The way it looks outside my window today, we will be blessed with a white Christmas.
What a change for Bill and I. For 35 years, we were used to seeing the brown desert of Yuma. If we were lucky, it was cool enough to wear a Christmas sweater.
We did have bragging rights with all of our relatives who still lived where it was cold. We would say that the temperature was a warm 70 degrees, while our relatives were freezing. Now that our relatives are older, they moved to Florida to escape the cold. There went our bragging rights.
Keep roads clear
Getting back to Tonto Village ... Everyone needs to be reminded to keep the road clear for the snow plows. The county will not come through and plow our streets if there are cars blocking the way, so please obey the signs posted throughout the village and keep those vehicles off the roads during the winter season.
The Tonto Village Chapel and the Star Valley Baptist parishioners held their annual Christmas potluck Dec. 15 at our chapel, with 40 people in attendance.
There was a raffle held at each table for the centerpieces and Christmas carols were sung after a delicious meal.
A reminder that there will be Bible study Dec. 26 starting at 7 p.m. The discussion will be the continuing study of the Book of Psalms.
The farewell party for Bob and Elvera Jones held at the Double D Restaurant was a great success this past Saturday. Everyone enjoyed good food and said a tearful farewell to the Joneses.
For those of you who don't know, Elvera was a cook at the Creekside Restaurant for many years, so there were many well-wishers from Christopher Creek as well.
The village will not be the same without the Joneses' friendly, helping hands around. They will be sorely missed.
Double D potluck Dec. 21
Along the same line of good food and good friends, do not forget the annual potluck put on by Danny and Ethel Cain at the Double D Restaurant Dec. 21. Everything gets started at 1:30 p.m. Everyone in the surrounding area is invited to join in celebrating the holiday season.
Firefighter training sessions
The Tonto Village Fire District, along with the Northern Gila County Chief's Association, has announced training sessions for all volunteer firefighters in the surrounding area:
- EMT training begins Jan. 7 at the Christopher Creek Fire Station.
- First Responder begins Jan. 8 at the Tonto Village Fire Station.
- Basic Wildland will be held April 4, 5 and 6 at the Payson Fire Station.
- Drivers Training will take place Jan. 2, 9 and 11, at the Diamond Star Fire Station.
- Firefighter I & II is slated for April 2003 at Whispering Pines Fire Station (exact dates have not yet been set).
If anyone in the Tonto Village Fire District is interested in any of the classes that are being offered, call Chief J.R. Alliger at 478-4875 or 478-0404 as soon as possible -- the classes fill up fast.
Work is still continuing in the island with volunteers burning slash, and trees marked for cutting being taken down. This will continue throughout most of the winter until the area is clear of all brush and is less of a fire hazard.
Work also will continue in back of the village as spring approaches.
All volunteers are welcome to join in. Call Alliger and let him know when you are available.
Birthday wishes for Jan Farmer. She will be adding another candle on her cake Monday, Dec. 23.
Jan works at the Payson Regional Medical Center as an X-ray technician and formerly had the Country Store in Tonto Village.
Happy Birthday, Jan.
Pool tournaments are still going strong in the village during the winter months.
Sam Coe, Cliff Landrum and Harvey Poyner were the winners this past Sunday and Patty Boeschling, Lorraine Mathews and Ethel Cain took home the prizes this past Tuesday evening at the ladies tournament.
Congratulations to this week's winners.
This will be my last column for 2002. I will be spending the extra time with my family for the holidays. I will be back with lots of news Jan. 10, 2003.
I want to wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a healthy New Year to every one of my readers.
I thank you for reading this column and I hope that you find it interesting and informative.