Wasn't the rain this past weekend an awesome sight?
Our front yard resembled a small pond.
The approximate and unofficial amount of rain to fall in the village is about five inches.
The wind was not much fun, however, it blew pretty hard for awhile.
I have not spotted any significant damage to anyone in the village, thank goodness.
Our electricity was out for about five or six hours on Saturday, but Arizona Public Service got right on it and repaired the lines.
I hope that all the residents remember to have a supply of water handy at all times for emergencies.
Remember that when the power is out, the pumps are also out on our wells.
It would also be advantageous to have working flashlights handy (remember to buy extra batteries), along with candles and matches.
I know that some of us are lucky enough to own generators. If you do, make sure you have a few gallons of gasoline in reserve.
The Tonto Village/Diamond Star fire departments Christmas party will start at 6 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Lamplighter Recreation hall in Star Valley. The address is 255701 E. Hwy 260.
There will be a pot luck dinner along with a white elephant gift exchange. (Do not spend any more than $10.)
If your last name starts with A-I bring a salad or side dish, last name J-R a side dish, last name S-Z bring a dessert. The main dish will be provided by Chief Gary Hatch.
Tonto Village firefighters are celebrating their graduation from firefighter school at a party in their honor at Collins Ranch at 6 p.m., Dec. 15.
The party will be at Rick Washburn's home and RSVP's are requested, so that the right amount of main dish can be ordered.
Call Rick at 928-478-4663 for either or both parties. The dishes to bring are the same as the party on December 13.
A regular fire board meeting has been called by chairman Rick Washburn for 6 p.m., Dec. 12 at station #61 in Tonto Village.
The next possible merger meeting of the two fire departments is scheduled for 7 p.m., Dec. 11, at the Diamond Star Fire Station in Star Valley.
There are many birthdays this week, as if there are not enough dates to remember for the residents of the Village.
John Haulot, formerly of the Village but now lives in Tonto Basin.
He still comes here occasionally, especially in the summer when it gets pretty warm down there. John's birthday is on Dec. 8.
Jeff Shaw of Tonto Village III is next on Dec. 12.
On Dec. 14, there are multiple birthdays. Flo Haulot, spouse of John, DeWayne Long of Long's Ranch, John Digman of Tonto Village I.
On Dec. 15, J.R. Alliger will celebrate his big day. J.R. is the former fire chief of the Tonto Village Fire district. Happy birthday to all of you.
A belated birthday wish to Josh Namm, he turned 16 this past week.
Congratulations to Danny and Ethel Cain on their recent move to Tonto Village III. Danny has renovated and changed the look of the house with paint, and adding a garage.
Great work, Danny. I am sure that you and Ethel will be happy with your move.
Tonto Village Chapel
A pastoral search committee has been formed to look for a permanent pastor for the Chapel. Pastor Pike from the Star Valley Baptist Church has been the interim or temporary pastor for a few months. The congregation thanks him for filling in for the chapel.
A Christmas program has been organized by long time parishioner Pat Watson. The program is called "Simply Jesus." A performance will be held at the chapel at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.
There will be another performance at the Star Valley Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Dec. 16.
The gals from Christopher Creek and Tonto Village met at the Double D for their weekly competition of nine-ball.
Nanci Olsen of Christopher Creek was the top shooter and earned first place. Ethel Cain and Betty Koutz shot for second and third places.
No results for the Sunday afternoon eight-ball competition. Have you tried your pool cue for this tournament? Be there at 3 p.m. to try your luck.