Good news for the Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary, aka, the Fireflies.
The plans have been finalized for their biggest fund-raiser of the year. The barbecue will be held at the Tonto Village Chapel again this year.
The barbecue will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will consist of pit barbecue pork sandwich, coleslaw, cowboy beans and fresh corn on the cob. For the full dinner, the cost will be $7, the kids meal will be $3.50 for a hot dog, coleslaw and beans.
There will also be a bake sale featuring cakes, fruit pies, cookies, breads and more. To donate baked goods, please call Janet at 478-4575 or Ruth at 478-0031.
An exciting auction has also been planned with many prizes donated by the local merchants in Payson. The chairman, Joan Norem, has worked very hard in obtaining the best of prizes that will be auctioned off. The auction will start at 11:30 a.m.
There will also be an air jumper for the kids and free blood pressure checks.
The raffle items this year include two handmade quilts, a chain saw, a weed eater, a skill saw, a fire pit and an unusual cactus fountain.
Tickets will sold at $1 each or six for $5. The winning tickets will be announced at 1 p.m.
Tonto Village will be Rockin'
Later on in the afternoon there will be live music provided by Rockin' Ron Gibson and his band at the Double D Restaurant and Saloon. Come on out to Tonto Village for the Labor Day holiday on Saturday. Aug. 30. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.
A bit of not so good news
A home in Bonita Creek was robbed of its furniture and its contents this past week. A two-toned blue extended cab truck has been seen casing the neighborhood. The truck ran off before a license plate number could be read. Be on the lookout for any suspicious vehicles cruising around your neighborhood.
Diamond Point Summer Homes
A bit of sadness has occurred with the passing of Ken Kempton on Aug. 10 in Tempe. Ken was very active in his life as a minister and a past president of the Diamond Point Summer Homes Homeowners Association. Ken had several careers during his lifetime and he will be sorely missed by his wife Rosa and the rest of the family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Rosa, and to all of your family.
On Aug. 24, Jan Davenport of Tonto Village III will be another year young. Jan has been a bartender at the Double D for many years, so stop by and wish her a great birthday. Chuck Stailey of Tonto Village II has his big day on Aug. 26. Chuck keeps tabs for me on the amount of rain we get in the village. As of last week, Chuck says the village has received an inch and a quarter. Happy birthday to the both of you.
The Divas have made the decision to hold their weekly get-togethers at Joan Norem's home in Tonto Village III until further notice. The address is 185 Cedar Circle. Joan's phone number is 478-0251. This arrangement will last until October. The time is 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Last Tuesday the nine-ball gals played at the Double D. The Tonto Village gals swept the game with Betty Koutz taking first place and Payge Ferriera and Kara Shaw holding down second and third places. Way to go, gals!
The games on Sunday afternoon had two contenders vying for first place in an eight-ball contest. One of our local artists, C.M. Scott shot for first place, followed by Cliff Landrum and Margaret Stasney. Congratulations to all the winners.