Easter Comes Early This Year


Easter is just a few weeks away on March 23 this year.

I received some interesting statistics from one of my friends, and I found it so interesting, I would like to pass some of the information on to you.

As you may have known, Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, which is March 20. The full moon is the 21.

This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that the Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier, March 22, but that is pretty rare.

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! Only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early -- 95 years old or older! None of us have ever or, will ever, see it a day earlier. The next time Easter will be this early will be the year 2228, 220 years from now.

The last time it was this early was 1913. The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285. The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Terry Johnson, mans station 22 in Tonto Village and he wishes to thank everyone for taking the time to get a burn permit. Now is the time for the residents to start cleaning up pine needles, etc.

There is someone at the station every day, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call the station at (928) 478-4875.

The regular board meeting for the month of March was held at the station #22, Tonto Village at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Since my column goes in early in the week, I will report the agenda and resolutions in next week's column.


A dedication ceremony has been set for March 25 at the Tonto Village Chapel for Connie Weldon at 10 a.m. A tree will be planted in Connie's name and everyone is encouraged to tell of their experiences with Connie and how Connie touched their lives. Pastor Jim Barker and his wife Bernita invite everyone in the village to attend this touching tribute to Connie.

With sympathy

A good friend and frequent domino player, Pamela Stevens lost her husband Peter last week after a long bout of cancer. Pamela has directed and performed in the melodramas put on by the LDS church in Christopher Creek, and many of the actors lived in Tonto Village. Pamela loved coming to Tonto Village for our weekly domino games and we hope you'll remember you have friends who will listen and care, and that we are here for you. Our sympathy and condolences for your loss.

Double D happenings

The last Scotch doubles was so popular that Ethel Cain will host another tournament on Friday, March 14. Get your cue sticks out and be ready with your partner to start play at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a potluck, so make one of your favorite dishes and come to the Double D for some good food and cheer on your favorite team.

The nine ball tournament on March 4 got underway and Payge Ferriera shot for first place. Nanci Olson from Christopher Creek shot for second place and Ethel Cain came in third. Congratulations on winning, gals.


The third week in March is loaded with birthdays. Gary Martin of Tonto Village III starts the week off on March 16.

The same day , Jenny Wegner, a former resident of the village and the manager of National Bank in Payson will celebrate her big day. Then on March 17, Neloa Beeler, who also works for National Bank has her big day. Both Jenny and Neloa are the friendliest people to all the customers at the bank, they make it a pleasure to do business there.

On March 18, Chuck Rutherford and Royce O'Donnell share their birthday. On March 20, June Milke of Tonto Village III has her birthday, and on March 22, Gayle Fitch of Tonto Village III will add another candle on her birthday cake.

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