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Janet Snyder

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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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

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Wet weather warmly welcomed on the Rim

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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!

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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

The Village

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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Week sees computer bugs and bears – Oh my!

The Village

It happened again! My computer crashed — this time because of Internet Explorer.

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Wild weather this past weekend

The Village

We had rain! We had snow! We had wind! In fact tremendous gusts of wind hit Tonto Village on Saturday. I have at least four hummingbird feeders hanging and the wind was so strong they rocked back and forth. The poor hummers were flying every which way in total confusion as to where to go. One hummer stayed on our back porch until the wind subsided a bit.

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Cattle are roaming the Village again – watch out

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They’re back! The free roaming cattle — I mean. My husband tried to help a small calf jump the fence on Control Road near our house.

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Residents say tearful goodbye to two beloved men

The Village

An impressive and heart-wrenching flag ceremony was held at station 21 in Star Valley for Lt. Bobby Mollere and former fire board chairman, Larry Cory at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 15.

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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

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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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