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Janet Snyder

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Busy week means short column

This week the column will be very short. The week so far has been hectic due to Thanksgiving preparations.

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Punkin Center celebrates veterans

On Friday, Nov. 11, my husband, Bill, and I decided to celebrate Veterans Day in Tonto Basin, and in particular, Punkin Center.

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Community Thanksgiving dinner saves some work

The Village

The big Thanksgiving food feast is just a week away. Are you ready? Is the big bird thawed out yet?

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One holiday down, a couple more to go in 2016

The Village

Whew! One more holiday down and a few more left for this year. The trick or “treaters” were very few and far between this year, the parties at Shelby School and the Trunk or Treat at the Tonto Village Chapel kept the “treaters” busy collecting candy and having fun at the parties.

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Shelby School students collecting money for UNICEF

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Wow, what an exciting weekend Bill and I had. Our children decided we needed to be at our granddaughter’s wedding in Coronado, Calif. so it was arranged that we would stay at our daughter Vicki’s house, spend the night and then the next day, drive the rest of the way to Coronado.

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The quiet of fall slips back into the frantic – temporarily

This past week has been a whirlwind of activity for the Snyder household.

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Acknowledging a milestone of service to Tonto Village residents, visitors

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Believe it or not, this month marks 15 years since I started to write this column. Where has the time gone? The years have simply flown away.

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Walk around the Village reveals changes of the season

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My husband and I normally walk around the Village for exercise each day and recently we both remarked about the change in the weather and the visual changes that we noticed.

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Getting those checkups before end of year

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Have you ever felt like a human pincushion or a scientific medical experiment? That is how I have felt all this month. First, my arteries were checked out, with a suspicion of possible osteoporosis.

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Village quiets with new season

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The Village is so quiet — I can even sit on my front porch without hearing those loud toys running up and down Johnson.

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Village turned into Tent City over holiday weekend

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The Village was in the holiday spirit for Labor Day weekend. Many of the part-time residents took the risk of going through the mass migration to the high country.

Seems autumn is edging its way into Rim Country already

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August is behind us and now on to September and autumn, my favorite time of year. I love the colors of the season — the reds, oranges, all shades of brown and maybe a bit of green now and then.

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Looking forward to end of primary season and robo calls

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Are you as fed up as I am about the rash of robo calls from the politicians?

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Monsoon storms have started teasing us again

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Mother Nature is sure faking all of us out! One minute the clouds turn dark, and you expect that it will be pouring rain any minute. But it doesn’t! Where does it go?

A little lull in activities at the end of summer

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The Village is quiet. The kids have returned to school, the streets are less noisy from all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes, etc. Vacation time is over.

Tonto Village residents welcome noisy return of monsoon storms

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The monsoon rains have finally arrived, Tonto Village has received at least 2 inches with each recent storm —two since last week. What a wonderful sight — except for the extremely loud thunder, it sounded like it was just outside my front door.

Hellsgate Fire District honors its board and firefighters

Somebody must have done a rain dance for Tonto Village. The thunder and lightning started and my hopes rose.

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Still looking for return of the monsoon

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Where’s the monsoon? It headed straight to Phoenix and bypassed Payson. Boy, did they get hit on Monday night, a microburst, heavy rain, a dust storm and flooding, all in one storm.

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Watch out for children riding ATVs on our roads this summer

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The Village has finally quieted down after the Fourth of July activities. Naturally we still have the summer residents around with their toys going up and down Johnson Boulevard and into the forest.

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Tonto Village residents, visitors enjoy festive weekend

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Tonto Village was in a very festive mood this past weekend. Many of our part-timers were in residence at their cabins.

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Keeping fingers crossed monsoon really here

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Oh my gosh! July already! I have only two (little) green tomatoes in my garden! How long do I have to wait for a good harvest.

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Heat straining residents, gardens and more

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Can you believe this heat? The temperatures are out of sight.

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A local’s guide to gardening in Tonto Village

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This week I am going to veer from the normal column topics and let Lucy Karrys write about the beginnings of her Tonto Village garden.

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Unusually high temperatures even in Rim Country

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Whew! I hope everyone is staying cool. The temperatures have been unseasonably hot this past week.

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Fireflies have successful bake sale over weekend

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The celebrations and long weekends are over for a while, but they will return for the Fourth of July, another long weekend.

