Fuel Prices And Food Costs


Have all the chickens in the whole country gone on strike? Is there an egg baron somewhere holding eggs for ransom? At the price of eggs recently -- three to four times more expensive than a year ago -- you would think they are now being made of gold. Bob Mykleby, manager of our local Bashas', speculates that this is one more thing we can attribute to the oil situation. Not only has the cost of gasoline for transporting foodstuffs risen outrageously, but now that ethanol is being widely produced using the grains chicken feed is made from, that pushes the price up, as well.

The Christmas shopping season is in full swing. Books are perennially favorite gifts. If you purchase a book or books to give, please, don't write the recipient's name or a greeting anywhere in or on them. It decreases the future value of the book -- and who knows? -- in 30 or 40 years that book could be worth big money. Also, do not clip the price from the dust jacket corner -- intact dust jackets command higher prices in the used book market. Autographed copies are always good, but if you are lucky enough to have the author sign a copy you plan to give as a gift, do not have it signed "to" that person -- just the author's name is more valuable, unless the recipient is also a famous person in his or her own right.


Pauline (Polly) Marston enjoys her 100th birthday with three of her children. From left to right behind Polly are Ruth Marston, Richard Marston and Priscilla Marston Buss. Not in attendance for her birthday celebration are: granddaughter Deborah Best of the West Valley; Linda Downey of Chino Valley; and grandson Scott Buss of Savannah, Ga. After retirement to Southern California, Marston took an oil painting class, became a blue-ribbon winner and had her paintings shown and sold locally. She used to knit and crochet and make jewelry. After her husband of 60 years passed away, Marston moved to Payson to be near her daughter, Priscilla. Marston has lived at Powell House for five and a half years.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Get your markers ready -- White Elephant Bingo will be played beginning at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street. Maybe you will win one of the fabulous, donated white elephant prizes.

The Old-Time Music Makers will be playing holiday music in the dining room from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10. If you play an instrument, come and join them, orust to listen and have a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

Legal assistance for seniors will be available through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens, beginning at 10 a.m., Dec. 11 in the center dining room. Advance reservations must be made at the information desk in the center lobby. This service is offered on a donation basis.

Sterling Health will present a program on supplemental health plans for seniors at 11 a.m., Dec. 12 at the Center. No reservations are needed and the program is open to all -- you need not be a member of the Senior Center.

The Grandparents Support Group will hold a Christmas party, beginning at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13 at the center. For information call (928) 474-4876.

Feeling crafty? Join the Craft Corner meeting at 10 a.m., Dec. 17 and take part in making easy crafts. Materials will be provided.

At 11 a.m., Dec. 17, Carol Combs will present a program of vocal music. The program is open to the public.

The Frontier School kindergarten class will sing Christmas songs at 11:30 a.m., Dec. 19 in the center dining room.

The Senior Center will be closed for the Christmas holiday Dec. 24 and 25.

Charlie Todd is Volunteer of the Month. Charlie delivers Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in the community.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, is having a 50 percent off sale on blue tagged men's and women's clothing, linens, curtains and draperies through the month of December. Yellow-tagged clothing, linens, curtains and draperies are 25 percent off.

The thrift store will be open until 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 for First Friday on Main Street activities. A 10 percent discount will be given on purchases from $1 to $100 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be refreshments and a drawing for door prizes.

Christmas gift certificates in various denominations are available at the thrift store.

The store will be closed Dec. 23 through 25 for Christmas.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

A holiday craft and bake sale will be held at the Circle Building, 215 N. Beeline Highway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dec. 7 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 8. Gift wrapping will be available during sale hours.

Tai Chi classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Thursdays at the Circle. Call (928) 472-9290 for information.

There will be no member luncheon in December. Watch for the January date, and also an expandedchedule of activities to be introduced in the new year.

The Senior Circle will be closed from Dec. 21 throughan. 1 for Christmas and New Years holidays.

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