Senior Center Welcomes New Activities Coordinator

Denise Hughes is the new activities coordinator at the Payson Senior Center.

Denise Hughes is the new activities coordinator at the Payson Senior Center.


Communication — that’s what life is all about, isn’t it?

I have a new telephone and am still learning how to use it. It is not one of the smart phones that do everything except tell you which direction the wind is blowing (and they probably can do that also), but it has more features than I’ll ever need.

I remember back in the dark ages, when I was a child, and we had our first telephone installed. What a miracle it was to be able to talk to someone miles away!

In those days there were party lines, which meant that nosey people on the same line could listen in on your conversations. You had a certain ring, which told you when a call was for you — I still remember that ours was two long, and one short ring.

Recently we were at a family gathering where everyone was conversing, snacking and watching a football game. Of the three young people present, in addition to the above activities, one was text messaging, one was researching the history of television and one was taking pictures, all on instruments smaller than a remote control, which hold more technology than did the instruments used to send the first human into space. What a changing world we live in!

By the way, if you should call me and I seem confused, it is just because I am trying to figure out if I should be on speaker, conference or line one or two.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

A warm welcome to Denise Hughes, who is now the Senior Center’s new activities coordinator.

Originally from Wisconsin, Hughes moved to Payson from New Mexico in July of 2011. She has had her own business and most recently served as activities coordinator at the Powell House, where she developed and implemented an activities program for its senior population.

Hughes has taught yoga and Pilates. Her goals at the Center are to widen the range of events, classes and activities to appeal to both younger and older seniors.

“The Payson Senior Center wants to promote and provide a fun, healthy atmosphere for all seniors,” she states.

In keeping with that, she is encouraging area residents with special interests in arts, crafts, travel or similar subjects to volunteer as teachers. Her hours tentatively are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. She may be reached at the Center, (928) 474-4876.

A non-denominational Bible study is held at 10:30 a.m., Thursdays at the Center, no reservations needed. The Center is located at 914 W. Main St.

Upcoming activities at Senior Center

Ernestine Crank from Payson Care Center will speak on wound and skin care for seniors from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27 in the Center Dining Room.

Free blood pressure checks also will be given and no appointments are needed.

Thursday, March 1, Lucinda from the Gila County Health Department will speak at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center on the importance of immunizations for seniors. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. The program is free and open to the public.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a sale on shoes and boutique garments — 50 percent off the marked prices through Feb. 25. Regular clothing will be sold at five items for $1. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions both mornings and afternoons. For information, call Kate at (928) 474-3205.

P/S Thrift Store

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine will have a $2 bag sale of ladies’ pants and jeans Feb. 22 through Feb. 25. All books also will be on sale at half off the marked prices. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For information, call (928) 476-4633.


Former Payson resident, town historian, Roundup contributor and author Stanley Brown has just had his newly published book, “Andres and Delfina: A Saga of Hispanic Settlement in Arizona” released.

The book was prompted by the discovery of Mr. Moreno’s grave along the Crook Trail on the side of Baker’s Butte. The Morenos, respected citizens of Globe, raised a family of seven children who became movers and shakers in Arizona.

Stan, a retired United Methodist pastor, and his wife, Ruth, were our neighbors when we first moved to Payson. He has written several books and articles and received first place awards for papers delivered at numerous Arizona history conferences. The Browns now live in Prescott. The book is available through Amazon or can be ordered from

Think about it: A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery even while on a detour.


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