Busy Month? Take Time To Take A Breath

TONTO VILLAGE

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Is your events calendar filled yet and are parties starting to overlap each other?

If you said yes, then you know that the holiday season is in full swing with all kinds of activities. This does not even include the decorating of your house and wrapping the gifts.

It all seems quite overwhelming, doesn’t it?

Make sure you take time to sit down and relax and clear your mind for a few moments. This technique should help you keep everything in perspective so that you can enjoy your family and friends, and help you make this a memorable holiday season for the people around you.

Partytime

Tonto Village is buzzing with activities such as going away parties, and Christmas potlucks.

Longtime residents of our Village, Bob and Elvera Jones, will be leaving us next week for Arkansas. A farewell party will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Double D Restaurant. Bob and Elvera have always been ready to help their fellow neighbors and were very active in the Tonto Village Fire Department.

Another going away party has already been held for Tom and Ingrid Monk Dec. 10. They also will be moving to Arkansas. Ingrid has been playing in the pool tournaments for quite some time, very successfully, I might add.

Good luck to both families in their new start in another state.

Mark Dec. 21 on your calendar. The annual Christmas potluck will be held at the Double D Restaurant for all the residents of Tonto Village and the surrounding areas. Everything gets started at 1:30 p.m.

Make your favorite dish and come and get reacquainted with the people you haven’t seen in a while.

Fire business

There will be a Tonto Village Fire board meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14th. The meeting is open to the public, so please attend. Items to be discussed will probably include cleaning and clearing of the island adjacent to Johnson Boulevard and the Control Road. This is an ongoing project that will continue through the winter.

If you would like to volunteer some of your time next Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16 and 17, please come prepared to clear brush and if you have a chain saw, maybe cutting trees already earmarked, that are six inches or less. There was a crew cutting down trees this past weekend and what a difference just that little bit has done to the appearance of the island.

The volunteers can harvest the lumber, you can leave the slash and the fire department or the Forest Service will burn it at a future date. Chief J.R. Alliger wants to remind anyone in the Tonto Village Fire District to let him know if you have an e-mail address. If you let him know then he can e-mail you of future events and happenings. Call him at the fire station at 478-4875 or his home at 478-0404.

Our EMT director, Darlane Leonard, has announced a First Responder class. The class will be on January 8th at the Tonto Village Fire Station. The class will start at 6 p.m. and go until about 10 p.m.

Call the fire station for more information or Darlane at 478-0523.

In case anyone doe not know what a ‘first responder’ is, the explanation given to me was, one notch above ‘first aid class,’ and one notch below an EMT.

Milestones

Phil Davenport is celebrating his birthday Dec. 14, and Flo Haulot and Jim ‘J.R.‘ Alliger will be adding another candle on their birthday cakes Dec. 15. Happy birthday to all.

Get well wishes to Gloria Alliger, who works for the Payson Ranger station. She is at home recovering from foot surgery. Get well wishes to you Gloria, and that you will soon be jogging around the village.

Gettin’ in the spirit

Dec. 8, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held the fourth annual Christmas dinner for its members and guests. This year was the first one held at the new church in Christopher Creek.

The room was gaily decorated in all its Christmas finery and everyone enjoyed a wonderful dinner of prime rib and roast pork.

Deanna Burns of Mesa played Christmas carols on the piano and everyone joined in and sang.

All in all, it was a wonderful way to put everyone in a fine Christmas mood.

The LDS Boy Scout Troop #754 headed up by Troop leaders Dick Jones and Randy Slapnicka had four of their scouts advancing to First Class this past Thursday. Congratulations to Troop #754 for a job well done.

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