Summer Begins Thursday; Feels Like It's Already Here



We are just a couple of days away from the first day of summer, but with our high temperatures it feels like the season is already here. The summer solstice occurs on June 21.

Here's an obsolete holiday: June 23 is Typewriter Day, commemorating the date in 1868 when Christopher Sholes patented that piece of equipment. Hm-m-m. I wonder if there is a Computer Day? Have you ever seen -- or thought you'd seen -- a UFO? UFO Day, June 24, marks the date the first UFO sighting was documented near Washington's Cascade Mountains. Be forewarned, June 25 is Leon Day. Spell Leon backwards and you have Noel, exactly six months to and from Christmas. Time to start your shopping? Baseball Day is celebrated June 26 in honor of Abner Doubleday's birthday. Doubleday has been called the father of baseball as we know it today, but there is little or no proof to back up that claim. He was better known as a career U.S. Army Union general serving in the Civil War.

Here's one I love: National Columnists' Day is the June 27.

And finally, celebrate June 29, Remote Control Day, for a little instrument that was first introduced in 1964, and family life has not been the same since.

School supplies are being collected for Payson students from June 5 through July 3. Items needed are backpacks, #2 pencils and pencil sharpeners, rulers, 3-ring binders, crayons and more. For a complete list or to find collection box locations, call Lisa Kennedy at (928) 951-2305. The public is invited to attend the drive finale at 2 p.m. July 3 at Payson Care Center, 107 E. Lone Pine Drive.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

June 27 is the date of the Men's Health Month Health Fair, to be held at the Senior Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the event. Free lab work will be provided in the morning and men may attend classes until 1 p.m. on nutrition, diabetes, heart health and more. Call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

June is membership month at the Senior Center. New and current members are requested to pay their annual dues of $10 this month. The Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The monthly birthday luncheon will be tomorrow, June 20, at noon in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The menu includes chicken Parmesan, garden salad, brussels sprouts, garlic bread, birthday cake and beverage at $3 for members, $5 for non-members. Reservations may be made at the Center lobby or by calling (928) 474-4876.

Library Friends of Payson

There will be no meeting of LFOP in July. The next meeting is scheduled for the second Monday of August.

Think about it

If your car ran on Gatorade, it would cost you $10.17 a gallon; on Scope, $84.48 per gallon; brake fluid, $33.60 per gallon, and ink from a computer printer cartridge, $5,200 a gallon. (Preceding figures not my calculations: They are from the Internet.)

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