The election is over and the people have spoken with a large voice. The Republican Party has taken control of most of the country, so now let’s hope that this decision made by you voters has been the right one and the legislators can turn this country around.
My husband Bill and I worked the polls at the Zane Grey precinct on Tuesday. It makes for a very long day, from 5 a.m. until around 8:30 p.m. We have done this since 2002 and we decided that this is the last election we will be doing.
At our age, the hours are pretty rough. It is time for the young people to take over. We have enjoyed our time tremendously and I know we will miss working the polls when the 2012 election comes around.
The crew this time consisted of Linda Stailey as inspector, Janet Snyder as ballot judge, Karen Fausz as signature judge and poll list clerk, Teresa Purtee as ID clerk and Bill Snyder as marshal. A thank you also to Bill Fausz for helping the crew in assisting in putting the Zane Grey polling place at the church back in order. The great people made the day an enjoyable one even though the day was a long one.
The Zane Grey precinct is a small one with approximately 285 voters and many of the voters are early voters. The turnout was a respectable showing with about 125 people coming in to vote. One of the officials of the elections committee told me that the Zane Grey district may possibly be the district with the most ballot styles because of the splits of fire districts, water boards, etc., sometimes on certain elections, up to six different styles.
The Snyder family have lost a precious member of the family. Our beagle, Libby, passed away on Tuesday. She knew that it was her time, and she left us peacefully in her sleep. Libby was 13 years old and would have had her next birthday in May. Libby was with us for six of her years and some of those years she was an outlaw, escaping whenever she could. She loved to roam the forest looking for rabbits. We will miss her trying to sleep with us with her legs outstretched and taking up most of the bed. Goodbye Libby, we will miss you.
There have been three residents and part-time residents pass away this past week. Jim Sumpter of Bonita Creek Estates had been a longtime resident of the area. Jim helped with the fire department auxiliary Labor Day barbecue for years. Jim made the homemade barbecue sauce and the beans. He was always willing to help the then Tonto Village Fire Department. There will be graveside services for Jim at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Pioneer Cemetery.
Part-time resident Tom Glaser of Tonto Village II passed away suddenly last Wednesday at his summer home in the Village. Services will be in the Valley. No other information was available.
Chuck Huth passed away in California last week. Chuck was a resident of Tonto Village III for a number of years. He will be interred in the Valley. No other information was available. Condolences to all the families for their loss.
It’s hard to understand why people or our special furry friends are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing that they were a special part of such a well-lived life.
Hellsgate Fire Department
Karen Carlen, the administration assistant at the Star Valley fire station #21 and a qualified EMT instructor, will be conducting the Friends and Family CPR class Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Tonto Village station beginning at 6 p.m. There is still room for a few more people, so give Karen a call to sign up. The number is (928) 474-3835.
The next fire board meeting will be on Nov. 10 at the Star Valley station #21. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. The results of the election for the two fire board positions should be announced at that time. The meetings are open to the public, and the residents are urged to attend.
The Double D gals played their usual nine-ball competition this past Tuesday evening. Ethel Cain was the first-place winner followed by Terri Dooley, a visitor to our community from Ellison Creek Summer Homes, and Patty Boeschling from Christopher Creek.
Last Tuesday’s winners were Judy Tolle, Betty Koutz and Bobbie Davis.
Sunday pool playing has resumed and the winners were Tommy Randall, Ryan Theil and Sherri Moore. The previous Sunday winners were Harvey Poyner, Cliff Landrum, (where you been?) and Sherri Moore.
The Scotch Doubles were played on Oct. 22 . The winning team was Tammy Randall and Mike Bryan. Second-place winners were Dee and Jim White. Third-place was the team of Melissa and Kevin Janssen.
If you have any news that you would like to add to this column, call me at (928) 478-9935 or e-mail me at janet_snyder2001@yahoo .com.