We Can Still Be Thankful

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Yesterday morning I awoke as usual, a little before six o’clock. I’d had a good night’s sleep and was feeling cheerful. I got up, turned the heat on, started the coffee and then crawled back into bed for a few minutes for my six o’clock news fix.

Big mistake! The five-minute report was filled with enough gloom and doom to last a lifetime: two mega-companies declaring bankruptcy, thousands of people out of work, terrorism threat elevated, murders and a school collapsing on children in Haiti. It was enough to make me want to pull the covers over my head and cancel the day.

Then, with the radio turned off, soft sounds filtered through the silence — the hum of the furnace warming the rooms, the bubble of the coffee pot promising that first delicious cup of coffee, the voice of our kitty urging, “Get up and feed me!”

From outside, I could hear the wind whispering through the pine trees and as daylight lightened the still-dark sky, a raven flew over calling its harsh Awk! Awk!

I reminded myself of all the good things in life — the love of family and friends, good health, shelter, whether it is humble or opulent, enough food to eat and pure water to drink. Special treats such as the beauty of our little mountain town, a good book to read, music, the two pieces of candy I permit myself after lunch, maybe a real letter or note in the mailbox.

These are the blessings I shall be grateful for come Thanksgiving. Our world is a fearsome place these days, but with faith and trust, we will survive. God bless you all and Happy Thanksgiving.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

The Senior Center has had a face-lift, courtesy of Gene and Betty Neumann of Neumann Paint, 1006 N. Beeline Hwy., who set up and supplied paint for the project; David Yank of Benjamin Moore Paints in Goodyear who also supplied paint; and Stan Keitz of SSII Painting, 1003 E. Frontier St and his staff who did the actual painting. The Senior Center board, staff and members are immensely grateful to all who were involved in this project.

Wayne Todd will provide musical entertainment for the monthly Birthday Bash at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street. Menu for the day will be club sandwiches on whole wheat bread, potato salad, applesauce, birthday cake and beverage. Make reservations by calling (928) 474-4876, and if your birthday is in November, be sure to put your name in the Birthday Barrel to be eligible for a gift drawing.

Payson Parks and Recreation Department’s Rick Manchester will speak on the organization’s offerings for citizens of Payson at 11:40 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 20. On Nov. 24, Bob Schwanke of the Gila County Sheriff’s Posse is guest speaker. Both programs are open to the public.

“Interesting Occupations” is the topic to be discussed by Bud Keith at 11:40 a.m. Nov. 26. This will be the Center’s Thanksgiving Dinner with roast turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and beverage being served. Advance reservations are required. The Center and Thrift Store will be closed Nov. 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. The Center will remain closed on Friday, Nov. 28 but the Thrift Store will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will have men’s and women’s clothing with green tags on sale at 25 percent off the marked price; yellow-tagged clothing will be 50 percent off beginning Nov. 29.

The Christmas Shoppe is now open in the back yard of the Thrift Store and it is crammed with all kinds of Christmas goodies. The store and Christmas Shoppe are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

There will be a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. Senior Circle will provide turkey and ham. There is no charge for the potluck, but guests are invited to bring a side dish to share. Space is limited; to RSVP call (928) 472-9290.

A CPR/first aid class is offered from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 22 and Dec. 13. For more information or to register, call the above number.

The Circle will be closed from Nov. 26 to Dec.1.

Dance classes are offered from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. For information, call Dee Force at (928) 468-6045.

The Senior Circle is partnering with First State Bank to make sure seniors in need will receive a gift bag at Christmas. Volunteers are needed to help with deliveries between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19. If you would like to sponsor a Senior Circle member, you may send a check for $15 toward this fund.

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