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Janet Snyder

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Hold off planting veggies or flowers for awhile longer

The Village

“Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day”… as the song goes ... On Tuesday morning, the temperature is already at 66 degrees.

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Perfect weather, but rain needed for dry forest

The Village

The weather has been just perfect in the Village — the fruit trees are just about to pop their blossoms as well as the lilacs and the bulb flowers are starting to appear. But there is one big problem — we have had no rain and the forest is very dry.

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Kids compete to clean up around the Village

The Village

My hands are starting to get itchy for planting flowers and veggies. This past weekend, I cleaned out my herb garden of pine needles and leaves and watered the herbs that are already starting to come up.

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Still feeling the loss

The Village

The memorial service for Robert “Bobby” Mollere will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 22 at the All Saints Church, 6300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

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Hellsgate firefighters mourn loss of one of their own

The Village

The Hellsgate Fire Department is in deep mourning over the loss of one of their own firefighters, Lt. Bobby Mollere.

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New fire station and bridge in the Village

The Village

Not only is the Village getting a new fire station this year, but we are also getting a new bridge that will be crossing the creek and doing away with that big dip that goes in the creek.

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Good news on weather front

The Village

I heard some exciting news on the radio this week — we may get some rain, maybe even snow!

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Not too soon to get ready for fire season

Here we go again — trouble with my computer.

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Here’s to a great Valentine’s Day

The Village

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, especially to my hubby, Bill. We have been together for 56 years and he is the love of my life. My life with Bill has been better than I ever imagined it could be. Thank you, Bill, for your love.

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Chance of snow – keep your fingers crossed

The Village

Tonto Village had a dusting of snow on Monday afternoon. In anticipation of a significant amount, my hubby broke out his snow shovel and he watched the snowflakes as they became bigger and bigger, then smaller and smaller, then stopped.

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Lack of moisture a growing concern

The Village

What? The last day of January? Are we sure we didn’t warp into spring and left winter behind? The drought situation is not funny, if we don’t get some kind of precipitation; we are in for a very scary spring and summer.

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.

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Village needs a snow dance to get more moisture

The Village

The weather report this morning was a bit disheartening since the temperatures will be in the 50-degree range and no rain or snow for at least another week. The weather has been crazy all over the country.

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Seems winter has passed by Rim Country

The Village

Has winter passed us by and gone on to the middle of the country? The Rim Country has had just a few inches of snow and very mild temperatures compared to most of the United States. How fortunate we are to be living in Arizona.

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Snyder family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas

The Village

The Snyder family has had a wonderful Christmas. Some of the Snyder clan gathered at our house and waited until most everyone was here and then we opened our gifts.

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Trees around community brighten season

The Village

Tonto Village has just a bit of snow still on the ground from our last storm, so it won’t be a white Christmas, but there are plenty of homes that are all dressed up for this holiday season.

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Be careful around road work in The Village

The Village

Tonto Village is finally getting its bypass completed! The crews are working right at the junction of the Control Road and Johnson Boulevard.

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Frigid weather bursting water pipes

The Village

Tonto Village has received about three to four inches of snow this past week and it is sticking around awhile because the temperatures have been very low — 30s in the daytime and the teens at night.

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Holiday happenings and more in the Village

The Village

Can you believe it? We are already into the first week of December! I haven’t done any Christmas shopping. I did not join the crowds of shoppers who went out to the stores on Thanksgiving or even on Black Friday, I stayed home.

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Fund-raiser for Village resident coming up

The Village

The Village really got dumped on with the rain and snow that started on Thursday and did not stop until Sunday morning. Most of the communities in the surrounding area all got about four inches of rain and snow.

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Thanksgiving at the Double D

The Village

I was watching the Food Channel on Monday and there were at least two different cooks who made great looking leftovers from all the food that was on the Thanksgiving tables.

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Holiday season starting to gear up

The Village

The holiday season is starting to gear up in area retail stores. Christmas decorations are overlapping the decorations for Thanksgiving and even Home Depot is building stalls for their Christmas trees.

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Land being cleared for new fire station

The Village

This past Saturday, my friends Gloria and Nancy and I drove down to the Arizona State Fair. One word: Wow! It has been years since I had been to the fair and I was blown away by the size of it.

Wood-stove weather is on the way

The Village

It is almost sad to watch the trees lose all their leaves and become bare. Since the winds have picked up for the past few days, the leaf drop has accelerated so fast the sight of those trees reminds me of the upcoming colder weather to come.

