My First Act As Supreme Empress Of Payson ...

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If I were appointed Supreme Empress of Payson, my first official act would be to ban all campaign signs. Then, candidates would have six hours to remove them and stake them in their own back yards until after the election, after which, fire conditions permitting, a huge bonfire would be held.

We have had an endless profusion of them this year. One election ends and another begins with signs sprouting like weeds all over town.

Have you actually ever cast your vote based on a name on a sign? Do we really care whose signs are biggest and brightest?

And, while I'm on my soapbox, I don't think voters are going to support or reject a proposition simply because of a few words on a sign.

Since I am in a venting mood, I heard on the news this week that a number of malls across the country are planning to open at midnight Thanksgiving night to start the Christmas shopping season. (Are we allowed to call it the Christmas shopping season, or is it now the winter holiday spending frenzy?) I cannot imagine, after enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends, going out at midnight to shop.

Senior Center and Thrift Store

Flu shots will be given from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Call (928) 474-4876 for information.

The Age Alert Class will be held at 11:30 a.m. and the Alzheimer's Support Group will meet at 12:45 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Center.

Beginning and advanced computer classes are held on Mondays at the Center. Call for information about when a new series of classes are scheduled.

Senior Benefits specialist Bill Spangler is at the Center from 8 a.m. until noon Tuesday through Friday to assist seniors with Social Security, Medicare and other benefits questions. There is no charge for this service.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

A number of support groups offer information and share experiences in dealing with various illnesses such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, cancer, restless legs syndrome and other disabilities. Call Senior Circle at (928) 472-9290 for schedules.

Payson Public Library

Plans are progressing for a 5,000 square foot expansion to the library which will add seven Internet stations with wireless access, a section for movies and magazines, 249 feet of new shelving and a larger workspace area with additional tables and chairs. Financial contributions, whether large or small, are gratefully accepted. For a $100 donation your name will be placed on the Library's Donor Plaque, which is on display in the foyer of the library.

Volunteers are needed to sort, price, shelve, sell and discard books and other library materials in the Library Friends of Payson's used book store. For more information, call bookstore manager Mary Lou Lopez-Miller at (928) 474-8023 or pick up an application at the store located inside the library at 328 N. McLane Road.

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