Remember the 1939 book, "How Green Was My Valley," which was made into a movie in 1940? We could adopt that name for Payson this summer. The monsoon has been kind to us so far, and aren't the growing things lovin' it? It's a pleasure to drive around town and see so much green interspersed with copious blooming flowers and shrubs. I'm even hearing of folks enjoying harvests of early ripening fruits and vegetables. Makes me wish I had space for a real vegetable garden -- until I remember how much irrigation they take before our summer rains come.
Speaking of "How Green Was My Valley," the movie, directed by John Ford and starring Maureen O'Hara, Walter Pidgeon and Roddy McDowall, received five Academy Awards. In case you were too young to see the original -- or maybe not even born yet -- it is available on DVD and is still a great story and film. And, if you should be lucky enough to have a signed, limited first edition of author Richard Llewellyn's book in fine condition, it is listed as being worth over $1,000 on the Internet.
Ruth Hardister of Payson is featured in the summer edition of "Inside Circle," the national publication of Senior Circle. Ruth was recently honored at the local Circle for her outstanding volunteer work. She is the oldest volunteer at Payson Regional Medical Center, where you can usually find her each and every Wednesday.
There is also a letter from Paysonite Carol Howard in the issue's Member Mail section.
The monthly member-new member lunch is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20 at the Circle Activity Center, 215 N Beeline Highway.
Susan Williams, Social Worker with Adult Protective Services is guest speaker.
Cost is $3.50 for members, $4 for non-members. Call (928) 472-9290 to make a reservation.
Lunch and Learn will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Senior Circle. PRMC Dietary Director Terrie Sue Townsend will speak on healthful food choices for seniors. Advance reservations are required.
The Senior Circle again is offering a day trip to Sedona's annual Jazz on the Rocks Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29. Cost of the trip, which includes roundtrip bus transportation, lawn tickets to performances and a catered lunch and refreshments is $95 per person. For details, call the Senior Circle or stop in at the office weekdays.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
New board members were elected to lead the Senior Center and took office July 3. Incumbents and new members include Barbara Underwood, Paul Bates, Pat Carr, Deborah Barber, Connie Jewell, Kathleen Hughes, Lisa Kennedy and Ray Mudd. The Board meets the first and third Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (subject to change) in the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street. Call (928) 474-4876 for meeting times.
The Center also has a new director. Reed Cox replaces retiring Marsha Cauley, who served the Center for more than six years. Cox comes from a background of 32 years in criminal justice. After owning a home in Payson "off and on" for 20 years, Cox and his wife, Barbara, are now permanent residents.
Two more new faces are Dedera Crockett who is a kitchen aide and Steve Bell, driver.
Legal assistance for seniors will be available starting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Center. Sign up in advance at the information desk in the Center Lobby.
John Julian is Volunteer of the Month at the Center.
The Senior Thrift Store will observe National Thrift Store Day Friday, Aug. 17. There will be refreshments, door prizes, balloons for the kids and special sales.
Watch for information on a bag sale to close out summer clothing coming up the end of August.
Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens
PGCSC is enrolling seniors in Pinal and Gila Counties to serve as community volunteers working to inform the elderly of resources available to them such as access to quality health care, social services and other community services. Volunteers must be available to work five or more hours a week, make a commitment of six months, be trained about all resources, provide referral information and follow up to ensure the resources were appropriate. To learn more about the program, call (800) 293-9393.