Chimney Sweep Went Above And Beyond To Help


The Snyder household has been busy getting ready for the new tax season. Thankfully, we have a few extra days this year.

Going through all the paperwork, I discovered that we had not received our federal retirement statement and the Social Security statement, also known as 1099s. It turns out that both statements from last year had our old rural box numbers and not our street address. The post office had sent them both back!

I spent all Monday morning on the phone trying to get a live person, which I finally was fortunate enough to reach after a half-hour wait. The copies will take about two weeks to reach us. It is very frustrating to us that important documents from the government cannot be forwarded to the street address. I know that we had a deadline last year, but who thinks of ALL the changes that need to be made? Our annuities are directed right to our bank, so who thought of the change until we really needed the forms for taxes?

Good guy award

On top of having paperwork flying everywhere, trying to put the right figures in order for April 17, our wood stove decided to act up.

There was smoke everywhere! The doors and windows were opened along with the ceiling fans going full blast, to clear the smoke. We shut the stove down and decided we needed help fast.

Thankfully, we have a neighbor who has been in the Village for over 30 years and knows just who to call. Linda Stailey recommended Will Bailey of Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning and Pellet Stove Repair. We called Will the very next day, and he was kind enough to make a house call on Sunday and got right to work.

Our screen on the top of the pipe was clogged with creosote and could not breathe. Will and his wife did such a fantastic job in cleaning the pipes and the stove, we highly recommend their service. Will went above and beyond to come out and help us even though he had a full schedule of appointments. Thank you Will for being such a good repair man.

The lesson was learned: Have your chimney and pipes cleaned every year, although we did have the chimney cleaned last year, creosote still builds up from burning juniper.


Today, Feb. 11 marks the birthday of Kara Shaw of Tonto Village III and Tim Ehrhardt of the Mead and Collins Ranch area. Kara is an avid nine-ball player (and a very good one too) and Kara works at the National Bank as one of the loan officers. Tim has been in the area a long time and is our resident real estate specialist along with being an avid historian. Tim is forever digging up stories of Payson and the surrounding areas from years past. Happy birthday to you both.

On Feb. 13, Virginia Rankhorn, a longtime resident of Tonto Village I will add another candle to her birthday cake.

Clint Daniels of Tonto Village III has a double celebration for his birthday on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Clint can be seen on his quad riding around the Village just about every day. Wave and wish him a great birthday celebration.

Rick Meeker of Tonto Village II and Scottsdale adds another candle on his cake on Feb. 16. Rick loves to fish the creek and take long trail rides on his quad. Have a great day, Rick.


By now all residents of the Village are aware that the Payson Ranger District brush crew has been busy this past week burning the brush piles in back of the Village. At times the smoke is heavy, so all people with respiratory problems please take extra precautions while the burning is going on. If you have any questions regarding where the brush piles will be burning, you can call the Payson Ranger Station at (928) 474-7900.

Hellsgate Fire Department

Have you signed up for the Friends and Family CPR class yet? Time is running out, and there are still a few spots open, so call right away to Karen Carlen at the Hellsgate Star Valley station and get your name on the list.

The phone number is (928) 474-3835. In case you forgot, the date is Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Star Valley Fire Station. The Hellsgate Fire Department is now in the process of accepting applications for new hires. The applications can be picked up at the fire station in Star Valley. If you have always dreamed of becoming a firefighter, now is your chance. Don’t miss it. The applications are being accepted until Feb. 28.

Double D doings

Last Tuesday, the gals gathered at the ‘D’ for a game of nine-ball. The winners were Kara Shaw, Linda Stailey and Sharon Marksbury.

On Thursday evening it was the guys’ turn to take over the tables. The winners were Tim Reed, Ron Desrochers and John Watson. Congratulations to all the winners.


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