Counting Down The Days 'Til Christmas

TONTO VILLAGE

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The countdown to Christmas Day is on. How far has everyone in the village gotten with their gift list, cleaning the house for company for Christmas dinner, writing Christmas cards and mailing them out in time, and shopping for just the right present for your family? The time is going too fast for me; I have fallen behind with just about all of the above. Hopefully, everything will fall into place when Christmas Eve arrives.

Tonto Village residents have spruced up their homes with brightly colored lights and the newest decorations that are all the rage now -- blown-up, life-size Santa Claus and snowmen. The Fire Sirens have thought of having a Christmas lighting contest for the Tonto Village Fire District for next year. Anyone have any thoughts about this?

Christmas Potluck

Ethel Cain and the Double D Restaurant will host the annual Christmas potluck dinner for residents of the surrounding communities again this year. The dinner begins at 1 p.m. Dec. 17. This is a perfect time to chat with your neighbors and catch up on activities. The food is exceptionally good and varied. Please mark your calendar for this festive event. Bring along one of your favorite dishes to share with your neighbors.

Tonto Village Fire District

The Tonto Village Fire Board wishes to convey the best of the holiday season to all of the residents of the Fire District. Bill Tonstad, Gayle Fitch and Gloria Alliger wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Chief Alliger also sends his best wishes, and he hopes that everyone makes it a fire-safe holiday season. Chief Alliger would like to remind everyone that there is a real danger of chimney fires this time of the year. Please take time to clean the built-up soot and creosote from your chimneys. Chimney brushes are available for your use, in 6-inch and 8-inch sizes, from the fire department. You can call and reserve one at (928) 478-4875.

Coyote sighted

Mike Preston of Tonto Village III stopped by the other day and reported that there has been a coyote around his home just about every day. Caution by all residents is urged, especially if there are small dogs and cats in your vicinity. The coyote is apparently looking for food, so keep your pets safe and know where they are at all times.

Birthdays

JR Alliger celebrated his birthday on Thursday, Dec. 15. Rita Spalink has her big day on Dec. 19. Jan Farmer will celebrate her big day on Dec. 23. Nancy Yoakum, Thompson Draw II, will add another candle to her birthday cake on Dec. 26.

The importance of birthdays is not how many you've had, but rather how well you've celebrated.

Easy recipe

One of our Domino Divas has a recipe that is fairly easy to make for a last minute take-along dish or for unexpected company. Lori Mulvey, Tonto Village III, calls this recipe her "Holiday Cheese ball." The ingredients are: two 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, 2 ounces of blue cheese, 1 to 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons of finely grated onion. Mix it all together and form into a ball. Then roll it in crushed pecans and parsley flakes.

Pool results

This past Sunday afternoon at the Double D, Joe Ferrera, Betty Koutz and Harvey Poyner were the top winners in the eight-ball tournament. I did not receive the results of the ladies nine-ball tournament.

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