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Janet Snyder

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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!!!

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No winter = a drought of holiday spirit

Where did winter go? There has been no rain or snow in a few months now and according to the weather reports I listened to, the precipitation is not on the horizon.

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Shopping season slips into high gear

Today is the last day of November which means that the holiday season gets under way in earnest.

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New battalion chief has first duty

Since you are reading this column on Friday, Thanksgiving Day is over, except for the leftovers. How many ways can you fix leftover turkey?

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Before the next big cold snap, make sure you get those chimneys checked

There was frost on the pumpkin this past week! In fact it was downright cold.

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Start getting ready for Christmas now

By today, everyone should know who will lead our country. I pray that whichever candidate won that he leads with the Lord’s help. Our nation is on the brink of ____ (you can fill in the blank).

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Glad to see political ads on TV ending

Oh! My gosh! The political ads will stop after Nov. 6. Will anyone miss them?

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Village gets haunted Friday night

The scariest and spookiest and the most fun for kids is almost here. Of course it has to be Halloween day

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The fire season seems to be hanging on

The fire season is not over. On Oct. 14, about 10:30 a.m., a fire was reported to the Forest Service and Tonto National Forest.

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An electrical Friday the 13th all week

I cannot believe these past two weeks.

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Hunters enjoying Rim’s great weather

The outdoors has been the place to be this past week; the weather has been perfect.

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Autumn means bid farewell to bug bites

Ahh — autumn! — No bug bites Autumn has arrived like a lamb.

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Shelby students set to saddle up today

Haven’t the days been picture perfect? The weather has finally broke from the monsoon rains and the nasty humidity.

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Sept. 11, 2001 will never be forgotten

Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001? That day was horrifying, scary, and bewildering for me.

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Labor Day events were a big hit

Tonto Village rocked this past weekend with a barbecue by the Hellsgate auxiliary at fire station #22, and the Modified Motorcycle Camp and Jam.

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Best of the season is still ahead of us

Today is the last day of August, where did the summer go?

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Tonto Village gets welcome downpour

What a downpour Tonto Village had on Monday afternoon. In the span of about half an hour, the rain was measured at about an inch.

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ASU’s Camp Tontozona return is great news

Camp Tontozona will be active again. What great news! The ASU football team, the Sun Devils, will be holding practice sessions and a scrimmage this week.

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Sharing with a best friend is special

celebrating her birthday today.

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Summer has flown by too quickly

It was difficult to type in August so soon. It seems as if the summer has flown by much too quickly. I have not gone fishing as much as I have wanted or gone somewhere I have not been to, but wait ... that’s not true.

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Rain has been a real blessing

Have you ever gone to Young? We have been thinking of making the trip for quite a while, so we decided to make the trip this past weekend, which was a perfect time.

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Our pine trees are now smiling

Finally!!!! The clouds opened up and let go with a considerable amount of rain for Payson and the surrounding area. The rain totals were widely spread from a small amount to three inches in some places.

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Fishing fans: hit the Rim Lakes

Since I am writing this column on Tuesday, I do not know if we had the rainfall that was predicted for Wednesday, the 4th of July. According to the Payson Ranger Station, the Tonto National Forest is closed to camping and hiking because of the extreme dryness of the forest and the safety of people because of bear attacks. Even a simple task such as walking your animals in the forest is prohibited.

So far, it’s been a bit scary this summer

The month of June is just about over, but not without some scary moments around Tonto Village. By now everyone knows that there have been three bear attacks within our vicinity and one of those attacks was quite severe. So far, there have been three tracked down by Arizona Game and Fish and killed. One bear was killed on Saturday and two were killed on Sunday. Wherever there are campers and campsites there are the signs posted to be aware of bears — But who pays attention?

Watch out for snakes while fishing

Who turned up the thermostat? That sun is extremely strong. I hope that everyone is wearing sun block. Since Sunday was Father’s Day, my hubby wanted to go fishing, and wow, the heat and sun wore him out pretty fast. He did have a good time and he did land a few fish, enough for a good meal. One word of caution as you fish: be aware of your surroundings because of snakes.

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Shelby School adding scouting programs

It has been a busy June for me and for the Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary. This past Saturday, the auxiliary participated in the Bashas’ Food Festival in the Bashas’ parking lot. There were many vendors selling various things including food and crafts.

