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ADOT projects topic of meeting May 28



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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. Registration is $7 per person. 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

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.

Week-long sale

The Time Out Thrift Shop is having a week-long Memorial Day celebration sale. Through May 30, everything in the shop and on the sidewalk will be at least 50 percent off; some items will be more deeply discounted. Exceptions to the sale are the boutique, Western wear and jewelry items.

The shop is located at 500 S. Beeline Highway (across from Wendy’s) and will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during this sale. The donation gate hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All profits from the shop support Time Out, Inc., its domestic violence programs and services in the community.

The shop’s volunteers are happy to pick up furniture and large donations. Call (928) 474-3989 to schedule an appointment for pick-up.

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.

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.

Friends of Ferals 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.

Library Friends speaker

The Payson Library Friends will host Chris Smith at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 28. Smith is an associate professor of history at Arizona State University and will be speaking on “Americans and Their Things.” Smith also argues that understanding what Americans laughed at helps us to understand our collective history better. This part of his talk concentrates on various humorists such as Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Will Rogers and others.

This free program is made possible through a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council. There will be a potluck after the presentation.

Benefit Scrabble tourney

There will be a tournament-style Scrabble game at Fireside Espresso starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 6. The deadline to register is June 3.

Entry forms and rules are available at the Payson Library and Fireside Espresso.

Pick up you paperwork and gather a few sponsors. There is a minimum $30 fee to enter (but find lots of ‘sponsors’ to raise even more money for the library). There will be two winners, the person who raises the most money, and the person with the highest score. Prizes will include gift certificates from your favorite local businesses (each prize will total $100 worth of gift certificates).

To sweeten the pot, Fireside will donate a portion of their proceeds during the tournament to the library fund, so bring in all of your family and friends to cheer you on.

Blessing of the Bikes

All motorcycle riders are invited to a free Blessing of the Bikes, coffee, and treats at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 30 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy Street, one block behind Ace Hardware and Bison Cove Condominiums.

The event is social and includes a brief blessing in appreciation of our freedom to ride in God’s creation. After the blessing and time to see old friends and meet new ones, the group will ride up Highway 87 to Lake Mary Road for lunch at Mormon Lake Lodge.

The Payson Riders of the Purple Sage are hosting the blessing, and will have information about future rides at the event. Rides are typically held on the third Saturday of the month, and leave the Payson United Methodist Parking lot at 9 a.m. Most rides are less than 200 miles roundtrip with a stop for lunch and breaks along the way.

For more information, call the church office between 8 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday at (928) 474-0485.

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

Kids’ fishing lessons

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.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 2 and the cost is $5 per child. Prospective participants can register online at or at the parks office. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358.

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.


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