Meet Steve Sundra

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

It’s time for another installment of “better know your neighbor.”

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Sundra. He has lived in Ponderosa Springs for 18 years and is currently retired but still fills in tending bar part-time at Creekside Restaurant and is the president of the Ponderosa Springs Home Owners Association. Steve is currently one of the few full-time residents in Ponderosa Springs.

Steve is originally from just outside Atlantic City, N.J., where he ran the family business — a bar and liquor store called the Rugby Inn, for 31 years. Prior to running the family business, Steve played professional baseball for a few years with the New York Yankees. Baseball runs in the family as Steve’s father also played professionally.

So, what brought Steve to Ponderosa Springs? His mother moved here 45 years ago and he would come out once a year on vacation. This is how he fell in love with Arizona. He sold the family business in New Jersey and moved to Ponderosa Springs 18 years ago. When he first moved here, he worked as a bartender at Creekside for about 4-1/2 years and then later worked at Landmark for another 4 years. Steve and his wife also became involved with the fire department where he conducted petition drives, became an EMT, and later became the captain.

Steve is a lapidary and makes pen and pencil sets out of rocks. Steve’s other hobbies include riding ATVs and being a part of the Payson Rimstones Rock Club. Steve’s favorite thing about living here is the beautiful scenery and views of the mountains. He also enjoys the cool, summer mornings and nights, wildlife watching and the variety of trees. He enjoys being close enough to town, but still far enough away to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Let me hear from you

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Thanks again for reading the column.

Jason

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