Looks Like We Won't Be Having A White Christmas

TONTO VILLAGE

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The big weather front that was supposed to dump a sizable amount of snow in the Rim Country kind of fizzled out. There was some snow, however, enough that it at least covered the ground, but not enough to satisfy my grandchildren and their snow toys.

I guess that it will be a few more weeks before we get any measurable snow. Just remember that when it happens, your vehicles need to be off the streets. The ordinance is in effect until May, so make sure that you do not risk getting a ticket. Fire Chief Alliger tried to get through Thompson Road this past week and there were so many vehicles in the street he almost could not get through.

Tonto Village Fire District

Chief Alliger wants the Village to know that the firemen are clearing a fire break on the south side of the Control Road and that there is now a supply of pine wood for the taking. He said to just help yourself to the wood.

A word of caution to all who use a large amount of pine in your stoves: Pine creates a buildup of creosote in the chimney and can potentially cause a chimney fire. Make sure that you have had your chimney cleaned out for the season. Chief Alliger wants everyone within the fire district to have a fire-safe Christmas.

The back lot of the fire station will again this year be a drop-off spot for your Christmas trees when you take it down. He stresses that only trees will be accepted. No pine needles. You can throw the tree over the fence and the chipper/shredder will take care of the rest.

Bear Flat

Dara Sutton, the keeper of the figures for moisture, gave me

some moisture totals for this past year. From the last storm, Bear Flat received .40 inches of precipitation -- 25.26 inches has been recorded for the 2006 year. Comparing totals from the past year, December 2005 had only a trace of precipitation, but overall, 28.73 inches were recorded for the whole year.

Former resident passes away

Ruby Terry received word from Aileen Randleman, that her sister Val Jean Randleman Green passed away Nov. 15, 2006 in Phoenix. Private services were held for the family, her son, Vincent, from Colorado and her daughter, Denise. Val Jean also had five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Val Jean was the daughter of Charles Sons.

Charlie might be remembered by everyone as the person who ran around the Village on his scooter to visit everyone. Condolences to all of the family for their loss.

Pool Results

The Double D nine-ball gals had a great time this past Tuesday evening. Not only did they play pool, but they had a Christmas party, too. Suzie Shill, Kara Shaw and Betty Koutz were the top winners of the evening. On Sunday afternoon, the guys dominated the pool tables for the eight-ball tournament. Joe Ferreira won the competition, with Harvey Poyner and Cliff Landrum shooting for second and third places. Congratulations to all the winners.

Ethel Cain, owner of the Double D Restaurant wants to let the villagers know that the restaurant will be closed at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day. It will reopen the next day, Tuesday, at the regular time.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my readers a blessed Christmas, and that your every wish becomes fulfilled for all your family. Merry Christmas to all.

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