Fall Looks Fabulous In Tonto Village



I can’t help marveling over the fall colors of the aspen and maple trees. The apple trees are bending over with their bountiful harvest of golden and red apples. It is almost sad to watch the falling leaves and realize that winter will be here before you know it. My herb garden is still doing OK, no real dying off as of yet. My geraniums are starting to show the signs of colder weather. Who knows how long they will last before Jack Frost has done his work?


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Five girls from Shelby School performed with their Dynamite Dance class in a fun “Party Like the ’80s” review this past Thursday. They did lively handsprings and cartwheels all across the stage to the song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” — and fun is just what they had. Pictured are (left to right) Gabriella Driver, Caylinn McCarthy, Harley Lidster, Vogue Tanenhaus and Tara Ramirez.

Shelby School

The Shelby School had five girls perform with their Dynamite Dance class in a review this past Thursday night at the Payson Longhorn Theater. The students performing were Gabriella Driver, Caylinn McCarthy, Harley Lidster, Vogue Tanenhaus and Tara Ramirez.

Get well

On Friday, Oct. 4, Deborah Sampson suffered a massive stroke. Immediately after being air evacuated to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, she underwent an emergency brain surgery. She has since spent the last two weeks recovering in critical care and her family is now preparing to move her to a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility for her long-term recovery.

Debby is known in town for her work on the Payson Pro Rodeo Com­mittee, chamber of commerce, as well as her professional work as a Realtor and notary.

Her children, sons Danny and Josh and daughter Noelle, have created a savings ac­count at the Arizona State Credit Union specifically for her needs and many forthcoming expenses to help her receive the care and attention she needs for a full recovery. Anyone interested in providing support of any kind can make checks payable to Daniel Rensch or Joshua Sampson or simply ask any bank employee of the Arizona State Credit Union (Payson branch) for information on how to make a donation.

Thank you for your support, Rim Country.


There is only one birthday to report this week. Mae Jones of Bear Flat will light a candle on her birthday cake on Halloween, Oct. 31. Happy birthday to you, Mae.

Speaking of Halloween the big day is on a Thursday this year and everyone needs to be extra careful of the children in the streets and roads. They will be dressed up and probably with limited sight and they will be extremely excited about receiving all those goodies. Please use extra care when driving on Thursday.

Tonto Village Chapel

Pastor Mark Pratt of the Tonto Village Chapel has announced the monthly emergency food box ministry is beginning.

Tonto Village Chapel would like to help meet the food needs in the Tonto Village community for those who may need food in an emergency.

One box a month per household will be provided on an emergency need basis. Boxes can be picked up between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For more information, call the Tonto Village Chapel at (928) 478-5076.

“At Tonto Village Chapel we want you to know we care about the community and want to do our part in sharing the love of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). Please let us know how we can minister to you,” Pratt said.

A bit of history ...

Common entertainment in the 1700s included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards, but only applicable to the Ace of Spades. To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren’t “playing with a full deck.”


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