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Janet Snyder

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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

THE VILLAGE

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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Loving all these beautiful spring blooms

Spring is a wonderful time of year with a feeling of renewal as all the flowers and trees come to life.

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A treat for Easter from the Fireflies cookbook

The month of March is just about history with only this week left, but it is a very important Holy Week for Christians as well as for the Jewish community celebrating Passover.

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Spring beginning to flirt with Rim Country

This past week has definitely improved over last week. For one thing, no more snow!

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Wild weather keeps us all guessing

What a week! Tonto Village was hammered by a blinding snowstorm last Friday, which continued into Saturday.

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Spring is starting to make her mark

If I didn’t know that the Rim Country is expecting another storm this weekend, I would think that spring has sprung.

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Tonto Village residents more than ready for winter to come to an end

February is gone! Come on March and warmer weather and hopefully no more snow.

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Snowstorm brings activities to a screeching halt

Tonto Village is pretty much hunkered down from the snowstorm, and activities have come to a screeching halt.

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Take it easy when shoveling all the snow

What a weekend! I thought that the snow would never stop.

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Already seeing signs of spring

According to the groundhog in Pennsylvania, we will have an early spring. From what I have observed over the past few weeks, that may be so.

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Weather causes plenty of TV worries

OMG!!! The weather has been just crazy! Just about everyone in Tonto Village has had some kind of issues with this unusual weather.

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Jump in temperatures sings spring

The month is going too fast. Next week is the last week of January!

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We were just wondering about winter

Brrr! Talk about being cold! Tonto Village has experienced frozen pipes, drafty windows and plenty of icy streets.

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More cold weather coming our way

Is it cold enough for you? If not, wait a few days; the weather people say that it will be getting colder.

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Watch your step until sun melts the ice

Tonto Village has turned into a winter wonderland in the past few days.

One blotch on Christmas spirit in the Village

I hope that all my readers had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and that you got everything that you desired. This year my husband and I decided to stay in the Village. Our second daughter and our son-in-law came up after Christmas to visit with us for a few days and enjoy the rest of the snow.

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Look at the date on the (Mayan) calendar!

Oh my! Look at the date on the paper ... The world is supposed to end today. I haven’t heard a time when this is supposed to happen, maybe you will have time to read this column before the end comes.

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Forecast for winter weather lifts spirits

The weather forecasters have announced that there will be some rain or snow by Friday. Whoopee!!!