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Free disposal of metal appliances

Saturday, April 5, Buckhead Mesa Landfill will waive fees for all appliances made of metal, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, hot water heaters and other metal items. No trash of any kind can be mixed with the metal, so please separate your loads.

The Gila County Solid Waste Department has recently taken over hauling all paper products for recycling to Vista Paper Recycling in Scottsdale. Items you may drop off in the bins include cardboard, newspaper, office paper, magazines, catalogs and junk mail.

The bins in Payson are located at Wal-Mart, Green Valley Park and by the Gila County complex. Residents in Pine and Strawberry are invited to drop their paper products for recycling at the Buckhead Mesa Landfill drop-off site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The blue bin for paper in Tonto Basin is located by the Gila County Yard.

Other items the landfill recycles include used motor oil and car batteries, these may be dropped off at no charge. All residents may bring in five tires per year for free and $2 per tire after the first five.

With these recycling projects, each year an additional month is added to the life of our landfills.

Green Day

In honor of Earth Day, the Buckhead Mesa Landfill will accept greenwaste at no charge Saturday, April 19 to encourage residents to clear their property of weeds and brush in preparation for wildfire season. Greenwaste includes trees, brush, grass, clippings and leaves.

For additional information, call the Buckhead Mesa Landfill at (928) 476-3350. The landfill is located on North Highway 87 between Payson and Pine.

Police department to hold community meeting

The Payson Police Department will have a community meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at the council chambers of the Town Hall, 303 N. Beeline Highway.

The topics to be covered are alarms and false alarms and the department's policy for responding to incidents on school grounds.

Sample a taste of the world Thursday


Students in the Payson High School culinary arts program will present a chef event -- "Foods From Around the World" -- at the middle school cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3. Tickets are available at the door; the cost is $15 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and under.

Students in the Payson High School culinary arts program will present a chef event -- "Foods From Around the World" -- at the middle school cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3.

Tickets are available at the door; the cost is $15 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and under.

Snow-day makeup dates

Payson Schools will hold classes April 4 and April 7, previously designated as Spring Recess, to make up for the snow days taken Feb. 4 and Feb. 15.

The district must make up the days in order to fulfill state mandates. Student attendance is required.

Senior Circle having clothing drive, bag sale

The Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle facility at 215 N. Beeline Highway is having a used clothing drive.

Between now and April 5, bring gently used infant, toddler, young adult, men's and women's clothes to the Senior Circle.

For a donation, you can fill a brown bag with clothes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., April 4 and April 5.

Proceeds from the donations will be used to enhance Senior Circle programs.

For more information, call (928) 472-9290.

Walk-A-Hound, Lose-A-Pound

Register now for the Walk-a-Hound, Lose-a-Pound 5K set for Saturday, April 5 at Rumsey Park.

The event begins at Rumsey Park at 10 a.m. The cost to pre-register is $25, which includes an event t-shirt for all participants. All dogs must be leashed and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their four legged friends. No pooch? No problem. "Loaner" dogs that are looking for home will be available, courtesy of the Payson Humane Society.

For more information, call (928) 474-5242 ext. 7 or check the Web site at

Brat, Dog and Bake Sale to be held April 5

The Payson Pink Ladybugs will host a Brat, Dog and Bake Sale starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 5 at Wal-Mart.

Have your morning coffee with the women, along with a brownie for only $1. Fresh baked goodies and breast cancer items will also be available. Brats and dogs will be available at 9 a.m. Donations will also be accepted.

This is the second year the group has walked in the 3-day, 60-mile Susan G. Komen Walk for a Cure.

Call (928) 472-7811 for information on joining the Payson Pink Ladybugs. Each walker must raise $2,200 to participate in this walk. The women spend many months raising money and 26 weeks training.

A lap afghan, made and donated by Ann Nap, will be on display and raffle tickets will be on sale. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The raffle will continue until June 28 when there will be a fund-raising dinner at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley.

Marshall Trimble program April 3

The Discussion and Lecture League of Payson will present An Evening with Marshall Trimble, Arizona's official state historian, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. 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 winner, awarded by the National Daughters of the American Revolution; and a 2004 Inductee in the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.

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

Easter Seals benefit

The public is invited to drop off any gently used books, DVDs, CDs or VHS tapes during regular business hours at Safeway. The items will be sold to benefit Easter Seals between April 4 and May 3.

Time Out Thrift Shop anniversary sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a sale April 1 through April 10, during regular store hours. The sale will conclude with a $1 bag sale on winter clothing April 10.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call (928) 474-3989.

Free tax help and e-file

Free tax preparation and free electronic filing is provided by AARP Volunteers in Payson. AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the IRS.

This free service is provided to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. It is available through April 15 at the following locations and times: Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Beeline Highway, Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Gila Community College, Mud Springs Road, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please bring a picture ID, Social Security card for all persons claimed on the return, last year's tax return and your 2007 tax documents. An appointment is not necessary, however, if you would like information or need an appointment, call Joan Stephens at (928) 472-6229.

