Rain, Hail And Snow Surprise Village Residents


What a surprise! Monday morning we looked out the window and the ground was white! During the night there was rain and then some hail (that was kind of loud, we have a metal roof) and after that, it was quiet, so we could finally get some sleep, and we did not expect snow. It wasn’t much, maybe a quarter inch or so, but it was a surprise.

Bear Flat

The residents of this tiny community are trying very hard to get enough signatures from the residents to belong to the Hellsgate Fire Department.

Fifty-one percent of the residents need to be in agreement to join the fire department. There is one firefighter who has given his time and effort to help make this happen. Fire Lt. Rick Washburn of station #23, Mead Ranch, has done his best to assure the residents that there are many benefits, such as responding to medical emergencies, free brush pickup, firewise assessments on the properties and, of course, fires of any kind.

Washburn is to be commended for his diligence and patience to assure the residents of fast and efficient service to their community.

A word of caution

 A few residents of Mead and Collins Ranch have reported a suspicious tan or brown crew cab truck cruising the neighborhood, driving slowly by places checking them out. Both reports have four people in the cab. Please keep your eyes open and on the lookout for such activity and try to get license plate numbers along with a good vehicle description and write them down.

If you would like, send them to Rick Washburn at rickwashburn@hughes.net and he will keep a repository for law enforcement should there be an issue.

It doesn’t hurt to approach someone who seems lost and ask if they need help finding someplace. If you are not comfortable with that, get in your car and follow them around the neighborhood noting as much as possible. If things don’t seem right, call 911 and give them as much description as you can along with license plate numbers.

The same instances have occurred in Tonto Village, so keep your eyes open for suspicious behavior. My husband did exactly that, he followed the vehicle around the village. They soon left. Keep your eyes open.

About a month ago I mentioned that Melody Morris had major surgery in the Valley. I am happy to report Melody is now home and going through therapy.

Birthdays, anniversaries

On Nov. 12, our son Bill Jr. and his wife Shari, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Yours truly will be heading to Yuma to watch grandkids while Bill and Shari go on a week’s cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

On Nov. 22, Pastor Jim Barker and his wife Bernita will celebrate their many years together. Pastor Jim oversees his flock at the Tonto Village Chapel.

Jerry and Kay King of Tonto Village III will also celebrate their wedding anniversary on Nov. 23.

To the couples: May you continue to grow together in life and love. Happy anniversary!

Birthdays next week include Maurine Kirchhoefer of Tonto Village III on Nov. 19. Jimmy “Rabbit” Stephenson of Mead Ranch on Nov. 21.

Pool results

The Christopher Creek gals did it again. Last Tuesday night at the Double D, the gals from Tonto Village and the gals from Christopher Creek competed in the nine-ball pool tournament. Patty Boeschling, Judy Tolle and Nancy Olson swept the tables. It looks like the Tonto Village gals need a bit more practice.

Sunday afternoon the eight-ball tournament got under way with Harvey Poyner shooting for first place. The second-place winner was Brian Mead of Mead Ranch and third place went to Ethel Cain. Congratulations to all the winners.


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