The fruit trees are starting to put on their best show of the year with their beautiful blossoms. I hope that the little bit of snow we received Tuesday evening, along with the below freezing temperatures, will not hurt the fruit production of the apple trees.
Are you still in shock from the tax notices we received a few weeks ago? We reduced the size of our little cabin and the tax still soared way beyond the reasonable level. My husband and I stopped by the assessor's office this week and were told to fill out a "residential petition for review of valuation." I suggest that anyone who thinks the valuation on their home is unreasonable, fill out one of these forms and the workers will review your home. It's worth a try.
I received an e-mail from Karl Mann this past week. Karl is the producer of this year's annual Christopher Creek Melodrama. The casting call will be at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Christopher Creek.
The first rehearsal will be Thursday, April 12. Subsequent rehearsals will be held two to three times weekly, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The play is in need of four or five males and four or five females, plus stage crew, lighting and sound personnel, scenery constructors/ painters and various "behind the scenes" persons. The performance will be June 28, 29 and 30. For information, call Karl Mann at (928) 478-4008 or director Pamela Steven at (928) 468-6372.
When my husband and I were going into Payson this week, we spotted smoke near milepost 263 on the southeast side of the road. We knew that the Blattner pit was burning slash, but this smoke did not appear to be part of that burning.
We stopped at the ranger station and reported the smoke, and the rangers checked it out. It turned out to be a private burn, but the person did not contact the ranger station or acquire a burn permit. Both of these actions are very important and necessary to keep all of us safe who live in Tonto National Forest. Contact Gloria Alliger at the ranger station if you would like more information. The number is (928) 474-7900. For the people who come here for camping, a Tonto Pass is now needed, and that includes camping or boating at Roosevelt Lake. Don't forget to pick one up.
Art Pierce, who is the president of the Bear Flat Homeowners Association, had the misfortune of breaking his leg recently. Art had surgery at the Mayo Hospital and is now on the mend. Bear Flat residents hope that Art will quickly recover from his mishap.
A belated happy birthday to Gayle Fitch of Tonto Village III. Gayle added another candle to her birthday cake on March 22. Gayle is one of the members of the Tonto Village Fire Board and also does substitute teaching for the Payson School District.
Jacob Martin of Tonto Village III and the son of Gary and Charlene Martin celebrated his big day on March 28. Happy birthday, Jacob.
The auxiliary to the Tonto Village Fire District will begin its meetings at 3 p.m. April 3 at the Tonto Village Chapel. One of the main topics will be the Memorial weekend breakfast that the auxiliary sponsors as one of the main fund-raisers for the group. Ladies, please come and support our volunteer firemen and become a Firefly.
The Double D nine-ball pool players took to the tables Tuesday evening and swept said tables. The winners were Betty Koutz, Payge Ferriera and Ethel Cain.
On Sunday, it was the eight-ball player's turn to take over the pool tables. Winners were Harvey Poyner, Joe Ferriera and Betty Koutz.
Incidentally, there will be something new happening at the Double D on Sunday afternoons beginning at 3 p.m. Homemade pizzas will be available for sale. Only pepperoni, cheese and supreme are available now, but if this grows to something big, more choices could be added. Stop by and check it out.