Temperatures at dawn have hovered around 18 degrees and a heavy frost lays on the ground until mid-morning.
Even my dog, Dewey doesn't want to peek his head out long enough to do his business. He hangs on until later in the morning even though he has a warm sweater on. He stays close to the furnace most of the day.
At least we are not as icy as the northeast. According to the news, the temperatures there are hovering around zero. Brrrr. I guess we should count our blessings that we are fortunate enough to live in Rim country.
Tonto Village Fire District
Chief J.R. Alliger reminds everyone in the district that your Christmas trees are being accepted at the fire station. They will be put in the chipper/shredder and used as mulch for the back lot.
The fire board meeting has been postponed this month until 10 a.m., Jan. 24, at the fire station. The meeting is open to the public, everyone is invited to attend and participate in discussions that concern your fire department.
Alliger reported that the volunteer firemen are starting to cut a fire break between the forest and the Village. This endeavor is part of the Urban Interface Program to alleviate the danger of fire engulfing the homes within the Village during a fire.
Hopefully, that will not occur any time too soon. But just in case, the men are starting to cut brush in back of Tonto Village III and working around to the beginning of the Village at Lot No. 1, the Watsons.
This is quite an undertaking and we applaud all the firemen who are helping to make our village a safe place to live.
Games, Games, Games ...
Even though the temperature may tend to keep a person indoors next to a roaring fire, the pool games are getting back to normal after the holidays.
The Sunday pool games will resume again this Sunday at the Double D. Chalk will start flying about 3 p.m. Come on down and try your luck.
The ladies' pool games got started this past Tuesday evening and Lorraine ‘Bo' Mathews, Candy Hart, and Linda Stailey were the top winners.
Something new is starting in the Village this week.
Bunco games debuted at Linda Stailey's house this past Wednesday. For now, there will be daytime playing every second Wednesday each month. As the days grow longer, there will be evening sessions.
Playing time has been set for 1 p.m. A list of hosts will be worked on at this initial meeting and will be advertised in this column.
If you would like to join in on this fun activity, contact Linda Stailey at (928) 478-4641.
Tonto Village Chapel
"Help Tonto Village Find Nemo." That will be the theme for the next movie to be shown at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23. Come and watch the movie and hunt for Nemo for a prize. Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.
Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Phon and Dara Sutton from Bear Flat celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary Jan. 12 by spending a few days in Pinetop and going to their favorite restaurant, Charlie Clark's. Phon said that they serve the best steak for miles around.
Happy anniversary to you, Phon and Dara.
Candy Hart, from Christopher Creek, a member of the Ladies Pool Team, and is a regular winner, I might add, will celebrate her birthday Jan. 21.
Happy birthday to you Candy.
Don't forget to stop by Charlie and Ruby's place and wish them a happy anniversary Friday, Jan. 16. They have been together for 57 years. What an accomplishment.