Thanksgiving. It's all about being grateful, isn't it?
We often complain about things, from weather to world politics, so now it is time to thank those around us who make our lives better.
Here's a big thank you to everyone in public service, often a thankless job.
We may not feel grateful when we get a ticket for having a heavy foot on the pedal, but the sheriff's, police and fire departments and volunteers all deserve a pat on the back for making Payson a safe and pleasant place to live.
And let's not forget the Hot Shots who protect us through perilous fire seasons.
Although we'd probably rather not see them -- nothing personal, of course -- it is reassuring to know that there is a wide range of medical personnel and facilities to treat us when we are ill.
Committees, board meetings, advisory panels -- there must be at least a hundred in our little community alone.
Think of the countless hours -- usually unpaid -- put in by friends and neighbors to bring culture and entertainment to us, build homes for Habitat to Humanity, work to better our schools, present patriotic programs and aid our seniors -- the list goes on and on. We are truly grateful for your efforts.
Time and again, we hear it said that Payson is a very friendly community. That is due, in large part, to the hard-working people who serve us in the restaurants, stores, gas stations and other businesses. Seldom are they without a smile and a helping hand.
Space does not permit naming all those who enhance our lives, but a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you. May you all have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Age Alert Wellness Classes are held at 11:15 a.m. each Thursday morning in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. There is no charge to attend.
If you enjoy a challenging game of chess, players are needed to play at the Center. Call Jim at (928) 478-6371 for information.
Legal help will be available for seniors beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Please pre-register at the Greeting Desk in the Center Lobby. This service is offered on a donation basis.
The Senior Center will be serving hot baked potatoes and sweet potatoes during the Electric Light Parade Dec. 2, in front of the Center. They will be served with plenty of butter or margarine, and salt and pepper.
Judy Ratner of the National Diabetes Association will present a seminar on diabetes Dec. 13 and 14. Call (928) 474-4876 for times and to make reservations.
The next pancake breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 9. The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, choice of plain or blueberry pancakes, juice and coffee. No reservations are needed.
The Senior Center and Thrift Store will be closed Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving. The Center also will be closed Friday, Nov. 24, but the store will be open.
Winter hours are now in effect at the store. Monday through Thursday, the store opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Friday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Senior Thrift Store has a good supply of Christmas merchandise, very reasonably priced.
Also featured are leather jackets that would make great gifts for that special person. If unsure about sizes, the store offers gift certificates in various denominations.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
The Senior Circle will be closed from Nov. 22 until Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Pinochle is played at 1 p.m. Mondays at the Circle Building, 215 N. Beeline Hwy. For information, call (928) 472-9290. There will be an Open House sponsored by the American Cancer Society at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. This event is open to the public. You need not be a Circle member to attend. Information will be available on classes and resources for cancer patients and families. Advance reservations can be made by calling the number above.
Think about it
You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.