This past holiday weekend, breakfast was a rousing success for the Tonto Village Fire Department and its auxiliary. The residents, volunteer firemen, including those from Diamond Star Fire Department and the auxiliary worked hard to set up and break down the tables and chairs, as well as preparing all the food, which was delicious. There were many compliments on the breakfast.
Thanks to everyone in the Village, including the many contributors. The auxiliary made a resounding profit to help our firefighters with supplies, turnouts and radios. Thank you again to all who helped in any way.
The next Fireflies auxiliary meeting will be on June 8 at 3 p.m. at the Tonto Village Chapel. All ladies within the Fire District are welcome to join the group.
The Bear Flat Landowners annual meeting was held on Sunday, May 27. Art Pierce, president of the group, is working with the Tonto Village Fire District on a petition to be drawn up for all the residents to become part of the Tonto Village Fire District. Diamond Star Chief Gary Hatch, who is the Tonto Village interim chief for one year, and Rick Washburn, the chairman of the Tonto Village Fire District Board, were in attendance to answer any questions from Bear Flat residents. All the residents in attendance were very enthused to become part of the fire district.
Thompson Draw Association meetings
The Thompson Draw Homeowners Association I and II will be holding its annual spring meetings on Saturday, June 2. Thompson Draw I will hold its meeting at 4 p.m. at its meeting place and Thompson Draw II will have its meeting at 5 p.m. at the pump house. Chief Hatch and Rick Washburn will be at both of these meetings to answer questions from residents.
Congratulations to all the graduates from Payson High School. Tonto Village wishes to give two of their residents, Katrina "Trina" Reese, the daughter of Payge and Joe Ferriera of Tonto Village II, and Morgan Cassuto, son of Roger and Amanda Cassuto, kudos for a job well done. From Rancho Tonto, congratulations to Austin Slapnicka. Austin will be going to The School of Real Estate this summer and in the fall. He will be joining the students at Arizona State University, majoring in real estate and developing. Trina will be attending Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher in the fall.
The annual melodrama, put on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Christopher Creek, will be held this year on June 28, 29 and 30. Performances will be at 7 p.m. each evening with a matinee performance on Saturday, May 30, at 2 p.m. The title of the melodrama this year is "The Loathsome Lady" or "An Arthurian Tale Retold" by Jane Jeffries, by special arrangement with the Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. of Englewood, Colo.
Karl Mann of Hunter Creek is the producer this year and there are players from Payson, Christopher Creek and Tonto Village. There is no cost involved to see the play, but tickets are required for all performances. In Payson, call Annette Godfrey at (928) 468-7416, Cindy Mann in Christopher Creek at (928) 478-4008 or Janet Snyder in Tonto Village at (928) 478-4575.
Tonto Village Chapel
There will be a potluck luncheon held after church services on June 10, at 12:30 p.m. On Tuesday morning, the men of the chapel and surrounding area will hold a men's breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. at the chapel. The guys are pretty good cooks. So, guys, go and eat before work and have a great breakfast and maybe a few good words of wisdom spoken by Pastor Wilcox to get you through the day.
Betty Koutz, Ethel Cain and Patty Boeschling were the top winners in the nine-ball tournament, held at the Double D on Tuesday evening. Peter Speiss, "Bo" Mathews and Kara Shaw were the lucky winners at the eight-ball tournament, held on Sunday afternoon. "Bo" made a surprise visit to the Village this past weekend. Bo moved to Las Vegas about a year ago. It was good to visit with her.
There is another fire in the area. It is called the "Vincent" fire and it is located in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. The fire was spotted about 11 a.m. Tuesday morning and, at that time, was about three acres.
As of Wednesday morning, the fire was 20 percent contained. The firefighters hoped to have it fully contained by Wednesday evening. So far, it has burned about 250 acres. The fire is located about 22 miles west of Heber. If you need more information, call the Payson Ranger station at (928) 474-7900.
Jerry Farmer of Tonto Village I will add another candle to his birthday cake on June 3. Marilyn Lamb of Kohl's Ranch and an avid domino player, will celebrate her big day on June 6. Happy birthday to the both of you.
The Rancho Tonto Catch-a-Trout on the Tonto Creek is now open all week. This is good news for vacationers to catch their dinner of a good-sized trout without the hassle of poles, bait and cleaning the trout, which is all provided. Picnic grounds are also available, so that a family can catch their dinner and eat it right there on a grill. Since most of the Tonto Creek is cordoned off by the Forest Service, this is the best opportunity to have fun and eat the delicious trout. Call Brenda at (928) 478-0002 for more information.