Shelby School Students Prepare For Aims Tests

The Village


I had a delightful Martin Luther King Day this past Monday with two of my really good friends, Gloria and Nancy.

Since it was a day off from work for Gloria, she suggested lunch and a movie. What a great idea! So, we decided to meet at Chili’s for lunch then go to the Sawmill Theatre to see “Saving Mr. Banks.” The movie was not as I expected. In fact, some scenes were tearful. The story revolves around the author of “Mary Poppins” and Walt Disney’s difficulties convincing the author to put it on the screen. There was a bit of music from the film “Mary Poppins” and a few scenes also. It was thoroughly entertaining. I would recommend the movie to anyone, but it may be too slow for younger audiences.

Shelby School

Shelby School is now working hard with their students on academics and working toward the AIMS testing. According to art teacher, Elizabeth Fowler, “The hard academics is punctuated by vigorous games of dodgeball and upcoming, square dancing classes in February, the caller and instructor is Allen Carpenter of Tonto Basin. Arizona and a paper airplane contest also begin in February. The scouting programs will also have their meetings after the AIMS testing.” Those activities sound like the school is going to be super busy for the second semester.

Tonto Village Chapel

Pastor Mark Pratt is scheduling Bible study classes to start very soon. Look for the start date in the church bulletin or in this column.

The chapel is also giving out food boxes for anyone in the surrounding area on Tuesdays between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. The distribution program is limited to one box per household per month.

Double D Doings

The Sunday pool competition is heating up. The games are in a six-week series and at the end of six weeks half of the money goes into a pot and the series winner gets the proceeds. This is now the third week of play. The winners were Cliff Landrum and Tammy Randall. What a great challenge. So dust off those pool sticks and get on down to the Double D around 2 p.m. and try your skill. You may be a big winner.


Phyllis Mullen Ballard, a former resident of Tonto Village who now lives in Payson, starts off the month with her Feb. 1 birthday.

Julie Hatch, wife of Hellsgate Fire Chief Gary Hatch, gets to celebrate her birthday on Feb. 4.

Wally Oznichek of Mead Ranch shares the day with Julie. Wally would say he is celebrating the 46th anniversary of his 39th birthday.

On Feb. 5, Hellsgate Fire Captain John Wisner will celebrate his big day. I don’t know how many birthdays he has had, but just in case, have a fire extinguisher ready when he blows out all those candles.

To all the birthday celebrants, enjoy the love, laugher and limelight that is yours on your big day.


I have a few Christian one-liners this week:

Don’t let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

One more — Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews. 

Have a great week!


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