Storm run-off not as bad as expected

Expectations had Christopher Creek running rampant with the run-off from the recent storm, but predictions proved a bit too optimistic.

Christopher Creek has been recognized with an entry in a drop-down menu on the new Payson Roundup website which debuted last Friday. If you follow this column’s online version and clicked on “Christopher Creek” last week expecting a new rambling of the current goings-on, you got nothing.

The timing for not having anything to submit was unfortunate. It did not, however, go unnoticed. At an informal gathering at Creekside that evening, Sheila made her way through the dining room and then into the lounge, stopping at each table on the way. She held up for all to see a Friday edition of the Roundup with a large square hole cut out.

At each stop she asked her customers if they had seen the Christopher Creek article for the week. Nicely done, Sheila.

Sheila’s Creekside Steakhouse and Tavern will be one of the participants in Payson Public Library’s A Taste of Rim Country event on March 4. Tickets are $35 and they will go in a hurry. Karen Thornton will assist in putting things together that day and one Creek character will help serve wine from 5 to 6 that evening.

What we missed last week was that the Hashknife riders did make the handoff directly in front of the restaurant this year. It was a warm, sunny afternoon and a smallish crowd was gathered to witness the annual event.

Of particular note, the handoff was recorded on video by Lorrie Levac as the riders passed just a few feet from her. She happened to be in exactly the right spot to capture a close-up of the precise moment of the transfer directly in front of her. Well done, Junior.

The Hashknife were again in the Scottsdale parade that Saturday in which Marshall was marshal. Local summer resident Marshall Trimble was the grand marshal for the Parada del Sol.

The snow is mostly gone and moderate temperatures have made for weeks of high water in the creek. For those who anticipated an epic rampage, it was not to be.

If it seemed to be an opportunity to dump a large pile of yard debris and large tree rounds into the creek and expecting not to be detected, you are naive. Notwithstanding the possibility of huge fines for illegal dumping, you will find yourself incurring contempt and disdain of local residents. You know who you are.

Gary Werlinger, or G-Dub, was in town over the weekend. He announced that the Landmark would open for the season on March 10. His daughter, Samone, is currently reaching out for her staff in anticipation of another record year.

Cactus League pitchers and catchers began workouts in the Valley this week which means spring training is right around the corner. Feb. 25 the Boys of Summer will begin their exhibition season in front of ever-larger crowds of winter visitors and fans. Opening day will soon be upon us.

That means spring will soon be here. We can look forward to a great year for forest vegetation growth. Last Monday, a report of early wildflowers on the desert between here and the Valley came from Little Jimmie Almendinger and wife Dawn.

They brought Jim’s sister, Jeri, and husband, Rick, up to visit the Creek. The Schmidts hail from the Minnesota and we were joined by Karen for a lunch trip to Heber. Unfortunately, a stop on the way to take in the view from the edge of the Rim was foiled by heavy clouds and fog.

We extend our best wishes from the Creek to Ethel Cain over at the Double D in Tonto Village. Ethel recently suffered a fall resulting in her having to employ a walker to get around. It’s a good bet that won’t slow her down for long.

Patty and Larry Boeschling were here for Hashknife. Although Patty has retired from her years of organizing the annual Elks golf outing in Overgaard each May, she is still rounding up teams to play in that event.

And then there is the mystery down on West Columbine. It seems that Keith Mead received several packages delivered about two weeks ago. After inspecting the boxes, he moved them to his back porch.

Overnight, someone or something made off with one of those boxes. It was discovered under the bushes of a neighbor’s yard a day later, contents intact. The Mogollon Monster and space aliens have not been ruled out.

There seems to be a movement afoot to rename Columbine Road. A new name being bandied about is Pothole Place ... and that’s another week in the Creek.

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