Fire Department Merger Under Discussion



A very important workshop was held at the Diamond Star Fire Department this past Tuesday. The fire boards of both Diamond Star and the Tonto Village Fire met, along with many of the residents of the Tonto Village community.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the five-year plan that was put together by Diamond Star Fire Chief Gary Hatch.

Chief Hatch has been contracted by the Tonto Village Fire board to be acting chief for a period of one year.

The other matter up for discussion was the possibility of a merger of the Tonto Village Fire Department and the Diamond Star Fire Department. There were no negative comments by anyone that attended the workshop.

Another workshop will be held on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Tonto Village Fire Station on Mathews Lane in the village. Everyone is urged to attend to voice any positive or negative comments on the possible merger. Both fire boards will also be at the gathering.

Tonto Village Fire district has a Web site that is updated frequently and it is a very informative site. It lists the activities of the firefighters, as well as the auxiliary and the training days. The site is:

The volunteer firefighters, seven in all from the Tonto Village Fire District, are undergoing rigorous training in the Firefighter I classes that are going on at Gila County Community College. Keep up the good work, fellows, we are all proud of you. We know that it is not an easy task to be going to school, besides working all day.

The next fire training will be held at the fire station at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The fire board will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the fire station at 6 p.m. All residents of the district are welcome to attend. The meetings are always open to the public.

Jail Bond Issue

On Sept. 22, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin visited our little community at the Tonto Village Chapel. The purpose of the meeting was to give a bit of insight to the jail bond issue. Tommie gave a short speech on the pros and cons of where the new jail should be and how it may be funded.

Regretfully, it was a small gathering, but Tommie left paperwork and CDs for anyone who is interested.

Contact Linda Stailey at 928-478-4641. Tommie left a good supply to be handed out to the residents of the area.

Judi DeRoches of Tonto Village III will celebrate her birthday on Oct. 8. Oct. 14 is a very busy day. Betty Koutz, Harvey Poyner and John Watson all of Tonto Village I will share their birthday on Oct. 14. Happy birthday to all of you. The day is not to add another year of age, it is to add another year of memories.

On Oct. 12, Bill and Janet Snyder will celebrate 50 years of living, loving and sharing together. They were married in Milford, Pennsylvania at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The years have flown by and have resulted in five children and 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Life has been good for the Snyder clan. Happy Anniversary to us!

Sunday afternoon at the Double D Saloon, the pool tables were busy with eight-ball. MIchael Bryan shot for first place and Joe Ferriera and Harvey Poyner shot for second and third place.

The gals took over on Tuesday evening for a game of nine-ball. The Christopher Creek gals almost made a sweep, winning first and second places. Sherry Goddard, and Nancy Pierce were the lucky gals. Ethel Cain hung on for the third place spot. Congratulations to all the winners.

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