Spring Is Coming On All Around Us



Marvin Reis waits patiently while George Mayer (right) finishes checking the tax form on the computer screen during an AARP (American Association of Retired People), tax help project conducted at the Payson Elks Lodge, Wednesday, March 10. Volunteers with AARP are offering free tax preparation for seniors and low-income residents of the Rim Country on a first-come first-served basis at the Elks Lodge, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no cost for this service, however, please bring a picture ID, Social Security cards for all persons claimed on the return, last year’s tax return, your 2009 Tax Documents, and proof of real estate taxes actually paid in 2009 (for the property tax credit).

OK, they are only weeds, but I love dandelions. A week or so ago, before our latest snow storm, my day was brightened by the sight of patches of dandelions blooming on the embankment along 260 just east of the 87 intersection. You just have to admire their tenacity to pop out of the cold ground and thrust up their golden heads. Our spring bloom seems later than usual this year, but will probably make its appearance this week with warmer weather forecast. Rim Country is beautiful year-round and especially so in the spring. Aren’t we blessed to live here?

Another blessing to be thankful for is that the economy seems to be improving. In just the past few weeks several new businesses have opened and others will open in the near future. Welcome to Laura’s Small Cafe, Apex Alternative Energy, East West Exchange, Michelle’s Nail Boutique and the Thai Café, which is scheduled to open soon.

Pine Strawberry Thrift Store

There are lots of sales going on at the P/S Thrift Store, 3916 N. Highway 87 in Pine. From March 17 to March 20 there will be the ever popular “Fill a Bag Sale.” Shoppers may fill a bag with clothes for $2; purses will be $1 each and adult shoes just 50 cents a pair. New clothes will be added daily.  March 24 to March 27, the price drops to $1 per bag. Home décor items and cuddly animals also are available for the Easter holiday. The store will be restocked with spring and summer clothing beginning March 31.

Tickets are now on sale at the Thrift Store for a 4-foot-by-5-foot quilt, which will be raffled off on June 12. The Department of Public Safety Quilt Angels donated the handmade quilt. The group is one of 51 chapters of the Arizona Quilters’ Guild. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds will help defray medical costs for volunteer Scott Frederick who fell from a roof recently and sustained extensive injuries.

The Thrift Store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, for information call (928) 476-4633.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Harold Fleeger of U-Turn for Christ, who was scheduled to present music and a message on March 15, has been rescheduled for March 22. His presentation will begin at 11 a.m. in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. There is no charge and the program is open to the public. If you wish to stay for lunch, please make reservations at (928) 474-4876 at least 24 hours in advance. The menu for the day is a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat bread, vegetable collage, potato salad, fruit and milk. A $3 donation is appreciated from members 60 years and older, $5 for non-members and those under the age of 60. Meals on Wheels also are available to those who are homebound.

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Senior Center beginning at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 17. There will be festive decorations (green, of course) live music by Anne James and a prize will be awarded to the person wearing the best Irish outfit. The menu will be corned beef and cabbage along with Irish soda bread, dessert and beverage.

The following day is the monthly birthday celebration for those with birthdays in March. Wayne Todd will entertain with live music and an open mike singalong. Thanks to Payson Care Center for providing a beautiful and delicious birthday cake. Festivities begin at 11 a.m., advance reservations required.

Legal assistance for seniors will be available by appointment only beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 23. To make an appointment, call the Center at the above number or call 1-800-293-9393.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., will have a bag sale of remaining winter clothing (excluding children’s and boutique items) March 22 through March 27. Shoppers may fill standard size grocery bags (which will be provided) for $1 per bag.

Payson Public Library and Library Friends of Payson

Volunteers are needed to help in several areas at the library at 328 N. McLane Road. Budget cuts have mandated that employee hours be shortened and volunteers are needed to assist the overburdened staff. Even a few hours a week make a difference. Volunteers also are needed by the Library Friends of Payson. For information, inquire at the circulation desk or call (928) 474-9260.

Getting unwanted, costly calls on your cell phone? You can put a stop to them by adding your number to the Do Not Call list at 1-888-382-1222. You must call from your cell phone and the block lasts for five years.

Think about it: Remember when you could operate just about anything with just an off and on switch?


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