Be Careful When Buying Your Tools

TONTO VILLAGE

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Tonto Village was a winter wonderland this past week and it looked great. We are guessing that about four to five inches of heavy, wet, snow fell.

My poor husband had a time shoveling this white stuff and because it was so heavy, the handle of his snow shovel broke right off. Well, we went into town and tried to find a replacement but guess what? There are no replacement handles for shovel handles that are made of plastic. Those companies that make these handy dandy snow shovels want you to buy another snow shovel for the next snowfall.

Needless to say, Bill is quite disgusted with cheaply made products. If you are in the market to buy a shovel or any tool that will bear any weight, look at the handle first before you buy. If it is made of plastic, be ready to fork over more money for a replacement tool.

I try to keep you updated on home improvements in the Village and the latest one is at the Farmer home. Jerry and Jan are putting up a fine-looking fence to surround their home. They and a few neighborly helpers have been busy with installing the wooden fence posts this week. It will look very nice when it is completed.

Tonto Village Fire District News

The chain saws are still buzzing in the Village, cutting down designated trees to be cleared from the island. Help is still needed to bunch up the brush to be either hauled away or burned. If you have any spare time, please help out because when you do, you really help yourself. You are lessening the danger of fire near your home.

The firemen are reminded that the first part of the wildland red card training will begin at 8 a.m., Feb. 15. It will be the pack test. There are 18 firemen already signed up. If you have any questions, call the fire station at 478-4875.

Extrication training will be March 15 at the Christopher/ Kohl's Fire Department. Chief J.R. Alliger says that our firemen will be taking along their equipment to slice and dice some cars along with the Christopher/Kohl's firemen. Call the fire station on the time or wait for the Chief's next e-mail.

Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.

There are a few villagers with birthdays to celebrate this week. The first one is Clint Daniels on the 14th. Clint is a longtime resident and is the retired assistant fire chief of our fire department. He also helps out at Camp Tontozona a few days a week. Happy Birthday, Clint.

Audrey Shaw, longtime villager, will add another candle on her birthday cake on the 16th. Audrey is retired from a job in the Valley and occasionally helps out at Payson Party Plus, which just happens to be run by her daughter.

Rick Meeker, a part-time resident of the Village also will celebrate his big day on the 16th. Rick is my husband's hunting and fishing buddy, so we both wish him a grand birthday.

Get-well wishes go to Connie Weldon who is recovering at home after surgery at Payson Regional Medical Center. Her daughter, Annie, came all the way from Delaware to help Connie get well faster. Connie's son, John, also has come from the Valley to spend some time with her. Get well fast, Connie, we need you at dominoes.

Tuesday evening during the Ladies Pool Tournament, Linda Stailey presented Kara Shaw with a beautifully decorated cake to celebrate Kara's birthday on the 11th. In last week's column, I reported that Kara was a loan officer, well, I found out that she is really a loan processor. Sorry for the mistake, Kara.

The winners that evening in the tournament were Patty Boeschling, Michelle Grundy and Candy Hart. In Sunday's pool tournament, the winners were Linda Saba, Harvey Poyner and Bill Saba. Congratulations to all the pool winners.

Danny Cain reports that he and his Quad Runners left Saturday morning about 9 a.m. with about four other quads and they played in the snow for awhile until they got too wet and cold.

Danny will be going out on his runs on Saturday mornings unless the weather is too bad. If you would like to join in the fun, meet in front of the Double D Restaurant before 9 a.m.

Don't forget the performance put on by your neighbors Saturday Feb. 15 at the Double D. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be before the play, if you would like to come early.

Happy Valentine's Day to all my readers. I hope the day is everything you want it to be.

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