Firefighters Appreciated In Tonto Village


Tonto Village and the Hellsgate Fire Department were busy this past weekend.

Both Tonto Village Fire Station #22 and the Mead Ranch Fire Station #23 held open houses on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6.

All of the fire trucks were on display.

There was a trailer full of information regarding being firewise on your property and your surrounding area.

There was also a sign-up sheet for assessing your property to be fire safe.

On Saturday, lunch was served by the Fireflies auxiliary members.

The menu included hamburgers, hot dogs and cupcakes, along with chips and drinks.

At Station #23, Mead Ranch, breakfast was served at the fire station on Sunday morning with the fire trucks on display and the firewise information trailer.

Chief Gary Hatch awarded a certificate of appreciation for years of service to three firefighters who recently retired.

Certificates were given to Robert Winchester of Mead Ranch, Bill Snyder of Tonto Village and Phon Sutton of Bear Flat.

Retiree Phon Sutton thanked Chief Hatch for giving the department a direction and a goal to achieve for the community and the firefighters.

Chief Hatch also lettered one of the fire engines from Mead Ranch while an audience watched as he finished the last of the lettering.

The villagers are extremely proud of all of our firefighters for the hard work they have shown for completing Firefighter I and II classes and for going on to take the classes for EMT training.


Nathaniel "Nate" Lewinson, son of Jerry and Kendara Lewinson, celebrated his 16th birthday on April 8. Nate is a Payson High School sophomore. Nate is involved in soccer and he loves magic with card tricks, etc. Happy birthday, Nate. There are exactly 86,400 seconds on your birthday. Enjoy every one of them.

Double D Happenings

Tuesday evening is nine-ball tournament time at the "D" for the gals in the area.

This past Tuesday, all the players were surprised by a former resident of the Village who used to play with them every Tuesday.

Phyllis Mullen Ballard came to visit some of her friends and to play nine-ball with them.

It was her lucky night, Phyllis won first place.

Betty Koutz shot for second place and Judi Tolle from Christopher Creek captured third place.

The next scotch double tournament will be held April 11.

There will also be a potluck. Pool cues will start shooting those balls about 6:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy the fun.

On April 19, the "D" will sponsor a chili cook-off.

There is an entry fee of $10. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places.

The judging will start at 2:30 p.m.

Get your best recipe out and try for first place.

Get well wishes

Jerry Farmer has recently returned home from Payson Regional Medical Center.

Everyone in the Village wishes Jerry "get well" and sends him an express delivery of best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Brenda Wilcox had rotator cuff surgery recently. Brenda is recovering nicely and the parishioners wish her a fast recovery time. She is the wife of the former pastor of the chapel, Charles Wilcox. Brenda comes to play dominoes occasionally when she has the time.

Tonto Village Chapel

Pastor James Barker has been instructing the women's Bible study group for the past few weeks.

Both the ladies and gentlemen have joined together to listen to Pastor Barker.

He is well versed in the lessons that we need to learn from the Bible.

If you would like to be a part of the learning process from the Bible, come to the chapel on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.

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