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Fall looks fabulous in Tonto Village

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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.

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Hellsgate Fire Department stays busy

THE VILLAGE

This past week has been a busy one for the Hellsgate Fire Department and the Fireflies Auxiliary and I don’t mean call outs either, although the firefighters had many of them including one on the same day as their open house Oct. 10.

Learn to drive fire engines and more

THE VILLAGE

Last Thursday evening, my husband and I attended a Tea Party meeting that featured a discussion regarding the re-introduction of the Mexican gray wolf into the Rim Country.There were ranchers there from northern Arizona who spoke of the destruction of their cattle by the wolf. There are mixed feelings from the general population regarding the gray wolf.

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Autumn has arrived in Tonto Village

The beautiful autumn season is here. The weather is perfect, the apples are falling and the temperatures in the early morning are around 39 degrees. What could be better? The squirrels are scampering around either playing or fighting over acorns, I can’t tell, but they are fun to watch.

Memorable road trip comes to an end

I’m back! My husband and I took off for Iowa on Sept. 4, traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, Berwick, Pa. and Rawlings, Md.

Modified Motorcycles visit the Village

The Village was roaring over the weekend, literally! The Modified Motorcycle Association held its yearly rally in the Village.

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Area enjoyed major monsoon storm Monday

Monday evening it poured! I’m not sure how much rain fell in such a short time, but it came down so fast, my rain gutters couldn’t hold the water and overflowed.

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Seven Shelby students cast in Missoula play

The summer is moving along too fast. There are only nine days left to the month of August. The monsoons are now hit and miss, teasing us with sprinkles almost every afternoon, so I guess that season is just about over.

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Missing monsoons

What happened to the monsoon rains? I am wondering whether the season is already over.

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Monsoon weather causes Rim Country to bloom

I love the monsoon weather! Plants that I thought were dried up are now coming back.

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The summer is passing by too fast

August! Already! The summer is passing way too fast. I haven’t even had time to go fishing!

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Wet weather a blessing – mostly

The monsoon storms have arrived with a vengeance causing damage throughout the Rim Country. Tonto Village was fortunate in that no major damage has been reported. My back yard rain gauge measured 3.75 inches of rain since Tuesday morning.

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Hope the rest of July is calm

The past two weeks have been sorrowful, hectic and enjoyable.

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Rim residents reach out to fire victims

The residents of the small community of Tonto Village opened their hearts and their pocketbooks to help the families of Yarnell on Saturday, July 6.

A tragic week for so many

It’s been a hard week for so many. How do I begin this column? There has been so much happening that I feel numb.

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Village says goodbye to two great guys

Tonto Village is in mourning this week since learning of the passing of one of the Village’s longtime residents, Charles “Charlie” Terry.

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In spite of Valley heat, Village was quiet

This past week has been pretty rough on the Snyder family. Illness has plagued us for more than two weeks now and the doctor has diagnosed bronchitis.

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Preaching to the choir about fires

Happy Flag Day! For those of you who do not realize it, today is the day to show your patriotism and fly Old Glory.

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Find fire conditions on Internet

The U.S. Forest Service has announced it has a brand new Web site that can be checked out for fire restrictions.

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Fireflies in need of volunteers

The big Memorial weekend is now behind us. Tonto Village was full to overflowing with part-time residents enjoying the cool weather and primping up their cabins for the summer.

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Tonto Village ready to celebrate

The big Memorial Day weekend is here, which means to Tonto Village a surge in visitors and part-time residents opening up their cabins for the summer season.

Shelby School’s ‘Wizard’ was wonderful

Last Friday afternoon my husband and I attended a performance of The Shelby School’s version of “The Wizard of Oz.” What a great production these kids put on — from first-graders to high school age. They outdid themselves in a very enjoyable performance.

A recipe to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo — meaning the 5th of May — is this weekend. It commemorates the Battle of Puebla in which outnumbered Mexican troops defeated the invading French soldiers.

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Village busting out with blooms, birds and more

The month of April is just about over — there are only about four days left. The Village is still showing off with the fruit trees busting with blooms and the iris and tulips are just starting to show off, along with the wild grape hyacinths.

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Sights and scents of spring in the Village

The air smells so sweet with the blossoms just starting to come into full bloom on the apple trees.

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Hope this latest storm didn’t ruin gardens

Tonto Village was covered in white on Tuesday morning. What a shock that was. I am positive that the calendar says April, synonymous with spring, warm weather, flowers, etc.

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