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Jason Harris

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Trip to Australia, New Zealand planned

Have you always wanted to go Down Under? To visit Australia? To see the roos and crocs? To learn the proper way to say G’day, mate?

Time to prepare for wildfire season is now

Glori Surman passed all of the necessary certifications and is now Christopher Creek’s newest Real Estate agent. She works at the ERA Young-Realty office. Congratulations, Glori!

Be prepared when cold weather arrives

What a wacky winter season this is. Either it is unseasonably warm like it was the first part of this week, or it is the “polar” opposite and extraordinarily cold.

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Fire board meeting Monday

On Saturday, Feb. 5, Ray and Joy Ruetz celebrated their 50 years of marriage. A gathering in their honor was held at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship.

Creekers have lost many longtime friends recently

A big part of this column is to keep this little community informed about their neighbors and friends.

‘Beach girl’ falls in love with Christopher Creek

This has got to be one of the weirdest winters in Christopher Creek’s history.

Christopher Creek loses longtime resident

In this week’s article, I very humbly give the column back temporarily to Mikey Marazza, whose shoes I have been honored enough to try and fill for the last couple of years. Below is the letter she sent me to publish.

Locals encouraged to support businesses during slow season

Well it looks like I was taken up on my offer in the last article to get a more accurate reading on the super-low temperatures that hit us over New Year’s.

Low temps could be record-setting

Wow. Was that cold? What a way to start the new year! I have not heard an official temperature low for Christopher Creek, but according to Payson hit minus 12 degrees and usually we’re about 8 degrees cooler still.

Sure to see amazing things in 2011

Well another year has come and gone. Can you believe it? And next year will be the year 2011! Doesn’t that sound like some sort of futuristic Star Trek kind of date?

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Something special about Christopher Creek

There is something special about Christopher Creek. During the last month I have been doing a fair amount of driving around the state and have visited Sedona, Flagstaff and Pinetop-Lakeside. While those places are all beautiful in their own right, they’re still not quite Christopher Creek.

Sundras get wonderful, early Christmas gift

Well the annual home decorating and cart parade was a huge success

Flood of holiday events in Christopher Creek

Well the holidays are upon us and I am getting a flood of events that are happening right here in Christopher Creek. So, here is the most up-to-date list of holiday goings-on that I have.

The world could use a few more ‘ugly’ people

Every once in awhile I get someone that will mail me an old article or something neat from the past. I got a letter not long ago from Bob Cowell and his letter seemed very timely considering it is the holiday season.

Golf Cart Light Parade coming soon

Hello again, fellow Creekers. It’s almost time for the Christopher Creek Annual Golf Cart Light Parade. This year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. At 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11 the parade starts at the Landmark Restaurant parking lot and will wind through nearby neighborhoods. The fun continues afterward at the Creekside Restaurant with early bird dinner specials, free hot chocolate, drink specials, carolers and a bonfire! All cart participants will get a $5 gift certificate from the Creekside Restaurant just for entering. There will be some great prizes for the top three winning carts and also the top three decorated homes. A special thanks to the following sponsors: Creekside Restaurant, ERA Young Realty, Tall Pines Market, Rim Country Power Sports, Tempe Power Equipment, Grey Hackle Lodge and Christopher Creek Lodge. For more information, please call Dennis or Kelly at (928) 478-0003. Not that anyone needs an incentive to decorate for the holidays, but now you’ve got one! While we’re on the subject and the spirit of giving, Cindy at the Creekside Restaurant has offered a free meal to all children age 10 and under on Christmas Eve. There are no strings attached, this is simply a kind gesture that Cindy wanted to do. She said, “It’s just something nice for the kids and I am happy to do it.” There is also likely to be donations for a toys for tots program, but I am waiting to hear back as to where the donations are to be dropped off. My guess is either the fire department or the Creekside Restaurant will be accepting any donations. More information to follow as soon as I know for sure. OK, everyone, so let’s get out there and turn Christopher Creek into the winter wonderland it can be. As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday. Thanks again for reading the column.

Landmark to reopen in a few months

As many of you have probably heard, the Landmark is coming back. It is owned and will be operated by Gary and Cindy Werlinger. I spoke with Cindy over the phone and got the scoop.

Branding party makes wood wall mountain beautiful

Well Halloween is officially over, but I had a large response with some really terrific photos. I tried to get in as many as I could. With Halloween gone new events have already sprung up.

Many residents made Halloween events a success

The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association’s Kids Halloween Costume Party was held Oct. 23 at the Christopher/Kohl’s fire station. We had 51 kids in the costume contest and a few others who joined in for trick or treating on the wagons.

Creek had lots of parties in October

Joan and Mari Price had a little get-together for their mom, Vi Price’s birthday.

Readers share resources to address noise pollution

I got a lot of e-mails and letters regarding my last article, which was primarily about noise from modified motorcycles rumbling the whole area.

Christopher Creek has been rumbling lately

The appropriately named Thunder Mountain Motorcycle Rally just finished up.

Recollecting past Flatlander Parties

Here are some of Sonni’s recollections of the Flatlander Party held last week at the site of the old Creekside trailer park.