Enjoying Autumn's Abundance

SENIOR MOMENTS

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"Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers, we more than gain in fruits." -- Samuel Butler

That certainly seems to be the case, doesn't it? The supermarkets are overflowing with pumpkins, grapes, melons, peaches, and so many varieties of apples! This year has been a good one for apples in Rim country -- the buds didn't freeze in the spring like they frequently do. Thanks to a generous neighbor and her prolific apple tree, we've recently had an apple pie and homemade applesauce. Yummy!

The month is more than half over, but there still are a lot of noteworthy days ahead. Historically, many of the things we now take for granted had their beginnings this month.

Can you believe that Oct. 20 marks the 35th year that the Internet has been in existence? On Oct. 21, 1938, Xerox introduced the first copy machine. Recently, a pack of carbon paper was donated to the Senior Thrift Store -- made me wonder what young people would think of that method of making copies. The first transcontinental telegraph message, the forerunner of today's instant communications, was sent on Oct. 24, 1861, from Justice Stephen Field in California to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C.

The first ball point pens were offered for sale on Oct. 29, 1945, at Gimbel's Department Store in New York City, for $12.50 each.

It was in October of 1949 that President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents an hour.

On the 25th of October, 1955, the Tappan Company introduced the microwave oven. Remember when we had to warm everything up on the cookstove?

Payson Senior Center

Due to the shortage of flu vaccine, the flu-shot day scheduled for Oct. 27 at the Senior Center has been canceled.

Transportation in and around Payson is available to seniors at a low cost through the Senior Center. Call (928) 474-4876 to arrange for a ride between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

Halloween will be celebrated at the noon meal, Friday, Oct. 29. Diners are encouraged to come dressed in costume. Prizes will be awarded.

Costumes need not be elaborate -- a crazy hat, false nose, wild sunglasses -- anything will do. Join the fun and bring a smile to the faces of fellow seniors.

The Senior Center is grateful to the many organizations and businesses that donate surplus food and goods to be distributed to the seniors of the community. Bob Mickelby, manager of Bashas', and members of his staff are frequent donors. Their generosity goes a long way to stretch the budgets of those on a limited income. A big thank you to all.

It's not too early to start thinking about Christmas. The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., now has their Christmas Shop open in the area behind the store. There are artificial Christmas trees, hundreds of ornaments, decorations of all kinds and much more, all at very low prices.

Store hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and open until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Speaking of holidays, the Senior Center will be closed for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and in observance of Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 and 26. The Thrift Store will be open Veterans Day, closed Nov. 25 and 26, and open on the 27th.

Pine/Strawberry Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation

There will be no community potluck dinners scheduled over the winter. They will resume in the spring.

Watch the sign out in front of the thrift store, 3960 N. Highway 87 in Pine, to see what is on sale. Different items will be featured each week, at half price. Or, you can call the store at (928) 476-4633 Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

There has been a temporary change in the telephone number for persons wishing to register for programs or get information about Senior Circle. Because of the high volume of calls to (928) 468-1012 from persons wanting flu shots, that number now has a recorded message advising that flu shots will not be available this year. Callers may call (928) 472-9290 for information about other Senior Circle activities in the immediate future.

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, come to the Senior Circle office, 215 N. Beeline Highway, at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, to prepare the November-December newsletter for mailing. Anyone wishing to help is welcome.

Watch your mailbox for the fall issue of Inside Circle Magazine, which will be arriving soon. It carries useful information about breast health, diabetes, injuries from falls, and much more.

Did you know that the Senior Circle has several support groups for persons with life altering diseases?

The Diabetic Support and Education Group offers information from health providers in the community that will help patients learn about a variety of issues for diabetics. Call Cheryl at (928) 472-6754 for information.

A Fibromyalgia Support Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the first Friday of every month. Call (928) 472-9290 to learn more.

Cancer Support and Education participants meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the Learning Resource Center of Payson Regional Medical Center. For information about upcoming classes, call (928) 472-1275.

Want to impress your neighbors with your jack-o-lantern this Halloween? You won't want to miss Gary Bedsworth's class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Senior Center. Bedsworth is a retired chef, and will share secrets of professional pumpkin carving, which also can be applied to other thick-rind fruit. A light continental breakfast will be provided. Cost for the class is $3.50 per person, and those attending are asked to bring a medium size pumpkin, wear old clothes, and bring a paring knife and apron. Prizes will be awarded.

Carol Osmond Brown is offering a new class for beginning and experienced writers, which will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Senior Circle. For information about the New Writers' Organization, call (928) 468-9269.

Looking ahead, Dr. Clinton Street will present "Doc Talk" at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8.

There will be a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Senior Circle. Interested persons can call (928) 472-9290 for further information.

Registration is now being accepted for the Senior Circle Holiday Party to be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Mazatzal Casino. There will be a full dinner; D. J. Craig will furnish the music for listening and dancing, and door and game prizes will be awarded.

Library Friends of Payson

If the cooler fall weather makes you want to curl up with a good book, or perhaps you are starting your Christmas shopping, here's a real deal for you. Seniors 55 and older receive a 25 percent discount every Monday at the Library Friends of Payson's used book store, located just inside the library at 328 N. McLane Road. Hardcover books begin at $1, paperbacks for 25 cents each or six for a dollar, and there is an extensive inventory of fiction and non-fiction books as well as videos. The discount does not apply on special sales prices.

Question of the day: Is it true that the only difference between a yard sale and a trash pickup is how close to the street the stuff is placed?

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