Tonto Village has been pretty soggy this past week. Slushy snow fell most of the week, leaving my house and the walkways a bit on the muddy side.
Mind you, I am not complaining.
All the wetness around me does not stop me from seeing the goodness of all the moisture and what it is doing for our beloved ponderosa pines.
The scenery is breathtaking driving from Payson up to Tonto Village. There is a line of snow that stops at probably 5000 feet, and from there up, the mountains are blanketed in white. I can just imagine the pine trees just lapping up the snow and giving off a sigh of relief. I wouldn't miss this sight for anything in the world.
I received via e-mail this past week from an English teacher that I have known for a number of years, some interesting facts of the 1500's. I picked one that seemed very appropriate to our current weather:
In the 1500s, most houses had thatched roofs-thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats, and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained, it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof -- hence the saying "its raining cats and dogs."
Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
I missed two important birthdays last week. Jenny Wegner has lived in Tonto Village for over a year now, and is the Branch Operations Manager at the friendliest bank in town, The National Bank of Arizona. She celebrated her birthday on March 16. Jenny is also from Yuma, and worked at the Foothills branch of the National Bank of Arizona. Happy belated birthday, Jenny.
Jenny's sidekick, Neloa Beeler, who is an Operations Specialist, celebrated her special day on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. Happy belated birthday to you Neloa.
June Milke will be adding another candle to her birthday cake on March 20. June is the mother and mother-in-law of Jan and Jerry Farmer. Have a wonderful day, June.
Pat Bates will be celebrating her big day on March 26. Pat is a longtime Village resident and is also one of the lady pool players who wins quite often. Have a great day, Pat.
Tonto Village Chapel
Bible study is ongoing at the Chapel on Thursday evenings but, the time has changed to 6 p.m., and usually goes until 8 p.m.
Dick and Pat Watson, along with Pastor Ken Schroth are helping all enthusiastic people to learn and understand about the book of Psalms. Come and join them.
The potluck luncheon that is held on every other Sunday after church service will be at the Star Valley Church starting at 12:45 p.m. this Sunday.
The village was quiet this week except for the pool tables; they were going hot and heavy with tournament play Tuesday and Sunday. Sunday winners were Cliff Landrum, Leon Long and Linda Stailey. Tuesday winners were Pat Bates, Candy Hart and Phyllis Mullen. Congratulations to all the winners.
Tonto Village Fire District
Chief Alliger reported that the board meeting this past Saturday went well, but all the items on the agenda were tabled until next month. Be sure to attend.
Also, volunteers are still needed to clear and burn brush surrounding the perimeter of the Village. Call the fire station for more information on times and places. The number is 478-4875.