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Library registering summer programs



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Graduating students will receive diplomas during the following commencement exercises: Payson High School Thursday, May 21 7 p.m. Longhorn Stadium (in the event of rain, ceremony will move to Wilson Dome) Rim Country Middle School Friday, May 22 2 p.m. PHS Auditorium Pine Strawberry School Wednesday, May 27 6 p.m. In the gym Payson Center for Success Friday, May 29 7 p.m. St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church See Friday’s Roundup for a special graduation supplement.

The Payson Public Library’s summer program is built around the theme “Be Creative and Express Yourself.” The program will feature puppet shows, crafts, video games and more. Registration begins May 19 and continues through June 6.

The Baby Summer Reading classes for youngsters 6 months of age to 3 years old will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Be Creative Summer Program for ages 3 to 12 is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, or at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Express Yourself Summer Program for ages 10 to18 is at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Class space is limited; early registration is recommended. Going on vacation? Try the library’s online program. Contact Harryette at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

Fiddling and food

On Wednesday, May 20 the monthly Fiddler’s Jam will take place at the Pine Community Center at 1 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, May 20, the First Baptist Church of Pine will host a free community supper between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to come enjoy a nice dinner while getting to meet some of your neighbors. The church administration and congregation hope to make this a monthly event. For more information, call the office at (928) 476-3552.

Scrub sale

Apparel Pro Health Care Wear will have a scrub sale in the Payson Regional Medical Center lobby from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 21. Come check out the new lab coats, scrubs, warm-ups, stethoscopes, shoes, accessories and much more. Look for “Scrub Bucks” around town and receive a discount. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.

All monies raised will help to fund the many programs and scholarships available to our community through the Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Estate and memorabilia sale Saturday

An estate and memorabilia sale will be held at the home of the late Anna Mae Deming, 710 W. Main St., from 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 23.

Mrs. Deming was a native of the Rim Country and the daughter of pioneers of the area. She was Payson’s weather woman for 60 years and a member of the Payson Womans Club for 70 years, and very active in the community.

After Mrs. Deming’s death, her home was purchased by the Arizona Heritage Research Foundation, a 501 C3 organization, in order to preserve her many belongings. However, there is not enough room to save everything, so some of her things are being sold to benefit the AHRF. These are pieces of Payson’s history. For more information, call Jayne Peace Pyle at (928) 474-0380, Joan Skinner at (928) 468-0655 or Judy Baker at (928) 474-5422.

Humane Society benefit

There will be a “Guy” Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 22 and May 23 at 610 N. Luzern Circle. Items for sale include tools, hunting and camping equipment, extra large jackets, boots, shoes, gardening stuff, a bike rack and more. No early sales. All proceeds to benefit the Payson Humane Society.

Arts, crafts in Pine

The Pine/Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair will be at the Pine Community Center off Highway 87 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 23, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 24.

Come to the cool pines for lots of fun, food and over 80 booths of arts and crafts. An all-you-can eat pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Navajo Tacos will be served at the Senior Center.

Book sale, raffle and grand opening in Pine

The Pine Library Friends have lots of special activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend.

To begin with, the group will have a book sale and raffle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 22; from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 23; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24. The sale will be in the Library Activity Room at the Pine Community Center, behind the cultural hall.

The Pine Library Friends are also planning a grand opening celebration of the new Isabelle Hunt Historic Library Gift Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, 23 and Sunday, May 24. There will be stories for children in the park at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days. The park area is behind the library and next to Randall House Restaurant. Look for special bargains in the new gift shop.

Memorial Day breakfast

The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary Fireflies Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 23 at Fire Station 22 in Tonto Village. The station is at 151 Mathews Lane, one mile in on Control Road off Highway 260. The breakfast will include: sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. There will also be chorizo burros for $2 each and door prizes awarded every half hour. There will also be a huge rummage sale during the breakfast. Donations for the rummage sale are being accepted at the Tonto Village Fire Department.

Memorial Day programs

Four tribute programs are planned for Memorial Day on Sunday and Monday, May 24 and 25.

Sunday programs will be at the area cemeteries. Services at Payson Pioneer Cemetery will start at 9 a.m.; services at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park begin at 10 a.m.

Monday’s programs include an 8 a.m. flag-raising ceremony at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, and a 10 a.m. program at the Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park.

See related story on page 5B.

Edward Jones hosts educational Coffee Club

G. Scott Flake, local Edward Jones financial advisor, will be hosting a coffee club on the topic of ALTCS/Elderlaw from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 26 at Majestic Rim senior residence, 310 E. Tyler Parkway. Kristin Burns of Jackson White Law Offices is the guest.

Legion Thrift Store sale

The American Legion Thrift Store, downstairs at Post 69, 709 E. Highway 260, is having a special May sale. All ties, purses and VHS tapes are a quarter. Books are $1 per bag. Any and all donations are appreciated.

Library Friends host guest speaker

The Library Friends of Payson will host Chris Smith of Tempe at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 28. Smith lectures, writes about and immerses himself in contemporary American culture. He is an associate professor of history at Arizona State University and a recipient of the 1998 Arizona Humanities Council Dan Shilling Public Scholar Award.

Smith’s visit to the Rim Country for this free program is made possible by a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

Payson transportation meeting on May 28

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Citizens Awareness Committee, will host a meeting to present multiple transportation projects currently ongoing or in design phase at ADOT.

The tentative time of the meeting is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 28 at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.

