Warmer Weather Will Be Appreciated

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Tonto Village still has mounds of snow on the ground and it snowed again during the night of Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

The snow did not amount to much, only about an inch or two and was very slushy. According to the Phoenix channels on television, the rest of the week should be clear and warmer. I am ready for warmer weather.

The village has been quiet this past week except for many vehicles from the Valley parked alongside the road, playing in the snow and making snowmen. One family was actually having a picnic in the middle of a field off the Control Road.

New tag needed

There have not been too many quads or snowmobiles so far. I guess it has to do with the new law that the Forest Service has put into effect. The vehicle needs to have another sticker on it that costs $25. With the economy pretty bad, $25 seems like quite a bit of money to shell out for another tag for a quad.

There are still residents who have not abided by the statute about leaving vehicles in the road during a snowstorm. The plows cannot get through the side streets with vehicles on both sides of the road. Please move your vehicle when you know that a storm is coming. Not only does the snowplow need to get through, but so do the emergency vehicles.

Events

The Domino Divas are still playing every Wednesday at the Hellsgate Fire Station in Tonto Village. Since there has been so much snow accumulation, it is best if the gals can carpool and park in the front of the fire station. But remember not to block the driveway that is used for the fire trucks.

Pool results

The gals from the village and the Christopher Creek gals did not have their eight-ball tournament because of the snow and road conditions. Playing will resume this week.

By Sunday afternoon, the roads were clear enough so that the eight-ball players competed. Winners were Cliff Landrum, Bill Dupkee and Greg Taylor. The fellows all were from the Mead Ranch and Diamond Point area. Congratulations to all of you.

The scotch doubles tournament had to be canceled last week, but will be rescheduled for the near future. Watch this column for the date.

Birthdays, etc.

Gail Mortenson of Tonto Village III and Tempe will celebrate her big day on George Washington’s birthday, Feb 22. On Feb 23, Brenda Slapnicka of Tonto Creek will add another candle to her birthday cake. Feb. 24 is Chris Manning’s birthday. Happy birthday to all of you. May the joy you give to others come back to you on your day.

On a personal note, our daughter Eileen and her husband Jon Porter will celebrate 30 years of marriage.

Our daughter Vickie and her husband Bill Nelson will also celebrate 28 years of marriage on the same day. They both live in Yuma. (BUT), they read my column online. May you continue to grow together in life and love. Happy anniversary!

Final thoughts

Only in America ... do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in America ... do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

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