Summer is now in full swing. The kids are on vacation from reading, writing and arithmetic. The campers are going through the village heading for ideal camping spots on the Control Road. Bear Flat also has a camping spot along the creek and an unfortunate thing happened last week.
An anonymous camper was shooting at ravens and killed a mother bird with a couple of chicks. That is bad enough, but this camper obviously ignored the “no shooting” signs that are posted at the campgrounds. It is bad enough that campers also ignore the “no campfires” signs, but then shooting near the homes is unforgivable. One of the residents felt the bullet whiz past his head. If you are in an area where there are violations of this type, jot down a license plate number and call the Forest Service or 911.
Gardens are sprouting up in many of the homes, but it looks as if the frost attacked the apple blossoms again this year. There will not be a good apple crop for the villagers this fall. I have four apple trees and I may have about a dozen apples between all the trees. How disappointing!
I hope that you penciled in and not used ink for the date of the annual Labor Day weekend barbecue. I wrote in the wrong date. The true date for the annual event is Saturday, Sept.5. Sorry.
Homes are starting to sell in the village. At least two homes have been sold in the past few weeks. There are still a few homes that are up for sale. I imagine by summer they will be sold also. The village has moderately priced homes that can fit in most budgets these days of hard times, and the first-time homebuyer is the most lucky with an $8,000 credit for the down payment. I can almost bet that we will be having new people in the village by the fall.
Tonto Village Chapel
Pastor James Barker has announced changes in the Bible study dates. Bible study will now be on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. with a session for women and a separate session for the men. There will also be an afternoon service beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will no longer be a Thursday Bible study group.
Talent, art show
This Friday and Saturday is the big weekend for the talent and art show sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Christopher Creek. The talent show will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a stage door canteen and USO flavor. On June 27, there will be two performances, one at 2 p.m. and the next at 6:30 p.m. The art show will be in progress throughout all performances. Please bring arts and crafts to the chapel between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. If you need more information, call coordinator Wanda Palmer at (928) 478-4304.
New phone number
If you are a frequent reader, I have mentioned that we are remodeling a very small cabin in the village. The progress has been interrupted many times for one thing or another, another, but we are moving forward.
The telephones will be hooked up this week, and my new number will be (928) 478-9935. For now, telephone service will stay on at (928) 478-4575 until August. If you need to reach me, try the old number first.
Last Tuesday the nine-ball gals met at the Double D for their weekly competition with the gals from Christopher Creek. This week, Sherri Roebuck from Kohl’s Ranch shot for first place. Second- and third-place winners were Bobette Davis and Linda Stailey of Tonto Village.
The eight-ball tournament got under way on Sunday afternoon at the “D.” Eric Olson from Christopher Creek took the top honors followed by Ethel Cain and Bill Dupke from Mead Ranch. Congratulations to all the winners.