I am sure that you have seen the heavy equipment along the Control Road this week. Roy George Haught has won the bid to pave one mile of the road and he started that work on Monday, June 21.
It is a welcome sight for me personally. The dust that has been generated over the years has affected my breathing and I know that I am not the only one who has suffered from the dust that has been a hazard for years. I have heard that there are a few among us who object to the paving, citing that the road will become more hazardous because the vehicles will go faster and cause accidents.
Since I have lived along Johnson Boulevard for 10 years, I have seen vehicles go at least 40 to 50 miles per hour and the dusty and rutty road did not slow down their speed. It only makes sense that the health of the community is more important than having a dusty, rural road.
The weather report says that the temperature in the Valley will rise to 110 degrees, so that means more visitors to the Rim Country. I strongly stress the need for caution with fireworks and abide by the restrictions for open campfires in our area.
There are already four different forest fires around the state, I do not wish for another in our area. If the readers will be having company for the holidays, please stress the importance of any open flame dangers, that includes cigarette butts. Do not flick them to the ground. Crush them out in a safe container.
Hellsgate Fire Department
On Sunday, some of the Hellsgate wildland fire crew were called out to assist with the Schultz Fire near Flagstaff. The firefighters were Chris Lecher, Bob Evanson, John Ceja and Tony Parker. They took along the type 3 engine #213 to help with the forest fire. Good luck, guys, we all know that this is not an easy assignment.
The Hellsgate administration office has announced that the EMT classes will be held sometime in August on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you are interested, please call or stop by the main office on Walters Lane in Star Valley or call (928) 474-3835 and sign up.
If you would like to stay updated on the wildland activity, there is a Web site that you can go to. It is: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc. Click on the link for intelligence and their news and notes.
I had a very interesting phone call this past weekend. The call was from Bob and Elvera Jones. Bob and Elvera are former residents of Tonto Village and now live in Indiana. Anyway, Bob had a story to tell me that was very interesting.
He and Elvera stopped into the VFW in Vincines, Ind. and there was a fellow in there wearing a Tonto Village Fire Department cap. Bob asked him how he had gotten the cap, and the gentleman said he had found it at a garage sale in Princeton, Ind., liked it and bought it.
Bob then told him that he had lived in Tonto Village in Arizona and had been a member of the fire department and that he had a Tonto Village Fire Department T-shirt, and would he like to have it. He gladly accepted the T-shirt. What a small world!
Bob and Elvera now live in Freelandville, Ind. and would love to hear from a few of the old-timers that still live in Tonto Village. Their address is: P.O. Box 114, or 206 W. 1st Street Freelandville, IN 47535. Their telephone number is (819) 328.2165. If you remember them, drop them a line or two about what you are doing now, or give them a jingle. They would love to hear from you.
By the way, their birthdays are next week. Elvera’s is June 27, and Bob’s is June 28. Happy birthday to the both of you. And come back and visit with us sometime.
Birthdays and anniversaries
Saturday, July 3 is a big day for Tonto Village II resident, Marie Coley. Everyone celebrates her birthday since it is so close to the 4th of July. She even gets fireworks! Lucky girl! Another birthday means another year of memories, we hope that yours is filled to the brink!
Rick and Theresa Meeker, our lucky fishing buddies, will celebrate their wedding anniversary on July 6. Celebrate the special love that you share. Happy anniversary to our special friends.
On July 7, Kay King of Tonto Village III will celebrate her birthday along with Ethel Cain and Roger Boyington. Happy birthday to all of you, here’s hoping you all have a great day.
Double D happenings
The women’s nine-ball tournament was held last Tuesday evening at the “D” and the winners were Payge Ferriera, Kara Shaw and Pat Bates.
Ethel Cain will be organizing an Independence Day parade on Sunday, July 4 starting at 1 p.m. There will be a quad parade and a Kids ’n’ Kritters entry. The parade will start at the first mailboxes at the beginning of the Village. The kids will be treated to free ice pops. The parade has been a tradition in the Village for many years and has been a lot of fun for everyone. Ethel will be serving barbecue on a bun in the restaurant all day and there will also be live music provided by the ever-popular Lynda St. John. Lynda will be playing on Saturday evening from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the bar area and then again on Sunday, July 4 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the patio area.
Are there any Mah-Jongg enthusiasts out there? Alice Gilbert from Thompson Draw I would love to play once or twice a week with anyone who is interested. Call her at (928) 478-4361 for all the details. Is there anyone in Christopher Creek that would like to play? Cindy Fitch of Creekside Restaurant has offered her place on Monday evenings. Alice has already gotten two sets of playing materials, so she is ready. Give her a call.
I haven’t added my telephone number or e-mail address in a while, so here it is: (928) 478-9935, e-mail: janet_snyder2001@yahoo .com. Get in touch with me if you have any interesting stories or just want to be remembered by anyone in the community.