Community Almanac


Mature Workforce

A Mature Workforce program will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday March 27 with Kathy Nytrea, who is a workforce readiness program instructor at Gila Community College, and serves on the Area Agency on Aging Council for Gila County. Nytrea feels that there may be an opportunity for area businesses if they use the Mature Workforce Program.

The meeting will be broadcast ITV from Payson to Globe in room 403 in Payson and 520 in Globe.

Rim District of Press Women hosts author

The Rim Country District of Arizona Press Women will meet at noon, Friday, March 28 at Pizza Factory.

The group is hosting Peter Aleshire, a reporter for the Payson Roundup, who has managed to write more than 12 books while working a variety of day jobs.

Over the years, his day jobs have included being an English and journalism teacher at Arizona State University, working as a journalist at a variety of newspapers and serving as editor of Arizona Highways.

Aleshire's books focus on Arizona history, biography and natural history topics. He will talk about "Writing History Books While Working Your Day Job."

The meeting is open to the public, free of charge and will take place in the meeting room of Pizza Factory, 238 E. Highway 260.

For more information, call (928) 468-9269.

Dutch Oven Cooking Class planned in April

The Payson Parks and Recreation program is presenting a Dutch Oven Cooking Class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at Rumsey Park's Ramada 4. The registration deadline is March 28, the cost is $30, which includes enjoying the food at the end of the class. The program is open to teens and older. Participants will learn how to cook main dishes, desserts and fresh breads from award-winning Dutch Oven cooking instructors.

Drawing workshop

A two-day drawing workshop conducted by Bill Ahrendt will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 at the Pine Community Center. There is a $115 fee. Each participant is invited to work in whatever drawing materials they prefer. This will be a still life class.

For details about materials to bring for working in pencil and other information, contact Cathe Descheemaker at (928) 476-5994. The workshop will be limited to 20 students.

Property Damage

Recent flooding has caused both isolation for some residents in Tonto Basin, as well as property damage throughout Gila County. In order to assess damages, Gila County is compiling flood data along with an estimation of losses. Residents interested in having their losses included in the report are encouraged to forward their information, in writing, by March 31 to Gila County Emergency Management by fax to (928) 425-7714, e-mail to or mail to 5515 S. Apache Avenue, Ste. 400, Globe, AZ 85501. The Gila County Emergency Management Hotline is (928) 402-8888 or toll-free at 1-800-304-4452, ext. 8888.

Donations sought for PHS fund-raiser

Last year, the Payson Humane Society held its first annual Antique and Collectable auction, as a result of the generosity of the community, it was a huge success. Another auction is planned in April and donations of items from the community and surrounding areas are being sought. All proceeds will benefit the humane society, with 90 percent of the proceeds going toward the much-needed building fund, and the remaining 10 percent to operations. Volunteers will pick up all items donated and a tax-deductible receipt will be given at the time of pick up. Please phone Miss Kitty Lucek to schedule pickups at (928) 474-3596.

Marshall Trimble program planned

The Discussion and Lecture League of Payson is presenting an Evening With Marshall Trimble, Arizona's official state historian, at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at the Community Presbyterian Church. The program is a benefit for The Payson Institute of Learning.

Trimble is a storyteller, novelist, musician and humorist. He is a 2006 Emmy Award Winner for "Arizona Backroads"; 2006 Medal of Honor, awarded by the National Daughters of the American Revolution; and a 2004 Inductee in the Arizona Veteran's Hall of Fame.

Tickets available for $10 at the Payson Institute of Learning, 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 6. Call (928) 472-0093 for more information.

Snow-day makeup dates

Payson Schools will hold classes on April 4 and 7, previously designated as Spring Recess, to make up for the snow days taken on February 4 and 15. The district must make up the days in order to fulfill state mandates. Student attendance is required.

Payson Humane Society needs donations of items for auction

‘Bugs' selling brats, baked goods, more

The Payson Pink Lady Bugs will host a Brat/Dog and Bake Sale starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 5 at Wal-Mart. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Walk for a Cure. The Payson Pink Lady Bugs are participating in the 3-Day-60 mile walk for the second year.

Each walker needs to raise $2,200 to participate. Last year the Payson Pink Lady Bugs raised more than $21,000.

Breast Cancer awareness items will be for sale along with a raffle. Raffle tickets will be 1$ each or six for $5. The raffle will be for an afghan blanket donated and made by Ann Nap. The drawing for the winner will be at the Payson Moose Lodge in Star Valley on June 28.

The Payson Pink Lady Bugs will be hosting a fund-raising dinner that day. Stop by the sale and enjoy all the homemade baked goods, brats and dogs.

The group only has the members signed up this year and needs for more. Call (928) 472-7811 evenings with any questions.

Supreme Court comes to Payson in late April

The Arizona Supreme Court will hold oral arguments from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 29 Payson High School Auditorium, 409 West Longhorn.

Members of the legal community from around Gila County are invited to attend as the Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases. The cases to be heard will be announced approximately three weeks prior to scheduled date.

"It is important for the judicial branch to reach out to all Arizona residents, giving them the opportunity to see the Supreme Court at work," said Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor.

"Following the oral arguments the Court will host an informal question and answer period, giving those in attendance a chance to learn about Supreme Court practice," said Presiding Judge Peter Cahill.

The public is welcome, but seating is limited, so please arrive early. Attendees are required to pass through security screening, and are strongly encouraged to leave all electronic devices and bags at home.

If you have any questions, contact: Coleen Stevens, Gila County Superior Court Administration, 1400 East Ash, Globe, Arizona 85501, (928) 402-8674 or e-mail

May Teen Maze needs volunteers

New Beginnings is seeking volunteers for the Teen Maze to take place from May 5 through May 9 during school hours at the Payson high school. If you are interested or would like more information please call Michele DeRouin at (928) 978-0164.

Homework help offered

Payson Institute of Learning is expanding its classrooms to include help for students with after-school homework on one-to-one basis. They also have an art teacher for students who want to work with paints or clay. Classes are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are five students to a class. Call (928) 472-3393 for more information.

Genealogy Society sets meeting, yard sale

The Northern Gila County Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at the Genealogy Library, 302 E. Bonita Street, Payson. Paty Henderson will give a talk on the Declaration of Arbroath-Scottish Independence.

The society's annual yard sale is planned for April 18 and 19 and donations are needed by the group. Contributions of good, usable items may be made at the library during regular business hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Items will be accepted on any of these days prior to April 18.

For more information, call (928) 474-2139 or e-mail

Free metal day at landfill

The Buckhead Mesa Landfill will be accepted metal (washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.) free of charge from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 5.

No trash of any kind can be mixed with the metal. Loads must be signed in and weighed before being deposited at the landfill. For more information, call (928) 476-3350.

Free brush pits

This coming weekend, the Regional Payson Area Project for a Fire Wise Rim Country (RPAP) will be staffing free brush drop-off points at Blattner Pit, milepost 259.7 on Hwy. 260 east of Payson from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 22 and Pine Pit, .7 miles east of Hwy. 87 on the Control Road south of Pine from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, Sunday, March 23. The brush pits are only for vegetative material.

Make a reservation now for National Red Hat Day

National Red Hat Day is April 25, and to celebrate, there will be a luncheon at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Red Hat Ladies of Payson and the surrounding area are all invited to attend, along with any woman who has an interest in learning more about the group. The different clubs meet for lunch and fellowship once a month; participate in parades and outings.

The cost of the luncheon is $10 per person and reservations are requested. To reserve a spot, call Ann-Marie Marley, (928) 468-8585; Sioux Prince, (928) 474-1466 or Janet Tappan, (928) 468-6469.

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