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John Nelson, deputy county manager, and Monique Usher, administrative clerk, and other representatives from Gila County visited the Payson Senior Center last week and hooked up a Wii system in the dining room for members to enjoy. The money for the system and the assorted games software came from District One Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin’s constituency services discretionary funds. Similar systems were given to Payson Care Center and the Time Out Shelter.

I admit, I don’t know either the words or lyrics to any contemporary music, nor do I recognize the artists’ names, but I was in seventh heaven a week or so ago. Len and I were “over-baseballed” after watching two extra-inning games, so for a change of pace we tuned in to KAET, the area’s wonderful public television station, which happened to be featuring the music of the big band era. What a treat to listen to Glenn Miller, Wayne King, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo and others from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. And, guess what — I knew the words to 99 percent of the songs! It took me back to high school days when we’d wait for Saturday night to find out what song made No. 1 on The Hit Parade. Back then there was no instant accessibility to any piece of music you wanted to hear — we had one console radio in the living room and the more affluent had records and a phonograph. Those were the days!

Retired Senior Volunteer Program

RSVP will host a picnic at 11 a.m., Friday, June 26 at Rumsey Park for Payson area volunteers. Awards will be presented for service to the community through a number of organizations. Senior volunteers who wish to attend may sign up at the Payson Senior Center, 514 W. Main St., and there will be bus transportation from the Center to Rumsey Park prior to the event.

Senior Circle

Feeling Fit exercise classes are held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday morning at the Senior Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway. There are exercises for every level of ability. Bridge also is played at the Circle at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call (928) 472-9290.

Marlenea LaShomb is the new craft leader at Senior Circle. The crafts group meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Senior Circle membership entitles members to discounts at more than 40 businesses and organizations in Rim Country, as well as benefits at a number of national companies. Contact Kathy Coombes, Senior Circle adviser, at the above number for a complete list.

If you are being buried under a paper snowstorm, you can now receive your Senior Circle newsletter via e-mail. You will also receive immediate e-mail notification of developments and updates regarding classes and events. Call the Senior Circle office to be added to the electronic newsletter list.

Senior Center and Thrift Store

Although enrollment is open throughout the year at the Senior Center, June is officially membership month — time to renew membership or join for the first time. The Center provides many services to the elderly of the community including Meals on Wheels, hot lunches Monday through Friday at the Center, transportation for those who no longer drive, educational and informational programs, social activities and much more.

Part of the Center’s funding is provided through Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens Area Agency of Aging, Region V, and funds are based on the number of people served. Please help to keep the Center open and active by joining today.

Board members Paul Bates and Shirley McGeary are candidates for re-election to the Center board of directors. As there are no other candidates, they will be affirmed at the June 23 annual meeting.

The Senior Center will be closed July 3. The Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will be open on July 3, but closed July 4. First Friday on Main Street will be observed from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 3. In commemoration of July 4, “It’s a Grand Old Flag” will be the thrift store’s theme for the event. Come join in for a salute to Old Glory.

Beginning June 29, men and women’s clothing marked with orange tags will be 25 cents per garment; blue tags, 50 percent; and yellow tags, 25 percent off the marked prices.

The Senior Center and Thrift Store are in need of men and women to fill a number of shifts, especially hours from noon to 4 p.m. For information or to apply, call (928) 474-4876.

Payson Public Library

Two new services are being offered to library patrons. Instructional help for those who wish to complete online job applications or resumes or establish e-mail accounts is offered on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every Friday at the library, 328 N. McLane Road. Also available are notary services. The library now has a guest book for visitors to sign and share their thoughts on what they like best about the library. For information, call (928) 474-9260.

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