Walking around Rumsey Park a week or so ago, I heard a sound that took me back to my childhood -- a metallic "chunk - chunk." Sure enough, a little further on, there were two men pitching horseshoes in a improvised horseshoe pit.
A flood of memories came over me -- my Dad, uncles and older cousins pitching horseshoes in the long northernummer evenings. Sometimes when it got too dark to play, they would build a bonfire to sit around and critique the game,nds little kids were allowed to stay up late and roast marshmallows.
A similar game, probably the forerunner of horseshoes, was played in Roman times. It is believed the game was first brought to this country by early Irish immigrants. Among his many other accomplishments, Benjamin Franklin is said to have been a good horseshoe player.
Originally a game with few rules, in 1921, the National Horseshoe Pitching Association was formed,ubsequently issuing 12 pages of official rules. While not as popular as it once was,he sport still has a healthy following.
In addition to the United States, it is played in many foreign countries, including South Africa, Italy, Togo, Japan, Germany, Nigeria, Russia,ustralia and New Zealand.
For obvious reasons, the week following Easter is National Egg Salad Week. How do you like your egg salad? Just plain eggs chopped and mixed with mayonnaise? Or are you one who likes to enhance the basic salad withngredients such as finely crumbled, crisp bacon, capers, caviar, tuna or shrimp, chopped water chestnuts, celery, onion, mustardr pickle relish?
Either way, it is a good use for those leftover Easter eggs.
Payson Senior Center
The Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., will be closed Friday, March 25 for Good Friday. The Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St., will remain open Friday, March 25nd Saturday, March 26.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Volunteers are needed for the soon-to-be-opened Circle Gift Shop at 215 N. Beeline Highway. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call (928) 472-9290.
The Restless Legs Syndrome Support Group holds monthly meetings at the Senior Circle to discuss symptoms andreatmentf this discomforting illness. For information, contact Beverly at (928) 468-6626.
A Fibromyalgia Support Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noonhe second and fourth Friday of every month to discuss various ways to manage living with fibromyalgia. There is no fee to attend.
Several short trips are planned by Arko Free Spirit Tours, through Senior Circle. "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" will take place April 13 to 15, 2005.
May 9 through 12 are the dates for "The Best of San Francisco and Wine Country," and "Oregon Festivals and More" will be June 5 through 13. You can pick up a free catalog at the Circle office, or call ARKO tours at (888) 728-9844 for details.
Library Friends of Payson
Congratulations to longtime board member Billie Gibbs who was the special honoree at the February meeting of the Library Friends. Gibbs was the recipient of the Nan Pyle Distinguished Service Award.
She has served on the board of directors for nine years.
Her name will be placed on the honorary plaque that hangs in the entrance of the library.
The Payson Public Library is the largest and busiest of the nineibraries in Gila County. If you have not yet done your 2004 income taxes, and need the proper forms, they are available at the library, 328 N. McLane Road, at no charge.
Thought for the day: If con is the opposite of pro, is congress the opposite of progress?