Good news for the campers among us! The fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest have been lifted as of Wednesday, July 9. The news does not mean that campers can be careless, forest fires can still occur and we all need to take precautions about open flame fires. If more information is needed regarding rules and regulations about open fires, please call the local ranger station at (928) 474-7900.
More good news
Johnson Boulevard, the main street in Tonto Village, is getting a facelift by the Gila County Maintenance Department. There were several large potholes that would misalign your wheels if you went too fast over them. Thank you to all the crew, we all appreciate your efforts to keep our street well maintained.
Vacation Bible School
The good times for the kids in the village and surrounding area is almost here. Starting Monday morning, July 14, at 9 a.m., the parade of children will kick off the start of a fun-filled week of learning crafts, singing songs, and learning about God's word through lessons by very competent adults.
The teachers this year are Bernita Barker, Pam Furobotten, Dara Sutton, and the most fun of all, learning Bible stories through drama, will be Royce and Debbie O'Donnell. There have been notices around the village to remind the children, so get ready kids, for a fun week at Vacation Bible School at Tonto Village Chapel.
This week is a busy week for the Snyder clan. First of all I get to visit with my brother Larry Henrickson and his wife Ellie. I have not seen them for at least five years, so this is truly special. Two of my offspring get a chance to visit with my brother. They came from Yuma, Bill, Shari, Gatlyn and Christian Snyder, and Vicki and Bill Nelson. They were fortunate enough to be able to get some time off from work to come to visit with me and my brother. It is all very hectic, but so much fun!
Tom Dunny, manager of Camp Tontozona kicks off the third week of July with a birthday on July 20. A former resident of the village and an active participant in the goings-on of the village, Jim Ballard also will celebrate his birthday the same day. Jim now lives in Okmulgee, Okla., but returns frequently for visits to the community. On July 22, it is Roy Tolby's day to celebrate. Roy lives in Tonto Village III and is supposed to be a retired math teacher, but he is still teaching in the Valley. Laura Tetzke, daughter of Elaine Tetzke of Tonto Village III, will light another candle on her birthday cake July 25. On July 26, Dick Watson of Tonto Village I and who is also a retired teacher and the deacon of Tonto Village Chapel will turn 74 on July 26.
Happy birthday to each and everyone of you. Here's wishing all of you a day that holds all the happiness your heart can imagine.
Get well wishes to Pat Watson who recently had surgery. While your body regains strength, let the Lord's love help sustain your spirit.
Cliff Landrum is back in the groove. Cliff shot for first place this past Sunday at the eight-ball tournament that was held at the Double D. Placing second was Betty Koutz and Harvey Poyner came in third.
The nine-ball gals got together last Tuesday at the Double D. Ethel Cain was the big winner. Susie Shill placed second and Betty Koutz took third place.