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Janet Snyder

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Still looking for return of the monsoon

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

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A local’s guide to gardening in Tonto Village

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

My last column for 2015.

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Storm turns Tonto Village into winter wonderland

The Village

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

The Village

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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Shelby School students in the spirit of the season

The Village

Baby, it’s cold outside! Try to stay warm and cozy and drink a lot of hot chocolate or a hot toddy even cappuccinos will do.

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A hint for those leftover mashed potatoes

The Village

The day after Thanksgiving… and your refrigerator is full of leftovers.

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Village residents hunker down during Monday’s storm

Tonto Village was treated to a wide array of weather events starting Sunday afternoon, which lasted until Monday evening.

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Cold weather a good time to make nice, hot soup

The Village

I am writing this on Tuesday afternoon and the weather is gloomy, mopey and drowsy, but it is perfect weather to curl up with a good book or movie with a hot drink and just relax and look out the window once in a while and you may be surprised, snow could be falling at any time.

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Shelby students host haunted house

The Village

Tonto Village was fairly quiet for Halloween as far as kids go. There were not too many kids trick or treating this year. Many residents dressed up their homes with scary spider webs and Bobette Davis went all out with her blow-up monsters and black cats.

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Halloween fun planned in Tonto Village

The Village

The countdown is on everybody, there is only today left to get your costume ready, buy the treats for the kids (don’t forget yourself) and then party.

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Wildlife still visiting the area

The Village

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day! I realize we need the rain, but not now, since we are trying to finish our kitchen cabinets.

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First Senior Expo very informative

The Village

How many people attended the inaugural Senior Expo held at the Messinger Payson Funeral Home community room on Friday, Oct. 9?

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Residents enjoy bounty of apples

The Village

How does that song go? “I’m singin’ in the rain ...” etc. etc. etc. And the Rim Country is not finished with the wet stuff. I am writing this on Tuesday morning and the weather report on KMOG Radio says more rain is on the way for us until Wednesday.

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Signs and sounds of autumn abound

The Village

September is now a pleasant memory and autumn is here with Mother Nature doing her magic with the help of Jack Frost to turn the leaves a variety of reds, orange, brown and yellows.

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Bears, coyotes and elk – oh my!

The Village

In case you haven’t seen the prescribed burn sign as you enter the Village, or if you have seen the smoke and freaked out, not to worry — the Hotshots are overseeing the prescribed burn on the Control Road.

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Big rain creates some inconvenience

The Village

“It never rains, but it pours” is the expression that is often used when the rain comes down in buckets.

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Revived barbecue a Labor Day success

The Village

The date ... Sept. 11, such a sorrowful day. My husband and I were going to Yuma and we heard the awful news on the radio.

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Village ready for lots of Labor Day weekend fun

The Village

What’s that? August is already history? Where did the month go? Now we have Labor Day weekend coming up THIS weekend and the crunch is on for the Hellsgate Fireflies Barbecue Saturday, Sept. 5.

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Coyotes prowling around neighborhood

The Village

The new news around the Village is that there are a few coyotes that are circling the Village on a daily basis.

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Tonto Village residents part of 131st annual rodeo

The Village

Do you have your boots all shined up and your cowboy hat dusted off and your shirt pressed and creased in all the right places?

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New Village residents had eventful move

The Village

How is your garden growing? Do you have a plethora of zucchini? Do you need some recipes or have you saved enough from previous years? I have a few that my sister-in-law gave me for zucchini relish I will share with you. 

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