This column is being written on Wednesday morning, and, as I look out of the window in my office, it is snowing. I would guess four inches of snow has fallen since about 6 a.m. It looks like a picture postcard of our wonderful Tonto National Forest and the majestic ponderosa pine trees dressed up in white.
Tonto Village Chapel
Pastor Charles Wilcox wishes to announce that a special speaker will be at the Chapel on Feb. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Keith Tally from Payson is a former science teacher. He will talk about the substantiation of the Creation through science.
Women's Bible study is continuing every Tuesday morning beginning at 10 a.m. The discussion has been centered around angels. Next Tuesday, the discussion will be about the dark angels. Who are they? Where did Satan come from? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered.
Loss of a resident
I received word this past week that David Staiger passed away on Jan. 1, 2007. David, his wife Arlene, his three children, Neil, Matthew and Lisa, enjoyed coming to Tonto Village whenever they could at 79 Standage Drive. For those of you who knew the Staiger family, I know that your prayers are with all of the family, along with our sincerest condolences.
Water pipes freezing
Bill Snyder, on-site manager of the Tonto Village Water Company, urges everyone to have a reserve of water on hand this winter season. The temperatures have been colder than in previous years, and many water pipes have frozen. Make sure that your water pipes are insulated against the cold and have about 10 to 20 gallons of water in reserve.
We have had two major snowstorms already this winter, and the other thing you need to be aware of is that the electricity could go out from fallen power lines. That would also mean no water, because the pumps are driven by electricity.
This past Saturday afternoon, Grace Daniels was given a surprise 75th birthday party by her family at the Double D Restaurant. Grace was truly surprised when everyone shouted "happy birthday" as she entered the restaurant. The place was overflowing with people and the food table was almost groaning with the generous contribution of food donated by the family and Grace's neighbors and friends.
Retis Walker, a true domino diva, and who travels from Payson to play dominoes with the gals, will celebrate her birthday on Feb. 1.
Two former residents, Phyllis Mullens Ballard and Lorraine "Bo" Mathews, will celebrate their big days on Feb. 2 and Feb. 5. I know that they still read this column on the Internet, so "happy birthday" to all of you.
Since the weather did not look good on Tuesday evening, the ladies' nine-ball tournament was postponed until next Tuesday evening at 6:15 p.m.
The eight-ball tournament on Sunday afternoon went off as scheduled and Cliff Landrum dominated the tables with his skillful shooting to beat out all players, except Harvey Poyner and Betty Koutz who shot for second and third places.