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Teams forming for spelling bee


Start gathering your best spellers for the 3rd Annual Community Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Rim Country Literacy Program.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church.


United Blood Services is low on O- and O+ and B- blood types, so it is issuing a special request to people with those blood types to make an effort to participate in one of the upcoming Rim Country blood drives. All donors will be entered to win a 2008 Saturn car of their choice. Drives are scheduled for: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, behind the fire station; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at Sidewinders Saloon parking lot, 6114 W. Hardscrabble Road, Pine, sponsored by the Modified Motorcycle Association. Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. For donor eligibility questions, call (480) 675-5497.

To learn more, call RCLP at (928) 468-7257 or e-mail

Ajo reunion

Rim residents who came from Ajo, Ariz. are invited to the Ajo Reunion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9 at Ramada 4 in Rumsey Park. For more information call (928) 474-9713.

Artists, crafters wanted

Artists and crafters are wanted for a one-day event in Beaver Valley hosted by the Beaver Valley Fire District Auxiliary, Saturday, Aug. 30. Call Gary for applications, (928) 978-5220.

MDA Rummage Sale, Book Blowout Aug. 22-24

The Safeway Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) 3rd Annual Rummage Sale and Sidewalk Book Blowout will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 22-24.

There are three ways to participate: donate gently used items for us to sell (the drop-off location in front of Safeway is coming soon); reserve a parking space-sized booth to come hold your own sale Aug. 22-23, the cost of the space is $25 for a single or $40 for a double and there is no need to haul away unsold items, simply donate them to our sale to be held Sunday, Aug. 24; or just come and shop.

Proceeds from this event help to fight neuromuscular disease through research and services.

Special thanks to Liberty Fence and The Bookstore & More for making this event possible. See Safeway customer service to reserve a booth, or for more information, contact Lynne at (928) 472-4661.

Democratic candidates to address CAC Aug. 11

The Citizens Awareness Committee will have the Democratic party's candidates for sheriff and district two supervisor at its next meeting.

Gila County Sheriff candidates John Armer, incumbent, and Darrell Stubbs, challenger, will speak, as will district two supervisor candidates William Backes, Danny Michaels and Mike Pastor.

The meeting is at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11 at the Payson Public Library.

For information, contact the CAC at

Homework help

As the new school year begins, students and parents should keep the Payson Public Library in mind. The "Homework Helper" will be available after school from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays in the Youth Room. Students can get help navigating the library for Advanced Reading books, typing papers, ideas for projects, book reports, some tutorial basics and even a light snack while studying. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 with questions.

The Payson Institute of Learning is also available for homework help. The institute is now enrolling students who require enhanced educational and learning skills. The institute offers one-on-one tutoring in reading and study skills for the community. Also offered is English as Second Language, mathematics, basic and advanced computer skills, adult continuing education and GED tutoring for testing.

The institute is located at 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 7, across the parking lot from Tiny's restaurant. Phone (928) 472-3393 for details.

After school program

Ponderosa Baptist Church is again presenting its Pioneer Clubs, featuring sessions for both boys and girls.

Pioneer Clubs meet from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday when school is in session. This year, the clubs will meet from Aug. 7 through May 14. There are different clubs for various grade levels: Voyagers is for children in Grades 1 and 2; Pathfinders is for those in Grades 3 and 4; and Trailblazers is for fifth-grade students.

The clubs meet at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline. For more information, call the church at (928) 474-9279, or the coordinators at (928) 472-7389.

Children enjoy crafts, games, songfests, activity badges and Bible badges. There are no registration fees. Handbooks are provided. Transportation is provided from each school and children will be transported home after 4:30 p.m.

Good News Club

Once a week, right after school, at school, the Good News Club meets for Bible study, missionary stories, verse explanation and games. Teachers Ed and Jan Miller invite students to attend this free program. Please call (928) 468-1240.

The schedule of meetings: Frontier Elementary, Room 102, Mondays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Julia Randall Elementary, Room 401, Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Pine Elementary School, Room 119, Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Payson Elementary School, Resource Room, Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Republican women to host Linda O'Dell

The Northern Gila Republican Women will meet at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 15 at the Crosswinds Restaurant at the Payson airport. The speaker will be Dr. Linda O'Dell, Gila County superintendent of schools.

Artists, crafters wanted

Rim Country artists and crafters are invited to reserve tables for the Mazatzal Casino Art and Craft Fair in November. At the most recent show, there was a wonderful turnout of talented artists and customers. More of both are wanted for the fall show, which will be Nov. 22. Call Judy at (928) 468-2244 for details.

Library bookstore holds clearance sale

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore is featuring an End-of-Summer Clearance of hardback books. Come in and pick up a fresh supply of books for those lazy, summer afternoons. Hardback books will be on sale at two for the price of one throughout August. As always, the second book must be of equal or lesser value than the first. Collectible books are excluded from this sale.

Teachers, as you get ready for the new school year, stop by the LFOP Bookstore and select a supply of nonfiction books for your classroom at no cost. Just show your ID to the bookstore volunteer and shop away. In stock are several sets of books about ancient civilizations, science, etc. which would be of value in any classroom.

For the sake of our environment, the Payson Public Library and the Library Friends of Payson Bookstore will no longer offer plastic grocery bags for carrying books. However, sturdy recycled tote bags with the library logo are available to our patrons for only $1.50. Purchase several at this great price and carry them in your car for use at the library, the grocery store, or any shopping stops.

The Bookstore is located to the right of the circulation desk just inside the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more information, visit the Library Friends of Payson Web site at

Strawberry's Elite steak fry Aug. 17

Strawberry's Elite will be serving top quality steaks and all the trimmings from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17 at The Watering Hole in Strawberry, formerly the Mogollon Grill.

Along with a great steak, the menu includes cowboy beans, salad, rolls and Texas sheet cake. Tickets are available from Strawberry's Elite members and at the door. Tickets are $15 per person or two for $25.

Trouble in Paradise will provide the entertainment and there will be hourly drawings held for gift certificates from local merchants. There will also be a silent auction.

This annual event helps raise funds to provide financial assistance for children and families in need within the Pine and Strawberry communities.

PHS Class of 1968 has 40-year reunion

The Payson High School Class of 1968 is having a 40-year reunion Aug. 22-23 in Payson. The reunion agenda includes:

  • A gathering (all classes are welcome), 6 p.m., Friday Aug. 22 at Fargos for (no host) Happy Hour.
  • A gathering (all classes are welcome) from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 at Rumsey Park Ramada 4, bring your own refreshments.
  • A dinner and dance Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Payson Elks Lodge: 6 p.m., social time (full bar, attendees pay for their own drinks); 7 p.m., dinner, choice steak or salmon; 8:30 p.m. to midnight dancing to the music of the Don Lusk Band. The cost of the evening is $60 per person

The Best Western Payson Inn (1-800-247-9477), formerly the Swiss Village Lodge, has reserved a block of rooms, please mention the Payson Class of 1968 Reunion for reduced rates.

Other classes are welcome to participate in the dinner dance. The registration fee of $60 is required in advance, with checks made payable to "Payson Reunion 2008" and sent to: Richard Saccuci, 4207 East Greenway Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85032. Call (602) 788-5499 for additional details.

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