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Characters Below the Rim: Chapter 21 – David Gowan

Back When

David Douglas Gowan was born in Scotland in 1843 and raised by his fisherman family to be a man of the sea.

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Fall travel ideas for 2015

Travel Talk

Hard to believe summer is passing by and fall isn’t really that far off. Many people stay home during the summer months and wait until fall to travel when the crowds thin out and prices are sometimes less. We’ll explore here some ideas that may tempt you for your next vacation.

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Ant-Man: We get something special

At the Movies

This one might surprise you. It looks like just another massive special effects driven summer film to delight and amaze the watchers in the dark.

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Behind the scenes at the Payson Book Festival

I stole a couple of minutes of time from Carol Osman Brown, one of the committee members who arranged the magnificently successful Payson Book Festival.

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Trainwreck: For a great laugh, don’t miss this movie

At the Movies

Amy Schumer has penned the best first time script since Diablo Cody wrote the screenplay for “Juno” a few years ago. Her writing sparkles, dances and shines. She made me laugh over and over again.

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Book festival filled with authors and book lovers

As a wannabe author I stood in awe of the 60 accomplished, successful authors at the Payson Book Festival.

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Community Garden donates produce to area food banks

This year’s bountiful harvest at the Payson’s Community Garden will yield fresh produce not only for gardeners, but some of the community’s needy.

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Kids read 1,289 books in PCK program

Payson Community Kids and Rim Country Literacy teamed up to offer a summer program as part of their RimKids Project.

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Pine ATV club throws trashy party

Exchange a bag of trash for a lottery ticket.

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Business booming

Town hails new firms, rising sales

Payson’s economic director Bobby Davis was buzzing with excitement last week as he delivered an update to the council on the area’s growth.

A valuable find; A crazy process

The potsherds, charcoal, stone tools and glass-sharp arrowhead have lain in the implacable dirt for centuries, scattered puzzle pieces.

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Archaeologists probe ancient habitation at university site

Tucked in under a granite monolith on a ridge overlooking the Granite Dells, a team of archaeologists from the Valley last week removed buckets of dirt and screened the rubble for clues to a vanished past — in the process clearing away a key roadblock to Payson’s future.

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Medicare/Medicaid is 50 July 30

Thursday, July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid in the United States.

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Payson’s doing the chicken dance

Backyard hens around Payson did the chicken dance last week with news the town council may consider lessening restrictions.

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Cromer takes over as Payson High athletic director

Barry Cromer pointed to the 365-day calendar that filled a considerable space on one of the mostly-empty walls in his new office.

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Deputies chase, catch man on stolen ATV

Sheriff deputies arrested a Pine man Sunday after he reportedly fled on a stolen off-road vehicle.

Protesters’ perspective probably skewed

In regards to the ammunition plant choosing not to expand …  

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Senior Circle Calendar of Events: July 28

Senior Circle is at 215 N. Beeline, Payson, (928) 472-9290, operating from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., M-Th, 9 a.m. to noon, F.

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What the heck to do with all those juniper berries

The Healthy Foodie

Anyone else have trees white with juniper berries, poised to rain down on the porch?