Spring Slips Into The Rim Country

TONTO VILLAGE

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I can tell that winter is just about over, my hands are getting itchy to dig in the dirt and plant flowers and vegetables, and of course, go fishing.

The time is fast approaching for the stocking of those beautiful and tasty trout.

It looks as if the fishing will be a bit more challenging this spring, the Tonto Creek is flowing quite fast.

I will be trying something different this year with our trout, I would like to smoke some of our catch and use it in different recipes.

The Village is starting to show signs of spring, some of the fruit trees are budding out, except for the apple trees. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the frost does not kill the blooms this year, we have lost the blossoms two years in a row.

I hope that we are blessed with more rain this April, to help the watershed and the ponderosa pines.

War touches home

Probably most of you readers have been glued to your television set to keep up with the war in Iraq just as we have been this past week. We pray for their safety every day, and of course our flag is flying, and will stay that way as long as any American is in peril.

There are two families who are making that supreme sacrifice by having their loved ones fighting in the Middle East.

Betty Koutz, has a son, Buddy Edwards, who has served with the Army Tank Corps for three years and has been deployed to Iraq for a month already, no one knows for how long.

Buddy's wife Jackie and two children are waiting for him in Yakima, Wash., where Buddy is stationed.

Chuck and Linda Stailey's son, Eric Stailey, who is a Payson High School graduate, is an ensign in the Navy and is presently stationed aboard a cruiser, the USS Princeton.

Chuck and Linda tell me that Eric's whereabouts are unknown at this point in time. He is currently being deployed for six to eight months aboard the cruiser.

I would like to recognize all the military personnel who are related to the Villagers and surrounding area, including Meads Ranch, Ellison Creek Estates, Thompson Draw and Bear Flats.

If you have a relative who is presently serving in the military, I would like to recognize them in this column. Call me at 478-4606 or e-mail me at janet_snyder2001@yahoo.com.

Pool sharks

Cliff Landrum, Pat Bates and Brett Zekoff were the top three winners in the weekly Sunday pool tournament. Ethel Cain, Pat Bates, again, and Kara Shaw were the top shooters in Tuesday's games. Come and join the fun and competition of some very good pool players, and try your luck.

Milestones

Jacob Martin will be celebrating his 17th birthday March 28. Jacob is the son of Charlie and Gary Martin. Jacob is presently a junior at Payson High School. Have a wonderful birthday, Jacob.

Charlie Clausen will be adding another candle to his birthday cake on April 2. We won't count the candles. Charlie will always be known to me as ‘Doc'. Charlie's character in last years melodrama, ‘Treachery at Christopher Creek" was the infamous Doc Leggs. You played a very convincing role, Charlie. Happy birthday to you.

The Tonto Village Fire District still needs volunteers to clear brush and to stack and burn from the Village's surrounding area. If you have some free time, please call the fire station at 478-4606.

This is about what life was like in the 1500s and where some of the sayings we hear today originated. In the old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes the stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while -- hence the rhyme: "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."¨

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