Soldier On Leave Visits Parents



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Before returning to Afghanistan, Pfc. Ryan Sundra visited his parents, Steve and Shelly, while on mid-deployment leave.

Hello again, fellow Creekers.

As many of you know, every Wednesday night there is free poker at the Creekside Restaurant.

Jeff Daniels was kind enough to call me and give me the latest updates on the Tavern Poker League. The Tavern Poker Playoffs were Wednesday, April 7. Curt Hidy got first place, Patty Sovay won second place, and Randy Hoste got third place.

Curt and Patty could not go to Coolidge, so Randy Hoste and Steve Martin went in their place to represent us in the regional quarterly. Randy ended up taking third place and Steve took seventh.

Last time, back in January, Dennis O’neill won the regional tournament in Scottsdale. Looks like Christopher Creek is very well represented when it comes to Texas Hold ’em.

Sundra visits parents

Ryan Sundra of Ponderosa Springs has recently returned to Afghanistan following his mid-deployment leave in the area. Ryan is assigned to a combat outpost in northeastern Afghanistan.

He has had a very rewarding experience with the 173rd Airborne Division based in Vecenz, Italy. Ryan won the martial arts championship (wow!) at Fort Benning and has been promoted to private first class.

His parents, Steve and Shelly, would like to thank the many residents for their prayers and support. They encourage everyone to support our troops who are protecting our freedom.

Special thanks goes to Payson Supply Line for sending necessary essentials to our deployed men and women. Please support this wonderful organization.

I would also like to thank Ryan and his family (whom I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting yet) and all of our service members who are serving now, or have served in the past, for doing the hardest work there is.

The Payson Supply Line sounds like a terrific organization and the least we can do is support them and also remember the veterans groups as well.

I also have it on good authority that while Ryan was here on his “break” he was digging trenches and doing all kinds of work. I guess the hard work of being in the military and winning the martial arts championship just wasn’t quite enough to tire him out. This is indeed some kind of special guy!

Christopher Creek Web site

A new Web site is up that we hope will include all of the various events and goings-on in the Christopher Creek area. The Web site is: We expect to have all community events for the area posted here on a routine basis.

If you have any events you’d like to be considered for being put on the schedule, please e-mail me at: jason@christophercreeklodge .com.

With the economy picking up steam, it looks like the visitors will be back in full force this summer. That is welcome news to the small businesses here in Christopher Creek, and in the bigger picture, it is really great news for residents as well. “The more people that fall in love with this place, the more people will want to buy, which means the value of everyone’s home and property will go up!” says Susan Keown of ERA Young Realty.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: info@ Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.


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