Interesting Paysonites Get National Recognition



Appropriately, February is Creative Romance Month. What is the most romantic thing that ever happened to you? I bet you can't remember it without smiling. Valentine's Day is just a few days away -- put your thinking cap on and come up with a unique way to let that someone special in your life know how much you care. If you are on the giving or receiving end of some really unusual gesture and would like to share it with our readers, please drop me a note in care of the Roundup or call me at (928) 472-9302.

What interesting people Paysonites are -- so much so that some are subjects of recent national coverage.

June and Bob Rusch are featured in an article in the winter edition of Inside Circle, the magazine of the nationwide Senior Circle Organization.

June teaches belly dancing at the Payson Regional Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway, and the article is accompanied by photographs including a full page one of June in her dance garb.

If you check the Weatherbug Web site on the Internet, you may have seen a photograph of Woods Canyon Lake taken Jan. 16 by Payson's very own Robert Wilkins.

And, via e-mail from Hawaii, comes this message from Lee and Joe Pretsch, former Paysonites who relocated to Kona a few years ago. Lee was Woman of the Year in Payson in the late 1990s, Joe was an active member of the ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) Club, and both were well known for their work with veterans groups, patriotic activities and the disabled.

Lee writes, "Joe and I are very involved with the Veterans' Cemetery that is located seven miles from our home. We ... have vowed that some day this will be the "Arlington of the Pacific." We had 150 volunteers ..."

Payson Regional Senior Circle

The Diabetic Support and Education Group offers information from health providers to help diabetics and their families learn more about the disease and its treatment. Call (928) 472-9290 for information on upcoming classes.

A Fibromyalgia Support Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Fridays of the month to discuss ways to cope with fibromyalgia.

Cancer Support and Education -- Cancer patients receive a workbook and learn about issues patients and their families face as well as information for dealing with those issues. Workbooks can be picked up at the Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Restless Legs Syndrome Group meets the third Saturday every other month for support and to share information. For the next meeting date, call Beverly Davis at (928) 468-6626.

The monthly prospective and current member luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Cost is $3.50 for members, and $4 for non-members. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will be served at the Center, 514 W. Main Street. Those who volunteer for meals on wheels, as greeters, servers, dancers, music makers, in computer training, Thrift Store, activities committee, or in other capacities will enjoy a free meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied carrots, cake and ice cream and beverage. Persons who are not volunteers also may attend at a cost of $3.50 for diners over 60 and $4.50 for younger. Advance registration is required. There is a sign-up sheet in the Center lobby.

A visiting nurse from Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens will do blood pressure and blood sugar testing from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Center. No advance appointments are necessary.

The Senior Center Activities Committee will hold a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Center. Show off your baking talents by contributing a home-baked dessert, or come in and purchase some of the tempting offerings. Proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

The Senior Center will be closed Feb. 20 for Presidents Day. The Thrift Store, at 512 W. Main St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Representatives from Majestic Rim Apartments, the senior housing complex being built on Tyler Parkway just east of Highway 87, will present a program about the facility at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Advance reservations are required if you wish to stay for lunch. Call (928) 474-4876 for information or to reserve a spot.

Raffle tickets are being sold at the Thrift Store cashier's desk, for a handmade quilt, which was made in the 1980s by store manager Marian Barber's mother. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be at a special event planned in March.

Library Friends of Payson

A limited number of tickets are available for the Library Friends "A Taste of Rim Country Chefs' Extravaganza" to be held at the Tonto Apache Activity Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

This year's event will feature sample appetizers and/or desserts available from the general menus of some of Rim Country's finest restaurants.

There will be complimentary wine tasting and nonalcoholic punch.

Tickets are $30 each, available at the library, 328 N. McLane, or the Payson Roundup office in the Swiss Village Shops.

Proceeds will benefit the general fund, which supports library programs and services not covered in the regular budget.

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