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Big events around Tonto Village this weekend

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A big weekend is about to start in Tonto Village. The Vietnam veterans motorcycle group will be camped out in the forest near the Village over the weekend.

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Unusual May weather has us scrambling to protect garden plants

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Tonto Village is experiencing a very gloomy Tuesday. It started out with lightning strikes and thunder and then, holy moly, the hail started falling.

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It’s time to get planting those gardens folks

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The planting season is just about here. According to Plant Fair Nursery, May 15 is usually the date to start putting in your garden.

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Rain of early May wonderful for Village flowers

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April showers bring May flowers, the saying goes, but for us in the Village May 1 brought the rain for the flowers.

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Interesting activity around the Village recently

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I am looking out my office window absolutely amazed by the logging equipment and the way that it handles the logs and cuts them to just the right size for the logging trucks.

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Forest around community being cleared

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After a lot of activity in Tonto Village the past few weeks, the forest looks a bit sparse. There has been a logging company, Tri Star Logging from Snowflake, harvesting logs from around Tonto Village and Thompson Draw II. The project is under the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

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A little bit of this; and some of that in The Village

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Rain! We actually had a good amount of rain over the weekend (I don’t know exactly how much fell in Tonto Village); well, actually before the weekend because Saturday, April 9 was a gorgeous day for the Business Showcase at the Sawmill Crossing parking lot.

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Hoping for rain and a chance to get gardening

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Get ready, folks — Hopefully we are going to have some rain by this weekend. Hurray! The ground is so hard from the lack of moisture that it makes it difficult to dig up the soil for the garden. The weather forecast also called for temperatures to be lower than what we have been used to in the past month.

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Return of ‘winter’ — April Fool’s joke on us all

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As I look out of my office window on a Tuesday morning, the snow showers are coming down almost horizontally.

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No rain, high winds heighten fire danger in the Village

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There has been no rain in our area all of February and now none in March — so far.

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Spring a good time to get some serious health tests

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Last week I said that March is Women’s History Month, but there is another recognition that is much more important health-wise. It is Colon Cancer Month. Since I am a survivor of colon cancer, I cannot stress more emphatically than telling you my personal story.

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St. Patrick’s Day celebration slated in Village

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March is Women’s History Month. It was originally called International Working Women’s Day when the day was recognized, then changed to what it is called today.

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Spring’s early blooms appearing around Village

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I mentioned the unusually warm weather we are having in last week’s column, and I guess that winter is over.

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Warm weather means busy Village residents

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Tonto Village residents have been enjoying the warm weather that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us.

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Warm weather gets green thumb itchy

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The weather is so unseasonably warm for February, I am starting to get the planting fever, so is my daughter, Eileen.

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Farewell football; can hardly wait for baseball

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The football season is now officially over — sad, sad! But, the baseball season is just around the corner.

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Tonto Village residents are ready for spring

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Tuesday, Feb. 2 was Ground Hog Day, and lo and behold, he did not see his shadow.

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Shelby celebrates National School Choice Week

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I typed in the date for this week’s column and I was shocked, there are only two days left of this month. Where did the time go?

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Low temperatures keep ground covered with snow

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Brrrr, the weather has been mighty chilly; so chilly in fact, Tonto Village has about 12 inches of snow still on the ground. Forget about mopping the floors, they will get muddy again right after you clean it up.

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Trees take tumble under weight of snow

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Mother Nature hit Tonto Village pretty darn hard with at least 22 inches of snow over a four-day period.

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Collect important papers as you clean old files

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The holidays are over; it’s time to put all the decorations away for another year. The Domino Divas took down all the decorations at the fire station last week; the job went surprisingly fast with so many hands helping.

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Storm makes for a different Christmas in the Village

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It’s kickoff time for the start of a New Year. Literally! I haven’t checked into how many football games will be televised, but fans should be able to get their fill this week

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Reflecting on the year coming to a close

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My last column for 2015.

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Storm turns Tonto Village into winter wonderland

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Tonto Village looks like a winter wonderland this week. The snow started coming down early Monday morning while we were snug in our beds and continued to come down all day — and it was so foggy it looked as if the clouds were down to tree level.

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As if we need an excuse to get baking pans out

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This column needs to be written on Tuesday for the Friday edition of the Payson Roundup so this morning (Tuesday), our radio station KMOG announced that Tuesday is National Brownie Day.

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