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Christmas tree forest in Swiss Village

Hoping to help those in need and add to the holiday season at the Swiss Village shops, the owner of Crafters Cubbies has opened a free Christmas tree village.

Several businesses, organizations and families have decorated Christmas trees, at 616 N. Beeline Highway, in the hopes people will visit and place a new toy, pet food or nonperishable food item below a tree.

Donations will benefit local families in need.

Several businesses that have decorated trees are also rewarding those for donating. Rim Country Power Sports is handing out free Christmas CDs, while supplies last. Sudden Link is holding a raffle for a free month of service and Personettes, located inside Crafters Cubbies is offering a discount on custom name drawings.

Crafters Cubbies is also holding a raffle for several items made by local crafters and Walmart’s tree is for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the St. Vincent de Paul food bank.

“Payson has always been a city that has given generously and I am proud to be a part of,” said Rebecca Acord, owner of Crafters Cubbies. “I invite you to participate in the food/toy drive. Economic times have created an unequivocal demand for food. A can of food can make a significant difference.

The ‘forest’ is open to the public everyday through December from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SJW and Wolf Den Espresso donated the space and electricity for the event. and without them, none of this would have happened, Acord added.

Tamales are back

If you have ever visited the Payson Farmers Market, you likely saw the Tamale Store booth.

While the farmers market is over for the season, the Tamale Store will be selling tamales Dec. 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of Printing by George at the Sawmill Crossing.

The Tamale Store is taking pre-orders. Call (602) 435-2604 to place an order by Dec. 8.

“Try our new holiday Christmas tamale with ground beef, jack cheese, dried fruit and almond slices,” said Maria Pimienta. “It's amazing and delicious.

Edward Jones ranks high in national survey

Edward Jones ranked No. 2 in Registered Rep. magazine's annual survey of the nation's six largest financial services firms, according to Ross Hage, one of three Rim Country Edward Jones financial advisors.

The magazine randomly selects financial advisors nationwide and asks them to rank firms in various categories.

Edward Jones' overall score was 9.1 out of 10 possible, two-tenths of a point behind the highest-ranking firm.

Additionally, 94 percent of respondents said they believe Edward Jones is the best firm to work for in the financial services industry.

The overall average for all firms in the survey was 7.6.

Edward Jones' highest scores were 9.6 for ethics, 9.2 for clarity of client account statements, 9.4 for client access to online account information and 9.5 for the high quality of the firm's branch office administrators.

For more information, call (928) 468-2281 or visit 113 W. Main Street, suite A.

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