Rim Country Chamber To The Rescue — Group Will Finance July 4th Concert

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote that our wonderfully entertaining and highly attended Green Valley Park summer concert series, due to our constricted town budget, was about to take its last pure-air Payson breath and be quietly laid to rest.

But, hold on — don’t make plans to visit the concerts’ gravesite just yet.

John Stanton, manager of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, informed me this past week that the chamber has pledged to finance the July 4th music segment of this year’s concert series. Let’s hear it for the chamber!

John also told me he is hoping Rim Country businesses and others will follow the chamber’s lead to keep the summer concert series alive in its entirety.

Last Saturday was a great Saturday morning for me. I spun tunes at the Julia Randall Elementary during its pancake breakfast fund-raiser, sponsored by the school’s PTO. I’m not sure who was cooking the pancakes, but my hat goes off to whoever it was.

The ’cakes were absolutely delicious and the biggest I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t even see my 12-inch paper plate under the pancake that was placed on it! (Pictures of the breakfast are on my Web site.)

After breakfast, Principal Varner and the JRE teachers led tours of the 1-week-old, state-of-the-art elementary school. My tour guides, Emma and Delaney, fourth-grade student council members, could barely contain their enthusiasm and pride. They were beaming with pride and they took me through all three levels of the school.

If it is true that a community’s character is shown by the pride it takes in its schools and parks, then with the completion of the new Julia Randall Elementary School, Payson can certainly take a bow. The new school is bright, cheery, extremely spacious and something of which all Paysonites can be proud.

Name the duo

And speaking of proud, this week’s music question is — can you name the country duo who recorded the 2005 country music hit song, “Something To Be Proud Of?”

These two Kentuckians have three other country No. 1 songs to their credit — “If You Ever Stop Lovin’ Me,” “Lucky Man,” and last summer’s No. 1 hit, “Back When I Knew It All.”

Is this duo A) Montgomery Gentry, B) Brooks & Dunn, C) Sugarland or D) Varner & Dunham?

If you are caller number three this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a “Couple’s Special” gift certificate from Pizza Factory — a small, two-topping pizza, two small salads and two small drinks. Mmmm, mmmm, good!

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question — which of the following four songs was written during the Civil War: A) “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” B) “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” C) “Over There” or D) “Coming Home Soldier.”

The correct answer was B) “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again.” “Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition” (1944), recorded by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, was popular near the end of World War II; “Over There” (1917), by Nora Bayes, was a hit at the beginning of World War I and “Coming Home Soldier” (1967) was a top recording for Bobby Vinton during the Vietnam War.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Paul Shields, who proudly states he is 90 years young.

Paul was born and raised in Litchfield, Ill., then moved to Phoenix as an adult. He worked 30 years for the Phoenix post office, 10 of those years hand-carrying the mail through the Valley heat.

Twenty-five years ago, Paul met his lovely paramour, Irene, on the dance floor at a VFW Club they both attended. Paul says Irene swept him off his feet and they’ve been two-steppin’ ’round the dance floor ever since.

Some of Paul’s interests include watching the Suns on TV, going to the Elks Lodge in Payson and attending Sunday service with Irene at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church. He likes jazz, big band and the easy listening music of the ’50s; with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole topping his favorite artists list.

Lastly, if you happen to be “In the Mood” for attending church service this Easter Sunday and don’t have a church home, give me a call and I’ll pick you up Sunday morning. You can come with me and be my guest at Mount Cross Lutheran Church.

I’ll even pay your cost of admission — a handshake and a smile. Hope to hear from you!

You can contact DJ Craig by calling 468-1482, or visit his Web site at DJCraigInPayson.com.

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