The topics scheduled for the afternoon include a welcome and introduction from ADOT Resident Engineer Tom Goodman and Bill Williams, the Payson Transportation Study by the Phoenix ADOT team, SR 260 projects of Little Green Valley and Doubtful Canyon by Vicki Beaver, and Electric Fencing and Electromat Proposal by Tom Goodman; SR 87 projects of Airport Road roundabout by Mike Andazola, Payson to Pine by Richard Weeks, Payson to Pine fencing by Mindy Schaible, Pine to Rim pavement preservation by Steve Mishler, Landslide Phase II by Mike Andazola, Oxbow Hill by Akram Friekh, Jct. 188 pavement preservation by Steve Mishler.

Graduation and field day at Pine school

The Pine Strawberry School will host an 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony at the gym at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 27. The following day, there will be a Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony at the gym at 1:30 p.m.

Finally, the day the students have been anxiously awaiting — the last day of school Field Day and Barbecue will be Friday, May 29. The school dismisses for summer vacation at 1:30 p.m., Friday.

Weather spotter training in Globe

The National Weather Service is offering free training from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 30. Participants will learn how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety.

These classes are free of charge and are open to anyone who has an interest in severe weather and/or public service.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to (928) 402-8805 or lasberry@co.gila The class will be at the Gila County Division of Emergency Management, 5515 S. Apache Ave., Suite 400, Globe.

The weather spotter training is sponsored by the Gila County Division of Emergency Management and Public Health Preparedness.

Shavuot celebration planned for May 30

The Rim Country Minyan will gather at a private home in Christopher Creek from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 30 to celebrate the Jewish festival Shavuot. Bring a favorite piece of inspirational writing to share with the group, a passage from a book or something you have written. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge to attend. For additional information, contact Naomi at (928) 468-2212 or e-mail her at

Mark Kile offers fishing lessons for kids

Youngsters in grades 1-4 will get a chance to learn age-appropriate fishing techniques from professional bass fisherman Mark Kile from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 3 at Green Valley Lake.

The class meets at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. All fishing equipment and bait for the class is provided. Space is limited, so register early. The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 2 and the cost is $5 per child. Prospective participants can register online at or at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

Community swim meet planned May 30

Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in a special community swim meet to benefit the Payson Pikes youth swim team. The only requirement is that a contestant be able to swim 25 yards.

The event is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 30 at Taylor Pool. Participants choose three events in which to compete: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, individual medley, lifeguard races.

Registration is $5 per person before May 25, and $7 after May 25. Additionally there will be a silent auction and refreshments for sale.

For more information, contact Chris Giarrizzo, parent coordination, at (480) 861-7996, or e-mail or Coach Wendy Ward at (928) 468-0137. Register online at paysonparks .com.

Benefit silent auction for humane society

Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main Street, invites residents and visitors to the gallery on Friday, June 5 for a silent auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society.

Works of art and related items donated by members of this gallery, as well as other generous artists of the community, will be auctioned between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

All proceeds from the auction will go to help the shelter animals of our own community.

Pioneer Cemetery filled

The Payson Womans Club has recently announced there are no plots remaining for burial at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery, which the club owns and maintains. To verify plot reservations, contact Jayne Peace Pyle at (928) 474-0380.

Relay for Life teams

Payson’s Relay for Life is now forming teams to participate in its annual all-night event, Friday, June 5 to Saturday, June 6 at the athletic field at Payson High School.

For more information, call Relay Chair Robin Holt at (928) 595-1968, or Team Chair DJ Craig at (928) 468-1482.

The Payson Public Library’s summer program is built around the theme “Be Creative and Express Yourself.” The program will feature puppet shows, crafts, video games and more. Registration begins May 19 and continues through June 6.

Payson Friends of Ferals yard sale

The Payson Friends of Ferals will hold a yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 30 at 408 E. Bonita Street. To donate items or get directions, please contact Susan Campbell at (928) 978-2847, evenings and weekends. All proceeds go to the highly successful TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program for feral cats in Rim Country.

No Youth Triathlon

Due to budgetary constraints and staffing, the Payson Parks Department is unable to hold the youth portion of the Sprint Triathlon. The adult portion of the event will run as originally scheduled.

For details, contact the Parks office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 272, or visit the Web site at

Looking for great grads

Do you know a Payson High School or Payson Center for Success graduate from any year that is doing great things? Payson Schools wants to know about their accomplishments in order to feature them in an upcoming newspaper article. Call Susan Campbell at the school district office (928) 474-2070 for details.

Children’s recreation registration under way

Register children going into the first through fifth grades for the Payson Parks and Rec Department’s Summer Recreation Program. The first session is June 1-18, the second session is June 29-July 16. The program is held from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Children will participate in inside and outside games, do arts and crafts, go on field trips, walk to the parks and have a snack, all under the supervision of certified teachers and their assistants. The cost is $75 per child and space is limited, so register today at the Parks and Recreation Office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive or online at

PHS yearbook on sale

The Payson High School yearbook for 2009 is on sale for $60. Even if you have already purchased one, consider donating money so students who can’t afford one can also share in the memories.

The student yearbook staff has toiled all school year to create this year’s all-color book of memories, which is jam-packed with pictures from school events and of students. Get yours at the high school bookstore.

Graduates sought for Class of 1989 reunion

The Class of 1989 will have a reunion June 19 and June 20. The organizers need to hear from as many members of the class as possible to finalize arrangements. Contact Stacy Larson at or on Facebook.

Historical Society hosts Jinx Pyle

The Northern Gila County Historical Society is hosting a book signing with Jinx Pyle June 6. The author will be selling and signing copies of his latest work, “The Pleasant Valley War.”


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