Cold, Then Warm Weather Makes For A Crazy Time


What crazy weather! Last week the temperatures were pretty hot (about 90), and then over the weekend, it was cold enough that not only did we have a measurable amount of rain, there was also hail and snow up until Saturday morning.

My guess would be that about 2 inches plus fell in Tonto Village. Surprisingly, the weather did not deter the holiday campers from coming to the Rim Country.


Chief Gary Hatch of the Hellsgate Fire District with some of the Fireflies at the Memorial Weekend Breakfast held in Tonto Village on Saturday, May 24.

The weather on Saturday did not deter the hungry people for breakfast at the Tonto Village Chapel. The turnout was very good considering the weather, and the people stayed to chat with their neighbors. The Fireflies would like to thank the Roundup, and KMOG for their coverage of our fund-raising event. The money collected will go directly to our firefighters, and we appreciate everyone's support.

Good news for Nick Fitch and Bill Beller. They both took the National Registry Exam for EMT certification recently and passed with flying colors. The fire department now has six EMT certified firefighters for stations #22 and #23 (Tonto Village and Mead & Collins Ranch areas). Congratulations to the both of you. The Village is very proud of our firefighters.

A regular June meeting for the ‘Fireflies' Auxiliary will be on Friday, June 6, at 1 p.m. at station #22, Tonto Village. The next fund-raiser will be discussed (the Labor Day Bash), and a review of the Memorial Weekend breakfast. The meeting is open to the public, and any person in the fire district is invited to attend.

Oliver James Lewinson recently graduated with numerous honors from Payson High School. Oliver is the son of Jerry and Kendra Lewinson of Tonto Village II. Oliver was named an Arizona Scholar, and was placed on the all-star basketball team for 2007-08. The all-star game will be played on June 14 at the U.S. Airways Arena. Oliver received many other awards while attending Payson High School.

I received word this past week that longtime Village residents, John and Flo Haulot are recuperating from illness and that they have gone to the Valley to be closer to their daughter, Yvonne, so that she could check on them periodcally.

Old-time residents of the Village will remember Flo and John as the owners of Honest John's Lumber Company in the 1970s. Many of the houses in Tonto Village I and II were most likely built from the lumber purchased at their lumber yard on Thompson Street. We wish them a speedy recovery.

Grant Coley of Tonto Village II will be adding another candle to his birthday cake on May 25. Grant is the former girls' basketball coach at Payson High School. Grant is also a fairly good magician. Mike Preston of Tonto Village III will also be adding another candle to his birthday cake on May 25. Alice Andreas of Tonto Village III will be another year older on May 27.


The Chapel was filled with people with hungry appetites for the great breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage.

Gary and Charlie Martin, also of Tonto Village III, will be celebrating 41 years of marriage on May 27. Congratulations to Charlie and Gary and happy birthday to Grant and Alice and Mike. .

Patti Boeschling, Ethel Cain and Margaret Stasney were the winners in the nine-ball tournament last Tuesday evening at the Double D.

Ethel Cain, Daryl Dahleren and Harvey Poyner were the top winners on Sunday afternoon for the eight-ball tournament. Congratulations to all the winners.

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