Modified Motorcycles Visit The Village


The Village was roaring over the weekend, literally! The Modified Motorcycle Association held its yearly rally in the Village. The sign-up and registration was at the Double D Bar and Restaurant along with a live band in the patio area. There were contests on Saturday to show off the drivers’ skills. There were tents and campers all over the island area opposite the bar with campfires glowing in the dark. The club broke up camp Labor Day morning and the Village again became a quiet place.


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The Sutton and Mensi families won first place in the Bear Flat parade for their decorated golf cart, “Elvis and the Rockin’ Mountain Girls.”

Bear Flat

The Village was not the only place that was lively, the residents of Beat Flat go all out for their traditionally famous decorated parade on Sunday afternoon. There was a “cook your own” hot dogs and marshmallows over a wood fire and the residents and guests provided many side dishes.

The parade had many original entries such as the Hillbilly Rednecks, The Bearflat Bears, and the Star Wars theme featuring Princess Leia, but there could only be one winner, and that turned out to be the golf cart decorated by the Sutton and Mensi families taking first place. The theme for their float was Elvis and the Rockin’ Mountain Girls. All the entries showed a lot of originality and hard work. What will they come up with for next year? Come down to Bear Flat and see for yourself.

Sad news

Jim Ballard, who had been a longtime Tonto Village resident and now of Oklahoma, has passed away. Jim was known by many of the old-timers of the Village and in fact Jimmie Ashby, who preceded him was Jim’s aunt. He will be missed. Condolences to all of his family.


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Tonto Village Chapel welcomes its new pastor Mark Pratt and his wife Marie (below) to the community.

Tonto Village Chapel

The congregation has chosen a new pastor and he will be delivering his first official sermon at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 8. A Bible study will be held at 10:45 a.m. His name is Mark Pratt and his wife is Marie. They have three children. They come from Tucson and he graduated from the New Orleans Bible College.

Mike says, “Hello Tonto Village, Payson and surrounding communities. I am excited to serve as the pastor at Tonto Village Chapel. My wife Marie and I look forward as we experience with you what God is doing and continues to do through Tonto Village Chapel. We hope to meet you at the chapel some time in the near future and get to know you, or perhaps we will meet somewhere in the community. Our desire is to move forward alongside each other as we operate in God’s perfect plan. I would like to extend an invitation to everyone who reads or hears this note to come out to worship. I hope to meet you soon!” — Pastor Mark

Birthdays, etc.

Jim and Jenny Cronk of Colcord Road celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary Aug. 28. Jenny has become a regular domino player on Wednesday afternoons with the Domino Divas. Happy belated anniversary to Jenny and Jim.

Bob Winchester of Mead Ranch and the Valley will celebrate his birthday Sept. 18. Elaine Tetzke of Tonto Village III will add another candle to her birthday cake Sept. 19.

On a personal note, Sept. 19 also is the first birthday of our fifth grandchild, Eden Daniella Lopez, who lives in Yuma with her mom and dad, Christina and Fausto Lopez. That same day, our son-in-law Gary Harper, also of Yuma, is another year older. Gary is married to our first daughter, Joanne. Happy birthday, Gary.

Also on that day, my very best friend Phyllis Jenks and her husband Bob will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary. I was one of her bridesmaids and Phyllis was my matron of honor. They now live in St. Augustine, Fla. and we correspond through Facebook. She has been my friend for more than 60 years and she is like the sister I never had. Happy anniversary to you, Phyllis and Bob.

I will be taking a break from writing this column to enjoy some down time with my husband. I’ve been doing the column without a break for 12 years. It’s about time I took some time off and make up for the times that we have not had the time to go fishing.

See you soon.


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