Christmas (Shopping) Season Has Begun

TONTO VILLAGE

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By now, there probably is no turkey left, thank goodness.

I hope everyone had a great holiday. We went to Phoenix for dinner at our fishing buddy’s house, the Meekers, and after a fantastic dinner, we spent the evening poring over all the ads from the newspaper, and making a list of the stores we would go to the next day. We started out at 6 a.m. and shopped until 3 p.m. non-stop. It was exciting, exhausting, and frustrating at times, but overall a grand time. Even my husband and his buddy, Rick, got into the spirit of looking for bargains.

I particularly enjoyed going to the clothing stores, since we are in short supply of them in Payson. The experience was sometimes exasperating because of the long lines of shoppers, the traffic and sometimes-cranky people, but overall, this is one experience I would do again next year.

The Village is really getting spruced up with strings of Christmas lights and all kinds of decorations. Take a ride sometime after dark, and see how pretty the homes look. Don’t look at mine yet, we are just getting started!

Even the “Island” between Johnson Boulevard and the Control Road is getting a facelift this Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m.

Fire Chief J.R. Alliger is organizing a work party, and volunteers are needed with chain saws, rakes, and maybe a few big trailers for all the brush. Make sure you bring gloves and anything else you think you may need.

The trees already earmarked for downing will be cut and stacked. Come out to help and show the community we are behind the fuel reduction program. Everyone who is able and willing is urged to participate.

Alliger has announced that there will be a Basic EMT Training class starting Jan. 7 hosted by the Christopher/Kohl’s Fire Department. If you are interested, please call him at 478-0404 or 478-4875. He has all the information that you will need.

There are just a couple of birthdays to announce this week. The first one is Terry Glad Flores who worked for a long time at the Double D Restaurant. She celebrates her big day on Dec. 5. The next birthday is John Haulot’s Dec. 8. Old-timers in the Village will remember John as “Honest John.” He owned Honest John’s Lumberyard in Tonto Village for many years until he decided to retire. Happy birthday to the both of you.

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