Can you feel it? Fall is in the air. The mornings and evenings are getting a bit chilly, some of my summer flowers are fading fast and the hummingbirds have diminished drastically.
There are a few apples on my trees this year, and they are starting to turn red. I may have enough for a pie or two, but that's about it for this year.
I look forward to the changing of the leaves on the trees. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.
There will be a very important community meeting this Saturday at the Tonto Village Chapel. Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin will be speaking of the jail bond that will be decided by the people.
Tommie will answer questions from the audience. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Please stick a reminder on your calendar.
The jail bond issue relates to our tax dollar and how it should be spent. Don't let this Saturday go by without checking out the meeting.
Tonto Village Chapel
Pastor Charles Wilcox delivered his last sermon this past Sunday morning.
Pastor Charlie as he is affectionately known, will be busy with his grandchildren and will also do something very special for his and Brenda's wedding anniversary on Sept. 26.
From my point of view, I will miss him.
He is such a compassionate man and one who lives his faith and knows how to share that faith with his congregation.
I know that he would be available to anyone who needs some faith strengthening.
Happy anniversary to Pastor Charlie and his wife Brenda. We all hope that you enjoy your retirement years, but we also know that if we need you, you will be there to offer comfort to us.
Tuesday mornings are devoted to Bible study for the women of the neighborhood, but is open to anyone.
The study opens up at 10 a.m. and this next Tuesday, Rita Spalink will lead the discussion on "What is Love?" It does sound interesting and intriguing. Come and join the group.
The games of Chicken Foot and Mexican Train are still going on every Wednesday afternoon at the chapel.
The dominoes start getting shuffled at 1 p.m. Anyone who likes to play dominoes and would like to get to know more gals, stop by and visit and check it out.
Tonto Village Fire District Auxiliary hold meeting
Important dates to remember for the ‘Fireflies' in the month of October: The last meeting of the season will be on October 2 at the Tonto Village Chapel at 3:30 pm.
From November to April, the auxiliary will not meet on a regular basis, except for emergencies.
An appreciation to the ‘Fireflies' luncheon will be held on Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at Cedar Ridge Restaurant. Be sure to mark your calendar for a look back at the year for the auxiliary.
Dara Sutton of Bear Flat will add another candle on her birthday cake on Sept. 22. Dara is very involved with the goings on in Bear Flat and creates a bulletin that is posted every month in this tiny community.
Dara is also very involved in the ‘Fireflies,' the auxiliary to the Tonto Village Fire Department and is also a very active member of the congregation of the Tonto Village Chapel.
Payge Ferriera of Tonto Village II shares Sept. 28 with her big day. Payge is a bartender at the Double D, when she is not shuffling her children to the many school activities they are involved in. Take some time to enjoy your day, Payge.
Happy birthday to Dara and Payge.
Jan Farmer of Tonto Village I is now home from Payson Regional Medical Center, after a bad bout of bronchial pneumonia and a touch of emphysema.
Jan is an X-ray technician at PRMC, so she felt right at home with the excellent care she received.
Audrey Shaw is now home from the Payson Care Center. Audrey required hip surgery a few months back, and is now on the road to recovery.
Get well wishes to Jan and Audrey.
The nine-ball gals met this past Tuesday evening at the Double D for their weekly competition.
First-place winner was Patty Boeschling of Christopher Creek, Betty Koutz and Kara Shaw shot for second and third places.
The tables were taken over by the eight-ball group on Sunday afternoon. Ethel Cain was the first-place winner followed by Brian Mead of Mead Ranch and Payge Ferriera for second and third places. Congratulations to all the winners.