Utilities Crews Do Great Job Restoring Services

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Happy New Year from Tonto Village. Here’s wishing you all a sleigh full of wishes and dreams for the New Year to come true. I do mean sleigh full. December 2010 has left with a roar.

The Village has had about 18 inches of snow and underneath all that snow is a sheet of ice. Not only have we had to deal with shoveling ourselves out, but the power was out for a good part of a full day and the phone service was also out. Thanks again this year to Bob Halenar of Qwest, who helped to get our phones up and running.

I hope that everyone was prepared for the first snowstorm of the winter season. As soon as you know that a snowstorm is coming, head to town and fill up your gas tank on your 4x4. Stock up on groceries and purchase supplies like matches, batteries for flashlights and radios, buy extra meds, if possible, and get in a good supply of wood if you have a wood stove, or pellets or enough propane for an extended time. Make sure that your cell phone is fully charged, (hopefully it works!) I want to personally thank the APS crew for their diligence in making sure we had electricity as soon as it was possible.

The temperatures were brutally cold and the snow was at least knee-deep. At times in the early morning the temperature hit minus 4 degrees. Thank you each and everyone of the APS crew.

At times like this, a small community is invaluable because each one of us should look out for one another. Some of the older residents will need help in shoveling a pathway from their front door, some will need medications picked up from town, some would need wood to be brought into the house.

Luckily, we also have two places that are available in case the utilities are off. The Double D Cafe has a generator and hot food and the Hellsgate Fire Department also has a working generator and a small kitchen for preparing hot food. During this coming winter season, keep those places in mind for any resident who needs some extra help.

Since the holidays are now over, everyone is breathing a sigh of relief and recuperating from all the hustle and bustle. In the Village, the Domino Divas have not gotten together for two weeks because of the weather and the busy season. Hopefully, playing can resume this week. The players may have to park in the front of the fire station temporarily until the parking lot in the back can be plowed. Remember, the day is Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Birthdays, etc.

I did not mention that it was my own birthday on Jan. 1, and that I did not wish my former colleague in column writing, the “Kreek Kapers” column for the Christopher Creek residents, Mikey Marazza who also celebrates the same day. Happy belated birthday, Mikey. Here’s hoping that you have a wonderful year.

Double D Doings

The competition of the Double D gals and the Christopher Creek gals went off without a hitch. The snow had not fallen yet. The competition took place on Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 at the Double D Cafe. The winners this week were Kara Shaw of Tonto Village III, second-place winner was Dee White of Tonto Creek Estates, and Judy Tolle of Christopher Creek shot for third place. Congratulations to all the winners.

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