Bill and I are extremely happy. We finally have the foundation poured for the addition to our cabin thanks to Isaac Morris and his crew of very competent workers. Thank you, Isaac. To come just this far has been a long and tedious process. The weather did not cooperate either. We were hoping to be in the cabin by winter, but the outlook does not look good, winter is approaching too fast. We will continue, as the circumstances will permit. Hopefully, the framing and the walls can be put up. We will keep our fingers crossed that all goes well from this point on.
The Tonto Village Water Improvement District and the Hellsgate Fire Board will have already met by the time you read this column. I will include a synopsis of both meetings in next week’s column.
The auxiliary to Hellsgate Fire Department, Tonto Village Chapter, also known as the Fireflies, has tentatively scheduled a huge yard sale for 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. The yard sale will be held at the Tonto Village fire station 22.
Donations of items will be accepted at the fire station and at Lori Mulvey’s home at 198 Cedar Circle in Tonto Village III. This event is an addition to the group’s regular fund-raisers and for a very good cause. All proceeds will go into a building fund to replace the old fire station. All support and donations will be greatly appreciated by the Fireflies and all of the community’s volunteer firefighters.
A successful author is in our midst — Mitzi Brabb of Tonto Village III. Mitzi has been working with rehabilitating injured wildlife for a number of years and has put her knowledge into book form. The title of the book is “Mom, I found a Bunny!” — it is the tale of a little boy who finds a wild bunny on his way home from school. However, this is only half the book. In the back you will find factual information about wildlife rescue and what to do if you encounter an injured or orphaned animal.
“This book was recently nominated for the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award (this award was established to honor books that promote the humane ethic of compassion and respect for all living things.) It will make a great gift or Christmas present for your children, grandchildren, or anyone interested in nature and animals,” Mitzi said.
Proceeds from the book will be donated to support wildlife rescue efforts and wildlife outreach education. To learn more about this book or to order it at a special sale price, please visit: wondersofthewild.org.
Congratulations to you, Mitzi, and we all hope that your book is a huge success.
Bill and I will celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary Oct. 12. We were married in a little town in the middle of the Pocono Mountains called Milford, Pa. Bill was born and raised there and it also became my town for 10 years until we moved to Yuma. Bill, I wish you more love with every year we share. Happy anniversary.
On Oct. 13 our son, Bill Jr., will celebrate his 45th birthday in Yuma. Our son is practically a native — he was only 3 years old when we moved there. Bill is a Realtor with Liberty Properties and he also owns a block of property in The Foothills. Happy birthday, son.
Oct. 14 is a popular day for birthdays in the village. Betty Koutz, Harvey Poyner and John Watson will add another candle to their birthday cake.
On Oct. 17, Linda Stailey of Tonto Village II will celebrate her big day.
Happy birthday to all of you.
Sympathy goes out to Terry Luke’s family, her daughter, Nickie, and her son, Dennie, on the loss of their mother. Terry passed on Saturday, Oct. 4. Terry’s last days were spent at Hospice of the Valley. Terry was a summer resident of Thompson Draw II. She will be missed.
Double D pool tournaments
The gals from Christopher Creek swept the pool tables last Tuesday evening. First place went to Patty Boeschling, second place was Judy Tolle and third place was Nanci Olson.
Tonto Village gals, get those pool sticks chalked up good for the next game with the Christopher Creek gals. By the way, they play every Tuesday at about 6:15 p.m. Join in on the fun and rivalry between all the gals.
On Sunday afternoon, eight-ball takes center stage at the pool tables. This past week, Jay Fitzgibbons from Christopher Creek shot for first place, followed by Kara Shaw and Harvey Poyner.
Congratulations to all the winners.