Do Away With Automated Phone Systems And Put People Back To Work As Operators

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I have the perfect solution to the unemployment problem! Let’s scrap every automated telephone system in the country and hire real humans to conduct business as was done back in the good old days. After spending hours on the phone recently, handling everything from ordering medications to credit card companies to yes, even a church schedule, I am thoroughly sick and tired of trying to communicate with a disembodied voice. Imagine how many people we could put back to work, and how many callers would be less stressed.

Senior Circle

For the first time in Payson Senior Circle history, on May 15, 44 people will board a motor coach and head for Branson, Mo. For several, it is the first trip alone without their lifetime partner. For others, it may be one of their last trips with their partner. Some have ongoing health problems or are survivors of serious illnesses. Others are going to build friendships and visit different places. Senior Circle is pleased to offer this opportunity to travel and participate in a new experience to area seniors. Other trips also are offered through Senior Circle, for information call (928) 472-9290 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or stop in the Circle office at 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Pine-Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store

P/S Senior Center is open to the public for lunch at noon weekdays. Diners should make a 24-hour advance reservation by calling (928) 476-2151 or stop in the community building on the west side of Highway 87 in downtown Pine. A schedule of events also is available. Cost for the meal is $4 for members of the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation; $5 for non-members.

The P/S Thrift Store is having a sale of ladies’ pants, three pairs for $1 and sweatshirts and pants, just 50 cents each. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. All proceeds benefit SCAF.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Newcomers to the area 60 years or older are invited to visit the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. and consider joining the organization. Hot lunches are served at noon weekdays in the Center Dining Room. There are daily activities including aerobics, card games, music, informational and entertaining speakers and much more. Transportation is available at a nominal cost for those who need it. The Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

Wayne Todd will provide live musical entertainment in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St., from 11 a.m. through the lunch hour March 4. Advance reservations are needed if you plan to stay for lunch and may be made by calling the above phone number.

Love those old movies? A Humphrey Bogart movie will be shown at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 5 in the Center Dining Room. There is no charge to attend. Fresh muffins hot from the kitchen will be served.

The Senior Center and Thrift Store will participate in First Friday on Main Street activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 5. Refreshments will be served and Wayne Todd will entertain. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. The Senior Center will be open as well as the Thrift Store and there will be music for dancing in the dining area provided by Bob and Helen from Rye Bar. All activities are free and open to the public.

Feeling lucky? Join the group for Bingo in the Center Dining Room beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, March 15 for a chance to win a prize. Everyone is welcome.

Patricia Frisbee is Volunteer of the Month for March. Patricia is the Boutique Lady at the Thrift Store, and arranges the attractive displays in the window and boutique section of the store.

The Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a sale on men’s and women’s clothing: garments with yellow tags will be 25 percent off the marked prices, blue tags 50 percent off, and orange tags 25 cents per item. The Thrift Store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Watch for news of a bag sale the end of March, when winter clothing will be pulled and spring garments stocked.

Did you know that AARP offers online access to hundreds of free, printable grocery coupons from leading brands? Check out www.grocerycouponcenter.com and start saving at the supermarket. To learn more about AARP and its other benefits, visit www.aarp.org or call 1-888-687-2277.

Think about it: Old age may wrinkle your brow, but don’t let it wrinkle your spirit.

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