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Janet Snyder

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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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Shelby School students in the spirit of the season

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Area firefighters help California battle blaze

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My traveling friend, Gloria and I took off from Payson and headed for Prescott for shopping and we also hit a few of the thrift stores.

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August already? Summer slipping by so quickly.

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Where has the month of July gone? The month has disappeared so fast and now the month of August is here.

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Getting excited about harvesting

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It is now mid-summer and my garden finally is starting to grow. The tomatoes have been the slowest growers this year I am hoping to get at least a small crop before the cold weather sets in.

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Keep watch over small, feathered friends

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Just this morning, (Tuesday), my husband went out in our yard and spotted the feathers of a small bird.

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Fourth of July in the Village packed with patriotism

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In a matter of a few days, a Fourth of July parade was organized and paraded down Johnson Boulevard at noon sharp. The Hellsgate fire engines started off the parade with sirens and lights blaring.

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Monsoon rains perking up gardens

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The monsoon has arrived. Tonto Village has received a measurable amount of rain this past week and thank goodness … now our garden can perk up and look lively again.

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Foundation down for new fire station

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Father’s Day is now behind us, and another big celebration is on the horizon. Father’s Day was a huge success for the Snyder family.

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Tonto Village area residents could see drop in home insurance

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The calendar tells me that June is already half over, but the weather is telling a different story … rain, rain and more rain, just as if the monsoon was already here.

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Much-appreciated rain puts damper on fishing

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Our fishing buddies came up to spend some time in their cabin this past weekend and they kind of moped around since we had so much rain and they couldn’t go fishing.

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Tragedy mars Memorial Day holiday weekend

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The Memorial Day weekend around the Village was not a safe weekend.

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Thanks for giving visitors someplace for their trash

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Someone is listening out there! In my May 15 column, I mentioned that the trash along the highway was so unsightly and had asked if there was an answer out there.

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Cattle are back and making a mess

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The cattle are back, chewing up everything in my yard. These guys are so big, they just jump over the fence. They chewed all the new growth on my herbs and pulled the pansies right out of the pots.

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Visitors leave holiday dregs along roads

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Another big holiday is now behind us. Mothers are so important to all of us. I know that each mother was shown the love and appreciation she deserves.

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Cinco de Mayo celebrations meant great food

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I hope everyone survived Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday. I realize Mexico considers the holiday a minor event, but across the border here in the U.S., the day is celebrated with a variety of Mexican foods and assorted beverages — especially in margaritas.

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Now spring really begins in Rim Country

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May Day — literally. What a fine memory I have of that day way back when I went to Sparrowbush Elementary School in Upstate New York.

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Still waiting on those promised April showers

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The local weather report has predicted rain for the past few weeks, but there has not been even a drop.

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Tonto Village waking up after long winter’s sleep

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Tonto Village is starting to wake up after a long winter’s sleep. Maybe it’s because the weather has been so warm — the trees are all budding out and the lilacs and irises are blooming, along with the tulips and daffodils as well as a few forsythia bushes with their gorgeous yellow flowers.

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In spite of first trout stocking on Rim, fishing hit and miss

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The first week in April was the start of this year’s stocking by the Arizona Game and Fish Department of the area’s creeks and the Rim lakes.

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High pollen count has allergies attacking in a big way

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The past few weeks have been a coughing and sneezing mess along with runny nose and itchy eyes. I have never had allergies before, but no longer is that the case.

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The roar of summer fun in the distance

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Another quiet week in the Village … but wait a few more weeks and our little hamlet will be buzzing with quads and dune buggies. Who said you needed sand? Mud is just fine.

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Village starting to bloom; side streets being graded

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I took a stroll around our house this morning and I was surprised by all the trees that are in bloom. It’s almost as if the blooms popped out overnight.

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Enjoying a busy birthday weekend in Valley

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What a whirlwind weekend Bill and I had. Since his birthday was March 9, we decided to visit our fishing buddies in Scottsdale. Theresa’s birthday happened to be the day before on March 8.

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Mother Nature had other ideas about spring’s arrival

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Did I say that spring was around the corner? Mother Nature obviously had other ideas. First we had rain, about an inch-and-a-quarter, which turned to slush and then snow up until Tuesday afternoon. Still there is no guarantee there won’t be more for the high country.

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It’s hard to believe spring is around the corner

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It’s unbelievable — this is the last column of February 2015. The time is going too fast. Spring is creeping up on us whether we like it or not. We hardly had any winter.

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