Wrap Some Youngsters With Warmth This Winter

Look for these boxes around town to donate clean, warm coats to children in need.

Look for these boxes around town to donate clean, warm coats to children in need.


As the days get noticeably shorter and the nights bring a crispness to the air, it’s easy to bask in this transitional time of the year, yet all the while knowing that winter will soon come howling at our doors.

We’ll soon be adding an extra blanket to our beds, replace our shorts with long pants and head out of the house wearing winter coats.

“But not everyone in Payson has a coat to put on this winter,” says Cindy Gregory, coordinator for Payson Community Kids (PCK) winter coat drive. “Our kids, 3 years old and up, need either a new or gently used coat to help keep them warm this winter.”

PCK has a winter coat collection box at both the chamber of commerce and at KMOG radio station and plans to have more box locations soon. Collecting will go on until Thanksgiving.

If you’d like more information about the coat drive, please call Cindy at her work number at Mattress Experts at 468-8568.

Please check through your closet for a coat or stop by a store and buy one for a needy Payson child. Keep a child warm this winter — and warm your heart.

The PCK coat drive has made me think of Dolly Parton’s 1971 hit song “Coat of Many Colors,” in which Dolly tells the story of how poor her family was when she was growing up and how they couldn’t afford to buy new winter coats. Dolly sang:

“I do recall a box of rags that someone gave us,

And how my mama put the rags to use.

There were rags of many colors and every piece was small.

And I didn’t have a coat and it was way down

in the fall,

Mama sewed the rags together, sewing every piece with love.

She made my coat of many colors, that I was so proud of.”

Born in Tennessee, the fourth of 12 children, to tobacco farmers, Dolly lived in a rustic, one-room cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains. From her meager beginnings, she followed her dream to make it big in the country music industry — which she certainly accomplished. But even with all of her accumulated wealth, Dolly never forgot her roots — and her “Coat of Many Colors.”

This week’s music trivia question is: Which of the following statements about Dolly Parton is NOT true? A) To date, she has composed over 3,000 songs; B) She and Porter Wagoner scored 14 duet hits on Billboard’s country chart; C) From 1967 until 1980, she was married to country singer Johnny Horton; or D) With Burt Reynolds, she starred in the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”?

If you’re the sixth caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of Dolly Parton’s greatest hits.

This past week’s trivia question asked which of the following is a true statement about the band CCR: A) Prior to renaming their group Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967, the group played under the names The Blue Velvet and The Golliwogs; B) The band is the only artist to have the most No. 2 hits (five), but never a No. 1; C) Of the four band members, only John Fogerty went on to have a successful solo career, after the band disbanded in 1972; or D) All of the above.

Just as it is the answer to many a school test multiple choice question, the correct answer to last week’s trivia question was D) All of the above.

Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Shirley Snyder, who in lieu of two complimentary tickets to last Friday’s Creedence Relived concert at the casino, opted for a CCR greatest hits CD.

A little about Shirley — she was born in Portland, Ore., but spent her childhood living in many locations throughout our country, due to her naval officer father’s many transfers. She graduated from Bexley High School in Ohio in the early 1950s.

In 1976, while working for the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Shirley met Harold, a fellow employee, fell head-over-heels in love — and zam, boom, pow — four months later they walked down the aisle. They’ve been married for 36 years.

After retiring and while living in Tacoma, Wash., Shirley and Harold scouted for a warmer and sunnier place to enjoy their later years. In 1995, they moved to Payson and as Shirley says, “We just love it here.”

In her spare time, Shirley enjoys listening to music, reading and making donations to the slot machines at the casino. She is a former volunteer at both Payson Regional Medical Center and Hospice Compassus.

Shirley’s taste in music includes opera and “just about everything, except for that real old, twangy country music.”

She says her favorite artists are Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. (About Elvis, she says “I love his music, but I could just never stand him as a person.”)

A final note

New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s commitment ceremony and reception between (town councilwoman) Su Connell and Stan Garner.

On a beautiful fall day at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Su and Stan, along with more than 100 friends and family members, celebrated their love and commitment to each other.

I couldn’t be any happier for the two of them.

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482



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