Chili cook-off planned

There will be a Tonto Basin Chili Cook-off and Corn bread Bake Down at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Kiwanis Community Youth Center in Punkin Center.

There are three prize categories: chili with beans, no-bean chili and corn bread. Trophies for first, second and third will be awarded in all three categories.

There will be activities for children, a cake (or pie) walk, a sledge hammer car-pounding event, silent auction and live music with Junction 87.

The entry fee is $10, payable to Pvt. Joe Hardt Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 798, Tonto Basin, AZ 85553 or sign up at the event. All proceeds will benefit the Tonto Basin Pvt. Joe Hardt Marine Corps League Detachment 818.

Payson Emergency Preparedness Fair

There will be an Emergency Preparedness Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St. There will be demonstrations, mini-classes and handouts on how to prepare for emergencies. Learn from the community's experts who are responsible for this area's emergency response plans. Learn how you can be prepared for home or regional emergencies.

There will be free refreshments. For more information, call (928) 978-2960.

Low-cost rabies clinic

A low-cost rabies vaccination clinic is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St.

Vaccinations will be given for $10 per animal.

Licenses for pets may also be purchased as well as other vaccinations. For more information, call (928) 474-9292.

Weed removal project

Persons who owe community service can earn up to $100 off of their fine balance by participating in a Star Thistle removal project with the U.S. Forest Service.

The project will start at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12. Instructions will be provided by a Forest Service representative in the parking lot of the Payson Ranger Station the day of the event.

Bring water, lunch, digging tool and gloves. Be prepared to hike and work. You will need to provide your own transportation. Contact the court for eligibility for credit towards fines.

Volunteers from the community are also needed to eradicate this very destructive weed that chokes vegetation and destroys habitat for wildlife. Come out to the Payson Ranger Station at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12.

Contact Bill Barcus with the Forest Service for more information at (928) 474-7900.

Free computer introduction class

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., is taking registrations for a six-week Introduction to Computers class. The class will meet from 9 a.m. until noon, Tuesday mornings beginning April 15.

Call (928) 474-3834 to register for this free course.

Home school workshop

A home school workshop for those currently being home schooled or are considering home schooling is planned from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 18 at 114 E. Cedar Lane at the Crossroads Church. There will be a guest speaker, a question and answer panel, plus childcare is available if arranged in advance.

Contact Kathy Arnold at (928) 474-7449. Bring a sack lunch for after the workshop.

‘Silent Night' event

Gila Community College invites the public to attend "A night of communication through sign language" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Fireside Espresso.

For more information, call Peggy at the college, (928) 468-8039.

Visit Xeriscape garden

Now is a great time to visit the Xeriscape (waterwise) garden at the Gila Community College Payson Campus on Mud Springs Road. The garden features drought-tolerant plants and offers ideas on water-saving strategies.

LFOP bookstore features ‘Spring Into Fitness'

The Library Friends of Payson Bookstore's theme for April is "Spring Into Fitness."

Spring is a great time to start correcting winter's indulgences. Therefore, the library bookstore is featuring two-for-one specials on health and fitness materials. The categories included in this promotion are health, diet, self-help and cookbooks.

Due to many generous donations, the bookstore is overflowing with videos. Therefore, they will be included in April's two-for-one specials.

Stop by and browse the ever-changing stock. You never know what treasures might be discovered on our shelves.

The LFOP 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

Habitat application period extended

Payson Area for Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) has extended the Longhorn Village Phase II Complex application period to May 31.

Fourteen new homes will be built on the corner of Longhorn and McLane roads to provide low-income families with home ownership opportunities.

Two additional application workshops will be offered April 24 and May 15. Each workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. in room 202, Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St.

All those interested in applying may call the PAHH office, (928) 474-0330, or Lois English, (928) 468-8512.

Basket raffle to benefit Humane Society

The Payson Humane Society has a new basket raffle. Tickets for the "For the Birds" basket are now on sale at the Ponderosa Market in Pine. One of the basket prizes is a two-night stay at Eagles Landing in Fountain Hills.

For more information, call (928) 478-6517 or (928) 468-7132.

Wilderness First Aid

A Wilderness First Aid course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27 by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

This comprehensive, two-day course is designed to teach participants and outdoor enthusiasts the skills needed to survive in an emergency medical situation until help is available, such as mountaineering, first aid administration in the wilderness, help signals and dealing with weather conditions.

Upon successful completion of the 16-hour, two-day class, including a written test and skill segments, participants will receive a Wilderness First Aid certificate, valid for three years.

Prerequisites: CPR certification is not required although it is highly recommended, and current knowledge of skills will be assumed. Participants must be at least 15 by the second day of the class. Register now through April 18; the fee is $115 and class size is limited.

Please call the Parks office for details, (928) 474-5242, ext 7.

Arizona Supreme Court visiting Payson

The Arizona Supreme Court will hold oral arguments from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 29 at 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, please contact: Coleen Stevens, Gila County Superior Court Administration, 1400 East Ash, Globe, AZ 85501, (928) 402-8674 or e-mail

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