Senior Thrift Store Gets New Operations Manager

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Edna Welsheimer

Today is the first day of spring, when day and night are of almost equal length.  The vernal equinox has been observed as a holiday in many cultures. In Japan it is a national holiday, a time for families to visit graves of loved ones and to hold family gatherings. Egypt has celebrated the vernal equinox since as far back as 2700 B.C. In some Middle Eastern countries it marks the beginning of a two-week festival. In Payson, we may take note of the occasion by cleaning up after our weekend snowstorm!

The Senior Center at 514 W. Main St. welcomes Edna Welsheimer as the new Senior Thrift Store operations manager. Edna was born in Indiana but grew up in Phoenix. She and her husband lived in Surprise before moving to Star Valley in February of this year. She retired in 2001 as a Navigational Database Engineer at Honeywell where she had worked for 17.5 years. Since then she has managed two Quiznos and worked as an accountant for other firms as well as at the Petsvet Animal Hospital in Surprise, a position she still holds.

She points out that the Thrift Store supports the Meals on Wheels, Dial-a-Ride program and other activities for seniors.

“My goal is to offer affordable pricing and have different sales every day of the week. I want to create an enjoyable shopping experience for each of our customers and a fun working environment for our volunteers and employees. We offer our volunteers an atmosphere where they can use their creativity and knowledge to help the store succeed,” she said.

She adds that donations of good, clean reusable furniture, household items and clothing are needed to increase sales. A truck is available to pick up large items and may be scheduled by calling (928) 474-3205 after 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday. “I want to thank my staff, volunteers, and most of all, our customers for their warm welcome and continued support. Your help does make a difference for our seniors” she says.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store 

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store is getting ready for spring with a $1 bag sale on all remaining winter clothing. Spring and summer garments go on sale beginning next week. Easter items will be featured through the end of the month. The store is located at 3916 Highway 87 in downtown Pine (in the community center complex) and is opened from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

An Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The presentation is meant for family and caretakers of Alzheimer’s patients. There is no admission charge.

There will be a Western Dance Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 22 at the Center. For information, call (928) 474-4876.

The movie “Rio Bravo,” starring John Wayne, will be shown at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Center. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend and the public is welcome.

Payson Care Center will present a program on Peripheral Neuropathy at 11 a.m., Monday, March 26 at the Senior Center. The presentation will focus on circulatory problems in the extremities. For information, call the above number.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Ten percent discounts will be given on different items each day of the week. This Tuesday, Boutique items will be featured; Wednesday, furniture; Thursday, children’s clothing and toys; Friday, household items, dishes and linens; and Saturday, small appliances.

Library Friends of Payson

In April, the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records will present the 2012 selections of its Onebook Arizona program. The program encourages communities across the state to read the same book at the same time beginning in April of each year, and participate in discussions and presentations centering on that book.

This year’s adult selection is “Arizona: 100 Years Grand” by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, which has been named the official book of the Arizona Centennial celebration. Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, great granddaughter of Sedona Schnebly, for whom the town of Sedona was named, has written several Arizona history books has been a newspaper writer, broadcast journalist and contributing writer at Arizona Highways magazine.

The children’s selection for Onebook Arizona is “Arizona Way Out West & Witty” by Conrad Storad and Lynda Exley. It is geared to elementary school age readers. Both books are available at the library, 328 N. McLane Road.

Think about it: You’re an old-timer if you can remember when just about the only labor-saving device was Sunday.

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