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Campers need to be aware of wildlife

The big news this week is the “missing” bear. This big, bad bear attacked a lady inside her tent at the Ponderosa Campground recently and he is still at large. Arizona Game and Fish personnel have closed that campground along with the Bear Flat campground on the 405 Road and extended the closure into the Hellsgate Wilderness area. For more current information, contact the Payson Ranger Station at (928) 474-7900 or the Arizona Game and Fish Headquarters at 800-970-2327. Many campers do not give a thought about the wild creatures that inhabit our forests and a “bear alert” is very serious. Every camper needs to inform themselves about safe camping in bear country.

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Thanks for support on our big day

The month of May is now behind us for another year, but not without a few surprises. Last week the temperature got down to freezing in the village and killed a few of my flowers, and left shriveled up leaves on many of the shrubs and trees including my neighbor’s grape vines. I only hope that what ever blossoms were on the apple tress that they survived that frost.

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The meaning of Memorial Day

This weekend is a big holiday for many of us. Do you know the significance of the Memorial Day holiday? It is not just about an extra day off from work, having a barbecue or camping out in the forest, etc. It is about honoring those men and women who sacrificed their lives in one of our many wars and they did it unselfishly to keep our nation free from hostile countries. It is about placing ‘Old Glory’ on a veteran’s grave or leaving a red poppy, which is a symbol of those who died.

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Spring rolls right into fire season

The wildfire season is here with a vengeance. Our forest is very dry and according to the Payson Ranger station, the Sunflower area is on restriction as of Tuesday, May 15. Other parts of Tonto National Forest will be under campfire restrictions by the end of this week. There is a Web site available to voice your opinion on restrictions of campfires from May 1 to July 15. The site is: There are other Web sites to check also, they are: SWEG A phone number to call for information is 1-877-864-6985.

Tonto Village welcomes three new residents

It’s planting time! The threat of frost is still with us, but we will start with frost resistant veggies and cross our fingers that there will not be a bad cold snap. Maybe a great way to start your garden is to buy that special mother(s) in your life a starter plant such as a tomato plant or something you would like to grow and eat and present it to her on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, have a wonderful day.

Work, support for Hellsgate awarded

What a fantastically grand and wonderful week the Snyder family had! My brother Larry Henrickson came to visit us all the way from Berwick, Pa. — And he drove! Larry has a black 1988 Cadillac Coup de Ville with a burgundy leather interior. What a car! He tried to register it at the car show, but was told the car was too new. Larry is a big fan of car shows (he fixes up old cars and shows them in his hometown), and of NASCAR. Retired driver, Jimmy Spencer lives in Berwick and has a garage there. So naturally, my brother kept track of his career with NASCAR. Jimmy now emcees on the Speed channel.

Tonto Village ablaze in blooms

Tonto Village is blooming all over. All the fruit trees have survived that freak snowstorm of a few weeks ago. The irises are showing off with beautiful shades of purple and lavender, yellow and white. Many of the residents have the flowers along their fences and it looks so pretty. I have heard quite a bit of sneezing, though, including me. Something that is blooming tickles the nose. I can handle that since everything blooming looks so nice.

Crazy weather, from snow to sun equals fishing fever

What crazy weather! Tonto Village got about two inches of snow this past weekend. My concern was the apple blossoms, I sure do want apples this year, but the buds had not developed enough, so I think it will be OK. I love spring because it is a time of renewal, not just of nature showing off, but it can be of faith, relationships, a hobby that you set aside to finish whenever or even of a love affair that didn’t quite finish in the right way. I listened to the local weather report this morning and the forecast is favorable for outdoor projects — specifically, finishing the siding on our new addition, but I was also thinking of fishing. I am starting to get fishing fever. It is time to make time!

Fireflies encourage ladies to join them

This past week was a wonderful Holy Week for the Snyder family. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the pageant held in Mesa at the LDS church. I have never seen the performance before and the whole thing just blew me away! There were hundreds of people there to watch the most amazing cast, almost 600 in all — not including the live animals. I was told that there was a performance each day during Holy Week and there were just as many guests at every pageant performance.