September Brought Above-Average Rains To Village

TONTO VILLAGE

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The frost is on the pumpkin!

This past week, there has been frost on my vehicle and the tops of some of the flowers have withered.

And the rain, there sure was a lot of it this past weekend. Rick Prach, in Tonto Village I, measured 2.25 inches that fell in the village.

In Bear Flat, the amount of rain for September measured 2.35 inches. The normal rainfall is 2.1 inches.

Sunday morning, my husband and I trekked down to Punkin Center to check our property and was amazed how much rain had fallen down there. I did not get a total rainfall amount.

There were some gully washes around our area and we will need to dig a ditch for diverting some of the water, but all in all our damage was very minimal.

While we were there, I looked over the mountain to the west and saw a huge cloud of black smoke.

We remarked that maybe there was a forest fire, until we saw the DPS officers speeding up Highway 188.

Shortly after that, we left to return to Tonto Village and noticed that there were many vehicles going in the opposite direction.

We knew then that there was a big problem.

As we approached the turnoff to Hwy. 188, there were many squad cars diverting traffic off Hwy. 87 to Hwy. 188. As we approached Payson, the cars were stacked up for miles, all the way into the intersection of 87 and 260.

This was the worst traffic jam I have ever seen. I felt sorry for those people. I am sure that the backup lasted for many hours.

I was glad that we were going in the other direction.

Tonto Village Fire District

On Friday, Sept. 21, about 5 p.m., there was a rollover accident along Hwy. 260 near the entrance to the Control Road.

For the first time in many years, the Tonto Village Fire District responded to the call, along with Christopher/Kohl's and Diamond Star assisting.

The accident involved a single vehicle with three people involved. There were three helicopters, which took the injured to area hospitals. There has been no report on the extent of any of the injuries.

Meetings and training

The Tonto Village Fire Department will meet for their monthly meeting at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2 at the Tonto Village Chapel.

The agenda will include future activities and fund raisers for the coming year.

There will be an appreciation luncheon at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Cedar Ridge Restaurant. Please be sure to attend.

There will be a planning session for the Tonto Village Fire District at Diamond Star Fire Department at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Chief Gary Hatch will conduct the meeting and the Tonto Village Fire Board will be there to take questions from the audience. This meeting is an important one for our fire department. The residents need to know in what direction the fire department will go in for the next three to five years.

A training session for the Tonto Village firefighters will be held at 6 p.m., Oct. 9 at the fire station. All volunteers are urged to attend.

Anniversary

Matt and Mitzi Brabb of Tonto Village III will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on October 5. May you both continue to grow together in life and love. Happy Anniversary.

Pool Results

The nine-ball tournament this past Tuesday evening was held at the Double D Bar and Restaurant.

The gals from Christopher Creek almost swept the tables, but Ethel Cain finally shot for first place. Patty Boeschling and Nancy Olson, both of Christopher Creek, shot for second and third place.

Congratulations to the winners.

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