Village Will Be Represented In Choral Society Concert


How many ways can a person use leftover turkey? If you are of the Catholic faith, you will not worry about meat leftovers until Saturday, since Friday normally is a no meat day.

In years past, the rule was more strict about this, but now that my husband and I are of retirement age, the rule does not apply. Whew! Here come the turkey sandwiches.

Will you take part today in Black Friday? I remember being in the Valley for Thanksgiving a few years back, and after the big dinner, our friends went through all the advertisements from the paper and mapped out where they would be going the next morning, early. That year was the first experience I had with this kind of shopping. Everyone divided up and hit the stores. What a madhouse! A person needed nerves of steel and a lot of patience. There were excellent buys out there, but with a lot of work to get them.

Christmas activities

First on the agenda is the Dominoes Christmas party at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Hellsgate Fire Station in Tonto Village. Bring a gift for the Dirty Santa gift exchange and a potluck dish to share with about two dozen people. Santa may even make an appearance!

One of the events that is always a holiday hit is the Payson Choral Society presentation of “A Joyous Noel” on Dec. 12. There will be two performances, one at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Payson High School auditorium.

Adult tickets are $8 each and students are admitted free. The tickets are available from any choral member and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Public Library and also at the door.

Tonto Village will be represented by Dick and Pat Watson of Tonto Village I. Pat will also sing a solo this year. Vicki Grootegoed of Christopher Creek and an avid Domino player in the Village will also be in the chorus.

The next event will be the Hellsgate Christmas party Dec. 19. The party will again be held at the Lamplighter community building. Further details will appear in my next column.

Thank you

A huge thank you to Ron Standage, owner and manager of the Tonto Village Water Company for his donation of the water tank at site No. 1 in the Village. The well was shut down several months ago. The tank’s new home is now at station No. 21. Mr. Standage also supplied 10,000 gallons of water to the fire department for the filling of the water bladder in the parking lot of station No. 22.


Family birthdays take up the first week of December. On Dec. 8, John Haulot of Tonto Basin and Tonto Village II celebrates his birthday. Old-timers in the Village will remember John as “Honest John.” He operated the former lumber yard in the Village in the ’70s.

Roger Pike, pastor of the Southern Baptist Church in Star Valley and a resident of Bear Flat, will add another candle to his birthday cake Dec. 10.

Jeff Shaw of Tonto Village III adds another year on Dec. 12.

On Dec. 14, DeWayne Long of Long Ranch and John Digman of Tonto Village I share their birthday. On Dec. 15, former fire chief J.R. Alliger of Tonto Village III and Flo Haulot of Tonto Basin and Tonto Village II will add another candle to their birthday cakes.

Flo is the wife of “Honest John” and Flo took care of the management of the lumber yard for many years while John did the buying and hauling of lumber to the Village.

Double D Doings

Last Tuesday evening the nine-ball players from the Village and Christopher Creek took to the pool tables. The winners were Betty Kootz shooting for first place; Payge Ferierra, second place; and Bobbie Davis taking third place. The nine-ball break was won by Judy Tolle.

Sunday afternoon Cliff Landrum again shot for first place in the eight-ball tournament, followed by Joe Ferierra and Harvey Poyner. Cliff is on a roll! Congratulations to all the winners and for Judy winning the nine-ball pot.

Ethel Cain reports that there are now horseshoe pits available for players. If you are interested in organizing some players for competition, let Ethel know.


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