Goodbye To One Long, Hot Summer

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The long, hot, eventful summer of 2002 has finally come to an end at least on the calendar.

This weekend, the Harvest Moon and the Autumnal Equinox arrive, marking the first day of fall in a harmonious fashion. Let's hope the coming days and weeks of the season are equally harmonious.

While the weather forecasters say we face continuing drought conditions, at least until the end of the year, the rallies around the victims of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire and the threat of closing Tonto Natural Bridge State Park proved that there is no drought of concerned and generous residents in the Rim country. In fact, we believe the community's overwhelming response to those two crises can be a catalyst for a new community spirit.

With the holiday season on the horizon, and with the cooler weather boosting energy levels, the time is perfect to build on those qualities of caring and involvement that surfaced over the summer.

Join a group that picks up litter along the roadside or adopt your own block for beautification.

Check with the schools, the library, senior services, clubs and organizations about volunteer opportunities.

Start making extra purchases of sale items at the grocery stores and contribute to the local food banks. Look for the sales on necessities like socks, underwear, toiletries and blankets to give to our neighbors in need.

Don't forget the abandoned animals at the Payson Humane Society's shelter. They need food and much more.

Let's put the long, hot summer far behind us and join together to make each day this fall one of harmony.

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