Snow Made For A Memorable Holiday Season With Family


Whew! The holiday season is behind us for another year.

The Christmas season was a very special one for the Snyder family. We were blessed with a houseful of family for the very first time. My hubby and I are usually in Yuma to see our kids and grandkids at Christmas time.

This year, I made sugar cookies for Santa, made up stockings, wrapped huge presents for our grandson, and made a special dinner for Christmas dinner. I have not been involved with any of these activities for a number of years. It was so much fun to watch our family have so much fun in the snow, making snowmen, having snowball fights, and making snow angels. Our son Bill Jr. even took us on a snow ride in his Rubicon through a part of the forest. What fun!

Our son-in-law Jon had never shoveled snow before or even driven in the snow. You don’t get to do these things in Yuma. It was a memorable time for us all. Now it is time to put away all the decorations until next year and get back to everyday activities.

The first meeting of the new year for the Hellsgate Fire Department fire board will be held Jan. 13 at the Star Valley fire station #21. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are always open to the public and your input is encouraged.

Domino Divas

With the holidays over, the Divas will again start their domino competitions on Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. at the Hellsgate fire station in Tonto Village.

Please park your car in the back parking lot. The front needs to be kept clear for the emergency vehicles. This Christmas, a few of the gals brought extra decorations for the blue spruce tree that was planted in honor of Connie Weldon a few years back. Connie was instrumental in finding the Divas a place to gather to play. Before that time, the Divas played at various homes.

For a few years, the Tonto Village Chapel was the place to play. Connie was a regular member of the chapel. When Connie passed, a tree was planted in her memory. Now, the Divas play at the fire station. Come and join the gals on Wednesdays to commiserate with each other and to play a competitive game of Chickenfoot or Mexican Train. The majority rules as to which game we play.

Anniversaries, birthdays, etc.

Phon and Dara Sutton of Bear Flat Estates will celebrate 30 years of marriage on Jan. 13. Both Phon and Dara are a dynamic duo when it comes to helping out their communities. I say communities because not only do they take care of the Bear Flat folks, but both of them are actively involved in activities in Tonto Village.

Phon is now a retired firefighter with Hellsgate Fire Department, but still finds the time to help out wherever he can and Dara is the vice president of the Fireflies fire department auxiliary. A hearty congratulations to Phon and Dara on their special day. May you continue to grow together in life and love.

Saturday, Jan. 2, a dual birthday party was held at the Double D for Kevin Janssen of the Village and Jim White of Tonto Creek Estates. Live music was provided by Carl Anthony. A happy birthday, belatedly, to you both.

Pool results

Last Tuesday evening, the nine-ball teams got together for their weekly competition with Christopher Creek. This week, Tonto Village dominated the tables. The first-place winner was Linda Stailey, who also won the pot for sinking the nine-ball on the first break. Second-place winner was Betty Koutz and third place went to Kara Shaw.

If you have any news that you would like to share with others in my column, you can reach me at (928) 478-9935 or at jbsnyder2@


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