September is such a welcoming month, with its promise of cooler weather, shorter days, plenty of sunshine and -- football! Among Americans, 43 percent of us say that football is our favorite sport, and when it comes to televised events, it is an overwhelming favorite.
The game itself evolved from rugby, which became popular in the United Kingdom in the mid-1800s.
There are many claims to when and where the first "American" football game was played. Many believe it to have been a college game between Rutgers and Princeton Universities, on Nov. 6, 1869 in New Brunswick, N.J. (Rutgers won). Subsequently, college football became a fall institution. In 1926, the Rose Bowl became an annual event featuring a match-up between eastern and west coast teams.
Pro football came into being in the early 20th Century and the National Football League was founded in 1920 in Canton, Ohio.
The first Super Bowl game was played in 1967 and has since become an unofficial national holiday.
Here in Payson, we take our football seriously. Here's wishing the Longhorns a safe and successful season.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
If you are having lunch at the Senior Center tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 5, be sure to get a ticket for the Director's Raffle. A prize will be given to the winning ticket holder. Another raffle will be held Sept. 26, so you have two chances to win this month.
Legal assistance will be available through the Pinal-Gila Council of Senior Citizens at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main Street, Tuesday, Sept. 11, beginning at 10 a.m.
This service is provided on a donation basis. Please sign up in advance at the information desk in the center lobby.
The Grandparents' Support Group will meet at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 in the center dining room.
The Birthday Lunch is scheduled for noon, Wednesday, Sept. 19. Menu for the day includes pepper steak, salad, baked potato, wheat bread, birthday cake and beverage. Please reserve a place at least 24 hours in advance.
Marjorie Morrison has been named Volunteer of the Month for September at the Senior Center. Marjorie is manager of the Thrift Store and has been a Senior Center member and volunteer for two years.
The Senior Thrift Store, located at 512 W. Main St., will take part in the First Friday on Main Street event Sept. 7. The store will remain open until 8 p.m.
Complimentary refreshments will be served, and there will be a door prize drawing and a free book table.
Payson Regional Senior Circle
Join Mike Barland, director of rehabilitation services at Payson Regional Medical Center, at Dessert with the Director from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Call (928) 472-9290 for information and reservations.
Tai Chi classes are beginning at the Senior Circle. The classes will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursdays in the Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Call the above number to learn more.
The Diabetic Support Group will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14. Terrie Sue Townsend, dietician, will be guest speaker.
The monthly Lunch and Learn program is scheduled for noon, Tuesday, Sept. 18. Advance reservations are required.
For a complete list of Senior Circle activities, or to learn more about the advantages of becoming a member, stop in at the Circle office, 215 N. Beeline Highway, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.
Think about it: Face the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.
Payson Senior Center menu
The Payson Senior Center serves a hot meal at noon weekdays in the Center dining room at 514 W. Main St. Advance reservations are required.
Cost of the meal is $3 for persons 60 and older, $5 for those younger than 60. Meals on Wheels are available to persons who are homebound.
For reservations or information, call (928) 474-4876 weekdays for reservations. (The Senior Thrift Store can be reached at 474-3205.)
The menu for the next two weeks is as follows:
Sept. 4: Club sandwich, three-bean salad, melon/berry mix, whole wheat bread
Sept. 5: Stuffed peppers, garlic potatoes, Mexicorn, angel food cake with berries, whole grain roll
Sept. 6: Sauerbraten, potatoes au gratin, cabbage, melon, rye bread
Sept. 7: Chicken-fried steak (baked) with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, lite apricots, whole grain bread
Sept. 10: Chicken tenders, herbed potato wedges, cole slaw, pistachio pudding, whole grain roll
Sept. 11: Meatloaf with bell pepper, stewed tomatoes, cabbage, fruit mix, Mexican corn bread
Sept. 12: Country ribs, sauerkraut, boiled potatoes with skin, cherry pie, wheat roll
Sept. 13: Spaghetti with meatballs, green beans, salad, low-fat yogurt, garlic bread
Sept. 14: Baked fish, potatoes au gratin, spinach, pudding with berries, wheat bread