the disposal of surplus equipment that is outdated or not needed by the fire company. A list will be made and the items will be either put up for sale, for auction or for the landfill. Please attend this important meeting.

Belated Birthdays, etc.

Rick Prach of Tonto Village I celebrated a milestone birthday on May 14 when he turned 50 years young. A belated birthday greeting to you, Rick. Here's hoping your day was a wonderful one. Welcome to the Senior Citizen's Club.

Danny and Ethel Cain celebrated their 27 years together on May 20. They splurged with some time off and went to the movies to see "Shrek 3." Happy anniversary to the both of you. Here's hoping you get to spend many more years together.

Bear Flat

Word was received that a longtime resident of Bear Flat passed away unexpectedly on May 5. Art Odom was a prominent figure in the Bear Flat area and was responsible last year for clearing areas around the Bear Flat community and helped the firefighters contain the blaze that destroyed the Kalo cabin. Everyone in this tiny community owes a debt of gratitude to Art for his contribution to the safety of all of his neighbors. Art was laid to rest on Saturday, May 12, in Mesa. All the residents give their sympathy to Art's wife, Donna and all of his family. Art will be sorely missed and not forgotten.

Tonto Village Chapel

Vacation Bible School will be held on July 9 through July 13 at the Chapel. This year's theme is "Jungle Jaunt." Grandparents who will be entertaining their grandchildren for that part of the summer, keep the Bible School activities in mind. Kids tend to get bored on summer break, so this is a great activity for the kids in the neighborhood. The Chapel phone number is (928) 478-5070 or call Bible School coordinator, Rita Spalink, at (928) 478-4282.

The potluck luncheons will resume on June 10 at the Chapel, beginning at 12:45 p.m. They will be held on every second Sunday in the month. On the fourth Sunday of every month, the Star Valley Baptist Church will hold its potluck luncheon after services. The parishioners from the Tonto Village Chapel are urged to participate in their luncheon also. Chapel services begin at 9 a.m. with Pastor Charles Wilcox officiating. All are welcome.

Pool results

Patty Boeschling, Payge Ferriera and Ethel Cain shot for first, second and third places in their weekly duel of the tables for the nine-ball tournament this past Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Joe Ferriera, Cliff Landrum and Betty Koutz were the top winners Sunday afternoon for the eight-ball tournament.

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