New Additions To The Community

TONTO VILLAGE

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The Snyder family has increased by one animal. You may not know that we lost our beagle, Lily, this past summer while we were on vacation. It broke our hearts, and we have been looking for another one ever since. I called our very own Payson Humane Society and I was told the likelihood of getting a beagle was not good. But, lo and behold, they called and put me in touch with a family in Overgaard a few weeks ago. They had a beagle named "Libby" they were trying to find another home for. They brought Libby to our house and we fell in love with her right away. Bill and I want to thank the Henning family for our new addition. We are overjoyed. An interesting sideline to this is that the owner, Ann Henning, is an author. She writes children's books and she has a book called ‘ Cow Patty, Patti ‘ coming out next year. She tells me that the book is written for the third grade level. There is a great deal of talent in the Rim country.

Tonto Village Fire District

March looks and feels like the month is coming in like a lamb. We have been teased by the weather services with promises of moisture that has not materialized. It would be great if the snow was in the high mountains, at least the melting in the spring would help our water reserves. Since the outlook looks somewhat bleak for any measurable rainfall, Chief Alliger of the Tonto Village Fire District cannot stress enough the importance of clearing your property of all brush and making a fire line around it. The fire department will accept the brush clippings at the station on the back lot. All you need to do is to call him at the fire station and he will have the gate open for you.

Renovations are ongoing at the fire station. The carpeting was installed by Fred Skeens this past Tuesday in the meeting room and office.

Chief Alliger has reported that if any villager or anyone in the surrounding area has a vehicle they would like to get rid of, the fire department will take it for training with the extrication machine. The vehicle will need to have a clear title to it. Call the fire station at (928) 478-4575.

Birthdays, etc. ...

This week is a special one for us, Bill will add another year on March 9 and be one year closer to the lifetime hunting and fishing permit known as the ‘Pioneer License' and class ‘F' permit. He will put in for this and receive it for the March 2005 hunting and fishing season. This means that he will no longer have to pay for the license. Bill is very excited about almost being there. He has had an Arizona license since 1967, so this will be a great event.

The other birthdays include my best fishing buddy, Theresa Meeker, of Tonto Village II and Phoenix. She adds another candle to her cake on March 8. On March 12, Kent Mortenson, of Mortenson Plumbing and of Tonto Village III and Pat Watson, our favorite piano and organ player at the Tonto Village Chapel, share their birthdays. Happy birthday to each and everyone.

A new family has recently joined the Tonto Village community. John and Linda Digman have returned after being in Christopher Creek for a few years.

Linda works for the Rock Yard as their bookkeeper. John divides his time working with Mortenson Plumbing and driving a truck for CTI. Welcome back John and Linda.

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