"... The days grow short, when you reach September ..." Those words from the classic "September Song" sure are appropriate these days, aren't they? Old Sol doesn't make an appearance until after six in the morning, and then hastens back to bed before seven in the evening. Even at high noon, the sun's slant is different from midsummer -- a definite feeling of fall in the air. Thursday, Sept. 22, is the autumnal equinox, when the sun crosses over the Earth's equator on its way south. From now until the winter solstice, night becomes longer than day.
Incidentally, "September Song," mentioned above, was written in 1938 by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill for a Broadway show called "Knickerbocker Holiday." Over the years it has been recorded by numerous artists, among them, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier, Sarah Vaughn and Peter, Paul and Mary, but it is best known for Frank Sinatra's recording made in 1965. Hm-m-m -- wonder how much of Eminem or Snoop Dogg's so-called music will still be around 60 or 70 years from now?
September is Library Card Sign Up Month, so if you have not already done so,ake yourself over to our wonderful library at 328 N. McLane and get a free library card. It's not just for books, either -- you can check out DVDs, videos, picture puzzles, use the computers, or just have a cup of coffee and read the morning paper. You will even get an answer for anything you want to known Sept. 28, which is Ask a Stupid Question Day.
Another notable day is Sept. 25 -- National Good Neighbor Day -- which falls on the fourth Sunday of September.t was the brainchild of Mrs. Becky Mattson of Montana and became a holiday in 1971 to "help create a world that cares."
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Representatives from the Evangelical Good Samaritanociety will be guest speakers at the Circle's Sept. 28 monthly member luncheon meeting. They will discuss Majesticim, heir new senior housingommunity on Tyler Parkway that is scheduled to open in June 2006. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. at 215 N. Beeline Highway. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (928) 472-9302. Cost of the luncheon is $3.50 for members; $4 for nonmembers.
A new face has been added to the SC staff -- Kathy Coombes is the new Senior Circle volunteer coordinator. She will oversee volunteer recruitment and training and offer support for all volunteer positions.
Speaking of which, at present, two positions are in need of volunteers to fill them. Openings exist for Tuesdays from 8:45.m.o 12:45 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Interested persons can stop in the SC office for a volunteer packet, or call the above number for more information.
Free SC membership is available for those who serve a minimum number of hours.
The Thrift Store on Highway 87 in downtown Pine now has a good selection of fall and winter clothing on display at very reasonable prices. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Marguerite Laughran, R.N., from the Gila County Health Department, will be doing blood pressure and blood sugar testing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Pine-Strawberry Senior Center. Tests are free and on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call (928)476-2151.
Payson Senior Center and thrift store
Cathedral Health Services will offer freetroke, heart disease and diabetes testing at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., Sept. 30; the schedule for this dateas been filled but interested persons can request being placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations or future testings. To do so, call (928) 474-4876.
Behavior Health Specialist Janet Erickson will be on hand at the center, also on Sept. 30, to aid seniors with issues of concern. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for the service.
Ken Huffer is volunteer of the month at the Senior Center. He is being honored for his many years of work delivering Meals on Wheels to Star Valley, and also for assisting in the center's kitchen.
The Thrift Store at 512 W. Main St. now is displaying selected Halloween and Christmas items. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Thought for the day: When you have accumulated enough knowledge to get by, you're too old to remember it.