A little bit of the old West was spotted in Tonto Village Tuesday afternoon.
A herd of cattle from the Cross V's Ranch owned by the Henderson family near Bonita Creek was being herded through Tonto Village. They were headed to Little Green Valley for winter grazing.
They spent the night near Highway 260, then went on down to Little Green Valley.
What a great sight to see the cow hands manage the steers and their calves. It is nice to know that a little of the Old West still exists.
Tonto Village Fire District
A regular monthly fire board meeting was held on Tuesday evening. Board members Rick Washburn and Gayle Fitch and Chief Hatch headed up the board. Gloria Alliger is on vacation.
A small audience listened as the board agreed to continue discussions on a possible merger of the Tonto Village Fire District and the Diamond Star Fire Department.
A "new" and upgraded fire engine was delivered to Station 62 in Mead Ranch recently, and the station was named for recently retired assistant chief, Wally Onizchak.
The station was renamed in his honor and will now be called ‘Wally's House.' A plaque was also presented to Wally for his years of service to the Tonto Village Fire District.
The fire board and the chief stressed the importance of calling 911 in case of any emergency.
My husband and I spotted a smoldering campfire in our area and we called the fire station and Kevin Martin went and put out the embers.
Mr. Martin was in hot water from the chief on this call, because we did not call 911. Chief Hatch stressed that the call would only get delayed and there would be a possibility of miss information secondhand to the 911 dispatcher Please remember, call 911, not the station.
Chief Hatch would like the nine communities that make up the Tonto Village Fire Department to form a Fuels Grant Committee. The fire district has been awarded two grants under the SFA Fuels Reduction Grants, for the purpose of removing fuels from the private lands within the district.
This resolution provides for a method of returning some funds to the property owners and provide brush pickup within the district and other items related to the grant.
If you would like to volunteer to be on the committee in your area, please contact the fire station in Tonto Village at (928) 478-4875.
Tonto Village Fire district has its own website. It is: tontovillagefire.org. The information is updated periodically, so check it for dates of board meetings and of training schedules.
The auxiliary report was made by president Linda Stailey.
Linda stated that the auxiliary is now in darkness until April, 2008. That means that only urgent business will be addressed by the executive board until next spring.
The get-together tea that was scheduled for October has been postponed until next spring. There have been many of the auxiliary members that have gone back to their winter homes, so there would not be many members present. Linda also told the board that she is donating a handmade quilt that will be raffled off for our fund-raisers. She said that the quilt is not quite done yet, but that she has already sold tickets for it.
Brad Dunmire celebrated his birthday on Oct. 11. Happy belated birthday Brad. Here's hoping that your birthday was wrapped in smiles.
Double D Happenings
The pool tables were seeing a lot of action this past Tuesday evening when the nine-ball gals got together with the Christopher Creek gals.
This week the Tonto Village gals swept the tables. The winners were Kara Shaw, Betty Koutz and Ethel Cain.
On Sunday afternoons, the tables are open for eight-ball competition. The winners this week were Joe Ferriera, Brian Mead and Payge Ferriera. Congratulations to all the winners.
Owner Ethel Cain has organized a Halloween costume party for Saturday, Oct. 27 starting at 7 p.m.
The DJ will be our very own ‘Rockin Ron' Gibson from the radio station KMOG. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.
Ethel says that you can bring snacks, but it is not required and there will not be any cover charges. So get out those weird costumes, or make one up and join the fun at the Double D on Oct. 27.