The Rim Country has been very fortunate in the weather department this past week. California is getting hammered by rain, snow and landslides.
In the Rim Country we are receiving a gentle but steady rain. So far, unofficial reports by the neighbors have reported about 1-3/4 inches of rain. That is really good news for the ponderosa pine trees. That amount of rain decreases the chances of an early dry season and the threat of forest fires this summer. Since Tonto Village is right in the middle of the Tonto National Forest, we all are thankful for the rain. There have been patches of fog in the morning recently, so please drive extra carefully.
The Double D Restaurant Christmas party hosted by Ethel and Danny Cain this past Saturday afternoon, was very well attended.
Everyone enjoyed seeing their neighbors and people who have moved elsewhere and came to visit with old friends. Kevin Janssen of Tonto Village III even cooked up a very tasty prime rib. Thanks Kevin, everyone enjoyed that special treat.
The offices at the Star Valley station and the Tonto Village station will be closed for Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24 and New Year’s Eve, Friday, Dec. 31.
The Hellsgate Fireflies have collected 215 pounds of non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food drive. The food drive will continue until after the holidays, so everyone is encouraged to donate at least one food item for the boxes at the Star Valley office or at the Tonto Village station. In the month of November one of the volunteers told me that they hand out boxes to over 3,300 people. The average is about 2,200 food boxes. The need is great, there are so many people who are in desperate need of help.
The Fireflies’ vice president Joan Phippeny has been plagued with severe back pain and she was hospitalized for a few days. She is now at Payson Care Center until she can function properly. It is not a great time to be away from home, so a phone call or a visit would be welcome.
Chuck Rutherford, a former resident of the Village has passed away after a battle with cancer. Chuck lived in the Village for a number of years before he left to live in Payson.
Chuck is the brother-in-law of Dick Watson of Tonto Village I and Chuck’s sister, Pat Watson, preceded him on her way to the Lord. Dick and John, I hope you’ll remember you have friends who will listen and care. Sympathies to your family.
Joanne Kennedy of Mead Ranch has recently passed away. Joanne was a longtime resident of the area. Many of the Villagers may remember Joanne from working at the Double D many years ago. Our sympathies to the family.
There is only one birthday to report this week. Nancy Yoakum of Thompson Draw II and the past president of the Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary will celebrate her birthday Dec. 26. The Fireflies wish you a day that holds all the happiness your heart can imagine. Happy birthday!
The Tonto Village gals swept the pool tables last Tuesday evening during their weekly nine-ball competition. Linda Stailey shot for first place, again. Great going, Linda. The second-place winner was Betty Koutz and the third-place winner was Ethel Cain. Congratulations girls, keep up the good shots!
Chief Gary Hatch of Hellsgate Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to wish all the residents and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I would also add my own greeting to all my readers to say, “At this joyous time of year, keep friends and family close at hand and may God bless you and keep you now and throughout the year.”