With continued dry and windy conditions, the danger of wildfire grows daily. One would think everyone in Rim country would have a healthy concern about the situation, but apparently, that is not so. Len and I walk almost every day and one of our routes takes us along the Beeline Highway just south of Tyler Parkway. We are appalled to see the number of cigarette butts alongside this one small section of highway, obviously tossed from passing cars. It's frightening to realize that just one carelessly discarded cigarette could put us all in danger of losing businesses, homes, belongings and possibly even lives. It doesn't sound too hospitable, but maybe we should post signs at the town limits: While driving through Payson, keep your butt in the car.
Pine Senior Center
Persons in the Pine and Strawberry area who are homebound can partake of the Meals on Wheels program sponsored by the Senior Citizens' Affairs Foundation. A delivered noon meal, which includes a main course, salad and side dish, costs $4. To make arrangements, call Cheryl at 928-476-2151.
The Pine Thrift Store on Highway 87 in downtown Pine has a large selection of summer clothes for men, women and children, all at bargain prices. The store is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Volunteers are needed to work in a number of positions at the Thrift Store. Hours are flexible to fit individual schedules. For information, call 928-476-4633.
Payson Regional Senior Circle Association
The Liver Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the PRMC-LRC.
The Travel Desk Training with Collette Vacations originally scheduled for May 4, was postponed and will be rescheduled at a date to be announced. This is a volunteer opportunity for individuals with travel experience who would like to assist members with Senior Circle package travel arrangements. Some computer knowledge is helpful. Volunteers must be available five hours once or twice a month on a regular basis.
A number of other volunteer opportunities also are available at the Senior Circle, including substitutes to man the front desk occasionally. For more information, call Mary Spencer Thursday or Friday mornings at 928-468-1012.
Mark your calendar for noon, June 14 for a program by Dr. Clinton Street, who will begin a new series of "Doc Talk" meetings dealing with life changes senior citizens must face. Dr. Street will cover eight points of staying well as we age. Cost of the program is $1.50 and reservations can be made by calling 928-468-1012.
Donations are needed for the Medical Loan Closet, especially wheelchairs in good condition, and walkers with wheels. Persons needing these or other medical items can borrow them free of charge from the Senior Circle.
Donations also are being accepted for the Senior Circle Yard Sale to be held in August. Items must be clean, in good resale condition. They can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon at the Senior Circle office, 215 N. Beeline Highway, or they can be picked up at your home.
The Senior Circle will be closed Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day.
Payson Senior Center
The movie "Music Man" is scheduled to be shown in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street, at 9:30 a.m. May 25. There is no charge and light refreshments are available.
Rim country senior citizens are invited to attend the Payson Mayflower Senior Prom sponsored by Powell House, at the center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 29. There will be live music by "Nothin' but Jack" and refreshments will be served. A Prom King, Queen and Court will be chosen. Dress should be semi-formal or formal.
No tickets or reservations are required and there is no charge.
For information about the event, call Doreen or Daryl at 928-974-6249. The Senior Center will provide transportation if needed. Call 928-474-4876 to make transportation arrangements.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be closed May 31 for Memorial Day.
Thought for the day: As I get older, there are fewer things that seem worth waiting in line for.