Tonto Village was a very busy place this past weekend. The Davis family put on their annual barbecue at the old homestead of Henry Haught on July 26.
This annual barbecue was begun in the mid-70s by Jack Davis after he purchased the property from the Thompson family. The tradition continues with Jack's sons and grandchildren.
There were approximately 75 family and friends at the barbecue including a few of the firefighters from the Hellsgate Fire Department. Everyone feasted on deep-pit roast beef, pork and turkey, and the rest of the food was brought by the guests.
Jack's sons include John R. Davis from Colorado Springs, Colo., Ted E. Davis from Gilbert, and Ben T. Davis from Mesa. His grandsons include Todd J. Davis from Gilbert, Michael Davis from Mesa, and Christopher Davis from Mesa. Jack's granddaughters who attended were Jenni Varitto from Mesa and Allison Edmonds from Mesa.
The weather was on its best behavior and the rain stayed away long enough to set up all the picnic tables on the lawn.
Everyone left the village with good feelings and full stomachs.
Two of the meetings that will be held in the village were wrong dates.
The Hellsgate Fire Board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13 at station #22, Tonto Village. All the meetings are open meetings and all residents within the fire district are urged to attend.
The Hellsgate Tonto Village Fireflies Auxiliary will hold its next meeting at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11 at the fire station in Tonto Village. The meeting is a very important one as to whether we will have a place to hold the annual Labor Day Barbecue Bash this year. All Hellsgate auxiliary members are urged to be at this very important meeting.
The next meeting to take place will be the Tonto Village Water Improvement District Board meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Tonto Village Fire Station
Also up in the air at this writing is where the Domino Divas will be meeting from now on. This past Wednesday, we got together at Joan Norem's home on Wednesday, July 30. Discussion as well as playing chicken foot may determine where the weekly get-togethers will be held.
If you plan to attend, call Joan at (928) 478-0251 or Janet Snyder at (928) 478-4575 for directions to her home and to find out where the next session will be held.
Jerry King of Tonto Village III will be adding another candle to his birthday cake on Aug. 7. Mary Kindler of Bear Flat will celebrate another birthday on Aug. 8.
On Aug. 11, Junior Barr of Bear Flat and Debbie O'Donnell of Mead Ranch have their big day. May you all delight in the simple treasures of life on your birthday. Happy birthday to all of you.
Double D happenings
The Scotch Doubles tournament was held this past Friday evening with many entrants to try their luck at the winnings along with some good food brought by the players and onlookers. First place winners were Joe and Payge Ferriera.
Betty Koutz and Harvey Poyner shot for second place and visitors Joe and Margaret took third place. The next Scotch Doubles tournament will be held near the end of August.
Ladies night was held on Tuesday evening for the nine-ball competition. Ethel Cain shot for first place. Judy Tolle and Patti Boeschling from Christopher Creek shot for second and third place.
The eight-ball competition was held on Sunday afternoon. Harvey Poyner, Joe Ferriera and Margarat Stasney were the top winners. Congratulations to all the winners.
Many of us own an animal of some sort, be it a cat, dog, horse or something more exotic.
Well, I came across this statistic the other day and it astounded me. Listen to this.
"The cost of raising a medium-sized dog to the age of 11 is $16,400!" This does not change my mind about pets, but it sure opened my eyes as to how much we do spend.