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Summer has flown off the calendar and we are welcoming autumn to the Rim Country. A scouting party of Canada geese are already in residence at Green Valley Park, and elk can be heard bugling through the cool night air.

Welcome to the October edition of Rim Country Boomers, your guide to seasoned living.

Rim Country Boomers is for the large number of residents who are enjoying the Baby Boomer life in this great part of the world.

We are featuring stories about active, older adults and have a variety of special articles focusing on such things as travel, real estate, plus we offer a collection of recipes designed when you have a table for just two.

You will also find a calendar of events at home and within easy driving distance of our prime property right here in the center of Arizona.

Our cover story is about Dean Pederson, a teacher at Payson High School, one of his great loves is hunting — not the killing of game, but the act of tracking and matching wits with the magnificent animals whose domain we share.

This edition also has a feature on one of Payson Regional Medical Center’s volunteer corps, Judy Dahl. You will find her at the Almost New Shop’s cash register. You will also find her artwork gracing the entrance of the shop and featured in the upcoming fund-raiser for the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund.

The travel column, by Kelly Watts, owner of Cruise Port Travel, is the first in a series on traveling to Alaska. This installment introduces readers to some of the wonders to be discovered on a cruise to the 49th state.

Cliff Potts, associate broker and branch manager for Prudential Arizona Properties of Payson, turns his attention from the ever-shifting news in the real estate industry to the hot topic of “going green.” Potts says, more today than ever before, the green movement is at the forefront of the public discussion: eco-friendly, carbon footprint, global warming, energy-efficient. These catch phrases have become part of our lexicon as we’ve become more aware of our impact on the environment and our role in protecting it. As a homeowner, there are some simple, inexpensive steps you can take to make your home energy-efficient. Potts helps readers get started on the road to being “green” with five tips.

The recipes in this edition are designed to help you welcome autumn to your table for two. Inside you will find recipes for stew, chili and soup, bread and a dessert or two. They are provided courtesy of one of the best magazines on the market targeting empty nesters, Taste of Home Cooking for 2.

If there is a subject you’d like to read, an active older Rim Country resident or group you think would be a good feature, get in touch. You can contact Tom Brossart, editor, at editor@payson.com, (928) 474-5251, extension 115, or Teresa McQuerrey, staff writer, at tmcquerrey@payson.com, (928) 474-5251, extension 113.

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