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Janet Snyder

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Cattle are back and making a mess

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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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Where’s Rim Country’s winter?

The Village

Are we having a winter this year? The weather forecast predicts no measurable precipitation for the next two weeks.

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A week of wonderful music – from classical to jazz

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Hey folks, there is one day left to get your sweetie something for Valentine’s Day.

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Meet our new neighbors in Tonto Village

I had an opportunity to visit with one of our new neighbors this weekend: Chuck and Aimee Olinger and their four children, Carly, Charlie, Caylee and Caden.

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Too much rush to sell stuff for Valentine’s Day

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One day left until the end of January 2015. The days have flown by so fast!

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Things have been pretty quiet in the Village since the holidays

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What a delightful weekend we had visiting with our grandson Brian and his lovely wife Sarah. Brian and Sarah are both attending Arizona State University and each holds down a part-time job.

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Still a lot of snow – and ice – around Village

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Since we have had more than 14 inches of snow in Tonto Village, there is still snow on the ground, almost unwilling to give up and melt away.

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Shelby School’s Christmas production was special indeed

The Village

Brrrr! Baby it’s cold outside! Tonto Village is shivering with icy cold weather this past week.

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Looking forward to a great new year

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The big day is over! By now, the Christmas tree looks bare without all the wrapped presents and the pretty paper and gift bags are history — torn and discarded. The Christmas dinner is now demoted to leftovers in the refrigerator. Do you have great ideas for the remains of the Christmas dinner?

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Better to have smoke now than fire later

The Village

Whew — Tonto Village is really smoky! There have been crews around the Village lighting the piles of brush cut earlier.

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Thanksgiving and Christmas all about family

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My husband and I made the long trip to Yuma for the holidays to visit with four of our children. It turned out to be a whirlwind of activity for us.

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A great resource for holiday leftover how-to

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By now, the big turkey dinner is history, except for all the leftovers. What to do? Watch the Food Channel — the many different shows are sure to have every which way to use those great leftovers besides my favorite: a turkey, dressing and cranberry sauce sandwich.

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Sounds of the changing seasons a real delight

Brrr! The temperature has dropped to a bone-chilling 29 degrees early in the morning in the Village.

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Community effort gets property cleaned

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There has not been a column for the past two weeks because our son Bill Jr. has been at Mayo Hospital for surgery on Oct. 27.

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Colors of the season dazzle Tonto Village

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Tonto Village is turning all kinds of colors. Mother Nature and Jack Frost are responsible for all the gold, orange, red and brown hues on the trees and bushes.

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Autumn storm puts damper on Hellsgate event

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The lightning and thunderstorm last Thursday evening resulted in a downpour.

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Don’t dump garbage along roads and creeks

The Village

Well, readers, I am going to get on my soapbox. I have seen this problem for years now, but this week it really hit me so hard I decided to say something about it. On my way into Payson on Monday from Tonto Village, I noticed that garbage bags had been left on the side of the road, torn open, with garbage scattered for at least a few hundred feet.

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Glad we didn’t get whacked by the big rains

The Village

There finally is relief from all the monsoon storms that have hit our area. Thankfully, we were lucky enough to be bypassed by the worst of the storm that hit the Phoenix area.

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Plans for National Fire Prevention Week

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The National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 through Oct. 10 this year.

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Wet weather warmly welcomed on the Rim

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Tonto Village got a royal soaking on Monday afternoon. Not only did the Village get rain, but hail the size of marbles.

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Great gifts shared by neighbors at the fair

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I received wonderful news this weekend from our second daughter, Eileen. Eileen’s daughters, Christina and Jennifer, both told her that they are pregnant. Christina is due sometime in April and Jennifer is due in May. How exciting!

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Tonto Forest roars over Labor Day holiday

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Whew! Labor Day weekend is finally over. The events started on Thursday when the Modified Motor­cycle Association began putting up their tents in the island between the Control Road and Johnson Blvd. for their annual Camp and Jam.

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Keep doing that rain dance Rim Country residents

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Somebody out there has been doing a major rain dance! I am not positive how much rain Tonto Village has received this month, but it was enough for the weeds and grass to sprout up almost overnight! I am not complaining a bit, the forest needs all the rain it can get.

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Shelby students cast in ‘Rapunzel’ performance

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Our vegetable garden and herb garden love the recent rains! We have had some produce ripen this past week, zuchinni and a few tomatoes and squash.

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Village dwellers looking for more rain on Rim

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The 2014 monsoon season has not produced as much rain as we need to assure that the tall ponderosa pines will survive another hundred years or more.

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Green on the forest ground is a wonderful sight

The Village

Tonto Village really got a soaking this past weekend. I am guessing that about an inch or a bit more of rain fell on Sunday evening. There have been very few rainstorms with much accumulation during this monsoon season.

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Big storm did not produce that much moisture

The Village

Tonto Village finally got its share of the monsoon rains on Sunday evening. The lightning strikes were a bit scary, they seemed so close.

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Smoke on top of Rim a scary sight for residents

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I was coming home from Payson Monday afternoon and I noticed a huge plume of smoke just over the Mogollon Rim.

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A great excursion with friends

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I had a wonderful day on Friday with my thrift store buddies, Nancy and Gloria.

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Rain arrives in Rim Country — Hurrah!

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Tonto Village got rain! According to one of our residents, Curt, we received more than a half an inch all totaled — really not enough to make a huge difference, but enough to dampen the dust and give the land a small amount of moisture.

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Lots of activities planned for holiday weekend

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This weekend should turn out to be a very busy one for the Rim Country and its residents with the big 4th of July celebrations in Payson. There will be many activities at Green Valley Park as well as fireworks when the sun goes down.

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For everyone’s sake remember no fire rules

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We need rain! If anyone out there knows of a good rain dance, please start now and don’t stop until you hear raindrops falling on Rim roofs.

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Wind cuts auxiliary fundraising event short

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It was so windy this week ... that the pop-ups at the Bashas’ annual Food Fair were just about blown away.

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A tiny hint of a change in the air – maybe rain’s coming

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Can you feel it? There is an ever so slight change in the weather. I noticed it Monday evening as I was sitting in my yard by my herb garden.

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Local Boy Scouts need community’s help

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Even though the calendar says it is not summer yet (it officially arrives June 21), the temperatures have climbed to over 90 degrees in Payson and in Tonto Village.

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Rifle raffle will benefit firefighter’s widow

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My husband and I received our electric bill from Arizona Public Service recently and we took a close look at it, which included the sales tax section.

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‘Alice in Westerland’ a sheer delight

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My husband and I attended a play called “Alice in Westerland” at the Shelby School on Thursday, May 15.

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Last chance to see Shelby School play this evening

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When is the wind going to stop? The weather is just going crazy. Isn’t it said somewhere that the winds are supposed to be in March? There have been objects flying around our yard for about three weeks now.

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