Third Time Is The Charm


By the time you read this today, I will have had a colonoscopy, for the third time in three years. Three years ago, during my first procedure, a cancerous tumor was found, and about eight inches of my colon was removed. I had no symptoms beforehand, so this type of cancer is a silent killer. As a precaution, my doctor set up a second one about a year later and a polyp was found.

As long as there are these pre-cancerous tumors, it is highly recommended that the colonoscopy is repeated every year. I was one of the lucky people for whom no follow-up radiation or chemotherapy was needed. I cannot stress enough, the importance of asking your physician if you should have a colonoscopy. It could save your life!

Busy days

This past weekend was a busy two days. Not only did my husband and I attend the gun show at the casino, but we also went to the business showcase at Payson High School. Both of these events seemed smaller than in past years. Could it be the result of the declining economy?

The next event was the dedication of the new homes sponsored and built by the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. What a wonderful group of caring people they are and they give so much to needy families.

Another important meeting

On Saturday, March 28, a very important meeting regarding the water in our area will be held by the Christopher Creek and Tonto Creek Watershed Committee. The meeting will be held at the Baptist Camp on Tonto Creek Estates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You will learn about the pollutants in the nearby creeks and trends in water quality, and the formation of the Watershed Group, and board members to be elected.

For more information about this very important meeting, contact Tonto Rim Christian Camp at (928) 478-4830.


The stocking of the creeks in the area is about here, according to the Tonto Fish Hatchery. The stocking of rainbow trout will begin the first week in April. It’s time to check out your rod and reel and bait. Be sure to look at your line from last year, it may have gotten brittle over the winter. It would be a shame if you lost that big one because your line snapped.

Hellsgate Fire Department

The auxiliary to the Tonto Village station #22, also known as the Fireflies, will begin their meetings for the year at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9 at the Tonto Village fire station.

Last week I mentioned that we needed help from the men also, for hauling tables and chairs, putting up signs, etc. All help will be welcome for our first event which will be held on Memorial Weekend. It will be a breakfast that will kick off the summer season. There will be more details in future columns.

Double D Doin’s

Last Tuesday evening, owner Ethel Cain told me that there were so many people to come and play pool, (16) that it was decided to play partners. First place winners were Payge Ferriera and Jimmy ‘Rabbit’ Stephenson, second place winners were Buck Shill and Ethel Cain, and third place went to Judy Tolle and Tim Ehrhardt.

The winners on Sunday afternoon were Payge Ferriera, Harvey Poyner and Betty Koutz.

Betty had just gotten back from Texas to attend her daughter Melanie’s wedding. Betty had a wonderful time.

Margaret Stasney also went to Texas, but for her ailing father. We wish her father well.

Don’t forget about the Scotch Doubles Tournament today (Friday) starting at 6:30 p.m. Grab your partner and a dish to share and have a fun evening.


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