Taxpayers have saved $250,000 since the Payson Police Department implemented its Police Volunteers program in October 2001. Even in today's inflated economy, that's a nice piece of change.
According to Lt. Don Engler, the current staff of 59 volunteers puts in about 22,150 hours per year in a variety of positions.
Volunteers come from all walks of life. Ages range from as young as 16 to over 80 years. Many have been with the program since its inception. Candidates must be interviewed, pass background checks, and then enroll in training classes to prepare for volunteer duties. Uniforms are provided. Office personnel receive golf-style shirts to wear on duty.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program may contact the Payson Police Department at (928) 474-5177, or pick up an application at police headquarters.
We tip our hat to all the hard-working and dedicated volunteers who help make Payson a better place to live.
Dr. Clinton Street, retired psychologist, will present Doc Talk on Monday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the Senior Circle meeting room, 215 N. Beeline Highway. There is no charge for members; the fee for non-members is $1.50. Attendees may bring a bag lunch or snack. For reservations, call (928) 472-9290.
The Senior Circle members' breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Payson Regional Medical Center cafeteria. Cost for members is $3.50; $4 for non-members. Call the above number or stop in the Senior Circle office to make reservations. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Friday, Nov. 19 is the date for the annual volunteer banquet at the Mazatzal Casino. All Senior Circle volunteers may bring a friend or spouse. The banquet will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations are required.
Senior Circle members now receive a 20 percent discount at La Quinta Inns nationwide. For reservations, call (800) 531-5900 and ask for the Rim country rate.
Payson Senior Center
The Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will have help available for seniors with legal questions Nov. 16 at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street. Their representative will be at the Center beginning at 10 a.m. Persons interested in using the service must sign uprior to Nov. 16,t the Senior Center greeting desk. The service is offered on a donation basis.
Paul Andrews instructs a computer class at 10 a.m. Mondays upstairs in the Senior Center. There is no charge for the class.
The monthly birthday celebration will be Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the noon meal. Members whose birthdays are in November should put their names in the birthday barrel to be eligible for a prize. The birthday dinner menu is oven baked chicken, broccoli with rice, dinner roll, cake with fruit, and a beverage. Cost is $3 for members, $4.50 for non-members.
The Senior Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St., has an extensive inventory of Christmas cards. Prices are very reasonable, starting at 10 cents for individual cards, and 50 cents for packs. Come early for the best selection. Therealso is a variety of Thanksgiving and other greeting cards.
Thought for the day:Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.
Payson Senior Center Menus
The Payson Senior Center serves a hot lunch every weekday at noon in the dining room at 514 W. Main St. No membership is required. Cost of the meal is $3 for members, $4.50 for non-members and those younger than 60.
Meals also can be delivered to homebound individuals.
Reservations must be made one day in advance. For reservations, or to make arrangements for Meals on Wheels, call (928) 474-4876.
The menu for November is as follows:
Nov. 1: Sausage steak, mac and cheese, fruit salad, roll, Japanese vegetable
Nov. 2: Stew bread bowl, salad, lima beans, fruit jello
Nov. 3: Chicken fried steak, baked potato, spinach, roll, lemon pie
Nov. 4: Taco salad, rice, chips, green beans, citrus fruit
Nov. 5: Fish strips, cole slaw, bean soup, pudding, corn bread
Nov. 8: Quiche with ham, salad, orange, banana, roll
Nov. 9: Marzetti herb potatoes, oriental vegs, fresh fruit, roll
Nov. 10: Chicken Parmesan spaghetti, salad, brussel sprouts, pie, garlic roll
Nov. 11: Closed for Veterans Day
Nov. 12: Roast pork, yams, roll, asparagus, pudding
Nov. 15: Meat, potato casserole, roll, salad, fruit jello, succotash
Nov. 16: Pork stir fry, stir fry vegs, egg roll, fruit, roll
Nov. 17: Oven chicken, broccoli, rice, cake with fruit, roll
Nov. 18: Barbecued chicken sandwich, green beans, corn, pickled beets, pudding
Nov. 19: Swiss steak, baked potato, mixed veggies, cobbler, roll
Nov. 22: Beef noodles, peas, carrots, pears, V8 juice, fresh biscuits
Nov. 23: Pot roast, boiled veggies, apricots, biscuits
Nov. 24: Sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, asparagus, roll, cobbler
Nov. 25: Closed for Thanksgiving
Nov. 26: Closed for Thanksgiving
Nov. 29: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, Japanese mix, pudding
Nov. 30: Lasagna, salad, spinach, fruit jello, roll
Thanksgiving is here. We at the Payson Senior Center would like to take the time to let you know how thankful we are for all of the Payson Seniors and the opportunity to serve you. May you and your families be blessed.
Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation Menus
The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation of Pine-Strawberry serves a hot meal Monday through Friday at noon, in the Senior Dining Room, Highway 87 in downtown Pine.
Meals on Wheels is also available for those who are homebound.
Members of SCAF pay $3.50 for lunch; nonmembers, $5.
Reservations must be made between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 24 hours in advance. Call (928) 476-2151 for reservations.
The menu for November is as follows:
Nov. 2: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, veggie
Nov. 3: BBQ pork ribs, baked potato, veggie
Nov. 4: Beef burrito, Spanish rice, refried beans
Nov. 5: Salmon filet, parslied potatoes, veggie
Nov. 8: Sausage 'n' peppers, Rice
Nov. 9: Chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, refried beans
Nov. 10: Pork chops, mashed potatoes, veggie
Nov. 11: Corned Beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes
Nov. 12: Baked or fried cod, scalloped potatoes, veggie
Nov. 15: Chicken cordon bleu, au gratin potatoes, veggie
Nov. 16: Pork loin, mashed potatoes, veggie
Nov. 17: Oven fried chicken, yams, veggie
Nov. 18: Meatloaf, baked potato, veggie
Nov. 19: Chef's choice
Nov. 22: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, veggie
Nov. 23: Teriyaki chicken wings, stir fried rice, Oriental veggie
Nov. 24: Turkey with all the trimmings
Nov. 25: Kitchen closed.
Nov. 26: Kitchen closed.
Nov. 29: Sweet 'n' sour chicken, rice, Oriental veggie
Nov. 30: Ham 'n' limas, corn bread
All lunches are served with a salad bar. A 24-hour advance reservation is necessary to assure enough for all. On Friday, Cod days, please ask for baked or fried. Call Cheryl at 476-2151. If cancellation is necessary, please call 24 hours in advance.