Good Weather For Cleaning Closets



Maybe it is the longer daylight, or perhaps the time of year, but I've been on a closet cleaning campaign lately. Closets -- how they've changed over the years. Nowadays, many closets are larger than the one in the the small bedroom my sister and I shared as children. In place of a closet, it had a wooden rod and a four drawer dresser which held our meager wardrobes -- the top two drawers were hers, the bottom two, mine. I was younger and shorter, which was why I had the lowerrawers, I guess.

Housesidn't come with coatclosets in those days either. There were hooks, usually behind theitchen door, to hang your wraps on, and when friends came to visit, the coats were piled on the bed in the nearest bedroom. If the weather was rainy or snowy, the bedroom smelled of wet garments for days afterward.

Closets these days are separate rooms themselves, complete with all the accoutrements -- shelves, built-in drawers, separate rods for different length clothing, designer lighting. In fact, the mini-office I'm working in right now was converted to my computer room from a bedroom closet -- and it works just fine. It also has the advantage of two folding doors which can be closed when the desk gets too messy.

Payson Senior Center

Seniors having a birthday in February will be honored atoon Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the dining room, 514 W. Main St. The birthday luncheon menu is oven-fried chicken and mashed potatoes, carrots, dinner roll, birthday cake and beverage. Put your name in the birthday barrel to be eligible for a gift drawing.

The Senior Center will be closedonday, Jan. 21, in observance ofresidents Day The Thrift Store willemain open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are still openings for card players at the center. Bridge is the game of choice on Monday afternoons; Tuesdays and Fridays are for Pinochle; Thursday is Canasta; and Hand and Foot is played on Fridays. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St.,ill have men's and women's sweaters on sale for 50 cents Feb. 14 through 19. "Mystery Bag" sale is planned foraturday, Feb. 19. Bags will be filled with mystery items such as household, hardware, stationery and greeting cards, men's and women's accessories and more,riced at0 cents or $1, with the contents being of greater value. The store is open from 9:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Payson Senior Circle

Aside from promoting wellness and social benefits, one of the best perks of Senior Circle membership are visits from Senior Circle Ambassadors, should you be hospitalized. These volunteers provide needed assistance, brighten your day and lift your spirits until you are up and about again. The Circle alsorovides a Chaplaincy program through members of the local clergy, who receive special training regarding confidentiality, bedside ethics and other privacy issues. At present, fiveayson clergy are involved in the program, and there is need for more.oth ordained clergy and lay persons such as deacons, etc., are encouraged to become involved. hose who do will receive a free Senior Circle membership.

If you are a former Senior Circle member whose membership lapsed between 1999 and 2003, you can nowejoin and receive a two-year membership for $15, the price of one year.

Remodeling of the Senior Circle office at 215 N. Beeline Highway is progressing well, and Advisor Cory Houghton hopes to have it up and running with new programs next month. An open house will be held for the grand reopening inpril.uring the ongoing work, the office may not be staffed all the time. There are three phone numbers to call; (928) 472-9290 or (928) 468-1012 for the Senior Circle office at 215 W. Beeline Highway, or (928) 472-1275 to reach Cory Houghton.

Welcome to new-to-Payson (or in some cases, returning)hysicians Olivia Morris, orthopedics; Kent Cox, ear, nose and throat, facial, eyend nose surgery andr. Stevenee, surgeon,ho are nowayson Regional Medical Center staff physicians.

Payson Public Library

Something new has been added. Volume 1, Issue 1 of "The Bookworm Gazette" is hot off the press. The free quarterly newsletter is packed full of useful information and articles, such as the history of the Payson Public Library; how to get a library card; upcoming events and Library Friends news. Be sure to pick up a copy at the checkout desk in the library, 328 N. McLane Road.

While you are there, you may notice what at first appears to be a leftover Christmas tree. If you look closer, though, you will see, instead of ornaments, tags with titles of books printed on them. Each tag represents a book the library needs and its price, ranging from $10 to $20. If you choose a tag and contribute its purchase price, a "Donated byname) Book Wishes 2005" label will be placed in your book. You also will receive a tax deductible receipt for your gift.

Here's your smile for the day: An older man was telling his friends that he was getting married. They asked: Can she cook? No. Is she pretty? Not really. Is she wealthy? No. Why are you marrying her?She can drive after dark.

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