Snow Put Community In The Dark

TONTO VILLAGE

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Tonto Village was in the dark most of the day Wednesday, figuratively and then literally.

The telephone and the electricity went off about 8:30 a.m.

The telephone service was restored by early afternoon, but the electricity did not come back on until almost 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The heavy, wet snow was probably the reason. I have not talked with APS, but the snow came down steadily and heavily most of Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday, so it seems the snow was the culprit.

According to Fire Chief Alliger, a few of our volunteer firemen found that the break was behind Tonto Village III, and led the repairmen to the scene. They worked on the problem most of the day and into the evening under cold and wet conditions. Thank you fellows, for being diligent and getting power restored to Tonto Village.

I thought I was ready for this storm, I had gone into town and stocked up on supplies, but I found, to my dismay, that there were a few things I had not thought of.

One of the main items I did not check was our supply of batteries. By the time it was getting dark, I was hunting for some sort of light source. I hunted up all the flashlights and candles. I had to find a battery-operated radio, and, of course, I had no batteries in it.

They will be the first item on my shopping list for next time I am in town.

Another item I thought I had enough of was water. I forgot that water runs on a pump, and that runs on electricity, so we barely got though with the supply that we had. I did not have enough in my emergency supply.

One of our main concerns was the heavy weight of the snow on our carports and our porch roof. My husband spent most of the day shoveling our driveway out with his handle-less shovel, and clearing some of the snow from our carports and porch roof.

We know that the snow is so vital to the forest's survival, and to our own water supply, so we don't mind putting up with a few minor inconveniences as long as we get the moisture we so desperately need.

Clearing on hold

The work of clearing our little bit of forest is now temporarily on hold until the snow melts a bit. Volunteers are still needed to cut down the infected trees and haul the brush away. If you know of anyone who needs help in clearing their lots of the beetle-infected trees, or if you don't know if they are infected, call Roger Boyington at the fire station at 478-4875, and one of the firemen will come to your place and check them out for you.

The trees that are being thinned out are being cut into woodstove logs. If you have bought a firewood permit, the wood is all ready for you to haul away.

The other day, I looked out the window and I saw a gal handling a chain saw like a pro, and cutting those logs like a slice of butter. We will call her "Chainsaw Betty" from now on.

The weekly pool games got in under the wire of the snowstorm this past week and Harvy Poyner, Betty Koutz and Cliff Landrum were the top three winners on Sunday. Tuesday's winners were Kara Shaw, Linda Stailey, and Pat Bates. Great shooting for the winners. Congratulations to all the winners.

Birthdays

Gary and June Norem, who divide their time between the Valley and Tonto Village have a really unique day to share. Both of their birthdays are on March 1. But, that's not all of it. Their doggie, a Maltese, also shares their birthday. Have a wonderful birthday Gary and June, and your doggie, too. Theresa Meeker, another villager who divides her time between both places, and my best fishing buddy, will be celebrating her birthday on March 8; and my husband, Bill, will be adding another candle to his cake on March 9. He says he is counting down until he is eligible for his pioneer hunting and fishing tags. He's almost there, two more years to go. Lorrie Bauler will have her big day on March 4, and Erich Kirchhoefer will be celebrating his big day on March 6. Happy birthday to each of you.

The snow looks like it will continue for a day or two, so be prepared in case the power is lost in a future storm. Have everything ready to hang on until the utilities come back on.

I will make sure that water, batteries and candles and matches are in my emergency kit. Thank goodness, we have another source of heat too, with our little woodstove, and we also have a propane gas stove.

Another thing to think about having is a generator. I know they are a little pricey, but it may be a good thing to have if you live in an outlying area, such as Bear Flats, or Meads Ranch.

Stay warm and be careful on the undeveloped roads, they could be a bit treacherous to negotiate.

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